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Florida star
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Florida star (Jacksonville, Fla.)
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Florida star news
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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English
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The Florida Star Pub. Co.
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Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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Vol. 12, no. 13 i.e. 39 (Jan. 6, 1962)-
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"Florida's statewide black weekly."
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Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981- .

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

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African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 000581378
oclc - 02261130
notis - ADA9536
lccn - sn 83045218
issn - 0740-798X
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UF00028362:01105

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Yjkvpg{"vq"dg"Jqpqtgf"cv"vjg"4234"Dknndqctf Owuke"Cyctfu We Loved Them; We Lost Them This Week According to reports, Rolanda Harrell and Kishon Birch had a relationship but no children together. On Wednesday, Rolanda accused Kishon of seeing another woman. Even though they lived in the same apartment complex, they did not live together. Rolanda had three children, two daughters, 7 and 5, and one two year old son. All three kids were in the apartment during the confrontation. They said that Kishon was slingingŽ their mother around, slamming her against the kitchen counters and stove. The kids stated that at one point, their mother threw up blood from her mouth. Kishon picked her up and then put her down again, immediately walking out of the door. A neighbor heard the noise and saw him leave. Rolanda, 28, was found dead about 4:00 p.m.. Birch reported to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, escorted by his mother. He was arrested and charged with murder. yyy0vjghnqtkfcuvct0eqo Looking for customers to patronize your business or utilize your services? If you answered YES, then you need to place an ad in The Florida Star or Georgia Star! CALL 904/766-8834 to place your ad TODAY!! 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Cant Get to the Store? Have Vjg"Uvct Delivered! Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct R0"Q0"Dqz"6284; Lcemuqpxknng."HN"54425 Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct. Vjg"Igqtikc"Uvct# Korcev"Tcfkq CO3582 *;26+"988/::56 UKPEG"3;73 Lcz"Ocp"Mknnu"Yqocp"cu jgt"Ejknftgp"Ycvejgf lqdu"hqt"{qw """""" lqdu"hqt"{qw """"" lqdu"hqt LQDU """" LQDU """""" LQDU """"" LQDU """""""" LQDU# """""Y jcvA""Ugg"Rcig"C/5 Rcuvqt"Igqtig"Jctxg{ Fqppc"Uwoogt Ejwem"Dtqyp Rev. George Harvey Jr, 59, passed away on 12 May 2012. A native of Jacksonville, FL Rev. Harvey served the local area for over 3 decades to improve condition of the underprivileged and strived to lead all that he met to Christ Rev. Harvey will be remembered for his work and life as a Pastor, Executive, Loving Husband, and Fathe r. The Funeral will be held at The Potters House 5119 Normandy Boulevard Jacksonville, Florida 32205. Funeral Services will be provided by AB Colman Mortuary (904) 769-0507 Known as the Queen of Disco,Ž Donna Summer was 63 years old and lived in Florida at the time of her death. The 5-time Grammy award Winner was known for her hits, Hot Stuff,Ž and Bad Girls.Ž According to reports, she died Thursday morning after a battle with lung cancer. Bounce TV will pay tribute to her with Soul Train Episode and film, Thank God Its Friday on Friday, May 18 at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.  Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown passed away Wednesday. He was 75. Brown passed about a week after it was reported that he had been hospitalized with pneumonia. Browns hits in 1970, Bustin Loose,Ž was number one on the MCA charts. Brown postpone many shows recently because of his failing health. Tqncpfc"O0"Jcttgnn.4: Mkujqp"N0Dktej."54 The Billboard Music Awards to air this Sunday, May 20th, will have a tribute to Whitney Houstons life and music, featuring John Legend and Jordin Sparks. Bobbi Kristina, Whitneys daughter, and her sister-inlaw, Pat Houston will accept the Billboard Millennium Award in her honor. Whitneys former husband, and Bobbi Kristinas father, Bobby Brown performed a dedication to her on the Jay Leno Show Wednesday night. In the song, Bobby admits he messed up pretty bad and went on to say he doesnt know how to live without you.Ž His album including the song will be released June 4. Uvwfgpv‘u"Qtkikpcn"Rncp"vq"Jqpqt"Tckpgu"Itcfwcvgu"Fgpkgf My name is DevRon G. Lester. I am a graduating senior at William Marion Raines Senior High School. I am a member of the Raines Band, Kappa League, Upward Bound, National Honor Society, Gear Up & the Rainesmen. I am writing to you as a student who once again has been bamboozled by the Duval County Public School System. Upon preparing to pursue the position of Mr. Raines 2011-2012 I became aware of our schools archives room. While researching information I began to realize that there were key individuals in our schools history that have contributed outstanding service to Raines. For one full year I researched thoroughly. I later submitted a proposal to the school and district administrators of my idea to honor 3 retired faculty members and 3 alumnus of the school. Upon approval I organized & planned a dedication ceremony in their honor. I prepared the invitation letter to all honorees, I compiled there contact information, I typed and created a program, I contacted various student leaders and organizations to obtain their participation. This event has been scheduled for nearly 3 months. On Tuesday, May 16, 2012 two days before the event was scheduled to take place my event was abruptly, disrespectfully and unprofessional canceled. I was called into a meeting on Tuesday (May 15) morning with my principal, and all assistant principals. I was told that I had 3 choices: €Move my program to 8am on May 17. Make the event private and only have the honorees present. €Move the program to next school year. €Take Dr. Julian E. Whites name completely off the event and not to honor him. I was against all three options. From what my principal told me the superintendent of schools and director of communications wanted the event canceled indefinitely. However my principal told me he was providing me with these 3 options. I was told that this occurred because Dr. Julian E. White was one of the 6 honorees. The superintendent of schools and director of communications felt that including Dr. Whites name in the list of honorees would bring a negative image to the school and the districtŽ. I was called into another meeting on Wednesday (May 16) morning where I was instructed that a private ceremony, in one of the schools meetings rooms would take place and breakfast would be provided. This ceremony would take place on May 17, 2012 at 8:00am. This event would only last one hour and would be closed to anyone but the honorees. I was further asked by one of my assistant principals to provide a copy of my speech, power point & program so that the school could make the changes as they deemed necessaryŽ. This is an insult, travesty and disrespect to me, my fellow peers, the chosen honorees and the entire community. The Raines Band, the Platinum Vikettes, the JROTC and many other student leaders have worked extensively for months to prepare their performances for the event. Students See A-3 Mayor Brown, after hosting former President Bill Clinton, announced several new partnerships that are going to support education, help veterans succeed in the civilian workforce and create sustainable neighborhoods through responsible home-ownership. Last Friday, former President Bill Clinton joined the mayor on stage in Downtown Jacksonville at the Terry Theater of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts to thank representatives of the following organizations for their commitment to Jacksonville: €Jacksonville Jaguars made a $1 million financial commitment along with leadership support. oFlorida Blue has committed to invest $2 million in 2012 to improve the quality of life in Jacksonville through non-profit programs, and commit to invest at least $1 million annually for the next three years. In addition, Florida Blue will make an investment of $125,000 to the mayors education initiatives. oWells Fargo is committing to $1 million of support for neighborhood stabilization efforts. €CSX … Michael Ward, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and CSX are committed to actively supporting programs tied to downtown development, job creation, education and veterans/military affairs today, and is committed to working with the mayor. €Wayne Hogan, president of the Terrell Hogan law firm, has committed to $200,000 financial commitment. Chuck and Eddie Farrah of the Farrah & Farrah law firm, made a generous contribution of $200,000. By working together, we are stronger, said the mayor. 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JACKSONVILLE, FL ADDISON Benjamin Franklin, died May 10, 2012. ANCRUM Helen C., 87, died May 12, 2012. BELL Frank A., 51, died May 12, 2012. CATES Jeffery Scott, 27, died May 12, 2012. CLAYTON Jerry, died May 11, 2012. COLE Jean, died May 12, 2012. COLEMAN Raymond, Sr., died May 10, 2012. COMBS George J., 82, died May 11, 2012. CRAWFORD George Eddie, Jr., 36, died May 9, 2012. DELGADO Lydia, 54, died May 8, 2012. EFIRD Juanita R., 86, died May 8, 2012. FEUSNER Beatrice R., 97, died May 13, 2012. FLOYD, Vincent, died May 11, 2012. GIBSON Mary Miller, 90, died May 12, 2012. GLANTON, Rosalyn A., 64, died May 14, 2012. GREEN, Charles, 70, died May 8, 2012. HARRIS Maxie, died May 9, 2012. HODGES Mark A., 55, died May 13, 2012. HUGHES Betty Joyce, 70, died May 10, 2012. JAMES, Elaine Mills Bass, 69, died May 10, 2012. JANNETIDS Tom, 83, died May 12, 2012. JOHNSON, Annetta Lucy, 71, died May 8, 2012. JONES Collier L., died May 14, 2012. JONES Thomas Edward Ed,Ž 82, died May 11, 2012. KATZIANER James William, died May 8, 2012. KING Rose Margaret, 69, died May 12, 2012. MAGYARI, Donald Ray, 68, died May 13, 2012. McCORMICK Robert Bob, 71, died May 13, 2012. MILLER, Ernest, 68, died May 9, 2012. MITCHELL, Von R., 76, died May 10, 2012. MONTANO Beatrice, 99, died May 9, 2012. MONTGOMERY, Cleo Smith, 100, died May 9, 2012. RICHARDSON Dora, died May 10, 2012. ROBINSON James, died May 14, 2012. ROPER Michael, died May 14, 2012. SHULTZ Grier Allen, died May 14, 2012. TAYLOR, Linda J., 58, died May 9, 2012. TILLMAN Rachel Kay, 45, died May 9, 2012. TUCKER Katherine Campbell, 84, died May 10, 2012. TUNSILL Raymond Emory, 79, died May 9, 2012. VARNES Kaylon Omar, 29, died May 11, 2012. WADSWORTH Sharon Ann, 64, died May 8, 2012. WATKINS Levi Daniel, infant, died May 8, 2012. WATSON, Adele Mary, 86, died May 13, 2012. WHITE Eliza, 89, died May 13, 2012. WILDER, Robert Michael, 55, died May 10, 2012. WILSON, Essie Mae, 99, died May 10, 2012. YARBROUGH, Betty Jean, 71, died May 12, 2012. ~*~GEORGIA DEATHS ALEXANDER, John D., 89, died May 11, 2012. LAWSON, Eddie A., 77, died May 6, 2012. MINCHEW, Bobby L., 69, died May 10, 2012. STONE, Waymon Top,Ž 76, died May 13, 2012. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. Sunday Church School . . . . . . . . . 8:30 a.m. Worship Service . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.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 19, 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. 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 GREATER MISSIONARY TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH, 5730 Sawyer Ave., Jacksonville, is having REVIVAL NIGHT COME ONE!!! COME ALL!!! June 27 29, 2012. Guest Speakers: Wednesday, June 27th, Rev. Philip Mercer; Thursday, June 28th, Pastor Wallace Wyatt; Friday, June 29th, Sister Sandra Waldrop. Women Shoe Sizing Night (Fund Raising for the Church). Theme: But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 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 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. SAINT PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH 2730 West Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, Florida 32209, with Rev. James Wiggins, Jr., Pastor, is have their Midweek Supper and Bible Study at 7: p.m.; Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.; Worship with Holy Communion at 11:a.m. Church Motto: Justified for Sanctification that Matters For more information, call (904)765-4219. www.stpauljacksonville.org 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 The Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness ChurchThe Church Where Everybody is SomebodyŽ Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr., Overseer/ Pastor May 1, 2012 To: Our Friends We the pastor officers and members of the above name church wish to invite you to worship with us and be our special guest on our Annual Community Awareness and Women Day Celebration May 27th, at 11:00 A.M. and 3:00P.M. A great program has been planned for this occasion. Rev. Beverly Clark from Bethel Institutional Baptist Church will be the speaker for the 11:00 A.M. Service and Attorney Suzanne Bass will be our guest speaker for the 3:00 P.M. service. There will be several civic and political leaders to share with us and inform us about the community. If you have any questions, please contact our pastor Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr. at 904-710-1586 or the church office at 904-374-3940. Dinner will be served after each service. P.S. Those that may need their record sealed / Expunge the Chief Public Defender Mr. Matt Shirk will be present to take your information. Anyone that need mortgage mortification, in foreclosure, someone will be here to help you from Regions Bank. If you need someone to help you with a traffic ticket or DUI ticket, someone will be available. If you need your credit repaired, someone will be present and if you need to make plans for funeral arrangements at a low cost, someone from Carla Page Mortuary will be present. Spread the Word. Dinner will be served after each service. Respectfully yours, Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr. Pastor P. O. Box 3575 Jacksonville Florida 32206 E-mail gospell75@aol.com Phone 904-374-3940

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Around The Area Around The Area PAGE A-4THE STARMAY 19, 2012 Lincoln High School of Gainesville 9thBiennial Grand Reunion It was truly a time to reminisce. The theme was The instrument may be broken; the music torn; but the melody plays onŽ And one could not help but feel the joy as they watched Lincoln graduates from the class of 1939 to the class of 1970. Lincoln opened its doors in 1923 to educate Black children, and because of integration, the high school was closed and became Lincoln Middle School in 1970. What was so thrilling to the former students and teachers was the comradeship that existed and the pleasure of learning, then and now. The event started with a coronation on Friday night, a breakfast on Saturday morning, a banquet on Saturday night with those who had participated in the chorus singing together again and those who had participated in the band playing and marching together again. All members were recognized and given trophies for their high school participation. As the only school in Florida with a published book of its history, the group was honored to meet the authors, Albert White, who is president of the alumni association and Kevin McCarthy, a professor at the University of Florida. Six graduates were inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame which made those in attendance who had not attended Lincoln, wish they had. Lincoln High School … a place that made us proud.InducteesAlfred C. Peoples 58, Education/Community Alfred showed his leadership ability while at Lincoln as vice president of the student council. A graduate of Florida A&M University and a Masters from the University of Florida with a special degree in educational leadership from Nova University, Alfred taught in Alachua County public schools for 37 years. Denifield W. Player 57, Science Denifield received his B.S. Degree in Zoology from Howard University, served in the U. S. Army and became the first Black biologist to be employed by the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, MD. Later, he and his wife, Betty Green Player, returned to Gainesville where he became employed at the University of Florida in the Electron Microscopy facility for the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. He was the first Black Electron Microscopist to be hired at the University and has been acknowledged in several textbooks and co-authored several publications in his field of work. Frank C. Johnson, Jr. 64, Athletics At Lincoln, Frank was a member of the football and basketball teams. The Gainesville Sun described him as one of the best high school players in the city during his era. After graduating from Lincoln and attending college, he participated in sports statewide and while in the city AAU league, he scored 40 or more points in several games. He suffered an injury in 1968 and has, since that time, been involved in a legal battle to gain benefits. His plight is legendary. He has a weekly column in the Mahogany Revue Newspaper. Louise Hill McGregor 39, Education Louise Hill McGregor was born in Gainesville and after graduating from Lincoln High, received her BS degree in 1943 from Hampton Institute (University) She earned her MS degree in 1951 was a thesis entitled Homemaking Education for High School Boys.Ž She did further studies at Virginia State Cornell University, Temple University and George Washington University. Her first teaching job was at Lincoln High where many of her students still sew and put on their makeup using the techniques she taught them. She also played the piano while at Lincoln as a student and as a teacher. During her last year at Lincoln, she assisted with the planning and design of the Home Economics Department for the new Lincoln High. After her marriage to Robert McGregor, Jr. she continued her teaching career in Special Education where she studied and toured in nine countries. She is the co-author of Curriculum Guide for the Instruction of Educable Mentally Handicapped.Ž Ralph Alderman, Sr. 59, Entertainment/Business While at Lincoln, Ralph participated in athletics and entertainment and was called the Demon on Defense.Ž He also was part of a singing group called the Royal Kings of Lincoln High. After graduation the group signed a contract withŽFire RecordsŽ where they appeared at the Apollo Theater in New York and many famous night spots. After the group broke up, he continued his career managing and promoting other entertainers. In the athletic world, Ralph played baseball and became the first president of the New Jersey Mid-State Baseball League. In addition to the above, Ralph produced a play at Newark Symphony Hall and also became known for his cooking skills. He was also a member of the Special Trained Police Department of Roselle, NJ. Reginald W. Hendrix 69 (Prosthumous), Art While at Lincoln, Hendrix was active in the band, drama club and art. He was the art editor for the 1969 Terrier Yearbook. After graduating from Lincoln, he attended FAMU where he was a member of the Marching 100Ž band under the directorship of Dr. William Foster. After leaving FAMU, Reggie continued his career in music in New York where he performed with various jazz bands with his father, Wilton BarneyŽ Hendrix, a 1951 graduate of Lincoln. Reggie played the clarinet, saxophone, organ, piano and the guitar. He performed with the Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose and in 1980 worked with a Madison Avenue adversity company as an illustrator/designer. In the 1990s Reggie moved to Los Angeles and became involved in the motion picture industry drawing pictures for movies and films. He also worked with several television shows such as Knots LandingŽ, Blade, Johnson Family Reunion and Cellular. He passed on January 30, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA. His mother Eleanor Spann accepted his award. Mother of the late Reginald Hendrix, Eleanor Spann, accepting award on behalf of Reginald Hendricks Ralph Alderman Hall of Fame Receipient receiving award from Albert White Below: Louise Hill McGregor receiving gifts from the last class she sponsored (Class of 1950) Book of the history of Lincoln High School Denifield Player, LHS Hall of Fame Inductee, standing to left with his family and friends

