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Unemployment benefits extended

Black unemployment hits 16 percent

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

President Barack Obama
and the Republican-dominat-
ed Congress have reached a
compromise after months of
a much-reported "Mexican
standoff' and have extended
unemployment benefits. For
many Americans it was not a
moment too soon. But as part
of the deal, Obama had to al-
low tax breaks for all Ameri-
cans, including the wealthy -
something that he has stated
he was reluctant to do.
In a telephone press confer-
ence with the White House
last Thursday, Council of

Economic Advisors Chairman
Austan Goolsbee and Mem-
ber Cecilia Rouse discussed
a newly-released report that
underscored the "urgency of
Congressional action to ex-
tend unemployment benefits."
According to the report, 2
million Americans in Decem-
ber alone, and close to 7 mil-
lion over the course of the
next year, would have lost the
temporary support that helps
them keep food on the table
and make ends meet- while
they search for a job, if Con-
gress had failed to act.
"Extending this support to
those hardest hit by this crisis
is not only the right thing to

do, it's the right economic pol-
icy," Goolsbee said. "Letting
millions of Americans fall into
hardship will hurt our econo-
my at this critical point in our

recovery -and immediately un-
dermine consumer spending."
The report went on to em-
phasize the importance of
unemployment benefits and
its impact on the securing
of more jobs without ex-
tended benefits, the country
would have had an estimated
800,000 fewer jobs as of Sep-
tember 2010. Failure to ex-
tend benefits again could have
cost the nation 600,000 by
the end of the year.
Obama acknowledged that
many members of his party
supported, his fighting the Re-
publicans instead of agreeing
to a compromise. However, he
surmised that as the Bush tax
cuts would only be extended
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Does race matter in Florida's Democratic Party?

Black Caucus chief says Black voters, :,

legislators being "ignored" :,

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Opiah Winfrey, one of the recipients of the 2010 Kennedy
Center Honors, laughs during a reception in the East Room of
the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 5.

By 0. Kevin McNeir, Editor

Tensions appear to be
mounting in Tallahassee be-
tween members of the Florida
Legislative Black Caucus and
the majority-white Florida
Democratic Party. And one
concern, according to state
Senator Gary Siplin (D-Orlan-
do), is whether the Democrats
have a problem with racial
discrimination or if they are
simply ignoring both Black
voters and members of the
state Black Caucus.
The complaints come in

light of the Party's all-but-an-
nounced decision to promote
Rod Smith, the running mate
in Alex Sink's failed bid for
the Florida governor's seat,
to the position of Party chair.
The Party chairman's seat
became available after Con-
gresswoman Karen Thurman
resigned from the post after
last month's failed mid-term
election cycle.
In a letter submitted to U.S.
Senator Bill Nelson sent last
week, Siplin, 56, criticizes the
Democratic Party, its leaders
and many of their current pol-
icies and procedures.

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"We are concerned by the
absence of a formal process
by which interested, qualified
candidates can be consid-
ered to lead the Party," Sip-

lin wrote. "Additionally, the
Florida Legislative Black Cau-
cus has not been requested
to provide any input into the
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Most Black schools improve as school grades are released

Edison, Central break through with "C" scores

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

It has taken six more months
than usual, but at long last the
school grades for the 2009-
2010 school year have been
released by the Florida Depart-
ment of Education (FDE). The
grades were delayed, according
to the FDE due to the imple-
mentation of a new grading for-
mula. Schools in both Miami-
Dade and Broward Counties
made significant improvements
over last year's grades.

In Miami-Dade, the num-
ber of failing high schools de-
creased from seven to one. And
in Broward, no high school re-
ceived a "D" or "F."
The new grading procedure
which was introduced as part
of Senate Bill 1908 during the
2008 legislative session, now
takes into account a school's
graduation rate, students'
scores on college entrance ex-
ams like the SAT and ACT
and enrollment in college-level
courses like Advanced Place-
ment and is less dependent on

Among those at Tuesday's press conference to announce Edison's phenomenal leap in its school
grade are Board Member Dr. Larry Feldman (1-r); Superintendent Alberto Carvalho; Board Mem-
ber Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall; Dr. Pablo Ortiz, Edison's principal; City Commissioner Rich-
ard Dunn II; and Alvin Smith, president of the Edison Alumni Association.

the Florida Comprehensive As-
sessment Test (FCAT). Under
the new requirements 50 per-
cent of a high school's grade
is based on the FCAT; the re-
maining 50 percent includes
five other factors including
those listed above.
Of the state's 470 graded
public high schools, 71 percent
received an "A" or "B" this year.
Florida Education Commis-
sioner Eric Smith said he was
supportive of the changes initi-
ated by Florida lawmakers and
remarked that he was proud of
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Republicans play games with jobless benefits

By DeWayne Wickham

Anyone who was
watching when
Rep. John Sha-
degg, R-Ariz., tried
to explain why ex-
tending jobless
benefits to unemployed work-
ers shouldn't be Congress' top
priority has a rght to fear the

Republican takeover of the
House. His answer was pulled
right out of the voodoo eco-
nomics playbook.
Shortly before the Labor De-
partment reported the unem-
ployment rate rose from 9.6%
in October to 9.8':-, in Novem-
ber, MSNBC commentator
Mike Barnicle asked Shadegg,
a leading member of the right-




wing Republican Study Com-
mittee, whether extending the
unemployment payments that
were about to expire would
produce a more immediate
benefit to the economy than
extending a tax cut for the
wealthiest Americans?
"It's the creation of jobs that
drives the economy," and the
wealthy create jobs, Shadegg

snapped. If he had stopped
there, Shadegg would have
had at least one leg to stand
on because an argument can
be made in support of that po-
sition. Instead, the eight-term
congressman pushed his ar-
gument beyond the limits of
good sense.
"The truth is the unem-
ployed will spend as little of

(their jobless checks) as they
possibly can," he said. That's
right, Shadegg, who comes
from a state that pays the
second-lowest unemployment
benefits in the nation, said
that. He thinks the nearly
2 million jobless Americans
who will lose their benefits by
Christmas if Congress doesn't
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Blacks and Haitians should

seek common ground
Se few Black and Haitian-born leaders here in Mi-
ami-Dade County who have emerged as leaders on
the political front still don't seem to get it. Neither do
the majority of business leaders who are either Black or Hai-
tian. Even educators appear to be clueless. And while a few
of our African-born brothers and sisters look like they do get
"it," they more often tend to segregate themselves interacting
with others only as business dictates.

What is it that we still don't get? The fact that whether you
were born in Liberty City, Overtown or Little Haiti, whether
you are a proud Haitian-born Catholic, a card-carrying Epis-
copalian from the Bahamas or a homeboy from Homestead,
we are all one in the eyes of the power-brokers of Miami-
Dade County we are all "Black folk."

The same wedge that was used to divide Blacks during the
days of slavery in the U.S. and in the country of Haiti prior to
its successful fight for independence, is still being success-
fully employed. That is, the house vs. field slave so-called
differences, the educated vs. non-educated distinction and
of course the always popular light-skinned vs. dark-skinned
paradigm with all of the former's associated rights, or lack

Former Congresswoman Carrie Meek says the problem is
that we Blacks don't have the kind of hunger we once had
for success and achievement. In other words, we are will-
ing to exist on crumbs and handouts. And while her words
speak volumes, we believe that what is ultimately holding
back Blacks and Haitians is our inability or unwillingness to
see ourselves as one collective and powerful force.

The Cuban community in Miami got it a long time ago -
even though they had some help from our government. A
recent example is the relative ease with which Marco Ru-
bio ascended to power. Sure there are differences between
Blacks and Haitians. But until we wake up and realize that
to everyone else, we are all simply Black, the only thing we
will safely acquire will be scraps.

Frederick Douglass, the great Black abolitionist once said,
"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and
it never will." He went on to add, "If there is no struggle, there
is no progress."

It's time Blacks and Haitians stand together, put on the
whole armor for team "Black" and begin to demand our fair
share. To delay may mean there will be little left for us except
a one-way ticket to Georgia, Alabama or ... Port-au-Prince.

As AIDS epidemic rages,

finger-pointing is Black

community's worst strategy

Children often like to point their fingers at their
friends whenever a problem arises. The purpose is
to place the blame on someone other than them-
selves. But we are no longer children. And given the life-
or-death consequences that are connected with HIV/AIDS,
it is sad that many of us are more concerned with making
scapegoats out of the many men, women and children who
are either HIV-positive or have full-blown AIDS, rather than
coming to their assistance.

Maybe it is our curiosity that makes us want to know
how they contracted the virus. But even if we could discern
"how" it happened, should that really be our concern? We
think not.

In the state of Florida, Miami-Dade County has the unen-
viable position of being the county with the largest number
of those living with HIV/AIDS in the state while also hav-
ing the largest number of Blacks living with HIV/AIDS. For
them the issue of testing is now a mute point. What they
need is quality health care and a supportive community -
something that many of them still lack.

That's where we come in. Medical experts continue to re-
mind us that with new medical discoveries, HIV/AIDS is
now considered a chronic disease. That means it can be
managed and one can live a quality existence for decades.
But due to both fear and ignorance in the Black commu-
nity, we often look at the disease as a death sentence. It's
time for us to become advocates for our brothers, sisters,
parents, children and friends if we really want to reduce
the number of infections, help those who are living with the
virus and protect our young adults who are becoming sexu-
ally curious.

Will we waste more time finger-pointing or will we demand
the kind of treatment and assistance that the white com-
munity has been receiving almost since HIV/AIDS was first
identified 30 years ago? It is up to us.

"... I for one believe that if you give people a thorough un-
derstanding 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

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GARTH C. REEVES, JR., Editor, 1972-1982
GARTH C. REEVES, SR., Publisher Emeritus
RACHEL J. REEVES, Publisher and Chairman

As recently reported in the
Wall Street Journal, While cen-
trist Democrats bore the brunt
of the mid-term election losses,
members of the Black and His-
panic caucuses won 56 of 60
re-election bids. The more than
40 returning Black members of
Congress and at least five new
ones are coming to Washington
fired up and determined to beat
back the coming attacks on the
progressive agenda the country
voted for in 2008.
As a result of the elections,
seven new Blacks will be sworn-
in as new House members on
January 5th. These include two
Tea Party endorsed Black Re-
publicans -- Tim Scott, of South
Carolina, and Allen West, of
Florida and the first Black
woman ever to represent the
state of Alabama and a Demo-
crat, Terri Sewell.
A native of Selma, Sewell
comes from a politically active
family that placed a strong em-
phasis on education. Her moth-
er was the first Black woman

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Even the Obama women are prone to sexism

All our lives we've heard sto-
ries about "The Grinch Who Stole
Christmas." Now we can add to
that two grinches Rush Lim-
baugh and Mike Huckabee who
stole the Obama family's Thanks-
giving. Or, at least tried. While
the rest of us were preparing last
week to express gratitude for our
blessings, those two spent the days
leading up to Thanksgiving urging
President Barack Obama to ex-
pose his wife, two daughters and
mother-in-law to airport security
Huckabee's suggestion that if the
President was in favor of pat-downs
as a proper form of airport secu-
rity that he and his family should
publicly go through both the body
scanner and the full enhanced pat-
down in front of others. Limbaugh
said just like Obama went swim-
ming with his daughter Sasha off
the coast of Florida after the BP oil
spill to show that the beaches were
safe, he should "take his daugh-
ter to the airport and have a TSA
grope her" to prove it is safe.
These are yet more examples

of critics who have an issue with
the president attacking his fam-
ily instead of criticizing whatever
public policy issue they find ob-
jectionable. It's fine to attack the
idiotic way the Transportation Se-
curity Administration has rolled
out tougher screening measures.

ample, they could have suggested
that the president and the vice
president make the trek to the
airport. They also could have sug-
gested that members of his cabi-
net, both males and females, take
off their shoes and subject them-
selves to a full body scan.

he attacks on the Obama women were crude and sexist.
Why did the Limbaugh and Huckabep axis of evil only
suggest that Obama take women relatives to the airport
for intrusive screenings and pat-downs?

But it's not okay to use the Obama
daughters in particular for target
practice. They've done nothing to
deserve such crass treatment by
men who should know better.
The attacks on the Obama wom-
en were crude and sexist. Why did
the Limbaugh and Huckabee axis
of evil only suggest that Obama
take women relatives to the air-
port for intrusive screenings and
pat-downs? There were other ways
Huckabee and Limbaugh could
have made their point. For ex-

No, the suggestion was that
the president take only women-
the women closest to him on a
field trip for public humiliation.
Perhaps it's no accident that two
white men were bold enough to tell
this Black man what to do with
"his" women.
In the bygone era that both Lim-
baugh and Huckabee often long
for, white men told Black men what
to do and when to do it. Though
many in that era were avowed seg-
regationists, they believed in inte-

gration during the time they forced
themselves on defenseless Black
Former Senator Strom Thurmond
of South Carolina is Exhibit A.
White women. were also ex-
ploited. They were relegated to
the home, weren't allowed to own
property, forbidden from filing suit
in court, banned from entering
into contracts and weren't allowed
to have custody of their own chil-
dren. They weren't allowed to vote
until 1920.
For women, the bygone era is
not totally bygone. Discrimina-
tion based on sex was outlawed
by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In 1974, women were allowed to
obtain credit in their own name.
Sexual harassment was outlawed
by the U.S. Supreme Court in
1986. And, just last year, the Lily
Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act
was signed into law by President
Obama, giving women a better op-
portunity to earn the same pay as
their male counterparts.
This is the world the Obama
women and every other females
live in.


What happened to our great Black mayors?

Remember the great Black
mayors of the '70s, '80s and
'90s? What happened to
them? Chicago had one of the
greatest in Harold Washing-
ton. Among others there were
Carl Stokes, Michael White, Wel-
lington Webb, Coleman Young,
Thomas Bradley, Marion Barry
and the' greatest of all, the Hon-
orable Maynard Jackson. The
measuring tool to grade these
mayors is the economic develop-
ment created by their platforms
and their ability to get through
White opposition and political
machines trying to fight against
any progress. These leaders
made Black millionaires and
that created hundreds of thou-
sands of jobs within our com-
You can say what you want
about Marion Barry but he was
truly a friend of Black busi-
ness. Black entrepreneurs liv-

ing in D.C. made a ton of money
through the leadership of Bar-
ry. One of the recipients was
none other than Robert John-
son, the founder of Black Enter-
tainment Television (BET). Bar-
ry's heart was in this and it was
his success that alerted the FBI

Like Barry and Jackson,
Washington revolutionized his
city. He made it clear to all-
unions, political machines, Wall
Street and manipulators that a
new day had come to the Windy
City. His staff had zero tolerance
for programs, bids and proposals

You can say what you want about Marion Barry but he
was truly a friend of Black business. Black entrepre-
neurs living in D.C. made a ton of money through the
leadership of Barry.

that he had gone off the "reser-
vation." They harassed and in-
vestigated him until they could
find something to stick. His real
"crime" was bringing economic
development through entrepre-
neurship into Black communi-
ties. Power to the recipients is a
blessing. Power to the adversar-
ies is considered a major threat.

that were void of diversity. Chi-
cago is a city of all colors and all
colors had better be represented
in everything. It shook the politi-
cal machine to no end. It was a
treat to watch all of the new of-
fices for Black businesses going
up in the Chicago Loop.
When Washington suddenly
died things started to slowly go

in reverse in Chicago. They have
been in reverse ever since. To-
day, the Windy City may give
up 2 percent of its business to
Blacks despite there being a
25 percent minority goal on all
procurements. What we have
today is wholesale fraud, lies
and political deceit. Chicago
Public Schools, O'Hare and Mid-
way Airports, public works and
transportation are a playground
for corruption, void of Black par-
ticipation. Today Chicago is in
need of a mayor that can emulate
Harold Washington. It should be
easy to do as it is a majority/mi-
nority city. Blacks and Hispanics
alone are 54 percent of the city's
population. What is needed is a
strong political campaign with
the vision of empowerment for
all of Chicagoans. That would be
so refreshing. They must bust
up the political machine that
Mayor Richard Daley is leaving.

elected to the Selma City Coun-
cil. Sewell is a graduate of both
Princeton and Harvard Law
School and currently works as
a public interest lawyer in Bir-
mingham. High on her legisla-
tive priorities list is job creation,
health care and help for Black
Karen Bass, D-CA, of Los An-
geles is the nation's first Black
woman State Assembly Speaker

take to cure the nation's eco-
nomic woes.
Hansen Clarke, D-MI, of De-
troit, assumes the House seat
occupied by U.S. Rep. Carolyn
Cheeks Kilpatrick for the past
14 years. A graduate of Cor-
nell University, Clarke formerly
served as a member of the Michi-
gan House and State Senate. He
brings years of legislative expe-
rience and a track record of bi-

A native of Selma, Sewell comes from a politically active
family that placed a strong emphasis on education. Her
mother was the first Black woman elected to the Selma
City Council.

and will will represent Califor-
nia 's 33rd Congressional Dis-
trict. Bass is a graduate of Cal
State Dominguez Hills and the
University of California School
of Medicine Physician Assistant
Program. She credits having led
the California state assembly
during the state's historic fiscal
crisis for giving her a grassroots
understanding of what it will

partisan accomplishment to his
new role. He says that helping
the people of Detroit navigate
the often confusing labyrinth
of federal benefits and services
available to them will be a major
focus in Congress.
Cedric Richmond, D-LA, won
a landslide victory over one-
term Louisiana Congressman
Anh Joseph Cao. A lifelong resi-

dent of New Orleans, Richmond
is a graduate of Morehouse Col-
lege, Tulane Law School and the
Harvard University executive
program. He has served as a
member of the Louisiana House
of Representatives since 2000
and created a new markets tax
credit which has steered more
than $250 million in investment
to the State's hurricane ravaged
With a personality as bold as
her big, stylish Stetsons, Fred-
erica Wilson, D-FL, will be oc-
cupying the House seat previ-
ously held by Florida 's Kendrick
Meeks. Congresswoman-elect
Wilson is a former teacher, prin-
cipal and school board member
who vows to carry her fight for
resource equity to the halls of
All of these new Black mem-
bers bring fresh ideas and en-
ergy to the U.S. Congress. For
the sake of our nation and our
communities, here's hoping
they make the right kind of dif-


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Taking back our communities one store at a time i

On the seventh dav of the
protest to close a convenience
store, which was the site of a vi-
olent murder, a young protester
rested. The 12-year-old girl laid
her sign on a table full of fluo-
Srescent-colored protest posters
and- !1..... to a white cooler for
a bottle of water. Her sign read,
"It's Time For A Change."
Those words echoed the sen-
timents of many of the hun-
dreds of people who took part in
the week-long protest at 9720
SW 168th Street in Perrine last
week. The spark that set this
community to protesting was
the murder of Akil Larue Oli-
ver, 34, who was killed by two
Israeli-born store clerks after he
boldly voiced his dissatisfaction
with being short-changed and
disrespected by the store clerks.
Since Larue's murder, count-
less other Blacks have expressed
their anger with the poor treat-
ment they receive at foreign-
owned convenience stores and
beauty-supply stores located in
Miami's Black neighborhoods.
Thankfully, a cadre of young
civil rights activists have taken
to the streets and the Internet

to shut the Perrine convenience
store down and pressure the
powers-that-be to prosecute
Larue's murderers to the fullest
extent of the law. But a larger
movement has emerged from
this tragic incident that may
just change the political and
economic landscape of Miami's

Tim and Desiree Davis. Their ef-
forts should be applauded and
supported by us all.
Hopefully, the ultimate goal
of this embryonic movement is
to radically awaken Blacks in
Miami to buy back their com-
munities from foreign investors.
It is hoped that this "Buy Back

While a coalition of pastors works to negotiate the
peaceful ouster of the Israeli store owners, another
group of concerned residents has formed a Black
economic empowerment organization to kick-start the growth of
Black-owned businesses in Miami-Dade County

Black community for years
While a coalition of pastors
works to negotiate the peaceful
ouster of the Israeli store own-
ers, another group of concerned
residents has formed a Black
economic empowerment organi-
zation to kick-start the growth
of Black-owned businesses in
Miami-Dade County and serve
as a watchdog of foreign-owned
businesses located in our neigh-
This new organization is being
led by the husband-wife team of

Our Community Campaign" will
usher in a new Black econom-
ic renaissance in Miami-Dade
County where Blacks own, op-
erate and patronize stores in
their own communities.
The next task is to put our
money where our mouths
are. As a servant-leader in this
new campaign I will be the first
to pledge a portion of my next
County-issued paycheck to help
buy back the convenience store
where Larue was murdered.
What opponents to this am-
bitious movement don't under-

stand is that with Larue's mur-
der, the political and economic
ground beneath them has shak-
en. The next generation of lead-
ers, myself included, will no
longer throw away our money
at foreign-owned stores or sup-
port status quo politicians who
send political aides to commu-
nity meetings armed with sim-
ple platitudes and stale press
To make a real impact, our
current slate of elected offi-
cials should set up large-scale
workshops on how Blacks can
start small businesses and buy
their communities back, store-
by-store. And there are already
several allies in our midst.
However, if we cannot look to
these officials to guide us into
a new economic reality, then
we must rely on ourselves to
fight the good fight. Either way,
change is coming to Miami-
Dade County.
Jason T. Smith is a graduate
of Howard University and holds
an MBA from Florida Interna-
tional University. He can be
contacted at jtsmith9 7@hotmail.


