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Creator: Miami times
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Place of Publication: Miami, Fla.
Miami, Fla
Publication Date: November 3, 2010
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By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

Never underestimate the
power of the pen, the phone
call and just showing up to voice your
concerns. Because that is apparently
at's behind the bizarre series of events
that began on Saturday night when
Northwestern's head football coach,
Billy Rolle, 48, was fired by Princi-

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pal Charles Hankerson, despite the team
beating Miami Edison (19-7), raising its
record to 6-2 and guaranteeing a place in
the playoffs.
According to Northwestern's athletic di-
rector, Earl Allick, Rolle's firing was based
on a decision made by Hankerson. He
added that the team's assistant junior-
varsity coach, Monte Dilworth, had been
named as the interim coach.
Please turn to COACH 5A

Alvarez defends budget

Tax increases "necessary
to keep services intact"
By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor
Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos Alvarez, 58, has had his
share of battles and personal
challenges, from the adjust-
ments he had to make when his
family moved from Cuba to the
U.S. when he was only eight-
years-old to a recent unsuccess-
ful attempt to oust him from

office. Now, he faces a second
recall effort after proposing and
passing a highly-criticized coun-
ty budget just weeks ago.
And while Alvarez says the
decision of whether he will re-
main at the helm rests with the
people, he is unwilling to con-
cede that the budget he and the
county commissioners approved
was anything but the "best we
could do given very difficult,
economic times."
"This is very personal to me
but more than that, what's go-
ing on now [the recall drive] is

Miami-Dade County Mayor

very .dangerous as well. What
you have is a billionaire who
basically threatened elected of-
ficials saying if we passed the
proposed budget, that those who
signed off on it would be subject
to recall. As for Norman Bra-
man's so-called determination
to serve as the protecter of our
community, I say 'hogwash."'

Alvarez went on to say about
Braman, who has led the recall
Please turn to ALVAREZ 5A

Moss, Jordan rally behind Mayor

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor
It seems that County Mayor
Carlos Alvarez is not standing
alone in his defense of the new
County budget and the method
by which it was hammered out.
In fact, the chairman of the
Board of County Commission-
ers, Dennis C. Moss (Dist. 9), as

Alcohol rated

as worse than

crack or heroin
Associated Press
What's worse for us, alcohol
or crack cocaine? Careful this
isn't a no-brainer.
A new study says alcohol is more
destructive than illegal drugs like
heroin and crack.
British scientists, lead by Dr.
David Nutt at the University of
Bristol, evaluated these three
drugs, as well as ecstasy and mar-
ijuana (20 drugs in all), ranking
each of them on the following cri-
teria: physical harm to the user,
how addictive it is, and the effect
of its use on families, communi-
ties, and society.
They included economic costs
like health care, social services,
and prison.
Please turn to ALCOHOL 5A

well as Barbara Jordan, District
1 County Commissioner, both
call his actions "courageous"
and his refusal to back down
after passing the budget "admi-
"Can we .stand to lose hun-
dreds of police officers? Moss
asked. "No. And in keeping
many of our Black communi-
ties safe, we consume more of-


ficers. Despite the ongoing ten-
sion that exists between the
Black community in general and
police officers, we want them
to be available when we call for
help. Also, based on the kinds of
socio-economic issues that our
people face, we cannot afford
to see access to health care and
emergency services reduced.
That's what was saved with this


Moss went on to add that dur-
ing the 18 community budget
meetings that he chaired, he
Please turn to MOSS/JORDAN 5A

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As fewer vote, the fringe dominate

By DeWayne Wickham
ORLANDO Three days be-
* fore Election Day, Democratic
Rep. Alan Grayson sent out
* an e-mail urging his support-
ers to place over 50,000 calls
* the next day to help him stave
off defeat. With polls showing
* Grayson trailing his Republican
opponent in the closing days of

the campaign, the
first-term Demo-
crat was beating
the bushes for
Saying his back-
ers had made
50,000 calls a week
earlier, Grayson wrote: "Tomor-
row, we're going to top that." But
the great test for Grayson and

Daniel Webster, his Republican
challenger, was not how many
people their campaign workers
talked to, but rather how many
of them they could get to actu-
ally vote.
In the 2008 presidential elec-
tion that swept Barack Obama
into the White House, just 63%
of Americans who were eligible
to vote cast ballots, according to

Curtis Gans, director of Ameri-
can University's Center for the
Study of the American Elector-
And get this: 2008 was a good
year. In fact, to find a higher
turnout you have to go all the
way back to 1960, when a great-
er percentage of Americans of
voting age 64.8% took part
Please turn to WICKHAM 5A





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Jackson's wasteful spending may

signal hospital's death
For the thousands of men, women and children in the
Black community without insurance or a regular phy-
sician, Jackson Memorial Hospital has long stood as
the sole means of health care and emergency services. So it's
understandable why we celebrated when we heard that the fi-
nancially troubled hospital had turned the corner and after
cutting costs, downsizing facilities and revising its workforce,
was on its way to brighter days and better service.
The party continued wheri five months ago, members of the
Public Health Trust committee and Jackson's head honchos
announced they were rehiring formerly laid off workers 400
to be exact. The savings from the layoffs totaled $49.8 million
dollars. But in order to get the job done, the hospital has been
paying overtime to the tune of $1.5 million every two weeks. In
fact, the security department clocks about $1.6 million a year
in overtime alone. Does the hospital have an overtime policy in
force? Not according to our inquiries.
But there's more. In a just-released report we find that Jack-
son's international marketing program has been dolling out
dollars for questionable activities and excessive expenditures
like a shopaholic with a platinum card. Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital is in real trouble with cash-on-hand resources soon to
run dry.
There was a time when this facility was one of the best run
health care systems in the country. Clearly those days are
gone. We are in real trouble folks because for many of us, Jack-
son is our only source of medical care. Time is of the essence
for brighter minds to come to the forefront and get things back
on track. But we wonder if there's anyone onboard that is even
capable of making sound fiscal decisions at Jackson? And who
the heck is supposed to be minding the store?

Black community must 'man up'

for the sake of our children
Just when we thought that things couldn't get any
worse, the midterm elections have given right wing ob-
structionists and wealthy Republicans the kind of pow-
er they have been working for ever since that upstart Black
man from Illinois charged into the White House. But it's not
just at the national level that things have shifted Florida is
also reeling from the victories of Tea Party-minded politicians
that want to roll back the clock to a more "tranquil" Bush-like
era. Chances are they are they will soon find ways to put more
money back in the pockets of the already filthy rich while leav-
ing Blacks, the poor and others who struggle each day just to
survive in even more dire straits.
It's going to be an even tougher job for the few elected of-
ficials in Miami-Dade County who actually care about their
constituents and go to bat for us each and every day. And they
are going to need our support. This is not the time for us to
give up, to acquiesce and to lay down our arms. Great gener-
als and leaders know that sometimes one must lose a major
battle before winning the war. And make no mistake brothers
and sisters we are at war.
It's not just about getting by or making ends meet. It's about
rallying the troops, forming alliances with like-minded individ-
uals and organizations and making sure there's a future left
for our children. Find out who represents your district on the
city and county commissions. Give a call to your state legisla-
tor and state senator. Drop a note to your school board rep-
resentative. Get active and get busy. Because before we allow
the Republicans and those who say they just want a return to
'the good old days' to take over Washington and Tallahassee,
it's time we showed them the kind of spirit and resilience that
Blacks have called upon ever since we were first shackled and
abducted from West Africa. It's time to call on power of the
ancestors and to demand our rights. If we do that, as Dr. King
always believed, we shall overcome.

Name-calling and taunting, like

sticks and stones, can be deadly
any of us may recall our mother's words of wisdom
during our youth when our peers and other mean-
spirited individuals would assault us with unkind
words and gestures: Sticks and stones may break your bones
but names will never hurt you. But given the number of sui-
cides by children under 18 and with more unprovoked assaults
on children because they are considered to be 'different,' it is
evident that we have a long way to go in teaching our children
the importance of tolerance.
Even President Obama has joined the crusade via the social
network with his video for the It Gets Better project in an ef-
fort to stop anti-gay bullying online and in schools. It all comes
after a Rutgers freshman committed suicide after his life and
sexual proclivities were broadcast on the Internet. The Presi-
dent reminds young people that they are not alone, that they
have done nothing wrong adding that they do not deserve to
be bullied.
Perhaps not, but discrimination and prejudice come in a
variety of shapes and sizes and being gay is just one of the
differences that cause small-minded people to bully others.
Sometimes, it's because those in question are women, elderly,
physically handicapped or a different race. And it all of these
cases, the attacks, even if they are only verbal in content, often
cause irreparable damage.
What are we teaching our children today and what kinds of
behaviors do we model for them? Are we loving our neighbors
or are we deciding who is good enough to be our neighbor? At a
time when young people should be dreaming about the endless
possibilities of their future, far too many are wondering how
they can escape the pain of being picked on, teased, pushed
and shoved or beat down for being different. There is no room
for bullying in our schools or in our communities. It's time that
we showed our children that loving our neighbors as ourselves,
is still the best and most appropriate attitude.

Tbe A iami Timeg

(ISSN 0739-0319)
Published Weekly at 900 NW 54th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127-1818
Post Office Box 270200
Buena Vista Station, Miami, Florida 33127
Phone 305-694-6210
H.E. SIGISMUND REEVES, Founder, 1923-1968
GARTH C. REEVES, JR., Editor, 1972-1982
GARTH C. REEVES, SR., Publisher Emeritus
RACHEL J. REEVES, Publisher and Chairman

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Parents must watch out for wolves in

With yet another Black
clergyman caught up in le-
gal charges of sexual abuse
of young boys, parents must
keep a more watchful eye on
their children entrusted in the
hands of some church leaders.
It should be no surprise that
sooner or later Black churches
would have to deal with the
issue of homosexuality that
has long been suppressed
within their hallowed walls.
Within the Catholic Church
suppressed pedophilia at the
hands of priests has harmed
thousands of children, some
of whom have not only turned
their backs on the church but
also on God.
Recently, Pastor Billy Mc-
Curdy of the Las Vegas Church
of God in Christ was arrested
on charges that he forced teen
boys into sexual relation-
ships by using his authority

and Bible Scriptures. So far,
four young men have filed suit
against popular mega-church
leader Bishop Eddie Long al-
leging he used his authority -as
the church's chief role model
to have sex with them. While
neither McCurdy nor Long

About 75 percent of Black
homes are headed by single
women, many of whom take
their children to church seek-
ing "spiritual fathers." If a few
spiritual fathers are actually
wolves in sheep clothes, the
children can be easy prey.

Many studies show that children may not report abuse
until much older, if it is done by authority figures. In a
few case studies, we have seen how some mothers
will force their children to remain silent, if enough cash is coming
into the household from boyfriends or even clergy.

have been proved guilty or in-
nocent in a court of law, if we
are all part of the court of pub-
lic opinion, we can at least ask
questions about the fate of our
children and why most clergy
are not presenting guidance
on this issue of homosexuality
within the pews.

Many studies show that chil-
dren may not report abuse
until much older, if it is done
by authority figures. In a few
case studies, we have seen how
some mothers will force their
children to remain silent, if
enough cash is coming into the
household from boyfriends or


Preaching the politics of privilei

The mid-term elections for religion as a predicate for poli- cial superiority led the found-
the U.S. Senate, U.S. House tics to which I distinctly dis- ers to use violence to achieve
of Representatives and Gov- agreed. Having been raised in their greedy ends. I do not be-
ernorships were held yester- a Christian household I found lieve anyone's interpretation

day and given those who won,
we will soon see examples of
how the prevailing party will
be able to determine who gets
what, when and how much.
My interpretation of the con-
nection between politics and
religion is relatively simple:
religion determines politics
rather than politics determin-
ing religion.
Such an interpretation was
tested recently for me while vis-
iting my family in Richmond,
VA. Surfing the TV channels
I found a broadcast of Grove
Avenue Baptist Church. What
caught my eye was the intro-
duction of Bishop Earl Jack-
son as the morning speaker.
Jackson, a Black attorney who
took classes in Divinity School
and is the founder of Exodus
Faith Ministries, presented
quite an interesting case for

his inferences un-Godly.
Jackson asserted that the
Founding Fathers (Smith,

of God condones rape, pillage
and plunder in the name of re-

My interpretation of the connection between politics and
religion is relatively simple: religion determines poli-
tics rather than politics determining religion.

Washington, Jefferson, Frank-
lin, et al.) were ordained by
God to establish a Democratic
Republic in America. If so, their
God ordained ethnic annihila-
tion, economic exploitation,
rape and the false notion of
White supremacy. Nearly all of
the delegates to the first Con-
stitutional Convention legally
.enslaved Africans. Jefferson
himself wrote of the racial infe-
riority of dark-skinned people.
Moreover, the religion of ra-

Bishop Jackson finally re-
vealed his political hand by en-
couraging Christians to go to
the polls on Tuesday and vote
for "Godly" candidates and
implied that Tea Party candi-
dates were worthy of elective
office because of their religious
beliefs. Yet, such Tea Party
candidates have admitted ex-
perimenting with witchcraft,
donned German Third Reich
uniforms and supported tak-
ing up arms to enforce their

pulpits i
even clergy.
Somehow, we must find a
way to maneuver between
hateful rhetoric targeting ho-
mosexuals and the refusal to
stand upon Scriptures that
condemn homosexuality, along
with adultery and other forms
of fornication. Churches must
have more honest talk about
the realities of sex and sexual-
ity in the pews. And, the reality
is that supporting Biblical doc-
trines on homosexuality does
not make anyone homophobic
and neither does hate language
belong in Christianity, which
foundation is based on love.
Fortunately most adult clergy
who work with our children
are trustworthy. Nevertheless,
it will not hurt for parents to
keep a more watchful and wary
eye on all adult role models
who handle their children -
both straight and gay.

political views. What a God
they serve.
I agreed with Bishop Jack-
son's point that Americans,
by way of the recent elections,
were fighting a pitch battle for
the soul of our nation. One side
believes in suppression and
one team believes in liberation.
On the paradox of the Found-
ing Father's support of slav-
ery, Jackson said, "If slavery is
what it took to get me here, I
am glad to be here." Seriously?
Tea Party and their White
nationalists cohorts often ex-
claim, "God bless America." I
believe America must bless God
by electing righteous candi-
dates who believe in the policy
of people over profits; inclusion
over exclusion; and helping the
"least of these" within our na-
tion. Who gets what, when,
and how much should not be
predicated on privilege but on
the Godly principles of justice
and equity.


For decades the N
Association for the Ad
ment of Colored People
the good fight against
discrimination. The
zation was instrumer
defeating Jim Crow an
crimination in the work
it led the charge in est
ing voting rights for a
equal access to quality
cation. Even now the \
does some good work i
communities. However
national civil-rights org
tion, it has lost its way.
Sadly, the NAACP
veered far from co-fo
W.E.B. Dubois' vision a
realization of the prince
racial non-discrimi:
The NAACP is now a de
of a system of racial sI
champion of big gover
and a promoter of prog
politics. In short, it ha
transformed into an e:
ment arm of the De:
Party enforcement ac
through the use of rac

leaders becoming sellouts
national The NAACP's recent report ing in America was still going
ivance- on racism within the Tea Par- on. In one loud voice the chil-
fought ty is a rather clumsy attempt dren answered yes. She then
racial at wielding that weapon in proceeded to warn the audi-
organi- order to demonize political ence that the Ku Klux Klan
ntal in opposition to the Democrat and other racial hate-groups
nd dis- agenda. It is also dangerous were on the rise. I suspect ha-
:-place; because it undermines Black tred and bigotry in some form
all and
y edu- adly, the NAACP has veered far from co-founder W.E.B.
NAACP Dubois' vision and the realization of the principle of racial
n local 1 non-discrimination.
r I

, as a

P has
ind the
:iple of
poils, a
,s been
:e as a

political and cultural prog-
ress. Sadder still is when that
misguided vision becomes a
form of political and cultural
indoctrination. Consider what
I witnessed while attending
an NAACP youth council lun-
After the luncheon program,
the local NAACP director rose
to deliver her closing re-
marks. She began by discuss-
ing the plight of a death-row
inmate in Atlanta. She then
asked the children if lynch-

will always exist. If, however,
the NAACP leadership still
believes that the KKK is the
chief impediment to Black
success, then as leaders, they
have defined themselves as ir-
relevant. The fact that the or-
ganization would teach Black
children that Black people are
despised means the organiza-
tion has sold out its original
charter and is now worthless.
The NAACP simply can't
have it both ways. They can't
profess that it is the last word

on civil rights and at the same
time be an arm of any politi-
cal party. Its moniker can't
announce that it is fighting
for racial advancement and
at the same time the body
remains ambivalent about
a policy that results in the
death of more Black people
than heart disease, cancer,
strokes, accidents, diabetes,
homicide and chronic lower
respiratory diseases com-
bined. The NAACP can't claim
the leadership of the Black
community and then stand
idly by while members of the
Congressional Black Caucus
garner favor (and campaign
donations) from the teachers
unions, while selling-out the
interests of Black schoolchil-
dren in Washington D.C. And
it can certainly no longer
claim to be a civil rights or-
ganization while at the same
time it advocates a system of
governance that relies on re-
distributing the fruits of one
man's labor in service of other


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SBY WILLIAM D.C. CLARK, Co-Founder I.A.M. o '

Serving each other in the face of hard economic times

I remember growing up in
the James E. Scott Projects. I
remember Mrs. Gladys, selling
candy, two for a penny cookies,
honey buns and cherry frozen
cups and Mr. Troy, the shade
tree mechanic, fixing people's
cars. I remember young broth-
ers with their raggedy lawn
mowers asking people if they
wanted their small patch of
grass cut. Little did those proj-
ect entrepreneurs realize that
while they were making a few
bucks on the side, they were
actually serving the commu-
I remember the fish fries, the
bake sales and women who
would often wash, iron and
fold your clothes for almost
nothing. I remember sisters
who would braid hair, elder-
ly men who would give you a

ride to the store and the Fri-
day night rent parties that
often helped a neighbor in
need. Where have those days
gone? They left some time in
the early 70s when integration
opened up the doors to a world

faking moves and trying to
convince one another that this
newly-found integration had
afforded us greater material
riches than it had anyone else.
Back then, just like now, we
were broke as hell. But unlike

We are hesitant to let someone in our house to do vari-
ous domestic chores. We are fearful to let our so-
called neighbors tend to our offspring.

outside of the projects. While
it appeared to open up a world
with greater opportunities, it
apparently closed a door by
which we served others. What
became important was getting
ahead and doing better. But it
also turned into trying to out-
do one another. It was about

in times past, we may be worse
off. Back then at least we had
each other. Back then it ap-
peared our egos were in check.
Back then we all were in the
same boat. Back then there
was a level of trust. Now that
trust has been eroded. Now
our egos have run amuck. We

will never stoop so low as to
clean somebody else's draw-
ers. We will never clean our
neighbors toilets. We will nev-
er admit that things are just
as bad within our home as it
is in our neighbor's. But per-
haps the greatest difference
between now and then is the
fact that we don't trust one an-
We are hesitant to let some-
one in our house to do various
domestic chores. We are fear-
ful to let our so-called neigh-
bors tend to our offspring. Cer-
tainly we are averse to eating
food from just anybody. Trust
has taken a vacation. Neigh-
borhoods' are no more. Serv-
ing each other is a thing of the
past and unfortunately, Black
people are worse off than ever

IRecall State Attorney Edfirst -r Alvarez is merely a victim

Recall State Attorney first Alvarez is merely a victim

Dear Editor,

I always had a problem with
Mayor Alvarez becoming Mi-
ami-Dade County Mayor by vir-
tue of his prior job title: Direc-
tor of the Miami-Dade County
Police Department. The Police
are a closed net community and
pride themselves on the idea
that what happens behind the
badge, stays behind the badge .

. and that may be okay for the
guys in Blue. But these values-
are unacceptable for an elected
official something in which
Alvarez had no previous expe-
rience. All kinds of red flags
should have popped up the mo-
ment he announced his can-
didacy. But he is not the real
culprit here. If anyone should
be recalled because of lack of
duty, apathy and complicity in


Are you voting and do you think your vote will make a difference?

President of General Mills, Latin America

I intend to,
vote and I am
the Demo- I .N
cratic Party
because for -
the most part
they repre-
sent a bal- -
ance between
being fiscally conservative and
socially liberal. Our country is
based on extending a helping
hand to those in need. Some
parties are operating at the ex-
treme but I think our president
is exercising a very appropriate
balance. I am disappointed at
how quickly the public has for-
gotten that the president made
the best decision regarding the
stimulus package at the time.

Unemployed nurse

I intend to vote for the in-
cumbents that support change.

I am for the r-.
candidates ,
that promote
jobs and get- .
ting the econ-
omy moving
in the right
direction. I ,
have not yet
returned to
work since President Obama
was elected but I am hope-
ful that we are moving toward
more opportunities for employ-
ment. As far as the services for
the unemployed population, the
amount of bureaucratic delay
has increased since Obama was

Retired bank employee

I intend to
support both
and some new
candidates. I
am not sup-
porting the
re-election of


Commissioner Rolle.
yet decided which c
will support instead
I will be supporting
for Governor and K
Meek for U.S. Senate

Office manager

I voted and
for the most
part I sup-
ported the in-
cumbents. I
think there is -'
a lot of misin-
formation that -
voters want to
educate them-
selves about espec
respect to the tax ii
supported Commissi
because he did wha
essary to maintain a
the services to our c
as he could.

I have not I intend to
candidatee I support many
of him yet. of the people
Alex Sink who are in of-
endrick B. fice. I really
like what Ken-
drick Meek is
9 doing. He is
very honest
and he tells voters the truth.
--1 I support the incumbent com-
._. missioners. The economy is do-
^ ing a little better since Obama
was elected.

Director of Housing Finance Authority

I intend to .

ially with
increases. I
loner Rolle
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and for the leading causes of
tax increases it should be State
Attorney Katherine Fernandez
Rundle. Alvarez is merely a
victim as are our county com-
missioners. The irony of this
situation is that it took a bil-
lionaire citizen willing to use
his own money to put a stop to
the county corruption machine
and sending a clear message
to county government officials.

Guess what? Government ac-
countability is back in fashion
again. What Braman has done
in this recall action is nothing
less than historic. But to recall
the mayor and commissioners
and not recall the prosecutorial
gate keepers of our state laws
is insane.

Keith Wilson

Nobody is saying a lot about it, but at least three popu-
lar churches in Liberty City are having trouble meeting their
mortgage payments during this recession and may be facing
foreclosure. Stay tuned.

It looks like that bullet train for the Miami-Tampa-Orlando
corridor might become a reality after all. The U.S. Secretary of
Transportation unveiled $2.4 billion in new grants for bullet
trains and suggested Florida can seek additional money for
its project. We need $808 million for our share.

Now that hundreds of migrant smugglers are serving prison
terms, federal officials say there has been a major drop in the
number of undocumented Cuban migrants reaching South
Florida shores. At least 546 migrant smugglers have been
criminally charged since 2006.

It's not over until it's over. A day after a Los Angeles jury
handed out mixed verdicts in the Anna Nicole Smith case,
the Broward state attorney's office said it is still reviewing the
model's death.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott's personal
campaign spending has shattered records as the most ex-
pensive governor's race in history. Scott gave his campaign
another $11.6 million in the final 12 days, bringing his to-
tal personal spending to more than $73 million. We wonder
what methods Mr. Scott will use to get his money back if the
people are stupid enough to elect him?

After 14 years of stellar broadway entertainment and out-
standing community leadership recognition one of Miami-
Dade's top social events seems to have fallen on hard times.
The annual M. Athalie Range Gala, usually held the first
week in November, has not been scheduled so far this year.

It seems everyone in Little Havana and Allapattah knew it
except the local police, but a sweep last Wednesday dubbed
Operation Lucky 7 found the popular illegal gambling
machines in the cafeterias, convenience and mom-and-pop
stores and even hardware stores that had set up the ma-

Investigators found much of the same at Broward's Swap
Shop where they hauled away a cache of cleverly-disguised
drug paraphernalia. At the end of the raid, police had confis-
cated 5,691 items, including marijuana pipes hidden inside
hi-lighters, lipstick tubes and key chain flashlights.

Will someone please tell us just what the hell is going on
at Jackson Health Systems? After laying off more than 400
workers five months ago, Jackson Health System has rehired
many of them to fill vacancies. Martha Baker, president of
the Jackson local of the Service Employees International
Union, said at least 97 percent of the 151 SEIU members who
lost their jobs have been recalled to work.


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Oprah ready to venture out on OWN GE to place "largest ever

By Gary Levin wraps, along with two more o them bitches," an apparder" for electric vehicles

After delays, management
shake-ups and a renegotia-
tion of her on-air commitment,
Oprah Winfrey is ready for her
cable close-up.
The Oprah Winfrey Network
premieres at noon ET/PT on
New Year's Day with a week-
end lineup of sneak previews,
Master Class interviews with
Jay-Z and Diane Sawyer and
Ask Oprah's All-Stars, the
first of four two-hour specials
that will offer viewers advice
from Oprah disciples Dr. Phil,
Dr. Oz and Suze Orman.
Discovery Networks is sink-
ing $189 million into the joint
venture with the talk-show
queen and will reach 78 mil-
lion homes two-thirds of
the country right off the
bat. Though the channel has
announced plans for several
shows emphasizing empow-
erment, until now it has kept
specific rollout plans under

series reuniting actors Ryan
and Tatum O'Neal and country
singers Naomi and Wynonna
Judd as each works through
"complex" parent-child rela-
High-profile series, includ-
ing globe-trotting interview
show Oprah's Next Chapter
and a daily talk show with
Rosie O'Donnell, won't appear
until fall. But launch weekend
is designed to deliver "an hon-
est and true representation of
what OWN is," says channel
president Christina Norman.
Programming chief Lisa Ers-
pamer says the network's goal
is "to entertain people, inspire
people and educate people
about themselves and others,"
without force-feeding viewers
a diet of feel-good fare.
At a conference last week in
Long Beach, Calif., Winfrey
promised OWN will be "fun
and entertaining without tear-
ing people down and calling

-Photo by Joe Pugliese, Harpo Productions/OWN
Wrapping things up: Oprah
Winfrey in the control room
during this season the 25th and
final of her TV talk show.

swipe at competitors suc L asll
Her employee and admirer
Dr. Phil McGraw, who has a
big early presence on the new
channel, says, "She gets to the
answers people want to hear
about subjects that matter,"
and "that whole philosophy is
defining the network."
Fans will be waiting, and
Winfrey who promises to
appear in 70 hours of pro-
gramming a year will make
a bigger splash once produc-
tion ends on her daytime talk
show in May.
"It's hard to think of too
many launches of new cable
networks that are more hyped,"
says Todd Gordon, managing
director at top ad buyer Initia-
tive Media. "There's no doubt
that shows Oprah is directly
involved in will do very, very.
well. But the ultimate success
of the network will be based on
all the shows around it."

BusinessGreen .comi

GE is set to order "tens of
thousands" of electric vehicles
in a move that will provide a
major boost to the embryonic
market and bear out predic-
tions that large corporate cus-
tomers will drive adoption of
the emerging technology.
At a speech in London yes-
terday, chief executive Jeff Im-
melt said the company would
place the "largest order in
history" in the next week, al-
though he did not confirm an
exact figure or manufacturer.
However. he did say that
under the initiative about
half of GE s sales force would
dnve electnc cars. leading to
estimates that the company
could purchase up to 23.000
vehicles a total that a single
manufacturer would probably
struggle to meet.
Nissan. Mlitsubishi and GM

are all poised to release elec-
tric car models in the next
12 months and' the market
is forecast to increase signifi-
cantly over the next decade.
A study by JD Power and
Associates released earlier
this week predicted that just
under a million hybrid electric
vehicles and battery electric
vehicles will be on the road by
2020, so the GE order would
represent a substantial pro-
portion of that total.
"This is a huge step up,"
Brett Smith, vehicle technol-
ogy analyst at the Center for
Automotive Research, told
news agency Bloomberg. "It's
the biggest order to date that
I'm aware of, by a lot."
GE has been pushing to
establish itself as one of the
world's leading clean tech
firms and plans to invest
$10bn in related R&D by

"After four years of reductions, we couldn't cut any more"

continued from 1A

effort against the Mayor using
much of his own money, that he
is taking advantage of people's
unhappiness. And Alvarez adds
that he doesn't like it one bit.
"He [Braman] was opposed to
several projects including the
tunnel and the stadium and he
is using a particular segment of
our community the anti-tax
segment -[Hispanics] so that
he can finally get his way. He's
just not used to losing. One iro-

ny for me is that he presented
the City of Miami with an award
recently and they raised taxes.
We rolled back taxes. As far as
our budget is concerned, we
could not accept a flat scenario
budget. A rollback form was our
only options we had to make
sure we protected vital services."
The services to which Alvarez
referred are things like: public
safety; health and human ser-
vices; parks and other forms of
recreation and culture; neigh-
borhoods and infrastructures
like sidewalks, waste collection

and libraries; economic devel-
opment; and administrative ser-
vices at the county level.
"If the County had adopted a
flat tax rate, $150 million more
would have been cut from the
budget,", he said. "That would
mean laying off a number of po-
lice officers or firefighters and
cutting funding for both social
service and cultural organiza-
tions. Life as we know it would
have been far different and our
current quality of life would
have surely changed for the

According to Alvarez, as the
day for the county commission-
ers to vote on the budget drew
closer, numerous meetings (18
to be exact) were held in dif-
ferent parts of the county. The
purpose, he says, was to allow
citizens to say what mattered
most to them what they need-
ed the most and what they were
willing to give up.
"All low-income seniors will
receive a rebate check of $100
and the increases in salary were

all part of a three-year con-
tract," he said. "We entered into
collective bargaining with the
unions and that took some time
to work things out. But even af-
ter they get their cost of living
increase in July 2011, most
County employees' salaries will
be 8 to 9 percent below where
they would have been without
these concessions. Unlike other
government agencies, we were
unwilling to break a contract
that we had entered into in good
faith. The key here is that the
story, the rationale behind this

budget, the narrative if you will,
just hasn't been told based on
fact by most of the area's media

For now, Alvarez says he has
no choice but to wait things out.
He says that that the petition
forms that have been collected
by Braman and his team have
to be certified and adds that he
would not be surprised to* see
legal challenges to the forms
and/or the process.

Edmonson and Rolle also

continued from 1A

recalls the majority of citizens
saying they did not want to see
library hours cut back much
less closed. They wanted the
County to maintain service.
"Simple things like keep-
ing the lawns maintained at
our parks are ways to keep
our communities more liv-
able," he said. "That would
not have been possible had we
not made certain concessions
in this budget. This is all just
hysteria based on unrealistic

issues. Services that we all
take for granted would have
ceased to exist without us
raising taxes. Nor could we go
the way that Braman advises
to make up the gap: fire peo-
ple and cut salaries 20 percent
across the board. That's quite
simple but try something like
that and see the fallout from
the community. We had to do
more than just talk rhetoric -
we had some tough choices to
make and Mayor Alvarez did
just that. That's why I stand in
support of him and his leader-

As for m'
that I repre
in my distri
tens too. T
sent the Nc

Jordan says she was
angry and insulted when
heard about Norman
man's threat ,to recall
commissioner that voted i
vor of the budget.
"The hairs on the bac
my neck began rising wl

support new County
clear that under no circum-
y support of the Mayor, I can only say clear that under no circum-
asent mostly poor and elderly people stany services did they want to see
cl. I listen to them. And the Mayor lis- with them and for them. What
hat's why I support him. I don't repre- surprised me most is that the
orman Braman's of the world." Mayor came with a rollback
-Barbara Jordan rate after what had transpired
District 1 County Commissioner the year before with others try-

both first heard that," she said. "It ing to have him recalled. What
it showed me is that he is in
she reminded me of the master- it showed me is that he is in
Bra- slave relationship and men- this job not for himself and
any tality. Yes, I took it very per- not to be popular but because
n fa- sonally. At the budget hearing of the people he serves the
later that night the commu- same people that elected him.
:k of nity I represent showed up As for my support of the May-
hen I in force. They made it quite or, I can only say that I rep-
resent mostly poor and elderly


people in my district. I listen
to them. And the Mayor listens
too. That's why I support him.
I don't represent the Norman
Braman's of the world."
Both Commissioners Audrey
Edmonson, Dist. 3 and Com-
missioner Dorrin Rolle, Dist.
2, also voted for the budget.
In separate statements, they
both shared that they sup-
ported the budget because of
the concerns of their constitu-
ents about the potential cut in
services including Head Start,
park programming and small
business assistance.

Will Coach Billy Rolle be back next season?

continued from 1A

With no reasons for the firing
being provided by either Han-
kerson or Rolle and with nei-
ther men returning calls from
The Miami Times, it looked like
the popular coach, and one of
the most celebrated in Florida
with state championships won
with two different schools and
three state titles in his 14 years
on the sidelines, had come to a
unceremonious end.
Then on Monday, first based

on information from blogs
and e-mails and then based
on information gleaned from
the wire services, the word
went out that Rolle had been
rehired. One source said that
Hankerson had failed to follow
the proper procedure in firing
Rolle. And in a conversation
with one prominent North-
western alum, it seems that
Hankerson and other MDCPS
officials got plenty of calls and
heated messages from angry
alumni. None were willing to
say much to the Times but

Northwestern Principal

someone certainly got an ear
full from irate alumni and fans.
The rumor that Rolle had got-
ten his job back was confirmed
early Tuesday in a conversa-
tion the Times had with John
Schuster, media spokesper-
son for MDCPS. Now we know
that at least for the remainder.
of the season and presumably
as long as the team advances
in this year's playoffs, Billy
Rolle will continue as the head
What happens next is any-
one's guess.

