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Volume S6 Number 45 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 15-21, 2009 50 cents (55 cents in Broward)

Two promising futures cut short

Another shooting in Miami's Black community, what's next? E

By Sandra J. Charite
scharite @miamitimesonline.com

Anthony Smith had a bright future.
A recent college tour with family and
friends to Bethune-Cookman University
in Daytona Beach, Fla. encouraged the
17-year-old linebacker from Booker T.
Washington High School in Overtown to
plan a college trip of his own.
Anthony's mind was set on attending
University of California, Los Angeles
(UCLA) said his cousin, Jessica Arnold.
Georgia Tech was his second choice.
"All he wanted to do was play foot-
ball," said Tomisha Michel, Anthony's
Michelle Coleman also had a bright
The 21-year-old Florida A&M student
desired a career in nursing where she
Please turn to SHOOTING 4A

Three gunmen armed with an AK-47 and
five pistols opened fire into a crowd of
more than 200 people gathered at
Northwest Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue.


Family and friends of victims, Michelle Coleman and Anthony Smith, at a press conference
at the Miami Police Department on Friday. Back row, Coleman's family, Dominque, Andresa
and Derrick Plater. Front row, Anthony's family, Tarrisha Monrose, Jessica Arnold, Tomisha
Michel, Joann Smith, Delvin Terrell and Booker T.Washington teacher, Anthony Jennings.

Black community harbors mistrust of police

Does fear mar community cooperation in murder

By Tariq Osborne
tosborne @miamitimesonline.comr

The recent shootings in Overtown,
like a long line of cases before them,
could be solved more quickly if neigh-
borhood residents were more willing
to cooperate with the police, accord-

ing to Miami-Dade County Commis-
sioner Audrey Edmonson of District
"Until this 'no snitching' mentality
is laid to rest and we stop using it as
a crutch, the hands of our police and
elected officials will always be tied,"
she said.

This phenomenon has long he worked.
been documented by police. Edmonson believes the re-
Sergeant Armando R. Agui- luctance in the Black com-
lar, who is in charge of in- . munity to co-operate with
vestigating last November's ' police investigations has
murder of Alex Tillman, cit- complex roots, but in the
ed the "by near-nonexistent . end it comes down to fear.
cooperation from the pub- "A lot of it has to do with
lic" as a hindrance to his in- fear of being retaliated
vestigation. Tillman was an EDMONSON against; fear that if they go
18-year-old high school stu- to the police it would some-
dent whose body was found how come to light that they
burned near the Taco Bell where' were the one who told," she said. Ed-

monson acknowledged that there is
also lingering mistrust of police in the
Black community, but attributed this
to residual fears as well.
"I think that animosity toward the
police is a part of it, but fear is the
underlying reason," she said. "Don't
forget that the Black community has
in the past and still feels that there's
discrimination against them by po-
lice," she said.
Edmonson does not dismiss these
Please turn to MISTRUST 4A

Controversy surrounds Teele mural

Opposition arises as the late commissioner
is honored in the streets of Little Haiti

. By Sandra J. Charite
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: ~It has been almost four
years since former City
Commissioner Arthur E.
le Jr.. who was facing
rruption charges at
e time, committed
suicide in the lobby
of The Miami Herald
building. But today,
Teele's legacy lives
. Prior to his
death. Teele was
negotiating city
projects and want-
Former county and city commissioner Arthur E.Teele Jr. ed to build a new

Opa-locka to set criteria

for street renamings

By Tariq Osborne
The Opa-locka City Commis-
sion has approved a moratori-
um on the renaming of streets,
which went into effect on June
25. On June 10, the commis-
sioners voted 3-1 in favor of the
moratorium, which is to last for
18 months.

Commissioner Timothy Holm-
es was the sole dissenting vote.
"Priorities are very mixed up,"
said Holmes "and I hope the
citizens of Opa-locka see that."
Holmes "When you go over to
other municipalities, you see
other names on the block. If
they can do it in their neighbor-
hoods, why can't we do it here?"
he asked.
Please turn to STREET 4A

park in the Little Haiti
neighborhood. The park
came to fruition in April
2008. A community center
was named after Teele last
Now a mural is set to be
painted along the 1-95 and
54th Street corridor this
Saturday in the streets of
Little Haiti/Buena Vista in
honor of Teele has stirred
up noise within the com-
At a recent Miami-Dade
County Department of
Cultural Affairs meeting,
the council anonymously
approved a $4,734 grant

. , ' -

Opa-locka Commissioner

for the Communities Unit-
ed to move forward with
the mural project for Teele.�
The funds will be diverted
to project's supplies said
Deborah J. Margol, depu-
ty director of the Miami-
Dade County Department
of Cultural Affairs.
Councilmember Evelyn
Langlieb Greer, a former
Miami-Dade school board
member, expressed strong
feelings that "the Council
carefully consider provid-
ing support to a project
that serves as memorial to
the commissioner in light
of the criminal investiga-
tions and actions that oc-
cured prior ro his death,"
according to reports.
Please turn to TEELE 4A


in Ghana
Ghanaian supporters
wave U.S. and Ghana
flags as U.S. Presi-
dent Barack Obama
speaks at a departure
ceremony at Kotoka
International Airport in
Accra, Ghana Saturday.
Obama's visit was his
first visit to sub-Saha-
ran Africa as president.

Surgeon General nominee
Dr. Regina Benjamin, 52, was nominated by President
Barack Obama on Monday to be U.S. surgeon general, pledg-
ing to take her fight from a rural, impoverished outpost to the
top tier of American medicine so that "no one falls through
the cracks."

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2A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 15-21, 2009

Unaffordable political

promises put cities in bind
SA s Americans slaving away at private-sector jobs have
watched their 401(k) retirement accounts pulled down
L .about one-third by the stock market, they might have
found some comfort in thinking everyone's in the same boat.
The comfort is not only small; it's false: More than 80% of state
and city government workers are guaranteed a pre-set, generous
pension, and most also can retire early.
Such "defined benefit" pensions generally went out of style in
private business and the federal government in the 1980s be-
cause of their cost. They're a main reason why cities and coun-
ties across the country are in dire financial straits. Vallejo, Ca-
lif., filed for bankruptcy protection last year. El Monte, Calif.,
narrowly avoided it June 30. Others are considering it. In New
York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last month that the
pension system is "out of control."
Recent stock market declines have left public and private pen-
sion plans alike underfunded, but the problem is deeper for
public plans because they offer bigger pensions and make them
available earlier, particularly to public safety employees. Three-
fifths of state-government pension funds owe at least 20% more
money than they have. According to the National Association of
State Retirement Administrators, the shortfall is $430 billion, or
about $3,800 for every U.S. household. Other estimates put the
number above $1 trillion.
The blame for this lies with vote-hungry politicians who prom-
ise rich retirement benefits from the wallets of future taxpayers.
Union inflexibility doesn't help, either: In financially desperate
Oakland, for example, where police starting salaries are $71,832
to $90,540 a year and pensions begin at age 50, the union re-
jects concessions.
Public-sector pensions already cost twice as much, per retiree,
as the average private-sector pension, according to the U.S. La-
bor Department. This leaves cities and states no easy way out.
They should not renege on their commitments, but the other op-
tions - raising taxes or cutting services - could prove so severe
that bankruptcy would look like a sensible alternative.

* Ending defined-benefit pensions for new workers, as Michi-
gan did a decade ago.
* Raising retirement ages and capping benefits to match prac-
tices in the private sector or require employee contributions to
cover the added cost. Eight states require zero employee contri-
* Building in flexibility. Courts have ruled pensions almost
impossible to cut outside of bankruptcy. One exception is Wis-
consin, where pensions are pared by law at times of bad market
Generous pensions used to be a way of attracting higher-qual-
ity workers to lower-paid government jobs. But with local and
state hourly pay now averaging $6.52 more than in the private
sector, that rationale is gone.
Sure, it would be nice if everybody had defined-benefit plans,
but asking taxpayers to fund wildly generous pensions when so
few have one of their own is absurd. It's time for state and lo-
cal officials who dug taxpayers into this hole to lay down their

What others say about Michael
KELEFA SANNEH, staff writer, in The New Yorker: "The news
of Michael Jackson's death arrived (June 25) ... and the great
outpouring of celebrity eulogies began immediately. Steven
Spielberg: 'His talent, his wonderment and his mystery make
him legend.' Beyonc6: 'He was magic.' John Mayer: 'I truly
hope he is memorialized as the '83 moonwalking, MTV-owning,
mesmerizing, unstoppable, invincible Michael Jackson.' . . .
(The night he died) . . . car windows were open all over the city,
and just about every station on the radio dial had switched
to an all-Michael Jackson format; for the first (and, for all
we know, the last) time, it felt as if absolutely everyone was
listening to the same songs . . . As Jackson . . . and millions
of listeners discovered, you can't escape Thriller. But, then,
why would you want to?"
EUGENE ROBINSON, columnist, The Washington Post:
"Funerals are not a time for ambivalence . . . So it was
appropriate, I think, to take a day to focus more narrowly -on
Jackson's generosity, which was undeniable; on his ambition,
which was shrewd and purposeful; on his vulnerability, which
came through in all the tributes; on his amazing talent, which
profoundly changed the art and business of popular music;
and on the stunning worldwide reaction to his death, which
could come only in recognition of a life that truly mattered."
LEONARD PITTS JR., columnist, in The Miami Herald:
"(Michael Jackson's) public profile rested almost entirely on
a series of increasingly bizarre and unsavory misadventures
- debt, lawsuits for non-payment, sleeping (innocently, he
said) with boys, going to court in pajamas . . . They say . . .
that we ought not be generous with this man, given what he is
suspected of having done. It's a reasonable demand. What he
is suspected of having done is monstrou . . . So you wonder,
many of us who grew up with him, why you don't share their
anger. Maybe it is that he is only 'suspected' - a loophole for
conscience . . . Or maybe we should just admit resolution is
not possible. Michael denies it to us. Instead, in one last act
of legerdemain, he forces us to split ourselves . . . become
a union of opposite emotions, find a way to simultaneously
hold contrary viewpoints . . .minimize none of it, accept all of
it - balance like a dancer frozen on tiptoes. How fitting that
image became his logo . . . So I'll say only this: Jackson died
last week. I scorned him; I admired him. And I'm sorry he's
gone." -USA Today

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The most recent Employment
Situation report from the Bu-
reau of Labor Statistics brought
disturbing news. Job loss last
month grew to 467,000 jobs, up
nearly 150,000 jobs from May's
The unemployment rate
inched up to 9.5 percent, the
highest rate since 1983. When
the broadest measure of unem-
ployment is considered, we are
talking 16.5 percent, not 9.5.
For Blacks, the broadest rate
borders on 30 percent. Average
hourly pay is level, and average
weekly pay is down, as some
employers are cutting worker
hours. Not a day goes by without
some job cutback, layoff, pay
cut announcement, and most of
us are now too acquainted with
someone who has lost her job.
Nearly six months into the
Obama administration, detrac-
tors are crying "failed stimu-
I think it is too early to say
that the stimulus package
has failed. Money is gradually
trickling into states and cities,
and perhaps the pace could be
picked up, but the matter of
process cannot be ignored when
stimulus funds are distributed.
As Vice President Joe Biden
correctly observes, we are only
four months into the stimulus
package - too soon to say the

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- P The .da Au


Black male leadership needed in education

Research reveals that nearly
50 percent of Black boys fail
to complete high school; score
lower on standardized tests;
enrolled less in advanced place-
ment classes; are suspended
and expelled more than their
White, Latino, and Asian class-
According to the Urban
League's State of Black America,
Black fourth graders perform at
87 percent of White boys in the
same grade. By the 12th grade,
Black male performance in 74
percent that of Whites. Many
believe, as does this writer, that
the presence (or lack thereof)
of Black male teachers matters
According to Dr. Jawanza
Kunjufu, "America has designed
a female teaching style."

He cites that 83 percent of
elementary school teachers are
White females; 6 percent are
Black; and only 2 percent are
Black and male. In my native
city of Richmond, Va. I was the
beneficiary of Black male teach-
ers, counselors, principals, and
school superintendents.

male teachers in Virginia is 2.6
percent, compared to 2 percent
in South Carolina,- and 9 per-
cent in Maryland and Washing-
ton, DC, respectively. Such sta-
tistics are a vastly different to
earlier points in history. Since
the end of slavery in America,
Black people have had a righ-

According to the Urban League's State of Black America, Black
fourth graders perform at 87 percent of White boys in the same
grade. By the 12th grade, Black male performance in 74 per-
cent that of Whites.

In fact, my father and uncle
were educators. Yet, I am the
exception rather than the rule
relative to other Black males in
the United States of America.
Today, the percentage of Black

teous reverence for education.
In 1900, nearly all Black uni-
versity graduates entered the
teaching profession. The trend
toward teaching continued until
1954 when the Brown v. Board

of Education Su-
preme Court ruling was issued,
that helped to racially desegre-
gate many industries besides
However, for Blacks, as the
advent of professional opportu-
nities increasing, the number of
Black teachers decreased, espe-
cially Black males. Across the
country, initiatives have been
launched to motivate Black
males to teach. The "Call Me
Mister" program is gaining na-
tional attention in the state of
South Carolina between Clem-
son University and three His-
torically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs), Benedict
University, Claflin College, and
Morris College. Fifteen other
colleges and universities are
participating in Call Me Mister.

package is a failure.
There is a substantive issue,
though, that the Obama admin-
istration must address. Is the
stimulus package too little, too
late? In other words, Repub-
licans have been quick to say
the stimulus package has failed
because it has not quickly gen-
erated enough jobs to counter
a labor market that is rapidly
hemorrhaging jobs.
At the same time, they were

Republicans like House Mi-
nority Leader John Boehner
(Ohio) have used the most re-
cent employment report to at-
tack the Obama administra-
That is to be fully expected.
There is no exact formula to
suggest that if you put so many
dollars in so many jobs will
be created. And there is a re-
sistance to replicating the job
creation infrastructures of the

T he administration needs to replace five million jobs, and create
new jobs as well. It would be useful to get an estimate from
President Barack Obama and his team about when this will

slow to pass the stimulus, and
were not eager to spend money
(except on the financial sec-
tor bailout) that would trickle
down to working people. If the
stimulus package fails (and I do
not think it will -job creation is
simply easier said than done),
will it be because the package is
too small to generate the results
we need.
The administration needs to
replace five million jobs, and
create new jobs as well. It would
be useful to get an estimate
from President Barack Obama
and his team about when this
will happen.

1970s and 1980s, the CETA
(Comprehensive Employment
Training Act), JPTA (Job Part-
nership Training Act) and other
programs that created public
sector employment. The drift
to encourage the private sec-
tor to generate jobs recognizes
Republican concerns about bu-
reaucracy but perhaps sacrific-
es efficiency for political consid-
All along, however, many in
the Obama administration have
said that unemployment rates
would rise before they fell. As
the. unemployment rate is a
lagging indicator of economic

recovery (which means that
things will have to get better
before some private sector em-
ployers hire), absent federal or
state employment programs we
can expect unemployment rates
to remain high even as some
say that we are turning the eco-
nomic corner.
I wish talk of turning the cor-
ner would bottom out, because
it makes no sense to speak of
an improving situation when
so many are out of work. It is
likely that the next two months
will see unemployment rates
level or rising. They are likely
to get to double digits, stimulus
notwithstanding. Still, I think
it makes sense to wait until fall
before declaring this stimulus a
failure. The Obama Administra-
tion inherited the Bush reces-
sion and has had to make the
best of it.
The - Obama Administration
has aggressively addressed is-
sues of economic failure, and
while the stimulus package may
not be sufficient, it represents a
step forward.
If the jobless situation con-
tinues into September, it may
be time to access the stimulus
package and also to consider
adding more to the pot. But
by then, folk like Boehner will
be irn' full attack mode, as they
gear up for 2010 campaigning.

Incubators of violence in our community

Dear editor:

One of the definitions of an in-
cubator is the following: "A place
or situation that permits or en-
courages the formation and de-
velopment, as of new ideas." Well,
with the recent mass shootings
in Liberty City and Overtown it's
clear that both have become in-
cubators for violence.

The violence in Liberty City
and Overtown continues to be
an old problem with the same
devastating and destructive
outcomes. As I reflected over
the tragic killings of Michelle
Coleman and Anthony Smith,
I thought more about this con-
cept, incubator for violence.
This tragedy underscores the re-
ality that many of our youth are

being "formed and developed" to
commit crimes against human-
ity. Yes, this phrase has been
used to describe genocide but
its deeper meaning says clearly
that the alleged perpetrator does
not see the alleged victim as hu-
man. The perpetrators involved
in the shootings in Overtown
did not see those young teenag-
ers as human. They fired into

a crowd with an AK-47 with the
intention of inflicting as much
bloodshed as possible...a firing
squad. Maybe the implicit mo-
tive behind these horrendous
acts of violence lies in one of my
favorite quotes, "What is" done to
children they will do to society"

Dr. Robert Malone Jr.

Black-on-Black crime is not normal

Dear editor:

As the world mourns the
deaths of renowned enter-
tainer Michael Jackson,
football legend Steve Mc-
Nair and Bishop Isaiah
Williams; we must ignore

the senseless deaths of Mi-
chelle Coleman, 21 and An-.
thony Williams, 17. I agree
with Congressman Kend-
rick Meek, "This senseless
act of violence will forever
alter the lives of our young
people." My heart aches for

our young, shining stars
who live in the inner city;
surrounded by men and
women who have given up
on their lives and place
an even less value on the
lives of others. It's not only
the police job, it's the com-

munities job to protect our
young. We must become
numb to Black-on-Black
crime. Prayer alone will not
defeat this enemy.

Aaron Peoples,

Stimulus package: A sign of moving forward





3A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 15-21, 2009

Bendross-Minindgall seeks

District school board seat

Former elementary school
principal and Florida State Rep.
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall
announces her intentions to run
for a position on the Miami-Dade
County Public School, Board.
She states that her experiences
as a classroom teacher, admin-
istrator and state representative
have provided her with knowl-
edge that can improve strug-
gling schools that are failing to
meet acceptable Florida public
education standards.
As the principal of Lillie C.
Evans Elementary, Bendross-
Mindingall was instrumental
in changing the student atten-
dance requirements for children
who lived in the Scott-Carver
public housing area. She recalls
that prior to her intervention,
public housing officials did not
become concerned about atten-
dance patterns until a student

missed days.
This in-
leader alsoW,
parental in-
Bendross-Mindingall realized
that parents held the key to cor-
recting negative attendance pat-
terns and unsuccessful learning
"This time I would like to re-
peat those successes, but with
many more schools and as a
school board member."
At a meeting July 9, Miami
Commissioner Tomas Regalado
appointed Bendross-Mindingall
to the newly formed Education
Advisory Board which is charged
with the responsibility of being
the liaison between the City of
Miami and Miami-Dade County
Public School System.

Stafford vies for District

109 seat again
Attorney Cynthia Stafford has
entered the race for the Florida
House of Representatives Dis-
trict 109.
Stafford, an activist who has
served the community for more
than 20 years, ran for the Dis-
trict 109, seat in 2008 but was
defeated by State Rep. James
Bush III.
Stafford has returned for a
second round, standing strong
as the Daughter of the District
who is well versed in multiple
public policy issues and is
ready and able to lead District
109 in Tallahassee.
Stafford believes focused,
strong, unwavering leadership
is needed in District 109 and
the state. One of Stafford's top
priorities is public education.
Stafford says 'at a time when
schools in District 109 are, in
jeopardy of closing because
of historical low performance
on the [Florida Comprehen-

sive Assess- '
ment Test]
FCAT, money
should be
taken away
from public
schools and
diverted to other uses. District
109 not only needs but also
deserves a strong advocate of
public high schools in Talla-
Stafford is an attorney at the
Legal Aid Society where she
represents domestic violence
victims helping them obtain
protection orders against their
attackers. She has a solid rep-
utation as a valuable resource
and knowledgeable advocate
who is willing to offer her skills
and talent for the betterment of
the community. This Daughter
of the District, has the intellect,
commitment, compassion and
integrity to lead District 109 in

Vereen seeks Congressional

seat in District 17
Announcing for the U.S. Con-
gress in District 17 in 2010 is
Roderick D. Vereen, a 1984 grad-
uate of Florida State University
and a law degree in 1986 from
Southern University Law Center
in Baton Rouge, La. He returned
to Tallahassee and began his le-
gal career as an Assistant State
Attorney for the Second Judicial
Circuit. He also taught at Flor-
ida State University's School of
Criminology and Florida A & M
University's School of Criminal
Justice as an adjunct professor.
In 1992, he became the Black
Assistant Federal Public De-
fender for the Northern District
of Florida, in Pensacola. He
opened his solo practice in Mi-

ami in 1995. ":
D. Vereen is .
a past presi-
dent of the - .i..- , -,,
Wilkie D. Fer-
guson Jr. Bar Association (for-
merly known as the Black Law-
yers Association). He is also a
member of several professional
and civic organizations. He is
a member of the Florida Bar,
the Federal Bars of the United
States District Court for the
Southern District of Florida, the
Middle District of Florida, the
Northern District of Florida, the
Eleventh Circuit Court of Ap-
peals and the United States Su-
preme Court Bar.

Vangates to seek school

board seat
After nearly 50 years with
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools, Dr. Solomon C. Stin-
son, a political legend in county
politics, has decided to retire at
the end of his term, Nov. 2010.
Stinsont has decided to throw
his.support behind a local attor-
ney and administrator, Ronda
A. Vangates.
Vangates is no stranger to the
political arena having worked as
Chief of Staff to the late William
"Bill" Turner, the first Black on
the School Board, aide to State
Sen. Frederica S. Wilson, Chief
of Staff to Mayor Joe Carollo,
Chief of Policy to Chairperson
Barbara Carey-Shuler, and now
serves as a senior member of
the Superintendent's staff.
Vangates, who was born and

raised in Lib-
erty City, is
the 3rd Vice-
President of
the Miami-
Dade Branch
of the NAACP


and has over 18 years of public
service at 'almost every level of
government. She is well known
for being politically astute, re-
sponsive to community con-
cerns and has a fierce reputa-
tion for getting things done.
"If we are to move our commu-
nity forward, we must begin by
investing in our children, all of
our children. Every child in this
community deserves a high-
quality education, my job will be
to demand just that," said Van-


Are Black people racists?
Racism: (ray-siz-em) n. 1. Be- our race is superior than any- e
liefin the superiority ofapdrticu- one else, even though I know for d
lar race. 2. Antagonism between a fact that no other race is su- m
people of different races. 3 The perior to ours. I do not believe b
theory that human abilities are that human abilities are deter- S
determined by race. mined by race. I believe a per- t
I've been called many things son's abilities are determined by p
in my life, and yes, racist is one his or her environment (ie; par- r
of them. But unlike some of us, enting, upbringing, education, i
I don't stand idly by and allow etc). I certainly do not spend my s
others to define me, especially
if I know they are making an
assertion that is absolutely in-
correct. I do love my race. I love 8am nota racist if you are udging
the beautiful array of chocolate, do not believe that our race is su
brown, tan, mocha and pecan T
shades of blackness that makes / know for a fact that no other ra
up this beautiful race of ours.
I'm especially enamored by our
glorious history, that of the first
human beings to ever walk this precious time hating other races c
planet... that of the first great of people. Neither do I spend my s
civilizations to grace this earth... time auditioning for any favors a
and despite the portrait hanging from them as well. All I seek, all E
in most Black churches, that of I demand, is respect from oth- t
a people who God made in His ers. Treat me with the same re- y
image. spect that I treat you and there h
I am not a racist if you are will be no problem. Period t
judging me by the definition giv- I don't think Black people f
en above. I do not believe that as a whole are racists. In fact. r

even those who have professed
dislike for others, especially
white Americans, should not
be considered racists as well.
3ure, there are a few exceptions
o every rule, but' for the most
)art, what one might consider
*acism emanating from Blacks
s, in fact, our reaction to being
subjected to the racist nature of

g me by the definition given above. I
iperior to anyone else, even though
ice is superior to ours.

others. We've been captured, en-
slaved, raped, hanged, debased
and treated like sub humans by
Europeans and Spaniards, in
his hemisphere, for hundreds of
'ears. For centuries, other races
have attempted to make a case
hat Blacks were indeed three-
ifths of a human being and
placed on this earth to serves all

others. So forgive a few among
us, who have not forgotten that
history and do not want to have
anything to do with those who
share those sentiments.
While things appear to be get-
ting a little better, especially
with the Obama phenomena in
full effect, lets make one thing
perfectly clear: The theory and
practice of White Supremacy is
alive and well and a long ways
away from making it's final exit
from the culture of America
and other European countries.
Yet, despite our painful history,
Blacks in America continue to
embrace other races and na-
tionalities like no other. We are
certainly not preoccupied with
stopping the advancement of
another people based on some
warped philosophy of superior-
ity. Nor do we have the power
to do so. In the end, real racist
stymies themselves as they try
to thwart the upward mobility
of another. As an elder once told
me, they can't move son if they
have their foot on your neck.

Why aren't any of the major stores like Target,

Costco or K-Mart in Liberty City?

Welderr, Liberty City

No economic
gains for that "
kind of store-

ness location
is very impor-
tant. You're
not going to
spend a million dollars setting
up a store where you'll only do
$100,000 in sales. Profit is the
bottom line. It's simple eco-
nomics really.

Unemployed, Liberty City

Because it's
a Black com-
munity. Be- g "
cause we're 1-*
Black people. .
They keep
that all in the
White neigh-
borhood. They _..
don't want us
to have anything, and when
we do get something, it's a lit-
tle bit of nothing.

The local taxpayers are at
this late date realizing that
they might have bitten off
more than they can chew,
on agreeing to finance the
Miami-Dade County deal for
the Florida Marlins new sta-
dium at the old Orange Bowl
site. At the beginning of
2009, we thought the proj-
ect would cost $645 million
with the team putting up
$150 million and the City of
Miami covering the rest for
parking garages and infra-
structure. Now we learn that
the $91 million bond deal
will cost $1.2 billion with
the final cost coming to a
whopping $2.4 billion. Stay
******** *
This state continues to
have problems with its child
welfare departments.. An Or-
lando Sentinel investigation
of state and county records
shows that more than 70
state child welfare workers
falsified records about their
work in the past two years,

Machine operator, Miami

If they built
then here,
there'd be a
lot of boost-
ing. I don't
think people
would come
to this area
or spend as
much money


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because of the lack of security.
Any store like that would have
to have some heavy security to
be successful here. Really, it's
the area. No one wants to take
on the risk of coming here to

Unemployed, Miami

It's because
Liberty City
is predomi-
nantly Black..:
Maybe they
think there
are already
enough stores
like that in the
area. But they
don't care either way. They

including reports about
mandatory visits. As a re-
sult, 14 children were left in
unsafe homes, and the Flor-
ida Department of Children
and Families temporarily
lost track of at leat six. chil-

Nobody can argue the pub-
lic pension plans for taxpay-
ers are a good and neces-
sary thing. They provide re-
tirement for public employ-
ees--emergency responders,
police officers, firefighters,
health care workers, teach-
ers, sanitation workers and
others. But many people
believe Miami-Dade is in se-
rious trouble because our
politicians have given away
the store by making prom-
ises they have no intention
of keeping. The day of finan-
cial reckoning has arrived
with the current meltdown
of our housing boom and we
just might be facing another
bankruptcy. Stay tuned.

don't want to put it over here
where it would be convenient
for us. They want us to have to
travel for things.