For the record, Florida's State Attorney does have guts

I believe that good people can
differ. I often differ with State
Attorney Fernandez Rundle
but I also respect her for tak-
ing on public corruption. Many
State Attorneys do not go after
politicians because they are
fearful that there may be politi-
cal backlash against the State
Attorney's Office. To her cred-
it, State Attorney Fernandez
Rundle has taken on politically
powerful individuals and enti-
ties. Most recently, she has be-
gun prosecuting employees of
Wackenhut one of the most
powerful organizations in Flor-
ida for fraudulent billing in
their contract with Miami-Dade
A State Attorney represents
the peopleand has a dual role.
They must decide if a person

has violated the law and wheth-
er there is sufficient evidence to
support prosecution. Ultimate-
ly, the goal is to make sure jus-
tice is served.
There was an outcry in South
Dade over the death of numer-
ous cats. Sometimes, it seems
that people care more about
animals than they do about
each other. But the senseless
death of numerous house-
hold pets hit a nerve in South
Dade. Based on circumstantial
evidence, young Tyler Wein-
man was deemed a suspect and
he was charged with multiple
counts of animal cruelty. After
he was charged, the cat killings
stopped, and everyone believed
that the State Attorney had se-
lected the right person. In the
court of public opinion, Rundle

and the Metro Dade Police De-
partment had done their job.
It was just a matter of time be-
fore the court system and a jury
would put the young man away
for her heinous deeds.
However, the circumstantial
case fell apart when a review of
nine cat corpses revealed that
canine teeth marks had been a
factor in tearing off the flesh of
the cats. Defense counsel, Da-
vid Macey, also pointed out that
two feral dogs had been caught
on the day of Weinman's arrest,
which coudl also explain the
end of the cat slaughters. Some
prosecutors may have chosen
to go ahead with the case, no
matter how circumstantial the
evidence may have been, in or-
der to avoid admitting their mis-
take. Rundle did not. It takes a

lot of courage to stand up and
state there was a mistake and
to drop a highly-public case.
Now family in South Dade
can sigh with relief. A crimi-
nal charge has an effect on a
family like dropping a bomb in
the living room. If your child is
charged, you face criticism and
attacks from neighbors and
friends. You undergo the uncer-
tainty of whether your child is
actually guilty. You also incur
enormous expenses to pay for
a defense. For the individual
charged with a crime, it is not
unusual to lose friends and em-
ployment and see one's entire
life turned upside down as you
literally fight for your freedom.
There are few things worse than
being charged with a crime that
one did not commit.

Is host Cypress Bay trying to make sure its team beats Central?

Dear Editor,

If you refer to the 2009-201.4
FHSAA football manual as it re-
lates to the playoff series, you
will understand why I am con-
cerned about this Friday's game
(Dec. 10) in which Cypress Bay
will play host to Miami Central in
the semi-finals of the 6A playoffs.

Cypress Bay insisted on play-
ing the game at their home field,
even though document the man-
ual states that the host shouldn't
present itself as the home team
and that if it does, that an air
of neutrality must prevail. Also,
if they agree to play the game
at their home field, a number of
provisions must be in place. The

manual lists at least seven with
which it does not appear they ei-
ther be willing or able to comply.
Some of my concerns include:
inadequate seating, inadequate
number of entrances and exits,
inadequate number of restroom
facilities and lack of stations for
the cleaning of hands and inade-
quate access for the handicapped.

Finally, we have even been told
that the number of tickets that
Central receives for its fans may
be limited. While they appear to
be doing everything possible to
make sure their team wins, Cen-
tral is being given no respect.

William DC Clark

Should the Black church take a lead in efforts to reduce the rising numbers

of Black women and young Black males being infected by HIV/AIDS?

Miami Gardens, retired police ,.. .'

Yes, I think
they should
be helping. We
need more sex
education. The
Black church
can spearhead
that effort.
[Sex] is going
to happen anyway, why not edu-
cate about it? Education never
hurt anybody. It will help you.

Miamni, supermarket bag person

should. be-
cause for ev-
ery 50 Blacks
there is one
person that
has been in-
fected with .
HIV. The Black _

community is the one with the
most AIDS cases. The Bible does
say you shouldn't have sex be-
fore you're married, but people
don't really respect the Bible
nowadays. Young people need
encouragement and they need
people telling them what to do.
So the church should encourage
youth to go to church and have
Bible study for them.

Miami, retired drv cleaner's worker

Yes, I would
think the *
church would ,
help. They
should edu-
cate people,
especially the
young people
and teach
them not to
mess around and use protection
if they do.

Mliami, retired airline mechanic

Yes because
it's spread all
over the world.
Everybody is
in danger. The
church should
focus on edu-
cation and
Today its not
like the way it use to be. Young
people are going to have sex. So
the best prevention is to provide

Miamli, Dor Lse Educational Center Student

"Yes, they
should of-
fer programs
that help with
medicine and
things like that
and programsI

where people can go to learn
more about AIDS."

Miami, Miami Jackson Senior High
School student

Yes, they
should talk
about it and
hold meet-
ings with kids.
People go to
church once a
week and they
should have
sex education

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once a week to keep reminding
them about [the risk of] HIV/

... 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

Northwestern's priorities are

far from "upside-down"

Dear Editor,

In response to the letter writ-
ten by Mr. W. T. Fair, "The Miami
Northwestern Priorities are Up-
side-down," it is a sad day and
with all due respect, you are en-
titled to your own opinion but not
to your own facts.
When the perception that all
the Miami Northwestern Alumni
care about is football, it is char-
acter assignation and insult-
ing. While Fair has been at the
Urban League of Miami for over
40 years, our alumni have been
here for the same length of time.
Some of us even helped to build
that school along with the late Bill
Turner. The Northwestern Alum-
ni has given many thousands of
dollars toward scholarships for
students and not one has been
given for athletics. We were born
and raised in this community and
we were taught to believe that we
could succeed and when we did
succeed we were supposed to give
back to our community and to
our school.
Our schools are the life line
of this community and we have
entrusted it to the career lead-
ers that sat on school boards
and Board of Educations for this
community that was supposed to
bring change for the better. What
we got as Fair stated for the last
10 years were the drop out facto-
ries that not only effected North-
western, but also Miami Jackson,
Central, Booker T. and Edison.
We have supported Northwest-
ern, its administration and em-
braced every initiative promoted
by the Board of Education, in-
cluding the No child left behind

Act,' promoted by Fair, who was
also a devoted supporter of past
Gov. Jeb Bush.
Among the thousands of stu-
dents who have graduated from
Northwestern, we sometimes dis-
agree but all have the same goals
and commitment: To support Mi-
ami Northwestern and the sur-
rounding community.
We were incorrectly described
as "a powerful alumni." More
accurately we are administra-
tors, teachers, lawyers, doctors,
managers, commissioners, board
members, computer engineers,
congresswomen, police chiefs and
yes, professional football play-
ers and more. And we will not be
disrespected or talked down to
by principals, board members or
the media. Remember there are
always two sides to every story
and sometimes, three. It's not
about the principal or the coach
because they both have a job to
do and we are here to make sure
they carry it out. Also, it was men-
tioned that Northwestern has be-
come a "C" school and while that
is good, we believe it should be an
"A." Furthermore, we believe that
no child should be left behind or
excluded in order to achieve a
higher score to meet standards
set by the board of education.
With charter schools, we know
it's all about dollars and cents
and some of whom make money
on our students' failures. We are
tax payers and voters and we are
taking our school back from the
so- called leaders who have failed
this community.

Cleveland Morley Jr.
Miami Gardens


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Study: Happiness is

having friends at church
having friends at church

Social circle, attendance are key to well-being

By Michelle Healy

Attending religious servic-
es regularly and having close
friends in the congregation are
key to having a happier, more
satisfying life, a study finds.
Even attending services ir-
regularly just several times
a year increases a sense of
well-being, so long as there is a
circle of friendships within the
community and a strong, shared
religious identity.
That's the key finding of a
study released recently in the
December issue of the American
Sociological Review.
Numerous studies have
shown that religious people re-
port a higher level of well-being
compared with the non-reli-
gious, says Chaeyoon Lim, an
assistant professor of sociology
at the University of Wisconsin-
Madjsop,an.d lead author of the
study. But what aspect of reli-
giousness church attendance,
prayer, theology or spirituality
- accounts for this level of life
satisfaction has been unclear.
Lim's study finds that when
people with similar levels of
church attendance are com-
pared, the key factors deter-
mining happiness are the social
aspect of religion and a shared
religious connection built
around identity and belonging.
Lim says that "90 percent of
the correlation between church
attendance and life satisfaction

can be explained if you have
these close interactions."
It comes as no surprise that
having more friends would in-
crease one's general sense of
well being, says Daniel Olson,
an associate professor of so-
ciology at Purdue University,
who wasn't involved in the new
study. What's unique about
the findings is the suggestion
that well-being among religious
people "probably has more to
do with having religious friends
than going to church," he says.
For the study, Lim and co-
author Robert Putnam analyzed
data collected during 2006 and
2007 as part of the Faith Mat-
ters Study, a nationwide survey
of a representative sample of
adults. The survey, examining
the various ways that religion
affects American society, is the
focus of the recently released
book American Grace: How Re-
ligion Divides and Unites Us by
Putnam and David Campbell.
According to the findings on
religion and life satisfaction, 33
percent of people who attend re-

ligious services every week and
have three to five close friends in
their congregation report being
"extremely satisfied" with their
lives. The study also finds that
15 percent of weekly church at-
tendees said they had no close
friends at church, and people
who say they participate in pri-
vate religious practices, such as
services held at home, were no
happier than those who never
attend congregational services.
The importance of congrega-
tional connectedness to life sat-
isfaction is in line with research
conducted by Nancy Ammer-
man, professor of sociology of
religion at Boston University.
"There's a high trust level in
congregations," Ammerman
says. "The ability to call on
people for social support is very
high, even if the people are not
necessarily the people you'd call
your best friends."
Lim notes that the study's
findings cut across all the main
Christian denominations, as
well as Jews and Mormons. The
sample size of other religious
groups was too small to draw

A puppy brings comfort and joy at Christmas

By Craig Wilson

I was having lunch with
friends last week, and as usu-
al we discussed the big issues
of the day. Mass molestation
at airports. Kate and Will's
upcoming wedding. Christ-
mas gifts.
None of us had bought any
yet, so not wanting to ruin the
festive mood, we changed the
topic. We talked instead about
the best Christmas gifts we
ever received.
One friend said she got Bar-
bie's whole wide world one
year. The dream house. The
pink car. Even Ken. She says
nothing has topped it since,
and nothing will. I'm not sure
what her husband thinks
about this.
Another friend said he got a
horse. A real live horse. Since
that was the one gift I always
asked for and never received, I
changed the subject immedi-
ately. Regret should not be a
holiday emotion.
I said the best gift I'd ever
given was our dog Murphy,
who turned out to be my best
gift, too.
It was 20 years ago when
I decided our all-too-quiet
house needed a prowling pup-
py. I knew you weren't sup-
posed to give pets at Christ-
mas it's too crazy a time,
the kids are too young for the
responsibility. There is some
truth to this.
We all remember when
thousands of parents caved
in to their kids' demands for
a cute little puppy after see-
ing Disney's 101 Dalmatians

back in 1996. This was after
every animal shelter in Amer-
ica told them not to. And sure
enough, a few months later
every animal shelter in Amer-
ica was housing a discarded
Dalmatian, dogs known to be
highly energetic and difficult
to train.
But we had no kids to ap-
pease, and our crazy quotient
is quite low, even at Christ-
mas. Plus, the dog was given
to a 43-year-old man. A rath-
er stable one at that.
Murphy hadn't even been
born when I wrapped her up
and put her under the tree. It
was a note telling my partner,
Jack, his dog was en route
and we'd be picking her up in'
three months.
And that was that. Murphy
was born, she joined the fam-
ily and hung around with us
for 15 years, far longer than
any Christmas gift I'd ever
given or received. (Actually,
her ashes are in a box on the
living room shelf, so she's
with us still, enjoying the
cocktail hour as she always
Can you remember a
Christmas gift from 20 years
ago? No, I didn't think so.
So if you haven't bought any
gifts yet, I'd once again, as I
have countless times before,
recommend a dog. Better
than a stupid old horse any
day. Less cumbersome, too.
The late Caroline Knapp,
author of the classic Pack of
Two, found her beloved shep-
herd-mix, Lucille, at a shel-
ter, perhaps the best place to
shop this holiday. The price is

right, the merchandise stur-
dy, satisfaction guaranteed.
And unlike Ken, your pup
comes with an actual person-


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Alphas spread joy

The students at the William J. Bryan Elementary school were full of smiles and happiness to re-
ceive bountiful Thanksgiving baskets for their families.The Thanksgiving donations were made pos-
sible by the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Surrounded by the gleeful students are chapter
representatives Brothers Earl Brundage and Trevor Wade.


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MLK National Memorial Project

Foundation showcases progress

By Dorinda White.

Washington (NNPA) On the
anniversary of the historic ac-,
tions of Rosa Parks on a bus
in Montgomery, Alabama, the
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nation-
al Memorial Project Foundation
showcased the progress of the
Martin Luther King, Jr. Me-
morial on the National Mall in
Washington, D.C.
The Martin Luther King Jr.
National Memorial Project is fif-
ty percent completed. It is situ-
ated on one of the most pres-
tigious sites remaining on the
National Mall. "The Memorial
will capture the essence of Dr.
King's passion and vision for all
to enjoy a life of freedom, oppor-
tunity, and justice," said Harry
Johnson, President and CEO
of the Washington, D.C. Martin
Luther King, Jr. National Me-
morial Project Foundation. "As
such, it will serve as a stage to
honor his national and inter-

national contributions to hu-
mankind, acknowledging his
unbridled teachings for achiev-
ing social change through non-
violent methods. The Memo-
rial will remind the world of his
dedication to the idea of achiev-
ing human dignity through
global relationships, and instill
a sense of duty within each of
us to be responsible citizens
and conscientious stewards of
freedom and democracy."
The Foundation's presenta-
tion highlighted how the entire
site will look upon completion.
A combination of inscribed
granite walls and green space
areas will surround the "Moun-
tain of Despair" leading to the
"Stone of Hope" and the impos-
ing statute of Dr. King. Under
the gray skies of Washington,
D.C. with scaffolding surround-
ing it, the statute seemed ready
to step forward out of the stone
encasing it.,
"The Memorial is a memorial

to a man who was a citizen of
the"-world whose, messages 'bf
democracy, justice, hope and
love transcended racial barri-
ers and resonated around the
globe," stated Johnson. "This
was confirmed when he was
honored with the Nobel Peace
Prize in 1964."
Johnson reminded the audi-
ence that the fundraising for
the Memorial has not met its
goal stating, "We have not met
our fundraising goals, but the
Memorial project is moving
ahead as scheduled. We hope
that each American and those
around the world will make a
contribution towards the com-
pletion of this Memorial. Dr.
King touched lives on an inter-
national level and we know that
in the end, those who believed
in his words and actions will
contribute to his Memorial.
For more information and to
make a contribution go to www.
buildthedream. org


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5A THE ,IIA'ii TIMES, DECEMBER 8-14, 2010

New Dorsey Park playground ready for kids to enjoy

But were the community's desires

followed or ignored?

By D. Kevin McNeir

A brand new playground is
the kind of thing that makes
most children leap for joy, do
numerous somersaults and
scream in ecstasy. But as the
new kids' play spot was be-
ing completed at Dorsey Park
(1701 NW 1st Avenue) some
residents wondered if what the
City had ordered for their chil-
dren and grandchildren was an
awful joke or some error on the
part of an administrator.
In truth, it was neither.
According to Lara DeSouza,
a spokesperson for the City of
Miami Park and Recreation, the
new custom playground which
is rated for children ages 5 12,
reflects changes in the industry
that now encourage outdoor fit-
"The new philosophy is that
playgrounds are being config-
ured to encourage children to
be more active instead of en-
gaging in what passive forms of
play, like swinging or sliding,"
she said. "Playgrounds today
are built so that children have
to go up and down stairs and
climb -it's all part of an effort
to fight one of our nation's most
troubling trends childhood

The total cost for the new
playground is a whopping
$97,800 which includes equip-
ment, labor and a poured-in-
place rubber safety surface
that covers 500 square feet.
DeSouza says the new surface
is the most expensive part of
the new playground but is one
that makes it much safer for
children who fall while running
or tumbling.
But for Bruce Storr 60 and
Johnny, McCree, 55, who both
live in the community and have
grandchildren, great-nieces and
great-nephews who are anxious
to use the park, they wonder if
this "new-fangled park" is really
the best for the young wards.
"This is now what we asked for
but we were told that it was the
best for our kids," Storr said. "I
think I would know what is best
for the children in my own fam-
ily. I think the sliding board is
too narrow and that the climb-
ing apparatus is something that
little kids might like but may get
injured trying to maneuver."
McCree agrees, adding that he
is more frustrated with the pro-
cess by which the equipment for
the playground was selected.
"We know that new play-
ground is a wonderful idea and
our kids need this but we
just felt like we were given the
runaround," he said. "When we
tried to get more information
no one was interested in hear-
ing from us. Now we have this
playground ready for kids and
we just don't think it's what's
best for or desired by our own
children. We are frustrated and

DeSouza.says that the Parks
and Recreation Department
does follows the same proce-
dure for all potential new play-
grounds. And those steps were
"The park manager and a rep-
resentative from the playground
supply company that we are
working with, along with some-
one from the support services di-
vision goes to the park and does
a needs assessment," she said.
"This playground was chosen
to meet the health and safety
needs of children. We want kids
moving, either with our staff or
independently. We would never
put anything in place that we
thought was unsafe kids are
our main audience."
Somehow along the way, it is
clear that there was a discon-
nect in communication. But
what can residents, like Storr
and McCree do?
"The first step is to talk with
the park manager because they
are responsible for program-
ming and improvements," De-
Souza said. "If that doesn't sat-
isfy citizens, they should secure
the name of the coordinator of

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their park district or contact the
director of the department, Er-
nest Burkeen (305-416-1300)."
A new playground has opened
at Dorsey Park but whether it
will prove to be a boom or a bust
remains anyone's guess.


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Miss. preparing for its Civil War commemoration

By Shelia Byrd
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. State and
local tourism officials are hop-
ing Civil War commemoration
events, including re-enactments
and conferences, will draw mon-
ey-spending visitors to Missis-
sippi over the next four years.
The state will commemorate
the 150th anniversary of the
conflict from 2011 to 2015.
"It is economic development.
We want to drive traffic through
all of the regions of the state and
tell the stories of Mississippi's
history and involvement in the
Civil War," said Bill Seratt, exec-
utive director for the Vicksburg
Convention and Visitors Bureau
and chairman of a commission
appointed by the state legisla-
ture to help publicize events.
Sarah McCullough, manager
of the Mississippi Development
Authority's culture and heri-
tage program, said events will
be geared toward everyone from
academics to casual Civil War
"Over the next four years it's
certainly something for the state
that has tremendous potential,"
McCullough said. "Statistics
show cultural and heritage tour-
ists spend more money than gen-
eral tourists."
But McCullough said it's diffi-
cult to estimate how many Civil
War tourists visit the state each
year because some who drive
through military parks don't stop
and register with park officials.
Mississippi is among at least
21 states that have formed com-
missions or initiatives to com-
memorate the anniversary of
Americ'a's ..-ar 'with 'itself, ac-
cording to the Washington-based
Civil War Preservation Trust.
Some states will hold confer-
ences, and local and private or-
ganizations have plans for events
and functions such as a Dec. 20
Secession Ball in Charleston,

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It has been estimated that over 65,000 Southern Blacks were in the Confederate ranks. Over
13,000 of these, "saw the elephant" also known as meeting the enemy in combat. These Black
Confederates included both slave and'free.The Confederate Congress did not approve Blacks to be
officially enlisted as soldiers (except as musicians), until late in the war. But in the ranks it was a
different story. Many Confederate officers did not obey the mandates of politicians, they frequently
enlisted Blacks with the simple criteria, "Will you fight?"

