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Place of Publication: Miami, Fla
Creation Date: November 18, 2009
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Tempora Mutantur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis


Volume 87 Number 11 MIAMI, FLORIDA, NOVEMBER 18-24, 2009 50 cents (55 cents in Broward)

Governor suspends Spence-Jones

Only two members left on City Commission

By Tariq Osborne

Sandra J. Charite

Recently re-elected City Com-
missioner Michelle Spence-
Jones, posted a $12,500 bond
Friday after turning herself in
to law enforcement authori-
ties. Spence-Jones was ar-
rested on one count of second-
degree grand theft which is a
first degree felony. The arrest
prompted Gov. Charlie Crist to
suspend her from office.
Spence Jones, 42, maintains
her innocence, "I am not wor-
ried because I know I have
done nothing wrong," she said.
She believed that the charges
were a personal attack on her

political seat.
"This charge is about remov-
ing me from office," said Spen-
ce-Jones at a press conference
Friday morning before turning
herself in.
Almost immediately after her
swearing-in for another term,
State Attorney Katherine Fer-
nandez-Rundle held a press
conference in which she al-
leged that Spence-Jones stole
$22,000 in grant money.

The state's case hinges upon
the testimony of former Com-
missioner Barbara Carey-Shul-
er, in which Spence-Jones was
once her aide. The arrest report
focuses on a pair of'$25,000
county grants to two nonprof-
its 'supported by Carey-Shuler

Suspended City Commissioner

in 2004. The money was later
distributed by the Metro-Mi-
ami Action Plan Trust, MMAP,
a social-services agency man-
aged by the county.
Prosecutors allege that Spen-
ce-Jones submitted a letter in

Carey-Shuler's name instruct-
ing MMAP to transfer the two
grants to Karym Ventures, a
company then owned by Spen-
ce-Jones and her family.

"MMAP was dutiful and want-
ed for additional verification be-
fore releasing the funds," said
Fernandez-Rundle. According
to the State Attorney's Office,
Carey-Schuler stated under
oath that she did not autho-
rize the letter and would never
agree to sign it.
The funds, according to Fer-
nandez-Rundle, were actually
slated for three District 5 proj-
ects: Timbuktu Marketplace,
and artist gallery and restau-
rant, Ocean Village, a project
to develop the storefronts along
between Northwest 54th and
62nd streets along Seventh
Please turn to SUSPEND 8A

More cuts at Jackson Health System
caused on continuing the won-
Cuts will not affect patient outcomes says hospital management derful record of quality patient
outcomes," he said.
By Tariq Osborne The move comes as part of a Thus far, the affected facili- The cuts come in the wake
tosborne@miamitimesonline.com greater effort to balance a $168 ties impacted are: North Miami of the financial crisis, which
million deficit. Health Center, Juanita Mann both Roldan and Copeland de-

The recent cuts made at
Jackson Health Sys-
tems may not be ,.-
the last, according '
to John Copeland
III, Chairman of the
Public Health Trust.
Jackson recently no-
tified 93 employees
that their positions
will be eliminated in
"You hate to do COPI
things that! result in
folks not having jobs, and we
continue to look for ways to
minimize the loss of employ-
ees, but the dollars just aren't
in the budget," said Copeland.


When Dr. Eneida Roldan took
over as president
and CEO of Jack-
son Health System
in June, she faced a
$168 million deficit.
She has since imple-
mented cost-cutting
measures that have
saved $61.7 mil-
lion--but it still isn't
LAND "It still left us a gap
of 107 million," she
said. "So we analyzed which
programs we needed to either
divest, reduce, or close," she
said. The recent cuts were the

-Northside Shop-
ping Center, Jackson
North Medical Cen-
ter Mental Health
Unit, Jackson South
Wound Care Unit,
Broward Liver Trans-
plant and Heart &
Lung Transplant.
Roldan does not
expect an affect on
patients. "A majority
of the services being
cut are not within the

hospitals," she said. "We have
in mind the patient first, and
then our employees.
Copeland said much the
same. "We are 100 percent fo-



scribed, in sepa-
rate interviews, as
a "perfect storm."
Jackson's fund-
ing woes
Jackson Health
System is fund-
ed by four major
sources, accord-
ing to Roldan. The
first is a half-pen-
ny sales tax, and
the second is the

Maintenance of Ef-
fort, which is based upon real-
estate taxes. When the hous-
ing bubble burst, jobs were
lost, which in turn drove down
Please turn to CUTS 8A

Good start for interim president

FMU board continues to

search for new president

Sandra J. Charite

Four months ago, Dr. Sandra
T. Thompson walked the Flor-
ida Memorial University cam-
pus completing her duties as
Provost. The sudden removal of
then President Karl S. Wright
opened a door of opportunity
for Dr. Thompson. She became
the interim president of South
Florida only historically Black
"Since stepping in, it's been
outstanding. The reception
has been warm and support-
ive. Students have been deter-
mined and cooperative. Fac-
ulty and staff have too' been
supportive. The morale seemed
to have lifted," said Dr. Thomp-
Thompson, 61, who holds a
bachelor's degree from Voor-

hees College in Denmark, S.C.,
a master's degree from Fisk
University in Nashville, T.N., a
certificate of French from the
University of Poitier in LaRo-
chelle, France,a Ph.D. from the
University of Florida in Gaines-
ville, and a certificate from
Harvard University Graduate
School of Education's Institute
of Educational Management,
has a long history at the Uni-
Thompson was selected as
the University's first Assistant
Provost in 2002. Two years
later, she was promoted to As-
sociate Provost. Then in July
2006, she became Provost.
In taking the interim presi-
dent position, the Dr. Thomp-
son has faced challenges.
"The morale is still high but
there are some concerns. As
Please turn to FMU 4A

-Miami Times photo / Sandra J. Charite
Dr. Sandra T.Thompson, interim president at Florida Memo-
rial University, sits in her office.

Meet the candidates for




By Sandra J. Charite

U.S. Congressman Kendrick B. Meek's decision to run for the
U.S. Senate in 2010, after Republican Mel Martinez announced
he would not rerun, opened the doors for many South Floridians
desiring a Congressional seat.
Ten contenders have placed their name in the hat to be the
next 17th District Congressman including; Leroy Adam, Miami-
Dade County Teacher; Marleine Bastien, activist and executive
director of Haitian Women of Miami (FANM) and Phillip Brutus,
attorney and former State Representative.
Also James Bush III, State Rep. of District 109; Shirley Gib-

son, City of Miami Gardens Mayor; Rudolph Moise, Haitian actor
and Miami's family doctor; Yolly Roberson, State Rep of District
104; Frederica Wilson, State Sen. of District 33; Roderick Vereen,
prominent Miami attorney and Andre Williams, real estate agent
and Miami Gardens City Councilman.
Moise will make a public announcement about his candidacy
Please turn to CANDIDATES 4A

Burden in running for police chief

The Miami Times Staff Report

Major Miguel Exposito is the
announced favorite of Mayor
Tomas Regalado to replace
outgoing Miami Police Chief
John Timoney but don't bet
any money on it with a deci-
sion expected this weekend.
Assistant Chief Adam L. Bur-
den, 44, who grew up in Miami
and joined the department in
1987 is very popular and the
most educated of the four can-
didates seeking the post.
The other assistant chief
is Thomas W. Cannon, 55, a
graduate of Barry University
who joined the police depart-

Assistant Chief
ment in 1981 as a patrol of-
ficer. He worked as a training
officer on the SWAR team and
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District 5 needs

an outsider
With Mayor Tomas Regalado's announcement that
rather than appointing someone to District 5's
commission seat, he will hold a special election,
District 5's constituents have been granted a rare oppor-
tunity to try again.

The voters should make a more careful selection, and
avoid the most common mistakes.

The ideal candidate to represent District 5 is a success-
ful administrator. District 5 should look for both manage-
ment and budgetary experience. Such a candidate may not
be the best at shaking hands, kissing babies, and staging
photo opportunities, but District 5 needs to look beyond
the surface. Too often, voters are swayed by non-essen-

Due to a long history of being alternately ignored and
patronized by the rest of the city, District 5 has began to
take an "us vs them" mentality. While this is good in terms
of holding the community together, it is bad in that voters
will not support a candidate who isn't "one of us." But liv-
ing in District 5 is already a legal requirement for the posi-
tion. One need not have been born in District 5 to serve it

This is not to say that district-raised candidates should
not be considered, but often the trouble with them is that
they know the community a bit too well. They know who
votes and who doesn't. They know where to go for cam-
paign funding. And once elected--they know who they owe
favors. With a group of supporters already established, they
have less reason to listen to their remaining constituents.
The result then, is a commissioner under no obligation to
represent the entire community. While the financial crisis
has made times difficult everywhere, they are hardest in
District 5. Now, more than ever, everyone needs a voice--
and the best way tq make sure of this is to vote.

What District 5 needs is an outsider.

Often candidates tout.their "insider experience." T tell
the constituents how many connections they have made
downtown. The implication is that they can call in favors-
-for the benefit of District 5. The district has tried such
candidates. They have not been effective.
The stadium deal; for example, was supposed to come
with jobs and youth programs for District 5.

The deal was approved.

The jobs did not materialize.

As the city's poorest district, District 5 needs a leader will-
ing to be the dissenting voice on a largely pro-development
commission. The district cannot afford another "insider"
candidate. The district cannot afford a commissioner who
will allow contractors to refuse to hire locally, bringing in
their own workers instead. District 5's commissioner can-
not look the other way on this issue in exchange for cam-
paign contributions. A long list of developers on their list
of contributors should be a red flag to the voters of District

What District 5 needs is an outsider, and Regalado has
given them the opportunity to elect one.




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Childhood obesity: Parents must set an example

The next few weeks will bring
many opportunities to splurge.
When it comes to indulging in
favorite dishes like sweet po-
tato pie, iced sugar cookies
and rich fudge, it's important
to think not only about how it
will affect your waist line, but
how it will affect the youngest
guests at your holiday dining
Kids look to adults to set an
example, and it's more impor-
tant than ever to be a posi-
tive role model: According to
the Centers for Disease Con-
trol (CDC), childhood obesity
has more than doubled in the
past 20 years, and the prob-
lem continues to grow. Fortu-
nately, there are changes the
entire family can make to help
children stay healthy and fit.
Helping our children begins
with understanding risk fac-
tors for obesity. Environment,
behavior and genetics all play
a role in childhood obesity; the
most important thing is to fo-

of the pat
ery day is
It is thi
can porta

cus on changing those things
we can control, like behavior.
That's right-the old diet and
exercise advice. But it's true:
A lifestyle with balanced nu-
trition and exercise is the best
way to keep your children at a

and children were more likely
to be overweight than their
white counterparts. We're even
seeing toddlers suffering from
obesity; the CDC found one in
seven low-income preschool-
ers are obese. Quite simply,

n the Black community, we've become almost immune to the site
of an overweight child. I'll be the first to admit I've blamed it on the
old idea of "baby fat," but more often than not, there is a pattern of
unhealthy behavior being formed.

healthy weight.
In the Black community,
we've become almost immune
to the site of an overweight
child. Ill be the first to admit
I've blamed it on the old idea
of "baby fat," but more often
than not, there is a pattern
of unhealthy behavior being
formed. The National Health
and Nutrition Examination
Survey found that Black teens

there is no excuse for this.
The consequences of child-
hood obesity are staggering.
Just a few extra pounds on
the small frame of a child can
lead to spikes in blood pres-
sure and cholesterol, type 2
diabetes and asthma. Obese
children are also more likely
to be admitted to the hospi-
tal and stay longer, according
to a recent American College

eters' give troops the homecoming they d
the nation pauses "Our boys got a raw deal when shake or embrace; they comfort
ly in annual observance they were over in Vietnam. ... We them with simple words of appre-
riotism of this country's wanted to make sure that the ciation, some snack food and the
n and women, nearly ev- government would not send our free use of cellphones.
Veterans Day at Bangor boys into battle, or to defend our That might not seem like much
final Airport. country in any way, without giving of a sacrifice until you consider
rough this small Ameri- them credit for what they're do- that the troop greeters do this over
I that many troops are ing. We made up our minds that and over again, as though each
d to, and return from, that would never happen again," time they are there for a member

Afghanistan and Iraq. It's at this
airport in Maine that a small band
of senior citizens has greeted ev-
ery soldier, sailor, Marine and air-
man who traveled through its cor-
ridors since May 3, 2003. They're
called "troop greeters," but in es-
sence they serve a much greater
purpose. They are the heart and
conscience of a grateful nation.
For far too many Americans, Vet-
erans Day - Nov. 11 - is simply
a day off from work that is barely
distinguishable from any other
holiday. But for Maine's troop
greeters, who have seen more than
4,300 flights with nearly a million
U.S. troops come and go, Veterans
Day is almost a daily event - one
they treat with great reverence.


W while most Americans view the conflicts inAfghanistan and Iraq with
great detachment, the troop greeters take it personally. A contingent
of them goes to Bangor's airport at all hours of the day and night to
meet every plane that ferries troops into that facility.

Bill Knight, 87, says in the open-
ing scene of The Way We Get By,
a documentary about the troop
greeters that airs Wednesday on
While most Americans view the
conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq
with great detachment, the troop
greeters take it personally. A con-
tingent of them goes to Bangor's
airport at all hours of the day and
night to meet every plane that fer-
ries troops into that facility. They
welcome the troops with a hand-

of their own family.
"Once you start going to the air-
port to greet the troops, if you stay
home you go through withdraw-
al," Joan Gaudet, 76, says in the
film that her son, Aron Gaudet,

If this film were only about what
these aging patriots do for the
morale of the young people this
nation sends to war, it would be
worth watching. But it's about


Black jobs and wealth are disappearin

The current recession has cer-
tainly taken its toll on everyone.
From large corporations to small
businesses to families, most of us
can fairly say that, in some way,
we have suffered a financial loss.
But African-Americans, more than
any other group, are dispropor-
tionately affected by the economic
downturn. We are losing jobs at
faster rates and, as a result, our
net wealth is decreasing. Amid
reports of an improving economy,
many are still worried about their
financial futures. America must
continue to support its citizens
so that they may withstand this
downturn and not come out worse
for the wear.
The national unemployment rate
is currently hovering around 10
percent. For African-Americans,
that number is just over 15 per-
cent and, in some states, Illinois
for example, its over 18 percent.
For Black teens, the number is as-

tronomically high: nearly 41 per-
cent. To be fair, unemployment
rates have always been higher in
the African-American community
than they are in the general popu-
lation. But the recession has in-
creased the unemployment - and
wealth - gap between Blacks and
non-Blacks because key indus-
tries, such as automotive and
manufacturing, have scaled back
considerably. It used to be that a
Black worker could secure a sta-
ble job in one of these blue-collar
industries and work their way into
the middle class. That day is long
To compound matters, preda-
tory lending practices that locked
many homeowners into high inter-
est rate loans with ballooning pay-
ments were prevalent in African-
American communities. When the
housing crisis reached its dramat-
ic peak, Blacks stood out among
the millions who lost their homes.

Homeownership is the quick-
est way to build personal wealth.
Now, with so many African-Amer-
icans having foreclosed on their
homes, the financial health of our
community is in jeopardy.
We are being told the economy
is getting better but that the eco-
nomic growth of America will be
irrevocably changed. Businesses
will be more conservative when
expanding so that they don't over-
extend themselves. New jobs will
be created at slower rates than in
recent years. Knowing this, it is
imperative that the American gov-
ernment makes a commitment to
re-train those workers whose in-
dustries have been dramatically
High-paying jobs in manufac-
turing are few and far between;
this is the information age and our
citizens need to be ready to work
in it. For our economy to stay vi-
brant, government sponsored

of Emergency .e' ''
Physicians re-
port. The harmful effects of
early onset obesity can occur
in childhood or later in life-
sometimes it may take years
for the obesity to develop, and
just as long to reverse its ef-
fects. That's why it's impor-
tant to make positive changes
as soon as possible.
But it's not enough just to
know about the dangers of
childhood obesity. It's even
more important to arm our-
selves with the solutions. For
most of us and our children, it
comes back to the behavioral
choices we make both at the
dinner table and outside of the
Our children deserve nutri-
tious food and plenty of active
play time to help keep them
healthy and happy. With a lit-
tle guidance from us adults-
and a lot of willpower at the
holiday buffet-we can help
them do just that.

more than that.
It's also about
how these people's lives are made
better by the sacrifices they make
for the servicemembers - a story
that makes it compelling viewing.
At home, Joan Gaudet uses a
walker to get around and is afraid
to go out of the house, especial-
ly at night in the slippery snow
of a Maine winter. But her gait
strengthens when she enters the
airport. The place has the same
effect on Jerry Mundy, a 74-year-
old retired ironworker.
"Jerry lost one of his sons at an
early age," Aron Gaudet told me.
"He can't connect with his son
anymore, but the thing he loves
the most at the airport is to give
these cellphones to the troops so
they can connect with their par-
That's how they get by. They
get past the pain in their lives by
bringing some small pleasure to
the troops America sends to war.
And by doing so, they give new
meaning to poet John Milton's
words: "They also serve who only
stand and wait."

training programs
for downsized employees must
be implemented. Additionally, we
must work to keep technology
jobs here in America. Any compa-
ny receiving government support
or contracts must be required to
hire American workers. If there
are not enough skilled workers to
fill the jobs, we must ensure that
people are trained. Lastly, special
monitored home loan programs
for individuals who foreclosed on
their homes during the recession
should be created.
Taking these steps would en-
sure that all Americans are able
to transition into this new and
different workforce and begin to
rebuild their lives. As an added
benefit, African-American workers
would be able to get the skills they
need to stay marketable in the
workplace while being allowed a
fresh start on the road to personal

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Spence-Jones arrest: Black

community relives another nightmare

The recent arrest of City of
Miami Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones was a sucker
punch to the voters in District 5.
It was swift, unexpected and in-
tended to cause as much harm
as possible. Really, did the resi-
dents in District 5 deserve the
type of public spectacle that was
used to take their Commissioner
in custody? On Nov. 3, the vot-
ers in District 5 overwhelming
re-elected Spence-Jones. She
was clearly the people choice.
Did the voters even know that
their beloved Commissioner was
under a criminal investigation
and had been for years by the
State Attorneys' Office? Did it
even matter that she was un-
der criminal investigation? Af-
ter all, we have heard stories of
alleged misconduct by Spence-
Jones every since she has been
in office but she always seemed
to come out unscathed and on
It was just a few months ago
that Spence-Jones and Gaston
Smith, Senior Pastor of Friend-
ship Missionary Baptist Church
in Liberty City, were both being
investigated by the State Attor-
ney Office for criminal activity.
This investigation led to the ar-
rest of Pastor Smith. His arrest
was expeditious and with much
fanfare as he was led away
handcuffed and in absolute dis-
grace. Oh, in the meantime,
Spence- Jones was cleared of all
criminal charges according to
local news sources. You see the
repeated allegations, investiga-
:ron s and public scrutiny by the
State Attorney's Office of Spen-
ce-Jones were starting to look
suspicious. Was this another
attack on a public servant? She
was our public servant.
Through the years, the South
Florida community has wit-
nessed several disgraceful re-
movals or take down of some
of the most prominent local
individuals. Therefore, when I
heard the news of Spence-Jones
arrest, I couldn't help but think
of those before her that had to
walk this road. I began to reflect
on Johnny Jones, Miller Dawk-
ins, Howard Gary, James Burke
and the late Arthur "Art" Teele
and began to pray fervently for
Spence-Jones. In no way am I
justifying or excusing inappro-
priate or criminal behavior by
any individual in our commu-

nity, especially those that are
called to serve. However, I am
expressing my disappointment
in having to live this nightmare
all over again.
Although, I did not know
Spence-Jones personally I was
proud of her decision to serve
the residents in District 5. For
many years, this district has
been plagued with much hope-
lessness and despair. And
somehow she seemed to fit in
perfectly. She was a ray of light
bringing hope and new begin-
nings to the community. She
was a natural. She came with
wits, talent, youth, locked hair
and a glowing smile that worked
so well with the constituents
in District 5. She came across
like your baby sister, youngest
daughter or sister-friend. I can
see why the residents in Districts
5 grew to love and respect their
Commissioner. Unfortunately,
these things weren't enough to
survive politics, Miami style.
This morning, I asked my-
self, was I wrong about Spen-
ce-Jones being a perfect fit for
the community? Was it all an
act? Did the voters in District
5 also get it all wrong? Did the
beloved Commissioner not care
about their quality of life? Did
Former Mayor Manny Diaz and
Former Commissioner Barbara
Carey Shuler get it wrong? She
was hand picked as their pro-
teg6; did she not have the char-
acter and qualities of a leader?
Or is it the State Attorney Of-
fice that has somehow made a
horrible mistake and will soon
be making a public apology for
their error and rescind their de-
cision? Or perhaps could it be
that it was the Commissioner
herself that got it all wrong? Did
Spence-Jones allow herself to
become blinded by the fame and
power that comes with holding
political office? Will Spence-
Jones be the one to come out
and- make a public apology to
her supporters and constitu-
ents in District 5 for her failure
to represent them in a way that
was ethical and above board?
Will she be willing to come for-
ward and acknowledge that her
conduct was unbecoming of an
elected official and apologize for
the disgrace she has brought on
our community? I guess at this
point we will have to wait and
see until then pray for our city.


Raising expectations in the Black community

While having a conversation
the other day with one of my
partners, Darryl Holsendolph,
he casually mentioned how he
doesn't allow his son to bring
home anything but A's from
school. My first impression was
damn, that's pretty harsh isn't
it? I mean in today's world, just
getting kids to attend school
and hopefully graduate is a plus
right? Wrong! Holsendolph is
right. Not only do we not push
our children hard enough, but
we do not hold each other ac-
countable to the extent that we
From the preacher, to the
teacher, to the politician, to the
average Joe you see everyday in
the street, we as a people ap-
pear to have scaled back our ex-
pectations of one another to the
extent that is has become a det-
rimnent to our community. We
allow the preacher to do every-
thing from have various affairs
in church, to misuse building
funds for personal use. All he
has to do is fall back on that old

refrain: "we've all falling short
in God's eyes," and he, is given
carte blanche by some in his
congregation to do whatever he
pleases. Of course, some of the
sisters in church are very forgiv-
en, as long as they are next in
line to have old preacher come
over and "pray" with them.

neglecting those institutions by
not providing the very resources
that might get them back on
par. Yes, being a teacher in to-
day's schools is perhaps one of
the most difficult professions
around, but anyone who calls
themselves a teacher or an ad-
ministrator and not give their

When will we find w~- ---i
ourselves on par
with other communities? With
so much lying, with so much de-
ceit, with so much corruption,
why in the hell do we continue
to elect and reelect the same
cast of characters that does ab-
solutely nothing for the growth
and development of our com-
And as far as you and I are
concerned, do we do all we cal
to elevate our community? Do
we mentor the neighborhood
children? Do we join our Alma
Mater's Alumni Associations or
PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student
Associations)? Do we give back
financially to various organiza-
tions who are doing something
positive in the- hood? Do we as-
sist the elders in need? Do we
join forces with other concerned
neighbors and clean up our
neighborhoods? On a more sim-
pler note, do we pay one another
the basic respect due when we
are in each other's company? If
not, it's time to get busy.

We allow some among the
teaching ranks, to pull a pay-
check without going that extra
mile for their students. Some
openly tag their students as
hopeless, without realizing that
they have the power to trans-
form their students in ways that
even their own parents cannot.
Even some higher ups at the
School Board have targeted en-
tire schools as failures, while

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all to the students that rely on
them, is committing a felony at
As far as the Black politician
is concerned, all one have to do
id take a close look at your com-
munity. Where are your busi-
nesses? Where are the services
that a community need to sur-
vive? Where is the redevelop-
ment that was promised in the
various campaign speeches?

'*"w� f

Is a college education worth its \

Dear Editor: *

I have been in the field of
college recruitment for over
nine years. My job as a col-
lege recruiter is to inspire and
encourage students to attend
college. However,.recently I am
beginning to question the "val-
ue" of an education. Value, in
the context of this argument,

suggests that by acquiring a
college education a person
will benefit financially. The
cost of attending college is in-
creasing every year while at
the same time financial aid is
decreasing for a great number
of students. For the majority
of students attending college,
they can expect to experience
a tremendous financial debt


What should be the new mayor [Tomas Regalado]'s very

first priority
House Painter, Liberty City

Creating jobs
really. We've got
a lot of people
on the streets
that don't have
jobs, so they
do things they
shouldn't' be
doing like rob
and steal. I'm sure the mayor
thinks the budget is the most
important thing, but creating
jobs would increase the tax base
because more people would be
working and paying taxes. It
would also save the city money
because there'd be less people
committing crimes. So really cre-
ating jobs helps fix the budget

Unemployed, Miami

The mayor's
first priority
should be help-
ing the citizens
who are looking
for work find
it. I've person
ally been out of
work for close

to eight months. I've changed
my appearance, cut my hair and
everything and still nothing. It's
been very difficult. So I know
what I'm talking about when
I say that the mayor should be
helping people who want to work
find jobs.

Car Wash Attendant, Liberty City

The firstthing
he should do is
something to
stop the evic-
tions and fore- .
closures. Peo-
ple are going
through hard
times. A lot of
them are jobless or have had their
full-time hours reduced to part-
time. It's not really their faults if
they suddenly can't afford their
rent or mortgage. There should
definitely be help for those who
are still working, but just making
less, or laid off through no fault
of their own. There's nowhere to
go. The shelters are full. That
should be the first thing the new
mayor takes care of.

Unemployed, Liberty City

Getting us ."
Black folks
some jobs
should be the
mayor's first
priority. It
seems like his
real first prior-
ity was mess-
ing with the police chief--proba-
bly so he can put a Spanish man
there. He needs to worry about
housing and jobs instead of play-
ing politics.

Entrepreneur; Liberty City

It should
be either jobs
or education.
Both are im-
portant. Some-
thing needs to
be done about
the quality of
these schools
and people in
this community need work.
I talked to a guy this morning.
He said he's out of work after 40
years. A lot of people are falling
into that same category. If the
mayor doesn't address this, peo-
ple are going to resort to other

ways of feeding themselves and
their children. They've got to get
money somehow.

Concession worker, Liberty City

ment. Period.
We need the
economy to
move and that
should be the
mayor's ,first
priority. I'm
just working -
part time for
the arena right now, and I know a
lot of people who are much worse
off. Food stamps are all they've
got. I know this is more the com-
mission, but the mayor needs to
find out what's going on with all
those jobs the stadium was sup-
posed to bring to this communi-
ty. I know only one person who
went for an interview about that
and that's it.


after graduating. What does
that mean in real terms? Af-
ter four to five years of college,
the student graduates and
receives a credential. Then
six to nine months after this
great achievement the stu-
dent receives a thick coupon
book with several "repayment
slips". A significant portion of
their pay, if they are fortunate

enough to be employed, is al-
gone. So the lesson here
is .for students and parents
to devise a plan of action be-
-cause, "Failure will not creep
up on you!"

Dr. Robert Malone Jr.

Is it true that prominent medical doctor, church official and
community leader Nelson Adams is thinking about running
for the vacant seat of U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek? People are
saying its about time Miami-Dade puts up a solid, viable
candidate for public office. Stay tuned.

No more buddy - buddy deals here. The Justice Department
watchdog agency has challenged the role of retired
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Herbert Stettin as the chief
restructuring officer in the pending bankruptcy of the leading
Fort Lauderdale law firm headed by accused swindler Scott
Rothstein. We have another Bernard "Bernie" Madoff case
on our hands, and Stuart Rosenfeldt, who founded the
firm with Rothstein, "only raises doubt as to the integrity of
the process."

** *** *
Look for South Florida to empty this weekend when
Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A & M University
supporters descend upon Orlando for the annual Florida
Classic. An estimated 200,000 football fans regularly attend
the bittersweet battle and party festivities.

Miamians are continually being embarrassed by the
misbehavior of its elected officials that have given this area
the title of "Scandal City" instead of "Magic City." We can
only hope that our recently elected Mayor Tomas Regalado
will appoint some honest and committed members to the two
vacanies on the city commission and not give more recycled
hanger-ons at City Hall.

In a controversial move, a government-sponsored
organization is recommending against routine annual
mammograms for healthy women in their 40s. It suggests
women age 50 to 75 get the X-ray tests every two two years.
The recommendations put the group at odds with two major
cancer groups and came under fire.

Bad news for men, researchers said men at age 40 in the
U.S. have a one-in-eight chance of suffering sudden cardiac
death over the rest of their lives, a stark indication of the
toll cardiovascular disease exacts on society. For women,
researchers said, the risk is 1 in 24. The prevalence has
long been of concern to heart and public-health experts,
but lifetime risks for the condition haven't previously been

" .. 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

A s far as the Black politician is concerned, all one has to do is
take a close look at your community. Where are your business-
es? Where are' the services that a community need to survive?
Where is the redevelopment that was promised in the various campaign




Thompson committed to maintaining FMU's positive image

continued from 1A

we know every job in leadership,
there are bumps along the way.
FMU is facing some challenges.
Challenges related to the media
coverage," she said.

Last month, as a confronta-
tion erupted on campus, an Al-
lied Barton security guard, who
was hired by the University,
pulled his handgun and waved
it at a crowd of students. One
student Emory Mitchell, who
was barricaded in a room by the
security guards, was arrested
for allegedly assaulting security
guards. The incident was filmed
by a student. Mitchell, 19, was
suspended from the University.
Since then, the charges have
been dismissed.

The incident gave FMU un-
favorable media coverage and
brought up the issue of safety
on campus.
"As we look at what is going
on across the country and Vir-
ginia Tech or even the incident
that occurred at the University
of Miami, safety is an issue on
campus," said Thompson. "At

FMU, we take the matter seri-
Thompson says that the uni-
versity has hired a security
company to help monitor the
campus. Unfortunately, at this
time, FMU does not have its
own security officers who un-
derstand the student popula-
tion but FMU looks forward to
strengthening a relationship
between the students and secu-
rity officers.
FMU is also installing a
brand-new gate system for stu-
dents to swipe their identifica-
tion cards. Visitors will have to
enter the other side of the gate
and video cameras will appear
throughout campus. Text mes-
sages will help notify students
in the event a situation occurs
on campus.
Dr. Thompson also wants to
also implement a student patrol
which will escort female profes-
sors or students to their cars
after late classes.
Kathy Bartley, a junior Biol-
ogy major at FMU, believes that
FMU is an excellent school but
there just some few individuals
who don't know how to behave
in a public arena.
"I feel safe at my school," said
Bartley. "I don't mind such mea-
sures taking place but people

Dr. Sandra T.Thompson, interi
rial University, sits in her office
need to be more careful because
your actions affect others."
Additionally, a Dean of Stu-
dents will be hired to serve "as
a bridge" between the faculty,
staff and students.
"We are doing everything we
can to make sure that students
receive a quality education,"
said Dr. Thompson.

Dr. Thompson describes
FMU's hundreds of faculty and
staff "the best of the best."

