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Title: The Miami times
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Language: English
Creator: Miami times
Publisher: The Magic Printery
Place of Publication: Miami, Fla.
Miami, Fla
Publication Date: November 24, 2010
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1923.
General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
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General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 25, no. 8 (Oct. 23, 1948).
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Job outlook grim for

Seasonal jobs increase but are

Black youth benefitting ? I

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

The State's Agency for Work-
force Director Cynthia R. Lo-
renzo, after observing Florida's
seasonally adjusted unem-
ployment rate for October, said
"while Florida's unemploy-
ment rate did not decrease
this month, we continue to see

positive signs of stabilization
and growth. Florida posted the
largest decrease in the coun-
try last week in the number of
people who filed for first-time
unemployment benefits. Com-
bined with increasing numbers
of job postings online, this is
encouraging news for our job
seekers and our economy."
Perhaps Lorenzo may be en-

young Blac
courage, but the 11.9 per-
cent unemployment rate for
Florida rises significantly
When you look at the rates for
youth in Broward and Miami-
Dade Counties. What's more,
when one looks at the rates
of unemployment for Black
youth, males in particular, the
numbers continue to soar.
According to the U.S. Cen-
sus Bureau, 2009 American
Community Survey, the un-
employment rate for all males,
' 16- to 19-years-old for Bro-
Sy ward and M-D were 41.1 and,
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31.2 percent, respectively. For
those 20- to 24-years old, these
numbers decrease slightly to
23.4 and 20.4 percent, respec-
Some celebrate the fact that
Florida has now entered the
tourism season (it began in
October and runs through the
end of March) which combined
with seasonal hiring due to the
holidays, has resulted in more
jobs in both Miami's and Ft.
Lauderdale's metro area retail
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Cholera likely to get worse -!
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By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

Few readers are unaware of
the grave conditions facing the
people of Haiti first hit by
a catastrophic earthquake in
January and now falling victim
to a cholera epidemic caused
by recant floods that have con-
nected swollen rivers with hu-
man waste and the remains
from inadequate sewage sys-
tems. And according to medi-
cal officials here in Miami, the
situation in Haiti will undoubt-
edly grow much worse before it
gets better.

"We do not get direct infor-
mation from the Haitian gov-
ernment so we can only talk
about what we are seeing or
others are telling us," said Dr.
George Metellus, 68, program
manager and an instructor
for the American University
of Antigua, who was born in
Haiti and is now a U.S. citizen.
"Officials confirm that 1,100
have died and that between
8 and 9,000 are are infected.
Will those numbers continue
to rise? Most definitely. Peo-
ple are still living in tent cit-
ies since they were forced to
leave their homes following the

homes are the best environ-
ment for germs and bacteria to
develop so the recipe is there."
Metellus says that while
cholera is easily treated, sani-
tary conditions must be in
place. Such is not the case in
"Cholera is not like AIDS it
is treatable but. you also have
to treat the water, he said.
"Here in the U.S. we don't have
to worry about our water sys-
tem (drinking) being connected
to or polluted by our sewage
Still those who travel be-
tween Florida and Haiti are at
risk for developing the disease
and passing it on to others.
Please turn to CHOLERA 4A

-Photo MINUSTAH/Sophia Paris
Patients with Cholera lie on cots in the courtyard of the overcrowded L'Hopital St. Nicholas in
St. Marc, the center of the Cholera epidemic, where Medecins Sans Frontiere and Cuban doctors
are treating those infected.

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Miami sees rise in graduation rates

But Black students still lagging behind

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

Miami-Dade County Public
Schools (M-DCPS) gradua-
tion rate improved by nearly
four percentage points to 72.1
percent for the 2009-2010
academic school year the
highest rate since the State's
Department of Education

began tracking graduation
statistics with modern meth-
ods in the 1990s. In fact, the
rate for the District exceeded
statewide numbers.
In Miami-Dade, the num-
bers climbed from 68 to 72
percent while Broward Coun-
ty saw its graduation rate rose
from 74 to 78 percent.
But how do officials arise at

these numbers? They include
students who earned stan-
dard and special diplomas but
exclude students who earned
a GED or who required more
than four years to complete
high school. Forty-five states
are now using the same for-
mula. And in M-D County, it
is the first time the rate has
been greater than 70 percent.
"This is definitely a strong
Please turn to GRADS 10A

Achievement gap: Blacks still at the bottom

First lady Michelle Obama talks to students at Riverside
eating healthy on Monday, November 22.

--Carl use/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images
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Elementary about the importance of

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

An achievement gap con-
tinues to separate Black
from white students. And
while the problem has long
been documented, a new re-
port focusing on Black males

shows that the situation is
even more grave than many
may have realized.
Only 12 percent of Black
fourth-grade boys are profi-
cient in reading, compared
with 38 percent of white
boys; only 12 percent of
Black eighth-grade boys are

proficient in math, compared
with 44 percent of white
These and other statistics
were revealed in "A Call for
Change," a report just re-
leased by the Council of the
Great City Schools an ad
Please turn to GAP 10A

Only we can save the NFL from itself


By Robert Lipsyte

More than 100 years after
President Teddy Roosevelt, in
an effort to save football, suc-
cessfully campaigned against
its violence, some worry that
we need intervention again.
With football arguably now
the U.S. pastime, the moral
stakes are higher this time
While the recent focus has
been on helmet-to-helmet
hits that can cause concus-

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sions and spinal injuries, and
apparently contribute to the
early onset of dementia, the
issue goes beyond the damage
inflicted on the field. So no
federal intervention is need-
ed. Rather than the president
or Congress stepping in, it
should fall to each of us.
From PeeWee leagues to the
pros, nose tackles and couch
potatoes alike derive many of
their definitions of courage,
loyalty, competition, self-dis-
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and teamwork from a game
that unabashedly describes
itself as a teacher of life. If
that's true, and I think it is,
we better make sure the les-
sons we learn from what we
see on the field reflect our vi-
sion of the nation.


No wonder the range of opin-
ion in this recent debate has
been worthy of a divisive elec-
tion year, from calls to out-
law the game as it's currently
played to suggestions for mod-
erate reform to pleas to allow
big. boys to be big boys and
take the risks that will make
Please turn to NFL 4A

The Miami Times will be closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving
Day and on Black Friday, Nov. 26th, so that our staff can celebrate
a few days of thanks with their friends and families. We will reopen
at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 29th.


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Medical experts discuss impact of
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Every day is a

day of thanksgiving
In the musical Rent the opening song, "Seasons of Love,"
reminds us that there are 525, 600 minutes in one year.
For many of us here in Miami, life one year ago was
seemingly much better. The economy was sluggish but econ-
omists said it would improve soon. President Obama was
still riding the wave of popularity despite his naysayers. And
even though money was tight for some of us, we still held on
to the belief that our "ship would come in soon."

But the storms of life have continued to rage for an in-
creasing number of families as home foreclosures and layoffs
have hit record highs. Crime has escalated while fear can be
seen written on many of our faces. Now we see the "glass as
half empty" and wonder what's ahead.

Maybe that's why we need to pause this Thanksgiving and
celebrate the little things in our lives that still bring us joy.
Perhaps it's the smile on one of your children's faces after
you enter the door. Maybe the words from a song of praise
you heard in church or on the radio have brought some mod-
icum of encouragement in the midst of another troubling
day. It may even be a return call for a job that has come after
months of rejections.

The thing about giving thanks is that if we really look at
our lives with real scrutiny, we can usually find something
for which we can and should be thankful. Consider the fact
that in those 525,600 minutes, someone you knew lost their
life some to natural causes, others to unfortunate, if not
tragic ends. But you are still here.

Money can buy a lot of wonderful things. It can provide us
with luxuries as well as necessities. But money cannot buy
life. Life is a gift. And when we think about the fact that we
have been allowed one more day to get things right, to show
someone we love them, to encourage a friend or a stranger
who is feeling down and out, then we know that we have
more than enough reasons to be thankful.

Every day should be a day of thanksgiving. So whether
it's a turkey dinner or beans and franks that you eat this
Thursday, try to be thankful not only for the storms in our
lives but the rainbows that will eventually peak through the
clouds. Happy Thanksgiving.

Who is the real culprit: Four

Loko or young folks looking

for cheap high?

S he latest rage among young consumers of alcohol is
Four Loko a cheap, high-octane alcoholic energy
drink that is equivalent to one cup of coffee and
four beers in one can. It has become so popular among
college students that it has been cited as the reason for
drunken stupors, blackouts, evenings spent at the "porce-
lain god" and sadly, even a number of deaths.

Here in Florida at least six deaths have been attributed to
Four Loko. Now it appears that the Food and Drug Admin-
istration, along with Florida State legislators, are rallying
to get the beverage off the shelves and out of the hands of
our young people.

We applaud their efforts and while we would not presume
to argue with their legislative decision, we believe that the
opportunity for an Oprah-labeled "teaching moment" may
have been lost in all of the hubbub.

Let's be honest here. Drinking to the point of intoxication
has been a college rite of passage of sorts for generations.
Many of us can recall that first icebreaker given by the
Deltas or the Alphas where we sipped syrupy-sweet punch
and did the slide or the boogaloo until we couldn't boogie or
slide any longer. Maybe we toasted ourselves into oblivion
after our football or basketball teams took the champion-
ship. Perhaps you gathered with a group of friends after fi-
nal exams, hellbent on making up for all of that "lost time"
during which you were studying, writing papers and mak-
ing mom and dad proud of your intellectual pursuits.

In other words, alcohol and college students are a combi-
nation that should not be foreign to us. But with drinks like
Four Loko, described by some as "liquid cocaine," whose
depressive effects of alcohol are counteracted by caffeine,
making it easier to down can after can, binging has taken
on a whole new definition. Still, the can does not move by
itself it needs human hands to guide it to our lips.

This is the "teachable moment." It is important that
drinks like Four Loko whose caffeine content are feared to
be dangerous to our health be removed from shelves until
experts deem otherwise. But let's not make this drink, or
any others like it the scapegoat for our own human stupid-

We all have choices that we can make. Maybe parents
need to pull their children aside and have a serious, im-
mediate talk.

Before one of our loved ones goes loco over Loko, let's
make sure they understand the potential ends that they
may face.

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More Black Republicans running for office?

In the aftermath of the No-
vember 2010 election I found
myself wondering about a
statement that I kept hear-
ing: in 2010 there were more
Black Republicans running for
office in the South than at any
time since Reconstruction.
I think that we have arrived
at a moment when we need a
'time out.' Let's be very clear on
a few things. The Black Repub-
licans who ran for (and won)
elected office during the period
of Reconstruction (1865-1877)
were, by and large, individu-
als who were fighting to ex-
pand democracy, including
the rights of the poor. They
were fighting against any and
all forms of racist oppression.
These were individuals, for in-
stance, who fought for the in-
troduction of free public edu-
cation, but also in many cases,
for the rights of workers. These
were not individuals who sided

with the rich and the power-
ful, but were those who saw in
Reconstruction a moment in
the history of the U.S. where
democracy could come to rep-
resent more than a platitude.
In today's Black Republicans
I see something very differ-

the party of Abraham Lincoln,
but rather individuals who
are comfortable with a party
that openly despises people of
color and will perpetuate vari-
ous forms of voter suppression
against people of color.
On election evening at 7:30

On election evening at 7:30 p.m. I received a call on my
home line. A recorded voice said that "we" had done our
work, the Democrats had won, and that there was noth-
ing more that "we" needed to do now but stay home and watch

the results of the election on TV.

ent. While I am sure that some
of them are concerned about
the poor (though, in the inter-
est of full disclosure, I have
never met any), that is not the
predominant characteristic.
We are not talking about Black
politicians who continue to be
Republicans because that was

p.m. I received a call on my
home line. A recorded voice
said that "we" had done our
work, the Democrats had
won, and that there was noth-
ing more that "we" needed to
do now but stay home and
watch the results of the elec-
tion on TV. Interesting, except

in my state the polls close at 8
p.m. In other words, we were
being told that there was no
further need to vote, if you had
not already. This incident,
and several other voter sup-
pression incidents around the
country, is being investigated
for violations of the law. But
here is my point: I did not hear
any Black Republicans criticiz-
ing this behavior either.
So, while it may be true that
there are all of these Black Re-
publicans running for office,
I keep wondering about their
souls and consciences. Who
are these people? How can
they remain silent, or in some
cases actively support, actions
that are explicitly targeted at
misleading and/or suppress-
ing the voting strength of vot-
ers of color?
Are they that cynical? Are
they actually Black? I am open
to being convinced.


Notice to the GOP: What about our youth?

Almost everything we as
adults do is for the betterment
of our children, and of course,
their future. Some of us work
two/three jobs just to provide
food and shelter, while others
sacrifice their own dreams so
that the next generation may
attend college or perhaps even
graduate school. If all of this
is so, then how can we possi-
bly justify the volatile environ-
ment we are leaving for today's
youth? When more than 50 per-
cent of those aged 16-24 were
unemployed according to data
released by the Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS) this summer,
how can we even begin to vali-
date partisan bickering and an
obstruction of the President's
agenda? My message to the GOP
- we simply cannot.
Last week, my colleagues on
the right celebrated victories
and while those of us with a
progressive agenda may not be
ecstatic about the notion of a

Republican-controlled House,
let it be clear that anyone who
attempts to hinder our devel-
opment as a nation, that the
people are here to hold you ac-
countable. When you obstruct
or block legislation that will
improve our economy and cre-

for the sake of all of our chil-
Let's put the 51 percent un-
employment rate of youth aged
16-24 in perspective. More than
half of all youth in the U.S. were
unemployed at a time when busi-
nesses hire more adolescents

Elections do have results, and this most recent one allows
you, the Republican Party, to prove that you can and will
work to unite and improve the country for the sake of all
of our children.

ate jobs, if you work to reverse
reform that is already improving
our lives such as health care or
when you allow partisan politics
to supersede your commitment
to the people, you will be held
Elections do have results, and
this most recent one allows you,
the Republican Party,. to prove
that you can and will work to
unite and improve the country

than ever as young people are
on summer breaks or recently
graduated from school. If less
than half of our kids can hope
to find a job, what atmosphere
of hopelessness are we creat-
ing? With rising costs of living,
how can these young folks ever
save money for their own fu-
ture and for their own families
one day? Are we in fact setting
ourselves up for a doomed 'lost

It goes without question that
the unemployment rate is even
higher and more disturbing in
Black, Latino and oppressed
communities. Earlier this year,
National Public Radio reported
(according to academics) that
fewer than 14 in 100 young Black
men had jobs. And the Center
for Labor Market Studies found
that upper-middle class Black
teens were even less likely to be
employed than their low-income
White peers. But perhaps the
most sobering figure from NPR's
report was the discovery that
the nation's capital leads the
way with the worst teen employ-
ment rates anywhere. So, as our
newly-elected officials head to
Washington and take an oath to
uphold the values of our founda-
tion, let them never forget that
we, the people are taking note of
their every move. After all, the
youth of today will be the voters
of tomorrow.


It's time to
No one should ever ques-
tion the patriotism of Blacks.
Black soldiers, men and wom-
en, from our communities
have fought heroically and
valiantly in all of the wars to
free and protect the U.S.
From Crispus Attucks, the
first to die in the fight against
the British at the outset of
the American Revolutionary
War, to today in Afghanistan,
where Black soldiers are sac-
rificing with others to protect
the security and geo-political
interests of America. During
the recent Veterans Day ob-
servances across the nation,
it was another time for pause,
reflection and analysis of the
history of centuries-long, res-
olute patriotism in the Black
community against the con-
temporary social backdrop of
lingering and growing poverty
within our communities.
If you study the genealo-
gies and histories of Black
families, you will find that in
each generation during the

finally end Black poverty (.i2
last 240 years throughout the U.S., why is it in 2010 we find ronmental justice.
U.S. there has been an unend- poverty lingers in our commu- Poverty starts in our con-
ing multitude of true stories of nities with devastating conse- sciousness, in our state of
Black heroism, sacrifice and quence on our youth, families, minds, and how we see our-
outstanding contributions to and communities? This is a selves and our own worth
ensure American freedom, de- wakeup call! We are not liv- and potential as we interact
mocracy and preservation of ing in a "post-Civil Rights" with others in America and
the nation. We all should take America. We should be fight- throughout the world. The
more time and energy to make ing for freedom, justice, and first and essential step is over-
sure that our young adults equality more today than we coming poverty in our com-
and youth will always be did 50 years ago. Freedom is munities is to take a page out
given a better appreciation of still a constant struggle in the of own history when it came to
not letting the absence of full
P poverty starts in our consciousness, in our state of minds, justice and equality to be used
and how we see ourselves and our own worth and poten- a social excuse to do nothing
and be silent. We spend nearly
tial as we interact with others in America and throughout a trillion U.S. dollars annually
the world. too much as consumers and
not enough as producers and
the history of Blacks and the correct insight from Frederick traders. We have to renew a
known and unknown facts of Douglass. In order to chal- sense of dedication to rebuild
the constructive role that we lenge and change the linger- and launch new Black-owned
have played and continue to ing and terrible consequenc- businesses, revitalize our His-
play in all aspects of American es of poverty in Black and torically Black Colleges and
society. other communities, we have Universities and take greater
All of this brings me to to do a better job in main- control and direct support of
the central point of this col- training a constant vigilance the education of our children.
umn: Given our historical and and diligence in fighting and We should reinvest to change
collective contributions to the struggling for equal justice, our present condition and to
building and expansion of the including economic and envi- ensure a better future.


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Driving while Black and other misdeeds
At an early age, I was afraid a police officer, I am addressed According to the Judge, the No one seems to recognize the
of police officers. In New York, politely and with respect. How- police officers came up in two possibility for more serious
my first image was watching a ever, I recall being stopped on cars with guns drawn and then problems where an innocent
police officer throw my friend's nearly a daily basis when I at- began asking questions. Judge person is beaten or killed. Our
older brother against a car tended Duke Law School be- Thomas is a mild-mannered, history is ripe with police bru-
because he did not answer a cause I drove a very old car quiet individual. Even in jeans tality: Bloody Sunday, Rodney
question quickly enough. My and was usually in jeans and and a t-shirt, I find it hard that King, Abner Louima and closer
brother and I were taught by my a t-shirt. At no time did an of- anyone could mistaken him for to home Arthur McDuffie. Our
father to answer every question ficer pull a gun on me. They a hoodlum. I am still trying to community is quiet until it is
from a police officer with "yes, simply asked for my identifica- grasp what this Judge could not. I remember the McDuffie
sir" or "no, sir." As I grew old- tion, checked it and let me go have done besides being Black riots; I sure hope someone at
er, I learned to appreciate the on with my business. The sil- that would make a police officer the City of Miami Gardens also
other side of the coin police ver lining was my father felt the draw his gun on him. remembers history.
officers going into tough areas need to help me buy a newer I have spoken to some people What is most depressing
and never knowing when some- car as he foresaw his law stu- at the City of Miami Gardens about this situation is Blacks
one is going to try to kill them. dent son being shot by a North and their position is that the are in control of the City of
I have defended police officers Carolina police officer. actions of the officers were ap- Miami Gardens and they are
in grievances and lawsuits and I recently learned that Judge propriate and there the mat- treating their own as if we were
feel proud of my achievements William Thomas had been as- ter should end. This attitude living back in some racist town
in this regard. saulted by several City of Miami scares me. If' officers draw in the deep south in the 50s or
One of the problems of law Gardens police officers, while weapons on a respectable South African in the 70s. The
enforcement is when to be he was helping a friend with car manager of Macy's and a State members of the City Council,
tough and when to be polite. I problems outside of the friend's Judge, then what happens to a the mayor and the police chief
live in Cutler Bay and whenever home in Miami Gardens. (The 15-year-old Black male with- are all Black. I don't under-
I am in my suit and encounter friend is a manager at Macy's). out any connections or power? stand.


Ducks may quack but don't have to be
Congress convened on Mon- despite all their populism they sional Black Caucus? The dy-
day, November 15 for its lame- are tools of the wealthy and they namics of the lame duck Con-
duck session. Some of the will likely prevail. gress put lots of things up for
Democrats that will sit in the While the ducks are out, per- grabs. Rangel may well be part
majority are not going to be comrn- haps President Obama will take of the collateral damage of this
ing back to Congress in Janu- a hard look at those who sur- seismic shift in Congress.
ary. Some of the Republicans, round him. His trip to Asia There are issues that the
now in the minority, are licking flopped because he was poor- lame duck Congress must ad-
their chops because they will oc- ly staffed. He returned to the dress. Monies for Haiti must be
cupy the majority in a few short
weeks. There is work that must
be done by this lame duck Con- ihe ducks are out, and the next'few weeks will be noth.-
gress, but how much work will ing more than challenging. Those of us who are simply
they do, really? Will the Demo- observers need to be clear that we can make a differ-
crats hold their majority power
knowing it is really gone? Right ence.
now, following politics is better
than watching a soap opera or a U.S. with the perception that he released. Tax issues must be
train wreck. Except for the fact got whipped at home and was resolved and the Bush tax cuts
that these politics affect all of us whipped abroad. Will his new must be rebuffed. While the ap-
and all of our lives, vulnerability be used against petite for spending has been
One of the items on the agen- him when the ducks come out? quelled by Republican victories,
da are the Bush tax cuts which The ducks, emboldened by the real deal is that job cre-
must be repealed. I am not sure Republican gains, have gone af- ation remains an important is-
why the president is even con- ter Congressman Charles Ran- sue. There are some issues that
sidering compromise on this gel (D-NY) for ethics violations won't be addressed, and there is
matter. Republicans want to and found him guilty. What some wrangling that is inevita-
keep the Bush tax cuts because does this mean for the Congres- ble. The next week or so of lame


duck sessions will send a signal
for the way Congress will act for
the next two years.
It is my hope that Democrats
find themselves. If Democrats
try to imitate Republicans in-
stead of sticking to their prin-
ciples, they will be even further
marginalized than they were in
the 2010 election. If, on the
other hand, Dems get their act
together and resist the Repub-
lican blast from the past, their
need to "take our country back,"
political tension may have a
positive conclusion.
The ducks are out, and the
next few weeks will be nothing
more than challenging. Those
of us who are simply observ-
ers need to be clear that we
can make a difference. We can
nudge our legislators to do the
right thing, especially around
the Bush tax cuts. The -ducks
don't have to be lame unless
they choose ineffectiveness. We
can keep them honest.


The failing

We, the American public, hold
it as an article of faith that those
responsible for devising and im-
plementing public policy have
our best interests at heart. Our
best minds are hard at work,
striving to make the world a bet-
ter place. Our elected officials
are dedicated to protecting our
freedoms, increasing our pros-

promise of public education

perity, and securing justice for
What, then, is the public to
assume when, in spite of the
best efforts of our most brilliant
thinkers and politicians, free-
doms erode, prosperity decreas-
es, and for a great many, justice
seems elusive? Surely, sinister
forces must be at work.

Kompih byjSein Mr.

Should Florida join other states and ban the caffeinated

alcoholic beverage Four Loko?

34, Ii. ,' ... .... FL, Director

I think ban-
ning Four
Loko is just
big govern-
ment at work.
The liquor
companies are
losing out be-
cause it is so I
cheap; other-
wise there is no reason to take
it off the market. Jamaicans are
notorious for mixing Red Bull
with alcohol, so I don't under-
stand the big deal. It's not the
size of a Red Bull or beer so for
its size Four Loko is ok. One shot
of vodka has more alcohol in it
than Four Loko.

Miami Beach, Student

This drink has as much caf-
feine as like two or three Red
Bulls in one drink, so when
people have several of these in

a short pe- -
riod of time
they get very PE
drunk. I see '
how messed .
up my friends ,
have gotten
from drinking
it. I still say let
people drink
what they want to drink. We
have not banned grain alcohol
so why make Four Loko illegal?

Miami Beach, Yoga Teacher

I definite- ..------
ly think we
should ban
the drink be-
cause Miami
is a party city
and people
from around
the world come -
here to vaca-
tion. To have an alcoholic bever-
age laced with an addictive sub-
stance as powerful as caffeine

will lead to a slow deterioration
of our people, business and
quality of life while the amount
of crime, accidents and addic-
tion would rise.

Miami Beach, Actress

No. If they
are going to do
that then they
might as well
make it illegal
to purchase a
Red Bull and
a beer at the
same time.

Dancer/C'..-. .., 1

While I'm
not fully aware
of why they'd
want to ban
caffeinated al-
coholic bever-
ages, I think
the govern-

ment has their priorities mixed
up. I'm more concerned about
the genetically-modified foods
and the addictive additives and
preservatives in mainstream

West Palm Beach, Entrepreneur

As long as alcohol is legal, I
don't see how they can regulate
as long as the
people drink-
ing it are of le --I
gal age.

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

Let us take for an example the
nation's system of public educa-
tion. For years, American tax-
payers have been sold on a triad
of public policy fixes for public
education. In order to improve
student performance, state and
federal governments must dedi-
cate a greater portion of their
budgetary dollars to education;
class sizes must be reduced, and
there must be greater oversight
by the federal government. So
fervent is the belief in this holy
trinity of education, that to even
ponder the efficacy of the federal
Department of Education is seen
as heresy. Any politician who
attempts to curb the unrestrict-
ed flow of tax dollars to public
schools is accused of not want-
ing to "invest in education."
And yet, increases in spend-
ing have not resulted in a cor-
responding increase in student
achievement. Studies have
shown that over the last 50
years, student proficiency in
math and English has shown lit-
tle improvement even as spend-
ing and federal government
oversight has increased and
class size has decreased. Given
the brilliance and dedication of
our public servants, the failure
of significant academic gains to
materialize, in spite of billions
spent on education, can only be
the devil's work.
And if you are a Black man,
the devil must, indeed, be work-
ing overtime.
Information recently culled
from the National Assessment
for Educational Progress, based
on national math and reading
tests given to students in the
fourth and eighth grades, re-
vealed some rather dishearten-
ing results. According to the

New York Times,
the report paints a picture for
Black males that is, "even bleak-
er than generally known."
In 2009, math scores for Black
boys lagged behind those of both
Hispanic boys and girls, and
Black males fell behind white
boys by an average of 30 points,
which is interpreted as three
academic grades. Black males
drop out of high school at a rate
twice as high as white males and
their SAT scores are on average
104 points lower. In short, the
report shows that Black males
fall behind academically early on
and never regain ground.
These are not students failing
because they do not have ac-
cess to the internet or don't have
Olympic sized swimming pools.
The sad fact is that the report
demonstrates that middle-class
Black boys are scoring about as
well as poor white boys. These
are students who are not profi-
cient in the basics of math and
The social cost of this failure is
not to be underestimated.
Half of these students will
drop out of high school; lacking
a high school diploma and being
functionally illiterate will qualify
them for manual labor, which is
steadily in the decline. They will
join the ranks of the chronical-
ly unemployed; many of these
men will make a life hustling on
the streets and eventually be-
come involved in the criminal
justice system. Criminal records
will make these men more un-
employable, which will make it
even more unlikely that they will
have the financial means to sup-
port the children they father. It
is a hellish cycle that will repeat
generation after generation.


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Florida lawmaker calls House ban on hats 'sexist'

By Holly Bailey

Like other freshman law-
makers, newly elected Florida
Rep. Frederica Wilson ran for
Congress on a vow to change
Washington. But her first or-
der of business has nothing to
do with health care, education
or the usual mix of issues that
come up in the early days of a
new Congress.
Instead, Wilson's first goal is

to overturn a rule that blocks
her from wearing a hat on the
House floor. The freshman
Democrat is pressing incoming
House Speaker John Boehner to
overturn the rule, which dates
back to the 1800s, or at least to
make an exception for her. But
it's unclear whether Boehner
-- who, in any event, will likely
have plenty of priorities ahead
of a rule-change request from a
member of the opposition party

-- could do anything, shy of a
full floor vote, to overturn the
House's hat ban.
You see, Wilson doesn't own
just a hat or two. By her count,
the former Florida state House
member owns at least 300 dif-
ferent hats, including custom-
made sequined cowboy hats
in virtually every color of the
rainbow. Her hat collection is
so massive, it takes up an en-
tire room of her house, per the

Miami New Times (which offers
a photo gallery of Wilson's 25
best hats). "I've been wearing
them almost 30 years," Wilson
tells Politifact. "It's like a fetish."
Wilson is rarely photographed
sans hat, but last week, she
was forced to remove one of the
more demure chapeaus in her
collection, a black sequined
cowboy hat, when posing for
her congressional ID. The same
thing happened when Wilson

posed for an official group pho-
to with other freshman mem-
bers of Congress.
"It's sexist," Wilson told the
Miami Herald's Lesley Clark.
The chamber's hat ban "dates
back to when men wore hats"
Wilson explained, "and we
know that men don't wear hats
indoors, but women wear hats
indoors. Hats are what I wear.
People get excited when they see
the hats. Once you get accus-

tomed to it, it's just me. Some
people wear wigs, or high-heel
shoes or big earrings or pins.
This is just me."
So far Boehner hasn't re-
sponded to Wilson's request.
And his office is unsure wheth-
er Boehner can waive the rule.
A spokesman for the House
Rules Committee tells Politifact
he believes the hat ban would
likely have to be overturned by
a vote of the full House.