More voters will keep both left and right honest

continued from 1A

in a presidential election.
Voter turnout in midterm
elections, Gans notes, is
usually a lot lower.
Despite the seismic shift in
the political landscape that
pundits predict the midterm
elections will bring, Gans
holds out little hope for a
corresponding increase in
political participation in the
world's greatest democracy.
That's because one in four
Americans hasn't registered
to vote, and in every presi-
dential election since 1920
more than a third of citizens
who are eligible to vote have
failed to do so.
When you dissect the
numbers, as Gans does with
great precision, it's easy to
understand why he worries
about the balkanization of

America's body politic. "It
suggests that as voter par-
ticipation declines, our poli-
tics becomes increasingly
the providence of the inter-
ested and the zealous," he
Gans worries about the
fraying of the bonds that link
this nation's governed to our
government. I worry that
government will increas-

ingly derive its powers not
from "the consent of the gov-
erned" but from the apathy
and quiescence of non-vot-
ers. I worry that government
by the fringe is fast replac-
ing the "government of the
people, by the people, for the
people" that Abraham Lin-
coln spoke of so eloquently
in his Gettysburg Address.
I fear that as voter partici-
pation dwindles, America's
democracy will give way to a
government that's controlled
by those who shout the loud-
est, are the most intimidat-
ing or are the angriest mem-
bers of society. It'll become
the providence of the win-
ners of an ideological tug of
war that has little to do with
democracy and a lot to do
with uncompromising people
wanting to have their way.
Sadly, there is no solid
middle ground among Amer-

ican voters. There are just
avowed liberals and conser-
vatives and the so-called in-
dependents, who waver be-
tween these two poles until
they pick sides on Election
The outcome of this year's
midterm elections, like that
of the 2008 presidential con-
test, will produce short-term
gain. But the warring be-
tween political parties that
follows chips away at the
underpinnings of our de-
mocracy an erosion that
threatens its collapse.
Greater voter participation
can keep our democracy
from imploding. It'll bring
more diversity ideological,
racial and cultural to the
voting booth. And it can force
the extremes of the left and
right to put the good of the
nation ahead of their selfish
quest for political gain.

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Alcohol is most damaging to body

continued from 1A

Heroin, crack and crystal
meth are deadliest to the indi-
vidual user, the study showed,
but when their wider social ef-
fects are taken into account,
alcohol is the most damaging,
followed by heroin and crack.
Experts said alcohol scored
so high because it's so widely
used and has devastating con-
sequences not only for drink-
ers but for those around them.
Excessive drinking damages
nearly all organ systems, and
is also connected to higher
death rates. It's also involved
in a greater percentage of crime
than most other drugs, includ-
ing heroin.
Marijuana, ecstasy and LSD

scored far lower, according to
the study, published in the "The
Experts said the study should
prompt countries to reconsider
how they classify drugs. Last
year, Britain increased its pen-
alties for the possession of mar-
Some experts were critical
of that decision, including Dr.
Nutt. He was fired from his po-
sition as the U.K. chief drugs
adviser soon after.
"What governments decide is
illegal is not always based on
science," says Leslie King, an
adviser to the European Moni-
toring Centre for Drugs and one
of the study's authors. "Drugs
that are legal cause at least as
much damage, if not more, than
drugs that are illicit."

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For real change to occur, it must begin within

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

As a second-time re-offender
in the Florida penal system,
I've had the unfortunate oppor-
tunity to experience firsthand
how change or the inability to
change can have an impact on
one's life. The kind of change
that I'm talking about is when
an individual commits an act
of unlawfulness which leads
him or her to jail or prison,
and then while incarcerated,
that individual decides to ei-
ther continue to develop a pat-
tern of criminal behavior, or
on the other hand, completely

lose the desire
to repeat any
violations of
the law. There
is of course no
middle ground
in the deci-
HALL process.
Once subjected to involun-
tary servitude for a period of
time, one cannot possibly be
released from prison and say
"look dawg, I'm just going to
sell a little dope here and there
and them I'm going to back out
of the game once I am able to
get on my feet." No!

That kind of mentality is
one of the many reasons why
we are so prone to recidivism.
Transformation must occur in
one's mind even before an exit
from prison is made. To those
of you who are incarcerated,
it has to be determined prior
to your release that under no
circumstances will you do any-
thing to jeopardize your free-
dom even if it is to achieve per-
sonal, gain. It success is your
goal, it is necessary for you to
The kind of necessary chang-
es that you make in your life
involving your thinking and ac-

tions must be so dramatic that
it becomes apparent even in
the eyes of others that you have
become a new and more posi-
tive person. One cannot expect
a brighter future to manifest in
their life if they are unwilling
to remove themselves from the
path of self-destruction. What-
ever your decision, it is impera-
tive for you to understand that
as an individual every man is
bound by the consequences of
his own decisions.
The same thing was basi-
cally said to me by one of my
family members years ago af-
ter complaining to and lash-

ing out at them out of frus-
tration about how unfair the
system is particularly to-
wards people of color. Their
response: "You shouldn't have
done what you did to get put
in there in the first place."
It took a long time for me to
realize that they were abso-
lutely correct in their assess-
ment of my grievance. Since
then, my decision has been to
never give the system an op-
portunity to take my life and
freedom away from me again.
A positive change in my think-
ing process had to be made in
order for me to truly expect

for this goal to be achieved.
We cannot depend on the
Department of Corrections to
prepare us for society because
the few re-entry programs
made available to inmates
today are non-effective. Be-
sides, by evidence of the high
number of prisons already ex-
isting in the State of Florida,
it seems that what is more
important is warehousing in-
mates as opposed to creating
and building on corrective-
training programs within the
institutions. For that reason,
the responsibility of inner
change rests in our hands.

Research teams find oil on bottom of Gulf I lt. Q. 1.

By Rick Jervis .

NEW ORLEANS Scientists
who were aboard two research
vessels studying the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill's impact on
sea life have found substantial
amounts of oil on the seafloor,
contradicting statements by
federal officials that the oil had
largely disappeared.
Scientists on the research
ship Cape Hatteras found oil
in samples dug up from the
seafloor in a 140-mile radius
around the site of the Macondo
well, said Kevin Yeager, a Uni-
versity of Southern Mississippi
assistant professor of marine
sciences. He was the chief
scientist on the research trip,
which ended last week.
Oil found in samples ranged
from light degraded oil to thick
raw crude, Yeager said.
A research team on a ship
called the Arctic Sunrise,
sponsored by the environmen-
tal activist group Greenpeace,
also turned up traces of oil in
sediment samples as well as
evidence of chemical disper-
sants in blue crab larvae and
long plumes of oxygen-deplet-
ed water emanating from the
well site 50 miles off Louisi-
ana's coast.
Greenpeace was scheduled
to announce its findings at a
news conference today. Its trip
also ended last week.
"Clearly, there appears to be
vast volumes of oil present on



Crewmembers lower a reseat
ship Artic Sunrise on Oct. 15.
the seafloor," Yeager said. "We
saw considerable evidence of
Yeager said his team still
needs to "fingerprint" the sam-
ples in labs to determine de-
finitively that the oil came from
the runaway well. The sheer
abundance of oil and its prox-
imity to the well site, though,
makes it "highly likely" that
the oil is from the Macondo
well, he said.
The findings add to an ongo-
ing debate between academic
researchers and federal sci-
entists, who have differed on
the oil spill's impact on the
Gulf. The Deepwater Horizon
rig exploded and sank in April,
killing 11 crewmembers and

-AP photo/Gerald Herbert
rch lander from the Greenpeace

releasing more than 100 mil-
lion gallons of oil before it was
sealed Sept. 18. BP leased the
rig and is responsible for the
spill's cleanup, while the U.S.
Coast Guard is overseeing re-
sponse and cleanup work.
Federal officials have said
that most of the oil has evapo-
rated or been devoured by oil-
eating microbes. Last week,
Steve Lehmann, a scientist
with the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) and a top science ad-
viser to the Coast Guard, told
the New Orleans Times-Pica-
yune that his agency has not
found any oil on the seafloor.
"The concept of a big slick
of oil sinking to the bottom is

kind of an anathema," he said.
"We have not found anything
that we would consider action-
able at 5,000 feet or 5 feet."
Debbie Payton, a NOAA
oceanographer leading the
agency's subsurface oil moni-
toring, said NOAA scientists
have detected an oily sheen in
some of the sediments samples
they've taken near the well
site, but early results from lab
analysis so far have not shown
any oil particles.
Part of the discrepancy be-
tween federal and academic
scientists may come from how
NOAA scientists lower the
multi-ton machinery used to
collect the samples, known as
a "multiple corer," into the sea,
said Samantha Joye, a Univer-
sity of Georgia marine sciences
professor who was one of the
first to discover oily sediment
in the seafloor.
Lowering the multiple corer
too fast could disrupt the fine
sediment on the seafloor and
disperse oil particles, she said.
"These are really fine layers,"
Joye said. "If you don't know
what you're -doing, you're not
going to find oil."
The three-month Green-
peace research trip aboard the
Arctic Sunrise included scien-
tists from Tulane University
and Texas A&M University at
Galveston, said John Hoce-
var, Greenpeace's oceans cam-
paign director who participat-
ed in the expedition.

Four guilty in NYC plot aimed at synagogues

By John Bacon

Four men snared in an FBI
terrorism sting were convict-
ed recently in a plot to blow
up New York City synagogues
and shoot down military

James Cromitie, 44, was
accused of hatching the plot
with a paid FBI informant he
met at a mosque about an
hour north of New York City in
Newburgh. Cromitie recruit-
ed his three co-defendants to
fire heat-seeking missiles at

cargo planes. The informant
helped make hundreds of
hours of video and audiotape
of the men discussing the
scheme. Some were played at
the trial in Manhattan.
The defendants "thought
this was real real bombs,

real missiles every step of
the way," Assistant U.S. At-
torney David Raskin said
during closing arguments.
Sentencing was set for
March 24, when the defen-
dants could face up to life in


A father and son were arrested at a Sunrise warehouse on Oct. 21 after they
were discovered selling millions of dollars worth of counterfeit fabrics.
Leonard Goldfarb, 66 and his son Todd Goldfarb, 36, were arrested in a joint
operation between the Broward Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement office at their store, Miami Textile Inc. in Sunrise.
Police found about 2,958 yards of fabric with an estimated value of $1,494,000.
Each man was charged with nine counts of counterfeiting private labels. The
first six counts were $3,500 each, seven to nine counts were $1,000 each.

An 11-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff's Office was arrested on Oct. 26 on
charges that he stole $1,232 in cash from the crime scene of a drug investigation.
Deputy Albury Burrows, 40, is charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony.
Burrows is accused of taking money found by other deputies in the pockets of
a drug suspect during an investigation of marijuana plants found growing in a
Broward County apartment.


A five-month joint investigation by Surfside Police Department, Miami-Dade Po-
lice Department's Public Corruption Investigations Bureau (PCIB) and the Public
Corruption Unit of the Miami-Dade State Attorneys Office has led to the arrest
of 25-year-old police officer Maximo Moreno and his 31-year-old brother, Allan
Moreno, on the charges of bribery.
Several citizen's complained that the 3 1/2 year police officer was engaging in
the solicitation of bribery during traffic stopsof motorists who appeared to be
driving under the influence of alcohol or who were committing other moving viola-
tions, an investigation and surveillance was conducted at the request of Surfside
Police Chief David Allen. He would then call his brother, who drove a tow truck for
Tremont Towing and charge the driver from 180 to 300 dollars.
Maximo and Allan Moreno have both been charged with three counts of bribery,
a second degree felony.

A Hialeah man has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation after he
allegedly assaulted a teenage boy on Sept. 18 at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah.
According to the incident report, 48-year-old Ignacio Concepcion-Rodriguez
met the 14-year-old boy in the park around 6 p.m. At one point Concepcion-Ro-
driguez reportedly kissed the boy, grabbed his hand and forced the boy to fondle
the older man.
The teen and his father spotted Concepcion-Rodriguez, followed him and
flagged down a Miami-Dade schools police officer and explained what had hap-
Police say it is possible he might have targeted others.
Concepcion-Rodriguez is being held on a $10,000 bond.

School buses test fingerprint scan

Supporters argue
By Trevor Hughes
and Michelle Mitchell

School districts are turn-
ing to high-tech solutions
- from fingerprint scans to
electronic cards to track
kids on school buses and
keep them from getting off
at the wrong stops.
The latest: A fingerprint
scanning, system, approved
this month for testing at
the Desert Sands district,
northeast of San Diego.
Students will be scanned as
they get on and off the bus.
"Kids get lost. It hap-
pens in every school dis-
trict, every year," says John
DeVries, president of Global
Biometrics Security, which
developed the Biometric Ob-
servation Security System
(BOSS) that's being tested.

student safety
It happened Oct. 13 when
a Prince George's County
(Md.) school employee took
a 5-year-old student to the
wrong bus and the student
got off several blocks from
home. "That just shouldn't
happen," says district
spokesman Darrell Pressley.
He says the district is now
considering a system.
With BOSS, students' fin-
gerprints are scanned and
sent to a database. When
they get off, they provide a
"check out" .print. An alarm
sounds if the child tries to
get off at the wrong place.
The fingerprints are not
stored, DeVries says. They
are converted into a series
of numbers that cannot be
used to re-create the print,
he says.
Margaret Gomez of Palm

Springs, Calif., whose
daughter, then 6, was let off
a bus about a mile'from her
home three years ago, sup-
ports the idea. "Anything is
better than what they .have
in place now," she says.
Other tracking systems
include the ZPass from Se-
attle-based Zonar Systems,
which uses a programmed
card carried by students or
tied to a backpack. It is in
about 30 districts, including
North Kansas City Schools
and Illinois School District
128 in Palos Heights, com-
pany executive Chris Oliver
Paul Stephens, of the Pri-
vacy Rights Clearinghouse
in San Diego, says tracking
students is reasonable, but
the data could fall into un-
authorized hands. "What if
a child predator was able to
get access to this?" he says.

S1 -V
4 .

-Global Biometrics Security
A fingerprint scanner, laptop, GPS receiver and cellular data connection track which students are
on which bus, and where exactly the bus is.

Fla. State, military studying suicide prevention

- Florida State University is
preparing to announce a new
research effort into military
Florida State professor
Thomas Joiner, who has stud-
ied suicide issues for many
years, will join researchers
from the U.S. Army and the

Denver VA Medical Center to
discuss an initiative they be-
lieve can help reduce military
The new three-year project,
funded by the Army, will de-
velop a network of research-
ers to study multiple aspects
of suicide, look at the work
of other studies and then

compile a database so other
researchers and people run-
ning suicide-prevention pro-
grams can see what is effec-
More than 1,100 members
of the armed forces killed
themselves from 2005 to
2009, and suicides have been
rising again this year.

Just last month, Defense
Secretary Robert Gates and
Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
launched the National Ac-
tion Alliance for Suicide Pre-
vention, a public and private
coalition dedicated to reduc-
ing suicides across the U.S.



Police target Heat's season opener to stage protest

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

Last Friday while all eyes
were glued to AmericanAir-
lines Arena where Dwyane
Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron
James and the rest of the Mi-
ami Heat were preparing for
their nationally-televised sea-
son opener, another scene was
emerging across the street and
along Biscayne Boulevard.
Members of the City of Mi-
ami's police union, along with
reps from both the firefight-
ers' and municipal employees'
unions, waged a vocal protest,

thrusting signs into the air
and blowing whistles to get the
public's attention. The unions
say they are angry because in
the recently-adopted budget
approved by the City Commis-
sioners, the police and other
city personnel were hit with up
to 12 percent pay cuts and
severe reductions in pension
for members of both the fire
and police unions.
Fraternal Order of Police
President Armando Aguilar
stated, "City Hall doesn't care
when we demonstrate at City
Hall. When we do it at a place
like [AmericanAirlines Arena],

it hits where it hurts."
The union members
marched along Biscayne Bou-
levard from Flagler Street,
passing the arena and pro-
ceeding north to 10th Street.
It was a crowded scene but
both the game and the protest
went off without any serious
mishaps. Still, union mem-
bers hoped to disrupt things
as fans sought to make their
way to the arena.
Miami has 1,100 police offi-
cers and many say they are far
from pleased with the changes
in their benefits which include:
a contract that has been modi-

fied to base pension payouts
on the average of one's top five
earning years, rather than the
previous formula of the single
highest year; the elimination
of salary multipliers; and new
policies that make it harder for
a police officer to retire before
turning 50-years-old.
The fire union has since filed
a law suit against the City,
claiming that the rarely-used
statute that was initiated by
the commissioners to force
cuts in salaries and pensions,
"financial urgency," illegally
broke already-signed union

Community members get their piece
of the cake as part of the festivities at
the Government Center marking the
County Transit EASY Card's first anni-

Police officers and their supporters

march along Biscayne Boulevard

last Friday evening in protest of

recent pay cuts that are part of the

new County budget.

Historic Ly

By Rich Copley & Josh Kegley
Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. Lexing-
ton's Lyric Theatre and Cultural
Center has reopened after years
of planning and construction.
About 300 people flooded
sidewalks and closed-off streets
on Thursday to hear speeches
by Mayor Jim Newberry, former
Lyric Theatre task force mem-
bers and current board mem-
bers Juanita Betz Peterson and
Robert Jefferson, and principal
architect Susan Stokes Hill.
The speakers told of the his-
tofrr of the theater, at Elm Tree
Lane and East Third Street,
which served black residents of
Lexington when other theaters
were segregated, before the civil
rights movement.
'The Lyric opened its arms
to any and all who crossed its
threshold," Hill said. "The Lyric
represents the best of commu-
The grand reopening has been
decades in the making. From
1948 to 1963, the theater was
a downtown hot spot, showing
movies and hosting some of the
best-known jazz artists of its
Then it spent more than four
decades shuttered, despite fre-
quent talk of reopening.
"It was always my belief that
something would happen there,"
said Joan Brannon, acting pro-
gram director for the theater
and an original member of for-

eric Theatre reopens in Lexington Jerry Springer marks

mer Mayor Teresa Isaac's task The roots of the Lyric reno- Ben Sollee, local artists Tee 20 years of m ayhem

force to explore reopening the
theater. "That it stood all these
years without being demolished
is a testament to that belief."
In 2009; renovation finally
started to make the Lyric a 588-
seat theater with an African-
American cultural center and a
multipurpose room.
"Architecturally, the resto-
ration turned out beautifully,"
said Gene Woods, a musician

vation date to 1990, when the
Urban County Government
received $18.5 million in eco-
nomic bonds for a cultural
and trade center that was nev-
er built downtown. The state
sued to get the money back; as
part of a settlement in 1996,
the city promised to spend
millions on cultural projects,
including the Lyric. But the
city didn't take possession of

Dee and Scandalous, the Sa-
cred Drum Ensemble and the
Agape Theatre Troupe, a new
poem in honor of the theater
by Nikky Finney, and a read-
ing by Bianca Spriggs. Come-
dian Adele Givens will be the
Howard has had a string
of hits, played iconic jazz vo-
calist Billie Holiday in Spike
Lee's 1992 biopic Malcolm X

-Photo by Mark Cornelison
Board Members and supporters of the Lyric Theatre raised their arms in celebration after cutting
the ribbon for the redone theater's reopening Thursday, Oct. 28.

and chief executive of St. Jo-
seph Health Systems, "espe-
cially the decor, terrazzo floor
and the signature marquee.
But more than that, the place
truly has a special feeling to
it that goes beyond the bricks
and mortar."

the Lyric until 2005, after a
lengthy condemnation battle.
The centerpiece of the week-
end is a sold-out opening-
night gala Saturday, with Miki
Howard topping a lineup that
includes Lexington native
and national recording artist

and subsequently recorded
an album of Holiday classics.
But Brannon said that a big
reason for booking her as the
headliner was that she could
bring a retro vibe to the event,
with renditions of classic
tunes from the Lyric's heyday.

Fisk rejects new proposal over art collection

Fisk University on Monday
rejected a proposal to keep its
Stieglitz art collection on dis-
play at the school.
The Nashville university said
in a statement that the pro-
posal Friday by the state at-
torney general is a "scheme
which fails to address Fisk's
Fisk is asking for court per-
mission to sell a 50 percent
share in the collection, donat-
ed by the late painter Georgia
O'Keeffe. The historically black
university has argued it could
face bankruptcy without the

$30 million generated by the
sale to the Crystal Bridges Mu-
seum in Arkansas. The school
has also argued it is a financial
burden to maintain and dis-
play the 101-piece collection.
State officials said Friday
that a donor has come forward
with enough money to allow
Fisk to keep the collection and
display it on campus at no cost
to the school.
Fisk said in its statement
Monday the proposal "does
not address Fisk's fundamen-
tal financial challenge which is
that without a large infusion
of cash, Fisk cannot continue

to operate."
Davidson County Chancellor
Ellen Hobbs Lyle last month
rejected an earlier plan from
Attorney General Bob Cooper
that would have relocated the
collection to Nashville's Frist
Center for the Visual Arts.
In court documents Friday,
Cooper introduced the new
proposal, writing that Fisk
alumna Carol Creswell-Betsch
has established a fund that
would pay the maintenance
and display costs of the collec-
tion, subject to the court's ap-
The fund is named in honor

of Creswell-Betsch's mother,
Pearl Creswell, who was the
first curator of the Stieglitz col-
lection, which includes works
by Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne,
Marsden Hartley and Diego
Rivera as well as O'Keeffe and
her husband Alfred Stieglitz,
an art promoter and photogra-
The attorney general is in-
volved in the case because
his office has jurisdiction over
charitable giving in Tennessee.
Cooper has argued that allow-
ing Fisk to sell a donated art
collection would deter future
gifts in the Volunteer State.

Lincoln U president says he can't fire professor

By Kathy Matheson
Associated Press

dent of Lincoln University said
Thursday that he cannot fire
a tenured professor who has
questioned the Holocaust and
expressed virulent anti-Israel
views because the teacher has
kept his opinions out of the
A statement from Ivory Nel-
son, president of the state-sup-
ported university, says profes-

sor Kaukab Siddique's beliefs
may be "insidious" but he can
express them "as long as he
does not present such opinions
as the views of the university."
"Dr. Siddique has made it ap-
parent that his opinions are his
own and are not a part of his
curriculum," Nelson said.
Siddique has questioned the
Holocaust and called for the
destruction of Israel in forums
including a September rally in
Washington, D.C., and an on-
line magazine he edits called

New Trend.
After video of the rally was
posted last week, Siddique told
The Philadelphia Inquirer that
he is against Israel, not Jews.
On Tuesday, Siddique told the
online news site InsideHigh- that his remarks
should be put in the context of
academic freedom.
"That's freedom of expres-
sion going up the smokestack
here," Siddique said. "I'm not
an expert on the Holocaust. If
I deny or support it, it doesn't

mean anything."
Thursday's statement from
Lincoln's president comes two
days after Pennsylvania Board
of Education Chairman Joe
Torsella questioned whether
Siddique is fit to teach and
whether school resources have
been used to spread anti-Sem-
itism on campus.
"Academic freedom and the
system of tenure designed to
protect it are critical elements
of higher education," Torsella
wrote to Nelson on Tuesday.

By David Bauder
.Ai l)rltied Priss

NEW YORK Thanks to
Jerry Springer, the idea of a
midget standing on a table
to start a food fight or pas-
sionately kissing her sister
on a daytime TV show doesn't
seem so shocking anymore
Springer's theater of the
absurd is like video
wallpaper now, as f-T-
he celebrates his
20th season on the I
air Wednesday with
an episode filmed
in New York s Times
Square that plays
back some of the
memorable wig-pull- SPRI
ing, chin-smacking
and turkey-tossing moments
of the past.
It's become an Institu-
tion," Bill Carroll. an analyst
of television's syndication
market for Katz Television,
Springer's show doesn't get
high ratings. not like in the
early 1990s when he bnetfl
challenged "The Oprah Win-
frey Show' for supremac.
But it is a dependable per-
former. Carroll said, and
owner NBC Universal said
this week it had already sold
the show to stations in key
markets such as New York
and Los Angeles through
'I don't watch the shoxw,
but it's not aimed at 66-year-
old men," Springer said 'If
I were in college. I would

watch. I enjoy doing it It's a
lot of fun."
Springer infrequently
stands on hi' show's stage.
usually prowling with a mi-
crophone among audience
members and acting like a
ringmaster for themed pro-
grams such as 'Wives Battle
Mistresses.' 'Midget Holiday
Hell' and 'Guess What? I'm a
Man! Transsexuals
SS revealing their 'se-
cret" to dating part-
ners, love triangles
and romantic be-
tra.yals are frequent
topics, designed to
deliver an onstage
,. ._4. moment of shock.
NGER Former U.S. Edu-
cation Secretary Wil-
-liam Bennett called talk show
hosts like Springer perpe-
trators of cultural rot," in a
1995 news conference aimed
at cleaning up daytime TV
where he was joined by U S
Sen Joseph Lieberman. 1-
Conn. Now Springer films
his episodes in a production
facility in Lieberman's home-
town of Stamford, Conn
"They don't have to say
to their guests, 'Be outra-
geous, Katz said. 'They all
come to the show, they've all
grown up with the show. They
know what their role is. The
more outrageous, the more
memorable. For some folks,
it's reality television and for
some folks, it's comedic. It
has developed its own genre."
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Civil War-era house get renovations,

By Amy Widner

only is the Civil War-era Boone
Murphy House getting a much-
needed facelift, what we know
about its history is undergoing
some exciting revisions.
Thanks to federal and state
grants, the historic structure is
getting $56,700 worth of stabili-
zation and weatherization work,
with more to come.
And thanks to modern tech-
nology facilitating the free-flow
of information, local history
buffs know more now about the
Boone Murphy House's role in
Pine Bluff history than ever be-
The Boone Murphy House was
the second headquarters for the
Union Army or at least that's
the tale that's always been told
about the small, boxy struc-
ture that now sits at 714 W.
Fourth Ave., where it was relo-
cated from its original position
at Beech Street and Second Av-
enue in the '70s.
Not so, said Ron Kelley, who
teaches English and history at
St. Joseph's Catholic School
and is a self-described Civil War
nut. With the help of the Inter-
net, he and other local histori-
ans have uncovered thousands
of primary-source documents
that shed unprecedented light
on Pine Bluff history.
Kelley said the real history
of the Boone Murphy House is
far more interesting and game-
changing than its unassuming
exterior would lead us to believe.
In 1863, there were the bat-
tles at Arkansas Post and Little

Rock both Union victories.
Confederates in Pine Bluff had
flown the coop, and no one was
left in charge.
In September 1863, a few
companies from the Union Army
arrived in Pine Bluff to fill the
void. Their commander, Powell
Clayton, would go on to become
the first governor of Arkansas
after the state's readmission to
the Union.
Kelley has found evidence in
troop diaries from the time that
recently freed black slaves % ere
used as part of the conflict and
were likely drilled in advance-in
anticipation of the battle.
Pine Bluff was the site of two to
four refugee camps, called con-
traband camps, because after
the Emancipation Proclamation
of Jan. 1, 1863. o\riing slates
was illegal_ contraband.
As Union troops liberated
slaves, they relocated from
across the county., side to camps
like those in Pine Bluff for pro-
tection and to adjust to lhfe as
Workers from the camps often
provided a source of labor paid
labor, for many a first for the
Union troops They, learned new
skills and professions.
Accounts that Kelley and
other lucal historians have dis-
covered from the Battle of Pine
Bluff describe freedmen from
the contraband camps partici-
pating in the battle.
Accounts describe them po-
sitoning cotton bales with deft
rope movements to build pro-
tective forts during the battle
They sustained casualties and
fought bravely, according to the

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Chris Smith and Terry Cullins rebuild the left side porch of the Boone Murphy House, that was
used as the Union Army Headquarters in Pine Bluff from 1863-1865, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

in Pine Bluff, Ark.
"Which is one of the first, if
not the first use of recently freed
slaves from the contraband
camps at least in Arkansas,
if not everywhere else during
'the war in warfare alongside
white soldiers, Kelley said.
'Discotering this is crucial
for a complete understanding
of our history, here "
Kelley praised the efforts of
the Fifth Avenue Historic Dis-
trict CommiIssio n working
to preserve the Boone Murph\
House, which played a criti-
cal role in the timing, location

and ultimate Union victory at
the Battle of Pine Bluff.
"'The Boone Murphy House
may not be much to look at,
but it's the events that hap-
pened there that give us a
better understanding of why
things happened the way they
did in October 1863," Kelley
said. "The preservation of the
Boone Murphy House repre-
sents something concrete. We
can see the city preserving the
history of the War Between
the States, to say the least,
because it shaped much of
Pine Bluffs later history."

Victory at the Battle of Pine
Bluff allowed the contraband
camps in Pine Bluff to con-
tinue as a place where free
slaves were able to launch
new lives. After the war, many
of them settled in Pine Bluff.
The high black population
was part of what led Pine
Bluff to be selected as the
location for Branch Normal
College, the future Universi-
ty of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
And Pine Bluff has continued
to be a seat of black history,
culture, politics and commu-

Kwame Afoh, Broward activist

for Black causes, dies at 66

Quiet African Nationalist educated
at Prarie View and Talladega
By Gregory Lewis

Kwame Afoh, a Black acti ist involved in
such causes as equality in sc hool res ourc-
es, anti-war efforts and Black nationalism,
died of lung cancer Sunday at Broward
General Medical Center's hospice unit. He
was 66.
Afoh, who headed the Pan Afrikan Nation-
alists of South Florida until his death, be-
lieved Black people should have self-deter-
mination. While others in that movement,
prominent in the 1960s and 70s, moved on,
"Brother Kwame," as he was often called,
stayed true to that cause and other hu-
man rights campaigns, said his friends and
Black community leaders.
"He was deeply in love with Black folks."
said friend Janice Boursiquot, "and com-
mitted to the cause. He was one of the most
committed people I ever met."
Afoh was an early supporter of Citizens
Concerned about Our Children, which in
1995 sued the Broward School District for
equitable resources and conditions in pre-
dominantly Black schools. The group even-
tually won its case. He also worked behind
the scenes making community members
aware of the plight of Black, poor and im-
migrant children in Broward schools, said
Levi Williams, a Fort Lauderdale attorney.
"Great man, gone too soon," said Williams,
who represented the group in its lawsuit.
"He was a quiet hero who sometimes was
not too quiet."

Born Edell Lydia Jr. on Nov. 20, 1943, in
Arp, Texas, Mr. Afoh said he changed his
name in 1973 after he discovered African
spirituality. He earned a bachelor of arts
in math from Prairie View State College in
Texas in 1966.
He said he became an activist while at-
tending Talladega College in Alabama in
1961. As a freshman, he sat down at a
lunch counter with white patrons.
"They beat me," said Mr. Afoh, in a 2002
interview with the Sun Sentinel. "I went to
jail. I didn't have an African consciousness
then. I was just learning ... But Talladega
schooled me as to how much hate was out
there. It was there that the calling hit me."

He grew up in Fort Worth and was active
in community organizing in Texas. Alabama
and Washington. D.C.. before coming to
Fort Lauderdale in 1994 to raise his son,
Yao, as a single father. Mr. Afoh also is sur-
vied b,. three grown daughters. NMalkia. an
independent filmmaker. Kemba. an attor-
ney: and Afia. a vocalist and educator

'He is an example for men. period, said
Boursiquot. But particularly to Black men
as an example of what a Black man is and
what a Black man does. He was committed
to fatherhood and was involved in his son s
life every day.
Mr. Afoh was a teacher off and on in the
Broward public school system during the
past decade He began as a substitute in
high school science and math and later
taught middle school students in Sunrise.
He also taught at Cypress Run Education
Center in Pompano Beach.
Mr. Afoh, who sperit almost 20 years in
Washington. D.C., said he was never about
"A Black nationalist is one who is building,
perpetuating and growing a group of people
who constitute a nation to gain a greater
sense of self-determination'," he said. "It's
not necessarily about race but a common
future. I don't hate anybody else. I just want
the right to be free. Self-determination."

During his time in South Florida, Mr. Afoh
was involved in the anti- Iraq war effort. He
fought for property rights for poor people
who lost land to developers. He supported
racial discrimination suits and spoke out
on the 2000 presidential election recount,
several friends said.
"I remember Kwame and his group stand-
ing out on Third and Broward Boulevard
protesting the war in Iraq," said Elgin
Jones, who received Mr. Afoh's support in
his discrimination suit against the city of
Fort Lauderdale. "That was long before we
knew it was a fraud."
Mr. Afoh also was an expert on Kwanzaa
and every year was involved with programs
highlighting the seven-day celebration that
culminates on Jan. 1.
"Kwame was a Black man's Black man,"
said Jones. "He wasn't mean or harsh about
it. He was pro-Black."

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Peter Bossman gestures after winning the second round of
local elections in Lucija October 24.