II torically Black colleges and uni-
-I versity are struggling to keep
their classes running, Thompson
' says FMU is remaining a float
and not sinking.
"Right now, we are doing pretty
Swell. Last year, we asked the fac-
Sulty to teach an extra class with-
. out extra compensation and they
Were willing," said Thompson.
- She credits the works of the
Vice President for Business &
" Fiscal Affairs in helping keep the
. school running especially with
the summer session.
"Last summer, we had two
summer sessions. The first was
S for current students and the
-MiamiTimes photo / Sandra d. Charite second session was for the new
president at Florida Meo-students to give them an intense
im president at Florida Memo- ^^g and preparation."
training and preparation."
. That group of students contin-
She continues, "The staff is ued in the fall semester which
exceptional. Many put in long increased enrollment. The goal is
hours without complaining, not to increase enrollment but to
You have faculty who work with help the students succeed says
students on a one on one basis. Thompson.
They care about the students." But Thompson insists that
Dr. Thompson also thinks FMU is "looking for grants and
highly about the Board of Trust- other funding services to expand
ees. funding at the University." Such
"They take time out of their projects that FMU is looking to
schedule to see about the wel- bring forth include a new resi-
fare of the school." dent hall, expand science build-
ing, broadcasting program and
Across the nation, many his- Under her leadership, Dr.

Thompson has implemented a
new counseling center to help
students deal with issues, bar-
bershop and hair salon, activi-
ties for the sophomore class and
other plans that were already on
the drawing board prior to her
* appointment.

When asked about the reason
ofWright's sudden dismissal, Dr.
Thompson said, "The Board of
Trustees is conducting a search
for current president who is
more in keeping with the goals
and direction of Florida Memo-
rial University."
FMU Board has been been
seeking a permanent replace-
ment, according to FMU Board
Chairman Charles George. The
board have hired a firm, which
they will announce by the end
of the week, to assist with the
search. George did not want to
offer any additional comments
about the position.
Dr. Thompson says that the
Board have not objected to her
applying for the position.
"Whether I apply or not, the
decision will be made on a later
date. Right now, my responsibil-
ity is that the positive image of
this institution is maintained,"
she said.

Candidates increasingly seek change on a national level

continued from 1A

on Dec. 1.
Rep. Ronald Brise (D-108),
who was rumored to be run-
ning, has opted not to.
Among the ten candidates,
Wilson currently leading in the
amount of money raised with
a total of $118, 921 followed
by Brutus ($69, 224) and Gib-
son ($66, 922). Adam has not
raised any money.
Brutus, Bastien, Roberson
and. Moise (probably) are four
Haitians hoping to become the

first Haitian congressman/
The post-Obama era has
called many Blacks to seek
higher positions in govern-
ment which might be a reason
why there are so many candi-
dates seeking the Congressio-
nal seat.
Bush told The Miami Times
that he is running "because I
am familiar with the district. I
have served my time and paid
my dues."
Bush, Gibson, Wilson, Rob-
erson, Williams and Brutus
are no strangers to the politi-


cal field as they have
all sought political
office. Newcomers, 4
Bastien, Adam and
Vereen, are still com-
ing strong. -
What unites the
candidates is in dur-
ing the economic
downturn, issues
such as education, WILL
immigration (the
fight for Tempo-
rary Protective Status for Hai-
tians), jobs and housing have
been affected and they seek
to make a political progress


in Washington.
"Running for the
Congressional seat
is an opportunity
to carry the advo-
cacy that I have car-
ried throughout the
house' and the sen-
ate to another level,"
said Wilson. "The is-
AMS sues as a congress-
woman are different
than at the state lev-
el. As a state senator, I never
had to address foreign wars.
The district itself is basically
the same except parts of Bro-

ward county which is not in
my Senate districts. It is all
about serving people on a lo-
cal or state and speaking for
people who don't necessarily
have a voice."
"I have worked on behalf of
the families of this community
to save their homes and create
jobs and I want to continue
that hard work in Washing-
ton 'D.C.," he said. Williams
believes that this election is
different than running for City
Council because he has to
work harder.

Gibson, who leads the larg-
est Black city in the South,
announced her candidacy
last May and believes that her
track record speaks for itself
in leading District 17.
"Miami Gardens has been
a stunning success story of
self-empowerment and a tes-
tament to what can be accom-
plished when government is
close to its people. I will bring
the skills and knowledge I
have gained to the congressio-
nal floor as District 17's rep-
resentative," said Gibson in a


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Special election to be held in District 5

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Avenue, and Friends of Mar-
tin Luther King, a project to
continue King's legacy.
None of those organizations
ever saw the money.

Fernandez-Rundle alleges
that Spence-Jones spent the
money on personal expenses,
such as airline travel, head
grooming, restaurants, cloth-
ing and even her family mem-
"That money did very little
to improve the lives of District
5," she said.
The timing of the arrest
means that a commissioner
will have to either be appoint-
ed or a special election held.
Fernandez-Rundle defend-
ed the timing of the arrests.
"This case came together so
close to the election that we
didn't want to interfere with
that process," she said, add-
ing "We sat many hours ago-
nizing on how painful this
would be for the community.
At the same press confer-
ence, Fernandez-Rundle also
announced a misdemeanor
charge against a second Mi-
ami commissioner, Ahgel Gon-
zalez, for securing a no-show
job for his daughter with the
politically connected Delant

Construction Co. Gonzalez
resigned on Monday, leaving
the city commission without
a quorum and unable to op-
Governor Crist has said he
does not plan to name a com-
missioner to either of the va-
. i

- ; .

"., ,

Spence-Jones is replaced in a
special election, the city char-
ter will not allow her to retake
her seat until the next city or
state election, even if she is
cleared of all charges.


ed the State Attorney Office
informing them of payments
Spence-Jones received from
the Mercy Hospital project,
also referred .as the Groove
Isle Project and the Cross-
Spence-Jones faced charg-

cant seats. Mayor Tomas Re-
galado has said that Spence-
Jones's seat will be decided
by a special election, which is
likely to be held in January.
Spence-Jones has said she
is weighing the option of run-
ning again. She would be
technically able to do so as
she has not been convicted. If

Earlier this year, in a memo
released by Miami-Dade pros-
ecutor Joseph Centorino, chief
of the public corruption unit,
it said that charges against
District 5 Commissioner for
another case was cleared.
The 2007 case was prompt-
ed by former Miami City Man-
ager Jose Arriola who contact-

es including allegations of
bribery, illegal kickbacks and
inappropriate influencing of
personnel decisions.
Her Attorney Richard Alay-
on said that "There was no
credible evidence she did any-
thing wrong."
Spence-Jones maintains
her innocence.

Postal Service loses $3.8B even after cuts

The Associated Press

Service reported a loss of $3.8
billion last year, despite a re-
duction of 40,000 full-time po-
sitions and other cost-cutting
The loss was $1 billion more
than the year before despite job
cuts and other efforts designed
to save billions of dollars. "Our
2009 fiscal year proved to be
one of the most challenging in
the history of the Postal Ser-
vice," Chief Financial Officer Jo-
seph Corbett said Monday.
The post office has struggled
to cope with a decline in mail
volume caused by the shift to
the Internet as well as the re-
cession that resulted in a drop
in advertising and other mail.

Total mail volume was 177.1
billion pieces, compared with
202.7 billion pieces in 2008, a
decline of almost 13%. For the
fiscal year that ended Sept. 30,
the agency had income of $68.1
billion, $6.8 billion less than in
2008. Expenditures were down
$5.9 billion to $71.8 billion.
Postmaster General John Pot-
ter is seeking permission from
Congress to reduce mail delivery
from six days a week to five, a

move that could save the agency
$3.5 billion annually.
Potter has said the post office
does not plan to raise rates next
year on the items most common-
ly used by the public, such as
first-class mail. "We realize our
customers are facing the same
economic challenges," he said.
In addition, the agency is con-
solidating mail facilities, looking
to close some offices and look-
ing for new sources of income.
The post office is required
to make an annual contribu-
tion of about $5 billion to pay
in advance for medical benefits
for future retirees. Congress
reduced that by $4 billion for
2009, but that change was for
one year only.
The agency's independent
auditor, Ernst & Young, ques-

tioned whether the post office
would have enough money to
make the next payment Sept.
30, 2010, when $5.5 billion will
be due.
For the current fiscal year,
the post office estimated it will
have a further decline in in-
come of $2.2 billion and a net
loss of $7.8 billion even with
cost reductions of more than
$3.5 billion. It expects a reduc-
tion in mail volume of 11 billion
Though there are signs of eco-
nomic recovery, Corbett said
the post office tends to lag the
economy by two quarters. In ad-
dition, economists say the re-
covery is likely to be slow to add
jobs, and mail volume tends
to rise when more people are

Post Office may cut Saturday service

By Hibah Yousuf

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com)
- The U.S. Postal Service re-
ported a $3.8 billion loss in the
2009 fiscal year, and plans to
propose to Congress in 2010
that it drop Saturday delivery.
The agency already reduced
expenses by $6 billion during
the year ended Sept. 30.
Those measures included
eliminating 40,000 jobs, howev-
er the cash-strapped agency still
employs over 712,000 people.
The Postal Service also reduced
overtime hours and lowered
transportation-related costs.
Additionally, the USPS low-
ered the payments it made for
retiree health benefits by $4 bil-

lion in fiscal 2009.
"To say this was a difficult
year might be a bit of an un-
derstatement," said the USPS
chief financial officer Joseph
Corbett, on a conference call
with the media. Corbett blamed
the agency's difficulties on the
recession and "the continued
migration [of customers] to
electronic means."

Corbett also said on the call
that the Post Office will for-
mally propose to Congress that
it drop Saturday delivery. "We
need more flexibility in our de-
livery schedule. We've talked a
number of times about reduc-
ing from 6 to 5 days of service,"

he said.
That move alone would save
$3.5 billion. But even a 5-day de-
livery schedule won't be enough
to put the USPS into the black,
Corbett said. So the agency will
also propose to Congress that it
reduce'the $5.5 billion in annu-
al payments to pre-fund retiree
health benefits that it is slated
to make until 2016.

This is the third year in a row
that the agency has posted a
loss; it lost $2.8 billion in fiscal
2008, and $5 billion in 2007.
The USPS is a self-supporting
government agency that re-
ceives no tax dollars. It relies
solely on the sale of postage and

products and services to gener-
ate sales.
The Postal Service reported
operating revenue of $68.1 bil-
lion, down 9% from last year,
while its operating expenses fell
to $71.8 billion, down 7% from
The service's total mail vol-
ume plunged by more than
25 billion pieces, or 12.7%, to
177.1 billion pieces. That drop
was twice as much as any mail
volume decline in the Postal
Service's history.
There is a strong .correlation
between unemployment and
mail volume, according to Cor-
bett, which means that mail vol-
umes will continue to decline as
the unemployment rate climbs.

Former corrections officer to serve five years

Ronald F. Hill, a former Mi-
ami-Dade corrections officer was
given a five-year prison sentence
last week for fleeing a roadside
DUI test. The incident occurred
on March 3, 2006 in Hollywood,

where Hill led police on an eight-
mile chase, from U.S. 441 to the
parking lot of a Miami-Dade Po-
lice substation. The chase oc-
curred around 4 a.m.
Hill ran over one officer's foot

and briefly dragged a second
who attempted to cling to the
widow of his Ford F-150.
Broward Circuit Court Judge
Kenneth Gillespie said that Hill
tried to use his position as a

corrections officer to get special
treatment during the DUI stop.
He was convicted of five felony
charges, including battery of a
law enforcement officer and flee-
ing and eluding police.

Jackson's revenue sources threatened

continued from 1A

spending. As a result, both of
these revenue streams were
greatly reduced.
The third funding source is
federal funding, which is being
challenged as the government
seeks to save money as well.

The fourth, according to
Roldan, is paying patients.
The difficulty is that, as job
losses increase, fewer patients
have insurance.
"In an economy like this, when
people lose their jobs, they lose
their insurance, so we've seen
a dramatic increase in our
charity care," said Roldan. "We

finished our last fiscal year
looking at 15 percent of our
patients being unfunded. Now
we're at 22 percent, and I don't
think we've seen the worst of it
yet," she said.
The cuts at Jackson have
even affected the executive
leadership, who saw a ten per-
cent salary reduction. "I can-

not ask those working to do
something we are not doing
ourselves," said Roldan of the
To date, the health system
has cut 15 consulting con-
tracts totaling $3.5 million
and is realizing $5 million in
savings through reductions in
overtime and agency costs.

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Keynote speaker Retired Sergeant Major Art Wells reflects
on three decades of close calls and conditions in the US mili-
tary, as Commissioner Timothy Holmes, Mayor Joseph Kelley
and Commissioner Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson listen.

Opa-locka Commissioner

salutes local veterans

Special to the Times

City of Opa-locka Commis-
sioner Timothy Holmes, a Navy
veteran and father of two who
served in the U.S. Military, hon-
ored the men and women of our
armed services on Veterans Day
at the annual ceremony which
was held at the Family Picnic
Historic City Hall. They began
with special prayers for the 13
families of the victims as well as
survivors of the Ft. Hood trag-
Holmes said he finds Veter-
ans Day .particularly painful
because of the lost of his son
in the military during 1994,
and because of other fallen he-
roes that have paid the price
with their lives. "By keeping
their memories alive," Holmes
stated, "we show appreciation
and gratitude for their dedica-
tion, commitment and unself-
ishness." He added, "I also find
it important to use Veterans
Day to acknowledge and cel-
ebrate the heroism of everyone
who has fought and served so
bravely for us to maintain our
liberties and freedom." Holmes
continued, "As for other Veter-
ans among us, we have to also
salute them, and keep in mind
that many of them are carrying
battle scars that we can not see.
There are physical, mental and

emotional wounds that will be
with them the other 364 days of
the year when we are not recog-
nizing Veteran's Day."
The keynote speaker was
Opa-locka resident,. Retired
Sergeant Major Art Wells, who
served three decades in the
Military. * Wells shared stories
about surviving the jungles
of Cambodia for days without
food, water or supplies, after an
ambush which killed 82 of the
126 marines in his battalion.
"Once we were rescued, we saw
body bag after body bag come
in," Wells remembered. He
also reflected on the "Smoke
Pit" where soldiers shared valu-
able information, and told of
the mistrust developing among
white higher ranking officials as
black soldiers received the dis-
turbing news from home of Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King's assig-
nation. "This," he said "unfold-
ed in paranoia which resulted
in the immediate separation of
many of the black soldiers, for
fear of rebellion, as they read
about the riots occurring back
home from King's death."
In addition to Commissipn
members, other veterans in at-
tendance were invited to the' po-
dium to give accounts of {heir
experiences in the military. The
program was followed by a fam-
ily picnic.

Veteran officer has good chance

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was also a plainclothes officer
in the narcotics unit.
Exposito, 55, started with
the police department in 1974
at the age of 19. He was in the
department's first class of pub-
lic service aides. While with
the department, he went to
night school at Barry Univer-
sity, where he graduated with a
Burden graduated from Bar-
ry University. He started as a
patrol officer in the north dis-

trict. Burden worked as an un-
dercover detective in the street
narcotics unit and was then a
sergeant in the unit. He worked
in Internal Affairs as a lieuten-
ant and was then promoted to
be a major in the field support
section. He later was the major
in charge of the North District.
He received a master's degree
from St. Thomas University.
As assistant chief, he oversees
the budget, hiring and training,
information technology, among
other responsibilities in a divi-
sion with an operating budget
of more than $100 million.

W4M II- D A D E - rMI M E
DEPARTMENT By Ana Maria Monte lores
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Since April, 2006, when the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners ad-
opted the Miami-Dade Water-Use Efficiency Plan, the County has been actively in-
volved in improving management of traditional water supplies while encouraging the
development of alternatives and improving the efficiency of our current water use.

Automatic dishwashers use the most water in kitchens -Approximately five gallons per
run. Always use your dishwasher with a full load. When washing dishes in the sink, be
sure not to let the water run excessively. Installing a High-Efficiency faucet aerator can
save as much as two gallons of water per minute. (And remember, these are available
ABSOLUTELY FREE, when you exchange your old showerhead for a new high-efficiency
Two-thirds of the water used in an average home is used in the bathroom, so it is prob-
ably where you can most reduce your usage.
Be vigilant about leaks and have them fixed as soon as you discover them. A slow drip
can waste 15 to 20 gallons of water per day and a 1/16-inch faucet leak will waste 100
gallons of water in 24 hours. Toilet leaks occur when the toilet is out of adjustment or
when parts are worn. Most toilet leaks are at the overflow pipe, plunger ball and flap-
per valve.
It's the law! Only water your lawn and garden before 10:00 am and after 4:00 pm.
Also, be sure your sprinklers are positioned to water your lawn and not the pavement.
Check www.malmidade.gov/wasd for additional information on watering restrictions.
Regular washing machines use 40 or more gallons of water per load, so save up for a
full load, and make your water work efficiently! If your washing machine can be ad-
justed, remember to reset the water level for smaller loads.


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State attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle holds press conference last week to discuss
the charges against former City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones.



Commissioners' travels bring few results

Taxpayers paid $217,000 in travel expenses in 2007

The International Trade Cc
sortium, a county agency
signed to open global mark
for Miami-Dade businesses, i
arranged nine trips--at a cos
more than $217,000--for co
missioners since 2007.
Despite the agency's
mission, there has not
been a single contract
signed as a result. <
Thus far, the trips
have included a week-
long trip to Ireland for
Commissioner Natacha
Seijas, and a 12-day
trip through Senegal
and South Africa for Comm
sioner Audrey Edmonson.
In September, the day af
commissioners laid off mi
than 500 county workers a
cut millions in funding to

on- cial service groups, Seijas left to
de- spend a week in Brazil.
ets The ITC trips have included
has stays in luxury hotels and even
t of extended stays for personal va-
im- cations in South Africa. In one
,case, the orga-
nization flew a
county staff-
er across the
country to help
public officials
change planes.
The. County
MOSS created the ITC EDMO
in 2002, with
iis- the aim of establishing business
ties between Miami companies
ter and businesses around the
ore world. To this end, the agency
nd brings Miami businesses on as
so- many as four trade missions

a year to destinations ranging
from Poland to Japan, with the
businesses paying their own
The difficulty is that, more
often than not, commission-
ers and county staffers have
outnumbered the Miami-Dade
businesses they
were supposed
to be promot-
ing. In fact, on
the most recent
trip to Africa,
no active Miami
4SON Commission- S
ers refuse to cut
A recent proposal to eliminate
the ITC was defeated by com-
missioners during September's
budget debates, though fund-
ing for the ITC was reduced

from $1.6 million a year to $1.2
In the face of a 444 million
budget gap then--the program
will remain, despite the lack of
evidence that missions are ac-
tually spurring trade.
In fact--the agency has
stopped keeping track
of results.
Rather than reporting
the number of contracts
signed or anticipated
sales, the ITC's annual
report now includes sta-
tistics like the number
of business travelers
JAS introduced to counter-
parts in foreign lands.
In the most recent annual re-
port, that number is five.
The agency spends money
even before trips, often sending
a county worker to scout sites
months in advance.

What's 'Good Hair'? Rock confronts taboo

By Joyce King

When Chris Rock was filming
his new docu-
mentary, Good
Hair, he visited
Black salons in
search of a wide
sampling of an-
swers. The result
is a witty, yet
serious, look at a billion dollar
business and what attracts its
Black clientele. When several
African Americans were asked
to define "good hair," they said
it means hair that is straight or
relaxed. One woman in the film
jokingly referred to the popu-
larity of Black women running
to the salon every six to eight
weeks for touch-ups as being
addicted to "creamy crack."
For those who don't know, a
chemical relaxer is an expen-
sive salon treatment applied by
a stylist with gloves to protect
her hands. The white creamy
relaxer is placed on any "new
growth" to straighten the hair.
Relaxing the hair is a process
that - if the scalp is sensitive
- can make the client's head
feel as if it is burning.
Since I'm a member of the hair
crack club, I'll accept the role as
a guilty spokesperson. What in
the world could make otherwise

sane women torture ourselves
to simply have straight hair? In
a word - and no pun intended
- conditioning. From the time
I was a little girl trying to navi-
gate my way in a society where
"blondes have more fun," the
image of American beauty rare-
ly included "imperfect" folks
like me.
But if straight hair is typically
viewed by the masses as "good
hair," does that make hair in its
natural state bad or ugly? One
thing this documentary has
done is inspire people to dis-
cuss a taboo subject that deals
with standards of beauty and
who set those to begin with. As
a woman who has sported bead-
ed braids, a gigantic Afro, Jheri
curl, blonde extensions and
more, I've loved each style. In
a professional setting, though,
like millions of women, I con-
vinced myself that the straight
look was more polished - and
I was wrong. Those salon vis-
its aren't free. They also come
with sacrifices, as in when all
your real hair falls out from the
stress of excessive relaxing. And
then there's the stereotype that
Black women, to protect their
straight hair, forgo exercise so
they don't sweat.
Rock says he was inspired to

make this film by his 7-year-
old daughter, Lola, who was
already feeling the pressure to
have wash-and-wear tresses.
Rock has said that the tribute
to Black women sheds light on
a business that is ultra person-
al. What's his own definition?

"Good hair is hair that makes
you feel good," he says.
Natural or relaxed, short or
long, real or a-weave, looking
at ourselves in the mirror isn't
as satisfying as peering into
our soul, where our real beauty




Teens under the influence of

cell phones ...and texting

By Nanci Hellmich

About half of teens ages 16
and 17 who have cellphones say
they have talked on the phone
while driving, and about a third
of those teens have texted while
behind the wheel.
Boys and girls are equally likely
to report texting when they drive
a vehicle.
These are among the findings
of a national poll of 800 teens,
ages 12 to 17, conducted this
summer by the Pew Research
Center's Internet and American
Life Project.
There is a large body of evi-
dence on the dangers of inatten-
tion and distraction when driv-
ing, including using cellphones,
says Amanda Lenhart, senior re-
search specialist with Pew. Some
studies indicate that talking on
a cellphone is more distracting
than talking to a passenger in

the car, she says.
She and researchers at the
University of Michigan did focus
groups with teens about the is-
sue. Some wouldn't acknowledge
the danger of texting or talking
on the cellphone while behind
the wheel, but many thought it
was unsafe and wouldn't do it.
They also object when a driver
does it when they are a passenger
in the car. "We heard from many
teens that it's their parents who
are texting or talking on the cell-
phone when they are driving."
Some teens said they wanted
to stay connected with friends
and felt compelled to answer
the phone or text while driving,
Lenhart says. But to avoid dan-
ger, they would have a passen-
ger text for them, wait until they
stopped at a light to text, or hold
the phone up high while texting
so they could keep their eyes on
the road.

Grifters cash in on stimulus aid

By Brad Heath

aid has sparked an economic
boom for some unwanted entre-
preneurs - con men.
State and federal officials say
they are fielding thousands of
reports of scam artists, many
operating from overseas, using
the promise of money from the
Obama administration's $787
billion economic recovery plan
to entice people to hand over
bank account numbers. The
scams are so numerous, and
the criminals hard to identify,
that authorities say it's all but
impossible to catch them.
"People are being tricked out
of their money," according to
Federal Trade Commission law-
yer Monica Vaca.
Rip-offs based on current
events are nothing new. In the
past few months alone, scams
have tried to cash in on Michael
Jackson's death, the swine flu
and foreclosure prevention.
"These are true predators," says
Tony Green, a spokesman for
the attorney general's office
in Oregon. When it comes to
stimulus scams, he says, that
usually means "appealing to
people's desperation."
Oregon officials warned con-
sumers in August that con men

were'sending out thousands of
e-mails telling people they were
entitled to stimulus money from
the IRS. All people had to do,
the e-mails advised, was pro-
vide a bank account number.
In another scheme, reported
in New York, a telephone caller
promised $1,000 worth of free
groceries for any person willing'
to provide a credit card number
to pay a small processing fee.
Exactly how many people
have been conned is impossible
to measure, but the numbers
are likely substantial. FTC law-
yers filed four civil cases this
year accusing companies of
using misleading promises of
stimulus aid to persuade people
to buy products or provide per-
sonal information. They esti-
mate that about 270,000 Amer-
icans were victimized in those
schemes alone, Vaca says.
Detectives in Fort Lauderdale
concocted a stimulus scheme
of their own: In August, they
mailed letters to people wanted
for crimes ranging from failing
to pay child support to attempt-
ed murder, saying they were eli-
gible for stimulus checks. When
76 of them showed up to claim
the money, officers put them in
handcuffs instead. "It looked
very real," said Sgt. Frank Sou-
sa, a police spokesman.

Miami's police chief resigns

Associated Press

Miami's police chief is step-
ping down from his post.
City officials made the an-
nouncement Wednesday to lo-
cal media, saying Chief John
Timoney would stay until a new
chief is chosen.
Phone and e-mail messages
left by The Associated Press to
Timoney's office and city officials
were not immediately returned.

Also Wednesday, newly elect-
ed Mayor Tomas Regalado was
sworn in at an inauguration
ceremony. Regalado has said he
wanted to remove Timoney from
the position.
Timoney has been police chief
for seven years. He previously
held leading police posts in Phil-
adelphia and New York. He is
generally credited with improv-
ing a Miami department scarred
by violence and scandal.




-AP photo/ Charles Dharapak
PRESIDENT OBAMA BOWS as he is greeted by Japanese
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as he arrives at the
Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday.

Asia: Obama talks

climate, arms control
TOKYO (AP) - President Pacific free-trade partnership
Obama and other world lead- to shape a new regional agree-
ers agreed Sunday that next ment, a move seen as crucial to
month's much-anticipated creating a possible Asia-Pacific
climate change summit will free trade zone.
be merely a way station, not But he said the pact must
the once hoped-for endpoint, have broad-based member-
in the search for a worldwide ship and "the high standards
global warming treaty. worthy of a 21st century trade
The 192-nation climate con- agreement." He also sounded a
ference beginning in three sterner note, cautioning that
weeks in Copenhagen had Asia's export-led growth must
originally been intended to give way to more balanced
produce a new global climate- strategies.
change treaty. Hopes for that His chief focus, though, was
have dimmed lately. But com- more on side meetings, includ-
ments by Obama and fellow ing one later Sunday with Rus-
leaders at a hastily arranged sian President Dmitry Medve-
breakfast meeting here on the dev where he hoped to nudge
sidelines of an Asia-Pacific forward a major new arms-
summit served to put the final control pact. The two nations
nail in any remaining expecta- are in talks on a successor to
tions for the December sum- a Cold War-era agreement that
mit. expires in December.

"There was an assessment by MEDVEDEVAGREEMENT
the leaders that it is unrealistic Obama and'Medvedev agreed
to expect a full internationally, in April to reach a new nuclear
legally binding agreement could arms reduction treaty to re-
be negotiated between now and place and expand upon the
Copenhagen which starts in 22 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction
days," said Michael Froman, Treaty before it expires on Dec.
Obama's deputy national se- 5. Later, in Moscow in July,
curity adviser for international they agreed further to cut the
economic matters. number of nuclear warheads
The prime minister of Den- each nation possesses to be-
mark, Lars Loekke Rasmussen, tween 1,500 and 1,675 within
the U.N.-sponsored climate seven years.
conference's chairman, flew U.S. officials say the two na-
overnight to Singapore to pres- tions now have agreed on the
ent a proposal to the leaders to broad outlines of a new treaty,
instead make the Copenhagen which might be signed during
goal a matter of crafting a "po- Obama's travels to Europe in
litically binding" agreement, in early December to accept the
hopes of rescuing some future Nobel Peace Prize.
for the struggling process. Obama also was sitting down
A fully binding legal agree- with Indonesia's Susilo Bam-
ment would be left to a second bang Yudhoyono, president of
meeting next year in Mexico the world's largest Muslim na-
City, Froman said. tion and Obama's home as a
Obama backed the approach, boy.
cautioning the group not to let And the president planned
the "perfect be the enemy of another milestone: joining a
the good," Froman said. Ad- larger meeting of the 10-nation
dressing the Asia-Pacific Eco- Association of Southeast Asian
nomic Cooperation forum later, Nations that includes the lead-
Obama talked of the need to er of military-ruled Myanmar,
limit greenhouse-gas emissions also known as Burma. Obama
"in Copenhagen and beyond." is sure to face criticism at
Froman said the Danish pro- home, particularly from con-
posal would call for Copenha- servatives, for doing so.
gen to produce "operational A U.S. president has never
impact," but he did not explain met with a leader of the junta,
how that would work or to what one of the world's worst hu-
it would apply, man-rights offenders.

A major bill dealing with en- ELECTION IN MYANMAR
ergy and climate in the U.S., a In a final communique from
domestic priority of Obama's, that meeting, ASEAN leaders
is bogged down in the U.S. Sen- devoted a section to Myanmar.
ate with scant hope it would While the document calls for
be completed by next month, a general election in Myanmar
giving the American president next year to be "conducted in a
little to show in Copenhagen. free, fair, inclusive and trans-
It was unclear Sunday wheth- parent manner in order to be
er he would make the trip. credible to the international
Obama arrived late Saturday community," it makes no men-
night in Singapore for the an- tion of the release of political
nual 21-nation APEC summit prisoners.
that had begun without him Obama, in a broad policy
early that morning. In remarks speech in Tokyo on Saturday,
to the group Sunday, Obama made a point of mentioning
reached out by announcing he Aung San Suu Kyi.
would host the 2011 gathering But the leaders' statement
in his native Hawaii. does not make any mention of
But on trade - the subject of political prisoners - including
most interest to rapidly grow- Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi,
ing, commerce-happy East and who has spent 14 of the last 20
Southeast Asia - Obama had years in detention. The omis-
a good-news, bad-news mes- sion is glaring, given the U.S.
sage. He said the U.S. would had insisted on the inclusion of
engage with nations in a Trans the clause in a previous draft.

Sli il^ Former Rep. Jefferson sentenced to 13 years

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - For- ,ham,
mer U.S. Rep. William Jeffer- than
son, the first Black elected to bribes
Congress from Louisiana since lion.
Reconstruction, was sentenced Jeffe:
to 13 years in prison on charges of his
of corruption on Nov. 13. a state
District Judge T.S. Ellis III in during
Alexandria, Va. handed down a report
sentence that was a little more judge
than what the defense had tencing
hoped for and significantly less fled wil
than the prosecution request- team.
ed. According to the Associated Prose
Press, Ellis said that he took have J
the past service of Jefferson, a tody ir
Democrat, into account when asked
deciding his sentence but said main c
that, "public corruption must can be
be dealt with severely." possib]
Jefferson's sentence is the to turr
longest given to a congress- senten
man, the AP reported. Former spend
Republican congressman from ily. Elli
California, Randy Cunning- sue on

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was sentenced to more
eight years for taking
amounting to $2.4 mil-

rson, 62, on the advice
lawyers, did not make
ement and barely spoke
the proceedings, the AP
ed. He did confirm for the
that he'd read the sen-
g reports and was satis-
th the service of his legal

ecutors filed a motion to
efferson taken into cus-
nmediately. The defense
that he be allowed to re-
on bond until an appeal
made and, if that's not
le, that he be allowed
Himself in to begin his
ce on Jan. 4, so he can
Christmas with his fam-
is did not rule on the is-
Nov. 13.

Former U.S. Rep.
In August, Jefferson was con-
victed on 11 charges of receiv-
ing nearly $500,000 in bribes
in a scheme the prosecutor,
Mark Lytle, claims would have

brought Jefferson billions if it
had been completed. Jefferson
must return the $470,653.47,
the AP reports, that a jury de-
termined was distributed to
shell companies held under
Jefferson family control.
Jefferson's lead attorney,
Robert Trout, has asked Ellis
to request that Jefferson be as-
signed to a "low-security prison
camp" facility in Pensacola,
Fla. Ellis agreed to request a
low-security facility, but "said
only that he would recommend
a facility close to New Orleans,"
according to the AP.
An appeal for Jefferson, who
served nine terms in Congress,
must be filed within 10 days.
Jefferson is free on bond un-
til the resolution of a Nov. 18
hearing, during which Ellis will
hear arguments about whether
Jefferson is a flight risk.