S.C., that's sponsored by the
Sons of Confederate Veterans
an event that's drawn protests
from the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored
The Confederacy created by
the secession of Southern states
continues to be a divisive subject
in Mississippi. In 2009, some

Black lawmakers balked at a
legislative proposal to accept a
statue of Confederate President
Jefferson Davis. The statue is
now at Beauvoir, Davis' last
home on the Gulf Coast.
But there's been no real
protest about the state's com-
memoration plans. Derrick
Johnson, president of the Mis-

sissippi NAACP, couldn't be
reached for comment recently.
A website unveiled this week
to promote the commemoration
highlights a timeline of war ac-
tion in Mississippi, but says lit-
tle about slavery. Still, Serratt
said "it is a part of the story
and we want to tell what hap-
pened ... in reverence and re-

spect to soldiers on both sides."
"A lot of what will be happen-
ing around the state will be an
interpretation more of the home
front and how the civilians
lived and especially we'll see
more emphasis of the African-
American experience," he said.
Many of the events are still in
the planning stages and Ser-
att couldn't give any examples
of projects that would focus on
Blacks during the Civil War.
Among the events slated to
begin early next year are a Jan.
7 re-enactment and discussion
entitled "Secession Revisited"
at the Old Capitol Museum, the
place where state officials voted
150 years ago to withdraw from
the Union. There will be a Feb.
-12 re-enactment of Davis leav-
ing Vicksburg for Montgomery,
Ala., to be inaugurated as pres-
ident, said Larry McCluney, a
national officer with the Sons
of Confederate Veterans.
On March 12, state Depart-
ment of Archives and History
staff will speak at the museum
about Civil War-related items
in the collections, Civil War
sites in Mississippi, and Blacks
in the Civil War.
The SCV's sesquicentennial
website features old photo-
graphs of Black soldiers who
fought for the Confederacy,
said McCluney, who is alsb a
past president of the organiza-
tion's Mississippi division. Mc-
Cluney, who is a history teach-
er, said thousands of Blacks
fought for the Confederacy.
"That's something we want to
emphasize here. That's a piece
of history a lot of people aren't
aware of," McCluney said.
Jim Camipi," a' spokesman
for the Civil War Preserva-
tion Trust, said organizers in
most states "understand how
important it is that this com-
memoration is inclusive and


S. settlement to Black farmers
Northwestern needs new crop of alum to get active Associated Press president would sign the
Claims Resolution Act of

Since the untimely death
of Michael "Doo" Wright it
seems that certain members
of the Miami Northwestern
Alumni Association have got-
ten out of control. The former
graduates of Northwestern
should begin to .attend the
alumni meetings and then
clean house beginning with
the ousting of alumni asso-
ciation president Larry Wil-
Next it should be noted that
Miami Northwestern Princi-
pal Charles Hankerson is an
outstanding principal. He de-,
cided two years ago that he
wanted to leave with the se-
niors who came in as fresh-
men when he came to North-
western. He wants to work
back down south or go to a
school out of state to be near

his son. Since that time he
has done an amazing job.
No one ultimately benefits
if the relationship between
the principal and the alumni
association is anything less
than positive. Earlier this
year I wrote a column called
"A Bull Recognizes Bull"
about Northwestern and
former Principal Dr. Dwight
Bernard. In this article I
wrote about a few disgruntled
alumni members being upset.
But it is important to under-
stand that there's a big differ-
ence between the alumni and
the alumni association.
The Miami Northwestern
Alumni Association is a non-
profit organization with a
board of directors that dis-
cuss planned actions before
they decide to do anything

on behalf of the association.
The alumni who are calling
in with words of anger are
not the association. There
needs to be a new generation
of alumni that comes and
brings new ideas to the as-
In a recent Herald article
both alumni association
President Larry Williams and
Jerald Cooper, a 1984 grad-
uate, were quoted. Based on
their words, it appears these
two individuals seem to have
their priorities mixed up.
Far too often, Williams does
things on his own without
the knowledge of the alumni
association but the alumni
association gets the blame.
As for Cooper, he has created
a social network for alumni
called Bulls for Life and is

eagerly hustling the Bulls'
name. However, he has not
been as energetic in donat-
ing money for scholarships.
The final irony is that fora
as long as the school has
been receiving a failing grade
for its FCAT scores, not one
time have Williams or Cooper
spoken up for helping the
students. But they are quick
to offer their vocal support
for the football coach.
It was nice of T. Willard
Fair to assess the situation
from afar without knowing
the facts but you got to love
Northwestern to really know
what is going on. You have
to be able to say with convic-
tion, "glory hallelujah I wear
blue and gold." People should
do their research before they
pretend to be reporters.

S.C. Republican Tim Scott will not join Black Caucus

By Jeffrey Collins
Associated Press

Carolina's first Black Repub-
lican congressman in over a
century won't join the Con-
gressional Black Caucus.
Tim Scott told The Associ-
ated Press on last Wednesday
that the caucus' ideals don't
match his goals or vision for
"The more I thought about
it, the more I realized is who
I have always been a guy who
has lived in an integrated
world," Scott said.
Scott, 45, downplayed his
race throughout his campaign
as he beat eight other Repub-

licans, including the sons of
the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thur-
mond and the late Gov. Car-
roll Campbell. He then easily

won his conservative coastal
South Carolina district to be-
come the state's first Black
congressman since Recon-
Next month, Scott and Flor-
ida's Allen West will become
the first Black Republicans to
serve in the U.S. House since
J.C. Watts of Oklahoma re-
tired in 2003.
Watts did not join the Con-
gressional Black Caucus ei-
ther. But West has said he
will likely accept the caucus'
invitation, saying he wants
to steer the group away from
what he called failing liberal
Scott said he considered the
invitation, but decided after

traveling to Washington last
month that the time he would
spend with the caucus could
be better spent on other work.
"In the end, I think I'm go-
ing to be very busy," Scott
said. "I'll be working on is-
sues I think will move America
forward and there wasn't any
margin left."




old claims from Black farm-
ers and Native Americans
that the government mis-
treated and swindled them
out of billions of dollars can
finally be settled starting
President Barack Obama is
set to sign the bill authoriz-
ing payment of $4.6 billion
to settle claims that arose in
class-action lawsuits.
The White House said the

2010 and make remarks at
the ceremony next week, but
offered no further details.
The House of Represen-
tatives passed the bill on
Tuesday. The package would
award some $3.4 billion to
Native Americans for royal-
ties for resources like oil, gas
and timber. Another $1.2 bil-
lion would go to Black farm-
ers who claim they were un-
fairly denied federal loans
and other assistance.


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Addonis Parker preserves work of Overtown legend

Purvis Young murals to be restored at Gibson Park :
By D. Kevin McNeir municating his message to the "The murals will be part of- masses and encouraging his Gibson Park's library and there .'. ;
fellow Black brothers and sis- will be eight walls with Pur-
The murals of Overtown leg- ters, the restoration project has vis's work on them two ma- .

end Purvis Young, who died in
April of this year, has been well-
documented in both local and
national publications. Young,
who died at 67, was a self-
taught artist whose work chron-
icled everyday life in his beloved
Liberty City where he was born
and Overtown where he lived for
most of his life from children
playing and seniors attending
church to the poverty, crime
and struggles for equality that
have defined Miami's most well-
known Black communities.
But while his art can been
seen in galleries from Germany
to South Florida and all points
in-between, one of the saddest
things about his story is that he
would never really profit from
his talent as many artist have
done. But in the spirit of com-

moved forward at Overtown's
Gibson Park that will bring back
to life his 1984 painting a row
of murals called "Everyday Life."
Young restored the art once
before his death in 1991 for the
City of Miami. But after decades
of blistering heat and hurri-
canes, his choice of vivid colors
can hardly be distinguished.
That's where Addonis Parker
comes into the picture.
Parker, 38, a long-time col-
league of Young and the owner
of his own art gallery, Art For-
ever Studio in Liberty City (lo-
cated on 7th Avenue and 62nd
Street), has been identified by
city leaders to restore the mu-
rals to their original beauty. As
soon as the groundbreaking
takes place at the park, Parker
will get busy.

jor walls and six medium-sized
ones," he said. "He called his
painting 'Everyday Life' but for
me it's more about how he ex-
pressed his feelings of freedom
and liberation. There are people
side-by-side with angels, folks
hustling in traffic, children cry-
ing it's the everyday world for
In his own works, Parker says
he tends to focus on images of
"It's easier to convey my mes-
sages through their emotions
and that means more than just
a lot of children laughing," he
said. "Children are a lot more
complicated than we give them
credit for and just because they
aren't smiling doesn't mean
they're angry."
Parker says that once he gets
underway, he anticipates the
project taking him about two
"Before I can restore the art
*work, I have to repair the walls
- fix the stains and the mil-
dew," he said. "Then I have the

-Photo/Theo Karantsalhs
The Prince of Peace: This mural of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the murals that Liberty
City artist Addonis Parker restored near NW 7th Avenue. He will do similar work on the mural of
his late friend, Purvis Young, as part of Gibson Park's multi-million dollar restoration project.

awesome task of reproducing Young it's a task that I have coming true. His life and his
the work of my friend Purvis dreamed about and now it's work will live on."

-Photo/Theo Karantsalis
Visionary: Artist Addonis Parker rests against one of the Purvis
Young murals that he will soon be restoring at Gibson Park in

Black colleges look to

increase online presence

Only about 10 percent of the nation's 105

historically Black colleges offer online degrees

By Kathy Matheson
Associated Press

chael Hill needed a doctoral
program with the flexibility to
let him continue working full-
time as a Lincoln University
administrator, he chose an on-
line degree from another insti-
With such firsthand
experience, Hill is now
trying to start an online
program at Lincoln. It's
one of many historically '
Black colleges and uni- .
versities that has yet to
enter a booming cyber-
education market that
could be particularly JO]
lucrative for Black colleges.
Blacks comprised about 12
percent of total enrollment in
higher education in 2007 but
were 21 percent of students at
for-profit institutions many
of which are online, accord-
ing to an American Council on
Education report released this
Tom Joyner, a syndi-
cated radio host with a
largely Black audience,
also sees the market's
potential. The longtime
historical Black college
and university booster
and philanthropist has
invested about $7 mil- BRC
lion to start HBCUsOn-, an educational ser-
vices venture run by his son.
"My father noticed very early
on that a lot of the students do-
ing the online education boom
were members of his listening
audience," said Tom Joyner Jr.
"Those listeners could be bet-
ter served by HBCUs."
While Black colleges only
enroll about 11 percent of all
Black students, their traditions
and legacies still resonate in
the Black community. It makes
sense that those schools would
want to recapture students
from for-profits like the Uni-
versity of Phoenix, said Richard
Garrett,. managing director of
the consulting firm Eduven-
"This is, to us, an expected
and logical trend," Garrett said.
"It's ambitious, the timing is

right. There's a lot of opportu-
nity there."
The Sloan Consortium for
online education estimates
about one-third of the coun-
try's 4,500 universities offer
online degrees. But only about
10 percent of the nation's 105
historically Black colleges do,
according to the White House
Initiative on histori-
cal Black institutions.
S (Larger percentages
fy offer online courses
without degrees.)
"'In order to keep
pace and add insti-
tutional versatility,
we should be in this
space," said John
YNER Wilson Jr., executive
director of the White
House Initiative.
Part of the problem is mon-
ey: Black colleges generally
have small endowments and
are largely tuition-dependent.
Many don't have the techno-
logical infrastructure to sup-
port online education, said
Marybeth Gasman, an HBCU
expert at the University
of Pennsylvania.
The schools also have
struggled with low re-
tention and graduation
rates, partly because
of students' financial
backgrounds. Some of-
OWN ficials worry that online
student dropouts could
further drag down those rates,
possibly affecting accredita-
tion, said Ezell Brown, CEO
of Education Online Services,
another company working to
put Black colleges online.
Also at issue is whether the
nurturing campus environ-
ment often touted by Black
colleges can be replicated in
cyberspace. To be success-
ful online, the schools must
offer strong student advising
and a cultural component that
somehow virtually conveys the
campus ethos, Gasman said.
Dallas-based HBCUsOnline.
com, which launched in Sep-
tember, aims to be a one-stop
shop for browsing online pro-
grams at Black schools. The
site promises students person-
al guidance "from registration
to graduation."

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House censure deals blow to N.Y.'s Rangel for misconduct
By Fredreka Schouten never sought to enrich him- l for 17 years on rental income "It brought discredit to the penalty, censure is ... a life
self. from his Caribbean vacation House when this member with sentence," King said. The
WASHINGTON The House "I know in my heart that I'm villa and soliciting donations great responsibility for tax House, however, rejected a
of Representatives voted over- not going to be judged by this _- for a center being built in his policy did not pay his taxes," measure to reduce the pun-
whelmingly recently to cen- Congress, but I'm going to be ". honor from companies with Lofgren said. ishment.
sure once-powerful New York judged by my life," the Demo- business before his tax-writ- Rangel and his allies plead- The censure vote leaves
Rep. Charles Rangel for mul- cratic congressman said in a ing committee. ed for leniency recently, ask- a permanent stain on Ran-
tiple ethical misdeeds the brief response from the House The House ethics commit- ing for a less severe written gel's reputation, but it does
first time in nearly three de- floor. tee also concluded that Rangel reprimand and arguing that not strip him of any legisla-
cades that House members "Compared to where I have failed to disclose to Congress censure should be imposed tive powers nor reduce his
have publicly rebuked a col- been, I haven't had a bad day more than $500,000 in assets only in cases when intentional $174,000 annual salary. He
league, since," added Rangel, a Kore- and income and improperly corruption is proved. .lost the chairmanship of the
The 333-79 vote dealt Rangel an War veteran who rose from housed a campaign office in a The last lawmakers cen- tax-writing committee earlier
the most devastating blow of a high school dropout to chair- rent-stabilized apartment. sured Rep. Gerry Studds of this year in connection with a
congressional career spanning man of the House Ways and REP. CHARLES RANGEL Rangel has paid nearly Massachusetts and Rep. Dan- separate ethics case.
40 years. Means Committee. $15,000 in back taxes as part iel Crane of Illinois in 1983 -- At a news conference after
Rangel, 80, stood silently Censure is the most serious supporting the Confederacy of his punishment. were punished for sexual rela- the vote, a defiant Rangel said
in the front of the chamber punishment short of expul- during the Civil War to accept- Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., tionships with House pages. the censure action was moti-
as House Speaker Nancy Pe- sion that Congress can im- ing bribes, who chairs the ethics panel, One Republican, New York vated by politics and would not
losi somberly read the censure pose. Rangel now joins 22 oth- The House scolded Rangel said it was "painful" to disci- Rep. Peter King, joined the diminish his stature. "Charlie
resolution. But he fought the ers in U.S. history who have for a pattern of misconduct pline a colleague, but she said half-dozen lawmakers plead- Rangel is Charlie Rangel," he
punishment to the end, insist- been censured by the House stretching back years -- in- Rangel "violated the public ing for mercy. "If expulsion said. "I wasn't always a chair-
ing he was not corrupt and for wrongdoing ranging from cluding failing to pay taxes trust." is the equivalent of the death man."


The power of forgiven

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

As a kid growing up
in Miami, whenever
my little cousins and I
would get into a fight
over something, my
grandmother would
make one of us say "I'm HA
sorry," and the other say "I for-
give you." Like magic, we all
would feel much better after-
wards and life would almost
immediately return back to
No grudges or hard feelings.
The act of forgiveness in all
fairness has produced sur-
prising results for ages, dat-
ing all the way back to bibli-
cal times. Basically, the good
book teaches humanity that if
we want to reap the benefits of
being forgiven of our wrongdo-
ings, then we must be willing
to find it within our heart to do
something as simple as forgive

those who are in some
way indebted to us. As
easy as it may sound,
it is extremely difficult
for most humans to em-
brace this particular
concept of reciprocity.
At times, we tend
ALL to feel as though the
evil that has been done to us
somehow outweighs the evil
that we have done to others,
thus, making it impossible
for us to forgive and forget.
This perceivable imbalance of
wrongful acts which makes
some deeds less worthy of
pardoning than others is of
course completely judgmen-
tal by nature. When we allow
ourselves to form the kind of
opinions that preclude the for-
giving of a particular group or
category of immoralities, we
not only become unreasonably
judgmental, we also deprive
ourselves from experiencing

an inner peace that can only
begin when we cease feeling
angry and resentful towards
those who have offended us.
But it's a two-way street.
The flip side is that in many
cases, the conscience of the of-
fender also craves for the in-
ner peace that derives from
the act of showing regret and
ultimately being forgiven of an
ill-deed done. Some people re-
gretfully carry the heavy load
of evil acts committed against
others on their backs for many
years, never finding apologetic
relief for matters still left up in
the air.
I personally have a long list
of apologies that I wish I could
extend face-to-face to those
who I have hurt in life.
If I could, I would tell Sa-
mantha Jackson that I'm so
sorry for mistreating her when
we were together. I would ask
everyone who I've ever commit-


ted a crime against to please
forgive me. And most impor-
tant, I would apologize to my
family for putting myself in a
position that would make it
impossible for us to be togeth-
er for close to 20 years. Unfor-
tunately, I cannot reverse my
errors in life nor can I turn
back the hands of time and
take away the pain that I have
caused. However, through my
sincere humility and shame,
we all can undergo a healing
process that will allow us to
move on with life free of ani-
mosity and guilt.
Hopefully, God will put it in
their hearts to use less energy
to continue to hold a grudge
against me and more to accept
my humbled apology.
After all, no one is flawless;
one day even you will want
someone to forgive you for
something that you've done

Amtrak to allow guns to be checked

New rules in effect Dec. 15

By Michael D. Bolden

Amtrak travelers will soon be
allowed to check guns and am-
munition on some rail cars. The
new policy takes effect Dec. 15.
Congress passed a law in
December 2009 requiring the
change in policy as part of a
transportation funding bill. A
ban was put in place after 9/11
due to concerns that allow-
ing weapons aboard the trains
would increase the risk of ter-
rorism. The Transportation Se-
curity Administration already
allows guns to be transported
in checked baggage aboard air-
planes under strict guidelines.
Amtrak officials said the rail
agency spent about $2 million
to implement the new policy,

which included changes to its
reservation system, the instal-
lation of "secure storage at
checked baggage train stations"
and modification for 142 bag-
gage cars. Officials noted that
checked baggage service is not
available aboard all Amtrak
trains or routes, but it must be
available on all trains and at all
stations in a person's itinerary
if they wish to transport guns or
Here are Amtrak's guidelines
on the new policy:
Passengers must call Am-
trak at least 24 hours before de-
parture to notify the rail agency
that they will be checking guns
or ammunition. Call Amtrak at
800-USA-RAIL. Online reserva-
tions won't be accepted. You'll

also need to complete a form de-
claring the weapons on the first
day of travel.-
Guns and ammunition must
be checked at least 30 min-
utes before departure, earlier at
some larger stations.

-.*- '-'- '-

All firearms must be un-
loaded and in an approved,
locked hard-sided container,
which can't weigh more than 50
Locked, hard-sided contain-

ers containing smaller unloaded
firearms such as handguns and
starter pistols must be securely
stored within a suitcase or oth-
er item of checked baggage, but
the firearm must be declared.
All ammunition carried must
be securely packed in the origi-
nal container; in fiber, wood, or
metal boxes; or in other packag-
ing specifically designed to carry
small amounts of ammunition.
The maximum weight of ammu-
nition and containers may not
exceed 11 pounds.
All other Amtrak checked
baggage policies apply, includ-
ing limits on the number of
pieces of checked baggage and
the maximum weight of each
piece (50 pounds).
BB guns and compressed
air guns will be treated as fire-

GPS technology protecting baby Jesus from theft

By Bruce Shipkowski
Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. Having a
baby Jesus or other items taken
from a nativity scene or holiday
display at your home or house
of worship can be painful during
what should be a joyous time.
But thanks to some high-tech
help, dozens of churches and
residents are finding they can
quickly recover cherished items
that were purloined by thieves
or holiday pranksters.
They're using global position-
ing systems and related devices
that are hidden inside the figu-
rines. The devices use satellite
signals to pinpoint their location
anywhere in the world, and are
often no larger than a domino.
If an item goes missing, the
owners can use cell phones or
computer browsers to track not
only its current location, but
where it has been since it was
One area firm, New York-
based BrickHouse Security, pro-
vides a GPS device at no cost to
nonprofit and religious institu-
tions as part of its "GPS Jesus"
program. The company got the
idea for the program in 2005, af-
ter a few churches asked about

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.;.. .- . . ... -..' . -.. .L -.
If an item goes missing, the owners can use cell phones or com-
puter browsers to track not only its current location, but where it

has been since it was taken.

one-month rentals instead of its
usual longer contracts.
Todd Morris, BrickHouse's
chief executive officer, said the
program was born in part be-
cause the thefts struck a per-
sonal nerve in him.
"I couldn't help but feel like
these types of pranks were cruel
and costly, especially at that
time of year" Morris said Friday.
"Not only do they damage the
spirit of the holiday, but they
also leave communities feel-
ing vulnerable and mistrustful,

right when we're in the midst of
a season that's all about spread-
ing goodwill."
When the program began,
Morris said GPS devices were
much bulkier and very com-
plicated to use. They also were
much more costly than they
are today, and the firm mostly
worked with police and other
law enforcement agencies.
But as the devices were re-
fined and simplified, the pro-
gram became more popular
mostly through word of mouth

by church officials. The GPS
trackers were made available
to more than 30 communities
across North America last year
and will be expanded further
this year.
The devices have gotten rave
reviews from church officials,
who say they are a great tool for
recovering stolen items. They
also help prevent thefts when
the community is made aware
that the nativity scenes and
holiday displays are protected.
by the devices.
"There's been no attempt of
theft since we announced that
we're tracking our Jesus," said
Alan Czyewski of St. Ambrose
Church in Old Bridge, which
gained unwanted recognition
when its displays were repeat-
edly victimized by vandals.
"We love this. People are now
well aware of our GPS Jesus, so
they leave it alone," Czyewski
Morris said comments like
that make the program worth-
"We want to help protect as
many people as we can and
help them protect themselves
and their possessions, and this
helps us reach that goal," he

I _ Me s3cc

A man is outraged after he claims police confused him for a suspect and tasered
According to David Perez, he was headed to work on Nov. 29 when police thought
he was Jacob Jurberg, who molested a child.
According to police, they were set to arrest Jurberg after investigating him for
months. Police had set up outside where he worked as a security guard on Coral
Way. Police would eventually arrest 29-year-old Jurberg for allegedly assaulting
a 7-year-old girl inside the Young Israel Temple of Greater Miami in late August.
Perez and his attorney, David Kubiliun, produced a surveillance video, in which
they said Perez can be seen running away from a police officer and shocked with
a Taser.
Police said it was an honest mistake'but Perez said that is not good enough. He
said he had to be taken to the hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. "I just
want justice to be served," he said.