Slovenia elects its 1st Black mayor

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP)
- Slovenia has elected its first
Black mayor, an immigrant from
Africa known as the "Obama of
Piran," the town where he lives.
In fact, Peter Bossman, a
Ghana-born physician, could
be the first black mayor elected
anywhere in his region of Eu-
Bossman, who settled in this
tiny Alpine nation in the 1970s
to study medicine in what was
then known as Yugoslavia, won
a runoff election Sunday in the
coastal town of Piran with 51.4
percent of votes, defeating Dr.
Tomaz Gantar, the outgoing
The 54-year-old Bossman is
a member of Slovenia's govern-
ing Social Democrats. He runs
a private practice and was pre-
viously a member of the Piran
City Council.
Following the vote, Bossman
said he was "happy and proud."
"I based my campaign on a
dialogue, and I think the dia-
logue has won," he said.
Slovenia, a country of 2 mil-
lion people is located near Italy,
Austria and Croatia, and is a
member of European Union and
NATO. The vast majority of Slo-

venians are white, and there are
few immigrants. The few Blacks
who are seen in the country
tend to be tourists.
Vlado Miheljak, a political an-
alyst, said the vote in Piran was
a test about whether Slovenia
was "mature enough to elect a
nonwhite political representa-
No racial issues were raised
during the campaign in Piran,
where Bossman was nicknamed
after President Barack Obama,
the first African American to
hold that office in the U.S. But
he was criticized for not speak-
ing fluent Slovene, the nation's
official language.
In an interview with Delo, a
leading daily newspaper, Boss-
man said he has a friend who
is a professor of Slovenian "and
she offered to give me additional
Piran is a picturesque town of
about 17,000 people, surround-
ing the tiny Gulf of Piran in the
Adriatic Sea. Its main revenue
comes from tourism.
During the campaign, Boss-
man offered to introduce elec-
tric cars to the town and boost
Internet shopping to overcome
a problem of too few stores.


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Village leaders encourage youth to 'rise above violence'

Edmonson says "It's time to listen to students' solutions"

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

In a collaborative effort to
curtail the City's increasing
problems with gang and youth
violence, Commissioner Au-
drey Edmonson recently co-
sponsored a program intended
to discourage high school stu-
dents from getting involved in
criminal activities. Students
from five District 3 senior high
schools listened to local busi-
ness leaders, former youth of-
fenders, attorneys and judges
who spoke candidly about the
personal cost of living a life of
"Every young person reaches
a crossroad where they must
determine what they want to do
with their life," Edmonson said.
"The point of this dialogue is to
let them know that taking the
path leading to crime and vio-
lence always ends up hurting
them and their families."
The several hundred stu-
dents who attended the event,
Village Dialogue: "Rise Above
Violence," were all part of the
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools' (MDCPS) newest ini-
tiative the Education Trans-
formation Office (ETO), which
is spearheaded by Assistant
Superintendent Nikolai Vitti,
33. High schools represented at
the dialogue included: Booker
T. Washington, Miami Edison,
Miami Jackson, Miami North-
western and North Miami.
The ETO, the brainchild of
M-DCPS Superintendent Al-
berto Carvalho, is charged with
improving the performance of
19 selected elementary, middle
and senior high schools that
have been identified by the Flor-
ida Department of Education
as the County's "persistently
lowest-achieving schools." Vit-
ti says so far things are going
quite well.

"We are building on the mo-
mentum that Superintendent
Carvalho sparked about two
years ago when he began to
make changes at someof of our
more troubled schools with new
principals and faculty mem-
bers," Vitti said. "We are focus-
ing on the quality of instruction
in the classroom and finding

soon become adults and enter a
very challenging labor pool."
Other co-sponsors of the dia-
logue included: the Miami-Dade
Black Affairs Advisory Board,
the Miami-Dade Economic Ad-
visory Trust and the Urban
League of Greater Miami, Inc.

Students heard from repre-

bench from among a total of
123 judges, gave their perspec-
tive on the difficult decisions
they must make when Black ju-
veniles or adults are brought to
their courtrooms.
'You are the leaders of tomor-
row but according to the statis-
tics, 50 percent of you will not
graduate," Gayles said. "If we
look at Black males that num-
ber drops to 25 percent. So
you have the choice: to pursue
higher education by any means
necessary and to take advan-

Photo courtesy of Office of Commissioner Edmonson.
Commissioner Audrey Edmonson (second from left), one of the co-sponsors of the youth-focused
"Rise Above Violence" forum is joined by County Judges Fred Seraphin (1-r), Rodney Smith and
Darrin Gayles and Stephen Hunter Johnson, one of the program's moderators.

ways to improve the relation-
ship between students and
teachers. It's clear that we need
different strategies to improve
the academic performance of
many of these students. We are
considering a few options in-
cluding: extending the day of
instruction both after school
and on Saturdays and looking
for community sponsors out-
side of the school system who
can serve as mentors or offer
internships. Particularly at the
high school level, what we are
aiming for are ways to get our
students more engaged with lo-
cal businesses and make avail-
able dual enrollment and in-
dustry certification so that high
school becomes more relevant
for these young people who will

sentatives from the County of-
ficers and organizations with
whom they will undoubtedly
become well-acquainted, if they
chose to live on the wrong side
of the law including: the State
Attorney's Office, the County
Public Defender's Office and a
consultant from the M-D Coun-
ty Anti-Gang Strategies Of-
fice. These and other speakers
helped the young participants
understand the emotional and
financial impact that incarcera-
tion has on families and gave
them tips to avoids such prob-
lems from ever occurring.
Three Black County judges,
the Honorable Darrin Gayles,
Fred Seraphin and Rodney
Smith, who make up a small
minority of 12 Blacks on the

tage of every opportunity that
comes your way, or dropping
out and more than likely wind-
ing up in my courtroom or that
of one of my colleagues."
Gayles pointed out that
many of the people he sees in
his court room did not finish
high school.
Seraphin, a Haitian who
grew up poor in New York City,
challenged the students to do
their very best every day.
"Many of you call yourselves
leaders but to be a leader you
cannot allow others to force you
to follow them down the wrong
roads," he said. "That means
little things too, like not wear-
ing your pants sagging just be-
cause everyone else is doing it.
And it means studying when

all of your friends want to get
high and party. Each decision
you make has consequences."
Tyquandra Stephens, 27,
shared a moving testimony that
made the young people sit up in
their seats. As a college fresh-
man, she came home to Miami
for a holiday break and found
herself hanging with the wrong
friends. She would find herself
in court facing gun charges.
"What I saw in prison and the
way people were wasting their
lives was my wake-up call," she
said. "I knew that when I got out
I was never going to let anyone
or anything cause me to return.
I wanted more fcr my life. But
it could have been much worse.
And there are so many folks like
you guys who are in jail for life.
They will never know what it's

like to be free again."

"We believe that today's pro-
gram was a success because the
young men and women listened
and came with some really
tough questions for our experts
and panelists," Edmonson add-
ed. "Young people today need
an outlet where they can voice
their concerns, share their
ideas and work with adults to
come up with solutions for the
rising youth violence that is
tearing up our community. Too
often adults think we have all
the answers dialogues like
this illustrate that our kids
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Coronation theme: A wild,

African safari

By Yanitza Gonzalez

The Coronation was a .on.ireri'ul I
ceremony that started our. v.h a .
nicely-decorated stage. At nirsr. t
be honest, I thought that it '.- -s g:o-
ing to be very boring. Hov.'.e'.er is
time went by the once empr. audi -
torium began to fill up. Sc.on e'..:-,
where you looked there ek-re st-LL
dents, staff and proud pa--ents The
dance group performed
to the song "Waka-Wa-
ka (Time for Africa) by
Shakira my favorite
part of the ceremony. S
And when the girls : ..
danced, the entire au- al
ditorium definitely paid
Of course the high-
light of the evening was
the actual crowning
of the court. All four
girls that were crowned
looked beautiful. Ms. Junior from last school year (Diana Tillis)
announced their names and they proudly accepted their tiaras,
roses and sashes. The student government announced their new
student body president. Then came the best moment of all -
when it was time to crown Mr. and Ms. BTW. It was such a
wonderful moment to watch the auditorium stand up and watch
the honorees walk down the aisle. It must have been a proud mo-
ment for their parents too who they greeted and gave a rose to as
they walked onto the stage. Then the chorus sang, led by Destiny
Smith who took the show with her captivating voice. Then before
we knew it, the ceremony was over. But we couldn't leave with-
out singing the Alma Mater. That moment was special as well.
Watching the students, faculty, staff and proud parents stand
up to sing the song was wonderful. It really reminds us to have
as much pride as possible because after all, this is our school.

It's been a great fall so far for the students at Booker T. Washington High School. And rather than have the staff of
The Miami Times report on the antics of these energetic youth, we asked them to tell you, the readers, what they've
been doing since classes began. Students from the school's yearbook staff also sent us their favorite photographs.

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Spirit week makes everyone 'come alive'

By Aureila Suazo

October 2nd was a day filled with
high hopes and great expectations.
And while we all naturally wanted to
win, we lost the homecoming game to
the Northwestern Bulls 26-25. When
classes resumed on Monday it was of-
ficial start of Homecoming Week. We
had to come together as a school and
lament the loss then move on to other
more positive things. The return of
Bum Day brought tears of laughter to
people's eyes as students walked the
halls while interpreting the kinds of
hilarious sights we see around us ev-
er day. For the seniors, knowing this
would be their last year against the
West and that we would never have
our revenge, participated in the activi-
ties with even more energy.

It was a great week that allowed us
to prepare our minds for other games
- games that hopefully the next time
well win. The different days of Spirit
Week allowed students the opportuni-
ty to express themselves through dif-
ferent forms of dress. Tuesday came
and everyone became their favorite
superhero; Wednesday brought about
an influx of alter egos; our school was
bombarded with different versions of
the Kardashians, Eminem, Lil Wayne
and Nicki Minaj among others. Home-
coming week came at the perfect time.
It gave us the push we needed to move
onward and persist. It was the time for
laughs to be shared between e'er-,one
and just have fun. Finally, I, along
with my fellow seniors, paused to en-
joy our final senior day on Friday. Go

Dare to Dream dare to win

By Magaly Lastre

Moving through the crowd of
students, the football team leads
with pride. The Raging Torna-
does began a season of great
anticipation, defeating schools
such as Miami Killian, Coral Ga-
bles, Carol City and North Mi-
ami. The streak was tarnished
by a close game and eventual
loss to Miami Northwestern. But
a storm does not dissipate with
one obstacle as the Tornadoes
walked with heads held high to
defeat their next opponent, Key
West. The varsity football cap-
tains, Elkino Watson and Jer-
emiah Hay, have kept the men
together striving for the ultimate
goal of winning in the playoffs.
"Our first loss has helped to

strengthen us and build us up"
Watson said. "We know we're
better than that and well prove
it in the playoffs."
Watson, a highly-sought after
athlete with colleges interested
in the mild-mannered and tal-
ented lineman, says football has
helped him accomplish many
of his goals. But now he is fo-
cusing on the future. He holds
a 3.5 grade point average and
is not only dreaming of a col-
lege but an NFL career. But first
and foremost he has unfinished
work a team victory in the
playoffs. For many of the play-
ers winning is not only an op-
tion but a way of life. Booker T.
Washington football is heading
to the top and great things in
store. Go Tornadoes!

With the FCATS, close isn't good enough

By Yanitza Gonzalez

I used to think how strange and sad it is that for many of
us, while we strive to do our very best on the FCAT, in the end
we often see our efforts blow up in our face. While preparing
for and taking the exam, we all wonder what's going to hap-
pen will we pass or fail. Those who pass worry about the
elective courses they can now take while those who fail worry
about being labeled as 'dumb.'
Apparently, when you score a 298 or 299 on the math or
reading sections, you are close, but not close enough. The
required score on each section is 300. Students like me, who
don't make the mark are forced to continue with intensive
math or intensive reading courses. Electives become some-
thing for which you remain ineligible.
I thought I was prepared last year when as a sophomore
I took the FCAT with great confidence and ended up being
crushed and shattered by my surprisingly low scores in read-
ing and math. I knew math might be a challenge but I was not


prepared for another year of intensive reading too. Apparent-
ly, close isn't close enough. Although the test requirements
are strict, they remind us that we have to prepare and then
try even harder. I know I have learned my lesson especially
as an FCAT re-taker for both math and reading. I plan to be
ready the next time because close . well, you get the point.

Sixteen-year-old FAMU freshman earns his spot

Special to the Times

da A&M University (FAMU)
freshman, Ralph Jones Jr.,
a 16-year- old from Atlan-
ta, GA turned down offers
to Howard University, Fort
Valley State University and
Morehouse College to attend
FAMU. He also turned down
offers from prominent insti-
tutions such as the Univer-
sity of Alabama, Stanford
University, Pennsylvania
State University and Har-
vard University to become a

With an SAT score of
2,120 out of 2,400, it is un-
derstandable how he was
admitted to the top institu-
tions in the U.S.
The National Achieve-
ment Finalist was awarded
$120,000 in scholarships,
which includes a stipend,
tuition and fees, room and
board, books and a laptop.
Being a member of a fam-
ily who has a three-gener-
ation history of attending
Fort Valley State University
and parents who are edu-
cators, Jones feels that his
childhood played a huge role


in his development.
"My background growing
up is a little different," he
said. "My parents are both
educators. My mother is a
first grade teacher and my
dad was a college professor
for some time. Needless to
say, a large focus was on ed-
ucation in my house."
By the time Jones was
four-years old, he was add-
ing, subtracting, dividing,
reading at the ninth grade
level and doing basic alge-
bra. His former SAT math
prep teacher and FAMU
alumnae Kemberlee Pugh

Bingham challenged her
students by promising them
an "A" in her class if they
scored high on the SAT test.
As a junior in high school,
Jones scored a 1,910. When
he shared his score with
Bingham, she immediately
inquired what college he
planned to attend.
"When I first told her, she
was excited," said Jones,
a mechanical engineering
student. "One thing I can
say about FAMU alumni is
that they will lobby for their
"I am so pleased to know

that he decided to attend
FAMU," Bingham said. "I
love my alma mater. When
he told me what he made
on the SAT, I was in shock
because you do not come
across those scores in my
Jones expressed that he
has earned his place at
"Everything that I have
worked for has helped me
earn my place here," he
said. "I am going to earn my
right to stay here and when I
graduate, I am going to have
earned my degree."

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Miami-Dade Transit marks first year with EASY card

But is $42 million price tag worth

the improvements?
By Sevin Akbar

Miami-Dade Transit (MDT)
held a "birthday bash" to ac-
knowledge the one-year anni-
versary of its automated fare
collection system, known as
the EASY Card. Atlanta is the
only other city in the U.S. with
this state-of-the art automat-
ed fare collection system. But
unlike Atlanta, Miami-Dade
Transit chose speedy service
over convenience in reloading
the "smart card," leaving many
riders with the burden of pay-
ing additional fares when they
need to transfer from one bus
or train to another unless
they have an EASY Card or

What exactly is the EASY
Card? It's a durable plastic
card that lasts up to three
years its companion is the
EASY Ticket, a paper ticket
that is good for 60 days. Both
the EASY Card and the EASY

Ticket can be loaded with more
value, but according to Tran-
sit authorities, the EASY Card
is more flexible because it
allows you to
change the type
of fare product ""
you load onto
the card (such as
a monthly pass, ..
a weekly pass or -
a stored-value -
pass), whereas the
EASY Ticket can-
not be changed from one type
of pass to another once a fare
product has been chosen.
The same company that in-
stalled the first system in At-
lanta, Cubic Corporation, a
global leader in defense and
transportation systems, imple-
mented the new system at a
cost of $42 million dollars.
And while this has been
touted as one of the great-
est things to hit Miami-Dade
since sliced bread, there are a
few drawbacks. The first-time
purchase price of two dollars
for an EASY Cards is insignifi-


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-Miami Times Photo/Sevm Akbar
Community members get their piece of the cake as part of the festivities at the Government Cen-
ter marking the County Transit EASY Card's first anniversary.

cant. What causes some pa-
trons problems is the fact that
cards can only be reloaded at
train stations and a few check
cashing facilities throughout
the City, as well as online. In
other words, one must often
travel to limited locations in
order to reload the card and
thus take advantage of the

'free transfer' option that goes
with having the card.
Harpal S. Kapoor, Director
of Miami-Dade Transit and his
staff decided to have a birth-
day party complete with cake
and gifts for its riders. One
rider, Brian Hartley, 50, won
an EASY Card loaded with 12
months of free unlimited rides

on MDT system by being the
person who made the 42nd
millionth "tap" with a regis-
tered EASY Card.

Should citizens be pleased
with the new system and its

Juan Williams fired: pitfalls

of the 'insta-opinion' age

By Patrick Jonsson

Juan Williams, the vener-
able NPR news analyst and
civil rights era expert, joined a
growing list of journalists fired
for making bold statements on
the air or online in his case,
telling Fox News's Bill O'Reilly
that people in Muslim garb on
airplanes make him "nervous."
In NPR's view, Williams
stepped over a boundary by
needlessly offending Ameri-
can Muslims. Juan Williams
was fired on October 21st. But
a quick dismissal for stating
a fear that many Americans
share, media experts say, also
sends a puzzling message to
reporters, who are laboring
under increasing demands to
share their personality and
opinion while at the same time
abiding by ethics rules. Those
rules don't always jibe with
the "insta-opinion" atmosphere
of new media like Twitter and
"This case reinforces the need
for institutions like NPR . to
instill the elements of.journal-
ism ... and to be clear what the
standards are for blogs and TV
appearances," said Ferrel Guil-
lory, a journalism professor at
the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill. "Media organiza-
tions need to think hard about
whether they should have dou-
ble standards about whether
you should say in blogs or on
Twitter what you wouldn't put
in the newspaper."
Speaking on Fox News, where
he is a contributor, Williams
told Mr. O'Reilly, "I mean, look,
Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know
the kind of books I've written
about the civil rights movement
in this country. But when I get
on a plane, I got to tell you, if I
see people who are in Muslim
garb and I think, you know,
they're identifying themselves
first and foremost as Muslims,

I get worried. I get nervous."
Williams's firing cuts to an
increasingly sensitive topic in
U.S. culture: how to talk about
Islam in the wake of 9/11
and how reporters and media
groups approach discussions
about Muslim culture.

... -


"In this particular case, be-
cause Juan Williams did say
something that a lot of people
think, as insensitive as it may
have been, it sounds like it
could have been a good oppor-
tunity for him to come to grips
in a public way with what he
thinks and a lot of other people
think," said Dan Kennedy, an
assistant journalism profes-
sor at Northeastern University
in Boston. In that light, "firing
him was taking it a little too
Even journalism observers
who have been critical of Wil-
liams's appearances on Fox
News, which is ideologically op-
posite in its presentation com-
pared with NPR, felt the firing
could send the wrong message
to journalists, as well as citi-
zens. These observers point to
various efforts to expand and
inform national debates -
something that Williams him-
self said he was trying to do in
his O'Reilly appearance.

Springer: Pop culture icon

continued from 7A

air Springer pair his show with
others hosted by Steve Wilkos, a
former Springer security guard,
and the colorful Maury Povich,
he said.
Springer, a former mayor of
Cincinnati, was a local news
anchor in the same city when
his station's parent company
assigned him to host a new talk
show. The first episode aired in
September 1991.
At first, it was conventional,
chasing after the same audi-
ence of middle-aged women that
Oprah Winfrey owned. Springer
said he made his only substan-
tive decision on the show's fu-
ture: go young.
"'We decided to have young
people on the stage, young peo-
ple in the audience and young

subject matter," he said. "Well,
young people are much more
open about their lives. They're
much wilder, and that's when
the show started to go crazy."
For the first fight an audi-
ence member rushing the stage
to confront a Ku Klux Klan
member Springer didn't even
have security guards. He wor-
ried the show would be in trou-
ble. It wasn't.
When the show's rights were
first bought out, "they said
from now on we're only allowed
to do crazy," Springer said.
"The culture of television
changed," he said. "The world
didn't change. There's nothing
that's ever been on any of our
shows that a grownup didn't
know existed. There's nothing
shocking in the show. What was
shocking was that we had never
seen it on television before."

Williams is the latest entry
in a growing list of journalists
whose employment ended af-
ter trying to state their opin-
ions quickly and plainly. They
include CNN producer Octavia
Nasr, for bemoaning the death
of a Hezbollah cleric, CNN host
Rick Sanchez for calling Jon
Stewart a "bigot," and longtime
White House correspondent
Helen Thomas for saying that
Israel should "get the hell out
of Palestine."
The Williams firing shows
that NPR, in many ways, is an
example of a news organization
trying to navigate new media
without muddying the role of
journalism in society, said Jen
Reeves, an associate journal-
ism professor at the University
of Missouri in Columbia. "It's
confusing to the general public
what journalism is anymore.
Our job as journalists is to
question the culture and pres-
ent it to the general public to
think about. But instead we're
constantly [playing up people's
fears]. The way Williams pre-
sented himself was at a level
of personal opinion that, as a
journalist, is not appropriate."

-Miami Times Photo/Donnalyn Anthony
A painted face for a pretty girl
Mikayla Foster, 9, a student at Crestview Elementary, has her face painted as part of the activities
at the Antioch Family Fall Festival last Sunday.

associated cost? Yes, accord-
ing to Kapoor who says that
EASY Card can be credited
with an improvement in the
rate of on-time service to 80
percent this year from 66 per-
cent in 2006. He adds that
based on requests from riders,
we can anticipate seeing an
expansion in the accessibility
of the EASY Cards by increas-
ing the various retail outlets,
currently numbering some-
where between 84 and 100,
where the card may be pur-
One final note of interest
that may not bode well for
some Blacks: the EASY Card
system is designed to give
MDT a great deal of informa-
tion about the ridership in-
cluding which stations are
most active and where a pas-
senger enters or exits. In order
to protect riders, the Florida
Legislature recently passed a
law that determines that the
information gained from the
EASY Card is "exempt" from
public information subject to
disclosure. This law however,
does not preclude the informa-
tion from being used in police

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Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church's CEO Maggie Porcher stands in the
church's recently opened South Florida Workforce Access Center for job seekers.

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Pastor Jerry


prepares to lead

by example
By Kaila Heard "

When 24-year-old Reverend
Jerry Sutherland officially be-
came the Sunrise Missionary
Baptist Church's senior pastor
a year ago, he knew he had his
work cut out for him.
Leading a flock of an estimat-
ed 150 members, a majority of
whom are decades older than
him, seemed a daunting task.
Yet Sutherland has taken it
all in stride.
"It's not as bad as I thought it
would be. I thought it be would
be a very challenging transition
because I'm dealing with family
and friends," explained Suther-
land, who is a lifelong member
of Sunrise MBC. But, "everyone
wanted to grow and they want-
ed to grow together."
Please turn to JERRY 14B

There's an old joke that the best way to enjoy children
is to be a grandparent. That way, you can play with them,
talk with them, and just enjoy the energy and innocence of
childhood. Then after two hours, you get to send the chil-
dren home to their parents for the real burden of housing,
clothing and feeding them.
Unfortunately, more grandparents are having to shoulder
the burden and expense of raising children themselves.
According to a 2007 survey by the Intergenerational
membership organization. Generations United, there are
approximately 640,000 families headed by grandparents.
Fortunately, the non-profit organization. Neat Stuff, Inc.,
which gives clothing to children, is able to offer assistance.
Recently, the organization began a program where they
offer grandparents, 65 years old or older, free new clothing
for any children they are raising 18-years-old or younger.
"IGrandparents] are having a very difficult time with the
costs of raising a child, especially when you're on a fixed
income," said Franklin Monjarrez, executive director.
Anyone who wants to participate in the program of Neat
Stuff, Inc. must be referred by another agency.
So, the best way for senior citizens to sign up for the pro-
gram is to speak to their social worker or case manager to
refer them to the program, Monjarrez said.
The 'grandparents program' allows each child to receive
a week's supply of brand new clothing including five tops,
three pants, and five sets of underwear and socks.
"It's the basics," Monjarrez explained.
Nevertheless, to many people, regardless of age, having
new, clean clothing impacts them. Lacking such clothing
can negatively impact their self worth.
Phyllis Krug, the founder of Neat Stuff, Inc. said, "A lot of
these kids are ashamed, and just refuse to go to schooL..
They are humiliated about the way they look."
Established in 1995, the South Florida non-profit orga-
nization has offered clothing primarily to children who had
been abused or neglected or are other wise at risk.
Last year, the program gave away 2500 book bags, 7500
school shirts and pants, 3200 pairs
of new shoes and 12,500 sets
of underwear and socks,
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panfy's annual report.
In total, 9774 chil-
:; I- dren were served
in 2009.



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Blind playwright raises

awareness about disabilities


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Faith tested by fire

By Kaila Heard
"Helping people feel better"
has always been a driving fo-
cus for 42-year-old Richard
Baugh's life.
The desire to serve drove
the blind Davie resident to
become a massage therapist
over 20 years ago, a writer

over 10 years ago and a play-
wright six months ago.
The gospel musical, "Faith
Tested By Fire", is about the
perils of the traditional rags
to riches fairy tale, according
to Baugh.
"The story is kind of a tes-
tament to how even when we
struggle for life God never
gives up on us," he said.
Now determined that others
will hear the play's uplifting
Please turn to BLIND 14B



-Photos courtesy of Nick's Photo Studio
[Left to Right]: Miss Sophomore- Jessica Amroise; Miss Junior Crystal Pinder; Miss Senior
- Empris Lavant; Miss Northwestern Jasmine Kearse; Mr. Northwestern Herman Bain V; Mr.
Senior Shaquille Braham; Mr. Junior Marion Norton; and Mr. Sophomore Jevon Gardner.

Natalie Joy Baldie was this
year's Royal Court Advisor and
former Miss Miami Northwest-
ern 2001.

Miami Northwestern hosts 55th coronation celebration

Forty-two year-old Richard Baugh, an aspiring blind play-
wright, hopes to change society's perceptions of the disabled,
in new gospel musical.

Miami Times Staff Report
Miami Northwestern Senior High
School held their 55th coronation cer-
emony, on Monday, Oct. 4.
The coronation is where student lead-

ers of the school are installed into their
leadership positions and where Mr. and
Miss Northwestern, along with the royal
court, are crowned. This is a great activ-
ity that is rich and full of tradition that
allow the students to be honored. There

were tears from parents and alumni as
far back as the Class of '58 present, ac-
cording to Royal Court Advisor Natalie
Joy Baldie, who was honored at to be
crowned as Miss Miami Northwestern in


Hallandale's oldest church receives a historical marker

By Sergy Odiduro

Hallandale Beach recently
recognized its oldest church
with a dedication ceremony
unveiling a historical marker.
"This is number three on
our historical trail," Vice
Mayor Bill Julian said to fel-
low city officials, residents
and parishioners outside of
Greater Ward Chapel African
Methodist Episcopal Church.
"This is a blessed event."
The Rev. John Wesley Wil-
liams Jr., the church's pas-
tor, said the historical mark-
er recognizes all the hard
work done by the 108-year-
old church community over
the years.
"This is a great moment,"
Williams said. "I am glad
that we are being recognized
as their oldest church. ...
This stone reminds us of the
journey and the years that
we have persevered in this
church and how the Lord has
smiled down upon us. It is re-
markable that we have come
this far, and I am enamored
to be a part of this."
The church was founded in
1902 by a group of pioneering
residents who named it after



Photo courtesy of the City of Hallandale Beach
Greater Ward Chapel AME Church, which was established in 1902, received a historical marker
from the City of Hallandale Beach.

Bishop Thomas D. Ward.
The church emphasized
the celebration of African
traditions and weaved it into
church activities and prayer.
This allowed members of the
small farming community to

view the church as a sanctu-
ary and a source of cultural
The church is at 900 NW
Sixth Ave., but was originally
a one-room chapel at the cor-
ner of Northwest First Avenue

and Third Street. It eventual-
ly moved to a second location
at Northwest Second Avenue
and Fourth Street, but soon
had to move again to its cur-
rent location to accommodate
the growing congregation.

The Hallandale Beach His-
torical Preservation Advisory
Board organized the ceremo-
ny, though Chairman Ed-

We did Curci House, we did
Ebenezer [Baptist Church],
but we forgot about Greater
Ward. And it shouldn't have

-Photo courtesy of the City of Hallandale Beach
Greater Ward Chapel AME Church's 108-year-old legacy was
recently recognized when it received a historical marker from
the City of Hallandale Beach.

die Pickett conceded that it been done in that order."
should have happened soon- Pickett said he is happy
er. that the church is finally
"We didn't even think about getting the recognition it de-
Ward Chapel," Pickett said. serves.
"If it wasn't for [board mem- "This is the oldest church
ber Katherine McPherson], in the city, and it's an honor
there would have been a to do something like this for
great injustice made here. the people," he said.

South Florida churches listed among top 100 in nation

Ft. Lauderdale church named 10th largest

By James Davis

Seven Florida congregations,
four in southeastern Florida.
are among the 100 largest in
the nation. reports a national
Chrisuan magazine.
The top 100 churches report
weekend attendance of 5.500
or more. according to a special
issue of Outreach magazine.
Lakewood Church of Houston
is the largest with 43.500. and
Calvar,- Chapel of Fort Lau-
r r - r .

derdale is 10th largest with
The other South Florida con-
gregations are Flamingo Road
Church in Cooper City. No. 32
with 10,500:; Iglesia Cristiana
Seeadores de \'ida in Hollvy-
wood. No. 65 with 7.400: arid
Christ Fellowship of Miami.
No. 100. ,.-ith 5.518 attending.
In Central Florida. Calvary
Chapel of Melbourne is 48th
,ith 9.000 attending, and

mith 5,822.
Together. the 100 congrega-
tions account for 1,012,8.32
people, according to the sur-
"Everyone thinks mega-
churches are dying out, but
they're not they're rarmpinm
up." said Ed Stetzer, chief re-
searcher for the annual proj-
ect. "It's one of the great sto-
ries of the last 20 to 30 years
of American culture."
The survey is a partnership
between the magazine and
Nashville-based LifeWav Pub-

dent. It was compiled after the
magazine asked 8.000 congre-
gatuons to participate.
The list. compiled since
2004. is "to see the overall
church landscape." said edi-
tor Liudy Lowry of Outreach.
"\VWe also wanted to find trans-
ferable principles that other
churches can learn from."
Besides the largest church-
es. Outreach published a list
of the 100 fastest-growing
churches, defined as atten-
dance greater than 1,000.
a numencal gain of 250 or

First Baptist of Orlando is 91st lishers. where Stetzer is presi- more, and a percentage gamin
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of at least 3 percent
Those include Bayside Com-
munity Church in Bradenton
(No. 12), Church by the Glades
in Coral Springs 1351, Real Life
Christian Church in Clermont
(141 and Northstar Church in
Panama City (70).
Four churches Flamingo
Road. Christ Fellowship. Cal-
vary Chapel Melbourne and
Celebration Church of Jack-
sonville appeared on both
lists, indicating the\ were
among the largest and fastest-
The surveys carry a few ca-
T *. 'I-, I 1. ..

%eats. The numbers came from
churches themselves, and
they don't reflect attendance
dunng the week. At Calvary
Chapel of Fort Lauderdale.
an additional 5.000 to 6.000
people attend on Wednesday
nights, according to commu-
nications director Mike MNiler
And some large churches
didn't participate in the sur-
vey for various reasons, like
not wanting to reveal atten-
danrce data.
"It doesn't include everyone,
but we think it's the best list."
Stetzer said.

Black churches fight decline in power

By Abby Mitchell

"The Black church is dead."
The controversial statement
made in February by Dr. Eddie
Glaude, the chair of the Center
for African American Studies at
Princeton University, sparked
nationwide debate, but it has had
particular resonance in Harlem,
where Black churches have influ-
enced and shaped the neighbor-
hood for over a century.
As they move further from the
activism surrounding the civil
rights movement, Black church-
es are losing their power to unite
communities, scholars say.
"The thing that usually brings
people together is a set of shared
common goals," said Anthea But-
ler, an associate professor of reli-
gious studies at the University of
Butler was speaking at a round-
table debate at the Union Theo-
logical Seminary recently, where
scholars, including Glaude, debat-
ed the origins of African American

churches and the struggles they
"The problem is that most of our
churches are individual and not
collective as a community within
the communities they live in,"
Butler said, adding that Black
churches were strongest and
most prominent when united by
the political aims of the civil rights

Jake Wilson, a lifetime congre-
gant at'the United House of Prayer
for All People, a Baptist church
on Frederick Douglass Boulevard
and 126th Street, also recognized
this change and said that there
was little interaction between the
Baptist churches of Harlem.
In post-civil rights Blacks don't

need the church as a gather-
ing place, said Rev. Dr. Eboni
Marshall, assistant minister of
Christian education at Abyssin-
ian Church on 138th Street.
"Before ... we were restricted
from theaters, from restaurants,
from schools, so the church
served as the social center," she
According to Marshall, this
change particularly affects urban
churches. "Our ministries [in
Harlem] are competing against
the city that never sleeps," she
The phenomenon is both local
and national. The greater Baptist
community, Glaude said, "is not
as powerful as it once was."
"There are churches that are
doing extraordinary work ... but
what we're seeing is all sorts of
pressures affecting the Black
church," Glaude said, adding
that confronting social issues
and a demand for overly-theatri-
cal services have been big chal-

Study finds people donating to churches less


By Whitney Jones

Americans are being more gen-
erous to religious charities, but
why are they skimping on their
giving to churches?
A new report from Empty Tomb 04
Inc., an Illinois-based Christian
research organization, contains
an'analysis that found from 2007
to 2008, Protestant churches
saw a decrease of $20.02 in per-
member annual charitable gifts.
Meanwhile, Empty Tomb's
analysis of federal data found
that annual average contribu-
tions to the category of "church, I
religious organizations," which
includes charities like World Vi-
sion and Salvation Army, in-
creased by $41.59.
Sylvia Ronsvalle, executive vice



.. i s


president of Empty Tomb, said
the good news/bad news differ-
ence is stark: giving to religious
charities is up, while giving to
churches is down.
One reason? Churches spend
more money on congregational fi-
nances and less on missions be-
yond the church walls, which is
unappealing to people who want
to support specific causes with a
tangible, visible benefit.
"People overall give to vision,
and this is just what we've ob-
served, that you see that kind of
outpouring when there is a spe-
cific need," said Ronsvalle, who
co-wrote the 20th edition of the
"State of Church Giving through
2008" with her husband, John.
For example, The Salvation Ar-
Please turn to DONATIONS 15B

Obama criticized for use

of faith-based initiatives

By David Waters

Former "faith-based" of-
ficials of the Bush adminis-
tration, which often sought
the support of religious
leaders for its policies,
claim the Obama adminis-
tration is using its "faith-
based initiative" to enlist
religious leaders to support
the new health care law.
Obama officials claim
the president's conference
call last month to talk to
hundreds of religious lead-
ers about the new. law was
purely informa-
tional. But Jim i
Towey, a former
Catholic college
president who di-
rected George W.
Bush's faith-based
initiative, has an-
other interpreta-
"Do we really
want taxpayer- 0
funded bureau-
crats mobilizing ministers
to go out to all the neigh-
borhoods and spread the
good news of universal cov-
erage?" Towey wrote in The
Wall Street Journal last
We don't want taxpayer-
funded bureaucrats mobi-
lizing ministers to spread
the doctrine of any politi-
cal party. But isn't that one
of the unintended conse-
quences of the federal gov-
ernment's 15-year effort to
turn faith-based ministries
into government-supported
Alas. If there was one is-
sue on which we thought
we could count on Demo-
crats and Republicans to
agree, it was the need for
government to "partner"
with faith-based organiza-
tions to help people in need.
Bill Clinton (D-Baptist)
called it "charitable choice."
Your charity. Our choice.


