The Miami times
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Creation Date: September 23, 2009
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Local author wins $500,000 'Genius Award'

By Sandra J. Charite

Acclaimed Haitian-born writer Ed-
widge Danticat has reached another
level in her career.
Danticat, 40, has won the John D.
and Catherine T. MacArthur Founda-
tion 'Genius Award,' and bonus prize
of $500,000, which is a "no strings at-
tached" grant to individuals who have

exemplified outstanding creativity in
their work.
"I was stunned," said Danticat when
she received the news. "I am amazed.
It is unordinary when something like
this happens to a writer."
Danticat plans to use the $500,000,
which will be disbursed yearly for five
years, to concentrate on her writing.
Her latest project is a book of essays
about writing and immigration. It will

be published next fall by the Princeton
University Press.
Danticat left Haiti at the age of 12
and traveled to New York to live with
her parents. It was an unusual transi-
tion but Danticat adjusted admirably.
She graduated from Clara Barton High
School in Brooklyn, N.Y. and attended
Barnard College in New York to study
education. Danticat later received
Bachelor of Arts in French Literature

and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative
Writing from Brown University.
Her 1994 hit novel was titled Breath,
Eyes and Memory. It details her child-
hood in Haiti, the transition to Ameri-
ca and her struggles to adapt to a new
culture. The book was a national sen-
sation. Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey
selected the book for her book club in
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Jackson Health System to close facilities

By Sandra J. Charite

Since taking leadership of
Jackson Health System (JHS),
Dr. Eneida 0. Roldan has en-
dured the harrowing task of
managing three hospitals, a
trauma center, a women's cen-
ter, a network of mental-health
facilities, two long-term ' care

facilities, twelve primary care
centers and over 11,000 em-
The current recession has
placed a burden on the County
hospital as more Americans
become jobless and lose their
health benefits, which increas-
es the number of uninsured in
Miami-Dade County. Funding
which includes a half-penny

sales tax and ad valorem taxes
(taxes based upon the value of
the product) has diminished
said Roldan in July.
On Monday, Roldan said in
an email, "I have been faced
with the daunting task of

evaluating ways to make the
health system leaner and more
efficient. It has been incred-
ibly challenging to identify ar-
eas that can be trimmed, while
having the least impact on our
patients and employees."
The financial downturn has
led Jackson's administration
to decide to close two primary
care clinics, Juanita Mann and

North Miami Primary Care Clin-
ics, on January 1, 2010 which
ultimately will help Jackson
save $6 million. They will also
shut down two nursing homes,
Perdue Medical Center and
Jackson Memorial Long Term
Care Center, a move that will
save $9.8 million.
In order to save $4.9 million,,
the. JHS will be outsourcing

Correctional Health Services
for inmates.
"These have not been easy
decisions to make, trying to
find places to trim when all the
services we provide are crucial
to those who need them," said
Martha Baker, president of
the local SEIU, believes that
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Black programs facing cuts HotSpot!
By Tariq Osborne 'I think if they really took time to "We really just want to see wheth-
tosborne@miamitimesonline.com go over that budget, they'd find the er there's anything the city can do . . . .
money," she said. "I mean, they've to at least allow us to make the " � ., ..;.
Days after the Miami-Dade Board got $8 million just for the artwork transition to zero funding." , t. , .
of County Commission voted to that's going to go in the Miami sta- "It's not a very promising scenar- '"
approve County Manager George dium. Evidently, the Virginia Key io," he added. .. ,-' ,"

Burgess's amended budget, many
institutions still wait to see how
well they will be funded-or wheth-
er they will be funded at all.
The Virginia Key Beach Trust,
which oversees operations at Vir-
ginia Key Beach, has already re-
ceived word.
"Zero funding," said Enid
Pinkney, Vice Chairwoman of the
Trust. "They're saying that the
parks department will take it over,
but I'm not optimistic about that
working, she said. Pinkney believe's
that there is room in the budget to
save Virginia Key Beach.

. . . there are programs being spared. Fairchild Tropical and
Botanic Gardens, Historical Museum of Southern Florida, Miami
Art Museum, Miami Science Museum, the Zoological Society
(which operates Miami Metro Zoo) and the Miami-Dade Sports
Commission all will retain their funding this year.

Beach is a low priority as far as
[the county] is concerned."
Gene Tinney, who chairs the
Trust, takes a less strident tone,
but he is not optimistic either.

The cuts will not stop there.
The African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center, which mayor Carlos Alvarez
originally recommended for
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UM quarterback wins ACC honors

A Miami T imes Spe'cial Report

Miami Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Har-
ris has now twice been selected as one of the '
Atlantic Coast Conference's football players E. . -
of the week, fueling early Heisman specula- J '
tion. His selection was announced Monday.
Harris was honored earlier this season af-
ter a September 5 win over Florida State. The
game that brought on this honor was an im-
pressive outing that resulted in a September -
17 Win over Georgia Tech. Hams threw for
270 yards, and completed 20 of 25 passes for
three touchdowns.
Harris has now completed at least 20
passes in three straight games, including last
season's finale. His performances-partic-
ularly against 14th ranked Georgia Tech- ,
have catapulted the Hurricanes to number
nine on an AP poll. It is the team's first top
ten ranking since 2005.
The hurricanes will face, no. 11 ranked Vir-
ginia Tech this Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.
at 3:30 p.m.

Nathaniel Wilcox, Executive Director of PULSE, and City of Miami Deputy
Chief Frank Fernandez have a pointed discussion concerning police efforts in
Liberty City and Overtown.

"No-snitching mentality"

blocking police efforts

By Tariq Osborne

At the unveiling of HotSpot's "Just
Report It" campaign, People United to
Lead the Struggle for Equality (PULSE)
attempted to speak out against the "no
snitching" mentality that is prevalent
among Miami-Dade's youth. The orga-
nization, along with a slew of other or-
ganizations and representatives of city
government met near the intersection of

Northwest 62nd Street and 12t Avenue
to reveal HotSpot's latest bid to stop
crime in the Liberty City and Overtown
"We need to be more visible; and
more vigilant," said Barbara Pruitt, who
chairs the HotSpots committee. Major
Craig McQueen, of the City of Miami
Police Department agreed.
"We can't solve anything without the
citizens' help," he said.
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Obama takes leadership role in foreign policy

By DeWayne Wickham

Just two days after his barn-
storming performance on
network television, President
Obama is about to dominate
the world stage - and make
the case that the world is a
better place now than it was
before he took office.
By appearing on the Sunday
morning news shows of CBS,
CNN, NBC, ABC and Univision,
the Spanish-language net-

work, Obama raised his voice
- and message - above the
din of criticism he has received
recently on a broad range of is-
sues, from the war in Afghani-
stan to the national health care
plan he is pushing.
In his whirlwind schedule of
appearances in New York City
the next two days for the Unit-
ed Nation's General Assembly,
Obama seeks to burnish his
position as the world's most
highly regarded leader and

Since taking office eight months ago, Obama has pressed ahead
with his promise to withdraw American forces from Iraq.

strengthen his ability to solve
some of its most vexing prob-

Today, in a meeting of heads
of state, he'll give an address
on climate change. He'll also
host a luncheon for the lead-
ers of sub-Saharan African na-
tions and meet with Chinese
President Hu Jintao. Wednes-
day, Obama will give a speech
to the General Assembly, host

a luncheon with countries that
have contributed the largest
number of police and soldiers
to U.N. peacekeeping mis-
sions, and hold meetings with
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio
Hatoyama and Russian Presi-
dent Dmitry Medvedev.
In public gatherings and pri-
vate meetings, Obama is ex-
pected to tout the changes he
has brought to American for-
eign policy and the good they
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Please! Start snitching!
A s a reaction to the fear and mistrust some commu-
nity members harbor of the police, the "no snitching"
L mentality may be natural, but it is exactly the wrong
approach. Police must be seen as part of the community, not
an invading force. Community members and police must talk
more; not less. For years now, community members and po-
lice have been two separate camps, each suspicious of the
other's motives.
The results are self evident.
SIn many neighborhoods, drugs are sold with impunity. The
resultant violence costs innocent lives, whose murders go
unsolved; all because no one wants to be a "snitch."
Wanda McMillan, who lost a son to gunfire, was correct in
pointing out that these unfounded feelings of loyalty to drug
dealers and criminals fall by the wayside when loss becomes
personal. Suddenly, tears flow, and families beg witnesses
to step forward, hoping desperately-but knowing that in all
likelihood, no one will.
Why does it take a personal loss to bring these feelings out?
Isn't losing a life-long neighbor as painful as losing a family
member? Does no one tire of wakes? Of press conferences?
Of candlelight vigils?
There are many reasons that youth need to reprise the 'no
snitching" policy. Chief among them is that in opposing the
"cops," one places themselves, de facto, on the side of the
"robbers." This is hardly an enviable position. Those willing
to side with the "robbers" ought not be surprised if police
mistake them for one. The best way not to be seen as a crimi-
nal is not to associate with them; and to help police remove
them from the community.
The "no snitching" campaign had its roots in the drug war.
Low-income communities in Miami-Dade have been rife with
drugs (and their accompanying violence) for too long. Presum-
ably, communities aim to rid themselves of drug dealers.
Why then, should they support any vestiges of the culture
drugs have created?
In truth, there is only one instance in which it is under-
standable not to. inform the police of crime. Only the pos-
sibility of reprisal is good enough reason to remain silent.
Fortunately this has been recognized by police and commu-
nity organizations. There are now several ways to inform the
police of illegal activity anonymously.
Please. Use them. Start snitching.

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Have we forgotten race lessons from the past

Have we forgot ten race lessons from the past?

It's hard to imagine that less
than a century ago, police ser-
geants and sheriffs were over-
seeing the burning of crosses
and ensuring the safety of-Ku
Klux Klansmen in places like
Queens, N.Y. And that fifty
years ago, people of color were
still fighting for the ability to
use public bathrooms and
drink from water fountains at
will. And today, in 2009, de-
spite having the first, Black
President in the White House,
Blacks and Latinos still suffer
from institutional racism, bla-
tant discriminatory attacks,
profiling and disproportionate
levels of incarceration.
But despite the plethora of is-
sues we still must surpass, the
President has diligently worked
to unite the American body and
transcend the conversation be-
yond race. Unfortunately, his
opponents often see nothing
but skin color and an opportu-
nity to conjure up age-old sen-
timents, fears and stereotypes.
The issue of race in America
is so complex that even analyz-

ing. and assessing it requires
the breakdown of multiple lay-
ers. Former President Jimmy
Carter recently expressed his
view on the rage being hurled
towards Obama in an extremely
forthright and candid manner.
Following Congressman Joe
Wilson's outburst during the
President's speech on health
care in front of Congress, Cart-

White, former President who
didn't hesitate to call out what
he deemed dangerous behav-
ior. Carter's insightful words
have sparked yet another de-
bate on Obama's ethnicity and
the state of racial tensions in
America. Can we recall a time
when the President's citizen-
ship was ever called in to ques-
tion? When was the last time

As we await Joe Wilson's next step - whether that includes a
formal apology on the House floor remains to be determined -
we must not take our own next steps in vain.

er was compelled to say the
following in a television inter-
view: I think an overwhelming
portion of the intensely demon-
strated animosity toward Pres-
ident Barack Obama is based
on the fact that he is a Black
Now, this. isn't an 'angry
Black person' touting these
words; nor an advocate who has
fought against discrimination
their entire lives, but rather a

we heard words like 'socialist'
and 'Marxist' utilized? Have
people ever second-guessed
a sitting President so openly?
Can we remember a moment
where folks were yelling to
have 'their country back? And
when was the President of the
United States ever interrupted,
belittled and disrespected by
a member of Congress in the
House chambers? After all, the
rules themselves prohibit law-

makers from 'un-
necessarily and unduly exciting
animosity among its members
or antagonism from those other
branches of the government'.
Let's take it even one step fur-
ther ... Carter didn't hesitate to
address the rise in anger and
troubling sentiment circulat-
ing around the country and in
Washington itself. But not too
long ago, New York Gov. David
Paterson juxtaposed virtually
the same concept and was im-
mediately castigated for it.
Criticized for playing the 'race
card', Paterson was instanta-
neously dismissed when he too
highlighted bias and deep-seat-
ed hatred for the way in which
both he and the President were
being treated. So how is it that
when a White official mentions
a controversial topic, it sparks
an in-depth debate and analy-
sis of society and the treatment
of the President. But when a
Black leader says virtually the
same, he is immediately touted
as a race-baiter and shunned
from the conversation?

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Enough bickerin: Put American bac

Enough bickering: Put Amen*icans back to. work


By Jimmy Margulies. The Record. Hackensack. N.J., Nofth America Syndicate

My grandmother used to al-
ways say, "an idle mind is the
devil's workshop". She believed
( in work, even make work, and
would have you sorting rags by
color before she'd allow you just
to sit and chill on her watch.
Relaxation was not in her play-
book. From time to time, she's
shout that my siblings and I, all
"no good younguns" needed to
be kept busy to be kept out of
I keep thinking of my grand-
mother as I watch the vitriol swirl
around the health care proposal.
What might the people who are
appearing at tea parties and town
hall meetings do if they weren't
raising hell? Some of them might
actually be preparing for work,
or spending their weekends tak-
ing time off from a rough work-
week. Instead, unemployed, they
are tripping, raging, acting as if
they have too much time on their
I'm not giving these folks a
pass. Some of them are both cer-
tifiably insane and unapologeti-
cally racist. I can't even begin to
list the ugly and awful slurs that
I've seen, the signs that have
things like bones in noses, and
the constant reference to apes.

Those are the extremists. There
are others who are there because
they are dissatisfied with our
economy. They are the folks who
aren't working.
The most recent unemployment
rate data is sobering. The official
unemployment rate is 9.7 per-
cent. When discouraged workers,
those working part time instead
of full time, and a whole slew of
others are counted, we're looking

at something closer to 17 per-
cent. That means that one in six
Americans does not have a job.
In the African American commu-
nity the number may get close to
30 percent when we count all of
the people who might work if they
thought they could find employ-
ment. Even those working feel
a profound sense of insecurity.
When layoffs ravage a company,
what does that do to the morale
of those left behind?
Many of these folks care about
health care, and they care about
their economic survival even

more. They want to work, and
the jobs aren't there because
companies aren't hiring, because
people aren't buying, because
banks aren't lending, because
the economy is stagnant.
I read the same reports that
others do about the recession
bottoming out. The unemploy-
ment rate is a lagging indicator,
which means the job markets
will be the last to recover. Still,

people aren't going to feel good
until they are working, health
care notwithstanding.
I admire the Obama adminis-
tration's drive and focus to fix the
economy, and I agree with them
that fixing health care is one way
to fix the economy. We spend
one in seven of ourt GDP dol-
lars on health care, so it makes
sense that health care is at the
top of the Obama agenda. At the
same time, with so many people
lacking jobs, the public mal-
aise is connected to a number
of things, including joblessness.

President Barack J
Obama may have
his hands tied by the deficit.
There is but so much he can
do. But I would suggest that con-
sidering job trailing programs
and being more aggressive about
job creation might quiet the fears
of people who have not worked
in awhile (one-third of the unem-
ployed have not worked in half
a year or morel) and put some
money in their pockets.
I sat on a plane next to a woman
who told me she earned six fig-
ures in 2007, but is now having
trouble paying her mortgage. Cli-
ents who flocked to her two years
ago now say they don't need the
marketing and public relations
services she brings to the table.
She was tentative but eventually
shared that she worried more
about employment than health
care. I talked to another man
who had 20 people helping in his
landscaping business 18 months
ago. Most of his clients are now
mowing their own lawns or let-
ting the yard work go because
of money. I had been referred to
the brother because I was told
he might make a contribution to
Bennett College for Women (yes,
I have a one track mind).

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"'Tb inet lWa.ihingthons 35 mpg mandate. we built
electric cars. lThen, to meet iWashingtonu' cup and trade mandate,
electric coimlpanl . stoi ped building power plants."
By Henry Payne. The Detroit News

By Walt Handeisman, Newsday. Naw York

Combat flu where kids gather; schools

The millions of students
now back in school aren't just
learning about reading, writing
and arithmetic. They are being
educated about the dangers of
a possible swine flul epidemic.
Here in Texas, as well as across
the USA, the flu warnings have
parents reminding their chil-
dren to wash their hands often,
use sanitizers and cover their
mouths when coughing.
The concern is understand-
able. Forty deaths have been
confirmed in Texas, and the
state health department says
65% of the more than 5,200
cases of H 1N 1 flu recorded from
April through July were children
ages 5 to 18.

While Americans have been
given daily doses of heated ex-
changes on the cost of national
health care, less debate has gone
into a critical school health is-
sue: Should clinics or programs
be established on campuses to
administer the swine flu vac-
cine? In a word, yes. According
to Tom Skinner, spokesman for.
the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, although the "is-
sue is being left up to individual
states," the CDC recognizes that
local governments might want
to use schools as shot clinics. In
fact, Skinner says hundreds of
schools have already done so.
What are the others wait-
ing for? After all, schools and

day care facilities are gather-
ing places for the majority of,
our children. A recent AP poll
found that nearly two-thirds of
parents were likely to grant per-
mission for the vaccine if their
child's school offered it.
Easy access to vaccinations is
critical to beating this flu. Though
the CDC had hoped to have more
than 120 million doses of the vac-
cine ready by mid-October, that
number has been scaled back to
45 million because of production
issues. The remaining doses will
trickle in each week through De-
With state health departments
slashing budgets, school districts
should take advantage of federal

grants to set up in-
school clinics. For the most paft,
Skinner says, the vaccines will be
free. But parents who prefer their
own doctor and can afford it can
get their children inoculated as
soon as the vaccine is available.
The potential for a pandemic
will test our public health of-
ficials, businesses, schools and
communities. In order to prevent
a tragic outbreak, this is one test
this country must ace. In-school
clinics would allow us to use our
public education facilities to battle
a virus that, after all, closed 850
schools during last flu season just
in Texas. Most important, maybe
more lives will be saved especially
those of our precious children.

m he most recent unemployment rate data is sobering. The official
unemployment rate is 9.7 percent. When discouraged workers,
those working part time instead of full time, and a whole slew of
others are counted, we're looking at something closer to 17 percent.



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Sharing the pain

of county residents

Pittsburgh was once the ship that
center of steel industry. The led by ex-
steel industry moved off- ample. The
shore and only a few steel popu 1 a -
mills survived. I remember tion of the
reading an interview of one County would recognize
of the owners of a small this leadership and no one
steel mill as to the secret could complain too loud-
of his survival. He says his ly about cuts in services
philosophy is that he shares due to the tough economic
the pain, and the glory. He times.
said that when times got Rather than taking a forth-
tough, he met with his em- right approach, the Mayor
ployees and told them that decided to give huge raises
he was taking a significant to his staff and some select
pay cut and was asking if Police and Fire Officers. He
they would agree to take then made a speech about
smaller pay cuts, and that the need to exercise budget

M iami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez could have learned
something from that steel mill owner. During this economic
crisis, he should have led by example...

he hoped that this would
help to keep the company
afloat. He called it sharing
the pain. He promised that
when they became profit-
able that he would likewise
insure that all employees
also enjoyed the benefits of
their mutual .success. The
steel mill survived the re-
cession and has been prof-
itable ever since.
Miami-Dade County May-'
or Carlos Alvarez could
have learned something
from that steel mill owner.
During this economic cri-
sis, he should have led by
example by first taking a
pay cut, then going to his
senior management team
and getting them to agree to
reductions in pay. He then
could tell the Unions and
rank and file that I person-
ally took a pay cut and I am
asking you to take a lower
pay cut, and that if we all
pull together we can weath-
er this storm. He could then
tell every department to cut
their budget by five percent
and ask all non-profits like
Meals on Wheels to bear a
five percent budget cut. No
one could criticize leader-

cuts and asked all employ-
ees to be prepared to accept
a pay cut. He also prepared
a budget that would reduce
county services and expen-
ditures to many non-profits
that provide services to the
needy. His approach was
quite frankly two faced,
and when the populace of
the County learned of the
raises for his staff - his
once strong support among
Cuban voters dissipitated.
The Mayor should take a
lesson from the steel mill
owner. If I were the Mayor,
I would take a 20 percent
pay cut, and encourage the
County Manager to take a
20 percent pay cut. I would
reverse all pay raises for
my staff and select manag-
ers. and have everyone go
back to their original pay. I
would then have the morale
right to approach my em-
ployees, the County Com-
mission, and the residents
and propose my budget
plan to the Commission.
Absent this rectification,
I believe the citizens and
commissioners have a right
to be outraged and upset
over the unsavory raises.

'..'. I for one believe that if you give people a thorough
understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that
produce it, they'll create their own program, and when the people
create a program, you get action ..."
- Malcolm X


Zealots ha
By now we've all grown ac-
custom to the likes of Newt
Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and
Glenn Beck. We've also toler-
ated, over the years, the rac-
ist hyperbole of Sean Hannity,
Bill O'Reilly, and on a smaller
scale, Lou Dobbs. They are all
political zealots who won't quit
until they return this country
back to the "good ole days of
the Antebellum South." Before
they go to bed, they all prob-
ably say a prayer using that
famous refrain of the late Ala-
bama Governor George Wal-
lace: "Segregation now, Segre-
gation tomorrow, Segregation
However, with the exception
of Gingrich being a member of
Congress, those listed above
are private citizens. They are
political assassins, hell bent on
destroying the opposition. Their
main goal is rallying their con-
stituents into a fever pitch that
may one day lead to toppling
their sworn enemy and regain-
ing their rightful place as lead-
ers of this country. Those who
follows them come willingly,

lve no place in
which gives them the license to was insti
say or do anything they desire, the Presic
While many of us may disagree coming n
with them, we can certainly all studer
understand their, motives and Public Sc
why they operate in the man- ed that h
ner in which they do. to the Pi
But what about individu- a captive
als like United States Rep. Joe lar to the
Wilson and Miami-Dade School ments lil

public office

-umental in stopping
lent's speech from be-
nandatory viewing for
its in the Miami-Dade
hool system. She cit-
raving students listen
resident, while being
audience, was simi-
"totalitarian govern-
ke Castro." While ev-

To them, Obama might as well be Emmett Till, who was murdered
in 1955 in a small town in Mississippi for whistling at a white
woman. Till was said to be uppity, a smart aleck, and a city slick-
er, according to local whites who wanted to keep Blacks in their place.

