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Title:
Florida star
Uniform Title:
Florida star (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Alternate Title:
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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Jacksonville Fla
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African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

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

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University of Florida
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UF00028362:01160

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Stevie Wonder is credited as being the performer to start the boycott. I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,Ž Stevie Wonder said while performing in Quebec shortly after the verdict was given.As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.Ž Star readers sounded off on our Facebook page. Truth be told, none of the stars on the boycott list come here anyways,Ž said one reader. I believe opposing "Stand your Ground" is going to backfire if successful because in the Trayvon case, it was Trayvon who had the right to "Stand his Ground",Ž wrote another reader. We should be focusing on the Prosecution mishandling and why Angela Corey could win a case sending a Woman to Prison for 20 years for firing a gun into the air to ward off an abusive husband, but lose a case that was at least manslaughter. This case doesn't pass the smell test, and needs to be investigated thoroughly...Ž A third reader wrote: I think they are stupid for having this boycott because it's gonna hurt them it's gonna hurt their living their bank accounts how they provide for their families. When they do their ordinary thing and somebody goes to attack them what they gonna do? Boycott that means you are not going you are protesting you going without you are getting no money especially if you are a entertainer and you make your living off the public and you got a family too you need to think about that how it would affect their family because they don't know how long this boycott gonna be they need to think about what they are doing.Ž DTQVJGTU"DCEM"KP"LCKN"CHVGT"FQWDNG TCRG"CPF"CVVGORVGF"OWTFGTThe State Attorney's Office is pursuing the death penalty against James Rhodes, the 21 year-old man charged with killing a MetroPCS employee. He is being charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Rhodes is set for arraignment on August 14 and is being held in the Duval County jail without bail. Rhodes waived his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon after being arrested Tuesday. A grand jury indicted him on first degree murder charges, meaning the death penalty could be considered.TJQFGU<"UCQ UGGMKPI"FGCVJ RGPCNV[Rtgukfgpv"Tgncvgu"vq"Vtc{xqp"Octvkp Rnwu"Hqwpfcvkqp"Igvu"Uvct"UwrrqtvThey are brothers,wjo live in Jacksonville and are two years apart. They appear to carry their brotherhood to many levels as they are now charged with rape, arson and attempted murder after two women at a motel on Dix Ellis Trail were tied and attacked before the room was The brothers also had a third victim who was also tied but was able to free himself and help the women out of the Motel 6 room and likely save their lives in the Friday ordeal, police said. Donald Jerome Dickerson, 32, and James Lamont Dickerson, 30, both of the 1500 block of Lane Avenue, were arrested Tuesday after one of the victims, who was shot in the head when she resisted the attack, was able to write names down for investigators. The woman is expect to survive but may havd suffered permanent damage, said the Jacksonvilles Sheriffs Office. According to the investigtion, the women, who are in their 20s but whose names were not released by police, were at the motel and called one of the suspects to invite him there. Apparently from the women, they rented the room as a place for friends to hang out and had invited others there. When the attackers arrived, one pointed a handgun at the women and forced them to strip naked. One of the victims was told to tie up the second, then she was tied by one of the men. One of the suspects raped both women several times, a police report said. A third victim arrived at the room and was bound with a bedsheet and a belt and forced to lie on the floor with a pillow over his head. The sex attacks continued after that, with both attackers raping both women. T After the continous rape, the two ransacked the room, stealing $400 and other items, including keys to a car that was outside. The brothers then set fire to the room and left, telling the third victim not to move or he would be killed. Upon smelling smoke, the man freed himself and pulled the women to the parking lot. The car was found later on Friday at a location linked to the brothers. The brothers were identified using photo spreads and brought to the police station shortly after 9 p.m. Monday. They were charged by the morning with attempted murder, sexual battery, arson, armed robbery, carjacking with a firearm and false imprisonment. In a 21-page list of arrests provided by the Sheriffs Office, Donald Dickerson has been charged with multiple counts of weapons possession by a felon, drug charges, battery and other offences since 2000. In nine pages, James Dickerson has been arrested on drug, battery, assault, carrying a concealed weapon by a felon and other charges since 2001. The brothers were released in March. James Dickerson was to appear in court Wednesday on his March arrest on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession. Sybrina Fulton is getting some star support for the Trayvon Martin Foundation, named for her slain son. Fulton, her husband and son have been connecting with some celebrities including Beyonce`, Jay Z and even Rev. Al Sharpton. Meanwhile President Obama made some heartfelt comments following the verdict in the case, saying during a press conference: You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, theres a lot of pain around what happened here, I think its important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesnt go away.Ž STAR SOCIAL SOUNDOFF: OUR READERS RESPOND TO STEVIE WONDER AND OTHER CELEBS BOYCOTTING FLORIDA TO END STAND YOUR GROUND OVER TRAYVONThessalonika Arzu-Embry will be graduating Chicago State University in August with a bachelor's degree in psychology. While that might not sound unusual, it certainly is when you consider shes just 14 years old. She plans to continue her studies in a graduate program before opening a clinic with her mother. "My college experience is a traditional college experience for me „ it is just that I have completed it faster," Thessalonika said. 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NEW MT. MORIAH AME CHURCH 880 Melson Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254, Rev. ShaReff Rashad, Pastor. To be held Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Presenting New Mount Moriah Male Chorus, Sis. Marva Alexander, Sis. Sherell Kemp, The Sweet Inspirations and The Golden Jubilee Gospel Singers. IT'S YOUR SEASON TO BE BLESSED ." Come Hear and Enjoy This Great Celebration. NEW MT. MORIAH AME CHURCH, 880 Melson Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254, Rev. ShaReff Rashad, Pastor, is having their VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, Jesus Family Reunion The Remix,Ž Monday, July 29, 2013 through August 2, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! To Register: Call 3886900 or email newmtmoriah@comcast.net Rebuilding the Church from the Inside Out. You are invited to come an experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the dynamic preaching and teaching ministry of Bishop W.A.Andrews of the United Church in Christ, located at 2050 Emerson Street, Jacksonville, FL 32207 on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 5:00pm. All are welcome, come early to get a good seat. The AnnieRuth Foundation, Inc. and its partners are pleased to present the 8th Annual ACE Youth Summit! This event, aimed at preventing childhood obesity, will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 10AM to 2PM at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church 10325 Interstate Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32218. This event is being held, exclusively, for summer camps throughout Jacksonville. Children will enjoy activities, games, prizes and more! Free Admission. To register for the event, visit www.annieruthfoundation.org or call (904) 708-8945. EMANUEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH from Mixon Town to Grand Park Anniversary/Homecoming Celebration. Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate 121 years of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This glorious anniversary celebration will take place on Sunday, August 18, 2013 beginning with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. The celebration will continue during morning worship with the message by guest minister, the Reverend Michael Warren, Pastor of Pleasant View Baptist Church of Apopka, Florida, and end with a Reunion Concert, presented by present and former members of the choir at 3:00 p.m. All friends, former members, and the general public are invited to attend. The church is located at 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger, Jr. Circle. For more information, please call the church office at (904) 356-9371. Rev. Dr. Herb Anderson is the pastor. THE GREATER EL-BETH-EL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH 723 W. 4th St., Jacksonville, presents Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr. Live in Free Concert, Live Recording, July 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. with Bishop Larry Boston, Pastor Axlie Kelly and Company, Rev. Calvin Honors, Dr. Barbara Benjamin and Company.Apple Fritter: The Fruit of My ChoiceDr. James L. SnyderMost people in America pride themselves on the ability to make their own choices. Freedom of Choice,Ž is the cry you hear all around our country these days. Yet, most people do not have the freedom of choice they think they have. Somebody is influencing the choices they make without them realizing they are being influenced. That is called marketing. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were watching television the other night, trying to watch a favorite TV program. Finally, from an end of the room that was not my end, came an exasperated sigh. I tried to ignore it, but you know how that works. It was in the middle of some commercials and so I turned to her and said, Whats got you in such pain tonight?Ž. These commercials,Ž she moaned so painfully, I cant stand all these commercials!Ž I responded as cheerfully as I could, Well, my dear, somebody has to pay for our television viewing privilege.Ž I felt a cold yet burning stare in my direction. Cant they run those lousy commercials when Im not watching TV?Ž Commercials are a way in which manufacturing companies influence our choices. Every product has 100 different companies marketing the same product. The same company makes the same product but sells it under a different name. There are two categories of products. There is the name brand, which cost a fortune. Then there is the generic brand, which is only a fraction of what the name brand cost. It is the same product, made by the same company, but advertised by difference venues. This is where choice comes in. Some people choose the high-priced product because they think it is better. Some of us choose the low-price product because we know better. One night as we were watching television, it seemed most of the commercials had to do with dieting of some kind. There were high calorie diets, low-carb diets and diet that really did not make sense to me. Watching all of those dieting commercials, I did not see one that I would die for. Anybody can lose weight; it is all a matter of choice. Personally, I do not plan to lose any sleep because I cannot lose weight. I think it is going to be rather funny if when we go to heaven everybody is fat. Wouldnt that be something? We plummet ourselves almost to death trying to lose weight and get to heaven and everybody is fat. My wife is a great one for fruit and vegetables. Every day of our life is fruit and vegetables. To mix things up a little bit one day it will be vegetables and fruit. She prepares the fruit and then invites me to make a choice. I am sure she did not see all of this in any television commercial; at least I hope she hasnt. She is proud of the display of fruit choices she has for me. Actually, and do not tell her I said this, but my fruit of choice is the humble Apple fritter. It has everything my heart desires and a few things my body desires, too. I like with David said, Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heartŽ (Psalms 37:4 KJV). It is all a matter of choice, that is, making the right choice. JACKSONVILLE, FL ALSTON, Melvin, Jr., died July 21, 2013. BEACH, Dorothy, 83, died July 16, 2013. BEER, Kenneth E., 81, died July 16, 2013. BIRD Jacquline, 50, died July 17, 2013. BONNER, Alice Hunter, 75, died July 17, 2013. BOYD, Winnell J., 79, died July 23, 2013. BROCK Norma Jean Wilson, 70, died July 20, 2013. BRUCE, Helen Marie Benekin, died July 22, 2013. COGLEY, David E., died July 21, 2013. COLLINS Henrietta, 102, died July 19, 2013. COOLEY, David, died July 21, 2013. CROWDER, Infant Jaylen Cameron James, died July 22, 2013. DANIELS, Latasha, 36, died July 15, 2013. DENSON, Max Loyd, 83, died July 20, 2013. DOUGLASS, James Author, died July 18, 2013. DUHART, Marie S., died July 23, 2013. ELLIS, Nathan, Jr., died July 21, 2013. FARMER, Gary Manos, 58, died July 22, 2013. FELTON, Cornell, 28, died July 15, 2013. FLOYD, Alfred Regan, died July 13, 2013. FRASER, Myra Janice Taylor, 70, died July 18, 2013. GLOVER, Michael Anthony, 69, died July 19, 2013. GREEN Ella L. Fulton, died July 19, 2013. HENEY David Lloyd, 68, died July 16, 2013. HICKS, Anthony, died July 18, 2013. HOWZE Ethel M. Bair, 94, died July 20, 2013. HOYLE, Seleinda F., 91, died July 20, 2013. JACKSON Rev. Ulyssee, Sr., 83, died July 20, 2013. JEFFERS, Richard H. Ricky, 57, died July 17, 2013. JONES Gregory, died July 22, 2013. KING, Arthur S., 93, died July 21, 2013. LATHAN, Delores, died July 24, 2013. LEE Henrietta, died July 23, 2013. MARKHAM, Grady Darrell Sam, 76, died July 20, 2013. McGRIFF Robert, Sr., 90, died July 17, 2013. NESBITT, Ronnie A., Sr., died July 19, 2013. PACK, Mae Frances, 81, died July 24, 2013. PALMER, Roberta, died July 19, 2013.PETERSON, Dorothy K., 64, died July 21, 2013. PHILLIPS, Kenneth, 63, died July 16, 2013. REED Cynthia L., died July 18, 2013. SHERRILL Dorothy Dot, 83, died July 18, 2013. THELTON, Rabon, died July 22, 2013. WATSON Essie Young, died July 18, 2013. WILKISON, Donald Earl, 86, died July 21, 2013. WILLIAMS, Miss Tariyah, 3, died July 19, 2013.~*~ GEORGIA DEATHS BENTON, Ruby Jane, 65, died July 20, 2013. BUSCH John F., 90, died July 18, 2013. COBB Yolanda, died July 16, 2013. CUMMING, Louise F., 88, died July 16, 2013. FLOURNOY, Mary Jackson, 92, died July 18, 2013.HART, Dora, 83, died July 17, 2013. JENKINS, John, Sr., died July 19, 2013. MURRAH, Barbara Hasell, died July 18, 2013. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With UsŽ Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPAGE 2 THE STAR JULY 27, 2013 CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES ANNOUNCEMENTS Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com 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. 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. 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. Rev. Dr. Marion A. Wise, Senior 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 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 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. 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 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

