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Volume 86 Number 32 MIAMI, FLORIDA, APRIL 8-14, 2009 50 cents (55 cents in Broward)

No stadium job guarantees for minorities

Small business getting 15 percent of
stadium operation agreements

By Sandra J. Charite
The Florida Marlins will be
required to provide small busi-
nesses with at least 15 percent
of its service agreements when
its new stadium in Little Ha-
vana becomes operational.

But the agreement does not
guarantee business for minor-
_ ities.
County and city attorneys
signed off on an amendment to
the Marlins stadium agreement
proposed by County Commis-
sioner Barbara Jordan.
Miami City Attorney Julie 0.

Bru initially ruled the amend-
ment would require the entire
contract be, sent back to City
Hall for a new round of voting,
incurring further delay.
, But Bru reversed herself af-
ter a meeting on Monday with
County Attorney Roger A. Cue-
vas Jr.
The small business compo-
nent, which refers specifically
to "small businesses" differs
from, a Community Compact

which Cuevas
scuttled as il-
legal in that
the compact
the Marlins to
a race-based
15 percent
JORDAN set-aside for
Blacks for
work and stadium operations.
The County Commission,

at a March 23 meeting, voted
9-4 vote for the stadium agree-
ment, accepting 11 of 12 pro-
posed amendments to the doc-
ument on condition the city
would agree.
The 12th amendment, pro-
posed by Jordan, did not make
the cut then but was given the
green light following the meet-
ing between Bru and Cuevas
who issued memos to that ef-
fect on Monday..

Bru said in her memo to
the City Commission that the
amendment did not
apply to the city's position
regarding the stadium and
its small business component
was covered by local small
business and workforce pro-
grams which the commission
approved at the request of City
Commissioner Michelle Spen-
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Women urged to do more

to end domestic violence

Town Hall meeting sponsored by nation of Islam

By Tariq Osborne
Domestic violence topped the
agenda at a town hall meet-
ing held at the Liberty Square
Community Center on April
1, sharing the agenda with a
sharp increase in youth vio-
lence. There were roughly 100
Thema Campbell, president/
CEO of Girl Power, which runs
programs for at-risk girls, took
women to task on the abuse is-
"You guys," she said, "can
stop domestic violence, and,
women, we can stop it first."


"What I meant by that,"
Campbell said in an interview
afterwards, "is that women canr
stop it, first of all, by not al-
lowing themselves to remain
in relationships with men who
are abusive."
"There's all kinds of signs
you can get before they hit you
actually," she continued.
There are certain things
abusers do to build up to that
"The abuser has to break
you down first," said Camp-
bell. "They don't just hit you,
it's verbal first. They degrade
you. They make you feel inferi-
or, to the point that when they


do hit you, you feel like it's jus-
tified. They rough handle you
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plans being unveiled Thursday

By Tariq Osborne,
tosbome@miamitimesonline. com

Years of planning for the
restoration of a once-famous
area landmark will reach a
high point Thursday when
the Historic Hampton House
Community Trust hosts a cel-
ebration at the site, 4200 NW
27th Ave.
Architectural renderings
for the project to restore the
building for use as a commu-
nity center will be presented
during the event which will
begin at 11 a.m.

The trust secured $4.7 mil-
lion from the Miami-Dade
County General Obligation
Bond in 2004 and $350,000
from the state more than a
year ago but work could not
begin until the county signed
off on the project.
Stabilization work has been
going on since.March 2 on the
structure so it could be ready
for the restoration project.
Enid Pinkney, founding
president/CEO of the trust,
which is overseeing the res-
toration, said this is the first
phase of development for the

"What is happening now is.
that this is just the beginning
of what we're trying to do,"
Pinkney said. "They've got to
stabilize the building."
The $617,000 contract for
the stabilization phase was
awarded in February to Ken-
dall-based OAC Action Con-
struction Corporation, which
submitted the lowest bid, said
Mario A. Berrios, an engi-
neer with the county's Office
of Economic Cooperation and
Development. The company
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Liberty City remembers King with candlelight vigil

Observance marks 41st anniversary of assassination

By Sandra J. Charite

It seemed like just yesterday
to Farah Jackson..
The Miami resident, then 35
years ol1d, was coming home
from work.
She stopped at the grocery
store to pick up milk for her
two children. Jackson heard
some commotion from the
front of the store and walked
over to see what the ruckus
was all about. ,
The store clerk turned the
volume up after a woman fell
to her knees and started to
cry, making it difficult to hear
the radio.

But then the newscaster
repeated the announcement,
that "Dr King is dead."
"It was a hard time for many
of us. It seemed like we had'
lost a hero. This man was do-
ing so much in the Black com-
munity and they just took him
out like that," said Jackson,
who turned out Saturday for
the eighth annual Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. candle-
light memorial service.
Jackson joined officials of
the Martin Luther King Eco-
nomic Development Corpora-
tion, elected officials, members
of the clergy and other resi-
dents on Northwest 62nd Street
between Seventh and 10th av-

enues for a Unity March, a
concert and a candlelight vigil
commemorating the 41st an-
niversary of King's assassina-
The gathering also took.time
to pay tribute to the late Sam
Mason and Bernie Dyer for
their contributions to Liberty
A Baptist minister, King
played a pivotal role during the
Civil Rights Movement, preach-
ing non-violence in a society
divided along racial lines. He
led the 1955 Montgomery Bus
Boycott and helped establish
the Southern Christian Lead-
ership Conference in 1955.
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City of Miami commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, North Miami Councilman Jacques Despinosse,
Commissioner Edmonson and Reverend Dr. Billy Strange, Jr., Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

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There's always a way to do right

What a difference a few words can make.
Weeks after County Attorney Roger Cue-
vas Jr. scuttled a Community Compact
requiring the Florida Marlins to set aside 15 percent
of its private construction budget, for Black work-
ers, he signed off on a proposal holding the base-
ball organization to a goal of at least 15 percent for
small businesses in the operation of the stadium
slated to be built in Little Havana. The difference?
One proposal was race-based, the other is not. But
the intention was the same: to involve as many peo-
ple as possible in the construction and operation of
the $450 million sports facility that will be financed
largely by huge county and city subsidies.
Mr. Cuevas deemed the compact, which was signed
by Bishop Victor Curry for the NAACP, Mr. William
Diggs for the Miami-Dade Chamber of .Commerce
and Mr. David Samson for the Marlins, to be ille-
gal. Why are we bringing this up again? Because it
symbolizes the frustration that Blacks have to face
in our efforts to get our share of the pie. Why was
no time spent by Mr. Cuevas to make the compact
workable, like this small business program which
was proposed by County Commissioner Barbara
This is not to say that Commissioner Jordan's
amendment. to the Marlins agreement sailed
through the city and county bureaucracy. In fact, it
nearly suffered the same fate as the compact. This
time, it was not because of legal uncertainty but be-
cause of a sudden haste to get the agreement over
with. Including the, small business program could
have led to another round in the Miami City Com-
mission, which was the initial opinion from City At-
torney Julie 0. Bru. Luckily, she changed her mind
and she and Mr. Cuevas signed off on the Jordan
amendment on Monday.
So now we have a set aside for small businesses
but not a jobs set aside for Black workers.
But the Marlins can do the right things without
having to be required to do so by force of law. Mr.
Samson and other team people said during the del-
icate stages of the negotiations that ihey are com-
mitted to making sure Blacks share in the building
and operation of the stadium. The community will
hold them to their word. If the intention is to spread
the wealth, if it can be called that, then a way can
always be found to do it.

More than words needed
M making his first visit to the Miami ,area
on Monday, Mr. Michael Steele, the first
Black chairman of the Republican Party
brought a welcome message to the party faithful:
bring more Blacks and Hispanics into the GOP.
When party conventions are held, there should be
more than the handful of minorities and the Florida
delegation should reflect the make-up of the state,
he said.
No one can argue with such a proposition. The
devil, though, is in the details.
It is not by accident or chance that vast numbers
of Black Americans have chosen to align ourselves
with the Democratic Party. They see this party as
the one that better represents their interests, over-
all, and they can relate to its "big tent" philosophy
and its concern for the welfare of the poor and ne-
The starkest contrast can be found fri the pro-
grams which our new President Barack Obama has
already introduced less. than 100 days in office to
take at least some of the crushing financial load
from the working class and the impoverished. The
lesson for Mr. Steele lies in the happy coincidence.
of the president being a Democrat and a Black man
able to combine both experiences as he provides
the nation with leadership.
The real test of Mr. Steele's sincerity when he
speaks of reaching out beyond the GOP's traditional
White base is this: Will he set about to persuade his
party to embrace the issues that matter to Blacks
and Hispanics and other minority groups? Or will
he continue the failed effort to try to win them over
to a platform that has clearly not been friendly to
them? His remarks in Miami do not hold out much
hope of change that can be believed.

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For education, put money where it does the most good

Q: Out of 29 participating na-
,tions, where did America rank
on international student as-
A: 24th
Every education reform effort
since the National Defense of
Education Act signed in 1958
has begun with soaring rheto-
ric, ,big promises and mas-
sive budgets and delivered not
much in' the way of results.
In 1979, Jimmy Carter cre-
ated the Department of Educa-
tion; George H.W. Bush prom-
ised to "map a new approach to
education"; Bill Clinton signed
his "Goals 2000"; and George
W. Bush had his "me too" mo-
ment with "No Child Left Be-
hind." Yet, in spite of all these
efforts and billions upon bil-
lions of dollars, only 23 percent
of American students were pro-
ficient in reading by graduation
in 2005.
In fact, according to the
most .recent data from the Na-
tional Assessment of Educa-
tional Progress (NAEP), read-
ing scores have remained flat
while real federal spending per
pupil has more than tripled
since 1985. The average-fresh-
man graduation rate has also
remained flat, according to the
National Center for Education
Statistics. '
These statistics give the lie to
.the myth that increases in ed-
ucational spending will result
in improved academic perfor-
mance. Moreover, they suggest
that it is high time that we rec-
ognize the. distinction between

public schools and public edu-
Public schools are schools
run through the political pro-
cess while public education is
a commitment to spend pub-
lic dollars wherever children
receive the best education,
whether that be in the base-
ment of a church or the dining
room of your neighbor's home.
The point is expertly 'driven
home in the new documentary,
Flunked, produced by Steven
Maggi of the Evergreen Free-
dom Foundation. The stars of

ents and school unions, who all
complained that algebra was
too difficult for them.
And there is Karen Jones,
principal of the Sisulu Chil-
dren',s Academy in Harlem.
Jones has taken this school,
filled with Title I or at-risk chil-
dren, and turned it into one of
the top performing schools in
all of Manhattan.
However, the real star of the
film is the outspoken Dr. Ben
Chavis, principal of the Ameri-
can Indian Public Charter
Schoolin Oakland, Calif. Chavis,

P public schools are school iun through the political process while
public education is a commitment to spend public dollars wher-
ever children receive the best education, whether that be in the
basement of a church or the dining room of your neighbor's home.

this 49-minute peek at educa-
tion in America are the edu-
cators and schools that are
achieving results by thinking
outside of .the box and annoy-
ing the organiized, .entrenched
interests in the process.
Highlighted in the film are
Howard Lappin, former prin-
cipal of the Foshay Learning
Center in Watts, Calif. When
Lappin arrived at Foshay, he
noticed that the kids in sev-
enth and eighth grades were
basically at a third and fourth
grade remedial math level. He
insisted that they be made to
do grade-appropriate work,
much to the chagrin of the par-

a Native American raised as a
sharecropper, holds no punch-
es when it comes to his ideas on
educating minority children in
low-income areas: "They need,
structure and discipline and no
,excuses." When Chavis arrived
iat the Indian charter school in
2001, it was the worst school in
the district. He describes it as
defined by multi-cultural non-
sense, "a bunch of Indians sit-
ting around in a circle weaving
Chavis immediately began to
challenge all of the orthodoxy.
Gone are the middle school ro-
tation of classes. With the ex-
ception of gym class, students

now spend the -w
entire day with one teacher.
Gone are the computers. Says
Chavis with a chuckle, "They
can't read. They don't need a
computer." Forget small class-
es. Chavis has an average class
size of 28.
Chavis began to emphasize
the basics. The first three hours
of each day is devoted to math
and English. When Chavis no-
ticed that the North Carolina
math curriculum was superior
to that prescribed in Califor-
nia, he dumped the California
books and began teaching the
North Carolina curriculum.
Chavis's ,unorthodox methods
have turned the Indian school
into the best middle school in
The approach of Chavis may
not work for every student.
Flunked makes clear that there
is no single solution to the prob-
lems of our education system or
one school delivering the goods.
The one-size-fits-all approach to
educationi does not work. What
does work, however, is dynamic
,leadership, high standards and,
high expectations for. students,
flexible curriculum and person-
nel practices and parental par-
Public education must em-
power parents to spend public
dollars on education that works.
Without options, we can devote
all of our GNP towards educa-
tion and it will only be throwing
good money after bad.
Joseph C. Phillips is the author
of He Talk Like A White Boy.

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U.S. faces an ugly truth as

Afghan women lose rights

Faced with widespread condemnation of a law that treats wives
as sexual hostages, Afghan President Hamid Karzai retreated, but
not enough to spare his Western allies from an ugly truth.
The law, which Karzai has signed but hasn't taken effect,
prescribes the legal relationship between men and women of the
country's Shiite minority. Critics say the law forbids women from
refusing to have sex with their husbands and requires them to
get their spouse's permission to leave the house, seek a job and
visit a doctor.
"As long as the husband is not traveling, he has the right to
have sexual intercourse with his wife every fourth night," the law
says, according to an Associated Press report.
Inundated with criticism from countries that have sent military
forces to prop up his government and defeat the Taliban a
radical Islamic sect that once ruled the Asian nation and sheltered
Osama bin Laden Karzai says it is all a big misunderstanding. He
accuses the news media of misinterpreting the law and conjuring
up an image of sexual feudalism. His protests are overblown.

Afghanistan is not a replay of Vietnam; it is worse. It's not a
country with democratic yearnings that the U.S. and its allies are
trying to save from a guerrilla force backed by a foreign army. It
is a nation of warring clans and radical religious factions held
together more by geography than a shared identity.

As President Obama reminded us during his European trip,
Americans are fighting and dying in Afghanistan to defeat
bin Laden's aI-Qaeda terrorist organization. "We are tar-
geting the same al-0aeda terrorists who have struck from New York
to London

When it comes to the oppression of women, these groups aro
different only by degree. The, Shiites, the majority Sunnis and
their breakaway Taliban faction all have shown a low regard for
the rights of women. A male-dominated society is what most
Afghanis seem to want or are willing to tolerate.
As President Obama reminded us during his European trip,
Americans are fighting and dying in Afghanistan to defeat bin
Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist organization. "We are targeting the
same al-Qaeda terrorists who have struck from New York to
London, and helping the Afghan people take responsibility for
their future," he said"Sunday in Prague.

And this is where the truth gets ugly: To crush al-Qaeda, the
U.S. and its allies have to prop up Afghanistan's government,
which, to survive, must win broad support among its people. An
important segment of that troubled society wanted that sexist
law passed. That is why Karzai signed the law that international
pressure has forced his government to reconsider.
Karzai's willingness to review the law is an act of steam control,
not a surrender. While it seems likely that his government will
strip the legislation of its most noxious provisions, the plight of I
Afghan women will remain largely unchanged.
The problem for the Obama administration is that to use
Afghanistan as a base of operations for its pursuit of al-Qaeda and
its Taliban supporters, it needs the acceptance of the government.
That limits how hard the U.S. can push democratic ideals upon
that male-dominated society.
"The United States government supports women's rights as a
part of our foreign policy and believes that it is in the interest of
Afghanistan ... to support women's equality," State Department
spokesman Darby Holladay told me.
But just how hard is the Obama administration willing to push
women's equality upon a reluctant Afghan government? The truth
is that the rights of Afghan women will take a back seat to the
search for bin Laden and efforts to prevent another al-Qaeda-led
attack in this country.

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In view of recent crimes involving high-powered weapons

in our neighborhood, should there be tougher gun laws?

Student. North Miami

Yes, maybe if
we had tougher -'
gun laws, then X
the crime rate .
would not
be high right
now.' The laws 1
should be
more strict
so that people don't think that
they can slide by when they
take someone's life.

Student, Liberty City

Yes, all you _
have to do
is watch the
news at night,
The young
people are
accessing guns
too easily and-
the innocent
are paying for

it. There should be tougher gun
laws because, at 15, you know
the difference between right
and wrong.

Electrician, Miami

I think that
the gun laws
are already
tough. You
have the
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sentence that ..
lies on the
table when
young people
commit crimes. Another thing:
If we do get tougher gun laws,
those who are committing the
crimes will have the mentality
to take the victim out so there
will be no witnesses.

Unemployed, Liberty City

The guns are falling into the

wrong hands.
Too many
kids are being
killed in our
the homicide "
rates are
People are not
valuing their lives or the lives of
their brothers and sisters.

Security, Liberty City
The way
the economy
is right now,
people are
willing to
take another
person's life,
robbing or
stealing, in
order to make
a quick dollar. It is sad. Young
people have access to guns like
never before and they are killing

each other.

Student, Liberty City

I stopped
carrying a
gun a long
time ago. It
is not worth
it. The gun is
not the best
weapon of
defense. We
need to go
back to the
old school when we used our
fists to fight. The young people
don't understand that a 10-20-
life sentence is no joke. Yes,
we do need tougher gun laws
because some of these dudes
out here are crazy.


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NAACP challenges 25 major advertisers on diversity

Black media get little of the $52.6 billion spent in 2007

heels of the public launch of the
Madison Avenue Project, and a
recent study that exposed per-
vasive racial bias in America's
advertising industry, the NAACP
has sent a letter to Procter &
Gamble Co. Chairman of the
Board/CEO A.G. Lafley asking
the big budget 'advertiser re-
quire their advertising agencies
to use diverse teams in creative
and account management posi-
In addition to Procter & Gam-
ble, which spent $5.2 billion on
advertising in '2007, the NAACP
has also issued letters to AT&T,
Verizon Communications, Gen-
eral Motors Corp., Time War-
ner, Ford Motor Company,
GlaxoSmith Kline, Johnson &
Johnson, Walt Disney Co., Uni-
lever, Sprint Nextel Corp., Gen-
eral Electric Co., Toyota Motor
Corp., Chrysler, Sony Corp.,
L'Oreal, Sears Holding Compa-
ny, Kraft Foods, Bank of Amer-
ica, Nissan Motor Co., Macy's,
Anheuser Busch InBev, Honda
Motor Co., Viacom and Berk-
shire, as the 25 highest budget
advertisers in 2007. Together,
these 25 firms spent $52.6 bil-
lion on advertising in 2007.
The letter, from NAACP In-
terim General Counsel Angela

Ciccolo, requests that Procter
& Gamble, and each company,
identify a senior executive to
serve as a point of contact on
the issue of racial bias in the
advertising industry and to
meet promptly with the NAACP.
It states, "The initial emphasis
in the Madison Avenue Project
is the Big Four holding compa-
nies that dominate the industry
- Omnicon, ,WPP, Interpublic
and Publicis...[We] seek your
support as the NAACP works to
fight discrimination in the ad-
vertising industry."

Drawing upon the Madison
Avenue Project study, "Research
Perspectives on Race and Em-
ployment in the
Advertising Industry," which
found dramatic levels of ra-
cial discrimination throughout
the industry against African-
American professionals within
pay, hiring, promotions, as-
signments, and other areas, the
NAACP letter states:
"African-Americans have
worked in advertising since
the modern American adver-
tising industry emergedmore
than 100 years ago. Yet, as
employment discrimination has

sharply diminished across the
American labor market over
recent decades, systemic barri-
ers to equal opportunity in this
$31 billion a year industry have
remained largely intact. Racial
discrimination is 38 percent
worse"in the advertising indus-
try than in the overall U.S. la-
bor market, and that 'discrimi-
nation divide' between advertis-
ing and other U.S. industries is
more than twice as large today
as it was 30 years ago."

The letter further cites spe-
cific findings including:

Black college graduates
workiarig in advertising earn $.80
:or every dollar earned by their
equally qualified White counter-
parts; based on national demo-
graphic data, 9.6 percent of ad-
vertising managers and profes-
sionals would be expected to be
African-Americans. The actual
percentage in 2008 was 5.3 per-
cent, representing a difference
of 7,200 executive-level jobs;
About 16 percent of large ad-
vertising firms employ no black
managers or professionals;
Black managers and pro-
fessionals in the industry are
only one-tenth as likely as their
White counterparts to earn
$100,000 a year;

19 Black members of Congress

hold leadership positions
With the recent appointment Subcommittee on Housing and on Water Resources and Envi-
of Roland Burns (D-IL) to the Community Opportunity of the ronment of the Committee on
U.S.: Senate seat vacated by Committee on Financial Ser- Transportation
President Obama, the CBC is vices and Infrastruc-
now 43 members strong. In ad- Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) ture
edition to the position of Majority Subcommittee on Oversight of Rep. Bobby
Whip, the following members the Committee on Ways and Scott (D-VA) -
of the CBC hold Means Subcommittee on
leadership posi Del. Eleanor Holmes Nor- Crime, Terrorism
tions on, House P ton (D-DC) Subcommittee on and Homeland
Committees and Economic Development, Pub- Security of the
Subcommittees: lic Buildings and Emergency, NORTON Committee on
. John Cony- I Managemerit of the Committee the Judiciary
4s'(D-Mll Chair, on Transportation and Infrat- Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr.
Judiciary Com- ructura (D-MO) Subcommittee on In-
mittee RANGEL Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) formation Policy, Census and
Charles Ran- Subcommittee on Railroads, National Archives of the Com-
gel (D-NY) Chair, Ways and --- Pipelines, and mittee on Over-
Means Committee Hazardous Mate- sight and Gov-
Bennie Thompson (D-MS) .. rials of the Comni ernment Reform
Chair, the Homeland Security - ittee on Trans- Rep. Sheila
Committee portation and In- Jackson-Lee (D-
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D- frastructure .. TX) Subcom-
NY) Chair, Oversight Commit- Rep. Alcee mittee on Trans-
tee Hastings (D-FL) portation and
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) LEWIS Subcommit- HASTINGS infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Government tee on Legisla- Protection of the
Management, Or- tive and Budget Process of the Committee on Homeland Secu-
ganization and ( Committee on Rules rity
Procurement of Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-
the .Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, MD) Subcommittee on Coast
on Oversight and i:- Trade and Consumer Protec- Guard and Maritime Transpor-
Government Re- tion of the Committee on En- station of the Transportation
form ergy ind Commerce and Infrastructure Committee
* Rep. Donald .__- Rep. Melvin Watt [D-NC) Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
Payne (D-NJ) BROWN Subcommitee on Oversight and -. Subcommittee on Federal
Subcommittee on Investigations of the Financial Workforce, Postal Service and
Africa and Global Health of the Services Committee the District of Columbia of the
Committee on Foreign Affairs Rep. Eddie Bernice John- Committee on Oversight and
* Rep. Maxine Waters (D.CA) son (D-TX) Subcommittee Government Reform.