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Around The Area Around The Area MAY 12, 2012THE STARPAGE A-5 Lincoln High School of Gainesville 9thBiennial Grand Reunion Kaliyah Alexis Conoway, Little Miss LHS Alumni Queen, JoAnn Williams, LHS Alumni Queen, Benjamin Allen McBride, Kaliyahs escort Angela Robinson Terrell escorted husband, by Frank Terrell Committee members of the Lincoln High school Alumni Association Charles Chestnut, III Wilma Hamilton & Charles Chestnut, III Dorothy Franklin escorted by Elder Oliver Gordon Ida Simmons Donald escorted by Alphonso Burnett Albert E. White, President of the LHSAA & Wilma Hamilton Lily Simmons Gardner escorted by Frank Terrell Floid Churchill Sisters Ida Simmons Donald and Lillie Simmons Gardner Vivian Washington Filer, Johnny Moore, Randy Lewis, Clara Frances McLaughlin, Pat Nobles McGowan and Beverly Anderson Bryant Earl Williams and Alumni Queen, JoAnn Williams Albert E. White, left, and Dr. Kevin McCarthy, co-authors of the book Lincoln High School, Its History and LegacyŽ Claudie C. Williams Minister Henry Thompson giving the invocation Vivian Washington Filer, storyteller Pat Nobles McGowan Johnny Moore at podium and Randy Lewis, seated, keynote speaker Former LHS Chorus member Minister Marie Herring Ramuth Andrews and wife, Barbara doing the swing dance Barbara Andrews and Otis Stover, Vice President Calvin Terry, right, and JoAnn Williams, doing the electric slide Janice Henry, Charmaine Henry and husband, City Commissioner Scherwin Henry Barbara Strong Jenkins, Bernard Hicks and John Owens playing in the LHS alumni band Former band member, Arvetta Jackson Hill, entertaining the audience Former LHS Band member, Lenard Perry Carl Gordon and Ora White, wife of Albert White doing the twist dance

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PAGE A-6THE STARMAY 19, 2012Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! Frances Bradley Columnist frances@thefloridastar.comVolume Burks, Photographer E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. CONGRATULATIONS!Dr. Chloe L. BurksDoctor of PharmacyCongratulations toChloe L. Burks, a recent magna cum laude graduate of Atlantas Mercer University College of Pharmacy, where she received the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She is the daughter of Volume and Ok Sun Burks and sister of Seann Burks (himself, a University of Florida graduate from the School of Business. Go Gators!). It is fascinating watching a persons destiny unfold before your eyes.Although Chloe attended magnet schools with an emphasis on medical arts, she graduated from Stanton College Preparatory and went on to major in communications at University of Central Florida in Orlando. A few years later, as she contemplated graduate programs for career advancement, her earlier interest in the medical field was rekindled. Influenced by Sonya Duncan mother of Zeta Phi Beta soror, Nea Richardson and high school buddies, Dr. Robert Drummond (Johns Hopkins, medicine/medical research) and Dr. Kevin Bond (University of North CarolinaChapel Hill, dentistry), Chloe focused on Pharmacy. Ive known Chloe since she was a child. She was a shy little girl with braids and glasses, who enjoyed reading, was popular among her friends, a cheerleader, student leader, and loved hugs. Today she is a tall, beautiful, and smart young woman, who is still popular with her friends, a student leader, and loves hugs. She enjoys the company of her parents and brother because family is important to her. I traveled to Atlanta with Ok Sun, Volume, and Seann to attend Chloes Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 11, and Commencement on Saturday, May 12. The Hooding Ceremony, presided over by Hewitt W. TedŽ Matthews, Ph.D., R.Ph., Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Vice-President for the Health Sciences was a mini-commencement event, complete with a guest speaker. Graduates receiving the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), and Ph.D. degrees were individually announced as they filed past the Dean to acknowledge receiving the olive green academic hood associated with Mercers Pharmacy program. The commencement, however, included graduates of all schools; therefore, the Deans of the academic schools conferred degree credentials en masse, while the program listed the names of the graduates. Immediately following graduation, the Burks invited friends and relatives to enjoy a fabulous lunch at the Georgia Rib Company in Marietta. Guests included: Ora Burks of Uniontown, Alabama, Chloes grandmother; cousin Nadine McCray and husband Leonard of Birmingham, Alabama; Chloes sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. … April Hayes, Nea Richardson, Elkin Alfred, and Telishia Terry ; high school and college friend Veronica Farrior and husband, Antoine Farrior ; Chloes beau, Clinton Groomes, Jr. his mother Gloria Groomes and sister, Resa Groomes-Micheaux ; and, yours truly. Emotions ran high as Chloes family and friends took turns reminiscing about her. Especially endearing was a ceremony conducted by the Zetas, who formed a circle around Chloe and serenaded her with the Sororitys song. At the Georgia Rib Company we feasted on an appetizer of vegetables and fruit, succulent baby back ribs, barbecued chicken, baked salmon, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese. The restaurant was highly recommended by Atlanta resident and Burks cousin, Christine Jones Dessert was a lovely strawberry cake from another restaurant, the bustling Marietta Diner. We had dinner there Friday night. OMG! The food is wonderful! Portions are so generous two people can share. The service is fast and friendly. And, yes, the cake was as ginormous as the meal portions! It has been fascinating watching Chloes destiny unfold. Dr. Chloe Burks, you are this weeks TALK OF THE TOWN! (I wuv u!) Proud parents Ok Sun and Volume Burks with the graduate, Chloe Burks, Pharm.D. Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta, left to right, Telishia Terry, Nea Richardson, April Hayes, Chloe Burks, and Elkin Alfred Chloe Burks and brother, Seann Burks Burks family, left to right, Seann, Ok Sun, Chloe, and Volume Nadine and Leonar McCray, Chloe Burks' cousins Chloe Burks, Pharm.D. with her beau, Clinton Groomes, Jr. Left to right, Veronica Farrior, high school and college friend; Soror Elkin Alfred; Soror April Hayes, high school and college friend; Soror Nea Richardson; and Soror Telishia Terry Chloe Burks, Pharm.D. with cousin, Christine Jones Chloe Louise Burks, Pharm.D., Graduation Ceremonies, Mercer University, 5-12-12 Pharmacy college's banner, graduation Pinning Ceremony, designates completion of classroom program. Student begins hospital and clinical rotations. Hewitt W. Matthews, Ph.D., R.Ph., Dean, Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and V. P. Health Sciences and Chloe Burks, Pharm.D. Frances Bradley with Dean Hewitt Matthews, Ph.D., R.Ph., Dean, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, V.P. for Health Sciences "What I know about Chloe", Ora Burks, Chloe's grandmother, Graduation Luncheon Resa Groomes-Micheaux and mother, Gloria Groomes at Chloe Burks' graduation luncheon

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BAHAMAS: Eleven designers, representing the island nations of TheBahamas, Barbados, Guyana, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, debuted their collections during Islands Of The World Fashion showcase held last week in The Bahamas. From racy swimwear to dynamic resort wear with asymmetrical embellishments, the showcase kept its captivated audience speechless. The designer lineup included IWFS veterans Darcel de Vlugt from Trinidad & Tobago; Bahamians David Rolle, Theodore Sealy and Harl Taylor BAG, Chelsea Johnson, Courtney McIntosh and Derrica Williamson; Alexis Campbell and Kesia Estwick of Barbados; Carol Fraser of Guyana and Sharleen Lagon representing Saint Lucia. Inspired byv arious genres and time periods, each collection clearly expressed themes in a cohesive and spectacular way. I think we had a great turnout and the audience enjoyed the show fully,Ž said Indira Moss, production manager for the event. It was clear that the designers put their hearts into each piece of their collections and it showed through their attention to detail and mixture of fibres and textures. It was all different. Months of hard work paid off and we were very impressed with what they accomplished. Im confident theywill all be successful in the future.Ž Aside from the dynamic work of the fashion designers, the showcase also paid tribute to the late Jackson Burnside through the innovative creations of the participants of the Jackson Burnside Fashion & Design award. Architect Val Pintard, designer Apryl Burrows, interior designer Elizabeth Clarke and draftsman Reuno Pratt took on the challenge of creating one-of-a-kind wearable garments made from materials used in the built environment. The result … an inspiring display of ingenuity and creative know-how that stunned the audience. A high-eneergy acrobatic dance routine by the Silk and Steel dance troupe set the stage for the night with an incredible performance. Further performing for the audience were two young up-and-coming Bahamian artistes, Shaton and Zee who graciously accompanied the Exles Explosion … a male lingerie spectacle that showcased jaw-dropping pieces from international couture lingerie houses CoutureBoy and Lee Greggory. The following evening, four lucky participants took home the coveted prizes from the event as well as bragging rights for one year. The Jackson Burnside Award was handed out to Elizabeth Clarke and Bruno Pratt for their innovative and creative ability. Taking home the Sustainable Eco-Fashion Award was Harl Taylor BAG. The Culture and Fashion Award which was won by David Rolle from the House of Raphelita and the coveted NextGen Designer award was given to Grand Bahama native, Courtney McIntosh, who could not contain her excitement after winning the award. Endorsed from its inception in 2008 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Islands of theWorld Fashion Showcase (formerly Islands of the World Fashion Week) has been successful in fulfilling its mandate of promoting island designers from around the world and exposing them to international media and buyers. It is also mandated to expose its audience to four underlying themes affecting small-island states today … cultural diversity, the environment and climate change, poverty alleviation and the education of youth on HIV/AIDS. MAY 19, 2012 THESTAR PAGEA-7 Caribbean Designers Rip The Runway At Islands Of The World Fashion Show In The Bahamas Theodore Elyett Bahamas Chelsea Johnson Bahamas Kesia Estwick Barbados Theodore Elyett Bahamas Carol Fraser Guyana Darcel de Vlugt Trinidad & Tobago David Rolle Bahamas Darcel de Vlugt Trinidad & Tobago Courtney McIntosh Bahamas Jackson Burnside Presentati on Model Derrica Willaimson Bahamas Carol Fraser Guyana Courtney McIntosh Bahamas

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MAY 19, 2012 THESTAR JacksonvillesLOCAL NEWS FLORIDA SECTION B Florida Funk Fest Jazzes Up Jacksonville By SANDY NEAL Freelance Writer/Photographer FunkFest 2012 brought to you by 101.5 and Variety Entertainment, was amazing this year and the crowd enjoyed the cool weather and entertainment. Metropolitan Park was the place to be for a relaxing weekend of fun, food and entertainment. DJ Dr. Doom was the official DJ. On Friday for your listening and entertainment pleasure Special Ed, Charlie Wilson (along with Charlies Angels) and New Edition graced the stage. Charlie Wilson a Tulsa Oklahoma native and exmember of the Gap Band sang many of his hits such as There Goes My Baby, Party Train and Charlie Last Name Wilson were crowd favorites. Special Ed, best known for his songs, I got it MadeŽ and Im the MagnificentŽ is a native New Yorker, hip-hop musician of Jamaican descent that wasted no time getting the crowd in a festive mood with his reminiscent songs. New Edition was a crowd pleaser with such hits as Popcorn Love, Mr. Telephone Man and Cool It Now, but it was nice to see all the members of the platinum selling group back together on the stage, which included Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill. The group will be celebrating 30 years of music next year. Saturdays line-up included Loose Ends a British R&B Band from the 1980s dazzled the crowd with their 1985 hits Hanging on a String, Magic Touch and Slow Down a 1986 hit. There was a challenge for The 2012 FunkFest to have conquered the Worlds Largest Wobble DanceŽ and I believe they did, because people were wobbling as far as the eyes can see. Ledisi a New Orleans native, singer/songwriter hit the stage and sung her songs such as Alright, Coffee, but when she sang Pieces of Me she went into the crowd so that the people way in the back could get to see and touch her. She has kicked off her 2012 B.G.T.Y Tour, which EricBenet will serve as the opening act, which she says, She is very proud to have onboard.Ž Then it was time for the original Human Beat Box himself, Dougie Fresh which took the crowd through many songs of old television shows such as The Jeffersons, Cheers, and Good Times just to name a few. He also went through some old songs such as The ShowŽ, dances and taught the crowd how to properly do, The DougieŽ a dance that he invented. He urged the older generation in attendance to go home and let the younger generation know that the dance was Old Skool. The crowd was more than happy to join him in a trip down memory lane. The Headliner was Erica Abi Wright better known as Erykah Badu, the Texas native and singer/songwriter was looking as lovely as ever. The Queen of Neo-Soul sang her hits such as Tyrone, Bag Lady and On and On just to name a few. The FunkFest also hosted a slew of food vendors that were serving up everything from barbeque to funnel cakes. The Official After-party was at Rush Street downtown at the Jacksonville Landing where DJ Dr.Doom was on the wheels of steel. Award winning singer, Erykah Badu DJAngela DJDr. Doom Bobby Brown (left) with New Edition

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GA LA … CAR Lupus Awareness Initiative is getting Support from the Community. Get a Makeover Event in honor of May, Lupus National Awareness Month. FREE MAKEOVERS MAY 19 and 20, 2012. .Ladies of Lupus Day of Beauty Event will be sponsored every 2nd Saturday of the month going forward. For more information, please contact: GA LA CAR, 5800 Ramona Blvd Suite E371, Jacksonville, Fl 32205 http://www.galacar.com/ladieswithlupus.htm 904-487„9254 -ladiesoflupus@galacar.com -www.galacar.com 20TH ANNUAL JACKSONVILLE JOB AND RESOURCE FAIR, on Monday, May 21, 2012, Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, at 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.630.4000 for addiditonal information. The Duval County Extension Office will hold an IRRIGATION RETROFITTING WORKSHOP on Tuesday, May 22 from 10 AM Noon at the Duval County Extension Office at 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Call or email Becky at beckyd@coj.net or 904-255-7450 for more information. MAYOR BROWN ANNOUNCES OLDER AMERICANS MONTH -May celebrates contributions to JacksonvilleWednesday, May 23: Navy Band Southeast, will perform a concert at the Ritz Theatre, tying in with the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and Memorial Day holiday. The concert, Music in the Spirit of Memorial DayŽ will be at 10:30 a.m. at the theater, 829 N. Davis St. To RSVP, call 630-7392. ETA PHI BETA SORORITY INC. FOUNDERS DAY LUNCHEON, Celebrating 70th Year Nationally 50th Year Locally, on June 2, 2012 At 11:30 Crowne Plaza Riverfront. For Information And/Or Tickets call 904-304-4779 or 904-713-8118. 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 904-2557450, or visit online at http:www.eventbrite.com. Community Activities, contd.PAGE B 2THE STAR MAY 19, 2012 *****/Community Activities REGISTRATION for the May session of Mayor Browns Business Builder is now open. 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. FIRST CHURCH/ONE-DAY SUBSTANCE ABUSE SEMINAR. The seminar will be sponsored May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., by the First Church of Palm Coast, the Rev. Gillard S. Glover's pastoral ministry at 91 Old Kings Road North. To register, call Mrs. Nellie Chapman Davis at 386-446-5759. 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. MAZZA-SMITH DANCE RECITAL, on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for more information. By: Lauren Van Driel Stress affects people in many different ways. It often creeps up when we feel overwhelmed or feel pressured to accomplish something in a short amount of time. Stress triggers an alarm in the brain, telling our bodies that something is wrong. The fight or flight response calls in the nervous system to respond and hormones to be released, jolting the body into action. Muscles become tense, breathing increases, and pulse quickens. Heightening the senses during a crisis is essential to survival. This is a natural and important biological response. The body is designed for short bursts of activity in response to stress or danger, but the ongoing nature of daily stress often means that the system is left on to respond. Recognize that you can learn how to lead a less stressful life. Recognize too, that when you alleviate the stress, it can help you live a longer, healthier life. Stress signals Stress reactions vary from person to person, and can involve mental, physical or behavioral changes. Headaches and fatigue are common signals that the body is over-worked. While you may have a mild headache due to stress, another persons headache may be so uncomfortable they have difficulty concentrating. A stressrelated headache may also mean you have tight muscles or have difficulty sleeping. Some people experience a combination of stress signals making it difficult to work and turn off stressful thoughts in their brain while they sleep. Change the choices you make Did you realize the choices you make can lead to more or less stress? Try to pinpoint what youre anxious about. Are you feeling stressed because you dont have time to finish a project before its deadline? Are you worried that a friend may have misinterpreted something you said? Or maybe everything you think about seems to have a worry attached? Now is the time to use your brain power to tackle these types of stressors. Try adjusting your thinking by asking yourself if your worries are small, medium or big problems. How upset do you want to get over it and for how long? Look at the possibilities around you, not the restrictions. Nutrition and exercise also play a big part in reducing stress. Most people are exposed to sweets, particularly when they visit friends. Eating too many sweets adds to feeling stressed and run down. Instead, try eating simple foods. Reprogram your thinking so that you enjoy the people around you instead of the food. Learn to say no when something becomes too difficult to fit in your schedule or accomplish during a short period of time. Listen to your inner voice. If something feels stressful and it keeps replaying as stress in your head, give yourself permission to say no. If you do this more often, youll enjoy a less stressful life. Plan To Be Less-Stressed„Tips for Success 1} Work on having a positive attitude. 2} Try not to worry about things out of your control. 3} When feeling overwhelmed by a task, ask yourself„is this something you enjoy or is it just something you think youre supposed to do? 4} Problem solve with people around you. Ask them to help you alleviate stress. 5} Eat nutritional food. Decrease the amount of fat and sugar you eat. The easiest way to make sure you dont overeat is to have a solid plan for dealing with stress before you go to family gatherings or parties. Nutritional stress can drain your energy. 6} Maintain a regular exercise program. Exercise helps on many levels. It releases the build-up of glucose in the muscles and relaxes them, and increases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that increase good overall sleep. 7} Rest. Try to get eight hours of sleep a night. A good nights sleep rejuvenates the mind as well as the body. 8} Play board games or card games with friends. Youll enjoy the benefits of improved brain health as well as social interaction, which is all important to healthy aging. How to Say No to Stress Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Lawrence Flowers and Intercession Interview By: Farris Long 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 overwhelming. 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 of life, ethnicities, backgrounds, orientation, ages, colors and creeds. It lets everyone know that Christ, being the ultimate focus and basis of Christianity, is NOT A LOOK... And instead of focusing to fit the mold of religious societies, strive to be and live 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) Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area

