The Miami times
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Title: The Miami times
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Miami, Fla
Creation Date: September 16, 2009
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1923.
General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
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General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 25, no. 8 (Oct. 23, 1948).
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Community awaits decision on Virginia Key Beach

Meek: Historical beach monumental in
the Black community

By Sandra J. Charite

The City of Miami faces the
strain of balancing a $118 mil-
lion budget before the end of
the month. The 2009/ 10 pro-

posed cuts target various de-
partments across the board.
Virginia Key Beach Park Trust,
which operates the Historic
Virginia Key Beach Park, is
among those on the chopping

Commissioners did
not raise mileage rate.
The City's cuts could
reduce funding.
Gene S. Tinnie,
Chairperson of the
Trust, does not believe
the Trust will be able to M
survive with such mea-
"This will end the progress

that Virginia
Key Beach Park
Trust has made
on behalf of Mi- *F
ami residents
and visitors." '
explained Tinnie -A
EEK in a statement. RA
"Zero funding
from the City will cause a loss
of more than $25 million of



county funding
already vested
in our beach/
park's exten-
sive improve-
The park re-
ceives $1.2 mil- TINNIE
lion from the
limiting or eliminating

funds, the outcome
of the cuts could be a
domino effect. Jobs will

is no money to pay the
workers; programs will
be eliminated because
there are fewer employ-
ees. The beach, howev-
will not close.
Please turn to BEACH 4A

State NAACP convenes here

By Sandra J. Charite

In celebration of their 100th
anniversary, the Florida State
Conference of National Asso-
ciation for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP)
branches will convene for their
66th Annual Convention in Mi-
ami on Sept. 17-19th.
"It is exciting to have the con-
vention in my hometown," said
president Adora Obi Nweze.
"The 66th Annual Convention
will address issues in the Black
Nweze believes that often
times the Black community is

not informed about the issues
it faces.
With a series of workshops
and seminars on topics that
include: health, economic de-

velopment, education and
criminal/juvenile justice, elder
affairs, labor, emergency man-
agement/American Red Cross
and veterans affairs, and a
panel of experts, the conven-
tion aims to bring crucial in-
"This is a critical time and
the NAACP is needed now more
than ever," said Victor T. Curry,
Miami-Dade NAACP president.
"The information that will be
shared during the Convention
Summits and Workshops will
provide sound guidance that
is needed to execute strategies
for our communities. Our
Please turn to NAACP 5A

Local leaders react to policy

shifts at Justice Department

Attorney General Eric Holder vows

greater role for civil
By Tariq Osborne

Seven months after taking
office, Attorney General Eric
H. Holder Jr. is reshaping the
Justice Department's
Civil Rights Division
by pushing it back into
some of the most im-
portant areas of Amer-
ican political life, in-
cluding voting rights,
housing, employment,
bank lending practices
and redistricting after HOI

rights division
the 2010 census.
This dramatic change comes
as no surprise to H.T. Smith,
professor of law at Florida In-
ternational University.
"We absolutely expected that
when the Obama ad-
ministration talked
about change, this
would be one of the
areas; that the gov-
ernment would be on
the side of the least,
the last, and the left
out. Eric Holder is
LDER definitely demon-

strating that in the Justice De-
,partment and the, civil rights
division in particular," he said.
According to Smith, the sim-
ple fact that
the Civil
S Rights Divi-
sion has al-
ways borne
the same
name does
Wnot mean
it was al-
SMITH ways the
same de-
partment. "Unfortunately dur-
ing the Bush administration
the civil rights division was on
the side of the perpetrators of
Please turn to JUSTICE 7A

- MiamiTimes photo/ Sandra J. Charite
Fire Chief Maurice L. Kemp is joined by his wife,Valerie, on stage while Miami City
Clerk Priscilla Thompson (left) does the swearing-in.

First Black fire chief sworn-in

By Sandra J. Charite

After months of anticipation, the day finally
came on Sept. 11. While Sept. 11 has a spe-
cial history to Americans dating back to 2001
when thousands perished in a series of ter-
rorist attacks on U.S. soil, it now also marks
the day that Maurice L. Kemp was sworn-in
as the first Black Fire Chief for the City of
"I am thrilled and honored that during my
watch, we will have the first African-American
Fire Chief," said Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.
City manager Pedro Hernandez appointed
Kemp in late June to replace Chief William

"Shorty" Bryson, who retired after nine years
on the job.
Accompanied by family and friends, Kemp,
45, was welcomed with a special ceremony
with colleagues in attendance at the Biscayne
Bay Marriott on Friday.
Kemp's cousin, Raina, who was among the
host of family members who offered their
support to the Chief, was extremely proud of
her cousin.
"I think that it is great and monumental for
him take on this position. He has made his-
tory and I am extremely proud of him," she
said. "He will be great for this city."
Even with the overwhelming support, Kemp
Please turn to CHIEF 4A

Murder, violent crime dropped in 2008

By Devlin Barrett
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Murder and
manslaughter dropped almost
4 percent last year, as reported
crime overall fell around the
country, according to new data
released Monday by the FBI.
The 3.9 percent decline in

killings reported to police was
part of a nationwide drop in vi-
olent crime of 1.9 percent from
2007 to 2008. Rapes declined
1.6 percent, to the lowest na-
tional number in 20 years -
about 89,000.
The statistics are based on
crimes reported to police, who
then forward the information

to the FBI. There were 14,180
murder victims in the United
States last year.
"What has been impressive
has been how flat all the violent
crime rates have been since
2000. To a large degree that's
still the case, but the striking
change this year has been mur-
der," said Alfred Blumstein, a

professor of criminal justice at
Carnegie-Mellon University.
The figures show that crime
has come way down since its
peak in the early 1990's.
"These are rates we haven't
seen since the 1960's, even
though the change from year
to year has been rather small,"
Please turn to CRIME 4A

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s Regalado vies for Miami i

Commissioner receives support from the Black community

By Sandra J. Charite

The race for City of Miami mayoral election is
heating as three contenders: Juan Miguel Al-
fonso, Tomas Regalado and Joe Sanchez have
taken the ring.
After 13 years as District 4 commissioner, Re-
galado believes that it is time to make the bid
for the mayoral seat. He has raised more than

$400,000 toward his campaign. Regalado, who
recently gave up his 13-year commission seat
to run for mayor then reinstated on Sept. 4, says
that he is ready for change.
"This election will have a tremendous impact
on the city," he said in an interview with The Mi-
ami Times. "These people being elected on Nov.3
will have decision making power over a huge ma-
jority of people impacting the next four years."
Regalado was elected in a citywide special elec-

Mayoral Candidate

tion in September 1996.
He is the longest serving
sitting Miami commis-
sioner. Regalado was re-
elected as District 4 com-
missioner in 1999, 2003,
and 2007.
For the past 40 years,
Regalado has been a pop-
ular radio and television
anchor. As a South Flor-
ida journalist, he was a

member of the White House Press Corps during
the administrations of President Ronald Rea-
gan, President George H.W. Bush and President
Bill Clinton.

In the controversial Marlins voting earlier this
year, Regalado shared with his constituents
that he believed that the stadium was a "bad
deal." His feelings have yet to change.
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Welcome NAACP

PTahe -community would like to welcome the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People
as its Florida State Conference celebrates its 100
year anniversary in Miami. It is an honor to host your 66th
annual convention this weekend, September 17-19.

Your engagement of the Black community--and the state
at large, on such issues as health, economic development,
education and criminal/juvenile justice, elder affairs,
labor, emergency management/American Red Cross, and
veterans' affairs have been exemplary.

We appreciate your continued efforts; under the leadership
of Ms. Adora Obi Nweze, President, to secure full suffrage
and other civil rights for all, with the ultimate goal of ending
segregation and racial violence.

Let the Haitians stay
F" rom religious and business leaders to local Repub-
lican and Democratic members of Congress to hip-
hop artists -- all' are calling on the Obama admin-
istration to grant temporary protected status to thousands
of undocumented Haitians living in the United States.

It's only fair that Haitians already here receive TPS after
a series of four deadly storms destroyed Haiti's crops, left
a million homeless and more than 1,000 dead last year.
Deporting them to a country that's in crisis, where Hai-
tians count on remittances from those able to work here, is
short-sighted. And cruel.

Other immigrant groups, such as Salvadorans and Hon-
durans, have been granted TPS in the past -- and had it
renewed -- after natural disasters in their countries forced
many to leave. In 2008, no less, the Bush administration
.extended TPS for Honduran and Salvadoran nationals be-
cause of the -"lingering effects" of Hurricane Mitch a de-
cade ago. .

How can it be that President Obama and Homeland Se-
curity Secretary Janet Napolitano would ignore Haitians'
plight when all evidence indicates that granting TPS would
not open the floodgates to more migration to South Flori-

By allowing Haitians to remain here temporarily -- and
work legally -- most will be able to contribute to rebuilding
a country in tatters. -The Miami Herald

Obama's speech to schools

After more than a week of
controversy, President Barack
Obama finally delivered his
back-to-school speech to our na-
tion's 'children last week.
To the surprise of many
Right-wingers who opposed the
speech, Obama did not pass
out cups of Kool-Aid, ask the
kids the children to take
blood oaths, or read excerpts
from Das Kapital. Instead of
offering the surreptitious brain-
washing ritual that the wing-
nuts promised, the president
gave an inspirational mes-
sage about the value of staying
in school, working hard and
realizing dreams. As has become
the case with Obama's most
extreme critics, it was much
ado about nothing.
To be fair, Obama and his
aides enabled the teapot tempest
by distributing a lesson plan
that included questions like
"What can you do to help the
president?" While I would argue
that such a question is per-
fectly appropriate - even criti-
cism and loyal dissent are
helpful to the process of gov-
erning - it only plays into
the ever-growing narrative of
the president as cult figure
rather than statesman. Still,
the notion that a Presidential
address to schoolchildren is
inappropriate is both disin-
genuous and a historical. After
all, Ronald Reagan, the pa-
tron saint of the GOP, also
gave a back-to-school speech to
children in 1988. Unlike Obama,
however, President Ronald Rea-
gan ventured away from a uni-
versal feel-good message and

offered a defense of supply-side
economic policy to a group of
pre-pubescent children.
I guess presidential indoc-
trination is okay as long as it's
coming from the Far-Right.
If we are truly worried about
the school sanctioned brain-
washing of our children, there
are far more worthy targets
than Obama or any other politi-
cian. For decades, schools have
been filled with commercial
ads, preparing them early to
define citizenship through
product consumption.
Textbooks continue to pro-
mote American jingoism at the
expense of global respect and
Anti-gay discourses continue
to promote homophobia and
cause trauma to gay and les-
bian students. Every year, ur-
ban. schools become increasingly
militarized, normalizing a culture
of fear and incarceration for our
most legally vulnerable children.
In the face of these and other le-
gitimate sources of subliminal
seduction, the ' outcry about
the Obama speech can be
rightly recognized as a cheap
political stunt designed to re-
inforce the image of Obama as
an untrustworthy outsider who
threatens the very status of
American democracy.
Sadly, given .the racial, cul-
tural, and ideological anxieties
that persist within our country,
this is a lesson that many of us
have yet to learn.
Marc Lamont Hill is Associate
Professor of Education at Colum-
bia University and a Fox News

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Why can't President Obama speak to our children?

President Barack Obama want-
ed to do what he and his staff
probably thought was an innoc-
uous and very positive gesture
- send a message to school kids
at their institutions that it was
a good thing for them to study
hard and stay in school because
their future and the future of
the nation depended on it. The
uproar that this has caused has
also shocked and embarrassed
many people who do not under-
stand why the President of the
United States cannot even de-
liver such a positive message to
children without the hard politi-
cization of the event. This is tell-
ing because it again reflects the
politicized environment in which
he wants to attempt to bring the
country together.
This environment not only
poisons simple projects like
this, but larger ones such as
his health care plan. Why?
I wrote some time ago that
Blacks would have some diffi-
culty determining when the op-
position to Obama was based
on his policies and when it was
based on his race.
When some of those officials
who have opposed him deliver-
ing a message to their schools
attempt to. justify it, they do
not say that it is because he
is a Black man, but because it

would be an inopportune day,
since it falls on the opening day
of school. Others have said that
they received many messages
from parents complaining that
they do not want their children
subject to "Socialists message"
from this president.
I think that what some of it
amounts to is that culture often
trumps politics. I will never for-
get when former Ronald Reagan

should represent them politi-
cally and culturally and when
he doesn't - on either account
- they push back. The cultural
question here is 'that Obama is
obviously a Black president in
a White majority country and
as such, somewhat out of sync
culturally with their origins and
their groups' social processes.
That complicates for them the
extent to which he is perceived

I wrote some time ago that Blacks would have some difficulty de-
termining when the opposition to Obama was based on his policies
and when it was based on his race.

came into the White House, he
was able to get away with pro-
posing measures in opposition to
the existing Civil Rights culture
and for that he was regarded as
a "Teflon" president.
Things didn't stick to him both
because he was perceived to be
on the right side of the issues by
the public and the media, but
also because he was perceived
culturally as a father figure. He
was not only the man in charge
of the political system, he was in
charge of the political culture as
It is normal for many in the
majority to conceive of it as
natural that the head of state

as someone who has cultural
authority over their lives. It was
different when he chided Black
males to be morally responsible
and to take care of their families,
because Whites perceive of him
acting in a natural role as the
top political figure in the Black
community and delivering a cul-
tural message of which they ap-
proved. But when he tries to de-
liver messages relating to White
culture it is rejected by many,
witness the firestorm over his
view that economic resentment
often pushes people to move
closer to God and their guns.
Schools are uniquely cultural
institutions and many Whites

left schools that
were open to Blacks because
they did not want to associate
with them culturally and social-
ly. They attempt to control much
of the social and cultural context
within which their schools seek
to educate their children. They
attempt to control the content
of text books and the leadership
structure of the schools. This,
is the source of the segregated
academies, home schooling, and
now the charter schools and
private schools which foster a
brand of social segregation.
To the extent that race is .a
cornerstone of the segregation
of Black children from whites, it
most surely a staple of the judg-
ment of White parents who op-
pose not only what they think
may be the message of Barack's
speech, but a voice they do not
consider culturally legitimate
delivering it.
Indeed, much of the subter-
ranean conflict over the propos-
als of the Obama administration
does not derive, from their ob-,
jective substance, but from the
question of whether he has the
legitimacy to make them. Au-
thority is a source of legitimacy
and insofar as Obama's authori-
ty comes from his election as the
President, it has given him some
political legitimacy.

Influencing our policy: Who has the ear for government

One thing that has not gotten tection of human rights, Colom- . lobbyists, the act has worked in ington to discus
enough attention in the health- bian government officials and Washington. the "Afro-Colomr
care debate is the impact lob- business lobbyists have been One such lobbyist is Eulises bian problem."
byists have on the progress of embraced on Capitol Hill. Edgar Torres. His reputation he disapproved
legislation and a general reluc- These lobbyists have worked well preceded my first meeting rights organizat
tance for change. One statistic to change the impression Ameri- with him. Torres, a member of that TransAfric
I heard recently stated that for can lawmakers have of Colom- the House of Representatives in More like a three
every member of Congress there bia in the hopes that the US will Colombia was a Washington fa- he warned me
are five lobbyists from health in- continue to invest millions of vorite. An Afro-Colombian, Tor- interests in Was
surance companies on the Hill dollars in the Colombian mili- res promoted the government At the end
ensuring roadblocks to change tary and open more avenues for policies particularly those that res was arrest.
remain in place. trade for' Colombia business, directly effected the large Afro- because of his
The interests and impact of paramilitary de
lobbyists lie far beyond our na- m he interests and impact of lobbyists lie far beyond ourntational will be tried alc
tional borders. As we at TransA- borders.As we at TransAfrica advocate for humanghts, were other legislator
frica advocate for human rights, ' rights, ruling political
we are constantly confronted * constantly confronted with campaigns from corporations and ing with paramil
with campaigns from corpora- governments that are working against the cause of freedom, killed, raped an
tions' and governments that way through
are working against the cause Despite the overwhelming evi- Colombian population, which scandal known
of freedom. Understanding the dence that the Colombian mili- makes up approximately 26% politics scandal,
reality in Colombia has been il- tary continues to be responsible of the entire population of the years. Consider
lusory because of this sort of for displacement and impunity country. Among Afro-Colombian of US aid that
lobbying. Colombia is the most and that Colombian business human rights activists in Co- bia, one would
dangerous country to be a union continue to hire paramilitary lombia and the US, Torres was a US government
member or a human rights ac- and criminal gangs to terror- problem. The position he touted arms demanding
tivist. Due to violence and the ize local populations, members directly contradicted the reality Yet there has b
cultivation of bio-fuels instead of of Congress and even high pro- that Afro-Colombians live every- silence.
food, Colombia has an internally file public policy organizations day. Yet, it was Torres who had Yet, the arre
displace population that rivals are told riot to believe their ly- access to the halls of power. It lustrates the ne
Sudan. ing eyes. These meetings cou- was Torres who was listened to. has access to o
Yet, despite unbiased findings pled with glitzy trips to peaceful A few years ago, I had an op- Who is helping
that the government has been a parts of Colombia and constant portunity to meet with Torres. make decisions
hindrance to freedom and pro- courting from bright smiling He came to my office in Wash- abroad?


He told me that
of the human
ions and unions
ca worked with.
eat than advice,
not to cross his
shington DC.
of August, Tor-
ed in Colombia
alleged links to
ath squads. He
ing with seventy
s, many in the
party, for work-
litaries who have
id tortured their
Colombia. This
as the para-
, has gone on for
ing the amount
flows to Colom-
think that the
would be up in
g accountability.
een a deafening

st of Torres il-
;ed to know who
our government.
our government
that effect folks

IHAD, a little-known positive force in Dade County

Dear Editor:

The "I Have a Dream" organi-
zation has been a catalyst for
hundreds of students and their
families in Miami-Dade County
for the last twelve years. They
have guaranteed students tu-
ition support upon high school
completion. They empower stu-
dents in low-income communi-
ties to achieve a higher educa-
tion by equipping them with

knowledge, habits and skills
needed to succeed. The sponsors
of these groups have generously
and selflessly provided in and
out of school tutoring, mentor-
ing and educational extracurric-
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and college tours for students
in Miami-Dade and Broward
County Schools. These spon-
sors and program coordinators
can be commended for an out-
standing effort that has helped

to decrease the dropout rate and
increase college enrollment for
students in this community who
attend various schools in almost
all districts. Hats off to the many
students who are attending sev-
eral colleges and universities
such as; Cornell, University of
Florida, Florida State, Bethune,
Florida A&M, Nova Southeast-
ern, Barry, Middle Georgia, Ed-
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Atlantic, Florida International,

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leges, Marion Military Institute,
Norfolk State University, Long
Island University, Valencia, Ala-
bama State, Southern Adventist
and the National Guard to name
'a few. Thank you IHAD for help-
ing our students capitalize on
their inspirations, talents and

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Polarization of America:

Political party bickering


What happened to politicians
who did what was good for
America regardless of party af-
filiation. It seems that in recent
years you have die hard con-
servatives who will attack ev-
erything that a Democrat does,
including a President who ad-
dresses school children and
exhorts them to work hard and
stay in school. Likewise, you
have die hard liberals who at-
tacked former President George
W. Bush for doing something
At every election in the past
12 years, each Presidential can-
didate states that he will work
with both parties and end party
bickering. President Ronald
Reagan, President George Bush,
President Bill Clinton, President
George W. Bush, Presidential
candidate John McCain and
President Barack Obama, all
made such pronouncements.
Ultimately, it seems that party
politics win and the party bick-
ering becomes worse.
During this past election,
both McCain and Obama dis-
cussed the importance and
need for healthcare reform.
Both discussed working with
partners on both sides of the
aisle. Now, we are in debate
over healthcare reform, and it
appears that there is a strong
group of Republicans who will
oppose healthcare reform -just
because it is an initiative of
President 6bama.
Former Alaska Gov. Sara Pa-
lin that inspiration to the Re-
publican Party put on her Fa-
cebook page that there were
death panels in the healthcare
reform legislation. This was

not true. She "
this lie to
fight against President Obama.
Newt Gingrich, who has a brain,
made the same false state-
ments. When he was called
on the issue by a reporter, he
admitted that he had not even
read the proposed legislation.
What is scary is that political
leaders will lie to carry out an
agenda to block a reform that is
needed and good for the coun-
try. This single mind party pol-
itics for party politics sake is a
disservice to America.
America ranks 47 in infant
mortality. We are one of the
richest countries in the world,
yet our babies are dying at the
rate of some poor third world
countries. Now die hard con-
servatives are very concerned
about the loss of life due to
abortion. Why not turn this
concern to the loss of babies
due to the lack of pre-natal
care? Why don't we have health
care for all Americans?
Small and even large busi-
nesses are getting crushed by
the continuously rising cost of
health care insurance. What
is wrong with breaking up the
health care insurance monop-
oly so that small businesses can
obtain affordable health insur-
President Obama seems to be
giving up on bipartisan support
for his package, which is prob-
ably politically astute. However,
it is disheartening to realize that
elected officials will not do what is
right for America over their petty
political goals.


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By Rob Rogers. Pittsburgh Post.Gazette, United Feature Syndicate


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Lets be straight. Today's socioeconomic status, use N
youth are probably the sorri- to band together for the pur- te
est group of young men and pose of improving their collec- th
women to have come along in tive lot? Whatever happened er
quite some time. Certainly not where each child dreamt of tc
all, but many definitely do fall being amongst the first in S
within this category. Most .do their family to go to a college u
not know what hard work is. or university? Whatever hap- th
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is.nowhere to be found in their once dictated that if you were M
vocabulary. Simple demands
such as "cut the grass," "clean
your room," "wash the dishes" hateverhappenedwhere ei
and "do your homework" have the first in their family to g
been met by your children sud- ever happened to the wo
denly turning into Linda Blair
(the Exorcist) and threatening yOU were not fortunate enough to go to
you with every demonic spell trade school and found work at a respe
they could conjure up.
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entary and most of all, they've not fortunate enough to go to 1M
lost respect for their elders. college, then you at least went B
Despite their wayward egos, to trade school and found, ce
many have displayed very work at a respectable place of tr
little respect for self. They are employment? If the charge of H
a part of the "Me Generation," each generation is to do bet- h
thinking only of themselves, ter than their parents and el- H
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probably agree that this is in- new heights, then why does it o
deed true, then what does this seem as if we as a people ap- t(
say about us as parents? pear to be going backwards? a
What caused this direc- Unlike prior generations, to- e'
tional shift where most Black day's youth have been totally w
families, regardless , of their disconnected from their past. fo

far from the tree

ot only are the schools not
*aching our children about
ieir history, but we as par-
nts have not taken the time
teach them as well. The
tate of Florida's Board of Ed-
cation conveniently placed
he FCAT testing at the end of
ebruary and the beginning of
[arch, making Black History

ach child dreamt of being amongst
p to a college or university? What-
rk ethic that once dictated that if
college, then you at least went to
cable place of employment?

[onth almost null and void.
ut that shouldn't matter, be-
ause if we as parents were
-uly on our' job, then Black
history would be taught in our
omes 365 days of the year.
[ell, if we were truly on our
)bs, we wouldn't only teach
ur children about Black His-
ory, we would teach them
bout World History, because'
everywhere man is today, we
were probably there long be-
ore anyone else.

But what's the use in talk-
ing about Black and World
history, when your children
don't have a clue about his or
her own family history. They
couldn't even tell you 'of the
tremendous sacrifices made by
their grandparents and great
grandparents. They don't real-
ize that all of the indignation
that past generations suffered
was to put them in a position
where success was a viable
option. They were placed in a
position where the word "fail-
ure" would almost be elimi-
nated from their vocabulary.
Self sufficiency would be the
code phrase of the day. But
your children continue to miss
the proverbial boat because we
are too busy trying to be their
friends rather than their par-
In the final analysis, we as
parents must stop hoping,
wishing and praying that to-
day's school system will raise
our children better than we
can raise them ourselves. Re-
member, we reap what we sow,
so if we don't put in the time
then we shouldn't expect very
much in return.


