The Miami times
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Title: The Miami times
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: The Magic Printery
Place of Publication: Miami, Fla
Creation Date: July 22, 2009
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1923.
General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
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General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 25, no. 8 (Oct. 23, 1948).
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Volume 86 Number 45 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 22-28, 2009 50 cents (55 cents in Broward)

County proposed budget cuts deep

By Sandra J. Charite

The economic downturn has had
a tremendous effect in Miami-Dade
County. pne result has been a Pro-
posed 2009/2010 Budget for the
County that would implement mass
layoffs and eliminate funds for Com-
munity Based Organizations (CBOs).

"All the cuts will have a negative ef-
fect in our community," said Chair-
man Dennis C. Moss. "The mayor
is not the bad person. What he has
done is made proposed budget; which
is part of his job."
Moss expected, and has received;
numerous calls from residents in his
districts are frantic calls from those
who fear layoffs.

"It is terrible that anyone will be
laid-off when people are struggling,"
he said. "It is not over. We need the
administration to make sure that the
most vulnerable folks in our commu-
nity don't get left out."

Miami-Dade faces a $427 million
Please turn to BUDGET 4A

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Jovon Lamb says brother's

shooting was no accident

By Sandra J. Charite

The untimely death of his broth-
er, Kiana Sean Lamb, has left Jo-
von Lamb with a field of questions.
He wonders what could have led to
death of his brother.
Kiana was shot and killed by Of-
ficer Eric Guzman on July 13.
Although Kiana had prior run in
with the law, Lamb feels that the
tactics used by police that night
was unnecessary and ultimately
led to his brother's death.

Lamb believes that the officer
"violated all the rules."
According to City of Miami Police,
the incident occurred at-Northwest
Sixth Street and Fifth Avenue.
Guzman, a five-year veteran, spot-
ted Lamb, who fit the description of
an individual being sought by po-
lice. The officer approached Kiana
and the two struggled. During the
struggle, Guzman drew his weapon
and fired shots at Kiana.
"Drawing your weapon has to
be done when deadly force may be
necessary to save a police officer

or another," said Delrish Moss, a
spokesperson for the City of Miami
Police Department.
Police found a knife on the scene.
They do not know who it belongs
to according to. Detective William
Guzman, who was wounded dur-
ing the scuffle, was treated and
released but Kiana did not survive
his gunshot wounds.
Jovon Lamb calls the shooting
"no accident."
"It was far from an accident. You
Please turn to SLAYING 6A

Jovon Lamb brother of Kiana
Sean Lamb

for change

By Tariq Osborne

The financially troubled James E.
Scott Community Association, or JES-
CA, may find its second wind under the
stewardship of
local litigation
attorney, Vin-
cent T. Brown.
Brown, 44,
whotook over as
JESCA's Execu-
tive Director last
November on a
volunteer ba-
sis (meaning he
works without
pay), was can-
VINCENT T. BROWN did about some
of the challenges
JESCA faces in the upcoming months
and years.
"The first thing I saw was the need to
cut positions and cut staff. There was
no money for payroll," said Brown.
When asked why cuts wouldn't have
been made sooner, Brown said that he
did not have a definitive answer. He did
not mention specific names, but said
.that "a lot of it was nepotism and long-
term familiarity.".
Brown aims to change this. He will cut
roughly ten positions by his own count.
"All the positions being cut are related
to programs where funding has been
cut," he said. Brown will remove a Pro-
gram manager, a clerical assistant, and
some teachers and teacher's aids.
"Basically we're reinventing ourselves.
We're going to get back to dealing with
programs that prepare our community
for the future. To do that, we have to
take care of the young minds of the
community to make sure they're there
for the future," he said.
Brown asserts that many of JESCA's
past issues were managerial.
Please turn to JESCA 4A

Miami-Dade selects new housing director
The Miami Times Staff Report

After months of seeking a new directors Miami-Dade has chosen
Gregg Fortner to lead the county's public housing agency.
Fortner, 50, is a New Orleans native. He began his career in San
Francisco as deputy director in 2000 then became housing direc-
tor the following yean Fortner worked in the Sacramento Housing
Authority and the Los Angeles Housing Authority.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development obtained
control of MDHA in 2007, after The Miami Herald released several
stories that uncovered mismanagement within the department
and developers supplementing their income by promising to build
affordable housing but failed in the task.
Fortner, a part-time comedian, was ousted and forced to resign
as San Francisco's housing director last year.

Power U stays vigilant on gentrification

By Tariq Osborne

While the current financial
crisis has slowed develop-
ment county-wide, Denise
Perry, 48, director and co-
founder of Power U Center
for Social Change, still keeps
a wary eye on developers in
Overtown. Perry's concern is
the ongoing process of renew-

al and rebuilding going on
there. As these developments
rise, there is an accompany-
ing influx of more affluent
people into the area. The
process is called gentrifica-
tion. Overtown has been no
exception to the rule, devel-
opment has slowed as much
there as anywhere, but Perry
does not view' this lull
Please turn to POWER U

Blacks resist criticism of Obama - so far

By DeWayne Wickham

Geddis' barbershop, a favorite
gathering place in this city for
people who like to debate the
things politicians say and do,
not much has been said about
President Obama's speech to
the NAACP.

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Blacks might react. "We need
a new mindset, a new set of
attitudes - because one of
the most durable and destruc-
tive legacies of discrimination
is the way we've internalized
a sense of limitation; how so
many in our community have
come to expect so little
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It is an honor to be here, in
the city where the NAACP
was formed, to mark its
centennial. What we celebrate
tonight is not simply the jour-
ney the NAACP has traveled,
but the journey that we, as
Americans, have traveled over
the past one hundred years.
It is a journey that takes us
back to a time before most'
of us were born, long before
the Voting Rights Act, the
Civil Rights Act, and Brown v.
Board of Education; back to
an America just a generation
past slavery. It was a time
when Jim Crow was a way
of life; when lynchings were
all too common; and when
race riots were shaking cit-
ies across a segregated land.
It was in this America where
an Atlanta scholar named
W.E.B. Du Bois, a man of
towering intellect and a fierce
passion for justice, sparked
what became known as the
Niagara movement; where re-
formers united, not by color
but cause; and where an
association was born that
would, as its charter says,
promote equality and eradi-
cate prejudice among citizens
of the United States. '
From the beginning, Du
Bois understood how change
would come - just as King
and all the civil rights giants
did later. They understood
that unjust laws needed to be
overturned; that legislation
needed to be passed; and that,
Presidents needed to be pres-
sured into action. They knew
that the stain of slavery and
the sin of segregation had to
be lifted in the courtroom and
in the legislature.
But they also knew that
here, in America, change
would have to come from the
people. It would come from
people protesting lynching,
rallying against violence, and
walking instead of taking the
bus. It would come from men
and women - of every age and
faith, race and region - tak-
ing Greyhounds on Free-
dom Rides; taking seats at
Greensboro lunch counters;
and registering voters in ru-
ral Mississippi, knowing they
would be harassed, knowing
they would be beaten, know-
ing that they might never re-
Because of what they did,
we are a more perfect union.
Because Jim Crow laws were
overturned, Black CEOs to-
day run Fortune 500 com-
panies. Because civil rights
laws were passed, Black may-
ors, governors, and Members
of Congress serve in places
where they might once have
been unable to vote. And be-
cause ordinary people made
the civil rights movement
their own, I made a trip to
Springfield a couple years
ago - where Lincoln once
lived, and race riots once
raged - and began the jour-
ney that has led me here to-
night as the 44th President of
the United States of America.
And yet, even as we celebrate
the remarkable achieve-
ments of the past one hun-
dred years; even as we inherit
extraordinary progress that
cannot be denied; even as we
marvel at the courage and
determination of so many
plain folks - we know that too
many barriers still remain.
We know that even as our
economic crisis batters Amer-
icans of all races, African
Americans are out of work
more than just about anyone
else - a gap that's widening
here in New York City, as de-
tailed in a report this week by

Obama's remarks at NAACP centennial

Comptroller Bill Thompson.
We know that even as spi-
raling health care costs
crush families of all races,
African Americans are more
likely to suffer from a host
of diseases but less likely
to own health insurance
than just about anyone else.
We know that even as we
imprison more people of all
races than any nation in the
world, an African-American
child is roughly five times
as likely as a white child
to see the inside of a jail.
And we know that even as
the scourge of HIV/AIDS dev-
astates nations abroad, par-
ticularly in Africa, it is devas-
tating the African-American
community here at home with
disproportionate force.
These are some of the bar-
riers of our time. They're
very different from the bar-
riers faced by earlier genera-
tions. They're very different
from the ones faced when
fire hoses and dogs were be-
ing turned on young march-
ers; when Charles Hamil-
ton Houston and a group of
young Howard lawyers were
dismantling segregation.
But what is required to over-
come today's barriers is the
same as was needed then.
The same commitment.
The same sense of urgency.
,The same sense of sacrifice.
The same willingness to do
our part for ourselves and
one another that has always
defined America at its best.
The question, then, is where
do we direct our efforts? What
steps do we take to overcome
these barriers? How do we
move forward in the next one
hundred years?
The first thing we need to
do is make real the words of
your charter and eradicate
prejudice, bigotry, and dis-
crimination among citizens
of the United States. I under-
stand there may be a temp-
tation among some to think
that discrimination is no lon-
ger a problem in 2009. And
I believe that overall, there's
probably never been less dis-
crimination in America than
there is today.
But make .no mistake: the
pain of discrimination is still
felt in America. By African-
American women paid less
for doing the same work as
colleagues of a different col-
or and gender. By Latinos
made to feel unwelcome in
their own country. By Muslim
Americans viewed with suspi-
cion for simply kneeling down
to pray. By our gay brothers
and sisters, still taunted, still
attacked, still denied their
On the 45th anniversary of
the Civil Rights Act, discrimi-
nation must not stand. Not
on account of color or gender;
how you worship or who you
love. Prejudice has no place in
the United States of America.
But we also know that prej-
udice and discrimination are
not even the steepest barri-
ers to opportunity today. The
most difficult barriers include
structural inequalities that
our nation's legacy of dis-
crimination has left behind;
inequalities still plaguing too
many communities and too
often the object of national
neglect. ,
These are barriers we are
beginning to tear down by
rewarding work with an ex-
panded tax credit; making
housing more affordable; and
giving ex-offenders a second
chance. These are barriers
that we are targeting through
our- White House Office on
Urban Affairs, and through
Promise Neighborhoods that
build on Geoffrey Canada's
success with the Harlem Chil-
dren's Zone; and that foster
a comprehensive approach
to ending poverty by putting

all children on a pathway to
college, and giving them the
schooling and support to get
But our task of reducing

these structural inequalities
has been made more difficult
by the state, and structure,
of the broader economy; an
economy fueled by a cycle of
boom and bust; an economy
built not on a rock, but sand.
That is why my administra-
tion is working so hard not
only to create and save jobs
in the short-term, not only to
extend unemployment insur-
ance and help for people who
have lost their health care,
not only to stem this immedi-
ate economic crisis, but to lay
a new foundation for growth
and prosperity that will put
opportunity within reach not
just for African Americans,
but for all Americans.
One pillar of this new foun-
dation is health insurance re-
form that cuts costs, makes
quality health coverage af-
fordable for all, and closes
health care disparities in
the process. Another . pillar
is energy reform that makes
clean energy profitable, free-
ing America from the grip of
foreign oil, putting people to
work upgrading low-income
homes, and creating jobs that
cannot be outsourced. And
another pillar is financial re-
form with consumer protec-
tions to crack down on mort-
gage fraud and stop predato-
ry lenders from targeting our
poor communities.
All these things will make
America stronger and more
competitive. They will drive
innovation, create jobs, and
provide families more secu-
rity. Still, even if we do it all,
the African-American com-
munity will fall behind in the
United States and the United
States will fall behind in the
world unless we do a far bet-
ter job than we have been
doing of educating our sons
and daughters. In the 21st
century - when so many jobs
will require a bachelor's de-
gree or more, when countries
that out-educate us today
will out compete us tomor-
row - a world-class education
is a prerequisite for success.
You know what I'm talk-
ing about. There's a reason
the story of the civil rights
movement was written in our
There's a reason Thurgood
Marshall took up the cause of
Linda Brown. There's a rea-
son the Little Rock Nine de-
fied a governor apd a mob.
It's because there is no stron-
ger weapon against inequality
and no better path to oppor-
tunity than an education that
can unlock a child's God-giv-
en potential.
Yet, more than a half cen-
tury after Brown v. Board of
Education, the dream of a
world-class education is still
being deferred all across this
country. African-American
students are lagging behind
white classmates in read-
ing and math - an achieve-
ment gap that is growing in
states that once led the way
on civil rights. Over half of all
African-American students
are dropping out of school in
some places. There are over-
crowded classrooms, crum-
bling schools, and corridors
of shame in America filled
with poor children - Black,
brown, and white alike.
The state of our schools
is not an African-American
problem; it's an American
problem. And if Al Sharpton,
Mike Bloomberg, and Newt
Gingrich can agree that we
need to solve it, then all of

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us can agree on that. All of
us can agree that we need
to offer every child in this
country the best education
the world has to offer from
the cradle through a career.
That is- our responsibility as
the United States of America.
And we, all of us in govern-
ment, are working to do our
part by not only offering more
resources, but demanding
more reform.
When it comes to higher ed-
ucation, we are making college
and advanced training more
affordable, and strengthening
community colleges that are
a gateway to so many with
an initiative that will prepare
students not only to earn a
degree but find a job when
they graduate; an initiative
that will help us meet the goal
I have set of leading the world
in college degrees by 2020.
We are- creating a Race to
the Top Fund that will reward
states and public school dis-
tricts that adopt 21st century
standards and assessments.
And we are creating incentives
for states to promote excellent
teachers and replace bad ones
- because the job of a teacher
is too important for us to ac-
cept anything but the best.
We should also explore inno-
vative approaches being pur-
sued here in New York City;
innovations like Bard High
School Early College and
Medgar Evers College Prepa-
ratory School that are chal-
lenging, students to complete
high school and earn a free
associate's degree or college
credit in just four years.
And we should raise the bar
when it comes to early learn-
ing programs. Today, some
early learning programs are
excellent. Some are mediocre.
And some are wasting what
studies show are - by far - a
child's most formative years.
That's why I have issued a
challenge to America's gov-
ernors: if you match the suc-
cess of states like Pennsylva-
nia and develop an effective
model for early learning; if you
focus reform on standards
and results in early learning
programs; if you demonstrate
how you will prepare the'low-
est income children to meet
the highest standards of suc-
cess - you can compete for
an Early Learning Challenge
Grant that will help prepare
all our children to enter kin-
dergarten ready to learn.
So, these are some of the
laws we are passing. These
are some of the policies
we are enacting. These are
some of the ways we are do-
ing our part in government
to overcome the inequi-
ties, injustices, and barri-
ers that exist in our country.
But all these innovative pro-
grams and expanded oppor-
tunities will not, in and of
themselves, make a difference
if each of us, as parents and
as community leaders, fail to
do our part by encouraging
excellence in our children.
Government programs alone
won't get our children to the
Promised Land. We need a
new mindset, a new set of at-'
titudes - because one of the
most durable and destructive
legacies of discrimination is
the way that we have inter-
nalized a sense of limitation;
how so many in our commu-
nity have ,come to expect so
little of ourselves.
We have to say to our chil-
dren, Yes, if you're African
American, the odds of grow-

ing up amid crime and gangs
are higher. Yes, if you live in
a poor neighborhood, you will
face challenges that someone
in a wealthy suburb does not.
But that's not a reason to get
bad grades, that's not a rea-
son to cut class, that's not a
reason to give up on your edu-
cation and drop out of school.
No one has written your des-
tiny for you. Your destiny is
in your hands - and don't you
forget that.
To parents, we can't tell our
kids to do well in school and
fail to support them when they
get home. For our kids to ex-
cel, we must accept our own
responsibilities. That means
putting away the Xbox and
putting our kids to bed at a
reasonable hour. It means at-
tending those parent-teacher
conferences, reading to our
kids, and helping them with
their homework.
And it means we need to be
there for our neighbor's son
or daughter, and return to the
day when we parents let each
other know if we saw a child
acting up. That's the meaning
of community. That's how we
can reclaim the strength, the
determination, the. hopeful-
ness that helped us come as
far as we already have, .
It also means pushing our
kids to set their sights higher.
They might think they've got'
a pretty good jump shot or a
pretty good flow, but our kids
can't all aspire to be the next
LeBron or Lil Wayne. I want
them aspiring to be scientists
and engineers, doctors and
teachers, not just ballers and
rappers. I want them aspiring
to be. a Supreme Court Jus-
tice.- I want them.aspiring to be
President of the United States.
So, yes, government must be
a force for opportunity. Yes,
government must be a force
for equality. But ultimately, if
we are to be true to our past,,
then we also have to seize our
own destiny, each and every
That is what the NAACP is
all about. The NAACP was
not founded in search of a
handout. The NAACP was not
founded in search of favors.
The NAACP was founded on a
firm notion of justice; to cash
the promissory note of Amer-
ica that says all our children,
all God's children, deserve a
fair chance in the race of life.
It is a simple dream, and
yet one that has been denied
- one still being denied - to so
many Americans. It's a pain-
ful thing, seeing that dream
denied. I remember visiting
a Chicago school in a rough
neighborhood as a commu-
nity organizer, and thinking
how remarkable it was that
all of these children seemed
so full of hope, despite being
born into poverty, despite be-
ing delivered into addiction,
despite all the obstacles they
were already facing.
And I remember the prin-
cipal of the school telling me
that soon all of that would
begin to change; that soon,'
the laughter in their eyes.
would begin to fade; that
soon, something would shut
off inside, as it sunk in that
their hopes would not come
to pass - not because they
weren't smart enough, not
because they weren't talent-
ed enough, but because, by
accident of birth, they .didn't
have a fair chance in life.
So, I know what can hap-
pen to a child who doesn't
have that chance. But I also

know what can happen to a
child who does. I was raised
by a single mother. I don't
come from a lot of wealth. I
got into my share of trouble
as a kid. My life could eas-
ily have taken a turn for
the worse. But that mother
of mine gave me love; she
pushed me, and cared about
my education; she took no
lip and taught me right from
wrong. Because of her, I had
a chance to make the most of
my abilities. I had the chance
to make the most of my op-
portunities. I had the chance
to make the most of life.
The same story holds for
Michelle. The same story
holds for so many of you. And
I want all the other Barack
Obamas out there, and all
the other Michelle Obamas
out there, to have that same
chance - the chance that my
mother gave me; that my edu-
cation gave me; that the Unit-
ed States of America gave me.
That is how our union will be
perfected and our economy
rebuilt. That is how America
will move forward in the next
one hundred years.
And we will move forward.
This I know - for I know how
far we have come. Last week,
in Ghana, Michelle and I took
Malia and Sasha to Cape
Coast Castle, where captives
were once imprisoned be-
fore being auctioned; where,
across an ocean, so much of
the African-American experi-
ence began. There, reflecting
on the dungeon beneath the
castle church, I was reminded
of all the pain and all the hard-
ships, all the injustices and
all the indignities on the voy-
age from slavery to freedom.
But I was also reminded of
something else. I was re-
minded that no matter how
bitter the rod or how stony
the road, we have perse-
vered. We have not faltered,
nor have we grown weary. As
Americans, we have demand-
ed, strived for, and shaped a'
better destiny.
That is what we are called
to do once more. It will not be
easy. It will take time. Doubts
may rise and hopes recede.
But if John Lewis could brave
Billy clubs to cross a bridge,
then I know young people to-
day can do their part to lift
up our communities.
If Emmet Till's uncle Mose
Wright could summon the
courage to testify against the
men who killed his nephew,
I know we can be better fa-
thers and brothers, mothers
and sisters in our own fami-
If three civil rights work-
ers in Mississippi - Black
and white, Christian and
Jew, city-born and country-
bred - could lay down their
lives in freedom's cause, I
know we can come together
to face down the challenges
of our own time. We can fix
our schools, heal our sick,
and rescue our youth from
violence and despair.
One hundred years from
now, on the 200th anniversa-
ry of the NAACP, let it be said
that this generation did its
part; that,we too ran the race;
that full of the faith that our
dark past has taught us, full
of the hope that the present
has brought us, we faced, in
our own lives and all across
this nation, the rising sun of
a new day begun. Thank you,
God bless you, and may God
bless the United States of

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3A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 22-28, 2009


Strive to be

twice as goo
When I was growing up, I re-
call one of my elders telling me
that "little Black boys have to
be twice as good." At the time,
it struck me as unfair an4 the
statement did not resonate. In
1968, my family moved from
New York City to Virginia, and
I became, part of that great
American experiment called
"integration." When I arrived
in Virginia, my transcript was
shipped down and I was a very
smart second grader and was
put in the "smart class." Ap-
parently, the name Reginald
Clyne did not give me away as
"Black." For the first week of
class, I happily did my assign-
ments getting "100's" and stars
on all my work. One day, the
Principal came to class and
saw me. That day, I was given
a note and sent to the "dumb
class." Now if you have ever
seen me, I could pass for an
Arab, Hispanic or even a dark
Italian. However, in the 60's,
I was definitely too dark to be

no true equi-
The advent
of Obama A
has made ---.''
many people think that there is
now racial parity in this coun-
try. I would beg to differ. In
some rare instances, an un-
qualified minority is placed in
position because of their mi-
nority status. This is generally
disastrous, because when they
fail it is used as an example to
prevent any future such social
experiments. On the whole, we
still need to be "twice as good"
if we want appointment, pro-
motion or opportunity.
The appointment of "Sonia
Sotomayor" is a case in point.
She is a sdlf-made person, who
pulled herself up by her talent.
She earned her grades, went
to the best Ivy League Schools,
was appointed by a Republican
President to the bench, and
then appointed to the Appellate'
Bench by President Clinton. In

white. The dumb class wasn't
too bad, because we mostly
played games, and I met all the
other Black kids in the great
social integration experiment.
Eventually, my parents
moved me out of that school
and I attended a very well
known high school. My African
friend and I tried out for soccer
team, which was "lilly white."
But this did not initially have
an impression, because we at-
tended a predominantly white
school. For the first two years,
we did not make the team. In
our senior year, we were al-
lowed to be on second string.
However, the coach, if he want-
ed to win would invariably let
us play and together we scored
more goals than all of the first
stringers combined and won
our championship game. He
scored one goal, and. I scored
the other. I learned then that
being twice as good would get
me in the game, but there was

92 percent of her cases, she
has sided with Republican ap-
pointees in criminal cases. The
American Bar Association gave
her its highest seal of approval.
Despite all of this, she is ques-
tioned as if she does not have
the qualifications to be a judge.
Now, the question is, if she
were a white male, would any
Republican doubt her creden-
tials and ability?
Chris Rock summed up this
issue best. He stated that we
will not have racial equality in
this country until we have a
Black President who is elected
who went to mediocre schools
and received C grades. Presi-
dent Obama went to Columbia
and Harvard, and quite frankly
he is "twice as good" and even
in that circumstance his cre-
dential and ability was ques-
tioned. So for our current el-
ders, I suggest that you tell
your children to continue to
strive to be "twice as good."


Is today's rap game a window into the Black community?

