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gift cards and HIV tests
WASHINGTON At one Department of Motor Vehicles' office in the
nation's capital, motorists can get a driver's license, temporary tags and
something wholly unrelated to the road: a free HIV test.
In a city with one of the highest percentages of residents living with
HIV or AIDS, health officials have spent the last year test-driving the
HIV screening program. Since the program began last October, more
than 5,000 people have been tested at the DMV site and gotten results
while they waited.
Now, officials are expanding the program, offering testing for the first
time at an office where Washington residents register for food stamps,
Medicaid and other government assistance. On Monday, the first day of
the program, 60 people got tested, officials said. As an incentive, they're
being offered a $5 gift card to a local grocery store.
The testing project isn't run by the DMV but by a nonprofit group,
Family and Medical Counseling Service Inc., which uses an office inside
the site. To ensure confidentiality, residents get tested and receive results
in the private office, out of earshot of those going about their usual DMV
business. The nonprofit got a $250,000 grant to do the testing and
secured the support of the city's Health Department and the DMV. Now
a second, similar grant is funding expansion.

Judge Denies Conrad Murray's

request to retest key evidence
A judge has turned down a request by lawyers
for the doctor convicted of causing Michael
Jackson's death to have an independent labora-
tory test the contents of a key vial of evidence.
Just days before the scheduled Nov. 29 sen-
tencing of Dr. Conrad Murray, Superior Court
Judge Michael Pastor said defense attorneys
could have sought the testing months ago or
even during the doctor's six-week trial but
chose not to, according to the AP.
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involved in foraging," Pastor said.
Murray's attorneys wanted a lab to test a small amount of liquid found
in a vial of the anesthetic propofol that authorities contend was used to
help Jackson sleep on the day he died.
Defense lawyer J. Michael Flanagan argued the results would reveal the
accuracy of a theory by a prosecution expert who testified that Murray
left Jackson's bedside while the singer was on an IV drip ofpropofol and
the painkiller lidocaine.
Murray had been giving Jackson nightly doses of propofol to help the
singer sleep as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts.
Murray remains jailed and faces a possible sentence ranging from pro-
bation to up to four years.

United Nations claims AIDS

epidemic is "leveling off"
The AIDS epidemic is leveling off and the number of people newly
infected with the virus that causes it has remained unchanged since 2007,
the United Nations said in a report this week.
Critics say that the body's aim of wiping out the disease is overly opti-
mistic, however, considering there is no vaccine, millions remain untreat-
ed and donations have slumped amid the economic crisis.
There were 2.7 million new HIV infections last year, approximately the
same figure as in the three previous years, said the report from UNAIDS,
the joint United Nations program on HIV and AIDS. The figures largely
confirm earlier findings released by the group in June.
At the end of last year, there were about 34 million people with HIV,
the virus that causes AIDS. While that is a slight rise from previous years,
experts say that's due to people surviving longer. Last year, there were
1.8 million AIDS-related deaths, down from 1.9 million in 2009.
The outbreak continues to hit hardest in southern Africa. But while the
number of new infections there has fallen by more than 26 percent since
the peak in 1997, the virus is surging elsewhere.

Black brokers granted an appeal

in bias case against Merrill Lynch
A federal appellate court in Chicago agreed Wednesday to hear the case
of some 700 African-American financial advisors who have filed a class-

action lawsuit against Merrill Lynch claiming the brokerage firm dis-
criminated against them in promotion, compensation, client assignment
and resource allocation.
The brokers' legal crusade began in 2005, and has experienced a num-
ber of courtroom setbacks, most recently when the U.S. Supreme Court
declined to review the case in October. One of the issues was whether the
case could be certified as a class-action suit. On Nov. 16, the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit agreed to begin hearing the case in
Chicago, probably early in 2012.
Bank of America bought Merrill Lynch in 2009, creating the largest
bank in the U.S. At the time the lawsuit was initially filed, Stanley
O'Neal, an African-American, was the chief executive of Merrill Lynch.
"Our camel was able to go through the eye of the needle," Linda
Friedman, who represents 17 of the brokers, told Dow Jones News Wire.
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Volume 25 No. 6 Jacksonville, Florida November 24 December 1, 2011
Volume 25 No. 6 Jacksonville, Florida November 24 December 1, 2011

2012 Elections May Fall in

Hands of Gov. Rick Scott

Shown being sworn in by Superintendent Ed Pratt Dannals and Mayor
Alvin Brown is Duval County School Board Chairwoman Betty Burney.

Burney Sworn in as Head of

Duval County School Board

The Duval County School board
elected Betty Burney as the new
Chairman and Fel Lee as the new
Vice Chairman for the coming year.
The vote was made during the
annual organizational meeting.
Ms. Burney represents District 5

and was elected to the School
Board in 2004. The Raines High
School graduate has been an advo-
cate for the four Intervene Schools
with a reputation for fighting for
students. The chairman and vice
chairman serve a one-year term.

Unlike other high profile tea
party governors like Rick Snyder of
Michigan, Ohio's John Kasich and
Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Florida
Gov. Rick Scott has largely flown
under the national media radar.
Scott has made some waves with
some of his policies, which while
popular with the tea party, have
helped make him, along with
Kasich and Walker, one of the
country's most unpopular gover-
He turned down billions of feder-
al dollars for high speed rail, anger-
ing Republicans and Democrats
who had put the rail deal together
over the course of nearly a decade.
He has also pushed to privatize
prisons (prompting a lawsuit and an
ethics complaint); signed a bill bar-
ring doctors from talking to their
patients about guns in the home
(which was blocked by a federal
judge in September) -- and he
pushed for, then signed a law
requiring welfare recipients to get
drug tested, and pay for it (drawing
yet another lawsuit.)
And Florida is the tip of the spear
for conservatives' battle against the
Affordable Care Act, which conser-

vatives refer to as "Obamacare."
Florida has taken the lead in a 14-
state lawsuit against the federal
government, seeking to void the
individual mandate requiring all
Americans to purchase health
insurance or face a tax penalty --
Florida's case will be heard by the
Supreme Court.
Scott, a former hospital executive
whose company paid a record $1.7
billion fine for Medicare fraud in
the 1990s, cut his political teeth as
a health care opponent, founding
the group Conservatives for
Patients Rights to battle health care
reform in 2009.
But it is Rick Scott's moves on
the political front that could place
Florida at center stage, yet again, in
the national elections of 2012, with
a potentially negative impact on
young and minority voters -- and by
extension, Democrats.
Florida's fourth in the nation pri-
mary on January 31st means the
state will play a high profile role in
determining which candidate runs
against President Obama (and
whether a Republican can be field-
ed who can beat Democratic -
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Joan Turner Lauded by City for Feeding 20,000+ Seniors

In 1986, a group led by Joan
Turner, an employee of the City's
Audit Services Division, asked the
Jacksonville community to "adopt
a senior" and help provide a
Thanksgiving luncheon to senior
citizens to help them enjoy the hol-
The event has since grown from
an intimate group of 15 into an '
annual tradition that has served
over 20,000 attendees in its 25
years of existence.
These days the event is sponsored
by the Senior Life Foundation and
other entities, and serves as an
opportunity for seniors to socialize
and celebrate.
In honor of Turner's intuition in
beginning "Thanksgiving for
Seniors", the City of Jacksonville N
lauded her achievement on the \
event's 25th anniversary. This
week, Councilman Reggie Brown
presented Mrs. Turner, accompa-
nied by family and friends, a
proclamation acknowledging her
job well done.
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Shown above is honoree Joan Turner receiving her proclamation from Councilman Reggie Brown.

New National Bill to Help Jobless Veterans

Heralding a rare moment of
bipartisan agreement, President
Barack Obama signed into law
Monday legislation aimed at help-
ing unemployed veterans find work
while putting more cash in the
hands of companies with govern-
ment contracts.
The legislation, which creates tax
breaks for companies that hire job-
less veterans, marks the first pro-
posal from Obama's $447 billion
jobs bill to be signed into law. The
rest of the package of new taxes and
spending has largely failed due to
blocking Republican lawmakers.
Looming over the brief moment
of unity, however, was the apparent

failure of lawmakers from both par-
ties to agree on $1.2 trillion in
spending cuts ahead of a
Wednesday deadline by a special
committee. While Obama didn't
directly address the looming dead-
line, he said the American people
deserve bold, bipartisan action.
The legislation had overwhelm-
ing support from both parties, with
the House passing the measure 422-
0 and the Senate approving it 95-0.
In addition to the tax breaks for
businesses, it also beefs up job-
training and counseling programs
for unemployed veterans.
The legislation also repeals a
2006 law that would have required

the federal, state and local govern-
ments to withhold 3 percent of their
payments to nearly all contractors.
That statute, which doesn't take
effect until 2013, was supposed to
pressure contractors to pay their
taxes in full, but lawmakers say the
law would deny cash to companies
that need it to hire more workers.
The tax credits for hiring veterans
will cost the government an esti-
mated $95 million a tiny fraction
of Obama's overall jobs plan. The
credits would be as much as $9,600
for companies hiring disabled vets
who have looked for work for more
than half a year. The size of the
credit would be based on the work-

er's salary and how long the worker
was unemployed.
The programs would be financed
mostly by extending a fee the
Veterans Affairs Department
charges to back mortgages.
Erasing the withholding require-
ment for contractors would reduce
federal revenues by an estimated
$11.2 billion over the coming
decade. It would be paid for by
making it harder for some elderly
people to qualify for Medicaid by
changing the formula used to deter-
mine their eligibility.
Economists have said annulling
the withholding law would have a
minimal impact on hiring.


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By Charles D. Ellison V V AA U, L, k,- J I'L AE VA.S A
Special to the NNPA from the
Philadelphia Tribune
It's the deadline most folksS u pc o
would rather forget about: No- Supercom m ittee
vember 23rd. Congress seemed to
find itself in a comfortable pause, drop clues on it like gamblers occa- they perceived it.
fumbling around for a breather since sionally peering from behind poker Still, Democrats balked (and by
a bruising debt ceiling debate and cards. By the weekend, Republicans some accounts actually laughed),
just barely able to handle saber rat- seemed more publicly pressed about quickly pointing out that the revenue
tling over the president's recent jobs it than Democrats, sweating the component wasn't all that, leaving a
bill. There was a sense that members prospect that across the board "trig- political opening for whiny Republi-
of Congress could muster just ger" cuts activated by failure to deal cans poised to use the impasse as
enough energy to get through the re- would eliminate long cherished de- Sunday talk show fodder.
maining half of the year, just to get fense programs and weapons sys- The question now is what hap-
by and just to get to holiday recess teams. pens as the deadline edges closer and
so they could focus on food, family Democrats, previously maligned doubts rise regarding a compromise.
and fundraising. by progressives for the softer ap- With talks seemingly headed to-
But, renewed tension began proach, appeared surprisingly hard- wards oblivion, rumors begin to
building up throughout the week as ened in their response to GOP offers swirl of attempts to essentially cir-
congressional staff, nudged by a rest- of a deal As details began leakin cum ent the trigger, which would
less Washington press take effect in January.
corps, went back to Believing there
eyeing the calendar and should not have been a
noticed the deadline for committee in the first
the Joint Deficit Reduc- place, Rep. Maxine Wa-
tion "Super Commit- ters, D-Calif., tells the
tee" was fast Tribune that Republi-
approaching. cans are very nervous
It's this deadline -. about the trigger cuts on
in the midst of a bal- defense. As a result,
looning national debt plans are afoot to some-
which just surpassed n how stop the trigger or
$15 trillion that had completely invalidate it.
Capitol Hill breaking "If they are not able to
into a collective groan. accomplish these cuts
House Republicans [through negotiations],
were putting enormous defense will get a 10
amounts of focus thisAnswering supercommittee co-chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-percent cut and they are
week into passing a con-Wash., for a show of hands, from right to left, former Senategoing to change the
cealed firearms law andBudget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., formerrules," argues Waters,
reinforcement of"In GodWhite House Budget Director Alice Rivlin, and former Sen.hinting at efforts to avoid
We Trust." But, whileAIan Simpson, R-Wyo., and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of thethe trigger altogether.
rank-and-file ideologuesNational Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform,,'They are going to
were attempting to re-respond during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.change the rules in the

vive social issues m an effort to dis-
tract their respective bases from
bread-and-butter issues, the clock
was ticking on a compromise to
shave $1.5 trillion in federal spend-
What's been happening behind
closed doors with the 12-member
"Super Committee" is a mystery
wrapped in some of the same edge-
of-your-seat brinksmanship from the
summer. Committee members are
forbidden to talk about it, yet they

from the Committee faucet by
week's end, the portrait drawn was
of scattered offers rebuked by hands
thrown in the air. Republicans put
cuts of $643 billion on the table, a
mix of "fees and revenues," cold cuts
and eliminated interest. GOP leader-
ship aides talking off record to the
Tribune described an effort to avoid
the controversy of Social Security,
Medicare and Medicaid, instead
reaching deep into the budget cookie
jar and searching for "waste" where


