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Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Rev. Richard R Dunn II, Rev. Douglas Cook,
pastor of Jordon Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-
Rdndle, Rev. Jerome Starling, executive director of the Rickia Isaac Foundation and Rev. Carl
Johnson, pastor of 93rd Street Baptist Church attend a press conference at Jordan Grove
Friday morning. -Miami Times Photo/ Sandra J. Charite

Local officials make a public plea
By Sandra J. Charite

. Robbing a church is considered by many the
most heinous crime possible to commit but with-
in a week, the Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist
Church was twice burglarized.
This time, a fax machine and computer were
few of the'items stolen on Monday night.
Police continue to search for leads.

"Right now not a lot of answers but a lot more
questions," said Cmdr. Delrish Moss, a Miami po-
lice spokesman in an interview with The Miami
Times on Tuesday.
The idea that the crime actually occurred in a
church baffled many.
"This is a blasphemy against this religious in-
stitution and to this community," said State At-
torney Katherine Fernandez Rundle at a press
conference on Friday. "Somewhere out there
someone knows who's involved in this crime."
Please turn to CHURCH 4A

By Sandra J. Charite

Despite thousands of dollars
poured into the investigation
by Miami-Dade County Com-
missioners, police remain sty-
mied by the massive Liberty
City shooting that occurred on
Jan. 23, according to
the Miami-Dade. State
Attorney Katherine
"We don't have any-
one accountable for
this horrific crime,"
said Fernandez-Run-
Miami Police re-
sponded to a call on GLO
Jan. 23 at Northwest
15 Ave. and 70 Street, after a
number of people saying- that

shots had been fired in that lo-
cation. When officers arrived,
they realized that nine people
had been shot. Seven of the
victims were taken' to
Miami Jackson Memo-
rial' Hospital's - Trau-
ma Unit but Brandon
Mills, 16, and Derrick
Gloster, 18,
died on the
The group of
teens had as- M
sembled that
Friday night for a game
of dice.
The shooting had
been defined by police
)STER as one of the deadli-
est mass shootings in
Miami's history. But the lack
of witnesses to come forward

leaves another open case and
disturbs many.
"Forty people saw this crime
occur. Nine people were shot
and two died but one
of the victims refused
to divulge information
saying, q don't want to
be a snitch,'" she said
at press conference on
Friday. "No snitching
will further hurt the
Black community."
ILLS Although nationwide
many have adopted the
no-snitching mentality, Miami
Police Chief John Timoney be-
lieves that "don't snitch should
be wiped out of the American
The death of young Sherda-
via Jenkins, whose killers' trial
Please turn to SHOOTING 4A

Clues to mysterious cemetery

in Lemon City are discovered

Record found of Leinon City
"colored" cemetery

By Tariq Osborne

The mystery surrounding the remnants of a
Black cemetery discovered between 71st Street
and the Florida East Coast Railroad tracks has
begun to clear. Local preservationist and head
of the Historic Hampton House Trust Enid
Pinkney, with help from local historian Larry
Wiggins, has turned up records of the grave-
"Those dead people are really working hard;
their spirits are working," joked Pinkney about
the discovery of the records. When asked how
it is possible that a site like a cemetery could
be lost to history. Pinkney states that it was a

vastly different time.
'They just didn't respect Black people," she
said. "Their institutions were not respected;
they ran them out of the community." In this
context, Pinkney explained. It is easy to see how
keeping a Black cemetery on the records was
not a priority.
Researchers though, discovered historical
confirmation of the previously unknown cem-
etery's existence in a 1941 book published by
the Works Progress Administration, a govern-
ment agency set up as -part of President Frank-
lin Roosevelt's response to the Great Depres-
sion of the 1930s. The book cataloged the burial
places of American World War I veterans and in-
cludes a description of the location of a Lemon
City "colored" cemetery in Miami that precisely
matches the site of the newly discovered burial
Please turn to CEMETERY 4A

Obama calls for 2 % cap

on federal pay raises

President wants Congress to help ease
strain on federal budget and save $20B

By Richard Wolf

President Obama urged
Congress on Monday to limit
cost-of-living pay raises to
2% for 1.3 million federal em-
ployees in 2010, extending an
income squeeze that has hit
private workers and threatens
Social Security recipients and
even 401(k) investors.
Obama's proposal, outlined
without fanfare in a letter to
congressional leaders, would

leave federal workers with
their lowest cost of living ad-
justments in two decades.
Presidents Bill Clinton and
George W. Bush proposed
lesser increases three times.
Congress, which must ap-
prove the plan, has not grant-
ed less than 2% since 1988.
The president's action comes
when consumer prices have
fallen 2.1% in the 12 months
ending in July, because of a
Please turn to RAISES 4A

Top U.S. general calls for

new Afghan war strategy

By Anne Gearan
Associated press

troops and a new strategy
for using them are emerging
as critical components to the
8-year-old effort by U.S. and
NATO forces to defeat the Tal-
iban and secure Afghanistan.
Defense Secretary Robert
Gates, acknowledging bright
spots but also "gloom and
doom" in a new assessment
of the war, said Monday the
Obama administration would
look closely at requests for
Asking for more troops is
not part of the classified as-
sessment delivered by Gen.
Stanley McChrystal, the top
commander in Afghanistan,
according to officials. How-
ever, he is expected to ask
for more troops in a separate
request in a few weeks, two
NATO officials- told The As-
sociated Press on condition
of anonymity. They were not
authorized to speak publicly
on the matter.
McChrystal's assessment
is expected to offer a blunt
appraisal of the Taliban's in-
creasing tactical prowess and
diminishing popular support
in Afghanistan for both the

foreign-led war effort and the
fragile, corruption-riddled
central government.
"The situation in Afghani-
stan is serious," McChrystal
said Monday, and success
"demands a revised imole-

tal should be forthright in
telling us what he needs." A
Pentagon spokesman said
Gates had not yet seen Mc-
Chrystal's recommendations,
which were being reviewed
and commented upon by

*V The situation in Afghanistan is serious ... and
success demands a revised implementation strat-
egy, commitment and resolve, and increased unity
of effort. A
The top commander in Afghanistan

mentation strategy, commit-
merit and resolve, and in-
creased unity of effort."
Gates told reporters travel-
ing with him to Fort Worth,
Texas, "We have been very
explicit that Gen. McChrys-

Gen. David Petra-
eus and others at
U.S. Central Command.
Also today, an American ser-
vice member died of wounds
suffered in a bombing the day
Please turn to WAR 7A

Vacation ends

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle, with daughters Malia, left, and Sasha,
right, return to the White House after a week of vacation at Martha's Vineyard off Cape
Cod in Massachusetts, in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 30. -Apphoto/J. ScottApplewhite

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So much for Mayor Alvarez,

the crusader
The following comments are the opinion of Myriam
Marquez that appeared this week in The Miami Herald
concerning recent pay raises by County Mayor Carlos

White lie, a damn lie or just clueless?
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez's lame
explanations about granting pay raises to a cadre of
his closest advisors -- as he was telling taxpayers we would all
have to sacrifice in these tough times -- begs the question.

I prefer to think he's clueless, which is dangerous enough in
this fiscal crisis.

The former police chief carries hiinself like a straight arrow --
lean and sometimes a bit mean with his detractors. You have
to bewhen you're running a giant government complex with
30,000 workers.

Except that Alvarez now has sunk so low in the public's
perception that there's a recall petition in the works. His ability
to deal with the county's budget crisis -- a $427 million budget
hole -- has been compromised by his bad judgment in granting
those double-digit raises.

Alvarez, the former Miami-Dade police director, campaigned
as a crusader, the come-frbm-behind kid when he ran
against already established politicians in 2004. His campaign
"We've got to make government as efficient as possible."

If only.

Another Alvarez gem from 2004: "The main problem we're
facing is a lack of faith in-county government."
He's the clean cop who spearheaded the anti-corruption unit,
who investigated commissioner after commissioner until four
of them either resigned or were indicted for misconduct. The
cop who saw life's choices in black and white, good and bad.

And now he's walking around with a dark cloud over him
and talking in shades of gray about those pay raises.

He points out that after voters approved the position of
strong mayor, he started to clean house, merging the county
manager's staff with his so that there are 20 fewer positions
today than there were when he took office.

Except some of those positions with six-figure salaries are
still working for the county -- just not for the mayor or County
Manager George Burgess, as Miami Herald reporters Jack Dolan
and Matthew Haggrnan, uncovered. Some of those "former"
staffers arenow earning more in another county job and have
less responsibility. Who wouldn't love that arrangement?

So much for making government more efficient.

His explanations show total disregard for taxpayers hurting
iri this recession. He raised a dozen staffers' salaries, hie says,
to put them more in line with Burgess' staffs salaries.

And this happened beforethere was a crisis, he maintains,
because the raises -- even thosehe approved in February --were
retroactive to lastOctober.

Huh? Were you sleeping during the banking meltdown
in September, Mr. Mayor, and the near-global collapse in

A strong mayor would have set the example. Would have
questioned why Burgess and company earn more than the
White House chief of staff.

This is "strong" mayor in name only. Instead of taking
charge and cutting waste and duplication in departments, he
was growing government even though the fat days of housing
speculation ended more than two years ago. Even after Florida
voters' pushed through another homestead exemption to
,get relief. Even when every economic signal coming his way
shouts: Stop!

Alvarez held out so much promise. It's sad to watch. Instead
of leading good government he became a blind follower of'
business as usual.



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Ap EN The Media Audit

Who will be the voice to the voiceless?

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was
a voice for the voiceless. He was
passionate about health care,
about children, about educa-
tion. He understood poverty
and often spoke of it. The fact
that he touched so many lives
was evidenced by the thousands
that lined the streets of Boston
simply to watch his casket drive
by, or the lines that snaked to-
ward his gravesite at Arlington
Cemetery just a day after he
was buried. It begs a cliche to
say that he will be missed. More
importantly, who in the senate
will give voice to the voiceless?
Though Kennedy was tremen-
dously popular among demo-
crats and republicans, his kind
of liberalism was rare. Too of-
ten, now, when people speak
of social programs, they are
prepared to blame the poor, at
leasi somewhat, for their plight.
You hear the "hand up, not
hand out" type of rhetoric com-
ing from the lips of so-called lib-
erals who have jumped on the
"what's wrong with poor people"
bandwagon. In a recession, the
same thing is wrong with poor
people as rich ones, but poor
folks just have fewer reinforce-
ments - jobs are disappearing,
people are not spending, and if
the economy is recovering it is
doing so at a snail's pace.
And we are leaving people
behind. Kennedy was buried

on the same day that a group
of New Orleans activists put
"hands around the dome" to
commemorate the people who
died in the Superdome as Hur-
ricane Katrina raged in 2005.
The commemoration, led by
the African American Leader-
ship Project and Mtangulizi

75 projects - including librar-
ies and schools - that had been
bogged down in red tape be-
cause of complicated intergov-
ernmental relationships, where
boards, commissions, and elect-
ed bodies all have overlapping
authority. In his Saturday radio
address, the president said that

W hat does full recovery look like? What about those who were
left behind? Through Hurricane Katrina and the broken le-
vees (let's not forget that the levees did not have to break)
we began to have a conversation about race....

Sanyika, is one way of remind-
ing us that nearly 1900 people
died in Hurricanes Katrina and
Rita and that the city is still
not back to normal. Thousands
are still living in FEMA trailers,
many have not received their
"road home" money, and few
have really been made whole.
We spent $700 billion, to bail
out bankers last year, but we
have yet to fully assist New Or-
Indeed, some say they have
"Katrina fatigue" and don't want
to hear about the event that
took place four years ago. Move
on, they say, stuff happens.
President Barack Obama and
his disaster recovery chief, Craig
Fugate, have been instrumental
in moving recovery along in New
Orleans, approving as many as

red tape should not get in the
way of progress in New Orleans.
Eleven Cabinet officers 'have
visited New Orleans to learn
how they can help the city move
to full recovery.
What does full recovery look
like? What about those who
were left behind? Through Hur-
ricane Katrina and the broken
levees (let's not forget that the
levees did not have to break) we
began to have a conversation
about race, poverty and poli-
tics, a rather painful conversa-
tion that was fraught with de-
nial, even as former Presidefit
George Bush promised Sena-
tor Trent Lott a new home, and
delivered far more dollars per
capital to Mississippi than to
We are still having uncomfort-

able conversa-
tions about race, conversations
that may be less, not more com-
fortable since Obama's elec-
Full recovery in New Orleans
might include the rebuilding of
Charity Hospital (maybe even
the renaming of it), the hospital
that was destroyed during Hur-
ricane Katrina. Where do poor
people go for health care now?
Are they better off or worse off
without the hospital they orice
relied on? Would they be assist-
ed by the national health care
plan the Obama administration
has developed? A voice like Ken-
nedy's is missing in this con-
versation. Who will replace him
and, more importantly, who will
speak out for the voiceless?
The Congressional Black Cau-
cus will hold its annual Legis-
lative Forum just a few weeks
from now. There are' sessions, I
know, on the economy and the
environment, on the status of
women, and on the economic
stimulus package. It would
be a tragedy if there were not
planned sessions on the status
of the recovery in New Orleans,
with reporting from some 5f the -
voices on the ground that we'
so rarely hear from. The CBC
can be an effective voice for the
voiceless, and they can also of-
fer the Katrina voiceless a plat-

Four years later: Katrina residents still struggling

Even though significant
strides toward recovery have
been made," for many New Or-
leans residents there is still a
long way to go. A new report
commissioned by the Children's
Defense Fund's Southern Re-
gional and Louisiana offices
outlines many of the ongoing
needs and the lessons for our
nation. Three of the most seri-
ous problems still facing chil-
dren and families are housing,
health care and education.
Hurricane Katrina, which
ravaged the Gulf Coast on
Aug. 29, 2005, displaced ap-
proximately one million people.
Many families are still strug-
gling to find and afford hous-
ing. Many more are worried
about possible foreclosure on
their homes or the expiration
of rental assistance provided
by the government, especially
in areas where rents have sky-
rocketed since the storm. Some
families are still contesting the
decisions of insurance com-
panies and government relief
programs to deny housing as-
sistance or aid to rebuild their
properties. Others who are still
living in FEMA (Federal Emer-
gency 'Management Agency)
trailers while waiting for their
homes to be rebuilt are facing
local community ordinances
demanding they move out be-
cause the trailers are seen

as eyesores and magnets for
The rebuilding of demolished
public housing units also
lags far behind the demand
for housing and is contribut-
ing to a rise in homelessness.
It's estimated that more than
250,000 housing units are still
unfit for human habitation.
Many hospitals and clinics in
the region remain closed in-
cluding New Orleans' only pub-
lic hospital. Louisiana ranked
490, in a recent state-by-state

storm survivors still face.
In the aftermath of Hurri-
cane Katrina, approximately
118,000 school-age children in
Louisiana and 20,000 school-
age children in Mississippi
were displaced. It's estimated
that more than 50,000 chil-
dren' did not attend school in
2005-2006, and approximately
15,000 did not attend in 2006-
2007. Although the conse-
quences of missed school days
and other setbacks in educa-
tion and child care services

H hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29,.
2005, displaced approximately one million people. Many
families are still struggling to find and afford housing.

study on child well-being and
50th in the percentage of its
population lacking access to
quality health and mental
Without serious intervention
and a forward-thinking strate-
gy for health and mental health
services for children and their
families,, we can anticipate a
worsening of health problems-
including conditions like sub-
stance abuse, alcoholism,' and
domestic violence that are all
linked to the untreated post-
traumatic stress that many

haven't been fully assessed,
it's clear that the post-Katrina
government response has not
adequately ensured access to
schools and child care centers.
Despite the unmet needs, FEMA
denied government applica-
tions for assistance to rebuild
heavily damaged or destroyed
child care centers because it
does not consider child care an
essential public service. At the
same time, FEMA identified
zoos and museums as exam-
ples of essential public servic-
es eligible for rebuilding assis-

tance, a decision
whose rationale defies logic.
Even before Katrina, the New
Orleans school system was
in a state of serious decline.
The storm's damage to ap-
proximately 100 public school
buildings facilitated thd take-
over of failing schools and the
drive to make New Orleans the
first majority charter school
district in the nation. But
the introduction of charter
schools hasn't remedied the
educational inequalities, the
increased need for counseling
services, or the unstable liv-
ing conditions many students
face. What exists now is a sys-
tem of schools-not A school
system worthy of its children.
Despite a litany of seemingly
insurmountable human coridi-
tions and problems, there are
some glimmers of hope. There
is a tremendous activism led
by Gulf Region residents to
address many of the issues
that plagued their commini-
ties before Hurricane Katrina.
This activism is supported
by people and organizations
from across the United States
and abroad, all of whom have
stepped into the void of gov-
ernmental leadership and the
continuing failure of govern-
ment to have a prescribed
standard of care for recovery
for all of its citizens.

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The death of a great liberal

One of my earliest child-
hood memories was the death
of Martin Luther King, Jr. and
the subsequent riots. It seemed
that the next colossal disaster
was the murder of Bobby Ken-
nedy. Even now, I wonder how
America would' have evolved if
either of these great leaders had
Teddy Kennedy seemed to be.
in the shadow of his older broth-
ers for most of his early career.
Now, the last of that great gen-
eration has died. He passed
with the luxury of knowing it
was coming as he quietly died of

had on con-
servative Re-
senators and
ents spoke
of his pas-
sion and abil-
ity to work across the aisle for
the betterment of the country.
Teddy Kennedy did not support
the war in Iraq, in fact, he was
one of 26 U.S. Senators who op-
posed the war. He did support
the servicemen who were dy-
ing in Iraq by pushing for bet-
ter equipment and more armor.

T eddy Kennedy seemed to be in the shadow of his older brothers
for most of his early career. Now, the last of that great genera-
tion has died.

In retrospect, I realize that we
do know what life would have
been like if John, Bobby and
Martin had lived. Teddy Ken-
nedy, the longest serving Sena-
tor in U.S. history, continued
the legacy of his brothers and
fought for the poor, the' weak
and the sick. I remember hear-
ing conservatives bash him be-
cause he was a "liberal". The
great travesty of this country is
that we do not have more "liber-
als" who care about those who
need help the most. If Ted Ken-
nedy epitomizes a liberal then
sign me up.
One of the most poignant mo-
ments in the many tributes to
this man was the impact he

He fought for servicemen after
a Republican constituent in his
district brought the issue to his
attention after his son died in
Iraq due to the lack of armor.
This conservative spoke glow-
ingly of him.
I think what endears me the
most to Teddy Kennedy is his hu-
mility in admitting that he had hu-
man flaws that were due solely to
his weakness. He did not pretend
to be holier than thou, but rather
admitted that he was a flawed
specimen, who was striving to
combat his own weaknesses while
striving to help others through
public service. It shows us the
possibility of doing great even in
our admitted flawed state.


New school year, new attitude

This week, Miami-Dade Coun-
ty Public Schools welcomed
nearly 340,000 students and
their parents back-to-school
for the start of the 2009-2010
school year. 'The opening of
schools was a great success,
which I attribute to the commit-
ment and caring of our parents,
school volunteers, teachers,
administrators, and every em-
ployee of Miami-Dade County
Public Schools. I had an op-
portunity to visit many schools
in District 1 and I am encour-
aged by the enthusiasm of our
students, parents and teach-
ers. As I walked our venerable
halls of learning, I was greeted
by school staff and students ea-
ger to get back to the business
of teaching and learning which
are what we do best, in Miami-

Dade County Public Schools.
This school year promises to
be one of the most productive
and successful school years
ever for our students and em-
ployees. As a School Board
member, I often hear from prin-

ity education is paramount to
our mission. Giving students a
well-rounded education is piv-
otal to future economic vitality,
but more importantly, it gives
students 'a sense of communi-
ty and civic responsibility. Our

of the school dis-
trict. We all know the important
role of parental involvement in
a child's education. It is the
backbone of a child's academic
and personal development. I
applaud our parents and par-
ent groups, such as the PTA,
for their commitment to our
students and schools.
As we move forward in the
2009-2010 school year, I en-
courage every student, every
teacher, every administrator,'
and every employee in Miami-
Dade's public schools, to make
excellence your goal. Excellence
cannot be left to chance; we
must work at it every day. We
have done it before, and I know
wve will continue to.do it. Have a
safe, successful and productive
school year.

cipals, teachers, parents and
community supporters, and I
am convinced, as are they, that
this will be a year of discovery
and new beginnings. We have an
opportunity to chart a path to
excellence for our children that
will lead them to success in the
classroom and in life. Ensuring
that every child receives a qual-


Transit, Public Works, Human
Services, Parks and Recreation
and the Community Action
Agency were told to slash their
budgets, eliminate waste and

students are fortunate to have a
nucleus of dedicated teachers,
administrators, School Board
members, and community sup-
porters who want the very best
for them.
We are privileged in Miami-
Dade County, to have parents
who are fierce advocates for
children and strong supporters

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Mayor Alvarez must stop the lies

What about the children,
Mayor Carlos Alvarez? They
need your help morel
Alvarez has proven himself to
be a liar as he covered up the
shameful raises given to his top
staff. How dare he demand that
all county employees take a five
percent pay cut as he awards
his staff double digit pay in-
Alvarez should have been
honest and said, "Tough times"
are ahead and "we are all in this
together," except for my "chosen
12", who are my staff disciples.
He told the rest of the county,

Teenager's arrest is no joke

Dear Editor,

When, I picked up my edi-
tion of The Miami Times orn
Wednesday, I was appalled to
see a suspect arrested for the
Overtown shooting, which ul-
timately destroyed the lives
of two families, was smiling.

This is no laughing matter
where two precious lives were
taken away by this predator
and his host of friends. Rod-
ney Miller, Michelle Coleman
and Anthony Smith were your
peers but you saw other-
wise as you and your friends
sprayed a "birthday party"

with bullets.
Where is your heart? Where
are any of these kids' hearts?
On the other hand, your
smiling now, when the big
boys up state get you then
your smile will be gone.
As a mother of two, my
heart goes out to the families

of the two rising stars and
the suspect's family. Rodney,
as you have taken away lives,
you willfully gave your life to
the courts and received a life-
time home called prison.

Tracey Gibson,

Commissioners: Don't cut too deep

Dear Editor,

When Miami-Dade County
Commissioners meet next week
to finalize the 2009-10 budget,
several items critical to the well-
being of our community will be
on the chopping block.
Many of these items that con-
tribute to the everyday well-be-

ing of Miami-Dade's resident life
are in the Consumer Services/
Miami-Dade Extension Services
Interestingly enough, many
of these programs are majority
funded through federal, state
and grant sources. Miami-
Dade's contribution to these
programs are miniscule in com-

prison. It simply does not
make sense to eliminate pro-
grams that are heavily funded
outside sources.
Residents are urged to con-
tact their district Commission-
ers, plus two other commission-
ers to request that the original
budget for Consumer Services/
Miami-Dade Extension Ser-

vices be restored to their origi-
nal request. To contact your
commissioner, go on-line to
www.miamidade.gov/ commiss
Residents need to be pro-active.
You will miss what you don't

Gloria Humes,
Miami Gardens

What did you think of the Mayor's staff getting pay raises?
VERNON SPIVEY, 64 like this situ- -- omy just can't afford it. Worse still,
Retired, Miami Gardens ation at all. you never see
There's no way KATE BURUS, 52 these , people
I don't think he can justify Miami, Retired until they
it should have that. The tim- want to get re-
happened, but ing is terrible. I don't think elected., That's
it might have it's fair. If ev- not right. '.
been some- eryone else
thing that was _ takes cuts;

already in the
works. I don
think it's fair -
though. With the present eco-
nomic situation; the way things

Entrepreneur, Liberty City

I think it's an absolute joke.
Look where we're at right now?
Everyone else gets a pay cut and
you're giving your homeboys
raises. I was looking at the pic-
tures of who got raises to find
one dark person and couldn't. I
think he needs to be impeached
to be honest with you. I don't

Cook, Liberty City

I feel that ---
they should be
like everybody
else. Nobody's
getting pay '
raises right
now. They
- should put. |
that on hold; _
though I'm
not saying they shouldn't get it
eventually. It's not like they're
making no money at all. They
haven't been laid off like others.
It's nothing personal; the econ-

they should
take cuts too.
Everybody else-
is doing all the
work anyway,
while they just
sit behind their desks. Law en-
forcement and everyone else is
all getting cuts while they get
raises. I disagree with it. They
should take cuts too. It's not

Nurse, Liberty City

That doesn't even sound fair.
The rich keep getting richer and
the poor keep getting poorer.

Entrepreneur, Liberty City

I didn't re-
ally get mad
about it. You
can't really
say what's
going on in
a situation
like that.
They prob-
ably need it.

"We are in a recession' and all
county workers must take a five
percent pay cut and 1700 jobs
eliminated to help cover the
$427 million budget' shortfall
in Miami-Dade." Police, Fire,

job positions.
What about the poor, the job-
less, the homeless, the hungry
and those faced with certain lay-
offs from their jobs? The "cho-
sen 12" raises could be used to

doesn't matter if
the amount of increase was fifty
cents, but it is the principle of
the matter. Alvarez was elected
to act in the best interest of all
of the residents of Miami-Dade
County, not a select few.
The greed, hypocrisy and ar-
rogance that he has exhibited
remind us of the Bush Admin-
istration which caused this
country to go into a tailspin and
present chaos. Unfortunately, it
seems that 'the only people that
count are his staff. We are de-
manding that the mayor with-
draw these raises retroactively
and treat all county employees
the same.
The mayor should not be in
competition with the Manager's
staff, but should act in the best
interest of all of the people. He
and his staff should lead by ex-
ample, not by lies, our commu-
nity demand better.'

save a few jobs, feed the hun-
gry, help those who are fight-
ing for survival or a few homes
that are headed to foreclosure.
j Much to our chagrin, the com-
munity feels swindled, confused
and dismayed because strong
mayor, Carlos Alvarez, has de-
livered worthless, empty leader-
ship and made the crisis worse.
The only defense he has for this
heinous act is that the raises
only amount to $90,000.00. It

W e are privileged in Miami-Dade County, to have parents who are fierce
advocates for children and strong supporters of the school district. We all
know the important role of parental involvement in a child's education.