I was listening to a Rick Ross
album the other day entitled
"Deeper Than Rap." Yeah, I know;
maybe it's some kind of middle
age crisis I'm going through. But
other than the usual disrespect
of Black women, a curse word
every other lyric, and crass ma-
terialism, I think this maybe one
of the baddest, most innovated
CD's that have come out in a
long time. It merges a sophis-
ticated sound with the extreme
bite of today's rap vibe. Like
most who listened to it, I really
enjoyed the collaboration with
John Legend (#3 Magnificent)
and the cut featuring The Dream
(#6 All I Really Want). Maybach
Music (#2), Yacht Club (#4) and
Rich off Cocaine (#7) were also
among my favorites.
However, what I don't like
about the CD, beside the areas
mentioned above, are all of the
things I dislike about most of to-
day's Rap music. Each Rapper
appears to be a clone of the oth-
er. Most are void of Black con-
scientiousness. Every other song

tan~s aoout oiatant materialism; oiunt smoKing, ouic cracK snow-

talks about blatant materialism;
my car, my house, my yacht
and my millions. Most rap artist
hide behind their over exagger-
ated wealth. They are intoxicated
by their larger than life egos. It
should be apparent to all, that
today's rappers are some very in-
secure people. If you strip them
down to their bare necessities
and they see themselves stand-

biunt smoking, butt crack snow-
ing, wannabe gangsta to your
kids. And you certainly can't love
yourself while threatening to kill
every other rapper in the game.
Sure, I understand the game.
I'm hip to the fact that appearing
sensitive may have worked for
Ralph Tresvant, but it won't sell
* in the rap game. I'm aware that
"street cred" is perhaps the most

nities. Self-hatred
can be found when the preacher
and his deacons skim money off
the top of the building funds be-
fore depositing proceeds in the
bank. Self- hatred can be found
when certain Black teachers stop
doing everything in their power
to develop young Black minds.
Self-hatred can also be found
when Black people with means
stop reaching back to help those
As far as Rick Ross is con-
cerned, I kinda like the brother.
He grew up in the same streets of
Miami as I did. He has a tremen-
dous opportunity to bridge young
and old with his music. But he
must first learn the lessons of the
past, especially as it relates to his
.beef with rapper, 50 Cent. Does
Tupac and Biggie rings a bell? If
you are a true businessman Ross,
you would get with 50. behind
close doors, fake the beef to a new
height, and then stage a Stop The
Violence pay per view concert in
Yankee Stadium. Now that would
.be "Deeper Than Rap."

ing naked in front of a mirror,
the question is: would they truly
like what they see?
The answer is obvious. You
can't love yourself calling a Black
woman a female dog. You can't
love yourself referring to Black
women as whores. You can't love
yourself disrespecting our elders.
You certainly can't love yourself
while presenting an image of a

important element in the game.
But damn man, talk about sell-
ing your soul to the devil.
While today's rappers appear
to have disrespect on lock, they
do not have a monopoly on self-
hatred. Self-hatred can be found
in every vestige of our communi-
ty. It can found when Black poli-
ticians steal money targeted for
the redeveloping of their commu-

Re peB ighYJUL"rIANN&EMa Bk college ,

Respecting historically Black colleges and universities

A few days after Michael Jack-
son died, US Magazine pro-
filed his physician, Dr. Conrad
Murray. Since I'm not a regu-
lar reader of US, I didn't get
"the word" until a friend shared
that they described Dr. Murray
as a graduate of "little known"
Meharry School of Medicine.
The US description says more
about them than it does about Me-
harry. Scratch a Black physician,
or any Black person over age 40,
and they know that Meharry is a
key producer of Black physicians,
that it is led by a stellar doctor,
administrator and academician,
Dr. Wayne Riley, and that it is
the backbone of Black medical
life. I was shocked and appalled
that Meharry could be so eas-
ily dismissed, as "little known".
Then, again, as an HBCU Presi-
dent, I'm not so shocked and ap-
palled. While HBCUs are a vital
part of our nation's academic
life, there are many who would
like to "kick us to the curb" and
constrain us to the sidelines.
Many of those are some of us.
There is a debate going on right
now about which of the 105 will
survive another decade. The de-
bate is sparked by the colleges -
Barber Scotia in North Carolina,

Morris Brown College in Georgia,
and a few others - that have bit-
ten the dust in the last few years.
The fact that Paul Quinn College,
in Dallas, was denied reaffirma-
tion doesn't help matters any.
On the Paul Quinn subject,
though, President Michael Sor-
rell has does great work in the
two years he has been at the col-
lege, turning around a situation

Further, there seems to b
reached by Heritage. F
study by Black econon
Omari Swinton.

that was spiraling downward.
He has appealed the Southern As-
sociation of Colleges and Schools
(SACS) decision, and with the
support of the UNCF family, he
has a chance of prevailing.
Here's the real deal - HB-
CUs are likely to have small
endowments and major chal-
lenges. And yet the UNCF col-
leges represent just 1.4 percent
of the, 4-year degree granting
institutions, in our nation, and
we produce 5.8 percent of the
Black with Bachelor degrees.
Even among Blacks, there is a

debate about whether HBCUs
are needed. In the wake of the
Paul Quinn reaffirmation deci-
sion, there was discussion that
only a few "elite" Black colleges
should survive. Indeed, a group
of Black economists, on their
listserve, listed Spellman, More-
house, Hampton, Howard, and
Tuskegee as the only necessary
survivors, throwing acid in the

be implicit bias ih the conclusions
Par more encouraging is a recent
lists Bill Spriggs, Greg Price and

faces of all of those other phe-
nomenal colleges with outstand-
ing graduates that intend to stay
in for the count.
Why? Because we provide es-
sential services to our students,
some of whom can go anywhere
but choose HBCUs, and some
who will only find refuge in
places prepared to change the
damage done by deficient in-
ner city K-12 programs that
don't teach our students. At
Bennett, and at many HBCUs,
our summer preparatory pro-
grams go a long way in prepar-

ing incoming first year students
to flex their academic muscles.
Still, when White scholars write
about HBCUs, it is clear that
they don't get it. A Heritage
Foundation study suggested in-
vesting in Black colleges might
produce poor returns because
of low graduation rates. What
the Heritage Foundation did not
measure is the improved access
to employment and earnings
some students get because they
attended just one or two years at
an HBCU.
Further, there seems to be
implicit bias in the conclusions
reached by Heritage. Far more
encouraging is a recent study by
Black economists Bill Spriggs,
Greg Price and Omari Swinton.
They find that HBCU gradu-
ates have both monetary and
non-monetary rewards from
their attendance at HBCUs, in-
cluding an increased confidence
that helps them navigate the la-
bor market. This finding -alone
makes a strong argument for re-
specting HBCUs.
President Obama has said that
he wants to increase the number
of college graduates in our nation
so that we might compete more
effectively in the global market.

Do you know anyone with illegal firearms?

If you did would you tell the police?

Environmental Services, Liberty City

No, I don't
know anyone
I don't know
whether I'd
turn them in.
If I knew some-
one had illegal .
firearms, I just --J:f�.
wouldn't be around them. I try
not to deal with people like that.
I don't like guns. And don't
hang around anybody that's got
them. There are too many crazy
people to do that.

Retired, Miami

No, I don't
know anyone
personally, but
'if I did I would
turn them in.
If they're close
enough for me
to know them,
then that gun is a threat to my

family. I'd tell for the protection
of my family. The violence-the
madness - needs to stop.

Missionary, Miami

No I don't
know anyone
and sure, I'd
tell them. I.
I lost two
sisters and .6
a brother to X .
guns. The guy
who killed my
two sisters got sent to a halfway
house. The one who killed my
brother was sentenced to 25
years and did one; then came
out and killed seven more peo-
ple. I've lost too many people to
guns, if I knew somebody with
one; I'd definitely turn them in.

Unemployed, Liberty City

I do know someone.
I wouldn't turn them, unless

they were us-
ing them reck-
lessly. Just
having it for
protection n
is one thing.
What do you
do if you've got
three or four ---,.
of those young
guys that are out there coming
up on to you? Get some of them
off the streets and we can talk
about getting rid of the weap-
ons. For protection I don't see a
problem. But using it reckless-.
ly is another thing. Now those
idiots running around with that
AK-47 in Overtown; I'd tell on
them quick.

Roofer, Liberty City

I don't know anyone; and it
wouldn't be any of my busi-
ness if I did. If they're not kill-
ing anybody or doing anything
wrong with the guns I don't see
the problem. If they just have
them for their own protection,

I wouldn't tell.
Now. if they're
out with them .
robbing people (. .
and doing dirt, -
that's a differ- I '
ent story. .

Nurse, Liberty City

I. wouldn't
even get in-
volved with
that, it really
depends on .
the situation .*
though. If .
they're both-
ering some-
one in my
family then
I'd tell. Other than that; if it's
got nothing to do with me; then
no. I don't want to be involved
with anything like that.
And no, I don't know anyone
with illegal firearms.


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T he answer is obvious. You can't love yourself calling a Black
woman a female dog: You can't love yourself referring to Black
women as whores. You can't love yourself disrespecting our el-

T he appointment of "Sonia Sotomayor" is a case in point.
She is a self-made person, who pulled herself up by.her
talent. She earned her grades, went to the best Ivy League
Schools, was appointed by a Republican President to the bench, and
then appointed to the Appellate Bench by President Clinton.


Judge grants stay to prevent Flightline's eviction

Legally embattled
By Tariq Osborne

Appellate Court Judge Jerald
Bagley's ruling, which stayed the
eviction of Opa-Locka Flightline,
almost did not happen. In a
lower court ruling, Judge Singer
Stein found against the FBO,
and in favor of their competitor
and landlord AA Acquisitions.
At dispute was unpaid rent
which AA Acquisitions alleges
that Opa-Locka Flightline, (OLF)
owes the company.
Opa-Locka Flightline is the
nation's only Black-owned Fixed
Base Operator. A fixed base
operator, or FBO or is a service
center at an airport that may be
a private enterprise or may be a

department of the municipality
that the airport.serves. OLF is a
private enterprise.
Ed Brown, one of OLF's
partners described the
circumstances surrounding
Bagley's ruling. "AA Acquisitions
put the 24 hour notice on our
door that Tuesday [July 7], so
we quickly got an emergency
hearing," he said. I went into the
restroom and when I came back
their, lawyer was gone."
Brown would then receive
a telephone call telling him to
walk over to the nearby appellate
courts, where he would receive
the news that the decision
against OFL, made in his
absence, was being reversed.
In the same ruling, the Bagley

also refused a request from AA
Acquisitions Inc. that Opa-Locka
Flightline post a $2 million bond
and pay double rent for the
remainder of its lease.
Ed Brown has said he was
"delighted" with the Judge's
ruling and wants to quickly
return to business. "We hope
to expand to other markets, lie
Eric Gtreenwald, Executive Vice
President of AA Acquisitions,
expects however, that OFL
will continue to reside on the
property for another 120 days
and no longer and has sent
them a notice to that effect.
In a letter addressed to OLF,
Greenwald states that "Opa-
Locka Flightline has no right to

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occupy the property covered by
the lease."
He expanded upon this in an
e-mail to The Miami Times.
"For as long as two years, AA
has met with and continued

negotiations with Flightline
and Miami Dade County for
the specific purpose of keeping
Flightline as an operating
FBO at a different, larger and
permanent location at Opa-
Locka Airport."
Greenwald says that the good-
faith efforts of AA Acquisitions
have not been reciprocated.
In the meantime, Brown says
that the controversy-and the
exposure it has given OLF--
has increased the business for
his company. "Well have a day
where we expect two clients, and
well end up servicing eleven or
twelve," he said. "It's like that
every day."
The. embattled Opa-Locka
Flightline had faced eviction
from its building, which would
have effectively removed them

from the airport and put them
out of business. Prominent
attorney Willie Gary alleges
that the County and a larger
company called AA Acquisitions,
which holds the lease to the land
when Flightline sits, has acted
in collusion against OFL. The
county contends that Flightline
owes back rent on the property
and that the company stands
in the way of AA's ability to
Attorney Willie Gary is
traveling and could not be
reached for comment. His firm
is still weighing options where
a potential billion dollar suit
against the county is concerned.
Gary's firm alleges that OFL
has been discriminated against
by the county, a charge which
county officials deny.

Proposed budget will cost Miami-Dade County roughly 3000 jobs

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budget crisis.
The Proposed Budget will cut
estimated 3000 jobs county-
wide. All county employees,
even the mayor, would receive a
five percent pay cut.
"These are people lives being
affected," said County Commis-
sioner Dorrin D. Rolle. "It is go-
ing to be bad."
Two hundred positions will
be slashed in the Park and.
Recreation Department. Custo-
dial staff will be reduced. After-
school, sports development and
summer camp will be available
only if the funds are available.
Cuts will result in a tax in-
crease for homeowners in unin-
corporated Dade.
Mom and Pop programs,
which provides grants of up to
$10,000 to qualified businesses
in the County, will be eliminat-
The African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center, located in Liberty
City, which has offered year-
round arts enrichment classes
and inspiration to the commu-
nity, is also on the chopping

Dozens of residents across
the County expressed their con-
cerns about the Center, which
has been a home to local tal-
ent, in email and the social-net-
working site, Facebook.
One blogger said, "Every good
thing in Liberty City is always
taken away from us. The Center
has helped develop many tal-
ents in our community and we
need it."
In addition, funding for CBOs
will be eliminated for the 2009-
10 Fiscal Year.

. Moss wants the residents in
his district and throughout the
County to know that the Bud-
get has "nothing to do with the
Marlins stadium." "Whether we
built the Marlin stadium or not,
we would siill have the same
budget woes," he said.
County Commissioner Bar-
bara Jordan agrees.
The money used for the Mar-
lins stadium which included
the Sports franchise tax, con-
vention tax, tourist tax cold not
to sustain the County budget
said Jordan.

"None of the money that
builds the Marlins comes from
the general fund, ad valorem
tax," she said.
In March, with a 9-4 vote, the
Board of County Commission
gave a green light to the 37,000-
seat retractable stadium which
is to be based in Little Havana.
What began as a half-billion
dollar project is now is estimat-
ed to cost $2.4 billion.

Close to 3,000 County jobs
are up for elimination in the
Proposed Budget.
Jordan, who leads District 1
that includes Norland, Carol
City, Miami Gardens, Opa-
locka, realizes how much effect
the budget will have on her resi-
"So many of the CBOs pro-
vide services to children and
families," said Jordan. "If they
didn't have the County support
then a lot of them would not be
able survive."
"We are down to the marrow
on cutting the quality servic-
es that people so desperately
need," said Jordan.
She encourages her constitu-

ents to prioritize before making
any cuts.
"Take a look at where we are
cutting from: Cutting meal pro-
grams for the elderly and com-
munity based organizations,"
said Jordan. "How do you make
choices on whether or not you
are going to feed seniors?"
Her solution for the Board is
to set a mileage rate which is
the level of taxes that will be
"Priority is important," she
Audrey Edmonson, who rep-
resents residents of District
3 that include Liberty City,
Little Haiti, Overtown, Allapat-
tah and Wynwood, El Portal,
Miami Shores and a portion of
North Miami, says her offices
has been flooded with calls es-
pecially about the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center.
"African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center is an important part
of our community," she said.
Edmonson said that the
County cut $200 million for two
years and the cuts have finally
caught up to the County.
Additionally, the cuts would
eliminate the mayor's. discre-

Many Blacks believe Obama will improve their lives

continued from 1A

from themselves," Obama, the
nation's -first Black president,
said in that address.
One thing is clear: Many of
Geddis' customers don't want
to hear anything negative about
this president. "Every day I try
to get into it hard about Obama,
but it usually ends with some-
one saying I should stop raising
questions because he's doing as
much for us as white folks will
let him do," said Geddis.

That doesn't surprise me.,
Geddis' 19-year-old business,
York Road Barber, is located
along 'a gritty stretch where
nothing has changed in the six
months since Obama entered
the White House. The sprinkling

of Black merchants still struggle
to survive in a neighborhood
hard hit by unemployment, drug
addiction and the ravages of sin-
,gle parenthood - just as when
George W. Bush was president.
But like many other Blacks,
most of Geddis' customers be-
lieve Obama eventually will do
something to make their lives
better, even though he told his
NAACP audience they must be
masters of their own fate. "Your
destiny is in your hands - you
cannot forget that," he said.

Still, few who debate the im-
pact of things that are largely
beyond their control - steady
work, quality schools and safe
streets - want to blame Obama
in the same way that they blamed
Bush for government's failure to
help them. "

I don't think Obama should get
a free pass. He's right to say that
Blacks who are born into poverty
and live in crime-infested neigh-
borhoods should work hard to
escape those conditions. But he
should also be just as forceful
in acknowledging government's
responsibility to help lift poor
people out of poverty and make
their streets safer.
And Obama's right to sug-
gest that activist groups such as
the NAACP can do more to help
improve the lives of Blacks. In
2007, the NAACP helped to get
nearly 20,000 people to march in
protest of the arrest of six Black
teenagers in Jena, La., after a
simmering dispute with some
white teens. That same year, the
FBI reported that Blacks were
being murdered by other Blacks
at an alarming rate. But no mass
protest march, was called by the

County taking a color-blind approach

continued from 1A

as a time to rest.
"We can either take this
moment and it becomes the
perfect time to rebuild for
our community; or they take
a break and continue busi-
ness as usual," she said.
"Gentrification is a pro-
cess. It's about years," Per-
ry continued. "It didn't ap-
pear in 20 minutes of 2008.
It's about investments. It's
about private property. It's
about making money at the
expense of a community of
color, typically a poor com-
She continued, "It's hap-
pened in Allapattah, Wyn-
wood, and Mid-town; but
Coconut Grove was like the
first absolute slam-dunk.
They really got hit super
The housing boom brought
gentrification to Overtown,

according to Power U's web-
site, and Perry agrees; add-
ing that the burst of 'the
housing bubble has left
empty lots and cancelled de-
"What are the intentions
for those empty lots?" asked
Perry. "They still think it re-
quires rich people to develop
the city. Essentially it's about
making money at the expense
of a community of color, typi-
cally a poor community. What
we're saying is that we can
build sustainable indigenous
communities that are envi-
ronmentally, economically,
socially viable."
"The rental assistance dol-
lars that currently exist are
not sufficient," Perry con-
tinued. "There needs to be
a huge in-pouring of dollars
into a rental assistance pro-
According to Marie Bertot,
a media relations specialist
with the county, the county

has rental assistance pro-
grams but has little interest
in protecting communities of
color from development. How-
ever, it does not actively seek
to break them up either; tak-
ing a color-blind approach.
According to Bertot, there are
restrictions on where her of-
fice can pressure developers
to create affordable housing.
"The criteria is based on de-
mographics, the community
has to be considered a low to
moderate income community.
And that is tied to the funding
whether it's state or federal.
That is the main, primary re-
quirement. We do use funding
to make affordable housing,
but financial demographics
are the main criteria."
Cynthia Curry, senior advi-
sor/assistant county man-
ager for Miami-Dade Coun-
ty's Economic Development
and Housing Initiatives,
could not be reached for

NAACP or other Black activists
to decry this violence, which took
a far greater toll on Blacks than
the Jena Six.
Blacks have a right to expect
special attention from Obama.
Not because he is Black, but be-
cause their jobless rate is 1 1/2
times that of whites, because
Black students lag behind whites
in math and reading test scores,
and because disparate health
care leaves Blacks "more likely
to suffer from a host of diseases,"
as Obama told the NAACP.
I Maybe Obama is doing as
much' as he can to fix these
problems. Maybe not. This is the
conversation that Blacks need to
have - before it's too late.

tionary funds which, would cut
$527,500 from the 13 County
Commissioners' funds.
"I expected cuts--and deep
cuts--but not $427 million," she
said. "By the time we are done,
we will be cutting over a billion
Edmonson is hoping to swoop
other things in the County with
the mayor so that the hopefully
CBOs or the Cultural Arts Cen-
ter will have saving grace.
Edmonson wants County
residents to know that what
the mayor has proposed is just
a proposal but she needs the
support of residents to attend
the meetings and voice their

"Everywhere you go, everyone
is facing the same dilemma,"
said Moss.
As chairman of the Board,
Moss will also propose alterna-
tives to the Board but says find-
ing ways to raise revenue is the
key to getting out of this whole.
The Board of Commission will
make the necessary changes
of the proposed budget but it
must be completed by midnight
Sept. 30.
There will be a town-hall
meeting to discuss the possible
closing, of the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center at 6 p.m.,
Thursday, July 23. 786-260-

JESCA to stress efficiency

continued from 1A

"The level of competence and
capability was questionable
at best. One of the goals is to
change that, from the opera-
tional side, problematic, and
fiscal side," he said.
"We've got to hire people who
are competent and capable of
doing their jobs.
Commissioner Dorrin Rolle,
who stepped down as JESCA's
CEO last autumn, could not be
immediately reached for com-
Currently, Brown says JES-
CA is assessing the communi-
ty's most critical needs. He has
identified them as Juvenile De-
linquency Prevention and Inter-
vention, Substance Abuse Pre-
vention and Intervention and
Early Childhood Education. To
focus on these areas, Brown
conceded that he will have to
cut some programs, but was
not specific as to which ones.
"I don't think any of our com-
munity's needs are less critical,
but we're looking for which pro-
grams we can implement most
quickly, and .with the highest

rate of success," he said.
Brown cites JESCA's debt
obligations as his most imme-
diate challenge. In making the
cuts that will hopefully erase
this debt, he does not need to
look at his own salary from
JESCA-he doesn't draw one.
Brown's volunteering for the
Executive Director position at
JESCA came from a conver-
sation between himself and a
board member. I volunteered
out of commitment to my com-
munity; commitment to serve,
he said. Brown was born and
raised in Miami. He gradu-
ated from South Miami High
school before attending Clark
Atlanta University and final-
ly, St. Thomas University Law
Brown bills JESCA as South
Florida's oldest social service
agency serving people of color.
For nearly 82 years, JESCA
has provided such programs as
Homeless Primary Care, Men-
tal Health, Intensive Educa-
tion and Employment, FLOYD
House (a day treatment and af-
ter care program for juveniles)
and Housing Preservation Pro-




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Racial'profiling at Harvard University

Black scholar's arrest raises questions

By Melissa Trujillo

BOSTON - Supporters of a
prominent Harvard University
Black scholar who was ar-
rested at his own home by'po-
lice responding to a report of a
break-in say he is the victim of
racial profiling.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. had
forced his way through the
front door of his home because
it was jammed, his lawyer said
Cambridge police say they
responded to the well-main-
tained two-story home near
campus after a woman re-
ported seeing "two Black males
with backpacks on the porch,"
with one "wedging his shoulder
into the door as if he was try-
ing to force entry."
By the time police arrived,
Gates was already inside. Police
say he refused to come outside

to speak with an officer, who
told him he was investigating
a report of a break-in.
"Why, because I'm a Black
man in America?" Gates said,
according to a police report
written by Sgt. James Crow-
ley. The Cambridge police re-
fused to comment on the ar-
rest Monday.
Gates - the director of
Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois
Institute for African 'and Af-
rican American Research
- initially refused to show
the officer his identification,
but then gave him a Harvard
University ID card, according
to police.
"Gates continued to yell
at me, accusing me of racial
bias and continued to tell me
that I had not heard the, last
of him," the officer wrote.
He was arrested on a dis-
orderly conduct charge after

police said he "exhibited loud
and tumultuous behavior."
He was released later that
day on his own recognizance.
An arraignment was sched-
uled for Aug. 26.
Gates, 58, also refused to
speak publicly Monday, re-
ferring calls to Ogletree.
"He was shocked to find
himself being questioned
and shocked that the con-
versation continued after he
showed his identification,"
Ogletree said.
Ogletree declined to say
whether he believed the inci-
dent was racially motivated,
saying "I think the incident
speaks for itself."
Some of Gates' Black col-
leagues say the arrest is part
of a pattern of racial profiling
in Cambridge.
, Allen Counter, who has
taught neuroscience at Har-

vard for 25 years, said he
was stopped on campus by
two Harvard police officers
in 2004 after being mistaken
for a robbery suspect. They
threatened to arrest him
when he could not produce

. "We do not believe that this
arrest would have happened
if professor Gates was white,"
Counter said. "It really has
been very unsettling for Af-
rican-Americans through-
out Harvard and throughout
Cambridge that this hap-
Ogletree said Gates had re-
turned from a trip to China
on Thursday with a driver,
when he found his front door
jammed. He went through
the back door into the home
- which he leases from Har-
vard - shut off an alarm and
worked with the driver to get
the door open. The driver left,
and Gates was on the phone
with the property's manage-
ment company' when police
first arrived.
Ogletree also disputed the
claim that Gates, who was
wearing slacks and a polo
shirt and carrying a cane,
was yelling at the officer.
"He has an infection that

has impacted his breathing
since he came back from Chi-
na, so he's been in a very deli-
cate physical state," Ogletree
The Middlesex district at-
torney's office said it could
not do so until after Gates' ar-
raignment. The woman who
reported the apparent break-
in did not return a message
Gates joined the Harvard
faculty in 1991 and holds one
of 20 prestigious "university
professors" positions at the
school. He also was host of
"African American Lives," a
PBS show about the family
histories of prominent U.S.
Blacks, and was named by
Time magazine as one of the
25 most influential Americans
in 1997.
"I was obviously very con-
cerned when I learned on
Thursday about the incident,"
Harvard president Drew 'Gil-
pin Faust said in a statement.

Bolden confirmed as new NASA head
Associated Press presidential campaign, was systems to enable expansion of tant deputy administrator at "FAI

The US Senate has confirmed
former astronaut and Marines
Gen. Charles Bolden as the
new administrator of NASA,
making him the US space
agency's first Black chief.
The unanimous vote last
week came shortly after the
space shuttle Endeavour suc-
cessfully blasted off toward the
International Space Station
(ISS) after five scuttled launch
attempts in a month.
It also coincided with the
40th anniversary of the Apollo
11 moon landing on July 20,
The 12th NASA administra-
tor since the agency was cre-
ated in 1958, Bolden succeeds
engineer and scientist Michael
Lori Garver, 48, who was the
lead civil space police% advisor
to President Barack Obamna's

confirmed to take up the agen-
cy's number two job as deputy
administrator. It will be her
second stint at NASA, where
she served as associate admin-
istrator from 1998 to 2001.
Bolden,. 62, has flown on
four space missions -- includ-
ing two he commanded -- and
previously served for 14 years
as a member of the NASA's As-
tronaut Office.
"Today, we have to choose.
Either we can invest in build-
ing on our hard-earned world
technological leadership or we
can abandon this commitment,
ceding it to other nations who
are working diligently to push
the frontiers of space," he said
in a statement.
"If we' choose to lead, we
must build on our investment
in the International Space Sta-
tion, accelerate development
of our next generation launch

human exploration, enhance
NASA's capability to study
Earth's environment."
Bolden also called for NASA
to "lead space science to
new achievements, continue,
cutting-edge aeronautics re-
search, support the innovation
of American entrepreneurs,
and inspire a rising genera-
tion of boys and girls to seek
careers in science, technology,
engineering and math."
As a Marine Corps fighter
pilot, Bolderi flew combat mis-
sions over North and South
Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
during the Vietnam War.
He graduated from the US
Naval Test Pilot School at
Patuxent River, Maryland in
1979 and the following year
was selected as an astronaut
by, NASA,. where he held sev-
eral technical and adminis-
trative posts, including assis-

the agency s headquarters in
His first space flight was as a
pilot on board the space shut-
tle Columbia.
Bolden piloted the Discovery
shuttle that deployed the Hub-
ble space telescope in 1990,
and commanded two further
shuttle missions, including a
historic first joint US-Russian
mission on Discovery in 1994.
That same year, he left NASA
to return to active duty in the
Marines, rising to the rank of
major general and deputy com-
mander of US forces in Japan
before his retirement in 2003.
Bolden's confirmation came
as a White House panel is
reviewing the controversial
Constellation space program
launched by former president
George W. Bush in 2004 after
he decided to phase out shut-
tle flights by 2010.