Jackson chief

By John Dorschner

Angered that a county com-
missioner questioned her "in-
tegrity and moral fiber,'" Eneida
Roldan announced Monday she
will step down as chief execu-
tive of Jackson Health System
when her contract runs out next
After 18 months in the top
job, facing persistent pres-
sure from Miami-Dade leaders
to stop massive losses, Roldan
wrote Jackson's chairman on
Monday that. she decided she
had enough.
She made her decision after
Commissioner Carlos Gimenez
called her Friday afternoon,
questioning her integrity and
threatening "my continued em-
ployment with the Public Health
Trust," she said. "He accused
me of being deceitful."
In a phone interview Roldan
said, "Throughout the 18
months, there have been situ-
ations and moments where I
was ready to sit down and write
the letter" of resignation, be-
cause the atmosphere was of-
ten "pretty hostile."
But of the latest attacks, she
said, "when it becomes per-
sonal, it becomes very difficult.
It was the straw breaking the
camel's back."
Roldan's unexpected an-
nouncement came after a tense
exchange last week between her

and commissioners concerning
the performance of Foundation
Health Services, an outside en-
tity that does Jackson's inter-
national marketing and was the
subject last month of a blister-
ing report from the Miami-Dade
Office of Inspector General.
Roldan, a Jackson-trained


physician, is the first woman
and first Hispanic to lead the
county's public hospital system.
After running the much small-
er Pan American hospital, she
was hired by Jackson in 2008
as a senior vice president and
later served as chief operating
officer and interim president.
After a national search, she was
named chief executive, taking
over on June 1, 2009.
Her tenure was marked by se-

vere ups and downs. The loss
for fiscal 2009, originally esti-
mated to be $46 million, bal-
looned to $244 million by the
time auditors were done. Much
of the blame for that was put on
the practices of the previous ad-
County leaders pressured her
to find ways to stem the losses.
In March, she announced plans
to lay off 4,400 employees a
third of the work force and
close the two satellite hospitals.
Commissioners objected vehe-
mently and Roldan retreated.
Smaller job cuts and other
cost-saving measures lowered
the fiscal 2010 loss to an esti-
mated $89 million -- a turn-
around that drew praise from
Trust board members.
But problems have persisted.
A Miami-Dade grand jury report
in August called Jackson a "co-
lossal mess" that used "'ficti-
tious" accounting systems. The
Securities and Exchange Com-
mission has an ongoing investi-
gation about whether Jackson
misled potential bond buyers
about its financial situation.
Roldan has responded to these
and other attacks by vowing to
make whatever changes neces-
sary, but over the weekend, she
said, she decided to step down.
"I must firmly draw the line
at having my personal integrity
and moral fiber called to ques-
tion," she wrote in her letter.

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Washing hands is best way to prevent infection

continued from 1A

For the record, cholera is a di-
arrheal disease caused by a bac-
terial infection of the intestine.
Infection can be mild or without
symptoms, thereby allowing one
person to pass the infection on
to another without knowing they
themselves are infected. A per-
son can get cholera by drinking
or eating infected water or food.
Person-to-person transmission is
rare. Symptoms include: profuse,
watery diarrhea and vomiting
that can cause rapid loss of body
fluids, leading to dehydration and
shock. Without treatment, death
can occur within hours.

Metellus adds that those from
certain blood groups are more
susceptible to infection from
cholera than others and that
proper nutrition, is also key to
preventing the contraction of the
"We have found that those who
have 0 blood group are more

susceptible to infection that
those with A or B blood groups,"
he said. "More than that, if we
can just educate more Haitians,
we could save more lives. They
need to know that water must be
purified before drinking it. Some
Haitians doctors have been go-
ing back and forth to help but
it's not enough. The people there
must rely on the government for
so many things and often we are
finding that the things we send
there from the U.S., including
money and supplies, are often
not being distributed as we would
Dr. Brian Kiedrowski, 45, chief
medical officer, Miami Jewish
Health System, says even though
one isolated case has been iden-
tified in Florida in a woman who
had recently returned from Haiti,
he does not think we face any sig-
nificant problems like Haiti.
"We are pretty confident that we
have a process in place that would
limit or prevent an outbreak of
cholera here in Florida," he said.
"We should be vigilant and moni-
tor our situations but there is no
need to panic."
Geraldine Kwangwari, 62, in-

section control practitioner for
the Hospital, recommends this
five-step approach: 1) When you
enter a bathroom or facility, wash
your hands first; 2) If you are us-
ing your hands for any kind of ac-
tivity, wash them first; 3) If enter-
ing a new area, wash; 4) If you are
eating wash; 5) If you touch some-
one else, wash.
"I went to the movies recently
.and was in the bathroom you
would be surprised what I saw,"
she said. "Some people just sprin-
kled water on their hands, others
washed but then touched the fau-
cet and the door with their hands,
therefore reinfecting them. You
wash your hands thoroughly with
soap, scrub between your fingers.
How long should you wash? Long
enough to sing the "Happy Birth-
day" song three.times."
Fridlande Nicolas, 39, a nurse
manager at the hospital and for-
mer Haitian citizen, says so far
she has not heard of any of her
family coming down with the dis-
ease for that she is thankful.
"My family is in Jacmel and
they say no one has been infected
yet so maybe it's getting better
- maybe."

America's pass time: How did the National Football League become so violent?

continued from 1A

them real men.
The violence of the game,
especially on the college and
pro level, has always been one
of its main attractions. High-
light reels have routinely been
a collection of breath-taking
collisions. Year after year, as
players grew bigger (often with
chemical help) and the equip-
ment became more like ar-
mor, the hits got harder. But
it wasn't until recently, as the
roster of damaged brains was
revealed, that watching football
began to feel more like a guilty
pleasure. That feeling became
a conflict after Oct. 17, when
three particularly vicious hits
in three games motivated NFL
officials to fine three players a
total of $175,000 and threaten
suspensions for illegal hits, es-
pecially helmet-first tackles.
Fearsome crashes seemed to
abate until Nov. 7, when In-
dianapolis Colts wide receiver
Austin Collie suffered a con-
cussion after being knocked
unconscious by Philadelphia
Eagles safety Kurt Coleman,
who said, "I was just trying
to play some football." That's
a typical response by players
who see new rules endanger-
ing the smash-mouth game
they've been taught to play
since childhood. This time,
the NFL agreed with Coleman:
It was a "clean" hit. But that
chilling image of Collie frozen
stays with you. (Collie played
in Sunday's game against the
New England Patriots, but he
was pulled during the second
quarter "for precautionary rea-
Football is the only one of
America's big four team sports

predicated on brutal play. The
others can be played in a gen-
tler way without sacrificing the
essence of the game. Such vio-
lence as bean balls in baseball
and unnecessary contact in
basketball have quickly been
contained by official threats,
fines and suspensions. Hockey
has been making an effort to
prevent head and neck hits.
Even NASCAR seems to be
rethinking "Have at it, boys,"
this season's permission from
a leading official for drivers to
crash more to goose lagging
attendance. But football, like
boxing (which has had re-
forms) and now mixed martial
arts, is about ferocious gladi-
ator behavior. Former NFL
linebacker and union official
Dave Meggyesy put it suc-
cinctly: "Typically, the greater
physical domination and de-
gree of violence a team does to
its opponent, the more likely
that team will win the game."

The battle royals of football
have long been supported by
theories of social Darwinism
and justified by all the poor
and working-class kids who
were able to go to college and
even prosper in the pros. Crit-
ics who have decried football's
negative impact on higher
education or its glorification
of brutality have mostly been
dismissed as pencil-necked
Roosevelt cut through simi-
lar debates in 1905 after a se-
ries of deaths and injuries (in
the Ivy League yet). He quelled
the rising call for banning the
game and helped institute
new rules that improved the
game longer downs, the in-

production of the forward pass
and bans on the so-called fly-
ing wedge and other mass as-
sault formations.
The many current sugges-
tions include banning the
three-point stance from which
linemen can propel themselves
like missiles, greater enforce-
ment of rules against spear-

ing a "defenseless" opponent,
better helmets, head injury
courses for coaches at all lev-
els, and a return to the old
"wrap-around" body tackle in-
stead of the head-first hit.
Saving football from itself,
a la Teddy, might seem frivo-
lous in these hard times, with
9 percent unemployment, two

wars and a new divided Con-
gress. Circumstances today
are far different than they were
for Teddy. So, unless or until
it seems clear that the profes-
sional leagues cannot regu-
late themselves (as in the case
when Congress got involved
in baseball and steroids), the
responsibility must to fall to

each of us.
Should we allow our kids
to play football and start that
risky pounding early, when
their heads are particularly
vulnerable? And should we
continue to watch it as it is,
accomplices to a violent car-
toon of warfare that sacrifices
young men for entertainment?



Despite success, RNC chair Michael Steele remains under fire

By James Wright
Special to the NNPA

Republican Nationa
mittee Chairman 1
Steele's term ends in J
2011, and he has not d
ly said whether he w
again for the position.
is being criticized by pe
tivists for being ineffec
spite the fact that he

a key role in the GOP's suc-
cess in the recent midterm
elections. Steele said that the
j Com- country came back to the Re-
Michael publican Party after two years
anuary of failed policies supported by
lefinite- President Obama.
vill run "The American people sig-
Steele naled that they wanted
arty ac- change on Nov. 2," Steele said
tive de- to a group of reporters at the
played Republican National Commit-

tee headquarters in South-
east Washington, D.C. "They
did not want health care re-
form, which is the worse
piece of legislation passed by
Congress. They did not want
the policies of Obama, [Sen.
Harry] Reid and [U.S. House
Speaker Nancy] Pelosi to con-
During the 2010 midterm
elections, the Republicans re-

captured control Ol the U.S
House uI Repr-esentatves.
The GOP picked up 6 seats in
the U.S Senate but the Dem-

ocrats still have control of
that chamber with 51 Demo-
crats. 2 Independents and 47

More courts


defendants to

save money
By John Wisely

Everyone is entitled to his or
her day in court, but a growing
number of people get it without
setting foot in a courtroom.
Courts across the country are
embracing videoconferencing as
a way for defendants to appear
before a judge without leaving
prison or jail, according to a re-
cent survey by the National Cen-
ter for State Courts.
As state and local governments
continue to see their budgets
squeezed, they are increasingly
looking for ways to save money
through technology, says Kan-
nan Sreedhar, managing director
of Verizon Connected Healthcare
Solutions. When his company
demonstrated its Telejustice
products at a meeting of the As-
sociation of Public-Safety Com-
munications Officials in Hous-
ton in August, he says, he was
stunned by the level of interest.
"We were inundated with peo-
ple who wanted to talk to us,"
Sreedhar says.
Sreedhar says the newer tech-
nology is based on Internet pro-
tocols offering higher resolution
than previous generations, and
itis easier to operate.
The newest wave: mobile video
units that can be used in hospi-
tal rooms, mental health facilities
and other venues to arraign peo-
ple too sick to appear in court.
"We had a situation-where we-
thought a prisoner had a commu-
nicable disease," says Sgt. Jason
Gibson, of the Eastpointe Police
Department outside Detroit. "We
were able to arraign her from our
lockup and didn't have to expose
everyone in the court to that."

Macy's announces

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tresses, rugs, and furniture or-
If you have a loved one that
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that department. Initial Pen-
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You may even have a few people
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Florida senator in race for

First Black woman U.S. Senator

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO Former Senator
Carol Moseley Braun entered
the race for Chicago mayor on
recently by reintroducing her-
self to voters, some of whom
were not born when she last
won election in 1992.
Braun, who runs an organic
food company, was the last of
six major candidates to formal-
ly declare her candidacy to re-
place Mayor Richard M. Daley,
who has presided over the city
for more than 20 years but an-
nounced in September that he
was retiring and would not seek
a seventh term.
Braun joins a crowded field
that includes the former White

House chief of -staff Rahm
"While the city has many chal-
lenges: creating jobs, balancing
our budget, fixing our schools,
protecting our seniors and our
children and making our gov-
ernment more accountable to
the people, I stand before you
today in the fervent belief that
there is no city in this country
better positioned for progress
and opportunity for all its citi-
zens than Chicago," Braun told
more than 100 supporters at an
outdoor rally on Chicago's lake-
front, with the skyline as her
Braun, 63, made history in
1992, when she became the
first Black woman elected to the

Former Senator
United States Senate. She lost
a re-election bid in 1998 and
was later named ambassador
to New Zealand. She also ran

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said that she has had to work
hard to weather the recession,
which has battered businesses,
both big and small.
In her effort at a political
comeback, Braun has the back-
ing of Representative Bobby L.
Rush, who said he was friends
with Mr. Emanuel as well as
with the two other major Black
candidates in the race, State
Senator James T. Meeks and
Representative Danny K. Davis.
In fact, Mr. Rush said that he
"loved" Mr. Davis.
"But you know what? This
election is not about friendship,
it's about leadership," Mr. Rush
bellowed into a microphone.
A group of Black leaders tried
to prevent the splitting of Black
votes in the Feb. 22 mayor's
election by picking Mr. Davis as

their preferred candidate over
other finalists, including Mr.
Meeks and Braun.
Braun singled out Mr. Eman-
uel during her announcement,
taking him to task over a TV
commercial that says people
must decide whether Chicago
will become a "second-tier" city.
She said that Chicago cannot be
great just for people who live in
the "right neighborhoods."
"Let me tell you something
about us: Chicago will always
be a great city because its peo-
ple will tolerate nothing less,"
she said.
Other major declared c.andi-
dates in the race for mayor are
the Chicago city clerk, Miguel
del Valle, and a former city
school board president, Gery

House panel recommends censure for Rangel

By David Kocieniewski.

ethics committee on recently
recommended that Represen-
tative Charles B. Rangel be
formally censured for ethical
misconduct, the most serious
punishment the House can
mete out to a member short of
The 9-to-l vote came after
an emotional day and delib-
erations that the panel's chair-
woman, Zoe Lofgren, Democrat
of California, called "wrench-
ing." At one point, Mr. Rangel
struggled to compose himself
as he pleaded for mercy from
the panel.
"I don't know how much

longer I have to live," said Mr.
Rangel, 80, his eyes watery
and his voice quivering. But,
he said, whatever time he has,
he will spend it trying "to help
people and thank God for what
he's given to me."
A censure would mark a mo-
mentous downfall for Mr. Ran-
gel, a Democrat who for 40
years has represented Harlem,
where he was born. As a deco-
rated Korean War veteran and
civil rights advocate, he became
a combative and irrepressible
voice for liberal causes and, in
2007, snared one of the most
powerful positions in Con-
gress, the chairmanship of the
Ways and Means Committee.
Censure requires approval

by the full House, which plans
to take up the matter after its
Thanksgiving recess.
If, as expected, censure is ap-
proved, Mr. Rangel will be the
first member to receive such
punishment since 1983, when
two congressmen were re-
buked for sexual misconduct
with House pages. (Mr. Rangel
would be required to stand in
the well of the House while the
spealker reads a resolution re-
buking him.
The vote on Nov. 18 ended the
committee's two-year inquiry
into Mr. Rangel's conduct. It
found him guilty of 11 counts
of ethical violations, including
improper fund-raising, failure
to pay taxes on rental income

Pentagon stops shielding senior mentors

Rules to require all to disclose earnings

By Tom Vanden Brook

The Pentagon has dropped its
attempt to shield some consul-
tants from public scrutiny and
will require all retired admirals
and generals it hires under its
"senior mentors" program to
disclose their employers, earn-
ings and stocks they own.

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Deputy Defense Secretary

Under pressure from Con-
gress, the Pentagon had re-
quired that only consultants
making more than $119,553
per year disclose their finances.
But in a memo recently, Dep-
uty Defense Secretary William
Lynn said the disclosure rules
will apply to all mentors.
Asked what prompted the
change, Pentagon spokesman
Bryan Whitman said recently:
"We believe this suits the best
interest of the government and
the public."
A USA TODAY investigation
found the mentor program had

been run with few regulations
for years. Many retired officers
were hired by defense contrac-
tors and, thus, not subject to
government ethics rules to pre-
vent conflicts of interest.
The retired officers take part
in war games and offer training
and recommendations to the
military. The services were not
required to identify mentors,
and many of them made as
much as $440 an hour. Many
also were collecting six-figure
Of the 158 retired gener-
als and admirals identified as
mentors, 80 percent had finan-
cial ties to defense contractors,
including 29 who were full-time
executives of defense industry
Defense Secretary Robert
Gates in April capped mentors'
-pay at $179,000 and required
public financial disclosures. He
also subjected the consultants
to rules barring conflicts of in-
But the Pentagon said it
didn't need to abide by the
public-disclosure rules, citing
a ruling from the Office of Gov-
ernment Ethics that allowed
mentors to file confidential dis-
closures open to Congress only
on request.
In September, under pres-
sure from Sens. Carl Levin and
John McCain, the top Demo-
crat and top Republican on the
Armed Services Committee, the
Pentagon sought a new rul-
ing from the ethics office that
would allow public financial

Palin says she can beat Obama in '12

Sarah Palin thinks she could
take Barack Obama in 2012,
but her biggest hurdle is proving
her record, she says. Naturally,
what's best for Palin's family will
be the first consideration in de-
ciding whether to run.
In an interview for Barbara Wal-

ters's show, 10 Most Fascinating
People of 2010, Palin said, "I'm
looking at the lay of the land now,
and ... trying to figure that out, if
it's a good thing for the country,
for the discourse, for my family, if
it's a good thing." Could she beat
Obama? "I believe so," Palin said.

Obama makes changes to faith-based partnerships

Barack Obama signed off recently on
what the White House says are sig-
nificant improvements to federally
funded partnerships between the
government and religious-based
and neighborhood organizations.
A religious watchdog group dis-
approved of some changes and said
more should be done.
The group, Americans United
for the Separation of Church and
State, welcomed Obama's decision
to require federal agencies to pro-
vide alternatives for people who

don't want to receive social ser-
vices at a religious charity. It also
welcomed a process to make these
partnerships more open and trans-
parent by requiring that organiza-
tions that accept federal funding be
listed on government websites.
But Americans United said it was
disappointed that the executive or-
der Obama signed recently will al-
low public money to go directly to
houses of worship and permit pub-
licly funded faith-based charities to
display religious art, icons, scrip-
tures and other symbols.

In making the request, Leigh
Bradley, a top Pentagon law-
yer, wrote that requiring re-
tired officers to publicly dis-
close their private sources of
income promotes "a higher de-
gree of public trust that those
serving in positions of great re-
sponsibility as senior mentors
do not have financial interests
that may be affected by the
duties they are performing for
these outside entities."
The ethics office told the
Pentagon in September that
the same rules requiring ac-
tive-duty officers to file public
disclosures apply to mentors.
In his memo, Lynn told the
Joint Chiefs of Staff and other
top defense officials that they
had until Dec. 12 to comply
with the new policy.

and failure to report personal
income on his Congressional
financial disclosure forms. The
committee also ordered him to
pay thousands of dollars in un-
paid taxes from rental income
on a villa he owns in the Do-
minican Republic.

Charles B. Rangel
at a House
Committee on
Standards of Official
Conduct hearing on
Thursday, Nov. 18.


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ing boys and attracted students from across the state and country. In 1980, it was placed on the
National Register of Historic Places and closed in 1993.

Historic Lafayette school

changing hands

By Richard Burgess

group that has been struggling
to restore the Holy Rosary In-
stitute is hoping a change in
ownership could breathe new
life into the effort.
The Roman Catholic Dio-
cese of Lafayette has agreed to
transfer ownership of the his-
toric Black parochial school to
the Sisters of the Holy Fam-
ily, the New Orleans-based or-
der of nuns who operated the
school for decades, said Gloria
Linton, a Holy Rosary alumna
involved in the push for resto-
Linton said the sisters have a
keen interest in renovating the
campus that sprawls out over
several acres.
The focus is on the main
three-story, red brick school
building, which has fallen
into disrepair after sitting va-
cant since the school closed in
The roof has caved in, large
tree limbs have invaded the
building and portions of the
interior are crumbling.
"The first thing is to get a
new roof on that building, get
the tree limbs out of it and
just close it in," said Linton,
who attended the school in the
Holy Rosary Institute opened
in 1913, and the main school
building was completed in
The school took in Black
boarding students from across
the country who sought a
quality education in the days
of a segregated school system.
"At one time, there were
hundreds of students in a
graduating class," Linton said.

Linton said the school ended
the boarding program in the
years after school integration
but remained open until 1993.
"If the school is not restored,
a large part of our history will
be lost," she said.
The school has been iden-
tified as one of the most en-
dangered historic sites in the
state, and the Louisiana Trust
for Historic Preservation has
offered the services of a grant
writer to find money for the res-
toration work, Linton said.
The total cost for the project
is estimated at $6 million to $8
Linton said the hope is that
once the building is, restored,
it could serve as a home for a
pharmacy, health care servic-
es and a small auditorium for
community events.
The renovated dormitories
could be used for weekend re-
treats, she said.
Linton and other alumni have
been working for about a de-
cade to restore the old school,
and she said the planned
change of ownership is a major
step forward.
Some buildings on the old
campus are still in use.
A Head Start preschool pro-
gram fills one building, and an-
other building on the campus
is being used by Volunteers of
America for a program to work
with expelled students.
The school's cafeteria was
renovated about four years ago
and now serves as a commu-
nity banquet hall.
The cafeteria's kitchen is still
awaiting restoration, along with
the old gymnasium.
But Linton said the first pri-
ority is to put a roof on the
main school building.

She. said architects have veri-
fied that it can be salvaged.
"The walls of that building
are strong," she said. "It's just
the roof that has fallen in."

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Smithsonian African Art museum

shows its new works

Smithsonian's National Muse-
um of African Art is showing off
its acquisitions from the past
decade in a new exhibit with a
towering sculpture as its cen-
The sculpture of Haitian lead-
er Toussaint L'ouverture was
created by Senegalese artist
Ousmane Sow in 1989 to com-
memorate the bicentennial of
the French Revolution. It was
acquired last year at auction in

The museum is featuring
more than 100 works in "Afri-
can Mosaic: Celebrating a De-
cade of Collecting." It opened
Friday, and the artist, Sow, will
discuss his sculpture at the
museum Saturday afternoon.
The exhibit also includes Afri-
can masks, figures, containers
and jewelry, as well as a brief-
case created from discarded
aluminum used to make soda
The exhibit will be open
through 2011..

Black Civil War military archives given to Hampton
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) His- soldiers and sailors, the collec-
torian and author Bennie J. tion chronicles the histories of
McRae Jr. has donated his ar- men and women who served as
chives chronicling the military spies, guides, scouts, nurses
experiences of Black men and and cooks in the Union Army.
women during the Civil War to The collection will be acces-
Hampton University. sible to historians, researchers
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Inmates "need real rehabilitation before return

Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

For the protection of the
public it was determined by
the Florida criminal justice
system that the 107,000
inmates who are currently
committed in the Florida
Department of Corrections
shall remain there for an al-
lotted period. While there,
inmates will be subjected to
the direct supervision and
authority of a broadband
of correctional officers on
a daily basis. The tax-pay-
ing people in the state of

Florida have
these officers
with the duty
of not only
security, care
and control
HALL but to also
make a diligent effort to-
wards reaching the goal of
rehabilitation. However, the
goal of rehabilitation is of-
ten lost.
Tax payers expect for their
hard-earned money to not
only be used towards lock-

ing criminals up but to also
engage them in on-going
counseling to ensure that
their communities will have
a better chance at remain-
ing safe once an ex-offender
is released. There can be no
real hope for a safe commu-
nity if the role of enforcing
security is not played along
with having the sense of
taking charge of instilling
basic values and principles
within the minds of conviCt-
ed felons.
Sadly, here in the state of
Florida, the emphasis of re-

habilitation is minimal. Out
of about 57 major institu-
tions, there are only three
prisons that are faith-based
oriented (these institutions
do no require officers to
participate in faith-based
counseling). And although
most Florida prisons have
small transitional classes
available to inmates who
are about six months with-
in their release dates, there
is only one staff member
that is completely dedicated
to long term re-entry pro-

It is not enough for of-
ficers to merely focus on
making sure that inmates
are not walking outside of
the yellow lines or talking in
the chow-hall. Something
greater has to be done aside
from just enforcing the
rules and teaching inmates
how to be institutionalized.
There's only one solution.
The general public should
form a grass-roots organi-
zation designed to put pres-
sure on the Department of
Corrections to hire individ-
uals who will accept the re-

to society
sponsibility of indulging in
the actual task of correcting
inmates. A demand for cor-
rectional officers to become
instrumental in helping to
reduce the recidivism rate
through corrective behavior
skills must be made.
If no one stands up and
challenges the Department
of Corrections to actually
live up to its name, there
can be no expectations for
an ex-offender to become a
productive citizen once the
handcuffs and shackles are
finally removed.

Gitmo detainee guilty on i count

Acquitted of all other charges
NEW YORK (AP) The first cause the witness had been iden-
Guantanamo detainee to face a tified while Ghailani was being
civilian trial was acquitted re- held at a secret CIA camp where
cently of most charges that he harsh interrogation techniques
helped unleash death and de- were used.
struction on two U.S. embassies After briefly considering
in Africa in 1998 an an appeal of that rul-
opening salvo in al-Qa- ing, prosecutors forged
eda's campaign to kill ahead with a case honed
Americans. a decade ago in the
A federal jury convicted prosecution of four oth-
Ahmed Ghailani of one er men charged in the
count of conspiracy and 4. same attacks in Tanza-
acquitted him of 'all other nia and Kenya. All were
counts, including murder convicted in the same
and murder conspiracy, courthouse and sen-
in the embassy bomb- GHAILANI tenced to life terms.
ings. The anonymous Prosecutors had alleged
federal jury deliberated over sev- Ghailani helped an al-Qaeda cell
en days, with a juror writing a buy a truck and components
note to the judge saying she felt for explosives used in a suicide
threatened by other jurors. bombing in his native Tanzania
Prosecutors had branded Ghai- on Aug. 7, 1998. The attack in
lani a cold-blooded terrorist. Dar es Salaam and a nearly si-
The defense portrayed him as a multaneous bombing in Nairobi,
clueless errand boy, exploited by Kenya, killed 224 people, includ-
senior al-Qaeda operatives and ing 12 Americans.
framed by evidence from contam- The day before the bombings,
inated crime scenes. Ghailani boarded a one-way
The trial at a lower Manhat- flight to Pakistan under an alias,
tan courthouse had been viewed prosecutors said. While on the
as a possible test case for Presi- run, he spent time in Afghani-
dent Obama administration's aim stan as a cook and bodyguard
of putting other terror detainees for Osama bin Laden and later
- including self-professed Sept. as a document forger for al-Qae-
11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mo- da, authorities said.
hammed and four.other terrorism He was captured in 2004 in
suspects held at Guantanamo Pakistan and held by the CIA
Bay, Cuba- on trial on U.S. soil. at a secret overseas camp. In
Ghailani's prosecution also, 2006, he was transferred to
demonstrated some of the con- Guantanamo and held until the
stitutional challenges the govern- decision last year to bring him to
ment would face if that happens. New York.
On the eve of his trial last month, Despite losing its key witness,
the judge barred the government the government was given broad
from calling a key witness be- latitude to reference al-Qaeda

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A sketch shows Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, center, in federal
court on last Wednesday in New York.

and bin Laden. It did again
and again.
"This is Ahmed Ghailani. This
is al-Qaeda. This is a terrorist.
This is a killer," Assistant U.S.
Attorney Harry Chernoff said in
closing arguments.
The jury heard a former al-
Qaeda member who'has coop-
erated with the government de-
scribe how bin Laden took the
group in a more radical direc-
tion with a 1998 fatwa, or reli-
gious edict, against Americans.
Bin Laden accused the United
States of killing innocent women
and children in the Middle East
and decided "we should do the
same," L'Houssaine Kherchtou
said on the witness stand.
A prosecutor read aloud the
fatwa, which called on Muslims
to rise up and "kill the Ameri-
cans and plunder their money
wherever and whenever they
can find it."