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JULY 27, 2013THE STARPAGE 3 KV‘U"NKVVNG"OGGEJKG CPF"HTKGPFU Little Meechie has many friends so often, he will not only remember some of his days growing up, he will also remember some of his friends stories and share them with you. Nkvvng"Oggejkg"nkxgf"ykvj"jku"itcpfrct/ gpvu0 """" Jku"itcpfhcvjgt"ycu"rcuvqt"qh"c ejwtej"ykvj"c"nctig"eqpitgicvkqp0""Dqvj Itcpfrc"cpf"Itcpfoc"jcf"jqrgu"vjcv Nkvvng"Oggejkg"yqwnf"qpg"fc{"itqy"wr cpf"dgeqog"vjg"ejwtej‘u"rcuvqt0""Dwv"cu {qw"mpqy."Nkvvng"Oggejkg"ycu"uqog"yjcv okuejkgxkqwu0"" Qpg"fc{."chvgt"Uwpfc{"Uejqqn."jg"fgekf/ gf"vq"rnc{"vtkemu"qp"qpg"qh"vjg"ejwtej ogodgtu0""Jku"itcpfrctgpvu"ygtg"uq wrugv"ykvj"jko"vjcv"Itcpfoc"uckf. ‰Oggejkg."{qw"ctg""cnyc{u"igvvkpi"kpvq okuejkgh0 """" $Jqy"fq"{qw"gzrgev"vq"igv kpvq"JgcxgpA$ Nkvvng"Oggejkg"uvqrrgf"hqt"c"oqogpv cpf""vjqwijv"kv"qxgt"cpf"uckf."$Ygnn Itcpfoc.""K)nn"twp"kp"cpf"qwv"cpf"kp"cpf qwv"cpf"mggr"uncookpi"vjg"fqqt"wpvkn"Uv0 Rgvgt"uc{u.")Hqt"Jgcxgp)u"ucmg."Oggejkg. eqog"kp"qt"uvc{"qwv#)$Rtgukfgpv"Qdcoc"kp"Lcemuqpxknng"/ Rtqoqvkpi"Geqpqoke"ItqyvjBy: Cheryl A. Williams, Reporter, Photographs by Thomas McLain IV Interns: Justin Redding Shirronda Arnold Jacksonville FLOn the second leg of his American tour discussing the economy, President Obamas philosophy is that Americas economy works best when it grows from the middle-out, not the top down. On Thursday, July 25, President Obama was in Jacksonville FL, to deliver remarks at the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), where he laid out his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class and those fighting to join it front and center. He stated that the modernization of JAXPORT is a key to stimulating job growth in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. He highlighted special issues concerning health care, the impasse with Republicans and his plan to move America forward. He was met by an enthusiastic crowd. In a packed room at Jaxport. President Obama was clear, The fast track to building the economy is building the infrastructure,Ž he said. In referencing his first stop economy the President made a remark about the bill to cut student loans. President Obama said  A better bargain for middle class means making a college education available to every single American willing to work for it.Ž The president was referring to a bipartisan majority of Senators who passed a bill to cut rates on nearly all new federal student loans. This would mean rolling back a July 1STrate hike and saving undergraduates an average of more than $1,500 on loans they take out this year. This compromise is a major victory for our nations students. In this second leg of his speech at Jax Port, the President laid out a blueprint for his economic recovery plan for the rest of his term. In an opening statement Obama said, My focus was rebuilding an economy where everyone gets ahead.Ž The President said he took executive action to speed up the process to modernize Jax Port. The President also detailed every aspect for his recovery for America including helping the middle class specifically citing home ownership, better wages, health care for all Americans, and having pensions available for all Americas. President Obama said, JAXPORT is a key to better jobs in Jacksonville and in Floridaƒ new supertankers are being built to go through the Panama Canal; we want those supertankers coming to JaxPort. Because, those supertankers mean more jobs. Of this economic plan, President Obama said It meets the key principles I laid out from the startƒ a cornerstone of what it means to be middle classwithin reach for working families.Ž

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PAGE 4THE STARJULY 27, 2013 Talk of the Town! by Frances Bradley / Photos by Volume Burks E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome Ore Yeye O!Ok Sun Burks had a few folks in for crabs and such as she celebrated nineteen years as a Yoruba priestess of Osun. The event was changed from Little River Spring in Suwanee County, which experienced a temporary closure because recent storms caused the Suwanee River and Spring to overflow and submerge the safe swimming areas. Friends and family from Gainesville and Brunswick heard the call of the crustaceans and couldnt resist the travel to the Springfield home of Ok Sun and Volume Yours truly cooked the crabs in a modified low country boil which included potatoes, sausage, and corn. There were chicken wings, dips and chips, crab shala, and all manner of desserts … Titilayo Kendrick is known for her scrumptious banana pudding … libations, and more crabs. As a matter of fact, Volume never had a chance to fire up the grill for hotdogs and hamburgers. Guests had an opportunity to experience authentic Yoruba culture in ceremony, language, music, and dance. It is our hope that the exposure served to demystify the tradition of our ancestral roots. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Bruce Nipper Ernest Pough and Spencer DilyardŽ Taylor of Trout River Fish Company The crabs were select, absolutely beautiful. Theres something to be said about following family tradition. As a child, there were only two places in town that we bought our bait on the way to a day of fishing or seafood (if the fish didnt cooperate) … Trout River or Acostas. The latter has been closed for years, but Trout River has stayed the course through time. Ive tried other seafood houses, but the friendly service and expert recommendations at Trout River ensure that I am sticking with the tried and true. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First Sergeant Alexander Edwards, a native of Jacksonville now residing in New York, and honored Montford Point Marine, was featured in the Winter 2013 edition of National AllianceŽ the quarterly magazine published by the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees (NAPFE). Mr. Edwards was among more than four hundred Montford Point Marines who were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in ceremonies last year in Washington, D.C. The Montford Point Marines are the African-American Marine Corps veterans who trained at the racially segregated Montford Point Camp at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina from 1942-1949. They were the first African-Americans to enter the United States Marine Corps. In 1965, twenty years after the end of World War II, the Montford Point Marines Association, Inc. (MPMA), a non-profit organization, was established to perpetuate the legacy of the Montford Point Marines and to support educational assistance, veteran programs, and promotion of community services. Membership in the Association is open to veterans and active members of all branches of the U. S. Armed Forces regardless of race, creed, or national origin. MPMA also consists of the Ladies Auxiliary. Membership in the Ladies Auxiliary is open to wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers of members or former members of the United States Armed Forces. Mr. Edwards was an acting first sergeant of Able Battery, one of the support companies based on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. It was on Saipan that African-American Marines had the opportunity to distinguish themselves in combat action, which later influenced President Harry Truman to desegregate the armed forces in 1948. The Congressional Gold Medal is the countrys highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The medal was awarded to Mr. Alexander and more than 400 Montford Point Marines for their extraordinary service in the face of indignities and inequality in the segregated armed forces. Among the honorees were Jacksonville residents George McIvory, Alpha Gainous and Edward Norman Thanks to Lydia Wooden for sharing the story of Mr. Edwards and this amazing group of individuals. I understand from Lydia that Mr. Edwards, a graduate of Stanton High School, still enjoys a close friendship with Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr. and Clarence Belton two of his childhood buddies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The LONGINEU ParsonsJazz Ensemblewill perform the most amazing jazz at Jazzland Cafe Where the Great Musicians Play,Ž on Saturday, July 27, 8:00 p.m For information and reservations call Jazzland at (904) 240-1009 or visit www.jazzland cafe. com Become a Citizen of Jazzland by joining their mailing list at info@jazzland cafe.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Not-So-Random Acts of Kindnessof my friends and neighbors mean more than words can say. Thank you Ok Sun and Volume Clara Edward Exson Bett and Tommy Bentley Titilayo Chief Obalumi Ogunseye IyaIbiyemi Efuntosin Janice Mungin-Bey and Corey Wilborn for your generosity and support!

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THE STARPAGE 5 JULY 27, 2013 Love To Shop Here. Love To Save Here. For a list of current Buy One Get One Free deals, weekly specials and coupons, visit publix.com/save. To view deals on your smartphone, scan the code. Whether shopping for the week or for the items you need to prepare your favorite dish, with a little planning, you can take advantage of savings that are just as satisfying as the meal itself. There are deals throughout the store. Bring in your coupons and save even more. With all the ways Publix helps you stretch your grocery dollars, you can plan on leftovers of the green kind regularly. And we dont mean lettuce. Add a side of Saving sto every meal.

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PAGE 6 THE STAR JULY 27, 2013 Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star 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. Citizens with tips are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and become eligible for a reward. MISSINGCHILDREN Name: Nashay Barnette Age: 15 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 7/10/13 Name: Shaquavia Frost Age: 14 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 7/06/13 Name: Wynisha James Age: 15 Weight: 165 lbs Last seen: 7/14/13 Name: Derricka Smith Age: 16 Weight: 96 lbs Last seen: 6/26/13MOSTWANTED Name: Marcus F. Bullard Offense: Child Abuse Name: Deontae Cody Burch Offense: Credit Card Fraud Name: Jeshaun Burnette Offense: Traffic in Stolen Property When Youre Out and About No matter where you go, there may be all kinds of possible dangers waiting to happen without your knowledge. You may be having such a great time that you may not take notice of your surroundings. Someone may be keeping an eye on your every move and waiting for the right moment to commit a crime. Here are some tips that may help minimize or eliminate these risks: At Night Clubs and Social Functions € Go with and stay close to a friend. € Use prearranged signals to indicate that you need help or want to leave. € Dont allow alcohol or drugs impair your judgment. € Watch your drinks and dont give anyone an opportunity to spike them. € State your personal social standards and limits. Stick to them and dont let anyone change your mind. € Avoid people who make you nervous or uncomfortable. € Provide your own transportation when you go out alone. Take enough money for a cab fare if you are going to be out late. When Meeting Someone New € Exchange phone numbers only, not addresses. € Let a friend or family member know where you are going on a first date. € Consider a daytime meeting for a first date. € Be assertive and honest. Do not appear passive or timid. In a Hotel/Motel Room € Determine the most direct route to and from your room, to fire escapes, stairs, elevators, and phones. € Keep your door locked when you are in your room. Use both the deadbolt lock and the security bar/chain. € Keep your windows locked, and blinds and drapes closed for privacy. € Be sure that sliding glass doors and doors to connecting rooms are locked. € Safeguard your room key or card at all times. € Use the peephole in the door to identify anyone requesting entry. Open the door only if you are certain it is safe to do so. € If you are worried about being spied on through the peephole in the door cover it with a piece of opaque tape. € If you havent requested room service or housekeeping and someone knocks on your door claiming to be a staff member, call the front desk to verify the claim before opening the door. € If you receive a call about an emergency that requires you to leave your room, hang up, and call the front desk to verify it. € Be careful if you receive a call for your credit car number to verify a room charge or other charges. Call the front desk to verify what the problem is and confirm that is it a legitimate call. € Report any suspicious persons or activities to the front desk.. Safety Two Try to Steal $3,000 Worth of Furniture with Forged Checks A furniture store contacted police just after 5:00 p.m., when sales people became suspicious of a pending transaction. The customers were said to have arrived in a U-Haul truck and acted like they were in a hurry. They reportedly tried to rush the purchase of more than $3,000 worth of furniture. After separating the men for questioning, police determined their stories didnt match and that they barely knew each other. Jamael Jackson, 20, admitted he only had $100 in the bank and that William Simmons, 51, had forged his name on the check. Police discovered that the two men were trying to scam the store out of a truck-load of furniture with a bad check. Three other females were said to have left the store before police arrived and the investigation is continuing as detectives attempt to identify those suspects as well. Simmons and Jackson were both arrested. Both were charged with attempted grand theft, and conspiracy to commit grand theft. Simmons faces an additional charge of forgery. Jackson Simmons Suspect Located After Cell Phone Found at Crime Scene A man was arrested after leaving his cell phone at the scene where a man had been murdered. Police say a 20-year-old man named Christian Maafu had been shot to death and at the scene, a friend of the victim pointed out a phone on the ground to police during the investigation. The phone revealed enough of who it belonged to. Text messages and a Facebook profile on the phone were examined. Police investigated the case over a single weekend and logged the events that occurred on the day of the murder. They questioned friends of Maafu and were able to use all evidence, including social media activity, to track down the suspect. The evidence led them to a car, an apartment, then finally to 19-year-old John Fitzgerald Chatman Jr. Police say one of the friends of the victim said that it all started when 12 friends gathered to a nightclub event on a Friday night. They stayed at the club until it closed at around 3 a.m. They made a lot of noise as they walked toward a parking lot and two men nearby began to mock them. The two parties began to argue and one of the two men walked away to a parked car. When he returned, a fight started and he pulled out a handgun hitting someone on their cheek. He then pointed the gun at one of the people in the group saying, Are you ready to die tonight?Ž Maafu charged and tackled down the gunman and as they were in a tussle, the man got to his feet and fired a shot into Maafus shoulder. The bullet went through his torso and into his spine. The two men fled and a friend of Maafu cradled him telling him not to die. With the phone, police examined the Facebook profile on it, but it did not have a specific persons name. The profile picture showed a man in baggy clothes and raising his middle finger. On one of the pictures, someone wrote a comment giving away the last name of the man, which was Chatman.Ž Police did a search and came to the name John Fitzgerald Chatman Jr. They also found a mug shot and after showing it to Maafus friend in a lineup, they all identified him as the shooter. When police arrived at Chatmans apartment, Chatman ran into the bathroom to throw his car keys into the toilet and flush them down before police came. Chatman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, along with charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault. He is being held without bond. John Chatman Jr. Mother Leaves Son Alone to Dance at Strip Club A woman was arrested after leaving her child in a hotel alone to work and dance at a strip club. The investigation began about a week ago at approximately 12:42 a.m. when police responded to a hotel. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the security guard who indicated he came to work at 10:00 p.m. and noticed a little boy walking around the hotel unsupervised. Several hours later he saw the same boy still alone, so he approached him and asked him if he was staying at the hotel. The boy told the security guard he was 6 years old and staying at the hotel with his mother. He took the security guard to a room and used a key to open the door but no one was in the room. Police contacted the Department of Children and Families and attempted to call the number management had on file in order to reach the mother but received no answer. Several hours later the mother, identified as 21-year-old Brittany Renee Roman returned at 1:00 a.m. and told police that she left her son at the hotel at 10:00 p.m. to "go dancing/workingŽ at a club. Police say she was carrying over $900 in her purse. Due to the length of time the child was left unattended and based on the information she provided, Roman was arrested. Roman was charged with child neglect. She is being held on $1,000 bail. BrittanyRoman