Cook, Miami

I guess they don't have any-
where to put it. I don't see a lot
of free lots around. I think they
should invest in one though.
You have to go all the way over
to Winn Dixie now to get gro-
ceries. Lots a
of old people; -- �.
lots of dis- J l
abled people
can't make
that trip. It's
ridiculous. .''.,
I would like ,;
to know why -
they closed
the neighborhood store too.

Pharmacy Student, Miami

I don't know. There really is
no good reason for it that I can
see. As it stands, people need
to drive really far for groceries
and things. It's crazy. I can't
really say why no one's put

Baltimore Ravens come-
back Samari Rolle, the for-
mer University of Miami star
now making it big in the
NFL, showed his buddies a
fabulous time when he took
his party to the Atlantis in
Nassau for the Rolle With
Me annual Players Paradise
All Star Weekend. Helping
him out were NFL friends,
Fred Taylor, Duane Starks,
Jevon Kearse, Mike McK-
enzie, Corey Ivy, Vernon
Carey, Stockar McDougle,
Lito Sheppard, Ed Reed,
Devard Darling, Antwan
Barnes, Willis McGahee
and Jamal Lewis.

Atlanta residents are fu-
rious at their officials for
dragging their feet on a
needed program. More than
$30 million in federal aid al-
located to help some of the
city's poorest communities
will have to. be returned un-
less program administrators
get an extension from the
federal government. Offi-

one of those
kinds of
stores in
this area,
but if they
did they
make a lot
of money.
no reason
why they

cials said applications are
snarled in red tape. The city
was named a $100 million
federal Empowerment one
in 1994, the program ex-
pires Dec. 31.

We don't often agree, with
School Board member Mar-
ta Perez but she's right for
pushing a rule to stop nam-
ing schools after people who
aren't dead yet. We don't
know of any schools, but
there are several streets and
public buildings that bear
the names of some question-
able folks in the County.

A money crunch has state
schools facing program cuts
and enrollment caps, but
some Florida International
University trustees recom-
mended doubling a bonus
to its departing president.
So when FIU boss Modesto
"Mitch" Maidique leaves
on Aug. 3, he will take along
$100,000 to add to his
$478,000 annual salary.




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Liberty Square gets new library Stallworth released from jail
Miami Times Staff Report tor Mario Reyes in an earl
Donationsfrom Hands On Miami make morning crash on March 14
Donations from Hands On Miami make . i ~leveland Browns wide re- Renorts show that the nigh

By Tariq Osborne

Six-year-old Jasmine Johnson
was one of around 120 volunteers
who turned out to help create the
new library at the Liberty Square
Community Center. The new li-
brary, located at 6304 Northwest
14th Avenue, was the brainchild
of Eric Thompson, who volunteers
at the Liberty Square Community
Center and Bobbi Wald, Commu-
nity Bridges Program Manager for
Hands On Miami.
Johnson, of course, did not con-
cern herself with such particulars.
"I came to help mommy paint,"
she said.
Gladys Corneilus, Johnson's
mother, was more forthcoming.
"My sister has nine kids a cou-
ple of blocks away; and they re-
ally have nothing to do," she said.
"Their being able to go to the com-
munity center is really a plus."
The project, took longer than ex-
pected to come to fruition, accord-
ing to Wald. Ironically, finding the
books was not the difficult part.
Thousands were donated to Hands
On Miami for the project. .
"Our problem was finding book-
shelves," she said. "That's what
was held up the most."
The problem was solved when
Wald's husband's legal firm, Mu-
rai, Wald, Biondo & Moreno, moved

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would be able to help others.
"She graduated with honors,"
said Andresa Prater, Michelle's
mom. "She never even got into
a fight with anyone in her entire
The 2006 graduate of Miami
Central High planned to return
to FAMU next month to pursue
her education.
Before leaving to attend a par-
ty July 5,; Coleman discovered
that she was pregnant.
Coleman would not return
home that night to celebrate
her pregnancy with family and
Michelle Coleman and Antho-
ny Smiith--two rising stars with
bright futures ahead--died from
bullet wounds after attending
"the party of the year."

Twelve people were shot at a
block party last Monday, after
the Fourth of July- weekend.
Three gunmen armed with an
AK-47 and five pistols opened
fire into a crowd of more than
200 people gathered at North-
west Fifth Street and Fifth Av-
enue. One woman was also hit
by a car while attempting to flee
the scene.
Victims Preanna Wilcox, 18;
Brandon Ware, 17; Trenisha
Hodge, 18; and Diamond Mob-
ley, 19, Anquan Broussard, 16;
William Hayward, 28; Tyrell Wil-
liams, 19; and Rickayla Limon-
da, 18 and Shakevia Bejar, 21
were all rushed to the hospital.
Coleman and Anthony were
rushed to the hospital as well,
but died days. after the shoot-
"They went to a party in the
community to have a good time.

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Holmes attributed the passing of
the moratorium to politics.
"My colleagues complain we're
spending too much money on spe-
cial events, but when we name a
street, it cost less than $1,000. If
they're saying special events need
to be stopped. Then we don't need
to be spending the $5000 plus on a
costume party," he said.
The City Commission approved

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concerns, but takes the position
that they are no excuse to stand
idly by.
"We still feel that as a group
we're being targeted by police.
I even think Blacks have some
justification for feeling that way,"

offices. The company donated the
Thompson, who has volunteered
at the community center for six
years and supervises a team of 24
volunteers, called the new library
"a blessing."
"I. came here right after Sher-
davia Jenkins died," he said. "I've
been here for six years now, and
I've experienced 35 people killed.
I try to figure out how to prevent
that sort of thing, and at the end
of the day, it's things like this."
Sherdavia Jenkins was a nine-
year-old girl who was slain by
gunfire on the front steps of her
home in 2006.
Harry Reese, a volunteer at the
center, agreed. Reese coaches the
children in football and basket-.
"It's good because now people
don't have to go so far to get to a
library. This park was primarily a
sports park before, but now I can
tell my kids, 'if you don't sit down
and do your homework, you won't
play," he said.
This is not Hands on Miami's
first project in the area. In Janu-
ary, the group painted many of
Liberty Square's homes on Mar-
tin Luther King Day. According
to Wald, the group then asked
Thompson what else they could
do for the community.
"There are so many things here

They didn't go to Iraq. They didn't
go to war. They went there to
have fun," said Miami Commis-
sioner Michelle Spence-Jones at
a press conference at the YWCA
in Overtown last week.

Spence-Jones reminded the
crowd, "We already played this
story on Jan. 23," referring to
the massive shooting in Lib-
erty City that claimed the life of
Brandon Mills, 16, and Derrick
Gloster, 18, and left seven oth-
ers wounded.
"We cannot continue to allow
these types of incidents to occur
in our communities" said Spen-
ce-Jones in a statement prior to
the press conference. "We need
to address simple violations
as well as those that are more
critical which leads to senseless
shootings of this kind."
Miami Police Chief John Ti-
money informed the crowd that
"15 Avenue was not forgotten."
Police are actively pursuing the
case as well as the Overtown
"The police are interviewing
everyone who attended the par-
ty [in Overtown] and we have re-
ceived several calls," he said.
Police are not set to release
information on who was the in-
tended target that caused the
massive shooting at the party
said Delrish Moss, a spokesper-
son for the Miami Police.
Spence-Jones and Timoney
agreed that retaliation should
not be a solution to ending the
violence in the streets.
* "The notion of retaliation can-
not happen," said Timoney.

"My daughter and Anthony had
a bright future," said Prater sur-
rounded by family and friends
as she pleaded to the public at

funding for a Halloween party at
its July 8 meeting. The measure
passed by a 4-1 vote.
According to city documents,
Opa-locka has approved the renam-
ing of 14 streets since June 2008,
spending at least $25,000 on street
naming ceremonies. Commissioner
Dorothy Johnson, however, did not'
cite Budgetary concerns as the rea-
son she supported it. Johnson vot-
ed in favor of the moratorium.
"What I recall is that we wanted
to put some guidelines in place,"

she said. "But we still have to
get away from that fear because
right now our issue is Black
on Black crime. When it comes
down to us killing ourselves off;
we can no longer stand by and
say the white man did it or the
white man is the cause. It's in
our hands."
Edmononson continued, "We

-The Miami Times/ Photo
Eric Thompson, with the help of Hands On Miami, sees his
dream of a library in the Liberty Square Community Center
come to fruition.

that the community needs," said
Frank V. Macbride Jr., principal
of Holmes Elementary School.
"And there aren't a whole lot of
resources. But having something
like this in the community, some-
thing they will walk past every

a press conference Friday at the
Miami Police Department for
justice for her daughter.
Anthony, a star athlete who
participated in the debate and
chess team at Booker T., was
considered a well-rounded stu-
Prior to attending the party,
Anthony's uncle, Ben Smith,
said he had a brief conversa-
tion with the teen.
"He told me that he was going
to a party and I told him to be
careful," said Smith. Not know-
ing that would be the last con-
versation with his nephew.
Anthony was pronounced
dead late Thursday evening.
Stacena Johnson knew Cole-
man, the first victim killed in
the Overtown massacre, since
kindergarten and they grew up
sharing a special bond like sis-
ters. "She didn't deserve to die.
That was my sister."
Johnson, 21, who also lost
her brother to a senseless act of
violence more than a year ago,
described to the audience how
her life has changed since she
heard about Coleman's death
last week.
"I am so scared--when is this
going to, stop," she said. With
tears falling, Johnson said, "It is
sad. I am losing so many people
in my generation."
. The presidency of Barack
,Obama called for change but she
feels that there has been little to
no change where violence in the
streets is concerned. She calls
the violence an embarrassment.
"We are embarrassing our first
Black president."

In the awake of the recent
shooting in the City of Miami,
the community assembles to
find solutions to end -the vio-
lence in the slum blighted area

she said. Johnson conceded that
thus far, the recipients of the street
names have all deserved the honor,
but said that it is still important "to
bring consistency aid put a definite
process in place."
Commissioner Rose Tydus, who
sponsored the moratorium, was not
available for coviment:
Holmes and Johnson agreed on
the reason for setting the morato-
rium at 18 months. The next elec-
tions are to be held in November of
next year.

need people to come forward to
show these criminals that we will
not tolerate it in our communi-
ties. And the only way we can
show them that is by stepping
Edmonson was quick to point
out that she is seeing some re-
versal of this trend.
"I've found that in this last in-

day is an important step. The only
way to become a better reader is
to read."
The library will not employ any-
one full-time, but will be run by
the community center's current
staff of volunteers.

of Overtown.
"We have to change the per-
ception of Overtown, Liberty
City and Little Haiti," said Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones. "Crime
has no color and no religion."
Nathanial Wilcox, organizer
of the local HotSpots campaign,
helped up a stack of HotSpot
cards that were turned by resi-
dents prior to the shooting.
"People in Overtown are con-
cerned with the quality of life,"
he said. "We are still seeing drug
and criminal activity within our
Wilcox challenged the elected
officials, police and community
to become accountable to allevi-
ate the murders on our streets.
The Circle of Brotherhood
Task Force, which is spear-
headed by Spence-Jones, was
formed by the City of Miami
Commission to address the cri-
sis of youth violence in District
5. It will recommend solutions
to the violence in our neighbor-
hoods to the City Commission
in a future meeting.
No retaliation, report the is-
sue and reinstating the assault
weapons ban were solutions
drawn by the task force.
"The quality of life is the route
of the many problems our com-
munity is facing," said Lyle Mu-
hammad, co-chair of the Circle
of Brother Task Force.
The task force has been in-
strumental in door-to-door
canvassing and surveying resi-
'dents in plighted area as well
as building a connection with
"We are going to continue to
work and you will see results,"
said Muhammad. '
Minister Rasul Muhammad.
from the Nation of Islam Mosque
29 ended the conference say-
ing, "The answer to our problem
must come from us."

"It will let new people come in to
make a decision not based on what
the previous commission has done,"
said Johnson.
Opa-locka boasts the first street
in the nation named for President
Barack Obama. Most recently, the
city renamed one of its streets for
Barrington Irving, the first Black
pilot to fly a plane solo around the
world. Irving was also the youngest
pilot to have done so. His record-
breaking flight started and ended
at the Opa-locka Airport.

cident in Overtown; you do have
young people who are trying to
assist the police," she said.
Edmonson hopes to continue
this trend, and plans on un-
veiling a new initiative whereby
people can use social network-
ing sites such as Myspace, Fa-
cebook, or Twitter, to send police
information anonymously.

ceiver Donte' Stallworth was
released from a Miami jail Fri-
day, after a 30-day sentence
for DUI manslaughter.
Twenty-eight-year -old
Stallworth pleaded guilty last
month after striking and kill-
ing 59-year-old crane opera-


Stallworth struck Reyes, Stall-
worth's blood alcohol level was
over the legal limit.
Stallworth has been sus-
pended indefinitely by the
NFL. He must also perform
1000 hours of community ser-

Mural fate uncertain

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As quoted in The Miami Her-
ald, Greer said, "There are many
people, both African American
and not, who don't consider him
to be the best representation of
our community."
Greer said Tuesday she ex-
pressed her concerns at the
meeting and did not wish to fur-
ther comment about the mural.
Despite his past flaws, many
believed that Teele should be
honored for his dedication,
commitment, and service to the
"He deserves that mural. He
has put more money in this
community than any Black
commissioner in Dade County,"
said Hattie Willis, president of
Communities United.
When the Little Haiti Park
was in its final stages and the
community debated who the
park should be named after

Willis said, "If it wasn't for Com-
missioner Teele, there would be
no park. The park should be
named after him with no ques-
tions asked. It is time for him
to receive recognition for the
works that he has done in this
community which have helped
a lot of people. Commissioner
Teele has done more work in
District 5 than any other Com-
missioner who has stepped foot
in commission."
Willis believes that the mural
should be no different, giving
credit where credit is due.
Teele was elected City Com-
missioner of District 5 in 1997
then reelected in 2001, a dis-
trict that represents Miami's
urban neighborhoods.
The former commissioner
faced several charges that in-
cluded federal charges for mon-
ey laundering and mail and wire
fraud. Additionally, he was con-
victed in 2005 of threatening a
Miami-Dade police officer.

Miami-Dade County

Programs & Services for the

Office of Community and

Economic Development

The Office of Community and Economic
Development provides opportunities for affordable
housing and community development through
various programs and service providers.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-
Funds for infrastructure, housing assistance, job
creation programs, and community services.
* Loans
Micro Loans
Commercial Loans for Medium Size

* Tax Incentive Programs
Enterprise Zone Program
Brownfield Refund Bonus
Urban Job Tax Credit
Brownfield Designation

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Economic recovery funds to assist foreclosed, vacant,
and abandoned homes and multi-family properties.
Second.Mortgage Subsidy Program
Single Family Housing Rehabilitation
Multi-Family Rehabilitation

Housing Programs - Programspromoting
homegwnership, affordability, and quality.
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Demolition of Blighted Structures
Second Mortgage Program
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Foreclosure Prevention

For additional information, please call
the Offi ce of Community and Economic
Development (786) 469-2100 or visit our
website at: www.miamidade.gov/ced/

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community center library possible

Solutions to rebuilding Miami's Black community

Opa-locka stops street renamings for 18 months

Edmonson: Police and community must cooperate for change

The quest to save Edison Senior High * w

District plan transforms inner-city

school to a more collegiate university

By Sandra J. Charite

Less than a month before
the start of a new school year,
Miami Edison Senior High is
being transformed into a colle-
giate school.
The school will replace the
principal with a provost and
the assistant principal with a
dean to prepare students for a
collegiate setting while upgrad-
ing the institution of,
higher learning.
The school will
also be simplified ...'':
into a smaller in- ; .'-
stitution catering to
area students.
"We are reinvent-
ing Edison into a
beacon of success
for Miami-Dade
Schools. Edison
should be the envy HOLL
the state," said Al-
berto M. Carvalho, Miami-Dade
Superintendent of Schools, in
an interview with The Miami
Times on Friday. "Edison faces
changes in hopes for the good."
Last year, Edison along with
Miami Central High, Liberty
City and Holmes Elementary

faced closure for their low-
performance under a state
mandate. The lack of improve-
ment called for principals to be
moved. Saturday classes were
offered to struggling students
in the hopes of recognizing the
areas where they needed the
most help.
The results; Central went
up to a D, Holmes Elementary
jumped to a C and Liberty City
sky-rocketed to an A.


But Edison failed
to meet the grade,
earning anoth-
er F in the 2009
School Performance
"Edison High did
not make the nec-
essary gains," said
Carvalho. "We have
to treat this as an
School Board

member Wilbert
"Tee" Holloway agrees with the
"What we have been using
has not been working," he said.
"This is another opportunity to
try to present our kids with a
different way of learning."
North Miami Senior, Carol City

and Norland High who are all lo-
cated in Holloway's district were
also F's schools last year but
they climbed to a D this year.
"We have made tremendous
progress," said Holloway.
Joann Joseph, whose son at-
tends Edison, be-
lieves that change
is necessary for Edi-
son but the right
changes are not be-
ing made.
"You can change
the outside but the
inside still needs
work. There is a high
Haitian population
at Edison and the
violence within the BENDROSS-
community affects
these kids' learning.
These are the things the district
needs to address," she said.
Carvalho agreed.
"Edison has a large student
body with huge language barri-
ers," he said.
Although extra help was pro-
vided to help Edison make
the necessary gains, it wasn't
enough. Carvalho said, "We
need a little more time to over-
come the challenges the stu-
dents' face."
Joseph, who graduated from
Edison, has seen the school
struggle throughout the years.
"When you have the number

of children who cannot make
the grade, I don't blame the
children," said Dorothy Ben-
dross-Mindingall who is seeking
School Board District 2 seat.
The seat will be vacated by Dr.
Solomon C. Stinson as he goes
into retirement.
ingall said that she
would love to meet
with the superinten-
dent to discuss his
plans for Edison but
in the meantime, she
i " admits that Edison
. ..-' .. High needs help.
"Many of the stu-
. dents need the basic
AINDINGALL fundamental skills,"
she said.
gall proposes for Haitian-Amer-
ican within the community who
have succeeded to talk to the
students ,and mentors to tutor
Success of the Miami Central
from its five-year F status to fi-
nally receiving a D leads Ben-
dross-Mindingall to believe that
Edison too can change.
"Whatever is happening at
Central, I believe can work at
Edison," she said.
Carvalho says that he will
soon meet with the community
to discuss the overhaul of Edi-

Grandfather of slain teenager speaks out

Police seek help in murder investigation ,,

By Tariq Osborne

Ernest Tillman has been
seeking answers since his
grandson's murder. The killing
occurred in early November of
last year. According to Tillmari,
law enforcement have not con-
tacted his family as frequently
as they have in the past.
"They were checking in with
his mom maybe once a week
when it was fresh--maybe the
first month," said Tillman, 62.
"Then it just started dying out.
They got distracted with all the
subsequent shootings. Prior to
his death, there had b6en 34
days without a murder."
Tillman's mother, Tawana
Fairell, did not respond to re-
peated calls for comment.
"I just don't want the investi-
gation to die. If we keep it alive,
something might come up,"
said Ernest Tillman.
According to Sergeant Ar-
mando R. Aguilar, there is no
danger of the investigation dy-

"I can assure you that the in-
vestigation has not been down-
graded," he said in an e-mail.
"We continue to investigate
Tillman's murder."
Aguilar cited what has be-
come a common obstacle for
criminal investigations in the
South Florida's Black commu-
"We have been 'hampered by
near-nonexistent cooperation
from the public in providing us
with leads," he said.
Leads may be submitted anon-
ymously via Crime Stoppers of
Miami-Dade, or in. person.
Ernest Tillman urges any-
one with information about his
grandson to step forward. He
still holds out hope that the
case will be solved.
"We're positive somebody,
knows something," he said.
"Even before it happened, a fe-
male called his job that Sunday
night and told somebody on his
job that he had been murdered.
This was before he was found."
Alex Tillman's body was found
on November 4 of last year near

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the railroad tracks of Northwest
21st Street and North Miami Av-
enue. The site was near a Taco
Bell where Alex, 18, worked. It
had been burned, likely in an
attempt to mask its identity.
"We never found out whether he
was shot. I have the death certifi-
cate at home and it still doesn't
tell me anything," said Tillman.
"He was a typical young man,
probably grew up a little faster be-
cause he had two or three younger
brothers," said his grandfather.

"He was very responsible."
Alex had no criminal record,
and no motive has been estab-
"It may have been some jeal-
ously somewhere with some ex
boyfriends or something, espe-
cially because this girl called
Taco Bell that Sunday night,"
said Tillman.
"They never did find his cell
phone. I've still got his num-
ber in mine. I just never took it
out," he said.

President Obama listens as Dr. Regina Benjamin speaks in the
Rose Garden. She called the nomination "a physician's dream."

From storm-tossed Ala.

clinic to top doctor post

IWill she sound the alarm that AIDS is here?

By Janice Lloyd

President Obama on Mondav
nominated for surgeon gen-
eral an influential rural family,
physician whov has spent the
past two decades caring lor a
shrimping community, along
the Gulf Coast
Obama said Regina Benja-
min understands the needs of
the poor and uninsured and is
a tireless promoter of wellness
programs, making her quali-
fled to be America s advocate
during health care reforms.
Benjarrin founded her non-
profit clinic in 1990 for a di-
verse community of 2.500 near
her home in Bayou La Batre.
Ala.. and had tc' rebuild it
three times. It v.was destroyed
twice by hurricanes and once
by fire. After Hurricane Ka-
tnna in 2005, Obarma said, she
mortgaged her own house for
the reconstruction and told the
pharmacy to send her patients'
bills to her x\hen they couldn't
afford their medicine

"And for all that she's seen
and overcome, she represents
what's best about health care:
doctors and nurses \ho give
and care and sacrifice for the
s..Ake O C ThI' ir pat i tri_ _ s. , tn. '.,-,
.Arneric.:iui's ho 'otuld ddo any,-
thing to heal a fellow citizen.,"
Obama said. "When people
couldn't pay. she didn't charge
them. When the clinic wasn t
making money, she didn't take
a salary for herself."
Benjamin, 51. became the
first African-Amencan woman
to be named to the American
Medical Association's board of
trustees in 1995 and last year
received one of the MacArthur
Foundation s $500,000 'ge-
nius grants." After graduating
from the University of Alabama
School of Medicine in 1984,
she worked in Alabama as part
of her obligation to the Nation-
al Health Service Corps, a De-
partirent of Health and Human
Services program that places
physicians in underserved
communities in exchange for
tuition reimbursement.


Public health also has be-
come very personal' to her.
My father died of diabetes
and hypertension. My older
brother and only sibling died
at age -4 of Hl ,-related illness.
My mother died of lung cancer
because as a young girl, she
wanted to smoke, just like her
tv.'in brother. My uncle Buddy,
nmy mother's tv.in, is at home
right nov> oiin ox gen struggling
for each breath because of the
years of smoking.'
Those preventable diseases.
she said, were why her family
wasn't present with her at the
nomination announcement:
"While I cannot change my
family's past. I can be a voice in
the movement to improve our
nation's health care and a na-
tion's health for the future."
She thanked Obamrna for
making health care reform a
top priority, adding that "Mil-
lions of Americans can t afford
msurarice and don't have basic
health services available where
they live.

She also thanked former sur-
geon general David Satcher and
former Department of Health
anrd Human Services secretary
L-,JLi - iull- an 1 for r iei-n'toring
her a-nd leading her to start her
clinic. which she helped pay for
bN moonlighting in emergency
I am really impressed with
how she's dealt with the un-
derserved and how she's dealt
with tragedy," said Satcher.
one of her Morehouse teachers
"Her outstanding contributions
have been recognized at the
highest level."
Her nomination requires
Senate confirmation. Sen. Mike
Enzi (R-W, yoming), the ranking
member on the Senate Com-
mittee on Health. Education,
Labor and Pension. said he's
looking forward to 'carefully"
reviewing her nomination.
Enzi said: "I'd like to know
how Dr. Benjamin, if confirmed,
%would work with Congress to
promote prevention and well-
ness initiatives that will bring
down costs and help people
lead healthier lives "

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Feeling in Ghana:

Residents look at Obama as 'one of us' and
eagerly anticipate U.S. president's visit

By Francis Kokutse

ACCRA, Ghana - When
Kwame Owusu decided in
January to rename one of his
hotels after President Obama,
he had no clue the president
would be visiting Ghana this
Hotel Obama was refur-
bished and reopened on the
Fourth of July, signifying
close ties between the United
States and Ghana.
"My family and I have been
ardent supporters of Presi-
dent Obama since the time
he announced to run for the
presidency," says Owusu, 56,
who had lived in Old Bridge,
N.J., for 25 years and is mar-
ried to an American. "For me,
it was simply an honor that I
wish to bestow on President
Obama, because I share his
The president won't be
staying at the 18-room bud-
get inn tucked into the sub-
urbs of the Ghanaian capital
of Accra, but Hotel Obama
has become popular, says
Owusu's daughter, Corretta,
22, a graduate of New Jer-
sey's Rutgers University who
manages the hotel.
Obama has played down
personal issues related to
race since he was elected,
but the first visit to sub-
Saharan Africa by the first
African-American president
will carry tremendous emo-
tional and symbolic weight
- both across Africa and in
the USA.
Last month, Obama visited
Egypt in Northern Africa, but
that trip was primarily about
Middle East policy and rela-
tions with the Muslim world.
"We are a very lucky coun-
try to have the first Black
president of the United
States visiting us," says Issac
Boateng, 19, a street vendor

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who sells magazines-that fea-
ture Obama's life. "I will be at
the airport to join others to
cheer him. ... Even though he
does not come from here, he
is definitely one of us."
Obama's father was born in
After arriving here Friday
night, Obama will address
Parliament on Saturday and
tour -Cape Coast Castle, a
landmark fort that was the
final spot for millions of Af-
ricans before they were
shipped across the Atlantic
to be slaves in the Americas.
Huge billboards with
Obama's picture adorn sev-
eral major streets, along with
banners welcoming him to
this former British colony
that gained its independence
in 1957.
Obama told media web-
site AllAfrica.com that he
chose Ghana because this
democratic country serves
as an example of stability
and good governance in an
often corrupt and volatile re-
gion. "I think that there is a
direct correlation between
governance and prosperity,"
Obama said. "Countries that
are governed well, that are
stable, where the leadership
recognizes that they are ac-
countable to the people and
that institutions are stronger
than any one person have a
track record of producing re-
sults for the people. And we
want to highlight that."
Obama will be thle third

'We are a very lucky country'

."- . ...