The mayor should not be in competition with the Manager's staff, but
should act in the best interest of all of the people. He and his staff
should lead by example, not by lies, our community demand better.


By ClayJones. The Fiee Lance.Star,. Ftedeticksburg. Va.

By Chs sBritt.-The State Joun.al-Registel. Spmngfield. III .




Local activists join growing healthcare movement

By Tariq Osborne

The Miami Worker's Center,
6127 Northwest Seventh Avenue,
is the latest grassroots organiza-
tion to join in the fight for univer-
sal health care. Serving as a po-
litical counterweight to the highly-
televised raucousness of the town-
hall meetings; whose participants
largely oppose universal health
coverage, Health Care for America
Now (HCAN), is a coalition of more
than 1,000 organizations in 46
states who demand it.
"We as a community organiza-
tion need to represent the needs
and interests of working people,"

said Hashim Benford, of the Mi-
ami Worker's Center. "When they
reached 'out to us, to ask us
whether we could mobilize people,
of course we accepted," he said.
To this end, the Worker's Center.
sent 18 representatives to a state-
wide rally in Orlando last Satur-
day. "For us, it's definitely not too
far to travel for such an important
issue," said Benford.
Sandra Newton, who has worked
with the Miami Worker's Center
for seven years, agreed.
"They say we should just buy
it; but the poor or working-class
families, how can they buy it?"
she asked. "We need universal
health care and we must take a

Local Activist Community Orginizer

stand and demand it. It's not only
for the rich," she said.
At the rally, the Worker's center
presented a skit to this effect; in
which "the community avengers"
take on a greedy insurance execu-
"They had a blast," said Ben-
ford. "People were coming up,
congratulating them and shaking
their hands afterwards," he said.
Benford reiterated the Worker's
Center's position on health care.
"It's a human right," he said. "If
you're a human being living in
this country, you should have ac-
cess to health care. It's not depen-
dant upon your citizenship status
either," he said.

Organizers estimated more than
that 1,100 people, many of whom
were members of unions and reli-
gious and retiree groups, attended
the event. It was held at the Or-
lando Downtown Recreation Com-
plex near the Amway Arena.
Unlike the numerous town-hall
meetings and tea parties that have
popped up opposing reform, the
rally demonstrated support for
President Barack Obama's call to
reform the nation's health-insur-
ance system.
"We need to stand up to the
insurance companies and other
special interest groups to achieve
quality, affordable health care in
2009," said Benford.

Twice-robbed church asks community to come forward with information

continued from IA

The first attack occurred on
Aug. 24 when eight members
of the Jordon Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church, located
at 5942 Northwest 12 Avenue,
were ambushed by a gunman
armed with a black revolver,
while they were conducting a
meeting inside the church on
Aug. 24.
"I laid there talking to God,"
said Rev. Douglas Cook, pastor
of Jordan Grove. "Having a gun
held to my head, I believe the
Lord saved me."
The suspect, a Black man,
between the ages of 17-20, 5'7",
150 lbs, wearing gloves, blue
jeans, a white t-shirt covered
his head and a red bandanna
covered the lower portion of his
face charged inside the church.
He pointed the gun at all the
victims and yelling at the vic-
tims to get down. Without hesi-
tation, the victims complied.
"I couldn't see his face but I
know he was one of us," said

Cook at Friday's press confer-
The suspect ran out with
money and the pastor's car keys
Once outside he took the pastor's
vehicle, a 2005 green Lincoln
Town car with a tan \inyl top.
Miami Police Chief John Ti-
money along with Rev. Douglass
Cook, whose head the robber
held a gun to,
informed . the
public on Fri-
day that the
stolen vehicle
was recov- .
ered. -
But Timon-
ey was still
about the sus-
pect and his
and with pre-
venting this
type of act of .
occurring again.
"This guy *who did it told
someone," he said.
Miami-Dade County Com-
missioner Audrey Edmonson,

who has roots in
the community,
shared her frus-
tration with the vi-
olence in the com-
munity that has
led to the robbery
in the church.
"No longer can
we feel safe in our
own place of wor-
ship," she said.
"We will not put up
with people com- DOUGLA
ing in to victimize
people especially in
our churches.".
Though many blamed the lack
of job opportunity in the com-
munity, Rev. Richard P. Dunn II
was not convinced jobs was the
"I am so convinced that. some
people don't want to work. Some
are choosing crime over educa-
tion," he said.
Dunn solution was for minis-
ters to join together for a day of
fasting and prayer over the com-
munity and the youth.
"The difference between Lib-


erty City and Pine-
crest is Pinecrest
is not tolerating
such acts to be
committed in their
said Dunn.
With that, Rev.
Jerome Starling,
executive director
of the Rickia Isaac
Foundation, made
a final plea to the
S COOK community.
"Don't wait for
the bullet to come
in your door to stop crying. We
must stand up immediately," he
said. "It is a shame that some-
thing like this would happen in
the house of God."
Anyone with information is
urged to contact the Miami Po-
lice Department's Robbery Unit
at 305-603-6070 or Miami-Dade
Crime Stoppers at 305-471-
The community is invited to
attend a special prayer vigil at
Jordan Grove at 7 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 4.

White House expects to save $20 billion

continued from IA

massive drop in energy prices.
The recession has taken an even
tougher toll on private-sector
wages, which rose only 1.5%
for the year ended in June - the
lowest increase since the gov-
ernment started keeping track
in 1980. Private-sector workers
also have been subject to wide-
spread layoffs and furloughs.
"With unemployment at 9.5%
in June, to cite just one eco-
nomic indicator, few would dis-
agree that our country is facing
serious economic conditions,"
Obama said. "The growth in fed-
eral requirements is straining
the federal budget."
Obama's effort to reduce wage
increases would save about
$20 billion next year, the White

House said. Under an automatic
formula, workers are set to get
a 2.4% increase, and those in
some areas could get nearly 19%
to keep pace with private-sector
The move would put federal
workers between two groups:
military forces and retirees. The
military cost-of-living increase
for 2010 is projected at 2.9%.
Social Security recipients aren't
likely to see an increase next
year or. in 2011, the first time
that's happened since 1975.
Whether the vise on income
extends to 401(k) - contribu-
tions remains unclear: The In-
ternal Revenue Service will set
maximum contribution levels,
which are tied to inflation, next
Federal union officials weren't
surprised by the president's ac-

tion, which must be made by
Aug. 31 each year under a 1990
John Gage, president of the
American Federation of Govern-
ment Employees, the largest fed-
eral workers' union, said it "will
continue to work toward full
parity with the military" through
Some analysts said federal
workers continue to fare much
better than their counterparts in
the private sector.
"I would question why federal
workers should be getting any
increase," said Chris Edwards of
the conservative Cato Institute,
who has written studies compar-
ing federal and private compen-
sation. "It sounds like he's being
frugal, but really it's not very
frugal . . . I'd like to see wages
frozen for a year or two."

Historic designation will require patience

continued from 1A

"It lists two Blacks, World
War I veterans, who were bur-
ied there," said Pinkney. "It also
lists exact directions from the
courthouse to the cemetery."
"Tomorrow [September 1], we
do the preliminary hearing,"
said Pinkney, who aims to get
the cemetery historic designa-
tion. The Historic Preservation
Board of the City of Miami will
determine whether to continue
further research into the ceme-
tery. "We won't get historic des-
ignation tomorrow, but that's
what we're looking for eventu-
ally," said Pinkney.

The controversy began in residential tower on a portion of
June, when a construction the property that researchers
crew, working on an af- and archaeologists now
fordable housing project, believe was occupied by
unearthed wrist bones, the burial ground.
a human skull, and the But an undeveloped
skeletons of two small parking garage and a
children. They also found second housing tower
crumbled headstones, will be erected elsewhere
nails, buttons and metal on the large property to
coffin handles. PINKNEY keep what remains of the
Carlisle Development PINKNEY burial ground as open

Group and Biscayne
Housing Group, the develop-,
ers working on the project,
have said that they are redraw-
ing their plans to move future
construction off the remaining
portion of the cemetery. The de-
velopers unknowingly erected a

space, said a representa-
tive for the developers.
Pinkney has said that the
developers have been very co-
operative. "Yes, they have told
me directly that they're going to
change the project," she said.
"They've been helpful."

Community members are killing each other

continued from 1A

is set to begin this week, is
a reminder to Miami-Dade
Commissioner Audrey Ed-
monson that such acts of vio-
lence are not committed by
"These crimes are us. It's
not the white man coming into

our community," she said.
While involved in a shootout
in the Liberty Square housing
community, Damon Darling
and Leroy Larose shot and
killed nine-year-old Sher-
davia while she was outside
playing with her sister.
The two suspects are set to
go on trial this week.
Edmonson handed out HOT

Spot Campaign cards at the
church which is a way that
residents can report crimes
occurring in their neighbor-
hood anonymously.
Anyone with information is
urged to contact the Miami
Police Department's Robbery
Unit at 305-603-6070 or Mi-
ami-Dade Crime Stoppers at




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Staffers followed Kennedy on public service

By Mimi Hall

ward Kennedy's legacy lives on
in the nation's schools, in its
health clinics and at its court-
houses. Those who worked
with him during his 47 years
in the Senate say he bestowed
another important and endur-
ing gift: an infectious commit-
ment to public service.
From Supreme Court Jus-
tice Stephen Breyer and White
House domestic policy adviser
Melody Barnes to the hundreds
of lesser-known former Kenne-
dy staffers and campaign vol-
unteers who followed him into
public service, Kennedy left a
mark on government, in aca-
demia, at non-profits and ser-
vice groups across the nation.
"Sen. Kennedy has done as
much as any leader to create a
culture of service and civic en-
gagement in our country," says
Alan Solomont of the Corpora-
tion for National and Commu-
nity Service, which oversees
the government-funded do-
mestic service program, Ame-
In April, President Obama
signed a new law bearing Ken-
nedy's name to create opportu-

nities for community service,
including by offering tax incen-
tives to businesses that give
workers time off for service.
The Edward M. Kennedy
Serve America Act, Obama said,
was inspired by Kennedy's life,
and the president exhorted all
to "take up
that spirit
of the man
for whom
this bill is
Those ,,
who worked BARNES
with Ken-
nedy over the years did just.
that, many in politics and gov-
ernment at a time when poli-
ticians and government "bu-
reaucrats" often were derided.
Among them:
* David Blumenthal, the
Obama administration's health
information technology coordi-
nator, who worked on health is-
sues for Kennedy in the 1970s
and served in Massachusetts
as his on-the-road physician
during Kennedy's 1980 cam-
paign for president.
Blumenthal says Kennedy
didn't have his brothers' "aura"
of public service as a young

President Obama presents a pen to Sen. Edward Kennedy on April 21 after signing the Ed-
ward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. ' -photo by Martin H. Simon

man, but as he "grew in dignity
so enormously" later in life, he
began to serve as an example
to younger generations.

"He was always youthful in
spirit," Blumenthal says. "He
was never threatened by ypung
people coming along, so he

played that mentoring role."
* Ronald Weich, the Justice
Department's assistant attor-
ney general for legislative af-

fairs, who worked for Kennedy
as a law student in 1980 and
returned in 1990 to work 'for
seven years on health and .e-1
gal issues. .
"Working for him, I became
deeply invested in issues of
fairness and equal justice and
rule of law, and I never gave up
on those issues," Weich says.
"He was en extremely .inspiring
* Boston City Coun6ilor Rob
Consalvo, who worked in Ken-
nedy's Washington. office from
1991 to 1994.
"You could see how much he
cared about people and chang-
ing people's lives," Consalvo
says. "When you saw that, you
couldn't help but be inspired.
It really cemented f9r me that
I also wanted to run for public
office someday. ... He. gave off
that essence that what we were
doing was right and noble."
Says Kennedy's former press
secretary and speechwriter
Bob Shrum: "The alumni of his
office pepper the government.
But more than that, I think
he inspired not just people
who worked for him but knew
him as a public figure. ... He
appealed to people's best in-

Good times for New Orleans tourism are rolling once again

The City feels like it's rebuilt and safe'

By Kitty Bean Yancey

Four years after being knocked
down by Hurricane Katrina on
Aug. 29, 2005, New Orleans is
regaining its footing with tour-
Last year, 7.6 million visited,
the New Orleans Convention
and Visitors Bureau says, up
from 3.7 million in 2006 and 7.1
million in 2007. Before Katrina,
in 2004, a record 10.1 million
visitors showed up. This year
looks good: Mardi Gras atten-
dance reached pre-Katrina lev-
els of about 1 million, the visi-
tors bureau says.
July hotel occupancy in the
city's business district and tour-
ist areas was 65.7%, up 7.7%

from last July, Smith Travel Re-
search reports. "That's a great
number," says Jan Freitag, a
Smith vice president. "Occupan-
cy over 60% is definitely healthy
in today's economy."
Among the USA's top 25 mar-
kets, only New Orleans reported
increases in occupancy in July.
Most hotels have reopened.
(Renovation of the 1,200-room
Hyatt is stalled because of fi-
nancing problems, the visitors
bureau says.) -
Before Katrina, the city had
130 hotels with 25,000 rooms,
Freitag says. Now it has 119
with 22,300 rooms, including
just-reopened, 504-room The
Roosevelt (a Fairmont when Ka-
trina hit). The historic Roosevelt,

dating to 1923, is home of the
Sazerac Bar.
"The traveler feels like it's
rebuilt and safe and good to
go back" to New Orleans, says
Clem Bason, president of the
Hotwire Group, a travel dis-
counter. "While there are some
deals," (hotel rates are) holding
up well compared with other
destination cities." Hotwire.com
has been selling rooms in luxu-
ry hotels for $70. The Roosevelt,
all restored elegance, currently
offers rates from $119.
Legendary dining spots includ-
ing Brennan's are open again.
The visitors bureau says the city
has more than 1,000 eateries,
200 more than when Katrina
hit. "The tourism industry is a

Bourbon Street: It's "cleaner than it's ever been," the visi-
tors'bureau says. -Photo by MarioTama/Getty Images

bright spot," says Kelly Schulz,
visitors bureau vice president of

Sugary beignets at famous

Cafe Du Monde are cheap ($2
for three). Those who recall the
French Quarter as litter-strewn
will be pleased that "it's cleaner
than it's ever been," she says.
That's thanks to sweepers and
lemon-scented liquid now used
to scour it.
Though conventions have
suffered a bit from the economy
and the "AIG effect" - discour-
aging firms from holding gath-
erings ih party spots - Schulz
says some groups counter that
by spending some time help-
ing rebuild neighborhoods (New
Orleans Marriotts, for instance,
offer volunteerism packages).
"We don't want to keep re-
minding (tourists) of Katrina,"
Schulz says. "But when you
almost lost something, some-
times it makes you appreciate
it more."


Leading candidates for the mayor of Atlanta include Lisa Borders, left Mary Norwood, center, and Kasim Reed, right. A lo-
cal group known as the Black leadership Forum has urged Black voters to unite around Ms. Borders to block the election of
Ms. Norwood.

Race enters Atlanta mayoral vote

Liberty City Elementary

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Discovery Communications, the
world's largest nonfiction media
company and Discovery Educa-
tion, will distribute to hundreds
of Liberty City -Elementary stu-
dents eco-friendly backpacks with
school supplies on Wednesday,
Sept. 2. Every student at Liberty
City, located at 1855 Northwest
71st Street, will receive a back-
pack filled with school supplies.
The backpacks are made from
recycled network promotional
banners. The banners were pre-
viously billboard advertisements

that were redesigned, cut and
sewn into trendy and unique
backpacks. Supplies have been
purchased from Rite Quality Of-
fice Supplies and delivery ser-
vices will be provided by Moving
Masters - both long time Discov-
ery partners.
Alberto M. Carvalho, Miami-
Dade County Superintendent
of Schools,'Tamme Y. Williams,
Principal of Liberty City Elemen-
tary School, and Coni Rechner,.
Vice President of Discovery Ed-
ucation will give remarks and
distribute the backpacks to stu-

pe . ,r''iate in seniors


By Valerie Bauerlein

ATLANTA - The campaign
for mayor of this city, which
has long promoted its racial
tolerance, veered into contro-
versy Thursday with the re-
lease of a memo urging Black
voters to unite around a Black
candidate and block the elec-
tion of a white mayor.
. A local group known as the
Black Leadership Forum called
for Blacks to consolidate their
support around Lisa Borders,
president of the Atlanta City
Council and one of several
Black candidates, according to
a memo circulated on the Web
and to local media.
The group said Ms. Borders
had the best chance of winning
support from white business
leaders and defeating Mary
Norwood, a white city coun-
cilwoman and a leading can-
didate for the Nov. 3 election,
according to polls.
. "For the last 25 years Atlan-
ta has represented the break-

through for Black political em-
powerment in the South," read
the memo. "In order to defeat a
Norwood (white) mayoral can-
didacy we have to.get out now
and work in a manner to de-
feat her without a runoff, and
the key is a significant Black
The memo was the sharpest
signal yet of overt racial politics
creeping into the competition
to replace Shirley Franklin,
elected as the city's first female
mayor in 2001. Atlanta was
the first major Southern city to
elect a Black mayor, Maynard
H. Jackson, in 1973. No white
candidate has mounted a se-
rious campaign for the office
since then.
But Atlanta's demographics
have shifted drastically in the
past decade. The city of about
440,000 people remains a ma-
jority Black city. But the pro-
portion of voting-age residents
who are white or Hispanic has
Political scientist Bob Hol-

mes, a professor emeritus at
Clark Atlanta University and
former state representative
from Atlanta, said this group's
effort to protect'Black political
clout was inevitable, in part
because of the shift in voting
power as white newcomers
moved to the city and many
Blacks moved to the suburbs.
"For a certain number of
people, they do look at things
through that prism," Mr. Hol-
mes said. "They remember the
In recent months, with no
clear heir apparent to Ms.
Franklin, Ms. Norwood emerged
as a contender. A recent poll
conducted by polling firm In-
siderAdvantage showed Ms.
Norwood and Ms. Borders in
a statistical tie. The sampling,
conducted Aug. 17, showed
Ms. Norwood with 30%, Ms.
Borders with 28% and Kasim
Reed, a state senator, with 8%.
The margin of error was 5%.
The call for Black unity drew
sharp criticism from Ms. Bor-

ders and her closest Black
competitor, Mr. Reed, who both
insisted in separate news con-
ferences Thursday that Atlanta
must not choose its next mayor
based on his or her race.
"We have had two Atlantas
for far too long," Ms. Borders
Mr. Reed called the memo
"racially charged and vitri-
olic" and said it "dishonors
the legacies" of the Black and
white mayors who led Atlanta
through the civil-rights move-
ment and beyond. "This cam-
paign should be waged on the
merits of each candidate, not
the color of their skin," Mr.
Reed said.
Ms. Norwood, an at-large
member of the city council who
has campaigned on a pledge to
improve crime-fighting and re-
organize city government said,
her candidacy is based on
public safety and fiscal man-
"Race," she said, "does not
play a role."

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At a rally held on

7.Saturday, Aug. 29,

S. residents hold signs

outside of the African

. Heritage Cultural Arts

..Center, to save the

'". .Center from enduring


V, County cuts.

-Photo/ Lucius H. King

Residents rally to support Cultural Arts Center

By Gene Tinnie
Special to The Times

Upwards of a hundred well-
wishers put their .usual Satur-
day morning needs aside to par-
ticipate in a celebratory demon-
stration at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC)
in Liberty City on Aug. 29. The
celebration featured outdoor
performances by some of the
extraordinarily talented groups
and individuals who frequent-
ly participate at the Center,
and culminated with a march
around the Center's grounds
by the enthusiastic crowd, car-
rying signs, moving to the beat
of African drums, and much en-
couraged by the honking horns
and supportive waves from
passing automobiles on the two
busy thoroughfares.
The demonstration served
to call greater attention to the
plight of the AHCAC, as it faces
deep reductions in staff and in
its many programs due to the
severe budget cuts being pro-
posed by Miami-Dade County
Mayor Carlos Alvarez and the
County Commissioners in the

forthcoming fiscal year begin-
ning Oct. 1. Although there has
been some assurance that the
Center would not actually be
closed down, as was threatened
a month ago, any reduction is
critical to an institution that
plays such a predominant role
in the community, tapping and
developing the abundant tal-
ents of young people, while pro-
viding meaningful visual and
performing arts experiences for'
adults and families.

The demonstration was also
an emphatic call to the en-
tire community to support the
AHCAC by contacting County
Commissioners 'by telephone
or e-mail, and especially by
attending the budget hear-
ing slated for Thursday, Sep-
tember 3, at 5:01 p.m. in the
County Commission Chambers
at 11 1 Northwest First Street in
Downtown Miami, in order to
show real strength in numbers.
Supporters are urged to arrive
much earlier (some will even
change shifts, in order to hold
a place in line), because many

groups will be there, each clam-
oring for attention.
Although every Department
and program in the County
plays an important role, the
demonstrators emphasized, the
cultural arts in generalare too
important and dependent on
public support, so that reduc-
tions could be devastating to
the future quality of life and
prosperity in Miami-Dade. The
AHCAC, in particular, has a
stellar track record, they add,
for delivering an extraordinary
amount of value for each dol-
lar invested, as. it has develops
not only artistic talent but self-
confidence and communication
and leadership skills among its
students, some of whom have
joined national performing
companies and even reached
television stardom. The need is
especially great in the Liberty
City area, where cultural talent
not only abounds, but has of-
ten proven to be an engine for
individual and community eco-
nomic uplift.


Saturday's cultural celebration
was just a single, one-day evefit,
but part of a serious commitment
on the part of citizens to ensure
the well-.being of the AHCAC and
all that it does. It comes after a
number of community meetings
at the Joseph Caleb Center, at-
tendance at town-hall meetings
hosted by County Commission-
ers, and with a resolve to be
present in force at both County
Commission budget hearings,
on Sept. 3 and 17. .
In addition, the artists, par-
ents, students, organizations
and friends who are intimately
acquainted with the Center's
value to the community - many
of whom participated in Sat-
urday's celebration -- are also
organizing ways for citizens to
become more involved and more
supportive, regardless of the
actions of the County Commis-
sion. All reflect a new found de-
termination to ensure that the
AHCAC will be here to stay, and
a landmark along Miami's Dr.
Martin Luther King Boulevard.
For more information about the.
Center and its programs, call

Banks launch programs to encourage spending

Reward programs grow with debit card use

By Kathy Chu

As more consumers whip out
debit cards, issuers are rolling
out new rewards programs and
enhancing old ones in hopes of
boosting card spending.
Integra, a Midwestern bank,
introduced its first debit card
reward program in July. Sover-
eign launched a debit rewards
program late last year. And
credit unions such as Addison
Avenue Federal - whose cus-
tomers are employees of high-
tech companies - are offering
new perks if consumers use
debit cards a certain number of
times a month.
Debit card transactions have
grown rapidly in recent years,
but the recession has acceler-
ated the trend. In the fourth
quarter of 2008, U.S. debit
spending exceeded credit card
spending for the first time, says
Visa. That continued in the

first quarter of 2009 with $202
billion in debit card purchas-
es and $176 billion on credit
"With the economic down-
turn, people are looking at how
to manage their money and ...
turning to the debit card to give
them more structure to their
spending," says Julie Bohn of
First Data, which processes
Yet Brian Riley,. a research
director, at TowerGroup, a re-
search firm, believes that debit
card use will continue to grow
as the economy recovers. Debit
cards provide a convenient way
for consumers to pay for their
purchases, he says. Banks are
also making it more rewarding
for consumers to use their debit
cards in hopes of boosting prof-
,its. When consumers use debit
cards, merchants have to pay
banks up to 2.1% to process
the transaction, says The Nil-

son Report.
Benson Porter, CEO of Addi-
son Avenue Federal, says the
credit union launched a check-
ing account in July 2008 to
pass along some of the income
it receives when consumers use
debit cards. Customers earn
3.5.1% on their money in Addi-
son's Dividend Rewards check-
ing account if they make' at
least 12 debit card purchases a
month, agree to get online state-
ments and make one electronic
deposit a month, says Porter.
Meanwhile, 'Integra and Sov-
ereign have programs that offer
customers cash back when they
use their debit cards at retailers
such as Barnes & Noble, Gap
and Starbucks. -
One drawback of debit cards:
steep overdraft fees. The Feder-
al Deposit Insurance Corp. cau-
tions consumers to avoid un-
necessary spending that could
negate rewards. Most banks
allow consumers to overdraw
using their debit cards - even

McChrystal may seek more troops

continued from 1A

before in southern Afghanistan,
the U.S. command said. The
death was the first for the U.S. in
September and comes after the
deadliest month of the eight-year
Afghan war for American troops.
At least 49 U.S. troops died in
Afghanistan in August, accord-
ing to a count by The Associated
Although President Barack
Obama committed 21,000 new
American forces to Afghanistan
this year, officials are bracing for
a request for even more. Obama
would then face a buildup of
troops there just as troop com-
mitments in Iraq are easing or
the risk losing the war he argued
the U.S. had neglected.
Neither the White House nor
Congress would enjoy the pros-
pect of widening the war after
eight years and millions of dol-
lars in development money. Vio-
lence is escalating: August be-
came the deadliest month of the
war with at least 47 U.S. troop.
U.S. and NATO command-
ers have said they do not have
sufficient troops and support to

expand the fight against a resil-
ient and well-organized Taliban
insurgency. But Gates noted his
oft-repeated worry about placing
too many forces in Afghanistan,
a strategy that failed for the So-
viet Union in the 1980s.
"I think there are larger is-
sues," Gates said. "We will have
to look at the availability of forc-
es; we will have to look at costs.
There are a lot of different things
we will have to look at."
In Brussels, NATO spokes-
man James Appathurai said the
report also would be examined
by NATO's political and military
leadership. He stressed it was an
assessment by the commander
of NATO forces in Afghanistan,
'not a change of strategy."
McChrystal's report recom-
mends focusing the U.S. and
NATO counterinsurgency ef-
forts on the Afghan population
and less on militants, one of the
NATO officials in Afghanistan
Last week, McChrystal said
troops "must change the way
that we think, act and operate"
in rnewly released counterin-
surgency guidance. McChrystal
hopes to instill .a new approach
in troops to make the safety of

villagers the top priority.
Gates requested the report as
a gut check 'following Obama's
announcement of a pared-down
counterinsurgency strategy and
the rare wartime firing of a top
general last spring. McChrys-
tal was sent to Afghanistan this
summer to oversee the addition
of 17,000 U.S. combat forces,
part of a record U.S. commit-
ment of 68,000 by the end of this
Underscoring a sluggishness
in the war effort, a so-called ci-
vilian surge ordered by Obama
shortly after he took office ap-
pears to be moving slowly. Fewer
than one-quarter of the extra
civilians expected to provide ex-
pertise in law, agriculture, engi-
neering and other areas deemed
vital to stabilizing Afghanistan
are in place.
At that pace, according to mili-
tary and political leaders, the
U.S. risks losing a critical oppor-
tunity to boost the war effort.
Administration officials head-
ing the civilian buildup insist
the program is on pace but ac-
knowledge they have sprawling
logistics issues. Between 90 and
100 of the approximately 450 ex-
tra civilians expected to be dis-

for small purchases - then will
charge a fee of up to $35.