Behind the politics: Obama sets the tone for education

President Barack Obama
delivered on Tuesday an in-
spiring speech to America's
schoolchildren about vital
and familiar themes, such as
the value of hard work and
staying in school.
I would like to think that
many students were inspired
by his remarks. Regardless
of the students' reaction, one
cannot deny that students
and educators were failed by
the overblown predictions of
some political figures that
the president would use the
speech to improperly pro-
mote his policies.
For instance, before having
read the president's speech,
Republican Party of Florida
Chairman Jim Greer gained
national publicity 'for him-
self by accusing President
Obama of indoctrinating our
students with socialist ide-
als. Similarly, a number of
parents convinced the Mi-
ami-Dade School Board that
it would be irresponsible to
broadcast the president's re-
Where is our leadership?
Have we succumbed to con-

doing and praising unin-
formed analyses such as
what was offered by Chair-
man Greer?
As an elected official, I un-
derstand and appreciate the
differences' in ideology be-
tween the major political par-
ties. I believe that each party
has a genuine interest in do-
ing what is best for our coun-

herent risks of jumping to
premature conclusions.
President Obama deliv-
ered an inspiring message
and helped renew a sense of
responsibility and positive
thinking among thousands
of students. Disappointingly,
though, many people in lead-
ership failed to support or
even applaud his initiative.

In my youth, no act was more widely admired than when an elected
official took the time to address children with a positive message.
Have we have become so bitter in our partisan bickering that we
resort to tainting our youth's perception of public service?

'try. However, all Floridians,
Republicans and Democrats
alike, should not hesitate
to raise doubts when some-
one in a leadership position,
such as Chairman Greer in
this case, issues a highly bi-
ased statement against our
nation's president.
As a former teacher who al-
ways looks for teachable mo-
ments, I see the events lead-
ing up to President Obama's
speech as opportunities for
conversation about the in-

As a result, many students
may be persuaded by their
parents' opinion that our
president must have ulterior
motives. And, sadly, many
students simply missed the
speech because Miami-Dade
County Public Schools decid-
ed not to broadcast it.
In my youth, no act was
more widely admired than
when an elected official took
the time to address children
with a positive message.
Have we have become so bit-

ter in our parti-
san bickering that we resort
to tainting our youth's per-
ception of public service?
I am deeply disappointed by
Chairman Greer's statements
and the School Board's deci-
sion. The recommendations
to parents to keep children
from hearing the president's
message were not appropri-
Regardless, I am confident
that many parents wisely ig-
nored such suggestions and,
students have received the
president's encouragement
that America's youth have
the ability and reason to
achieve and succeed.


Are Black leaders responsive to the Black community?

Liberty City, Retired

Yes, I think
they're doing
well; except for
Dennis Moss
giving raises
to some of his
during these
tough times. I
didn't like that too well. Overall
though, I think the Black lead-
ers are doing a good job.
Liberty City, Pharmacy Technician

I think so. I r
don't know. I
think they're
-generally re-
sponsive. It's i
just that some-
times it takes
really big to i
happen before
they'll look into things or talk
about them. For example, the

shootings in Overtown. Those
kids had to die before they no-
ticed there was violence there?
That situation should have been
addressed by our leaders much

Liberty City, Retired

To some ex-
tent I do. My
wife was hav-
ing a problem.
I called U.S.
man Kend-
rick Meek's
office and he - -
jumped right
on it. These other Black leaders
are slow about a lot of stuff. I'd
say they're about sixty percent

Miami, Student

They aren't always. The com-
munity really isn't at the top of
their list of things to do. I think

it's more im- ,..
portant to ..
them to es-
tablish them- -
selves with the
people they

something to
offer them.
They don't
realize that when you help the
small people, those people will
be loyal to you. No, I don't think
they're generally responsive to
the community.

Liberty City, Retired

Some of
them are. But
everyone can't
respond to ev-
ery little thing.
I think we ask
a lot of our I
Black leaders.
They can't
handle every-
thing we ask them to do. No
one could. A lot of times we'd do

better by doing things for our-
selves rather than complaining
and asking our Black leaders to
solve everything for us. I think
a lot of people just complain too
much when they need to act.

Miami, Entrepreneur
No. They
aren't. They
can't be be-
cause the
same things
continue to
happen over
and over.
People are-
the same
as they were when we didn't
have Black elected officials. Our
Black leaders are our color, but
they're not our concern. They've
thrown us down the drain. Our
Black leaders are Benedict Ar-
nolds. They show us one face;
and then go play ball with the
people who've been oppressing
us all the while.

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Chief: City exists to serve people

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remains humble, crediting his
success to Willie Waters and
Floyd Jordan, the first Blacks
to work in the city's fire de-
"As I rose through the ranks,
I walked through the doors
that they opened," he said.
The Miami native shared his
continued effort to offer ser-
vice to the people as he man-
ages over 700 firefighters and
13 executive staff members
during this bleak economy.
"I have lived in South Florida
most of my life so I know the
needs of the people in Miami,"
said Kemp. "The sole purpose
of the City of Miami is to serve
the people."
A graduate of Miami Edi-
son Senior High School, Kemp
pursed his education at Allen

University in Columbia, S.C.
to study dentistry.
He graduated from Allen in
1981 with a Bachelor of Sci-
ence Degree in Biology and re-
turned home, no longer pursu-
ing a career in dentistry. Kemp
enrolled in .the Respiratory
program at Miami Dade Com-
munity College (now Miami
Dade College). Kemp obtained
skills and experience within
the program like riding on the
Miami Rescue truck and work-
ing with then Lt. Carlos Gime-
nez who is now a Miami-Dade
County Commissioner. Within
time, he obtained his associate
degree in Respiratory Therapy
Technology in 1983.
A state certified Respiratory
Therapy and Emergency Medi-
cal Technician, Kemp began
working for the City of Miami
Fire Rescue as a firefighter/
paramedic in 1985. He re-

ceived his paramedic certi-
fication from Miami Dade in
Kemp was promoted to Fire
Lieutenant (1991), Assistant
Fire Chief in support services
division, fire administration
and technical services divi-
sion (1994-99) and Deputy
Fire Chief (1999) in which he
supervised the technical and
support services, manage-
ment, communication and
. emergency management divi-
Kemp earned a Master's .de-
gree in Public Administration at
Nova Southeastern University.
Kemp was appointed the
Program Chief (2006) and
Task Force Leader for the
United States Department of
Homeland Security, FEMA Ur-
ban Search and Rescue.
Kemp and his wife, Valerie,
raise their four children, Ter-

Family members of Maurice L. Kemp, the first Black fire chief, join him with friends and col-
leagues at the swearing-in ceremony held at the Biscayne Bay Marriott on Friday. From left to
right: Arie Koah, Johnny Kemp, Patty Kemp and Raina Kemp.

rain, 20, Maurice, Jr., 18,
Ryan, 17 and Monique, 15.
Kemp has two brothers, both

of whom work for Miami Fire
Rescue. James, a 19-year-old
veteran, is a lieutenant. Ull-

yse, a 20-year-old veteran, is
a fire inspector for the depart-

Meek: Beach was large investment

.do vows to revamp police department

continued from 1A

"I still believe that it was 'bad
deal' because the City
of Miami gave away the
land for free," he said.
"City of Miami will not
receive any revenue
from the Marlins."
Regalado believes
that broken promises
came along with the
stadium. EDMO
"I believe that we have
been lied to. It was sup-
posed to create thousands of
jobs," he said.'
Through the country's dif-
ficult time, one of Regalado's
solutions is to. help create a
fundamental city for residents;
cutting wasteful spending.
S"'In -five years, the. city has
spent $100 million in consult-
ing fees."
Regalado debated
with his constituents
against the gentrifica-
tion of Overtown with
the building of the
controversial Cross-
winds development.
"People in Overtown
did not want it. Be- DA
sides, nobody in Over-
town would be able to
afford it," he said. "I don't be-
lieve you can eliminate pov-
erty by running the poor out
of the city."
As mayor, Regalado vows to
reduce the mayor's salary.

Another change Regalado
would make as mayor is an
overhaul of the City's Police
He cites the low morale in
the department as a major

As mayor, Regalado will
"recommend to the City Man-
ager that the department's
leadership change."
"There is a lack of commu-
nication between offi-
cers and leadership,"
he said.
Regalado believes
that the "department
is being asked to look
good rather act good."
Deploying a gang
unit, more- policing
NSON within the City and
building a better rela-
tionship between police and
residents will be his focuses
as mayor to improve the de-

Though he has represent-
ed a district that consisted
majority of Hispanics, many
wonder whether Re-
galado will be another
politician who aban-
dons the Black com-
munity; but Regalado
believes that he will
be a mayor for all eth-
"The Black com-
flS munity has received
many broken promis-
es from politicians," he said.
"I will be the mayor for every-
one. I am offering an open
door policy."
He continued, "I am
starting a new era
with the support of
every community."
Regalado led his
district with his long-
time chief of staff,
Tony Crapp Jr. Re-
galado is the only DESI
Hispanic city commis-
sioner in the history of Miami
to have a Black chief of staff.

Regalado has received en-
dorsements from a number
of people throughout the City
and County that include Mi-
ami-Dade County Commis-
sioner Audrey Edmonson, Rev.
Johnny Barber of Mount Si-
nai Baptist Church of Miami,
North Miami City Clerk Alix
Desulme, Miami Police Union
and Rev. Vinson Davis of New
Providence Baptist Church in
Liberty City.
Davis cites neither race nor
ethnicity as reason for his en-
dorsement of Regalado but be-
lieves that he is the right per-
son for the job.
"This should not be a Black,
white or Hispanic race," said
Davis, "but who will benefit
the community whether he is
Black, white, red or brown."
"I believe that he is a proven
and effective leader that would
benefit our district. He will be
an asset to not just the .His-
panic community but also the
Black community," he said.
On the other hand, Edmon-
son believes with Regalado's
experience, "he can bring the
knowledge and history of the
'City of Miami for what has
and has not worked."
She says Regalado has re-
ceived an overwhelming sup-
port from those in her dis-
Barber defines Regalado as
a "genuine" person.
"He is knowledge-
able and not willing to
go along with the sta-
tus quo. He has shown
himself in times past
to have a relationship
with our people," he
said. "I think that he
ILME is not fearful of forging
relationships with oth-
ers who are of other ethnici-

Poor economy may raise crime rates

continued from 1A

said Blumstein.
Property . crimes declined
overall, by 0.8 percent, but that
was driven mostly by a 12.7
percent drop in car thefts. The
other major categories of prop-
erty crime - burglaries and
larceny-thefts - both rose.
Regionally, the South had the
highest crime rate, with 4,315
reported violent and property
crimes per 100,000 people. The
region with the lowest crime
rate was the Northeast, which
had 2,620 reported crimes per
100,000 people.
Typically, crime is expected
to rise during economic hard
times, but Blumstein said last
year's data was too early in the
economic cycle to reflect that,
because the most serious eco-
nomic impacts came toward
the end of 2008-, and may not
have affected teenagers - the
group most likely to turn to
crime as their job prospects
Blumstein said it will take

more time to see if crime's
downward trend continues
through 2009, despite the re-
The data are similar to pre-
liminary figures announced by
the bureau in June.
James Alan Fox, a professor
at Northeastern University,

said the falling murder rate
of the past decade has yet to
reach one key part of society.
"From 2000 up until 2007,
murders have been down
across the board except among
young Black males, where
there's been a fairly substan-
tial rise," said Fox.

Suspect arrested in BK shooting
Miami Times Staff Report

Police arrested Jonathan Si-
mon hours after a Thursday
night shooting at a. North Mi-
ami Burger King that led to the
death of one teen and wounded
Simon, 21, who was released
from prison last month, faces
charges of first degree murder
and attempted murder.
As shots fired that Thursday
night, a group of four to five
teens ran for cover. Jason Maha-
raj, 15, was shot four times. He
died en route to the hospital.
Fifteen-year-old Harris Ostral,
who was shot in the leg, was re-
leased from the hospital on Fri-


This isn't the first time a dead-
ly has occurred at the Burger
In April 2007, a manager was
shot and killed during a robbery.
The suspects were eventually

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The City of Miami will keep
the gates open but it will be an
empty beach.
Former U.S. Congresswoman
Carrie P. Meek remembers tak-
ing her children to the beach
and would watch as they en-
joyed the train rides and rode
on the horses. Meek is appalled
that the City would consider re-
ducing funding on something
that was so monumental to the
Black community.
"It is unfortunate that 'any
thoughts of closing, would
be the result of Virginia Key
Beach," said Meek. "There is a
lot invested in the beach. It took
years for the community to redo
the 'colored beach."
Meek believes the beach is the
only visible remnant of an era
of racism and segregation that

many people are able to go to.
Meek also supports the
"The Trust is the governance
that the beach always needed,"
said Meek.
The late M. Athalie Range was
the founding Chairperson of the
Trust and Meek believes that
the City should honor her by
continuing to fund the Trust.
"As a memory to her, we
should maintain this as a land-
mark," she said.
Historic Virginia Key Beach
Park is one of the City of Mi-
ami's largest public parks. The
beach is an icon in the commu-
nity. It was restricted, by law,
to have communal swimming
among Blacks and whites.
The beach has since turned
Virginia Key Beach Park was
saved from commercial develop-
ment by the Black community
in 1999 under the leadership of

/ BVirginia Key
SBeach. rk Trust

the Trust Organization. What
was once known as the "Colored
People" beach was reopened in
February 2008--after its 1982
closing; for everyone.
Today, the beach is -enjoyed
by many as they celebrate birth-
days, have alumni picnics and
family gatherings.
In the meantime; the Trust
The Miami Times tried to con-
tact Miami Commissioner Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones but she
did not return calls.
The Trust is urging residents
to voice their concerns about
the cuts at the next budget
meeting to be held at the Miami
City Hall, 5 p.m., Sept. 24.





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Local ACORN volunteers arrested for voter fraud

Organization caught errors; informed law enforcement

The Miami Times Staff Report

Six former voter registra-
tion canvassers were arrest-
ed last week by the Florida
Department of Law
Enforcement (FDLE)
special agents for fr-
adulently submit- I
ting applications in'
Spring 2008. The al- ( -
leged fraud occurred
during a spring 2008
registration drive in
Miami-Dade County. L. RH
FDLE also issued ar-
rest warrants for five others.
The individuals have all been
charged with multiple counts
of False Swearing in Connec-
tion with Voting or Elections
and Submission of False Vot-
er Registration Information,
both third-degree felonies.
The problem began after

the spring 2008 voter
registration drive, the
Association of Com-
munities for Reform
Now (ACORN) noticed'
that some of'
the phone
I numbers listed
on the applica- L. WILLIAMS
tion were out
of service or incorrect plicatio
and that the hand- to be f
writing or signatures did not
on the applications ing per
ODES were similar. An in- name,
ternal investi-
-gation discovered that
10 of their canvassers .
'had submitted false
The organization im-
mediately informed the
State Attorney's Office
in Miami-Dade. Then,
in July. 2008 the state R. WILLIAMS

attorney requested
FDLE and the FBI in-
vestigate the matter
to determine if there
was possible fraud.
FDLE and FBI agents
reviewed 260 appli-
cations and
found that
197 of the ap-
ns appeared
fraudulent and
match any liv-
rson based on
address, date of "
birth, or Social E. WII
Security Num-
ber. Agents be-
lieve the canvassers
made up the iAforma-
tion on the applica-
tion, including name,
address, social secu-
rity number, and then
signed the application

*using the fictitious name.
FDLE agents also identified
another voter registration
canvasser who had submit-
ted fraudulent applications.
Miami-Dade State Attorney
Katherine Fernandez-Rundle
has made it clear that these
false identities were not used
to inflate the actual election
"They didn't submit
absentee ballots. They
were recruiting to reg-
ister to vote," she said
in a statement.
Those arrested in-
clude: Kashawn John,
LLIAMS 22, of Homestead;
Liltovia Rhodes, 27,
of Homestead; Richard Wil-
liams, 26, of Florida City;
Carlos Torres, 25, of Home-
stead; Evangeline Williams,
45, of Florida City and Lilke-
via Williams, 29, of Home-
The FBI assisted FDLE with

the arrests. The defendants
will be prosecuted by the
Miami-Dade State Attorney's
Office, llth Judicial Circuit.
Arrest warrants have been
issued for: Diamond Cleopa-

tra Ross, 19, of Miami; Ben-
ita Teal, 33, of North Miami;
Cardal Bailey, 23, of Florida
City; Maurice Childress, 24,
of Leisure City and Joann
Snelson, 33, of Florida City.

Meeting starts Wednesday

continued from 1A

President and CEO, Mr. Ben-
jamin T. Jealous will provide
critical information from our
National Office as the keynote
Speaker during the Conven-
tion Freedom Fund Gala."
Nweze, who is seeking re-
election for the Florida State
Conference, became the first
elected female president of the
Florida State Conference of the
NAACP in 2000.
In all her years participat-
ing in the conference, Nweze
*has seen local and state prog-

ress being made as laws and
legislative measures are being
pushed forward to help better
the community.
In February, Nweze was se-
lected. by Governor Charlie
Crist to serve as Special Advi-
sor to the Governor on Minor-
ity Affairs while maintaining
her position as president of the
Florida State Conference of the
Founded in 1909, the NAACP
is devoted to civil rights and
racial justice. The NAACP has
been influential in refining the
legal, educational, and eco-
nomic lives of people of color.

Senate negotiators trim healthcare plan to $880 billion

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON-- Senate health
care negotiators said Monday
they've cut the cost of their 10-
year coverage plan to under $880
billion, but they're not ready to
shake hands yet on a bipartisan
Finance Committee Chairman
Max Baucus, D-Mont., said hell
have a formal proposal by mid-
week - maybe as early as today
- to meet a deadline for mov-
ing ahead on President Barack
Obama's top domestic priority
with or without Republican sup-
At the same time, Baucus said
the bipartisan talks could con-
tinue even as his Finance panel
begins its formal bill-drafting ses-
sion next week. Talks continued
during the day Monday, and more
meetings were expected today.

"It's not just tomorrow or the
next day," said Baucus. "We're
going to keep working."
His small group of three Demo-
crats and three Republicans has
been laboring for weeks in hopes
of finding a bipartisan path to-
ward guaranteeing coverage for
all and trying to control the rise
in health care spending. Staff
aides on both sides said Monday
the negotiators are close, but it's
unclear if they'll get agreement.
The three Republicans - Mike
Enzi of Wyoming, Chuck Grassley
of Iowa, and Olympia Snowe of
Maine - are under intense pres-
sure from leaders of their own
party, some of whom have pub-
licly dismissed Baucus' frame-
work as a Democrat's plan. Bau-
cus may not be able to get any of
them to agree. But he seems to
have a chance of persuading at
least Snowe.

Monday, the negotiators said
they discussed illegal immigra-
tion, benefits for the poor, medi-
cal malpractice and restrictions
on abortion coverage.
Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said
they're close on a verification sys-
tem to prevent illegal immigrants
from getting government subsi-
dies to buy health coverage.
"We're very close to conclusion
on how to prevent people who are
here illegally from benefiting,"
Conrad said.
Negotiators also said they've
found ways to reduce the cost of
a planned expansion of Medicaid
to cover more people near the fed-
eral poverty line. The issue is crit-
ical to winning support from gov-
ernors, since the states share in
the cost of the program. Baucus
said his staff is trying to schedule
a conference call with governors
for today.

On medical malpractice, Con- plan wo
rad said the. negotiators agreed es. But
that the federal government small b
should provide funding for states able to
to experiment with a range of al-
ternatives to lawsuits.
On abortion, the negotiators
are trying to come up with lan-
guage that would extend current
restrictions that prohibit federal
funding for the procedure, except
in cases of rape, incest, or to save IN THE I
the life of the mother.
Baucus' plan would require all
Americans to get health insur-
ance, either through an employ-
er, a government program, or on
their own. New consumer protec-
tions would prohibit onerous in-
surance. company practices, such
as denying coverage because of a 04-BO10FL
prior health problem, or charging
more to those who are sick.
The majority of people already
covered through an employer ,

uld not see major chang-
self-employed people and
businesses would now be
buy more affordable cov-

erage through a new purchasing
pool called an exchange. Govern-
ment tax credits would be pro-

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-Miami Times photo/ Sandra J. Charite
On the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Miami-Dade Corrections employees walked to commemorate 911
Victims and breast cancer survivors at the Martin Luther King Office Plaza.

Remembering 9/11 in Liberty City

Walk raises funds for breast cancer

By Sandra J. Charite

Angelina Paul can remem-
ber boarding plane on Sep-
tember 11, 2001 to travel to
New Jersey. Her flight was
suddenly redirected; leav-
ing Paul, 40, and hundreds
of other passengers puzzled.
As their flight finally landed
in New Jersey, images played
on the television monitors ex-
plaining Paul's flight delay.
People were bursting into
tears as the terrifying news
hit airways.
"I will never forget that day.
I don't think that no one will
.forget it," said Paul. "That
changed our lives forever."
On the morning of Septem-
ber 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda
terrorists hijacked four com-
mercial passenger jet liners.
Two of the planes crashed
into the Twin Towers of the

World Trade Center in New
York. Within hours, the build-
ings collapsed. Nearby build-
ings were destroyed.
Another hijacked plane
crashed into the Pentagon
in Arlington, VA. The fourth
flight, en-route to Washing-
ton D.C., crashed in a rural
Pennsylvania as passengers
aboard the plane fought with
terrorist to take control of the

plane. None of the passen-
gers on any of the planes sur-
The terrorist attack was
deemed the worst one in U.S.
history. An estimated 3,000
people, including the hijack-
ers, lost their lives on Sept.
Eight years later, thousands
continue to remember that
heartbreaking day.
Miami-Dade County Cor-
rections & Rehabilitation De-

apartment (MDCR) employees
commemorated the day with
a participation in a kick-
off walk in Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer at the
Martin Luther King Office
Plaza (MLK) on Friday, Sept.
11. While remembering those
who perished in 9/11, MDCR
wore pink .to honor all breast
cancer survivors and victims
who have lost their lives.
All proceeds went to benefit
the American Cancer Society.

Nationwide search for Patterson's replacement

Special to the Miami Times I

City Manager Clarence Pat-
terson announced the end of his
six-year tenure last month. He
will retire come Nov. 30.
Patterson, 76, said it was timb
for him to move on.
"I have been working since I'm
8," he said. "It's time."
Patterson says he will spend
his last few months working on

what he calls one of the most dif-
ficult budget seasons the city has
ever seen.
"Ill still be around," said Pat-
terson, who lives in North Mi-
Patterson has worked for Mi-
ami-Dade County, Miami, South
Miami, and Miami Springs. He
was originally hired in 2004 after
a turbulent 18-month period dur-
ing which the city went through

several other city managers.
In light of the city's financial
woes, North Miami City Coun-
cil members have rejected some
of the suggestions Dennis Kelly,
former assistant city attorney, or
Mark Collins, acting deputy city
attorney. The council will seek
someone with a national reputa-
"I think we owe it to the peo-
ple," said Mayor Andre Pierre.