Workers push a cart past a billboard depicting Ghanaian President John Atta Mills and
President Obama at an intersection in Ghana's capital, Accra, on Tuesday. -ByFinbarr'Reilly, Reuters

U.S. president to visit this
country of 23.8 million peo-
ple. Bill Clinton got a rousing
welcome in 1998, and George
W. Bush, who visited in Feb-
ruary 2008, has a highway
named after him. Bush took
pride in tripling foreign aid to
Africa and establishing a $15
billion AIDS-relief program.
"President Obama will see a
welcome that has never been
given any head of state be-
fore," says Serwa Twum, 32,
a saleswoman in Accra.
Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi,
executive director of the Ac-
cra-based Center for Demo-
cratic Development sees
Obama's trip as a "reward for

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Coast, Ghana, in this Feb 4,2007 file photo. -AP/y George sodi

Ghana for good conduct" af-
ter two peaceful elections and
a good human rights record.
"It is our long history as the
first country south of the Sa-
hara to attain independence
and our long record of lead-
ing Africa in many ways that
has earned us this respect,"
says retired diplomat Kabral
Blay-Amihere, a former am-
Obama's visit to Cape Coast
Castle helped spur needed
renovations, says Joe Maisie,
acting director of the Ghana
Museums and Monuments
Board. "Broken doors and
windows have been. replaced,"
he says. "Some of the weak
walls have also been rebuilt.
A new face has also been giv-
en to the Door of No Return,"
which marks the' final exit
point from Africa for captives
during the period of massive
slave trade.
Obama's viewing of the old
fort follows his tour last month
of the Buchenwald concen-
tration camp in Germany,
where he explained that his
great-uncle helped liberate a
nearby labor camp.
Baba Abdulai, a columnist
with the government-owned
Weekly- Spectator, wrote that
the castle could be emotional
for first lady Michelle Obama,
if she accompanies the presi-
dent: "She would come to see
where her forebears passed
on the last stage of their
journey to the Americas. And
since many before her had
wept, she may need to carry
enough handkerchiefs with


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Powell concerned Obama

has taken on too much

From wire reports

WASHINGTCN - Colin Powell
worries that Dresfllent Obama
is trying to tackle too many big
issues at one time, and he of-
fers this advice: take a hard
look at costs and consider the
additional ird tape that will be
"The right answer is, 'Give
me a government that works,'
" the former secretary of State
said in a CNN interview broad-
cast Sunday. "Keep it as small
as possible," added Powell, who
said he has spoken recently
with Obama and stays in touch
with hirm.
Powel., a Republican, en-
dorsed Obama last year over
the GOP presidential nominee,
Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Obanaa is pushing for major
changes in how Americans get
health care and laws to osten-
sibly change the climate.
"I think one of the cautions

that has to be given to the pres-
ident - and I've talked to some
of his people about this - is
that you can't have so many
things on the table that you
can't absorb it all. And we can't
pay for it all," Powell said.
"And I never would have be-
lieved that we would have bud-
gets that are running into the
multitrillions of dollars, and we
are amassing a huge, huge na-
tional debt that, if we don't pay
for in our lifetime, our kids and
grandkids and great-grandchil-
dren will have to pay for it."
Powell complained about
the government's size and in-
trusiveness in his speech at
the' 1996 Republican National
Convention. He said then that
the U.S. no longer could af-
ford more entitlements, high-
er taxes and more bureaucra-
cy. In the interview on State
of the Union, Powell said he'
hasn't changed his mind.
"Keep it as small as pos-


sible. Keep the tax burden on
the American people as small
as possible, but at the same
time, have government that
is solving the problems of the
people," he told CNN.
He said Obama "has to start
really taking a very, very hard
look at what the cost of all
this is. And how much addi-
tional bureaucracy, and will it
be effective bureaucracy."
Powell also was asked wheth-
er he agreed with Obama that
the military should reverse its
policy of not allowing gays to

serve openly in the military.
He said the issue is "compli-
cated" and he supports a re-
view of the "don't ask, don't
tell" policy in place since
"Sixteen years have now
gone by, and I think a lot has
changed with respect to atti-
tudes within our country," the
former chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff said. "There are
lots of complicated issues with
respect to this, and I think all
the issues should be illumi-

Expanding global trade still an Obama economic priority

By David J. Lyich

WASHINGTCN - The chief
J.S. trade regotiator insisted
Tuesday that boosting cross-
border commerce remains an
Obama administration prior-
ity, despiteindustry complaints
of inaction on several pending
Expandhg trade is "an inte-
gral part of our economic re-
covery" program , just like the
Obama administration's fiscal
stimulus health care reform

and investment in so-called
green technologies, Ron Kirk,
the U.S. trade representative,
said. "We now have a visible:
manifestation of what happens,
when the world stops trading.
It's not a pretty picture," Kirk
said' in an interview with USA
Global trade plummeted late
last year amid the financial cri-
sis and is expected to fall 10%
this year, the first such decline
since World War II.
The Obama administration

is trying to recast trade policy
as more sympathetic to work-
ers who blame deals such as
the North American Free Trade
Agreement for the loss of mil-
lions of manufacturing jobs.
Kirk saw NAFTA's benefits as
the mayor of Dallas but says he
understands critics' concerns
because several of his in-laws
work or worked in the trade-
battered auto industry.
"We know we have' to ap-
proach it differently," he said.
Kirk inherited three trade

deals - with Panama, Colom-
bia and South Korea - that
had been negotiated but not
,ratified by Congress.
Hopes that lawmakers would
tackle at least one by now have
faded as the administration
opted to push the health care
overhaul first.
Kirk says his office, mean-
while, is working hard to re-
solve lingering problems with
each deal .that have sparked
opposition from key Democrats
on Capitol Hill.

Obama: U.S., Russia

'share common interests'

President pushes for increased cooperation

MOSCOW-- President Obama
set a new tone for U.S.-Russian
relations during his two days in
Moscow, but it will take months
to determine how successful
this first summit has been.
The two governments must fi-
nalize the details of new nuclear
arms cuts and debate Russia's
objections to a proposed U.S.
missile-defense system near
its border. The U.S. and Rus-
sia also differ on how to deal
with the potential of a nuclear-
armed Iran.
On his last day here, Obama
met Tuesday with government
leaders, business people and
opposition-party politicians.
The president urged graduates
of Moscow's New Economic
School to "refuse to be bur-
dened by the old obstacles and
old suspicions" of the Cold War'
and help promote democracy
and better relations with the
United States.
"It is difficult to forge a lasting
partnership between former ad-
versaries," Obama said. "But I
believe that on the fundamental
issues that will shape this cen-
tury, Americans and Russians
share common interests that
form a basis for cooperation."
Obama said Americans and
Russians need to identify their
mutual interests and expand
their dialogue. "This must be
more than a fresh start between
the Kremlin and the White
House," he said. "It must be a
sustained effort."
Overall, Obama got good
marks for his approach to try
to "reset" relations that soured




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sion of the Strategic Arms Re-
duction Treaty (START), which
expires Dec. 5.
Obama and Medvedev also
reached no specific agreements
on how to deal with Iran, even
though they discussed the
country's nuclear ambitions.
Obama said he and Medvedev
had "constructive discussions"
and mentioned Iran seven times
as he made remarks about nu-
clear proliferation. Medvedev,
who has opposed tougher eco-,
nomic sanctions on Iran in the
past, did not mention Iran at
all during his news conference
with Obama on Monday.
In an interview Tuesday with
ABC News, Obama said, "We're
going to have to see whether a
country like Russia, for exam-
ple, is willing to work with us to
apply pressure on Iran."
Obama(cited other U.S.-Rus-
sian disputes that still remain
in his speech to the students,
such as missile defense.
The U.S. plan, which consists
of radar in the Czech Republic
and interceptor missiles based
in Poland, is designed to deter
countries like Iran and not in-
timidate Russia, Obama said.
Obama and Medvedev agreed
to continue studying the mis-
sile-defense plan as well as the
potential threat of ballistic mis-
siles from such nations as Iran
and North Korea.
James Collins, a former U.S.
ambassador to Russia, said
Obama made "a good start" on
his reset project, such as Rus-
sia's decision to grant air rights
to U.S. planes carrying supplies
to the war in Afghanistan.
He also praised Obama for
avoiding the debate over wheth-
er Medvedev or Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin is really running
Russia, by meeting with both.
Some conservatives were
more skeptical. John Bolton,
the U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations during the Bush
presidency, said he fears what
Obama calls the "reset button"
means accepting "much of what
Russia wants while getting very
little in return."
Many Russians appreciated
Obama's visit, said Margarita
Simonyan, the top editor at a
state-sponsored English-lan-
guage news channel. She noted
Obama praised Russian cul-
tural contributions, from writer
Leo Tolstoy to hockey player
Alexander Ovechkin. About
Obama's willingness to consid-
er Russian concerns about mis-
sile defense, Simonyan said: "It
is a hopeful sign, but the sign
is still a sign. It is not a deter-

$10B deal would

ship gas from

Africa to Europe
ABUJA, Nigeria'- Nigeria's
state oil company says that Ni-
geria, Algeria and Niger have
signed an agreement to create
a $10 billion trans-Saharan gas
pipeline to ship gas to Europe.
Managing director Moham-
med Barkindo said Friday the
project was approved by energy
ministers from all three govern-
Nigeria's energy minister, Ril-
wanu Lukmanu, says the coun-
tries are now looking for part-
ners for the project.
Europe currently depends
on Russia for much of its gas
and is seeking new sources and
The trans-Saharan gas project
is expected to take off in 2015.

8A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 15-21, 2009

Relatives go to III. cemetery looking for answers

4 accused of exhuming up to 300 bodies' 'it's greed' ...

By Christina M. Wright

ALSIP, Ill. (AP) - A constant
stream of relatives hoping to
find their loved ones showed up
Saturday as officials exhumed
one grave in a cemetery where
four former employees are ac-
cused of digging up and dump-
ing hundreds of bodies in a
scheme to resell plots.
One body was found in the
exhumed grave at the historic
Black cemetery, Co6k County
Sheriff Tom Dart said, despite
an earlier report that two bodies,
were there. The former work-
ers also have been accused of
burying some bodies in shared
Authorities closed Burr Oak
Cemetery, home to the graves of
civil rights-era lynching victim
Emmett Till and blues singer
Dinah Washington, on Friday
and declared all of its 150 acres
a crime scene after Dart found
bones while walking on the site.
On Saturday, families carrying
photos and old crumpled funer-
al programs stood in snaking
lines to talk to officials. Some
cried, others were angry and
many were stoic.
"It's a zoo, and it's going to
be a zoo because every Black
person in Chicago has someone
buried here," said Chicago resi-
dent Jennifer Gyimah, 51, who
was waiting to check on family
members' graves. "As a living
human being, you give dignity
to the dead. The dignity today
has been shattered."
Officials said they would try
to respond to families in the

next week, but Dart said the in-
vestigation was hampered by a
lack of maps for large sections
of the cemetery. Many of those
his staff had found were hand-
drawn and sketchy, he said.
'"You might as well be talking
about hieroglyphics here," he
said. "This is unheard of."
He said he believes that at
least 300 of the cemetery's
100,000 graves have been dug
A portion of the cemetery de-
voted to children, called "Baby
Land," was particularly poorly
documented, Dart said.
Chicago resident Gail Coo-
per's 7-year-old daughter was
buried there in 1984. She was
trying to check on the grave
"I had trusted her to these
people," said Cooper, 48. "I don't
want her here anymore. It's no
longer sacred."
Dart said more than 10 moth-
ers have asked for information
about their buried children.
One man who had long sus-
pected his mother was buried
on top of another person had
her grave dug up Saturday in
an exhumation scheduled be-'
fore the investigation started.
Workers dug down 7 feet. At
33 inches, the minimum depth
allowed under state law, they
found a casket, Dart said. Rela-
tives recognized mementos rest-
ing on top and said the coffin
belonged to Rachel Boone, the
man's mother, the sheriff said.
The casket was reburied with-
out being opened, and relatives
held a short memorial service.

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Grave markers are seen scattered on the floor of a shack at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip,
III., July 10. It is same room that the original glass-topped casket of lynching victim Emmett
Till was found rusting by Cook County officials investigating at the cemetery where four
workers are accused of digging up bodies to resell plots. -APPhoto/M. Spencer Green

Earlier in the day, an attorney
for the cemetery's owner told
Cook County authorities they
would find two bodies in the
grave, a sheriffs spokeswoman
said. It was not clear what the
attorney based that statement
"That makes us ask, 'Where
was that one that you thought
was double stacked?'" Patter-
son said. "The record-keeping
was so poor that we don't think
they know. We don't know if
we're ever going to know."
Stanley and Wanda Winder-
myre, of Zion, II., hold re-
cords of Wanda's mother, Ora
Mae Sawyer, and grandfather,
Carnell Neal, who are buried
at the Burr Oak Cemetery in
Alsip, IIIl., July 10. Hundreds
of confused and angry family
members have come to the
historic cemetery looking
for answers after four people
were accused of digging up
graves and reselling plots in
a moneymaking scheme.
-AP Ptioto/M. Spencer Green

Three former gravediggers
and a former cemetery man-
ager have each been charged
with one count of dismember-
ing a body. The four sold exist-
ing deeds and plots to unsus-
pecting customers, authorities
said. They then allegedly dug
up hundreds of corpses and ei-
ther dumped them in a weeded,
vacant area of the cemetery -
which authorities labeled the
original crime scene - or dou-
ble-stacked them in graves.
The four made about $300,000
in a scheme that stretched back
at least four years, authorities
While Till's grave site was not
disturbed, investigators found
his original glass-topped cas-
ket rusting in a shack at the
cemetery, police said Friday.
He was exhumed in 2005 dur-
ing an investigation of his death
and reburied in a new casket.
The original casket was sup-
posed to be kept for a planned
The suspects, who are being
held on bond, are former cem-
etery manager Carolyn Towns,
49; Keith Nicks, 45; Terrence
Nicks, 39; and Maurice Dailey,
61. In an e-mailed statement

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Prosecutors call Taylor witness list excessive

By Mike Corder

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP)
- The trial of former. Liberian
President Charles Taylor could
take up to four more years, if his
lawyers call all their witnesses,
prosecutors told judges Monday
at a Sierra Leone war crimes tri-
bunal sitting in The Hague.
Taylor is due to begin his de-
fense case next week answering
11 charges of war crimes and
crimes against humanity in Si-
erra Leone.
Taylor will take the stand in his
own defense on July 14, a day af-
ter his lawyers present their open-
ing statement.
Prosecution trial lawyer Brenda
Hollis said at a hearing Monday
that Taylor's lawyers have lined
up an "excessive" list of 256 po-
tential witnesses.
However, the defense lawyers
are not expected to call all the wit-
nesses on their list to testify.
Taylor's lead attorney, Cour-
tenay Griffiths, pointed out that
prosecutors listed some 200 wit-
nesses and called 91.
Griffiths told judges he has "no
intention of being here another

Simpson seeks release
pending appeal
A state Supreme Court panel will
hear oral arguments on O.J. Simp-
son's bid to get out of a Nevada
prison pending his appeal to over-
turn a conviction in an armed hotel
room heist, officials said Monday.
A three-member panel of the
state's only appellate court will
hear 30 minutes of arguments in
Las Vegas from Simpson's lawyers
seeking his release on bond and
from prosecutors opposing the re-
quest, court spokesman Bill Gang
said. The hearing was scheduled
for Aug. 3, he said.
"We're thrilled they're entertain-
ing oral arguments on our motion,"
Simpson lawyer Yale Galanter said
by telephone from Miami.

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four years."
Taylor is accused of arming and
controlling militias from across
the border in Liberia, where he
held power from 1997 until he
was forced into exile in 2003.
An estimated half-million people
were killed in Sierra Leone's 1991-
2002 war, which was fueled by an
illicit diamond trade. Rebels used
machetes to maim thousands of
victims, chopping off their hands,
legs, lips, ears and breasts.
Taylor's trial started in June
2007 but was suspended for six
months after the 'former presi-
dent, fired his first lawyer and
boycotted the hearings.
His lawyers appealed for his
acquittal after prosecutors com-
pleted their case, but judges re-


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suggested that Taylor provided
arms, ammunition, manpower
and finances to Sierra Leone reb-
els, that he offered them "safe ha-
ven and moral encouragement,"
and that he traded in diamonds
for arms.
Taylor was arrested in Nigeria
in 2006, but his trial was moved
to The Hague for fear that his ap-
pearance in a courtroom in Africa
could re-ignite violence.

Saturday,' Patterson said the
cemetery's owners fired Towns
in March after finding financial
irregularities. He said the sher-
iff was asked to investigate in
late May.

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the month of July
JULY 25: Foreclosure Work-
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Housing Finance Authority will
be present to answer questions
and offer attainable solutions
to deal with thi current fore-
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A meeting of the Value Adjustment Board (the "VAB")
will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 10:00 a.m.,
Commission Chambers, Second Level, Stephen P.
Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1st Street, Miami, to consider
the following:

1. Initial certification of the 2009 unadjusted tax rolls
under Section 193.122(1), Florida Statutes (i.e.
unadjusted by subsequent VAB changes).

II. Report on the status of VAB hearings for tax
year 2008.

IlI. Approval of VAB forms for tax year 2009.

IV. Interviews and selection of Attorney Special
Magistrates and Appraiser Special Magistrates
for tax year 2009.

V. Such other business as may properly come
before the Board.

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any board, agency or commission with respect to any
matter considered at its meeting or hearing will need
a record of the proceedings. Such person may need
to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, including the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.

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Anyone with a disability needing a special
accommodation to participate in these proceedings
should call (305)375-5641. TDD users may contact us
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NAACP chief issues 'new call for a new century'

By Hazel Trice Edney

(NNPA) - In a grand centenni-
al meeting that drew thousands
to New York City - the founding
place of the NAACP - this week,
President and CEO Benjamin
Todd Jealous proclaimed that
the next move of the civil rights
organization against new "layers
of racism" will be to strengthen
its inner ranks by becoming a
majority through coalitions.
"We will change. Not for the
sake of change itself, but for
the sake of growth," Jealous
said in prepared remarks to
be rendered at the convention
Monday evening. "We must be
able to march forth as a major-
ity and that means we have to
be about organizing coalitions,
maximizing our power to build
bridges of understanding and
mobilizing our entire rainbow of
champions for social change."
Jealous was specific about'
his strategic vision.
"We will invest in research
to ensure that what is obvious
to us cannot be questioned by
any. We will train and retrain
with a focus on organizing even
better and smarter than we are
already. We will forge new co-
alitions...big, broad, effective
strange-bedfellow coalitions.
We will build campaigns that
capture the imaginations of
generations. We will embrace
technology," he said. "But we
can't do this work alone. So to-
day, we issue a new call for a
new century."

That call comes in what is his-
torically among the most excit-
ing years for African-Americans.
Jealous reflected on the election
of President Barack Obama as
the nation's first Black presi-
dent, but also underscored how.
his election spotlights the ves-
tiges of racism that still prevail.
"January 20, 2009,, was a day
when hopes were fulfilled, when
dreams came true, when ances-
tors sacrifices were remembered
with tears of joy, in short,, it was
a day when the dream of this
country seemed within reach of
every family," said Jealous, .36,
historically the youngest presi-
dent to lead the civil rights or-
ganization. "And then January
21st came, like every day there-
after, and families woke up to a
new morning and were 'facing
the same questions: Why can't
Dad find a job? Why does Mom
have to work so many jobs just
to make ends meet? Why is my
family's dream being foreclosed
on? Why are our schools an em-
barrassment to everything this
country stands for? Why are
so many of our children... and
mothers... and fathers dying of
He continued, "Tonight, in
this city and so many oth-
ers across this land, too many
families, in too many neighbor-
hoods will conclude it's just too
dangerous to sleep anywhere
but on the floor...under the
window sill and out of the way
of random gunfire. We woke up
on January 21st to the fact that

-phnoto uurtesy U t I LNA I
NAACP President and CEO address delegates this week at Centennial convention in New

we have one Black man in the
White House, but we have one
million in prison," he said. "And
so...we can't wait for someday,
somehow - we need real change
right here, right now."
President Obama was also
scheduled to speak to the gath-
ering on July 16, setting at tone
of great anticipation for the or-
ganization's annual Spingarn
Awards Dinner. Veteran Civil
Rights Leader; NAACP Chair-
man Julian Bond will be the
Spingarn recipient this year.
It was February 12, 1909, the
100 year after the birthday of
Abraham Lincoln, that a racial-

ly diverse coalition met in an
,apartment in lower Manhattan
"to issue an historic call to ac-
tion," Jealous recounted the
founding of the NAACP.
That historic call to action
read in part: "Hence we call
upon all the believers in de-
mocracy to join in a national
conference for the discussion
of present evils, the voicing of
protests and the renewal of
the struggle for civil and po-
litical liberty."
He described, "They were
Black and White, Christian
and Jew, men and women.
They shared a commitment

African leaders can't turn blind eye to Sudan crimes

By DeWayne Wickham

The message Barack Obama
delivered to Africa's leaders dur-.
ing his brief visit to Ghana last
week came down to four words
of tough love: Get your act to-
gether. That, in essence, is what
this U.S. president, whom the
Ghanaian people greeted like
black royalty, said in his address
to Ghana's Parliament that was
intended for leaders across the
continent. The son of a Kenyan.
father and a white mother from
Kansas, Opama has the genetic
license to say publicly what no
other U.S. president could utter
with impunity.
"Africa is not the crude carica-
ture of a continent at perpetual
war," Obama said. "But if we
are honest, for far too many Af-
ricans, conflict is a part of life,
as constant as the sun. ... That
is why we must stand up to in-
humanity in our midst. ... It is
the ultimate mark of criminal-
ity and cowardice to condemn
women to relentless and sys-
tematic rape. We must bear wit-
ness to the value of every child
in Darfur and the dignity of ev-
ery woman in the Congo."

Africa's future, Obama said,
is in the hands of Africans. And
that, it seems, is a problem be-
cause just days before he arrived
in Ghana, the African Union, an
organization of 53 African coun-
tries, circled its wagons around
Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
In March, the International
Criminal Court (ICC) issued an
arrest warrant for al-Bashir,
the president of Sudan. He is
charged with five crimes against
humanity and two counts of war

crimes in connection with the
genocide.of ethnic minorities in
the Darfur section of Sudan.
Al-Bashir, the ICC said, is
"criminally responsible" for acts
of murder, torture, rape and
pillage in- the 6-year-old civil
war that has taken the lives of
300,000 Sudanese. Even so,
Ghanaian President John Atta
Mills said he and other African
leaders will refuse to help the
ICC bring al-Bashir to justice
while peace talks are under-

"We need,a lasting solution for
Darfur, and the president of Su-
dan ... is a major part of the so-
lution. So that is why we called
for postponement," Mills said,
The Voice of America reported.
The ICC, which began op-
eration in 2002, is the court
of last resort for war criminals
and those who commit crimes
against humanity when the
suspect can't be brought to jus-
tice in the country where the of-
fenses took place.
The African Union's objec-
tion to an arrest warrant for
al-Bashir highlights the core
conflict between people who are
working for peace and those
who clamor for justice. The Af-
rican Union believes that as
president, al-Bashir can play
a key role in its efforts to bro-
ker an end to that country's
long-running civil war. But af-
ter hundreds of thousands of
people have been killed and
brutalized by al-Bashir's forces,
the ICC thinks the world must
move quickly to haul him before
the international tribunal.
The world's real-life struggle
for peace and justice in Sudan

BTW Class of '54 4
It's been 55 years since graduation day for
the graduating class of BTW High School. Since
that time Miami classmates have met monthly
to keep the school spirit and in touch.
Each decade a special celebration is held. This
year a weekend cruise to the Bahamas was held.
The group enjoyed the atmosphere and the en-
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and other places where massive
crimes have been committed is
the focus of a documentary that
airs tonight on PBS. The Reck-
oning is a riveting look at the
ICC's efforts to bring to justice
the perpetrators of some of the
world's worst crimes while those
offenses are still taking place.
One of those places is Sudan,
home to the continuing violence


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Celebrates 55 years
Shown in the photo 1st Row Seated:
Annabelle McIntosh, Jane Cash, Elizabeth
Rolle-Thomas, Joseph Nichols, President
Peggy Gabriel-Green, and Rosa Mae Ross-
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to fulfilling the promise of
equality that was guaranteed
by the Emancipation Procla-
mation, the 13th amendment,
14th amendment and the 15th
amendment of the Constitu-

tion. A few months later, a few
hundred more - many of them
leaders of the Black church -
joined with them at our first
convention, where they vowed
to take the campaign back to
the field."
That field now consists of
about a half million members
across the nation and millions
more who benefit from the
NAACP's battles.
Despite those evils that re-
main, Jealous cited several
battles that are close to being
"Before we meet again, we
will deliver the first woman of
coldr. to a seat on the Supreme
Court. We will pass major re-
forms in states like Califor-
nia and North Carolina. We
will outlaw racial profiling ev-
erywhere. And in Savannah,
Georgia, where our local vol-
unteers and national staff have
delivered more than 65,000
signatures calling for the DA
to reopen the case, the tide is
turning every day - we will save
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Obama called "genocide" in his
Ghana speech. But the African
Union, of which Sudan is a
member, opposes treating al-
Bashir like a war criminal in
the hope that he will change
his murderous ways.
And that is a troubling re-
minder of just how much Af-
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MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 15-21, 2009

Church sign sparks controversy within community

Pastor says more signs to come

Those behind a sign posted in
front of their northwest Gaines-
ville church, proclaiming in red
letters "Islam is of the devil,"
say it's a way to express their
religious beliefs and is a mes-
sage of "a great act of love."
Some living near the Dove
World Outreach Center, how-
ever, are outraged and disap-
pointed with the sign's mes-
sage, which has sparked pro-
tests and acts of vandalism at
the church since it was posted
over the weekend.
"It's an act of saying there is
only one way, and that is actu-
ally what Christianity is about.

It is about pointing the people
in the right direction, and that
right direction is Jesus and
only Jesus," said the church's
senior pastor, Terry Jones. "We
feel the sign is an act of giving
the people a chance."
Jones acknowledged not ev-
eryone has welcomed the sign.

The church has received
about 100 calls in the past 24
hours about the sign, Jones
said. One was positive, he said
Since the sign went up, it
reportedly has been protested
by picketers, successfully torn
down in another expression of
protest late Sunday, quickly re-
erected on Monday, and marred

"We actually posted the sign because there is a
tremendous growth in Islam at this time. It is a violent and
oppressive religion and does not have anything to do with
the truth of the Bible," said Terry Jones, pastor of Dove
World Outreach Center. "We are definitely trying to send
the message that Jesus Christ is the only way."