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Blacks are only 62 percent
as likely as their White coun-
terparts to work in the powerful
"creative" and "client contact"
functions in advertising agen-
"The behavior documented in
the [report] is likely illegal, and
we are sure that [specific com-
pany] would not wish to be as-
sociated in any way with such
behavior. ... The report, for ex-
ample, shows that the advertis-
ing industry has racial employ-

Tment problems more than one-
third larger than the nation's
overall labor market. Further,
the report indicates that the
advertising industry is steadily
falling even further behind peer
% industries," the letter states.
The Madison Avenue Project
is led by the NAACP and at-
torney Cyrus Mehri, of Mehri
& Skalet, PLLC, who has won
several multi-million dollar dis-
crimination settlements against
such corporations as The Coca-
Cola Company, Morgan Stanley
and Texaco Inc.; with the coop-

eration of Sanford Moore, a for-
mer advertising executive, cur-
rent New York City talk radio
co-host, and longtime advocate
for racial parity in advertising.
The study, entitled "Research
Perspectives on Race and Em-
ployment in the Advertising In-
dustry," was
conducted by a leading re-
search firm, Bendick and Egan
Economic Consultants.
The full text of the letter and
other information can be found
at: www.madisonavenueproj-

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Minorities flock to suburban schools

By Jack Gillum

Minority enrollment in sub-
urban school districts has ex-
ploded since the early 1990s,
and Hispanic students account
for most of that growth, a report
released Tuesday finds.
But the data show that while
districts outside urban and ru-
ral areas have seen remarkable
gains in Black, Hispanic and
Asian students from 1993 to
2007, schools within some of
those districts have grown more
"In spite of the rapid demo-
graphic changes at the level of
the school district, when you
actually look at the schools kids
attend, there still might be is-
sues of racial and ethnic bal-
ance," says Richard Fry, a se-
nior research associate for the
Pew Hispanic Center and author
of the report.
The findings come as enroll-
ment in suburban schools has
increased by 3.4 million dur-
ing the past decade and a half.
Meanwhile, the number of white
suburban students slipped by
1%, reflecting a shift in the once
largely white enclaves that de-
fined suburban schools.

A new study shows Hispanics have become more segregated in sub-
urban public schools over the last decade. Here, students at a Chicago-

area school are seen.

Once accounting for nearly
three-quarters of enrollment,
white students now make up
59% of suburban districts. At
the same time, non-white en-
rollment rose by 13 percent-
age points, up from 28% in the
1993-94 academic year.
"These findings point to the
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Fry says.
Sean Reardon, an associate
.professor of education at Stan-
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consistent with other research,
and show, that "a lot of this
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west and South Illinois, Ten-
nessee, Minnesota and Geor-
,gia had the highest rates of
Hispanic student growth. But
districts in some of those same
states, including schools in Chi-
cago and Atlanta, were among
the most segregated for Hispan-
ics and other races.
Researchers measured such
levels of segregation on both ex-
posure to minority students and
the "dissimilarity" of students-
within a district.
They found that district-level
segregation has declined overall
for Black, Hispanic and Asian
Researchers say part of that
drop is because of changes in
where minorities are going to
school since the mid-1990s.
And though the report says
there was a "marked diversi-
fication" in many of the USA's
roughly 3,250 suburban dis-
tricts, students were not expe-
riencing greater integration at
individual schools.
"It's been widely reported that
there's been a lot of growth in
the nation's suburbs, but how
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NAACP holding education forum

The Education Committee
of the NAACP Miami-Dade
Branch will hold an Education
Forum for parents, students,
educators and residents of
how to get a fair share of the
education bailout plan.
The meeting will take place
from 9 a.m. to noon Satur-

day, April 18, with registration
starting at 8:30 a.m., at New
Birth Enterprise, 8400 NE
Second Ave.
Topics will include the state's
education budget, and legisla-
tive and student issues.
To RSVP, call 305-623-

Miami CRB seeking new members

The City of Miami Commu-
nity Relations Board is accept-
ing applications from residents
interested in becoming mem-
Prospective members must
agree to commit to 10 hours a
month for three years.
Send application and re-

sumes to Office of Community
Relations. 444 SW Second Ave.,
101" Floor, Miami FL 33130
The deadline to submit ap-
plication is Thursday, April
For more information, call
Ada Rojas at 305-416-1351 or
e-mail arojasi.'

Miami Gardens offers amnesty

for code enforcement fines

A-Mami Times Staff Report

Miami Gardens is offering
homeowners whose property
has been hit with liens for code'
violation a 90-day amnesty to
pay the fines.
During the amnesty, which
ends on June 30. property
owners with outstanding code
enforcement liens may become
eligible to pay five percent of
the accumulated fines if they'
bring their property into com-
To benefit from the program,
property owners must also
submit an application, along
with a non-refundable fee of
$75, submit documents and an
affidavit of compliance issued
by Code Enforcement, and pay

the reduced lien amount.
The lien reduction applies
only to accumulated fines;
costs incurred by the city in
connection with the violation
must be paid in full, such as
the cost to secure a property
or to cut overgrown grass.
A statement from City Hall
said the aim is "to stimulate a
community-wide effort to im-
prove property' conditions."
"The significant lien reduc-
tion being offered is intended
to incentivize property owners
to take advantage quickly," the
statement said. 'k
For more information or to
obtain an application, call
Mary Soler, 305-622-8020 ext.
2327 or log on to www.miam-


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Crist: Rights of 138,348 ex-offenders restored in past 23 months

Miami Times Staff Report

The civil.rights of 138,348 ex-
*offenders have been restored
since the Florida Board of Ex-
ecutive Clemency approved a
rule change in April 2007 allow-
ing for it to happen in certain
instances, Gov. Charlie Crist
In the entire 12-year period
prior to the rule change, the,
rights of only 83,345 ex-offerid-
ers were restored, including
the right to vote, according to a
statement from the governor's
Crist's announcement. came
on the eve of the board's meet-
ing just under two years after
approving the change intro-
duced by the governor.
"I am committed to ensuring
that those who pay their debt to
society have the opportunity- to

regain their right to choose our
nation's leaders," Crist said.
"Before the rule change, only
'about 7,000 individuals had
their civil rights restored each
year. In the nearly two years
since we changed the
process, more than
69,000 people each
year have regained
their civil rights, in-
cluding tex-offenders
released before the
rule change."
Crist said the new'
rights restoration pro-
cess is now paperless
for offenders who are CA
being released. from
prison or probation.
The Department of Corrections
immediately and electronically
sends information on each of
them to the Office of Executive

As a result of an Executive
Order Crist signed in August
2008, the public can access civ-
il rights restoration information
through the Florida Parole Com-
mission's website, www.FLRe-
The site provides im-
mediate, ongoing ac-
cess to information
that is updated daily.
Individuals can look
up and print a copy
of their rights resto-
ration certificate.
The Web site also
provides access to
HlST the Division of Elec-
tions' voter registra-
tion website, as well
as links to additional informa-
tion on the clemency process
and contact numbers.
The 2008 Executive Order
also requires a voter registra-

tion application to be included
in every Restoration of Civil
Rights Certificate- mailed from
the Parole Commission. In ad-
dition, the Florida Secretary of
State works with county Super-
visors of Election offices to en-
sure a clear understanding to
the restoration process.
Crist introduced the rule
change on April 5, 2007, during
a special meeting of the Clem-
ency Board. Under the rule, ex-
offenders who have committed
less severe non-violent crimes
and meet certain requirements,
qualify for approval without a
In June 2008, Crist an-
nounced that the state Depart-
ment of Corrections and the Pa-
role Commission had completed
the review of all pre-2008 cases
of ex-offenders eligible for auto-
matic restoration of civil rights.

Obama taps a healer for the pain



gomery faces one of the toughest
jobs in the Obama administration:
soothing the pain of remaking the
U.S. auto industry.
The former deputy labor secre-
tary was picked by President Ba-
rack Obama Monday to minister to
the communities likely to be hurt
by the government's restructur-
ing of General Motors Corp. and
Chrysler LLC. Mr. Obama com-
pared Mr. Montgomery to some-
one who helps towns heal after a
Mr. Montgomery's title, Director
of Recovery for Auto Communi-
ties and Workers, is an indication
of the stew of unions, layoffs and
benefits the administration must
tackle in coming weeks.
Cities such as Warren, Michi-

gan, the state's third largest city,
show the enormous task ahead
of Mr. Montgonmery. The two auto
makers employ 30,000 workers
there, nearly a quarter of the city's
population. "GM and Chrysler pay
a lot of the bills around here," said
Warren Mayor James Fouts.
Mr. Montgomery plans to fly
Wednesday to Michigan to meet
with Gov. Jennifer Granholm and
Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr.
Mr. Montgomery's biggest chal-
lenge will be money. For now, his
task will be to pluck money from
the $787 billion stimulus package.
that Congress passed last month.
Those funds are already largely
apportioned among the 50 states,,
so it will be difficult to squeeze
additional monies for the aut6'

President Obama names Edward Montgomery to help auto communities.

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ged with manslaughter
Jr., 34. *' .nd 6:15
Police said surveillance tapeF p'.m. March
from Strawberries Market,-A:3,. The
3600 NW.191st St., Miami Gar ief entered
dens, helped identify the alleged through a

Stallworth char
Donte Stallworth, a member
of the Cleveland Browns foot-
ball team, was formally charged
with DUI manslaughter on
Thursday, April 2. The charge
followed the traffic death of Ma-
rio Reyes, a 59-year-old con-
struction crane operator.
State Attorney Katherine Fer-
nandez Rundle said the field
office investigation of the ac-
cident raised suspicions about
the driver's condition.
Reyes was struck and killed
by a black 2005 Bentley GT,
registered to Stallworth, as he
attempted to walk across the
Macarthur Causeway.
Stallworth voluntarily pro-
vided a blood sample which
analysis indicated had a blood
alcohol level of 0.126. exceeding
Florida's 0.080 legal limit.

In other police reports:
Sedrick Bernard Brownlee,
18, and Shunn Lanard Sims,
29, were arrested on first-degree
murder charges in the slaying
of Clive Anthony McDermott

New building will houe a center

continued from 1A

was one of three qualified com-
panies that submitted bids.
Pinkney said no company had
as yet been awarded a contract
for any construction work be-
yond bringing the building up
to code. "They're not into the
construction or anything like
that. They haven't even bid for
that yet," she said.
The Hampton House Hotel,
during the segregation years,
was a popular gathering place
for musicians and celebrities,
who could not stay in White
establishments. At its height
of its popularity, The Hamp-
ton House hosted well-known
entertainers, including Sammy.

Davis Jr. and Count Basie, as
well as national figures, most
notably Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr., Malcolm X and Mu-
hammad All.
When the renovation is com-
pleted, the building will become
a cultural center on Black his-
tory in Miami with exhibit space
and archives; a center for mu-
sic education, with classrooms,
rehearsal spaces, and a venue
for new artists; and a multi-
purpose room and banquet hall
for social functions, lectures
and movies.'
The project's funding comes
from an allocation from the
county's Building Better Com-
munities General Obligation
Bond program which is financ-
ing more than a dozeh historic

preservation projects.
"The Hampton House is part
of the heritage of this communi-
A," Miami-Dade Commissioner
-irey M. Edmonson said in a
statement. Edmonson, who re-
members the motel as a young
girl, has recently led the effort
to get the project underway.
"For many years, it served
as a focal point for entertain-
ers and others in the Black
community and should be pre-
served," she said.
The architectural firm de-
signing the Hampton House
restoration is Gurri Matute,
P.A. and the architect of record
is Daphne I. Gurri, AIA, LEED
Renovations are scheduled
to be completed in 2012.

Men also have a responsibility

continued from 1A "

and then they slap, and then
they punch,"
Liberty Square Police Coor-
dinator Commander Bernard
Johnson said female victims
of domestic violence some-
times ask police not to arrest
an abuser and refuse to press
charges because "I love him."
In a subsequent interview,
Johnson offered a nuanced
explanation as to why this oc-
"Well sometimes there's fi-
nancial dependency, or some-
times it's low self-esteem," he
said. There can also be fear
that this prosecution won't
happen, and then this "person
is released knowing that [their
partner] tried to prosecute
"I've had cases before," he
said "I've shown up and the vic-
tim didn't, or tried to recant."
Johnson did his best not to
let such events trouble him. "It
isn't necessarily frustrating,"
he said. "You've just got to ba-
sically do your job, and hope

that they do come forth."
Speaking: at -the meeting,
which the Nation of Islam or-
ganized, Campbell also ad-
dressed other forms of violence,
most notably, a marked rise in
youth violence in Black neigh-
"I personally hold the women
responsible for the upbringing
of the children," she said.
She elaborated further dur-
ing the interview: "Whether the
men stay or leave, [women] are
the primary caretakers of our
children. It's changing more
and more but primarily the
woman is responsible for the
upbringing of the children. We
cannot slack off just because
the man is not there. I feel like
in some instances we're not
putting our foot down the way
our grandparents and our par-
ents did with us."
At the same time, Campbell
she was not letting Black men
off the hook, because "they are
just as bad." '
"But my focus is women," she
said. "I don't know as much
about the male issue. -But I
know that t works much, much

.better, when there's a mother
and a father in the household.
But we have to know that-
when we conceive a child --
when you choose to bring a life
into this world -- we have to
know that, whether the man is
there or not, we still have a re-
sponsibility to ourselves, to our
kids and to our community."
Panelists.included Pastor Wil-
liam Strange Jr. of Mt. Calvary
Missionary Baptist Church,
Miami City Commissioner Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones and activ-
ists Marleine Bastien, and Ken
Minister Rasul Muhammad
of Muhammad Mosque No. 29,
5600 NW 7th Avenue, the Na-
tion's regional headquarters
gave the keynote address,
stressing the importance of
self-development before com-
munity development.
Asked by The Miami Times
what new tactics the commu-
nity could use to curb domestic
,and youth violence, Muham-
mad responded, "It's not nec-
essarily doing something dif-
ferent, it's getting more of us to
do what works."

Dr. King's dream is only partly fulfilled

continued from PBA
King took center-stage as he
led thousands on the March on
Washington in 1963, delivering
his powerful "I Have a Dream"
speech. He received the Nobel'
Peace Prize in 1964 for his ef-
forts to end racial segregation,
the youngest person to be hon-
ored. -
King's struggle for racial
equality ended abruptly on
April 4, 1968, when James Earl
Ray shot and killed him outside
of his Lorraine Motel room in
Memphis, Tenn., where he had
gone to lead a march by striking
sanitation workers.
"The 41st anniversary should
be looked at as the time to re-
member what Dr. King Was try-
ing to teach us," Martin L. King,
the featured speaker on Satur-
day, who is not related to Dr.
King, said in an interview.
"What was the message he
was trying to convey to Ameri-
ca? Equal access to education,
housing, right-to-vote and the
ability to own their own busi-

ness and receive the funds
for that business," said King,
chairman of the Rainbow Push
County Commissioner Au-
drey Edmonson told the gather-
ing the inauguration of Barack
Obama as the .nation's first
Black president was a fulfill-
ment of that dream.
"Many dreams have come
and many have gone but one
of them -- a dream that many
thought would never come true
-- finally did. On Jan. 20, we
opened our eyes to a dream that
was no longer a dream," said
Obama's election, she said,
"is perhaps one of the biggest
dreams that have come true for
African-Americans but it is not
the only dream. Itis time that
we stop depending on others to
help us, which is what Barack
tried to tell us."
Miami City Commissioner Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones said while
she was excited about Obama's
victory, the best way to honor
Dr. King's life and his contribu-
tion was to take responsibility

as a community.
"Taking responsibility means
taking ownership of our self,'
family, arid community," she
said. It also meant supporting
Black businesses, taking care
of your health, children and
Elizabeth M. Davis, 69; a for-
mer Overtown resident who now
lives in Miami Gardens, said the
coun try has' come a long way.
"Dr. King's dream is definitely
alive. I have a granddaughter
who is graduating in December
from FAMU," said Davis.
David Chiverton, chairman for
the MLKEDC board, said there
were no more excuses. "We were
waiting on a [Black] president
and we got one," he said.
Special guest performers
during the event included
gospel artist John P, Kee and
the New Life Community Cen-
ter, David Chance, former
member of R&B group Ruff
Endz, and Mark Cooper and
the Voices of the Upper Room
from Cooper Temple COGIC -
Upper Room Ministries in Mi-
ami Gardens.

shooters. b e d r o-o m
Both men fired at McDermott, window. STALLWORTH
according to an arrest warrant. A thief
Police believe the shooting was took a
drug related. purse, keys and other items
In other police news from Mi- from a 2000 Toyota in the 900
ami Gardens: block of Northwest 176th Ter-
A headlight was stolen from race between 8:30 and 9:30
a 1997 Toyota in the 300 block a.m. March 23. The burglar
of Northwest 189th Street be- smashed the windshield to gain
tween 6:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. entry. The items were valued at
March 23. The headlight was $90 but damage was estimated
valued at $50. at $500.
A burglar kicked in the front A thief took a backpack,
door of a house in the 19400 -'?CDs, a camcorder and a DVD
block of Northwest 23rd Av- player from a 2004 Ford F-510
enue at 3:15 p.m. on March outside the Best Buy at 4001
23 but ran off when confronted -W. 20th Ave. between 2 and
by neighbors. Damage to the 3:30 p.m. March 24.
door and lock was estimated at ';.* A thief removed the Flor-
$575. .6a tag and decal from a car in
A burglar took jewelry val- : a 6400 block of Northwest
ued at $3,000 from a house in '173rd Drive between 11:30
the 200 block of Northwest March 23 and 10:30 a.m. March
190th Street between 7:15 a.m. 24.
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produced the amendment to
strengthen what the city had
done and she wanted it to be in
writing, rather than as a verbal
The inclusion of small busi-
nesses in the operation of the
stadium was part of a package
proposed by Spence-Jones who
insisted that it be incorporated
into the agreement as a condi-
tion for her support of the Mar-
lins deal.
"Small businesses and con-
tractors located in targeted ar-
eas in the City of Miami and the
Miami Dade-County should be
given preference to participate
in the contracting opportuni-
ties provided by the stadium
project," Spence-Jones said in a
statement released last month.

The City Commission voted
3-2 in March for the 37,000-
seat retractable-roof ball-park.
Left out of the deal-making
was the compact signed by
Bishop Victor T. Curry, presi-
dent of the NAACP, William "Bill"
Diggs, president of the Miami-
Dade Chamber of Commerce,
and David Samson, president
of the Florida Marlins.
Cuevas refused to approve
that agreement on grounds that
it violated court rulings forbid-
ding set-asides based on race.
Curry and Diggs criticized the
County Chairman Dennis
Moss told The Miami Times
Tuesday Jordan's amend-
ment was "not race or gender-

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Cuevas said "all of the Coun-
ty Commission's amendments
would be included in the final
form of the stadium agree-
ments." .
Jordan said Tuesday she was
happy that Cuevas reviewed,
the amendment because this
was something that would help
the county and the city.
"A minimum of 15 percent
of local small businesses will
be required for the Marlins to
recruit them and hire them to
make sure that they are part of
the operation of the stadium,"
Jordan said.
Jordan's aide Alexis Sny-
der said the commissioner in-

Report: Blacks hurting more from rec ssion

Miami Times Staff Report narrowing of the gap for those go home," said NU4 President/
without health insurance. CEO Marc H. Morial. "Instead,
Blacks are disproportion- Between 2003 and 2007, the it's more important than ever
ately hurting during the cur- poverty rate and home owner- that the National Urban League
rent tough economic times, the ship rate declined for Blacks and other organizations and in-
National Urban League said in but increased for Whites. Both dividuals committed to positive
its State of Black America 2009 groups made progress in edu- change
report. cation but progress was slower The theme of the report is
The report, which includes for Blacks. While white chil- "Message to the President."
the NUL's Equality Index mea- dren saw increases in "pre-pri- "For the first time we have a
during disparities between mary" enrollment of about three president whose political base
Blacks and Whites in econom- percent, Black children saw a is in a city so we feel that he
ics, education, health, civic decline of about one percent, can better understand the is-
engagement and social justice, causing the education gap to sues and concerns of urban
showed an overall slight decline grow. That trend was continu- America," Morial said. "We
in the status of Blacks as com- ing this year. want to make sure that we
pared to Whites, moving from The NUL report also said the work with the administration to
71.5 percent in 2008 to 71.1 election of President Barack ensure that urban America is
percent in 2009. Obama did not mean the civil included in the policies coming
The only sub-index that in- rights struggle was over. forth to help this country re-
creased over the past year was "The election of the first Black cover economically. Only then
in health, at about 1.1 per- president does not mean we can we begin to close the equal-
centage points, attributed to a. can all now close up shop and ity gap."

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By Sandra J. Charite

Marilyn Holifield can remem-
ber the day her mother came
home and told her about listen-
ing to an amazing civil rights
lawyer and activist arguing
about school desegregation at
the Tallahassee courthouse.
The attorney, Constance
Baker Motley, did not win the
case at trial but she did so on
appeal and her success paved
the way for Holifield to attend
the then' racially segregated
Leon Senior High School.
It also helped put Holifield
on a path that would lead to a'
highly successful career as an
attorney, breaking racial bar-
riers and winning respect and
praise from her colleagues.
"She is a leader beyond re-
proach and she successfully
balances numerous competing
professional demands as one of
the best lawyers in her field,"
said Kendall-based attorney
Cynthia Everett.
"Not only haas she paved the
way for others; she has pulled'
others along with her. When
wise counsel is needed on any
range of matters, she is at the
top of my list," Everett said.
Tallahassee-born Holifield, a
litigator with Holland & Knight
in Miami,
began hef education at N. B.
Young Nursery School at Flor-
ida A&M University. In an era
when racism and hatred was
rampant ~n the South,! she had
the tgood',fortune: :to> live just'
three blocks from FAMU. ..

"We were protected from the
evil of segregation, discrimina-
tion arid racial hatred because
we did not come in contact with
the people who perpetrated ra-
cial hatred," Holifield said. "I
never really saw White people.
We had a lot of opportunities
and programs that we were
able to participate in at the
university." '
In her junior year of high
school, Holifield transferred to
Leon High in 1963, one of the
first three Black students to at-
tend the all-White Leon High.
She graduated with a passion
for the piano and swimming and
a desire to become a writer or a
poet. But when she enrolled in
the private, independent liberal
arts-oriented Swarthmore Col-
lege in Philadelphia. It was to
study economics, graduating
in 1969 with a bachelor's in

"But I was an artistic person,"
said Holifield.
"I liked analysis and theory
and economics involves a great
deal of analysis and theory,"
she said. Her brother, Ed-
ward, now a cardiologist, also
had majored in economics at
a nearby college, Franklin &
Holifield had applied to law'
school in her senior year of col-
Her elder brother, Bishop
Jr., then a student at Harvard
law school with a strong pas-
sion to become a lawyer, en-
couraged her to follow suit. She
did so the September after she
received her bachelor's degree
but her real inspiration was re-
membering her mother talking
about Motley and how passion-
ate she was about her work.
Holifield graduated from Har-
vard in 1972 with a law de-
Years later, she met Motley,
then a judge for the United
States District Court for the
Southern District of New York,
on a number of occasions.
Motley was "gracious and de-
lighted to be complimented in
that way" when Holifield told
her how much of an influence
she had in her decision to pur-
sue her career in law.
Also drawing inspiration from
Motley, Holifield began her legal
career working for the NAACP
Legal Defense and Educational
Fund in NewYork City, where
she spent five years. ,She then
returned:. to ,Florida, expecting
to help with family businesses
but she was offered a job as
general counsel with the New
York State Division for Youth to
work for Peter Edelman, hus-
band of children's rights activ-
ist Marian Wright Edelman.

Holifield spent a year on
that job and then served as a
judicial law, clerk for the late
Appellate Judge Paul Roney
in St Petersburg, also for a
year. She then joined Holland
& Knight's Tampa office in
1981 as an associate, the first
Black attorney to work at the
It was a challenging job.
"I was very isolated," she
said. "I think people were re-
luctant to interact with me.
People really did not know
how to find a place for me... It
was difficult to penetrate 'the
corporate arena of Tampa and
it was difficult to penetrate
Holland & Knight in Tampa,"


Attorney Marilyn Holifield and Michelle Obama attend a fundraiser at Jungle Island on July 23, 2008, when Barack Obama
was campaigning for the presidency. -Photo courtesy of Marilyn Holifield

Holifield said in a'2003 irnithe'
Minority Laii Jounial." ..
Subsequently, Chesterfield
Smith invited her to transfer
'to Holland & Knight's Miami
An important career op-
portunity opened up when
the late Chesterfield Smith, a
founder of Holland & Knight
who had recruited her for the
firm, picked Holifield to make
a presentation for a Fortune
500 company about the use
of a "poison pill" strategy to
protect it from a hostile take
"Prior to that time, there
were very few opportunities for
Black women," said Holifield.
Her presentation was a hit
that resonated in the corpo-
rate world.
Holifield made history again
in 1986 when she was named
a partner with Holland &
Knight, the first Black woman
partner with a major law firm
in Florida.

