The Miami times
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Title: The Miami times
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: The Magic Printery
Place of Publication: Miami, Fla
Creation Date: September 9, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1923.
General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
General Note: "Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis."
General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 25, no. 8 (Oct. 23, 1948).
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Volume 87 Number 2 MIAMI, FLORIDA, SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2009 50 cents (55 cents in Broward)

, Moss defends raises

S* Increased salaries came with
increased responsibility
By Tariq Osborne mission Of-
tosborne@miamitimesonline.com fices, super-
vise several
' Miami-Dade County Com- other offices
mission Chairman Dennis C. that report BANNERMAN
Moss has come under recent to the Chair
fire for salary increases given and carry out similar duties to
to some of his key staffers, that of a number of a high-level
Moss, however, contends executives in County Govern-
that, while the timing was bad, ment," said Moss.
these salary increases are jus- Bannerman concurred.
tified because they come with a "I was surprised that it was DENNIS C. MOSS
substantial increase in respon- an issue. We didn't do anything Commission Chair
sibility. different that hadn't been done
-Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images Moss went on to explain, us- by previous chairs," he said. chair. I just had my eight to ten
ing chief of staff Wayman Ban- Bannerman went on to out- employees."
H a r S pv S aO f enal nerman as an example. line some of his new duties. Bannerman now oversees
Hr pva f d erThe Chief of Staff in a District "You have committees one seven committees and one
Office has responsibility only week out of the month and sub-committee.
QUARTERBACK JACORY HARRIS #12 of the Miami Hurricanes throws a touchdown pass for their district," said Moss. County commission meetings "Now I'm in charge of 77 em-
in the fourth quarter to Graig Cooper #2 against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Camp- Now, Chief of Staff Banner- twice a month now," he said. ployees; with the other five di-
bell Stadium on September 7 in Tallahassee, Florida. Miami defeated Florida State 38-34. man "has the responsibility to "Before, I was not in charge visions that report to the office
work with all 13 County Com- of agendas; that's office of the Please turn to RAISES 4A

Small Black turnout at health reform forum

Hundreds meet at Miami Dade College North Campus
By Tariq Osborne that no signs or bullhorns Miami D
tosborne@miamitimesonline.com would be allowed, were largely Campus ai

Ronald Ful-
ton, 46, was one of the earliest
arrivals to Congressman Kend-
rick Meek's town hall meeting
on healthcare. It was his hope
that through the din of violent
protest over healthcare's pro-
posed revamping; he could get
the actual truth directly from
Congressman Meek.
"I want to know how it will
affect me at the grassroots lev-
el," he said. I'm tired of getting
secondhand information. No-
body's broken it down line by
line and told us what the pros
and cons are," he said.
Meek found both the time-
and an audience receptive
enough to listen.
The signs outside the event,
warning audience members

unneeded as the 500-seat au-
ditorium was not even filled to
capacity. No voices were even

ade College's North
auditorium did not go

unfilled for lack of trying. While
the crowd was primarily white
or Hispanic, one notable ex-
ception was a large contingent

-Mivami limes notusS ariq usoorne
AN EXPECTANT CROWD waits for Congressman Kendrick Meek to address their questions
on healthcare reform.

DR. JOHN LESTER is concerned about the rising cost of
health care and how congress will address the issue.

of questioners from Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church.
"My seniors; I'm concerned
about my seniors," said

Ladorne Franklin Ray, 48. "A
lot of them need to go to the,
doctor but won't, and if it,
weren't for them, we wouldn't

be where we are," she said.
"So when I heard about this,
I brought a 33-passenger bus
Please turn to FORUM 4A

A- St. Francis parishioners, what's next?

300 parishioners are left without a

, home church

By Tariq Osborne
.. tosborne@miamitimesonline.cornm

Judging by its liveliness; it would be difficult to guess
that last Sunday's ceremony was St. Francis Xavier's last.
But beneath the songs and the crowd's obvious joy at the
four baptisms that took place, there' was an air of uncer-
"I'm very disturbed and unhappy," said Dorothy Graham,
dean of the Church's congregation. "I'll have to just rely on
faith. I can't imagine this sanctuary being used for any-
thing else."
Graham, 94, is one of roughly 300 parishioners who will
be left without a mother church, after St Francis Xavier
closes. The Church's closure, according to the Archdiocese
of Miami, is due to budgetary constraints.
According to the Archdiocese; the archdiocese has been
helping some parishes pay their bills for years - bills that
Please turn to ST. FRANCIS 4A

LAUREN AND ALETHA BUTLER, mother and daughter are
members of one of the founding families of St Francis.

-Miami Times Photos Tariq Osborne

Get bin Laden, rout al-Qaeda and then leave Afghanistan

By DeWayne Wickham

"Don't go down that rabbit
hole." That's what the voice of
reason inside Barack Obama's
head should be shouting as
pressure grows for the presi-
dent to sharply increase Amer-
ican military forces in Afghani-

There are already 62,000
U.S. troops - and an even
larger number of quasi-military
contractors - in that war-torn
country. And Gen. Stanley Mc-
Chrystal, the American com-
mander there, is expected to
ask for 10,000 to 45,000 more
He says they're needed to help

stabilize Afghanistan's govern-
ment and military. That's a
nation-building subplot that
diverts resources from what
ought to be the Obama admin-
istration's primary mission:
hunting down Osama bin Lad-
en and destroying al-Qaeda.
That's the job President Bush
set out to do. But it got bogged

down trying to punish the Tali-
ban, botching a mission that
started as retaliation for al-
Qaeda's attacks on 9/11.
Taliban leaders were chased
from power shortly after U.S.
forces invaded Afghanistan
in 2001. In the years since,
first Bush and now Obama
have used U.S. military pow-

er to prop up the corrupt but
pro-American government of
Hamid Karzai.

Keeping Karzai in power -
and the Taliban at bay - has
become an increasingly de-
manding job for American forc-
es. This side mission has also

clouded the judgment of a lot of
people who have a hand in de-
fining the role of U.S. troops in
Instead of committing this na-
tion's military to a generational
war against a religious sect
over control of a distant land,
.Obama should give American
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Wealthy tax evaders must pay
Most Americans pay their taxes, play by the rules and
don't stash their cash in Swiss bank accounts. But
soon they could get a chance to see how the other
half - or more like the other 0.1 percent - lives.
Thanks to years of dogged pursuit and painstaking negotia-
tions, the IRS is about to get a peek into what appears to be a
vast underworld of wealthy Americans who thought they were
above the law.
That glimpse results from a groundbreaking IRS deal with
the Swiss bank UBS to examine 4,450 secret accounts of
American clients holding about $18 billion, much of which
presumably was stashed there for the purpose of avoiding
At the risk of stating the obvious - it's about time. When
.Americans don't pay their taxes, they should be forced to.
They should pay interest and stiff penalties. And, in some
cases, they should go to jail.
All this should be self-evident. But not long ago, these prin-
ciples were not as well understood. In some circles, secret
offshore bank accounts were seen as an entitlement of the
rich, kind of like a house in the Hamptons or a collection of
fancy cars.
Today's excess of offshore accounts owes its existence less
to onerous tax rates (the federal top bracket of 35 percent is
half of whatdt was in the 1970s than to a period in the 1990s
when Congress zealously undermined regulators, law enforc-
ers and tax collectors who got in the way of powerful busi-
nesses and wealthy individuals.
Congressional hearings in 1997 and 1998 cast the tax col-
lectors, not the tax cheats, as the principle villains. Though
the IRS abused its authority in some cases, this casual at-
titude toward tax collection helped foster a demand for tax
avoidance, one that Swiss bankers were happy to accommo-
Despite the deal penetrating Switzerland's longstanding veil
of bank secrecy, it's not clear how far federal authorities will
go in finding tax cheats in other offshore banks. Countries
and banks that build business models around abetting tax
avoidance might never be eliminated.
The IRS' aggressiveness in tracking down UBS clients is a
commendable attempt to restore some balance to tax enforce-
ment. Going after wealthy tax evaders won't put much of a
dent in trillion dollar federal deficits, but it's as good a place
as any to start. -USA TODAY

Huge deficit is necessary evil

B en Bernanke has a tough job ahead of him. The newly
renominated Federal Reserve chairman, who rescued
the economy from a possible depression, must now
figure out how to unwind his monetary stimulus programs. If
he moves too quickly he kills the nascent recovery, too slowly
and he ignites inflation.,
But at least Bernanke operates in good faith and has the
flexibility to act in ways he believes are in the nation's best
It's difficult to say the same of the U.S. Congress, which con-
trols fiscal policy. Thanks to years of neglect and irresponsi-
bility, runaway budget deficits threaten to pour sand into the
economic engine that has propelled U.S. living standards for
The White House's disturbing new deficit projections - $9
trillion in added debt over 10 years - are partly the result of
actions such as the Iraq war, the Bush administration's tax
cuts, and the necessary but distasteful efforts to rescue the
financial system and stimulate the economy. But the biggest
long-term source of red ink is the open spigot of taxpayer mon-
ey pouring into benefit programs, particularly those dedicated
to health care.
Of the $9 trillion, almost half can be attributed to growth in
Medicare and Medicaid spending. This year, the health pro-
grams for the elderly and poor will cost about $687 billion. By
2019, they are forecast to run about $1.3 trillion.
President Obama, many Democrats and some Republicans
are trying to devise a plan that would at least begin to re-
strain the growth in health care costs while also expanding
insurance coverage. Yet some Democrats have put too much
emphasis on the latter goal and too little on the former. And
many Republicans have responded by demonizing as "ration-
ing" every effort to control runaway costs. Given all that is at
stake, this behavior is truly appalling.
In a way, though, the Democrats have it coming to them.
They killed President Bush's efforts to shore up Social Security
without even offering a serious counterproposal to bring the
retirement program's expenses in line with its income.
Unless and until lawmakers from both parties are willing
to tackle the main drivers of federal spending, the nation will
continue down the path toward economic ruin. -USA TODAY



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That four letter word needs to be explained

There exists a word in the
.American English language
that on its own incites such
a reaction that it may as well
be taboo. It isn't a curse word
nor a derogatory term, but
rather a simple four-letter
concept that by and large en-
capsulates the crux of many
of our problems as a nation.
It often divides us, and hin-
ders us from engaging in ac-
tual dialogue to address social
and cultural issues. This word
is none other than race - and
it's about time we start having
a real, horiest and thorough
discussion surrounding it.
In March of 2008, then-Sen-
ator Barack Obama delivered
an extraordinary speech on
race relations in America. He
stated: "We can accept poli-
tics that breeds division, and
conflict and cynicism. We can
tackle race only as a spectacle
- as.we did in the OJ trial - or
in the wake of tragedy, as we
did in the aftermath of Katrina
... Or, at this moment, in this
election, we can come togeth-
er and say, 'Not this time. "
Last week, Governor Da-
vid Paterson of New York ad-
dressed his dwindling poll
numbers and rising disap-
proval by interjecting race.
His critics say that instead of

No excuse.
Jasmine Lynn, a Spelman
sophomore, was killed by a
stray bullet as she walked on
the campus of Clark Atlanta
University on September 2 just
after midnight.'She was chat-
ting with friends not far from
the place where six shots were
fired during a fight at Clark At-
One of her friends heard the
gunshot, saw the weapon, and
yelled for Jasmine to get on the
ground. But as she moved to
the ground she was shot in the
chest, and died shortly there-
The 19-year-old student from
Kansas City, Mo. is one of ap-
proximately 2,500 Black youth
15-24 who die each year from
gun homicide. African-Ameri-
can youth are more likely than
any other group
of young people to be killed by
guns. In contrast 950 Hispan-
ic youth and 600 white youth
die from gun homicide. Can
we really afford to lose 2,500
young people each year to this
horrible violence? What are we
prepared to do about it?
My heart breaks for Jas-
mine's family, and also for the
Spelman family who gathered
Thursday to mourn one of their
own. It is ironic that last week
was HBCU week. The commem-
oration was anchored with a
presidential proclamation, and
a conference that drew dozens
of HBCU president, including
Spelman's Dr. Beverly Daniels
Tatum, to Washington, DC.
I cannot imagine Dr. Tatum's
horror in leaving a dinner that
celebrated HBCU's and re-
turning to a campus tragedy.
Of course, Jasmine's death is
not only a campus tragedy, be-
cause gun homicide is so prev-
alent in our community (with
more than six youngsters be-

acknowledging some of his
own shortcomings, the Gov-
ernor has blamed the media
for wanting to get rid of a
Black politician.
I am the first one to rec-
ognize racism and injus-
tice when I see, but when
it's made to appear that we

should all recognize the tre-
mendous progress we have
achieved, but also remember
that much work still needs
to be done. We cannot allow
ourselves to turn a blind eye
toward the many advances
we've made, and we should
be responsible enough to dis-

Now for my White counterparts, we cannot fail to face the reality
of institutional and structural divides that have existed since
our founding over 200 years ago.

use race as a knee jerk re-
action to more complex is-
sues, it helps neither Blacks
nor anyone else. We as Black
people should recognize the
complexities of governing.
And at the same time, no
one should be naive enough
to think that some in the me-
dia do in fact foster certain
biases and speak from their
own prism rather than from
a place of objectivity.
Paterson may have disap-
pointed some, but remember
that others judged him from
a different standard from day
one, and that in and of itself
suggests feelings of unfair-
When it comes to race, we

tinguish racism from other is-
Now for my White counter-
parts, we cannot fail to face
the reality of institutional and
structural divides that have
existed since our founding
over 200 years ago. We can-
not ignore the fact that life for
most Blacks today is still very
different than it is for Whites
when it comes to the areas of
education, health care and the
criminal justice system. So
it is natural for people to ad-
dress life based on how their
own life is situated.
In order for us to advance
beyond racism, we need to
thoroughly analyze and as-
sess the overwhelming ways

For gun violence
ing shoT each day), it is an tial snuf
African-American tragedy, a gun viol
national tragedy. Jasmine, or African-P
another young woman, could about so4
have been shot almost any- about th(
where, many livi
Actually, not almost any- It is tin
where. She probably could not economic
have been shot in the lobby of explain 1h
an upscale hotel. It is unlike- our .corn
ly that she would have been cially th(
shot in a wealthy suburb of that cos
Atlanta. People know better every foi
than to bring guns to those for us to
places, and to exchange emphatic
shots in those places. But behavior
in inner-city neighborhoods, caused, ca
it is apparently okay to pull , I am t,
guns out, regardless of what much as

ffed out because of
ence.. As much as
imerican leaders rail
cial ills, we must rail
ese guns that cut too
es short.
me to stop the socio-
c litany of excuses to
dgh rates of crime in
amunity, and espe-
e senseless violence
ts us 10,000 lives
ui years. It is time
declare, in the most
c terms, that this is
that cannot be ex-
annot be tolerated.
walking to myself as
s to anyone when I

J asmine Lynn, a Spelman sophomore, was killed by a stray bullet as she walked
on the campus of Clark Atanta University on September 2 just after midnight
She was chatting with friends not far from the place where six shots were fired
during a fight at Clark Atania.

is going on around you, and
just shoot. Infants have been
killed by flying bullets.
Young girls sitting in their
aunt's front room have had
their lives shortened by thugs
who, on a public street, de-
cided to disregard the vibrant
neighborhood life around
them and have a shoot-out.
How many of us will get as
excited about gun violence
as about racist minutiae?
How many of us are actu-
ally willing to rail against the
guns that have seeped into
the hands of mostly young
Black men who are costing
us thousands of lives each
year. What do we lose when
we lose these lives? We lose
scholars and mothers, chem-
ists and diplomats, young
people whose potential has
not yet been defined, poten-

say it is time to draw a line
in the sand with all of the ex-
cuses that we make for folk
who choose, let me repeat,
choose, to use guns to re-
solve disputes, notwithstand-
ing the innocent bystanders
who may be killed. We have
all heard it all -- about the
proliferation of guns in our
community, the escalation
of violence, issues of "self
esteem", and so on. Legis-
latively we can fight to stop
the proliferation of guns, and
we should fight the National
Rifle -Association and all of
those folks who seem to want
to make firearms more read-
ily accessible, regardless of
the consequences. Morally,
however, we must say that
this violence is unacceptable,
that we have zero tolerance
for it, and that it must stop.

in which race
plays such a critical role.
It's time for the adults to enter
the room and have a real con-
versation surrounding race.
Why do we focus so heavily
on pne's race? What are the
true ramifications of racism?
Where is discrimination still
Where have we transcended
racism? How can we deter-
mine when race is the cause
of an incident and when it
is just used to justify other
underlying issues? How can
we as individuals work to-
wards amending some of
our own learned behaviors?
And how can we collectively
bring about actions that will
truly transform us one day
into a post-racial society?
I remember reading about Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. ad-
dressing a gathering after a
victorious southern civil rights
battle where many were re-'
counting sacrifices made and
the pain, sustained in that par-
ticular battle. And an old man,
interrupted the grumblings of
the crowd to say what I say
today, "We ain't what we want
to be; we ain't what we ought
to be; we ain't what we gonna
be; but thank God we ain't
what we was."

We talk lots
about racial
disparities -- health dispari-
ties, economic disparities,
and other disparities, and we
can get very detailed about
the ways these disparities af-
fect our community. Here's a
disparity -- an African-Amer-
ican youth is 18 times more
likely to die in a firearms ho-
micide than a white youth.
And for every youngster killed
by a gun four are injured.
Indeed, one of the young
people walking with Jasmine
Lynn was struck in the wrist
by another of the stray bul-
lets. Fireamrs rank as the
leading cause of death for
Black youth. If we believe
our rhetoric that children are
our future, then we ought to
do something about gun vio-
lence, especially gun violence
among young people.
Many young people are
organizing to educate them-
selves and each other about
the heavy toll of violence.
Last year, two students at
North Carolina A&T State
University were killed in ran-
dom violence.
The student body presi-
dents of North Carolina A&T
and the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro
joined with Bennett Col-
lege student body president
Mesha White to lead hun-
dreds of their peers through
downtown Greensboro in a
stop the violence rally. I was
proud of our students for
taking a stand, but now sea-
soned leaders must lend them
both a hand and strong voices
to say "enough". Not just be-
cause of Jasmine Lynn. Be-
cause of 2,500 a year. Because
this violence is corrosive and
enough is enough.

T)e Oliami Timeo






How should we judge our

Teddy Kennedy's death has
made me reconsider the way I
view. leadership. In America, we
expect our political leaders to as-
cend to a sinless.status. Our po-
litical leaders have to transcend
their human flaws and be perfect.
Is this too demanding a standard,
one that no one can achieve? On
the other hand, should we not
expect our leaders to be of the
highest moral character?
What would have happened to
this country if the voters of Mas-
sachusetts had -riot re-elected
Teddy Kennedy after the Chap-
paquiddick incident, where he
was probably driving intoxicated.
and went off a small bridge into
the water, causing the death of
his female passenger ? We would
have lost one of our most pas-
sionate, compassionate senators
who sponsored some 300 pieces
of legislation that helped blacks,
woman, farmer workers, the dis-
abled, the elderly, the sick, the
poor, and the very young.
If we really analyze our .great
leaders, all of them had flaws.
Martin Luther King, Jr. , John
F; Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt,
Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jef-
ferson, George Washington,- andt
Samuel Adams all allegedly had
mistresses. Abraham Lincoln,
and Ulysses Grant suffered from
severe bouts of depression. Grant
treated his problem with alco-
hol. If the electorate had thrown
them. out - who would have ac-'
complished the great tasks that
they performed? Our greatest
leaders made mistakes, and yet
achieved greatness despite their
human flaws.
As Jesus was the only sinless
man, should we not accept the.
fact that our leaders are going
to be flawed? While we do not

Will the community financially support the African Heritage

Cultural Arts Center if it.loses county funding?

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want political
leaders who
are corrupt,
thieves, and
simply in of-
fice to steal.
Can we ac-
cept a leader who has stumbled
and has some human flaws?
What if the flaws are magnified
by a press that takes delight in
building up our leaders and then
tearing them down?
I think that Black leaders
come under particular scrutiny.
Congressional Black leaders are
investigated at a rate three times
higher than their white peers.
In Miami, The Miami Herald
seems to take delight in destroy-
ing Black leaders. Every strong
Black leader in this town has
come under attack from the me-
dia which include former Con-
gresswoman Carrie P. Meek,
Congressman. Kendrick Meek,
the late Miami Commissioner Ar-
thur Teele, former Miami-Dade
Commissioner Barbara Carey
Shuler, M. Athalie Range, Miami
Commissioner Michelle Spence-
Jones, former Superintendent
Rudy Crew, Bishop Victor T.
Curry, Rev. Richard P. Dunn and
most recently Ronda Vangates.
Sometimes, I think that you are
not a strong leader. in this com-
munity if you do not come under
attack. The Miami Herald bias is
so severe that even when the re-
port a positive achievement of a
Black political leader, they will
also throw in some past scandal,
some past innuendo or generally
a negative twist.
In this town, if you want to help
Black people, you need a thick
skin, because you will invariably
be attacked if you become effec-


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Liberty City, Retired

To be honest,
I don't know. I
think that they
will, but I real-
ly hope that it
gets the coun-
ty funding so
we don't have
to fund out. I
believe the community would
support it though. We generally
try to support things that help
Black people improve.

Entrepreneur, Liberty City

Yes, they will. A lot of people
in the Black community are
starting to realize how impor-
tant their community is-be-
cause it's starting to be taken
away. Many of them have been
here all their lives, but now
they're living with more Haitian
and Spanish people. So I think
the people are aware of it. They
want the property and Blacks

are aware of it.
The commu-
nity will push
back. They
won't let the
Cultural Arts
Center be tak-
en away.

Medical Worker, Miami Gardens

The com-
munity will
support it. I
believe they
will because
this is an Afri-
When you � --
have some-
thing like this
that benefits the people, they
will strongly support it. I myself
will strongly support it.

Miami, Retired

Yes we abso-
lutely. will. We
always have
our class meet-
ings there, We
had a func-
tion there Fri-
day. The Class
of 1960 had
its meetings
there. The Cultural Arts Cen-
ter is part of our community
and we need it bad. They want
to take everything away. We
actually talked about this just
Friday, and yes the community
will support it.

Student, Miami

Yes, because
the commu-
nity will look
at it like this;
the rest of the
county isn't
taking the Arts
Center seri-
ously because
it's a Black institution. So the

community will support it for
that reason.

Student, Miami

Yes the
will. This
has a lot
of African-
The commu-
nity will be
ed if the county takes away the
funding, but it won't let the Arts
Center go.. The community is
proud, and it'll support the Arts
Center to prove that it can, that
it doesn't need the county.



City Seven

Good idea not always a bright idea

Dear Editor,

The new Miami Edison Senior
High School has not changed
for me. I mean the outward
appearance has been altered
but, the inside the problems
still exist and have yet to be
addressed. I'm sorry, Mr. Su-
perintendent, when you have

an area that has a high immi- first day of school should not
grant population, single parent be a photo shoot for the Super-
households and violence prone, intendent and Mayor but why
you don't just change the out- would they care because they
side. The inside too needs tran- don't have kids that go to Edi-
sition. I don't mean add some son. Change within Edison goes
new computers here and there beyond the new flags and paint
but I mean a mentality trans- but tackling these barriers that
formation where students re- distract our kids from learning.
ally have a desire to learn. The Mr Carvalho, what happens at

the end of the year when you
find out your collegiate "Edison
Edu-Plex" did not help the stu-
dents improve? Who will take
the blame or will you accept
that the Eduplex was just not a .
bright idea?

Tiffany Walkins

Leaders don't pick leaders, the people do

Dear Editor, '

I am writing in reference to
Reginald Clyne's "Point of Or-
der" commentary in the August
19 edition of The Miami Times.
By now, the community
should be aware that at least
three candidates have filed to
run in the next Miami-Dade
Schools District 2 election. I
have always encouraged peo-
ple, who think they can make
a difference, to run for elective
office. It is a good thing since
the District has the most "F"
schools and we say'farewell to
Dr. Solomon C. Stinson.
There are two issues that ex-
ception to. The first being Cly-

ne's undercover endorsement of
Ronda Vangates and the second
being Stinson's gall that he can
"anoint" someone to take his
place. Leaders don't pick lead-
ers, the people dol Clyne is right
in that support of Stinson and
former Miami-Dade Commis-
sioner Barbara Carey-Shuler
is a "hell of an endorsement."
What he failed to tell the read-
ers is that hle and the others
have a vested interest in sup-
porting Vangates candidacy.
Clyne. has a contract with the
School Board and Carey-Shuler
and County Commissioner Au-
drey Edmonson's sons, both
who work for the public school

More importantly, he leaves
the readers to opine, by the
tone of his commentary that'
former State Rep. Dorothy
Bendross-Mindingall is too old
and weak. Darryl Reaves ended
his political career early when
he characterized former U.S.
Congressman Carrie P. Meek
as such. Bendross-Mindingall
has education written all over
her. Beginning as a teacher
in the classroom working her
way to principal and then to
the Florida Legislature. Fight-
ing for education is a hard re-
sume to beat. She got mothers
off of welfare and got them to
work at her school when she
was principal at Lillie C. Evans

Elementary. And not once has
her name ever been tainted. On
the other hand, Clyne and the
other supporters would have
you think that Vangates, some-
one who had to resign from her
position because police officers
and other school officials had
to stop her from being involved
in a public fight at the School
Board building. where she took
off her shoes, is the-best can-
didate. How embarrassing. Is
this the kind of person I want
as a role model for my children?
I think not. Shame on all of you,
especially Clyne. You know bet-
Robert L. Terry,

Save the Center for Independent Living of South Florida

Dear Editor,

I visited the Center for Inde-
pendent Living of South Florida,
located at 6660 Biscayne Blvd., a
few days ago and was saddened
to hear that their budget was

on the county's financial "chop- within our "normal box" is reject-
ping block". The Center services ed. Well, this is a great opportu-
people or constituents with dis- nity to challenge the status quo.
abilities/special needs. However, With the abundance of large pay
this population is invisible and raises/cash and gifts being doled
in some ways ignored by most of out like candy to a select few in
society. Anything that does not fit County government. I am cer-

tain there is enough resources to
save the Center for Independent
Living. Hell, it's the people's mon-
ey...isn't it? Well.. .maybe not.