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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIA SECTION B ATLANTA WOMEN SHOW OUT AT THE 2ND ANNUAL DERBY BRUNCH HATWALK: A MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION & FUNDRAISER MAY 19, 2012 May 17, 2011 (ATLANTA)Atlanta's mothers, daughters, girlfriends, sisters, aunts celebrated this past Mother's Day in true Southern style at the Derby Brunch Hatwalk held on May 12th against the beautiful Villa Christina garden backdrop. Shirley Strawberry, co-host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, served as the celebrity emcee for this high style affair which serves as the official fundraiser for nonprofit vacation volunteer organization T.R.I.P. (Travel. Rebuild. Inspire. Progress.). Sponsored by Bronner Bros. and UnitedHealthcare, the day included music, mimosas and a generous brunch buffet. Atlanta's own Sol Factor performed funky R&B hits as attendees gathered to strut their high fashion hat style down the "Sista Soul Train Line." Winners of the Hatwalk Contest were gifted with unique diva hat figurines for rocking the best in hat flair. The 2nd Annual Derby Brunch Hatwalk presented attendees with an eclectic selection of goodies from featured vendors, including: Endow Me Creations, Fabulina Designs & Olivia Valentino, Grand Diva Enterprises, House of Shade, In the Bag!, Insights from the Soul, It's Sonu Handbags & Accessories, Jonetta Moyo,Ruthie's Sweet Scents, Spoiled Diva, Stella & Dot, STRAPS!, SUGARRUSH,Things Unique, and Young Living Essential Oils. "We're so pleased to combine a day of sisterhood, fun and fashion with a cause," says Corliss Hill, Executive Director of T.R.I.P. "Funds raised from the 2nd Annual Derby Brunch Hatwalk will allow T.R.I.P. to facilitate the rebuilding of distressed urban communities or inner city neighborhoods stricken by natural disasters." Hearthrob El DeBarge Jr. Heats It Up In Hinesville Hollywood hearthrob El DeBarge Jr. turned things up a notch when hit Hinesvilles Club Bomaz last week. The Shawty R UOk signer was in town courtesy of Mature Movement Entertainment. El DeBarge Jr was just one of the featured performers of the evening and he bought the house down,Žsaid Alecia Lavi Engram, marketing manager for MME. He had a wonderful time in the area and enjoyed the down time with MME CEOLuke Engram who introduced him to various persons in the area as well as do some media appearances with local media. According to Mrs. Engram, the region is becoming a hotbed for discovering new talent and attracting established talent. She predicts that in the near future Brunswick will be an entertainment hub. 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk planning committee members pose with the event's celebrity emcee Shirley Strawberry. From L-R: Tomica Young, Octavia Romans, Corliss Hill, Shirley Strawberry, Suzette LeSane, Leta Gibbs, Erika Bennett. Photo Credit: Delmar Whittington, A Vision Fair Atlanta's own Sol Factor performs funky R&B hits as attendees of the 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk show-off their fashionable hats through the event's signature "Sista Soul Train Line". Photo Credit: Cherelle M. Scott, Attendees of the 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk enjoy the program hosted by radio personality Shirley Strawberry. Photo Credit: Cherelle M. Scott, The Snappy Diva Author & radio personality Shirley Strawberry poses with fan after a book signing held at the 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk. All proceeds from book sales were donated to T.R.I.P. Photo Credit: Cherelle M. Scott, The Snappy Diva Winners of the 2012 Hatwalk Contest pose with radio personality Shirley Strawberry and celebrity emcee of the 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk, shown second to far right (all black) Photo Credit: Cherelle M. Scott, The Snappy Diva Attendees of the 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk socialize in high-style amidst the garden backdrop of the beautiful Villa Christina. Photo Credit: Cherelle M. Scott, The Snappy Diva

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MAY 19, 2012 THESTAR Bye Bye Birdies:Boston Celtics End Atlanta Hawks Hoop HopesPAGEB-4 By ARTHIANIXON Florida/Georiga Star PHOTOS:NBA.com ATLANTA -Living in Georgia and being a Celtics fan often gets you into problems on NBA game night. Yet this year, I got a wonderful May birthday gift watching the Boston Celtics put a team to shame and out of the playoffs sadly, that team just happened to be the Atlanta Hawks. Lets be clear Celtics fans were on edge for this one because it all came down to a palm sweating, gut wrenching, adrenaline pulsating, nerve breaking final few seconds where they won the game 83-80. Still, it would have been nice to see the Hawks hold em off to make it to the next leg of the playoffs just to prove they still can bring it. Based on the first paragraph, readers beware, this is an opinion article, combined of course with cold hard facts. Truth be told, the Hawks fought a good fight a really good one. They had a couple of winning streaks in there and unlike some other teams which shall be kept nameless on the east coast, this is one crew who knows how to effectively use its players and showcase the adage there is no I in TEAMŽ. It was also a delight to see that Atlanta came out to fill the bleachers during the playoffs and support the Hawks at the Highlight Factory. Following game 6, Coach Larry Drew singled out Bostons Kevin Garnett saying that he was an all-starŽ who made some timely shots and put his team in a great position earlyŽ. Ithought he was aggressive and really fighting for the low block,Žsaid Drew. We tried to disrupt his rhythm as much as we could, at times double teaming him and at times we didnt down there fast enough but he made some really big shots.Ž Coach Drew noted that the Hawks had some bad shots and turnovers which led into transition baskets. We didnt get into our offense very crisp and they pressured us and took us off of our sweet spots and that made it a little tough for us and we didnt respond,Ž he added. Not sure what other fans saw during the games but in my opinion, the shining stars of the series of course were Kevin Garnett for the Celtics and Josh Smith for the Hawks. Just in case you missed it, the final recap is as follows: On April 29, the Hawks beat the Celtics 83 … 74. On May 1st Boston took the game 87-80 then again on May 4th, 90-84. On May 6th, the Hawks fell drastically scoring on 79 points against the Celtics who won that game with 101. Then on May 8th, they kept hoop alive with a one point win over the Celtics, 87-81. BIG SECOND HALF LEADS SOUL PAST SHARKS, 56-38 PHILADELPHIA … The Jacksonville Sharks used three key turnovers to stay within a score of the Philadelphia Soul in the first half, but the Soul turned the tide in the games final 30 minutes, pulling away in what was ultimately a 56-38 final at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. Jacksonville trailed 21-17 at halftime, and received the opening kickoff of the third quarter with a chance to take their first lead of the game. But Philadelphias defense forced a turnover on downs in a goal-to-go situation, the first of several second-half stops for the Soul defense. Philadelphia quarterback Dan Raudabaugh played mistake-free football in that second half, connecting on a long touchdown passes to both Tiger Jones and Jeff Hughley to extend the Soul lead. Raudabaugh finished the game 20-of-26 passing for 308 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Hughley led the Souls receiving corps with seven catches for 121 yards and three scores. All three of Raudabaughs interceptions came in the first half, as the Shark defense played opportunistic football in the half. Bill Alford notched the Sharks first interception on the Souls second drive of the game, and then linebacker Charlie Hunt used great anticipation to step in front of a Raudabaugh pass in the second quarter. The Sharks best defensive play came just before halftime, when Raudabaugh looked for Hughley at the goal line. Up against the wall, Daylan Walker batted the ball out of Hughleys hands, played it off the boards and corralled the interception. Walker then returned it into Philadelphia territory to set up Marco Capozzolis field goal just before halftime. However, the Shark offense fell victim to turnovers as well. Quarterback Bernard Morris was intercepted four times, including twice when the Sharks had the ball in the red zone. Morris final pick came when the Sharks trailed by two scores, effectively sealing the game with a few minutes left. Morris finished 20-for-28 for 317 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. Morris also ran for a season-high 38 yards on five carries. Bobby Sewall led the Sharks with eight catches, while Shamar Graves racked up a team-high 126 receiving yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. In particular, Graves showed relentless effort in the final minute, catching a pass at his own 23 yard line, then busting through three Soul defenders before breaking more tackles on his way to the end zone. The loss drops the Sharks to 3-5, a game and a half behind the Georgia Force and Tampa Bay Storm, as both of those teams sit at 5-4 following the Forces Saturday night win over the Storm. The Sharks return home next Saturday to host the Iowa Barnstormers on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Next Saturday will be Military Appreciation Night, as the Sharks will hold a postgame jersey auction to benefit the Armed Forces Families Foundation. Kickoff for next Saturdays contest is set for 7:00 p.m. MONTGOMERY, Ala. The Suns and Biscuits split a doubleheader on Sunday May 13th at Riverwalk Stadium with Jacksonville winning the first game 6-2, and Montgomery claiming game two 7-1. In the first game of the day, the Suns took a the lead in the fourth inning off of Montgomery starter Jake Thompson. Dallas Poulk led off the inning with a single and later scored when Kyle Jensen sent a sacrifice fly to center to put Jacksonvi lle in front 1-0. The lead was short lived, with Montgomery sending eight men to the plate and scoring twice with two outs in the bottom half of the fourth. At one point five straight hitters reached base in the inning against Suns reliever Bobby Bramhall, with Greg Sexton and Brad Coon each driving in a run with and RBI single for a 2-1 Biscuits advantage. The Suns took the lead for good in the fifth inning. Russell Mitchell led off with a single and Jake Jefferies followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Chris Gutierrez then drove in his ninth run of the season with a sacrifice fl y to tie the game 2-2, and Jake Smolinski singled to knock in the go-ahead run and give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead. Suns designated hitter Kyle Jensen hit his fourth home run of the season in the sixth, when he jumped on the first pitch from relief pitcher Marquis Fleming and sent it over the right field wall to increase the Suns lead to 4-2. It was Jensen's fou rth home run of the season. Later in the inning, Donnie Webb drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Dallas Poulk added an RBI single to expand the lead to 6-2. The win snapped the Suns six game losing streak. Jacksonville had four extra-base hits in the game, one more than their total in the previous six games. The Suns improved to 15-1 when scoring the first run of the game. Corey Madden (1-0) pitched an inning and a third to earn his first win of the season. Bryan Evans, who earned his first career double-A victory against the Biscuits last August, started game one of the twin bill for the Suns. Evans was forced to l eave the game after he was injured on a play at the plate in the first inning, when he was sent into the air and landed on his back after tagging out the runner Ty Morrison. Biscuits starter Jake Thompson (0-4) dropped his fourth straight game to fall to 0-4 on the season. He allowed three runs on five hits in four and two-thirds innings of work. In the night cap, the Biscuits used the big inning to defeat the Suns 7-1. Montgomery jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning against Suns starter Zach Neal, when David Wendt tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Emeel Salem. Montgomery broke the game open by scoring five times in the fifth inning to increase the lead to 6-0. The big hit in the inning was a fly ball to left field off the bat of Kyeong Kong with the bases loaded. Three runs scored when Jake Smolinski fel l down trying to make the tough catch and was given an error on the play. Tyler Bortnick and Emeel Salem also drove in a run in the inning against Neal and reliever Wade Korpi. The Suns scored their only run of the second game when Paul Gran walked in the sixth inning and scored on a ground out by Smolinski. The Biscuits tacked on a run in the bottom half of the sixth, when David Wendt singled and was driven in by Ty Morrison. Wendt finished the game 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Alex Koronis (1-0) pitched two innings for his first win of the season. Spot starter Merrill Kelly, normally a long reliever, and two relief pitchers combined to allow the Suns just three hits in the seven inning game. Suns And Biscuits Split Twinbill

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The President, Gay Marriage and the Politics of the November ElectionBy Dr. John E. Warren San Diego Voice & ViewpointWhile many of us and African Americans in particular, disagree with the position that President Obama has taken on the issue of Gay MarriageŽ, we do not have the luxury of not voting for him in the November election. When we consider the political agenda of the conservative Republican Party and their opposition to such issues as the Affordable Healthcare Act, Consumer Advocacy, Economic Stimulus and extended unemployment benefits which this President has had to fight for against extended tax benefits for the wealthy, it is clear that those who support further economic recovery cannot afford to make the re-election of President Barack Obama a one issue campaign. For the record, President Obama is wrong both in making the statement that he made as President, even though he said it was his personal view. His Oath of Office demands that he Protect and DefendŽ the Constitution of the United States. He does not provide for his personal opinion in the process. For example, the Defense of Marriage Act is law. It has been challenged in the courts. The Justice Department as a part of the Obama Administration has refused to defend this law in the courts which is its duty as the legal arm of the United States Government. This should not be the case. We may never know the politics and reasons behind his decision, but we do know that he has done a good job in areas of critical importance to the survival of individuals, families and businesses in this country. So lets put the issue of his mistake on gay marriage behind us and support his re-election. Neither we, nor this nation can afford Mitt Romney in the Presidency.PAGE B-6 THESTAR MAY 19, 2012 EDITORIAL OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. 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MAY 19, 2012THE STARPR 1 PAL is the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville. Its mission is to reduce juvenile crime and instill positive values, character and leadership skills. PAL provides safe activities for the youth of Jacksonville. Their athletic and educational programs emphasize positive interaction with law enforcement officers and other adult role models. The organization offers year-round seasonal sports programs, after-school education programs, and summer camps. It is offered to students throughout the city and young males and females are encouraged to participate. This year, PAL celebrated its 40th anniversary as officers and citizens were encouraged to attend to witness the new programs that were added, including an increase in the awarding of scholarships. Present was former sheriff, Nat Glover and the first officer who volunteered to head the boxing classes … Dozell Varner. It was a joyful occasion. Sheriff John Rutherford and 2012 PAL College Scholarship Awardees Zacchari Gale, Austin Steele, III, Tatiana White, and Denisha Merriweather, who received $1,000 each, as well as Officer Derrich Mitchell Jacksonville Sheriff Office. Former Jacksonville Sheriff Nathaniel Glover, who is presently President of Edward Waters College, Dozell Varner Boxing Coach, son Officer Kim Varner, Sheriff John Rutherford, and Dottye Young. PAL Celebrates 40 Years First Coast Virtual Job Fair June 11-15, 2012Once again job seekers can take advantage of technology in their job searches with the First Coast Virtual Job Fair (VJF). The upcoming VJF begins at midnight June 11 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on June 15.Available jobs typically range from entrylevel to management positions. Job seekers will be able to view and apply for jobs by going to the WorkSource VJF site or copy/pasting www.firstcoastvirtualjobfair.org into their browsers. In 2011, four VJF events attracted just over 12,000 job seekers applying for 2,943 posted jobs. Employers had more than 11,000 resumes to look over, with 254 of them coming from job seekers outside of Florida. Advantages of the VJF for job-seekers include: -No need to take time off from work or interrupt your daytime schedule. -No standing in line. -Twenty-four-hour access. Visit any time, any place where Internet access is available. A free Web-based training manual, the VJF Handbook with video option, is available by going to http://fscj.edu/vjobfair/hndbk_1-1.html There are advantages for employers too: -No hauling materials to an off-site location. -No time out of the office. -Easy set-up of your company logo and organization profile. The VJF Handbook is provided by Florida State College at Jacksonville. The Handbook links to information on career counseling and training for workers needing to upgrade their present skills. They can learn about courses and programs to build new skills in health care, trades and industries and other high-wage, high-demand careers. Industry, educational and media organizations can learn more about how to become involved in this exceptional response to the regions employment needs by contacting Elizabeth CochranBrown at WorkSource at (904) 798-9229, ext. 2212 or by e-mail at ecochran@worksourcefl.com