Bolden, has flown on four space missions - including two he com-
manded - and previously served for 14 years as a member of the
NASA's Astronaut Office. -NASA

Census Bureau: Voters increased by,5 million in 08 election

Data show significant increases among Hispanic, Black and Young Voters

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -
About 131 million people re-
ported voting in the 2008 U.S.
presidential election, an in-
crease of 5 million from 2004,
according to a new table pack-
age released today by the U.S.
Census Bureau. The increase
included about 2 million more
Black voters, 2 million more His-
panic voters and about 600,000
more Asian voters, while the
number of non-Hispanic white
voters remained statistically
Additionally, voters 18 to 24
were the only age group to show
a statistically significant in-
crease in turnout, reaching 49
percent in 2008 compared with
47 percent in 2004. Blacks had

the highest turnout rate among
18- to 24-year-old voters -- 55
percent, an 8 percent increase
from 2004. The increased turn-
out among certain demographic
groups was offset by stagnant
or decreased turnout among
other groups, causing overall
2008 voter turnout to remain
statistically unchanged -- at 64
percent--- from 2004.
"The 2008 presidential elec-
tion saw a significant increase
in voter turnout among young
people, Blacks and Hispan-
ics," said Thom File, a voting
analyst with the Census Bu-
reau's Housing and Household
Economic Statistics Division.
"But as turnout among some
other demographic groups ei-
ther decreased or remained un-

changed, the overall 2008 voter
turnout rate was not statisti-
cally'different from 2004."
The table package released
today, Voting and Registration
in the Election of 2008, exam-
ines the levels of voting and
registration in the November
2008 presidential election, the
demographic characteristics of
citizens who reported that they
were registered 'for or voted in
the election, and the reasons
why registered voters did not
Although the youngest vot-
ers were the only age group to
show a statistically significant
increase in turnout, voting did
tend to increase with age. In
2008, younger citizens (18-24)
had the lowest voting rate (49

percent), while citizens who fell
into older age groups (45-64
and 65-plus) had the highest
voting rates (69 percent and 70
percent, respectively).
Looking at voter turnout by
race and Hispanic origin, non-
Hispanic whites (66 percent)
and Blacks (65 percent) had the

highest levels in the November
2008 election. Voting rates for
Asians and Hispanics were not
statistically different from one
another at about 49 percent.
Relative to the presidential
electioft of 2004, the ,Courng
rates for Blacks, Asians and
Hispanics each increased by,

about 4 percentage points. The
voting' rate for non-Hispanic
whites decreased by 1 percent-
age point.
The voting rate was highest in
the'Midwest (66 percent), while
the rates in the West, Northeast
and South were about 63 per-
cent each.

Among states, voting rates
varied widely. Among states
and state-equivalents with the
highest voter turnout were Min-
nesota and the District of Co-
lumbia, each with voting rates
of about 75 percent. Hawaii and
Utah were among the states
with the lowest turnouts, each

with approximately 52 percent.
By sex, women had a higher
voting rate (66 percent) than
males (62 percent). Neither
was' statistically different from
The overall voting age (18 and
older) citizen population in the
United States in 2008 was
206 million compared with
197 million in 2004. Of that to-
tal, 146 million, or 71 percent,
reported being registered to
vote. That's slightly lower than
the 72 percent who reported
being registered to vote in the
2004 presidential election, but
does represent an increase of
approximately 4 million regis-
tered voters. The percentage of
those registered to vote that ac-
tually did so was slightly higher
in the 2008 election (90 percent)
than in 2004 (89 percent).

Police shooting remains under investigation

continued from 1A

don't shoot someone in the
head," he said.
Frustrated by the recent
police-involved shootings oc-
curring in other municipali-
ties throughout Miami-Dade

and Miami Beach in the past
month, Lamb believes that the
cops have gone too far.
"My brother was not perfect
but he did not deserve die," said
Lamb. "The officer did not have
to shoot him so now I have a
dead brother and no one knows

Moss believes that City of Mi-
ami should not be compared to
the police involved shootings in
other municipalities.
"We are the major police de-
partment that went 23 months
without firing a shot," said
Police are actively investigat-

ing Kiana's case as the pieces
begin to unfold. According to
Moss, police are looking for a
witness from that night who
saw what happened. He flagged
down police to draw them to the
shooting but later fled. Police
believe that the witness has the
pieces to the unsolved puzzle.


As everyone knows, I am
a strong supporter of public.
education. I appreciate the profile
of me in the Political Potpourri
section on page 3A of the July
15-21, issue of The Miami Times,
however, I was disappointed
to see a quote attributed to me
which stated that my position
is that ". . . money should be
taken away from public schools
and diverted to other uses." In
fact, my quote, taken from a
written statement I submitted,
specifically states " . . . money

should not be taken away from
public schools and diverted to
other uses." Kindly retract this
misquote which I assume is a
typographical error and let your
readers know where I stand on
this vital issue. I appreciate the
support of The Times and the
wonderful service it provides to
the community. Thank you for
your attention to this matter.

Cynthia A. Stafford, Esq.
Candidate, Florida House
District 109

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Economic Recovery Forum: Where are the stimulus funds?

Residents question their local officials about
the stimulus finds in their communities

By Sandra J. Charite

With pens and paper ready
to take notes, class was in
session at the Economic Re-
covery Forum held at the Flor-
ida International University's
Kovens Conference Center,
North Campus on Saturday.
The event was hosted by the
Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation (CBC) and hun-
dreds of residents throughout
the County packed the audi-

torium to listen to their state
and local officials and nation-
al experts discuss the stimu-
lus funds.
The $787 billion stimulus
package was signed by Presi-
dent Barack Obama on Feb.
17, to help an economy flood-
ed with unemployment, fore-
closures and disparities in
"This stimulus is not only
about creating jobs but re-
build our community," said
Elizabeth Wilmott, Senior Pro-

Panel include State Sen. Chris Smith (D-129), State Reps. Oscar Braynon II(D-103) and Ronald A. Brisd (108)and Danny
Rosemond, Assistant City Manager of the City of Miami Gardens discuss stimulus funds in the community at the Economic
Recovery Forum held at the Florida International University's Kovens Conference Center (North Campus) on Saturday.


Executive Director Marleine Bastien of Fanm Ayisyenn
Miyami (FANM)/ Haitian Women of Miami voices her concerns
to a panel of elected officials about the stimulus funds and
small businesses. -MiamiTimes Photo/ Sandra J. Charite

gram Manager for Recovery
Efforts in the Department of
Housing and Urban Develop-
Already, the unemployment'
rate in Florida has risen to 9.6
percent, which is equivalent
to the national rate. Experts
believe it will continue to rise.
Miami's unemployment rate
is 10.6 percent, according to
Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D.,
Director of the Research, Pub-
lic Policy and Information Cen-
ter for African American Wom-
en at the National Council of
Negro Women. Black men and
women face higher unemploy-
ment and poverty rates than
any other ethnicity.
A panel that consisted of
State Sen. Chris Smith (D-
129), State Reps. Oscar
Braynon II (D-103) and Ron-
ald A. Bris6 (108) and Danny
Rosemond, Assistant City

Manager of the City of Mi-
ami Gardens explained about
the projects that have come
forth in the communities as
a result of stimulus money.
Such projects include buying
foreclosed homes and putting
them back on the market for
low to moderate income fami-
lies 'in, Miami Gardens and
Opa-locka said Braynon.
"Right now, my model is
about making it easier for
residents," said Smith as he
displayed information on the
stimulus on a PowerPoint pre-
While the panel discussed
their projects and displayed
PowerPoint presentations, the
audience was not moved. Ma-
jority had attended previous
town hall meetings or forums
about the stimulus and was
concerned that stimulus was
not being used in the neigh-

Patrice Nonally, a small
business owner in North Mi-
ami, has felt the crunch of the
economy as business down.
"I have been to three of
these meetings," she said.
"Everyone has talking about
the money going into our
community but yet* I have
not seen a single penny."
One .audience expressed his
concern that the stimulus
money, of which Florida was
expected to receive $15.3 bil-
lion according to Sen. Smith,
has already been used.
"All the money has not been
used," said Gary Flowers, Ex-
ecutive Director and CEO of
the Black Leadership Forum.
With the layoffs of teachers
and cutbacks in Miami-Dade
County Schools, many won-
dered when the schools would
benefit from the stimulus.

-Miami Times Photo/ Sandra J. Charite
"Our children are suffer-
ing," said Rita Motley, a par-
ent of two whose kids attend
Norland Senior High School.
"The new school year is com-
ing up next month and half of
the kids programs will be cut
because there is no money."
As time wined down at the
forum, local, officials suggest-
ed residents to contact their
offices for any additional in-
National author and finan-
cial expert Stacey Tisdale en-
couraged the audience that
during these critical times
financial literacy was crucial
for surviving the storm.
"Empower yourself with
knowledge. Money is the ve-
hicle to live the. lifestyle that
you want," she said.
CBC will be holding more fo-
rums with the coming months
about the stimulus funds.


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MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 22-28, 2009

Miami-Dade County Commissioner along with Brentwood Elementary Principal Dr.
Students involved in County Commissioner Barbara Jordan's internship program take part Sharon Jackson and head custodian, Darryl McKenzie, and summer interns participate in a
in beautification project at Brentwood Elementary. beautification project at Brentwood Elementary. -PhotoS/Miami-Dade County

Beautification project at Brentwood Elementary

Jordan's internship program gives back in a special way

A group of students selected
for County Commissioner Bar-
bara J. Jordan's annual intern-
ship program do more than just
sit behind a desk. Bright and
early last week, the group rolled'
up 'their sleeves for a communi-
ty service project at Brentwood
Elementary School in Miami
Gardens. With the help of the
commissioner and Keith Shep-
ard, a manager of a local Home

Depot, the interns planted a
butterfly garden on the school's
Every year, Jordan selects
a group of students to partici-
pate in her Summer Youth In-
ternship Initiative (SYII). In
its fifth year, SYII allows stu-
dents to gain work experience
at participating businesses in
District 1, learning business
etiquette, valuable work skills,

and resume building. The stu-
dents have four programs they
have to attend throughout the
duration of the thirteen-week
program: an orientation, a com-
munity service project, a team
building exercise and a year-
end banquet.
"The most obvious benefit of
an internship is on-the-job ex-
perience that can be attained be-
fore a student finally enters the

workforce. However, I wanted
to instill a sense of community
pride in my interns by including
an activity where they give back
to their fellow residents," said-
Jordan. "The butterfly garden
not only brings the students
together to do something good
for the community, but it also
teaches them the importance of
being 'green' and protecting our
beautiful city's environment."
Home Depot provided a host
of flowers such as Lantana, Red
Salvia and Blue Salvia, Mexican

Petunia, Pink Pentas and White
Pentas, Marigolds and Olean-
der, to attract caterpillars and
butterflies for the garden. Home
Depot also provided organic
soils and gardening stones,
with a representative from the
gardening department onsite
to help coordinate the project
with staff. Additionally, Darryl
McKenzie, Head custodian and
manager of Landscaping Op-
erations at Brentwood Elemen-
tary, taught the interns how to
turn over the land to start the

process of planting the garden,
remove grass and weeds, and
dig holes for larger plants. For
some of the participating stu-
dents, this was their first time
gardening and planting.
In conjunction with the SYII
program service project, Brent-
wood's Principal Dr. Sharon
Jackson will have her students
maintain the butterfly garden
throughout the year and edu-
cate them on the importance of
being "green."

Traditionally, most

after-school programs

provide day care. in

the summer months

The hours of 3 p.m.

to 6 p.m., which are

usually taken up by
-: -f _ _._ ...

after-school programs,

"is when a lot of teen-

agers are victims or-

perpetrators of crime

or engage in risky


Recession hits after school

budgets as enrollments rise

By Tina Irgang

After-school programs have
even captured the attention of
President Barack Obama. He de-
clared July 9 National Summer
Learning Day and said "unequal
access" to after-school sum-
mer programs helps cause "the
achievement gap between low-
income and affluent students."
The declaration comes as af-
ter-school programs across the
nation are struggling with reces-
sion-related budget shortfalls
and enrollment increases.
Carla Sanger, president' and
CEO of LA's Best, which serves
about 28,000 children at 180 el-
ementary schools, says summer
programs at several of their lo-
cations had to be cut this year.
She says she plans to apply for
federal stimulus money but that
the money won't be disbursed
until the fall. For the summer,

"well be dipping into our re-
serves" for the first time in the
program's 21-year run.
Hans says every dollar cut
from an after-school program
in Los Angeles will "cost the city
much more in the long run."
Traditionally, most after-
school programs provide day
care in the summer months,
says Jennifer Reinhart, vice
president for policy and research
at the Washington-based non-
profit, After-school Alliance. The
national group aims to improve
the accessibility and quality of
after-school care.
Afterschool Alliance found in a
national survey this spring that
three in five programs have seen
their funding drop in the past
two years.
Reinhart says the organization
conducted the survey after "we'd
heard from a lot of programs
that they were not able to afford

even the most basic costs."
Often, desperate programs
turn to city governments for
support. But, Reinhart says, cit-
ies are facing their own financial
woes and "using (their money) to
fill holes in the budget."
New Community For Chil-
dren, an after-school program
in Washington, D.C. which re-
lies on a mixture of government
funds, corporate and individual
donations, has seen a drastic re-
duction in donations.
"Every category's gone down,
but our individual funding is
down 50 percent," says Dwayne
Williams, the program's deputy
executive director. "Folks would
love to give, but they just can't."
Yet demand for the program
has risen dramatically. Last
summer the program served 90
children; enrollment this year is
projected at 250.
Its lack of resources will make

it hard for the program to care
for 250 children, but "the al-
ternative would've been to have
children out on the street, and
that's not acceptable," Williams
The high demand, Williams
says, is also a result of the re-
cession. Parents who have been
laid off find themselves unable
to provide for their children and
start looking to places such as
New Community for support.
Williams says: "We provide very
basic snacks, but they are din-
ner for a lot of children now."
David Sinski, executive di-
rector of After School Matters,
a Chicago program that helps
teenagers develop job skills,
says, "When you have less (af-
ter-school) programming, it can
create greater problems in com-
The hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.,
Please turn to PROGRAMS 14B

Broward County rehires

laid-off teachers

The Miami Times Staff Report

The School Board of Broward
County is making progress to
place many of its 394 recently
laid-off teachers back to work.
To date, 124 teachers have been
recalled. Teachers on the recall
list are noticed, based on the
match of their certification(s),
to the vacancy.
The District will begin adver-
tising vacancies in those sub-
ject areas for which there are no
teachers on layoff who could fill
those positions.
The recall process begins
with the teacher being sent a
letter via certified mail inform-
ing them of their updated job
status. Teachers have up to 72
hours from receipt of the cer-
tified letter to respond to the
District's Instructional Staffing

department in writing, either
accepting or declining their new
This notice process meets the
requirement in the Broward
Teachers Union (BTU) con-
tract. In an additional effort by
the District to contact recalled
teachers during the summer,,
a scanned copy of the letter is
also sent for response via the
CAB (Communicating Across
Broward), the District E-mail
* The call back data noted above
did not include the 54 Instruc-
tional Facilitator jobs that were
created using federal stimulus
Successful candidates for
these positions will yield vacan-
cies that will be filled with layoff
teachers, if there are certifica-
tion matches.

Teen sex linked to adult

content viewed on TV

By Ken Kusmer

Parents may now have a more
urgent reason to monitor what
their children watch on televi-
sion, a new study suggests.
Researchers at Children's Hos-
pital Boston found that early
teen sex may be linked to view-
ing adult content on television as
children. The study tracked chil-
dren from ages 6 to 18 and found
that the sooner children began to
view adult content on television
programs and movies, the earlier
they became sexually active dur-
ing adolescence.
"Television and movies are
among the leading sources of in-
formation about sex and relation-
ships for adolescents," said Her-
nan Delgado, a specialist in ado-
lescent and young adult medicine
at Children's Hospital Boston
and the study's lead author, in a
news release on the study. "Our
research shows that their sexual
attitudes and expectations are in-
fluenced much earlier in life."
Dwayne Hastings, vice presi-
dent of communications at the
Southern Baptist Convention's
Ethics & Religious Liberty Com-

mission, agrees.
"It is a proven fact that the
,unchecked, prurient content on
television and in movie theaters
is a primary factor in the coarsen-
ing of the culture," Hastings said.
"Advertisers are -willing to shell
out millions of dollars for televi-
sion commercials because they
are confident they can sway our
behavior. We should not be sur-
prised then to discover that what
we watch on television shapes
attitudes toward sexuality while
perverting God's design."
Parents, *not television actors
and actresses, should be intro-
ducing -- in age appropriate steps
-- an understanding of human
sexuality as God intended, Hast-
ings added.
The study's 754 participants
-- 365 males and 389 females --
were tracked during two stages,
first in childhood and again from
ages 12 to 18. During both stages,
researchers recorded television
programs and movies watched,
along with the time spent watch-
ing them, over two sample days.
The program and movie titles de-
termined what was considered
adult content.

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New leadership emerges at Edison High

By Sandra J. Charite
schalurite@miniiitiintesonline.co. n

After the school received its
second consecutive F, it became
apparent that changes for Mi-
ami Edison Senior High would be
soon in coming.
Edison was one of the eight
schools that struggled in Miami-
Dade last year. While the other
seven schools have improved
their scores, Edison has not.
In a recent interview with The

Miami Times, Miami-Dade Su-
perintendent of Schools Alberto
Carvalho said, "Edison High did
not make the necessary gains.
We have to treat this as an emer-
According to a state mandate,
the school's failure to improve
could mean closure; but Car-
valho has vowed that the school
would not close under his watch.
Instead, he has. initiated some
changes for the new school year.
The aim is to make Edison one of

the best schools in the state.
One of the changes is to change
Edison to a more collegiate insti-
tution. Students would become
better versed in international
studies as well as in the visual and
performing arts. Carvalho would
also create provosts and deans,
rather than principals and their
assistants. The aim is to change
Edison a communal school, still
open to area students.
Another change is appointing
Pablo Ortiz as the new provost

(performing the duties of a prin-
cipal) of Edison. Ortiz,, a Miami-
Dade 2006 principal of the year,
was characterized by Carvalho
as "one of the highest performing
principals in our district."
With the new changes, the dis-
trict hopes that Edison will im-
Former Edison principal Lavette
Hunter will now be the principal
at William H. Turner Technical
Arts Senior High in West Little

Many cope with news of increased Alzheimer's risk

By Mike Stobbe
Associated Press

.ATLANTA - People who learn
through genetic testing that
they-'have a higher than aver-
age isk for Alzheimer's 'disease
are ible to handle the bad news
pretty well, results from the first
major study of this suggest.
The findings aren't enough
evidence for doctors to urge
more people to get genetic test-
ing, said lead author, Dr. Rob-
ert Green. But they challenge
assumptions that people will
be devastated by a positive test
result and misread it as cer-
tain proof they're doomed to Al-
"Our participants were able to
understand the risk and man-
age it," said Green, a researcher
at the Boston University School
of Medicine.
For many who learned they
were not at increased risk, test-
ing wound up being a great re-
The study is being published
Thursday in the New England
Journal of Medicine.
Alzheimer's is the most com-
mon cause of dementia among
older adults, and affects as
many as 5 million Americans,
most of them over age 60.
The exact cause is not known,
but scientists believe heredity
plays a role. People with a cer-
tain gene - known as APoE4

The study measured

anxiety, depression

and stress levels in 162

healthy adults who were

children or siblings of

people with Alzheimer's.

The participants were

in their early 50's, on



. * 'v

- are believed to be three to
15 times more likely to develop
the illness than other people,
depending on how many copies
of the gene they have. It is not,
however, a sure sign someone
will get the disease.
Experts recommend a test
for APoE4 only to diagnose Al-
zheimer's in patients already

having symptoms. But a num-
ber of companies have been
marketing the test directly to
consumers, even though there
is no cure for the disease or way
to prevent it from developing.
"It's available if somebody
wants it," said Beth Peshkin,
a genetic counselor at George-
town University Medical Cen-

The study measured anxiety,
depression and stress levels in
162 healthy adults who were
children or siblings of people
with Alzheimer's. The partici-
pants were in their early 50's,
on average. Most wanted to
know if they had the gene, and
people who already had severe
anxiety or depression were not
All got a blood test that looks,
for the gene. Two-thirds were
given the results, the other
third were not.
Overall, the anxiety, depres-
sion and distress scores of
those who got the results and
those who didn't were about
the same.
About half of those given re-
sults tested positive for the
gene. Predictably, those who
got the good news that they
tested negative had slightly
lower anxiety, depression and
distress scores than' anyone
else. But those who tested posi-
tive were as likely to say they
would still get the test if they
had the chance to do it over.
The results are not so differ-
ent from some studies involving
genetic testing for other condi-
tions, like Huntington's disease
or some types of cancer, said
Elizabeth Thomson, an official
at the National Human Genome
Research Institute.
Please turn to RISK 14B

'Abortion Pill' safety improves

Associated Press

Roughly a fourth of Ameri-
can women getting early abor-
tions last year. did so with drugs
rather than surgery, statistics
show, as a new study reported
improved safety in using the so-
called "abortion pill."
i Some experts predict the per-
centage of such "medical abor-
tions," which offer more privacy
than surgical termination, will
rise even more due to the new
The research, done at Planned
Parenthood clinics across the
country, shows that a new way
of giving pills to induce abortion
virtually eliminated the risk for a

rare but dangerous infection.
Two pills are used to induce
an abortion. The primary drug,
Mifeprex, was first approved in
the U.S. in 2000. Use has risen
steadily, even though manufac-
turer Danco Laboratories LLC of
New York hasn't promoted it and
the drug can only be obtained
at a clinic or doctor's office, not
through a pharmacy. Sales rose
16.5% last year, when about
184,000 American women used
Medical abortions now ac-
count for about a quarter of
early abortions, according to
company spokeswoman Abby
Long. At Planned Parenthood,
the biggest provider of medical

abortions, they amount to 32%
of early terminations.
The group's study analyzed
medical abortions at Planned
Parenthood centers between
2005 and mid-2008-about
228,000 cases. It found the abor-
tion pill was about 98.5% effec-
tive and that changes in how the
drugs were given reduced risk of
a serious infection from barely 1
in 1,000 cases to 0.06 in 1,000.
The results are reported in
Thursday's New England Jour-
nal of Medicine.
The procedure, which works
during the first nine weeks of
pregnancy, involves swallowing
Mifeprex, known chemically as
mifepristone, at a doctor's office.

Mifeprex abortion pill

.Originally known as RU-486, the
pill causes an- embryo to detach
from the uterine wall. A second
pill, misoprostol, is used 24 to
48 hours later to cause contrac-
'tions and push the embryo out
of the uterus.

Harlem pastor questions Obama's citizenship

When we first introduced you
to Rev. James David Manning
15 months ago, the controversial
Harlem pastor was making head-
lines in the New York Times for
his provocative sermons attack-
ing Barack Obama.
Now, as President Obama
marks his first six months in of-
fice. Pastor Manning is back at it
again, this time accusing Obama
of faking his citizenship.
A sign posted on the marquee
in front of Manning's church on
Sunday explicitly challenged the
president to prove that he was
born in the United States, as re-
quired under the constitution to
become president.
The sign read: "The Blood Of Je-
sus Against Obama. Mr. Obama
Show Us Your Birth Certificate.
No Dew Nor Rain."
Last November, the effort to
"challenge Barack Obama's U.S.
citizenship got unexpected sup-
port when Justice Clarence
Thomas pushed the issue onto
the Supreme Court's docket after
it had been initially rejected. The
full Court later ejected. the citi-
zeriship challenge. Obama was
born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961
and his birth certificate was vali-
dated by officials in that state.
Rev. Manning joins Justice
Thomas and former Republican
presidential candidate Alan Keyes
as the third Black public figure to

question Obama's citizenship. A
fringe group of Obama conspira-
cy theorists has also been press-
ing the issue, even though every
major news 'organization that
has investigated has confirmed
Obama's natural born U.S. citi-
Unlike Keyes and Thomas,
though, Manning's base is locat-
ed in the Black community. He is
the pastor of the Atlah World Mis-
sionary Church in New York, lo-
cated at 38 West 123rd Street in
Harlem. It's a very visible location
near the intersection of two of the
biggest streets in central Harlem,
125th Street and Lenox Avenue.
With only 150 members last
year, Manning's church was
not very big or particularly well
known by Harlem standards. But
his online videos posted on You-
Tube gave him a presence beyond
the small circle of his congrega-
One of his videos about Obama
had 1.6 million hits on YouTube
last year. Another had 188,000.
That may be due to the contro-
versial nature of some of the the*
pastor's sermons on .YouTube.
One, called "Obama Is A Good
House Negro," says white people
"have found themselves a .good
Negro" in Obama. "Barack is a
good Negro. He doesn't say any-
thing mean to us," Rev. Manning
says, imagining what white peo-

A sign outside of the Atlah World Missionary Church in New York I

ple say about the Illinois senator.
Manning went further. "Don't
trust any Negro to be your leader
who's never been to jail," he said,
explaining that Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. and Malcolm X also went
to jail. "If your pastor hasn't been
to jail, don't trust him," the min-
ister says. Manning knows about
jail because he's been in prison
too, convicted and sentenced for
burglarizing 100 homes in the
1960s and 1970s, according to
the New York Times. '
The 62-year-old pastor argued
in one sermon, posted online,
that "Obama is a mack daddy"
and an "emissary of the devil."
According to Manning, "Obama

pimps white women and Black
women....You didn't notice him
until he brought out those big-
chested white women with their
tight t-shirts and their short
pants," Rev. Manning said in one
video, in an apparent reference to
the "Obama girl" YouTube videos
that spread without the Obama
campaign's involvement or con-
"That's what a pimp does," says
Manning. "She must be a 54-D.
Double D. That's what started
his campaign. He put his name
on two big 54-Ds...That's the first
place you saw his name. That's
the first place I saw it, on two
great big old tits."