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ghanistan province of Daychopan to search for Taliban and or weapon caches that could be used against U.S. and allied forces.
Soldiers quickly walk to the ramp of the CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter that will return them to Kandahar Army Air Field.

High costs weigh on troop debate for Afghan war

By Christopher Drew

While President Obama's deci-
sion about sending mornr troyp.s
to Afghanisi.. is .i', pinmAfl1l'. I
military one. It-.'also has sub-
stantial budget implications that
are adding pressure to limit the
commitment, senior administra-
tion officials say.
The latest internal government
estimates place the cost of add-
ing 40,000 American troops and
sharply expanding the Afghan
security forces, as favored by
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the
top American and allied com-
mander in Afghanistan, at $40
billion to $54 billion a year, the
officials said.
Even if fewer troops are sent,
or their mission is modified,
the rough formula used by the
White House, of about $1 mil-
lion per soldier a year, appears
almost constant.
So even if Mr. Obama opts
for a lower troop commitment,
Afghanistan's new costs could
wash out the projected' $26 bil-
lion expected to be saved in 2010
from withdrawing troops from
Iraq. And the overall military
budget could rise to as much as
$734 billion, or 10 percent more
than the peak of $667 billion
under the Bush administration.

Such an escalation in military
spending would be a politically
volatile issue for Mr. Obama at a
time when the government bud-
get deficit is soaring, the econ-
omy is weak and he is trying to
pass a costly health Care plan.

Senior members of the House
Appropriations Committee have
already expressed reservations
about the potential long-term
costs of expanding the war in
Afghanistan. And Mr. Obama
could find it difficult to win ap-
proval for the additional spend-
ing in Congress, where he would
have to depend on Republicans
to counter defections from lib-
eral Democrats.
One senior administration of-
ficial, who requested anonymity
in order to discuss the details of
confidential deliberations, said
these concerns had added to the
president's insistence at a White
House meeting on Wednesday
that each military option include
the quickest possible exit strat-
"The president focused a lot
on ensuring that we were asking
the difficult questions about get-
ting to an end game here," the

but would expand mainly the
training of Afghans, the officials
The estimated $1 million year
it costs per soldier is higher than
the $390,000 congressional re-
searchers estimated in 2006.

official said. "He knows we can- up strategy. Sending 30,000
not sustain this indefinitely." more troops, for example, would
cost $25 billion to $30 billion a
30,000 COST $25 BILLION year while limiting how widely
Sending fewer troops would. Armencan forces could range.
lower the costs but would also:,. Deploying 20,000 troops would
place limitations 'ri the build- cost about $21 billion annually

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Palin's resurrection toward r

2012 begins with a book

By DeWayne Wickham

This is Day 2 of Sarah Pa-
lin's second coming. Monday,
she was on The Oprah Win-
frey Show, an appearance that
jump-started her return to the
national spotlight. Today Pa-
lin's book, Going Rogue: An
American Life, presales of which
made it a best-seller more than
a month before its release, will
be in bookstores.
The former Alaska governor
was first propelled into the na-
tional spotlight in August 2008
when Republican presidential
candidate John McCain picked
her as his running mate. But
what started out as a rapid as-
cent onto the national political
stage with her speech at the Re-
publican National Convention
quickly nose-dived three weeks
later with her disastrous inter-
view with CBS News anchor Ka-
tie Couric.
When Democrat Barack
Obama defeated McCain in
the November election, Palin
seemed destined to end up as
a historical footnote: the first
female vice presidential candi-
date on a GOP ticket.

EYE ON 2012
Instead, Palin - the darling
of many conservatives - seems
to be in full dress rehearsal for
the 2012 presidential election.
Since resigning Alaska's gov-
ernorship in July, she appears
to have busied herself with
plotting for a return to the big
stage. Though most failed vice
presidential candidates quietly
exit the political arena, Palin
will use her book to skirmish
with those in the news media
who crossed her and to com-
plain loudly about how she was
mistreated and mishandled by
members of McCain's campaign
The conventional wisdom is
that Palin is wasting her time
that this i�'-ntt a-path- that II
lead her to the GOP nornina-
tion, or get her into the \lhiite
House without an invitation.
I'm not so sure.
Winning elections is about
being able to campaign. It's not
about whether you can govern.
That's especially true of the
quest for a party's presiden-
tial nomination. Palin's unan-
nounced campaign for the GOP
nomination begins in earnest
Wednesday. She will depart on
a three-week book tour that is
scheduled to take her to at least
seven battleground states to



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hawk her book and, no doubt,
to test the presidential waters.

While a lot of news media
folks, and members of Washing-
ton's elite, see Palin as a politi-
cal lightweight who gets by on
her good looks as well as the
novelty of being a female first,
to the GOP's social conserva-
tives she is a favored standard-
bearer for the next presidential
In a recent Gallup Poll about
possible Republican candi-
dates, Palin came in a close sec-
ond to Mike Huckabee among
GOP voters. When asked whom
they would "seriously consider
supporting" in the 2012 presi-
dential election, 71% said they
could possibly back Huckabee,
while 65% said the same about
Palin and Mitt Romney.
If these numbers hold or in-
crease in the coming months,
Palin will force other Repub-
lican contenders to move to
the right to win a nomination
process that's controlled -by
the GOP's right wing, even as

More U.S. students going

abroad, and vice versa

By Mary Beth Marklein

The number of U.S. college
students studying abroad - and
the number of international stu-
dents in the USA - are at all-
time highs, show data released
But those increases do not
reflect the impact of the recent
economic downturn. They're
based on the latest data avail-
able, which date back two years.
And while the report suggests
that numbers of U.S. students
abroad will grow more despite
the recession, the outlook is
mixed on whether international
growth will continue, says the
two-part report, Open Doors
2009, published by the non-
profit Institute for International
Education, which 'tracks inter-
national enrollments for the
State Department.

SA record 262,416 U.S. stu-
dents studied abroad in 2007-
08, the latest data year available.
That's up 8.5% over the previous
year, and "it is likely that trends
toward less expensive destina-
tions and shorter stays will con-
tinue, reflecting the effects of the

economy," the report says.
It also notes that student in-
terest in study abroad has his-
torically remained strong in bad
economies, and that financial
aid will remain available. The
State Department, for example,
expects to provide study abroad
- scholarships to more than 1,700
low-income students this aca-
demic year, more than double
the 820 it awarded two years
* A record 671,616 foreign
students enrolled in U.S. col-
leges and universities in the
2008-09 academic year, the lat-
est year data available. That's
up 8% from the previous year,
the largest percentage increase
since 1980-81.
But a more recent survey of
700 U.S. institutions found a
range of trends this fall. Half re-
ported increases, 24% declines
and 26% no significant changes
in the number of foreign stu-
dents on campus. They cited
the economy and swine flu con-
The impact also varies by
country, with surging numbers
of students coming from China
and other countries, says IIE
president Allan Goodman.

the political middle has become
the important swing vote in the
general election.
While Palin is far from a shoo-
in to lead the Republican effort
to unseat Obama, she isn't a
stalking horse, either. She has
voter appeal, an underestimat-
ed savvy and now, thanks to
her best-selling book, a level of
personal wealth - something
serious candidates must have.
She also has enough time to
crash and burn, or to be sho:
down by enemies But the at-
tention Sarah Paln is generat-
ing this week leaves little doubt
that she has undergone a politi-
cal resurrection.

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Children in the Internationnal Rescue Commit-
tee in West Darfur.

Without family


... poverty will spread

across the globe, and

children will die
By Ashley Judd

Victor Subi-Kapaya and Therese Masian-
zambi, married for 30 years. share a powerful,
tender bond. He is thin, wiry and has a bum
eye. She is younger than I, which is incredible
to consider. Her hair is tinged with orange from
malnutrition. She has enormous cheekbones
and sweet, soft eyes, especially when her hus-
band is looking at her, which he does often.
They live in a tin . stifling home in Kinsha-
sa in the Democratic Republic of Congo with
just two pieces of furniture, a collapsed sofa
and a broken refrigerator that serves as a cup-
board. The family s two toothbrushes hang
from the ceiling near their only decoration, a
plastic pine cone. They sleep on the floor next
to their six children, the loves of their lives,
apart from each other. The family eats once a
day, and sometimes not at all. Their drinking
water causes recurring episodes of diarrheal
Victor and Therese did not wish to have so
many children, whose survival they cannot
ensure. Yet Therese has had three additional
pregnancies, which ravaged her health.

Unregulated fertility is an under-recognized
global crisis. In Congo, 600,000 babies a year
are born only to suffer and die. My husband
and 1 despondently call these precious little
ones 'the born to dies." This year, 8 million
children worldwide will die before their fifth
birthday, which is actually an improvement
from recent years This is a genocide. Individ-
uals and societies pay an incalculable toll in
emouonal trauma, illness and lost productiv-
Women, and in many cases their partners,
do not wv'ant it to be this way. In Congo, 20% of
men and women approached in 2007 said they
did not wish to have more children. An addi-
tional 25% of women wanted to delay child-
bearing or space births by at least two years.
Yet counseling is so scarce that only 6% use
modern family planning. In developing coun-
tries worldwide, the numbers stagger: 200 mil-
lion women lack access to family planning, re-
sulting in 80 million unintended pregnancies
in 2007 alone.
To address this public health emergency,
Population Services International (PSI) - a
global health organization I work with - uses
human-rights-based grassroots programs to
reach the most vulnerable and poor with medi-
cal services and an assortment of strategies to
change behavior.
Please turn to PLANNING 17B



By Ria Rodriguez




The public's outlook on socially
and culturally sensitive issues such
as interracial dating is changingwith
tume. After the legalization of inter-
i racial marriages in 1967 to the cur-
rent legalization of gay marriages, it
is evident that. given time, society
learns to accept change. Interracial
dating and romance is more popu-
lar and is becoming well established
throughout North 4merican society.
SInterracial daters are generally con-
tented with the know ledge that they
can both maintain their own culture
Sas well as learn another
Learning a new culture doesn't
make interracial couples feel like
they are betraying their roots. Infact,
More often than not. parents are the
one who stress their children into
n ot abandoning their culture by not
Dating interracially However, when


it comes to other people outside the
relationship, most individuals are
willing to accept interracial dating
or multicultural dating. However,
when it endangers their own cus-
toms and beliefs, those same indi-
viduals are against it. Many parents
are concerned that interracial dat-
ing will somehow dilute their own
culture and will threaten the preser-
vation of their cultural beliefs. And
to them, the only way to control the
weakening of their cultural bonds is
to restrict the actions of their chil-
dren i.e. prevent them from dating
interracially or outside of their cul-
ture. They feel that falling in love
with someone of a different culture
might make their children sacri-
fice their own traditions in order to
make the relationship work.
Technically, it's not the place of
the parents to make such decisions.
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Many kids feeil reatened in thh eassroom

IHealthDay Nev.sl - It is often assumed that
the schoolyard is \ here bullies go to make oth-
er kids miserable, but a new study suggests
that classrooms are another popular site.
The study, presented recently at the Ameri-
can Public Health Association's annual meet-
ing in Philadelphia, is based on survey results
from more than 10,000 middle-school students
who anonymously answered questions online.
Of those surveyed, 43 percent said they'd
been physically bullied within the last month.
A bit more than half said they'd been teased
in an unfriendly way, and half reported being
called hurtful names.
About one-third said groups had excluded
them to hurt their feelings. Twenty-eight per-
cent said their belongings had been taken or
broken; 21 percent said someone threatened to
hurt them. According to the results, two-thirds
of the students said they'd been bullied in more

than one \wa over the previous month, classes, or avoiding some area of the school to
The study authors noted that eight percent avoid encountering a bully.
of respondents Bullies did much of their intimidating in the
said they'd classroom, lunchroom and school hallways,
the research-
Of'those surveyed, 43 percent said ers found. Those
Owho were bullied
they'd been physically bullied within the in the classroom
last month. A bit more than half said felt more threat-
they'd been teased in an unfriendly way, ened and unsafe
and half reported being called hurtful on campus than
other students.
"These find-
ings show that
. skipped school it is erroneous to think of the classroom
at least once as a safe haven from bullying and to think
during the school year because of fear of be- that more remote or less-monitored areas of
ing bullied. Twenty-five percent said they'd school are necessarily the greatest risk for
taken other actions, such as skipping recess, students," H. Wesley Perkins, lead researcher
not going to the bathroom or lunch, skipping on the study.

More Blacks becoming Muslims

By Jesse Washington
The Associated Press

Although the FBI was careful to
say those arrested in Detroit were
not mainstream Muslims, it has
accused other Black Muslims of
similar crimes, most recently in
May, when four men were charged
with plotting to blow up New York
synagogues and shoot down a
military plane.
Yet the Muslim faith continues
to convert many average Blacks,
who say they are attracted by Is-
lam's emphasis on equality, disci-
pline and family.
"The unique history Blacks have
faced, we're primed for accepting
Islam," said Sekou Jackson, 31,
who grew up in a secular home


and converted to Islam when he
was about 18.
"When someone comes to you
with a message that everyone is
equal, that the only difference is

the deeds that they do, of course
people who have been oppressed
will embrace that message," Jack-
son said. "It's a message of fair-

It was a message of Black pride
in the face of dehumanizing preju-
dice that launched Islam in Amer-
ica in the 1930s.
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Miami celebrates
philanthropy with the 24h
anniversary of the National
Philanthropy Day Awards
Luncheon to be held at the
Regency Hyatt in Downtown
Miami at 11 a.m., Wednesday,
Nov. 18. 305-803-6003.
******* *
Miami-Dade Mayor, County
Commission and Transit will
hold their second annual Transit
Summit at the Stephen P. Clark
Center, County Commission
Chambers, from 5 to 8 p.m.,
Wednesday, Nov. 18. 786-469-

The Greater Miami Chapter
of the National Coalition of
100 Black Women will host
a membership informational
meeting at the North Dade
Regional Library located in
Miami Gardens at 6 p.m.,
Wednesday, Nov. 18. Sheryl
Watts, 954-612-6130 or visit:

Miami-Dade County
Agricultural will host a Farmers
Market to celebrate Farm City
Week at the Stephen P. Clark
Center Lobby, from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19.
305-971-5091 or visit: www.
******* *
Miami-Dade County Mayor
distribute donated turkeys to
registered participants as part
of the 13th Annual Thanksgiving
Turkey Drive at the Robert King
High Senior Center, from 10- 11
a.m., Thursday, Nov. 19. Elsie
K. Hamler, 305-577-3738.

Miami-Dade County Mayor
and the Board of County
Commissioners invite you to an
opening reception of "Faces of
Freedom: Behind the Looms" at
the Miami International Airport,
from 2-5 p.m., Thursday, Nov.
19. 305-876-0749.

Miami-Dade delegation,
Miami-Dade County Council of
PTAs/PTSAs representing over'
370 local units in Miami-Dade
County. will host a community
discussion about Florida's

Redemption M.B. Church
will host the Ministers and
Deacons Union of the New Life
M.B. Association from Nov. 18-
21. Rev. Pickney, 305-696-9964
or Rev. McCrae, 305-793-7388.

Wimberly Sisters Outreach
is sponsoring a musical
program at Holy Cross, at 3
p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22.

The Gamble Memorial
Church of God in Christ invites
the community to their annual
free Thanksgiving dinner and

fundingforpublic educationwith
parents, students and leaders.
The meeting will be held at the
Miami-Dade County School
Board Administration Building
at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19.
Mindy Gould, President, Miami-
Dade County Council of PTAs/
PTSAs, 305-995-1102 or e-mail

Dade County BarAssociation
Young Lawyer Section and invite
you to their seventh annual
Bids for Kids Fundraiser to held
at the BNY Mellon, from 6-9
p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19. 305-
******* *
The University of
Pennsylvania in South Florida
presents international, national
and local women's health
experts will host a forum at
the LaGorce Country Club,
from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
Friday, Nov. 20. Cori Rice, 305-
443-5454 or email:cori.rice@

Our Kids of Miami-Dade/
Monroe, the local lead agency
for child welfare in Miami and
the Keys, along with their Full
Case Management Agencies,
will celebrate National Adoption
Day with the finalization of 70
foster care adoptions'in Miami-
Dade County at the Miami
Children's Museum, from 8:30
-9:30 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 20.
Visit: www.ourkids.us

Miami-Dade Superintendent
of Schools will host a benefit
concert at Miami Beach Senior
High School at 8 p.m., Friday,
Nov. 20. 305-995-1930.

You are invited to Rick,
DellaRatta and Jazz For Peace
on Friday, Nov. 20. Marla
Warrington, 786-223-2554 or
email: marlaw@EventRhythrn.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic
Garden will host the Ramble-A
Garden Festival, from 9:30
a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Nov. 20-22.
Visit www.fairchildgarden.org

service, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.,
Nov. 26. 3-5-633-7235 or 305-

Ebenezer United Methodist
Church will have their sixth
annual HIV/AIDS Benefit Health
Fair and Concert starting at 2
p.m. on Dec. 5. 305-635-7413.

House of Bethlehem A Place
of Bread Ministries is inviting
everyone to participate in their
tour bus trip to Holyland, from
Tues.- Thurs. Deacon Arthur
Robinson, 786-624-7979.

The Greater Hollywood
YMCA Family Center is
pleased to announce their third
annual Turkey Trot at 7:30
a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21. www.

The secondannualDowntown
Miami Riverwalk Festival and
Boat Parade will be held from 10
a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.
21. 305-416-6868 or email:

Iota Phi Lambda Sorority
Inc., Gamma Alpha Chapter
cordially invites the community
to their 23rd "Apple for the
Teacher" Luncheon honoring
outstanding school teachers at
the Rusty Pelican at 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Nov. 21. 786-356-

Miami-Dade Public Library
System is seeking budding
young artists for its annual
Make-a- Bookmark Contest.
Children, ages 6-12, are invited
to submit a drawing, of a favorite
character or scene from a book,
to reflect the theme "Readiscover
Your Neighborhood@ the
Library." Contest entry must be
original work, and will be judged
on creativity and neatness.
Entries must be submitted by
Nov. 21. Visit: www.mdpls.org.

Miami Dade College Kendall
Campus present the Fall Fest
2009, from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,
Saturday, Nov. 21. Call 305-
237-2321 or visit www.mdc.

The founders of Vankara
School in Opa-locka will
celebrate 30 years of Educational
Services at a Street Naming
Ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday,
Nov. 21. 305-681-6121.
The African American
Gospel Choir will be having
their 19th reunion concert
in Fort Lauderdale at 7 p.m.,
Saturday, Nov. 21. 786-597-

Miami-Dade District 3
Commissioner and the Curley's
House of Style will sponsor a
Thanksgiving Festival at the
Olinda Park, from 11 a.m. to 6

A Mission With A New
Beginning 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
breakfast and yard sale
on Friday and Saturday.
Redemption will also host a
ministers and deacons Union of
the New Life M.B. Association on
Nov. 18-21. Rev. Silas Pinkney,
305-696-9964. Pastor Willie
McCrae, 305-793-7388 or 305-

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

New focus in breast cancer screening

By Liz Szabo

Most women don't need to get
mammograms until they reach
age 50, according to a contro-
versial new report that recom-
mends that far fewer women
undergo the breast cancer
For years, mammograms
have been recommended every
year or two for women begin-
ning at age 40. The new report
from the U.S. Preventive Ser-
vices Task Force, issued Mon-
day night, now says women
this age should simply talk to
their doctors about the benefits
and risks. The group also says
there's no benefit to performing
breast self-exams. The recom-
mendations, which help shape
how doctors practice, don't af-
fect women at high risk, such
as those with strong family his-
tories of cancer.
The task force also says old-

er women don't need as many
mammograms: Women ages 50
to 74 should be screened only
every other year, not annually,
as currently recommended.
The independent panel of ex-
perts updates its recommenda-
tions as new research becomes
available, says task force vice
chair Diana Petitti, a doctor
at Arizona State University in
The authors say there are
good reasons to change mam-
mogram advice: Younger wom-
en have the least to gain, and
the most to lose, from screen-
Mammograms cut the risk
of dying from breast cancer by
about 15%, both for women in
their 40s and 50s. But because
younger women have such a low
overall risk -- the 10-year breast
cancer risk for a 40-year-old is
only 1.4% -- their absolute re-
duction in death is very small,

the report says.
Yet younger women have
a much higher risk of being
harmed from the tests. That's
not because the procedures
themselves are dangerous. In-
stead, women are at risk from
false alarms, also known as
"false positives," which occur
when mammograms produce
suspicious findings in women
who are actually cancer-free.
These women may experience
additional pain, expense and
worry because of follow-up
scans and biopsies.
An estimated 64% of 40-some-
thing women have had a mam-
mogram in the past two years,
along with 72% of women ages
50 to 65, according to an edito-
rial published with the recom-
mendations in today's Annals
of Internal Medicine. More than
193,000 American women will
develop breast cancer this year,
and 40,000 will die of it.

p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22.

American Jewish Committee
of Greater Miami and
Broward will host their fourth
annual Thanksgiving Diversity
Breakfast at the Jungle Island
at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Tina Svetkova, 305-670-1121,
ext. 24 or email: svetkovat@ajc.

The City of North Miami
Beach will debut, From Farms
and Fields to the Future: The
Incredible Story of North Miami
Beach with a launch, talk
and book signing at the city's
Littman Theater, at 7:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, Nov. 24.Christopher
Heid, 305-948-2966.

EPIC hotel is celebrating the
25h anniversary of White Party
Week in Miami, the world's
oldest and largest HIV/AIDS
fundraiser, and offering special
rates for those visiting Miami to
enjoy White Party Week events
and festivities from Nov. 25-
30. 305-424-5226 or visit www.
******* *
The Big Blue any You
Foundation presents Kids
Ocean Adventure Series at the
Newport Beachside Hotel and
Resort Sunny Isles Beach from
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov.
28. 954-558-9664.

University of Miami's
Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
will present Festival Miami
now through November 30.
305-284-4940 or visit: www.

The community is invited
to get on the bus to the Florida
Classic on Saturday, Nov. 21.
For more information. Also,
come take a ride to the Holy
Land in Orlando, Fla. On Dec.
12. Call Phillip, 786-873-9498.

South Florida Super Bowl
Host Committee Will host their

kickoff luncheon at the Land
Shark Stadium, from 11:30
a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec.
7. 305-614-7555.

The Mandarin Oriental
Hotel will host the celebration
of the Miami Music Festival on
Brickell Key, from 6-7:30 p.m.,
on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Email:

The Florida Alliance for
Arts Education (FAAE) is
hosting a Florida symposia at
the Adrienne Arsht Center for
the Performing Arts, starting at
9 a.m., on Dec. 10. Email: info@
faae.org or visit www.faae.org
M.W. Cypress Grand Lodge,
A.F. and A.M., is sponsoring its
annual Christmas festival and
toy-give-away at the Masonic
Temple, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 12. George E.
Pitts, 305-467-5609 or email:

The fourth annual World
Salsa Championships will take
place at Hard Rock Live at the
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino on Dec. 17-19 .

Miami-Dade County is
seeking outstanding women
nominees for the 22nd annual In
the Company of Women Awards
Ceremony which will be held in
March 2010. The deadline for
nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday,
Dec. 18. Lisa Fernandez, 305-
480-1717 ext. 104.

Rainbow Ladies-Our Space
will be having their second
annual Holiday Gala at the
Fantasy Ballroom at 9 p.m.,
Dec. 19. 305-772-4712.

Miami Northwestern
Sr. High Class of 1965 is
preparing for their July 8-11,
2010 Reunion. Classmates are
urged to reconnect through the
contact information listed below,

providing your address, phone,
cell & email. 321-733-0958 or
305-299-5549, reunion6t5@cfl.

Miami Jackson Alumni
Association is calling all former
cheerleaders, majorettes, drill
team, dance line, flagettes
and band members for their
upcoming Alumni Pep Rally.
305- 804-5371 or 786-256-

National Investment
Development (NID) Housing
Counseling Agency, a HUD
approved organization, is
offering free Housing and Legal
Counseling for Homeowners
at the Experts Resource
Community Center, 9 a.m. - 5
p.m., M-F. Call 305-652-7616
or 786-512-7400 or email:
or lougreen2@yahoo.com for

Miami Jackson Alumni
Association is seeking
Reunion Organizing Committee
Representatives from the
Classes of 1981 -2008 to call
305-904-5371 or 786-256-

The Florida Film Institute
presents Cinerama Saturdays
at, the Little Haiti Cultural
Center, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30
p.m., until April 10, 2010. 305-
891-3456 or register at www.

A&A Associates is currently
hiring approximately1000
people for the 2010 Super Bowl
and Pro Bowl football games
which will be held at Land Shark
Stadium in Miami Gardens. 561-
533-5303 or email Annette@

Rendo -Goju-Ryu Karate
Academy will be offering free
Karate lessons at the Liberty
Square Community Center
from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and
Thursday. 305-694-2757.
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Nea y 100 vs offede c floor votes. Democrats have ac- ate five appellate nominees, and Obama officials, too, point with of hours of volunteer work rep-
early 100 vacancies o federal courts caused Republicans of stalling four of them had already been pride to their record on diversi- resenting indigent clients.
them by raising obstacles to confirmed. And he had made 42 ty. Of Mi. Obama's 12 appellate The officials also spoke of the
By Charlie Savage pen in the midterm elections. No votes on uncontroversial nomi- district court nominations, of nominees, six are women, four administration's approach of
one wants a blown opportunity." nees. Republicans counter that whom 24 had been confirmed. are black, one is Asian and one quietly announcing a nomina-
WASHINGTON - President The White House contends that Democrats. too. used procedur- M. Edward Whelan III, presi- is Hispanic. By contrast, about tion every few weeks, in contrast

Obama has sent the Senate far
fewer judicial nominations than
former President George W. Bush
did in his first 10 months in of-
fice, deflating the hopes of liber-
als that the White House would
move quickly to reshape the fed-
eral judiciary after eight years of
Republican appointments.
Mr. Bush, who made it an early
goal to push conservatives into
the judicial pipeline and left a
strong stamp on the courts, had
already nominated 28 appellate
and 36 district candidates at a
comparable point in his tenure.
By contrast, Mr. Obama has of-
fered 12 nominations to appeals
courts and 14 to district courts.
Theodore Shaw, a Columbia
University law professor who un-
til recently led the NAACP Legal
Defense and Educational Fund
Inc., said liberals feared that the
White House was not taking ad-
vantage of its chance to fill va-
cancies while Democrats enjoy
a razor-thin advantage in the
Senate enabling them to cut off
the threat of filibusters against
nominees. There are nearly 100
vacancies on federal courts.
"It's not any secret that among
the civil rights community and
other folks there has been a
growing concern about the pace
of nominations and confirma-
tions," Mr. Shaw said. "You have
to move fairly quickly because
things are going to shut down
before you know it, given that
next year is an election year and
who knows what is going to hap-

the number of confirmations, not
nominations, is what matters.
They argue that they were pro-
ceeding more methodically than
Mr. Bush's team - in ways like
making a greater effort to con-
sult with home-state senators
- and so a higher percentage of
Mr. Obama's nominees would ul-
timately become judges.
By this point in 2001, the
Senate had confirmed five of Mr.
Bush's appellate judges - al-

though one was a Clinton pick
whom Mr. Bush had renomi-
nated - and 13 of his district
judges. By contrast, Mr. Obama
has received Senate approval of
just two appellate and four dis-
trict judges.
Those numbers could rise
rapidly. Four appellate and four
district court nominees have
cleared the Senate Judiciary
Committee and are waiting for

al tactics to slow or block some
Bush nominees.
There has been some recent
movement. Last Monday, the
Senate confirmed Andre Da-
vis to the United States Court
of Appeals for the Fourth Cir-
cuit, shifting the balance on the
Richmond-based panel - once
considered the nation's most
conservative - to a majority ap-
pointed by Democrats.
And on Tuesday, Democrats

moved to vote on confirming Da-
vid Hamilton as an appeals court
judge for the Seventh Circuit,
based in Chicago. The nomina-
tions of both Mr. Davis and Mr.
Hamilton had been stalled before
the full Senate for five months.
Mr. Obama's appeals court re-
cord compares somewhat more
favorably to former President
Bill Clinton's. By Nov. 20, 1993,
Mr. Clinton had sent the Sen-

dent of the conservative Ethics
and Public Policy Center, said it
was "surprising" that Mr. Obama
had made so few nominations.
"On judges as on so much
else, this administration seems
to be much less competent than
both its supporters and critics
expected," Mr. Whelan said.
Unlike Mr. Bush, Mr. Obama
had an early Supreme Court va-
cancy, and his team expended
significant effort in the selection
and confirmation of the new jus-
tice, Sonia Sotomayor. Similarly,
Mr. Clinton's first year included
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's
Still, the time Supreme Court
nominations require has added
to liberal anxieties. If, as antici-
pated, there is another Supreme
Court vacancy in 2010, there
could be scant time left for low-
er-court judgeships.
The administration's nomina-
tions team is reviewing potential
Supreme Court picks, but offi-
cials have disclosed few details.
They also would not discuss
plans to replace Ms. Butts. Two
associate White House counsels
who worked with her on judges
- Susan Davies and Danielle
Gray - remain in place.
Liberals also complain that
the Obama team's selections
have been too moderate to coun-
terbalance the strongly conser-
vative appointees of Republican
presidents, echoing an accusa-
tion they made during the Clin-
ton administration.

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The confirmation of Andre Davis to the United States Court
of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit shifted the court's balance.

two-thirds of Mr. Bush's nomi-
nees were white men.
But Mr. Obama raised eye-
brows among liberal groups by
nominating Albert Diaz to the
Fourth Circuit, where he would
be the first Hispanic. Mr. Diaz
is a North Carolina business
court judge who, at his former
law firm, made his name in part
by defending the tobacco giant
Philip Morris, an unlikely r6-
sume item for a Democratic ap-
White House officials said it
would be unfair to define Mr.
Diaz as a tobacco lawyer, noting
that he had had many other cli-
ents, had a long career as a mil-
itary lawyer and did hundreds

to Mr. Bush's making a political
event of announcing his first
group of appellate nominees in
May 2001.
But Nan Aron, president of
the liberal Alliance for Justice,
warned that picking moder-
ate judges and low-key tactics
might not work.
"It's a mistake to think that
by going slower and lessening
the visibility of nominations,
Republican acrimony will be
reduced," she said. "It didn't
work with Clinton and it won't
work now because Republicans
will do everything in their power
to hold open as many seats as
they can for a future president
to fill."