McCormick seeking

Homestead reelection

Homestead's Councilmember
Melvin McCormick a seeking a
second term in the Oct. 6 elec-
McCormick was elected to
Homestead Council Seat #4 in
November 2007 for a two-year
term. Born in the District and
raised with the love and guid-
ance of his grandparents, Mr.
McCormick has lived in Dis-
trict 4 all his life.
McCormick matriculated
through the Miami Dade Coun-
ty Public School system attend-
ing Al Lewis, Campbell Drive
Middle School and later gradu-
ating from Homestead Senior
High. He went on to attend Mi-
ami Dade Community College.
He was a former employee
with Miami Bridge and Home-
stead Job Corps, gaining exten-
sive and valuable experience
working with at-risk children.
This knowledge prepared him
for his current employment
with Baypoint Schools under
the auspices and support of
the Department of Julvenile
Justice, an alternative board-
ing school for teenage boys.
But he also had other plans

North Miami City
After five years, North Miami
City Manager Clarence Patter-"
son has submitted his resig-
nation effective November 30,
2009. Patterson has served as
North Miami's Manager since
March 2004.
"This ninety day notice is to
allow the Mayor and Coun-
cil time to recruit an interim
or permanent replacement,"
reads Patterson's letter to the
Mayor and City Council. The
letter was handed to members
of the Council as they walked
into the August 25 meeting.
Patterson's steady leadership
has brought the city through
several challenges, including
Hurricanes Katrina and Wil-
ma, negotiations of police con-
tracts and the establishment

and, for A
the past
two years,
MickC ohr -

operated a
in the com-

a barber
shop where MCCORMICK
he pro-
vides employment to promising
young men in the neighbor-
hood. These young men need
someone to look up to and .em-
ulate and he is there for them,
to give them a second chance
at a promising life.
'McCormick proudly offers
his candidacy for reelection to
Homestead in general and, in
particular, the District he has
served so well. With the peo-
ple who believe in him and his
wife, Patricia Fairclough-Mc-
Cormick, at his side he humbly
asks the people of Homestead
to return him to the Home-
stead City Council to continue
his full and effective service to
Homestead's Southwest Dis-

Manager resigns
of our Community Redevelop-
ment Agency.
Patterson, a Georgia native,
is currently a' North Miami
resident. He has worked in
the public sector for over 45
years. Previously, he was the
City of Miami's Director of Sol-
id Waste. He has also worked
for the City of Miami Springs,
Miami-Dade County, AFL-CIO,
City of Savannah, Georgia and
served on the North Miami city
planning commission.
Closed Patterson's letter,
"Thank you for allowing me
.the opportunity to serve as the
City Manager...I have enjoyed
my tenure here and will con-
tinue to contribute in a posi-
tive way to the development of
this city."





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Miami-Dade County Health Department was on hand at
the annual bookbag giveaway held last month in Florida
City. Parents wait in line for their children to receive their
immunization shots. -Miami-Dade County photo/ Veronica Buie

Miami-Dade SAT scores increase

Local Black schools still struggling

Miami Times Staff Report

According to the nation's
College Board, Florida stu-
dents increased in perfor-
mance and participation on
the SAT this year. Nationwide,
the test was administered to
almost 2,000,000 students in
the class of 2009. Forty per-
cent were minority students
which is an increase of two
percent last year.
Locally, out of the 23,292
Miami-Dade seniors in the
2009 class, 10,405 students
took the test scoring a mean of
over 450 on each of the three
sections. Miami-Dade County
students climbed up to 13.87
points compared to the 1376
from the previous year.
"This is another example
of the strong achievements
made by Miami-Dade Coun-
ty Public Schools in the past
year. Despite serious budget
cuts, students continue to
improve. Almost 50 percent
of the 2009 graduating class
participated in the College
Board SAT and Miami-Dade
saw improvement across the
three tested areas: Read-
ing, Math and Writing. Once

again, Miami-Dade surpassed
the State in the improve-
ments made," said Alberto M.
Carvalho, Superintendent of
Miami-Dade Schools.
SAT scores remained stag-
nant for two local Black
Almost 25 percent of the se-
niors at Miami Northwestern
Sr. High took the test and re-
ceived a mean of a little over
400 on each section while an
estimated 32 percent took the
test Miami Norland scored a
mean of a little under 400.1
Overall, Miami-Dade stu-
dents were of the many stu-
dents in Florida who outper-
formed their their national
peers on the reading and
mathematics sections of
the SAT by 42 points and 7
"Florida's students con-
tinue to respond to higher
academic expectations by
challenging themselves and
making significant learning
gains," said Governor Char-
lie Crist. "In this way, oir
schools and teachers are e4-
suring a strong learning ep-
vironment for all Florida stu-

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Students of the Greater Miami Service Corps receive
their bookbags from Miami-Dade County Commission
Chairman Dennis C. Moss. --Miami-Dade County photo/ Veronica Buie


Florida City students

. receive bookbags

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Dennis C. Moss,
District 9, greeted hundreds of children and parents as they
gathered at Chairman Moss' South District Office in Florida
City to receive book bags. The book bags were filled with a vari-
ety of school supplies along with free refreshments. In addition
to the distribution of 2,000 book bags and school supply items
given away, several hundred children received immunization
shots from Miami-Dade County Health Department. Several
students from the Greater Miami Service Corps-South were on
hand to assist in distributing school supplies and book-bags.

Two local Black Catholic

churches to close

By Tariq Osborne

Owing to Archbishop John C. Favalora's decision to merge sev-
eral parishes in an effort to save funds, Holy Redeemer Roman
Catholic Church expects an influx of members. Holy Redeemer
is the Archdiocese of Miami's last remaining traditionally Black
Church. Of the three that existed in Miami-Dade, St. Philip Neri,
in Bunche Park, and St Thomas Xavier, in Opa-locka, will close on
October 1.
Favalora has said that closing the Black churches will increase
the diversity of Catholic parishes that will take in their members.
To this end, he has asked that St. Francis members to attend ser-
vices at Gesu in downtown Miami and those at St. Philip to at-
tend St. Monica in Miami Gardens. Yet, many members of both
churches are expected to join Holy Redeemer in Liberty City, the
remaining historically Black church.
"We believe that there will be some new members joining us. At
'this point I couldn't estimate how many," said Father John Cox,
who has led Holy Redeemer for three years. Cox said the church
currently has around 300 members, but declined to comment fur-
ther, dismissing inquiries as "unhelpful."
"I know that this decision is a disappointment to the parishio-
ners of merging parishes. It also is a very difficult decision for me,"
the Archbishop stated in his letter to each parish.
The Black churches, of course, will not be the only ones affected.
In total, 14 entities will close; including eight parishes, five mis-
sions and one apostolate. The Archdiocese has said in a statement
that it was subsidizing the merging parishes, with some receiving
support from the Archdiocese from anywhere between five and 10
years. Expenses included bills, the pension and medical insur-
ance for their employees, and the insurance and the liability on
the buildings.

Evangelical Lutherans accept 'committed' gay clergy

ed States Evangelical Lutheran
church has decided to allow
gays and lesbians in "commit-
ted" relationships to serve in its
clergy, a controversial decision
that could divide its 4.6 million
US members.
The Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America (ELCA),
which has 10,000 congrega-
tions throughout the United
States, recently voted on a
contentious text authorizing
homosexuals in committed re-
lationships to join the clergy.
After . passionate debate,
church delegates voted 559 to
451 "to open the ministry of
the church to gay and lesbian
pastors and other professional
workers living in committed re-

I ~

lationships," said church infor-
mation director John Brook.
"The actions here change the
church's policy, which previ-
ously allowed gays and lesbi-
ans into the ordained ministry
only if they remained celibate,"
he told AFP.
The church is not the first in
the United States to admit ho-
mosexuals to the clergy -- the
US Episcopalian Church had
already done so -- but the mea-
sure provoked heated debate
among some 2,000 ELCA del-
egates who met in Minneapolis
for three days.
"There are different under-
standings of scripture on this
issue," Brook told AFP. "People
made their decision on how
they understand the scrip-

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tures. It was a passionate but
very civil debate."
Among those opposing the
decision was Pastor Richard
Mahan of the West Virginia-
Western Maryland Synod.
"I cannot see how the church
that I have known for 40 years
can condone what God has
condemned," he said. "No-
where does it say in scripture
that homosexuality and same-
sex marriage is acceptable for
The text approved by the
church does not make specific
mention of same-sex marriage,
but it provides that congre-
gations who choose to may
"recognize, support and hold
publicly accountable life-long,
monogamous, same-gender re-

Some congregations opposed
to the decision have threatened
to leave the church altogether.
"This remains to be seen,"
said Brook. "We are concerned
because there have been such
statements, but we are hope-
ful that the church will remain
For supporters of the deci-
sion, including Bishop Gary



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case of doing the right thing.


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matter of hospitality. It's what
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Deyonn Daniels and Devon Daniels
Bring your talent to God winners announced

The winnerss in the bring your
talent to God Talent Search Ser-
vice are:
First Place Orator, Deyonn
Daniels, $1000; Second Place
Orator, Devon Daniels, $200.
Not pictured are: Third Place:
Word of Truth Mime- Dancing
Ministry, $100; Fourth Place: Mi-
chael and Vernon, Rapping; Fifth
Place: Dylan Hall, Original Art,
Painting; Sixth Place: Jonathan
Craig, Rapping; Seventh Place:

Little Angels Dance Group.
Guest Speakers and Judges
Bishop Richard I. Watkins and
Rev. Coralee L Watkins, George-
town, South Carolina Elder Son-
dra Julien, Miramar
Mr. Jackie Johnson, Dania
Ms. Alicia Daniels Hinton, Mi-
Rev. Bismarck Omane, Miami
Ms. Donna Smith, Cincinnati,

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Revival Center
.,'t ,6702 N.W. 15th Ave.

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

Order of Services
Sunday Morning Serices
7:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Sunday School-9:45 a.m.
Bible Study Tuesday
10 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Prayer Meeting -*Tues.- 6 p.m
Re. r Joreatha M. Capers

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

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

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

Order of Services
-."dayl7 30 and 11 m
V ' 30 um sunday , l
iue,dyay I l m Bible o lud y

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church

1723 N.W.
li,�IM I.tgl

3rd Avenue

Order of Services

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th , ,i' T, hA M,,i,,ir t I 10 p in
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Ave.

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

Order of Services
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15250 N.W. 22ND AVENUE

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.

Order of Services
Sunday schooll i430 orr.
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frovrl Merl.ng & BtIi 'udy
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 NW 135th Street

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

1 (800) 254-NBBC
Fax: 305-685-0705

Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street

Order of Services
Sunday 5houul 945 am
Wur.h.p ITiam
Bible SIud lhurday 1730 p m
youth Miniry
S Maon Wed 6 pm

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

Order of Services
liaty Suaday Worship 1 30 aem
Sunday Shool 9 30 am
/Sundaly Mo.u.i'.qg Wornh.p I11 o n
SSundoay endingg Ser.ie 6 o ry il
\due da Proayr MCen.,1 /30 pm
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Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87th Street

Order of Services
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Sur.,day tho, 0 I 0am
Wor,.,p S4re- _ I Io . .
luiday bible SdJy. 8p In
Ale 8pm

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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue * Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. * Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comcast 3 * Saturday - 7:30 a.m.
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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

Logos Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.



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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street

Order of Services
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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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

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Order of Services
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Mble Study 8 p rp

Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Morning 8 omr
SundoyShaool 10 oarr,

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

Sundayry hool . _ omn
T.urBlday 7 p m pible

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

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NFL targeting binge drinking among fans

By Michael McCarthy

The National Football League (NFL)
will try to crack down on binge drink-
ing by fans at games during the 2009
Following up on the Fan Code of Con-
duct it implemented last season, the
league office is making recommenda-
tions to teams about maximum serving
sizes for beer, wine and spirits sold at
games and about the number of alco-
holic drinks a customer can purchase

at one time.
The league also is recommending
that its 32 teams and 31 stadiums limit
tailgating to three and a half hours be-
fore games and attempt to better moni-
tor and enforce rules against, excessive
drinking in stadium parking lots.
The NFL would like teams to lim-
it customers to no more than two
20-ounce beers, two 6-ounce servings
of wine or two one-half ounce servings
of liquor per transaction, Milt Ahler-
ich, the league's senior vice president

of security, told USA TODAY on
Thursday. More than 17 million
fans attended regular-season
games in 2008.
"You don't have to buy two
(beers). If you want to buy one,
you can buy one. But you can't
buy four is our recommenda-
tion," Ahlerich said.
Some teams sold 24- and 28-ounce
beers last season, said Jeffrey Miller,
the NFL's director of strategic security
programs. Others allowed fans to buy

A an armful of beers at once. Un-
der the new recommendations,
some teams may opt to sell one
24-ounce beer per transaction
rather than two 20-ounce cups.
To promote responsible drink-
w ing, the league also will have
the message "Fans don't let fans
drive drunk" printed on nearly every
beer cup this season.
Teams also will try to sign up a com-
bined total of 200,000 designated-driv-
er fans this season vs. 140,000 last

season. Fans who sign up receive free
soft drinks and a chance to win Super
Bowl tickets.
To help with security in parking lots,
some teams might post signs displaying
text-message lines fans can contact to
report abusive tailgaters, Miller said.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell re-
cently suspended Donte' Stallworth for
the 2009 season after the Cleveland
Browns, wide receiver pleaded guilty
to killing a pedestrian in Florida while
driving under the influence.



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Dr. Dazelle Simpson, Dr. Rozalyn Paschal-Thomas and Dr. Rozalyn Hester Paschal lead

a generation of Miami doctors. -hoto/craig Reed



By Derek Joy
Special to the Tnmes

Within the healthcare field, seldom is there a sto-
ry of dedication to the inAer city. But there is that
and more in the pediatric medical practice of Dr.
Rozalyn Hester Paschal.
There is a bit of romanticism and history in a
practice that spans three generations.
Interestingly enough, the practice was started
by Dr. Dazelle Dean Simpson in 1953 at an Over-
town location. Simpson, a 1941 graduate of George
Washington Carver High School, who went on to
Fisk University and Meharry Medical College, be-

came the first Black American Board Certified Pe-
diatrician in Miami in 1953.
Fletcher A. Paschal III was one of Dr. Dean Simp-
son's patients. While studying pharmacy at the
University of Florida, he met Atlanta native, Pas-
chal, who later enrolled in the University of Florida
Medical School.
The two were married when she moved to Miami
to residency training that led to the specialized field
of pediatrics. Paschal was then employed by Simp-
son in her medical practice that was then located
in the Tri-Arts Medical Building at 1001 Northwest
54t Street.
"There is a little more concern here," said Pas-


chal, who, when Simpson retired in 1995, bought
the practice, which is now at Northside Shopping
Center, 7900 Northwest 27th Avenue, Suite 50.
"If a child is sick we're not going to turn them'
.away," she said.
Paschal has realized the impact that Simpson has
made in her life.
"She was a tremendous influence on me," she
said. "You go through training learning the scien-
tific aspect of medicine, but it's an art. From Dr.
Simpson, I learned that as a Black pediatrician my
focus is to help not'only Black children but all chil-
dren.. We take a holistic approach."
Please turn to DOCTORS 12B

Meek hosts health care reform meeting at Miami-Dade College

The controversial health
care reform debate will take
center-stage at Miami-Dade
College North Campus at 6
p.m., Thursday, September
3. Hosted by U.S. Rep. Kend-
rick B. Meek (D-FL),.the town
hall meeting will be one of
the last forum events in the
nation before Congress re-
turns from its August Recess
to debate historic health care

reform legislation. The meet-
ing will provide an opportu-
nity for constituents to voice
their concerns, comments
and questions regarding
health care reform legislation
proposals being debated and
drafted by Congress. Audi-
ence members will be ran-
domly selected during the
Town Hall to ask Congress-
man Meek specific questions

about the health care debate.
Space is limited and will be
provided on a first-come,
first-serve basis.
Meek represents the 17th
Congressional District of
Florida which includes parts
of Miami-Dade and Broward
Counties. He serves as the
lone Floridian sitting on the
House Committee on Ways
and Means.

Gayle likely to lead President

Obama's HIV/AIDS Council

Dr. Gayle is an internationally acclaimed leader with a long history of working to end

the epidemic both around the world and here at home in the United States -secretary Sebeliu

By Kerry Eleveld

Dr. Helene Gayle, the president and CEO of CARE
USA, a humanitarian organization that fights global
poverty, is likely to get the nod to lead the Presidential C'
Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, which is tasked with
studying and making recommendations on HIV/AIDS
prevention and research, and distribution of services for
people living with AIDS.
Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebe-
lius announced last week at the 2009 National HIV Pre-
vention Conference that she intended to appoint Gayle
to chair President Barack Obama's council. Once the
nomination is made, no confirmation hearing will be
"Dr. Gayle is an internationally acclaimed leader
with a long history of working to end the epidemic
both around the world and here at home in the United
States," said Secretary Sebelius. "We are hopeful that ,d '
the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, under ,. a ,
her leadership, will serve as platform to share our plans DR. HELENE GAYLE
Please turn to GAYLE 12B CEO of CARE USA






Let God be God

Two weeks ago, I wrote of
three accounts from the Word
that Jesus related to the people
about Samaritans. I would like
to complete that message this
week. In each account - the ten
lepers (Luke 17), the Good Sa-
maritan (Luke 10), and the Sa-
maritan woman (John 4), the
Samaritans behaved contrary
to what society and man ex-
pected of them. Jesus also act-
ed contrary to how society and
man expected Him to behave. I
asked you if you knew what the
message that Jesus was relat-
ing to the people then, and even

now, to us in
the telling of
these stories.
One thing that
we should
consider is
that we do not,
always receive
what God has
intended for us because we are
looking for those blessings in
all of the wrong places. Now I
am not necessarily thinking of
places of 'ill repute' or in sinful
If you are a member of a
church, then you expect your

church to help you and to reach
out to you in your time of need.
You would expect the church to
step in when you have a finan-
cial need, or you have lost your
job, or your spouse is filing
for divorce, or you have been
mugged, or received a nega-
tive report from the doctor, or
you just need some encourage-
ment and support. Assuredly
the church has a responsibility
to do good, especially to the be-
lievers. (This is not my opinion,
but a commandment'from the
Word). However, sometimes it is
God's desire to operate outside
the box, and contrary to what is
expected. God declares that his
ways are not our ways. He need
not operate according to how
we think that he should oper-
ate. And when you get right
down to it, don't you just want
Him to do something for you?
Don't you want to be in posi-
tion to.receive from Him what

he wants to give you when He
wants to give it, and how He
wants to give it? Or do you just
want what you want your way
as if God worked for Burger
The help for the lepers, the
Samaritan woman and the
beaten Jewish man came from
unexpected sources. Some-
times we are looking so hard
for the expected source to come
through that we miss the unex-
pected source. We expect family,
church and friends to save us,
and get us out of our difficulties.
Rightly so, our church, family
and friends should be there for
us. But it does not mean that
God will always choose to use
those people all of the time.
When my precious mother died,
she had no insurance. She had
always taken care of paying her
own bills, �and had never men-
tioned that she was no longer
insured. (There's a lesson in

this for others as well).
During the time of her death,
I was attending meetings for a
Kairos Prison Ministry Retreat
of which I was a team member.
I called a friend to let her know
that my mother had died, and I
would not be able to attend the
meeting that night. I also told
her to ask the team to keep me
and my family in prayer. I ex-
plained the situation about the
lack of insurance, and asked
for prayer (not money), but
prayer for God to provide. Well,
he did provide - from unexpect-
ed sources. Yes, my mother's
church did give us an offer-
ing for her funeral expenses.
My children wanted to help,
but they honestly were .not fi-
nancially able to do so, but my
brother's friends came out of
the woodwork bringing money
and food for us and our family.
'The next day after calling my
friend, she called me and asked

if she could come by. She told
me that the team were all pray-
ing for me, and told me to con-
tact them if I needed them to
help in any way. Then she gave
me an envelope stuffed with
hundreds of dollars in cash
and checks collected just that
night from the team members
present at the meeting.
Some of the team members
were not present, and sent
money later, as did other vol-
unteers who heard about our
need. Many of these women I
only saw once or twice a year
when we met to prepare for a
Prison Retreat. The outpouring
of love and funds, and the offer
of every kind of assistance was
enormous. God touched many
hearts to supply our needs.
What is the moral of this col-
umn, I ask again? Let God be
God. If you trust Him enough
to ask for His help, then let Him
do His. work His way.

S y. ae..,a

The Miami-Dade County Sis-
ter Cities Coordinating Council
and Arts Committee will host
the Meet the Artists reception at
the Trattoria Sole Restaurant in
South Miami, from 6 - 8 p.m.,
Wednesday, Sept. 2. 305-375-

Miami-Dade County and the
South Florida Regional Planning
Council, will sponsor a public
informational meeting on FPL's
proposed expansion of the Tur-
key Point nuclear power plant
site. The meeting will be held
at the University of Miami Bank
United Center, 6i30- 9:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, September 2. 305-

Miami-Dade Board of Coun-
ty Commissioners encourages
residents to attend the Septem-
ber Budget Hearings at the BCC
Chambers on the second floor.
to hear citizen's concerns about
County cuts. The first budget
hearing will be held at 5:01
p.m., Sept. 3 and the second
budget hearing' will,be at 5:0.1
p.m., Sept. 17.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites you
to their annual revival at 7:30
p.m. nightly, until Sept. 4.
******* **
SRedemption Missionary
Baptist Church is sponsoring
a fundraising breakfast and
yard sale from Sept. 4 -5. Pas-
tor McCrae, 305-793-7388 or,
Holy Ghost Faith Deliver-
ance Ministries will present
gospel music at its best at
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5.
Mother Rachel Ross, 786-413-
3639 or Pastor James, -786-

Christ Crusade Family
Center invites you to a life-
changing conference: "Life

** *****
Miami Edison Senior High
School Class of 1989 will cel-
ebrate their 20th reunion Sept.
4-6. Email: redraidersclas-
Booker T. Washington Se-
nior High Class of 1962 will
meet at the .African Heritage
Cultural Center at 4 p.m., Sat-
urday, Sept. 5. Helen Tharpes
Boneparte, 305-691-1333 or
Lonzie Nichols, 305-835-6588.
"***4��44 .
Rolle Bowl Football Classic is
back for another round of foot-
ball .competition between little
league teams in District 2.'Dis-
trict 2 will host the game at the
NFL YET Center in Gwen Cherry
Park, from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., on
Saturday, Sept. 5.

Tate Music Group Artist will
perform at the Central Church
of the Nazarene at 7 p.m., Sept.
5. jana@tatepublishing.com

The City of North Miami

speaks: Are you Listening?" at
the Hilton Garden Inn in Mira-
mar, on September 10-12.