Dr. Robert Malone Jr.,

End.childhood obesity

To put it simply, Black kids
are, on average, more obese than
their white or Latino peers. As
they age, these kids usually don't
outgrow their obesity: they usu-
ally become overweight adults.
A recent study found that nearly
80 percent of children who were
obese between the ages of 10 and
15 were also obese once they
reached 25. Overweight children
and teens are at risk for develop-
ing high blood pressure and dia-
betes and are more likely to have

a heart attack or stroke in adult-
hood than their thinner coun-
terparts. Childhood obesity is a
growing problem, one that must
be put in check. This isn't about
aesthetics. It's about health.
There are a lot of reasons our
kids are overweight. Among them
is today's focus on activities,
such as video games and surfing
the web, that don't require young
people to exert much physical
effort. Combine that with un-
healthy food choices, whether

they be quick meals put together
by overworked parents or those
dished out in school cafeterias,
and you've created a growing
health epidemic that is 100 per-
cent preventable.
If we really care about our chil-
dren, well work to ensure that
they avoid the dangers associat-
ed with childhood obesity. Politi-
cal leaders in urban areas more
likely to have an abundance of
fast food restaurants and very
few choices for healthy eating,

can work together
to provide incentives to entice
healthier restaurant and gro-
cery store chains to set up shop
in their communities. Education
leaders must ensure 'that pub-
lic schools provide healthy meal
choices in their cafeterias. Poor
students, many of whom are Af-
rican American, are more likely
to eat school lunches. For many,
this is their only complete meal
of the day; it should be a healthy

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Church has rich 82-year history .

ST. FRANCIS member of one of the St. Fran- the Gesu," said Graham. "Black it was rather insensitive to have ,
continued from 1A cis's founding families. Martin, a people were assigned to the back merged us back with the Gesu,"
Kendall resident, says she passes seats. he said. - . '

have added up to millions of
dollars and which the arch-
diocese can no longer afford."
Combining parishes will rem-
edy this. But with the closure
of both St Francis Xavier and
the St. Phillip Neri mission in
Miami Gardens, Holy redeemer
Roman Catholic Church will
be the last traditionally Black
. Catholic Church in Miami-
Dade. The Archdiocese has
asked the congregation of St.
Francis Xavier to join with that
of Gesu Parish in Downtown
"I don't know what church I
'will go to now, said Graham. "
I do know I will not go to the
Father John Cox, who often
performs ceremonies at both St
Francis and at Holy Redeemer
in Liberty City, does not expect
many of the members to join
Sthe Gesu Parish.
""They're not going to go to the
Gesu," said Cox. " It's not out
of any disrespect to the Gesu
church, it's just to be able to
express their faith according to
their own Afro-centric spirituality
and history is important to them.
I think the majority of the mem-
bers will go to Holy Redeemer
Church in Liberty City," he said.
"I will likely go to Holy Redeem-
er," said Paulette Martin, echoing
his sentiments. Martin, 60, is a

five churches all within ten min- Cox
utes of her home to attend at St. tory. married at St. Francis. "I re-

Dean of the congregation

WARREN AND JORDAN BUTLER, members of St. Francis
for three years.

Francis. "I preferred to come here,
because this is where my great
grandparents started," she said.
"This is my history."
History has much to do with
the reason many of St Francis's
parishioners will resist the idea
of attending services at the Gesu
Church. "We came here from

St. Francis is the mother church
of the Black catholic community
in South Florida," he explained.
"It was established in 1927 by
Black Catholics who had to sit in
colored only pews at the Gesu,"
he explains. "They received com-
munion only after the white folk.
That's why the people felt that

Economic slump halts Ebony Fashion Fair

The country's uncertain econ- ensure that the show is a mutu-
omy has brought a halt to ,the ally beneficial endeavor."
annual tour of Black America's The show has been an annual
most famous fashion show after fundraiser for the local chap-
a 50-year run. . ters of Alpha Kappa Alpha and
The Ebony Fashion Fair that Delta Sigma Theta sororities
has traveled the country, Cana- , in Miami-Dade, Broward, and
* da, and the Bahamas every fall, Palm Beach counties. The event
featuring beautiful models and was famous for attracting tlhe
fashionable clothes has can- most smartly dressed women in
celled its 2009 schedule. the area.
+ In a statement, chairwoman These fundraisers will no
and CEO Linda Johnson Rice doubt miss the visits to their
said: "In light of the overall eco- communities because" they
nomic challenges that are af- have proven to be valuable to
fecting many, including our po- LINDA JOHNSON RICE civic organizations and chari-
tential corporate sponsors, we Chairwoman of Ebony Fashion Fair ties. Since 1958, the Ebony
have arrived at a most difficult Fashion Fair show has donat-
decision to cancel Ebony Fash- the coming months, we will de- ed more than $55 million to
ion Fair's fall 2009 -season. In velop a new business model to charitable organizations.

Ne.w approach would follow "Powell doctrine"

ceived my first communion and
all the sacraments here," she
said, sadly. "I haven't decided
what church IIl go to now. As
much as I'd like to go to' Holy
Redeemer, that's quite a trip for
a senior." Butler, a Kendall resi-
dent, is 78 years old.
Younger parishioners are
equally stymied. Ill miss all the
singing," said Jordan Butler,
12. Butler has been attending
services at St. Francis with his
father, Warren Butler, for three
"I'm not sure where well go
next, said the elder Butler, but
it'll be hard to find a group of
people like this one."

-Miami Times Photos lanq Usborne
RONALD FULTON WAS one of the earliest arrivals at Con-
gressman Kendrick Meek's healthcare town hall meeting last

Meek supports "public option"

continued from 1A

for them."
The bus was filled. "When I
asked them to come, they had no
problem doing so," she added.
Geraldine Taylor was one of
"Ray's" seniors. "We came so
that we can learn more about.
the health care package," she
For Meek's part, he said. that
Obama's push for a govern-�
ment-run plan that would com-
pete with private insurers has
not drawn enough support in
Congress. "If you're against a
public option you're basically
saying you want to do nothing
about the cost of insurance be-
cause they are never going to
stop gouging Florida consum-

ers," he said.
Meek was joined at the meet-
ing by AARP Florida State Di-
rector Lori Parham, who has
disputed some of the Republi-
can Party of Florida attacks on
the healthcare legislation. She
wrote to the state party's chair-
man, Jim Greer, that he was as-
sailing potential Medicare cuts
without mentioning the billions
of dollars that would be invested
into expanding Medicare and
prescription drug coverage.
But audience members had
more immediate concerns. "I
have children and grandchil-
dren," said George Moore, 53,
as he scurried past.
"I'm here because I'm con-
cerned about my own health-
or lack thereof," joked Dr. John
Lester, 55.

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forces in Afghanistan a single,
clearly stated mission: Get bin
Laden and his top aides and
then come home.
This is an approach that
most Americans would back,
and it comports with the Pow-
ell Doctrine. That's the strat-
egy - first articulated by
soldier-turned-diplomat Colin
Powell - of using overwhelm-
ing military force against a
threat to our national securi-
ty. Such a mission must also
have popular support and a
well-defined exit strategy.

What Obama shouldn't do is
commit more troops to what
amounts to a fight to decide

who will govern Afghanistan.
That. shouldn't be America's
war because there simply
aren't any good guys in that
battle. Though the Taliban
would reinstate a misogynistic
rule upon the Afghan people,
it does not differ dramatical-
ly from the current govern-
Earlier this year, Karzai
signed a bill into law that
permits Shiite men to starve
their wives if they refused to
meet their husbands' sexual
demands. Under this legis-
lation, women must also get
their husbands' permission
to work outside the home and
give guardianship rights of
children exclusively to men in
the family.
And then there's last month's
"democratic" election. Karzai's
supporters were widely re-
ported to have made a mock-

ery of the democracy that his
government was supposed to
have ushered into Afghani-
stan. According to various
news reports, widespread
ballot box stuffing plagued
the presidential contest.
Some of the cases were so
flagrant that the ballot boxes
at one empty polling place re-
portedly were full of complet-
ed ballots just an hour after
it opened.
This is the democracy that
American troops are fighting
for in Afghanistan, while bin
Laden and his top advisers
continue to elude capture.
Obama should leave it to Af-
ghanistan's warring factions
to decide who will govern that
forsaken land, and he should
use the sizeable force of U.S.
troops already in Afghanistan
to wage a war of necessity -
against Osama bin Laden.

Moss offset raises by cutting positions

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of the chair," he said.
When asked whether the new
duties mike his work stress-
ful, Bannerman was sanguine.
"I don't speak those words,"
he said. "I'm too blessed to be
Bannerman fully expects
to return to his former salary
when Chairman Moss's term
"The chairmanship has a
two-year term. You should go
back to your old salary after
that. I don't have a problem
with that. That's what seems
fair to me, in fact that was my
policy coming in," he said.
Moss says that the same
principle is applicable to the

other positions as well.
" A media aide in a District
Office is not the same as a Di-
rector of Media Relations in the
Chair's Office; an Office Man-
ager in a District Office is not
the same as an Assistant Chief
of Staff in the Chairman's Of-
fice," he said.
"When I took office as the
new Chairman in January, I
had the immediate responsi-
bility of building a team of staff
members to handle all of the
duties associated with running
the office," he said.
"Staffing the office entailed
establishing what positions
would be necessary, what their
job titles and responsibilities
would be, and what their level
of pay would be commensurate
with their job duties."

According to Moss then,
these were not simple ,salary
increases, but promotions.
Moss, however, is not blind
to our County's economic re-
alities. "My office's response
to the reality that you have to
do more with less has been ad-
dressed," he said.
To-wit, there are eight fewer
positions on Moss's staff than
on the immediate commission
staff of last year.
Moss went into specific de-
"Today, there is one less leg-
islative person, two fewer me-
dia staff, two fewer protocol
staff, and three less sergeant-
at-arms," he said. Moss also
cited reductions in overtime
costs at the sergeant-at-arms

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Timothy Barber leads The Black Archives

Special to The Times

The Board of Directors of The
Black Archives History and Re-
search Foundation recently ap-
pointed Timothy A. Barber as
Executive Director of the orga-
Board Chair Gwendolyn
Heastie Welters * expressed
how impressed she has been
with the "excellent rhanner in
which Barber has performed
over the'years" and credits his
"leadership skills and his abil-
ity to carry out his professional
duties" as the catapult which
advanced him to Executive Di-
rector. Welters says that she
is "extremely pleased to note
that Barber strategically and
effectively implements the mis-
sion, vision and core values of
The Black Archives History &
Research Foundation of South
Florida, Inc."
Barber is no stranger to

South Florida, for he is a na-
tive Miamian and was reared
in the Miami-Dade County
Public School System. He at-
tended Arcola Lakes Elemen-
tary, Horace Mann Middle and
graduated from Miami Central
Sr. High School in 1991. Bar-
ber attended and graduated
from Bauder College located
in Oakland Park, Fla. in 1993
with a Specialized Associate
of Science degree in electronic
engineering technology. After
working in the field of electron-
ics for several years, he still
had a desire to learn and do
more in his career. Barber en-
rolled Florida Agricultural and
Mechanical University in 1996
to further his academic career.
It was at FAMU where his in-
terest in history begin to take
root and set the foundation to
where he is today.
He earned his Bachelors of
Arts degree in English with a

minor in Education in
2002. Concluding his
tenure at Florida A&M
University by earn- .
ing a Master degree in
History in December
of 2003. It was dur-
ing his master theory
work that he began en-
gaging the late Profes- ",
sor James Eaton and
Dr. Murrell Dawson at I. k
the South East Region- ' ,
al Black Archives on '
the campus of Florida TMI
A&M, there Barber was TIM
trained in archival man- Directi
agement and adminis- Resear
tration by Dr. Dawson.
Dawson introduced Barber to
Dr. Dorothy J. Fields when he
inquired about a Miami loca-
tion to fulfill his semester in-
ternship requirement. In the
fall of 2003, he began working
at the Black Archives in Miami
as an archivist intern. ,

or of The Black Archives Histo
rch Foundation of South Florida.
In 2004, Barber was hired as
the assistant archivist at the
Black Archives.
In 2006, Barber was promot-
ed to archivist and curator at
the Black Archives and it was
also during this time that Bar-
ber was appointed to the City
of Miami Historic and Environ-

mental Preservation
Board where is the
past chair and cur-
rently presides as an
active board member.
Barber is extremely
excited about the op-
portunity to serve the
community in the ca-
pacity of Executive Di-
S"It is great to now be
able to bring to frui-
tion those dreams and
visions that have given
me the motivation over
Dry and the years to continue
my journey here at the
Black Archives. Since
learning of the important works
that Dr. Dorothy J. Fields along
with former and present Board
of Directors and Trustees and
friends of the archives have
done for 32 years, it inspires
me to pick up that mantle and
continue on the path that my

ancestors have yet to tread.
As the new Executive Direc-
tor, I look forward to working
with the community to increase
the accessibility and, program-
ming at our historic venues in-
cluding the Historic Lyric The-
ater Welcome Center Complex.
Barber is affiliated with a va-
riety of social, service, and civic
organizations. He is a brother
of Kappa Kappi Psi, Inc., and
a member of 'Kappa Kappa Psi
Band Fraternity. He is a mem-
ber of the Society of American
Archivist and the Association of
African, American Museums:
Barber has been an adjunct
professor of history at Florida
Memorial University since 2005.
He is married to Latonya Grace-
Barber and attends Mt. Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church
where he serves on the music
staff under the leadership of
his brother Reverend Johnny L.
Barber, II.

By Lara Jakes

Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Faced with
waning public support for the
military escalation in Afghani-
stan, defense Secretary Robert
Gates said Thursday that the
war is worth fighting and sig-
naled for the first time he may
be willing to send more troops
after months of publicly resist-
ing a significant increase.
Gates urged patience amid
polls showing rising disen-
chantment among the public
with the war effort, 'saying the
American military presence in
Afghanistan was necessary to
derail terrorists.
.At a Pentagon news confer-
ence, Gates said efforts by
President Barack Obama - in-
cluding ordering an additional
21,000 U.S. troops to Afghani-
stan this spring - are "only
now beginning" and should be
given a chance to succeed.
"I don't believe' that the war
is slipping through the admin-
istration's fingers," Gates said.
Later, he added: "I absolutely
do not think it is time to get
out of Afghanistan."
At the same time, there is

lays it's
a "limited time for us to show
that ... this approach is work-
ing," Gates said.
Sitting beside Gates, Joint
Chiefs Chairman ' Adm.
Mike Mullen described "a
sense of urgency" in secur-
ing Afghanistan to make
sure extremists can no
longer hatch terrorist plots
against the United States
and it allies from within its
"Time is not on. our side,"
Mullen said, adding that
the military mission in Af-
ghanistan until recently
has been underfunded and
undermanned. "Part of why
it has gotten more serious and
has deteriorated has been di-
rectly tied to that."
Both Gates and Mullen de-
clined to talk about any of the
recommendations contained
in a new review of Afghanistan
strategy sent this week to them
and the president. Gates said
only he could consider a major
increase in combat troops un-
der certain conditions.
Gates said he would be com-
fortable with a larger U.S. mil-
itary presence in Afghanistan
as long as the increase reas-

Miami police arrested Dan Steven Felder on Monday on a charge
of first-degree murder in the slaying of Raul Pupo-Suarez, 47. The
21-year-old man is suspected of driving the getaway car in the May
killing. On May 31, police say Felder and at least one other man went
to an apartment in the: 3000 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue to rob
Pup6-Suarez. At least one other man, .who police are still looking for,
fatally shot him. Witnesses described the getaway car as a gray Nissan
Maxima or Altima the day after the killing, Felder turned his car - a
gray Nissan Altima - back in to the dealership according to a police
spokesperson. Felder, who knew the victim, later admitted to someone
else he was involved in the crime. Miami police's Felony Apprehension
Team arrested Felder Monday night outside his Miami home.

A television was stolen from a house in the 2400 block of Northwest
173rd Terrace between 2 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 15. The television was
valued at $1,000.
* - *******
A 40-inch television was stolen after someone pried open a side door
of Video Electronics in the 5200 block of Northwest 167th Street at
5:45 a.m. Aug. 15. The television was valued at $1,000.

Two amps were stolen after someone broke the window of a 2003
Nissan Altima in the 20600 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue be-
tween 7 and 10 a.m. Aug. 15. The amps were valued at $700. Damage
was estimated at $200.

A book bag, a driver's license, and other items were stolen after
someone broke the window of a 2008 Ford in the 4100 block of North-
west 167th Street between 9 and 9:15 a.m. Aug. 15. The items were
valued at $252. Damage was estimated at $250.
Someone forced open the window of a house in the 19400 block of
'Northwest 30th Avenue, setting off the alarm between 9 and 9:45 a.m.
Aug. 15. They then fled without entering. Damage was estimated at

A cell phone, keys, and other items were stolen from an unlocked
2005 Honda Accora in the 3100 block of Northwest 205th Street be-
tween 12:30 and 6 a.m. Aug. 14. The items were valued at $58.

Someone stole parts from three air conditioners at CMI Enterprises
in the 5500 block of Northwest 163rd Street between 5:45 a.m. Aug.
14 and 10 a.m. Aug. 17. The items were valued at $1,600.

A purse, an iPod, seven credit cards, $20 and other items were
stolen from a 2001 Lexus in the 21400 block of Northwest Second
Avenue between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Aug. 14. The thief broke a
window to gain entry. The items were valued at $243. Damage was
estimated at $250.

A portable air conditioner was stolen from a 2000 Chevrolet pickup
in the 5500 block of Northwest 167th Street between 1 and 1:25 p.m.
Aug. 14. The air conditioner was valued at $2,000.

not time to leave

sured the country's citizens
that the Americans were there
for the benefit of Afghans.
"If they interact with the Af-
ghans in' a way
that gives con-
fidence to the
Afghans that
we're their part-
-. ners and their
, allies, then the
risks that I have
been concerned
about the foot-
print becoming
PRESIDENT too big and the
OBAMA Afghans see-
ing us in some
role other than
partners I think is mitigated,"
Gates said.
A separate recommendation
on troop increases is expected
in the coming weeks from the
top commander in Afghani-'
stan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal,
who wrote the new review, but
how many troops McChrystal
wants is unclear. There could
be as many as 20,000, but in

-AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Defense Secretary Robert
Gates, left, and Joint Chiefs
Chairman Adm. Michael Mul-
len, foreground, hold a news
conference at the Pentagon,
Thursday, Sept. 3.

7e Afghanistan
recent days military officials in Afghanistan. Leaving would
have predicted it will be far allow terrorists to re-establish
less, closer to or fewer than staging bases in a nation where
10,000. the political leadership is un-
Mullen said the question of able to curb insurgent threats,
a new jump in troop deploy- Gates said in a blunt reference
ments is just one element of a to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
larger plan that the Pentagon "We're in Afghanistan less for
will soon ask Congress to au- nation building than we are in
thorize. "It's a piece - criti- giving the Afghan state the ca-
tal, but it's not total," Mullen pacity to oppose al-Qaida, to
said. oppose the use of their terri-
Despite .recent calls from tory by other violent extrem-
leftist activists and also from ists, and for them to have that
conservative columnist George capacity that can be sustained
Will to wind down U.S. mill- over a period of time," the'sec-
tary involvement in Afghani- retary said.
stan, Gates forcefully argued Recent public opinion polls
for continued American efforts have shown Americans' dwin-
there. dling support for the idea of
Fifty-one U.S. troops died in sending more troops to the
Afghanistan in August, mak- conflict and falling confidence
ing it the bloodiest month for in how the Obama administra-
American forces there, since tion's strategy in Afghanistan
the .U.S.-led invasion .in late is working. Part of the issue
2001. for.Americans, the polls show,
Gates cited the continuing is confusion over what is the
threat from al-Qaida and its U.S. mission in Afghanistan -
Taliban allies as the top rea- a concern echoed by senators
son. why the U.S. should stay from Obama's own party.

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Controversy over fiery remarks leads to Obama adviser's resignation

By Will Lester
Associated Press

House environmental adviser
under fire for inflammatory state-
ments made before he joined the
administration resigned after
what he called a "vicious smear
campaign against me."
Van Jones "understood that he
was going to get in the way" of
President Barack Obama's agen-
da, White House spokesman
Robert Gibbs said Sunday.
The resignation was disclosed
without, advance notice by the
White House in a dead-of-the-
night e-mail on a holiday week-
end. It came as Obama is work-
ing to regain his footing in the
contentious health care debate.
Jones, who specialized in envi-
ronmentally friendly 'green jobs"
with the White House ,Council
on Environmental Quality, was
linked -to efforts suggesting a
government role in the Sept. 11
attacks and to derogatory com-
ments about Republicans.
Gibbs said Obama did not en-
dorse Van Jones' comments but

thanked him for his service.
"What Van Jones decided was
that the agenda of this president
was bigger than any one individ-
ual," Gibbs said on ABC's "This
Recent news reports cited a de-
rogatory comment Jones
made in the past about
Republicans, and sepa-
rately; of Jones' name ap-
pearing on a petition con-
nected to the events sur-
rounding the Sept. 11 at-
tacks. That 2004 petition
had asked for congressio-
nal hearings and other in-
vestigations into whether ...
high-level government of-
ficials had allowed the at-
tacks to occur. .
"On the eve of historic
fights for health care and
clean energy, opponents VAN
of reform have mounted specie
a vicious smear campaign "green
against me," Jones said in
his resignation statement.
"They are using lies and distor-
tions to distract and divide."
Obama's top political adviser,
David Axelrod, said on NBC's

"Meet the Press" that
"showed his commitment
cause of creating green j
this country by removing 1
as an issue."
Howard Dean, former h
the Democratic National

I JONES, AN administer
alizing in environment
1 jobs."

mittee, told "Fox News S
that he thought Jones
brought down and I think
bad. Washington's a toug

Jones that way, and I think it's a loss
to the for the country."
jobs in Jones said he has been "inun-
himself dated with calls from across the
political spectrum urging me to
lead of stay and fight." But he said he
Com- could not in good conscience ask
his colleagues to spend
time and energy defend-
ing or explaining his past.
Jones said in an earlier
statement that he did not
agree with the petition's
stand on the Sept. 11 at-
tacks and that "it certainly
does not reflect my views,
now or ever."
...As for his other com-
ments he made before
. joining Obama's team,
Jones said, "If I have of-
-AP Photo/Carlos Osorio fended anyone with state-
ments I made in the past,
ration official I apologize."
tally friendly Despite his apologies,
Republicans demanded
Jones quit.
Rep. Mike Pence of In-
3unday" diana said in a statement, "His
s "was extremist views and coarse rhet-
* it's too oric have no place in this admin-
h place istration or the public debate."

$260M Powerball winner vows to do good

By Alan Gomez

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The retiree who won
the $259.9 million Powerball lottery in South
Carolina went to the store where he got the
winning ticket, for its cheap gas.
"I wanted to save my 3 cents a gallon," Solo-
mon Jackson said Tuesday of his stop at Mur-
phy USA gas station, which followed a stop at
his favorite store: Wal-Mart.
"It's the savings place, for those of y'all that
don't know," Jackson told reporters at a lot-
tery claims center in Columbia, S.C.
Jackson, a former assistant supervisor at
the state Department of Revehue, now has
the happy task of figuring out what to do with
the quarter-billion dollars he won in the Aug.
19 Powerball drawing. He shelled out $2 for
the win.
During a news conference, Jackson said he
would use some of the money to support edu-
cation programs in South Carolina and would

-Photo by Brett Flashnick

Jackson says he doesn't think the money
will change him.

find ways to help others with his winnings.
. But Jackson, a life-long resident of Colum-
bia, vowed that the money would not go to his
head. He said he didn't need to buy a Cadillac
because he already had one.
Despite the win, -Jackson still drove to a
western suburb, Lexington, for a $35 deal on
tire alignment.
He was guarded about his personal life,
refusing to say how old he was, not talking.
much about his family and declining to say,
whether he would take the winnings in a
lump sum or spread out over 30 years.
He said he was one of 12 children, and
when asked if he had children or grandchil-
dren, he simply said: "There's a few of them."
He said he hadn't even told his friends and
family yet.
Mostly he spoke of how he. will use his new
wealth to help others out.
"I won't do a bunch with it, but somebody's
going to be blessed," he said.

Missouri Sen. Christopher "Kit"
Bond said Congress should in-
vestigate Jones's fitness for the
Fox News Channel host Glenn
Beck repeatedly denounced
Jones after a group the adviser
co-founded, ColorofChange.org,
led an advertising boycott against
Beck's show to protest his claim
that Obama is a racist.
James Rucker, the organiza-
tion's executive director, has
said Jones had nothing to do
with ColorofChange.org now
and didn't even know about the
campaign before it started.

Jones, well-known in the en-
vironmental movement, was a
civil-rights activist in California'
before shifting his attention to
environmental and energy is-
sues. He is known for laying out
a broad vision of a green econo-
my. Conservatives have harshly
criticized him for having left-
wing political views.
Nancy Sutley, who heads the
White House environmental
council, said Jones "had been
a strong voice for creating jobs
that improve energy efficiency
and utilize renewable resourc-

Harris stars as UM tops FSU

Miami Times special report

University of Miami football
coach Randy Shannon and the
skinny quarterback he recruit-
ed out of Miami Northwestern
High two years ago teamed up
Monday night against Florida
State University in Tallahas-
see and produced what many
feel was one o the most thrill-
ing football contests in Florida
When the mayhem ended on
the field, most of the 80,000-
plus fans sdt stunned as the
Hurricanes celebrate their 38-
34 upset victory.
Most of the credit was given to

the 6'4" 190-pound, sophomore
quarterback Jacory-Harris, who
passed for 386 yards and two
touchdowns while directing his
team with the efficiency of a
seasoned veteran.
A game-ending goal-line
stand by Miami prevented FSU
and star quarterback Christian
Ponder from completing a dra-
matic come-from-behind victo-
ry in the season opener for both
The Hurricanes'winning score
came with 1:53 left after Harris
drove the Hurricanes on a six-
play, 59-yard drive that culmi-
nated in a 3-yard touchdown
run by tailback Graig Cooper.