Al Gore (D-Baptist) called
it a "carefully tailored part-
nership," as if church and
state would wear matching
George W. Bush (R-
Methodist) turned it into
a "faith-based initiative."
Love and other faith-based
initiatives, sponsored by
the Department of Home-
land Eternity.
Barack Obama (D-Unde-
cided) refers to is as an "all-
hands-on-deck approach."
Support our policies with
your people? Yes, you can..

concept, but
ultimately a
flawed one,
regardless of
which party in
power is try-
ing to use it to
serve its own
The genesis
BAMA of what we
now call the
government's 'faith-based
initiative" dates back to the
mid-1990s and a wonky
policy book called "Rein-
venting Government: How
the Entrepreneurial Spirit
is Transforming the Public
The solution: let the gov-
ernment do what it does
best -make public policy.
Then invite private organi-
zations to apply for govern-
ment funding to carry out
those policies.
It all makes sense on pa-
per, in stump speeches and
academic white papers.
Unfortunately, Uncle Sam
doesn't run a charity. Tax
dollars are not donated;
they are allocated, ruled,
regulated and heavily
Democrats accused the
Bush administration of
trying to turn government
agencies into government-
funded Christian missions.






Pastor Jerry Sutherland touches family, church and community

continued from 12B

Among some of the changes
Sutherland has undertaken
since being installed as senior
pastor include creating church
bylaws, a constitution, as well
as Pastoral Care ministry, Be-
nevolence ministry, and New
Membership Orientation min-
Sunrise MBC, which cel-
ebrates its 51st Church An-
niversary in November, was
lead for nearly 30 years by
the previous pastor, Reverend
Jim Johnson, who was also
Sutherland's uncle.
Although Sutherland greatly
admired his uncle, he did not
always think the ministry was
for him.
However, initial resistance
soon gave way as Sutherland

realized that he enjoyed the
core values of ministering -
offering others support and
spreading the word about Je-
sus Christ.
"To minister to those that
want to be ministered to is
very important to me. Being
able to be that role model, to
be that shoulder for someone
to lean on, it's very important
to me because not too many
people will run to [just] any-
body," Sutherland explained.
His desire to be a role model
and help others also led the
Northwestern Senior High
School graduate to become a
police officer. A job which has
taught him the importance of
observing first before taking
"I've learned to just step back
and see what the real problem
is. Even when going on domes-

Sunrise Missionary Baptist Church is located at 30
60th Street in Miami.

tic calls. There's always a core
problem and rather than just

going in there and m
report, I try to find o0

the main issue," Sutherland
said. His desire to help has
also led him to begin to estab-
lish his own non-profit organi-
zation for at-risk youth as well
as to run for the Miami's Dis-
trict 5 commissioner seat.
Regardless of his other du-
ties Sutherland always makes
sure that he is properly over-
seeing the church.
"Sometimes I find myself be-
ing at church more than I am,
at home," admits the husband
^. and father of three.
To compensate, the dedicat-
ed Sutherland gives as much
time to his family as he can as
To help him spend time with
)87 N.W. his family, he tries to complete
administrative work at home.
For other ventures, he turns
writing a into outings for the entire fam-
ut what's ily.

"Every time we can go out
as a family that's what we do,"
Sutherland explained. "I bal-
ance it that way."
Watching his 15 month son,
Jerry Junior, growing up,
Sutherland is often told that
his son is a perfect replica of
"I would want him to take
over the reins [of Sunrise MBC]
, but I would also want him to
grow up and have lots of other
[career] opportunities," said
For all of his children,
Sutherland works to be an ac-
tive, involved parent.
"I want to be that proud pro-
ductive father to them that
they come to about homework
about advice and they can
come and talk to about prob-
lems that they have in school,"
he explained.

lFaiL QCigmdko

The National Coalition
of 100 Black Women, Inc.
will host a free Foreclosure
Prevention Clinic on Nov. 9, 6
p.m. 8:30 p.m. at the North
Dade Regional Library. 305-

HOPE Inc. present's
a First Time Home Buyer
Seminar on Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 5
p.m., at the City of Hallandale
Beach Cultural Center. 954-

M The Booker T.
Washington '62 Alumni
Class will meet Nov. 6 at
the African Cultural Center
at 4 p.m. Helen Tharpes
Boneparte, 305-691-1333
or Lonzie Nichols, 305-835-

M Shady Grove Missionary
Baptist Church now offers
a South Florida Workforce
Access Center for job seekers
open Monday Friday, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Maggie Porcher, 305-

Bible Baptist
hosts Pastor's
Anniversary Nov. 11
7:30 p.m. and Nov.

The Fountain of New
Life is hosting an Ex-Felon
Restoration Rights and Job
Fair on Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. 954-548-4323.

The New Birth Baptist
Church's Employment
Services Ministry will be
hosting a Job Fair Expo on
Nov. 4, 9 a.m. 3 p.m. 305-
757-2199 ext. 225 or ext. 237.

Faith Community
Development Outreach
Center will host a musical
program on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.
Mr. Byrd, 954-673-1118.

Greater Harvest Baptist
Church invites the community
to their Nurses Guild Ministry's
Consecration Service at the El
Palacio on Nov. 14 at 9:45 a.m.
Veronica Watson, 305-693-

Fifth,.Church of Christ
hosts a "Prayer, Healing and
You" service on Nov. 14 at 2

- 12 at
14 at 5

Running for Jesus
Outreach Ministries invites
choirs and soloists to
participate in /Yes We Can'
Youth Awareness Celebration
Service on Nov. 27 at 7:45 p.m.
H. Johnson, 954-213-4332.

First United Methodist
Church of Coral Springs
invites everyone to volunteer
for their Pack-N-Ship for
Soldiers event to prepare love
boxes for troops overseas on
Nov. 20, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 754-

The Booker T.
Washington Class of 1965 is
meeting on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center and requests that
all members be present.

Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church's Music
and Christian Arts Ministry
Liturgical Movement ,is
hosting an Extravaganza on
Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. 305-691-,

God Word God Way invites
you to their appreciation for
their pastor and chieftain
this month. Also the class on
pulpit knowledge and sermon
,building is still open. For
more info, call 786-326-3455.

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church is offering
fish dinners every Friday
and Saturday and noonday
prayers every Saturday.
Reverend Willie McCrae, 305-
770-7064 or Annie Chapman,

The mentoring program
for sixth graders, Iota Gems
and Gents, is looking for new
participants. 305-688-2384.

Bethany Seventh Day
Adventist is hosting a Block
Party at their newly reopened
Community Outreach Center
on Nov. 21, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Churches providing help to those seeking jobs

continued from 12B

many congregants come to
church seeking not only fellow-
ship and joyful worship experi-
ence, but jobs as well.
Fortunately, many local
churches have been respond-
ing to demands and helping the
community's unemployed find
Last Thursday, Shady Grove
Missionary Baptist Church
(MBC) of Coconut Grove opened
a South Florida Workforce Ac-
cess Center within their sanc-
"It's a joy to be able to serve
the people and the community,"
said Maggie Porcher, the CEO of
Shady Grove MBC.
"I believe that the church
should provide services. It
shouldn't just be a building
with its doors open," Porcher

Shady Grove MBC's South
Florida Workforce Access Point
will be open five days a week,
and will be supervised by
church members trained by
the employment agency. South
Florida Workforce also provided
a printer and four computers
for the center.
"There's a need in that com-
munity to have an access
point," said Olivia Almagro,
South Florida Workforce's pub-
lic information officer.
Although there are 12 other
access points in South Florida,
the center at Shady Grove is
the only one in the area.
"As soon as the ceremony
was over, we had folks looking
for jobs on the computer," Al-
magro recalled. "Clearly people
are really really in dire need."
Other churches have also
partnered with South Florida
Workforce to offer hope for job
seekers. On Saturday, Nov.

6, the Fountain of New Life
teamed with the agency to offer
a Voting Rights Restoration and
Job Fair.
"A lot of people don't look at
[the ex-felon] population. But
to me, if you look at that popu-
lation then you can touch the
future," explained Renee T.
Fletcher, an organizer for the
In addition to applying for
their voter rights, fair atten-
dants can also search for work
while learning job search sup-
port skills such as resume writ-
Fletcher, who is also the di-
rector of the -church's prison
ministry, sees both efforts -
employment and full rights as
effective incentives for ex-fel-
ons because "it helps them not
want to go back to prison."
Meanwhile, other churches
also see job fairs as ways to of-
fer other services to attendants.

New Birth Baptist Church's,
known for their popular job
fairs, last job .fair of the year
will offer employment seekers
the chance to apply for social
services such as SNAP, medi-
cal insurance and food assis-
tance at their Nov. 4 job fair.
The director of New Birth
Employment Service, Elder
Marietta Freeman, estimates
that there should be 50 em-
ployers at the upcoming fair,
including Fedex, U.S. Cus-
toms Border Protection and
Mercy Hospital, among oth-
She estimates that on av-
erage over 1000 people at-
tend New Birth's job fairs. In
the end, Freeman sees the
church's employment minis-
try as a way to be a blessing to
job seekers.
"I tell them that 'God has
a job with your name on it,'"
Freeman said.

Blind playwright shares about disability, upcoming play

continued from 12B

messages, Baugh needs help
In order to raise funds to
produce his play, the licensed
masseuse is hosting a "Mas-
sage-A-Thon" Fundraiser on
Nov. 6 at the Broward Pain and
Rehab Center in Margate. Par-
ticipants can enjoy the relaxing
massages while also enjoying
barbecue chicken, hamburgers
and pizza among other meals.

Born with glaucoma, Baugh
had suffered from vision prob-
lems most of his life.
However, a severe eye infec-
tion when he was 26 years old
robbed the professional mas-
seur's vision completely.
Although, Baugh said his
parents instilled in him a'
strong faith and purpose,

the total lost of his vision did
cause him to question his life.
He found that he had to relearn
many of the things he took for
granted such as walking, read-
ing, cooking and even cleaning.
"I was depressed for a little
bit," he admits. "And I kind of
just felt like, 'what did I do to
deserve this kind of thing?"'
However, as the fog of depres-
sion began to lift, Baugh's faith
helped him find a new purpose
in life.
"I decided to get up and stop
feeling sorry for myself and get
back to the business of help-
ing people to feel better," Baugh
That determination led him to
discover new talents.
"I've always had a creative
spirit but after losing my sight
it began to be awakened in me
to turn back to the things that I
loved the most and I began to ex-
plore creative writing," he said.

It took six months for Baugh
to write his first play, but he
said the inspiration for the
musical has been with him for
"I'm looking around me and
I'm seeing people in my own
situation where they have
so much talent and so many
skills, but it's like they're not
using them. Or they've become
disheartened because few peo-
ple will give them a chance," he
Baugh knows he has an up-
hill battle. In addition to his
limited funds, the aspiring
playwright and director also
has no formal theater train-
ing. Nevertheless, Baugh said
he plans to take a few acting
classes soon at his local the-
ater school and plans to begin
.casting the play, which is open
to everyone regardless of if they
have disabilities or not, before

the end of year. If all goes as he
plans, "Faith Tested by Fire's"
first performance will be held
in May 2011.
How realistic is Baugh's
timeline is unclear. He is hav-
ing trouble finding support
for a blind person with big
dreams. Not exactly surpris-
ing, considering that Baugh's
dreams will take an estimated
initial $100,000 and eventual-
ly $1.2 million to produce and
travel across the country. But
Baugh remains determined to
see his dreams turned into re-
"If I have to pick up cans by
the highway, I'm going to do
what I have to do," he said.
The Massage-A-Thon will be
held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
Nov. 6, at the Broward Pain
and Rehab Center, 4974 W.
Atlantic Blvd. in Margate. For
more information, please call

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 invites all class
members to their monthly
class meetings every third
Saturday of each month at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. 305-333-7128.

Miami Northwestern
Sr. High Class of 1961
is planning for their 50th
reunion. Classmates are
encouraged to join monthly
meetings, the second Tuesday
of each month, September-
May, at the Little River Park...
Marva, 305-685-8035.

Eugene and Mary
Thompson Inc. invite you
to a presentation on "The
Advantages &8 Benefits of the
501C3" at 10 a.m., every first
Saturday. Mary, 305-303-

The Sigma Chi Chapter
of Alpha Phi Omega will
hold monthly meetings every
fourth Sunday. Kenneth
"Ferg" Ferguson, 786-274-

-., The True Word of the
Holiness Church invites you
to attend worship services on
Thursday nights at 8 p.m.

Kingdom Building

Ministries Inc.

hosting revival

Kingdom Building Ministries,
Inc. invites you to their revival,
7:30 p.m., Friday, November 5
at Lively Stones for Jesus Min-
istries, Inc 835 NW 119 Street.
Apostle Dr. Thelma B.
Knowles, is the founder/over-

and Sundays at 10 a.m. 305-

Christ The King AOCC
Church in Miami Gardens
cordially invites you to Bible
study class to be held on the
first and third Mondays from
6 -7 p.m. 305-621-1513 or
305-621-6697. Liz Bain, 305-

Former Montanari
employees are being sought
out for reunion. Lolita Forbes,

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance of All Nations
will meet with pregnant teens
at 6 p.m., every Wednesday.
786-291-3939 or 305-321-

Gamble Memorial
C.O.G.I.C. wll be having their
annual free Thanksgiving
dinner on Nov. 25. For more
information, call 305-633-

* The Southern Florida
Jurisdiction will be
having their free annual
Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 25.
For more info, contact 305-

Pastor Ethel M. Anderson

Grand opening of Ann Abraham Faith Ministries

Ann Abraham Faith Ministries will ha\e iLs grand opening 12
p m Sunday at 3451 Grand Avenue
Come and see %\hat the Lord has done!

Prayer, Healing, and You!

Explore how the power of God

operates in our lives

National speaker,

Betty Jean O'Neal,
is a practitioner of
. e Christian Science healing
and a member of

the Christian Science
Board of Lectureship.

Sunday, November 14, at 2:00 p.m.

Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist

1600 NW 54th Street
Miami, Florida 33142


Ft. Lauderdale

hosts national

college fair

Special to the Miami Times

The Greater Fort Lauderdale National College Fair
will be held on Thursday, November 4 at the Fort Lau-
derdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort
Lauderdale, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the National Association for College
Admission Counseling (NACAC) and hosted by the
Southern Association for College Admission Counsel-
ing (SACAC) and Broward County Public Schools, t his
event is free and open to the public.
As the process of applying to and selecting a college
becomes more and more competitive and complex,
students and parents need all the help and informa-
tion they can get. Attending a college fair is the best
way to gather information about colleges and univer-
sities. The national college fair program provides valu-
able resources for students and parents attempting to
navigate the college-admission process.
The fair allows students and parents to meet one-
on-one with admission representatives from a wide
range of national and international, public and pri-
vate, two-year and four-N ear colleges and universities
.Participants %will learn about admission requirements,
financial aid, course offerings, and campus enxvion-
ment, as well as other information pertinent to the
college-selection process. At the fair's counseling cen-
ter. students and .parents can discuss their individual
needs with college experts.
"The resources and opportunities that the National
College Fairs provide for students and their families
are invaluable.' said Greg Ferguson. NACAC Director
of National College Fairs Programs and Services, "and
admission professionals have been delighted by the
caliber of students attending our programs "
Now in its 38th year, the National College Fair pro-
gram annually helps more than S50.000 students and
families nationwide explore their options for higher
education. making it one of the most visible college
recruitment tools in the countr-. in addition to the
National College Fairs program. NACAC also holds
Performing and V"isual Arts College Fairs. These fairs
are held during the fall and are designed to serve stu-
dents with particular interest in the fine arts. NACAC
currently sponsors National College Fairs and Per-
forming and Visual Arts College fairs in 71 locations
across the country. For a complete schedule, visit
(-www.nacacnet org /,EventsTrajn ing/CollegeFairs/ncf!

Research: College

educated more

likely to marry

By Stephanie Chen

The gap between those who hate a college degree
and those who do not is widening this time when it
comes to marriage.
For the first time. adults are more likely to wed by
the age of 30) f they obtained a bachelor's degree than
the young adults who have not. according to a report
released recently by the Pew Research Center.
"There's a double %hamrmy going on for the people
who aren't college-educated, said Richard Fry, senior
research associate at the Pew Research Center. "They
are facing difficult employment, and they are less
likely to enter into marriage and receive the economic
benefits marriage provides "
The situation was more favorable for people with-
out college degrees two decades ago, Fry said Then,
people without college degrees were more likely to get
married than their college-educated counterparts.
Those without college degrees could rely on the ben-
efits of marriage to offset their lower salaries.
In 1990, 75 percent of 30-Near-olds who did not
have a college degree were married, a figure outnum-
bering the 69 percent of college-educated 30-year-olds
who were marked, according to the Pew study.
But the study now reveals a reversal, showing that
the percentage of people with college degrees marry-
ing has slightly eclipsed those without. In 2008, 62
percent of college-educated 30-year-olds were married
or had been married, the center found after analyz-
ing American Community Survel data from 2008. In
contrast, 60 percent of 30-year-olds without a college
degree were married or had been marked.
The study defined "college-educated' as a person
completing at least a bachelors degree. Individuals
who have completed some college or an associate's
degree are not considered college-educated.

Incarnation celebrates

annual all states tea

The Church of The Incar-
nation will host its 54th an-
nual All States Tea 4 p.m.,
Sunday, November 7th.
The theme for this year's
event is "Grow in Grace" and
will feature a dramatic read-
ing by Ms. Barbara Keel, a
Miami Northwestern High
School student and soloist.
Also, a presentation from
international spoken word
artist and Grammy nomi-
nee, Rebecca "Butterfly"

Vaughns will be included.
In addition to the enter-
tainment, the Episcopal
Church Women will partici-
pate in the roll call of states
and make presentations.
A reception will follow the
program in the J. Kenneth
Major Hall. The Church of
the Incarnation is located at
1835 NW 54th Street. The
public is most cordially in-
vited to attend and admis-
sion is free.

FIU lecture focuses on Haiti reconstruction

Special to the Miami Times

Before a crowd of nearly 400
people, Former Jamaican Prime
Minister P. J. Patterson spoke
at the Twelfth Annual Eric E.
Williams Memorial Lecture
recently at Florida International
University (FIU)'s South Cam-
Due to the catastrophic dev-
astation wrought by the Haitian
earthquake in January, this
year's lecture, "The Renaissance
of Haiti: A Template for Carib-
bean Integration," addressed
critical issues pertaining to
Haiti's rebirth and the special
responsibility of metropolitan
countries to ensure it.
Patterson, who is presently
the Caribbean Community's
(CARICOM) special representa-
tive on Haiti's reconstruction,
spoke knowledgeably about the
island nation's triumphant and
troubled history. Yet he re-
mained optimistic about Haiti's
future. "Every crisis presents
an opportunity," Patterson said.
Numerous US federal and
Florida elected officials, includ-
ing Governor Charlie Crist,
extended courtesy greetings,
Mayoral Proclamations, and the
Key to the City of Miami.
The Eric Williams Memo-
rial Lecture honors the distin-
guished Caribbean statesman

-Photo by Mike Asencio/FIU
The Hon. P. J. Patterson, the Jamaican prime minister from 1992
to 2006, spoke at the Eric Williams Lecture at Florida International

Dr. Eric E. Williams, the first
Prime Minister of Trinidad and
Tobago and Head of Govern-
ment for a quarter of a century
until his death in 1981. He
led the country to Indepen-
dence from Britain in 1962 and
onto Republicanism in 1976.
A consummate academic and
historian, and author of several

books, Williams is best known
for his groundbreaking work,
the 66-year-old "Capitalism and
Slavery," which has been trans-
lated into seven languages.
Prior Eric Williams Memorial
Lecture speakers include: the
late John Hope Franklin, one of
America's premier historians of
the Black experience; Kenneth

Kaunda, former president of the
Republic of Zambia; Cynthia
Pratt, deputy prime minister
of the Bahamas; Mia Mottley,
attorney general of Barbados;
Beverly Anderson-Manley,
former first lady of Jamaica;
Portia Simpson Miller, former
prime Minister of Jamaica; the
celebrated civil rights activ-
ist Angela Davis; and prize-
winning Haitian author Edwige
The lecture, which seeks to
provide an intellectual forum
for the examination of pertinent
issues in Caribbean and African
Diaspora history and politics, is
co-sponsored by: the Caribbean
Consular Corps (Miami); Miami-
Dade County Department of
Cultural Affairs; FIU: College
of Arts and Sciences, School of
International and Public Affairs,
College of Law, AADS Graduate
Students Association, ahd the
Caribbean Students Association
among others.
The lecture is also supported
by The Eric Williams Memorial
Collection at the University of
the West Indies (Trinidad and
Tobago campus), which was
inaugurated by former U.S.
Secretary of State, Colin L.
Powell in 1998. It was named
to UNESCO's prestigious
Memory of the World Register
in 1999.

Are ministers more trustworthy than politicians?

By Michael Jinkins

Prepare yourself for more
bad news.
According to a survey con-
ducted by Scientific American,
"religious authorities" rank at
the bottom of eight categories
of persons trusted "to provide
accurate information about
important issues in society."
On a 1 (strongly distrust) to
5 (strongly trust) scale, clergy
(at 1.55) ranked below "elected
officials" (1.76)', "companies""
(1.78), "journalists" (2.57),
and "citizen groups" (2.69).
Ministers rank below poli-
ticians in believability and
Maybe we have one piece of
the puzzle why folks are not
beating a path to the doors of
the church. Note also that the
question wasn't who you trust
to provide good "scientific" in-
formation, though scientists
came out at the top of the re-
liability scale at 3.98, above
"friends or family" (3.09).
This study disturbs me be-

cause faith and trustworthi-
ness go hand-in-hand.
A few days ago I invited a
few members of our staff at
Louisville Seminary to reflect
with me on this survey. They
stated their surprise, since, as
one staff member said, "Min-
istry is all about relationships,
and that is the basis of trust."
Could it be that she has the

answer? Have we forgotten
ministry's core competency:
relational trustworthiness?
A close friend, who serves
as the senior pastor of a large
congregation, confessed to me
that in his first year or so after
coming to his church, he was
so busy that he simply forgot
to forge those relational bonds
with his people that make ev-

erything else possible. He for-
got, as he said, "just to love
on 'em." He told me this as a
warning as I began my ten-
ure as president of Louisville
The survey reminded me of
a study the faculty of Austin
Seminary conducted while I
was their Dean. We found that
one of the most important

qualities lay persons wanted
in their pastors was "humil-
ity." They wanted a pastor
who listens more than he or
she talks, whose leadership
builds confidence among the
people, who can take advice,
who is not arrogant, who (of-
ten this was the word chosen)
is "humble."
I would venture to guess

that there's something about
science's empirical approach
that tends to undergird the
trustworthiness of scientists.
You might call it "humility
in the face of empirical evi-
dence." The public may as-
sume that scientists are less
likely to have an axe to grind
or an agenda to pursue. May-
be there's something we can
learn. But the second most
trustworthy group, "friends
and family" are not empiri-
cal scienrtits.'I dare say i{re
was a time that ministers were
at least as trustworthy as this
group. Our trust in "friends
and family" is not built on
professional standards, but
bonds of affection, mutuality,
reciprocity, and love.
Clearly, those of us who are
in ministry have some fences
to mend. Or, to reach back to
the jargon of the sixties when
the phrase was first coined,
we have a "credibility gap"
that needs to be bridged. The
only way to gain trust is to
earn it.

People unsure about Christians contributions to society

By Electra Draper

One in four Americans said they
couldn't think of a single positive
societal contribution made by
Christians in recent years, ac-
cording to a nationwide survey
released recently.
Also, one in 10 adults said
they couldn't think of a recent
positive contribution because
Christians hadn't made one, the
Barna Group reported.
On the positive side, almost
one in five mentioned how U.S.
Christians help poor and under-
privileged people. Those tinder
the age of 25 were most likely to
reference such service.
Among other findings, re-
searchers noted that Evangeli-
cal Christians over age 25 and
those who said they are "mostly
conservative" on socio- political

matters were least likely to list
serving the poor as an impor-
tant contribution.
"Young Christians are avoid-
ing alignment with politics
and power and getting back to
basics: love and service," said
Gabe Lyons, author of "The
Next Christians: The Good
News About the End of Chris-
tian America."
Barna researchers asked two
open-ended questions: What
were Christians' recent positive
contributions and what were
the negative ones?
"Overall," researchers noted,
"there was a more extensive and
diverse list of complaints about
Christians and their churches
than there was of examples of
the benefits they have provided
to society."
At the top of the negatives

list: One in five Americans, or
20 percent, said Christians
have incited violence or hatred
in the name of Jesus Christ. Of
the non-Christians surveyed,
35 percent gave this response.
Thirteen percent of adults
said church opposition to same-
sex marriage was a negative.
People under age 25 were twice
as likely as other Americans to
mention this as a problem.
"Young Christians are more
empathetic to gay friends,
neighbors and the other people
in their lives," Lyons said. "It
doesn't make sense to them to
be 'anti-their friend.' Lyons
said they feel just as strongly
about protecting life and oppos-
ing abortion.
Twelve percent of those sur-
veyed said churches were too
involved in political matters.

Another 12 percent cited the
sexual- abuse scandals involv-
ing Catholic priests as most
Among the most-mentioned
positive contributions: Sixteen
percent said Christians' efforts
to advance belief in God or Je-
sus Christ were beneficial, and
14 percent said Christians help
shape and protect the values
and morals of the country.
Twelve percent said they
couldn't think of any negative
The nonpartisan, for-profit
research group conducted the
phone survey, taking a ran-
dom sample of 1,000 adults
18 and older Aug. 16-22. The
maximum margin of sampling
error given is plus or minus 3
percentage points at the 95 per-
cent confidence level.

Less people donating to churches study finds

continued from 13B

my's iconic Red Kettle Cam-
paign, which provides food, toys
and clothing to the needy during
Christmas, reached a new record
in charitable gifts in 2008 that
was up 10 percent from the year
Israel Gaither, the national
commander of The Salvation
Army, attributed the increase in
charity to Americans' willingness
to serve during a time of great
need, aided by increased use
of user-friendly technology like

cashless kettles, the iPhone and
the Online Red Kettle.
According to the Empty Tomb
report, U.S. churches devote
more than 85 percent of their
spending on "congregational fi-
nances" such as salaries, utility
bills and brick-and-mortar main-
tenance. Religious charities,
meanwhile, can focus on serving
people outside their institutions.
The report's hefty subtitle calls
out churches on their lack of
charity: "Kudos to Wycliffe Bible
Translators and World Vision for
Global At-Scale Goals, But Will
Denominations Resist Jesus

Christ And Not Spend $1 to $26
Per Member to Reach the Un-
reached When Jesus Says 'You
Feed Them?"'
Christian Smith, the director
of the Center for the Study of
Religion and Society at the Uni-
versity of Notre Dame, said the
main reasons Christians hold
back on their generosity are bad
personal financial habits, dis-
trust of where the money is go-
ing and a lack of teaching from
the pulpit.
Churches trying to serve and
survive in difficult economic
times should not obsess about

finances, Smith said, but con-
ceded that the financial bottom
line is a daily reality for congre-
Ronsvalle worries about the
long-term implications for phi-
lanthropy since churches are
where most people learn how to
be generous. A U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics survey found
that 92 percent of charitable giv-
ing from people under the age of
25 went to church or religious
"Religion," Ronsvalle said,
"serves as the seedbed of philan-
thropic giving in America."


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Diabetes cases

may double by


By Mary Brophy Marcus

The future of diabetes in
America looks bleak, ac-
cording to a new Centers for
Disease Control and Preven-
tion report out today, with
cases projected to double,
even triple, by 2050.
According to the report,
one in 10 U.S. adults have
diabetes now. The preva-
lence is expected to rise
sharply over the next -10
years with as many as one
in three having the disease,
primanly type 2 diabetes.
according to the report,
published in the journal
Population Health Metrics.
'There are some positive
reasons why we see preva-
lence going up. People are
living longer with diabetes
due to good control of blood
sugar and diabetes medica-
tions, and we're also diag-
nosing people earlier now."
says Ann Albnght, director
of the CDC's Division of
Diabetes Translation.
A more diverse America
- including growing popu-
lations of minority groups
such as Blacks and Hispan-
ics, who are more at risk for
the disease factors into
the increase as well. Al-
bright says. But an increas-
ing number of overweight
Americans also is fueling
the stark predictions for
diabetes, which should be
taken seriously, Albright

Diabetes is the No. I rea-
son Sor adult blandness.
kidney failure and limb am-
puiation, and it's a large
contributor to heart attacks
and strokes, she sas. Its
also now blnked to a form
of demenua. some forms of
cancer anrd some forms of
lung disease. Diabetes im-
pacts so many systems in
the body, Albright sa\s

Study: Teamwork makes surgery safer

Techniques such as
pre-op briefings help

prevent deaths
By Liz Szabo

Training doctors and nurses
to work as teams using safe-
ty techniques borrowed from
the aviation industry cut the
death rate from surgery by 18
percent, a new study shows.
Surgical teams in the study,
which included 108 hospitals
around the country, focused on
low-tech techniques, such as
holding briefings and debrief-
ings before and after each op-
eration, says study author and

former astronaut James Ba-
gian, a professor at the Univer-
sity of Michigan's medical and
engineering schools.
These briefings, which are
routinely conducted before air-
plane flights, allow crews to an-
ticipate and prepare for poten-
tial safety risks, Bagian says.
Briefings helped surgical
teams make important discov-
eries, such as learning that pa-
tients were on blood thinners,
which increase the risk for se-
rious bleeding during surgery.
"You don't want to be surprised
in the middle of surgery," he
Researchers trained operat-
ing room staff at 74 hospitals.
Teams learned to recognize

red flags, challenge each when
they found safety risks and de-
velop presurgical checklists,
according to the study in to-
day's Journal of the American
Medical Association. The more
training surgical teams re-
ceived, the safer they became,
Bagian says.
But Bagian notes his study
has limitations. The 34 hospi-
tals that hadn't yet undergone
training at the time of the study
also improved, reducing their
surgical mortality rate by 7 per-
cent, he says. And the design of
his study prevents him from
concluding that training actu-
ally caused the drop in mor-
tality, although the link seems

But the study is also "really,
really important" and the
largest and most rigorously
designed of its kind, says
Peter Pronovost, a doctor and
safety advocate who wrote an
accompanying editorial.
A study published in The New
England Journal of Medicine
last year found that using a
checklist could prevent half of
all surgical deaths.
"For decades, surgery and
anesthesiology have focused on
the technical work," Pronovost
says. "But the harm that's
occurring (from surgery) is
happening due to teamwork
failure, not technical failures.
This is something every hospital
can do."

