The Miami times
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Title: The Miami times
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: The Magic Printery
Place of Publication: Miami, Fla
Creation Date: July 8, 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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Tempora Mutantur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis

Volume 86 Number 45 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 8-14, 2009 50 cents (55 cents in Broward)

No doubt

who's No. 1
By Douglas Robson

WIMBLEDON, England - Perhaps the most re-
markable outcome of the 2002-03 "Serena Slam"
is that it never came close to happening again.
Until now.
With her third title in the last four majors Satur-
day at Wimbledon -- and a near miss in the
Please turn to SERENA 4A
Serena Williams holds the championship trophy,
after she defeated her sister Venus at Wimbledon,
Saturday. -AP Otc I 'iirsry Wiggile:.orlh

Woods' late birdie

wins AT&T National

Tiger Woods poses
with the trophy
after winning the
AT&T National golf
tournament at Con-
gressional Country
Club, Sunday, July 5,
in Bethesda, Md.
-AP Phot o, r.ckW,cw-
See Story 4A

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A City of Miami police officer takes measurements at the scene where a shoot-
ing took place early Monday. -AP Photo/Alan Diaz

Party turns deadly,

FAMU student killed

Eleven injured and

a woman hit by car
while trying to escape

By Sandra J. Charite

What was supposed to be a July 4 week-
end celebration turned tragic as 12 people
were shot at a birthday party in Overtown
and a woman was struck by a vehicle
while trying to flee the scene.
The shootings took place shortly after
midnight on Monday.
According to police, the shooting oc-
cured at the 500 block of Northwest Fifth
Street where a young man was celebrating
his birthday. A lot of people showed up at
the party--even the uninvited--creating a
crowd of almost 300.
Allegedly, the party was advertised on
MySpace, which contributed to the high

A cone marks the spot of a shell cas-
ing on the street at the scene where a
shooting took place in Miami, Monday,
July 6. -AP Photo/Alan Diaz
number of attendees.
There was no police presence to monitor
the party said Delrish Moss, a spokesper-
son for the City of Miami Police Depart-
Please turn to SHOOTING 4A

First family visits Russia's Kremlin
President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their daughters. Sahsa and Malia, walk through the Krem-
lin in moscow on Monday. Obama faces a delicate, balancing act on human rights as he visits Russia
in a bid to "reset" strained relations -AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Sergei Guneyev

McNair's death under investigation

By Travis Loller
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennes-
see's state medical examiner said
Tuesday that investigators have
been hesitant to conclude that
Steve McNair's girlfriend killed
the NFL star and herself; because
she didn't appear to have a mo-
tive, but that murder-suicide is
the most likely scenario.
After the couple was discovered
shot to death on Saturday, police
were quick to label McNair's death
a homicide. He had been shot
twice in the head and twice in the
chest, while 20-year-old Sahel
Kazemi was dead from a single

gunshot to the head. .
Under her body was a-
gun she had purchased
less than two days be-
fore the killings.
Investigators were :,
waiting on ballistics
tests on the weapon be-
fore issuing a ruling on
Kazemi's death, which
medical examiner Bruce STEVE
Levy said could come in
the next few days. Kazemi's gun
purchase, which was revealed
on Monday, is a strong indica-
tion that she was responsible, he
"If we had known on Sunday
about the gun I think we would

-. - have been very comfort-
able in ruling murder-
suicide," he said. "I'll be
very surprised now if
they rule it isn't."
Levy said an apparent
lack of motive by Ka-
zemi has made inves-
tigators careful about
exploring every pos-
ICNAIR sibility, including the
unlikely scenario that a
third party could have staged the
scene. Their relationship lacked
typical indicators of trouble -
such as concerned -family mem-
bers or police reports and protec-
tion orders,
Please turn to MCNAIR 4A

Clarity coming on Jackson Estate
By Ethan Smith " -

LOS ANGELES - A judge took
preliminary steps Monday to get
Michael Jackson's business af-
fairs in order, granting temporary
decision-making power to two
men named as co-executors in
the late pop singer's will. '
Superior Court Judge Mitch-
ell Beckloff named lawyer John
Branca and record executive
John McClain as "special admin-
istrators" of the Jackson empire,
a decision that was a setback
for Jackson's mother, Katherine
Jackson, who had sought the
same post.
Lawyers for Jackson have ex-
pressed unease with estate plans
in the singer's 2002 will.
Monday's hearing was part of
what is usually a routine proce-

A fan holds up a picture of pop singer Michael Jackson during a broadcast
of the memorial for the singer in the Harlem neighborhood July 7. -Photo by Chris
Hondros/Getty Images

dure after a person's death. But
it took on greater significance in
Jackson's case because of ten-
sions between the singer's fam-

ily and confidantes over how his
financial interests will be man-
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Why it's easy to

steal from medicare

he White House made a big show last week about
"turning the heat up" on Medicare fraud, as Jane
Friday - er, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
put it. The dragnet resulted in 53 indictments in Detroit
for a $50 million scheme to submit bills for HIV drugs
and physical therapy that were never provided, as well
as busting up a Miami ring that used fake storefronts to
steal some $100 million. As welcome as this is, the larger
issue is what such plots say about President Obama's
plans for a new government-run insurance program.

One of the purported benefits of nationalized health
care is that it will be more efficient than private insur-
ers since it would lack the profit motive and have lower
administrative expenses, like Medicare. But one reason
entitlement programs are so easy to defraud is precisely
because they don't have those overhead costs -- they au-
tomatically pay whatever bills roll in with valid claims

By contrast, private insurers try to manage care, and
that takes money. Not only does administrative spend-
ing go toward screening for waste and fraud -- logical,
given the return-on-investment incentives -- they also go
toward building networks of (honest) doctors and other
providers. Medicare doesn't pay for this legwork, so it
simply counts fraud losses as more spending. Generally
private insurers also attempt to pay for other. things that
consumers find valuable, such as high quality, while
Medicare and Medicaid are forbidden by law from exclud-
ing substandard providers, unless they're criminals.

Dead doctors, fake patients, high-school dropouts, fly-
by-night businesses and the rest will continue to swindle
our sclerotic entitlement system, no matter how far the
government turns up the after-the-fact heat. The arrests
in Detroit and Miami are another argument against im-
porting to the rest of the health economy the model that
enabled these scams. -Wall Street Journal

Remember the

music and the man
Celebrities from all aspects of the entertainment in-
dustry met on Tuesday at the Staples Center in
downtown Los Angeles to mourn the loss of Michael
Jackson. It was a star-studded outpouring of adulation and
grief. They covered his gold-trimmed casket with red flowers
and wreaths. And they should have. Each of those actors,
dancers, singers, even athletes owes, in some way, their
success to his. Jackson broke down centuries old barriers.
Jackson made unparalleled contributions to music, but his
influence reached far beyond it.

Michael Jackson touched fashion, dance and - most of all
- video. He made the look of pop as important asthe sound.
Gone was the era where a music video just consisted of the
artist singing into the camera. Jackson's music videos were
events. They took on cinematic proportions.
Jackson revolutionized dance and choreography. He moved
in ways we'd never seen before, defying physics ,even as he
defied classification. His dancing drew praise from the likes
of Fred Astaire. His attire became a generational standard.

No one will ever forget Jackson's admirable musical cata-
log. It will always hold an exalted place in the heart of any
true fan of music, but in fully honoring Jackson's memory,
we must go beyond reminiscing about his catalog. To fully
honor Jackson, we must also remember the man behind
the image. A lesser celebrity might have become complacent
in his megastar status. He might have turned inward. He
might have turned a blind eye on the suffering of others.
Jackson did not.
It was Kobe Bryant, attending Jackson's memorial, who
alluded to Jackson's less heralded claim to fame. "Michael
even made the Guinness Book of Records for the most chari-
ties given to by a pop star," he said.

In remembering Michael Jackson, we cannot overlook his
charitable contributions. Jackson, long known as a per-
fectionist in his music, was just as passionate and driven
where his philanthropy was concerned. He supported too
many charities to name, working with the hungry, poor and
underprivileged the world over. "We Are the World," the song
he co-wrote with Lionel Richie in 1985, eventually raised
more than $60 million to fight famine in Africa. But thisv"Was
only one contribution among many. He. has donated more
than $300 million in personal funds to various foundations,
and founded several of his own. Jackson was an avid do-
nor to the United Negro College Fund, and supported the
NAACP's consistent campaign against racism.

Most of us could not be among the more than 18,000 who
participated in Jackson's Staples Center memorial as speak-
ers, performers, or audience members. We will not take the
stage to sing, act or dance in his memory. Yet there is much
we can do to honor his legacy. We can begin by committing
more charitable acts. We can donate our money, or even just
our time to a worthy cause. And we can start right here; at

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Michael Jackson: Man in the mirror

The "King of Pop" symbol-
izes much of what remains a
psychological sickness among
so-called Black people. He
was perceptive about the man
in the mirror and recognized
the potential we have as hu-
mans to change ourselves, but
look at what Michael Jackson
changed to and from. Like-
wise, Black are rather keen
on residual effects of racism
and the outcomes of white su-
premacy yet many of us still
idealize European images.
I hope that saying this does
not set you off too far, real-
izing that Michael Jackson
also symbolizes so much that
is positive in the human per-
sonality, and realizing that
Michael Jackson is so much.
a part of our collective histo-
ry. Michael Jackson, without
contradiction, helps make us
But therein is the source of
my pain. I love who Michael
Jackson is because who he
is who I am, especially in the
extended sense, but I abhor
what Michael Jackson be-
came, something alien to me,
and I'd like to believe, alien to
our collective identity.
But again, therein is an even
deeper source of pain. I find
myself scratching my head
and searching for reasons
why and how my people, the
so-called Black people, can so

blithely overlook the obvious
sickness of Michael Jackson.
In a sense Michael Jackson
is the ideal..emperor with no
clothes. It seems to me that
as long as we are lulled to
sleep on Michael Jackson's
sickness, that as long as we
are in collective denial on this
individual we will fail to see
Michael Jackson's sickness
manifested in a million other

Jackson allowed scientist to
experiment with cutting and
carving on his physical body
in order to achieve an image
that, I can only assume, was
intended to satisfy a desire to
achieve genetic transparency.
And the experiment might
not have been so bad if it only
affected the one individual,
but being that it was Michael
Jackson, the super darling of

M ichael Jackson obviously did not like what he saw in the mir-
ror and he made extreme changes but I can't help but wonder
if he liked what he saw in the end.

dimensions of our existence
as a people still subject to-
white supremacy.
And Michael Jackson is not
alone. Michael Jackson just
happened to be honest enough
and had enough resources to
pursue the inclination to run
the hell away from himself,
away from his people. Damn!
Michael Jackson married El-
vis Pressley's daughter!
No, it's not just Michael
Jackson, any one of us be-
comes Michael Jackson when
we slip into the psychologi-
cal trap of thinking that that
which is European, or that
which is anything other than.
ourselves is better, is more
desirable than what and
who we are. Damn! Michael

a global entertainment em-
pire, who willingly submitted
to this experiment, it trans-
lated into a much wider dy-
namic by fanning the flames
of a dormant inclination al-
ready prevalent among the
oppressed people from whom
Michael Jackson derived -. it is
better to be white than non-
To this day, and no doubt
as a result of our subjugation
to European society, many
non-white people still drool
over fair skin, straight hair,
anything white. Non-white
mothers can still be heard ad-
vising their daughters to not
marry a man darker than her.
So by transforming his physi.
cal make-up from overt black

man to overt
white man Michael Jackson
said to non-white people that
it's OK to want to be some-
thing other than yourself.
And then this so-called King
of Pop followed his inclina-
tions to an even deeper level.
Beyond his claim that a skin
disorder prompted his change
of pigmentation, Michael
Jackson married only Euro-
pean descendant females and
claimed children as his off-
spring who were not even the
product of his own seed but
thai of European descendant
males. Sick!
I declare that every non-
white parent, and every other
parent for that matter, should
take advantage of this hour
as we mourn the good in Mi-
chael Jackson's life and ca-
reer to also point out what is
not good about Michael Jack-
son's life and career. Yes, he
brought much -happiness and
joy to the world, through his
music and dance, but he did
so at the expense of his own
happiness and well-being and
at the expense of the collec-
tive psychology of many of his
Michael Jackson obviously
did not like what he saw in
the mirror and he made ex-
treme changes but I can't help
but wonder if he liked what he
saw in the end.

Peace, Be Still: The Michael Jackson I remembered

As I think, about Michael
Jackson, I am listening to
John Legend sing "Green
Light", and thinking about
Black men, music and move-
ment. It seems redundant
to add my thought to the
many that have chimed in
about the death of the King
of Pop, and at the same time,
it seems so very necessary
to offer the public wish that
Michael Jackson has finally
found peace. Without know-
ing the man (in the mirror)
at all, my observation is that
peace eluded Michael Jack-
son. He changed his, appear-
ance, lightened his skin, en-
gaged in public drama, and
apparently earned and lost
a fortune. And, maintained
a spirit of innocence and a
soul of service. Wowl
Certainly Jackson's family
drama, often publicly dis-
closed, led 'to some of his
angst. How much more of the
drama was fueled by the con-
text of our nation's racism?
Why did he feel corhpelled
to get lighter, lighter, light-
er? To get his nose thinner,
thinner, thinner? Where did
that compulsion come from?
It could not have been com-
pletely internal, something
he simply decided on. To
what extent did the signals
that all of us, Black folk (I'm
not going African American

right now - just Black folk),
get take hold of his brain and
drive some of his decisions?
Did Michael Jackson feel
that he needed to buffer his
success by looking like what
he thought success ought to
be - whiter, thinner nose, all
that? I'm not trying to get
into his head, just raise a
question for a group of peo-
ple who are being asked to
reject themselves, even with

ings. I generally read to any-
one who will listen - "your
freedom is not my freedom,
your justice is not my jus-
tice, you may rejoice, I must
mourn." I read this to others
to the point of irritation. In-
deed, I have friends and col-
leagues who will not return
my calls on July 4, under-
standing that they are about
to be read to.
I wonder if I will engage in

Certainly Jackson's family drama, often publicly disclosed, led to
some of his angst. How much more of the drama was fueled by
the context of our nation's racism?

the cries of "get over it" on
slavery, with the call for race
neutrality. There is no such
thing as being race neutral.
You are who you are. Noth-
ing wrong with it. Just em-
brace it. At this moment,
embrace it in the name of
Michael Jackson.
Every Fourth of July, I
read Frederick Douglas'
"The Meaning of July Fourth
for the Negro" just to remind
myself of who I am and where
I come from. Rarely will I en-
gage myself in the festivities
of the day, the patriotic flag-
waving, the consumption of
grilled meats, the gather-

the ritual this year - I haven't
decided. It somehow seems
petulant to hold to this tra-
dition with a Black Presi-
dent in the White House.
Part of me actually longs to
put my hand over my heart
(it won't happen) and sing
about "the land of the free
and the home of the brave".
My lyric has been "the land
of the thief and the home of
the slave". Is it time to let it
go? To embrace that which
is good in our country? To
shrug off the shackles of op-
pression in order to embrace
the possibilities of a new and
exciting America?

If only a shrug of the
shoulders could accomplish
so much. I bet that Michael
Jackson would have, if he
could have, shrugged off
the images of success that
pushed him into transform-
ing his appearance so dras-
tically. I bet he would have,
if he could have, shrugged
off all his demons so that he
could simply, freely, moon-
walk his way across a stage
and across his life. I bet he
would have chosen peace
instead of the turmoil we all
The concert tour that Jack-
son was about to embark on
was seen by most as a way
for him to earn some money
and pay some bills. Might
it also have been a cry for
peace, for rapprochement,
a harkening for a simpler
time when Michael Jack-
son was a performer, an pop
icon, not a lightning rod for
controversy? I would like to
think that Michael Jackson
found peace on stage and
that his concert tour was a
step toward peace. His death
suggests that he has moon-
walked to peace in another
way. Let me add my voice
to the many asking for mo-
ments of silence and com-
memoration. Peace, be still,
for Michael Jackson, and for
all of us.

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Leave Commissioner

Spence-Jones, alone

I was not surprised that the
campaign of whispers and in-
nuendoes against City of Miami
Commissioner Michelle Spen-
ce-Jones led to nothing. I am
glad that she is cleared. I also
think that a two year investiga-
tion with formal interviews with
over 30 people was thorough. If
anyone knows anything about
investigations, it is this - with
limited resources and man-
power an investigator pursues
only worthwhile tips that ap-
pear legitimate and could lead
to a conviction. Otherwise an
investigator is just investigat-
ing gossip.
In the media storm around Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones, the focus
has been on the alleged reaping
of benefits of Barbara and Billy
Hardemon. It seems strange to
me that you focus on these two
supporters of Michelle Spence-
Jones, but ignore -the plethora
of other "lawyers", "lobbyists",
"publicist", and "community
outreach specialists" that circle
other politicians. Almost every
lobbyist in Miami-Dade County
has worked for a Mayor, worked
for a commissioner, worked for
government or been an enor-
mous fundraiser for a politi-
cian. Obviously, if you worked
for a politician, then you have
a close relationship with a poli-
tician. People who want con-
tracts with a government entity
then hire the "persons with in-
fluence" over certain politicians
so they can win votes. Likewise,
*big fundraisers for politicians
also have influence and are
hired to lobby politicians. This
has been the natural course of
politics. This system has been
in place since the time of the
Roman senate, some hundreds
of years before the birth of
The real question is why is
everyone picking on Michelle
Spence-Jones? Is it because
she is a Black female? Is it be-
cause she defied City Manager
Arriola, who started the ball
rolling? Is it because 'she was
the critical vote on a project, and
her political adversaries wanted
to discredit her, and keep her
busy fending off rumors? What

is the effect "
of this smear
Does anyone A. l
care that be-
cause Mercy could not reap the
benefits of the condo project
that it is facing a severe finan-
cial crisis and has been laying
off workers. Does anyone care
that the level of healthcare for a
critical sector of the community
serviced by this hospital could
be jeopardized?
I also feel for Billy and Bar-
bara Hardemon. They are small
fish compared to the master
lobbyists. Hell, they were ac-
cused of working on only two
deals. Why not look at the big
fish who have worked on 10,
15 or more than 20 deals. Was
The Miami Herald afraid to in-
vestigate white and Hispanic
lobbyists? Perhaps, The Herald
could not find them. I suggest
they just go on County website,
it is not hard. Then they could
pick. on Pablo Acosta, Brian
Adler, Matthew Arista, Leila
Battles, Jeffrey Bercow, Mitchell
Bierman, Ronalti Book, Miguel
De Grandy, Miguel Diaz de la
Portilla, Ben Fernandez, Si-
mon Ferro, Michael Freire, Erik
Fresen, Michael Gil, Joe Gold-
stein, Armando Gutierez, Alan
Krischen, Felix Lasarte, Jorge
Lima, Michael Marrero, Brian
May, Juan Mayol, Gilberto Pas-
toriza, Sergio Pereira, Stanley
Price or Javier Soto. All of these
lobbyists have handled much
bigger deals and were chosen
because of their influence over
one or more politicians. Why
is everyone making such a big
deal over the Hardemons, who
are let's be frank small fry.
You may hate lobbying. It is
distasteful. But it is a reality
that happens in Washington,
D.C., Tallahassee, and the City
Commission of Miami. Why the
double standard when it comes
to one of the few Black lobbyist
in the business? Why doesn't
someone investigate the big
fish? Is it because The Herald
would, rather tear apart Black
politicians and their lobbyists,
but does not have the nerve to
go after the real powerbrokers?


Michael Jackson was the char-
ismatic lead singer. There also
will be talk about the solo career
that lifted Jackson to the outer
stratosphere of fame and for-
tune. People will talk about his
love of children and family and
his big heart. The program will
be laced with prayerful words

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Self Love: The greatest love of all
Check out your dictionary. also stood behind Tiger Woods, ry, and others like her, pi
There are several definitions even though he publicly dis- comparison to the love,
for the word "Love," but the tance himself from his African tion and reverence we ha
one that stands out more than heritage. While the world has the King of Pop: Michael
others is: God's benevolence always viewed him as a black son.
toward mankind. It brings to man, and his father prepared The untimely demise
mind how we as a people have him to become the first black chael Jackson have br
embraced others uncondition- man to win a golfing Major, Ti- forth an out pouring of er
ally, often times to a fault. ger went through- painstaking since the news of his pe
Since our first encounter in measures to declare himself a became a evident, and

Africa, with others outside of
our race, our kindness and
generosity always seem to win
out over vigilance and caution.
Of course our past tells us we
should have been a little more
prudent when choosing who to
trust because as soon as the
white man fired that first shot
from his gun, and he saw the
fear in our eyes, the rest is his-
Our ability to accept oth-
ers is legendary. This ability is
equaled only by our ability to
give others the benefit of the
doubt. We cheered 0. J. Simp-
son even when we knew, after
his first divorce, he would no
longer give Black women the
time of day., We stood behind
him, even though we knew he'd
slashed and killed his ex and
her lover in a jealous rage. We

ales in
ave for

of Mi-

O ur ability to accept others is legendary. This ability is equaled
only by our ability to give others the benefit of the doubt. We
cheered 0.,J. Simpson even when we knew, after his first
divorce, he would no longer give Black women the time of day.

Cablasian (Caucasian, black.
and Asian).
We continue to idolize Halle
Berry, despite winning an
Academy Award for one of the
most despicable and demean-
ing roles a sister could ever
play in the movie Monster's
Ball. It was a role that was first
offered to Angela Bassett, but
she turned it down citing she
couldn't live with herself if she
accepted such a part. But the
feelings we have for Halle Ber-

fully so. No other entertainer
,on this earth felt as though he
was a part of our own family.
Every generation among us
felt as if MJ belonged to them,
especially those of us between
the ages of 40-60. He repre-
sented the very best and the
very worst of us. While we ap-
plauded his extraordinary tal-
ent over the years, we could
not help but wonder what was
going through his mind as he
tried to escape any vestiges of

being Black. He bleached his
skin, reconstructed he features
and literally got rid of anything
that closely resembled him
being black. He even tried to
convince us that his kids are
his biological offspring despite
them having little or no mela-
nin in their genetic make up.
Yet we gave Michael Jackson
our unconditional love when
he was alive and we continue
to give him our undying love af-
ter his death.
The only problem I have with
any of this is I can't wait until
the day comes when we start
loving ourselves with the same
passion that we love others. Self
love is the greatest love of all. It
is manifested in every area of
our lives. Black men respecting
Black women, Black women
respecting Black men, parents
doing everything in their power
to raise their children properly,
and children respecting their
elders. Self love also manifest
itself when everyone in our
,community does everything in
their, power to lift one another
to new heights. It is a day that
I live for. It is a day that I would-
die for.

We'll never know what Jackson saw in the mirror

It was a prophetic beginning
to a tragic end. During a brief
appearance at London's 02 are-
na in March to announce his re-
turn to the stage after a 12-year
absence, Michael Jackson told
a crowd of screaming admirers
that the 50-concert tour he an-
nounced that day would be his
last. "This is the final curtain
call," he said.
That curtain fell prematurely
on June 25, just hours after a
late-night rehearsal of the highly
anticipated concert in Los Ange-
les' Staples Center, when Jack-
son was rushed to a hospital in
full cardiac arrest. The King of
Pop was pronounced dead 18
days before his "This is It" con-
cert was scheduled to open in
Jackson's life and musical
genius will be celebrated Tues-
day at the Staples Center, with
a program that's expected to be
viewed worldwide by hundreds
of millions of grieving fans of the

Do you wear a seatbelt while driving and what

do you think of .the new harsher legal penalty?

Pastor, Liberty City

I do always '
wear the seat-
belt, and I .f0
think the law I
is a good one. i j ..
It's not a prob-
lem for me be-
cause I always
have it on. I know a lot of people
weren't wearing seatbelts. Well I
guess $114 will convince them.
They'll sure wear them now. It's
for their own good.

Homemaker, Carol City

Yes I always
wear my seat- -
belt, but I
think the law
is ridiculous. .. .
You control f
your own life.
If there are , ),_ .
kids in the car ' / -
then yes, you
should be fined for not hav-
ing them in their seatbelts, but'
adults should take responsibil-
ity for themselves. The police
can't do everything.

Operator, Miami

I wear it all
the time.
I think it's
Good in a way.
It prevents
deaths. Now -
people will al-
ways keep that ,
in mind when
they get into
the car. They might not think
about their seatbelt without
this law.
I think it's a good one. There's
, also the fact that you minight be
saving your own life or someone

Entrepreneur, Miami

Yes, I wear
my seatbelt,
but this law
is draconian.
It's not about -
public safety
at all. I think
there should 2
be a Civil Lib- L
erties Union
that looks into this. It's just a

way for them to stop minorities.
If a cop decides to be nosy, they
can look all through the car,
and, if they don't find anything,
just hit you with the $114 for
not having on a seatbelt. You
can't even prove whether you
really had it on or not. It's an-
other step toward a totalitarian

Student, Liberty City

Yes, I wear
my seatbelt,
but the law's
not fair. There p :
are any num-
ber of reasons .
you might not
have a seatbelt .
on. You might -.
be in a hurry,
or only going a short distance. I
think $114 is too much. I mean
it's not my fault if my passenger is
an adult, and they don't put on a
seatbelt. We're adults; we should
be responsible for ourselves.