A former Miami-Dade County social worker's aide will spend the rest of his life in
prison and not face the death penalty for stabbing his wife 61 times and stabbing
her two young children.
In a surprise decision, jurors rejected a death sentence for Grady Nelson, 53.
He was convicted in the grisly January 2005 murder of his wife, Angelina Martinez.
Nelson's case drew headlines because the Miami-Dade Human Services Depart-
ment hired him in 2000 as a social-worker aide, despite his prior conviction for the
1991 rape of a 7-year-old neighbor.

Police are trying to find a hit-and-run driver involved in a collision with a school
bus last week.
A man rammed the bus with a blackScion before 7:50a.m.-atSouthwestSeventh
Street and Southwest 29th Avenue, near Westwood:Heights Elementary. The driver
abandoned the wrecked car and ran away.
"We're currently investigating who the driver was," said Detective Travis Man-
dell, spokesman for Fort Lauderdale police.
Earlier in the day, the Scion struck a white Pontiac Grand Prix elsewhere in the
city, Mandell said.
The Grand Prix's driver began pursuing the Scion. When the Scion turned west on
Seventh Street, it was in the wrong lane and struck the school bus.
Anyone with information may call police at 954-828-5700 or Broward County
Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477.

Police are seeking a person of interest in connection with a Nov. 12 sexual bat-
tery upon a male that reportedly happened on North Dixie Highway.
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gathered. The teens were playing around with the gun and it went off, killing
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Obama: "Delay would deal serious blow to economy"

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for two years, settling the de-
bate would benefit the economy
"We have arrived at a frame-
work for a bipartisan agree-
ment," Obama said. "For the
next two years, every American
family will keep their tax cuts.
The American people didn't
send us here to wage symbolic
battles or win symbolic victo-
ries. They would rather have the
comfort of knowing that when
they open their first paycheck
of 2011, it won't be smaller
than it was before all because
Washington failed to act."
Obama also stated that he
compromised so that American
families would not lose their
unemployment insurance at
the end of December.
"I am not willing to put [Amer-
icans] in a situation where they
might lose their home or their
car of suffer some additional
economic catastrophe," he said.
"Sympathetic as I am to those
who prefer a fight over compro-
mise and as much as the politi-

cal wisdom may dictate fighting
over solving problems, it would
be the wrong thing to do."
Other key features of the
compromise include: extends
increases in the Earned Income
Tax Credit, the child credit and
tuition credits adopted in the
2009 economic stimulus pack-
age that were set to expire; al-
lows businesses to write off 100
percent of their capital invest-
ments for tax purposes during
2011. The current write-off is
50 percent.

The nation's unemployment
rate climbed to 9.8 percent
in November, a seven-month
high, despite the addition of
39,000 jobs. The jobless rate
has now exceeded 9 percent for
19 straight months, the longest
stretch on record. In total there
were 15.1 million people unem-
ployed in November. The Labor
Department also reported that
17 percent of the labor force is
"underemployed." And while an
unspecified number of workers

are part-time and would pre-
fer full-time employment, it is
estimated that 1.3 million per-
sons are "discouraged" work-
ers meaning they have given up
looking for work because they
believe no jobs are available to
These numbers alone are
cause for families to worry
about the future but for Blacks
the situation is even more criti-
cal. Consider the following No-
vember statistics:
Black unemployment rose
to 16 percent after dipping to
15.7 the previous month
Black teen unemployment
is now 46.5 percent, a slight dip
from last month's 48 percent
Black male unemployment
in the U.S. now hovers at .17.6
percent that equates to near-
ly one of five men being unem-
ployed in the Black community
According to the latest
U.S. Census report, the Black
median family income was just
over $41,000 the lowest of
any racial group in the country
A single Black woman with
children earned a median annu-
al income of $25,959 in 2008
More than 40 percent of

Black families headed by a sin-
gle mother live below the pov-
erty level
Many newsrooms no lon-
ger view the crisis of jobless-
ness among Blacks as news
and summarily either drop
such stories to the bottom of
their list or, when time and
space run out, ignore it com-
Some Black scholars say that
while the President is Black he
must deal with policies from the
White House in a manner that
indicates he has transcended
race. But for Blacks that may
mean waiting even longer for
the kinds of programs and as-
sistance that the Black com-
munity so desperately needs.
"Obama can't just talk about
Blacks when all groups are ex-
periencing incredible jobless
rates and suffering," said Black
Harvard sociologist William Ju-
lius Wilson. "I believe hell get
around to addressing racial
disparities in the long term but
in the short term he's got to
talk about a stimulus package
that increases unemployment
benefits and reduces jobless-
ness across the board."

Sink's running mate frontrunner for Party chair Washington disappointed with another "F"

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selection process, nor have we
had the courtesy of a meeting
or conversation with anyone
regarding the desired attri-
butes, expertise and ability of
a new chair."
Despite being the chair of the
Florida Legislative Black Cau-
cus, Siplin's letter may have
garnered negligible attention -
it was issued just as Tallahas-
see City Commissioner Andrew
Gillum, 32, who-was report-
edly the only Black candidate
for Party chairman, gave his
support to Smith. His endorse-
ment has been acknowledged
as a key to Smith's achieving
the votes he needs to win the

chairman's seat next month.
Nelson has said that he also
supports Smith.
Siplin contends that the Par-
ty should be repre-

constituency. A
"The Party, at this n
point, should be striv-
ing to ensure that our '
leadership is more
ethnically diverse, :':
which is essential to '
making us more ap- "
pealing and viable to SMI'
our Democratic con-
stituency," he wrote. "Our is-
sues are the issues of most of
the people in this country and
State and our political efforts
should now reflect that."
On behalf of his fellow Cau-

cus members [24 in total],
Siplin has additionally urged
Nelson and the Party to hire
a consultant who is skilled at
reaching out to com-
M munities of color.
"We lost a lot of
votes during this past
election mostly in
the African American
and Hispanic com-
munities because of
ineffective outreach to
them," said Rep. Alan
TH Williams (D-Tallahas-
According to a staff person
for Siplin, the state Senator
and Nelson have since spoken
and the concerns of the Black
Caucus have been brought to

GOP plays games with benefits

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extend those payments are
more likely to squirrel away
that money than spend it.
I think that's nonsense. Marc
Morial thinks it's hocuss po-
cus" economics. "The marginal
propensity for the unemployed
to spend their unemployment
compensation is very high,"
the National Urban League
president told me. "It's pre-
K economics that people will
spend unemployment compen-
sation payments on the neces-
sities of life."
He's right. An extension of
unemployment benefits will
give jobless people some badly
needed survival funds. That
spending will buttress con-
sumer demand for those es-
sential services. And that de-
mand will give employers an
immediate infusion of money
that will help grow their busi-
President Obama wants to
extend the 2001 Bush-era tax
cuts for families making less

than $250,000 a year. Repub-
licans want the cuts extended
for everyone. To get that, GOP
legislators are holding hostage
Obama's request for money
to extend the unemployment
benefits of people who have
lost their jobs during this re-
cession. A compromise is re-
portedly being worked out to
extend both cuts and benefits.
Shadegg justifies the Repub-
licans' willingness to let the
jobless benefits lapse with the
nonsense he spouted. He ap-
parently didn't hear what the
chief economist for Moody's
Analytics, the world's leading
provider of research and data
to capital markets, told the
Senate Finance Committee
back in April.
"It is also important that
policymakers provide emer-
gency benefits to those who
will lose their jobs this year.
No form of the fiscal stimulus
has proved more effective dur-
ing the past two years than
emergency (unemployment in-
surance) benefits," Mark Zan-
di said. "This economic boost

is large because financially
stressed unemployed workers
spend benefits quickly, as op-
posed to saving them."
Of course, that's a no-brain-
er to just about everyone but
Shadegg and his GOP col-
leagues who are playing po-
litical games with the lives of
millions of unemployed Ameri-
cans and using voodoo eco-
nomics to justify their callous-

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what teachers, administrators and
support staff have accomplished.
"These are terrific results for our
high schools, providing clear evi-
dence that they have stepped up
their efforts to offer demanding
coursework for their students and
graduate more of them prepared
for college or a career," Smith said.
Governor Charlie Crist in a
prepared statement celebrated
the achievement of several high
schools that had been daunted
by underperformance including:
Gibbs, Miami Edison Senior, Mi-
ami Central Senior and Middleton
high schools.

The schools in the Liberty City
and Overtown communities have
long been criticized for substan-
dard school grades. However, ex-
cept for Booker T. Washington,
who got an "F" for the second year
in a row, all of the schools showed
improvement. Both Jackson and
Northwestern went from grades of
"F" to "D" while Central advanced
from a "D" grade to a "C."
But the biggest surprise, one
which even moved Superintendent
Alberto Carvalho to hold a special
press conference, was Miami Edi-
son who after two years of an "F"
grade achieved a "C."

Principal Pablo Ortiz, 42, said
it was the community that helped
change the perception of the
school while providing students
the encouragement they
believe in themselves.
"This has been an emotional day
- one long overdue for the Edison
family," he said. "Finally we have
the chance to celebrate and to
brag about our accomplishments
as well as to get the kind of at-
tention and respect our students
deserve. The key, however, is to
continue the momentum and to
make sure our students continue
to work hard. Our end goal is to
make Edison the jewel of the dis-
Ortiz cites a number of factors
in the marked improvement of
his students including: bringing
in some high-performing teach-
ers with well-established creden-
tials; improving the aesthetics ,'-,
the building; and most important,
changing curriculum options for
"We knew our students could
do better and so we increased the
number of advanced placement
courses while also offering dual
enrollment courses from both FIU
and Miami-Dade College," he said.
"We also focused a lot more on
our students and had the highest
graduation increase in the district
with a 20-point gain."
Rennina Turner, 42, principal
for Central, was equally excited

over her school's success.
"One thing that comes to mind
for me is that our students finally
began to believe that they could do
it," she said. "One student came to
me and shared that she had been
told that Central students didn't
have what it takes that was
enough to motivate her and her
school mates to work even harder.
But we still have more work to do
and I told my students that this
grade does not give us the right
to become complacent. For those
students who need intervention,
we must assist them and provide
the necessary tools. For those who
are already doing well, we want
to offer opportunities for enrich-
ment. We plan to move even fur-
ther forward."
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindin-
gall, one of the newest members
to the Miami-Dade School Board
and whose district covers both
Edison and Central high schools
had this to say: "The strides that
our schools are making are very
encouraging. It shows that the
hard work of our school board,
superintendent, administrators,
teachers, community and espe-
cially our students is paying off.
We have to keep working to con-
tinue these types of gains. I am
fully committed to working with
our students and families to en-
sure that they have the tools and
environment that is conducive to


U.S. remembers Pearl Harbor

On Dec. 8th (1941) Franklin
D. Roosevelt, then president of
the U.S., said, "Yesterday, De-
cember 7, 1941 a date which
will live in infamy the Unit-
ed States of America was sud-
denly and deliberately attacked
by naval and air forces of the
Empire of Japan ... No matter
how long it may take us to over-
come this premeditated inva-
sion, the American people will
through their righteous might

win through to absolute victo-
ry." Roosevelt asked Congress
to declare war after realizing
that the U.S. could no longer
remain neutral and formally
entered World War II. Many
U.S. Navy battleships were
destroyed, most notably the
U.S.S. Oklahoma and Arizona
and over 2,300 military offi-
cials and civilians were killed.
The Arizona remains in the wa-
ters of the Pacific.

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Jackson Health System brings in most revenue in its history

Jackson Health System (JHS)
ended Fiscal Year 2009-10 re-
cently, bringing more than $1.1
billion in cash from govern-
ment, commercial payers and
patients who can afford to pay.
This record high is remarkable
considering the recent decline
in patient volume due to market
Bringing in cash is critical to a
hospital's survival. For the past
year, Jackson's Revenue Cycle
Department has instituted sev-
eral changes in how accounts

receivable are managed, from
initial patient access through
coding, billing/collections and
The revenue cycle team is
also working closely with hospi-
tal operations on identifying ad-
ditional efficiencies. Each day,
finance management and staff
consult with clinical depart-
ments to address bills held up
in Jackson's financial systems
because of missing information.
These finance representatives
are educating clinicians on the

importance of accurate clini-
cal documentation and coding.
They are also helping patients
fill out the necessary paperwork
to become qualified for Medic-
aid and disability.
Another initiative underway
is a team approach to working
accounts receivable on bills old-
er than 90 days. This effort has
identified issues with accounts
receivable and root causes for
no payment or less-than-ex-
pected payment from govern-
ment and commercial payers.

The central business office has
been working closely with oper-
ations to address these issues
to ensure that they do not reoc-
cur in the future.
An effective revenue cycle
department is just one key el-
ement to a successful hospital.
Jackson also has other initia-
tives underway that contrib-
uted to bringing the health sys-
tem's net operating loss down
from $259 million in 2009 to an
estimated $90 million. Over the
last seven months, JHS man-

agement has worked closely
with its union partners, SEIU
and AFSCME, to match staffing
resources to volume demands.
It has also worked closely with
SEIU to identify additional ef-
ficiencies and improve patient
throughput in the emergency
department and other
clinical areas. One initiative
that management is currently
working on with the unions is
productivity monitoring. Addi-
tional cost savings have been
achieved through better man-

agement over non-salary ex-
As Jackson Health System
begins its new fiscal year to-
day, management is focused
on continuing to improve ef-
ficiencies system wide. During
FY 2010-11, Jackson will kick
off a customer service program,
aimed at improving the patient
experience. Long overdue capi-
tal improvements will also be a
priority, as Jackson will make
significant investments in up-
grading its facilities.

House approves bill to

improve school lunches

By Peter Eisler

recently approved a bill that
would improve the safety and
nutritional value of food served
at schools and expand the
number of schoolchildren eligi-
ble to receive free and reduced-
price meals.
The legislation, already ap-
proved by the Senate and ex-
pected to be signed by President
Obama, directs the Department
of Agriculture (USDA) to set new
nutrition standards for all food
served in schools in lunch-
rooms and in vending machines.
It also streamlines rules for fed-
erally subsidized school lunch
and breakfast programs so that
an estimated 115,000 more low-
income students will qualify for
free or discounted meals, which
now go to about 62 percent of
the 31 million students a day
who eat school food.
"The legislation marks a new
day for how we think about
school meals and other child
nutrition programs," says Rep.
George Miller, D-Calif., who
chairs the House Committee on
Education and Labor. "This will
allow us to get rid of the junk
food in our schools."
On the safety front, the bill

also includes provisions to bet-
ter train school cafeteria workers
and more quickly alert schools
that may have received food that
has been recalled because of
contamination concerns.
A USA TODAY investigation
last year showed dangerous
shortcomings in the govern-
ment's efforts to ensure that
food served to students is free of
E. coli 0157:H7, salmonella and
other contaminants. The inves-
tigation also found that 23,000
children were sickened by food
they ate at school from 1998
through 2007, and that about
26,000 school cafeterias have
not had mandatory, twice-yearly
"It is unconscionable that
food that is known to be tainted
could ever be fed to our children
in school cafeterias," says Sen.
Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., an
Agriculture Committee mem-
ber who sponsored the provi-
sions. "This legislation marks
a major step in the right direc-
tion. Now authorities will issue
proper alerts to schools when
contaminations occur and caf-
eteria workers across the coun-
try will be provided with better
safety training so schoolchildren
across the country will be much

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President Barack Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at Bagram Air
ghanistan, Dec. 3.The President presented five Purple Hearts to soldiers during his overnight.trip to Afghanistan.
ghanistan, Dec. 3. The President presented five Purple Hearts to soldiers during his ove~rnight~trip to Afghanistan.

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Jackson North staff and physicians host

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ter, all-private patient rooms and nursery

MT.he seminars include an overview of what to

expect when you arrive, a mini breast-feedings

course and the opportunity to pre-register and

complete all paperwork for admission. We also

offer free monthly childbirth education classes.

Upcoming Dates:

December 17, January 28, February 25

Seminars/Tours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Please call 305-654-3053 to RSVP for the seminar
or to attend an upcoming childbirth education class.
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Local artist uses

music to save souls

By Kaila Heard

While her speaking voice rum-
bles like thunder, 36-year-old
Valencia Brown's singing voice
can reach heights Kim Burrell
would envy in her hey day.
"People are surprised after
I speak with them to hear the
way I can sing," she said.
And the early signs seem to
indicate that audiences are ea-
ger or at least ready to give her
a chance.
Her first single, "J-E-S-U-S,"
was released in March and is
currently in rotation on local
radio stations.
The Hallandale Beach resi-
dent and aspiring gospel re-
cording artist is hoping that her
style and voice will attract au-
diences when she releases her
album, tentatively titled, "It's
Time," in 2011.
While her album release may
seem far off it, Brown admits
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"It's easy to go into secular
[music]." "It just seemed
like God wouldn't let me get
entangled in it."

Local gospel singer Valencia Brown prepares her solo al-
bum, "It's Time."

Pastor G.S. Smith and wife, Geneva.

Praising awareness:

Church concert educates

community about HIV/AIDS

By Kaila Heard

The statistics surrounding HIV/AIDS infection
rates in the Black community are grim.
According to Care Resource, the Miami metro-
politan area has the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the
nation. Meanwhile, Blacks account for approxi-
mately 56 percent of Miami-Dade County's HIV/
AIDS cases. And as many as one-in-four of all peo-
ple living with HIV do not know they are infected.
In spite of this somber topic, shouts of joy,
praise and applause were elicited from the people
who attended Ebenezer United Methodist Church
in Miami's 8th Annual AIDS Benefit Concert on
The concert featured performers from various

churches including: Professor Stephen English and
the Fellowship Choir; the mime group, M.A.S.K.;
and liturgical dancer, Adrienne Hawkins-Wight.
David Smith, former director of Ebenezer UMC's
AIDS Ministry, said the concert was an attempt to
"break the stigma" about the sexually-transmitted
disease, especially within the church.
Working as an AIDS awareness advocate for the
past seven years, Smith has seen many churches
reluctant to address HIV/AIDS, particularly the
more common methods the disease is transmit-
ted unprotected sex and sharing contaminated
needles for intravenous drug use.
Many churches are worried that advocating pre-
ventive measures such as safe sex contradicts
their traditional stance of sex only after marriage,
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Professor Stephen English and the Fellowship Choir perform at the Ebenezer United Meth-
odist Church's AIDS Benefit Concert on Saturday.

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Apostolic Revival Center offers

Vision for the global community

By Kaila Heard

While Liberty City may
lack many other resources,
the neighborhood has an
abundance of churches.
Nearly any block has its
own sanctuary. However,
even among the dozens of
churches that cover the
landscape of the commu-
nity, the Apostolic Revival
Center (ARC) manages
to stand out. Currently
housed in what was once
a popular movie theater,
the ARC is led by Reverend
G.S. Smith and Sister Ge-
neva Smith and has won
accolades from private and
public sectors for its dedi-
cation to community work
and its thriving foreign aid
For 40 years, the couple
has ministered to the needs
of the local and global com-
munity. Their foreign min-
istry spans four continents
including South America,

England and East Africa.

Although he steadily at-
tended church in his youth.
it was not until he was
a young man that Smith
became truly devout. He
preached his first sermon
on Feb. 8, 1954. However,
Smith never contained his
messages about the Lord to
church on Sundays.
"When I got saved, I just
started preaching on the
streets," Smith said. He
soon took his newfound
passion for Jesus on the
road. His ministry allowed
him to travel across the
country when he first began
to evangelize. He found that
he was welcomed in some
places more than others.
When Smith visited Ala-
bama in the 1960s, which
had recently experienced
its share of tension after
Dr. King's march, he no-
ticed the increase in police

presence for all Black peo-
ple's gatherings, particu-
larly for events involving
the church. He says police
officers asked plainly if, "He
was copying any of that
Martin Luther King mess?"
In spite o-" the increased
attention, Smith held fast
to his mission. He would
tell police officers, "I came
to preach Christ and Christ
Smith was allowed to
conduct his revivals every

After being on the road
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in the early 1960s. Like any
other important decision he
has to make, he once again
turned to prayer to receive
counsel from God. Smith
said his answer came in
the form of his wife, Geneva
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to honor Rev.