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is seen at the U.N.-
backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Nether-
lands, Monday, July 13. -AP Photo/Robin van Lonkhuijsen, Pool

Ex-Liberian leader

blames American

CIA and Libya

By Mike Corder
Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -
The American CIA and Libya's
leader Moammar Gadhafi both
had a hand in Charles Taylor's
rise to power as Cold War poli-
tics and pan-African struggles
helped propel him to the presi-
dency in Liberia, according to
his testimony Wednesday at his
war crimes trial.
Taylor sketched a turbulent
African continent in the 1980s
that was the backdrop for Amer-
icar mnti-comrmi-ni't efforts and
Arp,icar_ refecto tnigteiv.cs backed
b?. - Ie4haI, ligh tirngt oJake off
the ',oke of colonlism."
Tavlor is charged with 11
counts o1 crimes ,ag.aairst human-
it, and usinr child soldiers in
-hi role bai,kiin rebels in-Sierra
L,:r.ine s 19,:1- 2002 civil war. He
ha;i denotuced the accusations
airamsr him as disiformation,
mi.inrl'oriati.iri li�es. rumours."
He took the stand for the first
time Tuesday alter listening in
silence to 91 prosecution - wit-
nesses, many of them describing
murders, mutilations, tortures
and acts of cannibalism by Si-
erra Leonean rebels. Others who
claimed to be former Taylor aides
gave accounts of his communi-
cations with the rebels and sup-
plying them with weapons, and
the transfer of illicit diamonds in
In 10 hours of testimony over
t -) days, Taylor portrayed him-

self as a liberator of the Liberian
people whose intention was to
sweep away the corrupt military
regime in Monrovia and estab-'
lish democracy.
His lawyer, Courtenay Giif-
fiths, said the former president
is enjoying his time on the stand
at the Special Court for Sierra
"He's over the moon, he's buzz-
ing," Griffiths told reporters dur-
ing a break.
Taylor's testimony is expect-
ed to take several weeks before
prosecutors begin their cross-
In his second day of question-
ing by Griffiths,. Taylor described
a tumultuous period of coups
and-executions in Liberia, a West
African nation buffeted by Cold
War politics after a sergeant ma-
jor in the Liberian army, Samuel
Doe, seized power in a bloody
coup in 1980.
Waving his,hands or pointing
his finger, Taylor gave an ani-
mated account of his falling out
with Doe, his flight to the United
States for safety and his escape
via a sheet knotted to a window's
bars from a Massachusetts pris-
on where he was being held on
afn extradition request after the
regime accused him of embez-
zling $900,000.
Taylor said U.S. authorities
helped organize his escape days
before a failed 1985 .coup by a
former close friend, Gen. Thom-
as Quiwonkpa, who was later
butchered by Doe loyalists.

Wimberly Sister's Anniversary

The Wimberly Sister's cel-
ebrating their 39th singing an-
niversary 7:30 p.m., Saturday,
Aug. 1st at Ms. Claire, 7975
N.W. 22 Ave. On Program the
Miracle Voices, Golden Bells
and others.
Concluding 3 p.m., Sunday,

Southern Echoes
. Saturday, July 25 at Emman-
uel M.B. Church, 1230 N.W.
79 Street, 7:30 p.m., Dr. W.J.
Carpenter, Pastor, Rev. Zow
and choir, Sister McEvin, Sister
Desouz and many others.
Climax Sunday, July 26 at
3 .p.m., Holy Cross MBC, 1555
N.W. 93 Ter., Dr. W.L. Strange,
Special guests from Savan-

Aug. 2nd at Holy Cross M.B.
Church, 1555 N.W. 93 Terr.
Groups attending The Minis-
ters Singers of Cluston, Florida;
Edrth Angles, South Florida
Singers, Smiley Jubiliars, Zio-
nets, Dynamic Stars and many

16th anniversary
nah, GA; Deacon Roland Mc-
Carr and The Gospel Travelers,
Dynamic, The Wimberlys, Smil-
ing Jubiliares, Spiritualettes,
Southernaires, Supreme Sons,
Galiliee, Shining Stars, Heav-
enly Angels, Zionettes, Golden
Bells, Annnointed Voices and
many others.
For information, call Sister
Curley, 786-663-7065.

1418 S. FEDERAL HIGHWAY *DANIA, FL 33004-4349


9B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 22-28, 2009



Following the principles of salvation

I am continuing the lessons
on the Principles of Christian
Prosperity as taught by Pas-
tor :Stephen Okwokwo from
Nigeria. 'As I mentioned last
week, this dear man was a
guest speaker in our church,
New Life World Outreach, for
almost two months.
Last week, I shared principles
1 and 2, and this week, I will
continue with the next three
principles of his teaching.
The third principle that Pas-
tor Stephen taught us was to
ask the giver. James tells us
in Chapter 4, verses 1-2 to

ask God for
what we do ..
not have. We
need not be
jealous of oth-
ers. Pastor . .. ' i
Stephen said '"'
that we need '- .
to repent and
ask God to forgive us for com-
plaining about things happen-
ing to us when we did not ask
Him about doing these things
for us in the first place. I know
through years of counseling
experiences, that often we ask
our friends apd families for ad-

vice, or look to them for pro-
vision, and when it doesn't
happen, we are upset and dis-
appointed - usually at Godl
Jabez was not someone born
into prosperity, and was not
even expected to be a man of
means. Jabez did not allow
these prophecies of his future
by man (not prophets of God)
deter him from asking God to
bless him. In I Chronicles 4: 9,
10 you will read Jabez' impas-
sioned plea to be blessed by
God. And guess what? God
answered his request! Pastor
Stephen admonished us to
Stop struggling, stop fighting
and stop being envious of each
other and ask the giver.
The fourth principle is one
found in Genesis 3: 19, 23,
and that is to be a hard work-
er. Adam was a given a career
from the beginning to care for
the very ground from which
he was created. Proverbs 21:

25, 26 clearly states that lazy
men will not prosper. Surely,
we realize that not everyone is
able to work. Children and the
informed should not be denied
substance because they are
not able to work for their food.
In fact, we are commanded to
take care of widows and or-
phans (James 1:27). There
are many other scriptures that
tell us that God wants us to be
hard and committed Workers.
Some of these include Proverbs
6: 9-11; 14:23, 20:17; and also
II Thessalonians 3: 7-12.
Now for the fifth principle for
Christian prosperity - tithing. I
have heard many teachings on
the principle of tithing over the
last 25 years, and I admit in all
sincerity that Pastor Stephen's
teaching was one of the best
that I have heard. Of course,
there is no better teacher of
tithing than the teaching that
is found in the Bible, and us-

ing scriptures, Pastor Stephen
taught us the Biblical principle
of tithing. Tithing was insti-
tuted by God to ensure that the
ministry of the Levites would
continue without their concern
of the necessities of life (Num-
bers 18: 20 - 24). They were
not commanded to work. Their
work was that of the Lord. The
Levite 'tribe was selected, by
God to minister to the people,
and it was the responsibility
of the people to support them.
Even today, the-responsibility
of the local churches includes
supporting the person selected
to minister to them (I Corinthi-
ans 9: 7 -14). Tithing honors
God and returns the blessings
to the tither (Malachi 3: 8 -12).
Pastor Stephen encouraged
us to tithe promptly before we
pay bills or buy anything - give
God His first! Also remember
offerings should be given in
addition to your tithes.

Now, I must interject at this
point this note concerning tith-
ing. I have been asked many
times why believers should
tithe because tithing is only
mentioned in the Old Testa-
ment, and we live under the
covenant of the New Testa-
ment. When I am asked that
question, I answer simply by
stating that the Old Testament
mentions giving God ten per-
cent.. It is true that the ten
percent tithe is not stated as
such in the New Testament,
but the New Testament Believ-
ers gave what they had (Acts 2:
44, 45). They worked hard and
sold their personal possessions
to support the church and its
members. I then suggest that
they can pay what they believe
is an Old Testament command-
ment of tithing ten percent, or
give the way that the New Tes-
tament Believers gave - all that
. they had!


Jubilate and Booker T.
Washington Senior High
School, as part of their Sum-
mer Music Institute, are offer-
ing a Choral Workshop for stu-
dents from 7th - 12t grade, at
Booker T. Washington Senior
High School, from 12-2 p.m.,
July 22-25. Ira L. Everett, Jr.,
954-559-0587 or email: ira-

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

Miami Heat Summer Pro-
gram will be held at the Ameri-
can Airlines Arena from 11:30
a.m.- 1 p.m., July 23 and 24.

The South Florida Board
of Realists (qBOR will -cel-
e bratAipt.r )0 !n t iatlauon
bFurd ^
Cultural Community Center
starting at 6 p.m., Wednesday,
July 23.

-*The Seraphic Fire Summer
concert Series presents the
Miami Debut of the Tableau
Baroque Ensemble in Handel's
Inheritance from July 23-26.
� 'i>,., .. ' , . ,********
, Zeta, Community Center
Summer. 'Programn will run

New Mt. Calvary MB Church
will be having a revival at 7
p.m. nightly, July 22-24. 305-

Mt. Olive F.B.H. Church
invites you to. their 97th an-
nual Sunday School Conven-
tion, 7:30 p.m. nightly, July
23-26. 305-696-8637 or info@

St Matthews Free Will Bap-
tist Church will have their 36th
annual Choir Day Celebration
at 7:30 p.m., July 24 and 11
a.m., July 26. 305-751-4251.

Community of Faith Bap-
tist Church will celebrate
their one-year anniversary on
July 24, 26 and 29. 305-759-
******** *
New Life Family Worship
Center invites all women to
the Sister Fix My Shirt Ex-
travaganza Workshop from 10
a.m. - 2 p.m., July 25. 305-

Holy Ghost Faith Deliver-
ance ministries will be cele-
brating their annual Men and

through July 24 with classes
running 2-5:30 p.m., (M-F).

Mavericks High of South
Miami Dade County in Home-
stead will host an informa-
tional session for parents and
teachers from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Friday, July 24.

Thomas Jefferson Middle
School is accepting applica-
tions for students in grades
6-8 to attend its summer pro-
gram until July 24 between the
hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
There will be no transportation
provided. 305-681-7481.

The Booker T. Washington
Class of 1964 will be meeting
Friday, July 24 in prepara-
tion for their 45th reunion. The
meeting will be at the African
Cultural Center at 7 p.m. G.
Hunter, 305-632-6506. g

Miami-Dade State Attor-
ney's Office will be hosting
a Sealing and Expungement
Program at the Golden Glades
Elementary School in Miami
Gardens from 10 a.m. - '1 p.m.,
Saturday, July 25. 305-547-

North Miami Parks and
Recreation Department will
host a Health Fair at the Sunk-
ist Grove ,Community Center
from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Satur-,

Women Conference Banquet at
the Embassy Suite Airport Ho-
tel on July 25 and closing at 3
p.m., July 26. Mother Rachel
Ross, 786-413-3639 or Pastor
James, 786-337-5939.

******** *
Emmanuel M.B. Church
will be celebrating their an-
niversary at 7:30 p.m., Satur-
day, July 25 and climaxing at
the Holy Cross MBC at 3 p.m.,
July 26. Sister Curley, 786-
The New Canaan Baptist
Church invites you to their
fourth worship service at 11
a.m., Sunday, July 26. 305-

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church invites you to
their family and friends ser-
vice at 3 p.m., July 26. 305-

Mt. Hope Fellowship Bap-
tist Church Women's De-
partment presents our an-
nual "One Hundred Women
in White" celebrating "Women
Making a Difference in Life"
at 4 p.m., July 26. 305-621-

day, July 25. 305-895-9840.

First Church of North Mi-
ami, United Church of Christ
will be holding their second an-
nual Health Fair, co-sponsored
by the Jesse Trice Health Cen-
ter. It will be held from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25.

Sunflower Society's end of
summer art exhibit will take
place at the El Portal Village
Hall from 4-6 p.m., Sunday,
July 26. 305-305-9141.

The Senior Citizens Con-
cern Case Group will celebrate
23 years of community services
for seniors and disabled in the
community at the Mt. Tabor
Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m.,
Sunday, July 26. A reception
will follow at Sylvia's Retire-
ment Home. 786-423-8429.

Miami Central Senior High
is planning a triple class re-
union of 91, 92 and 93 from
July 31 -Aug 2. Edwin, 305-

Miami Jackson Senior High
Class of 1969 will be celebrat-
ing its 40t year reunion from
July :31 - Aug. 2. Sharon De-,
meritte Forbes, 305-620-4827,.
Visit: www.reunioriweb.com oq
email: fcreunions@aol.com'

The Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will conduct' a
nieeting at the African Cultural
Arts Center, from 4-5:30 p.m.
on .Saturday, August' 1 305-
213-0188,or 305-205-7115.

Saved, Blessed, Never
Alone (SBNA), Ministries will
have a revival at 7:30 p.m.
nightly, Friday, July 31 and
Saturday, August 1. 305-798-

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.

True Divine Worship Min-
istries will have a Women's
Conference entitled, "Are You
His Woman?" at 7:30 p.m.
nightly, Aug. 5-7.

SChrist Crusade Family
Center Women's Department
will hold weekly auditions at 9
p.m., Fridays and 7 p.m., Sat-
urdays on July 31 and Aug.
7, 8 and 14. 305-525-9883 or
email: drsea@bellsouth.net.

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

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Top Ladies of Distinction
will hold its monthly meeting
at Florida Memorial Univer-
sity Lehman Aviation Building
on the second Saturday. 305-

The South Florida Chapter
of the Huntington's Disease
Society of America is holding
its 18th annual Huntington
Disease Triathlon at the Cran-
don Park on August 2. 786-

The Beautiful Gate, Inc.,
an African-American Cancer
Support & Resource Center,
*will present Community Af-
fairs workshop to offer women
age 40 and older access to free
mammograms and pap smears
at the Liberty Square Com-
munity Center from 2 p.m.
- 4 p.mi., Tuesday, August 4.
Pamela Burnett at 305-835-

The School Board of Bro-
ward County's Supplier Di-
versity and Outreach Program
Office will host its annual Mi-

nority/Women Business Expo
2009 at Coral Springs High
School, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Thursday, August 6.

Miami Northwestern Sr.
High Class of 1989 will hold
its 20th anniversary at the Jun-
gle Island at 8 p.m., Aug. 7.

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

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

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

The Miami Carol City/
North Dade H.S. Class of
1967 Alumni are holding a
"60th Birthday Celebration" at
the Miramar Civic Center Ban-
quet Hall at 7 p.m., August 15.
Cheryl Watts Brown, 305-333-
7613 or Charles Jackson, 305-

The City of Miramar in con-
junction with Memorial Health-
care will host a "Back to School
Health Fair" for children at the
Miramar Youth Enrichment
Center, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
Saturday, August 15. 954-276-
5985 or 954-704-1631.

City of Miramar is offering
ballet classes at the Miramar
Multi-Service Complex, from
5:30 -6:30 p.m., every Friday.

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

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Experts say eating

healthy can be cheap
Washington (AP) - Has the reces- Health Nutrition and is pushing for Dark green leafy vegetables are,-..

sion cut heart-healthy seafood and
leafy greens out of your budget?
Obesity experts say the lousy econ-
omy most likely will worsen Ameri-
cans' already bulging waistlines be-
cause bad-for-you food happens to
be less costly. But there are healthy
cheap eats, and new research aims
to show how to obtain the healthiest
foods without emptying your pock-
"We wanted to make sure every
calorie counted," says Dr. Adam
Drewnowski, who directs the Univer-
sity of Washington Center for Public

the federal government to put more
affordability into the calculation
when it issues new dietary guide-
lines next year.
No, his plan is not a plea to live
on salads. After all, salad greens can
cost four times as much as green
beans and last not nearly'as long.
Drewnowski is out to rehabilitate
the potato, just not the french-fry
version. He says it's time to welcome
protein-rich eggs back to the table.
Spinach? Excellent if you can af-
ford it. If not, iceberg lettuce has
Please turn to EATING 14B

calorie for calorie, perhaps the
most concentrated source of
nutrition of any food.They are a
rich source of minerals (includ-
ing iron, calcium, potassium,
and magnesium) and vitamins,
including vitamins K, C, E, and
many of the B vitamins.

Jackson Health System honors outstanding employees

The Miami Times Staff Report

Four employees and two
groups were honored with
Achiever awards by Eugene
Bassett, interim CEO, Jack-
son Health System; Eneida 0.
Roldan, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A,
new president and chief ex-
ecutive officer of Jackson
Health System; and John H.
Copeland, III, chairman of the
Public Health Trust Board of
Trustees, during the April and
May 2009 Public Health Trust
Board of Trustees meetings.
Achiever awards are pre-
sented to employees who dem-
onstrate the values of Jackson
Health System: service excel-'
lence and quality, commit-
ment, compassion, teamwork
and communications, integrity
and ,stewardship. rc.-.p,::t ::r-
fidentiaJti, and w.ho celebrate
the cultural diversity of our pa-
tients and staff. The winners
are selected out of Jackson
Health System's 12,000 em-
The employee and team
honored for April were Olive
McLean, R.N., a parent educa-
tor in the Newborn Intensive
Care Unit at Holtz Children's
Hospital, for her compassion;
and the staff of the Hematol-
ogy/Oncology Unit at Jackson
Memorial Hospital's Ambula-
tory Care Center East, for their
commitment and service excel-
Olive McLean, R.N., was
nominated by a co-worker who
commended her for her kind-
ness with a young immigrant
mother and her sick toddler.
Her nominator said, "She took
time out of her busy day to hug
a mom and make her laugh,
and make the sick little girl
smile. Being a nurse is clearly
more than a job for Ms. McLean
-- it is her purpose. Clearly,
she is spending her life spread-
ing hope and joy to families at
The team in the Hematology/
Oncology Unit was also nomi-
nated by a co-worker for their
pleasant, courteous and com-
passionate treatment of their
patients, visitor and fellow em-
ployees.. Their nominator said,'
"The nurses, doctors, resi-
dents, technicians, secretaries,
social workers etc. went above
and beyond the call of. duty to
ensure a cheerful environment
/ for patients and visitors."
The two employees and one
group honored for May were
Carmen Brown, an environ-
mental worker at Holtz Chil-
dren's Hospital, for her com-
passion and excellent service;
Deardry Ann Higgins-Alford,
R.N., a clinical staff nurse in
the Trauma Resuscitation Unit
at the Ryder Trauma Center,
for her commitment to patient
care; and the staff of the Two
North Unit at Jackson South
Community Hospital,' for ser-
vice excellence and quality.
Carmen Brown was nomi-
nated by a co-worker for her
compassion, teamwork and
respect. Her nominator said,
"I believe that Carmen's com-
passion and empathy allowed
this boy to feel that he was not

alone. We see Carmen as part
of the critical care team in the
Pediatric Intensive Care unit."
Deardry Ann Higgins-Alford,
R.N., was nominated by the as-
sociate nurse manager of the
Trauma Resuscitation Unit of
the Ryder Trauma Center for
her commitment to the patients
and staff at Jackson. Her nomi-
nator said, "Ann is the epitome
of what you desire in a co-work-
er. She hasacted as a precep-
tor on multiple occasions and
has also been extremely active
in our Army Trauma Training
Center in training the men and .
women medical professionals
who are preparing to join the
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I am proud to have her as a co-
worker and hope to share many

S ' 'V''' e , @ ,, C A $,l.. . . "
Individual winners of the May 2009 Achiever Awards
Deardry Ann Higgins-Alford, R.N., and Carmen Brown.

Members! of the Jackson South Community Hospital
Team Vanessa Gaston-Chang, R.N.; Nancy Ramirez,
technician;' Barbara Geho, C.S.N.; Marlys K. Yu, R.N.,
manager of Med/Surg Unit; and Stuart Podolnick, senior
vice president and chief administrative officer of Jackson
South Community Hospital, winners of the May 2009
Achiever award.

more years with her represent-
ing the best of Jackson Health
The Two North Unit at Jack-
son South Community HQspi-
tal was nominated by a patient
for outstanding care during
his stay on the unit. The pa-
tient said, "I want to express
my sincere gratitude to the
members of your staff for their
professionalism and the per-
sonable manner in which they
administered care. Specifically,
Vanessa Gaston-Chang, R.N.;
Kevin H. Arthur, R.N., clinical
staff nurse ; Nancy Ramirez,
P.C.T.; Debra Moshood, sup-
port associate 1; Marlys K. Yu,
R.N., manager of Med/Surg
Unit, and Lilieth Woolcock,
the phlebotomist who profes-
sionally drew blood each night

Individual winner of the
April 2009 Achiever award
Olive McLean.

Members of the Hematology/
Oncology Clinic team April
2009 Achiever award winners
- Christine Rosillo, R.N.,
M.B.A., chief nursing officer;
Jocelyn Monfiston, patient
care associate; Jackie Marrero,
. patient care associate; Gloria
Ogiste, R.N., M.S.N., associate
nurse manager; Marcie Smith,
patient care associate; and
Kermit Wyche, M.B.A., director
of Operations for Ambulatory
and Community Health
Services, pose for a photo prior
to the April 2009 Public Health
Trust Board of Trustees meeting
at Jackson. -Photos/ Jackson Hospital


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Study finds Blacks rank high in obesity
. counted as obese. Black men Hispanic men, 28 percent,
For Blacks, the highest obesity rate was were next, at 32 percent, then white men, 25 percent and
in Maine, where 45 percent were obese Hispanic women, 29 percent, white women, 22 percent.

By Mike Stobbe

Atlanta - Nearly 36 percent
of Black Americans are obese
- much more than any other
racial or ethnic groups - and
that gap exists in most states,
a new federal study finds.
Roughly 29 percent of His-
panics and 24 percent' of
whites are obese, the Centers
for Disease Control and Pre-
vention reported Thursday.
Overall, about 26 percent of
U.S. adults are obese.
Racial differences in obesity
rates have been reported be-
fore, and health officials were
not surprised to see larger
proportions of Blacks tipping
the scales.
But the new CDC report
is the first to look at the gap
state-by-state, finding Blacks
had significantly higher obe-
sity rates in 21 states and
somewhat higher rates in
many others.
Experts believe there are
several reasons for the dif-

ferences. People with lower
incomes often have less ac-
cess to medical care, exercise
facilities and more expensive,
healthier food. In many plac-
es, minorities are dispropor-
tionately poor.
"Poverty is a very strong
driver of obesity," said Kelly
Brownell, director of Yale Uni-
versity's Rudd Center for Food
Policy and Obesity.
Attitudes about weight also
are believed to be a factor, said
Dr. Liping Pan, a CDC epide-
miologist. Researchers cited a
2008 study that found Black
and Hispanic women had sig-
nificantly lower odds of being
dissatisfied with their body-
size than white women.
"Black and Hispanics
are more accepting of high
weight," Pan said, adding that
heavy people who are satisfied
with their size are not likely to
diet or exercise.
However, it could be that
over time as people struggle
with poverty and environment

"they come to accept the high-
er weights," Brownell said.
Obesity is based on the
body mass -index, a calcula-
tion using height and weight.
A 5-foot-7-inch adult who
weighs 190 pounds would
have' a BMI of 30, which is
considered the threshold for
The data comes from a na-
tional telephone survey of
more than 1 million Ameri-
cans over the years 2006
through 2008.

For Blacks, the highest obesi-
ty rate was in Maine, where 45
percent were obese. Tennessee
was the state where Hispanic
obesity was most common.
And West Virginia was the fat-
test state for whites.
But generally, obesity was
most common for both Blacks
and whites in the South and
The study also broke down
the groups by gender, and
found Black women were
the heaviest, with 39 percent

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6702 N.W. 15th Ave.

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2001 N.W. 35th Street
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MI. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Order of Services
Mon. thru Fri. Noon Day Prayer
Bible Study, hurs 7l p.m.
Sunday Worship 7-11 ,.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

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Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street

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1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue
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Jordan Grove Missionary
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5946 N.W. 12th Ave.

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5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 NW 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 1 a.m..
II a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday S(hool 9.30 a m
tuesday (Bible Study) 6 45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
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Hosanna Community
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2171 N.W. 56th Street

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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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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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740 N.W. 58th Street

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16305 NW 48th Ave.

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Hadley's (Opa-Locka)
56, mainte-
nance worker,
died July 14 at
home. Service
12 noon, Satur-
day, Glendale
Baptist Church
of Brownsville

JR., 35, died
July 15 at Uni-
versity of Mi-
ami Hospital.


shipping and a
receiving clerk,
died July 11 at
home. Service
was held.

counselor, died June 21. Service
was held.

60, roofer, died July 12 at Jackson
North Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Shekinah Glory Minis-

LOY HOWELL, 73, died July 12.
Service was held.

JOHN ANIKPE, 76, treasurer
for Nigeria-Government, died June
29. Arrangements are incomplete.

er maker for railroads, died July
10. Service was held.

housewife, died July 15. Service
was held.

LEON KNIGHT, 61, airline me-
chanic, died July 17. Visitation 4
- 9 p.m., Friday. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Mount Olive Primitive
Baptist Church.

JESSE JOHNSON, 71, machine
repairman, died July 14. Visitation
4 - 9 p.m., Thursday. Service 12
noon, Friday, St. James Mission-
ary Baptist Church.

health aide, died July 11. Visita-
tion 4 - 9 p.m., Friday. Service 10
a.m., North Miami Avenue Church
of God.

DENISE FRASER, 42, office
manager, died July 6. Visitation 4 -
9 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m." Satur-
day at the church. Service 11a.m.,
Saturday, Metropolitan Baptist

DINARDO DAVIS, 37, kitchen
worker for hospital, died July 12.
Visitation 4 - 9 p.m., Wednesday.
Service 11 a.m., Thursday in the

SILVIA BURTON, 68, house-
wife, died July 15. Arrangements
are incomplete.

tomer service rep., died July 3.
Service was held.