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middle of the game."
Last month, she introduced a bill
to "repeal" the Committee, calling it
unconstitutional. "Not only does it
meet in secret," argues Waters, "but
I've never felt that it was constitu-
tional or that it was constitutional in
the way it is supposed to be run." So
far, the bill hasn't seen any move-
ment beyond Waters' pitch.
The Congresswoman, however,
may have some allies on the other
side of the aisle at least in terms

of the opinion that the Committee
should be done away with. Freshman
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., calls it a
"collossally bad idea" and a "cop-
out" by a Congress abdicating itself
from budget responsibilities while
setting up a shield against political
"We have to read leaks and media
accounts of what they're deliberat-
ing. We can't even have a public dis-
course over these major issues,"
complained Rubio in a recent inter-
view. "What we're debating here is
the role of government and how to
prevent our country from going into
a European-style downturn. People
pay us to deal with these issues and
we need to do our job."
But, Rubio's comments, along
with accusations from Republicans
in both chambers of Congress that
the Super Committee was Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid's, D-
Nev., idea," may be an attempt to
mold the political narrative against
Democrats once the deadline hits.
Republicans can say they put a deal
on the table that Democrats dis-
missed and that devastating cuts to
programs, particularly defense, were
the result of Democratic stubborn-
ness and inaction.
Many in the GOP are banking on
the defense cut narrative as its ace
heading into 2012. It's the campaign
stump path to peg both Congres-
sional Democrats and a White House
up for re-election as "weak on de-
fense." Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., a
former Army officer, is all over the
defense angle.
"I am concerned that we may
have some Democrats on the com-
mittee that want to stonewall and
allow these defense cuts to kick in
when we've already cut $468 billion
over 10 years in defense," says West
in talking with the Tribune. "We
can't afford to have another $600 bil-
lion in cuts over 10 years."

Income Achievement Gap

Almost Double Black-White

Performance Disparity

In a dramatic illustration of the
impact of income inequality on how
children do in school, the achieve-
ment gap between children from
high and low income families is far
higher than the achievement gap be-
tween black and white students, a
pathbreaking research report from
Stanford University has shown.
The report by Sean Reardon, a
Stanford professor of education and
sociology, shows that the income
achievement gap--the difference in
the average standardized scores be-
tween children from families at the
10th percentile of income distribu-
tion and children at the 90th per-
centile--is now "nearly twice as
large as the black-white achieve-
ment gap."
A half century ago, the situation
was just the reverse. The black-
white gap was one and a half times
as large as the income achievement
gap as defined in the report, Reardon
In an interview with EdSource, he
said he did not expect to come up
with the findings he describes in his
paper. The gap in achievement be-
tween rich and poor children, he
said, "is quite dramatic and quite
consequential." At the same time, he
cautioned, "we don't really know
why it has happened."
Nonetheless, he said, the achieve-
ment gap between rich and poor

children presents a "big problem that
has to be attacked on many fronts."
For nearly a half century a major
focus of education reform in the
United States, has been on trying to
close the achievement gap between
black and white students and, more
recently, Latino students as well.
Abundant research has shown
compellingly the high correlation
between the income level of a stu-
dent's family and test scores.
But Reardon's report for the first
time looks at the achievement gap
between rich and poor children, how
that gap compares to the achieve-
ment gap between black and white
children, and how the gap has
evolved over time.
Another notable finding was that
the income achievement gap doesn't
narrow, or widen, during the entire
time children are in school. To Rear-
don, this suggests that "a big part of
the processes that are responsible for
this are things that happen in early
childhood before kids get into
While children at the bottom of
the income scale are not doing
worse academically than similar
kids did decades ago--and in fact are
doing better based on their test
scores--the wider income achieve-
ment gap is a result of children at the
top end of the income scale doing far
better, he said.


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Black-owned Newspapers Join HBCUs, Churches in HIV/AIDS Fight

by B. Denise Hawkins
Saving that "'we have been silent
for too long," African-American
newspaper publishers from the
southeast have enlisted the support
of Black colleges and churches as
they prepare to wage a war against
HIV/AIDS using their own media
outlets to inform readers, advocate
for prevention, and hopefully save
By next January, the publishers of
more than 50 Black newspapers,
most of them weeklies, in Georgia,
Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina,
North Carolina, Alabama and
Mississippi say they plan to start
regularly carrying advertising, run-
ning columns, publishing news sto-
ries, and posting video on their offi-
cial websites that address the AIDS
crisis and what their readers can do
to protect themselves against the
The region these papers repre-
sent-the southeast-is where

more than 41 percent of those living
with AIDS in the United States
reside and where the highest num-
ber of new AIDS cases is reported,
a 2010 report from the Southern
AIDS Coalition found.
The Southeast Region
Publishers' HIV/AIDS Awareness
Conference: Caring for
Communities of Color in Orlando
last weekend, brought together
more than 80 Black college stu-
dents and their advisers, HIV/AIDS
scientists, faculty, clergy and mem-
bers of the Black Press to heighten
awareness and begin a dialogue
around a disease that's now in its
30th year.
"We are committed to telling
these stories and educating our
communities," said the Rev. Dr.
R.B. Holmes Jr., president of the
National Newspaper Publishers
Association (NNPA) Southeast
Region and publisher of the Capital
Outlook in Tallahassee, Fla.

"The strategy lor our papers is
going to be to write about it
(HIV/AIDS), tweet about it, blog
about it, teach it, and preach it. No
longer will the Black Press be silent
when it comes to HIV/AIDS,"
Holmes added.
About a dozen HBCUs were in
attendance who will also be eligible
for NNPA membership to Black
college newspapers.
Holmes said the HIV/AIDS
"movement" being launched by the
NNPA will include working with
HBCU campus newspapers, radio
and television stations, fraternities
and sororities, and administrators,
all necessary resources for deliver-
ing important HIV/AIDS preven-
tion and education messages to col-
lege students who account for about
55 percent of all HIV infections
among those ages 13 to 24, accord-
ing to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).
Participants also heard about

another troubling young population
group at high risk for contracting
HIV-African-American men (13-
29) who have sex with men or
MSMs. These males accounted for
14 percent of new infections in
2009, said Dr. Donald Alcendor, an
HIV scientist with the Center for
AIDS Health Disparities Research
at Meharry Medical College, who
described his presentation, "An
Overview of HIV/AIDS," as scien-
tifically based and often "hard-hit-
"We are prepared to share the
outreach model that we developed
at Meharry with the NNPA. The
model doesn't have to be focused
on teens, but, when you see the
number of new infections among
13- to 29-year-old Black youth and
men having sex with men, they may
want to use it," Alcendor said.

Holmes said the publishers are
also looking to Meharry for models
and resources that can help HBCU
students make healthy life choices,
including being tested for HIV and
sexually transmitted diseases.
Melva Lisa McDonald-McGee,
M.Ed., who directs the HBCU
Wellness Project/CoverKids
Initiative at Meharry, and Dr.
Wilbert C. Jordan, an associate pro-
fessor of internal medicine at the
Charles R. Drew University of
Medicine and Science in Los
Angeles, also led conference work-
"This was truly an exciting mar-
riage," said Dr. Pat Matthews-
Juarez, a professor in the
Department of Family and
Community Medicine at Meharry
Medical College of the first-ever
gathering that brought together

those she said who are not often at
the same table when it comes to
mobilizing around HIV/AIDS in
the Black community-religious
leaders, academics, students,
researchers and the media.
Matthews-Juarez, a conference
organizer and presenter, said "we
provided them with plain talk about
HIV/AIDS as well as scientific talk
that got translated in a way that
everyone could understand, take
back with them, and use."
As African-Americans, who
account for more than 50 percent of
all new cases of HIV, continue to
bear the most severe burden of the
disease, Matthews-Juarez said
stepped-up education is needed to
"eliminate and reduce the number
of new cases we are seeing in the
Black community and among our
college students."

Family and Friends Join David

Furlow for 99th Birthday Celebration

By Rhonda Silver
SOn Saturday, November 19th,
Peaches-Na-Basket Adult Day
Care held its annual Thanksgiving
Family & Friends day at the facili-
This year there was a unique twist.
SNovember 18th was the birthday of
one of its newest participants, Mr.
David Furlow who, at 99 is; "Still
standing by the grace of God."
Mr. Furlow is a remarkable man.
He is the father of 9 children (8 liv-
ing), and lives with his daughter
Estrella Hendricks. This combined
celebration was one of the best I
have attended, in that the praise and
love of the Lord was echoed
throughout evening.
Mr Furlow is a retired Rail Road
Worker, and a member of St. Pius
V. Catholic Church. Born
November 18th, 1912 he is grateful
for God's mercy and grace to have
Shown above (L-R) are: STANDING: Jacqueline Furlow, Lagrace seen the goodness of the Lord in
Furlow and Ruby Furlough. SEATED: David Furlow, Jr., Estrella the land of the living.
Furlow Hendricks and honoree David Furlow, Sr.