One of shuttle's final journeys

gets off on trouble-free launch

By James Dean

capeP' CANAVERAL - At-
lantis and six astronauts
are chasing down the Inter-
national Space Station after
a flawless launch Monday,
leaving five more flights be-
fore the nation's shuttle fleet
is retired.
"It's starting to hit home,'
said shuttle Launch Director
Mike Leinbach.
Atlantis' blastoff was the
fifth successful launch of
2009, following three other
visits to the station and -- on
Atlantis' previous flight -- a
final overhaul of the Hubble
Space Telescope. Five more
trips are planned next year
to finish more than 10 years
of station construction, after
which about 7,000 Kennedy
Space Center employees face
Atlantis' 11-day mission is
designed to deliver large spare
parts and bring home a sta-
tion flight engineer. The shut-
tle is scheduled to dock with
the orbiting research outpost
just before noon Wednesday
about 220 miles above Earth.
Over the next several days,
analysts will review launch
images and more pictures to
be taken from the station as
the shuttle approaches and
performs a back flip to expose
its belly to cameras.
Once the two spacecraft are
linked, the Atlantis crew will
immediately begin to install
the first of two large pallets
of spare parts outside the
station. They include: two
steering gyroscopes, a group
of tanks and pumps for the
station's cooling system and
a hand for a robotic arm.
Only the shuttle is able to
haul so many of the bulky
parts at once, putting the
station in position to serve as
a research laboratory for an-
other 10 years.
"The individual parts, some
of them could fit on other
spacecraft, but then they'd

have to be launched indi-
vidually, one at a time," said
Williamff" Gesterifaier, asso-
ciate administrator for Space
Operations. "There's no way
that you could do what Atlan-
tis is doing this time."
Three spacewalks totaling

mission Commander Charlie
"Scorch" Hobaugh radioed
after gettiii a final "go"'"-or
The shuttle is scheduled
to return home the day after
Thanksgiving, carrying an
additional crewmember. Ni-

-AP photo John Raoux
Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy
Space Center in Cape Canaveral

nearly 20 hours are planned
during the mission.
"We're really excited to take
this incredible vehicle for a
ride and meet up with an-
other incredible vehicle, the
International Space Station,"

cole Stott is nearing the end
of her three-month. stay.in or-
bit and will be the last long-
duration station resident to
fly on a shuttle.
Dean reports for Florida To-
day in Brevard County, Fla.

-Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)
Fighters with the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) prepare for an
operation against the Nigerian army in Niger Delta on September 17,2008.

Nigeria militants start peace talks

By Bashir Adigun
Associated Press

ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's
main militant group in the oil-
rich Delta region said Sunday
that it had started formal peace
talks with the country's presi-
dent for the first time since it
declared an indefinite cease-fire
last month.
The Movement for the Eman-
cipation of the Niger Delta called
Saturday's dialogue with Presi-
dent Umaru Yar'Adua useful.
"This meeting heralds the be-
ginning of serious, meaningful
dialogue between MEND and
the Nigerian government to deal
with and resolve root issues
that have long been swept un-
der the carpet," militant group
spokesman Jomo Gbomo said
in a statement Sunday.
The president's spokesman,
Olusegun Adeniyi, said Satur-
day that Yar'Adua met with a
group of negotiators "in contin-
uation of his efforts to find last-
ing solution to the problem in
the Niger Delta and following on

his earlier promise to meet with
any individual or groups in that
The group had declared an in-
definite cease-fire on Oct. 25 af-
ter a meeting between the Nige-
rian President and its longtime
leader, Henry Okah. Gbomo
had said that after the meeting,
Okah had "indicated the willing-

ness of the government to nego-
tiate" with the militant group,
which then formed a team to
negotiate, Gbomo said.
Gbomo said Sunday the nego-
tiating team that met with the
president included four men.
Okah and another field com-
mander, Farah Dagogo, sat in
the meeting as observers, he
Attacks by the militant group
and unrest in the Delta region
had cut Nigeria's oil production
by about a million barrels a day,
allowing Angola to overtake it as
Africa's top oil producer.
The group's key commanders,
Dagogo, Government Tompolo,
Ateke Tom and Ebikabowei Vic-
tor Ben, are among more than
8,000 militants who surren-
dered their arms in the govern-
ment's amnesty program, which
ended Oct. 4.
The militants say they are
fighting to force the federal gov-
ernment to send more oil rev-
enue to the southern region
that remains poor despite five
decades of oil production.

U.S. mulls combining war plans

By Peter Spiegel

WASHINGTON - President
Barack Obama wants to blend
together elements of the dif-
ferent troop-increase options
presented to him Wednesday
to formulate a new strategy for
the Afghan war, Defense Secre-
tary Robert Gates said Thurs-
Speaking a day after the
eighth cabinet-level meeting of
Mr. Obama's war council, Mr.

Gates said the president asked
his advisers to re-examine the
four scenarios to see if ele-
ments of each could be mixed.
Mr. Obama aims to find "how
can we combine some of the
best features of several of the
options to maximum good ef-
fect," Mr. Gates said. "There is
a little more work to do. I do
think that we're getting toward
the end of this process."
During the meeting, accord-
ing to a White House official,

Mr. Obama unexpectedly re-
quested more information on
the four scenarios and ex-
pressed new concerns about
corruption in Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's government.
The four options would increase
U.S. troop levels by 10,000 to
40,000 soldiers. A White House
official said the new informa-
tion requested could directly
affect the number of troops
the president chooses and the
length of their deployments.

-Brendan Smialowski forThe New YorkTimes
The selection and confirmation proceedings of Justice So-
nia Sotomayor, shown at her Senate hearing in July, occupied
President Obama's judicial selection team early in his tenure.




The Miami Times




By Ariel David
and Maria Cheng
Associated Press

ROME - Nearly 200 million
children in poor countries have
stunted growth because of in-
sufficient nutrition, according
to a new report published by
UNICEF Wednesday before a
three-day international summit
on the problem of world hun-
The head of a U.N. food agency
called on the world to join him
in a day of fasting ahead of the
summit to highlight the plight
of 1 billion hungry people.
Jacques Diouf, director-gen-
eral of the Food and Agriculture
Organization, said he hoped the
fast would encourage action by
world leaders who will take part
in the meeting at his agency's
headquarters starting Monday.
The U.N. Children's Fund
published a report saying that
nearly 200 million children un-
der five in poor countries were
stunted by a lack of nutrients

-UN Photo/Tim McKulka
Children displaced by flooding collect water from a sub-
.merged hand pump in Aweil Sudan.

in their food.
More than 90 percent of those
children live in Africa and Asia,
and more than a third of all
deaths in that age group are
linked to undernutrition, ac-
cording to UNICEF.
While progress has been
made in Asia - rates of stunted

growth dropped from 44 per-
cent in 1990 to 30 percent last
year - there has been little suc-
cess in Africa. There, the rate of
stunted growth was about 38
percent in 1990. Last year, the
rate was about 34 percent.
South Asia is a particular
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There is good news in the

midst of the storm A

Have you ever read and
meditated on Psalm 42? This
psalm is especially timely for
so many believers at this time.
The psalmist clearly loves God.
He yearns for His presence. In
fact, in verse 1, he says that
he longs for God the way that
a deer longs for water. This is
a good place for us to begin in
beginning or changing our re-
lationship with the Lord. Are
your feelings for Him safe and
mild? Or do you yearn for Him?

Is He the rea- -
son that you
get up in the .
morning? Do , :
you realize '.. ..
that it is He
and He alone that is responsi-
ble for the very breath that you
breathe? The psalmist thirsts
for God. We often want God to
give us His very best. We want
Him to treat us and bless us
and give us His best, but we do
not give Him the same.

The psalmist is clearly hurt-
ing. He admits that his heart
is breaking and he is in tears
because of the treatment of his
enemies. They taunt him and
abuse him. He remembers that
it was not always like that. He
remembers being a part of the
worshippers in the temple of
God. Perhaps you remember
that your situation was not al-
ways as it is now. Perhaps you
remember when you went out to
dinner more often. You remem-
ber when you and your fam-
ily went on vacations regularly.
You might remember when you
did not lie awake worrying about
the mortgage or other bills. You
;remember when you looked for-
ward to going to church and
serving in the choir and nurs-
ery - but no more.
Now you, as the psalmist, are
sad and discouraged. But wait
- do you, as the psalmist, push
aside those feelings of despair'

and remember that you have
a God and Savior who loves
you and cares about you? The
psalmist admits in verse 5 that
he is greatly discouraged, but
he remembers His God, and he
will praise Him again. Yes, he
can hear the storms and waves
crashing over him, and seem to
consume him. Yes, he knows
that he encounters trials, and
is tormented; but he also re-
minds himself that God's love
is unfailing. Every night,.,He
sings songs of praise to Him, his
God, who gives Him life. How
do you spend your evenings?
Do you spend them chasing af-
ter someone or something who
cannot give you life? Do you
spend the evenings depressed
and angry because life does not
seem to be fair to you? Even as
the night comes and appears to
cover you, do you lift up your
voice in praise to your Almighty

In verse 9, the psalmist feels
as though God has forgotten
him. Even the best of us can
fall into despair and be dis-
tracted by bills, family prob-
lems, unemployment or ill
health. The worst of it is that
people who know that you are a
Believer mock you. People who
know that you go to church
faithfully, pray and praise daily
make fun of you. They laugh
and ask "where is your God
now? Is your God going to pay
your mortgage or prevent your
car from being repossessed?
Will your God find a new job
for you? What will your God do
for you?" Oh, yes, dear saints,
I know fully how talk like this
can cut and maim. You feel
that you really can't answer
because you wonder too why it
seems that God has abandoned
you? If you can barely keep
your head held high, how can
you possibly give them a reply?

The good news is that you
don't need to. You do not need
to explain God to anyone. He
even tells us that our ways are
not His ways. He means that
we cannot always understand
His reasons for doing or not
doing something. We will not
always understand why He
did not come when we think
that He should come. God is
God. He does not think as we
do. We cannot fully fathom His
thoughts and His ways. Just
rest assured that he loves you.
He has not forgotten you. Don't
look at your situation. Look in
the face of your God. There
you should see His love, and
His concern, and you should
be able to trust that He will do
what is best for you. Verse 11
says it all?' "Why am I discour-
aged? Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God! I will
praise Him again - my Savior
and my God!"

Nations must invest in small farmers

continued from 15B

hotspot for the problem, with
just Afghanistan, Nepal, India,
Bangladesh and Pakistan ac-
counting for 83 million hungry
children under five.
"Unless attention is paid to
addressing the causes of child
and maternal undernutrition
today, the costs will be consid-
erably higher tomorrow," said
UNICEF executive director Ann
M. Veneman in a statement.
Diouf said he would begin a
24-hour fast on Saturday morn-
ing. The agency also launched
an online petition against world
hunger through a Web page fea-
turing a video with Diouf count-
ing from one to six to remind
visitors that every six seconds
a child dies from hunger.
The U.N. children's agency
called for more strategies like
vitamin A supplementation and
breast-feeding to be rolled out
more widely. That could cut the
death rate in kids by up to 15
percent, UNICEF said.
Not everyone agreed.
"It is unrealistic to believe
malnutrition can be addressed
by any topdown U.N. scheme,"
said Philip Stevens, of Inter-
national Policy Network, a

'London-based think tank.
"The progress UNICEF's report
points to in improving nutri-
tion is almost certainly a result
of economic growth, not U.N.
The Rome-based FAO an-
nounced earlier this year that
hunger now affects a record
1.02 billion globally, or one in
six people, with the financial
meltdown, high food prices,
drought and war blamed.
The agency hopes its World
Summit on Food Security, with
Pope Benedict XVI and some 60
heads of state so far expected
to attend, will endorse a new
strategy to combat hunger, fo-
cusing on increased investment
in agricultural development for
poor countries.
The long-term increase in the
number of hungry is largely
tied to reduced aid and private
investments earmarked for ag-
riculture since the mid-1980s,
according to FAO.
Countries like Brazil, Nige-
ria and Vietnam that have in-
vested in their small farmers
and rural poor are bucking the
hunger trend, FAO chief Diouf
told the news conference.
They are among 31 countries
that have reached or are on
track to meet the goal set by


- a
- t..

-UN Photo/Olivier Chassot
A woman and kids are on their way to the water distribution

site in Tora, Northern Darfur.

world leaders nine years ago to
cut the number of hungry peo-
ple in half by 2015, he said.
"Eradicating hunger is no
pipe dream," Diouf said. "The
battle against hunger can be
FAO says global food output
will have to increase by 70 per-
cent to feed a projected popula-
tion of 9.1 billion in 2050.
To achieve that, poor coun-
tries will need $44 billion in
annual agricultural aid, com-

pared with the current $7.9
billion, to increase access to ir-
rigation systems, modern ma-
chinery, seeds and fertilizer as
well as build roads and train
Agriculture investment from
the private sector is also con-
sidered vital, and FAO is host-
ing a two-day forum in Milan
starting Thursday with execu-
tives and business representa-
tives to discuss how to coordi-
nate such efforts.

CDC's swine flu toll: 4,000 dead, 22 million ill

By Lauran Neergaard
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Estimates
of deaths caused by the swine
flu have grown to nearly 4,000
since April, roughly quadru-
pling previous estimates. But
that doesn't mean swine flu
suddenly has worsened.
Instead, the federal numbers
made public Thursday reflect a
long-awaited better attempt to
quantify the new flu's true toll.
Most cases still don't require a
doctor's care.
Swine flu has sickened about
22 million Americans since April
and killed about 540 children.
And it's still early in the sea-
"I am expecting all of these
numbers, unfortunately, to
continue to rise," said Dr. Anne
Schuchat of the Centers for
Disease Control and Preven-
tion. "We have a long flu season
ahead of us."
Tight supplies of vaccine to
combat the illness continue:
Not quite 42 million doses are
currently available, a few mil-
lion less than CDC had predict-
ed last week.
A new Associated Press-GfK
poll shows nearly 1 in 6 parents
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Thursday's report attempts to
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9,000 older adults.
* Deaths could range from
a low of 2,500 to as many as
6,100, depending on how the

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FAMU to honor Olympic champ Bob Hayes

A&M University (FAMU) alumni
chapter in Washington, D.C. is
coordinating the effort to hon-
or Robert "Bullet Bob" Hayes
and raise funds for the univer-
sity with a limited edition com-
memorative T-shirt in honor of
The T-shirt was designed by
Carlyle Webb, FAMU Class of
1999, and Joe Hayman of Bod-
iband, LLC. The T-shirt is sup-
ported by the Dallas Cowboys
organization, who has allowed
their logo to appear with the
The T-shirt sells for $35-
$37 with $19 being donated
to FAMU athletics. The T-shirt
comes gift-boxed with certificate
of authenticity and each T-shirt
is individually numbered. It is a
limited edition.
T-shirts can be purchased
online at www.dcfamualumni.
org or call (301) 437-5074.
Hayes was enshrined during
the National Football League
Pro Football Hall of Fame En-
shrinement Ceremony on Fri-
day, August 7, 2009 in Canton,

From the moment the Nation-
al Football League announced in
January that he would be part
of the 2009 Pro Football Hall of
Fame induction class, Hayes'
many accomplishments dur-
ing his athletic career came to
light again as the enshrinement
weekend drew near, thanks to
the Internet and the varied me-
dia outlets including ESPN and
NFL Network.
His many great sports mo-
ments from his days at FAMU
in both football and track, his
Hall of Fame track career, which
culminated in the two Olympic
gold medals he won in the 1964
Tokyo Games, to his pro football
performance during an 11-year
career (Dallas and San Francis-
co), which many credit with rev-
olutionizing the staid old NFL of
the 1960s, left many in awe of
this singular personality.
In suppoi-t of Hayes in Can-
ton were members of his family,
classmates and friends from old
Matthew Gilbert High School
in his native Jacksonville, Fla.,
along with FAMU classmates,
teammates and coaches. .
FAMU President Dr. James

H. Ammons headed the of- ous, along with Athletic Direc-
ficial FAMU party which in- tor Bill Hayes, and Dr. Joseph
cluded former presidents, Dr. P. Ramsey, II, chairman of the
Walter L. Smith, Dr. Frederick FAMU Sports Hall of Fame
Humphries and Dr. Fred Gain- Steering Committee.

MacArthur North football team excels on the field

Special to the Times

Miami Douglas MacArthur
High School - North, which
was recently named Young
Men's Academy for Academ-
ic and Civic Development, is
making history. The school's
football team, the Eagles,
has won its' first District ti-
tle Championship and play-
off berth in the history of the
MacArthur Senior High
School North won the District
8-1 B championship. Their
record is 7-1. The school first
and only loss was to Miami
Country day 14-15. Since
that time, it has been all up-
hill with wins against Palmer
Trinity 40-0, Coral Springs
50-0, Christian Highlands 46-
O, Christian Sheridan Hills 40
-3, Christian Upper Room 22-
8, Boca Christian 50-22 and
Hollywood Christian 36-0.


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First row: Dedric Dukes, Daryl Baker, Thristan Hanson, Benjamin Brown, Davaris Mckenzie;
Second row: Corey Ashley, Akeem Martindale, Latavius Thomas, Nadrian Vail, Michael Shot-
well, Shayne Bayne,Assistant Coach James Smith;Third row:Assistant Coach Willie Bankston,
Head Coach Michael Floyd, Reynald Honorat, Robert Miller, Romano Babel, Brandon Turner
and Assistant Coach Blanton Harris.

MacArthur-North will head
to the playoffs for, state cham-
pionship against Glades Day
School out of Belle Glades,
Fla. at Florida International
University on Friday. Kick-off

starts at 7:30 p.m.
Reynald Honorat and Bran-
don Turner both seniors have
been selected to participate in
Miami-Dade County's North
vs. South All-Star football

game at the Curtis Park Com-
plex on Monday, Dec. 21.
The "Mac" has begun a leg-
acy of excellence in athletic
sportsmanship for future stu-
dents to emulate.

More Blacks are faithful Muslims

continued from 12B

Created by a mysterious man
named Wallace Fard, the "Lost-
Found Nation of Islam" strayed
far from the teachings of the
Prophet Muhammad, but its
mixture of self-reliance, Black
supremacy and white demoni-
zation resonated with many
Blacks. Some 30 years later,
Malcolm X began the Black
movement toward traditional
Islam when he left the Nation
of Islam, went on a pilgrimage
to Saudi Arabia and proclaimed
that all whites were not evil.
In 1975, the Nation split into
two factions: a larger group that
embraced orthodox Sunni prac-
tices, and another, led by Louis
Farrakan, that maintained the
Nation's separatist ideology.
Today, it is difficult to deter-
mine the number of Muslims
in America. A 2007 Pew sur-

vey estimated 2.35 million, of
whom 35 percent were Black.
Lawrence Mamiya, a Vassar
College professor of religion and
Africana studies and an expert
on American Islam, said Mus-
lim organizations count about
six million members, a third of
them black.
Most Black Muslims are ortho-
dox Sunnis who worship in about
300 mosques across the country,
Mamiya said. The second-largest
group follows Farrakhan's Nation
of Islam, which has about 100
mosques in America, abroad and
U.S. prisons, Mamiya said.
He said the third-largest group
is the Ummah, founded by Jamil
Abdullah Al-Amin, the Black ac-
tivist formerly known as H. Rap
Brown. The group has about 40 or
50 mosques. The Detroit mosque
raided Wednesday was part of
the Ummah, the FBI said.
"The vast majority of Black
Muslims are using the religion

to strengthen their spiritual-
ity," said Mamiya, who has in-
terviewed many Black Muslim
leaders and congregants. He said
the number of black Muslims is
growing, but not as fast as before
the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Few white Americans convert
to Islam "because the tendency
is to view Islam as foreign," he
said. "For Blacks, it's part of
their African heritage. There's
a long tradition (in Africa)....
It moves them away from the
Christianity they saw as a
slave religion, as the religion
that legitimized their slavery."
At the Quba Institute in
Philadelphia, a black Sunni
mosque, the worshippers are
a mix of blue-collar workers,
young college graduates, pro-
fessors, law enforcement offi-
cers, and "regular people who
are just trying to worship God
and live a decent life," said the
imam, Anwar Muhaimin.

Poverty will spread across the globe

continued from 12B

When local PSI staff first
arrived at my new friend's
household, Victor was out.
Therese listened keenly,
told her husband what she
had heard and together they
went to a PSI clinic. At first,
Victor was concerned con-
traceptives might have some
hidden detrimental effect on
Therese's health. But medi-
cal staff eased his doubts.
They now happily use an in-
jectable contraceptive every
three months.
The cumulative results of
such personal decisions can-
not be overstated. Research
confirms that having fewer
children is linked to higher
educational attainment for
women, greater income gen-

rating ability and, critically,
improved health among her
other kids. When a woman
can regulate her fertility, it
affects not just the number
of children she has, but also
the timing and spacing of
those kids, who benefit from
their mother's better health,
time, attention, and having
a greater share of scarce re-

In my work around the
world with PSI and our
many partners, I have seen
irrefutable evidence that
unregulated fertility un-
dermines every other ef-
fort to improve health, liv-
ing standards, the economy
and the environment. Thus,
empowering reproductive
health is low hanging fruit.

In helping women and their
families prevent unintended
pregnancies and space out
births, we improve outcomes
in every area of human en-
PSI and its partners are
doing just that, showing that
grassroots access to modern
family planning is achievable,
by scaling up awareness and
capacity. In 2008, PSI helped
avert 3.1 million unintended
pregnancies, with funding
from USAID, the Bill & Me-
linda Gates Foundation, and
others. Those reached can
now concentrate their scarce
resources and human capi-
tal, taking better care of their
children and improving their
lives. But unless we reach
millions more Thereses, the
dream of ending poverty in
our time will not be realized.

Muhaimin was born into a
Muslim family after his par-
ents embraced Islam in the
1950s. He grew up in Saudi
Arabia, "but was very clear
from a young age that I was
and am an American citizen."
"America is my country, I
love the United States," he
said. "I don't agree with every-
thing our politicians do in our
name, but that doesn't mean
I'm not a citizen of this coun-

A Gospel Explosion
Lil' Rev presents, 'A Gospel
Explosion', 3 p.m., Sunday,
November 29 at Holy Cross
Church, 1555 N.W. 93rd Ter-
Featured acts will be: Smil-
ing Jubilees, Ft. Lauderdale;
Sistuz, Ft. Lauderdale; Faithful
Few and others.
Special guests will be Spiri-
tual True Light, Tupelo, MS.
Tickets are $12 in advance
and $15 at the door.
Call Lil' Rev., 305-693-9336.

Student volunteers

The Inner-City Battle of the
Bands needs volunteers for
Saturday, December 12, from 5
p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ted Hendricks
Volunteers will receive 25
community hours toward
Non volunteer students who
purchase a ticket and attend
the event, will receive 10 com-
munity hours toward gradua-
No matter what school you at-
tend, you will receive the com-
munity hours.
Deadline for sign up is No-
vember 24.
Tickets are on sale now for
For more information, contact
Big Mo at 786-318-6020.

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-Photo by Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County
Steve Auger, Executive Director of the Florida Housing Finance
Corporation, Lloyd J. Boggio, Principal of Carlisle Development
Group, Audrey Edmonson, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Mat-
thew S. Greer, CEO of Carlisle Development Group, Diane L. Ross,
SVP, Bank of America, Sam Diller, Executive Director of Little Haiti
Housing Association and Ken Fairman, Board Member of Florida
Housing Finance Corporation.

District 3's Poinciana Grove:

Affordable housing for seniors

Special to the Times

Miami-Dade County Com-
missioner Audrey M. Edmon-
son took part in the grand
opening of Poinciana Grove,
a new affordable housing de-
velopment in District 3, on
Nov.12. The property, located
at 5601 Northwest Second Ave-
nue, features 80 units reserved
for seniors who are living on a
fixed income and are in most
need of affordable housing.
The project came to fruition
due to a joint effort from the
Miami-Dade County Surtax

Program, low income hous-
ing tax credits from the Flor-
ida Housing Finance Corp.,
and the Carlisle Development
At the grand opening, Ed-
monson emphasized the need
for more affordable housing in
"We must employ will power
and cooperation between pri-
vate sector and government so
that we provide our senior citi-
zens with the opportunity to
enjoy their lives in safe, pleas-
ant and moderately priced sur-
roundings," she said.

111,000 jailed immigrants

may be deported

By Julia Preston

Federal authorities have iden-
tified more than 111,000 im-
migrants with criminal records
being held in local jails, during
the first year of a program that
seeks to deport immigrants who
have committed serious crimes.
Among the immigrants iden-
tified through the program,
known as Secure Communi-
ties, more than 11,000 had been
charged with or convicted of the
most serious crimes, including
murder and rape, domestic se-
curity officials said Thursday.
About 1,900 of those have been
At a news conference in Wash-
ington, John Morton, the top
official at Immigration and Cus-
toms Enforcement, called the
program "the future of immigra-
tion enforcement," because, he
said, it "focuses our resources
on identifying and removing the
most serious criminal offenders
first and foremost."
About 100,000 of the detained
immigrants identified through

the system had been convicted
of less serious crimes, ranging
from burglary to traffic offenses,
the officials said. Of those, more
than 14,000 have been deport-
Obama administration offi-
cials have worked to distinguish
their immigration enforcement
strategy from the Bush admin-
istration's, which centered on
high-profile factory raids and
searches in communities for im-
migration fugitives.
The Bush operations drew an
outcry from immigrant advo-
cates, who said they led to racial
profiling, especially of Latinos,
and ensnared many immigrants
who lacked legal status but had
not committed crimes.
Obama administration offi-
cials said Secure Communities,
which was started under Presi-
dent George W. Bush but rap-
idly expanded under President
Obama, is a relatively low-cost
way for the authorities to con-
centrate resources on deport-
ing the most dangerous immi-

Interacial dating your choice

continued from 12B

Realistically, the parents
have the power to decide as
many children fear disapproval
or even worse, isolation.
The best way for interracial
couples to deal with their dif-
ferences in culture is to com-
promise. It sometimes is the
best way to bridge the gap be-
tween the varying ethnicities.
Choosing the most important
traditions from each culture,
and including parents' opin-
ions, will allow the partners
and their parents to feel equally
significant in the interracial re-
lationship and the blending of
cultures. Much as the parents

may never be entirely happy
with the choices their child has
made, at least they won't feel
like they are being stripped of
their family roots.Couples from
different cultural backgrounds
usually aren't uptight about
learning new customs and
traditions. New partners may
readily accept the challenge
of engaging in the practices of
different cultural groups.

Exposure to new customs
doesn't mean one leaves their
roots behind. Our cultures
make us who we are, and that
can never be taken away. And
blending your culture and
your interracial love's, culture
is what will make you who you
are in your interracial union.

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Pre-Thanksgiving Concert

Marie Brown Bennett proudly.
resents Lee Williams and The
pirItual QC's of Tupelo, Mis-
ssippi, 6 p.m., Sunday, No- ,;-
ember 22 at Mt. Pleasant Mis-
onary Baptist Church, 11591
.W. 220 Street, Goulds, Dr. ._

James C. Wise, Pastor.
Also featured on the program
are The Smiling Jubilaires, Ft.
Lauderdale, Artise Wright, The
Spiritual Harmonizers, Miami,
Lil Rev. and The Second Gen-
eration, Miami.
Adult tickets are $30 in ad-
vance and $35 at the door. Stu-
dents, 13 to 17 years old, $10
and children 5 to 12, $5.
For tickets contact Marie

Vankara celet
On Saturday, November 21
at 10 a.m., Reverend and Mrs.
Taylor, the Founders of Van-
kara School, 13485 Alexanria
Drive, Opa-Locka, will celebrate
30 years of educational services
at a street naming ceremony,
sponsored by the Opa-locka
City Commission.
Vankara is inviting all former
students and staff to attend.
For additional information
call 305-681-6121.


Brown Bennett at 305-258-
8207 or Lil Rev., 305-693-9336.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

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Bible publisher selling handwritten version

- A copy of the Bible written
by hand, one verse at a time,
by more than 31,000 people
throughout the United States
is on the auction block.
Christian book publisher
Zondervan said Thursday it's
selling the book on -eBay and

donating the proceeds to Bibli-
ca, a group that translates, pro-
duces and distributes Bibles.
The leather-bound three-
volume handwritten Bible has
2,200 pages.
It's one of two original hand-
written Bibles that Grand.Rap-
ids-based Zondervan created

Pastoral Appreciation Celebration
The members of Mt. Vernon
Missionary Baptist Church in-
vite you to fellowship with us
in our 18th Pastoral Apprecia-
tion Climax Celebration for Rev.
Wilfred A. Miller Jr., on Sunday,
November 22 at 11 am with Rev.
Ophelia Hayes-Jones and 3:30
p.m. with Rev. Vincent Davis,
Pastor, New Providence Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.
Both services will be held
at Mt. Vernon Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 1323 N.W. 54th

The Miami Times
-.J: is announcing our
- 'Beginning january\ 2010
For iformatrion conrac 'our nc'. church as i;ranc,
borah RoIker. 3Ir-94-.-2 Ii e'[iT 12
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during a nine-month motor
home tour of 40 states to mark
the 30th anniversary of its
modern-language New Interna-
tional Version Bible.
Members of the public wrote

the verses into the books dur-
ing the tour, which ended in
A published version will be
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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Ave.

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

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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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

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

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

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Temple Missionary
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1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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5946 N.W. 12th Ave.
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Bethlehem Cathedral
Outreach Ctr. Miami
8610/8620 N.W. 17th Ave.

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7:30 & 11 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
Feeding Minislry 12 noon
Bible Study 7 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

Order of Services
Sunday Bible Sludy 9 a m * Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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Logos Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.

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Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street
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Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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

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Seed Time and Harvest Faith
Ministry International
21485 N.W. 27 Ave.

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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

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

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New Shiloh M.B.pe SDA Church
8400 N.W.25th SAve.

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Wright and Young
60, owner of
Miracle Conch
Restaurant and
First Lady of
House of God
Miracle Temple
of Miami, died '
November 12 at
Mt. Sinai Hospi-
tal. Survivors include: husband,
Thomas Carr; children, Gloria
(Ruffus) Williams, Edwin (Livee)
Carr and Troy Beasley; sibling,
Joe Wesley, Jr., Eddie Wesley,
Georga Wesley, Dottie Mae Wes-
ley, Donnie Lee Wesley, Linda.
Hall, Nathaniel Wesley, Ethel Lee
Henderson, Carrie Bell Champell,
Ronald G. Wesley and Allen Wes-
ley. Viewing 9 - 3p.m., Friday, in
the chapel and 4 - 8 p.m., House
of God Miracle Temple of Miami.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday, House
of God Miracle Temple of Miami.

87, nurse, died
November 14.
Survivors in-
clude: son,
Dwayne (Cher-
yl) Boyles, Sr.;
sister, Marion
(George) Davis;
ters, Nicole, Gabriella and Ilesia;
grandson, Dwayne Boyles, Jr.:
Service 11 a.m., Saturday, in the

died November
11. Survivors
include: father,
Derrick Sr.;
brother, Der-
non, Fredder-
ick, Delrick and
Derrick; aunts,
Darlene, Shela
and Angela. Service 2 p.m., Sat-
urday, St. Mark MB Church

20, died No-
vember 12. Sur-
vivors include:
mother, Ayn-
thia 'Thomas;
father, Marion
Sr.; brothers,
Marion Jr. and
Trentwan; sis-
ter, rakiyha. Service 12 p.m., Sat-
urday, Jordan Grove MB Church.

Gregg L. Mason
76, bus aide
for Miami Dade
County, died
November 14 at
Aventura Medi-
cal Center. Sur-
vivors include:
son, Ronnie
daughters, Vera Jones, Verna
Jones, Eva Phillips and Della
Brantley; brother, Bobby Jones
(Francis); sister, Marie Scott. Visi-
tation 5 -9 p.m., Friday, St. Mary's
Baptist Church, 1550 N.E. 152
Terrace, Service 1 p.m., Satur-
day, Zion Hope Missionary Baptist
Church, 5129 NW 17 Avenue. In-
terment: Southern Memorial Park.