JOYCE CONLEY, 56, died July
5. Service was held.

LENORA JONES, 86, died July
12. Service was held.

July 17 at home.
Service 12
noon, Saturday,
Mount Vernon
Missionary Bap- ..

E.A. Steven

88, of Hollywood, died July 16 at
home. Service 11 a.m., Saturday,
Gethsamane Baptist Church, Hol-

housekeeper, died July 14 at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

Ranae Coconut Grove Rangqe-

84, homemaker,
died July 18 at
Coral Gables
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
dau g h ters,
Amanda, Sher-
ry Fletcher and
Alice Shootes; a host of grandchil-
dren, great grandchildren, other
relatives and friends. Viewing 5-7
p.m., Thursday, Greater St. Paul
A.M.E. Church, 3680 Thomas Av-
pnuei Coconut Grove. Service 11

Hall Ferguson H eitt
HAZEL ROBERTS, 90, private
died July 17.
Service 10:30
a.m., Saturday,
The Church of
the Incarnation.

49, laborer,
died July 12 at
Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, New
Mt Calvary Mis-
sionary Baptist

ER SR., 48,
died July 18 at
Memorial West.
Service 12
noon, Saturday,
Jordan Grove
Missionary B ap-
tist Church.

SYLVIA ROLLINS, 77, beauti-
cian, died July 12 at Baptist Hos-
pital.Final rites and burial, Place
Lake View Cemetery, Nassau Ba-

homemaker, died July 12 at Mt.
Sinai Hospital. Service was held.

WESLEY MOODY 81, mechan-
ic, died July 11 at North Broward
Medical Center. Service was held.

died July 7 at Memorial Regional
Hospital. Service was held.

DOMINGA FERRO, 92, home-
maker, died July 15 at North Shore
Medical Center. Service was held.

borer, died July 14 at Fisherman
Hospital. Service was held.

RICHARD SMITH, 72, general
manager, died July 17 at Florida
Medical Center. Service was held.

BERNARD LEVAY, 79, sales,
died July 17 at Delray Medical
Center. Service was held.

GLORIA GRANT, 81, home-
maker, died July 18 at North Shore
Hospital. Service was held.

MARGIE JONES, 72, home-
maker, died July 18 at Coral
Springs Medical Center. Service
was held.

penter, died July20 at Westchester
Hospital. Service was held.
Paradil s4
MORRIS SPANN, 82, retired
MTA, bus driv-
er, died July
18 at Nininger
State Veterans
Nursing Home,
Pines. Survi-
vors include:
wife, Ruth; son,
Randy; daughters, Mary and Jan-
ice; brothers, J.C., Nathaniel and
Jules; a host of other family and
friends.Visitation 11- 2 p.m., in the
chapel and 5 - 8 p.m., Friendship
Church, Friday. Service. 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church.

Eric S. George"
ABRAHAM RIVERA, 67 retired
construction worker, died July 14
in Kissimmee. Service was held.

MARIE CADET, 58, nurse, died
July 16. Service11a.m., Satur-
day, World Harvest Worship Cen-
ter, Pembr,pke Pines.

Pax Villa
months, died July 13 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Service was


Greg ason
85, died July 17,
2009. Survivors
include: daugh-
ter, Brenda Lee
(Perry); sons,
Frank Stephen
(Carole) and
Ronald Durand
(Diana); sisters,
Addie M K Crawford and Lorine
F Knight; and other relatives and
friends. Service was held. Final
burial and rites in Nashville, TN.

75, cashier,
Public Schools, - -
died July 13 at
Kindred of Holly-
wood. Survivors
include: daugh-
ter, LaShawn;
son, James Lawrence, Jr.; grand-
children, five sisters; and a host of
other relatives and friends. Service
was held. Final rites and burial in
Summerville, SC.

ALBERT N. CRUZ, 54, laborer,
died July 18. Survivors include:
mother, Barbara B Cruz; sisters,
Patricia Branch (Sgt. Major'Clar-
ence), Sandra Brown(Rev. Walter,
Sr.), Shirley Grant and Maybelle
Monroe(Albert); brothers, Victor,
Cedric, Curtis and Clayton; a de-
voted aunt, Marion Wright; a host
of other relatives and friends. Visi-
tation 2 - 9 p.m., Friday. Service 1
p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

Nakia Ingraham
dent, died July 18. Service 2 p.m.,
Wednesday, Presbyterian Church,
North Miami.

RONALD HEARN, died July 17
at Jackson Memorial North Hos-
pital. Service 11a.m., Saturday,
House of Gbd Miracle Revival of

July 17' at Broward General Medi-
cal Hospital. Service 1p.m., Satur-
day, First Baptist Church of Pom-

ERNEST MATHER, 64, securi-
ty guard, died July 18 at Memorial
Hospital. Service 4 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

truck driver, died
July 19 at Unity
Nursing ,Home.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday, Mt.
Olive Primitive
Baptist Church.

20 weeks, died July 18. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

SHARON SANDERS, 40, office
manager, died at University of Mi-
ami Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Sat-
urday in the chapel.

auto repairman,
died July 19.
Survivors in-
clude: daughter,
Phyllis Williams
of Houma, LA; ,
sisters, Idester
Collins and Net-
tie Mcherson;
brother, Clark Carter; a host niec-
es, nephews and other relatives
and friends. Service 2 p.m., Satur-
day in the chapel.

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Willie "Champ".
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tha); brothers,
Michael & Nealon Sears, Elijah,
Craig and Dominique Wells; sis-
ters, Kenya Sears, Keisha, Char-
maine, Neiome & Shantae Wells;
grandparents Lola Roberts Lewis,
Lawrence Virgin and Viola Bolden.
Services 1 p.m., Saturday, 93rd
Street Community Baptist Church.
Contact "Champ" Wells at 786-
318-7134 for more information.

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borer, died July
13. Survivors
include: moth-
er, Antronette;
brothers, Ce-
drick Dixon and
Javon Lamb;
sisters Lakeya
Dixon, Sharkun, Kandiz and
Peaches Lamb. Services 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Greater Israel Bethel PB

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maker, died July ,
15. Survivors in-
clude: children,
Rosalyn, Javar,
Shakeith and
Ebony. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day, in the cha-

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aide, died July ) ,-
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dren, PamelaI
(Michael) Emily, V
Cynthia Fong,
Clyde Fong and
Wallace Gon-1
zalez; brothers,
Alloy and Leon Lemessy; sisters,
May Joseph and Agatha McKen-
zie. Services 11 a.m., Saturday,
Holy Family.

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July deadliest month for

By Jason Straziuso

KABUL (AP) - Four Americans
were killed Monday when a road-
side bomb exploded in eastern
Afghanistan, NATO said, mak-
ing July the deadliest month for
U.S. troops in this war.
A NATO statement did not give
nationalities, but U.S. spokes-
man Lt. Robert Carr confirmed
that all four were Americans. The
deaths bring to 55 the number of
international service members
killed in July, also the deadliest
month for NATO forces.
At least 30 U.S. troops have
died this month - two more tlaan
the toll for June 2008, which had
been the deadliest month for the
American force in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, a British fighter
jet crashed at NATO's largest
base in southern Afghanistan
on Monday, the second aircraft
to go down there in two days.
The Royal Air Force GR4 Tor-
nado crashed inside Kanda-
har Airfield during takeoff at
7:20 a.m., said Capt. Ruben
Hoornveld, a spokesman for
the NATO-led force. The crew's
two members ejected and were
being treated for injuries at the

base hospital.
The Tornado is the fourth air-
craft to crash down in Afghani-
stan in three days and the sixth
this month. Military officials
say there doesn't appear to be a
common reason for the spate of
There was no indication that
insurgent activity caused the
latest crash, Hoornveld said, but
officials could not immediately
say why the plane went down.
The jet caught fire and emergen-
cy personnel responded.
A British soldier was killed by
an explosion Sunday while on a
foot patrol in the Sangin region
of Helmand province, the Brit-
ish Ministry of Defense said. At
least 16 British troops have died
in Afghanistan in July, a death
toll that has sparked an outcry
in Britain.
On Sunday, a Russian-owned
civilian Mi-8 helicopter crashed
at Kandahar Air Base, killing 16
people on board.
Hoornveld called the two
crashes "coincidence."
Two aircraft also went down
Saturday. A U.S. Air Force F-
15E Strike Eagle fighter jet
crashed in central Afghanistan,

U.S. troops

killing two crew members. U.S.
officials say insurgent fire did
not bring down the plane. A U.S.
helicopter also made what the
military calls a "hard landing"
the same day. Several troops
were injured.
Taliban militants downed a ci-
vilian Mi-6 transport helicopter
last week in southern Afghani-
stan, killing six Ukrainian civil-
ians on board and an Afghan
child on the ground. Earlier in
July, two Canadian soldiers and
one British trooper were killed
in a helicopter crash in Zabul.
Officials said the crash did not
appear to be caused by hostile
A U.S. military spokeswoman
in Kabul, Lt. Cmdr. Christine
Sidenstricker, said she has not
heard anything to suggest a com-
mon thread tying the crashes
together. She noted that several
types of aircraft were involved.
"I don't think they're related,"
she said. "There really hasn't
been a lot of similarity between
the events except they all hap-
pen to be aircraft. In most cases
it has not been the result of ene-
my activity; it has been mechan-
ical problems or other issues."

Tips for affordable eating habits

continued from 11B

merit, he insists.
No time to cook from scratch?
Or live in a low-income neigh-
borhood where good fresh pro-
duce is scarce? Frozen veggies
can be better buys anyway,
he says, and even canned if
you watch the sodium.
"The message is now shift-
ing from the most nutrient-
rich foods to the most af-
fordable nutrient-rich foods,"
says Drewnowski.
Two-thirds of U.S. adults
are either overweight or
obese, and childhood obesity
is so epidemic that some doc-
tors predict we soon will see a
generation with lower life ex-
pectancy than their parents.
The recession won't help.
"Higher food prices are
straining household budgets,
especially for low-income fam-
ilies," says Dr. James Marks
of the Robert Wood Johnson,
who fears rising grocery bills
will outstrip what little prog-
ress is being made in encour-
aging better eating and more,
It's a hard fact: Eating
healthier can cost more.
When you're hungry, you go
for what's most filling, mean-

ing calorie-dense foods with
lots of added fat and sugar.
"You tend to go for the val-
ue meal at a fast-food restau-
rant," says Jeff Levi of Trust
for America's Health, a health
advocacy group.
It's not just the price-tag
difference. Drewnowski's re-
search shows education and
other demographic factors
play a role, too, in whether
people have the information
to choose more nutritious op-
tions - and the extra time it
takes to shop and cook for
them. In a recent study of the
eating habits of 164 Seattle-
area adults, he found women
with'the highest incomes and
most education ate the most
nutritious fare, with steadily
improving dietary quality for
every dollar spent.
Yet when Drewnowski ex-
amined what the Agriculture
Department calls a "thrifty
, food plan" for healthy eating,
he found it takes between nine
hours and 16 hours a week to
purchase, prepare and cook,
while the average U.S. work-
ing woman - still the chief
family cook - spends about
five hours a week doing that.
So Drewnowski started slic-
ing and dicing federal statis-
tics to compare average na-

Potential Alzhemier's patients prefer knowing

continued from 9B

"It seems to be worse on
people not to know than to
know that they are positive or
negative," said Thomson, di-
rector of the federal agency's
ethical, legal and social impli-
cations research program.
Indeed, in the Alzheimer's
study, 16 percent of those in
the group that did not get re-
sults dropped out - a higher
proportion .than those who
left the other group. That may
have been a sign of frustration
of people who really wanted
the information, said Green.
"Once you make up your
mind that this is something
you're interested in learn-
ing, you really don't want to

be told no," Green said. It's
possible that stress levels
were elevated in the people
who didn't get the results, he
The study was funded by
the National Institutes of
Health.' Two of the authors
- not Green - last year re-
ceived consulting fees from
Smart Genetics, a Philadel-
phia company that provided
direct-to-consumer genetic
testing. The company has
since gone out of business.
Testing remains a compli-
cated decision, even for peo-
ple who know a lot about it.
Peshkin, the genetic coun-
selor, said her 80-year-old
father has Alzheimer's, but
she has decided not to get
the test.

After-school programs close

continued fr6m 8B

which are usually taken up
by after-school programs, "is
when a lot of teenagers are vic-
tims or perpetrators of'crime
or engage in risky behavior."
Lucy Friedman, president
of The After-School Corp.,
a New York non-profit, says
budget cuts forced many pub-
lic schools to eliminate after-
school programs"
Those that remn ii "will have
longer waiting lists, many chil-
dren will be left out, and jobs

will be at risk in communities
where parents can't afford to
pay" for child care.
As parents look to save mon-
ey, programs that charge for
care are experiencing low en-
rollment. The YMCA of Great-
er Houston charges $100 to
$160 a week, and has seen
its enrollment fall by nearly a
Cindy Ferguson, vice presi-
- dent of program development,
says the shortfall is trouble-
some: "If the children are not
in our programs, where do
they go?"

tional prices per portion with
the nutritional value of differ-
ent foods, per 100 calories.
Comparing the two rankings
let him find best buys, the
middle ground between most
nutritious yet expensive and
the not-so-healthy in each
food group.
"Milk is off the charts,"
'Drewnowski says, especially
if people choose low-fat ver-
sions over sugar-packed,
no-nutrient colas. "It won't
be spinach and arugula and
poached salmon. It'll be po-
tatoes and beans and (lean)
ground beef and milk and yo-

Death Notice

63, homemaker, died July 20.
Survivors include: husband,
Roosevelt; daughters, Annie,
Linder, Yolanda and Cecilia;
son, John; a host of other rel-
atives and friends.
Funeral noon Wednesday
in Range Chapel. Services
entrusted to Range Funeral

Death Notice In Memoriam
In Memory ofam
~In loving memory of,

RIGBY, 86, homemaker, died
July 20.
Survivors include daugh-
ters, Teresa N. and Marsha A.
Deliard (Jean); sister, Carrie
Dean; gi-andchildren, Nikki
and Derik; one great grand-
,child and a host of other rela-
tives and friends.
Visitation 5 to 7 p.m. at
Range Chapel. Funeral 10
a.m., Saturday, Church of The
Transfiguration. Donations
may be made to The Church
of The Transfiguration in
memory of Emerald Rigby.
Service entrusted to Range
Funeral Home.

Death Notice

Dade County Public Schools
died July 18 at Shands Hos-
pital in Gainesville, Florida.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at
Mt. Calvary Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

Card of Thanks
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presses its heartfelt thanks for
your prayers, calls, visits, words
of encouragement, flowers, food
and offerings.
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Loving and missing you,
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It's been a year since God
called you home from labor
to reward. However, we often
reminisce that on you way to
Heaven, you stop and told us
that the wages of sin is still
death, but the gift of God is
eternal life.
It seems that it was only
yesterday that you reassured
us that God had the ability to
restore your health, yet if He
did not He was still an awe-
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Joseph and the members of
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Mario Roberts Jr.and his mother, Diane Thomas celebrate his $8,000 scholarship at a ceremony High school graduates recognized at a special ceremony at the Miami-Dade School Board
on July 15. Miami Times Photo/Tariq Osborne. auditorium last Wednesday. The Miami Times Photo/Tariq Osborne

School Board honors local high school seniors

5000 Role Models of Excellence send another class out into the world

By Tariq Osborne

Diane Thomas is a single
mother of two. Her younger son,
Mario, will begin college in the
Thomas's household is one
of millions in the state that
falls into an unfortunate cat-
egory. She works two jobs; one
as a mathematics and special
education teacher at Booker T.
Washington High School, 'and

the other as an adjunct profes-
sor at Miami-Dade College. The
result of this is that she makes'
too much for her children to
qualify for financial aid-but
too little for that not to matter.
"He can't get financial aid be-
cause I make too much. Thank
God I stayed on top of their ed-
ucation and they earned schol-
arships," she said. Thomas's
daughter is in her second year
at St. Paul College, a small tra-
ditionally-black school in Law-

renceville, Virginia.
Both children attended Book-
er T. Washington High school.
Thomas's son, Mario Rob-
erts Jr., was one of 45 high
school seniors presented with
the 5000 Role Models of Excel-
lence Scholarship. The schol-
arship was for $8,000.
"It's thrilling," said Thomas.
"Anything that eases the finan-
cial stress on me is a plus."
On July 15, the students
received certificates in a cer-

emony held in the Miami-Dade
School Board Auditorium,
1450 Northeast Second Av-
Roberts expressed many of
the same sentiments as his
mother. "I'm very happy be-
cause they've helped me pay
for my college education," he
said. Roberts will begin classes
at Florida A& M University in
the fall, where he will major in
theatre. He plans to become a
performer for Disney.

Roberts also plans to remain
involved in the 5000 Role Mod-
"They have helped me so
much, and I've undergone
such a change that I have no
choice but to continue to help
them in return. I would love to
come back and help someone
else," he said.
The ceremony was attended
by Miami-Dade County School
Board members, 5000 Role
Model mentors and sponsors,

and even a contingent of high-
school juniors who saw first-
hand what they can expect if
they stick with the program.
The 5000 Role Models of Ex-
cellence project was founded in
1993 by State Sen. Frederica
Wilson. The organization has
given out more than $5 million
in scholarships since its incep-
tion. The organization is geared
toward dropout prevention; and
guiding at-risk children toward

Maxwell returns to top billboard

By Elysa Gardner

Clearly, a guy who takes eight years between albums is concerned less about speed than
On BLACKsummers'night (* * * /2 out of four), his first full-length studio outing since 2001 l's Now,
Maxwell reaffirms the penchant for smooth, sultry R&B that made him a seminal neo-soul star.
but the songs on 'night - the first installment in a trilogy, according to Maxwell, who plans
subsequent releases in 2010 and 2011 - don't just simmer and shimmer. Some grow markedly
hotter and rougher, such as the single Pretty Wings, which evolves from a delicate acoustic ballad
into a horns-infused entreaty, with Maxwell sliding from silky, falsetto-laced cooing to hoarsely
impassioned belting like Prince at his most piqued. Others develop more subtly and, in the case
of the muscular but haunted Help Somebody and the chiming Fistful of Tears, express social and
spiritual yearning as much as carnal desire. But regardless of what's on his mind or in his heart,
Maxwell's fluid, forthright singing leaves no doubt of his conviction. Let other artists go and seek
out fast thrills; Maxwell lusts for loftier and longer-lasting fulfillment.

Like Jackson, Usher strives to

make the world a better place

By Kelley L. Carter

Usher Raymond wants to
build a philanthropic portfolio
just like that of his idol, Michael
"I paid close attention to what
celebrities like Michael Jackson
had done with his brand,"
Raymond said less than three
weeks before the pop star's
death. "He made philanthropy
something that was kind of
like a sense of heart work, and
not hard work. All of the hard
work went into who he was as a
celebrity; the heart work made
a difference. "
It's fitting that just six days
after Raymond's tear-filled
tribute at the Jackson public
memorial, he'll continue in the
footsteps of the King of Pop.
(Raymond declined interviews
to discuss his performance at
the tribute, out of respect for
the Jackson family.)
Monday marked the official
start of Camp New Look, a
Raymond-backed summer
camp that invites 130
children to spend two weeks
in Atlanta learning about the
business side of sports and
Raymond, 30, who is
part owner of the Cleveland
Cavaliers and also fronts a
top-selling men's and women's
fragrance line (Usher HE and
Usher SHE), didn't want to
.simply write a check to charity.
He wanted to work with the
kids himself, he says.
"They say in life you can be a
product of your experience or a
product of your environment. I
choose to be a product of my
In the camp, the children get
to taste what Usher's life is like
by working behind the scenes
in sports, entertainment and
business. One summer, for
example, the children were able
to come up with a marketing
campaign for a new fragrance,

Usher Raymond, performing at the Michael Jackson public memorial
service, is following in his idol's philanthropic footsteps.
-Photo/ Getty Images

including contract negotiations
and pitch meetings.
"There are a few very unique
cases where kids come out of...
hardworking families, kids like
Serena and Venus (Williams).
Kids like Tiger Woods. And
then there are cases where
kids come from the bottom,"
he says. "Every kid may not
be able to be a football player,
athlete, artist, but there are so
many other talents that kids
Usher's own sons -
1 '/2-year-old Usher Raymond
V and 7-month-old Naviyd Ely
Raymond - are a source of
inspiration, but Raymond says
he has always been interested
in motivating children. (In mid-

June, Raymond filed for divorce
from the children's' mother,
Tameka Foster. In the filing,
the singer says the marriage is
"irretrievably broken." )
"This was something that I
did before I was a dad. I want
to be motivating to those who
have talent or who just need
motivation," he says. "With my
campers, I don't look at therm
as children. I look at them as
young adults.
"These kids come here
and they're like 'Oh, wow ...
we're going to learn about
entertainment!' But they leave
engaged in life and knowing
that, 'I can have a future outside
of music.' That's what makes
me most proud."

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The wedding between La
Keisha T. Seay and Eric D.
Readon included the bride ar-
riving in a white Rolls Royce and
the groom in a 22-Hummer and
22-passenger Escalade, at the
First Baptist Church of Bunch
Park, Saturday, June 27, with
over 50 participants and family
and church members seating in
the audience.
The bride and groom chose
Terrance West, La'Knisha
Cauley and Emilly Dames to
provide the musical tribute,
while Dr. Cedrick D. Veal, pas-
tor, entered followed by Jose-
phine West and Nov-
elia Thomas, grand-
parents of the bride,
to the music, "You
Are My Peace"; Eric
D. Readon, groom, es-
corted by Merle Cart-
er, mother; and Althea
West Seay, parent of
the bride, to the mu-
sic, "Forever You".
With playing of M
"Here I Stand" brides-
maids and groomsmen
entered beginning
with Lawanda West and Shaun
Seay, Andrea Ivory and Louis
Soretto, Antoinette Smith and
Devin Jordan, Teresa Brown
and Bobby Jordan, Sharlene
Lightburn and Damond Har-
rell, Kim Norris and Charlie
Walton, Latasha Blue and Ja-
son Burnett, Joann Law and
Vinson Davis, Charesse Cooper
and Kendall Johnson, Angenia
Belcher and Lionell Campbell,
Shantell Readon and Robert
Alexander, Adrianne Palacious
and Sydner Ferguson, Robbi
Mills and Sean Ferguson, Ta-
mara Smith and Kevin Jones.

Also, Chon-
cia Harrell, ma-
tron of honor,
Charles Readon,
best man; and Ch-
antel Walton, ma-
tron of honor, Phillip Readon,
best man; Shawnita Kirkland,
maid of honor, Alex Magny, best
man, Keyera Berestord, maid
of honor; and Billy Strange,
best man. Desmicia Mathis,
honorary bridesmaid; Asia Wal-
ton, Kylah Kirkland, Arte-
ria Moore, and Jada Harrell,
flower girls; and Err Readon,
honorary ring bearer, with ush-
ers and hostesses,
respectively, Andre
Kirkland, Alton
Napper, Brianna
Napper, Brittany
Napper, Kayla Har-
rell, Gamicia Rolle
and Gerris Mar-
tin. The music was
"Here I Stand".
With playing of
OSS "That's My Dream",
the bride entered on
the arm of her fa-
ther, Jiinmy Seay,
,eloquently attired with an at-
ara attached to a mini-veil, mini
earrings, superb make up and
ruffles on the gown with designs
on the bodice and hem of the
train with a sleeveless top. Her
gown complimented the green
worn by the females and white
tuxedos worn by the males.
After getting in position for
the ceremony, a musical tribute,
"There's Just Something About
You" by Beau Williams filled the
church, while the unity candle
ceremony was executed and
Dr. Grace J.- Traylor provided
the scripture, followed by pro-

nouncement of the bride and
groom and the playing of "At
Last" for the recessional.
Jean Geter and Kimmi
Lattery, wedding coordinators
were commended for a job well
done, along with Master Tyler
West, emcee, Pastor Alexander
Bostic, Dr. Cedrick D. Veal, Dr.
0. David Horton, and the host-
esses and ushers, at the recep-
tion and celebration.

Congratulations go out
to Pi Nu Chapter of Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc., and its rich
history that got started in 1970
with 15-brothers, such
as Ronald Baskins,
Abraham Bassie, Will
Blount, Johnny L.
Brown, Larry L. Cle-
ments, George Demer-
itte, Herbert Greene,
Harold Martin, Dan-
iel McPhaul, Bernard
Pennington, Alfred
J. Shootes, Bertrum REA
Smith, Hubert Thomp- AND
son, Rugus Tribble, and
Lt. Colonel Charles W. Walker.
Further, the chapter has made
an impact on The Seventh
District on many levels and
grew tremendously with basili:
Harold Martin, Virgil Rog-
ers, John Shaw, Willie Wil-
liams, Nathaniel Edmonds,
Joshua K. Dove,' II, James
L. Gooden, Willie J. Wright,
George Grace, (he became the
37th Grand Basileus), Robert
B. Johnson, Melvin Dennis,
John Hazelton, Curtis Law-
rence, Walter T. Richardson,
Anthony L. Brown, Anthony
J. Spence and currently V. T.
Williams. These leaders have
been instrumental in the suc-'
cess of mandated programs as
well as community projects.
More importantly, they
give out thousands and thou-
sands of dollars in scholarships

each year at their Purple and
Gold Gala, including their 10th,
recently to Michael Lovette,
William Wamble, Treymon
Ellis, Shannon Larkin, Kevin
Coleman, Keith Whitehead,
and Nathaniel Jean. Plus ku-
dos go out to John Shaw, who
apprises Sigma Alpha Chapter
of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,
Inc. of their actions at the re-
tired brothers meeting every
first and third Thursday.
A salute goes out to the
supporters of the organization,
such as The Seventh District,
Miami-Dade County Chairman
Dennis Moss, County Commis-
sioner Katy Sorenson,
Homestead Mayor Lyn-
da Bell, Councilwomen,
Wendy Lobos and Nazy
Sierra, and Council-
man Melvin McCor-
mick, Mr. & Mrs. Ken-
neth Dove, III, Joshua
K. Dove, IV, Hampton
University, Baptist
DON Health South Florida,
SEAY Willie L. Carpenter,
Fair and Exposition of
Miami-Dade, Manny Miranda,
State Farm, Richmond Height
Barber Shop, Bishop Victor T.
Curry, and Dr. Anthony Reed,
* Martin Memorial AME Church,
and 55 Pi Nu brothers.