Church sign is Gainesville, which says, "Islam is of the Devil."

by spray paint before it was re-
painted and back in place Tues-

day morning.
Jones said the acts of vandal-

ismr will be reported to police
and that there are no plans to
remove the sign or change what
it says.
"We actually posted the sign
because there is a tremendous
growth in Islam at this time. It is
a violent and oppressive religion
and does not have anything to
do with the truth of the Bible,"
Jones said. "We are definitely
trying to send the message that
Jesus Christ is the only way."
The church's first sign won't
be its last, Jones said.
In the future, the message on
the sign might change to express
the church's beliefs against
same-sex marriage or abortion,
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93rd St. Community Baptist hosts

Martin Luther King, Jr.

monument service

On Sunday, July 19 at 6 p.m. 93rd
Street Community Baptist Church,
.2330 N.W. 93rd Street,Rev. Dr. Carl
Johnson, Senior Pastor/Teacher will
host a joint churches monument ser-
vice for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A special message will be delivered by

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tor Friendship-West Baptist Church,
Dallas, Texas.
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Bishop Gregory Palmer of Springfield, Ill., president of the United Meth-
odist Council of Bishops, says they're rolling back their salaries 4% as a
gesture of solidarity with others hurt by the economy. -ApPhoto/SethPerlman

50 Methodist bishops

agree to accept lower pay

By Ken Kusmer

INDIANAPOLIS - One of the nation's
largest Christian denominations is ad-
dressing the nation's financial crisis
with what it hopes will be a spiritual
teaching moment as well as a cost-
Fifty United Methodist Church bish-
ops in the United States will roll back
their salaries by four percent next
year in what Bishop Gregory Palmer of
Springfield, Ill., president of the Coun-
cil of Bishops, says is a gesture of soli-
darity with others hurt by the global
economic downturn.
The salary cut is one of the strongest
statements taken yet by a faith group
as U.S. churches respond to a reces-
sion that has left growing numbers of
people unemployed. Other denomina-
tions have eliminated jobs, frozen sala-
ries or canceled mission trips.

United Methodist leaders say the
move, approved in May, is an acknowl-
edgment that churches are hurting too
and there's less money to go around.
But some Methodists said the bishops'
action would have been more effective
- and might have saved some church
jobs - if it had come earlier.
"Some of these things should have
been thought about six, eight, nine
months ago," said Darcie Chamberlain
of Indianapolis, a 49-year-old sales
representative who's been out of work
since January.
Bishop Michael Coyner of Indianap-
olis, one of four bishops on the finance
county, said he and his fellow bishops
know their church is hurting.
Two United Methodist boards have
cut more than 90 jobs, and the de-
nomination's publishing house will not
distribute payments to retired clergy
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(NewsUSA) - Children have limitless imaginations.
They may dream of time travel and seeing prehistoric
creatures up close. Perhaps they want to become
mysterious sorcerers who cast binding spells.
Parents can easily accommodate these whimsical
wishes by encouraging their children to read.
When students turn the pages of
a book, they unlock the door to a
reading wonderland. Indeed, fos-
tering a love of reading can mean g
more than succeeding on a school
assignment; cherishing the power
of words on the written page can
be the catalyst that leads to suc- ' "
cess in school and life.
But for some parents, it is diffl-
cult to get their kids excited about
"Reading should be a daily oc-
currence, just like brushing your .
teeth," said Reg Weaver, president
of the National Education Associa-
tion. "If you work with your chil-
dren to make the activity fun, the
rest will 'fall into place."
Resources for parents are avail-
able through NEA's Read Across




America program, now in its 10th year. This year-
round literacy campaign stresses the importance of
motivating children to read and helping them master
basic reading skills. The organization offers these tips
to parents:
* Have materials available. Stock the house with
newspapers, magazines and
books to persuade children to
read instead of turning on the,
television or playing a video game.
* Make reading a daily exercise.
Statistics show that children who
are encouraged by their parents
to read are more likely to read a
higher number of books.
* Set and reward reading goals.
Build enthusiasm by providing a
' T special treat when a reading tar-
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.. ' ment can help boost motivation.
S"A good book can ignite the
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11B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 15-21, 2009

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receive emergency rations-from the World Food.Program-dur-
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Clinton views storm damage in Haiti

By Jonathan M. Katz
Associated Press

Bill Clinton' on Tuesday took
his Haiti 'relief effort to'' this'
battered seaside city that was
nearly destroyed last year by
tropical storms, finding a mud-
caked maze of partially rebuilt
homes and shops.
Clinton, the new special U.N.
envoy to Haiti, visited a hospi-
tal and school in Gonaikes that
served as emergency' shelters
during the four tropical storms,
which killed nearly 800 people
and caused $1 billion in dam-
age to irrigation, bridges and
The fc.rmer president praised
reconstruction efforts but said
much more needs to be done.
H6 said Haiti needs more money
arid better coordination among

Associated Press

Conservative House Demo-
crats are demanding signifi-
cant changes before they can
support a sweeping health care
overhaul, forcing the House
to join the Senate in delaying
action on President Barack
Obama's top domestic priority.
The Blue Dog Democrats' list
of demands came on the eve
of House Democratic leaders'
planned unveiling of their final
bill Friday. The bill release was
pushed back to Monday at the
earliest and Democratic lead-
ers agreed to devote Friday to
meetings with the fiscally con-
servative Blue Dogs to work
through their concerns.
These include the need for
more cost containment mea-
sures, protections for small

aid groups and the government
to rebuild( and spur develop-
"I'm just trying to organize
this process and drive it faster,'
Clinton said during a break in
the tour along the city's craggy
Aid has poured into the Go-
naives region but many homes
and shops remain damaged,
and the area remains vulner-
able to flooding because the
surrounding hills have been
stripped of trees to produce
It was Clinton's first trip to
Gonaives, but, he was greeted
hke a returning hero. Shriek-
ing girls clamored to have their
photo taken with the former
president; men pushed their
elderly mothers through the
crowd for a chance to shake his

Haitians stood on piles of
rubble to catch a glimpse of
Clinton's motorcade as it wove
through the rocky streets of
Gonaives, one of the poorest
cities in a chronically troubled
country considered the poorest
in the Western Hemisphere.
Clinton, who came to Go-
naives with Haitian President
Ren6 Pr6val, said the Haitian
government and its interna-
tional backers hope to cre-
ate 150,000 to 200,000 jobs
nationwide over the next two
years. Many of those jobs will
come from projects to rebuild
roads and shore up erosion-
prone hillsides.
"It will be hard, but I think it's
important," Clinton said of his
mission later after returning to
the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Dems balk on health plan
businesses and a focus on ru- tee members scrambling, for
ral health care. alternative taxes to replace the
"We cannot support a final $320 billion the benefits tax
product that fails to" address would have raised over a de-
these issues, members of the cade. Democrats are consid-
group wrote to House Speak- ering raising taxes on wealthy
er Nancy Pelosi and Majority investors instead, along with
Leader Steny Hoyer. Opposi- other options, according to of-
tion from the 52-member group. ficials who spoke on condition
could imperil House passage of of anonymity to discuss private
a bill. negotiations. The proposal to
Before Thursday, delays and extend the current 1.45 per-
intramural Democratic dis- cent Medicare payroll tax to
putes over taxes and the role of capital gains earned by high-
government had seemed most- income taxpayers would bring
ly confined to the Senate. A bi- in an estimated $100 billion
partisan deal emerging inr the over 10 years.
Senate Finance Committee was In the House, Democratic
threatened this week when Sen- leaders had hoped to release
ate Majority Leader Harry Reid an ambitious bill Friday that
indicated displeasure with the would achieve Obama's goals of
likely payment method, a new holding down health care costs
tax on health care benefits. and extending insurance to the
That's left Finance Commit- 50 million people who lack it.

Many faith groups freezing or cutting pay

continued from 10B

for the first time in 50 years. Only
17 of the 63 regional U.S. Method-
ist conferences paid their full share
of the denomination-wide expenses
last year, down from 23 in 2007.
The bishops' salaries will fall
back about $4,700- annually to
their 2008 level, $120,942, on Jan.
1 from $125,658 currently. The an-
nual pay, based on a formula, is
set by the denomination's General
Council on Finance and Adminis-
tration, which voted in May to ac-
cept the bishops' recommendation.
The money comes out of denomina-
tion coffers.
"None of us bishops are going to
starve ... but it is a good reminder
that many people, many pastors,
and many congregations are going
through tough times," Coyner said
in a note to his Indiana pastors and
lay leaders.
Other denominations and faith
groups have also made cuts:
* The Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America has cut execu-
tive salaries, fired 25 people and

ended a weekly radio program.
* The Presbyterian Church (USA)
has frozen salaries, furloughed em-
ployees for a week and cut depart-
ment budgets.
* A Southern Baptist Convention
board suspended some overseas
mission assignments because of
lower donations.
* The Episcopal Church's head-
quarters staff offered to take pay
cuts last fall, but the executives
who oversee church finances re-
jected the offer, saying they didn't
want to balance the budget on the
backs of staff.
* Roman Catholic dioceses have

frozen salaries for priests and lay
staff, among other austerity moves.
The cuts don't necessarily reflect
lower giving by churchgoers.
The Giving USA Foundation's an-
nual philanthropic survey released
in June showed religious groups re-
ceived $106.89 billion last year, up
5.5 percent from 2007.
The church business group's an-
nual survey of more than 700 con-
gregations shows senior pastors of
Methodist congregations will earn
an average of about $120,000 this
year, compared with $108,000 for
all Protestant senior pastors in
the survey.

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Some find church sign divisive

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Jones said. The church also has
posted messages on YouTube,
he said.
Disapproval for the sign in-
volves some living near the
church, who said they were
shocked the church would post
something they consider to be
so divisive.
"When we originally saw it,
we were initially very offended.
Someone took it down some-
time on Sunday, but it was back
up on Monday," Aubrey Davies
said. "We're sad it is up. It is
such a divisive message when it

(the sign) could be used to put
out a statement of unity."
Laura Roberson, who has
lived in the neighborhood for
about 11 years, said she has
long been curious about the
church. When Roberson saw
the anti-Islam sign orn Monday,
she said she was shocked.
"At. about 9 p.m., my hus-
band went out for sodas and
saw someone had spray-paint-
ed over it, but it-was. brand new
and clean again this morning
(Tuesday)," Roberson said.
Dove World Outreach, which
Jones said is a nondenomi-
national, charismatic church,
runs the Lisa Jones House, an

outreach effort that provides
necessities such as furniture,
food and clothing.
Jones said, in spite of what
the sign says, the church's out-
reach effort doesn't look at a
person's faith when it comes to
offering help.
Anyone in need can come and
receive free food and clothing,
he said.
Jones said he's open to talk-
ing to others about the sign and
its message. People can come to
the church's services, he said.
"We are definitely trying to
open up dialogue, create inter-
est, create awareness, get peo-
ple to think," Jones said.

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For the past month and a half,
our church, New Life World Out-
reach in Pembroke Pines, has
been blessed to have a visitor
minister to us. Pastor Stephen
Ocwkwo is the Pastor of Jesus
Ambassador Ministry in Nigeria.
He honors our church with an-
nual visits, and on this trip, he
really gave us a wonderful teach-
ing. His topic was "Principles
of Christian Prosperity." His
theme scripture has been Psalm
23:1. Pastor Stephen said that
the purpose of this teaching was
to teach Believers what we need
to know before we do what we

should do. He
has given me
permission to
share these
Holy Ghost in-
spired teach-
ings with you,
dear readers.
The first

principle is that we must know
that the will of God is to prosper
us. I know that many Chris-
tians mistakenly believe that
'meek' for Believers mean poor
and destitute. Some believe
that Believers should not pos-
sess material wealth. This is

not scriptural. What the Bible
does tell us is that material
wealth is secondary to spiritual
wealth. It should not be our
priority. However, if your mind-
set is that God is withholding
blessings from you, and wants
you to be in lack, then you are
sadly mistaken. Pastor Stephen
chose this theme verse wise-
ly. David, a shepherd boy, the
author of Psalm 23, certainly
knew firsthand the relation-
ship between a shepherd and
his sheep. The sheep spends
no time worrying about provi-
sion. The sheep know that the
shepherd will take care of them.
Read the rest of this psalm. The
shepherd gives the sheep the
best - green pastures and still
(peaceful, refreshing) water. If
Jesus is our Shepherd (and He
is), why would He do less for His
sheep (us)? He wouldn't! Read
Psalm 1:. 1-3; Genesis 1:27,
28a; Genesis 13:2; and II Cor-

inthians 8:9. These scriptures
confirm the first principle.
The second principle is that
we must make the right con-
fession. Pastor Stephen said
that confession brings position.
What we confess rules our lives.
No matter how negative your
situation may be, refuse to al-
low it to make you utter a nega'
tive confession. Pastor Stephen
said something that I know ap-
plied to me personally. He said
that we take our limited prayer
requests to an unlimited God.
Wow! I know that for years, I
have been a renter. It occurred
to me that prior to last year,
I never asked God to own a
home. Every month, my prayer
request was for enough money
to pay rent for that month. It
never occurred to me to ask
God for the funds to buy my
own home. I did not place my-
self in the position to research
what it would take for me to

own my home.. I was limiting
a Mighty God by asking for rent
each month. Now, I do recall T.
D. Jakes saying years ago that
some Believers were meant to
be 'tent dwellers.' He said that
this meant that some Believers
were given Godly assignments
to move from place to place to
share the Gospel. Some were
tapped by God to quickly move
from one location to another for
Kingdom Work. These people
were not meant to own homes
that would encumber them
when it was time for God to call
them elsewhere.
If your ministry work or the
call that God has placed in
your life does not allow for
home ownership, that is fine.
Not owning a home because of
God's purpose and plan for your
life is one thing. Or you might
decide that you do not want to
own a home. My situation was
different - I just never asked. I

thought that I was asking God
for too much, and I limited my-
self to monthly rent checks from
the God Who owns everything.
What are you confessing about
your life? Do you believe that
you don't deserve to prosper? Jt
is not a matter of getting what
we deserve. Since the Word of
God tells us tha' we are~all sin-
ners, and we all deserve death,
we know that our merciful God
does not give us what we all
deserve (Thank You Lord!). It's
not a matter of deserving. It's
a matter of understanding what
God wants for your life.
Next week, I will continue
with this study. And remember
- God does want us to prosper,
but He is not a sugar daddy,
or a magician who is pulling
money out of a hat. We are
required to be obedient to His
commandments and His per-
fect will. Jesus is the priority
- not our needs!

South Florida AFL-CIO will
host the City of Miami mayoral
forum at the IBEW Local 349
Union Hall at 6:30 p.m., Wednes-
day, July 15. 305-593-8886.

Benefits Young Musicians
Camp will present the Simon
Salz Memorial Concert at the
University of Miami, Gusman
Concert Hall at 7 p.m., Wednes-
day, July 15. 305-284-2241 or
visit: www.friendsoftheyoung-

The South Florida Film Fes-
tival, hosted by the South Flori-
da Youth Film Workshop, will be
held July 15-19. 305-448-6305.

A Request for Proposals
(RFP) Workshop will be held at
the City of Miami Commission
Chambers at'City Hall from 9-11
a.m., Thursday, July 16. 305-
******** *
The Brown, Thompson, Vin-
s.. .i.Ujes from Leqghton, 41a.
iujTtlV thler iamJirrul'V' reunion
in Miami from July 16-19. 305-

NFL YET Center will be hav-
ing their annual summer talent
show at 11 a.m., Friday, June

Miami Northwestern Sr. High
Class of 1989 will present a bas-
ketball fundraiser game to be
held at the Overtown Youth En-
richment Center at 6 p.m., Sat-
urday, July 18. 954-610-0164.

Fort Lauderdale Clhildren's

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.

Apostolic Revival Center
will be celebrating the release of
God's grace by Stephanie Nugent
at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 18.

Women of Great Faith pres-
ents "A woman's remedy: A
woman finding her way out and
her way up" at the El Palacio
Hotel at 10 a.m., Saturday, July
18. 786-619-4685.

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

Mt. Vernon MBC cordially in-
vites you to fellowship at the Pre-
Appreciation Service on Sunday,
July 19. 305-754-5300.

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

A Mission With A New Begin-
ning Church invites you to cel-
ebrate with them the 50th anni-
versary of their Bishop and first
lady at the 11:15 a.m., Sunday,
July 19.

Spirit of the Lord Ministries
invites everyone to attend the

Theatre will present the "The
Wizard of Oz" at the Main Li-
brary Theatre from July 17-26.
954-763-6701 or go to: www.flct.

Bashment Granny 2 - The
Saga Continues, a Jamaican
comedy play, will will be per-
formed at the North Miami
Beach Performing Arts Center at
8 p.m., Saturday, July 18 and at
the Omni Auditorium (BCC North
Campus) in Coconut Creek, at 9
p.m., Sunday, July 19. 786-237-
5493 or visit www. sunshinethe-

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

Miami-Dade Park and Rec-
reation Department is offering
discounts to Miami MetroZoo, 8
a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through
Friday ..9. a ni -_..jL, ..ri . atur-
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The City of North Miami
Beach will celebrate Annual
Arbor Day at the North Miami
Beach City Hall Complex from
9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Sunday July
19. 305-947-7581.

The Miramar Cultural Arts
Center will partner with The Po-
ets Place for an intimate evening
celebrating literary art at 8 p.m.,
July 19. 954-462-0222.

The Miami Children's Initia-

Diabetic Awareness Community
Support Resource Center open-
ing reception at the First Bap-
tist Church of Bunche Park at
4 p.m., Sunday, July 19. 786-
355- 1605.

New Life Family Worship
Center invites all women to the

tive will hold a Planning Team
Workgroup meeting at the Jessie
Trice Center from 6-8 p.m., July
20. Thamara Labrousse, 305-
758-7900 or email: thamara@'

The Beautiful Gate, Inc., an
African-American Cancer Sup-
port & Resource Center, will
present two Community Affairs
workshops to offer women age
40 and older access to free mam-
mograms and pap smears at the
Liberty Square Community Cen-
ter from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Tues-
day, July 21 and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.,
Tuesday, August 4. Pamela Bur-
nett at 305-835-6846.

The National Association of
Black Hotel Owners, Operators
& Developers will hold its 131h
annual conference at the Doral
Golf Resort & Spa, July 22-25.

Miami Heat Summer Program
will be held at the American Air-
lines Arena from 11:30 a.m.- 1
p.m., July 23 and 24. 786-777-

The South Florida Board of
Realtists (SFBOR) will celebrate
their 2009 Installation Fund-
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Cr-mrnirau, Cen r.-r s.rarrting at
p.m., Wednesday, July 23.

The Seraphic Fire Summer
'Concert Series presents the
Miami Debut of the Tableau Ba-
roque Ensemble in Handel's In-
heritance from July 23-26. 305-

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

Thomas Jefferson Middle

Sister Fix My Shirt Extravaganza
Workshop from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
July 25. 305-623-0054.

Saved, Blessed, Never Alone
(SBNA) Ministries will have a re-
vival at 7:30 p.m. nightly, Fri-
day, July 31 and Saturday, Au-
gust 1. 305-798-9347.

First Baptist Church of
Brownsville invites to their
first Men's Conference at 7 p.m.
nightly, Aug. 5-7 and luncheon
at 11 a.m., Aug. 8. 305-635-

Abundant Life
Christian Learning Center
777 N. W. 8th Street,, Miami, Florida 33160
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for students in grades 6-8 to at- Class of 1969 will be celebrating Recreation will have their Sum-
tend its summer program until its 40th year reunion from July mer Cap Program until August
July 24 between the hours of 31 - Aug. 2. Sharon Demeritte 7. 305-953-3042.
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will Forbes, 305-620-4827. Visit: ********
be no transportation provided. www.reunionweb.com or email: World Literacy Crusade, Inc.
305-681-7481. fcreunions@aol.com /Girl Power Program is looking
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Miami-Dade State Attorney's Top Ladies of Distinction will portation company to transport
Office will be hosting a Sealing hold its monthly meeting at Flor- girls from the program to home.
and Expungement Program at ida Memorial University Lehman Farah Moreau, 305-756-5502.
the Golderi Glades Elementary Aviation Building on the second
School in Miami Gardens from Saturday. 305-696-1631. ********
10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, July ******** The Miami Carol City/North
25. 305-547-0724. The South Florida Chapter Dade H.S. Class of 1967 Alum-
S******** of the Huntington's Disease So- ni are holding a "60th Birthday
First Church of North Miami, city of America is holding its Celebration" at the Miramar Civ-
United Church of Christ will be 18th annual Huntington Disease ic Center Banquet Hall at 7 p.m.,
holding their second annua1t Triathlon at the Crandon Park August.15..Giher
Health Fair, co-sponsored by the on August 2. 786-229-2371. 305-333-7613 or h s k-
Jesse Trice Health Center. It will ******** son. 305-336-6293.- `.` '
be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Miami Northwestern Sr. High .. ..
Saturday, July 25. TonyJohn- class of 1989 will hold its 20"' The City of Miramar in c -
sonFL@bellsouth.net anniversary at the Jungle Island junction with Memorial Health-
***** * at 8 p.m., Aug. 7. Bulls89re. c are will host a "Baclc to School
Sunflower Society's end of union@hotmail.com Health Fair" for children at the
summer art exhibit will take ******** Mirarmar Youth Enrichment
place at the El Portal Village Hall The Beautiful Gate will have 'Center, from 10 a m. - 2 p.m..
from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, July 26. *a monthly cancer support group Saturday. August 15. 954-276-
305-305-9141. at the Silver Blue Lakes Mis- ,5985 or 954-704-1631'.
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Miami Central Senior High is ,10 a.m. - 12 p.m.. ever third Married Alive, a play, i4ll run
planning a triple class reunion Sunday ofl the month. Pamela at the Actors' Plavhouse, MMira-
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Women more likely to shop

for health-care bargains

Women are more likely than
men to go bargain hunting when
it comes to health-care costs,
says a recent study.
Women are more likely than
men to go bargain hunting when
it comes to health-care costs,
says a recent study.
According to survey of 1,000
woi-king-age adults, 20% of
women compare the costs of
doctors and medical proce-
dures vs. 15% of men. The sur-
vey, commissioned by CIGNA, a
health insurance company, also
found that 79% of women pur-
chase generic medications in-
stead of name-brand drugs vs.
69% of men.
"From our perspective, women
have always been sort of the key
decision maker in health care
selection," says Kurt Weimer,
who oversees CIGNA's division
for individual and small-busi-
ness coverage. "It's moved to
the next level. ... Not only are
they making that health care
decision (which doctor to see or

medicines to buy), now they're
looking at the economics."
He adds that the survey re-
sults show the struggling econ-
omy is forcing mothers not only
to be the "chief medical officer"
but also to take on the role of
"chief financial officer."-
"If you're like all of us, you're
looking at how to make ends
meet," he says.
Linda Lisi Jurgens, executive
director of the National Associa-
tion of Mothers' Centers (moth-
erscenter.org), says that because
women make "the bulk of the
buying decisions for the family,"
they might be feeling the pres-.
sure of the economy more.
"I think there's a lot more at-
tention being paid to 'What can
we afford?' not just what we
want," she says. "I'm sure that's
going to have an impact on all
the members of the family, but
if the woman has traditionally
been involved in those choices,
I'm sure she'll be very involved
with that now, too."

Candace Anderson, founder
offrugalmom.net, a website that
provides users with information
on how to save money and make
money from home, says women
tend to have a different men-
tality than men when it comes
to shopping, which can extend
into health care.
"We almost love the thrill of
not only being able to find a bar-
gain, but being able to tell ev-
erybody about it," she says.
"The women who visit my
website, they are just very much
enjoying the whole (shopping)
Anderson adds that looking
for bargains can be especially
important because mothers
can't always rely on doctors to
recommend the best deal.
"There have been many times
in the past when I've called the
doctors back and said, 'I'm not
going to pay this.' If we want to
be in charge of our money, we
need to be willing to take the
time and also speak up."

President Barack Obama stands with Democratic leaders including (L-R) House Energy and
Commerce Committee Chair Rep. Henry Waxman,Vice President Joe Biden, House Education
and Labor Committee Chair Rep. George Miller, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Charlie Rangel at the
White House. --Photo byTim Sloan / AFP / Getty Images

Health care overhaul:

Racing against the clock

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar-
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Ba-
rack Obama is struggling to show
progress in a race against the
clock to revamp the U.S. health
care system this year.
Problems in Congress threaten
to overshadow a White House
event Wednesday designed to
boost Obama's health overhaul,
his top domestic priority.
Leaders from hospital industry
trade groups were expected to
appear with Vice President Joe
Biden to announce that hospi-
tals are ready to give up about
$155 billion over 10 years in gov-
ernment payments. The money
could then be used to help pay
for covering millions of uninsured
But Congress, not the health
care industry, is the source of
Obama's troubles.
Lawmakers returned Tuesday
from their July Fourth holiday
break with lots of questions about
the complex legislation and deep
misgivings about key elements
under discussion.
Democratic senators in particu-
lar are having second thoughts
about a proposed new tax on
health insurance benefits provid-
ed by some employers. Without
the tax _ Republicans favor it as a
brake on cost increases- the pros-
pects for a bipartisan deal in the
Senate appear to be in jeopardy.
The stakes are extremely high
for Obama. The fate of legislation
to overhaul the U.S. health care
system, with a major new role in it
for the government, could become
the defining issue of the Demo-
cratic president's first term.
Obama's ambitious timetable
for passing a bill this year keeps

slipping. Timing is critical because
lawmakers might be reluctant to
vote on such a charged issue as
health care next year, when all
House members and one-third of
senators face elections.
"We're not there yet," , said
Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of
Montana, who, as chairman of
the Senate Finance Committee,

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best I can to get there soon."
Another senator deeply in-
volved in the bipartisan negotia-
tions said the proposed new tax
on the costliest employer-paid
insurance benefits is quickly
losing favor with Democrats.

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President of Blue Cross
and Blue Shield of Florida
and Miami-Dade Commis-
sioner Dorrin Rolle present
Miami-Dade Blue, the pro-
gram aimed in providing
health coverage for Miami-
Dade county's residents
who are uninsured.
-The MiamiTimes/Tariq Osborne

Rolle introduces new health plan

More than 600,000 people in

Miami-Dade County are uninsured

By Tariq Osborne

Austin Monroe, 52, was the first
arrival to the town hall meeting
held jointly between Miami-Dade
Commissioner Dorrin Rolle and
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Florida last week.
Monroe evaluates risk for in-
surance companies. He enjoys
the work, but being self-employed
comes with a drawback; finding
good health insurance.
"Right now I'm having a very dif-
ficult time finding heath care at a
reasonable cost. Basically I can't
afford to get sick," he said.
As a pharmacist, Aundrella
Hamed is insured, but she voiced
the same reason for attending the
night's forum.
"Sometimes you can be in a
plan, but it's just not what you
need," she said.
Nearly 200 attendees at a town
hall event called by Rolle. Accord-
ing to Rolle, this meeting was only
the first.

