The Miami times
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Title: The Miami times
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Language: English
Publisher: The Magic Printery
Place of Publication: Miami, Fla
Creation Date: July 1, 2009
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1923.
General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
General Note: "Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis."
General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 25, no. 8 (Oct. 23, 1948).
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utes fion) America. Not the least of which came from fellow celebrities and musicians-most notably
at the BET Awaids held Sunday. Perhaps due to their own celebrity, Hollywood's elite has united to
n the passing of a legend.
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Michael's mom gets custody of kids

By Kelley L. Carter
and Chris Woodyard

a judge granted temporary
guardianship of Michael Jack-
son's three children Monday to
their grandmother, permanent
custody remained in question.
Jackson's mother, Katherine,
will care for Michael Joseph
Jackson Jr., 12, Paris Michael
Katherine Jackson, 11, and
Prince Michael Jackson II, 7,
pending a hearing on the fam-
ily's petition Aug. 3.
It's yet to be seen whether
Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe
steps forward to seek custody
as mother of the two oldest.
Jackson's father, Joe, said at a
news conference with the Rev.
Al Sharpton here Monday that
the children should remain
with them. "We love these kids,"
he -said. "We're going to take
care of them and give them the
education they are supposed
to have."
The petition asked that Kath-
erine Jackson be named ad-
ministrator of the estate for the
benefit of the children and said
the family believes Jackson
died without a valid will.

says Scott Altman, professor of
family law at the University of
Southern California. The case
could hinge on how strong of a
relationship she is able to show
she had with the children over
the years.
The mother of Prince Michael
II has yet to be identified in
Some experts say the chil-
dren should remain with the
grandparents. "Grandparents
stay focused on the children,"

-AP Photo/Robyn Beck
A journalist who spoke briefly
with Rowe said she was griev-
ing and wasn't ready to discuss
the children's future. "She's
very upset. She really loved
Michael," says The Hollywood
Reporter's Roger Friedman
The case is clouded by
Rowe's unusual arrangement,
in which she bore the two chil-
dren, then signed a legal agree-
ment relinquishing full custody
to Jackson. An appellate, court
later ruled she still could as-
sert parental rights.
"If Ms. Rowe steps forward
and says she wants custody,
there's a reasonable chance
she will be granted custody,"

says Georgia Witkin, assis-
tant professor of psychiatry at
New York's Mount Sinai Medi-
cal Center. "To send them to
strangers is not a good idea."
In other legal developments
Monday, a judge granted Kath-
erine Jackson limited control
over some of her son's prop-
erty after the singer's mother
expressed concerns about who
controls his business ventures
and bank accounts.
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The Rev. AI Sharpton, right, and Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson's
father, speak at a news conference in front of the Jackson family
residence in Encino, Calif., Monday. -AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Hollywood comes to historic Overtown

Hundreds gather for the return of the
American Black Film Festival

By Sandra J. Charite

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Overtown was transformed
into Hollywood last weekend.
After a two year hiatus, the
13th annual American Black
Film Festival (ABFF) returned
to Miami. ABFF was founded in
1997 with hopes of strengthen-
ing Black filmmaking through
resource sharing, education
artistic collaboration and ca-
reer development.
City of Miami Mayor Manny

Diaz, Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones, Community Re-
development Agency and the
Downtown Development Au-
thority hosted several events in
Overtown, bringing residents
and Hollywood celebrities.
Events included a welcome
reception and celebration at
the Ice Palace Film Studios in
Overtown to launch the City's
CRA new marketing campaign:
"Shop, Dine & Explore."
Spence-Jones said she was
tired of events for the Black
community occurring on South
Beach or Miami Beach and of
money being spent there in-
stead of in the Black commu-
"None of the money ever
reached the Black communi-

Actor Michael B. Jordan, star of the upcoming movie,"Pastor
Brown," receives an award from City of Miami Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones with the support of the City's Community
Redevelopment Agency, The Miami Times, Sandra Charite and
WMBM at the movie screening, Sunday night. -Photo/MiamiTimes

ty," she said.
This new project, with the
Black Film Festival being an

array of events, would allow
tourists or residents to enjoy
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Carol Melton-Scott, Kalenthia Nunnally - Bain, Lillie
Corner, Edith Morgan participate in a Sunday service "Red
Pump Day" at Mt. Calvary M.B. Church in Liberty City to
bring awareness of HIV/AIDS in the community.
-Photo Kalenthia Nunnally-Bain.


Have you b
By Sandra J. Charite

One in 108 residents in Mi-
ami-Dade County are living
with HIV/AIDS and nearly
every 10 minutes someone in
the United States is infected
with .HIV, according to the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC).
These grueling statistics
have inspired action as Na-
tional HIIV Testing Day was
observed on Saturday.
The staggering HIV/AIDS
numbers in the Black com-
munity have raised con-

een tested?
"We are not taking sexual
precautions or have taken an
I Don't Care' attitude," said
Joyce Sapp, a member of the
HIV/AIDS Ministry at Mt.
Calvary M.B. Church in Lib-
,erty City. "Also, we are not
being honest with our sexual
partners and have not taken
a real concern on our health
which is vital to our loved
During a Sunday morning
service at Mt. Calvary last
month, HIV/AIDS Ministry
hosted a "Red Pump Day" in
which women in the church
wore their red pumps or
Please turn to HIV 7A

Legislators seek revision

of state constitution

By Tariq Osborne

Rep. Joseph A. "Joe" Gib-
bons, 2008 chairman of the'
Florida Legislative Black
Caucus, represents a con-
gressional district that is
"less than 30 percent" Black.
He is part of a growing move-
ment to change the way Flor-
ida draws its district bound-
"The only way we're going
to get some fairness here is
if we get districts that are
drawn fairly and not ger-
rymandered," he said. Ger-

rymandering is manipulat-
ing district or constituency
boundaries for electoral ad-
Fairdistrictsflorida.org, a
non-partisan organization,
seeks to place laws on dis-
tricting directly into the state
constitution, rather .than
leaving it to the whims of the
incumbent political party.
The organization is circulat-
ing a petition to do so.
"I'm campaigning for it, I'm
for it 100 percent." Gibbons
said of the idea. Critics of the
petition's aims claim Please
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Keep Black votes relevant
Congresswoman Corrinne Brown is correct to harbor
"grave concerns" about the redistricting proposal
being championed by Fairdistrictsflorida.org. While
their aim is admirable - less confusing and more contigu-
ous voting districts - this noble aim is not worth the ac-
companying marginalization of Florida's Black voters.

Proponents have taken the position that the proposed
state amendment would not diminish Black representation
in Congress. Their argument is that Blacks don't necessarily
need to be 85 percent of a district to elect a Black represen-
tative. While Blacks may indeed retain some Congressional
seats under the proposed amendment; it would still place
Black representation at the whim of a White or Hispanic

Before deciding whether this is acceptable or "fair," let
us remember that it was the 1992 redistricting map that
allowed Florida's Blacks any representation at all on Con-
gress. To strip this from Blacks-in the name of "fairness"
would be the height of irony.

The argument for this change is also inconsistent. Propo-
nents assert that districts drawn specifically to have high
concentrations of Blacks reduce the chances for Black can-
didates in neighboring districts. Presumably, this reduction
occurs because those neighboring districts now have fewer
Blacks. Yet the proposed legislation would reduce the num-
ber of Blacks in nearly all districts. Voters are expected to
believe that reducing the percentage of Blacks in some dis-
tricts- hurts chances for fair representation, while reducing
the percentage of Blacks in all districts leaves chances for
election consistent. Hardly.

Corrinne Brown was first elected to Congress in 1992. It
was the very first year that the redistricting map made her
candidacy viable. Congressional Rep. Joe Gibbons and State
Rep. Ronald Brise are arguably the most vocal Black propo-
nents of this legislation. Neither of them reached their of-
fices until 2006. This is no accident. In this instance, the
younger leaders should defer to Congresswoman Brown's
experience. They will have their turn-if they can keep their
districts intact.

Metrorail deserves federal aid
Miami-Dade Transit's woes are not unique. Most,
if not all, major cities take losses on their public
transit systems.

New York City has a billion dollar deficit on its mass tran-
sit system. But it also has the highest ridership figures in
the nation. The reason for this, in part, is that New York's
public transit system is very efficient. A resident of New York
City need not necessarily own an automobile.

This is hardly the case in Miami.

One of the criteria Chairman Dennis Moss has said needs
to be met to make Miami-Dade Transit sustainable is an in-
crease in ridership. The trouble is that residents do not use
public transit out of a sense of civic duty. People use pub-
lic transportation when it gets them where they need to go
quickly and efficiently. This is the problem in Miami. People
don't ride use public transit in Miami because it's inefficient,
and the fewer people who ride it, the less efficient it will get
as routes are scaled back or eliminated.

Moss then, is absolutely correct in his assertion that the
Federal Government should take a higher stake in Miami's
metro-rail system. The federal government must play a
greater role, not only in building said projects, but in help-
ing to maintain them.

Public transport has several benefits to the federal govern-
ment. To begin, it is sound environmental policy. As peo-
ple take buses and trains, the number of cars on the road
should decrease, thus helping meet tougher standards for
carbon emissions. Further, traffic, a perennial concern in
Miami, would be reduced as well. Fewer cars on the road
means fewer car accidents. Fewer accidents means lower
medical costs and less loss of life.

It will be fortunate indeed if President Obama's large pub-
lic works plan includes greater funding for mass transit.


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GARTH C. REEVES, JR.. Edilor. 1972-1982
GARTH C. REEVES, SR., Publisher Emeritus
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Since the election of Barack
Obama as the nation's first
Black President, some have er-
roneously concluded that on
November 4, 2008, racism and
hate in America suffered a fi-
nal, crushing defeat.
But the murder of Holocaust
Museum security guard Ste-
phen T. Johns last week was
only the latest in a rising tide
of racially and politically moti-
vated crimes revealing that the
battle between hope and hate
not only continues, it is actu-
ally intensifying.
In addition to the Holocaust
Museum murder, in recent
weeks we have seen the fatal
shooting of George Tiller, the
medical director of a women's
health clinic in Wichita, Kan-
sas by a pro-life zealot. We
have been shocked by the bra-
zen drive-by killing of an army
recruiter in Little Rock, Arkan-
sas by an American jihadist.
The FBI recently arrested four
men for planning to blow up a
synagogue in the Bronx.
And last November, I stood
with the leaders of seven other

In the worst economic cri-
sis in decades, legislators
spearheaded by Kendrick
Meek want to bring more ille-
gal aliens to this city. I would
think that Meek and other leg-

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Senate apologizes for slavery, what
I am not sure how I feel about John Conyers has, since 1989, excite dissatisfaction to the det-
the United States Senate unani- introduced legislation to simply riment of the general popula-
mously passing a resolution study the impact that slavery tion," reads the 1831 law that
apologizing the historic mistreat- had on the Black community. passed in North Carolina. The
ment of Black people. Last time I checked the cost of excitement of mass dissatisfac-
The resolution "acknowledged the Commission to Study Repa- tion, then, was perhaps post-
the fundamental injustice, cru- ration Proposals for African- poned for 135 years until cities
elty, brutality and inhuman- Americans Act had a modest sizzled in response to the injus-
ity of slavery" and "apologizes price ticket, something around tice that had base discrimina-
to African-Americans on be- $12 million. Lots in a recession? tion at its roots.
half of the people of the United When do we settle up? How long Even if we could "get over" slav-
States for the wrongs committed do we let this simmer? ery, what about contemporary

against them and their ancestors
who suffered under slavery and
Jim Crow laws". Unanimously
Could that have happened a
decade ago? Part of me is ap-
preciative for the apology. Part
of me says too little, too late,
and what's next. The apology is
especially tainted by the refusal
to deal with the issue of repara-
tions, but the apology is a step
A North Carolina friend and
colleague, Lenora Billings Har-
ris, sent an email to her list
that says "acknowledgement.
. .the first step for healing and
change. "
There is a necessary next step.
It is not to pay out reparations.
It is to understand exactly what
the Senate (and Congress) are
apologizing for. Congressman

now? J
in upgrade inner
city high schools and HBCUs. An
apology without a remedy is only
symbolic, which is possibly why
it garnered a unanimous vote.
Let's get past the symbolism to
really review and repair aspects
of our history.
Congressman John Conyers is
to always be commended for his
tenacity. He keeps introducing
his bill, every legislative session.
He keeps talking about it.
He can't even get the full sup-
port of the Congressional Black
Caucus,. and that's some kind
of a shame. For him, though, it
does not matter. He believes in
this study.
The'Senate apology, passed
just two days before Juneteenth,
the anniversary of the day that
Texas slaves were informed that
they were free (June 19, 1865,
more than two years after the
passage of the Emancipation
Proclamation) represents growth
for the United States Senate and
the possibility of healing for our
It does not close the door,
however, on a history that can
only be described as shameful.
Passing the Conyers legislation
brings us closer to closing the

I know that there are those
who say, "Just get over it".
Last time I checked, the de-
scendents of slaves are the only
ones asked to get over our his-
tory. Of course this is a history
about which so many Ameri-
cans have much ambivalence.
How can we, on one hand, tout
education while accepting the
fact that more than 15 southern
states actually had the temer-
ity to pass laws that prevented
slaves from learning to read?
"To teach a slave to read is to

national civil rights organiza-
tions to condemn the murder
of Marcelo Lucero, a Long Is-
land man of Ecuadoran de-
scent who was beaten to death
by a group of teenagers simply
for being Hispanic.
The fact is, hate crimes, fu-
eled by the struggling econo-
my, anti-immigrant hysteria
and the election of America's
first Black President, are on
the rise.

In April, the Department of
Homeland Security released
a report claiming that "Right-
wing extremists have capital-
ized on the election of the first
African American President,
and are focusing their efforts
to recruit new members, mo-
bilize existing supporters, and
broaden their scope and appeal

with the U.S. Citizens, not ille-
gal aliens. Many families right
here are homeless, living in
shelters or cars but they want
to solve the problems of an-
other country. Can you spell
politics? Meek is running for

disparities, such as the growing
wealth gap? Are we supposed to
get over that, too?
The Conyers Commission
would "examine slavery and dis-
crimination in the colonies and
the United States from 1619 to
the present and recommend ap-
propriate remedies."
What's wrong with that?
What's wrong with getting it all
out? The remedy might not be
reparations as in write a check to
every Black person. The remedy
might be community repair, as

through propaganda."
According to the Southern
Poverty Law Center, there are
now 926 documented hate
groups in America, a 54 per-
cent increase since 2000. At-
tacks against immigrants have
risen by 40 percent in the last
four years.
This must be a call to ac-
tion. Even as we continue to
lead the fight against terrorism
throughout the world, we must

also focus our efforts on com-
bating the rise of terrorism in
our own back yard.
First, we must step up the in-
vestigation and prosecution of
hate crimes and pass the Local
Law Enforcement Hate Crimes
Prevention Act, which is now
before the Congress. We need
to pass along the values of uni-

U.S. Senate and looking to
k up some Haitian votes.
.ybe Meek and the others
would run for office in Haiti.
itics in Black Miami has to
range now. Our vote is taken
granted by many even our
y own Black politicians.

Everyone is not happy with TPS
Dear editor: islators would be concerned the


ty, equality and non-violence
to our children and reinforce
those values in our schools.
We must heed the call of
groups like the Coalition to
Stop Gun Violence to close
gun-show loopholes, ban as-
sault weapons and do all we
can to make our streets free of
gun violence.
Finally, we cannot allow the
only voices heard on this issue
to be those of elected officials
and talk radio hosts whose ex-
tremist views contribute to an
atmosphere where these crimes
are somehow justified.
In a recent article on salon.
com, Leonard Zeskind, a long-
time researcher and author on
the subject of extremist violence
said, "'The reason we're talking
about this [latest] incident is
because it happened in Wash-
ington, D.C., at the Holocaust
Museum, instead of somewhere
in the backwoods of Montana."
Hate crimes must be con-
fronted whenever and wher-
ever they occur. As Dr. King
reminded us, the good people
must not remain silent.

The Black community needs
to ask Meek and other Black
leaders: "What have you done
for me lately?" Surely, Meek
will not get my vote.

Linda Simmons
North Miami

To teach a slave to read is to excite dissatisfaction to the detri-
mentof the general population," reads the 1831 law that passed
in North Carolina. The excitement of mass dissatisfaction, then,
was perhaps postponed for 135 years until cities sizzled in response to
the injustice that had base discrimination at its roots.

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Hate crime? Holocaust Museum murder

In April, the Department of Homeland Security released a, report
claiming that "Right-wing extremists have capitalized on the elec-
tion of the first African American President, and are focusing their
efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden
their scope and appeal through propaganda."

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Changes at the

School Board

Solomon Stinson, the inveter- William "Bill"
ate chairperson and leader of Turner, who
the Miami-Dade County School was the first I
Board has announced that he Black School
is retiring after 50 years of ser- Board Member
vice. Many in this community County. I have
have Solomon Stinson to thank he is cheering he
for his indefatigable fight on be- tinctive voice, sa
half of children, unions, teach- girl." Vangates h
ers, support staff, bus drivers, out fanfare for so
cafeteria workers and adminis- powerful people
trators. I loved watching him politics includir
handle a School Board meeting ami Mayor Joe (
- he dominates every meeting Frederica S. Wili
with his astute knowledge of the. woman Barbara
system, charm and wit. She has amassed
When I learned of Stinson's list of supporter
retirement plans, I was ini- key to every su
tially alarmed that his depar- paign, grassroo
ture would create a leadership Vangates is pa
vacuum. He assured me that this community
it would not if the candidate how to get things
he is supporting is elected, his be superb on th
preferred replacement Ronda A. dais. Her resume
Vangates, Esq. indeed but her
Vangates has been the con- serve her comm
summate supporting player, amazing considf
the person who got things done brain drain in th
behind the scenes. She worked The School Boa
closely with former Superinten- Walter Harvey as
dent Rudy Crew, who person- Board attorney.
ally recruited Vangates, to radi- ond most power
cally change the school system the administrati
so that all children could get.a will be the secoi
better education. As a result of : ney to hold this
her work as part of the senior tion. Walter is a:
management team, she brings a having grgwn u
unique perspective that cannot ville, but who ha
be matched by many in this comrn- his home. He is
munity. As Board Member Larry vard graduate. W
Feldman has learned, it is one about Walter is
thing to be a teacher and even a ing a safe position:
principal, but to understand the where he makes
enormous machinations of the to take a pay
School Board requires someone Board Attorney a
working at the Superintendent's whim of a contend
level. Vangates has that experi- asked him why b
ence. She worked as Assistant such a career m
Special Counsel to Superinten- simply that he v
dent Rudolph F. Crew and was his community
later appointed to serve as Dis- could have a gr
trict Director for Investigations the School Boari
and Diversity Compliance. She in private practice
now serves as District Director President Obc
for Performance Improvement. Black man, has
This young lady from Liberty "Change" is not
City has continuously given is good that the
back to her community and not of leaders are q
forgotten her roots. She has. up to the plate.
over 18 years of public service Walter should be
having cut her political teeth as taking the step
Chief of Staff to the late, Senator community.

in Miami-Dade
no doubt that
er on in his dis-
tying, "that's my
as worked with-
ome of the most
in Dade County
ig, City of Mi-
Carollo, Senator
son, and Chair-
d an impressive
s including the
successful cam-
its supporters.
ssionate about
and she knows
s done. She will
e School Board
ie is impressive
commitment to
unity, is pretty
ring the black
is community.
ird also selected
the new School
This is the sec-
rful position in
ion and Walter
nd Black attor-
esteemed posi-
native Floridian
Lp in Jackson-
as made Miami
bright - a Har-
Vhat is amazing
that he is leav-
n in a large firm
lots of money
cut as School
and serve at the
atious board. I
he would make
ove. He stated
wanted to serve
and felt that he
eater impact at
d than working
ama, a young
taught us that
always bad. It
next generation
uietly stepping
Vangates and
e applauded for
to serve their


Black community must

America should never be ab-
solved for the sins it committed
against our people. From slav-
ery, to reconstruction, to Jim
Crow, to segregation, we are still
suffering from the physical and
psychological affects that abuse
has caused us. Like our Jewish
brothers and sisters, who never
let you forget about their Holo-
caust, we should never, ever let
anyone forget about ours. But
those who have hurt our race
aren't relegated to those of a dif-
ferent persuasion. We as Black
people have done a tremendous
job of hurting ourselves.
Everywhere you look, you can
see the resiliency of a people
who have overcome great odds.
From Obama, to Oprah, to Be-
yonce and beyond. From the
Black doctor, to the Black law-
yer, to the Black teacher and
many other professionals who
have sustained a modicum of
success despite tremendous
odds. But it seems as though
no matter how many success-
ful individuals we may have
amongst us, collectively we are
still not on par with other eth-

nic groups, some of which are
recent arrivals. The question is
With the powers that circum-
vent our upward mobility not-
withstanding, we've done a good
job of shooting ourselves in the
foot. When taking a closer look
at us through the various peo-
ple activities that control our

everywhere you look, you
have overcome great odd
and beyond. From the Bla
Black teacher....

lives, one can see where we've
become both deficient and com-
placent. In the area of educa-
tion, we continue to embrace a
level of failure no other group
has. Some of our kids think that
being smart means not being
cool. Yet they fail to realize that
being cool never paid one billor
put some food on the table.
In the area of entertainment,
we've become much more of

As I celebrated Father's Day
with my parents last week I felt a
certain sense of security knowing
lessons learned from growing up
with my father (and grandfather)
were deeply instilled in me.
Yet, I mused on how many sons
have insecure upbringings be-
cause their father is incarcerated
behind security bars. America in
general, and the Black commu-
nity in particular, has too many
fenced-in fathers. For every father
behind bars are sons who either
must navigate the trail from boy-
hood to manhood alone or erro-
neously emulate men who use in-
carceration as a rite of manhood
on the street. There are about 1.7
million children (under 18 years
old) whose fathers are locked up
in federal or states facilities.
Factors for fenced-in fathers
are poverty (over 1/3 of inmates
earned less than $5,000 a year,
prior to arrest), inadequate law-
yers (often do not provide effec-
tive counsel), racial profiling (the
probability of incarceration for
Blacks, Latinos, and Whites is

29 percent, 16 percent, and 47
percent) and non-violent crimes
(over 65 percent of American in-
mates are serving time for non-
violent crimes).
The United States of America
leads the world community in
prisoners per capital with over 2.3
million, 60 percent of whom are
fathers of color. In fact, America
incarcerates and executes more
people per capital than any other
country on earth (750 per 100,000
Such percentages are more than
China, Europe, and Africa. One
out of every Black male is under
the control of the penal system.
More startling is that while Black
constitute 14 percent of the na-
tion's population, 43 percent of
Death Row prisoners are Black.
. Within industrial nations, the
moral cache America has gar-
nered over the years is increas-
ingly diminished by the continu-
ation of the death penalty.
Fact is, the death penalty is
state-sponsored murder.
If murder is a crime punishable

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Do our prisons do enough to rehabilitate

inmates before releasing them?
TANISHAO'NEIL, 19 better food. Treat us like we're when they you can't expect the prisons to
Recent High School Graduate, Liberty City somebody. The bed is a mess. get out. They : ". control the people once they get
It's everything. Yes I've been in should be giv- ' out.
Not really. there; so I know. en more job- ' -
They need to . oriented train- : RICHARD BENNETT, 65
be stricter, , JOHN GRIFFITH, 21 ing because ' Refrigerator repairman, Miami
because the Student. Miami when they et . -

people come
out and to the
same thing .
again. They
should teach them job skills
while they're on the inside, so
that when they come out, they
don't get into more trouble.
They teach them how to do ev-
eryone's laundry and cook for
other prisoners and stuff, but
that's not going to do anything
for them when they come out.