Brain's sensitivity to alcohol is linked to a gene

By Rita Rubin

You probably know people
who get tipsy after a few drinks;
maybe you're one yourself.
Over the past several decades,
studies of college students have
shown that such individuals
are one-third to one-half as
likely to develop alcoholism as
those who drink and drink and
drink before they feel drunk.
Now scientists have identified
a gene that has a "big, big ef-
fect" on how people respond to

alcohol, says Kirk Wilhelmsen,
senior author of a paper post-
ed by the journal Alcoholism:
Clinical and Experimental Re-
search. About 10 percent to 20
percent of the population car-
ries a version of the gene that
makes their brains especially
sensitive to alcohol.
The finding, Wilhelmsen says,
"potentially changes the para-
digm about how we think about
how alcohol affects the brain."
While the finding doesn't yet
have any treatment application,

he says, "my expectation is this
is actually going to lead some-
The gene carries the blueprint
for an enzyme called CYP2E1,
known to be involved in metab-
olizing ethanol alcohol as well
as other molecules, such as the
pain reliever acetaminophen,
or Tylenol, and nicotine. People
who carry the version of the CY-
P2E1 gene linked to increased
sensitivity to alcohol produce
more of the enzyme.
The CYP2E1 enzyme works

in the brain, which is not the
major player in alcohol metabo-
lism, says Wilhelmsen, a genet-
ics professor at the University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
School of Medicine. Another en-
zyme, in the liver, "does most
of the heavy lifting," he says.
Apparently, though, CYP2E1
affects how sensitive the brain
is to alcohol, perhaps because,
unlike the enzyme in the liver,
it generates free radicals, tiny
molecules that can damage

Black women need to know the facts about breast cancer

By Lisa Olivia Fitch
Special to the NNPA

Is breast cancer more difficult to detect
among Black women because they have
denser, thicker breast tissue? According to
the American Cancer Society, ninety per-
cent of white women who are diagnosed

with breast cancer will live at least five
years, but only 76 percent of Black women
with the same diagnosis will live five years.
"Black women have died at a greater rate
from the disease, and in the past it was
believed that it was because they didn't do
self exams and didn't have yearly mammo-
grams," said Dr. Denise JohnsonrMiller,; a'"

specialist from the Indiana-based St. Fran-
cis Medical Group. "But as we (research-
ers) drill deeper, we feel there is a genetic
"Young women do have denser breasts
and we recommend a breast MRI for very
dense breasts," she said. "But as women
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Summit fights youth tobacco usage

Special to the Miami Times

The Miami-Dade County
Health Department in collabo-
ration with the City of Hialeah
Department of Parks and Rec-
reation's Early Prevention and
Intervention Youth Program
(E.P.I), and the City of Hiale-
ah's Mayor Julio Robaina invite
the community to attend the
Fourth Annual Youth Tobacco
Prevention Summit on Friday,
Nov. 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00
p.m. at Goodlet Park, located at
4200 West 8th Avenue, Hialeah,
FL 33013.
This year the Youth Tobacco
Prevention Summit will high-
light the candy-flavored tobac-
co products that have emerged
from big tobacco companies.
These new, flavored tobacco
products are now being used to
allure youth into lifelong tobac-
co addiction.
Flavored tobacco products

are as addictive and carry the
same health risks as regular
tobacco products like lung dis-
eases, cancers, and strokes.
(U.S Food and Drug Adminis-
Studies of youth expecta-
tions around flavored tobacco
products like "bidis" and hoo-
kahs have found that young
smokers reported choosing fla-
vored products over cigarettes
because they "taste better" and
are perceived to be "safer." (U.S
Food and Drug Administration)
*Hookah, which is smoked
for about 45 minutes, deliv-
ers 36 times more tar than a
cigarette, 15 times more car-
bon monoxide and 70 percent
more nicotine. (Thomas Eis-
senberg, a psychology profes-
sor at Virginia Commonwealth
University and co-author of a
hookah study)
Smoking a hookah pipe
for 60 to 80 minutes is the

equivalent of smoking 100
cigarettes. (World Health Or-
. Tobacco use continues to be
the single most preventable
cause of death and disease
in the United States. In most
cases, the decision to smoke
or use tobacco products is not
made by adults; but impres-
sionable adolescents between
the ages of 13 and 18 years of
age. Don't let our children be-
come a statistic. Show your
support for creating a tobac-
co-free Miami-Dade and pro-
tecting the health and future
of our youth.
The Fourth Annual Youth
Tobacco Prevention Summit
is a free event and open to
the public. For more infor-
mation, please contact the
Miami-Dade County Health
Department, Office of Com-
munity Health & Planning at

Don't mistake teen depression for teen angst

By Kim Painter

The news lately has been full
of heartbreaking stories of sui-
cide among teens and college
students. Most of the coverage
has focused on the despicable
bullying these young people ex-
perienced and the fact that sev-
eral were gay.
But parents of teens and
young adults need to know
this: While bullying may push
a despairing youth over the
edge, and while gay youths
may be especially vulnerable,
most who kill themselves have
something else in common.
They are depressed or have an-
other mental illness. And while
some act with youthful impul-
sivity, many have been flash-
ing warning signs for months
or years.
"There are signs, but a lot
of times parents are not very
good at detecting them," says
Paula Clayton, medical direc-
tor of the American Founda-
tion for Suicide Prevention.
One problem is that "a lot
of the warning signs are very

similar to typical adoles-
cent angst," says Courtney
Knowles, director of The Jed
Foundation, a non-profit group
devoted to preventing suicide
among college students.
And, often, teens do their
best to hide their pain, says
Laurie Flynn, executive direc-
tor of TeenScreen, a non-profit
group that promotes mental
health screening and treat-
ment. "Kids try so hard to
put their game faces on," she
says. Flynn knows: She was
shocked when her own daugh-
ter attempted suicide in high
school. The star student had
been troubled for a while, but
"I thought she was doing just
fine," Flynn says.
Since then, Flynn has spo-
ken to many young people
who've "thought about killing
themselves for months and
months." That means there's
often time for kids to get help.
"Suicide is the most prevent-
able form of death," says Jo-
seph Fraioli, a 22-year-old law
student at the University of
Iowa in Iowa City. Fraioli, who

says he was deeply depressed
in high school, is a spokes-
man for Active Minds, a mental
health advocacy group.
In an ideal world, these ad-
vocates say, all teens and
young adults would get rou-
tine screening tests that can
pick up signs of distress and
suicidal thinking.
Some pediatricians and some
schools offer such screening,
and parents should ask for it
at every routine check-up, Fly-
nn says.
But the experts say parents
should call a child's doctor
right away if they see signs of
distress that last more than a
couple of weeks. These might
A sudden slide in grades
and withdrawal from friends
and fun activities.
Changes in eating or sleep,
including sleeping or
eating too much or too little.
A lack of joy and enthusi-
asm or a new irritability.
Learn more from the Nation-
al Suicide Prevention Hotline
at 1-800-273-8255.

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ARTERIOSCLEROSIS: Regularly consuming vitamin C retards the
development of hardening of the arteries.

CANCER PREVENTION: A compound in oranges called liminoid,
has been found to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast,
stomach and colon. The high vitamin C content also acts as a good
anti-oxidant that protects cells from damages by free radicals.

CHOLESTEROL: The alkaloid synephrine found under the orange
peel can reduce the liver's production of cholesterol. Where the ianti-
oxidant fights oxidative stress that is the main culpiir in the
LDLs in our blood.

CONSTIPATION: Even though the orange "tastes acidic", it actually
has an alkaline effect in the digestive system and helps stimulate the
digestive juices, relieving constipation.

DAMAGED SPERM, REPAIR: An orange a day is sufficient for a
man to keep his sperm healthy. Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant, protects
sperm from genetic damage that may cause a birth defect.

HEART DISEASE: A high intake offlavonoids and vitamin C has
been known to halve the risk of heart diseases.

.HIGH BLOOD PRESSLURE- Srnidie h ie hho, n ith~ i fla.:.noid
called hesperidin in oranges can lower high blood pressure.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: The ;[r.:.rL content. uf% iiamm C stimulates
white cells to fight infection, naturally building a pg.od immur naS. s, cni

KIDNEY STONES, PREVENT: Drinking or range i*kc dailh can
significantly drop the risk of formation of calcium oxalate stones in the

SKIN: The anti-oxidant in orange help protect the skin from free radi-
cal damage known to cause signs of aging.

STOMACH ULCER: Consuming vitamin C rich foods helps to
lower the incidence of peptic ulcers and in turn, reduce the risk of
stomach cancer.

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CDC: High blood pressure

awareness, treatment up

By Mike Stobbe
AP Medical

ATLANTA More Amenrcan adults are aware they have
high blood pressure, and more are taking medicine to
try to control it, according to a new government report
released recently.
Yet the proportion of U.S. adults with high blood
pressure has actually been holding steady at about
L? 30 percent for a decade, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention report found.
That finding may surprise some, given
escalating hand-wringing by health
officials about problems that can
contribute to high blood pres-
sure -- such asobesity and
~,". It may seem a little
counterintuitive," said
SDr. Nanette Wenger,
an Emory vUniversity
cardiologist who reviewed
the research but was not
involved in it.
She suggested a number of
.Vfactors that could explain it:
.' Perhaps more people are exer-
cising. drinking less alcohol or tak-
ing other steps that can prevent high
blood pressure.
High blood pressure or hyperten-
sion is often called the "silent killer" be-
cause it doesn't have symptoms, so many
people don t know they have it, according to the
CDC. It increases a person's chances for heart dis-
ease, stroke and other serious problems.
But it's easy to check for and.usually can be controlled
through exercise, diet and medicine.
Please turn to CDC 19B

Why is an orange good for
you? Everyone knows about the
high vitamin C content and the
natural fiber. But oranges (and
other citrus fruits) also contain
folic acid, beta-carotene, potassi-
um, selenium, antioxidants, and
plenty of phytochemicals, the
bioactive compounds in plant
foods that help nutrients boost
the immune system. Citrus
fruits also have a low glycemic
index, which make them excel-
lent nutrition for diabetics.
Knowing this, the Common-
wealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organisation (CSIRO)
of Australia conducted an exten-
sive review of 48 international
studies of citrus fruits. Among
the conclusions revealed by the
combined data:
Those with the highest intake
of citrus fruits reduced their risk
of stomach, mouth, oesopha-
geal, and larynx cancers by as
much as 40 to 50 percent.One
additional serving of citrus fruit
each day (beyond the recom-
mended five servings of fresh
fruits and vegetables) may reduce
the risk of stroke by nearly 20
The combined studies
(including the World Health
Organisation's recent draft re-
port on 'Diet, Nutrition and the
Prevention of Chronic Disease')
reveal 'convincing evidence' that
cardiovascular diseases, diabetes,
and obesity may be reduced
with daily citrus fruit intake.

Commenting on the dra-
matic reduction of some
cancer risks, CSIRO researcher
Katrine Baghurst told Reuters
news service that the inhibi-
tion of tumour growth and the
normalizing of tumour cells
is most likely the result of the
high antioxidanr o-.rit[ct i'f
citrus fruits.
Again: Not ne .. -,nJ
no surprise really .
But this new
as an
reminder of
just how important
it is for our diets to include as
many fresh whole foods as pos-
sible especially citrus.

Citrus fruits and oranges in
particular deliver two highly
favourable aspects of nutrition,
flavinoids and water-soluble fiber.
Flavinoid is a substance that
gives fruits and vegetables their
colour. It also performs a benefi-
cial double duty as both antioxi-
dant and anti-inflammatory. In
short: it's absolutely necessary in
helping your cells do their work.
And an orange is a flavinoid pow-
erhouse, containing more than
60 different types of flavinoids.
A study conducted in Finland
looked into the effects of dif-
ferent varieties of flavonoids on
chronic diseases in more than

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10,000 subjects over a period of
almost 30 years.
The resulting data showed that
subjects who consumed more
flavonoid-rich foods were less
likely to suffer from a number
of chronic diseases, including
heart disease, lung cancer,
stroke, asthma, and
type 2 diabetes.
those who ate
foods that pro-
vided a variety of
different types of
Havonoids enjoyed
gr ater longevity.

Oranges are also very high in
unrefined, water-soluble fiber.
In a previous e-alert I told you
about two different studies (one
of almost 10,000 subjects in
the US, and another with about
1,000 subjects in Italy) that
examined the relationship of
water-soluble fiber intake to
coronary heart disease (CHD).
In both studies, subjects with
the highest intake of this fiber
had a significantly lower risk of
developing CHD, compared to
those with the lowest intake.
The Milan study also showed
that subjects with the highest
intake of water-soluble fiber
reduced their heart attack risk
by an impressive 36 percent
compared with subjects who ate
very little of this type of fiber.
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Panel: Gramps, get

whooping cough shot

By Mike Stobbe
AP Medical

ATLANTA A federal advisory panel is recommending that people 65 and older who
are around infants get vaccinated against whooping cough.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices gave the advice because of an
outbreak of whooping cough this year in California, where more than 6,200 cases
have been reported.
Nine of the 10 infants who have died were too young to be fully vaccinated against
the disease.
Children get whopping cough vaccine in a series of shots beginning at 2 months.
Health officials believe elderly caregivers play a small role in spreading the con-
tagious infection to infants. But a whooping cough vaccine is not currently recom-
mended for the elderly.
Whooping cough cases tend to run in cycles. The last peak was in 2005.

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Several brothers of Beta Beta Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. positively impacted a group of young men
at William Jennings Bryan Elementary School, where they serve as mentors. The chapter adopted the school as a part of
it's leadership program, and in support of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence. Book bags for the students are purchased
every school year as well as active participation of the brothers in Career Day and other activities.
The brothers believe that, "Scholarship, Manly Deeds, and Love for All Mankind" serve as the true essence of the
fraternity as they seek to provide service to others.


Be careful where you post your child's photos

By Kristin Tillotson

Immortalizing your newborn
baby's footprint in bronze as
a keepsake might be a long-
cherished tradition, but anoth-
er kind of imprint has become
much more popular the digi-
tal kind.
If you're an American par-
ent of a toddler, he or she most
likely already has a digital foot-
print. A popular new baby gift
is registering children's full
names as domain names so
they can own them for the rest
of their lives.
A whopping 92 percent of
kids now have some sort of on-
line presence by age 2, accord-
ing to one recent study. Moms
and dads post endless streams
of photos on Facebook. Seven
percent of babies even have
their own e-mail addresses.
But is this display of parental
pride an invasion of privacy
that can hurt kids down the
Media strategist Bonnie Har-

ris, whose St. Paul company
Wax Marketing advises clients
on integrating new and tra-
ditional media, is hardly im-
mune: She admits that her dog
Bart (@bartthedog) has almost
4,000 Twitter followers, a pop-
ular Facebook page and a blog.
"But he's a dog," she said.
"Unlike kids, he can't be cy-
ber-bullied when he gets into
middle school because of then-
cute, now-embarrassing pic-

tures I posted of him as a baby.
His photos probably won't be
used for advertising without
my knowledge, or for some-
thing possibly illicit in another
part of the world. If it takes a
long time to potty-train him,
some employer down the road
won't find that in a background
check and think he's slow."
Harris also said parents who
become advocates for causes
such as autism or diabetes af-

ter their children are diagnosed
have essentially "outed" their
kids without the children's per-
Her advice to parents on
what's appropriate regard-
ing posts about their children:
Imagine that he or she will one
day run for president.
"There's no reason to be su-
per-paranoid, but don't post
any pictures you wouldn't want
any stranger in the world to see
and use for their own purpos-
es," she said. "Privacy settings
are not foolproof."
Also remember that as tech-
nology advances, so do future
employers' abilities to con-
duct exhaustive background
"Right now, we only really
have to go back maybe 12, 15
years at the most," she said.
"I'm cringing at the thought
of 20 years from now having
to make sure there aren't any
incriminating YouTube videos
from little Johnny's trip to the
corn maze back in 2010."

President Obama meets stars of'Waiting for Superman'.

President Obama meets stars

of education documentary

By Tim Perone

In a huge boost for the charter-school movement, Presi-
dent Obama recently met in the Oval Office with five children
featured in the documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'" which
trumpets the need to reform the country's education system.
Obama shook hands with the youngsters whose struggles to
leave failing public schools and enter more successful charter
ones via a lottery system are profiled in the movie by Oscar-
winning director Davis Guggenheim, who was at the White
The president has previously hailed the film as "heartbreak-
ing" and its message of reform as "powerful."
Geoffrey Canada, the CEO of Harlem Children's Zone, Inc.,
whose work promoting charter schools is featured in the film,
said, "The president understands that charters are a really
valuable asset."
"They're not the only answer, but it's one of the strategies we
need to use to improve education in this country."
Canada, who won a Post Liberty Medal in 2005, said he was
thrilled that the children are getting a chance to meet Obama.
'It's terrific that these wonderful young people are going to
meet the president," he said.
"These kids are truly, truly remarkable. "Nothing will make
them happier. Their eyes will be as big as saucers when they
meet the president."
The move by Obama is a blow to the national teachers union,
which is portrayed in the documentary as villainous for oppos-
ing reforms such as the ability to fire bad teachers and tie
teacher pay and tenure to student performance.

Survey: Most in favor of school prayer

By Jennifer Riley

The vast majority of Ameri-
cans, including those that
do not practice any particu-
lar faith, support allowing
student speakers to offer
a prayer at public school
.events, a survey found.
Overall, 80 percent of
those who responded to a
poll by the First Amendment
Center said they think stu-
dent speakers should be able
to give a public prayer. Also,
the majority (59 percent) of
thope who said they do not
practice religion support al-
lowing student speakers to
pray at school events.
"Clearly most Americans
want to keep government
out of religion, but they don't
see an expression of faith by
a student at a public school
event as a violation of the
separation of church and
state," said Ken Paulson,
president of the First Amend-
ment Center.
He added, "Public school
students actually enjoy quite
a bit of religious freedom on
school grounds, but high-
profile battles over com-
mencement ceremonies and
other schoolwide events

have left the opposite im-
The national survey, con-
ducted by The Pert Group
between July 28 and Aug. 6,
is based on telephone sur-
veys with 1,003 adults. The
First Amendment Center has
conducted surveys on the
state of the First Amendment
annually since 1997.
In addition to public school
prayer, the poll also found
that more than three-in-four
Americans support the proc-
lamation of a National Day of
Prayer (NDOP) by Congress
or the president.
The finding is encouraging
to supporters of the NDOP
given a U.S. district judge's
ruling earlier this year that
deemed the day is uncon-
stitutional because it seem-
ingly amounts to a govern-
ment call to religious action.
Not long after the ruling, the
Pentagon rescinded its invi-
tation to evangelist Franklin
Graham to speak at its NDOP
event over concerns about
his remarks about Islam. To
many NDOP supporters, the
court ruling and the Penta-
gon decision, taken together,
seemed to signal an attack
on public prayer in America.

Effective education reform should begin with children

By Patrick Welsh

Failure in the classroom is of-
ten tied to lack of funding, poor
teachers or other ills. Here's a
thought: Maybe it's the failed
work ethic of today's kids.
That's what I'm seeing in my
school. Until reformers see this
reality, little will change.
Politicians and education
bureaucrats can talk all they
want about reform, but until
the work ethic of U.S. students
changes, until they are willing
to put in the time and effort to
master their subjects, little will
A study released in December
by University of Pennsylvania
researchers Angela Duckworth
and Martin Seligman suggests
that the reason so many U.S.
students are "falling short of
their intellectual potential" is
not "inadequate teachers, bor-
ing textbooks and large class
sizes" and the rest of the usual
litany cited by the so-called re-

former but "their failure to
exercise self-discipline."
The sad fact is that in the
U.S., hard work on the part of
students is no longer seen as a
key factor in academic success.
The groundbreaking work of
Harold Stevenson and a mul-
tinational team at the Univer-
sity of Michigan comparing at-
titudes of Asian and American
students sounded the alarm
more than a decade ago.

When asked to identify the
most important factors in their
performance in math, the per-
centage of Japanese and Tai-
wanese students who answered
"studying hard" was twice that
of American students.
American students named
native intelligence, and some
said the home environment.
But a clear majority of U.S. stu-
dents put the responsibility on
their teachers. A good teacher,
they said, was the determining

Maybe it's the failed work ethic of today's kids. That's what I'm
seeing in my school. Until reformers see this reality, little will

factor in how well they did in
"Kids have convinced par-
ents that it is the teacher or
the system that is the problem,
not their own lack of effort,"
says Dave Roscher, a chemis-
try teacher at T.C. Williams in

this Washington suburb. "In
my day, parents didn't listen
when kids complained about
teachers. We are supposed to
miraculously make kids learn
even though they are not work-
As my colleague Ed Cannon

puts it: "Today, the teacher is
supposed to be responsible for
motivating the kid. If they don't
learn it is supposed to be our
problem, not theirs."

"Schools play into it," says
psychiatrist Lawrence Brain,
who counsels affluent teenag-
ers throughout the Washington
metropolitan area. "I've been
amazed to see how easy it is for
kids in public schools to ma-
nipulate guidance counselors
to get them out of classes they
don't like. They have been sent
a message that they don't have
to struggle to achieve if things
are not perfect."
Neither the high-stakes state
exams, such as Virginia's
Standards of Learning, nor the
requirements of the No Child
Left Behind Act have suc-
ceeded in changing that mes-
sage; both have turned into
minimum-competency require-
ments aimed at the lowest in

our school.
Colleges keep complaining
that students are coming to
them unprepared. Instead of
raising admissions standards,
however, they keep accepting
mediocre students lest cuts
have to be made in faculty and
As a teacher, I don't ob-
ject to the heightened stan-
dards required of educators
in the No Child Left Behind
law. Who among us would say
we couldn't do a little better?
Nonetheless, teachers have no
control over student motiva-
tion and ambition, which have
to come from the home and
from within each student.
Perhaps the best lesson I can
pass along to my upper- and
middle-class students is to
merely point them in the direc-
tion of their foreign-born class-
mates, who can remind us all
that education in America is
still more a privilege than a




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Report shows increase high blood pressure awareness

continued from 17B

The CDC report is based on de-
tailed government health surveys
done from 1999 through 2008
that included blood pressure
checks. More than 24,000 adults
took part in the nationwide sur-
veys over the 10 years, said Sar-
ah Yoon, a CDC epidemiologist
who was lead author of the new
During that period, the per-
centage of adults aware of their
high blood pressure increased to
nearly 81 percent, from 70 per-
cent. Most of that change was
in people 45 and older and in
whites and Blacks.

Also, nearly 74 percent were
taking medicine to control their
blood pressure, up from about
60 percent.
About a quarter of Americans
had high blood pressure in the
early 1990s. By the end of that
decade, it had reached 30 per-
cent, but hasn't changed much
since, the new study showed.
There also has been little
change in the rates for men,
women, whites, Blacks and Mex-
The report didn't look at why
the rates have been holding
steady. A CDC spokesman said
there could be a connection to
the nation's obesity rate. The lat-
est CDC data indicate the obesi-

ty rate has essentially leveled off
for about five years, after many
years of a steady climb.
Even if high blood pressure
too has plateaued, the actual
number is increasing because
the nation's adult population is
growing -- especially the baby
boomer-bolstered ranks of peo-
ple in their 50s and older.
The number of adults with
high blood pressure grew from
about 59 million to more than 66
million over the 10 years, Yoon
Other estimates put it at at
least 74 million.
"It's nice to see we're making
progress with awareness and
control, but 30 percent of a big

number is a very big number,"
said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, a
Northwestern University preven-
tive medicine specialist who is a
spokesman for the American
Heart Association.
Lloyd-Jones and Wenger
said they were perhaps most
impressed by another finding:
Among adults with high blood
pressure, nearly half have it
under control with medica-
tions, an increase from 30 per-
That could be because cheap-
er generic medications are
more widely available, Wenger
"You don't cure hyperten-
sion, you control it," she said.

Black women are teaming up against breast cancer

continued from 16B

age, the collagen that supports
the breast is replaced by fat
and it's actually easier to find a
breast tumor. Radiation pen-
etrates the fat easily. The fat
shows as a dark background
and the solid tumor is high-
lighted white. But, calcifica-
tions can obscure masses.
It's tricky."
Treating the disease can
also be tricky. One patient

can come through treatment
while another doesn't sur-
vive, although they were un-
dergoing the same treatment
for the same cancer.
"There are many abnormal-
ities in tumor physiology,"
Miller said. "There are differ-
ent genes within the tumors.
Although they may look the
same under the microscope,
they are very heterogeneous.
Tumors can be biologically
Miller has made it her busi-

ness to study the genetics
of more aggressive breast
cancer tumors and is look-
ing into regional differences,
environmental factors and
racial issues. "Scientists are
tracing genes back to West
Africa," she said. "Something
is there, we just haven't had
a breakthrough yet, but peo-
ple are working on it night
and day."
A recent study has revealed
that lifestyle factors may af-
fect breast cancer risk. The

researchers have found that
breast cancer risk was high-
er among women who com-
bined hormone therapy use
with more than one alcohol-
ic drink per day. They also
found that strenuous, long-
term exercise reduced the
risk of invasive and in-situ
breast cancers. Research-
ers are looking at other fac-
tors that may have an impact
on cancer, including obesity,
diet, second-hand smoke and
air pollution.

Street sign

dedication service

for Pastor Cook

Jordan Grove invites all to
join them in their sanctuary at -
3:30 p.m., Sunday, November
7 for the Dedication Service in
honor of the street sign to be
named for Pastor Cook.
It wil be a spiritual time in
Christ Jesus. Rev. Douglas Cook, Sr.

Special thanks from Bishop Jackson

Bishop Julian C. Jackson,
pastor of Gamble Memorial
Church of God In Christ and
Lady Annie R. Jackson would
like to extend special thanks to
Sister Toni Richardson and the
Fiftieth Pastoral Anniversary
Committee and the church fam-
ily, who worked so unrelenting-
ly during my Golden Pastoral
Anniversary Celebration
It is with joy and grate-
ful hearts that we express our
gratitude to all the team lead-
ers, participating pastors and
churches for sharing with us
to make this once in a lifetime,
Fiftieth Pastoral Anniversary a
Also, special thanks to the
Miami Herald Neighbors in Re-
ligion reporter, Bea Hines, and


the City of Miami Commission-
Yours for a better religious
-Bishop Julian C.Jackson

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1470 N.W. 87th Street

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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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Mt. Calvary Missionary Zion
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1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 5129 N.W.

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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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

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

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

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First Baptist Missionary
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S4600 N.W. 23rd AvenueWp'r.[ om
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4600 N.. 23rd Avenue

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

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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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Alpha Agape SDA Church
8400 N.W. 25th Ave.
Miami, FL 33147

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

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

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Hour of Prayer 6:30 a.m. Early Morning Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Youth Ministry Study, Wed 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study, Wed 7 p.m.
Noonday Altar Prayer...(M-F)
Feeding the Hungry every Wednesday........11 a.m.-l p.m.
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93rd Streel
Missionary I
2330 N.W.

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Baptist Church
93rd Street

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Logos Baptist Church
16305 N.W. 48th Avenue

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4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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Hadley Davis
55, bank teller,
died October
28 at Jackson ,
North hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
at New Sev-
enty Nine Street
Word Church In-

WAITE, 84,
chef, died Octo-
ber 27 at Memo-
rial West hospi-.
tal. Service 11 .
a.m., Thursday -
at Fullford Unit-
ed Methodist

41, laborer, died
October 28.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Saint Stephens
AME Church.

78, private duty II. -
nurse, died Oc-
tober 30 at Palm ;.
Spring hospital. '
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in cha-
- ,

laborer died
October 31 at
Jackson Me-
morial hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Cor-
nerstone Chris- -
tian Center.

carpenter died
October 30 at
Jackson North
hospital. Ser-
vice 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Em- .'
manuel Baptist

MICHAEL PARKER, 52, mainte-
nance worker, died October 20 at
* University of Miami hospital. Ser-
vice was held.


maintenance engineer, d
ber 22 at Jackson Memo
tal. Service was held.

homemaker, died Octol
Jackson North hospital
was held.


chanic, died
October 28 at
Memorial Pem-
broke Medical
Center. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at Greater
Fellowship MB

63, laborer, died Octol
home. Final rites and bu
mingham, Ala.

ber 25. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day, November
6 at Perrine Na-
tional Church of
God, 17305 SW
106th Avenue,
Perrine, Fl. .

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Loved One Wi

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The Miami T


housewife, died
October 31.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday in chapel.


MARIA N. BERROA, 71, seam-
stress, died October 26 at Aventure
hospital. Service was held.

SUM-SEPTEMBRE, 54, telemar-
keter, died October 20. Service
was held.

altor, died October 31 at St. Joseph
hospital. Arrangements are incom-

MARY LEE BURKE, 85, house-
wife, died October 26 at North
Shore hospital. Service 1 p.m., Sat-
urday at Mount Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church.

housewife, died October 31. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Friday at Grace Fu-
neral Home.

laborer, died October 29 at North
Shore hospital. Service Saturday
at New Birth Cathedral of Faith In-
ternational. Time to be announced.

PHILLIPS, JR., died October 20.
Arrangements are incomplete.



retired factory
worker, died Oc-
tober 27. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Mother
Hazel Young;
Grace Rahming,
Ruth Studstill

(Johnny), Esther Youn.
Carty-Grayson, Vanessa
(Ozell), Antoinette Johns
sons, George McDonal'
ret), Jehue McDonald (S
Theophilus McDonald;
grands, great-grand chili
tives, and friends. Service
Saturday at First Baptist c
ville Missionary Baptist C


g, Marcia
on (John);
d (Marga-
a host of
dren, rela-
;e 12 p.m.,
of Browns-

lied Octo- ALLEN RENE CLAYTON, 50,
rial hospi- VA hospital di-
etician, died
October 26 at
IrSTE, 87, North Shore
ber 17 at hospital. Sur-
I. Service vivors include:
father, Allen
Clayton Jr. of
Ft.Lauderdale, I
*S. Fla; step-father, Eddie Cole Jr.;
mother, Juanita J. Cole; brother,
Keith Clayton; nieces, Shannon
;ON, JR., and Traci Clayton; nephews, Ter-
rance and Troy Clayton; and a
host of other relatives and friends.
Viewing 5-9 p.m., Friday, Novem-
ber 5 at Poitier Funeral Home Par-
lor. Service 4 p.m., Saturday, at St.
Paul AME Church.

scaper, died October 14 at Jackson
Long-Term Care Center. Service 2
p.m., Saturday at Poitier chapel.
ber 28 at
urial in Bir- Gregg Mason
died October 30
at home. Visi-
tation 6 p.m.-8
p.m., Friday at
died Octo- 5937 NW 22
Avenue. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday at the
Church of God
of Prophecy, 5901 NW 22 Avenue.

... Royal
Visual Arts Man-
ager, died Oc-
ir tober 26. Su-
vivors includes: -
ith an mother, Karen
Doberson; un- .
n In cle, Tyrone Do- -
berson. Service
times 11 a.m., Satur-
day at Antioch MBC of Carol City.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

In Memoriam Maurice Lucas, forward

In loving memory of, for Trail Blazers, dies at 58
4.. MOSEmRm

11/05/13 11/28/2000 STORR
12/16/53 11/06/08

It's been ten years since you
went to glory and it still feels
like yesterday.
We are missing you every
minute of everyday and loving
you as if you were still here.
Enjoy heaven.
We love you,
The Walker family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

04/05/79 11/08/08

We truly miss you.
We keep in our hearts hap-
py memories of you with your
mother, father, sisters, broth-
er and your loving children
Robert, Wilton, James, and

JANNIE WHITE, 93, retired do-
mestic/caretaker, died October 31
at Treasure Island Care Canter.
Survivors includes: daughters,
Marilyn Moss, Brenda Williams;
step daughter, Jeannette James;
son, Norris H. White; sister, Vin-
nie Johnson; a host of other fam-
ily members and friends. Service
12 p.m., Saturday at Allen chapel
AME, Donalsonville, GA.

SEY, 75, housewife, died October
26 at Wellstar hospital. Service 12
noon, Saturday, November 6 at
Springfield Baptist Church In Tifton,

'A Saint, a Wife and Mother.'
Living this life on earth
without you is like having no
sunshine and no rain.
All we can do is to thank
God for the precious moments
we enjoyed together while you
were here with us.
We love you, we miss you.
Enjoy the presence of the
Your loving husband, Car-
roll and daughter, Chelsea.

James Phelps,

gospel singer,

dies at 78

By The Associated Press

Phelps, a gospel and R&B sing-
er who performed with Lou
Rawls and Sam Cooke, died
here on Tuesday. He was 78.
The apparent cause was
complications of diabetes, said
Elder Lee M. Harris, who co-
wrote Phelps's autobiography.
Phelps was a founder of the
group Clefs of Calvary and had
a hit single, "Love Is a Five-
Letter Word," in 1965 on Argo,
a subsidiary of Chess Records.
Phelps was born in Shreve-
port, La. In his late teens he
moved to Chicago, where he
performed with several gospel
groups including the Gospel
Songbirds, the Holy Wonders
and the Soul Stirrers. It was
with the Holy Wonders that he
performed with Rawls. He met
Cooke while a member of the
Soul Stirrers.
He left the Soul Stirrers and
shifted his focus to rhythm
and blues when "Love Is a
Five-Letter Word" became a
-hit. By the mid-1970s his re-
cording career was over, but he
continued to perform both gos-
pel and secular songs for many


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is Tuesday, 6 p.m.