New Saint James Mission-
ary Baptist Church will have
an Anniversary Gospel Ex-
plosion at 7:30 p.m., Friday,
Sept. 11. Saint James will also
celebrate its 37th church an-
niversary ay 4 p.m., Sunday,
Sept. 20. 786-245-1592.

Myrtle Grove Presbyterian
Church Women invites you
to join in the celebration of
Grandparents' Day, at 4 p.m.,
on Sunday, Sept. 13. Johnnie
Batist, 305-633-8485.
**** **
Centurion Apostolic Inter-
national Ministries will have

Beach will have two public bud-
get hearings at the City Hall,
7:30 p.m. nightly, on Sept. 8
and Sept. 22.

The Beautiful Gate will co-
sponsor a Prostate Cancer
Awareness event to be held at
Austin Hepburn Community
Center in Hallandale Beach,
from 9 -12 p.m., Saturday, Sept.
12., Pamela Burnett, 305-83.5-'
6846 or 305-758-3412.
S ***4****
Women in Transition's next
Coriputer Skills Training Class
will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8..
**�****** ' *
Missionary Evangelist Out-
reach Center Ministries will
host their Men of Valor Revival
at 7:30 p.m. nightly, Sept. 8-11.

The North Dade Regional
Chamber Breakfast will be held
from 7:30 - 9 a.m., Thursday,
Sept. 10. 305-690-9123.

The Universal Truth Cen-
ter for Better Living will hold a
community celebration to bring
together family and friends,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Satur-
day, Sept. 12. 305-624-4991.

The University Galleries in
Florida Atlantic University's

a Divorce Care workshop,
from 6-7 p.m., Sept. 15 - Dec.
8 and Worldwide Day of Heal-
ing, from 11 - 2 p.m., Sept. 19.
******** I
Faith Christian Center will
celebrate 25 years of minis-
try, 7:30 p.m. nightly, October
18- 24. Culmination service
will take place at the Double-
tree Hotel at Miami Airport,
11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 24.
Church office, 305-253-6814.

The Revelation Christian
Academy is open for regis-
tration. After-care is from 3-6
p.m. Call 305-758-5656 or

A Mission With A New Be-
ginning Church invites the
community to come fellowship
at 11:15 a.m., on Sundays and
Bible class weekly at 7 p.m.,
Note: Calendar items must
be submitted before 3:30'
p.m. on Monday.

Conference raises awareness

Life Speaks: Are you listen-
You are Invited to experience
a Life-Changing conference;
A Christian Women's Retreat
sponsored by the Women's De-
partment of "lChrist Crusade
Family Cepter. .
The coherence is designed
to raise' awareness of oppor-
tunities and challenges facing
modern women and to provide
strategic, for responding suc-
cessfull.. Issues such as fi-
nances, relationships and end
of life responsibilities.
ICey Presenters include Elder
Sondra Jufien, Apostle Sharron
Parrish, Rev. Sharon Hobbs,
Dr. Emma Cox, Missionary El-
ois Hayes, Rev. Gwen Neptune,
Ms. Erica Carter Hall, Ms, Lil-
lian Perry White, Ms. Alicia
Daniefs Hinton, September 10-
12, .at the Hilton Garden Inn,
14501 SW 29th Street (Hotel
Row) Miramar, FL 33027 and
September 13, at Christ Cru-

sade Family Center, 13720 NW
22nd Ave, Opa Locka, FL.
The Conference Schedule:
September 10, 6 P.M.-10 P.M.;
September 11, 7:30 A.M.-10
P.M.; September 12, 7 A.M.-
Noon at the Hilton Garden
Inn. Sunday Morning at the
Church, Dual Services with

Men and Women, 9:30 A.M. to
1:30 P.M.
Contact Dr. Patricia Sea-
brooks for more information,
305-525-9883 or drsea@bell-
Discounted hotel rooms are
available, contact the hotel di-
rectly, 954-438-7700.

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of
Arts and Letters will present an
exhibition of works from Satur-
day, Sept. 12 through Saturday,
Oct. 31 in both the Schmidt
1Center Gallery and the Ritter
Art Gallery on FAU's Boca Raton
campus. 561-297-2595.

Miami Children's Museum
(MCM) will celebrate its sixth
birthday with the MCM Family
Carnival at the Watson Island,
1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13.
305-373-5437 ext. 156 or visit

The City of Coral Gables will
offer an American Heart Asso-
ciation CPR certification course
for those interested in knowing
how to perform life-saving skills
beginning Monday, Sept. 14.
Subsequent classes will be of-
fered the first Monday of each
month, from 9 a.m. until noon,
at Fire Station 3 located in Coral
Gables. Laura Rodriguez, Coral
Gables Fire Department Public
Education Specialist at 305-
460-5576 or via e-mail at Irodri-
Brownsville Middle School
will be celebrating their 50th year

anniversary. There will be meet-
ing for all interested alumni in
the Brownsville auditorium at
6:30 p.m., Sept. 23. Rosylen
Sutton Cox, 305-633-1481 ext.
**** ****
Booker T. Washington Sr.
High Class of 1965 will conduct
a meeting at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center, from
4-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19.
*** ***
South Florida Workforce
(SFW) will be host a Training
Expo at the Miami Beach Con-
vention Center, from 9 a.m. - 4
p.m., September 24.

There will be a town-hall meet-
ing, "Community Empowerment
- Taking Back our Neighbor-
hoods" at Mt. Hermon A.M.E.
Church, from 6:30 - 9 p.m.,
Wednesday, Sept. 30. 305-621-
Florida Memorial University
will hold their 130th.Anniversary
Gala "Keeping the Promise" at
the Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Resort at 7 p.m., Oct. 2. Joan
Redd, 305- 626-3607.

The City of Miramar is host-

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session of the D.R.E.A.M Female
Young Adult Recreation Pro-
gram. Registration will run from
Oct. 6 - Jan. 15, 2010 (or until
all spaces are filled). You can
register M-F at Sunset Lakes
Community Center, 8 a.m. - 8
p.m. or the Fairway Park Com-
munity Center, from 2- 8 p.m.
Patricia Hamilton, 'Recreation
Leader at 954-967-1611.

Miami Northwestern Senior
High School will hold their 101
annual College Fair at the Lee R.
Perry Sports Complex, from 6 -
9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Miami Northwestern Sr.
High Class of 1965'is prepar-
ing for their July 8-11, 2010
Reunion. Classmates are urged
to reconnect through the con-
tact information listed below,
providing your address, phone,
cell & email. 321-733-0958 or
305-299-5549, reunion6t5@cfl.

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Teen's murder charges dropped

Lack of witness cooperation leaves

Labron Brown a free man

Miami Times Staff Report

Three years after being
charged with murder for a Mi-
ami party shooting, prosecu-
tors dropped charged against
Labron Brown Jr., the only sus-
pect in the case. The recanting
of a key witness' statement led
to the case's dismissal, accord-
ing to prosecutors and police.
Brown, 18, was arrested in
2007 and charged with two
counts of second-degree mur-
der and carrying a concealed

Samuel Brown and Michael
Bradshaw were hanging out at a
graduation party at the Polish-
American Club early on June
17 when Labron Brown and
his host of friends tried to rob
another man's jewelry. Samuel
Brown interfered and was shot.
In a spray of bullets into the
crowd, Bradshaw was hit and
four other teens were wounded.
Labron Brown, then 15, was
charged with murder. Brad-
shaw and Samuel Brown died
on the scene. Labron Brown
and Samuel Brown were not

Last year, the same ordeal
occurred at another gradua-
tion party. A group of teenag-

ers gathered at the Roman Pub
and Lounge, 1774 Northwest
183 Street in Miami Gardens,
to commemorate the accom-
plishments of two graduates.
By the end of the night, the
celebration took a tragic turn
after a shooting left 16-year-
old Willie Mathis Jr. dead.
According to investigators,
Willie left the party on foot
and was approached by an in-
dividual. The two argued and
the suspect pulled out a gun.
The suspect fired multiple
shots at the victim then en-
tered an unidentified vehicle
and drove east on Northwest
183 Street. Willie died at the

Amid job fears, debt, consumer thrift slows recovery

By Paul Wiseman

Consumers are still missing
in action as the economy shows
.signs of recovery.
No wonder: Their incomes are
being squeezed, and they're wor-
ried about their paychecks after
seeing 6.7 million jobs vanish
since the recession began in De-
cember 2007.
"We've adjusted our finances
in a draconian way," says Rick
Shultz of Medina, Ohio, who
works in auto sales. This year,
he passed up an every-two-
years golf trip to Scotland and
suspended his country club
membership. "I even pack my
lunches most days."
Consumer parsimony threat-
ens to keep an emerging recovery
from taking full flight. Consum-
er spending accounts for about
70% of U.S. economic output.
"The behemoth, the juggernaut
is consumers," says Carl Ricca-
donna, senior U.S. economist at
Deutsche Bank. "But the buying
power is not there. ... The con-
sumer is pretty tapped: They're
facing wage pressure, they've
borrowed to the hilt, they've suf-
fered financial losses."

Consumer spending blipped
up 0.2% from June to July, lift-
ed largely by the government's
cash-for-clunkers auto pro-
gram, the,Bureau of Economic
Analysis reported Friday. Toss
out durable goods, including
cars, and consumer spending
actually fell 0.3%.
Personal income, including
wages, interest income and pay-
ments from the government,
was flat from June to July. Wag-
es and salaries dropped a record
5.1% from July 2008. The only
good news: In July, wages rose
0.1% from June, the first in-
crease in nine months.
Even those who feel secure in
their jobs continue t8 be cau-
tious about spending. "I realize
that layoffs can happen at any
time," says Atlanta marketing
manager Madeline Wong. "With
that in the back of my head, I'm
not planning any big expendi-
tures ... so no plans to buy a
new car or furniture."
Charles Sherman, a Bella Vis-
ta, Ariz., entrepreneur, is slash-
ing debt - he wants to pay off
the $70,000 he still owes on his
mortgage within five years -
and cutting back on little indul-

Gayle has history of service

continued from 10B

and insights with the public
health community and the
public and serve as a vehicle
to carry their ideas and input
back to the Administration."
-Gayle is the president and
CEO of CARE, USA, and is
an internationally recognized
expert on health, global de-
velopment, and humanitar-
ian issues. Gayle spent 20
years with the Centers for
Disease Control and Preven-
tion (CDC), focused primar-
ily on combating HIV/AIDS,
in a variety of roles involving
research, programs, and pol-
icy. She was appointed as the
first director of the National..
Center for HIV, STD, and TB
Prevention and achieved the
rank of Rear Admiral and As-
sistant Surgeon General in
the U.S. Public Health Ser-
On assignment from the
CDC, Gayle also served as the
AIDS coordinator and chief
of the HIV/AIDS division for
the U.S. Agency for Interna-
tional Development (USAID).
Gayle then directed the HIV,
TB, and Reproductive Health

Program at the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, where she
was responsible for programs
related to HIV/AIDS, sexu-
ally transmitted diseases, re-
productive health issues, and
In April 2006, she joined
CARE, an international hu-
manitarian organization with
programs in nearly 70 coun-
tries to end poverty. Gayle
earned a B.A. in psychology
at Barnard College, an M.D.
from the University of Penn-
sylvania, and an M.P.H. from
Johns Hopkins University.
She is board certified in pedi-
atrics, completing a residency
in pediatric medicine at the
Children's Hospital National
Medical Center in Washing-
ton; DC. She has been hon-
ored with awards from Johns-
Hopkins University, Colum-
bia University, Cable Positive,
the Eleanor Roosevelt Center
at Val-Kill, the Arthur Ashe
Institute for Urban Health,
and the U.S. Public Health
Service, among others.
She holds faculty appoint-
ments at the University of
Washington School of Public
Health and Emory University
School of Medicine.

Health inequalities to blame

continued from 10B

about the higher rates of minor-
ity swine flu hospitalizations.
."But intuitively it's under-
standable, because we have
tremendous inequities in most
areas of health," said Ferrer,
the agency's executive director.
Also, experts noted that the
Chicago and Boston data rep-
resent limited information from
only two cities and only the
first two or three months of the
pandemic. The unpredictable
manner of swine flu outbreaks
means some parts of the city
were hit before others -- a se-
quence that may have little to
do with race.
"I think it reflected more the

neighborhoods the disease was
first going through," said Jerni-
gan, a CDC flu expert.
This fall, the government will
be doing national surveys to
better track swine flu trends.
That should provide more re-
liable information about how
the virus is affecting different
groups of people, he said.




City Seven

gences such as his Netflix mem-
bership and weekend getaways.
Following Sherman's example
by slashing debt makes sense
for a lot of families: Household
debt peaked at $13.9 trillion last
year. But it poses a problem for
the economy. "We economists
call it the paradox of thrift," Ric-
cadonna says. "Consumers need

to save to repair their balance
sheets. But if everyone saves,
we're in big trouble. Economic
activity grinds to a halt."
For now, the job market is
weak, and many families are
still buried in debt. Riccadonna
doesn't expect consumers to
fully participate in the economic
recovery until 2011.

Pre-Appreciation Service

We the members, of Mt. Ver-
non Missionary Baptist Church,
invite you to come and fellow-
ship with us as we prepare for
our pastor's 18th year of lead-
Wednesday, September 2,
Reverend Jodie Alexander
and the Soul Saving Mission-

ary Baptist Church family will
render service and September
4, Reverend Joseph Toles and
the Berea Missionary Baptist
Church family will render ser-
If further information is need-
ed, call 305-824-4779 or 305-

Living Legends of Gospel concert

Spirit of Life Productions
presents the Fifth Annual Liv-
ing Legends of Gospel Concert,
4 p.m., Sunday, September 13,
Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist
Church, 5946 N.W.12 Avenue.
Guests will include: The leg-
endary Singing Stars of Brook-
lyn, NY, The Pilgrir-, Jubilees of
.' Chicago, IL,.,The, Original Five
Blind Boys of Mississippi and
many others.
For more information and tick-

ets, call Ms. Wynn at 786-277-
6664 or Lil' Rev, 305-693-9336.
Tickets also available at Pages
of Life Bookstore, 13747 N.W. 7
Ave., Mary's Hair Designs, 17502
S.W. 104 Ave., Perrine, and Bet-
ty's Soul Food Restaurant, 607
N.W. 22 Rd, Ft. Lauderdale.
Ticket costs-are; Adults,-$25 in
Advance, $30 aikhe doq6g.4il-
dren ages 10 - 17, $10 at the
door; Children ages 3 - 9, $5 at
the door.

Doctors heal and teach children

continued from 10B

That approach has resonated
throughout the inner for the
past 56 years. Paschal's hus-
band, Fletcher A. Paschal III,
while managing the practice,
expanded by adding two other
offices - one at Jackson North
and the other in Plantation.
Paschal's practice partners
with the Department of Chil-
dren and Families and the Au-
tomated Community Connec-
tion'to Economic Self Sufficien-
cy (ACCESS). We help people
apply/recertify Medicaid, Food
Stamps, and Cash Assistance
at our Miami office, with per-
sonal assistance.
"Along with ACCESS, there
is another program funded by
a private grant, which is called
Reach Out and Read, whereby
we give books to mothers of chil-
dren six months to five years of
age to encourage them to read.'
This program is designed to
encourage reading among resi-
dents in the inner-city," accord-
ing to Fletcher Paschal III.
The practice now, enjoys the
talents of a third generation.
Twins, Dr. Rozalyn Paschal
Thomas and Fletcher A. Pas-
chal IV, are currently working
in the practice, while their older
sister, Lenora Paschal, a gradu-
ate of Florida State University,
is a biology teacher at Clarkston

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High School in Clarkston, Ga.
Fletcher IV, a business admin-
istration graduate with a minor
in computer science from Flor-
ida International University, is
now the office manager. He has
established computer network
that links all three offices.
Paschal Thomas, a graduate
of the University of Florida and
the University of Miami Medical
School, completed her three year
pediatric medicine residency in
July and is now in now working
in the practice that nurtured
her father as a child and em-
ployed her mother as the young
doctor that she is now.
When asked about his in-
terest in becoming a doc-
tor, Fletcher Paschal IV, said:
"No. Ill stick to computers."
His twin sister, Paschal Thom-
as, was askedabout her moth-
er's influence in her decision
to pursue pediatric medicine,
and promptly replied: "She had
something to do with it. I con-
sidered other fields but pediat-
rics worked its way to the top."
Paschal had another set of
reasons for pursuing pediatric
"I enjoyed science. A lot of
my professors encouraged me
to go to medical school. During
medical school you do rotations
through different specialties. I
found it refreshing to have chil-
dren running around. So pedi-
atrics was a good fit for me."


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Jowee Omicil, on stage with band, performs tracks to his sophomore album

called "Roots & Grooves" on Saturday, August 29.

-MiamiTimes photos/ Sandra J. Charite

Omicil rocks the house

with sophomore album

By Sandra J. Charite
The highly anticipated sophomore album, "Roots &
Grooves," by Jowee Omicil was released on Saturday
at a private reception and album release party held at
the Little Haiti Cultural Complex.
The Montreal native, who resides in Miami, featured
artists on cd from around the globe including
Granrmy Award-winning artist Lionel Loueke
(Benin), Downbeat magazine Poll winner Jeremy
Pelt (USA), jazz drummer Francisco Mela (Cuba),
musician Mawuena Kodjovi (Togo), artist Kona Khasu
(Liberia), singer Emeline Michel (Haiti), artist Val- Inc
(Haiti), singer Nedelka (Panama) and bassist Patrick


Andriantsialonina (Madagascar).
From playing his father's church to playing all-over
the world, Omicil, 31, continues unite cultures with
his music. He previously told The Miami Times that
his new album "has a different sound which comes
from a fresh place."
The audience responded well to the "Roots &
Joann Desiee, 31, enjoyed the album.
"I thought that the album gave you, old and new
school mixed together. He interpreted your thoughts
into a sound that can be heard and you could groove
to," she said laughing and dancing to the music. "But
this definitely something that has not been done in
this genre of music.
Shirley and Rudy Romain
mingle with Bernice Fidelia
at a Cocktai Reception
' at the Jowee Omicil's CD
Release Party on Saturday
night. -Miami Times photos/ Sandra J. Charite
' "-4-.
S ---. Jowee Omicil, world- 0
renowned saxophonist,
does a solo performance
for the audience at the CD
(,j Release Party on Saturday.

Haitian artist

rises to the top

By Sandra J. Charite
IchariFt @n,,'nt a,,nne 's l'.nUne.oL

Twenty-eight year old Francesca Lalanne is an artist like no
She started out with a career in architecture but at 18. she
fell in love with art.
"I don't need to say it but I show it poetically in my art," La-
lanne said in an interview with The Miami 7Tmes in January.
Lalanne uses her gift to express the conditions that many
Haitians are facing on the island of Haiti After four hurri-
cahes ripped through the island of Haiti last year, many were
left destitute and in poverty.
. "Ibringout sensitivity of the things going on." said Lalanne
whose work was featured in the exhibition called "Expres-
sions of the Caribbean, "a collection of art by local artist and
curated by Eduard Duval Carrie and the Haitian Cultural Arts
Francesca Lalanne displays her work at the Little Haiti
Cultural Complex grand opening earlier this year.
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Detained Haitian parents
released to bury daughter
By Sandra J. Charite
scharite @miamitimesonline.com
After enduring a grueling rescue at sea,
Chandeline Leonard and Lucsene Augustin
were detained at the Broward Transitional
Center (BTC). Their daughter, who did not sur-
vive the rescue, remained at the Palm Beach
County Morgue.
After months of waiting to be released, the
couple was reunited Thursday.
"We are relieved that ICE/DHS finally lifted
the hold that facilitated the release of Chande-
line and Luscene," said Danna Magloire, an at-
torney with Haitian Women of Miami (FANM).
A boat carrying at least 30 people, mainly
Haitian immigrants, capsized off Palm Beach
County waters on May 14. Nine people, including
the couple's 8-month-old daughter, drowned.
Two men, who were also passengers on the
boat, have been indicted on smuggling charges
and could be sentenced to death, if convicted.
For the last three months, the community has
been active, urging the Department of Home-
land Security to release Chandeline Leonard
and Lucsene Augustin.
Leonard was released from the West Palm
Beach County Jail on Aug. 21 while Augustin
on Aug. 27. The two are on parole and must ap-
ply to become permanent residents. Currently,
Leonard and Augustin are in Miami with family
making final arrangements for their daughter.
FANM also coordinated the release of the bod-
ies of the three unidentified women who were
being held at the Palm Beach County Morgue
along with Baby Luana.



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August 25. Final
rites and burial

died August
26 at Jackson
South Commu-
nity Hospital.
Service was


McKINLEY JONES, 70, truck
driver, died
August 29 at Ho:me
Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, Grace
of God Baptist

chauffeur, died
August 26. Ser-
vice 12 p.m.,
Saturday, Faith
Christian Cen-

RODRIQUE VOLCY, 69, hospi-
tal supervisor,
died August 27
at Gramercy.
Park Nursing
Center. Service
1 p.m., Satur-
day, L'Eglise
des Freres Hai-

borer, died August 26 at Home-
stead Hospital, Arrangements are
ROY SIMS, 79, business owner,
died August 30.
Visitatiu,:- 4-io
p.m., Friday. Ar-
rangements are

ALICE DELIMA, 60, dietary
aide, died Au-
gust 20. Visita-
tion 4-9 p.m.,
Friday. Service
1 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

specialist, died August 26. Visi-
tation 4-9 p.m., Friday. Service 1
p.m., Saturday, New Way Fellow-
ship Praise and Worship Center.

er, died August 29. Arrangements
are incomplete

OLGA BUREY, 77, housewife,
died August 29. Visitation 4-9
p.m., Friday. Service 3 p.m., Sat-
urday, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's

ROHAN DUHANEY, 38, phar-
macy technician, died August 25.
Visitation 4-9 p.m., Friday. Service
10:30 a.m., Saturday, Metropolitan
Baptist Church.

DEON THOMPSON, 59, medi-
cal assistant, died August 18 in
St. Catherine, Jamaica. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

ROBERT WHITE, 24, student,
died August 30 in Chattanooga,
Tennessee. Arrangements are in-

ELKIE GORDON, 24, medical
assistant, died August 27 in Jack-
sonvile, FL. Arrangement are in-

Hadley Davil?�"
aide, died Au-
gust 21 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
11 a.m., Sat-
urday, Liberty
Christian Disci-
pline of Christ

MARY ANN DAVIS, 75, home-
maker, died Au-gust 17. Service was
gust 29 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day, Browns-
ville Church of

dent,, died August 17. Service was

LEVI WATERMAN, 68, roofer,
died August 23 at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Service was held.
died,August 27
11 a.m.,Friday.
Service 12p.m.
in Chapel

LOUIS NEMORIN, 82, laborer,
died August 22 at he . S
at Jackson Long
Term Careheld.
Viewing 5 p.m.,
Friday in chapel. o
Service 11a.m.,
Saturday in cha-

ANED SANETTI, 74, cashier,
died August 30 at North Shore
Hospital. Service Was held.

istered nurse, died August 30 at
Memorial Pembroke. Service was

counselor, died August 27 at home.
Service was held.

MONICA RHODES, 62, agent,
died August 28 at home. Service
was held.

WALTER BACON, 79, comput-
er technician, died August 29 at
Westside Regional Hospital. Ser-
vice was held.

JAMES WALLACE, 57, butcher,
died August 29 at home. Service

laborer, died August 23 at home.
Service was held.

CYNTHIA GREER, 82, manager,
died August 27 at Hospice by the
Sea. Service was held.

CLARA DUNBAR, 54, home-
maker, died August 27 at North
Shore Hospital. Service was held.


University Hospital. Service was

PEGGYE HUNTER, 81, toll op-
erator, died August 25 at Memorial
Regional Hollywood. Service was

DEZ, 50, server, died August 21
at Palmetto Hospital, Service was

Pax Villa (Broward)
dent, died August 22 in Lake Park.
Service was held.

struction worker, died August 20
in Lauderdale Lakes. Service 11
a.m., Saturday, Calvary Chapel,
Fort Lauderdale.

Gregg L. Mas -.
DORA B. WILLIAMS, 83, retired
environmental e"
service worker,
Jackson Me- .'
morial Hospital, a .'
died August "
30. Survivors -, -
include: sons,
Joe Crout and
Walter Williams
(Connie); daughters, Lois Gee,
Sarah Williams, Rena Symonette
and Nora W. Milton (Norris); broth-
ers, Willie D. Williams and Hayes
Williams (Dorothy); sister, Barbara
Jean Thomas; and a host of other
relatives and friends. Visitation 2
- 9 p.m., Friday, Family hour,6 - 8
p.m. Service 11 a.m., Saturday,
New Hope M.B.Church. Interment:
Dade Memorial Park.
died August 29
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday, Word
of Truth Minis-

Wright and Yoiung
SR., 54, Pas-
tor of Wonder-
ful Savior Min-
istries, died
August 29, at

Medical Cen-
ter. Survivors
include: wife,
Laura; sons, Herman Jr. and Kel-
vin; daughter, Latricia Funchess;
sisters, Helen Deleon, Teresa
Hudson, Shawanna Fields-Alston,
Telma Alston, Tina Reeves, Johnny
Mae Dickels-and Mandeola Dick-
els; brothers, Herbert Alston and
Alzonz Dickets. Viewing 9- 4 p.m.,
Friday, at Wright and Young Fu-
neral Home and 5 - 8 p.m., Mir-
acle Valley Praise Center. Service
1p.m., Saturday, Peaceful Zion MB

ERS, 1 month old, died at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital. Survivors
include: parents, Lenora Dabney
and Redrin Shivers. Service 11p.m.,
Saturday, in the chapel.
Eric S.Geor0
JOHN R. ROSS JR.,. 78, tire re-
pairman, died August 24 at Miami
Jewish Home and Hospital.

homemaker, died August 26
at Memorial Hospital West. Ser-
vice was held.