Other witnesses described
how Ghailani bought gas tanks
used in the truck bomb with
cash supplied by the terror
group, how the FBI found a
blasting cap stashed in his room
at a cell hideout and how he lied
to family members about his es-
cape, telling them he was going
to Yemen to start a new life.
The defense never contested
that Ghailani knew some of the
plotters. But it claimed he was
in the dark about their sinister
"Call him a fall guy. Call him
a pawn," lawyer Peter Quijano
said in his closing argument.
"But don't call him guilty."
Quijano argued the investiga-
tion in Africa was too chaotic
to produce reliable evidence.
He said local authorities and
the FBI "trampled all over" un-
secured crime scenes during
searches in Tanzania.

Two dead, 3 children shot in South Florida shooting
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, (AP) Officer Mike Pons of North edly started firing shots. Both morial Hospital in Miami. An-
- Police are investigating an Miami Beach Police says the were dead when police arrived other sibling, a 2-year-old boy,
apparent domestic murder- alleged shooter was in a re- at the house late Saturday. A was unharmed and is in city
suicide that left two adults lationship with the mother 14-year-old girl and boys aged custody.
dead and three children shot in of the children. The two were 13 and 10 were in critical con- The names of the victims
South Florida. arguing when the man alleg- edition Sunday at Jackson Me- have not been released.

Fugitive arrested on second-degree murder charge
Associated Press Jorge Luis Tamayo last Thursday the Lee County Jail pending his on Feb. 26, 2001. Police have not
A man wanted for a 2001 slay- at a body shop where he worked, transfer to Miami. It was not im- released a motive for the shooting.
ing in Miami has been arrested He's charged with second-degree mediately known if he has an at- The Herald reported recently
in Fort Myers on a second-degree murder with a firearm. torney. that Tamayo had been arrested
murder charge. Jail records show he uses sev- Police say Tamayo shot 29-year- over the years, but used fake
Police arrested 44-year-old eral aliases and is being held in old Roberto Cio on a Miami road names and birth dates.

Pope says condoms okay to prevent HIV

But gay men cannot
Associated Press

Pope Benedict XVI, 83, has
said that in special cases, such
as that of prostitutes trying to
prevent HIV infection, condoms
could be justified under Catho-
lic ethical thinking, especially if
their use leads to an awareness
that engaging in such a "banali-
zation of sexuality" is morally
Many reports portray the
pope's statements as a stun-
ning reversal for the church,
although Benedict is actually
articulating longstanding Cath-
olic tradition on the morality
of preventing HIV and was not
approving condoms for birth
control. Benedict's views on
condoms are among the many
controversial and revealing com-
ments contained in a new book-
length interview titled "Light of
the World: The Pope, the Church
and the Signs of the Times." The

be priests
book is the result of a series of
conversations the pope had last
July with a German journalist
he trusts, Peter Seewald, and it
reads like a brief for the defense
of Benedict's gaffe-prone reign
- a defense that seems to be the
main goal of the project.
In the book, the pope also
confirms that gay men, even if
chaste, cannot be priests and
says they should not reveal
their sexual orientation if they
have already been ordained. He
also discusses the clergy sexual
abuse crisis at length though
without criticizing bishops who
covered up the abuse and there-
by allowed it to fester.
As Benedict's papacy has
lurched from crisis to crisis,
many of them self-inflicted pub-
lic relations missteps, he has
been sharply criticized as out of
touch and aloof, even by some of
his strongest supporters. In gen-
eral, Benedict sticks to a favorite



conservative talking point that
blames a relaxation of societal
mores in the 1960s and 1970s
as the root cause of the abuses.
"There may be a basis in the
case of some individuals, as
perhaps when a male prostitute
uses a condom, where this can
be a first step in the direction of
a moralization, a first assump-

tion of responsibility," the pon-
tiff said. (Because prostitute is
a masculine noun in German, it
was also unclear whether Bene-
dict meant a male sex worker. In
the Italian version of the book
the noun is feminine.)
The condom comments were
prompted by Seewald's question
to the pope about the uproar he
provoked in 2009 when he told
reporters, while on his way to
Africa, that the scourge of AIDS
on the continent could not be re-
solved by condoms.
"On the contrary, they in-
crease the problem," he said
But Catholic teaching has
never totally barred the use of
condoms to protect people from
contracting the HIV virus that
causes AIDS. And the Vatican
has never issued a formal pro-
nouncement on the matter other
than to stress that abstinence is
always the best means of pre-
vention, even if it that is often

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Police detained one man and were searching for a second near Opa-locka on
Nov. 16 in connection with the fatal shooting of another man earlier that day,
according to Miami-Dade police.
The shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. at the corner of Northwest 24th
Avenue and 81st Terrace, police spokesman Detective Roy Rutland said. A man
on a bicycle was gunned down, apparently with an automatic rifle, possibly an
Afterward, two men drove north from the shooting scene in a white car. A
Miami-Dade officer spotted the vehicle and tried to pull it over, but the car did
not stop. Police pursued it into the Opa-locka area, where it crashed and the
two men ran' away.
Hours later, police took one man into custody and were questioning him
about his possible involvement. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime
Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

A midday chase between police and a robbery suspect ended with a crash
off Interstate 95 exit ramp in Hallandale Beach.
The incident began around 11 a.m. on November 17, when a patrol officer
spotted the suspect attempting a strong-arm robbery near Northwest 40th
Avenue and Seventh Street.
When the suspect realized he had been spotted, he jumped in a navy blue
Ford Expedition and led officers on a chase through the streets of Miami.
The suspect took the exit ramp at Hallandale Beach Boulevard, the SUV
slammed into the back of a slow moving orange juice tanker truck. He was
taken to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment following the crash.

The woman characterized as the "beauty bandit" for issuing bounced checks
for creams, facials and bottom was back in jail recently as the victim of a bu-
reaucratic mix-up.
Maria Chrysson was arrested last week following miscommunication be-
tween her and her probation officer over her change of address. the judge
and her probation officer were in court and agreed to dismiss the violation of
probation affidavit. She is expected to be released and remain on probation for
the next two years.
Chrysson who accepted a plea deal for bouncing checks to pay for creams
and Botox had entered a no contest plea in mid-September.

Police are seeking the public's help in the case of a homeless man found
dying on a downtown street on Veteran's day.
Stanley Johnson, 55, had family in Massachusetts, but no local address, ac-
cording to Sgt. Frank Sousa, spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Depart-
The Broward Medical Examiner's Office has listed the cause of death as "un-
On Nov. 11, Johnson was found lying on the sidewalk directly across South-
west Sixth Street from the Publix supermarket on South Andrews Avenue. He
was taken to the hospital, where he died.
Police officials ask anyone with information about Johnson to call Crime
Stoppers at 954-493-8477.




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Atlanta's School superintendent steps down

By Kristina Torres & Heather Vogell

Atlanta Public Schools Su-
perintendent Beverly Hall an-
nounced that she will step
down in June, ending a 11-year
tenure that won praise nation-
ally but soured under the glare
of a test-cheating investigation.
Hall's decision to leave APS
had been expected by year's
end, precipitated by a power
struggle among school board
members as well as a Dec. 31
contractual deadline to notify

the board of her intentions.
She notified board members
privately Friday and making a
public announcement Satur-
day before a judge rules on
a lawsuit about the contested
leadership of the board.
Her decision to depart ups
the ante for the school system,
which in the coming months
must now search for her re-
placement as it deals with oth-
er critical issues.
Hall is the latest in a string of
high-profile urban superinten-

dents to leave their posts.
Atlanta hired Hall in 1999 af-
ter she rose through the ranks
in the public schools of Newark,
N.J., and New York City. When
she arrived, 90 percent of the
system's kindergarten teachers
said they did not believe their
pupils would graduate.
Among the achievements she
cited: a 33 percent increase in
graduation rates and one-in-
three elementary students ex-
ceeding state standards.
Given that background, par-

ents and other community
leaders said Saturday they
were not surprised she decided
to leave.
APS board chairman Khaa-
tim Sherrer El praised Hall's
work for "taking over a school
system that had long been em-
blematic of failure and turn-
ing it into a model of academic
achievement." Mark Musick,
former president of the South-
ern Regional Education Board,
a public school advocacy
group, also said Saturday that

Hall's announcement was no
"This is the right decision,"
he said. "It's right for her and
its right for APS. And it is right
for the next superintendent."
He said Hall impressed him
early in her tenure by speaking
candidly about the system's
enormous challenges. She also
appeared never to waver from
her belief that disadvantaged
city kids could learn, despite
the fact that some people didn't
think so.

How long will Blacks be allowed to trail behind whites?

continued from 1A

vocacy group for urban public
Educational experts have
long-cited poverty as the rea-
son for the achievement gap,
but some are now suggesting,
as the report supports, that
other reasons exist and should
be more thoroughly explored.
"Evidence indicates that there
are racial differences in what
children experience even before
the first day of kindergarten,"
said Ronald Ferguson, director
of the Achievement Gap Initia-
tive at Harvard. "They have to
do with a lot of sociological and
historical forces. In order to ad-
dress those, we have to be able

to have conversations that peo-
ple are unwilling to have."
Among them: "Conversations
about early childhood parent-
ing practices," he added. "The
activities that parents conduct
with their 2-, 3- and 4-year-
olds. How much we talk to
them, the ways we talk to them,
the ways we enforce discipline,
the ways we encourage them
to think and develop a sense of
The report also shows that
Black boys on average fall be-
hind from their earliest years.
In high school, Black boys drop
out at nearly twice the rate of
white boys and their SAT scores
are on average 104 points low-
er. In college, Black men repre-
sented only five percent of stu-

dents in 2008, nationwide.

The Florida Department of
Education says that it's clear:
there is an achievement gap
between white, Hispanic and
Black students. Local school
officials in Broward and Mi-
ami-Dade admit it as well. But
that's where the slippery slope
begins. It's difficult to press
educators on why this gap per-
sists. And many differ on rem-
edies. In the meantime, more
Black students appear to be
falling behind and slipping be-
tween the cracks.
Consider these graduation
white non-Hispanic stu-

dents in M-D County 82
Black students in M-D
County 64 percent
Hispanic students in
M-D County 74 percent
white non-Hispanic stu-
dents in Broward County -
85 percent
Black students in Bro-
ward County 69 percent
Hispanic students in
Broward County 81 per-
"When we talk about a
healthy increase in Miami-
Dade's graduation rate, who
do you think produced those
results?" said Alberto Carv-
alho, M-DCPS superintendent
of schools. "They are all mi-
nority students."

Carvalho says it's "step in the right direction"

continued from 1A

step in the right direction,"
said Alberto M. Carvalho, su-
perintendent of schools. "The
results are a combination of ex-
pert teaching and strong school
leadership and compliments the
increased student achievement
demonstrated earlier this year
through higher FCAT scores and
National Assessment of Educa-
tional Process (NAEP) scores.

This is a significant achieve-
ment that deserves community
Carvalho cites more summer
programs initiated 14st year to
help high school students make
up credits as well as school
counselors encouraging more
teens to take the SATs or ACTs.
Those scores can fulfill the state
graduation requirement if a stu-
dent fails the FCAT.
Karen Aronowitz, president
of the United Teachers of Dade

added that the work continues
as additional support is still
needed to assist students who
require more than the tradition-
al four years to graduate.
And while the numbers were
not available for a school-to-
school breakdown, what was
clear is that the rates for Black
and Hispanic students are still
not equivalent to their white
counterparts. Both districts say
they have made improvement in
reducing the gap between white,

Black and Hispanic students.
However, the numbers still
show that for Blacks have fewer
reasons to celebrate. That's be-
cause fewer Blacks are graduat-
It should be noted that this
year, graduation rates will also
be used as a factor in the grade
that each high school receives
from the state Department of
Education. Those grades are to
be released during the month of

Few options for young Blacks in the labor pool

continued from 1A

Sean Snaith, an economist at
the University of Central Flori-
da, doesn't anticipate a hiring
binge in 2011, even though
our state has seen a recent in-
crease. He did say that some
seasonal workers may keep
their jobs.
"It's more of a possibility that
last year but I would say it's ex-
tremely likely," he said.
Black male unemployment
hovers near Great Depression
Joblessness for 16-to-24-
year-old Black men has reached
Great Depression proportions
both locally and across the
U.S. In October the unemploy-
ment rate rose to 34.5 percent,
more than three times the rate
for the general U.S. population.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported that unemployment
in Washington D.C., home to
many young Black men, rose to
11.9 percent from 11.4 percent.
Traditionally the last hired
and first fired, workers in the
16-24 age group have taken the
brunt of the difficult economy.
Cost-conscious employers are
clearing out the internship and
on job training programs that
for generations gave young peo-
ple a one up in the work world
or a second chance for those
less equipped for positions.
In many cases, the younger
generation is being blown out
of entry-level positions by old-
er, more experienced job seek-
ers on the unemployment rolls
who willingly trade down just
to get hired. Race statistically
appears to be a bigger factor in
their unemployment compared
to age, income or even educa-
tion. Compared to lower-in-
come white teens who are more
likely to find work than upper-
income Black teens, Blacks are
less likely to obtain the same
opportunities even Blacks who
graduate from college. Blacks
with a college education are
even suffering from joblessness
at twice the rate of their white
peers according to the Center
for Labor Market Studies at
Northeastern University.
To put it all in perspective,

compare the following numbers
from the Bureau of Labor
the unemployment rate
for white women with college
degrees is 4 percent
the unemployment rate
young Black women is 26.5
percent vs. all 16-to-24-year-
old women, 15.4 percent
the unemployment rate
for Black males with a high
school diploma is 31 percent
the unemployment rate
for Black males 15-to-24-years
old without a high school diplo-
ma is 48.5 percent
The biggest question is what
can be done to get young Black
men off the streets and into the
work place?

"I hear a lot of young broth-
ers say they don't want to work
for minimum wage ($7.25) and
I guess if you are talking about
maybe $60 a day, they feel they
can make that in an hour on
the corner," said Bruce Shorr,
60. "Then you have some plac-
es here in Miami where we
[Blacks] can't get hired because
we don't know Spanish. Even
the few who do make good, as
soon as they get a dollar they
leave the community. So the
young brothers don't have a
Black business to work for nor
do they have Black business
leaders living in their commu-
nity to serve as a role model."
Johnny McCree, 55, said
training programs need to be
started, making ways for jobs
like they did when he was a
Northwestern High student.
"I grew up in Liberty City and
had my mother on me con-
stantly to stay in school," he
said. "I learned the printing
trade because of programs at
school. Those federal programs
are what we need now. Young
men and women need some-
thing that will help them learn
skills and get a decent job. We
know what selling dope will do.
. But then even when we want
to chastise these young boys
and girls, society tells us we
can't like we used to. And par-
ents seem to be afraid."
Dr. Norval Ruff, pastor of Holy
Ghost Temple, agreed that job

training programs are what's
needed to get young Blacks off
the corners and to bring hope
to the community.
"Obama has the right plan,
we just are too impatient," he
said. "Back in the 60s and 70s,
the federal. government and
the Department of Labor put
programs in place in urban
settings that helped many of
us make it to where we are to-
day. Why can't we do the same

"If we keep cutting budgets
and not teaching young men
the importance of a work ethic,
I am afraid we will see more
joining gangs, selling drugs and
committing robberies," said
Theophilus Williams, 54. "Do
the folks that run our city and
county really care about these
young brothers? Only when
they see more crimes occur-
ring. Either we will do some-
thing now, and pay now for
training, or we'll pay later."

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St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church

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By D. Kevin McNeir

me to give thanks


The current residents at the Jefferson Reaves House
(2985 NW 54th Street) volunteered as the hostesses for
a Thanksgiving luncheon last Friday greeting guests,
cooking all of the food and then serving meals to one
and all. And while they were all smiles, life hasn't been
easy for the 32 women, representing a rainbow of eth-
nic groups, That's because somewhere along the way
each of them have been sidetracked by drug addiction,
domestic violence or both.
Now as part of a program aimed at rehabilitating
women, many of whom also have infants or young chil-
dren living with then on the premises and all from Mi-
ami, the\ say that they're determined to take control of
their lives and master new ways of coping.
'b havt been in and out of over 16 programs but fi-
a.n,':, Im at a place where it's working for me," said
!-t;rlstiria Quintana. 30 "Ml mom came here today to
S.Ajoy our Thanksgiving luncheon and even she can-
"'* not believe the difference in me. Now that I have some
clean time under my belt, I can begin to see the world
Apolonia Vargas. 44, says that what she likes best
about Reates House is that for the first time in many
years, she has a place that actually feels like a home.
"i would recommend this program and this place to
any woman who finds herself unable to cope with drugs
or an abusive partner," she said. "I am at one of the
best moments in mrny life."
For Roblyn Woods, 50 and a mother of six children,
what she has learned in this season of thanks is the
skill of being responsible.
"I didn't show enough responsibility with my children
sometimes I simply did not even know how," she ad-
mits. "I was also dealing with depression and just un-
able to deal with life Here I am getting love and support
from my sisters and my counselors. I think that when I
walk out these doors I '-ill be able to make it this time.

Empowering Women: Cristian Quintana (1-r) Essence Clervil, Apolonia Vargsa, Assan Njie, Roblyn Wo6o Tra-
cy Kelly, Frank Collins and Shirlene Forman (front).

That's what I am focusing on that and mN children ",
Essence Clervill. is just 25 but the mother of five chil-
dren including two infants. She lost her children to the
system due to domestic violence issues- in the home
and because of her drug abuse. Luckily, because of
the way Reaves House operates, her youngest two chil-
dren are allowed to stay with her, although they remain
wards of the state.
"It's been a long story of drama and pain in my life
but having the kids here with me is good for me and for
them," she said. "I have to find ways to handle my ad-

diction and to develop healthier hying habits that will
keep me and my children safe. The women here help
me when I am overwhelmed and need a timeout. It's a
sisterhood and it's home."

The Thanksgiving luncheon is an annual celebration
that is intended to thank the community for its support
of the programs and the clients who reside at Reaves
House, says its director of clinical services. Assan Njie.

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Thanksgiving at Plymouth
In September 1620, a small ship
called the Mayflower left Ply-mouth,
England, carrying 102 passengers-
an assortment of religious separatists
seeking a new home where they could
freely practice their faith and other in-
dividuais lured by the promise of pros-
perity and land ownership in the New
World. After a treacherous and uncom-
fortable crossing that lasted 66 days,
they dropped anchor near the tip of
Cape Cod, far north of their intended
destination at the mouth of the Hudson
River. One month later, the Mayflower
crossed Massachusetts Bay. where the
Pilgrims, where the Pilgrims. as they are
now commonly known, began the work
of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal winter.
most of the colonists remained on board
the ship. where they suffered from ex-
posure, scurvy and outbreaks of conta-
gious disease Only half of the Nlayflow-
er's original passengers and crew lived
to see their first New England spring.
In March. the remaining settlers moved
ashore, where they received an aston-
ishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who
greeted them in English. Several days
later, he returned with another Native
American. Squanto, a member of the
Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped
by an English sea captain and sold into
slavery before escaping to London and
returning to his homeland on an ex-
ploratory expedition. Squanto taught
the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition
and illness, how to cultivate corn, ex-
tract sap from maple trees, catch fish in

the rivers and avoid poisonous plants.
He also helped the settlers forge an alli-
ance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe.
which would endure for more than 50
years and tragically remains one of the
sole examples of harmony between Eu-
ropean colonists and Native Amencans.
In November 1621. after the Pilgrims'
first corn harvest proved successful,
Governor William Bradford organized a
celebratory feast and invited a group of
the fledgling colony's Native American
allies, including the Wampanoag chief
Massasoit. Now remembered as Ameri-
can's "first Thanksgiving"-although
the Pilgrims themselves may not have
used the term at the time-the festival
lasted for three days.
While no record exists of the histor-
ic banquet's exact menu, the Pilgrim
chronicler Edward Winslow wTote in

his journal that Governor Bradford
sent four men on a "fowling" mission in
preparation for the event and that the
Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five
deer. Historians have suggested that
many of the dishes were likely prepared
using traditional Native American spic-
es and cooking methods. Because the
Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflow-
er's sugar supply had dwindled by the
fall of 1621, the meal did not feature
pies, cakes or other desserts, which
have become a hallmark of contempo-
rary celebrations.
For more than two centuries, days
of thanksgiving were celebrated by in-
dividual colonies and states. It wasn't
until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War,
that President Abraham Lincoln pro-
claimed a national Thanksgiving Day to
be held each November.

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Faith Fan




... af. Heard
., The idea that Christians face several stumbling blocks
on the path to salvation is nothing new. Theories abound
.bouthqpw anything from contemporary music, money
American culture have been leading people
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i eveten cr Chestnut believes that there
AtiiolA at fault- religion itself.

In his recently published book, "Less Religion, More
Spirituality," Chestnut recalled how seeing the empty and
even hypocritical actions of fellow Christians eventually
caused him to leave the church for several years.
"From the ministers to the deacons down to the mem-
bers, it appeared that religion was an act, or an event fol-
lowed by rituals," wrote Chestnut, who began writing "Less
Religion, More Spirituality" in 2003.
The New You Ministries in Hollywood's senior pastor's first
Please turn to CHRISTIANS 14B

Creating a

forever family

More than 50 children adopted
during local celebration

By Kaila Heard
It is not unusual for the Miami Children's Museum
to be filled with the sounds of a child's laughter, cries
or chatter.
On Friday, the children supplied soundtrack of the
museum was particularly poignant as the approxi-
mately 50 children who filled the building had come
to be adopted. Hosted by the child welfare non-profit
corporation, Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., the
adoptions were a celebration for the seventh annual
Carla's National Adoption Day.
National Adoption Day is held as a reminder of the
129,000 children living in foster care across the nation.
In Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, there are approx-
imately 2,500 children currently living in foster care.
Of the children.. adopted pn Friday. .there ,were, 21,
Black children adoptees-and 25 Latino children adopt-
During a special program before the adoptions were
finalized, child welfare advocates, adoptive parents and
government officials spoke about the importance of
Judge Glenda Hatchett, who presides over the Em-
my-nominated syndicated show "Judge Hatchett" and
is also a family advocate, emphasized the responsibili-
ties the adoptive parents were undertaking that day.
"We have had too many broken promises to too many
children," said Hatchett. "Today is a celebration that
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Reverends Carl and Sherron Parrish of Fountain of Life Faith Center International, sit with
their grandchildren who all are members of their grandparents' church. [L-R] Alex, 8; Devin,
5; Grace, 15; Diondre, 12; and Mariah, 12.

Family of fait

By Kaila Heard

The expanded Robin family: Viviane Robin, who is
in her 60s, hugs her grandson, 11-month-old Calvin
James, who she adopted during the National Adop-
tion Day celebration at the Miami Children's Museum.

When Reverends Sherron and Carl Parrish
founded the Fountain of Life Faith Center
International in Pembroke Pines in 2003,
they had no idea that their non-denomina-
tional ministry would eventually draw over
350 members, include several popular min-
istries or lead to the founding of an alterna-
tive school just seven years later.
In the beginning Sherron said she was
simply driven by a vision she was given.

"It was the call of God on our lives to work
with people, to teach the word of God and
to help people to realize that they are not
alone in their battles and that God is able
to deliver in all of our lives and set all of us
free," she said.
Helping others meet their goals led the
Parrishes to open a K-12 alternative school
in 2006. The Sherron School of Excellence
currently has 93 students and seven teach-
ers. Many of their students struggled aca-


dernically in tradi-
tional schools.
"We work with them
on the level that they're
able [to perform] and we make them feel
good," said Sherron of the school's emphasis
on motivating and self-esteem building.
The school is adjacent to The Fountain of
Life Faith Center International which offers
various ministries including a praise and
worship ministry as well as a liturgical dance
ministry. One of their most successful pro-
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-Photo Courtesy of Marvin Elliott Ellis

A dance of Thanksgiving
Courtney Cobbin, a 2010 Dillard High School graduate,
performed at the Church of the Incarnation's 23rd Annual
Trailblazer Memorial Dinner, sponsored by the Saint Eliza-
beth Guild of the Episcopal Church Women, on Sunday,
Nov. 21.

Are unpaid


worth the cost?
Miami Times Staff Report
Internships have never been glamor-
ous or paid very well, but with unem-
ployment rates continuing to remain el-
evated due to the recession in Florida,
the unemployment rate is approximately
11.8 percent many workers have
turned to the field in the hopes of being
offered a job.
Job seekers have reason to pin their
employment hopes on internships.
The National Association of Colleges
and Employers 2009 Student Survey
reports that 23 percent of grads who
had interned received a job, while only
14 percent of students who didn't intern
found work.
However, there are drawbacks. While
waiting for a possible job offer that may
never come, workers often lose money
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Court: Constitution does not require complete separation of church, state

By Drew Zahn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for
the First Circuit has upheld
the constitutionality of public
school children reciting "under
God" in Pledge of Allegiance,
rebuffing a prominent athe-
ist group's attempt to stop the
The Freedom From Reli-
gion Foundation filed a law-
suit in 2007 on behalf of two
New Hampshire parents and
their three children, challeng-
ing the state's School Patriot
Act, which requires that pub-

lic schools authorize a time for
students to voluntarily partici-
pate in reciting the Pledge of
Allegiance. The lawsuit alleged
that the statute violates the
Constitution's Establishment
Clause, as well as the First
Amendment s guarantee of
free exercise of religion.
in its unanimous decision.
however, the court's three-
judge panel ruled. 'That the
phrase under God' has some
religious content .. is not de-
terminative of the New Hamp-
shire Act s constitutionality.
This is in part because the

Constitution does not 'require
complete separation of church
and state.'
"It takes more than the pres-
ence of words with religious
content to have the effect of
advancing religion," the court
continued. "The New Hamp-
shire School Patriot Act s
primary effect is not the ad-
vancement of religion, but the
advancement of patriotism
through a pledge to the flag as
a symbol of the nation.'
For this high-profile case,
the Wisconsin-based FFRF en-
listed well-known atheist ac-

tivist Michael Newdow to argue
its case.
Supporting the Pledge in the
court battle was The National
Legal Foundation, the Foun-
dation for Moral Law, the Al-
liance Defense Fund and the
Amencan Center for Law &
Justice, which filed a brief
on behalf of 42 members of
the 1 I 1th Congress and more
than 80,000 Americans who
signed on to the ACLJ s Com-
mittee to Protect 'Under God."
'This appeals court reached
a significant and sound deci-
sion that underscores what

most Americans understand -
that the recitation of the Pledge
of Allegiance embraces patrio-
tism, not religion," said Jay
Sekulow, chief counsel of the
ACLJ. "The decision not only
upholds the constitutionality
of the Pledge. it rejects another
fruitless attempt by the Free-
dom from Religion Foundation
to twist and distort the Consti-
tution with its flawed reason-
'The Pledge of Allegiance
shouldn't be banned from the
nation's public schools simply
to appease an atheist group's

political agenda," commented
ADF Senior Legal Counsel Da-
vid Cortman. "The court did
the right thing in affirming the
district court's dismissal of
this case. Acknowledgements
of the nation's unquestionable
religious heritage do not have
to be stripped from the pub-
lic square. We do not need to
scratch 'In God We Trust' off
our coins, remove references
to our 'Creator' from the Dec-
laration of Independence when
used in class, or remove 'un-
der God' from the Pledge of Al-


Florida offers parent resource centers

Special to the Miami Times

As Florida continues its
recognition of Parental In-
volvement Month throughout
November, the Florida Depart-
ment of Education (DOE) is
reminding parents that a valu-
able tool is available to help
them support their children's
academic success. Developed
in partnership with DOE,
Florida School Choice Parent
Resource Centers (PRCs) are
community-based organiza-
tions that provide parents with
the opportunity to become
meaningfully involved in the
education and development of
their children.
"Florida is playing an impor-
tant role in setting a new stan-
dard for school choice options
in the United States," said Ed-
ucation Commissioner Dr. Eric
J. Smith. "I encourage parents
to take advantage of our Parent
Resource Centers so they can
receive the best information
possible about options that can
truly benefit their children for
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Florida's PRCs provide ser-


vices to help match program
and school options that are
available within a district to
a child's specific educational
needs. The PRCs also provide
training and development for
parents to help them better


understand and deal with the
challenges their children may
experience in school and in
learning, with special programs
available for parenting skills,
life skills, health and welfare
skills, and more. Other servic-

es offered by the PRCs include
workshops, technical assis-
tance, hands-on training, and
professional growth opportuni-
ties for district administrators,
public school administrators,
teachers, parent and commu-
nity liaisons and specialists.
"Parents are the most impor-
tant advocate for their child.
Parental involvement is as easy
as: homework done, a good
night's sleep, a healthy break-
fast, and getting to school on-
time," said Florida PTA Presi-
dent Jean Hovey. "The PTA is
a leading resource for parent
involvement and can provide
tools to help with parent in-
volvement, both in and out of
Statewide, there are 10 PRCs
serving students and families
from the Panhandle to Miami.
The Parent Resource Centers
are part of the Florida Volun-
tary Public School Choice proj-
ect which is a five-year compet-
itive federally-funded project.
To learn more about the Parent
Resource Centers, visit www.
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Pastor: Church needs to teach that sin is sin

AME pastor believes churches can

lower out of wedlock birth rates

By Charlie Butts

A Mississippi pastor is sug-
gesting that churches need to
do something about the in-
creasing number of men and
women, including Christian
couples, who are cohabitating
and producing children out of
Joseph Parker and his wife,
Birdie, are co-pastors of Af-
rican Methodist Episcopal
(AME) churches in Marks and
Clarksdale, Mississippi. While
he does not dispute the sta-
tistic that 72 percent of Black
children are born to unwed
mothers, he does think the
report gives all the wrong rea-
sons, such as poverty, lack of
education, and not being able
to meet the right man for mar-
riage. Parker points out the
fact that studies do not focus
on moral aspects.
"For this issue, but really

with every issue, God's Word
has accurate wisdom and
counsel to help you know. In
other words, God's way is the
best way to do anything," the
pastor decides. "That's just the
way it is. And so when it comes
to marrying and having a fam-
ily, God has plenty of counsel
towards that end."
But the tragedy, says Park-
er, is that today's society often
cuts God out of the picture,
leaving people to come up with
their own answers which do
not work. Moreover, a mother
and father in a cohabitating ar-
rangement rarely focus on the
child. Statistics show that chil-
dren reared under those con-
ditions have a higher level of
poverty, often do not complete
their education, and end up in
prison. But Parker argues that
churches also neglect the job
they are called to do.
"Preaching and teaching the

"Preaching and teaching the clear counsel of God's Word, that
just preaching that sex outside of marriage is wrong ..."

clear counsel of God's Word,
that just preaching that sex
outside of marriage is
wrong; it's not good for you.
It's not good for us spiritually,
socially, economically [or] any
way you look at it," he points
out. "And also, God's design is
[that] there be a father and a
mother and children that come

from that union."
Parker stresses that people
in the pew also have a respon-
sibility to listen to the Word,
learn it, and implement it in
their lives. At the same time,
he contends that no specific
group of people is more inher-
ently sinful than any other as
sin crosses all racial lines.