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LOCAL JULY 27, 2013 THE STAR PAGE 7 Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown's Invitational Golf Tournament and Luncheon at TPC SawgrassPhotos Courtesy of F.M. Powell III The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) successfully served as the host agency of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) 42nd National Meeting and Training Conference. More than 500 transportation executives from across the nation gathered at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, on July 13-17, 2013. COMTO is a Washington, DC based national trade association with 39 chapters across the United States representing individuals, businesses and public agencies in every mode of transportation. Attendees at the conference included Presidents and Chief Executive Officers, trustees of transportation agencies, government officials, principals and employees of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), and private-sector business executives and professionals. JTAs own, Terri Smith, the President of the COMTO Jacksonville Chapter, served as the Conference Chair, along with JTAs Kenneth Middleton, serving as Conference Co-Chair. As the host Agency, JTA participated in speaking sessions, presentations, and numerous other activities and events throughout the conference, including: Thursday, July 11: JTA opened the conference with a kick off pep rally for all conference volunteers. Saturday, July 13: Mr. Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., CEO of JTA participated in Congresswoman Corrine Browns Invitational Golf Tournament and Luncheon at TPC Sawgrass. Saturday, July 13: Mike Sloan, JTAs Vice President of Risk Management & Compliance, moderated, the Youth Symposium: The Great Transportation Debate. Sunday, July 14: Kenneth Williams, JTAs Skyway Assistant Manager, took attendees on an Automated Skyway Technical Tour. Monday, July 15: Mr. Ford moderated the forum, The Future of Passenger and Freight Rail in America. Monday, July 15: Mike Miller, JTAs Business Development Manager, presented Maximizing Non-Farebox Revenues. Monday, July 15: Mr. Ford served as a panelist on the Seeking Multimodal Forms of Transportation Sustainability forum. Tuesday, July 16: Mr. Ford served as a panelist during Roland Martins Plenary Session titled From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the Corner Office: Other Than a Front Row Seat, How Have Things Changed In Public Transportation for People of Color? Wednesday, July 17: COMTO Conference Co-Chair, Ken Middleton, Diversity & Equity Program Manager of JTA, presented, DBE Program: Whats New? Conference awards included: JTA received the Corporate Citizen Award 2013 JTA received the Chairmans Exemplary Service Award Clinton Forbes, JTAs Chief of Transit Operations Support, received the Chairmans Circle Award Overall, the conference was a great success for attendees, JTA, the City of Jacksonville, and regional partners. The JTA is looking forward to participating in next years conference in Atlanta and hopefully being selected as the site of future COMTO conferences. Congressman James Clyburn and Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., CEO of JTA Congressman Cedric Richmond, Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Marva Brown Johnson, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Congressman James Clyburn Shirley Meeks-Mikel volunteer, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Jackie Beard Gray volunteers, Tina Robert, volunteers JTA, and Tina Roberts volunteer JTA Dan Pearshl Earl Jenkins, Huelon Harrison, Theodore TJ Limes, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Terrell Dillard, and Gregory Jenifer Castillo Flora, Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Dr Richard Danford, and Ken Jefferson Marva Brown Johnson, Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Congressman Ander Crenshaw Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, former President of Edward Waters College and now President of Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC, Dr. Jenkins won the prize for coming closet to the pin on the infamous island 17th hole, and Congressman Ander Crenshaw Nita Parikh … Maruti Transit Group, Chief of Staff, Eduardo Carrion Vice President of Operation Maruti Transit The Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Calvin Peete and Pepper Peete Golf Clinic The Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Calvin Peete and Pepper Peete Golf Clinic Rev. Eugene Eubanks, Pepper Peete, Ronnie Simmons, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Monica Isom, Von Alexander, and Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985 Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., CEO of JTA, Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Alina Li, Congressman James Clyburn and Joseph Debs RS&H 1st Place Steve White, Dr Kenneth Jones,Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Marco Coleman, Gary Blackwell Congresswoman Corrine Brown Congresswoman Corrine Brown and The Florida Star Frank Powell

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(17 July 2013, Beaufort, SC) July 27August 4, 2013 has been declared Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation WeekŽ in Beaufort County, SC. The Town of Bluffton presented a proclamation to Queen Quet (pictued), Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) at their town hall meeting on Tuesday. She has been invited to the Beaufort County Council meeting on July 22, 2013 to receive one from the county officials. The mayors of Beaufort and Port Royal will be presenting their proclamations at the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival’ 2013Ž (www.gullahgeechee.info) which will be the culmination of the week of celebration. Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation WeekŽ was launched in the City of Charleston, sC last August and a proclamation was presented to Queen Quet during the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game where she also through the first pitch for Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Night at The JoeŽ (http://youtu.be/hX6zVbTD8wY). That evening was followed by a week filled with tours, an heirs property workshop, and people supporting Gullah/Geechee restaurants, galleries, and businesses in that city and closed with the festival as will be the case this year. The Gullah/Geechee Nation will launch a site with Gullah/Geechee businesses and historic sites to support from their website and blog at www.gullahgeecheenation.com on July 24th following Queen Quets press evening and public celebration at the new St. Helena Branch Library at 6 pm. That evening, Queen Quet will do the official announcements of the weeks activities following a histo-musical presentation entitled Gullah/Geechee: Celebratin Who WEBE!Ž The St. Helena Library adjacent to the Penn National Landmark Historic Register District will be the site of the Gullah/Geechee Reunion DayŽ for the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival’ 2013Ž as well. The overall theme of this years festival, Emancipation een de Gullah/Geechee NationŽ will be brought to life through tours, exhibits, Gullah/Geechee fish frys, and Gullah/Geechee community engagements on Hunting Island, St. Helena Island, and in the incorporated townships of the county that are all a part of Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.Ž Many events are FREE and open to the public, but advance tickets for the festival can be obtained at http://gullahgeecheemusic.eventbrite.com/. For information about the week of celebration, email the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.info) at GullGeeCo@aol.com or call (843) 838-1171. Queen Quet says, Cum fa jayn de Gullah/Geechee famlee een wha gwine on whey webe! PAGE8 THESTAR JULY 27, 2013 Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week Declared in Beaufort County, SC FAMILYAFFAIR:HALLSHOST30th FAMILYREUNIONINBRUNSWICK, GA The Hall family 30th reunion celebration started on Friday, July 19, 2013 with a Fish Fry and Low Country Boil hosted by The Walkers. On Saturday, July 20, 2013 the Hall Family gathered at the Bennie Furlong Senior Center, Jacksonville Beach for a Family meeting, Beach Bash and Picnic with barbecue ribs, chicken, grilled corn, baked beans, hotdogs, hamburgers, Rum cake, Red velvet cake, Sprite pound cake, and ice cream The night ended with a All White Party where the family danced the night away! On Sunday morning, July 21, 2013, The Hall Family worshipped at Shiloh Baptist Church and after church had dinner that was hosted by The Walkers. The very first reunion was started in Brunswick, Georgia, Last family reunion was in Atlanta GA. 2011 and the next one in Indianapolis Indiana 2015Joann Simms, Candance Williams, Leo Williams Jr., and Jerome McIverfirst row; Keyone Walker, Carl Walker, Keygan Walker, Betty McKenzie, 2nd row; Shanika Walker, Valerie Williams, Chelsea Lewis, Destiny Walker, Kyron Walker, Kamron Walker, Chapell Walker;3rd row Shayla Dallas, Brandon Lewis, Dereck LampkinMyles Southall, Kristie Fulks, Bessie R. Fulks, Natajah AngryL-R:The youngest family member, Jealina Haywood; Betty McKenzie and oldest family member Alma "Rosebud" BlountHall Family Group Picture at Bennie Furlong Beaches Senior Center Jacksonville Beach FloridaRIGHT: Remembrances of Mary Hall; Welton Hall, Nona Williams, Annette GilkessonDestiny Walker, Rosebud Blount, Mable Brown, Marvin Lindsay, Jean Heck, Camryn Simms, Yvonne Peterson, Olivia Peterson, Betty G reen, Jerome H. McIver, Keygan Walker, Melvin Butts, Emmanuel Peterson, Barbara M. More, Myles Southall, Bessie R Fulks, Na'Tajha Angry, Hattie McIver Coleman, Amber Merrell, Nona Faye Williams, Amber Merrell, Annette S. Gilkesson, Allen Jordan, John Miller, Julis Howard, Sydney Brown, Sharlina Moore, back row Chelsea Lewis, Keyone Walker, Shanika Walker, T homas Hall, Brandon Lewis, Terrie Gunn, Denise Richard, Kamron Walker, Joann Simms, Dereck Lampkins, Kyron Walker, Sharon Green, Jeanlina Haywood, Alice Cooper, Donnita Miller, Sylves ter Peterson, Steven Hall, Eugene A. Roberts, Jason Carter, Micah Fulks, Valerie Williams, Rose L.A. McIver, LuJana Butts, Shayla Dallas, Welton Hall, Carl Walker, Chapell Walker, Betty McKenzie, Kristie Fulks, Charles Qualls, Sanadra Hall, Kaci Coleman, Gwendolyn Fulks, Krystal Grivins, Walter Cooper, Sandra Miller, Javonne Jones, Ashley Moore, Michael Moore, Pea rl M Edge, Vanessa Peterson, Benjamin Moore, Gerald Williams, and Lorie Griffin.