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Obama's speech to students

sparks new controversy *.f K.

By Libby Quaid and Linda Stewart Ball

DALLAS - President Ba-
rack Obama's address to
students has touched off yet
another confrontation with
Republican critics, who have
battered the White House
over health care and now ac-
cuse the president of foisting
a political agenda on chil-

The president spoke direct-
ly to students on Tuesday
about the need to work hard
and stay in school. His ad-
dress shown live on the White
House Web site at noon, at a
time when classrooms across
the country will be able to
tune in.
Schools were required to
show it. But districts across
the country were inundated

with phone calls from parents
and struggled to address the
controversy that broke out
after Education Secretary
Arne Duncan sent a letter to
principals urging schools to
tune in.
Districts in states includ-
ing Texas, Illinois, Minne-
sota, Missouri, Virginia and
Wisconsin opted not to show
Please turn to SPEECH 9B

NEW YORK -Many female groups have
topped the charts, but at the same time,
many have not lasted. Gospel duo Mary
Mary almost fell in the category of casual-
"I definitely have quit this group 100
times, probably last week," says Tina
Campbell, 37, the older sister of the pair.
"Being sisters is the best and the worst."
Erica, 35, acknowledges she has
thoughts of a career as a solo star.
"See I don't think about quitting, I think
about me by myself," Erica says, adding
with a laugh: "I'm not going to deal with
this foolishness for the rest of my life."
They admit being around each other

Jesus because that's what we do and how we live ... -Tina

24/7 is annoying at times, but that sister- bums chart (their Christmas CD peaked
ly bond is also the very reason why they've at No. 2).
stayed intact. The group has also had strong success
'1 mean, if you cannot be completely on the R&B and pop charts - especially:
frank and blatant and who you are with .with their first song, the upbeat "Shackles
your sister, then I mean, Jesus Christ, (Praise You)," which became a top 40 hit.
where can you be yourself?" asks Tina. The duo's newest single, the Auto-Tune-
Since their debut in 2000, Mary Mary tinged "God In Me," may match - or sur-
has consistently been on top of the gos- pass - the latter song as it continues to
pel world. Their latest album, last year's climb the charts and gain radio airplay.
"The Sound," became the group's fourth To boost the song, the group's enlisted hit
CD to hit No: 1 on Billboard's gospel al- Please turn to MARY MARY 12B

Many pastors 1.

health insuran

(Christian Network) - While a sour economy an
costs make it harder for small businesses to afford
coverage, one group of employees is especially vul
Many denominations provide health care for cle
pastors of small and independent churches can b
Some clergy latch on to their spouses' health care
second job that offers insurance. But even those.,
are hard to 'come by.
"So many churches are small and too many pas
uninsured," said Leith Anderson, president of the
Association of Evangelicals (NAE), in a statement.
age with the rest of America's population, we may
growing list of pastors entering retirement with bi
medical bills."
An NAE survey last year found 80 percent of re!
said they receive health insurance outside of thei:
At the time, Anderson called it a growing problem
Not much has changed.
"It's so complicated," Anderson said. "You take
variables of church sizes and denominations and
ply that by all the laws and insurance plans. It's
find a plan for anyone."
He said layoffs and downsizing at churches hai
many clergy members at risk because religious it
are exempt from buying unemployment insurance

Pastor: Jindal owes s

$45,0oo0 for church t
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Monroe pastor who
national interfaith organization said Gov. Bobby Jir
pay his own way, rather than use taxpayer dollars,
travels to church services around the state.
A recent review by The Advocate newspaper in Bt
showed Jindal's use of state helicopters for church
cost taxpayers at least $45,00C
months this year.
The Rev. Welton Gaddy, pres
the liberal Interfaith Alliance, s
to the governor this week, sayi
should reimburse the state for
"It appears that you owe the
Louisiana an apology and the t
II of the state a reimbursement o
$45,000 in addition to whatev
BOBBY JINDAL was spent in the period not coi
Advocate's investigation. No ta
ey should have been used for your travel," Gaddy v
Jindal has said he visits a church when he recei\
vitation by the church leader or a member of the c(
tion. He said the visits help him meet Louisianians
state, and heisaid he schedules meetings with loca
whep he flies to, church services.
"The governor is honored to speak to congregation
across the state on Sundays and take the opportur
with elected officials and talk to media also whe 1 h
dal spokeswoman Melissa Sellers said in a stateme
ing to Gaddy's letter.
Gaddy, pastor of Northminster Baptist Church ir
said Jindal should use other venues to meet with c
noting that federal tax laws restrict the type of poli
allowed at churches to maintain their tax-exempt s

Obama hosts dinner for Islamic Holy Mor

By Ann Sanner
Associated Press

dent Barack Obama praised
American Muslims last week for
enriching the nation's culture at
a dinner to celebrate the Islamic
holy month of Ramadan.
"The contribution of Muslims
to the United States are too long
to catalog because Muslims are

pay tribute to what he called "a
great religion and its commit-
ment to justice and progress."
Attendees included Congress'
two Muslim members - Reps.
Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and An-
dre Carson, D-Ind., as well as
ambassadors from Islamic na-
tions and Israel's ambassador
to the United States, Michael
Obama shared the story of

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makes remarks

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Some feel Obama's address exclude

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the speech to students..
Some conservatives, driven
by radio pundits and bloggers,
urged schools and parents to
boycott the address. They said
Obama used the opportunity to
promote a political agenda, and
overstepped the boundaries of
federal involvement in schools.
"As far as I am concerned, this
is not civics education - itigives
the appearance of creating a cult
of personality," said Oklahoma
Republican State Sen. ;Steve
Russell. "This is somethinglyou'd
expect to see in North Kofea or
in Saddam Hussein's Iraq."
Arizona state schools super-
intendent Tom Horne, a Re-
publican, said lesson plans for
teachers created by Obama's
Education Department "call for
a worshipful rather than critical
approach." ,
The White House planned to
release the speech, in which the
president delivered the speech
at Wakefield High School in Ar-
lington, Va., online Monday so
parents could read it.
"I think it's really unfortunate
that politics has been brought

into this," White House deputy
policy director Heather Higgin-
bottom said in an interview with
The Associated Press.
"It's simply a plea to students
to really take their learning se-
riously. Find out what they're
good at. Set goals. And take the
school year seriously."
She noted that President
George H. W. Bush made a simi-
lar address to schools in 1991.
Like Obama, Bush drew criti-
cism, with Democrats accus-
ing the Republican president of
making the event into a cam-
paign commercial. .
Critics are particularly upset
about lesson plans the adminis-
tration created to accompany the
speech. The lesson plans, avail-
able online, originally recom-
mended having students "write
letters to themselves about what
they can do to help the presi-
The White House revised the
plans last week to say students
could "write letters to themselves
about how they can achieve
their short-term and long-term
education goals."
"That was inartfully worded,
and we corrected it," Higginbot-
tom said.

In the Dallas suburb of Pla-
no, Texas, the 54,000-student
school district is not showing
the 15- to 20-minute address
but will make the video available
PTA council president Cara
Mendelsohn said Obama is "cut-
ting out the parent" by speaking
to kids during school hours.
"Why can't a parent be watch-
ing this with their kid in the
evening?" Mendelsohn said.
"Because that's what makes a
powerful statement, when a par-
ent is sitting there saying, This
is what I dream for you. This is
what I want you to achieve."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Re-
publican, said in an interview
with the AP that he's "certainly
not going to advise anybody not
to send their kids to school that
"Hearing the president speak
is always a memorable moment,"
he said.
But he also said he under-
stood where the criticism was
coming from.
"Why didn't he spend more
time talking to the local districts
arid superintendents, at least
give them a heads-up about it,"
Perry said.

les parents

Several other Texas districts
decided not to show the speech,
although the district in Hous-
ton is leaving the decision up
to individual school principals.
In suburban Houston, the Cy-
press-Fairbanks district decided
to show the address and has
had its social studies teachers
assemble a curriculum and ac-
tivities for students.
In Wisconsin, the Green Bay
school district decided not to
show the speech live and to let
teachers decide individually
whether to show it later.
Florida GOP chairman Jim
Greer said in a statement he
was "absolutely appalled that
taxpayer dollars are being used
to spread President Obama's
socialist ideology." Despite his
rhetoric, two of the larger Flor-
ida districts, Miami-Dade and
Hillsborough, planned to have
classes watch the speech. Stu-
dents whose parents object did
not have to watch the speech.
The Minnesota Association
of School Administrators rec-
ommended that the first day
of school not be interrupted to
show the speech, but Minne-
sota's biggest teachers' union
urged schools to air it.

Scholarship Day at St. John
On Sunday, September 13,
at 11 a.m., St. John Institu-
tional Missionary Baptist will
observe their annual Deacon
Nelson L. Adams Memorial
Scholarship Day and Grand-
parents Day. Attorney Larry
Handfield, nationally known
trial lawyer will be the key-
note speaker.
Come and join us for this
glorious occasion. Reverend
Charles E. Uptgrow Sr, is the
assistant pastor. LARRY R. HANDFIELD, ESQ

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SSuo.-Fie W0 hom p i] 30 a m
^N iuei Praye, Meertting 30 p m
fB i F rI Bible Study r 30 p Ti

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

tOrder of Services
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145 a m -45om l11iH am
, Snday di " ool 9 45 a m
Bible Sludyllu ay
l0am n .87pm
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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
ii *; * lat .t.I ll;tH'giom1

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

Order of Services
Sunday 7 30 and I am
Woaqhp Serv.ie
9 930 aon Sunday Sch.oo
lueday l I pI. Bible Snrbd
8 p m Pra-i Meenr.g

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue
or Mliaia rli i T $iWiZ ,i

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
S." -, 5946 N.W. 12th Ave.
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Bible Teaching Seminar
8610/8620 N.W. 17th Ave.

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15250 N.W. 22ND AVENUE.

Chunb Shool 930am
r. Fedinido min lr 12 noon
Biblel Slbdy 7 p mn

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave."
Order of Services
Sunday Srool 9i0 a m
Manning Prae se orVih.p 11 am
Firsi and Third Sunday
emnti pa.lh b iP hp1m
Prayer Meetng & Bble STudy
Tuesday pm
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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 am 7p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10-45 am.

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

Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
,2 '17.1 aN.

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

Order of Services
[drl Sunday Worship 130 a m
Su da, iShool 9 i am
Sunday Moaning Warship II a m
Sunday evening Sermie b6pm
lueday PraePr MeiMing 110 pm
I ^ I ~teneJrjf Bible Siody 130 p ii

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

Order of Services
Sunday MAning Senieu
Sunday f hool 10 am
Worship Senuie. 11 am
luedady B.ble Sludy 8 p
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
56th Avenue * Hollywood, FL 33023

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

Order of Services
Hour of Prayer 6 30 a.m. * Early Morning Worship 7.30 ao.m.
Sunday School 9 30 am * Morning Worship 11 am
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Logos Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.

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93rd Street Community
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2330 N.W. 93rd Street

Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street

Church of Christ
i 4561 N.W. 33rd Court
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St. Luke Missionary Baptist
1790 N.W. 55th Street

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

First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
ami m* altln mii

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

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Suriday Wori hipS en5eai0am
S " Ma'[d-Wee SeveWednepday
' hour of Porwei ion Doa Prayer
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New Shiloh M.B. Church
1350 N.W.95th Street

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Report: Solutions to help prevent child obesity

More access to grocery stores rather

than fast-food restaurants is a must

By Nanci Hellmich

To make it easier for chil-
dren to eat healthfully and
move more, local governments
in towns and cities across the
country need to help create a
better environment, a new re-
port says.

Children and their families
should have access to grocery
stores that offer plenty of health-
ful food such as fruits and vege-
tables, and schools shouldn't be
surrounded by fast-food restau-
rants. Children should be able
to ride their bikes or walk safely
to school, and they should have

safe places to play afterward,
says the report out today from
the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
and National Research Council.
"That statement captures the
essence of this particular chal-
lenge. Too often the easiest
thing to do is the least healthy,
and that goes for kids."
The environment influences
the decisions people make, and
local regulations can make a
difference in the fight against
childhood obesity, he says.

About a third of the nation's
children ages 2 to 19 - or
about 23 million kids - are
overweight or obese. That puts
them at higher risk for type 2
diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep
apnea and other health prob-
Some cities and towns in the
United States already have
made changes that make living
healthfully easier. Other com-
munity officials need to figure
out their areas' biggest prob-

lems and work on those first,
the report's authors say.
Among their suggestions are
several dealing with access to
healthful food in underserved
areas. They urge communities
to offer financial incentives to
the owners of corner markets
and convenience stores in poor
areas so they can carry more af-
fordable healthful foods such as
fruits and vegetables, and fat-
free and low-fat dairy.
They also suggest offering tax

credits, grants, loans and other
economic incentives to attract
new, bigger supermarkets and
grocery stores to underserved
communities to increase their
access to healthful foods.
Several studies show that
some people, especially in poor-
er communities, don't have easy
access to a major grocery store,
so they have to rely on small
stores, convenience markets
and hybrid gas stations where
. Please turn to OBESITY 16B

Eating late adds

extra pounds

By Sudeep Chand

A research suggests that late-night
snackers are more likely to gain
A team from Northwestern Univer-
sity, Illinois, found that when you eat,
not just how you eat, could make a
big difference.
- Scientists found that when mice ate
at unusual hours, they put on twice
as much weight, despite exercising
and eating as much as others.
The study, in the journal Obesity,
is said to be the first to show directly
that there is a "wrong" time to eat.
"How or why a person gains weight
is very complicated - but it is clearly
not just calories in and calories out."
Recent studies have suggested that
circadian rhythms, the body's inter-

Better timing of meals could be a
critical element in slowing the ev-
er-increasing incidence of obesity

nal clock, have a role in how our bod-
ies use up energy. However, this had
been difficult to definitively pin down.
Deanna Arble, lead author of the
study, said: "One of our research in-
terests is shift workers, who tend to
be overweight.
"This got us thinking that eating at
the wrong time of day might be con-
tributing to weight gain."
The experiment looked at two groups
of mice. over a six-week period. Both
groups were fed a high-fat diet, but
at different times of the mice "waking
One group of mice ate at times when
Please turn to POUNDS 16B

Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson (third from left) and Rep. Ronald Bris6 with city
residents at the second annual Community Back to School Health Fair held in North Miami..
-Photo/Miami-Dade County

Brise and Edmonson

host Community

Health fair
Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson ..
joined Rep. Ronald A. Bris6 last month at his second
annual Community Back to School Health Fair coordi-
nated in collaboration with the City of North Miami at r M s
Griffiths Park in North Miami. The fair was organized to
raise awareness of health and social issues in the com-
munity via education and prevention. Attendees received
information, screenings, free back-to-school book bags '
and supplies, and other amenities.
"My thanks to Rep. Ronald Bris6 and the City of North
Miami Parks and Recreation Department for organiz-
ing this great event for our community," Commissioner
Edmonson said. "Like'Rep. Bris6, I hold a health fair
every year for the same reason: we need to bring health Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M.
screenings to those in our community who do not have Edmonson and Rep. Ronald Bris team up for
easy access to health care. We also need to encourage Edmonson and Rep. Ronald Brise team up for
youngsters and adults alike to adopt a healthier lifestyle North Miami's second annual Community Back
by eating.better and getting more exercise." to School Health Fair. -Photo/Miami-DadeCounty

New antibodies to HIV found

By Gautam Naik

An international team of research-
ers has discovered a pair of power-
ful new antibodies to HIV, providing
fresh leads in the quest for a vaccine
against AIDS.
The two HIV antibodies, reported in
a study to appear in the journal Sci-
ence on Friday, are the first of their
kind to have been identified in more
than a decade. They are "broadly
neutralizing," which means they can
target most of the many thousands of
HIV strains.
Any potential vaccine is still a long
way off, however. Researchers now
have to work out how these antibod-
ies bind to HIV, the virus that causes
AIDS, and use that property as the
basis for a vaccine. As a result, ani-
mal or human trials are likely to be
years away.

Nonetheless, the new antibodies
are deemed to be much more power-
ful than the handful of similar ones
-found before. They attach to a poten-
tially more accessible part of the HIV
. virus, which could make vaccine de-
sign easier.
"We hope that we have a bit of a
breakthrough and that the drought
is over," said Dennis Burton of the
Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla,
Calif., the senior author of the study.
The search for an HIV vaccine has
been one of modern medicine's big-
gest challenges -- and disappoint-
ments. There have been about 100
vaccine trials since 1987, but not a
single notable success.
About 33 million people were liv-
ing with HIV world-wide in 2007, the
most recent year for which global sta-
tistics were available, according to
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This computer model of an HIV protein shows structures that may aid
in the creation of a vaccine.The search for such a vaccine has been one
of medicine's biggest challenges.


joins health

By Paul Quinlan

through a-two-hour forum this after-
noon, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings digressed
about the political leanings of the fellow
Democrat who had joined him and two
Republicans in a GOP-organized debate
about.proposed health-care legislation.
The other Dem-
ocrat, Ben Gra-
ber, had pleased
the crowd by lam-
basting HR 3200,
the health bill put
forth in the Dem-
House. Graber
last year had
HASTINGS tried to unseat
U.S. Rep. Robert
Wexler, D-Boca Raton, by running as an
"You didn't tell me that I was going
to be debating three people, but that's
all right,"' said Hastings, D-Miramar. Of
;Graber;, he said, "He may look like he's
on ,my side, but he doesn't cpt like he's
on my side."
Hastings faced a GOP-heavy crowd -
with former Republican U.S./Rep. Mark
Foley in the audience - while advocating
sweeping changes for the nation's health
care systein. Namely, Hastings called for
creating a government-run insurance
program to help cover the estimated 47
million uninsured and bring down costs
for those who have coverage.
"Those of you ;that are insured, I ask
you this: Has the cost of your insurance
gone down at, all in ,the last decade?"
Hastings asked. "And the answer to that
question is no."
The two Republicans on the panel, Ed
Lynch and Allen West, blasted the Dem-
ocratic health proposals.
They said the country can't afford the
estimated $1 trillion cost for the Dem-
ocrats' plan over 10 years. They said
Washington has shown its incompe-
tence by mismanaging Medicare, Medic-
aid, health insurance for needy kids and
care for veterans.
And the Republicans warned that the
$500 billion in savings Democrats hope
to achieve by reforming Medicare would
require deep cuts to existing benefits for
seniors. They said extending health care
to all would necessitate rationing care
for some.

Local officials host
swine flu town-hall
meeting at Carol City
Special to the Times

Senator Frederica S. Wilson (District
33), Miami-Dade Commissioner Bar-
bara Jordan (District 1), School Board
Member Wilbert T. Holloway (District
1), Principal Kim Cox and the Miami-
Dade County Department of Health will
sponsor an important informational
H1N1 Swine Flu and Seasonal Influen-
za Town Hall Meeting. The event will be
held at Miami Carol City Middle School
auditorium, located at 9797 Northwest
188th Street, from 6-7:45 p.m., Thurs-
day, Sept. 10.
"With Miami-Dade County leading
the state with three times as many re-
ported H1N1 Swine Flu related deaths,
we must do all we can to safeguard our
children and families."
"The Miami-Dade County Health De-
partment is prepared to discuss pre-
vention methods in an effort to contain
further outbreaks during flu season."


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Hope on a tight rope
What makes a person com- you hope that
mit suicide, or go into a deep. something or

depression, and withdraw
from family and friends? It is
a state of hopelessness. When
you have lost your hope, you
have lost your reason for liv-
ing. If you are $25,000 in debt,
you might not know where
you are going to get the money
from to pay those bills, but

someone will
come through
for you. If you
are riot feel-
ing well to-
day, you hope
that you feel
better and stronger tomorrow.
Hope gives us something to

SyC a t* 6A

Urban League of Broward
-County's Young Pr'ofessionals
Network will sponsor "An Eve-
ning of Black Health" at Bro-
ward General Medical Center,
5:30 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept.
9. 954-759-7400.

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-
835-6846 or 305-758-3412.

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

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
Miami-Dade** Board o****f ou
Miami-Dade Board of Coun-

ty Commissioners encourages:
******** ( residents to attend the Septem-
The ,Universal' Cen- .,b.her Budget Hearings at the BCC
ter for Better Livi'f hold a Cfiambers on the second floor
community celebratofib to bring. to hear citizen's concerns about
together family and friends, 10 County cuts. The second bud-
a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. get hearing will be at 5:01 p.m.,
12. 305-624-4991. Sept. 17.

******** -
The University Galleries in
Florida , Atlantic, University's
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of
Arts and Letters will present
an exhibition of works from
Saturday, Sept. 12 through
Saturday, Oct. 31 in both the
Schmidt Center 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.

******** *
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. 305-621-6412.

Brownsville Middle School
will be celebrating their 50th
year anniversary. There will be
meeting for all interested alum-
ni in the Brownsville auditorium
at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 23. Rosylen
Sutton Cox, 305-633-1481'ext.

which to look forward. As long
we are hoping, then we man-
age to hang on. When we have
convinced ourselves (with
much help from the devil) that
there is no way out, then our
hope is lost. Despair, anxiety,
thoughts of suicide and help-
lessness overtake us. I have
mentioned this before in this
column, but I will remind you
again of something the Spirit
whispered to me a few years
I usually begin my day by
declaring as did the psalm-
ist in Psalm 118:24, that "this
is the day that the Lord has
made and I will be glad and
rejoice in it!" The Lord asked
me on this occasion who else

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,
meeting, "Community Em-
powerment - Taking Back out
Neighborhoods" at Mt. Hermon
A.M.E. Church, from 6:30 - 9
p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30.
305-621- 5067.

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-
ing a community Arts and Craft
Fair at the Miramar Multi-Ser-
vice Complex on Oct. 3. 954-
******** *
The City of Miramar will be-
gin registration for its second
session of the D.R.E.A.M. Fe-
male Young Adult Recreation
Program. Registration will run
from Oct. 6 - Jan. 15, 2010
(or until all spaces are filled).
You can register M-F at Sun-
set Lakes Community Center,
8 a.m. - 8 p.m. or the Fairway
Park Community Center, from
2- 8 p.m. Patricia Hamilton,
Recreation Leader at 954-967-

The fourth annual South
Florida Theatre Festival will
take place Oct. 12-26. 9.54-765-

Miami Northwestern Senior
High School will hold their 10th
annual College Fair at the Lee

First Lady discusses healthy eating

By Jackie Jones

As part of a series about the
nation's best-known home, the
White House has released a new
video focusing on the kitchen gar-
den, featuring First Lady Michelle
Obama talking about the impor-
tance of healthy eating, teaching
children how to make food choices
and the benefits of locally-grown
During the 2008 presiden-
tial campaign, the Obama fam-
ily held a hectic schedule which
drove the First Lady to rethink the
way she was feeding her family.
"We were a busy working., family.
I'd find it difficult to feed my fam-
ily in a healthy way -- quickly.
So I decided to change our diet,"
Obama said in the video.
"This happened throughout the
course of the campaign, with sim-
ple things. I started adding more
fruits and vegetables, trying to
sit down and prepare a meal as a
family a couple times a week and
eating out a little bit less. Trying
to eliminate processed and sugary
foods as much as possible. And I
saw some really immediate results
with just those minor changes."
In March, the first lady and
about a dozen children from the
city's Bancroft Elementary School
broke ground for the garden.
Those students have remained
involved in the garden's develop-
ment and in addition to feeding
the First Family and their guests,
some of the vegetables will be
given to Miriam's Kitchen, which
serves the homeless in Washing-
ton, D.C.
Obama has said she hopes the
garden video will help change the
way Americans think about food.
"Mrs. Obama's garden at the

White House-is a huge leap for my
company and all the chefs and
other consumers who value farm-
ers' markets and home gardens,"
said Carla Hall Lyons, a finalist
on last season's "Top Chef" com-:
petition show on Bravo, who runs
Alchemy Caterers in Washington,
"I make it a point to order as
much of our produce, fish and
meats as possible from local
sources, and we are proud' to
share that fact with our custom-
ers," Hall Lyons told BlackAmeri-
caWeb.com. "At Alchemy Caterers,
we do it to support local farmers;
additionally, we see and taste the
benefits of getting produce picked
at the peak of freshness instead

of it being picked before ripeness
and shipped. We are starting to
get more and more customers
who request all organic and/
or local foods. I think the [White
House] garden will heighten the
awareness of seasonality and the
produce calendar." '
"Mrs. Obama certainly has the
ability to raise awareness about
the health and nutritional benefits
of eating home- and locally-grown
food. I think she would have to
make a concerted effort to pro-
mote the benefits of eating close
to home, but she's got her own
bully pulpit to spread the word.,"
said Niki Mitchell, of Washington,
D.C., who refers to herself as a
"mom cook."