Board member Dr. Marta Per-.
To refresh your memory, Wil-
son, a Republican politician
from South Carolina, yelled
out: "You lie," during Presi-
dent Barack Obamaa televised
address to the nation. Wilson
also led the charge to keep the
Confederate flag flying high
above the State Capital in
South Carolina as well. Perez

eryone is entitled to their First
Amendment rights, individuals
like Wilson and Perez should be
held to a higher standard. Af-
ter all, while their constituents
maybe heavily tilted towards
the Republican Party, they are
still servants of the people, and
that includes everyone, regard-
less of their political affiliation.
To them, Obama might as well
be Emmett Till, who was mur-

ory as detailed

in articles in your newspa-
per should be an example
to our young people. Often
times, we complain that our
community lacks leadership
and role models but Kemp
shows that leaders do exist

dered in 1955 in a small town
in Mississippi for whistling at a
white woman. Till was said to
be uppity, a smart aleck, and
a city slicker, according to lo-
cal whites who wanted to keep
Blacks in their place. The same
things are being said about
Obama, a Harvard graduate,
who after succeeding George
W. Bush have all but destroyed
the myth that Blacks are men-
tally inferior to whites. But ac-
cording to the caustic behav-
ior seen at some of the rallies
against the President, he might
one day wind up in the same
predicament as Emmett Till.
' For his part in disrespecting
the President, Wilson did apol-
ogize to. Obama. Yet, despite
the President receiving high
marks in his address to the
students, School Board mem-
ber Perez haven't said a word.
Maybe where she came from,
Blacks were somehow beneath
her and she feels as if she can
treat us anyway she please.
Even if this means disrespect-
ing the President of the United
States Of America.

in our neighborhood. You
have a leader and role model
in your backyard. Kemp, we
wish you the best. Break a

Deborah Roberts
Miami Gardens

I am so proud of Mr. Mau-
rice Kemp who is the City of
Miami's first Black Fire Chief.
It was a privilege to have
met him in person and he is
such a humble man despite

new position in tackling a
budget for the City of Miami.
Eventually, he might have
to make difficult decisions. I
believe that Kemp will be ok.
He didn't climb up the lad-
der to suddenly just fall._

School violence is everybody's problem

Dear Editor:

Once again, Miami Dade
County Schools has suffered
a tragedy. A Coral Gables Se-
nior High student stabbed a
classmate to death. However,
I became agitated when some-
one at the scene of the crime
stated that they could have
never imagined "something like
this happening at Coral Gables

Senior High". Implicit in that
statement is a presence of de-
nial and naivety that is not un-
common in affluent communi-
ties. My dissertation dealt with
the issue of school violence and
in most of the articles I reviewed
there were similar statements.
Case and point, in the after-
math of the Columbine shoot-
ings statements made by many
of the residents seem to suggest

How important do you think Virginia Key Beach is to the Black community?

Retired, Liberty City

I believe it's 1
very important
and it's defi-
nitely worth
saving in the
City of Miami
budget. It's
the only beach
we've got. It's
a landmark. Yes we can go to
the other ones now, but there is
value in going to the tradition-
ally Black beach too. We just
need to hope the lawmakers see
it that way.

Retired, Overtown

I'm not sure
how important
it is. They've : .
remodeled it
with the ten-
nis courts and
stuff. I don't
even know if
any Black people go there any-
more. They mostly go up to

Haulover Beach. We don't have
it on our minds. I don't remem-
ber the last time I was there.

Miami, Retired

Right now,
it's pretty im-
portant be-
cause it is one
of the last land-
marks people
can identify --
with. But it's /. ..4..
also a very
dangerous place. The currents
will take you away. It's been like
that since they dredged it out.
I used to work over there, so I
know. They need to invest more
money in it though; not take
money away.

Overtown, Retired

It's part of our heritage, of
course it's important. We went
through a lot of problems and
trouble back then just to get to

the beach. You
would have to
take the ferry.
Virginia Key
Beach is very
important, to
Black Miam-
ians. You real-
ly have to have
been there
during that time to fully un-
derstand how important. That
used to be the place.

Miami, Entrepreneur

I'm a product
of Miami. We'd
go to Virginia
Key Beach of-
ten. You have
to remember
it was the only
Black beach.
It's a part of
our history
and that's another thing that
doesn't need to be taken away
from us. A lot of the pioneers
would go there. It needs to be
restored so that the next gener-
ation can take their kids there.

Of course it's worth being
kept in the budget. It's some-
place we can go and enjoy part
of our heritage; and when it's
gone-it's gone.

Liberty City, Retired

It gives us as a community,
someplace to go. It's more than
just worth
keeping in
the budget,
it's impor-
tant that
it be kept
there. I take
my own kids
there often. ,
It shouldn't
have been
allowed to fall into disrepair
when it was shut down before,
and now we might lose it? They
need to make the cuts some-
place else.


surprise and shock that this
type of massacre could take
place in Columbine, Colorado. I
guess it was assumed that Col-
umbine was too safe and too ho-
mogeneous for school violence.
Shootings of this magnitude
only occur in urban communi-
ties where gangs stalk each oth-
er in the streets... so we thought!
Well, I have news for everyone,
no community or school is ex-

empt from the tragedy that oc-
curred at Coral Gables Sr.
I guess Martin Luther King
was correct when he lamented
that unfortunately ' there are
people in this society who are
unable or unwilling to disagree
with without being violently dis-
Dr. Robert Malone Jr.

Word around City Hall is that State Attorney Katherine Fer-
nandez-Rundle has been busy taking demonstrations of a lot
of politicians and wannabe insiders with the intent of opening
some old sores that won't seem to heal. Stay tuned.

No sooner than the fires engulfing popular Miami Beach
Catholic priest Alberto Cuti6 had died down, another blaze
was ignited this week. An ex-stripper who had a long-running
affair -- and a baby, she says -- with a Pembroke Pines priest
is seeking child support and has filed a restraining order
against him.

Everybody in the country found out about the way we run
our county this week when USA Today published this little
tidbit: The mayor of Miami-Dade County, Fla., approved raises
for 36 police commanders and some key aides weeks after he
publicly warned of steep budget cuts for county employees.

Former National Baptist Convention USA president, Dr.
Henry J. Lyons, lost the recent convention in Memphis, TN
to Dr. Julius Scruggs. Although he was defeated 5032 to 924
votes, Lyons is challenging the results. The court will rule on
the case Sept. 25.

Members of the influential Mega church Coral Ridge Pres-
byterian Church voted overwhelmingly Sunday to keep W.
Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of evangelist Billy Graham, as
their spiritual leader. Tchividjian, became pastor in April, is
accused of replacing church staff with his own, not wearing
a robe when he preaches, watering down Coral Ridge's tradi-
tional workshop style and selling church land to make up for
budget shortfalls. Dissident members include the daughter of
Dr. James Kennedy, who founded the church.

Role models exist in our community
Dear Editor: the pressure that awaits his His life st

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Community must police itself

jolIn tile City of Miami a P.U.L.S.E,

continued from 1A

But of the crowd of more
than sixty people crowded who
braved the heat to witness the
unveiling, none have been more
affected by the "no snitching"
mentality than Wanda McMil-
McMillon lost ,her son,
16-year-old Marquez James,
to gunfire in July 2008. The
crime remains unsolved.
"Oh it's much different when
it's your child," she said of the
"no-snitching" mentality.
"Even though I've lost my
son, and its hard, it's good to
see a lot of people coming out
to make sure that this doesn't
happen to someone else's

kids," she said.
The unveiling took place at
the intersection of near the fu-
ture site of Sherdavia Jenkins
Park. As the crowd gathered
under a white awning to escape
the heat, PULSE's executive
director Nathaniel Wilcox gave
a brief history of the HotSpots
campaign and its aims. The
HotSpots campaign consists of
printed cards that can be filled
out and turned in anonymous-
ly at specific locations. This
spares potential informants
the fear of retaliation.
At the intersection, a bus
stop sign has been added, and
several more will be placed at
locations around the city. This,
combined with the cards, gives
local residents access to the

information they need to turn
in criminals anonymously.
Eric Thompson, director of
the Liberty Square Commu-
nity Center thinks the idea is
a good one. "I've been in Miami
for ten years, and I've been
to 35 press conferences and
funerals. Until the neighbor-
hood says 'enough is enough,'
it won't stop. There's only so
much the police and govern-
ment can do. The community
itself needs to rise."
Major McQueen voiced simi-
lar sentiments. "Why is it that
crime happens in some places
all the time and in some not,"
he asked? "It's that in the plac-
es where it isn't happening,
the community doesn't toler-
ate it."

Participants in the HotSpots campaign (from left to right): Richard Robinson, Nathaniel Wilcox,
Executive Director PULSE, Keva Weems, HotSpots Committee, Jonelle Adderley, HotSpots Committee
Co-Chair, Barbara Pruitt, HotSpots Committee Chair, Ulyssee Garcia, HotSpots Committee and Juanita
Shanks, HotSpots Committee attend the unveiling of the "Just Report It" advertisements in Liberty City.

Roldan remains committed to serving the people

JACKSON of Jackson's institu- "We remain comrn-
continued from 1A tions are facing bud- j mitted to providing

Miami Carats weekend cruise

Special to The Miami Times

The Miami Chapter of car-
ats began their club year with
a weekend cruise aboard Royal
Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas
ocean liner. It was definitely a fun
experience on the luxury ship
where Carats' enjoyed their mini
vacation in Coco Bay and Nas-

continued from 1A

an $11 million cut, has yet to
be officially notified of the year's
funding, according to a repre-
sentative. Marshall Davis, who
has managed the facility for 25
years, is on vacation and was
unavailable to comment.
Another organization facing
cutbacks include Haitian Wom-
en of Miami (FANM). The Little
Haiti organization will see a re-
duction of 30 percent according
to Executive Director Marleine
Bastien. FANM offers an array
of counseling, outreach, educa-
tion, access to care and advo-
cacy services. The program re-

sau, Bahamas. It was the ideal
way' to begin a new year while
enjoying the sites and sharing
in the camaraderie with sister
Carats and their Carateers.
Joining the group were Rosa
and Joel Nesbitt, Wallis and
Gene Tinnie, Linda and Jim
Brown, Carmen and Al Jack-
son, Florence Strachan, Porta

ceives $350,000 annually from
the county.
"It will mean more
layoffs on our side,"
said Bastien. "It's really
disheartening, because
it comes at a time when
demand for services has
increased. We've seen
more cases of abuse,
more cases of domes-
tic violence. These cuts
will impact our families
negatively." BAS
She continued, "It's
really scary. I'm really
concerned about this."
FANM's situation is not
Community-based organiza-

Thompson and Paula Bain who
extended small tokens to the
Carats as memories of a great
weekend. Carats Eddye Rod-
gers who is currently recuper-
ating at the Cleveland Clinic,
and Rosemary Braynon who is
also ill were scheduled to join in
the weekend festivities but were
sidelined by illnesses.

tions will receive 70 percent of
their funding. Commissioners
will decide in Octo-
ber how the money
will be distributed.
Across town, there
are programs be-
ing spared. Fairchild
Tropical and Botanic
Gardens, Historical
Museum of South-
ern Florida, Miami
Art Museum, Miami
Science Museum,
the Zoological Soci-
ety (which operates
Miami Metro Zoo) and the Mi-
ami-Dade Sports Commission
all will retain their funding this

Domestic issues may distract public

continued from 1A
produced. "The United States
has dramatically changed the
tone, the substance and the
practice of our diplomacy at
the United Nations as well as
our approach to multilateral-
ism in general," U.N. Ambassa-
dor Susan Rice said last week
while briefing reporters on how
"the president intends to use
his time" at the U.N.
She's right. Since taking of-
fice eight months ago, Obama
has pressed ahead with his
promise to withdraw American
forces from Iraq, close the U.S.
detention center at the Guan-
tanamo Bay Naval Base, and
open talks with adversaries
such as Cuba, Syria, North Ko-
rea and Iran.

continued from 1A

Throughout the years, Dan-
ticat has written Krik? Krak
(1996), The Farming of Bones
(1998), Behind the Moun-
tains (2002), The Dew Break-
er (2004), Anacaona: Golden

Obama has also scrapped
plans to build a missile defense
shield in the Czech Republic
and Poland that ostensibly was
meant to guard the region from
an Iranian nuclear attack, but
which the Czech and Polish
governments saw as a hedge
against Russian aggression. It'll
be replaced by a system that.
has greater capability to thwart
an Iranian attack - and poses
less of a threat to a jittery Rus-
That won't make old Cold
Warriors happy, but it will calm
the fears of a lot of people across
the globe who look to him for
leadership. In June, the U.S.
president held a commanding
lead over other heads of govern-
ment in a poll of people in 20
nations with 62% of the world's

Flower, Haiti, 1490 (2005) and
memoir, Brother, I'm Dying
Danticat lives in Buena Vista.
She is married to Fedo Boyer
and has two daughters, four-
year-old Mira and nine-month-
old Leila.
Other winners include Jill

population. An average of 61%
of the respondents said they
had confidence in Obama "to do
the right thing regarding world
affairs." The next closest lead-
ers trailed him by 21 points.
Amid all this optimism, there
is reason to worry the issues
that drove Obama onto the Sun-
day talk shows will deflect his
attention away from some of the
world's most troubling issues.
The conflict between Israel and
the Palestinians threatens a
new eruption, even as he meets
briefly with their leaders today.
And the human rights crisis in
Darfur is largely out of the news
but rages on.
While Obama's foreign policy
is off to a good start, there's
much more to be done to make
the world a better place than
what he inherited.

Seaman of Sudan, an infec-
tious-disease specialist, Lynsey
Addario of Turkey, a photo-
journalist and Jerry Mitchell of
Jackson, Miss., an investiga-
tive reporter reopening cases
during the Civil Rights era to
make sure that criminals are
brought to justice.,

Roldan's idea is a poor one.
She says that by eliminating
clinics and long-term care,
patients will overwhelm, the
Emergency Room which be-
comes too costly for the pa-
"It is revenue problem but
we should not cut services
to the residents," Baker said.
"The clinics on the front end
and should be that people
can see a physician without
sitting hours in the ER."
Acquiring money from the
County should be the resolu-
tion says Baker but right now
the County has no money to
give out so it puts Jackson's
chief in a bind.
Jackson is currently facing
an estimated $133 million
budget deficit for the 2010 fis-
cal year. The new fiscal year
begins Oct. 1.
Roldan says that Jackson
is still finalizing what services
will be cut or eliminated. All

get cuts. Nothing has
been set stone yet,
but she insists; "Pa-
tient care is, and al-
ways will be, our top
She says the fo-
cus is about provid-
ing healthcare for all
County residents.


the highest qual-
ity of care to all
residents of Miami-
Dade County - the
same type of care
that has continu-
. I ally placed Jackson
KER institutions among
the best in Ameri-
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"No guarantees" of safety says Carvalho

Miami-Dade Schools superintendent tells parents to wake up

By Tariq Osborne

After a number of arrests on
weapon charges last week of at
least seven students at different
schools, Miami-Dade Superin-
tendent of Schools, Alberto Car-
valho, school district adminis-
trators and community leaders
held a press conference to ad-
dress the issue.
The event was well-attended
by local leaders. Most said what
one might expect under such
circumstances; from urging par-
ents to take a more active role,
to decrying the violence on tele-
vision and in video games.
Carvalho made the shopworn
observation that "students did
not produce these weapons in
the schools; they were brought
from home."
The surprise occurred when a
Jean Louis, a concerned parent,

-Miami Times Photo /Tariq Osborne
,State attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle reminds parents
to be ever vigilant in response to a disturbing increase in
violent behavior in local schools.

asked the following question.
"Sir, my daughter will go to
school tomorrow. What can you
do to guarantee her safety?"
"Sir, wake upl" Carvalho re-
sponded. "There are no guaran-
tees in this life."

Despite the apparent lack of
guarantees, local leaders are
committed to trying. To this end,
Carvalho revealed a new com-
munity-wide initiative to curb
violent behavior.
His plan includes reaching out

to parents, holding a student
summit and encouraging teens
to send in tips through social
media platforms like Twitter and
The program will have 'several
elements. Most significantly, it
will include a weapons amnesty
program that will accelerate the
collection of guns across the
A second element will be a
campaign to urge students to
take responsibility for their ac-
tions, making them more aware
of the potential consequences.
In addition, the program will
connect parents with experts in
bullying, cyber-safety, adoles-
cent mental health and violence
Carvalho is also planning to
hold a youth summit that will
allow students themselves to
take action against violence.
State attorney Katherine Fer-
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As a part of Miami-Dade County's continuing commitment to
public participation in local government, the Park and
Recreation Department invites area residents to attend a public
Open House:

NW 87 St. to NW 41 St. I/ NW 11 Av. to NW 32 Av

The Open House is designed to showcase proposed bicycle
boulevard concepts and provide an opportunity for the public to
review related project exhibits and provide input on future
bikeway plans: As part of the meeting, County staff and
consultants will answer questions about planning, development
and operations at various exhibit stations set up throughout the
room. Residents are encouraged to attend and comment on
the study. The Open House will take place at:

Arcola Lakes Park - Recreation Center
1301 NW 83 St., Miami, FL 33147
October 7, 2009 7:00 - 9:00 PM
For more information on this project contact:
Mark Heinicke, Park Planner,
Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department at
To request material in an accessible format, information on access for
persons with disabilities, or sign interpreter services (7 days in advance),
call 305-365-6706.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, -
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Obama questions plan to deploy more Afghan troops

By Elizabeth Williamson
and Henry J. Pulizzi

President Barack Obama on
Sunday voiced skepticism that
more troops would make a dif-
ference in Afghanistan, suggest-
ing he might not rubber-stamp
military officials' expected re-
quest to send more forces to
that country.
"I don't want to put the re-
source question before the
strategy question," Mr. Obama
told CNN's "State of the Union."
"There is a natural inclina-
tion to say, 'If I get more, then
I can do more.' But right now,
the question is-the first ques-
tion is-are we doing the right
thing? Are we pursuing the
right strategy?"
Mr. Obama's comments sug-
gested that the White House
could be reassessing its strat-
egy in Afghanistan, ahead of
an expected request for more
troops from Gen. Stanley Mc-
Chrystal, the U.S. and NATO
commander there. Mr. Obama,
who has approved more troops
for Afghanistan while ordering a
drawdown in Iraq, has already
agreed to send an additional
21,000 troops to Afghanistan,
bringing the total number of
U.S. forces there to 68,000 by
year's end.
Recent polls have shown de-
clining support in the U.S.
for the Afghanistan war. Mr.
Obama has said that while he
doesn't favor an open-ended

war in Afghanistan, he has no
deadline for withdrawing forces
and won't base his decision on
"the politics of the moment."
Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell of Kentucky, ap-
pearing on CNN Sunday, said
Mr. Obama should follow the
military's advice on conducting
the war in Afghanistan. He add-
ed that Gen. David Petraeus,
commander of U.S. forces in
Iraq and Afghanistan and Gen.
McChrystal's superior, "did a
great job with the surge in Iraq.
I think he knows what he's do-
ing. Gen. McChrystal is a part
.of that. We have a lot of confi-
dence in those two generals."
Senate Armed Services Com-
mittee Chairman Carl Levin (D.,
Mich.),,who just returned from
the Middle East, welcomed Mr.
Obama's comments. "I've been
recommending to the president
that, first of all, before any con-
sideration is made of addition-
al combat forces, that we get
the Afghan army bigger, better
equipped," he told CNN.
The president made the Af-
ghanistan comments as part of
a media blitz Sunday aimed at
securing support for the Dem-
ocrats' health-care overhaul.
The interviews underscored the
challenges the president faces
in trying to sell the public on
some of his policy priorities, in-
cluding Afghanistan and health
Mr. Obama and Democratic
congressional leaders have run



into resistance from Republi-
cans over their efforts to over-
haul the health-care system,
with much of the criticism fo-
cused on the price tag and the
government's proposed role in
the sector. To try to win sup-
port for the plan before he de-
parts Washington this week
for a United Nations gathering
in New York and another with
the Group of 20 industrial na-
tions in Pittsburgh, Mr. Obama
sat for interviews with five net-
On ABC's "This Week," Mr.
Obama grew combative when
host George Stephanopoulos
asked whether his plan's re-
quirement that most Americans
buy health insurance would be
equivalent to a tax increase.
"For us to say that you've got


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to take a responsibility to get
health insurance is absolutely
not a tax increase," Mr. Obama
said. "What it's saying is, is that
we're not going to have other
people carrying your burdens
for you anymore than the fact
that right now everybody in
America, just about, has to get
auto insurance. Nobody con-
siders that a tax increase," Mr.
Obama said. He added: "George,
you-you can't just make up
that language and decide that
that's called a tax increase."
On CBS's "Face the Nation,"
Mr. Obama sparred with host
Bob Schieffer over whether
medical-services providers and
insurers would pass costs re-
lated to a health-care overhaul
onto consumers.
"Here's the problem, they're
passing on those costs to the
consumer anyway," the presi-
dent said. Mr. Schieffer inter-
rupted: "But this would be
more." Mr. Obama countered:
"No the difference is, they're
making huge profits on it,
Mr. Obama also appeared on
NBC's "Meet the Press," and
Spanish-language Univision's
"Al Punto." Fox News Channel,
which Mr. Obama had accused
earlier this year of being "en-
tirely devoted to attacking my
administration," didn't make
the list. Fox News is owned by
News Corp., which also owns
Dow Jones & Co., publisher of
The Wall Street Journal.

N.Y. lawmaker

sworn in as

Army secretary

Associated Press

Republican congressman
John McHugh has been sworn
in as the new secretary of the
President Barack Obama
named McHugh, to the Army's
top civilian spot in June. But
his nomination was blocked by
the two Kansas senators over
the prospect of Guantanamo
detainees being sent to their
home state. They lifted their op-
position last week after discus-
sions with administration offi-
cials led them to conclude the
detainees would go elsewhere.


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President Barack Obama listens to Rep. John McHugh, R-
N.Y. speak in the Diplomatic Room of the White House.-AP

The 60-year-old McHugh
was on his 9th term repre-
senting upstate New York. He
was the top Republican on the
House Armed Services Com-

He joins another high-rank-
ing Republican at the Penta-
gon, Defense Secretary Robert

Justice to review ACORN funding

ing to Republican charges that
the community organizing group
ACORN has misused federal
grants, the Justice Department's
inspector general said Monday
that he would assess whether
ACORN got any department
funds, and if it did, what it did
with the money.
In a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith,
R-Texas, Inspector General Glenn
Fine also said his office would re-
view whether the Justice Depart-
ment has audited any money that
ACORN (the Association of Com-
munity Organizations for Reform

Now) might have received.
According to Republican law-
makers and a top ACORN offi-
cial, the grassroots organization
has received about $53 million in
federal funding since 1994.
Late Monday, Tracy Schmaler,
a Justice Department spokes-
woman, said a preliminary review
found that the department hasn't
,directly given ACORN any grants
since President Barack Obama
took office.
Republicans began calling
for federal investigations of the
group after ACORN workers at
several offices offered question-

able tax advice to two conserva-
tive activists posing as a prosti-
tute and her pimp.
At one office in Philadelphia,
however, the staff filed a police
report after the couple left.
And National City, Calif., police
said Monday that ACORN staffer
Juan Carlos Vera contacted his
cousin, a police detective, to get
advice on what to with informa-
tion on possible human smug-
gling. The detective consulted
another police official who served
on a federal human smuggling
task force, who 'said he needed
more details.