By Richard Goldstein

Maurice Lucas, the bruising
All-Star forward who helped
take the Portland Trail Blaz-
ers to their only N.B.A. cham-
pionship, died Sunday. He
was 58.
His death was announced
by the team. Lucas, an as-
sistant coach for the Blazers
since 2005, had surgery for
bladder cancer in spring 2009
but was hospitalized in the
fall for a recurrence of cancer.
Lucas was a rugged de-
fender and an outstanding re-
bounder, capable of a sturdy
pick and a timely basket on
offense. Possessing a glare
that presumably intimidated
many an opposing player, he
became the prototype power
forward when he emerged as
a star for the Trail Blazers in
the late 1970s.
"There's nobody can contest
him inside," Bill Cartwright
said when he played center
alongside Lucas on the Knicks
in the early 1980s. "Anybody
tries, they're going to be in a
lot of trouble."
In his rookie season in the
National Basketball Associa-
tion, Lucas teamed with cen-
ter Bill Walton on the Blaz-
ers team that defeated the
Philadelphia 76ers for the
1977 league championship.
Lucas averaged 20.2 points a
game during the regular sea-
son, then played a major role
when the Blazers scored four
straight victories over Phila-
delphia after losing the first
two games of the finals.
The Blazers took charge af-
ter a long-remembered melee
in Philadelphia near the end
of Game 2. Darryl Dawkins,
the 6-foot-11, 250-pound
center for the 76ers, tangled
with Trail Blazers forward
Bob Gross after they went for
a rebound. Lucas, 6-9 and
220 pounds or so, came to the
aid of his teammate, punch-
ing Dawkins in the back of
the head as coaches, bench

Maurice Lucas
players and fans streamed
onto the court.
Both Lucas and Dawkins
were ejected, but the Trail
Blazers had shown their
toughness. Lucas scored 27
points in the next game, and
the Blazers were on their way
to the championship.
Lucas averaged 14.4 points
and 8.8 rebounds for his 12
N.B.A. seasons.
After retiring as a player
and serving in his first stint
as a Blazer assistant coach,
in 1988-89, Lucas owned a
sports and event marketing
Lucas is survived by his sec-
ond wife, Pamela; a daughter,
Kristin; and two sons, Mau-
rice Jr. and David.
Lucas took pride in his icy
on-court visage, but as the
years went by, he bristled at
his tough-guy image.
"I played very hard and very
physical, but I thought I also
played pretty smart because
I studied my opponents ra-
bidly," he told The New York
Times in 2004. "So I knew
their tendencies and things I
could take away from them on
As for his fight with Dawkins:
"More than anything else in
my career, I've been reminded
of that incident and reminded
of the fact that I was a real
physical player. I'm not re-
minded of the fact that I was
the leading scorer on those
teams that I played on. But
the old saying goes, 'As long
as they remember you, you
can't be mad.'"

Captain Kangaroo star, dies at 92

By Pop Eater

James Wall, Captain Kanga-
roo's neighbor "Mr. Baxter" on
the children's show and long-
time stage manager for CBS
News, has died. He was 92.
CBS News says Wall died
Wednesday in New York City af-
ter a short illness.
The former vaudevillian joined
the popular children's show in
1962 as a stage manager before
persuading the show's produc-
ers to create its first Black char-
acter in 1968.
He played Baxter and another
recurring roll on the show until
Wall was a stage manager for
many CBS broadcasts over the
years, including '60 Minutes,'
'Face the Nation' and the US
Open Tennis Championships.

James Wall
In 1994, Wall was honored
with an achievement award by
the Director's Guild of America.

George Cain, writer of 'Blueschild Baby', dies at 66

By William Grimes

George Cain, a writer whose
1970 novel "Blueschild Baby"
was greeted as an important
exploration of the Black urban
experience in the U.S. but who
abruptly disappeared from the
literary scene as drugs took
over his life, died on Saturday in
Manhattan. He was 66.
The cause was complications
of dialysis he was receiving for
kidney disease, his son, Malik,
Written in a stream-of-con-
sciousness style, in a poetic
vernacular that draws heav-
ily on street language, Cain's
autobiographical novel the
hero's name is George Cain
- describes a fevered journey
through drug addiction and self-
hatred to drug-free redemption.
In the process, the hero comes
to terms with his identity as a
Black man in the U.S.
There was no second novel. In-
stead, Cain struggled for the rest

of his life with a de-
pendence on drugs,
primarily heroin, a
future foreshadowed
in his novel.
George Maurice
Hopkins was born
in Manhattan on
Oct. 27, 1943, and
grew up in the Hell's
Kitchen neighbor-
hood. His father, an
employee with the


Department of Labor, ascend-
ed the civil service ladder and
reached the position of assistant
regional manager, a job that al-
lowed him to move the family to
a middle-class neighborhood in
Teaneck, N.J., soon after George
graduated from high school.
A precocious student, George
went to public schools but af-
ter graduating from junior high
school earned a scholarship to
the McBurney School, a private
academy run by the Y.M.C.A. of
Greater New York. He attended
lona College in New Rochelle,

N.Y., on a basketball
scholarship but left
in his junior year to
travel to Texas, Cali-
fornia and Mexico.
In Mexico he spent
six months in jail for
marijuana posses-
"George was con-
fused as to which
side of his identity he
wanted -to embrace,"

his former wife, Jo Lynne Pool,
said. "Did he want to be street or
middle class? His parents want-
ed him to be upwardly mobile,
but he still had a lot of friends
from the street, and they were
going down."
On returning to the United
States in 1966, he settled in
Brooklyn and began writing
"Blueschild Baby," adopting
the pen name Africa Cain. The
surname reflected his fascina-
tion, as one of a pair of identical
twins, with the' biblical story of
Cain and Abel. The first name,

which he later dropped in favor
of George, hinted at a continuing
search for identity that led him,
at various times, to make com-
mon cause with the Black Pan-
thers and to convert, briefly, to
Sunni Islam.
The book's success opened up
bright prospects for Cain. But
drugs dashed these hopes, and
his life unraveled during the
1970s. His wife left, taking their
children with her, and the mar-
riage ended in divorce. He lost
his job and lived a marginal exis-
tence in Brooklyn and, for many
years, in Harlem. He produced
no more literary work. In 1987,
the Ecco Press reissued "Blue-
schild Baby" in paperback.
In addition to his son, Malik,
of Washington, Cain is survived
by two daughters, Nataya Carter
of Houston and Sabrina Giral of
Manhattan; two brothers, Ed-
mund and Keith, both of Man-
hattan; a sister, Arlann Walker
of Teaneck, N.J.; and five grand-

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By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

Sometimes life can seem
to be overwhelming. And
for Blacks here in Miami, as
well as in other parts of the
U.S. and around the world,
the burden of racism and the
vicissitudes of life often lead
us down dark pathways that
lead to our demise. But ac-
cording to local playwright
Emanuel Rowe, there is al-
ways hope. And that's the
message in his new play, Ju-
bilee, which is coming to the
Hollywood Central Perform-
ing Arts Center on Sunday,
Nov. 14th at 7 p.m.
Rowe, 40, is a native of Mi-

ami and says that writing
and producing plays has al-
ways been his passion. But
it took some economic up-
heaval in his life to persuade
him to pursue his dream.
"I had several successful
businesses but in 2008 with
the growing problems facing
our economy, things started
to collapse," he said. "I had
been writing plays for some
time and saw it as my gift
from God. So I took a leap
of faith and formed Brown
Sugar Productions. From
there it's been an amazing
Rowe's first two plays,
Love for Hire and Code Blue,
were both sellouts. And in

this his third production he
has teamed up with another
local talent, Yonel Aris, who
will direct the play. In ad-
dition, all of the actors are
from Miami-Dade or Bro-
ward counties.
The play touches on the
issues of AIDS, drug abuse
and domestic violence and
how these and other prob-
lems continue to plague
young Blacks from Genera-
tion X.
"Each of my plays is in-
tended to tell a real story and
to leave the audience with a
message," Rowe added. "In
this case the message is that
no matter how long and dark
Please turn to JUBILEE 6C

Gay teens told

'It Gets Better'

By Elizabeth Weise

They sit down in front of the camera, and they
start to talk. In English, in Spanish, in American
Sign Language. Proudly wearing their U.S. Ma-
rine uniforms or wedding rings or holding squig-
gly, giggling children. Most of them gay, each has
a message for gay teenagers who may be contem-
plating suicide. "It gets better!" these adults tell
them, in heartfelt videos posted to a new YouTube
A string of suicides by gay youth nationwide
this fall impelled many of them to tell their sto-
ries online, speaking of the harassment and bul-
lying they endured in middle and high school.
The project was started last month by Dan
Savage. The Seattle-based writer and columnist
was waiting for a plane at JFK airport when he
read about 15-year-old Billy Lucas in Indiana,
who committed suicide after being bullied in high
school because his classmates thought he was
gay. "I thought, 'If I could only have talked to him
for five minutes, to tell him it gets better, maybe
he wouldn't be dead.'"
Please turn to TEENS 2C

Willow Smith wants to be like her parents

By The Associated Press

New York (AP) When Willow Smith explains why she entered
the music business, she talks about expressing her indi idu-
ality and wanting to help people with her message.
But she also acknowledges that she wanted
to be famous like her 'mommy and
She's well on her way now. The
9-year-old daughter of Will and Jada
Pinkett Smith has become a viral sen-
sation with her first single, "Whip My
Hair." The official version of the video
has gotten more than 7 million views on
YouTube; there was even a popular video f
that mashed the song with the Sesame
Street "I Love My Hair" video (which she
laughed and called "very funny").
Willow's funky song, is even being
played in the clubs, and she's due to re- .
lease her first album on Jay-Z's Roc Nation :
sometime next year.
Willow said she was "very surprised" about .,
the success of the song, but said she thought .'
the song's message was resonating with lis-
teners: "I just think that it's like, individuality
that they're excited about." '- .
Willow first entered the limelight three years
ago, playing the daughter of her father's charac- ter in the
blockbuster movie "I Am Legend." At that time, it seemed as if she
would follow in the acting footsteps of her parents, much like her

brother, Jaden, who earlier this year had his own smash movie
with the remake of "The Karate Kid."
But Willow was more influenced by her parents'
musical careers: Will Smith is a Grammy winner

has toured the country as part of a metal band.
-1 would g: on tour with them and watch
them and I'd be like, "Oh my gosh, that's what I
wanna do.'" she said.
Willow said she decided not to wait to pur-
sue her msL:ical career until she got older -
say, as a teenager.
S "I wanted to make a difference now, (and)
;' because I wanted to be big and famous like
my morn ty and daddy and help people,"
she said.
Willo.v. describes her style as "punk rock
meets preppy" and said her musical idols
include' Billy Idol "his music is really
tight." she explains and Lady Gaga.
S"She's really nice," Willow said of
SGaga "She's really awesome because
S. she cares about everybody and she
\rites songs about herself and every-
Willow said she 'wants her music to help everyone
to follow his or her ov.n path, "to be individuals and do what
they think is good and just be themselves."
And that's the advice her parents gave her.
"They said never be afraid to be yourself," she said, "even when
you're in the spotlight."

Maya Angelou papers headed to NY public library

B The t- ,larud Prn

More than 300 boxes of Maya
Angelou's personal papers, includ-
ing letters from Malcolm X and
James Baldwin and several scribbled
revisions of the poem she wrote to
celebrate President Bill Clinton's in-
auguration. will be made public at a
Harlem library the author said.
The Schomburg Center for Re-
search in Black Culture plans to an-
nounce the papers' acquisition this
Angelou. 82. said she sought out
the Harlem institution a research
unit of the New York Public Librar,
- as a home for .works that include
notes for her acclaimed autobiog-
raphy "I know Wh\ the Caged Bird
Sings" and the 1993 inaugural poem
"Or, the Pulse of Morning "

Angelou said recently that she re-
vised the poem about 10 times before
getting it right. "I had to continue to
go back for the melody of the lan-
guage," she said. "People all over the
world use words; (then) the writer
comes along and has to use these
most-in-use objects, put together a
few nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjec-
tives .. and pull them together and
make them bounce, throw them
against the wall and make people
sa., 'I never thought of it that way.'"
The Sc homburg Center said the
poem's draft is in one of nearly 350
boxes containing personal and
professional correspondence, drafts,
hand written manuscripts and
fan mail. It said that it has barely
skimmed the surface of the material
and that processing it will take up to
two \ears

"This is the essence that covers her
literary career," Schomburg director
Howard Dodson said.
The deal was sealed after a two-
year negotiation, said Dodson, who
has known Angelou for 20 years. He
declined to reveal the terms.
Deciding to put her collection at
the Schomburg was a "no-brainer,"
Angelou said. "It is the principal
repository in the world of literature
and affairs for, by and about African-
Americans, in particular, and Afri-
cans anywhere in the diaspora."
Angelou, who has homes in Harlem
and Winston-Salem, N.C., said her
many scribbled drafts are proof of
how she can agonize over her writing.
"I want to write so well that the
reader is 20 pages in a book of mine
before she knows she's reading," she

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Last Saturday, the Sigma
Alpha' chapter of Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc. honored
the Lamplighters of 2010
for endurance, attending
meetings, computer learning
and stepping. Kudos go out to
the participating parents and
volunteers, such as Miranda
Albury, James and Gwendolyn
English, R.T. Fisher, Eric
Procten and John Williams.
When the guests
arrived, they were
entertained by the Psi
Phi Band that played
grown folks music, the
group is recording in
the studio for a release
by Christmas. The
program started with
Rev. Fred Cromity,
pastor of Faith and GIB
Love Church, followed
by Lamplighter Darrius Albury-
Williams giving the History of
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
He was brilliant, especially
recognizing local National
Presidents: Dr. Edward
Braynon, Dr. Dorsey Miller
and Dr. George Grace.
Miranda Albury took over as
Mistress of Ceremony and the
band played "Soul Train" as
she introduced the first dance
with the young men and the
young ladies. The processional
included: Sean Watts and
Kayla Bethel, Austin Harrison

and Nyasha Baly, T
Clifford Miller and
MeLanie Saton,
Cyrus Clark and
Sierra Johnson, -
Dennis Law and
Jessica Turner, Jonathan
Randle and Gabriella Nelson,
Darrius Albury-Williams and
Donquavia McBride, Aaron
Gibbs and Chelsea Handsfield
and Torre Shaqur and Tonisha
Valerie Thomas
of Ebenezer UMC
introduced Adrian
Thomas and Crystal
Pinder who performed a
delightful routine to the
delight of the audience,
while Rev. Abraham
Thomas recited a
ON speech and sang "If I
Could Help Somebody."
Some of the distinguished
guests in attendance included:
Leah Swilley Watts, Kayla
Bethel, Elwood C. Watts,
Elwood C. Watts III and
Kathleen V. Watts, Jefferey
Swilley, Dr. Malcolm Black,
Peter Harden, Arnold Knight,
Beverly and Lee Johnson,'
Jimmy Harrell, Aaron
Johnson, Willie Granger,
Carolyn King, Tillie Stibbins,
Nettie Murphy, Syble Johnson
and Leo Albury.

History is replete with

destruction of Rosewood, FL
which was written off by the
white folks, burned to the
ground and dropped from the
history likened to the history of
Lemon City Cemetery.
Dr. Enid Pinkney
knew of Lemon City and
proceeded to trace its
history, which resulted
in finding our about
520 people who died
there and restoration of
being in that vicinity. .
Consequently, an DU
heir of Rosewood talked
with "Chatter That Matters"
and introduced herself as
Wendy Goins who remembers
the white folks burning the
town down and the few Blacks
grabbing what they could and
left the vicinity. The Goins
family got back together and
proceeded to tell the world
about the perpetrators
and received assistance -. "
from the state of Florida
to settle in other places. s-
Among the $200
million, a portion is
set aside for Black
minorities to use to
attend a college in the
state of Florida. Goins PINI
stated that anyone can
apply by calling or writing the
State Department of Education,
especially Blacks that were
mistreated from Rosewood.
For further info. please call
Goins at 786-587-8919 whose
aunt was the late Annette
Goins, a professor at Bethune-

-,.. .

Jeffrey Swilley. who now
lives in Fort Washington
returned home last week
to visit his parents, Leona
and Jack Swilley, his sister
Leah and her son Shawn
Watts. Jeffrey also enjoyed
seeing some football games
during his visit.
Shirley Payne-Fields,
now living in Conyers,
Georgia, came back to visit
old friends. She stayed with
Bennie White during her
Happy 69th birthday to
Rev. Jesse Jackson of
Chicago, Illinois.

Happy belated
birthday to
Vicky Barry!
Get well
wishes goes out to: Winston
Scavella, Naomi Allen-
Adams, Inez McKinney-
Johnson, Joyce Major-
Hepburn, Delores Bethel-
Reynolds, David Thurston,
Luria Davis, Ernestine
Ross-Collins, Dollie Kelly,
Joyce Gibson-Johnson and
Yvonne Johnson-Gaitor.
Garth C. Reeves, Sr., so
glad you are improving.
Hang in there
Two Miamians received

top honors at the District
Conference of the Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.,
which was recently held
in Sandestin, Florida.
Attorney Gordon C. Murray
of the Beta Beta Lambda
chapter was selected as
the Alumni Brother of
the Year. Cecil Andrew
Duffle, representing the
Theta Sigma chapter at the
University of Florida was
cited as the College Brother
of the Year.
Many attended the
funeral of their beloved
family member Leord
Dean-Wynn who passed
away in her adopted home
of Pontiac, Michigan. She
was laid to rest on October
25. Leord, is the daughter
of Inez McKinney-Dean

Johnson. Those who made
the sad journey to Pontiac,
Michigan for her services
were: Sharon Johnson,
Elestine McKinney-Allen,
Fitzhugh Johnson, Bryley
Wilson, Yvonne Deluilla,
Kelson McKinney,
Alstene McKinney, C.C.
Washington, Demtra
Washington, Cyrus
Washington, Kayla
Johnson-Williams, Ian
Williams, Henry Dean II
and Herbert Johnson.
Services were held at All
Saints Episcopal Church.
Congratulations to Father
J. Kenneth Major on your
retirement. You will be
missed by your parish
family and out community.
Enjoy your golden years,
stay young!

TV movie to tell lesbian teenager's story

By Chris Joyner

JACKSON, Miss.-A made-
for-TV movie is in the works
about Constance McMillen, the
Mississippi student who took
her high school to court over a
rule prohibiting same-sex prom
Diane Morgan, spokeswoman
for ABC Family, confirmed that
the cable channel was develop-
ing a movie about the 18-year-
old's life but would not discuss
"It is a project that is in the
very early stages at ABC Fam-
ily," she said. Morgan said pro-
ducers Craig Zaden and Neil
Meron are behind the film and
John Gray, creator of the TV
show Ghost Whisperer, has
been tapped to write and di-

News of plans for the movie
comes amid a recent spate of
gay teens who have committed
suicide after being harassed by
their peers.
McMillen, who is a lesbian,
made national news this spring
when she sued the Itawam-
ba County School District in
northeast Mississippi after her
high school principal refused
to allow her to bring her girl-
friend as her date to the school-
sponsored prom. McMillen's re-
quest to be allowed to wear a
tuxedo to the dance was also
The school system responded
to the lawsuit by cancelling the
prom, setting off a tidal wave of
national and international de-
bate and criticism. The school
district eventually settled the
case, agreeing to pay McMillen

$35,000 in damages plus at-
torneys fees.
Although school officials ad-
mitted no wrongdoing, gay-
rights organizations and the
American Civil Liberties Union,
which represented McMillen in
the suit, claimed victory.
ACLU gay-rights attorney
Christine Sun said McMillen's
story already has made a im-
portant contribution to the dis-
cussion of gay rights across the
nation, and a movie about her
experience could provide fur-
ther inspiration and support
for teens who face similar ha-
"Constance is the girl next
door," Sun said. "And she has
been an incredible advocate for
herself and for other students
who have experience discrimi-
nation because of their sexual

McMillen's stand against the
district's ban on same-sex dat-
ing made her an instant celeb-
rity. Shortly after the lawsuit
was filed, Ellen DeGeneres had
McMillen on her talk show and
presented her with a $30,000
college, scholarship check. Mc-
Millen also served as a grand
marshal in the New York City
Gay Pride Parade in June.
McMillen had her share of
resulting adversity as well.
Feeling harassed for filing the
lawsuit, McMillen transferred
more than 200 miles away to
Murrah High School in Jack-
son for the final weeks of her
senior year.
"Although Constance ulti-
mately prevailed, she had to go
through hell because of what
the school did to her," Sun said.

Gay teenagers are getting the support they need

continued from 1C

Sitting at the airport, Sav-
age realized he was waiting for
someone's permission to talk
to these kids but he didn't
need to. When he got home, he
and his husband, Terry Miller,
made a video about their 16
years together and uploaded it
to YouTube. In it, they tell gay-
and lesbian teens that life gets
wonderful. The couple, married
in Canada, live in Seattle with
their 12'-year-old adopted son,
"If you can live through high
school, which you can ... you're
going to have a great life. It's
going to be the envy of all those

people that picked on you,"
Miller says in the video, which
has been viewed 892,349
The project has taken off,
with more than 700 videos
posted and 1.6 million views
since Sept. 22. Every video
that's posted generates dozens
and sometimes hundreds -of
comments. Some are attack-
ing, but many more are from
grateful teens themselves.

Sadly, gay teen suicides are
nothing new, says Charles
Robbins, director of the Trevor
Project, a suicide prevention or-
ganization for gay, lesbian, bi-
sexual and transgender youth
that operates a 24/7 crisis hot-

line. But a nationwide string of
them in September brought the
issue more attention.
Studies have shown that
gay teens are four times more
likely to attempt suicide than
straight teens. There's no evi-
dence to suggest that being
gay intrinsically makes teens
more suicide-prone. Instead,
"the high level of stigma from
society and external pressures
significantly increase the risk
for suicide for these kids," says
Caitlin Ryan, a researcher at
San Francisco State University.
Teens "often feel like they're
the only person who's going
through what they're going
through, and these videos will,
we hope, let them know that
there are others who have gone

through the same thing and
there is hope and there is help,"
says Robbins.
A level of anti-gay sentiment
in the country also has led
many people of faith to speak
out. Stephen Sprinkle, a profes-
sor of theology at Brite Divinity
School in Fort Worth, says he's
gotten hundreds of responses
to his video about heeding the
call to be a Baptist minister
and also to be open about his
"There was one 18-year-old
in particular, he said over and
over again, 'Are you sure I'm
not going to hell? Are you sure?'
And I was able to tell him that
God doesn't make mistakes,"
says Sprinkle. "You are com-
pletely and totally beloved."

By Wilson Morales

The year was Oct. 25, 1985
and prior to that date, there had
a been only a few films featur-
ing rappers. 'Rappin" had been
released months earlier and
took in $2 million from 1150
theaters. 'Beat Street' had been
released in 1984 and grossed
$16.5 million from 1380 the-
Then came 'Krush Groove'
and it was the first time that
real rappers were stars of a film.
Directed by Michael Schultz
and produced by Russell Sim-
mons, the film starred Blair Un-
derwood, Sheila E., Run D.M.C,
Rick Rubin, the Fat Boys and
Kurtis Blow, with cameos by
the Beastie Boys, New Edition
and an upstart named LL Cool
J, who made his film debut with
the hit rap tune, 'I Can't Live
Without My Radio.'
Based on the early days of Def
Jam Recordings, up-and-com-
ing manager Russell Walker
(played by Underwood) has all
the hottest acts on the record
label Krush Groove Records, in-
cluding Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll
& Mr. Hyde and Kurtis Blow,
while Rick (Rubin) produces
their records.
When Run-D.M.C. has a hit
record and Russell doesn't have
the money to press records, he
borrows money from a street
hustler. At the same time, Rus-
sell and and his brother Run are
both competing for the heart of
R&B singer Sheila E.
Grossing $11 million from 519
theaters, 'Krush Groove' wasn't
well received by critics but it has
remained a cult favorite among
many and brought the rap in-

dustry to a mainstream audi-
ence. Today, on the 25th anni-
versary of its official theatrical
release, we take a look back to
the past and the present.

Prior to playing President
Elias Martinez on NBC's 'The
Event,' Underwood made his
film debut in 'Krush Groove'
playing Russell Walker. As the
rest of the cast consisted of ac-
tual rappers and singers, Un-
derwood was the sole actor in
the film. While the Washington
state native has carved out a
career in films, including 'Set It
Off' and 'Just Cause,' he's most-
ly associated with the TV series
such as 'L.A Law,' and a'recur-
ring role on the HBO acclaimed
series, 'Sex and the City.'

As the lead female in the film,
Sheila E. (nee Sheila Escovedo)
played the romantic interest
to both Run's and Blair Un-
derwood's characters. As the
daughter of legendary percus-
sionist Pete Escovedo and bio-
logical aunt to Nicole Richie, the
Oakland, CA native is a profes-
sional drummer and percus-
sionist perhaps best known for
her work with Prince. She pro-
vided the vocals on the B-side
to 'Let's Go Crazy,' before scor-
ing her own hit with the single
'The Glamorous Life.' To this
day, Sheila still performs at dif-
ferent venues.

As the younger brother of
Def Jam co-founder Russell
Simmons, Joseph a.k.a Run
Please turn to KRUSH 6C

Krush Groove:

Where are they now?


Kudos go out to Abraham and
Mary Salary for celebrating
37 years of marriage. The two
dined at Olive Garden where
they enjoyed a delicious meal.
They reflected on
their marriage and
talked about Richard,
their only son and
grandchildren: Nancy,
A Kwame and Richard
III. Mary enjoyed
discussing one of her
loves, the Egelloc Civic
)NN and Social Club and
her experience as a
member to president where
she did historical work as past
The both of them attend
Mt. Herman A.M.E. Church,
where Mary sings in the choir.

Brian Jenkins,
head coach at Bethune-
Cookman University
is congratulated for
winning all seven games
that he has coached
so far this season. His
recent victory was over
North Carolina Central
Anthony Grant is
KNEY the first Black Coach
to be hired as head
basketball coach at Alabama
University in 2009. He is in his
first year and vows to take his
team to the nationals. Grant
attended Miami High where he
lettered in basketball and his
father, Edmond Grant let it all
out at Leo's Barbershop. Both
of them attend New Shiloh

The Thelma A. Gibson and
Theodore R. Gibson Memorial
Fund, Inc. Committee provided
the community with their 28th
Annual Unity Dinner, last
Sunday, at Jungle Island. This
came from the legacy of Rev.
Canon Theodore Roosevelt
Gibson (1915-1982) in his life's
work for unity among diverse
ethnic and religious groups in
The committee included the
Thelma A. Gibson Charter
School, -now in its eighth
year, at Saint Francis
Xavier Catholic with
an enrollment of 300.
Others that were there
as well were: Modesto
Abetty, President/
CEO, Children's Trust; .4
David Alexander, 5
President/CEO, St.
John Community GIR
Deve lopment
Corporation; Constance
Collins Margulies, founder,
Lotus House.
Some of those in attendance
included: Charles A. Gibson,
Esq., Vanessa A. Murray,
Manuel "Manny" Rodriquez,
Sondra Wallace, Edith Georgi
Houlihan, Esq., Rabbi Herbert
Baumgard, Larcenia Bullard,
Kareem J. Coney, Richard
Curry, Sr., Patricia Denegall,
Margaret Diston, Helene
Dubbin Catherine Houlihan,
Ethel Philip, Rosalie Pincus,
Armando Vizcaino and Andre
Many we***re sad**den by *** hearing
Many were sadden by hearing

the demise of Rebecca Malissa
Jones Fisher. She was born in
Wauchula, FL to Rev. George
and Ada Jones in 1924.
Her legacy continued with her
being the church clerk for 35
years; graduating from Crooms
Academy in Sanford, FL;
receiving Bachelor and Master
Degrees from the University of
Miami and Nova Southeastern
University; cited as Who's Who
in America; Third Anti Basileus
of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
and Zeta of the Year; employed
by Miami-Dade County
School Board and
served as Cafeteria
Manager for 11 years
and teacher for 24 years
at South Miami Heights
and South Ridge Senior
In addition,
members of Beta Tau
3SON Zeta Chapter of Zeta
Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
paid tribute to her in a ritual,
last Friday, at Poitier Funeral
Home. Members included:
Annie B. Baker, basileus,
Dorothy Baldwin, Dessie
Borne, Dr. Bettie D. Campbell,
Cora Coleman Portee,
Estella M. Cox, Josephine
Davis Rolle, Lillie F. Harris,
Johnnie M. Kerr, Barbara
M. Kirnes, Judith Lewis,
Rochelle Lightfoot, Margaret
Marshall, Alva F. Maull,
Lydia Richardson, Annette
Richardson, Dr. Vernita B.
Timpson, Jeanette Tullis,
Lorraine Vaughn, Rosetta J.
Vickers, Dianne Williams and
Pauline Wright.


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Makes: 12 to 16 servings
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I cup butter
I 1/2 cups chopped Dole
1 cup chopped Dole
8 cups sliced sourdough
bread, cut into cubes
1 1/2 cups finely chopped fresh
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1 1/4 cups chopped pecans,
I cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped parsley
I teaspoon dried oregano
leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon ground sage or
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heat until pork is completely
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through. Garnish with pineapple
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Sweet Potato Bake
Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 40 minutes
3 cups cooked, mashed sweet
potatoes (2 pounds)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup melted margarine
2 tablespoons dark rum,
Grated peel and juice from
1 lime

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 Dole Bananas, peeled,
Combine mashed sweet potatoes
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rum. lime peel. juice and nutmeg in
large bowl: beat until well blended.
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Spoon into shallow 5-cup or
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nonstick cooking spray. Bake at
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banana slices and parsley, if desired.

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Banana Cheesecake
Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 30 minutes
Bake: 70 minutes
2 cups graham cracker
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup margarine, melted
I can (16 ounces) whole
cranberry sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 packages (8 ounces each)
cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons lemon peel
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 extra-ripe, medium Dole
3/4 cup light sour cream
Combine cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup
sugar, cinnamon and margarine. Pat
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side of 9-inch spring form pan. Bake
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brown. Cool.
Combine cranberry sauce and
cornstarch in saucepan. Cook,
sliiii -. until sauce boils and
thickens. Remove 1/2 cup for
topping: set aside.
Beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar,
lemon peel. lemon juice., vanilla and
salt. Puree bananas (1 cup); blend
into cheese mixture. Spooin 2 cups
cheese mixture into cooled crust.
Spoon cranberry filling over. Cover
with remaining cheese mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove
from oven. Combine sour cream
and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar:
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cup cranberry topping in center to
form a circle. Gently swirl cranberry
and sour cream. Return to oven 15
minutes more or until glaze is firm.
Run thin knife around inside of
pan to loosen cheesecake: chill 6
hours or overnight. Remove side
of spring form pan before slicing.
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Doritos today unveiled its highly anticipated
collaboration with multi-award winning art-
ist Rihanna. Through an augmented reality
music experience that showcases the mul- -
tiple facets of Rihanna's personality and
style, Doritos is debuting the special
single, "Who's That Chick?," by David
Guetta featuring Rihanna. To create a
truly global scope, the experience also
includes exclusive performances by a
collection of additional recording artists
from around the world. This one-of-a-kind ..
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ity content can be accessed with special-edition
Doritos Late Night bags.
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Late Night "Whos That Chick?" experience was
unexpectedly released online, setting off a wide
range of speculation among music fans and pop
culture commentators. What was rumored to be
anything ranging from a product placement deal
to television commercials featuring a new Rihan-
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teractive music experience that the Doritos brand
created especially for worldwide fans of Rihanna's
While Rihanna serves as the Doritos Late Night
headliner, this exclusive offering features artists in-
cluding Canada's Down with Webster, the UK's Pro-
fessor Green, Turkey's Mor Ve Otesi. Brazil's Sensa-
cional Orchestra Sonora and South Africa's Teargas.
Each band, highly recognized in the music scenes
of their respective markets, will use the Doritos Late
Night platform to reach and interact with fans in a
whole new way.
"We've made a conscious effort with Doritos to fo-
cus our marketing around breakthrough interaction
and collaboration with our fans, and our partner-
ship with Rihanna is a perfect example of providing
a. truly unique experience around an artist they are
passionate about,' said Rudy Wilson. vice president,
marketing, Frito-Lay North America. "She is an artist
known for pushing the boundaries in order to provide
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A Paterson, N.J, jury found Asward Ayinde guilty on Oct. 27 on all counts of
molesting his biological daughter from the age of eight until she finally bore his
child as a teenager.
The former Fugees "Killing Me Softly" director was convicted on multiple counts
of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, lewdness, child endangerment, ag-
gravated criminal sexual contact and criminal sexual contact. Ayinde, whose origi-
nal name is Charles McGill, faces 40 years when sentenced and more than 100
years if convicted of all charges of raping and impregnating four other daughters
that he faces in upcoming trials.
The unnamed daughter, who is now 23 years old, went to police back in 2006 to
reveal the 17 years of horror her family endured.
The young woman was pregnant by her dad at 15 and gave birth to the child. She
recounted stories that her father would tell about how he was Christ. Reportedly
his reason for isolating and having incestuous relations with them.
Four of the alleged victims were daughters with his wife, Beverly, who also testi-
fied at trial. Three of those four daughters bore six children by Ayinde, prosecutors
As the head juror read the verdict, Ayinde stood devoid of any emotion.

Model Jessica White was arrested on Oct. 23 after getting into a fight over a
cab in New York. White, 26, was held for 12 hours before being charged with mis-
demeanor assault, and the police report states that she repeatedly hit her victim.
White, who had dated Terrell Owens, is due in court on Dec. 15.
Her lawyer, Mary Jay Heller, said that White was celebrating her new "single
status" in Chelsea with some close friends, when a woman approached her while
she was attempting to hail a cab. The pair then began tussling.
White, a native of Buffalo, has been modeling since she was 16, and in 2006
made her acting debut in the film "Big Momma's House 2." She has since appeared
in a number of music videos, including those of John Legend, and Jay-Z.
A Philadelphia writer has filed a lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey for plagiarism,
claiming the talk show host stole passages from his book for a 2009 episode of her
Charles Harris claims in a lawsuit that he sent Oprah ten copies of his booklet,
"How America Elects Her Presidents," in 2008. He alleges that on a February 16,
2009 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Oprah read exact questions directly
from his book.
Harris claims that the language and structure of the questions were exactly the
Harris wants $150,000 for each intentional unlawful use of his copyrighted mate-
rial as well as money to cover damages and lost profits.