Holifield attributes her suc-
cess to her parents, who were
her role models.
Her mother, Millicent Holif-
ield, who died iriApril 23, 2003,
had established the licensed
practical nursing program for
Black students in Leon Coun-
ty. Her father Bishop Holifield
Sr., who died in Jan 31, 1998,
had been the first Black soil
conservationist in Florida with
the United States Department
of Agriculture. His job required
him to advise both Black and
White farmers about federal
programs available through
the department.
Their resilience and contri-
butions to society were a les-
son for their three children to
"never accept limitations in
what you do."
Holifield regrets they were not
alive to see the inauguration of
President Barack Obama.
"This is a great time in Amer-
ica," she said.

Still,,: America's current eco-
nomic problems worry Holif-
ield, who is concerned about
the impact on youth.
"It is sad that young people
are working hard and going to
school but are unable to find
a job," she said. "I am looking
forward to seeing the coun-
try recover from the economic
downturn and for young peo-
ple to be able to have more op-
Her message to them is to
not give up.
"Sometimes, there are far
more opportunities out there
than really meets the eye," she

Holifield, who lives in Coral
Gables, is married to business-
man Marvin Holloway. She has
two stepdaughters, Camara,
an assistant professor at the
University of Delaware, and
Kandia, a lecturer at Prince-
ton University and a freelance

Holifield is a member of the
executive committee of the Har-
vard Alumni Association Board
of Directors and is at-large di-
rector of the Harvard Club of
She also serves on the Board
of Trustees of the University of
Miami and is a member of the
American Law Institute, -the
Academy of Florida Manage-
ment Attorneys, the Interna-
tional Association of Defense
Counsel and the Litigation
Counsel of America.
When she is not reading de-
positions or litigating a case,
she enjoys going to art galler-
ies and bookstores and travel-
ing to Europe, Africa and Asia.
She has windsurfed in places
in Hawaii, and parts of the Ca-
"I have been extremely for-
tunate," she said. "I am grate-
ful for the opportunities that I
have had in life. I enjoy my life
and what I do."

New Miramar commissioner stays busy for residents

Third time proved lucky for Barbara Sharief

By Sandra J. Charite

Life has gotten a little busier
for Barbara Sharief.
Her mornings are filled with
phone calls from residents.
about problems in their neigh-
borhoods and some nights
she doesn't get home until 10
But that is all to be expect-
Sharief won a four-year term
on the Miramar City Commis-
sion on March 10, her third
try, defeating suspended com-
missioner Fitzroy Salesman.
"I felt strongly that I could
win this time," said Sharief.
Salesman, who had been in-
dicted on charges of pulling a
gun on a man at a supermar-
ket, saluted his opponent.
"She has the charisma to do
what is right for the city," said
Salesman, whose case ended
in a mistrial and will be heard
again in May.

Sharief, a North Miami High
graduate, obtained an associ-
ate's degree in nursing from
Miami Dade College, bach-
elor's and master's in science
in nursing and an Advanced
Registered Nurse Practitioner
degree, all from Florida Inter-
national University.
The mother of three made a
transition from health to busi-
ness to politics.
The Miami native had more
than 16 years of nursing expe-
rience in the Jackson Health
system when she started
South Florida Pediatric Home-
care; a company that serves
residents in Miami-Dade and
Broward counties.
Such experience, she felt,
qualified her to become a city
"As a business owner, I was
politically active," Sharief
said. "I bring my business ex-
perience and background. I
have been in the healthcare
industry in corporate Ameri-

Miramar commissioner

ca. My approach to business
is from a corporate America
standpoint but other commis-
sioners on the commission are
from a local standpoint."
Sharief ran for the com-
mission in 2006 against Di-
ane Wasserman-Rubin, gar-
nering 41 percent of the
votes. She ran again in 2008
in a special election to re-
place Salesman but lost by
13 votes to Carl L. Lanke.
In her third try, when she ran
against Salesman, Lanke and
Joseph Joe Romero, she be-
lieves, her opponents under-
estimated her.
"They under-estimated the
grass root campaign in walk-
ing door-to-door to talk to
residents within the com-
munity," she said. "When we
were on the campaign trail,
some of my opponents were
bragging about their win but I
stayed focused on my win and
focused on running an issue-
driven campaign."
Home foreclosures, job loss
and crime have become cen-

ter-stage for Sharief's.
During her campaign, she
said residents were in "des-
perate need" of a commis-
sioner who would "listen, ad-
dress their concern, and was
"I don't think that she was
under-estimated," Salesman
said. "She had a grasp of some
of the things that were going
in the city. She ran a tremen-
dous campaign."
Less than a month in office,
Sharief has a to-do list she
hopes to complete in upcom-
ing weeks, including fixing
the sewage system between
Southwest 25th Street and
68th Avenue that is affected
during heavy rainfall.
She also plans to tackle a
high incidence of vehicle
burglaries between Southwest
57 and 68 avenues, increas-
ing the police presence in the
neighborhood by more pa-
trolling and cutting down on
speeding near Miramar Park-
way and enforcement of city

The Miami Times

Faith Fai


Pastor suggests early marriage

as way to end youth violence
By Tariq Osborne a-
torborne @mniiaintimnesnli?: cornm __

One way of dealing with youth
violence is for young people to
marry at an earlier age.
That's the suggestion of Pastor
Cecil Lamb of Spirit of Chnst Center
& Ministries, who laments what he sees as a
lack of responsibility among youth.
.Lamb was speaking at a recent meeting of the newly minted
Parents and Police, Preachers (PAPP) a coalition of communi-
ty and religious leaders, whose aim is to address the issue of
youth violence.
Lamb proposed holding a series of fact-finding forums and
fostering a dialogue among the police, pastors, parents and
youth and then he stunned the roughly 55 attendees when he
suggested that earlier marriage may be part of a solution.
"I would also suggest that our children be instructed and en-
couraged to marry earlier," he said.
Lamb elaborated on that idea in a Miami Times interview.
"What I know is that there are three ways out of poverty.
One is to take an entry-level job, the second is to get an educa-
tion, and the third is to get married.
When people get marked, one can
work and they can pull each other
Lamb said today's young people
face many challenges.
-A lot of time in outr community,
we have to take responsibility at a
very young age. For example, when I
met my wife, she as 12 years old and
I was 14. Their mother was working
so she had to cook and take care of
her entire family. There was no fa- GEORGIA AYERS
their in the home."
Georgia Avers, who organized the meeting, displayed her
characteristic outspokenness during the meeting whhich she
called to discuss the idea of PAPP, saying the Black community
has been reactive, rather than proactive, in countering youth
"We need to be a threesome: the parents, the police, and the
preachers," she said.
Ayers had choice words for each group. Parents, she said,
"need to reach the realization that your children are your re-
Next, she called on the police to see whether they can help
troubled children, rather than "giving them a record."
But she saved her most pointed criticisms for the preachers,
citing the 2006 killing of Sherdavia Jenkins, 9, who was hit by
a bullet while playing outside her home.
"The preachers were all there, hooting and hollering and calling
on Jesus. But when the media left, they left," Ayers said.
Sherdavia's mother, Sheronne Jenkins, nodded.
Preachers, in Ayers's vidw, play a crucial role in the effort
to reduce youth violence because they "talk to more people on
Sunday than judges do all week."
Lamb, who moderated the meeting, gently disagreed with Ay-
"I don't think that's true about the pastors," he said after-
wards. "I think the pastors do all that they can. I think [Ayers]
spoke out of frustration. She's like a mother; she's taken on the'
burden of the community. She's been trying to help people for
Speaking at the meeting, Lamb set out goals for "changing the.
mindset" of young people and "preventing choices that lead to
their destruction."

"What I know is that there are

three ways out of poverty. One

is to take an entry-level job, the

second is to get an education, and

the third is to get married. When

people get married, one canwork

and they can pull each other up."

Pastor of Spirit of Christ Center & Ministries

Success of the Obama
faith-based office

will depend on its
tolerance of dissent
By Barbara Williams-Skinner
The Feb. 5 announcement by Pres-
ident Barack Obama of the White
House Office of Faith Based Initia-
tive and Neighborhood Partnerships
offers potential hope for real change,
especially for the Black Church.
Despite the president's incred-
ible national and global popularity,
Black Church leaders may do well
to ask a critical question: Will his
Faith Based Office seek to silence
outspoken Black Church leaders
through the enticement of social
service grants? Or, will the president
fund high-quality service programs
of even those Black clergy leaders
who may at times disagree publicly
with policy positions of his admin-
A few clues into the scope of
changes in the president's Faith
Based Initiative have already been
revealed. A first area of change is
in the broadening of the mission
to include four key policy areas:
(1) Reducing poverty as part of the
economic recovery (2) Reducing the
need for abortion (3) Supporting fa-
thers who stand by their families
(4) Encouraging and fostering in-
terfaith dialogue around the world.
Another major change is that faith
groups are being encouraged to en-
gage both in providing critical social
services and in helping to shape pol-
icies as true partners of the admin-
There are two other important
signs that the Obama faith-based of-
fice will reflect real -change that we
can believe in."
- First, the executive order expands
the scope of the office to establish
an Interfaith Council comprising
up to 25 faith and secular leaders.
with 15 having been announced. Of
the four African Americans on the
Council, both AME Bishop Vashti
Mckenzie and civil rights icon the
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr., are well
known for their progressive politics.
The African American Church com-
munity can be confident just know-
ing that no amount of grant funds
for social service program will si-
lence these two prophetic voices.
A second important signal of the
kind of White House faith-based of-
fice will emerge is in the appointment
of the new director, the Rev. Joshua
Dubois, a 26-year-old former Pente-
costal pastor who headed religious
affairs during the Obama campaign.
Dubois, who represents a new gen-
eration of clergy leaders, has a repu-
tation for fairness and integrity. He
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No matter what others tell you,

belief in God will make you whole

I love most holidays, especially
Christmas and Easter Sunday
because they have an obvious
attachment to my Lord and Sav-
ior. And now come other holi-
days that I love: .Sunday is an-
other Resurrection celebration
and Friday is Good Friday.
Some may wonder what is
good about the day of Jesus's
death but it is categorized as
"good" because He knew that

it was not the end of things. In
fact, it signaled the beginning of
a whole new life.- for us.
Whenever I write or teach
about Easter, I like to remind
my listeners or readers about
the cruelty of the act of crucifix-
ion. Because so many pictures
of Jesus depict Him nailed to the
cross, many seem to think that
He just turned His head to the
side and simply died. However,

crucifixion was one of the cruel-
est methods of killing someone
that existed and it was anything
but simple. We need to know ful-
ly what Jesus endured for us.
The Romans were known to be
barbaric, as seen by their use of
crucifixion as the ultimate pun-
ishment. It was usually reserved
for the worst of criminals, not
someone who was accused of the
kind of crimes of which Jesus
was accused. But that was no
surprise to Him or His Father;
even the prophets of the Old
Testament had prophesied that
He would be nailed to a tree. It is
written in Psalm 22:18 that His
murderers would gamble for His
clothing, which is exactly what
happened while He was dying on
the cross.
SCrucifixions were also public
affairs. Though drawings show

Him with a loincloth or piece of
clothing wrapped around His
middle, it is more likely that He
wore nothing, because the Ro-
mans crucified their victims na-
ked. It was also their custom to
beat the condemned before ex-
ecution. Even for these horrible
people, Jesus's beating was es-
pecially violent and nearly killed
Him. It didn't, because His man-
ner of death had already been
His death has given us an op-
portunity for a new life. In Eze-
kiel, God took this prophet to a
valley of dry bones. God asked
him if these bones could live.
Uncertain how to answer Him
-- after all, these were dry bones
from dead people -- Ezekiel tact-
fully replied that only the great.
Sovereign God could know that.
In verse 4, chapter 37, God told!

Ezekiel to prophesy (speak) to
the bones and they would live.
Ezekiel did and the bones came
together and formed complete
parts of the body.
Our lives sometimes seem to
be like those dead, dry bones,
without life, without hope, just
death. But because of Jesus's
death on the cross, your dry,
unproductive hopes and dreams
can also come to life. Yes, your
marriage can live. Yes, you can
have the promotion or better-
yet, your own business. Yes,
those rebellious children can be-
come obedient children. If dead,
dry bones can live, then you
can, too. If a Man crucified and
murdered in a vast company of
witnesses could be resurrected
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
then so can you.
Allow the sweet Holy Spirit to

break that hard heart of yours
and give you a heart of flesh that
God can shape according to His
perfect will for your life.
The Roman soldiers thought
that it was over for Jesus. The
Jewish spectators thought that
it was over for Jesus. Pilate
thought that it was over for Je-
sus. The Jewish rulers thought
that it was over for Jesus. May-
be friends and enemies are tell-
ing you that it's over for you.
But it isn't over until God says
it's over.
As long as you can draw
breath, you've got a shot at be-
ing delivered, at breaking strong-
holds and generational curses
and at living life abundantly, as
God intended.
As you celebrate Resurrection
on Sunday, celebrate a new, res-
urrected life in Jesus Christ.

The Historic Hampton House
Community Trust will unveil
its architectural drawings at a
ceremony for phase one of the
renovation project at the His-
toric Hampton House Motel, 11
a.m., Thursday, April 9.

Overtown Community Over-
sight Board will hold its first
televised meeting at the City of
Miami Commission Chambers,
6 p.m., Friday, April 10.

Miami-Dade Cooperative
Extension Division's 4-H
Youth Program is hosting its
third annual Kids Fishing Clin-
ic at the City of Miami Rowing
Club, f9 a.m.-1 p.m., Satur-
day, April 11. 305-592-8044,
' edu/4h/4Hsportfishing.shtml

Celebrate National Library
Week, April 12-18, by visiting
your library to check out books,
magazines and DVDs or to use a
computer, free of charge to learn
new skills,t find jobs and conduct
research. 305-805-9091.

The Circle of Brotherhoo
TakF Force will hold a Commu-
nity and Social Service Forum"
to identify social service needs of
residents in Liberty City, Liberty
Square Community Center, 6
p.m., Tuesday, April 14. Brand-
yss Howard, 305-635-2301.
****** *
The Florida Institute of Cer-
tified Public Accountants will
host the 20h annual 1040K Run
6:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 15.
Maureen, Berkowitz, 305-960-

Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Part-
nership Housing Committee
will meet at the Edison Neigh-
borhood Center 2-4 p.m. Thurs-
day, April 16. The committee is
accepting applications for new
members. .http://www.aidsnet.
org/main/home/ committeeap-

Robert Bailey/Glen Rice Ce-
lebrity Golf Tournament VIP

Reception, to benefit Commu-
nity Health of South Florida, 7
p.m., Thursday, April 16, Mer-
cedes-Benz of Cutler Bay. Eu-
nice Hines, 305-252-4853.
******* '
Florida International Uni-
versity will host a fundraising
reception and silent auction at,
the Wolfe University Center, Bis-
cayne Bay campus, and 6 p.m.
Friday, April 17. Janice Givens,
Dorret Sawyers or Sonya Robin-
son, 305-919-5817.

The Office of the Miami Gar-
dens City Clerk will accept and
process passport applications
at City Hall, 8 a.m.-noon, Sat-
urday, April 18, Ronetta Taylor,
305-622-8000 ext. 2228

Miami-Dade County Depart-,
ment of Environmental Re-
sources Management will hold
its 271h annual celebration of the
Baynanza at the Historic Virgin-
ia Key Beach Park, 9 a.m. Satur-'
day, April 18. 305-372-6770.
NAACP Miami-Dade Branch
education committee invites
middle and "'high school. stu-
..,ents, pareriis,,edTcators and
residents to ah education forum
at New Birth Enterprise, 9 a.m.-
noon, Saturday, April 18. 305-
******* *
Nikki Floyd and the Red
Velvet Jazz & Blues En-
semble will headline the,
Deltas Diamonds & Dancing Put-
Dinner-Dance Benefit at the
Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel Ball-
room, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday,
April 18. 305-343-3332.

Florida Medicaid Choice,
Counseling Program and the
Broward County Health Depart-
ment will host a Health and
Wellness Fair for the family at
the Lauderhill Mall in Lauderhill
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April
18. 305-576-3790.

Rock of Ages Mission- The Stone of Help Minis-
ary Baptist Church will hold tries will move to its new loca-
a. youth revival 7:30 o'clock tion, 5605 NW Seventh Ave.,
nightly, April 8-10. 305-633- 9:30 a.m., Sunday, April 12.
6478. 786-985-7569.
******* *******

Mt. Vernon Missionary-
Baptist Church will hold its'
annual Easter Production 7
p.m., Friday, April 10. 305-

The Southern Echoes will
have a Pre-Easter Prayer
Breakfast at Emmanuel M.B.
Church, 9:30 a.m., Saturday,
April 11. 786-663-7065.
** *****

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church will hold Eas-
ter Service 6 a.m. Sunday April
12. 305-836-1990:

Peace Missionary Baptist
Church ,'will' be celebrate its
fourth anniversary April 15-
26, 305-681-4681 or 786-768-

The Church of the Kingdom
of God will present its fourth.
annual Men's Conference, "Is'
There A Man in the House?",
April 17-19.786- 218-7673.

Greater St. Paul A.M.E.
Church will celebrate'its 11311
anniversary with a youth min-
istry block party and worship
service, Friday, April 17-Sun-
day, April 19. 305-448-2742.

A Prayer Breakfast on the
topic "Practical Solutions
": Oercoming Today's Economic
and Social Crisis" will be held
at 4450 NW 17m Ave. 10 a.m.,
Saturday, April 18. 305-638-

Revelation Christian Acad-
emy will present its annual
Praise Extravaganza 4 p.m.,
Sunday, April 19. 305-758-

Food stamp benefits to increase this.month

More than 1.8 million Florid-
ians will receive an increase in
food stamps Wednesday as part
of the federal economic stimulus,
generating about $380 million in
economic activity in the state in
the next six months, according
to the Florida Center for Fiscal
and Economic Policy.
. "This federal money will help

Floridians put. food on their ta-
bles and also boost our economy
during this deep recession," said
John C. Hall, executive director.
The Florida Center for Fiscal and
Economic Policy is a nonprofit or-
ganization providing research on
state economic policies affecting
low- and moderate-income Flo-
ridians and small businesses.

Food stamp benefits will go up
by about $20 to $24 per person
per month, starting Wednes-
day. All food stamp households
will benefit. The Florida Depart-
ment of Children and Families
reported a food stamp caseload
of 1,863,588 in February 31
percent more than in February

2009 high school graduates of:" 305-375-4199.
Miami-Dade and Broward coun-.
ties. Applications requested via,,, African-American Perform-
mail (letter or postcards only, by'' ing Arts Community Theatre
Friday, April 24, to: Progressive is looking for three actors for
Officers Club, P.O. Box 680398, the stage play, For Your Lovo...
Miami, FL 33168, Attention: Ed- SUCKER! The show runs May
ucation Assistance Award Pro- 6-31 at the African Heritage
gram. ,*.1 -Cultural Arts Center. Rehearsals
.' ******** are 6-9 p m. 305-637-1895, cell

City of Miami Parks will host
a series of Easter events until
April 18. Lara de Souza, Ides-
ouzaa'miamigoL .com.

The Regional Community
Collaboration on Violence/
Cornmunir' Empowerment
,'T-am will hold its Neighborhood
Resource Fair at the, corner or
Northwest 62nd Street and 12th'
Avenue, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Satur-
day, April 18. 786-255-0545.
******** ; : ,"''
The fourth annual 5K Walk/
Run for Asthma will take place
at Metrozoo, 8 a.m., Saturday,
April 18. 305-233-4594.

The Sunshine Jazz Organi-
zation of South Florida and
Miami Dade Parks will present
jazz master Joe Donato at the
Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 4-7
p.m.,. Sunday, April 19. 305-

Miami-Dade Parks & Recre-
ation and Earth Learning will
present the annual. Earthfest
2009 at Crandon Park, 10 a.m.,
Sunday, April 19. 305-361-6767
ext. 112.

Miami-Dade County Public
Schools will observe HIV/AIDS
*.A wareness Week April *20'-24,
IQ9. 305-995-7273 : -.
*** + "*
The African Heritage Forum
on the topic "Understanding the
Legacy" will take place at Bro-
ward College North, OMNI Cen-
ter, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednes-
day, April 22. 754-321-2300.

The Sant La Haitian Neigh-
borhood Center will host its an-
nual dinner and auction at the
Hilton hotel in -downtown Mi-
ami, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April
23. 305-573-4871 or kevinb@

Housing Opportunities Proj-
ect for Excellence (HOPE) will
hold its 16'h annual Fair Housing
Luncheon on the 'theme "Uniting
to Create Solutions" at Jungle
Island, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday,
April 24. 305-651-4673.

The Progressive Officers
Club is offering scholarships to
; -v

5656 or 305-691-4572. ,

Embassy Church will cel-
ebrate its church anniversary
7 o'clock nightly, April 19-22.

A Mission With A New Be-
ginning church will hold Eas-
ter Sunday service at 11:30
a.'m. 305-836-6256.

Crusade for Christ Temple is
hosting Christian film and en-
tertainment nights 7:30 o'clock
Sunday. 305-523-5952. The
Christian teaching. series is at
11 a.m. Sunday.

Correction: The March 28
presentation for Black doctor-
ates held at Florida Memorial
University was hosted by Black
Ph.D/Ed.D. Magazine, not the

The Southern

Echoes in Pre-Easter

Prayer Breakfast
On Saturday, April 11 at 9:30
a.m., Emmanuel M. B. Church,
1230 N.W. 79 St., Dr. W.J. Car-
penter, Pastor and speaker,
Prophetess Francina Norman.
Contact Sister Curley, 786-663-
7065 or Sister Angie, 786-337-

954-294-5015, aapact@yahoo.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Florida and the Orange Bowl
Committee will host the sev-
enth annual "Field qf Dreams"
Scholarship Benefit at the Bro-
ward County Convention Cen-
ter 7 p.m., May 8. LaToya Wil-
liams, 305-341-4728.

The Haitian Heritage Mu-
seum will present a Cultural
Heritage Festival at the Gwen
Margolis Community Center
11 a.m. 3 p.m. Saturday, May
9. 305-371-5988. /

Soul of the People: Writing
Florida's Story, is now open
at Nova Southeastern Universi-
ty's Alvin Sherman Library, Re-
search, and Information Tech-
nology Center, Second Floor
. Gallery, through May 10. www.

Momentum Dance Com-
pany will hold its sixth annual
Miami Dance Festival with per-
formances at Colony Theater,
Miami Beach Cinematheque,
,the Manuel Artime Theater,
the Byron Carlyle Theatre and
Performing Arts Network, until
May 10. 305-858-7002, www.

The Rotary 'Club of Opa-
locka/Miami Gardens will
present its first Kings and
Queens Youth Chess Exhibi-
tion Fundraiser at the Jesus
People Ministries Church In-
ternational in Miami Gardens,
9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 16.
Webber J. Charles, 786-269-
4337 or charli2foto@yahoo.

Dreamfest Teen Summit
2009 will be held at the Pal-
metto Golf Course, noon-5
p.m., May 23. 305-793-1347.

Miami Jackson High Class
of 1979 will hold its 30th an-
nual .reunion with a week of
events highlighted by a trip to
Montego Bay, Jamaica. The
festivities will be on June 5-14.
Louis Fish, president, 954-
895-5441; Carol Jones, secre-
tary, 786-566-3751.

The National Association
of Black Hotel Owners, Oper-
ators & Developers will hold its
13th annual conference at the
Doral dolf Resort & Spa, July
22-25. 954-792-2579.

Miami Northwestern High
Class of 1959 meets at the Af-
rican Heritage Cultural Arts
Center 10:30 a.m. the third
Saturday of the month. 305-
688-2093. The Class of 1959
will hold its 20th anniversary
reunion Aug. 6-9. Bulls89re-

Broward County Public:
Schools will hold its first Asth-
ma Parent Workshop at the Sig-
!nature Grand, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.,
Saturday, April 25. 754-321:

The Booker T., Washington
Alumni Association is spon-
soring its fifth annual Living
Legends Awards Ceremony at
the Doral Golf Resort, Saturday,
April 25. 786-443-8221.