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MAY 19, 2012 THE STARPR 2 New report shows up to 7.5 million students miss a month of school each year putting them at risk for dropping out Chronic Absenteeism Rampant in American Schools Chronic absenteeism in American schools is a largely unnoticed and unmeasured problem affecting the educational outcomes of millions of students and undermining critical school improvement efforts, according to The Importance of Being in School, a new report by Johns Hopkins University School of Education researcher Dr. Robert Balfanz. (Read the full report here). Conducted with support from the Get Schooled Foundation, the report will be released today simultaneously at a congressional briefing and at the Education Writers Associations national conference. The report found only a handful of states measure and report on chronic absenteeism, which the report defines as missing at least 10 percent of school days in a given year, or about 18 days. It estimates that 10 to 15 percent of students nationwide are chronically absent. That adds up to 5 million to 7.5 million students who miss enough school to be at severe risk of dropping out or failing to graduate from high school. As a mom and former preschool teacher, I know how devastating chronic absenteeism is to the ability of students to learn and grow,Ž said Washington Senator Patty Murray, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. This important research shines a bright light on this problem in our schools and it makes it clear that we all need to do more to make sure students make it into the classroom so they have the best chance to succeed.Ž The data problem is structural and runs from the school to the state to the federal level. At the school level, chronic absenteeism is largely masked by daily attendance rates. A school can report a 90 percent average daily attendance rate and have 40 percent of students chronically absent, because on different days different students make up the 90 percent. Schools know that students are missing but dont look at the data by student to show individual absenteeism rates. Because we dont measure or monitor the problem, we generally dont act on it,Ž said Balfanz, director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins. Left untreated, the problem will likely worsen achievement gaps between rich districts and poor districts and curtail the positive effects of promising current and future reforms.Ž The findings are sobering: Students who are chronically absent in one year will likely be so in subsequent years and may miss more than half a year of school over four or five years. Urban schools often have chronic absentee rates as high as one third of students, while poor rural areas are in the 25 percent range. While the problem affects youth of all backgrounds, children in poverty are more likely to be chronically absent. In Maryland, chronic absentee rates for poor students were more than 30 percent, compared to less than 12 percent for students from more affluent families. Chronically absent students tended to be concentrated in a relatively small number of schools. In Florida, 52 percent of chronically absent students were in just 15 percent of schools. In some school districts, kindergarten absenteeism rates are nearly as high as those in high school. The magnitude of the problem is likely understated as Balfanz and his researchers could find chronic absenteeism reported for only six states: Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon and Rhode Island. Several states, including California and New York, do not even collect the individual data needed to calculate chronic absenteeism. The impact of these missed days is dramatic … students are less likely to score well on achievement tests and less likely to graduate. Students who miss 10 percent of school days on average score in the 30th percentile on standardized reading and math tests, compared to those with zero absences, scoring in the 50th percentile. Looking at data from multiple states and school districts, the researchers found that consistently high chronic absenteeism was the strongest predictor of dropping out of high school, stronger even than course failures, suspension or test scores. Data from Georgia showed a very strong relationship between attendance in grades 8-10 and graduation. There was as much as a 50 percentage-point difference in graduation rates for students who missed five or fewer days compared to those who missed 15 or more days. These findings have been extrapolated into a user-friendly attendance calculator that allows users to see a personalized view of the impact of missed days on the likelihood of graduating and on math and reading achievement tests. Dr. Balfanzs research shows that we must address the attendance problem if we are going to have the kind of broader school improvement we want and our students deserve,Ž said Marie Groark, Executive Director of Get Schooled. The good news is that many of us are working in innovative ways to get the simple message of missing matters to parents and students.Ž The report did find signs of hope, including examples of schools and districts making substantial improvements in addressing absenteeism and attendance problems. Among others, Get Schooleds Attendance Challenge, a friendly national competition designed to motivate students to attend school, has seen strong results. Most recently, Lincoln High School (Warren, MI), bested other Detroit-area high schools when it raised its attendance by more than 8 percent over three months. In New York City, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's Interagency Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism and School Engagement is piloting strategies in 50 schools and adding another 50 this fall to identify the best practices to reduce chronic absenteeism in schools across the five boroughs and especially in high school where chronic absenteeism rates are higher. Students in pilot schools who were paired with success mentors, gained an additional 11,820 more days of school this year than their counterparts at comparable schools. The report recommends that chronic absenteeism (not just daily attendance rates) be included in the annual Department of Education Office of Civil Rights School Survey and in state accountability indexes. It also called for early warning and intervention systems and community-wide attendance improvement efforts to spread broadly across the nation. "The new report shines a critical and much needed spotlight on the prevalence of chronic absenteeism and its devastating consequences," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "As the nation's largest school district, we see the challenges it poses to our students and schools which is why we launched a Task Force to use innovative strategies to get students to school every day. With more attention to and study of this problem, districts across the country will have the tools they need to help their students thrive."

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MAY 19, 2012 THE STARPR 4 Scholarships, Opportunities, and Achievements Scholarship/Internship Opportunities | Time Sensitive_______________________________________________________________2012 Tylenol Scholarships -Deadline: May 31, 2012For the 21st year, the makers of TYLENOL are awarding $250,000 in scholarships to help college students who are planning to take care of others. The TYLENOL Scholarship Program has provided financial support for students who seek healthcare-related degrees for more than 20 years because the makers of TYLENOL cares about the future of healthcare and recognize that dedicating yourself to healthcare is no small commitment. The 2012 program will award $250,000 in scholarship funds to 40 undergraduate or graduate students pursuing careers in healthcare. Winners will be named TYLENOL(r) Future Care Scholars and receive awards of $5,000 or $10,000 to help manage the rising cost of education. Applications must be received by May 31, 2012. Awards Announced: August 31, 2012. About the Scholarship Application Tips Encourage a student to apply To learn more or apply please visit: www.Tylenol.com/Scholarship2012 or text SCHOLAR to 87715 _______________________________________________________________BCCSO Internship/Scholarship/Fellowship -Deadline: Varioushttp://bccso.howard.edu/apply BCCSO provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable educational and research experience. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young science leaders and strengthen their understanding of atmospheric processes and prepare them for future career opportunities in the STEM fields. BCCSO is a NASA University Research Center (URC) at Howard University. BCCSO consists of teams of scientists and students from Howard and collaborators from NASA/GSFC, Penn State and SUNY engaged in fundamental research. APPLICATION DEADLINES Undergraduate Scholarship Application Deadline: June 1, 2012 Graduate Fellowship Application Deadline: June 1, 2012_______________________________________________________________Organization of Black Aerospace ProfessionalsProject Aerospace Summer Program Registration Please, locate your preferred Academy and dates from the list below, then click the Register Now button to complete your registration and your payment. Registration for each academy closes two weeks prior to its start date. NOTE: There is a time limit of 15 minutes to complete each page of information. Please review the forms and have your information ready before beginning the process. If your session times out, you may have to start the process again from the beginning. http://www.obap.org/EventRegistration/AceAcademies/?at=a_______________________________________________________________The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST) -Deadline: June 15, 2012www.dfbsstscholarship.org/ The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST) is an endowment fund which provides scholarships to African-American undergraduate students who enroll in scientific or technical fields of study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Scholarships The amount of the scholarships awarded each student is determined by the DFBSST Scholarship Committee. Scholarships are based on merit and financial need. Scholarship awards are up to $2,000 per year. Support is renewed annually, for a maximum of four (4) years, as long as the students remains in good academic standing at the same institution, enrolled in a full-time, undergraduate science or engineering curriculum, and submits a renewal application. Scholarship applications become available April 15th and must be submitted by June 15th. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early September._______________________________________________________________Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Scholarships -Deadline: November 1, 2012YOU TOO CAN WIN $30,000! Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW's) premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 2-6, 2013, to tour the city, meet our nation's leaders, be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000. WHO CAN ENTER: The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. HOW TO ENTER: Click here for the 20122013 Voice of Democracy entry form. The deadline to enter the 20122013 program is November 1, 2012. The theme for 20122013 is: "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" Students should record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds). Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD, they can submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the November 1 deadline. http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/Community/Voice%20of%20Democ racy%202013%20Stud%20Web%20flyer%20Editable.pdf

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Woman Gets 20 Years for Shooting at Wall During Fight with Husband, Both Say They Were in FearA woman was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a shot into a wall during a fight with her husband. She proclaimed that she was in fear for her life, but her husband said that he was actually the one in danger. Marissa Alexander, 31, was arrested in August 2010 and charged with three counts of aggravated assault. She said it was only a warningŽ shot for her husband, who was trying to attack her. Alexander was guilty as charged and was also denied her claim in the Stand Your Ground defense last year. She said that she was in fear for her life, but a judge ruled that Alexander initially stepped out of the house and returned with a gun, questioning her fear.Ž Alexanders defense attorney argued that Gray had threatened her life when she returned to the house. Both sides of the case fought back and forth and the judge settled on sentencing Alexander to 20 years in prison. Due to the states 10-20-LifeŽ law, she was sentenced to a mandatory term of 20 years. Gray recently spoke out to show his side of the story. He said it all started when he and Alexander were looking through pictures of their newborn daughter on her cell phone. When she went to the bathroom, Gray found text messages and pictures of their daughter being sent to her ex-husband. He went to the bathroom and confronted her about it and thats when the arguments started. He said that he told her the relationship was over and he was going to leave with his kids. He then said Alexander came out of the bathroom and started hitting and attacking him as he tried to defend himself by putting his hands over his face. He also told her that the baby probably wasnt even his and she stopped hitting him. He said she then told him she had something for him and went to the garage to retrieve her gun from her truck. He said by the time she came back, his kids were by his side and she fired a shot at a wall. Gray then said he ran out the house with his children. He said he never laid a hand on her. Both accounts of the story appear to heavily contradict each other and it is unclear whose story is true. Records show that Gray had been arrested in 2006 and 2009 on misdemeanor charges of battery. In the 2009 case, Alexander was in the hospital after being beat by Gray. Charges were dropped and she let Gray back into her life after she found out she was pregnant with his child. Family of Alexander were not happy with the judges decision with the 20year sentence. Her father said that nobody was shot or her hurt and did not understand such punishment. It also seems as if many people across the nation disagree as well. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star MAY 19, 2012THE STARC&J 1 As an African American newspaper, we basically report on offenses committed by African Americans. Please note that in our observations, weekly reports show that African Americans DO NOT commit the largest percentage of criminal offenses in this ar ea. Man Drowns After Trying to Escape Police A man drowned after trying to escape police for brutally attacking his girlfriend. At around 7:30 p.m., Tyheim Alexis, was said to have been at a convenience store with his girlfriend, Stephanie Chin, 32. He started hitting Chin and when he saw the clerk call police, he dragged her out of the store. He then reportedly took her to a residential neighborhood where he continued to beat her. Neighbors in the area were able to hear Chins screams and called police. They also tried to get Alexis off of Chin and when police came, Alexis tried to scape by jumping into a nearby canal. While he tried to swim across to the other side, the police threw a flotation device to him, which Alexis ignored. Alexis disappeared under the water and the police tried to jump in and rescue him, but he was nowhere to be found. Rescue divers arrived and found him at the bottom of the canal. They brought him up to the shore and took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Tyheim Alexis Marissa Alexander

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MAY 19 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. Children Safety KEEPING KIDS SAFE A great thing about kids is their natural trust in people, especially in adults. Its sometimes hard for parents to teach children to balance this trust with caution. But kids today need to know common-sense rules that can help keep them safe…and build the self-confidence they need to handle emergencies. MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS KNOW! How to call 911 or "0" in emergencies, and how to use a public phone. Help them practice making emergency phone calls. Be sure emergency numbers…police, fire, poison control and emergency medical…are by all phones. Their full name, address, and phone number (including the area code), plus your work phone number. If you have a cellular phone and/or beeper, teach your children these numbers as well. How to walk confidently and stay alert to whats going on around them. To walk and play with friends, not alone. To refuse rides or gifts from anyone, unless its someone both you and your child know and trust. To tell a trusted adult immediately if anyone, no matter whom, touches them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. SAFEGUARD YOUR CHILDREN Learn about warning signs that your child might be involved with drugs or gangs. Spend time listening to your children or just being with then. Help them find positive, fun activities that they can take part in. Always know and know about your childs activities. Know where your child is, and when he or she will return. Be sure you and your child are clear on your rules and expectations for activities. Make absolutely clear what is OK and what is not. Teach your child Internet safety tips. The people they talk to online might not be who they say they are. Your Safety Woman Held Against Will and Shot A man was arrested and accused of holding his estranged wife against her will before shooting her. Calls were made to police about gunshots being heard. Police responded and arrived at a home where they saw a man and woman sitting on the porch. As police got closer, the woman got up and went inside in the house. The man on the porch was 40-year-old Johnnie Henderson, whose shirt was covered in blood. Police believed Henderson to have been shot, but when he was checked for any injuries, there were none to be found. Police decided to go into the house to speak with the woman who was sitting on the porch earlier. After they went inside, they found the woman with a huge laceration on the side of her head, which appeared to be a gunshot wound. The woman was taken to the hospital to get treated and was later released. After investigation, police found out Henderson was the estranged husband of the woman. They discovered that earlier on in the day, he went to the house to speak with her, but she didnt let him in. He then forced his way in and held her inside the home, while armed with a .22 caliber handgun. At one point, he fired a shot grazing her head, which covered Hendersons shirt in blood. Henderson was arrested and charged with false imprisonment, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Johnnie Henderson Shoplifting Spree Ends with Car Crash Two women remain in jail after shoplifting at a Macys store in a mall, then getting into a car crash. Macys security observed three women stealing 46 clothing items, valued at $1,124, and putting them in Browns car before taking off. A deputy spotted the car and followed. The car took off at a high rate of speed but the deputy broke off pursuit for safety reasons. Moments later the car crashed into the rear of a flatbed truck. The driver Nina Monic Brown, 27, and passenger Eboni Joyneice Hatcher, 19, both fled but were quickly arrested. Passenger Linda Ann Watkins, 40, 1875 22nd Street was the most seriously injured, being pinned in the wreckage. Hatcher was taken to the hospital and released the next day. She was then arrested on charges of grand theft and resisting a merchant. She later posted bond. Brown was taken to the hospital and was treated for severe facial injuries. She was charged with grand theft, fleeing to elude at high speed, resisting officers, and leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury. She is being held on $55,000 bond. Watkins was also taken to the hospital and later turned herself in. Charges are pending. Nina Brown Eboni Hatcher Linda Watkins

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Mother Leaves 2-Year-Old Child Home to Work at Strip Club Officers responded to the suspects home after a neighbor notified police that a small child had been left alone and was crying inside. As officers arrived, they looked in a window and observed a young child crying, dirty and unsupervised. Since the front door was locked, officers climbed into the house through an unlocked window and took the child from the house. Officers searched the house and no one else was home. There was fecal matter on the floors and walls throughout the house. The bathroom plumbing appeared to be backed up and there was eight inches of black water in the bathtub. Officers responded to the mothers workplace at a strip club, where she was arrested. Man Stabbed to Death Because of Cheap Mothers Day Gift Houston, TX20-year-old Paige Parkerson was charged with murder for the death of her fiance, Clifton JRŽBarkin, 22, whom she had two children with. Barkins mother, Evetta Wright, told police that she went to Walmart with him the night before so he could buy flowers and a Mothers Day card for Parkinson. Wright received a call shortly from Parkerson, who told her that she had killed Barkin. Wright said she believed Parkinson killed her son because she expected a more expensive gift. The two sons of the couple were asleep during the incident and are now in the care of relatives. Parkinson was arrested and charged with firstdegree murder. She is being held on $75,000 bond. MAY 19, 2012THE STARC&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Woman Says Blood on Her Arm is From Her Period A woman was arrested after throwing a carving fork at a man and telling police the blood was from her menstrual cycle. An officer went to a hotel to speak to a man who had a cloth covering the left side of face and ear. He was bleeding from his ear and said that a woman he knew by the name of Brenda or Barbara had thrown a carving fork at his face, which hit his ear. A carving fork is a large sharp fork used to slice or carve meat. She was said to have gotten upset because he would not buy her crack cocaine. The officer drove around and spotted a woman walking shorts that were hanging low off her buttocks, covering most of her legs. The officer approached Barbara Cruz, 39, who had blood stained from her right shoulder to her forearm. There was also a paper towel that was covered in blood. When asked, she stated that the blood was all from her period. The officer also found a glass pipe, used in smoking rock cocaine, and placed it on top of the trunk of his car. When he walked away to run her name, Cruz grabbed the pipe and smashed it. Cruz was arrested and charged with battery, evidence destroying, resist officer obstruct without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. Woman Kills Fiance Over Cigarette A woman was arrested after stabbing and killing her fiance who would not give her a cigarette. Yolanda Lenette Stills, 43, was said to have asked her fiance a cigarette, but she became enraged when she wasnt given one. Unable to hold her anger, she went to the kitchen to retrieve a 10-inch butcher knife and started to stab her fiance, Ricardo McMillian, 56. Police responded to a reporting of a stabbing and arrived at the apartment complex. McMillian was found with stab wounds in the front yard of the apartment and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Stills had already left the apartment after the stabbing, but when she came back, she was taken into custody. She will face murder charges. Records show that Stills has had numerous encounters with police in the past. Since 1994, she had been arrested 34 times. She has faced many charges including battery, assault, possession of controlled substances, resisting police and arson. She has also been arrested six times for prostitution. Laughing Woman Throws Puppy From Balcony Chicago, IL22-year-old JamilleMarshall was accused of hurling a puppy from her third story balcony. The puppy was a yellow pit bull mix and the impact of the fall broke its front leg giving the puppy a severely difficult walking. When police arrived to arrest Marshall, she laughed as she was being taken away. She told police that she and her friend found the puppy on the balcony. The puppy was not theirs and they didnt want it, which led to her throwing it off the building. The puppy was taken to Animal Care and Control for treatment and is expected to survive. One of the officers that were at the scene is said to adopt the puppy after release. Marshall is facing a felony aggravated animal cruelty charge. Police After 4-Year-Old For Overdue Library Books Freeport, PA4-year-old Katelyn Jageman had four overdue library books and this apparently was a serious issue, so much so that the police were called. The library officials have said that they had tried several times to retrieve the books, but were unsuccessful. Calls were made to the family and letters were even sent. After much failed attempts, matters were handed over to the police. An overdue book was said to be charged ten cents per day and with four books over a 204-day period, Katelyn owed the library $81.60. As police intervened, they made a call to the home and the parents were notified of the seriousness of the situation. Charges couldve been filed, but the parents returned the books, paid the fine, and apologized to the library. The case is now closed. Yolanda Stills Barbara Cruz

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MAY 19, 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: Ashlie J. Faustin Age: 17 Weight: 133 lbs Last seen: 4/20/12 Name: Sydonnie Stephenson Age: 15 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 4/10/12 Name: Damarah Lashonta Dickerson Age: 15 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 3/23/12 Name: Hakeem D. Hayes Age: 14 Weight: 150 lbs Last seen: 5/01/12 Name: Kristal Tremaine Upshaw Age: 14 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 4/07/12MOSTWANTED Bank Robbery SuspectThe suspect entered the bank and presented a note to the teller. The teller complied and the suspect fled the bank with the cash. The hat the suspect was wearing was located nearby. A short time later the suspect vehicle was located. The vehicle was a stolen vehicle from November of last year. It was an older model light blue Pontiac Bonneville. The vehicle was located abandoned in the 300 block of Green Castle Rd. It was determined that the dye pack had exploded. The suspect should have red dye on him now. The suspect was described as a black male, late 20s … early 30s, 511Ž … 6 tall, thin, approximately 170-185 pounds, thick bushy beard, wearing a long sleeve cream button up dress shirt with a red plaid pattern, black tie, black dress pants, gold sunglasses and a black fedora hat. 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:Glenn R. BarryOffense: Fail to Return Rented Vehicle Name:Khiry AnfieldOffense:Organized Fraud Under $20,000 Name: AntonioBartelOffense: Robbery No Gun Name: Marlon Brandow Jr. Offense: Aggravated Assault Intent to Commit Felony