"I wanted to come out here and
make sure the community got the
first crack at the plan, because a
lot of the people who need insur-
ance are working minorities. We
want to attract as many of them as
possible," he said.
Miami-Dade Blue is a public-pri-
vate partnership program in which
its creators believe could be a mod-
el for affordable health insurance
Penny Shafer, Market President
of Blue Cross outlined the plan,
and the reasons it was implement-
"There are more than 600,000
people in Miami-Dade county who
are uninsured. Eighty percent of
these people are Working, but still
can't afford insurance. Maybe they
have two or three part-time jobs;
so they don't qualify for employer
insurance and haven't gone out
and bought individual insurance
because they don't have the money
for the deductible on hand," she
Working with the County, Blue

Cross designed a plan to reach this
demographic. Miami-Dade Blue has
low premiums and low co-pays. It
also has a low annual out-of-pock-
et limit of $2,500 a year. There is a
lifetime limit of $5 million in medi-
cal care, and no limit to the num-
ber of medical visits you can make.
Twenty community clinics are
in the plan's'network -- including
Borinquen and Miami Beach Com-
munity Health Center. Seven hos-
pitals are in network -- the three
Jackson facilities; Tenet's Pal-
metto General, Hialeah and Coral
Gables; and the Baptist system's
Homestead Hospital.
Miami-Dade Blue is being of-
fered to individuals up to age 65
and to small employers with up to
50 employees.
Monroe was not entirely swayed
by the presentation.
"I'1 take the brochure and com-
pare it with the policy I already
have. Then I'll make a decision
from that," he said.
Rolle enthusiastically' supports
the program, and wants to inform
as many of his constituents as
"We don't want to go to one side
of town and then they say I didn't
bring it here," he said.

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Son of late Rev. Timothy Wright leads Grace Tabernacle Christian Center

By Christina Boyle

David Wright took over as
pastor of Grace Tabernacle
Christian Center in Crown
Heights, the church once
headed by his father.
Rev. Wright died earlier
this year, and his wife, Bet-,
ty, was killed in a tragic car
accident in 2008.
The son of Brooklyn's late

Godfather of Gospel, the
Rev. Timothy Wright, now
leads his father's church.
David Wright, 30, was offi-
cially named pastor of Grace
Tabernacle Christian Center
in Crown Heights at an af-
ternoon service last Friday.
It's a big responsibility but
my dad has prepared me for
this," Wright said.
"I was with him every day,

Pastor's Aide Anniversary at St. John
The Pastor's Aide Ministry of .
the St. John Missionary Baptist
Church will observe its 59th an-
niversary on Sunday, July 19 at
3:30 p.m.
Special guests will be Rev. , '
Larrie Lovett, II and the con- .
gregation of Antioch Baptist
Church of Brownsville. " :'-
Please come and hear this
powerful preacher deliver the .
Deaconess Ida Adkins serves '
as President of the Pastor's Aide
For additional information,
please call 305-372-3877.
Rev. Dr. Charles Uptgrow is
Assistant Pastor.


learning from him, learning
what not to do and what to
do as far as the ministry.
"I feel God has equipped
me for this," he added.
The elder Wright died in
April, nine months after a
devastating car crash left
him paralyzed and killed his
wife, Betty, and 14-year-old
grandson, D.J.
The 61-year-old minister

was known across the coun-
try for. his music, having re-
leased more than a dozen
gospel albums, including
1994's Grammy-nominated
"Come Thou Almighty King."
His son, who has been
serving as temporary pas-
tor, said he had his father's
"I was very hesitant to do
this, my hope was that [my

Jurisdiction Holy Convocation

The Southern Florida Juris-
diction Church of God In Christ
cordially invites the community
to its 11lth annual Holy Convo-
cation, July 20-26, at Gamble
Memorial COGIC, 1898 N.W. 43
Street, Bishop Julian Jackson,
Senior Minister and Host Pas-
The convocation will com-
mence with a musical extrava-
ganza Monday at 7:30 p.m.,
Tuesday through Saturday eve-
ning session at 6 p.m., with Bi-
ble Class Enrichment and Wor-
ship Services 7:30 p.m. Sunday
service will convene at Church
of God By Faith, 16969 N.W. 23
Avenue with Sunday School at
9 a.m., and Morning Worship
11 a.m., Jurisdictional Prelate,

Bishop Julian C. Jackson will
deliver the sermon.
For additional information
please call 305-821-3693, 305-

dad] was coming back and
that he would be healed,"
David Wright said.
"But he said. 'You'll be
fine' and I put my trust in
his hands.
"The past year has made
our family and the congrega-
tion stronger and I feel if we
can go through what we went
through, we can go through
anything," he added.

Pastor John B. Hicks, Jr. and
First Lady Sis. Sandra Hicks

Pastoral Anniversary
at New Bethany
You are cordially invited to
witness this Godly experience
commencing on Sunday, July
19 at 3 p.m., when New Betha-
ny Missionary Baptist Church,
268 N.W. 48 Street, hosts it's
ninth Pastoral Anniversary Cel-
Joining in the celebration
will be Pastor Johnson of New
St. Paul Missionary Baptist
In addition, the following
appreciation and congratula-
tory services will be rendered
at 7:30 p.m. on July 22 with
Pastor Holmes of Mt. Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church;
July 23 with Pastor Ramsey of
Thankful Mighty Zion; July 24
with Pastor Pinkston of First
Thessalonians and climaxing
on Sunday, July 26 at 3 p.m.
with Pastor White of Rock of

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

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

Order of Services
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15250 N.W. 22ND AVENUE

Order of Services
SUNDAY: Worship Service
7:30 & 11 a.m.
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 7 a m,
IlI m, 7 pm
Sunday School 9.30 a m
tuesday (Bible Study) 6.45p m
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church

2171 N.W.
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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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Liberty City Church
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1263 N.W. 67th Street

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First Baptist Missionary
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4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
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Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

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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 Worship 6 p m
Wednesday General Bible Study 7 30 p.m
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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

Order of Services
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Sunday School 9-30 arr * Murning Worship I ao.m.
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Logos Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.

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93rd Street Community
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2330 N.W. 93rd Street
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Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street

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

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37, customer
service repre-
sentative for Mi-
ami Dade Coun-
ty, died July
12 at Jackson
North Hospital.
are incomplete.

July 12. Service
2p.m., Saturday,
St. John A.M.E.
Church, South

ER, infant, died July 12 at Jack-
son North Hospital. Service' 10
a.m., Saturday, Graveside.

NOAH STRINGER, 41, died July
10 in Bradenton. Service 1p.m.,
Thursday in the chapel.

died July 9 at Homestead Hospital.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday, Mt.
Moriah M.B.Church.

54, died June 30 at South Miami
Hospital. Service was held.

UNDINE PHILIP, 90, died June
29 at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Service was held.

Genesis -
homemaker, died July 5 at home.
Service was held.

MICHAEL LIPUT, 60, business
executive, died July 5 at Miami VA
Hospital. Service was held.

63, homemaker, died July 6 at
Aventura Hospital. Service was

maker, died July 7 at home. Ser-
vice was held.

agency worker, died July 10 at
South Miami Hospital. Service
was held.

JEFFREY BLAIS, 36, clerical
worker, died June 9 at home. Ser-
vice was held.

60, homemaker, died July 12 at
Florida Medical Center., Service
was held.

MURIEL URGO. 89, homemak-
er, died July 12 at North Broward
Medical Center. Service was held.

JOSE RAUL MIRET, 89, glass
maker, died July 12 at home. Ser-
vice was held.

maker, died July 12 at Baptist Hos-
pital.Final rites and burial Nassau,
Eric S. George
PEGGIE FRAZIER, 62, teacher,
died July 9 in Ft. Lauderdale. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday, Ebenezer
M.B.Church, Hallandale Beach.

JOHNNIE SMITH, 54, died July
12 in Clearwater, Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday, Friendship Mission-
ary Baptist Church, Hallandale

died June 29 at Memorial West
Hospital. Pembroke Pines. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Friday, in the Cha-

Poiter (Pompano Beach)
ADAM CARTER, 92, custodial
worker at North
Dade Middle
School, died
July 11 at North
Broward Medi-
cal Center Visi- '

station 6 -9 p.m., '
Friday in the
chapel. Service
1:30 p.m., Saturday, Mt. Calvary
MBC, 800 N.W. 8th Avenue, Pom-
pano Beach.

Range -',
tired driver for
United Parcel
Service and
Owner of Dai-
ley Lawn Ser-
vice, died July
9. Survivors
include: wife,
Maxine; father,
Joseph Dailey, Sr.; sons, Craig,
Paul Amos and Earl Lewis; daugh-
ter, Charlotte Butler; brothers,
James, Milton, Carlton, and Os-
car; sister, Carolyn ; a host of oth-
er relatives and friends. Service
12 noon, Wednesday, Centerville
Church of God of Prophecy.

LOUISE L. MILLS, 91, home-
maker, died
July 5. Survi-
vors included:
son, Royce E.
Smith; daugh-
ters, Cassie
Annie Dean,
Naomi Pierce,
Mary Gurrier (Acee) and Virginia
Gail Sims; many grandchildren;
great-grandchildren; great-great-
grands; a host of other relatives
and friends. Services 11 a.m., Sat-
urday, Greater Israel Bethel Primi-
tive Baptist Church.

retired tool and
dye Craftsman
at Exello Cor-
poration, died
July 13. Survi-
vors include:
sons, Lonnie E.
III, Marvin W.
(Maxi) and Rob-
ert G. (Priscilla); grandsons, Don,
Eric, Robert, Marvin and Matthew;
granddaughter, Victoria Beatty;
many great-grandchildren; a host
of other relatives and friends. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

retired carpen-
ter, died July
13. Survivors in-
clude: wife, Car-
men; son, Ja-
son; -grandchil-
dren, Jason and
Jayla; a host of
other relatives
and friends. Service 11a.m., Sat-
urday, St. Mark M.B. Church.

EMMA BRINSON, 89, retired
nurse, died July 13. Survivors in-
cluded: sons, Otis of Gravetown,
Georgia and Mark of Stafford, Vir-
ginia; sisters, Alice Cobb, Peggy
McClendon and Sonia Hodges all
of Miami, Florida; four grandchil-
dren; four great-grandchildren; a
host of other relatives and friends.
Prayer services 7 p.m., Thursday,
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Service 11 a.m., Friday at the
Buggs (Melbourine
of Melbourne
died July 2.
Service was

40, died July
11 at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Service
12 noon, Sat-
urday, St. Luke

died July 8 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Service was held.

MARY SCRUGGS, 70, died July
12 at Miami Gardens Nursing Cen-
ter. Final rites and burial Thomas-
ville, GA.

July 13 at Mt Sinai Medical Center.

Arrangements are incomplete.

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Hadley' Davis Carey Royal RA
40, died July 10 homemaker,
at Jackson Me- died July 9 at
morial Hospital. .Memorial Re-
Service 2 p.m., gional Hospi-
Thursday in the tal . Service 2
chapel. . p.m., Saturday,
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Holy Hill of Zion

30, 'died July 10
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
are incomplete.

BAKER, 44, died June 28 at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital. Service
was held.

Wright & Young
FAMU Student,
died July 7 at
Jackson Me-
morial Hospi-
tal. Survivors
include: father,
Michael Tele-
maque; mother,
Andresa Prat-
er; stepfather, Derrick Sr.; sister,
Dominique; brother, Derrick Jr.;
grandparents, Kate Debardela-
bon, Margaret Jean-Baptiste, Pe-
terson Telemaque and Carl Cole-
man. Services 11 a.m., Saturday,
Friendship MB Church.

retired educa-
tor, died July
10. Survivors
include: twin
children, Ceci-
lia and Cecil;
Jewell (Alfon-
zo), Tashika,
Altrinah (Seth) Packer and Leon
Wilson; son-in-law, Aldred Collins.
Visitation 9- 4 p.m.Friday in the
chapel. Visitation 5 - 8 p.m., East-
ern Star service 7:30 p.m, Friday,
Allen Chapel AME Church . Ser-
vices 12 Noon., Saturday, Allen
Chapel AME Church.

died July 5 at Northshore Medi-
cal Center.
Survivors in-
clude: daugh-
ters, Gwen-
dolyn Ward,
Claudette, Ithia
Ann , Carolyn
Edwards and
Arlene Cooper;
son, Eddie Byrd. Services Satur-
day, 11 a.m., Saturday, Brownsville
Church of Christ.

FREDDIE H. STRONG, 75, truck
driver, died July
7. Survivors
include: wife,
Barbara ; son,
James Junior
Strong. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day, in the cha-

WILLIE WRIGHT, 69, concrete
finisher, died
July 11 at Hia-
leah Hospital.
Survivors in-
clude: wife, Dor-
othy Blangor;
Trina Blangor;
great grand-
children, Sabrina Lewis, Philmore
Thompkins, Phillip Thompkins
and Ashley Blangor. Services 1I
p.m., Saturday, Westview Baptist

JANIE L. BOOKER, 81, nurse,
died July 8
at Clairedge
House. Survi-
vors include:
daughter, Ann-
toinette Booker
James; son,
Christopher L.;
Candance; niece, Anita Vamper.
Service was held.

airport security officer, died July
7 at University of Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday, Temple
Missionary Baptist Church.

THERESA JONES, 45, home-
maker, died July 7 at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Temple Missionary Bap-
tist Church.
Jay's _
FRED MCCLEOD, 80, died July
6 at Gramercy
Park Nursing
Center. Service
2 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

OLA MAE MOSS, 74, died July
9 at Jackson . '- ,
South Com-
munity Hospi-
tal. Service 12
noon, Saturday
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

GLORIA ADAMS, 61, entre-
preneur, died
July 11 at Bap-
tist Hospital.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday,
Goulds Church
of Christ..

ADAM HEPBURN, 52, Arrange-
ments are incomplete.
Nakia Ingraham
AWILDA PEREZ, of Hollywood,
died July 7. Service was held.

HARRY ABLE, of Hallandale,
died July 3. Arrangements are in-

Miramar, died July 7. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

JOSE LOPEZ, of Hollywood,
died July 10. Arrangements are in-

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,
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05/28/38 - 07/14/08

A year has' gone by and it
seems like only yesterday you
were here with us. You will
forever remain in our hearts.
Love, your husband Albert
and The Roberts family

T". ID

01/03/38 - 07/17/08
It's been one year since you
left this place,
To see God's loving face
You're gone but never
We miss you dearly
Your loving family

E.A. Steveni �
scaper, died July 6 at Florida Med-
ical Center. Service 1 p.m., Thurs-
day in the chapel.

Dade Corrections Officer, died
July 6. Service was held.

69, died July
4 at Plantation
General Medi-
cal Center. Ser-
vice was held.

Hall Ferguson Hi-witt
RELLS, ,82,
former pastor of
First Missionary
Baptist Church
(Lincoln City),
died July 7 at
North Shore
Medical Cen-
ter. Survivors
include: wife, Yvonne; daughter,
Bishop Cassie Sorrells-Brown;
sons, Robert and Ronald Starks;
step son, Min. Eddie Williams. Me-
morial 7-9 p.m., Friday, Greater
New Macedonia MBC. Service 12
noon, Saturday, Shekinah Glory

EUGENE HUNTER, 57, long-
shoreman, died
July 9 at home. .
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, St.
Mary's . Wes-
leyan Methodist

Medical Cen-
ter, employee,
died July 9 at
Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 11a.m.,
Saturday, Coo-
per City Temple

49, self employed, died July 12
at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Range Coconut Grove
died July 11 at
South Miami
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
son, Sted-
man (Valeeria);
daughter, Helen;
grandson, Stephan; granddaugh-
ter, Jihan ; sister, Myrtis Burke (Dr.
Gerald); and a host of nieces, neph-
ews, cousins, other relative and
friends. Viewing 5 - 7 p.m., Friday,
The Church of God In Christ (South
Miami). Homegoing Services 12:30
p.m., Saturday, Mt. Olive Mission-
ary Baptist Church (South Miami).

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

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In The Miami Times

HAZEL CLANTON, 79, social,:'
worker, died July 11. Final rites
and burial, Baltimore, MD, Gary
March Funeral Home.

ECKERD J. PUGH, 25, janitor,
died July 17 at
Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service was

75, truck driver,
died July 10 at
North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 2 p.m.
Saturday, Mt.
Calvary M.B.C.

WILLIAM INGRAM, 55, register
for Miami Dade
County Public
School, died
July 9 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day in the cha-

57, plumber, died July 9 at North
Shore Medical Center. Service 2
p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

caddy, died July 9 at Aventura
Medical Center, Service was held.

trician, died July 11 at Aventura
Medical Center. Arrangements are

RALPH BAILEY, 57, carpenter,
died July 12 a Jackson South Hos-
pital. Arrangements are incom-

BABY GIRL CARIA, infant, died
July 11 at Miami Children's Hospi-
tal. Arrangements are incomplete.

WILLIAM PERSON, 81, laborer,
died July 7 at North Shore Medical
Center. Arrangements are incom-

OLLIE ROYAL, 71, lawn ser-
vice, died July 11 at home. Service
2 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

writer, died June 11 at home. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

July 13 in Orlando. Service 4 p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

dent, died July
10. Arrange-
ments are in-


16R THF MIAMI TIMFS, IIllY 15-21 72009

Black, Hispanic children

turned away from Pa. pool

By Larry Miller

Harkening back to a time when
racial segregation was a way of
life in America, a local private
swimming club is under fire for
excluding a group of Black and
Hispanic children.
Concerned citizens held a
protest July 9 in response to re-
ports of racial discrimination at
the Valley Swim Club, located at
22 Tomlinson Road in Hunting-
don Valley.
The accusations have also got-
ten the attention of Sen. Arlen
Specter, who said he found the
reports disturbing and that his
office is planning to launch an
"The allegations against the
swim club as they are reported
are extremely disturbing," Spec-
ter said in a prepared state-
ment. "I am reaching out to the
parties involved to ascertain the
facts. Racial discrimination has
no place in America today."
Allegedly, the Valley Swim
Club banned 65 Black and His-
panic children from the facility
following questions from club
members asking about the pres-
ence of minorities last month.
The incident started on June
29 after the Creative Steps Day
Camp paid The Valley Swim Club
$1,950 for one day of swimming
a week through Aug. 10. The
children, ages 5 through 12 ar-
rived at the pool around 3:30
p.m. for their first day of fun.
According to the camp's direc-
tor, Alethea Wright, a few of the
children came up to her and re-
ported that they overheard oth-
er club members asking what
were Blacks doing at the pool
and comments about the color
of their skin.
Wright, who was unavailable
for comment by Tribune press
time, said in a published report
that she didn't personally hear
any of the remarks and noted
that there was no misbehaving
on the part of her children.
However, there was a state-
ment on the camp's Web site.
"The Valley Club is deeply trou-
bled by the recent allegations of
racism, which are completely
untrue," the statement said. "We
had originally agreed to invite
the camps to use our facility,
knowing full well that the chil-
dren from the camps were from
multi-ethnic backgrounds. Un-
fortunately, we quickly learned
that we underestimated the ca-
pacity of our facilities and real-

ized that we could not accom-
modate the number of children
from these camps. All funds
were returned to the camps and
we will re-evaluate the issue at a
later date to determine whether
it can be feasible in the future.
"Our Valley Club deplores dis-
crimination in any form, as is
evidenced by our multi-ethnic
and diverse membership," the
statement added. "Whatever
comments may or may not have
been made by an individual
member is an opinion not shared
by The Valley Club Board."
On July 3, club president
John Duesler refunded the
$1,950 and according to Wright,
allegedly offered no explanation
other than the club's member-
ship no longer wanted the chil-
dren at the pool.
And in another published
report, Duesler apologized to
Wright and told her that the
club's membership out-voted
him, saying, "Miss Wright, I
truly apologize, I'm so embar-
rassed, but the membership
has overthrown me in votes and
you're not going to be able to
come back to the club."
Numerous efforts by The Tri-
bune to reach Duesler by phone
were unsuccessful. An automat-
ed recording said that the mail-
box is full.
In response to the allegations
of racial discrimination, com-
munity leaders and concerned
residents planned a protest at
the club on July 9.
Representatives from the
NAACP said they are attempt-
ing to meet with club officials to
determine what happened and
for the moment have turned
the case over to the Human Re-
lations Commission, according
to local and state NAACP Presi-
dent J. Whyatt Mondesire.
"We've been getting a lot of
calls about this, as you can
imagine. We've alerted local
legislators and have met with
area ministers from the Baptist
Alliance regarding this," said
Donald L. Clark, president of
the Willow Grove branch of the
NAACP. "The NAACP is keep-
ing a close eye on this situa-
tion and right now we're wait-
ing to hear from the club. This
symbolizes an anti-community
interest and a lot of people we
have no control over are very
angry about this. We've been
trying to contact club officials
to meet with them because we
have a readiness to change the

Littleton Mitchell civil rights

activist 90, dies in crash

- Delaware civil rights activist
Littleton Mitchell has died in a
crash near his Delaware City
The crash occurred around
3 p.m. Monday on Wrangle Hill
Road when Mitchell's Toyota
Prius crossed the centerline and
collided with a GMC Savana.
Delaware State Police say
90-year-old Mitchell was pro-
nounced dead during surgery at
Christiana Hospital. The driver of
the Savana, Richard Pilichowski,
was treated and released.
Mitchell, who served as one of
the Tuskegee Airmen, was presi-
dent of the state chapter of the
NAACP for more than 30 years
and was a key figure in eliminat-
ing segregation in Delaware.
Mitchell was also the first

Civil rights activist

Black teacher in Delaware to
teach white students.

Sixth swine flu death in Miami-Dade

The Miami-Dade County
Health Department confirmed
on Tuesday the county's sixth
death related to swine flu.
Health officials confirmed a
53-year-old woman was the
sixth death.
Our hearts and prayers go out
to the families and friends for
their loss. We need to contin-
ue to follow the recommended
precautions to avoid spreading
infections," said Lillian Rivera,
RN, MSN, PhD, Administrator
Miami-Dade County Health De-
Other County swine flu deaths
were another 53-year-old
woman, a 51-year-old man, a
31-year-old woman, a 63-year-
old man and a 9-year-old boy.
The County has so far had

716 confirmed cases of swine
"We need to continue to follow
the recommended precautions
to avoid spreading infections,"
said Lillian Rivera, administra-
tor of the Miami-Dade County
Health Department.
The Miami-Dade County
Health Department recom-
mends the following: People
with respiratory illness should
stay home, and away from work
or school to avoid spreading in-
fections, including influenza, to
others in the community. Avoid
close contact with people who
are coughing or otherwise ap-
pear ill. Avoid touching your
eyes, nose and mouth. Wash
hands frequently to lessen the
spread of respiratory illness.

Pax Villa (Broward)
PIERRE C. DONAT, 69, died
June 22 in Pembroke Pines. Ser-
vice was held.

homemaker, died July 4 in Haiti.
Service 10 a.m., Thursday, St.
Helen's Catholic Church, Fort Lau-

SHERLINE CIUS, 18, student,
died June 14 in Boca Raton. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday, St. Jo-
seph Catholic Church, Pembroke

carpenter, died July 8 in Fort Lau-
derdale. Arrangements are incom-

ELIZE NORESTIN, 60, pastor,
died July 5. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
urday, Haitian evangelical Baptist
Church of Homestead.

interior decorator, died June 26
in Lauderdale 'Lakes. Service was

chanic, died June 26 in Hollywood.
Service was held.

landscaper, died June 8 in Coral
Springs. Service was held.

beautician, died July 7. Service
was held.

laborer, died July 7. Service was

customer service, died July 3. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Sunday, Maranatha
Seven Day Adventist Church.

dental office manager, died July 6.
Arrangements are incomplete.

ROGER DAVIS, 28, died July 5.
Arrangements are incomplete.

July 10. Arrangements are incom-

JOYCE CONLEY, 56, died July
5. Arrangements are incomplete.

July 11. Service was held.

July 11. Arrangements are incom-

DINARDO L. DAVIS, 37, died
July 12. Arrangements are incom-

LENORA JONES, 86, died July
12. Arrangements are incomplete.

LOY HOWELL, 73, died July
12. Arrangements are incomplete.

Happy Birthday In Memoriam In Memoriam
In loving memory of, In loving memory of, In loving memory of,

DOO DOO 11/19/39 - 07/14/08
07/13/89 - 11/24/08

Hi Doo Doo man. We know
it's your birthday so let's ride
From your loving mom;
sister, Monique; Grandmom
Betty, Auntie Tammy and Ni-
cole; Uncle Earl and Chicken

Hadley's Opa-locka
JEAN J. DARNIUS, 34, coun-
selor, died June 20 in Riverside,
California. Service was held.

er, died July 12 at Jackson, North
Hospital. Arrangements are in-

ROBERT LEWIS, 71, shipping
clerk, died July 11. Service 1p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

Death Notice

63, human resources admin-
istrator for Miami Dade Coun-
ty-DHS, died July 13, Mount.
Sinai Hospital. Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel at
Grace Funeral Home.

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SLocal music producer works with Diddy

- -- -

En Vogue makes

live comeback

By Sean Michaels

Almost 20 years after the release of their first album, En Vogue
have reunited. All four members appeared at the Essence Music
festival in New Orleans last week, performing old hits, promising
fans a new album, and even talking up a reality TV show.
"It's like we never missed a beat," said Cindy Herron-Bragg. "It
feels normal again."
Created by producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, En
Vogue formed the template for female R&B groups in the 90s.
The quartet of singers, Cindy Herron-Bragg, Terry Ellis, Dawn
Robinson and Maxine Jones, sold more than 20 million.albums
worldwide and enjoyed seven gold singles in the US. But for all
their successes, En Vogue ultimately became the "other" R&B
group, dwarfed by acts like TLC and, later, Destiny's Child. Rob-
inson left the quartet in 1997, followed by Jones in 2001.
Though En Vogue recorded albums in 2002 and 2004, they
were released on independent labels and sold poorly.
"We come from a time when 'singing' was the norm," Herron-
Bragg emphasized after the performance. Now in their forties,
En Vogue's members paint a different picture from the image-
obsessed pop of Lady Gaga.
"I think that's one of the things that continues to draw fans
to us." That said, the group have every intention of catching the
2009 style - and hope to do it with the help of a reality TV series.
"It's just another venue to get our music out there," Robinson
said. "The industry has changed. It's not just about getting a
record deal anymore. It's about exposure."

Author J.L. King to debut

at the Joseph Caleb Center
The Miami Times Staff Report

Renowned author J.L. King will debut in the play His Double
Life presented by No Jive Productions at the Joseph Caleb Au-
ditorium, located at 5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue, at 7:30 p.m.,
July 18.
A play devoted to educating and empowering the Black com-
munity about HIV/AIDS.
"Ignorance has been the one number cause of the de facto
genocide destroying our communities. We need people to under-
stand knowledge is power, and prevention and early detection
saves lives", adamantly declares Nial Martin, Executive Director
and Creator of the No Jive Productions.
All-star cast includes Miami's own, Keith Brown (Rev. James
Sanders), Alicia Simpson (Brenda Sanders), Darryl Gilyard (Theo
Martin), Diamond Taylor (Matthew Sanders), Latoya Roberts
(Vanessa Clark), Andrieve Dacosta (Wynnika Jones) Joyce War-
ren (Aunt Gail) and Louise Senatus (Cheryl Jones).


his dreams to the top

By Sandra J. Charite

Issac Opus's model for life is:
"Work hard now and sleep lat-
At 27, Opus's passion for mu-
sic flourishes as he takes a step
forward in the industry--pro-
ducing music.
Today, he has worked and
produced tracks with several
artists in the industry that in-
clude Sean "Diddy" Combs, Flo
Rida, Brisco, Cassie, Yung Joc,
Ace Hood, and 50 Cent.
"I have been doing music
my whole life," said Opus who
started playing the drums at an
early age then progressed into
music production.
Opus told The Miami Times
last week that he never really
took music production seri-
ously; but he started a.5 a ghost
producer and did producing for
other producers.
In time, a light lit inside of
him and he started to enjoy pro-
"I learned that music is not
about playing a note but ex-
pressing yourself," he said.