By Sandra J. Charite

The City of Miami unani-
mously approved a resolution
to prohibit texting while driving
in school zones.
"This is about protecting our
children," Chairman Joe San-
chez said in a statement. "While
dropping my children off at
school, I saw a driver so dis-
tracted by text messaging that
he almost ran over a small child
crossing the street to school."
Sanchez was among the sup-
porters of the resolution.
If the City adopts the ban on
the second reading then the
City of Miami will become the
first city in the state of Florida to
ban texting for drivers in school
"People know they have to
slow down in school zones, but
instead of taking the time to be
alert of children in the cross-
walk, they take advantage of the
slower speed to check and send
text messages. That's a recipe
for disaster." Sanchez said.
According to a study conduct-
ed by the Virginia Tech Trans-
portation Institute, people who
engage in text message while
driving are 23 more likely to be
involved in a car crash. Texting
distracts drivers from the road
for an estimated five seconds.
Other elected officials have
also joined the fight to end cell
phone use while driving.
"Drivers may become so ab-
sorbed in their phone conver-
sations that they become
distracted, and their eyes
may'not be on the road
while they're dialing.
text messaging, or
reading e-mails,"
County Commis-
sion Chairman
Dennis C. Moss
told The Miami
Times last year.
"When kids are

getting out of school, they are
occupied talking with friends
and drivers are also occupied,
but they must be very cautious
in their driving."
Moss was driving through a
school zone with his wife and
she' brought to his attention
the number of people who were
riding through the school zone
focused on their phones rather
than the road. His wife insisted
that something needed to be
done to prevent a tragedy from
occurring. Last year, Moss spon-
sored a bill to ban voice chatting,
text messaging or other wireless
communication while motorists
are driving in school zones.
State Sen. Frederica Wilson
filed legislation, for the third
time last month to restrict cell
phone use and texting by driv-
ers. Wilson named her last
year's bill, Heather's Law, after
Heather Hurd who was tragi-
cally killed in a motor accident
after tractor trailer slammed
into her car at a red light. The
driver of the tractor trailer was
texting. Hurd was on her way
to meet her wedding planner.
The bill prohibits a person op-
erating a motor vehicle from
texting, dialing, listening or
speaking on the phone while
Some states have already ad-
opted such measures.
California, Connecticut, New
Jersey, New York, Washington
and the District of Columbia
and the Virgin Islands all have

of a handheld cell
phone while driv-
ing. Alaska, Cali-
fornia, Connecti-
cut, Louisiana,
SMinnesota, New
Jersey, Washing-
ton and thepistrict
of Columbia forbid
motorists from text
messaging while on
- the road.





* Miami-Dade County is coordinating the Miami Children's Initiative with support from the Department of
I ' Children and Families and The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida.

' The Miami Children's Initiative is a lo-year community enhancement project modeled after the nationally
recognized Harlem Children's Zone.

* The State Statute directs the county to work with residents and others in the Liberty City community to
develop a coordinated approach to providing comprehensive services that will empower our children .and
A � -families to succeed.

. Community leaders and residents have been meeting since March 200oo9 to identify the specific needs and
community strengths of Liberty City including community safety, adult education, health and wellness, youth
.,.. support and employment.

* A draft of the Strategic Community Plan, developed with input from the workgroups, will be
� , presented to Liberty City residents during two meetings scheduled for:

Saturday, September 19th
9:30 a.m.
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Avenue

Thursday, September 24th
6:30 p.m.
Joseph Caleb Center
54oo NW 22nd Avenue

* Once the Strategic Community Plan is adopted, the Miami Children's Initiative will be incorporated as a
not-for-profit organization and will put the plan into action over a 10-year period.



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Brush with kindness

assists local woman

Logos Baptist Church and Habitat for Humanityi
team up to repair woman's home
By Tariq Osborne equity," she said. Those who re-
tosborne@miamitimesonline.com ceive homes from Habitat are re-
quired to work a certain number
It was already hot outside when of hours on the homes of others.
a tearful Gladys English greeted Colvin says she plans to con-
the crew from Logos Baptist tinue helping people after she
Church and Habitat for Human- meets her 'requirement. "I enjoy
ity that had come to repair her it," she said. "You meet a lot of
home. 1 different people, and I'm learning
"What they're doing now, I new things I never thought I'd be

coULiln L 11ave UUonel ni ive years
and my house was deteriorating
every day," she said.
English's home sits beside a
new Habitat for Humanity home,
which is what drew Michelle Mar-
cos's attention to the condition of

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roofing, caulking, it's crazy," she
Alethea Lindo heard of the
project while attending Logos
Baptist Church. "I'm just giving
back," she said. "We're a mission-
ary church; this is what we're all

-Habitat For Humanity Photo
Gladys English celebrates the renovation of her home

"Ms. English lives alone," said
Marcos. "Her home was in a state
of disrepair through no fault of
her own.
English concedes this. "When
I saw that nice, clean house go-
ing up next door, I was embar-
rassed," she said. "I thought;
mine's the worst one on the
block." Fortunately for English,
Habitat for Humanity's "A Brush
with Kindness" program was
looking for homes to repair and
restore. The program assists low-
income homeowners impacted by
age, disability and family circum-
stances by performing minor re-
pairs around their homes.
Tymara Colvin, a single mother
of two, has worked on six Habi-
tat for Humanity homes. One
of them will eventually become
her own. "I'm doing my 'sweat

about. You've got to get into the
community, not just stay inside
the church," she said.
All were moved by the expres-
sion on Ms. English's face as she
surveyed the work being done on
her home. Projects ranged from
painting, to structural repairs,
to landscaping. "My eyes are
still running, I'm too happy," she
Valspar Paint and Coatings
donated the paint for English's
Habitat for Humanity of Great-
er Miami has built more than 700
affordable homes since its incep-
tion. The organization is current-
ly taking applications from hom-
eowners needing "A Brush with
Kindness." Those seeking more
information are encouraged to
visit www.miamihabitat.org.

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-Miami Times photo/ Baljean Smith

One big happy family

When Mary Taylor Albury Ferrell came into this world in 1919, we are sure she had no idea that on her 90th birthday she would
be honored by 25 members of her family who had become a very intimate part of her life.
That's exactly what happened on Saturday, Sept. 4 when more than 125 people came to the Church of the Incarnation to
honor the popular Miami pioneer and to wish her a happy birthday.
Miranda Y. Albury served as mistress of ceremony and sons Vincent and Thomas Leo Albury Jr. extolled the virtues of their
mother. Andre L. Brown and Chevonne Albury-Faison also gave remarks.The toast was made by Rev. Richard Barry.
Garth C. Reeves, a friend of more than 80 years, gave the invocation before guests enjoyed a delicious catered dinner.

Justice Department changes revert Bush policies

continued from 1A

discrimination and not the vic-
tims," he said.
Michelle Samaroo, immediate.
past president of the Wilkie D.
Ferguson Jr. Bar Association,
"Basically they're going to ex-
pand the Justice Department's
Civil Rights Division and do
more investigations in terms
of discrimination claims. A lot
of claims didn't have the man-
power or the interest to be fully
investigated under the previous
administration. When asked
whether this is a departure
from previous policy, Samaroo
stated that is was. "It seemed

like they were more involved
in general political issues than
the things they should've been
doing," she said.
Given the current economic
climate; Smith expects much
of the Civil Rights Division's at-
tention to focus on discrimina-
tion in lending practices.
When asked whether bank-
ing was a matter more financial
than racial; Smith was ada-
mant. "No," he said "because
the perpetrators of financial
scams and those who take ad-
vantage of people financially
usually prey on the weakest,
poorest communities. It just so
happens that a disproportion-
ate number of those communi-
ties are Black and brown, so it
is a civil rights matter. It's like

the banks redlining communi-
ties where they won't provide
loans. It's financial, but it's
race-based financial wrongdo-
, Redlining is the illegal prac-
tice of lending institutions de-
nying loans to certain areas of
a community. Despite our na-
tion's racial progress, Smith
says the practice is alive and
"I was on the board of the
bank," said Smith. "Trust me;
they have particular area codes
where you can't get a loan, no
matter what the numbers say.
Redlining is recognized in the
legal and banking community.
This is not some guesswork or
conspiracy theory, this is fact,"
he said.

If Attorney General Eric Hold-
er has his way, such practices
will become far more difficult
to get away with. The Obama
White House has proposed a
hiring spree that would swell
the ranks of several hundred
civil rights lawyers with more
than 50 additional lawyers, a
significant increase for a rela-
tively small but powerful divi-
sion of the government. The ad-
ministration's fiscal year 2010
summary of budget request
includes an increase of about
$22 million for the division, an
18 percent increase from the
2009 budget.
The Justice Department's
Civil Rights Division was found-
ed in 1957 to enforce anti-dis-
crimination laws.



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Obama's speei

By Tonyaa Weathersbee
I hope that the Black boys
across the country, who heard
President Barack Obama urge
students to make the most
of their education, caught
the other lesson that was
unfolding all around them.
That lesson is also instructive
- and it's one that they can ill

afford to miss.
It's a lesson on how a Black
man, one armed with smarts
and charisma, can do more to
embarrass and strike fear into
racists than a Black man armed
with only anger and ignorance.
It's a lesson on how an edu-
cated Black man has the power
to force his enemies to descend
into apoplexy and idiocy in front

eh gives
of the entire world. .
And, sadly enough,
it's also a lesson on
how far the United
States hasn't come;
that for its first Black
president, cries
of "socialist" and
"Nazi," have, in ef-
fect, become the new __
N-word, with rabid OBAM

lesson to Black boys



partisans like Flori-
da Republican party
chairman Jim Greer,
in a George Wallace-
like fervor, ranting
about how Obama's
speech would expose
children to socialist
That's the lesson
that Black boys espe-

cially need to absorb - because
it's a preview of what they'll face
in life and how they'll need to
prepare for it.
A recap: Obama, following in
the footsteps of two of his pre-
decessors, Ronald Reagan and
George H.W. Bush, decided to
deliver a back-to-school ad-
dress to the nation's youth.
His speech dealt with themes

that Republicans have always
claimed to hold dear, like hard
work and personal responsibil-
But apparently, to some par-
ents and wing-nut opportunists,
a Black president simply urging
students to do well in school
resonated more Maoist than
Reaganite. To them, he wasn't
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Challenging students,

is college enough?
By Mary Beth Marklein

Researchers studying how to improve gradu-
ation rates at public colleges and universities'
have come up with a surprising and counter-
intuitive finding: Many students may fail to
complete a bachelor's degree not because the
work is too hard - but because they're not
challenged enough.
It's well known that colleges with the most

selective admissions
criteria tend to have
the highest graduation
rates. But even when
researchers compared
groups of students who
had similar academic
qualifications, they
consistently found that
those attending schools
with the more demand-
ing academic require-
ments were more likely
r i/ to graduate.
"There is a net ef-
fect related to selectiv-
ity that is powerful,"
says Princeton Univer-
sity president emeritus.
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Pictured are scholar recipients along with RET-CO president Eugene Morrison(2), Nicarta
Gabrie (4), Rokeshia Ashley (7) and Scholarship Committee Chairman Franklin Pinckney(1O).

RET-CO provides educational scholarships

Retired Employees of Transportation Coalition
(RET-CO), a Miami-Dade Community Service Orga-
nization, has once again assisted local high school
graduates to pursue higher education by providing
three scholarships to graduating seniors at three
Dade County High Schools.
RET-CO strives to aid, defend, assist, and in-
spire local young men and women as they pursue
academic degrees in the pursuit of knowledge.
Three high school graduates were given a'schol-

arship of $1,500. The 2009 recipients are: Roke-
shia Ashley, Miami Edison Senior High; Leondria
Stevens, Coral Reef Senior High and Nicarta Gabre,
Miami Carol City Senior High School. The awards
were presented at the June meeting by the RET-CO
president Eugene Morrison and the Scholarship
Committee Chairman, Franklin Pinckney. Schol-
arship Committee members are: George Anderson,
Levancy Green, Maria Jerkins, Annie Jordan, Rob-
ert Jordan, Artie Rumph and Vilma Walker.

New Life celebrates pastor's appreciation

New Life Family Worship
Center, 3914 N.W. 167th St.,
under the powerful leader-
ship of Pastor/Teacher Bar-
bara Boyce, cordially extends
an invitation to the public to
come share in their pastor's
The word of God plainly
says, 'And I will give you pas-
tors according to mine heart',
Jeremiah 3:15. We feel blessed
to have such a pastor.

Three nights of total praise
and worship, our celebration
begins September 23-25 at
7:30 p.m. nightly.
God's anointed leaders will
deliver the word and we will
highlight this special event
with an evening of thanksgiv-
ing at The Double Tree Grand
Hotel, Biscayne Bay on Sep-
tember 26.
For more information, please
call 305-623-0054


rty in America
liams, American Federation
of Teachers President Randi
Weingarten and Dr. Alvin
Poussaint, professor of psy-
chiatry at Harvard Medical
School and Cosby's co-au-
thor on the 2007 book Come
On People: On the Path from
Victims to Victors.
The town hall will' explore
poverty in America, a criti-
cal issue as the recession has
sent unemployment rates
perilously high. Specifically,
the forum will focus on par-
enting, education and health
issues facing the poor in

MSNBC will team with the
Independent Women's Forum
on a town hall featuring Bill
The event will be held Sept.
20 at Howard University
and will be broadcast live on
MSNBC from 7 to 9 p.m.
The town hall, dubbed
About Our Children... will
be moderated by Michelle
Bernard, Women's Forum
president and CEO and an
MSNBC political analyst. The
Women's Forum organized
the event and brought it to

MSNBC. Other panelists will
include NAACP President Ben
Jealous, author Terrie Wil-


Cosby town hall explores pove
By Marisa Guthrie f --" .

The Miami Times




Miami-Dade: Get informed about the swine flu

Local elected and health officials host a series of town-hall

meetings about the H1N1 virus throughout the County

By Sandra J. Charite

First detected in the United
States in April, the H1N1 (swine
flu) has become a pandemic, ac-
cording to the World Health Or-
ganization (WHO). Worldwide,
the swine flu has claimed the
life of thousands, 77 people in
Florida and 21 people in Miami-
Dade. A 57-year-old male and
50-year-old female in Miami-
Dade were latest fatalities of the.
swine flu.
For the last six months, health
officials have initiated an edu-
cational campaign, which has
been introduced in the hospital

settings and schools, to keep
the public informed about the
According to the Health De-
.partment, the swine flu is simi-
lar to those of the regular flu.
Symptoms include fever, cough,
sore throat, fatigue, aches,
chills and stuffy nose. However,
the virus has targeted young
people between the ages of 4-24
and those who have preexist-
ing medical conditions which
include asthma, emphysema or
any heart related problems.
"This particular issue is some-
thing that we need to take care
of," said Reginald Bonhomme,
Please turn to FLU 13B


State Sen. Frederica Wilson addresses the crowd at Miami
Carol City Middle School on Thursday about her concerns on
the swine flu outbreak that has affected over 20 residents in

--The Miami Times photos/ Sandra d. Charite
Reginald Bonhomme, a representative from Miami-Dade
School Board member Dr. Wilbert Holloway's office, shares
remarks from Holloway's office about the swine flu.

Obama: Time to take

action on health care

By Steven r. Hurst

WASHINGTON - President
Barack Obama said Thursday
that it was time to wind down
the health care debate and take
action, reprising his demand
that American politicians end
their bickering about a health
care overhaul.
A relaxed Obama spoke to an
assemblage of nurses just hours
after telling U.S. lawmakers in
a rare joint session of Congress
that he would no longer "waste
time" with those who put poli-
tics ahead of the needs of the
American people.
The congressional speech
Wednesday night was a sweep-
ing defense of changing a sys-
tem that he and others contend
could bankrupt the world's larg-
est economy. He told members
of the House of Representatives
and the Senate that a nasty
political summer was over and
"now is the season for action."
The president reprised that
message to a gathering of the
American Nurses Association,
thanking them for supporting
the health care overhaul and
repeating his attack on partisan
"We have talked this issue to
death," Obama told his audi-
ence of nurses in the Eisenhow-
er Executive Office Building.
"The time for talk is winding
He noted the release of new
figures from the Census Bu-
reau that showed the number
of people lacking health insur-
ance rose to 46.3 million in
2008, up from 45.7 million the
year before.
Obama's decision to speak
Wednesday night on Capitol Hill
marked a rare appearance at a
joint congressional session. It
was all the more unusual for a
breakdown in civility _ catcalls
from one member of the House
of Representatives. While mem-


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-AP Photo/Jason Reed, pool
President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Wash-
ington, on Wednesday, Sept. 9.At back are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy

bers of the opposition party of-
ten do not applaud a president
of the other party, it is unheard
of for them to engage in audible
* Republican congressman Joe
Wilson of South Carolina shout-
ed out "You lie" when the pres-
ident said illegal immigrants
would not benefit from his pro-
posals. The president paused
briefly and smiled, but from her

seat in the visitor's gallery, first
lady Michelle Obama shook her
head from side to side in dis-
aplproval of the interruption.
Wilson later apologized for his
'lack of civility."
In remarks to reporters after
a Cabinet meeting Thursday,
Obama said he had accepted
Wilson's apology.
Obama said Wilson apolo-
gized "quickly and without

equivocation" and that "we all
make mistakes."
Earlier Thursday, Vice Presi-
dent Joe Biden said the out-
burst made him "embarrassed
for the chamber and a Congress
I love."
"It demeaned the institu-
tion," said Biden, who spent
decades as a senator before
Obama chose him as a running

Animal Service commemorates Rabies Prevention Day

World Rabies Day will take
place on September 28. Accord-
ing to the Alliance for Rabies
Control, 85 countries partici-
pated in last year's observance,
a United Kingdom charity that
helped spearhead the effort
with the U.S. Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention.
"Animal Services would like
to remind pet owners the im-
portance of rabies vaccination
and encourages Miami-Dade
County residents to join the
worldwide efforts to vaccinate
their pets" said Dr. Sara Pizano,
Director of Miami-Dade Animal
Services. The shelter, located at.
7401 Northwest 74 Street, oper-

ates a rabies clinic seven days a
week, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
on weekdays and to 4 p.m. on
The campaign seeks to rein-
force the message that rabies
is a preventable disease. The
disease is transmitted mainly
by bite, but exposure may also
occur through contamination of
broken skin or mucous mem-
branes with saliva from an in-
fected animal. "Vaccination pri-
or to possible exposure is a cru-
cial part of health management
of domestic animals, and is the
single most important factor in
rabies prevention," said Peter
Costa, global communications

Rabies prevention starts with the animal owner,
according to the Alliance for Rabies Control. Prevention
measures include vaccinating pets and avoiding stray
animals and wildlife.

coordinator for the Alliance for
Rabies Control.
Rabies prevention starts with
the animal owner, according to
the Alliance for Rabies Control.
Prevention measures include
vaccinating pets and avoiding
stray animals and wildlife.
Miami-Dade Animal Servic-
es is responsible for enforcing
Chapter V, as well as Florida
Statutes 828, which deals pri-

marily with animal cruelty is-
sues. Unlike private shelters
that have limitations on the
number of pets they accept, An-
imal Services accepts all dogs
and cats. Each year, the shel-
ter impounds more than 36,000
pets. The goal at Animal Ser-
vices is to reunite lost pets with
their families or find life-long
homes for as many animals as

HumaniServices Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius said
she is confident the vac-
cine will be available early
enough to beat the peak
of the. expected flu season
this fall, and'that early
doses are intended for
health care workers and
other high-prio ity groups

Swine flu thots

in early October
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shots could begi sooner than expected, with.some vac-
citb_'available a#'S0 rly 2d 'esfi46*~October, Health
I axd Human ce4 f t' Sebelius said
Sebelius said she is confident the vaccine will be avail-
able early enough to beat the peak of the expected flu
season this fall and that early doses are intended for
health care workers and other high-priority groups.
"We're on track to have an ample supply rolling by the
middle of October. But we may have some early vaccine
as early as the first full week in October. We'll get-the
vaccine out the door as fast as it rolls off the production
line," she told ABC's "This Week."
The possibility of early shots follows encouraging news
from last week about the swine flu vaccine. Researchers
have discovered that one dose instead of two could be
enough for healthy adults, and protection could begin
once vaccinated within 10 days instead of three weeks.
"That's great, which means we'll have a lot more vac-
cine," she said. "We also have seen a robust immune re-
sponse within 10 days, instead of three weeks as was
Sebelius said the vaccine doses will be distributed im-
mediately to designated locations across the country
once they are available.
"Every state has a plan saying these are the sites to
get the vaccine as quickly as possible into people's arms.
That's where the distribution will go," she said.
"So, the rirst week in October, we expect some of the
vaccine to begin to roll, and by mid-October, to have the
kind of supplies we were talking about. But we may have
some available earlier. And we'll get it out to states as fast
as it comes off the production lines," Sebelius said,
One dose means tight supplies of H 1N1 vaccine won't
be stretched so badly. Had it taken twice that dose, or
two shots apiece, half as many people could have re-
ceived the vaccine.
The winter flu vaccine is widely available now, and
health authorities urged people last week to get shots
now before swine flu shots start arriving.
In addition to concerns about swine flu, doctors also
expect some garden-variety flu this fall as well, an illness
that typically kills 36,000 Americans and hospitalizes
200,000 each year.

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Couples should share as much as possible

continued from 9B

avoid keeping secrets.
"It's not a matter of dis-
trust," said Ronda Hodge,
53, of Amesbury, Mass., an
ice-cream maker who shares
an e-mail address with her
husband Tom, 60, a land-
scaper. "We really don't have
anything to hide from one
another. We were friends
first before we even dated so
we've got that level of open-
ness there."
It's impossible to know how
widespread the practice has
Couples with ajoint account
said they never heard
preach- ing about
it and , didn t read
itin an '. advice
book. ..
Some /.
said they .
Sr e a t e d '
their account '
for bills and "- .'-.
other house-
hold business
then later realized
the personal ben-
efits. A 2003 ar-
ticle published
by the conser-
vative Christian
group Focus on "-
the Family urged
husbands and wives to share
one e-mail address, but it
was one of many suggestions
on preventing infidelity.
Still, the phenomenon has
become common enough to
merit a post on "Stuff Chris-
tians Like," a popular blog
in which creator Jonathan
Acuff, an evangelical and son
of a pastor, good-naturedly
mocks Christian culture and
Acuff shares one account
with his wife of eight years,
Jenny, and estimates that
one-third of their married
friends also use one e-mail
address. He joked on the blog
that he and his wife "cleaved
our separate e-mail address-
es and lit a unity candle on
Yahoo! that burns brightly
throughout the virtual land-

continued from 9B
William Bowen, lead author
of Crossing the Finish Line:
Completing College at Amer-
ica's Public Universities, out
today. While everybody does
better at stronger schools,
"the difference in outcomes ...
is greater for minorities than
for other people," he says.
The book is based on de-
tailed data for 21 flagship
public universities and four

"We offset the whole thing
by not dressing alike," he
In a recent phone interview
from his home in Alpharetta,
Ga., Acuff said he and Jenny
started their account while
planning their wedding, then
noticed that it helped their
communication, even in small
ways, such as keeping track
of each others' schedules.
He said he is grateful that
his marital status is clear on
his e-mail because he is in
touch with so many strang-
ers through his blog.