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L ynn t& Friends take to the high seas for nifty fifty celebration Lynette "Lynn"
Jones producer of the "Lynn & Friends" TV Show hosted her 50th "fifty never looked this good" birthday party
celebration aboard the Carnival Cruise Ship Fascination. Close family and friends from as far away as Detroit,
Michigan celebrated aboard the ship enjoying the many amenities aboard the cruise liner and the sights and scenes
of Nassau, Bahamas. Guests received gifts bags and feted the honoree with a comedic roast and champagne toast!
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Let's Not Forget What Thanksgiving is
It's Thanksgiving week and we as commercialized as many other some religious importance. It's not
all obviously have much to be holidays. Second, like the Fourth simply about turkey, stuffing and
thankful for. Just waking up each of July it is a holiday unique to the yams.
morning is a blessing within itself. United States. This Thanksgiving I have to give
Giving back to the community or And although it's not as com- a shout out to all those unsung
to people in need is always a cen- mercialized, many of us don't real- heroes and folks in our communi-
tral theme for me when it comes to ly recognize or celebrate the true ties who are simply doing their part
Thanksgiving. meaning or intent of the holiday, to help children and families with-
I look back to Booker T. Yeah, I know you probably say- out any recognition at all.
Washington who fully believed ing what's new? That is the case Whether it is mentoring or work-
that we all play a role in creating a with many other holidays. ing at the local food bank, we all
better community. He said, "Do The origins of Thanksgiving go can give back to those in need. If
not think life consists of dress and back to the Pilgrims and the trials you don't have the time to volun-
show. Remember that everyone's and tribulations they faced once teer then make a monetary dona-
life is measured by the power that arriving in America. Despite a tion to a nonprofit organization. If
that individual has to make the large number of the group dying you don't have money or time right
world better this is all life is." within the first few months of land- now maybe you have clothing,
And every year I promise myself ing in the "new country," they had toys or food that you can donate.
hat I will not eat too much on a good harvest with the help of the Novelist Joshua Henry Jones
Thanksgiving. Of course, every natives, once said, "None of us are respon-
year that promise falls by the way- And since, the concept of sible for our birth. Our responsibil-
side. When it comes to my grand- Thanksgiving originated in ity is the use we make of life."
another's sweet potato pie or some Europe, they were accustomed to And we can all make use of the
nac n' cheese and dressing I pretty celebrating a good harvest. The lives we live.
nuch loose all self-restraint. Pilgrims decided to have a feast to My point is very simple. We all
I guess we all have our vices, thank God and fellowship with one can do something to help someone
Thanksgiving is a pretty unique another. other than ourselves. Let's
holiday in my book. First, it's not So Thanksgiving does have embrace the history and essence of

by George Curry
Although automatic cuts in
defense spending and domestic
programs are scheduled to go into
effect as a result of the congres-
sional supercommittee's failure to
reach a budget deal by Wednesday,
those reductions are far better than
what Republicans on the commit-
tee were proposing and Democrats
were willing to accept.
According to the Congressional
Budget Committee, defense spend-
ing will be slashed automatically
by 10 percent in January 2013
while domestic programs will be
reduced by 7.8 percent.
Additionally, Medicare spending
will be lowered by 2 percent.
Exempted from the automatic cuts
are Social Security, veteran bene-
fits, Medicaid and certain low-
income programs.
"No deficit deal is better than a
bad deal, and a bad deal may be the
only kind this committee can
reach," Orson Aguilar, executive
director of the Greenlining
Institute, said as it became clear the
committee of six Democrats and
six Republicans would not come to
an agreement. "As we reported this
summer in our study, 'Corporate
America Untaxed,' nearly all of the
deficit reduction goal can be
achieved by closing down offshore
corporate tax havens and making
the richest companies pay their fair
share. There is no need to devastate
vital programs for the elderly and
other vulnerable Americans."
The goal of the supercommittee,
formally known as the Joint Select
Committee on Deficit Reduction,
was to reduce the budget by $1.2
trillion over the next 10 years. As

Truly About
the holiday. Thank God and thank
those who are going above and
beyond to make a difference.
"Having been given, I must
give," said Paul Robeson former
singer and activist.
So this Thanksgiving let's be
mindful of the true intent and
essence of the holiday. Because I
know that I'll be eating too much
on Thursday, I am preparing to hit
the gym before and after in an
attempt to balance what I eat and
burn off. Well, that may or may not
actually happen.
Happy Thanksgiving and let's
take some time to thank God for all
that we have, and do something to
help someone. As Frederick
Douglass said, "Remember that
our cause is one and that we must
help each other if we would suc-
Signing off from my Grandma's
house waiting on a sweet potato
pie to come out of the oven,
Reggie Fullwood

No Supercommittee

Deal is the Best Deal

an incentive to complete a deal, an
automatic trigger was set go into
effect if the committee failed to
reach that goal, slashing an equal
amount from military and domestic
Under the most progressive GOP
proposal, if it can be called that,
Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.)
offered $300 billion in new taxes, a
far cry from an equal split between
spending reductions and new tax
revenue favored by Democrats.
What is more disturbing is that
Democrats on the committee were
willing to make concessions that
would hurt their core constituents.
They offered a proposal to reduce
deficits by $3 trillion over 10 years
that included $500 billion of sav-
ings in health care programs, high-
er Medicare premiums, and a new
form of indexing inflation that
would reduce cost-of-living adjust-
ments for Social Security benefici-
The compromise deficit propos-
als were to the right of the
Simpson-Bowles plan of last year,
with minimal revenues and as
much as $600 billion in cuts to
Medicare and Medicaid, the
Greenlining Institute noted.
Greenlining, a multi-ethnic pub-
lic policy and advocacy group,
wrote to the committee in August
stating that simply closing offshore
tax havens could reduce the deficit
by as much as $1 trillion. One of
its studies showed that by using
offshore tax havens, major compa-
nies such as Exxon and General
Electric pay far less of their
income in taxes than the average
American, and in some cases no
taxes at all.
Unlike Democrats, Republicans
have been steadfast in supporting
their base, which includes the
wealthy and major corporations.
According to Citizens for Tax
Justice, 52.5 percent of the Bush
tax cuts go to the richest 5 percent
of taxpayers. The Treasury

Department reports that extending
the Bush tax cuts to the top 2 per-
cent of taxpayers will cost $678
billion over the next decade.
GOP leaders refuse to consider
letting the Bush tax cuts expire. In
a concession to Republicans last
year, President Obama broke a
campaign pledge by agreeing to
extend the tax cuts beyond their
original expiration date. He made
that agreement in exchange for
Republicans extending unemploy-
ment benefits and the payroll tax
There is broad public support for
requiring the wealthy to shoulder a
fairer share of the tax burden.
In an October Washington Post-
ABC News poll, three-quarters of
Americans backed a tax hike on
millionaires. A Washington Post-
Bloomberg News poll that same
month found that more than two-
thirds supported raising taxes on
households earning at least
The committee seemed doomed
from inception, evenly divided
with no member willing to break
party ranks. The supercommittee's
inability to reach a deal marks the
third high-profile budget failure
over the past 12 months, following
a bipartisan deficit commission
and unsuccessful talks last summer
between President Obama and
House Speaker John Boehner.
The decision to invoke automat-
ic spending cuts as part of raising
the national debt limit in August
was intended to pressure Congress
into making tough budget cuts. But
now that it didn't happen both
Republicans and Democrats are
looking into ways to come up with
another gimmick that will again
postpone making tough decisions.
Republicans conveniently ignore
that fact that the deficit problem
was caused by a combination of
two George W. Bush wars, a poor
economy and two Bush tax cuts.
When Bush assumed office, he had

a $128 billion surplus. Bush, on the
other, ran up deficits every year he
was in office.
When Obama assumed office,
the deficit was more than $11 tril-
lion. An additional $4 trillion was
added under Obama, some stem-
ming from Bush's 2009 budget.
Overall. approximately 75 percent
of the deficit was incurred while
Bush was in office. Where were
the Republican voices then?
Politicians being politicians,
look for some more political
shenanigans that will do every-
thing except seriously tackle our
fiscal problems.
George E. Curri is a former
editor-in-chief of Emerge mnaga-
zimn and the NNPA News Service.






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No Higher Honor .

Despite Herman Cain's inability to display a grasp
of Libya, or its situation, African Americans have an ,--
active involvement and interest in international affairs. .'
America's post-war years witnessed social and politi- C.
cal growth which culminated in the civil rights tri- ,.
umphs of the 1960s. Those triumphs helped increase
African Americans' presence in high-level internation- '
al affairs. Condoleezza Rice is often presented as a
Black American success story.
In her most recent book, "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in
Washington" Rice gives an account of the eight years she spent in the Bush
administration. It is the former United States Secretary of State's second book.
As the 66th Secretary of State, Rice was the second African American and first
Black female to hold the post as head of the nation's foreign affairs and the
highest-ranking cabinet secretary both in line of succession and order of
precedence. The title "No Higher Honor" helps shape the image of Rice as the
loyal aide that helped the president shoulder "his burdens." The book casts
Rice as enjoying a close relationship with President George W. Bush. It is this
closeness that makes the book an important contribution to the history of a
controversial presidency.
In meeting its "servile" moniker "No Higher Honor" provides reasons to
view her relationship with Bush as concubine-like, but opens no new ground
for African Americans' distinction or achievement. For Americans who
opposed her and Bush's policies, the book could be called "A memoir of a war
criminal who worked with bigger war criminals." There is little about Rice
and her public tenure for Blacks to be proud of. Rice is often viewed as a
moderate Republican, and never identified with Black issues. In her roles as
National Security Adviser and Secretary of State, Rice along with the rest of
the Bush administration created an imaginary scenario that Iraq and Saddam
Hussein were responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center in New
York City on September 11, 2001 that led to an illegal invasion of Iraq.
"Condi," as she was called among Bush's inner-circle, approved and apolo-
gized for numerous war crimes on behalf of the Bush administration. She is
most remembered for using visions of mushroom clouds and other tactics to
scare Americans. Rice allowed torture to replace diplomacy as the hallmark of
the U.S. foreign policy.
Probably the only area in "No Higher Honor" that may be of interest to
Black readers is the section where unmarried Rice deals with what she calls
Mummer Gaddafi's "fascination" with her. Rice alleges that Gaddafi had a
crush on her. She met Col. Gaddafi in Tripoli, Libya in September 2008 and
said that he had an obsession with her that was "weird and a bit creepy." Rice
says that in their meeting he played a montage of video images of her. The clip
was set to a tune, written by a Libyan composer, titled African Flower in the
White House. In a recent television interview promoting the book, Rice
recalled her relief when the video turned out not to be raunchy.
Hailed as a role model among many Americans, some just see Rice simply
as a "stooge for her masters." Like Colin Powell before her, Rice took her job
seriously and soldiered on, doing her master's bidding. The book shows
Blacks acquired no high honor in having her in the positions she held from
Rice returned to Stanford University as a political science professor and the
Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the
Hoover Institution. In September 2010, Rice became a faculty member of the
Stanford Graduate School of Business and a director of its Global Center for
Business and the Economy. She is also a founding partner of the Rice Hadley
Even if you too believe in the image of Rice as "close adviser" to the most
powerful person in the world, the servitude she illustrates in "No Higher
Honor" shows she deserves no accolades as a successful sister or as a positive
model of Black achievement.