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Yjkvpg{"vq"dg"Jqpqtgf"cv"vjg"4234"Dknndqctf Owuke"Cyctfu We Loved Them; We Lost Them This Week According to reports, Rolanda Harrell and Kishon Birch had a relationship but no children together. On Wednesday, Rolanda accused Kishon of seeing another woman. Even though they lived in the same apartment complex, they did not live together. Rolanda had three children, two daughters, 7 and 5, and one two year old son. All three kids were in the apartment during the confrontation. They said that Kishon was slinging their mother around, slamming her against the kitchen counters and stove. The kids stated that at one point, their mother threw up blood from her mouth. Kishon picked her up and then put her down again, immediately walking out of the door. A neighbor heard the noise and saw him leave. Rolanda, 28, was found dead about 4:00 p.m.. Birch reported to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, escorted by his mother. He was arrested and charged with murder. 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 Lcz"Ocp"Mknnu"Yqocp"cu jgt"Ejknftgp"Ycvejgf lqdu"hqt"{qw"""""" lqdu"hqt"{qw""""" lqdu"hqt LQDU"""" LQDU"""""" LQDU""""" LQDU"""""""" LQDU#"""""Y jcvA""Ugg"Rcig"C/5 Rcuvqt"Igqtig"Jctxg{ Fqppc"Uwoogt Ejwem"Dtqyp Rev. George Harvey Jr, 59, passed away on 12 May 2012. A native of Jacksonville, FL Rev. Harvey served the local area for over 3 decades to improve condition of the underprivileged and strived to lead all that he met to Christ. Rev. Harvey will be remembered for his work and life as a Pastor, Executive, Loving Husband, and Father. The Funeral will be held at The Potters House 5119 Normandy Boulevard Jacksonville, Florida 32205. Funeral Services will be provided by AB Colman Mortuary (904) 769-0507 Known as the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer was 63 years old and lived in Florida at the time of her death. The 5-time Grammy award Winner was known for her hits, Hot Stuff, and Bad Girls. According to reports, she died Thursday morning after a battle with lung cancer. Bounce TV will pay tribute to her with Soul Train Episode and film, Thank God Its Friday on Friday, May 18 at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown passed away Wednesday. He was 75. Brown passed about a week after it was reported that he had been hospitalized with pneumonia. Browns hits in 1970, Bustin Loose, was number one on the MCA charts. Brown postpone many shows recently because of his failing health. Tqncpfc"O0"Jcttgnn.4: Mkujqp"N0Dktej."54 The Billboard Music Awards to air this Sunday, May 20th, will have a tribute to Whitney Houstons life and music, featuring John Legend and Jordin Sparks. Bobbi Kristina, Whitneys daughter, and her sister-inlaw, Pat Houston will accept the Billboard Millennium Award in her honor. Whitneys former husband, and Bobbi Kristinas father, Bobby Brown performed a dedication to her on the Jay Leno Show Wednesday night. In the song, Bobby admits he messed up pretty bad and went on to say he doesnt know how to live without you. His album including the song will be released June 4. Uvwfgpvu"Qtkikpcn"Rncp"vq"Jqpqt"Tckpgu"Itcfwcvgu"Fgpkgf My name is DevRon G. Lester. I am a graduating senior at William Marion Raines Senior High School. I am a member of the Raines Band, Kappa League, Upward Bound, National Honor Society, Gear Up & the Rainesmen. I am writing to you as a student who once again has been bamboozled by the Duval County Public School System. Upon preparing to pursue the position of Mr. Raines 2011-2012 I became aware of our schools archives room. While researching information I began to realize that there were key individuals in our schools history that have contributed outstanding service to Raines. For one full year I researched thoroughly. I later submitted a proposal to the school and district administrators of my idea to honor 3 retired faculty members and 3 alumnus of the school. Upon approval I organized & planned a dedication ceremony in their honor. I prepared the invitation letter to all honorees, I compiled there contact information, I typed and created a program, I contacted various student leaders and organizations to obtain their participation. This event has been scheduled for nearly 3 months. On Tuesday, May 16, 2012 two days before the event was scheduled to take place my event was abruptly, disrespectfully and unprofessional canceled. I was called into a meeting on Tuesday (May 15) morning with my principal, and all assistant principals. I was told that I had 3 choices: Move my program to 8am on May 17. Make the event private and only have the honorees present. Move the program to next school year. Take Dr. Julian E. Whites name completely off the event and not to honor him. I was against all three options. From what my principal told me the superintendent of schools and director of communications wanted the event canceled indefinitely. However my principal told me he was providing me with these 3 options. I was told that this occurred because Dr. Julian E. White was one of the 6 honorees. The superintendent of schools and director of communications felt that including Dr. Whites name in the list of honorees would bring a negative image to the school and the district. I was called into another meeting on Wednesday (May 16) morning where I was instructed that a private ceremony, in one of the schools meetings rooms would take place and breakfast would be provided. This ceremony would take place on May 17, 2012 at 8:00am. This event would only last one hour and would be closed to anyone but the honorees. I was further asked by one of my assistant principals to provide a copy of my speech, power point & program so that the school could make the changes as they deemed necessary. This is an insult, travesty and disrespect to me, my fellow peers, the chosen honorees and the entire community. The Raines Band, the Platinum Vikettes, the JROTC and many other student leaders have worked extensively for months to prepare their performances for the event. Students See A-3 Mayor Brown, after hosting former President Bill Clinton, announced several new partnerships that are going to support education, help veterans succeed in the civilian workforce and create sustainable neighborhoods through responsible home-ownership. Last Friday, former President Bill Clinton joined the mayor on stage in Downtown Jacksonville at the Terry Theater of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts to thank representatives of the following organizations for their commitment to Jacksonville: Jacksonville Jaguars made a $1 million financial commitment along with leadership support. oFlorida Blue has committed to invest $2 million in 2012 to improve the quality of life in Jacksonville through non-profit programs, and commit to invest at least $1 million annually for the next three years. In addition, Florida Blue will make an investment of $125,000 to the mayors education initiatives. oWells Fargo is committing to $1 million of support for neighborhood stabilization efforts. CSX Michael Ward, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and CSX are committed to actively supporting programs tied to downtown development, job creation, education and veterans/military affairs today, and is committed to working with the mayor. Wayne Hogan, president of the Terrell Hogan law firm, has committed to $200,000 financial commitment. Chuck and Eddie Farrah of the Farrah & Farrah law firm, made a generous contribution of $200,000. By working together, we are stronger, said the mayor. Oc{qt"Cnxkp"Dtqyp"Cppqwpegu"Ownvk/Oknnkqp Fqnnct"Ncpfoctm"Eqookvogpvu"/"" Rtgukfgpv"Dknn"Enkpvqp"cpf"Oc{qt"Dtqyp Fgnkxgt"Tgoctmu"cv"Geqpqoke"Uwookv Jgu"Pqy"Ft0"Cpvjqp{" Vqp{""Jknn Still called Senator Hill, he can now be called Dr. Hill after receiving an honorary doctorate last week at BCU.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL ADDISON Benjamin Franklin, died May 10, 2012. ANCRUM Helen C., 87, died May 12, 2012. BELL, Frank A., 51, died May 12, 2012. CATES, Jeffery Scott, 27, died May 12, 2012. CLAYTON Jerry, died May 11, 2012. COLE, Jean, died May 12, 2012. COLEMAN, Raymond, Sr., died May 10, 2012. COMBS, George J., 82, died May 11, 2012. CRAWFORD, George Eddie, Jr., 36, died May 9, 2012. DELGADO, Lydia, 54, died May 8, 2012. EFIRD, Juanita R., 86, died May 8, 2012. FEUSNER, Beatrice R., 97, died May 13, 2012. FLOYD, Vincent, died May 11, 2012. GIBSON, Mary Miller, 90, died May 12, 2012. GLANTON, Rosalyn A., 64, died May 14, 2012. GREEN, Charles, 70, died May 8, 2012. HARRIS Maxie, died May 9, 2012. HODGES, Mark A., 55, died May 13, 2012. HUGHES, Betty Joyce, 70, died May 10, 2012. JAMES, Elaine Mills Bass, 69, died May 10, 2012. JANNETIDS Tom, 83, died May 12, 2012. JOHNSON, Annetta Lucy, 71, died May 8, 2012. JONES, Collier L., died May 14, 2012. JONES, Thomas Edward Ed, 82, died May 11, 2012. KATZIANER James William, died May 8, 2012. KING, Rose Margaret, 69, died May 12, 2012. MAGYARI, Donald Ray, 68, died May 13, 2012. McCORMICK, Robert Bob, 71, died May 13, 2012. MILLER, Ernest, 68, died May 9, 2012. MITCHELL, Von R., 76, died May 10, 2012. MONTANO, Beatrice, 99, died May 9, 2012. MONTGOMERY, Cleo Smith, 100, died May 9, 2012. RICHARDSON Dora, died May 10, 2012. ROBINSON, James, died May 14, 2012. ROPER, Michael, died May 14, 2012. SHULTZ, Grier Allen, died May 14, 2012. TAYLOR, Linda J., 58, died May 9, 2012. TILLMAN, Rachel Kay, 45, died May 9, 2012. TUCKER, Katherine Campbell, 84, died May 10, 2012. TUNSILL Raymond Emory, 79, died May 9, 2012. VARNES Kaylon Omar, 29, died May 11, 2012. WADSWORTH, Sharon Ann, 64, died May 8, 2012. WATKINS, Levi Daniel, infant, died May 8, 2012. WATSON, Adele Mary, 86, died May 13, 2012. WHITE, Eliza, 89, died May 13, 2012. WILDER, Robert Michael, 55, died May 10, 2012. WILSON, Essie Mae, 99, died May 10, 2012. YARBROUGH, Betty Jean, 71, died May 12, 2012. ~*~GEORGIA DEATHS ALEXANDER, John D., 89, died May 11, 2012. LAWSON, Eddie A., 77, died May 6, 2012. MINCHEW, Bobby L., 69, died May 10, 2012. STONE, Waymon Top, 76, died May 13, 2012. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. Sunday Church School . . . . . . . . . 8:30 a.m. Worship Service . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.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 19, 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. 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 GREATER MISSIONARY TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH, 5730 Sawyer Ave., Jacksonville, is having REVIVAL NIGHT COME ONE!!! COME ALL!!! June 27 29, 2012. Guest Speakers: Wednesday, June 27th, Rev. Philip Mercer; Thursday, June 28th, Pastor Wallace Wyatt; Friday, June 29th, Sister Sandra Waldrop. Women Shoe Sizing Night (Fund Raising for the Church). Theme: But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 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 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. SAINT PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH 2730 West Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, Florida 32209, with Rev. James Wiggins, Jr., Pastor, is have their Midweek Supper and Bible Study at 7: p.m.; Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.; Worship with Holy Communion at 11:a.m. Church Motto: Justified for Sanctification that Matters For more information, call (904)765-4219. www.stpauljacksonville.org 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 The Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness ChurchThe Church Where Everybody is Somebody Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr., Overseer/ Pastor May 1, 2012 To: Our Friends We the pastor officers and members of the above name church wish to invite you to worship with us and be our special guest on our Annual Community Awareness and Women Day Celebration May 27th, at 11:00 A.M. and 3:00P.M. A great program has been planned for this occasion. Rev. Beverly Clark from Bethel Institutional Baptist Church will be the speaker for the 11:00 A.M. Service and Attorney Suzanne Bass will be our guest speaker for the 3:00 P.M. service. There will be several civic and political leaders to share with us and inform us about the community. If you have any questions, please contact our pastor Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr. at 904-710-1586 or the church office at 904-374-3940. Dinner will be served after each service. P.S. Those that may need their record sealed / Expunge the Chief Public Defender Mr. Matt Shirk will be present to take your information. Anyone that need mortgage mortification, in foreclosure, someone will be here to help you from Regions Bank. If you need someone to help you with a traffic ticket or DUI ticket, someone will be available. If you need your credit repaired, someone will be present and if you need to make plans for funeral arrangements at a low cost, someone from Carla Page Mortuary will be present. Spread the Word. Dinner will be served after each service. Respectfully yours, Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr. Pastor P. O. Box 3575 Jacksonville Florida 32206 E-mail gospell75@aol.com Phone 904-374-3940

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Around The Area Around The Area PAGE A-4 THE STAR MAY 19, 2012 Lincoln High School of Gainesville 9thBiennial Grand Reunion It was truly a time to reminisce. The theme was The instrument may be broken; the music torn; but the melody plays on And one could not help but feel the joy as they watched Lincoln graduates from the class of 1939 to the class of 1970. Lincoln opened its doors in 1923 to educate Black children, and because of integration, the high school was closed and became Lincoln Middle School in 1970. What was so thrilling to the former students and teachers was the comradeship that existed and the pleasure of learning, then and now. The event started with a coronation on Friday night, a breakfast on Saturday morning, a banquet on Saturday night with those who had participated in the chorus singing together again and those who had participated in the band playing and marching together again. All members were recognized and given trophies for their high school participation. As the only school in Florida with a published book of its history, the group was honored to meet the authors, Albert White, who is president of the alumni association and Kevin McCarthy, a professor at the University of Florida. Six graduates were inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame which made those in attendance who had not attended Lincoln, wish they had. Lincoln High School a place that made us proud.InducteesAlfred C. Peoples Education/Community Alfred showed his leadership ability while at Lincoln as vice president of the student council. A graduate of Florida A&M University and a Masters from the University of Florida with a special degree in educational leadership from Nova University, Alfred taught in Alachua County public schools for 37 years. Denifield W. Player Science Denifield received his B.S. Degree in Zoology from Howard University, served in the U. S. Army and became the first Black biologist to be employed by the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, MD. Later, he and his wife, Betty Green Player, returned to Gainesville where he became employed at the University of Florida in the Electron Microscopy facility for the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. He was the first Black Electron Microscopist to be hired at the University and has been acknowledged in several textbooks and co-authored several publications in his field of work. Frank C. Johnson, Jr. Athletics At Lincoln, Frank was a member of the football and basketball teams. The Gainesville Sun described him as one of the best high school players in the city during his era. After graduating from Lincoln and attending college, he participated in sports statewide and while in the city AAU league, he scored 40 or more points in several games. He suffered an injury in 1968 and has, since that time, been involved in a legal battle to gain benefits. His plight is legendary. He has a weekly column in the Mahogany Revue Newspaper. Louise Hill McGregor Education Louise Hill McGregor was born in Gainesville and after graduating from Lincoln High, received her BS degree in 1943 from Hampton Institute (University) She earned her MS degree in 1951 was a thesis entitled Homemaking Education for High School Boys. She did further studies at Virginia State Cornell University, Temple University and George Washington University. Her first teaching job was at Lincoln High where many of her students still sew and put on their makeup using the techniques she taught them. She also played the piano while at Lincoln as a student and as a teacher. During her last year at Lincoln, she assisted with the planning and design of the Home Economics Department for the new Lincoln High. After her marriage to Robert McGregor, Jr. she continued her teaching career in Special Education where she studied and toured in nine countries. She is the co-author of Curriculum Guide for the Instruction of Educable Mentally Handicapped. Ralph Alderman, Sr. Entertainment/Business While at Lincoln, Ralph participated in athletics and entertainment and was called the Demon on Defense. He also was part of a singing group called the Royal Kings of Lincoln High. After graduation the group signed a contract withFire Records where they appeared at the Apollo Theater in New York and many famous night spots. After the group broke up, he continued his career managing and promoting other entertainers. In the athletic world, Ralph played baseball and became the first president of the New Jersey Mid-State Baseball League. In addition to the above, Ralph produced a play at Newark Symphony Hall and also became known for his cooking skills. He was also a member of the Special Trained Police Department of Roselle, NJ. Reginald W. Hendrix (Prosthumous), Art While at Lincoln, Hendrix was active in the band, drama club and art. He was the art editor for the 1969 Terrier Yearbook. After graduating from Lincoln, he attended FAMU where he was a member of the Marching 100 band under the directorship of Dr. William Foster. After leaving FAMU, Reggie continued his career in music in New York where he performed with various jazz bands with his father, Wilton Barney Hendrix, a 1951 graduate of Lincoln. Reggie played the clarinet, saxophone, organ, piano and the guitar. He performed with the Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose and in 1980 worked with a Madison Avenue adversity company as an illustrator/designer. In the 1990s Reggie moved to Los Angeles and became involved in the motion picture industry drawing pictures for movies and films. He also worked with several television shows such as Knots Landing, Blade, Johnson Family Reunion and Cellular. He passed on January 30, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA. His mother Eleanor Spann accepted his award. Mother of the late Reginald Hendrix, Eleanor Spann, accepting award on behalf of Reginald Hendricks Ralph Alderman Hall of Fame Receipient receiving award from Albert White Below: Louise Hill McGregor receiving gifts from the last class she sponsored (Class of 1950) Book of the history of Lincoln High School Denifield Player, LHS Hall of Fame Inductee, standing to left with his family and friends