"It's so easy to make dumb
mistakes online. Wedon'thave
this precedent for ho\%\ these
online friendships work. said
Acuff., 3.3, whose posts will
be released as a book b.
Z o under -
v a n ,

Tim and Shawna Rollins
of North Richland Hills, Tex-
as, said they consider their
shared account - "tim_
shawna" - a sign of trust,
not suspicion. Both were di-
vorced and their first spous-
es had been unfaithful. The
pair had been friends in high
school, then began dating
as adults, and entered their
marriage pledging to- share
everything, no matter how
"I'm just a real open book
with him and likewise he is
with me," said Shawna, 42,
an administrator for a prison
literacy ministry. "The trust
is there If he really wanted
to do something he d just do
it. For us, it s just such a
None of the couples could
recall receiving an e-mail
that was upsetting or start-
ed a flight. They said e-mail
addresses with a husband's

Wlenevei r yo,- MWE

a place where you can

keep secrets, the tendency

is to keep secrets."

next year. "For me, it's just a
safety measure. I don't want
to be just floating out there."
James Furrow, a professor
of marital and family therapy
at Fuller Theological Semi-
nary, an evangelical school in
Pasadena, Calif., said shar-
ing an account can be helpful
if the goal is promoting open-
ness. But he said the practice
can hurt a relationship if it's
meant "as an act of deter-
"We can take steps to man-
age our behavior, but then
the problem with that is it
begins to become the empha-
sis rather than the trust of
giving the other the benefit
of the doubt," Furrow said.
"What you end up with is the

es aiming
statewide higher education
systems; it explores how the
USA might close gaps in col-
lege completion rates - a
goal embraced by President
Barack Obama as a way to
increase the nation's eco-
nomic competitiveness. The
research focuses on public
'higher education, where more
than 75 percent of students
enroll, because part of the
mission of public institutions
is to serve as an engine of op-

and wife's name can discour-
age old flames from trying
to renew a connection. The
couples said the only trou-
ble they had was develop-
ing a system so that e-mails
reached the right person or
weren't accidentally deleted.
The Rev. Monica Mowdy,
48, and her husband Joe
can't share one account be-
cause she is a pastor at the
Friendship United Methodist
Church in Cookeville, Tenn.,
and needs privacy for work-
ing with congregants. How-
ever, they know each other's
passwords for e-mail and

Mowdy, who has counseled
many couples, said if the

too low
The findings underscore
age-old advice: Students
should enroll in the most se-
lective college that will admit
them. But the problem is not
that qualified students are be-
ing rejected from academical-
ly demanding schools. "They
never apply in the first place,"
Bowen says. And the research
found that those aiming too
low were most likely to be mi-
norities, low-income students
and those whose parents nev-
er finished college.

goal of sharing an e-mail is
to check up on someone it's
"inherently unhealthy." She
and her husband decided
to share their online lives
because they believe too
much privacy can build

This is the second mar-
riage for both, and they
wanted to share as much
as possible so they could
avoid bringing any distrust
from their first marriages
into their relationship.
"You get to the point where

openness and daylight in a
union becomes more criti-
cal than having your corner
of privacy," Monica Mowdy
said. "Whenever you have a
place where you can keep
secrets, the tendency is to
keep secrets."



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Trials and test come but God is still in control

We all know that our country
is in a quandary in several ar-
eas. It is no wonder that many
of our citizens are experiencing
feelings of fear or despair. This
is understandable for those who
are completely dependent on
the government and elected of-
ficials to make their lives better.
For believers, we should always
keep in mind that no matter who
is in the Oval House but God is
still in the throne room. But yet,
we can still become discouraged,

and anxiety
can still set in.
That is why I
would like to
share the mes-
sage of Psalm

I like the psalmist. He feels the
way that I do at times. But af-
ter he pours out his heart to the
Lord, he comes into the realiza-

tion that God really does have
it all under control. God truly
knows the beginning as well as
the end.
Asaph the psalmist begins his
psalm giving glory to God. He
praises the Lord for His goodness.
No matter how many petitions
and cries for deliverance that
we take to the Lord, we should
never ever forget .to praise Him.
Asaph acknowledges in verse
two that he had become fear-
ful, and hopelessness had come
creeping to his door. He admits
that he had been jealous of those
who seemed to prosper both fi-
nancially and physically. He said
that he noticed that they did not
appear to become sick; they were
always strong and healthy. I can
understand how Asaph might
feel in this regard. Every week, I
get email after email and phone

call after phone call, asking me
to keep the informed in prayer.
So many of the saints seem to be
afflicted with cancer, and other
debilitating diseases.

Asaph noticed that these peo-
ple did not seem to suffer or have
problems as he or others that
he knew had. They were pride-
ful and cruel. In verse 6, he said
that they wore this pride and
cruelty as a necklace - they were
proud of their wicked ways. They
did not seem to care whom they
hurt. They speak against God
and mock Him. People are con-
fused when they listen to them. I
know you must understand how
Asaph felt. How many times do
people look at you and see you
sick, in debt, and in turmoil 'in
your mind and spirit? They know

that your spouse is cheating, and
your child has been suspended
yet again. They know that you
are facing foreclosure and down-
sizing on your job. They also
know that you attend church
each week, tithe and give offer-
ings, and spend much time in
prayer and devotion. You know
what they must think, even if
they are silent. Where is her
God? Why doesn't his God save
his house? Why doesn't the God
they worship and pray to make
their kids straighten up and be-
have themselves? Why doesn't
God give them a promotion and
a raise instead of allowing them
to get laid off? Don't they have
faith in their God so that they
will get well instead of running
to the doctor every week? Where
is their God?

Even if they have not ut-
tered these questions out loud
in your presence, you have seen
the questions in their eyes when
they find out that you have been
attacked one more time by the
enemy. And the devil whispers
these questions in your ears un-
til you just. can't stand it any-
more. You begin to ask yourself
these same questions. Most of
us know how Asaph felt. Most of
us have had these same feelings
as he. We might say as he did in
verse 12 - these wicked people
seem to be living a life of luxury
while their riches increase, and
mine decrease.
Read and meditate on this
psalm. Be honest, and if you see
yourself in it, then acknowledge
it. Next week, I will continue this
message on Psalm 73.


There will be an
empowerment forum entitled,
"Keeping the Law on our Side
and Out of our Homes" at the
Mt. Hermon A.M.E. Church in
Miami Gardens at 6:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, Sept. 16. Breezye
Telfair, 305-992-6767.

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

St. Fort's Funeral Home
invites the community to come
honor the three Haitian women
lost at sea, at 10 a.m., Friday,
Sept. 18. 305-940-1428.

Cynthia Bell Productions will
present a play, "2 Wrongs Don't
Make It Right" at the Hollywood
Central Performing Arts Center
at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18. 954-

Florida New Majority along
with Miami Workers Center and.
Florida Immigrant Coalition will
have an inaugural precinct walk
for a major City of Miami canvass
operation at the Jose De Diego
Middle School, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
Saturday, September 19.

Chairman Dennis C. Moss
along with. Jackson Memorial
Hospital for a day of Community
Health Outreach and Education.
This event is scheduled to take
place on the site of Chairman
Moss' South District Office in
Florida City from 10 a.m. - 12
p.m., Saturday, September 19.

Booker T. Washington Sr.
High Class of 1965 will conduct
a meeting at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center, from 4-5:30
p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19. 305-

Booker T. Washington Sr.
High Class of 1955 will conduct
a meeting at St. Peter's Cathedral

at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19.

Booker T. Washington Class
of 1961 will meet at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center at
3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19. 305-

Booker T. Washington Class
of 1967 will meet at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center at
6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19. 305-

Pasteur Medical Center will
celebrate their grand opening
from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday,
September 19. 305-512-0075.

Commercial Real Estate
Women and the Urban Land
Institute (ULI) will host a joint
networking cocktail reception
at the Miami City Club in the
Wachovia Financial Center on
Biscayne Blvd. at 5:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, September 22. RSVP
by Friday, September 18 online
at www.crewmiami.org.

Brownsville Middle School
will be celebrating their Su0t"
year anniversary. There will be
meeting for all interested alumni
in the Brownsville auditorium
at 6:30 p.m., Sept., 23. Rosylen
Sutton Cox, 305-633-1481 ext.

South Florida Workforce
(SFW) will be host a Training
Expo' at the Miami Beach
Convention Center, from 9 a.m.
- 4 p.m., September 24.

Miami Dade College North
Campus will host an important
town hall meeting on HIN1
(Swine Flu) and Influenza
Season, from 10 - 11 a.m., on
Thursday, Sept. 24. 305-237-

City of Miami cordially invites
you to the groundbreaking
ceremony for Charles Hadley
Park House and -Concessions
and unveiling of plans for
the New Hadley Park Youth

and Recreational Center. The
ceremony will take place at
Charles Hadley Park at 11 a.m.,
Friday, Sept. 25. 305-416-

Eagle Care Productions
presents The Joy of Praise
featuring a host of talents that
include mime, dance, drama,
comedians, spoken word, poetry
and choirs at the El Palacio
Hotel at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25.

The public is invited to learn
about the benefits of prostate
cancer screenings, prevention
and treatment at Jackson South
Community Hospital, from 6:30
to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29.
305-251-8650 or anelybri@
hotmail. com

There will be a town-
hall meeting, "Community
Empowerment - Taking Back
our 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 1301h 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
hosting a community Arts and
Craft Fair at the Miramar Multi-
Service Complex on Oct. 3. 954-

The City of Miramar will
begin registration for its second
session of the D.R.E.A.M.
Female 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 Sunset
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-

There will be a free first-time
Homebuyers Workshop held
at the Believers Life Ministries
on Saturday, Oct. 10. Rachel
Walker, 305-635-2301, ext.

The fourth annual South

Tips: Wash your hands, eat healthy

continued from 10B

a representative from Miami-
Dade School Board member Dr.
Wilbert Holloway's office.
Bonhomme joined Miami-
Dade Health Department, State
Sen. Frederica Wilson and rep-
resentative from County Com-
missioner Barbara Jordan's
office for the first of many
swine flu town-hall meetings
at the Miami Carol City Middle
School on Thursday night. Jor-
dan and Holloway did not at-
tend the meeting. q
'Though there was a low
turnout by residents in the
community, health officials
were determined to fulfill their
purpose, which was to inform
parents and school officials
on ways to prevent a swine flu
"With Miami-Dade County
leading the state with three
times as many reported H1N1
Swine Flu related deaths, we
must do all we can to safeguard
our children and families," said
Wilson in a statement.
Although Oseltamivir (Tami-
flu) or Zanamivir (Relenza) are

available by prescription to
prevent the virus from spread-
ing, Dr. Vincent Conte recom-
mends people receive their
"The best way to control the
disease is through the vaccina-
tion," he said.
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) is also
urging people to get their sea-
sonal flu shot (flu shot will not
protect you from the HIN1)
and HIN1 vaccination, which
will be available in early to mid
Oct. Pregnant women, people
caring for children less than
six months of age, healthcare
workers, young people aged 6
months to 24 years old and in-
dividuals between 25-64 years
who have health conditions re-
lated with high risk of medical
complications of the flu are all

advised to receive the vaccine.
In the meantime, Lillian Ri-
vera, an administrator of the
Dade County Health Depart-
ment said, "Washing hands
and maintaining a healthy life-
style is the key to preventing
the virus."
Some of Rivera's tips includ-
ed: Get a good night rest, take
vitamins, eat healthy, modera-
tion in alcohol intake and stop
smoking because tobacco af-
fects your immune system.
Health Department urge peo-
ple who are infected with the
virus to stay home from school
and work for 24 hours until
their symptoms pass.
The next swine flu town hall
meeting will be held at the Mi-
ami Dade College, North Cam-
pus, from 10-11 a.m., Thurs-
day, Sept. 24.

Heavenly Lites pre-anniversary
On September 19, The Heav- along with Sistuz of Ft. Lauder-
enly Lites present their pre-an- dale, Anointed Voices of Miami
niversary program at New Hope and special guest appearance
Church Of God In Unity, 26525 by the legendary. Deacon George
S.W. 138 Avenue in Naranja, Dawson and The C Lord C's.
Pastor Williemae Richardson. For more information call Bro.
You are invited to praise God Jenkins, 305-987-8691.

Florida Theatre Festival will
take place Oct. 12-26. 954-765-

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

Memorial Temple Missionary
Baptist Church invites you
to their annual "Sisters Night
Out" on Friday, Sept. 18 as they
enjoy a dinner at Piccadilly's
Restaurant in Hialeah at 6 p.m.
Sarah Kinsler, 305-621-5113.

New Vision of Christ
Ministries Youth Revival, "Don't
Look Back" will take place at
7:30 p.m. nightly, September 16
and 17. There will be a concert
performance at Florida Memorial
University, Lou Rawls Center for
the Performing Arts at 7 p.m.,
Friday, Sept. 18. The revival will
climax at the 7:30.a.m., 11 a.m.
and 6 p.m. services on Sunday,
Sept. 20. 305-899-7224.

Centurion Apostolic
International Ministries will

Perry Sports Complex, from 6 -
9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4.
* **** ***
Miami Northwestern
Sr. High Class of 1965 is
preparing for their July 8-11,

have a Divorce Care workshop,
from 6-7 p.m., Sept. 16 - Dec. 8
and Worldwide Day of Healing,
from 11 - 2 p.m., Sept. 19. 305-

Knights of Peter Claver
Ladies Auxiliary, Blessed
Katharine Drexel Court 288 will
host their annual community
fellowship program at the Holy
Redeemer Catholic Church in
the M. Athalie Range Fellowship
Hall, 12 p.m., Saturday, Sept.
19. 305-762-1120.

Antioch MB Church of
Brownsville cordially invite
you to the Memorial Service
commemorating the legacy of
the late Rev. J.W. Stepherson at
10 a.m., Sunday,' Sept. 20.

2010 Reunion. Classmates are
urged to reconnect through the
contact information listed below,
providing your address, phone,
cell & email. 321-733-0958 or
305-299-5549, reunion6t5@cfl.

Bible Baptist Church
Healthcare Ministry is
sponsoring an Educational
Program and Health Screenings
for the public from 7-8 p.m.,
Tuesday, September 22. Church
office, 305-836-7644 or Annie
Banks, 786 299-7591.

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

Faith Christian Center will
celebrate 25 years of ministry,
7:30 p.m. nightly, October 18-
24. Culmination service will
take place at the Doubletree
Hotel at Miami Airport, 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Oct. 24. Church office,

The Revelation Christian
Academy is open for registration.
After-care is from 3-6 p.m. Call
305-758-5656 or 786-281-

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Zico is starting to market its coconut water on pedicabs in New York.

Coconut water is hottest new drink

Drink makers ramp up ad campaigns for niche market

By Suzanne Vranica

As the once-hot bottled wa-
ter business loses steam, drink
makers are starting to pour
money into marketing cam-
paigns for what they hope will
be the next sector to come to a
boil: coconut water.
Beginning this week the Zico
coconut water's name and logo
will be pasted onto pedicabs in
New York City while O.N.E. co-
conut water will make an ap-
pearance on the new season of
ABC's "Extreme Home Make-
Zico in Hermosa Beach.,
Calif., and Los-Angeles-based
O.N.E. World Enterprises are
the early stage of what mar-
keters say will be a major mar-
keting push over the next year
behind coconut water. Coco-

nut water is the clear liquid
inside young, green coconuts
and is different Trom coconut
milk, which is pressed from
the coconut meat.
A popular. drink in Brazil,
the water is now catching on in
the U.S., thanks to its healthy
image and athletes and celeb-
rities such as Madonna who
drink the product.
The goal now is to broaden
the reach of coconut water
drinkers beyond the athleti-
cally inclined.
That is becoming increas-
ingly important for beverage
makers of all sizes that have
watched sales of bottled wa-
ter -- their cash-cow in recent
years -- get hurt by budget-
conscious consumers and
environmentalists who op-
pose the use of plastic bottles.

For the past 52-weeks ended
July 12, sales of bottled wa-
ter dropped 6% to $7.6 billion,
according to Chicago-based
market-research Information
Resources Inc., whose figures
don't include sales from Wal-
Mart Stores.
Meanwhile, sales of coco-
nut water doubled this year to
roughly $20 million, estimates
Beverage Marketing Corp, a
New York-based research and
consulting firm.
"Although it's a very tiny part
of the beverage business, it's
growing fast because it's seen
as a natural product, it's rela-
tively low in calories and it has
a lot of potassium," says John
Sicher, editor and publisher of
Beverage Digest. "Coconut wa-
ter is on the brink of becoming
The category's potential is
now attracting the biggest

players in the beverage busi-
ness. Earlier this month, Pep-
siCo agreed to buy Brazil's
largest coconut water com-
pany, which makes coconut
water brands Kero Coco and
Trop Coco. Terms of the deal
weren't disclosed.
A spokesman for PepsiCo
says the company has "no im-
mediate plans" to sell its coco-
nut water brands in the U.S.
"Our primary focus is the sig-
nificant opportunity we see to
grow this business in Brazil,"
he added.
Even so, it's just a matter
of time before coconut water
brands from giants like Pepsi
and Coca-Cola-- and attendant
ad campaigns -- are headed to
the U.S., say beverage industry
experts. Coke and Pepsi have
in the past used their market-
ing weight to muscle into niche

Thousands pay respects to

Cuban revolutionary hero
HAVANA (AP) - Tens of ing more than half a century
thousands of Cubans lined up of heroic and victorious resis-
Sunday to pay their respects tance," he added.
to Juan Almeida Bosque, a Raul Castro did not speak at
vice president and hero of the ceremony, but other Cu-
the country's 1959 revolution bans filing past hailed Almeida
whose death at the age of 82 as a great and simple man.
further thinned the ranks of "We have lost a party stal-
this communist-run country's wart," said Manuel Perez, a
old-guard leaders. 59-year-old laborer. "He was
President Raul Castro led the a man of great importance in
ceremony at Havana's Revolu- the revolutionary fight."
tion Square, somberly placing Osmar Orozcd, a 61-year-old
a pink rose in front of a large retiree, .added that Almeida's
photograph of Almeida. Flags loyalty to Fidel Castro and the
flew at half-staff throughout revolution was "without limit."
the country. "That is why all Cubans could
There was no sign of Castro's not fail to be here on this day,"
older brother, former leader Fi- he said, wiping back tears.
del Castro, who has not been Lines of thousands formed
seen in public since turning early and snaked through
over power to his brother in Revolution Square on Sunday.
2006. He released a statement Some bowed before Almeida's
later Sunday, writing: "I didn't photograph, while military
know, neither did any of us, men and veterans saluted.
just how much pain news of Many more Cubans were ex-
his passing would bring." pected to attend smaller me-
"I was a privileged witness morals throughout the coun-
of his exemplary conduct dur- try.

Senate OK's $10 tourist fee

By Kevin Freking
Associated Press

Senators voted Wednesday to
charge international travelers
a $10 fee to help pay for a new
nonprofit corporation that would
promote tourism in the United
The legislation, which passed
79-19, was backed by the travel
industry. Lawmakers said many
international governments ag-
gressively help tourism in their
countries by subsidizing promo-
tional programs, but the United
States leaves that work up to the
private sector and to state and
local governments.
"This is so important to us,"
said William Talbert III, presi-
dent of the Greater Miami Con-
vention & Visitors Bureau, who
lobbied for the bill. "It's a big
deal for Miami.".
It took Miami-Dade seven years

to see international tourism ex-
ceed pre-9/11 levels after the
2001 terrorist attacks, though
foreign visitors are down about
3 percent this year. Miami-Dade
is only the major tourist destina-
tion in the United States that re-
lies on foreigners for about half
of its overnight visitors.
Lawmakers from Florida, Ne-
vada and other states with econ-
omies dependent on tourism led
the effort to pass the bill, along
with Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.,
the bill's chief sponsor.
"We desperately need jobs.
We're very dependent on tour-
ism. This bill will help create
tourism-type jobs, but it won't
just do it for Nevada," said Sen.
John Ensign, R-Nev. "When
people come to our country to
visit, they may come to one state
primarily, but they usually stop
in several other states along the

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By Sandra J. Charite

It is supposed to be an op-
portunity; a chance at obtaining
freedom. Many Haitians leave
their country to travel to the
United States in search for a bet-
ter life,-But far too many times,
we have seen the cost of freedom
turn deadly. With the risk factor,
many are warning Haitian na-
tives not to make the journey.
"ICE strongly discourages
people from taking to the seas
and attempting to illegally en-
ter the United States through
maritime means," Anthony Man-
gione, chief of the Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Office of Investigations in Mi-
ami said in a statement. "Tragi-
cally, many have lost their lives
while attempting this illegal and
treacherous trip."
In July, rescuers searched off
the Turks and Caicos Islands,
approximately 100 miles north
of Haiti, for 85 Haitians whose

Cayard denied V
Haitian-American activist
Rulx "Ringo" Cayard was de-
nied a public defender earlier
this month.
The former CEO of a Hai-
tian non-profit says he needs
a public defender because he


has ran out of money.
Cayard was arrested in March
2008 and for allegedly stealing
hundreds of thousands of tax
dollars slated for the develop-
ment in Little Haiti while he
ran local non-profit, the Hai-
tian American Foundation Inc.
or HAFIL . He was charged with
17 counts of grand theft and
He denies stealing the mon-
ey, and says this investigation
is a political vendetta organized
by certain local politicians.
"In the past they used to hang

boat carrying close to 200 Hai-
tians capsized off the Turks and
Caicos Islands. One-hundred
and thirteen survivors were res-
cued after being stranded on two
reefs and recovered two bodies.
About 67 migrants went unac-
counted for.
Since then, Haitians have con-
tinued to make the journey.
The Coast Guard found close
to 200 Haitians about 30 miles
west of Great Inagua earlier this
month. Migrants were fed, given
shelter, water and medical at-
tention, according to the Coast
Guard. They were then sent back
to Cap-Haitien last week.
Though the journey did not
turn deadly; others have.
A boat carrying at least 30
people, mainly Haitian immi-
grants, capsized off Palm Beach
County waters on May 14. Nine
people, including the couple's
8-month-old daughter, drowned.
Two men, passengers on the
boat, were indicted on smuggling
charges and could be sentenced

public defender
people from the trees, now,
what they're doing, they basi-
cally use the police force to do
the same dirty work," said. Ca-
Cayard's taxpayer-paid
public defender lasted 10
months. Prosecutors say that
is completely inappropriate.
"He went and gambled money in
Louisiana, he's driving around
a Mercedes Benz and he's re-
ceiving thousands of dollars of
cash as rental on properties,"
said' assistant state attorney
Cayard" denied gambling but
said his son pays for the Benz,
he's in foreclosure on most
of the properties, He insists
that hid checks are cashed
at a casino because he does
not know how to use an ATM.
Judge Beatrice Butchko didn't
buy it. She released the public
defender on the spot and gave
Cayard her own tongue-lash-
"It is unconscionable that
you have a lawyer paid for
by the people of this com-
munity, and you are play-
ing with that kind of money."
The prosecutor told Zea it is
very rare that his office tries to
get rid ot.a suspect's public de-
fender, but he says in this case,
he felt he had to step in.
Judge Butchko gave Cayard
two weeks to find his own law-
yer or she says hell have to
represent himself.

to death if convicted.
Passengers on the boat, Chan-
deline Leonard and Lucsene Au-
gustin, were detained at the Bro-
ward Transitional Center (BTC).
Their daughter, who did not sur-
vive the rescue, remained at the
Palm Beach County Morgue. The
parents were released last month
to bury her. St. Fort's Funeral
Home will bury three unidenti-
fied women on Friday, Sept. 18.
The women also drowned in the
Palm Beach waters.

The conditions in Haiti are de-
plorable says Reginald St. Juste,
a Little Haiti resident. He under-
stands why Haitians are taking
the journey to America.
St. Juste, who visited relatives
in the country three months ago,


said, "It's been a year since the
storm and the country is far
from recovery. People are still
struggling badly so they have no
choice but to leave."
"Sad to say, if they stay in the
country they have a little chance
of survival because there are no
jobs and very few opportunities
available," said St. Juste. "Yes,
they are taking a risk by coming
here but at least I know they are
trying to seek a better life."
As the case with those who per-
ished in the Palm Beach waters,
State Rep. Ronald Brise urges
the Haitian community to not
send money to family members
in Haiti with the intention that
they pay smugglers for chance at
Brise told The Miami Times last
month, this is the reason why
Haitians should have Temporary
Protective Status, which allows

foreign nationals currently resid-
ing to stay temporarily if condi-
tions in their homelands are rec-
ognized by the U.S. government
as being temporarily unsafe, is
so important. TPS does not lead
to permanent resident status
and could last up to 18 months,
with extensions.

Local Haitians leaders joined
together for a press conference
at the Little Haiti Center urging
the Obama administration to
grant TPS to undocumented Hai-
tians. The press conference is a
series local and national events
highlighting the contributions of
Haitians that will be lost if the
US government does not provide
TPS and a permanent solution to
the crisis happening to the Hai-
tians in the US and in Haiti.

"Our people need a work per-
mit to continue contributing to
this country and to provide for
their families," said the Rev. Jo-
nas Georges, pastor of All Na-
tions Presbyterian Church in
North Miami Beach. "It is a sta-
tus that the president can say,
with the stroke of a pen, 'there
it is.' "
A busload of Haitians from
Florida will travel to Washing-
ton to rally in front of the White
House following a meeting with
the Department of Homeland Se-
Haitian leaders along with local
artists and Miami Heat forward
Udonis Haslem will convene 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.