August 27. Service 11 a.m., Friday
in the chapel.

JANIE SMITH, 75, died August
30 at Aventura Hospital. Grave-
side, service 1 p.m., Saturday,
Hallandale Beach Cemetery.

Range (Coconut Gov1)
died August 26 at Baptist Hospital.
Service 11a.m, Friday in the cha-
tired pastry baker, died August 24
at Doctor's Hospital. Service was

Carey Royal Ram'n
AALIYAH BLASH, infant, died
August 23 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Satur-
day in the chapel.

August 29 at home. Service 1
p.m., Thursday in the chapel.

As a public service to our com-
munity, The Miami Times prints
weekly obituary notices submit-
ted by area funeral homes at no
charge. These notices include

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Grace .
SON, 73, cook, died August 26 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ser-
vice was held.

MARIE FOUQUET, 81, home-
maker, died August 22. Service 11
a.m., Saturday, Evangel Christian

St. Fort's
died August 29 at University of Mi-
ami Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Fri-
day in the chapel.

homemaker, died August 21 a St.
Mary's Hospital. Final rites and
burial in Haiti.

died August 21 at Claridge Nurs-
ing Home. Service 10:30 a.m.,
Saturday, Ephata Church.

WARREN APPLEY, 62, laborer,
died August 6 at V.A. Hospital.
Service was held.

JOSE ANDRADE, 62, laborer,
died August 19 at V.A. Hospital.
Service was held.

Range (Homested
53, domestic engineer, died August
28 at Homestead Hospital. Public
Viewing 5 - 8 p.m., Friday, Great-
er St. Matthews Holiness Church.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday , Greater
New Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church.

childcare specialist, 45, of Goulds,
died Aug. 22 at Brookwood Gar-
dens Nursing Center. Service
were held.

Driver, 53, of Leisure City, died
Aug. 17 at Homestead Hospital.
Service were held.

JEROME KING, 23, laborer,
died August 17
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,
Friday, Grace
Church of Naza-

RONY ETIENE, 54, printer, died
August 16 at home. Arrangements
are incomplete.

painter, died July 29 at Lakeland
Regional Hospital. Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

JULIETTA BACON, 35 house-.
wife, died August 30 at Jackson
North Medical Center. Viewing on

August 25 in Albany, GA. Service
1 p.m., Saturday, Greater Bethel,

died August 27 at Perdue Medi-.
cal Center. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
urday; Second Baptist, Richmond


Service was held.

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

SARAH AUSTIN, 89, adminis-
trator for insur-
ance company,
died August
27. Survivors
include: daugh-
ters, Ledelia
Austin and Tru-
cousin, Carol
McKinnon; many grandchildren;
many great grandchildren; a host
of nieces, nephews, cousins, other
relatives and friends. Service 10
a.m., Saturday, Christian Fellow-
ship Missionary Baptist Church.

homemak esr,
died August
30. Survivors
include: hus-
band, Charles
Young; daugh-
ters, Miranda
Jones, ,Robin
Denise Jones,
and Marshall Patrice Knight; sons,
Ronald Jones and Rickey Max-
well; brother; . Marvin Lee; many
grandchildren; a host of nieces,
nephews, other relatives and
friends.Service 11 a.m., Saturday,
St. James A.M.E. Church

forklift opera-
tor for Special
Product Instal-
lation Inc., died
August 30. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Bethshe-
ba Singletary;
daughters, Tim-
nique Singletary, Jasmine SirTgle-
tary, and Markilia Singletary; sons,
Christopher Balloon, and Antwain
Singletary; stepdaughters, Victoria
Bowden, and Monique Bowden;
sister, Delores Cannon; brothers,
Jerome Singletary (Helena), Dar-
ryl Singletary (Sandra), James
Singletary (Octavia), and Leon
Singletary; a close friend, Tina
Jackson; four grandchildren; a
host of nieces, nephews, cousins,
other * relatives and- friends. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Nakia Ingraham
maker, died August 25 at Planta-
tion General Hospital. Final rites
and burial, Kingston Jamaica.

painter, died August 30. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

Card of Thanks
The family of the late,

would like to thank Rev. Doug-
las Cook, the Jordan Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist Church congre-
gation, family and friends for
their condolences, prayers and
support during the family's time
of bereavement.
From his sister Marjorie
Bellamy and Son, Lorentious
James and family.

Dwain, I love you and miss
you. God saw you getting
weaker and the hills getting
harder for you to climb. g
So he sent his angel down
and he whispered in your ear,
my son come home.
You left me early that morn-
ing and we didn't even have
time to say goodbye.
Gone but never forgotten,
all the love and good times we
I miss you and love you,
Your mother, Myrtle, your
son, Damen, brothers, sisters,
family and friends.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
CHERYL FRAZIER, 53, cashier,
died at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day, Antioch of

died August 26
at V.A. Medical
Center Service.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, Liber-
ty Fellowship of
God Church.

chanic, died Au-
gust 31 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Survi-
vors include:
wife, Dorothy
Jean. Arrange-
ments are in-

plumber, died
August 30 at Hi-
aleah Hospital
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

L.D. McKINNON,75, custo-
dian supervisor, died August 24
at V.A. Medical Center. Service
12 p.m., Saturday, Mt. Carmel

tractor, died August 26. Final rites
and burial, Leevy's Funeral Home,
Columbia, S.C.

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First Black game official

in NFL history dies

Burl Toler, the first Black
game official in NFL his-
tory, has died. He was 81.
Toler died Sunday at a hospi-
tal in Castro Valley, Calif., ac-
cording to the University of
San Francisco. He was a star
lineman and linebacker on the
Dons' 1951 football team that
was denied a bowl bid despite
a 9-0 record because it refused
to leave its two black players
-- Toler and Ollie Matson -- be-
"We were disappointed at the
time, sure," Toler told the San
Francisco Chronicle in 2001.
"But we were not going to ac-
cept any old thing; it was not
what the team, our coach [the
late Joe Kuharich] or the uni-
versity stood for. We were
very fortunate and blessed to
have had a group like that."
Toler was drafted by the Cleve-
land Browns but suffered a
career-ending knee injury in
a 1952 college all-star game
against the Rams. He was hired
by the NFL in 1965.
"Burl Toler was a pioneer as
the first African American game
official in pro sports," NFL
spokesman Greg Aiello said.
"He was a great athlete who
then became a great official.
The NFL will always be proud
of his contributions to football
and his unique place in NFL
Toler spent 25 years as a field
judge and head linesman in the
NFL. He was head linesman in
Pittsburgh's 31-19 Super Bowl
victory over the then-Los Ange-
les Rams in 1980.
Burl Abron Toler was born
May 9, 1928, in Memphis. Be-

SIn loving memory of,

Toler was also the first Black offi-
cial in NFL history who went on to
work one Super Bowl in a distin-
guished career. -AP Photo/George Nikitin,
fore coming to USF, he was an
All-American football player at
City College of San Francisco.
He graduated from USF with a
bachelor's degree in 1952 and
a master's in 1966. Toler was
a longtime educator in the San
Francisco school district, a di-
rector of personnel for the San
Francisco community college
district and a USF trustee.
Toler's son, Burl Toler Jr., and
grandson, Burl Toler III, played
college football at UC Berkeley.
Burl Toler III has spent time
on the practice squads for the
Oakland Raiders and Washing-
ton Redskins.
Toler is survived by his broth-
er, Arnold, of Memphis; six
children, Valerie, Burl Jr., Su-
san, Gregory, Martel and Jen-
nifer; and eight grandchildren.
His wife, Melvia, died in 1991.
A funeral Mass will be held Aug.
26 in San Francisco. A schol-
arship in Toler's memory has
been established at USF.

Gospel singer Marie Knight dies

Associated Press

NEW YORK - Gospel leg-
end Marie Knight, who came
to prominence while touring
with longtime musical partner
Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the
1940s, has died. She was 84.
Mark Carpentieri, her mranag-
er and owner of M.C. Records,
said Knight died Sunday at a
nursing home in Harlem due to
complications from pneumonia.
Raised in Newark, N.J., she be-
gan touring the national gospel
circuit with evangelist Frances
Robinson while still in her 20s.
In 1946, she began touring
with Tharpe and the two be-
came the most popular gos-
pel artists of the 1940s with a
string of hits, including "Didn't
It Rain," "Up Above My Head,"
and "Beams of Heaven." The two
would tour frequently through-
out the 1950s.
Knight began a comeback in

Gospel legend
2002, working on a tribute to
Tharpe. In 2007, her manager's
M.C. Records company released
"Let Us Get Together," her first
full-length album in more than
25 years.

Jackson's death ruled homicide

By Shantella Sherman

(NNPA) - The Los Angeles
County coroner's office has an-
nounced that pop icon Michael
Jackson's death was a homi-
cide, causing speculation as to
whether Jackson's cardiologist
Dr. Conrad Murray, would face
criminal charges for adminis-
tering a lethal drug cocktail of
Propofol and at least
two other sedatives.
Murray has re-
peatedly explained to
police and the media
that he did adminis-
ter several drugs to
Jackson, but noth-
ing that could have
caused the singer's
death. The homicide
ruling came after
forensic tests found MICHAEL
the powerful anes-
thetic had been used in combi-
nation with a number of other
unnamed sedatives, reportedly
to combat Jackson's insomnia.
Jackson was found uncon-
scious in a Los Angeles home
he was renting on June 25. In
an affidavit, Murray told detec-
tives that he had been trying to
wean Jackson off of the Propo-
fol, which he had been admin-
istering to him in dosages of 50
milligrams per night for more
than six weeks. Two days before
Jackson's death,. he had low-
ered the Propofol dose to 25 mil-
ligrams and added the sedatives
Lorazepam and Midazolam, a


combination that succeeded in
helping the entertainer sleep.
The next day, Murray said, he
cut off the Propofol and Jack-
son fell asleep with just the two
On the day of his death, Jack-
son was reportedly given the
Lorazepam and Midazolam,
along with Valium. Murray said
in his affidavit that the combi-
nation "didn't work."
So, he acquiesced to
Jackson's "repeated
demands" for the
Propofol, which the
singer called his
Around 10:40
a.m., Murray ad-
ministered 25 milli-
grams of the white-
colored liquid -- a
IACKSN relatively small dose
-- and finally Jack-
son fell asleep.
Physicians around the coun-
try note that Propofol is de-
signed as an anesthetic for sur-
gical, in-hospital use only.
Edward Chernoff, attorney for
Murray questioned the timeline
of the affidavit and called the
speculation that his client was
responsible for Jackson's death
"police theory."
"Dr. Murray simply never told
investigators that he found Mi-
chael Jackson at 11:00 a.m.
not breathing. We will be happy
to address the coroner's report
when it is officially released,"
Chernoff said.

8/5/36 - 9/5/07

It's been two years and not
a second goes by that you are
not in our thoughts.
We will always love and re-
member you in our hearts un-
til we meet again.
Your loving family, wife, De-
lores; daughter, Tirzah and
Tammy; grandchildren, great
grandchildren and family.

Death Notice

59, technician for AT&T, died
August 31 at North Shore Hos-
Survivors include: wife, Hen-
nrietta; children, Criss Jr, Sa-
brenaJones, Chantabia Sanders
and Christina Sanders; mother,
Christine Byrd; siblings, Robert
Thomas, Gregory A. and Dwight
Byrd, Shirley Lloyd and Vickyie
Service will be held noon Sat-
urday at Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to
Wright & Young Funeral Home.

80, died August 27 at home, un-
der the care Hospice of Florida
Suncoast. She was born in Pal-
metto; raised in Clearwater FL,
attending Mt. Carmel Baptist
Church. Graduating from Pinel-
las High School, she relocated
to Miami. Employed at the infa-
mous Coconut Grove Playhouse
for 12 years in housekeeping.
Her culinary skills provided
her with several opportunities
to work in various cities within
the North, East and West coast.
She returned to Clearwater
in 1998 and rejoined Mt. Car-
mel Baptist Church where she
faithfully served on the Kitch-
en and Clothes Closet Minis-
tries. Her passion for cooking
enabled many - wherever she
lived - to enjoy her culinary art
skills. Also a longtime member
of the Spring Blossom Temple
#360, Clearwater, and served as
their cook for many fundrais-
ing events. As youth director of
Junior Spring Blossom Temple,
she also participated in various
activities. Survivors include:
children, Shirley Richard- son,
Miami, Patricia McRae, Clear-
water and Alvin
Richardson, Miami; 12 grand-
children; 18 great-grand- chil-
dren and 2 great-great grand-
children; aunts, Sara Saylor,
Clearwater and Odessa Haris-
ton, Philadelphia and a host
of nieces, nephews and god-
childen. Visitation 6-8 p.m., Fri-
day at Young's Funeral Home,
Clearwater, 727-442-2388. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday at Mt.
Carmel Baptist Church, 1014
Pennsylvania Ave., Clearwater,

Rites for Wilhelmina Rhetta Saturday

Wilhelmina Chapman Rhetta,
died on Monday at the home of
her daughter in Albany, Geor-
gia. Rhetta, 94, was a longtime
Miami-Dade County educator
and daughter of pioneer Dr. Wil-
liam A. Chapman Sr.
The Delta Sigma Theta me-

moral service will be held at
Martin Memorial Church, in
Richmond Heights at 6 p.m. on
Friday, September 4. It will be
followed by a public viewing.
Funeral'service will be held at 1
p.m., Saturday, September 5 at
Greater Bethel AME Church.

Jury convicts gang rape suspect

Miami Times Staff Report

After almost six hours of de-
liberation, Tommy Poindexter,
20, was convicted Friday of
gang rape and assault of a Hai-
tian mother and her son during
a home invasion in West Palm
Beach. He faces multiple life
Juries also convicted a second
suspect, Nathan Walker, 18, of
gang rape and beating the wom-
an and her son. Even though
they were tried together, they
had separate jurors.
A third suspect, Avion Law-
son, 16, pleaded guilty and tes-
tified against Poindexter and
Walker. Jakaris Taylor, 17, the
fourth suspect, is set for trial
this month.

was accused
of gang raping
and assaulting
a mother and
her young son
during a Palm
SBeach home
invasion. The
mother was
POINDEXTER repeatedly
raped and her
son beaten by.
10 masked teens on June 18,
2007. They forced the mother to
perform oral sex on her son.
Fingerprints and DNA found
on Clothing and condoms inside
the apartment tied the four men
to the crime, according to au-
thorities. They are still seeking
additional suspects.

Man kills ex over alleged HIV

Miami Times Staff Report

A Broward man, Anton Jo-
sey, 34, was arrested for ab-
ducting and shooting his girl-
friend on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
When questioned by police,
Josey told police that he had
shot her because she gave
him HIV. Police could not con-
firm the statement. The man's
girlfriend, 23 year-old Domin-
ique Duval, died on the way to
Memorial Regional Hospital in
According to Fort Lauder-
dale police, Josey approached

Duval around 11 p.m. as she
was leaving her job at Blue
Whale Productions. Witness-
es say he dragged her into a
dark colored Mercedes with a
broken headlight. Police iden-
tified the car and turned on
their flashers. When the car
pulled over, Duval emerged,
holding a gunshot would on
her neck and ran toward the
Police the arrested Josey
without incident. They discov-
ered the revolver-style hand-
gun in plain view, according
to the affidavit.

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laborer, died August 21. Ser-
vice 11 a.mr., Saturday, First
Baptist Church of Browns-
ville. Services entrusted to
Richardson Funeral Home.

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TLC to reunite in first

U.S. show in 7 years

By Jim Farber

The dynamic 90's female
group, TLC, will play their
first show in seven years, for
a good cause - and for Justin
The surviving members
of the group will perform at
the "Justin Timberlake and
Friends" concert at Las Vegas'
Mandalay Bay Events Center
on October 17. The concert
will benefit the Shriners Hos-
pitals for Children.
The long. sidelined group
will reunite Tionne "T-Boz"
Watkins with Rozonda "Chilli"
Thomas. Third member Lisa
"Left Eye" Lopez died in a car

accident back in 2002.
Watkins recently resurfaced
in a cameo appearance on
"The Real Housewives of At-
lanta," a reality show based
in the city she has long called
Besides TLC and Timber-
lake, the Las Vegas concert
will also feature country teen
star Taylor Swift, plus singers
Alicia Keys and Ciara.
The benefit concert high-
lights a week-long golf tour-
nament hosted by Timber-
lake, to be held in Las Vegas
October 11-18.
In their 90's heyday, TLC sold,
ten million albums and won
four Grammys.

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas at
the 2008 BET Awards.

Chris Brown sentenced to 5 years probation

A judge sentenced Chris
Brown to five years' probation
and six months' community
labor last week for the beating
of singer Rihanna and issued a
stern admonition.
Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge Patricia Schnegg told
Brown that he could be sent
to state prison if he violated
any terms of his sentence, in-
cluding an order to stay away
from Rihanna for the next five

Brown will serve his sentence
in his home state - Virginia -
and his community labor will
be overseen by the chief of po-
lice in Richmond.
The judge said she wanted
to ensure that Brown, 20, per-
forms physical labor instead
of community service, such as
mentoring young people.
Rihanna did not attend the
At one point, Brown, who was
accompanied by his mother,

agreed to the terms of the sen-
tence before Schnegg had fin-
ished going through them all.
The hearing had been
planned for Thursday after-
noon, but Brown's lawyer, Mark
Geragos, asked to move up the
singer's sentencing. A previous
attempt to sentence Brown was
postponed when Schnegg said
she hadn't received adequate
assurances that Brown would
perform physical labor if al-
lowed to serve probation in Vir-

The judge said she was satis-
fied with a letter presented by
Geragos that Richmond Police
Chief Bryan T. Norwood will
directly oversee Brown's labor
After Brown pleaded guilty to
felony assault in June, Schnegg
ordered the pair to stay away
from each other and to not con-
tact one another. Her sentenc-
ing order essentially extended
that for the next five years.

By Kelley L. Carter R

Kelly Rowland
is finally indepen-
The singer, who
spent nearly 10
years with Destiny's
Child, says she's
now living the life she
used to sing about.
Before breaking up
in 2005, Destiny's
Child - which also fea-
tured Beyonce Knowles
and Michelle Williams -
topped charts with girl-
power tunes such as In- t
dependent Women, the
theme from Charlie's An- - . .
gels. But after a series of . v
flat solo efforts, Rowland,
28, has figured out her for-
mula. She sings three tracks
on French DJ David Guetta's
One Love, which was released
last week.
"I feel empowered. Finally,"
Rowland says with a laugh and
a snap of her fingers. "When
you don't believe in yourself,
you feel like you're living in
fear. You don't give your-
self the opportunity to be-
lieve that you can. And as
much as you tell yourself
you can't do it, you end
up not doing it. Me? I
was complacent and
comfortable where I

Singer Kelly Rowland hits the

international music market



While Black aspiraints are
struggling to receive some kind
of scholarship to attend a col-
lege or university of their choice,
the Jacki Tuckfield Memorinal
Graduate Business Scholar-
ship fund is solvent and recipi-
ents are practically influence
to submit an application from
the 9-colleges and universities
on the list, according to Presi-
dent Jack G. Tuckfield, EdD/
Lt. Col. USAF (Ret), father, and
Vice President Gloria Smith
Tuckfield. And, of course, for
the year of 2009, 39 recipi-.
ents received a scholarship for
$1,000, last Saturday,
before family members
and colleges representa-
tives for the 12th annual
Moreover, due to the
involvement of H. Wayne
Huizenga, former Miami
Dolphin owner, the ven-
ue was switched from ho- TUCI
tels in downtown Miami
to the Huizenga School
of Business and Entrepreneur-
ship at Nova University/Carl
DeSantis Building and the Ju-
lian and Ellen Knight Lecture
Hall, where the recipients and
guests finally congregated for
the program featuring James
B. Randolph, Jr., and the JT-
MGBSF consisting of Lisa Gaye
Tomlinson, T.C. Adderly, Bea
Hines, Eura Randolph, Gloria
Davis, Dr. Richard J. Strachan
at the piano, Rosalind Smith-
Bonds, MBA, Executive Board,
and President- Javier Alberto
Soto, Dade Community Foun-
After the reception, the pro-
gram moved to the lecture hall
and T.C. Adderly welcomed all
to the filled auditorium, while
the JTMGBSF singers began
to pay tribute to Jacki singing
"Surely The Presence Of The

* Bethune-Cookman Lninersity
rewly appointed vice president
is Dr. Sarah Williams (37 years
at Prairie View A & M Universityl
who is now a member of BCU.
By the way. this is Bethune-
Cookman University second
year being ranked by U.S. news
and world report in the top in
2010 as a historically Black
college and university.
Weddinganniversary greetings
to Dr. Gershwin and Donna
Blyden, August 23, their 34th;
Thomas H. and Alyce Marshall,
August 24, Their 9th; Maurice
and Leonard Dean Wynn,
August 24, their 40th; Barry
and Bryley N. Wilson, August
25, their 35th and Dennis L. and
Gloria M. Parks, Sr., August
28, their 28th.
Get well wishes to Claretha
Grant-Lewis, Ismae Prescott,
Carmetta Brown-Russell,

Lord is in This "
Place". followed by
Linda Burrowes.
infrnirm ing the au- -.,
dience of The Es-
sence of Jacki
which included a litany of her
accomplishments including:
being captain of the basketball
team at Curly High School, Ms.
Congeniality; graduating from
Florida Atlantic University in
1993; being employed at WTVJ
Channel 4, Miami Heart Insti-
tute; Real Estate Broker; being
employed at Codina Bush Klein
Development Corp; becoming a
co-owner of Tuckfield
enterprises. She .died
suddenly on July 13,
1997 in her sleep.
Randolph sang"The
Impossible Dream",
while Lisa Gaye sang
"Believe in Yourself"
with Randolph and
KFIELD Hines emulated "An-
gel Visit" and the par-
ents spoke with tears
in their eyes as they described
her warm feeling, radiant smile,
musicianship, a young deacon-
ess at The Church by the Sea
in Bal Harbour, and an undeni-
able leadership where ever she
planted her roots, while Ran-
dolph closed out by bellowing
."Over The Rainbow" in his jazz
version to a standing audience.
Kudos go out to the '09 re-
cipients and Rosalind Smith-
Bonds, presenter; beginning
with Wildoph Dorvil, Lawuisha
C. Jones, LaShaun M. Steven-
son, FAMU; Evelyn J. Hall,
Belinda, C. Joseph, Veena L.
Brown, and Sherria D. Wil-
liams, FAU; Alvin G. Bullard,
Jarenae Whitehead, Alvah H.
Hapman, Jr., Graduate School
of Business; Guy B. Cayo, Jen-
nifer Rebecca Nimmo, FIU;
Kuristan Jackson, Steve Rob-

Herbert Rhodes,
Jr., David F. Davis,
Yvonne Johnson-
Gaitor, Easter
Doris McKinney-
Pittman and Grace
The Brothers of
Beta Lamda Chapter
Phi Alpha Fraternity
awarded scholarship

Chatter-'f`h Of
. . .. . . ....

By Dr Richard Stradian

o 11ers. I i IUIII .I
The following 'ladies from
the Episcopal Church of
the Transfiguration were
inducted into The Order of the
Daughters of the King: Gloria
Evans, Shalisa Gee, Joan
SJ Johnson, Lisa Johnson,
Patricia Lynch, Antionette
the Beta Their fantastic instructor was
r of Alpha Alyce Martin. Catherine
y recently Daniel, President and Father
ps to the Thomas Shepherd, Priest in

following young men: Harold
Stuart, Mitche Dalberiste
and Kenny Parker, Miami
Northwestern Sr. High; Joery
Francois, North Miami Sr.
High and Marvens Jean-Paul,
Miami Central Sr. High.
Jerry Seinfield will honor
Bill Cosby on Oct. 26 with the
Mark Twain Prize for American
Humor at the John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts
in Washington. The event will

It was so nice of former
Miami Heat 'player- Tim
Hardaway and philanthropist
Kim Baccardi teamed
up with. the city of South
Miami to throw a "Backpack
Drive" for underprivileged
children. Speaking of school
helpers, may I include all of
the wonderful people and
organizations who every
holiday and back-to-school

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ert, Michelle L. Witherspoon,
FMU; Adrienne T. Bennett,
Francine C. Brown, Lynn
S. Davis, Shanae LaToy Ep-
pinger, Allison L. Gordon,
Shane A. E. Johnson, Cath-
erine Isadora King, Sonless
Martin, Ursula E. McClary,
Joy Aisha Mitchell, Cindy E.
Richard, Shaterica Roberts,
Jeffery B. Schofield, Anasta-
sia L. Smith, Rose N. Sylvain,
Michelle M. Walker, and Erica
M. Woddy, Huizenga School of
Also, Jodee S. Brown, Ber-
nadette Edge, Katrina A.N.
Everett-Marksman, Rosni
Jeantinor, St. Thomas
U. Nadia Philomente
St. Hilare, U Of F; and
Omolade A. Dada,
Otha Richardson, Jr.,
Cassandra Theramene,
U of M.
A special salute
goes out to Dr. Gloria
Tuckfield and her ail-
ing husband, Dr. Jack GIB
Tuckfield, for the in-
defatigable efforts they
have done consistently for
12-years in keeping the name
of Jacki Tuckfield alive in the
hearts of 300 recipients that
have received higher degrees
toward their goals being Black.