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Around The Area Around The Area MAY 12, 2012 THE STAR PAGE A-5 Lincoln High School of Gainesville 9thBiennial Grand Reunion Kaliyah Alexis Conoway, Little Miss LHS Alumni Queen, JoAnn Williams, LHS Alumni Queen, Benjamin Allen McBride, Kaliyahs escort Angela Robinson Terrell escorted husband, by Frank Terrell Committee members of the Lincoln High school Alumni Association Charles Chestnut, III Wilma Hamilton & Charles Chestnut, III Dorothy Franklin escorted by Elder Oliver Gordon Ida Simmons Donald escorted by Alphonso Burnett Albert E. White, President of the LHSAA & Wilma Hamilton Lily Simmons Gardner escorted by Frank Terrell Floid Churchill Sisters Ida Simmons Donald and Lillie Simmons Gardner Vivian Washington Filer, Johnny Moore, Randy Lewis, Clara Frances McLaughlin, Pat Nobles McGowan and Beverly Anderson Bryant Earl Williams and Alumni Queen, JoAnn Williams Albert E. White, left, and Dr. Kevin McCarthy, co-authors of the book Lincoln High School, Its History and Legacy Claudie C. Williams Minister Henry Thompson giving the invocation Vivian Washington Filer, storyteller Pat Nobles McGowan Johnny Moore at podium and Randy Lewis, seated, keynote speaker Former LHS Chorus member Minister Marie Herring Ramuth Andrews and wife, Barbara doing the swing dance Barbara Andrews and Otis Stover, Vice President Calvin Terry, right, and JoAnn Williams, doing the electric slide Janice Henry, Charmaine Henry and husband, City Commissioner Scherwin Henry Barbara Strong Jenkins, Bernard Hicks and John Owens playing in the LHS alumni band Former band member, Arvetta Jackson Hill, entertaining the audience Former LHS Band member, Lenard Perry Carl Gordon and Ora White, wife of Albert White doing the twist dance

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PAGE A-6 THE STAR MAY 19, 2012Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! Frances Bradley Columnist frances@thefloridastar.comVolume Burks, Photographer E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. CONGRATULATIONS!Dr. Chloe L. BurksDoctor of PharmacyCongratulations toChloe L. Burks, a recent magna cum laude graduate of Atlantas Mercer University College of Pharmacy, where she received the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She is the daughter of Volume and Ok Sun Burks and sister of Seann Burks (himself, a University of Florida graduate from the School of Business. Go Gators!). It is fascinating watching a persons destiny unfold before your eyes.Although Chloe attended magnet schools with an emphasis on medical arts, she graduated from Stanton College Preparatory and went on to major in communications at University of Central Florida in Orlando. A few years later, as she contemplated graduate programs for career advancement, her earlier interest in the medical field was rekindled. Influenced by Sonya Duncan mother of Zeta Phi Beta soror, Nea Richardson and high school buddies, Dr. Robert Drummond (Johns Hopkins, medicine/medical research) and Dr. Kevin Bond (University of North CarolinaChapel Hill, dentistry), Chloe focused on Pharmacy. Ive known Chloe since she was a child. She was a shy little girl with braids and glasses, who enjoyed reading, was popular among her friends, a cheerleader, student leader, and loved hugs. Today she is a tall, beautiful, and smart young woman, who is still popular with her friends, a student leader, and loves hugs. She enjoys the company of her parents and brother because family is important to her. I traveled to Atlanta with Ok Sun, Volume, and Seann to attend Chloes Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 11, and Commencement on Saturday, May 12. The Hooding Ceremony, presided over by Hewitt W. Ted Matthews, Ph.D., R.Ph., Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Vice-President for the Health Sciences was a mini-commencement event, complete with a guest speaker. Graduates receiving the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), and Ph.D. degrees were individually announced as they filed past the Dean to acknowledge receiving the olive green academic hood associated with Mercers Pharmacy program. The commencement, however, included graduates of all schools; therefore, the Deans of the academic schools conferred degree credentials en masse, while the program listed the names of the graduates. Immediately following graduation, the Burks invited friends and relatives to enjoy a fabulous lunch at the Georgia Rib Company in Marietta. Guests included: Ora Burks of Uniontown, Alabama, Chloes grandmother; cousin Nadine McCray and husband Leonard of Birmingham, Alabama; Chloes sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. April Hayes, Nea Richardson, Elkin Alfred, and Telishia Terry; high school and college friend Veronica Farrior and husband, Antoine Farrior ; Chloes beau, Clinton Groomes, Jr., his mother Gloria Groomes and sister, Resa Groomes-Micheaux; and, yours truly. Emotions ran high as Chloes family and friends took turns reminiscing about her. Especially endearing was a ceremony conducted by the Zetas, who formed a circle around Chloe and serenaded her with the Sororitys song. At the Georgia Rib Company we feasted on an appetizer of vegetables and fruit, succulent baby back ribs, barbecued chicken, baked salmon, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese. The restaurant was highly recommended by Atlanta resident and Burks cousin, Christine Jones. Dessert was a lovely strawberry cake from another restaurant, the bustling Marietta Diner. We had dinner there Friday night. OMG! The food is wonderful! Portions are so generous two people can share. The service is fast and friendly. And, yes, the cake was as ginormous as the meal portions! It has been fascinating watching Chloes destiny unfold. Dr. Chloe Burks, you are this weeks TALK OF THE TOWN! (I wuv u!) Proud parents Ok Sun and Volume Burks with the graduate, Chloe Burks, Pharm.D. Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta, left to right, Telishia Terry, Nea Richardson, April Hayes, Chloe Burks, and Elkin Alfred Chloe Burks and brother, Seann Burks Burks family, left to right, Seann, Ok Sun, Chloe, and Volume Nadine and Leonar McCray, Chloe Burks' cousins Chloe Burks, Pharm.D. with her beau, Clinton Groomes, Jr. Left to right, Veronica Farrior, high school and college friend; Soror Elkin Alfred; Soror April Hayes, high school and college friend; Soror Nea Richardson; and Soror Telishia Terry Chloe Burks, Pharm.D. with cousin, Christine Jones Chloe Louise Burks, Pharm.D., Graduation Ceremonies, Mercer University, 5-12-12 Pharmacy college's banner, graduation Pinning Ceremony, designates completion of classroom program. Student begins hospital and clinical rotations. Hewitt W. Matthews, Ph.D., R.Ph., Dean, Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and V. P. Health Sciences and Chloe Burks, Pharm.D. Frances Bradley with Dean Hewitt Matthews, Ph.D., R.Ph., Dean, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, V.P. for Health Sciences "What I know about Chloe", Ora Burks, Chloe's grandmother, Graduation Luncheon Resa Groomes-Micheaux and mother, Gloria Groomes at Chloe Burks' graduation luncheon

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BAHAMAS: Eleven designers, representing the island nations of TheBahamas, Barbados, Guyana, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, debuted their collections during Islands Of The World Fashion showcase held last week in The Bahamas. From racy swimwear to dynamic resort wear with asymmetrical embellishments, the showcase kept its captivated audience speechless. The designer lineup included IWFS veterans Darcel de Vlugt from Trinidad & Tobago; Bahamians David Rolle, Theodore Sealy and Harl Taylor BAG, Chelsea Johnson, Courtney McIntosh and Derrica Williamson; Alexis Campbell and Kesia Estwick of Barbados; Carol Fraser of Guyana and Sharleen Lagon representing Saint Lucia. Inspired byv arious genres and time periods, each collection clearly expressed themes in a cohesive and spectacular way. I think we had a great turnout and the audience enjoyed the show fully, said Indira Moss, production manager for the event. It was clear that the designers put their hearts into each piece of their collections and it showed through their attention to detail and mixture of fibres and textures. It was all different. Months of hard work paid off and we were very impressed with what they accomplished. Im confident theywill all be successful in the future. Aside from the dynamic work of the fashion designers, the showcase also paid tribute to the late Jackson Burnside through the innovative creations of the participants of the Jackson Burnside Fashion & Design award. Architect Val Pintard, designer Apryl Burrows, interior designer Elizabeth Clarke and draftsman Reuno Pratt took on the challenge of creating one-of-a-kind wearable garments made from materials used in the built environment. The result an inspiring display of ingenuity and creative know-how that stunned the audience. A high-eneergy acrobatic dance routine by the Silk and Steel dance troupe set the stage for the night with an incredible performance. Further performing for the audience were two young up-and-coming Bahamian artistes, Shaton and Zee who graciously accompanied the Exles Explosion a male lingerie spectacle that showcased jaw-dropping pieces from international couture lingerie houses CoutureBoy and Lee Greggory. The following evening, four lucky participants took home the coveted prizes from the event as well as bragging rights for one year. The Jackson Burnside Award was handed out to Elizabeth Clarke and Bruno Pratt for their innovative and creative ability. Taking home the Sustainable Eco-Fashion Award was Harl Taylor BAG. The Culture and Fashion Award which was won by David Rolle from the House of Raphelita and the coveted NextGen Designer award was given to Grand Bahama native, Courtney McIntosh, who could not contain her excitement after winning the award. Endorsed from its inception in 2008 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Islands of theWorld Fashion Showcase (formerly Islands of the World Fashion Week) has been successful in fulfilling its mandate of promoting island designers from around the world and exposing them to international media and buyers. It is also mandated to expose its audience to four underlying themes affecting small-island states today cultural diversity, the environment and climate change, poverty alleviation and the education of youth on HIV/AIDS. MAY 19, 2012 THESTAR PAGEA-7 Caribbean Designers Rip The Runway At Islands Of The World Fashion Show In The Bahamas Theodore Elyett Bahamas Chelsea Johnson Bahamas Kesia Estwick Barbados Theodore Elyett Bahamas Carol Fraser Guyana Darcel de Vlugt Trinidad & Tobago David Rolle Bahamas Darcel de Vlugt Trinidad & Tobago Courtney McIntosh Bahamas Jackson Burnside Presentati on Model Derrica Willaimson Bahamas Carol Fraser Guyana Courtney McIntosh Bahamas

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MAY 19, 2012 THESTAR JacksonvillesLOCAL NEWS FLORIDASECTION B Florida Funk Fest Jazzes Up Jacksonville By SANDY NEAL Freelance Writer/Photographer FunkFest 2012 brought to you by 101.5 and Variety Entertainment, was amazing this year and the crowd enjoyed the cool weather and entertainment. Metropolitan Park was the place to be for a relaxing weekend of fun, food and entertainment. DJ Dr. Doom was the official DJ. On Friday for your listening and entertainment pleasure Special Ed, Charlie Wilson (along with Charlies Angels) and New Edition graced the stage. Charlie Wilson a Tulsa Oklahoma native and exmember of the Gap Band sang many of his hits such as There Goes My Baby, Party Train and Charlie Last Name Wilson were crowd favorites. Special Ed, best known for his songs, I got it Made and Im the Magnificent is a native New Yorker, hip-hop musician of Jamaican descent that wasted no time getting the crowd in a festive mood with his reminiscent songs. New Edition was a crowd pleaser with such hits as Popcorn Love, Mr. Telephone Man and Cool It Now, but it was nice to see all the members of the platinum selling group back together on the stage, which included Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill. The group will be celebrating 30 years of music next year. Saturdays line-up included Loose Ends a British R&B Band from the 1980s dazzled the crowd with their 1985 hits Hanging on a String, Magic Touch and Slow Down a 1986 hit. There was a challenge for The 2012 FunkFest to have conquered the Worlds Largest Wobble Dance and I believe they did, because people were wobbling as far as the eyes can see. Ledisi a New Orleans native, singer/songwriter hit the stage and sung her songs such as Alright, Coffee, but when she sang Pieces of Me she went into the crowd so that the people way in the back could get to see and touch her. She has kicked off her 2012 B.G.T.Y Tour, which EricBenet will serve as the opening act, which she says, She is very proud to have onboard. Then it was time for the original Human Beat Box himself, Dougie Fresh which took the crowd through many songs of old television shows such as The Jeffersons, Cheers, and Good Times just to name a few. He also went through some old songs such as The Show, dances and taught the crowd how to properly do, The Dougie a dance that he invented. He urged the older generation in attendance to go home and let the younger generation know that the dance was Old Skool. The crowd was more than happy to join him in a trip down memory lane. The Headliner was Erica Abi Wright better known as Erykah Badu, the Texas native and singer/songwriter was looking as lovely as ever. The Queen of Neo-Soul sang her hits such as Tyrone, Bag Lady and On and On just to name a few. The FunkFest also hosted a slew of food vendors that were serving up everything from barbeque to funnel cakes. The Official After-party was at Rush Street downtown at the Jacksonville Landing where DJ Dr.Doom was on the wheels of steel. Award winning singer, Erykah Badu DJAngela DJDr. Doom Bobby Brown (left) with New Edition

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GA LA CAR Lupus Awareness Initiative is getting Support from the Community. Get a Makeover Event in honor of May, Lupus National Awareness Month. FREE MAKEOVERS MAY 19 and 20, 2012. .Ladies of Lupus Day of Beauty Event will be sponsored every 2nd Saturday of the month going forward. For more information, please contact: GA LA CAR, 5800 Ramona Blvd Suite E371, Jacksonville, Fl 32205 http://www.galacar.com/ladieswithlupus.htm 904-487 -ladiesoflupus@galacar.com -www.galacar.com 20TH ANNUAL JACKSONVILLE JOB AND RESOURCE FAIR, on Monday, May 21, 2012, Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, at 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.630.4000 for addiditonal information. The Duval County Extension Office will hold an IRRIGATION RETROFITTING WORKSHOP on Tuesday, May 22 from 10 AM Noon at the Duval County Extension Office at 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Call or email Becky at beckyd@coj.net or 904-255-7450 for more information. MAYOR BROWN ANNOUNCES OLDER AMERICANS MONTH -May celebrates contributions to JacksonvilleWednesday, May 23: Navy Band Southeast, will perform a concert at the Ritz Theatre, tying in with the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and Memorial Day holiday. The concert, Music in the Spirit of Memorial Day will be at 10:30 a.m. at the theater, 829 N. Davis St. To RSVP, call 630-7392. ETA PHI BETA SORORITY INC. FOUNDERS DAY LUNCHEON, Celebrating 70th Year Nationally 50th Year Locally, on June 2, 2012 At 11:30 Crowne Plaza Riverfront. For Information And/Or Tickets call 904-304-4779 or 904-713-8118. 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 904-2557450, or visit online at http:www.eventbrite.com. Community Activities, contd.PAGE B 2 THE STAR MAY 19, 2012 *****/Community Activities REGISTRATION for the May session of Mayor Browns Business Builder is now open. 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. FIRST CHURCH/ONE-DAY SUBSTANCE ABUSE SEMINAR. The seminar will be sponsored May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., by the First Church of Palm Coast, the Rev. Gillard S. Glover's pastoral ministry at 91 Old Kings Road North. To register, call Mrs. Nellie Chapman Davis at 386-446-5759. 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. MAZZA-SMITH DANCE RECITAL, on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.633.6110 for more information. By: Lauren Van Driel Stress affects people in many different ways. It often creeps up when we feel overwhelmed or feel pressured to accomplish something in a short amount of time. Stress triggers an alarm in the brain, telling our bodies that something is wrong. The fight or flight response calls in the nervous system to respond and hormones to be released, jolting the body into action. Muscles become tense, breathing increases, and pulse quickens. Heightening the senses during a crisis is essential to survival. This is a natural and important biological response. The body is designed for short bursts of activity in response to stress or danger, but the ongoing nature of daily stress often means that the system is left on to respond. Recognize that you can learn how to lead a less stressful life. Recognize too, that when you alleviate the stress, it can help you live a longer, healthier life. Stress signals Stress reactions vary from person to person, and can involve mental, physical or behavioral changes. Headaches and fatigue are common signals that the body is over-worked. While you may have a mild headache due to stress, another persons headache may be so uncomfortable they have difficulty concentrating. A stressrelated headache may also mean you have tight muscles or have difficulty sleeping. Some people experience a combination of stress signals making it difficult to work and turn off stressful thoughts in their brain while they sleep. Change the choices you make Did you realize the choices you make can lead to more or less stress? Try to pinpoint what youre anxious about. Are you feeling stressed because you dont have time to finish a project before its deadline? Are you worried that a friend may have misinterpreted something you said? Or maybe everything you think about seems to have a worry attached? Now is the time to use your brain power to tackle these types of stressors. Try adjusting your thinking by asking yourself if your worries are small, medium or big problems. How upset do you want to get over it and for how long? Look at the possibilities around you, not the restrictions. Nutrition and exercise also play a big part in reducing stress. Most people are exposed to sweets, particularly when they visit friends. Eating too many sweets adds to feeling stressed and run down. Instead, try eating simple foods. Reprogram your thinking so that you enjoy the people around you instead of the food. Learn to say no when something becomes too difficult to fit in your schedule or accomplish during a short period of time. Listen to your inner voice. If something feels stressful and it keeps replaying as stress in your head, give yourself permission to say no. If you do this more often, youll enjoy a less stressful life. Plan To Be Less-StressedTips for Success 1} Work on having a positive attitude. 2} Try not to worry about things out of your control. 3} When feeling overwhelmed by a task, ask yourselfis this something you enjoy or is it just something you think youre supposed to do? 4} Problem solve with people around you. Ask them to help you alleviate stress. 5} Eat nutritional food. Decrease the amount of fat and sugar you eat. The easiest way to make sure you dont overeat is to have a solid plan for dealing with stress before you go to family gatherings or parties. Nutritional stress can drain your energy. 6} Maintain a regular exercise program. Exercise helps on many levels. It releases the build-up of glucose in the muscles and relaxes them, and increases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that increase good overall sleep. 7} Rest. Try to get eight hours of sleep a night. A good nights sleep rejuvenates the mind as well as the body. 8} Play board games or card games with friends. Youll enjoy the benefits of improved brain health as well as social interaction, which is all important to healthy aging. How to Say No to Stress Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Lawrence Flowers and Intercession Interview By: Farris Long 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 overwhelming. 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 of life, ethnicities, backgrounds, orientation, ages, colors and creeds. It lets everyone know that Christ, being the ultimate focus and basis of Christianity, is NOT A LOOK... And instead of focusing to fit the mold of religious societies, strive to be and live 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) Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area