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By Arthia Nixon Florida/Georgia Star The tragedy and the outcome in the case of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin has impacted the United States, and now, one of the Caribbeans top soca artists is joining multiple celebrities by paying tribute while calling for peace. Soca star Kenne Blessin officially released his Wipe Your Eyes single at midnight on Monday, July 22, 2013 via Facebook and Youtube and by dawn, the song had gone viral and been played on several radio and online stations. I wrote the song because the hurt of the people who were affected … the parents, the brother, the state of Florida, Blacks, Whites, everyone was hurting,Ž Kenne Blessin stated. I mean, the president, celebrities, every day people all had something to say about this matter and I was compelled to write and release this song based on the passionate response of people, especially after the not guilty verdict.Ž Powerful lyrics remind listeners that the sun will shine againŽ despite the fact that someones hurting somewhere out thereŽ. It further points out that the system needs a faceliftŽ, demands an end to injustice when a lawyer gets a good fee, the guilty walking so free, how could this be?Ž Kenne Blessin quickly points out that Trayvons case is not the only one out there and that there are others that ought to be highlighted. He said that the cases still going on should also be brought to the forefront. This song is for everyone who faces injustice in all sorts … even the ones that the media hasnt highlighted for the world to have knowledge about as it did in Trayvons case,Ž he said. I think people need a sense of hope, and it only can happen through unity and caring for each other. Trayvon is not the first to go through such, but his story brought out a lot of what most people are scared to reveal all because of fear. We all face similar situations. Just that most of our story never got to reach media exposure.Ž JULY 27, 2013 THESTAR PAGE9Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice JonesDrew cleared to participate in 2013 training camp; S Johnathan Cyprien on Non-Football Injury List, WR Justin Blackmon on Physically Unable to Perform List. John Oehser jaguars.com Maurice Jones-Drew has been medically cleared. Exactly how extensively the three-time Pro Bowl running back will participate isnt yet known, but Jones-Drew will be able to practice when the Jaguars open 2013 training camp Friday morning at EverBank Field. Were extremely excited about the progress he has made,Ž Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said, with Jones-Drew adding: Its a good sign.Ž The news came the same day Bradley addressed the media for the first time in preparation for training camp, announcing that in addition to wide receiver Justin Blackmon, rookie guard Stephane Milhim and veteran wide receiver Taylor Price will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Rookie safety Johnathan Cyprien was also declared to the Non-Football Injury list Blackmon, a second-year wide receiver, had been expected by many to start camp on PUP, having undergone groin surgery in early July. Cypriens status was more of a surprise, with Bradley saying the rookie safety and 2013 second-round draft selection sustained a hamstring injury while training last week. Bradley said the hope is Cyprien will begin practicing next week, adding of Blackmon: Well wait and see. It might be a little longer.Ž Well be smart with those guys,Ž Bradley said.Jacksonville takes series over Smokies in rubber match JAGUARS:Who is cleared to play and who has to stay sidelined By Matt Leland / Jacksonville Suns KODAK, Tenn. Mark Canha's eighth inning three-run home run proved to be the difference for the Jacksonville Suns (16-13, 50-46), who beat the Tennessee Smokies 54 in the rubber match of a five-game series at Smokies Park. With the Suns trailing 4-2 into the eighth, Canha stepped to the plate with two runners on and mashed his ninth home run of the season to give Jacksonville the lead. The homer came against Smokies reliever Zach Rosscup (2-1), spoiling a solid outing from Tennessee starter Kyle Hendricks. Suns' right-hander Bryan Evans lasted just three plus innings on the mound, as the Smokies jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the first four innings. Rafael Lopez knocked in Tennessee's first run with a single in the third, and Justin Bour rapped a solo homer in the fourth to make it a 2-0 game. Lopez followed with a two-run double that chased Evans. The Suns bullpen, however, responded with five and two thirds scoreless innings to stem the tide and give Jacksonville's offense a chance to respond. Collin Cargill, Arquimedes Caminero (4-2) and Michael Brady each contributed to the cause. The Suns comeback trail began in the sixth. Audy Ciriaco's ground ball to third baseman Christian Villanueva kicked off Villanueva's glove, allowing a run to score and trim the Smokies' lead to 4-1. Taylor Krick's RBI groundout later in the frame cut the lead to two. Two innings later, Canha hit his game-winning blast to give the Suns a victory in the series finale that clinched the first series between the Suns and Smokies in 2013. Brady pitched two perfect innings in the eighth and ninth to earn his 15th save of the season. By Arthia Nixon Florida/Georgia Star Prior to recent newsmaking events, Aaron Hernandez was considered one the Florida Gators finest football players before he went pro. However, as he now sits in jail charged with murder, in a twist and turns story that invovled a secret apartment and witness dying following an accident, the school is working hard to get rid of his attachement to them. "The plan was to have everything completed before the end of July,Žsaid a spokesman. A statement issued by Florida University read: "We didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez. We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility, such as the South Endzone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility.Ž Bricks with his name and accomplishments on it were unearthed and the process is set to continue until it is all removed. The backlash doesnt stop there. The Pro Football Hall of Fame removed an awardwinning photograph of Hernandez Further Electronic Arts confirmed he is not going to be in their Madden NFL25 or NCAA Football 14 video games. AS if that werent enough, Panini removed Hernandez stickers from 500,000 of its sticker books, which were already printer although not yet on shelves. Aaron Hernandez loses legacy as Florida Gators, Hall of Fame, video games and trading cards distance themselves from himTropical Storm Dorian threatens CaribbeanTropical Storm Dorian, the fourth named system of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, has formed off the coast of Africa and is moving on a westward path that may reach the Caribbean Sea late this week, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Dorian, with top sustained winds of 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, was 505 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands as of 5:00 pm Wednesday, and was moving westnorthwest at 20 mph, a NHC advisory said. Slight weakening is possible on Thursday as Dorian moves over cooler water,Ž Stacy Stewart, a senior hurricane specialist at the NHC, noted in the advisory. As the fourth named system of the Atlantic season, Dorian is ahead of schedule: from 1966 to 2009, the fourth system typically formed by August 23, according to the NHCs website. Stewart said weather models are in good agreement that Dorian will continue to move west. The NHCs forecast maps, which project only five days ahead, show it tracking north of Puerto Rico by July 29. The storm is nevertheless thought likely to encounter unfavourable conditions for development such as wind shear, cooler ocean water and dry air. Provided Dorian can hold together as it crosses the Atlantic, some forecasters believe theres a possibility it may bring wind and rain to the Bahamas and/or the southern United States early next week. (JAMAICA) Jamaican dancehall artist, songwriter and businessman Adidja Palmer, better known by his stage name Vybz Kartel, was found not guilty in one of two murder cases. Also found not guilty in the 2011 murder of Jamaican businesmann Barrington "Bossie" Burton were Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson. While he is free in the aforementioned matter, Vybz Kartel (pictured) remains in custody. In November, he will return to court for an alleged connection a second murder, that of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. The artist has had some success in the region with music. He is also known for his rum brand, condom line and his own cake soapŽ (skin lightening product).Soca star Kenne Blessin pens tribute song to Trayvon Martin family and supporters Vybz Kartel Found Not Gulty Of Murder Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has welcomed a plan by New York City to aid undocumented Caribbean immigrants. New York City officials say the city will spend US$18 million to help undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants find jobs. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a mayoral candidate, said the money will fund legal services and adult education classes that the US federal government requires immigrants to take to qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project will provide free legal services to immigrants threatened with deportation who are unable to represent themselves in proceedings. New York has always been a city of immigrants within a nation of immigrants,Ž said Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn. The program permits immigrants to live and work in the US, regardless of the outcome of an immigration reform bill currently in the House of Representatives, provided they are between 15 and 31 years-old as of June 15, 2012. NYTo Aid Caribbean Immigrants

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What the financial experts are saying Dear Friends: Our retirement reform agreement is gaining the attention of internationally known financial ratings agencies. Within just the past two weeks, weve received positive input from Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poors and Moodys. This favorable feedback matters because these agencies help determine the City of Jacksonvilles credit rating. The agencies praise the steps we have taken to make government more efficient and build city financial reserves. Fitch, for example, says Jacksonville has an excellent fiscal track record.Ž S&P notes strong performance, giving Jacksonville a Financial Management Assessment score of strong, indicating that we believe practices are strong, well embedded, and likely sustainable.Ž As a result of the Citys strong financial management and high credit rating, we were able to refinance city debt and save taxpayers $133 million over the next 19 years. But the agencies tell us that our credit rating may suffer if we do not deal with our pension challenges now. Fitch Ratings said that delay in implementing reform could pressure the rating.Ž And if we do nothing, retirement costs are projected to consume nearly 20 percent of our general budget … to the tune of $181.3 million … in the coming year. You dont have to take my word for it. Ive attached the reports in their entirety. Here are some important excerpts: A large unfunded pension liability and rapidly rising pension contributions remain a key credit concern. Tentative agreements on pension reform have been reached that, pending city council approval, are expected to stabilize the citys pension burden over the long term.Ž € Fitch Ratings The city is pursuing reform initiatives to lower these liabilities and has taken a more conservative approach to the asset side by lowering the return assumptions. While not final, the city has reached tentative agreements with several bargaining units that change the benefit structure for future employees and require increased contributions from current employees.Ž € Standard & Poors The ƒ stable outlook reflects the citys large and diverse economy, manageable debt profile and improved financial position, albeit with looming pension pressures which officials are trying to address.Ž € Moodys These reviews support a growing need for action. Our proposed retirement reform agreement would save taxpayers $1.2 billion over 30 years, including $45 million in the coming budget year. The savings would stave off deep cuts to libraries, community centers and public safety. But this is not just about one years budget. Over the next five years, the difference between passing retirement reform and not passing reform is nearly $100 million in the city budget. Imagine if we had that $100 million to invest in our citys future. We must continue to find solutions that enable city government to live within its means. We must continue to manage the budget prudently, and we must continue to invest wisely in our future. Retirement reform is a crucial step. Sincerely, Alvin Brown Mayor League of Women Voters Jacksonville/First Coast: August 14 Board of Directors Organizational Meeting 10:00am. Vietnam Veterans of America Elections Volunteer Meeting 11:00am. WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Avenue, Jax, 32202; August 16 Vietnam Veterans of America Convention Election. Hyatt Regency, Downtown Jacksonville 7:00am; August 23 Women's Equality Day Celebration Cummings Chapel, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, 256 East Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, 10:00am-2:00pm; August 28th 2nd Annual Member Retreat. The Stetson Kennedy Foundation Overlooking beautiful Beluthahatchee, 1519 State Road 13, Fruit Cove, Fl 32259, 11:00am. SEA ISLANDS BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL A cultrural richness join us! Friday, August 16th, Tribute to Greatness, Casino Theatre at the Pier at 8:00 p.m. Celebrating Marian Anderson, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dexter Gordon, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Whitney Houston, Etta James, Luther Vandross, Sarah Vaughan, Stevie Wonder, The Harlem Renaissance with our very own local celebrities. Donation is $15.00. HEALTH & WELNESS LECTURE AND WORKSHOPS, by Dr. Nancy J. Williams, Saturday, August 17th 10:00 a.m. at the Heritage Center by the Lighthouse. SUNSET MASKED BALL Saturday, August 17th at 8:00 p.m., at the Heritage Center by the Lighthouse. There will be Live Jazz, DJ Marz Oldies and Goodies Music; Cuisine and Drinks. Donation $20. FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE, WHERE THE SPIRIT IS IN THE WATER! Sunday, August 18th at 7:00 a.m., Dance, Song, Poetry & Drum. HISTORIC FIRST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH GOSPEL AND THE WORD (Established in the Year 1859) Sunday, August 18th at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Brenda Iglehart. Tribute to Gospel Legends, 5800 Frederica Rd. DOZENS OF ANIMAL RESCUE GROUPS from across Northeast Florida are joining together for NO MORE HOMELESS PETS July 26-28, 2013, Adoption hours are 10 am 6 pm every day, at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. More than a thousand homeless dogs and cats will be looking for new homes as part of the Mega Adoption event scheduled this weekend. Managing Your Money in Tough Times CITY OF JACKSONVILLES UPCOMING EVENTS: Managing Your Money in Tough Times July 28, 2013 6 7:30 p.m., Southeast Regional Library, Community Room B, 10599 Deerwood Park Boulevard Jacksonville, Florida 32256. One of our most requested workshops is back! Learn how to make those tough decisions for spending and get tips for reducing expenses. City Council Fifth Week No Committee Meetings July 29, 2013 August 02, 2013 City Council committee meetings will NOT be held the week of July 29th to Aug 2nd. The regularly scheduled Council meeting cycle will resume with Standing Committee meetings on Monday, August 5, 2013. Board of Library Trustees Executive Meeting July 30, 2013 2 p.m., Main Library, Third Floor Board Room, 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. Meeting between Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins, Chair; Erin Skinner, Vice-Chair; and Christina Stallings, Secretary. Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB) Meeting August 01, 2013 2 p.m., City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., First FloorLynwood Roberts Room. 3rd Annual Daily's 5K Stadium Challenge August 02, 2013 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m., EverBank Field, 1 EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. "Hollywood Nights" Annual Senior Prom August 02, 2013 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water Street, Exhibit Hall B, Jacksonville, Florida 32204. The City of Jacksonville Senior Services Division is hosting its annual Senior Prom for the citys senior citizens. The theme of this years event is Hollywood Nights.Ž 2013 Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair Jacksonville, FL August 07, 2013 Employment workshop: 9 a.m., Hiring Fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., JaxPort Cruise Terminal, 9810 August Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32226. This hiring event is being conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the Florida Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, FL DEO, NBC News, and other local partners. PAGE 10THESTAR JULY 27, 2013 Investigative Reporter : Lonzie Leath Reporters/Photographers : Marsha Phelts, Laurence Greene, Michael Phelts, Richard McLaughlin, Andrea F. K. 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Stevie Wonder is credited as being the performer to start the boycott. I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again, Stevie Wonder said while performing in Quebec shortly after the verdict was given.As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. Star readers sounded off on our Facebook page. Truth be told, none of the stars on the boycott list come here anyways, said one reader. I believe opposing "Stand your Ground" is going to backfire if successful because in the Trayvon case, it was Trayvon who had the right to "Stand his Ground", wrote another reader. We should be focusing on the Prosecution mishandling and why Angela Corey could win a case sending a Woman to Prison for 20 years for firing a gun into the air to ward off an abusive husband, but lose a case that was at least manslaughter. This case doesn't pass the smell test, and needs to be investigated thoroughly... A third reader wrote: I think they are stupid for having this boycott because it's gonna hurt them it's gonna hurt their living their bank accounts how they provide for their families. When they do their ordinary thing and somebody goes to attack them what they gonna do? Boycott that means you are not going you are protesting you going without you are getting no money especially if you are a entertainer and you make your living off the public and you got a family too you need to think about that how it would affect their family because they don't know how long this boycott gonna be they need to think about what they are doing. DTQVJGTU"DCEM"KP"LCKN"CHVGT"FQWDNG TCRG"CPF"CVVGORVGF"OWTFGTThe State Attorney's Office is pursuing the death penalty against James Rhodes, the 21 year-old man charged with killing a MetroPCS employee. He is being charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 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Donald Jerome Dickerson, 32, and James Lamont Dickerson, 30, both of the 1500 block of Lane Avenue, were arrested Tuesday after one of the victims, who was shot in the head when she resisted the attack, was able to write names down for investigators. The woman is expect to survive but may havd suffered permanent damage, said the Jacksonvilles Sheriffs Office. According to the investigtion, the women, who are in their 20s but whose names were not released by police, were at the motel and called one of the suspects to invite him there. Apparently from the women, they rented the room as a place for friends to hang out and had invited others there. When the attackers arrived, one pointed a handgun at the women and forced them to strip naked. One of the victims was told to tie up the second, then she was tied by one of the men. One of the suspects raped both women several times, a police report said. A third victim arrived at the room and was bound with a bedsheet and a belt and forced to lie on the floor with a pillow over his head. The sex attacks continued after that, with both attackers raping both women. T After the continous rape, the two ransacked the room, stealing $400 and other items, including keys to a car that was outside. The brothers then set fire to the room and left, telling the third victim not to move or he would be killed. Upon smelling smoke, the man freed himself and pulled the women to the parking lot. The car was found later on Friday at a location linked to the brothers. The brothers were identified using photo spreads and brought to the police station shortly after 9 p.m. Monday. They were charged by the morning with attempted murder, sexual battery, arson, armed robbery, carjacking with a firearm and false imprisonment. In a 21-page list of arrests provided by the Sheriffs Office, Donald Dickerson has been charged with multiple counts of weapons possession by a felon, drug charges, battery and other offences since 2000. In nine pages, James Dickerson has been arrested on drug, battery, assault, carrying a concealed weapon by a felon and other charges since 2001. The brothers were released in March. James Dickerson was to appear in court Wednesday on his March arrest on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession. Sybrina Fulton is getting some star support for the Trayvon Martin Foundation, named for her slain son. Fulton, her husband and son have been connecting with some celebrities including Beyonce`, Jay Z and even Rev. Al Sharpton. Meanwhile President Obama made some heartfelt comments following the verdict in the case, saying during a press conference: You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, theres a lot of pain around what happened here, I think its important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesnt go away. STAR SOCIAL SOUNDOFF: OUR READERS RESPOND TO STEVIE WONDER AND OTHER CELEBS BOYCOTTING FLORIDA TO END STAND YOUR GROUND OVER TRAYVONThessalonika Arzu-Embry will be graduating Chicago State University in August with a bachelor's degree in psychology. While that might not sound unusual, it certainly is when you consider shes just 14 years old. She plans to continue her studies in a graduate program before opening a clinic with her mother. "My college experience is a traditional college experience for me it is just that I have completed it faster," Thessalonika said. "I am very excited about joining others in having the opportunity to contribute to society in a significant way." 36"[gct"Qnf"Vq Igv"Dcejgnqtu" Ugg"Rcig";"/"Urqtvu"cpf"Ectkddgcp Donald Dickerson James Dickerson