Unemployed, Miami

I don't wear it all the time. It

depends on
where I'm
going. If I'm
not going
far I don't
always put
it on. Yeah
the new law
is crazy. It
will actu-
ally make


me buckle up more. I wouldn't
want to be on the bad side of
it, but the law is basically good.
It'll make people more careful
about whdt they're supposed to
be doing.



50-year-old pop music icon who:
spent nearly all of his life in the
public spotlight.

Much will be said, no doubt,
about the Jackson 5, the fam-
ily group for which a young

and musical praise. Then when
it's all over, when the Staples
Center empties out and the dot-
ing TV viewers turn their atten-
tion elsewhere, the cops, lawyers
and prosecutors will take center
stage. Michael-mania will be
replaced by the chilling finger-

reflection of his troubled child-
hood? And if so, what did he do
about it?
If megastars like Jackson
have a troubled past, they don't
have the same opportunities to
work through their troubles as
people who are not constantly
in the spotlight, Kendra Ogletree
Cusaac, a clinical psychologist
in South Carolina, told me.
"The stage becomes their out-
let. But offstage they look in a
mirror and see someone they
are unhappy with," said Ogle-.
tree Cusaac, who also teaches
at the University of South Caro-
lina. Too often, people around
megastars' like Jackson hear
their requests for drugs, but not
the pain behind those pleadings,
she said.
While a pending toxicology re-
port will tell us what, if any, role
drugs had in Jackson's death,
I, like many of the people at his
memorial service, am more in-
terested in celebrating his life
than discovering what triggered
his cardiac arrest.
What's important to know
about - Michael Jackson is
that he was the Ludwig van
Beethoven of pop music, the
Charles Dickens of musical sto-
rytellers and the Fred Astaire of
his generation.
Every era has its legends. But
the world of music has never
produced one bigger than Mi-
chael Jackson.
DeWayne Wickham writes on,
Tuesdaysfor USA TODAY.

pointing search for someone to
blame for Jackson's early death
and the infighting over what he
leaves behind.
I'd like to understand the Mi-
chael Jackson most of us never
got to know, the man-child who
sang so hauntingly of lost ado-
lescence in Childhood. In that
1995 song, which was released
a year after he settled a child
abuse civil suit, he asked sadly,
"Have you seen my childhood?"

I'd like to know what Jackson
saw when he looked into a mir-
ror, a question born of his 1988
hit, Man in The Mirror. To make
the world a better place, "take a
look at yourself, and then make
a change," he sang. I wonder
what problems he saw when he
looked into a mirror. Was it .a

I for one believe that if you give people a thorough
understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that
produce it, they'll create their own program. and when the people
create a program, you get action ."
- Malcolm X

What's important to know about Michael Jackson is that he
was the Ludwig van Beethoven of pop music, the Charles
. Dickens of musical storytellers and the Fred Astaire of his
generation. Every era has its legends. But the world of music has never
produced one bigger than Michael Jackson.

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Community outraged by senseless violence in Overtown

continued from 1A

Police say that witnesses
heard fireworks in the area. As
people mingled in and out of the
house, three gunmen dressed
in dark clothing walked up to
the house around 12:45 a.m.
and fired multiple shots with
one confirmed AK-47 and two
9-mm pistols.
"Everyone was running but
there was a lot of blood and bul-
lets flying," said a 19 -year-old
female who did not want to be
The victims were rushed to
the hospital.
Of the 12 victims, Michelle
Coleman, a college student
from Florida A& M University
home for the summer to help
her mom pay the bills, suffered
multiple gunshot wounds leav-

ing her in critical condition.
"Three times --. liver, kidney
and some part of the heart,"
said her uncle Larry on Mon-
"She was at the wrong place
at the wrong time," said her
other uncle, Jerome Wiley.
Coleman, 21, died late Tues-
day morning.
Wisner Frederick, 19, and An-
thony Smith, 17 remained criti-
Doctors operated on Smith,
a Booker T. Washington High
School linebacker, on Monday
who was shot in the chest dur-
ing the shooting. He was later
put on a ventilator.
As of Tuesday, eight others
were in good or unknown con-
dition. One was treated and re-
Police have yet to determine
who the intended target was. ..

"Bottom line here, though, is
the availability of these high-
.powered weapons that shoot
not just the intended target
but anybody within range, and
that's the problem when you
have that many bullets flying
through the air," Miami Police
Chief John Timoney.
Of all his years as Chief, Ti-
money told The Miami Times
that this was the quietest
Fourth of July weekend; but
to have it turn tragic was hor-
Timoney, local officials and
several clergymen held a press
conference prior to the holiday
to remind people to be safe dur-
ing the holiday to prevent some-
thing like this from occurring.
"There isn't much you can do
to prevent these things from
happening," he said at a press
conference in the lobby of the

Miami Police Department Head-
quarters Monday morning.
Tavaria Igharam, whose
friend was one of those injured
in the Liberty City mass shoot-
ing in January, was appalled
about the events that occurred
that Monday morning.
"This type of stuff just makes
you want to leave Miami," she
said. "These dudes have noth-
ing better to do than shoot each
Igharam, 19, was not the only
one who was,tired.
U.S. Congressman Kendrick
B. Meek (D-Miami) released
a statement on Monday ex-
.pressing his concern about the
"Appalling is an understated
word to describe the Overtown
tragedy. This senseless act of
violence will forever alter the
lives of our young people, and

Fans laugh as Woods interviews himself

Associated Press

BETHESDA, Md. -- Even after
68 victories, Tiger Woods never
had a finish quite like Sunday
at the AT&T National.
It had nothing to do with the
golf, which was all too familiar.
Challenged by Hunter Mah-
an's record-tying 62 at Congres-
sional, Woods plotted his way
along the back nine and deliv-
ered the decisive birdie with a
20-foot putt on the 16th green,
closing with a 3-under 67 for a
one-shot victory.
The trophy presentation was

unlike any other.
"I've always wanted to do this,
so bear with me," Woods said,
cradling the silver trophy in the
shape of the Capitol. Then, the
tournament host interviewed
the tournament champion.
In this case, it was the same
"So Tiger, how did you play
today?" Woods said in a mock
Q&A as thousands of fans broke
into laughter.
This is what Woods meant
earlier in the week by wanting
to be a "greedy host" at Con-

It was his tournament, and
his show.
With three birdies in a five-
hole stretch, Woods surged past
Anthony Kim in a high-charged
final pairing. Then came a 62
from Mahan, tying the course
record at Congressional that
Kim had set Thursday. With
some 40,000 fans waiting to see
how the final hour would un-
fold, Woods rolled in a 20-foot
birdie and walked stoically to
the cup, nodding his head.
He closed with routine pars to
finish at 13-under 267 for his
third victory this year, along

with some uncanny coincidenc-
* Woods won in his second
try at the tournament he hosts,
just as Jack Nicklaus won his
Memorial in the second year.
* He now has won all three
PGA Tour events hosted by
players in one year. Woods won
the Arnold Palmer Invitational
in March with a birdie on the fi-
nal hole, getting another hearty
handshake from the King. And
he won the Memorial with a
final-round 65, with Nicklaus
standing behind the green to
congratulate him.'

Match marks Serena's return to dominance

continued from 1A

French Open last month -- Ser-
ena Williams has resummoned
the dominant aura she lorded
over women's tennis when- she
captured four consecutive Grand
Slam tournament trophies start-
ing in the 2002 French Open and
ending in the 2003 Australian
As in all four of those victories
six years ago, the latest of her

recent three meant denying the
hardware to her older sister, Ve-
nus Williams.
Serena lifted her game in the
crucial tiebreaker and outserved
five-time winner Venus 7-6 (7-3),
6-2 Saturday to earn her third
Wimbledon crown and 11th total
"She played so well, really lift-
ed her game," Venus said. "I had
an error here and there. Today, I
couldn't make errors."
Although Serena remains No. 2
behind Dinara Safina, there is lit-

tie doubt who rules the sport.
"I think that's just shocking,"
2002-03 Wimbledon champ Ser-
ena said of the Sony Ericsson WTA
Tour ranking system, which could
place the Russian, who has never
won a major, ahead of the reign-
ing U.S. Open, Australian Open
and Wimbledon winner. "My mo-
tivation is maybe just to win an-
other Grand Slam and stay No. 2,
I guess," she said jokingly..
Billie Jean King predicts Ser-
ena will pass her dozen Slams and
might even approach the 18 singles

majors that both Martina Navratil-
ova and Chris Evert won. Serena,
who teamed up with Venus to beat
Rennae Stubbs and Samantha
Stosur 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to win their
fourth doubles crown here, sound-
ed ready for the chase.
"I feel like I've played a lot this
year and I've really been paying
the price," she said. "For several
years now ... I just really wanted
to focus on tennis, and I've really
been doing that. I feel like this is
where I want to be and this is my
chance to capitalize."

Police: McNair case may never .be neatly solved

continued from 1A

"The thing we always hear is,
'We should have seen this com-
ing,'" he said.
But Kazemi's family has said
she was very happy.'
"She just had it made, you
know, (with) this guy taking care
of everything," Kazemi's nephew
Farzin Abdi said on Monday.
Levy said the 36-year-old Mc-
Nair was shot in each temple
and twice in the chest. Three
of the shots were taken from a
distance, but one of the shots to

the temple came from just inch-
es away.
The gun that killed Kazemi
was in contact with her head
when it discharged, he said.
Police spokesman Don Aaron
said Monday McNair wasn't with
Kazemi when she bought the
semiautomatic pistol that was
found at the scene. Police have
declined to release the caliber of
the gun or the name of the per-
son who sold it to her.
Aaron said the case may not
be as neatly resolved as people
would like.
"It ,may be we'll never know

exactly why this happened," he
Much of what's known pub-
licly about the affair comes from
what Kazemi told her family: She
was preparing to move in with
McNair and believed he was go-
ing to divorce his wife, though
no court records of divorce pro-
ceedings have surfaced.
Then early Thursday, Kazemi
was arrested for DUI while driv-
ing a, Cadillac Escalade that
was registered in both of their
names. McNair was with her
but wasn't charged, and police
allowed him to leave the scene.

He later bailed her out.
That night, Kazemi went alone
to buy the handgun.
On Friday night and early
Saturday morning, McNair was
seen with friends in two Nash-
ville bars. A witness said McNair
arrived at a condominium he
leased sometime between 1:30
and 2:00 a.m. Kazemi's car was
already there.
The couple had been dead
for hours when McNair's friend
Wayne Neeley, who, leased the
condo with him, found the bod-
ies at around 1 p.m. Saturday

that pain extends throughout
the community at large. I urge
witnesses to come forward, as-
sist law enforcement authori-
ties and help put these crimi-
nals away. My prayers and con-
cerns are with the victims and

their families," he said.
Anyone with information is
asked to call the City of Miami
Police Department's Homicide
Unit at 305-579-6530 or Mi-
ami-Dade Crime Stoppers at

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School named for Jesse J. McCrary Jr.

The Miami-Dade County
School Board recently renamed
Little River Elementary School
on honor of the late pioneering
Attorney Jesse J. McCrary, Jr.
McCrary was twice honored by
the School Board for his out-
standing contributions to the
students and the school system.
He regularly gave spell-binding
motivational speeches to stu-
dents on his principle theme--
be a "stepping stone" in life.
McCrary served as Florida's
191h Secretary of State, becom-
ing the first Black. to serve in
the Florida Cabinet since Re-
construction. He was also the
first Black lawyer to represent a
Southern state before the Unit-
ed States Court when he argued

and won the landmark
case of Williams v. Flor-
ida. 9
During his life, the *
Florida Legislature rec-
ognized McCrary as a ,.
"Living Legend" because
of his pre-eminence as
a constitutional'law ex- MCCR
pert. He won 10 major
cases in the Florida Su-
preme Court, including Neil v.
State of Florida which held that
peremptory challenges could
not be used to excuse potential
jurors on the basis of race.
McCrary was also a commu-
nity leader. He was credited
with saving the James E. Scott
Community Association (JES-
CA) from bankruptcy during his

tenure as board chair-
man and he also served
with distinction on both
the Florida Memorial
. ,a University and Univer-
sity of Miami Board of
/" Trustees.
McCrary was a proud
tARY graduate of Florida
A&M College of Law and
* is survived by his wife,
Margaret, and three daughters-
-Bonnye, Pamela and Jessica.
The legacy project to name
Little River Elementary School
in honor of McCrary was led by
his friend and colleague, H. T.
Smith. A ceremony to commem-
orate the Jesse J. McCrary Jr.
Elementary School will be held
in September.

U.S. crackdown on Medicare fraud

By Jane Zhang

The federal government an-
nounced indictments of 53 peo-
ple allegedly involved in a Medi-
care-fraud scheme in Detroit, a
day after charging eight others
in Miami suspected of running
a similar fraud.
The two separate cases, a
joint effort by the Justice De-
partment and the Health and
the Human Services Depart-
ment, reflect a pickup in the
government's pace in combat-
ing Medicare fraud.
In the Detroit case, the al-
leged fraud was estimated at
$50 million. Those charged in-
cluded doctors, health-care ex-

ecutives and beneficiaries. The
scheme in Miami allegedly used
fake storefronts in an attempt
to cheat Medicare out of $100
The suspects charged in the
Detroit operation allegedly sub-
mitted bogus Medicare claims
for care that was medically un-
necessary and often not pro-
vided at all. In some instances
suspects paid patients to go
along with the scheme, the
Justice Department, the Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation
and HHS said at a joint news
Since March 2007, the gov-
ernment's special antifraud
teams have produced more

than 250 indictments involv-
ing Medicare claims totaling
more than $600 million in such
Medidare-fraud "hot spots" as
South Florida, Los Angeles and
Detroit, where abuses of the
federal health program for the
elderly and disabled are more
frequently found.
"The Obama administration
is committed to turning up the
heat on Medicare fraud," HHS
Secretary Kathleen' Sebelius
said. "Every dollar we can save
by stopping fraud can be used
to strengthen the long-term fis-
cal health of Medicare, bring
down' costs and deliver better
service to Medicare beneficia-

Wife of Rep. John Conyers pled guilty to bribery

Monica Conyers, the wife of
the powerful chairman of the
House Judiciary Committee,
Rep. John Conyers, (D-Mich.),
pled guilty to one count of brib-
ery in a federal court in Detroit
last month.
According to court documents,
in late 2007, Mrs. Conyers,
president pro tern of the Detroit
City Council, twice accepted en-
velopes filled with cash, once in
the parking lot of ,a Detroit Mc-
This case focuses around
dealings with Detroit business-
man Rayford Jackson who also
pleaded guilty last week on giv-
ing $6,000 to a member of the
Detroit City Council to help steer
a wastewater treatment contract
to Synagro Technologies.
Jackson was working as a
consultant for Synagro which
won the $1.2 Billion contract
to remove sludge from the city's
water treatment plants. The
contract was awarded in 2007.
The criminal information not-
ed that in Nov. and Dec. 2007
Mrs. Conyers received envelopes
filled with cash from people as-
sociated with Jackson.
After initially opposing a
sludge contract with Synagro,
Conyers, after accepting a bribe,
became the deciding vote in the
city council on a resolution to
approve the contract.
Conyers faces up to five years



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In this Sept. 5,2005 file photo Monica Conyers sits with her
husband, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers at a Labor Day
rally in Detroit. -AP Photo/CarlosOsorio

in prison, three years supervised
release and/or a $250,000 fine.
Calls to an attorney for Mrs. Co-
nyers were not immediately re-
Rep. John Conyers, a 23-term
Democrat, has no involvement
in any of the charges and is
expected to continue as, Chair-
man of the Judiciary Commit-
tee, which oversees the Justice
Department and the FBI.
In a statement from a spokes-
man for Rep. Conyers said,
"This has been a trying time
for the Conyers 'family and,
with hope and prayer, they will
make it through this as a fam-

ily. Public officials must expect
to be held to the highest ethical
and legal standards. With this
in mind, Mr. Conyers wants to
work towards helping his family
and city recover from this seri-
ous matter."
Conyers failed to appear last
weekat an event at the National
Press Club on a panel discus-
sion on prosecutorial miscon-
duct at the Justice Depart-
ment. House Judiciary Com-
mittee counsel Elliot Mincberg,
appeared on the chairman's
behalf and stated the congress-
man has "present business on
Capitol Hill."


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
comi5leted or is underway, at more than 80 recreational locations throughout the County.
Here's what to look for:

* Upgraded playgrounds, pools,
picnic areas
* Improved beach facilities
* Refurbished sports fields,
tennis courts, golf courses

* New Grapeland Water Park
* Renovated public marinas
* New Amazon & Beyond exhibit at
Miami MetroZoo
* More areen spaces and nature areas

It's all part of Building a Better Miami-Dade!

Naval Academy minority rate increases

Most racially diverse
class in history

By Aaron Morrison

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Wave
goodbye. Get in line. "Hurry
up and wait" for your uniform,
your medical exam and a crash
course in saluting.
Everything about Wednes-
day's Induction Day at the U.S.
Naval Academy was typical -
except that the incoming class
was the most. racially diverse
ever. Of the 1,230 incoming
students, 435 are minority mid-
shipmen - or 35 percent, up
from 28 percent last year.
This year's plebess" - fresh-
men - are helping close the gap
between enlisted sailors and of-
ficers. About 21 percent of offi-
cers are minorities, while about
48 percent of enlisted men and
women are.
Academy officials have ex-
panded recruiting for future of-
ficers into places they have had
trouble attracting students;
such as urban areas with larger
minority populations, with the
goal of balancing the dispar-
ity. And officials hope future
recruits will be enticed to stay
in the Navy program when they
can see more of their superiors
are like them.
"There is definitely some di-
rect associations with who is
commanding you," said retired
Capt. Bernard Jackson, presi-
dent of the National Naval Of-
ficers Association, which helps
minority officers develop their
careers. "To be able to see (your-
self) in the organization, it plays
a strong part to have younger
individuals stay."
The landmark class coincides
with the 60th anniversary of the
graduation of the first African-
American midshipman, Wesley
Brown, in 1949.
More important than recruit-
ment is retention - surviving
four grueling years of physical
activity, leadership training and

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Ronald Allen, 18, of Seattle, Wash., learns the proper way to
wear his cap during Induction Day at the Naval College in An-
napolis, Maryland on Wednesday, July 1. -APPhoto/Jamie C. Horton

tough academics.
In 2009, the Hispanic gradu-
ation rate was 86 percent; the
African-American graduation
rate was 77 percent. Of 1,065
graduates in 2009, 826 were
white graduates and 229 were
minorities, up slightly from 223
in 2008.
Graduates go on to serve in
varying capacities, including
naval aviation, special warfare
and medical corps.
Trainer Jason Hill, an ensign
who graduated in May, said
plebes would spend their six-
week summer course becom-
ing indistinguishable from their
That uniformity means if
needed, plebes got haircuts.
Designer eyewear and contacts
are surrendered for unflattering
spectacles. Each new midship-
man dressed in the same uni-
form. In unison, each learned
how to stare into the pages of
their copy of "Reef Points," a'
manual they must memorize
during "plebe summer."
Some gained experience in

properly addressing .upper-
classmen, nervously shouting:
"Sir, yes, sir!" or "Ma'am, yes,
And the preparation means a
little bit of tough love from re-
cent graduates. Training the in-
coming class is an adjustment,
Hill said.
"It's a little weird for us to
go from speaking normally to
everyone to being a jerk," said
Hill, who will report in August
for flight training.
Edward Girling, 18, of Lynch-
burg, Va., said he came in think-
ing his summer was going to be
rough. Girling arrived with the
sides of his heads shaved bald,
and the top intact.
"My cousins thought it would
be funny to cut my head last
night," he said.
He lamented he would miss
sleeping, though Hill quickly
corrected him.
"You'll get plenty of sleep
during your six-week train-
ing," Hill said. "When you begin
your school work, you'll get less

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Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1949

6oth Graduation Reunion Celebration

One of the most outstanding high school graduating classes to finishing Booker T.
Washington was the 49ers in 1949. World War II had ended but the segregation and
discrimination were still there to remind everyone that we had a lot of work to do in

order to make things better for those who would come along after we left Booker T.
Many things have changed in those 60 years since we accepted our diplomas, but
here is a brief account of where we are today.

The members of the Booker T.
Washington High School Class
of 1949 will celebrate their 60th
Year Graduation Reunion this
month. The celebration includes
a scheduled White House Tour
on Wednesday, July 22, dur-
ing the class trip to Washington
Our school, established in the
1920's,was the first secondary in
South Florida opened for Blacks
and was one of the three Black
high schools in Dade County.
The school became an important
center for cultural and interra-
cial activities in the Overtown/
Central Negro District. Later, in
the 50's and 60's, urban renewal
and the construction of Inter-
state 95 negatively impacted a
thriving Overtown community
and widely dispersed the B.T.W.
student base. Of 236 gradu-
ates, more than 50 percent re-
main and proudly continue to
announce their theme: Human

Relations--The Key to Survival!!
B.T.W. Class of 1949 is the only
alumni group in South Florida
to honor the reestablishment of
Dr. Martin Luther King's birth-
day as an official holiday in the
state of Florida. A "Unity Cruise"
in honor of Dr. King was spon-
sored. Our class is probably the
only alumni group in the country
to file and successfully conclude
a Civil Rights Action (Public Ac-
commodation Lawsuit) against
a commercial establishment --a
motel in the Florida Keys.

Some of our charitable endeav-
ors have included: scholarship
awards, annual contributions
and support of the United Negro.
College Fund, the Black Archives
and Sickle Cell Anemia Founda-
tion. We have annually donated
Thanksgiving baskets to needy
families. Some other noteworthy
accomplishments: A 49-er was

the first Black person elected
to public office in Dade County
as a County Commissioner. A
49er was the first Black person
to serve as chairman of a major
board in Dade County--the Fair
Housing and Employment Com-
mission. A 49er was the first
Black person to serve as a coach
at a fully integrated major high
school in Dade County.
We are proud of our contri-
butions towards helping build
and sustain our culturally di-
verse Miami-Dade community
over the last 60 years. Many of
us became teachers and admin-
istrators in local and faraway
school systems and principals,
lawyers, college professors, law
enforcement officers and solid
Our graduates have included
a well-respected and honored
judge, two college professors,
six school principals and as-
sistant principals, airline and

other business professionals,
a biologist, a physician, six-
teen registered nurses, other
dedicated health care provid-
ers, many Armed Forces mem-
bers, and two field grade Army

officers who returned after re-
tirement to work and volunteer
in our community--and a host
of decent civic minded parents
who have sent forth many suc-
cessful children.