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November 24 December 1, 2011 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 5

by Errin Haines
ATLANTA Prosecutors in
Georgia have found no proof that
two ousted board members of the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference stole $560,000 from
the civil rights organization,
according to a report.
The report on the 18-month-long
investigation into the allegations
was obtained by The Associated
Press. Former chairman Raleigh
Trammell and ex-treasurer Spiver
Gordon are among several ousted
board members who called
Wednesday for Fulton County
District Attorney Paul Howard to
release the findings to the public.
"To prove any criminal activity
in this case, the investigation
would have to show that the funds
were clearly used for personal ben-
efit, and not for the benefit of the
SCLC," the report says. "The

investigation showed that the funds
were actually used for approved
programs and approved travel
In a letter to their attorney, six
former board members accuse
Howard of stalling for six months
and having "a politically motivated
agenda" in not releasing the find-
ings earlier. A draft version of the
report, dated last May, was provid-
ed to Thelma Wyatt Moore, a for-
mer judge who represented the
board members in a civil case aris-
ing from allegations of financial
The six former board members
wrote Howard's office on
Wednesday asking his office to
release the report.
"We simply want your office to
release your aforementioned find-
ings, which you have had for many
months now, and allow us to move

Controversial Gov. Rick

Continued from page 1
Senator Bill Nelson.) Scott pushed
for the date, which jumped ahead in
the calendar from a mandated
March 6th date.
The move threatens to deprive
Florida of its convention delegates
if the Republican Party chooses to
sanction the state, and it will make
it hard for candidates who can't
afford to compete in four election
contests in a single month. But
Scott argued that Florida should go
early, and have a date all to itself,
because of its unique demograph-
Florida's 27 electoral votes will be
29 in 2012. thanks to a population
surge ahead of the 2010 Census.
And redistricting in the state offers
a rare opportunity for Democrats,
since voters in 2010 passed a pair of
constitutional amendments mandat-
ing that state and federal redistrict-
ing be done on the basis of geogra-

phy, effectively outlawing political
That could shake up the state that
has one of the highest incumbency
retention rates in the U.S. at 98 per-
cent, and Democrats are hoping to
pick up at least one of the two new
House seats Florida will gain in
2012. Meanwhile, the Democratic
Congressional Campaign
Committee is targeting a total pick-
up of six U.S. House seats thanks to
redistricting, and Scott's unpopular-
Scott tried to slow the implemen-
tation of the redistricting amnend-
ments, withdrawing a request for
federal approval as required under
the Voting Rights Act, that had been
submitted by the previous
Republican governor, Charlie Crist.
That prompted a lawsuit against
Scott's administration in February -
- one of several naming the gover-
nor this year.

on with our lives and ministries,"
the letter says.
Hutchins said the report should
be released to restore the damaged
reputations of the organization and
the maligned members.
"It will hopefully send a message
to the funders of SCLC's work that
there was no financial mismanage-
ment and that SCLC has been a
good steward of the resources that
have been placed with the organi-
zation," Hutchins said.
The allegations led to a deep
split in the organization, as well as
the ouster of Trammell, Gordon
and several other board members
in April 2010, and a protracted
legal battle in civil court.
The dispute split longtime col-
leagues -- some with friendships
dating back to the civil rights era -
- and exposed severe gaps in the
organization's governance.

Scott may sh
The amendments ultimately were
submitted to the Justice Department
for approval by the state legislature
this spring, though two members of
Congress, Republican Mario Diaz
Balart, who is Cuban-American,
and Democrat Corinne Brown, who
is African-American, have filed
their own lawsuit to try and stop
redistricting reform, saying it would
reduce minority representation in
Florida's congressional delegation.
The end of political gerrymander-
ing in Florida doesn't mean politics
won't interfere with voting in
Florida in 2012. In May, Scott
signed one of the most restrictive
voting laws in the U.S. -- reducing
the early voting period from 14
days to eight, which is expected to
affect black voters and churches, by
taking the Sunday before Election
Day off the calendar; imposing
tough new restrictions and penalties
on organizations that register peo-

FAMU Band Shut Down After Sudden

Death of Drum Major After Florida Classic

Clears Ousted SCLC

Leaders of Stealing Probe

Dr. John Ammons, president of
Florida A&M University
announced this week he will be sus-
pending the school's famous
Marching 100 band until investiga-
tors establish what led to one of
their famous band's six drum
majors death last weekend.
Ammons said the school has
formed an independent task force to
examine the death of Robert
Champion. The panel would try to
"determine if there are patterns of
inappropriate behavior within the
culture of the band," Ammons said,
amid rumors of hazing as a possible
factor in Champion's death.
The 26-year-old, an Atlanta
native, was found unconscious on
Saturday night by Orlando para-
medics aboard a parked charter bus
in front of the Rosen Plaza. He was
transported to a nearby hospital and
later pronounced dead.
Eyewitnesses told Orange
County deputy sheriffs, Champion
reportedly threw up in the parking

ape fate of 2012 election

pie to vote, and forcing anyone who
has to change their voter registra-
tion information on election day to
cast a provisional ballot.
The restrictions caused some
organizations, including the League
of Women Voters, to stop register-
ing voters in Florida, which could
be a blow to the kinds of voters
many of these groups target: young
voters, women and minorities, all of
whom tend to favor Democrats at
the polls.
Scott and his supporters said the
law was necessary to combat voter
fraud, though Florida's secretary of
state, Kurt Browning, couldn't
name an instance of voter fraud in
Florida the law would apply to.
Opponents including the ACLU
have filed suit over the law.
Scott's administration has filed a
lawsuit of its own, going to federal
court last month to ask that Voting
Rights Act restrictions on five

Florida counties be lifted, so those
counties -- which are under VRA
mandates due to past disenfran-
chisement of minority voters -- can
implement the new law.
Meanwhile, Scott also rolled back
former Gov. Crist's easing of
restrictions on voting by former
felons who have served their sen-
tences -- a move also expected to
hurt Democrats in 2012, since
Florida's prison population is dis-
proportionately black and brown.
Florida is one of a handful of states
-- all in the south or west -- that
retain Reconstruction-era restric-
tions on voting by former felons. In
Florida, people who have served
their prison terms must wait at least
five years to apply for the restora-
tion of their rights. Critics likened
Scott's return to those rules as a
reinstution of Jim Crow.

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Robert Champion
lot and started complaining of not
being able to breathe.
Champion's cause of death is still
under investigation and so far
detectives say there is no evidence
of foul play.
But there is growing speculation
among students and on social media
sites that Champion's death could
be linked to hazing, especially
because his family says they were


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not aware of any pre-existing med-
ical conditions. Students and alum-
ni posting on Facebook and Twitter
claim Champion was beaten to the
point of unconsciousness.
One person wrote, "My prayers
go out to the Marching 100 and
Robert Champion's family... hazing
went too far. Not a good look for
HBCU bands, at all."
The Tallahassee school has had
problems with hazing in the past. It
has received seven reports of haz-
ing in the last decade. Two of those
cases resulted in the arrests of three
people. The other cases were not
prosecuted or the victims refused to
A vigil was held in Champion's
honor at 6:30 p.m tonight in the Lee
Hall Auditorium at the University.
Pam Champion, mother of
Robert Champion, says she will not
attend the vigil at FAMU because
she needs more answers first.
"We're not giving out any informa-
tion until we find out what
occurred," she said in an interview
with Tallahassee Democrat. "I need
to know things, and I don't have
enough information."
Champion served as one of six
drum majors for the 375-member
Marching "100" band. They trav-
eled to Orlando over the weekend
for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Florida Classic.
The issue of hazing, in both white
and black fraternities, has been a
subject of discussion for some time.
While hazing at white fraternities,
particularly in the form of alcohol
abuse, is an enormous problem,
officers at black fraternities say
although violent hazing has been
banned, the practice persists under-
ground. Critics say the process can
be dangerous and even fatal.
Leaders of black fraternities and
sororities say the controversy over
hazing has the potential to over-
shadow the enormous contributions
of fraternities, with members often
raising millions annually for
schools and charities.

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First New Zion Missionary Baptist
Celebrating Fall Events including
Festival and Family & Friends
Anniversaries: First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate
its 90th Church Anniversary & 26th Pastor's Appreciation each Sunday in
the month of November concluding on the 27th.
The church is located at 4835 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, Fl. 32208. For
more information call 765-3111. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor.

Woodlawn Accepting Youth

Applicants for Project LIFT
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church has introduced Project LIFT (Lifting
Ideas and Furthering Expectations Program), a free empowerment program
for youth .
The program's purpose is to provide students a safe haven and after school
location for academic and nutritional support, enrichment and recreational
activities, while experiencing the gospel through a loving Christian envi-
ronment. The program is for 1st through 12th grade students attending any
Duval County Public School. It is designed to lift your child's self-esteem,
help with schoolwork, and provide strong sense of values and self-respect.
It is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the church from 3-6 p.m. The
curriculum includes everything from homework assistance and etiquette to
physical recreation activities and the gospel in action (integration of Bible
studies, grace before meals, etc).
To complete the application process or if you have questions contact
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church at (904) 765-2893 or (904) 768-5905.

28 "Women for Christ"
Twenty-eight Women or Christ will hold their annual luncheon at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center on Tuesday February 7, 2012 from
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. This year's featured speaker is Jennifer Strickland a
nationally and internationally recognized author of "Girl Perfect:
Confessions of a Former Runway Model. For reservations go to: For more information, contact Suzanne
Honeycutt via email at or (904) 398-1191.

Calling 1962 New Stanton Graduates
Attention 1962 graduates of New Stanton Senior High School. A reunion
is planned for July 12-15, 2012. Call Adam Dubose, reunion chair at 704-
8946 or Ronald Galvin, President at 992-8433 for updates.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

Cycle Ministry Seeks Participation
Rydas 4 Righteousness Christian Motorcycle Ministry Jacksonville
Chapter teamed up with Colon Cancer Alliance to bring awareness by host-
ing a Colon Cancer Charity Event Weekend. March 23, 2012 March 25,
2012. This weekend includes a Charity Walk, Motorcycle Ride and Bike
Blessing. Please Contact Ruth-President of Rydas 4 Righteousness Jax at
904-674-4339 or

St. Paul AME Church

Holds Special Advent Service
Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 6910 New Kings Road
will celebrate the beginning of Advent with a special service, The Hanging
of The Green. The service is slated for Sunday, November 27th at 10:55
A.M. Friends and visitors are invited to share in this worship experience.
Rev. Marvin C. Zanders, II, is the pasor of Saint Paul.
For more information contact the office of the church at 764-2755 for
transportation and additional information.

Second Missionary Hosting
Douglas Anderson Alumni
The Douglas Anderson Alumni Association, Inc., will hold a Scholarship
Fundraiser on Sunday. December 11th at 4 p.m. The speaker will be Peggy
Johnson, Valedictorian of the Class of 1959, D.A.s first graduating class.
The class of 1961 will also be honored for their 50th anniversary.
It will be held at Second Missionary Baptist Church. For more informa-
tion, call Samuel Davis at 318-8957.

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It's looking more and more likely
that Barack Obama will be facing
Mitt Romney next November.
According to recent polls, Romney's
much-debated "Mormon Problem"--
considered by some to be a main
roadblock to the Republican nomi-
nation in 2008--has decreased in
salience among the white evangeli-
cals on whom he'll probably depend
in both the primary and general
But one element of the Mormon
problem that's yet to be vetted will
come into stark relief should this
match-up take place: the Mormon
Church's troubling history of racial
This history is a long one, stretch-
ing back to the inception of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints (LDS) in the 1830s. Joseph
Smith Jr., the founder of
Mormonism, ran for president in
1844 as a moderate abolitionist;
ordained a black man, Elijah Abel;
and offered to adopt one young
black convert, Jane Manning James,
as his spiritual daughter. Yet earlier
in his life, Smith wrote anti-aboli-
tionist screeds replete with racist
sentiment typical of Christian pro-
slavery apologists of antebellum

ooner or Later Must Address his

it's Perceived "Black" Problem

America. In one 1836 letter to mis-
sionaries in the South, Smith excori-
ated northern abolitionists as the
instigators of discord among south-
ern slaves who, he argued, were
generally happy.
Other figures early in the
Church's history illustrated such
prejudices as well. The Mormon
Prophet Brigham Young stated in
1852, "Any man having one drop of
the seed of [Cain] ... in him cannot
hold the priesthood." Up until the
mid-twentieth-century, some
prophets perpetuated the idea that
blacks were spiritually inferior, the
permanently cursed descendants of
Ham and Cain (a myth once popular
in many American churches). In
1931, Church President Joseph
Fielding Smith, the great-nephew of
Joseph Smith Jr., wrote a widely
distributed treatise--still available
on Kindle--asserting that blacks
were "fence-sitters" during a pre-
mortal battle between God and
Lucifer. When they were sent to
Earth, according to Fielding Smith,
blacks were marked with darkened
skin as a permanent reminder of
their perfidy. Until 1978, black men
were forbidden from holding the
Mormon priesthood, a sacred status

that almost every Mormon male
attains, and black couples could not
marry in Mormon temples, a
revered ceremony that Mormons
believe unites the family for eterni-
This aspect of LDS history will
probably prove less of a problem for
Ronmey than for his Church, which
is actively trying to change the dom-
inant perception of Mormons as all
but exclusively white. Ronmey's
presidential bid does not rely on the
black vote, and he has put distance
between himself and the history of
racial exclusion once practiced by
his church. On "Meet the Press" in
2007, Romney tearfully recalled the
moment in 1978 when he heard that
the Church had lifted the century-
and-half-long ban on blacks holding
the Mormon priesthood. "I was
driving home from ... law school. ..
I heard it on the radio and I pulled
over and literally wept." Since then,
Romney has reached out to some
black communities; a January 2008
Salt Lake Tribune article reported
that Romney aided poor
Massachusetts Haitians--using the
French he acquired as a young mis-
sionary--while serving as the -
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When Giving