Student, Miami

No, I don't -,
think so. They I
make people
worse. A big
problem is
how people
get used to
being treated
in there. The'
prison system honestly needs
to try harder. They should have

No, they
don't. Inmates
should learn "
something ,".
so they don't
come out and
commit more a
crimes. Even
more impor-
tant is counseling for their
anger issues. A lot of inmates
probably have that, and they're
only going to go right back in if
it's not taken care of. Right now
all they're doing is just waiting
in there doing nothing. They
should counsel them and then
let them out when they're stable
enough to be out.

Repairman, Miami

Not enough. I feel they should
do a lot more to rehabilitate
them. That's the problem. They
don't have enough of a chance

out; if they .
have nothing
and no skills,,
they'll just do something else
and go back. At least they can
teach them how to make a re-
sume and how to act at a job in-
terview. Show them how to look

Unemployed, Miami

They're do '
ing a so-so job r
I'd say. I don't .
really think
it's the pris-
on's job to re-' .
habilitate in-
mates. I think
it's up to the
individual to behave when they
get out. If you don't act right
when you get out, then you go
back, and if that happens it's
your own fault. The prison can
control them on the inside, but

They need
to put in
more social
programs. I
don't mean
for the vio-
lent crimi-
nals, who
should of .,.
course stay ', .
in, but for
the ones who are in for drugs or
minor offenses. The problem is;
if a person has served his time,
but has nothing and no skills
and not training when he gets
out, what is he going to do?
On the other hand, our prison
system is too nice. When you go
to a foreign prison, you come
out knowing darn well you
don't want to ever go back. In
America, prisons are too nice to
be much of a deterrent. So they
don't teach them how to stay
out, or give them a reason to
care whether they go back.

step up their game I
a buffoon than the legendary communities are fairing no bet-
Steppin Fetchit. We've accepted ter than it did in years past.
our women being called bitches In area of sex, the lines be-
and whores, and sadly, materi- tween what defines a Black
alism has replaced morality at woman and a Black man have
various levels of our culture. become cloudier by the day.
In the fields of economics and The Black family use to be the
labor, despite having more mil- focal point of our culture. Now
lionaires than ever before, our it is placed oh the back burner,
children are still asked to go somewhere behind liberalism
and doing our own thing.
; In the area of race, it appears
can see the resiliency of a people who as if no one wants to be Black
anymore. Beauty is now de-
is. From Obama, to Oprah, to Beyonce fined how close we look to our
ack doctor, to the Black lawyer, to the Europein counterparts.
And in the area of religion, it
appearsas if a poor man must
look elsewhere to find God be-
cause he certainly would not fit
outside of their communities to inside of some of these mega
find a place of employment, churches where the emphasis
Becauseourprofessionalclass have shifted from salvation and
have not adequately reached redemption, to driving a Lexus
back to help our underclass, and having a pension.
.In the area of law, we have In the final analysis, we all
more Blacks incarcerated here can and must do better if we
than any other country in the want to see our collective lot
world. improve. If we don't, we will
In the area of politics, despite continue to be treated like sec-
there being more Black elected ond class citizens for another
officials than ever before, our 400 years.

by the government, why is not the
capital punishment imposed by
the state a crime against civility?
Since 1976, America has re-
sumed the barbaric and ineffec-"
tive system of capital punish-
ment. Relevant research reveals
that the death penalty is racially
biased, economically inefficient,
and does not' serve as a deterrent
to crime: I agree with the Ameri-
can Civil Liberties Union who op-
pose the death penalty:
* The death penalty is cruel.
and unusual punishment - It
is cruel as a relic of the earliest
days of European penology. It

is unusual because the United
States is the only industrialized
nation which employs capital
* The death penalty denies due
process of law - Often the impo-
sition of the death penalty is ar-
bitrary and deprives convicts the
benefit of new evidence or science
which could overturn ruling
* Opposing the death penalty
does not equate to sympathy for
convicted murderers - State-
sponsored murder is immoral
and perpetuates violence as a
means to solve the question of

That group of South Florida churches that forged a Collec-
tive Bargaining Group with Bank of America, Citibank, Great
Florida, OneUnited and Wachovia are still living up to their
partner --all except one. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank (formerly
Washington Mutual Bank) decided not to continue its rela-
tionship with the church group. Many of the churches have.
changed their banking relationships. Stay tuned.

Miami-Dade first Black postmaster Anthony W. Palmore
Sr. who died from a heart attack June 16 in Virginia was one
of the few remaining veterans who saw combat in World War

Miami-Dade residents are calling Florida Power and Light
insane for even suggesting a 31 percent price hike that will
raise our monthly another $12.40. Maybe FPL has not learned
about the recession our country is experiencing.

So-called health clinics have always been a problem in
South Florida because nobody ever bothered to check out or
regulate those unscrupulous pill mills who were selling more
drugs at Walgreens. Gov. Charlie Crist has finally closed the
loopholes that had prevented them from state inspections.
Under the new law, doctors and pharmacists will be required
to record patient prescription information in a state-controlled
database. This way doctors can detect if patients are going
from one doctor to the next in search of pills--to feed a habit
or for resale.

Black Miami residents should have detected the red flag
that went up when the Miami Commission came out with the
Virginia Key Master Plan recently. Looking closely, it seems
like the Commission has cut deals for a lot of things and has
pushed the development of the "colored beach" into a side
burner. Unless Black people become more vigilant and aware
of what's happening at Virginia Key, our mayor and Commis-
sion will see to it that we remain in the "colored beach" and
nothing more. Stay tuned.

Cell phone customers are waiting for their money and won-
dering how much they will get. Verizon and Alltel have agreed
to refund millions to cell phone customers billed for unwant-
ed third-party services including ringtones, music and horo-
scopes. Attorney General Bill McCollum estimated Verizon
could return up to $24 million and Alltel $6 million.

A lot of Miamians were not happy with School Board deci-
sion to select the name of Miami Heat basketball star Alonzo
Mourning ovel- former Miami-Dade State and U.S. Attorney
General, Janet Reno.


America filled with fenced-in fathers

. .... . . ..

Black people expecting positive change on the big screen

continued from 1A

luxuries like Jackson Soul Food
and local clothing stores which
would help stimulate Over-
ABFF Founder Jeff Friday,
Jury President Sanaa La-
than, actor/director Robert
Townsend, producer Will Pack-
er, writer/producer Gregory Al-
len Howard, actors Rockmond
Dunbar and Eriq Lassalle were
among the guest who attended
the VIP reception at Ice Palace
where the announcement of Mi-
chael Jackson's death left many
in tears.
Moderator Jawan Strader,
evening co-anchor for CBS4's
10 p.m. newscast on My33,
asked the audience to bow their
heads for a moment of silence.
"I am deeply saddened by his
death," said Lathan.
The reception highlighted the
return of the film festival. Resi-
dents enjoyed walking, on the
red carpet and mingling with
the celebrities.

Miami resident Ken Knight
said he was glad :hat ABFF
came to Miami.
Dunbar, best known 'f.r his
role in "A Family That Preys."
spoke to The Miami.Tinies about
the effect of the recession on
"There is a recession all
the time. We have been going
through a recession from the
beginning because there are
always ups and downs u- this
industry," he said.
Currently, he is working on
several independent projects
that he is waiting approval and
Celebrities convened th,
next day at a youth filmmaker
workshop at the Historic Lyric
Theater in Overtown with pan-
elists including producer Ste-
phen Belser of "Pastor Brown"
and "Next Day Air" and director
Ronald Lang.
The festival closed out on
Sunday night as hundreds
gathered at the Lyric Theater
for a private screening of "Pas-
tor Brown." Sponsored by the

Community activist Ken Knight and his wife enjoy a VIP reception at the Ice Palace Film
Studios in Overtown during the American Black Film Festival week. -MiamiTimesPhoto/SandraJ.Charite

City of Miami CRA, Film Life, touched by the theme of the

The Miami Times, WMBM and
the The Black Archives, the
faith-based film was coined as
the "Fireproof' for all families. It
depicts the hope and faith in a
family during a time of spiritual
and emotional turmoil.
Spence-Jones was deeply

"We can't empower our com-
munity without empowering our
families," she said.
Directed by Rockmond Dun-
bar and produced Steven Besler,
the film starred Micheal Beach,
Salli Richardson, Nicole Ari

Locals say Jackson had an unusual talent

continued from 1A

Local musicians feel Jackson's
loss keenly.
Miami's own Luke Campbell,
best known for his work with
controversial group, 2 Live Crew
and his pioneering of the "Miami
Bass" sound, spoke with The Mi-
ami Times on Jackson's contri-
butions to music.
"The only way you can char-
acterize him," said Campbell, "is
that he's the true King of Pop.
Whether you're a hard core guy,
a corporate guy, he is the only
artist that everybody loves."
Campbell feels that compari-
sons to other artists fall short of
the mark. He even rejects com-
parisons to such legendary en-
tertainers as Frank Sinatr-a and
Elvis Presley.
"Elvis fans are also Michael
Jackson fans, but Michael Jack-
son fans are not necessarily El-
vis fans," said Campbell. "Some
of Michael Jackson fans might
not be Sinatra fans, but I guar-
antee you that Sinatra fans are
also fans of Jackson."
Campbell characterized the
other entertainers' appeal as
regional. "Elvis was known in
the U.S.; and Sinatra in the
US and Europe," said Camp-
bell "But with Michael Jackson
you're talking about countries
where there isn't running water;
but they still know who Michael
Jackson is. The only person
you really can put on the same
level with Jackson is the Pope.
They're both known anywhere
on earth."
Julio Ferrer is a 35-year mu-
sic industry veteran who works-
out of Domingo Recording Stu-
dio near the corner of Northwest
62nd Street and Seventh Ave. He
is similarly dismissive of com-
parisons between Jackson and
"He's much bigger than Elvis-
-and he had a stigma to over-
come that Elvis didn't," he said.



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Ferrer, a Grammy Award-
wining recording engineer, sees
overcoming this stigma as one
of Jackson's major contribu-
tions to music.
"He made it so it wasn't about
Black or White," said Ferrer.


"Michael Jackson made music
what it's supposed to be, an in-
ternational language. He broke
down barriers."
When asked whether he per-
sonally was fan of Jackson, Fer-
rer responded; "Of course. We
all grew up with him. How could
you not be?"
Campbell similarly was not
afraid to admit, he was a fan of
"Oh yeah, I had them all," said
Campbell, in reference to Jack-
son's albums. "I used to DJ at
African Square Park. Being a
DJ, you had to play the Michael
Jackson songs. You just had to
have it. We are the world, even
the [Pepsi generation] commer-
cials. The crowd loved them, so
you had to have them all."
Campbell says Jackson set a
new standard for other artists.
* "I saw him in Jacksonville.
That was no regular concert,

that was a show," he said.
"He influenced people in dif-
ferent ways," Campbell contin-
ued. "After Michael, you had
to step your game up, and still
there was no way in the world
you could get on his level. He
changed the way certain things
were done. A lot of artist tried to
be like him, but they could only
come so close."
"Most guys would go up there
and they would just be singing;
walking up and down the stage.
Michael brought Vegas. He
brought big production into do-
ing concerts, other artists then
had to follow suit.
"It was the same thing with the
videos," said Campbell. "People
had to step their game up with
the videos too. You couldn't just
walk around and sing to the
camera anymore. You'd..better,
have some things going on the
background. The visuals just


really took him to a whole new
Ferrer attributes Jackson's
success to equal parts talent and
work ethic.
S"He was an extraordinary per-
son. He had the talent, and he

also had the work ethic behind
it. He sacrificed his childhood
and really tooled his art. His loss
is a tragedy," he said.
Jackson died of a cardiac ar-
rest. Los Angeles County Coro-
ner's officials said their post-
mortem found no indication of
trauma or foul play. But, be-
cause of additional tests, an of-
ficial cause of death could take
weeks to determine. The Jack-
son family has sought a second
autopsy -- the official one was
conducted on Friday -- amid re-
ports about the singer's reliance
on prescription medications.
Jackson is survived by three
children, Prince Michael, 7, Mi-
chael Joseph Jackson Jr., 12,
and daughter Paris Michael
Katherine, 11.

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Newly married Timothy A. Bar-
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"We want to see this constant
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Eliane Symonette, 70, an
Overtown native, agreed.
"I would like to see more of
the entertainment in Overtown
rather than on Miami Beach,"
she said.
Spence-Jones informed resi-
dents that there was more to
come for Overtown.
"Overtown has a history. This
film is just the beginning of the
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Compensation will be at $50 per hour served. In addition, applicants must meet the
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that ended June 3rd, another vacancy arose on the Board of Trustees
caused by the resignation of a trustee. The resignation increased the
number of vacancies from five, as set forth in the initial advertisement,
to six. If you already submitted your application during the period
between May 27 - June 3, you do NOT need to reapply.
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The 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1 through Nov. 30.
Although the past fewseasons have been relatively quiet, we must
guard against complacency through preparation.

By planning ahead, you ensure that you and your loved ones are
safe and secure. You'll also save yourself time, money and worry.

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working. Gather supplies, including first aid equipment,
batteries, a two-week supply of water, non-perishable
food and medication. Bottle your own water.
* Shelters are available if you have nowhere else to go.
Stay at a friend's home or a hotel instead. If you stay
home, identify a safe room.

* Develop a family disaster plan. Gather important
documents like wills and deeds and store them in a
safe place. Check if your insurance policy covers flood
damage. You may need to buy a separate one.
* Sign up now for the Emergency Evacuation Assistance
Program if you require specialized shelter and transpor-
tation. Call 3-1-1 for details.

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* Trim trees and dispose of all clippings at a Neighbor-
hood Trash and Recycling Center. Schedule a bulky
waste pick-up online.or call 3-1-1.
* Make a kit for your pet: medical history, two-week sup-
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doors, patio areas and boots. Assistance Program, a County representative will
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Depending on conditions, bus, rail,
trash and recycling service, as well as

airport and seaport operations, could
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You'll need your carts to ensure that you
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Neighborhood Trash & Recycling Centers

North Dade
21500 N.W, 47 Ave.
19901 N.W. 7 Ave.,
Palm Springs North
7870 N.W, 178 St,
Golden Glades
140 NW. 160 St,

West Little River
1830 N.W. 79 St
Sunset Kendall
8000 S.W. 107 Ave.
Chapman Field
13600 S.W. 60 Ave.
Snapper Creek
2200 S.W. 117 Ave,

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14050 Boggs Dr.
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* Use flashlights, not candles or kerosene lamps, as a
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Will Blacks lose representation? w Mat s

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that the 1992 redistricting map
helped elect Florida's first Black
members of Congress since Recon-
struction. Gibbons disagrees.
"We don't need to have districts
where 85 percent of one district is
minority," he said. "It should be
more 45 to 55 percent. We don't
need 85 percent of a district to win
an election. People are more will-
ing to vote for minorities."
.He continued, "Just look at the
president of the' United States."
In drawing up districts that are
85 percent Black, Gibbons con-
tends, we create neighboring dis-
tricts that are virtually impossible
for a Black to win.
"We eliminate opportunities for
bordering districts," he said.
State Rep. Ronald Brise of Dis-
trict 108 has a similar view.
"I believe the revision would
make it more competitive for mi-
nority incumbents, but it would
also create new opportunities for
others to come in due to new ac-
cess seats. My district for example
is 70 percent Democrat," he con-
tinued, "It is also between 60 and
67 percent Black. But truth be
told, if my district were only 55

to 57 percent Democrat and 54 to
57 percent Black, it shouldn't pre-
clude me from being re-elected if
I do my job right. Additionally, it

could potentially create the oppor-
tunity for even more minorities to
become part of the legislature from
neighboring districts, which would
now have higher numbers."
Ellen Freidin, a campaign chair-
woman for fairdistrictsflorida.org,
framed the issue more in terms
of incumbency and political party
than in terms of race. Fairdistricts-
florida.org is the non-partisan or-
ganization that is sponsoring the
proposed changes.
"Under our present system, the
legislature draws the lines for leg-
islative and congressional districts.

They do this every ten years, after
the census," Freidin explained.
"They do it for one purpose, and
one purpose only, and that's to
preserve their own political pow-
er," she said. "Basically we're an
equally divided state politically,
and you saw what happened in
the presidential election [Obama,
a Democrat was victorious], but
our legislature and congressional
delegation are about two-thirds re-
She continued, The reason
for that is that the districts are
rigged," said Freidin.
If Fairdistrictsflorida.org has its
way, Congressional districts will
need to be contiguous, compact,
and as equal in population as fea-
sible. Wherever possible, they will
need to make use of existing city,
county and geographical bound-
Further, Congressional leaders
would be forbidden from draw-
ing districts "to favor or disfavor
an incumbent or political party,
or to deny racial or language mi-

Collegians Club
The Collegians Club, the sec-
ond oldest social and civic or-
ganization in Miami-Dade, pre-
sented its annual scholarship v. a
on June 13. "' ',.1
The award was presented '.
to De-Andre Binder, a recent ('.
graduate of Robert Morgan
Educational Center, where he
is an honor student who has
been accepted to Florida State
.University where he will study
business administration.
Douglas McKinnon chairs .
the scholarship committee and
president Jim Brown presented :'
the award. After the presenta- '.
tion, club financial secretary
Chief Levi Thomas and his wife
opened their beautiful Edge-
water home in South Dade to
members and their guests for a Collegia
sumptuous dinner and refresh- scholars
ments. proud mo

norities the equal opportunity to
participate in the political process
and elect representatives of their
Philip Brutus, who represents
district 108, takes a more nu-
anced view. While acknowledging
that the current system allows
congressional leaders to "rig" dis-
tricts, he would not necessarily
make certain that districts were
designed to be "contiguous" or
"I think the districts should be
designed with the ethnic demo-
graphics in mind. Neatness of

boundaries should not be a fac-
tor in the equation. Representative
democracy should be the compass
that guides this process," he said.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
opposes th� idea in its current
state. According to her press sec-
retary, David Simon, the congress-
woman believes "it has a very
strong potential for diminishing
Black representation."
Simon describes Brown as
"gravely concerned" about the is-
sue. Brown is traveling and could
not be reached for direct com-
Carrie Meek, the first Black
lawmaker elected to represent
Florida in Congress since Recon-
struction, declined to comment
on the issue. Meek said that she
would need to further research
the petition before commenting
Congressman Alcee L. Hast-
ings, who was elected in 1992
along with Brown and Meek,
could not be reached for com-

awards scholarship

ins Club President Jim Brown presents a $1000
ip and a laptop computer to De-Andre Binder as his
their, Latasha Coker-Battle, looks on.




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National Historic Landmark on Biscayne Bay.