The Miami-Dade State At-
torney's Office will hold a Seal-
ing and Expungement program
at the Victor Wilde Community
Center in Hialeah, 5-7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 27. 305-547-

The City of Miami Waitlist
for the Housing Opportunities
for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
Long Term. Rental Assistance
(LTRA) Program is accepting ap-
plications. until April 30.

The Cit!0ftewMiami Commu-
nity Rela!ipns Board (CRB)
is accepting applications from
residents interested in serv-
ing on the board. Deadline is
Thursday, April 30. Ada Rojas,
305-416-1351 or email arojas@

Miami-Dade County is seek-
ing nominees for the 22nd an-
nual In the Company of Women
Awards' Ceremony which will be
held in March 2010. The dead-
line for nominations is 5 p.m.,
Friday, May 1. Lisa Fernandez,
305-480-1717, ext. 104.

Miami-Dade Consumer Ser-
vices Department and the
Dade County Bar Association
County Court Committee will
host a Lunch N' Learn Seminar
on Landlord/Tenant Law,' North
Dade 'Justice Center, 11:30
a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, May 1.



WEDNESDAY, April 8th
12.Noon The Holy Eucharist

THURSDAY, April 9th
Maundy Thursday
6:30 PM The Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

FRIDAY, April 10th
Good Friday
12 Noon The Liturgy of the Cross
with the Reading of the Passion & Sermon
The Reverend SANTARVIS BROWN, Ph.D., Associate
Greater Bethel AME Church, Miami, Florida
featuring St. Cecilia's Choir performing
"Inflammatus et Accensus" from Rossini's "Stabat Mater"


SATURDAY, April 11th
Holy Saturday
3:30'PM Holy Baptism

SUNDAY, April 12th
Easter Day
5:30 AM The Great Vigil & The First Eucharist of Easter
Music: St. Cecilia's Choir
9:00 AM Procession, Solemn Eucharist and Sermon
4:00 PM Sacred Heart Easter Fashionetta

MONDAY, April 13th
4:00 PM Annual Parish Easter Egg Hunt

i ~----~


t'ie RevcrenJ I KENNETH M.IOR. D. D., Rector
The Reverend FREDW. FLEISCHER, Organist/Choirmaster
The Reverend JOHN J. JARRETrT, III, Associate



As big federal tax hits, smokers light up 'quitlines' seeking help

By Wendy Koch

Quit-smoking hotlines are
being swamped some as
much as four times their usu-
al volume by smokers ready
to kick the habit after the larg-
est-ever increase in the federal
tobacco tax.
"We're seeing magnificent
volume because of the tax,"
says Mary Kate Salley of Free
& Clear, a Seattle company
that runs "quitlines" for 17
states. She says the lines got

3,250 calls on Wednesday, the
day the increase took effect,
up 369 percent from the same
day in 2008.
In 10 other states, calls were
163 percent higher than on
the three previous Wednes-
days, says Dawn Wiatrek of
the American Cancer Society,
which runs quitlines in 11
Many state hotlines started
to see an increase last month,
when tobacco companies be-
gan raising prices in anticipa-

tion of the tax increase. Philip
Morris USA raised the price
of Marlboros 71 cents a pack,
and R.J. Reynolds raised
Camel 44 cents. The federal
cigarette tax went up 62 cents
to $1'.01 a pack.
The tidal wave of calls was
"totally,. totally unexpected,"
says Karen Brown of the
Michigan Department of Com-
munity Health. On March 11,
when her hotline offered free
nicotine replacement prod-
ucts, it got 21,000 calls in the

first 24 hours. Brown says
400 people fielded calls but
couldn't keep up.
Smokers said they wanted
to quit because of higher to-
bacco prices, says Brown,
who helped work the phones.
"I heard a lot of commitment,"
she says, as callers told her,
"This is it!"
Michigan provided so much
counseling and medications,
Brown says, "we're almost
completely out of money." The
state is now restricting its aid

to low-income people.
All 50 states and Wash-
ington, D.C., have quitlines
(800-QUIT-NOW) staffed with
counselors, and more than
half offer free nicotine patches,
gum and lozenges, says Linda
Bailey of the North American
Quitline Consortium.
If smokers try to quit cold
turkey on their own, Bailey
says, their chance of success
is 3 percent. If they get coun-
seling, it is at least 16 percent,
and if they add medication, it's

about 30 percent.
"Quitlines are the most effi-
cient way to help people quit,"
say Matthew McKenna, direc-
tor of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention's Of-
fice of Smoking and Health.
The tax increase helps fund
State Children's Health Insur-
ance Programs, which Presi-
dent Obama expanded this
year. McKenna says "stronger
discussion" is needed about
using some of the revenue to
help smokers quit.. .

brains rather than their hands,"
says computational biologist Ross
King of the United Kingdom's Ab-
erystwyth University, who led one
robot effort. Adam, the team's $1
million prototype robot scientist,
reports new findings, about yeast
genes in one of the studies. The
robot can start more than 1,000
biology experiments a day over a
five-day period.
King's team manually con-
firmed the biochemistry re-
sults that explained the genetic
workings of yeasts, which have
eluded researchers for decades.

"There is a lot of work to do, even
in creatures we think are well-
understood," King says.
Adamn may next systematically
tackle how bits of "RNA" genetic
material affects roundworms in
a similar bid to map the genet-
ic workings of the common lab
The other robotic scientist,
reported on by Cornell Univer-
sity's Hod Lipson and Michael
Schmidt, tests pendulums and
springs to figure out the phys-
.ics laws that govern their move-
ments. "A lot of science today,.

especially cosmology and ge-
nomics, is generating massive
amounts of data that scientists
have to wade through," Lipson
says. "We need a way like this
one to make it easier."
Simply by experimenting, the
robot deduced the equations
governing motion and the physi-
cal laws behind them for these
simple machines.
On the yeast study, King
sought more credit for the robot:
"We wanted to make Adam a co-
author on the report, but they
wouldn't go for that."

Robots act as scientists without assistants

By Dan Vergano

The era of the robot scientist
may soon be upon us.
Two teams of human scientists
Thursday unveiled their work
with robots that not only perform
experiments, but also come up
with new ones., The prototypes
tackled physics and biology prob-
lems that require simple, repeti-

tive experiments, proceeding by
trial and etror to uncover knowl-
edge, according to studies pub-
lished in the journal Science.
These robots don't look like R2-,
D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars.
They look likg van-size comput-;
ers, but with robotic arms to do
tasks that, would otherwise be,:
done by human assistants.
"The prospect of using auto-

mated systems as assistants
" holds vast promise," David Waltz
of Columbia University and
Bruce Buchanan of the Univer-
sity ,of Pittsburgh say in a jour-
rial commentary. Robot scientists
.could "increase the rate of scien-
tific progress dramatically, (and)
in the process, revolutionize the
practice of science," they write.
"Scientists should beusingtheir

Historical Black Officers Club offers academic scholarships
Progressive Officers Club (POC) is comprised of Police and Correctional Officers as well as civilians
in Miami-Dade and Broward counties., This is an historically African-American non-profit organiza-
POC scholarships of $1000.00 (of $33,000.00) will be distributed from our Educational Assis-
tance Award Program. African-American high school students residing in Miami-Dade and Bro-
ward counties who are in good academic standing and \%ill be receiving a high school diploma during
a commencement ceremony for the 'Class of 2009' are eligible to apply. Applicants must have been
accepted to an institution of higher learning as a full-time student for the upcoming fall semester
POC members with graduating high school seniors may also apply from the Roslyn McGruder-
Clark Scholarship Fund.
All applications for scholarships can only be requested via mail (letter or postcard) no later than
Friday, April 24, 2009 to: Progressive Officers Club, P.O. Box 680398, Miami, FL 33168, Attention:
Education Assistance Award Program.

apostolic Revival Center /New Harvest Missionary- /Jordan Grove Missionary The Episcopal Church of
6702 NA. 15thAvenue Baptist Church Baptist Church The Transfiguration
305-836-1224 12145 NA. 27th nu5946 N.W. 12" Ave.
Order of Services 11N.W751-9323
New tim for TV. Program 305-681-3500 30-681-1660
FOR HOPE. FOR roiD Order of Services: '
"'i : "' l MrOrder of Ser i Nvice : un.tQ Johoo .0, Sn
N.,ric L.. . . 0
d e 'a ,.... 12p'. .ua5er.r. i. niur 11ni.l. l Sunday Services
Moe.m si lm kr..'Te it n 2 -Or m.Wai ....4 p m 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
M e o, a' h A isi,- 0,r.1 Nes r., M1 ,.iso. an1d BiblhIe (l Healing Service
Tu e T' rkreF i.pant ,,.',am ,,A Tuesla .. .30 SeondWednesday7p.m.
SFri Bib.lseSrut ."0 p.. rur e ouh le i Ch e

Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church

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Nfiami, Fl.
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M ing1,1 L,% 1 II .mi I pin.

St. John Baptist Church
1 328 N.W. 3 Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371.3821

S, Order of Services:
.nf.-. ;t.ndnay
|lon- Mmornrn \Vrhip ...7:30 am,
Sunday% Nhrd ....... 9:30a.nm.
rltingn ,c'r hip ...11 am I
Pr 0, a,,d Bible SItly
eting .... Tues.) 7 p .m.

Ebenezer United / St. Mark Missionary
Methodist Church Baptist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street 1470 N.W 87th Street
\ 305-635-7413 305-691-8861
re Orer of Services; ,
SSunmday Moming Services Order of Service:
7:45a.m.- -11:15 a.m., Sunay 7:30 and a I an.
Sunday School- 9:45 am. "Worship Service,1 ,.
Bible Study Tuesday 9:30 a.m...:S...... unday School
10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Tuesday.........7 p.m. Bible Stuid
PrayerMeeting Tues.- 6pm p. ....... Prayer Meeting
r M tng -Monday. Wednesday, Friday
2 .m-.....)..ay Praver

/Bible Teaching Seminar
8610/8620 N.W. 17th Ave.
Miami, FL. 33147

And now abide
faith, hope, love...
I Cor. 13:13


Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 NW.\\ '' Avenue
.Church 305-573-3714
Far 30S-573-406(.Fax 305-25-8544
Order of Services:
Sunday School...........9:45 a.m.
Sun. Morning Serv....11. ant.
4-' Sun....BT..,1:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday.Bible Study
Feeding Minitray.... 10 a.m.
SWed. Bible Stdy/Pyer..6:30Ip.n.
Tiurms. Otitacl Mis(iy....6:30 pn)

New Birth Baptist Church. The Cathedral
of Faith International

2300 NW 135th Street
Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m., 11
a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

1 (800) 254-NIBBC
Fax: 305-685.0705


Mt. Hermon A.ME. Church\
17800 NW 25th Ave.
www.ltidcrtoworslipccnterorg .
305-621-5067 Fax: 305-623-3104
Order of Services:
Sunday Worship Services.
STa.m. & 10a.m.
Church School: 8'30 a.m
Pastor's Noon Day Bible Study
Bible Institute, 6:30 p.m. ,
Mitd-week Worship 7:30 p.m.

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-a96-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Servlces:
SSmday School ............. 930 a.m
S MonngPraise/Worship..ln anm
evening woslhipat 6p.m.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study
lJ "rTuesday 7 p.,
TMJpenisoi-i tfilrb ia Sasda
?Jsa v~a'gtvatB~iaaS 31-589

/ Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
Order of Services:

Sunday School ............. 0 &m
N 8lon. F 9ellence 730 pm
Tue i able laS1 t 7 I0a pmI
Thunk. Fellow ship .10am.
Is Sut. Song l-aacc 6prn

New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 1(P Avenue
305-899-7224 '
Order of Serices:
E. ', d :,W% 'or rar.- 30 a.m.
a -. e hCN, 9.302a.m.

\cdr.'.L, FI- Tdul? -30pm.
" a t u sr., B 0pa Iwomcut"

/ First Baptist Missionary Word of Faith -
Baptist Church of Brownsville Christian Center
4600 N.W. -23rd Avenue 2370 N.W. 87* Street
305-635-8053 Fax: 305-635,0026 305-836-9081
Order of Services:
Sunday...........7:30& I I 1 Order orServ1ces:
Sunday School ...........10a.i. ui,. 1 .lming Services
Thursday ......... p.m. Bible Study, S '.. h .. ..........10 am.
Prayer Meeting, B.T.U. %N'r1 cr1. Srce ............ a.m.
Baptism Thurs. before r ue, ,Lc Study.......p.m.
First Sun..7 pim. undal'lu ra~ er N 'Service .....m8 p.m
Comnun ion t-rit Sun.
7:o30&_ IIot _'__a___M

r Pembroke Park Church of Christ "
3707 S.W. 56thAvenue Hollywood, FL33023
(Office) 954-962-9327 (Fax) 9.4-962-3396
Order of Services
Sunday i
Bible Study ............ 9 a.m. *** Morning Worship ............. 10 a m. f
Evening Worship.............. 6:p.m. .
Wednesday ...General Bible Study..... 7:30 p.m. vA';:
TV Program Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.
Comcast Channels: 8,19,21, 22, 23,30 & 37/Local Channels: 21 & 22
Web page: www.pombrokeparkchurchofchrisltcom Email:

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by becoming a member of our

CALL 305-694-6210

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
305-634-6721 Fax: 305-635-8355
Order of Services
.ChturhWSunday School..... 830 a.m.
Sun lay Worship Service 1.0 aani
Mid-Week Service .... Wedowsday'
I-lour of Power-Noon Day Prayer
12 p.m.-.l p.
Evening-Worship . 7p.m.

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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
305-759-8226 Fax: 305-759-0528

Order of Services:
Mon. thim Fri. Noon Day Prayer
Bible StudyThurs.7
Sunday Worship...7-11 am.
Sunday School-9:30 a~m.

K Logos Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.


Order of Services
f.l:.iTdi,', Worshi at8 & 11 a.m.
Surnd y School at 9:45 a.m.
Eible Study 7 p.m.
No Service

Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Order of Services
Worship Service ..............11
Bible StudylPrayer N t it 7: p.m,
"The is a place foryou"
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/f Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street
Order of Services:
4i Simday School.....9:30 ain
Sunday Worship .,... 1I
First S uday Elcning Worslip
Mid Week tSrvice ... 7 p.n
Choir Rehearsal Thursday

/ 93" Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93"' Street
Order of Services
73) a.m. t aly Mcaingt Worship
.. .- 11 a i. "'Moming W'orsip
ItE evening Worship
I st & 3rdS day ...6pm
Tuesday Bible Study ...7 pim.
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/ New Day "N" Christ
Deliverance Ministries
3055 N.W. 761 Street, 33147
Message Ctr.: 305-836-7815

Order of Services:
m Sundays iur c School ............. loim.
Worship SrVicc ...... 11:I15a,.
Tuesday Bible Clast ............. 7 p.m.
4th Sunday Evening Worship..,....6 p.m.

New Shiloh M.B. Church
1350 N.W95'h Street
305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220

Church Schedule:

IL -I& Eady Morning WAship 7.30 a.m.
% mSun. Church School 930 a.m.
[ Morning Worship ....11 a.m.
STuesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
lTues. before the Ist Sun....7p.m.
SMid-week Worship



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By Sandra J. Charite

Trick Daddy has announced
he is suffering from lupus, a
chronic inflammatory disease
,that affects several parts of
the body.
The rapper, whose real name
is Maurice Young, disclosed
his illness to fans on a recent
edition of Th,,, Rickey Smiley
Show on WEDR 99 JAMZ.
The Miami native told The
Miami Times in an interview
on Saturday that he was di-
agnosed with the disease 10
years ago after visiting his
doctor about his dry skin but
he kept it under wraps until
"I was afraid to tell every-
one," he said. "I thought the
disease was a handicap."
Young said prior to being
diagnosed he had never heard
of the disease.
The Mayo Clinic reports on
its website that lupus occurs
more commonly in women:
than men and affects Blacks
and Hispanics. The disease is
diagnosed most often in peo-
ple aged 15 to 45.
Symptoms include weight
loss or gain, depression,
mouth sores, hair loss, joint
pain or skin abrasions that
.appear or worsen with sun
Treatment allows many pa-

tients to live active ivtes The
side effects of his medications
are painful, said Young.
There is no current cure
for lupus, said Marie Flore
Lindor-Latortue, Community
Education consultant with
the Lupus Foundation of
America's Southeast Florida
Young, 35, is set to release
his biography, Magic City: Tri-
als of a Native Son, this sum-
mer dealing with his life grow-
ing in Miami and his battle
with lupus.. He is also plan-
ning to star in a movie..
"I have lived in Liberty City,
Goulds and the Homestead
area. I have seen the McDuff-
ie riots, lived through hurri-
canes like Andrew and expe-
rienced going to prison before
I was 16," he said.
Young says he is grate-
ful to fans and people within
the music industry who have
been very supportive of him.
Young, who entered the
Hip Hop scene in the late
1990s, is known for his club
hits Shut Up and Let's Go. Af-
ter more than 10 years with
Slide-N-Slide Records, he left
the label in 2008, citing prob-
lems with its parent, Atlantic
He is set to release his new
album, Finally Famous: Born
a Thug Die a Thug, with Dunk
Ryder Records.

Cardiologists examine conflicts

of interest with drugmakers

By Steve Sternberg

ORLANDO The head of the
American College of Cardiology
said Tuesday that he turned
away half a million dollars this
year by rejecting drug company
sponsorship for tote bags and
other promotional items that
turn thousands of doctors into
walking advertisements for
prescription drugs during the
group's annual meeting.
The decision by the ACC's
chief executive officer, Jack
Lewin, and the group's elected
leadership reflects a broad con-
cern over conflicts of interest
between medical associations
and drug companies. Today,
in the Journal of the American
Medical Association, a group of
leading doctors called on medi-
cal groups to give up all drug
industry funding.
"We've taken a bold step
here," says Steven Nissen, chief
of cardiology at the Cleveland
Clinic and a past president of
the ACC. "But when you have
professional medical societies
writing guidelines for the medi-

cines doctors prescribe, there
shouldn't even be the appear-
ance of influence."
The group's statement also re-
flects a growing consensus that
doctors and hospitals must cut
costs and improve care, espe-
cially now that the Obama ad-
ministration has made health-
care reform a top priority.
"We can no longer wait for the
government or others to tell us
to reduce waste and improve
poor performance," ACC presi-
dent Douglas Weaver said this
week at the group's scientific
Drug company funding, and
the influence that comes with
it, is one major concern. The
authors of today% editorial, in-
cluding JAMA editor Catherine
DeAngelis, call for strict rules
on a host of medical association
ties with drug and medical-de-
vice makers, from collaborative
research to educational pro-
"Even the appearance that
we're in collusion with industry
might erode the confidence of
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Institute calls for stimulus package

to tackle alarming spread of AIDS

Miami Times Staff Report

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A national organization dedi-
cated to stopping the spread of
HIV/AIDS has called the situa-
tion in the nation's capital "an
unmitigated disaster and a rna-
tional disgrace."
The Black AIDS Institute
called on Presidert Barac k
Obama and Congress to allo-
cate money from the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act
to fund HIV testing and preven-
tion efforts in Black America.
"If there were ever shovel
ready projects that would cre-
ate jobs and save lives this is it."
said Phill Wilson, founder and
CEO of the Institute. "America
urgently needs an AIDS stimu-
lus to awaken it from its lethar -
gic response to an epi-
demic that is spiral-
ing out of control."
Wilson's re-
marks came -in a
statement after
the Washington
Post reported that
four percent of
Black residents in
Washington D.C.
-- and seven percent
of Black men -- tested positive
for the HIV virus that causes
The statistics "underscores
the degree to which America has
lost its way in the fight against
AIDS," the Institute said.
"In the capital of the world's
richest and most powerful
country, HIV prevalence is high-
er than in [Haiti's capital] Port-
au-Prince the capital of the
poorest country in the Western
Hemisphere HIV prevalence

'If there were ever shovel ready projects
that would create jobs and save lives this
is it. America urgently needs an AIDS
stimulus to awaken it from its lethargic
response to an epidemic that is spiraling out of control.'
S-Phill Wilson,
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Drugs cause confusion in elderly

Public citizen posts
list of 136 medications

By Mary Brophy Marcus

Commonly used medica-
tions could be a culprit in
some older peoples' mem-
ory problems, a new report
Elderly patients are often
more susceptible to "drug-
induced dementia and de-
lirium," says Public Citizen, a
consumer research and advo-
cacy group, in an article post-
ed Wednesday at worstpills.
org. The report includes a list
of 136 commonly prescribed
drugs that are potentially
dangerous to seniors' cogni-
tive health.
"Sadly, doctors don't al-
ways recognize cognitive im-
pairment as a side effect, so
many patients needlessly suf-
fer from this debilitating but
reversible condition," says
Sidney Wolfe, director of Pub-
lic Citizen's Health Research
The article says a host of
factors can cause cognitive-
related drug problems in the
elderly, including increased
sensitivity to a drug's effects,
slower rates of elimination
from the body and consump-
tion of multiple drugs. .
Drugs on the danger list in-
clude antihistamines, blad-
der control medications and,
sleep aids, some of which
are obtained over the coun-
ter. "Sometimes all it takes is
one dose," says Richard Du-
pee, chief of geriatrics at Tufts
Medical Center in Boston.
Dupee says a group of drugs
referred to as the "anticholin-
ergics" are risky in this age
group. The drugs are used for
various reasons (for instance,
to treat allergy symptoms), but
they can interfere with a chem-
ical called acetylcholine, which
helps transmit signals between
nerve cells in the brain.
"The cholinergic system,

Benzodiazepines, including Ambien, a popular sleeping pill, are among the drugs that may
cause memory and other cognitive problems in the elderly. -Photo by JBReed, Bloomberg News

which basically drives memo-
ry, is worse in older people," he
says. "These drugs can make
someone with dementia more
Some experts say the prob-
lem does not affect a large por-
tion of the population with cog-
nitive decline.
"They're right to caution the
public, but I think it might be
overdramatizing to say this is
a common reversible cause of
cognitive problems," says ag-
ing expert Gary Kennedy of
Montefiore Medical Center in
New York.
The experts interviewed add
they would call this "drug-in-
duced delirium," not demen-
"Dementia is a permanent,
irreversible condition," says
James Burke, director of the
Memory Disorders Clinic at
Duke Medical Center in Dur-
ham, N.C.
Yet, Dupee says, it's a big
enough concern that "there

really ought to be a warning one with a cognitive deficit on
for older patients and any- these drugs."