Appreciation Sunday at Mt. Zion

On Wednesday, the youth and
young adults of Mt. Zion A.M.E.
Church will honor Rev. Adams
with an appreciation program
beginning at.7 p.m..
The ministerial staff, which
includes Rev. Norma Mitchell,
Rev. Vernon Miller and First
Lady Shalon Adams will be hon-
ored on Thursday at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, 4 p.m., the entire
congregation will celebrate and
honor Rev. Adams along with
the uplifting keynote speaker,
the Honorable Reverend Joseph
Kelley, Mayor of Opa Locka and
his congregation of Holy Temple
Baptist Church.
The church is located at 15250
N.W. 22 Avenue.

could make a day. I replied,
"No one Lord." He then said "If
you believe that I can make a
day, then you should also be-
lieve that I can make a way. If
I can make a day, something
that no one else can make,
then surely I can make a way
out for you." That was so en-
lightening for me, and I have
never forgotten that. So no
matter how bad things can
look for me and sometimes
they look pretty bad, I know
that the God who I thank for
making a day each morning
has the strength and power,
and most importantly, the de-
sire to make a way for me.
In Romans 5: 1-4, Paul
outlines the path to hope. In

R. Perry Sports Complex, from
6 - 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov.
4. 305-836-0991.

verse 1, Paul tells the church
that we must have faith in
God. The trust that we have
moves us to peace. We are at
peace because we know what
Jesus Christ has done for us.
This peace then gives us ac-
cess to God in Heaven. We
know that we will share in His
glory one day. This knowledge
of our intimacy to God should
move us to rejoice. In spite of,
and despite, our trials and
problems - we should rejoice.
These trials, in turn, develop
endurance, and that develops
a Christ like character. Godly
character acknowledges that
we have hope in our salvation.
This hope, Paul says, will nev-
er disappoint us. This hope

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-

Missionary Evangelist Out- Emmanuel Missionary Bap-
reach Center Ministries will tist Church family will be cele-
host their Men of Valor Reviv- rating their Pastor's Aide Mis-
"al at 7:30 p.m. nightly', Sept. ,sion Anniversary, .7:30 p.m.,
9-11. Sept. 11 and at 3 p.m., Sunday,
******** Sept. 13. 305-696-6545 or
Christ Crusade Family Cen- 305-693-7310.
ter invites you to a life-changing ********
conference: "Life speaks: Are. Myrtle Grove Presbyterian
you Listening?" at the Hilton Church Women invites you to
Garden Inn in Miramar, on Sep- join in the celebration of Grand-
tember 10-12. 305-525-9883. ' parents' Day, at 4 p.m., on Sun-
******** Q.St. 1. JTohnie ti+

New Saint James-Missionary
Baptist Church will have an
Anniversary Gospel Explosion
at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11.
Saint .James will also celebrate
its 371h church anniversary ay
4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20. 78,6-

New Caanan Missionary Bap-
tist Church invites your family
and friends to their 2nd Sunday
service at 11 a.m., Sept. 13.

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The Church of God' in
Christ will host the 11 " an-
nual Leadership Conference at
the Fort Lauderdale Marriott
North, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday,
Sept. 15. Missionary Sarah
Vangates, 772-569-4008.
Centurion Apostolic Inter-
national Ministries will have
a Divorce Care workshop,
from 6-7 p.m., Sept. 15 - Dec.
8 and Worldwide Day of Heal-

should fill our hearts with
love and peace, not doubt and
Finally, hope helps us to en-
dure, to persevere, and to see
ahead. Hope moves us into a
position to receive our bless-
ings. God would never take
your hope. If you feel your
hope failing, that is a direct
assault and plan of the en-
emy. Fight himl If you are too
weak, or too broken to fight,
then call on the prayer war-
riors and the elders to fight
with and for you. In Jesus
Name, be strengthened and
renewed and restored! I hope
that you will be saturated in
the joy, love and peace of the
hope that is Jesus Christ.

tact information listed below,
providing, your address, phone,
cell & email. 321-733-0958 or
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ing, from 11 - 2 p.m., Sept. 19.

A Mission With A New Be-
ginning invites the community
to their second anniversary
at 7 p.m., Sept. 25. 305-725-
1366 or 305-694-2127.

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.,

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By Jeff Carlton
Associated Press

DALLAS - Thomas McGow-
an's journey from prison to
prosperity is about to culminate
in $1.8 million, and he knows
just how to spend it: on a house
with three bedrooms, stainless
steel kitchen appliances and a
washer and dryer.
"I'll let my girlfriend pick out
the rest," said.'McGowan, who
was exonerated last year based'
on DNA evidence after spend-
ing nearly 23 years in prison for
rape and robbery. . ,.
He and other exonerees in
Texas, which leads the nation in
freeing the wrongly convicted,
soon will become instant mil-
lionaires under a new state law
that took effect this week.
Exonerees will get $80,000
for each year they spent be-
hind bars. The compensation
also includes lifetime annuity
payments that for most of the
wrongly convicted are worth be-
tween $40,000 and $50,000 a
year - making it by far the na-
tion's most generous package.
"I'm nervous and excited," said
McGowan, 50. "It's something I
never had, this amount of mon-
ey. I didn't have any money -
. His payday for his imprison-
ment - a time he described as
'a nightmare," "hell" and "slav-
ery" - should come by mid-No-
vember after the state's 45-day
processing period.

Exonerees also receive an ar-
ray of social services, includ-
ing job training, tuition credits
and access to medical and den-
tal treatment. Though 27 other
states have some form of com-
pensation law for the wrongly
convicted, none comes close to
offering the social services and
money Texas provides.
The annuity payments are es-
pecially popular among exoner-
ees, who acknowledge their lack

of experience in managing per-
sonal finances. A social worker
who meets with the exonerees is
setting them up with financial
advisers and has led discussions
alerting them to swindlers.
The annuities are "a way to
guarantee these guys ... pay-
-ments for life as long as they
follow the law," said Kevin
Glasheen, a Lubbock attorney
representing a dozen, exoner-
Two who served about 26
years in prison for rape will re-
ceive lump sums of about $2
million apiece. Another,, Ste-
ven Phillips, who spent about
24 years in prison for sexual
assault and burglary, will get
about $1.9 million.

The . biggest compensation
package will likely go to James
Woodard, who spent more than
27 years in prison for a 1980
murder that DNA testing later
showed he did not commit. He
eventually .could receive nearly
$2.2 million but first needs a
writ from the state's Court of
Criminal Appeals or a pardon
from the governor.
McGowan and the others .are
among 38 DNA exonerees in
Texas, according to the Inno-
cence Project, a New York legal
center that specializes in over-
turning wrongful convictions.
Dallas County alone has 21 cas-
es in which a judge overturned
guilty verdicts based on DNA
evidence, though prosecutors
plan to retry one of those.
Charles Chatman, who was
wrongly convicted of rape, said
the money will allow him some
peace of mind after more than
26 years in prison.
"It will bring me some inde-
pendence," he said. "Other peo-
ple have had. a lot of control over
my life."
Chatman and other exoner-
ees already have begun rebuild-
ing their lives. Several plan to
start. businesses, saying they

At the April 29, 2008 hearing in Dallas that granted him freedom, James Lee Woodard, bottom center, had the backing
of four fellow exonerees convicted on faulty eyewitness testiMony, who pose with Woodard and other supporters. The men,
standing from left, are James .Curtis Giles, James Waller, Thomas Clifford McGowan and Charles Allen Chatman. Also at the
hearing were law student Alexis Hoff, bottom left, assistant public defender Michelle Moore, standing behind Woodard, and
Jeff Blackburn of.the Innocence Project of Texas. -AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, JimMahoney

don't mind working but want
to be their own bosses. Others,
such' as McGowan, don't intend
to work and hope to make their
money last a lifetime.

Some exonerees have gotten,
married and another is about
to. Phillips is taking college
courses. Chatman became a
first-time father at 49.
,._"That's something I never
thought I'd be able to do," he
said. "No amount of money can
replace the time we've lost."
The drumbeat of DNA exon-
erations caused lawmakers this
year to increase the compensa-
tion for the wrongly convicted,
which had been $50,000 for
each year of prison. Glasheen,

the attorney, advised his clients
to drop their federal civil rights
lawsuits and.then led the lobby-
ing efforts for the bill.
Besides the lump sum and
the monthly annuity payments,
the bill includes 120 hours of
paid tuition at a public college.
It also gives exonerees an ad-
ditional $25,000 for each year
they spent on parole or as reg-
istered sex offenders.
No other state has such a pro-
vision, according to the Inno-
cence Project.
Exonerees who collected
lump sum payments under the
old compensation law are in-
eligible for,.t e ne.* lump sums
but. will receive the annuities.
Whether the money will be sub-
ject to taxes remains unsettled,

Glasheen said.
The monthly payments are ex-
pected to be a lifeline for exoner-
ees such as Wiley Fountain, 53,
who received nearly $390,000
in compensation - minus fed-
eral taxes - but squandered it
by, as he said, "living large." He
ended up homeless, spending
his nights in a tattered sleeping
bag behind a liquor store.
But after getting help from fel-
low exonerees and social work-
ers, Fountain now lives in an
apartment and soon will have a
steady income.

Fountain's story is a caution-
ary tale for the other exonerees,
who meet monthly and lately
have been discussing the bag-

gage that comes with the mon-
Chatman said he's been ap-
proached by "family, friends and
strangers, too."
"It takes two or three seconds
before they ask me how much
money, or when do I get the
money," he said. "Everyone has
the perfect business venture for
Though appropriately wary,
the exonerees say they are ex-
cited about having money in the
"You're locked up so long and
then you get out with nothing,"
McGowan said. "With this, you
might be able to live a normal
.life, knowing you don't have to
worry about being out on the

Duo stays true to selves

continued from 8B'

singer-songwriter Ne-Yo for a
"God In Me" is a non-typical
gospel song, with its referenc-
es to flashy cars and designer
clothes. That kind of talk almost
made them bypass the song.
Then they connected with the
song'sdeeper meaning.
"But when I started paying at-
tention to what it was saying ...
this is how, this is why, this is
what has enabled me, I was like,
'You got mel'" Erica says.
"We try to make sure everything
we put out there represents what
we represent, that is true to us
first - lyrically, creatively, soni-
cally. We want it to be banging,
on point. We want it to be re-
spected across the board,"' Tina
The duo says they're hoping

to create a brand for Mary Mary.
They've have a list of upcom-
ing projects, including a book,
a bath and body line, a line of
jeans and a TV show; they also
are featured judges on the BET
series "Sunday Best," a gospel
singing competition.
. They also say they'll continue
to push boundaries as gospel-
* "We don't limit ourselves to
that market. (We're) faith-filled,
love the Lord, ,always going to
talk about Jesus because that's
what we do and how we live ...
but we want to remove the lim-
its and just shoot for the stars,"
Tina says.
"The mission and purpose is to
spread the message of the love
of God," adds Erica. "Now under.
that you have the music busi-
ness, and so we all have our as-
pirations, and some of us want
more than others."

All religions contain truths

continued from 8B

Bilqis is an inspiration not sim-
ply to Muslim girls - she's an in-
spiration to all of us," he said.
Obama also noted the contri-
butions of Muhammad Ali, who
was not in attendance, though
the president borrowed a quote
from famous boxer, explaining
"A few years ago," Obama said,
"he explained this view - and this
is part of why he's The Greatest -
saying, 'Rivers, ponds, lakes and
streams - they all have different
names, but they all contain wa-
ter. Just as religions do - they
all contain truths.'"
Ramadan, a month long period
of prayer, reflection and sunrise-
to-sunset fasts, began Aug. 22 in
most of the Islamic world. It is
believed that God began revealing
the Quran to Muhammad during
Ramadan, and the faithful are

supposed to spend the month in
religious reflection, prayer and
remembrance of the poor.
.White -House dinners mark-
ing the holy month are nothing
new. Former President George
W. Bush held dinners during his
eight years in office.
Obama has made a special ef-
fort since taking office to repair
U.S. relations with the world's
Muslims, including visits to Tur-
key and Cairo. In a June speech
at the Egyptian capital, as well as
in one to another important Mus-
lim audience, in Turkey, Obama
said: "America is not - and never
will be - at war with Islam."
Obama also released a video
message to Muslims before the
start to Ramadan. In the video,
he said Ramadan's rituals are a
reminder of the principles Mus-
lims and Christians have in com-
mon, including advancing jus-
tice, progress, tolerance and the
dignity of all human beings.

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Edwidge Danticat does not forget her Haitian roots

Author describes her journey in America

By Sandra J. Charite

As the rain sprinkled rain on
the streets of Miami, Haitian
author Edwidge Danticat did
not allow that to stop her from
having lunch at the Buena
Vista Bistro which is not too far
from her house.
Seven years after settling in
Miami, the Haitian native has
come to call the city home..
With her natural hair braided
back, Danticat, 40, walks into
the restaurant and takes a
seat ready to order her lunch.
As she awaits the waitress to
approach her table, she says,
"Go ahead, you can start asking
me questions."
"A Haitian native, Danticat
was two-years-old when her
father, Andr6 (died in 2005),
left Haiti to come to America.
He settled in New York. Shortly
afterward, her mother, Rose,
joined her father in New York.
Danita's aunt was left to care
for her in Haiti. It was in that
time where she developed a
passion for storytelling.
Inspired by writers such as
Maya Angelou, Danticat began
writing at the age of nine.

"I loved writing," smiles
Danticat. "When I would read
a book, I would say to myself,
' want to write something like

At 12, Danticat's life would
change- dramatically. She
moved to New York to be with
her parents and siblings. It
was an unusual transition for
Danticat, who unlike her peers,
knew very little English.
She was constantly taunted
for her Haitian accent.
""It was hard," recalls
Danticat. "At the time, they
called you 'boat people' or
'dirty Haitian." But eventually,
Danticat evolved among her
peers. She published an essay
about coming to America at 14
that ultimately inspired her to
write a novel.
Danticat graduated from
Clara Barton High School in
Brooklyn, N.Y. and pursued her
education at Barnard College
in New York. Her love for
writing surpassed her dreams
of becoming a teacher so she
later received a Bachelor of Arts
in French Literature. Danticat
then earned her Master of Fine

-The Miami Times photo/ Sandra J. Charite.
Edwidge Danticat sits at the table of a restaurant in her
Buena Vista neighborhood.

Arts in Creative Writing from
Brown University.

She turned an assigned essay
into a published novel, Breath,
Eyes and Memory in 1994
which details her childhood
in Haiti and the transition to.
America having to adopt into a
new culture.
"At 40, it's strange to hear
people read my, book in Haiti
and try to compare their
experiences to the character in
the book," she said laughing.
Breath, Eyes and Memory
was a chosen book for Oprah
Winfrey's Book Club in 1998.
Though many adapted the
novel to convert it into film,
Danticat says it is difficult to
depict something so internal
into a story; but Breath, .Eyes
and Memory was only the first
,of her novels. She went on
to write: Krik? Krak (1996),
The Farming of Bones (1998),
Behind the Mountains (2002),
The Dew Breaker (2004),
Anacaona: Golden Flower,
Haiti, 1490 (2005) and memoir,
Brother, I'm Dying (2007).
Danticat has taught creative
writing at New York University
and University of Miami. She
has written short stories and
her esteemed work has been

translated into French, Korean,
German, Italian, Spanish and.

Today, Danticat is a wife and
mother who lives in Miami.
She is always amazed at the
similarities between Miami
and Haiti; for example, she
describes the buses as the
Haitian tap-taps, a form of
transportation in Haiti.
"It is interesting to see an
evolution. Here, it is a newer
community with connectivity
and it is inspiring to see
Haitian-Americans as elected
Through the years, Danticat
has not shied away from
Haiti. She frequently visits the
country with her husband,
Fedo Bouyer, and two
In her eyes, Haiti has changed
since living there as a child.
With the negative images that
have been portrayed about
Haiti, Danticat hopes that her
four-year-old Mira and eight-
month-old Leila will gain .an
image of Haiti by what she
teaches them.
"Our children will learn
positive things about Haiti by
watching us and our friends,"
she said.

Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem.

Heat star joins fight for TPS

The Miami Times Staff Report '

The controversial debate on
Temporary Protective Status
continues even on the basket-
ball court. Miami Heat forward
Udonis Haslem spoke about
the widespread financial im-
pact of Temporary Protected
Status on the U.S. in an in-
terview on last week with Free
Haiti Now.
"I shout out TPS because
whether we believe it or not,
this would affect everybody,"
Haslem comments. Haslem,
who states that Haitians are
a vital part of Miami, believes
that Haitians, like everyone
else in the US, should have the
opportunity to work and make
an honest living.
Haslem is not alone in this

fight for TPS. He shares this
sentiment. about the impor-
tance of the Haitian communi-
ty to the fabric of the American
culture with other local young
celebrities like Poe Boy's Flo
rida, Billy Blue, Brisco, Sak
Pase Record's Mecca aka Gri-
mo, Iconz Music's Ballgreazy,
Maybach Music Group's Triple
C, 99 Jamz's DJ Griot, Grind-
mode, and Des Loc from Pic-
These celebrities will join
many for the Tet Ansanm
(Heads United) TPS Solidarity
Vigil which will take place at
the Historic Virginia Key Beach
Park, located at 4020 Virginia
Beach Drive, starting at 3 p.m.,
Friday, Sept. 18. Featuring po-
ets, motivational speakers and
local politicians, those who lost

their lives at sea while trying to
find freedom and opportunity
will be remembered.
Sponsored by the Haitian
Women of Miami (FANM), Flor-
ida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC),
Free Haiti Now and On Point
Entertainment and Marketing
(OPEM), the vigil will also raise
their voices -to call the youth
to action toward President Ba-
rack Obama to grant TPS to
undocumented Haitians.
TPS allows foreign nationals
currently residing in the U.S.
to stay temporarily if condi-
tions in their homelands are
recognized by the U.S. gov-
ernment as being temporar-
ily unsafe. TPS does not lead
to permanent resident sta-
tus and could last up to 18
months, with extensions.

Missing 2-year-old found safe
The Miami 7Times StaffReport .:N*w

Authorities called off the
search for two-year-old Daniel
Auguste on Friday.
Little Daniel was last seen
with his mother, Victamise
Sinor, who did not have legal
custody of her son on Thurs-
day. State officials, issued a
Florida Amber Alert for little
Daniel early Friday as police
conducted a frantic search.
Daniel was in the company of a
relative on Thursday when he
was abducted by his mother in
his Little Haiti neighborhood.


A MILLION PEOPLE attended this year's West Indian Day Parade.along Eastern Parkway
in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Powell leads West Indian Day parade

By Erin Durkin, Kate Nocera "
and Erin Einhorn" u'- * 1 4

They wore feathers on their
heads - and almost nothing on
their bodies - as revelers from
more than a dozen island nations
danced up Eastern Parkway on
Monday for the annual West In-
dian American Day Carnival Pa-
"People are shocked to see all
the naked ladies but ... it's noth-
ing for me," said Trinidadian na-
tive Marilyn Harbin, 56. "This is
about freedom and letting loose."
The dancers weren't naked, but
there were plenty of sequined bi-
kinis strutting down the Brooklyn
parade route to calypso and reg-
gae beats.
"We wine and we gyrate to the
pulsating music," said Barbadi-
an-born Susan Dottin, 39, of East
New York, Brooklyn, who wore a
blue-and-gold feathered bikini
and a headdress as she proudly
waved her Barbados flag.
"You're getting loose, you're
feeling no hangups, nothing, no
inhibitions. It's just about having
a good time."
The crowds squealed wildly at
the passing floats and dancers as
they inhaled the succulent smells
of curried goat, spicy stews and
other delicacies.
"I'm looking forward to eating
oil-down," said Teresa Barry, of
Grenada, who lives in Brooklyn.
The dish has breadfruit, coconut
and pig tail, she added.

Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell endorsed Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg and then marched with him in the West
Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

The parade also drew politicians
of every stripe who were eager to
connect with a crucial voter seg-
ment ahead of next week's Demo-
cratic primaries.
The parade route was flanked
with campaign signs - including an
enormous poster from the Trans-
port Workers Union that pictured
a giant Mayor Bloomberg stomp-
ing on the city. Pro-Bloomberg
signs were also ubiquitous.
The mayor strolled the route
with former Secretary of State
Colin Powell, a New York-born
Jamaican-American who was a
parade grand marshal.
Powell endorsed Bloomberg
on CNN's "Larry King Live" two
months ago and praised him
again yesterday in a brief news

conference before the parade.
Bloomberg's likely Democratic
challenger, City Controller Wil-
liam Thompson, was also on
hand. Thompson, who has grand-
parents from St. Kitts, said the
endorsement reminds voters that,
though Bloomberg is no longer
registered to a party, he remains
a Republican.
"Colin Powell has been a life-
long Republican. I think he's sup-
porting the Republican candidate
here in New York City," Thompson
Although Powell prominently
endorsed President Obama last
year, he confirmed that he is in-
deed a Republican - and a Virgin-
ia resident who can't vote in New

A'L d4,



HELEN JOHNSON, 77, admin-
istrator, died
September 1 in
Daytona Beach.
are incomplete.

ETHEL EDWARDS, 77, house-
wife, died Sep-
tember 1. Ser-
vice was held.

August 31 at
Hospital. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Sat-
urday, St. Paul
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

SARAH BELLE, 90, died Sep-
tember 3 at
North Shore
Medical Cen-
ter. Service 11
a.m., Saturday,
Second Baptist

died September
2 at Baptist Hos-
pital. Service 11
a.m., Saturday,
Morning Star
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

September 5 at
Baptist Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Wednes-
da% jjoday), in
th� chapel

tember 6. Ser-
vice 1.30 p.m.,
Saturday, Morn-
ing Star Mis-
sionary Baptist

September 4 at South Miami Hbs-
pital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday, St.
John Missionary Baptist Church.,

Alfonso M. Richardson
SAINT, 61, died
September 5 at
Memorial. Hos-
pital, Pembroke.
Service 10 a.m.,
Sunday, Hebion
Seven Day Ad-
ventist Church,
14350 N.E. 6

borer, died September 3 at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital. Service 11
a.m., Wednesday, His Extended
Hands Ministry.

curity guard, died September 5
at North Shore Hospital. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

rity officer, died September 4 at
Memorial Hospital Pembroke
- Arrangements are incomplete.

engineer, died September 5 at
home. Arrangements are incom-

August 22 at Jackson South Hos-
pital. Service was held.

died September 2 at Baptist Hos-
pital. Service was held.

Hadley Davi' -.
died Septem-
ber 1 at home.
Service 12 p.m.,
(today), Jor-
dan Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist

14 months, died
September 4
at Joe Dimag-
gio Hospital
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

MARY ANN DAVIS, 75, home-
maker, died August 29 at North
Shore Medical Center. Service
was held.

aide, died August 21 at North
Shore Medical Center. Service
was held.

. Range (Coconut Grove)
retired City of Miami Sanitation
Dept., employee, died Sept. 6 at
home. Arrangements are incqm-

tired landscaper, died Sept. 1 at
Coral Gables Hospital. Service
11 a.m., Wednesday(today) at
St. Mary First Missionary Baptist

21, student, of Miami, died Sept.
1 at Baptist Hospital. Services
11a.m, Saturday at Kendall Com-
munity Church of God In Christ.

Wright andYoung
1-bus'sr operator
died September
3 at home. Sur-
vivors include: 1
wife, Blondell;
sons, Alfred
Tony, Arwin
Earl; mother,
Louise Blanford;
siblings, John and Michael Blan-
ford, Cynthia Renee Rolle, Juanita
Blanford and Minerva Hector. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday, Mt. Zion
A.M.E Church.

practice tech-
nology trainer
at Hunter & Wil-
liams Law Firm,
died September
31 at home.
Survivors in-
clude: mother,
Georgia White-
head; brothers, Levi Jr. an
Service 10 a.m., Saturd
Benedict's Episcopal

died September
6. Survivors in-
clude: children,
Donovan Pierre,


Vermetra John-
son, Jeremy
Johnson, Krys- . ,
tal Deshavior; - V
parents, Ann
Johnson and John Henry Sr.; sib-
lings, Willie Lee, John Jr., Lewis,
Norman, Anthony Pinder, Michael,
Diane Marie Mobley Johnson, El-
nora and Yvette. Service Saturday,
Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist
Church. Time to be announced.

Rick", 51, ath-
letic coach, died
September 2.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday, Mt.
Calvary Mis-
sionary Baptist

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With an In Memoriam
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D, 53,

id Fred.

shier, died Sep-
tember 1 at
Sylvia's Place.
Service was

housewife, died
September 4 at
home. Service
10 a.m., Sat-
urday, Greater
Israel Primitive
Baptist Church.

EARLENE OXFORD, 58, teach-
er, died September 2 at South Mi-
ami Hospital. Service was held.

died Septem-
ber 2 at home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday in the

JUDY M. HERRON, 48, died
August 24. Arrangements are in-

died August 14 at Catholic Hos-
pice Center. Arrangements are in-


retired, died
September 2
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospi-
tal. Viewing 6-9
p.m., Friday,
Spence Funeral
Home, 2527
Opa , Locka. .
d ." 365-95A- 10. -�Service, 1r
a.m., Saturday, St Matthew's Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.

Carey Royal Ram'n
LOLITA ROLLE, 60, interna-
tional Bahamian
songstress and
' died September
3 at University
of Miami Hos-
pital. * Viewing
5 p.m., Friday,
2002 N.W. 51
Street. Service 10 a.m., Saturday,
Temple Baptist Church.

JESSICA HILL, 46, secretary,
died September 6 at home. Ser-
vice was held.

tired, died September 7 at Imperial
Point Hospital. Arrangements are

WHITE, 23, college student,died
August 29 at Erlanger Hospital,
INSON, Tennessee, Service was held.

Nakia Ingraham
August 29. at Memorial Hospital.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday in the

JOHN FAYSON, died Septem-
ber 6 at Adventura Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

September 6 at Memorial Hospi-
tal. Arrangement are incomplete.

OLIVIA RAPOSA, 88, died Sep-
tember 8 at Memorial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

As a public service to our com-
munity, The Miami T7mes prints
weekly obituary notices submit-
ted by area funeral homes at no
charge. These notices include
name of the deceased, age, place
of death, employment, and date,
locaton,,and time of services. Ad-
ditional information and photo
may be included for a nominal
charge.The deadline is Monday at
3:30 p.m.