49ers seek office with Obama

The members of the Booker T.
Washington High School Class
cf 1949 has nTitten a letter to
President Barack Obama ask-
ing to meet with him during
their visit to Washington this
month as part of their reunion
Class President Percy Oliver
and Committee Chairman Dr.
Whittngton Johnson sent the
following message to the White
During our scheduled rour of
the 7uiite House on July 22, we
would deeply appreciate a tu'o-
miiute photo-op wIith you or your

" repiesenta-
twe. hopefuil-
ly. during the
t of a Preside,-
.Ji p tiol Proclama-
Snon or a Letter
of Acknowl-
OBAMA edgement that
we may share
iLith our children, grandchildren
and community in recognriion
of our 6'7" anrinersary of highI
school graduation.
We pray that your office will
respond to this correspondence
by June 30

A History of the BTW '

B' Y W HI T T I N G T O N B. J O H N S O N A N D A L 9 E R


Excerpts from our past

Much has happened in 'the world,
our country, the state of Florida, our
community, and our personal lives
since the first volume, so to speak,
of this class history was written in
1984 for the Thiriy-fifth Anniversary
Reunion of the Booker T. Washington
Class of 1949. Communism was re-
moved as a threat to our national se-
curity with the collapse of the Union
of Soviet Socialist Republics and the
crumbling to the ground of the Berlin
Wall. On the national scene, a presi-
dent'of the United States (William Jef-
ferson Clinton) was impeached for the
first time in 130 years. At the state
level, Florida appointed a Black wom-
an .(Judge Peggy Ann Quince of Tam-
pa) to the State Supreme Court for the
first time in history. And at the coun-
ty level, the name of the county was
changed from Dade to Miami-Dade
County. These changes have occurred
amidst the technological advances of
the computer age. Surfing the web, an
expression unknown just fifteen years
ago, .is a common expression today.
Moreover, forty-niners doubtless have
experienced changes in their personal
lives, some tragic, some merely differ-
This was the educational environ-
ment in which the Class of 1949 de-
veloped from confused seventh grad-
ers. into confident' twelfth graders.
Trodding the path through Junior and
Senior High School, there were class.
members who achieved notable suc-
cesses academically and in co-curric-
ular and extra-curricular activities.
Barbara Boles, Edyth Graham and
Albert Ferguson received top honors
during the Junior High School gradu-
ation ceremonies; the late William
Campbell won the Miami Herald Es-
say Contest; Mary Francis Blue won
the Miss Booker T. Washington con-
test; Percy Oliver received all star rec-
ognition in football; and Enid Curtis
was elected President of the Student
Council. The following persons were
officers of the Senior Class: Harold
Dames (President), Virgil Rogers (Vice
President), Lemuel Moncur (Parlia-
mentarian), Dorothy Livingston (Sec-
retary), Percy Oliver (Business Man-'
ager), Arthur Glynn (Treasurer), and
Thelma Thomas (Chaplain). Moreover,
Moses James and Albert Ferguson
were Valedictorian and Salutatorian
respectively, of the Senior Class, and
William Campbell, Harold Dames and
Barbara Boles were ranked third,
fourth, and fifth, respectively. It may
be added parenthetically that 107 of
our classmates dropped out of school
or were retained in grade between
1946 and 1949.
In spite of the changes that have
happened around it, the Class of 1949,
as a collective body, has remained

unchanged in those things that mat-
ter most and are associated with its
rise to prominence in the Black com-
munity. Much of this stability is the
result of the continued dedication of
a committed core of forty-niners over
the years as well as to an able and en-
lightened group of class officers that
have provided leadership and direc-
tion. During the period 1984-1999,
the following persons'have been class
presidents: Claude Blocker (1984-
88), George Adams (1988-95), Harold
Braynon (1995-98), and Percy Oliver
Mixed with our many joys were also
some sorrows. There was the joy of
participating in 'sports, attending dra-
matic performances and concerts,
running for student offices, working

Black community.

on the school newspaper (The Wash-
ingtonian), and being selected or in-,
vited to become members of the myr-
iad of clubs at the school; and there
was the sorrow of losing a class spon-
sor, Mrs. Anna R. Mitchell,. who died
during our senior year.
A great deal of credit should be giv-
� en to the former class sponsors: Mr.
Manatee I. Bannerman, Mrs. Zidia A.
Bethel, Mrs. Camille Bowman, Mrs.
Nellie M. Clifton, Mrs. Lugusta C.
Colston, Mrs. Helen R. Culmer, Mrs.
Blanch H. Dean, -Mrs. Frances R.
Robbins, Miss Marie D. Roberts, Mrs.
Bessie D. Slater, Mrs. Naomi Symon-
ette, and to the senior class sponsors:
Mrs. Eloise K. Bannerman, Mrs. Inez
Haley, Mrs. Hazel Lucas, Mrs. Anna
R. Mitchell, Mrs. Wilhelmina C. Rhet-
ta, Miss Marie D. Roberts and Miss
Marian Shannon for shepherding
these young, impressionable pupils
around the pitfalls that snare the un-
wary, thus enabling the class to meet
its date with destiny. In addition to
having conscientious sponsors, the
class had the good fortune to have
been taught by dedicated teachers
and counseled by two able Deans-
Mrs. Effie T. Sutton (girls) and Mr.
Oscar J. Edwards (boys). Moreover,
the dynamic and forthright leader-
ship demonstrated by the Principal,
Mr. Charles L. Williams, heralded him
as one of the outstanding school ad-
ministrators in Florida.
Of 236 individuals who graduated
in June of 1949 some 64 have earned
Bachelor's Degrees, 12 have earned
Master's Degrees and one a Doctor-

In subsequent years, the following
persons have served as President:
Lemuel Moncur, Aurora (Johnson)
Crawford, Loraine (Sawyer) Harrison
and Claude Blocker, the incumbent.
Noteworthy events and accomplish-
ments have occurred throughout our
existence as a formal organization.
For example, during Douglas Davis'
tenure as President, the class award-
ed its first scholarship to a class-
mate's child and also graciously do-
nated $500.00 to Miss Marie Roberts,
one of our beloved sponsors, as she
prepared for retirement from Booker
T. Washington. Under Arthur Cole's
second administration, the first con-
stitution and by-laws committee was
appointed and a bank account was
established. The tradition of monthly

meetings at a class member's home
was initiated during this period and
,.still exists. The class also honored
Harold Braynon with a reception and
presented a gavel to him upon his ap-
pointment as Judge of the Municipal
Court of the *City of Miami. Lemuel
Moncur served as President for the
longest period of time (1971-1976).
During those years, several annual
projects were initiated, which have
been established as ongoing activities;
financial support to send children to
summer camp; Thanksgiving baskets
to needy families and a scholarship
dance at the Elk's Lodge.
Over the years, the class has do-
nated money to charitable organiza-
tions, provided Thanksgiving baskets
to needy families, sent inner city chil-
dren to summer camp, and has given
scholarships to children and relatives
of class members, as well as other de-
serving children within the community.
It is evident that both as a group and

as individuals, the Class of 1949 has
and continues to demonstrate commu-
nity concern and leadership. The first
African-American to win a county-wide
election in Dade County, Earl Carroll,
is a member of the class. A member
of the class, Harold Braynon, is a for-
mer judge in this community. R6land
Rolle, the second most influential of-
ficer of the largest teacher's union in
Florida, United Teachers of Dade, is a
member of the class, and George Ad-
ams, recently promoted to Major of Po-
lice, City of Miami Police Department,
is also a member of the class.
Catherine Davis and Kenneth Foxx
stated in the Senior Memories, "We
know what we are, but know not what
we shall be." One of the amazing facts
about the class is the number of per-
sons who are what they said they were
going to become in the Senior Memo-
ries. For instance, the late William
Campbell said he was going to become
a physician, and he did; Elsaida (Dean)
Anders, Ada (McKinney) Devaux, Delo-
res (Sims) Dixon, Vera (Smith) Wyche
and Mary (Wallace) Hunter said they
were going to become nurses, and
they did. James Cash (now a princi-
pal), Moses Jones, Katie Mae (Welch)
Washington and the late Juanita (Wil-
liams) Pinckney said they were going
to become teachers, and they did. On
the other hand, Albert Ferguson did
not become a mathematician, but he
did earn a degree in mathematics be-
fore pursuing a military career, retir-
ing from the U.S. Army, as a Lieuten-
ant Colonel; Percy Oliver became a
high school principal and a politician
instead of a social worker; Barbara
(Ellison) Rogeis became a high school
business teacher instead of a secre-
tary; Virgil Rogers became a Doctor of
Education instead of a physician; and
Bernard Johnson became an histo-
rian and university professor instead
of a lawyer. In addition to these voca-
tions and professions, class members
are gainfully employed in a myriad of
other occupations. They have made
positive contributions in communities
as far west as California, and in com-
munities in the south, Midwest, and

Many activities in BTW 6oth reunion

The 60th reunion activities of the
BTW High School Class of 1969 be-
gan with a kickoff Valentine Party)
un February 14. A Pre-Mother's Day
Worship at Northwest Dade Sev-
enth Day Adventist Church on May
9 with a luncheon at the Piccadilly
The welcome party and presidents
reception will be held July 13 at the
Church of the Open Door. On Tues-
day. Nlay 14 at noon a memorial
service is scheduled at the Church

of the Incarnation with lunch at
the Marriot on the Bay
A banquet will be held July 16 at
Miami Shores Country Club and
a family picnic at the Virginia Key
Beach Friday, July.
Church services at the Church
of the Incarnation on July 19 and
lunch at the Marriot will end the
local activities and a group will de-
part by U.S. Airways for Washing-
ton on Monday, July 20 returning
July 24.

In spite of the changes that have happened around
it, the Class of 1949, as a collective body, has re-
mained unchanged in those things that matter most
and are associated with its rise to prominence in the


The Miami Times

Fai thal


Recession tightens U.S. churches budget

Michael Newberry's refusal to
seek financial assistance from
his church isn't because he
wouldn't love to - it's because
the place known for its giving
needs help itself.
The 52-year-old member of
Grace Evangelical Lutheran
Church has remained jobless,
though he has interviewed for
25 to 30 jobs in the past nine
months - evidence of the na-
tion's recession. Mr. Newberry
said he suffers from a leg dis-
ease that keeps him on crutch-
es. He receives financial help
fropn the government, including
food stamps, but when it comes
to asking for help from the

Northwest Washington church,
he doesn't bother.
"I know there have been peo-
ple who have been helped, but
I know there have been some
that have been turned away be-
cause there's just not enough
money," Mr. Newberry said.
"There's barely enough money
to keep the lights on some-
Church budget problems run
deeply enough that the Rev.
Clinton Kersey, the church's
senior pastor, refused to spec-
ify just how much trouble the
congregation is in. Mr. Kersey
would only say that the budget
is down 20 percent so far this

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington laid off four employees at the beginning
of the year, including one senior staff member - an administration director - two
support staffers and a property manager. From its $3.9 million budget, the dio-
cese made a series of staff and budget cuts to make up for a $400,000 shortfall
from initial revenue projections, which included $357,800 less in pledges than

year, and he indicated it might
get even smaller.
It's a vicious cycle - people
are forced to limit donations at
a time when the church needs
them the most.
According to a report on an-
nual charitable contributions
released earlier this month by
the Giving Institute, religious

organizations took in an esti-
mated $106 billion in 2008, a
5.5 percent increase over 2007.
Nevertheless, several of the na-
tion's largest religious charities
are reporting declining dona-
tions and budget cuts.
Catholic Charities USA saw
a $300,000 decrease in income
from June 15, 2008, to June

15, 2009, said spokesman Rog-
er Conner, who attributed this
loss to decreased donations.
Jewish National Fund spokes-
woman Jodi Bodner said that
while the fund's income re-
mains on par with last year's,
the organization still decided in
October to cut its national and
regional fundraising depart-

ment budgets by 20 percent as
a preventative measure, given
the state of the economy. While
no employees have been fired,
Ms. Bodner said JNF has fro-
zen both hiring and salaries
and cut travel and mailing ex-
David Beckworth, an assis-
tant professor of economics at
Texas State University, called
a study that revealed a rise in
religious charitable donations
"a puzzle that defies common
sense or intuition," and won-
ders where the number in the
study came from - how it was
measured, what churches were
measured, and other specifics.

Single Black

women opting

to adopt 4

The unfulfilled desire to be a mother can

damage a woman emotionally

Marriage and motherhood -- it's the dream
that begins in childhood for many women. Yet
more Black women are deciding to adopt instead
of waiting for a husband, says Mardie Caldwell,
founder of Lifetime Adoption, an adoption refer-
ral and support group in Penn Valley, Califor-
"We're seeing more and more single Black
women who are not finding men," Caldwell says.
"There's a lack of qualified Black men to get into
relationships with."
The numbers are grim. According to the 2006
U.S. Census Bureau's American Community
Survey, 45 percent of Slack women have nev-
er been married, compared with 23 percent of
white women.
Yet the decision to adopt isn't just driven by
the paucity of eligible Black men, others say.
Toni Oliver, founder and CEO of Roots Adop-

tion Agency in Atlanta, Georgia, says her agency
sees more single Black women adopting because
of infertility issues.
Some of the infertility issues may be related
to advancing age or health issues, she says. But
the result of not being a mother for many older
Black women is the same: panic.
"Their doctors, friends and family are telling
them the same thing: 'You're not getting young-
er; you better hurry up,' " Oliver says.
The unfulfilled desire to be a mother can
damage a woman emotionally, Oliver says.
Her agency provides counseling to prospecUve
mothers who have invested so much of their
self-worth into being mothers.
"In many cases, it [the pressure to be a moth-
er] begins to set up feelings of unworthiness,
poor self-esteem and the feeling that 'Im not
fully a woman,' " Oliver says.

Riverside church divided


Ministers of all faiths who have
followed the goings-on at Man-
hattan's Riverside Church over
the past few months might be
excused for experiencing some
serious mood swings. Back in
April it was widely reported that
the new senior minister of the
church, the Rev. Brad Braxton,
had a compensation package to-
taling $600,000, some $250,000
of which was salary.
Jealousy might have been the
first reaction. No one in religious
life (except megachurch bar-
ons) draws that kind of earthly
reward. Then came the news
this week that Mr. Braxton had
stepped down, declaring that it
had become "virtually impossible
to establish 'a fruitful covenant"
with the congregation. The clergy
reaction had to be: "Forget the
salary. There but for the grace of
God go I."
Built by John D. Rockefeller at
the height of the Great Depres-
sion, Riverside is the prime exam-
ple of the Protestant liberal tradi-
tion in action, with all its promise
and problems. It has been the
home to such liberal church lumi-
naries as Harry Emerson Fosdick
and William Sloane Coffin Jr. The
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and
Nelson Mandela chose its pulpit
to make major addresses. But
Riverside has also been a place
where ministers and congregants
have struggled over such thorny
issues as deed vs. creed: How do
you balance the imperative to do
social justice and the personal
need for spiritual sustenance --



staff members and a $13 million
annual budget.
At the same time, ministers no
longer command the respect that
they once did. "In the 19th and
even in the 20th century, clergy
had real moral authority, not
only in the congregation but in
the community as well, but that
isn't the case any more," said the
Rev. Randall Balmer, a professor,
Episcopal priest and author of
several books on church history.
"Today they are regarded as hired
Mr. Braxton was picked to lead
Riverside after a yearlong search,
and he came with all the neces-
sary credentials. He was a former,
Rhodes scholar. He had a Ph.D.
and experience both in the pulpit

and which comes first? Such con-
cerns were part of the reason for
the tension between Mr. Braxton
and his congregation.
Serene Jones, the president
of the neighboring Union Theo-
logical Seminary, expressed sad-
ness that the struggle had come
to such a serious breach. "It's
about all the issues confronting
the progressive tradition within
the church: Liturgy. Theology.
Finance. Race and class," she de-
clared. "This is a tragedy."
Tragedy or not, the Riverside
story is indicative of two coun-
tervailing trends involving today's
clergy. For one thing, ministers
are commanding greater salaries
because they are better educated
and take on more responsibilities
than ever before. Mr. Braxton, for
example, administered a congre-
gation with 2,000 members, 15Q


Braxton was the second African-
American to serve as senior min-
ister at the church.
Riverside is also known for be-
ing highly democratic, so much
so that any 10 members can call
a general meeting of the congre-
gation. The church overwhelm-
.ingly voted to hire Mr. Braxton
back in September. But from the
start, a small group of dissidents
complained about his evangelical
style, which they said put a great-
er emphasis on personal salva-
tion than on doing social justice.
They recoiled at his penchant for
the "altar call," in which he asked
people to step forward and wit-
ness their faith.
The small group of dissidents
called a congregational meeting.

The church overwhelmingly voted to hire Mr. Brax-
ton back in September. But from the start, a small
group of dissidents complained about his evangeli-
cal style, which they said put a greater emphasis on
personal salvation than on doing social justice.

(in Baltimore) and as a teacher at
divinity schools (Wake Forest and
Riverside prides itself in being
interdenominational, interracial,
international and, even, inter-
faith. In its multiracial Sunday
worship it defies the character-
ization of Dr. King, who famously
observed: "The eleven o'clock
Sunday morning is the most seg-
regated hour in America." Mr.

They went to court to try to stop
the installation of Mr. Braxton in
April. The truth is that they did
not get much traction until they
mentioned to the Daily News the
$600,000 compensation package
-- which included salary, a hous-
ing allowance, retirement ben-
efits and tuition for Mr. Braxton's
4-year-old daughter. It became
front-page news with Mr. Braxton
identified as the "600K Pastor."

. .



Pastor Lashon Holliday and
Minister Olden Reese cordially
invite you to their wedding cer-
emony on Saturday July 25 at
3 p.m., Bethel Apostolic Temple,
1855 N.W. 119 Street.

Obama gets daily
prayers on his BlackBerry
'President Barack Obama says
he gets a prayer every morning
on his BlackBerry.
Obama told reporters from re-
ligious news organizations on
Thursday that White House faith
director Joshua DuBois sends
him a morning devotional every
day to his e-mail device. He says
it's a "wonderful practice" that
started during the campaign.
Tech-savvy Obama is the first
president to use e-mail while in
office and is seldom seen without
his BlackBerry. Only a hand-
ful of aides and personal friends
have the e-mail address for the
handheld device.
Aides tried to take away
Obama's BlackBerry after he
won the White House, noting
that the e-mails are someday go-
ing to be made public. Obama
resisted and instead got a secu-
rity upgrade.

New St. Paul Pastoral Installation
The New Saint Paul Mission-
ary Baptist Church family in-
vites you to join in the instal-
lation of Reverend William L.
Wilcox Jr. as pastor.
Pre-installation services will ,
be held at 4755 Northwest 2nd
Avenue starting at 7:30 p.m..I
Service dates are Wednesday,
July 8th, Friday, July 10th and
Sunday, July 12th at 11 a.m. ' D. .
Guest pastors include Reverend
Charles Mitchell of True Vine-
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Keith Butler of the Lo- m s
gos Baptist Church and Rever- REV. WILLIAM L. WILCOX, JR.
end Joseph Toles of Berea Bap-
tist Church. installation service with senior
On Sunday, July 12th at 4 pastor, Reverend Dr. D. L. Pow-
p.m., New Shiloh Missionary ell bringing a powerful installa-
Baptist Church will host the tion message.

By Ari L. Goldman

Lawsuit settlement awards North Miami organizations

After months of litigation, judge rules in

favor of Haitians in discrimination case

By Sandra J. Charite,

For many years, insurance
company, Liberty National hired
Haitian-American sales agents
to target the Haitian communi-
ty with the aim of helping them
obtain life insurance policies ac-
cording to newly-elected North
Miami Mayor Andre Pierre.
Things began to change in
2004 said Pierre.
"Liberty made the decision to
deny and or limit these insurance
policies to Haitian-Americans for
the simple fact that they were
Haitian-Americans," he said.
Pierre's law firm along with
Kozyak, Tropin and Throckmor-
ton firm filed a class action suit
against the insurance company
in 2008 for "unlawful discrimi-
nation." The firm accused Lib-
erty National of: denying or ter-
minating Haitian-Americans life
insurance based on their travel

to Haiti; limiting Haitian-Ameri-
cans life insurance policies and
providing Haitian-Americans
with substandard polices.
Torchmark Corporation, the
parent company of Liberty Na-
tional, released the following
statement regarding the case:
"Liberty National does not ille-
gally discriminate against insur-
ance applicants because of the
country of their birth."
Pierre disagrees.
"As a result of Liberty's viola-
tions of the laws, Haitian-Ameri-
cans have been damaged and suf-
fered monetary harm," he said.
. Months of litigation resulted in
Liberty National agreeing to do-
nate $50,000 to local community
Out of the 20 organizations
who applied to partake in the
$50,000 distribution, Sant La
Haitian Neighborhood Center,
Fanm Ayisyenn Miyami (FANM) /
Haitian Women of Miami, Little

S HrrEiTHO n - *- - 1

Executive Director Marleine Bastien (left) and C.O.O. Careline Romain
of Fanm Ayisyenn Miyami (FANM) / Haitian Women of Miami presented
with a $15,000 check by North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre at the Law Of-
fices of Andre Pierre on Friday. -The MiamiTimes/Sandra J. Charite
Haiti Housing and Police Athletic
League of North Miami were the
four recipients for their involve-
ment and longevity within the

community based organizations S te Lr
receiving these much needed
funds do great work in our com-
munity every day. They can use
these funds to educate the popu-
lace on a very important matter
that impacts us every day," said
Pierre. I

Ruling on will expected next month

continued from 1A

Mr. Jackson left behind hold-
ings worth hundreds of millions
of dollars, as well as big debts.
Figuring out how to handle both
sides of the equation is a com-
plex job that will determine how
Mr. Jackson's heirs benefit from
his multimillion-dollar empire.
Messrs. Branca and McClain
were granted control over key
aspects of Mr. Jackson's affairs
until an Aug. 3 hearing. Judge
Beckloff is expected that day to
rule on whether the singer's will
is valid and to name a perma-
nent executor.
John Schreiber and other law-
yers for Mrs. Jackson said they
worried Mr. Branca could have
conflicts of interest Pressed
by Judge BeckloT ff ur exNamples
of a potential conflict, another
lawyer, Burt Levitch said: "The
named executors are not the
proper people to represent the
Judge Beckloff said, "Some-
body does need to be at the
helm of* this ship" to steer Mr.
Jackson's ongoing businesses.
He authorized Messrs. Branca
and McClain to make short-
term business decisions -- with
his approval -- and ordered
them to inform Mrs. Jackson's
lawyers of their plans.
One immediate concern is,
unwinding the singer's deal-
ings with concert promoter AEG
Live, which was to have staged
50 concerts by Mr. Jackson in
London, starting next week.
AEG had spent nearly $30 mil-
lion preparing the shows, ac-
cording to people familiar with
the matter, money that could


teachers lose

The Miami Times Staff Report

There may be some hope for
Broward County's laiql off teach-
ers. One hundred and twenty-
three teachers failed to renew
their certification, meaning that
they will not return next year.
This news comes a week af-
ter the Broward County School
Board approved a plan to lay off
394 teachers due to lowered en-
rollment rates and a wide bud-
get gap. The 123 defections do
not necessarily mean 123 job
vacancies however, because
some schools may have elimi-
nated positions to close bud-
get gaps, according to district
District workers are currently
contacting the schools to find
out the number of actual va-
cancies. Teachers who were
laid off last week may receive
notices this week, telling them
that they do indeed have jobs in
the fall. They will also have the
opportunity to apply for roughly
90 positions crated by stimulus
funds. In addition, positions
may open if some of the laid off
teachers choose not to return
from leave.

be claimed against the singer's
Lawyers for Mrs. Jackson had
previously contended that the
2002 will might not be valid. In
court Monday, however, they
said they didn't intend to con-
test the document.
Mr. Jackson's major assets
include half ownership of Sony/
ATV Music Publishing, a joint
venture with Sony Corp. that
includes the copyrights to 251
Beatles songs.
A separate company, Mijac,
holds his own compositions.
Mr. Jackson has borrowed
hundreds of millions of dollars
against those companies; to-
gether with other obligations,
his debts total about $500 mil-
lion, people familiar with his fi-
nances said.
After ser-ircin his'debts, ac-
cording to these people, Mr.
Jackson's music-publishing
and record deals generate
about $19 million a year, and
the value of the assets probably
exceeds the debt by about $200
Whoever ends up in charge
of his affairs will likely have to
decide whether to retain own-
ership of the publishing com-
panies and continue juggling
debts, or to sell the companies
and clear up the balance sheet.
Mr. Branca had served as Mr.
Jackson's lawyer from 1980
until 2006. Paul Hoffman, a
lawyer for Messrs. Branca and
McClain, said he had a letter
signed by Mr. Jackson eight
days before his death, rehiring
Mr. Branca.
Also Monday, new details
emerged about Mr. Jackson's
memorial service Tuesday,
which is expected to overwhelm

much of downtown Los Ange-
A spokesman for Mr. Jack-
son's family said - the service
would feature a cast of per-
formers and friends of the late
singer, including Mariah Carey,
Stevie Wonder, Kobe Bryant and
'Martin Luther King III.
The service will be televised,
starting at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
A private family funeral was
planned for 8 a.m.

Miami-Dade County, District 2

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the month of July
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Housing Finance Authority will
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and offer attainable solutions
to deal with the current fore-
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Little Haiti Housing, Sant La and
FANM each received $15,000. PAL
obtained $5,000 which president
Frank Wolland, former North Mi-
ami City Clerk, and his staff said
will use it to promote academics,
and to obtain more services and
programs for the youth.
With the economy struggling
to recover, Marleine Bastien, Ex-
ecutive Director of FANM, was ex-
tremely grateful have been of the
chosen few.
"I thank you Mayor for this gift,"
she said at the presentation cer-
emony held at the Law Offices of
Andre Pierre in North Miami on

Friday. With the funds received,
Bastien said that she would con-
tinue enriching the community
and also "help to strengthen the
family because strong families
produce strong communities."
Bastien cited enhancing their cur-
rent after-school program in Little
Haiti and North Miami as some-
thing shed like to do with the
funds. '
Samuel Diller, Executive Direc-
tor of Little. Haiti Housing, said
they have opted to use the funds
to enhance their informational
technology so they can be updat-
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10R THF MIAMI TIMFS IIllY 8-14 70091

Where is your faith in troubled times?