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NEW MT. MORIAH AME CHURCH, 880 Melson Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254, Rev. ShaReff Rashad, Pastor. To be held Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Presenting New Mount Moriah Male Chorus, Sis. Marva Alexander, Sis. Sherell Kemp, The Sweet Inspirations and The Golden Jubilee Gospel Singers. IT'S YOUR SEASON TO BE BLESSED." Come Hear and Enjoy This Great Celebration. NEW MT. MORIAH AME CHURCH, 880 Melson Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254, Rev. ShaReff Rashad, Pastor, is having their VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, Jesus Family Reunion The Remix, Monday, July 29, 2013 through August 2, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! To Register: Call 3886900 or email newmtmoriah@comcast.net Rebuilding the Church from the Inside Out. You are invited to come an experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the dynamic preaching and teaching ministry of Bishop W.A.Andrews of the United Church in Christ, located at 2050 Emerson Street, Jacksonville, FL 32207 on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 5:00pm. All are welcome, come early to get a good seat. The AnnieRuth Foundation, Inc. and its partners are pleased to present the 8th Annual ACE Youth Summit! This event, aimed at preventing childhood obesity, will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 10AM to 2PM at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church 10325 Interstate Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32218. This event is being held, exclusively, for summer camps throughout Jacksonville. Children will enjoy activities, games, prizes and more! Free Admission. To register for the event, visit www.annieruthfoundation.org or call (904) 708-8945. EMANUEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH from Mixon Town to Grand Park Anniversary/Homecoming Celebration. Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate 121 years of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This glorious anniversary celebration will take place on Sunday, August 18, 2013 beginning with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. The celebration will continue during morning worship with the message by guest minister, the Reverend Michael Warren, Pastor of Pleasant View Baptist Church of Apopka, Florida, and end with a Reunion Concert, presented by present and former members of the choir at 3:00 p.m. All friends, former members, and the general public are invited to attend. The church is located at 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger, Jr. Circle. For more information, please call the church office at (904) 356-9371. Rev. Dr. Herb Anderson is the pastor. THE GREATER EL-BETH-EL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH, 723 W. 4th St., Jacksonville, presents Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr. Live in Free Concert, Live Recording, July 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. with Bishop Larry Boston, Pastor Axlie Kelly and Company, Rev. Calvin Honors, Dr. Barbara Benjamin and Company.Apple Fritter: The Fruit of My ChoiceDr. James L. SnyderMost people in America pride themselves on the ability to make their own choices. Freedom of Choice, is the cry you hear all around our country these days. Yet, most people do not have the freedom of choice they think they have. Somebody is influencing the choices they make without them realizing they are being influenced. That is called marketing. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were watching television the other night, trying to watch a favorite TV program. Finally, from an end of the room that was not my end, came an exasperated sigh. I tried to ignore it, but you know how that works. It was in the middle of some commercials and so I turned to her and said, Whats got you in such pain tonight?. These commercials, she moaned so painfully, I cant stand all these commercials! I responded as cheerfully as I could, Well, my dear, somebody has to pay for our television viewing privilege. I felt a cold yet burning stare in my direction. Cant they run those lousy commercials when Im not watching TV? Commercials are a way in which manufacturing companies influence our choices. Every product has 100 different companies marketing the same product. The same company makes the same product but sells it under a different name. There are two categories of products. There is the name brand, which cost a fortune. Then there is the generic brand, which is only a fraction of what the name brand cost. It is the same product, made by the same company, but advertised by difference venues. This is where choice comes in. Some people choose the high-priced product because they think it is better. Some of us choose the low-price product because we know better. One night as we were watching television, it seemed most of the commercials had to do with dieting of some kind. There were high calorie diets, low-carb diets and diet that really did not make sense to me. Watching all of those dieting commercials, I did not see one that I would die for. Anybody can lose weight; it is all a matter of choice. Personally, I do not plan to lose any sleep because I cannot lose weight. I think it is going to be rather funny if when we go to heaven everybody is fat. Wouldnt that be something? We plummet ourselves almost to death trying to lose weight and get to heaven and everybody is fat. My wife is a great one for fruit and vegetables. Every day of our life is fruit and vegetables. To mix things up a little bit one day it will be vegetables and fruit. She prepares the fruit and then invites me to make a choice. I am sure she did not see all of this in any television commercial; at least I hope she hasnt. She is proud of the display of fruit choices she has for me. Actually, and do not tell her I said this, but my fruit of choice is the humble Apple fritter. It has everything my heart desires and a few things my body desires, too. I like with David said, Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalms 37:4 KJV). It is all a matter of choice, that is, making the right choice. JACKSONVILLE, FL ALSTON, Melvin, Jr., died July 21, 2013. BEACH, Dorothy, 83, died July 16, 2013. BEER, Kenneth E., 81, died July 16, 2013. BIRD, Jacquline, 50, died July 17, 2013. BONNER, Alice Hunter, 75, died July 17, 2013. BOYD, Winnell J., 79, died July 23, 2013. BROCK, Norma Jean Wilson, 70, died July 20, 2013. BRUCE, Helen Marie Benekin, died July 22, 2013. COGLEY, David E., died July 21, 2013. COLLINS, Henrietta, 102, died July 19, 2013. COOLEY, David, died July 21, 2013. CROWDER, Infant Jaylen Cameron James, died July 22, 2013. DANIELS, Latasha, 36, died July 15, 2013. DENSON, Max Loyd, 83, died July 20, 2013. DOUGLASS, James Author, died July 18, 2013. DUHART, Marie S., died July 23, 2013. ELLIS, Nathan, Jr., died July 21, 2013. FARMER, Gary Manos, 58, died July 22, 2013. FELTON, Cornell, 28, died July 15, 2013. FLOYD, Alfred Regan, died July 13, 2013. FRASER, Myra Janice Taylor, 70, died July 18, 2013. GLOVER, Michael Anthony, 69, died July 19, 2013. GREEN, Ella L. Fulton, died July 19, 2013. HENEY, David Lloyd, 68, died July 16, 2013. HICKS, Anthony, died July 18, 2013. HOWZE, Ethel M. Bair, 94, died July 20, 2013. HOYLE, Seleinda F., 91, died July 20, 2013. JACKSON, Rev. Ulyssee, Sr., 83, died July 20, 2013. JEFFERS, Richard H. Ricky, 57, died July 17, 2013. JONES, Gregory, died July 22, 2013. KING, Arthur S., 93, died July 21, 2013. LATHAN, Delores, died July 24, 2013. LEE, Henrietta, died July 23, 2013. MARKHAM, Grady Darrell Sam, 76, died July 20, 2013. McGRIFF Robert, Sr., 90, died July 17, 2013. NESBITT, Ronnie A., Sr., died July 19, 2013. PACK, Mae Frances, 81, died July 24, 2013. PALMER, Roberta, died July 19, 2013.PETERSON, Dorothy K., 64, died July 21, 2013. PHILLIPS, Kenneth, 63, died July 16, 2013. REED, Cynthia L., died July 18, 2013. SHERRILL, Dorothy Dot, 83, died July 18, 2013. THELTON, Rabon, died July 22, 2013. WATSON, Essie Young, died July 18, 2013. WILKISON, Donald Earl, 86, died July 21, 2013. WILLIAMS, Miss Tariyah, 3, died July 19, 2013.~*~ GEORGIA DEATHS BENTON, Ruby Jane, 65, died July 20, 2013. BUSCH, John F., 90, died July 18, 2013. COBB, Yolanda, died July 16, 2013. CUMMING, Louise F., 88, died July 16, 2013. FLOURNOY, Mary Jackson, 92, died July 18, 2013.HART, Dora, 83, died July 17, 2013. JENKINS, John, Sr., died July 19, 2013. MURRAH, Barbara Hasell, died July 18, 2013. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With Us Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPAGE 2 THE STAR JULY 27, 2013 CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES ANNOUNCEMENTS Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com 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. 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. 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. Rev. Dr. Marion A. Wise, Senior 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 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 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. 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 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