Jensen Beach pastor sentenced

to 20 years for mortgage fraud

The Miami Times Staff Report

Rodney McGill, pastor of
New Hope Outreach Center in
Jensen Beach, was sentenced
to 20 years on grand theft and
racketeering counts
and five years on
the mortgage fraud.
Upon his release,
McGill will face 10
years *of probation.
McGill and his
wife, Shalonda,
were convicted in
July of nine counts
each of obtaining
mortgages by false
representation, first
degree grand theft MC
and racketeering.
The couple also
must pay nearly $90,000 in
investigative costs and almost
$1.2 million in restitution.
The McGills allegedly chose
three women to purchase
homes owned with a prom-
ise that they would receive
$50,000 in. 90 days. During a
seven day jury trial in the St.
Lucie County Circuit Court, it
was proved that the McGills
saddled investors with more
than $1.15 million in mort-

gage loans by "flipping" prop-
erties in Martin and St. Lucie
Counties and then selling the
homes using fraudulent loan
"The McGills used their po-
sition in the com-
munity to take ad-
vantage of people
who trusted them
- and now they
are paying the
price," said Flori-
da CFO Alex Sink
in a statement. "It
is also shocking
that Pastor McGill
would continue his
, illegal activity from
GILL inside 'jail, and I
commend our in-
vestigators' contin-
ued work to expose this mort-
gage fraud."
McGill has maintained his
innocence throughout the tri-
His wife received 10 years
and 5 years for grand theft and
racketeering and fraud convic-
tions. Shalonda will also serve
a 10 year probation following
her release.
After his sentencing, McGill
filed for a notice of appeal.

Antioch celebrates 11th annual memorial service
Antioch M.B. Church of ---
Brownsville cordially invites you
to the Memorial Service honor-
ing the legacy of the late Rev. .i.
J. W. Stepherson, Sunday, Sep-
tember 20 at 10 a.m.,
His son, the Rev. James W.
Stepherson, II pastor of Mt. Cal-
vary Baptist Church of Fitzger-
ald, GA will deliver the mes-
The church is located at 2799
N.W. Rev. J.W. Stepherson (46)
Street. Rev. Larrie M. Lovett II
is Pastor. Rev. J. W. STEPHERSON

First place for Care/Team

Congratulations to Care/
Team of Martin Memorial
A.M. E. Church located in
Richmond Heights under the
leadership of Rev. Mary C.
Johnson, Diector and Pastor,
Rev. Dr. Anthony Reed for be-
ing the recipients of the first
place Congregational Living

Water Award 2009 and first
place award for Healthy Life-
style Promotion.
The awards were presented
at the IV Annual Convocation-
al Award Banquet hosted by
Baptist Health South Florida
- Champ Program on August
22 at Signature Gardens.

Zionettes 38th singing anniversary

On September 20 at Holy
Cross M.B. Church, Rev. W.L.
Strange, 1555 N.W. 93 terrace
at 3 p.m. Groups to appear in-
clude: South Florida, Southern
Echoes, Calvary Travelers, Cho-

sen Vessel, Wimberley Sisters,
Faithful Few, Heavenly Lites,
Spiritualettes and many more.
Admission: $7.00 at the door.
Children under 12 free. For in-
formation call 305-576-5125.

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International speaker,
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practitioner of Christian
Science healing and
member of The Christian
Science Board of

Sunday, September 27, at 2:00 p.m.
Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist
1600 NW 54th Street
Miami, Florida 33142

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Ave.

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S Momarrn S te IIS e am
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Ebenezer United
Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street
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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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

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

Order of Services
Sunday 7 30a nd II am
Worship Serue
9 30 a m Sunday SOW10
Tuesday Ipm Bible' udy
IN 9p nm Prayer Meeting

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue * Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services
Sunday. Bible Study 9 a.m * Morning Worship 10 a
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7 30 p.m.
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Ave.

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

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Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m,
11 a.m., 7 p.m
Sunday School 9.30 a m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6-45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

Logos Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.

Order of Services
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15250 N.W. 22ND AVENUE

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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
Order of Services
" Sunday jrhiml19 30 a m
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F,rrrid fl , id Sunday
venn9 i.Arhip a, 6 pm
PrPer Mehing & B.ble Study

Rev. D.W. dwa rd ithllm

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

( Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street

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

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i Sunday Sihool 9454am
Worship II am
I ibl Siudy tlurday 17 0 p a
YouAh Ministry
Mon Wed 6 pm

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

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SSunday hool 9 30am
Su, day Mming Warthp II am
SSunday [ o nMg Ser..ie 6 pm
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Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87th Street

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

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Sunday SJvdl . 0loom
Thursday Ipm Bible
,rujy Prayer Meeting B 10
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Antioch Missionary Baptist
-Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

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

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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

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HouI of Prayer 6:30 a.m * Early Morning Worship 7:30 a m.
Sunday School 9-30 a.m. * Morning Worship 11 a m
Youth Ministry Study. Wed 7 p m Prayer,'Bible Study Wed 7 p m
Noonday Altar Prayer (M.F)
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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2300 NW 135th Street

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Jays -
September 7.
Service was

service worker,
died September
are incomplete.

died Septem-
ber 8. Arrange-
ments are in-


13 at Jackson
South Commu-
nity Hospital.
ments are in-

JESSIE HEAD, 78, heavy duty
equipment op-
erator, died
September 8 at
Baptist Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

CATHY DAWSON, 47, died Sep-
tember 14 at Homestead Hospitai.
Arrangements are incomplete.

HUMBERTO NINO, 80, accoun-
tant, died September 7 at Baptist
Hospital. Service was held.

Carey Royal Ram'n
WALTER KEATON, 86 construc-
tion worker, died
September 8 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are

dent, died Sep-
tember 7 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are

tired, died Sep-
tember 10 at
Jackson North
Medical Center.
are incomplete.

tired mail carrier, died September
13 at home. Arrangements are in-

St. Fort's _A
died September 8 at North Shore
Medical Center. Arrangements are

TISTE, 54, died September 6 in
Haiti. Service will be held 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Notre Dame D' Haiti
Catholic Church.

Pax villa (Broward)
homemaker, died September 8.

Service 10 a.m., Saturday, Saint
Bartholomew Catholic Church,

died September 12. Arrangements
are incomplete.

Hadley DaviWA-
landscaper, died
September 12
at Hialeah Hos-
pital. Service 2
p.m., Saturday,
Antioch Baptist

tember 2 at Me-
morial Hospital.
are incomplete.

tember 2 at Me-
morial Hospital.
are incomplete.

BRIDGES, 64, assembly worker,
died September 1 at home. Ser-
vice was held.

14 months, died September 4 at
Memorial Hospital. Service was

Wright and Young
LENA G. YOUNG, 58, Urban
Planner for
City of Atlanta,
Georgia, died
September 11
at Metropolitan
Hospital Vitas.
Final rites and
burial, Willie A.
Watkins Funeral
Home, Atlanta, GA.

retired USPS
employee, died
September 9.
Survivors in-
clude: sister,
Jessie Shan-
non; nieces,
Dorothy "Dottie"
Johnson and Alvenia Banks. View-
ing 1-7p.m, Wednesday. Final rites
and burial, Sunset Funeral Home,
Woodbine, GA.

LUCIUS CUSHION, 75, lineman
for AT&T, died September 11. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

tired mechanic
for Wilbert Vault
Company, died
10. Survivors
include: son, -
Benjamin An- -
thony Herring;
daughter, Ben-
nae Robinsoni and Arnise Taylor-
Harris; sister, Virgiree Wesley;
five grandchildren; niece, Patricia
Rambo; a host of other relatives
and friends. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
urday in the chapel.

Genesis -- ,
officer, died September 9 at Me-
morial Hospital. Arrangements are

maker, died September 9 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

CAROL STARK, 62, deli man-
ager, died September 10 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

ager, died September 11 at Me-
morial Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

JOAN CLARK, 79, librarian,
died September 12 at Florida Med-
ical Center. Arrangements are in-

er, died September 12 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

ALMUT GREEN, 52, artist, died
September 12 at Hospice by the
Sea. Arrangements are incom-

SHELLY BOEGEL, 39, home-
maker, died September 12 at
home. Arrangements are incom-

maker, died September 12 Heart-
land Heath Center. Arrangements
are incomplete.

penter, died September 12 at
. Broward Medical Center. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

JIMMY KING, 61, retired, died
September 13 at Memorial Hospi-
tal. Arrangements are incomplete.

retary, died September'14 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

singer, died September 13 at Bro-
ward Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete.

AGNES ADAMS, 59, homemak-
er, died September 12 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete.

construction worker, died Septem-
ber 4 at home. Arrangements are

MICHAEL BROCK, 65, insur-
ance agent, died September 12 at
home. Arrangements are incom-

67, died Sep-
tember 10 at
home. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day, Ebenezer
Baptist Church,

September 14. Arrangements are

tember 9 at home. Service 11 a.m,

= Saturday, New Jerusalem First
Manker Missionary Baptist Church, Holly-

died September
12, North Shore
Hospice Unit.
Service 11 a.m,,
Friday, Holy Re-
deemer Catholic

BERTHA DUVAL, 80, died
September 8
at Select Spe-
ciality Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday, in the

died September 8 at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital. Service 3:30 p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

DACA, 47, died July 25. Service
was held.


58, service was held.

Eric S. George
LEOLA C. NEWRY, 81, home-
maker, died September 8 at Hos-
pice by the Sea. Final rites and
burial Lakeland, GA.

78, homemaker, died Septem-
ber 13 at Vistas Hospice Pem-
broke. Service 1 p. m., Saturday,
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Hallan-
dale Beach.

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rnty, The Miami Times pnnts weekly
obituary notices submitted by area
funeral homes at no charge. These
notices include name of the deceased,
age, place of death, employment, and
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HARRY HAWKINS, 91, laborer,
died Septem-
ber 10 at home.
Service 10 a.m,
Saturday St.
Luke Baptist

MURRAY HOLMES, 89, land-
scaper, died
September 9 at
Mt. Sinai Medi-
cal Center. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

RUFUS HUNTER, 91, tailor,
died September
11 at St. John's
Nursing Center.
Service 3 p.m.,
Saturday in' the

PEGGY KIRBY, 56, housewife,
died Septem-
ber 13 at Vic-
toria Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel. *

Pax Villa-.zK
chanic, died September 2 at home.
Final rites and burial, Haiti.

ANDRE G. BENOIT, died Sep-
tember 13 at Brookwood Nursing
Home. Service 11 a.m., Saturday,
First Assembly of God, Florida

tician, died
September 8.
Service 11 a.m.,
(today), Mt. 0I-
ivette Baptist

IVAL SCOTT, 87, cook, died
7. Service 10
a.m., Saturday,
Church of God
of Prophecy.

LEE HUDGE, 84, sanitation
worker, died September 11. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

carpenter, died September 6 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ser-
vice was held.

infant,died September 3 at Jack-
son North Medical Center. Service
was held.

entertainer, died September 12 at
Memorial Regional Hospital. Ser-
vice 12 p.m., Saturday, 93rd Com-
munity Baptist Church.

62, supervisor,
died Septem-
ber 9. Visitation
4 -9 p.m., Fri-
day. Service 11
a.m., Saturday,
Freewill Baptist

HOWARD LYNN, 53, school bus
driver, died Sep-
tember 8. Visita-
tion 4 -9 p.m.,
Friday. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day, First Bap
tist Church of
Bunche Park.

chanic, died
September 1.
Visitation 4 -9
p.m., Friday.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

tor, died September 8. Visitation 4
-9 p.m., Thursday. Service 10 a.m.,
Friday, Maranatha Seven Day Ad-
ventist Church.

DONNA SMITH, 41, homemak-
er, died September 13. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

EUGENE LOVE, 92, porter, died
September 13. Arrangements are

died, September 14. Visitation 4
-9 p.m., Friday. Arrangements are

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
retired cosme-
tologist, died
September 10
at Memorial
Regional Hos-
pital. Survivors
include: son,
Lamont Cli- ,
ett; daughters,
Sharon Cliett-Hallback, Deborah
Cliett-Pinder and Alice McCray.
Service noon, Saturday, Universal
Truth Center.

FANNIE BURKS, 74, housewife,
died Septem-
ber 12 at Miami
Heart Institute.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, New
Providence Mis-
sionary Baptist

scaper, died
September 12
at University of
Miami. Service
1 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

borer, died September 8 at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital. Service 11
a.m., Saturday in the chapel.

GEORGE BRADDY, 76, retired
butcher, died September 13 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Saturday, House of
God of Brownsville.

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In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

09/30/40 - 09/15/08

It's been a year since I've
heard your voice or kissed
your face.
My life has been so emp-
ty without you but with God's
help I've been able to go on.
You are forever in my heart
my angel, my mom.
Sheri (Princess)

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nurse, died September 9 at
Miami Heart Institute. Service
10 a.m., Saturday, First Bap-
tist of Brownsville. Service
entrusted to Mitchell Funeral

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,


Happy 42nd Birthdayl
The Godfrey Family

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

11/15/55 - 9/14/08

You may be gone, but you
will always live in our hearts.
The McGee, Gunning and
Chain Families.

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edly on September 14.
She was born January 2,
. 1926, the daughter of late
Frances Farrington in Miami,
FL where she lived all of her
life. She was a pillar in and
a constant contributor to her
community. A successful res-
tauranteur and store owner
for more than 20 years, she
worked tirelessly to benefit
her community and family.
She was much loved and will
be deeply missed by all who
knew her.
To mourn and cherish her
memory include: daughter,
Dr. F. Laverne Gordon; grand-
children, Gordon R. Clark,
Steven C. Clark, and Ebony
G. LaFrazier; sisters, Valencia
Farrington and Lenora Fields;
brother, George V. Farrington;
5 great grandchildren and a
host of nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her
sister Mildred Farrington.
Service 11 a.m., Monday,
September 21, Metropolitan
AME Church, 1778 N.W. 69
Street, Miami, FL. Services
entrusted to Range Funeral

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,
03/30/79 - 09/14/08
You are not forgotten loved
one, nor will you ever be, as
long as life and memory last;
we will remember thee.
We miss you now, our hearts
are sore; and as time goes by,
we'll miss you more.
your loving smile , and your
gentle face.
No one can ever fill your spe-
cial place here in our hearts.
From your loving wife
Quardy, our lovely kids, Kama

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the leader of the free world
giving them an assist in en-
couraging their children to
excel, but an egotist look-
ing to brainwash their chil-
dren and ultimately turn
them into spies for the state.
Of course, that's off-the-chain
But the one thing that racists
always count on is that no mat-
"terwhat, when it comes to Black
men especially, people will au-
tomatically believe the worse.
We know this because Greer
started frothing about so-
cialism before he even read
Obama's speech - which says
a lot.
It says that he was so con-
fident that whites would react
to the scariness - much in
the way that old white women
in elevators clutch their purs-
es when a Black man steps
in - that he didn't even both-
er to do his homework first.
We know this because even
after Obama publicized the
speech ahead of time - with
one minor tweak - many par-
ents still kept their children
home. Some schools wimped
out and didn't show the speech.
That boycott wasn't about the
message because absolutely
nothing in that speech was po-
It 'was about the man.
It was about some racist par-
ents not wanting their children
to listen to a Black president,
one who had defied all the ste-

takes this opportunity to ex-
press our gratitude to our many
relatives, friends, neighbors,
church members and other or-
ganizations for the many acts
of kindness during our bereave-
Your prayers, visits, calls,
cards and many other expres-
sions of sympathy helped to
make our loss easier to bear.
The Robinson family

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Jr., Kama III, Kama IV and Ka-

reotypes that they use to feed
their own notions of superior-
They weren't frightened about
Obama spreading socialism,
but at the prospect of a char-
ismatic Black man challenging
their children to think - be-
cause if that happened, their
children might be less prone to
buy into their stupidity.
The good news is that by
the end of yesterday, many
GOP operatives, including
Greer, started backtracking
on their earlier statements.
After Obama spoke, and af-
ter he drew mostly praise and
the wing-nutts drew mostly
condemnation, they had to.
And therein lies a deeper les-
son for young Black males.
The lesson is that when they
make the most of their educa-
tion, like Obama did, they will,
at least, avoid playing into the
stereotypes that racists like
the speech boycotters use to
write them off.
If they learn how to use their
smarts, rather than anger,
they'll wind up making fools
and liars out of racists who
have, for a long time, heeded
to believe in the inferiority of
Black people in order to build
themselves up.
Obama's ascension to the
presidency does, indeed, rep-
resent change. And that's
exactly what many of the
speech boycotters don't want.
Especially if that change in-
volves him obliterating the ste-
reotypes that so many of them
would rather cling to.

presses our deepest gratitude
and thanks to everyone that ex-
pressed their heart felt love in
our hour of bereavement. You
really showed up for us. May
the God of Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob sincerely bless you all.
� Amen
The Collier family

Card of Thanks
The family of the late,


would like to thank Peaceful
Zion Missionary Baptist Church
and Miracle Valley Praise Cen-
ter Pastors and congregations,
family and friends for their con-
dolences, prayers and support
during the family's time of be-
May God bless each of you.
From his loving wife, Laura
Ann Alston; sons, kelvin and
Herman Jr.; daughter, Latricia

In Memoriam


We miss you so much dad,
Rest in Peace.
From your loving kids.

9/16/61 -10/3/06

It is your birthday we want
you to know how much you're
missed and loved. You brought
such happiness and joy into
all our lives. Your meek an
humble spirit was a gift from
God. You loved everyone you
met. As yor bloom lay out from
the ground for God to avenge
your killer we know you're at
peace with God and you're at
the Savior's feet.
Mother and father Ike and
Betty Lawrence, Mike (Gina),
Anthony, Anita (Lee), Betty
(Len) arid sons Scott and Lem-
roy Jr

Memorial Service

09/16/1961 - 10/03/2006

Another year without you,
we miss you very much. You
are gone, but never forgotten.
Love always, your wife,
Giovanni, son, Roy Jr, Antio-
nette and Qunnie

In Memoriam .
In loving memory of,


would like to extend our sincer-
est and most heartfelt thanks
for your support during our
time of bereavement.
Your prayers, cards, flowers,
kind words and attendance at
the services really provided a
source of comfort for which we
are eternally grateful.
A special thanks to Crooms
Temple and Royal Funeral
May God bless you always.
The Family

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

05/25/12 - 09/18/92

Our love will always be with
you mom,
Your children.

In Memoriam


A memorial service for
Louise Portee Harrison, 90,
a longtime resident of Opa
Locka and a volunteer mem-
ber of a number of social and
civic groups, most notably
Women's Auxiliary of the local
VFW Post will be held 10
a.m., Saturday at St. An-
drews Missionary Baptist
Church, 15000 N.W. 27 Av-
Mrs. Harrison's family asks
that in lieu of flowers, make
a donation to. St. Andrews to
support the Outreach Minis-
try. This outreach ministry
provided great spiritual sup-
port for Mrs. Harrison and
others during her stay at Mi-
ami Gardens Care Center. Her
presence will always remain
in the hearts of many.

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

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84, died September 13. Sur-
vivors include: daughter, Cor-
nelia 0 Osborne (Larry); three
grandsons, Matthew, Joshua
and Maximilliam; and a host
of other relatives and friends.
Visitation Friday, from 2-9
p.m. Service Saturday, 1
p.m. at Bible Baptist Church.
Arrangements entrusted
to Gregg L Mason Funeral

09/21/82 - 08/26/08

our son, brother, father
and friend. We love and miss
you. You will always be in our
Your loving mother Louise
Waters and family

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In The Miami Times

12/31/24 - 9/13/08

Mom, one year, not forgot-
ten. You are in our hearts!
Your family, Peace!

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

"Ms. Bea"
02/03/33 - 09/16/06

It has been three years since
you've been gone. We miss and
love you in our own ways.
But God loves you more.
Tricia and Family.

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JAMES, 44, died September
8. Service 11 a.m., Saturday,
Rock of Ages Church, view-
ing Friday 4-9 p.m., at the
church, 2722 NW 55 Street,

Death Notice

LEROY CONNER 83, roofer,
died September 15 at Univer-
sity of Miami Hospital.
Survivors include: wife, Lela;
sons, Carl (Meltona), Garland
(Andrea), Jerry (Dorothy), Mi-
chael (Sharie); siblings, Cleve-
land (Louise), Samuel (Mil-
dred) and Arlene Hines.
Service will be held 11
a.m., Saturday at Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist Church.

09/16/48 - 09/25/08

We love you and miss you.
Your Family

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55, entertainer, died Septem-
ber 10 at Memorial Regional
Hospital. service will be held
12 p.m., Saturday at Jordan
Grove Missionary Baptist

Death Notice

Lehigh Acres, died September
9. Viewing 4-8 p.m., Friday.
Service 1 p. m., Saturday in
the chapel. Service entrusted
to Lithgow Bennett Philbrick
Funeral Home, 15011 W. Di-
xie Hwy, North Miami.


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The Pop Star Talks About Growing Up With the King of Pop She recalls the joy of making
the 1995 music video "Scream"
with her brother. "We had
By Lisa Fletcher hearts." Janet Jackson Spiraling Out of so much fun back then. We 0
In her first interview since his Control? " would organize our days to- (
There had always been a pow- death, she opens up about her She knew early on that her gether." -
erful bond between Janet Jack- relationship with Michael and brother loved clothes that stood She also fondly remem- j
son and her brother, Michael. their last day together, and how out. For the 25th Anniversa- bers the last time she saw
For the first time since her sheis coped by immersing her- ry of Motown special, Michael Michael -- a month before
brother's death, Janet Jackson self in a new album and book. grabbed his famous sparkly his death.
opens up. As a 14-year-old, itwasJanet's black jacket from his mother's "The last time we were to-
Perhaps this is why she says job to take care of her superstar closet. gether, he'd laugh so hard,
she hasn't watched television brother. "I would shop for him. I "If it was shiny, if it had any ' he'd just start crying."
or read a newspaper in the two washed his clothes and cleaned kind of bling, he loved it," Janet In 2002, Janet told Di-
months since her brother's sud- his room. When mother would said. ane Sawyer how important
den death. go out of town, she'd say, 'I'm Except for his shoes. He her brothers were to her.
"I'd. I'd just like to say that leaving you in charge. Take care danced them down to the soles. "I was close to my brothers
to you, Michael is an icon. To of Michael.'" "He would wear his shoes all growing up, and I missed
us, Michael is family," the pop Jackson's Daughter Brings the way down," remembered Ja- them a great deal when
star told Harpers Bazaar. "And Service to TearsThe Jacksons: net. "His penny loafers would they would go out on tour,"
he will forever live in all of our Bellbottoms to Rock Bottomls have huge holes in the bottom." she recalls.

Bill Cosby (with Robert Bobb) says Detroit residents
must take responsibility for improving their city and
schools. -AP Photo/David Coates

Bill Cosby asks

Detroit students and

parents to get active
Bill Cosby says Detroit residents must take
responsibility for improving their city and
The 72-year-old actor, comedian and activist
taped public service announcements Sunday at
the Detroit Public Library's main branch.
The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report
that Cosby encouraged children to stay motivated
and focused while having fun in school. He told
them that "books are more fun" than toys.
Cosby also urged parents to challenge their
He spoke in support of Detroit Public Schools,
the library and Wayne County Community
College District.
Cosby went door to door with DPS Emergency
Financial Manager Robert Bobb on Sept. 1 in an
effort to boost enrollment amid a decline in the
district's student population.