His first major placement
was "Blood Money" which was
featured on popular radio DJ
Khaled's We Global album.
'Diddy Boppin' featuring Yung
Joc, which has hit radio air-
ways across the country, is one
of Opus' latest projects.
The one time rock fan who
played in a band for two years
fell in love with Hip-hop after
hearing Westside Connection's
90's hit, "Bow Down."
Now, Opus's music genre is
Please turn to DREAMS 3C

Isaac Opus using the Open Labs Miko to produce some
hot tracks -Photo/Pro Beat magazine

Plenty more Michael Jackson music to come

By Associated Press

Michael Jackson had a moun-
tain of unreleased recordings in
the vault when he died - mu-
sic that is almost certain to be
packaged and repackaged for
his fans in the years to come.
The material includes unused
tracks from studio sessions of
some of Jackson's best albums,
as well as more recently record-
ed songs made with Senegalese
R&B singer and producer Akon
and Black Eyed Peas frontman
"There are dozens and dozens
of songs that did not end up on
his albums," said Tommy Mot-
tola, who from 1998 to 2003
was chairman and CEO of Sony
Music, which owns the distri-
bution rights to Jackson's mu-
sic. "People will be hearing a lot
of that unreleased material for
the first time ever. There's just
some genius and brilliance in
The releases, Mottola said,
"could go on for years and years
- even more than Elvis."
Since Jackson's death Thurs-
day, there has been an enor-
mous, almost, unprecedented
demand for the King of Pop's
music. Nielsen SoundScan said
Wednesday that three of- his
records - "Number Ones," "Es-
sential Michael Jackson" and

"Thriller - were the best-selling
albums of the week, and 2.3
million tracks of his have been
downloaded in the U.S. alone.
When a music star of Jack-
son's stature dies, labels typi-
cally comb through their ar-
chives to pull out anything they
can release. New compilations
of recordings by performers
such as Elvis, Tupac and Jeff
Buckley are still released nearly
every year.
Mottola, who has described
himself as the "shepherd and

gatekeeper" of Jackson's cata-
log and is familiar with it better
than anyone, said that for every
album Jackson made - includ-
ing classics like 1979's "Off the
Wall" and 1982's "Thriller" - he
recorded several tracks that
didn't make it onto the records.
(Mottola had only laudatory
things to say about Jackson,
who criticized Mottola in 2002
as a racist. Among those who
defended Mottola at the time
was the Rev. Al Sharpton.)
The details of who owns Jack-

son's unreleased music and
concert footage are not entirely
clear. Sony Music declined to
comment. A person involved
with the label who requested
anonymity said no new proj--
ects or compilations are being
planned yet.
The Jackson family has not
publicly discussed plans for
Jackson's catalog. In a 2002
will filed in 'court Wednesday,
the pop star left his entire es-
tate to a family trust, with his
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BB shows Montreux fans why he's "King of the Blues"

By Jason Rhodes

BB King showed why he is
still "King of the Blues" at 83 in
a welcome return to the Mon-
treux Festival.
"I decided to give up playing
the guitar," teased King, back
on the road after a farewell Eu-
ropean tour three years ago, to
cries of "nol" from the crowd.
"I'm glad you said that 'cos
I didn't mean it," said King,
charming the Stravinski Audi-
torium by Switzerland's Lake
Geneva with his old-style show-
manship and gentlemanly wit.
Jazz singer Sweet Georgia
Brown started the evening with
a primordial holler from offstage
that left the crowd, impatiently
awaiting the arrival of King,,
wondering if a hurricane was
about to blow.
Brown finally showed the au-
dience her physical presence at
the end of her opening "Let The
Good Times Roll" before blast-

ing them away for an hour with
electric blues vocals delivered
with the raw power of an Etta
James and Janis Joplin in their
The set culminated in a stand-
ing ovation for Brown -- rare for
an opening act playing her first
major European date.
The singer was plucked from
relative obscurity after the
Jazz Foundation invited festi-
val organizer Claude Nobs and
legendary bandleader Quincy
Jones, who produced Michael
Jackson's "Thriller" album, to
hear Brown in one of the New
York clubs she has been playing
in a career spanning 59 years.
"It's like a dream come true
for.me," Brown told Reuters be-
fore she joined King and guitar
legend George Benson, due to
headline the festival on Mon-
day, for an impromptu late-
night jam session.
But King, returning for his
19th appearance at the jazz fes-

U.S. blues legend B.B. King performs during the 43rd
Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux July 12,2009.
-Photo REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud

tival, showed he was not going
to be outdone on his own stage
and that he remains the great-
est living bluesman.
"This is a very special night

because the music I love the
most is the blues," Nobs told
the eager crowd. "I think we
should be finished in time for



ByD. Rihr Srca

In a beautiful ceremony,
Denise Duran became a June
bride to groom John Smith
before family, church members,
and friends at the St. Paul
A.M.E. Church last month. The
couple chose lavender and white
as their colors. John Robinson
was the best man; Christine
Altidon was the faithful maid
of honor; Nancy Casmir was
devoted matron of honor; Rev.
Kenneth McKee, officiant; a
limousine and a 22-passenger
Hummer escorted them to and
from the church.
The ceremony began with

patches of a flower
design on the and
After reaching
the front of
the church,
the couple participated in
the greetings, the charge,
exchange of vows, blessings of
rings, and recessional to the
transportation that took them
to the Princess Starlite Banquet
Hall for the reception and
celebration, where they partied
until day break and the newly
weds left for a short Las Vegas

the seating of parents
of the groom, Mr. and a **
Mrs. John Smith, and The fourth of
parents of the bride, July was well used
Mr., and Mrs. Denise by Ted and Sylvia
Altidon. Followed Williams-Garner,
by the entrance of founder of Faith,
the bridesmaids E Empowerment,
and groomsmen, Education, Integrity
Jilda Joseph and and Pride (FEEIP)
Dave Severe, Gilda DENISE AND and their families
Theophil and Gesdon DURAN SMITH for bringing

Theophil, Cassandra
St. Preux and Aldo Magga,
Vanessa Joseph and Mike
Mayoga, Bernice Joseph and
Jeff Mayoga, Laane Smith and
Jean Pricien, Nathalie Altidon
and Johntay Smith.
Also, ring bearers, Joshua
and Jayden Simmons; flower
girls, Raquel Paul and Nevack
Joseph; princess, Angela
Altidon; and hosts, Kerren
Joseph and Angie Charles.
The couple also selected "Here
I' Am" by Beyonce for the
processional, "Make Me Whole"
for the entrance of the bride and
"Ava Maria" sung by Christine
Altidon during the lighting of
the candles.
The bride entered the
church on the arm of her father
attired with an atara at the top
of head, a sparkling necklace,
mini-earrings and veil, and
a. sleeveless ruffle gown with

the Eighteenth
family reunion to i Miami after
being organized for 36 years.
Furthermore, it started with a
reception on Friday Night at the
home of the Garners, followed
by a picnic in Miami Beach.
A church service will took
place at the Mt. Tabor Baptist
Church on Sunday and ended
with an Awards Banquet and
Graduation Ceremony at the
Church of the open Door.
Special congratulations
go out to the participating
families, such as The Gardens,
Ayers, Beasley, Douglas,
Harris, Masons, Olivers and
Turners that traveled as
far West as Washington; far
North as New York, and far
South as Pensacola, especially
the Garner family members
that planned, prepared, and
postured the entire weekend.
Positive comments were

articulated by family members
that were taken aback with the
home reception, picnic, church
service and banquet.
The Banquet Program was
moderated by Gwen Ayers
Mason of Birmingham,, Ala.,
and, of course, she was brilliant
while moving the program with
grace. The first on the program
was the processional of the
graduates with Rev. Richard
Clements and Dr. Richard
J. Strachan, pianist. High
schools included Keldric Hill
and Keisha Mobley, Booker
T. Washington High School,
Jasmine Hill, Forrestville High
School in Baltimore,
Md.; Brednia Fowler,
Bastrop High School,
Texas; Teddy Garner,
Miramar High School
in Miramar; De'Onte
Rudolph, Timerline High
School, Washington.
College and university
recipients included SP
Jamal A. Williams, SP
Florida Memorial
University; Andre Smith,
Bethune Cookman University
in Daytona Beach; Kenneth
Rudolph,. Collins College in
Arizona; and Erica Soland,
Brooklyn College in New York.
Others on the program
included Rev. Richard Mobley
of Fellow Christian Ministry in
Pensacola and Eloise Rudolph
who introduced the speaker;
Vice president, Olympia
Washington and Curtis
Rudolph, speaker, Keshawn
Lindsey, presentation of FEEIP
Future Leaders, "The Fallen
Angels" Memorial by Carrie
DeBerry, Pensacola. Theodore
R. Garner, founder/president
emeritus, presented gifts to
Mayor Clyde Rudolpn III,
president, Knoxville, TN.
Also, members from Mt.
Tabor, suchasDorothyBaldwin,
Gussie Ervin, Mary Fussell,
Herbert Glaze, Zoriah Hobbs,
Patricia McArthur, Marguerite
McKain, DeShanizty Strum,
Dr. Lorraine F. Strachan, Vera
Walker, Dianne Williams,
Pauline Wright, Vernell

Williams, and Dora Williams.

Whenever there is an
event touching on the history of
South Florida, you will find Dr.
Enid C. Pinkney in the midst
of planning, preparing and
producing. Be it the African-
American Committee of Dade
Heritage Trust, The Hampton
House Trust or the Circle in
Downtown Miami, where its
beginning has been challenged
and Dr. Pinkney has brought a
resolution to solve its challenges.
Presently, she is faced with
the authenticity of the Lemon
City Cemetery, where
Charles Flowers,
a former assistant
principal, met with.her
and declared existence
back in 1936, along
with Johnny Person
and Roy Person.
Pinkney is involved
IRKS with an annual
commemorative service
honoring persons buried in the
City Cemetery with Leome and
Angela Culmer researching
the details and the African-
American Committee members
break the television time to
execute it with dedication,
dignity, and determination.
There are eye witnesses to
the speculation, but a new
community stands in the way
of continuance, Keep in mind
obstacles do not impede her
progress and whatever has to
be done she will do it with her
committee backing her up.

Speaking of Bahamians,
the American Bahamian
Federation of South Florida
at its monthly meeting last
Sunday. And, according
to James Moss, president
emeritus, the president is Mavis
Kerr, vice president, Therie
Swoots, general secretary,
Janet'M. Williams, treasurer,
Vonia Washington, financial
treasurer, Latonya Waller,

chaplain, Rev. Dr. Phillip
Clark, and assistant chaplain,
Grady Foots.
Other board members are
Edroy Ferguson, Glen George,
Alva McCloud, Bessie Clarke,
Franklin Williams, Timothy
Devous, Godfrey Eastian,
James Moss, George Johnson
and Reggie Johnson. Meetings
are held at the St. Matthews
MBC., beginning at 6 p.m.,
every fourth Sunday.

Shocking news
reverberated on the
passing of two icons
who graduated from
College / University
years apart. Roslyn
Lynette Scippio GAS
Sparks and Cleomi
Forbes Johnson
Bethel, at Macedonia MBC in
the Grove and St. Matthews
MBC in Liberty City with Rev.
Rudolph Daniels, pastor, and
Rev. Dr. Phillip Clark, pastor
officiating, respectfully last
Bethel and Sparks left
the college to serve, and,
of course, they served well
beyond the call of duty as
dedicated alumni on the local
and national levels since
graduation. Their popularity
brought an overflowing crowd
to both churches and the
services lasted for four hours
each, including resolutions
from the City of Miami, Miami-
Dade County, the alumni and
the university.
At Macedonia MBC,
recordings of the Bethune
Concert Chorale included
"Total Praise" and "Order My
Steps" to the delight of the
audience, while the choir from
St. Matthews complimented the
family with Cleomi's favorite
songs. Further, some of the
speakers were Warren Scippio,
Kendrick Whittle, Soror
Kay Sullivan, Dr. Richard J.
Strachan, Faye Jimenez, Gail
Scippio, Hope Elaine Scippio,
Lizette Berrios, Mae Edith

,Scippio Johnson, soloist, and
nephew, Rev. Calvin McFadden
of Fellowship Bible in Warner
Robins, Ga.
Others in attendance at
both services includedpresident,
Carol Weatherington, student
representative on the trustee
board, Audley Coakley, past
national alumni president,
John Williams; Sandra
Jackson, Deborah Simmons,
Emma Curry, Shirley
Archie, Eunice
Hogan, Lois Oliver,
Marion Johnson,
Geraldine Gilyard,
Vanessa Gilbert, Alice
Bryant, M. Dolores
Richardson, and
Delores Washington.
Also Shelaine
RNER Welters, Gwen
Welters, Katie Turner,
Lucienne Debe,
Tiffany "Falco" Bell, Julia
Fako, Carrie D. Parker,
Juanita Rolle Harris, Priscilla
Dobbs, Gloria Green, Sen.
Frederica S. Wilson, Shirley
Archie, Evelyn McFadden,
Jamimaro McFadden, Evelyn
Roberts, Janice S. Givens,
Constance Gilbert, Dr. Eddie
J. Strachan and wife, Betty.

Prayers go out to the
Michael Jackson family for
their lost, while many tears
were shed by the Richard and
Lorraine Strachan family,
because their daughter, Lori
Michele adored MJ and had
to see him in Jacksonville, his
closest appearance.
So being good and
obedient parents, we filled up
the gas tank and left Miami at 1
p.m., made a stop at Bethune-
Cookman, and arrived in
Jacksonville at 6 p.m. so 11-
year old Lori could see her
idol. She duplicated him with
the glove, jacket and hat.
Upon leaving the stadium,
she ,was mistaken for Michael
and waved to please those that
thought she was Michael. She
smiled then and shed tears

By Ana raceSwedin

Lemuel R. Moncur, II is in
Anaheim, Calif. for the Young
Adults Festival. Layminister
Moncur will co-host a work-
shop at YAF entitled, "Engaging
and Changing --Get Involved as
a Young Adult." Lemuel is the
son of Florence Moncur and
the grandson of Lemuel and
Florence Moncur.

*********** *
Get Well Wishes to David
Davis, Charles L. Hudson,
Sr., Zeola Cohen-Jones,
Grace Heastie-Paterson,
Lydia Johnson, Carmetta
Brown-Russell, Wendell
Stirrup, Doris McKinney-
Pittman, Elouise Bain-Far-
rington, Herbert Rhodes,
Jr. and Ismae Prescott (liv-

ing in Miami with
her nephew).

*********** |
Attention all
members of Saint
Agnes and former
The ladies of St. Agnes' Giild
cordially invite you to partici-
pate in the construction of a
Historic Saint Agnes Episco-
pal Church' Family, Q-U-I-L-
T. All members past and pres-
ent can take a part. We must
know your answer by October
24. I am sure your parents or
grandparents would love. to
think you and your family re-
membered them. Thank you.

******** **

Chauncey Edgecombe,
Henry Errol Puyol and John-
ny. Johnson attended Grand
Encampment of Knights Tem-
ple in Dallas; Texas.

President Barack Obama
discussed fatherhood at a
White House town hall meet-
ing. He told the audience,
"Fathers are our first teach-
ers and coaches. They were
mentors and they're our role
Obama, who grew up with-
out his father present, en-
couraged men to break the
fatherless cycle. He stated,
"Just because your own father
wasn't there for you, that's not
an excuse for you to be absent
also---it's all the more reason
for you to be present.
The Apollo Theater in New
York City known as the place
where "Stars are born and
legends are made" turned 75

last week.

Serena, Venus - and Tiger
Woods continue to make us
all proudin their chosen pro-
fessions of tennis and golf. See
what determination and.prac-
tice can do, boys and girls.

*********** *
Wedding Anniversary
Greetings to the following
couples: David and Normita
Williams, July 7, their 29th;
Thomas L. and Charlie Al-
bury, Jr., July 8, their 31st;
Jamil and Tami H. Idun-
Ogde, July 10, their 5th and
Bishop James and Marga-
rette Flowers, July 8, their

Thank you,. Bill Diggs,
president/CEO of the
Miami-Dade Chamber of
Commerce, for your article,
"Saggy Pants: Wearers show
a lack of respect." Your ar-
ticle need to be given to ev-

ery boy and some men. Most
people in America are tired
.of sagging pants. Remember
young men, in order to get
most jobs,, you must dress
presentably and not outland-
ish. We all love you and just
want the best for all of you.

Shirley Rolle received a
surprise birthday party by
her niece, Dashawn Moss, at
Caf6 Soul. I was heard it was
a blast, classmate. I am very
sorry I miss all of the fun and

Alysa Stanton became
the first-ever Black female
rabbi. She states that it was
her faith in God and belief
in Judaism that guided her.
Her parents are Pentecostal.
In August, Stanton will begin,
her post at Congregation Bayt
Shalom in Greensville, N.C., a
synagogue affiliated with both

the Reform and Conservative
movements. She is the first
Black female rabbi to lead a
majority white congregation.

Joycelyn Newbold-Smith
was feted on her 94th birthday
with a picnic and birthday par-
ty in Forest Park in Richmond
Hills-Queens given by her son
and daughter in law, Roland
and Barbara Burroughs and
her grandkids. June 25 was
Joycelyn Natal day. Parents
Neville and Sharda, Sean
Constantine celebrated with
great grandmother, Joycelyn.
Sean first birthday was June
22. Another birthday party was
held for Bailey-Constantine at
the Rye Beach Park on July 7.
That same day, his father Jef-
frey and Nicole joined in with
their son in the double celebra-
tion of father and son. Roland
and Barbara are the grandpar-
ents of Bailey Constantine

Sony holds distribution rights to music

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mother and his children named as
Steve Gordon, an entertainment
lawyer and author of "The Future of
the Music Business," worked at Sony
Music during the 1990s. He said he
was at Sony when Jackson's last
contract was negotiated, though he
acknowledged it could have recently
been updated.
Gordon said Jackson owns some of
his master recordings, while others
are owned in partnership with Sony.
Regardless, he said, Sony retains
exclusive distribution rights for any-
thing Jackson produced during the
term of their contract.
Gordon said he expects Sony's Leg-
acy Recordings division to do some-
thing similar to what it did with Elvis
and create a division purely for Jack-
son's catalog.
"They've done every kind of config-
uration to try to squeeze more mon-
ey out of the catalog with Elvis and
they'll do it with Michael Jackson -
be sure of it," Gordon said. "I imag-
ine that there's a ... load of concert
recordings that may or may not have
been released."
Jackson's last original album was
2001's "Invincible." His 2005 child
molestation trial and other controver-

sies distracted him from recording,
but he was active in recent years.
He died just weeks before he was
to perform 50 concerts at London's
02 arena in what was supposed to
be his comeback. He had also be-
gun working on new material.
Two weeks before he died, he
wrapped up work on an elaborate
production dubbed the 'Dome
Project," which could be the final
finished video piece over-
seen by Jackson.
Two people nxith
knowledge of
the project con-
firmed its exis-
tence Monday
to The Associ-
ated Press on
condition they
not be identi-
fied because
they signed
ality agree-
Four sets
were construct -
ed for Jackson's
production, in-
cluding a cemetery
recalling his famous
"Thriller" video. Shoot-
ing for the project lasted
from June 1 to June 9.


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Thousands show up for memorial in Jackson's hometown

GARY, Indiana (AP) - This
gritty steel-making city where
Michael Jackson got his start
playing on street corners with
his brothers and competing in
talent shows said goodbye to
the King of Pop with a show that
featured experienced home-
grown talent, as well as young-
sters who hope to follow in his
More than 6,000 people
showed up for Friday's upbeat
memorial event, which included
performers singing and danc-
ing to his hits, video montages
of Jackson and comments from
the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gary's
mayor and people who knew.
Michael Jackson when his
family lived in the city located
30 miles southeast of Chicago.
People in the crowd said the
celebration was fitting for the
King of Pop.
"It brought back a lot of
memories," said Betty Nichol-
son, 52, of Gary, who said she
used to perform at some of the
same talent shows as Jackson
and his brothers. "The show

was fantastic."
Some of the biggest applause
came before the three-plus-
hour event started, when Jack-
son's hits were playing over the
public address system at the
Steel Yard, Gary's minor league
baseball park, and young chil-
dren and teenagers went out to
the dugout and mimicked his
Two Gary natives - Chester
Gregory, who has appeared on
Broadway, and Deniece Wil-
liams, known for her pop hit
"Let's Hear It For the Boy" from
the movie "Footloose" - sang
music that wasn't Jackson's.
Gregory sang Jackie Wilson's
"(Your Love Keeps Liftin' Me)
Higher and Higher" because
Wilson was a singer Jack-
son tried to emulate. Williams
sang "Black Butterfly," a song
about a caterpillar's struggles
to change that she recorded in
the early 1990s. She said it fit
"Because that's what he did.
It was a struggle through the
pain, through everything. At

Four-year-old Jalynn Hurt stands in front of the stage prior to the
start of a memorial service for Michael Jackson at the Steelyard,
a minor league baseball park in Jackson's boyhood hometown on
Friday in Gary, Indiana.

the end of the day he still was
a beautiful, beautiful crea-
ture with wings that flew and
jtquched not only the United
States but the .world and will
continue to touch the world
forever," Williams said before

her performance.
Jackson spent the first 11
years of his life in Gary, until
the Jackson 5 struck it big in
1969. By that time, the steel
industry, in which Jackson's
father had worked, had started

Hip-Hop cash kings raking in millions

By Zack O'Malley Greenburg

After attending the NBA Draft
in June, Jay-Z threw a party
at his 40/40 Club in midtown
Manhattan, partying until the
morning hours with friends Le-
Bron James and Spike Lee. Not
bad for a guy who took a 57 per-
cent pay cut this year.
The Brooklyn-born rapper
pulled in an estimated $35 mil-
lion over the past 12 months,

topping our annual list of Hip-
Hop Cash Kings. It's far from
the $82 million he made last
year, but more than enough to
reclaim the crown from 2008's
monarch, 50 Cent. The Queens
native drops to fourth place
with $20 million, down from
$150 million a year ago.
Both rappers had a hard time
living up to prior yearly totals
fattened by one-time mega-
deals. For 50, it was a $100 mil-

lion windfall from the sale of his
stake in 'VitaminWater parent
Glaceau to Coca-Cola; for Jay-
Z, a front-loaded $150 million
deal with concert promoter Live
"The timing of Jay's deal
couldn't have been more per-
fect," says singer-songwriter-
producer Akon, fourth on this
year's list. "Those numbers,
aren't going to be flying around

Last year, the top 20 Hip-Hop
Cash Kings made $500 mil-
lion; this year they made $300
million, a 40 percent drop. 50
Cent's VitaminWater stake was
responsible for one-fifth of the
total take last year. Its absence
accounts for half of hip-hop's-
year-over-year decline.

to decline. Over the following
decades, the city's unemploy-
ment and poverty soared, crime
increased and the population
Jackson came back to Gary
just once, in 2003. A speech
he gave then was featured in
one of the memorial's video
montages. In it, Jackson fin-
ished by saying: "Gary, you
are family, you always will
be, I love you."
Mayor Rudy Clay said
Jackson made the city
known worldwide.
. "He's going to put on those
golden slippers and he's go-
ing to dance all over God's
heaven," Clay said.
He later unveiled a 7-foot-
high granite slab. with an,'
etching of Jackson stand-
ing on his tiptoes with the

words "King of Pop" and his
birth date and death date.
Clay said it would be the
first item in a Jackson mu-
seum he hopes to see the
city build.
Organizers said more than
30 members of Jackson's
family attended the event,
including his father, Joe
Jackson, who arrived sur-
rounded by security just as
Jesse Jackson was finishing
In his remarks, Jesse Jack-
son praised the pop icon's
parents for the job they did rais-
ing their family while living in a
small two-bedroom house in a
working-class neighborhood.
"Today we thank and praise
God for .Michael and we praise
God for the Jackson family," he

Musician has many interests

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universal in that he praises
the sounds of jazz, gospel and
Born in Miami but raised in
Fort Lauderdale, Opus, a Hai-
tian-American, attended West-
minster Academy, from which
he graduated in 2000.
He pursued an education at
the University of Miami earn-
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One was in mathematics, one
in physics and one in econom-
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Public transit alerts now

available in Miami-Dade
The Miami Times Staff Report

To make it easy for residents who constantly take Miami-Dade
public transportation and want to avoid delays, residents can now
sign up to receive alerts about service delays.
The new Rider Alert system lets passengers sign up for e-mail
or text message alerts ,on bus, Metrorail and Metromover service
The system also permits paratransit customers to sign up to re-
ceive special transportation service updates.
" Residents can register by going to www.miamidade.gov/transit
and click "Rider Alert Registration" in the left navigation bar under
"Rider Tools" and select to receive alerts on specific train stations
or bus routes or on the entire Metrorail or Metromover system. f
The county is in the process of creating a new automated fare
collection system that allow customers to pay their fares with a
reloadable card.

A job seeker looks over the employment bulletin board
at the New York State Labor Department's Division of
Employment Services on June 24, 2009.

565K new jobless claims,

lowest level since January

By Christopher S. Rugaber
Associated Press

The number of newly laid-off
workers filing initial claims for
jobless benefits last week fell to
lowest level since early January,
largely due to changes in the
timing of auto industry layoffs.
Continuing claims, mean-
while, unexpectedly jumped to
a record-high. While layoffs are
slowing, unemployed workers
are having a difficult time find-
ing new jobs. The unemploy-
ment rate rose. to 9.5 percent
last month and is expected to

top 10 percent by the end of
this year.
New claims for unemploy-
ment insurance plummeted by
52,000 to 565,000, the Labor
Department said Thursday.
That's significantly below ana-
lysts' expectations of 605,000,
according to Thomson Reuters.
The last time new claims were
below 600,000 was week of Jan.
The drop resulted partly from
technical factors, a department
analyst said. Auto layoffs that
normally take place in early
Please turn to CLAIMS 8D

Miami-Dade students participate in

Summer Youth employment program

Students are greeted by staff as they attend orientation at the Caleb Center for the Summer Youth Employment
program. -Photo/ Miami-Dade County

Hundreds of young people throughout Miami-Dade
County gathered at the Joseph Caleb Center Auditorium
in Brownsville to take part in the Summer Youth Orienta-
With the stimulus funds from the American Recovery,
Act, Miami-Dade in partnership with the .South Florida,
Workforce and Miami-Dade Public Schools was able to of-
fer summer employment to more than 400 young men and
women. The new public employees were welcome to county
government and administration by District 3 County Com-
missioner Audrey M. Edmonson.
Edmonson stated to the aspiring youth, "You will have
the opportunity to get an inside look at several sectors of
government jobs from maintaining a park to preparing an
important Commission agenda item for an upcoming meet-
"This is a unique experience and I trust that you will
make good use of it," she said.
Edmonson and the South Florida Workforce previously
held Summer Youth Employment Recruitment Drive in
May where thousands of qualified youth aged 14-24 signed
up for the program.