Hall Ferguson H itt
DUREN JORDEN, 81, truck
driver, - died
September 1
at North Shore
Medical Cen-
ter. Service was

BILLY WATKINS, 76, hydraulic
-technician, died
September 7
at University of
Miami Hospi-
tal. Viewing 1-8
p.m., Wednes-
day (today).
Final rites and
burial, Dudley
Funeral Home, Dublin, GA.

L.D. McKINNON, 75, custodian
supervisor, died August 24 �t V.
A. Medical Center. Final. rites and
burial, V. A. Cemetery, Lake Worth,

plumber, died August 30 at Hiale-
ah Hospital. Final rites and burial,
V. A. Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL.

Royal -A

LIAMS, 49, roof- L.
er, died August
29. Visitation 4
- 9 p.m., Friday.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, Anti-
och Missionary
Baptist Church.

September 5. -
Visitation 4 - 9
p.m., Thursday.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday, Christ
Crusader Fam-
ily Center.


66, transporter for Mt. Sinai
Medical Center, died Septem-
ber 5.
Survivors include: mother,
Mary Hammonds; partner,
William Stuttgen; brothers,
Clyde Hammonds (Vena), Ru-
dolph Hammonds and Ernest
Hammond; devoted friend,
Diane Butler; sister, Daisy
Dortly, Mamie Brown, Sadie
Coleman, Cynthia Smith and
Deloris Hammond; a host of
pieces, nephews, and other;
relatives and friends. Memo-
rial Service, 2 p.m., Friday in
the chapel.
Arrangements entrusted
to Gregg L Mason Funeral

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

JAMES FULLER, 62, carpenter,
died.:eptsmbnr'4.-Final-rites ande^s*'-- .Mld3c
burial *Stir m *.N -Jama a.
9/12/75 - 4/18/09

EDWARD GORDAN, 55, chef,
died September 3. Visitation 4 - 9
p.m., Friday. Service 10:30 a.m.,
Saturday, Christ Way Baptist

PETTY OFFICER - 2nd Class,
died August 26. Visitation 4 - 9
p.m., Friday. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Emmanuel Apostolic

chanic, died September 1. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

housewife, died September 5. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

butcher, died September 1. Final
rites and burial Jessup, GA.

In Memoriam
In loving~memory of,

We will always cherish the
memories we shared.
Family and friends

Happy Birthday


In memory of a great man.
We love you!
Virginia, Cedric, Quentin
and Mama Jackson.

Wedis in* Anniversaries *

EXPIES . -a.1.0

08/03/50 - 09/09/06

We think of you always, but
especially today.
You will never be forgotten,
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake
with which we never part.
God has you in His keeping;
we have you in our hearts.
Love your husband, Rufus,
children, Roderick, Tonya, Fe-
licia and Maritza Neloms

INGTON, 80, Pastor of Pente-
costal Church of Jesus Christ
of Apostolic Doctorine, died
September 8 at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Survivors include: wife, Lil-
lia; sons, Ronnie, Terrell and
Larry Matthews, Charles and
Ivory Covington, Jr.; daugh-
ters, Loretta, Iradean Maze.
Viewing 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Friday at the funeral home
and 5-9 p.m. (with a Memo-
rial at 7 p.m.) at Pentecostal
Church of Jesus Christ of Ap-
ostolic Doctorine, 2185 N.W.
87 St. Service 1 p.m., Satur-
day, place to be announced.
Final arrangements entrust-
ed to Wright & Young Funeral

Death Notice

' . Se*
resident, died August 31 in
Palatka. He was employed as
a counselor for many years at
the former Sunland Training
Center of Gainesville. He has
been a member and ordained
Elder of the Refuge Church of
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Associated Press

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Robert
Decatur, a former Tuskegee Air-
man, who went on to become
a judge and civil rights lawyer,
has died. He was 88.
Decatur died at his home in
Titusville, Fla., on Aug. 19, ac-
cording to officials with the
Newcomer Funeral Home there.
He was buried at Biloxi National
Cemetery on Thursday with full
military honors.
He was one of the original
Tuskegee Airmen, the country's
first Black military pilots and
crew, who fought overseas dur-
ing World War II but faced dis-
crimination when they returned
In 1943, he was sent to Keesler
Field in Biloxi for basic train-
ing, then on to Tuskegee; Ala.,
where the airmen trained as a
segregated unit at an air base.
In 2007, Decatur was among the
surviving airmen who received

the Congressional Gold Medal.
In a 2001 Associated Press
story about a joint meeting of
the Tuskegee Airman Inc. and
The Organization of Black Air-
line Pilots in Tennessee, Deca-
tur said the Tuskegee program
was considered an experiment
and the airmen knew they could
not fail.
"We knew that if we failed,
there would be no other pro-
grams for black Americans to
fly," he said then.
The Sun Herald reported that
Decatur received his pilot's li-
cense from the University of Ak-
ron and a law degree from Case
Western Reserve University,
both in Ohio.
He spent 25 years as a pro-
bate judge in Ohio, hearing
thousands of cases, and taught
at six different law schools.
Decatur is survived by his wife,
Rose; a son, three daughters, a
stepson, seven grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren.

AIDS vaccine still far off

continued from 10B

the United Nations. That same
year, about two million people
died of AIDS and there were 2.7
million new infections.
After rising for eight straight
years, annual global investment
in HIV vaccine research and de-
velopment fell $93 million, or
10%, to $868 million in 2008,
according to a U.N.-backed re-
The drop in investment in
vaccine research followed a big
setback in 2007, when Merck
& Co. of Whitehouse Station,
N.J., ended a closely watched
trial after its experimental vac-
cine failed to confer protection
against HIV.
Such disappointing results
prompted a new approach at
the U.S. National Institutes
of Health, the world's biggest
founder of HIV vaccine research.
For years, many scientists
tended to move their vaccine
candidates relatively quickly
into animal and human trials

without fully understanding the
molecular mechanisms at play.
So the NIH began to push sci-
entists to look more deeply at
the viral structure to identify
weaknesses that might be best
"We made a' decision to turn
the dial more towards asking
fundamental questions" about
the virus, said Anthony Fauci,
director of the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseas-
es, a part of the NIH. The latest
antibody discovery, he added,
"is a reflection of that shift."
HIV is a slippery foe. It con-
stantly changes and sidesteps
the body's normal immune de-
fenses. Because there are many
strains circulating in different
populations, narrowly aimed
vaccines don't work well.
There are two main approach-
es in making an HIV vaccine.
One technique, which was used
by Merck, tries to kill cells al-
ready infected by HIV. The other
method uses antibodies to pre-
vent cellular infection in the
first place.

Weight gain complicated

continued from 10B

they would normally be asleep.
They put on twice as much
This was despite them doing
the same level of activity, and
eating the same amount of food,
as the other mice.
The findings may have impli-
cations for people worried about
their weight.
"How or why a person gains
weight is very complicated, but
it is clearly not just calories in
and, calories out," said Fred
Turek, from the Northwestern's
Center for Sleep and Circadian
Biology, where the research
took place.

"Better timing of meals could
be a critical element in slowing
the ever-increasing incidence of
Tam Fry, from the National
Obesity Forum, agreed. He said:
"It is groundbreaking. It really
gets you thinking why this has
not been done before.
"It could be very dramatic if it
affects whether you are going to
get fat or not."
At this stage, the results could
still be interpreted as controver-
sial when applied to humans.
SThe scientists now hope they
can find out more about how
the process works. It is thought
that sleep, hormones and body
temperature all play a part in
how we gain weight.

Grocery store access unequal

continued from 10B

there is a smaller selection of
healthful food items at higher'
"I believe (benefits from) the
relative costs involved far out-
weigh the cost of doing noth-
ing," Sanchez says. "Obesity in
children leads to some diseases,
and the cost of their medical
care will go up fairly quickly."
Many of the strategies have
other benefits. For instance, the
report urges better community
policing, which may increase'
safety, and better grocery stores
could create more jobs, he says.
"These are worthwhile invest-
ments because the gain is more
than the upfront expense."'
Similar ideas for changing the
environment were discussed
this summer at the Weight of
the Nation meeting in Washing-
ton, D.C., which was sponsored
by the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention and others.
What can be done?
Among the community chang-
es suggested by the report,
sponsored by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and the

Centers for Disease Control and
*Adopt zoning policies that re-
strict fast-food 'restaurants near
school grounds and public play-
*Have a master plan for walk-
ing and biking in the commu-
*Build and maintain side-
walks and street crossings to
create a safe walking environ-
ment, connecting to schools,
parks and other places.
*Adopt community police
strategies that improve the safe-
ty of streets, especially those in
higher-crime neighborhoods.
*Build and maintain parks
and playgrounds that are safe,
attractive and close to residen-
tial areas.
*Work with school districts
to allow playing fields, play-
grounds and recreation centers
to be used by residents when
schools are closed.
*Tax high-calorie, low-nutri-
ent food items and beverages
sweetened with sugar.
*Require menu labeling in
chain restaurants so customers
can get calorie information on
menus and menu boards.

.aru U o Inan
The family of the late,
*V - -

would like to extend our heart
felt gratitude for all the expres-
sions of love and sympathy
showvn us during our time of be-
There was no act too small.
Perhaps you gave a call, a hug,
held our hand or were just
Thanks for the monetary do-
nations, floral arrangements,
food and words of encourage-
ment which along with the
grace of our Almighty Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ gives us
the strength to carry on day by
Special thanks to the staff of
Hadley Davis Funeral Home,
Pastor Taylor of Antioch Carol
City, City of Opa Locka, Publ-
lix Store # 673, Florida Dialysis
Institute and Renal Care Part-
May God's blessing continue
to be upon you.
Forever grateful,
Eula Lyles Thomas, Edward
Thomas, Valorie, Damita and
the entire Lyles and Saunders

I want to share this letter of
tribute for my sort with all of you.
There were so many accolades, it
had to be greatly condensed.
-Mattie Sutton

Dear Mrs. Sutton:
Roderick and I attended Gram-
bling State University and be-
came friends and fellow activists
-on campus.
Roderick co-founded a study
group called Umoja, which also
helped bring nationally renowned
speakers to Grambling. Roderick
and I were always ready to chal-
lenge the speakers with our per-
spective on the issues.
One thing we challenged was
a movie being filmed on cam-
pus starring Harry Belafonte. We
didn't believe the movie or the'
book it was based on was a ma-
jor problem but some scenes and
language were offensive to us.
We met with some of the ac-
tors and directors and suggested
script changes. Roderick was
proud that some of the changes
he suggested were implemented.
I believe Harry Belafonte, a long
time activist himself, was proud
that some Grambling students
were continuing in the activist
tradition. Our concerns were
the subject of an article in the
national TV Guide.
I was Student Government As-
sociation President my senior
year and one of the big news
stories of that period was the
disappearance and murders of
young African American boys
in Atlanta.
We held a rally and vigil con-
cerning the tragedy and Roder-
ick helped plan and coordinate
the Grambling rally but he also
went many steps further than
the rest of us. Using his own
resources, he went to Atlanta
with contributions for some of
the families of the victims.
Roderick was a virtual one
man fact finding mission. He
contributed articles and quotes
to The Gramblinite, the cam-

In loving memory of,

07/01/1934 - 09/20/08

I wish I can call you up to
say hello. I miss you so, that
I'm sure you know. As each
day passes I miss you more.
.Love you Dad, The Fields

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,


pus newspaper.
Roderick would hear of the"
tragedies or hardships of people
and find a way to help them. It
was amazing. He could give his
last dollar and then somehow
find a way to scrape up more
money to give.
Without titles or commenda-
tions, he left a big imprint on
the Grambling campus and the
people who knew him.
He did everything with a
heart full of love, a sense of
purpose and .an unrelenting
commitment to help the little'
guy or the downtrodden.
I will never forget his sense
of humor, his deep, fill up the
room voice, and his gaze. Rod-
erick had a way of looking at
people with complete sincer-
ity and with an intensity that
went straight to their hearts
and made hem want to be
their best, completely genuine
I believe that it is a strong,
beautiful form of worship to try
and follow Christ's example of
love, selflessness, compassion
and courage. Your son did that,
and I thank God for the beauti-
ful walk of Christian faith that
was Roderick Sutton's life.

Dante Wilson

A S /

"Aff'at Able0
icut r ultd. _

The family of the late,
The family of the late,

wishes to express our sin-
cere appreciation for all acts
of kindness exterided during
our time of bereavement. Your
calls, visits, prayers and words
of encouragement touched our
hearts in a special way.
A special thanks to Greater
St. Paul A.M.E. Church Fami-
ly. May God bless you and keep
With deep appreciation.
The Family.

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

09/07/18 - 11/29/95

The love you shared lingers
still. We truly love and miss
! The Marshall and
Washington family

In loving memory of,

05/20/75 - 09/07/05

It's been four years, we miss
you and' love you.
Love, Mom, Dad, daughter,
relatives and friends.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,
1 . � e ,.fa~rufif,-. --iM a ^-

07/02/27- 09/11/06

Three years passed, you left
an empty space in our hearts.
Our love will always last.
Your wife, Betty, children,
Valarie (Gerald), Fernando,
Stanford, LaShon (James).
grandchildren and family.


Bulls to Carol City 27-6

By Andre C. Fernandez

Northwestern junior Teddy
Bridgewater had to wear a dif-
ferent jersey Friday night after
he misplaced his own before the
But, there was no mistaking
who was playing quarterback
once the game began.
Coupled with a. stout defen-
sive effort, Bridgewater helped
propel the Bulls to a season-
opening 27-6 victory against ri-
val Carol City in front of an esti-
mated 8,000 fans at Traz Powell
Northwestern (1-0), ranked
No. 3 by the National Prep Poll,
held the Chiefs (0-1) to 5 yards
rushing and without any points
until a late touchdown broke

the shutout. The Bulls' defense,
led by linebacker Rashad Gai-
tor's two sacks, held Carol City
in negative yardage rushing for
the majority of the game.
Carol City, which entered the
game ranked No. 10 in Class
6A, had a couple of chances to
even the score early. Trailing
8-0 early in the second quarter,
the Chiefs blocked a punt and
recovered at the Northwestern
10-yard line.
But Northwestern's defense
refused to budge. Linebacker
Lyndon Edwards sacked De-
vonte Mathis on third down,
and then a fake field-goal at-
tempt failed when a swarming
defense sacked holder Brandon
McCord 11 yards behind the
line of scrimmage.

Booker T. beats Killian 40-16

By Melissa Marti

Booker T. Washington run-
ning back Eduardo Clements is
The speedy back was instru-
mental Friday evening in the
Tornadoes' season-opening
40-16 victory against Killian at
Tropical Park Stadium.
"Hes just special,"' coach Earl
Tillman said of his running
back. "Last year, he was domi-
nant, but he's gonna do some
things this year.".
After dropping last week's
preseason opener 3-0 to Co-
lumbus, Clements said he had
something to prove.

"Our offensive lineman was
blocking well," he' said. "They
gave me a lot of holes to run
through and that made my
night an easy one."
Clements put the Tornadoes
on the board early, marching
the ball down the field and even-
tually scoring on a 6-yard run.
The senior showed no signs of
slowing down and scored later
in the first quarter on a 30-yard
run down the right side of the
Clements would cap off his
night with an 80-yard kickoff
return for a touchdown late in
the fourth quarter to seal the
win for Booker T.

FAMU beats Delaware State

Curtis Pulley rushed for 196
yards to lead Florida A&M to
a 21-12 victory over Delaware
State on Saturday night.
The Rattlers (1-0, 1-0 Mid-
Eastern Athletic Conference)
rushed for 246 yards as a team
and snapped a four-game los-
ing streak to the Hornets (0-1,
It was the Rattlers' second
straight season-opening win.
Pulley had FAMU's longest

run, a 47-yard touchdown
jaunt, dancing around a hand-
ful of defenders at midfield, be-
fore breaking free and racing
down the sideline to give the
Rattlers a 21-6 lead in the third
Pulley also was 12 of 19 for
140 yards.
Delaware State quarterback
Anthony Glaud, making his first
start, was 17 of 32 for 188 yards
and a first-half touchdown.

Love Gwen!

Roderick's Christian faith walk

The Miami Times

Lifesty e




Family says final goodbye to King of Pop

By Kelley L. Carter

More than two months after
his death, Michael Jackson
was laid to rest in a .marble
mausoleum following a final
ceremony with family and
friends, including Elizabeth
Taylor and Macaulay Culkin.
Jackson's family arrived
more than an hour late for
the Thursday evening service,
traveling by police-escorted
motorcade to the Forest Lawn
Glendale cemetery. His casket
was carried by his brothers.
Guests sat in white folding
chairs outside the mauso-
leum, under bright television
lights, on a hot, muggy eve-
ning. Smoke from a massive
wildfire a few miles to the
northeast could be seen and
The singer's children, broth-
ers, sisters and parents ar-
rived after dark. Family mem-
bdrs came in more than 20
cars from their'home in En-
cino, about 17 miles away.
The final resting place for
the King of Pop was a private
mausoleum at a cemetery that
is also the grave site of many
other celebrities. Among them:
Walt Disney, Sammy Davis Jr.,
Nat King Cole, George Burns,
Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and
W.C. .Fields.

The grave is a private tomb
in a section where the public
is not allowed. The privacy
is likely to prevent Jackson's
burial place from becoming a
public shrine such as Grace-
land is for Elvis Presley.
After the burial, the closest
the public will be able to get to
Jackson's vault is a portion of
the mausoleum that displays
"The Last Supper Window," a
stained-glass re-creation of
Leonardo da Vinci's master-
piece. Several presentations
about the window are held reg-
ularly year-round, but most of
the building is restricted.
The relatively small burial
ceremony came 70 days after
Jackson's death June 25 at
the age of 50, as he was pre-
paring a comeback concert
The Los Angeles Coroner's
office has labeled the death
a homicide, and his death is
still under investigation.
Conrad Murray, Jackson's
personal physician, told de-
tectives he gave the singer a
series of sedatives and the
powerful anesthetic propofol
to help him sleep. No charges
have been filed.
Al Sharpton spoke at the
ceremony and Gladys Knight
sang, Sharpton wrote on his
Twitter account.

Michael Jackson's casket rests during the funeral service held at Glendale Forest
Lawn Memorial Park on Thursday night in Glendale, Calif. -Photo/The Jackson Family

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From left to right, Janet, Randy, Jackie,Tito, Jermaine and Marion Jackson attend the
funeral service of their brother Michael, held at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park on
Thursday night in Glendale, Calif. -Photo/The Jackson Family

Singer Fantasia misses "The Color Purple" performance

By Evelyn Holmes

Fantasia, star of the hit musical "The
Color Purple," took a sick day Saturday,
upsetting many ticket holders.
The show went on without the star at
the Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago both
Saturday afternoon and evening. The-
ater officials say Fantasia took ill just
before the matinee production. Her un-
derstudy filled in, and that caused some
ticket holders to stage a performance of
their own.
"We want our money back!" several
of the ticketholders chanted outside of
the theater.
All the afternoon theatergoers saw
was red after learning they would not
receive refunds for tickets purchased
to see Fantasia star in the Chicago
production of the hit musical. Satur-
day night, however, an offer was on the
table to refund money.
"I was excited to see her, but now, I'm
disappointed. I think she could have
been more professional and tried, at
least, to perform," said Roscoe Mohead
of Gurnee Saturday afternoon.
"I voted for her a hundred thousand
times for her to win that. I mean, I'm
just very moved by her, and I'm very
disappointed. And I just think the the-
ater, Oprah, or somebody should just
give us our money back," said fan
Charlotte Czarnecki of Wheaton.

The ticket holders said they were in
their seats when they were informed
that an understudy, not the American
Idol alum, would star in Saturday's
The show's management says Fan-
tasia became ill after eating a turkey
sandwich and could not appear in the
production, which was made famous
by Oprah Winfrey's movie role.
"Fantasia's equally upset because
she's very committed and compas-
�sionate about delivering for her fans.
We.don't take anyone for granted. We
understand there were about 300 to
400 individuals who were quite upset
and asked for refunds," manager Brian
Dickens said. "The company is trying
to work it out, whether they get a re-
fund or they come back for tomorrow's
"I don't know the answer to that
because I don't work for AEG. That's
the local presenter. And that's kind of
where I'm in an uncomfortable position
because these are not decisions that
I can make or speak on at this time,"
Color Purple Natl. Tour Manager Chris
Danner told ABC7 Chicago Saturday
The disappointed crowd became irate
after theater officials told them there
would be no refunds, only exchanges for
tickets to tonight's show, which some
said was already sold out.


Halle Berry prepares

for her second child
Life & Style magazine is reporting that a friend
of Halle Berry has confirmed rampant rumors
that she is indeed pregnant with her second
child. The star's rep, however, has yet to respond
to the story.
"She's just ecstatic to be pregnant again,"
the magazine quoted the friend as saying. "She
wasn't sure if she'd have another baby, so she's
very happy!"
Berry had difficulty conceiving her first child
in 2007; the Oscar winner went through 30
negative pregnancy tests before her daughter
Nahla was born. Now Berry, 43, is said to be
three months pregnant with baby number two
by boyfriend, model Gabriel Aubry.
"Halle is overjoyed. The first time, she struggled
so much to get pregnant and eventually
conceived through in vitro fertilization," said
the friend. "This time, the baby was conceived
through artificial insemination."

Gulliver namines football

field after Sean Taylor

The Miami Times Report -

Students at Gul-
liver Preparatory
School in Pinecrest
dedicated their foot-
bail field to slain
Washington Red-
skins star, Sean Tay-
lor, on Friday. f
Before joining the b
National Football SEAN TAYLOR
lor played football at
Gulliver Raider then later was a star player
for the University of Miami Hurricanes He was
drafted first round by the Washington Red-
skins in 2004.
Due to his intense style of hitting, several of
his pro teammates nicknamed him "Meast," a
reference to "half man, half beast." Among his
many football accomplishments, Taylor was
known as one of the hardest-hitting defensive
secondary players in the NFL.
Taylor's life was cut short in 2007 when five
men broke into his Palmetto .Bay home. During
the robbery, one of the suspects shot Taylor
in the groin, according to prosecutors. Taylor
died days later. He was 24.
The suspects for Taylor's death are all in
custody and are facing life sentences.


a atr
ByDr icad taca

Congratulations to Rev. Dr.
JOreatha M. Capers, senior
pastor, Bishop Timothy W.
Whitaker, Rev. Craig W. Nel-
son, District Superintendent,
Veronica Rahming and Cor-
rine Bradley, coordinators, of-
ficers and members of Ebenezer
United Methodist Church for
111-years of existence.
The celebration began with
the Brothers of Ebenezer pro-
viding the music and continued
with the Mass Choir providing
the music. There was liturgical
dancing from the JB and MASK
dancers to "Total Praise" with
T. Eilene Martin-Major
demonstrating her cho-
reography prowess with
both groups. The BOE
introduced a new song,
"Too Close To The Mir-
ror", featuring William
Clark and David Smith,
who electrified the filled
church singing"Praise Is MIT
What I Do" and "Stand"
with Reverend Capers
alluding to "We've Come This
Far By Faith."
During the service, pioneers
of the church were video by
Mr. Douglas as they. bridged
the gap from the beginning to
the presence. The history in-
cluded the pastors beginning
with: J. S. Smith, 1899. J.A.
Grimsby, 1900, Lawrence J.
Little, 1901, Henry Bartley,
1905, N; A. Grimes, 1906, W.
Pericies Perkins, 1908, Ni-
ger Armstrong, 1909, Albert
Emanuel, 1914, L. Calvin Fos-
ter, 1919, William P. Holmes,
1923, John A Simpson, 1927,
William O0. Bartley, 1934, and
Otis Burns, 1949.
Also included were: George
Ponder, 1950, Aaron D. Hall,
19.56-1988, Oliver Gordon,
Sr., 1988, James F. Jennings,
1990, Alfonson T., Delaney,

1992, Jimmie
L. Brown, 1999,
and Joreatha M.
Capers, 2005 to
In addition, the
coordinators recognized the
Gems & Gents representing
pioneers of the church: Jean
Albury-Perry, Dollie Bai-
ley, Alex Barr, Moses Barr,
Geraldine Bell, Ethel Ben-
eby, Silverstine Blake, Agnes
Boykins, Henry Bradley, Isa-
bella Brown, Berniece Bry-
ant, Betty Bullard, Delaine
Carter, Edna Cobbins, Hor-
tence Sollier, 'Lena
M. Collier, Thelma
Curry, Dorothy Dan-
iels, Ruth Smith-Da-
vis, Cleora Garner,
George Gibson, Willie
Mae Gibson, Lorene
Gilchrese and Rena
M. Green.
"HELL Also,. Dr. Gera-
line Gilyard, Ernes-
tine Hambrick, Al-
ice Hanna, Thelma Hayden,
Truenell Hill also celebrated
her 93rd birthday, Julia Jer-
kins, Eloise Johnson, Rosa
Ross-Johnson, Walter John-
son, Minnie Jones, Rober-
tha Lyons, Bertha T. martin,
Frances Miller, Cleomie McK-
enzie, Ruth McKinney Jamet
Mobley and Rose Mobley.
In addition, Ruth Parlins,
Willie M. Pinder, Juanita Pon-
der, Aggie M. Reed, Rosetta
Ross, Armestice Scott, Betty
Simmons, 'Ruth Sloan, Ann
Amith, Christopher Smith,
Clara Smith, Edward Smith,
Ella Jean Smith, Margaret I
Smith; Timothy Smith, Ester
Thomas, Millicent Thomp-
son, Pauline Thompson, Ruth
Whyms, Eunice Wiggins, Le-
roy Wilson, Sr., and Doretha
Wolf. Miami Commissioner

Michelle Spence-Jones and
Miami-Dade Commissioner
Audrey Edmorison presented
proclamations to the church.
As the morning celebra-
tion began with breakfast, the
morning service ended with
lunch being served to over
300-people, while the commit-
tee should be commended for
the fast and orderly movement
of the congregation, especially
the "home-takers."