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Special to The Miami Times of the military affairs committee a vote on whether to prohibit the
were polled via email, and voted flag. The vote, which took place
In a startling reversal, the to prohibit the flag. in early September, resulted in a
Homestead/Florida City Cham- The new ban confused local stalemate, according to Wander.
ber of Commerce's Military Affairs members of the Sons of Confeder- The decision at the tinie was to
Committee, which organizes its ate Veterans, who ignited the con- allow the flag, but Wander then
Veteran's Day Parade, has deter- troversy when they marched with determined that the issue was
mined that the Confederate Battle the rebel flag at last year's parade. important enough to be presented
flag may not be flown. Committee It was their first time doing so. to the Military Affairs Committee's
Chairman Jeffrey Wander recent- A smaller group within the Mili- entire membership. The new vote
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City holds final budget hearing Thursday

Several services may be reduced to zero funding

Special to The Miami Times
The City of Miami will at-
tempt to balance their budget
at Thursday's final hearing at
Miami City Hall. The fate of
Historic Virginia Key Beach
Park, the City NET offices, the
Liberty City Trust and several
other agencies of the City will
be decided.
The first hearing, held on
Sept. 10, the City approved
the mayor's budget, which


schools bring

home $250k
The Miami Times Staff Report

For the second year in a row
the Broward County School
District has lost out to a Texas
school district for a prestigious
national scholarship prize. They
will make do with second prize
- $250K.
Earlier this year the county's
school district was named a top
five finalist for the 2009 Broad
Prize for Urban Education, the
largest education prize in the
country. Nominations for the
prestigious award go to schools
that demonstrate the greatest
overall performance and im-
provement, and reduce income
and ethnic achievement gaps.
From 2005 to 2008, Broward
narrowed achievement gaps be-
tween Black and white students
in math at all school levels as
well as gaps between its low-
income students and the state

From 2005 to 2008, Broward
narrowed.achievement gaps
between Black and white
students in math at all school
levels as well as gaps be-
tween its low-income stu-
dents and the state average
for non-low-income students.

average for non-low-income
In addition, during the same
time period, participation rates
for Black students taking the
SAT exam increased in Bro-
ward, as did average scores.
The other counties named as
finalists were the Aldine Inde-
pendent School District near
Houston, Texas; the Gwinnet
County Public School District
outside Atlanta, Georgia; the
Long Beach Unified School Dis-
trict in California and the Sor
corro Independent School Dis-
trict near El Paso, Texas.
The Aldine Independent
School District, in Texas, won
this year's top prize of $1 mil-
lion in college scholarships for
high school seniors; the other
four finalists will each receive
$250,000 in scholarships.
Last year, Broward and Miami-
Dade school districts were final-
ists for the award which was
given to the Brownsville Inde-
pendent School District in Tex-
as. Miami-Dade has been a fi-
nalist for the award three times,
Broward twice.
Each year, winners are se-
lected by a jury of 10 prominent
American leaders from govern-
ment, education, business and
civic sectors, including two for-
mer U.S. secretaries of educa-
tion from both parties.
Scholarship recipients who
enroll in four-year colleges will
receive up to $20,000 paid out
over four years. Those who at-
tend two-year colleges will re-

ceive up to $5,000 scholarships
paid out over two years.

called for all of the agencies
listed above to be reduced to
zero funding in the upcom-
ing fiscal year. Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones voted
against it.
However, the Commission
did vote to keep the mileage
rate, the rate at which prop-

Too cozy?

erty is taxed, unchanged, with
no increase. The rate provides
a relief for the citizens and
means less revenue for the
City to provide vital services
in the face of a $100-million-
plus budget shortfall.
The history of the Historic
Virginia Key Park stands out
in particular because of its im-
mense popularity and environ-


You make the call.

Let's stop playing politics with our energy future and stick to the facts.

Visit www.FPL.com/facts

This advertising is paid for by FPL Group shareholders, not our customers.

mental significance. What was
once known as the "Colored
People" beach was reopened in
February 2008--after its 1982
closing; for everyone.
Under the leadership of the
late Commissioner Arthur E.
Teele, Jr., and late commu-
nity activist M. Athalie Range,
Virginia Key Beach Park Trust
was established by the City in


2000. However, the zero bud-
get proposed by the City would
cut staff believes Gene Tin-
nie, Chairperson of the Trust,
which would be the end to the
"This will end the progress
that Virginia Key Beach Park
Trust has made on behalf of
Miami residents and visitors."
explained Tinnie, in a state-

ment. "Zero funding from the
City will cause a loss of more
than $25 million of county
funding already vested in our
beach/park's extensive im-
Meanwhile, the Trust has
been seeking alternative.
sources of funding, including
possible joint ventures with
private interests.


You've read headlines claiming Florida Power & Light Company

is "too cozy" with the state's Public Service Commission.

That's what some lobbyists and their PR people in Tallahassee would have

you believe when the reality is they want the Public Service Commission to

make its rulings based on political considerations rather than on the facts.

Well, here's what FPL's so-called "cozy" relationship has delivered:

* FPL's typical residential bill is the lowest of all 54 utilities

in the state of Florida and below the national average.

* Our reliability is among the best in the country and 47

percent better than the national average.

* Our low emissions rate makes us one of the cleanest

electric companies in America.

* Our rate proposal would result in electric bills for

typical residential customers and small businesses

going down, not up. That's because a base rate

increase would be more than offset by lower fuel

prices and gains in fuel efficiency.




Regalado draws many
supporters to campaign events

"I promise that I will have an
open door policy for every
resident of Miami and I will be
fair to everyone"

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Forty days of revival

Thanks o Bishop Victor T. Curry, mem-
bers of the clergy, friends and so many oth-
ers who frayed for us and came to our aid
during te recent incidents that happened
at the church and to Pastor Douglas Cook
and othbr members of the congregation.
Because of these incidents, some mem-
bers are afraid to come out at night and
are having problems resting.
We have planned a forty day revival,
which began on. Sunday, September 20
and ill go on from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. night-
ly, through October 29, to let Satan know
that he has no power over us.
Each night, various churches will be
joining us in these services.
We hope you will join us as we fight sin
arid Satan.



Conference 2009

Kingdom living is the topic of our next
Preparing Souls For The Kingdom Confer-
ence, beginning 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oc-
tober 4 and 7:30 p.m. nightly, October 5
through 9 at New Seventy Ninth Street
Word Church, 2275 N.W. 79th Street with
host Pastor, Dr. Robert Young


p., -


--MiamiTimes photo/Sandra J. Charite
Beacon Hill journalism students entertain The Miami Times in their classroom during a day of learning about what it takes to be a journalist.

When I grow up, I want to be...

Private school give students a glimpse in careers in the medical

field, journalism and law by introducing them to the experts

By Sandra J. Charite

Education is the gateway
to the future. "The more
you know, the farther you
will go" is what some have
been taught.
At Beacon Hill Prepara-
tory School, located in Mi-
ami Gardens, students are
getting a glimpse of variety
of career fields. The 260
student body is receiving a
curriculum geared to pro-
vide knowledge and hands-
on experience.
School Principal Dr.
Charles E. Fisher believes
that this type of teaching
is effective in keeping the
students focus while giving
them something to look
forward to.
"When I was younger,
I thought all the lawyers
were in the courtroom," he
said. He later learned oth-
erwise. "Our school motto
is the future belongs to
those who prepare. A pro-
gram like this prepares the
young minds for the fu-
Experts in each of the
career fields come into the
classes to give the students
a first-hand experience of

their job. Newsletters are
sent to the parents to keep
them informed of the guest
speakers and professionals
who visit the classrooms.
"That help keeps the par-
ents informed," said Fish-
er, who is completing his
second year as principal at
the school.
Fisher earned a Bachelor
of Science in Physical Edu-
cation from Madison Uni-
versity, Master of Arts in
Physical Education from
California State University
and a Master of Religious
Education from Jackson-
ville Baptist Theological.
Fisher is a former player
on the NBA's Philadelphia
76ers. He spent many
years coaching basketball
at Florida A & M Univer-
Outside of the school,
Fisher is an Asso-
ciate Pastor at St.
Matthew Mission-
ary Baptist Church
in Brownsville.
While visiting the
students on Thurs-
day afternoon to
give them an in- .
sight in the field of
Journalism, they

Vickie Winans 'gets over' her troubles

By Mike Householder
Associated Press

Brown was the hardest-working man in show
business, Vickie Winans should at least merit
some consideration for the title of hardest-
working woman.
The gospel star is out with a new album,
which she produced and recorded at home for
her own record label. She also performs 175 to
200 shows a year, hosts a new comedy show
on Black Entertainment Television and owns a
Detroit-area boutique.
Not to mention she doesn't have a manager
or agent.
"You can pick up the phone and call me,"
Winans said.
The 55-year-old has endured many personal
hardships since her last CD in 2006, includ-
ing the loss of her mother. The new record's
first single (and title) "How I Got Over" is a
testament to how Winans' faith has helped her
overcome tough times.

It was released in late August and by Sep-
tember had reached No. 1 on Billboard's gos-
pel album sales chart.
Winans, who is divorced from fellow gospel
luminary Marvin Winans, also recently opened
a retail store that carries jewelry, handbags
and other accessories, plus a wig salon.
"There's all kinds of things in here _ trinkets
and bracelets and brooches oh my," Winans said
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yelled, "I want to be a law-
yer...doctor...actress." So
far, 21 students strive to
become doctors, 21 law
students and 10 journal-
A mother, who did not
want to be identified in the
paper, has a daughter at-
tending the school.
"I am so glad that my
daughter is a part of this
school because I have seen
her enthusiasm to learn,"
she said. "She looks to a
brighter future with no lim-
its and that is what Beacon
Hill offers."
Nova Southeastern Uni-
versity Dean of Law, State
Sen. Frederica S. Wilson,
Miami Gardens Mayor
Shirley Gibson and Coun-
cilman Andre Williams are
expected to guest speak-
ers for the students in the
coming weeks.

-Miami Times photo/Sandra J. Charite

As the school day comes to a close, Dr. Charles E. Fish-
er, School Principal, sits in his office.

Beacon Hill has been
around for almost 50 years.
It is an independent, tradi-
tional and coeducational
school that incorporates
preschool to sixth grade.
Susan L.W. Hyman is the

Executive Director of the
Beacon Hill School. Their
sister school is located in
Hollywood. Funding for the
school is based on tuition
that ranges from $6,750-
7,830 per school year.


Pre-Anniversary Services
7:30 p.m. nightly 4 p.m.
Church Anniversary Service
Sunday, September 27, 4pm



First Baptist has been a pillar of religious strength in the Brownsville Community. From their -- -
humble beginnings to their modern edifice. First Baptist has stnved to be a beacon of hope as
their mission continues to spread the gospel.
First Baptist M.B. Church of Brownsville celebrates its BSch Anniversary with Pre-Anniersary .
Services starting on September 23rd thru 25th beginning at 7.30 p.m. nightly.
The Anniversary will culminate on Sunday afternoon. September 27th at 4 pm. with the Zion 7
Hope MB Church Family as their special guest. They cordially Invite the community at large
to join In with them on this grand occasion

Wednesday September 23"'
New St.James Baptist Church
Rev.John Adams, Pastor

Thursday, September 241b
Mt. Carmel M.B Church
Rev.James Kinchen, Pastor

Sunday, September 27th

Friday, September 2*
Logos Baptist Church,
Rev. Keith Buder, Pastor

Zion Hope M.B Church
Rev.W Edward Mitchell Pastor



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CDC launches new HIV testing strategy

By Joseph C. Phillips

The Center for Disease Con-
trol has launched a new pro-
gram that aims to prevent and
reduce the transmission of HIV/
AIDS in the Black community.
The strategy is to target young
Black people at major events
and festivals, including arts
and gay pride festivals, Spring-

Break type fests - even football
tailgate parties - to encourage
HIV testing so that people know
their status and can get health
care services and access early
care, if necessary, and learn
how to avoid contracting the
disease - especially if they have
engaged in high risk behaviors.
"The burden of HIV in the
African-American community

The CDC has a screening
system in place in 25 states
and has substantial data from
such major cities as New York,
Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
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is staggering, and we can't let
this continue," said Peter E.
Thomas, of the federal Cen-
ters for Disease Control's Divi-
sion of HIV/AIDS Prevention.
"It's already been reported that
African-Americans are about 12
percent of the population but
represent nearly half of new in-
fections and nearly half of those
living with HIV," Thomas said.

The Being About Rapid HIV
Testing (BART) program offers
HIV tests in a non-clinical set-
ting. Test results are available
in about 20 minutes, and there
is information available about
where to find help, if needed,
and how to avoid risky behav-
The idea, Thomas said, is
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Overall, researchers said American

adults age 64 and younger who

lack health insurance have a 40

State's health


program has

no clients
Health Choices, pushed as a
solution to the state's high rate
of uninsured last year by Re-
publican House leaders, still
has no insurers or businesses
signed up.
That makes it even less suc-
cessful than the program cre-
ated at the same time, Gov.
Charlie Crist's "Cover Florida."
At the end of July it had about
4,130 policies, while recent
census data show the number
of uninsured Floridians has
grown to 3.6 million.
The results so far mean nei-
ther Crist nor Marco Rubio, his
opponent in the Republican pri-
mary for U.S. Senate, can use
the state's efforts on the unin-
sured as campaign fodder. Ru-
bio pushed the Health Choices
plan as House Speaker.
State Sen. Dan Gelber, D-
Miami Beach, had predicted
the plans wouldn't accomplish
much and called them "cos-
"Florida has no meaningful
response to the crisis of the
uninsured, and we're not even
mentioning the under-insured,"
Gelber told Health News Flor-
Crist is partly to blame for
delays on Health Choices be-
cause he was slow to make ap-
pointments to the board, says
ChairmanAaron Bean, who
sponsored the plan last year as
House health council leader.
Bean also faulted Sunshine
Law requirements that require
meetings to be advertised so
the public can attend, saying
that lengtherns the process.
He remains hopeful that
some health plan can be offered
before the end of 2009. "Would
I have preferred to have it al-
ready be up? Yes," he said.
The idea was that Florida
Health Choices would promise
employers a free market where
any package of care could be
sold by approved providers,
including chiropractors, den-
tists, and other non-traditional
sources of insurance. The ben-
efits would be paid for with pre-
tax dollars.
But even when the market-
place is running there is no
guarantee that insurers will
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CDC: 1 in 3 teen girls got

cervical cancer vaccine

By Mike Stobbe

Atlanta, Ga. - One in three teenage
girls have rolled up their sleeves for
a vaccine against cervical cancer, but
vaccination rates vary dramatically be-
tween states, according to a federal re-
port released Thursday.
The highest rates were in Rhode Is-
land, New Hampshire and Massachu-
setts, where more than half of girls
were between the ages of 13-17 got at
least one dose of the three-shot vacci-
nation. The lowest rates were in Mis-
sissippi, Georgia and South Carolina,
where fewer than 20 percent got at
least one shot.

The report is the first to give state-
by-state rates for Merck's Gardasil
vaccine. It targets strains of the sexu-
ally transmitted human papilloma-
virus that cause about 70 percent of
cervical cancers. It came on the market
in 2006.
Health officials recommend that girls
get the shots when they are 11 or 12, if
possible, before they become sexually
active so they have immunity before
they are first infected. The shots are
approved for females 9 through 26.
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention study involved a 2008 tele-
phone survey of the parents of nearly
18,000 adolescents, who allowed re-

searchers to check their kids' vaccina-
tion records.
Nationally, there was an increase in
the percentage of teens ages 13 to 17
vaccinated against meningitis, teta-
nus, diphtheria and other illnesses.
The agency also noted a rise since 2007
in the percentage of teenage girls who
had gotten at least the first dose in the
three-shot vaccination series against
cervical cancer.
In 2007, about 25 percent had gotten
a first dose of the vaccine. Last year, it
rose to about 37 percent.
CDC study also found that the num-
ber of girls who got the whole three-dose
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Health officials
recommend that girls get the
shots when they are
11 or 12, if possible, before
they become sexually active
so they have immunity
before they are
first infected.



Five ways to help control your holiday spending

By Jayne O'Donnell

After a holiday season last
year that saw some of the deep-
est pre-Christmas price cutting
in decades, the savvy shopper
might think it best to wait until
the last minute to scoop up bar-
gains this year.
But there's considerable evi-
dence that's neither a smart
move for those seeking dis-
counts nor the best way to stay
on budget.
Consumers may have got-
ten addicted to deep discount-
ing after the deals they got last
year, but retailers have largely
learned their lesson. They are
doing everything they can to
avoid a repeat of the hangovers
that showed up in their earn-
ings reports. Stores have pared
inventories, lowered their start-
ing prices and added lower-cost
products to their lineups.
The major retailers reporting
sales this month showed lacklus-
ter August sales, but the Com-
merce Department numbers out
Tuesday showed an uptick in
overall retail sales. So shoppers
scanning the aisles for half-price
sales in December are likely to
be disappointed unless consum-
er confidence and spending take

another dramatic dip.
No one knows yet for sure what
the holiday season will bring for
retailers, but retail strategist
John Long predicts early dis-
counting that will level off closer
to the holiday.
"By offering better value and
sharper initial pricing, there will
be less of a need for retailers
to go to 60% to 80% off," says
Long, a partner at retail consult-
ing firm Kurt Salmon Associ-
ates. "There will be discounting
earlier, but you won't see the
deep discounting."
Kevin Sterneckert, director of
retail research for consulting
firm AMR Research, says retail-
ers are coming up with new ways
to avoid price slashing. He cites
the example of Sears, which has
announced that its salespeople
will search the Web and match
competitors' prices. Sears isn't
"discounting or marking down in
the traditional sense," he says,
but taking a "a very different re-
tail approach."
But what if you buy a seeming-
ly well-priced gift in September,
and the retailer knocks $100 off
the price in December?
Some retailers offer "price-
match guarantees." If you find
a lower price at BestBuy.com or

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A man dressed as Santa Claus carries shopping bags as he
walks along a sidewalk in New York City last year.

in a Best Buy store for the same
brand and model during the ex-
change and return period, they
will match that price. Sears will
go one better and match it plus
give you 10% within 30 days af-
ter purchase.
Few retailers recommend the
practice, but you could also try
returning the item and buying a
new one at the lower price. But
pay close attention to return pol-
icies - which often don't reach
back to September for holiday
purchases - and restocking

-By Mike Segar/Reuters
Along with the likelihood deals
won't get better as the holidays
get closer, there are financial
reasons why you shouldn't wait
until the last minute. That said,
there are also some pitfalls asso-
ciated with early-bird shopping.


No matter when you shop, set
a budget, make a list and stick

to it. Don't allow yourself second
thoughts about whether you're
being generous enough. Gerri
Detweiler, a personal finance
adviser at Credit.com, says one
of the greatest gifts anyone can
give their family is "saving for
emergencies and the future."

If you do all your shopping in
December and use credit cards,
you'll get a doozy of a bill in
January. Detweiler says credit
agencies' "phones start ringing
off the hooks" in mid-January
from people who overextended
themselves during last-minute
shopping. By pacing yourself
throughout the fall, you're less
likely to break the budget.

Shopping while under deadline
pressure can lead to bad (read:
costly) buying decisions. Even if
you stick to a well-thought-out
and on-budget shopping list,
stores may well be out of what-
ever's on your list, and the alter-
natives may not be as appreci-
ated or affordable.

If you start shopping early,
keep a careful accounting of

what you've spent and what you
bought. It can be as easy to for-
get how much you've already
gotten the kids as it is to forget
you've almost broken the bud-
get. Detweiler recommends put-
ting all receipts in an envelope
beginning with the first holiday
purchase and keeping a careful
accounting of spending on the

So you don't have to wait for
- or hope for - big sales to be
announced, sign up for e-mail or
even text-message promotions
from the retailers you are most
likely to buy from this season.
And sign up for or check balanc-
es on rewards programs offered
by debit and credit cards. There
might be a free gift or deep'dis-
count available.
Retailers are doing fewer
across-the-board sales in favor
of targeted promotions, says
Scott Grimes, CEO of Cardlyt-
ics, which works with banks
to customize retail promotions
to what customers are likely to
buy. That way stores get better
responses to their pitches, and
consumers are more likely to get
offered something they might
actually want.

Unemployed homeowners

could get financial help

Treasury, lenders, others talk about mortgage help"

By Stephanie Armour

administration is engaged in
high-level talks about provid-
ing financial assistance to ho-
meowners who've lost their jobs
and can't afford their mortgage
The Treasury Department
held meetings on the subject as
recently as Thursday with key
stakeholders, according to Lau-
ra Armstrong, a spokeswoman
for Hope Now, an alliance of
non-profits and mortgage ser-
vicers, and more 'discussions
are planned.
Proposals include getting ser-
vicers to let jobless homeowners
skip some monthly payments,
according to Faith Schwartz,
executive director of Hope Now.
Another possibility that has
been discussed includes grants
or loans to temporarily cover
part of the mortgage costs for
homeowners who become un-
employed, says Paul Willen, a
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
"Treasury has now brought us
all together," says Jack Shack-
ett, Bank of America's head of
credit-loss prevention, who is
involved in the discussions.
"Even if it takes Treasury
awhile to get some guidance
out, the talking itself is great,"
Shackett says.
Treasury officials declined to

comment. No time line for any
new government initiative has
been set, says Schwartz, who is
also involved in the talks.
The meetings have included
major lenders, economists and
government officials from Trea-
sury, the Department of Labor,
Hope Now and the Federal Re-
The discussions come after a
$75 billion plan announced in
March by the administration.
That plan seeks to prevent fore-
closures and get homeowners
into more affordable mortgages
but has been criticized for get-
ting off to a slow start.
But now, with unemploy-
ment nearing double digits,
some economists say efforts to
prevent foreclosures must also
involve financial help to hom-
eowners who lose jobs. Other-
wise, they say the housing fe-
covery could stall.
"We're seeing interest at high
levels," Willen says. "At this
point, the idea that unemploy-
ment is the real problem (in the
housing crisis) is the conven-
tional wisdom on Capitol Hill."
Some real estate groups
applauded the talks, say-
ing mounting joblessness will
haunt any housing recovery.
"I've not been a part of the
discussions, but we are aware
of them," says Lawrence Yun,
chief economist at the National
Association of Realtors.

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The 55-year-old has

endured many personal

hardships since her last CD

in 2006, including the loss

of her mother.The new

record's first single (and

title) "How I Got Over" is

a testament to how

Winans' faith has helped

i her overcome tough times.

Winans play own mother in new video

continued from 9B

during an interview there
with The Associated Press.
AP: What was the inspi-
ration in making (your new
Winans: The title song is
the actual first single, "How
I Got Over." I got that one be-
cause my mom passed away,
which was very devastating
for us. So, the whole "How I
Got Over" thing is we used to
have what we call in the Af-
rican-American church "tes-
timony service" and in testi-
mony service a person would
stand up and they would tell
what had happened to them
that week and how they were
triumphant over it. To testify.
... My morn would stand up
in church and she'd go (sing-

ing): "How I got over. How I got
over. My soul looked back and
wondered how I got over." And
man she tapped the church. I
thought about that and in her
honor put it in a beat with a
little bit of spice in it."
AP: In the video you're por-
traying your mother, aren't
Winans: Yes. Oh my God.
For me to have no makeup
and put my hair in this old-
fashioned style. ... One of my
brothers was telling me the
other day, "Girl, you acted
your butt off because you did
look just like Mom." Cause I
look like her anyway.
AP: Where did you shoot
(the video)?
Winans: I shot this one in
the basement of my home. All
the green-screen stuff_ all the
special effects stuff _ I shot

right there in my house, in the
basement in my theater room.
... The-other parts, of the real
church, we shot at (a church).
I think they hadn't made any
changes in 100 years.
AP: You're writing songs.
You're performing. You have
your own record company.
You own a business. Where
do you find time for all this?
Winans: It's a lot. It is really
a lot. I work 15, 16, 17 hours
a day. But I love it.
AP: The liner notes of your
album include your phone
number. How do you get away
with that?
VW: Because I'm a down-
to-earth person. But if you
call too much and you don't
want anything, I put "pest"
next to your name and don't
answer. (Laughs). I don't have
too many pests. My concept

is this: I manage myself, and
there's nothing wrong with
people having managers. But
my thing is this: If I can learn
how to manage myself, why
would I give you 20 percent
and people are looking for me?
It just doesn't make sense. ...
I want to be sweet and kind.
When you do that, people re-
ally, really respect that.
AP: Why did you decide to
open up this boutique?
Winans: I am such a glitzy
kind of person. If you were
ever to come to my home, it's
like a great big museum. ...
(There was) a lot that we didn't
have (growing up). I wanted to
make a store where ... it looks
like people are coming into
my house and going into my
closet. We can share. We have
fun. We eat chicken wings. We
can watch television."