Affordable housing goes green

By Tariq Osborne

North Miami's first green-cer-
tified and energy efficient house
opened for tour last week.
According to Melissa Moonves,
Vice President of Adanic Devel-
opment and Construction Ser-
vi'ces, who built the single-fami-
ly dwelling, a family moving into
the home could expect to save
between 40 and 45 percent on
energy costs.
Some green features of the
home include; a solar water
heater, a white metal roof, low-
flow water fixtures, and impact
windows (which do not require
The three bedroom, two bath-
room home has already been
sbld. The buyer, a young
Please turn to GREEN 6D

This innocuous looking home is the first of many "green" affordable homes Adanic
Development & Construction Services plans to build in North Miami, according to
David Harder, the company's president. -The Miami Times Photo/

Commissner Audrey M.Ei

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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson
greets the students participating in the Summer Youth
Employment program during orientation at the Joseph
Caleb Center. -Photo/ Miami-Dade County

Business tips: Problem solving is the key to life

By Farrah Gray
NNPA Columnist

In our jour-
ney of life, we
all have prob-
lems. There
are ofenough
problems to go
around. The
trick is how we
look at them and whether we
react the right way in order to
solve them.
Too often, people are look-
ing at a problem without even
realizing that it is a problem.
Understanding is half the bat-

tie when it comes to problem
solving. You must first under-
stand what a problem is be-
fore attempting to identify it
or even resolve it.
Let's examine what Webster
says about problems:
Definition of problem: a
question raised for consider-
ation; a source of distress and
difficulty in understanding.
Now that you can identify
problems in your life, you can
go about the business of solv-
ing them.
For some, problem solving
is as easy as thinking. For
others, problem solving re-

I f you understand what happened yesterday, it is less likely
that it will go on today. I believe that if we learn enough
about what we have been through and about the people we
have been through it with, we can actually ward off future prob-
lems, solving them before they occur.

quires a process.
Don't Personalize The Prob-
Problem solving means
not personalizing a problem,
realizing that we will all go
through our trials and tribu-
lations. Life is like a roller-
coaster -it has its ups and

If you de-personalize the
problem, it becomes a prob-
lem instead of your problem.
Then you can step to the
problem with the perspective
of: "This too shall pass." Once
you have placed a problem in
its proper perspective, it be-
comes easier to resolve.
The difference is as simple

as saying, "My business is
having difficulties-what can
I do to solve them?" as op-
posed to saying: "My business
is going under."
With the first statement,
there is a clear problem there
that can be resolved. With the
second statement, failure is a
foregone conclusion, and, at
that point, problem solving is
The old question of whether
the glass is half empty or half
full is a pure reference to per-
Learn From Your Problems
"The present is a product

of the past. If you're living for
now, today- without any rela-
tionship or respect for what
happened yesterday - you put
yourself at risk for repeating
the same mistake." - Mos Def
We not only learn from the
situations that life presents
us, but from the people who
are a part of those situations
as well.
That means that we should
pay close attention to the type
of people we meet, because
more than likely, we will meet
those types of people again lat-
er in life.
Please turn to SOLVE PBD


D 6 THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 15-21, 2009

Retailers report weak June sales

By Anne D'innocenzio
Associated Press

NEW YORK - Esca-
lating job worries and
rainy weather damp-
ened shoppers' appe-
tite for buying sum-
mer staples like shorts
and dresses, resulting
in sharper-than-ex-
pected sales declines
for many merchants
in June and increas-
ing concerns about
the back-to-school
shopping season.
As retailers reported
their monthly figures
Thursday, the weak-
ness cut across all
sectors but hit mall-
based clothing stores
particularly hard.
Even low-priced
Costco Wholesale
Corp. saw a same-
store sales . decline
compared with June
last year, when stim-
ulus rebate checks
helped business.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
no longer reports
same-store sales each
month. Among the
few bright spots was
TJX Cos., which sells
name-brand \ clothes
and home furnishings
at discounts.
Same-store sales -
sales at stores open
at least a year - are
considered a key in-
dicator of a retailer's
"Consumers are un-
der severe pressure
on the job front,. so
discretionary spend-
ing is just not hap-
pening, "said Ken
Perkins, president of
retail consulting firm
Retail Metrics LLC.
"This is not setting

up well for the back-
to-school season."
Many areas from
the West Coast to the
Northeast received
two or three times
their normal June
precipitation last
month, according to
National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Admin-
istration's National
Climatic Data Center.
But financial worries
are clearly discourag-
ing shoppers too. The
latest federal jobs re-
port, which' showed
wages shrinking and
higher job losses than
expected in June, is

increasing concerns
about consumers'
ability to spend in the
months ahead.
Merchants are re-
lying more now on
shoppers' paychecks
to fuel purchases
because consumers'
two other key sources
of funding - credit
cards and home eq-
uity loans - have
shrunk. But, seeing
their earnings dwin-
dle, shoppers are
continuing to seek 70
percent discounts.
Job worries caused
consumer confidence,
as measured by the

Home is easy to maintain

continued from 5D

woman, will live there
with her mother, an
immigrant from Haiti.
The family has asked
not to be identified for
privacy reasons.
"I was ecstatic about
it being a green house,"
she said. "As much as
you can do for the en-
vironment, it's always
a plus. I guess the next
step is a green car."
The owner cited the
fact that it was a new
construction, and that
the neighborhood has
a generally good repu-
tation as other reasons
she purchased the
Moonves says the af-
fordable green home
will require no more
maintenance than
neighboring homes and
in some cases less.
"There's really noth-

ing special, except that
you make sure your
light bulbs are com-
pact fluorescent," she
David Harder, presi-
dent of Adanic Devel-
opment and Construc-
tion Services says there
will be more affordable
green housing on the
horizon. "Once you
start building green,
you can't go back," he
"Our company phi-
losophy," he contin-
ued, "is to build ev-
erything we do green.
There's just so much
we can do to make our
homes more energy ef-
ficient. "It does cost a
little more on the de-
velopment side, but
homeowner-and the
planet-benefit," said
Harder. "It's like this
with every movement
that starts," he contin-


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT a meeting of the City of Miiami Commission
has been scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2009, at the City of Miami City Hall,
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133. A private attorney-client
session will be conducted under the parameters of F.S. �286.011(8) [2008]. The
person chairing the regular City of Miami Commission meeting will announce the
commencement of an attorney-client session, closed to the public, for purposes
of discussing the pending litigation case of FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE,
pending in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade
County, Florida, to which the City is presently a party: This private meeting will
begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m. The
session will be attended by the members of the City Commission: Chairman
Joe Sanchez, Angel Gonzalez, Marc Sarnoff, Tomas Regalado, and Michelle
Spence-Jones; the City Manager, Pedro G. Hernandez; the City Attorney, Julie
0. Bru; Deputy City Attorney Warren R. Bittner and Assistant City Attorney Mimi
V. Turin. A certified court reporter will be present to ensure that the session
is fully transcribed and the transcript will be made public upon the conclusion
of the above-cited, ongoing litigation. At the conclusion of the attorney-client
session, the regular Commission meeting will be reopened and the person
chairing the Commission meeting will announce the termination of the attorney-
client session.

Priscilla A: Thompson, CMC
City Clerk



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Florida,
on July 23, 2009 at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 3500
Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the requirements
of obtaining sealed bids for the-sole source purchase and installation of the
Omega CrimeView Enterprise Software from The Omega Group, located at 5160
Carroll Canyon Road, 1st Floor, San Diego, CA 92121, to include training and one
year of software maintenance to upgrade the current CrimeView Web Software,
in an amount not to exceed $79,140.

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a package who feel that they might
be able to satisfy the City's requirements for this item may contact Lourdes
Rodriguez, Procurement Supervisor, City of Miami Purchasing Department at
(305) 416-1904.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning such
proposed acquisition. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person
shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing
special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the Office
of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two (2) business days
prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3) business
days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


nonprofit Confer-
ence Board, to drop
in June, reversing
a three-month up-
ward trend fueled by
a stock market rally
that also is fizzling.
Among the biggest
disappointments in
Thursday's same-
store sales reports
were teen stalwart
Abercrombie & Fitch

Co., The Children's
Place Inc. and Limit-
ed Brands Inc., which
owns. Victoria's Se-
Wal-Mart, the
world's largest retail-
er, has benefited from
the recession as shop-
pers scour for deals
and focus on necessi-
ties. The Bentonville,
Ark.-based company

stopped releasing
monthly data after its
report for April.
But discounter Tar-
get Corp., which has
been stumbling be-
cause of its reliance
on nonessentials like
trendy jeans and tow-
els, reported a 6.2 per-
cent decline in same-
store sales for June.
Analysts surveyed by

Miami Dream Homes Investment Group (MDHIG) in compliance with appli-
cable U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations for the
Neighborhood Stabilization Program has prepared a draft version of the Appli-
cation. The Application is a response to a Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA) for
NSP 2 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009. The applica-
tion will address the needs of the local communities and the types of projects
that will be funded under this grant. The received NSP2 funds will be used in
activities that will rapidly arrest the decline ,of targeted neighborhoods) within
Miami Dade County that have been negatively impacted by the housing market
and are classified as: foreclosed and/or vacant properties, MDHIG has estab-
lished activities and initiatives to meet the priorities and objectives outlined in-
the NOFA. A public notice has been posted on the MDHIG website soliciting
public comments on the proposed activities. Written comments should be e-
mailed at MDHIG@redvgroup.com or mailed and submitted to: Zuny Barnes at
5801 NW 151 ST, Suite 101, Miami Lakes, FL 33014.





The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) is seeking Professional Services of a pool of a
maximum of three (3) CBE-Certified Design Consultants that have the necessary qualifications and
experience to provide Design Engineering Services for various miscellaneous MDX projects
associated with the MDX Work Program. A Pre-Proposal conference is scheduled for July 22,
2009 at 10:00 A.M., Eastern Time.

For a copy of the RFQ with information on the Scope of Services, Pre-qualifications and submittal
requirements, please logon to MDX's Website: www.mdxway.com to download the documents
under "Doing Business with MDX", or call MDX's Procurement Department at 305-637-3277 for
assistance. Note: In order to download any MDX solicitation, you must first be registered as a
Vendor with MDX. This can only be facilitated through MDX's Website; www.mdxway.com under
"Doing Business with MDX: Vendor Registration".

The deadline for submitting a response to this solicitation is August 4,2009 by 2:00 P.M., Eastern

St. John CDC will hold its Annual Membership Meeting and Election on
SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. in the ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH
FELLOWSHIP HALL, 1328 NW Third Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136.

Nominations will be 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.


The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on July 23, 2009 at
9:00 AM to consider the award of contracts to the organizations listed below
through pass-through funds from The Children's Trust, in an amount to be
determined by The Children's Trust, for the 2009-2010 contract period, for
the provision of literacy instruction, teacher supervision, mentoring, computer
technology activities, family day, and other such activities in conjunction with
educational and parks services to be provided in conjunction with the following
grants from The Children's Trust to the City and to consider the City Manager's
recommendations and findings that competitive negotiation methods are not
practicable or advantageous regarding these issues:
1. Out of School Services "Heart of Our Parks" program - Amigos
Together for Kids, Inc., Arts for Learning/Miami, Inc., Museum of
Science, Inc., and Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership, Inc.
and the "Miami Learning Zone" program - Citizens for a Better South
Florida, Inc., Arts for Learning/Miami, Inc. and Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Greater Miami, Inc.
2. Prevention Services "City of Miami Families First Parent Academy"
- Friends of WLRN Inc., Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership
Inc., Conee, Inc. d.b.a. Gymboree Play & Music, and Exceptional
Consulting for Educational Leaders, Inc., and the "Miami Youth
Council" - Exceptional Consulting for Educational Leaders, Inc.
Inquiries regarding this notice may be addressed to Vivianne Bohorques, Office
of the Mayor at (305) 250-5317.
This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-86(3)(c) (services related
to educational services and activities provided by non-profit organizations
within City parks) of the Code of the City of Miami, Florida, as amended. The
recommendations and findings to be considered in this matter are set forth
in the proposed resolution and in this Code Section, which are deemed to
be incorporated by reference herein and are available as with the regularly
scheduled City Commission meeting of July 23, 2009 at Miami City Hall, 3500
Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida. All interested individuals are invited to
attend this hearing and may comment on the proposed issue. Should any
person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission with respect to
any matter considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made including all testimony and evidence upon
which an appeal may be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing
special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk

Thomson Reuters ex-
pected a 5.6 percent
drop at the Minneapo-
lis-based retailer.
But Target expects

to meet or exceed ana-
lyst expectations for
second-quarter profit
due in part to spending

Invitation to Prequalify to Bid

Several Bid Packages

BALLPARK Hunt / Moss
Construction Managers

Hunt/Moss Construction in conjunction with the
Florida Marlins would like to announce an invi-
tation to prequalify to bid on the below listed Bid
Packages for the construction of the new Florida
Marlins Ballpark.

Firms interested in bidding the bid packages not-
ed below must prequalify in order to submit a bid.,
Prequalification forms can be obtained at www.
huntmossjv.comor by contacting Michelle Daniels
(mdaniels@mossemail.com) at Hunt/Moss at
Prequalification forms will be accepted up until the
Prequalification Due Dates listed below.

BP 13: Interior
Glazing Systems
(Suite and Press Box
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 15: Fire
Protection Systems
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 16: Plumbing
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 17: Mechanical
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 18: Electrical
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 20: Electrical
Sports Lighting
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 21:
(Sound System)
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 22: Audio
(Sound System)
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 23: BroadCast
Video Systems
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 24: Security

Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 26: Concrete Pack-
Phase Il
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 27: Roofing Sys-
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 29: Scoreboard
Ribbon Boards
Matrix Boards
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 32: OperableWall
(Drive Assemblies
& Operators)
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 33: Mechanized
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 34: Mechanized
Marlin Go Round
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 35: Misc Metal /
Stairs (excludes bowl)
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 36: Waterproofing
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 37: Masonry
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 38: Playing Field
And Equipment
Prequalification Due'
July 31, 2009

BP 39: Misc Metals/
Handrails - bowl
(alass and metal)
Prequalification Due
. July 31, 2009 , I

BP 40: Underbowl
Drainage System
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 41: Drywall/Dry-
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 42: Doors/Frames/
& Hardware
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 43: Millwork
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

BP 44: Food Service
Prequalification Due
July 31, 2009

Applicable to all Packaaes
- Community Workforce Program
minimum of 10% goal
- Project must abide by the
Responsible Wage and
Benefits Code.
- 5% bid bond
- 100% Payment and
Performance Bond
- Owner Controlled Insurance
Program - County Sales Tax
Savings Program

We're paying top $ for gold jewelry.
Come to El Palacio Hotel
21485 N.W. 27 ave
Sat. July 18 - Time: 9:30am-3pm
Heron conference room 10% extra
Call Juan sanchez cash w/coupon
786-486-1223 LIC# 260276-2
. _1i


MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 15-21, 2009



3650 NW 361h SI
Miami. FI 33142


STARTING AT. $698.00



(3051 635- 9505

'Income restrictions apply
rents are subject to

One and two bedrooms
We work with bad credit
Remodeled, ceramic tile.
central air, laundry machine
appliances, quiel, parking
and FREE WATER 786-
1545 NW 8 Avenue

115 N.E. 78 Street
Three and two bdrms, from
$835, nice and clean, laun-
dry room, parking. Section
8 OK!

1212 N.W..1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$500. slo e. relri.erair. air
1215 N.W. 103 Lane
Two bedrooms $750
Blue Lake Village
Call 305-696-7667

1229 N.W. 1 Court
One bedroom, one bain,
.$550. stove, refrigerator, air.

1245 N. W. 58 Street
One bedroom $525 month-
ly. all appliances included.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1245 N.W. 58 Street
STUDIO- $425 monthly all
appliances included. Call
Joel 786- 355-7578
1277 N.W. 58th Street #1
Two bdrms, one bath, appli.
included. Section 8 Wel-
786-277-9925, 305-494-8884

1281 N.W. 61 Street
Renovated one bdrm, $525;
two bdrms, $725 appliances
included, 305-747-4552.

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

140 S.W. 6 St. HOMESTEAD
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$500 monthly

1520 N.W. 61 Street
Section 8 welcome,
No security required.
Renovated one bedroom
apartments. 305-932-4115.

1525 N.W. 1st Place
One bedroom, one bain.
$395 monthly All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV Call Joel 786-

1540 N.W. 1st Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$625 monthly Ail appli-
ances included, FREE 19
inch LCD T V Call Joel

15600 N.W. 7th Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
Call 786-237-1292

190 N.W. 16 STREET
Rents reduced for short time
only! One bedroom, $500,
newly remodeled, air, stove,
refrigerator, Section 8 okay!,
No deposit needed!
Call 305-582-5091.

190 N.W. 51st Street
One bedroom. $695 monthly.

1969 N. W. 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$550. slove. refrigerator, air.
free waler 305-642-7080

2040 N.E. 168th Street
One and two bedroom, water
included. Section 8 Wel-
come. 786-277-9925

210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$475 - 305-642-7080

2804 NW 1 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath
$695 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV Call Joel 786-

2972 N.W. 61 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. Free Water
3119 NW 133 STREET
Large, one bedroom, newly
remodeled. Section 8 OK!.

3186 N.W. 135th Street
One bdm, one bath; $600
monthly, call 954-704-0094.

3220 N.W. 135 Street
Large two bedroom, one bath,
air, remodeled, $750 monthly,
garbage and water included.
First and last to move in. 786-

3220 N.W. 135 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
studio apartment, air, remod-
eled, yard. $550. All utilities
'included. 786-853-8313

3669 Thomas Avenue
One bedroom $550. two
bedrooms $650, stove,
refrigerator, air. $650.

423 N.W. 9 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$475 monthly. $700 move
in special. Free Wi-Fi. Easy
qualifying. 786-339-4106

4651 N.W. 32nd Avenue
Cozy, one bdrm, $470 mthly,
$400 deposit. 305-469-9698

50th Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars, iron
gate doors. One and two
bedrooms from $490-$580
monthly. 2651 N.W. 50th
Street, Call 305-638-3699

5509 N.W. Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath. $600
mthly, first, last, security.

5767 N.W. 29th Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
nice, clean, tile, air, $650
monthly, Arlene 305-835-
6281 or

5842 N.W. 12th Ave #1
Two bedrooms, one bath, wa-
ter included. Section 8 Wel-
come. 786-277-9925

6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one. bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 N. W. 50 Street
or Call 305-638-3699

27 St and 1 Ave. Large one
bedroom, one bath. $600
monthly, all appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TVI Call Joel 786-355-7578

7001 NW 15 AVENUE
Move-in special' one
bedroom, one bath. $425
monthly, 3638 to move in
All appliances included
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

7001 NW 15 AVENUE
Move-in special! two
*bedroomw, one bath. $650
monthly, $975 to move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

7501 N.W. 4th Court
One bedroom one bath $700
month 786-200-1672

767 NW 70 STREET
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
$750 monthly. 786-370-0832

77 N.W. 77th Street
Two bedrooms, one and half
bath $800. Sectiorr'8 OK!.
Call 786-306-4505

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

8261 N.E. 3 Ave.
One bedroom, one bath
$550 monlrily All appli-
ances included Joel 786-

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

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

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

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

New, one, two, and four
bdrms. Section 8 Welcomed!
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.

Ovenown, Liberty City, Opa-
Locka, Brownsville Apart-
ments, Duplexes, Houses.
One, Two and Three Bed-
rooms Same day approval.
For more inlormation/spe-
Two bedrooms, two baths,
appliances, water included.

All applications accepted.
Easy qualify. Move in
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 ($745). two bedrooms.
one atln, 5I.95 1$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,
stove, refrigerator, utilities in-
cluded. 305-620-7969

Very nice one bedrooms.
$650-$675 monthly.
Section 8 OK. 786-274-2409

750 N.W. 56 Street. Nice one
and two bedrooms. Gas and
water included. Section 8 OK.
$700-$825. 786-274-2409

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

One bedroom, one bath,
Section 8 welcomed! $800/
month, call 954-303-3368 or

Newly renovated. Two
bedroom, one balth, gated
appliances and water
included, superintendent on
premises. First and security
Call 786-663-5509

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

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

Sanford Apt.
1907 N.W. 2nd Court
Nice, one bdrm, 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

Small, one bedroom, one
bath, air. $425. 305-632-

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


13215 NE 6 AVENUE #309
One bedroom, one bath,
central air, heat, appliances
and water included. $650

15700 N.W. 7 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath.

Beautiful Biscayne Bay
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath, newly renovated.
Section 8 OK. 786-291-7814

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

15600 N.W. 7 AVENUE
Very nice one bedroom con-
dominium. $750 monthly.
Section 8 OK. 786-274-2409

1045 NW 37 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, security bars. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome. 786-326-

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

1200 N.W. 55 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath, wa-
ter, central air, fenced yard,
alarm, $875 monthly, first and

1210 N.E. 110th Terrace
Two bedrooms, two baths.
washer, dryer, lenced
yard, security bars, central
air, heat, water included.
Tiled throughout. $1150
mthly, $1000 security in
two payments. Close to
KJMaar, Home Depot, parks,
schools and shopping.

1420 N.W. 51 Terrace
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, central air. Section 80K.

14422 NE 3 COURT
Small, one bdrm, utilities,
washer, dryer included. $750
mthly, $1500 to move in.

1620 NW 53 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. Section 8 wel-
come. Call 305.796-1089
163 NW 61 STREET
, Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly tiled throughout. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 786-285-8872

2306 NW 102 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath, wa-
terincluded. $875 monthly.

. 281 N.W. 55 Street
Two bedrooms one bath
.. central air $900 monthly
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.

3842 NW 165 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. Drive by then
call 954-517-1282.

3873 NW 164 STREET
Large three bedrooms, two
baths, central air, tile flooring.
Call John 305-801-730

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

4990 N.W. 18 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly, $1800 to move
in. Louis 305-632-2426

5809 North Miami Avenue

Two bedrooms, one bath
$850 Specials 305-758-7022
Frank Cooper Real Estate

6304 NW 1 COURT
One bedroom, one bath, tiled
throughout. 786-285-8872

8083 NW 12 PLACE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1100 monthly, $2400 to
move in. 954-294-0514

8092 NW 5 COURT
Two 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

8203 NW 6 AVENUE
Newly remodeled, two bed-
rooms, one bath, central air.
$875 monthly.

86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Two bedrooms. Section 13
Welcome. Call 305-754-7776

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

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

Two bedrooms, one bath.
$700-$750 monthly.

One bedroom $650, two bed-
rooms $850, three bedrooms
$1200 and up.
Design Realty MGMT

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

1140 N. W. 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $550.
Free water. Mr While #109
13377 NW 30 AVENUE
$120 weekly, private kitchen,
bath, free utilities, appliances.

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

4131 NW 11th Place
Private room, $150 weekly.
305-634-5877 ,

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.

5629 S.W. Fillmore Street
One large bdrm. $650 mthly,
furnished. Lights and water
included. 786-370-0832

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

Private entrance $600 month
Call 786-208-2937

2125 N.W. 36 STREET
Efficiencies and one bed-
rooms. Gas and water
included. Section 8 OK.
$525-$600. 786-274-2409

$550 mthly, utilities included.

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

1161 N.W. 139th Street
$120 a week, $240 to move
in, includes cable, central air

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

1481 N.W. 103rd Street
By Appointment only $450 to
$550 monthly 786-333-1002

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

1722 N.W. 77th Street
$90 weekly. Appointment
only. 305-254-6610

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


2169 N.W. 49 Street, Free Air
Direct TV, only $105 weekly.
Call NOW! 786-234-5683.

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

3370 N.W. 214 St.
$120 Weekly. 305-215-8585

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

6233 N.W. 22nd Court
Nice room, utilities included.
Move in immediately. $100
weekly, $220 moves you
in.Call 786-277-2693.

6849 N.W. 15th Avenue
Nice room, utilities included.
Move in immediately. $100
weekly, $200 moves you
in.Call 786-277-2693

$125 weekly, cable and utili-
ties included. $350 moves
you in. 786-306-2349

8221 N.E. 1 Avenue
Quiet area, clean room

By Downtown/Overtown
Rooms $200 down, and $110
weekly. 786-350-5893

2161 N.W 50th Street
$399 move in deposit
FREE Air & Direct TV
FREE Electric & Water
Near Rail & 22 Bus
Utilities included. Starting at
$135 weekly, $290 to move
in. Call Julie at 954-404-2410

Nice rooms, $110 weekly.
Call 786-237-5281

Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055

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

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

$600 to move in, $75 weekly,
with air. 786-337-0864

62 Street N.W. First Avenue
$450 monthly$650 move in
Call 305-989-8824

Clean quiet room with,
security bars. $65 weekly.
Call 305-769-3347.

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

1060 N.W. 53 STREET
Two bedrooms one bath.
Large yard. 305-758-1492

10741 SW 150 TERRACE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1000 month. 305-267-9449

1122 N.W. 74 Street
Three bedrooms one bath.
$1300 mthly, $2600 to move
in. 305-632-2426

1153 N.W. 47 Ter.
Four bedrooms, three
baths.$1200 monthly. 786-

140 N.W. 69 St.
Brand new four bedrooms.
two baths, tiled throughout,
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
$999 security deposit.

. 14410 N.W. 21 COURT
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 305-687-6973

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

15920 N.W. 26 AVENUE
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8. 786-286-2540

15925 NW 22 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $1295 monthly.


16010 N.W. 28 Court
Four bdrms, two baths. Sec-
tion 8. Appli. 786-277-9925

17340 NW 18 Avenue
Three bdrms, two baths.'
$1700 mthly. 954-704-0094

1880 N.W. 65 St
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1000 monthly, $2K moves
you in. 786-262-7313

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

2164 N.W. 83RD Terrace
Two bedrooms, tile, fenced
yard, air. $1050 monthly.
Section 8 Ok. 786-306-2349

2222 NW 80 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath,
remodeled, tiled. Section 8
Ok. 786-285-8872

2359 N.W. 56th Street
Four bedrooms, two and half
bath, central air, appliances,
Section 8 okay!

2520 NW 162 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $1095 monthly.

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

2810 NW 1 AVENUE
Two bedroom, one, bath.
$900 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-

3045 N.W. 68th Street
.Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 Ok. 954-704-0094

3811 N.W. 197 TERRACE
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Also two bed-
rooms, one and a half bath.
Call Mr. Brown

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

4915 NW 182 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1350 mthly.-305-606-3369

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

5650 N.E. Miami Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1400, $2800 to move in.

5650 N.E. Miami Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1400, $2800 to move in.

6717 N.W. 6 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
big yard, air. $1300 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome.