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JULY 27, 2013 THE STAR PAGE 3 KVU"NKVVNG"OGGEJKG CPF"HTKGPFU Little Meechie has many friends so often, he will not only remember some of his days growing up, he will also remember some of his friends stories and share them with you. Nkvvng"Oggejkg"nkxgf"ykvj"jku"itcpfrct/ gpvu0"""" Jku"itcpfhcvjgt"ycu"rcuvqt"qh"c ejwtej"ykvj"c"nctig"eqpitgicvkqp0""Dqvj Itcpfrc"cpf"Itcpfoc"jcf"jqrgu"vjcv Nkvvng"Oggejkg"yqwnf"qpg"fc{"itqy"wr cpf"dgeqog"vjg"ejwteju"rcuvqt0""Dwv"cu {qw"mpqy."Nkvvng"Oggejkg"ycu"uqog"yjcv okuejkgxkqwu0"" Qpg"fc{."chvgt"Uwpfc{"Uejqqn."jg"fgekf/ gf"vq"rnc{"vtkemu"qp"qpg"qh"vjg"ejwtej ogodgtu0""Jku"itcpfrctgpvu"ygtg"uq wrugv"ykvj"jko"vjcv"Itcpfoc"uckf. Oggejkg."{qw"ctg""cnyc{u"igvvkpi"kpvq okuejkgh0"""" $Jqy"fq"{qw"gzrgev"vq"igv kpvq"JgcxgpA$ Nkvvng"Oggejkg"uvqrrgf"hqt"c"oqogpv cpf""vjqwijv"kv"qxgt"cpf"uckf."$Ygnn Itcpfoc.""K)nn"twp"kp"cpf"qwv"cpf"kp"cpf qwv"cpf"mggr"uncookpi"vjg"fqqt"wpvkn"Uv0 Rgvgt"uc{u.")Hqt"Jgcxgp)u"ucmg."Oggejkg. eqog"kp"qt"uvc{"qwv#)$Rtgukfgpv"Qdcoc"kp"Lcemuqpxknng"/ Rtqoqvkpi"Geqpqoke"ItqyvjBy: Cheryl A. Williams, Reporter, Photographs by Thomas McLain IV Interns: Justin Redding Shirronda Arnold Jacksonville FLOn the second leg of his American tour discussing the economy, President Obamas philosophy is that Americas economy works best when it grows from the middle-out, not the top down. On Thursday, July 25, President Obama was in Jacksonville FL, to deliver remarks at the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), where he laid out his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class and those fighting to join it front and center. He stated that the modernization of JAXPORT is a key to stimulating job growth in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. He highlighted special issues concerning health care, the impasse with Republicans and his plan to move America forward. He was met by an enthusiastic crowd. In a packed room at Jaxport. President Obama was clear, The fast track to building the economy is building the infrastructure, he said. In referencing his first stop economy the President made a remark about the bill to cut student loans. President Obama said A better bargain for middle class means making a college education available to every single American willing to work for it. The president was referring to a bipartisan majority of Senators who passed a bill to cut rates on nearly all new federal student loans. This would mean rolling back a July 1STrate hike and saving undergraduates an average of more than $1,500 on loans they take out this year. This compromise is a major victory for our nations students. In this second leg of his speech at Jax Port, the President laid out a blueprint for his economic recovery plan for the rest of his term. In an opening statement Obama said, My focus was rebuilding an economy where everyone gets ahead. The President said he took executive action to speed up the process to modernize Jax Port. The President also detailed every aspect for his recovery for America including helping the middle class specifically citing home ownership, better wages, health care for all Americans, and having pensions available for all Americas. President Obama said, JAXPORT is a key to better jobs in Jacksonville and in Florida new supertankers are being built to go through the Panama Canal; we want those supertankers coming to JaxPort. Because, those supertankers mean more jobs. Of this economic plan, President Obama said It meets the key principles I laid out from the start a cornerstone of what it means to be middle classwithin reach for working families.

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PAGE 4 THE STAR JULY 27, 2013 Talk of the Town! by Frances Bradley / Photos by Volume Burks E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. Ore Yeye O!Ok Sun Burks had a few folks in for crabs and such as she celebrated nineteen years as a Yoruba priestess of Osun. The event was changed from Little River Spring in Suwanee County, which experienced a temporary closure because recent storms caused the Suwanee River and Spring to overflow and submerge the safe swimming areas. Friends and family from Gainesville and Brunswick heard the call of the crustaceans and couldnt resist the travel to the Springfield home of Ok Sun and Volume. Yours truly cooked the crabs in a modified low country boil which included potatoes, sausage, and corn. There were chicken wings, dips and chips, crab shala, and all manner of desserts Titilayo Kendrick is known for her scrumptious banana pudding libations, and more crabs. As a matter of fact, Volume never had a chance to fire up the grill for hotdogs and hamburgers. Guests had an opportunity to experience authentic Yoruba culture in ceremony, language, music, and dance. It is our hope that the exposure served to demystify the tradition of our ancestral roots. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Bruce Nipper, Ernest Pough and Spencer Dilyard Taylor of Trout River Fish Company. The crabs were select, absolutely beautiful. Theres something to be said about following family tradition. As a child, there were only two places in town that we bought our bait on the way to a day of fishing or seafood (if the fish didnt cooperate) Trout River or Acostas. The latter has been closed for years, but Trout River has stayed the course through time. Ive tried other seafood houses, but the friendly service and expert recommendations at Trout River ensure that I am sticking with the tried and true. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First Sergeant Alexander Edwards, a native of Jacksonville now residing in New York, and honored Montford Point Marine, was featured in the Winter 2013 edition of National Alliance the quarterly magazine published by the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees (NAPFE). Mr. Edwards was among more than four hundred Montford Point Marines who were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in ceremonies last year in Washington, D.C. The Montford Point Marines are the African-American Marine Corps veterans who trained at the racially segregated Montford Point Camp at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina from 1942-1949. They were the first African-Americans to enter the United States Marine Corps. In 1965, twenty years after the end of World War II, the Montford Point Marines Association, Inc. (MPMA), a non-profit organization, was established to perpetuate the legacy of the Montford Point Marines and to support educational assistance, veteran programs, and promotion of community services. Membership in the Association is open to veterans and active members of all branches of the U. S. Armed Forces regardless of race, creed, or national origin. MPMA also consists of the Ladies Auxiliary. Membership in the Ladies Auxiliary is open to wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers of members or former members of the United States Armed Forces. Mr. Edwards was an acting first sergeant of Able Battery, one of the support companies based on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. It was on Saipan that African-American Marines had the opportunity to distinguish themselves in combat action, which later influenced President Harry Truman to desegregate the armed forces in 1948. The Congressional Gold Medal is the countrys highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The medal was awarded to Mr. Alexander and more than 400 Montford Point Marines for their extraordinary service in the face of indignities and inequality in the segregated armed forces. Among the honorees were Jacksonville residents George McIvory, Alpha Gainous, and Edward Norman. Thanks to Lydia Wooden for sharing the story of Mr. Edwards and this amazing group of individuals. I understand from Lydia that Mr. Edwards, a graduate of Stanton High School, still enjoys a close friendship with Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr. and Clarence Belton two of his childhood buddies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The LONGINEU ParsonsJazz Ensemblewill perform the most amazing jazz at Jazzland Cafe, Where the Great Musicians Play, on Saturday, July 27, 8:00 p.m. For information and reservations call Jazzland at (904) 240-1009 or visit www.jazzland cafe. com Become a Citizen of Jazzland by joining their mailing list at info@jazzland cafe.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Not-So-Random Acts of Kindnessof my friends and neighbors mean more than words can say. Thank you Ok Sun and Volume Clara, Edward Exson Bett and Tommy Bentley, Titilayo Chief Obalumi Ogunseye, IyaIbiyemi Efuntosin, Janice Mungin-Bey, and Corey Wilborn for your generosity and support!

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THE STAR PAGE 5 JULY 27, 2013 Love To Shop Here. Love To Save Here.For a list of current Buy One Get One Free deals, weekly specials and coupons, visit publix.com/save. To view deals on your smartphone, scan the code. Whether shopping for the week or for the items you need to prepare your favorite dish, with a little planning, you can take advantage of savings that are just as satisfying as the meal itself. There are deals throughout the store. Bring in your coupons and save even more. With all the ways Publix helps you stretch your grocery dollars, you can plan on leftovers of the green kind regularly. And we dont mean lettuce. Add a side of Saving sto every meal.

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PAGE 6 THE STAR JULY 27, 2013 Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star 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. Citizens with tips are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and become eligible for a reward. MISSINGCHILDREN Name: Nashay Barnette Age: 15 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 7/10/13 Name: Shaquavia Frost Age: 14 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 7/06/13 Name: Wynisha James Age: 15 Weight: 165 lbs Last seen: 7/14/13 Name: Derricka Smith Age: 16 Weight: 96 lbs Last seen: 6/26/13MOSTWANTED Name: Marcus F. Bullard Offense: Child Abuse Name: Deontae Cody Burch Offense: Credit Card Fraud Name: Jeshaun Burnette Offense: Traffic in Stolen Property When Youre Out and About No matter where you go, there may be all kinds of possible dangers waiting to happen without your knowledge. You may be having such a great time that you may not take notice of your surroundings. Someone may be keeping an eye on your every move and waiting for the right moment to commit a crime. Here are some tips that may help minimize or eliminate these risks: At Night Clubs and Social Functions Go with and stay close to a friend. Use prearranged signals to indicate that you need help or want to leave. Dont allow alcohol or drugs impair your judgment. Watch your drinks and dont give anyone an opportunity to spike them. State your personal social standards and limits. Stick to them and dont let anyone change your mind. Avoid people who make you nervous or uncomfortable. Provide your own transportation when you go out alone. Take enough money for a cab fare if you are going to be out late. When Meeting Someone New Exchange phone numbers only, not addresses. Let a friend or family member know where you are going on a first date. Consider a daytime meeting for a first date. Be assertive and honest. Do not appear passive or timid. In a Hotel/Motel Room Determine the most direct route to and from your room, to fire escapes, stairs, elevators, and phones. Keep your door locked when you are in your room. Use both the deadbolt lock and the security bar/chain. Keep your windows locked, and blinds and drapes closed for privacy. Be sure that sliding glass doors and doors to connecting rooms are locked. Safeguard your room key or card at all times. Use the peephole in the door to identify anyone requesting entry. Open the door only if you are certain it is safe to do so. If you are worried about being spied on through the peephole in the door cover it with a piece of opaque tape. If you havent requested room service or housekeeping and someone knocks on your door claiming to be a staff member, call the front desk to verify the claim before opening the door. If you receive a call about an emergency that requires you to leave your room, hang up, and call the front desk to verify it. Be careful if you receive a call for your credit car number to verify a room charge or other charges. Call the front desk to verify what the problem is and confirm that is it a legitimate call. Report any suspicious persons or activities to the front desk.. Safety Two Try to Steal $3,000 Worth of Furniture with Forged Checks A furniture store contacted police just after 5:00 p.m., when sales people became suspicious of a pending transaction. The customers were said to have arrived in a U-Haul truck and acted like they were in a hurry. They reportedly tried to rush the purchase of more than $3,000 worth of furniture. After separating the men for questioning, police determined their stories didnt match and that they barely knew each other. Jamael Jackson, 20, admitted he only had $100 in the bank and that William Simmons, 51, had forged his name on the check. Police discovered that the two men were trying to scam the store out of a truck-load of furniture with a bad check. Three other females were said to have left the store before police arrived and the investigation is continuing as detectives attempt to identify those suspects as well. Simmons and Jackson were both arrested. Both were charged with attempted grand theft, and conspiracy to commit grand theft. Simmons faces an additional charge of forgery. Jackson Simmons Suspect Located After Cell Phone Found at Crime Scene A man was arrested after leaving his cell phone at the scene where a man had been murdered. Police say a 20-year-old man named Christian Maafu had been shot to death and at the scene, a friend of the victim pointed out a phone on the ground to police during the investigation. The phone revealed enough of who it belonged to. Text messages and a Facebook profile on the phone were examined. Police investigated the case over a single weekend and logged the events that occurred on the day of the murder. They questioned friends of Maafu and were able to use all evidence, including social media activity, to track down the suspect. The evidence led them to a car, an apartment, then finally to 19-year-old John Fitzgerald Chatman Jr. Police say one of the friends of the victim said that it all started when 12 friends gathered to a nightclub event on a Friday night. They stayed at the club until it closed at around 3 a.m. They made a lot of noise as they walked toward a parking lot and two men nearby began to mock them. The two parties began to argue and one of the two men walked away to a parked car. When he returned, a fight started and he pulled out a handgun hitting someone on their cheek. He then pointed the gun at one of the people in the group saying, Are you ready to die tonight? Maafu charged and tackled down the gunman and as they were in a tussle, the man got to his feet and fired a shot into Maafus shoulder. The bullet went through his torso and into his spine. The two men fled and a friend of Maafu cradled him telling him not to die. With the phone, police examined the Facebook profile on it, but it did not have a specific persons name. The profile picture showed a man in baggy clothes and raising his middle finger. On one of the pictures, someone wrote a comment giving away the last name of the man, which was Chatman. Police did a search and came to the name John Fitzgerald Chatman Jr. They also found a mug shot and after showing it to Maafus friend in a lineup, they all identified him as the shooter. When police arrived at Chatmans apartment, Chatman ran into the bathroom to throw his car keys into the toilet and flush them down before police came. Chatman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, along with charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault. He is being held without bond. John Chatman Jr. Mother Leaves Son Alone to Dance at Strip Club A woman was arrested after leaving her child in a hotel alone to work and dance at a strip club. The investigation began about a week ago at approximately 12:42 a.m. when police responded to a hotel. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the security guard who indicated he came to work at 10:00 p.m. and noticed a little boy walking around the hotel unsupervised. Several hours later he saw the same boy still alone, so he approached him and asked him if he was staying at the hotel. The boy told the security guard he was 6 years old and staying at the hotel with his mother. He took the security guard to a room and used a key to open the door but no one was in the room. Police contacted the Department of Children and Families and attempted to call the number management had on file in order to reach the mother but received no answer. Several hours later the mother, identified as 21-year-old Brittany Renee Roman returned at 1:00 a.m. and told police that she left her son at the hotel at 10:00 p.m. to "go dancing/working at a club. Police say she was carrying over $900 in her purse. Due to the length of time the child was left unattended and based on the information she provided, Roman was arrested. Roman was charged with child neglect. She is being held on $1,000 bail. BrittanyRoman