Woman's promotion causes church's eviction

By Katherine Phan

Delegates at the annual Geor-
gia Baptist Convention voted
last week 'to oust one of its his-
toric member churches for hav-
ing a woman as a co-pastor.
The majority of the messen-
gers at this year's GBC annual
session approved a recommen-
dation made in March by the
convention's executive commit-
tee declaring Druid Hills Bap-
tist Church in Atlanta "not a
cooperating church" based on
the denomination's articles of
According to the Southern
Baptist Convention's 2000
Baptist Faith and Message,

women can hold teaching or
ministry positions but not that
of a pastor.
The document states that
"while both men and women
are gifted for' service in the
church, the office of pastor is
limited to men as qualified by
"The GBC has never been
opposed to women serving in
ministry positions other than
pastor," J. Robert White, GBC
Executive Director, said in a re-
cently. "Women are serving as
gifted leaders in churches all
across our state."
This is the second year in
a row that GBC voted to "de-
fellowship" a church over the

issue of women serving as pas-
Last year, at the 188th meet-
ing, GBC delegates decided to
sever ties with First Baptist
Church of Decatur, Ga., over
the congregation's decision to
hire Julie Pennington-Russell
as senior pastor.
The Rev. Mimi Walker, co-
pastor of Druid Hills with her
husband, the Rev. Graham
Walker, was ordained in 2003.
Up until the 2000 revision of
the denomination's articles
of faith, women were able to
serve as pastors.
On last Wednesday, Walker
told The Christian Post that
she hopes her church's stand

can "encourage more church-
es to bring this issue up" and
one day reverse the rule.
"The principle that we live
by is that God cares for every-
one equally and uses everyone
equally," said Walker. "There
are other churches that, are
against this movement to keep
women subordinate."
She said that the main
disagreement between her
church and the convention
was over scriptural interpre-
tation. While some Bible pas-
sages lean toward men in
domination in the ministry,
she noted, there is no scrip-
ture that says women can't be

Holy matrimony not

obsolete, expert says

By Stephanie Samuel

While society as a whole de-
values marriage, popular opin-
ion polls seem to show that
individuals still desire married
The recent headlines on the
recent Pew Research Center
poll on marriage and family
asked, "Is marriage obsolete?"
and "Why is marriage good?"
- Some headlines concluded
"Singles not wedded to wed-
dings," and "Fewer getting mar-
ried as people say it's obsolete."
However, Focus on the Family
Vice President of Communica-
tions Gary Schneeberger says
these headlines are only telling
part of the story.
"Our first reactionary focus
to the headlines, [to the] story
that was out on USA Today and
the Associated Press was [this
is] just a reminder of just how
dangerous it can be to base an
entire story or at least a head-
line of a story on one little part

of a poll," he warned.
The major headlines have ze-
roed in on new polling which
showed the 39 percent of re-
spondents felt that marriage
was obsolete. However, Sch-
neeberger pointed out that 67
percent of respondents to the
same poll answered that they
were optimistic about the insti-
tution of marriage.
He explained the conflicting
messages this way: "[People]
recognize society does not value
marriage as it should, but they
personally certainly desire it."
Schneeberger believes the
real story is in the numbers. "If
you look very deeply into that
poll, it does not come to the
conclusion that marriage is obso-
lete," he stated.
Despite the negative news
spread across the headlines, the
three-part poll conducted in as-
sociation with TIME Magazine
shows that the majority of re-
spondents hold traditional views
of marriage and family.



Wa t-

What to look for in a spouse

By Dr. Linda Mintle

Among the many things to
consider, start with these ba-
In America, we marry some-
one we love and have compat-
ibility. Romantic love, as we
know it, has three dimensions-
-commitment, intimacy, and
passion. Commitment involves
the willingness of the self to
give to the other and be faithful
to the relationship. Christians
should look for more than com-
mitment because holy marriage
is based on covenant. Covenant
is an unbreakable promise
made to another for life. Find a
potential partner who believes
in covenant.
Intimacy refers to the ability
to connect emotionally and in
friendship with another. Does
your partner show evidence of
this capacity? Intimacy should
progressively grow in a relation-
ship. That intimacy should be
spiritual, emotional, psycholog-
ical, and behavioral. If you see
signs of intimacy problems, get
help or break off the relation-
Passion relates to attrac-
tion and sexual response. You
should feel attracted to the
person you marry. Attraction
grows as you come to appre-
ciate the other for more than
just their appearance. Sexual
passion is desired as well. But
because you are to exercise
self-control in sexual explora-
tion, you might wonder about
passion. If you have attraction
going, and other parts of the
relationship are strong, there
should be no trouble with sex-
ual passion when the right mo-
ment comes.
Before a couple marries, an

equal amount of these three
dimensions should be present.
Pay attention to these areas. If
they are missing or problem-
atic, rethink the relationship or
start couple counseling.
Similar backgrounds (in
terms of class, education, oc-
cupation, age, i-ace, politics, re-
ligion, etc.) attract. This doesn't
mean that every dimension of
your life must be the same as
your partner's- -that's called
boring It does mean that the
more similar you are on the big
issues of life, the less conflict
and stress you will face.
For example, you might mar-
ry someone of another ethnic
group. You may have a great
relationship, but you will face
the prejudices of others. This
puts stress on the relationship.
Couples vary in their abilities
to handle stress and differenc-
es. Be aware that the less simi-
lar you are, the more potential
there is for conflict. Conflict
isn't a relationship killer. How
you handle conflict and cope
with conflict is key.
Occasionally, opposites do
find each other, but studies
show that opposite attraction
is usually related to personality
factors not values. Overall, we
tend to look for someone simi-
lar to us in values and who has
qualities we desire attrac-
tive, similar interests, humor-
ous, empathetic, adaptable,
flexible, can communicate, can
delay gratification, has a good
self-image, etc.
While you may think finding
the above is a dream list and
that no such person exists,
it's important to look for these
things prior to marriage. If you
do, you'll begin marriage on a
much happier note.

"Florida is playing an important role
in selling a new standard for school
choice options in the United States."



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Let's give thanks to God

more than just once a year

This week is Thanksgiving
and it is a holiday that I re-
ally love. Actually, I must
confess, this is my favorite
time of the year. According
to legend, the holiday origi-
nated because of the Pilgrims

who with the help of the Na-
tive Americans, survived that
first very difficult winter and
had food for themselves and
to share. There are so many
people, including children,
iri this world who are hun-

gry while others,
particularly in the
U.S., have amounts
in excess.
I am grateful that
I have never had
to experience hun-
ger, except during
those times when
I just didn't have
a chance to eat. But be-
ing grateful and celebrating
Thanksgiving should not just
be something we do once a
year. We have so very much
to be grateful for each and
every day. In Psalm 26, Da-
vid writes in verse 7 that he
is 'singing a song of thanks-
giving and telling of all Your

wonders.' Being
. grateful is one thing,
but declaring it to
others is an impor-
tant next step. We
know that this coun-
try is suffering an
economic tragedy.
We know that there
are many Americans
who have lost their homes,
vehicles, jobs and even fami-
lies. Christians and others
are all suffering on various
levels. But if believers are
moaning and depressed, how
can we expect anything less
from unbelievers?
As ambassadors of Jesus
Christ, we must declare His

goodness to everyone who is
near us. I heard someone say
a few weeks ago that even
when things are really, really
bad, God is still really, really
good. How true. God's char-
acter is not based on circum-
stances. Our joy should not
be based on circumstances.
How we feel should be based
on who He is, and who we are
in Him. It may not be easy to
always smile and encourage
others when you are hurt-
ing inside. It may take a lit-
tle extra time in your prayer
closet. You may have to sit in
your car in the parking lot for
a while before you enter your
place of employment. You may

have to call a sister or brother
and have them pray for you, or
just cry on their shoulders -
whatever it takes to not allow
the enemy to make you lose
focus, or worse, make you feel
that God does not love you.
Remember that He does love
you, and He cares about what
you care about. David tells us
in verse 12 that he will pub-
licly praise the Lord. He will
testify about how grateful he
is to the Lord.
As you prepare to eat
Thanksgiving dinner and
fellowship with family and
friends, please keep in mind
that we should gave thanks
every day.

Unpaid internships: Is working for free ever worth your time?

continued from 12B

due to additional expenses such
as housing, food and transpor-
tation. Expenses which often
hamper many people's ability
to even accept non-paid posi-
Miami's Tashieka Weather-
spoon, who has worked two
previous internships at local
newspapers, admitted that the
pay. would affect whether she
accepted a position or not.
"I would consider doing an

[unpaid internship] close to
home, but I would still need
a place to live. So unless the
living expenses are reason-
able or dirt cheap I wouldn't
go," explained the 23-year-old.
"I would go if I had family or
a connection in the other city.
Being in a strange city alone,
working for no pay can be dif-
ficult without support and a fa-
miliar face."
But just as the recession is
affecting the actual job market,
it is also having an affect upon
the internship field as well.

More applicants are seeking
internships and young adults
are finding they are competing
against non-traditional candi-
And with the competition re-
maining fierce for most posi-
tions, many older workers are
seeking internships to make
themselves better candidates
for jobs as well.
CareerBuilder.conm found 23
percent of employers are seeing
experienced workers apply for
internships with them. These
applications have come from

people who either have more
than 10 years of experience or
who are age 50 and older.
"This economic downtown
has really redefined what an
internship is," said Mike Erwin,
senior career advisor for the
He also believes many who
make up this older, more ex-
perienced set of prospective in-
terns won't be restricting them-
selves to the field they have
been working in previously.
"You're going to find that
they're going to go after the

industries that are hiring and
the ones where they know they
have a chance of getting a job,"
Erwin said.
To make sure that an intern-
ship will be beneficial for you,
Scott Timmins, the assistant
dean of the Feld Career Center
at the School of Management,
advises students consider-
ing unpaid internships to ask
themselves some basic ques-
tions. "They should ask if this
is a dream role and company
for you, meaning is it r6sume-
worthy," he says. "If it is, then

factor in the benefits. It could
be that it's a huge background-
builder, experience-demonstra-
tor, and comes with results and
accomplishments. If it is, then
you might want to consider it."
Timmins says that while the
company may not be able to
pay wages, students should
ask about the possibility of a
travel stipend or other non-
cash compensation, such as
housing. He also suggests that
students talk to a career coun-
selor about their internship de-

I aUU ftL

M St. Matthews Free Will
Baptist Church celebrates
their 68th Homecoming and
Founder's Day on Nov. 28
with services at 7: 30 a.m. and
11 a.m.

B St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting
their 82nd Church
Anniversary on Nov. 28 with
services at 7:30 a.m.; 11 a.m.
and 4 p.m. 305-691-8861.

0 Greater St. James
Misionary Baptist
International Church will
host their 51st Annual Men's
Day on Nov. 28 at 11 a.m.

B Second Chance
Evangelistic and
Deliverance Ministries,
Inc. invites everyone to their
free Thanksgiving dinner on
Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Deloris
Johnson, 786-355-4388.

B New Life Family
Worship Center is hosting

Bible Study on Nov. 24 at 7
p.m. 305-623-0054.

N The New Beginning
Embassy of Praise hosts
the Calvary Traveler's 54th
Anniversary on Dec. 4 at 6
p.m. 305-389-6030.

B New Saint Mark
Missionary Baptist Church
invites the community to
their assistant pastor's 10th
Annual Appreciation Service
on Nov. 28 at 3 p.m.

B Ebenezer UM Church
invites everyone on Dec. 4 at
4:30 p.m. to their 8th annual
HIV/AIDS benefit concert
which will provide free HIV/
AIDS testing and dinner
will be served as well. David
Smith, 786-587-4048.

. B Mattie Nottage
Ministries and Juanita
Bynum Ministries invites
the community to 'No More
Sheets: Breaking The Chains'

Revival 2010, Dec 1-3 at 7 p.m.
nightly at The Double Tree
Miami Mart Hotel. Register at or call

A Mission with a New
Beginning Church members
invites the community to
their Sunday Worship service
at 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays,
Prayer Meetings at 6:30 p.m.
and Bible Class at 7 p.m.

M Come along and join Saint
Cecelia's Chapter of Saint
Agnes Episcopal Church on
Thursday, May 26-30, 2011 to
Atlanta, Georgia and Shorter,
Alabama. If interested sign
up with Betty Blue, Florence
Moncur and Louise Cromartie.

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-

M 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-

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

B The True Word of the
Holiness Church invites you
to attend worship services on
Thursday nights at 8 p.m. and
Sunday at 10 a.m. 305-681-

B 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-

B 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-

Married ministers offer hope, advice for couples

continued from 12B

remains their Couples Ministry.
The program offers classes
and counseling to teach cou-
ples effective tools and tech-
niques for their individual rela-
"We go in and give them tools
and techniques about how to
heal them and to help them
develop their communication
skills because a whole lot of
times the break down in mar-
riage. is communication," Sher-
ron explained.
In addition to communica-
tion tools, the ministry also
counsels couples about HIV/
AIDS and the importance of
safe sex because of concerns

about marital infidelity and the
high rate of HIV/AIDS infection
among Blacks in South Florida.
While their ministry is open
about the realities surrounding
sex today, the church's official
stance is more traditional.
Carl explains that the church
does not believe in sex outside
of marriage.
"Our main objective is [for in-
dividuals] to abstain," he said.
But they nevertheless believe
sex education is important.
Sherron offered these words
of caution: "If you're going to go
and have [sex], at least be safe."

Married for 36 years, the
ministers have served togeth-
er since 1988.

While the Parrishes spend
long hours working at the
church, the time has not
weakened thebonds of their
"We work together as a
unit," Sherron said of how
the couple complements each
To balance the hard work
involved with growing a min-
istry, the Parrishes make a
conscious effort to relax and
enjoy one another's company.
Their family includes Carl
Darnell Junior, 35 and Loritta
Bishop, 37 and five grandchil-
According to Carl, they still
take family vacations togeth-
er. At other times, he and his
wife make sure to take mini-

vacations just for themselves.
"We have learned to never
allow our love to grow old,"
Sherron explained.
Carl also sees their contin-
ued efforts to strengthen their
marital ties as being an im-
portant lesson for the rest of
the family.
"We try to lead by exam-
ple," said Carl.
When she first envisioned
Fountain of New Life Inter-
national, Sherron had no
idea it would become a fam-
ily affair.
She described her current
situation 'by saying, "That's
a prayer answered by God.
It's a promise from God to
me that my whole household
will be saved."

South Florida families celebrate National Adoption Day

continued from 12B

we have keep our promises to
these children."
Florida's Secretary of De-
partment of Children Services,
George Sheldon also believed
that the adults in the audience
were undertaking a long term
contract withtheir adoptive chil-
"Adoption is not just about
taking care of a child until
they're 18. Adoption is forever,"
said Sheldon..
The life-long call of love and
responsibility appealed to many
adoptive parents for different
The desire to "give back" led

40-year-old 'Coretta Stewart to
adopt three children on Friday
--- 3-year-old Ashanty, 6-year-
old Daniel, and 7-year-old Issai-
"It was kind of a challenge," ad-
mitted Stewart about adjusting to
her newly expanded family.
The single mother had adopted
two other children in 2005 and
Stewart met the sibling group
through her mother's foster care
Stewart found that the children
had "behavioral problems" rang-
ing from extreme temper tan-
trums to hyperactivity.
Fortunately, previous experi-
ence with a hyper active child,
helped Stewart recognize the signs

and helped her properly diagnose
the children.
"It's a lot of work," she said.
"But if you take the time to under-
stand them, to understand what's
going on with them, then you see
that you have good kids."
Meanwhile, the Robin family's,
decision to adopt grew because
of a desire to keep their family in-
While a daughter who once
struggled with a drug addiction.
Sixty-one year-old Ermane Robin
said he did not want to see his two
grand sons placed in foster care.
While the prospect of becom-
ing "new" parents at an older age
may have frightened others, but
he and his wife Viviane are enjoy-
ing their lives.

It's a "wonderful feeling" being
a parent of young children again,
said Viviane, who is in her 60s.
Although the Robins had eight
adult children, now that she
is retired, Viviane enjoys stay-
ing home and taking care of
grandchildren, 11-month-old
Calvin James and his brother,
23-month-old Kyshaun Vance.
"I come from a big family so I'm
use to having kids around," she
All parents were offered sup-
port and information from vari-
ous social agencies and Miami
Children's Museum even pro-
vided free annual membership
to all adoptee families.

Men's day

at Greater

St. James

The Greater St. James MB In-
ternational Church will celebrate
its Men's Day program 11 a.m.,
Sunday, November 28 at 4875
NW 2 Avenue.
Our visiting choir will be St.
Mark MB Church.
Dr. William H. Washington is
the pastor.

Dr. James Bush, III
Guest speaker

Musical extravaganza at Valley Grove

All are invited to a musical ex-
travaganza 3:30 p.m., Sunday,
November 28, at Valley Grove
MBC, 1395 NW 69 Street.
Our program will feature the
Wimberly Sisters, Smiley Jubi-
liars, Soul Seekers,. Dynamic

Stars, Sistu,, Southern Echoes,
Golden Bells, Heavenly Angles,
Elder Wright and others.
Come out and enjoy the mu-
sic with us.
There is no admission

The Calvary Travelers 54th anniversary

VJ Entertainment and C.
Wal Productions present the
Calvary Travelers 54th an-
niversary 6 p.m., Saturday,
December 4 at the New Be-
ginning Embassy of Praise lo-
cated at 2398 NW 119 Street
in Miami.

Special guests include the
Sustuz of Ft. Lauderdale, Sec-
ond Chapter and national re-
cording artist Virginia Bostic.
Tickets are $10 in advance
and $15 at the-door.
Call 305-389-6030, for more

Why more Christians aren't saved

continued from 12B

published book delves into the
contradictions between tradi-
tional Christian religions and
how the newly converted as well
as the mature Christian can
overcome them.

Religionism is a type of exag-
gerated or pretended religious
zeal. According to Chestnut,
it develops when people fol-
low rituals, attend church and
say prayers by rote without any
strong convictions.
The danger with this lifestyle is
that religionism often draws peo-
ple into complacency with their
spiritual journey and thus en-
courages them to slow and even
stop that growth, Chestnut said.
Therefore the opposite of reli-
gionism is spirituality.
"Usually you're like ushered
into spirituality due to your
heart. It's your heart that has a
burning desire to know God," he
explained. "The best way to do it
is to follow the examples of Christ
if you want to become spiritual."

However, the pastor of New
You Ministries, which is an ap-
proximate 130 member church
established in 1998, still be-
lieves that religion itself serves a
According to Chestnut, it is an
important as a gateway to spiri-
"But once you get it, leave that
lesson there," he concluded.

So, how does someone know if
they are leading a spiritually ful-
filled life versus merely following
various rituals?
For the every day person, the
line demarcating religionism and
spirituality can be vague.
In order to strengthen your spir-
itual relationship with the Lord,
Chestnut advises that Christians
repent, forgive and "keep a pure
heart", referring to the need to
inoculate oneself from negative
In the end, he believes that
spirituality comes through sacri-
"It's 'the giving of oneself. Re-
lease your will to our Father. And
for doing so He blesses you tre-
mendously," Chestnut said.

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By Mike Stobbe

Teens who text 120 times a day or more
and there seems to be a lot of them -
are more likely to have had sex or used al-
S"cohol and drugs than kids who don't send
as many messages, according to provoca-
it new research.
^ The study's authors aren't suggesting

that "hyper-texting" leads to sex, drinking
or drugs, but say it's startling to see an
apparent link between excessive messag-
ing and that kind of risky behavior.
The study concludes that a significant
number of teens are very susceptible to
peer pressure and also have permissive or
absent parents, said Dr. Scott Frank, the
study's lead author.
"If parents are monitoring their kids'
texting and social networking, they're
probably monitoring other activities as
well," said Franak, an associate profes-

sor of epidemiology and biostatistics at
Case Western Reserve University School of
Frank was scheduled to present the
study Tuesday at a meeting of the Ameri-
can Public Health Association in Denver.
The study was done at 20 public high
schools in the Cleveland area last year,
and is based on confidential paper surveys
of more than 4,200 students.
It found that about one in five students
were hyper-texters and about one in nine
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A Letter To My Daughters


Book sings praises

of 13 Americans

By Bob Minzesheimer

President Obama s picture
book for kids. Of Thee i Sine: .A
Letter to My Daughters IKnopf
$17 991. pays tribute to 13'
Americans whose traits he sees
in his own children.


A\ li.lttCli to Mh I)Dugihters

13 famous Americans as kids
anrd grown-ups
A sees of two-page spreads
asks questions I Have i told vou
that you are creative? I across
from short trbutes. He writes
of Georgia 0 Keeffe She helped
us see big beauty in \'hat is
small- the hardness of stone
and the softness of leather.
His most controversial choice
may be Sitting Bull. who de-
feated Custer at Little Bighorn.

sellers: Dreams From My Fa-
ther. a 1995 memoir reissued in
2004. and 2006 s The Audacir,
of Hope The first printing for
his kids book is 500.000 cop-
Long. 46. who has illustrated
picture books by Frank Mc-
Court and Madonna, sa', s that
after reading Obarria's manu-
script for the first time, all I
wanted to do w\as share its po\v-
erful message \vith my own two

ul, Yi'.'iP ,, I.)REN L-ON) ';

The 31-page book, for kids
ages and up, s filled t with lyi-
cal questions for Malia, 12, and
Sasha, 9, opening with, "Have
I told you lately how wonderful
you are?"
The book, released recently,
is illustrated with Loren Long's
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publication awaited "the beau-
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Attack of the Tall Dolls

Toy Companies Make Them Bigger to Keep Girls Playing With Them Longer

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beautiful college girl who popularity ofl large dolls. Josefina because 'I don't think your
always stands up for her is a girl growing up near Santa daughter's best friend should
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sells for $26.99. sells for $95, CEO says.

By Ann Zimmerman

Tiana and Ariel had a growth
spurt last year. They grew six
inches and now they re 18
inches tall.
Walt Disney Co. made bigger
Disney Princess dolls because
it, and other toy makers, think
that's the way to keep girls
playing with dolls for a few
more years.
Girls are ditching dolls at
younger ages than ever-often
by their seventh birthday par-
ty, manufacturers say. Compa-
nies such as Disney and MGA
Entertainment are coming out
with dolls at heights of 18 to
21 inches this holiday season
and designing them to look
like pre-teens, not babies or
adults. These dolls are meant
to be played with as compan-
ions, to give modern girls a few
more years of fantasy play.
"Our research showed us
that girls see large-sized
dolls as someone they can
relate to and identify with,
to go shopping with and live
out adventures with," says
Lisa Harnisch, a vice presi-
dent of Toys 'R Us, which
just launched its own line of
four 18-inch dolls. Journey
Girls. The soft-bodied dolls
are described as "best friends
with special talents who like to
share their travel adventures."
Disney is rolling out 18-inch
versions of five of its most
popular movie princesses,
including Tiana, Ariel, and
Cinderella, in a line called
Princess & Me, the dolls are
seven inches taller than an 11-
inch fashion doll like Barbie,
and much taller than previous
versions of the Disney Prin-
cess dolls, which ranged from
4 to 14 inches. Parents can
buy a matching gown for their
daughters to wear.

How to deal

with a child who

dresses differently

By Dr. Janet Taylor

It's hard out here for a parent.
Technology and a never-ending news-cycle re-
minds us of local and global threats of potential
terrorists, internet predators, exposure to toxins
and yes, the danger of five-year-old boys who
wear dresses.
That's right. Who knew that pictures of smil-
ing, seemingly well-adjusted young boys wearing
dresses could become not only an Internet viral
sensation and blow up the blogosphere but also
represent for some a perceived societal threat?
Folks weighed in with varied opinions about
what it means when a little boy, a son and/or a
brother wants to wear a dress. Issues about par-
enting practices, sexuality (at five?), and asked
if parents weren't setting up their child up to
be the potential victim of bullies? These are all
understandable concerns but off-base.
Here's why.
There is no correlation between the fact that
girls who play "rough" and love trucks or dress-
ing like a boy, and boys who love dolls and
wearing dresses grow up to be cross-dressers
or transgendered or gay. And actually so what if
they did?
Gender identity is much more complicated
than that. There are the characteristics of
biological sex; attitudes, roles and behaviors
related to how you see yourself as either male or
female, and your ability to answer, are you a boy
or girl? Lastly, there is the question of sexual
orientation; do men, women or both turn you
So, what should parents do if your son or
daughter expresses a wish for choices that are
considered non-traditional? What if you son
wants to wear a tutu while shooting hoops? Or
your daughter refuses to wear dresses instead
preferring baggy shorts and Air Jordans?
You let them. You love them. You encourage
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SWhen menopause' comes roaring'

By Elizabeth Landau A deficiency in the hormone es- that can cause changes in daily liv- time, and is also going through hot
trogen is responsible for the symp- ing, said women's health expert Dr. flashes. Recently she decided it's
Just after she'd gotten a di- toms of menopause, which include Donnica Moore. time to look into hormone replace-
/ vorce and gone back to work, Alice mood swings, hot flashes, sleep For 80 percent of women, symp- ment therapy, she said.
Thornton would feel cold one min- disruption and changes in libido. toms generally resolve within five Hormone replacement therapy is
-. ute and hot the next, and her tem- As baby boomers continue to years, but it's not known how long the only treatment that would tar-

per was shorter than usual.
"It was irritating because when
it comes, it comes roaring
through," said Thornton,
61, of Huntington, West
"- Virginia, whose
symptoms began
around age 49
.f or 50.

go through menopause in record
numbers, questions about how to
curb these symptoms, especially
those that interrupt daily life, are
all the more relevant. At the same
time, research on hormone re-
placement therapy keeps emerging
without hard conclusions, leading
doctors to recommend the lowest
dose for the shortest duration.
Not every woirian feels trouble-
some effects from menopause; in
fact. 30 percent don't report anyv
significant ss-ymptoms But that
rreans up to 70 percent of "omen
haxe moderate to severe sv'mptoms

the unpleasantness lasts beyond
that for the remaining ; 20 percent
of women, Moore said. Because ev-
ery woman is different, there is no
certain quick fix for menopausal
"This is why medicine is an art
and not a science," she said. "We
don't have the tools to be able to
make these decisions by computer
or a checklist."