The marriage celebration
of Tracy Dietrich and Jer-
maine Pondt was a "touch of
class", beginning with
the bridal party arriv-
ing in two stretched
white limousines and
the bride was chauf-
feured in a white Rolls
Royce. The venue was
New Hope Missionary
Baptist Church with
Pastor' Selwyn Scott
officiating. The colors WIL
were pink and white
with the males wear-
ing 3-piece white tuxedos,
the bridesmaids wearing pink
gowns and the children attired
in white dresses.
Other members of the bridal
party were Joane E. Femerri-
er, matron of honor and Debra
Dietrich, maid of honor. They
were followed by bridesmaids
and groomsmen: Maxine
Dietrich, Dondre Hudson,
Denise Prehay, Jose Colon,
Woodlyne Romilus, Johnny
Jodgeson, Syreeta Dietrich,
Clement Williams, Pataricia
Lafontant and Frank Games.
Also included were;' Claude
Pigott and Kevin Bridges,
best men; Shannia Narcisse
and Amir Narcisse, mock bride
of groom, Jah'nese Mondesir
and Clarissa Pigott, flower
girl; Omar Pigott, ring bearer;
and Orel Reid, bell ringer.
The bride, Tracy Dietrich,
entered from her Rolls Royce
attired in a ruffled .white gown
accentuated with a sparkling

atara, two-strings of pearl and
an extension from the waist
down. She joined her husband,
while Patricia Lafontant read
the poem and Maxine Dietrich
read the scripture. The Sand
Ceremony followed with Pastor
Scott officiating and presenta-
tion of the newly weds.
After the recessional, the
bridal party followed the bride
and groom to the reception and
celebration before going on a
honeymoon to Las Vegas.

A special happy 60th birth-
day goes out to Rev. Dr. R.
Joaquin Willis, Pastor
of Church of the Open
Door/United Church
of Christ. He celebrat-
ed with his wife and
planning committee
from the church, last
Friday, at the Mayfair
Hotel and Spa, Co-
conut Grove with At-
LLIS torney Robert Beatty
as emcee who led the
crowd in surprising the
honoree. He and his wife were
taken to their special seat with
the version of Stevie Wonder's
"Happy Birthday".
Others ox� the program in-
cluded Rev. Oliver Gross,
FAMU spokesperson, giving
the invocation and blessing;
comedy roast from Matthew
Beatty, Leroy Anderson, Rev.
Richard Dunn and Rev. David
Bowers, special' tributes from
Emma W. Reed and Mildred
W. Griffin, along with a video
of the honoree's accomplish-
Celebrants/underwriters in-
cluded Priscilla Beatty, Karol
Brant, Khary Bruyning, Eve-
lyn E. Campbell, Helen Ever-
ett, Patricia A. Ford, Sumner
Hutcheson, III, Barbara John-
son, Cheryl Jordan, Keith
Lavaraity, Marteen Levarity,
Elizabeth Marshall, Lois Oli-
ver, Herbert and Annie Otey,
Gwendolyn Robinson, Amee-
na Shaheed, Gwendolyn W.

Smith, chairperson, Dianne
Torres, Juanita Wilson, and
Thelma Wilson.
Dr. Willis took to the micro-
phone and thanked the people
for making his birthday one
to remember, especially the
proclamations coming for the
mayor officers and the many
monetary gifts from the mem-

The bellowing voice
and insistent of Har-
old Mitchell for an an-
swer to his questions
at meetings would stay
registered in the minds
of his Omega Psi Phi
brothers as they paid
tribute to his passing
at the Church of the CAP
Transfiguration and
Episcopal Church of
the Holy Family, Thursday,
Aug. 20.
It was also ironic for his for-
mer students from Bunche
Park Elementary School to
speak highly of the counseling
and guidance he offered that
made them grow into to fine
manhood. Some of those par-
ticipating on the altar were:
The Reverend Dr. Kenneth
Sims, Deacon, Lector Richard
Miller and Gloria Clausell,
Verger, a member of Egelloc
Civic and Social Club and Sig-
ma Gamma Rho, whose pomp
and circumstance was likened
to those in the holy land.
History will also be reflect-
ed when the Omega Brothers
in attendance at the wake reg-
istered over 75-members and
5-pews of 50-members during
the final service. He was so be-
loved by the brothers that they
were honored to sing the Ome-
ga hymn just before he was
deposited into the hearse and
away from a throng of people.
Further, the Rev. Thom-
as Shepherd, officiating, ar-
ticulated word of awareness
about Mitchell, along with
The Rev. Horace Ward, Rec-

tor and the Rev. Eston Lee,
Associate Priest. Their expres-
sions of Mitchell were true and
brought out many responses
of him being mortal from his
educational experiences: U.S.
Air force, his marriage to Mary
Benson in 1954, his nick-
names of "Hal", "Big Mitch",
Bro. Hal" and "food scooper".
He never left anything on the
Always missing him
will be his devoted
wife, Mary, sons, Gary
and Kyle, Sr., Kath-
erine Mitchell, sister,
Florence Edgecombe,
brothers Robert and
Richard, three grand-
children, Kyle, Kylisa
and Javan, four-broth-
PERS er-in-laws, Hezekiah
-Ross, Kenneth Myers,
Hayward Benson, and
Roland Benson, and sisters-
in-law, Wanda, Maxine, Lelia,
Theaudra, Mattie, and Dot-
tie Benson, along with over
500-brothers in Omega that
met him over the years.

Please be informed that the
Bethune-Cookman University
Concert Chorale will make its
only performance, Sunday,
September. 13, at Ebenezer
United Methodist Church, be-
ginning at 11:00 AM, accord-
ing to Pernella Burke, coordi-
For this "fun raising" the fol-
lowing alumni are requested
to bring at least 2-people: Dr.
Cynthia and William Clark,
Audley Coakley, Leomie
Culmer, Martha Day, Char-
lie and Dorothy Davis, Kavin
Davis, Eboni Kennedy, Dr.
Geraline Gilyard, Brenda
Hawks, Coach Larry Little,
Gwen LeVan, T. Eilene Mar-
tin-Major, Francena Scott,
David Strachan, Richard and
Lorraine Strachan, John Wil-
liams, Larry Williams, Carol
Weatherington, and you, the


Thank you to ll who gave
time, money or any good deed
toward our children who re-
turned to school last week.
Teachers, students, cafeteria
workers, traffic helpers and
anyone who helps our students
everyday. Have a safe and glori-
ously safe school year.
Happy wedding anniversary
goes to Rodney and Monique
W. Duggins, Aug. 31, their 71.
Miamians are saddened
bythe death of former Booker
T. Washington teacher and
pioneer Wilhelmina Chap-
man-Rhetta and Joyce But-
terfield-Engram of Daytona

Beach, Fla. Rhetta
taught many of us
at BTW (Her father
and brother were
both in the medi-
cal field). Engram's I
mother taught me at
Phyllis Wheatley and Engram
taught me at formerly Bethune-
Cookman College (now a uni-
versity). Engram's sister was
also a teacher at Liberty City
Elementary. Engram was also
a member of the Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority.
The Rector's Chapter of the
Episcopal Church women pre-
-sented its annual Mr. and Miss

St. Agnes' Affair and Tea.
Their guest speaker was Dr.
Robert Malone, Jr. and mas-
ter of ceremony, Taj Echoles
who was Mr. Saint Agnes in
1991.-'Heaty Congrattilatiofts
to this year winners and run-
ner up. Miss Saint Agnes win-
ner Crystal Johnson, daugh-
er of Fredricka and William
ohnson and grand-daughter
of Herma Jean Barry-Lock-
ett; Mr. Saint Agnes-Darrius
Jamal- Albury Williams, son
of Miranda Albury and grand-
son of Leo Albuiry and great
grandson of Mary Albury-Fer-
rell. and runner up Michael
D. Smith, Jr., son of Natalia
Gibson-Smith and Michael
Sr., grandson of Vennda Rei
Get well wishes to Grace
Heastie-Patterson, Clar-
etha Grant-Lewis, Ismay

Prescott, Althenia Barry-
Kelley, David Fedrick Davis,
Carmetta Brown-Russell,
Easter Robinson-Troy, Doris
McKinney-Pittman and Nel-
lie Taylor.
The Booker T. Washington
Senior High Class of 1960 hon-
ored their beloved president
with a surprise kick off cele-
bration and pre-reunion kick
off when they honored David
Fredrick Davis for 14 years
of outstanding leadership as
president of his beloved class.
The alumni association, family
members and friends were in
attendance. His beloved wife,
Eurnice Johnson-Davis, is a
former Miami Times employ-
ee and longtime principal of
North Dade Middle School.
Congratulations to the fol-
lowing men and woman for
their work in uplifting Over-

town. The awards were given
at the organization's 100 an-
nual "Thing are cooking in
Overtown." The six people
honored for outstanding com-
munity service and leaderslhip-
in different categories are Jean
Woods-Brant, Rev. Franklin
Clark, Miami mayor Manny
Diaz, Ricardo Forbes, Val-
erie Patterson and Beverly
Kirton-Smith. Founder Rev.
Henry Nevin, retired pastor of
St. John Institutional Mission-
ary Baptist Church. By the
way, all of us who at one time
lived in Overtown should take
a ride or walk down Third Av-
enue (safer than Liberty City)
and see how quiet and clean
Overtown has become. Third
Avenue is simply beautiful. All
of our wonderful stores are no
longer there but it is a plea-
sure to see it did not become

a 'slum."
Joyce Major-Hepburn visit-
ed her daughter, Brenda Hep-
burn Eddy, grandson Rodrick
and family members in Burl-
ington, 'N.C. last week:
Best wishes to Arthur J.
N. Scavella on his recent ap-
pointment as Director of Band
and Orchestral Studies at Ar-
thur & Polly Mays Middle Com-
munity School. Prior to this
appointment, Arthur served as
the Band and Orchestra Direc-
tor at Charles R. Drew Middle
and as Music Director at Oak
Grove Elementary. Arthur is
the son of Winston and Gloria
Think about this! Have some
"Me" time. Take some time to
get away from everyone and
everything. Just say "No." You
don't have to. agree to do every-
thing you are asked to do.

Michael Jackson's glove sold for $49,000 in Australia

A white glove worn by the late
King of Pop sold at an auction
for A$57,600 ($49,000) in Aus-
tralia on Sunday,. nearly twice
the price auctioneers expected,
the auction house said.
The white bejeweled glove was
a trademark of the U.S. singer,
and according to auction house
Bonhams and Goodman this
was the first Jackson glove to
go on sale since he died in June
at the age of 50.
The glove sold in Melbourne
Sunday was worn by Jackson
in Sydney in 1996, on the day
he married Debbie Rowe, the
mother of his two elder chil-
dren, the auction house said.

After a bidding war between
collectors, in Australia and the
United States, it was bought by
Warwick Stone on behalf of the
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in
Las Vegas.
"There was a huge amount
of interest in the week lead-,
ing up to the sale. We were still
pretty surprised by the price,"
Charlotte Stanes of the auction
house told Reuters.
In November 1996 Jackson
was in Sydney during the His-
tory tour, and attended a pre-
miere in Sydney of the film
"Ghosts," in which he starred.
Earlier the same day the singer
had married Rowe.

At the end of the performance
Jackson threw the glove to Bill
Hibble, a collector of music
and film memorabilia, who has
since died. Hibble's mother put
the glove up for auction.
Giles Moon, national head
of collectables for the auction
house, said he was. "astounded"
by the price it fetched.
Jackson was buried last week
in California, two months after
his death from a drug overdose.
His death has been ruled a ho-
micide and police are investi-
gating several doctors.. They
have said they will seek crimi-
nal charges but so far none has
been filed.

Blige, Brown to perform at Vienna Jackson tribute

Top artists such as Mary J.
Blige, Akon and Chris Brown
will sing some of Michael Jack-
son's. greatest hits at a Sept.
26 global tribute that also will
feature a virtual duet between
the King of Pop and one of his
brothers, organizers said Tues-
But the much-anticipated
lineup was a disappointment
to a throng of reporters who
had speculated that superstars
such as Madonna would be part
of the show to be staged in front
of a 17th-century palace in the

Austrian capital.
"Just hold your horses!" Jack-
son's brother Jermaine said at
a packed news conference in
Vienna's city hall, suggesting
that some major names might
still be added to the list.
Event promoter Georg Kindel
said that up to 25 perform-
ers are expected to participate
in concert that is being billed
as ,the main global tribute for
Jackson, who died June 25 in
Los Angeles. More names will
be unveiled later this week
in London and Berlin, Kindel

Sister Sledge, Natalie Cole,
Angela Bassett, and the Ger-
many-based boy band US5
also are among the 13 artists
confirmed so far, Jermaine
Jackson said. In addition,
Jackson's original band and
dancers will take part.
"We're very excited - the list
is growing more and more,"
Jermaine Jackson said, add-
ing that "many major Bolly-
wood names" and artists from
the Middle East also would be

All the artists will play some
of Jackson's greatest hits at the
concert, including "Thriller,"
"Billie Jean," "Black or White"
and "Bad."
"We will honor on this night
not only the musician and art-
ist Michael Jackson but also
the humanitarian," Kindel
said. "He's really someone who
changed the history of music."
Jackson's family and chil-
dren - as well as 65,000 fans
- are expected to attend the
tribute to be held on a large
stage with a crown on its roof

and two runways in front
of Vienna's former imperial
Schoenbrunn Palace, one of
the Austrian capital's top tour-
ist attractions, Kindel said. A
"significant portion" of the pro-
ceeds from the event will be
donated to charity, he added.
Over the course of the eve-
ning, Jermaine will sing a duet
with his late brother, probably
with video of Michael to be
projected onto nearby walls,
organizers said. All artists will
sing either "Heal the World" or
"We are the World" as a grand

Bassett, an actress, will pres-
ent one part of Michael Jack-
son's life, a statement said.
When asked why stars such
as Madonna and Whitney
Houston - mentioned in Aus-
trian, media reports - were
not on the list made public
Tuesday, a defensive Kindel
stressed the list of performers
was still not set in stone. "This
is not the final lineup - maybe
some of the names you men-
tioned you will hear within the
next couple of days," he said.




Motown turns 50, but the party's far from over

By Mike Householder
Associated Press

On -Jan. 12, 1959, Elvis
Presley was in the Army. The
Beatles were a little-known
group called The Quarrymen
casting about for gigs in Liv-
erpool. The nascent rock 'n'
roll 'world was a few weeks
away from "the day the mu-
sic died" - when a single-en-
gine plane crash claimed the
lives of Buddy Holly, J.P. "The
Big Bopper" Richardson and
Ritchie Valens.
It's also the day a 29-year-
old boxer, assembly line
worker and songwriter named
Berry Gordy Jr. used an $800
family loan to start a record
company in Detroit.
Fifty years later, Motown
Records Corp. and its stable
of largely African-American
artists have become synony-
mous with the musical, social

and cultural fabric of Amer-
ica. The company spawned
household names, signature
grooves and anthems for the
boulevard and bedroom alike
that transcended geography
and race.
And time.
Motown may be 50 years
old, but it isn't any less rel-
evant with current hitmak-
ers - from Taylor Swift to
Col4play - citing the label's
signature "sound" as an in-
Would there be a Beyonce or
Mariah Carey had Diana Ross,
Martha Reeves and -Gladys
Knight not come first?
How about Kanye West and
Justin Timberlake? What
would have become of. their
musical careers had Motown
not blazed a trail with the likes
of Michael Jackson, Smokey
Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Ste-
vie Wonder, The Temptations

In this June 15, 1981 file photo, Smokey Robinson, left, is joined by
Berry Gordy at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. -AP Photo

and The Four Tops?
"There were just so many
amazing artists that came
through. It was such a surge,"
said singer-songwriter Jewel,
whose recently released col-
lection of original lullabies
includes Motown influences.
"And it really informed The
Beatles' melodies. So much
of what pop music and pop-
ular culture became. I rec-
ommend everybody go back
and look at those melodies
and see where they find
them today, because they're
resurfacing and 'being re-
mixed, basically, into new'
pop songs."
From its founding, in 1959
to a much-debated move to
Los Angeles 13 years later,
what has become known as
"classic Motown" created
a once-in-a-lifetime sound
that was local and global,
black and white, gritty and

gorgeous, commercial and
creative, Saturday night and
Sunday morning.
"I Heard it Through the
Grapevine." "My Girl." "The
Tears of a Clown."
Like the two-sided singles
the Motown factory churned
out 24 hours a day, seven
days a week at Studio A in-
side the Hitsville, U.S.A.,
building at 2648 West Grand
Boulevard, Motown Records
in the 1960s stood out from
the musical pack - and still
does ,today - because of its
ability to tune the tension be-
tween two opposing forces.
The Associated Press, on the
occasion of Motown's 50th, in-
vited both Motown greats and
heavyweights from the worlds
of music and beyond to discuss
how the legendary Detroit mu-
sical movement's sound, style,
savvy and sensuality have stood
the test of time.

Rapper Ludacris gives away 20 cars to the needy

The 31-year-old rap artist,
whose real name is Christopher
Brian Bridges, expressed his de-
sire to give 20 used vehicles to
needy people via radio ad last
Ludacris announced on a few
radio spots in Ga. that to get a
free car listeners should sub-
mit a 300-word write-up on why
they deserved transportation to
his nonprofit Ludacris Founda-
tion Web site.
The only condition was that
each contestant must be able
to pay for the taxes, registration
and insurance. Each of the used
vehicles, which were cleaned
and passed emissions, included
free gas for 30 days.
"People are getting laid off,
and' now are looking for jobs,"
Ludacris told The Associated
Press. "To be efficient,-you need




,some transportation of your own
to get there. That's why I wanted
to give back to those who need
To fulfill his desire to give
away, he partnered with a sub-
urban Atlanta dealership. Chris
White, a manager at the Nissan
South dealership in Morrow,
Ga., was actually the master-
mind behind the idea.
Responding to Ludacris' an-
nouncement, about 4,000 con-
testants submitted a 300-word
essay to the rapper's founda-
tion, saying why they deserved
transportation of their own.
' Ludacris said he was taken
aback after reading some of the
essays by people who described
in their words how they were
struggling to buy a car for them-
selves to commute or to find jobs
in the first place.

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Producer Timbaland unleashes

his beats in 'Beaterator' game

By Derrik J. Lang
Associated Press

Timbaland is not afraid of
wannabes stealing his flow.
The producer-singer, who has
collaborated "with musicians
ranging from Justin Timberlake
to Nelly, has found a new duet
partner in Rockstar Games.
Timbaland is teaming up
with the developer behind the
"Grand Theft Auto" franchise
on the handheld music-making
,application "Beaterator," but
the hip-hop impresario doesn't
think the'app will put him out
of a job.
"I can give you everything," he
teases, "but you're not gonna
think like I would think."
"Beaterator" features nearly
1,300 sounds and loops created
by Timbaland and about an-

other 2,000 from the developers
at Rockstar Games. The appli-
cation is split into three modes:
Live Play, Studio Sessions and
Song Crafter. Unlike rhythm ti-
tles like "Guitar Hero" and "Rock
Band," tlere's no game element
to "Beaterator." Everything is
unlocked from the outset.

By* Mine Oi~ n irff

So much for telling the truth; if you
thought this would straighten things out
you didn't count on how others would re-
act. Be prepared for a little backlash. You
did the right thing but you stepped on the
wrong toes. Lucky numbers 8, 10, 14, 21,

What hasn't arrived won't show up just
because you want it to. Facing the facts
isn't your favorite thing to do, but you'll be
at their mercy if you can't accept the fact
that it just isn't time for this to happen.
Lucky numbers 10, 15, 19, 25, 36

Second thoughts have got you wonder-
ing if you might have made a mistake. It'll
turn into one if you don't wake up and
see that you did what was right. Get your
bearings. Uncertainty is uncalled for right
now.Lucky numbers 11,16, 21, 32, 44

Knowing how to be there for people is
an art. Right now you have to give a little
more, because someone needs you to
care. You will learn more from loving them
through this than you will from holding

back. Lucky numbers 12, 19, 25, 27, 31

You've gotten so caught up in superfici-
alities you're forgetting ihat the fire that
keeps us alive lies within. Keeping the
-focus where it counts is imperative. Stop
burning the candle at both ends. Lucky
numbers 9, 15, 18, 21, 26

You could have anything you want if you
would take the time to figure out what it
is. Too much nose to the grindstone has
warped your vision. Ask yourself what you
want and give yourself permission to have
it. Lucky numbers 15, 17, 21, 23, 33

You're stepping out or stepping up and
it feels good to come out of the closet. If
others have a hard time with the real you
they'll have to get over it because the time
has come for you to be who you are. Lucky
numbers 7, 11, 21, 26,32

Nobody understands what you're going
through. Expecting too much from anyone
will lead to disappointment. Sometimes
we have to process things on our own

Amateur mixmasters can layer
vocals, drum machine sounds,
kicks, snares, bass loops, synth
sounds and a myriad of other
noises to create unique beats
and melodies. The only game-
like aspect of "Beaterator" is Live
Play, which allows users to cre-
ate a song by mashing buttons
alongside a virtual Timbaland,
who the real Timbaland insists
could use some more muscles.
The Grammy winner - whose
real name is Tim Mosley -
wasn't prepared for how long it
took to transform "Beaterator"
from a simple application that
originally appeared on Rockstar
Games' Web site in 2005 into
a full-blown beat machine pro-
gram that will be available for the
PlayStation Portable on Sept. 29
and the iPhone and iPod Touch
later this fall.

because part of the lesson involves know-
ing that we can. Lucky numbers 5, 9, 13,
17, 25

You've given this 100%. What you put
into it from here on is your business,
but more won't necessarily make it go.
. Instead of forcing the issue you might do
better to accept the fact that it's out of
your hands. Lucky numbers 12, 17, 25, 32,

After putting off the last thing you ever
wanted to do, it has become unavoidable.
Making changes sure beats thinking about
them. Now that the wheels are in motion,
you can't figure out why it took you so
long. Lucky numbers 12, 19, 35, 38, 42

Controlling people are driving you cra-
zy. It would be great if you could detach
enough from this to see it for what it is.
Half of your problems would be gone if
others didn't have so much to say about
what you do. Lucky numbers 19, 25, 29,

The extent to which you need to make
room for other people is on top of the
stack right now. Out of respect for their
feelings you have denied your own. This
can't continue. At some point you need to
draw the line. Lucky numbers 5, 12, 15,
26, 30

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts presents
Mexico's Marionetas de la Esquina makes its Miami debut with its unique
blend of puppetry and storytelling. Recommended for ages 3 to 6.
11 AM (English) & 2 PM (Spanish) * Carnival Studio Theater * $15

"A story of fantasy and fun". Reforma-Primera Fila
11 AM (English) & 2 PM (Spanish) * Carnival Studio Theater * $15

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts presents
An intimate evening in the perfect cabaret setting, featuring signature
Barton G drinks and bottle service. Sherle Rene Scott is the star of Dirty
Rotten Scoundrels, The Little Mermaid, Aida. Don't miss the cabaret debut
of one of the greatest Broadway stars!
7:30 PM * Carnival Studio Theater * $45

Adrienne Arsht Center & Johnson and Wales present
Two star Latina chefs share their food and lifestyle secrets to success
8 PM * Knight Concert Hall * $25, $55, $85, $125, VIP Package $200
VIP ticket holders get to meet and take a photo with the celebrity chef during a
post-show cocktail party.
"She sings with the exuberance of someone born to raise roofs and bring
down houses. She's the complete Broadway package." Bloomberg.com
8 PM * Carnival Studio Theater * $45

5:30 & 8:30 PM * Carnival Studio Theater * $45

4 PM * Carnival Studio Theater * $45
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts presents
Back by popular demand! A joyous celebration of our community's best
and brightest gospel choirs, featuring special guest soloists.
4 PM * Knight Concert Hall * FREE

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Manionetas de la Esquina

An Evening with
Sherie Rene Scott

Free Adrienne Arsht Center Tours: Mondays and Saturdays at noon, starting at the Ziff Ballet Opera House lobby.
I No reservations necessary.