The Nevada Supreme Court refused to overturn O.J. Simpson's armed robbery
and kidnapping conviction stemming from a gunpoint Las Vegas hotel room heist.
The court said in its ruling that it concluded that all of Simpson's arguments for
appeal were without merit.
The court ordered the conviction of Simpson's co-defendant Clarence "C.J."
Stewart, 56, to be reversed and a new trial held.
The 63-year-old Simpson is serving nine to 33 years at a state prison. His co-
defendant Stewart, is serving 7 1/2 to 27 years at High Desert State Prison north-
west of Las Vegas.
Both men were convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy and other
crimes for what Simpson maintained was an attempt to retrieve family photos and

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A young girl with Cholera

-U.N. Photos/Sophia Paris
Many residents of St. Marc, the center of the Cholera epidemic, are
wearing masks to protect themselves on the street.

Experts: Cholera in

Haiti here to stay

By Richard Knox
The last major outbreak of chol-
era in the hemisphere started in
Peru in 1991 and sickened nearly
half-a-million people. It made it as
far as the United States, but some-
how missed Haiti altogether.
But now that cholera has re-
turned to Haiti after a 50-year
hiatus (with 3,015 cases and 253
dead), it'll be almost impossible
to get rid of, says Dr. Jon Andrus,
deputy director of the Pan-Ameri-

can Health Organization.
"It's clear this will not go away
for several years," Dr. Andrus says.
"This surge of cases will come
down. But there probably will be
cases in the future. And so we need
to plan that way."
For now, experts are wondering
if cholera will make its way to the
crowded tent cities and slums of
Port-au-Prince. The government
and public health agencies are
planning for a worst-case scenario,
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ment center as it was preparing to
open in the city of St. Marc recently,
highlighting the fear surrounding a
disease that was almost unknown
in Haiti before it began spreading
through the countryside, aid work-
ers said.
Some of the roughly 300 students
and other protesters said they
feared the Doctors Without Borders-
Spain clinic would bring more of the
disease to their seaside town, which
is one of the hardest hit in the week-
old epidemic ,that has killed 284
people and infected 3,769, accord-
ing to United Nations figures.
Witnesses said the protesters
threw rocks and at least one Molo-
tov cocktail. U.N. peacekeepers from
Argentina arrived with riot shields to
reinforce police. Warning shots were
heard; the U.N. said its soldiers fired
blanks. There were no reports of in-

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in line to receive bottled water from Jeunesse a Mission in Jurve, a
small village on the Artibonite River, the polluted source of the Cholera
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Miami Northwestern Se-
nior High will present their
11th annual College Fair at
the Lee R. Perry Sports Com-
plex from 6-9 p.m., Wednes-
day, Nov. 3. 305-836-0091.

Broward Health annual
Supplier Diversity Expo will
be held at the Broward Health
North Broward Medical Center
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thurs-
day, Nov. 4. 954-759-7400.

The Greater Fort Lau-
derdale National College Fair
will be held at the Fort Lau-
derdale/Broward Count Con-
vention Center, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4.

Playing the Game of Life
will have an "Open House" to

bring awareness to the com-
munity and the public at large
about its new space. The event
will be held from 10 a.m. to 1
p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6. For
more information call 305-
864-5237 or email info@'ecqc.

The City of Miami Gar-
dens will host a Foreclosure
Prevention Clinic on Tuesday,
Nov. 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the
North Dade Regional Library.

The Dania Beach Relay
for Life Team will host a kick
off party to promote and raise
funds for cancer research
at Frost Park auditorium on
Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 6
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more
info, contact Ms. Corbin 954-

FLife, S tN71es Happenincys

540-8776 or Sharon Bacon

"These Are All Our Chil-
dren" will hold their 2nd An-
nual Gala to benefit at-risk
youth in Miami on Friday, Nov.
12, 2010 at the Raleigh Hotel
from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. To
purchase tickets visit www. or call Dee
Dee Green at 305-528-3017.

The ninth annual Grace
Jamaican Jerk Festival will
take place at the Markham
Park in Sunrise at 10 a.m.,
Sunday, Nov. 14. 954-369-

Brown Sugar Produc-
tions will present "Jubilee," a
heart moving stage play at the
Hollywood Center at 7 p.m.,
Sunday, Nov. 14. 786-262-

The Museum of Con-

temporary Art (MOCA) will
present Shinique Smith's first
large scale U.S. museum exhi-
bition until Nov. 19. 305-893-
6211 or visit: www.mocanomi.

The Children's Trust will
have their sixth annual Cham-
pions for Children Awards
Ceremony at the Jungle Is-
land Treetop Ballroom at 12
p.m., Friday, Nov. 19.

Get on the bus for the
Florida Classic, Nov. 20 and
the Honda Battle of the Bands,
Jan. 29 in Atlanta. 786-873-

Have you or someone you
know dropped out, or strug-
gling in a traditional high
school. Lifeskills can help.
you. For more info, call 305-

Rendo-Goju-Ryu Kara-

te Academy will be offering
karate lessons at the Liberty
Square Community Center
from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays
and Thursdays. 305-694-

Stop the Violence and
Dance, Saturday, Nov. 20, 7
p.m. at The Joseph Caleb Cen-
ter. For more info or to register
online go to www.stopthevio-

Women's group look-
ing for women of color 40 and
older who are looking for a
nice group of friendly, down-
to-earth women. Women share
their life experiences, plea-
sures, joys, food, passions,
ideas and dreams. 305-934-

The City of Miramar's
Multi-Service Complex is of-
fering karate classes to both
children and adults, from

Outbreak of illness producing many riots in Haiti

continued from 5C

country chief Francisco Otero
said the group had consulted
with local authorities and told
them the clinic is important for
stemming the spread of chol-
era. He said they would try to
reopen it in another part of St.
"In the coming days we are
going to start to work with
this community, to explain
that there is no risk for them
to have such a facility," Otero
told The Associated Press.
More than 420 new cholera
cases were confirmed recently,

according to the U.N. Office for
the Coordination of Humani-
tarian Affairs. Twenty-five new
deaths were confirmed, bring-
ing the total to 284.
OCHA spokeswoman Imogen
Wall says the majority of cases
occurred along the central Ar-
tibonite River with many new
instances in Haiti's central pla-
teau. St. Marc's main hospital
was the first to widely alert the
epidemic as it overflowed with
the sick and dying.
Haitian television aired foot-
age of emaciated patients
and parents grieving for chil-
dren lost in the epidemic over
mournful music. The programs

were reminiscent of montages
from earlier this year about the
U.N. staff have been told to
avoid areas of heavy infection
unless they are given special
permission to go there. Guate-
malan police manned a check-
point on the highway from
Port-au-Prince to Mirebalais,
a hard-hit city in central Hai-
ti, to make sure unauthorized
U.N. vehicles did not pass.
Aid workers, meanwhile,
scrambled to contain the
spread of the disease, which
has not occurred in Haiti for
Speaker trucks passed

through neighborhoods in the
capital, where a handful of
cases have been confirmed in
people who apparently con-
tracted it in the countryside,
advising the city's millions of
residents to wash their hands.
The Dominican Republic,
which borders the central pla-
teau where many new cases
are being found, announced
that all people crossing the
border must wash hands and
complete a medical form. They
also stepped up military sur-
veillance and closed a twice-
weekly bmational market,
sparking protests on the Hai-
tian side of the border.

United Nations examined as source of recent outbreak

continued from 5C

attention to its origins: How did
a disease which has not been
seen in Haiti since the early
20th century suddenly erupt in
the countryside?
The mission strongly denies
its base was a cause of the in-
fection. Pugliese said civilian
engineers collected samples
from the base which tested
negative for cholera and the
mission's military force com-
mander ordered the additional
tests to confirm. He said no
members of the Nepalese bat-
talion, whose current mem-
bers arrived in early October
for a six-month rotation, have

the disease.
The unit's commander de-
clined to comment.
Local politicians including
a powerful senator and the
mayor of Mirebalais are point-
ing the finger at the Nepalese
peacekeeping base, which is
perched above a source of the
Meille River, a tributary to the
Artibonite River on Haiti's cen-
tral plateau. The Artibonite
River has been the source of
most infections, which remain
concentrated in the rural area
surrounding it mostly down
river from the mouth of the
"They are located exactly
where the sickness started,"
Mirebalais Mayor Laguerre

Lochard, who is also running
for Senate, told the AP. Area
residents are also blaming the
base; a young man walked by
its gate laughing and chant-
ing, "Co-co-cholera. Cholera
MINUSTAH" referring to the
peacekeeping mission by its
French initials.
Cholera is pandemic in much
of the world but almost un-
heard of in the Western Hemi-
sphere. It is endemic to Nepal,
which suffered outbreaks this
summer. A recent article in the
Japanese Journal of Infectious
Diseases about outbreaks in
2008-09 said the strain found
by researchers was "Vibrio
cholerae 01 Ogawa biotype El

That is the same strain that
has been identified in Haiti, ep-
idemiologist Eric Mintz of the
U.S. Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention told the AP.
But he cautioned that strain is
common and description too
general to be a "smoking gun"
that would identify the strain's
country of origin.
The CDC is not directly in-
vestigating the base, spokes-
man David Daigle said.
The U.N. issued a statement
defending the base. It said the
Nepalese unit there uses sev-
en sealed septic tanks built to
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency standards, emptied ev-
ery week by a private company
to a landfill site a safe 820 feet.

Pop singer to headline Doritos Late Night experience

continued from 4C

Designed to. put control of
the experience in consum-
ers' hands, the Rihanna aug-
mented reality performance is
available in both day and night
settings. Fans are able to un-
leash Rihanna's late-night
side by pointing a graphic
symbol located on the back
of Doritos Late Night special-

edition bags at a web cam.
Fans can personalize Rihan-
na's performance by the way
they hold and move the bag,
offering up a new experience
each and every time. Custom-
ization is available to viewers
of the regional artists as well
by putting them in control of
a 360-degree viewing envi-
ronment that they can use to
create their own personalized
music experience.

International superstar,
Rihanna is known for her
incredible style and chart
topping hits. The multiple
Grammy-winning artist's
work on "Who's That Chick?,"
will be released on David
Guetta's upcoming album,
One More Love, on Nov. 29,
and she is featured on bags of
Doritos Late Night for a lim-
ited time.
"I'm really excited about

'Who's That Chick?' and want-
ed to find a fresh and unique
way to share it with my fans,"
said Rihanna. "When I saw
how cool the augmented real-
ity performance Doritos cre-
ated was, I knew this was it.
This was the way I wanted
to make 'Who's That Chick?'
available to the world, and I
can't wait to see how my fans
get engaged in this innovative

Local actors get a chance to shine in Brown Sugar production

continued from 1C

the. tunnel, there is light at
the end. But you have to have
faith that God will deliver you
and show you the way."
The acting bug can be 'con-
Kelvin L. Taylor, 40, plays
one of the the lead male roles
in the show and says the play
provides a great opportunity
for Blacks in our community
to talk about important but
rarely-discussed topics.
"I graduated from Miami
Jackson, lived in Atlanta for
awhile and am now living in

Overtown where I see drugs,
youth violence and men beat-
ing their women every day,"
he said. "AIDS is another real
problem in our community
and so many people seem to
have given up. We have to be-
gin talking about these things
and working together to find
Taylor says it was just re-
cently that he decided to au-
dition for a few plays and test
his mettle on stage. Now he is
like a "fish in water" and loves
the energy that comes from
being on stage.
"I wasn't ever what you
would call shy but acting has

certainly caused me to totally
come out of my shell," he said.
"This is an amazing play and
it has shown me that when
you have God-given talents, it
is never too late to use them
for good."
Ann Griggs-Anderson, 56,
is a mother of four, a grand-
mother of 11 and an adopted
grandmother of at least a doz-
en more young people. Like
Taylor, she's a part-time ac-
tor who has caught the acting
bug and loves it.
"It's hard work in the begin-
ning, learning your lines and
becoming the character but
in the end it is quite reward-

ing plus this play tells a
story about real life that our
people need to hear," she said.
"Emanuel and I first met at
church and I remember him
saying that he was a writer
and that one day he was going
to produce his work. When he
began to do it, I couldn't help
but say yes. Our young people
are faced with peer pressure
and so many other things.
They need to know that no
matter how far out there they
may go, there is always some-
one who cares. And as Jubi-
lee points out, through prayer
and faith, anything is pos-

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Beyonce is not pregnant

er of pop star Beyonce shot
down a report her daughter
is pregnant, saying that if all
the baby bump rumors about
the singer were true over the
years, she should have five or
six grandchildren.
"No, no it's not true. Not right
now," Tina Knowles said when
asked about the report by talk
show host Ellen DeGeneres.
One day earlier, US Weekly
magazine published a story
saying the "Single Ladies"
singer, 29, and her husband,
producer and rapper Jay-
Z, were expecting their first
The US Weekly story is pub-
lished in the magazine's No-
vember 1 issue, and an US
Weekly spokeswoman told Re-
uters, "we stand by our report-
But Tina Knowles would beg

Tina and Beyonce Knowles
to differ. She said on "The El-
len DeGeneres Show" that
"with all the rumors by now I
should have five or six grand-
In fact, pregnancy rumors
have, long swirled around the
popular singer and her hus-
band, who have been mar-
ried for more than two years.
A spokesman for Beyonce said
he never comments on specu-
lation about her private life.

'Krush Groove': 25years later

continued from 2C
from the rap group Run
D.M.C played himself in the
film. As the group was al-
ready a household name by the
time the film was released with
hits such as 'Sucker M.C.'s,'
and 'It's like That,' Run went
on to become a practicing min-
ister, and is known as Rever-
end Run. In 2005, Run, with
his family, created a hit MTV
reality show, 'Run's House,'
that successfully ran for six

Known as 'The King of Rap'
in the film, Kurtis Blow (born
Kurtis Walker) as one of the
first rappers to sign with a ma-
jor record label, and sold over
half a million copies with the
hit, 'The Breaks.' More re-
cently, the Harlem, New York
native became an ordained
minister on August 16, 2009
after founding The Hip Hop

Consisting of Joseph 'Run'
Simmons, Darryl 'D.M.C.'
McDaniels, and Jason 'Jam-
Master Jay' Mizell, the trio
from Hollis, Queens, NY were
pioneers in the rap world.

They were the first group in
their genre to have a gold re-
cord and be nominated for a
Grammy. Mizell was shot and
killed in a Merrick Boulevard
recording studio in Jamaica,
Queens in 2002. In 2007,
the trio was named Greatest
Hip Hop Group of All Time by They were inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 2009, the second
hip-hop group to be inducted,
after Grandmaster Flash and
The Furious Five.

As co-producer and script
consultant of the film and the
co-founder, with Rick Rubin,
of the hip-hop label Def Jam
Recordings, Russell Sim-
mons was a pioneer in the
rap world. A media and fash-
ion mogul, the Queens, NY
native, through his corpora-
tion, Rush Communications,
has a management company,
a clothing company called
'Phat Farm,' a movie produc-
tion house, television shows
such as 'Def Comedy Jam,' a
magazine and an advertising
agency. Since May 2005 he has
been a contributing blogger
at The Huffington Post and in
January 2009 he was named
editor-in-chief of GlobalGrind.

Disease likely to continue spreading

continued from 5C

which Dr. Joia Mukherjee of
Partners in Health describes
as "a widespread epidemic in a
really poor city that's home to
2.5 million people." She's most
worried about people washing
their hands in an open sewer
Dr. Ariel Henry, chief of staff
at Haiti's Ministry of Health,
predicts cholera will arrive
in Port-au-Prince in the next
week. That's largely because
people travel between the re-
gion where cholera has broken
out and the capital every day.
But not everybody thinks a
widespread outbreak in Port-

au-Prince is inevitable. Jason
Erb of International Medical
Corp told CNN he doesn't ex-
pect the situation to snowball
into a massive outbreak.
Cholera is spread mainly by
water contaminated by sew-
age. So avoiding a disastrous
outbreak in Port-au-Prince will
hinge on how fast officials and
public health agencies can get
clean water to the tent cities
and slums of the capital.
Aid groups have trucks of
water on the ground heading to
markets and bus stations: plac-
es where people do business
and buy food. "We can prevent
this, but it's going to take huge
will," Mukherjee says.

4-5:30 p.m., on Mondays,
Wednesday and Fridays.

Beta Tau Zeta Royal As-
sociation offers after-school
tutoring for grades K-12 stu-
dents on Monday-Friday. Your
child will receive assistance
with homework, reading, math
and computers. Karate class-
es are also offered two days a
week. The program is held at
the Zeta Community Center in
Liberty City. 305-836-7060.

Battle of the Boutiques
Fashion Show, Wednesday,
Nov. 10 from 10 p.m. 5 a.m.
at Club Play. Admission $25.

Miami Jackson Alumni
Association is calling all for-
mer cheerleaders, drill team,
band members, majorettes,
flagettes and dance line for the
upcoming Soul Bowl Alumni
Pep Rally. Call 305-804-5371.

The Miami Times




F 0R S A L E

A medal worth more than gold

By William C. Rhoden

The news was jarring and
slightly unbelievable. Tommie
Smith, the former Olympic
champion, was auctioning
his gold medal.
Of all people, Smith a
proud, disciplined, principled
But there it was plain as
day, on the Web site for the
auctioneer, Moments in Time
Memorabilia, the iconic photo
of Smith, Peter Norman and
John Carlos, the gold, silver
and bronze medal winners
of the 200-meter race at the
1968 Summer Olympics in
Mexico City.
Carlos and Smith stood,
heads bowed, black gloves
thrust skyward as the United
States flag was raised with
the playing of the national
This remains one of the
most recognized demonstra-
tions of protest and resis-
tance in the history of United
States athletics, and it was
the perfect symbol of a gen-
eration. Why would Smith,

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The bidding for Tommie Smith's medal will start at $250,000.
John Carlos, rear, is keeping his medal.

66, want to sell anything
associated with this historic
moment? Especially his gold
When the news was an-
nounced, the first person
who came to mind was David
Steele, a columnist for AOL
who wrote "Silent Gesture"
with Smith, a process that
took nearly 10 years. Steele

said he was surprised, but
recalled that Smith had tried
to sell the gold medal nine
years ago. Smith said he
wanted to raise money for his
foundation. He took it off the
market shortly afterward.
Why now? Was Smith in fi-
nancial trouble? Steele didn't
think so.
"I never got the sense that

he did it because he was
hurting for money," Steele
said in a telephone interview.
"I worry with this news get-
ting out now that everyone
is going to get that impres-
sion. Unless something has
changed in the last year, I
don't think it's the case."
For many of us, the ges-
ture became an inspirational
symbol of defiance. For Smith
and Carlos, who suffered
tremendously they couldn't
find employment and received
constant threats and hate
mail the medal became the
symbol of a nightmare.
Perhaps by selling it, Smith
will find closure, though the
reality is he and Carlos will
forever be defined by that mo-
"He's never come close to
regretting anything he did,
but clearly everything that
has gone on since then has
caused him a lot of pain,"
Steele said. "He still gets
death threats, people ha-
rassing him. All the different
times that he's moved,
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Associated Press
Tommie Smith, center, Peter Norman and John Carlos; gold,
silver and bronze medal winners of the 200-meter race at the
1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

Fewer get

modified mortgage

By Thomas Frank

of struggling homeowners who
cut their mortgage payments in
September through an Obama
.administration initiative fell to
its lowest level in nearly a year,
increasing debate about the pro-
gram's effectiveness.
Nearly 28,000 homeown-
ers reached agreements with
mortgage services last month
to permanently modify mort-
gages under the Home Affordable
Modification Program (HAMP),
a government report Monday
shows. That's down from the
record 68,000 modifications in
April and the lowest number
since November, shortly after
HAMP launched.
"HAMP has been to date a
disappointment," said Moody
Analytics' chief economist Mark
Zandi, adding that it is "set to
fall well short of expectations."
Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic

Advisors said he is "totally
baffled" by the decline. "It's not
as if the need has dropped."
HAMP aims to reduce mort-
gage payments for up to 4 mil-
lion homeowners. As of Sept. 30,
467,000 people had permanently
lowered their payments through
HAMP, Monday's Treasury re-
port shows.
Timothy Massad, Treasury's
acting assistant secretary for
financial stability, said HAMP is
encouraging lenders to modify
mortgages on their own. "We've
seen the industry emulate a
lot of the HAMP standards in
their own proprietary (mortgage)
modifications," Massad said.
"We're having an effect on avoid-
ing foreclosures."
HAMP encourages mortgage
services to take steps such as
lowering a homeowners inter-
est rate or reducing mortgage
principal. Homeowners first get
temporary modifications that
Please turn to MORTGAGE 8D

Earnings grow, beat forecasts

Companies' profits are better than expected

By Matt Krantz

The stock market might seem bor-
ing lately, but earnings are providing
plenty of excitement.
Nearly half the companies in the
Standard & Poor's 500 index have re-

ported their third-quarter earnings,
and a record 81 percent have delivered
results that are better than expected,
says John Butters of Thomson Re-
uters. If the season ends this way, it'll
beat the record set in the third quar-
ter of 2009, when 79 percent of com-

panies beat expectations.
Companies actually have beaten ex-
pectations handily for a while. In fact,
three-quarters of companies topped
expectations on average the past four
quarters, Butters says. But .this past
quarter was off the charts, consider-
ing that 62 percent of companies his-
torically beat expectations. Just 13
Please turn to EARNING SD

Do we really need all this workforce?

5 states accountsfor Losses, gains f

75% of budget cuts 35 3-,-%., .

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States, cities and schools are trim- -,
ming their payrolls in a cost-cutting ......
effort that has dramatically improved l l U'... H '.
the financial condition of state and lo-
cal governments.
In the past year, state and local -2.3%
employment has been reduced, mostly -2,9% 2.8% -2.5%
through not filling vacancies, by
258,000, or 1.3 percent, to 19.2 million
workers, reports the Bureau of Labor -4.6% s tr" -te v t<-- 2:9
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Say goodbye to traditional free checking

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Free checking as
we know it is ending. The days when
you could walk into a bank branch
and open an account with no charges
and no strings attached appear to be
over. Now you have to jump through
some hoops keep a high balance, use

direct deposit or swipe your debit card
several times a month.
One new account at Bank of America
charges $8.95 per month if you want to
bank with a teller or get a paper state-
Almost all of the largest U.S. banks
are either already making free checking
much more difficult to get or expected

to do so soon, with fees on even basic
banking services.
It's happening because a raft of new
laws enacted in the past year, including
the financial overhaul package, have
led to an acute shrinking of revenue for
the banks. So they are scraping togeth-
er money however they can.
Please turn to CHECKING 9D

Ever feel like a peacock in the land of penguins?

By Farrah Gray
NNPA Columnist

Have you ever felt like a misfit? A
fish out of water? An odd duck? A
token? A peacock in the midst of a
bunch of penguins? I'd venture to
say that almost everyone has felt like
that at some point in their lives in
school, at work, in a social situation,
in an organization. It can be painful,
lonely, and frustrating.
. We all want to fit in and be accept-
ed by others it's a normal human

desire to want to
belong. But at the
same time, we want
to be ourselves, to
be unique, to be
an individual. The
challenge is, how
can we be accepted
and fit into groups
that are important MALVEAUX
to us while at the
same time still be unique individu-
This is the challenge faced by wom-

en and people of color in corporate
America: How much do they have to
change themselves in order to be ac-
cepted by the people in power? Do
women have to act more masculine to
make it to the top? Do people of color
have to act more "white" to make it
into executive ranks?
Corporations, businesses, and or-
ganizations preach the gospel of di-
versity, but do they really believe it?
And what does it mean, for those of us
who aspire to be successful leaders?
A couple weeks ago I met an author

named B.J. Gallagher, who sent me
a copy of her book that addresses
these important questions entitled
"A Peacock in the Land of Penguins.
It's a tale about individuality versus
conformity and parallels her experi-
ence working for a large metropolitan
newspaper in Los Angeles she was
the peacock and the guys in power
were the penguins.
Perry the peacock was bright, tal-
ented, creative, entrepreneurial, col-
orful and eager to bring new ideas
into the company. But the penguins
were traditional, bureaucratic, stuffy,
arrogant, and slow to change. Their
past success had made them com-

placent and risk-averse, leaving them
blind to the reality of the changing
world around them.
The peacock faced a dilemma: How
much should or could he change her-
self to fit in and be accepted by the
penguins? What price was he will-
ing to pay for success? But the pen-
guins had a dilemma, too: How much
should they change their organization
to meet the challenges of the future?
Could they welcome diverse birds into
their ranks without destroying their
proud corporate culture?
This book is great for corporate
executives and leaders of all types
Please turn to PEACOCK 8D





Magic's new arena receives local, minority flavor

By Jeff Zillgitt

Responding to a
tough economy and
complaints about the
handling of local con-
tracts when the Or-
lando Magic built the
original Amway Arena
more than 20 years
ago, the club used sev-
eral local and minor-
ity- and woman-owned
firms to help with con-
struction of the new
Amway Center.
Eugene Roberson's
Orlando-based con-
struction company
installed the seats in
the summer. The steel
panels with lights in
the corner tower were
made six blocks away
by a steel manufactur-
ing company.
"There's a number
of people who literally
have their businesses
within blocks of this
building," Magic Pres-
ident Alex Martins

says. "Because we fo-
cused on minority par-
ticipation ... (and) this
being a local economic
boost, they were able
to participate and help
build the building."
The city of Orlando
wanted 24 percent of

the firms to be local
minority- and woman-
owned. It ended up
at 32 percent, with
nearly $100 million in
contracts awarded to
those firms.
"It's been very grati-
fying that we've been

recognized for the
amount of participa-
tion and the focus
we had on it. ... We're
proud of that," Martins
The Magic have
played preseason
games at their new

home, which will also
be used for arena foot-
ball, indoor soccer,
concerts, hockey, stage
shows, exhibitions and
circuses. The Magic
open the regular sea-
son at home Oct. 28
against the Washing-
ton Wizards.
Changing of guard:
Every role is tough for
a rookie. But for a No.
1 overall pick such as
John Wall of the Wiz-
ards, the point guard
position is especially
difficult considering
the competition there
and the temptation for
a 20-year-old to prove
he belongs.
Wall, who was aver-
aging 16.2 points and
eight assists in the
preseason, has faced
the Milwaukee Bucks'
Brandon Jennings
and the Chicago Bulls'
Derrick Rose.
"The thing you have
to watch out for with

Company earnings are growing and becoming stronger

continued from 7D

percent of companies
have missed profit
forecasts, and 5 per-
cent have matched
them this quarter,
Butters says.
"Investors are get-
ting surprised with
the strength of corpo-
rate earnings," says
Michael Farr of Farr
Miller & Washington.
"It's been great."
Investors weren't in
a celebratory mood
Wednesday, with the
Dow Jones industri-

al average falling 43
points to 11,126. But
the market has re-
bounded strongly from
its lows this year, and
the Dow is near a bull
market high.
A close look at earn-
ings reports show:
Strong earnings
growth. Despite wor-
ries about the econo-
my stalling, S&P 500
companies have post-
ed 36 percent earnings
growth in the third
quarter, says S&P's
Howard Silverblatt.
While that's down from
51 percent growth in

the second quarter, it's
the best third-quarter
growth in at least -20
Glimmers of bet-
ter top-line growth.
S&P '500 companies
are expected to post
underwhelming 6 per-
cent revenue growth
for the quarter, Silver-
blatt says. But there
are surprises here,
too, including the in-
dustrial sector, which
is a big job creator,
he says. Industrial
companies are post-
ing 10 percent revenue
growth, up from the

8 percent growth ex-
Promising results
from key sectors.
Companies in the fi-
nancial and technol-
ogy sectors are the
biggest sources of
positive surprises,
Butters says. Finan-
cials' earnings are up
92 percent, vs. the 71
percent expected, and
tech is up 36 percent,
vs. the 32 percent fore-
But while earnings
season has seemed
great, investors are
still cautious. The lon-

ger the recovery goes
on, the harder it will
be for companies to
keep the clip of growth
up. Analysts, in turn,
are calling for more
subdued growth rates
next year of 11.6 per-
cent, 10 percent and
13.3 percent in the
first, second and third
quarters, Butters says.
While corporate earn-
ings are healing, the
recovery will be slow,
Farr says. "You should
put away the party
horns, but at least you
can stop pulling your
hair out," he says.

Trimming payrolls actually better for the government

continued from 7D

the recession of 1980-
81. The federal work-
force, meanwhile, grew
3.4 percent to 2.2 mil-
lion in the past year.
Three-fourths of the
state and local job
cuts have occurred in
five states: New Jersey,
New York, California,
Ohio and Michigan.
Nationwide, 35 states
reduced government
payrolls in the past
year while 15 states in-

creased employment.
"The outlook is for
more cuts," says Don-
ald Boyd, finance
expert at the Rocke-
feller Institute of Gov-
ernment in Albany,
A smaller workforce
- along with federal
stimulus money and
an increase in tax col-
lections has helped
state and local govern-
ments run budget sur-
pluses since last Octo-
ber, according to the
Bureau of Economic

Compensation ac-
counts for half of the
$2 trillion spent annu-
ally by governments.
New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie, a Re-
publican, is the leader
in shrinking govern-
ment payrolls. He has
cut state jobs and
slashed school aid,
forcing a big drop in
public school employ-
"Most states try to be
No. 1 in the quality of
education, not in the

number of educators
they fire," says Steve
Baker of the New Jer-
sey Education Asso-
ciation, the teachers'
E.J. McMahon, a
budget expert at the
conservative Manhat-
tan Institute, says New
Jersey and other states
should cut more.
"Gov. Christie didn't
invent the fact that the
state is out of money,"
he says.
Behind the job cuts:
Locals take lead.

Cities, counties and
schools have cut three
times as fast as states.
Pay raises. For
workers who remain,
compensation in-
creased 2.5 percent
compared with 0.8
percent for private-
sector workers for the
year ended June 30.
Government job
cuts have been mod-
est compared with the
7.6 million private jobs
lost 6.6 percent of
the workforce since
December 2007.

your players is every
night you can have a
personal duel if you
want to. It's not a per-
sonal duel. It's team
against team," says
Wizards coach Flip
Saunders, who re-
minds Wall of the big-
ger picture. "And when
you're the leader of a
team, you're the point
guard and you're run-
ning things. You can't
get caught up."
Please turn to ARENA 9D

Advanced GYN Clinic
Bank of America
BP Oil
Daryl's Banquet Hall Inc.
Division of Procurement, MDCPS
Don Bailey's Carpet
Dr. Rozalyn Paschal, M.D.
Ed Lyons
Family Dentist
SGeneral Motors Chevy
Miami Dade County Supervisor of Elections
Miami Dade Parks Dept.
Miami Dade County OSBM
Mike Gomez C6nstruction Consulting
New Luster Carpet Cleaning Service
The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach
Toussaint, Gepere

Like peacock, we need to be creative

continued from 7D

of organizations and
has a powerful mes-
sage for penguins ev-
erywhere: "Change or
die. Open your eyes
and your minds to
new ideas or you
will perish in today's
competitive market-

place. Diverse birds
of different feathers
have talent, skill,
new perspectives
and new ideas to of-
fer if only you will
welcome them."
But it has an im-
portant message for
women and people
of color, too: "Take
heart you are not

alone. There is noth-
ing wrong with you
and don't let the pen-
guins tell you other-
wise. Fly high and
show your true col-
ors. Don't let the pen-
guins get you down.
Keep searching until
you find your way to
the Land of Opportu-

Less people with modified mortgages

continued from 7D

last at least three
months and can re-
ceive a permanent
modification if the tri-
al succeeds.
A large number of
homeowners applied
in the program's ear-
ly months, which led
to a surge in perma-
nent modifications
from January to June
as Treasury officials
processed a backlog,
Massad said. Ap-
plicants have since
leveled off, which ac-
counts for the drop in
permanent modifica-
tions, Massad said.
Massad noted that
11 percent of home-
owners in HAMP had
defaulted on their
modified mortgages,
a figure he called
"very good. The vast
majority of people in
permanent modifica-
tions are staying in
But the foreclosure
problem remains "in-
credibly complex,"
and HAMP has been
"a work in progress"
with program chang-
es that have made it

difficult for services
to implement, Zandi
The report Monday
said Bank of Amer-
ica took 73 seconds
to answer HAMP-
related calls in Au-
gust, well above the
5.5-second average

call-response time.
"We're disappoint-
ed," bank spokes-
man Roger Simon
said, calling August a
"high-volume month."
He said its response
time through mid-
September is "down

The Public is hereby advised that a Meeting
of the NW 7th Avenue Corridor Community
Redevelopment Agency Board of
Commissioners will be held on Wednesday,
November 8, 2010, at 5:00 PM, at the
Edison/Little River Neighborhood Center,
located at 150 N.W. 79t Street, Miami,

The NW 7't Avenue Corridor Community
Redevelopment Area boundary is generally
defined as N.W. 79th Street on the
south, N.W. 119th Street on the North,
Interstate 95 on the east, and the
westernmost property line of all those parcels
of land that abut the westerly right of way line
of NW 7th Avenue on the west.