IS Thanks

by Larry Buford
The American Thanksgiving holiday is sandwiched between our two
highest-grossing commercial holidays Halloween being second, and
Christmas first. This year in America alone Halloween spending was
expected to reach almost seven billion dollars, all for candy, costumes, and
parties. I guess that's the only reason why we continue to set aside a day to
masquerade, eat junk food, and party, when in fact, that's what most of us
do all year around anyway. But that's another story.
Christmas,on the other hand, is a day known for giving with the expecta-
tion that something will be given in return to the degree that someone had
to remind us to "keep Christ in Christmas." The saying, "It's better to give
than to receive" seems to go out the window when it comes to Christmas.
People get indignant thinking: "You mean to tell me I got you a gift (or
card), and you did not get me one? How unthoughtful...the thanks I get!"
What's the point? If that's the spirit, why don't we all just keep our gifts to
ourselves and keep the score even?
These days it seems that Thanksgiving has more Christ in it than
Christmas. Turkeys aside, it's a time of reflection without the pressures of
commercial shopping. Can you imagine someone saying, "If I give you a
turkey, will you give me one?" No, that's not the spirit. This is the time
when families come together at least once a year to gather around a com-
mon table to give thanks not for the turkey we can get that anytime but
for showers of blessings from heaven. Where the tradition of the turkey
may bring us together, God's love keeps us together. We give thanks to God
and show our gratefulness when we show love towards one another. When
we look around the table this year and see loved ones we thought we'd
never see again; seniors who may not be here much longer; and the little
ones, we should give thanks. When we consider the times where there is so
much to be concerned about, and yet we're all under the same roof com-
forted by one another's presence even the spirit of loved ones no longer
here we should give thanks. This is the season when we can truly give of
ourselves if at no other time, assured without obligation that giving is the

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How to Keep Your Heart Stronger at Every Age i

by Genuna Greene
As vet another birthday rolls
around, you probably worry more
about the visible parts of your body,
and not so much the ones you clln't
see, like your heart. Blacks still stiu-
ter and die more from heart-related

diseases, and recent research has
found that each decade of your life
is a crossroads, with new health
concerns to worry about as you
continue along. Be aware of what
you need to know and ask your doc-
tor about to better enjoy that path
that you're on.
Your 20s & 30s: Get Smart
You know that fries and burger do
not qualify as heart-healthy, as well
as all the other fat-filled artery-
clogging fare that you're probably
tempted with every day. But your
biggest heart hazard may be in your
head, not on your plate.
"People in their 20s and 30s often
think they're too young for heart
disease, even though they've
already developed serious risk fac-
tors." says Sarah Samaan, M.D., a
cardiologist at Legacy Heart Center
in Piano. TX. In fact, as many as 60
percent of people under 40 have at
least one high-risk factor, such as
smoking, elevated cholesterol, or
obesity which triples their heart
attack odds. But almost 20 percent
of people have never had a blood
cholesterol test. Make an appoint-
ment with your doctor to review
where you stand; then get serious
about quitting smoking, losing
weight, eating right and exercising.
Hidden Heart Risks At 20 & 30
Missed periods. Just about
everyone skips from time to time.
but women with long histories of
irregular cycles at age 35 have a 50
percent greater chance of eventual-
ly having a heart attack, a large
Harvard study reported. It may be
because erratic cycles are frequent-
ly linked with obesity. They're also
a sign of polycystic ovary syn-
drome (PCOS), a common hormon-
al disorder that raises the risk of
high cholesterol, high blood pres-
sure, and diabetes, as well as infer-
tility and acne. Medication and
weight loss (if needed) can get
symptoms under control and
should reduce your heart risk, says
Anuja Dokras, M.D., an ob-gyn at
the Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania. Still, to be on the
safe side, she advises her PCOS
patients to get cholesterol and blood
sugar checks every other year.

Low vitamin D. In a large
Finnish study, adults over age 30
who had the lowest blood levels of
vitamin D were 25 percent more
likely to die from cardiovascular
disease later in life than those with
the highest levels. "Vitamin D may
keep the muscle cells that line the
artery walls healthy and flexible,
helping to maintain good blood

flow to the heart and brain," says
Michal Melamed, M.D., of Albert
Einstein College of Medicine in
New York City. What's a "good"
level'? Ixperls aren't sure what
number is ideal, but agree it should
be at least 30 nanograms per milli-
liter. As for supplements, current
guidelines recommend 200 lUs of
D daily for people ages 19 to 50,
400 lUs for ages 51 to 70, and 600
IUs for those over 70, but most
experts think 1,000 lUs is more in
line with what you really need.
20s and 30s Checkup Checklist
Basic Vital Tests: Have your
blood pressure, pulse, waist cir-
cumference, and BMI analyzed at
least every two years.
Fasting Cholesterol Test: Let

your doctor know that you want to
take a fasting cholesterol test. Get
this test every two years, unless
instructed otherwise by your doctor.
Vitamin D Level Evaluation:
Ask your doctor to check your
Vitamin D level.
Family History: Update your
family history at every doctor's
Your 40s: Get Moving
There's just so much going on,
and it's hard to take care of your-
self, especially when it comes to
working out. Even if you're not
constantly carpooling or in meet-
ings, it can be hard to fit in work-
outs between your job, your kids,
caring for aging parents, and check-
ing in with your husband once in a
while. But exercise is particularly
important in these years: it not only
helps to counteract the slowdown of
your metabolism, which tends to
start in your 40s, but it helps you
avoid weight gain and control
Research suggests exercise may
also be enough to protect your
heart. A study at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill found
that overweight adults who main-
tained their weight, gaining no
more than five pounds over 15
years, were less likely to have
unhealthy changes in their glucose,
cholesterol, and blood pressure than
those who put on more.
Hidden Heart Risks At 40
SHysterectomy. Until recently,
women who were having this sur-
gery because of problems like uter-
ine fibroids often chose to have
their ovaries taken out along with
their uterus, as protection against
ovarian cancer. But a recent study
of almost 30,000 women found that
those who had both ovaries
removed before age 50 and who
never used estrogen therapy had up
to a 98 percent higher risk of heart
disease than those who kept them.
Ovaries continue to make small
amounts of hormones for years
after natural menopause, guarding
against heart disease as well as
stroke. The exception: If you have a

relative -- a mother, sister, grand-
mother, aunt, or cousin -- who's
had ovarian or breast cancer, espe-
cially before menopause, then it
might make sense for you to have
your ovaries out.
Breast calcifications. If your
mammogram shows specks of cal-
cium deposits in the arteries of your
breast, you might not have to worry
about cancer, but you do need to
pay more attention to your cardio-
vascular health: you may have more
than triple the risk of heart disease
of a woman without these deposits,
a recent University of Missouri
School of Medicine study found.
During your next mammogram, ask
if vascular calcifications were
noted, and if they were, ask if your
heart health needs to be looked at
40s Checkup Checklist
Routine Screens: Follow the
above schedule for your 20s 30s.
Glucose Test: Have this done
every three years starting at 40s.
A "Global Risk Estimation":
This is a mathematical formula
used to calculate your odds of hav-
ing a heart attack in the next 10
years, based on such factors as your
age, blood pressure, cholesterol
levels, whether you have diabetes,
and other risks. Repeat this test

every five years.
Stress Echocardiogram/Nuclear
Imaging Stress Test: Both done as
you walk on a treadmill, can pro-
vide key warnings about your
heart's health.
Your 50s: Know The Symptoms
Although the transition through
mid-life changes, such as
menopause, can be rough, the rela-
tive "peace" you finally achieve
afterwards may be pretty nice. But
there is one sour note: Your risk of
heart disease doubles or even
triples. This may be due to many
issues, including age and other risk
factors finally catching up with you.
You need to know what a heart
attack feels like. People often delay
dialing 911 because they doubt their
symptoms signal a heart attack. And
that hesitation can cost you your
life," says Dr. Goldberg. Aside from
the classic warning signs a burst-
ing chest pain that spreads to jaw,
neck, and shoulder look for these
subtler symptoms, which can build
in intensity over days or weeks:
unusual fatigue, nausea, dizziness,
shortness of breath, heaviness in the
chest, or upper abdominal pain.
Hidden Heart Risks At 50
Loneliness. If an empty nest or
early retirement leaves you feeling
isolated, the heartache may be more
than emotional. In a 19-year study,
people who reported feeling lonely
most of the time had a 76 percent
increased risk of heart disease. The
connection? Chronic loneliness,
like stress, may trigger inflammato-
ry and hormonal changes that pro-
mote cardiovascular disease. It may

also lead to poorer health habits that
increase your risk. Nurture your
friendships and forge close social
connections by volunteering at a
local charity, joining a book club, or
undertaking any other social activi-
ties that appeal to you.
Misdiagnosis. Here's a scary
(and common) scenario. A woman
in her 50s complains to her doctor
about persistent chest pain. He
sends her for a stress test, but even
if that's abnormal, as long as testing
reveals no major blockages, he
assures her nothing's wrong. The
reality: Almost 50 percent of
women with abnormal stress testing
and open coronary arteries have
microvascular coronary dysfunc-
tion, in which the heart's smallest
arteries don't dilate properly and
blood flow is restricted. It can
increase your risk for sudden car-
diac death, heart attack, or other
serious problems by 2.5 percent
each year. "Your doctor may dis-
miss your symptoms as gastroe-
sophageal reflux disease (GERD)
or anxiety," says Dr. Bairey Merz,
"especially if initial tests come back
borderline." So insist on getting a
full evaluation that could reveal
micro problems.
50s Checkup Checklist
Routine Screens: Follow the
above schedule for your 20s and
Prediabetes: Have your doctor
perform a fasting glucose test to
check for signs of prediabetes.
Aspirin: Ask your doctor to help
you weigh the pros and cons of tak-
ing baby aspirin.
Ask If More Tests Are Needed:
Ask your doctor about more fre-
quent tests, new research and spe-
cial exams that you may benefit
from, especially if you're at a high-
er risk of heart disease.
In your 50s and beyond, remem-
ber to have routine screenings done
at least every two years; more often
if you have multiple risk factors.
Also ask you doctor to redo a "glob-
al risk estimation" every time a risk
factor, such as your blood pressure
or weight, changes.