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Florida A&M

new basketball coach

Florida A&M University Devel-
opmental Research School
(FAMU-DRS) Superinten-
dent Ronald Holmes and
school officials announced
Tony Sheals as the new head
boys' basketball coach.
"We are excited about hav-
ing coach Tony Sheals as a
new addition to FAMU-DRS
as a coach and as a teach-
er," said Holmes. "We feel
his knowledge, skills and
attitude will further help
DRS continue to grow into
an outstanding school both
athletically and academi-
Sheals, 49, comes to FA-
MU-DRS after, his third
season with Palm Beach
Community College (PBCC),
but his 17th year as a col-
lege coach. He has achieved
success with tenures in the
Atlantic Coast, Big East,
America East and Mid-East-
ern Athletic conferences. .
Sheals' accomplishments
include recruiting the na-
tion's No. 1 class for Florida
State University (FSU) in
2003; recruiting and coach-
ing the MEAC Rookie of the
Year at Delaware State Uni-
versity in 2000; and attract-
ing the No. 1 recruiting class
in the America East Confer-
ence to Towson University
in 1i998 and 1999. In four
seasons as a member of
Leonard Hamilton's coach-
ing staff at FSU, Sheals
helped the Seminoles ad-
vance to the second round
of the National Invitational
Tournament in 2004 and
in 2006. FSU defeated No. 1
ranked Duke in 2006 and
finished the 2005-2006
.season with a 20-10 record.
FSU's nine conference wins
marked the most in league
play since the 1992-1993
season. Sheals played a
major role in the develop-
ment of Alexander John-
.aon, a second-round 2006
National Basketball Asso-
ciation (NBA) draft pick of
the Memphis Grizzlies.

a aM

An outstanding teacher'
and communicator, Sheals
has five years of Division I
head coaching success on
his resume. He was the head.
coach at Bethune-Cookman
University (1993-1997) and
Delaware State Universi-
ty (1999-2000) during the
most successful periods in
the histories of those pro-
grams. While at B-CU, his
teams never finished with a
losing record in the MEAC.
He was named the MEAC
Coach of the Year in 1995

as the Wildcats established
school records for regular
season and conference fin-
ish, also advancing twice
to the semifinals of the
Conference Tournament.
He also served as direc-
tor of basketball opera-
tions at the University of
Miami during the 2001-
2002 season. The Hurri-
canes achieved national
success during the season
winning a school record 24
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Star Game
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a- student/athlete at PBCC
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Employers reluctant to hire as

unemployment rate. climbs up

By Paul Wiseman

The nation's jobless rate
rose last month to 9.7 percent
in August, the highest level
since 1983 and a sign that
the labor market remains
weak even as the economy
shows signs of recovery.
The economy also cut
216,000 jobs in August,
down from a loss of 276,000
jobs in July, the Bureau of
Labor Statistics said Friday.
Job losses now total 6.9 mil-
lion since the recession be-
gan in December 2007.
The jobs report sent "mixed
messages," says Nigel Gault,
chief U.S. economist for IHS
Global Insight. The August
unemployment rate was
higher than expected and
reversed a drop in July, but
the number of jobs lost dur-
ing the month was a little
lower than expected and well
below the average 560,000
jobs lost every month in the

first half of the year.
"It's still a weak report,"
says Stuart Hoffman, chief
economist at PNC Financial
Services Group. "But having
said that, it is showing that
the rate of layoffs and the
rate of job losses are starting
to tail off."
The jobless rate rose partly
because more workers en-
tered the job market, ap-
parently hoping the worst is
If laid-off workers who have
settled for part-time work or
have given up looking for
new jobs are included, the
so-called underemployment
rate reached 16.8 percent,
the highest on records dat-
ing from 1994.
There are now 14.9 million
Americans unemployed.
Wages rose six cents to
$18.65 an hour - "a bit of
a surprise since we do have
a lot of people looking for
work," says Joel Naroff of

Naroff Economic Advisors. A
higher minimum wage took
effect at the end of July.
The average workweek re-
mained at a lackluster 33.1
hours - a key number be-
cause employers are reluc-
tant to hire new workers
when they can schedule
more hours for existing
Recent reports have sug-
gested the economy is
starting to recover. The In-
stitute for Supply Manage-
ment reported Tuesday that
manufacturing expanded
in August for the first time
in more than a year and a
half. Home sales are also
showing signs of recovery.
But the labor market re-
mains weak: Employers
are unlikely to add jobs
until the recovery is well
underway. PNC's Hoffman
predicts unemployment
will peak at 10 percent in
the first quarter. "The un-

employment rate is the ca-
boose of the economic
train," he says..
"There's usually
a two-quarter lag'
between the end
of a recession and
a recovery in the
labor market . For
now, "business-
es are do-
ing far less
firing. Bu t
they're still
reluctant to



How do college students build

credit history as rules change?

By Sandra Block

Some aspects of college life never change.
Late-night study sessions. Uninspired caf-
eteria food. No place to park, ever.
But next year, a familiar site on many
campuses will disappear: the tables strate-
gically placed in high-traffic areas, offering
free iPods, T-shirts and other goodies to
students who sign up for a credit card.
Legislation signed into law in May will
prohibit credit card companies from offer-
ing gifts to. college students who agree to
fill out a credit card application. The legis-
lation also prohibits lenders from issuing
credit cards to individuals younger than
21 unless they can prove they can afford
payments or get a parent or other older in-

dividual to co-sign.
Consumer advocates say these reforms
are long overdue. However, the provisions
don't take effect until February. In the
meantime, credit card companies can con-
tinue to market their cards, and some ad-
vocates worry that this year's campaigns
will be more aggressive than ever.
"We're calling it the last open season on
credit for college students," says Gail Hille-
brand, attorney at Consumers Union.
Having a credit card can help a student
build a good credit history, making it eas-
ier to qualify for a car loan or other types
of credit after graduation. But the reverse
can happen if the student runs up charges
he can't afford to pay, Hillebrand says.
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Food prices drop, and there may be more to come

The Associated Press

Grocery shoppers are finally see-
ing some reprieve from last year's
steep price increases.
. Food prices are dropping on some
key items as retailers slash prices to
better compete and food makers do
more promotions and pass along sav-
ings from lower ingredient and gaso-
line costs.
It's welcome relief for American con-
sumers who are looking to save money
as they cope with stagnant incomes,
job loss and economic uncertainty.
Prices for dairy, meat, fruits, vegeta-
bles and bread have all fallen..
A Labor Department price index of
food sold to be eaten at home fell for
the seventh time in eight months in
July. The index, which is part of the
consumer price index, fell 0.5% in the

most recent month and is down
0.9% in the past 12 months.
Still, that doesn't make up for
the surge in food prices from last
year, when costs for ingredients
like wheat and corn and fuel costs
for transportation�-jpaed to record
highs. Food makers raised their
prices and some even shrank pack-
age sizes to protect their profits. CPI's
food-at-home index finished last year
up 6.7%, so the less than 1% drop so
far this year doesn't. erase that.
Ingredient costs for major food
makers, including Heinz, Kraft and
Hormel, are down about 28% on av-
erage as of Sept. 1, from the same
time last year, according to Jonathan
Feeney, food analyst for Janney Mont-
gomery Scott.
That means the food industry now
has room to give back some of those

price hikes - and feed the frugal
consumer who is using more cou-
pons, buying more store brands and
switching to discounters to stretch a
Consumers' demand to save money
is pressuring retailers and manu-
facturers to cut everyday prices and
boost promotions throughout their
"The consumer really is very much
in charge of the effort," said Herb
Walter, a partner with Pricewater-
houseCoopers. "They're picking the
price points they want and when they
want it."
Safeway recently announced lower
prices on milk, eggs, cheese and other
basic items. Whole Foods Market says
low prices on produce, such as organ-
ic berries, has meant significant sav-
ings for shoppers.

County hosts United

Negro College Fund

fundraising kick-off

Special to the Times

Miami-Dade County Commissioner
Barbara J. Jordan, along with Mayor
Carlos Alvarez, will partner in a fund-
raising kick-off for the United Negro
College Fund, Inc. (UNCF) at the His-
torical Museum of Southern Florida,
6-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10. The
2009-2010 UNCF fundraising cam-
paign aims to support students of
Florida Memorial University, many of
whom are the first in their families to
graduate high school and attend col-
"I am fortunate -enough to have
Florida Memorial University in my
district, and have seen first-hand
the number of graduates who emerge
from there, ready and able to take on
the professional world," said Jordan.
"I'm proud to show my support for the
United Negro College Fund's cause to
assist minority groups who may not
have the opportunity to attend col-
lege without financial assistance."


rate climbs 9.7

percent in Aug

By Christopher S. Rugaber

The unemployment rate rose to
9.7 percent in August, the high-
est since June 1983, as employers
eliminated a net total of 216,000
Analysts expect businesses will
be reluctant to hire until they are
convinced the economy is on a firm
path to recovery. Many private econ-
omists, and the Federal Reserve, ex-
pect the unemployment rate to top
10 percent by the end of this year.
While the jobless rate rose more
than expected, the number of job
cuts is less than July's upwardly
revised total of 276,000 and the
lowest in a year, according to Labor
Department data released Friday.
Economists expected the unem-
ployment rate to rise to 9.5 percent
from July's 9.4 percent and job re-
ductions to total 225,000.
If laid-off workers who have
settled for part-time work or have
given up looking for new jobs are
included, the - so-called underem-
ployment rate reached 16.8 per-
cent, the highest on records dating
from 1994.
But earnings rose and the num-
ber of hours worked stayed above
a recent record-low. Average hourly
wages increased to $18.65 from
$18.59, the department reported.
Average weekly earnings increased
to $617.32.
The number of weekly hours
worked remained at 33.1, above
the low of 33 reached in June. That
figure is important because econo-
mists expect companies will add
more hours for current workers be-
fore they hire new ones.
The recession has eliminated a
net total of 6.9 million jobs since it
began in December 2007. There are
now 14.9 million Americans unem-

Entrepreneurs accelerate sales in exporting

By Farrah Gray

As business
owners struggle
to cope with
stagnant mar-
kets at home,
an increasing
number of en-
trepreneurs are
finding ways .to expand rev-
enues growing sales from ex-
ports overseas. Recently, the
U.S. economy contracted mi-
nus one percent for April to
July 2009. Worldwide many
countries less burdened by
debt are already showing eco-
nomic growth including China,
Japan, Argentina, Germany,
France, Brazil, Chile, Australia,
and Singapore.
In 2008, the U.S. small busi-
nesses produced 90 percent of
all goods exported accounting

for over $40 billion worth of rev-
enues to China alone ranging
from published books, profes-
sional services, electrical and
medical equipment to bottled
water, baked goods, to wine,
seeds, nuts and fruits. Entre-
preneurs face initial export bar-
riers including language, trans-
portation shipping, licenses,
and time zone issues. However,
the rewards far out weigh any
challenges with 22 percent or
more revenue gains.
Entrepreneurs in the U.S. are
enjoying several advantages by
using global sales models that
continue to squeeze out do-
mestic sales while accelerat-
ing sales growth from emerging
consumer markets of over three
billion people worldwide.
Some of the advantages of ex-
panding sales aboard include:
- Extending the sales life cy-

cle of legacy products and ser-
vices by finding needs in new
- By expanding markets. it
reduces the dependence on
domestic revenues to grow
their business even during
tough times I
- Seasonal businesses find
comfort overseas as domestic
demand cycles counter fluctu-

preneurs requires hard work,
smart planning, and innova-
tive approaches. Several in-'
teresting online sources pro-
vide small business financing
to incorporate exporting into
most sales, plans including,
The SBA Export Assistance
Center, Export-Import Bank,
The U.S.-China Business
Council, U.S. Department of

Find honest workers that are self-starters, focused on generating
revenues with finesse. Train employees by giving them hands-on
examples, allowing them to fulfill several job functions.

ate annually
- Business knowledge grows
as entrepreneurs gain unique
regional intelligence that adds
to building the business asset
As in any worthy endeavor
the key ingredients for entre-

Commerce, Chicago United,
Minority Business Develop-
ment Agency Funding, The
U.S. Government Export Por-
tal, The Federation 20 of Inter-
national Trade Associations,
WAND Foreign Company Da-
tabase, Minority Professional

Network, and The Black Busi-
ness Directory.
Many entrepreneurs find
it useful to initially sell their
products or services overseas
using Distributors or Export
Agents. Entrepreneurs should
aggressively educate them-
selves networking with local
business owners and mentors
to learn from their experienc-
es. Key questions to ask as the
new venture develops include;
- Is there a need for the prod-
uct or service in the prospec-
tive geographic region?
- Is the target market famil-
iar with the product? If so, it
reduces the need for educa-
tional advertising expenses.
- Do you feel comfortable
visiting and speaking the na-
tive language of the targeted
foreign market?
- Does the regions infra-

structure provide cost effective
delivery of the product to the
Don't over extend the busi-
ness by chasing down every
global inquire. Write a detailed
international market research
business plan tailoring sales
campaigns to incorporate joint
ventures, distributors, or local
cultural traditions and pr icing
realities. Make sure all goods
are packaged and labeled
correctly satisfying all global
transportation regulations.
Find convenient secure ways
to get paid online such as Pay-
Pal Worldwide or credit card
services. Printed bank checks
are not practical when doing
business overseas but elec-
tronic funds transfer (EFT) can
be used. Using wireless laptops
and PDA cell devices are a great
way to always stay connected.




Mortgage applications, loan rates dip

An industry group reported
last week that mortgage appli-
cations slid last week even as
mortgage rates edged lower, with
requests for loans to buy homes
declining for the first time since
early July. The Mortgage Bank-
ers Association's applications
index fell a seasonally adjusted
2.2 percent in the week ended
Aug. 28, as demand for both
purchase and refinance loans
Fixed 30-year mortgage
rates averaged 5.15 percent
last week, down 0.09 per-
centage points. This was still
above the record low of 4.61
percent set in March. A year
ago the average 30-year rate
was 6.39 percent.
Stability has seemingly
returned to the three-year
housing market that has
endured the deepest crash
since the Great Depression.
The view that the worst may
have passed is gaining trac-

Pending home sales, based
on contracts signed in July,
jumped 3.2 percent to a two-
year high, the National Asso-
ciation of Realtors reported
on Tuesday.
Economic stimulus that
has boosted consumer op-
timism, signs that home

prices have neared a bottom,
and federal programs such
as a soon-expiring first-time
home buyers tax credit have
turned more fence-sitters
into house purchasers, in-
dustry experts said.
The NAR estimates that as
many as two million first-
time buyers will use the tax

credit this year, and about
350,000 sales would not have
occurred without it. Buyers
need to close their loans by
Nov. 30 to qualify.
Sherry Chris, president
and chief executive of Bet-
ter Homes and Gardens Real
Estate in Parsippany, N.J.,
expects a rush of applica-
tions in the waning weeks of
the tax credit.
Once that phase passes, "if
we see the continuation of
the slight upturn that we're
experiencing now, that to me
will indicate that the market
has in fact turned and we'll.
begin to see an upswing,"
she said. "We have a couple
months of waiting to see if
we've truly turned the cor-
The first-time buyer's mar-
ket has been robust, but hot
the move-up market - or
the market for existing ho-
meowners looking to trade

up to a larger home. It will
take consistent news of ris-
ing home prices to lure the
move-up buyer, most real es-
tate agents agree.
"There are a lot of people
talking about the worst be-
ing behind us," said Chris,
who calls herself cautious-
ly optimistic. "There are so
many other factors involved:
the economic conditions, un-
employment, consumer con-
The U.S. unemployment
rate is expected to have risen
to 9.5 percent in August, af-
ter declining in July for the
first time since April 2008,
according to a Reuters poll.
,The jobless rate had reached
a high last seen nearly 26
years earlier.
The Mortgage Bankers As-
sociation said its purchase
loan applications index
dipped 1 percent to 277.6
last week. The last time this

measure fell was in the July
10 week, when it was about
7 percent lower at 258.8.
The industry group's refi-
nance index fell 3.1 percent
last week to 2,164.1 after ris-
ing two straight weeks. Still,
this measure of refinance
demand was around three
times stronger in the spring
when mortgage rates toppled
to a record low.
Only the government pur-
chase index rose last week,
the MBA said. The 0.5 per-
cent rise put the seasonally
adjusted index up for the
seventh straight week.
The government-insured
share of mortgage purchase
applications rose to 40.4
percent in August, the high-
est since February 1991, the
group said in a release.
Loans insured by the gov-
ernment typically require low-
er down payments than other

Millions to lose jobless benefits by year's end

By Tamara Lush
Associated Press

With savings depleted and
job opportunities scarce, peo-
ple .... are living with rela-
tives and borrowing cash from
friends. They are even skipping
meals. Through it all, they are
trying to stay positive through
exercise and prayer.
The government said Thurs-
.day that 570,000 laid-off work-
ers filed new claims for unem-
ployment benefits last week,
bringing the number of people
receiving benefits to 6.23 mil-
lion. The Labor Department is
expected to report Friday that
the August unemployment
rate rose to 9.5 percent, up
from 9.4 percent in July.
Money and others like him
are scrambling to find work
before the government safety'
net is taken away. On a recent
day,, in ,`acksonville, gney
attended a church-run job
fair in a half-vacant shopping
mall. 'Most of the vendors were
vocational schools trolling for
students, or recruiters for the
military and fast food joints.
Money, who was laid off from

a printing business, said he'll
do anything for a paycheck.
"I'm tired of not working," he
sighed. "I just can't sit at home
People who lost white-collar
jobs seem most surprised by
the dire circumstances they
are finding themselves in as
unemployment benefits dry
up. Before the recession and
financial crisis, it had always
been easy for them to find
Clifford Sheffield, 43, of Fer-
nandina Beach, Fla., used to
earn $2,000 a week as an ana-
lyst for Merrill 'Lynch's Jack-
sonville office.
Today, he lives off of a $1,300
monthly check from the govern-
ment - and is burning through
his savings to keep up with rent.
The unemployment benefits will
run out later this month.
. At a recentjob fair, he perused
,applictions for Valu .Pawn and
Taco Bell, but did not fill them
"I have family I could fall back
on, but it's not very appealing,"
Sheffield said.,
"People are just barely getting
by," said Sue Berkowitz, the

director of the South Carolina
. Appleseed Legal Justice Center,
an advocacy group that helps
the poor with legal issues sur-
rounding rent and mortgage
contracts. "When I go down to
our food bank, I 'see a lot of
people who never, ever thought
that's where they would be."
In the past year, nearly 5.5

million people exhausted their
26 weeks of standard benefits
without finding work. The govr.
ernment says the "exhaustion
rate" is the highest on records
dating from 1972.
Some 3.4 million people now
depend upon extended benefits
approved by Congress lasting
anywhere from 20 weeks to a

e i 'l '.h cans have exhausted both their
standard and extended ben-
STeefits, but experts estimate the
figure to be nearly 100,000 -
and rising.
According to the National
Employment Law Project, more
than 402,000 Americans will
exhaust their unemployment
benefits by the end of Septem-
ber. That figure will more than
triple by the end of December
unless Congress - or individu-
al states - authorizes another
Legislation has been intro-
duced to provide an additional
13 weeks of unemployment ben-
efits in states with high jobless
rates; the bill, introduced by
Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash-
ington, has 23 co-sponsors, in-
cluding two Republicans.
Unemployment benefits play
year - the longest period of ex- an important part in stabilizing
tensions ever added. the economy because recipi-
The length of these extensions, epts tend ,t Q,apnd theix�weekly
vary by state, depending on the . checks, rather than saving the
unemployment rate. More than money or paying down debt.
half of all states have unem- "It's definitely a valuable com-
ployment rates that triggered ponent of economic stimulus,"
53 weeks of extended benefits. said Alan Auerbach, a professor
The government does not of economics at the University
track how many jobless Ameri- of California, Berkeley.

Clunkers improve Ford auto sales in Aug.; Chrysler sales fall

By Kimberly S. Johnson
Associated Press

Ford Motor said Tuesday. its
U.S. sales in August climbed
17.2 percent over last 'year, fu-
eled by the government's cash
for clunkers program.
Meanwhile, low supplies
of fuel-efficient vehicles at
Chrysler Group kept the au-
tomaker from taking full ad-
vantage of the program. Sales
at the company fell 15 per-
cent, according to a person
familiar with the matter.
The person declined to be
named because Chrysler's
official sales figures had not
yet been announced.
Other automakers are ex-
pected to release U.S. sales
figures later today. Com-

bined, the results are likely
to mark the first year-over-
year monthly sales gain since
October 2007 thanks to the
clunkers program.
Consumers are expected
to steer clear of dealers this
autumn. Still, August sales
results could prop up the in-
Ford (F) saysitsold 181,826
cars and light trucks, com-
pared with 155,117 in Au-
gust of 2008, when high gas
prices and growing econom-
ic uncertainty kept people
away from showrooms.
Two of Ford's vehicles-
the Focus and Escape -
were among the top selling
cars under the clunkers
program which was in effect-
for most of the month. Over-

all, sales of'the Focus rose
56 percent. Sales of the Es-
cape crossover vehicle rose
49 percent.
At Chrysler, sales fell to
93,222 units from 110,235.
They rose five percent from
July of 2009.
The clunkers program low-
ered supplies of Chrysler's
fuel-efficient vehicles like the
Dodge Caliber, the Chrysler
Sebring and the Jeep Pa-
triot. Going into August, five
of Chrysler's most efficient
vehicles were already at low
inventory levels.
Chrysler is also boosting
production by 50,000 vehi-
cles through the end of the
year to make up for the short-
falls, according to the person
familiar with the matter.

Employees seek other job opportunities as economy recovers

By Laura Petrecca

The boss' perception: Given
the rough economy, workers
are thrilled just to have a steady
paycheck. The employee's real-
ity: Many are frustrated, secret-
ly seeking new opportunities
- and soon could be scooped
up by another company as the
economy recovers.
More than 8 in 10 employers
feel that their workers are "just
happy to have a job," while
just 53 percent of employees
feel this way,. according to a
new survey from online job-
listing company Monster.comr
and the research group Hu-
man Capital Institute. And
17 percent of workers are
thinking of changing jobs in
the next 12 months, accord-
ing to a survey that employ-
ment website SnagAJob.com

released Thursday. Since the
recession started in December
2007, about 6.7 million peo-
ple have lost a job. Those who
picked up duties from laid-off
colleagues may find it easy to
jump ship, executive coach
Jennifer Kahnweiler says.
"A lot of (employees) have
expanded their skills by doing
more work," she says.
More than 50 percent of
workers took on new projects
and gained more responsibil-
ity during the recession, ac-
cording to an April survey by
staffing-service company Ac-
That enhanced expertise
makes those workers more
"It's not going to be difficult
for some companies to poach
workers," says Beth Carvin,
CEO of retention-management

consulting firm Nobscot.
Those who survived the
downsizing may have gained
new skills, but many also en-
dured "shoddy treatment ...
including a lack of commu-
nication about layoffs," says
Lisa Rowan, a human re-
sources and technology ana-
lyst at technology research
firm IDC. In addition, they
had to deal with financial hits
such as slashed benefits and
The result: Many have
learned that employers fre-
quently favor the bottom line
over a staffer's best interest.
Fueled by that knowledge,
workers are keeping r6sum6s
up to date, attending net-
working events and watching
for the next-best job offer.
"There is going to be fallout
as far as the way people man-

age their careers, particularly
when you've been laid off. It
changes you in very signifi-
cant ways," Kahnweiler says.
"I think after something like
that, you will always look over
your shoulder."
As for employers, human
resource experts say they
should have strong retention
strategies, such as helping
workers develop new skills
and allowing flexible work
If that doesn't work, there's
always another technique: in-
creased pay.
Nearly half of workers said a
bump in salary is the best way
to keep them aboard after the
economy improves, according
to a study out last week from
staffing firm Robert Half Inter-
national and employment com-
pany CareerBuilder.com.



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1261 N.W. 59 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

13220 Aswan Road
One bedroom, one bath. Call
305-816-6992 or

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.

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

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

1510 N.W. 68th Street
One bdrm, one bath, $475.
Call 786-797-6417

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-

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. 7 AVENUE
Remodeled one bedroom,
central air, $695.

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

S1835 N.W. 2 Ct
two bedrooms, one bath,
$550 moves you in. No secu-
rity deposit, a/c, refrigerator
and stove. 786-286-7651

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

210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$475. Call 305-642-7080
2295 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom $625, newly
renovated, appliances includ-
ed. Call Tony 305-213-5013

2565 N.W. 92nd Street
One bedroom, air, stove, re-
frigerator, nice neighborhood
$610 monthly, $1830 move in
or $305 bi-weekly, $915 move
in. 305-624-8820

2751 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom, remote gate.
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849

- 2972 N.W. 61 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550 Free Water
3186 N.W. 135th Street
One bdm, one bath, $600
monthly, call 954-704-0094.

3301 N.W. 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$340 bi-weekly, $600 moves
. you in. Appliances.

3330 N.W. 48th Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $600
mthly. 305-213-5013

36 Street, NW 8 Ave.
two bedrooms, one bath, cen-
tral air, tile floor, ready to oc-
cupy, section 8 preferred
305-301- 4347

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

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

585 NE 139 STREET
One bedroom. $680 mthly.
First, last and security.

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

One bedroom, one bath, free
water. $600 monthly, first and
last. 786-277-0302

7619 N.E. 3rd COURT
One bedroom, one bath, tile

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

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

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

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

Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses One. Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more informa-
One bedroom, appliances in-
cluded. 305-751-3498,

All applications accepted
Easy qualify. Move in
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 ($745). two bedrooms,
one bath, $595 ($8951.
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.

Newly renovated. Central lo-
cation, Section 8 OK. $550
monthly. NuConcept Realty.

N. DADE Section 8 OKI
One and two bdrms. No De-
posit For Section 8.
, 786-488-5225

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
954-432-3198 .

2405 N.W. 135th Street
1/2 Month FREE, one and
two bedrooms, central air.
Appliances and water in-
cluded Section 8 welcome
with no security deposits.
Special One bdrm, one bath.
$425 monthly.

28 Street and 1 Ave.
One bdrm, one bath apt.
$525 per montn.
Two bdrms.. one bath apt,
$650 per month.
Two bdrms., one bath
house, $850 per month.
All appliances included.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

Churches .
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

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

Miami Gardens Area
Townhouse, three bed-
rooms, two baths. 3778
N.W. 213 Terrace. Call 954-

442-8198 or 850-321-3798.


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

1072 NW 37 STREET
One bdrm, one bath, air, tile
floors. Section 8 welcome.
Also available, two bed-
Call 786-326-6105

1078 N.W. 113th Terrace
One bedroom, air, applianc-
es, $700 monthly, $1300 to
move in. Section 8 OK.
Call: 305-681 ,3236

1422 N.W. 51 Terrace
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, central air. Section 80K.

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

21301 N.W. 37 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, air. $895.

2425 N.W. 104 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1375 mthly. Section 8 OK.
Drive by call 305-751-6720

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

2464 N.W. 44th Street
Two bdrms, one, bath, air,
$975 mthly. Low Down Pay-
ment. 786-877-5358.

2745 N.W. 47th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $950 monthly,
Section 8 welcome, call 786-
412-2149 or 786-337-2658

2793 NW 87Terr.
Spacious, well kept two bed-
room, one bath, washer, dry-
er, free water. Move in ready.
$935 mthly, $1810 move-in.
Section 8 vouchers welcome.