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get the second resident admission FREE.*
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1he celebration, of Father's
Da, touched rman', internatiorn-
allI. as well as South Florida
Celebration began n i Wai-.hing-
tonrt, D.C, last Friday, when
President Barack Obama in-
vited a select group of fathers
to register commendation for
fathers, beginning with Alonzo
Mourning and Dwayne Wade
who were flown in for the initial
celebration. Furthermore, they
are considered Platinum Fa-
thers of the Year that spiraled
down to Miami, Florida.
A special salute goes out to
those Platinum Fathers, such
as Garth Reeves who raised his
daughter to take over owner-
ship of The Miami Times, after
his son, Garth II passed on to
eternity; Dr. Solomon Stin-
son, chairman of the Miami-
Dade County School Board
whose daughter followed in
his footstep; Wilbert T. Hol-
loway, whose son, Darian, is
the assistant band director at
Florida Agricultural and Me-
chanical University; Anthony
Simons, whose son, Anthony
III, is also assistant band direc-
tor at Florida A & M University;
Robert "Bob" Edwards, whose
son, Corey, is a school instuc-
tor; and Lonzie Nichols, presi-
dent of Booker T. Washington
Class of 1962 who coached/fa-
thered Coach Corey Bell, Miami
Edison. Coach Ice "T" Harris,
BTW; and coaches . at Miami
Central and Miami Jackson.
Other fathers that should be
honored include; Bishop Vic-
tor T. Curry, Rev. Richard
P. Dunn, Paul Wilson, Ches-
ter Coachman and Dr. Larry
Handfield, the first alumni to
head the Bethune-Cookman
University Board Of Trustees.
Kudos go out to the Gold
Fathers, such as Richard
"Rudy" Brown, Andrew Clear,
Adam Dunnell, Alphonso
Glenn, Frank Hartley, Edwin
Johnson, Rodney Jones, Ru-
dolph Meadows, Charles Rigs-
by, Willie 0. Scott and Walter
Wadley. All of the BTW Class of
1962, along with guests Phillip
Williams and Henson Wilson,
William Francis, Ebenezer
United Methodist Church,
Rev. Joseph Silas, Cornelus
Handfield I & Fred Killings.

Speaking of Father's Day,
Vera Flowers, president of Lay
Organization Program provid-
ed the community with A Sa-
lute to Fathers at the Mt. Zion
A.M.E Church last Saturday
with Senior Pastor Rev. Rogery
Adams, before a. filled edifice
along with Elzadie Rollins and
Valerie Mums.
The program led by the mis-
tress of the ceremony, Annisha
Rollins, who led the audience
in singing, "Faith" of our Fa-
thers," followed by a scripture
given by Katrina Smalls, invo-
cation by Jahmal Rollins and
welcome/occasion, Elzadie.
Further, 'Herbie, Davis sang a

solo. "The Tnb- ^
ute' . follov-d by
The Rollit-g Oaks.F '
Stepper; of Miami
G-.rdenris Seniors
Additionally, Doris
Vera Flowers, and Shirl
iels give a special tribul
present fathers and ha
to walk around. They i
Herbie Davis, Horace
Robert Jones, Willie P
Richard Steele, Denn
rence, Patrick Weldo
Andy B. Young, while t
ing Oaks Steppers pe
and a soul food lunches
served to everyone.

The color orange st
among a throng of To
from the Booker T. Was
Class of 1962. Standing
midst was alumni pr
Roberta Daniels, who
visited two other picnics
Hall, president, .and
Ervin, vice president,
Class of 1961 that ce
at Amelia Earhart Par]
lis Meyers, president,
Smith, vice president,
BTW Class of 1963 t
ebrated at the home o
Jones in honor of cla
Catherine Allen Smil
flew in from Washingto
and Lonzie Nichols, pr
Rudolph Meadows, vic
dent, and the Class
that celebrated at Arco
Park, along with Miss
1962, June Phillips.
Nichols was highly p
his classmates and bro
a poster of memorable
of his classmates and ba
team which included Q
North, Sydney Johnso
Whatley, James Mims
liam, Al Conso and
Lee Thomas, known a
ball legend.
It was an honor being
former students.that lo
alma mater and boasting
Not the Biggest, but th
as they enjoyed an arra
food from BBQ ribs dov
dogs, pigeon peas and r
to crab and rice and a c
ness emanated from th
1962 when they left for
cottage, and co-minglin
Others in the class
Charlie Mae Alexande
zo Joan Ballard, Vera
Nevia. Bellamy Pamela
ry, Helen Boneparte, S
Bostic, Hanie W. Bro
ginia Brown, George
Buchanan, Andrew
Clear, Carol Cole, Ei
Davis, Clement Dean
Dunnell, Bernard Ga
sie E. Gardner, A
Glenn, John Goldsmi
lie Gordon, Lenora G
Irvin Hamilton, Yvon
ris, Frank Hartley, I
Hatten, Loran "Hot<
ton, Betty S. Hunter
Johnson, Gwendolyn
son, Carolyn P. Joi

* Upgraded playgrounds, pools,
picnic areas
* Improved beach facilities

* Refurbished sports fields,
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..................... S . L e e .
Also, Sybel Lee, Francina
Lloyd, Christina T. Mans-
field, Annie G. Manuel, Con-
Snie Mitchell, Marvis Morti-
, more, Jean P. Munroe, Nao-
mi Myrick, Nathalie Poller,
S harles Rigsby, Helen B. Rob-
inson, Ernestine M. Roland,
Willie 0. Scott, Juanita Sim-
mons, Fredericka T. Stewart,
Valarie C. Strickland, Walter
Pitts, Wadley, Joan M. Washington,
.ey Dan- Annie A. Wilcox, Sandra C.
te to the Wilson and Josie J. Wright.
ad them
Griffin, Speaking of classes reunions,
Pouncy, Patricia Thomas reported
iis Tor- that the parent school of Mi-
on and ami Northwestern: Dorsey High
the Roll- Classes from 45 to 55 con-
rformed verged at Virginia Key Beach,
eon was where Pat and Ricky Thomas
celebrated their 73rd birthday
and 43rd wedding anniversary
before alumni of the school who
:ood out were in a gala mood from the
rnadoes beginning to early morning.
shington, Along with a "boom box",
ig in the Diva Pinkey of Over The Top
resident, caterers prepared BBQ ribs,
had just chicken, potato salad and bake
s: Frank beans for the classmates. They
James were president, Baljean Smiith,
and the and his wife, Naomi, Carliss
lebrated Cook, class president and wife,
k; Phyl- Odessa, Jeremy Dames, Doris
Marcus Germany Kerr, Alberta Lewis,
and the Verna Lewis, Norma Mims,
hat cel- Henry Mingo, Hazel New-
)f Laura ton, Ernestine Peak, Ernest
issmate, Smith, George Sanders, Al-
th, who bertha Woodberry, Alice Wil-
in, D.C.; liams and Elijah Young.
ce presi-
of 1962 The Rev. Bernard M. Grif-
la Lakes fith, rector, J. Hiram Williams,
BTW of co-chair, Barbara Anders, co-
chair, and parishioners, cel-
proud of ebrated their 108 years of ex-
ught out istence and honored Septuage-
pictures narians, Octogenarians and No-
isketball nagenarians, at the Signature
Quintint Gardens in Southwest Miami,
�n, Jack Sunday, May 31. Furthermore,
,, Al Wil- The Rev. Griffith indicated that
Robert the church is 'standing up and
is a foot- shouting to the world that those
who have been faithful in little,
g around faithful in much, steady in wor-
ove their ship, stalwart in stewardship
ig of "It's are to be thanked, honored,
ie Best", and adored.
.y of soul Dr. Richard Holton had the
vn to hot honor of being master of cer-
ice down emonies and announced Dr.
:ohesive- Flora I. McKenzie, to welcome
e year of everyone, Charles Bethel, oc-
r college, casion, Liturgical Dance Group
ng. of Margaret Hart-Simmons,
included Nina Lindsey and Renee Mos-
or, Alon- ley, recognition of honorees.
Barney, Illustrious Septuagenarians
a F. Ber- included Barbara Anders, Per-
Solomon cy Anderson, Barbaretha F.
wn, Vir- Brookes, Fredericka Brown,
."Buck" Joseph D. Cambridge, Har-
"Andy" court Clark, Vernon Clark,
nice J. Edna Cleare, Helena Curry,
i, Adam Willie C. Daniels, Alexine
ntt, Su- DeLancy, Yvonne Gaitor, El-
lphonso len Gandy Clyde Green, Mar-
ith, Wil- garet Hall, Thomas Higgs,
Grissom, Mary Jessie, Oscar Jes-
Lne Har- sie, Irene Johnson, Shirley
Rosie H. McLean, Brandhilda Moore,
el" Hol- Edwina Prime, Mary A. Smith,
, Edwin Gwendolyn Thomas, Yvonne
n John- Vinson, Dr. David White and
nes and Tessie. and Robert Wilder.

* New Grapeland Water Park
* Renovated public marinas
* New Amazon & Beyond exhibit at
Miami MetroZoo

ts, golf courses * More green spaces and nature areas
It's all part of Building a Better Miami-Dadel

m-mm m

"I believe the revision would make it
more competitive for minority incum-
bents, but it would also create new op-
portunities for others to come in due to
new access seats . . .
-Rep. Ronald Brise
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This summer, enjoy the outdoors!

Experience new and improved Recreational facilities

Thanks to Miami-Dade County's Building Better Communities Bond Program, work has been
completed or is underway, at more than 80 recreational locations throughout the County.
Here's what to look for:


tennis court




Deal to cut drug

By Richard Wolf For 2009, the gap begins when
their total annual drug costs
WASHINGTON - A deal be- have reached $2,700 and contin-
tween drugmakers and lawmak- ues until they have spent $4,350
ers to cut prescription costs for of their own money. During that
hard-pressed Medicare recipients period, participants pay the full
also could boost drug industry amount for their drugs.
profits and help Congress pay to For the government, about
overhaul the nation's health care $50 billion could be applied to
system. any health care overhaul, says
President Obama and AARP, White House Office of Health Re-
the nation's largest seniors' form spokeswoman Linda Doug-
group, on Monday endorsed the lass. Senate Finance Committee
deal worked out over the weekend Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont.,
between the drug industry and who negotiated the deal, hasn't
Senate Democrats. It would give said how the $50 billion would be
the Senate Finance Committee saved or used.
$80 billion over 10 years from the For the drug industry, its $80
drug industry to use in its health billion investment could help ad-
care overhaul bill, which could be vance the fledgling health care
unveiled later this week. overhaul. If it passes, many of the
Medicare recipients would get 46 million people now without in-
$30 billion in discounts to halve surance could become new cus-
their brand-name prescription- tomers.'If Congress doesn't pass
drug costs when they are inside a health care bill, seniors won't
the program's coverage gap, get the relief, says Ken Johnson
known as the "doughnut hole." of Pharmaceutical Research and

costs could be boon for industry

President Obama shakes hands with AARP Chief Execu-
tive Officer Barry Rand at the White House Monday during
an event to announce an agreement with drug companies that
will lower medicine costs. -AP photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Manufacturers of America, the
industry trade group.

"Drug and insurance compa-
nies stand to benefit when tens

of millions more Americans have
coverage," Obama said Monday.
"So we're asking them, in ex-
change, to make essential con-
cessions to reform the system
and help reduce costs."
A study last year by the Kaiser
Family Foundation found that
about 3.4 million people reached
the coverage gap. About -15%
stopped taking their medicines,
and 5 percent switched drugs.
"Too many Americans who fall
into the coverage gap stop taking
their medications because they
simply cannot afford them," said
AARP CEO Barry Rand. "They
will now have a new opportunity
to lead a healthier life."
The pharmaceutical industry's
offer to split the cost for drugs in-
side the coverage gap would mark
the biggest change in the law
since it was passed in 2003 and
implemented in 2006. It's part of
a less detailed pledge by health
industry leaders to reduce costs

by $2 trillion over 10 years.
"The president has asked all
of us to make a shared sacrifice,
and this is our part," Johnson
-said. "The payoff at the end of the
day is better patient care."
Some lawmakers and health
care advocates such as the Na-
tional Committee to Preserve So-
cial Security and Medicare said
the deal doesn't go far enough
and is inferior to a House Demo>-
cratic bill that would eliminate
the coverage gap over 15 years.
They said more than $220 billion
a year is spent on prescriptions
in the U.S., a figure that will rise
if more people have insurance.
"The savings offered here ap-
pear to be more than offset by
new drug sales," said Sen.Olym-
pia Snowe, R-Maine, a moderate
whose vote is being sought by
Thismaterial may not be pub-
lished, broadcast, rewritten or re-

Florida ranked third in the nation for AIDS

continued from 1A

shoes at the 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
service to bring awareness of
the disease that has affected
many in the church.
"The purpose of the 'Red
Pump Day' was to raise aware-
ness about HIV in women and
girls in the church," Kalenthia
Nunnally who has been recent-
ly appointed the Miami-Dade
ambassador of the "Red Pump
The HIV/AIDS ministry
joined hundred at a Health
Fair Held at the Joseph Caleb
Center on Saturday to inform
people to get tested and know
their status.
Precious Knight Harryton, an
HIV Outreach Specialist for the
Camillus House, said that the
Camillus House recently held a

Health Fair that tested home-
less people for HIV. Those who
participated in the testing were
given free shoes.
The County's Health Depart-
ment has also moved forward
by launching an initiative
called Test Miami campaign
which will urge more HIV test-
ing in health care settings.
"Even as the headlines about
HIV/AIDS fade, the disease
remains a public health emer-
gency in Miami. Our city has
consistently ranked among the
top in the U.S. in terms of HIV/
AIDS incidence rates," said Dr.
Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, PhD,
Administrator of the Miami-
Dade County Health Depart-
ment in a statement.
The Cbunty Health Depart-
ment reported in May that
70.62 percent of adult women
and 35.83 percent of adult men

had been affected with HIV. Al-
most 87 percent of adult women
and nearly 76 percent of ,adult
men had AIDS.
The Liberty City Zone (Zone
IV) represents 20 percent of the
County's reported AIDS cases
and over 18 percent of HIV cas-
es. This zone has the highest
number of HIV/AIDS cases in
the County.
CDC ranks Florida third in
the nation in the AIDS epidem-
An estimated 89,520 Floridi-
ans are living with HIV, accord-
ing to the Florida Department
of Health.
HIV/AIDS is the leading cause
of death for Blacks in Florida.
"We need a concerted preven-
tion effort that educates people
about how the disease is trans-
mitted so that they can avoid it,
while at the same time identify-

ing and treating people who are
infected," said Rivera.
The initiative will put an em-
phasis on doctors. Drs. Nelson
Adams, Margaret Fischl, Pedro
Greer and . Gwendolyn Scott,
are planning to be a part of the
Test Miami by speaking at fo-
rums and appearing in ads.
"Almost 30 years into the epi-
demic, it is unacceptable that
so many Americans continue to
become infected with HIV and
are diagnosed late in the course
of their infection. HIV remains
an entirely preventable disease,
and it is critical that we expand
access to effective prevention
for all those in need," said Dr.
Kevin Fenton, director of CDC's
National Center for HIV/AIDS,
.Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB
Prevention, at a press confer-
ence in Washington D.C. on

Chief's wife

may cop plea

- |5 Eleanor Adderley, accused of firing a gun
at her husband, Fort Lauderdale Police Chief
ADDERLEY Frank Adderley, has two weeks to accept a
plea deal or face trial, her attorney David
Bogenschutz said after a brief hearing Monday.
Adderley stood quietly in the Broward County courtroom as she
watched her attorney discuss the case with Judge Jeffrey Leven-
son and prosecutor Sarahnell Murphy at the bench.
Bogenschutz told Levenson that his client was not prepared to
enter a plea.
Levenson scheduled the next hearing for July 13, and told them
to have a' decision by then.
Adderley declined to comment after the 10-minute hearing.
She is accused of firing a bullet into the couple's bed while her
husband lay in it at their Plantation home last July, then firing two
more shots as he ran to a neighbor's house.
Charged with two felonies, aggravated assault with a firearm and
shooting into a dwelling, she faces a mandatory minimum sen-
tence of 20 years in prison.
Bogenschutz said in March that negotiations with the prosecu-
tion regarding a possible plea bargain were "'in limbo."
Adderley is free on $25,000 bond.

Children to remain with grandmother

continued from 1A

Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge Mitchell Beckloff allowed
Katherine Jackson the authority
to take control of some of Michael
Jackson's items currently in the
hands of an unnamed third par-
ty. It does not detail the nature of
those items.
The wording in Beckloffs order
is similar to language included in
Katherine Jackson's petition to get
control of thousands of her son's
items removed from his Neverland
Those items, which included
some of the, singer's wardrobe,
awards and other items described
"priceless and irreplaceable," were
slated for auction earlier this year
until Michael Jackson sued to
block it. A settlement resulted in
the goods being put on public dis-
play in Beverly Hills, but not put
up for sale.'
Also Monday, Sharpton told
USA Today the Jackson family
would announce funeral plans in
the next two days. Sharpton met
with the family at their Encino
home for two hours Monday.
"They've not made the final deci-
sions. My recommendation is that
they do whatever they want - pri-
vate or for close associates - and
then at a later date let the whole
world have a celebration, maybe
around his birthday at the end of
August," he says. "They wanted to
keep his legacy out there and fo-
cus on the positive."
Jackson's three children are
staying at the house and were
playing with their cousins, Sharp-
ton says. "I saw them in the house.
They seemed to be ... happy where
they were, given the circumstanc-
Sharpton says Joe Jacksoh's
news conference was held to clear
up confusion over his comments
at the BET Awards in promotion
of a business venture. "He also
didn't want to make it seem like
he was pushing his record com-
pany," Sharpton says.
And promoter AEG Live said
Monday that ticket holders for
Jackson's This Is It tour can re-
ceive full refunds or opt for the
physical tickets, which have not
yet been mailed. They feature len-
ticular-process images, inspired

by Jackson, that appear to have
motion and depth.
Details on refunds and ticket
images will be posted Wednesday
at MichaelJacksonLive.com.
Doctor's lawyer: 911 call de-
It took up to a half-hour for
paramedics to be called to Michael
Jackson's home after the singer
was found stricken in the bedroom
of his rented mansion, an attorney
for the firm representing the pop
icon's doctor said Monday.
Matt Alford, a partner in the
Houston law'firm representing Dr.
Conrad Murray, said the physician
was unfamiliar with his surround-
ings and that delayed the call.
"He didn't know where he was,
didn't know the physical address,"
Alford said in an interview with
The Associated Press. "There was
no land line, no phone in' Jack-
son's room that would have al-
lowed him to call. It was all hap-
pening so fast."
Alford said he doesn't know how
long Murray performed CPR on the
singer before rushing downstairs
to find someone to call 911.
Two weeks before he died,
Michael Jackson wrapped up
work on an elaborate produc-
tion dubbed the "Dome Project"
that could be the final finished
video piece overseen by the King
of. Pop, The Associated Press has
Jackson was apparently prepar-
ing to dazzle concert audiences in
London with a high-tech show
in which 3-D images - some in-
spired by his Thriller era - would
flash behind him as he performed
on stage.
"It was a groundbreaking effort,"
said Vince Pace, whose company
provided cameras for the shoot, a
3-D system he created with film-
maker James Cameron.
"To think that Michael's gone
now, that's probably the last doc-
umented footage of him to be shot
in that manner," Pace said.
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to refund an estimated $30 mil-
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ers billed for unwanted third-
party services including "ring-
tones, music and horoscopes.
The charges can mysteriously
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tion test after whites out-
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affect employers nationwide
trying to ensure that hiring
practices do not exclude cer-
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whites because they believed
the test was flawed and they
feared lawsuits from the
blacks and Hispanics who
failed to qualify for promo-
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on race." The lead plaintiff
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action was Frank Ricci, who
is dyslexic and said he spent
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pillars" of the civil rights law
and invoked a history of bias
in New Haven firehouses and
throughout the country.
"Firefighting is a profession
in which the legacy of racial

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said, asserting that the writ-
ten test that counted for �0%
of the promotional exam 'was
unlikely to show who would
be good officers.
Civil rights activists and
employment law attorneys
said the new rule makes
it tougher to address com-
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One in 5 teens send sextt' messages, despite risk

A new survey on kids in cyberspacefinds that one in five
teens have "sexted" - sent or received sexually sugges-
tive, nude or nearly nude photos through cellphone text

messages or e-mail.
Most teens who sexted sent the pho-
tos to girlfriends or boyfriends, but 11
percent sent them to strangers, ac-
cording to the study made public to-
day by the National Center for Miss-
ing & Exploited Children and Cox

Communications. Of teens who sext,
80 percent are under 18, the survey
Harris Interactive interviewed 655
teens ages 13 to 18 in April about their
use of computers and cellphones. One

in five told Harris they have been "cy-
berbullied" -- harassed or threatened
online or by text message.
Most teens are online: .91 percent
have an e-mail address, and 60 per-
cent have an instant-message screen
name. Nearly three-quarters have a
cellphone, and 72 percent have a MyS-
pace or Facebook profile.
Although teens say they recognize
the dangers of sharing personal infor-
mation online, they do it anyway.
Three in five 'say they know having

personal information or photos on a
public site is Lun:.lf . Yet most teens
using social networking sites told the
survey the', post photos of themselves
and friends.;
One in four teens say they know
someone '.ho had a bad experience
because of inform mattion posted on the
Internet. Bad experience can range
from having a sext forwarded around
school to -being sexually victimized.
This month, FBI agents in Los Angeles
arrested a 34-year-old man who alleg-

edly posed as a 22-year-old and began
a sexual relationship with a 15-year-
old girl he met online.
Teenagers underestimate the risks
they take online, says. David Walsh of
the National Institute on Media and
the Family. "The: part of their brain
that puts the brakes on things is un-
der major construction." he says.
Many teens say their parents are
clueless: 40 percent tell their parents
very little or nothing about what they
do online.