Morris, pictured here, seems to have also been the recipient of some
rear-enhancing surgery. The transgender woman was arrested after inject-
ing an unidentified patient with a mixture of cement, super glue, mineral
oil, and Fix-A-Flat tire mender.
Fake Florida Doctor Arrested After

Injecting Woman with Fix-a-flat

A trans-
woman in
charges of
i practicing
I surgery
without a
after police say she injected an
unwitting patient's buttocks with a
handful of unsafe substances,
including tire mender Fix-A-Flat,
NBC reported.
The botched butt implant sent the
unidentified woman to the hospital,
and landed Oneal Ron Morris, who
is legally identified as a man. in
Miami Gardens Police arrested
Morris, 30, on Friday, following an
investigation by the Florida
Department of Health.
Sgt. William Bamford said the
illegal procedure took place in May

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2010, after the woman and Morris
met to discuss details, according to
"They agreed on the price of
$700 for the procedure, which was
intended for cosmetic purposes," he
The injection took place in a res-
idential setting, where Morris shot a
mix of cement, glue, mineral oil
and tire sealant into the woman's
buttocks, ABC reported.
"[A] short time later, she devel-
ops very serious pains, abdomen,
throughout her body," Bamford told
the network affiliate. "She knows
something's wrong."
The woman rushed to Tampa
General Hospital, where she was
treated for infection and pneumo-
nia, but would not divulge Morris'
name, according to the report.
Hospital officials contacted the
Dept. of Health, but it took investi-
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Turkey Jam with
Frankie B. and Maze
The holiday Turkey Jam featuring
Frankic Beverly and Maze, Friday,
November 25, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.,
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. 300 Water Street.
For more information contact the
box office at (904) 633-6110.

The Men's Room
Come join an intimate conversa-
tion between men and women,
Friday, November 25, 2011, from
9-11 p.m. at Poppy Love Smoke,
112 East Adams St., with music by
DJ KB. Come hear what men have
to say up front instead of behind
women's backs! For more informa-
tion call (904) 521-8349.

Christmas Made
in the South
The 23rd annual Christmas Made
in the South. Arts and Crafts
Festival will be held November
25th 27th from 11-5 p.m. at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center.
The event is a fantastic way to ease
into your holiday shopping and find
that special gift. It features crafts-
man. art, gourmet food, and diverse
entertainment to satisfy every
demanding appetite. For more
information visit www.madeinthe- or email festi-
or call (704) 847.9480.

World AIDS Week
World AIDS Week will be

observed in Northeast Florida from
Monday, November 28 Saturday,
December 3, 2011. The Northeast
Florida World AIDS Week
Committee has activities planned
throughout the week in its contin-
ued quest to bring awareness to
HIV/AIDS in Jacksonville and sur-
rounding areas. Seminars, a quilt
display, and a Community Awards
ceremony and more will take place
during the week. For more informa-
tion visit www.northeastflorida- or contact
Chenita M. King-Williams at (904)
244-8802 or Nicole Richardson at or call (904)

904 Project Examines
High Crime Rate
On Tuesday, November 29th from
6- 8 p.m., UNF's graduate crimi-
nology students reveal a compelling
new research project inspired by the
award-winning documentary film
"The 904," which examines
Jacksonville's high crime rate. The
event will be held on the UNF
Campus, Building 58, Student
Union Ballroom, Room 3703. For
further details contact Donna Cobis
at 620-2758.

Honoring Elders in
Our Community
Join the Friends of Elder Source
"A Night with the Stars" event hon-
oring advocates and caregivers of
Elders in the Jacksonville
Community. The event will feature
awards and keynote speaker, the

honorable Mayor Alvin Brown and
special recognition of Mrs. Delores
Barr-Weaver, Tuesday, November
29, 2011 at the Marriott Southpoint,
4760 Salisbury Road Jacksonville,
FL 32256. For more information
contact Amy Moring at (904) 391-

Dwight Eubanks here
for National HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day
AMG Uptown and Spa will host a
health fair on Thursday, December
1st from 4-6 p.m. at the downtown
location, 525 W. Bay St. There will
be on the spot HIV and AIDS test-
ing. and special guest Dwight
Eubanks will be on location to greet
participates. For more information
call 356-1081 or visit www.amgup-

35th Annual Art &
Antiques Show
The Women's Board of Wolfson
Children's Hospital presents the
35th annual Art & Antiques Show.
December 1 4, 2011, at the Prime
F. Osborn III Convention Center,
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fifty
antique dealers and appraisers from
around the country will display
their collections. For more informa-
tion contact Faith Mercado at (904)

Ritz Jazz Jamm
The Ritz Theater present Jazz
Pianist Alez Bugnon, Saturday,
December 3rd for two shows (7

and 10 p.m.). Contact the box
office at 904.632.5555 or visit

Toastmasters Meeting
Join Toast of Jax Toastmasters,
Saturday, December 3rd to devel-
op both the skills and self confi-
dence necessary to get rid of your
speaking anxiety. Meetings are
every Saturday at 7:30 a.m.,
Ramada Inn, 1-295 and San Jose
Boulevard. For more information
email vluke( or call
(904) 707-7158.

Mayors Holiday
Senior Festival
Mayor Alvin Brown and the City
of Jacksonville present it's annual
Senior Holiday Festival, Saturday,
December 3rd, at the Prime
Osborn Center, 1000 Water Street.
Come enjoy live music, a tradition-
al holiday dinner, door prizes and
more! For tickets contact the Mary
Singleton center at (904) 630-0995
or City Hall at (904) 630-3690 or

John P. Kee in Concert
Gospel artist John P. Kee and the
New Life Choir will be in concert at
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist
Church, 1118 W. Beaver St on.
Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 6:00
p.m. The show will also feature
Sunday's Best finalist, Dontavies
Boatwiright and Alicia Robinson
Cooper of the play "Church Mess."
For tickets, call (904) 353.8829.

Jack & Jill Holiday
Join the local chapter of Jack and
Jill of America for the 1st annual
Holiday Affair with Santa with pro-
ceeds to benefit the Daniel
Foundation of Jacksonville. It will
be held on Sunday, December 4,
2011, 2 5 p.m., at The Garden
Club of Jacksonville, 1005
Riverside Avenue. There will be a
special guest performance by The
Jacksonville Children's Mass
Choir. To purchase tickets email or
call (904) 438-2806.

Tapas and Talk
J oin Empowering Resources, Inc.
for a night of socializing, network-
ing and information on their cause.
Enjoy drink specials, complimenta-
ry tapas and live music, Friday,
December 9, 2011, 4:30 p.m. -
7:30 p.m. at the Suites, 4880 Big
Island Dr., (St. Johns Town Center).
For more information contact (904)
268-8287 or email enews@empow- or visit

Annual Children's
Christmas Party
The Children's Christmas Party of
Jacksonville will provide toys for
local children who otherwise might
not receive toys during the holiday
season, Saturday, December 10,
2011. 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for
more details email christstmaspar-

Holiday Soul Concert
Former Temptations lead singer
Richard Street will headline the
"Holiday Soul" concert at the
Times Union Center on Sunday,
December 11, 2011. Also appear-
ing will be the Jacksonville Mass

Choir and Joy Dennis. For more
information contact Elgin Carelock
at (404) 993-7189 or email or ecare-

Raines '72
Christmas Party
The Raines Class of 1972 will hold
a Christmas Party on Friday,
December 16, 2011 at Carl's Place
on 8th and Main Street. For tickets,
or more information about Class of
1972 Reunion activities, call 764-
3292 or e-mail

Douglas Anderson
33rd Grand Reunion
Come celebrate the Douglas
Andersons 33rd Grand Reunion,
Friday, December 16, 2011, at the
Embassy Suites Hotel, 9300
Baymeadows Rd., 6:30 p.m. to
12:00 a.m. For tickets or more
information contact Samuel Davis
at (904) 318-8957 or email

Wicked from Broadway
After breaking box office records
and selling out in record time in
2009, "WICKED," Broadway's
biggest blockbuster will return to
Jacksonville at the Times-Union
Center's Moran Theater, 501 W.
State St., from January 4-22, 2012
for 24 performances. For tickets or
more information contact Sarah
Roy at (904) 632-3211.

Ringling Bros. Circus
Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Circus will be in town
January 19 22, 2012, at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. For tickets call (904) 630-

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320.000 (and counting) black Saints spread through dozens of African
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BATTLE at home Saturday.



California (Pa.) 44, Elizabeth City State 0
North Greenville 63, Albany State 14

Bethune-Cookman 26, Florida A&M 16
Delaware State 39, Howard 36

Hampton 42, Morgan State 18
NC A&T 31, NC Central 21
SC State 20, Savannah State 10
Alabama A&M 17, Prairie View A&M 15
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 42, Texas Souther
Jackson State 51, Alcorn State 7
Jacksonville State 38, Tennessee State

California (Pa.) 44, Elizabeth City State 0
California (Pa.) got 367 passing yards and three touchdowns
from QB Peter Lalich and three rushing TDs from running back
Lamont Smith in rolling past CIAA runner-up Elizabeth City
State in the first round of the NCAA Div. II playoffs.
Lalich hit on 26 of 34 passes without an interception and
had TD throws of 3, 12 and 15 yards. Smith ran 11 times for 83
yards and scored of 36, 5 and 1 yard runs.
The ECSU offense could not put points on the board as QB
Creven Powell completed just 11 of 25 passes and threw one
pick. CIAA Offensive Player of the Year, running back Daronte
McNeill, was held to 73 yards on 20 carries.

North Greenville 63, Albany State 14
North Greenville scored 35 second-quarter points to break
from a 7-0 first quarter lead en route to thumping SIAC runner-up
Albany State in a first round NCAA Div. II playoff game.
The NGU Rams posted 309 rushing yards, collected four
sacks and picked off four passes, scored on both a long kickoff
return and punt return and had four rushing touchdowns while
holding ASU to -11 rushing yards.
ASU QB Stanley Jennings, the SIAC offensive player of
the year, was 15 of 25 for 224 yards without a TD and threw
three picks. The Golden Rams (7-5) scored their only first-half
touchdown on Jennings' 1-yard run with :22 seconds left in the
first half. NGU's Cedric Parker ran back the ensuing kickoff 75
yards to paydirt with :12 seconds left to up the score to 42-7.


UMES wins MEAC VB title:
Maryland Eastern Shore defeated Florida A&M,
3-2, to win the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
(MEAC) volleyball championship Sunday afternoon at
the Physical Education Complex on the campus of Cop-
pin State University. The win was the first-ever MEAC
volleyball crown for the Lady Hawks.
The fifth and deciding set started sloppy with both
teams hindered by serving errors. The Lady Hawks were
able to gain a slight lead at 6-5 on a kill by Saitaua losia
and hold that lead midway through the set. A service ace
by Jessica Vicic and two blocks by the defense put UMES
up 11-7. FAMU's defense brought them back to pull within
two but a kill by losia won the set and the match for the
Lady Hawks.
UMES was led by losia with 25 kills and 11 digs in
the set and was named the Tournament Outstanding Per-
former. Maline Vaitai and Zoe Bowens also contributed
11 and 10 digs, respectively. The Lady Hawks offense ran
through Vicic who had 46 assists.
Lady Hawk Head Coach Don Metil was named the
Outstanding Coach.
Maryland Eastern Shore will move onto the NCAA
Tournament in December. The Lady Hawks will find out
their seeding and their opponent on November 27th at 6
p.m. during the NCAA selection show.