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

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

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

5420 NW. 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 Waler/Electric. 305-

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

6922 N.W. 2nd Court
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, central air. Section 8.
welcome. 305-490-7033

7017 NW 4 Court
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath duplex. Central air,
tiled. $875 monthly, water in-
cluded. First, last, security.
Call 786-556-9644

7811 NW 10 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1000 monthly, $1000 depos-
it. Section 8 OK. Call:

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 home, water,
air, fenced, tile. $750, No
Section 8, $1875 move in.
Terry Dellerson, Broker,

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 8
approved. 305-625-4515.

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

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

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.

1756 N.W. 85th Street
$130 weekly, $500 moves
you in. Call 786-389-1686.

2571 East Superior Street
$600 moves you in. Call
786 -389-1686

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

Miami Shores Area
$650 monthly. Utilities includ-
ed. 786-286-2540

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

Move-In Special! $37-5
monthly. Call 305-717-6084.

Furnished Rooms
1010 N.W. 180 TERR
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.

1368 N.W. 70th Street
$500 mthly, washer and
dryer, kitchen access, air.
cable available
Call 305-691-0458

1500 N.W. 183 Street
$135 wkly, $285 to move in.

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

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

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. 55TERRACE
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

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

8013 N.W. 10th Court
Central air, new bathrooms
and kitchen, security gates
$125 -$140 weekly. Call
Kevin 954-691-8866
Appointment Only!

98 St. N.W. 30 Ave
A great place to start! Spa-
cious room with bath, com-
pletely furnished, separate
from main house, utilities and
cable included. $525 month-
No calls after 8 p.m.

$85-$150 weekly, utilities,
kitchen, bath, air.

Utilities included.
Call 786-853-6664

Large room, air, cable and
use of pool. 305-343-2732

Miramar Area
Near Miami. $125 wkly. 954-
305-4713 or 561-860-1385

$100 Move-In Special!

Providing a clean and sober
group home. $125 weekly.
Double occupancy rooms.
Must be willing to comply with
program rules and regula-
tions. For further information
call: Tony 786-925-6066

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

1045 Curtiss Drive
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, carport, and bars.
$1,200, $3,000 move-in. Not
section 8 affiliated. Terry
Dellerson Broker 305-891-

1122 N.W. 74 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1200 mthly, $2400 to move
in. 305-632-2426 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2164 N.W. 83RD Terrace
Two bdrms. $1100 mthly.
Section 8 Ok. Rent with op-
tion to buy. 786-306-2349

2267 N.W. 102 STREET
Two and three bdrms. $750,

247 NW 46 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances included. Section 8
welcome. $700 monthly. First
and last to move in. Call:

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

3028 NW 8th Road
Broward. Three bedrooms,
one bath. $895.

3900 NW 170 STREET
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1400 mthly. 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.



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.

5535 N.W. 30 Avenue
Two bedrooms, new bath,
central air. $850. No Sec-
tion 8, $2125 move in. Terry
Dellerson, Broker, 305-891-

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

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

8830 NW 22 COURT
Three bedrooms, two baths,
one year old. Section 8 ok.

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

Nice, two bedrooms, one
bath, fenced, air, tile, clean.
$850 monthly. 305-528-6889

Rent with Option
$1000 down, $800 monthly,
Recently remodeled. Three
bedrooms, one bath. Call Da-
vid 305-216-5390

Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1300 mthly.
1-800-242-0363 ext.

Now You Can own Your
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$6900 down. Three and
lour bedroom homes Miami
Gardens, Miramar, Ft.
Lauderdale. $8000 back to
lirst time home buyers. Pick
up list at office.
NDI Realtors
290 N.W. 183 Street
Miami Gardens. FI

Own your own home.
FHA financing available.
Call 1-866-446-8104

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

Single Plot Dade Me-
morial Park. $1500.

Plumbing, electrical, roof,
washer, dryer. 786-273-1130
Shingles, re-roofing, and leak
repairs. Call 305-491-4515.


We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in the Broward Area.
Wednesday Only

You must be available be-
tween me ours of 6 a m.
and 1 p.m. Must have reli-
able, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N W. 54th Street

Second Thursday Every
Month, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Disabled Veterans, Senior
Citizens Encouraged To
Flexible Hours
Position: Outside
School/Daycare Sales
Promotions Including
Public Relations To Bring
In the Door
16 Concession Stand
Workers For Stadium
Spanish, Creole
Bunche Park Plaza
15992 N.W. 27 Avenue

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

Lawn & Garden
C & D Lawn Service
Includes one car wash.

Reading Tutor

Positions Wanted

CNA Seeks
in private home. Call:
305-968-0173, 6-10 p.m.

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

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

CNA that specialize in per-
sonal care, hygiene for
housebound people, will give
bath and make bed by ap-
pointment. Pat Brown, CNA
305-710-4500. References

Super Clean Carpet
Cleaning Service
$10 per room, no appoint-
ment necessary. Call Mr.
Charles 786-447-2969.

undersigned, desiring to en-
gaged in business under the
fictitious name of:
15511 N.E. 15 PLACE
Miami, FL. 33162
in the city of Miami, Fl.
intends to register the said
name with the Division of
Corporation of State, Talla-
hassee FI. Dated this 9th day
of September, 2009.

One Family - Serving Since 1923


tloor, kitchen. 786-286-2540 H L I I




Auto industry gains boost some areas

By Christopher Rugaber
Associated Press

Signs of life in the auto industry
and an easing of the housing cri-
sis helped reduce unemployment
and kept foreclosures flat in some
of the nation's hardest-hit areas in
July, according to The Associated
Press' monthly analysis of econom-
ic stress in more than 3,100 U.S.
SThe latest results of the AP's Eco-
nomic Stress Index showed jobless-
ness dipped in counties where tem-
porarily, closed auto-related plants
resumed production in July. Fore-
closure rates, meanwhile, slowed
in the Sun Belt epicenters of the
housing bust. Bankruptcy rates,
which respond more slowly to eco-
nomic shifts, rose slightly.
The average county's Stress score
dipped to 10.54 in July, from 10.6
in June. In July 2008, it was 6.94.
The AP calculates a score from 1
to 100 based on a county's unem-

ployment, foreclosure and bank-
ruptcy rates. The higher the score,
the higher the economic stress.
Under a rough rule of thumb,
a county is considered stressed
when its score exceeds 11. In July,
41 percent of counties had stress
scores of 11 or higher, the same
as in June. A year earlier, only 7.3
percent of counties had scores of
11 or higher.
The five counties with 25,000 or.
more residents that showed the
most improvement from June
to July had a heavy presence
of auto-related manufacturers:
Howard and Miami counties in
Indiana, Giles and Warren coun-
ties in Tennessee and Tuscaloosa
County, Ala.
Auto companies boosted pro-
duction mainly to replenish de-
pleted inventories. General Motors
Corp. and Chrysler LLC restored
shifts and reopened factories as
the companies restructured and
emerged from bankruptcy protec-

The industry also benefited
from the government's now-end-
ed Cash for Clunkers program. It
provided rebates of up to $4,500
for consumers who traded in gas-,
guzzling older cars for newer,
more fuel-efficient models. The
program contributed to a 2.4 per-
cent jump in July auto sales and
a 30 percent increase in August.
All three U.S. automakers,
along with Toyota and other over-
seas companies, ramped ,p
production in response
to the clunkers pro-
gram. GM is
re - . .. 1i _

hiring more than 1,300 laid-off
workers. Ford Motor Co. said it
will expand production by 33 per-
cent in the fourth quarter over
last year's levels.
Chrysler reopened plants in
Howard County, Ind., that employ
about 4,000. Howard benefited
from the most improved Stress
score from June to July, dropping'
from 23.17 to 18.18. Its jobless
rate fell to 14.7 percent from 19.7
percent in June.

Regulators shut down five more banks

By Stephen Bernard
Associated Press

Eighty-nine banks have been shut
down by regulators. Missouri, Illi-
nois, Iowa and Arizona were added to
the list on Friday, pushing to 89 the
number of banks that have failed this
year under the weight of the soured
economy and rising loan defaults..
The Federal Deposit Insurance
Corp. took over First Bank of Kansas
City, based in Kansas City, Mo., with
$16 million in assets and $15 mil-
lion in deposits and shut down Sioux
City, Iowa-based Vantus Bank with
$458 million in assets and $368 mil-
lion in. deposits.
The FDIC seized two banks in Illi-
nois; Oak Forest-based InBank, with
. $212 million in assets and $199 mil-
lion in deposits and Platinum Com-
munity Bank in Rolling Meadows,
which had $346 million in assets and
-$305 million in deposits.
First State Bank in Flagstaff, Ariz.
was also shuttered by the FDIC. The
bank had $195 million in assets and
deposits totaling ,$95 million.
The agency said First Bank of Kan-
sas City's deposits will be assumed
by Great American Bank based in De
Soto, Kan. Its sole branch will reopen
Saturday as a branch of Great Ameri-
can Bank.
Vantus Bank's deposits will be as-
sumed by Great Southern Bank in
Springfield, Mo. All 1I of Vantus
Bank's branches will reopen Satur- .
day as branches of Great Southern

In addition, the FDIC agreed to
share - with . Great Southern Bank
losses on about $338 million of Van-
tus Bank's assets.
Nearly all of InBank's deposits will
be assumed by MB Financial Bank
in Chicago. Some brokered deposits
will not be assumed by MB Financial
Bank. InBank's three branches will
reopen Saturday as branches of MB
Financial Bank.

The FDIC did not find another bank
to take over Platinum Community
Bank's branches or deposits. Instead,'
the FDIC will pay out insured depos-
its at Platinum Community Bank.
Government direct deposits, such
as Social Security and veterans' pay-
ments, will be handled by MB Finan-
cial Bank's Palatine, Ill. branch.
The FDIC insures accounts up to
$250,000. Depositors with accounts
larger than $250,000 will be able to

receive details about whether their
accounts are fully covered beginning
Tuesday by checking the FDIC's web-
First State Bank's deposits will be
acquired by Sunwest Bank in Tustin,
Calif. First State Bank's six branches
will reopen Tuesday, as branches of
Sunwest Bank.
The failure of First Bank of Kansas
City is expected to cost the FDIC's
deposit insurance fund an estimated
$6 million. InBank's 'failure will cost
the insurance fund $66 million, while
Vantus Bank's failure will cost the
fund $168 million. Platinum Com-
munity Bank's failure will cost the
fund about $114 million. First State
Bank's collapse will cost the FDIC's
Insurance fund $47 million.
Hundreds more banks are ex-,
pected to fail in the next few years
largely becAuse of souring loans for
commercial real estate. The number
of banks on the FDIC's confidential
"problem list" jumped to 416 at the
end of June from 305 in the first
quarter.. That's the highest number
since June 1994, during the savings-
and-loan crisis.
Last month, Guaranty Bank be-
came the second-largest U.S. bank
to fail this year after the big Texas
lender was shut down and most of its
operations sold at a loss of billions of
dollars for the government to a major
Spanish bank. The failure, the 10th-
largest in U.S. history, is expected
to cost the insurance fund an esti-
mated $3 billion.

Recessional blues? NFL ticket sales slumping

By Sean Leahy

If the economy is slowly rebound-
ing, ticket sales for many NFL teams'
have yet to take the corresponding
bounce for the upcoming season.
Two teams - the San Diego
Chargers and the Jacksonville
Jaguars- say it's likely they will
.have home TV blackouts this sea-
son due to an inability to- sell out
their stadiums. At least 10 other
teams could also face blackouts.
The Jaguars, in the northern.
Florida economy that was hit
hard by the housing crunch, are
bracing for a worst-case scenario
in which all eight of their home
games fail to sell out. NFL rules
require local TV 'blackouts for
any games that fail to sell out 72
hours prior to kickoff. That black-
out also extends to DirecTV's pre-
mium package. There were nine
such blackouts league-wide last
"People are having it tough down
here," Jaguars senior VP of busi-
ness development Tim Connolly
said.. "People are. watching their

dollars and they're being tighter
than ever."
During a visit to the Washing-
ton Redskins on Tuesday, NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell was
asked specifically about the Jag-
uars, whose season-ticket base
dropped from 42,000 to
about 25,000 this sea-
son. - The decline is
such that the club
might not even b
. bother asking for.
extensions in
hopes of avoid-
ing blackouts
this year.
said Jack-
sonville, one
of the small-.
est markets in
the league, is
"one of the mar- kets
where we're seeing some challeng-
es from ticket sales coming into
the 2009 season."
"And we'll have other markets
that'll have those challenges. It's
all part of the challenges that

we're seeing in the economy, and
what our clubs are going through,"
Goodell said. "Our clubs 'have
been working hard in the offsea-,
son to create other ways to try to
get people in the
stadiums and to
have policies
that are a little
more flexible,
and hopefully
they're going to
pay dividends
for us."
.At least 12
teams, includ-
i ing stalwart fran-
chises such as the
Green Bay Packers,
New England Patriots,
New York Giants and Red-
skins, have sold out stadi-
ums for the season. Twenty-four
teams kept their 2009 ticket pric-
es steady with last season.
Chargers COO Jim' Steeg, after
acknowledging earlier this month
that "blackouts are likely," even for
the defending AFC West champs,
said his organization will "think

outside the box and pull out all
the stops" in sales efforts.
The sluggish economy, poor
performance in recent. seasons
and ,the high cost of tickets (which
averaged more than $72 last sea-
son) all can contribute to slow
ticket sales, said David Carter, .a
sports business professor at USC.
"You add those things up," Carter
said, "and it results in empty seats
for those teams that don't have a
compelling offering."
The demand for tickets in some
cities has resisted the down econ-
omy. The Denver Broncos and
Pittsburgh Steelers have sellout
streaks that date back to :the
1970s, and fans who cancel their
season tickets would quickly be
replaced by those on a waiting list.
But in cities where there's less de-
mand, there's less pressure to pri-
oritize spending on tickets.
Connolly said fans are "taking a
breather" from anything that's not
essential to their budgets. "There
are a lot of people saying, 'Well we're
a year away,' " he said, "and they'll
put off this purchase."

Mortgage giants struggle a year after takeover

By Alan Zibel
Associated Press ,

A year after the near-collapse of
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the
mortgage giants remain dependent
on the government for survival and
there is no end in sight.
The companies, created by the
government to ensure the avail-
ability of home loans, have tapped
about $96 billion in government
aid since they were seized' a year
ago this weekend. Without that
money, the firms could have gone
broke, leaving millions of people

unable to get a mortgage.
Many questions remain about
Fannie and Freddie's future, but
several things are clear: The com-
panies, are unlikely to return to
their former power and influence,
the bailout is sure to cost taxpay-
ers even more money and the gov-
ernment will have a big role in the
U.S. mortgage market for years to
Fan'nie Mae was created in 1938
in the aftermath of the Great De-
pression. It was privatized 30 years
later to limit budget deficits dur-
ing the Vietnam War. In 1970, the

government formed its sibling and
competitor Freddie Mac.
The companies boomed over the
past decade, buying mortgages
from lenders, pooling them into
bonds and selling them to inves-
tors. But critics called them un-
necessary, arguing that Wall Street
could support the mortgage mar-
ket itself.
That argument has faded in the
wreckage of the failed loans that
led to the housing bust. Investors
have fled any mortgage investment
that doesn't have the government
standing behind it.

"No longer is anyone arguing that
the private sector can handle this
on its own," said Jaret Seiberg, an
analyst at Washington Research
The government stepped in to
take control of the two companies
on the weekend of Sept. 6, after
they were unable to raise money
to cover soaring losses and their
stock prices plunged.
A year later, the government
controls nearly 80 percent of each
company, and their problems are
growing as defaults and foreclo-
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Consumers spend less on back-to-school

By Mae Anderson

U.S. retailers posted
sales declines for Au-
gust on Thursday as
shoppers held back for
the annual back-to-
school purchases and
continued to focus on
necessities, but overall
results caie in ahead
of analyst predictions.
A monthly compila-
tion'of 31 retailers' re-
sults by .The. Interna-
tional Council of Shop-
ping Centers and Gold-
man Sachs showed
sales in established
stores fell 2.1 percent
in August compared
with the same month
in 2008. That was bet-
ter than the 3.5 per-
cent to 4 percent drop

About half of the 30
retailers reporting Au-
gust results . missed
expectations, but half
topped them, accord-
ing to a poll by Thom-
son Reuters. The win-
ners were mainly dis-
counters, but declines
were less than expect-
ed in the specialty ap-
parel and department
store sectors as well.
"It really was all
about value and price.
proposition here," said
Ken Perkins, presi-
dent of retail consult-
ing firm Retail Met-
rics. "If you're off-price
or discount-oriented
and conscious of price
points you fared very
well in August."

There have been
some signs of a sta-
bilizing. economy. On
Tuesday, a report
showed the U.S. man-
ufacturing sector grew
Sin August for the first
time in 19 months.
Also, a gauge of future
U.S. home sales rose
more than expected
in July to the highest
point in more than two
Any recovery will
have to include an
uptick in consumer
spending, because it
accounts for about 70
percent of economic
activity. Thursday's
results showed wide-
spread sales declines,
but there were some
indications that may

be turning around,
said Michael Niemira,
International Council
of Shopping Centers'
chief economist.
"Its still weak in the
broad trend, but it is
considerably stronger
than it has been in
some time," Niemira
said.' "We're starting
to see some underly-
ing improvement that
is certainly encourag-
He said the results
could indicate a ,re-
turn to positive sales
at established stores
by the end of the year,
because year-ago com-
parisons begin to ease
in September, and be-
come much easier after
that,. as retailers an-
niversary the year-ago
sales dropoff amid the
financial meltdown.

Poverty rate increasing in older Americans

By Hope Yen

The poverty rate
among older Americans
could be nearly twice
as. high as the tradi-
tional 10 percent level,
according to a revision
of a half-century-old
formula for calculating
medical costs and geo-
graphic variations in
the cost of living.
The National Acad-
emy of Science's for-
mula, which is gaining
credibility with pub-
lic officials including
some in the Obama
administration, would
put the poverty rate
for Americans 65 and
over at 18.6 percent,
or 6.8 million people,
compared with 9.7
percent, or 3.6' mil-
lion people, under the
existing measure. The
-original government
formula, created in
1955, doesn't take ac-

count of rising costs of
medical care and other
"It's a hidden prob-
lem," said Robin Talbert,
president of the AARP
Foundation, which pro-.
vides job training and
support to low-income
seniors and is backing
legislation that would
adopt the NAS formula.
"There, are still many
millions of older people
on the edge, who don't
have what they need to
get by."
If the academy's for-
mula 'is adopted, a
more refined picture of
American poverty could
emerge that would cap-
ture everyday costs of
necessities besides just
food. The result could
upend long-standing no-
tions of those in greatest
Need and lead eventually
to shifts in how billions
of federal dollars for the
poor are distributed for

health, housing, nutri-
tion and child-care ben-
. The overall official pov-
erty rate would increase,
from 12.5 percent to
15.3 percent, for a total
of 45.7 million people,
according to rough cal-
culations by, the Census
Bureau. Data on all seg-
ments, not only the el-
derly, would be affected:
* The rate for children
under 18 in poverty
would decline slightly,
to 17.9 percent.
* Single mothers and
,their children, who dis-
proportionately receive
food stamps, would see
declines in the rates of
poverty because noncash
aid would be taken into
account. Low-income
people who are working
could see increases in
poverty rates, a reflec-
tion of transportation
and child-care costs.
* Cities with higher

costs of living, such as
New York, Chicago and
San Francisco, would
see higher poverty rates,
while more rural areas in
the Midwest and South
might see declines.
* The rate for extreme
poverty, defined as in-
come falling below 50
percent of the poverty
line, would decrease due
to housing and other
noncash benefits.
* Immigrant poverty
rates would go up, due
to transportation costs
and lower participation'
in government aid pro-
The changes have
been discussed quietly
for years in academic
circles, and both Demo-
crats and Republicans
agree that the decades-
old White House formu-
la, which is based on a
. 1955 cost of an emer-
gency food diet, is: out-

Consumer frugality is normal, bad for

By Ashley M. Heher

A year after "shop
'til you drop" stopped,
the nation fixates on
this question: Will
consumer spending
ever return to pre-
recession levels?
Increasingly, the
answer appears to be
no. Belt-tightening in
bad times is normal.
And after every other
recession since World
War II, penny-pinching
quickly fell out of
fashion and Americans
resumed their demand
for houses, cars and
everything else.
This time it's
different. Like the
Great Depression in
the 1930s, the Great
SRecession seems
destined to. turn many
Americans into lasting
coupon -,cutters,
scrimpers and savers.
Consumers dug a debt
hole over the past
decade from which
there's no' easy climb
out. The population
segment that drives
spending the most
- baby boomers -
faces special pressure:
Boomers are running
out of time.
A study by research
firm AlixPartners
concluded that once'
a new normal sets in
after this recession
ends, Americans will
spend at about 86
percent of their pre-
In an economy driven
by consumption, the
implications are far-
reaching if that forecast
proves correct:
* For every kitchen
not remodeled, there

will be lost sales' and handymen. 'choices and leaner
of appliances and * For every shopper inventories, and they'll
supplies, and fewer who trades down reassess store locations
jobs for designers from luxury stores and advertising..
and contractors. As to discount stores, * If sales of cars and
homeowners do work it will mean less trucks average closer
around the .house profit for retailers to the recession level of
themselves, there and manufacturers. 10 million a year than
will be less work for Retailers will continue the 16 million in boom
gardeners, plumbers to offer few product times, more suppliers

in the following weeks,
because of the interest
expressed by. lawmakers
and the Obama adminis-
tration in 'seeing a fuller
range of numbers.
"The current poverty
measure does a very-
bad job of measuring
the impact of quite a few
of our anti-poverty poli-
cies," Rebecca Blank,
the Commerce Depart-
ment's undersecretary
of economic affairs, said
in an interview. "It isn't
meaningless, but it isn't
AIthough the White
. House Office of Man-
agement and Budget
dictates how federal

tion sets the poverty
level at three times the
annual cost of groceries.
For a family of four that
is $21,203. That calcu-
lation does not factor in
rising medical, trans-
portation, child care and
housing expenses or
geographical variations
in living costs. Nor does
the current formula con-
sider noncash aid when
calculating income, de-
spite the recent expan-
sion of food stamps and
tax credits in the federal
economic stimulus and
other government pro-
grams. The result: The
poverty rate has varied
little from its current.
12.5 percent. -
Next week, the Census
Bureau will publish'of-
ficial poverty figures for
2008 with a cautionary
note about the shortcom-
ings. The agency .says
it will expedite release

will fail and. further
consolidation among
automakers could
occur. Taxes not paid
on lost vehicle sales
will continue to stress
budgets of state and
local governments.
Frugality may be good
for family budgets, but
it's bad for the national
economy. And that
has the potential to
reinforce and continue
the miserly mood..
A Gallup survey last
monthfoundsevenin 10
Americans are cutting
weekly expenses - a
number that has been
consistent through the
"You put your
priorities in different
places because you
never know if you're
going to have a job
tomorrow, ' the legal
secretary says. "You
think twice now. I have
six TVs in the house.


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poverty is measured,
legislation pending in
Congress would require
use of the National
Academy approach. Ad-
vocates are hoping the
White House may act
on its own.
Cities are already
showing interest.
, In New York City,
roughly one in three
senior citizens fell be-
low the poverty line
after Mayor, Michael.
Bloomberg adopted the
new formula last year;
state officials in Albany,
N.Y., plan to publish
their revised numbers
next month. Los Ange-
les, Miami, Washing-
ton,- San Francisco and

Chicago als6 have been
considering a switch.
Nationally, .official
poverty rates for older
Americans have im-
proved significantly
over the .past 30 years
due to expansions of
Social Security and
Supplemental Security
Income. But many old-
er people with modest
cash incomes would
fall below the poverty
line under the NAS
formula due to out-of-
pocket expenses from
rising Medicare premi-
ums, deductibles and
a coverage gap in the
prescription drug ben-
efit that is known as
the "doughnut hole."



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Prime time on the Internet is 11 p.m.

By Peter Svensson
Associated press

NEW YORK - It's 11 p.m. Do
you know where your neighbors
Chances are they're online.
According to a study, North
Americans have been staying up
late to do their Internet surfing
this summer, so late that the peak
usage for the whole day has been
at 11i p.m. Eastern time.
That appears to be a shift from
previous years, when most Internet
activity was in the daytime.
The new study by Chelmsford,
Mass.-based Internet security firm
Arbor Networks found that people
using the Internet at work and
school produce a smaller traffic
peak around 4 p.m. Eastern time
on weekdays.
Internet activity then declines
as people head home. At 8 p.m.
Eastern, U.S. and Canadian home
Internet traffic starts spiking, and
stays surprisingly strong past
midnight, Arbor found. At 2 a.m.
Eastern, overall traffic is as high
as it is at 9 a.m., when people are
logging in at work.
Of course, 11 p.m. Eastern time
is just 8 p.m. on the West Coast.-
But the Eastern and Central time
zones account, for three-quarters
of the U.S. population,, so it's clear
there's lot of late-night traffic.
It also seems North Americans
are staying up much later on the
Internet than Europeans. Their
traffic peaks when it's 9 p.m. in
Western and Central Europe, and
then drops sharply.
So what is it that keeps us up
at night?
Internet video, including both
YouTube and . pornography,
appears to be a big part of the
answer, according to Arbor's Craig
Labovitz. Video usage peaks at
midnight Eastern, later than any
other traffic.
Gaming is another big evening
activity, but one that's most
intense between 8 p.m. and 11
p.m. Eastern, coinciding with TV's
prime time for most Americans.
Labovitz found a jump in gaming
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prearrange to get together at that
time to tackle virtual monsters.
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service providers that account
for about half of North American
traffic. The study looked at 10
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there was a chance that children
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By Michael Liedtke
Associated press

with a computer and Inter-
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next month, courtesy of Netflix
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The free showings will be
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anniversary. Warner Bros. Home
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concert in New York's Central
Park on Sept. 29, headlined by
Academy Award winner Jennifer
Hudson, performing songs from
film. After the concert, the movie
will be shown on an inflatable
screen in Central Park. (Unfortu-
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