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LOCAL JULY 27, 2013 THE STAR PAGE 7 Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown's Invitational Golf Tournament and Luncheon at TPC SawgrassPhotos Courtesy of F.M. Powell III The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) successfully served as the host agency of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) 42nd National Meeting and Training Conference. More than 500 transportation executives from across the nation gathered at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, on July 13-17, 2013. COMTO is a Washington, DC based national trade association with 39 chapters across the United States representing individuals, businesses and public agencies in every mode of transportation. Attendees at the conference included Presidents and Chief Executive Officers, trustees of transportation agencies, government officials, principals and employees of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), and private-sector business executives and professionals. JTAs own, Terri Smith, the President of the COMTO Jacksonville Chapter, served as the Conference Chair, along with JTAs Kenneth Middleton, serving as Conference Co-Chair. As the host Agency, JTA participated in speaking sessions, presentations, and numerous other activities and events throughout the conference, including: Thursday, July 11: JTA opened the conference with a kick off pep rally for all conference volunteers. Saturday, July 13: Mr. Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., CEO of JTA participated in Congresswoman Corrine Browns Invitational Golf Tournament and Luncheon at TPC Sawgrass. Saturday, July 13: Mike Sloan, JTAs Vice President of Risk Management & Compliance, moderated, the Youth Symposium: The Great Transportation Debate. Sunday, July 14: Kenneth Williams, JTAs Skyway Assistant Manager, took attendees on an Automated Skyway Technical Tour. Monday, July 15: Mr. Ford moderated the forum, The Future of Passenger and Freight Rail in America. Monday, July 15: Mike Miller, JTAs Business Development Manager, presented Maximizing Non-Farebox Revenues. Monday, July 15: Mr. Ford served as a panelist on the Seeking Multimodal Forms of Transportation Sustainability forum. Tuesday, July 16: Mr. Ford served as a panelist during Roland Martins Plenary Session titled From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the Corner Office: Other Than a Front Row Seat, How Have Things Changed In Public Transportation for People of Color? Wednesday, July 17: COMTO Conference Co-Chair, Ken Middleton, Diversity & Equity Program Manager of JTA, presented, DBE Program: Whats New? Conference awards included: JTA received the Corporate Citizen Award 2013 JTA received the Chairmans Exemplary Service Award Clinton Forbes, JTAs Chief of Transit Operations Support, received the Chairmans Circle Award Overall, the conference was a great success for attendees, JTA, the City of Jacksonville, and regional partners. The JTA is looking forward to participating in next years conference in Atlanta and hopefully being selected as the site of future COMTO conferences. Congressman James Clyburn and Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., CEO of JTA Congressman Cedric Richmond, Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Marva Brown Johnson, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Congressman James Clyburn Shirley Meeks-Mikel volunteer, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Jackie Beard Gray volunteers, Tina Robert, volunteers JTA, and Tina Roberts volunteer JTA Dan Pearshl Earl Jenkins, Huelon Harrison, Theodore TJ Limes, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Terrell Dillard, and Gregory Jenifer Castillo Flora, Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Dr Richard Danford, and Ken Jefferson Marva Brown Johnson, Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Congressman Ander Crenshaw Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, former President of Edward Waters College and now President of Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC, Dr. Jenkins won the prize for coming closet to the pin on the infamous island 17th hole, and Congressman Ander Crenshaw Nita Parikh Maruti Transit Group, Chief of Staff, Eduardo Carrion Vice President of Operation Maruti Transit The Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Calvin Peete and Pepper Peete Golf Clinic The Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Calvin Peete and Pepper Peete Golf Clinic Rev. Eugene Eubanks, Pepper Peete, Ronnie Simmons, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Monica Isom, Von Alexander, and Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985 Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., CEO of JTA, Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Alina Li, Congressman James Clyburn and Joseph Debs RS&H 1st Place Steve White, Dr Kenneth Jones,Calvin Peete Winner of PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1985, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Marco Coleman, Gary Blackwell Congresswoman Corrine Brown Congresswoman Corrine Brown and The Florida Star Frank Powell

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(17 July 2013, Beaufort, SC) July 27August 4, 2013 has been declared Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week in Beaufort County, SC. The Town of Bluffton presented a proclamation to Queen Quet (pictued), Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) at their town hall meeting on Tuesday. She has been invited to the Beaufort County Council meeting on July 22, 2013 to receive one from the county officials. The mayors of Beaufort and Port Royal will be presenting their proclamations at the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival 2013 (www.gullahgeechee.info) which will be the culmination of the week of celebration. Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week was launched in the City of Charleston, sC last August and a proclamation was presented to Queen Quet during the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game where she also through the first pitch for Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Night at The Joe (http://youtu.be/hX6zVbTD8wY). That evening was followed by a week filled with tours, an heirs property workshop, and people supporting Gullah/Geechee restaurants, galleries, and businesses in that city and closed with the festival as will be the case this year. The Gullah/Geechee Nation will launch a site with Gullah/Geechee businesses and historic sites to support from their website and blog at www.gullahgeecheenation.com on July 24th following Queen Quets press evening and public celebration at the new St. Helena Branch Library at 6 pm. That evening, Queen Quet will do the official announcements of the weeks activities following a histo-musical presentation entitled Gullah/Geechee: Celebratin Who WEBE! The St. Helena Library adjacent to the Penn National Landmark Historic Register District will be the site of the Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day for the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival 2013 as well. The overall theme of this years festival, Emancipation een de Gullah/Geechee Nation will be brought to life through tours, exhibits, Gullah/Geechee fish frys, and Gullah/Geechee community engagements on Hunting Island, St. Helena Island, and in the incorporated townships of the county that are all a part of Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week. Many events are FREE and open to the public, but advance tickets for the festival can be obtained at http://gullahgeecheemusic.eventbrite.com/. For information about the week of celebration, email the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.info) at GullGeeCo@aol.com or call (843) 838-1171. Queen Quet says, Cum fa jayn de Gullah/Geechee famlee een wha gwine on whey webe! PAGE THESTAR JULY 27, 2013 Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week Declared in Beaufort County, SC FAMILYAFFAIR:HALLSHOSTth FAMILYREUNIONINBRUNSWICK, GA The Hall family 30th reunion celebration started on Friday, July 19, 2013 with a Fish Fry and Low Country Boil hosted by The Walkers. On Saturday, July 20, 2013 the Hall Family gathered at the Bennie Furlong Senior Center, Jacksonville Beach for a Family meeting, Beach Bash and Picnic with barbecue ribs, chicken, grilled corn, baked beans, hotdogs, hamburgers, Rum cake, Red velvet cake, Sprite pound cake, and ice cream The night ended with a All White Party where the family danced the night away! On Sunday morning, July 21, 2013, The Hall Family worshipped at Shiloh Baptist Church and after church had dinner that was hosted by The Walkers. The very first reunion was started in Brunswick, Georgia, Last family reunion was in Atlanta GA. 2011 and the next one in Indianapolis Indiana 2015Joann Simms, Candance Williams, Leo Williams Jr., and Jerome McIverfirst row; Keyone Walker, Carl Walker, Keygan Walker, Betty McKenzie, 2nd row; Shanika Walker, Valerie Williams, Chelsea Lewis, Destiny Walker, Kyron Walker, Kamron Walker, Chapell Walker;3rd row Shayla Dallas, Brandon Lewis, Dereck LampkinMyles Southall, Kristie Fulks, Bessie R. Fulks, Natajah AngryL-R:The youngest family member, Jealina Haywood; Betty McKenzie and oldest family member Alma "Rosebud" BlountHall Family Group Picture at Bennie Furlong Beaches Senior Center Jacksonville Beach FloridaRIGHT: Remembrances of Mary Hall; Welton Hall, Nona Williams, Annette GilkessonDestiny Walker, Rosebud Blount, Mable Brown, Marvin Lindsay, Jean Heck, Camryn Simms, Yvonne Peterson, Olivia Peterson, Betty Green, Jerome H. McIver, Keygan Walker, Melvin Butts, Emmanuel Peterson, Barbara M. More, Myles Southall, Bessie R Fulks, Na'Tajha Angry, Hattie McIver Coleman, Amber Merrell, Nona Faye Williams, Amber Merrell, Annette S. Gilkesson, Allen Jordan, John Miller, Julis Howard, Sydney Brown, Sharlina Moore, back row Chelsea Lewis, Keyone Walker, Shanika Walker, Thomas Hall, Brandon Lewis, Terrie Gunn, Denise Richard, Kamron Walker, Joann Simms, Dereck Lampkins, Kyron Walker, Sharon Green, Jeanlina Haywood, Alice Cooper, Donnita Miller, Sylvester Peterson, Steven Hall, Eugene A. Roberts, Jason Carter, Micah Fulks, Valerie Williams, Rose L.A. McIver, LuJana Butts, Shayla Dallas, Welton Hall, Carl Walker, Chapell Walker, Betty McKenzie, Kristie Fulks, Charles Qualls, Sanadra Hall, Kaci Coleman, Gwendolyn Fulks, Krystal Grivins, Walter Cooper, Sandra Miller, Javonne Jones, Ashley Moore, Michael Moore, Pearl M Edge, Vanessa Peterson, Benjamin Moore, Gerald Williams, and Lorie Griffin.