J. Kenneth


Special to The Times

There is very little accountabil-
ity The Miami Marriott Biscayne
Bay is the setting for the "Grand
Affaire" retirement celebration
for the Reverend Canon Joseph
Kenneth Major this Sunday after-
Canon Major, who officially re-
tired in July, was the rector of In-
carnation for
.O more than 40
years. Ma-
jor's amazing
ministry be-
gan in 1968
at the height
of the riots in
Liberty City.
He was pas-
sionate about
enriching the
MAJOR lives of resi-
dents in this
community. He served as presi-
dent of the board for the Ec c rilom rc
Opportunity Family Health Center
for more than 10 years.
He aided in the formation of the
COPE school for pregnant teenage
girls in 1968. The public school
used the Incarnation-owned facil-
ity for a number of years. That
same year, he aided in the for-
mation of the Tacolcy-Belafonte
Center as an aftercare facility for
latch-key children in the cornmnu-
His pastoral work kept him
equally busy. The church mem-
bership w\as grTowing and in 19S3,
he initiated a campaign to raise
funds for the building of a new-
parish. Man, challenges con-
fronted him, but perseverance
paid off and in October 1995. the
community was invited to the
dedication service of a beautiful
new sanctuary and administra-
tion building.
Some-of his other major accom-
plishments include the inimation
of the Joint Lenten Serices Co-
alition in 19&2, which conunue.
to this day In 1980. he formed
a partnership .with the Beta Beta
Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Al-
pha Fraternity to begin an ,an-
nual service commemorating Dr.
Martin Luther King. Jr. In addi-
tion to the fra.ernity. it is also co-
sponsored by the Miami Links.
Inc. Major was Chairman of the
Companion Diocese Commission
from 1981 until 1983. which truly
solidified our ongoing relationship
with the Anglican Diocese of the
Bahamas and the Turks and Ca-
icos Islands.
The Grand Affaire gets under-
way at 5 p.m. with a reception.
followed by dinner and dancing.
For additional information, please
call church of the Incarnation at

Religion may

boost happiness

By Adelle Banks

The most religious Americans
also have the highest rates of well-
being, according to a new Gallup
The finding is based on a survey
of more than 550,000 people
about their physical and emotion-
al health and their work environ-
Overall, the very religious re-
ceived a score on Gallup's well-
being index of 68.7 percent, while
both the moderately religious and
the nonreligious received a score
of 64.2 percent. The very religious
were defined as those who said re-
ligion is an important part of their
daily lives and they attend wor-
ship services at least every week
or almost every week.
Researchers did not determine
why the very religious had higher
levels of health and happiness.
"It is possible that Americans
who have higher well-being may

be more likely to choose to be re-
ligious than those with lower well-
being," the organization said in a
report announcing the findings.
But it is also possible that being
religious can contribute to higher
levels of personal well-being.




Youth pastor's

upcoming film

stars Ja Rule

By Josephine Vivaldo

Rapper Ja Rule will be starring
in upcoming faith-based film "I'm
in Love with a Church Girl" about
an ex-convict who is now a pastor.
The movie also stars popular
actress and musician Adrienne
Bailon (member of the now dis-
banded Cheetah Girls), born-again
Christian Stephen Baldwin and
renowned music artist TobyMac.
"I'm in Love with a Church Girl,"
a,,,.,s;saight-to-DVD-to-BEI anoie, -.,
was written by Pastor Galley Mo-
lina himself while still in:his prison
cell. He tells the story of how he
was at the top of a major drug traf-
ficking ring in the mid-1990s and
how he turned his life around after
someone engages him to rethink
about his faith.
He is now the youth pastor at
Evergreen Valley Church in San
Jose, Calif.
"In 1996, I was sentenced to five
years in prison," he said. "During
that time, even before I was arrest-
ed I was already attending church.
It's not like I went away and then
found God. God and I were already
having some time together. God
used this; that's why we tagline
the movie 'God sometimes uses
extreme measures to deal with
extreme circumstances.'"
While he was pitching the film
idea, studios wanted to make it
into a street movie about gangs
and violence, he said. But he
refused to use the glamor of the
rap world. He commented, "You











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Ja Rule and Adrienne Bailon in the
a Church Girl."

probably rarely hear any hip hop
in the movie; it's all big-boy string
orchestra and beautiful worship
Molina is proud to announce
that he did the all the casting him-
self. He stated that he chose both
Baldwin and Bailon for their strong
Christian background and for their
talents, and he knew Ja Rule from
his music days.
"Ja Rule has been ministered
to. He's a dear friend. We've been
praying for him a lot. He's been
open; he's been so [receptive] to
the word," said Molina.
Molina also founded his own
independent production com-
pany, Reverence Gospel Media,
from which he hopes to release

upconling movie "I'm in Love With

two faith-based films a year. "I'm
in Love with a Church Girl" is his
debut film for the company.
The youth pastor had originally
intended to recount his story in a
book but decided to go with a film.
He noted that the movie would ap-
peal to both the urban and Chris-
tian audiences.
A street guy, he said, would say
"Yo, this is really hot, I like it, it's
such a cool story," while a Chris-
tian would say "Hallelujah God,
this is a great story, this is inspir-
"I realized you can't draw the
line. God's people are God's peo-
ple," he noted.
The movie is slated for release in


likely to

support gays

in military

By Nathan Black

Protestants are more likely
to support than oppose gays
serving openly in the military,
the latest survey on "don't ask,
don't tell" reveals.
While 49 percent of Protes-
tants favor permitting homo-
sexuals to serve openly, only 34
percent are against it, the Pew
Research Center found.
Worshippers from mainline
churches along with Black
churches are the two groups
driving up the percentage of
Protestants favoring gays serv-
ing openly..
a'hite evan-
are keeping
the percent- 1
age belodi 50
to- tie Pew
sunre". "hlte
are the only CLINTON
America's that are more likely
to oppose 143 percent letting
homosexuals serve openly in
the armed forces than favor -134
percent it
Similar to white mainline
Protestants, more Catholics
support ga\ys and lesbians serv-
ing openly than oppose it. 6.3 to
21 percent
Interestingly, Americans
\\ho attend services weekly or
more are evenly divided at 40
percent. The survey. also indi-
cated that the less frequently -
one attends senices. the more
likely he or she is to favor allow'-
ing gal s to serve openly in the
C)erall, most Americarns 153
percent say the\ favor permit-
ting gays to serve openly. up
from 52 percent in 1994.
The national survey was con-
ducted Nov. 4-7 among 1.255
adults The release of the recent
report comes just a day ahead
of an anticipated survey of mili-
tary personnel about the don t
ask. don t tell' policy.
The Department of Defense
recently released its research
findings and report examining
the effects of repealing the 1993
policy .
The contentious policy was
enacted by President Clinton
after Congress passed a law
that same year banning ho-
mosexuals from serving in the
military. Though it bars openly
gay individuals from serving in
the U.S. military. it also bars
the mrnlitary from asking service
members of their sexual orien-

Study: Many exaggerate how often they attend church

By Diane Swanbrow
Special to the Miami Times

A new University of Michigan study
finds that Americans are much more
likely to exaggerate their attendance
at religious services than are people
in many other countries.
"Americans have long been viewed as
exceptionally religious compared to
other nations in the developed world,"
said Philip Brenner, a research fel-
low at the U-M Institute for Social
Research (ISR) and the author of the
study. "But this study suggests that
American religiosity may be excep-
tional not in terms of actual behavior,
but rather in terms of identity.
"In the U.S., and to a lesser extent
in Canada, the gap between what we
say and what we do is substantial,
and has been so for the last several
The study appears in the forthcoming
Public Opinion Quarterly.
For the study, Brenner analyzed two
types of evidence about religiosity for
each country: conventional survey
questions asking respondents how
often they attend religious services,
and time diary data recording Sunday
activities. The data, covering a period
from 1975 to 2008, came from a va-
riety of time use studies and cross-

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cultural surveys, including the ISR
World Values Surveys and the Ameri-
can National Election Studies.
In addition to the United States and
Canada, the countries studied were
the Netherlands, Germany, France,
Notway, Finland, Slovenia, Spain,

Austria, Italy, Great Britain and Ire-
While conventional survey data show
high and stable American church at-
tendance rates of about 35 to 45 per-
cent, the time diary data over the past
decade reveal attendance rates of just

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24 to 25 percent---a figure in line with
a number of European countries.
America maintains a gap of 10 to 18
percentage points between what peo-
ple say they do on survey questions,
and what time diary data says they
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Holy Ghost Assembly of
the Apostolic Faith is hosting
a dinner sale, Dec. 11, 12:30
p.m. 3:30 p.m.

New Missionary Baptist
Church is hosting a Gospel
Singing Program on Dec. 10 at
7:30 p.m.

New Saint Mark
Missionary Baptist Church is
sponsoring Family and Friends
Day on Sunday at 3 p.m. 305-

The Apostolic Revival
Center is offering free computer
training sessions and a Women
Transitioning Program, 10
a.m. 11 a.m., beginning on
Jan. 11. 305-835-2266.

God Word God Way, new
blessings be in place have
knowledge, understanding,
gain wisdom, and the Cheiftain
Bible insight. 786-326-3455.

Holy Faith Missionary

Baptist Church's 19th Church
Anniversary Climax will be Dec.
12 at 11 a.m. 305-621-5187.

New Life Family Worship
Center invites the community
to their New Year's Eve Candle
Light Service on Dec. 31 at 9
p.m. and their Bible Study
class, which is held every
Wednesday at 7 p.m. 305-

Zion Hope MBC Women
Ministry is sponsoring a
Women's Conference on Dec.
10 at 7 p.m. Sister Valerie
Cochran, 786-351-0276.

A Mission with a New
Beginning Church members

invite 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.

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. 305-573-

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,

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,

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

Christ The King AOCC

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

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-

Mt. Hermon A.M.E.
Church invites the community
to their New Year's Eve Service
at 7 p.m. and Watch Night
Service at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Reverend G.S. Smith: I am here to preach about Christ and Christ only

continued from 12B

times over the last couple of
years during his revival travels.
However, Smith worried that
his possible future-intended
was already off the market,
but Smith said the Lord
eased those fears by asking,
"Do you think I would show
you somebody else's wife?"
Geneva, then a nurse and
devoted Christian, had no-
ticed Smith during their brief
encounters. "I enjoyed his
preaching, I enjoyed him,"

she recalled.
What's more, the two found
that they were immensely
"The Lord just put togeth-
er two people of the same
mind," said Mrs. Smith, who
describes them as two in-
dividuals who want "to help
Their courtship began
through correspondence and
they were eventually married
on Oct. 12, 1968.
Since then, she has been a
devoted helpmate and their
family has grown to include





6702 NW 15 AVE.


one daughter Talesia, two
granddaughters and a great-

The Apostolic Revival Cen-
ter was started in a store-
front in 1970 because of a
vision Smith says he was giv-
en. Through his ministerial
work throughout the neigh-
borhood, Smith had gotten
to know several youth. But
he wanted to do more for his
youthful following.
"The Lord said that I had to
get a place for them," he said.

Smiths's obedience to that
call led him to found a church
that began with approximate-
ly seven adults and 50 youth
and has since grown to over
300 members.
Today the church's min-
istries include: ARC Street
Ministry, ARC Distribution
Center, Prison Ministry, ARC
Enrichment Center offer-
ing Inner-Strength Biblical
Training Center and a tu-
toring program for children
preparing for the FCAT. The
church even televises its own
show, "Hope for Today," every

Sunday on a local cable sta-
Abroad, the ministry has
helped to establish over 150
churches throughout the world
including: Tanzania, Nicara-
gua, Guyana and Grenada.
Recently, during the earth-
quake that devastated Haiti
one of their schools was de-
stroyed. Fortunately only one
of the school's 200 students
died in the catastrophe.
In spite of the rough eco-
nomic times, the ARC has
managed to continue to sup-
port its programs.

Fictitious novel of domestic violence inspired by author's personal experiences

continued from 12B

the book to reveal how the .cli-
che is too often true: looks can
be deceiving.
"I really basically wrote the
book for young women so that
they would understand what
really happens to other women
who are abused," Thomas ex-
Tragically, each "diva" re-
mains silent about their abuse
and none discover the truth
about ,their- situations until
after the book's tragic conclu-


Thomas herself understands
the plight of the young women
in her story. The main charac-
ter, Diamond, was inspired by
her own experiences of being in
a physically abusive relation-
"At the time I dealt with it, I
was so young," said Thomas,
who was only 12 when she was
preyed upon by the 21-year-old
man who soon began to beat
her. "[Being beaten] became a
normal day," she remembers.
According to Thomas, when
things changed temporar-
ily and her boyfriend stopped
beating her, she became con-
cerned that he was planning to
leave her.
Unfortunately, her situation

is not unique. According to the
Bureau of Justice Statistics,
Black women are the victims
of domestic violence at a rate
35 percent higher than white
In addition to her physical
bruises, the relationship also
left her emotionally scarred
and confused.
"I didn't understand why
that man was abusing me
when I was good to him," she
said. "But then I also felt hon-
ored to have him. He chose me
over everybody."
Thomas's ordeal was height-
ened because, like her charac-
ters, while her home life was
miserable, her glamorous life-
style the designer clothes, a

nice home and car was often
the only thing attracting the
attention of others.
The young author found
herself wanting to ask people:
"You see these marble floors?
Yeah, you see them but I feel
them. I get knocked down and
I feel them." She concluded,
"It's not worth it."

Fortunately, Thomas left
her abuser when she was 14.
And while she said she left
early enough to still enjoy her
teenaged years and holds no
regrets, years later, residual
thoughts and emotions about
her abusive lover still churned
through her mind.

To resolve some of the con-
flicting emotions, she picked up
a pen when she was 18. Three
weeks later, she had completed
a rough draft of what would
eventually become "When A
Diva's Fed Up" which she pub-
lished in February 2010.
To promote the book, which
she paid to have published,
Thomas papered neighbor-
hoods with flyers about its re-
lease and held a promotional
book signing at Miami-Dade
College, where she received
her associate's degree in May.
Her efforts were noticed by
Theo Karantsalis, a librar-
ian at Miami-Dade College's
Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneur-

ial Education Center, encour-
aged Thomas to place her book
in the center's library catalog.
Her book was eventually added
to the library's collection ear-
lier this year and now it is one
of the center's more popular
novels, Karantsalis said.
"Her book is always checked
out that thing does not sit
on the shelf," he said.
Fans of her tale who can-
not get enough should rest
a little easier; Thomas is al-
ready working on her second
book,"Soap-Paparazzi: Liberty
City 33147."
"It's not so much about abuse
'and it is about high school life
and getting through," Thomas

Gospel artist creates music to reach unchurched

continued from 12B

she is used to waiting.
Brown has been preparing for
her solo debut since she was
"I'm just hoping that the
people are ready for Valencia
Brown," she said.

One of four siblings, Brown
was the only one who decided to
pursuer music professionally.
(Although her brother, 99
Jamz's Benji Brown, also pur-
sued the spotlight.)
Brown sung her first solo
when she was 13 and decided
to become more serious about
music when she was 14. By the
time she was 19-years-old, she
had joined the local all wom-
en's singing group, Innocent
Changes. Together, the group
performed music from a vari-
ety of genres including secular
R&B and traditional gospel.
However, they only released one

album- the gospel album "An-
other Level" during their time
Finally, after 15 years to-
gether, the group disbanded in
2005. At the time, Brown real-
ized there were numerous paths
she could take. Becoming a sec-
ular artist is always an enticing
option for many Christian sing-
ers. Many gospel artists have
gone on to successful careers
in secular music. (Some people
are still irritated that Otis Red-
ding and Sam Cooke chose to
"leave the church.")
"It's easy to go into secular
[music]," she admitted, but, "it
just seemed like God wouldn't
let me get entangled in it."
Eyeing a career for a solo art-
ist, Brown realized that there
was only one path for her to
"I can just do me," she said.
And doing "me" for Brown
means singing praises about
the gospel.
"I just preferred to stay there,"
she said.

Her forthcoming album will
showcase an eclectic mixture of
styles of contemporary gospel
from hip hop to neo-soul and
even a little spoken word art-
Her tastes are not surpris-
ing considering she cites sing-
ers such as Jill Scott, Anita
Baker, Mary J. Blige and Kar-
en Clarke Sheard as her role
Meanwhile, Brown uses her
own life experiences for inspi-
ration for her songs.
She explained, "I try to capti-
vate the audience with a story
and hopefully there is some-
thing there that can minister
to them."
Brown has recorded nearly
half of her album so far and
hopes to have completed it in
time for a 2011 release date.
But funding, the bane of any
independent artist, is an is-
While the gospel chanteuse
knows that singing is meant

for her, she has found the path
of following her dreams to be
an expensive pursuit.
Currently unemployed and
supporting an adolescent son,
Brown has been responsible
for the majority of the costs
with producing, recording sin-
gle and album. Her single, "J-
E-S-U-S," set her back nearly
"It takes a lot," she admit-
ted. "That's what people don't
understand. They see the fin-
ished product, not what goes
into it."
To finish her album, Brown
expects to shell out at least
$5,000 more. She uses the
funds from her various live
singing venues to keep her
afloat. But from where exactly
will she receive the funds to
finish her album remains un-
Nevertheless, she continues
"I'm just holding on to God
as far as having the funds to
get everything done," she said.

Ebenezer UMC hosts annual benefit concert

continued from 12B

according to Smith. However,
the AIDS activist approaches
the issue pragmatically.
"Young people are going to
have sex anyway," he said. "If
you don't pass out [condoms],
they won't have the means of
preventing the spread of HIV.
If they have the right tools they
can save themselves and save
another life too."
In addition to the lively en-
tertainment, concert goers
received various information
about HIV/AIDS before, dur-
ing and after the concert from
how the virus is commonly
transmitted to its effects on the
human body and the various
resources available for those
living with HIV/AIDS in Miami-

Dade County.
The annual concert raises,
an average of $1,000 to give to
people affected by HIV/AIDS,
according to Minister Pamela
Green, the director of Ebene-
zer UMC's Health and Wellness
In previous years, the church
has financially helped those
who have lived with HIV/AIDS
by giving funds for everything
from funeral arrangements to
rental assistance.
"If they have a need that we
can provide for than that's
what the funds are used for,"
Green said.
To host this year's AIDS Ben-
efit Concert, Ebenezer United
Methodist Church collabo-
rated with various churches
and organizations including
Mt. Hermon African Method-

ist Episcopal (AME) Church,
Mt. Calvary Missionary Bap-
tist Church, Bethel Apostolic
Temple Church, Empower U,
Inc., Delta Care, Inc., The Vil-
lage and the Teen Pregnancy
How effective are education
awareness efforts on affect-
ing behavior is not precisely
known. But Delta Care, Inc.,
an initiative of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc.'s Dade
County Alumnae Chapter, has
been promoting AIDS educa-
tion since the initiative was
founded in 2002. Marilyn
Tyree, the president for Delta
Care, says that while the AIDS
epidemic is a community prob-
lem, prevention lies in personal
"Ultimately, it will be their
decision whether they do or

do not [practice safe sex]," she
Meanwhile, Smith, who is
currently serving as the direc-
tor of Mt. Hermon AME's AIDS
ministry, has typically found
people are willing to become
educated and take preventive
measures once they are affect-
ed personally by the disease.
"Once they see it hit home
and they have a relative who
has passed away they find
out they want to get more in-
volved," he said.
To continue to raise aware-
ness about protecting oneself
from HIV/AIDS, Smith also
leads by example he gets
tested twice a year.
"I love me too much to short-
en my life span for something
that is five or 10 minutes of
pleasure," he said.

Christian Fellowship presents 2010 Women's Conference

Conference starts Friday,
December 10 at 7 p.m., with a
gospel play. On Saturday, De-
cember 11 at 7:30 a.m., with
conference workshops. Con-
cluding on Sunday, December
12 with worship services at 7:45
a.m., and 10:45 a.m.
Guest speakers are Pamela

Jackson, Living Word Ministries;
Gloria Jackson-Richardson,
New Shiloh Baptist Church; Pas-
tor Cassandra Shepard, Bethel
Baptist Church and Anthony
McMillian, Pleasant Hill Baptist
Church, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
For further information, call

Church goers elaborate attendance

continued from 13B

actually do, Brenner reports.
The gaps in Canada resemble
those in America, and in both
countries, gaps are both statis-
tically and substantively signifi-
Outside of North America, the
largest gaps are found in the
Catholic countries of Europe,
but even in high-attendance
Ireland, the gap only ranges
from about 4 to 8 points.
"The consistency and magni-
tude of the American gap in
light of the multiple sources of

conventional survey data sug-
gests a substantive difference
between North America and Eu-
rope in over reporting."
Given these findings, Brenner
notes, any discussion of excep-
tional American religious prac-
tice should be cautious in using
terms like outlier and in charac-
terizing American self-reported
attendance rates from conven-
tional surveys as accurate re-
ports of behavior. Rather, while
still relatively high, American
attendance looks more similar
to a number of countries in Eu-
rope, after accounting for over-

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Grammy nominees for

gospel music announced

By Josephine Vivaldo

Nominees for the 53rd Gram-
my Awards are in. And Chris-
tian artists have been selected
for seven categories.
The categories include: Best
Gospel Performance, Best
Gospel Song, Best Rock or Rap
Gospel Album, Best Pop/Con-
temporary Gospel, Best South-
ern, Country, or Bluegrass
Gospel Album, Best Traditional
Gospel Album, and Best Con-
temporary R&B Gospel Album.
The brother and sister duo
BeBe & CeCe Winans received
two nominations for Best
Gospel Performance for their
song "Grace" and Best Con-
temporary R&B Gospel Album
for Still. They already have five
Grammy Awards.
SIsrael Houghton, who re-
ceived his third Grammy
Award early this year, has two

nominations as well one for
Best Gospel Performance for
the song "You Hold My World"
and another for Best Pop/
Contemporary Gospel Album
for Love God. Love People.
His contenders for the latter
category include TobyMac for
Tonight, Ricky Skaggs for Mo-
saic, Sanctus Real for Pieces of
a Real Heart and Steven Curtis
Chapman for Beauty Will Rise.
Skaggs, 14-time Grammy
winner, has also been nomi-
nated for Best Song for "To
Other artists up for two
Grammys are family band
Forever Jones and reinvented
band Gungor, formerly known
as the Michael Gungor Band.
Gungor is up for Best Gospel
Song for "Beautiful Things"
and for Best Rock or Rap
Gospel Album for Beautiful
Things. This is their first nomi-

nation. Beautiful Things is
the band's first album re-
leased this year under rh,-
new name Gungor. The a lbum
features a completely ne.'.
sound with influences :_angina
as wide as Sigur R6s, Muse.
and Sufjan Stevens.
"Musically, it's kind of
odd," said Michael. "We
rock pretty hard, then
we pull out the banjo
and sit around and cry
The album also
reflects Michael
Gungor's new un-
derstanding of what it
means to be a follower oi
The nominees were an-
nounced last Wednesday r gh t
The 53rd Grammy Awards will
be broadcast live from Los An-
geles' Staples Center on Feb.
13, 2011.