Congratulations go out to
the Miami Carol City Sr. High
Class of 1967 for reflecting on
history and turning the clock
back to 1964 when the stu-
dents of North Dade Jr.-Sr.
High school were transferred
to other schools including
Carol City. As a result; they
packaged it all in a "60-year"
reunion, last Saturday, at the
Miramar Civic Center, while
standing out in black jackets
with orange lettering with the
names and schools attended.
Three former teachers were
in attendance: Leroy Daniels,
track coach, and his wife, Hel-
en, Octeon Cumerbach-Tullis,
and Drs. Lorraine F. and Rich-

be broadcasted nationally
on Nov. 4 on PBS. Seinfield
will be joined by Cosby co-
,stars Phyllicia Rashad and
Malcolm Jamal Warner and
nh t . ar , c

Music industry looks to Whitney, likes what it hears

By Elysa Gardner

When Whitney Houston's first album in sev-
en years arrives Monday, it'll launch what's
sure to be one of the most closely watched
comeback campaigns in decades.
Since the release of 2002's Just Whitney,
Houston has had more publicity for personal
drama - her rocky marriage to Bobby Brown,
her stints in drug rehab - than for the formi-
dable talents that brought the singer fame in
the '80s. But industry insiders are rooting for
Houston and seem cautiously optimistic that
fans will be similarly inclined.
Certainly, Houston's label, Arista, is pulling
out all the stops. Originally scheduled to ar-
rive Sept. 1, I Look to You has been pushed up
a day, which makes it eligible for next year's
Grammy Awards and extends the window for
crucial first-week sales.
Houston is set to tape a live performance
Tuesday in Central Park to air the following
day on Good Morning America, and she sits
down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey on
Sept. 14.
Clive Davis, who signed Houston as a teen-
ager and oversaw her rise, enlisted top writ-
ers and producers, from younger urban icons
such as StarGate and Akon to adult-contem-
porary giants Diane Warren and David Fos-
This summer, Davis held "listening sessions" Whitney Houston's new songs have drawn raves from ce-
in New York, Los Angeles and London, playing lebrities and radio listeners amid a big new-album rollout by
tracks for celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Ste- her label, Arista. -By Patrick Demarchelier
vie Wonder and Jane Fonda.

ard J. Strachan, while the key-
note speaker was Dr. Walter
T. Richardson, Pastor, Sweet
Home Baptist Church. Mayor
Shirley Gibson and Deborah
S. Irby paid tributes with proc-
lamations from Miami Garden
and Opa-locka.
The program was well or-
ganized with articulate speak-
ers, beginning with Shelia
McPhee-Spicer, mistress of
ceremony, followed by Jacque-
lyn Graham-Valentine giving
the occasion and the audience
standing and singing both alma
maters with pride and dignity.
North Dade was first and Carol
City was second. It was
brought to the atten-
tion of everyone that
Roosevelt Williams,
music teacher, wrote
the North Dade Alma
Mater in 1959.
Cheryl Watts-
Brown, coordinator
and planner, had the
iON honor of introducing
Dr. Richardson and
alluded to his experi-
ence when he was a student
and rose to prominence as he
grew older in religion and mu-
sic. She informed the class-
mates that he wrote more than
100-songs during his lifetime
and many gospel artists sang
them on their CD's. He spoke
on the topic, "Remembering,
Reflecting, and Rejoicing.
His speech took everyone
back to the dance era when he
demonstrated the twist, bunny
hop, and most of all, "The Slow
Drag" for those who waited all
night for that moment with
their date. He also had them
laughing over the types of
clothing worn back in the days
and their mischievous ways of
outsmarting the teachers. All
in all, he rated the teachers as
being the best in. the world and
they knew the teachers loved
them and brought the best out
of them.
.After the a standing ova-
tion, Pastor Ben Lightner gave

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the blessing of the food and the
atmosphere changed from or-
derly to disorderly, while Eula
Mitchell-Ward kept everyone
looking for the winning num-
bers for the door prizes. The
winners screamed and the los-
ers cried to shake up the tick-
ets. I screamed when my wife
had one of the winning num-
McPhee-Spicer then an-
nounced for the teach-
ers to prepare to speak
to their former stu-
dents. All of them re-
iterated that they had
the best students in the
world, and that their
accomplishments were
seen before they gradu-
ated and went on to
have the careers they IRE
desired. Daniels spoke
on his State champion
track team and Gerald Arline,
the 220-dash State Champion,
while Strachan and Tullis in-
flated their egos. Tullis took the
time to introduce her daughter,
Lisa, who is a psychologist and
a graduate of Indiana U. She
has her own office in Broward
County and invited the former
students to visit her office any-
Others in attendance in-
cluded Oscar McCoy, Gloria
Adams, Jocelyn Benjamin,
George Baker, Barry Canada,
Clifford J. Henry, Dorothy
Morrison, Pricilla Hacett and
Charles Jackson, assistant

Incoming president Dan-
nie McMillon and past presi-
dent Michele Wyatt Sweeting
of Alpha Gamma Eta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. and membership,
traveled to Huntsville, Alabama,
recently, for the 21st Biennial
Southeastern Regional repre-
senting South Florida.
Kudos go out to the chapter
for bringing back 1st place most
outstanding chapter; 1st place
volunteer of the year; 2nd place

remember our boys and girls County. Alonzo and Tracey
in Miami-Dade and Broward Mourning congratulations on

talent; and 2nd place arts and
exhibits, along with elected of-
ficers from Alpha Gamma, such
as Colette McCurdy Jackson,
Assistant regional Director; Li-
nette Rogers, Financial Sec-
retary, Barbara Killen, Keeper
of Peace, and Cindy Campbell,
Guard and Ms. Southeastern
Others in attendance in-
cluded Tawana Boykin, Cin-
dy Campbell, Arleace
Carrion, Shirley Clark
and husband,. Har-
old, Janett Edwards,
Debra Hines, Nykeva
Hines, Dr. Glenda Hut-
son, Estelito Jackson,
Twyla Miller Jackson,
Rodney Jackson, Dan-
nie McMillon, Rosetta
BY Nelson, Joann Parks
and husband, William
Sr., Sharon Pritchett
and husband, Julius, Linette
Rogers and husband, Larry,
Carrie Rozier, Althea Sample,
Gina Stewart, and Johnnie
Trent and husband, Williams.
Children on the trip in-
cluded Kiara and Denise Ben-
nison, Nickolet and Kamari
Jackson, Victoria Rozier, Wil-
liam Clark, Jr., and Yolonda
Killen. They were treated to
the educational and historical
sections of Huntsville that were
perpetrated on them during the
Civil Rights Movement. They
heard about it and witnessed

Pernella Burke, coordina-
tor, announced the appearance
of the Bethune-Cookman Uni-
versity Concert Chorale, Sun-
day, September 13, at Ebenezer
United Methodist, beginning
at 11 AM service. Further, all
alumni are asked to be in atten-
dance, such as Carol Weather-
ington, president, Dr. Cynthia
and William Clarke, Audley
Coakley, Martha Day, Dr. Ger-
aldine Gilyard, Dr. Shelia Long
and husband, Dr. Lorraine F.
Strachan, and John Williams.

"Zo High" and keep up the good


Former Heat player now a soldier in Iraq

Miami Northwestern High alumni

is living the army experience

By Tim Reynolds

Tim James apologized for be-
ing late. A rough day at work,
said the Miami Heat's 1999
first-round draft pick. Vehicles
broke down, problems flared
up, and he simply fell behind. ,
"It happens," James said.
"Even here."
Even on the front line of the
A former NBA player who of-
ten wondered about his true
calling, James is now a U.S.
Army soldier, a transformation
that even many of the people
closest to him never saw com-
"I got my degree,.lived the life I
was able, have my freedom and
became a professional athlete,"
James said last week from Iraq.
"I'm the example of the Ameri-
can dream."
James is at Camp Speicher,
the massive base near Tikrit, 85
miles north of Baghdad, not far
from Saddam Hussein's. home-
town and where insurgents
still are a perpetual threat. For
Miami Northwestern High, the
Miami Hurricanes, three NBA
teams and some. foreign clubs,
he was forward Tim James. For
the Army, he's Spc. Tim James
of Task Force ODIN - short for
Observe, Detect, Identify, Neu-

In layman's terms, he's part
of the unit tasked with watch-
ing and catching the bad guys
before they plant bombs.
So long, charter jets, enor-
mous paychecks and Ritz-Car-
lton hotel stays.
Hello, 130-degree afternoons,
12-hour work days, $2,600 a
month and 50-caliber machine
"In life, we all have different
desires and needs," said Leon-
ard Hamilton, James' college
coach and now the coach at
Florida State. "With the passion
he has, he had to go fulfill this.
I'm in total support of Tim and
what he's doing. He's at peace.
All we can do is hope he comes
back safely."
James spent years thinking
about the prospects of a mili-
tary career. Drafted 25th overall
by the Heat, James' NBA career
barely registered a basketball
blip: He appeared in 43 games
for Miami, Charlotte and Phil-
adelphia, never starting and
never scoring more than seven
points in a game.
So he went to play overseas,
making a fine living in Japan,
Turkey and Israel. By 2007,
his playing days were done.
After months of deliberating,
he made the difficult decision
that would take him away from
his family and 5-year-old son,

Former Heat player Tim James is based 85 miles north
of Baghdad, not far from Saddam Hussein's hometown.

Tillman quit football to become
an Army Ranger and was killed
by friendly fire in Afghanistan
in 2004.
James joined the Army on
Sept. 12, 2008. The trainirig
was brutal, even for a 6-foot-8
basketball player whose ath-
leticism had drawn raves since
junior high school. James
slept outside in frigid night air,
scaled seven-story towers, en-
dured 10-mile marches ("with
full battle rattle, as they say,"
he said), and learned how to
take apart and reassemble his
He never questioned if he
was making the right decision.
"I have no doubts," James
said. "I have no regrets. Not
one bit."
His 12-month deployment to
Iraq started in late July. On his
second night there, James was
awoken from a sound sleep,
completely startled.
Machine gun fire. The sound
of war.
They preach family inside the

Heat complex, arid even though
James played only four games,
he's forever part of the Heat
family. Rob Wilson, the team's
director of sports media rela-
tions, helped arrange for two
boxes of T-shirts and posters
to be sent to Iraq as a morale
booster. They should get there
this week, unless sandstorms
delay the arrival of mail - a
common occurrence.
"I just want to wish you good
luck, man," Heat captain Udo-
nis Haslem, who wears No.
40 to honor two of his idols
who had that number - his
father and James - said on
the DVD. "God bless you and
keep doing what you're do-
"Stay focused," said Heat
center Jamaal Magloire, a for-
mer James teammate. "Never
let your guard down and get
back to us safe."
"You're not like any other bas-
ketball player out there," Heat
assistant coach Keith Askins

whom James still tries to talk
with by phone every night.
Even so, Tim James Jr. doesn't
understand where his dad is.
"I think of myself as a pa-
triot," James said. "I wanted
to give back to a country that
gave so much to me."
James is believed to be the
first former NBA player to en-
list and then serve in Iraq.
Arizona Cardinals safety Pat

Chris Brown does not recall beating Rihanna

R&B singer Chris Brown says he
doesn't remember savagely beating
Rihanna and claims he still loves
his former girlfriend.
In his first public interviews
on the subject, Brown told Peo-
ple magazine and CNN's Larry
King that his feelings haven t
changed for Rihanna since the
February beating that left her
bloody and bruised.
"I never fell out of love with her,'
Brown told People. "That just
wouldn't go away."
Brown -told King in an
interview scheduled
to air on Wednesday
night that he is still
in shock about his
actions. , Brown's
mother, Joyce Hawk-
ins, accompanied
her son during both
"When I look at it
now, it's just like,
wow, like, I can't
believe that that ac-
tually happened,"
Brown told King.
Brown pleaded
guilty to felony as-
sault in June and last ,
week was sentenced to
five years of probation,
a year of domestic violence
counseling and six months of

** 0~lif 03*^ BI

- What looks totally.new and different
could be the latest version of the same
old thing. Don't go after this just because
it looks good; think twice before you com-
mit to anything that involves money or
love. Lucky numbers 12, 19, 20, 30, 35

External pressure is making it hard to
eojoy the fruits of your labor. You can't
stop - but it's always this way with you.
Somebody needs to save you from your-
self. Things would be easier if weren't
such a masochist. Lucky numbers 15, 23,
36, 45, 48

After a long period of stress you feel
like you can do anything. The uses of ad-'
versity never felt this good.You could even
see yourself taking the big leap and tak-
ing off to pursue life on your own terms.
Lucky numbers 8, 15, 21, 32, 39

You go between feeling totally exhaust-
ed to being lit up like a volcano. Surges of
eneEgy can be used to reorganize your life.
When there's nothing left, let yourself be
dormant; take time to rest and recharge.

community labor. He will serve his sentence
in his home state of Virginia.
Ajudge also ordered Brown, 20, and Rihan-'
na, 21, to stay away from each other.
A police affidavit and probation report
detail the beating, w which included Brown
. hitting, biting and choking Rihanna,
S whose real name is Robyn Rihanna
Fentr,,. The art ,rack occurred in a car
after the couple attended a
pre-Grammy Awards par-
- Brown's interview
with People will be
published in an issue
released on Friday.
He told the maga-
zine he called his
mother, who was a
domestic violence
victim, the night
of the attack.
"I was dis-
traught. I went to
my mom on the
same night and
told (her) what
happened and
broke down."
Brown released
a video statement
last month in
which he apolo-
gized to fans and
said he had repeated-
ly apologized to Rihan-
na for the attack.

ished; either that or you need-to get real
about the fact that it's time ,to move on.
Lucky numbers 7, 21, 18, 25, 31

Facing the truth beats not know-
ing what it is. You can't keep avoiding
this and you can't make believe it's OK
with you. Others are wasting your time
in ways that make me wonder why you
can't even see it. Lucky numbers 9, 14,
19, 23, 24

Don't limit yourself by staying too
close to home. The more you go away,
the more interesting life gets. Taking off.
to study or teach, or short business trips
will lead you to hook up with some very
unusual people. Lucky numbers 15, 19,
22, 32,35

You can't figure out why you keep go-
ing back to the same person, place, or
thing. Whatever isn't there anymore may
never have been there to begin with. For-
get about finding support in anything that
relates to the past. Lucky numbers 8, 15,
21, 26, 35

Don't worry about what people think.
None of this would be a problem if you
weren't so insecure. You don't need to
prove yourself to anyone in this situation.
Just do what's right and be who you are.
Lucky numbers 11, 17, 24, 28, 36

Lucky numbers 11,'16, 20, 25, 35

You may not like the idea of a white lie,
but you're too street smart to think that it
pays to be honest with dishonest people.
Don't put all your cards on the table until
you know who you're dealing with. Lucky
numbers 14, 16, 22, 24, 30

Things have gotten really simple. After
finally waking up to what you need, you
realize that you just want to be able to
take care of yourself in a way that sup-
ports both the inner and outer aspects
of your life. Lucky numbers 10, 19, 25,
31, 36

You can trust that what's about to
happen is a good thing. What's best for
everyone may not fit your pictures of per-
fection. If that's the case, know that this
is a big lesson in knowing who's in con-
trol. Lucky numbers 12, 17, 26, 31, 33

Quality and quantity are two different
things. If you've had enough of this, it's
because something needs to be replen-

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'Bad Boys 3': No Smith or Lawrence Yet

EURweb.com - Columbia Pictures is developing a third installment of "Bad Boys" with hopes that the project's new writer will
motivate director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to reunite.
All parties have expressed a willingness to return if a story can be hammered out, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Co-
lumbia has given the job to Peter Craig, who co-wrote "The Town," which Ben Affleck is directing for Warner Bros. and shoots in
Boston next month. He is also adapting anime "Cowboy Bebop" for 20th Century Fox and Keanu Reeves.
The "Bad Boys" franchise features Smith and Lawrence as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, caught up in
cases involving car chases and explosions.
The first "Boys," released in 1995, helped launch Bay as a director and Smith as an action star. Even though it was not consid-
ered a blockbuster, it grossed $66 million domestically and $141 million worldwide. The sequel, released in 2003 when Bay and
Smith's stars had risen, grossed $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide.

Jay-Z to host 9/11 benefit concert in NYC

Jay-Z will hold a Sept. 11 benefit concert in
New York City.
The rapper made the announcement Monday
at Madison Square Garden. He was joined by _.V.,
Gov. David Paterson, Fire Commissioner Nicho-
las Scoppetta and Manhattan Borough Presi-
dent Scott Stringer.
The charity concert, billed "Answer the Call,"
will benefit families of New York City police and
firefighters killed on 9/11. It will be held on
Sept. 11 at Madison Square Garden.X L
All proceeds from ticket and concert merchan-
dise sales will go to the New York Police and Fire
Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.
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Thousands attend Lee's

tribute to Jackson

By: Suzanne Ma

Thousands of Michael Jackson fans danced the rain away in a
Brooklyn park on Saturday at a party hosted by filmmaker Spike
Lee, marking what would have been the 51st birthday of the late
pop star.
Crowds of parrngoers streamed into Prospect Park late Saturday
afternoon, many wearing fedoras, sporting white gloves and show-
ing off other Jackson-esque outfits DJs spun Jackson's hits one
after the other as people danced and sang along Dozens of hawk-
ers wandered through the crowd with T-shirts. buttons, posters
and homemade memorabilia.
"I was just like everyone else I loved his talent," said Lee. who
directed two music videos for Jackson in 1996. He also remi-
nisced how Jackson had visited him in his home in Brooklyn to
talk about their music video collaboration
The day was also designated Michael 'King of Pop" Jackson Me-
morial Day by Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz.
"We all know Mi- chael Jackson had fans around the
world, but we all know the best fans come from
Brooklyn,' Markowitz boasted to a roar-
ing crowd that grew as heavy rain in the
morn ing lightened to a drizzle by mid-
E d n a Robles of Brooklyn was on her
feet all af- ternoon In a red baseball cap
and flip flops, she closed her eyes and
swung her ' hips, pivoting in the grass and
mud to the beat of Jackson's hit "Thriller"
I"t -" could be thundering, I don't care,'
she said. 'I watched him
through the years and I
think he's the best. I
love him "
The event, originally
planned as a block-
party-style gathering
for 2,000 in Brook-
S .Iyn's Fort Greene
Park, was moved to
Prospect Park to ac-
commodate a bigger
Peter Brodie and

Rodriguez, brought
their daughters,
three-month-old As-
trid and 2-1/2-year-
Sold Makeda, to the
H party. Rodriguez
danced with Makeda
to "Beat It" while Bro-
die swayed side to
side as he held Astrid
in his arms.

The Miami Times



M...'i, FLORIDA, SEPTEMBER 2-8, 2009

Miami-Dade Transit ....K. I

receives stimulus dollars

The Miami Times Staff Report

Over a 20-year delay of
the promised North Corridor
Metrorail Extension (the cor-
ridor is a 9.5-mile extension of
the Metrorail system serving
the communities along North-
west 27th Avenue with seven
new stations from Northwest
82nd Street to Northwest
215th Street), talks of cutting
bus routes and drivers have
left Miami-Dade Transit in a
Miami-Dade Transit (MDT)
announced last week the Fed-
eral Transit Administration

(FTA) has released $64.5 mil-
lion in federal stimulus funds
for the Miami-Dade Metrorail
and Metromover facility up-
grades, the purchase of hy-
brid buses and other signifi-
cant infrastructure projects
for the transit system.
Of the total $64.5 million,
$9.7 million will be allocated'
to 24 Miami-Dade municipal-
ities for transit related proj-
ects within their respective
municipal boundaries.
"This federal stimulus fund-
ing will assist the department
to address long-standing in-
frastructure upgrades needed

to maintain a reliable transit
system," MDT Director Har- a'
pal Kapoor said.
Miami-Dade Transit ap-
plied for the FTA grants in
May 2009 and was awaiting
the grant award to be able to
program the money to start
the projects.
The 2009/10 Proposed ,
Budget stated that Miami-
Dade Transit has received
more than $37 million for
projects signage, track and
- guide way repairs, station re-
furbishment, ADA improve-
ments, and WiFi implemen- .

In a recession, is college worth it?

By Sandra Black

For years, an article of faith
in this country has been that
college is the gateway to a bet-
ter life. So deeply held is this
belief that many students,
borrow tens of thousands of A.
dollars to attend prestigious -
public or private universities. ,.
But as the worst recession
since World War II slogs into
its 21st month, many gradu-
ates are discovering that the
college payoff could be a long .
time coming - if it comes at, .
New and prospective stu-
dents, meanwhile, are aban-
doning their "dream schools"
in favor of more affordable op- .
tions, forcing many colleges
to work harder to justify their-
-price of admission.
In July, the unemployment
rate for college graduates was
4.7 percent, up from 2.8 per-
cent a year earlier, according
to the Bureau of Labor Statis-
tics.. That's still considerably '
lower than the 9.4 percent rate
Please turn to COLLEGE 6D ,

Economy shows slow signs of recovery

By Paul Wiseman

Housing prices rose 2.9 percent
from the first quarter to the sec-
ond - the first quarterly increase
in three years, Standard & Poor's
reported last week. Meanwhile, a
business group announced that
amid signs of economic improve-
ment, consumer confidence re-
bounded this month.
The S&P/Case-Shiller Home
Price Index and theq Conference
Board's consumer confidence
index were the latest reports to
suggest that the U.S. economy is
staggering toward recovery. The
progress is agonizing, and many
ordinary people won't see the pay-
off for a while. The Congressional
Budget Office expects unemploy-

ment to rise from July's 9.4 per-
cent and average double digits
next year. '
But for all the caveats, the signs
of recovery strike many econo-
mists as a huge relief. After the
collapse of Lehman Bros, last
Sept. 15, the United States and
the world seemed to be teetering
on the edge of a second Great
Depression. And some say the
improving outlook vindicates
the aggressive actions taken
since last fall by Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke. A stu-
dent of the economic cataclysm
of the 1930s, he slashed interest
rates to zero and pumped hun-
dreds of billions into the finan-
cial system.
President Barack Obama is

sold. Taking time off his vacation
last week in Martha's Vineyard
in Massachusetts, the president
announced that he would reap-
point Bernanke when his first
four-year term as Fed chairman
expires in January.
"Ben approached a financial
system on the verge of collapse
with calm and wisdom; with
bold action and outside-the-box
thinking that has helped put
the brakes on our economic free
fall," Obama said.
Bernanke "has done a first-
rate job," says S&P economist
David Blitzer. "The risks were in-
credible, and the Fed had to step
The Fed chief "deserves a sig-
nificant amount of credit for

ending the recession," says
Mark Zandi, chief economist at
Moody's Economy.com. "If he
hadn't acted as aggressively and
creatively as he did, we would
still be in a recession, and we'd
be talking about a depression."
Even so, the economy is a
long, long way from a full recov-
ery, and Bernanke has plenty of
critics. The Congressional Bud-
get Office predicts economic out-
put will fall 1 percent this year
and unemployment will average
10.2 percent in 2010. Housing
prices are still down 30 percent
from their 2006 peak, household
incomes are shrinking, employers
are still cutting jobs and consum-
er confidence is struggling back
from rock-bottom levels.

Employers plan

to hire within

next 12 months

By Ellen Wulfhorst

More than half the employers in a new poll say
they plan to hire full-time employees in the next
12 months, according to research released last
week that could spell relief for unemployed U.S.
Four in 10 employers plan to hire contract, tem-
porary or project workers, and another four in
10 will be hiring part-time employees, according
to the survey conducted for Robert Half Interna-
tional, a staffing company, and Careerbuilder, an
online career site.
The study found 53 percent of employers said
they expect to hire full-time employees over the
next 12 months.
Some 14.5 million U.S. workers are unem-
ployed, according to recent U.S. government sta-
Despite the high number of potential job ap-
plicants, six in 10 employers said they would be
willing to negotiate higher pay with qualified can-
Many employers also reported difficulty finding
skilled people to fill openings and said on aver-
age, 44 percent of the resumes they receive are
from unqualified candidates.
The areas most likely to be adding jobs are tech-
nology, customer service and sales, the research
found. Asked what characteristics they seek most
in applicants, employers said they want multi-
taskers, sell starters with initiative and creative
problem solvers.
When the economy improves, 28 percent of em-
ployers said they were most likely to fill entry-lev-
el jobs, and 32 percent said they would fill staff-
level jobs. Only seven percent said they would
fill management jobs, only two percent said they
would fill director jobs and one percent would fill
executive jobs.
Forty percent of hiring managers said when the
economy improves, pay raises will be their pri-
mary method for keeping their top employees.
Among employees, 49 percent said after the
economy improves, the most effective way to keep
them in their jobs will be pay increases, and 28
percent said they plan to ask for raises.
The survey, the fifth annual Employment Dy-
namics and Growth Expectations report, was
conducted by telephone of 501 hiring managers
and 505 workers for Robert Half International and
CareerBuilder.com by International Communica-
tions Research from April 30 to May 31, 2009.

Your money really matters: Where is your 4o0k?