This undated phbto released by Obama for America shows Barack Obama and his father, also named Barack
Obama. Obama's father left the family to study at Harvard when Barack was just two, returning only once.
-AP Photo/Obama for America

Obama asks men to

be better fathers

By Calvin Woodward
Associated Press

Barack Obama got a basketball, his
first name and ambition from his fa-
ther. Little else.
The son gave back more than he re-
ceived: a lifetime of ruminations about
the man who abandoned the family, a
memoir named "Dreams from My Fa-
ther," and endless reflections on his
own successes and shortcomings as a
parent of Sasha, 8, and Malia, 10.
As a candidate and now president,
he's been telling men what sort of fa-
ther they should be. It's become his Fa-

their's Day ritual.
He's asking American men to be bet-
ter fathers than his own.
The president showcased fatherhood
in a series of events and a. magazine
article in advance of Father's Day last
Sunday. He said he came to understand
the importance of fatherhood from its
absence in his childhood homes - just
as an estimated 24 million Americans
today are growing up without a dad.
Fathers run deep in the political cul-
ture as they do everywhere else, for
better and worse. First lady, Michelle,
has said many times how her late dad,
Fraser, is her reference point and rock

- she checks in with him, in her mind,
routinely, and at important moments.
Obama's presidential rival, John Mc-
Cain, called his own memoirs "Faith
of My Fathers," tracing generations of
high-achieving scamps. The father-
son presidencies of the George Bushes
were bookends on Bill Clinton, whose
father drowned in a ditch before the
future president was born and whose
stepfather was an abusive alcoholic
nicknamed Dude.
A Kenyan ,goatherder-turned-intel-
lectual who clawed his way to schol-
arships' and Harvard, Barack Hussein
Obama Sr. left a family behind to get

President Barack Obama grills on the South Lawn of the White House,
Friday, June 19, in Washington during an event in conjunction with fa-
therhood and mentoring. -AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari

his schooling in the United States. He
started another family here, then left
his second wife and two-year-old Ba-
rack Jr. to return to Africa with anoth-
er woman.
His promise flamed out in Africa after
stints working for an oil company and
the government; he fell into drink and
died in a car crash when his son was
21, a student at Columbia University.
"I don't want to be the kind of father I
had," the president is quoted as telling

a friend in a new book about him.
And in an interview last month with
CBS News, Obama said: "It was only
later in life that I found out that he ac-
tually led a very tragic life. And in that
sense, it was the myth that I was chas-
ing as opposed to knowing who he re-
ally was."
His half-sister, Maya, called his mem-
oirs "part of the process of excavating
his father."
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Obama to meet with pope I NI [

By Victoria Simpson
Associated Press

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI and Presi-
dent Barack Obama will meet on July 10, a
much-anticipated Vatican audience with a presi-
dent under attack by some American bishops for
his support of abortion rights.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombar-
di said Wednesday the Vatican had informed the
White House that Benedict is available to meet
the president that afternoon.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs con-
firmed the meeting and told reporters in Wash-
ington that Michelle Obama would accompany
the president to the Vatican audience.
The meeting will be at the end of Obama's stay
in Italy for a G-8 summit meeting in the earth-
quake-stricken city of L'Aquila and just before he
leaves for Ghana.
Such meetings in the afternoon are unusual for
the tradition-conscious Vatican -- most are held at
midday. The Vatican clearly sought to accommo-
date Obama's busy schedule, a sign of Benedict's'
interest in meeting the American president.
The Vatican has been openly interested in
Obama's views, despite his support for abor-
tion rights and embryonic stem-cell research,
although some American Catholic bishops have
been hostile to his administration.
Benedict broke Vatican protocol the'day after
Obama was elected, sending a.personal note of
congratulations rather than waiting to send an
official telegram on inauguration day.


Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves at the end
of his general audience is Saint Peter's Square at
the Vatican June24. -REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
SL'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's daily
newspaper, gave Obama a positive review after
his first 100 days in office, saying in a front-page
editorial than even on ethical questions Obama
hadn't confirmed the "radical" direction he dis-
cussed during the campaign.
Tensions grew when Obama was invited to
receive an honorary degree at the leading U.S.
Catholic university, Notre Dame. Dozens of U.S.
bishops denounced the university and the local
bishop boycotted the ceremony.
Yet L'Osservatore concluded that Obama was
looking for some common ground with his speech,
noting he asked Americans to work together to
reduce the number of abortions.

Hopeless teens turn to unsafe behavior

By Lindsey Tanner
Associated Press

CHICAGO - A surprising number of teen-
agers - nearly 15% - think they're going to
die young, leading many to drug use, suicide
attempts and other unsafe behavior, new re-
search suggests.
The study, based on a survey of more than
20,000 kids, challenges conventional wisdom
that says teens engage in risky behavior be-
cause they think they're invulnerable to harm.
Instead, a sizable number of teens may take
chances "because they feel hopeless and fig-

ure that not much is at stake," said study
author Dr. Iris Borowsky, a researcher at the
University of Minnesota.
That behavior threatens to turn their fatal-
ism into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Over seven
years, kids who thought they would die early
were seven times more likely than optimistic
kids to be subsequently diagnosed with AIDS.
They also were more likely to attempt suicide
and get in fights resulting in serious injuries.
Borowsky said the magnitude of kids with a
negative outlook was eye-opening.
Adolescence is "a time of great opportunity
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Dade Heritage Trust to investigate Black graveyard

By Tariq Osborne

Mystery continues to sur-
round the remnants Black
cemetery discovered between
71st Street and the Florida East
Coast Railroad tracks. No offi-
cial documents pertaining to it
have as yet been discovered.
Last month, a construction
crew, working on an affordable
housing project, unearthed
wrist bones, a human skull, and
the skeletons of two small chil-
dren. They also found crumbled
headstones, nails, buttons and
metal coffin handles. The crew
had been near Interstate 95.
The Dade Heritage Trust has
taken the lead in seeking to
identify the bodies found there.
One of the most notable par-

ticipants is Enid Pinkney, head
of the Historic Hampton House
Trust, who will presented her
findings toDade Heritage Trust
last month.
Becky Matkov, Executive Di-
rector of Dade Heritage Trust,
said that there had been some
record of the graveyard, but no
official one.
"It had been listed in the
1920's and 1930's on Hopkins
maps, [which are unofficial] but
those were not legal records. I
know that [Pinkney's] commit-
tee has members with person-
al memories of burials there.
They're trying to track the spe-
cific people interred there.
Pinkney is spearheading the
effort to preserve this ceme-
tery-or at least to learn more
about it. She presented the

names of the people
who are recorded as
having been buried
in Lemon City-which
very well means they
could be buried there
last month. Pinkney
aimed to prove that
this was a cemetery,
and "not just a place
where a few poor


people were buried. It
was a real cemetery. It
got lost when the people of that
community moved out."
Pinkney feels to further devel-
op the property would be a dis-
service to those buried there.
"We really would like for that
to be a memorial park," she
"The fact that the city didn't
keep a record is not the fault of

the dead people who
,-"j, are buried there and
..... it is not their fault ei-
, '- their that the city has
given permission to
these developers to
build on top of them.
I think that con-
tinued development
... ,, would add insult to
NEY . injury. They were al-
ready forgotten once;
then on top of that
you expect to dig up bodies and
put them somewhere else so
you can put a building on top
of it.
"You know, you hear a lot
about Coconut Grove," Pinkney
continued, "but there were a
lot of Bahamians in Liberty
City too. People ran them out
and now they're trying to run

them out of the cemetery too".
"If we can find that it has
historic significance, then we
will seek historic designation,"
said Pinkney. "We have to do
the research to see whether it
meets the requirements. That's
the stage we're at now. We are
asking that there be no further
building on the property, and
to respect the dead, because
these were the pioneers of Mi-
ami," she said.
Pinkney is now comparing
the 600 names presented to
the Dade Heritage Trust with
those on the city charter. We'd
like to see whether any of those
persons on that list, were Black
incorporators of the city of Mi-
ami," she said.
. Local activist Georgia Ayers,
81, has �aid that she believes

her grandfather may have been
buried there.
"I always wondered where
my grandfather's body went.
He must have been buried here
after being killed," she said in
a television interview.
In 1923, Ayers's grandfather,
Charles Pierce, went to pay his
mortgage with $100. Neither he
nor his money was ever seen
again. There was no search.
According to local experts,
the area around 71' Street
was known as Lemon City. It
has been suggested that the
graveyard wap named after the
The development is part of a
larger project, but the Carlisle
Group has halted any work in
the immediate area according
to a company spokesperson.

Miami-Dade Conimissioner
Dorrin Rolle and Blue pross and
Blue Shield of Florida invites the
community to a health insur-
ance forum at William H. Turner
Technical Arts High School from
5 -9 p.m., Wednesday, July 1.

Celebrate Independence Day
on the Bay at the Florida In-
ternational University, Biscayne
Bay Campus in North Miami'
from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, July
4. North Miami Parks and Rec-
reation Department, 305-895-


Miami-Dade Park and Recie-
ation, Miami Lighthouse for the
Blind, and the United States As-
sociation of Blind Athletes will
host a fitness clinic at Goulds
Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Tuesday, July 7. 305-365-6706.

The Magic City Children's
Zone will host its monthly meet-
ing of the Education of Children
and Youth Work Group at the
Charles Hadley Park from 11
a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, July.

8. Aveah Marks, 850-933-4051.

There will be an informa-
tional town meeting at the St.
Paul A.M.E. Church in the V.F.
Mitchell Fellowship Hall, at 10
a.m.-12 p.m., July 11.

Belafonte Tacolcy Center
will be holding auditions for the
Back-to-School event from 12-3
p.m., July 11. 786-277-2961.

Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Part-
nership will meet at the Histori-
cal Museum conference room
from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday,
July 13. 305-445-1076 or email:

Zeta Community Cen-
ter Summer Program will run
through July 24 with classes

running 2-5:30 p.m., (M-F). 305-

Miami-Dade State Attorney's
Office will be hosting a Sealing
and Expungement Program at
the Golden Glades Elementary
School in Miami Gardens from
10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, July
25. 305-547-0724.
******** *
The National Association of
Black Hotel Owners, Operators
& Developers will hold its 13th
annual conference at the Doral
Golf Resort & Spa, July 22-25.

Thomas Jefferson Middle
School is accepting applications
for students in grades 6-8 to at-
tend its summer program until
July 24 between the hours of
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will

be no transportation provided.

Miami Central Senior High is
planning a triple class reunion
of 91, 92 and 93 from July 31
-Aug 2. Edwin, 305-975-1757.
Miami Jackson Senior High
Class of 1969 will be celebrating
its 40th year reunion from, July
31 - Aug. 2. Sharon Demeritte
Forbes, 305-620-4827. Visit:
www.reunionweb.com or email:

Top Ladies of Distinction will
hold its monthly meeting at Flor-
ida Memorial University Lehman
Aviation Building on the second
Saturday. 305-696-1631.
Miami Northwestern Sr. High
class of 1989 will hold its 20th

anniversary at the Jungle Island
at 8 p.m., Aug. 7. Bulls89re-

The Beautiful Gate will have
a monthly cancer support group
at the Silver Blue Lakes Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, from
10 a.m. - 12 p.m., every third
Sunday of the month. Pamela
Burnett, 305-835-6846 or 786-

City of Opa-locka Parks of
Recreation will have their Sum-
mer Qap Program until August
7. 305-953-3042.

World Literacy Crusade, Inc.
/Girl Power Program is looking
for a reliable and insured trans-
portation company to transport
girls from the program to home.
Farah Moreau, 305-756-5502.


Cornratulati'ons t)o Ral-
phalletta Colebrooke, v.h,:i
receed her rm.ia.ster's deeree,
froi Eobrvno."Iai'ersity. She is
the daughter of Bertram and
Lula Gray-Colebrooke.
Maria Rodriguez-Cooper
received her master's degree
from Golden Gate University
in San Francisco, Calif.
Charles and Sybalean Gray-
Rhodriguez along with their
son, Patrick, his wife, Tiffany,
and their baby, Jonnthan and
Lula Gray-Colebrooke (sister
and sister-in-law) are visiting
from their adopted home, Se-
attle, Wash. The family spent
four days in Nassau, Bahamas
before returning home. They
will attend the graduation of
Marvel Greenslade in Nassau
before returning.
Bahamian were , sorry to
hear of Milo Butler, Jr. pass-
ing. Milo was buried last Tues-
day in Nassau. His father was
a former governor of Nassau,

Salem Baptist Church will have
a revival 7:30 p.m. nightly until
July 3. 305-696-2371.

Greater Vision Ministry will
have a revival 7:30 p.m., July
6-10. 305-696-9831.

New Canaan Baptist Church
invite your family' and friends to
their first Holy Communion Ser-
vice at 11 a.m., Sunday, July 5.

New Beginnings Baptist
Church of South Miami Music
Ministry will be having a Gospel
Music Fellowship at St. John AME
Church of South Miami at 7 p.m.,
July 11 and 3:30 p.m., July 12.
The Great New Macedonia Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will have
their appreciation celebration at
4 p.m., Saturday, July, 12. 305-
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Church of God by Faith in-
vites you to their annual National

Baha-mas, Milo .
Butler, Sr.
B v a part oL hi.-:-
tour a4,be Women'._. ys i !
of St. Agnes Epis-
copal Church Guild invites
Episcopalians to participate in
the construction of a St. Agnes
Family quilt. This quilt will
highlight the symbolism of the
heart and soul of the founding
and existing families of St. Ag-
nes from its beginning to the
present. See or call me if you
are interested.
Congratulations to Navy
Rear Admiral Barry Black who
was elected the 62nd Chaplain
of the Unites States Senate,
becoming the first Black to
serve as chaplain. He current-
ly holds the post.
The role of the chaplain as
spiritual adviser and counsel-
or is to operate as one of the
Officers of the Senate and is
nonpartisan, non-political and
non-sectarian. A Senate chap-

Sunday School Convention to be
held at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale
Airport on July 15-19. 305-653-

lain also serves as chief spiri-
tual adviser to the senators,
their families and staff, and
also is the first of his denomi-
nation to serve as chaplain.
(Black is a Seventh-Day)
Get well wishes go out to:
Louise H. Cleare, Zeola Co-
hen Jones, Wendell Stirrup,
Arcie Ewell, Elouise Far-
rington, DoXeatha Payate,
Marie K. Devoe, Bessie
Smith-Graham, Herbert Rho-
des, Jr., Vashti Armbrister,
Ismae Prescott, Carmetta
Brown-Russell and Cleomie
,Miamians are saddened to
have heard, of the demise of
Myrna Range-Lee. Our sym-
pathy to her brothers and the
Naomi Allen-Adams, her.
daughter and son-in-law, Ma-
jor; and Sceiva and Holland.
Adams and their sons, John'
and Michael, and his wife,::
Florence, and Mark along with
their cousin, Doris Boddie of
Sacramento, Calif. Were all in
our city to witness the sermon
trial delivered by Dr. Nelson L.
Adams at Saint John Baptist
Father Samuel Browne will

New Life Family Worship Cen-
ter invites all women to the Sister
Fix My Shirt Extravaganza Work-
shop from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., July
25. 305-623-0054.

Note: Calendar items must be
submitted before 3:30 p.m. on

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visit: www.miami-dade.gov/district02.

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Foreclosure Workshop
Financial Institution representatives and Miami-Dade
Housing Finance Authority will be present to answer
questions and offer attainable solutions to deal with
the current foreclosure crisis. LOCATION AND

celebrate his 501 ordination
to the Deaconate at St. Peters
in his home city of Key West.
Family members accompany-
ing him were his wife, Lottie
major-Brown, his daughters,
Mary and Angelita, and Lot-
tie's sister, Hortence Collier
and her daughter, Cheryl.
Wedding Anniversary Greet-

ings to the following couples:

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Jake and Rita Miles, June 1,
their 61st; Elton and Alesha
Bodie Clarke, June 21, their
lst; William and Fredricka
L. Johnson, June 24, their
20th; Father Samuel J. and
Lottie Major Browne, June
25, their 49th; Ronald P. and
Kim Burrows Wright Jr.,

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Residents attend Health

Fair at the Caleb Center

The Miami Times Staff Report

Dorissa Monique Hickey plans to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in the
fall. Before she could call herself a "Rattler," Hickey, 18, had to take her required immunization
shots for the historically Black university.
The Miami Carol City graduate joined hundreds of Miami-Dade residents in District 3 for a
Health Fair held Saturday at the Joseph Caleb Center in Brownsville. The event was spearhead-
ed by County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson in which health providers and County officials
gathered to provide health information to the members of the community.

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means personalization. If you can't remember
another person's name, you're going to struggle
to form a relationship, whether social, business
or otherwise. '
No wonder corporations like Microsoft and
Lexus hire Ron White, winner of the 2009 USA
Memory Championship in New York, to conduct
memory seminars. White, who can memorize
a 167-digit number in five minutes, teaches
clients to quickly recall names and product
information."The human brain is the best com-
puter ever made," says White.
Of course, if White's brain is a NASA space
computer, most of our brains look like abacuses.
Many people leave keys at home, lose IDs, lock
themselves out of cars and forget to pick up the
kids from soccer practice -- but that doesn't
mean that memory can't be improved.

SUCCESS magazine, which aims to help its
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you want to remember. Physically write it down.
Use pictures or color-coding in your notes to
make a visual impression.
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you use information, the better you'll remember
it. If you're meeting someone for the first time,
try using their name several times in conversa-
tion. You'll be more likely to remember it later.

Jackson employee participates in

healthcare reform in Washington DC

Miami Times Staff Report
Viviene Dixon-Shim made a trip to Washing-
ton, DC, to be featured in the largest national
healthcare lobby day in history. Dikon-Shim, a
pharmacy technician at Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital in Miami and president of the American
Federation of State County and Municipal Em-
ployees (AFSCME) Local 1363, pleaded to mem-
bers of the Florida congressional delegation to
pass a uniquely American solution to the health
care crisis based on choice and competition.
"Like so many Floridians, I can tell you first-
hand the burden health care costs are placing
on families. With job losses and a struggling
economy, the problem has gotten even worse,"
said Ms. Dixon-Shim. "You can't fix the economy
without fixing health care, which is why I'm go-
ing to Washington to tell my story and encourage
Dixon-Shim to reform health care."
"We couldn't be more proud of Viviene. She has
always been a vocal advocate of healthcare re-
form. And now, she went to Washington, DC to
speak for all of us," said AFSCME Florida Presi-
dent Jeanette Wynn.
As part of AFSCME's Make America Happen
campaign for healthcare reform, Florida workers
have been active in writing letters, making phone
calls and canvassing to show their support for
health care reform. They have been urging Sena-

tor Bill Nelson to back a strong public plan op-
tion to bring competition to the health care in-
dustry and to oppose attempts to tax health care
benefits as income. Thursday's rally drew an'
expected thousands of participants from around
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Hopeless teens turn to unsafe behavior

TEENS July issue of Pediatrics, re- were relatively few deaths, more risky behavior than more
continued from 10B leased Monday. 94 out of more than 20,000 optimistic kids.

and for such a large minority
of youth to feel like they don't
have a long life ahead of them
was surprising," she said.
The study suggests a new
way doctors could detect kids
likely to engage in unsafe be-
havior and potentially help
prevent it, said Dr. Jonathan
Klein, a University of Roches-
ter adolescent health expert
who was not involved in the
"Asking about this sense of
fatalism is probably a pretty
important component of one
of the ways we can figure out
who those kids at greater risk
are," he said.
The study appears in the

Scientists once widely .be-
lieved that teenagers take risks
because they underestimate
bad consequences and figure
"it can't happen to me," the
study authors say. The new
research bolsters evidence re-
futing that thinking.
Cornell University profes-
sor' Valerie Reyna said the new
study presents "an even stron-
ger case against the invulner-
ability idea."
"It's extremely important to
talk about how perception of
risk influences risk-taking be-
havior," said Reyna, who has
done similar research.
Fatalistic kids weren't more
likely than others to die during
the seven-year study; there

The researchers analyzed
data from a nationally rep-
resentative survey of kids
in grades 7 to 12 who were
interviewed three times be-
tween 1995 and 2002. Of
20,594 teens interviewed in
the first round, 14.7% said
they thought they had a good
chance of dying before age 35.
Subsequerit interviews found
these fatalistic kids engaged in

The study, suggests some
kids overestimate their risks
for harm; however, it also pro-
vides evidence that some kids
may have good reason for be-
ing fatalistic.
Native Americans, Blacks
and low-income teens - kids
who are disproportionately
exposed to violence and hard-
ship - were much more likely
than whites to believe they'd
die young.

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President Obma asks men

to be better fathers

continued from 10B
Obama now cajoles men to be
better fathers - not the kind who
must be unearthed in the soul.
His finger-wagging is most point-
ed when addressing other black
men, reflecting years of worry
about the fabric of Black families
and single mothers, but it applies
to everyone.
"I know I have been an imper-
fect father," he writes in Sunday's
Parade magazine. "I know I have
made mistakes. I have lost count of
all the times, over the years, when
the demands of work have taken
me from the duties of fatherhood."
The new book "Renegade" by
Richard Wolffe recounts strains
in the marriage early this decade,-
arising from his absences and from
what wife, Michelle, apparently

considered his selfish careerism at
the time. The author interviewed
the Obamas, friends and associ-
Obama himself attributed his
"fierce ambitions" to his dad while
crediting his mother - a loving but
frequently absent figure - with
giving him the means to pursue
"Someone once said that every
man is trying to either live up to his
father's expectations or make up
for his father's mistakes," he once
wrote, "and I suppose that may ex-
plain my particular malady as well
as anything else." By malady, he
meant the will to achieve.
Obama was a schoolboy in Ha-
waii when his father came back
to visit. He gave his dad a tie. His
father gave him a basketball and
African figurines and came to
his class to speak about Kenya.