Maria Ceccarelli, Florida A&M
Saitaua loisa, Maryland Eastern Shore
Krysta Gardner, Bethune-Cookman
Krista Kraskura, Hampton
Shantel Moore, North Carolina Central
Janeen Davis, Bethune-Cookman

Outstanding Performer: Saitaua losia, Maryland Eastern Shore
Outstanding Coach: Don Metil, Maryland Eastern Shore

Personal reasons, "philosophical differences" cited in decision

CIAA Commish Kerry retires

BCSP Editor
After 22 years, the man who had
become the face of the CIAA and
the individual thought to be most
responsible for the recent success
of its marquee basketball tourna-
ment as well as the league's overall
high-profile status is no longer at the

In a hastily called teleconfer-
ence late last Tuesday afternoon
(Nov. 15), the league announced
that longtime Commissioner Leon
Kerry had decided to retire. The re-
tirement is effective immediately.
Kerry's decision was announced
on the teleconference by Bowie
State President Mickey Burnim,
president of the CIAA Board of
Directors. Burnim said Kerry's re-
tirement was for "personal reasons"
and he thanked him for his years
6 of service to the conference. He
said the decision was not expected
and that conference officials were
16 "melancholy" over it.
S But he did intimate in a ques-
tion and answer session that there
were some issues that concerned the
conference's directors presidents
and chancellors of the member in-
stitutions- namely, league revenues
and the management of the confer-
ence office.
Though he could not be reached
for an interview last week by the
BCSP, Kerry did talk with John Dell
a reporter with the Winston-Salem
(N.C.) Journal who penned a story
about his decision in the Journal's

"I guess if you want to sum it up,

let my work speak or itselJ."
Former CIAA Commissioner Leon Kerry
to W-S Journal reporter John Dell
on his abrupt decision to retire after 22 years

Nov. 20th edition.
In the Journal story, no specific
mention was made of the issues
Burnim referenced but Kerry did
term his retirement arising from
"philosophical differences."
"I got tired of fighting all the
battles," Kerry said in the story. "I
guess if you want to sum it up, let
my work speak for itself," he was
quoted as saying.
Kerry, 63, a reluctant speaker
and public figure when he took over
as commissioner in 1989, has boldly
led the league in recent years.
One recent flap involved the
payment by the CIAA of some
$100,000 to a Charlotte Regional
Visitor's Authority employee who
aided local efforts putting on the
league's basketball tournament. The
revelation of the payments prompted
the CRVA to change its policies
regarding such gifts. Dell's story
quoted Kerry as saying that situation
had no bearing on his resignation.
During his tenure, Kerry
weathered the defection of premier
programs at Norfolk State and
Hampton to the MEAC in the mid
to late 90s and eventually helped
bring newcomer Chowan Univer-
sitv and former members Lincoln

University and Winston-Salem
State University back into the CIAA
He oversaw Shaw University,
Saint Augstine's College and Saint
Paul's College return to fielding
football teams over the last decade
as well as the decision by St. Paul's
last year to suspend its athletic pro-
The basketball tournament,
which was held in the Virginia cities
of Hampton, Richmond and Norfolk
for 17 years between 1977 and 1993,
returned to North Carolina, first
to Winston-Salem in 1994 during
Kerry's first decade as commissioner
and later to ultra-successful six-year
runs in Raleigh and Charlotte, its
current home where it boasts a $38
million impact on the local economy.
It has become a week-long must-at-
tend event, marketed nationally thru
major media outlets with a high-
profile menu of celebrity guests and
The retirement decision came
just three days after the league put
on its largest attended football cham-
pionshp game in recent memory as
a capacity crowd of over 10,000
packed Durham (N.C.) County
Stadium on Nov. 12 for the league

CIAA Sports Photo
HE'S HAD ENOUGH: After 22 years
as CIAA Commissioner, Leon Kerry
says "I got tired of fighting all the

title game between Winston-Salem
State and Elizabeth City State.
The gridiron title game turnout,
and the subsequent naming of the two
contending teams to the NCAA Div.
II playoff field, could be seen in many
ways as a culmination of Kerry's
efforts to raise CIAA football to the
lofty on-field and off-field status
long held by its basketball product.
Burnim, in fact, acknowledged such
in his comments on Kerry's deci-
The decision also comes as the
league is about to celebrate its cen-
tennial anniversary next year from
its founding in February 1912.Ahost
of celebratory and commemorative
events are planned.
Burnim also announced that
Associate Commissioner and Senior
Woman's Administrator Monique
"Tony" Smith has been named
interim commissioner. He gave no
timetable for naming a permanent

Winston-Salem State to host California (Pa.) in D2 playoffs

Norfolk State draws Old Dominion in FCS playoffs

First-time MEAC champion
Norfolk State won't have to travel
far to play in its first-ever Football
Championship Subdivision (FCS)
playoff game.
The 9-2 Spartans drew 9-2
Old Dominion for its first-round
playoff game this Saturday at the

opponent's stadium, Foreman Field at S. B. Bal-
lard Stadium (1:30 p.m.).
Good thing is, the Old Dominion campus
is just minutes from NSU's campus right i.; the
city of Norfolk, Va. In fact, NSU used to play
its home games at Foreman Field, before ODU
fielded a football team.
The Spartans will enter Saturday's confer-
ence ranked 19th in the final regular season
Sports Network FCS poll while Old Dominion
is 10th.
The Spartans, under seventh-year head coach
Pete Adrian, received its berth to the playoffs
by virture of the automatic bid that goes to the
MEAC champion. The Monarchs finished in a
three-way tie for second in the Colonial Athletic
Association (CAA) in just their first year of con-
ference eligibility and fourth year since starting
the football program, and earned an at-large bid
to the 20-team playoff field.
Norfolk State suffered an out-of-conference
loss to FBS and Big East Conference member
West Virginia (55-12) and an MEAC loss at
home to Bethune-Cookman (14-6).
The Monarchs, under fourth-year head
coach Bobby Wilder, lost both of its games
in conference play to Towson (39-35) and to
Delaware (27-17). Towson, the champion of
the CAA and ODU are two of five CAA teams
(New Hampshire, Maine and James Madison)
in the playoff field
NSU andODU have one common opponent,
MEAC member Hampton, who ODU defeated
45-42 on Sept. 17. NSU beat Hampton 34-24 on
Oct. 15.
Old Dominon features QB Taylor Heinicke
who has thrown for 1,770 yards with 15 TDs and

just one interception. Five receiv-
ers have at least 30 catches and at
least three TDs led by Nick Mayers
with 51 receptions and five scores.
Angus Harper leads the Monarchs
rushing attack averaging 51.7 yards
per game with nine TDs. Defensive
tackle Ronnie Cameron, a transfer

from Hofstra, was named the CAA defensive
player of the year. Mayers, Cameron, linebacker
Craig Wilkins and punter Jonathan Piscoe were
named first team all-CAA. Heinicke was a second
team selection.
Norfolk State will rely on a stout defense
led by Corwin Hammond that gave up an
MEAC-beat 15.5 points per game while leading
the league in total defense (266 yards per game).
The offense is directed by quarterback Chris
Walley, who led the MEAC in passing yardage
(209 ypg.) and passing efficiency (148.5) while
throwing for 2,309 yards with 17 TDs and only
four interceptions. Xavier Boyce (65 receptions,
4 TDs) and Victor Hairston (44 rec., 5 TDs) are
the top receivers.
The winner of Saturday's game will play at
No. 3 seed Georgia Southern (9-2).
Undefeated CIAA champion Winston-Sa-
lem State (11-0) starts its NCAA Div. II cham-
pionship quest Saturday with a second-round
matchup against California (Pa.) (10-2), a 44-0
winner over CIAA runner-up Elizabeth City
State in a first round game (See story).
WSSU enters the game as the top seed in
Super Region I. California is seeded fifth in the
region with losses this season to open the season
at St. Cloud State (26-3) and on Oct. 15 at Slip-
pery Rock 17-3).
Cal is led by 6-5 senior QB Peter Lalich who
has thrown for 3,344 yards completing 63.2%
of his throws (253 of 400) for 29 TDs and only
nine interceptions. His favorite target is Thomas
Mayo who has 73 receptions for 1,230 yards and
16 TDs. Tailback Lamont Smith piled up 1,078
rushing yards with five TDs.
The Cal defense has surrendered just 14.5

BCSP Notes

J.C. Smith and Miles to tangle
in 13th Pioneer Bowl
Columbus, GA The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
(CIAA) and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)
have announced that Johnson C. Smith and Miles have been selected to
participate in the 13th Pioneer Bowl. The game will take place on Saturday,
December 3, 2011 at A.J. McClung Stadium in Columbus, GA at 1:00)pm
The Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls, led by lHead Coach Steve Ay-
cock, who finished with a 5-5 overall record, 4-3 in conference play will
represent the CIAA.
The Miles Golden Bears, led by lead Coach Reginald Rullin, finished
first in the SIAC West Division with a 5-2 record in conference play and
won their first SIAC Championship by defeating Albany State in the first
SIAC championship game to finish with a 7-4 overall record.
Miles will be making their first appearance in the Pioneer Bowl while
Johnson C. Smith will be making its second appearance with their last


Tuskegee vs. Alabama State in Montgomery, AL

Bayou Classic
Grambling State vs. Southern in New Orleans, LA
Norfolk State vs. Old Dominion in Norfolk, VA
California (Pa) vs. W-Salem State in W-Salem, NC





points per game.
They will have to contend with aWSSU offense
that averages 43.5 points per game and a defense
that gives up just 15.3 ppg., both tops in the CIAA.
The offense is led by QB Kameron Smith, who has
passed for 2,036 yards with 28 TDs and only eight
interceptions, tailback Nicholas Cooper, who has
rushed for 1,462 yards and 17 TDs and dangerous
wiideouts Dominique Fitzgerald (23 rec., 5 TDs)
and Tehvyn Brantley (37 rec., 7 TDs). Defensive
end Akeem Ward leads the Rans' defense.
Both Norfolk State (idle) and Winston-Salem
State (bye) had a week off headed into this week's
playoff games.
Finally, one spot is still up for grabs in the Dec.
10 SWAC Championship Game in Birmingham.
Alabama A&M (8-3, 7-2 SWAC) clinched a
tie for the East Division title with its 17-15 win
over Prairie ViewA&M Saturday in its final regular
season game and will represent the East in the title
game. A&M finished tied with Jackson State and
Alabama State with 7-2 conference marks. JSU is
ineligible for the title game while A&M beat ASU
in their head-to-head meeting.
The Prairie View loss means Grambling can
win the West Division with a win Saturday in its
season-finale vs. Southern at the Bayou Classic.
If Grambling loses, Arkansas-Pine Bluff,
a 42-6 winner over Texas Southern in its final
regular season game Saturday, would represent
the West.