By Michael G. Shinn

The past
twelve months
have been like
. a roller coaster
ride through an
show. On the
downhill slope,
we have seen brokerage and
bank failures, a contentious
presidential election, an $800
billion dollar stimulus package
and we hit the bottom in March
when GM and Chrysler filed
for bankruptcy. On the uphill
slope, we have been teased
by "glimmers of light," heard
screams about "cash for clunk-
ers" and are in the middle of an
onboard brawl over health care
Like most people, you have

probably been holding your
head down whilp the economic
roller coaster has been twisting,
turning and going through its
gyrations. You may have missed
the fact that the stock market,
as measured by the S&P 500
index, is up 52% from its low
in March, but is still down 20
percent from a year ago. (Inves-
tors cannot invest directly in
an index) This has been a gut
wrenching trip, but like most
good roller coaster rides, we
may be close to getting back to
the station. No wonder you've
had neither the time nor the in-
clination to look at your 401k
Where is your 401K?
If your 401k retirement ac-
count is like most, it is prob-
ably down about .20 percent
from a year ago. Go on-line or

look at your last statement and
answer a few questions:
* How does the total value
compare to a year ago?
* What are your percentages
of equities/stocks, bonds and
*k How do these percentages
compare with your desired per-
centages of each?

If your company uses one of
the large 401k service provid-
ers, such as Fidelity or Van-
guard, then the process is fairly
straight forward, using the port-
folio review systems available
on their websites. If your 401k
plan does not have a portfolio
review system, then you may
want to meet with your financial

M any of the economic indicators are pointing to an end of the
recession, either later this year or in early 2010. Review your
401k to make sure it is in line with your financial objectives.

* What percentage of the total
is in your company's stock?
Are you satisfied with the
overall performance of your ac-
count and the allocation of your
investments? If not, you may be
ready for a 401k makeover.

advisor or use the review sys-
tem on websites such as: www.
moneycentral.msn.com; www.
quicken.com; and www.mint.
com. Most of the portfolio review
systems have three basic steps
and may take you about an hour

to complete.
First you provide some basic fi-
nancial information about your-
self, next you fill out a risk tol-
erance questionnaire and finally
the system recommends a tar-
get asset allocation. The target
allocations can range from very
aggressive to very conservative
based on your age, financial sit-
uation and risk tolerance.
Your current investments are
then compared to your target
allocation and you are asked if
you want your account rebal-
anced to the target allocation. In
the future, your portfolio would
be rebalanced each year to the
prescribed percentages.
Life Cycle Funds
Using Life Cycle Funds is a
simpler way to manage your
401k retirement fund. To se-
lect a life cycle fund all that is-

required is your age, planned
retirement age and the current
year. In the early years, the life
cycle funds invest more aggres-
sively. As the individual ap-
proaches retirement age, the
fund invests more conserva-
Completing your 401K Make-
To complete your 401k make-
over, you may want to consider
two other areas:
* Contribution rate - Invest as
much as possible in your 401k
retirement account, since the
contributions are made pre-
tax and the gains accrue tax
deferred. At retirement, with-
drawals will be taxed at ordinary
income tax rates. The minimum
contribution should be at the
level that will trigger the maxi-
mum employer match.



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Hotels' charges for Internet irk some

By Gary Stoller

Frequent business traveler
Randall Blinn refuses to stay at
hotels that charge for Internet ac-
"It really irritates me that the
more expensive hotels charge for
Internet access when the inex-
pensive hotels provide it for free,"
says Blinn, a computer consul-
tant in Louisville.
Blinn is one of many travelers
disturbed by hotels that charge
a "daily fee for Internet access.
He says he books less-expensive
hotels with free Internet access,
even if his company will pay for a
more expensive hotel that charg-
es for online access,
Yet, charging guests for Inter-
net access in their rooms remains
common as hotels continue to
look for revenue, especially as oc-
cupancy rates have fallen during
the recession. According to a USA
TODAY survey of 80 hotel brands,
40% charge such a fee at all .or

most of their U.S. hotels. The
charge can vary at hotels within
the same brand but often ranges
from $9.95 to $14.95 daily.
"As long as hotels can generate
the revenue, they will charge for
it," says Jeff Weinstein, editor in
chief of Hotels magazine, a trade
publication. "There is no more
telephone revenue, and this is
one way to replace it."
Weinstein says he thinks that
most upscale hotel guests "can
live with" a $10 daily fee for
Internet access but find some
higher charges unacceptable.
For Blinn, who has spent
about 50 nights in hotels this
year, any charge is unaccept-
able. If he must stay at a hbtel
that charges, he says, he leaves
the hotel for a fast-food restau-
rant or a coffee shop that pro-
vides free Internet access.
A few weeks ago, Blinn says,
he spent a lot of time in the
concierge lounge of the Marriott
hotel in Salt Lake City, because

the hotel was charging for In-
ternet access in rooms but not
in the lounge.
Some frequent business trav-
elers avoid hotel charges by
bringing their own devices for
Internet access.
Michael Sommer, a con-
sultant in Jacksonville, uses
Sprint's MiFi device, which is
about the size of a credit card
and provides Internet access for
up to five people for a monthly
Many hotels offer free wire-
less Internet access in lobbies,
lounges, other common areas
and guest rooms on floors for
higher-paying guests. Sommer
suggests booking rooms near
those areas to pick up an Inter-
net connection.
Mason Blacher, a fundraising
consultant in Seattle, who has
spent about 50 nights in hotels
this year, says a complaint about
access charges to a hotel manag-
er can result in free service.

Prison inmates receive stimulus checks

By Stephen Ohlemacher

The federal government sent
about 3,900 economic stimu-
lus payments of $250 each
this spring to people who
were in no position to use the
money to help stimulate the
economy: prison inmates.
The checks were part of the
massive economic recovery
package approved by Con-
gress and President Barack

Obama in February. About
52 million Social Security re-
cipients, railroad retirees and
those receiving Supplemental
Security Income were eligible
for the one-time checks.
Prison inmates are gener-
ally ineligible for federal ben-
efits. However, 2,200 of the
inmates who received checks
got to keep them because,
under the law, they were eli-
gible, said Mark Lassiter, a

spokesman for the Social Se-
curity Administration. They
were eligible because they
weren't incarcerated in any
of the three months before
the recovery package was en-
"The law specified that any
beneficiary eligible for a Social
Security benefit during one of
those months was eligible for
the recovery payment," Las-
siter said.

The other 1,700 checks?
That was a mistake.
Checks were sent to those
inmates because government
records didn't accurately show
they were in prison, Lassiter
said. He said most of those
checks were returned by the
The Boston Herald first re-
ported that the checks were
sent to inmates.
The inspector general for the

Social Security Administra-
tion is performing an audit to
make sure no checks went to
ineligible recipients, spokes-
man George E. Penn said.
The audit, which had al-
ready been planned, will ex-
amine whether checks incor-
rectly went to inmates, dead
people, fugitive felons or peo-
ple living outside the U.S.,
Penn said.
The $787 billion economic

recovery package included $2
million for the inspector gen-
eral to oversee the provisions
handled by the Social Securi-
ty Administration. The audit
is part of those efforts, Penn
said. There is no timetable for
its conclusion.
The federal government pro-
cessed $13 billion in stimulus
payments. About $425,000
was incorrectly sent to in-

Auto industry posts best U.S. sales of year

The auto industry temporar-
ily awoke from its slumber last
month thanks to the U.S. "Cash
for Clunkers" offer, led by a
17% sales jump at Ford Motor
Co. (F) tfhat further highlighted
the performance difference be-
tween it and Detroit rivals Gen-
eral Motors Co. and Chrysler
Group LLC.
Ford's gain was also helped
by its trucks posting the first
year-over-year sales increase in
nearly three years. Meanwhile,
Chrysler's 15% decline was in
part due to a lack of inventory
- most of the company's plants
sat idle for almost three months
as the auto maker dealt with its
bankruptcy process.
Chrysler finished the month
with 100,238 units in inventory,
down 74% from a year ago, and
representing just a 28-day sup-

ply. That's why the company re-
cently announced a 50,000-ve-
hicle boost to planned output.
Industry sales were boosted
by "Cash for Clunkers," which
ended late last month, weeks
earlier than expected, amid
higher-than-expected con-
sumer interest. The program,
launched in late July, proved
to be one of the fastest-acting
stimulus programs to come out
of Washington since the reces-
sion began, but higher sales in
July and August are expected
to be followed by weak demand
in September.
Ford's Focus and Escape,
which each reached sales re-
cords for August and were up
56% and 49%, respectively,
were two of the top eight vehi-
cles purchased in the program.
Companywide light-vehicle

sales were 181,826. There were
26 selling days in August,, one
less than last year. Retail sales
climbed 21% and Ford, has
gained retail market in
10 of the
last 11

Despite a 13% rise in truck
sales - the first since October
2006 - sport- utility vehicles
continued to suffer with a 34%
drop. Car sales jumped 25%.
GM reported total sales of
246,479, down 20%, falling 17%
at retail outlet while fleet sales

slid 29%. Overall car sales fell
4.6% while truck sales contin-
ued to slump, dropping 31%.
"We're very pleased with the
sales performance in
our Western
� ,1 . region,

- . where
sales were up
more than 41% compared with
July," said Mark LaNeve, vice
president of U.S. sales. He not-
ed customers were responding
to a pilot program it launched
last month with online auction
site eBay Inc. (EBAY). That ef-
fort will be extended through

GM had about 379,000 vehi-
cles in stock at the end of Au-
gust, down 49% from last year
and 19% from July.
Chrysler reported total sales
of 93,222, down from 110,235.
Car sales fell 13% while trucks
dropped 16%. Still, sales rose
5% from July and 16 out of
the company's 26 nameplates
posted year-over-year and/
or month-over-month retail-
sales increases.
Nissan Motor Co. (NSANY)
reported sales dropped 2.9%
to 105,312, far better than Ed-
munds.com's projected 18%
slide. 'Car sales jumped 38%
while truck sales slumped
Hyundai Corp.'s (005380.
SE) August sales surged 47%
to 60,467 units, marking an

all-time monthly sales record
and the eighth-straight month
of year-over-year retail in-
creases. The company said its
Alabama facility returned to a
five-day work week and that
inventories were-being replen-
Internationally, Japan's do-
mestic auto sales rose for the
first time in 13 months in Au-
gust, the Japan Automobile
Dealers Association said. In It-
aly, new car registrations rose
8.5%. Government incentives
helped boost sales of fuel- ef-
ficient vehicles in both coun-
Ford's shares were down 4.2%
to $7.28 in recent trading amid
a broad market decline, while
American depositary shares of
Nissan were down 9 cents to

Cash for Clunkers generates 70ooK new car sales

By Ken Thomas

The Transportation
Department reported
last week Cash for
Clunkers generated
nearly 700,000 new car

sales and ended under
its $3 billion budget.
Releasing final data,
the government said
dealers submitted
690,114 vouchers to-
taling $2.88 billion.

New car sales through
the program ended late
Monday and dealers
were allowed to sub-
mit paperwork to the
government until late

Community College admissions soar

continued from 5D

for workers with only a
high school diploma.
But unlike out-
of-work high school
graduates, many un-
employed college grads
face the additional bur-
den of student loan
payments. Two-thirds
of bachelor's degree re-
cipients last year grad-
uated with an average
debt of about $23,000,
according to Finaid.org,
a financial aid website.
Total debt for bor-
rowers with graduate
or professional degrees
ranges from $30,000 to
$120,000, Finaid.org
New graduates face an
even more unforgiving
job market. Employers
expect to hire 22 per-
cent fewer graduates
from the class of 2009
than they hired from

the class of 2008, ac-
cording to the National
Association of Colleges
and Employers.
The economic down-
turn is affecting the
choices that students
and their parents
*Community college
enrollment is soaring.
More than 90 percent
of community college
presidents said enroll-
ment was up in Janu-
ary from the previous
year, and 86 percent
reported an increase
in full-time students,
according to a survey
by the Campus Com-
puting Project, which
studies the role of in-
formation technology
in higher education.
Community colleg-
es have long provided
a way for adults to
learn new job skills,
often by attending
part time. But these

days, . they're see-
ing a big increase in
students, says Will
Kopp, vice president
for institutional ad-
vancement at Colum-
bus State.
The median age of
new students at Co-
lumbus State is 19,
he says. By attending
their first two years at
a community college,
Kopp says, "they're
paying maybe a third
of the tuition at state
universities; maybe a
tenth what they'd pay
at a private school."
*Students who at-
tend traditional four-
year colleges are paying
more attention to costs.
More than two-thirds of
students who applied
for college this spring
said the economic
downturn affected their
choice of colleges, ac-
cording to a survey by
the Princeton Review.

Japanese automak-
ers Toyota, Honda and
Nissan accounted for
41 percent of the new
vehicle sales, outpac-
ing Detroit automakers
General Motors, Ford
and Chrysler, which
had a share of nearly
39 percent. Toyota Mo-
tor Corp. led the indus-
try with 19.4 percent
of new sales, followed
by General Motors Co.
with 17.6 percent and
Ford Motor Co: with
14.4 percent.
The Toyota Corolla
was the most popular
new vehicle purchased
under the program,
followed by the Honda
Civic, Toyota Camry
and Ford Focus.
Transportation Sec-
retary Ray LaHood
said U.S. consumers
and workers were "the
clear winners" under
the program. "Manu-
facturing plants have
added shifts and re-
called workers. Mori-
bund showrooms were
brought back to life
and consumers bought
fuel-efficient cars that
will save them money
and improve the envi-
ronment," he said.
The White House
Council of Economic

Advisers said the pro-
gram will boost eco-
nomic growth in the
third quarter by 0.3 to
0.4 percentage points
because of the in-
creased auto sales in
July and August. An
estimated 42,000 jobs
will be created or saved
during the second half
of the year, the White
House said.
The program, which
began in late July, of-
fered consumers re-
bates of $3,500 or

$4,500 off the price of
a new vehicle in return
for trading in their old-
er, less fuel-efficient
vehicles. The trade-in
vehicles needed to get
18 miles per gallon
or less and were then
It proved far more
popular than lawmak-
ers originally thought.
Congress was forced
to add another $2 bil-
lion to the original $1
billion budget when
the first pot of money

nearly ran out in a
week. The extra money
was supposed to last
through Labor Day,
but in the end, Cash
for Clunkers ran only
about a month.
Dealers loved the
new sales, but report-
ed major hassles try-
ing to get the govern-
ment to repay them
for the rebates they
gave customers. The
government extended
the deadline for them
to file deals, but many

still haven't received
their money.
Peter Kitzmiller,
president of the Mary-
land Automobile Deal-
ers Association, said
most dealers appeared
to get their paperwork
in by the Tuesday
night deadline. He ex-
pressed hope the pace
of repayments would
pick up now that gov-
ernment officials are
working through the
The Transporta-
tion Department said
Wednesday that 2,000
people are process-
ing dealer applica-
tions, but Kitzmiller
said the rate of repay-
ment hasn't increased.
"I'm a little concerned
that we haven't seen
any improvement," he
The government said
84 percent of the trade-
ins were trucks and
59 percent of the new
vehicles were passen-
ger cars. New vehicles
bought through Cash
for Clunkers had an
average fuel-efficiency
of 24.9 miles per gal-
lon, compared with an
average of 15.8 mpg for
trade-ins, a 58 percent




3650 NW 36th St.
Miami, FI 33142





(305) 635- 9505
'Income restrictions apply,
rents are subject to


1121 N.W. 51 Street
Upstairs, two bedrooms, cen-
tral air, washer and dryer.
$800 a month,
Call 786-488-2241

1202 N.W. 61st Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath, tiled floors, appliances
available. $750 monthly. Only
serious individuals, please.
Call 786-556-1909

1212 N. W.1 Avenue '
One bedroom, one batn,
$500, stove, relrigeralor, 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

1250 N.W. 60 STRIET
One bedroom, one bat
$525 Free Water
1261 N.W. 5.9 STREET
One bedroom, one bath..
$550. Free Water.

1277 N.W. 58th Street #1
Two bdrms, one bath, appli.
included. Section 8 Wel-
786-277-9925, 305-494-8884

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

1306 N.W. 61 Street
Two bdrms. renov, security
gate, $600, 954-638-2972

1341 NW 52 STREET
One bdrm, one bath, air and
appliances, utilities included.
$550 monthly, first and last
to move in. By appointment
'only. 786-399-7724

1348 N.W. 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$450. Two bedrooms one
bath $525. 305-642-7080

140 N.W. 13 Street
One month to move in. Two
bedrooms, one bath. $525.
786-236-1144 '305-642-

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

1425 NW 60th Street
Nice one bdrm, one bath.
$625 mthly. Includes refrig-
erator, stove, central air water
$725 to move in. 786-290-

1450 N.W. 1 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath $425.
Two bedrooms one bath.
$525. 305-642-7080

14805 Johnson Street
One bedroom,one bath.
Section 8 welcome.
Free Flat Screen TV
Call 786-486-9507

1525 N.W. 1 Place
Three bedrooms, two
baths. $775 monthly. Newly
remodeled. Central air. All
appliances included Free
19 Inch LCD TV. Joel 4786-

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 monthly. Three bed-
rooms two bath $695 All
appliances included, FREE
19 inch LCD T.V. Call Joel

1541 N.W. 1 Place
Rents reduced for short time
only! One bedroom, $500,
newly remodeled, air, stove,
refrigerator. No Deposit for
Section 8!
Call 305-582-5091

1545 NW 8 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
ceramic tile, central air,
carpet, balcony, new
kitchen, appliances, laundry
machine, quiet, parking.
Move in today'

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

1801 N.W. 2nd Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath
$600 mthly. $900 to move
in. All appliances included.
Free 20 inch flat screen
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1818 N.W. 2nd Court
One bedroom. $425. Free
gas, refrigerator, stove, air.
Capital Rental Agency

1835 N.W. 2 Ct
two bedrooms, one bath,
$550 moves you in. No secu-
rity deposit, a/c, refrigerator
and stove. 786-286-7651

19305 NE 2 AVE
.One bedroom, one bath
,:,,- . 786-237-1292 ,

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

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

2020 N.W. 166 Street
One bdrm, all utilities and ap-
pliances included $750, first
and last. Call 786-319-6577

210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$475 Call 305-642-7080
2751 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom, remote gate.
$650 nionthly, 954-430-0849

2972 N.W. 61 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550. Free Water.
301 N.W. 177 STREET
Oversized one bedroom, one
bath, tiled floors, central air
and heat. Section 8 welcome.
$825 monthly. First and secu-
rity required. Call:

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

423 N.W. 9 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$475 monthly, $600 move
in special. Free Wi-Fi, Easy
qualifying. 786-339-4106

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

5200 N.W. 26 AVENUE
Two bedrooms. $600. Refrig-
erator, stove, air. Ask for Spe-
cials. 786-663-8862

5200 NW 26 AVENUE
Two and three bdrms.
Free gift for
Section 8 tenants.
No deposit if qualified!
786-663-8862, 305-634-3545

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apanments'. Duplexes,
Houses One, Two and
Three Bedrooms Same day
approval. For more informa-
www captialrentalagency.'

1312-1315 N.E. Miami Court.
One bdrm, one bath, safe,
clean, new kitchen, new tile,
fresh paint, secured parking,
$595-$650. 305-528-7766

Spacious, one, two bdrm.

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

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

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

Located Near 90th Street
and 27 Avenue
One unfurnished apt. and one
furnished one bedroom, one
bath, lights, water, and air in-
cluded. Call 305-'693-9486.

One, two and three bed-
rooms. Section 8 Welcome.
Call 305-725-5504

750 N.W. 56 Street. Nice one
and two bedrooms. Starting
at $650 Gas and water in-
cluded. 786-262-6958

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

N.W. 2 Ave. and 63 St.
Clean, secure area, one
bdrm, one bath, $550 monthly.

One bedroom, one bath,
Section 8 welcome! $800
Call 954-303-3368 or

Two bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly. One bedroom,
one bath, $750 monthly.
954-825-9382 *



2405 N.W. 135th Street
1/2 Month FREE, one and
two bedrooms, central air.
Appliances and water ;n.
cluded Section 8 welcome
with no security deposits.
Special! One bdrm, one bath,
$475. First month free! Call

One bdrm, ode bath apt.,
$525 per month.
Two bdrms., one oath apt..
$650 per month.
Two bdrms., one bath
house, $850 per month.
All appliances included
Call Joel 786-355-7578

2400 square foot building.
786-390-5286, 305-623-5076

14004 NE 2 COURT
Two bedrooms, two baths
condo. $1100 mthly. Section
8 accepted.
Call Ricky 786-253-7218

18325 NW 44 Court
Large, two bedroom,
two bath, laundry room. Call:

Three and four
bedrooms,central air,
washer and dryer in unit.
$1500 move in special. ,
Section 8 welcome. Call
Morris 305-525-3540

Two bedrooms, two baths,
penthouse, ocean view.
$1200 monthly 1000
square feet.
Section 8 Welcome
786-260-5708 Cell
305-652-2257 Office

Three bdrms, one bath, Sec-
tion 8. $950. 305-979-5178.

Three bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly. 954-663-3990

(N.W. 196 Street) Three
bedrooms, one bath. $1300
monthly. 954-663-3123

1023 N.W. 47 STREET
Three bedroom, one bath.
$1300. Appliances, free wa-
ter. 305-642-7080

1078 N.W. 113th Terrace
One bedroom, air, appliances,
$700 monthly, $1300 to move
in. Section 8 OK. Call:

1150 N.W. 100 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, cen-
tral air, den. $1000.

1245 N.E. 111th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly: Section 8 OK.
786-357-8885 Doreen

14 Ave. and 37 St.
Three bdrms, one bath, air.
Section 8 OK. $980 mthly.

1456 N.W. 60 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$800. Stove, refrigerator, air.

1590 N.W. 47 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air.
$650. Voucher accepted

1782 N.W. 55 Terrace
Two .bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. 786-260-3838

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

2131 NW 100 Street
One bedroom, stove, refrig-
erator, air, carpet, bars, water,
fenced. Call 305-948-6913

2145 NW 99 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, a/c,
tile, appliances, security
bars. welcome section 8.
$1,100 monthly.
after 5 p.m. 305-303-4897

2242A N.W. 82 St
Huge one bedroom, one bath,
newly remodeled, central air.
$650 monthly.

2377 NW82 STREET
Two bdrms, one bath. $1100.
Section 8 ok. 305-903-2931

2452 N.W. 44 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1095. No Down Payment.

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

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

5420 N.W. 7 COURT
One bedroom, one bath, in-
cludes water and electricity.
$700 monthly. 305-257-9449

5532 NW 14 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 welcome

6250 N.W. 1 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath
$800. Two bedrooms one
bath $1100. Appliances,
Free Water/Electric. 305-

Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $850. Four bed-
room also available.

7820 N.E. 1 AVENUE
Two bdrms, one bath. $925.
, Appliances, free water.
796 N.W. 55 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
fenced in. Section 8 OK.

8451 N.W. 19 AVENUE
One bedroom, water, air,
fenced, tile. $750 monthly,
$1875 move in. Not Section
8 affiliated. Terry Dellerson,
Broker, 305-891-6776

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

9355 NW 31 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air, tiled floors, washer, dryer
hook-up, bars. $800 monthly,
first and last. Not Section ap-
proved. 305-625-4515.

941 N.W. 99 Street
Large two bedrooms, one
bath $975 a month, one bed-
room, one bath $660 a month.
water included.

. . 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

One bdrm, one bath, call
Jerry at 786-877- 4766.

Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-467-8784

Two and three bedrooms.
Section 8 welcome.

Two bedrooms, one bath,
under $800 and Three bed-
rooms, one bath, under $900.
Efficiencies also available un-
der $600. Section 8 ok.

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

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

18102 N.W. 8th Avenue
Efficiency for rent.
305-655-1047, 305-407-9220

1863B NW 42 Street
Newly remodeled, with air.

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.

7090 N.W. 17 Avenue
Furnished, secured, $600 a
month, $900 move in,

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

Miami Shores Area

$650 monthly. Utilities in-
cluded. 786-286-2540

2125 N.W. 36 STREET
Efficiencies and one bed-
rooms. Gas and water
included. Starting at $525.

Close to buses. References
required. 305-945-9506

'Move-In Special! $375
monthly. Call 305-717-6084.

Furnished Rooms
1010 N.W. 180TERR
Free cable, kitchen privilege,
back yard. 305-835-2728,

1338 N.W. 68th Street
Rooms available. Call 305-
693-1017 or 305-298-0388.

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

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

1770 N.W. 71 St #6
Cottage room, air, cooking.
$400 move in. 305-303-6019.

1775 N.W. 151 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
or 786-226-5873

1887 N.W. 44th Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.

2010 N.W. 55 TERRACE
One room, central air and
appliances. $125 weekly.

2905 N.W. 57 Street
Small, clean $260 monthly.
$620 to move in, kitchen
available. One person only.

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

$85-$150 weekly, utilities,
kitchen, bath, air. . .
786-260-3838, 305-218-1227

Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable. 305-688-0187

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

10295 S.W. 175 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$875 monthly. 305-267-9449

1153 N.W. 47 Ter.
Four bedrooms, three baths
.$1200 monthly. 786-412-

1270 N.W. 173 TERRACE
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Large Florida room. Section 8
Welcome. 954-486-2917

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

18020 NW 5 AVE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
den. Section 8 Welcome.

1861 Wilmington Street
Move In Speciall
Three bedrooms, two baths,
with air. 786-356-1457

1880 N.W. 65 St
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1000 monthly, $0 security
deposit. 786-262-7313

18911 N.W. 23 COURT
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, wood floors, and
tile, new kitchen. $1450 mth-
ly. Section 8 OK.
786-512-6800, 954-895-9906

1901 NW 65 STREET
Three bdrms, one bath, den,
renovated. Section 8. $1000
plus deposit. 954-243-9972

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

1953 N.W. 155 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, washer, dryer con-
nection. $1300 mthly. Section
8 Welcome. Call Matthew

20061 NW 14 PLACE
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances. 786-356-1686

2310 W. Bunche Park Dr

Remodeled three bedrooms,
one bath. $1250 mthly. Sec-
tion 8 ok. Call 305-801-1165.