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6702 N.W. 15th Ave.

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2001 N.W. 35th Street

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New Harvest
Missionary Baptist Church
12145 N.W. 27th Ave.

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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street

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1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue
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3707 S.W. 56th Avenue * Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services
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Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Ave.

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Bible Teaching Seminar
8610/8620 N.W. 17th Ave.

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The Episcopal Church of
The Transfiguration
15260 NW 19th Avenue

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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 NW 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a m,
11 a.m. /pm
Sunday School 9-30 a m.
tuesday (Bible Sludy) 6--15p,m
Wednesday Bible Study

1 (800) 254-NBB(
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16305 NW 48th Ave.

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2171 N.W. 56th Street

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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87th Street

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New Day "N" Christ De-
liverance Ministries
3055 N.W. 76th Street 33147

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Liberty City Church
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1263 N.W. 67th Street

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Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

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Wright & Young
June 27 at Jack-
son Memorial
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
husband, Rob-
ert Sr.; sons,
Willie, Robert
Jr. and Joseph;
daughters, Eth-
el Allen, Pamela Whisby-Hines,
Martha Whisby-Wells, Janet Barr,
Barbara , Diane and Pearly; broth-
er, Jason Jones; sisters, Pauline
Jones, Gloria and Jessica. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday, 93rd Street
Community MB Church.

EVA MAE JONES, 62, em-
ployee of MD-
CPS, died June
25 at Jackson
Memorial Hos- .
pital. Survivors
include: Vincent .
(Paula) and Kel-
in; daughters
Bridget, Ursula
and Janice; brothers Samuel (Jen-
nie Pearl) Johnson, Carlton Jones
and Lee Arthur (Fronita) Jones.
Service 11 a.m., Monday, (July 6),
Peaceful Zion MB Church.

Richardson- ,
ing guard, died
June 19. Ser-
vice was held.

EL, 75, retired
teacher, died
June 25. View-

Thursday, at
St. Matthews.
Service 10
a.m., Friday,
New Jerusalem

JAMES L. HILL, 82, bus driver,
died June 29.
Service 10 am.,
Saturday, Mt.
Calvary M. B.

former professional boxer from
Bimini Bahamas, died June 29. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

55 chef, died
June 25 at Jack-
son Memorial
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Wednesday (to-
day), in the cha-

CEPHAS KING, 84, musician
died June 24
at Miami Jew-
ish Home and
Hospital. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Fri-
day, Mt. Zion

65, secretary,
died June 28 at
Aventura Hos-
pital. Service
10 a.m., Satur- -
day, Holy Re-
deemer Catholic

82, assistant
manager, died
June 26 Coral
Gables Hospital.

Saturday (July
11), Temple M.


26, customer service rep., died
June 25 at Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday, Mt.
Calvary MB.Church.

Range -"
MAEOLA TAYLOR, 92, home-
maker, died
June 23. Sur-
vivors included:
daughter, Roxie
Ann; son, Dean
Maurice (La-
verne); grand-
children, Ce-
leste, Destiny,.
Dean Jr., and Joy; great grand-
children; Taylor Maurice Clayton,
Theodore Clayton; a host of other
relatives and friends. Service 12
noon, Wednesday(today), Fulford
United Methodist Church.

59, supervisor
for Environmen-
tal Services at
VA Hospital,
died June 26.
ed: wife, Mar-
shall; daugh-
ters, Nichelle
Jones and Kimberly Wiley; sons,
Martin Jones, Myron Jones, Wil-
liam Jr., and Xavier; mother, Arle-
na; sisters, Airlene Lasster, Emma
Whitehead (OTIS), Francina Lloyd
, Christina Mansfield, and Stepha-
nie Clark; brother, Anthony; a host
of nieces, nephews and other rela-
tives and friends. Service 10 .m.,
Monday (July 6), New Birth Baptist
Church. Cathedral of Faith Inter-

tired registered
nurse/ social
worker, died
June 25. Survi-
vors included:
daughters, Kay
A. and Diangela
B.; son, Ron-
son G.; sisters,
Maude Speakman and Veronica
Ann Speights; brothers, Thoeta
Mather and James Mather; grand-
son, Kamau Collins; step grand-
sons, George Steven, and Der-
rick; a host of other relatives and
friends. Service 11 a.m., Monday,
(July 6) Church of the Open Door.

tomer represen-
tative, Ameri-
can Express
died June 29:
Survivors in-
clude: husband,
Shawn Person;
daughters, Si-
erra, and Ashley
Hepburn; sons, Keion Jackson,
and Shawn Person Jr.; sisters,
Valerie Clark, Valinda Hayes,
Vicki Faulkner (Jeff), Vanice Rolle;
brother, Victor Howard; Goddaugh-
ters, Shaquita Harris and Tonisha
Edwards; a host of nieces, neph-
ews other relatives and friends.
Service 1 p.m.,Tuesday ( July 7 ),
Mt. Calvary M.B. Church.

79, Homemaker
died June 13.
Service was

57, Pastor of
Good News Lit-
tle River Baptist
tect, died June 2
22 at North-
shore Hospital.
Survivors in-
clude: son, Paki
N. and Faraji; mother, Mary; sister,
Dorothy Pratt; brother, Dwight;
former wife, Emma ; six grandchil-
dren; a host of nieces, nephews,
other relatives and friends. Ser-
vice 1p.m., Friday, Good News
Little River Baptist Church.

assistant principal, died June 21.
Service 10 a.m., Thursday, St.
Phillip Neri Catholic Church.

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JAMES B. CULLER, 67, land-
scaper, died
June 27 at VA
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Friday, St. Mat-
thews Freewill
Baptist Church.

WILLIE LEE, 87, retired City of
Miami employ-
ee, died June 26
at University of
Miami Medical
Center. Service
3 p.m. Friday,
Mt. Tabor.

MARY WESTON, 92, retired do-
mestic engineer
died June 24
at North Shore
Medical Cen-
ter. Service 12
noon, , Thurs-
day, Zion Hope.
Final rites and
Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.

US Postal em- -
ployee, died
June 25 at
home. Survi-
vors include:
children, . Ja-
mila and Weser;
mother, Annie
North; brothers,
Keith and Arlic North; three aunts
and four uncles. Service 10 a.m.,'
Saturday, The Historic St. Agnes
Episcopal Church.

AUBREY D. AVANT, 90, died
June 25 at Uni-
versity of Miami
Medical -Center.
Servicell a.m.,
Friday in the

tired homemak-
er, died June 23.
Service 12:30
p.m., Friday in
the chapel.

clerk, died June
29 at home.
Viewing 4-8
p.m., Wednes-
day. Final rites
and burial Sa-
lem, AL.

ARTHUR W. LEE, JR., died
June 18 in Jacksonville. Service
was held.,

BRUNSON, 24, body shop em-
ployee, died June 17. Service was

LEROY LIND, 57, forklift driver,
died June 25 at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Final rites and burial,
Gregory B. Levett and Sons Fu-
neral Home, South DeKalb Cha-
pel, Decatur GA.

Death Notice

construction worker, died
June 22.
' Viewing Friday at Mitchell
Funeral Home Chapel.

ANNIE LORICK, 66, nurse as-
sistant, died
June 23 at Bap-
tist Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Wednesday (to-
day), The House
of God Church.

ROSA GREEN, 31, homemaker,
died June 24 at
Baptist Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Wednes-
day (today), in
the chapel.

ROSA REID, 74, died June
23 at Jackson
South Commu-
nity Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Thursday, Mt.

died June 25
at Jackson
South Com-
munity Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Thursday,
Second Baptist

died June 24
at North Shore
Hospice Center. C
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday, Morning-
star Missionary
Baptist Church.

DAISY TAYLOR, 93, laborer,
died June 26
at Jackson
South Com-
munity Hospi-
tal. Service 10
a.m., Friday,
Bethel Seventh
Day Adventist

MARY MACKEY, 79, stock clerk,
died June 28
at North Beach
Center. Service
11 a.m., Friday,
St. Moriah.

June 28 at Homestead Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete.

Range -Coconut Grove
Coconut. Grove,
retired coun-
selor for Miami-
Dade County
Public Schools,
died June 29
at Baptist Hos-
pital. Survivors
include sister,
Loretta S. Whittle; brothers, Leon
Scippio (Inez), Bernard Scippio
and Jerome Scippio (Grace). Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Fri. day, Macedonia
Baptist Church.

construction worker, of Miami, died
June 25 at Jackson North Medical
Center. Service 2 p.m., Friday, St.
Mary Baptist Church.

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DAVID BAILEY, 76, marine air-
craft mechanic,
died June 23. .
Service was

JOSPEH BYRANT, 54, metro
mover supervi-
sor, died June
19. Visita-
tion 4 - 9 p.m.,
Thursday at the
church. Service
11 a.m., Friday,
Cooper City
Church of God.

STEVE HYATT,.27, electrician,
died June 20. Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday (to-
day), in the cha-
pel. Survivors
include: parents;
nine siblings; fi-
ance', Vonise
St. Juste; sons,
Steve Jayden
and Robert

J. P. GRIFFIN, 87, sanitation de-
visor, died June
25. Visitation 5-
8 p.m., Sunday,
Church of Our
Lord, 2010 Ali-
baba Ave., Opa-
Locka. Service
1 p.m., Monday,
Church of God
Triangle of Hope.

house ,laborer,
died June 26.
Visitation 4 - 9
ip.m., Wednes-
day. Service 11
a.m., Thursday
at the chapel.

postal clerk, died June 20. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

ENID DAVIDS, 75, housewife,
died June 12. Final rites and buri-
al, Savannah Cross, Jamaica.


TERESA TORRES, 76, home-
maker, died June 27 at Mt. Sinai
Medical Center. Service was held.

MARTIN SHIELD, 60, broker,
died June 27 at Hospice by the
Sea. Service was held.

JAMES FULTON, 81, auto me-
chanic, died June 28 at Florida
Medical Center. Service was held.

GENE NEUBERT, 73, musician,
died June 26 at Hospice by the
Sea. Service was held.

MARIA MAS, 63, clerk, died
June 26 at Bay Point Terrace. Ser-
vice was held.

13, student, died June 25 at Me-
morial Regional Hospital. Service
was held.

secretary, died June 25 at home.
Service was held.

LUIS ASTRADA, 69, manager,
died June 23 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Service was held.

JAMES BREWER, 66, engineer,
died June 24 at Westside Regional
Medical Center. Service was held.

fireman, died June 20 at home.
Service was held.

39, homemaker, died June 21 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital.Ser-
vice was held.

homemaker, died June 22 at Plan-
tation General Hospital. Service
was held.

mechanic, died June 18 at Memo-
rial Hospital, Pembroke. Service 5
p.m., Friday in the chapel.

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47, social worker, State of FLorida,
DCF, died June 28, Jackson Me-
morial Hospital. Arrangements are

employed, died June 18 atAventu-
ra Hospital. Services entrusted to
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Architect and pastor,

Clyde Judson Jr. dies

By Sandra J. Charite

It was supposed to be an eve-
ning to celebrate the ground-
breaking for a new community
center at Kiwanis Park in North
Miami. City officials and resi-
dents attended, but the cere-
mony ceased to be a celebration
when famed North Miami archi-
tect Clyde W. Judson Jr., who
designed the project, fainted.
All efforts to resuscitate Jud-
son failed. He died of a heart at-
tack last week at 57.
"He was one of a kind. He was
so very sharp but yet compas-
sionate," said his godsister, She-
lia Robinson. "You could talk to
Clyde on any level."
His sister, Dorothy Pratt, re-
members her brother as, "a
kind of brother who took posi-
tion as the the eldest child. If I
needed anything, I could go to
him. When I was wrong, he let
me know. He was the brother
that we could look up to."
The oldest of three, Judson
grew up in the streets of Liberty
He attended Miami Northwest-
ern Senior High School, gradu-
ating in 1969. He furthered his
education by attending Miami
Dade College, and then traveled
to Detroit to attend the Univer-
sity of Detroit and study archi-
Judson stayed with his uncle,
the late Charles Judson, during
his time in Detroit.
He later received his Bach-
elor of Environmental Stud-
ies and Master of Architec-
ture from University of Detroit
before returning to Miami.
Judson served as Project Archi-
tect/Project Representative for
the City of Miami's Department
of Development in 1985 where
he was responsible for projects
such as Bayside, Bayfront Park
Redevelopment and the North
and South District Police Sta-
Judson opened Judson and
Partners in 1989 in the Down-
town Miami area. The firm is
now based in Miami Gardens,
Through the years, the firm
was awarded several honors
that included 2001 Architect
of the Year from the Contractor
Resource Center, Design Awards
from the Lou Rawls Performing
Arts Center and Virginia Key
Beach Museum.
As an architect in Miami, he
worked on various projects
throughout South Florida that

included the African Heritage
Music Conservatory, African-
American Research Library,
Bayside Shopping Center,
Brickell Housing Plan, Carib-
bean Church, Downtown Miami
Master Plan, Historic Restora-
tion Lyric Theater, North Miami
Redevelopment Plan and Virgin-
ia Key's restoration.
Otis Pitts Jr., who worked on
several projects with Judson in-
cluding the North Miami Hous-
ing Development Group, defined
him as "a committed man with
high standards."
"He was outstanding in serv-
ing a community in which he
loved," said Pitts.
Through all the development,
Judson found another calling--
When his father, Clyde Judson
Sr., passed away in 2006, he be-
came the pastor at Good News
Little River Church in Miami.
Pratt says that although her
brother was a quiet man, when
it came to the word of God, he
was on fire.
"He never had much to say.
He had a unique and illustrative
way of expounding the word of
God. When he would preach, I
was amazed," she said. This is
what she misses most about
. Judson was a member of the
Belafonte Tacolcy Board of Di-
rectors and the Housing Finance
Authority's Architectural Review
Board. He was also a part of the
Girl Scouts of South Florida,
Brickell Area Association, Ur-
ban Environmental League, As-
sociation of African-American
Architects and Engineers, City
of Miami's Urban Design Review
Board and Virginia Key Beach
Task Force.
Judson is survived by his
sons, Paki and Faraji, his sis-
ter, Dorothy Pratt, his brother,
Dwight and his mother, Mary

"Yama Bahama" dies here
William "Yama Bahama" Butler,
a Bahamian boxing legend who
grew up in Bimini, died Monday,
June 9 of pancreatic cancer in Me-
morial Regional Hospital in Pem-
broke Pines. \
The 76-year-old boxer had a stel-
lar ring career winning 76 fights
while losing 14 with 3 draws. He
claimed victories over such ring
greats as Gil Turner, Joe Miceli,
Kid Gavilan, Joe Giambra and
Emilie Griffin.
Memorial services locally will be
held in Miami Gardens at a date to
be announced. He will be buried in WILLIAM BUTLER
Bimini, Bahamas on July 11.

First Black postmaster of Miami-Dade dies

The Miami Times Staff Report

Anthony William Palmore Sr.
died after a sudden heart at-
tack on June 16 at the home of
a daughter in Virginia, where he
was attending the high school
graduation of one of his 21
grandchildren. Palmore, who
was born in DeFuniak Springs
in Florida's Panhandle, was 86
years old.
Palmore became the first post-
master of Richmond Heights,
where he was a civic leader
and a longtime member of the
Martin Memorial AME Church
-- named for Frank Martin, the
community's founder. . Rich-
mond Heights was then a neigh-
borhood for returning Black
veterans. By 1951, he had risen
to become the first Black post-
master in Miami-Dade County.
According to his son, it was not
always easy to oversee white
employees. He retired from the
Postal Service after 36 years,
according to his wife.
Palmore was also a veteran of

Death Notice In Memoriam In Memoriam in Memoriam
In loving memory of, In loving memory of, In loving memory of,
- -I F-51

02/24/44 - 07/02/99

tired supervisor, Miami Postal
Service,and resident off West
Palm Beach, Florida, died
June 28 at Palms West Hos-
Survivors include: wife.
Sheila, six children and a host
of family and friends.
Memorial service will be
held 10 a.m., Monday, Christ
Fellowship, 5343 Northlake
Blvd., (Main Campus), Palm
Beach Gardens.

homemaker, died June 23 at
Hospice by the Sea. Service was

waitress, died June 25 at Hospice
by the Sea.

infant, died June 24 at Memorial
Hospital West.

26 at Bethesda Memorial H
Arrangements are incompl

Honor You

Loved On

With an

In Memorki

In The

Miami Tim

As we go on with our every-
day lives, we can't help but to
miss your presence.
Ten years have come
and gone since the Lord. has
called you home. Knowing
that you are in a better place,
we can embrace the thoughts
and the memories of when
you were here.
Loving you and missing
you, your children and grand-,

E.A. Stevens
tired police officer, died June 26
at Memorial Hospital, Pembroke.
Service 11 a.m., Tuesday ( July
7), Ebenezer Baptist Church, Hal-

Carey Royal Ramn
homemaker, died June 24'at Jack-
son Memorial Long Term Care
Service 11 a.m., Thursday in the

hospital. COY, 29, customer service, died
ete. June 18 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Service was held.'

mat, died June 24, Baptist Hospi-
tal. Service was held.

ir BARBARA KURTZ, 82, home-
maker, died June 27 at home. Ar-
ranigements are incomplete.

e Pax Villa
homemaker, died June 20 at North
Shore Medical Center. Service
was held.

homemaker, died June 23 at
M111 home. Service 12 noon, Thursday,
St. James Catholic Church.

Hadley's Opa-locka
JEAN J. DARNIUS, 34, counsel-
or, died June 20 in Riverside, CA.
Arrangements are incomplete.
ECKERD PUGH, 25, mainte-
nance worker, died June 17 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

a segregated U.S. Army unit in
World War II and an integrated
Air Force Unit during the Ko- l
rean War. He was drafted at
the age of 19 and saw combat
in Germany. As a 20-year Air
Force reservist, he also served'
stateside during Korea.
After his retirement, he sold
real estate, taught boating safe-
ty at the Coconut Grove docks,
and he fished. Fishing was a
lifetime passion of his.
Palmore is survived by his
wife of 65 years Laura, sons
Reginald of West Palm Beach,
Dwight, of Harrisburg, Pa., and
Tony Jr. of Miami. He also had
five daughters; Laurice Ed-
wards of Goulds, Bertie Paine
of Miami, Beverly Joy Wilcox of
Atlanta, Lorri Banks of Suffolk,
Va., and Melodie, of Orange
County, Ca.
He was also the great-grand-
father of two and great-great-
grandfather of 2.
His grandson Anthony Wil-
liam Palmore III was shot and
killed in 2006.

02/06/69 - 07/07/06 02/01/49 - 07/04/08

It has been three years since
you passed away. We think
of you everyday and remem-
ber your kind heart and great
sense of humor.
We miss you and love you.
We will never forget.
Love always, your moth-
er, Dorothy; brother, Andre;
daughters, Yasmin, Tori and
Morganne and many more
family and friends

St. Fort
June 12 at Aventura
Service was held.

Not a day goes by that we
don't think of you.
We miss you and love you
The Mattox family

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

48, died

June 18 at Jackson North Medical
Center. Service was held.

June 14. Service was held.

Nakia Ingraham-
Fort Lauderdale, died June 24.
Seryice was held.

Miramar, died June 26. Final rites
and burial, Mexico.

Davie, died June 27.Arrangements
are incomplete.

BOBBIE DAVIS, 70, died June
24. Arrangements are incomplete.

Pembroke Pines, died June 26.
Arrangements are incomplete.

Paradise =
55, died June 22 at Jackson South
Hospital. Service 11:30 a.m.,
Saturday, Sweet Home Missionary
Baptist Church.

June 24 at Jackson South
Hospital. Service 12 noon,
Wednesday(today), Mt. Herman
AME Church, Naranja.

Pax Villa-Broward
88, homemaker, died June 20.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday, Our
Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic
Church, N.Fortlauderdale.

07/05/39 - 11/11/05

Love, The Moore-Simmons

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

12/18/32 - 07/04/96

Gone, yet not forgotten.
Although we are apart your
spirit lives within me forever
in my heart.
Love and sadly missed
by your husband, Ervin C.

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Michael Jackson with Quincy Jones shown at the Grammy Awards at Shrine
Auditorium, Feb. 28, 1984 in Los Angeles. Jackson won total of eight Grammys.
-AP Photo/Doug Pizac/Saxon

Celebrities pay

tribute to Jackson


SMichael Jackson showed
me that you can actually
see the beat. He made the
music come to lifell He made
me believe in magic. I will
miss him." -P Diddy

"I am heartbroken. My
prayers go out to the Jackson
family,and my heart goes out to
his children. -Mariah Carey

Jones' tears during

Jackson tribute
Quincy Jones broke down
in tears at a gig in London on
Saturday when Black Eoyed Peas
star Will I Am paid an emotional
' tribute to Michael Jackson.
The legendary; music producer.
i1ho was behind the King
Of Pop's biggest hit albums,
Thriller, Off The Wall and
Bad, is still grieving following
the untimely death of the
star from a cardiac arrest.
Following Jackson's
passing on Thursday. Jones
said, "I've lost my little
brother today and part of my soul has gone with him.'
And he was moved to tears when hip-hop
pal will.i.am played a medley of Jackson hits.
including 1983's Wanna Be Starting Something,
during a DJ set in the U.K. at the weekend.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, 'He had his
head in his hands and was batting away people trying to
give him words of support. He asked to be taken to the
dressing room because he needed time to himself."