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among Black men in Washing-
ton is 40 percent higher than in
sub-Saharan Africa, generally.
Infection levels among all Blacks
in the District of Columbia are
higher than in 28 African coun-
tries," the Institute said.
The Institute said for years
it has been urging America's
leaders to pay attention to the
Please turn to STIMULUS 14B

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Homelessness up as families on the edge lose hold

By Wendy Koch

Cities and counties are report-
ing a sharp increase in homeless
families as the economic cri-
sis leads to job loss and makes
housing unaffordable.
In Seattle, 40% more people
are living on suburban streets.
In Miami, calls from people with
eviction notices. have quadru-
"The demand from families with
children has increased dramati-
cally," says Robert Hess of New
York City's Department of Home-
less Services. Each month since
September, shelter requests have
been at least 20% higher than
they were a year ago.
The Department of Housing
and Urban Development re-
quires a one-day count in Janu-

ary of people living on the street,
in shelters or in transitional
housing. National figures have
not been compiled.
Of 56 places where figures
were available, 35 reported an
increase in homelessness; 12
had a drop.
"People who were on the edge
can't hold on anymore," says
Cathy ten Broeke homelessness
project coordinator in Minneap-
olis and Hennepin County. She
says 1,251 families sQught emer-
gency shelter last year, up from
1,032 in 2007.
In Chicago, calls to a home-
lessness prevention hotline were
59% higher in February than a
year earlier, says Nancy Radner,
. head of the Chicago Alliance to
End Homelessness. "We're get-
ting requests from people earn-

ing more than, $30,000 a year,
even $65,000. That's unprec-
In Los Angeles, 620 families
used the winter shelter program
this winter, compared with 330
families a year earlier, manager
David Martel says.
In the Phoenix area, 230 peo-
ple in families were living on the
street in January; there were 49
a year ago. There were 139 chil-
dren younger than 18 living on
the street on their own, accord-
ing to the Maricopa Association
of Governments.
In Miami-Dade County, the
number of people calling for help
after getting an eviction notice
jumped from 1,000 in 2007 to
4,000 last year, David Raymond
of the county's Homeless Trust
says. "We've beefed up our pre-

Obama supports church

continued from 10p

has repeatedly affirmed his
commitment to reach out
to both faith and secular
leaders in addressing seri-
ous human needs now fac-
ing American communities.
But despite the positive
changes in the Obama White
House Office of Faith Based
and Neighborhood Partner-
ship, compared to the past,
one question still 'remains:
What about 'the ability of

Black Church leaders to use
faith as a criterion for hiring
employees in serving bro-
ken communities in, need of
both spiritual and physical
transformation? President
Obama, a strong supporter
of the separation 6f Church
and State, sidestepped po-
tential political and legal bat-
ties on this issue by agree-
ing to refer problem cases
concerning religious' hiring
to the White House counsel.
Finally,'how should the Black
Church judge the overall suc-.
cess of the White House Office

vention efforts," he says, so few-
er people become homeless.
In the Seattle area, street
homelessness increased 2%
overall but 40% in the suburbs,
where the number living in cars
rose from 229 last year to 339,
homelessness project director
Bill Block says.
Several of the largest cities,
including New York and Miami,
say their increased efforts to find
apartments or shelter beds have
meant fewer people living on the
street or in their cars.
Hess expects more people to
need help this year and looks
forward to a sharp increase in
federal funding: $1.5 billion
this summer is intended to help
struggling people pay their rent,
utilities or security deposits so
they don't end up homeless.

- state separation

of Faith-Based and Neighbor-
hood Partnerships? Success
should be based on factors
such as genuine efforts to
provide technical assistance
that equips the Black Church
to effectively receive and,
manage social service grants.
It should be based, as well,
on inclusion of additional Af-
rican American females and
younger clergy leaders on the
Interfaith Council.
But, ultimately, success
will be based on whether
progressive African-Amer-
ican clergy leaders feel the

freedom to respectfully and
publicly voice their concerns
about administration poli-
cies even as they secure and
manage federal grants that
address pressing human
needs. That is change we can
believe in.
This column was provided
by the Black Women's Round
Table through the National
Newspaper Publishers Asso-
ciation. Dr. Barbara Williams-
Skinner is president of Skin-
ner Leadership Institute and
a contributor to the Black
Women's Roundtable.

Steps being taken to cut cost, improve care

continued from 13B

patients and the public,"
Lewin says. But he disagrees
with rules placing too many
limits on the efforts of drug.
companies to help doctors
keep up with advances in
their fields.
The association also is
taking direct steps to' cut
costs and improve patienten'
care: It plans' to launch. a
major collaboration with
the Institute for Healthcare

Improvement in Cambridge,
Mass., and other groups to
reduce the number of heart-
failure patients who need to,
be readmitted to the hospi-
tal by 20% by 2012.
Currently, one of every
five heart failure patients
is back within 30 days of
discharge, at a cost of $590
million each year, says Jo-
seph Rumsfeld of the Den-
ver VA Medical Center.
Evidence of waste and inef-
ficiency can no longer be ig-
nored, ACC president Weav-


Holy Week Services at St. John Baptist
The St. John Missionary
Baptist Church will observe,
Holy Week Services starting on
this Wednesday evening with
the message by Rev. Troy Duffie.
During the Thursday and Friday
services, the message will be pre-
sented by, The Reverend Wood-
row ,Jenkins of St. Luke Mis-
sionary Baptist Church. Please
come and hear these powerful
men of God as ,they share with
us thus saith the Lord during
his suffering, death, burial and
Service will start at 7 p.m., REV. WOODROW JENKINS
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er told about 15,000 heart
specialists at the meeting.
He noted that the per-capi-
ta cost for health care in the
USA .is $7;400, the average
family's insurance premium
costs $12,580 and employ-
ee contributions for medi-
cal care have more than
doubled in just eight years,
amounts that are twice
what people pay in other de-
veloped countries, including
Germany, Switzerland and
Despite these costs, he

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said, the United States
ranks last' on a list of 19 in-
dustrialized nations in pre-
ventable deaths and 29th of
37 in infant mortality. "We
can no longer maintain the
status quo for the ways we
currently provide and pay
for health care," he said.

Congress urged to fund HIV

testing and prevention

continued from 13B

"frightening" growth of HIV in-
fection in Black America, with-
out much success. In 2008,
only four cents of every dollar
spent on HIV by the federal
government supported HIV
prevention activities, it said.
It called on Congress to im-
mediately increase funding to
cost-effective programs that
promote HIV testing, prevent
new HIV infections, and link
people who test HIV-positive to
life-saving medical care.
Also, the federal government
should implement a large-scale
new social marketing initiative
to make knowing one's HIV
status a basic social norm in
Black communities. And fed-
eral leaders must provide ro-
bust support to build capacity
in Black organizations to help
lead this fight, the Institute
The statistics released by the
District of Columbia included:
Nearly 50 percent of people
surveyed in the hardest-hit ar-
eas report having overlapping
sexual-partners in the last 12
months. Yet virtually no re-,
sources have been directed
toward programs to alert sexu-
ally active adults to the special
dangers of concurrent partner-
40 percent of sexually active
adults surveyed in high-preva-
lence neighborhoods- were not
aware of their HIV status. The
Institutes cited Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention
statistics showing 75 percent
of the new HIV infections in the

country are caused by people
who don't know their HIV sta-
70 percent of those sur-
veyed in D.C. said they did not
use a condom the last time
they had sex.
"What is happening in Wash-
ington is also happening else-
where," the Institute said, cit-
ing additional statistics:
The rate exceeds five per-
cent in nine zip codes in De-
In New York City's Man-
hattan borough, 17 percent of
Black middle-aged men are liv-
ing with HIV -- a level of infec-
tion that approaches national
HIV prevalence in South Afri-
ca, the country with the largest
number of HIV-infected people
in the world. Last year, the In-
stitute said, the CDC reported
that the annual rate of new
HIV infections was roughly 40
percent greater than previously
believed and that Black people
account for nearly one out of
two new infections.
"In earlier years, an effec-
tive response to AIDS in Black
America was hindered by low
levels of community awareness
and commitment to the fight.
This is no longer the case," the
Institute said in a statement.
Its aid 14 national Black or-
ganizations have joined it to
implement a national AIDS
action strategy and to commit
"specific, tangible, and track-
able" resources to AIDS activi-
ties.. But these organizations
got no real support from the
federal government in the eight
years of the Bush administra-

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Carey Royal Ram'n
"JERRY", Musi-
cian died April 3
at University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.

student, died March 25 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Service 11 a.m.
Saturday in the chapel.

penter, died March 31 at Jackson
South Community Hospital. Grave-
side service was held.

Sales Clerk, died March 25 at
home. Private service was held.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
SIDNEY HOLMES, 76, laborer,
died April 4.
Service 11 a.m.
Saturday in the

57, City of Mi-
ami Solid Waste
Dept. Ass't Di-
rector, died April
5. Survivors are
wife, Glenda;
son, Robert;
grandsons, Ja-
can and Jaden;
mother and step-father, Salley
and Willie Phillips; father and
step-mother, Clarance and Alber-
tha. Viewing at New Birth Baptist
Church, Friday, 6-8 p.m. Service
11 a.m. Saturday at New Birth.

tractor, died
April 3 at Gra-
mercy Park
Nursing Center
Service 1 p.m.

KAREN GRANT, 44, Communi-
cation Operator,
died April 1 at
Jackson South
C,o m m u n ity
Hospital. Ser-
vice was held.

Technician died
April 3 at Uni-
versity of Mi-
ami Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.
Saturday at
Kingdom Hall
of Jehovah Wit-

Eric S. George
April 3 at Memorial IRegional Hos-
pital. Arrangements are incom-

CNA for Jack-
son Memorial
Hospital died
April 2 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
10 a.m. Satur-
day in the cha-

HALL. 53.

56, laborer, died April 3 at Jackson
North Medical Center. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

Laborer, died April 5 at Jackson
North Medical Center. Final rites
and burial, Tallahassee, FL.

veteran died March 28 in Houston,
Texas. Final rites and burial Satur-
day, Richmond, Texas, Rose-Rich
Funeral and Cremation.

Range -
ERY, 5, died
March 31 at
Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
She is survived
by her father,
Derek; mother,
Michele Ware;
sister, Rashai Lee; grandmothers,
Judy Ware and Cleomia Montgom-
ery; a host of other relatives and
friends. Service 12 noon Saturday
at Koinonia Worship Center and
Village, 4900 Hallandale Beach

died March 27.
Service was

March 26. Ser-
vices was held.

died April 5 at University of Miami
Hospital. Arrangements are in-

54, Entrepreneur, died March 31
at Memorial Hospital West. Final
Rites and Burial Nassau, Baha-

died March 30 at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. He is survived by his
wife, Gloria; son, Raymond III;
daughters, Letecia, Liracle and
Annetta Taylor; sister, Stephanie
Clemens; brothers, Lorenzo and
Jeremy; aunt, Ellawees Myers. A
host of other relatives and friends.
Service 3 p.m. Saturday in the

Royal -
sician assistant, died April 1. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

MARVIN DURHAM, 69, long-
shoreman, died March 31. Service
was held.

giver, died April 3. Service 12 p.m..
Saturday at Church of God of
Prophecy. Visitation Friday 4 to 9

borer died April 3. Arrangements
are incomplete.

WILLIAM DENNIS, 66, school
administrator, died March 30. Ser-
vice was held.

store owner, died March 31. Final
rites and burial in St. Mary, Jamai-

DEVON RHULE, 49, custodian
Broward County Schools died
March 31. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
urday at Sierra Norwood Calvary
Baptist Church. Visitation Friday 4
to 9 p.m.

ESTELLA HINES, 71, house-
wife, died April 4. Arrangements
are incomplete.

Pax Villa-
ROLDY LUBIN, 44, landscaper,
died March 29 at home. Service
Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

etician died March 31 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Service Sat-
urday, Haitian Evangelical Baptist
Church in Nbrth Miami.

Grace "
March 27. Service Was held.

EDGAR GIBBS, 61, died April
2. Graveside service 10:30 a.m.

PRESTON C. JONES, 53, died
March 31. Service 11 a.m., Satur-
day at Grace of God Church.

76, educator
died March 31.
Service at 11
a.m., Wednes-
day at Ebenezer
U.M. Church.

shier died April
6. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at St. Luke M.B.

lawn mainte-
nance, died
March 29. Ser-
vice 12 noon
Saturday at
Friendship M.B.

groomer died March 29. Service
was held.

DONALD SMITH, 66, laborer
died April 1. Service was held.

ELMOND LUDIN.Arrangements
are incomplete.

DELTA RHOME, 39, record su-
pervisor, died March 30. Service
was held.
St Fort ."
died March 20
at Northshore
Medical Center.
Service was

JAIME REYES 44, died March
30 at Aventura Hospital. Service
was held.

,April 4 at Memorial West Regional
Hospital. Service Sat., April 18.

March 29 at Memorial Hollywood
Regional Hospital. Final rites and
burial in Haiti.
Nakia Ingraham
"BISHOP", 70,
died March 31
at VA Hospital.
Service 12 noon
Saturday, Spirit
of Christ Center
and Ministries.

ELSA VALDEZ, 93, died March
4. Arrangements are incomplete.

Range Coconut rove
"MARIE", do-
mestic Engi-
neer, 78, of
Perrine, died
April 2 at Mercy
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include
son, Daniel Jr.; F:
daughters, Deb-
orah Moss Bell, Gail Brown, Shir-
ley Thomas and Pamela Thomas.
Services 1 p.m., Saturday, Na-
tional Church of God, 17305 S.W.
106th Avenue (Perrine).

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

04/04/04 06/05/73

Although you left me 36 years
ago, you xvill never be forgotten.
Love always, your daughter,
Phyllis Margaret Rolle, grand-
children and great-grands

Genesis- ,
cialist, died on
April 1 at home.
Service 2 p.m.,
Monday in the

Shoe ,Maker
died Feb. 1.
Service 11 a.m.
Saturday in the

CAROLE JONES, security
guard, died
March 29 at
home. Service
was held.

52, salesman died March 28 at
West Side Regional. Service was

DLER, 74, secretary died March
20 at Broward General. Service
was held.

54, homemaker died March 29 at
home. Service was held.

MARTHA HUYSSE, 86, home-
maker died March 31 at Baptist
Hospital. Private service.

er died March 31 at Broward Gen-
eral. Private service.

MEEKINS MARIE, 91, home-
maker died April 3 at Salerno Bay
Manor. Private service.

MIGUEL GIL, 81, technician,
died April Mercy Hospital. Pri-
vate service.

In Memoriam
In Invinm memnrv of;

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of

04/10/82 06/12/03 ANTWAN WALKER
04/07/89 05/23/08

It has been six years since
your passing. We love and
miss you.
Reginald Sr, Tangela,
Brittany, Bianca, grand-
mas Robie and Shirley Love
always, Mom Earline, Jean,
Tasha, James and family

Death Notice

Love always, Mom Earline,
Jean, Tasha, James and fam-

Card of Thanks
The family of the late,

FRANK W. COOPER grateful-
ly acknowledges your kindness
and expressions of sympathy
provided during these difficult
times. We thank you so much
for your visits, cards, flowers,
gifts, covered dishes, phone calls
and prayers. A special thanks to
Minister Deon Duncombe, our
niece Elder Patricia Liner for a
moving eulogy and to Gregg L.
Mason and staff for all of their
wonderful assistance.
Farewell to our beloved Frank
W. Cooper, you will forever be in
Sour memories.
Ivory Cooper and family
Dorothy Patricia Ware, 25 I
and son Zayon Kelvin Ware,
8 died March 30. Viewing 1
p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, April In Memoriam
13 at Mitchell Funeral Home.
Service 12 noon, Tuesday, In loving memory of,
April 14, New Generation .
Missionary Baptist Church,
940 Caliph, Opa Locka.

In Memoriam

4/10/1918 04/06/2005

Not a day goes by without
our missing your presence. We
miss your love, laughter and
kindness. However, we know
that you are in a heavenly
place. I
Your children, Betty,
Elouise, M. Jacqueline, Alfred,
Carolyn, Mary, Ronald Debra,
Keith and grandchildren

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Dania Beach pioneer, died
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Despite his enemies' efforts, Paul Robeson is remembered as a great American

Lawyer, actor, activist lived a remarkable life

By Dinizulu Gene Tinney
Special to The Miami Times

On April 9, 1998, many around
the world paused to remember and
honor the 100th anniversary of the
birth of one of the most remarkable
human beings to ever have lived. No
less remarkable was the success of
his enemies in all but erasing him
from history after 1950, so-"he is
barely known today.
Paul Robeson, the son of a min-
ister who had escaped from slav-
ery and of. a former schoolteacher,
would become the most recognized
person on earth, both for his prodi-
gious combination of talents and for
his passionate social consciousness,
before he ran afoul of America's rac-
ist power. structure. His was a rare
blend of physical strength, athletic
ability, soaring intellect, artistic
dedication and legendary talent as a
stage and screen actor and concert

In school, Robeson excelled not
only intellectually but athletically,
as well, as a varsity athlete in base-
ball, basketball, football and track &
He attended Columbia University
Law School, graduating with distin-
guished classmates such as future
governor of New York and presidential
candidate Thomas E. Dewey and fu-
ture U.S. Supreme Court Justice Wil-
liam 0. Douglas.

A career in law was brief, ending
shortly after he accepted his first po-
siti'on at a law firm, where, when a
White secretary refused to take dic-
tation from him, he too refused to be
thus disrespected.
He decided next to explore his artis-
tic talents and appeared in a Eugene
O'Neill's All God's Chillun Got Wings
and The Emperor Jones and came to

"own" the title role of
Othello in the Shake-
speare play of that name
in both London and New
York, where his 269 con-
secutive performances
,still hold the record for a
Shakespeare production
on Broadway.
By 1950, Robeson was
the most recognized indi-
vidual in the world. His
global celebrity brought PAUL RC
him wealth and could
have brought him even more but he
never forgot where he came from and
was a tireless champion of oppressed
peoples and the working class. His sin-
gle-handed protest in London brought
an immediate end to discrimination
against Blacks by hotels there.
In addition to presenting his ever-
popular stirring renditions of classic
Negro spirituals, he learned more
than 25 languages and thrilled glob-
al audiences with flawless and flu-
ent performances of their local folk



Robeson was a stalwart
advocate on behalf of the
struggles of Black and
poor Americans but he
also famously supported
the anti-fascist side in
the Spanish Civil War
and was an early cham-
pion of the anti-colonial

struggle worldwide, es-
pecially-in Africa, becoming person-
ally acquainted with independence
leaders and future heads of state
such as Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah
and Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta in theil
student days.
As popular and beloved as Robesor
was, his undoing came, rather inno
cently, when he arid African Ameri:
can legend W.E.B. DuBois attended
a Peace Conference in Paris in 1949
There, he suggested that he coulc
not envision Negroes in AmericE

taking up arms against the Soviet
Union, which had been, after all,
America's staunch ally against Nazi,
Germany in World War II only four
years earlier. While living in Europe,
Robeson was unaware of America's
radical mood swing against Stalin-
ist Russia when he made that state-
Robeson was labeled a Commu-
nist and his passport was revoked,
preventing him from pursuing his
career at the peak of his abilities.
(He would later win back his~pass-
port in the Supreme Court but only
after valuable years were lost). He
was blacklisted at home.

Robeson never backed down and
became more of a hero to African
Americans. His bold and eloquent
rebuke of the Congressmen who
had him brought before the House
Un-American Activities Committee
remains one of the most heroic pro-
democracy documents in the na-
tion's history.
Although he was able to re-
sume his performing career, his
health was beginning to fail and
his voice had begun to lose some of
its strength. He was never able to
make a total comeback and a new
generation coming of age knew little
or of how great this man was.

Media bias comes under fire

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not important outside of their
circle and maybe we don't attach
the same importance to them that
we do for other people," McMillin
said in the article.

According to FBI statistics, in
2007 a total of 814,967 missing
person records were entered into
the National Crime Information
Center's Missing Person File. More
than 25 percent of those missing
are African Americans, who are
12 percent of the U.S. population.
Whites make up 66 percent of the
U.S. population and account for
neatly 63 percent of the missing
persons. Others include Latinos.

is crucial, Howard says.
Noel Leader agrees. "It sounds
a public' alarm," says the re-
tired police sergeant and co-
founder of 100 Blacks in Law
Enforcement Who Care. That's a
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based, organiza-
tion, founded in 1995 to serve
as a voice for the Black 'com-
munity in the justice system.
Around the time Huston's story
was acknowledged by the media,
Natalie Holloway, 18, a White fe-
male, vanished during her trip to
Aruba in May 2005. Her story im-
mediately took over local and na-
tional news stations.

"You would see another family
going through the same pain,and
you can't fault them," Howard
i '

, 'Media serves two purposes not only for atten-,
tion and new information but it puts pressure on law,
enforcementt in, addition to putting pressure on the:
. perpetrator. -Rebkah Howard'

"There is a whole lot of brown
and Black people (missing)," said
Rebkah Howard, partner and
founder of Image Pro, a public re-
lations marketing firm in Miami.
In May 2004, Howard's ,niece,
Tamika Huston, then 24, disap-
peared from Spartanburg, S.C.
A year later, her case received
national media attention, not
as the story of a missing per-
son but a missing person who
was ignored by mainstream me-
dia because 'of her race. Hus-
ton was missing for over a year.
Huston and her boyfriend, Chris-
topher Hampton, 25, were argu-
ing about money when Hampton
threw a hot iron at Huston hit-
ting her in the head. He pan-
icked after killing her and drove
around with her body for hours
until he buried her in a wooded
area in Duncan, S.C., mark-
ing the .spot with a cross made
from tree branches, he told the
Herald-Journal of Spartanburg.
In August 2005, Hampton was
charged with Huston's murder.
Media outlets such as America's
Most Wanted helped authori-
ties by airing Huston's story in
March 2005. After the broadcast,
an anonymous tipster provided
Spartanburg officers with the es-
sential details needed to solve the

"Media serves two purposes,"
Howard said in an interview. "Not
only for attention and new infor-
mation but it puts pressure on law
enforcement in addition to put-
ting pressure on the perpetrator."
The color within the miss-
ing persons population is often
overlooked because "national
networks, in particular, have
found a formula for producing
miniature soap operas," said
Howard, citing the 2002 Laci
Peterson case involving a miss-
ing White, pregnant 27-year old
who was killed by her husband.
Howard speculates that sto-
ries involving White females
raise ratings for the networks.
"Media drives the story. There
are a lot of juicy tidbits but no
one knows that because the
media didn't put the story in
the spotlight," Howard said.
Early media attention

said. "It just makes you so angry.
Why do they (missing White fe-
males ) get around-the-world cov-
erage? What about those other
Howard said in her attempts
to reach out she found that
she was being strung' along
by editors, and producers.
The issue, Suggs and Leader
agree, has to do with the lack of
diversity in the newsroom.
"We need to develop our own me-
dia'outlets. Stop supporting those
that don't support the things that
are important to us," Leader says.
According to the Radio-Television
News Directors' 2007 annual
study of diversity, Blacks repre-
sent 9.5 percent pf those in TV
newsrooms and are 4.2 percent
of TV news directors.
Leader advocates more me-
dia ownership among African
Americans as another solution.
Meanwhile, families of missing
persons must deal with other is-
sues besides lack of media atten-
Leader advises that families
must constantly ask questions
regarding the objectives and
strategies as well as continue to
check up on the status of cases
with officers. "Don't be intimidat-
ed," he said.

As a result of Howard's efforts,
NBC producer Josh Mingelwoods
committed to the 2005 story that
posed the question why Holloway
became a household name and
Huston did not. USA Today re-
porter Mark Memmott also.wrote
an article on the case.
Howard now uses her expe-
riences and expertise to help
others. She and her family are
launching the Tamika Huston
Foundation for. the Missing,
which will assist and support
families, particularly minori-
ties with the process associ-
ated with finding and solving
the cases of missing loved ones.
The Foundation website, www., is under
construction. Howard says it
will provide media relations and
teach families how to interact
with law enforcement in miss-
ing persons cases.

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Guyana's first woman

president dies at age 88

Janet Jagan, a Chicago na-
tive who joined her husband
Cheddi in his native Guy-
ana and rose to succeed him
as the country's first woman
president, died Saturday at
the Georgetown Hospital at
age 88.
The Jagans met in Chicago


while Cheddi was a dental stu-
dent and they were married on
Aug. 5, 1943. She was commit-
ted to Marxism and was cred-
ited with playing an influential
role in the early political devel-
opment of her husband whom
she accompanied to the Eng-

lish-speaking South American
nation in December 1943.
After the death of her hus-
band in March 1997, Jagan
became president, serving
from Dec. 19, 1997, to Aug.
11, 1999, when she made way
for the election of current Pres-
ident Bharrat Jagdeo.

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Men of Distinction members gather outside the Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center where they attended a Black History program.

Male role models visit Richmond Heights school

Miami Times Staff Report school during Black History Month. The men
speak in every classroom, giving all students
Dozens of Black males turned out for the 11th an opportunity to see a Black male role mod-
annual "Men of Distinction" program hosted el.
recently by Frank C. Martin International K-8 "This is especially important this year as our
Center in Richmond Heights. President Barack Obama has called us to ac-
The program is a signature event for the tion to make a difference," a school announce-

ment said.
"These very important men have been mak-
ing a difference for 11 years in the life of our
children," the announcement said.
Those who visited this year included state
Rep. Dwight Bullard, School Board Mem-
ber Wilbert T. Holloway, South Florida Times

Executive Editor Bradley Bennett, radio per-
sonalities Don Daley and Ken James, County
Chairman Dennis Moss's aide Dallas L. Manu-
el and Miami Heat official Rey Ward.
Isadora Adams and Regener Ballard chair
the school's Black History Month committee.
Pamela F. Brown is the principal.