Obama: Health insurance mandates no tax increase

By Ben Feller ,
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Ba-
rack Obama says requiring peo-
ple to get health insurance and
fining them if they don't would
not amount to a backhanded tax
"I absolutely reject that no-
tion," the president said. Blanket-
ing most of the Sunday TV news
shows, Obama defended his pro-
posed health care overhaul, in-
cluding a key point of the various
health care bills on Capitol Hill:
mandating that people get health
insurance to share the cost bur-
den fairly among all. Those who
failed to get coverage would face
financial penalties.

Obama said other elements of
the plan would make insurance
affordable for people, from a new
comparison-shopping "exchange"
to tax credits.
Telling people to get health in-
sugrance is absolutely not a tax
increase, Obama told ABC's "This
"What it's saying is, is that we're
not going to have other people car-
rying your burdens for you any-
more," said Obama. "Right now
everybody in America, just about,
has to get auto insurance. Nobody
considers that a tax increase."
Obama faces an enormous po-
litical and communications chal-
lenge in selling his health care
plan as Congress debates how to
pay for it all. .

He told CBS'. "Face the Nation"
that he will keep his pledge not to
raise taxes on families earning up
to $250,000, and that much of the
final bill - hundreds of billions
of dollars over the next 10 years
-.can be achieved front sd. irn
within the current system. Conm-
ing up with the rest remains a key
legislative obstacle.
Republican National' Commit-
tee Chairman Michael Steele
said there is no way Obama can
achieve his goals without raising
"He has to. How else do you pay
for it?" he told CBS.
Obama put his support behind
the idea of taxing employers that
offer high-cost insurance plans.
"I do think that giving a disin-

Uninsured face preventable deaths

continued from 10B

Census Bureau reported last
week, up from 45.7 million in
Another factor is that there
are fewer places for the unin-
sured to get good care. Public
hospitals and clinics are shut-
tering or scaling back across
the country in cities like New
Orleans, Detroit and others, he
Study co-author Dr. Steffie
Woolhandler. said the findings
show that without proper care,
uninsured people are more
likely to die from complications
associated with preventable
diseases such as diabetes and

heart disease.
Some critics called the study
The National Center for Policy
Analysis, a Washington think
tank that backs a free-market
approach to health care, said
researchers overstated the
death risk and did not track
how long subjects were unin-
Woolhandler said that while
Physicians for a National Health
Program supports government-
backed coverage, the Harvard
study's six researchers closely
followed the methodology used
in the 1993 study conducted by
researchers in the federal gov-
ernment as well as the Univer-
sity of Rochester in New York.

The Harvard researchers an-
alyzed data on about 9,000 pa-
tients tracked by the U.S. Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention's National Center
for Health Statistics through
the year 2000. They excluded
older Americans because those
aged 65 or older are covered by
the U.S. Medicare insurance
"For any doctor ... it's com-
pletely a no-brainer that peo-
ple who can't get health care
are going to die more from the
kinds of things that health care
is supposed to prevent," said
Woolhandler, a professor of
medicine at Harvard and a pri-
mary care physician in Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts.

Being tested should not carry stigma

continued from 10B

to reduce the stigma associated
with HIV tests by making them
readily available. If getting test-
ed for HIV is as common as tests
for diabetes or hypertension and
can be found as easily at a tail-
gate party as at a clinic, or if a
young person sees a peer he re-
spects getting tested, he may fol-
low suit. Knowing one's status is
critical to preventing the spread
of AIDS.
Further, being affiliated with a
local event or organization that
is respected by young people
"gives you greater credibility if
you have the right message and
the right spokesman. Like one
young brother with 'dreads and a
grill. When asked if he had been
tested, he said, I'm straight. I'm

real straight," Thomas said, re-
ferring to BART testing at the
Allstate Southern Heritage Clas-
sic at the Liberty Bowl in Mem-
phis over the weekend. "His de-
cision to go in and take the test
probably helped four or five of
his boys to go get tested."
The CDC has 'a screening sys-
tem in place in 25 states and
has substantial data from such
major cities as New York, Atlanta
and Washington, D.C. The pur-
pose of BART is to look at areas
that aren't necessarily on the
radar for AIDS infection, includ-
ing Memphis and Birmingham.
Thomas said the CDC works
with event organizers and lo-
cal health departments to iden-
tify areas that need the pro-
gram. Interested parties must
submit a proposal to bring
BART to their communities.

"What we're trying to do is iden-
tify individuals who don't know
their status, and get them into
care, if necessary." he said. "We're
identifying people in areas with
a low prevalence (rate of HIV/
AIDS) but high-risk behavior."
The program, which has been
funded for three years, will
gather data at the events to
determine the effectiveness of
their efforts to educate people
about HIV/AIDS, getting them
tested to determine their HIV
status and the program's effect
on reducing risky behaviors.
Individuals who want to find a
location to be tested can go to
www.hivtest.org or www.acta-
Each of us must take respon-
sibility for our health and our
loved ones' by getting tested for
HIV," Thomas said.

centive to insurance companies
to offer Cadillac plans that don't
make people healthier is part of
the way that we're going to bring
down health care costs for every-
body over the long term," Obama
said on NBC's "Meet the Press."




Vaccine costly but effective

continued from 10B

series was only 18 percent and
the rate was higher for white
girls than for Blacks or Hispan-
Vaccine proponents had been
hoping for higher vaccination
rates, saying the shots could
dramatically reduce the nearly
4,000 cervical cancer deaths
that occur each year in the
United States.
It's not clear why state vacci-
nation rates vary so much, but
several factors could be involved,
said Dr. Melinda Wharton, an
administrator of the CDC center
that did the research.
Money is an issue. Retailing at
$390 for the three-dose series,
Gardasil is the most expensive
childhood vaccine.
Many health insurers pay for
the shots, but health officials
noted variations in public in-

surance coverage. A federal pro-
gram pays for certain children,
including those who are unin-
sured or are in state Medicaid
programs, but some states were
slower to take advantage of it
than others.
Also, it takes three trips to the
doctor over six months to get all
the shots, and some parents are
unable or unwilling to take their
kids to the doctor that often.
In South Carolina, many par-
ents have said they are con-
cerned about the safety of the
vaccine or that they don't un-
derstand why a girl should get
vaccinated before she's sexually
active, said Heather Brandt, a
University of South Carolina
public health researcher.
"It's disturbing to see those
states at the lower end of par-
ticipation," she added. "Because
those are states with some of
the highest rates of cervical

Project depends on congress

continued from 10B

want to participate, says Tal-
lahassee attorney Bruce Platt,
who represents health plans be-
fore the Office of Insurance Reg-
ulation. While they'd be free of
the usual state-imposed "man-
dates" for minimum coverage,
he said, the insurers still have
to meet other requirements,
such as an adequate network
and sufficient finances.
Before Florida Health Choices
can even worry about attract-
ing insurers it needs a chief
executive officer. Board mem-
ber Becky Cherney of Orlando
said a job posting this summer
brought 39 applicants from "all
over the map."
Chemey, president and chief
executive officer of the Florida
Health Care Coalition, is put-
ting together an applicant ma-
trix for the board to review at its
Sept. 21 meeting in Orlando.
While Health Choices has

had a slow start in Florida, it
may play a role in the national
reform plan being debated in
Congress, Bean predicts. The
bill that eventually emerges
is expected to include an "ex-
change" that sets up the com-
mon rules regarding plans'
coverage and prices and helps
explain them to the public.
"We could be big winners,"
Bean said.
Conversely, if Congress
changes the current tax incen-
tives that allow for cafeteria-
style health plans to be bought
with pre-tax dollars, Bean's
project could be smothered in
its cradle.

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Jupiter Community Center
1st Floor
200 Military Trail
6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21
Wells Recreation Complex
2409 Avenue H West
6-8 p.m.

Monday, October 26
Kravis Center for the
Performing Arts
Parking Garage 3rd Level
First Floor Salons A & B
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
OR 6 - 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 29
Finland House
1st Floor
301 W. Central Blvd.
6-8 p.m.

Thursday, October 15
Boca Raton
Community Center
Royal Palm Room
150 Crawford Blvd.
6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14
E. Pat Larkins
Community Center
Auditorium &
Meeting Room
520 Martin Luther
King Jr. Blvd.
6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20
Holiday Park
Social Center
1150 G. Harold Martin Dr.
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
OR 6 - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 13
Hallandale Beach Cultural
Auditorium & Room 107
410 SE 3rd St.
6-8 p.m.

Monday, October 19
McDonald Center
17051 NE 19 Ave.
6- 8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27
American Legion Park
6447 NE 7 Ave.
6- 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 8
Courtyard by Marriott
Royal Ballroom
200 SE 2nd Ave.
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
OR 6 - 8 p.m.
Free parking in Courtyard
garage or take Metromover to
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God's love never fails

Last week, I shared the mes-
sage of Psalm 73. I would like to
complete the incredibly uplifting
message found in the verses of
this psalm by Asaph. I want to
mention to you here that Asaph
was a man of God. He had been
selected and handpicked by God
to be a worship leader. He and
his family were given instruc-
tions by Jehovah, the Holy One
of Israel, to create instruments
and songs of praise for the con-
gregation to use in their worship
and devotion services. Asaph
was no wishy washy man who

was flounder-
ing in his
faith. He was a
mighty man of
God chosen by
God to do great
things. I say
this because
we need to re-
Smember that even the strongest,
and those who seem to be called
and anointed for great things
still can become discouraged
and doubtful' at times. It does
not mean that you are a failure
or a disappointment to God if

you feel this way at times as did
In verse 13, Asaph asks a
question that I believe many of
us have asked ourselves and
God. Why bother? Why bother to
go to church when I am sick and
hurting? Why bother to get up
early to read the Bible and pray?
Why bother to keep myself pure
and not involve myself in the
things in which the world and
the heathen take delight? What
good does it do to shun lust and
fornication? Why am I sacrificing
what little I have to give to some-
one in need? Why bother? Was it
all for nothing? Asaph said that
after all of this, he still has trou-
bles every day, and each morning
he wakes up to pain. Read verse
15 carefully. He said that he did
not speak these words of doubt
and fear to others. It was to God
that he cried out. He knew that if
he had said these things to oth-

ers, he would have appeared a
hypocrite, a traitor to God. Also,
when we speak these words to
others, we further discourage
the saints, and the sinners don't
see any reason to change their
He said that he tried to under-
stand why the wicked were pros-
pering, and he was not. He tried
to understand why they seemed
to be in such perfect health, and
he was not. He tried to under-
stand why they lived carefree
lives, and he did not. He admits
that it was hard for him to un-
derstand these things. But hold
on - don't give up! Verse 17 is the
answer - he went into the sanc-
tuary of the Lord! This is where
he found his answers. This is
where he was lifted up. This is
where his eyes were opened. He
spent time and intimacy with
the One Who did know. There's
nothing wrong with talking to

your best friend. The Bible en-
courages us to seek the counsel
of Godly men and women. But
sometimes these wise Believers
cannot answer your questions
either. Sometimes they are seek-
ing answers to their own situ-
ations, and trying to get out of
the circumstances in which they
find themselves . They can't al-
ways know why you are suffer-
ing - they don't always know
why they are suffering!
Asaph went to God. When he
spent time with God, then he un-
derstood what was happening.
It was then that he understood
that the wealth of the wicked
could be lost'in an instant. Then
he understood that the wicked
themselves could be destroyed
in an instant. He also under-
stood something about himself
- he was bitter and angry. His
thoughts and ideas were foolish
and ignorant. He had allowed

pain and depression make him
think senseless thoughts. As
I wrote in a previous column -
when we are sick and depressed,
we don't always think clearly
and wisely. Asaph realized that
nothing matters as much as the
knowledge that he has God. He
acknowledged that he loved and
desired God above all else. Even
if his health fails, and his spirit
grows weak, he still has God,
and just as importantly, God still
has him.
He realized that those who
desert God, and mock Him, and
turn from Him will perish. Their
evil ways are only temporary,
and our dire circumstances are
only temporary too. Nothing will
last forever - but God. Follow the
example of this great psalmist.
Repent. Ask God to forgive you
for complaining and doubting.
Remember that He is still and
always God.

Carol City Senior High will
have their first Citizen's Advi-
sory Council meeting for the
2009-10 school year in the
media center at 6:30 p.m.,
Wednesday September 23.
****** **
Brownsville Middle School
will be celebrating their 501h
year anniversary. There will
be meeting for all interested
alumni in the Brownsville au-
ditorium at 6:30 p.m., Sept.
23. Rosylen Sutton Cox, 305-
633-1481 ext. 2239.

The first Ethics Forum
will be held at the Home-
stead Branch Library, from
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Wednesday,
Sept. 23. The ethics of South
Florida's largest city will be
discussed at Miami City Hall,
from 6:30-8:30 p.m., on Tues-
day, Sept. 29. 305-350-0631.
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South Florida Workforce
-(SFW) will be host a Training
.Expo at the Miami Beach Con-
vention. Center, from 9 a.m. -
4 p.m., September 24.

Miami Dade College North
Campus will host an impor-
tant town hall meeting on
H1N1 (Swine Flu) and Influ-
enza Season, from 10 - 11
a.m., on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Miami-Dade State Attor-
ney's Office will host a Seal-
ing and Expungement Pro-
gram at the Legion Memorial

Park, from 4-7 p.m., Thurs-
day, September 24. 305-547-

There will be a Scott/Carv-
er Homes HOPE VI community
and planning Meeting at the
Merline Matthews Commu-
nity Center (MMC) at 6 p.m.,
Thursday, Sept. 24. 877-330-

The Miami Children's Ini-
tiative will hold a meeting at
the Joseph Caleb Center at
6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept.
24. For information on the Mi-
ami Children's Initiative, visit

City of Miami cordially in-
vites you to the groundbreak-
ing ceremony for Charles Had-
ley Park House and Conces-
sions and unveiling of plans
for the New Hadley Park Youth
and Recreational Center. The
ceremony will take place at
Charles Hadley Park at I11''
a.m., Friday, Sept. 25. 305-

Eagle Care Productions
presents The Joy of Praise
featuring a host of talents that
include mime, dance, drama,
comedians, spoken word, po-
etry and choirs at the El Pala-
cio Hotel at 7 p.m., Friday,
,Sept. 25. 786-346-0021.

Lynn University invites you
to attend "Compose Yourself"
at the de Hoernie Interna-
tional Center, from 10 a.m. - 1

[C-.. u rc-h. Note.

Mount Zion Church of God
presents a three-night of revival
themed, "Warfare Praise" at 7
p.m. nightly until Sept. 23. 786-

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

New Life Missionary Bap-
tist Association is sponsoring a
fundraiser musical program for
Congress of Christian Educa-
tion. The event will take place at
the Emmanuel MBC, from 7- 8
.p.m., Friday, Sept. 25.
305-793-7388 or 305-836-

The Liberty Christian Disci-
ples of Christ Church invite the
public to attend the fifth pasto-
ral anniversary that will climax
at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27.
****** *
Union Grove MBC will culmi-
nate at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept.


New Solid Rock MBC will
have a Family and Friends Day
at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27. Sis-
ter Angie, 786-337-1848.

United Christian Praise and
Worship Center will have their
annual Autumn Tea to benefit
United Christian scholarship
at the Moors Club Center, at 4,
p.m., Friday, Sept. 27.
Fifth Church of Christ, Sci-
entist will host a free lecture
called "The True Brotherhood
of Man" which will explore how
understanding the brotherhood
of man destroys the divisions
created by the world-imposed
barriers due to differences in
language, gender, race, religion
and nationality. The event will
be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sep-
tember 27. 305-696-3766.

Universal Truth Center for
Better Living will hold a com-
munity celebration called "Pow-
erfest" to bring together family
and friends, from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3. 305-

Neva King Cooper Educa-

y.-S a Ie.n.A

time in Miami Beach at the By-
ron Carlyle Theater on Satur-
day, Oct. 3 at a 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. show. 800-745-3000.

The Elk Foundation's Ev-
erglades Chapter will hold its
annual big-game banquet Oct.
3 at the Miami Showman's
Association in Ft. Lauder-
dale. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The event features food, fun,
games, prizes and an auction.
For reservations, call Shelly at
954-953-5312 or register on-
line at www.rmef.org.

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

There writl he a free first-

time Homebuyers Workshop
held at the Believers Life Min-
istries on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Rachel Walker, 305-635-2301,
ext. 374.

Miami Northwestern Se-
nior High Class of 1980 will
meet at 7520 Northwest 141t
Street at 3 p.m., Oct. 10. 305-

The fourth annual South
Florida Theatre Festival will
take place Oct. 12-26. 954-

The Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will conduct a
meeting at the African Heritage
Cultural Center, from 4 - 5:30
p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17. 305-
213-0188 or 305-205-7115.

Sunshine Slopers' Ski Club
will have their 20th anniversa-
ry dinner dance at the Polish
American Club starting at 7
p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24.

Lifting Young Lions Foun-

dation of Excellence (LYLFOE)
is hosting its Fourth Annual
Scholarship Awards Program
for scholarship recipients at
Florida Memorial University on
Saturday, Oct. 24. Dr. George
Davis, Jr., 305-790-7196.

Jackson Health System
will host its third annual Small
Business Vendor Day Work-
shop at the Ira C. Clark Diag-
nostic Treatment Center, from
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thurs-
day, Oct. 29.

Miami Northwestern Senior
High School will hold their 10th
annual College Fair at the Lee
R. Perry Sports Complex, from
6 - 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov.
4. 305-836-0991.

Miami Northwestern Sr.
High Class of 1965 is prepar-
ing for their July 8-11, 2010
Reunion. Classmates are urged
to reconnect through the con-
tact information listed below,
providing your address, phone,
cell & email. 321-733-0958 or
305-299-5549, reunion6t5@

p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. 561-
***** ***
Miami Northwestern Se-
nior High Class of 1968 will
have a meeting at the African
Heritage Cultural Center at 2
p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. 786-

The 6 PAC Neighborhood is
planning it's 20th reunion. They
will be conducting a meeting
at the Belafonte Tacolcy Cen-
ter, 11 a.m., Sept. 28. Blanche
Gross, 305-624-2815.

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 Em-
powerment - 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 Univer-
sity will hold their 130th An-
niversary Gala "Keeping the
Promise" at the Fontainebleau
Miami Beach Resort at 7 p.m.,
Oct. 2. Joan Redd, 305-626-

The City of Miramar is host-
ing a community Arts and Craft
Fair at the Miramar Multi-Ser-
vice Complex on Oct. 3. 954-

Karen Peterson and Danc-
ers will perform for the first

tional Center will be celebrat-
ing its 25th anniversary on Oct.
16. 305-910-7819.

Pembroke Park Church of
Christ will hold a job fair, from
9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Saturday, Oct.
17. 954-962-9327.
******* *
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., Satur-
day, Oct. 24. Church office, 305-

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

A Mission With A New Be-
ginning Church invites the
community to come fellowship
at 11:15 a.m., on Sundays and
Bible class weekly at 7 p.m.,
**** *****
Redemption M.B. Church is
sponsoring a fundraising break-
fast and yard sale on Friday and
Saturday. Pastor Willie McCrae,
305-793-7388 or 305-836-1990.

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Atlanta lawsuit spotlights

obscure Black community

ATLANTA - Ed Daugherty
remembers passing the grav-
eled streets, modest homes and
painted white church in Mace-
donia Park as a teenager on his
way to school.
Now 82, Daugherty is among
the dwindling number of At-
lantans who still remember
the Black enclave once nestled
in the city's affluent Buckhead
neighborhood. The community
embodied a bygone but com-
mon custom here, typical of
many clusters of convenience in
the South where Black workers
lived close to the white families
for whom they worked.
Macedonia Park was both a
product and a casualty of its
time. When nearby white resi-
dents decided to build a park,
they forced their Black neigh-
bors out and razed the subdivi-
sion, leveling the homes and the
church of Daugherty's boyhood.
Today, all that remains is Mt.
Olive Cemetery, the last vestige
of a community many Atlantans
have never heard of. A woman
whose grandparents are buried
there is suing to save the cem-
etery from a developer seeking
to move the graves to turn a
In a city where Black history
usually calls to mind the lives of
civil rights leaders, the lawsuit
is bringing attention to a less
known facet of that history: the
quiet struggles that everyday
people endured during segrega-
"Atlanta and Buckhead have
been shaped by lots of differ-
ent hands," said Christine Mc-
Cauley, executive director of
the Buckhead Heritage Society.
"Nobody's role in it is more im-
portant than the other. This re-
ally is the very last remnant of
that community."'% - -
Former slaves settled Mace-
donia Park as tenant farmers. A
white developer built a subdivi-
sion of modest homes there in
the 1920s. Its residents likely
worked in the homes of their
white neighbors, a fairly typical
development pattern in Atlanta,
said Larry Keating, author of

"Atlanta: Race, Class and Urban
The relationship was a mu-
tually convenient one in a bur-
geoning residential area, Daugh-
erty said.
"Back then, your servants
lived nearby if they could," he
explained. "It was an efficient
and hopefully, a happy relation-
ship for everyone involved."
The neighborhood had dozens
of homes, as well as two grocery
stores, restaurants and a Black-
smith. There were also three
churches, including Mt. Olive
Methodist Episcopal and its ad-
jacent cemetery.
By the mid 1940s, Macedonia
Park's white neighbors wanted to
build a public park on the land.
The residents were bought out,
using threats, eminent domain
and other means to get them off
the property, Keating said.

And by the early 1950s,
Macedonia Park was no more.
In its place, the county built
Bagley Park, named for a well-
respected Black businessman
and,resident of Buckhead, Wil-
liam Bagley. The park became
home to a neighborhood base-
ball program and in 1980 was
renamed for Frankie Allen, a
popular, white, baseball umpire
in the league.
Over the years, the memory of
the community was also figura-
tively buried at Mt. Olive.
"How many people are aware
of the fact that Buckhead
was dotted with small African
American enclaves?" Keating
said. "Preserving the cemetery
speaks to the fact that people
lived and died there and lost
their community." More than
100 people are thought to be
buried there.