Last week, I shared with you
how stress and anxiety can af-
fect us emotionally, spiritual-
ly as well as physically. Being
anxious and stressed out can
also cause depression, which
often times can lead to suicide
if allowed to continue. When
we are depressed, we often
believe that we are in a situa-
tion that is unique to us. The
enemy would have us believe
that we are the only ones who
feel as we do or are mistreated
as we are.
In 1 Kings 19, Elijah the
prophet has just accomplished
a great miracle through the
Lord God. He challenged

the prophets of Baal - a hea-
then idol - to ask their god to
cause wood to be set a fire.
Though they cried out to their
god 'for hours, nothing hap-
pened. Then Elijah wet wood,
and prayed to God to set this
wet wood on fire. God did as
he requested. Elijah had also
prayed to God not to allow it
to rain for several years, and
after this period, prayed to
God to allow rain to come to
the land. God did as he re-
Now you would' think that
after these miracles occurred,
Elijah would be 'pumped'
up!' You would think that he

would be on cloud 9 knowing
how the Lord worked through
him to bring forth these mi-
raculous events. However, af-
ter the fire consumed Elijah's
sacrifice, he commanded the
false prophets to be executed.
Jezebel, the Queen, became
enraged that her prophets
were ordered to die by Eli-
jah and pledged to kill him.
You would think that Elijah
would laugh at this. After all,
the Lord God protected him
from being harmed by the
false prophets, why wouldn't.
He protect him from an evil
woman such as Jezebel. Did
Elijah stand strong and chal-
lenge her to battle? Did he tell.
Jezebel that his God would
keep him from death? Did he
ask God to destroy this wick-
ed woman? No, to all of these
scenarios - Elijah ranI He
ran in fear from Jezebel and
hid himself in a cave. He felt
sorry for himself and threw
himself a pity party, telling

God that no one loved Him or
served Him except him.
When we are depressed,
we might do as Elijah - for-
get the strength and victory of
our God. We might forget the
many times that He brought
us out and saved us from dan-
ger after danger. We might
forget His precious promises,'
and especially His words to
us that He will never leave us
or forsake us. We know this
in our minds, but our eyes do
not see the proof of this, and
we panic. Panic can cause
feelings of hopelessness and
helplessness, and when we
are without hope, we become
depressed. In 1. Kings 19, the
Bible says that Elijah asked
God to just take his life, that
he no longer wanted to live.
These are suicidal thoughts.
Elijah also just slept. Con-
stant sleepiness can also be
a symptom of depression. We
just want to sleep and escape
what is reality. We want to

sleep so. that we do not have
to face ,that abusive or adul-
terous spouse, or the disobe-
dient children, or the reality of
unemployment, or the bill col-
lectors. We just want to sleep
and forget how hopeless our
lives seem to have become.
Don't put yourself down or
berate yourself for these feel-
ings. If one of the greatest
prophets of all times felt this
way, then why do you think
that you will escape these feel-
ings? These feelings can come
upon us - either suddenly or
gradually - but they can come.
What do we do when this hap-
pens? Keep moving Don't
stay still. Force yourself to
get up and do something. You
might decide to prepare a big
meal for your family. Put on
praise and worship music and
praise and worship the Lord.
Go to Bible Study or the Wom-
en's meeting at church. At- /
tend a revival or conference.
,There's always something go-

City of Miami will host the
first Miami Works Construc-
tion Expo on Wednesday, July
8 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at
Jungle Island, Treetop Ball-
room. 305-416-1481 or visit

The Magic City Children's
Zone will host its monthly
meeting 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.

Married Alive, a play, will
run at the Actors' Playhouse,
Miracle Theatre in Coral Ga-
bles from July 10- August 16..
305-444-9293 or go to: www.

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
rappers, singers, poets and
dancers for the Back-to-School
event from 1-4 p.m., July 11.

Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS
Partnership will meet at the
Historical Museum conference
room from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
Monday, July 13. 305-445-
1076 or email: ktardalo@be-

North Miami Beach Library

will present a free legal clinic
on Monday, July 13. 305-948-
Miami Northwestern Sr.
High Class of 1989 will pres-
ent a basketball fundraiser
game to be held at the Over-
town Youth Enrichment Cen-
ter at 6 p.m., Saturday, July
18. 954-610-0164.

Oasis Christian Ministries
International will have a
Health and Wellness Fair from
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday,.
July 18. 305-691-6880.

Miami-Dade Park and Rec-
reation Department is offer-
ing discounts to Miami Metro-
Zoo, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday
through Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
on Saturday until July 18.

The Seraphic Fire Summer
Concert Series presents the
Miami Debut of the Tableau
Baroque Ensemble in Handel's
Inheritance from July 23-26.


Zeta Community Center
Summer Program will run
through July 24 with classes
running 2-5:30 p.m., (M-F).
305-836-7060. ...

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

Miami-Dade State Attor-
ney'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-

Thomas Jefferson Middle
School is accepting applica-
tions. for students in grades
6-8 to attend its summer pro-
gram until July 24 between
the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. There will be no trans-

portation provided. 305-681-

First Church of North Mi-
ami, United Church of Christ.
will be holding their second
annual Health Fair, co-spon-
sored by the Jesse Trice Health
Center. It will be held from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July
25. TonyJohnsohFL@bell-

Miami Central Senior High
is planning a triple class re-
union of 91, 92 and 93 .frdm
July 31 -Aug 2. Edwin, 305-
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Miami Jackson Senior High
Class of 1969 will'be celebrat-
iig its 40th year reunion from
July 31 - Aug. 2. Sharon De-
meritte Forbes, 305-620-4827.
Visit: www.reunionweb.com or
email: fcreunions@aol.com

Top Ladies of Distinction
will hold its monthly meeting
at Florida Memorial Univer-
sity Lehman Aviation Building

on the second Saturday. 305-

Miami Northwestern Sr.
High class of 1989 will hold
its 20th anniversary at the
Jungle Island at 8 p.m., Aug.
7. Bulls89reunion@hotmail.

The Beautiful Gate will
have a monthly cancer support
group at the Silver Blue Lakes
Missionary Baptist Church,
from 10 a.m. - 12 ~.m., every
third Sunday of thednonth. Pa-
mela Burnett, 305-835-6846
or 786-693-2613.

City of Opa-locka Parks
of Recreation will have their
Summer Cap Program until
August 7. 305-953-3042.

World Literacy Crusade,
Inc. /Girl Power Program is
looking for a reliable and in-
sured transportation company
to transport girls from the pro-
gram to home. Farah Moreau,

'God's Way Assembly Faith Ca-
thedral will celebrate their fourth
church anniversary at 7:30 p.m.
* ;nightly, July 9-10 and at 11 a.m.,
Sunday, July 12. 786-287-1895.

New Providence M.B. Church
will have a appreciation program
for their first lady at 7 p.m., Fri-
day, July 10. 305-758-0922.

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

Mt. Vernon Missionary Bap-
tist Church will be holding an
audition for their gospel play
from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, July
12. 305-754-5300.

New Beginnings Baptist
Church of South Miami Music
Ministry will be having a Gos-
pel Music Fellowship at St. John
AME Church of South Miami at
7 p.m., July 11 and 3:30 p.m.,
July 12.

Community of Faith Baptist
Church will celebrate their one-
year anniversary on July 12, 19,
24, 26 and 29. 305-759-6719.

The Great New Macedonia
Missionary Baptist Church will
have their appreciation celebra-
tion at 4 p.m., Saturday, July,
12. 305-633-7340.

Church of God by Faith in-
vites you to their annual Nation-
al Sunday School Convention to
be held at the Hilton Fort Lau-
derdale Airport on July 15-19.

Pembroke Park Church of
Christ will have a Child Protec-
tion Seminar from 10-11 a.m.,
July 18. 954-962-9327.

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

First Baptist Church of
Brownsville invites to their first
Men's Conference at 7 p.m. night-
ly, Aug. 5-7 and luncheon at 11
a.m., Aug. 8. 305-635-8053.
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ing on somewhere for the peo-
ple of God. Read God's Word.
Talk to yourself. David com-
manded his soul to bless God.
In Psalm 103, he told his soul
that they were going to bless
God with everything that was
within him - not a half heart-
ed praise, but with everything
that he had inside him, he
was going to bless the Lord.
Sometimes you can't wait for
prayer meeting or Sunday ser-
vice, you have to take charge
and tell your spirit the way
that it's going to be.
I know that things can be
very difficult right now. But
remember, God is not. bound
by the rules and laws of man.
God is not bound by the econ-
omy. He is not moved by a
recession. He can do what
He wants when He wants and
how He wants. Talk to Him.
Break yourself out of that
spirit of depression. Praise
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The Miami Times




U.S. swine flu cases may have hit one million

By Mike Stobbe
Associated Press

ATLANTA - Health officials
estimate that as many as 1
million Americans now have
the new swine flu.
Lyn Finelli, a flu surveil-
lance official with the Centers

for Disease Control and Pre-
vention, voiced the estimate
at a vaccine advisory meeting
Thursday in Atlanta.
The estimate is based on
mathematical modeling.
Nearly 28,000 U.S. cases have
been reported to the CDC, ac-
counting for roughly half the

world's cases. The U.S. count
includes 3,065 hospitaliza-
tions and 127 deaths.
An estimated 15 million to
60 million Americans catch
seasonal flu each year.
The percentage of cases
hospitalized has been grow-
ing, but that may be due

to closer scrutiny of very
sick patients. It takes about
three days from the onset of
symptoms to hospitalization,,
Finelli said, and the average
hospital stay has been three
Other health problems
have been a factor in most

cases: About one in three of
the hospitalized cases had
asthma, 16 percent diabetes,
12 percent have immune sys-
, tem problems and 11 percent
chronic heart disease.
The numbers again high-
light how the young seem
to be particularly at risk of

catching the new virus. But
data also show that the flu
has been more dangerous to
adults who catch it.
The average age of swine
flu patients is 12, the average
age for hospitalized patients
is 20, and for people who
died, it was 37.

The CDC estimated that about 44 million Americans were uninsured last year - nearly the
same as CDC estimates for other recent years.

CDC says private health care

coverage at 50,-year-low

By Mike Stobbe
Associated Press

ATLANTA - The percentage of
Americans with private health
insurance has hit its lowest
mark in 50 years, according to
two new government reports.
About 65 percent of non-el-
derly Americans had private in-
surance in 2008, down from 67
percent the year before, accord-
ing to preliminary data released
Wednesday by the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Preven-
"It's bad news," .said Ken-
neth Thorpe, a health policy re-
searcher at Emory University.
In the 1970s and early 1980s,
nearly 80 percent of Americans
had private coverage, according
to CDC officials.
Some experts blamed the fal-
tering, economy and corporate
decisions to raise health insur-
ance premiums - or do away
with employee, coverage - as
the main drivers of the recent

data. They say coverage sta-
tistics for 2009 may look even
However, public coverage of
adults is rising in some states,
due to programs like Medicaid
expanding eligibility. So not all
the adults without private cov-
erage are uninsured, Thorpe
Indeed, the CDC estimated
that about. 44 million Ameri-
cans were uninsured last year
- nearly the same'as CDC esti-
mates for other recent years.
The CDC is one of at least
three U.S. agencies that esti-
mate the number of Americans
without health insurance. The
U.S. Census Bureau puts out
what is perhaps the best-known
number, but that agency's 2008
estimate is not due out until
Like the Census Bureau, the
CDC'9 estimate is based on a
survey. The CDC .interviewed
about 75,000 Americans. last
year, asking if they were un-

inis-ured at' the time. About 15
percent said yes, leading to the
estimate that about 44 million
Americans were uninsured.
The drop in non-elderly adults
with private health insurance
was statistically significant,
but the drop in children with-
out private coverage was not.
Health officials noted that pub-
lic coverage of children has ris-
en dramatically in the last ten
years, and now more than one
in three children are covered by
a public plan.
The CDC also reported on
insurance coverage in the 20
largest states, and found the
percent of uninsured people
ranged from 3 percent in Mas-
sachusetts to 23 percent in
Texas. Lack of health insurance
was greatest in the South and
Private coverage rates for peo-
ple under age 65 ranged from
79 percent in Massachusetts to
56 percent in Florida, the CDC

FDA suggests smaller doses of

acetaminophen, Vicodin ban

Associated Press

Government experts say pre-
scription drugs like Vicodin
and Percocet that combine' a
popular painkiller with stronger
narcotics, should be eliminated
because of their role in deadly
A Food and Drug Administra-
tion panel on Tuesday voted 20-
17 that prescription drugs that
combine acetaminophen with
other painkilling ingredients
should be pulled off the mar-
The FDA has assembled a
group of experts to vote on ways
to reduce liver damage associ-
ated with acetaminophen, one
of the most widely used drugs
in the U.S.
Despite years of educational
campaigns and .other federal
actions, acetaminophen re-
mains the leading cause of liver
failure in the U.S., according to
the FDA.
Panelists cited FDA data indi-

eating 60 percent of acetamin-
ophen-related deaths are re-
lated to prescription products.
Acetaminophen is also found in
popular over-the-counter medi-
cations like Tylenol and Exce-
"We're here because there are
inadvertent overdoses with this
drug that are fatal and this is
the one opportunity we have
to do something that will have
a big impact," said Dr. Judith
Kramer of Duke University
Medical Center.
But many panelists opposed a
sweeping withdraw of products
that are so widely used to con-
trol severe, chronic pain.
"To make this shift without
very clear understanding of the
implications on the manage-
ment of pain would be a huge
mistake," said Dr. Robert Kerns
of Yale University.
In a separate vote, the panel
voted overwhelmingly, 36-1,
that if the drugs stay on the
market they should carry a

black box warning, the most se-
rious safety label available.
The FDA is not required -to
follow the advice of its panels,
though it usually does.
Prescription . acetaminophen
combination drugs were pre-
scribed 200 million times last
year, according to FDA data.
Vicodin is marketed by Abbott
Laboratories, while Percocet
is marketed by Endo Pharma-
ceuticals. Both painkillers also
are available in cheaper generic
The FDA convened the two-
day meeting to ask experts to
discuss and vote on a slew of
proposals to reduce overdoses
with acetaminophen. The drug
has been on the market for
about 50 years and many pa-
tients find it easier on the stom-
ach than ibuprofen and aspirin,
which can cause ulcers.
Earlier in the day, panelists
took aim at safety problems
with Tylenol and dozens of oth-
er over-the-counter painkillers.

S- Mississippi is most

a0 obese state in U.S.
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The Associated Press

It's time for the nation's an-
nual obesity rankings and,
outside of fairly lean Colo-
rado, there's little good news.
Obesity rates among adults
rose in 23 states over the past
year and didn't decline any-
where, says a new report from
the Trust for America's Health
and the Robert Wood Johnson
Ohio ranked in the top 10
for adult obesity.
And while the nation has
long been bracing for a surge
in Medicare as the boomers
start turning 65, the new re-
port makes clear .that fat, not
just age, will fuel much of
those bills. In every state, the
rate of obesity is higher among
55- to 64-year-olds - the old-
est boomers -, than among
today's 65-and-beyond.
That translates into an in-

a -..
crease of Medicare patients
that ranges from 5.2 percent
in New York to a high of 16.3
percent in Alabama, the re-
port concluded. In Alabama,
nearly 39 percent of the oldest
boomers are obese.
Health . economists once
made the harsh financial cal-
culation that the obese would
save money by dying sooner,
notes Jeff Levi, executive di-
rector of the Trust, a nonprof-

it public health group. But
more recent research instead
suggests they live nearly as
long but are much sicker for
longer, requiring such costly
interventions as knee replace-
ments and diabetes care and
dialysis. Studies show Medi-
care spends anywhere from
$1,400 to $6,000 more an-
nually on health care for an
obese senior than for the non-

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Maximum Quality Medical Care for our Community



By Haya El Nasser

The Census Bureau faces
logistical challenges next year
in classifying legally married
same-sex couples as married.
The agency has said that the
2010 Census will report the
number of married same-sex
couples for the first time, a
decision that thrills gay-rights
advocates. It may seem like a
simple change, but adjusting
how the Census tallies people
is not a simple matter, requir-
ing everything from redesign-
ing computer programs to
testing accuracy.
"The Census questionnaire
has not evolved as quickly as
America has," says Nick Kim-
ball, spokesman for the Com-
merce Department, which
oversees the Census Bureau.
Since the 2000 Census, any-
one who reported being mar-
ried to someone of the same
gender automatically has been
reclassified as an "unmarried
partner." In 2000, no state al-
lowed same-sex marriages.
The federal Defense of Mar-
riage Act defines marriage as
between a man and a woman.
Today, six states allow same-

sex marriage. Last month, the
Obama administration ex-
tended some job benefits to
gay partners of federal work-
ers and said it wants to ensure
that same-sex couples "are ac-
curately reflected in Census
Government lawyers have

people who checked off 'mar-
ried couples,' "- even in states
where same-sex marriage is le-
gal, Carey says.
The Census has been explor-
ing ways to count this rela-
tively new population for a few
years, but the pressure to do
it by 2010 is mounting. The

The Census has been exploring ways to count this rela-
tively new population for a few years, but the pressure
to do it by 2010 is mounting. The government has been
meeting with gay rights advocates, statisticians and oth-

ers to study the change.

determined that the' federal
marriage act does not prohib-
it the Census from reporting
how many same-sex couples
say they are married.
"There are thousands of
married couples across the
country who are same-sex
couples," says Rea Carey, ex-
ecutive director of the National
Gay and Lesbian Task Force,
which has been pushing for
Census recognition. "I happen
to be one of them."
If the Census uses current
methods, it would "unmarry

government has been meet-
ing with gay rights advocates,
statisticians and others to
study the change.
Some of the challenges:
* Changing the software that
processes Census question-
naires so that it doesn't au-
tomatically convert same-sex
married couples to unmarried
partners. Census is not confi-
dent it can make the change
by 2010.
* The federal marriage act
may not apply to the Census
but it does apply to every other

federal agency that uses Cen-
sus data to dole out federal
funds and enforce fair housing
and equal opportunity laws.
* Any change in the way
the Census is tabulated has
a domino effect on most oth-
er data collected. Counting
same-sex couples as married
stretches the definition of fam-
ily. Data used by all federal
agencies - from family income
to family size - would have to
be reclassified.
"We know for certain the vast
majority (of same-sex couples)
are not legally married," says
Gary Gates, demographer at
UCLA's Williams Institute on
Sexual Orientation Law and
Public Policy.
Gates estimates 35,000
same-sex couples are married,
but recent surveys show that
10 times as many report that
they are.
How the Census will report
its findings is still to be de-
cided. "This is an important
issue and legitimate, question
that we're working to resolve,"
Kimball says.
."We will certainly be holding
them to this policy change,"
Carey says.


93rd Street Community Baptist celebrates
Christian Independence Day

On Tuesday, July 14 at 7
p.m., 93rd Street Communi-
ty Baptist Church, 2330 N.W.
93 St., will be celebrating 'A
Christian Independence Day
The anointed and appoint-
ed Rev. Dr. Donald Parson of
Logos Baptist Church, Chi-
caio. IL. will be the guest

The entire community is in-
vit- ed to come and witness
the freedom of Gods word
flow with power and author-
ity through this man of God.
For more information,
please call 305-836-0942,
Rev. Dr. Carl Johnson, Se-
nior Pastor/ Teacher.

Join the Religious Elite
in our Church Directory
Call Paula James at 305-694-6210


Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Ave.

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Ebenezer United
Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street

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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd'Avenue

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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Ave.

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Sunday School 9a.m.
NBC 10:05 a.m.
11 a.m.Worship 4p.m.
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y iClass Tuesday 6:30 p.m'

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

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15250 N.W. 22ND AVENUE

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SUNDAY: Worship Service
7:30 & 11am.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
Feeding Ministry 12 noon
Bible Study 7 p.m.

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

Order of Services
Sunday Worship l am
I am.. 7pm
Sunday School 9 30 a m
Tuesday (Bible Sludy) 6 45p m
Wednesday Bible Sludy

Bisho Vicor T.Curr, D.in. .,Seirlborece

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Fox. 305-685-0705
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
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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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue * Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services
Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m. * Morning Worship 10 a m.
Evening Woarship 6pm
Wednesday General Bible Study 7 30 p m
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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

Logos Baptist-Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.

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Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street

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St. Luke Missionary Baptist
1790 N.W. 55th Street

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New Shiloh M.B. Church
1350 N.W.95th Street

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Same-sex unions a challenge for Census

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13B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 8-14, 2009



GUSON, 59, li-
cense practical
nurse, died July
2. Visitation 4
9 p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, House
of God Miracle
Temple #1, Lib-
erty City.

69, laundry su- : I
supervisor, died t '
July 3. Visita-
tion 5-8 p.m.,
Thursday in the
chapel. Service
11 a.m., Friday,
New Missionary
Baptist Church.

JR., 57, senior.
pastor of Jesus
People Minis- .
tries Church In-
ternational, died
July 2. Public
visitation 4 - 8
p.m., Wednes-
day (today), Je-
sus People Min-
istries Church - International(4055
N.W. 183 Street). A celebration of
Life and Legacy 11 a.m., Thurs-
day, King Jesus Ministries (14100
S.W.144 Avenue).

postal clerk, died June 30. Final
rites and burial, Westmoreland, Ja-

JOHN ANIKPE; 76, treasurer for
Nigerian Government, died June
29.Arrangements are incomplete.

driver,died July 4. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, First Baptist Church of
Bunch Park.

ROY RILEY, 84, plant manager,
died July 1. Arrangements are in-

FELECIA PACE, 50, telemar-
keter for ITT, died July 6 Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

STEVE HYATT, 27, electrician,
died June 20. Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday (today) in the chapel.

JOYCE CO'NLEY, 56, died July
5. Arrangements are incomplete.

tomer service representative, died
July 3. .Arrangements are incom-

Wright & Young
borer died June
29. Survivors in-
clude: daughter
Taprice; mother,
Ann; father,
John Henry Sr.;
brothers, Wil-
lie, John Jr. and
Michael; sisters,
Diane, Marie, Gloria, Elnora and
Yvette. Service 1 p.m., Saturday,
Peaceful Zion MB Church.

HAVE W. MILLER, 68, died
July 2 at Jackson Memorial Hospi-
tal North. Service was held.

SANDRA S. SNIPE, 79, clerical
worker, died July 4 at Northshore
Hospital. Service was held.


tor for Metro
Miami Action
Plan, died June

include: wife,
JoAnn; sons, /
Benjamin; step-
son, Anthony
Anderson; mother, Ola Dawson;
sisters, Mary Johnson and Shirley
McCray; brother-in-law, Otis John-
son of Ocklawaha, Florida; aunt
and uncle Callie and Nathaniel
Bradwell of Miami, Florida. Viewing
6-8 p.m., Friday at Range Funeral

Home. Service 12 noon, Saturday,
St. James A.M.E. Church.

homemaker died July 5. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

SHARON WEBB, 48, house-
wife, died July 1
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday in the

designer, died
July 1 at Flcrida r
Medical Cen.
ter. Service 10 " ..
a.m., Friday,
Sinai Seventh
Day Adventist
Church, Planta-

pastor, died
July 2 at Franco
Nursing Home..
-Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Mt. .
Olivette MBC.

BERTRAM DEAN, 82, assistant
manager, died
June 26 at Coral
Gables Hospi-
tal. Service 1
'p.m., Saturday,
.'Temple Baptist

skycap for Mi-
ami Internation-
al Airport, died
June 30 at VA
Medical Cen- -
ter. Service 12 -
noon, Saturday,
Mt. Tabor MBC.

cafeteria worker
for MDCPS, died
July 6 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
Saturday 2 p.m.
in the chapel.

55, CNA, died
July 2 at home.
are incomplete.

LAURA DIXON, 72, house-
wife, died July 3 at home. Service
11 a.m., Saturday, Broad Moore

Card of Thanks'
The family of the late

expresses gratitude, sincere
thanks and heartfelt apprecia-
tion for your support and many
acts of kindness and love shown
in our time of bereavement.
Special thanks to the
Bethany Seventh-Day Adven-
tist Church family, Miami-
Dade County Public Schools
Administration Offices, Youth
Department of the Southeast-
ern Conference of S.D.A., Metro
Dade Transit Authority bus op-
erators, Metro Dade Transport
Union, family, friends and fi-
nally, Gregg L. Mason Funeral
May God bless each of you.
Minnie Smith and family

by becoming a member of our

CALL 305-694-6210

EARL JERMOTT, 53, carpen-
ter, died July 3 at Baptist Hospital.
Viewing 5 p.m., in the chapel. Ser-
vice at 7 p.m., Thursday, Christ the
King Church.

JOSE M. GONZALES, 86, con-
tractor, died June 29 at Hialeah
Hospital. Service was held.

JILLO, 60, homemaker, died July
1 at Hialeah Hospital. Service was

LINDA MC GRAW, 63, cosme-
tician, died July 1 at Memorial
Hospital Pembroke. Service was

mestic worker died June 29 at
home. Service was held.

maker, died June 26 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Service was

construction worker, died July 1
at Hialeah Hospital. Service was

tory worker, died July 1 at Kindred
Hospital. Service 6 p.m., Thursday
in the chapel.

homemaker, died on July 3 at Hia-
leah Hospital. Service was held.

, CHINA CLAIRE, 44, homemak-
er, died June 30 at home. View-
ing 5 p.m., Friday in the chapel.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday in the

nurse, died July 3 at Sinai Nurs-
ing Center. Service was held.

EARL PETITE, 55, sales per-
son, died July 2 at Broward Gen-
eral Hospital. Service was held.

Richardsonm -
died June 29.
Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday (to-
day), Temple
Baptist Church.

42, bus driver
for Dade Coun-
ty, died July
3. Service 10
a m., Saturday,
St. Luke Baptist

JIMMY DAVIS, 58, customer
service repre-
sentative, died
July 5. Service
11 a.m., Sat-
urday, Antioch
Baptist Church
of Carol City.

mer profes-
sional boxer,
died June 29.
Viewing 1 - 5
p.m., Memorial
7 p.m., Thurs-

Baptist Church. -I
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Mt. Zion Baptist Church,
Bimini, Bahamas.
Eric S. Georg
ULYSES THOMAS, 84, construc-
tion worker, died June 30 at Hillcrest
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,
Hollywood. Service was held.