53RD The brother and sister duo BeBe & CeCe Winans received two nominations
GRAMMY for Best Gospel Performance for their song "Grace" and Best Contemporary
AWARDS R&B Gospel Album for Still.

Faith leaders support DREAM

Act for undocumented youth


Holidays not the time to go into debt

By Stephanie Samuel

Religious leaders banned to-
gether recently to voice their
approval of a congressional bill
that would allow undocument-
ed youth to become American
On what they called a coor-
dinated day of action, liberal
Christian leaders and those
of Jewish and Islamic faiths
called on congressional lead-
ers to pass the DREAM Act
during the lame duck session.
The interfaith leaders lik-
ened immigrant children to
,other. American children who
have assimilated into Amer-
ica's culture and embraced it
as their own.
Virginian Rabbi Jack Moline
said of immigrant students
of Alexandria's T.C. Williams
High School, "In. every other
way, they are just like their
peers. They study the same
textbooks, listen to the same
music, cheer for the same
teams and they look to the
same future."
According to the DREAM
(Development, Relief and Edu-
cation for Alien Minors) Act,
undocumented immigrants,
age 35 and under, would be
assured legal status after com-
pleting college or serving in the
military for two years provided

they have lived in the country
since before the age of 16 and
passed a background check.
The bill has the support of
military leaders and some of
the nation's leaders in edu-
cation. However, it was voted
down in September when the
proposal was introduced as an
amendment to a defense ap-
propriations bill. It was sound-
ly rejected by Republican sen-
ators, not a single one of which
voted for the measure.
Now, U.S. House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi and Senate Ma-
jority leader Harry Reid have
promised to present, it again
as a stand alone bill during
the lame duck session. Pe-
losi originally scheduled it to
be brought to the House floor
Monday but postponed it.
Ala Makahal, an undocu-
mented worker who grew up in
America since the age of sev-
en, said if DREAM had been in
place, she would be an Ameri-
can citizen with a high pay-
ing architecture job. Instead,
she is a college graduate who
.is working in the food service
"I tried to get in line to get my
number and my papers," she
said. "But for my case, there is
no line."
Makahal, who emigrated
from Jordan with her parents,

explained that she does not fit
any of the traditional catego-
ries that would make her eli-
gible for a visa while remaining
in the U.S.
"I don't qualify for asylum,
I'm not married, I don't have a
children," she stated.
Her only hope is to leave the
country. But Makahal doesn't
even- remember Palestine. let
alone know people there.
Her condition is no worse
than that of Ohio resident Ber-
nard Pastor. The 18-year-old
has been locked up in a fed-
eral detention center, facing
the possibility of being sent
to Guatemala after residing in
America for 15 years.
"He finished fifth in his
graduating class last year; he
.was the star soccer player for
Reading High School; he liter-
ally sang the national anthem
to all of their soccer games
with his teammates; he's min-
ister and worship leader in his
father's church," detailed the
Rev. Troy Jackson of Univer-
sity Christian Church in Cin-
He says cases such as those
of Makahal and Pastor uncover
the true nature of the current
immigration policy.
"It's unjust, it's unfair, it's
not the love that God teaches,"
Jackson said.

Don't do Christmas

on credit, charity

organization warns

By Charles Boyd

Christians Against Pov-
erty is urging people not to
give into the temptation of a
loan to cover the cost of their
Christmas celebrations.
The U.K.-based debt coun-
seling charity says it is not
out to kill the festive season
but that it wants people to
have a clear spending strate-
gy to see them safely into the
New Year.
CAP Chief Executive Matt
Barlow believes such a
strategy is wise as yet more
economic uncertainty looms
on the horizon.
"These are difficult times for
a lot of us and the temptation
is to say 'at least well have a
great Christmas' and use that
as an excuse to spend what
we haven't got," he said.
"If you've already caught
yourself saying this, we want
your alarm bells to be ringing
loud and clear."
The charity said that

around half of its clients
with "out-of-control" debt
had taken out a loan at some
time to help cover the cost of
It warned that many of
them went on to lose their
,homes, suffer mental health
problems, contemplate suil-
cide and find themselves un-
able to feed and clothe their
"We're not party poopers,"
Barlow said. "We just want
people to enjoy Christmas
and not be anxious about
whether they will be able to
pay it all back." '
Here are the c harir 's top
ten tips for avoiding festive
1. Decide what you have
to spend. Make a list and be
realistic. Paying in cash may
help you keep control.
2. Manage expectations
early. If things are tight don't
be say so to family
3. See if relatives will club
together with you to buy chil-
dren what they would like,
rather than individually over
indulging them.
4. Buy fewer presents but
more cheaper trimmings like
paper chains and'crackers.

5. Never take out a Christ-
mas loan! Remember the
possible consequences could
be disastrous for you and
your family.
6. Give vouchers or make
presents as opposed to
buying them. For example.
delicious homemade biscuits,
chocolates and fudge make
a lovely gift and show you've .
spent time and care.
7. Remember, you can't buy
love. Don't feel guilty if you
can't afford the latest present
for your children. Your love
and affection will last longer
in the memory rlhan any tbyS-W
8. Don't fall into the trap
of reciprocal gift giving and
don't buy out of obligation.
9. Don't overspend in the
January sales, in spite of
how good a bargain you
might see. Make a budget
and stick to it and if possible,
leave those credit cards at
10. Enjoy all the low cost
things on offer the lights in
town, get together, making
mince pies, playing family
board games, seeing your
kids in the school nativ-
ity and have a very Merry

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Book offers holiday project

By Nara Schoenberg

My 7-year-old son consid-
ered my offer to help him make
a kaleidoscope and politely de-
"I have other stuff to do," he
said. "Like make paper pirate
So I dived into the kaleido-
scope project in "Make These
Toys: 101 Clever Creations Us-
ing Everyday Items" by myself,
hoping Mr. Pirate Ship would
come around.
I denuded a fresh roll of toilet
paper to extract the tube (does
anyone ever have a spare tube

just sitting around?) I located
the mirror board I'd ordered
from, cut it into
strips and pushed it into the
tube. I punctured a big green
balloon and stretched it over
the tube to make a peephole.
I was making pretty good
progress when the pirate-ship-
maker arrived on the scene,
drawn by the transparent
"stained glass" stickers that
I was going to stick to an old
plastic lid. He took over the
sticking, and gave me some
tips on attaching the wheel to
the tube.
The finished contraption



ts for youth

wasn't elegant, but when you
looked through the peephole
and turned the plastic lid, you
saw colored shapes rotating
through an intricate snowflake
of geometric shapes, just as
you would in a real kaleido-
My son, entranced, pro-
claimed "Make These Toys" by
Heather Swain to be not mere-
ly "awesome" but "as smart as
10 brains stuck together."
"Can we do another project?
Where did you even get this
book?" he asked.
I was similarly impressed.
Please turn to BOOK 16B

With obnoxious kids an audience makes behavior worse

By James Lehman

Does your child's behavior
become more obnoxious, de-
manding and "smart-alecky"
when he has an audience?
Some kids just seem to "step
up the show" as soon as their
friends come over.
Chronically obnoxious kids
often have a hidden agenda.
What that means is that you
will see them putting other
people down in order to feel
better about themselves.
. Whether your child is de-
manding and obnoxious oc-
casionally or chronically, your

role is to teach, coach and
guide them by setting limits
and challenging their inappro-
priate behavior.

1) Prepare your child: If
your child is regularly de-
manding and rude in front of
others, I recommend that you
have a talk with him about
how he is expected to behave
before you enter any social
setting. Your goal here is to try
to set the stage for good behav-
ior. Let your child know ahead

of time what will happen if he
behaves inappropriately.
2) Call your child aside: If
your child starts being disre-
spectful in front of his guests,
call him over and say, "I don't
like how you're behaving right
now. I want you to talk to me
nicely," -and then leave the
3) Correct your child pub-
licly: This is the last chance
before your child is sent to
his room for a time-out or
his guests are sent home al-
together. You can simply say,
"Jacob, don't talk to me that
way just because Connor and

Thomas are here. Remember
we talked about that." Again,
walk away.
4) Stop the show: If your
child still isn't able to con-
trol himself, you need to stop
the show and send him to his
room. When you go up to your
child's room, challenge him on
his behavior by saying: "What
did you see down there that
made you think it was okay to
be demanding and make fun
of me? What was going on?"
Because again, you're just try-
ing to help him get focused on
how he should behave.
5) Discuss it later: If your

child has been rude, after his
friends have gone, sit down
and have a conversation with
him about his behavior. You
can say something like, "I no-
ticed when your friends were
here today you were acting
bossy. Maybe that was be- were nervous or ex-
cited about having them here,
but I want that behavior to
stop." At the end of the con-
versation, look for a response
from your child.
6) Give him a conse-
quence: If your child's obnox-
ious behavior continues, don't
allow him to have any friends

over for a week. He should
also tell you what he's going to
do differently next time. This
forces your child to use his
brain to come up with solu-
tions. He might say something
like, "I'1 say please, Ill say
thank you, Ill say excuse me.
I'll use a nice tone."
In fact, you'd be surprised
how much impact this exer-
cise can have on your child's
thought processes. It changes
everything, because it gives
your child options for the next
time he's about to say some-
thing obnoxious or make fun of
you in front of others.





Miami highest in end-of-life cancer care deaths

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and
Linda Shrieves

One in three patients with ad-
vanced cancer spend their final
days in hospitals receiving cost-
ly, aggressive treatments they
may not want, according to a
major national study released
Researchers at the Dartmouth
Atlas of Health Care, whose
work on hospital spending has
been cited by the Obama ad-
ministration, reviewed a sam-
ple of 20 percent of Medicare
beneficiaries nationwide with
advanced cancer who died be-
tween 2003 and 2007, includ-
ing patients at 65 California
Of nearly 240,000 terminally
ill patients studied, about 29
percent died in hospitals. The
likelihood of dying in a hospital
varied significantly depending
on where the person was treat-
ed, the report found.
In California, Los Angeles
County had the highest per-

centage of advanced cancer
patients dying in hospitals at
about 41 percent, followed by
Fresno (39 percent), Bakersfield
(37 percent), San Francisco (36
percent) and Modesto (36 per-
"We as physicians often make
assumptions about what pa-
tients and their families want,"
said Dr. David C. Goodman, the
report's lead author. "We are
particularly uncomfortable with
sharing the news that a cure is
unlikely. But what patients re-
ally want is for physicians to be
honest with them and share the
full range of treatment choices."
Dartmouth's past reports
have been widely circulated on
Capitol Hill, generating debate
but few policy changes. The
latest report has the potential
to spark meaningful conversa-
tions about end-of-life care, but
it could also fuel concern about
rationing healthcare if lawmak-
ers use it to propose Medicare
cuts or incentives for doctors to
discuss less expensive and


or in
est at

less aggressive treatment
with terminal patients, he said.
"Having payment for end-
of-life conversations was ex-
actly what led people to start
screaming about death pan-
els," said Stephen Zuckerman,
a health economist and senior

care during their last month
of life, but researchers found
that in some cases referrals
came so close to death that
they were unlikely to have pro-
vided much assistance. Ter-
minally ill cancer patients in
L.A. County were less likely
to be cared for in a hospice at
the end of their life than the
national average, the report
found, with about 40 percent
referred to hospice care.
On the other hand, 15.8
percent of cancer patients
in Fort Lauderdale nearly
twice the national average of
8.3 were likely to enroll for
hospice care in the last three
days of their lives, a time when
researchers say the comfort
and care provided there does
not matter much.
"When there are more options
for a possible cure, people
are naturally going to take
advantage of those options,"
said Pat Lehotsky, president of
Cornerstone Hospice of Central
Florida and past president of

Florida Hospices and Palliative
Care Organization.
"But sometimes it hasn't
been explained to them, that by
seeking curative care, they're
diminishing the quality of the
days they have remaining,"
Lehotsky said. Chemotherapy,
blood transfusions and all
kinds of other treatments like
that really diminish the quality
of life."
The report also contrasts
the prevalence of medical
interventions at big city
hospitals to facilities located in
mid-sized or small cities, often
in the Midwest. Cancer patients
were more likely to receive
"aggressive life-sustaining
treatment" including feeding
and breathing tubes and
CPR during the last weeks
of their lives in Manhattan,
(18 percent), Los Angeles
(17.5 percent) and Chicago
(16.2 percent) compared to
Minneapolis (3.9 percent),
Des Moines (5.1 percent) and
Seattle (6.4 percent).

fellow at the Washington, D.C.-
based Urban Institute. "If you
provide financial incentives for
people to move into less ag-
gressive treatment, is that the
reaction you're going to get?"
A little more than half of pa-
tients surveyed used hospice

Dispose of expired

meds in proper manner

By Liz Szabo

Old or expired medications do
more than clutter the bathroom.
They can fall into the wrong
hands or even local drinking
One in nine kids abuse pre-
scription pain relievers, says
Sandra Schneider of the Ameri-
can College of Emergency Physi-
Meds also pose a risk to ba-
bies and toddlers, says Lara
McKenzie of the Center for In-
jury Research and Policy at Na-
tionwide Children's Hospital in
Columbus, Ohio.
Nearly 10,000 small children
accidentally swallowed opiate
painkillers between 2003 and
2006, says a report in Annals
of Emergency Medicine. A single
dose of some heart medications
or pain pills can kill a child,
Schneider says.
Medications kill more people
than any other source of poison-
ing, says the American Associa-
tion of Poison Control Centers.
Some, such as the antibiotic
tetracycline, can degrade into a
toxic form over time, Schneider
Medications flushed down the
toilet can end up in drinking wa-
ter, says Jeanie Jaramillo of the
Texas Panhandle Poison Center
in Amarillo, which has held drug
"take-back" programs for years.
Water treatment plants typically
can't filter out medications, she
People who don't live near a
drop-off site should throw them
out only after taking precau-
tions. The Food and Drug Ad-
ministration recommends these
Take meds out of their origi-
nal packaging and put them in
a container that can be tightly

Drop off your old
meds on Saturday

The American College of Emer-
gency Physicians and others are
sponsoring the American Medi-
cine Chest ChllengP~'e-Satur-
day, when people can drop off
unneeded meds at more than
300 locations. Police are in-
volved with each drop-off site
churches, libraries, superniar-
kets listed at americanmedi-
Physicians also suggest locking
up all meds, taking an inventory
of all prescription arid non-pre-
scriptior drugs in the house, and
talking to kids about the danger?
of abusing prescription medica-

sealed, such as a coffee can.
Mix them with coffee
grounds, kitty litter or anything
that makes them undesirable.
Scratch out identifying infor-
mation on the original package.
The FDA recommends flush-
ing only a handful of particular-
ly risky medications such as
narcotic pain patches when
drug take-back programs aren't
available. A list of these is at People with medication
safety concerns can call a local
poison control center at 800-

Cardiac combination devices show promise

Implant reduced deaths from mild heart

failure in study, researchers report

By Thomas H. Maugh II costs the U.S. healthcare sys-
tem an estimated $40 bil-
An implanted combination lion per year, according to the
cardiac resynchronization de- American Heart Assn.
vice and defibrillator reduces Heart failure occurs when
deaths from mild heart failure the muscles of the heart weak-
by 29 percent compared with en and the ventricles fail to co-
a defibrillator alone, research- ordinate properly, or synchro-
ers reported recently. The nize, reducing the ability of the
report is the second one indi- organ to move blood through-
cating that such combination out the body. In the most se-
devices, which are about the vere cases, patients become so
size of a cellphone, can save weak that they are bedridden
the lives of many of the 6 mil- or suffer a variety of symp-
lion Americans with heart fail- toms, such as shortness of
ure, and many surgeons are breath, buildup of fluid in the
already using them for that lungs and other organs, confu-
purpose. About 70 percent of sion and fatigue. Patients with
heart failure patients have the i nild heart failure t:ypcal
milder form of the disease for, .:iave few or no symptoms, but
which the new study was con- both groups have an equally
ducted. The condition requires high risk of atrial fibrillation
frequent hospitalizations and (erratic heartbeats) or death.

One billion people cannot

afford health care services

Around a billion people
cannot afford any health
senrices, and paying for
healthcare pushes about
100 million people a year
into poverty, the World
Health Organization said on
In a global report on fi-
nancing health systems, the
United Nations health body
said all countries, rich and
poor, could do more toward
getting universal coverage
and urged them to think
about ways to increase ef-
ficiency and use new taxes
and innovative Fund-raising
measures to boost access to

"For many. health seric-
es just don't exist, for oth-
ers they are not affordable.
When they're not affordable
it means you either choose
not to use them or you suffer
severe financial hardship.'
David Evans, the WHO's di-
rector of health systems fi-
nancing, said in a briefing
on the report's findings.
The World Health Report
2010 lays out steps coun-
tries could take to raise more
funds and reduce financial
barriers to obtaining health-
care. and to make health
services more efficient.

How to make healthy choices when eating fast food

continued from 17B

of different health problems,
both physical and psychologi-
Still, in a bad economy the
quick-and-cheap temptation
can often be hard to resist. As
an informed customer, though,
you can make healthier choic-
es and still enjoy the price and
convenience of fast food restau-
rants. When is it healthy to eat
fast food?
The short answer is: rarely.
Typically, fast food is low in
nutrition and high in trans fat,
saturated fat, sodium, and cal-
ories. Some examples:
One sack of hash bites or
potato snackers from White
Castle, for example, contains
10 grams of very unhealthy
trans fat. The American Heart
Association recommends we
consume less than 2 grams of
trans fat per day. So in one side
order, you've just eaten more
than five days' worth of heart-
busting trans fat.
A single meal of a Double

Whopper with cheese, a medi-
um order of fries and an apple
pie from Burger King contains
more saturated fat than the
American Heart Association
recommends we consume in
two days.
Moderation becomes the
key. It's fine to indulge a crav-
ing for French fries every now
and then, but to stay healthy
you can't make it a regular
habit. Finding a healthy, well-
balanced meal in most fast food
restaurants can be a challenge,
but there are always choices
you can make that are healthier
than others.
Learning to make healthier
choices at fast food restaurants
Making healthier choices at
fast food restaurants is easier if
you prepare ahead by checking
guides that show you the nutri-
tional content of meal choices
at your favorite restaurants.
Free downloadable guides help
you evaluate your options. If
you have a special dietary con-
cern, such as diabetes, heart
health or weight loss, the web-
sites of national non-profits

provide useful advice. You can
also choose to patronize res-
taurants that focus on natural,
high quality food.
If you don't prepare ahead
of time, common sense guide-
lines help to make your meal
healthier. For example, a seem-
ingly healthy salad can be a diet
minefield when smothered in
high-fat dressing and fried top-
pings, so choose a salad with
fresh veggies, grilled toppings
and a lighter dressing. Por-
tion control is also important,
as many fast food restaurants
serve enough food for several
meals in the guise of a single

Make careful menu selec-
tions pay attention to the de-
scriptions on the menu. Dishes
labeled deep-fried, pan-fried,
basted, batter-dipped, breaded,
creamy, crispy, scalloped, Alfre-
do, au gratin or in cream sauce
are usually high in calories, un-
healthy fats or sodium. Order
items with more vegetables and
choose leaner meats.

Drink water with your meal.
"Undress" your food.
Special order. Many menu
items would be healthy if it
weren't for the way they were
Eat mindfully.

Super-sized portions
Salt and bacon
Buffets even seemingly
healthy ones like salad bars
as you will likely overeat to get
your money's worth.
Figuring out healthier options
at your favorite fast food burger
chain can be tricky. A typical
meal at a burger joint consists
of a "sandwich," some fries
and a drink, which can quick-
ly come in at over 1700 calo-
ries for something like Burger
King's Triple Whopper with a
large fries and a 16 oz. soda. A
better option would be a'regular
single patty burger, small fries
and water, which is about 500
calories. Or if you want a large
beef burger, then skip the fries
and soda and have a side salad
and water instead.