Annual Dual's Day
On September 27 at World
Deliverance Church speaker for '
Dual Day will be Evangelist Ni7
cole L. Kelly, Northwestern Se-
nior High Alumni, with a Bach-
elor Science Degree in Education
from Florida Memorial Universi-
ty. Teaching in Miami Dade Pub-
lic School. A proud mother of one
The WDC family is blessed to
have this humble woman of God
to bring forth the Word.
The theme is "How Beautiful
for Brothers to Dwell To-gether in
Unity. We invite you to come out.
Our pastor is Dr. Norris Kelly. EVANGELIST NICOLE L. KELLY

Sunday School Observance Day
The members of the Mt. Ver-
non M.B. Church, 1323 NW 54
St., cordially invites you to fel-
lowship with us in our Sunday
School Observance Day, Sun-
day, September 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Our guest speaker for this oc-
casion is Sister Albertha Cum-
ming from Christian Fellowship
M.B. Church.
For further information you
can call 305-824-4779, 10 a.m.-
5:30 p.m., then 786-294-3157. SISTER ALBERTHA CUMMING

Lakol reunites: Old

band mates, new sound

After more than ten years, group prepares for world tour

The Miami Times Staff Report

The dynamic Haitian group,
Lakol, announced their return
to the music scene last week.
The group will reunite origi-
nal founding members and
brothers, Vladimir and Stan-
ley Toussaint, and introduce a
stellar line up of new faces in-
cluding acclaimed Gospel and
R&B bass player, Marc Celes-
tin Jr.
Stanley Toussaint aka 'Tan-
tan," who is an iconic lead
singer/producer and has been
described as the "the greatest
Haitian vocalist of all time," is
the driving force of this long-
awaited reunion. Tantan and
Lakol modernized the Nouvel
Generation movement in the
90s with hits like 'Siwel' and
'Dife'. Their hit single 'Ole Ole',
which was composed and pro-
duced by Tantan, won 'Song of
the Year' at the Caribbean Mu-

sic Awards in New York. The
song later went on to become
the first ever Konpa video to
be broadcast on American
mainstream television and ra-
dio networks .including: BET,
MTV International, Telemundo
and New York's WBLS Radio.
Tantan climbed to the top of
the charts with his solo debut
mega hit "Pam, Pam, Pam" in
2005 then took home several
awards including 'Best Song'
.and 'Artist of the Year'. .Tantan
is now working new music for
Lakol and experimenting with
an array of arrangements to
try to bring an original sound
to their classic hits. Lakol's
new sound is pure rhythmic
that blends hard-core ..Konpa
rhythms with R&B while dis-
playing Tantan's talented vo-
Tantan spoke briefly about
the group's comeback. "This
is not a reunion it's a rebirth.

This is a revolution in Konpa
music; it's the evolution of La-
kol," he said.
The group will jumpstart its
world tour at Musique en Folie
in November then continue in
a national tour of Haiti. Other
countries scheduled for their
tour route in 2010 include:
France, the French Caribbean,
the United States and Can-
ada. With their high voltage
stage performances and fresh
skills, style and attitude, "La-
kol promises to be a force to be
reckoned with."



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What Black People Think


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Black people think, think again. Some
people care a lot. Especially when they need
something from you. I
Take corporations.They want
you to buy their products. And
banks care whether you're going
to give them your money.
Politicians.They care what you
think when they're looking for
your vote.And TV and radio
stations hope you will pay
attention to their shows.
The point is, all these people
want something from you.
And when people want
something from you, you .
have got power over
them.We should learn
to use that power
wisely to make the
changes we need to
Give your money, your
votes and your loyalty to
people who deserve it. People
who are going to give you
something in return. People who
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Who cares what Black people
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The Miami Times is about the
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power you have and letting you
know how you can use it. For
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devastating storms in the country.

However, Black Dada can also identify with the
video after traveling from Port-au-Prince, Haiti to
America at the age of five. His family established
themselves in the inner-city of Fort Lauderdale.
Black Dada was raised in the church. At an early
age, he started playing the trumpet and developed
a love for classical music.
Black Dada, the oldest of three, attended Dillard
High School. Being more focused than most, he
did not succumb to the affairs of the streets but
pursued an education at Broward Community
College (now Broward College), where he majored
in Business Administration.
Shortly after his sophomore year, Black Dada
left school to pursue his music, but it wasn't easy.
He hooked up with long-time friend, Nelson "LoLo"
Lopez, to help bring out the artist within.
Black Dada still had to do a lot of work.
He cut hair, fixed cars and did any odd job to get
some cash.
"I did my own marketing," he said. "I forwarded
ri ngtones to people on my phone and MySpace and
asked them for their feedback."
He adopted the name "Black Dada," from his
childhood of being called "Black" because of his
dark skin. His mother gave him the nickname
The hard work paid off when he was signed to

Strictly Business Records in Miami.
Today, Lopez is Black Dada's manager. Black
Dada revealed to The Times in an interview that he
was recently signed to Universal Records.
He considers himself an unusual artist.
"I have my own genre of music," he said. Like
Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean, Black Dada wants to
bring Creole into the music industry.
Unlike most 24-year-olds, Black Dada spends
countless hours in the studio. But when not in
the studio, he can be seen working out, playing
basketball or catching up on his sleep.

Through it all, the success has not changed
Every year, Black Dada anticipates partaking in
the Haitian tradition of savoring a bowl of Soup
Joumou which is made of squash slices, pieces
of beef and vegetables such as potato, parsley,
carrots, and onions. Haitians eat the soup on the
first of the year as a celebration of the New Year
and of Haiti's independence.
Black Dada will be releasing "Zoe Water" in the
coming months.
Another Haitian tradition for Black Dada is
sending money to relatives in Haiti. "We have to
take care of my own. We can't wait for others to do
our job," he says.
He threw a concert in his native country in
2007 and received overwhelming support from

"I have a lot of respect on every corner of Haiti,"
he said.
Yet he believes that there is so much work that
needs to be done in Haiti.
"One of my goals is to put a garbage truck in the
streets of Haiti and hire workers to help keep the
streets clean and bring jobs," he said.

Although his family did not approve of his career
path, they have finally accepted his love for music.
Family means the world to Black Dada. He lost his
father at 141 but says "Life is his father figure."
His entrance into the music industry, he has
been well received by fellow Haitian artists.
"I like his vibe," said local Haitian rapper Mecca
aka Grimo. "He's coming out of the blocks right
now hard."
Black Dada debut album, "F.L.A.," is an
acronym for "First Love and Addiction," which
describes his love for music.
"I sing what is in my heart and write for anyone
who has encountered anything in life," discloses
Dada. "Hopefully it can touch someone on the
other side of the world and show them someone
else feels what they are feeling, or broaden their
minds with something new."
Having grown up in the church, the R&B/
Hip-hop singer and songwriter hopes one day to
write a song for "the man upstairs."

. .Man arrested after

flight to Haiti

Haitian actor Mecca aka Grimo stands at a candle vigil held at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park last Friday
commemorating Haitians who have lost their lives at sea. -Photo by Francesca Azzurra

Haitians hold candlelight vigil, TPS now

By Sandra J. Charite trying to obtain a better life in America.
scharite@miamitimesonline.com - Tet Ansanm (Heads United)TPS Solidarity
Vigil was a part of a series of events held
Miamians own Mecca aka Grimo joined last week urging the Obama administration
other local Haitians for a Tet Ansanm (Heads to grant Temporary Protective Status to on-
United) TPS Solidarity Vigil which took place documented Haitians.
at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park last "Our people need a work permit to con-
Friday. The vigil remembered the hundreds tinue contributing to this country and to
of Haitians who have lost their lives while to provide for their families," said the Rev.

Jonas Georges, pastor of All Nations Pres-
byterian Church in North Miami Beach, at
a press conference. "It is a status that the
president can say, with the stroke of a pen,
"there it is.' "
A busload of Haitians traveled from Mi-
ami to Washington to rally in front of the
White House following a meeting with the
Department of Homeland Security.

The Miami Times Special Report

Mesac Damas, 33, was arrest-
ed shortly after landing at the
Port-au-Prince airport in Haiti.
The arrest was made in the
nearby community of Tabarre.
The man had flown there from
Miami International Airport.
Damas is a person of interest
in the deaths of five children
and their mother, according to
Naples police.
The victims were identified as
Guerline Damas, 32, and her
children: Michzach, 9; Mar-
ven, 6; Maven, 5; Megan, 3;
and Morgan, 11-months. Their
bodies were found Friday. The
Collier County Sheriffs Office
declined to say how they died.
By the time they were found,
Damas had boarded a plane to
The sheriffs office is working
through the FBI to confirm his
identity. Arrangements must
then be made for detectives to
travel to Haiti to interview the
man if he is identified as Mesac
Damas has not been charged
with the crime. In a press re-
leases, the Collier County Sher-
iffs office said; "It is important
to note that Mesac Damas has
not been charged with a crime


relating to the deaths of his
family members."
Damas was charged with a
probation violation on a Janu-
ary arrest for domestic vio-
The Associated Press reported
that a child welfare worker had
visited the mother and her five
children three days before they
were found slain. According
to Florida Department of Chil-
dren & Family records released
Monday, a state caseworker
made an unannounced visit on
Wednesday. Dinner was already
cooked and the five children ap-
peared to be in good health.





The nation's congregations

are losing membership

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

Two new reports on the size
and strength of American con-
gregations present contrasting
pictures of church life today.
The October issue of Outreach
magazine is all about growth.
'It lists the 100 largest U.S.
churches, based on attendance
statistics gathered by LifeWay
Research, Nashville.
But the newest trend in
church growth is exemplified by
the No. 2 ranked church's cross-
country reach. Lifechurch.tv
transmits pastor Craig Groe-
schel's worship services from
the church's studio home in
Edmond, Okla., to 13 locations,
reaching 26,776 people in av-
erage weekend worship atten-
"Multiple sites are the new
normal for fast-growing and
large churches. Lakewood is the
exception. The next 10 all have
multiple sites," says Ed Stetzer,
director of LifeWay. "They're
contemporary, aggressively
evangelistic and evangelical and
they're moving beyond the 'big
box' megachurch model. The
best churches have very inten-
tional systems to move people

from sitting in rows to sitting in
circles (in small groups)'to go-
ing out and making a difference
in the world."
But the third edition of the
Faith Communities Today
Study of 2,527 U.S. congrega-
tions, released last week, finds
overall the nation's congrega-
tions - Catholic, Protestant
and other world religions - are
struggling. About 19 percent
say they are in excellent finan-
cial health, down from 31%
in 2000. Less than half (48%)
could report at least 2% growth
in worship attendance, down
from 58% in 2005.
The study was conducted by
a multi-faith coalition hosted
by the Hartford Seminary's
Hartford Institute for Religion
Research in Hartford, Conn. In-
stitute Director David Roozen
sees a "slow downward trickle"
in measures of "spiritual vital-
ity" such as participation in
devotional practices, church at-
tendance and satisfaction with
the quality of worship.
The congregations that do
well, Roozen says, are partici-
patory, involve lay leadership,
and have a "strong, clear sense
of their purpose."

Pastor's Aide p

Anointed minister, Torace
Poole, from the New Providince
Missionary Baptist Church will be
the speaker at our Pastor's Aide
Prayer Breakfast, 9 a.m., Satur-
day, September 26 at The Greater
Israel Bethel Primitive Church,
160 N.W. 18th Street in the lower
You do not want to miss this
anointed young man deliver the
word of God.
If you have any questions, please
contact us at 305-573-6331, El-
der K.L. Washington, Pastor.

St. Luke celebrates 1011
You are cordially invited to at-
tend the 10th pastoral anniver-
sary at St. Luke Missionary Bap-
tist Church.
On September 23, Rev. Antho-
ny Brown of New Bethel Mission-
ary Baptist will be the speaker,
September 24, Rev. Jeffrey Mack
of Second Canaan Mission-
ary Baptist and on September
25 Rev. Larry Lovett of Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church of
Brownsville. These services be-
gin 7 p.m., nightly.
On September 27 at 7:30 a.m.,
Rev. Jimmy Bryant of Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church of
Liberty City is the speaker and
at 11 a.r/., Rev. Bruce Kinchens
of New Ressurection Mission-
ary Baptist Church, Colorado
Springs, Colorado and at 4 p.m.,

prayer breakfast



pastoral anniversary

Rev. Tracy McCloud of Peace
Missionary Baptist Church.
The church is located at 1790
N.W. 55 Street, Rev. Woodrow C.
Jenkins Jr is Pastor.

Annual Senior Saints Day
Bishop Abe Randall, Pastor, uel Missionary Baptist Church,

Teacher and members, cor-
dially invite the public to the
celebration of their annual Se-
nior Saints Day, Sunday, Sep-
tember 27, during the 11 a.m.
Divine Worship Service with
Elder W.J. Carpenter, Emman-

along with participants from
area churches.
The colors are red and
Dinner will be served.
For Information, please call

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Ave.

Order of Services
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Momini Ser.,e 11r . m
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Ebenezer United
Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street

Order of Services
| Sunda,, Moiinog Str.,ci
S45am IIISa.T.,
Sunday Srhool 945om
Bible Stutdy luesday
10l am & Ipm
Player Meelng blues 6 pm
"e.D r.Jrah .Cpr

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.

Order of Services

Bible Study, Thurs 7 p.m.
Sunday Worship 7-11 a.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

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

Order of Services

wy 7r,.0,ma SIIr.am
9 30 a m Sunday ithool
iue'Joy 7 p 84Ile Study
8pm Proayir Ming

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

n Order of Services

:. Sun Morri'ig rv IIam
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iWed Bbl',m1,I P;roer lt30pm
IMuj )u h iT.mlMh N , r JO )pm

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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15250 N.W. 22ND AVENUE

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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
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Order of Services
suday ,'hwI 9 'J3 a m
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*en.iqj writji l 6 p Im
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Iarsday I/pm

New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 NW 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a m,

SundaySchool 930 a am
luesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m
S" l Wednesday Bible Study
10-45 am.

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Fax 305-685-0705
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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\, Sunday Sl1ool 94io a m
Wunh, Ip II am
i :Biblu Siudy Tur day 7 30 p m
S ouhS M.nislrv
L Man Wed 0 p m

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

Order of Servi
Lady ,unday Wo.h.p 1
Surndaiy Shool 930a
: Sunday Morring Worship
SSundaybni n.g Seoare
T uesicay Prayer Mering 7
lWededayB.,bl.Study 1

30 a .m
a Bi
30 p m

Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87th Street
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Order of Services
Sudy MAmrng Serveu
Sundary huol lOam
SWoril'p senae. 11am
lusda, Bble ',udy pm
i urday Praver Ser
S ,e 8opm

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

Order of Services
Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m - Morning Worship 10 a m
t Evening Worship 6pm
Wednesday General Bible Study 7 30 pm

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Logos Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.

Order of Services
Sunday Momr.g War
S h, at r 0 II am
Sundaer Sihlol a 4o445 am
ThurdOa Iblr drudy 1 m
'.irurda, No Ser,,e

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

Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street

Order of Services
indnl , hul 4 10 a T,
S'uada, worh.p 11 am
i F.ri 'l urdo,
nb g WelllllDWar hp b pm
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St. Luke Missionary Baptist
1790 N.W. 55th Street

S Order of Services
lal lom.nq WoJlp 7 30 am
.und'1 1Shol l oam
Moirinig Wo, h, II ah m
Prafer MeeIgi 130 ,,
Bible, rud 8w ,p
Re.W orwC.Jnistr

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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
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'Su daoy 131)&l am,
iursdayl I 7 pm 0ble
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fire Sun I pm

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

F-- RIS - Order of Services
S(hurth Sur.day Sho, i 8130 a m
Su ,da Worship er reli a0 o m
\ MWeei er re Wednejda%,
12pm I pm
E bening Worship Ipm

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

Order of Services
* [av dy mng wqp 30 a ,Tm
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died September
13. Visitation 4
- 9 p.m., Friday.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, Mount
Hermon A.M.E.

.- Hadley Davi&
92, porter, maker, died
~ September 17
at Kindred Hos-
pital. Service 1
p.m., Wednes-
day (today),
New Mount Cal-
vary Missionary
Baptist Church .
Final rite and hburi A/l Wrinhts�

DONNA SMITH, 41, died Sep-
tember 13. Final rites and burial
Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos

MYRTLE MALOLM, 97, house-
wife, died September 17. Visitation
4- 9 p.m., Wednesday. Service 10
a.m., Thursday, Maranatha Seven-
Day Adventist Church.

FABIAN BANTON, 75, welder,
died September 16. Arrangements
are incomplete.

JEAN LEWIS, 56, CNA, died
September 14. Visitation 4 - 8
p.m., Saturday. Service 11 a.m.,
Sunday, Maranatha Seven-Day
Adventist Church.

curity guard, died September 17.
Service was held.

September 14 in Tallahassee, FL.
Service was held.

baker, died August 14. Service
was held. Final rites and burial
Jacksonville, FL.

RUTH CROSS, 58, bank man-
ager, died September 18. Final
rites and burial Monticello, FL

cial worker, died September 9 in
New York. Service was held.

a.k.a Duck, 51, died September 20
at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

PAULINE JONES, 79, died Sep-
tember 16 at North Shore Medical
Center. Service I p.m., Saturday in
the chapel.

St. Fort's I -
CLAIRILIA BELL, 49, died Sep-
tember 11 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Service 10 a.m, Friday, in
the chapel.

died September 14. Service 10
a.m., Saturday, Holy Family Cath-
olic Church.

Richardson.t .
81, nurse aide,
died September
14. Service 11
a.m., Saturday,
Mt. Tabor Bap-
tist Church.

LEE HUDGE, 84, sanitation
worker, died
Septeriber 11.
are incomplete.


died September
14. Service was

Pax Villa (Broward)
warehouse packer, died Septem-
ber 12 in Deerfield Beach. Service
11 a.m., Saturday Cason United
Methodist Church, Delray Beach.

Pax Villa -A
September 13 at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Arrangements are in-


chanic, died _ _ .
September 15
at North Shore
Medical Center.



worker, died
September 19
at Unity Nursing .
Home. Service
1 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

LEE BROWN, 44, gardner, died
September 12 at Hialeah Hospital.
Service was held.

tember 2 at Memorial Regional
Hospital. Service was held.

September 2 at Memorial Regional
Hospital. Service was held.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
JACOB DUNNOM, 72, sanita-
tion engineer,
died Septem-
ber 21 at Miami
Heart Institute.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Jor-
dan Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist

ETHELDER HENRY, 79, nurse,
died Septem-
ber 18 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service .
5 p.m., Saturday r'- .
in the chapel. , "

CHARLIE HARRIS, 88, mainte-
nance engineer,
died Septem- R
ber 21 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day, , Mt. Sinai
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

September 15 at Aventura Hospi-
tal. Final rites and burial E.H. Ford
Mortuary, Memphis, TN.

died September 13 at home. Final
rites and burial Adams Funeral
Service, Savannah, GA.

maker, died September 19 at
home. Final rites and burial King-
Tears Mortuary, Inc., Austin, TX.

maker, died September 15 at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital. Final rites
and burial Dominican Republic.

JAMES PLEZ, 55, mechanic,
died September 21 at home. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

42, mental health tech., died Sep-
tember 15 at home. Service 11
a.m., Thursday, Spirit of Christ
Church, North Miami Beach.

manager, died September 14 at
Hollywood Memorial Regional
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
urday, Star Bethlehem Baptist
Church, West Park.

LYNDORA MAYLOR, 87, baker,
died September 14 at Plantation
General Hospital. Final rites and
burial Jamaica.

service worker,
died Septem-
ber 8. Service
1 p.m., Satur-
day, Perrine
New Testament .
Church of God. ' . _

September 8.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, Per-
rine New Testa- I. -*
ment Church of Y'

MAELENA DIAZ, 76, laborer,
died September
17 at Jackson
South Com-
munity Hospital.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday, Cru-
sade For Christ.

struction worker,
died September
18. Service 11

died September
18 at South Mi-
ami Hospital.
Service Sat-
urday 1 p.m.,
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

CATHY DAWSON, 47, died
September 14
at Homestead
Hospital. Ser-
vice was held.

security director,
died September
15. Service was

49, cook, died
September 13
at home. Sur-
vivors include:
children, Shaun-
tel, Ashley, Ant-
wan and Kyeon;
father, Henry;
mother, Jeantte
Robinson; grandchildren, Edward
Jr., Jamyran, Jalen and Shauni-
yah. Service 2 p.m., Saturday, Val-
ley Grove M.B.C.

ELOISE REED, 82, nurse, died
September 8 at Select Speciality
Hospital. Service was held.

Nakia Ingra ii
MOSE HICKEY, 74, bailer, died
September 16 at Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 3 p.m., Thursday,

JAVIER SANCHEZ, 75, painter,
died September 15 at Kindred
Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday,
St. Boniface Catholic Church.

WYART MARTIN, 62, mechanic,
died September 13 at home. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday, Ebenezer
Baptist Church, Hallandale.

NEIL BACH, 77, tax advisor,
died September 18 at home. Fi-
nal rites and burial, Copenhagen,

As a public service to our commu-
nity, The Miami Times prints weekly
obituary notices submitted by area
funeral homes at no charge. These
notices include name of the deceased,
age, place of death, employment, and
date, location, and time of services.
Additional information and photo may
be included for a nominal charge.The
deadline is Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Wright and Young
ARVELLA BLANKS, 100, home-
maker, died .
September 19 at
Jackson North
Hospital. Sur- . I,,
vivors include:
sons, Charles -
and Leon Isaac;
daughter, Car-
olyn Jones;
granddaughter, Janice Hippolyte;
grandson, Gregg Davis; and other
grandchildren, great grandchil-
dren, great great grandchildren,
great great great grandchildren,
relatives and friends. Service 11
a.m., Saturday, Peace Missionary
Baptist Church.

man for AT&T,
died September
11 at Kendrick
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Matrice;
daughters, Dor-
othy (Gerald)
Jackson, Geral-
dine (Charles) Johnson and Kath-
erine (Bernard) Cushion Davis.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday, Mis-
sionary Evangelist Outreach Cen-
ter Ministries (MEC).

75, insurance
salesman, died
21 at Kindred
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
children, Alicia
Colyer, Melvin
Bratton (Zole-
na), Mosetta Bratton, Gloria Jean
Mendez, Sharon Bratton, Joyce
Payne, Donna Bratton, Carol Brat-
ton, Moses Bratton, Kelvin Bratton,
Osbourne Bratton, Keith Bratton
and Jonathan Bratton; siblings,
Daisy Wynn, Gwendolyn Haile, Al-
bert, Kenneth, Freda, Wayne Co-
lyer and Metro Reddick. Service
11 a.m., Tuesday, Antioch Baptist
of Brownsville.

Carey Royal Ram'n
a.k.a "PEANUT
BUTTER", 44,
homemak e r, S
died Septem-
ber 15 at North
- th
Shore Medical
Center. Service
10 a.m., Satur- 0 A
day in the cha-

WILLIAM REID, 52, construc-
tion worker, died Septemiber 17 at
North Shore Medical Center. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Saturday in the cha-

tired, died September 18 at Jack-
son North Medical Center. Service
was held.
retired, certified
nursing assis-
tant for Catalano
Nursing Home,
died September
14. Survivors
include: chil-
dren, Anderson
Thomas and

Washington; sister, Esther Step-
ney of Ohattanooga, Tennessee;
stepsister, Thomastine Johnson of
Brooklyn, New York, and several
nieces, nephews, grand-nieces,
and grand nephews. Service 11
a.m., Friday,in the chapel.

LOVEIST JACOBS, 76, mainte-
nance worker for Stimpson Corpo-
ration, died September 17. Service
1 p.m., Saturday, Jesus Supernat-
ural Church of God.

54, meat cutter for Publix Super
Market, died September 18, Ser-
vice 6 p.m., Sunday, Grace United
Community Church.

Eric S. Geog "
tired bus driver, died September
19 in Macon Ga. Arrangements

are incomplete.

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In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

09/23/23 - 09/02/02

You are always on our minds
and we will forever miss you.
Love always, Robin, Olivia
and Jahcarah

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

09/28/93 - 12/14/06

Gone, but not forgotten, will
always be remembered.
Levan, Patricia, Shanta and

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

09/26/24 - 09/02/59

Most amazing amazing
mother you were.
Often imitated, yet not du-
Teacher, mentor, innovator,
Honest, caring, loving, in-
Encouraging, perserverence
Mother, this tribute is to
you and that which you have
instilled in us.
These values have truly di-
rected our paths throughout
the years.
We feel your spirit and en-
ergy around us everyday and
miss you more than words
can say.
We love and miss you,
Your loving daughters,
Reba, Rose and Maggie.