Information about the meeting of the CRA Board can be
obtained by calling (305) 375-5368. Miami-Dade County
provides equal access and opportunity in employment
and services and does not discriminate on the basis of
handicap. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon
request Please call (305) 375-5368 in advance.
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Iconic athlete to sell Olympic medal

continued from 7D

he's gotten harassed
by neighbors once
they find out who he
"On the other
hand, he is 66 years
old," Steele said. "He
may not be thinking
about it as an object
he has to cling to. He
might put it to better
Gary J. Zimet, a
representative of Mo-
ments in Time Memo-
rabilia, is also selling
the shoes Smith wore
that night. Zimet
said he contacted
Smith a year ago and
asked if he still had
the gold medal and if
he would sell it.
"He said, 'No way,' "
Zimet said.
Zimet persisted. He
flew to Smith's home
in Georgia three
weeks ago and closed
the deal.
"I know he wants
to fund a youth ini-
tiative and a good
portion of the money
off the sale would go
toward that," Zimet
What is the value
of Smith's medal?
Some sports auc-

tion houses like Gold
Medal Collectables in
Ontario, Canada, es-
timate that it might
sell for $8,000 to
Zimet said the bid-
ding would start at
Dr. Walter Evans,
a prominent art col-
lector with one of the
world's largest col-
lections of Black ar-
tifacts, said that for
those who collect in
this genre, Smith's
medal has high val-
"I don't collect sport

memorabilia, but if I
were interested in
that type of artifact
I would pay a quar-
ter of a million for it,"
he said. "He's a his-
torical figure. It's not
Martin Luther King
or Malcolm X, but
all of those things
combined helped to
change the course of
our history."
Smith would not
comment on the pro-
posed sale, but his
wife, Delois, said, "If
it doesn't bring the
amount that Tom-
mie has in mind, be-

lieve me, it will not be
Zimet has also ap-
proached Carlos,
who won the bronze.
He sent an e-mail
asking whether Car-
los would be interest-
ed in selling his med-
al directly to him or
allowing Zimet to sell
it for him.
"I haven't heard
back," Zimet said.
Thankfully, he
probably won't.
On Thursday, Car-
los said he had no in-
terest in selling any-

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On October 29, 2009, the Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach (HACMB)
published a public notice that the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice
Voucher Special Appropriations for Victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita would
open on Thursday, October 29, 2009 and would close on Friday, October 29,
2010 or when all the vouchers are issued, whichever comes first.

In accordance with the original notice, as of Friday, October 29, 2010, the waiting
list for this program is closed.

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South Floridians sue to get foreclosed homes back

Class action against three major

lenders could affect thousands

By Diane C. Lade

South Florida ho-
meowners have filed
suit against three ma-
jor banks and are de-
manding more than
compensation for
what they say were il-
legal foreclosures.
They want their
property back, ac-
cording to a complaint
filed this week in U.S.
District Court in Mi-
Legal experts, how-
ever, say it's highly
unlikely the courts
would force out new
owners of these homes

if they had bought
them in good faith,
as they would have
protection under the
law, said Nina Simon,
director of litigation
for the Center for Re-
sponsible Lending.
That probably is par-
ticularly true in states
like Florida, she said,
where judges must ap-
prove foreclosure ac-

Attorneys who filed
the suit have request-
ed it be certified as a
class action lawsuit.

The suit, filed on
behalf of three Mi-
ami-Dade County
homeowners, names
three major lenders:
BAC Home Loans Ser-
vicing, a subsidiary
of Bank of America;
Deutsche Bank Na-
tional Trust Com-
pany, and US Bank
National Association.
The action alleges
that court documents
used in the. homeown-
ers' foreclosures were
improperly notarized
and false, because the
agents testifying to
the paperwork's accu-
racy never personally
reviewed it.
Spokesmen for
Deutsche Bank and
US Bank said their
companies acted as


South Florida homeowners have filed
against three major banks and are demand
more than compensation for what they say'

illegal foreclosures.

trustees for the trusts
holding the mortgage
securities. So it was
not them but the loan
services, and the
foreclosure law firms
they employed, that
handled the foreclo-

sure procedures r
enced in the law
they said.

Bank of Ame
spokeswoman S

ley Norton said the
lender, one of the larg-
est in Florida and the
nation, had not yet
seen the suit. But in
regards to other suits
filed against the com-
pany, "we believe we
have valid defenses
against them and in-
*-: tend to vigorously de-
fend against them,"
st she said.
Class action fil-
iding ings are springing up
were around the country,
as state investigations
and private lawsuits
efer- uncover similar ques-
suit, tionable foreclosure
procedures by lend-
ers, loan services and
ICA their law firms. The
Center for Responsible
erica Lending is one of sev-
Shir- eral parties involved

in a class action, on
behalf of Maine hom-
eowners, against Ally
Financial's GMAC
mortgage unit.
While the allega-
tions echo those in
the Miami suit, Simon
said the Maine case
asks for ongoing fore-
closures or evicitions
to be stopped, or mon-
etary damages if the
homeowners already
have lost their prop-
The Miami class ac-
tion, if certified, could
include homeowners
outside of Florida and
number in the thou-
Attorney Juan P.
Bauta of The Ferraro
Law Firm, one of three
firms involved in the

Miami suit, said inno-
cent buyers of an ille-
gally foreclosed upon
house would have
no more rights than
those who unwittingly
bought a stolen car.
Wrongful foreclosures
must be thrown out,
and the paperwork re-
done, "or we will have
issues cropping up
years from now," Bau-
ta said.
Bauta said he did not
know if the properties
referenced in the suite
had new owners and
if so, how the courts
might treat them. "It's
uncharted territory,"
he said.Asked if she
verified the appropri-
ate information, she
said, "That's not part
of my job description."

Orlando magic's arena receives new makeover

continued from 8D

Despite last week's
distraction with Gil-
bert Arenas, who was
fined by the Wizards
for faking an injury to
sit out a game, Saun-
ders was complimen-
tary of his behavior in
ceding leadership to
backcourt mate Wall.
"He's been all with
us," Saunders says
of Arenas. "Whatever
we've asked him to do,
he's basically done."
No big leap: The NBA
will not allow players
to wear Athletic Pro-
pulsion Lab's Concept

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1 basketball shoes
because of a spring-
based device designed
to increase jumping
The company says
the shoes could in-
crease a player's verti-
cal leap by as many as
oV .,.- 31/2 inches.
..- ."Under league rules,
players may not wear
any shoe during a
game that creates an
undue competitive ad-
vantage," the NBA said
in a statement.
Although not con-
'. firming or denying
Athletic Propulsion
Lab's claim, the NBA
said the potential for

an advantage exists.
Around the hard-
wood: New Golden
State Warriors forward
Lou Amundson had
surgery on his broken
right index finger and
is expected to miss at
least six weeks. ... New
Orleans Hornets guard
Chris Paul has never
averaged less than 36
minutes a game, but
new coach Monty Wil-
liams wants to keep
him under 35. "He
has bought in and is
a natural leader, but
I will have to moni-
tor his minutes to not
overwork him," said

Traditional free checking no longer stands

continued from 7D

Bank of America,
which does business
with half the house-
holds in America, an-
nounced a dramatic
shift in how it does
business with custom-
ers. One key change:
Free checking, a
mainstay of Ameri-
can banking in recent
years, will be nearly
unheard of.
"I've seen more
regulation in last 30
months than in last
30 years," said Robert
Hammer, CEO of RK
Hammer, a bank ad-
visory firm. "The bot-
tom line for banks is
shifting enormously,
swiftly and deeply, and
they're not going to
sit by twiddling their
thumbs. They're going
to change."
In the last year, law-
makers have passed
a range of new laws
aimed at protecting
bank customers from
harsh fees, like the $35
charged to some Bank
of America customers
who over-drafted their
account by buying
something small like a
Starbucks latte.
These and other fees
were extremely lucra-
tive. According to fi-
nancial services firm
Sandler O'Neill, they
made up 12 percent of
Bank of America's rev-
enue. The bank took a
$10.4 billion charge to
its third-quarter earn-
ings because the new
regulations limit fees
the bank can collect
when retailers accept
debit cards.
Bank of America
CEO Brian Moynihan
acknowledged that
overdraft fees were
generating a lot of in-
come. But the bank
was also losing cus-
tomers who were often
taken aback by the

high hidden fees.
Checking accounts
were being closed at
an annual rate of 18
percent, he said and
complaints were at an
all-time high.
So Moynihan end-
ed overdraft charges
on small debit card
transactions. He says
the rate of account
closings have since
dropped 27 percent.
To make up for lost
fees, he also started
thinking of new prod-
ucts. In August, the
bank introduced a new
"eBanking" account,
where customers were
offered a free checking
account if they banked
online. The catch:

If they opt for paper
statements, or want
access to tellers for ba-
sic transactions, they
would be charged a
monthly fee of $8.95.
"Customers never
had free checking
accounts," Bank of
America spokeswom-
an Anne Pace said.
"They always paid
for it in other ways,
sometimes with pen-
alty fees. Now they
have the option to
avoid those fees."
This summer, Bank
of America also start-
ed offering "emer-
gency cash" for a
$35 fee to customers
who went to the ATM
for withdrawals that

would exceed their
bank balance. Moyni-
han said 50 percent of
these customers opt-
ed to go ahead with
the fee.
"We are now in an
era where consum-
ers will be buying
products from banks,
even if it's a checking
account," said Brian
Riley, senior research
director for bank card
practice at consultant
TowerGroup. He not-
ed that several banks
have started charging
$7.50 for paper state-
"Paper and print
costs around $2.25,
add postage to that,
and if banks are los-

ing income from oth-
er avenues, someone
has to pay for it," said
Economic research
firm Moebs Services
says free checking us-
age has been steadily
rising in recent years
before falling this
year. Last year 81.5
percent of U.S. bank-
ing customers had
free checking, but
that fell to 72.5 per-
cent this year.
Large banks are
also under additional
pressure because of
curbs from new laws
on high-risk trades
with complex deriva-
tives. Their trading
desks have been large

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date. Said bids will be opened and read at the Miami-Dade County School Board Administration Building.
Bids are to be placed in the 'BID BOX' in Room 351, by 2:00 P.M., on the date designated. Bid forms on
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award. The results of bids awarded at the official School Board meetings will be available in the DIVISION
OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT on the Monday following the meetings. The Board reserves the right
to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.

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revenue and profit
generators for banks
in recent years.
Michael Moebs, the
founder of Moebs Ser-
vices, said it is now
up to the smaller
Main Street banks to
see an opening and
grab customers from
the big banks.
"Free checking
could become a main-
stay of community
banks and credit
unions in the future,"
Moebs said.

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14831 NW 7th Ave., Miami
2208 South State Rd. 7, Miramar
3422 W. Broward Blvd., Ft. Laud.
1283 NW 31 Ave., Ft. Laud.
Toll Free 1-866-721-7171

Project MCC-N-146-A MIA -
Building 3040 Miscellaneous Repairs

Mike Gomez Construction is soliciting bids for this
project at Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

This project consists of upgrading the existing
parking lot, upgrade the electrical and HVAC
system, replace windows, painting of interior &
exterior, stucco and masonry work. Packages
bidding are: Pkg. "A" Site Construction (CSBE),
Pkg. "B" Painting (CSBE), Pkg. "C" Miscellaneous
Metals (CSBE), Pkg. "D" Roof Repairs, Pkg. "E"
Windows, Pkg. "F" HVAC, and Pkg. "G" Electrical
Plans cost: $50.00 Refundable for Prints PDF File

Pre-bid Conference (Mandatory):
Friday, November 12, 2010 @ 10:00AM
Bids Due: i .esday, November 23, 2010 @ 2:00PM
Pre-Bid Location: 4200 N.W. 36th Street, Bldg. 5A,
4th Floor, Conf. Room "F".

For more information, call Ginny Mirabal or J.
Caballero @ 305-876-8444.

Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Resolutions adopted by
the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County,
Fi.:,, notice is hereby given of Special Elections on
December 7, 2010 for the purpose of iut. nit-.I ',: i IIe qu' iIf;ie
electors -:.'-'1, in the proposed districts, for their approval or
disapproval, the following proposals:
Resolution No. R-930-10, adopted September 21, 2010,
proposing that the Palm Island Overhead Services
Relocation Improvement Special Taxing District be created
and established as provided for in County Ordinance No.
Resolution No. R-932-10, adopted September 21, 2010,
proposing that the Hibiscus Island Overhead Services
Relocation Improvement Special Taxing District be created
and established as provided for in County Ordinance No.
Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters residing within
the proposed areas who will be eligible to vote YES or NO
for the proposals. All marked ballots must be received by the
Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections by 7:00 p.m. on the
day of the election.
These special elections will be conducted in accordance
with the provisions of the Code of Miami-Dade County and
other applicable provisions of general law -i1 ii,9 to special
Lester Sola, Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida

As a part of Miami-Dade County's continuing commitment
to public participation in local government, the Park and
. ,:r,:',,:.n Department invites area residents to attend a
community meeting:
The community meeting is designed to hear from
the community on their future recreation activity and
programming needs of Marva Y. Bannerman Park and
Pool. As part of the meeting, County staff will answer
questions about the future ,'.p:-arl': 'and management of
the park and pool. Residents are encouraged to attend
and participate in the discussion. The public meeting will
take place at:
Olinda Park Recreation Center
2101 NW 51st St. Miami, FL 33142
November 8, 2010 6:30 8:00 PM
For more information on this project contact:
John Bowers, Landscape Architect 2
Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department
To request material in an accessible format. information
on access for persons disabilities, or sign interpreter
services (7 days in advance), call 305-365-6706
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color,
"egir r: sex, age, national origin, disability or family status.
Multiple members of individual community councils
may attend
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Two bedrooms starting
at $760 a month.
Move in $1260
Free water, central air,
appliances, laundry.
Quiet Area
Call 786-506-3067
1545 N.W. 8th Avenue

1212 NW 1 Avenue
$475 MOVE IN. One
bedroom, one bath $475
monthly. Stove, refrigerator,
air. 305-642-7080
1215 NW 103 LANE
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile. $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1229 NW 1 Court
$500 MOVE IN! One
bedroom, one bath, $500,
stove, refrigerator, air.

1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $450
monthly $700 move in
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel

1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. Free Water.

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. Free Water.

1281 N.W. 61 Street
Renovated, one bedroom,
$525, two bedrooms, $625.
1317 NW 2 AVENUE
$425 Move in One
bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty #1

133 NW 18 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$425 monthly. $600 to move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $450.

140 NW 13 Street
$500 MOVE IN. Two
bdrms, one bath $525.

14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrm. one bath $525
Free Water 786-267-1646

14460 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath $495
Two bdrm., one bath, $595
Stove, refrigerator, air
Free Water 786-267-1646

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.

1459 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
brand new appliances,
tiled floors, $550 monthly.
Call 305-458-3977
15201 Memorial Hwy.
One and two bedrooms
available. Water and
appliances included. $1100
move in. More Specials.
Frank Cooper Real
Estate 305-758-7022
1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly. $600 move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $650
monthly, $1000 to move
in. Newly renovated. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1540 NW 1 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $450
monthly. $600 to move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $725
monthly. $1100 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel

1718 NW 2 Court
$425 MOVE IN, One
bdrm, one bath, $425.

1720 N.E. 149th Street
Studio, $543; one bdrm.,
itbe $674; two bedrooms, one
bath, $861. Section 8 okay.

1801 NW 2 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$595 monthly. $900 to move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1815 N.W. 1 Court #4
Two bedrooms and
efficiencies, Marty,
186 NW 13 STREET
One bdrm, one bath. $475.
Appliances 305-642-7080
1872 NW 24 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$595 monthly. Free water

190 NW 51 Street
One bedroom. $680 to
move in. 786-389-1686
1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

200 NW 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.
20380 NW 7 Avenue
Two bdrms, two baths,
central air, gated.
210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$475. Call 305-642-7080

2186 NW 38 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $695.
Appliances, free water.

220 NW 16 Terrace
One bedroom. $500 monthly.
Call 305-759-1250
2328 NW 105 Street
One bedroom, central air.
Call for appointment.
2373 NW 61 Street
Two bedrooms Rear.
2401 NW 52 Street # 1
Newly renovated one
bedroom, new appliances,
air, tile floors. $575 monthly.
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one
bath $650
Appliances, free water.

251 NE 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
water, private back yard.
$675 monthly plus security.
Section 8 OK. 786-216-7533
2804 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, $495
monthly, $750 move in.
Two bdrms, one bath, $595
monthly, $900 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578
3185 N.W. 75th Street
One bedroom, one bath, $600
monthly. Move in special. Call
405 NW 37 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $495
monthly. All appliances
included. Call Joel
786-355-7578 \

411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 per
month. All appliances
included. Call Joel

439 NW 9 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$600 move in, $435 mthly.
Call 786-294-6014

One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
472 NW 10 Street
One bedroom one
bath. $525. Stove,
refrigerator, air.

48 NW 77 Street
Beautiful one bedroom,
$575 monthly. Call after
6 p.m. 305-753-7738
5755 NW 7th Avenue
Large one bdrm, parking.
$580 monthly. $850 to move
in. Call 954-394-7562
585 NE 139 Street
One bedroom, $680 mthily.
n,:,er,,;. $550 mthly.
First, last and security.
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 305-466-6988
60 NW 76 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080

750 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $550
monthly. $795 move in.
Two bdrm, one bath. $725
monthly. $1030 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

Joel 786-355-7578

76 Street Area NE
One bedroom and efficiencies
available Call
765 NW 69 Street
Two bedrooms, one
bath. $650 monthly.
Call 305-759-1250
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
Arena Garden
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency,
one, two, three bdrms, air,
appliances, laundry, gate.
From $400. 100 N.W. 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same
day approval. For more

Easy qualify. Move in
special.One bedroom, one
bath, $495, two bedrooms,
one bath, $595. Free water!
Leonard 786-236-1144

Studio, $500 monthly, utilities
included, 786-295-4848.
Corner of NW 103 St.
Beautiful two bedrooms. $700
monthly. $1000 to move in.
Gated, security, tiled floors,
central air. 786-402-0672
Liberty City Area
One, Two Bedroooms
Call Ms. Yennisse
at 305-600-7280
Overtown Area
One, Two, Three Bedrooms
Call Ms Wilder at
N. DADE Section 8 OK!
One and two bdrms. Move in
special! 786-488-5225
Furnished one bedroom, one
bath, air, utilities included.
$500 monthly. 305-696-1926
Great Studio Units. Just
reduced starting at $400
monthly. Call about our Move
in Special. 305-986-8362
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice two bedrooms, air
condition, appliances. Free
HOT water in quiet fenced in
community. $470 monthly
plus $200 deposit. 305-665-
4938 or 305-498-8811.

Business Rentals

6819-25 NW 15 Avenue
Move in Special! $700
monthly. 305-759-1250


3033 NW 204 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one
bath, freshly painted, tile
floors, central air. Section 8
welcome. $1300 monthly.


1023 NW 47 Street
Efficiency, one bath.
$575 Appliances, free
electric, water.

1082 NW 55 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $650.
Appliances. Free water.

1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
1268 NW 44 Street
Two bdrms, one bath.
Central air. Appliances.
$1000 monthly. First, last and
security. Section 8 welcomed.
1401 NW 58 Street
Three large bedrooms, one
bath, fenced in, central
air, appliances included,
near school and bus
routes. Ask for Mary

1493 NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 305-219-2571
1942-44 NW 93 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. Section 8
welcome 954-914-9166
2257 NW 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one
bath $725. Appliances,
free water.
2285 NW 101 STREET
One bedroom, water, air,
bars, fenced. $700.
Terry Dellerson Realtor

Section 8 Welcome!

MIA .', F.ORi"AN- ;:! 3-.0, 2010

2285 NW 101 STREET
One bedroom, water, air.
bars, fenced. $700.
Terry Dellerson Realtor
Section 8 Welcome!

255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080
2652 E Superior Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly. This week
special $1000 deposit.
Section 8 OK. 305-757-3709
3054 NW 76 Street
Totally remodeled two
bedrooms, one bath. Air, tile.
Section 8 OK. $975 monthly.
4625 NW 15 Avenue#A
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air, $1050 monthly. Section
8 perferred. 305-490-9284
4711 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $625.
Free water. 305-642-7080
4951 NW 15 Avenue
Nice area. Two bedrooms,
one bath, fenced back yard.
Section 8 vouchers
accepted. 954-658-9735
5509 NW Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath. Newly
renovated $625 mthly, first,
last, security. 305-751-6232
647 NW 65 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1500 monthly, $1000 special
deposit. Section 8 OK.
6847 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, heat, $750
mthly, Section 8 welcomed!
Call 305-299-8798
6935 NW 6 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, Section 8 ok! $800
mthly. 305-751-5533
726 728 NW 70 Street
Two bedroom, one bath.
Call 786-506-5208
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances,
free water.

7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances,
free water.

86 Street NE 2 Ave.
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776
891-93 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one
bath. Section 8 OK.
Efficiency also available.
928 NW 55 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$600. Free Water.

9626 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1350 monthly. This week
special $1000 deposit.
Section 8 OK 305-757-3709
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, fenced, bars,
appliances and more. Section
8 Welcomed! Call Manny,
One bdrm, one bath and
two bdrms, one bath.
Conveniently located,
new renovation. Section 8


100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1321 N.W. 111th Street
Large Unit. $500 mthly.
1612 NW 51 Terrace
Utilities included. $475
moves you in. $140 weekly.
1756 NW 85 Street
$475 moves you in.
Call 786-389-1686.
1814 NW 2 Court
Efficiency, one bath.
Appliances, free water and
electric. $350 monthly.

2571 E. Superior St.
$600 moves you in.
2905 NW 57 Street
Small furnished efficiency,
$500 monthly. $1100 to
move in. 305-635-8302,
2915 NW 156 Street
Private entrance, free
cable. $175 weekly, $700
move in. 305-624-3966
3143 NW 53 Street
Starting at $450 monthly.
First, last and security.
Furnished, private entrance.
Miami Gardens Area
Private entrance $550
monthly, uitities. 786-210-

Private entrance, air. cable
and use of pool.
Private entrance, air, cable
and use of pool.
New floor/fridge. Utilities plus
cable. $525 monthly. $1050
move in. 305-751-7536
Near Hard Rock
$150 weekly, utilities
included. Private bath and
entrance. 754-214-3277

Furnished Rooms

13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85-$100 weekly, free
utilities, kitchen, bath, one
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1341 NW 68 Terrace
Large room, refrigerator and
bars. $260 biweekly. $520
move-in. 786-566-9900.
1368 NW 70 Street
$500 mthly, washer and
dryer, kitchen access,
air, cable available.
Call 305-691-0458

1426 NW 70 Street
$350 monthly. 305-836-8378
1525 NE 158 Street
Rooms available.
305-693-1017, 305-298-0388
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1823 NW 68 Terrance
One week free rent! Clean
rooms, includes air, cable,
water, electricity and use of
kitchen. $115 weekly. $230
move in. 786-286-7455 or
1880 All Baba Avenue
Outreach Program. Beds
available, three meals daily.
Share a room. 786-443-7306
2373 NW 95 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-915-6276, 305-474-8186
4625 N. Miami Avenue
Free cable and utilities.
First and security required.
Limited Time Only.
Call 786-709-3163
74 Street NW 7 Avenue
Utilities and cable included.
$125 weekly. $225 moves
you in. 786-306-2349
Miami Gardens Area
Clean room, air, private
entrance. Call 305-454-9877
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable. 305-688-0187
Rooms, with home privileges.
Prices range from $90 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110
weekly, $476 monthly.


11375 NW 10 Avenue
Four bedroom, three bath,
$1500 monthly.
133 St. andNW 18 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
13301 N.W. 18th Court
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1400. 305-333-0514
1370 NW 69 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air plus bonus room.
$1200 mthly. Not Section
8 affiliated. Call 305-829-
5164 or 305-926-2245
1506 NW 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 welcome. $850
monthly. 954-914-9166
1723 NW 68 Terrace
Miami Two bedroom, one
bath, $800 monthly.
Call 305-267-9449
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
$1075. 305-642-7080
18715 NW 45 Ave
Section 8 OK. Three
bedrooms, one bath, central
air, tile floors. A beauty. Call
Joe 954-849-6793
2273 NW 65 Street Rear
One bdrm. $650 monthly.
2754 NW 169 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one
bath, fenced yard, air and
appliances. $1350 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome! Call 305-
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths, $900 monthly.
All Appliances included.
Free 19" LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

4715 NW 31 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1000 monthly 786-853-5820
6315 NW 20 Aveune
Three bedroom. $875

monthly. 786-556-6950

67 Street
Large three bdrms, two
baths, tile throughout, central
air, everything new, front and
backyard. Section 8 & HUD
Great kitchen! 305-321-4077
6701 NW 14 Aveune
Large three bedroom, two
bath, central air. Section
8 OK. 305-877-0588.
7 NE 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one
bath. $995. Appliances,
free water.

7510 NW 14 Court
Three bdrms, two bath,
TOTALLY updated, central
air. $1350 monthly. 305-662-
8004 NW 10 COURT
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 954-914-9166
941 NW 44 Street
Three bdrm, two bath,
appliances, air. $1300
monthly. $2100 move in.
97 NW 27 Street
AVE & 27 ST
Two bdrms, one bath
house. $795 monthly.
All appliances included.
Free 19" LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

990 NW 48 Street
Three bedrooms, one
Liberty City Area
Five bdrms, two baths,
fenced yard, tile, Section
8 ok! Call 786-306-2349.
Three bedrooms, two bath.
Section 8 welcome. Move
in ready Decemer 31. Call
after 5 p.m. 305-625-2918
Miami Gardens Area
Four bedroom, two
bath. $1600 monthly.
305-757-7067 Design Realty
Lovely four bedroom, two
bath, with den. 3770 NW
213 Terrace. Fenced yard,
tile floor, central air, close
to shopping, churches, at
Broward/Dade border.
Call 954-243-6606
Miami Gardens Area
Spacious. Four bedrooms,
two baths, living room
furniture, plasma TV included.
Section 8 Welcome.
Miami Gardens Area
Three bedroom, three
bath. $1500 monthly.
305-757-7067 Design Realty.
North West Area
Two bedroom. $950 monthly.
305-757-7067 Design Realty
Remodeled homes three
bedrooms $1,250, air,
tile, bars. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson Realtor
Call for list of four homes.

Miami Gardens Area
Beautiful three bdrms, two
plus bath. $1500. Section 8
OK 305-769-3726

North Miami Beach
Miami Gardens
Miramar, 786-277-9369



1854 NW 87 Street
Remodeled, just painted,
new kitchen and bath. Two
bedroom, one bath. FHA or
VA. $79,900. Bamar Realty
Corp. Realtor 305-362-4266

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To stand in the background
for a major film! Earn up to
$200/day. Exp. not req.

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade,
Broward and Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only

You must be available
between the 'hours of 6
a.m. and 1 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street

Lawn Service. Low rates.
Call 305-836-6804

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Your Old Records!

I Buy Old Records! Albums,
LP's, 45's, or 12" singles.
Soul, Jazz, Blues, Reggae,
Caribbean, Latin, Disco,
Rap. Also DJ Collections! Tell
Your Friends! 786-301-4180.

Help and advice on all
problems, relationships and
marriages. Fast results!
Mimi the Indian Spiritualist,
removes bad luck from you
and your family. Call Mimi
for reading 786-277-6476

Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices. 14130
N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565

undersigned, desiring to
engaged in business under
the fictitious name of:
Van Der Bauwede Geneve
8198 SW 84th Terrace
Miami, FL 33143
in the city of Miami, Fl.
Owner: David Rolland
intends to register the said
name with the Division
of Corporation of State,
Tallahassee Fl. Dated this 3rd
day of November, 2010.

Furniture Cleaning and
Flood Service

All occasions, weddings,
parties, etc. 1290 Ali Baba
(west of 27th Ave.) Limo
Rental 305-796-9558


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B' ~x' \ityJ (ONLy F ~ ~X\ > fI'O liD MIAMI TIMES NOVEMBER 3-9, 2011

Miami Heat are off and running

The loss heard
around the world is
what some call the
Miami Heat's season
opening loss to the
Boston Celtics just
over one week ago.
For a brief 24 hours,
basketball prognos-
ticators, overzeal-

ous fans and hat-
ers of LeBron James
and his "decision" to
bring his talents to
South Beach, were
in shock because the
Heat didn't come out
on opening night and
shut out the Celt-
ics. Instead what we

got was a team that
struggled through
most of the first half,
made several turn-
overs and looked lost
for two quarters.
Some of the com-
ments slung around
in the media and on
sports talk radio went

as follows: "They are
done: they have no
low post game; the
Heat have become a
jump shooting team."
Really? After just one
Remember, Dwy-
ane Wade missed the
entire preseason due
to injury and family
court issues so his
first game back was
against the defend-
ing Eastern confer-
ence champions.
Was he supposed to
superhumanly jump
on the court and
drop 30 points?
LeBron James,
both excited about

his new team and
anxious to quiet crit-
ics about his deci-
sion, has yet to find
that needed chem-
istry on the floor
with his teammates.
In fact, Chris Bosh
looked to be strug-
gling to find his
groove as well.
We get it. Since
July 9th this team
has created an ex-
citement that few of
us have ever seen in
sports history yes,
history. The antici-
pation of the season
has driven some of
us to sacrifice bills
and other financial

obligations, just to
purchase tickets to
a game. Nonethe-
less, isn't it just a bit
early to call the team
a bust and declare it
over because of one
game? Let's consider
what has happened
since opening night
jitters prevailed.
The next night the
Heat beat the Phila-
delphia 76ers. Wade
found his jump-
er and scored 30
points. James Jones
had a career night
with 6 three-point-
ers. Bosh and James
did well. Then, at
the home opener

against another fu-
ture playoff foe, the
Heat soundly beat
the Orlando Magic in
what is shaping up to
be a rivalry of sorts.
Finally, on Sunday,
the New Jersey Nets
became the third
team in 5 days to be
beaten by the Heat in
a very young season.
This team is des-
tined to be good -
very good. They are
beating people with
a tenacious defense
and outside shoot-
ing from. role play-
ers that is difficult
to stop. The low post
game will come with

time but for now we
still lack an inside
presence of any sig-
nificance. But some-
times great times
shine without a dom-
inant center. Just
look at the Chicago
Bulls of the 90's. If
you can name the
centers that were on
those multiple cham-
pionship then you
deserve a gold star.
Listen Heat fans.
just sit back, relax
and enjoy this ride. It
may get bumpy from
time to time but for
the most part we an-
ticipate smooth sail-
ing ahead.

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Miami Central


Alabama team

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

It was touted as high school football's game of the
week between the visitors Alabama's top-ranked
Prattville (7-2) and S. Florida's perennial power-
house, Miami Central (6-1). [Win-loss records are before
the game was played].
And the coaches of both teams, Jamey Dubose (Prat-
tville) and Telly Lockette (Central) said they had their
players ready for this tune up to the upcoming playoffs
in their respective conferences. But what happened on
Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium could not have
been scripted. It was a lopsided victory for the home-
town Rockets, 49-28 with offense being the name of the
Once again Central's offense was led by the two-man
punch of QB Rakeem Cato and running back Devonta
Freeman who were nothing short of superb. Sometimes
it was Cato passing at will on the way to completing 32
of 39 passes for 382 yards with four touchdowns and
no interceptions. When Cato wasn't throwing, Freeman
assumed the helm, rushing for 26 yards on 26 car-
ries awesome statistics at any level of the game, but
particularly impressive for a high school football team.
The game featured plenty of high-octane offense
throughout the third quarter with each team taking,
then losing the lead. Then in the third quarter, Free-
man and Cato took charge and never looked back.
Meanwhile, a hungry Rockets defense shut out their
opponents for the remainder of the half to seal the win.
Central ends its season with two games it is expected
to win, first against Hialeah-Miami Lakes and then
taking on Booker T. Washington in the regular season
Look out for that final regular season game as Booker
T. has shown that it's no push over. Both teams, al-
though in different districts, remain undefeated in
district play and are 7-1 overall.

Grambling State

remains atop

media/coaches poll

For the third straight week, the Tigers of Grambling
State (7-1) sit atop the latest editions of the Boxtorow.
com/BASN HBCU FCS coaches and media top 10
football polls. In fact, the top four teams in the media
poll remained the same. Undefeated Bethune-Cookman
(8-0) is second followed by another unbeaten team, the
Golden Rams of Albany State (9-0) at number three and
South Carolina State (6-2) is fourth. Winston-Salem
State dropped to tenth after posting its second loss of
the season while last week's other teams from the bot-
tom half continued to rise in the poll.
Key games this weekend include: Albany State against
Fort Valley State in the 21st Annual Fountain City
Classic at Columbus, Ga. for the SIAC crown; Bethune-
Cookman is at Hampton in an MEAC contest, while
Saint Augustine's hosts Shaw in Raleigh, NC for the
CIAA Southern Division crown and the right to play
in the CIAA championship game on November 13. And
Jackson State travels to Montgomery to meet Alabama
State in a key SWAC Eastern Division matchup at the
Cramton Bowl.

(Records through November hi)

School W-L
1. Grambling State 7-1
2. Bethune-Cookman 8-0
3. Albany State 9-0
4. South Carolina State 6-2
5. Jackson State 6-2
6. Tuskegee 7-2
7. Saint Augustine's 8-1
8. Morehouse 7-2
9. Hampton 5-3
10. Winston-Salem State 8-2


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Making This Right



Economic Investment


Health and Safety

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"My family's been fishing for eight generations. It's just a way of
life. That's why we've got to get this cleaned up."
Pete Floyd
Commercial Fisherman,
Pascagoula, Mississippi

When the spill hit, a lot of people said it would be the end. BP said they would try to make this
right. But how was an energy company going to help a fisherman?

Putting People to Work
The first thing they did was rent my boat and hire me to help with the cleanup. They made
up my losses so I could pay my bills. And they worked with all kinds of people here from
fishermen and shrimpers to restaurant owners. It helped us keep our businesses open. And it
helped us make ends meet so we could support our families.

Staying for the Long Haul
When they capped the well in July and finally killed it, we were all relieved. But would BP stick
around? Well, they did. The beaches are clean and we're back on the water fishing so things
are getting a whole lot better. They are still here and have said they will keep working for as
long as it takes.

Getting Back to Normal
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