NlanilTi Grounds. 51, of Spnnri-
boro. Ohio, hasn't slept ',ell in
Years. She feels exhausted aJl the

get all of the potential symptoms of
menopause at once, Moore said. It
comes in forms such as pills and
patches, and is designed to replace
Women -taking estrogen who
have not had their uterus removed
also need to take progesterone, as
this helps reduce the risk of uter-
ine cancer.
Hormone replacement therapy,
also called HRT, has generated
much debate in recent years be-
cause of .:.nricerns about elevated
risks (f breast cancer and cardio-
. ast l.-" i S -r -'.': Ent s.

Women with stressful jobs have higher heart risks

By Marilynn Marchione

CHICAGO Working wom-
en are equal to men in a way
they'll wish they weren't. Fe-
male workers with stressful
jobs were more likely than
women with less job strain
to suffer a heart attack or a
stroke or to have clogged ar-
teries, a big U.S. government-
funded study found.
Worrying about losing a job
can raise heart risks, too, re-
searchers found.
The results seem sure to res-
onate in a weak economy with
plenty of stress about jobs -
or lack of them. The mere fact
this study was done is a sign
of the times: Past studies fo-
cused on men, the traditional
breadwinners, and found that
higher job stress raised heart
risks. This is the longest major
one to look at stress in women,
who now make up nearly half
of the U.S. workforce.

"The reality is these women
don't have the same kind of
jobs as men" and often lack
authority or control over their
work, said Dr. Suzanne Stein-
baum, director of the Women
and Heart Disease program
at Lenox Hill Hospital in New
York. "It's not just going to
work, it's what happens when
you get there."
Steinbaum had no role in the
study, which was led by Dr.
Michelle Albert, a cardiologist
at Brigham and Women's Hos-
pital in Boston. Results were
reported recently at an Ameri-
can Heart Association confer-
ence in Chicago.
The research involved
17,415 participants in the
Women's Health Study, a long-
running trial looking at heart
disease and cancer preven-
tion. The women were healthy,
57-years-old on average, and
had worked full or part-time
when the study began in 1999.

Most were health profes-
sionals, "anything from being
a nurse's aide all the way to a
Ph.D.," Albert said. They filled
out surveys about their jobs,
rating statements like "My job
requires working very fast,"
and "I am free from competing
demands that others make."
Researchers put them in four
groups based on stress they
reported and looked 10 years
later to see how they fared.

Women with demanding jobs
and little control over how to
do them were nearly twice as
likely to have suffered a heart
attack as women with less de-
manding jobs and more con-
trol. The high-stress group
had a 40 percent greater over-
all risk of heart problems, in-
cluding heart attacks, strokes
or clogged arteries needing
bypass surgery or an artery-

opening angioplasty proce-
Women worried about los-
ing their jobs had higher blood
pressure, cholesterol and body
Stress can harm by releas-
ing "fight or flight" hormones,
spurring inflammation and
raising blood pressure, Stein-
baum said. '
It did a number on Jackie
Morgan, 46, a suburban Bos-
ton woman who is on her sec-
ond medical leave of absence
in two years from a teleconfer-
ence center, where she man-
aged 16 operators running cor-
porate conference calls.
"Dropped calls? Somebody's
line not open? You're run-
ning from operator to opera-
tor to handle problems that
occur during the call,"
she explained. "It's
very stressful. When
I tell people about it,
they look at me like

I have three heads. I
feel like I should have
Rollerblades on."
Her heart problems
started in the sum-
mer of 2008, with
a crush of calls re-
lated to auto com-
pany bailouts.
"I just started
getting chest pains'
and collapsed while I
out walking one night.
she said. Tests found no
signs of heart disease. buh t
doctors gave her nitr.:ig ,l-
erin pills, which can rlie ve
chest tightness due lt
constricted heart arter-

Who's sicker: Older Americans or English?

By Elizabeth Landau

If you're 65 or older, you're
more likely to be healthier in
England than in America. The
catch: in the United States,
you're more likely to live longer,
a new study finds.
Chronic diseases are more
common in Americans than
English aged 55 to 64, a study
in the journal Demography
found, and in this age group
American and English have
about the same death rate. At
the same time, Americans 65
and older don't die as fast as
the same age group in England,
the study authors found.
Why would this be? It seems
that if you live into your 70s,
the American medical system
takes care of you better, said
study co-author James Smith
of the RAND Corporation.
"In the United States, we have
very aggressive medical care
and we spend a ton of money on

it," he said. "It is very aggressive
and we get something out of it:
longer lives."
Essentially, says Smith,
Americans are "compensat-
ing for bad habits." Americans
would be better off with eating a
healthier diet, exercising more,
not smoking, drinking only
moderately, and reducing the
stress in their lives.
Generally, people in Eng-
land seem to receive diagno-
ses of their conditions later in
the course of the disease than
in the United States, study au-
thors said. Also, chronic dis-
eases such as heart disease and
cancer result in higher mortal-
ity in England than in the Unit-
ed States.
Comparing the United States
with England, Smith pointed to
the heavier use of screenings
such as prostate cancer tests
in the United States., and the
more frequent and immediate
use of surgery when possible

cancers are discovered.
Americans in their 70s are
also more likely to have condi-
tions such as diabetes, heart
disease, stroke, heart attack,
and cancer than elderly Eng-
lish, the study found. The

and England.
The study also looked at the
question of whether wealth af-
fects health among survey par-
ticipants. Smith and colleagues
found actually that poor health
leads to less wealth, not the

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prevalence of cancer among
the 70-somethings surveyed
was more than twice as high in
the United States, and diabetes
rates were nearly twice as high
among Americans, too. Older
Americans additionally have a
higher risk of the onset of a new
disease than older English.
Data came from large surveys
of people in the United States

other way around.
This was true in both the
United States and England. For
the United States, researchers
looked at 1992 to 2002, a peri-
od that saw growing prosperity
in the stock market and hous-
ing prices. It turns out that the
likelihood of death did not de-
pend on changes in wealth dur-
ing this time.

Binge drinking could hurt teens later in life

By Stephanie Pappas

Binge drinking during ado-
lescence may permanently
disrupt a person's stress hor-
mones, leading to mental dis-
orders in adulthood, based on
new research on rats.
A study found that rats ex-
posed to high levels of alcohol
in adolescence have altered
stress responses in young
adulthood. These changes
could produce disorders like
anxiety and depression, the re-
searchers reported today (Nov.
15) at the annual meeting of
the Society for Neuroscience in
San Diego.
Although researches don't
yet know if the results apply
to humans, the findings raise
alarming questions about
teenagers' binge drinking, said
study researcher Toni Pak, a

professor of cell and molecular
physiology at the Loyola Uni-
versity Stritch School of Medi-
cine, in Maywood, Ill.
"Exposing young people to
alcohol could permanently dis-
rupt normal connections in the
brain that need to be made en-
sure healthy adult brain func-

tion," Pak said in a statement.

For men, downing five drinks
in succession qualifies as binge
drinking; for women, the num-
ber is four. In a 2005 survey re-
corded by the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Ad-

ministration, 18.8 percent of
youth ages 12 to 20 reported
binge drinking within the previ-
ous month. About 6 percent of
all youth were not only binge
drinkers but heavy drinkers,
meaning they went on binges at
least five days during the previ-
ous month.
To investigate the long-term
effects of bingeing, Pak and her
colleagues exposed adolescent
rats to eight-day cycles of binge-
ing, starting with three days
of alcohol exposure, two days
off, and then three more days
of alcohol. On binge days, the
researchers injected rats with
alcohol to raise their blood al-
cohol level between 0.15 to 0.2
percent. (By comparison, the le-
gal limit for people driving in the
United States is 0.08.) A control
group of rats got saline injec-

Study: CT scans modestly

cut lung cancer deaths

By Lauran Neergaard

type of CT scan can detect
lung cancer early enough to)
save some lives. the National
Cancer I institute ann.Lintm. ,d
recently the first ev-idence-
that a screening test rna-,
help fight the nation's top
cancer killer
At issue are controversial
spiral CT scans, a
rotating scanner ,iiews the
lungs at various angles to
spot gro.,.ths '.'.hen the','re
about half the i'- thar a
standard chest X-ra', can
detect Some pre,,o.ous stud-
les have suggested that the
earlier detection helps, while
other research c:onrluded
it nay do more ha:nm than
good by spotting too rrmany
benign grov.wths
The massive National Lung
Screenme Trial enrolled
53,000 current or forn-er
sniokeras to tr- to. settle the
debate It found 20 percent
fe-aer deaths from lung can-
cer among those screened
with spiral CTs than among
those given chest X-rays,
the NCI said, a differeine-
significant. enough that it
ended the study early.
The actual number of
deaths averted was fairly
modest 354 died in the
spiral CT group over the
eight-year study period
compared with 442 deaths
among those who got chest
The NCI said it's not clear
that all smokers should
get the scans, which aren't
The best advice for avoid-
ing lung cancer remains to
quit smoking, said NCI Di-
rector Dr. Harold Varmus.
Still, "a validated ap-
proach that can reduce lung
cancer mortality by even 20

percent has the potential
to spare ver~ significant
numbers of people from the
ravages of this disease." he
About 200 000 new luIng
can-,cers are diarnmused in
the U.S. each ear, and the
disease kills about 159,000
people aannuaLly. it is most
often diagnosed at advanced
stages, and the average five-
,ear survival rate is just 15
MNany imrnokers already
had sought out spiral CTs.
e.en th,-ieLh the American
Cancer Suciet', hasn't rec-
omrnendred the test citing
a lack of clear '.idence that
the:,y ork and most insur-
ance doesn't corer the $300
to $400 :ost
The scarns aren't risk-free:
Tlh-. r- frequently, mista-ke
scar tissue fromn- an old in-
fection or some other be-
nign li. nmip for cancer, lead-
ing tc uni-irecessary biopsies
or surgery that in turn can
cause a collapsed lung, in-
fection or other problems.
The NCI still is compiling
rates of false alarms and
other risks from the study.
Nor is it clear if the study
results are applicable to all
smokers. The trial enrolled
people ages "5 to 714 wvho
were or had been very heavy
smokers and gave them one
scan a year for three years.
While the spiral CTs emit
less radiation than standard
CT scans used to diagnose
disease, researchers also
will analyze whether the ra-
diation exposures from -lirre
scans changes a smoker's
lifetime risk of other radi-
ation-related cancers. Let-
ters being mailed to study
participants advise them to
discuss with their doctors
whether they should have
additional scans or not.



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Experts say parents must

set example and nurture

4 healthy habits early

By Nanci Hellmich

4 Obesity is proving to be a heavy burden
for the nation s kids and teens.
Experts have known for years that haul-
ing around extra pounds takes a huge
toll on children's health. It puts them at
increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high
cholesterol, sleep apnea and other health
A study in 2005 found that children
today may lead shorter lives by two to five
years than their parents because of obe-
About a third of children and adolescents
in the United States weigh too much. With
so many overweight children, some experts
worry that the majority of this generation
will be overweight or obese as adults.
Now, a study in today's Journal of the
American Medical Association finds that
heavy teens often gain a lot more weight
in their 20s. Half of obese adolescent girls
and a third of obese teen boys become
morbidly obese 180 to 100 pounds over-
weight) by their early 30s, the research
"This new study should be a call to ac-
tion to parents to look in their pantry and
clean out all the junk food," says Keith Ay-
oob, a registered dietitian who works with
overweight children and their
families at Albert Einstein Col- '-
lege of Medicine in New York.
Families need to eat better, ".
he says. "If kids aren't eating
fruits and vegetables daily,
they aren't eating a healthy ,
diet. Period."
He says he never sees chil-
dren who have better eating
habits than their parents.
Parents may think they :
can get away with making
unhealthy choices, but the '
kids are watching, says .
Bethany Thayer of the
American Dietetic Associa-
tion. "If parents are being
good role models, that can have
a huge impact on what a child does."
Getting healthier should be a family
affair, says Elizabeth Ward, a registered di-
etitian in Reading, Mass. Parents shouldn't
single out overweight children
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Choosing meals is not child's play

Nearly all kids' meals

high in calories, sodium
By Nanci Hellmich

There are only a dozen or so health-
ful kids' meals out of thousands of
possible combinations at the nation's
popular fast-food chains, a comprehen-
sive new analysis shows.
Researchers at Yale's Rudd Center for
Food Policy and Obesity reviewed the
nutritional information on more than
3,000 kids' meal combinations at eight
fast-food chains: McDonald's, Burger
King, Subway, Wendy's, Sonic, KFC,
Taco Bell and Dairy Queen. The assess-
ment evaluated whether the meals had
healthful foods and didn't exceed the
recommended limits in categories such
as calories and sodium.
They also hired people to order kids'
meals at 250 restaurants nationally
from five chains to determine what is
being served as the default choice.
The findings (,
released recently at the American Pub-
lic Health Association's annual meeting
in Denver, show:

12 meal combos met the nutrition
criteria for preschoolers; 15 combos
met the criteria for elementary kids.
Another 20 meal combinations met
kids' calorie goal but were too high in
at least one area, such as sodium.
The calories in kids' meals ranged
from about 300 to 1,000.
Teens purchase 800 to 1,100 calo-
ries in a fast-food meal, about half
a day's worth of calories.
*Kids 2 to 12 typically order
foods with about half a day's
Some chains do not offer 100 /At
percent juice or milk. -
Most fast-food chains offer at
least one healthful side dish and
beverage, but employees usu-
ally automatically give custom-
ers french fries and soda as the :
default option. The exception
is Subway, which promotes its
healthy choices 60 percent of the time
Making the healthy choices the de-
fault option in kids' meals would cut
children's intake by billions of calories
a year, says Yale's Marlene Schwartz.
That's important because about 84
percent of parents report taking their

child to a fast-food restaurant at least
once a week, according to a survey of
Kids today are bombarded with
ads for fast food on TV and the
Internet, says Yale s Jennifer Har-
ris Teens see five fast-food TV ads
a day: elementary students see
31 / 2., and preschoolers see three.



Here are some of the healthier kids' meal combinations at fast-food
restaurants. The meals have 300 to 500 calories.

SUBWAY: Turke breast, roast beef or Veggie Delight sandwich on
wheat bread; apple slices or yogurt: low-fat milk or 100r- juice.
BURGER KING: Macaroni and cheese or a hamburger or four
chicken tenders, apple fries without caramel sauce. tat-free milk.
KFC:Grilled chicken drumstick, corn on the cob or coleslaw, water,
string cheese
MCDONALD'S: Hamburger or four chicken nuggets with
barbecue sauce, apple dippers without caramel dip, low-far milk.


The ball's in your food court

Some people gain a pound or so during the holiday season,
research shows. One way to keep that in check: Eat health-
fully when at the mall.
The editors of Health magazine ( studied the
nutrition facts in dishes at popular chain restaurants at
malls and came up with their list of the healthiest meals and
"You have to pick and choose carefully because there are
not a lot of great choices," says Ellen Kunes, the magazine's
editor in chief.

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their creativity, quest for in-
dividualism and bravery. You
deal with your own angst or
fears and disappointment. At
the same time, you prepare
your children for a world
that may not understand
them, and explain that not
every adult or child sees the

world in the same way that
they do, but that's okay be-
cause they are special. Lead-
ers are created by creativity,
opportunity and a willing-
ness to take action.
Children who feel rejected
or non-supported by their
parents are more likely to
be depressed, have behavior
problems, suffer from low
self-esteem, develop sub-

stance abuse issues, poor
coping skills and experience
adult attachment issues.
As parents, we want our
children to have it easier
than we did. We don't want
them to suffer, be bullied or
teased or struggle unnec-
essarily. We want to raise
healthy and happy children
who are capable of deciding
and making choices because

they are loved.
The father of one of the
boys commented on his
son's choice of clothing. He
said, "I'm fine with it. I just
want him to be happy and
healthy. In the end, when
he's grown up, I want him to
be able to say that no mat-
ters what he chooses, my
parents were supportive of

Excessive texting might be bad for teenagers health

continued from 15B

are hyper-networkers those
who spend three or more hours
a day on Facebook and other
social networking websites.
About one in 25 fall into both
Hyper-texting and hyper-
networking were more com-
mon among girls, minorities,
kids whose parents have less
education and students from a
single-mother household, the
study found.
Frank's study is billed as one
of the first studies to look at
texting and social networking
and whether they are linked to
actual sexual intercourse or to
other risky behaviors.
"This study demonstrates
that it's a legitimate question to
explore," said Douglas Gentile,

who runs the Media Research
Lab at Iowa State University.
The study found those who
text at least 120 times a day are
nearly three-and-a-half times
more likely to have had sex
than their peers who don't text
that much. Hyper-texters were
also more likely to have been
in a physical fight, binge drink,
use illegal drugs or take medi-
cation without a prescription.
Compared to the heavy tex-
ters, the hyper-networkers
were not as likely to have had
sex, but more likely to have
been involved in other risky
behaviors like drinking or
A Kaiser Family Foundation
study found that about half of
children ages 8 to 18 send text
messages on a cell phone in a
typical day. The texters esti-
mated they average 118 texts

per day. That study also found
that only 14 percent of kids
said their parents set rules
limiting texting.
Other studies have tied teen
texting to risky or lewd behav-
ior. A Pew Research Center
study found that about one-
third of 16- and 17-year-olds
send texts while driving. And
an Associated Press-MTV poll
found that about one-quarter
of teenagers have "sexted" -
shared sexually explicit pho-
tos, videos and chat by cell
phone or online.
The latest survey did not ask
what students texted or what
they discussed on social net-
One suburban Cleveland
student said her texts involve
non-sexual small talk with
friends, homework assign-
ments and student council

bake sales.
"I text with my mother about
what time I need picked up,"
said Tiara Freeman-Sargeant,
a 14-year-old Shaker Heights
High School freshman. She
said she sends and receives
about 250 texts a day.
Talking on the phone just
isn't appealing to some teens,
said her classmate, Ivanna
"Your arm gets tired, your
ear gets sweaty," said Ivanna,
who also doesn't like the awk-
ward silences.
Like her friend, Ivanna said
she mostly gets A's. Whether
kids who text do well in school
or behave in a crazy, risky way
is coincidental, she said.
"It depends on who you're
talking to and whether they
have their priorities straight,"
she said.

Appointment of

God's leader

The Way, the Truth, and The
Life Church of Praise with Elder
W.R. Courtney as the pastor
count it a great honor and privi-
lege to announce and acknowl-
edge their Chief Apostle, Denise
P. Isaac, who's been appointed
by God to lead our church to

Setting an example for obesity

continued from 17B

and tell them they are too heavy
and need to change their ways,
but the entire family should
work at eating better and being
more physically active, she says.
Ward, the mother of three girls
and author of The Complete Idi-
ot's Guide to Feeding Your Baby
and Toddler, recommends that
Eat meals as a family as of-
ten as possible. Families that
eat together tend to have health-
ier diets than those who don't,
Ward says. And meals made at
home tend to be higher in fiber,
fruits, vegetables and lower-fat
dairy products than restaurant
meals, she says.
Encourage children to find
healthful recipes. Have them

search magazines, cookbooks
and online for recipes, she says.
You want them to get involved
so the changes stick, she says.
"You won't get far with an over-
weight child or teenager if you
don't engage them in the pro-
Don't keep soda in the
house. Drinking soda decreases
the consumption of low-fat and
non-fat milk, which contain im-
portant nutrients children don't
get enough of, including calci-
um, vitamin D and potassium,
Ward says.
Don't keep a smorgasbord
of snacks at home. Just keep
one or two so nobody feels de-
prived, she says. "I buy 100-cal-
orie fudge bars. No child needs
more than about 100 calories
for a treat. Treats are extras, not
foods to grow on."

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3087 N.W. 60th Street
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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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Mt. Calvary Missionary Zion Hope
Baptist Church Missionary Baptist
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. I 5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

Order of Services Order of Sen
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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Order of Services
Sunday Sthoul 9 15 am
Waritip II am
Bible Sudy Thuivdoa 7 30 p m
Youth Mnni ry
Man Wed pm

Liberty City Church
of Christ *
1263 NW. 67th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Moining 8 a m
Sudo, ihool 10 a m
Sunday venimag b pin
Mon Eiolleance 1730 p m
lue Bible (la~n 130pm
S Thurs i|ellowhip 10 o m

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Temple Missionary St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue 1470 N.W. 87th Street

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

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

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

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

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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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

Order of Services
6iy'4 Vurl iWo, ship 130 om
I SundaS hooa 30amrn
Sound y Mo,, ung, Wrl, p lHnam
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services
Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p in
SWednesday General Bible ShJdy 7-30 p m
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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
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Sunday Wonp S mrvd 10 a n
M4uWeek Sirii tdWeinidai,
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1Rpm 1 pm
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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N. 23rd Avenue

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

Order of Svrvico;
Hour of Piayer 6-30 u.m Early Morning Wortshp 7 10 a m
Sunday Sihool 9 30 um Morning Worship II am
Youth Minisry Study, Wed 1 p m Pioyer,'Bible Study, Wed 1 p n
Naonday Altar Proyer (M P)
Feeding the Hungry very Wednesday 1 am I pm
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
* 2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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Logos Baptist Church
16305 N.W. 48th Avenue

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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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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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Hadley Davis
cial worker, died
November 15
at Mount Sinai
Medical Center.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at Jor- ."
dan Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist Y, .: .

student, died
November 14.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at An-
tioch Missionary
Baptist Church.

TAVARIS FAIR, 25, laborer, died
November 15.
Service 3:30
p.m., Saturday .-
in the Chapel.

KEITH L. EDMOND, 37, laborer,
died November
16. Service 10
am., Saturday
in the Chapel.

er, died Novem-
ber 16 at Mount
Sinai Medical
Center. Service -
1 p.m., Saturday
at greater Mount

CELIUS JEAN, 71, custodian,
died November
18 at Jackson
Memorial Hos- ---MP"
pital. Viewing 4
p.m. To 8 p.m.,
Friday Decem-
ber 3.

U.S. Government exterminator,
died November 11, at home. Ser-
vice was held.

jockey, died November 15. Service

was held.

Strong and Jones
MAMIE WILLIAMS. Survivors in-
clude: son, Rev.
Joseph F. Wil- ,
liams, Service ; .
11 a.m., Satur- '
day at Pineland -. -
Missionary Bap- "
tist Church in ,
Madison, FL.

DOROTHY Y. PUGH, 68, retired,
died Novem-
ber 18. Service
noon, Friday at
New Genera-
tion, 940 Caliph ,
Street, Opa- ,. 1 .

EDWARD ROLLE, JR., 79, re-
tired Bell South
employee, died r'
November 16
at Kindred Hos- -.
pital. Viewing W-
1-6 p.m., Friday
at Richardson
Mortuary. Me- *.
moral 7-9 p.m., .--'
Friday at St Luke MBC. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at St Luke MBC.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
aka "WORM",
63, roofer, died
November 21 at ,;
Aventura Hos-
pital. Service
10 a.m., Sat-
urday at Chris-
tian Restoration
Ministries Inter-
national, 19255 NE 3 Avenue.

In Memorlam

In loving memory of,



01/22/79 11/25/09

It's been one year since
you've been gone.
We thank God for the time
we had together.
We love you and we miss

Your loving,
Mother, dad, brothers, Pat-
Manker rick, Lewis, Eric, Michael

86, pastor, died
November 18 at
home. Service '
was held. "'

supervisor, died November 15 at
home. Service was held.

senior compan-
ion, died No-
vember 21 at
Jackson Hos- 1, n
pital. Service 2 y
p.m., Saturday
at St. James
AME Church.

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and Jamie; sisters, Holly and
Hope; and other family mem-

In Memoriam

12/17/82 11/27/09

It's been a year, but seems
like it was just yesterday.
Truly missed, never forgot-
Love always,
Mom, dad, sisters, brothers
and other family members.

Card of Thanks

Happy Birthday Happy Thanksgiving

In loving memory of,


would like to express our
sincere appreciation to all
who shared in her heavenly
journey. Words cannot ad-
equately convey our gratitude
for your prayers, donations,
plants, food, and visits.
Special thanks to Rev.
Douglas Cook, Senior Pastor
of Jordan Grove M.B. Church
and his outstanding mem-
bership for making a difficult
time bearable.
We appreciate his assis-
tance in guiding us with the
program as well as the repast.
Further we thank Rev.
Richard P. Dunn of Faith
M.B. Church and thank
member of Zeta Phi Beta So-
rority Inc., the city of Miami,
Norland and Parkway Middle
Schools, Eastern Airlines Re-
tiree Associations, Bible Bap-
tist Church members, Greater
MT. Canaan M.B. Church of
Augusta, GA program partici-
pants, neighbors and friends
for your caring and sharing
during this difficult time.
Please Know that we love
and appreciate all of youl
The Family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

08/14/72 11/23/02

Eights years ago, God
called home this son, broth-
er, grandson, uncle, nephew,
cousin and friend.
You are sorely missed by
your mother, Mamie Isaacs;
brother, Vah Isaacs; grand-
mother, Dessie Butts; aunts,
Runnette Butts and Gleniese
Toutant; and cousin, Willie

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


Its been one year; as we
think back to all the joy-
ous times shared together it
brings tears.
Just to let you know we love
you as you loved us with a
heart so dear.
The family


Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday to you. Hap-
py birthday, Jamaal. Happy
birthday to .you.
Love always,
The Gainer's Family

Happy Thanksgiving

In loving memory of,

04/27/69 11/14/06

You were an angel sent from
Loved by mom, dad, kids,
brother, sister and cousins,
We miss you.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

aka AJ
11/26/35 02113/05

There has not been a day
that goes by that our hearts
don't weep and our eyes don't
You left us so suddenly.
We didn't get a chance to
say goodbye, even though you
have traveled home to regain
your throne our life is dull
since you've been gone.
Until we meet again in our
heavenly home.
We love you,
Your wife, children and


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In this season of thanks-
giving, we indeed have so
much to be thankful for. Our
dear mother loved us, sus-
tained us, counseled us and
encouraged us all of our lives.
She was the "glue", the one
that kept the family together.
She was the best of us and
we are forever blessed by her
love and grace. As our beau-
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around the Almighty's throne,
she goes with our eternal love.
She was preceded in death
by her loving husband of 40
years, Mr. Romie Usry.
She leaves to cherish her
memories; children, Stevie
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mie Jr. Shonda, and Patrick
Usry. She was a loving grand-
mother to: Anthony Cole-
man, Shakuanda Usry Holt
(Terrell), Tenoqua Freeman,
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and D'Shawn Coleman, Reign
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Smith, and Eric Page. She will
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nephews, sorrowing relatives,
friends, and a special niece
Mrs. Sara Williams. Her ex-
tended family included Ms.
Lynnie Gray, Kevin Tillman
and Raymond Smith.
During our time of bereave-
ment our family and friends
were truly a blessing. God
knew what we needed most
and he called on your kind
heart. You answered; you
stood with us during our
darkest hour. We thank you
and ask God's continued
blessings for you.
In our prayers are fam-
ily and friends who traveled
from Glennville and Atlanta
GA, Gulfport MS, Fresno CA,
Columbia SC; Grace Funeral
Home staff, members of Mt.
Calvary M.B. Church Usher
Board number one and co-
workers from Miami-Dade
County Fire Dept.
A very special heartfelt ap-
preciation to Rev. Robert Mc-
The Usry Family

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

11/25/20 03/23/05

There is not a day that goes
by that I don't think of you.
Five years later and nothing
has changed. I'm still loving
and missing you like crazy.
Mom, we were inseparable.
I can't help but feel so blessed
and thankful for having had
you in my life.
Love, Trish and family.