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

09/27/59 - 10/07/08

Mom its your birthday and
we wanted to let you know
that you're greatly missed.
Thank you for showing us so
much love and how to love.
We love you.
Rest on! Gertie, Monique,
Kristin, Briana, Arianna,
Marilyn, Beverly, Jeffery and

05/28/12 - 09/24/91

The Family

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,


09/24/27- 09/04/07

It has been two years since
you were taken from us by
You are gone but not forgot-
Your memories will forever
be etched in our hearts.
Happy birthday Mom,
Your son, Charlie Jr. and
the entire family.

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,
' tt%4jif hi-. ,

09/28/77 - 08/07/08

Although you've passed
from this world, and left our
world in sorrow, we know that
we must go on and face this
life tomorrow.
Just when we think we're
content and well on our way
to dealing with your loss along
comes your birthday.
Memories of past birthdays
are in our hearts, we will find
solace once again until your
next birthday arrives.
Chanti, you are missed but
never forgotten.
Your loving family




iami bail bondsman dies

After a brief illness, popular
bail bondsman and faithful
Booker T. Washington "Tor-
nado" David Frederick Da-
vis died Tuesday, September
22, at about 9 a.m., at home
surrounded by family and
President and treasurer of
the Historic BTW High School
Alumni Class of 1960, this
"Washingtonian" also served
as vice-president of the BTW
Alumni Association. He was
absolutely thrilled by the sur-
prise celebration by his high
school class on August 28, as
they celebrated their "Pre-re-
union Kick-Off Celebration of
Leadership Honoring David F.
Davis ." This event highlighted
him as President of his class
for the past 14 years.
A respected and estab-
lished bail bondsmen for al-

most 50 years, David F. Davis
was instrumental many years
ago, in supporting the Miami
Dade County Corrections Pro-
gressive Officers Club in their
efforts to improve working con-
ditions for corrections officers.

Service will be held on Sat-
urday, September 26, 11 a.m.,
at the Historic St. John Insti-
tutional Missionary Baptist
Church, 1328 NW 3rd Avenue.
The family will receive friends
on Friday, September 25, 5
p.m. - 7 p.m., at Hall- Fergu-
son- Hewitt Funeral Home. Fol-
lowing the viewing, the wake
will be held at the Miami Shores
Community Center, 9617 Park
Drive, Miami Shores.
Always the life, love and sto-
ryteller of his family, he is sur-
vived by his wife of 46 years,
Eunice Johnson Davis, and
children Devin (Cassandra),
Daren, Daneesha and Terrance;
brothers: Leonard Leroy (Theo-
ria) Davis, New York; Norman
Davis, California; and Herbert
(Patricia) Davis; and sisters:
Cupidine Davis Dean, and De-
lores Davis (James) Hills.



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Gertrude Baines at her 115th birthday party in Los Angeles.

World's oldest person dies at 115

LOS ANGELES - Gertrude
Baines, who lived to be the
world's oldest person on a
steady diet of crispy bacon, fried
chicken and ice cream, died Fri-
day at a nursing home. She was
Baines, who remarked last
year that she enjoyed life so
much she wouldn't mind living
another 100 years, died in her
sleep, said Emma Camanag,
administrator at Western Con-
valescent Hospital.
The centenarian likely suf-
fered a heart attack, said her
longtime physician, Dr. Charles
Witt. An autopsy was sched-
uled to determine the cause of
"I saw her two days ago, and
she was just doing fine," Witt
told The Associated Press. "She
was in excellent shape. She was
mentally alert. She smiled fre-
Born in 1894 in Shellman,
Ga., Baines claimed the title of
the world's oldest living person
when a 115-year-old woman,
Maria de Jesus, died in Portu-
gal in January.

"I'm glad I'm here. I don't care
if I live a hundred more," Baines
said in November after casting
her vote for Barack Obama in
the presidential election. "I enjoy
nothing but eating and sleeping."
The oldest person in the world
is now Kama Chinen, 114, who
lives in Japan, according to Dr.
L. Stephen Coles of the Geron-
tology Research Group, which
tracks claims of extreme old
age. Chinen was born May 10,
1895, Coles said.
The oldest person who has
ever lived is Jeanne-Louise
Calment, according to Coles.
She was 122 when she died
Aug. 4, 1997, in Arles, France.
Baines outlived her en-
tire family, including her only
daughter, who died of typhoid.
Baines worked as a maid in
Ohio State University dormi-
tories until her retirement and
has lived at the Western Conva-
lescent Hospital in Los Angeles
for more than 10 years.
"Living that long is like win-
ning the genetic lottery," Rob-
ert Young, a scientist and se-
nior consultant with Guin-

ness World Records, said at
her birthday party in April.
Staff at Baines' nursing home
described her as a modest wom-
an who liked to watch the "Jer-
ry Springer Show" and eat fried
chicken, bacon and ice cream.
She refused to use dentures.
"I don't know how she does
it. She only has her gums, no
teeth," said Susie Exconde, the
nursing director who found
Baines dead in her bed at about
7:25 a.m.
Witt, Baines' physician, said
that when he visited her earlier
this week, she only complained
that her bacon was soggy and
arthritis was causing pain in
her right knee.
Baines celebrated her birth-
day at the nursing home April
6 with music, two cakes and a
letter from Obama.
Featured on local television
newscasts when she voted last
year, Baines, who is Black, said
she backed Obama "because
he's for the colored." She said
she never thought she would
live to see a Black man become

Lower cost increases use of cremation

By Donna Hales

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - The
cost of funerals is rising and more
families are opting for cremation
- with or without a service - ac-
cording to experts in the field.
The average cost of an adult
funeral in 1960 in the U.S. was
$708 and in 2006 was $6,195,
according to the National Funeral
Directors Association.
Those costs were with no outer
burial container, cemetery, mon-
ument or marker costs or cash
advance charges such as flow-
ers or obituaries, the Association

Carter Bradley, who operates
three area funeral homes in the
county, said he's seeing a 20 per-
cent cremation rate. Jerry Mill-
sap, who also operates three fu-
neral homes in the county, says
15 to 20 percent of his business
is cremations.
"Private family services" is a
term increasingly used in pub-
lished death notices. That usual-
ly means the deceased has been
cremated and no public service
was held, Bradley and Millsap
Families choosing cremation
and services can rent a hard-
wood, ceremonial casket in which

a metal-lined inset holds the body
in the casket. It is removed after
the services and the body taken
to the crematory.
Both funeral directors say the
cost of using such a rental casket
is under $700.
Most families in this area do
not bury the ashes of their dead
but have them put in an urn,
Bradley said.
In 2007, cremation was the
choice of disposition for 34.89
percent of those who died that
year, compared to 23.59 percent
in 1997, according to the Crema-
tion Association of North Ameri-

In loving memory of,

housewife, died Sept. 21 at
North Shore Hospital. Service
2 p.m. Saturday in the cha-
pel. Arrangements entrusted
to Faith Funeral Home and

Death Notice

CLARK, 82, mail carrier, died
Sept. 13. Services were held.
Arrangements entrusted to
Faith Funeral Home and Ser-

welder, died Sept. 21 at home.
Service 11 a.m. Saturday at
Apostolic Revival Center. Ar-
rangements entrusted to Faith
Funeral Home and Services.


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South African anti-apartheid guerrilla dies at 51
By celean Jacobson fleeing into exile. While in Angola nalist. He was elected a member
Associated Press he received military training and of parliament after this year's
was sent back to South Africa in elections.
JOHANNESBURG - Frans 1985. Masango is survived by his wife
"Ting-Ting" Masango, a former After the end of apartheid in and three children. A funeral is
guerrilla activist once sentenced 1994 he worked as a radio jour- expected to take place Saturday.

to death for treason against the
apartheid government, has died,
South Africa's ruling African Na-
tional Congress party said Mon-
day. He was 51.
Masango died in Pretoria on
Friday after battling diabetes, the
party said in a statement.
"We dip our revolutionary ban-
ner in honor of this distinguished
cadre and a selfless combatant
who sacrificed immensely to the
democratic order we live in to-
day," the ANC said.


Masango was part of an ANC
underground military unit that
operated inside South Africa in
the mid-1980s and carried out
attacks against the apartheid re-
gime, including assaults on po-
licemen and planting bombs.
He was captured in 1986 along
with Jabu Masina, Neo Potsane
and Joseph Makhura and faced
numerous charges including
murder, treason and terrorism.
The four were held in solitary
confinement for many months
before being brought to trial,
which was held in the small town
of Delmas, east of Johannes-
The men were dubbed the "Del-
mas Four" and their trial attract-
ed international attention.
The four did not participate in
their own defense as they refused
to recognize the authority of the
court while it upheld minority
rule. They maintained they were
soldiers fighting a just war and in
a defiant moment wore full com-
bat gear to their sentencing.
Masango, Masina and Potsane
were sentenced to death in 1989;
Makhura was sent to Robben Is-
land, the famous prison where
Nelson Mandela, the country's
first black president, was held.
The four were released in 1991
after the ban on the ANC was
lifted, and an account of their ex-
periences has become an award-
winning book in South Africa.
Makhura said Monday that
the men had remained close and
while they knew Masango was
sick, they did not expect him to
die so soon.
"It is very sad. We went through
so much together," he told The
Associated Press.
Masango was born in 1958 in
Mamelodi, a township outside
Pretoria. He participated in the
1976 Soweto uprising before

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If you're a Miami native or
resident who loves philanthropy
and has a passion for fashion,
there's someone you should
know. Meet Emarie Wiltz, a for-
mer Miami resident whose star
is shining brightly on this year's
highly anticipated .season of
Lifetime's Project Runaway and
its new spin-off series, Models
of the Runaway. Wilts is also
the founder of Global Recess, a
new humanity-conscious cloth-
The talented model/entrepre-
neur, moved to Miami in 2005

with son, Tai, after being dis-
placed by Hurricane Katrina.
Once settled, Emarie attended
Miami. International Univer-
sity and signed with the Miami
branch of Wilhelmia Models.
While on the set for a mod-
eling job, Emarie's hard work
and go-getter attitude was no-
ticed and she landed a position
at one of the nation's premier
fashion companies. As a re-
sult, she moved to- New York
and eventually returned to her
passion of modeling full-time.
Her career has been going full

throttle ever since.
But that's not where the story
ends. After achieving success
in the modeling and corporate
world, Emarie has now put her
time and talents into combin-
ing her two passions- fashion
and being of service to others.
The result - her own company,
Global Recess, "Fashion for
While she no longer resides
here, Emarie credits being in
Miami with helping jump-start
her career. She affectionately
calls it her home away from

home. "I love Miami. No mat-
ter where I go, it's always going
to be one of my favorite cities.
Being in the right place at the
right time happened for me in
Miami and for that I'll always
be grateful," Emarie said.
Emarie Wiltz is a proud moth-
er, a native New Orleanian, a
New York University market-
ing major and a humanitarian.
She has traveled working as a
model both domestically in the
United States and as far away
as Southeast Asia. Wiltz has
used her successes as a model

to step behind the scenes of
the fashion industry. The re-
sults: marketing 'management
for Fortune 500 fashion com-
panies, the production of ad-
vertising campaigns featured in
New York City's Times Square
and the production of count-
less numbers of fashion shows.
Now, Wiltz's energy is focused
on her own company, Global
Global Recess is a high end
casual apparel line focused on
spending global responsibility
through fashion. The designs

are inspired by global crises:
human trafficking, the military
use of children and poverty;
each crisis having its own de-
sign story. The company builds
awareness and takes action by
donating a portion of profits to
specific organizations fighting
against one of the three crises.
Models of the Runaway brings
views into the lives of the mod-
els who grace the catwalk for
the most popular fashion de-
sign show. Project Runaway's
Season 6 debuted to 4.2 million

Miami Heat to retire Tim Hardaway's jersey

After a 13-year career in the
NBA, the Miami Heat announced
last week that they will retire
Tim Hardaway's number 10 jer-
sey'in a pre-game ceremony on
Oct. 28 when the Heat play the
New York Knicks. Hardaway,
43, will become just the second
Heat player to have his jersey
retired, joining former team-
mate Alonzo Mourning whose
number 33 jersey was retired
on Mar. 30. The Heat will honor
Hardaway with a special pre-
game video presentation and
jersey retirement ceremony,
where his jersey will be placed
in the rafters alongside banners
for Mourning and former team

trainer Ron Culp and the Heat's
division, conference, and NBA
championship banners at the
American Airlines Arena.
"When you think about the
Miami Heat organization and
the 20-plus years that the fran-
chise has been in existence,
there are always going to be
those names that have helped
develop the taproot and foun-
dation for what we hope to be
a long tradition of success here
in Miami," said Heat Presi-
dent Pat Riley. "Alonzo Mourn-
ing was one. His jersey now is
hanging from the rafters in the
American Airlines Arena. Tim
Hardaway is another, who to-

day we are proud to announce
will have his jersey retired on
opening night against the New
York Knicks. We feel that Tim
has been one of those building
blocks and one of those players
who has done us proud and we
feel he is most deserving of hav-
ing this special honor on this
particular night."
Hardaway, a Chicago native,
was a five-time NBA All-Star
and earned All-NBA honors on
five occasions (First Team once,
Second Team three times and
Third Team once). He became
the first player in Heat history
to earn All-NBA honors when
he was chosen First Team All-


NBA after leading Miami to a
franchise-record 61 wins and
its first-ever conference finals
appearance during the 1996-
97 season. Hardaway, who was
selected to the NBA All-Rookie
First Team in 1989-90, also
captured a gold medal with the
United States Senior National
Team at the 2000 Olympics,
where he teamed with Mourn-
ing, and also as a member of
the 1994 U.S. World Champion-
ship team.
He appeared in 867 regular
season games with the HEAT
(1996-01), Golden State War-
riors (1989-96), Dallas Maver-
icks (2001-02), Denver Nug-

gets (20Q2) and Indiana Pacers
(2002-03) and averaged 17.7
points, 8.2 assists, 3.3 re-
bounds, 1.65 steals and 35.3
minutes while shooting 43.1
percent from the floor, 35.5 per-
cent from three-point range and
78.2 percent from the foul line
during his career. He finished
his career with 15,373 points,
7,095 assists, 1,542 three-point
field goals made and 1,428
Additionally, Hardaway is
ranked as the Heat's all-time
postseason leader in three-
point field goals made (80) and
three-point field goals attempt-
ed (220).



Troubled actress Maia Campbell to receive help

The father and grandmoth-
er of Maia Campbell say she
has been placed into a treat-
ment facility after video was
released showing her speak-
ing incoherently outside of a
home in Los Angeles.
The clip generated much
discussion and ridicule in
the blogosphere and has
prompted the star's family
members to speak out in
defense of the actress, who
has suffered for years with
bipolar disease. 1
In a statement to Essence.
com, Campbell's father, Ellis
Gordon Jr., and grandmoth-
er, Doris C. address the re-
cent events that have placed
the former "In the House"
star, and daughter of late
author Bebe Moore Camp-
bell, under public scrutiny.
Our hearts have been
deeply touched by the out-
pouring of love that so many
of you have freely displayed
in the past several days

about our beloved Maia C.
Campbell. Our spirits have
been lifted by your words
of support and your acts of
kindness and we have been
encouraged to continue our
efforts to assist our daugh-
ter and granddaughter to
become whole again.
As a family, we have been
struggling with Maia in her
illness for quite some time.
We continue to hold fast
to our faith and hope that
some day she will realize
that healing will begin when
she decides to reach out and.
accept the help and treat-
ment that have been offered
to her. We all have challeng-
es in life that we must face,
but when compound prob-
lems such as mental illness
and substance abuse are
prevalent; it can appear that
there is no way out. How-
ever,, our sustaining faith
and trust in God compels
us to believe differently. We


strongly believe that Maia
will be healed.
We also know that Maia's
mother, the late Bebe Moore
Campbell, who devoted
much of her later years in
life to mental health aware-
ness and education, along
with her family members

and friends would welcome
your prayers and support
for Maia's sustained recov-
ery. In addition, we urge
your support for efforts to
diagnose and treat mental
illness in our community.
We ask that you not only
pray for Maia's wellness, but
also commit to understanding
this insidious disease, which is
devastating our loved ones and
community. Help erase the "stig-
ma" of mental illness, which is
a very serious barrier to treat-
ment, so that we can help those
with the disease to live whole-
some lives. Call for more treat-
ment options and prevention
strategies, have compassion for
those stricken with this illness,
and help guide those who have
been unable to find their way
to appropriate treatment. Addi-
tionally, support those families
who are struggling to cope with
loved ones with the disease be-
cause mental illness affects the
entire family.

Mr. T's new character fits him to a T

By Anthony Breznican

Mr. T's secret identity can now
be revealed.
He may, in fact, be Santa Claus.
Both are burly men with bushy
beards. Both have booming voic-
es and big laughs. And both are
preoccupied with whether you
are on your best behavior.
When Mr..T arrives at Solley's
diner in the San Fernando Val-
ley, he carries a duffel bag full
of-gifts: candy bars with his face
on the label (he's a pitchman for
Snickers) and electronic "Mr. T
in Your Pocket" keychains.
-Most of all, both he and Santa
owe their popularity to little kids.
"I remember during the A-Team
days, kids turned their parents
on to Mr. T, because the parents
were like, 'I don't know about
that. Who is that guy? He's fight-
ing and whatnot.' But the kids
would say, 'No, Daddy ... Mr. T
likes kids!' "
Now the 57-year-old tough
guy is making a comeback to his
favorite audience with the 3-D
cartoon Cloudy With a Chance
of Meatballs, thanks to the two
directors who were. kids in the
'80s, watching him as the hero
B.A. Baracus on The A-Team,
fearing him as the villain Club-
ber Lang in Rocky III, tuning in
to his Saturday morning cartoon
and eating Mr. T brand cereal.
The 3-D animated film cap-
tured the weekend box office
with $30.1 million, according to
estimates from Nielsen EDI.

giant pancakes, spaghetti torna-
does, and ice cream blizzards.
Mr. T voices Earl Devereaux, a
no-nonsense police officer who
must help Flint and a weather
reporter (Anna Faris) stop the
avalanche of foodstuffs.
In a separate interview, the
filmmakers recalled meeting
the actor for the first time. "We
did a 35-minute pitch for Mr.
T, and he's very, very friendly.
But still ... because I grew up
with tough Mr. T and Clubber
Lang, my sympathetic nervous
system was afraid of him," Lord
"We were so nervous, and
wanted him to do it so badly be-
cause we wrote this character
for him. And he looks at us after
this whole crazy thing and said:
'That's weird ...' Then he starts
this giggle that let us know he
likes that it's weird."

-Photo/ Sony Pictures
Mr. T: The actor and former bodyguard, 57, who gained fame in
Rocky In and The A-Team in the 1980s, is making a comeback in the
animated Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Comedy writers Chris Miller
and Phil Lord, who adapted the
1978 storybook about food fall-
ing from the sky, are both in
their early 30s and remembered
the muscle-bound, mohawked
bruiser with fondness.

The movie is about Flint Lock-
wood (voiced by Saturday Night
Live's Bill Hader), a science geek
who invents a machine that turns
water into delicious meals. When
that accidentally is launched into
the atmosphere, it starts raining

Beyonce sued over new fragrances

The Single Ladies singer re-
cently signed with the world's
largest fragrance company,
Coty, to launch a line of per-
fumes in 2010.
.Abercrombie said it was wor-
ried the line from Beyonce, who
uses the alter ego Sasha Fierce,
would infringe on its own Fierce
fragrance brand.
But Coty said it had no plans
to use the Sasha Fierce name in
its branding.
Cologne sales
According to legal papers filed
in Columbus, Ohio, Abercrom-
bie has held a trademark for the
word "fierce" since 2003.
The company claims Beyonce,
whose most recent album is
called I Am... Sasha Fierce,
would unfairly benefit from the

reputation Abercrombie had
built for the scent and could
confuse or deceive customers
into thinking it Wvas associated
with her fragrance.
Abercrombie said such confu-
sion could deprive it of control
over its trademark and perhaps
cost it sales.
. The legal action seeks to halt
potential trademark infringe-
ment, unfair competition and
deceptive trade practices.
"The terms Fierce and Sasha
Fierce are not being used as
names of a Beyonce fragrance,"
Coty said.
"Details related to the fra-
grance, including the official
name, will be revealed prior to
the launch in early 2010," it


Whoopi Goldberg mourns actor's death

Actress Whoopi Goldberg
fought back tears on "The
View" while recalling her
good friend and "Ghost" co-
star Patrick Swayze, who
died from pancreatic cancer
last Monday at age 57.
"We lost a very special
person. This was a well-
fought battle," Goldberg
said of the actor. "Patrick
fought like the dickens to
survive it. He never thought
of himself as someone who
was dying as he [once said]:
We're all dying. ... Until it
kills me, I'm going to keep
doing what I'm doing. This
was his attitude and I hope
that whenever it comes for

me, I'll be the same."
Goldberg shared that on
the "Ghost" set, Swayze
would get into off-camera
shenanigans to try and
make her laugh - even
mooning her on one
occasion. "Because of
Patrick Swayze, I got that
movie, 'Ghost.' Because of
Patrick Swayze, I have an
Oscar," she said.
"I believe in 'Ghost's'
message, so he'll always be
near," Goldberg continued. In
the film, Swayze is murdered
and communicates with
his wife, played by Demi
Moore, through Goldberg, a


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each year. It was established
to enhance public awareness of
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Friends of State Sen Fred-
erica S. Wilson, \\ho is run-
ning for Congress. met last
Wednesday,. at Karu &. Y Club
at 71 Northwest 14"' Street to
conclude preparation for the
"Blast-Off Fundraising Recep-
tion" scheduled for Wednesday,
Sept. 30, from 5 - 9 p.m. The
reception will feature The Baha-
mian Revue Junkanoo, The Psi
Phi Band, Steppers and the
Longest Electric Slide line in
any club; plus an opportunity
for everyone to purchase a hat
emblematic of Wilson's trade-
Wilson kicked off the meet-
ing by thanking her friends for
taking the time to show their
cohesiveness, cooperation and
concern for the office of Con-
gresswoman, she is seeking,
as others came in to join the
circle. Bobbie Mumford set
up the evening by sending out
e-mails around the State of
Florida, informing ev-
ery Greek organization,
union, special groups,
churches, public and
private sectors about
her campaign.
Others who spoke
up with fresh ideas in-
cluded Emmy Curry, WI
Adrian Jones, Dr.
Marvin Dunn, Melody
Delancey, Pamela Jones,
Keenan Austin, and Consul
General Gladys Johnson-
Sands, a cousin of the Sena-
tor. Mumford made sure ev-
erything was covered,-includ-
ing; Facebook, blogs, internet
promotions, catering, photos
on display, video, parking and
bringing two friends to the ac-
Some of the other support-
ers were Daisy Black, Pricilla
Dames Blake, Barbara. Dent,
Alix Desulme, LaTaya Fac-
ey, Angela Lane, Sheila Hy-

ton, Irman McK-
inney, Cheryl
Jordan, Langley,
Rosheka Rolle,
Zarita Reynolds,
Charlens Rut-
land, Acqua Scott, Marcia
Saunders, Nitretta Thomas
and Lorraine F. Strachan.
Melody Delancy and Pa-
mela Jones indicated that
checks are payable to: Fred-
erica Wilson for Congress and
online contribution is Fwil-