Kudos go out to those quar-
terbacks selected by CRONS
(come ready or never start) to
compete in the Summer Ac-
curacy Challenge for the 2009
year. Some of those selected
included Teddy Bridgewaters,
Miami Northwestern; Rubyne
Burroughs, Dillard; Jeffery
Godfrey, Miami Central; Ga-
briel Hart, Michael Krop,
Jeremiah Hayes, Booker T.
Washington; Patrick McCain,
Coral Gables; Benji Phillips,
G. Holmes Braddock; Javon
Smith, McArthur High and

Juan Sota, Coral Gables. The
winning quarterback was God-
frey from Central with 500
In addition, Coach Tom-
my Streeter and Caleb Crosby
report that T.J. Streeter has
recovered for his wrist and col-
larbone injuries and is current-
ly vying to be a starter, while
new coaches include Rodney
Harris, defensive coordinator,
Coach Sam Spence,
running backs, Coach
SCurtis "Pecan" Parnell
defensive back trans-
ferred from Killian and
Coral Reef is welcome
back to the Bulls.
Coach Harris, a
graduate of Iowa State,
played with Michael
"Bloodhound" Stra- BAL
chan and would like
for Strachan to call
him at 305-970-1674 to bridge
the gap from there until now.

Todd P. Ballou,. Sr. was
eulogized at Mt. Tabor MBC
on Friday, July 10, Rev. Dr.
George E. McRae officiated the
service with a church filled of
family members, church mem-
bers and a host of friends that
came to demonstrate their love
of a man who always helped
people with any kind of prob-
lems and thought of the person
before he thought of himself. It
was a home going with selected
persons paying tribute to him,
such as Pastor Kenneth Mc-
Gee, Howard Tract, Deborah
Howard, Charles Hepburn,
Jeff Gibson, and Alliyah My-
ers who brought tears in peo-
ple's eyes singing, "Standing On
Holy Ground".
Ballou Sr. left a legacy in
the heart of his son, Todd Bal-
lou, Jr., who is the nemesis of
'his father in spirit, mind, and
body. Further, his father was

always there for him during
the period he was a lamplight-
er, a youth club of Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc. Todd, Jr.
stood out as a leader, receptive
to everyone and became the
top Hip-hop dancer, as well as
dancing the waltz, fox trot, two
steps, tango with his female
escort at formal activities.
Included in Ballou, Sr.
legacy was his supported fam-
ilies from Gasden, Ala.
and Miami, Florida:
Todd P. Ballou, Jr.,
Keith Davis, Sr., Ken-
neth Wilcox, Rory
Hepburn-Wilcox, Mel-
vin Smith, Howard
Tract and Frank Les-
ter; IRose Ballou, wife,
Zepharias and Tod-
LLOU drick, Eric and Con-
nie Ballou, Morris, II.,
Ivan Ballou, Selmore
Ala., Alan Ballou, Spartan-
burg, S.C., Eric Lacey, Wash-
ington, D.C., Gena Ballou,
Spartanburg, S.C., Danielle
Williams, Tiffany Glover,
Deborah Howard, Barbara
Jacobson, Minneapolis, MN.,
Robert Robinson, Youngstown,
OH., Laurice Hepburn, moth-
er-in-law, Teresa LeFlore,
Sharicka and Lindy LeFlore, a
host of nieces and nephews.

If you plan to attend the
Bethune-Cookman University
football games this season,
please jot down these dates:
Shaw University, Daytona
Beach, Sept. 5, ; South Carolina
State, Daytona Beach, Sept. 12;
Morgan State, Daytona Beach,
Oct. 3; Winston-Salem State,
Homecoming, Oct. 24; Hamp-
ton, Daytona Beach, Nov. 7 and
FAMU, Amyway Stadium, Or-
lando, Nov. 21.
For further info., please call
John Williams, 305-620-7312,
especially meetings.

Off on a summer cruise last
week to the Bahamas and Or-
lando my sister and her hubby
along with her children and
some friends. Making the trip
were Gayle and Keenan Dun-
combe, Shalisha Gee-Williams
and children; Arlisa and Cam-
eron, Patricia Lynch, Syl-
via Adderley-Sands, Thomas
and Mesha Phillips also their
daughter, Tomia.

Opa-locka renamed North-
west 42nd Avenue between 135th
Street and the Opa-locka canal
in honor of Barrington Irving,
the first Black pilot and also
the youngest to fly a plane solo
around the world. Irving's his-
toric flight started and ended at

St. Agnes Episcopal Church
Confirmation Class of 2009
were confirmed by the Right
Reverend Laish Boyd of Nas-
sau who was accompanied by
his wife, Mrs. Boyd.
Opa-locka Airport. The confirmation class in-
cluded the following: Drayton
*********** Harrell, Sherard Malcolm Har-
Get Well rell, Christina M. Johnson,
Wishes to Zeola , Clara Paige Johnson, Shirley
Cohen-Jones', Is- Ann Mallory Johnson, Dr.
mae Prescott, Robert Malone, Jr., Dinique
Ted Moss, Elou- * C. Miller, Norma Culmer Mi-
ise Bain-Farrington, Doris ims, Darryl Thomas Moses,
McKinney-Pittman, Carmet- Jr., Lucy Hazelton Newbold,
ta Brown-Russell, Herbert Franklin F. Sands, III, Algh-
Rhodes, Jr., David Davis, ernon Jerome Taylor, Jr.,
Charles L. Hudson, Sr., Marie Monique Nera Quanese Ther-
Kelly-Deveaux and Louise H. milus, Aenea Chanae Thur-
Cleare. ston and Sean Malik Watts.
The class was presented by Fr.
S*********** Richard L.M. Barry.

Wedding anniversary greet-
ings go out to: Theodore and
Shirley Johnson, July 12t1 and
their 29t.

Francena Lewis Robinson
spent last weekend in Nassau
to attend the funeral of her

cousin, Kendrick Napoleon
Hannah and had the distinct
honor of living in the Gover-
nor's mansion with her cousin
and his family, Gov. Arthur D.
Hannah and family.

Congratulations to Del-
ta's Soror Patricia Jennings-
Braynon, director of Housing
Finance Authority of Miami-
Dade County, is one of the 25
women chosen from among
100 women within the 'Black
community to be honored by
Success South Florida Maga-
zine at the Eden Roc Resort
and Spa on Friday, July 11.
These women were chosen by
an advisory committee com-
posed of business leaders in
the field of banking, media
politics, medicine and com-
munity/ non-profit leader-
ship for their professional ac-
complishments and tireless
efforts to support our com-
munity. Patricia is the wife

of Oscar Braynon, Sr., the
daughter of Sonny and Wil-
helmina Franks-Jennings.

All over the world Michael
Jackson was loved. I remem-
ber very well in 1969 when
Michael, Tito, Jermaine,
Marlon and Jackie made
their national television debut
on The Ed Sullivan Show.
As lead singer of The Jack-
son Five, Michael became a
star by age 11. Their Mo-
town hits kept coming one
after another, ABC, Who's
Loving You, The Love You
Save, I Found That Girl, I'll
Be There, Maybe Tomor-
row and Never Can Say
Goodbye. My father, Stan-
ley, sister, Gayle and I ev-
ery weekend enjoyed every
record made by them.

Sean Malik Watts was
pleasantly surprised by

his Mother Leah Swilley-
Watts and his father, El-
wood C. Watts, III and
grandmother, Leona Swil-
ley, at his Miramar home
where many family mem-
bers and friends greeted
the' newly confirmed mem-
ber of Saint Agnes Episco-
pal Church.

Classmates of Addie
Tate-Williams Booker T.
Washington Class of 1946
and her many friends were
saddened last week to
learn of her demise. Addie
was one of our best beauti-
cians in Miami-Dade County.
Sympathy to herf daughters;,
Gretchen and Saundra, and
family members.

Very soon some of our
brightest and best will head for
*college and we all wish them the
best in all that they do. ,

Vick's sentence ends, but is

return to NFL on the horizon?

Freedom will allow Vick to step up his

efforts to resume his pro football career

Suspended NFL star Michael
Vick's federal dogfighting
sentence ended Monday,
freeing him to lobby for a re-
turn to the field.
Vick's attorney Lawrence
Woodward told The Associ-
ated Press outside Vick's
suburban Virginia home
that the former Atlanta Fal-
cons quarterback had been
released from federal cus-
tody as scheduled. That
means Vick no longer has to
wear the electronic monitor
he's had while under home
confinement for the last two
months of his 23-month
Shortly before Woodward
came out of the house, two
men in a government car
with a federal Bureau of
Prisons folder on the dash-
board paid a brief visit to the
home. They carried a large
case similar to the one that
Vick's ankle monitor was de-
livered in when he started
home confinement. The men
declined to identify them-
selves or speak to awaiting
Freedom will allow Vick to

step up his efforts to resume
his pro football career. Vick
hopes to soon meet with NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell,
who has said he would re-
view Vick's status after Vickl
completed his sentence.
Goodell has said he wants
to sit down with Vick, but it's
unclear when that face-to-
face meeting will take place.
"The review of his status is
ongoing, but we are provid-
ing no other details at this
time," league spokesman
Greg Aiello said Monday.
If Vick is able to return to
the NFL, it won't be with At-
lanta. The Falcons released
Vick in June.
"Michael did an egregious
thing," Goodell told The As-
sociated Press in April. "He
has paid a very significant
price for that."
He said people are forgiv-
ing when someone who has
done wrong shows remorse
and is prepared to live a dif-
ferent life.
"That's something he has to
prove to myself and the gen-
eral public," Goodell said.
Vick did not initially show
enough remorse to satisfy

U.S. District Judge Henry
Hudson. The 29-year-old,
player apologized in court
in 2007, but Hudson de-
nied him an "acceptance of
responsibility" credit that
could have reduced his sen-
tence. He sentenced Vick to
23 months in prison - more
than any of Vick's three co-
Under the federal truth-
in-sentencing law, Vick had
to serve at least 85% of his
sentence. He served the first
18 months in the federal
penitentiary in Leavenworth,


Kan., before being trans-
ferred to home confinement
in May.
While on home confine-
ment, Vick - once the
NFL's highest-paid player -
worked a $10-an-hour con-
struction job for a few weeks.
He switched jobs last month,
assisting in children's health
and fitness programs at the
Boys and Girls Clubs.
Vick will remain on proba-
tion for three years. He also
is under a three-year sus-
pended sentence for a state
dogfighting conviction.

Michael Jackson film to be released

A film based on the 80
hours of rehearsal footage for
Michael Jackson's London
02 Arena residency, which
had been due to kick off ear-
lier this month until the sing-
er passed away, is set to be
released by Sony Pictures.
The company is expected to
pay over $30 million to pro-
moters AEG Entertainment,
who own the rights to the
footage, reports Variety.
Kenny Ortega, who direct-
ed the hit film 'High School
Musical', is expected to helm
the project.
As well as rehearsal foot-
age the film will reportedly
feature at least three videos
which had been set to broad-
cast during the late singer's
shows in the UK capital, and
will be released before the
end of the year.
One of the videos will be an
alternative version of Jack-
son's iconic music video for
'Thriller'. The videos were
meant to be presented in 3D,
but it has not been revealed
whether the film will present
them in the format.
Meanwhile, a new'stripped-
down' compilation album fea-
turing 11 new mixes of Jack-
son's hits taken from original
Motown session tapes, both solo and with The Jackson 5, were
released Monday. The tracklisting of 'Michael Jackson: The Mo-
town 50 Mixes' are: 'I'l Be There,' 'Ben,' 'Who's Loving You,' 'Ain't
No Sunshine,' 'I Want You Back,' 'ABC,' 'We've Got A Good Thing
Going,' 'With A Child's Heart,' 'Darling Dear, ' 'Got To Be There'
and 'Never Can Say Goodbye.'



3C THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 22-28, 2009


Recession: Couples say 'I don't' to expensive weddings

By Olivia Barker

Whether out of propriety or
necessity, weddings are being
tweaked - if not turned upside
down - by the recession.
These days, couple who can
spring for six-figure weddings
are altering their wish lists to
strike a more sensitive, subdued
tone - trading, say, the $200
monogrammed iPod party favor
for something less showy, like a
monogrammed cookie.
And those who can scarcely
swing four-figure, weddings are
getting crafty: scouring the Web
for gently used gowns, haggling
over hotel rates for guests (and
cutting children and not-so-sig-
nificant others from guest lists),
going for grocery store - vs. bak-
ery - cakes and do-it-yourselfing
everything from decor to dinner.
Either way, the big, fat boom-
time wedding of the past few
years has been deflated. "People
are really changing their mind-
set from over-excess to really try-
ing to be more frugal and saving,
like how my parents' generation
thinks," says Christina Joo Set-
hi, 31, who rented the diamond
and gold drop earrings she wore

at her wedding in February.
The recession is "teaching peo-
ple to rethink how they were liv-
ing their lives before, and I think
it's a good thing," says Sethi, a
former health care consultant
from New York. "I think it was re-
ally was getting out of control."
Wedding planner Jung Lee's
high-end New York clients are
scrapping after-parties, 15-piece
bands, bottomless Dom Perignon
and - even coveted (but pricey)
Saturday dates. "That's a little
unheard-of," says Lee, co-owner
of F6te, the focus of a TLC televi-
sion series premiering this fall,
Wedded to Perfection.
Some knot-tying consultants
predict today's trend toward
more modest nuptials will be
permanent. Once there's a cor-
rection in the marital market-
place, brides are going to re-
member the bargains their sis-
ters and cousins bagged during
the downturn and wonder, "Why
can't I do it now?" says David
Tutera, who plans weddings for
A-list and Everywomen alike,
the latter on his WE TV show,
My Fair Wedding. "We're re-
looking at things."
For many brides and grooms,

it's about revising expectations.
Couples are satisfied even if it's
only their Prosecco wishes and
salmon roe dreams that get ful-
A March survey by wedding
website The Knot found 40
percent of brides have reduced
their budgets, typically by 16
percent. Editor in chief Carley
Roney predicts that as couples
start planning their nuptials,
those figures will rise.-
It's going to be an "interest-
ing, challenging" year for the
wedding industry, Roney says.
"Brides are getting more cre-
ative. The profession is getting
more creative, with some reti-
cence, of course - they were
liking those boom times." So
vendors "are under tremendous
pressure to provide amazing
service at a time when everyone
wants a deal."
Some businesses, however,
are capitalizing on the econo-
my. For New York-based Adorn
Brides, which rents out bridal
jewelry (including Sethi's ear-
rings, which cost $100 for the
weekend), the recession "really
has worked in our favor," says
co-founder Laura Carrington.

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Book Buzz: What's new on the list and in publishing

By Craig Wilson
and Carol Memmott

Books on the King of Pop
are making a charge; the
final Harry Potter novel goes
paperback; and two authors
are getting a boost from movie
Fancy footwork: Here come
the King of Pop books. The first
to make USA TODAY's Best-
Selling Books list is Michael
Jackson: The One and Only at
No. 39. "It shows the triumphs
and celebrations of his life,"
says Fred Walski of publisher'
Triumph. The "instant"

keepsake paperback is mainly
color photos with "commentary
and extended captions." It was
rushed into print to hit stores
July 4 weekend. Triumph is
looking into at least two other
Jackson books as follow-ups.
Out this week is Unmasked:
The Final Years of Michael
Jackson by journalist Ian
Halperin (Simon Spotlight
Entertainment, $25) with a
first printing of 500,000 copies.
Halperin had been working
on the book before Jackson's
death. It was acquired July
1 and is being billed as a
"sympathetic portrait."

Harry's back: Two years after
setting publishing records in
hardcover, Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows was reissued
in paperback last week. The
seventh and final novel in
J.K Rowling's blockbuster
series enters the list at No.
5, the lowest debut for a
Potter paperback. Five of the
previous six Potter paperback
releases made their debuts at
No. 1 (the other at No. 2). The
hardcover edition, which hit
stores July 21, 2007, has sold
14 million copies. Two years
ago, eager fans made Deathly
Hall6ws the fastest-selling

book in publishing history,
according to Scholastic,
Rowling's U.S. publisher.
The paperback arrives with
a first printing of 2 million
and coincides with the film
release of Harry Potter and
the Half-Blood Prince.
Julie & Audrey: Julie
Powell and Audrey
Niffenegger are attracting
new readers, thanks . to
movie adaptations of their
books coming to the big
screen next month. Good
timing- for the authors,
since both have new.titles
this fall. Powell's movie

tie-in edition of her memoir
Julie & Julia climbs to No. 23.
The film starring Amy Adams
and Meryl Streep opens Aug.
7. Niffenegger's The Time
Traveler's Wife (in theaters
Aug. 14 with.Rachel McAdams
and Eric Bana) is No. 24.
Niffenegger's new novel, Her
Fearful Symmetry, about two
sisters who inherit a London
flat, is due from Scribner on
Sept. 29. Powell's Cleaving: A
Story of Marriage, Meat, and
Obsession, out Dec. 1 from
Little, Brown, is a memoir
about her experiences as an
apprentice butcher.

Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri reportedly split

Singer, music producer said
to be 'moving in different
directions for a while'
After almost seven years of
dating, Janet Jackson and mu-
sic producer Jermaine Dupri
have reportedly called it quits,
according to Us Weekly.
"His friends are telling people
it's over," according to an Us
Weekly source. .
Another source said the
split had been looming on
the horizon for the couple for "
some time.
"They have been moving
in different directions for a
while," the source said.
Gerard Butler faces "The
Ugly Truth" in Los Angeles, A L
KISS member Gene Simmons
gets in his licks in Quebec,
Kris Allen and the'"Idols" are
back on stage and more.
Dupri, who was noticeably -.
absent from Michael Jack-
son's memorial on July 7,
produced several ofJackson's
recent tracks on her last two
albums - which could have
contributed to the split, ac-
cording to the mag.
"You, shouldn't mix busi- separate." Jackson was
ness with pleasure," a friend previously married to Rene
of the former couple told the Elizondo. They divorced in
mag. "Janet felt their lives 2000.
were too crossed and they In addition to her break-up,
should have kept things another source said Jackson

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is still in the midst of mourn-
ing for her brother.
"She's devastated," another
insider said. "She's busy car-
ing. for Michael's kids. Janet's
the family's backbone."

NBA Star Richard Jefferson is the Runaway Groom
A timeout has been called for Kesha Ni'Cole
Nichols and Richard Jefferson's celebrity wed-
But no one told the guests.
From an outside perspective, another beauti-
ful celebrity wedding was about to take place.
The paparazzi was ready. So were fans.
It seems the only one not eager to see the wed-
ding was the groom himself. H, -
And it looks as though he fouled himself out of
the game as a result. ---- .
According to numerous reports, former New
Jersey Net and NBA star Richard Jefferson was
all set to marry his fiancee Kesha Ni'Cole Nichols " .
when he allegedly "changed his mind" less than N
twelve hours before the wedding. .
The scrapped $2 million wedding practically 4
left the former Nets dancer Kesha Ni'Cole Nich-
ols alone at the altar. 9
And no one bothered to notify invited guests
either, who actually began showing up in Man-
hattan at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for the


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Shaquille O'Neal to star in ABC reality show !

By Gary Levin

NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is
getting ready to multitask.
The four-time hoops cham-
pion, who joins the Cleveland
Cavaliers next season, will star
in Shaq Vs., an ABC reality se-
ries that pits him against top
athletes in their own sports.
Filming begins Wednesday in
Pittsburgh, where Shaq takes
on Steelers quarterback Ben Ro-
ethlisberger in football. Future
hour-long episodes will pit him
against Olympic swimmer Mi-
chael Phelps, retired boxer Os-
car De La Hoya, St. Louis Car-
dinals first baseman Albert Pu-
jols, tennis pro Serena Williams
and beach volleyball Olympians
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri
O'Neal, 37, says he also hopes
to book pal Lance Armstrong for
a cycling competition once the
Tour de France ends.
The series is set to premiere
Aug. 18 and will air Tuesdays at
9 ET/PT.
O'Neal says he came up with
the idea as a fun way to help
train for the NBA season and
figured sports fans "would re-
ally want to see' an athlete play
another sport." He knew most of

Shaquille O'JNeal accepts his Cleveland Cavaliers jersey from Patrick
Powell, 13, and James Robinson, 14. There was no "trash talking"
at the introductory news conference earlier this month, but O'Neal
promises there will be plenty of it in his new reality-TV show, called
Shaq Vs. -AP Photo/ By Phil Long

the athletes and recruited some
of them on Twitter.
ABC was immediately inter-
ested. "He's very playful, almost
everyone can relate to him. He
has a fun sort of childish per-
sona, and at the same time he's
a superstar," says John Saade,
co-chief of ABC's reality pro-
gramming, says of the 7-foot-1
O'Neal. "Our real hope is you
come for the absurdity but you
stay for the sport."
Each episode is to include pre-
liminary challenges, banter from
news conferences, interaction
with needy kids, and O'Neal and
his rival negotiating a handicap.
The laughs come from "trash
talking," but "when it comes to
competing, there is no joking,"
O'Neal says.
At the finish is the marquee
event, usually on the athlete's
home turf, but there's no cash
prize: "Bragging rights are al-
ways better than any monetary,
prize," O'Neal says.
He says he's "not that skilled
at tennis" or in a baseball home-
run derby, though he expects to
excel at football and swimming.
But how would his rivals do in
a basketball contest if the tables
were turned? "They'd be good,
but not good enough," he says.

LaToya song re-released as

Michael Jackson tribute

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody
Associated Press

A song LaToya Jackson, the
sister of the late Michael Jackson,
previously recorded to honor her
family is now being re-released
as a tribute to her brother.
The song Home is being made
available on iTunes on, July 28
by Ja-Tail Records and Bungalo
Records, which is distributed
by Universal Music Group. A
publicity image for the single
shows an all-white clad Jackson,
with her arm extended upward,
with an image of Michael

Jackson, also clad in white, to
her right.
Ja-Tail company founder
Jeffre Phillips says Jackson's
older sister had already finished
a CD and was about to release a
different song as her first single.
But after Michael Jackson died
suddenly on June 25, the album
release was delayed indefinitely.
However, the label decided to
release Home to pay homage to
the late entertainer. Phillips said
the company is donating the
proceeds to AIDS Project LA, a
charity that was supported by
Michael Jackson.

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Miami native embarks

in a modeling career

The Miami Times Staff Report
Trena Collier has been singing all her life with stunning vocals
like Chrisette Michele and Keyshia Cole that captivates a room.
Collier, 21, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School
in Overtown and her passion for singing has expanded as she
transforms from a girl to a woman. Vibing to R&B, Gospel and
Hip-hop but Collier has followed; another direction into the
entertainment industry: modeling.
Miami native Collier was recently awarded a modeling contract
with internationally known Model Productions.
"I was excited," said Collier. "This is something that I have always
wanted to do.
Trena alsb dances and writes her song. In the meantime, she
attends Penfroster Career College in Miami in which she is majoring
in Childcare Management. Collier is available for performances.
For more information, please call 305-496-0028.