MOLLY McCOLLIN, 84, home-
maker, died July 4 in Hollywood..
Service 2 p.m., Friday in the cha-

sanitation worker, died July 2 at

Memorial Regional Hospital South,
Hollywood. Service 1 p.m., Satur-
day, Hallandale Beach Church of

June 28 at
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m,
Saturday in the.

LUCY MURRAY, 88, post office
worker, died July
3 at Homestead
Manor Nursing
Home. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day, Crusade
For Christ.

SON, JR., 59,
died July 3 at
Jackson South
Hospital. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Sat-
urday, Mt. Sinai
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

teacher, died
July 5 at Jack-
son South Com-
munity Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Mt.
Moriah Baptist

FRED MC CLEOD, 80, died July
6 at Gramercy
Park Nursing
Center. Ar-
rangements are

rine Optimist
Club, died July
6 at Baptist Hos-
pital. Service 1
p.m., Saturday,
Faith Christian

AMARI LARKINS, 4, died July
4 at Miami Chil-
dren Hospital.
Service 11a.m,
Friday, Second
Baptist Church.

died June 29
at Homestead
Hospital. Ser-
vice was held.

Nakia Ingraham
BOBBIE DAVIS, 70, died June
24. Service 1
p.m., Thursday,
Shekinah Glory
Ministry, Miami.

of Plantation, died July 3 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

DAVID WAINER, 63, of Davie,
died July.1 at Plantation General
Hospital. Arrangements are in-

EDMEAD HODGE, 82, of Hol-
lywood, died July 3 at Hospice by
the Sea. Service 11 a.m., Satur-
day in the chapel.


Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the


MATTIE E. MOSS, died July 6
at Franco Nursing Home. Service
11a.m., Saturday in the chapel.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
tel employee,
died June 30
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
(today), Total
Change & Em-
powerment Min-

tired homemak- :
er, died June 28
at University of*
Miami Medical
Center. Service
3 p.m., Wednes-
day (today) in
the chapel.

NHA, 71, respi-
ratory therapist,
died July 3 at
University of
Miami Medical
Center. Survi-
vors included:
wife, Jacque-
line; daughters,
Arlene and Renee Mosley; sons,
Arthur and Arne; sister, Janice.
Litany service 7 p.m., Wed nesday
in the chapel. Service 10: 30 a.m.,
Thursday, The Episcopal Church
of The Incarnation.

audio engineer,
died July 3. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Rosa;
sons, Todd
Jr., Zaphaniah
'and Toddrick;
sisters, Gena,
Dannielle and
Tiffany; brothers,Eric, Ivan, Alan
and Eric Lacey. Service 11 a.m.,
Friday, Mt. Tabor MB Church.

Card of Thanks

CALL SR our sincere and most
heartfelt thanks for your sup-
port during our time of bereave-
Your prayers, cards, flowers,
kind words, visits, and atten-
dance at the services provided
a measure of comfort for which
we are eternally grateful. ,
Special thanks to Pastor An-
thony J. Turner Sr 'and Stone
of Help Ministries and the en-
tire staff of Lithgow-Bennett-
Philbrick Funeral Home.
May God bless each of you.
The McCall, Gordon and
Tucker family

Card of Thanks
The family of the late,

thanks each of you for your acts
of kindness, your telephone
calls, sympathy cards, prayers,
service attendance, visits and
Special thanks to Jeffrey L.
Mack, Pastor and Second Ca-
naan Missionary Baptist Church
family, Unique Chapter #115
OES, Baptist Women Council,
Christian Youth Seminar of Mi-
ami, Florida and Atlanta, Geor-
giA, State and National Baptist
Convention Bus Riders and the
Staff of Gregg L. Mason Funeral

THERSA BASDEN, 47, social
worker, Depart-
ment of Chil-
dren and Fami-
lies, died June
28. Service was

July 1 in Aik-
ens, Carolina.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

cook for Papa
John's Pizza,
died July 2 at
Jackson North
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Tree
of Life.

BROWNLEE, 68, homemaker,
died June 23 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Satur-
day in the chapel.
In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

02/17/14 -07/11/99

It's been ten years but it seems
like yesterday.
Love and miss you,
Your children, grands and

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,
i � itfea- --,------- m

10/26/53 - 07/09/08

You never know how much
you will miss a person until you
don't see them anymore.
It's hard to believe it's been a
year already.
Knowing we will always have
our fond memories of you helps .
us day by day and our love for
you forever more will be.
The. Cardona and Delvilla

Death Notice

SNOW 16, student died July at
his residence. The son of Felix
Snow L.F.D of Snow's Funeral
Ministry in Ocala.
Survivors include: parents,
Felix Snow, Clevetta Price; sib-
lings, Tenisha Snow, Kaila
Snow, Kamiyah Snow, Kaitlyn
Chelby, Quinten Snow, grand
parents Loraine Price, Lilly B.
Snow and Jimmie Snow, Jr.
Vistiation will be held Thurs-
day, July 9 at McWhite Funeral
Home from 6-9 p.m. Service will
be held 11 a.m., Friday, at Koi-
nonia Worship Center.


14B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 8-14, 2009


Religious community shocked over

the death of Bishop Isaiah Williams

Great man Of God received home

Bishop Isaiah Simmeon
Williams Jr., D.D., D. Min.,
Senior Pastor, Founder and
CEO of Jesus People Ministries
Church International, Inc., was
received home to be with the Lord
on Thursday, July 2. After a brief
time in the hospital, his death
was attributed to complications
affiliated with Lupus. He was 57
years old.
A 'Celebration of the Legacy
and Life' of Bishop Williams will
take place on Thursday, July 9 at
11 a.m. at King Jesus / El Rey
Jesus Ministries International,
located at 14100 SW 144th
Avenue in Miami, FL. Dr. Creflo
Dollar, Senior Pastor, Founder
and CEO of World Changers
Church International in Atlanta,
Georgia, will do the eulogy. A
public Viewing takes place on
Wednesday, July 8 from 4 - 8
p.m. at Jesus People Ministries
Church International, located at
4055 N.W. 183rd Street in Miami
Gardens. Funeral arrangements
are being made through Royal
Funeral Home.
Bishop Williams was born
and raised in the city of Miami,
where he grew up as the great-
grandson, grandson and son
of founding AME pastors and
church stewards. He was the
third of six children of the late
Isaiah S. Williams Sr., and Agnes
Williams. It was at the age of 12
that he met his wife, Dr. Gloria, in
secondary school and they were
married in June of 1974. Bishop
Williams has two daughters, Lori
and Richelle.
Bishop Williams excelled
as a student and athlete and
was awarded a basketball
scholarship to John J. Pershing
College (Beatrice, NE), where he
remained until joining the United'
States Navy. While in the Navy,
he served as a Navy Shipman
aboard the aircraft carrier USS
John F. Kennedy.
Following a successful Navy
career, Bishop Williams attended
Miami Christian College and
New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary. He received a Bible
diploma from Dr. Lester Sumrall's
World Harvest Bible College. In
1991, he received an Horiorary
Doctor of Divinity degree from
All Nations of Christ Institute
International, a previous affiliate
of Oral Roberts University. In
2004, he received and earned
Doctorate of Ministry degree from
Vision Infernational University
(Ramona, CA).
In 1983, the call of God was
confirmed 'and set in motion
as Bishop Williams started the
work of Jesus People Ministries
Church International, Inc. The
church has grown to over 8,000
members and has a number of
ministry partners throughout
Florida, the United States and
the world. The heart of Jesus
People Ministries Church is one
of domestic and foreign missions
outreach with an evangelistic
Bishop Williams taught
and proclaimed the truth of
the uncompromising Word of
God with integrity, fervor and
sound character. He served in
the ministry offices of apostle,
prophet, pastor and teacher, with
the gifts of the Spirit operating in
vivid power. He was an author
and an acclaimed conference
speaker as well as the overseer
of a vast number of affiliated
ministers and ministries under
the direction of ISWJR Ministries,
and Right Connection Ministries,

Bishop Williams was elevated to
the office of Bishop in April 1996,
through the Azusa International
Fellowship of Christian Churches
and Ministries, Inc. (Tulsa, OK).
, and his ministry is presently
a member of the Creflo Dollar
Ministerial Association (Atlanta,
Bishop Williams served on
several boards of ministries from
around the country. He and
Dr. Gloria have been frequent
hosts of South Florida's "Praise
the Lord" television program
seen on the Trinity Broadcasting
Network and on TBN's nationally
televised broadcast. Bishop
Williams and Dr. Gloria were the
executive producers and hosts
of the weekly television program
"Right Connection" broadcast
Bishop Williams was also the
President and CEO ofThe Justice,
Potential and Motivation (JPM)
Centre located in Miami Gardens,
Florida. The JPM Centre serves
as an oasis for economic and
social development in the city of
Miami Gardens and its adjacent
neighborhoods. As a community
development corporation, the
Centre will emphasize the
building of cultural diversity,
economic stability and strong
moral, character within society.
The Centre will also provide
housing services for the elderly
and at risk youth and will make
opportunities available for
performing arts entertainment
and recreation.
Bishop Williams added to
the community - not only
as a spiritual voice - but as
a community activist. He
served the citizens of Miami-
Dade County as a sworn Police
Chaplain for the Miami Dade
Police Department.
Bishop Isaiah S. Williams, Jr.
was a dedicated and devoted
husband and father whose work
in the ministrywas family oriented
and nurturing the wholeness of
God's people. He is survived by
his wife of 35 years, Dr. Gloria
Williams; his daughters, Lori
Clemons and Richelle Wright,
his son-in-law, Lawrence Wright
III; his grandchildren, Austin
Clemons, Lawrence Wright IV
and Klassik Wright; his sisters,
Louise Wilkerson, Patricia Allen,
Rose Williams, Mae 'Robinson
and Bernadette Morris; brother-
in-laws, Dewey Wilkerson and
Colin Morris; his aunts, and
uncles, Iva Bell Williams, Ruth
and Haskell Sharpe, Grace
Morgan and Henry Beecher and
Dorothy Williams; his nieces and
nephews - Dewey and' Valerie
Wilkerson; Jr., Sonya and James
Gardner, Herbert and Karen
Holmes, Angela and Gary Jeter,
Oslyn Sullivan Jr., Leon and
Roxanne Sullivan, Lacee and
John Spain, Charles Robinson,
RonayeCharisse, RebeccaMorris,
Stephen Morris; cousin Jewelene
"Gobie" and Charles Black, and
a host of other cousins, great
nieces and nephews, a multitude
of spiritual sons and daughters,
and ministry family members all
over the world.
Flowers can be sent to Jesus
People Ministries Church
International, Inc. at 4055 NW
183rd Street in Miami Gardens,
FL 33056. For those wishing
to make donations, the family
requests contributions to be made
out to the JPM Centre to continue
the ministry vision and work of
Bishop Isaiah S. Williams Jr.
For more information, visit
Jesus. People Ministries Church
International, Inc. at www.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

05/22/39 - 07/06/08

It's been a year without see-
ing you or hearing your voice.
We know you are at rest.
Missing you, Manon,
Davida, Stan, Steven Cur-
tis, Madison and Kerri

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

07/11/89 - 01/04/08 -

We miss and love you, The
Thomas and Stephens family

Death Notice In Memoriam Happy Birthday
\I In loving memory of, In loving memory of,

KEITH FULTON, 51, elec-
trician prentice, died May 24
in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Survivors include: stepfa-
ther, Leroy Walker Sr; daugh-
ter, Keandra; sisters, Joyce
Benjamin, Sharon and Oph-
elia Walker; brothers Leroy Jr
and Tavaris Walker; a host of
aunts, uncles, nieces, neph-
ews, cousins and friends.
Memorial service will be
held 2 p.m., Saturday, True
Witness of Holiness Church,
4303 N.W. 22 Court, Miami
Florida to honor his life.

Carey Royal Ram'n
tired, died June 30 at home. Ser-
vice was held.

died July 3 at Aventura Hospital.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday in the

ALVIN JOSEPH, 90, retired,
died July 5 at home. Arrangements
are incomplete.


by becoming a member of our

CALL 305-694-6210

05/22/39 - 07/10/08 ANTWAN BYRD
07/11/88 - 12/28/08

Your smile...I no loner see.
Your voice...I no longer hear,
but the essence of you will
be... forever near.
My love is forever with you.
Your wife, Virginia L. Smith

retired U.S. Postal employee,
died June 6 at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday Mt. Hermon A.M.E.
Church. Service entrusted to
Royal Funeral Home

Love always, your family

Card of Thanks
The family of the late

III wishes to express our sin-
cere thanks to all who consoled
us during our time of bereave-
Special thanks to Bishop Vic-
tory Curry and New Birth Bap-
tist Church, Elder Holmes, El-
der Coverson. and Wright and
Young Funeral Home Staff.
The Watkins family

Bishop Isaiah S. Williams Jr., D.D., D. -Min , Seno? i ;$tm i
and CEO of Jesus People Ministries Church Intern Matiof
received home to be with ihe Lord .on Thursday, Ju!yl-2. ,
years old.

A "Celebration of the Legacy and Life" of Bishop Williams will take
place on Thursday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at King Jesus / El Rey Jesus
Ministries International, located at 14100 SW 144th Avenue in
Miami, FL. Dr. Creflo Dollar, Senior Pastor, Founder and CEO of
World Changers Church International in Atlanta, Georgia, will do
the eulogy. A public viewing takes place on Wednesday, July 8
from 4 - 8 p.m. at Jesus People Ministries Church
6 International, located at 4055 N.W 183rd Street in
Miami Gardens. Funeral arrangements are being
h made through Royal Funeral Home.

The Miami Times




Open mic with poet

Rebecca Vaughns

Motivated by poets, spoken-word artist
captivates the local scene

By Sandra Charite

It's Thursday afternoon.
While others have begun
to plan their weekends, Re-
becca Vaughns sits in The
Miami Times discussing her
schedule already filled with a
mere of events from an alum-
ni picnic to an AIDS benefit
at the Miami Design District.
But the 37-year-old poet
and spoken-word artist, who
is nicknamed "Butterfly,"
does not panic or complain
about the busy schedule.
She embraces the opportuni-
ties at hand.
Seven years ago, Vaughns
decided to become a full-time
poet, leaving her night job as
a security guard behind.
Today, the 37-year-old is
a 12-year veteran of poetry
slams and open mic nights.
"Being an artist is what
I was born to do," she said
in an interview at The Times
last month. "I can't see my-
self getting another full-time

Born to Nathaniel Vaughns
and Ruth Gibson Wells with,
Rebecca Vaughns grew up in
the urban streets of Miami.
She has six siblings. At the
age of 10, she would scribble
down words which is where
her passion for poetry be-
She attended Miami North-
western Senior High School
where she played basketball
for the Bulls. When she was
16, tragedy hit home.
Vaughn had a basketball
game that day. Later, when
she got home with her mom,
they discovered her father on
the couch with his eyes rolled
back. Her mother was a
nurse, and immediately rec-
ognized what she was' seeing.
Vaughn's father had suffered
a massive heart attack and
he then fell into the coma.
He died six days later.
Vaughns, like a "Butterfly,"
continued to fly.
She went on to attend Florida
Please turn to POET 3C

Usher's wife Tameka says she

was surprised by the divorce

ATLANTA (AP) - The wife of R&B singer Usher says she was
surprised when the entertainer filed for divorce earlier this
month and claims the two were intimate less than a week before
he moved to end the marriage.
Tameka Raymond disputes Usher's claims the couple have been
separated since July 2008. Raymond says in court documents
filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court that she "had
every reason to believe her marriage was intact" and that two
were "intimately together as husband and wife as recently as
June 6."
Usher, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, filed for divorce
on June 12. He says the marriage is "irretrievably broken." The
couple married in August 2007 in a lavish ceremony. They have
two sons.

Geraldine Seay,director of FAMU's Upward Bound (second row, first on left),takes a photo with the Upward Bound students and chaperones
selected to volunteer at the Essence Music Festival. -Photo/ Florida A & M University

FAMU Upward Bound students

invited to Essence Festival

For-the first time in history, 13
Florida A&M University (FAMU)
Upward Bound students were
invited to volunteer at the Es-
sence Festival.
The organizers of the interns
and volunteers for the Es-
sence Festival have invited the
students to participate at the
three-day event, -which fea-
tures a range of cultural activi-
ties and performances by some
of the most popular musicians
today. This year's performanc-
es will include Beyonce, Robin
Thicke and Frankie Beverly
and, Maze, to name a few.

The participants will travel
with three chaperones to New
Orleans, La.
"This year, in an effort to
broaden our reach, we are
tapping into the skill-sets if
the next generation, by pro-
viding them with a dynamic
media opportunity to experi-
ence the festival," said Nick
Thomas, volunteer and intern
coordinator for the Essence
Music Festival. "This will allow
members of the FAMU Upward
Bound media team to volun-
teer in various capacities that
are critical to the success of

the festival."
The high school students
participating in the summer
Upward Bound Program have
been competing for a spot
on the thirteen-person team
through a media challenge,
with the help of FAMU School
of Journalism and Graphic
Communication alum, Keisha
"L Michelle" Hayes.
The students have produced
two reality series that chron-
icles their Upward Bound ex-
periences on FAMU's campus
this summer. The first reality
series, which premiered this

* past May, is now running on
The skills learned in the media
challenge will come into play
during the Essence Festival as
they chronicle their volunteer
"Everyone in the program
is excited for the students,"
said Geraldine Seay, director
of FAMU Upward Bound. "This
will give our students an op-
portunity to really experience
a media event like no other. In
addition, they will be able to say
they were a part of making it a

Vibe has struggled in recent years to transition into the digital realm, as readers flock to the Internet for information

Vibe Magazine shuts down

By'Jayson Rodriguez

Urban glossy, Vibe magazine,
which was founded in 1992 by
legendary producer Quincy
Jones, announced last week
that the publication will no
longer produce print issues or
publish its Web site, Vibe.com.
With the closing of the title,
effective immediately, there
now remains no large circula-
tion print publication dedicat-
ed to covering hip-hop, R&B
and fashion on a mainstream
During the magazine's mem-
orable 16-year-run, a number
of iconic covers were produced,
chief among them images of
Suge Knight's Death Row ros-
ter adorned all in black, and
simple, striking photos of Lisa
"Left Eye" Lopes and Aaliyah to
mark their deaths. The maga-

zine,' however, will forever be
remembered for, its contro-
versial coverage of the East
Coast/ West Coast hip-hop ri-
valry, which inspired many of
the scenes from the film "No-
A number of notable editors
helmed VIBE over the years,
including Alan Light, Emil'Wil-
bekin, Mimi Valdes and cur-
rent editor-in-chief Danyel
Smith. (This reporter and MTV
News Hip-Hop Editor Shaheem
Reid both spent time on Vibe's
staff as well.)
"On behalf of the Vibe Con-
tent staff, it is with great sad-
ness, and with heads held
high, that we leave the build-
ing today," Smith said in a
statement. "We were assigning
and editing a Michael Jackson
tribute issue when we got the
news. It's a tragic week overall,

but as the doors of Vibe Media
Group close, on the eve of the
magazine's 16th anniversary,
it's a sad day for music, for hip-
hop in particular, and for the
millions of readers and users
who have loved and who con-
tinue to love the Vibe brand.
We thank you, we have served
you with joy, pride and excel-
lence, and we will miss you."
Like most magazines, Vibe
has struggled in recent years
to transition into the digital
realm, as readers flock to the
Internet for information. Vibe
recently redesigned its Web
and print properties. The mag-
azine also began publishing
in a smaller format and made
the decision to remove album
reviews from the title and in-
clude the section online only.
In addition, a tabloid-like spin-
off called The Most was sched-

uled to be introduced into the
market place.
But due to declining reader-
ship, the recession, a weak-
ened music industry and a fal-
tering ad market, the magazine
could no longer endure a high
amount of debt as an indepen-
dent publishing company, said
Vibe Media Group CEO Steve
Aaron in remarks sent to the
When the magazine was
founded in the early '90s, the
upstart title was positioned
as a sexier alternative to The
Source, at the time the leading
publication in hip-hop circles.
The magazine then went on to
break many barriers - under
Wilbekin's tenure as editor, it
won an American Society of
Magazine Editors award - and
reshaped the definition of an
urban magazine.


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ing the pews for the families,
adjusting the flowers on the arc
and placing gold ribbons and
floral pieces on the pew from the
back to the front.
Anthony Jackson began with
a musical salute, while Janeka
Butler sang "Inseparable" and
Aeron Cutler recited a poem,
"United Hearts", while Moth-
er Prescola Beneby, spiritual
mother of the groom, was seat-
ed, followed by Me-
hdi Ashaf and Greg-
ory Hobbs, best men, Ir
Samuel Lee Gilmore, 4
Jr., groom, and Pas-
tor Kenneth McGee,
officiated the service;
Mother of the bride,
Lizzie Childs and the -;
bridal party consisting GILM
of bridesmaids, Kim- GIL
berly Johnson, Ma- CH
mie Jenkins, Jackie
Keith and Deborah Workman.
They were joined by escorts,
Samuel R. Gilmore, Thomas
Mingo, Mitchell Magadanz,
and Albert E. Gilmore.
Also, Celeste Johnson, ma-
tron of honor, Lucreshia Childs,
maid of honor, Daphnie Mingo
and Brianna Whisby, Jr. brides-
maids; De' Ann Edwards, Kirby
Gilmore and Nyael Jones, flow-
er girls; William Gilmore, II,
ring bearer, and other support-
ers such as Barbara Demeritte,
Vebbra Higgs, Cora W. Trinka,
James Montgomery and Ste-
phen R. Gilmore.
With the playing of the tra-
dition march, bride Cynthia
Renae Childs was escorted by
her brother, Yance Childs, who


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Bull and an Army
Master Sergeant. The bride was
radiant from the atara on her
head, mini-earrings, a spar-
kling necklace, ruffle gown and
accentuation of crystals on the
bodice and at the hem of the
The both of them participated
in recitation of vows, exchange
of rings, lighting of the unity
candles, pronouncement of mar-
riage, introduction
of Mr. & Mrs. Samu-
el Lee Gilmore, Jr,
and the recessional
to the reception and
Kudos go out to
Janet Walker, mis-
tress of ceremony,
for a job well done
ORE & by introducing the
ILDS bridal party, the
first dance, toast
givers and special dances from
the Gilmore and Child families.

Bishop Eustace S. Clarke was
in the vineyard for 26-years
as pastor of Miami Ridgeway
Church of God of Prophecy, but
the last nine years he collabo-
rated with Carl and Margaret
S. Williams and the three of
them envisioned a new edifice
after mortgaging their homes
to invest in a new edifice. As
a result, last Sunday, led by
a marching band, hundreds
of people marched in from
the street into Miami Ridge-
wvay Meager Church of God of
The new church is painted

* .* * * ** * **

green and pink with a-state-of-
the-of-art pews, ultra modern
stereo system, two big screens,
two cameras, a 25-voice choir
name Rainbow and a dynamic
band filled with talent. Some of
the proud members that assist-
ed the guest to a seat included
Tangela R. Strachan, Pricilla
S. Smith, Patrice Smith and
her daughter, and, of course,
some of the VIP's Bishops were
Arthur Wilson, Norward Dean,
Herman Dean, Liviticus H.
Cox, Sr/ A. Ephraim Cox,
PhD., along with Alice S. Har-
rell, Roy and Delores Lopez,
Carolyn Reed, John and Iris
Strachan Hanson and
German Clarke, Evan-
gelist Emily Clarke, the
first lady, Minister Anna
Dean who transported
her father from The
Church of'Gqd # 1.
Kudos go out to An-
quette Wray, mistress
of ceremony, for a splen-
did job filled with the CRO0
holy ghost and intro-
duction of participants: Rose
Curtis, Errick Pigatt, Chynell
Knowles, Bishop George
Knowles, Willie Powery and
Dr. Edwin Demeritte.
Speaking of Bishops, Leviti-
cus H. Sox, Sr., former Bish-
op of the church, flew in from
Houston, TX to participate in
the dedication. He brought
greetings from his children
that grew up in the church and
their careers, such as Vivian,
(Mary Kay) Pamela, (INK Man-
ager) Adrian, (designer) Diane,
(assistant music director) Jac-
quelyn (chef) Shelia, (student)
Elethia, (student)and Levi, the
only boy who retired from the
service and owns his trucking
company, while Bishop indicat-
ed God stepped in when his wife
died and he received a settle-
ment that changed his diet from
pigeon peas and dumplings to
filet mignon and lobster tail.