Kudos to R.T. Fisher, chair-
man of the State of Florida
Founders Day Committee,
and his committee members
for providing the community
with a first-class conference
of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Brothers from Pensacola,
Jacksonville and Miami, last
weekend. The event took place
at the Doral Country
Club and Spa; where
over 150 brothers
registered and par-
The conference in-
cluded plenary ses-
sions, a cocktail
LSON hour, hospitality
availability, awarding
of plaques to selected
brothers, steppers from Bet-
hune-Cookman University,
Florida A & M University and
Florida Memorial University.
The steppers demonstrated so
much dexterity that the audi-
ence gave each group a stand-
ing ovation. Beverly Johnson
said their movements make
her tired. She was awestruck
by the performance.
In the midst of the excite-
menit, the brothers paid hom-
age to the founders of the
organization as well as the
three Basileus from the State

of Florida. They were Dr. Os-
car J. Cooper, Dr. Ernest E.
Just, Bishop Edgar A. Love
and Prof. Frank Coleman.
Local Grand Basileus includ-
ed Dr. Edward Braynon, Jr.,
30s, Dr. Dorsey Miller, 35th,
and George H. Grace, 37th.
Among the State, recognition
was given to Brother Anthony
Brown, State Representative,
Brother Mark Smith, Mar-
shal, and committee members,
such as R.T. Fisher, chair-
man, Mark Brown, Theron
Clark, Michael Collins, Her-
man Dorsett, Jr.,
James English, An-
drew Forbes, Jeffrey
T. King, Kahlid Abdul
Mahmood, Robert
Parson, Autley Sala-
hud-Din, Ernest Sid-
ney, Baljean Smith,
Stephen Thompson,
John Williams, and
Grady Wright. DESI
R.T. Fisher's out-
standing ' speech was
the frosting on the cake. He
challenged the brothers to
continue implementing the
founders Cardinal Principals:
Manhood, Uplift, Scholarship
and Perseverance. He received
a standing ovation when he
concluded with poetry.
Listening to him were new,
young brothers, such as Ron
Osborne-Williams, Jahmal
Ervin, Lamar Abel, Jude
Osuji, Brandon Hall, all of
Omicron Zeta, along with Rus-
sell Drake and Eliot Brown,
Michael V. Bowie and Brian
"Sleepy" Harris.
Other distinguished broth-
ers and wives included At-
torney Larry Handfield, Earl
and Alice Daniels, Baljean
and Naomi Smith, Tangela
Rolle Dorsett, Jason Sweet-
ing, Rev. James T. Golden,
Chico Arenas and Psi Phi
Band members: Dr. Mal-
colm Black, Jimmy Harrell,
Lee Johnson and Arnold


Dr. Rebecca Steele, direc-
tress of Bethune-Cookman
University Concert Chorale
and Pernella Burke, coor-
dinator, are commended for
embracing Ebenezer United
Methodist Church with qual-
ity music and the celebration
of Grandparent's Day last
Sunday, to a full-to-capacity
church of'alumni, supporters,
church members, parents
and friends. Leading the line
to take their seats were Ve-
ronica Rahming, Mary Sal-
ary and Mary Ann Thomas-
McCloud. They had
gathered in support
of keynote speaker, T.
Eilene Martin-Major
and Egelloc Civic and
Social Club.
The service began
with the concert cho-
rale getting the audi-
ence attuned to their
ILME music by warming up
on "When The Saints
Go Marching Home",
a rendition that, touches on
multiple key changes going
higher and higher and taking
the audience with it. The Choir
also included in its repertoire
"Jesu, Joy of man's Desiring",
"A Joyful Alleluia", "God is
Able", "Jesus is a Rock", and
"Order My Steps", featuring
Farrin Brown, soprano.
During the interim, Rev. Dr.
Joreatha M. Capers, pastor,
introduced Minister T. Ei-
leen Martin-Major to deliver
the sermon. She woke
up the dead at the very
beginning and educat-
ed the concert chorale
members on Dr. Mary
McLeod Bethune's his-
tory about before going
into her sermon, "The
Potter's � House. She
electrified the young DO
people. They respond-
ed by making religious
gestures with their fans and
hands, and by standing up
with respect.
Her sermon was indicative
of her educational and reli-


gious background from her gion 4
mother, Bertha Martin, as time i
well as attending BCU, where a loca
she was the first female Stu- Chapi
dent Government Association to rec
president, while passing her award
talent down to her daughter, ed by
Tia, and the boys and girls of of the
the church. It is apparent that This
she touched many of
the students, who will
emulate her in the fu-
ture and, perhaps, be
even better.
Congratulations go
out to the parents of
students in the choir
from the Miami-Dade
area: Pierre Brown, CAPERS
Tashara Willis, Mar-
quis Rickumel, Brit-
tany Hamilton, James also
Douglas, Breone Williams, and
Farrin Brown,, Shammom enhar
Walker and Jundre Young. youth
Dr. Steel indicated
how low the num-
ber of students is
from Miami-Dade.
So parents, it is up
to you send you son
or daughter to BCU
next year and con-
tact Dr. Steele by
calling 1-800-448- HANDFIELD
0228 now.

A special salute to Alvin ingto:
W. Roberts, MAS lead Medi- Carv<
cal Clerk at the MVAHS for west
winning the prestigious Sr. t
Vietnam Veterans National meet
Member of the Year 9025
Award for 2009. time
Alvin has done Fisa
Ebenezer United sion
Methodist Church, nities
Rev. Dr. Joreatha world
M. Capers, pas- them
tor, and members a inform
great service, espe- it. It i
RSETT cially his choir mem- sures
bers in The Voices of wrong
Praise. equal
Roberts is currently serv- who
ing as first Vice President and
of the Vietnam Veterans zens.
of America, Chapter #620 get a
(Florida State Council Re- histo:

4). This marks the first
n Florida's history that
1 Vietnam Veteran from
ter #620 was selected
eive this distinguished
d. He was recommend-
Jerry Klein, president
Florida State Council.
s is also a grand cli-
max to Chapter #620
receiving Chapter of
the Year for the State
of Florida in 2008
under Alvin's lead-
ership as First Vice
President. During his
tenure, he elevated
his chapter to new
and higher levels of
achievement and ac-
complishment. He
independently created
designed a system to
nce veterans' activities,
i activities, community
activities and Ameri-
canism (Patriotic) Pro-
grams much easier to
report. Gol Gol Gol My

Dr. Carlton G. Fish-
er, organizer, Joint
Alumni Coalition of Mi-
ami-Dade County Inc.
is encouraging alumni
from Booker T. Wash-
n, George Washington
er, Dorsey, Mays, North-
ern and North Dade Jr.
o attend the monthly
ings and call 305-696-
for the site, date, and
of the meetings.
her states that the mis-
is to leave our commu-
s, and ultimately this
d, better than we found
by gathering pertinent
nation and disbursing
s to take corrective mea-
to right generational
gs; thereby ensuring
I opportunities for those
want to get an education
become productive citi-
Join the coalition and
piece of the means to a
rical ending.

IB yA n n G r c --e i g1

Congratulations go out to
Velma Bouie-Arnold for 36
years of faithful and dedi-
cated service to the boys
and girls of Dade County.
Velma is a pioneer Miamian
daughter of the late Beaula
and William Bouie and her
aunts and uncles were all
members of the First Av-
enue Homesteaders. Wel-
come to the club, Velma.
Joyce Major-Hepburn re-
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her daughter, Brenda Hep-
burn-Eddy, and grandson,
Rodrick, in North Carolina
for two weeks.
Congratulations and ku-
dos to Shirlyon McWhort-
er on her new assignment

at Florida Inter- m
national University as Di-
rector of Equal Opportu-
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Get well wishes to Ma-
rie M. Devoe, Carmeta
Brown-Russell, David
Fedrick Davis, Claretha
Grant-Lewis, Freddie.
"Jabbo" Johnson, John
Stephens, Vashti Arm-
brister, Easter R. Troy,
Mary Dorsaint, Carolyn
Dunnell, Doretha Payne,
Doris McKinney-Pittman
and Claranda Seargent.
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tion with the Alpha Kappa
Alpha (AKA) and Delta of
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By Miev

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 onq 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

County will be hosting
our "Inaugural Men Who
Cook" event at the IGFA
Fishing Hall of Fame in
Dania Beach from 6-9
p.m., Oct. 18.
Wedding anniversary
greetings to Nathaniel
and Roderiqua Stirrup-
Gordan, , Sept. 19, their
39th and Harry and Car-
men Dawkins, Sept. 19,
their 30th.
Dr. Regina Benjamin, a
surgeon general who was
appointed by President
Barack Obama, is a mem-
ber of Delta Sigma Theta
Inez McKinney-John-
son celebrated her 90O
birthday by worshipping
at her beloved church
Saint Agnes followed by
a happy birthday party in
the Blackett Hall on Fri-
day, Sept. 18.

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




a polo00ize

It looks like Kanye West has
finally given a personal apolo-
gy to Taylor Swift. Representa-
tives from "The View" say West
called the country sensation
after her appearance on Tues-
day's show. During the broad-
cast, the 19-year-old singer
said West had yet to contact
her to apologize for hijacking
her acceptance speech on the
MTV Video Music Awards on
"He has not personally
reached out or anything but if
he wanted to-say hi (I would),"
said Swift.
After Swift's comments, West

called her and the two spoke,
according to a statement from
"The View."
"After the show he spoke
personally to the country mu-
sic superstar via telephone
and has apologized to the
19-year-old singer. She has
accepted Mr. West's apology.
The contents. of the phone
call are to remain private,"
it read.
Afterward, Swift told ABC
News Radio: "He was very
sincere in his apology and I
accepted that apology."
It's the latest in the saga
that has caused a national

uproar. The drama began
after Swift beat out Beyonce
and other acts to win best
female video at the VMAs
for her hit "You Belong With
Swift, the first country
act to win at the VMAs, was
exuberant after her win,
but that moment didn't last
long as West - known for
his awards-show meltdowns
- grabbed. the microphone
and declared that Beyonce's
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on
It)" was one of the "best vid-
eos of all time."
A shaken Swift did not

finish her
speech at that
moment, but
when Beyonce
later won for video of
the year, she brought
Swift out so that she
could have her mo-
When asked about the
incident during her ap-
pearance on "The View,"
Swift said: "I'm not gonna
say that I wasn't rattled by
it. I had to perform live five
minutes later so I had to
get myself back to the place
where I could perform."

Whitney Houston says she is 'drug-free'

By Alex Dobuzinskis

Singer Whitney Houston
said in an interview aired on
Tuesday that she is drug-free
as she embarks on a career
comeback, and that her faith
guides her through her ongo-
ing fight to stay clean.
Houston, 46, one of the top
selling U.S. female vocalists of
all time, made. the remarks to
Oprah Winfrey in the last of a
two-part interview with the TV
chat show host.
The singer, who has her
roots in gospel music, told

Winfrey that at the darkest
moments in her battle against
an addiction to marijuana
mixed with cocaine base, she
feared that she had lost the
"spirit" to sing.
When Winfrey asked Hous-
ton if she is drug free, the
singer said that she is.
"Yes, ma'am," Houston said
in the television interview. "I
mean, you know, don't think I
don't have desires for it."
Houston, who had her great-
est hits in the 1980s and '90s
with songs such as "Didn't We
Almost Have It All" and "I Will

Always Love You," said she
has to "pray it away" when she
desires drugs, and that she
occasionally drinks alcohol.
When asked about the temp-
tation to use again, Houston
said, "Oprah, I can only take
today, one day at a time."
In the interview that aired
on Tuesday, Houston also de-
tailed her separation and 2007
divorce from husband Bobby
Brown, who is also a singer. In
the years before the divorce,
Houston was the subject of
blaring headlines about her
drug use, and she was pho-

tographed looking thin and
The singer credited mu-
sic producer Clive Davis, the
man who discovered her in
1983 and has long guided her
career, with helping her over-
come her reluctance to record
"He told me I could do it,"
Houston said in the inter-
"I was really afraid of going
back into that world called
the music industry, you
know, what I'm saying? But
the music still lives in me.

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By Dennis Cauchon

The incomes of the young and mid-
dle-aged - especially men - have
nose dived since 2000, leaving many
age groups poorer than they were
even in the 1970s, a USA Today anal-
ysis of new Census data found.
Individuals 54 or younger are los-
ing ground financially at an unprec-
edented rate in this recession, widen-
ing a gap between young and old that
had been expanding for years.
While the young have lost ground,
older people have grown more pros-
perous over the years and the de--
cades. Older women have done best
of all.
The dividing line between those get-;
ting richer or poorer: the year 1955. If
you were born before that, you're part
of a generation enjoying a four-decade
run of historic income growth. Every
generation after that is now sinking
Household income for people in.

their peak earning years - between
ages 45 and 54 - plunged $7,700 to
$64,349 from 2000 through 2008,
after adjusting for inflation. People
in their 20s and 30s suffered similar
drops. Older people enjoyed all the
The line between the haves and
have-nots runs through the middle of
the Baby Boom, the population explo-
sion 1946-64.
"The second half of the Baby Boom
may be in the worst shape of all," says
demographer Cheryl Russell of New
Strategist Publications, a research
firm. "They're loaded with expenses
for housing, cars and' kids, but they
will never generate the income that
their parents enjoyed."
The following attribute to the income
gap: Waiting line for good jobs. Older
people are working longer, crowding
out young people from the best-pay-
ing jobs while boosting the incomes of
older workers and seniors.
Please turn to INCOME 7D


homeowners to
receive financial

By Stephanie Armour

The Obama administration is
engaged in high-level talks about
providing financial assistance to
homeowners who've lost their jobs
and can't afford their mortgage
The Treasury Department held
meetings on the subject as recently
as Thursday with key stakeholders,
according to Laura Armstrong, a
spokeswoman for Hope Now, an al-
Liance of non-profits and mortgage
services, and more discussions
are planned.
Proposals include getting ser-
vicers to let jobless homeowners
sldp some monthly payments, ac-
cording to Faith Schwartz, execu-
tive director of Hope Now.
Another possibility that has been
discussed includes grants or loans
to temporarily cover part of the
mortgage costs for homeowners
who become unemployed, says Paul
Willen, a Federal Reserve Bank of
Boston economist.
"Treasury has now brought us
all together," says Jack Shackett,
Bank of America's head of credit-
loss prevention, who is involved in
the discussions.
"Even if it takes Treasury awhile
to get some guidance out, the talk-
ing itself is great," Shackett says.
Treasury officials declined to
comment. No time line for any new
government initiative has been set,
says Schwartz. who is also involved
in the talks.
Please turn to HOME 7D

U.S. holiday
spending likely
to be low
By Usa Beertlein

Holiday spending is expected to
be flat versus a year ago, as con-
sumers remain cautious and the
national unemployment rate soars
to nearly 10 percent, Deloirte said
in a forecast released late on Sun-
Deloitte's retail group predicts to-
tal holiday sales to be $810 billion.
excluding motor vehicles and gaso-
line, for the November-through-
January period.
A flat result would be an improve-
ment from a year ago when holiday
sales fell 2.4 percent, but is hardly
the encouraging sign some retailers
and investors would hope for.
"Although there are signs that
suggest the economy is nearing
the end of its darkest days, many
consumers remain burdened by
restricted credit availability, high
unemployment and foreclosures,"
said Carl Steidtmann, chief econo-
mist with Deloitte Research, a sub-
sidiary of Deloitte Services LP.
"Americans continue to save at
historically high rates while also
paying down debt, and these fac-
tors combined suggest another
chilly holiday season for retailers,"
Steidtmann said.

Baby Boomers: The generation of senior entrepreneurs

By Farrah Gray

ica daily water
cooler gossip
often involves
talk of retire-
ment. Perhaps
you recognize
such retirement conversations,
the day many dream to sail off
into the sunset resting at that
peaceful gated community or
golf resort.
But today, we live under the
burdens of $9 trillion national
debt and spiraling healthcare
costs reaching almost $2.4
trillion annually about 17 per-

cent of GDP. The realities have
shifted an entire generation's
thinking, as one in three entre-
preneurs ages 51 to 69 plan to
make the career transition to
self-employment after age fifty.
Initially, one of their primary
driving factors is to recapture
financial losses suffered recent-
ly during the most devastating
economic crisis since the Great
Over the past year, the aver-
age Baby Boomer between 45-
54 has lost about 45 percent
of their median assets, leaving
them with just $100,000 in
net worth, including home eq-
uity. Older boomers have fared
marginally better. The majority

between 55-64 have lost about
38 percent of their assets, leav-
ing them about $170,000 net
worth. As this group rapidly
approaches retirement, most
plan by necessity to continue
working to recapture financial

net worth. Although, the baby
boomers have suffered loss
during the economic crisis most
can still muster the necessary
$10,000 or less tha t typically
helps fund over 75 percent of all
startups. Further, many busi-

According to U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the self-em-
ployed aged 55 - 65 rose 33 percent in 2008, double the num-
ber of self-employed 25 - 35 year-olds.

Traditionally, financial re-
sources are a key ingredient for
most successful entrepreneurs.
And it is here that we find the
baby boomers in the top 50 per-
cent of the U.S. population by

ness ventures require no more
than a couple thousand dollars
particularly given low cost mo-
bile Internet technologies that
enable immediate access to mil-
lions of potential customers.
But financial resources is not

the only advantage Baby Boom-
er entrepreneurs offer, in fact
they bring a wide range of skills,
years of trusted experience and
social networking connections.
The vast career opportunities
available to mature entrepre-
neurs includes healthcare, fi-
nancial advisor, employment
counseling, educational writ-
ing and teaching, carpentry,
alternative medicine therapy,
security guard, retail sales,
bakery goods or senior fitness
According to U.S. Depart-
ment of Labor Statistics, the
self-employed aged 55 - 65
rose 33 percent in 2008,
double the number of self-

employed 25 - 35 year-olds.
Research shows that approxi-
mately 22 percent of all new
startup businesses are reg-
istered by people between 47
and 65 yeprs of age. No matter
what the age or circumstance
- the sky is the limit, life's per-
ceived boundaries lie only in
the mind regardless of exter-
nal fears of failure.
In times of doubt, remember
the inspirational story of Nel-
son Mandela- born in 1918,
he spent 27 years in jail as a
political prisoner fighting for
democracy and human rights in
South Africa. Upon his release
in 1990, he later rose to become
an elder political world leader.





3650 NW 36th St.
Miami, FI 33142


STARTING AT: $698.00



(305) 635- 9505

*Income restrictions apply,
rents are subject to

115 N.E. 78 Street
Three' bdrms Special $875,
two bdrms $815 and 1 bdrm,
$700. nice and clean, park-
ing. Section 8 OK!
1212 N.W. 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$500, stove, refrigerator, air.
1215 N.W. 103 Lane
Two bedrooms $750
Blue Lake Village
Call 305-696-7667
1229 N.W. 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$550, stove, refrigerator, air.

12400 N.E. 12th Court
Newly renovated, one bed-
room, one bath. Laundry
room. Section 8 ok! $675
mthly. No security!
305-498-2266, 954-744-6841
1245 N. W. 58 Street
One bedroom, $525 month-
ly, all appliances included.
,Cpal Joel 786-355-7578

1250 N.W. 60 STREET
One bedroom, one bat
$525. Free Water.
1261 N.W. 59 STREET
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. Free Water.
1281 N.W. 61 Street
Renovated one bdrm, $525;
two bdrms, $725 appliances
included, 305-747-4552
1298 N.W. 60th Street
Beautiful one and two bdrms,
air, gated. 786-282-8775
1348 N.W. 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$450. Two bedrooms one
bath $525. 305-642-7080
140 N.W. 13 Street
One month to move in. Two
bedrooms, one bath, $525.
140 S.W. 6 St. HOMESTEAD
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$500 monthly
1425 NW 60th Street
Nice one bdrm, one bath.
$600 mthly. Includes refrig-
erator, stove, central air water
$725 to move in.
1450 N.W. 1 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath $425.
Two bedrooms one bath.
$525. 305-642-7080
1459 N.W. 60th Street
One bedroom, one bath',
brand new appliances, tiled
floors, $600 monthly; One
Month's Rent Move In Spe-
cial with restrictions.
Call 305-458-3977
1525 N.W. 1 Place
Three bedrooms, two
baths. $725 monthly. Newly
renovated. Central air. All
appliances included. Free
19 Inch LCD TV. Call Joel

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



1540 N.W. 1st Court
Studio $425 monthly
One bedroom $525
Two bedrooms $595
Three bedrooms, two baths
$695 monthly
All appliances included
Free 20 inch flat screen TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578
1541 N.W. 1 Place
Rents reduced for short time
only! One bedroom, $500,
newly remodeled, air, stove,
' refrigerator. No Deposit for
Section 8!
Call 305-582-5091
1545 NW 8 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
ceramic tile, central air,
carpet, balcony, new
kitchen, appliances, laundry
machine, quiet, parking.
Move in today!

15600 N.W. 7 AVENUE
Remodeled one bedroom,
central air, $650.
1801 N.W. 2nd Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath
$600 mthly, $900 to move
in. All appliances included.
Free 20 inch flat screen
TV. Call Joel 786-355-7578
1835 N.W. 2 Ct
two bedrooms, one bath,
$550 moves you in. No secu-
rity deposit, a/c, refrigerator
and stove. 786-286-7651
1905 N.W. 115th Street
Large furnished one bed-
room. Utilities included plus
cable. $800 monthly. Call
19305 NE 2 AVE
One bedroom, one bath
1955 N. W. 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. 305-642-7080
1969 N.W. 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$550, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080

210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$475. Call 305-642-7080
2295 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom $625, newly
renovated, appliances includ-
ed. Call Tony 305-213-5013
2751 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom, remote gate.
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
2972 N.W. 61 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550. Free Water.
3301 N.W. 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath. $700
moves you in. Appliances in-
cluded. 786-389-1686
3330 N.W. 48th Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $600
mthly. 305-213-5013
3669 Thomas Avenue
One bedroom $550, two
bedrooms $650, stove,
refrigerator, air. $650.

411 N.W. 37 STREET
Studios, $495 monthly. All
appliances included.
Call Joel 786-355-7578
423 N.W. 9 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 monthly, $600 move
in special. Free Wi-Fi, Easy
qualifying. 786-339-4106
448 N.W. 7 Street
One bdrm, nice. $425 mtlhy.
48 N.W. 77th Street
Large one bedroom, $550
monthly. Call after 6 p.m.
50th Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars, iron
gate doors. One and two
bedrooms from $490-$580
monthly. 2651 N.W. 50th
Street, Call 305-638-3699
5520 S.W. 32nd Street
Pemroke Park Area
Two and one half bedrooms,
one bath, with living room and
washer and dryer connection,
$850 monthly, $1450 move
in. 786-370-0832
6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 N. W. 50 Street
or Call 305-638-3699
7001 NW 15 AVENUE
Move-in special! One
bedroom, one bath. $425
monthly, $638 to move in.
Two bedrooms, one bath.

$650 monthly, $975 to move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD T.V. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.