Local Cupidettes mark

36th year and reaffirm

commitment to serve

The Miami Chapter, of Cupidettes
Club announced it has awarded more
than $55,000 in scholarship assis-
tance to students since the group
was established 36 years ago.
The announcement came after the
Cupidettes held their largest fund-
raiser, the annual Valentine's Dance,
at the Newport Beachside Hotel &
Resort in Sunny Isles Beach.
Cupidettes officials are expecting
the fundraiser netted around $2,000
their Scholarship Assistance Fund.
The scholarship is given to stu-
dents graduating from high school
or currently enrolled in an accredited
undergraduate college or university
in Miami-Dade County or Broward

The award is named for founding
members Esterlene Colebrook, Sybil
Johnson, who remain active in club
programs and activities, and the late
Dorene Afford.
The chapter is currently headed by
Katrenia C. Reeves, president, and
the 24 active members are pushing
ahead with their mission of "raising
the standard of civic life, increasing
interest in charity involvement and
enhancing the social activity within
the local community."
Other club officers are Gloria
Taylor, first vice president (Ways &
Means); Dale DeShazior, second vice
president (Budget); Christine Gain-
ous, third vice president (Social);
Please turn to CUPIDETTES 2C

Members of the Cupidettes pose for a photograph. From left, front row, are Theresa Davis, Christine Gainous, Sybil
Johnson, Frankie White, Lila Gaston, Katrenia C. Reeves. Middle Row: Deloris Wheeler, Gloria Taylor,Teddie Saunders,
Stephanie Ellis-Watson,Willie Mae Inniss, Carolyn Jones,Andrea McDonald, Delma Marshall,Angelica Baines, Shirley
Watkins-Blythe, Pauline Ebanks. Back Row: Kimmii Lattery, Mary Ambrose, Pamela Knox-Shuler, Bridgett Grant,
Mirlaine Elysee, Dale DeShazior, Mercier Ingraham. --Cupidettes photo

Photo quartet takes aim at portrayal of minorities

Lensmen turn their cameras on adoption project r.

By Michael R. Malone
Special to The Miami Times

Carl Juste crouches to get a better
angle and then focuses his lens to zoom
in on one of the kid in front of him. In the
split-second before he snaps the photo, a
thought flashes across his mind: "I could
have been that child."
Juste and three other award-winning
photojournalists of the IRIS Photo Col-
lective shoot pictures for the 2009 Miami
Heart Gallery, a traveling photography
exhibition of foster children who dream of
being adopted.
"These children are depending on us not
to be their voices but to amplify their voic-
es," says Juste. "Anyone can give them a
photograph; we want a true image of who'
they are. They're trusting us to be honest
and to be fair."
The IRIS Photo Collective, also compris-
ing-Andre Chung, Pablo Martihez-Mon-
sivais and Clarence Williams, joined more
than 35 colleagues who are donating their
time and talent to the Miami Heart Gal-
lery, an initiative of The Children's Trust.
IRIS formed in 1998 to change the way
Please turn to IRIS 3A

Members of

the IRIS Photo

Collective face

the other side of

the camera. From

left are Carl Juste,

Clarence Williams,

Andre Chung and

Pablo Martinez-


-Joshua Prezant, for The Children'sTrust



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Performances of Lehman Alex-
ander Beneby's May The Circle Be.
Unbroken March 19-22 brought
big raves at Florida Memorial
University's Lou Rawls Perform-
ing Arts Center. It played to a full
house each night.
Beneby was a PAVAC student at
Miami Northwestern High, a grad-
uate of Bethune-Cookman Uni-
versity, the University of Miami
and the Philadelphia School of the
Performing Arts. He drew on his
education and training to write a
musical that gives praise and cel-
ebrates our great gospel pioneers,
such as Inez.Andrew, The Barrett
Sisters, Shirley Caesar, The Cara-
vans, James Cleveland, Dorothy L.
Coates, Ruth Davis, Thomas Dors-
ey,. Albertina Walker and Clara
Ward and The Ward Singers.
After his death, Beneby's fam-
ily established L.A.B. Productions,
with board members including
Althea Beneby-Duren, O.W. Du-
ren, IIand Obie W. Duren III, with
Charlette Seward, director, Dr. Pat
Warren, assistant director, Kawan
Debose, :music director, Nzingha
Alexander, stage manager. The
staff comprises Malomo Brown,
Lonnie Ferguson, Kevia Goins,
James Hicks, Jessica McRae,
Eddie Shaw and Laronz Wells.
Audience members during

the recent perfor-
mances included
Beneby's family
members Alvin and
Gregory Beneby,
Judith Beneby, Marie Beneby,
Prescola Beneby, Patricia and
James Moss, John Pryor, mem-
bers of the M Ensemble, Mary
Simmons, Deacon Henry Small,
Tillie Stibbins, Samuel "Chase"
Williams and the Singing Angels
of Arcola Lakes.

Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder,
Historical Hampton House Trust,
and the membership are delight-
ful at reaching the stage where
the ground breaking ceremony for
phase one of the project to recon-
struct the building will be held at
11 a.m. Thursday, April 9.
. Pinkney knows the many ob-
stacles that she and her members
have been facing, including the
demands from a group to be hired
when work becomes available.
Pinkney has tapped Florida Me-
morial University, the University
of Miami Music Department and
others to assist in establishing a
museum center to make youths
aware of the origins of jazz and
the local musicians who have left
a legacy.



Pinkney recruited George Lane
to spearhead a street-naming
project to honor Frank Legree
Jr. and, after several months of
working with the Rev. Dr. George
McRae, pastor of Mt. Tabor Bap-
tist Church, Cheryl Woodard a
sister of Legree's. and a member
of the Hampton House commit-
tee, the section of Northwest 58th
Street between 12th and 17th ave-
nues was named Frank Legree Jr.
Street on Nov. 1, 2008.
Woodard was so thrilled she
mailed Lane a gold chain with
President Barack Obama's pic-
ture in a locket as a token of ap-
The ground breaking ceremony

Apostle J. L. Murray &
Pastor Mary Murray

will feature Charlie Austin, Dave
Nuby and other surviving mem-
bers of the former Hampton House
Band, along with County Commis-
sioner Audrey M. Edmonson who

gram included the Rev. Joseph
Sewell, Evangelist Gloria Rich-
ardson, the Rev. James Williams,
Brenda Lovette, Redon Jenkins,
who sang, When I See Jesus. Mary
Jackson, Violet Lane, Mary Al-
len and Beatrice Radiford paid

included Dantre Ashley, Erida
Brown, Sharon Brown, Alex
Johnson, Pettronella Knowles,
Angela Thomas, Betty Tyre,
Chanda Tyre, Freddie Woods
and Kean M. Woods.

has supported the effort for years.
For more information, call 305-

Kudos go out to members- of
Starlight Holy Temple who hosted
the 15th annual Appreciation for
Apostle J. L. Murray and Pastor
Mary Murray on Saturday in the
banquet room of the Church of the
Open Door under the management
of Keith Lavarity, manager.
Minister Woodrow, Clark and
Deacon Ernest Lewis were the
first to arrive in their four-button
down suits. The ladies wore laven-
der attire.
Sister Antoinette Blackman,
mistress of ceremonies, introduced
Bishop Willie J. Murray, Sister
Vera Taylor, Paul Ingraham and
Joseph Gillyard, who performed
a praise dance. Sister Shirley
Jackson introduced Pastor Cole-
man Jackson, who preached the
Others on the program included
the Smith Family, the Cherubs,
Shirley Sneed and the Starlets.
Pastor C.. Jackson gave the bene-

Dr. D. L. Powell, pastor, Rev.
Frank Dean, moderator, and fam-
ily and the Young and Wright fu-
neral home staff, gave Mary Cher-
ry McKain a homegoing of dignity
Saturday, March 28, at a packed
New Shiloh Missionary Baptist
Those participating in the pro-

By Anna Grace S -. tin

Jeffrey and Dominique Char-
lot Swilley of Ft. Washington, Md.,
along with their daughters Gabrielle
and twins Arielle and Cassandra,
will attend the Easter Egg Hunt on
the lawns of the White House on
April 13. They are all excited at the
possibility of meeting President Ba-
rack Obama, First Lady Michelle
and First Daughters Malia and
Sasha who will be the little host-
esses of the event. Jack and Leona
Swilley are the parents and grand-
parents of the clan.

Returning home on the sad jour-
ney to attend the funeral of their
mother,. grandmother and great-

grandmother Eulilia
Denisia Bethel-Harris
were Franklin (Car-
rie) Harris of St. Lou-
is, Missouri; Gerard
Harris, Ricton, Miss;
Judge Angela Quig-
less, St. Louis; Ter-
rell (Delariah) Jones,
St. Paul, Minn.; Brandon Brown,
Panama' City, Fla.; Ny-Tee Laidler,
Atlanta; Rodney Turner, Christine
Smith and Mozell Roberts of Haines
City; and Jennie Mae Ferguson of
Nassau. Many other grandchildren
and great-grandchildren were also
in attendance. ... Kay Martin and
family were in Miami recently to at-
'tend the funeral of her aunt Mary

L. Dixon.

Keenon and Gayle Duncombe
jetted to Portland, Maine, March 19
for a snow-filled weekend. They re-
turned to the Sunshine State March
23. Welcome back!

Get-well wishes are for Lois Alex-
ander, Vashti Armbrister, Roslyn
Bethel, Carmeta Brown-Russell,
the Rev. Marvel Cheever, Rachel
Culmer-Williams, Mary E. Dor-
saint, Mildred Marquis, Earl Mar-
shall, Inez McKinney-Johnson,
Thelma Meadows-Dean, Lois
Nairn, Cecil Stanley Newbold III,
Doreatha Payne, Cynthia Peacock,
Doris M. Pittman, Ismae Prescott,
Herbert Rhodes Jr., Richard Rolle
and Barbara Rolle-Burrows.

Sean Malik Watts was elated
when 20 invited guests joined him.
at the Cinemark Movie Paradise 24
for his 13th birthday. They viewed
the number-one Box Office hit Mon-
sters Vs Aliens in 3-D. The outing
was hosted by Sean's parents, Leah
Swilley-Watts and Elwood C. Watts
III. His grandparents are Jack and
Leona Swilley, and Elwood and
Kathleen Watts of Burlington and
Port St. Lucie. The grandmothers,
being retired teachers, helped chap-
erone the event.

Booker T. Washington Alumni As-
sociation requests the pleasure of
your company at the fifth annual
"Living Legends Awards" at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 25. The black-tie
affair will be held at the Doral Golf

Miamian is Cupidettes national chairwoman

continued from 1C

Shirley W. Blythe, financial sec-
retary; Andrea McDonald, trea-
surer, and Lila Gaston, record-
ing secretary.
Following in the footsteps of
the founders, chapter members
pledge to be role models for
youths, providing service to the
community not only as Cupid-
ettes but also in their church ac-
tivities and other programs.
Members volunteer for activi-

ties such as home-building with
Habitat for Humanity, the Susan
G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk,
the annual Sickle Cell Sprint
5k Run & Fitness Walk, Walk
for Autism, Adopt-A-Classroom,
preparing Easter and Thanksgiv-
ing baskets, collecting clothing
for the needy and toys for chil-
The chapter also hosts an an-
nual Christmas program for the
residents, of Covenant Palms,
the senior citizens housing com-
plex run by the Urban League of

Discovering the writers and against the Viet-
artists in the New Negro move- nam War.
meant, which came to be known I was reading in
as the Harlem Renaissance, in 1970 the .books
my senior year in college was, that defined the year: All the
for me, like discovering under President's Men, by Carl Bern-
the family Christmas tree the stein and Bob Woodward; The
toy that your parents said they Culture of Narcissism: Ameri-
couldn't afford to buy. For a can Life in an Age of Diminish-
moment, I began to wonder ing Expectations, by Christo-
if there really was a Santa pher Lasch: The Hite Report:
Claus. A Nationwide Study of Female
The world had changed so Sexuality, by Shere Hite; I'm
dramatically between 1966 and OK, You're OK, by Thomas A.
1970 that college was, without Harris; and Jonathan Livmngs-
question, the best place for me ton Seagull, by Richard Bach.
to be. I was also reading Langston
Some of the more important Hughes, Countee Cullen, Alice
contextual events in 1970 were: Dunbar Nelson, Nella Larson,
the ending of the Nigerian civil Claude McKay, Sterling Brown,
war; the Chicago Seven defen- Gloria Douglas Johnson,
dants being found not guilty of Gwendolyn Bennett, Jessie
conspiring to incite a riot on Redmond Fausett, Zora Neale
charges stemming from the vi- Hurston, Helene Johnson and
olence at the 1968 Democratic Jean Toomer, all Black writers
National Convention; the U.S. and poets writing about Black
Army charging 14 officers with things.
suppressing information re- One writer stood out of this
lated to the My Lai massacre; group to catch my creative fan-
Apollo 13, with astronauts Jim cy. Helene Johnson. described
Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack by some as the youngest and
Swigert being launched toward the most brilliant of the Harlem
the Moon; four students at Renaissance writers, was every
Kent State University in Ohio bit as experimental, as jazzy,
being killed and nine wounded as Langston Hughes. She was
by Ohio State National Guards- a Black woman who celebrated
men at a protest against the and embraced the ethos and
incursion into Cambodia; and rhythms of her people, who
100,000 people demonstrating rejoiced in the beauty of dark-

Greater Miami.
The Cupidettes began in Co-
lumbus, Ohio, in 1935. Cole-
brook, who was a member, led
the formation of a chapter in Mi-
ami when she came to the area.
A national chapter was formed in
1974, a year after the local group.
was established,. and celebrated
its 35h anniversary on Feb. 15.
The national president, Chris-
tine Gainous, who is a member
of the Miami Chapter, says she is
continuing to emphasize mem-
bers' "total commitment to ren-

ness, writing poetry that defied
"high yellow" social norms.
I fell in love with her, though,
when I read her poem Bottled,
a brilliant demonstration of
the improvisational creativity
of free Black vernacular.

for helene Johnson
that's what they done to this
shine, ain't it? bottled him.
from "bottled."

yr poems were brown grains
of sand in a bottle washed up
on harlem's concrete beach-
es. was the bottle ceremoni-
ously enjoyed? a special bottle
of wine shared at sunset or
a flask of fiery African spirits
passed around among friends
before filled with sand and
thrown into the sea? u never
said. yr concern was for the
sand, brown sand taken from
the sahara.
yT poems were disdainful &
magnificent negroes dressed to
kill in yellow gloves & swallow-
tail coats dancing on harlem's
seventh avenue pavements.
Did their shoulders tower high,
were their heads thrown back
& wide mouths full of orikis
& juba songs? again, u didn't
say, but demurred to their fly-
ing supercilious feet too splen-
did for harlem's streets.
yr poems were full of jazz &.
race & u swung from severing
sonnet to syncopated vernac'
ular line to scatological peti-
tions to the sacred, rushing in
where no woman & only langs-
ton dared to tread, throwing

der service to others less fortu-
nate than themselves or to help
others achieve their goals."
Other Cupidettes organiza-
tions are located in Jacksonville
and Tampa, as well as Atlanta;
Chattanooga, Tenn.; Chicago;
and Columbus, Ohio; and Deca-
tur, Ala.
Those who would like more
information on the Cupidettes,
including students in the schol-
arship, should write to: Cupid-
ettes, PO Box 680567, North Mi-
ami, FL 33168-0567

discretion into the harmat-
tan's teeth or jazz-age harlem's
substitute winds to write verse
womanly wise, womanly wet &
sobbing with song.
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tributes. The casket was placed
in a two-horse white carriage and Another Family and, Friends
taken to North Dade Memorial Day at Ebenezer United Method-
Park, with Col. Williams Edwards ist Church was a success. David
assisting in the lineup. Smith coordinated the invitation
McKain leaves to mourn her of families, song selection by the
children and grandchildren Na- Mass Choir and preparation of
thaniel and Louis Cherry, Oth- the food for 300. William Francis
ena and Nate Johnson, Margue- helped arrange for the Miami Pro-
rite McKain, Stanley McKain, gressive Band to lead the congre-
Rose Sherros, Elzora Taylor, gation on Sunday, March 28, back
Gloria Taylor, Linda Taylor, into the church which had been
Samuel Taylor and Ola Mae and closed for three months because
George Wilson. of a small fire. "It was a blessing
******** being back," remarked the Rev. Dr.
A salute goes out to Renika Ba- Joretha Capers, pastor.
con, a graduate of Miami Central Jill Bethel introduced family
High, and Freddie Woods and friends, making sure
of Jackson, Tenn., for each family member
planning the baby shower stood andwas announced
that took place Saturday, properly. Families with
March 28, in their back- many members included
yard. Chander Tyre; co- the Bethels, Bullards,
ordinator, took charge of Bradleys. Chesters,
the games that involved Clarks, Kancys, Myl-
everyone, including brys, Martins, Pot-
grandparents Emmett ters, Roberts. Smiths,
and Alfreda Tyre. CHERRY MCKAIN Thomases,Vereens and
Those in attendance the Williamses.

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people of color are depicted in
the media, and the Heart Gallery
offers them a chance to advance
their mission. The quartet named
their organization after the Greek
goddess of the rainbow and mes-
senger to the gods, to reflect their
diversity and their role as visual
story tellers.
"When we looked at the Heart
Gallery, we immediately saw the
value," said Chung. "If we can cap-
ture the essence of these kids and
help create a match or help people
think differently about foster par-
ents, foster kids, adoption. Even
if it's only one child, it'll be a huge
IRIS members have traveled the
globe, photographing wars in Af-
ghanistan and Iraq, post-war. An-
gola, Black farmers in America, Ca-
tholicism .in Mexico, Haitians and
home and in South Florida and a
wide range of other assignments.
They have won top honors for their
The IRIS seed was planted in

the late 1990s. The four camera-.
men were sitting in the lobby of a
Washington, D.C., hotel where the
National Association of Black Jour-
nalists (NABJ) was meeting and
they began to chat about the role
,of photography.
"Locally; nationally, internation-
ally, people of color were not part of
the conversation. Or we were just
a little asterisk; our voices were
not being carried," says Juste.
"We decided to form our collective
to empower ourselves and others,
and not to just criticize,"

Juste left his native Haiti in
1965 with his family who were
under threat of persecution. They
settled in New York City and
moved to Miami in 1973. Carl at-
tended the University of Miami
and began to develop his talents
as a photojournalist. A staff-pho-
tographer for many years with The
Miami Herald, he enlisted with the
Miami Heart Gallery this year.
The gallery has enjoyed some
success promoting the adoption of
foster children who are difficult to

place: siblings, teens and children
with special needs. In less than
a year, eight children depicted in
the gallery have been adopted and
22 are in various stages of adop-
tion. When Juste told the other
,IRIS members about the gallery,
they immediately embraced the
"This is our chance to help make
a difference in these kids' lives,"
said Williams, who won a Pulitzer
Prize for hi'series Orphans of Ad-
diction and has spent more than a
decade photographing children in
challenging life situations.

Born and raised in Philadel-
phia, Williams traveled to the
West Coast to attend school, then
dropped out. His mother offered
to send him a plane ticket home
-' if he returned to the classroom.
He took up her offer and enrolled
at Temple University, where he
began to study photography.
"Once I started, it was like falling
in love," he said.
Williams spent several years
with, the Los Angeles Times,

invite anyone into your life right now.
Luck numbers 9, 15, 28, 44, 50

Life is calling you to get past surface
appearances. Easily led by money and
Looks, you're about to find out how little
they mean. It's what's in the heart that
counts. Keep that in mind for the next
few months. Luck numbers 10, 15, 25,
35, 42

Issues with close others have gotten
tense. Things won't straighten out till
they're ready to talk. So much of this is
about jealousy. Underneath it all they
can't deal with the fact that you've out-
grown them. Luck numbers 12, 18, 22,
28, 46

Pay attention to everything that
happens when you're out and about.
The law of synchronicity is working
in your favor. Prepare yourself for
any number of surprises and be flexible
enough to let them rock your world!
Luck numbers 8, 15, 21, 42, 44

where, in 1997 alone, he won the
Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photog-
raphy and the Robert F. Kennedy
Photojournalism Award and was
recognized by his peers as the
NABJ Journalist 'of the Year. He
left the Times int 2003 to pursue
his personal work and is cur-
rently a Distinguished Visiting
Lecturer teaching photojournal-
ism at the University of Southern
Chung, whose parents are Ja-
maican, grew up in Baltimore
within a culture and family that
valued storytelling. "My mother
was always spinning good sto-
ries and my uncle was amazing
- [stories] that would make you
laugh and transport you," Chung

Hard choices have forced you to scale ev-
erything down. The bigger part of you is
afraid you'll lose it all. Don't cling too hard
to that thought; it won't help. Keep the
faith and consider the uses of adversity.
Luck numbers 6, 12, 24, 42, 48

You can't figure out what you're do-
ing. Working your butt off and getting
nowhere is what it looks like to me. At
times like this it pays to stop and coi-
sider other options. Anything would be
better than this. Luck numbers 12, 19,
24, 32, 42

Our major milestones always take the
form of reality checks that prompt us to
reevaluate everything we're doing. If the
cosmic sledgehammer has been hitting
you over the head lately, heed the signs
and change a few things. Luck numbers
9, 18, 29, 44, 50

Internal and external pressures have
you feeling pretty boxed in. There's no
way to make' your influence felt not
now anyway. Bow to whatever's bigger
than you are and wait. In time you'll find
your way out. Luck numbers 12, 24, 30,
42, 44

The whole reason you stepped out of the
box was to rearrange lifp on your own
terms. Don't hold back now! Nothing will
come from.this if you can't go into it with
an open heart and absolutely no expec-
tations. Luck numbers 12, 18, 24, 32, 42

What feels like limbo is really just the
calm before the storm. In a few months
you'll see that this little break in the ac-
tion was a gift. Strengthen yourself and
regroup; things are about to take off.
Luck numbers 7, 12, 26, 36, 48

You've wound up playing an old famil-
iar role and it's gotten you into trouble
.again. What did you expect? One more
trip down the garden path could get
ugly. Back out of this mess as soon as
you can. Luck numbers 15, 19, 26, 36,

Being jaded about life happens to the
best of us. If you think you've seen it-all,
you're mistaken. Do something out of
the ordinary this week. It'll take some-
tthing totally nonsensical to snap you out
of this. Luck numbers 8, 22, 28, 36, 42

It's OK to flirt but be careful; someone
might take you up on it. Before you go
trolling for a partner, ask yourself ifyou
really want one, and if it's really fair to

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Cities, states hold billions

in unclaimed funds

Find it, claim it, get it

Cities and states are holding billions of dol-
lars in unclaimed funds and there is a way
you can find out if some of it is yours.
. The National Association of Unclaimed Property
Administrators has established a website, Miss-, which allows you to check whether

the government has property belonging to you. All
you have to do is type in your name and state.
Types of property include stocks, mutual funds,
bonds, dividends, uncashed checks and wages,
insurance policies, certificates of deposit, trust
funds, utility deposits, escrow accounts and the
content of safety deposit boxes and bank accounts.
It costs you nothing and the web-
site is updated every month.