JAMES HAWKINS, 82, laborer,
died Novem-
ber 9. Service
11a.m, Fri-
day, New Birth

rectional officer,
died November
9. Service 12
p.m., Saturday,
Antioch Baptist
Church of Carol

E.A. Stevens
nurse's aide, died November 11
at Westside Regional Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

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Royal -_- , Jay's- .
borer, died No- i died November
member 10. Ar- 9. Service was
rangements are held.
incomplete. M i

November 11.
Visitation 4 - 9
p.m., Friday.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday Me-
morial Temple
Baptist Church.

November 14.
Visitation 4-9
p.m., Friday.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

TOMMY OTIS, JR., 27, electron-
ic technician,
died November
15. Visitation
4- 9p.m., Fri-
day. Service 10
a.m, Satu(day,
Holy Faith Mis-
sionary Baptist

JESSE JAMES, 30, laborer,
died November 6. Service was

borer, died November 11. Service
was held.

63, died November 12. Visitation
4-9 p.m., Thursday. Final rites and
burial Monticello, FL.

housekeeper, died November 9.
Service was held.

GARY OTIS, 56, nurse aide,
died November 10. Service was

BROWN, 63, LPN, died Novem-
ber 9. Visitation 4-9 p.m., Friday.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday, Grace
Church of The First Born.

LINDA BELFOUR, 49, laborer,
died November 9. Arrangements
are incomplete.

died November
11 at University
of Miami Hos-i
pital. Survivors
include: daugh-
ters, T.C. Sheryl
Ellis, Barbara
A. Elie, Barbara
J. Elie; son, Robert J. Elie(Mirna);
husband, Marvin Jenkins, and
other sorrowful relatives.Service
2 p.m., Saturday, Highway of Holi-
ness Church.

mechanic, died
November 13
at Jackson
Medical Center.
Service 4 p.m.,
Wednesday (to-
day), in the cha-

BISHOP JIM T. HOLT, 72, long-
shoreman, died November 8 at Mt.
Sinai Medical Center. Service was

Grace .4
safety director, died November 10
at Mt. Siani Medical Center. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Wednesday (today),
St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

sembly worker, died November
16 at North Shore Medical Cen-
ter. Final rites and burial, Phillips
Funeral Home, St. Catherines,

months old, died November 11 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

November 15.
are incomplete.

69, childcare
worker, died
November 11
at Homestead
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Morn-
ingstar Baptist

DENISE FARELY, 55, died No-
vember 13 at
South Miami
Hospital. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Sat-
urday, Glendale
Baptist Church. 6

JURL WALKER, 75, homemak-
er, died November 12 at Jackson
Memorial South Hospital. Service
1 p.m., Saturday, House of God.

57, died November 16 at Kindred
Hospital. Arrangements are in-

ERNEST ADAMS, 63, televi-
sion technician,
died November
14 at Aventura
Hospice. Ar-
rangements are

ALONZO CLARK, 60, truck
driver, died No-
vember 9 at
Unity Health
Center. Service
was held.

driver, died No-
vember 10 at VA
Medical Center.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday , St.
Agnes Episco-
pal Church.

physical thera-
pist, died No-
vember 6 at
Jackson South
vice 12 p.m.,
House of God
Miracle Revival
Fellowship Church.

RING, 6 weeks old, died Novem-
ber 10 at Jackson North Medical
Center. Service 10 a.m., Saturday,
New Vision for Christ Church.

BOBBY PARRISH, 56, laborer,
November 10. Arrangements are-

Carey Royal Ra'n
PEARL MURRAY, 92, died No-
vember 9 at home. Service was

ANTHONY PAUL, 32, cashier,
died November 13 at Cleveland
Clinic. Service 2 p.m., Saturday in
the chapel.

LINDA ROWLAND, 62, home-
maker, died November 9 at South
Miami Hospital. Final rites and
burial Teaneck, New Jersey.

VALERIE MOSS, 79, died No-
vember 15 at home. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt In Memoria ' In Memoriam

TRUENELL HILL, 98, retired
nurse's aide,
died November
10 at Univer-
sity of Miami
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
sister, Rosalie '
Hughes; daugh-
ter, Lena Hill-
Smalls (Ronald) and Marva Hill;
grandchildren, Jill Bethel, Karen
Ford and Jason Smalls; great-
grandchildren, Keisha Williams
and Malachi Smalls; special god
daughter: Celestine McCrea (Cal-
vin). Memorial 7 p.m., Friday in
the chapel. Service 1 p.m., Satur-
day , Ebenezer United Methodist

WILLIS O'BRIAN, 76, retired
US Postal Car-
rier, died No-
vember 12 in
Atlanta, GA.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

brick mason,
died November
13 at Franco
Nursing Home.
Service 11 a.m,
Saturday, New
Shiloh Mis-
sionary Baptist

MARY FUSSELL, 90, home-
maker, died
November 10
at home. Ser-
vice 12 p.m.,
Wednesday (to-
day), Mt. Siani
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

driver, died No- .
vember 12 at
Jackson Memo-
rial North Hos-
pital. Survivors -.
include: wife,
Thelma Gaither.
Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday (to-
day), St. John Instructional Mis-
sionary Baptist Church

69, cook, died November 8 at
Mercy Hospital. Service was held.

Happy Birthday
'ji r~E'.

In loving memory of,
11/17/37- 0111/04

A dear husband and father.
It's hard to believe it's been
six years.
We miss you each and every
You are always in our
thoughts and in our hearts.
Your loving wife, Dorothy;
son, Michael; and Family

11/15/26 - 11/18/96

The beauty of your life is
with us every day.
Thirteen years have passed
since our hearts were. broken
because of your untimely de-
Our faith in God has sus-
tained us. One as sweet as
you, and kind as you were
can never be forgotten.
Your loving family, hus-
band, Alphe Sr; sons, How-
ell and Alphe Jr; daughters,
Gail Willingham and Diane
Rashada (Samuel); sister, Es-
tella B. Deshazor; niece, Kar-
en Forbes; nephew, Kurwood
Forbes; six grands; four great-
grands, two godchildren and a
host of relatives and friends.

Card of Thanks
The family of the late,


with great appreciation
and gratitude, wishes to say
thank you to Rev. Jodie Al-
exander and the members of
Soul Saving Missionary Bap-
tist Church, Rev. Dr. Jimmie
L. Bryant and the members
of Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Liberty City, The
Masonic Joshua Lodge #1,
Central West Transportation,
the neighbors of 58th Street
and 30th Avenue, Ms. Iwanda
Jenkins, family and friends
for all of your kind deeds,
prayers and compassion you
showed us during our hour of
Special thanks to Bernard
Poitier and the Poitier staff for
treating our family with dig-
nity and compassion.
We will always be grateful
to all of you.
May God bless each of you,
is our prayer.
The Bradley Family

St. Fort's"
November 11 at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Final rites and burial

FRITZ DESIRE, died Novem-
ber 15 at home. Arrangements are

died October 31 at Aventura Hos-
pital. Final rites and burial Haiti.

In loving memory of,

03/01/1940 - 11/19/94

A hallowed place within our
hearts is where you will al-
ways remain!
Lil, Anthony, Makeva,
Levita and The Flowers

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

11/18/36 - 07/21/79

Mother, it has been 30 years,
since we last saw you, and
not a single day has passed
without thinking of you. Your
boys are now men, and your
teachings live within us to-
day. Thank you for all you did
in the short time, we spent to-
Love Peter; Alvin;-Alan *and-
the family.

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

11/17/45 - 01/21/09

COMB, 55, teacher, died Novem-
ber 10 at Baptist Hospital. Service
11 a.m., Saturday, Martin Memo-
rial, Richmond Heights.

died November 13 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital.Service 2p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

'vloin ti� z/ by becoming a member of our

CALL 305-694-6210



DC sniper's ex-wife, children

cope with execution

WASHINGTON - One of sniper mastermind John Allen Muham-
mad's ex-wives says it was "very difficult" to watch her children
grieve as their father was executed.
Mildred Muhammad told The Associated Press on Thursday that
she and her three teenage children watched news coverage of his
Virginia execution in complete silence at their Maryland home
Tuesday. She says the children asked to see their father but he did
not meet with them.
Mildred Muhammad maintains she was the real target of the
2002 sniper attacks that killed 10 in the Washington, D.C., region.
Her ex-husband was executed for killing Dean Harold Meyers at a
gas station during the spree that terrorized Maryland, Virginia and
Washington, D.C., over a three-week period.

Racial disparities in diabetes

linked to living conditions

Special to the NNPA

The higher incidence of dia-
betes among Blacks when com-
pared to Whites may have more
to do with living conditions than
genetics, according to a study
led by researchers at the Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health.
The study, available online in
advance of publication in last
month's Journal of General
Internal Medicine, found that
when Blacks and Whites live in
similar environments and have
similar incomes, their diabetes
rates are similar, which con-
trasts with the fact that nation-
ally diabetes is more prevalent
among African-Americans than
Researchers from the Hopkins
Center for Health Disparities
Solutions and Case Western Re-
serve University School of Med-
icine compared data from the
2003 National Health Interview
Survey (NHIS) with the Explor-
ing Health Disparities in Inte-
grated Communities Southwest
Baltimore (EHDIC-SWB) Study.
The Baltimore study was con-
ducted in a racially integrated
urban community without race
differences in socioeconomic
In recent decades the United
States has seen a sharp in-
crease in diabetes prevalence,
with Blacks having a consider-
ably higher occurrence of type 2
diabetes and other related com-
plications compared to Whites.
"While we often hear media
reports of genes that account
for race differences in health
outcomes, genes are but one of
many factors that lead to the
major health conditions that
account for most deaths in the
United States," said Thomas
LaVeist, PhD, director of the
Hopkins Center for Health Dis-
parities Solutions and lead au-
thor of the study.
Some researchers have spec-
ulated that disparities in dia-
betes prevalence are the result
of genetic differences between
race groups. However, LaVeist
noted that those previous stud-
ies were based on national data
where Blacks and Whites tend
to live in separate-communities
with different levels of exposure











to health risks. The EHDIC-
SWB study accounts for racial
differences in, socioeconomic
and environmental risk expo-
sures to determine if the dia-
betes race disparity reported in
national data is similar when
Black and White Americans live
under comparable conditions.
"I don't mean to suggest that
genetics play no role in race dif-
ferences in health, but before
we can conclude that health
disparities are mainly a mat-
ter of genetics we need to first
identify a gene, polymorphism
or gene mutation that exists in
one race group and not others.
And when that gene is found we
need to then demonstrate that
that gene is also associated with
diabetes," LaVeist said. "On the
other hand, there is overwhelm-
ing evidence that behavior,
medical care and the environ-
ment are huge drivers of race
differences in health. It seems
more likely that the answer to
health disparities will be found
among these factors."
Researchers in this study
found that within their sample
of racially integrated commu-
nities without race differences
in socioeconomic and environ-
mental factors, prevalence es-
timates of diabetes are similar
between Blacks and Whites.
According to the study, previ-
ous research has demonstrated
that when Blacks and Whites
access similar health care facil-
ities their health care outcomes
are more similar.
The study's authors said their
findings support the need for
future health disparities re-
search and creative approaches
to examining health disparities
within samples that account for
socioeconomic and social envi-
ronmental factors.

Death Notice In loving memory of,

COMB, 83, died November 10.
She was born June 19, 1925
in Savannah, Georgia and
was the youngest of five chil-
Vernetta graduated with a
Bachelor of Science degree in
Home Economics from Savan-
nah State College in 1950
and began teaching with Mi-
ami-Dade Public Schools in
1957, until her retirement in
1985. In 1960, she met and
married Eldric L. Edgecomb
until his passing in 2003.
A member of Alpha , Kap-
pa Alpha Sorority, Phi Delta
Omega Chapter, as well as a
devoted member of Martin Me-
morial A.M.E. Church, serving
in all factions of the Lay Orga-
nization, including serving as
past president, member of the
Steward Board, Women's Mis-
sionary Society and the Senior
Mrs. Edgecomb is survived
by: son, Andre, Los Angeles;
three daughters, Roslyn (Ewan)
Brown, Sharon (Prest) George,
and Wanda Parker and a host
of nieces, nephews, grandchil-
dren and other relatives.
Public viewing Friday, 1
p.m., to 5:30 p.m., at Para-
dise Memorial Funeral Home,
and 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at Mar-
tin Memorial. Funeral service
will be held, 1 p.m., Saturday,
at Martin Memorial A.M.E.
Church, 14700 Lincoln Boule-
vard, Richmond Heights.

is announcing our

By Church Denomination

Beginning January 2010
For more information contact
our new church assistant,
Deborah Roker,
305-694-6210 ext. 102
Call early,
space is limited * New Pricing

'Coach Bell'

Two years have passed since
our family had to say goodbye.
All of our hoping, all of our
dreaming cannot change the
past. Proudly we reflect on our
lives that were touched by a
man who nurtured our hopes
and sheltered our dreams. As
your family we stand together.
We gain strength from your
memories. We teach from our
hearts and as your family, we
live because you showed us
how. We love because yours
was unconditional. We lead
because your example is our
Love always, The Bentley, Bell
& Davis Families and a host of
other family and friends


As a public service to our com-
muruty, The Miarrml mes prints
weekly obituary notices submit-
ted by area funeral homes at no
charge. These notices include
name of the deceased, age, place
of death, employment, and date,
location, and time of services.
Additional information and pho-
to may be included for a nominal
chargk.The deadline is Monday
at 3:30 p.m.

iwaru or I n
The family of the late,

GUESS, 75, church mother of
Crooms Temple COGIC, died
November 15 at Mt. Sinai
Survivors include: brother,
Bishop John P. Lee Sr., Brook-
lyn, NY; children, Cleo George
Reynolds, Deirdrea Guess,
Helena Guess, Larry Leroy
George, James Guess Jr.,
Darryl and Charles Guess; 13
grandchildren; nieces, neph-
ews and a host of relatives
and friends.
Memorial service and view-
ing 5 to 9 p.m., Friday,
Crooms Temple COGIC, 2090
N.W. 151 Street.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday,
Gamble Memorial COGIC,
1898 N.W. 43rd Street.

Honor Your

Loved One With


In Memoriam


The Miami Times

extends her warm and sin-
cere appreciation to Richardson
Mortuary, Mr. Dwight Jack-
son, Director; The Historic St.
Agnes' Episcopal Church-The
Rev. Canon Richard L.M. Bar-
ry, Rector and Priest, Deacons
Shedrick Gilbert and Doris
Ingraham,Churchmen Group
One, The Male Chorus, Choirs
and Ushers, all from St. Agnes';
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church- The Rev. Gaston Smith,
Pastor and Friendship's Pastors
Aide Ministry; Active and Retired
Members of the Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation;
FAMU National Alumni Associa-
tion; BTW High School Alumni
Association; BTW High School
Class of 1953; FAMU Gold Coast
Alumni; Retired and Active Mem-
bers of the Black Police Officers
Organization; Bernard Ancrum,
Videographer; Lulu Colebrook,
Basheva Bryant and Cupidine
Dean for their extraordinary
kindness and concern and to
everyone who called, sent tele-
grams, cards, floral pieces, mon-
etary gifts, food items or just
thought of her in your prayers
during this most difficult time.
It is very comforting to know
that so many people cared.
"Bossman" would have liked
that. God Bless you all.
His loving and devoted wife,
Alyce Marshall


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exchange. Ticket not necessary The Holy
Spirit will be myr guide on the trip back

MAy heart longs for thie peacefid place
called Heaven which is my home. My Heav-
enly -ather longs for me to return and wants
His child to come home.

He remembers, He sent me on this journey
and it's not time to come and be with Him.
There is much work for me to do He says be-
fore I letyou my child come Home. I'll let r,,n
know when your journi.) comes to an end.
Only then can you come home.
-By Elizabeth Garard

Officer Simmons was employed by Miami-
Dade County Corrections since '1985 until
she was called home.

She is survived by children, LaSonja,
lan, Kia; puppy, Sammie; brothers, Richard
Kitchen, Alexander Nottage, Kennethe Not-
tage, the late Glenn Nottage i(eclinal'. Keith
Nottage (Melanie); sisters, .i irklitiI,, Nottage-
Meadows (Stephen) and Melinda -ii,-.l,
grandkids, Darren, Jarrell, James, Joseph,
Dhimani Tai, Rodney, Tiombe and Amari.

Special friends, Brenda Worlds, Elizabeth
Garaid, and Patricia Sauiulei s aind a host of
loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cous-
ins, and dear friends.



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"Sesame Street" Is Now

40 Years Younger

Even if you were watching "Ses- Who could have imagined that unique characters.. '
ame Street" when it first went on Big Bird would make the cover of "Three years ago, I got to -
the air in 1969, I'm betting 40 Time magazine? meet Abelardo, Big Bird's '
years later every character, every "It was always a good idea," Hen- Mexican cousin on "Plaa 'za
Muppet is still as imprinted on son told CBS News when "Sesame Sesamo." -,
your. now-middle-aged brain as Street" turned 20 in 1989. "But We here at "Sunday Morn-
the letters of the alphabet they all even when the show went on the ing" have -experience inter-
taught you. air, it immediately had a wonder- viewing Muppets.
Almost from the beginning, ful response from the audiences, Now here's the thing: You know
there were celebrity visitors to which even that came as a sur- you're talking to a shred of
the neighborhood, such as a thin prise because, like, we Were w6rk- polyester shag. There's
Jay Leno with black hair riding ing on a fairly small, little chil- a puppeteer right
around on a tricycle in a cowboy dren's show." there, but you forget
suit. Funny how they've aged, but A few months later, Henson died and can't help but be
Big Bird and company haven't. Is suddenly. By then the show was enchanted by the likes
it something in the water? already a global phenomenon. of friends like Pancho
A group picture from 40 years Today. it's seen in 140 coun- Contreras and Lola.
ago includes Joan Ganz Cooney, tries. That's nearly three-fourths On Tuesday, when the
"Sesame Street"'s founder, and of all the recognized countries in new season begins, first
Jim Henson, who created the existence. lady Michelle Obama will
Muppets. Cooney and Henson A 2006 documentary "The find 'her way to "Sesame
had the radical idea that televi- World , According to Sesame Street" to plant a garden and 0
sion could be used to educate 'Street" shows the kinds of places promote healthy eating.
preschool-age children and enter- it reaches, like the AIDS-ravaged Over the years, the show has
tain them at the same time. Little South African townships where been subtly updated to reflect
did they know what would come Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet on current issues and popular
of that notion. "Takalani-Sesame," is famous. culture, but the educational
In their wildest dreams they International productions are message is still there.
couldn't have predicted that Ker- not just translations of what Take, for example, actor
mit the Frog would become an in- American kids see. They address Jake Gyllenhall with the
ternational star. local concerns and have their own octopus on his head.

Broadway revival of 'Ragtime' plucks at the heartstrings

Broadway revival plucks at the heartstrings

By Elysa Gardner

The musical Ragtime is based
on E.L. Doctorow's sprawling his-
torical novel, which offered food
for thought by tracing the dawn
of 20th-century American society
through real and imagined charac-
But those who plan to see the
theatrical version, now in revival
(***V2 out of four) at the Neil Simon
Theatre, are advised to put away
their thinking caps and bring their
hankies. As a work of social com-
mentary, Ragtime, introduced on
Broadway in 1998, is hokey and
pedantic, much like that other,
plodding musical adaptation of his-
torical fiction, Les Miserables.
Ragtime's unabashed sentimen-
tality is more compelling, though,
thanks to the relative wit and grace
of its creators. The score, composed
by Stephen Flaherty with lyrics by
Lynn Ahrens, is hardly A-list, but
the songs are well-crafted and on
occasion are genuinely soulful.
And Terrence McNally's book tugs

at your heart and conscience with
such artful aggression that only an
ogre could resist the urge to weep at
some points and smile at others.
In this new Kennedy Center-
based production, which opened
Sunday, those assets are exploit-
ed by a supple cast under Marcia
Milgrom Dodge's vibrant direction.
The creamy-voiced Christiane Noll
provides a warm, elegant anchor
as Mother, the upper-class ma-
tron who, while her haughty hus-
band is off traipsing the North Pole
with real-life explorer Robert Peary,
crosses paths with a black couple
and a Jewish immigrant.
Her first encounter with the immi-
grant - Tateh, a starving artist who
will later reinvent himself as a film
director - is fleeting. But Sarah, the
desperate lover of a Harlem musi-
cian, becomes family after Mother
rescues her baby son.
The musician, a good-natured,
upwardly mobile young man named
Coalhouse Walker Jr., tracks Sarah
down and endears himself to Moth-
er and her own young son.

--fnoto/By oan Marcus

The way for young lovers Sarah (Stephanie Umoh) and Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Quentin Earl Darrington), a Harlem
musician, is not smooth at the turn of an earlier century.

Mike Tyson locked up

Police are investigating con-
flicting accounts of an airport
scuffle between Mike Tyson and
photographer that resulted in
both men being booked and re-
leased on suspicion of misde-
meanor battery.
The former heavyweight box-
ing champion and photographer
Tony Echevarria, 50, want to
press charges of misdemeanor
battery against each other, po-
lice said.
Challenger stealing thunder
from champ
The photographer told police
that Tyson struck him once, Los
Angeles airport police spokes-
man Sgt. Jim Holcomb said. The
photographer fell to the ground
and was treated for a cut to his
forehead at a hospital.
Tyson's spokeswoman Tammy

Brook said the boxer was travel-
ing with his wife and 10-month-
old child when he was attacked
by an overly aggressive paparaz-
zo. "Mike acted in self defense
as a father protecting his child,"
she said.
"There's a lot of different ver-
sions to this story and that's all
going to come out later," Hol-
comb said. "Some witness state-
ments support Tyson's version,
others support the photogra-
Police also were checking if
there was any surveillance video
of the incident.
Tyson was cooperative as he
waited in a holding cell at the
airport police station, Holcomb
said. Echevarria was booked and
released after he was treated at a
hospital, police said.

Lebron James seeks to

honor Michael Jordan

NBA Player

NBA player LeBron James
is ready to give up his jersey
number 23 in honor of Hall of
Famer Michael Jordan, and
he wants other NBA players
to do the same.
Cavaliers star James has
worn 23 since his high school
playing days, but he told the
Cleveland Plain Dealer news-
paper after a game in Miami
on Thursday night that Jor-
dan's impact on the game
deserves recognition.
"I just think what Michael
Jordan has done for the game
has to be recognized in some
way - soon," James said.
"There would be no LeB-
ron James, no Kobe Bry-
ant, no Dwyane Wade, you

name all the best players in
the league right now and the
last 10 years, there would be
none of us without Michael
James said he had been
thinking about the move for
some time and would be will-
ing to change to number six
- his US Olympic team jersey
He wants to start a peti-
tion to get every player in the
league wearing 23 to give up
the number.
"It's time," James said. "He's
the best basketball player
we've ever seen. Mike does it
on the court and off the court.
If you see 23, you think about
Michael Jordan..."




On a beautiful Sunda, if-
ternoon. Shatara Y. Fran-
ciso, bride, anid Jevaun
E.Martinbors, groom, ma-r-
ried at Church of the Op.in
Door. Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin
Willis, pastor, officiated the
ceremony. Keith Lavar-
ity provided the ambience.
The couple chose beige and
purple as their colors. The
females dressed in purple
gowns and the men in white
tuxedos with purple acces-
sories and a beige bouton-
Carla Francisco pre-
sented the bride and Karen
Marinboro presented
the groom. The flow-
er girl was Isabella
J. Biscombe and the
ring bearer was Mar-
tin A. Seals. Landon
L. Biscombe was the
greeter at the church
and the Banquet Hall BL
on North Bayshore
The wedding ceremony
included the lighting of the
family candles, prayer, scrip-
ture reading, message on
marriage, exchange of vows,
ring ceremony, pronounce-
ment, closing prayer, and
recessional led by the newly
wed in their white stretch
Kudos go out to the
cousins who sponsored the
reception; such as Sharon
Davis, Barbara Martin, and
Sandra Seals.

* * * * ** *** * -
Nikki Young,
pr sident. and .
l .-ta Phi Lambda .
Sororit5 Inc.,
Gamma Alpha
Chapter recently kicked off
their new season with the
Annual Ann B. Smith Schol-
arship Prayer Breakfast at
Florida Memorial University
with Mildred Moore as mis-
tress of ceremony. She be-
gan the program by bringing
on Effie Culmer for invo-
cation. Gi Gi Tinsley then
read the scripture. Welcome
was administered by JoAnn
Jones followed by a
brief history of the
sorority and how pro-
ceeds from the prayer
breakfast are used to
provide scholarships
to local high school
students every year.
USH One of the high-
lights of the day was
the introduction of the newly
formed singing group, "The
Iota Ensemble" under the
direction of the very talented
musical conductor and pia-
nist, Lloyd D. Brockington.
The newly-formed group
stirred their souls listening
to "Total Praise" and "This
Day", the group received
several standing ovations.
Introducing the keynote
speaker for the afternoon
was Drabina Dunn Wash-
ington. She did a brilliant
job of bringing Reverend
Richard P. Dunn, pastor,

Bahamrians werr sadden to hear of the demise of
Beryl Hanna. .ife of Gover-nor Arthur "AD" Han-
na who died lat Wednesday in Nassau. Francina
Lewis-Robinson \will attend the funeral along with.
other family members.
Congratulations to Soror Careshia "Nikki" Moore, daugh-
ter of Soror Tangier Scott, for her recent passing of the Geor-
gia Bar exam.
Gladys Braynon is relocating to Rockledge, Fla. Soror, we
will miss you.
Members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Frat House who
attended Howard University homecoming in Washington D.C.
were Miamians, Dr. Herman Dorsett, Dr. Roland Burroughs
and wife, Barbara. By the way, Roland's mother, Jocelyn
Newbold-Smith, is doing well in New York City.
Morris Brown College Alumni Association (Miami-Dade, Bro-
ward chapter) presents their sixteenth annual "Les Baety Hol-
iday Extravanganza" which will be held at the Miami Shores
Country Club, Sunday, Dec. 13. Marvelyn Davis is president
of the alumni. Call Mary Bannerman or Jaunita Lane for
tickets. You are cordially invited to our annual seasonal Cal-
endar Tea featuring Michael Smith, Sr. on the Organ and St.
Agnes Men's Choir at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15. A lavish sea-
sonal reception follows in Blackett Hall.
Are you ready to dance the night away? Miami Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in part-.
nership with Delta Educational, Health and Cultural Initiative
presents 2009 Royal Poinsetta Gala featuring Mel Waiters
cocktails and dinner will be served at the Marriott on Satur-
day, Dec. 19.
Wedding anniversary greetings go out to Oscar J. and Me-
lissa F. Braynon II, Nov. 9, their 3rd and Timothy A. and
Delores S. Smith, Nov. 10, their 2nd.
Our Soror Dr. Sandra T. Thompson, interim president at
Florida Memorial University, was honored by Miami Alumnae
and Dade Alumnae Chapters of "Delta Dears" (retired Sorors)
for her commitment to excellence. Among our Sorors present
for this occasion included Gussie Ervin, Dr. Mildred Berry,
Dr. Mona Jackson, Beverly Nixon, Maureen Bethel, Doro-
thy Bendross-Mindingall, Edna Thompkins, Dr. Bernice
Smith, Alice Sidney, Vera Wyche, Martha Day, Pat Daniels,
Nancy Dawkins, Dorothy Saunders, Gladys Lynch, Darlene
Gay, Annie Ruth Brown, Dorothy Graham, Bloneva Smith,
Frances Kearse, Patricia Warren, Charlie Ann Richard-
son, Florine Welch, Jaunita Lane, Marsha Jackman, Re-
gina Sanilands, Gwendolyn Clarke, Erma Welloms, Dr. Al-
ice Johnson, Brittany McKnight, Shakevia Parks, Erica
Thompkins, Samine Andre, Shanice Felix, Norminicka
Clare, Stephanie Williams, Semone Phillips, Crystal Jack-
son, Jacara Adams, Laquina Avant and Dionna Prince. Dr.
Thompson is a Miami native.
Congrats to Teneramie C. Smith on her new cd entitled "Be
Still and Know" which is available on iTunes.
Congratulations to my Soror Susie Austin as she celebrates
36 years of service in the Broward School System. Welcome
to the club of Retired Sorors whose love is now getting up and
going to bed when you please. How sweet it is!
Brothers of the Beta Beta Lambda Chapter at the recently
held conference of the Florida Federation of Alpha Phi Alpha
met in Deerfield Beach on Oct. 16-18. The following Alpha
men attended: Ola Aluko, Earl Brundage, Franklin Clark,
William Clarke III, Corey Frazier, Gregory Gay, Joseph
Gay, Samuel Gay, Shantay Johnson, Aubyn Jones, Michael
Grubbs, Dana Moss, Gordon Murray, Sr., Gordon Murray,
Jr., Trevor Wade, David Wilson and David Young.

By D. Rihar Strcha




Faith Community Baptist
Church. He spoke on the
prayer breakfast's theme
"Pray Until Something
Happens". There wasn't a
dry eye in the building and
Rev. Dunn had everyone on
their feet praising God as
he talked about prayer and
praising God through all cir-
cumstances good and bad.
After his dynamic ser-
mon and breakfast being
served, Evangelist Ladi Jen-
kins was called to the lec-
tern to lead the prayers for
the family, youth, and
guests, while prayer
for the universe was
led by Rev. Mark An-
thony Gardner, Pas-
tor, Northside Church
of God. Ronrica Mor-
gan, chairperson,
thanked the guest
speaker and all of the BULI
prayer warriors for
a spiritually uplifting pro-
gram, as well as the commit-
tee who put it together.
President Nikki Young
gave closing remarks and
thanked all guests for their
attendance and support in
making the prayer break-
fast a huge success. She
also acknowledged the so-
rority's "Men of Iota", such
as Charles Mitchell, Gary
Copee, Vincent McGee who
were impeccably dressed in
their emerald green ties and
the MOI embroidery.
Some of the other guests
in attendance were Gwen
Bryant, Cameron Culmer,
Clarence Dunn, State Rep.
James Bush, businessman
and philanthropist Sam
Gilmore, Reatha Boone
Fye, director, Office of Black
Affairs, Maybell Wilson,
Gwen Smith, Billie Thom-
as, Gerald Wise, Jediah
Dawes, Hattie Burnett,
Winifred Beacham, Van-
nie D. Barr Fisher, Leanne
Smith, Corliss Sellers,
Franciel Tooks, Thelma
Burnett, Teria Brown, Al-
bertha Barry, Anna Mitch-
ell, Leola Adams, Betty
Hicks, Lillie Williams,
Helen Reed, Bertha Ca-
son, and Shauna Lee. Now,

Asked and Answered I Miss J of 'Top Model'

Courtesy of Miss J

The divine Miss J. Alexander.
J. Alexander, better known as
Miss J on "America's Next Top
Model," is a well-loved figure. We
were in Savannah, Ga., together
a few months ago for the SCAD
graduation fashion show, and
when we sat down at a quaint
little ice cream parlor at least
10 people came up to our table,
fumbling for cellphones to get a
picture with the modeling coach
diva. (He does not allow pictures
taken with phones, only with
cameras, thank you.) With the
debut of his first book, "Follow
the Model," we are sure all those
fans will be eager to learn a bit
more about the man who mod-
eled in drag in Japan, loves cake
and hates the word "fierce."