* * * * ** *


Berthuine Cook i.ar[ I .- r!'i' -
tv celebrated their 4 1 ' rn.i. ,al
Natiorn.l C,':'i-.e ti':>ri re_ entil
in \ -s-. Pa.lm Bnt c .,h i. FI.. (. ',
event '1.ere held .t the '%eV I
P.a-l. Beaci-'h M .rri:t H.,-[-.r ne
of the activities was the Corona-
tion Ball, crowning of the Alum-
ni queens that included:
Ms. National Alumni Queen-
-Rose Roland, Daytona; Ms.
Gold--Patricia McGowan, Tal-
lahassee and Ms. Maroon--El-
sie Stewart, Miami.
BCU alumni attending the
convention included Aud-
ley Coakley, Dorothy Davis,
Charlie Davis, Calvin Jack-
son, Robin Moncur and John
Williams. Wildcats, our 2010
Convention will be held in
Jacksonville, 2011 Convention
to be held in Tampa and 2012
Convention, we will meet "Back
in the Motherland" --Daytona

Get Well Wishes to Roslyn

Sippio-Sparks, Ze- "
ola Cohen-Jones, - ,
Elouise Bain-Far-
rington. Louise
H. Cleare, Herbert
Rhodes, Jr., Wen-
dell Stirrup, Ma-
rie Kelly-Deveaux, Carmetta
Brown-Russell, Doris McKin-
ney-Pittman, Doretha Payne
and Vashti Armbrister.

Booker T. Washington Class
of 1949 enjoy your 60t class
reunion. B.T.W. was truly the
place to be during our school

Do you know that Shaquille
O'Neal, a former Miami Heat
center who was traded to the
Phoenix Suns last year was
traded again to the Cleveland
Speaking of athletes who
were and is impressive. Let's
go down memory lane: Mu-

hammad Ali, Joe Louis, Jim
Brown, Jackie Robinson,
Carl Lewis, Hank Aaron, Ka-
reem Jabbar, Kobe Bryant,
Bo Jackson, Magic Johnson,
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Willie
Mays, Jessie Owens, Jerry
Rice, Bill Russell, Michael
Jordan, Deion Sanders, Her-
schel Walker, Barry Bonds,
Tiger Woods, Will Chamber-
lain, Jackie Robinson and
Barry Sanders. This is just
a few of our Great Sports he-
Many more but space will
not permit more at this time.
Take your pick, boys and girls,
if you have the talent use it
wisely and get paid for it. Tiger
Woods net worth exceeds one
billion dollars.
Vince Carter will play with
the Orlando Magic next sea-'
son. Congratulations, I know
you are very happy to be your
home and I know your mother,
Michelle and grandmother,
Peggy Greene are elated.

Dr. Hortense Jean-Jackson
and her husband, Leonard,
were in town last week visit-
ing her family and friends and

helping to make plans for her
Booker T. Washington 50t
class reunion next year.

Arthur Steven Jones is
down from Atlanta, Ga. To
visit his ailing mother, Zeola
Cohen-Jones, who is bedded
at Memorial Hospital.

Fraternal brothers and sis-
ters throughout Florida are
sending out their best wish-
es to Lona Brown-Mathis, a
grand international Princess
Commandress, as she presides
in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
for the Knights Templar Cru-
saders Convention. Delegates
from all over the country plus
the foreign jurisdictions will
also be in attendance.

Congratulations goes to
Roslyn Jennings, "A Lady of
Distinction," who retired June
26 after 38 years of working at
Jackson Memorial and Jeffer-
son Reaves, Sr. Health Center.
Also congratulations to Sha-
ron I. Anderson who retired
June 30 after 35 years as a

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Alicia Keys' appearance on
the 2009 BET Awards Show
Sunday night raised more
than $130,'000 from more than
26,000 mobile donors who text
their donations to Keep a Child
Alive, the non-profit organiza-
tion co-founded by the singer to
provide health care and hous-
ing to children with HIV/AIDS
in Africa and India.

During Alicia Keys' accep-
tance speech for the BET Hu-
manitarian Relief Award, Keys
asked viewers to text alive to
90999 to give $5 through their
mobile phones, saying, "Nobody
can do everything, but every-
body can do something."
Seconds after texting in, users
received a message back asking
for confirmation. Mobile donors

confirmed by replying "YES" via
text message. The $5 donation
will be added to their next mo-
bile phone bill.
"We are thrilled with the re-
sults from Alicia's shout out.
With a ten-second call to ac-
tion we raised over $130,000
to support Keep a Child Alive's
life saving work," said Elizabeth
Santiso, vice president for Keep

a Child Alive.
This May, the television show
American Idol featured Keep a
Child Alive. The segment fea-
.tured Alicia Keys and Rwandan
rapper Noah, asking viewers to
text in donations. The promo-
tion raised over $500,000 and
is the largest one-time amount
raised through text donations
to date.

teacher with the Miami-Dade
County School System.
Welcome to the club, Sha-

Wedding Anniversary Greet-
ings to the following couples:
William and Fredricka John-
son, June 24, their 20t; Ste-
phen C. and Lucy Newbold,
Sr., June 29, their 241; Gen-
eral and Mary J. Robbins,
July 2, their 441; James and
Evangeline C. Rambeau, July
2, their 32nd and Henry and
Shearl J. Agarrat, July 4,
their 10th.

Miamians in the spotlight at
Florida A&M University: Ah-
mad Newbold has been desig-
nated head drum major of the
FAMU's 100 member march-
.ing band. Daniel Anderson
Goodmond III was elected
vice president of FAMU band.'
Goodmond was also elected
president of Kappa Kappa Psi
Band Fraternity.

The untimely death of Mi-
chael Jackson was quite

shocking and sad to almost ev-
eryone. The loss of this great
icon will be felt by all of us who
enjoyed his music.
The daughters of the King
of Saint Agnes (Saint Cecelia's
Chapter and Saint Monica's
Chapter of the Church of the
Incarnation chapter) were in
Anaheim, Calif. attending their
convention last week. Making
the trip by jet were Leome S.
Culmer, president of Saint Ag-
nes Chapter, Angela Culmer,
Ardie Edwards, Gay Outler
and Louise Cromartie. Jr.
daughters who also attended
Cecily Starr-Newbold, Ray-
nal and Sylvia Sands. Alexis
Smith-Parker and Olga Van
Beverhoudt represented Saint
Monica's chapter.

Hearty congratulations Doro-
thy Ellen Jenkins-Fields for
your outstanding article on
"Your Family History" in last
Sunday's Neighbors section.
Enjoyed reading it especially
having known your grandpar-
ents (friends of my grandpar-
ents) and all of your uncles,
aunts and cousins.

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Baljean Smith, president,
and his wife, Naomi, and the
Dorsey High Alumni are always
working diligently for a worth-
while cause, as likened to Presi-
dent Barack Obama and his
wife, Michelle. The most recent
activity was a great picnic at the
Amelia Earhart Park where the
membership ignored the weath-
er to demonstrate camaraderie
and fraternalism.
Kicking off the picnic were
Jessie Sandilands, Patricia
Beasley, Betty Mackey and
David Dean. They had an inter-
esting card game of "bid whist",
while Baljean prepared
the hot dogs, hamburg-
er, fried fish, and Leo
hooked up the boom
box. The shower and
high winds held up the
action for a few minutes
. and Constance "Con-
nie" Pinkney prepared
her batter of conch and
JMEL served fritters to the
hungry bunch.
Others that came and enjoyed
themselves included Dr. Char-
lie and Leo Albury, Leonard
Devaux, Harry and Carman
Dawkins, Edna Dean, Mary
Farell, mother of Leo, Margaret
Johnson, Barbara Jones, Lona
Brown Mathis, who dropped
words of wisdom, as a former
teacher, Norma Mims, Lois
Moncur and Dr. Lorraine Stra-

Congratulations go out to
Deborah Carter, Constance
Carter, Josephine Davis Rolle,
Stephenia Willis, Bernice
Carey, Bertha Milton, W. Do-
ris Neal and Rochelle Light-
foot Johnson for planning The
Egelloc Civic & Social Club, Inc.,
"This Is Your Life" which was a
retirement celebration extrava-
ganza honoring Mary L. Dunn,
president, Gloria Clausell and
Laurice Hepburn at the Calder

Race Track in Miami Gardens
last Saturday.
Taking over the rein as
mistress of ceremony was Con-
stance Carter who got the peo-
ple's attention by bringing forth
Bernice Carey to give the invo-
cation, followeA by Rochelle
Lightford electrifying the guests
singing "Faithful To Me", a song
filled with love, dedication, and
humility, while Deborah Carter
recited a poem, and W.
Doris Neal presented
the honorees and had
them sit in front of the
Each candidates' ac-
complishment was read
out loud, coupled with
a huge applause of ac-
ceptance,, while special
people added to their DU
accomplishments and a
gift bag and hugs that
followed. Hepburn had tables of
30-guests and carried the'larg-
est entourage next to Dunn's 25
and Clausell, 20. Furthermore,'
Dunn retired as a teacher after
37-years with a master's de-
gree, five children, seven grands
and more time available to keep
them busy, especially Chris-
tine. Clausell was born in
Overtown and served 38-years
as a teacher, a member of Delta
Sigma Theta and Church of the
Transfiguration; and Hepburn
was also born in Overtown and
attended and graduated from
Dorsey High in the top ten. She
became an efficient secretary for
the alumni and transferred her
talent to other clubs, as well as
in her church, Mt. Tabor MBC
under Dr. George McCree.
Others in attendance includ-
ed Gwendolyn Simms, Rose
Ballou, Todd Ballou, Rory
Williams and guest, Rosetta
Dean, Valarie Davis, Daniel
and Patricia Wilcox, Barbara
M. Golphin, Carolyn M. Lock-
hart, Seandra Pennie, Mary
Salary, Bertha Milton and
members of the organization


Two Icons reached their de-
mise, recently, and they includ-
ed Lemmie Wilson-Mitchell,
97, who spent over 40-years
teaching Social Studies at Dors-
ey High and Miami Northwest-
ern High School and Elder Lu-
cille Collier Croumel, 88, who
spent 27-years as a registered
nurse at Mount Sinai Medical
Center in Miami Beach,
Florida and other years
after marriage to Gen-
esis Jake Croumel and
Bethany SDA Church
for 46-years.
Mitchell was known
as an outstanding
teacher at both schools
and she remembered
NN many students she
taught and called them
by their full names
wherever and whenever she met
them, especially the classes of
'46 & '56. She would be missed
by her sons: Byron (dentist),
Charles, (architect) and Hen-
ry, (pharmacy).
Croumel was know as an
outstanding nurse, humani-
tarian, the first female elder
in the Adventist Church, a vi-
sionary, a strong competitor
winning first place in all rais-
ing drives and the best moth-
er-in-law and grandmother
in the world, according to
her son-in-law Pastor Dennis
Ross, Sr. and Attorney Valer-
ie A. Ross, Esq.
Lucille's daughter, Jacque-
lyn was called the song bird of
Northwestern and the Adven-
tist churches. It was evident
when her children performed,
such as Jeffery, Dennis III,
Dennis IV, Valerie, Karen,
Adrianne, along with Arnold
Grace, Orlando, and the in-
comparable Pastor Calvin B.
Rock, international president,
who delivered the eulogy sup-
ported by Jimmy Brown, L.
Gaiter and Dr. Sharon Lewis.



Jackson leaves estate to family trust, kids to his mother

Michael Jackson's will has
been filed in court, and the
document leaves the singer's en-
tire estate to the Michael Jackson
Family Trust.
The will also names his mother
Katherine Jackson as q beneficia-
ry of the trust and the guardian
of Jackson's three children, ages 7
to 12. Singer Diana Ross is named
as a successor trustee to Jack-
son's mother, if needed.
The will, dated July 7, 2002, es-
timated his wealth at the time to
be more than $500 million, and
says that amount consisted al-
most entirely of "non-cash, non-
liquid assets, including primarily
an interest in a catalogue of music
royalty rights which is currently
being administered by Sony ATV,
and the interests of various enti-
Ex-wife Debbie Rowe is not in-
cluded in the will, but Jackson's

lawyer John Branca and John
McClain, a music executive and
a family friend, are mentioned as
The pair released a statement:
"The most important element of
Michael's will is his unwavering
desire that his mother, Kather-
ine, become the legal guardian
for his three children. As we work
to carry out Michael's instruc-
tions to safeguard both the fu-
ture of his children as well as the
remarkable legacy he left us as
an artist we ask that all matters
involving his estate be handled
with the dignity and the respect
that Michael and his family de-
The discovery of the seven-
year-old document came after
Jackson's family expressed con-
cern that he died without leaving
a valid will.
"His various advisers over time

are looking for additional docu-
ments," said Londell McMillan,
a New York attorney hired by
Jackson's mother to represent
the family.
Jackson's finances have been
under scrutiny since his. Never-
land Ranch went into foreclosure
last year. However, -Jackson had
a net worth of more than $236
million as of March 2007, ac-
cording to documents obtained
by the AP. His parents Katherine,
who is reportedly named as exec-
utor of his estate in the will, and
Joe Jackson filed for bankruptcy
in 1999.
A hearing was scheduled for
Monday in Los Angeles Superior
Court on guardianship for the
children and Katherine's petition
to administer the estate. Kath-
erine was awarded temporary
guardianship of the three chil-
dren on Monday.

Meanwhile Tuesday, CNN and
several networks reported me-
morial plans for Jackson at Nev-
erland Ranch in Santa Barbara,
although no one from the family.
has confirmed .reports. The AP
reports that construction work-
ers were seen entering the ranch
Wednesday, fueling speculation
that there are plans for some
sort of activity there this week-
His body is reportedly going
to be taken by motorcade to the
ranch for a public viewing Fri-
day, followed by a private me-
morial service limited to family
Santa Barbara County offi-
cials said Tuesday evening that
they could not confirm those
plans, though they're making
contingency arrangements in
case a large memorial event is
held in the area.

Stevie Wonder pays tribute to Michael Jackson at jazz fest

Associated Press

Stevie Wonder tinkered with
the words of one of his biggest
hits on Tuesday to honor Mi-
chael Jackson at Montreal's
international jazz festival.
Wonder said the pop icon
should be remembered for his
musical greatness and not
the darker twists of his life.
He was clearly moved when
talking about his old friend,
and his voice broke several
times. -
Wonder made the comments
at a news conference before
a massive outdoor concert
Tuesday to kick off the Mon-
treal's 30th annual interna-
tional jazz festival.
Wonder sat down at a pia-

no and delivered a rendition
of I Just Called To Say I Love
"Michael knows that I'm
here and I love you," Wonder
crooned, his voice Wavering
slightly as he slowed down
the song's tempo and brought
tears to some eyes in the
"We're all here and we'll nev-
er show how much we care,"
he sang. "By playing and buy-
ing your music to show your
family we mean it from the
bottom of our hearts. Sure,
we mean it from the bottom of
our hearts."
Wonder, 59, described Jack-
son as "someone very, very
special to the world, his family
and his friends."

Tickets to Jackson memorial

are being sold for thousands

NEW YORK - Michael Jackson's
concerts always were difficult to
get tickets to, but that's nothing
compared to the pop star's memo-
rial service.
On eBay, bids for tickets for
Tuesday's event were reaching as
high as $3,000, though it was im-
possible to verify the seriousness
of those bids. On Craigslist, asking
prices also were in the thousands.
Some unable to attend, though,
simply wanted to give away their
tickets - as one post read - "to
only true fans."
Throughout the day, both eBay
and Craigslist were taking down
postings attempting to sell tick-
ets to the memorial service, which
will be held at Los Angeles' Staples
More than 1.6 million fans reg-
istered online for a chance to at-
tend, and only 8,750 names were
chosen - each of whom received
two free tickets.
Organizers have also made ef-
forts to prevent scalping. Staples
Center spokesman Michael Roth

said organizers will check IDs to
make sure those picking up wrist-
bands are the same people who
originally applied online.
Ticket winners also have to pres-
ent a unique code when picking
up tickets, as many did Monday
at Dodger Stadium. A bracelet for
the event was immediately placed
on ticketholders' wrists, though
they were permitted to give any-
one their second bracelet.
Demand for the tickets was
likely to only increase after rep-
resentatives for Jackson's fam-
ily released a list of participants
Monday. Among those scheduled
to attend the ceremony are Stevie
Wonder, Mariah Carey, Kobe Bry-'
ant, Brooke- Shields, Usher and
John Mayer.
.Even the rejection notices fans
received informing them that they
had not won tickets to the memo-
rial service were being auctioned.
For a dollar or two, some on eBay
offered to forward a copy of their
rejection e-mail as "a collector's
piece for a fan."


Too many options are confusing to you.
Between that and all the people who want
you to see it their way you can't think.
Don't make this decision now. You're un-
der too much pressure and it'll keep until
you're ready to make it. Lucky numbers 30,
22, 13, 41, 3.

In over your head, it won't pay to remain
in denial about it. Asking for help wouldn't
be a bad idea; you could also throw in the
towel. To keep pushing seems absurd.
What will it take to show you what needs
to happen? Lucky numbers 10, 4, 39, 21,

Changes in your personal life have dis-
tracted you. Your mind isn't on your work
and even though everyone understands
what you're going through, at this point
taking care of business would help you
sort out your problems. Lucky numbers 5,
40, 3, 50, 4.

Nothing you do will change the fact that
someone else has all the control here. You
handed your power over to them ages ago.
Taking it back could see you walking away
from a situation that hasn't worked for a

long, long time. Lucky numbers 18, 1, 36,

Too much has changed for you to keep
filling your life up with distractions. This
would include people who aren't on the
same wavelength. Stop wasting your time
fooling around with losers who have noth-
ing to teach you. Lucky numbers 8, 9, 40,
30, 2.

Don't let anyone question your author-
ity in this situation. You know more about
what's going on than they do. The tendency
to cave in when others start pressing their
case needs to be watched..Whatever you
do, stand firm. Lucky numbers 50, 10, 17,
11, 2.

How far do you really need to go to
please people? When they expect too
much, it would seem fair to say no once
in a while. If you keep giving in and saying
yes you'll soon be swallowed up by what
appears to be a bottomless pit. Lucky num-
bers 9, 30, 25, 22, 14.

Gambling on whether this will pay off
you have the feeling it was stupid to put

Jackson, seen with his mother Katherine in 2005, has named her
the beneficiary of his family trust and the guardian of his young
children, ages 7 to 12. -Photo/Carlos Chavez, Pool


Local poet's work is gaining her recognition

continued from 1C
Atlantic University in Boca
Raton, Fla. where she earned
a bachelor's degree in Criminal
After graduation, she started
a career with Metro-Dade as a
criminal analyst and the state
department as an unemploy-
ment compensation fraud in-
During this time, Vaughns
was active in sharing her poetry
on stage at open mics.
The career in criminal justice
was slowly loosing its flavor as
poetry took center stage in her
"Everything was inspiring to
me," said Vaughns. "And still
Vaughns captured the eyes of
photographer Douglas Pollard
in 2002 while attending a po-
etry event.
Pollard was fascinated by
Vaughns butterfly dress.
Throughout the night, he took
several pictures of her. After the
event, the two stayed in contact
and Pollard constantly referred
to her as "Butterfly."
Vaughns eventually adopted
the name and is called Butterfly
to this day.
"I can't go anywhere without
anyone recognizing me," she

all your eggs in one basket. Don't make
things worse by throwing good money af-
ter bad. If this was a mistake, own it; cut
your losses and move on. Lucky numbers
8, 40, 35, 51, 32.

Faced with another crisis, you've barely
recovered from the last one. As this round
unfolds, you'll need a whole new approach.
Willpower alone won't cover it, but you've
got tons of spiritual support. Don't hesitate
to call on it. Lucky numbers 7, 50, 11, 19,

Too much activity has made it hard for
you to see anything clearly. Dazed and
confused, you aren't sure yet but you're
beginning to see that what you thought you
wanted isn't everything it was cracked up
tobe. Lucky numbers 40, 49, 34, 8, 1.

Let go of your uncertainty trips and dump
whoever just came along for the ride. You
don't need any excess baggage screwing
up the best thing that ever happened. The
lighter you travel the easier it will be to get
this to fly. Lucky numbers 9, 36, 55, 41, 18.

True love never runs smooth; don't for-
get, you signed up for this! What we have
to pay to have the real thing always costs
more than we planned on. What you have
to do now is decide whether or not it's
worth the price. Lucky numbers 5, 15, 17,
5, 40.

said laughing.
The Butterfly returned to FAU
in 2004 as an invited guest for
poetry night. Since then, she
has performed at local birth-
day parties, town hall meetings,
baby showers, poetry slams and
any place else she is requested.
Throughout the years, she
has been influenced by other
artists, such as the legendary
poet Langston Hughes.

. "I am impressed in reading
his poetry," she said.
When Vaughns first start-
ed performing, she adopted
Hughes poetry style--short, di-
rect, moving-a style that leaves
you wanting more.
His poems reminded her of
what her father used to say,
"Never give them too much but
keep them wanting more."
She added, "The way writing

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works is that it should be felt
first and understood second."
Vaughns is also influenced by
singer Chrisette Michele who
she says speaks to her soul.
"The average person wants
to see themselves in what they
are reading because we live in a
society where people think that
they are in a situation alone,"
she said about Michele's mu-

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Layoffs weaken consumers'

ability to stimulate economy

By Adam Shell

Readings on retail sales, home
prices, factory orders, consumer
confidence and purchases of big-
ticket items such as cars and ov-
ens simply must get better.
But there's a catch: For those
key measures of business health
to exhibit signs of a real recovery,
companies have to stop laying off
a half-million people every month
and start hiring.. In an economy
in which consumers account for
roughly 70 percent of the demand
for goods and services, their abil-
ity to earn a paycheck is key to a
lasting recovery.
Increasingly, the fate of stocks
may be tied to jobs.

"The job market will be driv-
ing the stock market in the near
future," says Sung Won Sohn, a
professor at California State Uni-
,versity, Channel Islands. "We can
look at a slew of stats, but at the
end of the day none is more im-
portant than jobs. Without jobs
you cannot have a meaningful
economic recovery."
And the latest snapshot of the
employment picture does little to
suggest a hiring boom is on the
horizon. The Labor Department,
last week reported that employ-
ers axed 467,000 jobs in June
- 100,000 more than expected
and nearly 150,000 more than in
May. The unemployment rate hit
9.5 percent, its highest level in 26

The weak job numbers mean
renewed angst for investors who
have pushed stocks up sharply
since March 9 amid hopes the
economy would rebound in the
second half of 2009.
There is a fear that a jobless
recovery will ensue, pinching the
pocketbooks of millions of Ameri-
cans and snuffing out any chanc-
es of a quick economic rebound or
profit recovery for U.S. business-
es. Fear of such a scenario pushed
the Dow Jones industrials down
223 points Thursday to 8281 (the
market was closed Friday).
"For any economy, the most ifn-
portant thing is income in the form
of wages, and having a job or not

having a job is the biggest impact
on spending," says Charles Bider-
man, CEO of TrimTabs. "You can't
get more basic than that." Since
the recession began in December
2007, 6.5 million jobs have been
lost. It's difficult for consumers to
lead a recovery if they are jobless
or fear losing their jobs, Biderman
On the bright side, history
shows that stocks turn up before
the trough in the job market. Go-
ing back to 1967, the Standard &
Poor's 500 index has risen 14.9
percent, on average, between the
time stocks hit bottom and a later
peak in initial jobless claims, ac-
cording to Bespoke Investment

South Floridians to learn

how their tax dollars will be

used in their community

Black Caucus host economic

recovery forum at FIU

Tli, .Miani Timin StafflReptrt

The Congressional CP43CUS OFS"
Black Caucus Founda- .
tion (CBCF) will host a
forum to assist local .. l
residents to under- - |
stand how their tax 0
dollars will be rein- .
vested in their corn- 1 C.,
munities through the * *
stimulus package. 1lC DED ED
The event will be held
at the Florida International
University's Kovens Conference Center
(North Campus) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, July
Free continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
U.S. Congressman Kendrick Meek will join state and
local officials and national experts to discuss the impact
of funding on employment, community development,
education, and health initiatives in the 17th Congres-
sional district.
"Though so many families throughout South Florida
are experiencing serious economic problems, parents
are getting laid off in record numbers, and the number of
homeless students has soared, the Economic Recovery
Forum will help to educate 'Floridianis on where funding
will go in South Florida." said Meek. "An opportunity to
learn about the stimulus package and how it invests
needed federal dollars to help revive Florida's economy
and assist our families to respond to this immediate
emergency is essential and will act as a stepping stone.
to laying the foundation for a more prosperous future."
Such topics to be discussed at the forum include green
initiatives, housing affordability and small business de-
velopment. The event will also address additional fed-
eral policies needed to further state and local recovery
efforts. An informational expo linking district residents
with local organizations and local agencies involved in
recovery efforts v.-ill also take place.
"CBCF fully supports the ARRA because nt provides vi-
tal resources for improving the circumstances of minori-
ties and all Americans who have been disproportionately
affected by the current economic crisis," said Elsie L.
Scott, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer for
The event is free and open to the public. To register for
the event, visit CBCF's website: www.cbcfinc.org

Paying college tuition more costly with credit cards

By Kathy Chu
and Mary Beth Marklein

Across the nation, a grow-
ing number of universities
are making it harder - and
costlier - for students to
use credit cards.
Students at the University
of Southern Maine who pay
tuition using plastic faced
a 2.75 percent processing
fee starting last week. Other
schools that have adopted,
or are adopting, similar poli-
cies include George Mason
University, Northwestern
University, Wichita State and
the Universitj of Virginia.
The movement comes as
colleges face budget short-
falls and look to trim costs
wherever they can. When
students use a credit card,
institutions have to pay an
average of two percent to
process the transaction, ac-
cording to Neilson Report, a
payment systems newslet-

Traditionally, colleges
have carried these costs
themselves. But recession
has caused them to rethink
these policies - and pass
costs along to students.
In 2007, 26 percent of col-
leges charged a credit card
payment fee, either directly
or through a third party, up
from 14 percent in 2003, ac-
cording to surveys conduct-
ed by the National Associa-
tion of College and Univer-
sity Business Officers.
Other industries, such as
retailers and airlines, are
also grappling with the im-
pact of credit card process-
ing fees.
At George Mason Univer-
sity, controller Elizabeth
Brock says that 50 percent
of students typically pay
their tuition via credit card.
Brock believes nearly three
percent fee levied on credit
card transactions will cause

many students to switch to
other forms of payment.
"A high percentage of our
students and parents who
used a credit card (did so)
because there was no in-
centive not to," says Brock,
who.estimates the school-
will save $1.5 million a year
from its new policy. Stu-
dents can still pay their
tuition by credit card -
through TouchNet, a third-
party provider - she adds,
but, "It's not going to be
TouchNet accepts Mas-
terCard, American Express
and Discover, but not Visa,
President Dan Toughey says,
because of Visa rules that
prevent it from passing the
credit card processing fee on
to consumers. Visa spokes-
woman Randa Ghnaim says
it doesn't allow merchants to
charge consumers process-
ing fees because they're "un-

S- -- -

In 2007, 26 percent

of colleges charged a

credit card payment

fee, either directly or

through a third party,

/ up from 14 percent

in 2003, according to

surveys conducted by

the National Associa-

tion of College and

f i University Business

r - Officers.