Class action lawsuit claims

Chinese-made drywall is d(

Plaintiffs allege property

damage, health problems
Miami Time) Staff Report
Homestead residents Janet Mor-
ris-Chin and Dajan Green have
filed a federal lawsuit against the
Chinese manufacturers and dis-
tributors of drywall they say dam-"
aged their home and caused health
Attorneys with Higer Lichter
Givner, The Blumstein Law Firm
and Podhurst Orseck have filed the
action against Knauf Plasterboard
Tianjin Co. Ltd. and Rothchilt Intl. actionbc a
The lawyTers said Chinese-made
drywall was used in thousands of
homes built in the United States a n60 0
during the building boom between
2004 and 2007. The lawsuit claims
toxic the material gave off chemicals
that damaged houses, making them
unsafe and uninhabitable, and also
damaged personal property.
The plaintiffs are seeking com-
pensation for damages and asking
the court to order monitoring of the
owners to determine any effects on
their health. b.....
"We have filed a national class
action because more than 60,000
homes 'in 13 states are believed to
have defective Chinese drywall,7"
said Victor M. Diaz, an attorney
with Podhurst Orseck.
"We anticipate that when the Con-d
summer Products Safety Commission
completes its investigation, this
product will be recalled across the
country. This could be potentially
one of the largest product liability
cases related to home construction
in U.S. history."
Please turn to SUIT 6A

Dajan Green shows jewelry that she says has been
blackened by chemicals emitted from Chinese-made..
drywall installed in her new home in Homestead. "

A nationally recognized
trial lawyer, Handfield
visits Tallahassee monthly
to hear cases of alleged
misconduct by elected and
appointed officials and
has received three
gubernatorial appointments
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Handfield elected


board chairman

By Tariq Osborne
A self-proclaimed "inner city
kid" who graduated from Mi-
ami Carol City High School
and went on to then Bethune-
Cookman College has become
the first alumnus to be elect-
ed chairman of the Board of
Trustees of the 106-year-old
Larry Handfield, 52, a Miami
attorney, was named to the
position recently and a formal
announcement came on March
"Here I am," Handfield said a
few days later. "I was a drum
major, now chairman of the
board. I'm still trying to absorb
it all. I'm still on Cloud 9."
Handfield, a nationally rec-
ognized trial lawyer, is prin-
cipal of The Handfield Group,
an eight-man law firm special-
izing in criminal defense, He
visits Tallahassee monthly to
hear cases of alleged miscon-
duct by elected and appointed
After graduating in 1978 from
now Bethune-Cookman Uni-
versity with a degree in history
and pre-law, Handfield entered
Howard University School of

Law, graduating in 1981, and
then returned to Florida.
Since then, Handfield has
amassed formidable creden-
tials. He served as a federal
prosecutor and was as a chief
state prosecutor under then
U.S.Attorney General, Janet
Republican Gov. Robert Mar-
tinez named him to the Sen-
tencing Guideline Commission,
Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles
appointed him to the Judicial
Nominating Commission for
the Miami-Dade County Court
System, and Republican Char-
lie Crist picked him for
the Statewide Ethics Com-
Handfield has also chaired
the Public Health Trust, which
runs the Jackson Health Sys-
tem, serving for 2002-2006.
During his tenure, the county
public health network, with an
annual budget of $2.5 billion,
went from a $155 million defi-
cit to a $68 million surplus.
Of all his achievements,
though, his appointment as
chairman of the 26-member
Bethune-Cookman board was
the most "personally gratify-
He was not entirely
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Homeowners urged to act to preserve jrirestead exemption

If you have been en-
joying homestead ex-
emption on your prop-
erty and did not get an
automatic renewal no-
tice from the Property
Appraiser's Office, you
should act now before
you lose the exemp-
tion. '
"Cancellation of HEX
would trigger the re-
moval of other exemp-
tions from which a
property benefits," said
Property Appraiser Pe-
dro Garcia. "It can also

trigger an investiga-
tion by the Property
,Appraiser's Office as to
whether the exemption
had been fraudulently
held and for how long."
Continuous perma-
nent residence in your
home as of Jan. 1,
2009, is required to re-
tain the exemption.
If an exemption was
fraudulently acquired
or retained, Florida law
requires the Property
Appraiser to re-assess
the properties for the

past 10 years. The
property owner would
be responsible not only
for back real estate
taxes but penalties and
interest, as well.
The Office of the
Property Appraiser said
it alerted thousands of
property owners that
they risk having their
homestead exemption
cancelled unless they
confirm that they still
meet the requirements
for the tax benefit.
The office said in De-

cember 2008 it mailed
automatic renewal
receipts to owners of
properties. The receipts
are not forwarded by
the U.S. Postal Service
and more than 11,000
were sent back. ..
On March 27, a sec-
ond notice was mailed
without the forward-
ing restriction, the of-
fice said. To retain the
exemption, the second
notice and supporting
documentation, as in-

dicated in the notice,
must be returned to
the Property Apprais-
er's Office before May
This applies only to
property owners whose
automatic renewal re-
ceipts were returned
by the Postal Service.
Garcia 'is urging
property owners to pro-
vide his office with the
required information.
Notices and documents
may be faxed to 305-
375-4491 or mailed or

hand-delivered to ei-
ther of the two offices
of the Property Ap-
*, Stephen P. Clark
Government Center,
1.11 NW First Street,
7th Floor, Miami, Fl
South Dade Gov-
ernment Center,
10710 S.W 211th
Street, Room 207,
Cutler Bay, Fl 33189
For more informa-
tion,- call 786-331-

Media companies announce partnerships to promote business

Miami Times Staff Report

ICABA Media Hold-
ings has named Dexter
Bridgeman, president/
CEO of Network Publi-
cations, its publisher for
the South Florida mar-
The announcement
came from Jerome
Hutchinson Jr., ICABA
president/CEO, who
said Bridgeman has
"demonstrated great
foresight and leadership
as the founder and pub-
lisher of Success South
Florida and MIA maga-
"We are excited about
having his talent, exper-
tise and leadership on
our team," Hutchinson
The partnership was
one of traditional and
new media that would
provide an "enhanced
platform of interactive
communication and in-
formation for Black pro-
fessionals and entrepre-
neurs in South Florida."
Bridgeman called it
an "exciting opportunity
that embodies the true
spirit of the Kwanzaa
principle Ujamaa" or co-
operative economics.
"This partnership is
another example of a
growing trend of build-

ing successful relation-
ships within the Black
business community,"
he said.
ICABA Media Hold-
ings, a based in South
Florida, describes itself
on its website as "dedi-
cated to connecting and
activating accomplished
Black professionals and
entrepreneurs" and a
"marketing vehicle to
companies desiring an
interactive relationship
with affluent Black con-
sumers in the U.S. and
around the world."
The company, which
began in November
2008, runs the website
Its latest announce-
ment says it is preparing
to expand to cities such
as Atlanta, Chicago,
Louisville and Denver in
the next year.
Hutchinson said
Bridgeman was also a
strong supporter of his
late wife, Pam Hutchin-
son, when she launched
the Who's Who In Black
South Florida directory
in 2007.
Bridgeman has been
in the publishing busi-
ness since 1992 and
has produced editions
for organizations such
as the National Associa-
tion of Accountants and

the National Black MBA 'ber of Commerce presi-

He said the partner-'
ship with ICABA "just
makes sense."
"If two entities want
to achieve success at a
common goal, you can
pool your expertise -
which every business
needs cultivate it and
become an extremely
successful operation.
More will be accom-
plished," he said.
Miami-Dade Cham-

dent/CEO Bill Diggs de-
scribed 'the partnership
as "a powerful move"
and "a positive contri-
bution to the growth of
the business communi-
ty," according to the an-
nouncement about the
"I am looking forward
to the great ideas that
will come out of this
partnership," Diggs
ICABA has also an-

nounced it is partnering
with Bluestocking Ink,
naming its principal,
Cynthia Roby, its South
Florida editor for print
and online properties.
Roby's Ft. Lauderdale-
based firm offers ser-
vices business
and technical writing,
business plans, web-
site text, brochures,
letters, copy-editing
and proofreading, ac-
cording to its website.
Hutchinson said she

Homestead homeowner part of suit

continued from 5A

Morris-Chin and Green
purchased their home
from a national builder
in 2006 and soon after-
wards, the attorneys
said, they started to
notice damage appear-
ing that they attribut-
ed to drywall. An. air-
conditioning copper
coil turned black and
iced over, two comput-
ers suddenly stopped
working and the wiring
in nearby outlets was
found to be covered in
black soot.
According to the law-
yers, the family also
developed physical

symptoms, including
respiratory 'ailments
and headaches.
"When certain chem-
ical compounds in the
drywall are exposed
to moisture and react
with other chemicals
found in the houses,
they create noxious
chemicals that over-
whelm the homes with
unpleasant odors and
lead to costly damag-
es," said Jacob Givner,
an attorney with Higer
Lichter Givner.
"For many hom-
eowners this situation
has become dire. They
have been forced to
flee their homes and
secure rental housing.

They are falling be-
hin4 in their mortgage
payments and worried
about the unknown
health effects from be-
ing exposed to the tox-
ic chemicals," Givner
In February, Higer
Lichter & Givner and
The Blumstein Law
Firm were the first' to
file a class action in
state court on behalf of
Florida residents who
purchased new homes
constructed with the
Those seeking more
information on may
call 305-356-7549 or
log on to www.chinese-

worked with his wife
on Who's Who In Black
South Florida and has
also had stints with
publications in Chi-
cago, New York, He
described her as an
"excellent editor and
writer who has a true
passion for her craft."


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- A private trade
group's measure of the
strength of the services
sector shrank for the
sixth straight month in
March and at a faster
pace than expected.
A services index
from the Institute for
Supply Management,
a Tempe, Ariz.-based
trade group of pur-
chasing executives,
fell to 40.8 last month
from 41.6 in February.
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a complete financial statement setting forth assets, liabilities, income, and
operating expenses as of the end of Fiscal Year 2008. This report has been filed
with the City of Miami's Office of the City Clerk and is available for inspection
during business hours in the Office of the City Clerk, located at City Hall, 3500
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Consumers fall behind on loans at record rate

By Kathy Chu

A record number of con-
sumers are falling delinquent
or into default on their loans,
a problem that some econo-
mists say will only get worse
this year.
A record 4.2% of consum-
er loans were delinquent at
least 30 days in the fourth
quarter, the latest data avail-
able, according to the Federal
Reserve. Another 4% of con-
sumer loans were in default,
meaning they'd been written
off by lenders.
Recent data from the Amer-

ican Bankers Association and
Moody's rating agency show
the same soldering trend: More
consumers are paying late -
or not at all on home, car
and credit card loans.
Job losses are closely cor-
related to loan defaults,
economists say. And as more
people become unemployed,
they're increasingly giving up
on loan payments.
"The wheels have fallen off
the economy," says James
Chessen, chief economist for
the American Bankers Asso-
ciation. "There have been sig-
nificant job losses, and that

translates into people hav-
ing a hard time paying their
Employers shed 663,000
jobs in March, pushing the
nation's unemployment rate
up to 8.5%, the Labor Depart-
ment reported Friday. Since
December 2007 when the
recession began companies
have cut a total of 5. Y million
jobs, more than 2 million of
them this year alone.
The worst is likely yet to
come. Chessen expects con-
sumer loan charge-offs and
delinquencies to continue
rising through the end of this

In this economy, many
families are juggling their
bills, figuring out which ones
to pay first, says Joel Naroff,
founder of Naroff Economic
Historically, consumers pay
their mortgages before their
credit cards and auto loans,
because their home is often
their most important as-
set. But this trend no longer
holds true for all borrowers,
data from the nation's credit
bureaus show.
Some financially squeezed
borrowers have begun paying

their credit card and car bills
before their mortgages, ac-
cording to Experian and Equi-
fax credit bureaus. That's be-
cause some consumers owe
more on their home than it's
worth, so they may be giv-
ing up on their mortgage and
paying their credit card and
car loan to get by, says Mark
Zandi, chief economist at
But more people may soon
fall behind on those bills, too.
Zandi expects card charge-
offs to peak at 10% in the
first quarter of 2010, vs. 6.3%


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Sealed Bids for the Project designated above will be received for and in behalf of Miami-Dade County, by
the Office of the Clerk, in the Stephen P. ClarkCenter, Suite 17-202, 111 N.W. Ist Street, Miami, Florida,
33128 until 1:00 P.M. April 22nd. 2009 or as modified by addendum, at which time all Bids will be taken to
a room to be designated by the Clerk of the Board in said Stephen P. Clark Center. Bids are to be submit-.
ted in two envelopes. Bids received after the time'and date specified will not be considered. Envelopes A of
Bids, containing only the Schedule of Intent Affidavit(s) will be publicly opened'and the names of the Bid-
ders read aloud. Upon notification by the Department of Small Business Development, bidders may correct
defects on the Schedule of Intent Affidavit(s) within forty-eight (48) hours after bid submission. Envelopes
B of Bids, containing all of the remaining bidding documents, from Bidders that have not been rejected as
not responsive will be opened publicly and read aloud forty-eight (48) hours after the bid submission date
and non-responsive bids will not be opened. Bidders are invited to be present at each opening. The County
reserves the right to postpone or cancel the bid opening at any time prior to the scheduled opening of bids.

IN GENERAL THE WORK COMPRISES: Interior finishes build-out of approximately 12,000 square feet
of existing shell space for the future home of the Club America at the Third Floor Level of Concourse "J"' at
Miami International Airport. The scope of work also includes the build-out of the Second Floor Level Escala-
tor / Elevator Lobby Areas.
Contractor will be responsible to perform some selective demolition of existing HVAC ductwork, modifica-
tions to existing systems, i.e., fire alarm and fire sprinklers, construction of new toilet facilities and support
spaces which includes erection of metal stud framing with drywall finishes, the furnishing and placement of
a lay-in acoustical ceiling system, the furnishing and placement of a metal panel ceiling system, framing of
drywall soffits, the furnishing and placement of automatic bi-parting glass doors, furnishing and installation
of bar and kitchen equipment, furnishing and placement of hollow metal doors with their respective finish
hardware, glass wall partitions, stainless steel column cladding, wood veneer paneling, carpet tiles, marble
tile flooring, toilet accessories and all other interior finishes, lighting fixtures, mechanical accessories, power
and data .components amongst all other items and / or electrical / mechanical systems as depicted and
specified in the Bid Documents.
This construction project occurs on the Airside portion of the airport. As such, any and all individuals par-
ticipating.;in the construction of these facilities will be required to apply and secure from the Miami-Dade
Aviation Department, a Miami International Airport ID Badge'that will allow these individuals to access the
sensitive and high security areas of the airport. Access by all individuals or for delivery of material and / or
equipment to the project site will be.through the new South East Gate located on the eastern end of the
airport directly off the airport's Perimeter Road.

BID DOCUMENTS: The Miami-Dade Aviatioh Department will make the Bid Documents available, on
March 16th. 2009. for inspection by individuals by appointment only,, on business days during the hours of
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Miami-Dade Aviation Department offices within Building 5A of the Miami Inter-
national Airport (4200 N.W. 36th Street) Interested parties are to schedule an appointment to review the Bid
Documents through the MDAD Project Manager. Mr. Doug Jorge. at 305-876-7470. The duration of each
appointment will not exceed two (2) hours. However, the Department may schedule additional time slots
(not to run consecutively with the original appointment), if available. At the time of the appointment, and
prior to any Bid Document review, interested parties will be required to present current, government issued,
picture identification (e.g., Driver's License, United States Passport), documentation that they are licensed
architect, engineer, or contractor who may perform work on, or related to, the Project, and sign and notarize
a Confidentiality Affidavit certifying that the company and each authorized employee agrees, that in accor-
dance with Florida Statutes 119.071 (3)(b) and one or more of the following Florida Statutes, 281.301 and
331.22, to maintain the information contained in the Bid Documents as being exempt from the provision
of Florida Statute 119.07(1) and 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. In addition, interested parties
are advised that individuals will be monitored while reviewing these documents. Interested parties may take
notes, however, no photographs and/or copying of the documents will be allowed.

The Bid Documents can be purchased at the offices of the Architect/Engineer. Perez & Perez Architects.
Planners Inc.. located at 2121 Douglas Road (SW 37th Avenue) Third Floor, Miami, Florida 33145. Tele-
phone Number: 305-444-4545
as follows:

Non-refundable Payment of $ 250.00 for each set of Bid Documents
Refundable Deposit of $1,000 for each set of Bid Documents

The non-refundable payment shall be by any type of check, or money order, only, and made payable to the
Miami Dade Aviation Department. The refundable deposit must be by Cashier's or Certified check only, and
made payable to the Miami Dade Aviation Department. Each interested Bidder shall furnish an address,
telephone and fax numbers, and email address for the purpose of contact during the bidding process. A
business card with all of this information will suffice.

Bid Documents may be purchased in, person or by mail. To purchase a set of the Bid Documents in person,
each purchaser must present a current

A. copy of government issued, picture identification (e.g., Driver's License) .
B. copy of the architect, engineer, or contractor qualifier's license issued by the Florida Department of
Business and Professional Regulation for the Bidder making the purchase
C. an original, notarized Confidentiality Affidavit.signed by the licensed architect, engineer, or contractor.

Confidentiality Affidavits may be obtained in advance by downloading from
bids.html. Bid Documents may also be purchased by mail by sending a copy of the requisite identification,
license, original notarized Confidentiality Affidavit, contact information, and checks along with a FedEx or
UPS billing account number to the place of purchase indicated above.
All Bid Documents, including any copies made, shall be returned to the same location where they were
purchased. All Bidders that timely return the Bid Document will have their deposit returned. Those Bidders
that purchase Bid Documents, but elect not to participate in the bidding process are also required to return
all copies of the Bid Documents to the location of purchase. Failure to return the Bid Documents and copies
made to the location of purchase within five (5) working days after the Bid Due Date may be reported to a
Law Enforcement Investigating Authority and will forfeit the deposit. Furthermore, Bidders that fail to return
Bid Documents shall not be allowed to participate in future Confidential solicitations until such time that
the firm has taken corrective actions that are satisfactory to Miami Dade County. The purchaser of the Bid
Documents shall be required to certify that they have returned all original Bid Documents plus any copies
and they have not retained any copies.

All bids must be submitted as set forth in the Bid Documents. The County reserves the right to reject any
or all Bids, to waive informalities and irregularities, or to re-advertise the Project. The County, by choosing
to exercise its right of rejection, does so without the imposition of any liability against the County by any and
all bidders.

PRE-BID CONFERENCE: The Miami-Dade Aviation Department will hold a Pre-Bid Conference and Site
Inspection on April 15th. 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in Conference Room "F" located on the Fourth Floor of Building
5A (4200 NW 36th Street) of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, for all interested parties. Attendance
will be limited to two (2) representatives per firm. No other Site Inspections will be provided by the Miami-
Dade Aviation Department. It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all the requirements of
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For sign language, interpreter services, material in accessible
format, other special accommodations, or airport-related ADA concerns, please contact the MDAD Office of
ADA Coordination at (305) 876-7024.


Contract Measures for this Project is (are):


The Community Workforce Goal forthis Project is:



BID GUARANTY: Each Bid must be accompanied by a Bid Guaranty of not less than five percent (5%) of
the Total Bid in a manner required by the Instructions to Bidders. No Bid may be withdrawn after the sched-
uled closing time for the receipt of Bids for a period of one-hundred and eighty (180) days. The County
reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, to waive informalities and irregularities, to reject all bids, or to
re-advertise for Bids.


1) The Miami-Dade County Responsible Wages Ordinance.

2) The Provisions in reference to the timetables for minority and female employment participation, expressed
as a percentage, for the Contractor's aggregate work force in each trade on all construction work in the cov-
ered area, as follows:

Timetables Goal for minority Goals for female
Participation for each Participation for
From 4/01/81 trade in Miami-Dade County each trade
Until further notice 39.5 % 6.9 %

As used in this Notice, and in the Contract resulting from this solicitation, the "covered.area" is Miami-Dade
County, Florida.:. These goals are applicable to all Contractor's construction work (whether or not it is Federal
or Federally assisted) per formed in the covered area.

3) The "Equal Opportunity Clause" and the "Standard Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Construction
Contract Specifications" as set forth in the Contract Documents.

The Contractor's compliance with the Executive Order and the regulations in 41 CFR Part 60-4 shall be based
on its implement tion of the Equal Opportunity Clause, specific affirmative action obligations required by the
specifications set forth in 41 CFR 60-4.3(a), and its efforts to meet the goals established for the geographical
area where the Contract resulting from this solicita tion is to be performed. The hours of minority and female
employ ment and training must be substantially uniform throughout the length of the Contract, and in each
trade, and the Contractor shall make a good faith effort to employ minorities and women evenly on each of
its projects. The transfer of a minority or female employee or trainee from Contractor to Contractor or from
project to project for the sole purpose of meeting the Contractor's'goals shall be a violation of the Contract,
the Executive Order and the regulations in 41 CFR Part 60-4. Compli ance with the goals will be measured
against the total work hours performed.

The Contractor shall provide written notification to the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance
Programs within ten (10) working days of award of any construction subcon tract in excess of $10,000 at
any tier for construction work under the Contract resulting from this solicitation. The notification shall list
the name, address and telephone number of the Subcon tractor; employer identification number of the
Subcontractor; estimated dollar amount of the subcontract; estimated starting and completion dates of the
subcontract; and the geographical area in which the Contract is to be performed.

4) Miami-Dade County has enacted an ordinance governing utilization of certified Community Small Busi-
ness Enterprise (CSBE) Subcontractors. Requirements for compliance with this ordinance are contained in
the Contract Documents.

5) Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Code Section 2-11.1(t), a "Cone of Silence" is imposed upon RFPs,
RFQs or bids after advertisement and terminates at the time the County Manager issues a written recom-
mendation to the Board of County Commissioners or a Notice of Contract Award Recommendation, which-
ever comes first. The Cone of Silence prohibits communications regarding RFPs, RFQs or bids between
potential vendors, service providers, bidders, lobbyists, or consultants and the County's professional staff,
including but not limited, to the County Manager and the County Manager's staff. A Cone of Silence is also
imposed between the Mayor, County Commissioners or their respective staffs and any member of the Coun-
ty's professional staff including, but not limited to, the County Manager and the County Manager's staff.

The provisions of Miami-Dade County Code Section 2-11.1(t) do not apply to oral communications at pre-
bid conferences, oral presentations before selection committees, oral communications with the Contracting
Officer, as published by the Department of Small Business Development in their weekly Cone of Silence
Project Information Report, for administering the procurement process, Contract negotiations during any
duly noticed public meetings, public presentations made to the Board of County Commissioners during any
duly noticed public meeting or communications in writing at any time unless specifically prohibited by the
applicable RFP, RFQ, or bid document. Bidders or proposers must file a copy of any written communication
with the Clerk of the Board, which shall be made available to any person upon request. The County shall
respond in writing and file a copy with the Clerk of the Board, which shall be made available to any person
upon request.

In addition to any other penalties provided by law, violation of Miami-Dade County Code Section 2-11.1(t)
by any bidder or proposer shall render any RFP award, RFQ award, or bid award voidable. Any person
having personal knowledge of a violation of this Ordinance shall report such violation to the State Attorney
and/or may file a complaint with the Ethics Commission. Bidders or Proposers should reference the actual
Ordinance for further clarification.

6) The County shall not be responsible for any modifications or alterations made to the Bid Documents or to
the Contract Documents other than those made by Addendum, Change Order, or Work Order. Any purchase
of partial sets of documents shall be at the purchaser's risk.

7) Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Code Section 2.8-1 (d), a Bidder shall have on file, prior to contract
award a duly executed Uniform County Affidavit with the Miami-Dade County Department of Procurement
Management (DPM), to be maintained with the bidders vendors registration file. The Bidder is responsible
for obtaining the Vendor Registration Package, including all affidavits by downloading from the DPM website
at www.miamidade.aov or from the Vendor Assistance Unit at 111 N.W. 1st Street, 13th Floor, Miami, Florida
33128, (305) 375-5773.




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1150 N.W. 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

1212 N.W. 1st Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, $500.
Stove, refrigerator, air.

12400 N.E. 12th Court
Newly renovated, one be-
doom, one bath. Laundry
room. Section 8 ok! $675
mthly. No security!
305-498-2266, 954-549-0239

1281 N.W. 61st Street
One Month's FREE rent!
Renovated one bdrm, $525;
two bdrms, $725 appliances
included, 305-747-4552

1311 N.W. 2nd Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.

13130 N.W. 30th Avenue
Newly remodeled, spacious,
one bdrm, one bath, washer
and dryer, tiled. Section 8
welcomed. $795 monthly.
tall 954-557-4567

140 N.W. 13th Street
One month to move in, two
bedrooms, one bath, $525.

1510 N.W. 68th Street
Efficiency $400
One bdrm, one bath $475
Two bedroom, one bath $575
Call 786-797-6417

830 N.W. 70 St
One bedroom, one bath, $450
mthly. 305-759-1880

8475 N.E. 2nd Avenue
One and two bdrm apts. Sec-
tion 8. 305-754-7776

924 N.W. 29th Street
Section 8 Special! Two
bedrooms, one bath, tiled
throughout. 786-262-7313

One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call

New, one, two, and four
bdrms. Section 8 Welcomed I
Call 786-355-5665.