Q. I saw you on 14th Street the
other day and called out, "Miss
J!" and you sashayed away. Are
you over people calling your

A. If you yell my name, I may
keep on walking Because if I
stop and look for who is calling
me I may see someone hanging
out a car window asking to be on
the show. Sorry, I was probably
just in my zone and running my

Q. What is your opposition to
using the word "fierce"?

"Fierce" can be fiercely miss-
used! And Christian Siriano took
it as his and now it's associated
with him. "Fierce" has been used
for years in the gay community
and not in the same context as
Christian is using it. That's my
little white sister's word, so let's
move on.

Q. I know you have never dab-
bled in drinks or drugs. Why?

A. Because I was too damn

poor to buy them I've not even
sniffed a glue bottle or crushed
up a thing. I wish I could think
the same way about sugar. I love
a good cake. But I do get high
over an amazing ball gown.

Q. You grew up with some
tough love in your family. Do you
apply the same tough love to the
models you work with?

A. Yes I do! We don't know ev-
erything, even if some of these
models think they do. I will never
forget when I was at a fitting at
Frank Sorbier's and I was tell-
ing the seamstress Madame Jac-
queline that I was embarrassed
I didn't know something. She
looked up at me from the floor,
where she was hemming my
gown, and said, "You are not here
to know, you are here to learn."
She read me!

Q. You had a comp card at Elite
that had a shot of you as a man
on one side and in drag on the
other. Do you think that would
be possible for a male model
these days?

A. I think it would be a full-on
tranny who lives her life that way.
I never wanted to be a woman,
but the Japanese loved my drag
look. When I was out at the clubs
in New York, Monique Pilar from
Elite saw me and suggested I go
to Japan. Boom! I was there and
the Japanese ate it up.

Q. What is one of your favorite
fashion moments?

A. I would have to say one of the
top faves was when I was work-
ing for Lars Nilsson at Bill Blass
and Andre Leon Talley came over
to the studio with Elizabeth Tay-
lor's epic movie "Booml" which
Karl Lagerfeld did the costuming
for. We got down on some fried
chicken, corn bread and popcorn
shrimp and were in fits of hyster-


-Photo/ Miss J
The divine Miss J.Alexander.

ics well into the night. We went
from working with models who
don't eat all day to watching all of
us get down on some soul food!

A. But I have so many high-
lights. From working with Al-
exander McQueen on a fashion
show to working with Galliano
on makeup or just spending time
with two of my oldest friends,
Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy.
It's hard to narrow it down.

Q. You mention in the book
that writers and producers want-
ed you to say things like, "Oooh

child, girl! Nuh-uh, honey child!"
and your response was, "I. AM.
NOT. THAT. GIRL." Explain.

A. I'm not that gay boy. I don't
scream, "Chiiiiildel" You can't
script me to act like that. I don't
speak like that. I don't pop my
fingers or screech. For me, I fig-
ured the person who was writing
this must be straight because he
had no idea about who I am. Be-
cause of my background I like
to give constructive criticism
and help make something work,
not belt out, "Gurl, you look like
a cow!"


Young has begun to plan for
the next event. Congratula-
tions and thank you.

James Fayson, chair-
person, Black and White
Gala, met with his commit-
tee to finalize plans for Fri-
day, Jan. 8, at the popular
Doubletree Hotel and Spa
where the extravaganza will
be held. It will be an invi-
tational event and interested
persons should contact Fay-
son or any member for an
Some of the
members to con-
tact are: Lawrence
Adams, Dr. Brad
Brown, Rep. Edward
Bullard, Hosea But-
ler, president, Ron
Butley, JaShjon
ARD Fayson, Hollot Fer-
guson, Craig Hall,
Frank Hall, Milton Hall,
Milton Hall, II, Nelson Jen-
kins, John Kelly, Dr. Astrid
Mack, Dr. Bennie Reeves,
Arthur Simms, Dr. Rich-
ard J. Strachan, Dr. Arthur
Guests will enjoy
music by the Psi Phi
Band, door prizes, in-
cluding a weekend at
the Doubletree Hotel -�
and Spa, a silent auc-
tion, and a choice of
prime ribs, salmon, or
chicken a la orange. SWEI
Remember, cocktail
begins at 6 p.m. and dinner
is served at 7 p.m.. And, of
course, the money earned
will be used for scholarships
for students to be selected in
April, 2010.

Speaking of students, Os-
car Jessie, an Omega man
and supporter of Fort Valley
State University has been
inviting high school bands
from Miami-Dade to partici-
pate in the Annual Home-
coming Game and Parade at
Fort Valley, GA. This year,
he invited and sponsored
The Miami Central Rockets
marching band to add the
pomp and circumstance to

the event.
He said the band par-
ticipated in the parade and
the Homecoming Festivities
at the game and was well
received and their behavior
was excellent from Miami to
Fort Valley and back. Kudos
to the band director
and band parents for
your chaperoning and
making all Central
alumni happy. I was
a band parent when
my sons Richard and
Reginald were in the
same band and made
a trip to Germany.
Reginald bought a
$25.00 fur coat for his moth-
er which sold for $1,000. in
Miami. She is still wearing it
from 1987.
Another student who
was in the band during that
time was Jawara Sturrup
who graduated in 1995 and
used his experience with
the "Men Of Tomorrow" to
better himself and strive
for success. Presently, he
is founder and manager of
the Bahamian Junkanoo
and uses his spare time
, doing odd jobs as
a handyman. He
also has a unique
philosophy of life
that has developed
his mind, body and
soul to be successful
with his skills. He is
ETING also very interest-
ing to talk with and
he comes from Vernon and
Gail Sturrup, both of whom
are NAACP workers and do-

South Florida lost an-
other icon, last week, in
Gloria "GiGi" Braynon
Watson who made a leg-
endary impact in Miami
from working in the fam-
ily grocery store over town,
being a teacher, journal-
ist, linguist, motivational
speaker, author, a graduate
of BTW, FAMU and studied
Latin, Spanish, French,
German, Russian, Italian,
Creole, at La Sorbonne in
Paris, France. I knew her as


my mentor for writing the
column, "Chatter That Mat-
ters". I enjoyed her style,
especially her description
of wedding gowns brides
wore and she captured for
the column. My taking over
the column came as a re-
sult of her moving
to Atlanta, GA and
her substitutes El-
liot and Judy Scav-
ella lasted for two
weeks and they had
to travel to New York
to meet with their
Snowbirds as an
annual event. And,
of course, I began in
1992 and never missed an
GiGi and I talked regu-
larly and collaborated and
wrote the events of the
Snowbirds at Gibraltar I for
which she would attend.
She was raised in St. Paul
AME church in Miami and
served as a Sunday school
teacher and the first presi-
dent of the Cathedral Choir,
along with being devoted to
Delta Sigma Theta sorority,
Inc. for 50-years.
She will be missed by
Earl G. Watson, husband,
Kytiwa Watson, son, Kyti-
wa Watson, Jr., grandson,
Dr. Edward Braynon and
Judge Harold Braynon, El-
eanor Braynon Brassfield,
Bertha Smith, Claranda
Sargent, Gladys Braynon
and Lenora Smith, and,
of course, her Delta Soror-
ity Sisters. Sisters who at-
tended her service included:
Ursula Anders, Margaret
Baulkman, Bobbie Bowen,
Sonia I. Cleare, Martha
Day, Gloria Demps, Darlene
Gay, Helen Gay, Yvonne
Goggins, Janice P. Hop-
ton, Gussie Irving, Juanita
Lane, Gladys Lynch, Jess-
lyn McLeod, Beverly Nixon,
Dr. Zandra Rucker, Dorothy
Saunders, Dr. Angela Shan-
non, Anna G. Sweeting, An-
nette Williams, Kathy and
Vera Wyche. Her legacy also
includes penning YES I CAN
and President Barack Obama
using the phrase to win the




Shaquille O'Neal's wife calls it quits Ir

The is-they-is or is-they-
ain't Shaq & Shaunie show
is in full effect again. So for
now, it looks like Mr. and Mrs.
Shaquille O'Neal are calling it
quits again.
That's right. They've been
down this path before back
in Sept of 2007. At the time,
tThe Miami Herald broke
the story that the then (Mi-
ami) Heat center had filed
to divorce Shaunie, his wife
of nearly five years. Interest-
ingly, they also quoted from
the petition that "The mar-
riage between the parties is
irretrievably broken."
However, the couple void-
ed the divorce and resumed
their marriage.
Fast forward to today, and
according to TMZ, "Shaunie
filed legal papers yesterday

in L.A., even though the cou-
ple lives in Florida. The peti-
tion says although Shaunie
is filing for legal separation,
she intends to file for divorce.
She lists irreconcilablee dif-
ferences' as the reason for
The gossip site says Shau-
nie pulled her kids out of
school in Florida several
days ago and they are with
her now in L.A. They say the
date of separation is listed as
They also answered the
question you're probably
asking. Why would Shaunie
cross the county to file in
Their answer: A spouse gen-
erally does a lot better in the
spousal support department
here in California.


Author Maya Angelou honoured by Glamour

But the biggest ovation at
Glamour Women of the Year
awards, a star-studded af-
fair at New York's Carnegie
Hall, went to 81-year-old
poet Maya Angelou, whose
soaring words on the pow-
er of womanhood brought
many to tears and nearly ev-
eryone to their feet.
Women, Angelou told the
crowd in her speech, "are
rainbows in the clouds."
"I am grateful to be a wom-
an," said Angelou. "I must
have done something .great
in another life." As for the
men: "You have to write your
own poem," the poet said
to laughter, including from
the man who presented her
award, former President Bill
Glamour magazine's annu-
al Women of the Year awards
always honor a group of
eclectic women, and this
.year was no exception.
Pop star Rihanna was
honored, and her presenter,
the model Iman, referred
to the singer's ordeal early
this year, when she was as-
saulted by boyfriend and
fellow singer Chris Brown.
Rihanna initially returned
to Brown but said last week
that she regrets it, because
it sent the wrong message to
her fans. Brown has pleaded

ducer Lorne Michaels, who
spoke admiringly of how
Poehler performed her fa-
mous Sarah Palin rap skit
when she was nine months
Poehler's advice to the
young women and girls in
the crowd, which included a
vociferous contingent of Girl
Scouts: "Girls, if boys say
something that's not funny,
you don't have to laugh."
Also honored was fashion
designer Stella McCartney,
daughter of Beatle Paul. Her
dad wasn't there, but Mc-
Cartney was shocked to see
that three Beatle wives were
presenting her award: Yoko
Ono, widow of John Len-
non; Olivia Harrison, widow
of George; and Ringo Starr's
wife, Barbara Starkey.

guilty to felony assault.
"Now I am even more im-
pressed with her dignity and
courage," Iman said, noting
that Rihanna would serve as


At a point where you're taking a gi-
ant step forward, others are taking two
steps back. Any conflicts you have stem
from not being on the same page. If
there's no harmony here now, it'll return
in a month or so. Lucky numbers 8, 12,
24, 26, 31

You can pretty much do what you
want. Much to your surprise, whoever
you thought would interfere with your
plans has backed off. Now that you have
all the control, what are you going to do
with it? Lucky numbers 10, 13, 15, 25,

Differences of opinion about how
things should be have stirred up trouble
in paradise. If you can keep a sense
of humor this won't turn into a scene.
Everything will improve if you can just
agree to disagree. Lucky numbers 6, 9,
10, 15, 19

Things haven't settled down enough
for you to think that you're made peace
with this. Whatever you're fine with, oth-
ers are having a hard time forgiving you
for things that came about because you
copped out. Lucky numbers 15, 18, 21,
23, 26

You've seen this too many times to get
upset about it. Loving someone through
something one more time is one of those
Karric things. This may be tiresome but

lessons in compassion underscore the
need for patience. Lucky numbers 13,
18, 21,35,38

Something got triggered a while back
and you've been flying high ever since.
Holding your own in the midst of diffi-
culty is easier when your heart knows
how to see the light even in the worst-
case scenario. Lucky numbers 7, 14, 26,

You've gotten so right about whatever
you're doing there's no room for anyone
who doesn't see it your way. Don't close
yourself off. The mark of an evolved per-
son is their ability to tolerate others.
Lucky numbers 9, 12, 15, 25, 29

Obsess less and play a little more.
Don't drive yourself nuts wondering why
life isn't going the way it's supposed to.
You won't get anywhere if you keep push-
ing the river. Lighten up and go with the
flow. Lucky numbers 14, 16, 18, 26, 31

a role model to victims of do-
mestic violence.
Comic actress Amy Poe-
hler received her award from
"Saturday Night Live" pro-

Old friends and the old track have
become a bit of a drain. You're so done
with this. At this point in your develop-
ment you'd do better to hang with peo-
ple who know where you're going and
who you're becoming. Lucky numbers
14, 19, 24, 31, 35

You'd love it if things would settle
down. Guess again! Finding the joy in
this craziness will require you to be open
to the idea that there's a purpose to it
and you're just here to find out what that
is. Lucky numbers 12, 16, 19, 25, 28

Your attitude has changed about a
lot of things. The old way of seeing it
doesn't work anymore. Opening your
mind has allowed some unusual people
to enter your life. Make no mistake; they
will teach you a lot. Lucky numbers 6, 9,
13, 15, 19

Don't be in a rush to move forward.
What's left of the past is still there and
you have no clue about what's next. As
you clean up the remains of the day, be
grateful for unseen blessings already on
their way. Lucky numbers 15, 21, 23, 25,

r " . .

--Poio/Kevin Mazur/ wireimage
Chris Brown

Chris Brown Drops New

Single, 'Sing Like Me'

Chris Brown debuted the third single from his upcom-
ing Graffiti album on Thursday, a ballad titled "Sing
Like Me." The song, which Brown tweeted is "for all
the ladies," is an R. Kelly-esque slow jam that finds
the singer bragging about his skills with females over
a classic 808 drum-machine beat and Asian-sounding
"Soon as I step out the whip, they spot me," begins
the song, which is streaming on Brown's site. "Girls
snapping pictures like the paparazzi/ So many differ-
ent type of women I'm into/ And I can't take 'em all
with me is my only issue."
In the chorus, Brown brags, "I gotta girl singin' like
The cover of the song shows the singer - who is
launching a "fan appreciation" tour on Saturday in
Houston - sporting a retro boy-singer look, with tai-
lored black pants, shiny black boots, black turtleneck,
red cardigan and sunglasses. The styling is in keeping
with the look of the Graffiti album cover.
So far, Brown has unleashed the ballad "Crawl" and
the club track "I Can Transform Ya,",which are cur-
rently vying for time at radio with a trio of singles from
ex-girlfriend Rihanna, who has also dropped three
tracks from her upcoming album, Rated R.
While "Crawl" appeared to be a plea from Brown for
forgiveness and a second try with Rihanna - whom
he pleaded guilty to assaulting in February - the new
song finds Brown back in seductive lothario mode,
fantasizing about leaving the club with at least five
women, none of whom he likes enough to "put a ring
on it."
Explaining the barrage of new releases, Brown
tweeted, "I'm trying to give all the fans more music,
that's why I put out so many singles."
Brown appeared on BET's "106 & Park" on Thursday
night, discussing the Rihanna assault, and is scheduled to
appear on "The Wendy Williams Show," where he will also
debut the "Crawl" video, on Friday.

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'2012' film tops the box office,

is this Chiwetel Ejiofor's year?

By Donna Freydkin

"I'd be very choosy. It would just be fam-
ily and close friends. Sorry, dude, it's a
short list," Ejiofor says with a laugh.
Ejiofor plays presidential science ad-
viser Adrian Helmsley in the environmen-
tal-disaster epic 2012, which was tops at
the weekend box office. While shooting
the film, Ejiofor picked up a few point-
ers about weathering a major global col-
"Keep a survival guide handy, because
you.never know. And my advice is: canned
peaches. Canned peaches are very good.
They last a long time and they're very good
food to have in the apocalypse. I don't go
anywhere without them," he says.
Ejiofor, 35, has a dry, understated
sense of humor. When asked about be-
ing named an Officer of the Order of the
British Empire for his theater and film
work in his homeland, Ejiofor jokes with
a twinkle that he and his fellow officers
"meet at Buckingham Palace at 5."
"You feel it instinctually if you're Brit-
ish and meet a fellow officer. It's a little
flutter," he says. "I was incredibly proud
of that and happy about it. It was a great

Thandie Newton considers Ejiofor a
friend after collaborating with him both
on the 2000 film It Was an Accident and
2012. "To work with him again all these
years later and see how much he's evolved
as an actor is something special," Newton
says. "He has gravity. He stands firm in
his beliefs when he plays his characters.
There's a real weight and rootedness to
what he does. He's very confident."
In real life as well, she reveals.
"He's a very true person. There's no
need to people-please. The friendship you
develop with him takes longer but tends
to be stronger and deeper," she says. "I've
known him for a long, long time. It takes
a while to get to know him. He doesn't give
it up easily."
Indeed, Ejiofor isn't one to wear his heart
on his sleeve. Yes, he'll play a piano tune
for you before sitting down to an interview
at the SONY club in Manhattan. But he
won't regale you with stories about, say,
working with Angelina Jolie on next year's
paranoid thriller Salt.
"We had a very professional relation-
ship. I don't think any of them were in
Manhattan. We didn't have a chance to

paint the town red. She's very, sort of,
busy," he says with a shrug.
Ejiofor isn't exactly gifted at extolling his
own virtues and artistic gifts. He'd prefer
to let his work speak for itself.
His performance as a drag queen in the
2005 comedy Kinky Boots- which earned
him a Golden Globe nomination - was
singled out by Roger Ebert, who praised
Ejiofor for "taking a character bundled
with stereotypes, clearing them out of
the way, and finding a direct line to who
the character really is. Just in the way
she walks in those kinky red boots, Lola
makes an argument that no words could
possibly improve upon."
His stage work has been acclaimed, in-
cluding his 2007 turn as Othello in the
Donmar Warehouse production in Lon-
don. Ejiofor, opined John Lahr in TheNew
Yorker, "brings to the character a natural
nobility and a decency that are a kind of
poetic revelation."
The London native, who has played ev-
erything from a Nigerian doctor forced to
work as a cabdriver in 2002's Dirty Pret-
ty Things to a ruthless villain in 2007's
American Gangster, now calls Los An-
geles home.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor (pronounced chew-it-tell edge-oh-for) says
he's prepared for any 2012-like disaster: canned peaches.
"They last a long time."

'Self Destruct' won't raise

50 Cent's rap worth much

By Edna Gundersen

What's 50 Cent's value in today's hip-
hop market? Returning after a back-
lash over his pop-rap crossover hits,
the once-bulletproof Eminem protege is
banking on the familiar tropes and nar-
ratives of '90s gangsta rap to hike inter-
est in his stagnating career.
Before I Self Destruct (* * 1/2 out of
four), in stores Monday, isn't likely to
renew 50 Cent's currency.
Though packed with tough beats,
dense production and 50's most fero-
cious delivery in years, the gloats about
shootings, drugs and bloody 'hoods feel
about as fresh as a Saw sequel.
With the release of 2003's Get Rich or
Die Tryin', which sold 1.7 million cop-
ies in its first 11 days, 50 Cent joined
Eminem and Dr. Dre at rap's summit,
solidifying his position with 2005's The
Massacre, which moved 1.14 million
copies in four days.
In 2007, Curtis opened with first-
week sales of 691,000, behind chart-
topper Kanye West's Graduation with
957,000. In an era of declining .CD
sales, those numbers showed, clout,
but 50 Cent, the target of tepid reviews
and waning radio attention, clearly was
losing ground.
The Massacre's lighter, radio-friendly
fare, plus 50's mainstream hawking of
branded vitamin water, condoms and
Power fragrance, had fans doubting his
street cred.
Enter this fourth solo effort, which
comes bundled with a DVD of the same-
named movie, which 50 wrote, directed
and stars in. The album is a throwback
to gangbanger glory days, where kind-
ness is a weakness and body counts
are badges of honor. Guns, dope, cash
and booty demarcate success.

If some of Self Destruct's thug
themes sound tired, Fitty doesn't.
He comes across as tough and de-
termined to re-establish himself
as gangsta rap's kingpin, even if
that genre has receded from
hip-hop's bling-encrusted
Reminding listeners of
his first entrepreneurial
rise as a crack dealer, he
slings boastful, stinging
rhymes with a care-
less brutality, slug-
ging away in 50-Cen-
tric rants at enemies,
peers, former al-
lies, ex-girlfriends.
He's rap's Grinch: a
grouchy, resentful
While he stumbles
on Gangsta's Delight,
a meek retooling of
Sugarhill Gang's
Rapper's Delight,
he's sharp on the
fierce So Disrespect-
ful, hurling venom
at rivals Young Buck
and The Game.
Amplifying this
Scarface paranoia
are the darker pro-
duction textures, courtesy
of Dr. Dre, Tha Bizness, Scott
Storch and others.
While 50's street tales are
hardly wholesome, they
seldom stoop to the nox-
iousness of the clumsy
soft porn peddled in such
comically oafish tunes as
Could've Been You with
R. Kelly.

Janet Jackson blames

Murray for MJ's death

Michael Jackson's baby. sister, Janet
Jackson, is finally speaking out about
his death and who she thinks is re-
It's no surprise that she's putting the
blame squarely on Dr. Conrad Murray.
In an interview with ABC's Robin Rob-
erts, Janet Jackson says the doctor
should no longer be allowed to prac-
tice medicine.
"He was the one that was adminis-
tering," she says. "I think he is respon-
As has been reported, Dr. Murray,
Michael Jackson's personal physician,
remains the focus of a manslaughter
investigation into the pop star's death.
Murray has admitted to administer-
ing the anesthetic propofol, but has
denied giving Michael anything that
should have killed him.
Janet Jackson, who hasn't spoken
out or shared her thoughts about her
brother's death, opened up to Roberts
in an exclusive interview that will air,
Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10pm E/P.

"It's been a tough year," she said.
"You have your days where it's just re-
ally - it's hard to believe. And a day
doesn't go by that I don't think about
Janet Jackson recounted the details
of the morning of June 25, the day
that rocked her world.
"I was at my house in New York. You
know, another day. Another morn-
ing. And I get a call ... [my assistant]
said, 'Your brother's been taken to
the hospital. It's on CNN right now.' I
called everyone. There's a line busy or -
someone wasn't picking up. I spoke to
mother. I spoke to Tito. I spoke to my
nephew, Austin. I spoke-to my sister,
La Toya."
"I told them to call me when they got
to the hospital. And I remember think-
ing, 'Nobody's calling me back,' so I
tried calling again, and that's how I
found out that he was no longer ... I
couldn't believe it," she said.
She told Roberts she and the entire
family were in a state of disbelief.

Wanda Sykes, her busy life's an unending adventure

By Kelley L. Carter

Wanda Sykes is always up for a
Bowling? Sykes, 45, won't draw a
sweat at a 7/10 split.
Comedy? Her standup routine made
President Obama laugh at the White
House Correspondents' Association
dinner this year.
And snowboarding? Well, that's a
battle her French-born 35-year-old
wife, Alex, is winning.
"Yeah, my wife learned how to do it
on the Swiss Alps and what not, which
annoys me. I was so happy when she
got pregnant. I was like 'Aw. We're go-
ing to miss snowboarding season. Too
bad,' " Sykes deadpans. "Of course, a
couple of days after she gave birth,
she was like, 'We can go snowboard-

ing again!' "
Snowboarding is the least of Sykes'
concerns these days; she's got a full
plate. Her challenge is juggling two
TV shows, being a good mom to twin
babies (daughter Olivia Lou and son
Lucas Claude, born in May) and stay-
ing on the front lines of gay rights is-
Sykes is still co-starring with Julia
Louis-Dreyfus in The New Adventures
of The Old Christine (8 p.m. ET/PT
Wednesday, CBS), and she's launch-
ing her talk show, The Wanda Sykes
Show, which premieres Saturday at
11 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
Her hour-long show will feature
panel discussions and her biting per-
spective on current events. There also
will be pre-recorded skits.
The show won't be a platform for

her gay rights activism - that began
after she publicly came out in Las Ve-
gas last year, shortly after California
passed Proposition 8, which says that
only marriage between a man and a
woman is valid in that state. But she
will talk about her family life, as she
did in her HBO special that aired last
Sykes says she hadn't planned to
come out. She and her wife were le-
gally married for about a month when
Sykes wrapped up a show at Planet
Hollywood and ventured into the city
to find a rally protesting Prop 8. "They
called me out in the crowd and I went
up to the mic and I just said what I
wanted to say. And it was so funny,
because as soon as I left the podium,
my wife was like 'Do you know what
you just did?' I was like, 'Yeah.' "

Not-so-quiet on the
episode of her talk she

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Foreclosures dip 3 pct. in

October from September

By J.W. Elphinstone
Associated Press

The number of homeowners on the brink of
losing their homes dipped in October, the third
straight monthly decline, as foreclosure pre-
vention programs helped more borrowers.
But foreclosure filings are still up 19 percent
from.a year ago, RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday,
and rising job losses continue to threaten the
stabilizing trend.
More than 332,000 households, or one in ev-
ery 385 homes, received a foreclosure-related
notice in October, such as a notice of default
or trustee's sale. That's down 3 percent from

Banks repossessed more than 77,000 homes
last month, down from nearly 88,000 homes in
New state programs, like one launched in
Nevada in July, that require mediation before
banks can seize a property have helped stem
foreclosure activity, said Rick Sharga, senior
%ice president at RealtyTrac.
Also, anecdotally, lendies are delaying fore-
closure as they evaluate which borrowers
might qualify for the federal loan modification
program, he said.
"That's the reason there's been a buildup of
homes that are seriously delinquent but not

foreclosed," he said.
Despite Nevada's legislative efforts to slow
foreclosures, the state still clocked in the na-
tion's highest foreclosure rate for the 34th
month in a row, followed by California, Florida,
Arizona and Idaho. Rounding out the top 10
were Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Maryland and
Among cities, Las Vegas had the highest rate,
the report showed. One in 68 homes there re-
ceived a foreclosure filing in October, more
than five times the national average. Seven of
the top ten metros were in California, led by
Vallejo and Modesto at No. 2 and 3.
. Please turn to HOMES 8D

By Christopher S. Rugaber
Associated Press

New claims for unemployment insurance fell
more than expected last week, evidence the job
market is slowly healing as the economy recov-
Nevertheless, President Barack Obama said
Thursday that he will hold a summit in De-
cember to look at ways of boosting job growth,
acknowledging that high unemployment is one
of the "great challenges" facing his administra-
Obama said while his administration had
taken bold steps to tackle the economic crisis,
"economic growth has not led to the job growth
we desperately need."
Speaking at the White House before leaving
on a week-long Asia trip, Obama said chief ex-
ecutives, trade union leaders, small business
owners and economic experts would be invited
to the summit.

Earlier Thursday, the Labor Department said
first-time claims for jobless benefits dropped to
a seasonally adjusted 502,000 from an upward-
ly revised 514,000 the previous week. That's the
fewest claims since the week ended Jan. 3.
The four-week average, which smooths fluc-
tuations, dropped to 519,750, lowest in almost
a year. It has fallen more than 20% since its
peak in the spring.
Economists watch initial claims as a gauge
of the pace of layoffs. But claims also can pro-
vide a signal about the willingness of com-
panies to hire, because laid-off workers who
can find jobs are less likely to request ben-
Many analysts estimate that claims must
fall to around 450,000 to signal that the
economy is adding jobs.
And many analysts worry the nation could
Please turn to be in for a "jobless recovery"
as the unemployment rate rises despite some
economic growth.

Retailers hope gift
cards pay off during
holiday shopping

By Sandra Block

Robyn Davis Sekula of New Alba-
ny, Ind., gives gift cards to friends,
family and clients every year, and
this year will be no different. Many
people on her gift list live far away,
and gift cards are easy to ship. But
the main reason she gives gift cards
is that she loves receiving them
and believes others - especially her
"mom friends" - do, too.
"For me, a gift card is a license to
shop with somebody else's money,"
says Sekula, a 38-year-old market-
ing consultant. "It's a wonderful ex-
cuse for me as a mom of three little
kids to go into a store and shop and
do all the things I don't do when my
kids are with me."
With the holidays approaching,
retailers hope gift cards will provide
one of the few sparks in a shop-
ping season that's otherwise likely
to be lackluster. Gift cards remain
the most-requested item on con-
sumers' gift lists, according to the
National Retail Federation, making
them attractive to value-conscious
shoppers who don't want to waste
money on unwanted presents.
Lower inventories also could lift
gift card sales this year, says Ralph
Rolen, general manager of Stored
Value Solutions, a company that
processes gift cards for retailers.
Last year, retailers were forced to
slash prices to move items out of
stores. That hurt gift cards, he says:
"If you have a choice between buying
something at 70% off or a gift card,
you're more likely to give something
at 70% off." This year, retailers have
reduced inventories, making such
deep discounts unnecessary, Rolen
says. That means shoppers will be
more likely to give gift cards that al-
low the recipients to pick out what
they want, he says.
Scott Palmer, 39, of Baltimore,
says the cloudy outlook for the re-
tail sector is one reason he won't
give gift cards this year.
"You see something like Cir-
cuit City go out of business - one
month they're fine, and the next
month they're not honoring their
gift cards," says Palmer, who works
in research and development for a
software company.

A little advice America: The time to create jobs is now

By Julianne Malveaux
NNPA Columnnist

you are on a
church pew. .
eight of you. If
you are sitting
up in the Black
church, two of you eight do
not have a job.
Multiply that by the whole
church. The two in eight
number gets even worse.
Someone sitting jobless is
connected to a family with a
job, a. family who feels con-

nection and responsibility, a
need to help.
The family member with the
'job is more frightened than
frightened can be. Pookie
needs a loan, and she can
offer it today, but what will
happen tomorrow to Pookie
and the family. The entire ex-
tended family is traumatized
by Pookie's job loss.
Pookie, of course, is a Black
man. Unemployment has
hit Pookie and Tanya hard-
er than it has hit the entire
population, but it has hit all
of us hard. The double-digit
unemployment rate which

was released on Friday, 10.2
percent, is a lovely fiction, a
glossing over, of the church
pew reality. The fact is that
one in six Americans, and
more than four Blacks are
out of work.

ter unemployment rates by
excluding the military and
manipulating the number
so that the more than 10
percent rate was less that
it might have been. At the
same time the Bureau of La-

f the same proportions apply to the African American community as to the overall
community, the black unemployment rate is 26 percent. That means look around
you at the church pew. One in four people are not working. Maybe one in three
because the data don't capture black folks like they do the rest of the world.