Black museum

founder, dies

A founder of one of the old-
est Black history museums
in the country has died.
A spokesman for the
DuSable Museum of African

History in
W a r d,
says Mar-
garet Bur-
died in her
sleep at
her Chi-
cago home



morning at age 93.
Further details were not
immediately available.
President Barack Obama
said in a statement that
Burroughs was "widely ad-
mired for her contributions
to American culture as an
esteemed artist, historian,
educator, and mentor."
Burroughs founded the
museum with her husband
and others on Chicago's
South Side in 1961.
The museum has pieces of
art, exhibits on civil rights,
and a display on Chicago's
first Black mayor, Harold
Washington. It was named
after Jean Baptiste Point du
Sable, widely regarded as
Chicago's first permanent

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Susan Fales-Hill Josephine Premice






embraces her

bi-racial heritage

By D. Kevin McNeir
Susan Fales-Hill, 48, is an award-wining televi-
sion writer/producer who has used her comedic wit
for such iconic shows as "The Cosby Show" and "A
Different World." But she is also a multi-racial, sister
who was born in Rome, attended school in France
and grew up in the company of some of the Black
America's most celebrated divas: Eartha Kitt, Dianne
Carol, Maya Angelou and Lena Horne. Of course as
the daughter of the elegant, Tony-nominated Broadway
star Josephine Premice, and with such "diva god-
mothers" in her life, it is no wonder she has become a
woman of grace and glamour in her own right.
Now in Miami to discuss her second book, One
Flight Up, as part of the Miami Book Fair Internation-
al, Fales-Hill spent some time with The Miami Times
to talk about the lessons learned from her mother, her
writing career and her amazing life.
"My most lasting memory of my mother is that to her
last breath [Premice died of emphysema in April 2001],
she was a fighter and always wore makeup," Fales-Hill
said. "She taught me that if you can find joy and hu-
mor, even in your darkest hour, nothing can vanquish
you. And she had an amazing capacity for love, joy
an6a gratitude even the face of a lot of unfair that she
was forced to endure during her life."
Fales-Hill uses her memories of life among the New
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By Elizabeth Wellington
You would certainly expect Black and white
women to shop at the same stores, luxuriate in
the same spas, even frequent the same makeup
counters. And more than five decades after
Rosa Parks held on to her bus seat, they do.
But there is one beauty barrier that has never
been breached: hair salons.
All things being equal, women's hair was not.
Because no one, according to the convention-
al wisdom, could style a Black woman's hair
except another Black, salons have remained
the only institutions more segregated than
church on Sunday mornings. It's a well-known
scene: Black women gather at their beauty
parlors for everything from straightening to
But this last bastion of separation may be


By Bridget Bland
Jill Scott has had a busy year appearing in the #1
box office film 'Why Did I Get Married Too' and also
giving a noteworthy guest performance on 'Law &
Order: SVU.'
But, the Grammy Award-winning singer/actress still
finds time to give back to her hometown of Philadel-
On Dec. 4, Scott will head to Philly to host the
second Blues Babe Foundation Fundraiser and Silent
Auction to benefit her non-profit organization of the
same name.
"Blues Babe has been a blessing in my life and hav-
ing the means to give back, empower students and
communities is an experience like no other," Scott
said of the organization.
The event, which will be held at Material Culture,
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going the way of the hot comb. Pushed by a re-
cession-driven shakeout and shifting trends in
hair care, the walls are starting to come down.
This new take on diversity is no small thing.
Black women have gone to self-segregated sa-
lons not just to get their hair coifed, but to feel
positive and safe during their experience.
(There's a reason the latest YouTube sensa-
tion of a brown Sesame Street puppet singing
"I Love my Hair' has legions of black women
But the change to color-blind beauty havens
hasn't been a planned one. Salons have been
forced to adapt after the sputtering economy
closed hundreds of Black salons nationwide
and stylists and business owners had to find
jobs in mainstream salons.
"Black salons suffered a lot during the last
couple of years due to the troubled economy,"
said Geri Duncan Jones, executive director of
the American Health and Beauty Aids Insti-
tute, a Chicago-based national trade associa-
tion that represents the ethnic beauty indus-
try. "There has also been decreased business
due to drastic changes in hairstyle trends as
more Black women opt for virgin hair weaves,
braids, natural hair and wigs."
These lifestyle changes forgoing chemical
processes or wearing weaves and lace-front
wigs mean that black salons no longer cor-
ner the market in black hair care.
Yet even with the decrease in needed mainte-
nance, Black women tend to be more regiment-
ed about their hair care: While the most par-
ticular white woman may visit her hair stylist
every six weeks, most Black women go
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Recently at Brownsville
Bapust Church, Warrick
Dixon and Charmesia Wright
joined together as one forever,
as husband and wife and what
God put together will stay
The ceremony was held
at 4 p.m. with Rev. Andrew
Lloyd of Brownsville Baptist
Church officiating, where
the newlyweds are devout
members. The beautiful bride
is the daughter of Stephanie
Cooper and Charlie Wright
of Miami. The groom is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Warrick
Dunn of Miami. It was indeed
a beautiful ceremony where
family members, guests,
and friends attended the
celebration in this moment
of heart, romance and love
as God united them on this
special day.
Others in the wedding party
included Ernest Ried, best
man; Jaysa Pwasey, matron
of honor; Yvonne Watts, maid
of honor; Charmika Wright,
Aashay Glasgow, Symon
Gooding and Marvelous
Woodern, bridesmaids.
Groomsmen included Taj
Berry, Bruce Shiver, Stephon
Edward, Selvin Dawkins and
Eric Proctor. The beautiful
flower girls were the children
of the bride and groom: Zahira
Quadir and Jazmine Dixon;
ring bearer was Daricous
Hadley, Jr. and Tyle-Yunique
Anderson, announcer.
Kudos go out to Pamela V.
Smith, wedding coordinator

and designer of .-
the reception and -
stationery, as
well as Charlene .. Ai
Curry who sang
"The Lord's Prayer"
accompanied by Michael
Emmanuel and Dorell Terry.
Immediately following
the announcing of Mr. and
Mrs. Warrick Dixon, they
led the entourage to a white
Rolls Royce for the bride and
groom and two-22-passenger
Escalades headed for the
Roman Place Ballroom
in Hialeah. The room
was elegantly and
stately decorated with
table floral pieces
three feel high with
lilies and ivy flowing
from each vase. Each
guest was present
with their engraved RE
frame name plate by
the hostess/ushers: Robert
Cooper, Brenda Cauley,
Cassandra Perkins, Sylvia
and Dwight Perkins.
The guests plates were
served with hors d'oeuvres,
flowing champagne, bar
drinks, entertainment by
Emmanuel and Terry, and a
five-star dinner served by the
waiters and waitresses.
Others in attendance
included: Dorothy Perkins
Cooper, grandmother; Annie
H. Ross, Regina Perkins,
Vivilora P. Smith, Cheryl
Grubbs, Berma Johnson,
Walter Dixon, Jr. and family
members from Clewiston,

such as Bruce Shivers,
Shirlene Hermon and a host
of others.


^By r icadStepabfiftfeK


Dr. Lorraine F. Strachan
spent several days at North
Shore Hospital,
recently, and those
days in the hospital _.
allowed her to have
several tests.
Thanks to Dr.
Moses 0. Alade, a
Nigerian physician, Dr.
Frank Kaplan, heart
specialist, Danier Sh
Martin, technician;
Windy Caltellanos,
Velina Desire, Jamie, Donna,
Rita and the team that is
visiting the home.
**************** *
Director Joyce Reid
of Revelation Christian
Academy, provided
,'i the' community with
its Fourth Annual
Bazaar on the site
of the newly painted
school which included
EID decorated balloons,
tables, vendors and
a host of children
enjoying every moment of it.
Reid was surrounded by her
board of 18 years, such as
Wayne McDuffie, chairman;
Johnny Day, vice-chair;
Marie Coltrain, secretary;
Mario Talley, Adania Brown
and Michell Maxwell.
Vendors included Avon
Product, Gwen Foxx,
Emmanuel, skin cream, face
painting for the kids, Zawadi
and other signs painted by
the children. Food was served
consisting of turkey, chicken,
green beans, potato pie,
stuffing, while some of the 50
children included Michael,
Shaniece, Regina, Makacia,

Hearty congratulations
to our beloved Saint Agnes
Episcopal Church. We
held our Annual Seasonal
Calendar Tea on Sunday,
Nov. 14, the natal day of our
beloved priest Fr. Richard L.
M. Barry. This year winners:
1st place (The Fall Months)
Constance Blackman,
September; Mary Robbins,
October; Gail Sturrup,
November; 2nd place (The
Winter Months) Carolyn
Spicer Mond, December;
Shree Wheeler, January;
Shirley Clark, February; 3rd
place (The Summer Months)

Robin Moncur,
July; Davery
Smith, August
and Anna Pratt. "'.
Vennda-Rei Harris Gibson is
the president of the Episcopal
Church Women.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
sorors everywhere are
saddened to learn of our 18th
National President demise.
Soror Hortense Golden
Canady, 83, recently died
of an apparent heart attack
at her home in Lansing,
Michigan. She served our
sorority from 1983-1988
and focused on the needs of

women and children during
her tenure.
Not the largest but the best!
Heard you are NOT wearing
band uniforms and only
about 40 students are in our
band. What is the problem
BTW? Hope there is no
problem and more students
will join next school year.
Wedding Anniversary
greetings go out to William
C. and Cathy Wanza, their
33rd on Nov. 19; Alfred R.
and Edith Barr, their 39th
on Nov. 20.
Get well wishes goes out
to: Naomi Allen-Adams,
Lemuel Moncur I, Louise
H. Cleare, Deloris Bethel-
Reynolds, Joyce Gibson-
Johnson, Sadie Barry,
Inez Johnson, Frances
Brown, Ida Engram,

Dollie Kelly, Beryl Roker,
Emma Sweeting, Joyce M.
Hepburn, Jessie Stinson,
Deloris J. McCartney and
all of the sick and shut-ins.
Patricia Jennings-
Braynon and her daughter
Jina Marie Braynon
returned home after a few
days in Jamaica enjoying the
beautiful island and beaches.
All roads led to Orlando
last weekend to see Bethune-
Cookman Wildcats battle the
Florida A&M Rattlers.
It was last year when
everyone was headed to the
football game in Orlando
when Roslyn J. Bethel got
sick at the Fort Pierce Plaza
and had to be hospitalized
there. Your friends miss
you Roslyn! May you rest in
peace and rise in glory

R&B singer to host non-profit fundraiser

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will benefit Camp Jill Scott,
Blues Babe Music in the Class-
room and the Blues Babe
Scholarship Fund. An exclu-
sive line of t-shirt, journals,
and bags called 'Indigo' will be
sold at the event to benefit the
foundation and the 'Golden'
singer will also perform a spe-
cial acoustic set. This year's

fundraiser seeks to provide
music in the classroom for
over one thousand students in
Named in honor of Scott's
grandmother, the Blues Babe
Foundation launched in 2002
to assist students in under-
served communities by pro-
viding programs that promote
leadership and academic ex-
The foundation joiried forces

with El Entertainment to con-
struct a computer lab for Thom-
as Pierce Elementary School
and has awarded scholarships
to graduating students from
Camden Creative Arts High
School class of 2003 and 2004
and continues to fund several
community-based, non-profit
organizations geared toward
improving the lives of youth
such as The Enterprise Cen-
ter, 'Sisters Sanctuary, Mom's

Night Out and PhatBack Ath-
Blues Babe donated over
$100 thousand to the renova-
tion of the Cecil B. Moore Rec-
reation Center and has allowed
over one hundred young people
the opportunity to attend Camp
Jill Scott at no cost.
As previously reported, Jill
Scott is currently recording her
fourth studio album, 'The Light
of the Sun.'

Community 's Black Harvard alum open arms to Fales-Hill

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York City's high society, weav-
ing a "chick-lit" novel that fea-
tures four long-time girlfriends
who first met in a prestigious
all-girls school on Manhattan's
East Side and are now adults
- living in a seemingly per-
fect world of charitable galas,
breathtaking homes and wear-
ing clothes only seen in the
pages of Vogue. But when the
veil is lifted, the view is far more
"The book is about the evolu-
tion of four childhood friends
and takes a look at the various
social echelons in New York City
and how they intersect," Fales-
Hill said. "Even before the elec-
tion of President Obama, there
was considerable interaction
between Blacks and whites at

the upper level of the
business and social
world. But his elec-
tion sealed the deal
and I wanted to cap-
ture that moment.
The real twist to the
story, however, is that
these women are the
philanderers in their
marriages they
are women behaving


Fales-Hill novel in many ways
is an extension of her own up-
bringing and the legacy that
was passed down to her from
her mother. And because of Pre-
mice's influence and beliefs, the
author strongly believes that
women can not only be beauti-
ful but intellectually astute.

"I grew up in
the company of
the original divas
- Lena, Dianne
and Eartha -
and the cardinal
lesson I learned
from them and
my mother was to
embrace my femi-
ninity as part of
my strength," she
said. "In American

culture, glamour
and intelligence are viewed as
antithetical. That's not who I
was raised to be. My mother and
Eartha Kitt were roommates in
Paris for awhile and the image
that Eartha presented was em-
powering. She was always read-
ing and she was sexy. She and
my mother were feminists be-
fore women began to burn their

Now Fales-Hill, who is mar-
ried and has a seven-year-old
daughter, hopes to pass on as
much as she can to the next
"I entered Harvard 30 years
ago and remember always be-
ing put down because I was
multi-racial and from a fam-
ily that was financially well-off
and people used to say I was
an 'incognegro,'" she said with
a laugh. "I want my daughter
to know that she comes from
a long line of amazing women
on both sides of heritage. But
more than that, I don't want
her to fall into the trap of try-
ing to be "authentically" Black.
We are among the most diverse
people on the planet and like
my mother showed me, while we
can control how others see us,
we can control how we present
and see ourselves."

Malcolm-Jamal Warner doing

'Community' service on hit show

By Karu F. Daniels

It's been almost 20 years since
Malcolm-Jamal Warner starred
on a hit Thursday night NBC
show. But that's soon to change
when the former 'Cosby Show'
star takes on a guest role on
the network's hilarious comedy
The Jersey City native will play
Andre, the ex-husband of Shir-
ley Bennett a recently divorced
mother attending college for the
first time.
According to Entertainment
Weekly magazine, Warner began WARNER
work recently on the single-cam-
era show that also stars Joel McHale, Donald Glover and
Chevy Chase.
Ironically Shirley is played by actress Yvette Nicole
Brown, who is best friends with 'View' co-host Sherri Shep-
herd. Warner portrayed Shepherd's cheating ex-husband
on her eponymous Lifetime network sitcom last year.
Playing Theo Huxtable, the sole son of Bill Cosby's Heath-
cliff Huxtable for eight years on 'The Cosby Show,' paved a
great way for Warner on television. His other TV credits
include 'Malcolm & Eddie,' 'Dexter' and 'The Cleaner.'

Beyonce returns to ABC with new

concert special this Thanksgiving

By Bridget Bland

It seems like Thanksgiving is starting
to become an annual Beyonc6 Knowles
night of entertainment as the pop star re- f {i
turns for her second Thanksgiving night .
special. The new 90-minute special called
'Beyonc6 I Am...World Tour' pieces togeth-
er performances from the singer's most '
recent 32-country, 6-continent world tour
Cameras followed the 16-time Grammy BEYONCE
Award-winner from March 2009 through
Feb. 2010 as she traveled the world to places like China,
Africa, Australia and Abu Dhabi. Viewers will get an in-
side look at the work behind the over-the-top production,
including creative choreography, backstage moments, cos-
tume creation, not to mention dynamic performances of
her biggest hits.
Unlike last year's 'I Am...Yours: An Intimate Performance
at Wynn Las Vegas' this time around, the 'Single Ladies'
diva took a step behind the camera and produced, directed
and edited both the special and a full-length theatrical film
of her tour for her own Parkwood Pictures film company.
Beyonc6's husband, Jay-Z and Kanye West also turn up
in the concert special.
And, the day after the special airs (Nov. 26) the DVD of 'I
Am...World Tour' will be available exclusively through Wal-
A deluxe edition of the 'I Am...World Tour,' including the
concert DVD, a live audio CD, an exclusive documentary
and a 40-page four-color booklet--will be available Nov. 30.
'Beyonce I Am...World Tour' will premiere on Nov. 25 at
9:30 p.m. on ABC.

Naheem and Ilhaam. Now,
Reid is planning for number
five for 2011.

It was a pleasant day with no
clouds in the sky when Damien
Solomon Donald
Harvey celebrated
his first birthday,
FS. last Saturday, with
-._ more than 100 family
-" members and friends
at Arcola Lakes
Park. Maternal and
Paternal grandparents
MITH prepared the grill
and served BBQ ribs,
chicken, baked beans,
meat balls, pigeon peas and
rice, mac and cheese and
assorted sodas.
In addition, the boom box
provided the music for the
adults, while the children
kept themselves busy in the
Bounce House, as well as
playing a game of tag football
on the ground near by. Some-
of the people in attendance
were Mia Jones, Solomon
Ivy, Floyd Benson, Keith
Jones, Pearl Harvey, Donald
Harvey, Latrice Ivy, Craig
Harvey and aunts Candice
Benson, Flakia Benson,
Marleon Collins, Lola
Summner, Gisele Levinson,
Charolette Jones, Atava,
Katrinka, Teddy and
Karen Ford, a headliner
soloist at Ebenezer UMC.
I Some of Damien friends
were: Dorion, Khalil, Jordan,
Campton, DeMari, lanna,
Ahaniya, Jave, Jai,' Yaea
Evans and Keisha Williams'
baby Jade. Keisha graduated
from Florida A&M University
two years ago and started
teaching in Tallahassee and
recently, relocated back to
Miami after her mother Jill

Pat Bryant, Odessa Pinder
and Bethenia Bullard,
respectively, while the
veterans stood at attention:
Alfred Allen, JoAnn
Brookins, Henry Burdon,
Charles Dunbar, Alfonso
Glenn, Walter Johnson, Felix
Hayden, George McCrea,
William Moss, Maxie Sands,
Maurice E. Smith, Richard
B. Strachan, Tim Strachan,
Richard Strachan, Sr.,
Willie Taylor, Elbert Vereen,
Samuel Williams and Samuel
Other parts of the program
included David Clark, the
Choraliers led by Valarie
Thomas, Minister Allen who
spoke of "The Victory is Ours,"
and closing remarks by Rev.
Dr. Joreatha Capters, senior
pastor and Rev. Purnell A.
Moody, while the veterans
had patriotic ribbons pinned
on their chests by the ushers.

According to David Smith,
overseer for the Fifth Annual
HIV/AIDS Gospel Concert will
be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at
Ebenezer United Methodist
Church, beginning promptly
at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds will
go toward the Health and
Wellness Ministry headed by
Dr. Pamela Hall-Green.
Headliners will include choirs
from Mt. Pleasant UMC, Mt.
Hermon AME, Keer Memorial
UMC, Steven English and
others. Smith lost a dear
friend with HIV/AIDS and
vowed to use his God-given
talent to raise monies towards
helping prevent the disease
from taking new lives. He has
been successfully thus far and
will continue to do as long as
he shall live. Lets support this
worthwhile cause.

Bethel's death. It was a
pleasure chatting with her
and to find out that she is
doing fine.

Veteran (Naval Officer)
Marye Johnson was given
the opportunity to address
a capacity-filled church to
pay tribute to the service
and sacrifice of Veterans,
the men and women who, in
defense of out freedom have
bravely worn the uniform of
the United States of America.
From the fields and forests
of war-torn Europe to the
jungles of Southeast Asia,
from the deserts of Iraq to the
mountains of Afghanistan,
brave patriots have protected
our nation's ideals, rescued
millions from tyranny, and.
helped spread freedom
around the globe.
In addition to the salute
to the service men, acappell
singing of "God Bless
America," "America the
Beautiful" and "My Country
Tis of Thee" were done by

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By Tonya Pendleton

Natalie Cole is known for her
fabulous voice and her famous
father, the legendary Nat King
Cole. But the singer is now
known for something she never
thought she'd ever have to face
- she's a survivor of kidney dis-
ease. In her new book, "Love
Brought Me Back: A Journey
of Loss and Gain," Cole details
just one part of her amazing
life story: Her battle with kid-
ney disease and how she, her
sister and another two sisters
came together in an incredible
journey: -oAw<
Cole, now 60, was diagnosed
with Hepatitis C in 2008. Her
doctors suspected that it may
have come from Cole's heroin
addiction some 25 years ear-

lier. Cole endured treatment for
Hepatitis C, but ultimately de-
veloped kidney disease. Unfor-
tunately, the medication that
helped her liver destroyed her
kidneys and necessitated a kid-
ney transplant.
During this difficult period,
Natalie's adopted sister, Carole,
was dying of cancer. Amazing-
ly, her kidney transplant took
place on the same day that her
sister died and the kidney she
received came from a woman
whose own sister was devastat-
ed by loss.
In her book, Cole talks about
her influences and her loved
ones from her father to lu-
minaries like Sammy Davis,
Jr., Frank Sinatra and Sarah
Vaughn, who influenced her
music. Cole was already an

R&B star due to her hit albums,
but in 1991, she had her great-
est success with by "dueting"
with her late father on "Unfor-
gettable. . With Love." The al-
bum won six Grammy Awards
and sold 14 million copies cata-
pulting Cole to worldwide ac-
Yet, with all her success,
Cole had her struggles with
men (she married three times)
and drugs as detailed in her
2000 autobiography, "Angel On
My Shoulder." For a time, her
mother, with whom she has
had a strained relationship, as-
'sumed custody of her son, Rob-
bie. Cole eventually went into
and completed rehab, but the
damage was done, and in 2009,
she needed a kidney transplant
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Rihanna, living out 'Loud'

The pop/R&B superstar gets naughty on 'Loud,'
which lets you know exactly what you're in for on
opening track 'S&M.'
Rihanna is a good girl who went bad a couple of
albums ago, and she keeps getting naughtier all the
time. Loud's pulsating opener, S&M, makes it clear
from the jump where she's headed as she acknowl-
edges that "chains and whips excite me." She never
retreats from that sexually aggressive tone as she i ,
shakes off the dark cloud of domestic violence that
veiled 2009's Rated R. On her fifth album in five
years, she is on a freaky, flirty, fun trip. The edgy i
music, which leans heavily toward dance and island
sounds, fits well with her less than blissful romantic
romps. On more than one occasion, she makes it clear
that she likes her men complicated and that they can "'
expect her to be the same.
Eminem puts in a cameo on Love the Way You Lie '
(Part II), which extends, but doesn't really add, to
their earlier hit about a tortured relationship from
his Recovery album. Better is Raining Men, a duet
with Nicki Minaj on which busters feel the blast of
the vamps' ire. Rihanna is not only loud, but full of

Cirque to take Michael Jackson on national tour

By Ryan Pearson

du Soleil is taking Neverland
Ranch on the road.
The first of the acrobatic
troupe's two planned Michael
Jackson shows will be set in a
stylized version of the singer's
famed Southern California
home, according to Jamie King,
writer and director of what
Cirque is billing as "Michael
World Tour."
"It is really about a central
character or characters who
get transported into this world
of Neverland where they learn
everything there is to know
about Michael," said King, who
has directed concert tours for
Madonna, Rihanna and Celine
The tour will kick off in Mon-
treal next October and hit 30
cities including New York, Mi-
ami, Philadelphia, Los Angeles
and Las Vegas. John Branca,

Michael Jackson
co-executor of Jackson's estate,
said that depending on fan re-
sponse, it could be extended
beyond its planned end in the
summer of 2012 and travel out-
side of North America.
Excerpts from Jackson's mu-
sic videos and extended scenes
from last year's "This Is It" doc-
umentary will be part of the
90-minute show, but no per-

former will represent Jackson
"Michael Jackson is through-
out the entire show, but in no
way am I going to use a stand-
in," King said, adding that
songs would include hits from
"Thriller" to "Smooth Crimi-
nal," as well as new remixes
like those made for Cirque's
Beatles show, "Love."
"Immortal" will also feature
as-yet-unreleased songs .that
Jackson had finished before his
death last year, including some
from an album that the singer's
estate hopes will go on sale by
Christmas, Branca said.
Concept art for the set promi-
nently features a massive tree,
which represents a favorite oak
that sat outside Jackson's Nev-
erland bedroom, King said. The
singer nicknamed it the Giving
Tree and had a perch built atop
it where he wrote music and
sometimes slept.
"It made sense that that would
Please turn to CIRQUE 6C

There's life after Usher:

Ji Tameka receives fashion award

NBC cancels

Boris Kodjoe

spy series,


By Wilson Morales

After initially reporting a
few weeks back that the Bo-
ris Kodjoe spy series, 'Un-
dercovers,' was on the verge
of cancellation, NBC official-
ly pulled the plug on Nov. 4
after the show consistently
produced dismal ratings.
Its recent airing brought
out a 1.3 rating in the 18-49
age demo. While the show is
still filming its 12th episode,
NBC will not commit to any-
thing past its original 13-ep-
isode order.

Boris Kodjoe
Produced by J.J. Abrams,
the show made headlines
as it featured two Black ac-
tors (Boris Kodjoe & Guba
Mbatha-Raw) as the leads.
From the initial start, 'Un-
dercovers' never got off the
ground running as its first
episode generated a 2.0/6
share, with less than 10 mil-
lion viewers watching.
While other NBC fresh-
man shows, such as the
Blair Underwood series, 'The
Event,' were given a full sea-
son commitment, the best
'Undercovers' could get was
an order for four additional
Its last committed episode
will air on Dec. 1.
It's the second series on
NBC to be given the boot,
following last month's can-
cellation of the Jimmy Smits
legal drama 'Outlaw.'
On his Twitter account,
Kodjoe thanks his fans for
their support.
"Hey fam. I'm sad and
disappointed. I wish they'd
given us a chance to find our
place. I love the show and I
love you all for your support.
Now I gotta find a job. Let
me know if you hear of any

Man, people believed that Tameka Raymond was purely
a g,:ld digger v. hen she married Usher, not realizing that
she ',' as actULall his stylist when they met meaning she
had Il-: r ,:, n career. While it's true that their marriage was
tumultuous and Tameka did "married up," this does not
ta ke a i.a', from the fact that she had a career in her own
right %a', before she met Usher. Plus, the fact remains
that her career continued even after she left the
limelight. Tameka has not only been a success-
fIul stylist; she also owns two stores, Estella
i. i arid Estella Home and runs them on her own.
For these contributions to fashion and more,
Tameka Raymond was. recently awarded a
Lifetime achievement award by the Art Insti-
tute of Atlanta.
Before she began styling for celebrities,
:S Tameka attended Fashion Institute of De-
sign and Merchandising and went on to
work in buying offices.
.^ Tameka Raymond has received a lot of
S" mixed press about her relationship with
Usher, but this new news helps me to see
her in a different light. Very often when a wom-
an marries a successful man, she is judged purely
by ho,. well she performs according to public ex-
pectations. We forget that the woman has goals,
d rea ms and talents of her own. For Tameka Ray-
Smonrd, her dreams of pursuing a career in fash-
ion and design were fulfilled through her own
efforts, even if her marriage to Usher eclipsed
her accomplishments. It's great that she is re-
ceiving some public recognition for reaching
her goals, even though her marriage to Usher
is over and that she continues to contribute
to society through her charity. This shows
that she has her own public standing as a
businesswoman, even without a super-fa-
mous husband.

Devart S.ving, former member ol R.-i.B group Joder:, was arrested last weekend
for drunken behavior at a, Caii., Subway restaurant.
Swing, whose real name is Donald DeGrate Jr., was unruly at the populagreat-
ery chain. Reportedly, .'e vas brumprin inrito 'ables, felling on the lloor, knocking over
chairs and being a general nuisance. Patrons wire annoyed t.y the singer's display,
and one of them alerted police to Swing's dru ean anti ..
When police arrived on the scene, they arrested the -li.-year-cld and tpok hifn)to
a local jail to sober up. He was released hours later and :-'t charged with a crirre.
The '90s-era group Jodeci was formed by Swing. The members consisted of two
sets of brothers: Swing and his sibling, Dalvin DeGrate, and Cedric "K-Ci" and Joel
'"Jo-Jo" Hailey. Jodeci went on to achieve much success with an impressive number
of chart toppers and platinum albums.

The attorney for Marion "Suge" Knight says the rap mogul plans to appeal a judge's
decision that dismissed his lawsuit against Kanye West.
Knight was shot in the leg in 2005 at a Miami Beach party hosted by West and.
Knight blames West for lax security. His lawsuit is seeking more than $1 million in
damages from West.
Knight's attorney, Mark Brumer, said his client was disappointed in the judge's deci-
The shooter has never been identified.
The judge concluded there's no evidence that a shooting at the party was foresee-
West's attorney, Adam Josephs, said the lawsuit was ill-conceived from the begin-

Basketball star Lamar Odom has finally settled a lawsuit filed against him, with a
woman who accused the athlete of causing a car crash in 2007. He offered a settle-
ment for the suit filed against him last year.
Kathleen Colimitras claimed she suffered long term injuries as a result of the crash
and was "disabled from her normal duties and will be so disabled in the future."
An L.A. County Superior Court judge dismissed the suit as Odom agreed to an un-
disclosed amount.
But that's not all for the athlete. He is currently battling it out for child custody with
his children's mother, Liza Morales. Odom wants a judge to make a "parental access
schedule" and set "reasonable child support" for his daughter, Destiny, 12, and son,
L.J., 9, who live with their mother in Manhattan.