President sends


to Jackson's


"I am greatly saddened
for the loss of both
Farrah Fawcett and Michael
Jackson. Especially for their
child renl" -Demi Moore

"I will be mourning my
friend, brother, mentor and
inspiration... He gave me and
my family hope. I would never
have been without him.'
-MC Hammer

"Again . my heart goes
out to the' King of
Pop and his family."

"Michael Jackson was a
spectacular performer, a
music icon. Everyone re-
members hearing his songs,
watching him moonwalk
on television during Mo-
town's 25th anniversary. . .

"We lost a great
entertainer and
a pop icon My
thoughts and prayers
go out to Michael
Jackson s family,
friends and fans."
- Arnold

'He lives forever in my heart
i will never forget the day he
came to see me in the studio
and i played him music... R i p
to Michael Jackson my music
god ... Some lost Elvis Presley
and we lost Michael Jackson.
I cried today because Michael
Jackson was a Father that
we all lost!" -Wyclef Jean

"He was a
wonderful man
and will be
greatly missed."
- Britney



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'All that's left now is his music'

By Hazel Trice Edney

Michael Jackson. The name
itself is synon-i mous with music
legend That is why reports of
his death from cardiac arrest
June 23 continue to stun fans
around the world this week.
As details of this surreal
story continue to unfold, the
one thing that remains clear
is that the revolutionary music
of this dazzling icon called the
"king of pop" will live forever.
"Michael kept climbing," says
the Rev. Jesse Jackson in an
interview with the NNPA News
Service just hours after visiting
with the Jackson family last
Saturday. 'He described how
Michael Jackson, the super
star, not only revolutlonrzed
the music industry world wide,.
but naturally contributed to
the rise of Black people.
"It was his success. We ride

with the success of those who
do well. He expanded our
legacy in music. He expanded
Motown. ...[His' writing and
production] of 'We are the
World' - he helped in that way.
His African projects - he helped
in 'that way. All that's left now
is his music."
Jackson was found in a
coma in his Bel-Air home by
paramedics responding to a
911 call from a man describing
someone as not breathing. `
He was rushed to the UCLA
Medical Center, where he
was pronounced dead at 2:26
p.m., according to, his brother
Jermaine, who announced the
shocking news.at .a brief news
conference at the hospital.
As word made its way around
,the nation and world, the
reaction has been literal shock,
especially since the 50-year-
old icon was preparing for a
tour of 50 concerts in London

this summer, starting in July.
The breaking story continues
to dominate the airwaves this
week, raising more questions.
Rev. Jackson ticked them off,
saying the grieving Jackson
family wants answers:
"There cannot be closure
as long as there is glass in
the wound. And the question
becomes, 'What happened and
when? And in the end, how did
he spend his last hours? 911
said he was not breathing; not
conscience. How long had he
been not breathing? How long
had" he been not conscious?
How long had the doctor been
there? What did the doctor do
earlier with him? ... We're not
The physician, Dr. Conrad
Murray, had reportedly lived
with Jackson for two .weeks,
was helping him to prepare
for the string of concerts,
and was with him .when he

stopped breathing, according
to the Associated Press. An
ambulance crew reportedly
worked on Jackson at his home
for 42 minutes before rushing
him to the hospital, where'
he was pronounced dead, AP
Initial toxicology reports
revealed prescription drugs in
Jackson's body, but it could be
weeks before, a conclusive cause
of death is actually known.
At NNPA deadline Monday,
police were adamant that Dr.
Murray was not a suspect of any
wrongdoing. Nevertheless, he
was preparing to be questioned
by police and had hired an
attorney, who issued a public
statement saying Murray was
cooperating fully with police,
"But, the doctor's bizarre
behavior adds to the mystery
'here," says Rev. Jackson. "I
mean the doctor didn't sign
the death certificate,' he didn't

Meet with the coroner, he didn't
meet with the family. That's
why an inquiry has become
an investigation. Why did he
hide? These are questions that
deserve to be answered for there
to be reasonable closure."
Meanwhile, reflections on
Michael Jackson's life ranged
from those who knew him
professionally to those who
simply loved his music.
"Oh .my God...He was a
giant of an entertainer," says
Danny Bakewell, publisher
of the Los Angeles Sentinel,
and new chairman of the
National Newspaper Publishers
Association, a federation of
more than 200 Black-owned
newspapers. "Some will say
he's the greatest entertainer
that has ever lived."
Many recall Jackson - not
just for his music and the
controversies that embroiled
his recent years - but for his

humanitarian heart.
Bakewell's daughter received
a personal call from Jackson
before she died of leukemia at
the age of 16 in 1992. "I said to
him one time, 'You were better
than kimo therapy."'
Public Relations mogul
Field Dukes, whose client
was Motown when the Jackson
5 signed a contract with the
record company about 40
year ago, says Jackson's
music will outlive memories
of controversies that plagued
him, particularly over the past
"His legacy will be as a
pioneer in the epic album,
Thriller'," says Dukes. The
album sold as many as, 109
million copies. "And the fact
that, at an early age, when he
.was 5, he entertained so many
people throughout the world.
And I think folks will always
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BET Awards '09

pays tribute to

Michael Jackson

Janet makes an emotional appearance

on behalf of the Family

LOS ANGELES, June 29 /
PRNewswire/ - It was a non-
stop standing ovation for Mi-
chael Jackson and his legend-
ar- career at the BET Awards
09, as host Jarnie Foxx and
a legion of A-list stars paid
tribute to the King of Pop with
special performances, emo-
uonal testimonials about what
Jackson meant to them, and
a beautiful, colorful set fea-
turing images and montages
of the star. The BET Awards
'09 celebrated Jackson and
today's brightest stars in mu-
sic, sports and entertainment
at Los Angeles historic Shrine
Auditorium during a once-in-
a-lifetrne evening full of unfor-
gettable moments on Sunday,.
June 28 at 8-00 p.m."
From the minute the BET
Awards '09 started, the audi-
ence was on its feet immedi-
ately. Set against a backdrop
of images of the Jackson 5.
New Edition - Bobby Brown.
Johnny Gill. Michael Bivens.
Rickey Bell. Ronnie DeVoe
and Ralph Tresvant - reunited
for a rousing performance of
Jackson 5 songs. including ' I

Want You Back." "ABC' and
"The Love You Save.'
Foxx - clad in a classic Mi-
chael Jackson outfit of a red
leather jacket and one glove -
opened the show and set the
perfect tone with a stage-long
moonwalk and a hilarious,
poignant monologue empha-
sizing Jackson's contributions
to the music industry arid pop
Maxwell treated the audi-
ence to an incredible perfor-
mance of 'Prett- Wings. and
in a surprise performance, up-
and-coming artist Drake was
joined onstage with Lil Wayne
and Birdman for a medley of
Every Girl.' Best I Ever Had'
and 'Always Strapped.'
In a surpnse appearance.
Don Cornelius, host and cre-
ator of Soul Train, spoke
about the contributions of
The O Jays, the 2009 Lifetime
Achievement Award recipients.
Tevin Campbell, Johnn, Gill,
Tyrese and Tre\ Songz all per-
formed to honor The O'Jays'
musical career. Alicia Keys
and Wyclef Jean both received
the 2009 BET Humanitarian

An emotional Janet Jackson addressed the crowd at
Sunday's BET Awards and thanked Michael Jackson's fans
for "all of your love. -0, '_"...T. ,'.i, irT-,'

Award for their philanthropic
In an emotional end to the
BET AWARDS 09., Janet Jack-
son made an appearance on
behalf of the Jackson family to
thank fans for their support.
And for the finale. Fo.-xx and
Ne-Yo brought the evening to
a close with a touching duet,
singing the Jackson 5 s 'I'll Be
There '
A star-studded line-up of the

hottest A-list celebrities made
appearances at the show, in-
cluding Tyra Banks. Taraji P.
Henderson. Idris Elba, Sherri
Shepherd. Anthony Ander-
son. Paula Patton, The Real
Housewives of Atlanta, Estelle,
LeTova Luckett. Chaka Khan,
Day 26. Nichelle Nichols. Keke
Palmer. Ray J, Snoop Dogg,
\'ng Rhames. Zoe Saldana,
Mike Epps. Jeremy Piven and
Marion Wayans.

The world shocked and saddened by the death 'f 'King of Pop',

-MUSIC Leavell says she reee~tly had conver- even greater meaning will be ascribed to
continued from 3C . , stations with Jackson's'"father about de- the life of this super star.
veloping a Michael Jackson museum in "I think Michael Jackson did more �
remember the best of Michael Jackson Gary. than just contribute music to our com-
anid not so inuch his life that w'as so If that happens, there will be much to munity," says Sonny Messiah-Jiles, pub-,
-fraught with controversy over the past see. His belongings and artifacts depict- lisher of the Houston Defender, among
several years." ing his career are voluminous, the hundreds of Black-owned mediums
Jackson was acquitted of a string of. For example, A. Peter Bailey, an NNPA that contributed to Jackson's stardom.
child"molestation and other charge a. _ columnist and collector .q magazines, "A lot of people remenpber r4Jit at. B.pA
1995';ad episode &At appeared- '-- wasp are n to sel:'-.."lrtin , hat was more important w sightf-
manenfRly' scar his- rputation. in- mct co-1190& during the Ja son' . ance of his words and thbe- r of hs-"
years since the overwhelmingly nega- slated for July. From a collection of words and how they contributed to the
tive publicity, he had largely become a 1,600, he had pulled 90' magazines with diversity and the appreciation of diver-
recluse.' ' Jackson on the front, cover, spanning sity in our society today. From The Man
Recently, he had, announced an excit.- the past four decades.'. in the Mirror' to some of the other songs,
ing new venture - orfe last concert tour "He will bt remembered as the great 1I think that he made a major contribu-
for his London fans. He had been in Los est and most' electrifying performer/ tion to civil rights although I don't really
Angeles rehearsing for this sold out se-. entertainer of .the 20thlC.entury," Bailey think he was a civil rights advocate."
ries when he died. ' says. "' The Rev. Jesse Jackson predicts the
- Despite changes in his appearance.due Perhaps within the context of a muse- Michael Jac'kson legacy will grow larger
to plastic surgeries and the lightening of urn and in the tributes of.days to come, in death than it was in life.
his skin due to what he described as D h
the disease, vitihgo, .millions simply re-- Despite changes in his appearance due
member Michael Jackson as that little to plastic surgeries and the lightening of
brown boy with the huge afroT who, his skin due to what he described as the
along with his brothers, rocked the Ed disease, tiligo, millions simply remem-
.S illivan Show with the Jackson.Five in -her Michael Jackson as that little brown
the mid .60s. Others, in younger. gen- boy with the huge afro who, along with
erationsg will remember him as the deaz his brothers, rocked the Ed Sullivan Show
zth stark h anges in 'his appearance e with the Jackson Five in the mid 60s
and the controversies.
'People will try to muddy that legacy '
with all of the things that he.was ac-
cused of, but never proven, but accused I
of," says Bakewell.. "But.-we will have to
focus on the fact that he was just a gi-
ant of an entertainer," -'
. Even as a towering entertainer who '
once owned a 3,000-acre ranch called
Neverland Valley Ranch'in Santa Bar-
_bara, Calif.,' J ackson never stepped'fat.
from his humble beginnings.
"Him coming fromna very small town
in Gary. Indiana and giving in a very
small home, it has beeih a very big in-
spiration to young people that they too
could leave small surroundings and the
-orld will know you. Michael's forma-
vd. years were spent -away -from Gary
.buit he never forgot Gat," says Doro-
-thy RV .Leavell, publisher of the Chicago
. -ad .Gary Crusader newspapers. '

A young supporter of recently deceased pop star
Michael Jackson dances during a candlelight vigil for
the singer outside of "Hitsville USA", the nickname given
to Motown Records' first headquarters now the Motown
Historical Museum in Detroit, Michigan.
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Jackson was on the verge of a comeback

continued from 1C

On man,, fronts, it was a losing
battle. Late night comedians
derided him as a pedophile.
Prosecutors who lost the case
against him never accepted the
jury,' erdict and Jackson felt driven
to gue up his beloved Neterland
Ranch and leave the country
This month, exactly four years
after the verdict, the. nationIs
greatest pop star was on the verge
of a dazzling comeback. His "This
Is It" concert tour was to be his
artistic rebirth, a vivid signal that
he had at last recovered from the
But Thomas Mesereau Jr., the
lawyer who defended Jackson, said
the star never fully recovered from
the trial.
"The jury said, 'not guilty,' 14
times," Mesereau recalls. "You
couldn't have a verdict that got any
closer to full vindication."
On the acquittal day, Mesereau
issued' a statement: "Justice is
done. The man's innocent. He
always was."
Mesereau said in an interview
Saturday that the effort by

prosecutors ard man\ media
outlets to demonize Jackson daring
the 2005 trial took a phi sical and
,emotionaJ toll on the already fragile
defendant that was diLficult to
These were horrible charges to
accuse an\ one of and they tere
completely bogus, he said
Jackson could have gotten nearly
20 \ears behind bars if convicted of
charges that he molested a 13-year-
old cancer survivor at Neverland
in 2003. Jurors also acquitted
Jackson of getting the boy drunk
and of conspiring to imprison
the accuser and his family at the
Jackson's defense team
prevailed with .evidence that he
was the victim of mother-and-son
con artists and a prosecutor with
a vendetta.
Mesereau recalled Jackson
visibly withering as the trial
progressed, losing weight, his
cheeks sunken, his skin pale.
Twice he was taken to a hospital
emergency room for treatment.
"The poor fellow couldn't sleep,
couldn't eat. He was very worried
about what would happen to his
children if he was sent away.

Michael Jackson holds the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award back
stage at the 16th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Dinner
Monday, March 19, 2001 in New York. -AP Photo/Ed Betz

Jackson has huge international following

continued from 1C

"Which was the bigger step for mankind -
Apollo 11 or Michael's moonwalk?" asked Yoshia-
ki Sato, who studies American fiction and music,
in an opinion piece in Monday's editions of the
Yomiuri nationwide newspaper.
In China, thousands of fans in cities held vigils
for Jackson over the weekend. In Malaysia, hun-
dreds of fans gathered at a Kuala Lumpur shop-
ping complex Sunday to sing along to Jackson
songs and sign a banner with' condolence mes-
sages, while Jackson impersonators performed.
About 200 fans gathered for a candlelight vigil in
a Tokyo park.
"There is bound to be some kind of (global) event

soon," Tower Records official Yasuo Toba said in
Tokyo, adding that his company would definitely
be interested in taking part. "He is one of the most
influential artists of his time."
About 30 Japanese fans were making plans to
fly to Los Angeles even though they did not yet
know when, where or if a memorial would take
place, according to one fan, who asked to be iden-
tified as T. Arita because of his worries about pri-
vacy. .
Beijing Television was planning to broadcast a
Jackson special on Thursday, and one member of
the Michael Jackson fan club in China's central
Sichuan province urged fans to organize an event
on Aug. 29, Jackson's birthday. Another fan post-
ed details of a tentative Jackson vigil to take place
Friday in Inner Mongolia.

Sato said that in life, Jackson had a truly global
The U.S. won the Cold War not through military
might but through the charm of artists like Jack-
son, he said, with his sound winning over people
in the former Soviet states, the Middle East and
China to the greatness of American culture.
"His death, like Presley's, may not have been fit-
ting of a hero. But his life will shine on in world
history," he said.
Television specials about Jackson dominated
Japanese programming through the weekend. Spe-
cial programming Monday showed him, eating su-
shi in Japan and blowing kisses to the crowd. The
Japanese were some of his most loyal fans, and
screaming crowds followed him when he visited
Tokyo Disneyland and visited electronics stores.

The Miami Times



..AIMI, FLORIDA, JULY 1-7, 2009 S

MMAP recognizes new board members

The newly installed Metro-Miami Action Plan (MMAP) members joined Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson along with Commissioners, Barbara Jordan and Natacha Seijas, Hialeah
Mayor Julio Robiana, County Attorney Robert Cuevas, Assistant County Attorney Terrence Smith and MMAP Executive Director John Dixon, Executive Director at Miami Dade College, H. Leigh Toney and David
Chiverton, chairman of the Board of Directors at Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation at the Stephen R Clarke Building last week.

Workshop gives

residents voice in

Overtown transit

Special to the Times feasibility of a transit service
in the FEC Corridor, specifi-
For \ears, we have . been call', to provide passenger
hearing about developat. . j rvice from .Juipier in West
Overto\wn. Plans \e, e ma~'. PPlmin Beach to Miami. The inm-
designs .drawn but nothing portance of this workshop is
comprehensive taken- shape to give the residents of Over-
in this historic part of Miami town a voice in determining
that was forever changed by the location of the Overtown
the construction of 1-95. station.
Miami-Dade County Com- According to Edmonson,
missioner Audrey M. Edmon- "This new transportation ser-
son took a crucial step toward vice would allow people to
the transformation of Over- travel from downtown Miami
town at the Culmer Neighbor- all the way to Jupiter and to
hood Center last month. Ed- the 26 cities in between. But
monson, assisted by experts this process is also about op-
from the Florida Department portunities - job opportuni-
of Transportation, Miami- ties. From Jupiter in West
Dade County Planning and Palm Beach to Downtown
Zoning Department and the Miami, residents all over that
City of Miami Manager's of- route including Overtown
fice, hosted a workshop on the residents will have the oppor-
South Florida East Coast Cor- tunity to get to and from jobs
ridor Transit Analysis Study. along the way. To me, this
This study is being con- prospect
ducted in order to assess the Please turn to TRANSIT 6D .

;- .. .. . .

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson hosts a workshop on the South Florida East Coast Corridor Transit
Analysis Study at the Culmer Neighborhood Center in Overtown -Miami-Dade County Commission

Wal-Mart aims to keep a new flock of customers

By Anne D'innocenzio

The recession has attracted a
new brand of customers to Wal-
Mart - deeper in the pockets
and suddenly looking for bar-
gains. Now the world's largest
retailer has to figure out how
to keep that customer when the
economy recovers.
So Wal-Mart is bringing in
more brand names, ditching
scores of other products and
even redesigning hundreds of
stores to give them wider aisles,

better lighting and better sight
It's more than just a cosmet-
ic upgrade. That new breed of
customer also spends about
40 percent more than the' tra-
ditional Wal-Mart shopper, and
the retailer senses an opportu-
nity to accelerate its growth.
The prototype for the remod-
eling includes lower shelves to
make it easier to see across the
store, better lighting and wider
aisles. Expanded electronics ar-
eas will include interactive dis-

plays to test video games and
portable gadgets.
The store now carries brands
like Danskin and Better Homes
and ,Gardens, and its electron-
ics section now stocks pricier
products like Palm Inc.'s well-
received. new Pre smartphone..
Whether it all works, Wall
Street analysts say, depends in
part on how quickly the behe-
moth retailer can remodel and
keep shoppers satisfied. Con-
cerns about how Wal-Mart will
keep its momentum have sent

its stock down 13 percent this
The early signs are positive,
putting* pressure on the rest
of the industry. Target Corp.,
whose sales have been ham-
pered by its emphasis on non-
essentials like trendy jeans, is
expanding its fresh food offer-
ings. Best Buy Co. is beefing up
customer service.
"I believe a lot of what (Wal-
Mart) is doing is working." said
Joseph Feldman, a retail ana
Please turn to STORE 6D

The store now carries brands like Danskin and Better Homes and
Gardens, and its electronics section now stocks pricier products like
Palm Inc.'s well-received new Pre smartphone.

Black business success can land you on the "target list"

By Harry C. Alford
Itcanr, beqtute
comical at tirries
when -,ou see
public relating
splashes about
perceived sutc-
cessful entre-
Ninety percent of these so called
tycoons are fakes. The fact is most
successful Black businesses are
rather "stealth".
The modesty comes from many
examples of attacks, conspira-
cies and mountains of adversity
put before them and others sim-

ply because they are Black. Most
successful Black entrepreneurs
that I know would never'pub-
lish themselves in the so-called
Black Enterprise Top 100 Black
Businesses. It is often perceived
as a "target list" for the IRS,
large competitors and others
with bad intentions. Allow me to
discuss a few of the horror sto-
ries that successful Black entre-
preneurs have experienced.
Lannie H. Smith started L,H.
Smith Oil Co. and built up a big
customer base of Indiana corpo-
rations and government entities.
He supplied them with fuel oil.
His biggest contract was with

T he modesty comes from many examples of attacks, con-
spiracies and mountains of adversity put before them and
others simply because they are Black. Most successful
Black entrepreneurs that I know would never publish themselves -
in the so-called Black Enterprise Top 100 Black Businesses.

Ft. Knox, Kentucky, the home of
the U.S. Army tank school.
Traditionally, you had to de-
liver the goods on time or face a
fine for lateness. In this case, if
any of his trucks were late his
company would be assessed a
fine of $1,000 per hour or part
His enemies knew this so

% hen each truck left India-
napolis for Ft. KnoX it would
be stopped by an Indiana state
trooper and detained for hours.
After the harassment, the
trooper would release the truck
and as soon as it crossed the
Ohio River Bridge a Kentucky
state trooper was waiting to do
the same.