The unemployment rate is
one we have not seen in over
25 years, when Ronald Rea-
gan was President. Then,
the spin-doctors tried to al-

bor Statistics reported that
10 percent could be higher if
discouraged workers, those
who worked part time but
wanted to work full time and

those otherwise underem-
ployed were counted. Here
we go again.
The Bureau of Labor Sta-
tistics has been reporting al-
ternative measures of unem-
ployment for a long time. The
media has not often picked
them up. I was delighted to
hear that, finally, the media
is getting it, noting that 10.2
is a beautiful fiction. Accord-
ing to BLS the unemploy-
ment rate is as high as 17.5
percent. If the same propor-
tions apply to the African
American community as to
the overall community, the

black unemployment rate is
26 percent. That means look
around you at the church
pew. One in four people are
not working. Maybe one in
three because the data don't
capture black folks like they
do the rest of the world. The
church is teeming with un-
So where do these spin
doctors get off talking mess
about an economic recovery.
They say unemployment is
a lagging indicator, which
means that unemployment
rates trend down only after
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Retail sales climb in October, auto sales jump

Sales at retailers rose more
than expected in October, boosted
largely by auto sales, but the pre-
vious month's figures were revised
sharply downward.
In a report that points to a grad-
ual improvement in spending, the
Commerce Department said retail
sales rose 1.4 percent last month,
largest advance since August, af-
ter dropping a revised 2.3 percent
in September. Sales in September
were previously reported as de-
clining 1.5 percent.
Analysts polled by Reuters had
forecast retail sales rising one
percent in October. Sales were
boosted by a 7.4 percent jump in
new vehicle and parts sales.
Excluding motor vehicles and
parts, retail sale rose a smaller-

than-expected 0.2 percent in Oc-
tober after increasing 0.4 percent
in September.
Auto sales had slumped 14.3
percent the previous month after
the expiration of the government's
popular "cash-for-clunkers" in-
centive program that had buoyed
demand for motor vehicles. Previ-
ously, the government had report-
ed auto sales falling 10.4 percent
in September.
The Commerce Department also
reported Monday that businesses
slashed inventories for a 13th
consecutive month in September
although the pace of reductions
slowed from the previous month.
The economic rebound is expect-
ed to remain tentative until busi-
nesses switch to rebuilding their

The ratio of sales to inventories
held steady in September at 1.32.
That means that it would take
1.32 months to deplete stockpiles
at the September sales pace.
The September decline reflected
a one percent drop in inventories
held by manufacturers and a 0.9
percent fall in stockpiles held by
wholesalers. Retail inventories
rose 0.6 percent.
With government stimulus be-
hind the bulk of the economy's 3.5
percent annualized growth rate
in gross domestic product in the
third quarter, there are fears that
rising unemployment will contin-
ue to weigh on consumer spend-
ing and hold back the recovery.
The hope is that even a small

increase in demand will prompt
factories to boost production and
help sustain the recovery in the
coming months.
The September reduction i
was the 13th consecu- J
tive decline, the longest '
stretch since invento-
ries dropped for 15
straight months in
2001 to 2002, a pe-
riod that covered the
last recession. The .
last growth in inven-
tories was a 0.1 per-
cent rise in August
Gasoline station
sales were flat in Oc-
tober after rising 0.9
percent in September.

Small US cities lose

luster in recession

By Hope Yen
Associated Press

America's small cities are losing
some of their traditional appeal to
upwardly mobile families seeking
wholesome neighborhoods, a stable.
economy and affordable living.
A review of newly released census
data shows, for example, that
smaller cities of between 20,000
and 50,000 residents have lagged
behind their larger counterparts
in attracting higher-educated
residents in this decade. The
smaller locales include remote
towns, inner suburbs, the distant
suburbs known as exurbss" and
other distinct areas.
In 2000, the smaller cities ranked
at the top in the share of people
with college diplomas. They slipped
to No. 2 last year with 30 percent
holding degrees - in between

medium-sized cities, which had
31 percent, and big cities, at 29.8
Poverty is growing in the small
cities, fueled partly by population
growth, although average median
income of $60,294 in those
communities is still higher than
other places.
Small cities looking more and
more like bigger cities over the
decade ranged from places like
Hobart, Ind., and Mount Pleasant,
Mich., to Anniston, Ala., and
Greenville, Miss. Compared with
previous years, they had smaller
incomes, higher housing costs,
longer commutes, more poverty
and more single-parent families.
Demographers attributed some
of the shifts to the housing market
collapse and a spike in gasoline
prices, which has hit residents in
the far-flung exurbs harder.

Black male unemployment compares to 'Great Depression'

By Pharoh Martin

While the nation is reeling over
double-digit jobless rates show-
ing up for the first time in de-
cades, Black males are looking at
numbers almost twice as bad.
Almost one in five Black men
20-years-old or older are with-
out a job, according to figures re-
leased by the U.S. Bureau of La-
bor Statistics earlier this month.
The seasonally-adjusted Octo-
ber unemployment rate for Black
males is above 17 percent where-
as the jobless rate for White adult
males and females is under dou-
ble digits at 9.5 percent and 7.4
percent, respectively. At 12.4 per-
cent, joblessness for Black wom-
en also skews above the national
rate, which is currently at 10.2
percent, approaching the Decem-

ber 1982 level of 10.8 percent.
The disparate rates of Black
male unemployment have tee-
tered near recession-type num-
bers above eight percent since
2001 but since April the rates
have surged to around 17 per-
cent, numbers which are com-
parable to the Great Depression
of the early 1930s, according to
Dr. Rodney Green, chairman of
,the economics department How-
ard University and the executive
director of the Howard University
Center for Urban Progress.
"There has been a consistent
pattern of Black male unemploy-
ment rates that are twice the
unemployment of White, even
in good or bad times," Green
said. He said this is due to con-
tinuing discrimination against
Black males in the labor market

and also a split in
the labor market
where job loss is
greatest in indus-
tries that employ
large numbers of
Blacks such as
service and re-
The typical cli-
ch6 is 'last hired
first fired'. The
pattern usu-
ally holds true
in many of these
recessions that
Blacks and Hispanics
get hit very hard early in
the recession and are
slower to recover once
the economy starts
picking back up. '

Federal jobs program needed immediately

continued from 5D

economic recovery occurs. Tell that
to the woman standing outside the
toy store, trying to buy a holiday
present. Calling somebody a lag-
ging indicator is like calling them'
out. How does it feel to be a lag-
ging indicator in an economy that
is shedding jobs so fast that it is
frightening? How does it feel to be
a lagging indicator when some say
there is economic recovery?
Do I repeat myself when I say that

it is time for a federal jobs program?
Health care has gotten narrow Con-
gressional approval, but health care
without employment is like romance
without finance, and the choir
should now all holler, "a nuisance".
In other words, much of the health
care passed is employer connected
health care. When people don't have
jobs, they don't have opportunities.
We have examples from the 1930s,
the 1950s, the 1970s, and the 1980s
of ways the federal government has
been involved in creating jobs. It is
time to create jobs now, to deal with a

Works Progress Administration type
program to put our nation back to
work. Too many people have been
hit too hard, too long - with nearly
16 million out of work, with more
than a third of those having been
out of work for half a year.
We know the numbers, and they
are daunting numbers. Accord-
ing to the Bureau of Labor Statis-
tics, one in ten of us is out of work.
That statistic is an amazing fiction;
the reality is nearly seventy percent
worst - 17.5 percent of us are job-

Congress extends tax credit for home buyers

continued from 5D

After three years of declines,
home prices reversed course in
June and have been rapidly climb-
ing month-over-month. This will
rebuild home equity and reduce
the number of borrowers that owe
more than their homes are worth.
Still, foreclosures remain near
record highs and the mortgage in-
dustry is still struggling to manage
the onslaught. The government
has had to push many lenders to
participate in the Obama adminis-

tration's loan modification plan.
The Treasury Department said
Tuesday that more than 650,000
borrowers, or 20 percent of those
eligible, had signed up for tempo-
rary trial plans lasting up to five
months. But since the beginning
of September, only about 1,700
modifications had been made per-
manent. The Treasury Depart-
ment expects to release updated
data later this month.
Congress last week also extend-
ed and expanded a key federal tax
credit for homebuyers that has
been credited for boosting home

sales recently.
Buyers who have owned their
current homes for at least five
years are eligible for tax credits
of up to $6,500, while first-time
homebuyers - or anyone who
hasn't owned a home in the last
three years - would still get up
to $8,000. To qualify, buyers have
to sign a purchase agreement by
April 30, 2010, and close by June
"Anything that stimulates buy-
ing activity," Sharga said, "will go
a long way to mediate the foreclo-
sure problem."

U.S. consumer sentiment drops

amid rising unemployment

Confidence among U.S. consum-
ers unexpectedly fell in November
for the second consecutive month
as surging unemployment shook
The Reuters/University of Michi-
gan preliminary index of consumer
sentiment decreased to 66 from
70.6 in October. The gauge was
projected to rise, according to the
median forecast in a Bloomberg
News survey of economists.
A jobless rate that jumped to a
26-year high last month and is pro-
jected to remain above 10 percent
through the first half of next year
is weighing on Americans as they
head into the holiday shopping sea-
"People are extremely concerned
about their jobs and incomes," said
Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist
at IHS Global Insight in Lexington,
Massachusetts, who had forecast a
decline. "Well be losing jobs until
the middle of next year, though at
slower pace. Consumer spending is
going to be subdued and well have
a fairly lackluster holiday season."
Stocks trimmed gains following
the report. The Standard & Poor's
500 Index was up 0.4 percent to
1,091.01 at 10:25 a.m. in New
Lower than forecast
The sentiment index was forecast
to rise to 71, according to the me-
dian of 69 economists surveyed by
Bloomberg. Estimates ranged from

67.5 to 75. During the expansion
that began in late 2001 and ended
in December 2007, the index aver-
aged 89.2.
A report from the Commerce De-
partment today showed the trade
deficit widened by 18 percent in
September, the most in a decade,
reflecting rising demand for im-
ported oil and automobiles as the
economy rebounded. The gap grew
to $36.5 billion, larger than antici-
pated and the highest level since
January. Imports surged by the
most in 16 years, swamping a gain
in exports.
The gauge of current conditions,
which reflects Americans' percep-
tions of their financial situation
and whether it is a good time to buy
big-ticket items like cars, decreased
to 69.6 from 73.7.
The index of consumer expec-
tations for six months from now,
which more closely projects the
direction of consumer spending,
dropped to 63.7 from 68.6.
Consumers in the survey said
they expect an inflation rate of 2.8
percent over the next 12 months,
compared with' 2.9 percent '-ii the
prior survey.
Higher prices
Over the next five years, the fig-
ures tracked by Federal Reserve
policy makers, Americans expected
a 3.1 percent rate of inflation, com-
pared with their 2.9 percent fore-
cast last month.



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"Income restrictions apply.
rents are subject to

101 N.E. 78 Street
Three bdrms Special $875,
two bdrms $815 and 1 bdrm,
$700.- nice and clean, park-
ing. Section 8 OK!
TV. One bedroom $650,
Two bedrooms $760.
Central air, free water, ap-
pliances, parking, laundry
Quiet Area 1545
N.W. 8 Ave. 786-506-3067
"Limited Time Offer'

1140 N.W. 79 ST.
One bedroom one bath
$550. Free Water. Mr Willie
#109. 305-642-7080

1212 N. W. 1 Avenue
, $500 MOVE IN One
bedroom one bath. $500
stove, refrigerator, air

1215 N.W. 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile. $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1215 N.W. 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile. $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1229 N.W. 1 Court
$550 MOVE IN! One
bedroom, one bath, $550,
stove, refrigerator, air.

1245 N.W. 58 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 per month, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
Inch LCD T.V. Call Joel:

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. One Free
Month. 305-747-4552
1317 NW 2 AVENUE
$425 MOVE IN. One bdrm,
one bath $425. Ms. Shorty

13190 Aswan Road #2
vated, one bdrm., one bath,
$800. mthly. Section 8.
1348 N.W. 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$450. Two bedrooms one
bath $525. 305-642-7080
13880 NE 6 Avenue
One bedroom, $680 mthly.
Efficiency, $500 mthly. First,
last and security. References
Required. 305-769-3740
140 N.W. 13 Street
$525 MOVE IN. Two bed-
room, one bath $525.

140 S.W. 6 St.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$450 monthly
14047 NE 2 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, two baths,

central air. Section 8 okay.
$950 Other vacancies.

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 moves you in.
Call 305-458-3977
1525 N.W. 1 Place
month moves you in. Three
bdrms., two baths, $695
monthly. All appliances in-
cluded. Central ai. Free 19
Inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1525 N.W. 1st Place
One bedroom one bath
$395 monthly. $600 to
move in Newly renovated
All appliances included
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

1969N W 2 Court
$550 MOVE IN! One
bedroom, one bath, $550,
stove, refrigerator, air, free
305-642-7080, 786-236-

20380 N.W. 7th Avenue
Two bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, gated. 305-527-1103.
210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$475. Call 305-642-7080

2121 N.E. 167 STREET
One bedroom, one bath.
$650. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080.
2131 NW 100 STREET
One bedroom, stove, refrig-
erator, air, bars, water, fenced
and more.
2141 N.W. 91st Street
One bedroom, one bath,
private driveway, air. $625
monthly. 786-663-0234
220 N.W. 16 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$600 Appliances
305-642-7080 -

2295 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom $625, newly
renovated, appliances includ-
ed. Call Tony 305-213-5013
2416 N.W. 22 Court
One bedroom one bath
Two bedrooms two bath
Air, Free Water. 305-642-

2701 N.W. 1 Ave
bedroom, one bath. $500
month. $750 to move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel
2751 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom, remote gate.
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
2804 N.W. 1 AVE
bedrooms, one bath $600
mthly, $900 to move in All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV, Call Joel

2972 N.W. 61 Street
Large one bedroom, one!
bath, $550. Free Water;

3220 NW 135 STREET
Studios $550; all
utilities included
One bdrm. $650
Two bdrm. $750
No Application Fees
Section 8 Welcome
3301 N.W. 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath. $600
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, re-
frigerator, air. 305-642-7080
3900 N.W. 165 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, tiled floors. $950
monthly. 786-223-3353
411 N.W. 37 STREET
Studios, $395 monthly. All
appliances included. Call

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



tral air, $1050. One bdrm,
one bath, remodeled, $700.
12108 N.E. 5 Avenue.


5520 S.W. 32nd Street
Hallandale FLORIDA
Two bedrooms, one bath,
with living room and washer
and dryer connection, $850
monthly, $1450 move in.
5755 N.W. 7th Avenue
Large one bedroom, park-
ing. $625 monthly. $1000 to
move in. Call 954-394-7562.
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms. renovat-
ed, security gate, $595 and
$695. 954-638-2972
6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 N. W. 50 Street
or Call 305-638-3699
6832 N.W. 5th Place
Studio, $105 weekly, $450 to
move in. 786-286-2540
6900 NW 2 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 o.k. 786-295-9961
7001 NW 15 AVENUE
Move-in special One bed-
room one baih $399 per
month. $600 to move in. All
appliances included Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel:
, 786-355-7578

One bedroom, one bath, free
water. $650 monthly, $650 to
move in.
7625 N.E. 4 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$600. Stove, refrigerator,
free water. 305-642-7080
800 N.W. 67 Street
One bedroom, utilities includ-
ed. $800 moves you in.
8475 N.E. 2nd Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8. 305-754-7776
912 NW 55 TERRACE #2
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$675 monthly. Contact
Rastee, 678-575-0940
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call
Move in with first months rent
Remodeled one, two, and
three bedrooms, air, appli-
ances, laundry and gate.
From $450. 100 N.W. 11 St.
5120 N.W. 23 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath, wa-
ter included. $600 monthly.
George 305-283-6804
Overtown, Liberty City,
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more informa-

Carver Ranches
Two bedrooms one bath.
$650 monthly, includes water
garbage and sewer.
1312-1315 N.E. Miami Court.
One bdrm, one bath, safe,
clean, new kitchen, new tile,
fresh paint, secured parking,
$595-$650. 305-528-7766
Easy qualify. Move in
special.One bedroom, one
bath, $495, two bedrooms,
one bath, $595. Free water!
Leonard 786-236-1144

Beautiful one bedroom, $540
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines.
Call 305-638-3699
One and two bedrooms, tiled.
One bedrooms from $575.
Remodeled, gated, parking.
522 N.E. 78 Street. 305-776-
7863ai742 2
Corner of N.W. 103 St. Beau-
tiful two bedrooms. $700
monthly. $1000 to move in.
Gated, security, tiled floors,
central air. 786-402-0672
N. DADE Section 8 OKI!
One and two bdrms. No De-
posit For Section 8.

Two bdrms., one bath, cen-

mthly. 786-426-6263

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
One bdrm, one bath, $475
monthly. Call 786-262-4536.
750 NW 56th Street
Very nice one and two bdrms..
Gas, water included,
Section 8 OK! 786-262-6958


13480,NE 6 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, two baths,
corner unit, two balconies,
central air. $950 monthly.
Section'8 OK. Call:
2911 N.W. 194th Street
Newly renovated, three
bdrms, one bath, $1400 a
month, fenced yard, close to
shopping, schools, and Sta-
dium. Section 8 okay.
Call 786-267-4979

Recently renovated three
bedrooms, one and a halt
bath Section 8 Welcome
Call Morns for Move In
Special' 305-525-3540

Two bedrooms, two baths.
penthouse, ocean view
$1100 monthly. 1000
square feel
Section 8 Welcome
786-260-5708 Cell
305-652-2257 Office
www themiamicondo corn
A must see! Bright and airy,
super clean, tiled, three
bdrms., one and half bath with
walk-in closet, extra storage
space, updated patio, central
air, minutes from malls and
schools. Section 8 okay. Call
now 305-321-5936.
15600 NW 7th Avenue
Large one bedroom condo!
MUST SEE. Water included
Section 8 OK 786-262-6958
10070 N.W. 12 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 786-277-8287
1023 N.W. 47 ST
Newly Remodeled three
bedroom one bath, one
bedroom one bath. Appli-
ances. Free electric, water.
305-642-7080, 786-236-
1080 NW 100 TERR
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly.
12400 N.E. 11 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
three bedrooms two baths
$1000-$1100), two baths.
Appliances, central air.

1245 N.E. 111th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 monthly. Section 8 OK.
786-357-8885, 786-290-0768
1302 NW 1 PLACE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$650 monthly. All appliances
included. Section 8 OK. Call
1441 N.E. 153 TERR.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
under $800 and Three bed-
rooms, one bath, under $900.
Efficiencies also available un-
der $600. Section 8 ok.
1455 NW 59 STREET
One bedroom, one bath, air,
tiles, bars. $650 monthly.
1456 N.W. 60 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$800. Stove, refrigerator,

1477 NW 2.AVENUE
Two bedrooms, two baths,
townhouse style, central air,
gated. $750 monthly. Section
8 OK. Call:
168 NW 53 STREET
One bedroom, one bath.
$600 monthly. All appliances
included, gated. Section 8
OK. Call 305-255-6330
1737 N.W. 47 TERR.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 mthly. Section 8 OK.
305-751-6720, 305-331-3899
1812 N. W. 50 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly, Section 8 OK.
305-751-6720, 305-331-3899
1857 N.W. 50th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$725 monthly.
1875 NW 43 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, tiled floors. $900
mntly. Section 8 welcome.
2035 NW 69 TERRACE
Two bdrms, air, appliances
and utilities included. $950


21301 N.W. 37 AVE.
Two bedrooms, air. $895.
2228 NW 82 ST
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $1000 mthly.
305-685-9909, 305-776-3857
2257 N.W. 82 ST
Two bedrooms, one bath
$850 Free Water.

2401 NW 95 STREET
Two bdrms, one bath, wash-
er, dryer, central air. Section
8 OK. $1,175 mthly.
Matthew 954-818-9112
2416 N.W. 22 CT
One bedroom one bath
$600 Two bedrooms one
Datn $725. Air Free Water

2632 N.E. 212 TER
Two bedrooms one balh
$950 Appliances 305-642-
2927 N.W. 61 STREET
Three bedrooms, two full
baths, air, appliances. $1300
month. First, last, security.
3030 N.W. 19th Avenue
One bedroom, Section,8
Welcome. Call 305-754-
3190 N.W. 135th Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,'
stove, refrigerator, water in-
cluded. Section 8 Welcome.
Call Marie 305-763-5092.
338 N.W. 59th Street
Huge one bedroom, one
bath, central air. Section 8
welcome. 305-490-7033
42 N.W. 57th Street
Two bedrooms, new kitchen,
central air, bars, water, $900
monthly, 305-310-7366.
4693 NW 18th Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $775
mthly, air, $1400 tp move-in.
Two bdrm, one bath $825
Special. 305-758-7022
Frank Cooper Real Estate
6250 N.W. 1 Ave
Newly Remodeled. Two
bedrooms one bath, one
bedroom one bath. Ap-
ploances, Free electric,
water. 305-642-7080. 786-
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $650. Four bed-
room also available.
6922 N.W. 2nd Court
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, central air. Section 8
welcome. 305-490-7033
745 N.W. 107 ST.
Two bedrooms. Air. $895.

7521 NW 1 AVENUE
Huge three bedrooms, two
baths. ALL NEW! Impact
Windows, central air. $1350
monthly. 305-793-0002
7820 N.E. 1 AVENUE
Two bdrms, one bath. $925.
Appliances, free water.

One bedroom, one bath, pri-
vate yard with rear toward N.
Miami Avenue. $700 monthly.
Section 8 OK. Call 305-255-
8451 N.W. 19 AVENUE
One bedroom, water, new
kitchen, air, tile. $650
monthly, $1500 to move in.
Not Section 8 affiliated.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Two bedrooms. Section 8
Welcome. Call 305-754-7776
9357 NW 31 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, tiled floor. $1150 monthly,
first and last. Not Section 8
approved. 305-625-4515.

3737 Charles Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath duplex
located in Coconut Grove.
Near schools and buses.
$595 monthly, $595 security
deposit, $1190 total to move
in. 305-448-4225 or apply at:
3737 Charles Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, $900
monthly. 786-985-1624.

Two bdrms, one bath, Section
8 accepted, 786-389-2118.
One bedroom, three bed-
rooms, $500 - $1000. 305-


100 N.W. 14th Street
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN). 24 hour
security camera, $185 wkly,
$650 mthly.
1756 N.W. 85th Street
$500 moves you in.
Call 786-389-1686.


Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1075 monthly. Call

2245 NW 92 STREET
One bedroom, furnished,
one person only. All utilities
paid. $500 monthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-835-7681
2253 N.W. 94 ST. Rear
Furnished. Includes water
and light. $500 monthly. Move
In Special $1000.
3153 N.W. 53rd Street
Starting at $450 monthly.
First, last and security.
350 N.W. 45th Street
Furnished efficiency. Utilities
included. $575 monthly. First
and last. 786-718-5223
4245 N.W. 24th Ave
Free Lights, free water. $150
weekly. $500 to move in.
5541 N.W. Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN),from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
Close to Miami Avenue
on N.E. 84th Street
Laundry room, water includ-
ed, new ceramic tile floors.
$525 monthly. Call 305-970-
Private entrance, air, cable
and use of pool.
2125 N.W. 36 Street.
Renovated! Efficiency.and
one bdrm. Gas,water
included Section 8 OK!

Furnished Rooms

1010 N.W. 180 TERR
Free cable, air and use of
kitchen. 305-835-2728
13377 N.W. 30th Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
1368 N.W. 70th Street
$500 mainly, 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.
1525 NE 158 STREET
Rooms available.
305-693-1017, 305-298-0388
1845 N.W. 50th Street
$100 weekly with air, $200 to
move in. 786-286-7455, 305-
1887 N.W. 44th Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly. 786-277-
3042 N.W. 44th Street
Big rooms, air, $115 weekly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
4220 N.W. 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
53 Street and 14 Ave.
Own entrance, bed, own bath-
room, refrigerator, air and mi-
crowave. $600, first and $300
Security to move in, includes
water and electricity.
305-710-1343, 786-486-6613
7110 N. W. 15 Court
Share House $125 weekly,
air. Appointment only.
8275 N.W. 18th Avenue
Clean rooms available.
Call 305-754-7776.
Three quarter way house.
Nice Area. Bed space in a
shared room. Hot meals, hot
shower, all for only $15 a
305-919-9253, 786-704-5143
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable. 305-688-0187
Air, cable, TV, utilities. $150
wkly. 786-290-0946
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055
$120 weekly, $240 to move
in, includes cable, central air.
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594
62 Street N.W. First Avenue
$450 monthly $650 move in
Call 305-989-8824
Clean quiet room with
security bars. $65 weekly.
Call 305-769-3347
Large clean furnished rooms.
Call 786-597-0871
Nice room with privileges like
home, responsible person
Call 305-696-2451.


105 N.E. 55 STREET
Large five bedrooms, two
baths, massive yard. Central
air, tiled kitchen. Section 8
Welcome. $1750 monthly.
Call 786-390-0582
1131 N.W. 64th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $850 monthly,
Section 8 OK. 786-252-2791
14082 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
new townhouse located in
nice area, Section 8 ok! Only
$999 security deposit.
1430 N.E. 71 ST.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$925. stove. refrigerator air

1460 N.W. 44 ST.
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1250 mthly. Section 8 OK.
14620 Monroe St.
Richmond Heights. Beautiful
three bedrooms, one bath.
$900 mthly. 786-267-1682
1747 N.W. 45 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
large living, dining and
Florida room. 305-624-6176
17500 NW 40 AVE
Large, two bedrooms, one
bath, central air, remodeled,
covered patio, laundry room.
$1200 monthly. All utilities in-
cluded. 786-853-8313
1832 N.W. 49 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath
$995 Central Air, appli-
ances, ceiling plans 305-
1840 N.W. 185 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
central air, fans. Section 8
OK! 305-829-8100
1861 N.W. 166 STREET
Three bedrooms, air. $995.
1863 N.W. 91st Street
Beautiful one bedroom, total-
ly remodeled, all appliances.
$650 monthly, first and last.
19030 N.W. 43 AVE.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, Section 8, HOPWA.
Central air. 954-392-0070
191 St N.W. 11 Ave. Area
Four bdrms, two baths.
Section OK! 305-754-7776
20027 N.W. 32nd Place
Three bdrms, one and half
bath, $1366 , security deposit
required. Section 8 preferred.
Call 954-547-9011.
20061 NW 14 PLACE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances. Section 8 Wel-
20700 NW 25 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated, central air,
huge, fenced yard. Easy com-
mute. $1250 monthly. Section
8 preferred.
2441 N.W. 104 ST
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Call 786-238-3071
2485 N.W. 55th TERRACE
Two bedrooms, one bath, se-
curity bars, new kitchen, new
bathroom, tiled floors. $975
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
Opa-Locka. Two bedrooms,
one bath. Central air, huge
yard. Section 8 OK!
288 N. W. 51 st. Street
Three bedrooms, two bath
house. $900 monthly All
appliances included Call

2902 N.W. 162 STREET
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1500 monthly. Section 8
3330 NW 214 STREET
Four bedrooms, two baths,
huge den. $1395.
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.
6717 N.W. 6 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
big yard, central air. Section 8
accepted. 786-326-2789
Lovely three bdrms, one bath,
nice tile, storage, big yard,
schools, and bus line. Section
8 ok. Call 305-321-5936.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
good neighborhood, fenced
yard, $975 a month.
Call 786-260-4648
Four bedrooms, two oaths,
central air, tiled, fenced
yard. Section 8 OK! $1300
monthly. 305-388-7477

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

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

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Fed requires OK for overdraft fees B I S&&UM'

Debit card, ATM users can have transactions rejected limit thetnumber of feesJ F I
z.�Ai that can be charge.

By Kathy Chu

The Federal Reserve
released a long-awaited
rule Thursday requir-
ing banks and credit
unions to get consum-
ers' permission before
charging steep fees
to pay debit card and
ATM overdrafts.
The final rule, which
comes amid intense
congressional scrutiny
of bank overdraft prac-
tices, will take effect by
July 1, 2010, for new
customers and Aug.
15, 2010, for existing
customers. The Fed
released a preliminary
rule on debit card and
ATM overdrafts late
last year, but didn't
say then if it would re-

quire banks to get con-
sumers' consent before
signing them up for
these programs.
Yet, Scott Talbott,
chief lobbyist for the
Financial Services
Roundtable, which
represents the nation's
largest banks, says the
restrictions will "result
in confusion- and frus-
tration" for millions of
Americans whose debit
card and ATM over-
drafts are rejected.
Consumer advocates
also criticized the Fed
rule, saying it doesn't
go far enough to curb
overdraft fees that are
pushing some people
into financial turmoil.
The regulation, for
instance, doesn't re-

strict fees charged by
banks for overdrawn
checks and recurring
debit card transac-
tions, such as monthly
bill payments. Legis-
lation introduced by
Rep. Carolyn Maloney,
D-N.Y., and separately
by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-
Conn., would restrict
both check and debit
card overdrafts.
"The Fed is acting
10 years late to par-
tially solve a problem
that Congress is going
to have to completely
solve," says Ed Mi-
erzwinski, consumer
program director for
the U.S. Public Inter-
est Research Group.
"They're trying to do
the least that they can

get away with."
Overdraft fees have
long been a profit cen-
ter for banks, but USA
TODAY research has
found that they are
now the industry's
single-largest driver
of consumer fee in-
come. In 2009, banks
are expected to reap
a record $38.5 billion
from overdraft and in-
sufficient-funds fees,

Broward Ponzi scheme

total could top $i billion

By Kevin McCoy

In potentially
the biggest Ponzi
scheme since the
Bernard Madoff case,
the FBI said Thurs-
day that a suspected
scarn run by a high-
profile Florida lawyer
could top $1 billion
and involve victims
across the U.S. and
The FBI called for
burned investors to
provide details of their
dealings with Scott
Rothstein, a wealthy
Fort Lauderdale at-
torney whose luxury
cars, yachts, bank
accounts and other
properties were seized
or targeted for forfei-
ture this week as the
investigation escalat-
"I would put this as
one of the biggest al-
leged fraud schemes
we've investigated in
South Florida," said
John Gillies, special
agent in charge of the
FBI's Miami office.
The FBI asked in-

t o contact
the agency by calling
800-225-5324, wait
for the options and
choose the Rothstein
option, or send e-mail
to Rothstein.Invest-
Rothstein, a major
contributor to Florida
charities and politi-
cians, has not been
criminally charged.
He recently left Flori-
da for Morocco before
returning to meet with
investigators. His law-

M a r c
Nurik, did not re-
spond to a message
seeking comment.
Madoff, arrested in
December, is serv-
ing a 150-year prison
term for running a
scam in which losses
top $21 billion so far.
Although authorities
this year have un-
covered numerous
similar scams, the top
individual case loss
totaled about $700
According to a for-
feiture complaint
prosecutors filed this

week, Rothstein alleg-
edly solicited inves-
tors since 2005 for
purported settlements
of sexual harassment
and other labor-relat-
ed lawsuits. The cases
purportedly involved
money tthe plaintiffs
were scheduled to get
over months or years.
Rothstein allegedly
offered investors a
chance to buy settle-
ments at a discount
in deals that would
pay the original plain-
tiffs a smaller lump
sum immediately. The
investors would then
collect a given settle-
ment's full value over
For instance, the
complaint alleged that
one investor was told
in September he could
buy a $450,000 settle-
ment for $375,000.
The full value of the
settlement was to be
paid to the unidentified
investor in $150,000
increments over three
months - an annual
percentage yield high-
er than 80%.

Tax credit to steady, not rescue, shaky U.S. housing

Don't expect the ex-
panded home buyer
tax credit to be a per-
manent cure for the
U.S. housing market.
It won't.
Take the spike in
mortgage demand cre-
ated by the tax credit
this summer. It was
followed by a plunge
as the incentive was
set to expire, showing
how housing's recov-
ery is tethered to gov-
ernment aid.
As the economy
emerges from a reces-
sion triggered by the
housing market cri-
sis, increasing home
sales is viewed as es-
sential. Housing and
related business ac-
count for about 20
-percent of the econ-
omy, and more sales
means more spending
on everything from
dishwashers to ener-
gy-efficient windows.
The Obama admin-
istration last week
extended an $8,000
first-time buyer cred-
it, added a $6,500
provision for move-up
buyers and increased
income limits. Eligible
borrowers must sign
contracts by April 30
and close loans by
June 30, 2010 in-
stead of closing by the
end of this month.
Both the credit and
another major gov-

ernment action -- the
purchase of more
than $1.4 trillion in
mortgage-related se-
curities aimed at cut-
ting home loan rates
-- will now end within
weeks of each other.
The purchases stop
by March 31.
Unless the employ-
ment picture bright-
ens around that
time, housing does
not have enough
footing to forge a re-
covery on its own,
most economists
and industry experts
"Housing was go-

ing to fall off a cliff if
they didn't do it," said
John Burns, presi-
dent of John Burns
Real Estate Consult-
ing in Irvine, Califor-
nia. "We're" still ex-

pecting a leg down,
but it shouldn't be
as significant" as
his prior estimate,
which called for sales
to plunge as much as
30 percent.