Mid-Year Financial Outlook: What do you expect next?

By. Michael G. Shinn
NNPA Columnist

Your Money '"
Really Matters
This year is'
proving to be
one ofthe tough-
est economic a
crises that we
have faced in a
long time. The U.S. economy, as
measured by Gross Domestic
Product was down 5.7 percent
in the first quarter and the sec-
ond quarter was probably just
as bad. Unemployment was 9.7
percent in May and will most

likely move into double digits
for remainder of the year The
good news is that the banking
and financial system appears
to have stabilized and the fed-
eral government has embarked
on a long term economic stim-
ulus plan that is projected to
lead the economy into positive
growth either late this year or
in early 2010.
President Barack Obama
and Federal Reserve Chairman
Bernanke have professed to
see hope in the economy and
are optimistic about the future.
Closer to home and most im-
portantly, how is the economy

President Barack Obama and Federal Reserve Chairman
Bernanke have professed to see hope in the economy
and are optimistic about the future. Closer to home and
most importantly, how is the economy affecting your family and
your financial plan?

affecting your family and your
financial plan?
What has cha.inpred in your
family's life? Have any mar-
riages, divorces, births, health
changes, layoffs, retirements
or graduations taken place?
How have family changes af-
fected your financial plan?
Today is a great time to mea-

sure your progress toward the
achievement of your financial
goals and to make mid-year
Cash Management
If you want to pursue your
financial goals, it is impera-
tive that you manage the ma-
jor source of your potential
wealth - your cash. Are there

ways that you can take ad-
vantage of today's relatively
low interest rates by possibly
refinancing your mortgage or
switching to a lower rate cred-
it card?
Have you maximized your
income potential? Is overtime
or a second job available for
a few months to allow you to
remove the albatross of bad
debt from your life? Consider
alternative ways to reduce ex-
penses such as; buying clothes
during seasonal sale periods,
cooking meals at home, or us-
ing public transportation.
If you have not setup a

monthly cash-flow statement,
use your last three months'
income and expenses to estab-
lish a baseline and then track
it monthly.
Investment Planning
The stock market, as mea-
sured by the Dow Jones Indus-
trial Average, is about even for
the year after taking a 20 per-
cent dive in March. (Investors
cannot invest directly in an
index). It is still questionable
whether the market has weath-
ered the storm and is poised
for a move upward or whether
we will see a continuation of
the current bear market.



Unemployment rate reaches 26-year high, 467K jobs cut

By Jeannine Aversa

Employers cut a
467,000 jobs in June,
driving the unemploy-
ment rate up to a 26-
year high of 9.5 per-
cent, suggesting that
the economy's road to
recovery will be hard.
The Labor Depart-
ment report, released
last Thursday, showed
that even as the reces-
sion flashes signs of
easing, companies like-
ly will want to keep a lid
on costs and be wary
of hiring until they feel
certain the economy is
on solid ground.
June's payroll reduc-
tions were deeper than
the 363,000 that econ-
omists expected and
average weekly earn-
ings dropped to the

lowest level in nearly a
However, the rise in
the unemployment rate
from 9.4 percent in May
wasn't as sharp as the
expected 9.6 percent.
Still, many economists
predict the jobless rate
will hit 10 percent this
year, and keep rising
into next year,- before
However, 14.7 mil-
lion people were unem-
ployed in June.
If laid-off workers
who have given up
looking for new jobs or
have settled for part-
time work are includ-
ed, the unemployment
rate would have been
16.5 percent in June,
the highest on records
dating to 1994.
"We were on the road
of things getting less

bad in the jobs mar-
ket, and that has been
temporarily waylaid,"
said economist Ken
Mayland, president of
ClearView Econom-
ics. "But this doesn't
change my view that
the recession will end
later this year. We're
probably two months
Since the recession
began in December
2007, the economy
has eliminated 6.5
million jobs.
� As the downturn
bites into sales and
profits, companies
have turned to layoffs
and other cost-cutting
measures to survive.
Those include holding
down workers' hours
and freezing or cutting
The average work

week in June fell to
33 hours, the lowest
on records dating to
Layoffs in May
turned out to smaller,
322,000, versus the
345,000 first report-
ed. But job cuts in
April were a bit deep-
er - 519,000 versus
504,000, according to
government data.
Even with higher
pace of job cuts in
June, the report indi-
cates that the worst
of the layoffs have
passed. The deepest
job cuts of the reces-
sion came in January,
when 741,000 jobs
vanished, the most
in any month since
And there was some
other encouraging job
news Thursday. I

In a separate report,
the department said
the number of newly
laid-off workers filing
applications for unem-
ployment benefits fell
last week to 614,000,
in line with economists'
predictions. The num-
ber of people continu-
ing to draw benefits
unexpectedly dropped
to 6.7 million.
Still, job losses last
month were wide-
But one of the few
industries adding jobs:
education and health
services, which added
34,000 positions last
month and 47,000 in
Mayland and oth-
er economists said a
good chunk of June's
job losses likely were
affected by shutdowns

at General Motors
Corp. and fallout from
the troubled auto in-
dustry, which should
let up later this sum-
mer. The government
said employment at
factories making au-
tos and parts fell by
27,000 last month.
Payroll losses and
the unemployment
rate are derived from
two separate statistical
. surveys. The jobless
rate probably would
have moved higher if,
not for people drop-
ping out of the labor
With the weakness in
the job market; work-
ers didn't see any wage
gains, in June. Average
hourly earnings were
fiat at $18.53. Average
weekly ,earnings fell
from $613.34 in May,

to $611.49 in June, the
lowest level in nearly a
year and the first drop
since March. That
raises fresh questions
about consumers' will-
ingness to spend in
the months ahead.
The worst crises in
the housing, credit
and financial markets
since the 1930s have
plunged the country
into the longest reces-
sion since World War
Many think the job-
less rate could rise as
high as 10.7 percent
by the second quarter
of next year before it
starts to make a slow
descent. Some think
the rate will top out at
11 percent. The post-
World War II high was
10.8 percent at the
end of 1982, when the

country had suffered
through a severe re-
But recoveries after
financial crises tend to
be slow, which is why
economists predict it
will take years for the
job market to return
to normal. Some pre-
dict the nation's un-
employment rate won't
drop to 5 percent until
An increased unem-
ployment rate could
become a problem
for President Barack
Obama when congres-
sional elections are
held next year. The
unemployment rate
topped 10 percent pre-
viously when - then
Ronald Reagan's GOP
- lost 26 House seats
in midterm elections in

Florida workforce agency.distributes Extended Unemployment Benefits

The Agency for Work-
force Innovation an-
nounced Thursday that
payments have begun
for. Floridians who ap-
plied and are eligible for
Extended Unemploy-
ment Compensation
Benefits, recently made
available through a
change in state law and
underwritten by the
stimulus package. An
estimated 250,000 Flo-
ridians will be eligible

for the program, which
lasts through the end of
the year.
"Extended Benefits
will provide financial
support to an estimat-
ed 250,000 Floridians
who have exhausted
all other unemploy-
ment compensation,"
said AWI Director Cyn-
thia R. Lorenzo. "As
we assist Floridians in
finding new jobs, these
funds provide an addi-

tional safety net to our
customers and their
families while also re-
invigorating our state's
economy with the in-
fusion of an estimated
$418 million in federal
recovery funds."
Payments began last
week. The initial retro-
active payments may
be as high as $5,100
for some people, with
additional payments
of as much as $300 a

GM bankruptcy sale plan approved

By 'Bree Fowler

A bankruptcy judge
ruled that General Mo-
tors Corp. can sell the
bulk of its assets to a
new company, poten-
tially-clearing the way
for the automaker to
quickly emerge from
bankruptcy protection.
U.S. Judge Robert
Gerber said in his 95-
page ruling late Sunday
that the sale was in the
best interests of both
GM and its creditors,
whom he said would
otherwise get nothing.
"As nobody can seri-
ously dispute, the only
alternative to an imme-
diate sale is liquidation
- a disastrous result
for GM's creditors, its
employees, the suppli-
ers who depend on GM
for their own existence,
and the communities
in which GM operates,"
Gerber wrote in his rul-
The ruling comes after
a three-day hearing that
wrapped up Thursday,
during which GM and
government officials

urged a quick approval
of the sale, saying it
was needed to keep the
automaker from selling
itself off piece by piece.
"This has been an es-
pecially challenging pe-
riod, and we've had to
make very difficult deci-
sions to address some
'of the issues that have
plagued our business for
decades," GM President
and CEO Fritz Hender-
son said in a statement'
early Monday. "Now it's
our responsibility to fix
this business and place
the company on a clear
path to success without
But attorneys for
some of GM's bondhold-
ers, unions, consumer
groups and individuals
with lawsuits against
the company argued for
its rejection, saying that
.their needs were being
pushed aside in favor of
the interests of GM and
the government.
It was unclear early
Monday if any of those
groups planed to ap-
peal Gerber's decision.
The deadline to appeal

is noon Thursday, after
which point Gerber's
order takes effect and
the sale is free to close.
Last month, a group
of bondholders and
others took their objec-
tions to Chrysler LLC's
sale plan all the way to
the Supreme Court, de-
laying the Auburn Hills,
Mich.-based automak-
er's exit from bankrupt-'
cy protection.
Several consumer
groups have objected
to provisions in the sale
that free the new com-
pany from liability for
consumer claims relat-
ed to incidents that oc-
curred before GM went
into bankruptcy protec-
That means that
people injured by a de-
fective GM product in
connection with an in-
cident that occurred
before June 1 would
have to seek compensa-
tion from the "old GM,"
the collection of assets
leftover from the sale,
where they would be
less likely to receive

Car sales drop, first time in 10 months

By Sharon Silke Carty

June car sales were
bad - 28 percent lower
than a year ago - but
industry executives say
they think the market
has hit bottom and will
continue to inch up as
the year progresses.
It was the first month
since September that
sales have dropped
less than 30 percent.
With the govern-
ment's cash-for-clunk-
ers rebate program set
to begin sometime in
July and signs that
consumer confidence
is starting to recover,
it's possible the indus-
try actually hit its low
point in February.
June sales were at
a 9.63 million annual-
ized rate, meaning if
sales every month were
the same adjusted pace
as in June, they'd total
9.63 million at the end
of the year. In Febru-
ary, the annualized
rate was 9.12 million.
"What we're seeing is
stabilization," says Al

Castignetti, vice presi-
dent of Nissan sales for
Nissan North America.
"We're starting to see
better traffic levels,
better sales numbers,
better quality of traffic,
and we're starting to
see the banks begin to
loan money again a lit-
tle more aggressively,"
In a sea of losers,
Ford was the strongest
major automaker in
June simply because
its sales were down
just 10.7 percent.
Chrysler, which set off
a fire sale earlier in the
month when it forced
789 dealers to close
their doors, posted a
41.9 percent decline.
General Motors was
down 33.4 percent;
close to Toyota's de-
cline of 31.9 percent.
Ford outsold Toyota
for the third month
and put Toyota be-
hind its domestic
competitor for the
year. Still, Ford's Mus-
tang was outsold by
GM's Chevy Camaro:
9,320 for the Camaro

compared with 7,362
for the Mustang. The
newly relaunched Ca-
maro sold twice as fast
as GM was expecting,
says Mark LaNeve,
GM's vice president
of sales, service and
Some had forecast
that the market would
top an annualized
rate of 10 million in
June, but LaNeve says
he thinks the cash-
for-clunkers bill just
signed into law may
have prompted some
people to postpone car
buying until the pro-
gram starts up. It will
give buyers who trade
in an older, less-fuel-
efficient vehicle up to
$4,500 in rebates to
buy a more-fuel-effi-
cient model.
The bill "put some
people on the sidelines
in the last week of the
month," LaNeve says.
Sales "softened up the
last week of the month,
which is traditionally
the week with the most

week for up to a total
of 20 weeks. To date,
AWI has received more
than 73,000 applica-
tions for Extended
Benefits, which may
be applied for online at
To receive Extended
Benefits individuals
must be totally or par-
tially unemployed, not
eligible for unemploy-

ment compensation
benefits in any other
state (including the
District of Colum-
bia, Puerto Rico, and
the Virgin Islands)
or Canada, actively
seeking work and
provide work search
documentation for
each week claimed,
not refusing an offer
of suitable work or

fail to apply for suit-
able work, exhaust all
entitlement to regular
and Emergency Un-
employment Compen-
sation after February
22, 2009 and exhaust
all entitlement to reg-
ular and Emergency
Unemployment Com-
pensation benefits
prior to February 22,
2009, and have estab-

lished a claim benefit
year that ends after
February 22, 2009
Eligible Floridians
are invited to apply
online at www.flor-
idajobs.org, the most
efficient way to pro-
cess claims. Individ-
uals without internet
access, forms will
be mailed to Florid-
ians identified as po-

tentially eligible and
may be filled out and
returned with an en-
closed self-addressed
stamped envelope.
For a comprehen-
sive list of questions
and answers about
Extended Benefits,
please visit http://

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'Alexandre. La QO
Allen , Michael
Alvarez, Felix E
Alvarez, Jesus R
Andrews, Laurena M
Annechino. Charles
Austin, Lavares T
Baptiste. Michael E
Barr, Erika P
Bastlida, Hugo J
Bellamy, Jontavia .I
Berry, Kareem AA
Berry, Shawn P
Bethel, Reginald T
Bland.'Nicholas T
Bolden, Darrell P
Borinsky. Joseph D
Britt, Virginia
Brogdon. David J
Brown, Anthony D
Brunson, Lacedrick
Bueno. Yilerto A '
Butler, Reginald V
Byrd, Domar H
Cade, Anthony D
Camacho, Atex M
Campbell, David E
Cancanon, Zariel
Castillo, Abel A
Cervantes III. Abelardo
Chanquet, Eugene
Chavez. Jesus D
Chevere, Carlos
Chines. Ricardo E
Colon, Aivaro J
Coney, Dontavious J
Cook. Roosevelt W

Eaglefeather, Joklvia J
Engel. John A
Engram, Richard L
Estevez, Eric U
Evans. Antwan
Faizan, Robin A
Feliciano, Wilfredo
Ferguson, Elmore D
Fields. Ivory L
Filus, Robinson
Forbes. Chonton
Fuentes, Tamara R
Gaiter, Clarence S
Garcia, Felix
Garcia, Roger
Gary, Elaine..
Glenn, Dederick L
Golden, Maurice A
Gonzalez, Cheyenne
Gonzalez, Luis

Hunt SR, Gary L
Izquierdo, Mario
Jackson, Lecurtis
Jean-Jacques, Andre P
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3051 E 4Th Ave Miami, FL 33013
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Laster. Shaun D
Lattinrore, Brian G
Lee, Godfred
Lee, Winfred A
Lewis, Anthony J
Lewis, Elliott B
Lewis. Jawvan L
Lewis, Robert K
Lightboum, Terian M
Lipscomb, Aaron
Lopez. Juan C
Lovett, Tarvaris
Marine. Loretta V
Marshall, Alfreda
Marshall, Robert C
Martinez, Bryan R
Martinez, Rafael S
Mason, Shelly M
Matthews, Xavier
Mayo, Arthur F
Mc Clendon, John H
Mc Duffle, Marc P
Mc Griff, Alma L
Mc Kinney, Darrell L
Meade, Tammy L
Mells. Bernard
Milanes, Luis A
Miller, Michael
Modest, Leon
Moorer, Anthony R
Moritlo, Jonathan
Murphy, Jose G
Nagee, Elliot
Najarro, Antonio J

Portela, Rodoffo
Presley, Eugenia M
Pursen, Kim
Reese, Larry
Riker, Mark
Rivers, Samuel
Roberson. Keith L
Roberts, Eric C
Rodriguez, Hector
Rodriguez. Gerardo
Rosa, Rosalba
Ruiz, Luajimay
Ryan, Robert
Sanchez, Haman F
Sanchez, Ubaldo
Sanchious, Vanessa
Santiago, Michelle
Saunders, Giovanni
Sheedy, Myrie
Shepard, Malcan J
Smith, Jessie E
Smith, Ronald L
Smith, Tavariuss M
Stiebel. Peter T
Swain, Shelia D
Thomas, Konnie T
Tijero, Zenaida R
Toles, Edwin L
Torobo, Delia
Trista, Almilca L
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1212 N.W. 1 Avenue
One bedroom one Dain.
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1215 N.W. 103 Lane
Two bedrooms $750
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1277 N.W. 58th Street #1
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1281 N.W. 61 Street
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One bedroom available.
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13880 N.E. 6th Avenue
Efficiency $500 mthly. $680
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140 N.W. 13 Street
One monin to move in Two
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1969 N.W. 2 Court
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7527 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Reno-
vated, new appliances and
parking. Section 8. HOPWA
OK. $700. Call 305-669-4320

77 N.W. 77th Street
Two bedrooms, one and half
bath $820. Section 8 wel-
come. Call 786-306-4505

783 N.W. 80 Street
One bedroom, one bath.

8001 NW 11 COURT
One bedroom, one bath. $600
monthly. Section 8 welcome.

8261 N.E. 3 Ave.
One bedroom, one balh

$550 mornrlyv. All appli-
ances included
Joel 786.355-7578

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

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

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

Move in with first months rent
Remodeled one, two, and
three bedrooms, air, appli-
ances, laundry and gate.
From $450. 100 N.W. 11 St.

Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-LocKa, Brownsville
Apartments, Duplexes.
Houses One, Two and
Three Bedrooms Same day
approval For more inlorma-
701 N.W. 7 Ave
Two bedrooms,7 one bath,
ready to move in. $750
monthly. Call 305-614-0493

All applications accepted
Easy quality. Move in
special One bedroom,
one bath. $495 ($745). two
bedrooms, one bath, $595
($895). Free water,
Leonard 786-236-1144

Beautiful one bedroom, $540
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines.
Call 305-638-3699

One bedroom, one bath,
$450, 305-717-6084.

One bedroom, one bath,
$550 monthly, $1100 to move
in, first and last. Section 8
ok! 305-244-7606.

Studio, remodeled, Section 8
welcome. 305-558-2249 or

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

One bedroom, one bath, air,
lights, water. 305-968-0892

2405 N.W. 135th Street
1/2 Month FREE, one and
two bedrooms, central air.
Appliances and water in-
cluded. Section 8 welcome
with no security deposits.

Special! One bdrm, one bath,
$475. First month free! Call

Sanford Apt.
1907 N.W. 2nd Court
Nice, one bdirm, air, window
shades, appliances. Free hot
water. Tenant pays for cold
water. $410 monthly plus
$200 deposit. 305-665-4938
or 305-498-8811.

Sanford Apt.
1907 N.W. 2nd Court
Nice, two bdrms, air, window
shades, appliances. Free hot
water. Tenant pays for cold
water. $470 monthly plus
$200 deposit. 305-665-4938
or 305-498-8811.

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-

Small, one bedroom,
one bath, air. $425.

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


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.

580 N.E. 127 St. #20
Two bedrooms, two baths,
gated parking, Section 8 pre-
ferred, $1050 monthly, $1050
to move in, 954-547-9011.
13215 NE 6 AVENUE #309
One bedroom, one bath,
central air, heat, appliances
and water included. $650
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1050. 305-979-5178.

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

1087 NW 52 STREET
Two bedrooms,- one bath.
$850 monthly. 305-758-4517

11256 NW 22 AVENUE
Two bedrooms. $895.

1187 N.W. 63 St. #2
Two bdrms, one bath, appli-
ances, air. $800 mthly, $1680
to move in. 305-389-8414

1620 NW 53 STREET
Two bedrooms, one batn,
central air Section 8 wel.
come Call 305-796-1089
1986 N.W 56 STREET
One bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances. Section 8 ok. 305-
624-6953 or 305-335-5544.

Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 accepted. $1342
monthly, $1200 deposit.
305-757-3709, 561-699-9679

3004 NW 52 STREET
One bedroom, one bath.
Quiet residential neighbor-
hood. $650 monthly. Water
included. 786-282-6322

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

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

423-425 NW 82 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tiled floors. $800 monthly.
First and security.

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

5629 S.W. Fillmore Street
One large bdrm. $795 mthly,
Lights and water included.

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

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

745 NW 107 STREET
Two'bedrooms. $895.

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

8092 NW 5 COURT
Twb bedrooms, two baths,
water included. $875 monthly.

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

8392 N.W. 15 Avenue
One bedroom free water 1/2
off second months rent Call
now 305-600-8994

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

881 NW 107 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1400 monthly. Section 8
welcome. 786-374-5541

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, $828
monthly. Call 305-614-0493

Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650. 305-749-6749

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 batlh. $550
Free waier. Mr Willie #109
1672 N.W. 116th Terrace
Lights, water and central air.
Dish TV 200 channels, $625
monthly Call 305-688-9068.

2400A N.W. 61st Street
Section 8. Water, appliances
included. 786-277-9925

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.

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

$550 mthly. Utilities.

Furnished studio, private en-
trance, kitchen, air, cable, util-
ities included. 954-274-4594

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

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

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

1902 N.W. 89 Terrace
Private entrance, drive way,
security bars. $85 weekly
and up. 786-356-8818

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

2760 N.W. 60 Street
Very clean, two rooms avail-
able in three room house
$400 month 786-312-2159

3115 N.W. 58th Street
Room in a house. $400 to
move in, $400 monthly, free
lights. 305-454-3386

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

695 N.W. 41st Street
Big! Air, cable, $250 move in,
$130 wkly. 305-322-8966.

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

One person, cable t.v., and
kitchen privileges.

Cable tv, utilities included,
$550 monthly. 305-687-1110

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

1050 N.W. 85 STREET
Beautiful neighborhood, lake-
front, three bedrooms, two
baths. Section 8 OK.

10730 S.W. 150 Ter.
Richmond Heights Beauty
Three bedrooms, one and
3 halt new balh. central air
and heal. ceramic iie floors,
new windows and doors.
$1300 monthly. Two months
plus background and credit
check 305-232-2330

1083 NW 76 STREET
Five bedrooms, two baths,
central air. $1275 monthly.

1153 N.W. 47 Ter.
Four bedrooms, three
baths.$1200 monthly.

13265 N.W. 22 Avenue
Two bedrooms one bath, cen-
tral air, section 8 preferred


1370 N.W. 118 Street
Fi.'e bedrooms iniree baths.
new while Ihroughoui all new
central air. wa-her. dryer
New appliances. Se.cion
8 OK $1 750 negotiable
O B.O.
FREE 19 incr LCD TVP
Call 305-525-1271

140 N.W. 69 St.
Brand new tour bedrooms
two baihs. ,led Inroughoui.
central air Section 8 Ok.
$1495 monthly

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

1520 N.W. 91 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
nice neighborhood, near
schools, buses, fenced yard.
Section 8 OK. 305-696-2825

1542 N.W. 35 Street
Large two' bdrms, central air,
houses, townhouses. $815
monthly. Not Section 8 ap-
proved. 786-303-7896

16010 N.W. 28 Court
Four bdrms, two baths. Sec-
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1880 N.W. 65 St
Three bedrooms, two baths,
huge master bedroom $1000
monthly 786-262-7313

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

2055 NW 99TER.
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. 305-479-3221

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

262 N.W. 51st Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1200 mthly. 305-205-1665.

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

3028 NW 8 ROAD
Near Ft. Lauderdale swap
shop. Three bedrooms. $895.

3127 NW 59 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 welcome.

4915 NW 182 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1350 mthly, first and last.

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

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

Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, tiled floors, large
back yard. $1400 monthly,
first and.last. 305-625-4515

Luxurious home. Large two
bedrooms, two baths, family
room, immaculate condition.
Call Jessie at:

Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1450 monthly. 786-506-3881

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

Four bedrooms, two baths,
very large family room. Excel-
lent condition, quiet neighbor-
hood. Call owner/agent.