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

MIRAMAR Two bedrooms,
den, one bath. $1100 mthly.
786-306-4839. 786-306-4839

7801 N.W. 2nd Court
'Small two bedroom, one
bath, $600 monthly, $1200 to
move in. 305-479-3632

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

One, two and three bed-
rooms. 305-889-0166

Three bedrooms, two baths,
just renovated, great yard.
$1350. Section 8 ok.

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

Four bedrooms, two baths,
washer, dryer, dishwasher,
central air. $2000 monthly,
first month and security. Sec-
tion 8 welcome.

Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, fenced
yard Section 8 OK' $1300
monthly. 305-388-7477

Near Northwestern High
Two bedrooms, one bath, air
$1200 monthly Fenced Sec-
tion 8 OK 305-685-6795

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

Two and three bedrooms, one
bath. 786-294-7164

Opa-Locka Area
1880 Service Road
Beautiful three bedrooms two
baths. Section 8 OK
305-624-4395, 786-277-4395

Behind in Your Rent? 24 Hour
notice Behind in Your Mort-
gage? Kathy. 786-326-7916

Unfurnished Rooms
6832 N.W. 5th Place
Studio, $105 weekly, $450 to
move in. 786-286-2540

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

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

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Three bedrooms, two baths,
everything new. Buy with
$3500 down and $1135
monthly P&I. NDI Realtors

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Three bedrooms, central air.
$2900 down and $899 month-
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refund check. Call For List.
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US Airways eliminate 600 jobs to trim expenses

By Mary Jane Credeur

The smallest full-
fare U.S. carrier, US
Airways Group, will
cut 600 airport service
and baggage-handling
jobs to pare costs af-
ter the peak summer
travel season ends in
US Airways fell short

in a bid to shrink the
payroll by not filling
open, positions, Chief
Operating Officer Rob-
ert Isom said today in
a memo to employees.
The cuts equal about
1.9 percent of the
Tempe, Arizona-based
carrier's workforce.
"We find ourselves
with more employees
than our operation
requires," Isom wrote.
Attrition rates are in
the "low single digits,"
he said.

The reductions
build on US Airways'
request last month for
400 flight attendants
to take voluntary
leaves as the recession
drags the six biggest
. domestic airlines to
a 13 straight months
of declining traffic.
With business travel
down, the industry is

slashing fares to keep
planes full.
AMR Corp.'s Ameri-
can Airlines and UAL
Corp's United Air-
lines, the second-
and third-largest U.S.
carriers, announced
new job cuts in the
past month, while
Delta Air Lines Inc.,
the biggest, has said
it may cut their work-
United plans .to
eliminate 600 more
flight attendant jobs

Recovery expected this year

continued from 5D

July, as factories are
retooled to build the
next year's models, oc-
curred in the spring
instead as.General Mo-
tors Corp. and Chrysler
LLC . implemented
sweeping restructuring
The department's
seasonal adjustment
process expected a
large increase in claims
from auto workers and
other manufacturing
workers, the analyst
said. Since that didn't
occur, seasonally-ad-
justed claims fell.
The non-season-
ally adjusted figure
increased by about
17,000 to 577,506 ini-
tial claims.
Still, continuing
claims jumped 159,000
to 6.88 million,, the
highest on records dat-
ing from 1967. Analysts
had expected 6.71 mil-
lion continuing claims.
Continuing claims
had fallen in two of the
previous three weeks.
The data lag initial
claims by a week.:
Economists are close-
ly watching the level of
first-time claims for
signs the economy will
recover in the second
half of this year, as
many predict.
But the change in
the timing of auto lay-
offs will likely inuddy
the picture next week
as well, the Labor
Department analyst
The four-week aver-
age of initial claims,
which smooths out
fluctuations, fell to
606,000, down more
than 50,000 from its
peak in early April.
Still, claims remain
elevated: they were at
367,000 a year ago.
Consumers and
businesses have cut
back on spending
in response to the
bursting of the hous-
ing bubble and the
financial crisis, send-
ing the economy into
the longest recession
since World War II.
The Labor Depart-
ment said last week
that employers cut
467,000 jobs in June
and the unemploy-
ment rate rose to 9.5
percent, the highest
in 25 years.

The payroll cuts
last month were
greater than analysts
expected, renewing
concern that jobs will
remain scarce even if
the economy does eke
out growth later this
Some' employers are
still 'shedding jobs.
Gannett Co. Inc.,
which publishes USA
Today and 85 other
daily newspapers,
said last week that it
will eliminate about
1,400 jobs, or 3 per-
cent of its work force.
Among the states,
New Jersey reported
the largest increase
in initial claims, with
7,876, which it at-
tributed to season-
al layoffs related to
school closings and
manufacturing job
cuts. The next largest
increases were report-
ed by Massachusetts,
Kansas, Kentucky and
New York. The state
data lags initial claims
by one week.
Florida reported the
largest decrease, with
12,493, which it attrib-
uted to fewer layoffs
in the construction,
manufacturing and
agriculture industries.
Illinois, Pennsylvania,
California and Tennes-
see reported the next
largest drops.

and American will
eliminate 1,600 posi-
US Airways fell sev-
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references. 786-325-4498

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p.m. in New York
Stock Exchange com-
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lowest closing price

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highly molivaled, proles-
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able Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Monday. Busy
newspaper needs experi-
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since March 9. The ways include 340
shares have dropped ticket counter and
73 percent this year. gate agents, said
Positions being Valerie Wunder, a
eliminated at US Air- spokeswoman.

Make Up to $10 an Hour

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade, Bro-
ward and Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only

You must be available be-
tween the hours of 6 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Must have reli-
able, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street
Musician available, Sunday
Services. 305-626-4578

3801 N.W. 186 StreetSatur-
day and Sunday, July 18 and
19 from 7:30 a.m., to 5 p.m.
All contents of home, TVs,
diningroom, clothes, shoes,
china, small appliances and
mch more. come and

Car, Wash, Appliances,
Clothes, Toys, Dinette Sets,
Furniture and much more.
Omega Activity Center,
15600 NW. 42 Avenue. Sat-
urday from 8 a.m., to 2 p.m.

Trahic School Services
14979 N.W. 22nd Avenue"
(Linc Ave)786-333-2084

Moorer Towing Inc. gives
notice of foreclosure of lien
and intent to sell these ve-
hicles on July 27, 9 a.m. at
6023 N.W. 6 Court, Miami, FL
33127-1146, pursuant to sub-
section 713.78 of the Florida
Statutes. Moorer Towing Inc.
reserves the right to accept or
reject any and all bids.
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A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida, on July 23, 2009 at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at
City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving
the requirements of obtaining sealed bids for the sole source purchase of a
Pen-Link Lincoln System with software from Pen-Link, Ltd., located at 5936
VanDervoort Dr., Lincoln, NE 68516, for the Department of Police, at an amount
not to exceed $112,948.20.

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a package who feel that they might
be able to satisfy the City's requirements for this item may contact Lourdes
Rodriguez, Procurement Supervisor, City of Miami Purchasing Department at
(305) 416-1904.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning
such proposed acquisition. Should any person desire to appeal any decision
of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing,
that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based

Ip accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing
special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later that two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


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-gC-
1.212 apply."

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

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061-JJ10 7/28/2009 Moving and Installation of Relocatable Buildings

By: Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho


City's small businesses take part in Miami Works Construction Expo

The Miami Times Staff Report

The City of'Miami held
their first Miami Works
Construction Expo at
Jungle Island with more
than 500 individuals in
attendance to interact
with trade unions, ex-
hibitors and experts,
in the construction
business. Many of the
participants took the
opportunity to meet,
greet and sign up to
receive training that
will prepare them for
the future.
"The success of the
Miami Works Con-
struction Expo shows
that our residents and
local companies are
ready to be trained to
take full advantage

of the many exciting
projects that will soon
begin in the City of Mi-
ami," said Mayor Man-
ny Diaz. "We will work
with the local unions
to ensure that Miami's
workforce has the
technical and employ-
ability skills needed by
employers in the con-
struction industry."
The Miami Works
Construction Expo
created an opportu-
nity for the commu-
nity and small busi-
nesses to learn and
take part in upcoming
construction projects
planned in the City of
Miami. Attendees had
the opportunity to find
out more about these
construction projects,

receive access to in-
formation regarding
state-certified appren-
ticeship and training
programs, and lay the
groundwork for a suc-
cessful business.
"Miami Works Con-
struction Expo was
successful in getting to
the people that need it
the most," said Com-

missioner Michelle
Spence-Jones. "The
mix of individuals
that participated in
the event - from small
business owners, non-
profits, the employed
and unemployed indi-
viduals had the oppor-
tunity to learn more
about upcoming .proj-
ects that will be avail-

able in the City and
learn about training
programs that can
help prepare them for
future job opportuni-
Miami Works Con-
struction Expo is
made possible by the
sponsorship of Office
of Commissioner Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones,

South Florida Work- nity Redevelopment more information, call
force, Miami Down- Agency (CRA) and access Miami Office at
town Development the Minority Business 305-416-1481 or visit
Authority, Commu- Enterprise Center. For www.miamigov.com.


The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on July 23, 2009 at 9:00
a.m., to consider approving an amendment to the Scope of Work, as previously'
amended, of the Curtis Park Playground and Vita Course Project, funded by the
Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond program as originally stated in the Miami-Dade
County Ordinance No. 96-115, requiring the purchase and installation of a new
playground as well as improvements to the vita course, now modifying said
requirements to delete the purchase of a new playground, which was already
accomplished with other funding sources, and to provide'for new improvements
including vita course equipment, a new flagpole, stadium and sound system
upgrades, a new solar lighting system in the playground area, and pour in
place rubber surface and walkways for the vita course. Inquiries regarding this
notice may be addressed to Ed Blanco, Department of Parks and Recreation
at (305) 416-.1253.

This action is being considered in order to comply with the requirements
of Miami-Dade County so as to facilitate the proper reimbursements to the
City for the amended scope of improvements provided at Curtis Park. The
Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled City
Commission meeting of July 23, 2009 at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida. All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing
and may comment on the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal
any decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing
special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk




The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust (Trust), pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, 2-8.1 and
2-10.4 of the County Code, Administrative Order 3-39 and in accordance with County Ordinance Ref.:
98-112, File Number 982377, announces that professional architectural and engineering (A/E) services
will be required for the Phases 2 and 3, GOB Design and Contract Administration for the Rehabilitation
of Vizcaya's Main House, Gardens, and the Vizcaya Village, and the Schematic Design of Phase 4,
Establishment of a New Visitors' Center and Underground Parking Garage.

The general project scope is defined as Phases 2, 3 and 4 of a larger scope of work that is included in
provisions for the General Obligation Bond Project 290 for Building Better Communities: Restoration
and Enhancement to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Village and the Creation of a new Educational Center.
This scope of work also includes items noted in a "Master Plan Narrative" and any ancillary tasks related
to the scope of work.


At the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Main House, the scope of work for this contract includes the
rehabilitation of the approximate 49,000 square feet of the Main House; Historical Gardens, Estuary
and Rockland Hardwood Hammock, and adjacent grounds. The scope of work will include research,
studies, materials testing, abatements, recommendations, design, specialty consultants, andcontract
administration. It is anticipated that Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will remain operational during all or
most of this work. Phase 2 of this project is to be separated into four Tasks as follows:

PHASE-2 TASK 1: "Fast Track Construction for Main House Envelope" (GOB Site #73278)
will be executed as a fast track project for the schematic design and the design and contract administration
required to protect the building and its contents (though the exact scope and timing of this Task will be
developed in conjunction with the Architect/Engineer to ensure an appropriate sequence). The scope will
include all work associated to complete an Interior Environmental and Climate Control Study, Structural
Repairs for the 40-Year Certification, Atrium Skylight Replacement or Alternative, Roof Replacement
and Roof Structure Reinforcement, Lightening Protection, Exterior Window and Door Restoration and
Reinforcement for Impact, Roof Rain Water Recovery System, Exterior Key Stone Facade Restoration and
Exterior Painting.

PHASE-2 TASK 2: "General Requirements for. all Phases and Restoration for Main House" (GOB Site
includes all work associated with the General Study, Recommendations, which will include the schematic
design, the design and contract administration for Life Safety Compliance Upgrades, Interior Upgrades
forADAAccess, replacement of the Ticket Booth and Pergolas, Entry Road improvements with the
addition of a Pedestrian Walkways, Site & Parking Lighting, Site Drainage, Visitor & Accessible Parking
improvements, upgrades/replacement of Electrical Systems, Fire Alarm improvements, Fire Suppression
replacement, Security System improvements, total replacement of HVAC System with a new Relative
Humidity Control System, Domestic Water and Gas Piping replacement, refinish Pool & Replace Pool
Equipment, .restoration of interior Historical Finishes (such as Floors, Walls, and Ceilings), and Integral
Artwork (such as Mounted Light Fixtures, Wallpapers, Mounted Canvases and Sculptural Building
Elements), interior Window Treatments, replacement of Interior Visitor Barriers and Display Lighting,
conversion of some Staff Offices back to Historic Display, creation of Interim Archival Room, restoration
of Exterior South & East Terraces and procedures for handling Historic Objects & Furniture.

PHASE-2 TASK 3: "Historic Gardens and Casino Mound Restoration" (GOB Site #73280)
includes all work associated with the schematic design, the design and the contract administration
for site improvements, restoration of the Casino Building, Restoration of the Formal Gardens Walls &
Steps which includes Accessibility Improvements, restoration of Ornamental Metal Gates & Railings,
Exterior & Formal Gardens Electrical System replacement, replacement of Landscape Lighting & Area
Lighting, replace Irrigation System, add Drainage to Gardens, restore Fountains and Fountain Pumping
Systems, replace/restore Landscaping in Formal Gardens, add textured Walkways in Gardens, Restore
Marine Garden & Bridge, Restore Fountains, Balustrades & Urns, Install New Perimeter Security Fence
and restore/replace Historic Pedestrian Benches.

PHASE-2 Task 4: "Seawall, Barge and Natural Areas Restoration" (GOB Site #73281)
includes all work associated with the schematic design, the design and contract administration for the
Historic Seawall restoration, Docking Accessories, restore Barge Masonry Sculptures, Summer House
& Water Features, restore Shoreline Beach, restore Tea House, restore Mangrove Estuary, restore
Hardwood Hammock, new Green House, new Lawn Equipment Storage Facility & Maintenance Staff
Toilets, new service Road Rock Bridge Guard Rails, add new & up grade nature trails with resurfacing
and the addition of lighting.

PHASE-3 Task 5: "Restoration of Vizcaya Village" (GOB Site #73282)
includes all work associated with the schematic design, the design and contract administration for the
Rehabilitation of the Vizcaya Village which will include a complete Upgrade of Site Utilities along with
Drainage and Pavement improvements, the Rehabilitation of the Historical Landscape with the addition
of Irrigation, the Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse of the Historical Structures such as the Superintendent's

House, Staff Residence, Dairy Building, Mule Stable, Carriage House and Poultry Barn.

PHASE-4 Task 6: "New Visitor Center, Education Center and Underground Parking Garage" (GOB
Site # 75280)
includes the schematic design of a new Visitor and Education Center on the site of the current Miami
Science Museum, rehabilitation of the Paint/Carpenter's Shop Building, along with new Landscape
Design and Parking (surface or Underground). An alternate for a new Pedestrian Tunnel beneath South
Miami Avenue will be considered as an option. This task will include the schematic design only.

NOTE: It is the intent of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust to bid, award and commence construction
of Phase 2, Task 1 at the earliest possible time. No delays or interruptions in the design of Phase 2, Task
1 shall be acceptable due to delays in Phase 2, Tasks 2, 3 or 4. The A/E should consider that the design
documents for Phase 2, Task 1 may be required to be separate from Phase 2, Tasks 2, 3 and 4.

Further to the preceding, the separation of the design and permitting for Phase 2, Task 2 from Phase 2,
Tasks 3 and / or 4 may become necessary due to required time to complete design of Tasks 3 and 4.

The Architect/Engineer should take into consideration the aforementioned for all aspects of this agreement
specifically regarding the work required for the assembly of the construction contract documents.

Proposers should take into consideration the aforementioned when providing a response to this solicitation
regarding the assembly of the contract documents.

One qualified consultant (team of firms) will be retained under a non-exclusive Professional.Services
Agreement (PSA) with an effective term of two thousand three hundred and eighty four (2,384) calendar


14.00 Architecture (PRIME)
18.00 Architectural Construction Management (PRIME)

3.01 Highway Systems - Site Development and
Parking Lot Design
3.02A Highway Systems - Tunnel Design
3.04 Highway Systems - Traffic Engineering Studies
3.06 Highway Systems - Traffic Calming
3.07 Highway Systems - Traffic Signal Timing
3.09 Highway Systems - Signing, Pavement
Marking, and Channelization
3.11 Highway Systems - Signalization
6.01 Water and Sanitary Sewer Systems - Water Distribution
and Sanitary Sewage Collection and Transmission Systems

10.10 Environmental Engineering - Coastal
Processes and Ocean Engineering
11.00 General Structural Engineering


General Mechanical Engineering
General Electrical Engineering
Surveying and Mapping - Land Surveying
General Civil Engineering

20.00 Landscape Architecture
22.00 ADA Title II Consultant

10.01 Environmental Engineering - Stormwater Drainage
Design Engineering Systems

A copy of the Notice To Professional Consultants (NTPC), forms and accompanying participation
provisions (as applicable) may be obtained at the Office of Capital Improvements Architectural &
Engineering Unit located at 111 NW 1st Street, 21st Floor, Miami, FL 33128. The phone number
and fax respectively for the unit is (305) 375-2307 and (305) 350-6265. A solicitation notification
will be forwarded electronically to all consultants who are pre-qualified with Miami-Dade County
and have included an e-mail address in their vendor registration form. It will also be e-mailed
to those who have vendor enrolled on-line. The NTPC and accompanying documents may be
obtained on line at http://www.miamidade.gov/oci/a_e.asp, at the following link "Solicitations On-

The Consultant Coordinator for this project is Faith Samuels who may be contacted via e-mail at
fty@miamidade.gov, fax: (305) 350-6265 or phone: (305) 375-2774.


One (1) Agreement - 22% Community Business Enterprise (CBE) Goal

A pre-submittal project briefing for interested firms will be held on August 4, 2009, 2009, at 10:00
A.M. in the Conference Room 18-3, 18th Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, located at 111
N.W. 11s Street, Miami, Florida. While attendance IS NOT mandatory, interested parties ARE
ENCOURAGED to attend.

Deadline for submission of proposals is September 9, 2009 at 3:30 P.M., LOCAL TIME, all
sealed envelopes and containers must be received at Miami-Dade County, Clerk of the Board
of County Commissioners, 111 NW 1t Street, 17th Floor, Suite 202, Miami, Florida 33128-

This solicitation is subject to Miami-Dade County's Cone of Silence pursuant to Section 2-11.1(t) of the
Miami-Dade County Code, as amended. Please review Miami-Dade County Administrative Order 3-27 for
a complete and thorough description of the Cone of Silence.



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


I 9D THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 15-21, 2009






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The powerful attack that overwhelmed computers at U.S. and South Korean

government agencies for days was even broader than initially realized, also

targeting the White House, the Pentagon and the New York Stock Exchange,

By Lolita C. Baldor

WASHINGTON - Other targets of
the attack included the National Se-
curity Agency, Homeland Security
Department, State Department, the
Nasdaq stock market and The Wash-
ington Post, according to an early
analysis of the malicious software
used in the attacks, Many of the
organizations appeared to success-
fully .blunt the sustained computer
The Associated Press obtained the
target list from security experts ana-
.lyzing the attacks. It'was not imme-
diately clear who might be respon-
sible or what their motives we're.
.South Korean intelligence officials
believe the attacks were carried out
by North -orea or pro-Pyongyang

The attack was remarkably suc-
cessful in limiting public access to
victim Web sites, but internal e-mail
systems are typically unaffected in
such attacks. Some government
Web sites - such as the Treasury
Department, Federal Trade Commis-
sion and Secret Service - were still
reporting problems days after the at-
tack started during the July 4 holi-
day. South Korean Internet sites be-
gan experiencing problems Tuesday.
South. Korea's National Intelli-
gence Service, the nation's principal
spy agency, told a group of South
Korean lawmakers Wednesday it be-
lieves that North Korea or North Ko-
rean sympathizers in the South were
behind the attacks, according to an
aide to one of the lawmakers briefed
on the information.

The aide spoke on condition of
anonymity, citing the sensitivity of
the information. The National Intelli-
gence Service - South Korea's main
spy agency - said it couldn't imme-
diately confirm the report, but it said
it was cooperating with American
The attacks will be difficult to
trace, said Professor Peter Sommer,
an expert on cyberterrorism at the
London School of Economics. "Even
if you are right about the fact of be-
ing attacked, initial diagnoses are of-
ten wrong," he said Wednesday.
Amy Kudwa, spokeswoman for
the Homeland Security Department,
said the agency's U.S. Computer
Emergency Readiness Team issued
a notice to federal departments and
other partner organizations about
the problems and "advised them of

steps to take to help mitigate against
such attacks."
New York Stock Exchange spokes-
man Ray Pellecchia could not con-
firm the attack, saying the company
does not comment on security is-
Attacks on federal computer net-
works are common, ranging from
nuisance hacking to more serious
assaults, sometimes blamed on Chi-
na. U.S. security officials also worry
about cyber attacks from al-Qaida or
other terrorists.
This time, two government officials
acknowledged that the Treasury and
Secret Service sites were brought
down, and said the agencies were
working with their Internet service
provider to resolve the problem. The
officials spoke on condition of ano-
nymity because they were not au-
thorized to speak on the matter.
Ben Rushlo, director of Internet
technologies at Keynote Systems,
said problems with the Transporta-
tion Department site began Saturday
and continued until Monday, while
the FTC site was down Sunday and

Keynote Systems is a mobile and
Web site monitoring company based
in San Mateo. Calif. The company
publishes data detailing outages on
Web sites, including 40 government
sites it watches.
According to Rushlo, the Trans-
portation Web site was "100 percent
down" for two days, so that .no In-
ternet users could get through to it.
The FTC site, meanwhile, started to
come back online late Sunday, but
even on Tuesday Internet users still
were unable to get to the site 70
percent of the time.
Web sites of major South Korean
government agencies, including the
presidential Blue House and the
Defense Ministry, and some bank-
ing sites were paralyzed Tuesday.
An initial investigation found that
many personal computers were in-
fected with a virus ordering them
to visit major official Web sites in
South Korea and the U.S. at the
same time, Korea Information Se-
curity Agency official Shin Hwa-su

Google's operating

system escalates

Microsoft duel
By Michael Liedtke and
Barbara Ortutay
Associated Press

SUN VALLEY, Idaho - Google
Inc. is hoping to gain greater
control over how personal
computers work by develop-
ing a free operating system that
will attack Microsoft Corp.'s
golden goose - its long-dom-
inant Windows franchise.
The new operating system will
be based on Google's 9-month-
old Web browser, Chrome. Google
intends to rely on help from the
community of open-source pro-
grammers to develop the Chrome
operating system, which is ex-
pected to begin running comput-
ers in the second half of 2010.
The early versions of the
Chrome operating system will be
tailored for "netbooks," a breed
of low-cost, less powerful laptop
computers that are becoming in-
creasingly popular among budget-
conscious consumers primarily
interested in surfing the Web.
That is a direct challenge to
Microsoft, whose next operat-
ing system, Windows 7, is be-

ing geared for netbooks as
well as larger computers.
The vast majority of netbooks
already run on Windows, and
that is unlikely to change un-
less Google can demonstrate the
Chrome operating system is a
significant improvement, said
Forrester Research analyst Paul
Jackson. He pointed out that
many customers had returned the
original netbooks that used open-
source alternatives to Windows.
"It was not what people ex-
pected," he said. "People
wanted Windows because they
knew how to use it and knew
how applications worked."
Google struck a confident tone
in a blog posting late Tuesday
night announcing its operat-
ing system. The Mountain View,
Calif.-based company believes
it can streamline the operat-
ing system to improve speed
and reduce security threats.

TECH 101:

How a denial-of-service attack works

By Jordan Robertson
Associated Press

Investigators are piecing together de-
tails about one of the most aggressive
computer attacks in recent memory -
a powerful "denial-of-service" assault
that' overwhelmed computers at U.S.
and South Korean government agencies,
companies and institutions, in some
cases for days.
How does this type of cyber attack
work? And how can people make sure
their computers are safe?
Here are some questions and answers
about the attack.
Q: What is a "denial-of-service" at-
A: Think about what would happen if
you and all your friends called the same
restaurant over and over and ordered
things you didn't even really want. You'd
jam the phone lines and overwhelm the
kitchen to the point that it couldn't take
any more new orders.
That's what happens to Web sites when
criminals hit them with denial-of-service
attacks. They're knocked offline by too
many junk requests from computers
controlled by the attackers.
The bad guys' main weapons in such
an attack are "botnets," or networks of
"zombie" personal computers they've

infected with a virus. The virus lets the
criminals remotely control innocent peo-
ple's machines, which are programmed
to contact certain Web sites over and
over until that overwhelms the servers
that host the sites. The servers become
too busy to respond to anything, and
the Web site slows or stops working al-
It's different from what usually hap-
pens when you try to access a Web site.
Normally, you just make one request to
see the site, and unless there's a crush
of traffic from something like a big news
event, the servers respond well. Hijacked
PCs, on the other hand, are programmed
to send way more traffic than a normal
user could generate on his or her own.
Q: How often do these attacks hap-
A: People try denial-of-service attacks
all the time - many government and
private sites report being hit every day.
Often the assaults are unsuccessful, be-
cause Web sites have ways of identifying
and intercepting malicious traffic. How-
ever, sites really want to avoid blocking
legitimate Web users, so more often than
not, Internet traffic is let through until a
problem is spotted.
Denial-of-service attacks are noisy by
design, and they intend to make a state-
ment. They're not subtle attempts to in-

filtrate a Web site's defenses, which can
be much more insidious because that
gives hackers access to whatever confi-
dential information is stored there.
Often the attacks take a site out for a
few hours, before Web site administra-
tors can respond. What made the most
recent attack notable is that it was wide-
spread and went on for a while, begin-
ning over the July Fourth holiday week-
end and running into this week. It's not
yet clear how the attack was able to last
that long.
Q: Some organizations appear to have
fended off these recent attacks, while
other Web sites went down. How can this.
A: The sites that went down probably
were less prepared, because they are
less accustomed to being hit or aren't
sensitive enough to warrant extra pre-
Popular Web sites, like e-commerce
and banking sites, have a lot of expe-
rience dealing with denial-of-service
attacks, and they have sophisticated
software designed to identify malicious
traffic. Often that's done by flagging sus-
picious traffic flowing into the site, and
if there's enough of it, preventing it from
ever reaching the site's servers.
Another approach is to flag suspicious
individual machines that seem to be be-