A Las Vegas court has ordered boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to stay away from his
former girlfriend and their two sons after prosecutors say he hit her and threatened
to beat his children if they called 911.
Mayweather skipped a recent hearing before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Diana
Sullivan on eight misdemeanor and felony charges. Sullivan gave Mayweather a week
to pay $31,000 in bail.
Authorities allege Mayweather took mobile phones belonging to Josie Harris and
their sons following the Sept. 9 dispute.
Mayweather faces charges of felony coercion, grand larceny and robbery, and mis-
demeanor domestic battery and harassment.
He could face up to 34 years in prison if convicted on all charges. He is due back
in court Jan. 24.

Ne-Yo welcomes a baby girl

By Soraya Roberts

It's a girl for R&B superstar Ne-Yo and his ac-
tress girlfriend Monyetta Shaw!l
The "Beautiful Monster" singer welcomed his
first child, whom they named Madilyn Grace, .. .'-
on Nov. 12 in Atlanta -- nearly six weeks earlier '
than expected.
"She's healthy and happy. Feels like I'm in luv
for the first time," Ne-Yo, 31, tweeted. "Welcoming NEYO
that lil' girl to the world last night defined for me
what 'willing to kill and die for' truly means. My world, my life,
all hers."
The singer was reportedly at a charity event for his Ne-Yo Foun-
dation when he got the call that Shaw went into labor. The Gram-
my nominated singer then rushed to the hospital to be by her side
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fears scaled down in northern
Haiti recently following official
calls for calm but several hun-
dred demonstrators took to'the
streets of the capital to denounce
the government.
Florida health officials, mean-
while, confirmed a case of
cholera in a woman w\ho had
visited Haiti, though they saud
the disease is unlikely to spread
in the U.S.
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'Hope for Haiti's children'

Major shipment of prosthetic limbs for

Haitian children heads to Port-au-Prince

Special to the Miami Times

Project Medishare and Knights
of Columbus sent a large ship-
ment of prosthetic limbs to Port-
au-Prince on Monday, Nov. 8 as
part of their program, "Hope for
Haiti's Children."
An estimated 1,000 children
underwent amputations after
suffering severe injuries in the
earthquake. Project Medishare,
which operates a critical care,
trauma and rehabilitation hos-
pital in Port-au-Prince and clin-
ics in the Central Plateau, is
equipped to fit prostheses and
to provide physical therapy once
patients have been fitted with
the devices. The Knights of Co-
lumbus agreed to underwrite
the cost of both the protheses
and therapy for children who
needed them. The children will
be supplied with up to three
prostheses (as they outgrow
them) and two years of physical
At a news conference held
at the Hialeah facility where
the prosthetic devices were be-
ing prepared for shipment last
week, representatives of the or-
ganizations involved expressed
enthusiasm for the different
that the "Hope for Haiti's Chil-
dren" program will make in the
lives of the child amputees.
Knights of Columbus Su-
preme Secretary Emilio Moure
said, "Bringing the gift of mobil-
ity and independence to these
children is an important invest-
ment in their lives, and through
them, in Haiti's future. Knights
of Columbus, for whom charity
and helping neighbors in need
is a fundamental commitment,

is honored to be able to make
this possible."
Dr. Barth Green, the presi-
dent and co-founder of Project
Medishare, said, "We are grate-
ful to the Knights of Colum-
bus for joining us as a partner
in providing critically needed
medical care and rehabilitation
to the people in Haiti. Their con-
tribution is very generous, and

conference was Dr. Robert,
Gailey, associate professor at
the University of Miarmi Miller
School of Medicine's D)epart-
ment of Physical Therap',. and
Adam Finnieston, chief pros-
thetics officer at Extreme Pros-
thetics, the producer of the
prosthetic devices.
Project Medishare for Hai-
ti was founded in 199-4 b,
Drs. Barth Green and Arthur
Fournier when they assembled
the first team of faculty from the
University of Miami School of
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Some U.S. rebuilding

money finally headed

to Haitian people

By Jonathan M. Katz
S Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti The first portion of U.S.
reconstruction money for Haiti is on its way more than
seven months after it was promised to help the country
rebuild from the Jan. 12 earthquake.
The U.S. government will transfer $120 million -
about one-tenth of the total amount pledged to the
World Bank-run Haiti Reconstruction Fund in the next
few days, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crow-
ley said.
SHaving completed the outlined in the ap-
propriation, we are now moving aggressively to commit
that money to Haiti's reconstruction," Crowley said.
A State Department aide said money destined for the
fund would go toward rubble removal, housing, a par-
tial credit guarantee fund, support for an Inter-Amer-
ican Development Bank education reform plan and
budget support for the Haitian government. The fund's
projects must be endorsed by the reconstruction com-
mission co-chaired by former President Bill Clinton.
The U.S. money will nearly double the current recon-
struction fund, into which eight other countries have
contributed $135 million. It is to arrive almost exactly
10 months after the earthquake destroyed most of Hai-
ti's capital and surrounding areas and killed an esti-
mated 230,000 to 300,000 people.
Crowley told reporters at a recently briefing that the
money had been sent from the State Department to the
Treasury Department for delivery.
The funds are part of a $1.15 billion pledge made
by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the
March 31 U.N. donors conference for Haiti. Pledged for
fiscal year 2010, which ended in September, the money
has faced several delays.
It wasn't until July that Congress appropriated near-
ly the entire amount pledged, $917 million, in a bill
signed by President Barack Obama. But without an au-
thorization bill or an approved spending plan, none of it
could not be released.
The authorization bill was blocked by Sen. Tom Co-
burn of Oklahoma. When his hold was reported by The
Associated Press, the senator's office initially said he
objected to a provision creating a U.S. policy coordina-
tor position that would cost $5 million over five years.
Later he said he objected to a lack of cuts in other pro-
grams to offset the money spent in Haiti. That bill has
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0 Iota Phi Lambda Soror-
ity, Inc. will sponsor the Iota
Gems and Gents Enrichment
Project; a mentoring program
for sixth grade students.
Youth are engaged in various
educational, cultural, and
recreational activities. Please
call 305-688-2383 if you are
interested in having' your
child participate.

Club Nite Planet will be
featuring The Midnight Rider
and his Posse on Saturday,

Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. at 5660
N.W. 7th Avenue. Tickets are
$15 in advance and $20 at the
door. For more info please call
305-751-1237 or 786-285-

M Swarovski Boutique will
be hosting a viewing party at
734 Lincoln Road for the 2010
Rockefeller Center Christmas
Tree Lighting Ceremony on
Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 7-9:30
p.m. The cocktail reception is
free and open to the public.

Commissioner Au-
drey M. Edmondson will be
sponsoring a Small Business
Workshop on Thursday, Dec.
2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the Miami-Dade County
Commission Chambers.

The Miami-Dade Cham-
ber of Commerce is host-
ing their 5th Annual Gala on
Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Hyatt
Regency Downtown Miami.
Please contact Matthew Be-
atty of Sonshine Communica-
tions at 305-948-8063.

Karen Peterson and
Dancers present Buoyant
Dreams on Saturday, Dec.

11 at 4 and 8 p.m. at the By-
ron Carlyle Theater on Miami
Beach. For tickets, call 305-

0 Have you or someone you
know dropped out, or strug-
gling in a traditional high
school. Lifeskills can help you.
For more info, call 305-693-

0 Rendo-Goju-Ryu Karate
Academy will be offering kara-
te lessons at the Liberty Square
Community Center from 5-7
p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days. 305-694-2757.

Women's group looking

for women of color age 40 and
older who are looking for a nice
group of friendly, down to earth
women. The women share their
life experiences, pleasures,
joys, food, passions, ideas and
dreams. 305-934-5122.

The City of Miramar's
Multi-Service Complex is of-
fering karate classes to both
children and adults, from
4-5:30 p.m. on Mondays,
Wednesday and Fridays. 954-

Beta Tau Zeta Royal As-
sociation offers after-school
tutoring for students K-12 on
Monday-Friday. Children will

receive assistance with home-
work, reading, math and com-
puters. Karate classes are also
offered two days a week. The
program. is held at the Zeta
Community Center in Liberty
City. 305-836-7060.

Alpha Gamma Chapter
of Eta Phi Beta Sorority,
Inc., invites you and your 7th
grade son/daughter to attend
the 2010 Parent Orientation
for the Bee-ette and Senord
Preparatory Program, 9-11
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. Please call to confirm
your attendance Ms. Twyla
Miller 305-898-1701.


Erica is a highly accompanied fifth grader. She attends Charles
David Wyche Elementary School where she is an honor roll stu- .,
dent and school safety patrol.
She is a member of the Miami Gardens Express Bantam girl
track team to which she is a State of Florida AAU Qualifier. She .
is also a member of the Young Contemporary Dance Troupe
and Legends Junior Princess Debutante.
Erica's future goals are to attend college and one day be-
come a pediatrician.
The experience of pageantry has been truly rewarding.
She wishes to thank everyone who has supported her
throughout this journey.
She is the daughter of Sharica Culpepper and Erik Mur- / '
phy and the granddaughter of Richard Murphy and Lu- ':
cille Blanding.0

Cities letting clubs play louder and longer

But only.within special

entertainment districts

By Jeff Schweers

much is too much noise?
An increasing number of
U S. cities are trying to an-
swer that'lttestion, as grow-
ing downtown bustling with
night life raise noise to levels
that have some residents ready
to scream.
For more than a year, Mer-
rie Meckley of Melbourne has
been kept awake after mid-
night by the thumping bass
and drums of the live band
across the street at Matt's Cas-
bah, one of the city's more pop-
ular clubs with an outdoor bar,
dining and live music.
"When I can't turn on the TV
to drown out the sound, I call
the police," she said.
. Her complaints, which in the
past earned the club a code vi-
olation, now might fall on deaf
Last month, the Melbourne

Matt's Casbah restaurant in Melbourne, Fla., has been the
source of noise complaints from nearby residents.

City Council created a Down-
town Entertainment Noise
District, which allows clubs
and restaurants along the
main drag to crank it up to
70 decibels until 1:30 a.m., up
from 55 in the adjacent resi-
dential zone.
Many municipalities are
making or considering simi-
lar changes as they try to
keep residents happy without
hurting business in a down

economy. The Detroit sub-
urbs of Royal Oak and Fern-
dale, Mich.; Lake Worth, Fla.;
Mandeville, La. (north of New
Orleans); and Salem, Ore., are
among the most recent to have
either voted on or begun ex-
ploring rules that let bars and
restaurants in entertainment
districts play music louder
and later.
A normal conversation is
around 55-60 decibels, said

Linda Howarth, program
manager for the Dangerous
Decibels program at the Or-
egon Health and Science Uni-
versity in Portland, Ore. A
busy street corner is around
85 decibels, she said, and a
rock concert is around 112
decibels, "the same as a chain
Howarth said physical dam-
age begins at 85 decibels, but
psychological damage and in-
creased stress can result from
prolonged exposure to lower
noise levels.
Albany, N.Y.-based Noise
Free America director and
founder Ted Rueter said what
the cities are doing is a mis-
guided trend that will erode
quality of life for downtown
"City councils are equat-
ing noise with fun and tax
revenue, but are ignoring the
rights of downtown citizens,"
Rueter said. "New urbanism
is great," he said, "but who
wants to live downtown when
they can't get to sleep till 3 in
the morning."

Anger fueled by questions of disease's source

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keepers from Nepal.
The government sent senior
officials to Cap-Haitien, Haiti's
second-largest city, to quell the
rioting in which several people
died. President Rene Preval ap-
pealed for calm concerned that
unrest would spread to the cap-
ital ahead of the Nov. 28 presi-
dential elections.
Protests in Cap-Haitien were
distinctly calmer, though flam-
ing barricades remained and
protesters threw rocks at police
trying to remove them.
Anti-government demonstra-
tors staged a small, relatively
peaceful protest in Port-au-

Prince last Wednesday, march-
ing toward Haiti's collapsed
national palace while tearing
down and burning campaign
posters of Jude Celestin can-
didate of Preval's Unity party
and head of the state-run con-
struction company. Many of the
protesters were recently laid off
by the national telephone and
construction companies.
Some chanted, "Unity equals

Aid workers said the riot-
ing has interfered with efforts
to combat the disease, which
has officially hospitalized more

than 16,700 people. The U.N.
canceled flights carrying three
metric tons of soap along with
medical supplies and personnel
because of violence in Haiti's
The violence against the U.N.
peacekeepers combines wide-
spread resentment against the
foreign mission with suspicions
about the recently arrived Nep-
alese soldiers, whose base had
sanitation problems and was
near the epicenter of the infec-
U.N. officials have declined to
try to determine the source of
the infection, but have refused
to accept responsibility and say
the protests are meant to dis-
rupt the elections.

Amid concerns the infec-
tion could spread beyond Hai-
ti's borders, the Florida De-
partment of Health said last
Wednesday that a woman who
had recently visited family in
Haiti tested positive for cholera.
She has since recovered.
The department said other
suspected cases of cholera were
under investigation in Florida,
where there is a large Haitian
diaspora community but it said
the disease is unlikely to spread
because of better sanitation
standards in the U.S.
A Haitian man with cholera
was also hospitalized in the
eastern Dominican Republic,
near the tourist centers of Pun-
ta Cana and Bavaro.

Increase in Black hair care

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every two weeks. Some have a
weekly standing appointment.
It's no wonder that black
hair-care products are expect-
ed to generate $154 million
this year, according to Min-
tel, a Chicago-based research
marketing firm.

And while some may lament
the changes that have brought
more diversity in many hair
salons, for some Black women
women who want their hair
visit to be a quick one, this is
good news. The all-day stay
that's often mandatory in a
Black salon is a luxury many
Black working women can no
longer afford.

New book for Natalie Cole

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after receiving dialysis treat-
ment for almost a year.
"How I got my kidney is col-
orful," Cole said. "My nurse
was the donor's aunt. Watch-
ing me, both said, 'Wish we
could do something for her.' The
niece, eight months pregnant,
became brain dead. Her baby is
now with his father. The couple,
from Central America and liv-
ing in L.A., were not married.
All are in the nursing profes-
sion. All are donors."
Even fans who weren't aware
of her illness noted Cole's phys-
ical appearance change drasti-
cally when the artist became
very thin and started wearing
a cropped haircut. She says.
she lost 25 pounds and only
regained 10. But some good
came of Cole's struggle she
credits the disease with bring-

ing her closer to her mother,
who had already lost two chil-
Cole is now the spokesperson
for the University Kidney Re-
search Organization, a charity
that raises funds and hopes to
find a cure for kidney disease.
"As someone who has been af-
fected by a form of kidney dis-
ease, I recognize that I survived
kidney failure and am alive and
healthy today because of the
availability of improved treat-
ments, procedures, and medi-
cations devised from decades
of medical research," Cole
said. "The staggering toll that
kidney diseases exact makes
it imperative that we vastly in-
crease study in this field, and I
am pleased and proud to sup-
port the efforts of UKRO to do
so. Through my involvement, I
hope to bring greater recogni-
tion to UKRO's fundraising ef-
forts for kidney research."

Money: Construction on its way

continued from 5C

never been voted on.
The spending plan was given
to congressional committees in
September and approved in Oc-
tober, when it was held up amid
checks to make sure the money
would not be lost to corruption,
the State Department told AP. It
is not clear if the other, nearly
$800 million from the appro-
priations bill, has cleared that
The United States spent more
than $1.1 billion in humani-
tarian aid for Haiti this year,
most in the first weeks after
the disaster. The reconstruc-
tion pledge is a different pool
of money, intended to support
lon'g-term rebuilding of the na-
tion and its economy.
The Secretary of State told
the U.N. conference in March
that if the effort to rebuild was
"'slow or insufficient, if it is
marked by conflict, lack of co-
ordination or lack of transpar-
ency, then the challenges that
have plagued Haiti for years
could erupt with regional and

global consequences."
Nearly all the countries pres-
ent at that conference have
been slow in delivering on their
promises since.
Less than 38 percent of the
$5.6 billion pledged for 2010-11
has been delivered. Italy, Ger-
many, the Netherlands, Swit-
zerland, Finland, the Carib-
bean Development Bank and,
until the money arrives, the
U.S. have yet to give any of
their promised funds, accord-
ing to Bill Clinton's U.N. Office
of the Special Envoy for Haiti.
After 10 months living among
piles of rubble, more than 1 mil-
lion without homes and their
country now being ravaged by
a cholera epidemic, many Hai-
tians have lost faith that the
pledged money will help, even if
all of it does arrive.
"This money is going to be for
the rich people," said Lonise
Atilma, who lives in a tent camp
in the impoverished Martissant
district of Port-au-Prince. "We
have been living in a tent since
Jan. 12 . We are still there,
suffering, and we're not going
to see this money."

Cirque paying tribute to pop king

continued from 4C

be the perfect environment for
us to create this world of magic,
fairy tale," King said. "Because
Neverland for Michael Jackson
was his kind of. his peace and
his serenity. . So after going to
Neverland and really experienc-
ing and feeling the beauty and
the energy that was there, I had
no choice but to create an envi-
ronment that reflected that."
King said he would begin au-
ditions for about 60 dancers
next week. Producers are hop-
ing to hire dancers and musi-

cians for the live band who have
worked with Jackson.
Jackson admired the Cana-
.dian troupe's work and had at-
tended Cirque shows in Los An-
geles and Las Vegas. "He was
always captivated and a fan
of what Cirque does," Branca
Cirque and the estate are
also collaborating on a sepa-
rate permanent production in
Las Vegas in 2012 at a prop-
erty owned' by MGM Mirage
Inc. They will each own 50 per-
cent of both projects and share
equally in the cost of putting
on the productions.


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Hearings: Foreclosures hit

homeowners not in default



By Jessica Dickler

NEW YORK As the recession whacked the economy, charitable
giving by even the wealthiest Americans took a substantial hit. ac-
cording to a study released recently
Although 98.2 percent of high net v\orth households donated to
charity in 2009, they gave substantially less than in the years before.
according to a survey for Bank ol America Merrill L% nch by the Center
on Philanthropy at Indiana University
Average charitable giving b\ '.vealthv households sank 34 9 percent
to $54,016 last year -- down from $63.034 in 2007. aftei adjusting for
inflation. The Center on Philanthropy conducts its study every two
The reality\ is that while the level of commitment is holding steady.
I- folks are feeling constrained, the\ have less money to give away." not-
ed Claire Costello. national foundation executive for Bank of America
Merrill Lynch.
: While the ver\ wealthy cut back sharply, overall giv ing suffered a
xnflder decline. Total charitable donations fell .3 2 percent in 2009
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By Stephanie Armour

Foreclosures are hitting homeown-
ers who are not in default and banks
are tacking on excessive fees that can
drive borrowers into foreclosure, ac-
cording to testimony recently before a
congressional committee.
Diane Thompson, with the National
Consumer Law Center, told the Senate
banking committee that foreclosures
against homeowners who are not in le-
gal default are a widespread problem.
She said about 10 percent of the cases
she handles involve homeowners who
are not in any default when foreclo-
sures are initiated.
"You've even caused me more con-
cern by your testimony," Sen. Mike Jo-
hanns, R-Neb., told Thompson at the
The hearing on problems with fore-
closures and mortgage modifications
follows recent revelations that some
mortgage companies among them
Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase
and GMAC Mortgage had filed
faulty legal papers in tens of thou-
sands of foreclosure cases. More than

1 million homes are expected to enter
foreclosure this year.
State attorneys general, who recent-
ly began a 50-state investigation into
foreclosure practices, are also prob-
ing borrowers' complaints about long
delays and lost paperwork that have
plagued mortgage-modification cases.
One possible outcome is an agree-
ment between banks and state attor-
neys general to improve the modifica-
tion process, testified Iowa Attorney
General Tom Miller, who is leading the
states' investigation.
Negotiations with the banks could
take months to produce a settlement,
Miller cautioned. It could include new
requirements for mortgage services,
such as appointing a single contact
person for a homeowner seeking a
modification, a monitor to oversee the
process and penalties for non-compli-
The group has had two meetings so
far with Bank of America.
Barbara Desoer, president of Bank
of America Home Loans, said the bank
is improving its foreclosure process,

Perks at work are reappearing



By Laura Prtrecca

Miss the free office soft drinks, com-
muter subsidies and yes, even those
year-end holiday parties? Don't despair.
The workplace perk is beginning to make
a comeback.
During the recession, many cost-con-
scious companies furloughed fringe ben-
efits such as holiday fetes, bonuses and
free snacks. But now that the economy is
improving, some perks are slowly being
Renewable energy company Covanta

Energy, for instance, will revive the holi-
day luncheon that it tabled last year for
workers at its Fairfield, N.J., headquar-
ters. And folks at Domino's Pizza will be
eligible for bigger bonuses this year.
"We're starting to see perks return-
ing," says Jennifer Rosefizweig, research
director at the Forum for People Perfor-
mance Management and Measurement,
which focuses on employee engagement.
Firms want to keep morale up, retain top
talent and maintain a benevolent repu-
tation as the economy improves. "Many
companies are now showing a positive

bottom line," she says. "The employees
see that."
In the third quarter, firms reduced
the belt-tightening. While 16 percent of
firms cut perks, that was down from 20
percent in the second quarter, according
to a survey by career website Glassdoor.
Looking forward to 2011, six in 10 firms
will take actions such as offering more
flex time to boost employee morale, ac-
cording to a survey by executive search
firm Amrop Battalia Winston. That's
nearly twice as many as in 2009.

How to get a holiday job

Debt collectors don't have free reign to harass you

By Sonya M. Perez

If you have a debt, chances
are that you have been con-
tacted by a debt collector.
While some may act profes-
sionally, others may be com-
municating with you inappro-
If you are tired of receiving
calls from debt collectors at
odd hours and at the office, do
not despair. You are entitled to
certain rights. Debt collectors
must follow rules governed by
the Fair Debt Collection Prac-
tices Act (FDCPA) when con-
tacting you regarding money
you might owe. Just because
you have a debt, doesn't mean

they have free reign to harass
The FDCPA prohibits debt
collectors from using abusive,
unfair, or deceptive practices
to collect from you. Under the
FDCPA, a debt collector is
someone who regularly col-
lects debts owed to others.
This includes collection agen-
cies, lawyers who collect debts
on a regular basis, and com-
panies that buy delinquent
debts and then try to collect
The Miami-Dade Consumer
Services Department shares
these general rules of thumb
when dealing with debt collec-

A debt collector may not
contact you at inconvenient
times or places, such as be-
fore 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m., un-

tice" telling you how much
money you owe within five
days after they first contact
you. This notice also must in-
clude the name of the creditor

Debt collectors must follow rules governed by the
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when
conacting you regarding money you might owe.

less you agree to it. Collectors
may not contact you at work if
they're told (orally or in writ-
ing) that you're not allowed to
get calls there.
Refusal to provide written no-
tice. Every collector must send
you a written "validation no-

to whom you owe the money
and how to proceed if you don't
think you owe the money.
Harassment. Debt collectors
may not harass, oppress, or
abuse you or any third parties
they contact. This includes
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By Susan Adams

As severance checks peter out,
unemployment benefits come to
an end and job searches drag
on, many Americans will want
to consider going for that staple
of seasonal employment, the
Christmas holiday job.
"It seems as though retailers
are looking at a better season
this year," says John Challeng-
er, chief executive of Challenger,
Gray & Christmas, a global out-
placement firm that tracks job-
cut and hiring announcements.
Last year, when the recession
was hitting hard, employment
in retail jobs increased 47,800
in October, 318,900 in Novem-
ber and 134,700 in December,
according to non-seasonally ad-
justed data from the Bureau of
Labor Statistics.
This year United Parcel Ser-
vice, the Atlanta-based package

delivery giant, is hiring 50,000
temporary workers through the
end of December. The jobs pay
$8 to $20 an hour, says spokes-
woman Karen Cole. Many of
them are for what UPS calls
"driver helper," a worker who
rides along in the brown deliv-
ery truck and helps unload and
deliver packages. Cole says holi-
day jobs can lead to full-time
employment at UPS. "Treat the
seasonal position as an audi-
tion," she says. "If you do a great
job, it can lead to a more perma-
nent position."
Wal-Mart also confirms that
it's adding holiday help to its
gargantuan staff of 1.4 million
employees, though spokeswom-
an Ashley Hardie won't say how
many. "Our hiring decisions
are made at the local level on a
store-by-store basis," she says.
People seeking employment can
Please turn to JOB 8D

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New credit card regulations

Special to the NNPA

The relationship between consum-
ers and credit card companies is in
the midst of a dramatic shift. New
regulations signed into law last year
by President Obama are set to take
effect Feb. 22, 2011 and they're im-
pacting the way Americans qualify
for, obtain and use their credit cards.
The first wave of guidelines asso-
ciated with the Credit CARD Act of
2009 went into effect in 2009, such
as a 21-day statement mailing re-
quirement. Now, the majority of re-
forms are set to alter the credit land-

"These new regulations represent
the most sweeping reforms to the
credit card industry in nearly 30
years," said Mike Sullivan, director of
education for Take Charge America, a
national non-profit credit counseling
agency. "The notorious fine print is
changing, and every consumer needs
to know how this will impact their
budgets and future planning. There
are pros and cons, all depending on
your individual financial situation."
Sullivan offers a breakdown of rule
changes that affect most consumers:
Interest Rates: Interest rates can-

not increase during the first year on
new accounts, and promotional rates
must last for at least six months. Ad-
ditionally, universal default has been
banned. This refers to the practice of
increasing credit card users' interest
rates based on their payment records
with unrelated accounts, such as a
utility or phone bill.
Payments and Billing: The due
dates for monthly payments must oc-
cur on the same day each month. In
addition, double-cycle billing has
been banned.
Disclosures: Credit card issuers
must provide the full text of all agree-
ments on their websites. They are
also required to notify consumers of
significant changes to their account

terms at least 45 days prior to taking
Fees: Consumers now must opt-in
for over-limit fees. Moreover, consum-
ers cannot be charged extra fees for
making payments electronically, by
phone or by mail.
Qualification: Credit card compa-
nies are required to consider an ap-
plicant's income or assets and cur-
rent debts prior to approving credit.
Previously, income was self-report-
ed. Now, it will be estimated by the
credit bureaus using statistical mod-
els based on information in a credit
report. While income can't be the sole
determinant of refusing credit, it can
play a significant role.
Young Consumers: Consumers

younger than 21 cannot quality for
credit cards as easily. They must be
able to show proof of income or have
an adult co-signer. In addition, credit
card issuers cannot offer free gifts to
induce students to sign up for credit
cards within 1,000 feet of a college
Business Credit Cards: The new
reforms only apply to consumer cred-
it cards, not commercial credit cards
issued to small business owners or
corporate accounts.
Additional provisions are set to
take effect throughout 2010. For a
full report, visit www.creditcards.
com. For more information on Take
Charge America, visit www.take-

The Miami Times





GM pushing Chevy, Caddie, Buick and GMC

For a strong future, it's

counting on old reliables

By James R. Healey
and Chris Woodyard

was a telling incident:
Auto industry analyst
Rebecca Lindland says
she was with a TV crew
at the auto show here
recently "and they kept
saying, 'We're supposed
to be at the GM stand.
Where is it?' "
"It's right here," she
told them, pointing to
the array of new Buick,
Chevrolet, GMC and
Cadillac models on
display. Her point was

that many people don't
link General Motors
with its better-known
vehicle badges. "It
shows a disconnect be-
tween people's percep-
tion and the reality. If
you poll people, they
like Chevrolet, but
GM? No."
General Motors
(GM) is parent to
those four brands;
there is no car brand
called "General Mo-
tors" or "GM." In fact,
the automaker some
time ago quit putting
the GM logo on its

cars and trucks.
In Lindlan's view,
that could be good
for car sales. The vet-
eran analyst at con-
sultant IHS Global
Insight thinks it'll be
easier to sell Chevys
and Caddies if people
don't associate them
too closely with GM
- "a damaged (name)
because it's 'Govern-
ment Motors.' "
The automaker be-
gins a public stock
offering, allowing its
owners U.S. and
Canadian govern-
ments and a union
trust to sell some
of their shares to in-
vestors. The idea is to
recover some of the bil-
lions the shareholders


4 . -I---

-By Amy Sancetta, AP
General. Motors workers gather as the first
Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan prepares to roll
off the assembly line Sept. 8 at the GM factory
in Lordstown, Ohio.

pumped into GM, in re-
turn for ownership, to
bring GM out of Chap-
ter 11 bankruptcy re-
organization last year.
The U.S. Treasury
holds 60.8 percent. Its
stake will fall to less
than 50 percent after
the share sale.
While the stock offer-
ing is important to the
shareholders, and to
GM's corporate image,
it might as Lind-
land's anecdote points
out have little to do
with how people regard
the cars and trucks
that GM's four brands
Look for GM to "focus
on the brands" rather
than the corporate
Please turn to GM 9D

Advanced GYN Clinic
CarePlus Health Plans
Daryl's Banquet hall Inc.
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce
Miami Dade (DERM)
Miami Dade County Supervisor of Elections
Miami Dade Expressway Authority
New Luster Carpet Cleaning Service
Ransom Everglades School (Breakthrough)
Suntrust *
Toussaint, Gespere
United Teachers of Dade

Ways to secure a job during the holidays

continued from 7D

visit any store's hir-
ing kiosk. Hardie says
that seasonal work at
Wal-Mart can lead to
full-time positions. The
salary range is modest,
At, the
job website aggregator,
listings have spiked
in the categories that
cover seasonal work.