Kanye West kicked

out of Video Awards

By Hollie McKay

Taylor Swift seemed
pretty surprised herself
to have won the VMA
for Best Female Music
Video on Sunday eve-
ning, but the real shock
came when Kanye West
suddenly burst onto the
stage and rudely stole
the microphone from the
country singer during her
acceptance speech.
"Yo Taylor, I'm really
happy for you, I11 let you
finish, but Beyonce has
one of the best videos of
all time," West said. "One
of the best videos of all
A clearly embarrassed
Swift stood motionless,
not knowing what to do
as West continued his
rant. Eventually, audi-
ence members rose to
their feet and booed the
rapper down as cameras
captured a mortified Be-

yonce. West took his seat
(to make matters worse,
time was up and Swift
didn't even have a chance
to fire back) and contro-
versy continued to ensue
as a multitude of celebs
told him off, prompt-
ing security to circle the
Pop Tarts learned that
-Swift was comforted by
her friends and family
immediately afterwards
and was upset by the
whole incident. An inside
source told Tarts that
West was asked by a big-
wig at MTV to leave the
Diddy later took to the
stage to present an award,
but the second "Kanye"
was uttered again the
crowd booed and "Taylor"
was chanted through Ra-
dio City Hall, the tension
reaching a high point
when West's nominated
video was played.


Tyler Perry leads box office for 2nd time in 2009

Prolific filmmaker Tyler Perry
scored his second No. 1 movie of
the year at the North American
box office on Sunday, leading a
weak field of newcomers in what is
traditionally one of the industry's
slowest weekends.
Perry's latest family comedy, "I
Can Do Bad All By Myself," sold
$24 million worth of tickets dur-
ing the three days beginning Fri-
day, distributor Lionsgate said.
The writer-producer-director-
actor, whose low-budget films are
popular among black women, did
better in February with "Madea
Goes to Jail," which opened to a
personal best of $41 million. But
exactly a year ago, Perry's "The
Family That Preys" opened to $17
million. The two most recent films


starred Perry's alter ego Madea, a
pistol-packing granny.
Also new was the animated film
"9", at No. 2 with $10.9 million, in
line with expectations. The film got
an early start on the competition
by opening on Wednesday, and its
total stands at $15.3 million.
The horror movie "Sorority Row"
debuted at No. 6 with $5.3 million,
and English actress Kate Beckin-
sale's icy thriller "Whiteout" came
in at No. 7 with $5.1 million. Both
films, targeting younger moviego-
ers, were expected to open in the
high-single-digit range.
Business usually drops sharply
in the first weekend following the
U.S. Labor Day holiday weekend,
as children return to school and
football season kicks in. The stu-

dios respond in kind by clearing
out their summer leftovers.
The top 12 films grossed $78
million, according to tracking
firm 'Hollywood.com Box'-Office.
This represents a 3 percent drop
from last weekend, and a 9 per-
cent fall from the year-ago period,
the company said.
After two weekends at No. 1, the
horror film "The Final Destination"
fell to No. 5 with $5.5 million, tak-
ing its total to $58.3 million.
Quentin Tarantino's Nazi re-
venge fantasy "Inglourious
Basterds" slipped one place to No.
3 with $6.5 million in its fourth
weekend. The film has now earned
$104.4 million, and needs just $4
million more to become his biggest
film in North America.

Oscar buzz for actress Mo'Nique ,

As Mo'Nique prepares
for the Oct. 5 launch of her
BET talk show, industry
buzz has the comedian a
clear front-runner to pick
up a Best Supporting Ac-
tress Academy Award for
her forthcoming role in
According to the New
York Post Page Six, Dick
Cavett, Ben Bradlee and
Sally Quinn, Bob Bala-
ban and Joel Schumach-
er saw the film over the
holiday weekend in East
Hampton, and. emerged
in awe of the performance
by Mo'Nique.
"She doesn't steal the
film'- she kicks, screams
and pummels it into
an Oscar no-brainer,"

Forbes.com media critic
Bill McCuddy told Page
The filmed, backed by
Oprah Winfrey and Tyler
Perry, has already earned
raves at Cannes and Sun-
dance, and Mariah Carey
has even received praise
for her makeup-free role.
Said McCuddy: "If
Oprah can get Barack
[Obama] elected, she can
get Mo'Nique either a
Best Supporting Oscar or
a Cabinet post."
Set in Harlem in 1987,
"Precious" is the story
of Claireece "Precious"
Jones (Gabourey Sidibe),
a 16-year-old Black girl
born into a life no one
would want.

She's pregnant for the
second time by her absent
father; at home, she must
wait hand and foot on her
mother (Mo'Nique), a poi-
sonously angry woman
who abuses her emotion-
ally and physically.
School is a place of
chaos, and Precious has
reached the ninth grade
with good marks and an
awful secret: she can nei-
ther read nor write.
Precious may some-
times be down, but she
is never out. Beneath her
impassive expression is a
watchful, curious young
woman with an inchoate
but unshakeable sense
that other possibilities
exist for her.







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A hearty "A-Men" went ourt
to Bishop Noward E. C. Dean.
pastor. Minister Wilbur Ca-
ley, Minister Ethel Williams.
Brother Herman Brown,
Emma Cox, Cathy Banks,
Rev. Jessie Martin, and
Coranell Jones for collabo-
rating on Senior Day which
was held at the Church of
God of Prophecy on Sunday,
August 30, under the theme:
"Be Thou Faithful Unto Death
and I Will Give You a Crown
of Life".
Recognition began with Di-
rector Maebell Wilson asking
all senior citizens to form a
line and march in be-
hind the band to their
reserve seats in the
reserved section. The
Senior Citizens strut-
ted and marched with
pride and dignity be-
hind Wilson, followed
by Winifred Beacham, BAR
Estella and Norman
Cox, Minister Anna
Dean, Dr. Edwin De-
meritte, Attorney Cecily
Robinson-Duffle, Minister
Dorothy Hann and Bishop
After reaching their seats
and calming down from an
exciting entrance, Minister
Ethel Williams, Director of
Praise & Worship Team, kept
the spirit high while the P &B
W Team engendered various
kinds of shouts throughout
the church, while Brother
Herman Brown read the
scripture and was joined by
Emma Cox.
Then, the voice of Kelson
Roberts filled the � edifice,
along with Rev. Martin and
Jones paying tributes to the
members that reached the
golden age and the praise
team closing out by singing
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"

and Bishop
keynote spc
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church on
alluding to
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that began
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Walker, financial secretary,
Rev. Dr. Phillip Clarke,
chaplain, Grady Foots, as-
sistant chaplain, Franklin
Williams, chairman, board
of directors including God-
Dean frey Bastien, Bessie Clark,
t he Timothy Deveaux, Edroy
ea ker. Ferguson, Grady Foots,
Han- Glenn George, Alva McLeod,
it the 1 and Nathaniel Miller.
fire The pertinent committee
the accomplish- chairpersons included Greta
ie senior citizens Telemaque, Needy Chair.,
to wave at her as Alva McLeod, scholarship
ition of being rec- chair., Venia Washington,
was a day to re- Beautiful Butterfly Chair.,
the guests dined .and envision of the president
;dly on pigeon to present elementary
:e, baked chicken, girls to society, ending
id, green beans, in 2010 and beginning
)rted drinks and in October.
More importantly,
President Kerr intro-
********* duced Consul Gen-
he newly elected eral Gladys John-
sident, Maevis son-Sands, who took
r, has brought everybody on a visual
breathe of fresh trip to the Bahamas. GIB

air to the Bahami-
an American Fed-.
eration, Inc. and the
ROW membership has in-
haled every ounce of
it by .-supporting her
"Re-Living the Dream
In 2009" and attending an
Open House, at the Carrie P.
Meek Center at Hadley Park
last Sunday. She unveiled
her vision and enhancement
to take the organization to a
higher level by preparing a
professional brochure allud-
ing to the objectives, purpose,
emblem, and origination
from Rev. L. L. Dean in June
15, 1967. She also included
her past president, John-
son, and president emeritus,
James M. Moss, who served
over 30-years.
Open House included in-
troduction of the officers for
the coming year with Cherie
Foots, vice-president, Janet
Moss-Williams, general sec-
retary, Sherri Moss, record-
ing. secretary, Venia Wash-
ington, treasurer, Latonia

She pointed out Grand
Bahama Island, the
Abacos, The Berry Islands,
Bimini, Andros, Nassau/Har-
bour, Nassau/Paradise, Cat
Island, The Exumas, Long Is-
land, San Salvador, Acklins/
Crooked Island, Mayaguana,
and Inagua. She emphasized
the changes in policies and
encouraged the membership
to continuing visiting the
homeland, because the econ-
omy needs the money.
The evening ended with
serving of Bahamian food
starting with "one-on-one-
rice" and "everything" that
came with it, including the
singing of the U.S. Anthem
and closing out with the Ba-
hamian Anthem.

Dr. Herman Dorsett and
The Music Conservatory of
Church of the Open Door/
United Church of Christ,
proudly presented John Bar-
row, organist, in an organ

recital, Saturday, Sept. 5, in
the confines of the church to
a filled house of organ music
lovers, beginning with Keith,
Bonita, Rudy, Marteen La-
varity, Carolyn and Bennie
The artist is director of mu-
sic and organist at St. Marga-
ret's Episcopal Church, Miami
Lakes with a degree in Organ
Performance from Oberlin
Conservatory, Miami, Ohio.
He has also received a Mellon
Undergraduate Fellowship in
musicological research in Af-
rican-American organ music;
a M. Athalie Range founda-
tion scholarship; and
numerous awards in
the Bahamas, South
Florida, Washington
D.C. and Ohio.
Others in atten-
dance included Bon-
nie North, Nelson
and Fifia Jenkins, Dr.
Astrid Mack, Dr. Ben-
ISON nie Reaves and wife,
Erslyn Anders, Dr.
Cynthia and William
Clark, Jerry Miller, Carolyn
White, Bennie White, Elsa-
da Anders, Dr. Enid C. and
Frank Pinkney and Wyton

The sixth annual Miami
Union Academy Alumni
Weekend was held last Sat-
,urday at Bethany SDA for
alumni dating back almost
20 years. Among the digni-
taries were Vinson Jones,
president, State Rep. Ron-
ald A. Bris6, executive vice-
president, Kalisha Waldon,
executive secretary, Nathalie
Tinsley, recording secretary,
Kalutrelle Long, treasurer,
and Pastor Georges Fleuri-
mond, speaker.
They were also welcomed
by Pr. W. C. Byrd, board
chairman, Regina Harris,
principal, Erica Jones-Ma-
jor, alumnae and a host of
parents that have support-

ed the program for over two hangout after football games.
decade. Music was provided A special luncheon was
by the Praise Team and Jay- held for the renowned Class
son Brown, Class of '99, who of 1969 and the marching
then introduced the dynamic band, while the golfers took
speaker, time out to play golf at the
Alumni from the Class of Country Club and others en-
1989 & 1999 included Sha- joyed the beach while a group
ron Antoine, Romelyn Bai- took a magical History Tour
ley, Arlene Blake, Joseph of Miami historical sites and
Butts, Patrick Dean, Steve favorite hangout spots from
English, Yul Joseph, Rob- the 60's in Opa-Locka, Carol
ert McNair, Claude City and Sunny Isles.
Pierce, Jr. Cynthia This was highlight-
Sheffield, Marinda ed and filled with
Washington, Sara nostalgia when the
Agarrat, SueAnn classmates were actu-
Arboine, Afiba Ber- ally able to go into the
trand, Rodney Fai- .: high school, {valk that
son, Delvin Fulmore, halls and take pic-
Kimberly Galteau, tures (a very special
Ja'nai Hitchmon, moment), while the
Sonya Jacobs, Jai- DORSETT reunion culminated
rus Jones, Quincy with worship services
Laster, Xavier Lewis, at Mt. Hermon A.M.E.
Jawara McPherson, Keta Church and an impromptu
Murray, Nathan E. Shuler, brunch at Mahogany Grill
Bryant Smith, Alton Staple, both in Miami Gardens with
Ayesha turner-Dosunme the Honorable Mayor and her
and Karis Valentine. ' staffing enjoying the atmo-

Rine Bryant, whose * * * * * * * * *
daughter is a super model Dwight Jackson, one of
with Tyra Banks, informed Miami's funeral directors, is
"Chatter That matters" that also a sports fan and he can
the Miami Carol City Senior be found at Miami Central
class of 1969 celebrated its Senior High football team
40th Reunion with the pres- . and marching band prac-
ence of The Honorable Shirley tices. His interest includes
Gibson, Mayor of Miami Gar- sponsoring the football team
dens, who proclaimed August and motivating the players,
8, 2009 as Carol City's Day. such as quarterback Jeffrey
That was the first united Godfrey, the player we would
Black & White reunion ever be observing this year, since
collaborated with the vision he won the Summer Accura-
of Nora Hernandez Hendrix, cy Passing Competition.
class vice president, Andra On the other side of the
Crawford Davis, Betsy W. coin is Miami Northwest-
Crittenden, Veroncia Rah- ern Senior High quarterback
ming, Patti DiNunzio Bara- Teddy Bridgewater, who has
tels, Ellen Robillard Vitale already shown a continuous
and Michael E. Johnson winning streak from last year
affecting a new change at by winning over Miami Carol
MCC. City, its county rival, last Fri-
Bryant indicated that day, while Central traveled
other optional reunion ac- to Daytona Beach to humble
tivities included dinner last Mainland High, a top team in
month at Marcella's favorite the state.

ByAnna raceS --ein

I never thought I would live
long enough to see a Black family
occupy 1600-Pennsylvania Ave.
But many of us did. And if you
thought like I did on inaugura-
tion day in January. I thought
of my family and many who did
not see this glorious day. Now,
we hear so many did not want
their children to hear the Presi-
dent speak to them concerning
themselves and how they can
help to make our country great-
er, stronger , braver and etc.
And while I am writing about
the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Do
our school children know how
hard labor by the "slaves" built
most of those big fine buildings
in Washington?
Modern ways of mixing ce-
ment was unheard of. Our chil-
dren (all races) need to know
these facts about our Nation's
Capitol. By the way, boys and
girls "D.C." stands for District
of Columbia.
. Happy birthday to "Queen
Mary" Albury-Ferrell who
turned 90 on Sept. 8! May you
live a long time and never grow
Saint Cecelia's Chapter ECW/
DOK cordially invites you to
their 22nd annual Prayer Break-

fast at 9 a.m. on Sat-
urday, Sept. 19 at
the St. Agnes Epis-
copal Church, Black-
ett' Hall. Theodore
Johnson will be the
guest speaker.
Wedding anniversary greet-
ings to Edward J. and Eliza-
beth H. Blue Jr., Sept. 8, their
60th; Kenneth'and Agnes Nairn,
Sept. 10, their 16th; Oscar and
Patricia J. Braynon, Sr., Sept.
11, their 341 and Leonard W.
and Dr. Martha J. Rutledge,
Sept. 11, their 101.
Get-well wishes to Carmetta
C. Brown-Russell, Claretha
Grant-Lewis, Ismae Prescott,
Easter Robinson-Troy, Irna
Ali, David F. Davis, Doris
McKinney-Pittman, Grace
Heatie-Patterson, Floyd Lew-
is, Joyce Gibson-Johnson,
Yvonne Johnson-Gaitor, El-
oise Smith-Johnson, Helen
Everitt, Martha Anderson
and Marie Devoe.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
held their 351 Florida state-
wide organization workshop
being hosted by Pi Nu and Sig-
ma Alpha Chapter at the Doral
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Johnson Joseph, Hannibal
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and Leon Brown.
Jeffrey Swilley returned
home last week from his ad-
opted home in Maryland to
attend the University of Mi-
ami and Florida State football
game. I need not to remind
you who won.
Happy birthday to Inez Mck-
inney Johnson who turned
Among those attending the
opening football season in
Tallahassee last week Florida
A & M University were Barba-
ra Burrows, Ronald and Kim
Wright Sr. and Zamiah. Dela-
ware State lost. My alma mat-
er, Bethune-Cookman Univer-
sity, also suffered a devastat-
ing lost. The Annual Holiday
Concourse was held in Bethes-
da, - Maryland. In attendance
for the weekend's festivities
were Holidays Carolyn Blake,
Donna Ginn, Linda Kearson,
Shirley McKoy, Shelain Wel-
ters, and Vandra Woofolk.
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Jay-Z more than a rock star at his 9/11 concert

By Kenneth Partridge

For New Yorkers, every Sept.
11 is a chance to remember
the dead and reaffirm the re-
siliency of the living.
Hometown hero Jay-Z did
both Friday night, marking
the eighth anniversary of the
terrorist attacks with Answer
the Call, a triumphant two-
hour performance at Madison
Square Garden.
"We're celebrating life to-
night," said the 39-year-old,
Brooklyn-born rapper, rally-
ing the capacity crowd mid-
way through his set. "We're
celebrating strength tonight."
The concert, a fundraising
event for the families of New
York City police officers and
firefighters who died respond-
ing to the attacks, featured
nearly as many guest per-
formers as it did hit songs.
While Jay-Z hardly needed
the extra star power to ensure
a full house - as he reminded
everyone on the song Encore,

he's plenty capable of selling
out the Garden - the addition
of such luminaries as Kanye
West, John Mayer, Diddy and
Mary J. Blige underscored the
significance of the occasion.
Perhaps most thrilling was
the presence of Jay-Z's wife,
Beyonce, a powerhouse per-
former who rarely shares the
stage with her husband.
As was the case with most
of Jay-Z's collaborators, her
time on stage was brief. Still,
she used it to maximum effect,
hoofing and hollering through
her hit Diva with the intensity
of vintage Tina Turner.
If the audience was thrilled to
see Beyonce, it was even more
enthusiastic about Rihanna,
making one of her first public
appearances since her highly
publicized altercation with ex-
boyfriend Chris Brown earlier
this year. Wearing little more
than a bullet belt and steely
expression, the singer joined
Jay-Z and West on Run this
Town, one of the night's many

Jay-Z performs during his "Answer The Call" September
11th benefit at Madison Square Garden in New York City
on Friday night. -Photo/LarryBusacca
New York-centric anthems.
Given that Jay-Z, whose -
real name is Shawn Carter,
is more music mogul than
mere emcee, many fans were
expecting an evening loaded

with such surprises.
"I'm thinking he'll go the ex-
tra mile," said Queens native
Eric Backmon, who arrived at
the Garden a full three hours
before show time. "America is
watching." (The show was car-
ried live on the cable music
channel Fuse.)
No doubt mindful of his TV
audience, Jay-Z was careful
to strike the right balance be-
tween revelry and reverence.
The show opened with the
Pledge of Allegiance, read by
a New York City Fire Depart-
ment color guard. Later in
the evening, after the high-
energy likes of Dirt Off Your
Shoulder and Can't Knock
the Hustle had sufficiently
roused the crowd, rendering
the venue's seating obsolete,
Jay-Z cooled things down

with a moment of silence.
Before launching into 99
Problems- a ferocious ver-
sion that found the rapper
replacing his usual laidback
delivery with an impassioned
yelp - Jay-Z turned his
trademark streetwise brava-
do to world affairs, framing
the tune as a warning to ter-
rorists "hiding in caves."
"They took down our tow-
ers," he said at another point
in the show. "They thought it
would weaken us. They were
sadly mistaken."
For Rod White of New York
City, the concert brought
back recollections of eight
years ago. On Sept. 11, 2001,
White purchased Jay-Z's al-
bum The Blueprint, which
had arrived in stores that

Serena Williams fined after

performance at U.S. Open

Tennis player could face possible suspension

By David Waldstein

Tennis player Serena Williams
was fined $10,000 on Sunday
for her outburst against a line
judge at the conclusion of her
loss in the semifinals of the
United States Open on Satur-
day, and may face more penal-
ties, including a possible sus-
pension from next year's Open. *
Williams; who has already
earned $455,000 for singles and
doubles at this tournament, was
fined $10,000 for unsportsman-
like conduct-and $500 for rack-
et abuse, which occurred earlier
in the match, by the tourna-
ment referee, Brian Earley. The
$10,000 was the maximum fine
that could be levied on site.
Additionally, the administra-
tor for the Grand Slam Commit-
tee, Bill Babcock, has opened an
investigation into the incident.
If that investigation determines
that Williams committed a ma-
jor offense, she could be fined
all the money she earned at the
tournament and suspended.
The Grand Slam administra-
tor has jurisdiction to suspend a
player from a Grand Slam event;
it would most likely be the same
event where the player commit-
ted the offense.
According to Article V of the
Grand Slam Rule Book, which
deals with major offenses, no
person shall engage in "aggra-
vated behavior," which is de-
fined as "one incident of behav-
ior that is flagrant and particu-
.larly injurious to the success of
a Grand Slam, or is singularly

At least one player has been
suspended from the same Grand
Slam tournament the next year.
In 1995, Jeff Tarango walked off
the court at Wimbledon in the
middle of a match in protest of
a call. He was suspended for the
1996 Wimbledon.
Serena was not seen Sunday,
although Venus practiced. Sun-
day with their father, Richard
Williams, who declined to com-
ment. Although she barely ac-
knowledged any transgression
Saturday, Serena. released a
statement Sunday. She did not
"Last night, everyone could
truly see the passion I have for
my job," the statement said.
"Now that I have had time to
gain my composure, I can see
that while I don't agree with the
unfair line call, in the heat of
battle I let my passion and emo-
tion get the better of me, and as
a result handled the situation

I yMiev

Too much has come to light for you to
worry about who knows what. It wasn't
your intention to stir up trouble. This is no
time to get weak in the knees. Get behind
the idea that you came here to change
things. Lucky numbers 8, 12, 15, 16, 21

No one expects you to do anything but
what you love. It's you who drives your-
self nuts with responsibility. Playing the
martyr has got to be getting old. Can you
picture yourself taking on a new role?
Lucky numbers 10, 13, 16, 21, 30

What you didn't think would take off is
going over the top. Part of you is carried
away, but beware: being prone to ex-
tremes, you'd be wise to ride the fine line
between the thrill of it all, and the reality
of it. Lucky numbers 15, 19, 25, 28, 32

Maybe it's time for a reality check.
Whatever isn't working is due to break-
down; if you're aware of this, deal with
it sooner rather than later. Nothing will
grow until you stop long enough to nur-
ture it. Lucky numbers 16, 17, 21, 24, 32

Your need to keep the focus on your-
self would be easier to take if your ego
knew its place. Efforts to shine will suc-
ceed, but only to the extent that what you
have to share does as much for others
as it does for you. Lucky numbers 11, 15,
19, 26,32

Too many things are about to come
together for you to be getting cold feet.
What's in front of you wouldn't be there
if you couldn't deal with it. Right now that
means telling the truth and taking one
step at a time. Lucky numbers 15, 19, 25,
30, 35

How did this get to be all about you?
The give and take factor is always an
issue with you. If your definition of fair
comes down to what's mine is mine and
what's yours is mine, it's time for a re-
view session. Lucky numbers 5, 12, 18,
25, 29

Too many ifs, ands, or buts are screw-
ing up your ability to enter into this with
the same level of confidence that was

"I would like to thank my
fans and supporters for under-
standing that I am human, and
I look forward to continuing the
journey, both professionally
and personally, with you all as
I move forward and grow from
this experience."
But for many people in ten-
nis, including her friends and
allies, Monday's doubles match
could provide an opportunity
for Williams to apologize for her
threatening outburst and pro-
fanity-laced comments.
"Once she reflects, I'm hoping
she will apologize for her ac-
tions because as an athlete you
have to find a way to keep your
temper in check," said Mary
Joe Fernandez, a television
commentator who is a former
Justin Gimelstob, another
former player and television
commentator, is a friend of the
Williams sisters and said that
Serena temporarily lost control
and needed to make amends.
"She was obviously out of
line and mishandled the situa-
tion," he said. "The biggest is-
sue is that afterward, she did
not apologize and acknowledge
her mistake," he said. "But that
one moment doesn't indicate
the type of person she really is.
She's a great champion and has
contributed a ton to the game."
In the final game of her loss
to Kim Clijsters on Saturday,
Williams was serving at 5-6-
and 15-30 in the second set af-
ter losing the first, 6-4. She was
called for a foot fault on a sec-
ond serve, which made it 15-40,
giving Clijsters match point.

there a few months ago. Going forward
will require you to let go of every expec-
tation. Lucky numbers 12, 17, 19, 32, 40

You'd be happier about this if you
didn't feel like you were pushed into it.
As much as you aren't sure why you're
here, you can trust the fact that whether
you see it or not, something incredible
will come from it. Lucky numbers 11, 16,
21, 18, 32

As things level off you've become
clearer about what you need to do to
cover yourself. Things look simpler now
that you understand where to keep the
emphasis. Let others cover themselves;
you've got work to do. Lucky numbers 15,
19, 21, 33, 38

The last time you were here it looked
a little different. The second time around
you're amazed at how much wiser you
are and how stupid you were to get
sucked in. Thank God you know better
than to do it again. Lucky numbers 7, 10,
13, 19,35

Whatever this is, don't make the mis-
take of thinking that you didn't do the
right thing. The rightness or wrongness
of things is always relative and other
people's values rarely apply to any of our
choices. Lucky numbers 12, 15, 19, 25, 30

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Miami-Dade County Chairman Dennis C. Moss speaks at the Fair Immigration Summit held at the Stephen R Clark Government Center earlier this month.
-Photo/Miami-Dade County

Fair Immigration Summit helps

bridge ethnic gap within county

Miami-Dade County Chairman Den-
nis C. Moss extended a warm wel-
come and provided opening remarks
during the Fair Immigration Summit
earlier this month. Commissioner
Barbara Jordan followed shortly af-
ter by addressing the panel of guests
consisting of the Miami-Dade County
Community Relations Board -(CRB)
and the City of Miami Community
Relations Board (CRB) at the Ste-
phen P. Clark Government Center's

County Commission Chambers.
Both Rev. Dr. Harold Vieux, Chair
of the Miami-Dade County CRB and
Ms. Barbara Bisno, Chair of the City
of Miami CRB hosted the Summit.
Other guest members on the panel
were Mr4 Reinaldo Vales, Executive
Committee, Miami-Dade County
CRB; Dr. Larry Capp, Executive Di-
rector, Miami-Dade County CRB;
Marleine Bastien, Executive Director
of Haitian Women of Miami (FANM);

Jonathan Fried, Executive Director
of the WeCount! and John Timoney,
Chief of Police, City of Miami.
The goal of the of the Fair Immigra-
tion Summit was to bring communi-
ty members together to reach agree-
ment on how various ethnic groups
may address issues relating to immi-
gration. The Summit was convened in
collaboration with several coalitions
of immigration and community ser-
vice organizations working together

to provide opportunities and services
to people in the different communi-
Chairman Moss stated, "Our nation
needs to provide fair and equal treat-
ment for all or our immigrants and
refugees. Together we have worked
to provide opportunities and services
to people in our own community. It
is time that the federal government
meets its responsibility to create a
workable immigration system."