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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B ATLANTA WOMEN SHOW OUT AT THE 2ND ANNUAL DERBY BRUNCH HATWALK: A MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION & FUNDRAISER MAY 19, 2012 May 17, 2011 (ATLANTA)Atlanta's mothers, daughters, girlfriends, sisters, aunts celebrated this past Mother's Day in true Southern style at the Derby Brunch Hatwalk held on May 12th against the beautiful Villa Christina garden backdrop. Shirley Strawberry, co-host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, served as the celebrity emcee for this high style affair which serves as the official fundraiser for nonprofit vacation volunteer organization T.R.I.P. (Travel. Rebuild. Inspire. Progress.). Sponsored by Bronner Bros. and UnitedHealthcare, the day included music, mimosas and a generous brunch buffet. Atlanta's own Sol Factor performed funky R&B hits as attendees gathered to strut their high fashion hat style down the "Sista Soul Train Line." Winners of the Hatwalk Contest were gifted with unique diva hat figurines for rocking the best in hat flair. The 2nd Annual Derby Brunch Hatwalk presented attendees with an eclectic selection of goodies from featured vendors, including: Endow Me Creations, Fabulina Designs & Olivia Valentino, Grand Diva Enterprises, House of Shade, In the Bag!, Insights from the Soul, It's Sonu Handbags & Accessories, Jonetta Moyo,Ruthie's Sweet Scents, Spoiled Diva, Stella & Dot, STRAPS!, SUGARRUSH,Things Unique, and Young Living Essential Oils. "We're so pleased to combine a day of sisterhood, fun and fashion with a cause," says Corliss Hill, Executive Director of T.R.I.P. "Funds raised from the 2nd Annual Derby Brunch Hatwalk will allow T.R.I.P. to facilitate the rebuilding of distressed urban communities or inner city neighborhoods stricken by natural disasters." Hearthrob El DeBarge Jr. Heats It Up In Hinesville Hollywood hearthrob El DeBarge Jr. turned things up a notch when hit Hinesvilles Club Bomaz last week. The Shawty R UOk signer was in town courtesy of Mature Movement Entertainment. El DeBarge Jr was just one of the featured performers of the evening and he bought the house down,said Alecia Lavi Engram, marketing manager for MME. He had a wonderful time in the area and enjoyed the down time with MME CEOLuke Engram who introduced him to various persons in the area as well as do some media appearances with local media. According to Mrs. Engram, the region is becoming a hotbed for discovering new talent and attracting established talent. She predicts that in the near future Brunswick will be an entertainment hub. 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk planning committee members pose with the event's celebrity emcee Shirley Strawberry. From L-R: Tomica Young, Octavia Romans, Corliss Hill, Shirley Strawberry, Suzette LeSane, Leta Gibbs, Erika Bennett. Photo Credit: Delmar Whittington, A Vision Fair Atlanta's own Sol Factor performs funky R&B hits as attendees of the 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk show-off their fashionable hats through the event's signature "Sista Soul Train Line". Photo Credit: Cherelle M. Scott, Attendees of the 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk enjoy the program hosted by radio personality Shirley Strawberry. Photo Credit: Cherelle M. Scott, The Snappy Diva Author & radio personality Shirley Strawberry poses with fan after a book signing held at the 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk. All proceeds from book sales were donated to T.R.I.P. Photo Credit: Cherelle M. Scott, The Snappy Diva Winners of the 2012 Hatwalk Contest pose with radio personality Shirley Strawberry and celebrity emcee of the 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk, shown second to far right (all black) Photo Credit: Cherelle M. Scott, The Snappy Diva Attendees of the 2012 Derby Brunch Hatwalk socialize in high-style amidst the garden backdrop of the beautiful Villa Christina. Photo Credit: Cherelle M. Scott, The Snappy Diva

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MAY 19, 2012 THESTAR Bye Bye Birdies:Boston Celtics End Atlanta Hawks Hoop HopesPAGEB-4 By ARTHIANIXON Florida/Georiga Star PHOTOS:NBA.com ATLANTA -Living in Georgia and being a Celtics fan often gets you into problems on NBA game night. Yet this year, I got a wonderful May birthday gift watching the Boston Celtics put a team to shame and out of the playoffs sadly, that team just happened to be the Atlanta Hawks. Lets be clear Celtics fans were on edge for this one because it all came down to a palm sweating, gut wrenching, adrenaline pulsating, nerve breaking final few seconds where they won the game 83-80. Still, it would have been nice to see the Hawks hold em off to make it to the next leg of the playoffs just to prove they still can bring it. Based on the first paragraph, readers beware, this is an opinion article, combined of course with cold hard facts. Truth be told, the Hawks fought a good fight a really good one. They had a couple of winning streaks in there and unlike some other teams which shall be kept nameless on the east coast, this is one crew who knows how to effectively use its players and showcase the adage there is no I in TEAM. It was also a delight to see that Atlanta came out to fill the bleachers during the playoffs and support the Hawks at the Highlight Factory. Following game 6, Coach Larry Drew singled out Bostons Kevin Garnett saying that he was an all-star who made some timely shots and put his team in a great position early. Ithought he was aggressive and really fighting for the low block,said Drew. We tried to disrupt his rhythm as much as we could, at times double teaming him and at times we didnt down there fast enough but he made some really big shots. Coach Drew noted that the Hawks had some bad shots and turnovers which led into transition baskets. We didnt get into our offense very crisp and they pressured us and took us off of our sweet spots and that made it a little tough for us and we didnt respond, he added. Not sure what other fans saw during the games but in my opinion, the shining stars of the series of course were Kevin Garnett for the Celtics and Josh Smith for the Hawks. Just in case you missed it, the final recap is as follows: On April 29, the Hawks beat the Celtics 83 74. On May 1st Boston took the game 87-80 then again on May 4th, 90-84. On May 6th, the Hawks fell drastically scoring on 79 points against the Celtics who won that game with 101. Then on May 8th, they kept hoop alive with a one point win over the Celtics, 87-81. BIG SECOND HALF LEADS SOUL PAST SHARKS, 56-38 PHILADELPHIA The Jacksonville Sharks used three key turnovers to stay within a score of the Philadelphia Soul in the first half, but the Soul turned the tide in the games final 30 minutes, pulling away in what was ultimately a 56-38 final at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. Jacksonville trailed 21-17 at halftime, and received the opening kickoff of the third quarter with a chance to take their first lead of the game. But Philadelphias defense forced a turnover on downs in a goal-to-go situation, the first of several second-half stops for the Soul defense. Philadelphia quarterback Dan Raudabaugh played mistake-free football in that second half, connecting on a long touchdown passes to both Tiger Jones and Jeff Hughley to extend the Soul lead. Raudabaugh finished the game 20-of-26 passing for 308 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Hughley led the Souls receiving corps with seven catches for 121 yards and three scores. All three of Raudabaughs interceptions came in the first half, as the Shark defense played opportunistic football in the half. Bill Alford notched the Sharks first interception on the Souls second drive of the game, and then linebacker Charlie Hunt used great anticipation to step in front of a Raudabaugh pass in the second quarter. The Sharks best defensive play came just before halftime, when Raudabaugh looked for Hughley at the goal line. Up against the wall, Daylan Walker batted the ball out of Hughleys hands, played it off the boards and corralled the interception. Walker then returned it into Philadelphia territory to set up Marco Capozzolis field goal just before halftime. However, the Shark offense fell victim to turnovers as well. Quarterback Bernard Morris was intercepted four times, including twice when the Sharks had the ball in the red zone. Morris final pick came when the Sharks trailed by two scores, effectively sealing the game with a few minutes left. Morris finished 20-for-28 for 317 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. Morris also ran for a season-high 38 yards on five carries. Bobby Sewall led the Sharks with eight catches, while Shamar Graves racked up a team-high 126 receiving yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. In particular, Graves showed relentless effort in the final minute, catching a pass at his own 23 yard line, then busting through three Soul defenders before breaking more tackles on his way to the end zone. The loss drops the Sharks to 3-5, a game and a half behind the Georgia Force and Tampa Bay Storm, as both of those teams sit at 5-4 following the Forces Saturday night win over the Storm. The Sharks return home next Saturday to host the Iowa Barnstormers on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Next Saturday will be Military Appreciation Night, as the Sharks will hold a postgame jersey auction to benefit the Armed Forces Families Foundation. Kickoff for next Saturdays contest is set for 7:00 p.m. MONTGOMERY, Ala. The Suns and Biscuits split a doubleheader on Sunday May 13th at Riverwalk Stadium with Jacksonville winning the first game 6-2, and Montgomery claiming game two 7-1. In the first game of the day, the Suns took a the lead in the fourth inning off of Montgomery starter Jake Thompson. Dallas Poulk led off the inning with a single and later scored when Kyle Jensen sent a sacrifice fly to center to put Jacksonvi lle in front 1-0. The lead was short lived, with Montgomery sending eight men to the plate and scoring twice with two outs in the bottom half of the fourth. At one point five straight hitters reached base in the inning against Suns reliever Bobby Bramhall, with Greg Sexton and Brad Coon each driving in a run with and RBI single for a 2-1 Biscuits advantage. The Suns took the lead for good in the fifth inning. Russell Mitchell led off with a single and Jake Jefferies followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Chris Gutierrez then drove in his ninth run of the season with a sacrifice fly to tie the game 2-2, and Jake Smolinski singled to knock in the go-ahead run and give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead. Suns designated hitter Kyle Jensen hit his fourth home run of the season in the sixth, when he jumped on the first pitch from relief pitcher Marquis Fleming and sent it over the right field wall to increase the Suns lead to 4-2. It was Jensen's fou rth home run of the season. Later in the inning, Donnie Webb drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Dallas Poulk added an RBI single to expand the lead to 6-2. The win snapped the Suns six game losing streak. Jacksonville had four extra-base hits in the game, one more than their total in the previous six games. The Suns improved to 15-1 when scoring the first run of the game. Corey Madden (1-0) pitched an inning and a third to earn his first win of the season. Bryan Evans, who earned his first career double-A victory against the Biscuits last August, started game one of the twin bill for the Suns. Evans was forced to l eave the game after he was injured on a play at the plate in the first inning, when he was sent into the air and landed on his back after tagging out the runner Ty Morrison. Biscuits starter Jake Thompson (0-4) dropped his fourth straight game to fall to 0-4 on the season. He allowed three runs on five hits in four and two-thirds innings of work. In the night cap, the Biscuits used the big inning to defeat the Suns 7-1. Montgomery jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning against Suns starter Zach Neal, when David Wendt tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Emeel Salem. Montgomery broke the game open by scoring five times in the fifth inning to increase the lead to 6-0. The big hit in the inning was a fly ball to left field off the bat of Kyeong Kong with the bases loaded. Three runs scored when Jake Smolinski fel l down trying to make the tough catch and was given an error on the play. Tyler Bortnick and Emeel Salem also drove in a run in the inning against Neal and reliever Wade Korpi. The Suns scored their only run of the second game when Paul Gran walked in the sixth inning and scored on a ground out by Smolinski. The Biscuits tacked on a run in the bottom half of the sixth, when David Wendt singled and was driven in by Ty Morrison. Wendt finished the game 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Alex Koronis (1-0) pitched two innings for his first win of the season. Spot starter Merrill Kelly, normally a long reliever, and two relief pitchers combined to allow the Suns just three hits in the seven inning game. Suns And Biscuits Split Twinbill

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The President, Gay Marriage and the Politics of the November ElectionBy Dr. John E. Warren San Diego Voice & ViewpointWhile many of us and African Americans in particular, disagree with the position that President Obama has taken on the issue of Gay Marriage, we do not have the luxury of not voting for him in the November election. When we consider the political agenda of the conservative Republican Party and their opposition to such issues as the Affordable Healthcare Act, Consumer Advocacy, Economic Stimulus and extended unemployment benefits which this President has had to fight for against extended tax benefits for the wealthy, it is clear that those who support further economic recovery cannot afford to make the re-election of President Barack Obama a one issue campaign. For the record, President Obama is wrong both in making the statement that he made as President, even though he said it was his personal view. His Oath of Office demands that he Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States. He does not provide for his personal opinion in the process. For example, the Defense of Marriage Act is law. It has been challenged in the courts. The Justice Department as a part of the Obama Administration has refused to defend this law in the courts which is its duty as the legal arm of the United States Government. This should not be the case. We may never know the politics and reasons behind his decision, but we do know that he has done a good job in areas of critical importance to the survival of individuals, families and businesses in this country. So lets put the issue of his mistake on gay marriage behind us and support his re-election. Neither we, nor this nation can afford Mitt Romney in the Presidency.PAGE B-6 THESTAR MAY 19, 2012 EDITORIAL OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. 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MAY 19, 2012THE STARPR 1 PAL is the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville. Its mission is to reduce juvenile crime and instill positive values, character and leadership skills. PAL provides safe activities for the youth of Jacksonville. Their athletic and educational programs emphasize positive interaction with law enforcement officers and other adult role models. The organization offers year-round seasonal sports programs, after-school education programs, and summer camps. It is offered to students throughout the city and young males and females are encouraged to participate. This year, PAL celebrated its 40th anniversary as officers and citizens were encouraged to attend to witness the new programs that were added, including an increase in the awarding of scholarships. Present was former sheriff, Nat Glover and the first officer who volunteered to head the boxing classes Dozell Varner. It was a joyful occasion. Sheriff John Rutherford and 2012 PAL College Scholarship Awardees Zacchari Gale, Austin Steele, III, Tatiana White, and Denisha Merriweather, who received $1,000 each, as well as Officer Derrich Mitchell Jacksonville Sheriff Office. Former Jacksonville Sheriff Nathaniel Glover, who is presently President of Edward Waters College, Dozell Varner Boxing Coach, son Officer Kim Varner, Sheriff John Rutherford, and Dottye Young. PAL Celebrates 40 Years First Coast Virtual Job Fair June 11-15, 2012Once again job seekers can take advantage of technology in their job searches with the First Coast Virtual Job Fair (VJF). The upcoming VJF begins at midnight June 11 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on June 15.Available jobs typically range from entrylevel to management positions. Job seekers will be able to view and apply for jobs by going to the WorkSource VJF site or copy/pasting www.firstcoastvirtualjobfair.org into their browsers. In 2011, four VJF events attracted just over 12,000 job seekers applying for 2,943 posted jobs. Employers had more than 11,000 resumes to look over, with 254 of them coming from job seekers outside of Florida. Advantages of the VJF for job-seekers include: -No need to take time off from work or interrupt your daytime schedule. -No standing in line. -Twenty-four-hour access. Visit any time, any place where Internet access is available. A free Web-based training manual, the VJF Handbook with video option, is available by going to http://fscj.edu/vjobfair/hndbk_1-1.html There are advantages for employers too: -No hauling materials to an off-site location. -No time out of the office. -Easy set-up of your company logo and organization profile. The VJF Handbook is provided by Florida State College at Jacksonville. The Handbook links to information on career counseling and training for workers needing to upgrade their present skills. They can learn about courses and programs to build new skills in health care, trades and industries and other high-wage, high-demand careers. Industry, educational and media organizations can learn more about how to become involved in this exceptional response to the regions employment needs by contacting Elizabeth CochranBrown at WorkSource at (904) 798-9229, ext. 2212 or by e-mail at ecochran@worksourcefl.com

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MAY 19, 2012 THE STARPR 2 New report shows up to 7.5 million students miss a month of school each year putting them at risk for dropping out Chronic Absenteeism Rampant in American Schools Chronic absenteeism in American schools is a largely unnoticed and unmeasured problem affecting the educational outcomes of millions of students and undermining critical school improvement efforts, according to The Importance of Being in School, a new report by Johns Hopkins University School of Education researcher Dr. Robert Balfanz. (Read the full report here). Conducted with support from the Get Schooled Foundation, the report will be released today simultaneously at a congressional briefing and at the Education Writers Associations national conference. The report found only a handful of states measure and report on chronic absenteeism, which the report defines as missing at least 10 percent of school days in a given year, or about 18 days. It estimates that 10 to 15 percent of students nationwide are chronically absent. That adds up to 5 million to 7.5 million students who miss enough school to be at severe risk of dropping out or failing to graduate from high school. As a mom and former preschool teacher, I know how devastating chronic absenteeism is to the ability of students to learn and grow, said Washington Senator Patty Murray, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. This important research shines a bright light on this problem in our schools and it makes it clear that we all need to do more to make sure students make it into the classroom so they have the best chance to succeed. The data problem is structural and runs from the school to the state to the federal level. At the school level, chronic absenteeism is largely masked by daily attendance rates. A school can report a 90 percent average daily attendance rate and have 40 percent of students chronically absent, because on different days different students make up the 90 percent. Schools know that students are missing but dont look at the data by student to show individual absenteeism rates. Because we dont measure or monitor the problem, we generally dont act on it, said Balfanz, director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins. Left untreated, the problem will likely worsen achievement gaps between rich districts and poor districts and curtail the positive effects of promising current and future reforms. The findings are sobering: Students who are chronically absent in one year will likely be so in subsequent years and may miss more than half a year of school over four or five years. Urban schools often have chronic absentee rates as high as one third of students, while poor rural areas are in the 25 percent range. While the problem affects youth of all backgrounds, children in poverty are more likely to be chronically absent. In Maryland, chronic absentee rates for poor students were more than 30 percent, compared to less than 12 percent for students from more affluent families. Chronically absent students tended to be concentrated in a relatively small number of schools. In Florida, 52 percent of chronically absent students were in just 15 percent of schools. In some school districts, kindergarten absenteeism rates are nearly as high as those in high school. The magnitude of the problem is likely understated as Balfanz and his researchers could find chronic absenteeism reported for only six states: Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon and Rhode Island. Several states, including California and New York, do not even collect the individual data needed to calculate chronic absenteeism. The impact of these missed days is dramatic students are less likely to score well on achievement tests and less likely to graduate. Students who miss 10 percent of school days on average score in the 30th percentile on standardized reading and math tests, compared to those with zero absences, scoring in the 50th percentile. Looking at data from multiple states and school districts, the researchers found that consistently high chronic absenteeism was the strongest predictor of dropping out of high school, stronger even than course failures, suspension or test scores. Data from Georgia showed a very strong relationship between attendance in grades 8-10 and graduation. There was as much as a 50 percentage-point difference in graduation rates for students who missed five or fewer days compared to those who missed 15 or more days. These findings have been extrapolated into a user-friendly attendance calculator that allows users to see a personalized view of the impact of missed days on the likelihood of graduating and on math and reading achievement tests. Dr. Balfanzs research shows that we must address the attendance problem if we are going to have the kind of broader school improvement we want and our students deserve, said Marie Groark, Executive Director of Get Schooled. The good news is that many of us are working in innovative ways to get the simple message of missing matters to parents and students. The report did find signs of hope, including examples of schools and districts making substantial improvements in addressing absenteeism and attendance problems. Among others, Get Schooleds Attendance Challenge, a friendly national competition designed to motivate students to attend school, has seen strong results. Most recently, Lincoln High School (Warren, MI), bested other Detroit-area high schools when it raised its attendance by more than 8 percent over three months. In New York City, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's Interagency Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism and School Engagement is piloting strategies in 50 schools and adding another 50 this fall to identify the best practices to reduce chronic absenteeism in schools across the five boroughs and especially in high school where chronic absenteeism rates are higher. Students in pilot schools who were paired with success mentors, gained an additional 11,820 more days of school this year than their counterparts at comparable schools. The report recommends that chronic absenteeism (not just daily attendance rates) be included in the annual Department of Education Office of Civil Rights School Survey and in state accountability indexes. It also called for early warning and intervention systems and community-wide attendance improvement efforts to spread broadly across the nation. "The new report shines a critical and much needed spotlight on the prevalence of chronic absenteeism and its devastating consequences," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "As the nation's largest school district, we see the challenges it poses to our students and schools which is why we launched a Task Force to use innovative strategies to get students to school every day. With more attention to and study of this problem, districts across the country will have the tools they need to help their students thrive."