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By Arthia Nixon Florida/Georgia Star The tragedy and the outcome in the case of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin has impacted the United States, and now, one of the Caribbeans top soca artists is joining multiple celebrities by paying tribute while calling for peace. Soca star Kenne Blessin officially released his Wipe Your Eyes single at midnight on Monday, July 22, 2013 via Facebook and Youtube and by dawn, the song had gone viral and been played on several radio and online stations. I wrote the song because the hurt of the people who were affected the parents, the brother, the state of Florida, Blacks, Whites, everyone was hurting, Kenne Blessin stated. I mean, the president, celebrities, every day people all had something to say about this matter and I was compelled to write and release this song based on the passionate response of people, especially after the not guilty verdict. Powerful lyrics remind listeners that the sun will shine again despite the fact that someones hurting somewhere out there. It further points out that the system needs a facelift, demands an end to injustice when a lawyer gets a good fee, the guilty walking so free, how could this be? Kenne Blessin quickly points out that Trayvons case is not the only one out there and that there are others that ought to be highlighted. He said that the cases still going on should also be brought to the forefront. This song is for everyone who faces injustice in all sorts even the ones that the media hasnt highlighted for the world to have knowledge about as it did in Trayvons case, he said. I think people need a sense of hope, and it only can happen through unity and caring for each other. Trayvon is not the first to go through such, but his story brought out a lot of what most people are scared to reveal all because of fear. We all face similar situations. Just that most of our story never got to reach media exposure. JULY 27, 2013 THESTAR PAGEJacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice JonesDrew cleared to participate in 2013 training camp; S Johnathan Cyprien on Non-Football Injury List, WR Justin Blackmon on Physically Unable to Perform List. John Oehser jaguars.com Maurice Jones-Drew has been medically cleared. Exactly how extensively the three-time Pro Bowl running back will participate isnt yet known, but Jones-Drew will be able to practice when the Jaguars open 2013 training camp Friday morning at EverBank Field. Were extremely excited about the progress he has made, Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said, with Jones-Drew adding: Its a good sign. The news came the same day Bradley addressed the media for the first time in preparation for training camp, announcing that in addition to wide receiver Justin Blackmon, rookie guard Stephane Milhim and veteran wide receiver Taylor Price will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Rookie safety Johnathan Cyprien was also declared to the Non-Football Injury list Blackmon, a second-year wide receiver, had been expected by many to start camp on PUP, having undergone groin surgery in early July. Cypriens status was more of a surprise, with Bradley saying the rookie safety and 2013 second-round draft selection sustained a hamstring injury while training last week. Bradley said the hope is Cyprien will begin practicing next week, adding of Blackmon: Well wait and see. It might be a little longer. Well be smart with those guys, Bradley said.Jacksonville takes series over Smokies in rubber match JAGUARS:Who is cleared to play and who has to stay sidelined By Matt Leland / Jacksonville Suns KODAK, Tenn. Mark Canha's eighth inning three-run home run proved to be the difference for the Jacksonville Suns (16-13, 50-46), who beat the Tennessee Smokies 54 in the rubber match of a five-game series at Smokies Park. With the Suns trailing 4-2 into the eighth, Canha stepped to the plate with two runners on and mashed his ninth home run of the season to give Jacksonville the lead. The homer came against Smokies reliever Zach Rosscup (2-1), spoiling a solid outing from Tennessee starter Kyle Hendricks. Suns' right-hander Bryan Evans lasted just three plus innings on the mound, as the Smokies jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the first four innings. Rafael Lopez knocked in Tennessee's first run with a single in the third, and Justin Bour rapped a solo homer in the fourth to make it a 2-0 game. Lopez followed with a two-run double that chased Evans. The Suns bullpen, however, responded with five and two thirds scoreless innings to stem the tide and give Jacksonville's offense a chance to respond. Collin Cargill, Arquimedes Caminero (4-2) and Michael Brady each contributed to the cause. The Suns comeback trail began in the sixth. Audy Ciriaco's ground ball to third baseman Christian Villanueva kicked off Villanueva's glove, allowing a run to score and trim the Smokies' lead to 4-1. Taylor Krick's RBI groundout later in the frame cut the lead to two. Two innings later, Canha hit his game-winning blast to give the Suns a victory in the series finale that clinched the first series between the Suns and Smokies in 2013. Brady pitched two perfect innings in the eighth and ninth to earn his 15th save of the season. By Arthia Nixon Florida/Georgia Star Prior to recent newsmaking events, Aaron Hernandez was considered one the Florida Gators finest football players before he went pro. However, as he now sits in jail charged with murder, in a twist and turns story that invovled a secret apartment and witness dying following an accident, the school is working hard to get rid of his attachement to them. "The plan was to have everything completed before the end of July,said a spokesman. A statement issued by Florida University read: "We didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez. We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility, such as the South Endzone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility. Bricks with his name and accomplishments on it were unearthed and the process is set to continue until it is all removed. The backlash doesnt stop there. The Pro Football Hall of Fame removed an awardwinning photograph of Hernandez Further Electronic Arts confirmed he is not going to be in their Madden NFL25 or NCAA Football 14 video games. AS if that werent enough, Panini removed Hernandez stickers from 500,000 of its sticker books, which were already printer although not yet on shelves. Aaron Hernandez loses legacy as Florida Gators, Hall of Fame, video games and trading cards distance themselves from himTropical Storm Dorian threatens CaribbeanTropical Storm Dorian, the fourth named system of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, has formed off the coast of Africa and is moving on a westward path that may reach the Caribbean Sea late this week, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Dorian, with top sustained winds of 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, was 505 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands as of 5:00 pm Wednesday, and was moving westnorthwest at 20 mph, a NHC advisory said. Slight weakening is possible on Thursday as Dorian moves over cooler water, Stacy Stewart, a senior hurricane specialist at the NHC, noted in the advisory. As the fourth named system of the Atlantic season, Dorian is ahead of schedule: from 1966 to 2009, the fourth system typically formed by August 23, according to the NHCs website. Stewart said weather models are in good agreement that Dorian will continue to move west. The NHCs forecast maps, which project only five days ahead, show it tracking north of Puerto Rico by July 29. The storm is nevertheless thought likely to encounter unfavourable conditions for development such as wind shear, cooler ocean water and dry air. Provided Dorian can hold together as it crosses the Atlantic, some forecasters believe theres a possibility it may bring wind and rain to the Bahamas and/or the southern United States early next week. (JAMAICA) Jamaican dancehall artist, songwriter and businessman Adidja Palmer, better known by his stage name Vybz Kartel, was found not guilty in one of two murder cases. Also found not guilty in the 2011 murder of Jamaican businesmann Barrington "Bossie" Burton were Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson. While he is free in the aforementioned matter, Vybz Kartel (pictured) remains in custody. In November, he will return to court for an alleged connection a second murder, that of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. The artist has had some success in the region with music. He is also known for his rum brand, condom line and his own cake soap (skin lightening product).Soca star Kenne Blessin pens tribute song to Trayvon Martin family and supporters Vybz Kartel Found Not Gulty Of Murder Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has welcomed a plan by New York City to aid undocumented Caribbean immigrants. New York City officials say the city will spend US$18 million to help undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants find jobs. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a mayoral candidate, said the money will fund legal services and adult education classes that the US federal government requires immigrants to take to qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project will provide free legal services to immigrants threatened with deportation who are unable to represent themselves in proceedings. New York has always been a city of immigrants within a nation of immigrants, said Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn. The program permits immigrants to live and work in the US, regardless of the outcome of an immigration reform bill currently in the House of Representatives, provided they are between 15 and 31 years-old as of June 15, 2012. NYTo Aid Caribbean Immigrants

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What the financial experts are saying Dear Friends: Our retirement reform agreement is gaining the attention of internationally known financial ratings agencies. Within just the past two weeks, weve received positive input from Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poors and Moodys. This favorable feedback matters because these agencies help determine the City of Jacksonvilles credit rating. The agencies praise the steps we have taken to make government more efficient and build city financial reserves. Fitch, for example, says Jacksonville has an excellent fiscal track record. S&P notes strong performance, giving Jacksonville a Financial Management Assessment score of strong, indicating that we believe practices are strong, well embedded, and likely sustainable. As a result of the Citys strong financial management and high credit rating, we were able to refinance city debt and save taxpayers $133 million over the next 19 years. But the agencies tell us that our credit rating may suffer if we do not deal with our pension challenges now. Fitch Ratings said that delay in implementing reform could pressure the rating. And if we do nothing, retirement costs are projected to consume nearly 20 percent of our general budget to the tune of $181.3 million in the coming year. You dont have to take my word for it. Ive attached the reports in their entirety. Here are some important excerpts: A large unfunded pension liability and rapidly rising pension contributions remain a key credit concern. Tentative agreements on pension reform have been reached that, pending city council approval, are expected to stabilize the citys pension burden over the long term. Fitch Ratings The city is pursuing reform initiatives to lower these liabilities and has taken a more conservative approach to the asset side by lowering the return assumptions. While not final, the city has reached tentative agreements with several bargaining units that change the benefit structure for future employees and require increased contributions from current employees. Standard & Poors The stable outlook reflects the citys large and diverse economy, manageable debt profile and improved financial position, albeit with looming pension pressures which officials are trying to address. Moodys These reviews support a growing need for action. Our proposed retirement reform agreement would save taxpayers $1.2 billion over 30 years, including $45 million in the coming budget year. The savings would stave off deep cuts to libraries, community centers and public safety. But this is not just about one years budget. Over the next five years, the difference between passing retirement reform and not passing reform is nearly $100 million in the city budget. Imagine if we had that $100 million to invest in our citys future. We must continue to find solutions that enable city government to live within its means. We must continue to manage the budget prudently, and we must continue to invest wisely in our future. Retirement reform is a crucial step. Sincerely, Alvin Brown Mayor League of Women Voters Jacksonville/First Coast: August 14 Board of Directors Organizational Meeting 10:00am. Vietnam Veterans of America Elections Volunteer Meeting 11:00am. WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Avenue, Jax, 32202; August 16 Vietnam Veterans of America Convention Election. Hyatt Regency, Downtown Jacksonville 7:00am; August 23 Women's Equality Day Celebration Cummings Chapel, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, 256 East Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, 10:00am-2:00pm; August 28th 2nd Annual Member Retreat. The Stetson Kennedy Foundation Overlooking beautiful Beluthahatchee, 1519 State Road 13, Fruit Cove, Fl 32259, 11:00am. SEA ISLANDS BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL A cultrural richness join us! Friday, August 16th, Tribute to Greatness, Casino Theatre at the Pier at 8:00 p.m. Celebrating Marian Anderson, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dexter Gordon, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Whitney Houston, Etta James, Luther Vandross, Sarah Vaughan, Stevie Wonder, The Harlem Renaissance with our very own local celebrities. Donation is $15.00. HEALTH & WELNESS LECTURE AND WORKSHOPS, by Dr. Nancy J. Williams, Saturday, August 17th 10:00 a.m. at the Heritage Center by the Lighthouse. SUNSET MASKED BALL Saturday, August 17th at 8:00 p.m., at the Heritage Center by the Lighthouse. There will be Live Jazz, DJ Marz Oldies and Goodies Music; Cuisine and Drinks. Donation $20. FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE, WHERE THE SPIRIT IS IN THE WATER! Sunday, August 18th at 7:00 a.m., Dance, Song, Poetry & Drum. HISTORIC FIRST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH GOSPEL AND THE WORD (Established in the Year 1859) Sunday, August 18th at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Brenda Iglehart. Tribute to Gospel Legends, 5800 Frederica Rd. DOZENS OF ANIMAL RESCUE GROUPS from across Northeast Florida are joining together for NO MORE HOMELESS PETS July 26-28, 2013, Adoption hours are 10 am 6 pm every day, at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. More than a thousand homeless dogs and cats will be looking for new homes as part of the Mega Adoption event scheduled this weekend. Managing Your Money in Tough Times CITY OF JACKSONVILLES UPCOMING EVENTS: Managing Your Money in Tough Times July 28, 2013 6 7:30 p.m., Southeast Regional Library, Community Room B, 10599 Deerwood Park Boulevard Jacksonville, Florida 32256. One of our most requested workshops is back! Learn how to make those tough decisions for spending and get tips for reducing expenses. City Council Fifth Week No Committee Meetings July 29, 2013 August 02, 2013 City Council committee meetings will NOT be held the week of July 29th to Aug 2nd. The regularly scheduled Council meeting cycle will resume with Standing Committee meetings on Monday, August 5, 2013. Board of Library Trustees Executive Meeting July 30, 2013 2 p.m., Main Library, Third Floor Board Room, 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. Meeting between Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins, Chair; Erin Skinner, Vice-Chair; and Christina Stallings, Secretary. Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB) Meeting August 01, 2013 2 p.m., City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., First FloorLynwood Roberts Room. 3rd Annual Daily's 5K Stadium Challenge August 02, 2013 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m., EverBank Field, 1 EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. "Hollywood Nights" Annual Senior Prom August 02, 2013 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water Street, Exhibit Hall B, Jacksonville, Florida 32204. The City of Jacksonville Senior Services Division is hosting its annual Senior Prom for the citys senior citizens. The theme of this years event is Hollywood Nights. 2013 Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair Jacksonville, FL August 07, 2013 Employment workshop: 9 a.m., Hiring Fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., JaxPort Cruise Terminal, 9810 August Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32226. This hiring event is being conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the Florida Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, FL DEO, NBC News, and other local partners. PAGE 10THESTAR JULY 27, 2013 Investigative Reporter : Lonzie Leath Reporters/Photographers : Marsha Phelts, Laurence Greene, Michael Phelts, Richard McLaughlin, Andrea F. K. 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Free housing is provided for workers that cannot reasonably return home at the end of the day. Transportation and subsistence expense provided with completion of 50% of the work contract. INTERESTED WORKERS SHOULD APPLY AT THE NEAREST GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OFFICE AND PROVIDE THE OFFICE WITH A COPY OF THIS ADVERTISEMENT. REFERENCE JOB #GA8103013 INVITATION TO NEGOTIATEThe First Coast Workforce Development, Inc., (DBA WorkSource), will release a REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) on Monday, July 29, 2013 for Fiscal and Programmatic Monitoring services to be performed September 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 with an annual option to renew for up to four years. A copy of the request will be available beginning Monday, July 29, 2013 at http://www.worksourcefl.com/partner_vendor/re quest_for_proposals.aspx or at 1845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 250, Fleming Island, FL 32003. For additional information contact: D. Nevison 904/2133800, x-2010. 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