Recent college grads salary suffers

By Sara Murray

Haunted by fewer job offers this sea-
son, recent graduates with jobs took a
hit to their salaries, the National Asso-
ciation of Colleges and Employers said
Those who graduated with bachelor's
degrees in 2009 received a $48,633 av-
erage starting salary offer, down 1.2%
from last year, according to a survey of
140 college and university career-ser-
vices offices. It is a stark change from
2008, when the average starting salary
was 7.6% higher than those offered to
the class of 2007.
Engineering and computer-science
graduates fared the best in 2009 and
saw increases in their average start-
ing salaries. Average offers fell among
business and liberal-arts graduates.
The drop in 2009 is due, in large

part, to the scarcity of offers for new
graduates, which forces down starting
salaries. Survey respondents reported
20% fewer offers in September 2009
compared with the same time last
The wage cuts add to evidence that
demand for recent college graduates
has been hard-hit during the reces-
sion, spurring consequences that may
last for more than a decade. Young
people tend to be a particularly vulner-
able demographic in economic down-
turns and are often the first to be laid
off or are competing against laid-off
workers with years of job experience.
A preview of 2010 shows next year's
graduates may face similar hardships.
Employers expect to cut college-grad-
uate hiring by 7%, a separate sur-
vey of 219 NACE employer members

Dynamic Community Develop-
ment Corporation (CDC), in partner-
ship with'the North Miami Commu-
nity Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
and the City of North Miami to host
a free event to assist job seekers,
those seeking a career change and
small business owners. The North
Miami Career and Business Re-
source Fair is open to the comrnu-
nity. It will take place at the Gwen
Margolis Community Center, lo-
cated at 1590 Northeast 123 Street,
from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesday,
September 16. The event will fea-
ture job and career opportunities for
those seeking employment as well
as workshops to assist business
owners, as well as job seekers.

US automakers

'back in the game,'

says Barack Obama
President Ba-
rack Obama de-
clared Tuesday
that stricken
US auto gi-
ants were' "get-
ting back in
the game" in a
populist pitch
for his eco-
nomic plans in
unemployment- BARACKOBAMA
blighted Ohio. U.S. PRESIDENT
"As long as
you've still got an ounce of fight left in
you, I'll have a ton of fight left in me,"
Obama roared at a midwestern GM
Assembly plant churning out a new
generation of fuel-efficient Chevrolet
Cobalt cars.
"I've said it before, I'm skinny but
I'm tough," Obama said in the cam-
paign-style speech, part of a concert-
ed political push by the president as
he aims to shore up public backing
for his health care and economic poli-
The president argued that his ad-
ministration's new fuel-efficiency
standards for US cars and light
trucks were helping the auto industry
evolve into a more competitive force
after years of decline.
"It creates an even playing field, it's
an action that is long overdue. It will
give our auto companies clarity and
stability and predictability," Obama
Obama warned however that
though "American auto makers are
getting back in the game... our eco-
nomic troubles are far from over,"
adding that he did not want to "over
promise" on how quickly the economy
could rebound.
The president also lauded his ad-
ministration's now completed "Cash
for Clunkers" program, which of-
fered consumers an incentive of up to
4,500 dollars to turn in gas guzzlers
and buy new fuel efficient vehicles.
"The Chevy Cobalt that you build
here was one of GM's most sought-af-
Ater cars under that program," Obama
"Dealers across the country started
running out of it. You need to build

The art of building success: Learning to survive failures

By Farrah Gray

The key to
survival for en-
trepreneurs lies
in the ability to-
uredirect failures
instead turning
challenges into
new opportuni-
ties. The art of building success
is predicated on the basic qual-

and not being afraid to fail. The
common weakness of many
is their fear of pursuing lofty
dreams. It is often through fail-
ure that people gain the most'
valuable skills towards build-'
ing success.

Whether you agree with his
policy or not, it is a fact Barack
Obama faced many extraordi-
nary challenges on the path to
becoming the first black Presi-
dent of the United States.
He once stated, "Making your
mark on the world is hard. If
it were easy, everybody would
do it. But it's not. It takes pa-
tience, it takes commitment,
and it comes with plenty of
failure along the way. The real
test is not whether you avoid
this failure, because you won't,
it's whether you let it harden
or shame you into inaction,
or whether you learn from it;
whether you choose to perse-

Even if Obama had failed in
accomplishing his election goals,
think of the invaluable knowledge
and skills he would have gained
anyway. Most importantly, think
of the lasting affect his cam-
paign process had in beginning to

dreams. The data proves that over
44 percent of all business startups
fail within three years. However,
the value learned in the process,
and skills gained by entrepreneurs
far outweigh the possibility of fail-
ure. It is through learning the art

E ven if Obama had failed in accomplishing his election goals,
think of the invaluable knowledge and skills he would have
gained anyway.

change the direction of our coun-
try's history and the national seed
of open dialogue planted among
Fear is the primary obstacle
that prevents potentially great en-
trepreneurs from realizing their

of overcoming unpredictable chal-
lenges that we achieve true per-
sonal and business success.
In the early years of building
a business, it is common for en-
trepreneurs to struggle with un-
derstanding many necessary ele-

ments including:
1. A true understanding of the
customer's needs and buying hab-
its. Why do customers spend their
money for product or services?
2. Entrepreneurs often struggle
to define a niche business plan in-
stead trying to serve all markets.
To begin, it is better to focus on
the top three unique talents that
separate the business from com-
3. Many rush into costly financ-
ing instead of slowly building the
business by maintaining a solid
foundation that is not overextend-
ed or living beyond their means in
massive debt.
4. It is common to fear pursu-
ing new ideas outside the popu-

lar views but finding new oppor-
tunities can enable companies to
Many entrepreneurs fear a per-
sonal lack of knowledge. While
not everyone is an expert in pub-
lic relations, sales and marketing,
these seemingly lofty skills can
be learned or contracted. Books
and Internet research sources are
FREE at the public library and
courses are readily available that
teach hands on practical skills.
Lack of knowledge and infor-
mation is only limited by. your
imagination. It is smart to gain
knowledge and ideas by listen-
ing carefully to other success-
ful business owners and com-
munity mentors.

Consumers slash borrowing in July

U.S. consumers cut borrowing
in July by the largest amount
on record as job losses and un-
certainty about the economic
recovery prompted Americans
strap in their debt.
Economists expect consum-
ers will continue to spend less,
save more and trim debt to get
household finances decimated
by the recession into better
shape. However, such action is
a recipe for a lethargic revival,
as consumer spending accounts
for 70 percent of economic ac-
The Federal Reserve report-
ed last week that consumers
ratcheted back' their credit by
a larger-than-anticipated $21.6
billion from June, the most on
records dating to 1943. Econo-
mists expected credit to drop by
$4 billion.
Wary consumers and hard-
to-get credit both factor into

the scaled-back borrowing. But
economists are split on which
force - lack of demand by con-
sumers or lack of supply from
banks - is having the bigger
"It's really a tug of war," said
Mark Williams, professor of fi-
nance and economics at Bos-
ton University and a former
Fed bank examiner. "It's true
that consumers are being more
responsible, saying 'I don't re-
ally need that extra credit card,'
but it is more related to banks
clamping down on lending."
But Erik Hurst, economics
professor at the University of
Chicago Booth School of Busi-
ness, says it is impossible to
know for sure. "We are seeing
declines in demand for loans
from consumers but also de-
clines in the supply of loans
from banks. How much of the
credit cutback is due to the de-
cline in supply or demand, you

,^ -.

can't really tell."
Last. month, the Federal Re-
serve, in a survey of bank loan
officers, found somewhat weak-
er demand for all types of con-
sumer loans. But fewer banks
reported tightening their stan-

dards on credit card and other
consumer loans, the Fed sur-
vey said.
Still, a report earlier this year
by the company that produces
the most widely known credit
scores found that companies
slashed limits for an estimated
58 million card holders in the
12 months ended in April, even
though a high percentage had
good credit scores whenrtheir
limits were cut.
The cuts affected about a
third of consumers, accord-
ing to the study by FICO. But
most people did not see a big
impact on the credit scores be-
cause lenders often cut limits
on cards that were unused or
lightly used.
In last week's report, demand
for non-revolving credit used to
finance cars, vacations, edu-
cation and other things fell by
$15.4 billion, also a record de-
cline. That 11.7 percent pace

was on top of an 8 percent an-
nualized decline in June.
Consumers' appetite for re-
volving credit, primarily credit
cards, declined by $6.1 billion
in July, an annualized rate of
8 percent that followed a 6.4
percent drop in June.
July's retreat translated into
an annualized decline of 10.4
percent. That followed a cut of
$15.5 billion in June, or a 7.4
percent annualized drop, and
the most since a 16.3 percent
decline in June 1975.
The latest cut left total con-
sumer credit at $2.47 trillion.
The magnitude of the drop
surprised analysts. Some
thought the cash for clunk-
ers program - which began in
July and aided auto sales and
car loans - would have blunt-
ed cutbacks in other lending
The Fed's measure of con-
sumer borrowing .does not

include debt secured by real
estate, such as mortgages or
home equity loans.
Even though the unemploy-
ment rate dipped in July, it
jumped in August to a 26-year
high of 9.7 percent. Already,
the recession has snatched
6.9 million jobs and unem-
ployment is expected to top 10
percent this year as employers
keep cutting.
That will make it harder for
Americans to keep up with
payments on credit cards and
other kinds of loans, analysts
"As great as the clunkers
program has been, it's tough to
head out and buy a big ticket
item when you don't have a
job," said Richard Yamarone,
economist at Argus Research.
"Don't expect consumer cred-
it to increase any time soon;
the job situation is dismal, at

Federal mortgage relief plan growing

By Alan Zibel
Associated Press

The Obama administra-
tion's $50 billion mortgage
relief program is gaining trac-
tion after a sluggish start:
Nearly one in five eligible ho-
meowners has been offered
help, the Treasury Depart-
ment said Wednesday.
Although lenders say they
are adding thousands of
workers to modify loans,
housing advocates say get-
ting approved is still a time-
consuming, bureaucratic
process. Many borrowers
are also wary of signing up
because they fear their pay-
ment will rise after the three-

month trial period is over.
The Making Home Afford-
able Program, launched in
March, had been slow to
get going, but more than
571,000 loan modification
offers, or 19 percent, have
been sent to nearly 3 mil-
lion eligible homeowners..
That's up from 15 percent
at the end of July.
Of those, more than
360,000 borrowers have
signed up for three-month
trial modifications, which
are supposed to'be extend-
ed for five years if the ho-
meowners make their pay-
ments on time.
"There are signs the plan
is working," Michael Barr,

assistant Treasury secre-
tary, for financial institu-
tions, told the House Fi-
nancial Services Committee
panel on housing. "But we
can do better."
However, even if the pro-
gram "is a total success, we
should still expect millions
of foreclosures," as Presi-
dent Barack Obama said
when he announced the
program in February, Barr
Treasury officials said
Wednesday that the program
has been more successful
than any other foreclosure
relief effort for at-risk bor-
Nevertheless, lawmakers

expressed frustration that
help has not arrived more
quickly as foreclosures con-
tintie to surge.
Barr said the Treasury
Department has asked loan
services to expand call cen-
ters, add more staff than
planned, increase training
and allow borrowers to es-
calate complaints, among
other actions.
Forty-eight mortgage com-
panies are involved in the pro-
gram, up from 38 in July. The
companies have requested fi-
nancial information from almost
two-thirds of eligible borrowers
and say they are on track to
have 500,000 loan modifica-
tions in place by Nov. 1.

Bankruptcy filings up 22 percent in August

By Christine Dugas

From January to August,
national bankruptcy filings
reached 954,911, up from
703,732 in the same period of
2008, according to Automated
Access to Court Electronic Re-
cords. In August, filings were
up 22 percent compared with
August 2008.
It is likely that filings will to-
tal 1.45 million this year, says

Robert Lawless, professor of
law at the University of Illi-
After the bankruptcy law
changed in 2005, filings had
"But we're now heading back
close to where they were before
the law was enacted," Lawless
says. "It's not surprising, be-
cause the 2005 law did noth-
ing to change the underlying
economic reality of why people

file for bankruptcy."
The 2005 reform aimed to
curb bankruptcy abuse and
make it harder to erase debts.
The housing crisis . has
caused much of the recent fi-
nancial distress. It's not sur-
prising that Nevada has seen
bankruptcy filings surge, be-
cause Clark County, home to
Las Vegas, is the foreclosure
capital of the world, says Sam
Gerdano, executive director

of the American Bankruptcy
Institute, an independent re-
search and education orga-
nization. In addition to hom-
eowners, many local business-
es, casinos among them, also
have filed for bankruptcy in,
the past six months.
Rising unemployment is the
leading predictor of consumer
bankruptcy filings, Gerdano
says. And financial problems
get much worse if it takes long

to find a new job.
Job loss or divorce can cause
people to lose their health in-
surance, and then serious
illness can occur, Lawless
says. And medical debt is a
major cause of bankruptcy.
Researchers disagree about
how often health issues cause
bankruptcy, but even the low-
est estimates say that one in
four bankruptcy filers has sig-
nificant medical debt, Lawless

says. That's about half a mil-
lion people a year.
Even when the economy
turns around, personal bank-
ruptcy filings may not dramat-
ically change.
"Consumer bankruptcy cas-
es rise in tandem with an ex-
panding economy," Gerdano
says. "Consumer spending
drives the economy and also
adds to debt burdens that can
make families vulnerable."

Immigration raids yield jobs for legal workers

By Alan Gomez

When federal, agents, de-
scended on six meatpacking
plants owned by Swift & Co. in
December 2006, they rounded
up nearly 1,300 suspected il-
legal immigrants that made up
about 10% of the labor force at
the plants.
But the raids by Immigra-
tion and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) agents did not cripple the
company or the plants. In fact,
they were back up and running
at full staff within months by

replacing those removed with
a significant number of native-
born Americans, according to
a report by the Center for Im-
migration Studies (CIS).
That was the most extreme
example of what has become
an increasingly common re-
sult of the raids: "They were
very beneficial to American
workers," according to Van-
derbilt University professor
Carol Swain.
"Whenever there's an im-
migration raid, you find
white, black and legal im-

migrant labor lining up to do
those jobs that Americans
will supposedly not do," said
Swain, wkho teaches law and
political science.
Exactly who is filling the
jobs has varied, depend-
ing on the populations sur-
rounding the plants:
*Out West, one of the Swift
plants raided by ICE, had
a workforce that was about
90% Hispanic - both le-
gal and illegal - before the
raids. The lost workers were
replaced mostly with white

Americans and U.S.-born
Hispanics, according to the
*In the South, a House of
Raeford Farms plant in North
Carolina that was more than
80% Hispanic before a feder-
al investigation is now about
70% African-American, ac-
cording to a report by Th-
eCharlotte Observer.
*Throughout the Great
Plains, a new wave of legal
immigrants is filling the void,
according to Jill Cashen,
spokeswoman for the United

Food and Commercial Work-
ers union, which represents
1.3 million people who work
in the food-processing in-
dustry. Plants are refilling
positions with newly arrived
immigrants from places
such as Sudan, Somalia and
Southeast Asia.
Recession plays a factor in
Steven Camarota of CIS
said native-born Americans
are not only willing to take
on those jobs, but currently
fill a majority of them.

Native-born workers out-
number immigrants 3-to-
1 in construction .jobs and
2-to-1 in farming, fishing
and forestry jobs, according
to Camarota.
T. Willard Fair, presi-
dent and CEO of the Urban
League of Greater Miami,
said it has taken the greatest
recession in a generation for
poor Americans to line up to
work in fields and factories.
"We'll take anything now,"
Fair said. "We're willing to be
exploited for a while."

Retail sales rise more than expected in August

By Christopher S. Rugaber
Associated Press

Retail sales jumped in Au-
gust, spurred by widespread
gains beyond the expected in-
creases of auto sales due to the
government's popular Cash for
Clunkers program.
And while inflation at the
wholesale level also rose last
month as gasoline prices surged
the most in a decade, the retail
sales report is a sign that con-
sumers may be less cautious
about spending as the economy
recovers. Consumer spending is
closely watched because it ac-
counts for about 70 percent of
the nation's economic activity.
The Commerce Department
said Tuesday that retail sales

rose a seasonally adjusted 2.7
percent last month, after falling
0.2 percent in July. That beat
analysts' expectations of a 2
percent increase, according to a
survey by Thomson Reuters.
Excluding autos, sales rose
1.1 percent, ahead of an expect-
ed 0.4 percent jump. Excluding
autos and gas, sales rose 0.6
In a separate report, the La-
bor Department said wholesale
prices rose 1.7 percent in Au-
gust, more than double the 0.8
percent rise economists expect-
ed. Wholesale prices had fallen
by 0.9 percent in July. Both
months were heavily affected by
energy prices.
Excluding volatile energy and
food costs, core inflation as

measured by Producer Price In-
dex posted a more modest 0.2
percent increase, close to the
0.1 percent advance economists
expected. The index tracks
the prices of goods before they
reach store shelves.
While many analysts believe
the economy is staging a re-
covery in the current July-Sep-
tember quarter, the rebound is
not expected to trigger inflation
pressures because the labor
market remains weak.
The Commerce Department
report showed that auto sales
soared 10.6 percent last month,
the most in almost eight years
due mainly to the clunkers pro-
gram. Gas station sales rose 5.1
percent, as prices at the pump
rose. Economists expected in-

creases in both categories, but
sales also rose at electronics and
appliance stores, department
and sporting goods stores.
The clunkers program, which
ended last month, provided
consumers with rebates of up
to $4,500 if they traded in older
gas-guzzlers for new, more fuel-
efficient models. The incentive
boosted car sale 30 percent in
August, after a 2.4 percent rise
in July.
Many economists expect con-
sumer spending to increase in
the current July-September pe-
riod, after it fell in the second
quarter, mostly because of the
clunkers program. That could
cause the economy to grow by
as much as 3 to 4 percent in the
third quarter, many economists

expect, helping to end the worst
recession since the 1930s.
But analysts worry that
without consistent consumer
spending growth, the recovery
could weaken next year, as gov-
ernment stimulus efforts end.
Other recent economic re-
ports have been positive. Last
week, the Federal Reserve said
in a regional survey that the
economy is stabilizing or im-
proving in the vast majority of
the country.
Meanwhile, President Ba-
rack Obama on Monday cred-
ited his administration and the
$787 billion stimulus package
rammed through Congress in
the first days of his taking office
for helping to prevent an even
worse economic downturn.

"And though .I will never be
satisfied while people are out
of work and our financial sys-
tem is weakened, we can be
confident that the storms of
the past two years are begin-
ning to break," bbama said in
a speech on financial reform in
New York.
The nation's gross domestic
product, the broadest measure
of the economy's output, fell
5.5 percent in last year's fourth
quarter and the first three
months of this year, the worst
six-month, showing in nearly 50
But in the April-June quarter
the decline slowed to 1 percent
and many analysts expect the
economy will grow in the sec-
ond half of this year.







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2045 NW 98 STREET
Large two bdrms, central air,
duplexes, townhouses. $815
monthly. Not Section 8 ap-
proved. 786-303-7896

2395 N.W. 95 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 OK! 786-200-8833

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

2464 N.W. 44 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$975. Low Down Payment.

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

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

4651 N.W. 16 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath, air.
$600. Section 8 OK! 305-638-
5946, 786-512-7622

5420 N.W. 7 COURT
One bedroom, one bath, in-
cludes water and electricity.
$700 monthly. 305-267-9449

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

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

730 N. W. 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
fenced yard and central air.
$850 monthly, $550 security
deposit. call 305-681-5763 or

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.
8098 N.W. 4 Ave.
One bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances, free water. First, last
and security. Section 8 OK.

8451 N.W. 19 AVENUE
One bedroom, water, air,
fenced, tile. $750, Not Sec-
tion 8 affiliated. $1875 move
in. Terry Dellerson, Broker.

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

941 N.W. 99 Street
Large two bdrms, one bath,
one bdrm, water included.
Section 8. 305-788-3785

3737 Charles Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath duplex
located in Coconut Grove.
Near schools and buses.
$595 monthly, $595 security
deposit, $1190 total to move
in. 305-448-4225 or apply at:
3737 Charles Terrace

Two bdrms one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845

Lovely, spacious, two bed-
rooms. New kitchen, tiled,
stove, refrigerator, air, heat.
$875 mthly. 754-423-4132

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

1140 N.W. 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $550.
Free water. Mr. Willie #109
12325 N.W. 21st Place
Efficiency available.
Call 954-607-9137

13377 NW 30 AVENUE

$120 weekly, private kitchen,
bath, free utilities, appliances.

1863B NW 42 Street
Newly remodeled, with air.

5422 N.W. 7 COURT
Includes water and electricity.
$600 monthly. 305-267-9449

5541 N.W. Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN), property
protected by security camera
24 hours, from$185 wkly to
$650 monthly. 305-751-6232.

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

Miami Shores Area
Utilities included.

Furnished Rooms
1010 N.W. 180 TERR
Air. Free.cable, kitchen privi-
leges. 305-835-2728

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

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

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 305-720-4049

2365 NW 97 STREET
With air, $100 weekly
or $380 monthly.

2900 N.W. 54th Street
Upstairs, one room, refrig-
erator and air. Call 954-885-
8583 or 954-275-9503.

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

8275 N.W. 18th Avenue
Clean rooms available. Call

9200 N.W. 25 Avenue
$80 weekly. 305-691-2703 or

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 monthly.

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

Large room, private entrance,
air, cable and use of pool.