This harassment was taking
all the profit out of the deliver-
ies and building bad relations
with an important customer.
It's hard to fight something that
is being sanctioned by the high-
est office in the state (Governor
and State Police).
Robert Batteast and his son
built a thriving construction
company in South Bend, Ind.
They did most of their business
in Chicago and with the federal
government (SBA 8a program)
as the state of Indiana had
them blocked -from any good
Through the request of Indi-

ana white contractors the Army
Corps of Engineers decided to
break this company. Batteast
was assigned the building of an
Army barracks at Ft. Benning,
It was considered an "emer-
gency" job which caused all of
the approvals and notices to
proceed to be verbal. It was a
set up.
As Batteast Construction
was finishing the barracks, the
Corps claimed the foundation
was not to specification and the
whole project should be demol-
ished and restarted and
Please turn to LIST 8D



Jobs outlook grim, surpasses improved GDP

By Glenn Somerville

The Labor Depart-
ment said the number
of U.S. workers filing
new claims for unem-
plqyment benefits last
week unexpectedly
jumped by 15,000 to a
higher -than-forecast,
seasonally adjusted
627,000. Extended
claims -- those lasting
more than a week --
also were higher.
That outweighed a
separate Commerce
Department report
showing that gross do-
mestic product, which
measures total output
within U.S. borders,
contracted at a 5.5 per-
cent annual rate in the
first quarter instead of

Federal spending in-
tended to jump-start the
economy slowed down
last week, two weeks
after President Obama
vowed to "ramp up" the
pace of that aid.
Last week, feder-
al agencies allocated
about $5.2billion in new
stimulus aid for proj-
ects across the country,
according to disclosure
reports the agencies re-
leased Thursday.
That's less than at
any point in the pre-
vious month and less
than the roughly $8.6
billion the government
has spent, on average,
in every previous week
since Obama signed the

the previously reported
5.7 percent.
Although analysts
think the worst of
the downturn may be
past,, employers are
likely to keep trim-
ming payrolls while
the economy stabilizes
and that will mean a
slow-paced recovery.
The Federal Reserve
on Wednesday said
"the pace of economic
contraction is slowing"
but indicated it likely
will keep official inter-
est rates near zero for
a lengthy period to try
to ensure a recovery.
There are indica-
tions in other data,
like housing and fac-
tory orders, that the
economy is, at a mini-

massive spending and
tax relief package in
"If my boss came to
me and told me to ramp
something up, I'd do
it," said Don Stewart, a
spokesman for Senate
Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell, R-Ky. "If the
president says it, you'd
definitely expect some-
thing to happen, so I
don't know why it isn't
Obama vowed on
June 8 to speed the
pace at which his ad-
ministration is spend-
ing the $787 billion in
stimulus money, prom-
ising to create or save
600,000 jobs this sum-

Overtown area neglected

TRANSIT "; ' ,
continued from 5D

alone is reason enough why we should fully
participate in shaping the future of transpor-
tation in this county."
The proposed Overtown station could be
along Northwest 1st Avenue at either 8th or
11th Street. The additional benefits that, could
arise as a result of the development of a sta-
tion will be subject to more debates from com-
munity residents. But one thing is clear, this
project, if conceived and implemented proper-
ly, would bring about some positive to an area
that has been neglected for too long.
Edmonson vowed to have additional meet-
ings in the community to ensure that Over-
town residents take an integral and active part
in shaping the future of their community.

Wal-mart stock falling

continued from 5D

lyst at Telsey Adviso-
ry Group. "They are a
threat to everyone."
Other discounters,
including TJX Cos.
Inc., which sells name-
brand fashions and
home furnishings,
Costco Wholesale Corp.
and BJ's Wholesale
Club Inc., are focusing
on how to hold on to
new customers lured
by reduced prices dur-
ing the recession.
But Wal-Mart, which
only three years ago
struggled with clut-
tered stores, long lines,
stiff towels and unat-
tractive clothing, has a
bigger hurdle to climb.
And it has to move fast
to win over people who
still have negative feel-
ings - about shopping
"The service still
needs to be improved,
and the. stores are
a little sloppy," said
Daniel Chou, 35, of
Warren, N.J., who was
at a local Wal-Mart to
pick up a bungee cord
but who says he rarely
shops there.
Stock in Wal-Mart
and a few other dis-
counters such as
Costco Wholesale

Corp. have fallen this
year as investors turn
to beaten-down shares
of more upscale com-
panies like Macy's Inc.
and Williams Sonoma
Inc., which investors
believe don't have
much further to fall.

mum, not skidding
downward at the steep
pace it was last year.
"Incoming data sug-
gest that economic
activity contracted at
a much slower rate
in the second quar-
ter -- 2.5 percent to. 3
percent -- and that the
trough of the cycle is
likely to occur some-
time in August or Sep-
tember," said Nariman
Behravesh, chief econ-
omist for IHS Global
The first-quarter
GDP fall came after de-
.clines of 6.3 percent in
last year's fourth quar-
ter and 0.5 percent in
the third quarter. The
first estimate for the
second-quarter U.S.

mer alone. Obama said
again at a news confer-
ence this week that he's
still not satisfied with
the pace of federal aid.
Still, administration
officials said it would
be misleading to judge
that effort on only a
few weeks of spending
"The president and
vice president commit-
ted to put Recovery Act
funds to work faster in
the second 100 days
than we did in the first,'
and we are on track to
do exactly that," said
Liz Oxhorn, a spokes-
woman for the White
House stimulus pro-

economic performance
will not be available for.
another month.
Stock prices posted
strong gains despite
the data, as investors
took heart from the fact
that the. government
seemed to be having
no difficulty marketing
its debt. Bond prices
also climbed strongly
in the wake of a suc-'.
cessful sale of new
seven-year notes, with
30-year U.S. Treasury
bond prices ahead
more than a full point.
The GDP figure was
the final reading for
the first quarter. The
government initially
said it shrank 6.1 per-
cent, then revised that
to 5.7 percent and fi-

nally to a 5.5 percent
It reflected an econ-
omy deep in recession
when 2009 began, but
the Paris-based Orga-
nization for Economic
Cooperation and De-
velopment this week
predicted the U.S.
downturn will bottom
out this year and be
followed by a soft re-
covery in 2010.
One of the longer-
term issues is what
will generate recov-
ery. Continuing lay-
offs and problems in
finding new jobs are
shrinking incomes
while weaker housing
and equity markets
sap wealth and make
it unlikely that con-


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sumers will be able to
provide much spend-
ing power.
Consumer spending,
which fuels two-thirds
of U.S. economic ac-
tivity, increased only
at a 1.4 percent rate
instead of the 1.5 per-
cent previously esti-
mated. '
Reflecting the weak
pace of global eco-
nomic activity, ex-
ports fell at a 30.6

percent rate in the
first quarter instead
of the 28.7 percent es-
timated a month ago.
That was the steepest
drop in foreign sales
in 40 years. Imports
dropped at a 36.4 per-
cent rate, the steepest
since the summer of
Overall business in-
vestment plunged at
a record 37.3 percent
rate during the first

quarter, while spend-
ing on home building
fell 38.8 percent for its
biggest quarterly tum-
ble since early 1980.
Nonetheless, corpo-
rate profits grew at a
1.4 percent rate during
the first quarter, slight-
ly better than the 1.1
percent rise estimated
a month ago, after fall-
ing 10.7 percent in the
final three months of
last year.

"James A. Cummings, Inc., Design/Builder will be accepting bids for the
New West Lot Parking Garage/Office Building on July 15, 2009 before 12:00
PM. James A. Cummings, Inc. is actively seeking certified Community Small
Business Enterprises (CSBE) subcontractors and suppliers. The work includes
all trades for CSI Divisions 2 thru 16. All subcontractors and suppliers must
be pre-qualified by Cummings. Pre-qualification Statements are available from
Cummings. Bid documents are available through Cummings.

For more information please call Patrick Holland @ James A. Cummings, Inc.
@ 3575 NW 53rd Street; Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309; Telephone (954) 733-
4211; Fax (954) 485-9688.


Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office
located at City Hall, 3500.Pan-American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the



Detailed scope of work and specifications for this bid are available at the
City of Miami, Purchasing Department, website at www.miamiaov.com/
procurement Telephone No. 305-416-1904.

Deadline for Request for Clarification: Wednesday July 8, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.

NANCE NO.12271.

Pedro G. Hernandez
City Manager

AD NO. 008101

Stimulus spending slows, despite

President Obama's promise


A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida, on July 9, 2009 at 9:00 AM at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive,
Miami, Florida, for the purpose of considering the following:


All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning such
proposed action. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person
shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to tlie proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


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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 http://procurement.dadeschools.net, 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-Dade 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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rents are subject to

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We work with bad credit
Remodeled, ceramic tile.
central air, laundry machine,
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1202 N.W. 61st Street
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Call 786-556-1909

12101 NE 6 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath. $625
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1212 N. W. 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
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1215 N.W. 103 Lane
Two bedrooms $750
Blue Lake Village
Call 305-696-7667

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One bedroom, one bath,
$550, stove, refrigerator, air

123 N.W. 18th Street
One bedroom, 1 bath.
$425 monthly Appliances
included Free 19' LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578.

1281 N.W. 61 Street
Renovated one bdrm, $525;
two bdrms, $725 appliances
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13480 N.E. 6th Avenue
One bedroom available. Call:

13655 N.E. 3 COURT
One bedroom, central air,
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140 N.W. 13 Street
One month to move in. Two
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140 S.W. 6 St. HOMESTEAD
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$600 monthly

14004 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths
plus family room or fourth
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WELCOME. Only $999
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190 N.W. 16 STREET
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One bedroom. $925 moves
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One bedroom, one bath,
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$475. First month free! Call

Section 8 Apartments
South Miami Area, near Met-
ro Rail. Two; three and four
bedroom apartments for rent.
Call 786-543-3872

19 N.W. 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
hardwood floors, appliances
included, gated with park-
ing.$700 monthly. 305-896-

2683 N.W; 66th Street
For more information
Call 786-277-8988

1215 N.W. 103 Lane. Large
facility, playground, lake
front, private parking. $1500
monthly. 786-402-0672


One bedroom, one bath,
central air, heat, appliances
and water included. $650
monthly. 305-218-1227
19387 N.W. 29th Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1100 monthly, Section 8 wel-
comed! Call 305-968-5452

301 NW 177 STREET
Large one bedroom, one
bath, stove, refrigerator, cen-
tral air, water, walk in closet,
tiled throughout. Secured
property. $700 monthly. Call
Marie at 786-367-3820.

Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1050. 305-979-5178.

Miami Gardens Area
Townhouse Three bedrooms
two baths 3778 N.W. 213 Ter-
race Call 954-442-8198 or


1187 N.W. 63 St. #2
Two bdrms, one bath, appli-
ances, air. $800 mthly, $1600
to move in. 305-389-8414

1278 N.W. 44 STREET
Three bdrms, two baths,
water included. $1200 mthly.
Call 786-299-6765.

130 N.E. 66 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly, fenced yard,
newly renovated. First, last
and security. 305-401-6627

1871 NW 43 STREET
Clean Two bdrms, one bath,
central air, appliances, tile,
blinds, security bars.
Call 786-357-5000

1902 N.W. 89 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath $775
mthly, security bars, private
driveway. 786-356-8818

Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. 786-237-1292

215-217 N.E. 55th Terr.
One bdrm, one bath.
305-331-4943 305-761-0061

247 N. E. 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath, re-
frigerator, stove, micro wave,
water, parking. $750 monthly
plus security. Section 8 ok.

281 N.W. 55 Street
Two bedrooms one bath
central air $900 monthly
S 305-609-0642

3030 N.W. 19th Avenue
One bedroom, Section 8 wel-
come, call 305-754-7776.

3037 NW 92 STREET
One bedroom, one bath.
$575 monthly, small security
deposit. Call 786-277-3036.

326 N.E. 56 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$950 Appliances, Free

3623 N.W. 194th Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1400 monthly, Section 8
welcomed! 305-761-5256

364 N.W. 59 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
stove, air, refrigerator.

449 N.W. 82 Street
Two bdrms. $1050 mthly.
Section 8 OK. 305-751-3381

4643 NW 16 Avenue
One bedroom. $625 monthly.
Vouchers accepted.
305-638-5946 305-759-2280

4712 N.W. 16th Avenue
Four bdrms, one bath,
Call 305-218-1227

4837 N.W. 15 Ct
Two bedrooms, one bath
$850 Specials 305-758-7022
Frank Cooper Real Estate

4990 N.W. 18 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$1000 monthly, $2000 to
move in. Louis 305-632-2426

540 N.E. 68th Street
Two bedrooms two baths,
completely renovated $950
monthly. Call 305-758-6713
or 786-356-7061

5420 N.W. 5 Court
Large three bdrms, two baths.
$1200 monthly, $1000 secu-
rity. Call 786-488-2264

Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air and appliances.
$950 monthly, one month se-
curity. 305-301-1993

68 N.W. 45th Street
Two bdrms $650-$850.

6847 N.W. 2nd Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, heat, $1000 mthly,
Section 8 welcomed! Call

745 N.W. 107 St.
Two bedrooms, air. $975
monthly 786-306-4839

798 NW 108 STREET
Spacious, two bedrooms,
two baths, security bars, tiled
floors, laundry room incl.
$1100 monthly 305-751-2150

8083 N.W. 12th Place
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1100 monthly, $2400 to move
in. 954-294-0514

8098 N.W. 4 Ave.
One bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances, free water. $550 mthly,
first, last and security. Section
8 OK. 305-621-4383

86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Two bedrooms. Section 8
Welcome. Call 305-754-7776

876 N.W. 70th Street

New three bedrooms, two
baths, Section 8 $1300.
Call 305-495-0884

3737 Charles Terrace
Two bdrms, 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

2215 Charleston St. *
Two bedrooms, one bath,
ready to move in. $825
monthly. Call 305-614-0493

Two bedrooms one bath, Sec-
tion 8 OK 305-759-9171

Two bedrooms, one bath
Call 786-586-0629

100 N.W. 14th Street
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN), free
local and nationwide calling,
24 hour security camera,
$185 wkly, $650 mthly.

1140 N. W. 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $550.
Free water. Mr. Willie #109
1480 N.W. 195th Street
Fully furnished, A/C, cable,
no util., $550/month. Call

1541 N.W. 54 St #A
Huge efficiency. $550 mthly,
$1300 to move in. Utilities in-
cluded. 305-332-2117
1672 N.W. 116th Terrace
Lights, water and central
air. Dish TV, 200 channels,
bathroom, bedroom and din-
ing area all separate rooms.
$625 monthly
Call 305-688-9068.

5541 N.W. Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN), property
protected by security camera
24 hours, from $185 wkly to
$650 monthly. 305-751-6232.

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
Private entrance , cable, air.
Call 305-758-6013.

Furnished Rooms
13387 N.W. 30th Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one'person.

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

\ 16431 NW 17 COURT
$120 weekly, $240 to move
in. Air and cable included.

1770 N.W. 71 St #6
Cottage room, air, cooking.
$400 move in. 305-300-5567

1887 N.W. 44th Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-637-9359

2373 N.W. 95 St.
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-915-6276, 305-474-8186

4220 N.W. 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486

7749 N.W. 15th Avenue
Two. Rooms $380 to $480 air.
No. dep. 786-357-1395

Clean, private entrance, pa-
tio, cable. 305-688-0187

Rooms in private home. Re-
tirees welcome. Utilities in-
cluded. Share kitchen.

Rooms available.

Nice room with privileges like
home, responsible person
Call 305-696-2451.

1045 N.W. 143 St
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, swimming pool.
Section 8 OK. 786-683-6099

1122 N.W. 74 Street
Three bedrooms one bath
Joseph Louis 305-632-2426

13265 N.W. 22 Avenue
Two bedrooms one bath,
central air, section 8 pre-

ferred 305-345-7833

1370 N.W. 118 Street
Five bedrooms, three baths.
new tile throughout, all new
central air. washer, dryer
New appliances Section
8 OK $1750 negotiable
FREE 19 inch LCD TV
Call 305-525-1271
14082 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
new townhouse located in
nice area, Section 8 ok! Only
one month security.

1480 N.W. 154 St.
Miami Gardens
Renovated four bedrooms,
one bath. Section 8 OK.

1535 NW 70 STREET
Two bdrms one bath, Sec-
tion 8 ok. central air, washer,
dryer, laundry room, stove,
refrigerator, fence, secu-
rity doors and windows, front
porch, back porch. $950 mth-
ly. Rent -305-283-3412 Sale -

1831 Wilmington Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
with air. 786-356-1457

1880 N.W. 65 St
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1000 mthly, first, last
and security. 786-262-7313

191 St N.W. 11 Ave. Area
Four bdrms, two baths.
Section OK. 305-754-7776

2055 NW 99 TER.
Five bedrooms, two baths.

20700 NW 25 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated, central air,
huge, fenced yard. Easy com-
mute. $1350 monthly. Section
8 preferred.

2246 Rutland Street
Nicely renovated, two bdrms,
one bath, tile/carpet, air,
fence. $925 monthly, $800
security Section 8 OK! Kenny

2273 N.W. 65 Street Rear
One bdrm $650 mthly, $900
to move in. 305-751-6720

2357 N.W. 81 Street
Large three bedrooms. Lights
and water included. $1150.

2555 N.W. 158th St.
Newly renovated three bdrms,
one bath, air, near buses,
shops, and schools. $1400
mthly. Section 8 okay!

2810 NW 1 AVENUE
Two bedroom, one, bath.
$1000 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV Call Joel 786-

Four bedrooms, one bath.
$1100 mthly. 954-709-2625

4513 NW 185 STREET
Section 8 OK. Three bed-
rooms, one bath with tile
floors and central air. A beau-
ty. $1365 monthly. Call Joe.

4915 NW 182 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths
plus efficiency with bath.
$1900 mthly. 305-606-3369

563 N.W. 22 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated. $950 mthly.
Section 8 OK. 305-751-8865

5650 N.E. Miami Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1500, call Joseph Louis

7 N. E. 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$900 Free Water.

783 NW 98 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances,
fenced, security system.
Section 8 welcome

8250 NW 2 COURT
One bedroom, one bath. $600
monthly. 305-267-9449

9920 N.W. 25 Ave. Rear
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. 786-487-7044

Four bdrms, two baths, $1450
mthly. 954-709-2625

Three and four bedroom, two
bath homes. Tile floors, cen-
tral air, new baths and kitch-
ens. $1000 to $1400. Bars,
fenced, $2500 to $3500 move
in. Not Section 8 sanctioned.
Terry Dellerson Broker

Opa-Locka Area
1880 Service Road
Newly remodeled, three
bedrooms two baths, large
bedrooms Section 8 OK 305-
624-4395 or 786-277-4395

5016 N.W. 2 Ave.
Huge three bedrooms, two
baths, tile floors, appliances
included, gated with park-
ing.$900 monthly. 305-896-

Unfurnished Rooms
Rooms for rent. $500 and up.
Houses for rent. Section 8
welcome. 305-300-7783

1441 NW 173 TERRACE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, den. $3900 down
and 995 monthly.
NDI Realtors

2231 NW 59 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Completely re-
modeled. Try $2900 down
and $599 monthly.
NDI Realtors

2835 NW 210 TERRACE
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Try $2900 down
and $699 monthly.
NDI Realtors

3361 NW 207 STREET
Three bedrooms, central
air. $2900 down and $899
monthly. Ask.about $8000 tax
credit refund check.
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5819 N.W. 19 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths,
new construction. $189K.

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Mortgage rates hike 5.42 percent

4 By Alan Zibel

Rates for 30-year
home loans edged up
this week, remain-
ing above record lows
reached over the
The average rate for
a 30-year fixed mort-
gage was 5.42 percent,
up from 5.38 percent a
week earlier, mortgage
company Freddie Mac
said Thursday.
"Mixed economic re-

ports on the state of
the housing market
helped hold mortgage
rates fairly flat," Frank
Nothaft, Freddie Mac's
chief economist, said in
a statement.
Rates on 30-year
mortgages fell to a re-
cord low of 4.78 per-
cent earlier this year.
They climbed high as
5.6 percent earlier this
month after yields on
long-term government
debt, which are closely

tied to mortgages rate,
climbed as investors
worried that the huge
surplus of government
debt hitting the market
could trigger inflation.
Since then, the yield
on the 10-year Trea-
sury note has fallen
back from an 8-month
high of 4.01 percent
reached last week to
3.61 percent early
Thursday afternoon.
Though there are
signs the troubled

housing market is be-
ginning to stabilize,
higher rates could
threaten or slow down
any recovery, since pro-
spective buyers would
be able to borrow less
money and might de-
cide to hold off on their
Economists worry
that the housing mar-
ket is so fragile that
rates that would have
seemed attractive a de-
*cade ago are no longer

very enticing.
Freddie Mac collects
mortgage rates on Mon-
day through Wednesday
of each week from lend-
ers around the coun-
try. Rates often fluctu-
ate significantly, even
within a given day.
The average rate on
a 15-year fixed-rate
mortgage fell to 4.87
percent, down from
4.89 percent last week,
according to Freddie

Rates on five-year,
adjustable-rate mort-
gages averaged 4.99
percent, up from 4.97
percent a week earlier.
Rates on one-year, ad-
justable-rate mortgag-
es fell to 4.93 percent
from 4.95 percent.
The rates do not
include add-on fees
known as points. The
nationwide fee for all
loans in Freddie Mac's
survey averaged 0.7

May incomes rise, more saving less spending

By Martin Crutsinger

More U.S. house-
holds saved their mon-
ey in May as a big boost
in incomes from the
government's stimulus
program was devoted
more to bolstering nest
eggs than increased
The Commerce De-
partment said Friday
that consumer spend-
ing rose 0.3 percent in
May, in line with expec-
tations. But incomes
jumped 1.4 percent,
the biggest gain in a
year and easily outpac-
ing the 0.3 percent in-
crease that economists
The savings rate,
which was hovering
near zero in early 2008,
climbed 6.9 percent,
the highest level since

December 1993.
The income increase
reflected temporary
factors relating to the
$787 billion econom-
ic stimulus program
that President Barack
Obamapushed through
Congress in February
to fight the recession.
That program included
one-time payments to
people receiving So-
cial Security and other
government pension
The stimulus pack-
age also featured re-
ductions in payroll tax
withholding designed
to get people to start
spending more money
and boost the econ-
omy. Those factors
helped increase after-
tax incomes 1.6 per-
cent in May. However,
without the special fac-

tors, after-tax incomes
would have risen just
0.2 percent.
The savings rate,
which is a percent-
age of disposable in-
come, rose to 6.9 per-
cent from 5.6 percent
in April. Last month's
savings rate was far
above recent annual
rates, which dipped
below 1 percent from
2005 through 2007 as
a booming economy
and soaring home pric-
es pushed Americans
to spend most of what
they earned.
Those factors have
been reversed amid the
longest recession since
World War II. Triggered
by a housing bust,
the downturn has de-
pressed home prices
by the largest amounts
since the Great De-

Economists believe
that a rise in personal
savings rate is a good
development in the
long run, but they wor-
ry that it could make
the rebound from the
recession slower than
it otherwise would
have been.
The government re-
ported last week that
the overall economy,
as measured by the
gross domestic prod-
uct, shrank at an an-
nual rate of 5.5 percent
in the January-March
quarter, slightly less
severe than the 5.7
percent decline esti-
mated a month ago.
However, the 5.5
percent drop' in the
first quarter followed a
6.3 percent decline in
the last three months

of last year, the worst
six-month perfor-
mance for the GDP in
more than a half-cen-
Economists believe
that the 0.3 percent
rise in spending in May
will help bolster the
economy in the second
quarter and will trans-
late into a smaller
drop in GDP of around
2 percent during this
period. Economists
believe that GDP will
begin growing again in
the second half of this
.year, signaling an end
to the recession that
began in December
However, the re-
bound is expected to
be subdued. That's be-
cause unemployment,
already at a 25-year
high of 9.4 percent, is

expected to continue
rising, pushing wor-
ried households to
save even more against
the threat of further
Reduced spending
has been tough on the
' nation's retailers, who
have been forced to lay
off workers and shut
stores. Drugstore op-
erator Rite Aid Corp.
said Wednesday that
it narrowed its fis-
cal first-quarter loss
by closing stores and
trimming other operat-
ing costs as it works to
� eliminate $6 billion in
Still, the weak econ-
omy has kept a lid on
prices. An inflation
gauge tied to consumer
spending edged up 0.1
percent in May com-
pared with April.