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Foreclosures up: One in 84 homes

affected in the first half of year

By Stephanie Armour

Foreclosures are continu-
ing to set records despite the
Obama administration's $75
billion plan to help borrowers
at risk of losing their homes.
There were 1.9 million fore-
closure filings in the first six
months of this year, a 15% in-
crease from the first six months
of 2008, according to a report
today from RealtyTrac. One in
84 homes received a foreclo-

sure filing in the first half of
the year.
The administration is taking
steps to improve the effective-
ness of its mortgage modifica-
tion program, but millions of
Americans still face foreclosure
even if it is a "total success,"
' a senior Treasury official said
Herbert Allison, Treasury as-
sistant secretary for financial
stability, told the Senate Bank-
ing Committee that 325,000

trial modifications have been
offered to borrowers under
the Home Affordable Modifica-
tion Program since its launch
around five months ago.
"This plan will not save every
home," Allison added. "Even if
HAMP is a total success, we
should expect millions of fore-
closures, as President Obama
noted when he launched the
program in February."
June was the fourth consec-
utive month that foreclosure

filings surpassed 300,000, Re-
altyTrac says, and the num-
ber of properties receiving one
or more filings in the second
quarter totaled 889,829 - the
highest since RealtyTrac be-
gan issuing its report in 2005.
Foreclosure filings include
default notices, auction sale
notices and bank reposses-
"The Obama plan doesn't
seem to be having a signifi
Please turn to HOMES 6D

Back-to-school spending drops 4 percent

Sales in fall back-to-school

shopping expected to decrease

By Jayne O'Donnell

Spending on children in
grade school will drop eight
percent this back-to-school
season as parents react to an
economy that - unlike last
year - is unquestionably in
recession, a study out today
Back-to-college spending,
which includes graduate stu-
dents, is expected to fall four
percent. BIGresearch, which
conducted the survey of 8,367
consumers for the National
Retail Federation (NRF), says
those who are going away will
actually spend more than last
year. But more young people
say they are postponing ad-
vanced degrees or are planning
to live at home while attend-
ing school, contributing to an
overall decline in spending.
"The economy is forcing
young adults to make hard
decisions about which schools
to attend, .where to live, and
what's really a 'necessity' for
college," says Tracy Mullin,

the federation's CEO.
The American Council on
Education says it may not be
so bleak: It expects enrollment
at schools ranging from com-
munity colleges to graduate
and medical schools will actu-
ally increase, as it has in pre-
vious economic downturns.
ACE, a trade association of
two- and four-year colleges
and universities, is predicting
Sa four to five percent increase
in enrollment this fall, based
on conversations with "hun-
dreds of college and university
officials," says Terry Hartle,
council senior vice president.
"But it's quite possible indi-
viduals won't be spending as
much ... on non-essentials."
Either way, living with par-
ents may be "a concession,
students need to make," BIG-
research's Phil Rist says. That
would likely lead to lower sales
/for already beleaguered home
furnishings retailers, as fewer
people furnish dorm rooms or
apartments and stock
Please turn to SCHOOL 6D

MIA unveils South

Terminal Business Center

Passengers in Miami
International Airport's South
Terminal now have a one-stop
location where they can fax
or photocopy an important
document, rent a mobile phone
for use in the U.S. or abroad
or even hold a small business
meeting in between flights -
without leaving the airport.
Located past security
between concourses H and J,
the International Currency
Exchange (ICE) Business Center
features: five computers with
internet access and printing
capability; a fax machine with
domestic and international
service; a photocopy machine;
a conference room that can
accommodate at least 10 people;

currency exchange service; pre-
paid domestic and international
calling cards; cellular phone
rentals and pre-paid SIM cards
for passengers to use with their
existing cell phones.
Also available for purchase at
the Center are travel insurance
plans to cover medical expenses
and other costs associated with
a flight accident, car rental
accident, lost or delayed baggage
or a cancelled or interrupted
trip. Plans are available at per-
trip or annual rates.
The Business Center is the
latest addition to the two-year-
old South Terminal facility,
which serves passengers from
20 domestic and international

Miami Dade agency earns

$93,137 in June for consumers

The Miami-Dade Consumer
Services Department's
mediation efforts have paid off
for consumers. In the month
of June, the department
settled 344 disputes between
consumers and businesses,
resulting in $93,137 in refunds
or credits to consumers..
Since the start of the year, the
Consumer Services Department
has regained $559,426 for
consumers. Every month, the
department's website, www.
miamidade.gov/csd, lists the
latest consumer reimbursement
figures and highlights some of
the recovery stories.
Featured in June's report
was the refund of $7,649 from
a plastic surgery center to a
. consumer who . decided not
to go forward with a course of
surgeries. Another consumer


was awarded $7,000 worth
of store credit from a musical
instrument repair center
because the repair center
lost the consumer's guitar.
Additionally, a consumer who
installed storm shutters was
able to receive a $5,000 grant
from the My Florida Safe Home
program after the contractor
finally submitted the required
For more information on
consumer issues, log on to the
Consumer Services Department
website at www.miamidade.
gov/csd or call (305) 375-3677.

Ceremony for new Arcola Lakes Library

The community is invited to
attend a groundbreaking cer-
emony for the future Arcola
Lakes Branch Library, located
at 8240 Northwest Seventh Av-
enue, at 10 a.m., Friday, July
The Library will occupy two
acres of a 9.25 acre parcel that
will also house a Miami-Dade
Police Station and a Commu-
nity Action Agency Headstart
The 9,670-square-foot branch
library is budgeted at a construc-
tion cost of $2.3 million and is
expected to be completed by the
summer of 2011. The build-
ing's design will incorporate an
abundance of green spaces and
natural lighting, and will offer
s special areas for young adults
and children that will make the

branch an inviting and welcom-
ing environment. Unlike the
stationary units that currently
exist in other branches, shelv-
ing will be moveable to allow for
Under the Library System's
Capital Plan initiative, ten
storefront facilities have opened
in area shopping centers and
six fully constructed branches
have also opened in the areas
of Golden Glades, International
Mall, Elizabeth Virrick Park in
Coconut Grove, Kendale Lakes,
'Pinecrest and Naranja. A new
branch library in Palmetto Bay
is expected to open this fall and
the new Hispanic Branch in Mi-
ami's Little Havana is slated to
open early next year. For more
information, contact 305-375-

Your money: Keep it simple and save method works

By. Michael G. Shinn
N\'PA Colu-mnit '


KISS is a modern day acro-
nyn often used as a substitute
for the phrase "Keep it Simple!
It is sometimes aimed at
someone proposing a complex
and convoluted solution to a
problem, when a simple straight
forward answer would do.
One of my favorite Will Rogers
quotes is -1 would have written
you a shorter letter, but i did
not have much time." It is eas,

- to be verbose and
run on, but it is
- much more diffi-
S. cult to be concise
and to the point.
Co m put -
ers have added
a new level of
sophistication in the use of
spreadsheets, statistical analy-
sis, illustrations, charts, graphs
and color presentations. Un-
fortunately, many times these
presentations go right over the
heads of the clients receiving
the presentation
If clients don't understand.
the what and the why of their
plans, those plans are likely to

T he first and most important step is to spend less than you earn.
Sounds simple, but you have to understand and track your in-
come and expenses consistently to know whether you are over
or under spending.

gather dust and not get imple-
mented. There has got to be a
better way.
Keep it Simple and Save
The KISS method for creat-
ing family wealth is simple and
straight forward. When using
KISS in this context, it means,
"Keep it Simple and Save." A
simple, understandable and
doable plan is the ultimate in fi-
nancial sophistication. Let's see

how this KISS method works.
The first and most important
step is to spend less than you
earn. Sounds simple, but you
have to understand and track
your income and expenses con-
sistently to know whether you
are over or under spending.
Take the time to track your
family's income and expenses
over the next 30 days. You can
setup your own spreadsheet or

use online resources such as:
www. monevcentral.mrisn.com
; www.mymoneymanagement.
net or purchased software pro-
grams like Quicken, or Micro-
soft Money.
If you are like most Ameri-
cans, your expenses match
your income. However, when
credit card expenditures are in-
cluded, many families are over-
spending their income.
How can you reduce your ex-
penses by 10-20 percent right
now? First, look at your cable/
satellite TV, mobile phone and
computer/game expenses?
Next, look at items such as
clothing, entertainment, eat-

ing out, transportation, etc?
Consider alternative ways to
reduce expenses such as; buy-
ing clothes during seasonal
sale periods, cooking meals at
home, carpooling and using
public transportation.
Pay Yourself First-Save
Establish a savings goal of be-
tween 10 to 20 percent of your
gross income. you are probably
thinking, "Sure I want to save,
but I can barely pay my bills."
The secret is to save first and
spend what's left over. Savings
must be the first item in your
budget every month. Pay your-
self first, because you do all the

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6D THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 22-28, 2009

Chairman Moss holds Recovery Act of 2009 Workshop

Miami-Dade County
Commission Chairman
Dennis C. Moss in-
vites county residents
to learn how nonprof-
its can access stimu-
lus supported services
through the Recovery
Act that authorized new

federal funds for exist-
ing grant programs. The
workshop will take place
at the Miami Southridge
Senior High School au-
ditorium, located at
19355 Southwest 114th
Avenue, at 9 a.m.,
Thursday, July 23.

The Recovery Act
signed into law by Presi-
dent Obama on Febru-
ary 17 includes mea-
sures to modernize our
nation's infrastructure,
enhance energy inde-
pendence, expand edu-
cational opportunities,

preserve and improve
affordable health care,
provide tax relief, and
protect those in great-
est need.
The invited speakers.
to this event are: Alli-
ance for Aging, Com-
munity Action Agency,

Department of Human
Services, Early Learn-
ing Coalition of Miami-
Dade/Monroe, Florida
Department of Children
and Families, Home-
less Trust, Miami-Dade
Public Housing Agency,
Miami-Dade County

Public Schools, Office
of Community and Eco-
nomic Development,
South Florida Work-
force, and United Way
of Miami-Dade.
To reserve your seat,
call Miriam Figueroa at

Federal minimum wage increases to $7.25 on July 24

More employees in Florida will see

more money in their paychecks

The U.S. Department
of Labor recently an-
nounced to employers
and employees that the
federal minimum wage
will increase to $7.25
on Friday, July 24
making employees who
are covered by the fed-
eral Fair Labor Stan-
dards Act (FLSA) to
be entitled to get paid
no less than $7.25 per
"This administration
is committed to improv-
ing the lives of working
families across the na-
tion, and the increase
in the minimum wage
is another important
step in the right direc-
tion," said Secretary of
Labor Hilda L. Solis.
"This well-deserved in-
crease will help work-
ers better provide for
their families in the
face of today's eco-
nomic challenges. I am
especially pleased that
the change will benefit
working women, who

make up two-thirds of
minimum wage earn-
This increase is the
last of three provided
by the enactment of
the Fair Minimum
Wage Act of 2007,
which amended the
FLSA to increase the
federal minimum
wage in three steps:
to $5.85 per hour ef-
fective July 24, 2007;
to $6.55 per hour ef-
fective July 24, 2008;
and now to $7.25 per
hour effective July
24, 2009. The latest
change will directly
benefit workers in 30
states that include:
Alabama, Alaska, Ar-
kansas, Delaware,
Florida, Georgia, Ida-
ho, Indiana, Kansas,
Louisiana, Maryland,
Minnesota, Missis-
sippi, Missouri, Mon-
tana, Nebraska, New
Jersey, New York,
North Carolina, North
Dakota, Oklahoma,

. , .

Pennsylvania, South
Carolina, South Da-
kota, Tennessee,
Texas, Utah, Virginia,
Wisconsin and Wyo-
ming, where the state
minimum wage is
currently at or below
the federal minimum
wage or there is no
state minimum wage.
A family with a full-
time minimum wage

earner would see its
monthly income in-
crease by about $120.
That is more than a
week's worth of gro-
ceries for an average
family of four or more
than one week's utility
bills. The $120 buys
three tanks of gas for
a small car. The $120
would easily cover the
cost of replacing all the

light bulbs in a typical
home with compact
fluorescent light bulbs
- which would save
the family money in
the long term and be
an important step to-
ward a greener coun-
try. The benefits are
not just for full-time
workers. About half of
minimum wage work-
ers are part-timers,

and they, too, are go-
ing to see a very wel-
come boost to their in-
Many states have
minimum wage laws
with provisions that
differ from the federal
law. When an employ-
er is subject to both,
the employer must pay
the higher of the two

$30 one way: Airlines offering cheaper flights

A number of discount
airlines announced low
prices on airfares last
Southwest (LUV) is
offering one-way fares
of $30 on routes up
to 400 miles,. $60 on
,flights up to 750 miles
and $90 on longer
routes. The prices,
which don't include
taxes and fees, are
good for travel between
Sept. 9 and Nov. 18.
Discounters AirTran
(AAI) and Frontier an-
nounced fares almost
as low, and the rest of
the USA's big airlines
quickly matched the
new fares.
The sales are only for
a short time. South-
west's fares must
be bought by 11:59
p.m. PT Wednesday,
while the sales win-
dow for AirTran prices
for travel on off-peak
days through Nov. 11

remains open through
Thursday. The Fron-
tier sale expires on
July 14. Travel on
those tickets covers
a longer period: Aug.
10 through Jan. 15.
"This is the biggest,
best fare sale of the
year," said veteran
airfare watcher Tom
Parson, CEO of Best-
Fares.com in Arling-
ton, Texas. He called
Southwest's fares
"the kind of sale you
write Mom about.
Heck, it's the kind of
sale you fly in Morn
for a visit."
The low prices are
a throwback to the
mid-1990s, when
fares that low were
designed to entice
passengers during a
post-Gulf-War travel
"We haven't seen
$30 fares in at least
15 years," Parsons



said. "I remember in
the mid-'90s when
people were excited
about $99 coast-to-
coast fares. These
are $90, a decade
The sales come af-
ter most U.S. airlines

pushed through their
first fare increases
of the year in June,
then let most of their
big summer sales ex-
pire on June 30. Fare
watchers weren't ex-
pecting to see new
sales announced un-

til August, when air-
lines typically begin
drumming up busi-
ness for the slow fall
travel season.
"This tells us that
fall travel is real
light," said Terry
Trippler, another: vet-

eran airfare watcher
at TerryTrippler.com
in Minneapolis.
U.S. carriers have
been reducing the
number of available
seats since last fall
as fewer people trav-
el amid the reces-
sion. Many plan to
cut more by reduc-
ing flights or moving
to smaller planes in
the fall.
"(The economy) is
not what it was ex-
pected to be as a re-
sult of the stimulus
package," said in-
dustry analyst Na-
than Smith at Frost
& Sullivan. "Travel
demand historically
tracks with GDP. In-
stead of growing as
predicted when the
stimulus package was
passed, GDP actually
is down. And we really
don't see a recovery
this year."

High unemployment speeding foreclosure crisis

By Alan Zibel and Tammy

Washington - Relent-
lessly rising unemploy-
ment is a result of more
home foreclosures, threat-
ening the Obama adminis-
tration's efforts to end the
housing crisis and dimin-
ishing hopes the economy
will recover with vigor. In
past recessions, the hous-
ing industry helped get
the economy back on track.
Home builders ramped up
production, expecting buy-
ers to take advantage of low-
er prices and jump into the
market. But not this time.
These days, homeowners who
got fixed-rate prime mort-
gages because they had good
credit can't make their pay-
ments because they're out of
work. That means even more
foreclosures and further de-
clines in home values. The
initial surge in foreclosures
in 2007 and 2008 was tied to
subprime mortgages issued
during the housing boom
to people with shaky credit.
That crisis has ebbed, but it
has been replaced by more

traditional foreclosures tied
to the recession. Unemploy-
ment stood at 9.5 percent in
June and is expected to rise
past 10 percent and well into
next year.) The last time the
U.S. economy was mired in a
recession with such high un-
employment was 1981 and
1982. But the home foreclo-
sure rate then was less than
one-fourth what it is today.
Housing wasn't a drag on the
economy, and when the re-
cession ended, the boom was
explosive. No one is expect-
ing a repeat. The real estate
market is still saturated with
unsold homes and homes
that sell below market value
because they are in or close
to foreclosure. "It just doesn't
have the makings of a recov-
ery like we saw in the early
1980s," says Wells Fargo
Securities senior economist
Mark Vitner, who predicts
mortgage delinquencies and
foreclosures won't return to
normal levels for three more
years. Almost four percent
of homeowners with a mort-
gage are in foreclosure, and
eight percent on top of that
are at least a month behind

.on payments - the high-
est levels since the Great
Depression. Because home
values have declined so dra-
matically, many ,people can't
refinance. They owe far more
to the bank than their prop-
erties are worth. To combat
the foreclosure crisis and
help stabilize home prices,
President Barack Obama
launched an effort in March
to help nine million people
avoid foreclosure by helping
them refinance or modifying
their loans to lower their pay-
ments. But that's of no help to
people who can't even afford
the lower payments because
they're making much less
money or have lost their jobs
altogether. As of early July,
about 160,000 borrowers
were enrolled in three-month
trials of loan modifications
under the plan, according
to preliminary figures from
the Treasury Department.
Meanwhile, more than 1.5
million American house-
holds were threatened
with losing their homes
in the first six months of
this year, foreclosure list-
ing service RealtyTrac Inc.

U.S. mortgage applications

climb after 7-month low

Demand for U.S.
mortgages to buy
homes and refinance
loans increased with
average 30-year bor-
rowing rates un-
changed, the Mort-
gage Bankers As-
sociation said last
The industry
group's total loan
applications index
climbed 10.9 percent
to 493.1 in the week
ended July 3, after
falling the prior week
to the lowest level
since November.
Last week's report
was. adjusted to ac-
count for the Inde-
pendence Day holi-
day on Friday.
A sudden. rise in
home loan rates from
record lows in the
spring had derailed a

race by homeowners
to cut monthly costs
by refinancing.
The group's sea-
sonally adjusted re-
financing index rose
15.2 percent last
week to 1,707.7, aftei
a 30 percent plunge
in the prior week.
Purchase applica-
tions, which lagged
refinancing demand
all through the spring
home sales season,
rose 6.7 percent last
week to 285.6.
The average 30-
year mortgage rate
stayed at 5.34 per-
cent last week. That
was up from the re-
cord low 4.61 per-
cent in late March,
based on MBA data,
but sharply below
7.04 percent in the
same week a year ago.

School enrollment to rise

continued from 5D

Spending in most
back-to-school cat-
egories is expected to
decrease. , Electronics
is expected to be one
of the few exceptions,,
NRF says.
The study also found
that while discount-
ers such as Wal-Mart
(WMT) or Target (TGT)
remain favored shop-
ping destinations,
consumers plan to
do more shopping
for school supplies at
drugstores and less at
office-supply chains.
That might be a
mistake. The Au-
gust/September is-

sue of Consumer
Reports ShopSmart,
out this week, com-
pared prices on sev-
eral products at dis-
count, dollar, grocery
and drugstores. The
magazine found CVS'
prices were almost
always the highest.
A composition note-
book cost the most
at CVS (CVS)- three
cents a page vs. one
cent at the dollar and
discount stores, edi-
tor-in-chief Lisa Lee
Freeman says.
Staples (SPLS) says
it has a better selec-
tion and regular pro-
motions. CVS' Erin
Pensa says drugstores
offer value and "are the
most convenient."

Home values are falling

continued from 5D

cant effect," says
'Mark Zandi at Moody's
Economy.com. "I don't
think it's going as well
as they'd hoped for.
Foreclosures will con-
tinue to rise through
the end of the year."
California led the
states with the most
foreclosure filings in
the first half of 2009
- 391,611. That was
2.94%, or one in 34, of
California's homes.
Foreclosures are
growing as more
Americans lose their
jobs or take pay cuts.
The federal effort to
help at-risk hom-
eowners includes giv-
ing lenders financial
incentives to modify
mortgages with more
affordable terms.
Falling home val-
ues are also taking a
toll. The high num-
ber of borrowers who
find themselves owing
more than their homes
are worth presents a
potentially significant
risk of more foreclo-
sures, according to
Not all economists
agree. Some say there
are significant signs
that the housing mar-
ket may be on the re-

Total inventory of
unsold homes is fall-
ing. Inventory at the
end of May fell 3.5%
to 3.8 million previ-
ously occupied homes
available for sale,
which represents a
9.6-month supply
and is down from a
10.1-month supply in
April, according to the
National Association
of Realtors (NAR).
In addition, single-
family home sales
rose 1.9% in May from
April, NAR reported.
"Given the evidence,
the housing market is
turning around," says
Bernard Baumohl at
Economic Outlook
Group. "In the third
quarter, we might see
evidence that the rise
in foreclosures has fi-
nally stopped. We've
hit bottom on foreclo-
Brian Bethune, an
economist at IHS Glob-
al -Insight, says the
deep and prolonged re-
cession is mainly what
is driving foreclosures
now. "Foreclosure-mit-
igation efforts do need
to be stepped up, but
they can only have a
limited buffering ef-
fect. The most urgent
policy priority should
be to jolt the economy
out of the recession,"
he says.


MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 22-28, 2009



3650 NW 36in SI.
Miami, FI 33142


STARTING AT. $698 00



1305) 635- 9505

'Income reslricions apply,
rents are subjecl to

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

1130 N.W. 80 St
One bdrm. living, dining. $375
mthly. 305-720-8222

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

1205 N.W. 58th Street
One bedroom. All appliances
included. $575 monthly plus
security. 786-277-0632

1212 N. W. 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bain.
$500, stove, refrigerator, air.
1215 N.W. 103 Lane
Two bedrooms $750
Blue Lake Village
Call 305-696-7667

1229 N.W. 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$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
1281 N.W. 61 Street
Renovated one bdrm, $525;
two bdrms, $725 appliances
included, 305-747-4552.

1341 NW 52 STREET
One bdrm, one bath, air and
appliances, utilities included.
$575 monthly, first and last
to move in. By appointment
only. 786-399-7724

135 N.W. 18 STREET
Two bedrooms one balh.
$500 monthly All appli-
ances included Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-

140 N.W. 13 Street
One monih 1o move in. Two
bedrooms, one Daih. $525.
786-236- 1144i305-642-

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

14100-40 N.W. 24 Court
First Month Rent Plus $100
security! One bedroom, one
bath $650, two bedrooms,
one bath $775.
Call 786-287-0682

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

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

1545 NW 8 AVENUE
One bedroom $650
Two bedrooms $760
Ceramic tile. carpet, laun-
dry, parking, appliances,
quiet, sale. Call 786-506-

180 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath. Qui-
et. $500 monthly.

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

190 N.W. 51st Street
One bedroom. $680 monthly,
$680 to move in.

1921 NW 59 STREET
Ready to move in. Two bed-
rooms, one bath, new carpet
in living room. stove, refrig-
erator, washer and dryer, air
included. Spacious kitchen.
$750 monthly, $1500 to move
in. 305-323-5795 or 305-653-

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

210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one baln.
$475 - 305-642-7080
2515 N.W. 52 Street #2
One bedroom, tiled, air, no
appliances. $550 monthly.
$1100 to move in.

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 balh,
$550 Free Water
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 bathn.
$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.

5600 N.W. 7th Court
Large efficiency, appliances
included. $550 monthly plus
security. Section 8 welcome.
Call 786-277-0632

5850 N.W. 15th Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
new appliances, $600 mthly,
$1200 moves you in.

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

27 SI and 1 Ave. Large one
Dedroom, one balh. $600
monthly, all appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD

TV' Call Joel 786-355-7578

7001 NW 15 AVENUE
Move-in special! iwo
bedroom, one bath. $650
monthly, $975 to move in
All appliances included
Free 19 inch LCD T.V. Call

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

7519 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Reno-
vated, new appliances, park-
ing. Section ,8. HOPWA OK.
$650. Call 305-754-7900.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7527 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Reno-
vated, new appliances, park-
ing. Section 8. HOPWA OK.
$700. Call 305-754-7900.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7619 N.E. 3rd COURT
One bedroom, one bath, tile
floor, kitchen. 786-286-2540

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

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

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.

5120 N.W. 23 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath, wa-
ter included. $600 monthly.
Georgie 305-283r6804

Oventown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apanments, Duplexes,
Houses One. Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more informa-
Close to Miami Avenue
on N.E. 84th Street
One bedroom and efficiency
for rent. Call 305-970-5574

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

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

One bedroom, one bath,
stove, refrigerator, utilities in-
cluded. 305-620-7969

N. DADE Section 8 OK!
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 bath, gated,
appliances and water
included, superintendent on
premises. First and security
Call 786-663-5509

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


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

12320 N.E. 11 Place
Beautiful large newly reno-
vated two bedrooms in quiet
area. Section 8 Welcome.

1990 N.W. 4 Court
Three bedrooms, one and a
half bath townhouse, newly
renovated, appliances. Im-
mediate move-in. $900. For
appointment contact

2906 N.W. 195 Lane
Three bdrms., one bath.
Voucher. 786-457-3287

Two bedrooms, two baths,
penthouse. ocean view.
$1375 monthly 1000
square leet.
Section 8 Welcome
786-260-5708 Cell
305-652-2257 OHlice

Luxury Three oearooms.
two oaths plus den. stain-
less sleel appliances, tiled
throughout $1500 monthly.
1700 square feet
Section 8 Welcome
786-260-5708 Cell
305-652-2257 Office

Miami Gardens Area
Townhouse, Three bedrooms,
two baths. 3778 N.W. 213
Terrace. Call 954-442-8198
or 850-321-3798.

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

1278 N.W. 44 STREET
Three bdrms, two baths, wa-
ter included. $1100 mthly.
Call 786-299-6765.

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.

163 NW 61 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly tiled throughout. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 786-285-8872

1873 NW 43 Street
Amazing two bdrms. one
bath. walk-in closets, ap-
pliances, central air, bars,
freshly painted. Section 8

2306 NW 102 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath, wa-
ter included. $900 monthly.

Huge three bdrms, two baths:
brand new, central air. $1425
monthly. 305-793-0002

27 N.W 41 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath
$850 Specials 305-758-7022
Frank Cooper Real Estate

3004 NW 52 STREET
One bedroom,' one bath.
Quiet residential neighbor-
hood. $600 monthly. Water
included. 786-282-6322

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

3101 NW 133 Street
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
newly remodeled, Section 8
welcome. 786-797-7878

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.

5901 SW 26 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
large back yard, tile, central
air, washer and dryer hook
up, water included. $900
monthly. Section 8 welcome.

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

6400 N.W. 15th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$650 monthly, $1000
dep.Section 8 ok! 786-246-

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


767 NW 70 STREET
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
$695 monthly. 786-370-0832

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

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

8203 NW 6 AVENUE
Newly remodeled, two bed-
rooms, one bath, central air.
Free water. $825 monthly.

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

Large one bedroom, one
bath, free water, and cable.
$700 mthly. Section 8 ok!

Two bedrooms, one bath and
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 305-759-9171

Lovely. spacious, two. bed-
rooms. New kitchen, tiled,
stove, refrigerator, air, heat.
$1050 mthly. 754-423-4132


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.

1015 N.W. 106th STREET
$650 monthly. All utilities in-
cluded. Section 8 OK. Drive
by then call: 305-681-3236

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

1552 N.W. 68 St Rear.
Furnished efficiency, $300
monthly, $600 to move in.
References. 305-773-2437

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

$550 mthly, utilities included.

$500 monthly, $1000 to move
in. Call 305-757-0715.

Sanford Apt.
1907 N.W. 2nd Court
Nice efficiency, furnished, air,
window shades, appliances.
Free gas. $360 monthly plus
$200 deposit. 305-665-4938
or 305-498-8811.

Near busway, $395.