Furnished, unfurnished, $85 -
$90 weekly. 786-419-5734

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

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

12100 NW 21 PLACE
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300. 786-487-6597

1255 N.W. 45 Street
two bedrooms, one bathroom,
central air, newly remodeled.
Section 8 welcome. 786-229
- 4824

1285 N.W. 129th Street
Three bedrooms; One bath.
Section 8 OK. $1275 month
786-367-4004, 305-681-2886

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

1435 N.W. 112 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, security gate and
bars. Call 305-720-1534.

1530 N.E. 151st Terrace
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1000, 786-419-5734.

1785 N.W. 67 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1250 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 786-277-3434

1790 N.W. 52 ST.
Two bedrooms one bath.

1861 Wilmington Street

Move In Special!
Three bedrooms, two baths,
with air. 786-356-1457

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

1950 N.W. 60 STREET
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8. OK!. 786-263-

20420 NW 24 AVE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, tile, bars. $1200
monthly, $3000 to move in.
Not Section 8 affiliated.
Terry Dellerson Broker

2130 Service Road
Two bedroom, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 ok. 305-624-4395 or

2445 NW 92 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths,
security bars. 305-978-7039

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

2545 N.W. 167th Street
Three bedrooms, one and
one half bath. Move In Spe-
cial, $1400 mthly.

3250 NW 135 STREET
Four bedrooms, one bath,
completely remodeled, cen-
tral air, large yard. $1200
monthly. Garbage included.

3415 NW 195 TERR
Two bedrooms, one and one
half bath. $1350 monthly.
First, last and security. No
pets. Call 786-512-9497

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

3900 NW 170 STREET
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1400 mthly. Section 8 ok.

434 N.W. 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.

4760 N.W. 179 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath,
washer, dryer. Quiet neigh-
borhood. $1100 includes wa-
ter. First and last.

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

6821 NW 6 AVENUE
Never move again! Two bed-
rooms, one bath, fenced. Util-
ities included. $950 monthly.

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

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

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

924 NW 29 STREET
Section 8 Special! Two
bdrms. $950 monthly. Water
included, tiled throughout.

936 NW 29 STREET
Section 8 Special! Water in-
cluded. Three bdrms, two
baths. $1399 monthly.

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

Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1150 monthly. Call

N.W. 133 St. and 18 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776

$500 move in. Section 8
preferred. Two or three bed-
room vouchers accepted.

Four bdrms, two baths. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 305-691-0826

Rent with Option

Three bedrooms, two baths
and four bedrooms, two

baths. $1000 down.
Not Section 8 approved.

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

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

755 N.W. 129 STREET
Nice neighborhood. Unfur-
nished Rooms. 305-948-


3361 N.W. 207 STREET
Three bedrooms, central air,
remodeled. $1900 down,
$828 monthly. FHA. $8000
Rebate. 786-306-4839
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$120,000. 754-245-3409

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Shingles, re-roofing, and leak
repairs. Call 305-491-4515.

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in the Broward Area.
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You must be available be-
tween the hours of 6 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Must have reli-
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current Driver License.
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Mystery Shoppers
Earn up to $100 per day un-
dercover shoppers needed
to judge retail and dining
establishments. Experience
not required.
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unit senior living tax credit
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week in exchange for reduced
rent. Upstairs, two bedrooms,
central air, washer and dryer,
big yard. $600 monthly. Call

Positions Wanted

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

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cealed. Driving,Traffic School
Services. 786-333-2084

Two Weeks Free. Child Care
Service. 305-812-2723

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

Electronics and Software.
Contact 954-274-1330

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





New NFL player boss wants to see books BEmm&ahh&

By Jarrett Bell I M]IDG]

Nearly six months after
taking leadership of the
players union for the na-
tion's most popular sport,
DeMaurice Smith is braced
for kickoff.
Smith, a longtime Wash-
ington Redskins season
ticketholder who replaced
the late Gene Upshaw as
NFL Players Association ex-
ecutive director, is excited
about the start of another
But Smith is also eager to
kick off progressive nego-
tiations for a new labor deal.
Although the union and. the
NFL have had two labor ses-
sions in recent months,
Smith is puzzled that the
union has yet to receive a
formal proposal for a col-
lective bargaining agree-
ment. The existing pact,
which NFL owners voted
unanimously last year to
opt out of, expires in March

"The time was ripe two
months ago," Smith said
of the minimal progress on
CBA talks during an hour-
long interview at union
headquarters. "We're still
waiting for the first propos-
al from the NFL."
The league declined to
comment Tuesday on labor
talks. Commissioner Roger
Goodell said last week that
he recognized the reality
that 2010 would be un-
capped and that the league
is planning for that pros-
pect. "To me this has to
be, 'Set the table and let's
start negotiating,' " Goodell
Said Smith: "It takes two
people to negotiate. I'm

.-' .9

DeMaurice Smith, the new executive director of the NFL Players Association, wants the league to open its books

hoping they will respect the
process and begin negotiat-
ing. I'm willing and able to
meet anytime."

Smith, who has spent ex-
tensive time visiting play-
ers across the league since
taking office - he is advis-
ing them to prepare for a
lockout in 2011 - said he
is seeking to understand
why league owners opted
out of the CBA. He points
to the $8 billion in league
revenue last year and con-
tentions that no NFL teams
are losing money as rea-

sons the deal works. When
owners opted out, several
cited rising costs as an
overriding factor, including
capital for new stadiums.
"Saying that stadium
costs means that we need
to change the CBA ignores
the fact that the players
have been a part of the sta-
dium growth over the last
decade," Smith said.'
"And if there is an eco-
nomic reason to change
the CBA, why not turn over
the audited financial state-
ments and we'll find out if
the owners are hurting?"


Smith sounds like his
predecessor when contem-
plating how more access
to the NFL's books might
trigger a new labor deal.
Goodell has reiterated
that the NFL won't budge
on the issue, contending
that data verified by an
independent audit to ac-
count for the 60% of rev-
enue paid to players un-
der the salary cap is suf-
"The league is mak-
ing a determination of
how much information
I need," said Smith, who
had lunch with Goodell
last week. "Philosophi-

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cally, that starts off in a
bizarre place."
Smith said that beyond
the $20 million in net
profit for 2008 reported by
the publicly owned Green
Bay Packers, he is unsure
of the bottom-line condi-
tions of other franchises.
"If the information the
league provides is so de-
tailed and complete, how
much did all of the teams
make in profit last year?"
Smith said. "Is it a ques-
tion of whether the play-
ers need to give back? Or
is it that the owners need to
make more money?
"Which is it?"

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By Anne D'innocenzio
Associated Press

The Great Reces-
sion and Americans'
retreat into thrifti-
ness are teaching
retailers a new les-
son: How to sur-
vive when consum-
ers are focused on
"needs" rather than
For years, shop-
pers splurged on
everything from $5
lattes to $200 jeans,
and retailers re-
sponded by opening
more stores and of-
fering more choices.
Now, beset by high
unemployment and
limited access to
credit, shoppers
are limiting most
of their purchases
only to essentials or
the best deals.
Retailers' first re-
sponse to the sud-
den and sharp pull-
back in spending
last fall was to offer
deep discounts and
more coupons to
keep merchandise
moving. But to sur-
vive over the long
haul, the watch-
word for stores and
product makers is
They're stock-
ing shelves with
slimmed-down milk
jugs and half-sized
pies. They're charg-
ing less for stripped-
down products such
as blouses with less-
frilly designs and
detergents with less
powerful cleaning
action. Brands are
disappearing, too,
including Kraft's
Handi-Snacks pud-
ding. Some stores
are being reduced
in size, if they're not
shut down entirely.
The changes are
likely to last for
years. Even when
the economy im-

proves, it will take
years before the
debts that piled up
during the decade-
long shopping spree
are paid off. Ameri-
cans are also getting
used to their newly
adopted frugal hab-
its of saving more
and spending less.
"I don't think we
are going to go back
to business as usu-
al," said Steve Sa-
dove, chairman and
CEO of Saks Inc.,
operator of Saks
Fifth Avenue.
As companies woo
buyers, shoppers
are finding they're
in control. And
they're driving hard
Renee Bello, a
real estate broker in
Sandwich, Mass., is
enjoying the bom-
bardment of store
coupons, more low-
er-priced products
and better qual-
ity in store-label
merchandise, par-
ticularly at grocery
"I definitely feel I
have power," says
Bello, 54, who has
been able to grab
coveted brands and
high-quality gro-

series even though
she's cut her spend-
ing in half because
of economic uncer-
For retailers, the
changes need not be
devastating. In fact,
those that survive
will be leaner and

more efficient.
"There's noth-
ing like a good old-
fashioned recession
to make you run a
better business," J.
Crew Group Chair-
man and CEO Mil-
lard Drexler said re-



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


Detailed scope of work and specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchasing
Department, website at www.miamiqov.com/procurement Telephone No. 305-416-1958.

Deadline for Request for Clarification: Monday. September 21. 2009 at 5:00 P.M.


Pedro G. Hernandez
City Manager @

AD NO. 003592

1450 N.E. 2ND AVENUE
Sealed bids for categories of items listed below will be received, at the address listed, on the designated
date. Said bids will be opened and read at the Miami-Dade County School Board Administration Building.
Bids are to be placed in the 'BID BOX' in Room 351, by 2:00 P.M., on the date designated. Bid forms on
which the bids must be submitted are available upon request from the DIVISION OF PROCUREMENT
MANAGEMENT web-site at http://procurement.dadeschools.net, or Room 351, address above, telephone
(305) 995-1380. Award recommendations will be available on the Friday preceding the scheduled Board
meeting award. The results of bids awarded at the official School Board meetings will be available in the DI-
VISION OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT on the Monday following the meetings. The Board reserves
the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.

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

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


A pre-bid conference will be held
Monday, September 21, 2009 at
10:00 a.m. in the Maintenance
Operations Training Room, 12525
NW 28 Avenue, Miami, Florida.
010-KK11 9/29/2009 Fire Suppression Systems Services Contract Pre-Bid Conference attendance
by the bidder or its qualified rep-
resentative is HIGHLY ENCOUR-
AGED to ensure bid compliance.

By: Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools

Next Generation dance Academy
13631 Northwest 7 Avenue

Boys & Girls-Ages 3 and up
Classes start September 5.

Ballet * Tap * Jazz

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GM will offer 60-day, money-back guarantee on new cars

By James R. Healey

Frustrated that many
shoppers won't- even
consider its cars, Gen-
eral Motors says start-
ing Monday, buyers of
new GM models can
bring them back within
60 days, no questions
asked, and get back
the price of the car.'
It's the first time such
a money-back program
has been offered by an
automaker in the U.S.
GM's Vauxhall brand
used it in the U.K.
some years ago, GM
marketing chief Bob
Lutz says, and only
2% to 3% of buyers
brought vehicles back

for refunds - about
what he expects for the
U.S. program.
"There is a certain
amount of risk. So
what? Doing nothing
is not an option," he
GM's Saturn brand
once offered to swap for
another Saturn within
30 days, but did not
give dissatisfied buyers
a refund. As part of its
Chapter 11 bankrupt-
cy reorganization, GM
sold Saturn to entre-
preneur Roger Penske
earlier .this year.
The money-back pro-
gram will be announced
in an advertising blitz
Sunday on morning

talk shows and NFL
football games. It will
star GM's government-
appointed chairman
of the board, Edward
He will introduce
himself, concede that
he had doubts about
GM products when he
took the job, knows
that shoppers share
those doubts, and in-
vite them to try a new
GM vehicle risk-free.
That's the only ad
that will use Whitacre,
former CEO of AT&T,
or mention GM promi-
nently. Subsequent
ads will focus on the
company's four post-
Chapter- 11 brands:

Chevrolet, Cadillac,
Buick and GMC. Their

vehicles will be directly
compared to competi-

tors, with the theme,
"Let the best car win."
"If you do the com-
parison and a Toyota
Camry meets your
needs better than a
Chevrolet Malibu, hey,
help yourself," Lutz
GM says it believes
Whitacre will come
across as believable,
self-effacing and some-
one who shares car
shoppers' concerns.
GM sales of new ve-
hicles in the U.S. are
down a hefty 35% this
year through August,
according to industry
tallymaster Autodata.
The entire U.S. new-
vehicle market is down

almost 28%, so GM
is underperforming a
very bad market.
No. 2 automaker,
Ford Motor, sits at
15.8% of the U.S. new-
vehicle market so far
this year, up from 15%
a year ago.
GM will provide more
information starting
Monday at gm.com/
Some details:
* The vehicle must
be a new 2009 or 2010
Buick, Cadillac, Chev-
rolet or GMC.
* It must be returned
between 31 and 60
days from purchase.
* ,It must have no
more than 4,000

* The buyer can't be
behind in payments.
* If the purchase loan
included an addition-
al amount to pay off
the loan on a trade-in
above what the trade-in
was worth, that portion
won't be refunded.
The conditions are
meant to be simple.
"We're not going to
have a screen full of
warnings like in those
drug ads where you
see the happy geriat-
ric couple and a guy
is telling you, 'Taking
this medication while
eating grapefruit can
result in loss of eye-
sight'," Lutz says.

Obama warns Wall Street not to lapse into 'reckless behavior'

By Pallavi Gogoi

President Qbama
warned Wall Street on
Monday against going
"back to the days of
reckless behavior"
and pressed his case
for "the most am-
bitious overhaul of
the financial system
since the Great, De-
Speaking a year
after the collapse of
Lehman Bros. set off
a worldwide financial
crisis, Obama took
aim at Wall Street
firms that received
government bailout
funds last year but
have since returned
to profitability - and
have set aside huge
sums for executive
compensation. "The
old ways that led to
this crisis cannot
stand," Obama said
in a speech at Feder-
al Hall on Wall Street
Since the panicked
days ofayear ago, the
financial system is
"beginning to return
to normalcy," Obama

said. The Treasury
Department is scal-
ing back its support
for Wall'Street. On
Friday, for instance,
it ends a program
that once guaranteed
as much as $3 tril-
lion in money market
mutual funds.
Saying "history can-
not ,be allowed to re-
peat itself," the presi-
dent urged Congress
to pass his sweeping
plan to overhaul fi-
nancial regulation.
The administration
proposal would close
loopholes in regula-
tion, set up a "sys-
temic risk" council
to oversee banks
and investment
firms considered too
big or important to
fail, and find a way
to close large fi-
nancial institutions
without threatening
the broader econo-
my. Obama's pro-
posal would also set
up an agency spe-
cifically designed to
protect consumers
from predatory loans
and other financial

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abuses. "By setting
ground rules, we'll
increase the kind of
competition that ac-
tually provides peo-
ple better and great-
er choices," Obama
Raj Date, chair-
man of the Cam-
bridge Winter Center
for Financial Insti-
tutions Policy, said
Obama's proposal
would encourage fi-
nancial innovations
that benefit con-
sumers: "If you dori't
have clear rules of
the road, you can't
expect that you will
magically get good
market outcomes."
Sen. Judd Gregg,
R-N.H., warned that
Obama's overhaul
would "undermine
risk-taking, capital'
formation and en-
trepreneurship and

President Obama to Wall Street: "We will not go back to the days of reckless
behavior and unchecked excess at the heart of this crisis, where too many
were motivated only by the appetite for quick kills and bloated bonuses."
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... hurt job growth
and American com-
"The devil's in the
details of what Con-
gress does," says
New York Mayor Mi-
chael Bloomberg. In

the past, "Congress
has been unwilling
to change regulation
because too many of
them rely on cam-
paign donations from
a variety of people
they regulate."

Miami NICE Announces the Compassion
Capital Fund Demonstration Program
SRequest for Qualifications (RFQ) . ce
(Miami, Florida) -The City of Miami's Office of Faith-based Initiatives and Community Outreach, as the
lead intermediary organization for thd Miami NICE (Network for Integration, Compassion & Empowerment)
partnership, is soliciting Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for non-profit Faith-based and Community
Organizations (FBCOs) interested in applying to receive, (a) free technical assistance grants and (b) become
eligible to apply for a Miami NICE capacity-building sub-award grant All applicants must attend one of
the mandatoryinformationa sessions noted below.
Eligible organizations are FBCOs serving Miami-Dade County for two consecutive years in one or more
of the six (6) Compassion Capital Fund priority areas, including: Children and Youth, Ex-offender Re-
entry, Homelessness, Rehabilitation Services for Addicts and/or Prisoners, Elders in Need, Families
Transitioning from Welfare to Work, and Healthy Marriage Initiatives: with a 501(c) 3 status; have an
annual budget of $50,000 to $500,000,
*Selected FBCOs may be-eligible to receive a non-cash Technical Assistance award valued at $5,000 or
more per recipient
*And eligible to compete for a Miami NICE sub-award grant from $5,000 to $10,000 (Subject to funds
availability). We anticipate funding at least 20 organizations.
FBCOs that were awarded Miami NICE sub-award are not eligible to apply.
Request for Qualification is due no later than 2:00 pm, Friday, October 16, 2009 at City of Miami,
City Hall, Office of the City Clerk, 3509 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.
W dseb September 23, o23009.: Tuesday, Septenmber 29, 2009:
. * -1L*00wpm 1D.:00am - L00pm
nMnil Beaceh R l Urbry West Dade Regional Lbjrary
S22nd St., Beach. Fl, 33139 9445 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165
S;pt S berB 25,2009 Thursday. October 1, 2009:
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2' 455 NW 183rd St., Miami, FL 33056 6301 N.E. 2rnd A1e. Miami, FL 331.39
. Sturd September 26.2009: Tuesday, October 6. 2009:
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S. uth Dade Regional Libay The Children s Trust
10750 SW 211th St. Miami, FIL 33189 3150 S.W 3rdl Ave Miamrri. Ft 33138
For more Information regarding Miami NICE, visit www.mlamlnlce.org or contact Careline Romain,
Project Director, Phone: 305-416-1410, Fax: 305-400-5368, Email: cromaln@mlamigov.com
This solicitation Is not subject to the City of Miami "Cone of Silence.' In accordance with the American
with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing special accommodations to-participate in a session may
contact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two (2) business days prior to
each meeting, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3) business days prior to each meeting.
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Bids which were to be received September 15, 2009, by The School Board of Miami-
Dade County, Florida, for the project listed herein, have been postponed and will now
be received Tuesday, until 2:00 P.M. local time, September 22, 2009 at 1450 NE 2nd
Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132

PROJECT NO. 00176800

Alberto M. Carvalho,
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Miami-Dade County, Florida is announcing the availability of the
above referenced, advertisement, which can be obtained by
visiting the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) Website at
www.miami-airoort.com/html/business opportunities.htmi, (in order to view
full Advertisement please select "Advertisements" link and select respective
Copies of the RFP solicitation package can only be obtained through the MDAD,
Contracts Administration Division, in person or via courier at 4200 NW 36th
Street, Building 5A, 4th Floor, Miami, FL 33122, or through a mail request to PO.
Box 025504, Miami, FL 33102-5504. The cost for each solicitation package is
$50.00 (non-refundable) check or money order payable to: Miami-Dade Aviation
This solicitation is subject to the "Cone of Silence" in accordance with section
2-11.1(t) of the Miami-Dade County Code.
TSA Guidelines
The TSA Guidelines for rewrapping in the post inspection areas have been deemed
Sensitive Security Information (SSI), therefore, requiring the Bidder to execute the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Non-Disclosure Agreement (attached as
Part A of Appendix M. in the RFP), prior to obtaining the Guidelines from MDAD.
Interested Bidders will be required to call the Contracting Officer in advance to
schedule a time to drop-off the executed DHS Non-Disclosure Agreement and pick
up the TSA Guidelines. A maximum of ten (10) sets will be issued per Bidder.
Proposers are not required to receive copies of the TSA Guidelines prior to
submitting a proposal.


Certified Firefighter I
$1685.55 bi-weekly

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

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

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

Benefits: Excellent Pension Plan, DROP program. longevity pay, excellent medical, dental &
life insurance, Vacation and Sick time, holiday pay, uniform allowance, educational incen-
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Radiation levels vary widely, watchdog report says

By Leslie Cauley

Some cellphones emit sever-
al times more radiation than
others, the Environmental
Working Group found in one
of the most exhaustive studies
of its kind.
The government watchdog
group on Wednesday releases
a list ranking cellphones in
terms of radiation. The free
listing of more than 1,000 de-
vices can be viewed here.
Concerns about radiation
and cellphones have swirled
for years. Scientific evidence
to date has not been able to
make a hard link between
cancer and cellphones. But
recent studies "are show-
ing increased risk for brain
and mouth tumors for people
who have used cellphones for

at least 10 years," says Jane
Houlihan, senior vice presi-
dent of research at the Wash-
ington-based group.
CTIA, the wireless indus-
try lobbying association, dis-
agrees. In a statement it noted
that "scientific evidence has
overwhelmingly indicated that
wireless devices do not pose" a
health hazard.
That's why the American
Cancer Society, World Health
Organization and Food and
Drug Administration, among
others, "all have concurred
that wireless devices are not
a public health risk," the CTIA
statement says.
Houlihan acknowledges
that "the verdict is still out"
on whether cellphones can be
linked directly to cancer.
"But there's enough con-

cern that the governments
of six countries" - including
France, Germany and Israel
- "have issued limits of usage
of cellphones, particularly for
Houlihan says her group is
"advising people to choose a
phone that falls on the lower
end of the (radiation) spec-
trum" to minimize potential
health problems. The Sam-
sung Impression has the low-
est: 0.35 watts per kilogram, a
measure of how much radia-
tion is absorbed into the brain
when the phone is held to the
The highest: T-Mobile's
MyTouch 3G, Motorola Moto
VU204 and Kyocera Jax
S1300, all at 1.55 W/kg.
The Apple iPhone, sold ex-
clusively by AT&T in the USA,

is in the middle of the pack at
1.19 W/kg.
The Federal Communica-
tions Commission, which sets
standards for cellphone radia-
tion, requires that all devices
be rated at 1.6 W/kg or lower.
The Environmental Working
Group says the FCC's standard
is outmoded, noting that it
was established 17 years ago,
when cellphones and wireless
usage patterns were much dif-
ferent. The group wants the
government to take a "fresh
look" at radiation standards.
The FCC currently doesn't
require handset makers to
divulge radiation levels. As a
result, radiation rankings for
dozens of devices, including
the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230
and Motorola KRZR, aren't on
the group's list.

Apple ads camera to iPod Nano

Inc. CEO Steve Jobs returned last
Wednesday to the showman role
that has helped define his com-
pany leadership, taking the stage
for the first time since his medical
leave to announce such new prod-
ucts as an iPod Nano that records
Jobs had not appeared at such
a product launch event since last
October. He bowed out of his usu-
al keynote at the year's largest
Mac trade show in January and
went on leave shortly thereafter
for nearly six months.
At an event for journalists, blog-
gers and software partners, Jobs
announced updates to Apple's
iTunes and iPhone software and

unveiled a new iPod Nano with a
built-in video camera.
Phil Schiller, Apple's top market-
ing executive, also took the stage
to announce price cuts and stor-
age boosts to existing iPod Touch
Shares in Apple reached a 52-
week high of $174.47 in Wednes-
day trading, then fell to close at
$171.14, or $1.79 below Tues-
day's closing.
As was expected, Apple's an-
nouncements were mainly tied to
music players and the iTunes soft-
ware, though Jobs spoke briefly
about the iPhone and said 30 mil-
lion of the devices had been sold
so far.
Apple compared the new video-

camera Nano to Cisco Systems
Inc.'s Flip Mino, a tiny, simple
video recorder that sells for $149,
just like the basic, eight-gigabyte
version of the overhauled Nano
(The 16 GB Nano costs $179). The
Nano _ the smallest iPod that has
a screen _ also has a microphone,
a pedometer, a 2.2-inch display
and an FM radio tuner.
Meanwhile, the new version of
iTunes, known as iTunes 9, gives
people more control over what
content gets loaded on to iPods
and iPhones. It lets five computers
on the same home network share
_ by streaming or copying _ music,
video and other content, a depar-
ture from the strict copy protec-
tion Apple insisted on in the past.





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