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by Kam Williams
Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey
on July 18, 1964, Wendy Joan
Williams burst onto the TV land-
scape in July 2-CiO with the launch
of her own nationally-syndicated
talk show. Dubbed a "breakthrough
in daytime" by The New York
Times, "The Wendy Williams
Show" is now in its third season and
airs in 52 countries around the
"The Wendy Williams Show" is a
reflection of its host; with its
vibrant colors and upbeat sound-
track matching

own personality and energetic sense
of humor. And the show's focus on
entertainment reflects her passion
for pop culture.
By design, whenever she inter-
views celebrity guests, it's from the
perspective of a fan, as she asks the
questions that her audience wants to
hear. A lover of classic television,
Williams' style is inspired by her
childhood idols like Dinah Shore
and Merv Griffin.
Prior to making the transition to
daytime television, Wendy built a
devoted audience over the course of
an enormously-successful 23-year
run in radio. "TheWendy Williams
Experience" was a top-rated,
nationally-syndicated show which
reached over 12 million people
daily. In November of 2009, she
was inducted into the National
Radio Hall of Fame one of only a
handful of women to enjoy the
Wendy recently competed on
Season 12 of ABC's smash hit
"Dancing with The Stars." Her
other television credits include
serving as host of Game Show
Network's original series "Love
Triangle" and as a featured guest on
ABC's "One Life to Live" and
Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva."
She is also the author of the New
York Times best seller The Wendy
Williams Experience, as well as
several novels including Ritz
Harper Goes to Hollywood. Plus,
she presently contributes a weekly
celebrity hot topics column to the
weekly entertainment magazine
"Life & Style."
A child of a teacher and a college
professor, Williams earned a
Bachelor's degree in
Communications with a minor in
Journalism at Northeastern
University, and she remains a very
vocal education advocate. She cred-

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Iliams chats life, family and showbiz

its the start of her career with the
decision to take an internship at a
radio station on St. Croix, Virgin
Islands immediately following her
graduation from college.
Wendy resides in Northern New
Jersey with her husband, Kevin,
and their 11 year-old son, Kevin, Jr.
Here, she talks about her life and
Kam Williams: Hi Wendy, How
you doin'?
Wendy Williams: [Laughs] How
you doin', Kam? You doing good?
KW: I'm awwwlllright! Ann-
Marie Nacchio, a loyal fan of
yours from Philly, told me to start
the interview with "How you
doin'?" because that would prob-
ably help relax you.
WW: And it did! That's the
official greeting of the show.
KW: How did being
raised by two educators
shape you?
WW: 1 know firsthand
that educators are the
most overworked and
underpaid people
around. It influenced
me in that it was
always about family
first, and education
was right next to that.
There was never any
question about
whether I was going to
college. And it was
important to my parents
that I get my degree in 4
years, because "Money
doesn't grow on trees."
[LOL] I will support my son in
whatever he wants to do profes-
sionally, but he will go to college,
too My husband and I are in con-
cert on that.
KW: How hard is it juggling
your career and being a mom?
WW: It's not easy. He's in the 6th

KW: You have been on radio,
TV, I'ill and authored books.
Which gives you lhe lijc-st.
WW: TV It's the best, although
radio was my first love.
KW: You were certainly no
stranger to controversy when you
had the radio show. Do you think
that might have been because you
were the first African-American
host to push the envelope in terms
of gossip?
WW: Well, there were definitely
elements of my rise in radio that
had to do with my being black. But
going back as far as Walter
Winchell, Army Archerd and I ledda
Hopper, legendary wags would
grab a radio microphone and talk
about what lirrol Flynn and other
stars were up to.
KW: What is your favorite
WW: Big Brothers/Big Sisters
because I love helping out kids.
Anything with kids.
KW: Have you had any guests
who just weren't very talkative?
What do you do to try to get them
to talk, and have there been any
occasions where you couldn't?
WW: No. Believe it or not, there
are interesting elements in every-
one. So, if I can't talk to everybody
for at least 7 to 10 minutes, then I'm
in the wrong profession.
KW: Do you enjoy being a
shock jockette and who are some
of the celebrities you most
enjoyed interviewing?
WW: That's so lunnyl! I enjoyed
being what I was in radio, which
some thought of as a shock jock
although, to this day, 1 still can't fig-
ure out what I've done that's so
shocking. [LOL] As to my 'favorite
interviews, I loved having my
mother and father on. I also enjoyed

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talking to Enmo, who's a puppet. 1
found T.l.'s trying to be extra-cool
very endearing. Tyra Banks was not
the diva I expected her to be. I
loooooved talking to her. And
Simon Cowell is a really nice guy.
Yeah! He's my fave, and he's hand-
KW: What achievement are
you most proud of, and what
mountain do you still want to
WW: I'm most proud of our son,
having suffered several miscar-
riages before having him. As for the
next mountain, it takes so much to
maintain what's already going on
that I don't have time to think about
it. But I want some more seasons olf
the TV show, I'd like to write anoth-
er book, and eventually, I'd like to
retire and take vacations with my
husband like my mom and dad do.
KW: What was involved in
making the transition from radio,
where you aren't seen, to TV,
where visibility is so important?
WW: Lipstick, foundation, a strip
of lashes, and developing the abili-
ty to edit what I would normally
say. 1 was always able to finish a
thought on radio, because I had 4
hours. A one-hour TV show is only
44 minutes of programming.
KW: Film director Kevin
Williams asks: What was the
biggest challenge you faced in
making the move from radio to
WW: Finding the fine line
between satisfying a daytime TV
audience and an afternoon radio
audience. That involved editing
down my delivery to under an hour.
I've been blessed to have great pro-
ducers and a great staff to achieve
that. I have a small team but they're
very efficient.

Jackson Brothers Settles
t Lawsuits Over Michael's Jackets
Three of Michael Jackson's brothers
have settled their lawsuit against a busi-
nessman they claim duped them into
signing replicas of their late sibling's
iconic jackets.
Marlon, Tito and Jackie Jackson added
Their signatures to 1,000 red leather coats,
which were copied from ones worn by
Michael in his "Thriller" and "Beat It"
videos, and claimed they were due
$100,000 each as part of the deal with
Steeve Bohbot.
The trio took action against Bohbot last week in a bid to get paid after
the businessman allegedly agreed to only pay the siblings once the $2,350
jackets were delivered to for sale.
Ilowever the group has now put its legal troubles behind them, with
Bohbot telling ( NN "(I'm) relieved to clear up this misunderstanding. We
have such an immense respect for the Jackson brothers and Michael's lega-
cy and arc pleased to have resolved this situation."

Aretha Franklin's Hats

Fetching Big Bucks At Auction

NIA, Mich. --
A beige cash-
Smere hat with
fur and
S matching col-
lar and cuffs
worn by
Franklin sold
for $400 dur-
ing a sale of
dozens of items once owned by the
Queen of Soul.
Hats were big draws at a sales
event attended Saturday by several
hundred people in Livonia, accord-
ing to sales distributor Jill
"A lot of people fund a lot of
items," Pendergast said.
"Somebody wanted T-shirts that
had been stained up. Some people
just came for blue jeans. Some peo-
ple were looking for just shoes.

"They just kept coming in and
going out," she said.
One of Franklin's gowns sold for
Pendergast would not say who
currently owned the items or how
much was raised by the sale which
ran from 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m. in a
store west of Detroit.
Franklin has said she has no con-
nection to the sale. The Grammy
Award-winning artist said the items
were left many years ago in a stor-
age locker because she no longer
wanted them.
Franklin's choice in headwear has
been a hot topic in recent years.
A gray, felt hat with a Swarovski
rhinestone-bordered bow she wore
while singing "My Country 'Tis of
Thee" at President Barack Obama's
2009 inauguration drew widespread
attention and prompted hundreds of
calls to the Detroit millinery shop
where the hat was made.

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Make sure you buy a big turkey
this year, because you'll want plen-
ty left over to make these tasty post-
holiday recipes.
From a savory sandwich and
hearty salads to easy turnovers and
a simple casserole, there are plenty
of delicious ways to finish off
turkey leftovers. You can even keep
the flavors of the holidays going
with Bobby Flay's recipe for moist
and delicious "Stuffing" Crusted
Turkey Cutlets. He uses leftover
poultry seasoning for flavor and
Hellmann's Mayonnaise to keep
them tender and juicy.
For more great ways to love your
leftovers, visit
Turkey Casserole
Serves: 6

Turkey Casserole
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
4 cups leftover prepared stuffing,
4 cups coarsely chopped leftover
cooked turkey (about 1 pound)
3/4 cup Mayonnaise, divided
1/4cup whole berry cranberry
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
cheese (about 6 ounces)
Preheat oven to 375F.
Spray 8-inch baking dish with no-
stick cooking spray. Spoon in 2
cups stuffing, then top with turkey.
Combine 1/4 cup mayonnaise
with cranberry sauce; evenly spread
over turkey.
Combine remaining 1/2 cup may-
onnaise, potatoes and cheese in

large bowl. Evenly spread on
turkey, then top with remaining 2
cups stuffing.
Bake 40 minutes or until heated
through. Let stand 10 minutes
before serving. If desired, garnish
with dried cranberries.
"Stuffing" Crusted Turkey
Cutlets (A Bobby Flay Recipe)
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
2 cups panko or plain dried bread
3 tablespoons finely chopped
fresh flat-leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground black
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning


4 turkey cutlets (about 1/2 inch
4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
Combine bread crumbs, parsley,
salt and pepper in large shallow
dish; set aside.
Combine mayonnaise, mustard
and poultry seasoning with wire
whisk in small bowl and season, if
desired, with salt and pepper.
Season turkey, if desired, with
salt and pepper. Brush 1 side of
each turkey cutlet with mayonnaise
mixture, then coat in bread crumbs.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch
nonstick skillet over medium-high
heat and cook 2 turkey cutlets,
bread side down, 3 minutes or until
golden brown and a crust has
formed. Turn over and cook an
additional 2 minutes or until turkey
is thoroughly cooked. Repeat with
remaining oil and turkey.
Blushing Cranberry and Pear
Turkey Salad
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
1/2 cup Real Mayonnaise
1/2 cup whole berry cranberry
sauce or cranberry relish
4 cups torn romaine lettuce leaves
2 cups baby spinach leaves or
mixed salad greens
2 cups diced cooked turkey
1 medium pear, cored and thinly
1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
In medium bowl, combine may-
onnaise and cranberry sauce; set
In large bowl, combine romaine,
spinach and turkey. Just before
serving, toss with mayonnaise mix-
ture. Top with pear slices, pecans
and onion. Garnish, if desired with
dried cranberries.
Note: Recipe can be doubled.

Turkey Turnovers
Serves: 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
2 cups shredded cooked turkey
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
(about 4 ounces)
1 cup chopped cooked broccoli
1/2 cup Real
1/2 teaspoon


Turkey Fiesta Salad
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
1/2 cup Real Mayonnaise
1/2 cup prepared salsa
6 cups torn romaine lettuce leaves

black pep-

2 packages (8
ounces each)
refrigerated cres-
cent rolls
Preheat oven to
Combine all Blushing Cra
ingredients except
crescent rolls in large bowl.
Separate each package crescent
rolls into 4 squares; press diagonal
perforations to seal.
Spoon turkey filling onto center
of each square. Fold dough diago-
nally over filling to form triangles;
press edges firmly to seal.
Arrange turnovers on baking
sheet; brush tops lightly with addi-
tional mayonnaise.
Bake 12 minutes or until golden.
Serve warm.
Leftover Turkey Super
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
4 tablespoons Real Mayonnaise
8 slices whole grain bread
1/2 cup prepared stuffing
1/2 pound sliced leftover or deli
1/2 cup cranberry sauce or
whole berry cranberry sauce
1 small apple, cored and sliced
Spread mayonnaise generous-
ly on 4 bread slices. Layer stuff-
ing, turkey, cranberry sauce and
apple on bread slices. Top with
remaining 4 bread slices.

inberry and Pear Turkey Salad

2 cups diced cooked turkey
4 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and
Combine mayonnaise and salsa in
small bowl; set aside.
Combine remaining ingredients
in large bowl. Just before serving,
toss with mayonnaise mixture.
Serve, if desired, with your
favorite salad fixings, such as
chopped tomatoes, black beans,
shredded cheese, sliced pitted ripe
olives, sliced green onions and/or
tortilla chips.


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