Move in with first months rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, and three bedrooms,
air, appliances, laundry and
gate. From $400. 1601 NW
1st Court. 305-374-4412.

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Close to Miami Avenue
on N.E. 84th Street
One bedroom and efficiency
for rent. Call 305-970-5574

3669 Thomas Avenue
One bdrm $525,two bdrms,
$650. Stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080,

,1,558J1,W. 1 Avenue i -,, o ,, .
Two bdrms, one bath. $650. "
Appliances. 305-642-7080
16140 N.E. 18th Place GOLDEN VILLAS
Nice, two bedrooms, one New Rental. Community
bath, central air, tiled, $925 1325/1415 NW 18th Drive
monthly. 786-985-1624. Pompano Beach

18550 N.W. 38th Court
SVery beautiful spacious stu-
dio, brand new refrigerator,
and stove, utilities and cable
included. 'Private entrance.
Section 8 Ok.

1950 N.W. 2nd Court
One bedroom, very nice. Call'

1955 N.W. 2 Court
IN. One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

1969 N.W. 2 Court
bedroom, one bath,$550.
Stove refrigerator, air, free
305-642-7080, 786-236-1144

210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath $475.

2186 N.W. 38 Street
Newly renovated, one bdrm,
one bath. $800. Appliances,
free water. 305-642-7080

2972 N.W. 61 Street
One bdrm, one bath.- $550.
Free Water. 305-642-7080

3051 N.W. 134th Street
Section 8 welcomed. Newly
remodeled, two bdrms, one
bath, central air, washer and
dryer included. New kitchen,
bath, and refrigerator. $980
monthly. 954- 557-4567

50th Street Heights '
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars, iron
gate doors. One and two
bedrooms from $490-$580
monthlyl2651 N.W. 50th
Street, Call 305-638-3699.

6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 N W 50 Street or call

745 NW. 58 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, air unit,
appliances, water and gas.
$750 mthly. One bdrm, $575
mthly. Section 8 Ok! 305-401-
4674, Monday through Friday
9 to 5.

Beautiful One, Two, Three
and Four Bedroom Apts.
Starting at $750 monthly
Washer/Dryer Available
Fitness Center
Computer Room
Sparkling Pool and
Children's Playground

incomee restrictions apply
Rent subject to change


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Beautiful one bedroom, $540
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines. Call

MIAMI -Now Pre Leasing
A Rental Community

Pinnacle Place Apartments
5600 N.E. 4 Ave
Miami, FL 33137

Affordable, one, two, three
bedrooms. Starting at $633.
For leasing information visit:

Pinnacle View Apartment
225 N.E. 23 Street
.Miami, FL 33137

Call: 305-573-9201

-Income Restrictions-

Prices Subject to Change


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MIAMI Now Pre Leasing
A Rental Community
Pinnacle Square Apts.
8300 N.E. 1 Place
Miami, FL 33138
Affordable, one, two, three
bedrooms. Starting at $632
For leasing information
Pinnacle View Apartment
225 N.E. 23 Street
Miami, FL 33137
Call: 305-573-9201
-Income Restrictions-

N. DADE Section 8 OK!
One and two bdrms. No De-
posit For Section 8.

>One and two bdrm. Call after
6 p.m. 305-753-7738

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1001 N.W. 84th Street
Two bdrms, one bath, all ap-
pliances, air. 305-305-4665

11535 S.W. 224 St
Three bedrooms, two baths,
dining and living room, cen-
tral air and heat, gated yard,
'setup for washer and dryer.
Section 8 OK. 305-318-3918

1187 N.W. 63 St. #2
;. :Tw, pdrms one bain $900
mthly $1800 to move in
305-389-8414 -

1220 N.W. 61st Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, Ital-
ian tile, Section 8 welcome,
Call 786-210-5644.

1242 N.W. 51 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
walk to bus stop. $750 month-
ly. Call 305-302-6934

140 N.W. 31st Street
New, three bdrm, two bath,
Section 8 ok! $1550/mth.
Handicap oriented. 305-807-
2191 Available nowl

147 N.W. 68 Terrace
One bedroom, -one bath.
$625. Stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080

1540 N.W. 49 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850. More Specials.
Frank. Cooper
Real Estate

15803 N.W. 38 Place
Lovely two bedrooms, central
air, fully tiled, bars. Move in
ready. $950 monthly. Section
8 OK! Other locations avail-
able. 305-788-0000 ,

1857 N.W. 50th Street
One and two bedrooms, two
bath, $650-795 mthly.,

1863 N.W. 42nd Street
Newly remodeled, one bdrm,
one bath, air. 786-356-1457.

1864 N.W. 73 Street
Newly renovated two bed-
rooms, one bath. $875 mthly.
Section 8 OK!

19201 N.W. 34th Court
Three bedrooms, one and
half baths. 786-230-5167

Newly renovated, one bdrm,
one bath, tiled floors, new
appliances, central air, $650,
first and security. 786-315-
7358 or 305-332-4426

2127 N.W. 66th Street
Two bdms, one bath, laundry,
Section 8 accepted. $825
mthly includes water. Call

21301 N.W. 37 Ave
Two bedrooms. $895 mthly.

226 N.W. 63rd Street
Two Bedroom, one bath,
central air, Section 8 ok!




247 N. E. 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath, re-
modeled, water, garbage,
parking is free. $750 monthly
plus security deposit. Section
8 Welcome. 786-216-7533.

3030 N.W. 19th Avenue
One bedroom, Section 8 wel-
come, call 305-754-7776.
324 N.E. 56 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$925. 305-642-7080

4135 N.W. 24 Ave.
Two bedrooms, appliances,
central air and heat. $875
mthly. Section 8 OK.

4269 N.W. 22 Court
New duplex. Two bedroom,
air,' big back yard.

5010 N.W. 1 Ave
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air, near school and bus line,
fenced. 305-634-3473

542 N.W. 60th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, $1100 monthly.

5420 N.W. 7th Court
One bdrm, one bath, $800
mthly, water and electric
included. Call 305-267-9449

6109 S.W. 63 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath. $700.
1 305-642-7080

6937 N.W. 6th Court
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, Section 8 ok! $925
mthly. 305-751-55383

6998 N.W. 5 Place
One bdrm, one bath. $650
mthly. 786-399-8557'

733 N.W.6 Street
Hallandale. Two bdrms, one
bath, appliances. $800.

7770 N.W. 9th Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, drive
in entrance, Section 8 only.

8195 N.W. 24 Ave
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Newly renovated; includes
major appliances. $600 mthly,
first last and security.

Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1300 mthly.$200 Deposit for
Section 8 tenants, $2600 for
others. Call 305-759-8924, or

3737 Charles Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath
duplex located in Coconut
Grove, Near schools and
buses. $595 monthly, $595
security deposit, $1190 total
to move in. 305-448-4225 or
apply at
3737 Charles Terrace

Hialeah Heights
Three bdrms, two bath,
$1,500 monthly, $1,500 de-
posit, Section 8 OK. 561-703-.

Located Near 90th Street
Sand 27nd Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486

Nice, one bdrm, one bath, tri-
plex apt, quiet neighborhood,
$675 mthly. Section 8 ok! NC
Realty 305-710-8915

One bdrm $500 and up
Two bdrms $750 and up
Three bdrms $1367 and up
Four bdrms $1600 monthly
Design Realty

10-Effective April 16th
Tuesday Classified Dead-
line Changes to 5 p.m.
1015 N.W. 106th STREET
$750 monthly. All utilities in-
cluded. Drive by then call:

2565 N.W. 92nd Street
large, extra clean, in nice
neighborhood, and private
parking. $700/month, $2100
move in. OR $350/bi-weekly
and $1050 to move in. Utili-"
ties included. 305-696-7423

80 N.W. 53rd Street
Efficiency. $600 mthly, utili-
ties included. $900 to move
in. Woody, 305-898-2698.

86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Efficiency. Call 305-754-7776

720 N.W. 75 Street. Best
Rooms in Town, $224 bi-wk-
ly, plus security $150. Near
buses, grocery store across
street. 786-523-1736

Furn. studio, private entrance,
air, cable,utilities included.

10Eective April 16th
Tuesday Classified Dead-
line Changes to 5 p.m.
13387 N.W. 30th Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486

1426 N.W. 70th Street
$300-$350 Monthly

1500 N.W. 74th Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.

1542 N.W. 62nd Terrace
Clean room, $350 monthly.
Call 305-479-3632

1775 N.W. 151st Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable t.v., air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996

1845 N.W. 50th Street
$135 weekly with air, $270 to
move in. Call 786-286-7455.

1902 N.W. 89 Terrace
Private entrance, drive way,
security bars. $95 weekly
and up. 786-356-8818

2033 N.W. 43rd Street
Room or Share apt. Nicely
furnished 786-290-0946.

2170 Washington Avenue
.Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly. 786-277-3434,

3042 N.W. 44th Street
Big, air, $120 weekly, $240 to
move in, 786-262-6744.

8275 N.W. 18th Avenue
Clean rooms available. Call

Close to .163 St. Mail
Clean furnished room. Own
entrance. 305-749-6418

Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 305-761-9721

Furnished r'r.orn for reni in pri- ..
vate home. lighl kitchen priivi-
lege, call 305-621-1017.' "

CALL 561-666-0167

Affordable. Fixed income
welcome. 786-251-2204
Clean room, private
entrance, patio, cable.

,: 10-EffectiveApril 16th.
iTuesay Ciaisified Dead-
,le" Changes to 5 p.m.

1000 N.W 55th Terrace
Three bdrm, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 ok! Call 305-206-1172.

1131 Dunad Ave.,Opa
Three bdrms, one bath, air.
Section 8 welcomed!

1245 N.E. 111th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$950 monthly. 786-357-8885
or 305-651-6645

12520 E. Randall Park Dr.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 okl $1050 mthly.
No security 786-586-2248

14082 N.E. 2nd Avenue
40 N.W. 166 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
new townhouse located in
nice area, Section 8 ok! Only
one month security.

1518 N.W. 99th STREET
Five bedrooms, two bath,
Section 8 welcomed!

15750 N.W. 28th Court
Four bdrm, two bath, tiled,
central air. $1600 monthly.

16125 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Three bdrm, Section 8 ok!

17401 N.W. 37th Court
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1100 mthly. 305-267-9449

17220 N.W. 45th COURT
Three bedrooms, 2 baths,
, family room, near schools.
305-510-2841, 305-829-5271
1784 N.W. 46th Street
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
washer and dryer. $950
monthly. First and security.

1785 N.W. 43rd Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 monthly. 305-267-9449

1790 N.W. 48 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly. 305-267-9449

1863 N.W. 91st Street
Beautiful one bedroom, total-
ly remodeled,all appliances.
$650 monthly, first and last.

1920 N.W. 69 Ter
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1350 mthly. Section 8 OK.

2297 Rutland Street
Newly remodeled, two bed-
rooms, one bath with bonus
area. Section 8 OK.

2330 N.W. 97th St. Rear
One bdrm, private area,
$1360 to move.

2725 N.W. 53 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1200. Central air,

28 Ave. N.W. 204 Lane
Nice three bedrooms, two
baths, air. Section 8 and
HOPWA OK. 954-392-0070

2947 N.w. 57 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$950 monthly. 305-267-9449

3500 N.W. 196 Lane
3 bdrm, 2 bath. Section 8
OK,$1500 monthly. 786-299-

3750 N.W. 169 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1,300, air, tile, bars, move-in
$3,250. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson Broker

3824 N.W. 213th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 305-267-9449

5962 N.W. 3rd AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath-
room, large fenced yard, near
schools and design district.
First, last and $400 security.

7 N.E. 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$950. Free Water.

781 N.W. 77 Street
One bedroom, appliances
included, air, utilities paid by
tenant. $550 monthly. $1375
to move in. 0305-742-1050

Share two bedroom .house
with. roommate.. $670 each
monthly. Water, lights, wash-
er. Call L.J. 786-457-9086.

Two bedrooms, one bath, liv-
ing room, dining room, air.

2515 N.W. 159 Terrace. Three
bedrooms, one bath. Section
8 Welcome.
Call 305-796-5252

A very nice three bedrooms,
one bath, appliances includ-
ed. First, last and security.
Call 305-749-6810

2953 N.W. 192nd Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1290. 786-277-7028

N.W. 133 St. and 18 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776

Northwest Area
Three bedrooms, one bath,
bars, fenced, appliances,
carpet and tile. Section 8 OK.
NW Area
Two bdrms., one bath, den,
gated, washer, dryer, $1000
mthly, Call Delores
786-217-8833, 305-685-4427

N.W. MIAMI-DADE. Air, Tile,
Renovated. 786-263-1590

10-Effective April 16th
Tuesday Classified Dead-
line Changes to 5 p.m.
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1100 mthly, with op-
1-800-242-0363 ext. 3644

10-Effective April 16th
Tuesday Classified Dead-
line Changes to 5 p.m.
1410 N. 64 Way Hilywood
Five bedrooms, two baths,
pool. Big home for home of-
, fice or business. Owner fi-
nance with $15,000 down,
payment $990 mthly.

2301 N.W. 79th Terrace
Large, renovated, four
bdrms, two bath, TV and
utilities room. $169K, or best

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Move-in condition. Two bed-
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$1150. SALE $82K, Diane
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House for SALE
1015 N.W. 42 Street
3 bdrms, 1 bath, $139K
$8,900 down, $977 monthly.
Owner Finance, no closing
Molly 305-541-2855

Three bedrooms, two baths.
Short Sale $95K.
C.L. Darby Mortgage Co.
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Why Rent? Cheaper To
14622,N.W. 13th Road.
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Try $2900 down
and $995 monthly FHA. NDI-
Realtors 305-655-1700. Call
for list.

Why Rent? Cheaper To
4401 N.W. 171st Street.
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Try $2900 down
and $995 monthly FHA. NDI-
Realtors 305-655-1700, Call

'N.W. 14 Court. Four bed-
rooms, three baths, two mas-
ters, central air, large den.
Try $2900 down and $1295
monthly, FHA.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700

10-Effective April 16th
Tuesday Classified Dead-
line Changes to 5 p.m.
Plumbing, electrical, roof,
washer, dryer. 786-273-1130

Handyman. carpet cleaning.
plumbing; hanging doors,
hauling debris or moving,
specializing in painting.

Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices. 14140
N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565.

Plumbing and Carpentry. 305-
401-9165, 786-423-7233

1 OEftective April 16th
iTuesday Classified Dead-
line Changes to 5 p.m.

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Small businesses have access to stadium designs

Miami Times Staff Report
The Miami-Dade
County Department of
Small Business Devel-
opment announced it is
working with the Mar-
lins baseball stadium
construction manager
to ensure that local cer-
tified small businesses
have access to project
drawings as they are de-
Design development
packages are 50 percent
complete and certified
mall business enter-
prises may review them
from 10 a.m. to noon
Monday, Wednesdays
and Fridays at the de-
partment's offices in the
Stephen P. Clark Center,

Larry Handfield

111, NW. First St., Suite
1910, main conference
Access to the drawings
will enable businesses
to preview the concep-
tual development of the
project to better deter-
mine potential work op-
portunities. To facilitate
networking and team-
building, businesses
certified in small busi-
ness enterprise pro-
grams will also have ac-
cess to contact informa-
tion for potential prime
and sub-contractors.
"Our goal is to' en-
sure that information
and opportunity are not
obstacles to small busi-
ness participation," said
the department's direc-

is first alumnus

to be named chairman

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surprised because it
was generally known
that he was under con-
Handfield's ties to
BC-U are strong. The
school awarded him an
honorary doctorate in
1997. In May 2004, a
new music building was
named the Dr. Larry R.
Handfield Music Build-
ing and ground will be
broken this fall for the
Dr. Larry R. Handfield
Athletic Training Cen-
Handfield aims to

build on' the academic,,
excellence of the school
and does not expect his
appointment to result
in any radical depar-
ture from the policies of
his predecessor, Irving
"I hope to just build
on what has already
been accomplished and
am prepared to meet
the challenges that
come in this age of eco-
nomic issues affecting
any institution of high-
er education," he said.
"If you have the vision,
you can see past today
and build for tomor-

tor, Penelope "Penny"
Townsley. "
"This will help firms.
.focus their interests and
areas of expertise so we
can achieve maximum

goals," Townsley said.'
For more information
or to register as a certi-
fied small business, log
on to www.miamidade.



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The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, intends to select one (1) or more firm(s) for providing
services to the Board as:


The firm(s)will be contracted for a period of four (4) years, with the second, third and fourth years at the Board's
option. Work will be assigned based on the firm's workload, qualifications for the task, and performance
on previous assignments. The Board does hot guarantee any minimum,number of projects or any specific
dollar value. The Board reserves the right to limit the number of concurrent contracts held by a single firm.

Firms desiring to provide Building CxA Services shall submit an original, bound, qualifications proposal five
(5) bound copies and six (6) Compact Disks (CDs) containing a sample of a Final Commissioning Plan and
Commissioning Specifications. The CD shall contain a single PDF document with all required information
and data, no later than 4:00 p.m., local time, Monday April 27, 2009 to the attention of:

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS)
Department of A/E Selection, Negotiations & Design Management
Ms. Nazira Abdo-Decoster, R.A., Administrative Director
1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 305
iMiami, Florida 33132

Telephone: 305-995-4500; Facsimile: 305-995-2050

Building Commissioning Services include, but are not limited to, comprehensive building commissioning
services on new construction, major renovation projects, and existing facilities to ensure the building
systems are designed and built to operate as efficiently as possible. This includes retro-commissioning
and re-commissioning services. Energy efficient buildings certification programs such as LEED may be

The complete Request for Qualifications (RFQ) package with all pertinent information and forms will be
available at the above address after March 25, 2009. This solicitation and RFQ can also be accessed on
the M-DCPS website at:

A MANDATORY PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE will be held at the School Board Administration Building,
located at 1450 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida, in Conference.Room 321 on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at
10:00 a.m. local time. Proposals submitted by firms not represented at the Pre-proposal conference will
not be considered.

Only one submittal will be accepted per proposer, either as a single prime firm or as part of a joint venture.
Proposers must have been in business for a period of no less than five (5) years. Proposers submitting as
a joint venture must be licensed and authorized by the Florida Department of Business and Professional
Regulation, and comply with section 489.119(2)(c) of the Florida statutes. Proof of authorization, licenses)
and an executed copy of the joint venture agreement must be submitted with the response. Percentage
participation of fees must be clearly stated for each joint venture partner.

All proposers must submit proof of currently held Professional Liability in the amount of no less than
$1,000,000, Commercial General Liability Insurance and Business Auto Insurance ($500,000 combined
single limit for b6th coverages), and Workers' Compensation Insurance. Successful firm(s) shall fully comply
with the State of Florida's House Bill 1877 "Jessica Lunsford Act" and all Board rules and procedures as

The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, adheres to a policy of non-discrimination in educational
programs/activities and employment and strives affirmatively to provide equal opportunity for all.

Any firm or individual whose contract has been terminated by the Board "with cause" will not be considered
under this RFQ.

Proposers must submit in the format and forms prescribed In the RFQ package in order to be considered.
M-DCPS reserves the right to request clarification of information submitted and to request additional
information of one or more proposers.
Pursuant to School Board Rule 6Gx13- 8C-1.212, a Cone of Silence is enacted beginning with issuance of
the Legal Advertisement and ending when the Superintendent of Schools submits a written recommendation
to commission. Any violation of the cone of silence may be punishable as provided for under the referenced
School Board rule, in addition to any other penalty provided by law. All written communications must be
sent to the address above and a copy filed with the Clerk of The School Board at 1450 NE 2nd Avenue,
Room 268, Miami, Florida 33132.

Failure to file a protest within the time prescribed and in the manner specified in School Board Rule 6Gx13-
3C-1.11, and/or in accordance with Section 120.57(3), Florida Statutes or failure to post the bond or other
securities required by law within the time allowed for filing a bond shall constitute a waiver of proceedings
under Chapter 120, Florida States.

School Board rules can be accessed on the M-DCPS website at

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Sealed bids for categories of items listed below will be received, at the address listed, on the designated
date. Said bids will be opened and read at the Miami-Dade 'County School Board Administration Building.
Bids are to be placed in the 'BID BOX' in Room 351, by 2:00 P.M., on the date designated. Bid forms on
which the bids must be submitted are available upon request from the DIVISION OF PROCUREMENT
MANAGEMENT web-site at, or Room 351, address above, telephone
(305) 995-1380. Award recommendations will be available on the Friday preceding the scheduled Board
meeting award. The results of bids awarded at the official School Board meetings will be available in the DI-
VISION OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT on the Monday following the meetings. The Board reserves
the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.

"The School Board of Miami-pade County, Florida, enacts a Cone of Silence from issuance of a
solicitation to written recommendation of award. All provisions of School Board Rule 6Gx13- 8C-
1.212 apply."

"Any Protest of Specifications, or Protest of Award, must be filed with the Clerk of the School
Board. Failure to adhere to the filing requirements and timelines, as specified in Board Rule 6Gx13-
3C-1.11, shall constitute a waiver of proceedings."

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Youth summer employment program is launched

Miami Times Staff Report

Saying it wants to
help mitigate the im-
pact of youth unem-
ployment, the South
Florida Workforce In-
vestment Board an-
nounced it launched,
a Summer Youth Em-
ployment Program to
help those aged 14
to 24 understand ca-
reers, the workplace
and employment skills

by linking students to
employers for work
experience and career

Under the plan,
public and private
employers are being
encouraged to pro-
vide career explora-
tion opportunities to
young people during
summer. The board
will cover the partici-
pants' wages for hours

"The Summer Youth
Employment Program
is a great opportunity
for local employers
to make a contribu-
tion to their comtnu-
nity and help create a
simulative economic
impact on the local
economy, at the same
time providing career
exposures to our fu-
ture workforce," said
Beasley, executive di-

rector of South Florida
"I encourage anyone
who is in a position to
provide a placement
opportunity to contact
us for information
about the program.
It's a great investment
in-our youth," Beasley
For more informa-
tion on the program,
log on to www.south-

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What Black People Think


If you think nobody
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Black people think,
think again. Some
people care a lot.
Especially when they
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Take corporations.They want
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banks care whether you're going
to give them your money.
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Give your money, your votes
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Who cares what Black people
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EOE/M/F/D/Veterans' Preference


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Inc. is requesting Sealed bids for con-
sideration to provide services detailed in the "Scope of Work" given below.
Bids shall be received by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Inc., 3800
NW 22 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33142 until 12:00 Noon on April 17, 2009. The
proposals shall be clearly marked as per each Service. Project locations are
to be determined at a later date. Bids shall be sealed. Late bids shall not be
accepted or considered.

These Projects, in part, rnay be federally assisted and may be funded, in part
by a Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program. Bidders must comply
with Presidential Executive Order 11246 clause, as amended; the Copeland
(Anti-Kickback) Act; the contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and all
other applicable federal and state laws, and local ordinance.

This is also a Section 3 covered activity. Section 3 requires that job training,
employment and contracting opportunities be directed to low and very-low in-
come persons or business owners who live in the project's area.

Full General Liability and Workman's Compensation insurance is required for
all trades. Worker's Compensation exemptions will not be accepted. No bond-
ing is required.

Habitat for Humanity of GreaterMiami is an EOE (Equal Opportunity Employ-
er) and invites bids from small businesses, minority business enterprises or
woman-owned businesses.

Selection will be made based on the contractor's qualifications, experience in
Miami-Dade County, professional references, and the ability to meet owner's
schedule and budget.

Bidders must obtain a pre-bid package either by contacting the Contracts Ad-
ministrator by email at or at Habitat for Humanity
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