Search for "Christmas"
and 18,207 jobs come
up. To be sure, most of
them aren't glamorous
or high paying. Among
the listings: Christmas
light installer, dog sit-
ter for Christmas va-
cation and Christmas
How do you best pres-
ent yourself for a holi-
day job? Karen Cole at
UPS says her company
looks for enthusiastic

applicants who dem-
onstrate that they are
reliable and punctual.
"It's critical that you be
on time," she says.
Many holiday jobs
don't require a particu-
lar skill, so employers
keep a lookout for re-
liable, punctual, flex-
ible workers who will'
step up to a task, no
matter how demand-
ing and no matter how
long the hours. In fact,

overtime is often avail-
able in holiday work,
which can bump up a
Mike Steinmetz, a
vice president at the
staffing firm Man-
power, suggests that
workers reflect on their
past experiences and
enthusiasm and ap-
ply those to seasonal
work. A wine hobby-
ist might check to see
whether the local wine

shop needs an extra
clerk to handle holiday
traffic, for instance. He
also suggests that tried
and true job-searching
staple, networking.
Customer service,
gift-wrapping, deliver-
ing packages or chop-
ping down Christmas
trees may not be work
you'd dream of. But a
paycheck may be what
you most want from
Santa this season.

Stopping debt collectors from harrassing you

continued from 7D

using obscene or pro-
fane language or re-
peatedly phoning to
annoy someone.
False statements.
Debt collectors may
not lie when they are
trying to collect a
debt. They can't use a
false company name
when contacting you,
threaten that you will
be arrested, or give
false credit informa-
tion about you to any-
Unfair practices.
Debt collectors may
not engage in unfair
practices, such as
.trying to collect any
interest, fee, or other
charge on top of the
amount you owe un-
less the contract that
created your debt -
or your state law al-
lows the charge.
A collector may
contact other people
but only to find out
your address, your
home phone number,
and where you work.
Collectors usually are


homes face


continued from 7D

adding new affidavit
forms, a quality-con-
trol program and new
procedures for select-
ing and monitoring law
firms the bank hires to
assist with foreclosure
She said the bank is
refiling 102,000 fore-
closure affidavits, but
no one was foreclosed
on in error.
Chase Home Lending
CEO David Lowman
said employees signed
documents without re-
viewing them a legal
error but the fore-
closures were justified.
"Our process did not
live up to our stan-
dards," he said.

prohibited from con-
tacting third parties
more than once. Oth-
er than to obtain this
location information
about you, a debt col-
lector generally is not
permitted to discuss
your debt with anyone
other than you, your
spouse, or your attor-
Stopping a debt
collector from con-
tacting you. If a col-
lqctor contacts you
about a debt, you may
want to talk to them
at least once to see if
you can resolve the
matter even if you
don't think you owe
the debt, can't repay it
immediately, or think
that the collector is
contacting you by
mistake. If you decide

after, contacting the
debt collector that you
don't want the col-
lector to contact you
again, tell the collec-
tor in writing to
stop contacting you.
Here's how to do
that: Make a copy of
your letter. Send the
original by certified
mail and pay for a "re-
turn receipt" so you'll
be able to document
what the collector re-
ceived. Once the col-
lector receives your
letter, they may riot
contact you again,
with two exceptions: A
collector can contact
you to tell you there
will be no further con-
tact or to let you know
that they or the credi-
tor intend to take a
specific action, like

filing a lawsuit.
Sending such a let-
ter to a debt collec-
tor you owe money
to does not get rid of
the debt, but it should
stop the contact. The
creditor or the debt
collector still can sue
you to collect the debt.
Report any prob-
lems you have with a
debt collector to the
Florida Office of Fi-
nancial Regulation at
1-800-848-3792, the
state Attorney Gen-
eral's office (myflori- and the
Federal Trade Com-
mission (
Many states have
their own debt collec-
tion laws that are dif-
ferent from the federal
Fair Debt Collection
Practices Act. Your

Attorney General's of-
fice can help you de-
termine your rights
under your state's law.
To learn more about
debt collection and
other credit-related
issues, visit www.ftc.
gov/credit and My-, the U.S.
government's portal to
financial education.
For additional con-
sumer tips, or to
check the complaint
history of a company,
file a complaint or
ask consumer-related
questions, visit the
Miami-Dade Consum-
er Services Depart-
ment website at www.,
call 305-375-3677
or send email to con-

Recession hits charities hard

continued from 7D

charity from a year
earlier, the report's au-
thors estimate. In that
same time, the unem-
ployment rate rose to
9.3 percent, up from
5.8 percent in 2008.
High net worth
households account
for 65 percent and
70 percent of all in-
dividual giving in
the U.S., according
to the Center on Phi-
lanthropy. It surveyed
those with a house-
hold income greater
than $200,000 or net
worth of at least $1
million. The average
wealth of the survey's

800 respondents was
$10.7 million.
Asked why they
stopped giving to or-
ganizations they had
supported in the past,
the top response by far
was that the particu-
lar charity solicited
money too frequently
or asked for inappro-
priate amount.
Nearly 60 percent of
those surveyed said
that was why their
donations dried up.
More than a third
said they decided to
support other causes
instead, and 29 per-
cent said they stopped
giving because their
household circum-
stances changed.

Health organi-
zations were hit
the hardest by the
change, with a 64 per-
cent drop in the size
of their average dona-
tion. But a few fields
bucked the trend:
Giving for the arts,
environmental and
animal care causes,
and for international
aid increased from
2007 to 2009.
More than three-
quarters of the high
net worth individuals
surveyed gave their
time as well as money
in 2009. Those polled
said they spent a me-
dian of 200 hours a
year on their volun-
teer activities.




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9D THE. : .'ii TIMES, NOVEMBER 24-30, 2010

Q R 'A



Obama announces Medal of Freedom selections

WASHINGTON Celtic great
Bill Russell joins former Presi-
dent George H.W. Bush, poet
Maya Angelou and investor
Warren Buffett among the 2010
winners of the Presidential
Medal of Freedom,
the nation's highest
civilian honor.
President Barack
Obama will present
the awards to the '
15 honorees early i
next year, the White
House announced
Other winners in-
clude a civil rights OBA
hero, Rep. John
Lewis, D-Ga., plus
St. Louis Cardinals
Hall of Famer Stan 4
"The Man" Musial, :
German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and
renowned cellist Yo-
Yo Ma.
Obama's bipartisan
gesture in picking
the first President LEV
Bush for the honor
is not unprecedented. Former
President Bill Clinton, a Demo-
crat, awarded a Medal of Free-
dom to former Republican Pres-

ident Gerald Ford.
"These outstanding honor-
ees come from a broad range
of backgrounds and they've ex-
celled in a broad range of fields,
but all of them have lived ex-
traordinary lives that
<. ,H have inspired us, en-
\ ,' riched our culture
S and made our country
and our world a better
e place," Obama said. "I
look forward to award-
ing them this honor."
The medal is pre-
sented to people who
have made notable
MA contributions to U.S.
interests, from cul-
tural achievements to
security matters.
The full list of win-
Bush was Ameri-
ca's 41st president and
previously vice presi-
dent and CIA director.
He also worked with
Clinton to raise money
WIS for victims of Hurri-
cane Katrina in 2005
and the Indian Ocean tsunami
in 2004.
Merkel is the first woman
and first East German to serve

HIGH PRAISE: Bill Russell, who won 11 titles as a
player and was the NBA's first Black coach, was lauded
by the White House as "an impassioned advocate of hu-

man rights.

as chancellor of a unified Ger-
Musial is a Hall of Fame first
baseman/outfielder who played
22 seasons for the Cardinals.

Russell is the former cap-
tain of the Celtics and first
Black man to become an NBA
head coach.
Ma is a world-renowned

cellist who has won 16 Gram-
my Awards and is known for
his interpretations of Bach
and Beethoven. He played at
Obama's inauguration.
Lewis served as chairman
of the Student Nonviolent Coor-
dinating Committee and helped
organize the first lunch-counter
sit-in. In 1965 he led the Selma
to Montgomery, Ala., march for
voting rights and was brutally
beaten along with others in
- what became known as "Bloody
Buffett, chairman and chief
executive of Berkshire Hatha-
way, is a famed investor known
as the "Oracle of Omaha" for his
prescient business sense. He is
also a generous philanthropist.
Angelou is a prominent poet,
educator, filmmaker, producer
and civil rights activist.
Jasper Johns, an American
artist whose work has dealt
with themes of perception and
identity, is considered a major
influence on pop, minimal and
conceptual art.
Gerda Weissmann Klein is a
Jewish Holocaust survivor who
founded Citizenship Counts,
an organization that teaches
students to cherish the value of

their American citizenship.
Dr. Tom Little was an op-
tometrist murdered last August
by the Taliban in Afghanistan
as he and nine others returned
from a mission to provide eye
care in the Parun valley of
Nuristan. The award is being
given posthumously to Little.
Sylvia Mendez is a civil
rights activist of Mexican and
Puerto Rican descent.
Jean Kennedy Smith is a
Kennedy family member who
served as U.S. ambassador to
Ireland and is the founder of
VSA, a nonprofit organization
affiliated with the John F. Ken-
nedy Center for the Perform-
ing Arts, which promotes the
artistic talents of children and
adults with disabilities.

A better way to boost the bottom line: Invest in your employees

Pay your employees more, treat

them like adults and actually

invest in your people

As the economy
slowly recovers, it's no
secret that companies
would like to boost
productivity and prof-
its. Many think the
best way to do so is to
slash costs.
As an entrepreneur
and business owner,
though, I'd like to sug-
gest another idea: Pay
your employees more.
That's not as crazy
as it sounds. A grow-

ing body of evidence is
revealing that compa-
nies that pay fair wag-
es, and offer flexibility
and training to even
entry-level and lower-
skilled employees, do
better than those that
don't. A vast number of
businesses mistakenly
assume that their low-
est-wage workers are
easily replaced or not
worth investing in, but
those that do the right

thing soon find that
they're doing the right
thing for their bottom
It's time that this
becomes a business
Certainly, in tough
times, higher wages,
profit-sharing and
training seem like
optional perks. But
here's the other side
of the story: When you
invest in people, they
respond by perform-
ing well.
In her rigorously re-
searched book, "Profit
at the Bottom of the
Ladder," Jody Hey-
mann presents a well-

documented lineup of
businesses that have
flourished in large
part because their
management practic-
es include respecting
and empowering their
lowest-paid workers.
Jenkins Brick, a
major U.S. brick man-
ufacturer in Alabama,
credits higher wages
and profit-sharing
with increased pro-
ductivity and qual-
ity, as well as reduced
turnover and lowered
accident rates. Danc-
ing Deer, a Boston-
based high-end baked
goods company, opens
the financial books,

and makes train-
ing and stock options
available to all em-
ployees because they
are convinced that
this gives the firm a
competitive advan-
tage. Specifically,
management cred-
its these practices
with improving sales,
boosting productivity
and helping them at-
tract talent.
Perhaps a more
well-known example
is Costco. The com-
pany pays more for
an entry-level posi-
tion than Sam's Club
(Wal-Mart's wholesale
branch), gives even

Car company counting on reliables for the future

continued from 8D

parent in its market-
ing, says Jesse Toprak,
analyst at researcher
What's ahead for the
newly public GM:
The products. Vehi-
cles that bring people
into showrooms are
gaining respect.
The just-out Chevy
Cruze compact sedan

is getting good reviews,
being discussed as a
credible rival to Honda
Civic and Toyota Co-
The Chevy Volt elec-
tric sedan, not even on
sale until next month,
already has won "Car
of the Year" from Mo-
tor Trend magazine
and "Automobile of the
Year" from Automobile
magazine, based on
test drives that auto

writers have taken be-
fore the car is in deal-
Volt sales will be
scant enough at least
through 2012 to have
little impact on GM's
fortunes, but the inno-
vative eco-sedan can
do great things for the
car company's image.
And it could spawn
technology useful in
other vehicles.
"Imagine a Chevy Sil-

verado (full-size pick-
up) that gets 80 miles
per gallon," using the
battery technology pio-
neered by Volt, Toprak
But despite those
successes, Chevy -
GM's 'olu me brand -
needs help in a couple
of key areas.
Its full-size pickups
are old designs, with-
out the modern drive-
trains being launched

right now in the archri-
val Ford F-150.
Its Malibu midsize
sedan Chevy's en-
try in the largest U.S.
car-sales category -
likewise has become
dated and is being
beaten in the sales
charts by the more re-
cently refreshed Ford
Fusion, Honda Accord,
Hyundai Sonata, Nis-
san Altima and Toyota

part-time workers at
least a week's notice
about their schedules
and offers all employ-
ees the option of get-
ting on the manage-
ment track. Costco

also makes thousands
of dollars more per
employee than Sam's
Club, which suggests
their investment pays
off. Costco is so con-
vinced that its policy is

sound that it has kept
paying better wages
than rivals, even as
Wall Street has pres-
sured the company to
conform to industry

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matter considered at a meeting, he or she will need a record of the proceedings and therefore will
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Rattlers and
The fashion. The
women. The mu-
sic. The tailgating. Did
I mention the women?
Oh, and the football
game. Yes, that is what
the Florida Classic
is all about right, the
football game? No. It's
about all of the above.
And when the football
teams are good, as
were the 2010-2011
versions of the FAMU
Rattlers and the B-CU
Wildcats, 'the Florida
Classic is that much
The Wildcats of
B-CU came in riding
a 10-game winning
streak under their,
new head coach Brian
Jenkins. The Rattlers
came in 8-3, hoping to
spoil the perfect sea-

Wildcats fight 'til the end

son for the 'Cats and
praying for a share of
the MEAC champion-
ship. Even though the
Rattlers were out of a
playoff berth, Satur-
day's game was in es-
sence, their season.
After going into half-
time behind 27-14,
the Rattlers scored 24
unanswered points
and shut the Wildcat
offense out in the sec-
ond half to win 38-27.
They now share the
MEAC championship
with the Rattlers get-
ting rings for the first
time since 2001.
Having been to sev-
eral Florida Classic
games as a member of
the FAMU Marching
100, I've seen some
good and some bad.

I've seen some bad
football. I've seen the
malls in Tampa close
early because they
didn't want "those
kids" running through
the mall. I've seen the
move to Orlando and
the boost that move
made for attendance
and the spirit of the
game. I've seen Dis-
ney World come in,
and give both schools
and it' alumni carte
blanche. I've also seen
the mouse pick up
his bags and take his
sponsorship dollars
As all this was hap-
pening, I also saw the
Bayou Classic, the
annual meeting of
Grambling State Uni-
versity and Southern




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Sthe women's top teams, holding off
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record 80 wins; that's also eight shy of
the overall mark set by the UCLA men
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basket, had 16 points for UConn. -ANDY GARDINER

How to Be King of the Playground

A breakdown of your chanc-
es to win the basketball
game H-O-R-S-E if you're
playing against one oppo-
nent and shooting first. This
chart assumes different per-
centage chances that you'll
make specific shots-65
percent from the free-throw
line, 30 percent from the
three-point line, etc.-and
that you're equally as good
as your opponent. The
model only works if you
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University, get prime
time coverage on a
large three-letter net-
work. They even show
the halftime show
in it's entirety. And
while the Florida Clas-
sic has seen a boost
in attendance from
1997-2007, even over-
shadowing the Bayou
Classic's numbers,
it still feels as if it is
"Classic B" to their
"Classic A."
Both teams look to
be contenders for the
MEAC crown for years
to come because of
the coaching staffs
and the level of play-
ers they recruit year-
ly. This can only bode
well for the steady
improvement of the
Florida Classic from
a game standpoint.
Sure the tailgaters
will be there, the ven-
dors will be there and
the women will be
there too. But when
the teams are good,
the Florida Classic is
even better much
better. Let's hope this
trend continues.

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The Mathematics of H-O-R-S-E

If you're sick of always
losing in the basketball
game H-O-R-S-E, you
might want to spend less
time practicing those
behind-the-back three-
pointers and more qual-
ity time with your calcu-
That's because if you
do the math, you'll find
it's sometimes better to
shoot three-pointers in-
stead of layups, or better
to try 20-footers instead
of free-throws. And if
you waht to live on the
edge, you've actually got
a 1-in-4 chance to win
some games by shooting
all half-court shots.
For those unfamiliar,
H-O-R-S-E is a play-
ground game where
one player shoots from

anywhere on the court,
and if he or she makes
the shot, the other play-
er must match it. If they
match the shot, the first
person has to make it
again, and this goes on
until someone misses.
The first to miss gets an
"H," and the first player
to spell out "H-O-R-S-E"
The Count built a mod-
el with Ben Blatt of the
Harvard Sports Analysis
Collective-an organiza-
tion of Harvard students
and faculty-that deter-
mined the best strategy
to win games. The analy-
sis isn't perfect because
it has to assume a few
things, starting with both
players being equally
skilled. It also guesses

how good each player
is-we assumed there's
a 90 percent chance to
make a layup; 65 percent
to make a free throw;
55 percent to make a
10-footer; 45 percent
to make a 20-footer;
30 percent to make a
three-pointer; and 6.7
percent to make it from
half-court. The model
only works if you assume
that each player con-
tinually shoots from the
same spot-not count-
ing when they'd have to
match their opponent's
shot-because other-
wise there'd be infinite
potential conclusions.
The results show that if
you go first and your ini-
tial shot is always a 10-
foot jumper while your

opponent's initial shot
is always a free throw,
you'll win 57.7 percent
of the time. If you shoot
all three-pointers and
your opponent tries all
layups, you'll actually win
92.2 percent of games. If
you want to be wild and
shoot all from half court,
you'll win just 1.5 percent
of the time if your oppo-
nent is shooting 20-foot-
ers. But if your opponent
is lazy and shooting all
layups, you can chuck it
from half-court and win
28.2 percent of games.
Just be forewarned-if
there's a guy in your gym
with glasses, high-waist-
ed pants, a pen and an
abacus, he might not be
the best mark.

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1212 NW 1 Avenue
$475 MOVE IN. One
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1229 NW 1 Court
$500 MOVE IN! One
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stove, refrigerator, air.

1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $450
monthly $700 move in
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD
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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
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1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $450.

140 NW 13 Street
$500 MOVE IN. Two
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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.

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
Studio, $395 monthly,
$600 move in.
One bdrm, one bath, $450
monthly. $600 to move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $725
monthly. $1000 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel

1718 NW 2 Court
$425 MOVE IN, One
bdrm, one bath, $425.
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
1816 NW 46 Street
Three bedrooms, two bath,
$750 monthly, 786-294-9014
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

1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

200 NW 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.

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.

2335 NE 172 Street #4
One bedroom, one
bath, $700 monthly,
-first and last. Section 8
OK. 954-243-7017

2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one
bath $650
Appliances, free water.

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
401 NW 4 Avenue
Hallendale, FL.
Two bedrooms, $750.
786-209-0768 or
411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 per
month. All appliances
included. Call Joel

449 NW 8 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$750 move in, $450 mthly.
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
472 NW 10 Street
One bedroom one
bath. $525. Stove,
refrigerator, air.

5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two and three bdrms.
Free gift for
Section 8 tenants.
No deposit. $300 Moves
you in. Jenny 786-663-8862
55 NE 59 Street
Move In Special. Cozy, clean
one bedroom, one bath, air.
$475 monthly. 305-757-8596
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
6950 NW 8 Avenue
Remodeled studio. $450-
$500, Section 8 Ok!
Call 305-675-1740.
750 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. $750 move in.
Two bdrm, one bath. $650
monthly. $975 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD T.V. Call
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8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
912 NW 55 Terrace #4
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$725 monthly. Section 8
welcome. Contact Rastee at:
Arena Garden
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency,
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From $400. 100 N.W. 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
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Apartments, Duplexes,
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Easy qualify. Move in
special.One bedroom, one
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one bath, $595. Free water!
Leonard 786-236-1144

Remodeled one bdrm. $625
to $775. 522 NE 78 Street.
Corner of NW 103 Street
Beautiful two bedrooms.
$700 monthly. $1000 to
move in. Gated, security,
tiled floors, central
air. 786-402-0672

Liberty City Area
One, Two Bedrooms
Call 305-600-7280

Overtown Area
One, Two, Three Bedrooms
N. DADE Section 8 OKI
One and two bdrms. Move in
special! 786-488-5225
Move In Speciall

Spacious three bedrooms,
one bath, tile, central air,
laundry room, $850

Spacious two bedrooms,
one bath, tile, $695

One bedroom, one bath,
$500 786-439-8044

1907 NW 2 Court
Nice efficiency apartment,
air, window shades,
appliances, free gas.
$360 monthly, plus
$200 deposit. Call
305-665-4938 /
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

1040 NE 210 Terrace
Upscale, Two bedroom and
two and half bath, two story
corner townhouse. $1200
monthly, Section 8 OKI
50 NW 166 Street
North Miami Beach
New four bedrooms, two
baths. Rent $1500. Section 8
OK. 305-528-9964
South Miami
Four bedroom, two bath, near
metrorail, bus, schools and
hospitals. $1100. Section 8
OK Call Chris 305-776-6004
or Mrs. Scott 305-665-6221.
South Miami

near metrorail, bus, schools
and hospitals. $850. Section
8 OK Call Chris 305-776-
6004 or Mrs. Scott 305-665-


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

1082 NW 55 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $650.
Appliances. Free water.
1201 NW 32 Street
One bdrm, security bars.
Section 8 Welcomel
1226.NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1226 Sesame Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air. $800 monthly, first, last
and security. 954-770-5952
1287 NW 56 Street
Two bedroom, one bath,
$1200 move in, Section 8
welcome. 305-758-7022
Frank Cooper Real Estate
Two bedrooms, one bath
$775 monthly plus first and
last. Section 8 WELCOMEI
786-356-8693, 786-252-4953
2056 Washington Avenue
Two bdrms, Opa-Locka,
$750 monthly. 786-290-7333
2257 NW 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one
bath $725. Appliances,
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2273 NW 65 Street Rear
One bdrm. $599 monthly
2452 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, air. $695
monthly. 786-877-5358

255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080
2611 NW 121 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
with central AC, tile floors,
new kitchen & bath. $1,400
includes all utilities and cable.
No Section 8. Call 305-606-
2760 NW 47 Street
Two bdrms, appliances, air,
free water. 786-426-6263
3312 NW 49 Street
Two bedrooms, $800
monthly 786-290-7333
338 NW 59 Street
Huge one bedroom, one bath,
central air. $700. Section 8
3503 NW 8 Avenue

Two bedroom, one bath, tile,
air, Section 8 preferred.

3892 NW 159 Street
Two bedrooms, appliances.
$925 monthly. First, last and
security. Call 305-610-7504
4711 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $625.
Free water. 305-642-7080

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

8125 NW 6 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath,
water included, $850 monthly.
One bedroom, one bath,
utilities includes, $600-$675
monthly. Both completely
827 NW 48 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$675 monthly. 786-290-7333
8451 NW 19 Avenue
One bedroom, water, air,
tile, bars, fenced, $700.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
Section 8 Welcome
86 Street NE 2 Ave.
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776
920 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedroom, one bath,
$875 monthly. 305-219-2571
928 NW 55 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$600. Free Water.

1522 NE 149 Street
Newly renovated,
utilizes included. $550
monthly. $300 security.
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.
$575 moves you in.
Everything included. $700
Move in. $135 weekly.
SFurnished Rooms

11 Avenue and 47 Street
Nice home with cable, $135
weekly. 305-879-9085
112 Street and 13 Avenue
Large room. $500 mthly.
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1368 NW 70 Street
$500 mthly, washer and
dryer, kitchen access,
air, cable available.
Call 305-691-0458

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
1780 NW 60 Street
Free cable. Use of entire
house. $110 a week. $220
Move in. 305-801-5690
1823 NW 68 Terrace
One week free rental Clean
rooms, includes air, cable,
water, electricity and use of
kitchen. $115 weekly. $230
move in. 786-286-7455 or
1899 NW 83 Terrace
Nice and clean, air, $100
weekly, $200 to move in.
2367 NW 61 Street Rear
Last room available
305-693-1017, 305-298-0388
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$300 monthly. 786-515-3020
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable. 305-688-0187
Air, tile, free utilities,
television, cable, internet,
washer/dryer, kitchen access.
One person. No smoke/
drugs. $125 weekly. 305-829-
62 Street NW First Avenue
$450 monthly. $700 move
in. Call 305-989-8824
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110
weekly, $476 monthly.

8013 NW 10 Court

Central air, new bathrooms
and kitchen, security gates
$125 $150 weekly. Call
Kevin 786-908-3872
Appointment Only!

11375 NW 10 Avenue
Four bdrm, three bath, $1499
monthly 305-525-0619
133 St. and NW 18 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
15300 NW 32 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two bath,
$1,250, den, fenced, air, tile,
bars, Terry Dellerson Realtor
305-891-6776 NO Section 8
15650 NW 158 Street Road
Two bedroom, $850
monthly 786-290-7333
1723 NW 68 Terrace
Miami Two bedrooms,
one bath, $750 monthly.
Call 305-267-9449
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
$1075. 305-642-7080
18715 NW 45 Avenue
Section 8 OK. Three
bedrooms, one bath, central
air, tile floors. A beauty. Call
Joe 954-849-6793
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths, $900 monthly.
All Appliances included.
Free 19" LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

2950 NW 49 Street
Three bedrooms, Section
8 OK. 305-693-1017
4715 NW 31 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1000 monthly 786-853-5820
5825 NW 13 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome. $1500
monthly. 305-321-6965
7 NE 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one
bath. $995. Appliances,
free water.

8125 NW 6 Avenue
Section 8 OK. Three
bdrm, two bath, completed
remodeled, central air,
washer/dryer, all gated,
private parking and
yard. $1395 monthly.
786-306-7868 -:

900 NW 84 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, big yard. $1,050 a
month. 786-306-5996
910 W Superior Street
Three bedroom, two bath,
air, tile, $1200, bars, fence.
Terry Dellerson Broker
305-891-6776. NO Section 8
97 NW 27 Street
AVE & 27 ST
Three bdrms, one bath
house. $900 monthly.
All appliances included.
Free 19" LCD T.V.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

Three bedrooms, one bath,
family room, nice back yard.
$1300 mthly. $700 Security.
Section 8 welcome.
Three bedroom, one bath, air,
Section 8 OK. $1400 monthly.
3220 NW 135 Street, four
bedroom, one bath, central
air, remodeled, $1300
monthly. 786-853-8313
Three bdrms, one bath,
den, air, tile, fenced yard.
$1250 mthly. 305-691-8556
Appointment Only
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Manage all aspects of client
accounts from initial contact
through collections and
renewed contracts.
Minimum of 2 years
experience in sales and/
or marketing is a must.
Examples include media,
web site, financial products,
insurance memberships
and other services. Must
have excellent business
development and problem
solving skills with
marketing expertise and the
ability to quickly develop
relationships. Should
be highly motivated and
positive with a deep desire
to sell and have a proven
record of sales success.
College degree and radio
sales experience preferred.

Cox Radio Miami/WEDR
99JAMZ is an Equal
Opportunity Employer.
Email resume to:
or mail to: Ms. Jo Castro
General Sales Manager,

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2741 N 29th Avenue
Hollywood, FL 33020

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Need person to work
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Call 305-685-3565.
Super Clean Carpet
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undersigned, desiring to en-
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1360 NW 84 Terrace
Miami, FL 33147
in the city of Miami, FL
Owner: Ernest M. Daniels
intends to register the said
name with the Division of
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