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MAY 19, 2012 THE STARPR 4 Scholarships, Opportunities, and Achievements Scholarship/Internship Opportunities | Time Sensitive_______________________________________________________________2012 Tylenol Scholarships -Deadline: May 31, 2012For the 21st year, the makers of TYLENOL are awarding $250,000 in scholarships to help college students who are planning to take care of others. The TYLENOL Scholarship Program has provided financial support for students who seek healthcare-related degrees for more than 20 years because the makers of TYLENOL cares about the future of healthcare and recognize that dedicating yourself to healthcare is no small commitment. The 2012 program will award $250,000 in scholarship funds to 40 undergraduate or graduate students pursuing careers in healthcare. Winners will be named TYLENOL(r) Future Care Scholars and receive awards of $5,000 or $10,000 to help manage the rising cost of education. Applications must be received by May 31, 2012. Awards Announced: August 31, 2012. About the Scholarship Application Tips Encourage a student to apply To learn more or apply please visit: www.Tylenol.com/Scholarship2012 or text SCHOLAR to 87715 _______________________________________________________________BCCSO Internship/Scholarship/Fellowship -Deadline: Varioushttp://bccso.howard.edu/apply BCCSO provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable educational and research experience. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young science leaders and strengthen their understanding of atmospheric processes and prepare them for future career opportunities in the STEM fields. BCCSO is a NASA University Research Center (URC) at Howard University. BCCSO consists of teams of scientists and students from Howard and collaborators from NASA/GSFC, Penn State and SUNY engaged in fundamental research. APPLICATION DEADLINES Undergraduate Scholarship Application Deadline: June 1, 2012 Graduate Fellowship Application Deadline: June 1, 2012_______________________________________________________________Organization of Black Aerospace ProfessionalsProject Aerospace Summer Program Registration Please, locate your preferred Academy and dates from the list below, then click the Register Now button to complete your registration and your payment. Registration for each academy closes two weeks prior to its start date. NOTE: There is a time limit of 15 minutes to complete each page of information. Please review the forms and have your information ready before beginning the process. If your session times out, you may have to start the process again from the beginning. http://www.obap.org/EventRegistration/AceAcademies/?at=a_______________________________________________________________The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST) -Deadline: June 15, 2012www.dfbsstscholarship.org/ The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST) is an endowment fund which provides scholarships to African-American undergraduate students who enroll in scientific or technical fields of study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Scholarships The amount of the scholarships awarded each student is determined by the DFBSST Scholarship Committee. Scholarships are based on merit and financial need. Scholarship awards are up to $2,000 per year. Support is renewed annually, for a maximum of four (4) years, as long as the students remains in good academic standing at the same institution, enrolled in a full-time, undergraduate science or engineering curriculum, and submits a renewal application. Scholarship applications become available April 15th and must be submitted by June 15th. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early September._______________________________________________________________Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Scholarships -Deadline: November 1, 2012YOU TOO CAN WIN $30,000! Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW's) premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 2-6, 2013, to tour the city, meet our nation's leaders, be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000. WHO CAN ENTER: The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. HOW TO ENTER: Click here for the 2012 Voice of Democracy entry form. The deadline to enter the 2012 program is November 1, 2012. The theme for 2012 is: "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" Students should record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds). Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD, they can submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the November 1 deadline. http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/Community/Voice%20of%20Democ racy%202013%20Stud%20Web%20flyer%20Editable.pdf

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Woman Gets 20 Years for Shooting at Wall During Fight with Husband, Both Say They Were in FearA woman was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a shot into a wall during a fight with her husband. She proclaimed that she was in fear for her life, but her husband said that he was actually the one in danger. Marissa Alexander, 31, was arrested in August 2010 and charged with three counts of aggravated assault. She said it was only a warning shot for her husband, who was trying to attack her. Alexander was guilty as charged and was also denied her claim in the Stand Your Ground defense last year. She said that she was in fear for her life, but a judge ruled that Alexander initially stepped out of the house and returned with a gun, questioning her fear. Alexanders defense attorney argued that Gray had threatened her life when she returned to the house. Both sides of the case fought back and forth and the judge settled on sentencing Alexander to 20 years in prison. Due to the states -20-Life law, she was sentenced to a mandatory term of 20 years. Gray recently spoke out to show his side of the story. He said it all started when he and Alexander were looking through pictures of their newborn daughter on her cell phone. When she went to the bathroom, Gray found text messages and pictures of their daughter being sent to her ex-husband. He went to the bathroom and confronted her about it and thats when the arguments started. He said that he told her the relationship was over and he was going to leave with his kids. He then said Alexander came out of the bathroom and started hitting and attacking him as he tried to defend himself by putting his hands over his face. He also told her that the baby probably wasnt even his and she stopped hitting him. He said she then told him she had something for him and went to the garage to retrieve her gun from her truck. He said by the time she came back, his kids were by his side and she fired a shot at a wall. Gray then said he ran out the house with his children. He said he never laid a hand on her. Both accounts of the story appear to heavily contradict each other and it is unclear whose story is true. Records show that Gray had been arrested in 2006 and 2009 on misdemeanor charges of battery. In the 2009 case, Alexander was in the hospital after being beat by Gray. Charges were dropped and she let Gray back into her life after she found out she was pregnant with his child. Family of Alexander were not happy with the judges decision with the 20year sentence. Her father said that nobody was shot or her hurt and did not understand such punishment. It also seems as if many people across the nation disagree as well. Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia StarMAY 19, 2012 THE STAR C&J 1 As an African American newspaper, we basically report on offenses committed by African Americans. Please note that in our observations, weekly reports show that African Americans DO NOT commit the largest percentage of criminal offenses in this area. Man Drowns After Trying to Escape Police A man drowned after trying to escape police for brutally attacking his girlfriend. At around 7:30 p.m., Tyheim Alexis, was said to have been at a convenience store with his girlfriend, Stephanie Chin, 32. He started hitting Chin and when he saw the clerk call police, he dragged her out of the store. He then reportedly took her to a residential neighborhood where he continued to beat her. Neighbors in the area were able to hear Chins screams and called police. They also tried to get Alexis off of Chin and when police came, Alexis tried to scape by jumping into a nearby canal. While he tried to swim across to the other side, the police threw a flotation device to him, which Alexis ignored. Alexis disappeared under the water and the police tried to jump in and rescue him, but he was nowhere to be found. Rescue divers arrived and found him at the bottom of the canal. They brought him up to the shore and took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Tyheim Alexis Marissa Alexander

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MAY 19 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. Children Safety KEEPING KIDS SAFE A great thing about kids is their natural trust in people, especially in adults. Its sometimes hard for parents to teach children to balance this trust with caution. But kids today need to know common-sense rules that can help keep them safeand build the self-confidence they need to handle emergencies. MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS KNOW! How to call 911 or "0" in emergencies, and how to use a public phone. Help them practice making emergency phone calls. Be sure emergency numberspolice, fire, poison control and emergency medicalare by all phones. Their full name, address, and phone number (including the area code), plus your work phone number. If you have a cellular phone and/or beeper, teach your children these numbers as well. How to walk confidently and stay alert to whats going on around them. To walk and play with friends, not alone. To refuse rides or gifts from anyone, unless its someone both you and your child know and trust. To tell a trusted adult immediately if anyone, no matter whom, touches them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. SAFEGUARD YOUR CHILDREN Learn about warning signs that your child might be involved with drugs or gangs. Spend time listening to your children or just being with then. Help them find positive, fun activities that they can take part in. Always know and know about your childs activities. Know where your child is, and when he or she will return. Be sure you and your child are clear on your rules and expectations for activities. Make absolutely clear what is OK and what is not. Teach your child Internet safety tips. The people they talk to online might not be who they say they are. Your Safety Woman Held Against Will and Shot A man was arrested and accused of holding his estranged wife against her will before shooting her. Calls were made to police about gunshots being heard. Police responded and arrived at a home where they saw a man and woman sitting on the porch. As police got closer, the woman got up and went inside in the house. The man on the porch was 40-year-old Johnnie Henderson, whose shirt was covered in blood. Police believed Henderson to have been shot, but when he was checked for any injuries, there were none to be found. Police decided to go into the house to speak with the woman who was sitting on the porch earlier. After they went inside, they found the woman with a huge laceration on the side of her head, which appeared to be a gunshot wound. The woman was taken to the hospital to get treated and was later released. After investigation, police found out Henderson was the estranged husband of the woman. They discovered that earlier on in the day, he went to the house to speak with her, but she didnt let him in. He then forced his way in and held her inside the home, while armed with a .22 caliber handgun. At one point, he fired a shot grazing her head, which covered Hendersons shirt in blood. Henderson was arrested and charged with false imprisonment, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Johnnie Henderson Shoplifting Spree Ends with Car Crash Two women remain in jail after shoplifting at a Macys store in a mall, then getting into a car crash. Macys security observed three women stealing 46 clothing items, valued at $1,124, and putting them in Browns car before taking off. A deputy spotted the car and followed. The car took off at a high rate of speed but the deputy broke off pursuit for safety reasons. Moments later the car crashed into the rear of a flatbed truck. The driver Nina Monic Brown, 27, and passenger Eboni Joyneice Hatcher, 19, both fled but were quickly arrested. Passenger Linda Ann Watkins, 40, 1875 22nd Street was the most seriously injured, being pinned in the wreckage. Hatcher was taken to the hospital and released the next day. She was then arrested on charges of grand theft and resisting a merchant. She later posted bond. Brown was taken to the hospital and was treated for severe facial injuries. She was charged with grand theft, fleeing to elude at high speed, resisting officers, and leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury. She is being held on $55,000 bond. Watkins was also taken to the hospital and later turned herself in. Charges are pending. Nina Brown Eboni Hatcher Linda Watkins

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Mother Leaves 2-Year-Old Child Home to Work at Strip Club Officers responded to the suspects home after a neighbor notified police that a small child had been left alone and was crying inside. As officers arrived, they looked in a window and observed a young child crying, dirty and unsupervised. Since the front door was locked, officers climbed into the house through an unlocked window and took the child from the house. Officers searched the house and no one else was home. There was fecal matter on the floors and walls throughout the house. The bathroom plumbing appeared to be backed up and there was eight inches of black water in the bathtub. Officers responded to the mothers workplace at a strip club, where she was arrested. Man Stabbed to Death Because of Cheap Mothers Day Gift Houston, TX20-year-old Paige Parkerson was charged with murder for the death of her fiance, Clifton JRBarkin, 22, whom she had two children with. Barkins mother, Evetta Wright, told police that she went to Walmart with him the night before so he could buy flowers and a Mothers Day card for Parkinson. Wright received a call shortly from Parkerson, who told her that she had killed Barkin. Wright said she believed Parkinson killed her son because she expected a more expensive gift. The two sons of the couple were asleep during the incident and are now in the care of relatives. Parkinson was arrested and charged with firstdegree murder. She is being held on $75,000 bond. MAY 19, 2012 THE STAR C&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Woman Says Blood on Her Arm is From Her Period A woman was arrested after throwing a carving fork at a man and telling police the blood was from her menstrual cycle. An officer went to a hotel to speak to a man who had a cloth covering the left side of face and ear. He was bleeding from his ear and said that a woman he knew by the name of Brenda or Barbara had thrown a carving fork at his face, which hit his ear. A carving fork is a large sharp fork used to slice or carve meat. She was said to have gotten upset because he would not buy her crack cocaine. The officer drove around and spotted a woman walking shorts that were hanging low off her buttocks, covering most of her legs. The officer approached Barbara Cruz, 39, who had blood stained from her right shoulder to her forearm. There was also a paper towel that was covered in blood. When asked, she stated that the blood was all from her period. The officer also found a glass pipe, used in smoking rock cocaine, and placed it on top of the trunk of his car. When he walked away to run her name, Cruz grabbed the pipe and smashed it. Cruz was arrested and charged with battery, evidence destroying, resist officer obstruct without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. Woman Kills Fiance Over Cigarette A woman was arrested after stabbing and killing her fiance who would not give her a cigarette. Yolanda Lenette Stills, 43, was said to have asked her fiance a cigarette, but she became enraged when she wasnt given one. Unable to hold her anger, she went to the kitchen to retrieve a 10-inch butcher knife and started to stab her fiance, Ricardo McMillian, 56. Police responded to a reporting of a stabbing and arrived at the apartment complex. McMillian was found with stab wounds in the front yard of the apartment and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Stills had already left the apartment after the stabbing, but when she came back, she was taken into custody. She will face murder charges. Records show that Stills has had numerous encounters with police in the past. Since 1994, she had been arrested 34 times. She has faced many charges including battery, assault, possession of controlled substances, resisting police and arson. She has also been arrested six times for prostitution. Laughing Woman Throws Puppy From Balcony Chicago, IL22-year-old JamilleMarshall was accused of hurling a puppy from her third story balcony. The puppy was a yellow pit bull mix and the impact of the fall broke its front leg giving the puppy a severely difficult walking. When police arrived to arrest Marshall, she laughed as she was being taken away. She told police that she and her friend found the puppy on the balcony. The puppy was not theirs and they didnt want it, which led to her throwing it off the building. The puppy was taken to Animal Care and Control for treatment and is expected to survive. One of the officers that were at the scene is said to adopt the puppy after release. Marshall is facing a felony aggravated animal cruelty charge. Police After 4-Year-Old For Overdue Library Books Freeport, PA4-year-old Katelyn Jageman had four overdue library books and this apparently was a serious issue, so much so that the police were called. The library officials have said that they had tried several times to retrieve the books, but were unsuccessful. Calls were made to the family and letters were even sent. After much failed attempts, matters were handed over to the police. An overdue book was said to be charged ten cents per day and with four books over a 204-day period, Katelyn owed the library $81.60. As police intervened, they made a call to the home and the parents were notified of the seriousness of the situation. Charges couldve been filed, but the parents returned the books, paid the fine, and apologized to the library. The case is now closed. Yolanda Stills Barbara Cruz

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MAY 19, 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: Ashlie J. Faustin Age: 17 Weight: 133 lbs Last seen: 4/20/12 Name: Sydonnie Stephenson Age: 15 Weight: 140 lbs Last seen: 4/10/12 Name: Damarah Lashonta Dickerson Age: 15 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 3/23/12 Name: Hakeem D. Hayes Age:14 Weight: 150 lbs Last seen: 5/01/12 Name: Kristal Tremaine Upshaw Age: 14 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 4/07/12MOSTWANTED Bank Robbery SuspectThe suspect entered the bank and presented a note to the teller. The teller complied and the suspect fled the bank with the cash. The hat the suspect was wearing was located nearby. A short time later the suspect vehicle was located. The vehicle was a stolen vehicle from November of last year. It was an older model light blue Pontiac Bonneville. The vehicle was located abandoned in the 300 block of Green Castle Rd. It was determined that the dye pack had exploded. The suspect should have red dye on him now. The suspect was described as a black male, late 20s early 30s, 51 6 tall, thin, approximately 170-185 pounds, thick bushy beard, wearing a long sleeve cream button up dress shirt with a red plaid pattern, black tie, black dress pants, gold sunglasses and a black fedora hat. 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:Glenn R. BarryOffense: Fail to Return Rented Vehicle Name:Khiry AnfieldOffense:Organized Fraud Under $20,000 Name: AntonioBartelOffense: Robbery No Gun Name:Marlon Brandow Jr. Offense: Aggravated Assault Intent to Commit Felony