Four bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8. 786-286-2540

Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, lenced

yard Section 8 OK! $1300
monthly 305-388-7477

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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

Northwest Area
Three and four bedrooms.
Section 8 OK. 786-346-9878

Two and three bdrms. $750,
$800, $1100. Half off second
month. 305-332-5008

One, two and three bedrooms
available immediately.
Call 305-889-0166 or

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notice Behind in Your Mort-
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Unfurnished Rooms
1815 N.W.1 Court #4
Two bedrooms and efficien-
cies, Marty, 305-576-2388

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Studio, $105 weekly, $450 to
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U.S. metro areas jobless rates climb in May

By Jeannine Aversa

Unemployment rates
rose in all the largest
U.S. metropolitan ar-
eas for the fifth straight
month in May.
The Labor Depart-
ment said last week
that jobless rates in
May rose from a year
earlier in all 372 metro-
politan area it tracks.
The unemployment
rate in Kokomo, Ind.,
jumped to 18.8 per-
cent, up 11.7 percent-
age points from a year

ago, the largest in-
crease of all metro ar-
eas. The second-high-
est increase occurred
in Indiana's Elkhart-
Goshen, where the rate
rose to 17.5 percent.
That's up 11.4 percent-
age points from a year
Both parts of Indiana
have been slammed by
layoffs in transporta-
tion equipment manu-
The other metro ar-
eas posting large gains
were: Bend, Ore., where

the jobless rate rose to
15.2 percent, an in-
crease of 8.8 percent-
age points; and North
Carolina's Hickory-
Lenoir-Morganton saw
its "unemployment rate
rise to 15.4 percent, a
gain of 8.5 percentage
A common thread
running through most
of the regions that have
been hard hit is the
loss of manufacturing
jobs. The collapse of
the housing market has
especially hurt jobs at

factories that produce
building materials and
household goods, such
as carpets, flooring, ap-
pliances and furniture.
In addition, the global
recession has cut into
demand from custom-
ers both at home and
abroad for a wide range
of goods.
El Centro, Calif., again
posted the highest un-
'employment rate in the
country - 26.8 percent.
Unemployment there
is notoriously high be-
cause of many seasonal

farm workers without
jobs. Following behind
were: Yuma, Ariz., with
a jobless rate of 23.3
percent; and Kokomo at
18.8 percent.
The unemployment
rate climbed to a quar-
ter-century high of 9.4
percent in May. Many
economists predict it
will rise to 9.6 percent
in June. The govern-
ment releases the new
national employment
report on Thursday.
On the metro front,
the news wasn't much

better when comparing
jobless rates in May to
April. The figures aren't
seasonally adjusted, so
making monthly com-
parisons can be more
The unemployment
rates rose in.46 of the
largest 49 metro areas.
Two of the rates showed
no change - in Deniver
and Minneapolis. Only
one - in Buffalo-Niag-
ara Falls - showed a
decline, dipping to 8.3
percent from 8.5 per-

Notoriety not enough: Celebrities face foreclosure too

By Maurna Desmond

It seems like just yes-
terday - excess was in
and celebrities lived it
up, buying lavish cars,
expensive toys and
over-the-top homes.
Now, they're losing it
like everyone else.
It's a hard-knock life
for Roc-A-Fella Records
co-founder Damon
Dash. After getting
slapped with a foreclo-
sure notice last year
- Dash couldn't make
his $78,500 monthly
mortgage payment on
two lower Manhattan
condominiums that he
bought for $7.3 million
- his fashion designer
wife Rachel Roy filed
for divorce in March.
Faced with hun-
dreds of millions in

debt, Michael Jackson
needed a helping hand
to hold onto his Dis-
ney-themed Neverland
Ranch. After decades
of wild spending sprees
and a declining career,
he narrowly escaped
foreclosure on his $25
million Santa Barbara
estate in March by tak-'
ing 'a loan from Los An-
geles-based private-eq-
uity outfit Colony Cap-
ital. The singer passed
away last week.
Wyclef Jean, hip-hop
producer and former
member of the Fugees,
reportedly settled his
debts before losing
his $2.4 million Miami
Other celebrities on
the eviction list.
Victoria Gotti,
daughter of deceased

Gambino family crime
boss John Gotti, let
audiences into her lav-
ish $4.2 million Long
Island estate for her
reality TV show, Grow-
ing Up Gotti. But now,
the mafia princess
turned New York Post
columnist is behind by
$650,b00 on her mort-
gage and will likely lose
her home.
Part of the problem
for some celebrities
is that they were al-
lowed to borrow huge
amounts of money
because of their siz-
able paychecks during
boom times. But Hol-
lywood is fickle, and
now some VIPs are
struggling with smaller
income streams and
mortgages worth more
than what their homes


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are currently worth.
Some of them could
still 'manage payments
but quit paying be-
cause they didn't see
enough upside. For-
mer baseball slugger
Jose Conseco admitted
to simply walking away
from his $2.5 million,
7,300-square-foot pad
because its value is

falling but his mort-
gage payment isn't. "It
didn't make financial
sense for me to keep
paying a mortgage on a
home that was basical-
ly owned by someone
else," the steroid snitch
and reality TV star said
last May when he an-
nounced plans to quit
his mortgage contract.

But even foreclosure
is different for celebri-
ties. "My situation was
a little more different
than most," said Con-
seco. "I decided to just
let it go, but in most
cases and most fami-
lies, they have nowhere
else to go."
New York socialite
Veronica Hearst is at
the ultra-high end of
famous foreclosure
victims. The widow of
publishing mogul Ran-
dolph Hearst lost her
$45 million beachfront
Florida residence in
February. The palatial
52-bedroom second
home was sold at a
foreclosure auction for
$23 million to Ridge-
field, Conn.-based
New Stream Secured

June consumer confidence down, savings up

By Anne D'lInnacenzio

Americans, whose
hope for the economy
had been rising since
March, are starting
to lose faith. The New
York-based Conference
Board said last week
that its Consumer
Confidence Index now
stands at 49.3, down
from its revised May
level of 54.8.
Because consumer
spending accounts for
more than two-thirds
of economic activity
in the United States,
economists and inves-
tors watch it closely.
The Dow Jones in-
dustrials fell 71.04
points Tuesday morn-
ing, or 0.8 percent, to
8,458.34, reversing
earlier gains after the
conference board re-
leased its-report. But a
key housing index re-
leased Tuesday showed
home price declines
moderated in April.
Both components of
the consumer confi-
dence gauge fell this
month. The Present
Situation Index of how
shoppers feel now about
the economy declined
to 24.8 from 29.7 in
May. The Expectations
Index, which measures

shoppers' outlook for
the next six months,
dropped to 65.5 from
Lynn Franco, direc-
tor of The Conference
Board Consumer Re-
search Center, said in
a statement that the
decline in consumers'
current view implies
"that economic con-
ditions, while not as
weak as earlier this
year, are nonetheless
Economists sur-

veyed by Reuters had
projected confidence
would hold steady at
55 this month after
surges in April and
May helped by a stock
market rally that has
shown signs of fiz-
Consumer sentiment
has risen markedly
from its historic low of
25.3 in February. But
confidence is. still well
below what's consid-
ered healthy. A read-
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Miami-Dade County Government, through the Miami-Dade County
Homeless Trust, is requesting applications from qualified public
or private non-profit service providers for the following homeless
housing and service programs:
Emergency Housino: $390,200 for short-term housing placement
and case management services for individuals and families with a
set-aside for homeless veterans.
Revenue Maximization funding: $704,200 to be utilized as
matching funds for Federal, State and Local grants. These funds
will provide not-for-profit service providers with expanded capacity
to provide new emergency and transitional housing beds.
Coordinated Homeless Outreach Services: $412,000 to provide
behavioral health outreach services to individuals experiencing
chronic homelessness. This program engages those homeless
persons on the street who are hardest to serve and place them
into appropriate housing with supportive services.
Housing Placement: $818,800 to provide housing placement
services to households who are homeless and require short-term
rental assistance and case management.
The County will evaluate all applications to determine the best
qualified service providers to perform the outlined scope of
services. Interested parties may pick-up a copy of the Request
for Applications (RFA) beginning July 13, 2009 at the following
Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
111 NW 1st Street, 27th Floor, Suite 310
Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-1490
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The due date for submission of applications is 4:00 p.m. on August
7, 2009 at the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners on the
17th Floor, Room 17-202 of the Stephen P Clark Center, Miami,
Florida. A Pre-Application Workshop will be held on: July 17,
2009 at 2:00 p.m., 111 NW 1st Street, Room 18-4 Miami, FL,
Attendance at the Pre-Application Workshop is strongly
recommended. In orderto maintain a fair and impartial competitive
process, the County can only answer questions at the Pre-
Application Workshop and must avoid private communication with
prospective service providers during the application preparation
and evaluation period. Miami-Dade County is not.liable for any
cost incurred by the applicant in responding to the RFA, and it
reserves tile right to modify or amend the application deadline
schedule if it is deemed necessary or in the interest of Miami-
Dade County. Miami-Dade County provides equal access and
opportunity in employment and services and does not discriminate
on the basis of handicap. The contact person for purposes of
this RFA Is David Raymond, Executive Director, Miami-Dade
County Homeless Trust (305) 375-1490.

City of Miami
Public Notice

Request for Proposals RFP No. 08-09-056
Construction Manager at Risk for Stadium Site Parking
Due Date: August 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Mandatory Pre- Proposal Conference: July 13, 2009-9:30 AM-12:30 PM
B - 30648

For detailed information, please visit our Capital Improvements Department
webpage at:


Pedro G. Hernandez, P.E., City Manager





For many minorities, saving isn't so easy

By Sandra Block
and Laura Petrecca

Many Americans fear
they'll outlive their sav-
ings, but Blacks and
Hispanics face an even
greater risk of spending
the end of their lives in
Members of those
two groups are less
likely than white and
Asian workers to par-
ticipate in their em-
ployers' 401(k) plans,
and when they do con-
tribute, they save less,
according to a study
released Tuesday by
Ariel Education Initia-
tive and Hewitt Associ-
Black and Hispan-
ics also are much more
likely to take money out
of their 401(k) plans
for emergencies, which
could further stunt
long-term savings
growth. And they are
less likely to invest in
stocks in favor of low-
risk investments and
real estate, increasing
the risk that their sav-
ings won't keep pace
with inflation, retire-

ment specialists say.
The survey, which an-
alyzed data from nearly
three million employ-
ees at the end of 2007,
found significant dif-
ferences in retirement
savings even among
higher-income em-
ployees. White workers
who made $120,000 or
more had an average
balance of $223,408 in
their 401(k) plans, vs.
$154,902 for Black in
the same salary range.
"In the U.S., there is
a 401(k) culture where
most people simply
know that it is some-
thing you have," Mike
Periu, principal of
EcoFin Media, which
develops financial liter-
acy content in Spanish
and English, said in an
e-mail. "This is not the
case for many Hispan-
ics. The benefits of a
401(k), or even how to
participate, is some-
thing new that must be
Hairdresser Jan-
ice Davis, 40, a Black
woman who lives in
Chicago, says she was
brought up in the rural

South by grandparents
who didn't understand
how financial instru-
ments worked. "They
expected to retire and,
draw Social Security.
That's what it was back
then," she.says.
Davis got her fi-
nancial education the
hard way. When she
decided to laurich a
4,000-square-foot, full-
service spa in the Chi-
cago area, she cashed
out the majority of her
401(k). Business was
going well, she says,
but she found it dif-
ficult to turn a profit.
She sold it' last year
and is out the money
that she withdrew
from her retirement
"Now, I'm in the pro-
cess of trying to re-
build" that, she says. "I
realized that if I don't
save for the future, no
one else is going to do
it for me."
Derrick Johnson, 41,
vice president of Zeller
Realty Group in Chi-
cago, is an example of
how education at home
can pay off.

Johnson says his
father taught him at
an early age that he
should save for retire-
ment before spending
money on anything
else. He started putting
the maximum allowed
into his 401(k) plan in
his early 20s and now
has a balance of more
than $100,000.
Black and Hispan-
ics typically have less
wealth than whites,
says Alicia Munnell, di-
rector of the Center for
Retirement Research
at Boston College.
When they're in a "race
to meet the monthly
bills," she says, saving
is a lower priority.
Black and Hispan-
ics also are less likely
to inherit money than
whites, Munnell says,
which leaves less of
a financial cushion
against hard times.
As a result, she says,
these groups have a
tougher time putting
money in a retirement
account and also tend
to be more cautious
about investing in the
unpredictable stock

Minorities also may
be held back by fam-
ily obligations, says
Monique Morrissey,
economist at the Eco-
nomic Policy Institute.
If a worker comes from
a demographic group
that has been disad-
vantaged over genera-
tions, she says, the in-
dividual is more likely
to be responsible for
family members.
Deena MacAllister,
38, a Black woman
who lives in Talla-
hassee, says she and
her husband, a pas-
tor, have saved more
than $60,000 in a re-
tirement plan offered
by his church. She's
comfortable with the
amount they've saved
but acknowledges that
most of the money is in
low-risk annuities that
protect their invest-
ment but offer a limited
"To be honest, we
have not been very ag-
gressive in terms of do-
ing it through stocks,"
she says. They are
planning to meet with

U.S. consumer debt shrinking

By bavid J. Lynch

Eighteen months
into a deep recession
triggered by mostly
credit problems, con-
sumers -have made
little progress reduc-
ing their mountain
of .debt. Until they
do, the economy will
struggle to grow -
likely for years.
Household debt
increased to $13.9
trillion in 2008, al-
most double the fig-
ure from 2000. Since
then, as consumers
cut up credit cards,
refinanced outsized
mortgages and cut
spending, debt has
fallen - all the way
to $13.8 trillion, ac-
cording to the Federal
"We really have a
long way to go," says
economist James
Hamilton of the Uni-
versity of California-
San Diego.
Until the fourth
quarter of last year,
American consumers
had never reduced
their total debt in the
post-World War II era.
Yet the payback or
"deleveraging" since
then represents a
small step along a
very long road.
"The kind of de-
leveraging we need
to see takes six .or
eight years. ... The re-

trenching of the U.S.
consumer is a huge
adjustment the whole
world is going to have
to absorb," says Har-
vard University's
Kenneth Rogoff, for-
mer chief economist
of the International
Monetary Fund.
Household debt
peaked at 133 per-
cent of disposable in-
come in 2007 vs. 65
percent in the mid-
1980s. To pare it back
to a sustainable level,
consumers will have
to pay off - or walk
away from - roughly
$5 trillion of the to-
tal debt outstanding,
says David Rosen-
berg, chief economist
of the investment firm
Gluskin Sheff. That's
more than China's to-
tal economic output.
Some debt will be
erased through home
foreclosures and
credit card defaults.

But the remainder
must be painfully re-
paid, by consumers
holding expenditures
below earnings for
years. Already, the
savings rate, which
fell into negative ter-
ritory before the fi-
nancial crisis, hiked
6.9 percent.
That's a big change
from the pre-crisis pe-
riod when consumers
fueled a consumption
binge by borrowing
against the bubble-
inflated value of their
But it's not enough.
The twin collapse
of the housing and
stock markets has de-
stroyed more than $12
trillion in wealth since
2007. And wages now
are flat-lining amid
the recession even as
interest charges con-
tinue adding to the
debt tab.
Consumers also

have a harder time
changing spending
patterns than do cor-
porations. Moving to
a less costly home or
scrapping a gas-guz-
zling car takes time.
"This is a complete
'change in behavior.
... We're really just
in the opening chap-
ters of the deleverag-
ing cycle," Rosenberg
The required de-
leveraging shadows
the economy's growth
prospects. During
the recent boom,
consumption ac-
counted for nearly 70
percent of economic
output. With con-
sumers pulling back,
it's -not clear what
will replace that lost
spending. The Obama
administration, hop-
ing for a surge of in-
vestment sparked by
health care reform
and "green" energy



The Annual Membership Meeting of St. John CDC
Will take place on
JULY 19, 2009


1328 NW Third Avenue
Miami, Florida 33136


2:00 P.M.

Only members of St. John CDC may vote or be elected as Directors of the
Corporation. Three (3) community seats are currently available. Anyone
desirous of serving on the Board of Directors, voting or nominating someone
for a seat must be a member of the Corporation. Membership applications are
available at St. John CDC's office:

1324 NW Third Avenue
Miami, Florida 33136 Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday thru Friday Deadline for applying: July 19, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.,
For further information, please call: (305) 372-0682

opportunities, fore-
casts rapid growth
of 5 percent in 2010
and 2011.
But many are skep-
tical. "It's very hard for
me to see the basis for
that," says Dean Bak-
er of the left-leaning
Center for Economic
and Policy Research.

a financial planner.
Black workers are
less likely than other
workers to invest in
stocks, which. could
limit the 16ng-term
growth of their savings,
according to the Ariel/
Hewitt study.
Overall, Black work-
ers invest 66 percent of
their 401(k)s in stocks,
vs. 70 percent for His-
panics and 72 percent
for whites. Black em-
ployees ages 30 to 49
- considered the prime
ages for investing in
stocks - were the most
Black and Hispan-
ics also are more likely

RFLI NO. 139104

to borrow money from
their 401(k) plans than
white and Asian work-
ers, the study states.
Borrowing from a
401(k) plan won't hurt
the employees' retire-
ment savings if the
worker repays the
money, Hobson says.
But at a time when
unemployment is ris-
ing, 401(k) loans have
a significant down-
side. At most cdmpa-
nies, employees are
required to repay .their
loans when they leave
the company, usually
within 60 days. Other-
wise, the loan becomes
a withdrawal, . trigger-

ing taxes and penal-.
'ties. For most laid-off
employees, repaying a
401(k) loan within that
time period is virtually
impossible, ,the study
Possible solutions
for minorities in saving
include: encouraging
companies * to volun-
tarily collect and report
401(k) data on the race
and ethnicity of partici-
pants could help em-
ployers look for ways to
address the . problem;
more flexible rules for
401(k) loans; more au-
tomatic enrollment and
more financial literacy


Sealed proposals will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office lo-
cated at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:.



A VOLUNTARY Pre-Proposal Conference will be held on Tuesday July 14
2009 at 10:00 A.M., at 1550 NW 37t1 Avenue Miami FL

Deadline for Requests for Additional Information/Clarification 7/20/2009 at
3:00 P.M.

Detailed specifications for this RFLIare available on the City of Miami, Pur-
chasing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement Telephone
No. (305) 416-1913.


Pedro G. Hernandez
City Manager

AD: 007644


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 following:

IFB NO. 160131



Deadline for Reauest for Additional Information/Clarification:7/20/2009 at 4:40 P.M.

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchasing Department, website at
www.miamigov.com/procurement,Telephone No. (305) 416-1904.


Pedro G. Hernandez
City Manager '|i,

AD NO. 008103

1450 N.E. 2ND AVENUE

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."


Any inquiry, clarification, or
information regarding this bid
must be requested in writing
sent by courier, e-mail, fax
107-JJ03 7/16/2009 Hospitality and Food Service Supplies or mail and received no later
than 2 p.m. EDT on July 9,
2009 to M-DCPS to allow
sufficient time to address


By: Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools

St. John CDC will hold its Annual Membership Meeting and Election on
SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2009 at2:00 P.M. in the ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH
FELLOWSHIP HALL, 1328 NW Third Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136.

Nominations will bIe accepted for three (3) community seats on the Board of
Directors. Persons elected to fill the three (3) seats will serve three (3) year
terms. A candidate for nomination must be a member of the Corporation, at
least 18 years of age and a resident of the CDC's target area.

Membership Applications are available at the office of St.. John CDC, 1324 NW
Third Avenue until July 17, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.

St. John CDC was established in 1985 to develop housing and other economic
revitalization activities in the Overtown community.







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Web retailers, states

tussle over tax rules

By Rachel Metz
Associated Press

In a big break for online shoppers,
Web retailers generally don't have to
charge sales taxes in states where
they lack a store or some other physi-
cal presence.
Increasingly, states aching under
the weight of the recession are seek-
ing a way around that rule. Because
companies like Amazon.com Inc. get
help drumming up sales from online
affiliates - people who link to prod-
ucts on their blogs, promote Web
shopping deals and offer coupons -
several states say the Internet retail-
ers should charge sales taxes in states
where those affiliates are based.
The financial benefits may not be
quite what the states anticipate,
though. Rather than gearing up to
collect taxes, Amazon and other Web
retailers are simply shutting down
their affiliate marketing programs. As
the small businesses that participate
in these programs get cut off, a state
could lose tax revenue rather than add
to it.
A look at what the affiliates do helps
explain why. They're just one of several
methods that e-commerce companies
have for driving visitors to their Web
sites, so nixing them is not necessarily
a big loss for the companies.
It's a far bigger deal to people like
Rich Owings.
By running Web sites like GPSTrack-
log.com from his home in Asheville,
N.C., Owings serves as an affiliate for
Amazon and other companies. Owings,
53, spends most of his time reviewing
GPS gadgets and covering industry
news. He links to navigation products
of his choosing on Amazon's site, and
if his readers click through and buy
one, he gets a commission.
Owings estimates he brought in
about $80,000 in affiliate revenue from
various companies in 2008, about
$50,000 of which came from Amazon.
After Amazon recently shuttered its
North Carolina affiliate program in re-
sponse to that state's attempt to col-

North Carolina
expects it could
collect an ad-


ditional $13.2 million
in the coming fiscal year
on sales generated by Web
retailers that use affiliates,
and from a new sales tax on
downloads of music, video
and software, according to
a legislative fiscal analysis.

lect sales taxes, Owings said he and
his wife were thinking about heading
elsewhere to run their business.
"We're terrified," he said. "We just
bought a house here a year ago and
we're looking at having to move out of
state just to keep our business going."
The amount of money at stake over-
all for state governments is somewhat
murky. According to a recent Univer-
sity of Tennessee study, uncollected
state and local taxes from online sales
*could total $7 billion this year. How-
ever, only a small part of this would
stem from consumer purchases, be-
cause transactions between business-
es make up the bulk of e-commerce
sales. (Consumers are generally sup-
posed to pay a "use tax" themselves on
online purchases, but few do.)
Because any extra revenue is pre-
cious, several states, such as New
York, have passed laws seeking to
cash in on Web retailers' affiliate rela-
tionships, while others are considering
doing so.
Amazon cut off affiliates in North
Carolina in late June, anticipating leg-
islation requiring it to collect sales tax
will soon pass there. The company has
also stopped working with affiliates in
Rhode Island and Hawaii because of
similar laws that already have passed.

Satellite for U.S. cell

phone service launched

By Peter Svensson
Associated Press

The world's largest commercial satel-
lite was launched into space Wednes-
day, with a mission to provide phone
service to cellular "dead zones" in North
The satellite, owned by TerreStar
Corp. of Reston, Va., blasted off from
Kourou in the South American terri-
tory of French Guiana shortly before
2 p.m. Eastern time, carried through
pink clouds.
Half an hour later, French satellite
launcher Arianespace announced that
the TerreStar-1 had separated suc-
cessfully from the rocket, on its way to
an orbit 22,000 miles above the Earth.
There, the satellite is designed to un-
furl an umbrella-like antenna of gold
mesh 60 feet across, so it can pick up
and relay signals from phones that
are not much larger than regular cell
TerreStar has shown prototypes of
the phones, which are similar to Black-
Berrys, and like them, would have ac-
cess to data and e-mail. The phones
aren't on sale yet. TerreStar plans to
have the system running before the
end of the year.

To connect to the satellite, the
handsets will need a clear view of the
southern sky, just like a satellite dish.
When that's not available, the sets will
be able to connect to regular ground-
based cellular networks. TerreStar has
a roaming agreement with AT&T Inc.
The TerreStar-1 satellite, built by
Loral Space & Communications Ltd.,
was originally scheduled to launch in
2007, but was delayed several times
because of manufacturing problems.
The satellite is due be followed by
two similar, even larger ones from a
competitor, SkyTerra Communications
Inc., hext year.
TerreStar and SkyTerra are hoping
to avoid the fate that met two pioneers
in satellite telephony. Iridium and
Globalstar filed for bankruptcy at the
beginning of the decade, wiping out bil-
lions in investor capital after launching
extensive satellite systems. They are
still in operation, providing last-resort
communications for the military, forest
wardens and others who can afford to
buy dedicated, bulky satellite handsets
for $1,000 apd up.
TerreStar shares rose 17 cents, or
11 percent, to $1.70 on Wednesday,
though the increase occurred before
the launch of the satellite.