2481 N.W. 140 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 305-267-9449

2931 N.W. 49th Street
Dream home with private
fence. Three bedrooms, two
baths, family room, carport.
Not Section 8 approved, no
pets. $1000 monthly, $2000
required. 786-253-1659

3030 N.W. 214th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$700 monthly, $2100 to move
in. Must see! Yard and water
taken care of by owner.
Call 305-621-3573

3141 N.W. 57 STREET
Beautiful two bdrms one bath.
$800 mthly. 786-267-1682

3620 N.W. 169 Ter
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 welcome

3841 NW 174 STREET
Three bedrooms, one and a
half baths. Security bars, air,
stove and refrigerator. No
pets. Section 8 welcome.

3900 NW 170 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1400 monthly. Section 8 ok.

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.

4760 N.W. 179 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath,
washer, dryer. Quiet neigh-
borhood. $1200 includes wa-
ter, first and last.

4900 N.W. 26th Avenue
Completely renovated two
bedroom house with fenced
yard in nice Brownsville
neighborhood. Air-condi-
tioned and ceramic tile floors
throughout. Stove and refrig-
erator. Only $750 per month,
$1500 to move in. Includes
free water and free lawn ser-
vice. Contact Rental Office
2651 N.W. 50th St Miami, FL
33142, 305-638-3699.

5529 NW 30 AVE
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, stove, refrigerator, fenced,
yard. Section 8, ok. $11900
monthly. 305-635-0037

5535 N.W. 30 Avenue
Two bedrooms, new bath,
central air. $850 monthly,
$2125 move in. Not Section
8 affiliated. Terry Dellerson,
Broker, 305-891-6776

651 N.W. 52nd Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1300 monthly.
305-620-4054, 305-527-8330

Three bedrooms, one bath.
$900. Free Water.

770 NW 55 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath, wa-
ter included. $850 monthly.
Call 305-267-9449

7706 NW 15 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated, Corner lot,
air. Section 8 welcome.

8373 NW 12 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
lakefront property, fenced
yard. $1500 monthly.
305-621-3388, 305-607-1085

930 NW 176TERR
Three bedrooms, two baths,
family room, central air.
$1200 monthly, $3000 move
in. Not Section 8 affiliated.
Tony Dellerson, Broker

936 NW 29 STREET
Water included. Three bdrms,
two baths. $1400 monthly.
Also available, two bedrooms,
one bath, $950. Section 8 Ok.

One, two, three and four bed-
rooms. 786-512-6541

Two bedrooms, one bath.
Lights, cable, water, washer,
yard service. $1200 monthly.

Two bdrms, $800-$900.
No dogs. 305-688-6696

Newly remodeled, three
bedroom, one bath. $1350
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
Call 305-926-9273

Rent with Option
13345 S.W. 282 St. Four
bdrms, two and a half baths,

two car garage, central air.
$1450. Call Matthew

Unfurnished Rooms
1492 NW 38 St.- Rear
Appliances and utilities in-
cluded. $140 weekly, $560
moves you in. Call David at:

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


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Macedonia Missionary Bap-
tist Church of Miami,. Inc.
is seeking a professional
church musician skilled in
piano, organ and choir min-
istry. Apply in person at:
3515 Douglas Rd.
(37th Ave)
Coconut Grove
Rev Rudolph Daniels
Pastor 305-343-4290

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

Renew $60 G and Con-
cealed. Driving,Traffic School
Services. 786-333-2084

Handyman, carpet cleaning,
plumbing, hanging doors,
laying tiles, lawn service.

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


undersigned, desiring to
engage in business under
the fictitious name of:
840 N.W. 71st St.
Miami, FI 33150
in the city of Miami. FL
Owner: Marc St. Louis
intends to register the said
name with the Division
of Corporation of State,
Tallahassee, FL. Dated this

2nd day of September,



Pending U.S. home sales jump in July

First-time home buy-
ers kept pending home
sales climbing for the
sixth consecutive month
in July, according to the
National Association of
The group's Pend-
ing Home Sales . Index
jumped 3.2 percent in

July to 97.6. The index is
12 percent higher than in
July 2008.
"The recovery is broad-
based across many parts
of the country," says Law-
rence Yun, chief econo-
mist for the association.
"Housing affordability
has been at record, highs

this year with the added
stimulus of a first-time-
buyer tax credit."
The index was up in the
South and West but de-
clined in the Midwest and
The NAR's Housing Af-
fordability Index for July
was 158.5, up 36 points

year over year.
Yun says home sales
will likely drop in next
year's first quarter if the
tax credit isn't extended.
"However, the funda-
mentals of the housing
market and the economy
are trending up, and we
expect home sales.to gen-

erally pick up in the sec-
ond quarter of 2010," he
Existing-home sales
figures for August will be
released Sept. 24, and
the Pending Homes Sales
Index for the month will
be released Oct. 1, the
association says.

Consumer sentiment at 4-month low

U.S. consumer confi-
dence fell to its lowest
level in four months
in. August on wor-
ries over high unem-
ployment and dismal
personal finances,
though the mood im-
-proved from earlier
this month, a survey
showed on Friday.
The Reuters/Uni-
versity 'of Michigan
Surveys, of Consum-
ers said its final index
of confidence for Au-
gust fell to 65.7 from
66.0 in July.

That was the low-
est since 65.1 in April
but above economists'
expectations for 64.5
and higher than this
month's preliminary
reading of 63.2.
"This tells me con-
sumers are still in
rebuilding phase,"
said Christopher Low,
chief economist at
FTN Financial in New
"Investors still have
to be worried about
the sustainability of
the recovery. It's clear

to me that we can-
not count on growth
through next year as
long as consumers are
still on the ropes."
U.S. stocks hit ses-
sion lows (.SPX) after
the' data, while the
dollar slipped versus
the yen.
U.S. government
bonds, which are fa-
vored by investors
during times of eco-
nomic weakness,
trimmed earlier loss-
Consumers rated

the current econom-
ic conditions as the
worst since March,
when the stock mar-
ket hit 12-year lows.
The index fell to 66.6
from 70.5 in July, but
was an improvement
from 64.9 earlier this
"Confidence . re-
bounded in late Au-
gust as consumers
increasingly expected
improved conditions in
the national economy
even as they reported
the worst assessments

U.S. jobless claims decrease

By Shobhafa Chandra

Fewer Americans
filed claims for jobless
benefits last month,
another sign the econ-
omy is pulling out of
the worst recession
since the 1930s.
Applications fell by
10,000 to '570,000, a
higher level than fore-
cast, in the week ended
Aug. 22 from a revised
580,000 the week be-,
fore, Labor Department
data showed today in
Washington. The to-
tal number of people
collecting unemploy-
ment insurance fell to
the lowest level since
Companies' staff
cuts are- easing as
government stimulus
measures help stabi-
lize the housing and
manufacturing indus-
tries. At the same time,
a rebound in hiring will
take longer to occur, re-
straining the consumer
spending that accounts
for about 70 percent of
the economy. /
"We're definitely see-
ing firings ,slowing as
firms are much.leaner
than they were earlier,"
said. David Semmens,
an economist at Stan-
dard Chartered Bank
in New York. "Any good
news in the labor mar-
ket provides a floor for
consumer sentiment."
Economists fore-
cast claims would
fall to 565,000 from
a previously reported
576,000, according to
the median of 41 pro-
jections in a Bloomberg
'News survey. Estimates
ranged from 540,000

to 580,000.
A separate report
from the Commerce De-
partment 'showed the
U.S. economy contract-
ed less than forecast in
the second quarter as
a jump in government
spending and smaller
cutbacks by consum-
ers helped mitigate a
record plunge in inven-

Amendment # 1
Jackson Health System
Community Based Organization Funding Initiative
RFA No. CBO-09/10

In addition to accepting applications for the two priority areas previously
announced, oncology and oral health, Jackson Health System will also accept
applications for programs involving obstetrics. The obstetrics service
priority focuses on prenatal care services for women at high risk to
promote wellness for women and children.

If you are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and would like.an application,
please call (305) 355-4741 for more information.

Applications will be available for pick-up or to.be mailed through September
11. 2009. at Jackson Memorial Foundation, 901 N.W. 17th Street, Suite
T, Miami, FL 33136. Applications will also be made available online at www.

All application packages must be submitted by hand delivery, courier or
FedEx no later than MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 14. 2009. AT 12 NOON. No
e-mail or faxed submissions will be accepted.


Princeton Manor Apartments is a U.S. HUD Section 202 Supportive Housing
for the Elderly project to located at 33690 SW 187th Avenue, Florida City, Flor-
ida. This project will consist of 90 one bedroom units. If you are 62 years of
age and over, please call for eligibility requirements and application information
between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, at CNC Management (305) 642-
3634/TDD (305) 643-2079.

of their finances since
the surveys began in
1946," the report said.
Consumers' one-year
inflation expectations
fell to 2.8 percent --
the lowest since May --

from July's 2.9 percent.
Five-year inflation ex-
pectations dropped to
2.8 percent from July's
3.0 percent, reaching
their lowest point since


Community Organizer

Community Organizer for not-for-profit community
development organization in Miami-Dade County.
Experience with community organizing and neigh-
borhood revitalization. Fax resume and cover let-
ter no later than September 7, 2009 to:.305-751-
2228 or email to: sharonw@mdnhs.org

The Miami-CDad County Canvassing Board Mil convene at the Office of the Supervsor o
Elections, 2700 N. W 87' Avenue. Miami, Floida. The Canvassing Board is convening on
these dales to conduct the Highand Ranch Estates, HammoCk Laes end Keystone Point
Security Guard Special Taxin I Districts Elections to be held on Sepltmber 15. 2009.M
Thursday. 9/10/09 1. Logic end Accuracy Test of the optical scan voting systems
tO.OO a.m. to b used tor papellois
Monday 9/14109 1. Pro-count Logic and Accuracy Test of the optical can
1000 a.m. through system used fot paper ballots
Wednesday, 9116108 2. Ballots opening and process (as needed)
~___~_______ 3. Duplication ol ballots needed
Tuesday. 911 09 1 Tabulation of results starts
7.00p.m. 2. Uo al Results
Wednesday, 9/1609 1. Canvassing of presumed invalid beliots
Canvassing: 2. Tabulation of results completed
10:00 a m, to completion 3. Certification of Ofcial Retby the County Canvassin
4. Post-count Logic and Accuracy Test of the optical sca
system used fo paper ballots
5. Precincts and question selection lor manual post-eection
______________ 6. Auditt proces starts to completion
A proceedings wfl bee en to he pblc. For a sign language ntepreter or other
accommodations, please call 30r-499-8405 at least tive days in advance. In accordance with
Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, a person who appeals any decision by the canvassing board
with respect to any matte considered at a meeting, he or she wl need a record of Mhe
proceedings and therefore will need o ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings Is
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Supervisor ol Elections
r MIaml.Dade County







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Driver's license

fees increase
The Miami Times Staff Report

As of Sept. 1, the cost to renew driver's license
and vehicle registration have increased. Vehicle
registrations and titles will be 35 to 60 percent
more. Drivers whose birthdays fall between now
and November 30 can possibly save money by
renewing their license or their vehicle registration
now before the new rates go into effect. Driver's
license renewal fees will climb from about $20
to $48. On the other hand, the tax collector's
service fee for processing the renewed license will
increase from $1 to $6.25.

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Certified Firefighter I
$1685.55 bi-weekly

The City of Miami Beach will begin accepting applications for Certified
Firefighter I, starting September 21,2009 through October 1, 2009.
Applications will be accepted only in its entirety, including passing Physical
Ability Test (PAT) results and all the required and supporting
documentation. The PAT will be administered at the Broward Fire Academy
(www.bfa.edu) on September 10, 11, 16,18,23, and 26.

For official job announcement, pre-application requirements, PAT schedule,
application information, other requirements, and to download required
paperwork, please visit web.miamibeachfl.gov/hr

Applications will be accepted
in-person only, starting September 21,2009, at
Miami Beach City Hall, 3rd Floor
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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life insurance, Vacation and Sick time, holiday pay, uniform allowance, educational incen-
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Monday - Friday

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and office visit after 14 days


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The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) is soliciting Bids from qualified firms to provide
concrete coating for SR 924 bridges and systemwide barrier walls. A Pre-Bid conference is
scheduled for September 9,2009 at 10:00 A.M., Eastern Time.

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

The deadline for submitting Bids in response to this ITB is October 6, 2009 by 2:00 P.M.,
Eastern Time.






Drugstores start giving

flu shots early this year

Drugstore operators
are starting their sea-
sonal flu shot cam-
paigns early, saying
they expect greater de-
mand for the vaccine
because the swine flu
strain has dominated
the news.
CVS Caremark and
Walgreen are making
shots available Tues-
day, while Rite Aid says
some of its pharma-
cists already are giv-
ing shots. The vaccine
is intended to prevent,
the seasonal flu and is
separate from vaccines
for swine flu. A swine
flu vaccine could be
ready by mid-October.
CVS says it's offer-
ing the shots three or
four weeks earlier than
usual. Walgreen says it
started giving flu shots
Oct. 1 last year.
CVS and Walgreen
each run about 6,900

stores around the
country. Rite Aid has
about 4,800. Walgreen
says the shots will be
available at almost all
of its stores and about
350 of its Take Care
retail clinics. CVS says
it will give the shots

at scheduled events in away 100,000 free
many of its stores and seasonal flu shots to
at all 500 of its walk-in unemployed people.
MinuteClinics. Phar- It will give out vouch-
macists at about 1,500 ers for the free shots
Rite Aid stores will be at its pharmacies and
able to give the vacci- MinuteClinics. The
nation. shots will be adminis-
CVS also will give tered at its One-Stop

Career Centers, which
are sponsored by the
Labor Department. The
company says the free
shots will cost it about
$3 million.
Walgreen is giving
out $1 million worth of
vaccine to people with
no insurance. It will
send nine tour buses
to select markets na-
tionwide with employ-
ees distributing vouch-
ers for the vaccine.
The Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Pre-
vention, or CDC, rec-
ommends the vaccine
for children, the elder-
ly, caregivers, pregnant
women and people with
weak immune systems
or many other chronic
health problems.
The CDC says about
226,000 Americans
are hospitalized with
the flu each year and
about 36,000 die.

Airlines take precautions to

protect fliers from swine flu

By Charisse, Jones

Airlines say they're
preparing for the return
of swine flu this fall but
stop short of declaring
they'll bar passengers
with symptoms from
planes oi give refunds
for trips canceled be-
cause of the illness.
Rather than impose
special measures to
deal with the H1N1
virus, several U.S. car-
riers emphasize they'll
follow long-standing
policies that permit
them.to keep an ill per-
son from flying, what-
ever the sickness.
"We do definitely re-
serve that right to take
a look at someone, and
if they exhibit signs of
having a communica-
ble disease and flying
is not in their best in-
terest, we can definite-
ly take them off and
get them the medical
care that they need,"
says Paul Flaningan,
a Southwest spokes-
Some airlines say
they're waiting to see
whether to offer re-
funds or waive rebook-
ing fees for passengers
who cannot fly because
they are sick.
"We're going to pro-
ceed with our normal
policies, and if the sit-
uation were to change
drastically then we'd
have to examine that,"
says Christopher
White, spokesman for
AirTran Airways.
Some also say- they'll
continue precautions
- such as offering
passengers anti-bac-
terial wipes and keep-
ing blankets and pil-
lows off planes - they
began in the spring
when the flu strain
The virus, which
broke out in the U.S.
and. Mexico, hurt an
already struggling
airline industry. Air-
lines cut flights in
and out of Mexico by
nearly half, says the
Air Transport Associa-
tion, which represents
major U.S. carriers.
Airlines say concerns
about the virus cut
into revenue. Delta,
for instance, says the
flu cost it $125 million
to $150 million in the
second quarter.
The damage could
be greater in coming
weeks. A report from a

White House advisory
panel last week pro-
jected as many as half
the people in the USA
could become infected
with 'the virus and as
many as 30,000 to
90,000 deaths could
So far, neither the
U.S. Centers for Dis-

ease Control and Pre-
vention nor the World
Health Organization
has called for travel
restrictions, although
planes can play a ma-
jor role in spreading
the flu.
"The plane can
move people around
and migrate the in-

fection," says William
Schaffner, an infec-
tious disease special-
ist and chairman of
preventive medicine at
Vanderbilt University.
"But it also can be an
enclosed environment
where people can then
acquire the infection
from their neighbors."

Case Manager

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min. of 3 years case management experience or Master's In
related field and min. of 1 year of experience.
Submit resume and cover letter electronically to:
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The City of Miami is seeking to fill regular and youth member
vacancies on the OAB/Overtown Community Oversight Board.
Specific qualifications and eligibility requirements are set forth
in Ordinance 12858 amending Article XI of Chapter 2 of the City
Code. Applicants shall be persons of knowledge, experience,
mature judgment and background, having ability and desire
to act in the public interest in order to make informed and
equitable decisions concerning the Overtown Area.

Members must be 18 years of age or older, and be a resident
of the Overtown Area; or own property or operate a business
in the Overtown Area; or be an employee or board member
of a community development corporation of a community
based organization located' in and providing services to the
Overtown Area; or operate or be an employee of a business
in the Overtown Area. Youth members shall be more than 14
and less than 19 years of age, reside in the Overtown Area and
attend an accredited educational institution in the Overtown

The City Commission will consider filling existing vacancies at
its meeting of October 8, 2009. The list of interested individuals
will be available for public review at the Office of the City Clerk on
Friday, September 25, 2009 following the scheduled deadline
for receipt of said applications on Thursday,
September 24, 2009 at 4 PM. Application forms will be
available from the Office of the City Clerk and the City Clerk's
website at http://miamigov.com/city clerk/Pages/Board/Board.
Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk





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The Miami City Commission will hold its first public hearing
concerning the City of Miami Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Budget on
Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:05 p.m. A second public
hearing regarding same is tentatively scheduled for Thursday,
September 24, 2009 at 5:05 p.m. Both meetings will take
place in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, Florida.

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

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk e


Miami Beach Community
Development Corporation

Attention First Time Homebuyers

MBCDC has received funding from the State Initiatives Partnership Program
(SHIP) through the City of Miami Beach
to provide Financial Assistance to prospective First Time Homebuyers
who desire to purchase a home in the City of Miami Beach.
1. Applicants may not earn more than 120% of area median income.
2. Eligible housing units must be foreclosed or abandoned.
3. Maximum Purchase Price is $386,652
. Financial Assistance available up to $40.000-$60.000.
Applications are accepted beginning August 31.2009 and ending September
11, 2009, Monday thru Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Applicants will be selected through a computer lottery system. Please ask
for Julia Martinez or Bianka Fonseca Tel: 305-538-0090
Address: 945 Pennsylvania Avenue, 2nd Floor, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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By Peter Svensson
Associated Press

NEW YORK - While Microsoft
Corp prepares to release the next
incarnation of Windows on Oct 22.
Apple Inc. is cutting ahead, with its
launch a new version of its operating
system for Mac computers on last Fri-
Apple's new Snow Leopard soft-
ware isn't as big of a step forward from
its predecessor as Windows 7 will be
from Windows Vista. The most impor-
tant changes in the Apple operating
system are under the hood, allowing
software developers to rewrite their
programs to run much faster.
Snow Leopard is a relatively cheap
upgrade, costing $29 for an individual,
user who has Leopard, the previous
operating system. A "family pack" for
five uses costs $49.
For Mac owners using the older
Tiger operating system, switching to
Snow Leopard costs $169, or $229
for a family pack. That "box set" in-
cludes the latest iLife and iWork soft-
ware for such tasks as movie editing,
photo organizing and word process-
.ing. Buying the DVD is the only up-
grade option for consumers - you
can't download the software.
What's the catch? Well, part of the
reason Snow Leopard can promise
faster, better applications is that it's de-
signed for Macs with Intel chips, which
Apple started using in early 2006. It
won't run on older Macs with the pre-
vious PowerPC family of chips. The
launch of the new operating system is
a hint to get a new computer.
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software to The Associated Press,
these were some of the most obvious
changes that stood out in Snow Leop-
* The built-in e-mail, calendar and
address book applications will support
Microsoft Exchange servers, the kind
used by most companies.
* Moving the mouse cursor over
a program icon in the "dock" at the
bottom of the screen reveals all the
windows open in that program, tiled
side by side.
* Right-clicking in a window should
bring up more relevant choices.

* The new standard version of the
QuickTime video-playing software
will now convert clips for playing on
iPhones or iPods, or upload them to
* You can make the file thumbnails
even bigger, giving you a better idea
of the contents of your hard drive at
* The operating system is more
compact, freeing about 7 gigabytes of
hard drive space previously claimed by
* Ejecting disks should be easier.
* Web browsing and image and

document previews should
ably faster. This is because mrr
software now processes data
chunks, twice as big as befc
applications should benefit
change as well.
* Developers will also be h
new system called Grand C
patch, which makes it easi
advantage of the multiple
today's processors, boosting
of heavy-duty applications
editing. It will also be easier
vantage of more system me
Lastly, Apple is making i

tap into what can be the most pow-
erful computing engine in a desktop
- 1 PC: the graphics chip. While the
- central processing unit does most of
the heavy lifting, the graphics chip is
mostly called upon to generate screen
be notice- images. Developers will now be able to
nore of the expand the uses of the graphics chip,
a in 64-bit which could make for smarter enemies
ore. Other in video games and more realistic sim-
from this ulations of real-life objects.
So how does Snow Leopard com-
ielped by a pare to Windows 7? -Snow Leopard's
central Dis- benefits will be most apparent down
er to take the road, while Windows 7 promises
"cores" in more of an immediate payoff.
the speed Windows 7 combines a bigger re-
like video vamping of the user interface of Mi-
to take ad- crosoft's last effort, Vista, with a series
mory. of smaller under-the-hood changes. It
t easier to even can work on many older PCs -,

in fact, Windows 7 is supposed to run
better on modest hardware than Vista
Apple's share of the U.S. personal-
computer market nearly tripled from
2004 to 2008 but hasn't gone up sig-
nificantly since then, and now stands
at around 8.5 percent, according to
IDC. So Apple could use a fresh rea-
son for buyers to get excited about
Snow Leopard is unlikely to provide
that. People already have a high opin-
ion of Apple's software. What holds
them back from switching from Win-
dows is still the relatively high price
and limited selection of Macs and
third-party software.
For most Mac users, Snow Leop-
ard will likely be a no-brainer upgrade,
given the low price.

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By Jordan Robertson
Associated Press

criminals might be rethinking
a favorite scam for stealing peo-
ple's personal information.
A report - being released
Wednesday by IBM Corp. shows
a big drop in the volume of
"phishing" e-mails, in which
fraud artists send what looks
like a legitimate message from a
bank or some other company. If
the recipients click on a link in
a phishing e-mail, they land on
a rogue Web site that captures
their passwords, account num-
bers or any other information
they might enter.
IBM's midyear security report
found that phishing accounted
for just 0.1 percent of all spam

in the first six months of this
year. In the same period in 2008,
phishing made up 0.2 percent to
0.8 percent of all spam.
It's not clear what, if anything,
the decline means. (It also doesn't
appear to be a statistical illusion
caused by an increase in other
kinds of spam. IBM said overall
spam volume hasn't expanded,
like it did in years past.)
"That is a huge, precipitous
decline in the amount of phish-
ing," said Kris Lamb, director of
the X-Force research team in
IBM's Internet Security Systems
division, which did the report.
But "I wouldn't tell anybody that
phishing has died as a threat."
Lamb believes phishing might
have fallen off because computer
users are getting smarter about
identifying phony Web sites. Se-

curity software is also getting
better at filtering out phishing
sites before Web surfers ever
seen them.
It could also be that criminals
are moving on from phishing to
another kind of attack, involving
malicious software. IBM said it
is seeing more instances of "Tro-
jan horse" programs, which are
used to spy on victims.
Dean Turner, director of Sy-
mantec Corp.'s global intel-.
ligence network, who was not
involved in IBM's research,
said Symantec has also noticed
less phishing, but warned that
it could increase again later in
the year. Phishing scams spike
around the holidays, he said.
IBM found that criminals are
changing the types of business-
es they attack with phishing.

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Microsoft apologizes for

changing race in photo
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Software giant
Microsoft Corp. is apologizing for altering
a photo on its Web site to change the race
of one of the people shown in the picture.
A photo on the Seattle-based company's
U.S. Web' site shows two men, one Asian
and one black, and a white woman seated
at a conference room table. But on the Web
site of Microsoft's Polish business unit, the
black man's head has been replaced with
that of a white man. The color of his hand
remains unchanged.
The photo editing sparked criticism
online. Some bloggers said Poland's ethnic
horhogeneity may have played. a role in
changing the photo.
"We are looking into the details of this
situation," Microsoft spokesperson Lou
Gellos said in a statement Tuesday. "We
apologize and are in the process of pulling
down the image."

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