A defibrillator applies a small
electrical shock to the heart to
halt the erratic heartbeats and
restore normal function. Car-
diac resynchronization ther-
apy delivers a regular, small
electrical signal to the heart to
maintain regular beating, in-
creasing the ejection fraction
the amount of blood pushed
into the cardiovascular system
with each beat. The 'device has
leads going to both ventricles
to ensure that they are syn-
Such devices are approved
in the United States for treat-
ing patients with severe heart
Last year, U.S. research-
ers reported that a combina-
tion device manufactured by
Boston Scientific reduced the
death rate by 29 percent tor
patients with moderate heart
failure in a study of about
1,800 patients. In September,
the Food, and Drug Adminis-

tration gave the company ap-
proval to market the device for
this indication.
In the new study, Dr. An-
thony S. L. Tang of the Ot-
tawa Heart Institute and his
colleagues studied 1,798 mild
heart failure patients at 24
centers in Canada, Australia,
Europe and Turkey. About
half were given an implantable
defibrillator manufactured by
Medtronic, Inc. of Minneapolis
and half a combination device
manufactured by the same
company. The patients were
followed for 40 months. Tang
reported at a Chicago meeting
of the American Heart Assn.
and in a report published on-
line in the New England Jour-
nal of Medicine that the team
.p4.rved 29 percent redu
tion in deaths in the patienri
treated with the combination
device and a 27 percent reduc-
tion in deaths and heart fail-
ure-related hospitalizations.

Holiday projects for children

continued from 15B

The two other projects I
tested with my kids, the paper
dog that rolls along the floor
on thread spools and the bal-
loon-powered zip-line racer,
were simple and ingenious.
The doggie really rolled. The
zip-line balloon, attached to
a drinking straw with trans-
parent tape, roared back

and forth on 7 feet of string
secured to two dining room
One caveat: Just because
a material is simple, that
doesn't necessarily mean it's
easy to obtain. Neither Mi-
chaels, the craft chain store,
nor my local teacher-supply
store carried mirror board.
The bottom line: A great
book for rainy days and
sunny ones.

Controlling secondhand smoke

continued from 17B

children under the age of 5 die
each year from lower respira-
tory infections caused by sec-
ond-hand smoke and most of
these deaths occur in Africa
and south Asia.
Just two months ago, the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention released a
report that found more than
half of children in the Unit-
ed States, between ages 3
and 11 show signs in their
blood of exposure to sec-
ondhand smoke. Previous
studies have found that
even extremely low levels of
exposure to cigarette smoke
produced detectable abnor-
mal genetic activity in these
The more than 1 billion
smokers are exposing bil-
lions of non-smokers to one
of the top indoor pollut-
ants according to the WHO.
Researchers believe more
needs to be done to create

complete smoke-free indoor
environments at work, in
public places and on public
transportation. Jonathan
Samet and Heather Wipfli,
two leading public health
experts from the University
of Southern California say
their research from 31 coun-
tries found that 88 percent
of parents who smoked did
so at home and that over 80
percent smoked near their
children. In an accompany-
ing commentary, they em-
phasize the need for smoke-
free homes, which can help
lower the number of people
sickened and dying from
someone else's smoke.
Wipfli and Samet say edu-
cating and empowering wom-
en can make a big difference
is protecting children and
non-smoking adults from
the deadly effects of second-
hand smoke. "Few sources
of indoor air pollution can be
completely eliminated. How-
ever, smoking indoors can be
eliminated," they say.

Appreciation for Bro. Lance Bailey

Reverend Howard Rose and
the Greater Fellowship Mis-
sionary Baptist Church Family
2601 NW 65 Street, will be hon-
oring Minister of Music Brother

Lance Bailey, 3:30 p.m., Sun-
day December 12. Come out
and be blessed on this joyous
occasion it would not be com-
plete without all of you.

d-of-life care

itage of terminally ill
care patients who died
hospital not at home
a hospice facility. At
percent, Miami is the
st. Hudson is the low-
16.6 percent.


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LONDON A generation of babies could be born free of AIDS i: rh.-
international community stepped up efforts to provide universal a: -
cess to HIV prevention, treatment and social protection, the United
Nations said recently.
A report by the U.N. children's fund UNICEF found that millions of
women and children, particularly in poor countries, fall through the
cracks of HIV services either due to their gender, social or economic
status, location or education.
While children have benefited from substantial prog-
ress made in the fight against AIDS, it said, more must
be done to ensure all women and children get access to
the medicines and health services designed to prevent
mother-to-child HIV transmission.
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1 in 100 people around the world
die from secondhand smoke each
year, a new study reveals, and near-
ly two-thirds of the deaths occur in
Health officials have known that
more than 1 billion people around
the world smoke and 5 million peo-
ple die each year from tobacco-re-
lated illness, according to the World
Health Organization (WHO). That's
about one person dying every six
But just how many people are
sickened by secondhand smoke
has been less clear, which led re-
searchers to try to investigate how
big the problem is. Based on 2004
data gathered from 192 countries,
researchers estimate "as many as
40 percent of children, 35 percent of

The more than 1 billion
smokers are exposing
billions of non-smokers to
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ants according to the WHO.

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regularly exposed to secondhand
smoke indoors," according to a WHO
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"Tobacco use is one of the biggest
public health threats the world has
ever faced," says the WHO. More
than 80 percent of the more than
1 billion smokers worldwide live in
low- and middle-income countries,
where the burden of tobacco-related
illness and death is heaviest. The
study authors estimate that 165,000
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Making healthier choices

By Maya W. Paul

Kids of divorce have

double the risk of stroke

Fast food is cheap, convenient, filling and to many of us it
tastes good. If you are eating out, a fast food restaurant is
often the cheapest option, but unfortunately not a healthy
one. Eating just one fast food meal can pack enough
calories, sodium and fat for an entire day or more.
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Millions skipping medical care when sick

By Chris Levister

The government says
the number of Americans without
health insurance is now nearly 47
million, up seven percent from 2006.
With unemployment remaining at an
all-time high, one in five people say
they have put off medical care for
conditions like high blood pressure,
diabetes and HIV-AIDS.
Looking to save money in a weak
economy Americans increasingly are

skipping routine care. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
issued a report recently on the un-
insured based on tens of thousands
of in-person interviews for the years
2006 through 2010.
Thirty-nine percent of people polled
said they had postponed a doctors'
visit, while 16 percent had declined
a medical test because of cost. Thir-
ty-seven percent said they skipped
a dose of medicine to save money or
skipped filling a prescription because

of the expense.
This trend is expected to continue
as the burden of care continues to
be shifted to the individual and more
Americans lose their jobs and their
health insurance, said Dr. Temetry
Lindsey, president and CEO of Inland
Behavioral Services (IBS) in San Ber-
"This is a very worrisome trend,"
said Lindsey. "We're now starting to
see the impact of the recession on
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continued from 17B

To be sure, the study does
not conclude that children of
divorce are destined to suffer
strokes, said Fuller-Thomson.
The findings are based on a
survey of more than 13,000
people living in Canada who
took part in the 2005 Cana-
dian Health Survey.
Because most strokes occur
in people over age 65, Fuller-
Thomson said, most of the re-
spondents who had suffered a
stroke would have been born
in 1940 or earlier. Divorce was

of stroke in children of divorced parents

rarer at that time, and "the grow up in poverty than chil- mone cortisol, which could in
context and consequences of dren of intact families, and turn, make people vulnerable
parental divorce in the 1940s childhood poverty is a risk to a range of diseases over
or 1950s was probably very factor for many adult health time.
different from a child's experi- conditions. It's important to note, Full-
ence of divorce now, she said. In her study, Fuller-Thom- er-Thomson said, that her
The stigma was greater, and son did not have data on study showed an association
because of that, it's likely that childhood household income, between divorce and stroke,
parents who did divorce did so she did not investigate this not that divorce causes
so under more extreme cir- potential link. strokes, and said the findings
cumstances than those who Childhood stress could also would be need to be replicated
divorce today, said Fuller- link the two, Fuller-Thomson in other studies before more
Thomson. said. Previous work on child- solid conclusions could be
There are several ways in hood poverty and abuse has drawn.
which divorce and stroke risk suggested severe and chronic The findings were presented
could be linked, she said. For stress in childhood can alter at meeting of the Gerontologi-
example, children whose par- the development of the body's cal Society of America meet-
ents divorce are more likely to regulation of the stress hor- ing in New Orleans.

Access to HIV prevention needed for HIV-free generation

continued from 17B

According to latest United
Nations data, 370,000 children
were born with HIV in 2009,
the vast majority of them in Af-
rica- the region that bears by
far the highest AIDS burden.
"Although it is very rare for a
child to be born with HIV in the
developed world, there are still
a thousand newborns a day
infected in Africa," UNICEF's
head of HIV and AIDS Jimmy
Kolker said. "This is something
we know how to prevent."
AIDS is still one of the lead-
ing causes of death worldwide

among women of reproductive
age and a major case of ma-
ternal death in countries with
AIDS epidemics. In sub-Saha-
ran Africa, nine percent of ma-
ternal deaths are attributable
to HIV and AIDS, UNICEF said.
Just over half of all pregnant
women infected HIV got the
drugs they needed to prevent
mother-to-child transmission
in 2009, compared with 45
percent in 2008.
In 2009, some 33.3 million
people around the world had
the human immunodeficiency
virus (HIV) that causes AIDS,
'and 22.5 million of them were
living in sub-Saharan Africa.

UNICEF said one of the most
significant increases in access
to prevention drugs was in
eastern and southern Africa,
where the proportion jumped
10 percentage points, from 58
percent in 2008 to 68 percent
in 2009.
Margaret Chan, director-
general of the World Health Or-
ganization, said there was now
"strong evidence that elimina-
tion of mother-to-child trans-
mission is achievable."
"Achieving the goal will re-
quire much better prevention
among women and mothers in
the first place," she said.
Babies are particularly vul-

nerable to the effects of HIV
and without treatment about
half of infants infected with
HIV die before their second
UNICEF said that while the
availability of early infant di-
agnosis services has increased
dramatically in many coun-
tries, global coverage still re-
mains low, at only six percent
in 2009.
In a separate statement be-
fore world AIDS day on Decem-
ber 1, the UNAIDS director Mi-
chel Sidibe said: "Nothing gives
me more hope than knowing
that an AIDS-free generation is
possible in our lifetime."

Millions without health care

continued from 17B

the working middle class. Peo-
ple are skipping doctors' visits
or doses of medicine. It's not
only about mammograms and
colonoscopies, people are put-
ting off getting care for serious
conditions that do not produce
pain or symptoms until it's too
We live in a culture that
bashes government becoming
more involved in healthcare,
but forgets that many of our
current health insurance sys-
tems and medical care options
have gotten out of reach," said
Lindsey, who added the trend
is particularly troubling for the
Inland Empire's at-risk popula-
tions already reeling from years
of poverty.
The very poor are gener-
ally covered by government
programs such as Med-
Cal. Meanwhile, the under-
insured are 'opting for risky
cost cutting alternatives and
higher insurance deductibles.

She said many of the regions
underinsured don't take ad-
vantage of safer alternatives
such as federally funded health
clinics that offer services at re-
duced cost. "People are sur-
prised when they come in to
our clinics and learn that we
offer quality health services for
diabetes, high blood pressure,
asthma, cancer screenings,
and other health services, for
in some cases up to 50 percent
less than the cost of a doctor's
appointment," said Lindsey.
Lindsey says statistically
some patients will have a fatal
disease that could have been
prevented. "That is a tragedy
that I've spent my entire career
trying to prevent. People are
hurting, they're scared. We all
have to do a better job of putting
the word out that there are cost
effective alternatives. That's my
priority now," she said.
"It will be interesting to see
what happens in 2014 when
the individual mandates re-
quiring Americans to purchase
healthcare kick in."

A holiday celebration in the Gardens

Pastors Willie and Karen
Felton and the Living Word
Christian Center Interna-
tional family invites you and
your family to enjoy a joyous
celebration with us 11 a.m.,

Sunday, December 12.
The celebration will be
held at the Betty T. Fer-
guson Community Center,
3000 NW 199 Street, Miami







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3087 N.W. 60th Street
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Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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

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

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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.

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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

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

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

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

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

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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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740 N.W. 58th Street


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2330 N.W. 93rd Street
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16305 N.W. 48th Avenue

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XAVIER MARTIN, 21, laborer.,
died November
28 at home.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

nurse, died No- .
vember 29 at
University of
Miami. Services
were held.

south customer
rep, died No-
vember 29 a
North Miami Re-
habilitation Cen- i
ter. Services
were held.

tor, died November 15 at Mount Si-
nai Medical Center. Services were

BRENDEN DECIUS, 20, laborer,
died November 21 at Jackson Me-
morial North. Services were held.

CELIUS JEAN, 71, custodian,
died November 18 at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital. Viewing was held.

Lithgow Bennett
WILLIAM LEE, 80, died No-
vember 28 at
University of Mi-
ami. Survivors
include: wife,
Carolyn Lee;
children, Greg-
ory Lee, Julia
Lee and William
Lee, Jr.; eleven
grand children and fourteen great-
grands. Viewing 4-7 p.m., Decem-
ber 10 in chapel. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Lithgow Bennett Phil-
brick, 15011 West Dixie Highway,
North Miami.

Wright and Young
68, retired re-
ceptionist, died
December 2 at
Kendrick Hos-
pital in Holly-
wood. Survivors
include: Joseph
Moss, Jr. and
Hilda Moss
Brewton. Viewing 4-8 p.m., Thurs-
day. Service 11 a.m., Friday Peace-
ful Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

TIN, 84, retired
nurse's assis-
tant, died De-
cember 5 at Mt..
Sinai Medical
Center. Viewing
4-8 p.m., Friday
at Range Funer-
al Home. Ser- -
vice 11 a.m., Saturday at Antioch
Baptist Church of Brownsville.

Poitier -
61, payroll clerk, died November
27 at University of Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday in the

domestic engineer, died October
12 at University of Miami Hospital.
Services are incomplete.

JACOB NELSON, 60, cook, died
November 26 at Aventura Medical
Center. Services were held.

custodian, died November 24 at
University of Miami Hospital. Ser-
vices were held.

died November 23 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Services were


FRANK J. COPPA, 79, retired
carpenter, died
December 4,
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the
Chapel .

ROS, 21, died
December 2.
Viewing 5 p.m.-
8p.m., Friday at
Martin Memorial
A.M.E. Church.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Glendale Bap-
tist Church, Richmond Heights.

supervisor, died
December 4.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary Mis- "
sionary Baptist

carrier, died December 3, at Mercy
Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at New Harvest Missionary Baptist

died November 24. Services were

JEAN NICOLAS, 75, carpenter,
died November 15. Services were

ERNEST E. MILLS, 69, retired
electrical en-
gineer, died
December 6 at
University Hos-
pital in Seattle,
Memorial ser-
vice 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
New Birth Enterprise, 8400 NW 2
Avenue. Final rites and burial in
Seattle, Washington.

Death Notice

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

^ I

Happy Birthday 8 urns in 'unknown' grave

In loving memory of,

at Arlington Spur Inquiry

By Sabrina Tavernise

10/30/36 12/13/09

Many daily thoughts and si-
lent tears,
A secret wish that you were
An empty space that no one
can fill,
We miss you, Mom, and al-
ways will.
We love you very much, but
God knows best,
He took you home for your
final rest.
Your children: Ronald E.
Dasher, Clarence W. Dasher
III, and LaQuita Dasher Lee

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


Big Sis, it was a year ago
when we kissed and said
good-bye. Since you been
gone life isn't the same.
A part of me is gone, but our
memories will last forever.
Rest in peace my beautiful
DeShai Ford

12-08-62 08/06/10

We loved you so very much.
When God summoned you
home, we were left with a void
in our hearts.
But, our faith in God gives
us peace in knowing you are
with the Lord.
We will see you again.
Love forever.
Your sisters; Cheryl "Lynn"
Garrett-Cox and Patricia Gar-
rett Fayson
You may view guest book
and write tribute at Palmer- Colum-
bia, S.C.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/17/39- 12/24/09

It's been a year since you've
gone away and God krjows
that we miss you everyday.
Lovingly, your sons: Jeremi-
ah, Carlos and Kenneth and
Dear friend Angela

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,
. . . . .. .. .. . . . . . .

Death Notice

CARTY, 24, entertainer,
died December 3. Viewing 5
p.m. -9 p.m., Friday. Service
2 p.m., Saturday at Bethel
Apostolic Church, 1855 NW
119th Street.
Arrangements entrusted to
Grace Funeral Home.

HapDv Birthdav

In loving memory of,

. ;.

12/05/87 03/23/03

12/11/66- 12/12/04

died November 18 at UOM
Hospital. Survivors include:
her children, William (Ethe-
lyn), Dale (Newton), Con-
stance (Hayward); brother,
Lieutenant Colonel Retired
Albert Ferguson; sister,
Gwendolyn Clarke; the Far-
quharson and Hamilton
S The family would like
to thank everyone for the
many cards, plants, gifts
and phone calls received
during our time of bereave-
We loved her so very much
and your support gave us
strength in this most diffi-
cult. time.




has opened a criminal inves-'
tigation after the discovery of
eight urns of cremated remains
of soldiers in a grave marked
"unknown" in Arlington Nation-
al Cemetery, an Army official
said this week.
Cemetery records showed
that there was only one set of
remains buried in the grave,
said Kaitlin Horst, a spokes-
woman for the cemetery. But in
late October, when eight urns
were found, cemetery officials
"became aware of question-
able practices," and asked the
Army to investigate.
The military has since iden-
tified three sets of remains,
through tags in the urns that
identified the morgues, said
Christopher P. Grey, spokes-
man for the Army Criminal
Investigation Command. A fo-
rensic expert determined that
a fourth urn's remains would
not be identifiable. Ms. Horst
said cemetery officials were
in the process of notifying the
families for the three sets of
remains that Army officials
had identified.
The military is searching for
the identities of the remains
in the last four urns, a formi-
dable challenge without iden-

tifying tags, Mr. Grey said. The
contents of the urns ash
and bone are not usable for
DNA identification, he said.
"There's not a lot to work
with," he said.
The investigation follows an
official Army report on mis-
management of the cemetery
by its former superintendent,
John C. Metzler Jr., who was
reprimanded in June for fail-
ing to properly oversee it. The
report found gravesites im-
properly marked, discrepan-
cies between cemetery maps
and gravesites, and unmarked
graves. That report followed a
year of investigative articles
on the cemetery by
In July, Senator Claire Mc-
Caskill, Democrat of Missouri,
said the number of graves at
Arlington that could be un-
marked or mislabeled on maps
was as many as 6,600, The
Associated Press reported.
Army and cemetery officials
were inclined to view much of
that failure as sloppy manage-
ment, but October's discovery
sent signals of a potentially
deeper problem, Mr. Grey
"Eight sets of human re-
mains in one location was very
suspect," he said. "You don't
just take remains and bury
them anywhere you want."

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ticed that our obituary page has been shorter than usual. The
reason is not because the number of deaths in our community
has suddenly declined, but this newspaper is not getting the
information on all the deaths.
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death notices to this newspaper for publication: Bain Range/
Range, Gregg L. Mason, Poitier, D. Richardson, A. Richard-
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Young, Pax Villa, Stevens, Carey Royal & Rahming and Royal.
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doing fir the past 88 years.
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theater ensemble

presents comedy

world premier

Prolific playwright takes

world of art to the stage

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor
Wickedly funny and sexy is the way many
are describing the newest play by Miami's own
Michael McKeever "South Beach Babylon."
The comedy opened during Art Basel and runs
through Dec. 12th at the Carnival Studio The-
ater at the Arsht Center.
For McKeever, 48, the play marks the inau-
gural production of Miami's newest theater
ensemble, Zoetic Stage, and is his 20th full
length play which when added to the 10 or 15
shorts he has written make for a pretty im-
pressive tally of work.
"I have always wanted to write a play about
the artists that live or work on South Beach
and consider the often complicated process of
creating art," he said. "I wanted to delve into
the minds of artists, in this case five, who are
at different stages in their careers and con-
sider how much they are all willing to lose
themselves, perhaps even their souls, in order
to become successful. As I developed the play,
another issue that challenged me was look-
ing at how "success" means different things to
each of us. For some of us, we can be satisfied
and therefore 'successful' working on a shoe-
string budget but producing the kind of art
that gives us the most meaningful. For others
it's all about financial gain or acceptance by
our peers."
Ironically, the play tracks the lives of five
artists during the weeks leading up to Miami's
annual Art Basel event, and is thus a fictional
journey that occurs in the midst of the recent
actual dealings of artists bent on achieving
prestige and recognition for their art.
According to McKeever, several of South
Florida's finest comedians are in the show, in-
cluding Eric Fabercat and Elena Maria Garcia.
But he says the entire cast is great.
"This area boasts some of the finest comedi-
ans anywhere and we're lucky to have them on
our stage," he said.
McKeever, who also has a minor role in his
play, says that one topic he did not address in
his play is the ongoing challenge many Black
artists face in gaining acceptance of their work
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its annual appearance on stages throughout the U.S. If you've never experienced this outstanding
adaptation that whisks the audience from Harlem to Egypt to West Africa and is a multicultural
theatrical dance delight, you owe it to yourself to find this play somewhere close by and then, enjoy.