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PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT the City Commission meeting scheduled for
November 19, 2009 is rescheduled to December 3, 2009 at 9:00 AM because
of a lack of quorum in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, which is
located at 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida.

All interested persons are invited to attend. Should any person desire to ap-
peal any decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter to be
considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any
appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
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nearly twice the $20.5
billion they stand to
collect from credit card
Mierzwinski says
Congress should force
institutions to disclose
APRs when extending
overdraft credit and

Some experts warn
that as regulators re-
strict certain prac-
tices, banks will just
find new ways to make
money off vulnerable
"Banks are highly
acclimated to exploit-
ing the next great leg-
islative loophole," says
Jake Drew, a former
vice president in MBNA
and Bank of America's
group. "The best bank-
ing reform efforts of
the Federal Reserve
and Congress, so far,
are merely symptom-
atic and reactive."

City of Miami
Notice of Request for Qualifications

Title: Construction Engineering & Observation
Services for NE 2nd Avenue Improvements Project
(Segments B1 & C) and Citywide ADA Sidewalk

Due Date: December 9, 2009

RFQ No.: 08-09-049

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



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

DP No. 009083

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NE 2 Ave Roadway Reconstruction Segment B1,
36-42 St., B-78508
NE 2nd Ave Roadway Reconstruction Segment C,
57-69 St., B-78508

Due December 21, 2009:
Seg. B1 at 10:00 a.m.; Seg. C at 2:00 p.m.

Non-mandatory Pre-Bid Conferences:
Segment B1, Tuesday, December 1, 2009
at 10:00 a.m.
Segment C, Tuesday, December 1, 2009
at 11:00 a.m.

ITB Nos.:
08-09-066 (Seg. B1); 08-09-067 (Seg. C)

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


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

DP No. 009053

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City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:



VOLUNTARY Pre-Proposal Conference: Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 10:00 AM
Location: Main Conference Room, 10th Floor at MRC Building, 444 SW 2nd Avenue, Miami,
FL 33130.

Deadline for Request for additional information/clarification: 12/11/2009 at 3:00 P.M.

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ALL-STAR and black college rush-
ing leader (133.6 ypg.)of
TILT Stillman among invitees
ON Tto black college all-star
ON TAP game



Athletic HBCU Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. at
Sthe Cramton Bowl in Montgomery,
Al. The game will feature top draft-
S. eligible senior talent from the black
,j ' . college ranks playing in an East/
West format.
According to the game's web-
site (hbcubowl.com), the East team
comprised of MEAC and CIAA
Shaw Sports Photo
QUINTEZ SMITH: players will be coached by Joe
Shaw DB slated to Taylor of Florida A&M and the
play in black college West team comprised of SWAC
all-star game after and SIAC players will be coached
leading CIAA and.Div. by Reggie Barlow of Alabama
1 in interceptions (9). State. Some player invitations

have gone out with the official rosters to be named this
week. Synergy Sports of Atlanta has partnered with the
city of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Dept. to stage
the game. Questions about the game can be directed to

Grambling State 47, Texas Southern 33
Alabama A&M 13, Jackson State 5
Austin Peay 24, Tennessee State 2
Azusa Pacific 37, Langston 3
Bethune-Cookman 21, Howard 10
Edward Waters 44, New Orleans 12
Hampton 25, Florida A&M 0
Miss Valley State 16, Lincoln (MO) 6
NC Central 18, Winston-Salem State 10
Norfolk State 21, Delaware State 16

Prairie View A&M 34, Alcom State 14
SC State 37, Morgan State 13
Southern 34, Alabama State 24
S. Nazarene 30, Texas College 18
Stillman 37, Concordia 28
Urbana 40, Central State 8
Webber Intl 35, Savannah State 20
California (PA) 42, Fayetteville State 13
West Alabama 24, Albany State 22

............... HOW THEY DID IT - -.----
- West Alabama 24, Albany State 22 -
Juan Bongarra missed a 36-yard field goal with 16 seconds remain-
ing as Albany State lost in the first round of the NCAA Division 11 play-
offs for the fifth consecutive year, falling to visiting West Alabama (8-4).
The Golden Rams end the season 8-3.
ASU QB A. J. McKenna threw for 153 yards (15 of 28) and his
lone TD to Antwan Harris of 16 yards with 4:24 left brought the Rams
within 24-22. His two-point PAT rush attempt tailed. After stopping UWA,
McKenna drove the Rams to the UWA 29 before Bongarra missed the kick
wide left. McKenna also rushed for 113 yards and a TD).
Bongarra had two other field goal attempts blocked. ASU RB
Demetrice Johnson ran for 131 yards and a TD.
- California (Pa.) 42, Fayetteville State'13 -
California (Pla.) held FSt to 55 first-half yards and jumped out to a
21-0 lead at the break and then added 21 unanswered third-quarter points
to subdue the CIAA champion Broncos (8-4) in a first round Div. II playoff
FSU scored both its touchdowns in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard
pass from Benjamin Williams to B. J. Washington. Williams added a
15-yard "ID run with 4:04 to play. Richard Medlin led the FSU ground
attack with 85 yards on 18 carries. Williams finished 12 of 27 with 2 picks
for 136 yards.
- South Carolina State 37, Fayetteville State 13 -
South Carolina State (9-1, 7-0) used outstanding contributions
from its offensive stars to clinch its second straight MEAC title and FCS
playoff berth with a dominating win over Morgan State (3-4, 5-5).
SCSU junior QB Malcolm Long continued his sterling play com-
pleting 21 of 32 passes for 319 yards and 4 TDs with no interceptions.
.Long broke his single-season passing yards mark set last year and became
the first Bulldog in the program's 102-year history to pass for over 2.000
yards in a single season. He now has 2,082 passing yards with 18 TDs and
just 4 interceptions. Senior wide receiver Oliver "Tre" Young hauled in
six passes for 166 yards and I'D grabs of 45 and 12 yards and became the
Bulldogs' all-time receptions leader.
SCSU senior RB Will Ford, already the program's career rushing
leader, hauled in a 19-yard pass to open the scoring and rambled for 1(07
yards on 20 carries. Ford needs 105 yards in his final games to become the
MEAC's all-time leading rusher.
- Prairie View A&M 34, Alcorn State 14 -
Prairie View A&M (7-1. 6-0) won its first SWAC West Division
title and a spot in the Dec. 12 league title game in Birmingham with a
decisive win over Alcorn State (2-6, 2-4).
Junior QB K. J. Black and RB Donald Babers again paced the
Panthers. Black completed 24 of 30 passes for 213 yards and 3 Tl)s, two
to tight end Marion Allen. while Habers rushed for 134yards on 26 carries
and scored on a 5-yard fourth quarter run.
Black is the SWAC's passing efficiency leader completing 69.1%
(121 of 175) of his passes for 14 T)s and just 3 interceptions. Bahcrs is
second in SWAC rushing stats. averaging 88.5 yards per game.
- Hampton 25, Florida A&M 0 -
Florida A&M lost prolific starting QB Curtis Pulley before the
end of the first quarter and also lost the back-up QB and the two starting
wideouts before the game was over in a shutout loss to Hampton (3-4, 5-
5) that almost surely knocks the Rattlers (5-2. 7-3) out of the FCS playoff
Pulley aggravated a groin injury suffered in last week's win over N.
C. A&T in the first quarter and did not return, His back-up, Eddie Battle,
lasted until the final quarter before he went down with what is believed
to be a separated shoulder. Wideouts Isaac West and Kevin Elliot both
suffered ankle injuries.
Hampton, meanwhile, got perhaps first-year coach Donovan Rose's
most significant victory. dealing former Hampton head coach Joe Taylor
in Taylor's first return to the program he led for 16 years before leaving
last year. I lampton RB Steve Robinson led the Pirates. who racked up 341
rushing yards. with 150 yards on 17 carries. Robinson scored on 2- and
1-yard runs. David Legree rushed 14 times for 87 yards and scored on a
15-yard jaunt

'BowieState 5 2 6 5
Virginia Union 5 2 6 4
Eliz. City State 5 2 7 3
Virginia State 4 3 6 4
St. Paul's 2 4 3 6
Lincoln (PA) 0 0 3 7
Fayetteville State 6 1 8 4
Shaw 5 2 8 2
St. Augustine's 4 3 4 6
J.C. Smith 2 5 3 7
Chowan 2 5 2 8
Livingstone 0 7 0 10
SWon con loss or Otv title
OFFENSE Benjamin Williams, 08, FSU -
Completed 12 of 27 passes for 134 yards and 1
TO with 1 int. n loss to Cal (Pa.) in first round of
2 playolls.

SCState 7 0 9 1
Florida A&M 5 2 7 3
Norfolk State 5 3 6 4
Bethune-Cookman 4 3 5 5
Morgan State 3 4 5 5
NC A&TState 3 4 4 5
Hampton 3 4 5 5
Delaware State 2 5 3 6
Howard 0 7 2 8
#W-Salem State 0 0 1 9
# Not eligible for title
OFFENSE Oliver Tre" Young, Sr., WR, SCSU
- 6 receptions tar 166 yards and 2 TOs vs. MSU
to become SCSU's all-time receptions leader.
Had 313 all-purpose yards (4 punt returns for
104 yards).
DEFENSE TensIl Whitehead, Sr., , NSU - Team
high 10 tackles, 6 solos, 1 sack, 2 Its. vs. DSU.
ROOKIE Kory Kowatlkl, Fr., PK, BCU -3o-3 on
PATs and 7 punts for 35.7 average vs. Howard.
SPECIAL TEAMS Jahmal Blanchard, Sr,, P/PK,
HAMPTON 5 punts for 42.4 yard average.
LINEMAN Markeece Preston, Jr., OL, NSU - 4
pancakes. 90% grade vs. FAMU.

'Tuskegee 8 1 8 2
Albany State 7 2 8 3
Morehouse 6 3 7 3
Fort Valley State 6 3 7 4
Benedict 6 3 8 3
Kentucky State 4 5 6 5
Miles 3 6 4 7
Clark Atlanta 3 6 2 7
Stillman 2 7 4 6
Lane 0 9 0 10
' Clinched conference lille
OFFENSE A. J. McKenna, 08, ASU - Passed for
153 yards (15 of 28) and one TD (16 yards) and
ran lor 113 yards on 13 carries with 1 TD(24 yards)
In first round Div. II playofl loss to West Alabama.
Demtrice Johnson, RB, ASU - Ran for 134 yards
on 22 carries including a 7-yard TD run and caught
2 passes lor 17 yards in lost lo UWA
DEFENSE Mario Fuller, DB, ASU - Led the
Golden Rams oith 11 tackles. 10 solos and 2 tar
losses of 6 yards in loss to UWA.

AlabamaA&M 3 3 6 4
Jackson State 3 3 3 6
Alcom State 2 4 2 6
Alabama State 1 6 4 6
Miss Valley St. 1 5 3 7
PrairieView A&M 6 0 7 1
GramblingState 4 2 6 4
Texas Southem 3 2 4 5
Ark. Pine Bluff 3 2 5 3
Southern 3 2 6 3
OFFENSE Bryant Lee, Sr., OB, SU -
Completed 29 o139 passes lor 384 yards and
4 TDs (18, 51, 5, 33) wit 1 int., also rushed 8
times for 44 yards in win overAlabama State.
DEFENSE Christian Anthony, Jr,, DE, GSU
- 5 tackles, 3 solos and 2 for losses, 1 sack,
2 faced tumbres, 1 recovery and 1 intercep-
tion vs TSU.
NEWCOMER K.J. Black, Jr., 0B, PV A&M
- Comleted 24 of 30 passes for 213 yards and
3 TDs and rushed for 31 yards in W. Div. title-
clinchg win over Alcom State.
ALAB.$TATE - Convered 3 fdd goalst(28, 19,
21) and averaged 38 yards on 4 punts.

Langston 8 3
Concordia 5 4
Tennessee Stale 3 7
W. Va. State 3 7
Savannah State 2 5
N. C Central 3 7
Central State 1 9
Lincoln (Mo.) 0 10
Edward Waters 1 10
Texas College 0 11
Cheyney 0 11
OFFENSE Calvin McNalrl, QB, TSU -
Completed 17 of 23 passes for 189 yards
and 3 TDs in loss to Austin Peay. Also had
42 rushing yards on 13 carries.
DEFENSE DonaM Laster, Jr, LB, NCCU
8 tackles, 2.5 for tosses, 1.5 sacks and 1
interception vs WSSU, John Jones, TSU
- Led the BlueTigers with Oladrdes, 5 solos,
and 2 B huries vs. Austin Peay.
SPECIAL TEAMS Landen ayer, P,
WSSU - Averaged 40.1 yards on 8 punts vs.
NCCU, five inside the 20.

SWAC East down to final week

BCSP Editor
With South Carolina State's 37-13 win over
Morgan State Saturday that clinched the Mid
Eastern Athletic Conference championship and
an automatic berth in the FCS playoffs and Prairie
View A&M's 34-14 win over Alcorn State that
earned the Panthers their first-ever Southwestern
Athletic West Division title and first-ever spot in
the Dec. 12 league championship game, all the
regular season champions are in, right?
There's just one more bit of business to be
taken care of.
This Saturday Alabama A&M. Jackson State
and Alcorn State all enter the final games of their
regular seasons with a shot ait tle SWAC East
Division title and a berth opposite Prairie View in
the aforementioned title game.
Here's how it breaks down.
Alabama A&M (6-4, 3-3) has the simplest
route. The Bulldogs win the East with a win
Saturday (1 p.m.) over Mississippi Valley State
(3-7, 1-5).
JSU (3-6, 3-3) and Alcorn State (2-6, 2-4) first
need A&M to lose. If so, whoever wins their tra-
ditional season-ending Capital City Classic battle
Saturday (1 p.m.) in Jackson, Ms., wins the East
Jackson State has represented the East in the
past two SWAC Championship games in both
seasons of head coach Rick Comegys' tenure,
losing to (rambling last season and beating the
G-Men in 2007. Alabama A&M went to three
championship games, two under current head coach
Anthony Jones before winning the 2006 title over
Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Alcorn State has never reached the champion-
ship game since the contest was re-instituted in
1999. The Braves are in their first year under head
coach Earnest Collins.
Elsewhere in the SWAC, Henry Frazier's


ESPNU - Live
Eastern Illinois vs. Tennessee State in Charleston, IL
Alabama A&M vs. Miss Valley State in Huntsville, AL
Delaware State vs. Howard in Dover, Del.
Hampton vs. Morgan State in Hampton, VA
Norfdlk State vs. Winston-Salem State in Norfolk, VA
Prairie View A&M vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Prairie View, TX
NC Central vs. Savannah State in Durham, NC
SC State vs. NC A&T in Orangeburg, SC
Capital City Classic
Jackson State vs. Alcom State in Jackson, MS
Florida Classic XXX - ESPN Classic - Live
Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman in Orlando, FL
Langston vs. Lindenwood in St. Charles, MO

STILL ALIVE: Veteran coaches, Anthony Jones of
Alabama A&M (1.) and Rick Comegys of Jackson
State (c.), and rookie head coach Earnest Collins
(r.) of Alcorn State, all have teams alive for the
SWAC East Division title headed into final regular
season games Saturday.

Panthers of Prairie View A&M (7-1, 6-0) will look
to complete their historic run with an unblemished
conference record as they end the regular season
Saturday hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-3, 3-2).
Prairie View is up to 20th in this week's
Sports Network Top 25 poll.
The real battle in the SWAC West how-
ever is for second place where the other four
division teams - Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-3, 3-2),
Grambling State (6-4, 4-2), Southern (6-3, 3-2)
and Texas Southern (4-5, 3-2) - are still alive.
A win over division champ Prairie View
Saturday would give UAPB, in its second year
under former Washington Redskins' linebacker
Monte Coleman, a nice feather in its cap. UAPB
closes out the regular season with a Nov. 28 date
vs. Texas Southern. UAPB beat Grambling and
lost to Southern. The other loss on its division
ledger was to Alabama A&M.
Texas Southern is off this week but closes
with dates vs. UAPB in Dallas (Nov. 28) and
at home vs. Southern (Dec. 5). TSU has lost to
Grambling and Prairie.View.
Grambling is also off this week and clos-
es with 'next Saturday's (Nov. 28) annual New
Orleans date with Southern at the Bayou Classic.
The G-Men have division losses to Prairie View
and UAPB.
Southern, likewise, is off this week before
dates vs. Grambling and TSU. Southern has a loss
to Prairie View and a loss to Jackson State that
counts on its division ledger.

1 South Carolina State (9-1, 7-0) finishes the
1 regular season at home Saturday (1:30 p.m.) vs.
1 North Carolina A&T (4-5, 3-4). The Bulldogs
1 will then find out on Sunday who they will face
1:30 in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
1:30 SCSU head coach Oliver "Buddy" Pough said
after Saturday's win over Morgan State that it
1 would be great for Bulldog fans if his team could
host a first-round playoff game. That scenario
2:30 appears likely after SCSU moved up to seventh
and received two first-place votes in this week's
1:30 Sports Network FCS poll. But they also probably

BCSP Notes

MEAC 2009-10 Basketball TV schedule
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has announced the
2009-10 basketball television schedule today with a collection of men's and
women's competitive matchups on the ESPN family of networks.
As part of its seven-year partnership with ESPN. the MEAC will high-
light nine men's and three women's regular season games as well as both
men's and women's tournament championship games.
The 2010 MEAC Championship Tournament will also air on the ESPN
networks with the women's championship game scheduled for a taped-
delayed broadcast airing on March 14 at 11 a.m. on ESPNU while the men's
championship game will broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 2 p.m.
The 2009-10 television schedule tips off with a double-header on
Monday, January 11. Last year's tournament runner-up Hampton Lady
Pirates will host the Morgan State Lady Bears at 4:30 p.m. The action
continues in Hampton, Virginia with the Hampton Pirates hosting the
defending champion Morgan State Bears at 7:30 p.m.
In women's action, the defending MEAC women's champion North
Carolina A&T Lady Aggies will close out the women's regular season
lineup in a matchup against the Maryland Eastern Shore Lady Hawks on
Monday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Morgan State, who was picked to finish atop the MEAC standings
again this season, highlights the men's television schedule with three

Jan. 11 - Morgan State @ Hampton (ESPNU) 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 - Howard @ Norfolk State (ESPNU) 9 p.m.
Jan. 25 - Delaware State @ Coppin State (ESPNU) 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 - S. C. State @ Florida A&M (ESPNU) 9 p.n.
Feb. 5 - B-Cookman @ Coppin State (ESPNU) 7 p.m.

1. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (8-1) - Beat Morgan
State 37-13 to clinch second straight MEAC title and
FCS playoff berth. NEXT: Hosts NC A&T to end regu-
lar season..
2. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (7-1) - Won over Alcom State
34-14 to clinch SWAC West title and championship
game spot. NEXT: Closes out the regular season host-
ing Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
3. SOUTHERN (6-3) - Whipped Alabama State,. 34-
24. NEXT: Idle.
4. FLORIDA A&M (7-3) - QB Curtis Pulley injured,
shutout by Hampton, 25-0. NEXT: Bethune-Cookman
in Orlando.
Prairie View A&M.
6. GRAMBLING STATE (6-4) - Beat Texas Southern,
47-33. NEXT: Idle.
7. NORFOLK STATE (6-4) - (ot by Delaware State,
21-16. NEXT: Hosts Winston-Salem State.
8. FAYETTEVILLE STATE (8-3) - Lost to Cal (Pa.) in
first round Div. II playoff game, 42-13.. NEXT: Season
9. TUSKEGEE (8-2) - Idle NEXT: Idle again.
10. ALBANY STATE (8-2) - Nipped by West Alabama
in Div. II playoffs 24-22. NEXT: Season over.

need a convincing win over A&T to get the home
In last year's playoffs, the Bulldogs went on
the road to face three-time FCS defending cham-
pion Appalachian State and fought gamely before
succumbing 37-21. They trailed just 24-21 with
nine minutes left.
Pough said his team proved a year ago that
it belonged in the company of the best FCS play-
off teams and looks forward to returning to that
venue. His team has looked dominant while run-
ning thru the MEAC this season and appears ready
to perhaps end the conference's nine-year playoff
losing streak.
In other MEAC games this week, Florida
A&M (7-3. 5-2), who suffered a big blow Saturday
when quarterback Curtis Pulley went out with a
groin injury in the first quarter of a 25-0 shutout
loss to Hampton, faces in-state rival Bethune-
Cookman in Orlando (2:30 p.m.) in their season-
ending Florida Classic battle.
The game will be carried live on ESPN
After rising as high as 21st in the FCS Top
25 poll, the Rattlers fell out of the poll following
the loss to Hampton. To have any shot at a playoff
berth, Joe Taylor's Rattlers must defeat B-CU.
After starting the season 0-4, 0-3 in MEAC
play. Alvin Wyatt's B-CU squad (5-5, 4-3) has
won five of its last six games. With a win Saturday,
the Wildcats could end up tied for second in the
conference with Norfolk State and FAMU,

Feb. 8 - MD-Eastern Shore @ N C. A&T (ESPNU) 7:30 p.m.
Feb 15 - S C. State @ Morgan State (ESPNU) 7 p.m.
Feb. 22 - S. C. State @ Norfolk State (ESPNU) 7 p.m.
Mar. 1 - N. C. A&T @ Morgan State (ESPNU) 9 p.m.
Mar. 13 - MEAC Men's Championship (ESPN2) 2 p.m.
Jan. 11 - Morgan State @ Hampton (ESPNU) 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 - Delaware State @ Coppin State (ESPNU) 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 - UMES @ North Carolina A&T (ESPNU) 4:30 p.m.
Mar. 13 - MEAC Women's Championship (ESPNU) 3/14; 11 a.m.

Albany State wins 9th straight SIAC
volleyball title; ASU, Chowan move on
The Lady Rams of Albany State captured their ninth consecutive
SIAC volleyball title defeating Kentucky State, 3-0, in the championship
match. ASU swept through the tournament field without dropping a single
Leading the way for Albany State was Tournament
MVP Latrice Lewis who finished with 14 kills.
Sabrina Garcia chipped in with 12 kills on the night
while All-Tournament member Priscilla Sena finished
with 27 assists. All Tournament selections Mercedes
Parker and Brittany Stewart finished with 11 kills
and 22 digs respectively. Nikki Douglas added nine
digs in the losing effort.
ASU Head Coach Robert Skinner was named the Outstanding Coach
of the Tournament for the ninth consecutive time.
The Lady Rams (20-7) will play at South Region No. 1 seed and host
Tampa (28-2) from Nov. 19-21.
CIAA champion Chowan (27-8) will play at Atlantic Region No. 1
seed California (Pa.) (32-4) also Thursday thru Saturday.

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Job hunters seek employment outside the U.S.

By Paul Davidson

Here's one way to
deal with the bru-
tal U.S. job market:
Leave the country.
With the nation's
unemployment rate
at a 26-year-high of
10.2 percent, more
Americans are hunt-
ing for, and landing,
work overseas, ac-
cording to staffing
companies and exec-
utive search firms.
Jeff Joerres, CEO
of Manpower, the
No. 1 U.S. staffing
company, says about
500 clients are seek-
ing jobs abroad, up
from a few dozen six
months ago.
"It suddenly looks
like there may be
better opportunities

outside the U.S.,"
Joerres says. "It is
a phenomenon we
haven't had before."
While the number
of globe-trotting job
candidates is still
relatively small, the
trend reverses a long-
time pattern of far
more foreign workers
seeking jobs in the
U.S., Joerres says.
Fifty-four percent
of executives said
they'd be likely or
highly likely to ac-
cept a foreign post,
according to a survey
of 114 executives Fri-
day by talent man-
agement company
Korn/Ferry. Just 37
percent of those sur-
veyed in 2005 said
they'd go abroad.
The hottest inter-

national job markets
include India, China,
Brazil,Dubai and
Singapore, recruit-
ers say. International
companies are large-
ly seeking candi-
dates in engineering,
computer technol-
ogy, manufacturing,
investment banking
and consulting.
Although the global
recession hit Asian
economies, they did
not suffer as deeply
as the U.S. and are
rebounding faster,
says economist Na-
riman Behravesh of
IHS Global Insight.
Contact Singapore,
which recruits exec-
utives in that coun-
try, says it's seeking
"global talent to help
foster innovation" for

fields such as digital
Steve Watson,
chairman of ex-
ecutive search firm
Stanton Chase In-
ternational, says
he recently sought
a CEO for a Dubai
manufacturer, and
"three or four peo-
ple quickly raised
their hands. I do not
think we would have
had that two years
After completing
his junior year at
Georgia Institute of
Technology, Charles
Wang, an industrial
engineering major,
worked as a project
manager for, Unit-
ed Parcel. Service
in Dubai from July
2008 until last May.

His task: develop
a delivery system
for the Arab state's
first-ever network of
streets and address-
es. After graduating
next month, he plans
to return to Dubai for
a permanent job.
It's "because of ...
my inability to find
good jobs in the
U.S.," says Wang, 22,
adding he'll stay in
Dubai until the U.S.
job market is "back
to normal."
At MIT's Sloan
School of Manage-
ment, 24 percent of
2009 graduates got
jobs overseas, up
from 19 percent last
year. It's "tied to the
(U.S.) economy," says
career development
head Jackie Wilbir.

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President Barack
Obama announced
Thursday that he'll
host a White House
summit next month
on fighting the chronic
joblessness that con-
tinues to be a drag on
a struggling economy.
"We are open to any
demonstrably good

idea to supplement
the steps we've already
taken to put America
back to work," Obama
said before taking off
for a trip to Asia, where
U.S. and global busi-
ness prospects will be
among the key issues
under discussion.
Speaking at the

White House, the pres-
ident called a report
showing fewer claims
for jobless benefits "a
hopeful sign." But with
millions of Americans
out of work, Obama
said the government
has "an obligation to
consider every addi-
tional responsible step

we can" to get people
back to work.
The nationwide un-
employment hit 10.2
percent last month,
the highest jobless
rate since 1983.
Economists believe
more jobs will be
lost, and the unem-
ployment rate could

possibly reach 10.5
percent next year
because employers
remain reluctant to
The December jobs
"forum" will bring
in public and pri-
vate sector experts to
talk about how to get
the job-creation en-

gine running again,
Obama said. Because
economic prosper-
ity at home is tied to
economies around the
world, the president
said he also plans to
talk about a strategy
for growth with lead-
ers in Asia.
"It's a strategy in

which Asian and Pa-
cific markets are
open to our exports,"
Obama said. "Prosper-
ity around the world
is no longer as depen-
dent on American con-
sumption and borrow-
ing, but rather more on
American innovation
and products."

IRS: Offshore tax crackdown should produce billions

By Kevin McCoy

More than 14,700
Americans with se-
cret offshore bank ac-
counts applied for a
recently closed federal
tax leniency program,
part of a crackdown on
international tax eva-
sion, IRS Commission-
er Douglas Shulman
said Tuesday.
A "flood" of tax evad-
ers applied in the days
before the program's
Oct. 15 deadline, tak-
ing advantage of IRS
guarantees they gen-
erally would not face
criminal prosecution
if they agreed to pay
back taxes, interest
and reduced civil pen-
Shulman said the
applications, com-
bined with 4,450
American accounts at
Swiss banking giant
UBS that are being
disclosed urder recent
court settlements, will
generate "billions of
dollars" in new federal

Although the lenien-
cy program has ended,
Shulman encouraged
those with hidden off-
shore assets to con-
tinue to come forward
and talk with the IRS.
"It will be much worse
for them if we find
them first," he said.
The rush of appli-
cants for leniency rep-
resents a big "win" for
Americans who rou-
tinely pay their taxes,
says Shulman, be-
cause the previously
secret account owners
will pay federal taxes
for years to come.
"We have now gained
access to thousands
of taxpayers and bank
accounts that we have
never had before,"
Shulman said, adding
that the IRS-Justice
Department crack-
down shows "we are
serious about piercing
the veil of bank secre-
cy" some Americans
have used to hide as-
sets offshore.
Shulman and other
IRS officials say appli-

cants for the agency's
voluntary disclosure
program had accounts
ranging from just over
$10,000 to more than
$100 million. Appli-
cants hailed from more
than 70 countries and
every continent except
The program,

launched in March, al-
lows applicants to pay
back taxes and interest
for a minimum of six
years, plus penalties of
20% to 25% on income
that was either undis-
closed or understated.
Although sizeable, the
payments represent a
discount on the 50%

penalties the IRS oth-
erwise imposes for
Shulman says the
IRS is using financial
data and other evi-
dence from the appli-
cants to target foreign
financial institutions
and intermediaries
who helped Americans
hide income offshore,
Many of those institu-
tions and intermediar-
ies are in Switzerland
and elsewhere in Eu-
rope, others are based
around the globe, IRS
officials say.
The voluntary disclo-
sure program accom-
panied the IRS' legal
battle with UBS, which
in February agreed
to pay a $780 million

to settle criminal al-
legations that it had
secretly sent bankers
into the U.S. to help
wealthy American cli-
ents evade taxes.
To settle a subse-
quent civil lawsuit,
UBS gave federal au-
thorities financial data
for as many as 250 U.S.

clients whose accounts
bore signs of tax eva-
sion. The Justice De-
partment filed criminal
charges against several
of those account hold-
ers, including three
who were sentenced
in recent weeks after
pleading guilty to hid-
ing income offshore.

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Costco drops Coke products

By Emily Fredrix
Associted Press

Costco customers
may have to look else-
where for Coca-Cola
products now that the
retailer has stopped
carrying-them because
the pair are fighting
over prices.
The public squabble
between one of the na-
tion's largest wholesale
club operators and
the world's largest soft
drink maker is likely
to fizzle quickly. But it
reveals real tensions as
retailers and product
makers square off on
As shoppers continue
to grapple with the re-
cession, retailers want
to win their favor by
giving them low prices.
But that has been cre-
ating tension between
product makers like
Coca-Cola (KO), who
are working hard to
maintain profit margins

while meeting retailer
Typically such ne-
gotiations take place
behind the scenes, but
once in awhile, a public
dispute erupts.
"Beneath this surface
of harmony, it's a dog-
fight out there," Gerry
Khermouch, editor of
Beverage Business In-
sights, said Tuesday
at an investor meeting

held by the soft drink
maker at its hometown
of Atlanta.
Retailers want to
wield more power in de-
termining pricing with
product makers, who
they depend on to stock
their customers' favor-
ite brands, Khermouch
saidCostco (COST) has
been aggressive in put-
ting up signs on store
shelves and notices on

its website.
"Costco is commit-
ted to carrying name
brand merchandise at
the best possible pric-
es. At this time, Coca-
Cola has not provided
Costco with competitive
pricing so that we may
pass along the value
our members deserve,"
said a message on the
company's website la-
beled "Price Alert!"