Comcast adopts a wireless service for subscribers

By Yinka Adegoke

The largest U.S. cable
operator, Comcast, said
on Monday it would in-
troduce a wireless ser-
vice for subscribers to
access the internet any-
where within the United
The so-called fourth-
generation (4G) wire-
less service, is the first
execution of a partner-
ship between Comcast,
Clearwire Corp and oth-
er companies that use
the emerging WiMax
high-speed mobile tech-

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there would be no pay-
Batteast, of course, for-
mally challenged that
and a third party ar-
chitect was to come in
and offer a professional
opinion. Before the ar-
chitect arrived to the
scene, the Corps of En-
gineers took a giant D7
tractor and leveled the
$3 million structure.
Batteast had to sue
to recover his" money
and it took 9 years to
win his case. He was
awarded triple dam-
ages, $9 million but the
federal government told
him to accept only the
principal $3 million or
they would appeal the
whole thing for the next
20 - 30 years. He had

Many consumers al-
ready update their blogs
and watch videos using
their mobile phones.
Cable companies such
as Comcast and Time
Warner Cable Inc do
not want to become ir-
relevant by restricting
subscriber access to
the home.
The new service,
called "Comcast High-
Speed 2go," is expected
to deliver data to lap-
* tops, netbooks and oth-
er devices over a wire-
less network at faster

no choice. His company
barely survived that 9
year period of litigation.
Sometimes these hor-
rors will get worse
than business disrup-
tion. Mayors Harold
Washington, Coleman
Young and Carl Stokes
of Chicago, Detroit and
Cleveland respectively
decided to recognize
Black construction tal-
ent and share it with
each other.
All of a sudden Black
construction manage-
ment companies dur-
ing the 1980's started
to grow in these cities.
The fastest rising star
was Madison Construc-
tion Management. This
flamboyant architect
and engineering mag-
nate was 'rolling in
Cleveland and espe-
cially in Chicago.

speeds than have been
commonly available to
Comcast said it will
offer download speeds
of up to 4 megabits
per second. Existing
3G wireless networks
typically offer download
speeds between 1 and
1.5 megabits a second.
Cablevision Systems

Corp offers mobile In-
ternet service via Wi-
Fi, a short range ser-
vice typically limited to
a home, restaurant or
"hotspot." The operator
is providing Wi-Fi ser-
vice to its digital sub-
scribers throughout its
market in the New York
metropolitan area.
Comcast 'High-Speed

2go launches officially
in Portland, Oregon on
Tuesday and is expect-
ed to expand to Atlanta,
Chicago and Philadel-
phia before the end of
the year, Comcast said.
A Metro version of
the data card, which is
typically installed into a
laptop to allow wireless
Internet access, will

cost $49.99 a month
when bundled with
home Internet service.

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Recession hurts even the savviest of ex-athletes

By Michael McCarthy

The economic reces-
sion has taken a $9
million bite out of Pro
Football Hall of Famer-
Willie Davis.
A few months ago the
73-year-old former de-
fensive end for Vince
Lombardi's Green Bay
Packers was the sec-
ond-largest shareholder
in Alliance Bank of) Cul-
ver City, Calif. But Feb.
6 the failing bank was
closed by state and fed-
eral regulators. Davis'
stock holdings are vir-
tually worthless.
"If they were decora-
tive enough, I would
have papered my walls
with them," he says
ruefully from his home
in Los Angeles. "The
possibility of me mak-
ing any money is pretty

much zero."
Some famous former
athletes are not immune
to the economic trou-
bles affecting millions
of Americans. Despite
their name and fame, a
growing number of ex-
jocks are losing paper
fortunes on Wall Street,
their jobs or their busi-
nesses this year.
There are two groups
of former athletes suf-
fering in the strug-
gling national econo-
my: those who entered
the national workforce
and now suddenly find
themselves on the un-
employment lines, and
the business success
stories such as Davis
who have seen invest-
ment portfolios dwindle.
Sports fans might be
used to cautionary tales
of once-rich athletes go-
ing bankrupt because

of overspending, stupid
investments and self-
destructive or criminal
behavior. But the cur-
rent economy is making
it difficult for even the
savviest investor.
Along with Magic
Johnson and Roger
Staubach, Davis has
earned a reputation
as one of the country's
most astute athletes-
He's -still solid finan-
cially, because he diver-
sified with other invest-
ments. But Lombardi's
former defensive cap-
tain still is trying to fig-
ure out. how his 29-year
investment in Alliance
went so bad, so fast.
"At their peak, my
(half a million) shares
were trading at $17.
You do the math. It was
ugly," says Davis, who
never made more than

Willie Davis, a former defensive end for the
Green Bay Packers, has lost $9 million during the
economic recession. Davis, a Hall of Famer, says,
"It's gone, I realize that. I just try to move on."
-Photo/Darren Hauck

$50,000 a year during
his playing days.

Davis is not the only
one. Former New Or-

leans Saints running
back Deuce McAllis-
ter's Nissan car dealer-
ship went bankrupt in
March. Nissan Finance
sent several car carriers
in April to remove the.
cars and trucks from
Deuce McAllister Nis-
san in Jackson, Miss.
The dealership filed for.
bankruptcy protection
March 3 and closed its
doors March 31.
The business might
have survived if not for
last year's collapse in
automotive sales, says
Doug Noble, an attorney
for Phelps Dunbar, who
handled the bankrupt-
cy filing. McAllister, 30,
still is on the hook in a
lawsuit related to his
dealership's demise.
McAllister earned
plaudits for his charita-
ble work in New Orleans
after Hurricane Katrina.

He hopes to catch on
with another team after
being released by the
Saints in February.
"It's been terrible to
see. Those guys at the
dealership were all very
loyal and wanted to
help him. He's such a
good guy," Noble says.
Former NFL quarter-
back Bernie Kosar filed
for bankruptcy protec-
tion in Florida on June
The former Cleveland

Browns quarterback
owes between $10
million and $50 mil-
lion, most of it from
toxic real estate deals
in Florida. Kosar, 45,
has become the latest
victim of the econom-
ic downturn and col-
lapse of the real estate
market, says his attor-
ney, Michael Kasen of
Frank, White-Boyd, in a

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PROJECT NAME: Tamiami Airport Runway 9R/ 27L Extension


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. Clark Center, Suite 17-202, 111 N.W. Ist Street, Miami, Florida,
33128 until 1:00 P.M. on July 24, 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, publicly opened and
read aloud. Bids received after the time and date specified will not be considered. The County reserves the
right to postpone or cancel the Bid opening at any time prior to the scheduled opening of Bids. Bidders are
invited to be present ,

IN GENERAL THE WORK COMPRISES: All work and materials necessary for the construction of a 1000 ft
westerly extension of Runway 9R / 27L and parallel Taxiway "E" with a new Taxiway Connector.New drain-
age system and a swale conveyance system bordering the Taxiway on the north and the runway on the
south. Installation of all associated NAVAIDS provided by FAA (ILS Localizer & Approach Lighting System,
Glide Slope etc.)

BID DOCUMENTS: The Miami-Dade Aviation Department will make the Bid Documents available, on June
25, 2009, for inspection by individuals by appointment only, on business days during the hours of 9:00 a.m.
to 4:00 pIm. at the offices of CSA Group at 6100 Blue Lagoon Dr; Suite 300, Miami Florida 33126. Interested
parties are to schedule an appointment to review the Bid Documents through Sharmin Siddique at (305)
461-5484 ext. 7367. The duration of each appointment will not exceed two (2) hours. However, the Depart-
ment 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), 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 accordance 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 CSA Group 6100 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 300,
Miami, Florida 33126 as follows:

Non-refundable Payment of $ 120.00 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 shall 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 a government issued, picture identification (e.g., Driver's License)
B. copy of the architect, engineer, or contractor's 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 www.miami-airport.com/html/
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. Award of this Contract is contingent upon
the Department receiving up to 95% funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The County
reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, to waive informalities and irregularities, or to re-advertise the proj-
ect. 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 on July 9,
2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Miami International Airport, 4200 NW 36th Street, Miami Florida, Building 5A, fourth
floor, in Conference Room "F" 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.


Participation Goal for of this Project is: DBE16.2%


The Community Workforce Goal for this Project is: N/A

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.


S1) The U.S..Department of Labor wage rates.

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


From 4/01/81
Until further notice

Goal for minority
Participation for each
trade in Miami-Dade County

Goals for female
Participation for
each trade

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 41CFR Part 60-4 shall be
based on its implementa-tion of the Equal Opportunity Clause, specific affirmative action obligations re-
quired by the specifications set forth in 41CFR 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 Con-
tractor 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 41CFR Part 60-4. Compliance with
the goals will be measured against the total work hours performed. The Contractor shall provide written no-
tification 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) It is the policy of the County that Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) as defined in 49 CFR Part
26 shall have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts whenever the work
under the Contract is financed in whole or in part with Federal funds.

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 Of-
ficer, as published by the Small Business Development (SBD) (formerly the Small Business Affairs) 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.gov or from the Vendor Assistance Unit at 111 N.W. 1st Street, 13th Floor, Miami, Florida
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Txting away


Texting threatens to eclipse the real reason students go to school: to learn.
But will schools, or parents, finally act to curb this disruptive obsession?

By Patrick Welsh

When students graduate from
T.C. Williams High School in Alex-
andria, Va., on Thursday, school
officials will do what they should
have done back in September: Take
possession of all the iPods and cell-
phones. As students go into the
graduation ceremony, they will be
searched and their electronic toys
will be taken

away. At a meeting of some 560 se-
niors a few weeks ago, the principal
told them that they "could live with-
out their cellphones for two hours."
He might have been a bit pre-
sumptuous. The iPods are bad
enough. Every day, students - be-
tween and often during class - are
plugged into their iPods, seemingly
off in another world.
But it's cellphone text messaging
that both parents and schools need
to declare war on. Texting has be-
come an obsession with teenagers
around the country. According
to the Nielsen Co., in the last
quarter of 200,. teenr were
averaging at least 80 texts a
day, a figure double what it
was the year before.
T.C. Williams' handbook for
parents boldly declares. "The
S ..peratiun of electronic devic-
es including 'c-ellphones and
iPods is not permitted in the
school building These items
will be confiscated for a mini-
mum of 24 hours on the
first offense.
Reality. though, is
something else The
rule, are so in-
C iticorIs .tS rtL en-
forced that kids
consider them
more an incon-
\enience than a
real threat Even
parents send text

messages to their kids during class
And the problem is getting worse,
as students become more adept
at disguising their texting. One
student admitted to often sending
10 texts during my class. Others
admitted to sending and receiv-
ing more than 200 texts over the
course of a day. Most kids are such
pros that they can text while the
phone is in their pocket, a purse or
under the desk, while maintaining
eye contact with the teacher.
For the most part, all this sub-
terfuge might seem like innocent
adolescent behavior, but evidence
suggests that texting is undermin-
ing students' ability to focus and
to learn - and creating anxiety to
Many students have come to feel
that they cannot live without tex-
ting. Says senior Laura Killalea,
with a hint of hyperbole: "Most of my
friends would die if they had to go
to school without their cellphones."
Another student, Yasir Hussein, ad-
mits that when he doesn't have his
phone he gets anxious. "I feel like I
am in the dark, secluded, isolated."
Cellphones have taken such con-
trol over teens that virtually all the
students I talked to said they often
feel as if their phones are vibrating
when they don't even have them.
MIT professor Sherry Turkle told
me that texting is "an always-on/
always-on-you technology." She
says cellphones cause not only "the
anxiety of disconnection," but also
"the anxiety of connection which
comes from the expectation that
you will respond immediately to a
message you get."
Despite all the technological ad-
vances that were intended to in-
crease communication and efficien-
cy, adolescents as well as adults
are living in what Maggie Jackson,

author of Distracted: The Erosion
of Attention and the Coming Dark
Age, calls "an institutionalized cul-
ture of interruption, where our time
and attention is being fragmented
by a never-ending stream of phone
calls, e-mails, instant messages,
text messages and tweets."
For students, these "advance-
ments" only add to the difficulties
an already distracted generation
has had maintaining focus to do se-
rious school work. "Attention is at
the heart of .any in-depth intellec-.
tual activity. When your times of fo-
cus and reflection are always being
punctured by a cellphone buzzing,
it's hard to go deeply into thinking
and problem solving. You cannot be
creative," says Jackson. "Texting is
undermining kids' opportunities to
learn. ... They will shy away from

challenging material."
One of the great ironies of the
high-tech revolution is that devices
meant to facilitate communication
are actually helping to destroy it.
For my students, rethinking what
they wrote and hammering out
second or third drafts is beyond all
but a handful. In fact, texting has
a language all its own, with its own
abbreviations and terse messages,
all of which hardly translates into
good writing.
Math and science teachers at
my school see the same, with kids
wanting the quick answers instead
of going through the struggle that
will help them understand what is
behind the mathematical or scien-
tific principles involved.
Even so, there is hope.
"We have fallen into bad habits

with all the new technology," Jack-
son says, "but we can push back
on the distractions, control those
habits. We need to look at it all with
fresh eyes, tally up the cost that
distraction is costing us and our
children and make changes."
The summer break is upon us,
but administrators and parents
need to consider two changes be-
fore students return in the fall:
* Parents should disable the text
messaging function of their kids'
* Those students who curse
teachers out and refuse to hand
over their phones - as has hap-
pened often at T.C. Williams - will
have to be punished. A crackdown
the first day of school in September
will set the get-tough tone for the
rest of the year.

Facebook, twitter and peers for

By Rachel Metz
Associated Press

NEW YORK - Scott Painter makes his living
betting on startup companies, having played
a role in launching 29 of them over the years.
But with the bad economy choking initial public
offerings and acquisitions, Painter is now backing
an idea that makes it easier for insiders like him
to sell shares in their
companies even before
they go public.
SharesPost, which
was founded by,
Painter's business
partner, Greg Brogger,
launched publicly
in June. Through
SharesPost's Web site, Painter is trying to sell
shares in several companies he helped found,
including car pricing startup TrueCar.com. He
also wants to buy shares in companies that are far
from an IPO, like short-messaging site Twitter and
business-networking site LinkedIn.
SharesPost is one of a few private stock
exchanges that are emerging to fight what venture
capitalists call a liquidity crisis. These exchanges
give stakeholders an alternative way to trade their
shares in hot startups like Facebook for cold, hard
cash - without having to wait years for an IPO.
Employees at startup employees often put in long
hours but get salaries that can be 20 percent less
than their peers at public companies. In return,
they get stock or options that they hope will be a
pathl to sports cars and summer homes after their
company goes public or is bought out.
Given this, services like SharesPost could help
startup workers get some cash while awaiting
a distant IPO that might never even get off the
ground. Most people won't be in on the action,.
though, since these exchanges are only open to a
small pool of buyers.
And it's not clear how much - or how little -
stock has changed hands through them. In its
short life, Santa Monica, Calif.-based SharesPost

said it has executed one $25,000 transaction, while
another service, New York-based SecondMarket,
said it has completed about 40 transactions in the
past year worth about $150 million.
Still, if they manage to thrive, these exchanges
could help the economy. By selling shares on a
private exchange, an investor can free up funds to
put into other startups. And institutional investors
could use these services to broaden their holdings
to include fast-growing
companies that have yet
to go public.
The methods of these
private exchanges vary.
"." ' ; SharesPost uses an
online bulletin board to
introduce buyers and
sellers. SecondMarket
links the parties and lets companies set up
their own mini-markets that they control, while
Redwood City, Calif.-based XChange is rolling out
an online 'system that will allow buyers and sellers
to connect and directly trade shares for cash.
All are open just to institutional investors -
organizations like venture capital firms or pension
funds that manage at least $100 million in assets
- and individual accredited investors. That
category includes people
with a net worth of at
least $1 million, or salary
of at least $200,000 for
the last two years.
The concept is not
entirely new. Nyppex,
formed in 1998, facilitates
private-company stock
trades, and a few companies with similar offerings
emerged during the last economic downturn but
failed to gather much steam. Among the problems:
Determining a fair price for a private company's
stock is tough without much public information.
This time, however, employees and investors
are more aggressively looking for a way to get a
return on their dedication and funding. More than
a dozen companies have priced IPOs in the U.S.
this year, down from 35 in the first half of 2008,



sale - privately
according to research firm Renaissance Capital. In
the same period of dot-com-crazy 2000, there were
219 IPOs in the U.S.
Besides the economy, startup investors say the
high costs and regulatory requirements associated
with going public have also stymied many smaller,
younger companies. According to the National
Venture Capital Association, the median span from
a company's founding to its IPO was 9.6 years in
2008. In 1998 it was 4.5 years.
One factor is compliance with the Sarbanes-
Oxley anti-fraud law, which was enacted in 2002
after accounting scandals at companies like'Enron
Corp. and WorldCom Inc. A key part of this law
requires public companies to file reports on the
strength of internal financial controls and fix any
problems - steps that can be costly for a startup.
Issues like this have "just made it more and more
difficult for companies to make it to that next step,"
said Thomas Foley, chief executive of XChange,
which he developed with venture capitalist Tim
SharesPost founder Greg Brogger believes his site
has one solution to the slowdown in IPOs: Bulletin
boards for more than 100 startups that allow
buyers and sellers to post the price and number
of shares they want to purchase or unload, and
the ability to e-mail one
another directly.
Parties wishing to
make a deal can find the
relevant contracts on the
site to sign, and an escrow
company completes the
transaction, charging
both sides $2,500. So far,
a $25,000 deal - the site's minimum, transaction
size - -has been completed for 2,500 shares of
electric car startup Tesla Motors at $10 apiece.
That reflects a great deal of optimism for a
company that has only sold roughly 500 cars and
had to get additional funding from the U.S. Energy
Department. A report from one of SharesPost's
research providers, NeXt Up Research, valued Tesla
at $1 billion, or $9 per share. The car company
had no comment.

Former law student gets

life in PlayStation murder
FRESNO, Calif. - A former criminal law
student has been sentenced to life in a Calihfornia
prison for killing one man and wounding two
others in, a dispute over a Sony PlayStation
Jonquel Brooks was sentenced Friday in
Fresno County Superior Court. He asked for
forgiveness from relatives of the man he shot.
Police said Brooks killed 19-year-old Brant
Daniels and wounded his friends in May 2007.
They had apparently gone to Brooks' apartment
to look for their stolen PlayStation.
Brooks was a freshman at California State
University. Fresno. at the time.
At his trial, Brooks said he acted in self-
defense because he feared they were going to
attack him
However, a jury found him guilty in April of
first-degree murder and attempted murder.

EU, phone makers agree

on new single charger
BRUSSELS - EU officials say they have
reached a deal with mobile phone makers to
introduce a new single, more energy efficient
charger that can be used for data-enabled
says selling a single, standard charger will cut
costs to manufacturers and reduce the number
of chargers thrown away when consumers buy
new phones.
Verheugen says he also wants to see the
common charger expand to include other older
phones, cameras and laptops in the years
Under Monday's accord, phone makers Nokia.
Sony Ericsson, Apple, Motorola, Research in
Motion and others will introduce the single
charger by next year.