Furnished Rooms
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.

1364 NW 53 STREET
Access to entire house. $350
monthly, includes' cable and
utilities. 305-215-7891

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.

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

1845 N.W. 50th Street

$100 weekly with air, $200 to
move in.'Call 786-286-7455.

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

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

2957 N.W. 44 STREET
Furnished, 305-693-1017,

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

Two furnished rooms for rent.
305-528-3716, 305-625-3081

Utilities included. Starting at
$135 weekly, $290 to move
in. Call Julie at 954-404-2410

Private entrance with bath
,and air. Call 305-343-2732

Rooms with own entrance
and bath. Retirees welcome.
Utilities included. Share
kitchen. 786-853-6664

Air, Cable, TV. $125 wkly.

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

Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594

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

CALL 305-974-8907

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

1184 NW 66 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK.305-635-8671

1344 N.W. 68 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 305-693-1017,

14082 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
new townhouse located in
nice area, Section 8 ok! Only
$999 security deposit.

1737 NW 42 STREET
Two' bedrooms plus den.
$775. 305-687-1200

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

1852 NW 85 STREET
Three bdrm, one bath. $1200
monthly. 786-306-6090

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!

2467 N.W. 57 Street
Two bdrm, $825, central air.

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

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

2821 N.W. 171 Street
Three bdrm, one bath, $1300
monthly. 305-542-5184

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

3880 NW 171 TERRACE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1400 monthly. Section 8 OK.
Drive by then call:

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

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

MIRAMAR Two bedrooms,
den, one bath. $975 mthly.
786-306-4839. 786-306-4839

Coconut Grove
3464 Frow Avenue .
$1500, three bdrm, one
bath, single family, newly
renovated. Central air,
washer, dryer, new ap-
pliances. Close to Coco
Walk. Hurricane Shutters.
Available Immediately! 954-

Two, three, four bdrms. From
$900 monthly.

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

Near FCAT (A) school. Three
bedrooms, two baths, new ev-
erything, free electric. $1150
to $1350. Section 8 OK. 786-
269-3100Q , �

One two and three bdrms.
$650, 850, $1050.

Three bdrm, one bath. Sec-
tion 8. $1350. 786-366-3480

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

Rent with Option
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 954-540-5372

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
, 786-277-9369

Commercial Property
1520 NW 61 STREET
Cash Cowl
All units newly renovated.
Well managed and
Well Maintained
Call Bob 305-495-8873

3361 NW 207 STREET
Three bedrooms, central air.
$2900 down and $899 month-
ly. Ask about $8000 tax credit
refund check. Call For List.
NDI Realtors

Now You Can own Your
Own Home Today
UP TO $65,000
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Three bedrooms, two

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Nice three bedrooms, two
baths. Buy with only $3000.
Call for details 954-659-0505

Brand new home, three
bdrms, two baths; $199,000,
as low as $175,000 if quali-
fied first time home buyer.
Also available, four bdrms,
two baths at an attractive
price. Call 786-859-3772

Two, three and four
bedroom nomes avail-
able. $1900 - $2900 down
payment. 580 credit score
needed. North Dade and
South Broward homes
available. Ask about $8000
for firsrtime home owners.
Pick up list at office.
NDi Realtors
290 NW 183 Street
Miami Gardens, FL

Plumbing, electrical, roof,
washer, dryer. 786-273-1130

Central air installation
and repair plus appliance
repair Stoves, refrigera-
tors. washers, dryers, etc
Free estimate. 305-510-


Strong organization and
communication skills re-
quired to coordinate collec-
tion process, and cash flow.
Two years exp. Fax resume
to 305-758-3617.

Mystery Shoppers
Earn up to $100 per day un-
dercover shoppers needed
to judge retail and dining
establishments. Experience
not required.
Call 877-471-5682

-in-house position requires
highly motivated, profes-
sional individuals for fast
paced office. Sales expen-
ence required. Generate
your own leads. Type 45
wpm, be organized and
computer literate. Excellent
written and oral communi-
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8D THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 22-28, 2009

Local residents receive help

to achieve homeownership

AT& T donates $50,000 and Miami Heat star James Jones

commits to down payment and closing cost assistance

Miami Heat For-
ward James Jones and
AT&T joined the Opa-
locka Community. De-
velopment Corporation
(OLCDC) to launch
the Neighborhood Sta-
bilization Program in
South Floridalastweek.
The program, based on
a national program of
the same' name, will
help improve commu-
nities that have suf-
fered from foreclosures
and abandonment. At
the launch event, Mar-
shall Criser, President
of AT&T Florida, pre-
sented $50,000 to the
OLCDC, while Miami
Heat Forward James
Jones committed to
helping families with
down payments and
closing costs.
"The downside of the
current economy has
left some communities
with foreclosure signs
and overgrown lawns
on every corner," said
Willie Logan, OLCDC

president and CEO.
"Through the Neigh-
borhood Stabilization
Program we plan to im-
prove communities in'
need by selling those
homes to families who
are ready and commit-
ted to being responsi-
ble homeowners."
The OLCDC will sell
rehabilitated and fore-
closed homes to work-
ing families with low
to moderate incomes
in the Miami Gardens
and Opa-locka com-
munities. Through the
program, these families'
will be able to qualify
for incentives such as
fee waivers and sec-
ond mortgages that will
make it easier for them
to purchase homes. The
OLCDC will also pro-
vide housing counsel-
ing services to prepare
residents for the home
buying experience.
"As a Miami native
I've seen the good and
bad parts of our com-
munity. However, in

order to make it a bet-
ter place we all have to
come together," said
James Jones. "Miami is
my home and as such,
I hope to continue to
provide support and
work with community
organizations that are
interested in building
up our community and
uplifting the residents
who live here."
The recent economy
has disproportionately'
impacted the South
Florida community.
According to a recent
report, in the last six
months lenders have
filed more than 52,000
foreclosures and that
number is expected
to hit 100,000 by the
end of the year in the
tri-county area. Miami-
Dade alone saw 14,474
foreclosures during the
first half of the year. In
fact, Florida had the
third-highest foreclo-
sure rate in the coun-
try in May, with one
in every 148 housing

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New homeowner Tina Coats, along with her daughter Shania Mears, joined
Miami Heat Forward James Jones, Opa-locka Community Development
Corporation President/CEOWillie Logan and AT&T Florida President Marshall
Criser in launching the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to help improve
communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment.
-Photo/ AT&T

units receiving a fore-
closure filing during
the month.
"On behalf of the over
19,000 AT&T employ-
ees in Florida, we are
proud to support the
Opa-locka Community
Development Corpora-
tion's Neighborhood
Stabilization Program,"

said Marshall Cri-
ser, President, AT&T
Florida. "Investing to
strengthen, the com-
munities we serve is a
cornerstone of AT&T's
philanthropy. Join-
ing forces with James
Jones and the OLCDC
increases the posi-
tive impact of our in-

vestment and brings
a greater benefit to
Floridians eligible to
participate in the pro-
For more information
about the Neighbor-
hood Stabilization Pro-
gram, visit www.olcdc.
org or call (305)687-

Survey shows recession far from over

ters) - The recession's
grip on the economy
appears to be easing
but likely has not yet
ended, according to a
survey of economists
released Monday.
The National Asso-
ciation for Business
Economics' quarterly
industry survey found
that demand is sta-
bilizing, but a small
majority of the 102 re-
spondents said their
firms had not yet seen
the bottom.
The survey "provides
new evidence that the
U.S. recession is abat-
ing, but few signs of an
immediate recovery,"
said Sara Johnson,
managing director of
global macroeconomics
for IHS Global Insight,
who helped analyze the
report for the NABE.
"Industry demand
was still declining in
the second quarter of
2009, but the breadth
of decline had nar-
rowed . considerably
since late 2008, raising
prospects for stabiliza-
tion in the second half'
of the year, she said.
The net demand in-
dex dropped to -5 from
the first quarter's -14.
In the fourth quarter it
registered -28.
Of the four major sec-
tors, financial services.
showed the strongest
demand, with an index

jobs last quarter, while
only six percent of the
firms added. jobs -
an all-time low for the
30-year-old survey.

reading of +15. The
transportation, utili-
ties, information and
communications sector
had the lowest reading
at -90.
The, United States
recession, which dates
to December 2007, is
the longest since the
Great. Depression and
the deepest in decades.
Most economists look
for growth to return in
the second half of the
year, but they caution
that the recovery is
likely to be sluggish.
The survey found
that profitability re-
mained weak in the
second quarter.
Companies reporting
declining profits out-
numbered companies
posting higher profits
for the sixth straight
quarter. However, the
rate at which profits
are shrinking is slow-
There is wide dissen-
sion about whether or
.not the economy has
hit bottom. Fifty-five
percent believe the low
point has not yet been
hit, with 14 percent
projecting their com-
panies will see their
lowest sales in 2010
or beyond. Forty-five
percent, however, said
the worst was already
Thirty-six percent
of respondents said
their companies cut

Economic indicators soar in June

By Tali Arbel

plans to build homes,
higher stock prices and
fewer people filing first-
time claims for jobless
aid sent a private-sec-
tor forecast of U.S. eco-
nomic activity higher
than expected in June.
It was the ' third
straight monthly in-
crease for the New
York-based Conference
Board's index of lead-
ing economic indica-
tors, and another sign
pointing toward the
recession ending later
this year.
The index rose 0.7
percent last month.
Wall Street analysts
polled by Thomson Re-
uters expected a gain

of 0.4 percent. May's
reading was revised up
to a gain of 1.3 percent
from 1.2 percent, while
April was scaled back
to 1 percent growth
from 1.1 percent.
The group also said
activity in the six-
month period through
June rose two percent,
with an annual growth
rate of almost five per-
cent. That's the stron-
gest rate since the first
quarter of 2006.
The index is meant to
project economic activ-
ity in the next three to
six months.
If these conditions
continue, "expect a
slow recovery this au-
tumn," said Confer-
ence Board economist
Ken Goldstein.

The Conference
Board's leading indica-
tors index bottomed in
March after peaking in
July 2007. The decline
accelerated last fall af-
ter investment bank
Lehman Brothers col-
lapsed and credit mar-
kets froze.
"We're now getting
data which points to
stabilization," said
Josh Shapiro, chief
U.S. economist at re-
search firm MFR Inc.
"The overall signal
they're sending is the
slide in economic ac-
tivity is poised to end.
The jury is still very
much out in terms of
what happens after
Many analysts ex-
pect modest economic

growth in the fourth
quarter after the gross
domestic product post-
ed the worst six-month
performance in about
50 years at the end of
2008 and beginning of
this year.
Stocks rose on Wall
Street after the better-
than-expected index
reading and on re-
ports that commercial
lender CIT Group had
reached a deal with
bondholders to avoid
bankruptcy. The Dow
Jones industrial aver-
age added about 50
points in afternoon
trading, and broader
indices also gained.
Seven of the Con-
ference Board index's
10 indicators rose in
June, including build-

* ing permits, stock
. prices, manufactur-
'ers' new orders for
consumer goods and
positive readings on
jobs. Consumer expec-
tations, manufactur-
egs' orders for capital
goods and, the real
money supply weighed
down the forecast.
- The biggest gainer
was the "interest rate
spread." That's the dif-
ference between yields
on 10-year Treasurys
and the federal funds
rate, at which banks
lend to one another,
which is at a record
low near zero. A big
difference between the
two is viewed as posi-
tive because investors
are willing to lend for
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Small business seeks

help in grim economy

(Reuters) - U.S. small
businesses say they
feel slighted by the
Obama administration
and efforts to shore
up the economy, with
large companies taking
much of the govern-
ment's attention and
stimulus cash.
The government deci-
sion last week against
bailing out small busi-
ness lender CIT Group
raised fears of thou-
sands of companies
left without funding for.
day-to-day operations,
and the lack of sup-
port showed big corpo-
rations can get bailout
cash but small busi-
ness interests are less
pressing, some say.
With only some po-
tential relief buried in
the healthcare reform
proposals in Congress,
small businesses feel
pushed aside in the
stimulus and recovery
efforts, they say.
"There has been
nothing really in all
the stimulus package
that has really helped
small business in gen-
eral," said Kelli Glass-
er, president of Exhibit
Concepts in Dayton,
Ohio, whose 87 em-
ployees build trade
show and museum ex-
"Most of the help has
been in the form of
supporting loans, but
we're not looking for
loans right now," she
said. "We're not look-
ing to heavily invest
in equipment. We're
just trying to keep our
doors open."
Small business is not
that small, represent-
ing 99.7 percent of all
U.S. employer firms.
The U.S. Small Busi-
ness Administration
got $730 million this
year to recharge the
small business lend-
ing market, nearly
doubling its budget.
However, some say
the package was not
well structured and
dwarfed by the $180
billion the government
committed to save in-
surer American Inter-
national Group.
The Obama admin-
istration wants small
businesses to -come
out ahead in the re-
form effort, said Melo-
dy Barnes, a domestic
policy advisor at the
White House.
"We absolutely want
to make sure that
small business own-
ers and small busi-
ness can continue to
thrive," she said in an
interview with Reuters
But applying for a
small business loan
can be more trouble
than it's worth, said
Joe Olivo, -owner of
Perfect Printing in
Moorestown, New Jer-
sey, who said his bank
advised against it.
"The paperwork was
so onerous that my
bank told me it was
not worth my effort to
try and get that mon-
ey," Olivo said.
Where small busi-
nesses may benefit is
in healthcare reform
being considered in
the House of Repre-
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Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office
located at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the

IFB NO. 163129

1:00 P.M., FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami,
Purchasing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement
Telephone No. 305-416-1906.

Pedro G. Hernandez

City Manager

AD NO. 002075


PLEASE- ALL TAKE NOTICE that a regular CRA Boards of
Commissioners Meeting of the Southeast Overtown/Park West,
Omni & Midtown Community Redevelopment Agencies will take
place on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 5:00 p.m., at the Doubletree Grand
Hotel, 1717 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132. Free parking will
be available in the lot next door at the Miami Woman's Club.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information
please contact the CRA offices at (305) 679-6800.

James H. Villacorta,
Executive Director


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

IFB NO. 156128

1:00 P.M., THURDSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami,
Purchasing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement
Telephone No. 305-416-1906.

Pedro G. Hernandez
City Manager

AD NO. 002074

City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation

Title: Robert King High Park Community Center
Due Date: Thursday, August 20, 2009
Pre- Bid Conference: Friday, July 31, 2009
ITB/RFQ No.: 08-09-054

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


of the city code.
Pedro G. Hernandez, P.E., City Manager
DP No. 009051

1450 N.E. 2ND AVENUE

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

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

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

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By: Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools


Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office located at City Hall, 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133 for the following:

PROJECT NAME: "Traffic Circles Maintenance Contract - M-0020"

BID NO: 08-09-036

Scope of Work: Scope of Work: The project consists of complete landscaping services
for the existing 66 traffic circles and additional locations including the adjacent
swale areas. The work primarily consists of mowing, weeding, trimming shrubs,
. litter pick up, and mulching. In addition, the work calls for planting shrubs (3 gal.)
and palms (30 gal.), herbicide and insect spraying, and also furnishing all labor,
material and equipment. including complete surface restoration to accomplish
the planting of the trees, installation of top soil (50/50 mix), mulching the entire
area, repairing the brick sidewalk/walkway and the concrete curb, in drder to
maintain an aesthetically pleasing intersection. In addition, this project will include
the complete maintenance of 28 street barricades and citywide miscellaneous
landscaping work. NOTE: Additional locations for traffic circles and street barriers
will be added to this contract as the maintenance responsibilities are transferred
to the Public Works Department. In addition, at various times, miscellaneous
work in non-specified locations called "citywide" locations within the City limits
may be added.. The contract term is for a two (2) year period with the option to
renew for three additional - one (1) year periods.

Minimum Requirements: The prospective bidder must have a current Certified Contractor's license from
the State of Florida Construction Industry License Board for the class of work to be performed or the
appropriate certificate of competency or the State's Contractors Certificate of Registration as issued by
Miami-Dade County, which authorizes the bidder to perform the proposed work. The selected contractor
shall hold a Miami-Dade County Municipal Occupational License issued by Miami-Dade County in the
appropriate trade (Landscaping). Proof of experience for landscaping and electrical projects may be
required for three (3) separate projects of similar size, scope, and complexity, supported by references
within the past three (3) years.

A payment and performance Bond is required for this project.
Receiving Date & Time: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

Bid packages containing complete instructions, plans and specifications may be obtained at 'the Public
Works Department, 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, 8th Floor, Miami, Florida 33130, Telephone (305) 416-1200 on
or after Wednesday, July 22, 2009. Bid packages will be available in hard copy form and a non-refundable
fee of $20.00 will be required. A bid package can also be mailed to bidders upon written request to the
Department, and shall include the appropriate non-refundable fee plus $10 for shipping and handling using
regular U.S. Mail. The City is not responsible for deadlines missed as a result of mailing any packages.

All bids shall be submitted in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. Bids must be submitted in
duplicate originals in the envelope provided with the bid package. At the time, date, and place above, bids
will be publicly opened. Any bids or proposals received after time and date specified will be returned
to the bidder unopened. The responsibility for submitting a bid/proposal before the stated time and date
is solely and strictly the responsibility of the bidder/proposer. The City is not responsible for delays caused
by mail, courier service, including U.S. Mail, or any other occurrence.


Pedro G. Hernandez, P.E.
City Manager

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UWhen it comes to performance, the NC20 is also

clearly a netbook rather than a full-powered

laptop. It's fine for Web browsing and e-mail, but

not for the latest games or for video editing.


By Peter Svensson

NEW YORK - Intel Corp. has had a near lock
on supplying processors for netbooks - the
cheap, tiny laptops that are the biggest hit in
the computer market these days. Now there's
an alternative from a Taiwanese competitor, Via
Technologies Inc. It might be time to leave your
Intel-powered comfort zone.
I took the Samsung NC20, the first netbook on
the U.S. market with the Via Nano processor, for
a spin. I found it to be a capable unit, comparable
to the netbooks that use Intel's Atom chip, though
there are some notable differences. If you're in
the market for a netbook, perhaps for the fall
semester, it's definitely worth considering.
First of all, the NC20 has a 12-irich screen.
Netbooks have so far topped out at 10 inches, so

the NC20 gives us a lot more space to work with.
Intel has discouraged manufacturers from using
Atoms with larger screens, saying the processor
isn't powerful enough. (A few manufacturers, like
Dell, have just started making 12-inch Atom-
powered netbooks anyway.)
The size of the screen brings the NC20 closer
to a full-size laptop, but the price and weight are
still netbook-ish: $500 and 3.5 pounds. Like other
netbooks, Samsugg's lacks a DVD drive and runs
the Windows XP operating system, rather than
the more recent Vista. The keyboard is smaller
than full size, but by no means cramped.
When it comes to performance, the NC20 is
also clearly a netbook rather than a full-powered
laptop. It's fine for Web browsing and e-mail, but
not for the latest games or for video editing. The
processor can't keep up with high-action scenes

from shows like "Prison Break" on Hulu.com,
resulting in stuttering video.
However, it did better at video playback than an
Asus EeePC 1000HE, a good Atom-powered unit,
indicating that the Nano has a bit more oomph,
The NC20 can even play a modest 3-D game like
"World of Warcraft" if you can put up with some
The Nano's extra muscle seems to come at the
price of shorter battery life. The NC20 lasted
just beyond three hours when set to play a
video while accessing the Internet intermittently
over Wi-Fi. That is decent but not great for this
category. In normal use, it would probably last
six hours. The 1000HE lasts more than 50
percent longer, despite a smaller battery. The
Asus model's smaller screen accounts for some of
the difference, but it's likely the processor plays a

part in sapping the NC20's battery.
Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system,
Windows 7, will be out in October. The previews
"are positive so far, so anyone buying a computer
now should be thinking -about upgrading this
fall. Yet the NC20 isn't quite ready for Windows
7. Because the graphics chip eats up part of the
NC20's 1 gigabyte of memory, it would need a
memory upgrade first, according to Microsoft's
Upgrade Advisor software.
That's a minor issue. The NC20 is a light and
cheap machine with a generous screen that
proves that the Nano can hold its own. Laptops in
this size range are also starting to show up with
chips from another Intel competitor, Advanced
Micro Devices Inc., giving us even more choices.
Netbooks have all been pretty much cast in the
same mold, but that's about to change.

Sony Ericsson's C905a

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By Mark Long

Thu Sony Ericsson is hoping to boost
its sagging handset sales through the
launch of two new camera-enabled mo-
bile phones on AT&T's national network,
beginning Sunday.
Priced at $179.99 after an AT&T re-
bate, Sony Ericsson's C905a Cyber-shot
sports an '8.1-megapixel camera - the
highest resolution ever offered in a mo-
bile phone from AT&T. And the W518a
Walkman phone combines a 3.2-mega-
pixel camera with interactive features
targeting the Facebook social-network-
ing site.
The European handset maker needs
all the help it can get after posting a
"disastrous" 43 percent decline in sales
Thursday, noted IDC Research Man-
ager Francisco Jeronimo. "Sony Erics-
son hasn't understood the three main
opportunities for growth are emerging
markets, smartphones and services," he

Sony Ericsson is targeting photog-
raphy and video enthusiasts with the
Cyber-shot phon( ,vhich integrates ad-
vanced features such as autofocus, GPS
tagging, face detection, and xenon flash

with red-eye reduction
and a maximum storage 4 M
capacity of 16GB. The goal
is to enable users to snap
crisp, bright and clear photos.
Users can either store their photos on
the handset, send them over AT&T's 3G
network, or print them directly via any
PictBridge-compatible printer, said Sony
Ericsson Vice President Karen Morris.
"Featuring a broad range of capa-
bilities packed into a slick, easy-to-use
slider form factor, the C905a is a versa-
tile choice whether you're an avid pho-
tographer and early technology adopter,
or a proud parent who always wants
your digital camera by your side," Mor-
ris said.
Sporting a 2.4-inch scratch-resistant
mineral glass screen, the Cyber-shot
also doubles as a video recorder. And
through the use of AT&T's Video Share
service, users will be able to share their
summer experiences in real time with
streaming video.
By contrast, the Walkman phone is
designed to appeal to social-networking
aficionados. One click from the phone's
standby screen enables a user to in-
stantly update his or her Facebook sta-
tus. What's more, the latest photos and
status updates of Facebook friends are

displayed whenever the user opens the
phone, which costs $49 after a rebate.

However, camera capabilities are cer-
tainly not the answer for a company that
has just seen its quarterly handset ship-
ments decline 43 percent to 13.8 million
units from the same period a year ago,
Jeronimo noted.
"The problem is that Sony Ericsson's
major competitors have excellent mu-
sic and imaging products" such as LG
Electronics with its "range of phones
from five to 12 megapixels," Jeronimo
observed. Even worse, Sony Ericsson's
feature phones "are more expensive
than any other competitor's products."
Consumers also now expect to get
a camera when they purchase a new
smartphone, Jeronimo noted. "Among
smartphones, 93 percent of the de-
vices shipped in 2008 worldwide had a
camera embedded, with the two-mega-
pixel camera being the most popular
with 52 percent share," Jeronimo said.
"This means that consumers don't buy
a smartphone without a camera any-

Twitter hacked by old


- again

Password-guessing programs are also a common hacking tool. An at-
tacker runs the program against an account, and if it's allowed to try
lots of times and the password isn't very complicated, the hacker's in.

By Jordan Robertson
.4s cialed Pr, :

SAN FRANCISCO - Breaking into
someone's e-mail can be child's play
for a determined hacker, as Twit-
ter Inc. employees have learned the
hard way - again.
For the third time this year, the
San Francisco-based company was
the victim of a security breach stem-
ming from a simple end-run around
its defenses. In the latest case, a
hacker got the password for an em-
ployee's personal e-mail account -
possibly by guessing, or by correctly
answering a security question -
and worked from there to steal con-
fidenual company documents.
The techniques used by the at-
tackers highlight the dangers of a
broader trend promoted by Google
Inc. and others toward storing more
data online, instead of on comput-
ers under your control.
The shift toward doing more over
the Web - a practice known as
"cloud computing" - means that
mistakes employees make in their
private lives can do serious damage
to their employers, because a sin-
gle e-mail account can ue the two
worlds together.
Stealing the password for some-
one's Gmail account, for example,
not only gi~es the hacker access to
that person's personal e-mail, but
also to any other Google applica-
tions they might use for work, like
those used to create spreadsheets
or presentations.
That's apparently what happened
to Twitter, which shares confidential
data within the company through
the Google Apps package that in-
corporates e-mail, word processing,

spreadsheet, calendar and other
Google services for $50 per user per
Co-founder Biz Stone wrote in a
blog posting Wednesday that the
personal e-mail of an unnamed
Twitter administrative employee
was hacked about a month ago, and
through that the attacker got access
to the employee's Google Apps ac-
Separately, the wife of co-founder
Evan Williams also had her person-
al e-mail hacked around the same
time. Stone wrote. Through that,
the attacker got access to Williams'
personal Amazon and PayPal ac-
Stone said the attacks are "about
Twitter being in enough of a spot-
light that folks who work here can
become targets."
Some of the material the hacker
posted online from the Google Apps
documents was more embarrassing
than damaging. like floor plans for
new office space and a pitch for a TV
show about the increasingly popu'-
lar online messaging service
Twitter says only one user ac-
count was potentially compromised
because a screenshot of the account
was included among the stolen doc-
uments. The value in hijacking a
user's account is limited, as those
attacks are mainly used to post fake
messages and try to trick the vic-
tim's friends into clicking on links
that will infect their computers.
Sensitive Twitter documents were
filched, though
The hacker claims to have em-
plo) ee salaries aid credit card num-
bers, resumes from job applicants,
internal meeting reports and growth