7525 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Reno-
vated, new appliances, park-
ing. Section 8. HOPWA OK.
$700, half off first month. Call
305-754-7900. 9 a.m. to 7
784 N.W. 52 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly. 954-704-0094
8475 N.E. 2nd Avenue
One and two bdrm apts. Sec-
tion 8. 305-754-7776
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call
New, one and two bdrms.
Section 8 Welcomed!
Call 786-355-5665
Move in with first months rent
Remodeled one, two, and
three bedrooms, air, appli-
ances, laundry and gate.
From $450. 100 N.W. 11 St.
Overt9wn, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more informa-

All applications accepted.
Easy qualify. Move in
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 ($745), two bedrooms,
one bath, $595 ($895).
Free water!
Leonard 786-236-1144-
Beautiful one bedroom, $540
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines.
Call 305-638-3699
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. 305-717-6084.
Located Near 90th Street
and 27 Avenue
One unfurnished apt. and one
furnished one bedroom, one
bath, lights, water, and air in-
cluded. Call 305-693-9486.
N. DADE Section 8 OKI
One and two bdrms. No� De-
posit For Section 8.

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

Special! One bdrm, one bath.
$425 monthly.
28 Street and 1 Ave.
One bdrm, one bath apt.,
$525 per month.
Two bdrms, one bath apt.,
$650 per month.
Two bdrms , one bath
house, $850 per month.
All appliances included.
FREE 19 Inch LCD TV,
Call Joel 786-355-7578

Business Rentals

*$2000 MONTHLY
$4500 TO MOVE IN

2683 N.W. 66th Street
For more information
Call 786-277-8988

409 N.W. 6 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths,
tile, central air. $1250 mthly.
Miami Gardens Area
Townhouse, three bedrooms,
two baths. 3778 N.W. 213
Terrace. Call 954-442-8198

or 850-321-3798.

720 N.W. 61 St.
Two bedrooms one and a
half bath units starting at
Olde Towne International


1019 N.W. 52 STREET
Two bedrooms, central air.
Section 8 welcome.
1023 N.W. 47 STREET
Three bedroom, one bath.
$1300. Appliances, free wa-
ter. 305-642-7080
1076 NW 38 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly.
Section 8 OK. 305-796-7963
1081 N.W. 100th Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, fenced, $900 mthly, first,
last and sec. to move in. Call
1150 N.W. 100 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, cen-
tral air, den. $1000.
1173 NW 58TERR
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come. 786-236-5245
1180 NW 64 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 786-258-1843
1401 NW 60 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$550 mthly, $1500 move in.
1456 N.W. 60 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$800. Stove, refrigerator, air.
15724 NW 38 COURT
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$1050 monthly.
1744 N.W. 48th Street
One bedroom, tiled, air,
security bars $730 monthly,
water included. First, last
and security $300. First two
weeks free. 305-688-7209
180 NW 53 STREET
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Only three years old. refrig-
erator, stove, microwave.
$1550 monthly. First and se-
curity. Section 8 preferred.
1875 NW 43 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, tiled floors. $1000
mntly. Section 8 welcome.
2101 NW 92 STREET
Two bedrooms, water, air,
bars. $850' monthly, $2125
move in. Not Section 8 Affili-
ated. Terry Dellerson, Broker
21301 N.W. 37 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, air. $895.

2131 NW 100 Street
One bedroom, stove, refrig-
erator, air, carpet, bars, water,
fenced. Call 305-948-6913.
2464 N.W. 44 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$850. Small Deposit..
247 N. E. 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath, re-
frigerator, stove, microwave,
water, parking. $750 monthly
plus security. Section 8 ok.
2793 NW 87 Terr.
Spacious, well kept two bed-
room, one bath, washer,
dryer, free water. Move in
ready. $935 mthly, $1810
move-in. Section 8 vouch-
ers welcome. 786-251-3625

3030 N.W. 19th Avenue
One bedroom, Section 8 wel-
come, call 305-754-7776.
4693 NW 18th Avenue
Two bdrm, one bath. $800
mthly, $1550 to move-in.
6250 N.W. 1 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath
$800. Two bedrooms one
bath $1100. Appliances,
Free Water/Electric. 305-
6998 N.W. 5 Place
One bdrm, one bath. $550
mthly. 786-399-8557
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

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
North Miami Beach
Beautiful three bdrms, one
bath. Great area. $1050, first
and last. Call 305-970-6367
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Two bedrooms, tile floors, air,
heat, stove and refrigerator.

100 N.W. 14th Street
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN), free
local and nationwide calling,
24 hour security camera,
$185 wkly, $650 mthly.
1140 N.W. 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $550.
Free water. Mr. Willie #109
13377 NW 30 AVENUE
$120 weekly, private kitchen,
bath, free utilities, appliances.
1756 N.W. 85th Street
$130 weekly, $500 moves
you in. Call 786-389-1686.
1863B NW 42 Street
Newly remodeled, with air.
5422 N.W. 7 COURT
Includes water and electricity.
$600 monthly. 305-267-9449
86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Efficiency. Call 305-754-7776
98 St. N.W. 30 Ave
A great place to call home!
Spacious, with bath, com-
pletely furnished, pantry area
and appliances, utilities and
cable included. $525 month-
Miami Shores Area
Utilities included.
$485 monthly, furnished,
utilities included. 305-215-
Furnished Rooms

1010 N.W. 180 TERR
Free cable, air and use of
kitchen. 305-835-2728
13387 N.W. 30th Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
1368 N.W. 70th Street
$500 mthly, washer and
dryer, kitchen access, air,
cable available.
Call 305-691-0458
1500 N.W. 74th Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
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
$199 DEPOSIT!!!
2169 N.W. 49 Street, Free Air
Direct TV, only $108 weekly.
Call NOWI 786-234-5683.
4220 N.W. 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
6233 N.W. 22nd Court
Nice room, utilities included.
Move in immediately. $100
weekly, $200 moves you
in.Call 786-277-2693.
6835 N.W. 15th Avenue
Nice room, utilities included.
Move in immediately. $100
weekly, $200 moves you
in.Call 786-277-2693
8275 N.W. 18th Avenue
Clean rooms available. Call
Close to 163 St. Mall
Clean furnished room. Own
entrance. 305-749-6418
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable. 305-688-0187rp
Close to transportation. 305-
758-4286 or 754-214-5685
Air, Cable, TV. $125 wkly.
Clean quiet room with
security bars. $65 weekly.
Call 305-769-3347

10295 S.W. 175 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. 305-267-9449
10551 N.W. 21 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
all appliances, water includ-

ed. 305-305-4665


1122 N.W. 74 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1200 mthly, $2400 to move
in. 305-632-2426
1255 N.W. 45 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath-
room, central air, newly re-
modeled. Section 8 welcome.
786-229 - 4824
14082 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
new townhouse located in
nice area, Section 8 ok! Only
$999 security deposit.
1476 NE 154TERR
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1300 monthly.
1701 N.W 152 TERRACE
Three bedrooms. $2000 to
move in. $1000 monthly.
1750 NW 112TERRACE
Four bedrooms, two baths,
tile, central air. $1495 month-
ly. 305-662-5505
1785 N.W. 67 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1250 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 786-277-3434
1861 Wilmington Street
Move In Speciall
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'
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
2401 N.W. 92 STREET
Four bedrooms, two baths,
spacious kitchen, corner lot,
fenced, central air, patio and
laundry room. Section 8 OK.
772-834-5505, 772-834-5735
2481 N.W. 140 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 305-267-9449
3045 N.W. 68th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 Ok. 954-704-0094
3250 NW 135 STREET
Four bedrooms, one bath,
completely remodeled, cen-
tral air, large yard. $1200
monthly. Garbage included.
3251 NW 212 STREET
8 OK! Four bedrooms, two
baths Newly remodeled.
$1300. 305-785-5703
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.
4390 N.W. 174 Drive
Four bedrooms, two
baths,$1400, air, tile, bars.
$3500 move in. Not Section
8 affiliated. Terry Dellerson,
442 N.W. 59th Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 welcome, $850
monthly, $1700 moves you
in. 305-458-3977
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.
4915 NW 182 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1400 mthly. 305-606-3369
5519 NW 4 AVENUE
Remodeled, three bedrooms,
$1100 monthly.
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$900. Free Water.

8830 NW 22 COURT
Three bedrooms, two baths,
one year old. Section 8 ok.
924 NW 29 STREET
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1350 monthly. Also avail-
able, two bedrooms, one
bath $950. 786-262-7313

Three bdrms, two baths.
$1367 monthly.
305-757-7067 Design Realty
N.W. 133 St. and 18 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
Near Northwestern High
For Rent or Sale. Two bed-
rooms, one bath, air $1050

monthly Fenced Section 8
OK 305-685-6795
Four bdrms, two baths. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 305-691-0826

Three bedrooms, two baths,
carport, fenced, near schools.
Section 8. 786-462-7957
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice Behind in Your
Mortgage? Kathy 786-326-
Rent with Option

Three bedrooms, two baths.
Four bedrooms, two baths..
$1000 down. Not Section 8
approved. 954-517-9484 or
$1000 down, $800 monthly,
Recently remodeled. Three
bedrooms, one bath. Call Da-
vid 305-216-5390
Three bedrooms, two baths,
pool. $1400 monthly.

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

1745 NW 47 STREET
Two bedrooms, huge den,
central air. Try $2900 down
and $699 monthly.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700
2276 N.W. 59 STREET
Three bedrooms, large lot,
central air. $1500 down and
$450 total monthly.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700
3361 N.W. 207 STREET
Three bedrooms, central air,
remodeled. $1900 down,
$828 monthly. FHA. $8000
Rebate. 786-306-4839

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Jobless claims decline, housing market improves

The number of work-
ers filing for unemploy-
ment benefits fell last
week to the lowest level
since early July, evi-
dence that job cuts are
slowing, as housing
market improves.
The Labor Depart-
ment says initial claims
for unemployment in-
surance dropped to a
seasonally adjusted
545,000 from an up-
wardly revised 557,000
the previous week.
Wall Street economists
expected claims to rise
by 5,000, according to
Thomson Reuters.
The decline is the
third in the past four.
weeks. The four-
week average, which
smooths out fluctua-
tions, dropped 8,750
to 563,000. That's still
far above the 325,000
per week typical in a
healthy economy.
The number of peo-
ple claiming benefits
for more than a week
rose by 129,000 to a
seasonally adjusted

6.2 million.
In the housing, re-
port, the Commerce
Department said hous-
ing construction rose in
August to the highest
level in nine months
as a surge in apart-
ment building offset a
decline in single-family
Commerce said con-
struction of new homes
and apartments rose
1.5 percent to an an-
nual rate of 598,000
units last month. That
is slightly lower than
the 600,000-unit pace
economists had fore-
The increase pushed
building activity to
the highest level since
last November and left
home construction
24.8 percent above
the record low set in
April. The August per-
formance was another
sign that the nation's
housing industry has
begun to ,recover from
its worst downturn in


Applications for
building permits, a
good forecaster of fu-
ture activity, posted
a 2.7, percent rise in
August to an annual
rate of 579,000 units,
slightly below the
580,000 level that had
been forecast. Permits
for single-family homes
dipped 0.2 percent
while multifamily units
rose 15.8 percent.
The 1.5 percent rise
in housing starts fol-
lowed a small 0.2 per-
cent dip in July. Au-
gust's strength came
from a 25.3 percent

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government officials
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Hope Now and the
The discussions
come after a $75 bil-
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in March by the ad-
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plan seeks to prevent

Gender pay gap
narrowing down

continued from SD

Low-income workers
in the wage decline
first, says econo-
mist Dean Baker of
the Economic Policy
Institute, a liberal-
leaning think tank.
Golden age of retire-
ment. Social Security
and private pensions
have elevated the in-
comes of retired peo-
ple to record levels
and reduced poverty
among the elderly.
One ;bright sign:
Women have boosted
income by holding
half the USA's jobs,
working longer hours
and narrowing the
gender pay gap from
2000, when women
made 25 percent less
than men, to 2008,
when they made 23
percent less. Older,
college-educated ca-
reer women have had
the biggest gains.
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founder of a human
resources firm in
Oklahoma City, says
income . shifts partly
reflect changing gen-
der roles and values.
As women bring in
more income, men
can work less or stay
home with children,
she says. Neese says
her own daughter,
who now runs the
family firm, worked
less and went to more
kids' soccer games.
"My daughter says,
'I'm not going to work
like you worked,' "
says Neese, 60.

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Redevelopment Agency

Boards of Commissioners Meeting of the Southeast
Overtown/Park West, and Omni, Community
Redevelopment Agencies scheduled to take
place on September 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM, at the
Ice Palace (at Big Time Productions) 59 N.W. 141h
Street, Miami, FL 33136, has been CANCELED.

A special meeting will take place at Miami City Hall
on Thursday, September 24, 2009 commencing
at 10:00 AM or thereafter, at 3500 Pan American

Drive. Miami, FL 33133.

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

James H. Villacorta, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West and
Omni Community Redevelopment Agencies


surge in construction
of multifamily units, a
volatile sector that fell
15.2 percent in July.
The larger single-
family sector dipped
3 percent last month
to an annual rate of
479,000 units, first
setback following

five straight monthly
By region, construc-
tion shot up 23.8 per-
cent in the Northeast
and 0.9 percent in the
Midwest. Activity was
flat in the West and
fell 2.4 percent in the
Builders slammed
the brakes on con-
struction after the
housing bubble burst
following five consecu-
tive boom years. The
weakness in housing
spread to the finan-
cial sector as defaults
on home mortgages
soared. This all con-
tributed to pushing
the country into the
worst recession in
seven decades. Econo-

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City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation

Title: Design Build Services for Biscayne Skate Park
Due Date: October 23, 2009
Pre- Bid Conference: October 8, 2009 @ 10:00
ITB No.: 08-09-068

For detailed information, please visit our Capi-
tal Improvements Program webpage at:
section 18-74 of the city code.

Pedro G. Hernandez, P.E., City Manager

DP No. 009070

City of Miami*
Notice of Bid Solicitation

Title: Renovation of the Green Lab: B-30652
ITB No.: 08-09-072
Bids Due Date:
Monday, October 26, 2009, AT 2:00 P.M.
Non-Mandatory Pre- Bid Conference:
Thursday, October 8, 2009 @ 10:00 am
Location: South Police Substation
2nd Floor Conference Room
2200 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33135
Note: Attendees must have photo ID to enter
NOTE: Detailed information regarding this ITB
No.: 08-09-072 will be available after Monday,
September 28, 2009 on our Capital Improve-
ments Program webpage at:

Pedro G. Hernandez, P.E.,
I,,,, City Manager
DP No. 008965

mists believe the over-
all downturn has end-
ed as well.
Builders have been
ramping up because
buyers want to take
advantage of a federal
tax credit for first-time
homebuyers. It covers
10 percent of a home
price up to $8,000,
and is set to expire at
the end of November.

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Fax: 305-694-6211

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The Governing Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the
Miami Urbanized Area will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 29, 2009
at 2:00 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers, Stephen R Clark Center, 111
NW First Street, Miami, Florida for the purpose of considering the following:
1. Long Range Transportation Plan Update Year 2035
The Miami-Dade Long Range Transportation Plan Update to the Year 2035 has
been developed to guide transportation investments in Miami-Dade County
through the next twenty-five years with the purpose of achieving the best
possible mobility conditions in the transportation system of Miami-Dade. The
proposed 2035 Plan includes improvements to roadways, transit facilities,
bicycle, pedestrian facilities, and greenways and trails. The proposed Plan
contains projects totaling $19 billion over the next twenty-five years.
2. FY 2010 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment: Safe Routes
to School Social Marketing Campaign Project
This amendment will add a newly created project Safe Routes to School
Social Marketing Campaign. Implementation of this project will enhance
FDOT's commitment to safety by building awareness, gaining parent support
and educating children about the benefits of walking and biking safely to and
from school.
3. FYs 2009 & 2010 Unified Planning Work Program Amendment
This amendment to the FYs 2009 & 2010 Unified Planning Work Program will
add $239,448 to Task 3.02 General Planning Consultant.
4. Miami-Dade MPO Public Involvement Plan Update
The Miami-Dade MPO Public Involvement Plan (PIP) ensures that residents
receive appropriate information regarding transportation issues. The PIP
also provides the MPO with the tools, needed to evaluate public involvement
programs and projects.
All interested parties are invited to attend. For copies of the LRTP TIP, UPWP
and/or further information, please contact the MPO Secretariat, Stephen R Clark
Center, 111 NW First Street, Suite 920, Miami, Florida 33128, phone: (305) 375-
4507; e-mail: mpo@miamidade.gov; website: www.mamidade.nov/mpo. It is
the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all requirements of the Americans
with Disability Act. For sign language interpretation, please call at least five days
in advance.



Miami-Dade County, Florida is announcing the availability of solicitations for
contract opportunities, which can be obtained through the Department of Pro-
curement Management (DPM), from our Website: www.miamidade.govldDm.
Vendors may choose to download the solicitation packagess, free of charge,
from our Website under "Solicitations Online". Internet access is available at
all branches of the Miami-Dade Public Library. It is recommended that vendors
visit our Website on a daily basis to view newly posted solicitations, adden-
dums, revised bid opening dates and other information that may be subject to

Interested parties may also visit or call:

Miami-Dade County
Department of Procurement Management
Vendor Assistance Unit
111 NW 1st Street, 13th floor,
Miami, FL 33128
Phone Number: 305-375-5773

There is a nominal non-refundable fee for each bid package and an additional
$5.00 handling charge for those vendors wishing to receive a paper copy of the
bid package through the United States Postal Service.

These solicitations are subject to the "Cone of Silence" in accordance with
County Ordinance No. 98-106.

Miami-Dade County has streamlined the process for accepting bids
and proposals by requiring vendor affidavits only once - at the time of
vendor registration.

Starting June 1, 2008, vendors will be able to provide required affidavits one
time, instead of each time they submit a bid or proposal. Solicitations adver-
tised after June 1st will'require that all vendors complete the new Vendor Reg-
istration Package before they can be awarded a new County contract. Obtain
the Vendor Registration Package on-line from the DPM website.

Request for Proposals

The South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB) is soliciting competi-
tive proposals from qualified organizations with the expertise and demonstrated
ability to effectively and efficiently manage and operate the following: (1) de-
livery of Refugee Employment and Training Services; and (2) Work Readiness
Services in Miami-Dade County.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) will be available to the public commenc-
ing at Noon on September 18, 2009, at 7300 Corporate Center Drive (NW
19th Street), 5th floor reception desk or the RFP may be downloaded from the
SFWIB website (www.southfloridaworkforce.com) after 3:00 p.m. on the same

An Offerors' Conference is scheduled for 10:00 A.M., September 24, 2009, at
7300 Corporate Center Drive (NW 19th Street), 5th floor, Conference Room 3,
Miami, Florida 33126.

Offerors are hereby advised to consult the SFWIB website
(www.southfloridaworkforce.com) for more details on the competitive process.

Proposals must be received by the SFWIB at the aforesaid location not later
than 3:00 P.M.. October 1. 2009. Proposals not received by the SFWIB by 3:00
P.M., October 1, 2009, shall not be accepted and shall not be considered.

City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation

Title: Fairlawn Storm Sewer Improvements
Phase III, B-50704

Bids Due Date:
Friday, October 23, 2009, AT 2:00 P.M.

Pro- Bid Conference:
Monday, October 5th, 2009 @ 10:00 am

(Non-Mandatory) ITB No.: 08-09-073

For detailed information, please visit our Capi-
tal Improvements Program webpage at:

Pedro G. Hernandez, P.E.,
City Manager
DP No. 008963



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,43 ocIted Pr , an antenna. The inclusion of a digital radio is
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Apple has sold more than 100 million iPod for under $200.
Nanos since launching the first one in 2005, Microsoft's Zune player has gotten steadily
and the latest version should cement its title better since it was first released in 2006.
as king of the prom. Its latest effort, the Zune HD, gets several
At first glance, the new Nano seems things right, including video and music
very much like the previous version. It playback. Still, there's still plenty of room for
has retained its skinny legginess and improvement.
curved sides, along with its crisp screen The Zune HD ($220 for a 16-gigabyte
and slightly annoying shake-to-shuffle version; $290 for 32 gigabytes) is packed in a
music feature. Astute gadget hounds slim, silver-and-black case that sports a fairly
may notice it has a slightly enlarged generous 3.3-inch touch screen.
screen - it's now 2.2 inches on the The screen is one of the new Zune's best
diagonal, up from 2 inches. parts: It's very responsive to finger swipes and
There are some majoradditions, though, taps, and, as with Apple's iPod Touch, you
that make this tiny tune toter really worth can pinch photos to zoom in and out.
its price tag ($149 for 8 gigabytes of storage Videos and photos look super crisp, and I
space; $179 for 16 gigabytesI. had no problem snugglingup with the Zune HD
The first is located near the bottom of the while watching an episode of sketch comedy
Nano's back: A little video camera lens with show "The State" that I downloaded from the
a pinhole-sized microphone. The location is Zune Marketplace over the corresponding
prone to fingers-over-lens issues, but because computer software.
the Nano has a built-in accelerometer you The latest Zune includes a high-definition
can solve this problem by turning the device video function, so you can buy high-def
upside down and it will still know to film right movies in 720p resolution from the Zune
side up Marketplace, and, if you shell out $90 for a
Apple says it simply wasn't possible to place dock, watch them on a high-definition TV.
the camera anywhere else without making You can also watch them on the Zune, but the
the Nano pudgier, so I'm willing to forgive this resolution will be lower.
inconvenience. More impressive was the addition of an HD
The quality of Nano videos probably won't get radio receiver for accessing radio stations'
you into Cannes. but the camera is so easy to digital HD radio content, which is transmitted
use that I found myself looking for cool things alongside their regular analog broadcasts.
to record while wandenng around listening to HD stations sounded clearer than standard
music I also loved its special effects filters, FM stations on the dial, but since the Zune
which let you film in old-fashioned film mode already has a good FM radio I wasn't blown
or 'kaleidoscope mode away.
To my chagrin, there is no option to take still I was pleased to see Microsoft finally built
photos, and no zoom - two features you II find a Web browser into the Zune, which you can
on many, run-of-the-mill cell phones. Maybe use when you're in a Wi-Fi hot spot. The Zune
next time. Apple? always had wireless capabilities, and the
The built-in microphone did impress me. company seems to revel in rolling out related
It had some difficulties capturinnR sound functions as slowly as possible. On the last
from multiple sources at the same time. but Zune, users gained the ability to download
noises generally sounded clear in '.-ide-s The Zune Marketplace songs straight to the
microphone ,.vll also record voicec e notes - device when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
something I ve beer av. juting for ne.eral ,-ears. The browser, which is based on Microsoft's
Another neat feature No. . the Nano has a Internet Explorer, isn't nearly as good as one
built-in speaker You or ri nti,. it nt first, you'd use on your computer. Given the screen
since there c no .spaker grill But If :. ou happen size it was sometimes easier to view mobile
to play ba.k a juSt-rrco',rded .lideo Fc.r a song versions of Web sites (sometimes you're
without plug-ming in headphones. ,.ou II notice automatically directed to them anyway), and
that. indeed, the Nano errmittinr ._.ur-nd The there's no support for Flash videos like the
speaker does not get that loud. rand it doesn't ones on YouTube.
sound incredible. but it, r-nce to ha'.e the Still, it has an easy-to-use touch-screen
option to listen out loud keyboard for entering Web site addresses,
Sadly,. the speaker doesn't work with the and it's good for reading the news, checking
Nano s FM radio - another new feature - since e-mail or updating your status on Facebook.