By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

The Sixth Annual Florida Entertainment
Summit, with such industry stars as Miami's
own rapper and philanthropist Trina to, film
producer Will Packer (Obsessed, Stomp the
Yard, This Christmas and Takers) and Ted
Lucas, founder of Slip N Slide Records, are
just a few of the folks that will speak to as-
piring vocalists, DJs, producers and models
during the annual event.
This year's summit opens Thursday, Dec.
9 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 11. High-
lights for the Summit include: panel discus-
sions on the impact of media violence on
youth and sex and sex and the entertainment
industry; short film screenings and a "Re-
membering Haiti" benefit; the third annual
Jingle Bell Toy Drive (for needy children) and

:New kind of

Ship-hop hero

SLaid-back style a hit

:on charts, at AMAs

* By Korina Lopez
. Up all night: Gym Class Heroes
* frontman Travie McCoy says he doesn't
. sleep. Literally. "My brain doesn't turn
" off, it's constantly on shuffle," the
S29-year-old singer says. "But I come up
with some of my greatest ideas at the
most random times." A prime example:
his platinum-selling single, Billionaire
(featuring Bruno Mars), off debut solo

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S from Blue Note (jazz) artists
S.. to Guns N' Roses.? I

album Lazarus. It peaked at No. 4 on
Billboard's chart and was featured on
the fall season premiere of Fox's Glee.
His playful, laid-back brand of hip-hop
S has earned him a nomination for break-
through artist from the American Music
* Awards.
* Nomination already a win: Of the
* other nominees Mike Posner, Justin
* Bieber and Lady Antebellum McCoy
" views Bieber as his biggest competition.
* "Bieber's become a religion. You can't
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a Fashion Show, both hosted by Trina; a mod- .,
el search for the Next Ms. Hard Body; and a'
chance for local artists to sing, rap or scratch;
and mix their way into stardom as some of'
the top DJs and producers of the industry lis-
ten in their search for the next chart-topper.
Each day will focus on a different part of the
industry, starting with Film Day on Thurs-
day, then moving forward with Fashion Day:
and ending with Music Day. The Florida En-
tertainment Summit will provide numerous'
opportunities under the auspices of the teen
summit, for youth to learn about careers in .;
the industry and network with local and na-
tional stars and industry leaders Some stars
will also be visiting high schools throughout
Miami-Dade County for surprise visits and
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Among the many Thanksgiv-
ing dinners, was the Thanks-
giving Harvest Fest last Satur-
day at the Church of the Open
Door. Florence Strachan,
chairperson led the charge for
Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis,
Pastor and Jacqueline Hamp-
ton Clenance, President, for
the Circle II Organization.
Kudos go out to Keith Leva-
rity, Cheryl J. Waide, Sharon
Cobb, Gwendolyn Robinson,
Charlayne Thompkins, Shir-
ley L. Archie, Enid Pinkney
and Cynthia Clarke for careful
planning of this fest annually.
Some of those in attendance
included: Elsaida Anders, Er-
slyn Anders, Yasmin Ayala,
Carolyn Bonner, Janice Bar-
rett, Evelyn Campbell, Sha-
ron Cobb, Lila Cobb, Alice Ev-
erett, Pricilla Dobbs, Kather-
ine Hepburn, Eunice Hogan,
Juanita Johnson, Barbara
Johnson, Mattye Jones, Mar-
teen and Katherine Levarity,
Dory Lingo, Patsy McDowell,
Bonnie North, Leah Simms,
Katherleen Smith, Franciel
Tooks, Joy Vickers, Ben-

nie ard Carolyn
White. Johnnie
Williams and Thel-
ma Wilson.

Under the pa-
tronage of Bishop Walter H.
Richardson, his Church of
God Tabernacle Gospel Choir
provided the community with
a Pre-Thanksgiving Prayer
Breakfast, at the Church of the
Open Door.
Evangelist Oliver Gross
was the master of ceremony
and later introduced Sis. Ash-
ley Barnes who sang "Lean
On Me." Followed by Deacons
Marshall Freeman and Rod-
ney Poitier reading the scrip-
ture and praying for the na-
tion. Missionary Bea L. Hines
closed out by singing "Blessed
Others on the program in-
cluded Missionary Jackie
Barr, Prayer for the lost souls;
Blessing of the food by Evange-
list Annie F. Nixon and Elaine
Davis singing "My Tribute".
Another prayer was added by
Manuel Cox, while Mission-


ary Janis Gross introduced
the keynote speaker, Evange-
list Nora Hamilton, who spoke
on the theme and engendered
much praise and worship.
'In addition, Della Poitier,
President, summarized
the program and gave
kudos out to the par-
ticipants and she was
also joined by Elder
Thomas P. Edwards, [:
who helped her pass
out gifts and door prizes .
to the guests.
*************** MITC
Thanksgiving had an
unusual twist for De-
loris Green who entitled it:
Remembrance of Daisy Sand-
ers, mother, who died re-
cently. Green invited some of
her friends to attend a Prayer
Breakfast at the home of her
After James Edgerton
blessed the food, a poem and
welcome was done by Paris
Mitchell, 4-year-old winner of
a bicycle she won in a Tri-A-
Thbn at Sparks Daycare.
Those in attendance were
Paul Oliver, Ozell Green,
Sr. (father), Ozell Green, Jr.
(brother), Nivea Sanders, Fan-
nie Angry, Mary Angry, Dr.
Raymond Angry, Sr., Antonio
Sanders, Arsenio Peterson,

Charlotte Green, Chad Jen-
kins and Kieran Green.
Deloris thanked everyone
for coming and promised to
continue showing lover for her
mother, as long as she lives.
Arcola Lakes Park
and Tranice Hender-
son, manager, has the
park open early in the
mornings to accom-
-modate the increase
Sof walkers, joggers
and milers that spend
CHELL their time until clos-
ing time. Some of the
frequent walkers are
Mary Simmons, Willie "Slim"
Jackson, Frank Allen, Zenith
H. Wiliams, Lucille Robinson,
whose sister, Hortence Robin-
son, joined her for Thanksgiv-
ing from her professorship at
FAMU and the Latinos such as
Zoila Castillo, Gloria Castillo
and Robert Treyo.
Kudos go out to the fast walk-
er/joggers that include Dan-
iel Hayes 11 miles, Joe Mc-
Coy 10 miles, Mary Williams
10 miles, Kathy Everette 14
miles and Gregory Owens, of
Nigeria, Africa who runs for 2
miles, jogs for 2 miles, roller
skates for 2 miles, walks and
exercises with his weights for
4 miles.

A special salute to the never-
miss-a-day people, such as:
Sharon Shackelford, Ruby
Allen, Tangela R. Strachan,
Sally Green, Gloria Orr,
Gladys Bracy Smith, Joe
China, Mother Mamie Wil-
liams, Lucious Emmers, Bar-
bara Wright, Virginia Wright,
Janie Johnson and Brenda
Speaking of Arcola Lakes
Park, The Singing Angels will
present their annual Christ-
mas program to the public on
Thursday, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m. in
the center.
************* *
The rivalry between the Mi-
ami Central Rockets and the
Miami Northwestern Bulls
came to fruition last Friday
night at Traz Powell Stadium
with Central winning 42-27
over the Bulls. Teddy Bridge-
water, quarterback, kept the
Bulls alive by completing 32
or 46 passes for 436 yards
and Devonta Freeman, Cen-
tral running back, ran for
229 yards and 3 TDs, while
Rakeem Cato, quarterback
for Central took charge of the
game and reciprocated the
plays of Bridgewater.
Some of the alumni in-
cluded D.C. Clark, Coach Al-
bert Miles, Darrin Finnie,

Jean Robinson-Jackson
came down from Tallahassee
to spend the Thanksgiving
holiday with her aunt
Francona Lewis-Robinson
and uncle Walter Lewis and
Dr. Roland Burroughs was
home for the 'Thalk)sgiving
holiday and was the guest
of his cousin Norma Mims.
Welcome home
Congratulations go out
to Kesha Wilson-Rochelle
and Shelly Rochelle who
are the proud parents of
a baby girl born Oct. 21.
The proud grandmother
is Congresswoman elect
Frederica Smith Wilson and
her uncle is Paul Wilson.
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to Anthony
(Tony) and Janet R.
Symonette, their 37th on
Nov. 4; James and Barbara
S. Patterson, their 52nd on
Nov. 29.
Get well wishes go out
to: Joyce Major-Hepburn,

Being alone is not the
It's that time of the year
when those of us who are alone
really want to be in a relation-
ship. We think that if we don't
have that special someone as
the holidays approach, that
we won't be able to enjoy the
turkey and Santa. It's tough
celebrating when you are the
only one at the table.



Fenderson, m mJ
Inez McKlnney-
Johnson, Dolores Bethel-
Reynolds, Frances Brown,
Lemuel Moncur I, Winston.
Scavella, Sadie Barry,
Louise H. Clear, Dolly Kelly,"
Joyce Gibson-Johnson and
Inez Gilliard.
Join Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church as we get ready to
sail on a seven day cruise in
June 2011. Ask any church
member for,* information"
concerning our cruise. Please
join us if you can.
Hearty congratulations go
out to Paul C. Brown, Sr.
whose service of installation
as a verger will take place on
Sunday, Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. at
the Christ Episcopal Church.
Congrats Paull Your family is
very proud of you. Especially
Carmetta Cash-Brown,
Russell and Percy Brown.
I am sure your brother Rev.

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same as being lonely
I understand where you are
coming from my sisters. It's all
good ladies but don't just settle
for the first brother that comes
along chances are you and
Mister Wrong won't even make
it to Valentine's Day.
If it happens and you find
Mr. Right, that's great. I'm
not knocking the holiday Love

Percy Brown, Jr. is happy
for you along with your wife
Karen and children.
Congratulations and best
wishes to the Episcopal
Church of the Incarnation
whose new rector is the Rev.
Hayden Green-Crawford,
the church's second rector.
Rev. J. Kenneth Major
was the first. He served the
Incarnation over 40 years.
Enjoy your retirement, Father
Major! You will be missed, I
am sure; You deserve' some.
rest and relaxation, as well
as the time and freedom to
enjoy your golden years. Stay
Hearty congratulations
goes out to Traci Adams-
-Parish who was elected
president of the Miami-
Dade/Broward Chapter of
the Morris Brown College
Alumni Association.
Congratulations to the
newlywed Anasha Neilly on
her recent wedding. Also to
Cutari Copeland and Erica
Evans, as they get ready to
walk down the aisle and say
I Do.
Best of wishes goes out to
Teneramie C. Smith and

Jones. I need some of it my-
self. But realize that this is
also the time of the year that
most relationships go through
the most problems. There's
the challenge of finding the
money to get the kids all of
their desires and pay the bills
at the same time. Some deal
with those obnoxious visits
from the in-laws. There is the
holiday hustle and bustle that
happens every year around
this time.
What can you do to make it
all bearable? Remember to re-
lax and not to worry so much

her new husband Euclides
A. Jimenez on their nuptials
on Nov. 27 in Birmingham,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc. Miami Alumnae Chapter
Annual Dance will be held
on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the
Hyatt Regency Miami, 400
S.E. 2nd Ave. The Poinsettia
Gala is our annual dinner/
dance and scholarship
.fundraiser. The monies,
will 'be benefit graduating
Black high school students
from Miami-Dade County.
Instant Attraction, the
acclaimed South Florida
band will entertain you as
you dance the night away.
Semi-formal is the attire.
Dinner will be served at 9
p.m. Shirlyon McWhorter-
Jones, president and Carol
Weatherington is chairman
of the Dance Committee.
Julia Smith Tynes,
Helen Gay, Louise Watkins
and Melvina Allen spent
Thanksgiving in San
Francisco, California visiting
their nephews and cousins,
sons of their late sister
Marva Trotman-Worthy.
They returned on Nov. 29.

about things that are out of
your control. Keep smiling
and being a blessing to others.
My sister and I are forming a
support group for women to
exchange opinions and views
so that we may help each
other out in this place. Sis-
terhood is our focus and we
want to empower and to help
support the women who need
and want it. In order for us to
love another person, we must
first love ourselves. The group
is about helping women to feel
good about being women. It's
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Gym Class Heroes frontman on music, family and the future

continued from 1C

go anywhere without hearing his
name," he says. "But you know
what? That kid can sing. And he's
got the Usher slide down pat."
Music's in the blood: McCoy,
who dated Katy Perry a few years
ago, grew up in Geneva, N.Y. "My
dad was a welder by day and a bass
player at night. My dad (Homer),
brother (Dave) and I were always
jamming out. We even formed a
band, True .Life Players, when I
was 14." He tried to follow in his
father's steps and play guitar, but
that didn't work out. "I took les-
sons, but I'm not good with in-
struction. Plus, I have big hands,
and it was hard to squeeze my
fingers together to play. So when I
was in fifth or sixth grade, I wrote
my first rap."
Range of influences: McCoy
gets his broad musical taste from
his father. "My dad is my touch-
stone," he says. "He played along
with everything from Blue Note

(jazz) artists to Red Hot Chili Pep-
pers to Guns N' Roses. He's also
the reason I have a strong work
ethic. He'd get up at 3 a.m., go jog-
ging, go to work at 4:30 a.m., come
home at 3 and start working on
Becoming a Billionaire: "I'm
more of a thousandaire," he jokes.
"But I'm not complaining. I've cer-
tainly had my fair share of crappy
jobs. I was a 'sandwich artist' for
Subway and worked the overnight
shifts at a gas station. There were
some characters there, like this
lady who came in with her four
cats in a stroller."
Next up: McCoy and Gym Class
Heroes are working on their next
album, PCC2 (Papercut Chronicles
2). "Papercut (from 2005) was the
first album we made, and so this
new one is getting back to the es-
sence of what made us so special,"
he says. "We started working on it
while on tour because when you
wait until you're in the studio to
write an album, there are always
people checking in on you."

Travie McCoy went from being Subway employee to

Bunny Wailer, Soulflower Empress and vanguard of next
generation of reggae fans.

Festival features top-reggae legends

continued from 1C

ends of this universal mu-
sic. Nearly every performer
was a luminary in the reggae
genre, including Steel Pulse,
the only UK reggae group to
win a Grammy and Marcia
Griffiths who reignited the
crowd with an invitation to
join her onstage to execute
the electric slide to her Elec-
tric Boogie.
Cultura Profftica .vas the
band that received the loud-
est cheers from the crowd
both before and throughout
their set. The Puerto Rican
reggae band started in 1996
and is known for its lyrics
that focus on socio-politican
and ecological issues.

Another legend who per-
formed was Bunny Wailer -
the only surviving member
of the original reggae band,
The Wailers.
"I am always excited to be
with the reggae family," he
When asked about the early
years of reggae music, Wail-
er says songs like "Redemp-
tion Song" were also about
"the personal struggles we
were facing with the record
industry that wanted to take
advantage of artists."
Wailer's high-energy per-
formance, including bounc-
ing around the stage with
the vigor of a much younger
man, is proof that he re-
mains free of any mental

-Photos by George Schiavone

Babylon play cast.

Zoetic Stage presents comedy show

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and the lack of equal oppor-
tunities to showcase their
work that artists of other
races sometimes take for
"Here in Miami it's still
true that Black artists tend
to be marginalized and sad-
ly that is still the case in

the art world in general," he
said. "Every now and then
an artist [Black] will come to
the forefront that is viewed
as outstanding regardless of
their ethnicity but far too of-
ten you will see Blacks and
Haitians put in shows and
their work bracketed off from
the work of others. It's sad
that we haven't moved past
that kind of mindset."

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Robert Dowdell, Lamar Palm-
er, Darnell Dowdell, Kenny
Robinson, Kenny Hayes, Ed-
win Alexandra, Sr., Edwin Al-
exandra, Jr., Deborah Hard-
nett, Karen Ford, Tuesday
Hardnett, Monique Hardnett,
Zarkaria Price and Calvin

Congratulations to Dorothy
SMorrison for her return to tele-
vision ads featuring her on the
Jackson Health Plan with her
assistant. Morrison is a gradu-
ate of North Dade Jr.-Sr. High,
where she received her train-
ing from Lorraine Farrington
and James B. Randolph who
ran the drama department.
Morrison indicated she has
more commercials coming out
soon in other areas.
Harcourt Clark, chairper-
son, Turkey Giveaway from the
Retired Brothers of Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc., congratu-
lates the assistance of Officer
Joe Bradwell, Miami Gardens
Police Department, in deliv-
ering over 100 turkeys to the
needy in the community.
Kudos also go out to the Ki-
wanis Organization of Miami
Gardens, as well as the Lamp-
lighters Club of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity for their help.






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Qihanna lightens up,

in life aw well as in music

Singer has moved on from her darker

days and is busier than ever

By Jerry Shriver

NEW YORK A half-dozen
meeting postponements, sev-
eral 11th-hour time switches,
instructions to meet at a dive
that's closed is this the way
Rihanna treats all of her men?
"All of my men?" asks the
seemingly puzzled dance-pop
queen, who has just emerged
only slightly late from an SUV
and settled into her favorite
table at a fashionable tratto-
ria. "My boyfriend has it much

worse," she says with a coy
That would be poor Matt
Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodg-
ers, who has been her steady
"for about nine months" and
presumably has adjusted to
the craziness that swirls non-
stop around 22-year-old Robyn
Rihanna Fenty ("Ri Ri" to her
The tug-and-pull on her
time has increased exponen-
tially recently. She has just re-
leased her fifth album, Loud;

is continuing to film her big-
screen acting debut in Peter
Berg's Battleship, due in 2012.
changed management teams:
added her 14th tattoo (rebelle
fleur, French for "rebellious
flower"), on her neck; started
planning a tour, "probably for
next summer"; and has been
rehearsing for the opening
number of Sunday's American
Music Awards.
"I can't really say what we're
doing" for the AMAs, she says,
"but you will hear new mate-
rial. It's all about love."

Rihanna has been feeling
Please turn to RIHANNA 4C

00 Lance Reddick lives out musical dreams

Television has been good
to actor Lance Reddick.
The Blltirmore native has
been the one to portray
law enfoc-rcement charac-
ters ,on HBO's critically-
accldiifned series 'The Wire,'
"Lost.' and Fringe' and even
on the big screen in the in-
dependent film .'Tennessee,'
which starred Mariah Carey.
Now, he's venturing out of the
world of television with the re-
lease of his debut album, 'Contem-
plations : Remenmbrances,' a com-
pilation of jazz inrflenced tunes all
of which he v rote and produced.
"GrowinLg up i never thought I'd
do acting for a living. In col-
lege. i did it for fun, but
i went to a Conser-
v atory . and
I started act-
ing because
I thought it
would help
my music
career and

Akon may burn his unfinished

tracks with Michael Jackson

By The Associated Press

Akoh says he is not likely to
release unfinished songs he
recorded with the late Michael
Jackson, and may go so far as
to burn them to ensure they
never see the light of day.
The quote comes just as
their duet "Hold My Hand" is
scheduled to go on sale soon,
as the lead single from Jack-
son's posthumous album "Mi-
chael." The two recorded lots
of material together, and Akon
originally planned to release
"Hold My Hand" on his own
album before Jackson's death.
"I'm definitely, excited about
our single, because that was
finished, complete, and I'm
happy with the outcome,"
Akon told MTV News. "And I
know [Jackson] was [happy]
'cause we were there finishing
the song together, so I'm really
happy about what we accom-
plished on that record, 'Hold
My Hand'."
But on the possibility of
releasing further tracks
from their sessions, he

ever put myself in a position to
make that choice."
As for "Hold My Hand," Akon
added: "We was trying to find
the unity, like what can we
possibly translate that can
bring the world together? It
was a song I was previously
working on that I eventually let
[Jackson] hear, and when he
heard it,' he fell in love with it."
"We clicked instantly when it
came to it," he said. "That was
the main concept: Let's figure
out something we can leave
behind [and] 20,000 years lat-
er it can still be relevant."

added: "Me and Mike
worked on a lot of con-
cepts before he passed.
'Hold My Hand' was one
of the records that was
actually fully complete I. -
- the rest of the records
are incomplete.
"They're just ideas,
concepts, harmonies
and stuff like that '
which the world will
probably never see be-
cause I wouldn't want
to put it out unfinished B'
- so I might just burn
it after this interview, ,
because I might just get
tempted to do a remix!
"I know at the end of
the day, if it wasn't fully
complete, I don't think he
would see it released tha:
way. I probably wouldn't

[acting]really took over my life," he
Having an obsession with Sting
and Miles Davis, it was an easy
fit for Reddick's music to have a
heavy jazz feel. "It felt like jazz as
a genre gave me more freedom cre-
atively to do what I wanted to do
over rock or pop," he added.
His current shooting schedule
for FOX's 'Fringe' prohibits him
from having a full-fledged tour, but
he's been thinking about ways to
fit performing in his schedule.
Still, he knows that his roles on
the small screen continue to pay
the bills.
"My main focus is still my act-
ing, but this is something that I
felt like I had to get out and it was
important to share," Reddick said.
Oddly enough, his favorite role
thus far was a small one.
"I think the performance that
I'm most proud of is pretty ob-
scure. It's a character I played on
an episode of 'Law & Order.'" Red-
di.:k ,contilined. "I played an Army
C sprain from Sierra Leorne in 2001
before I was cast in 'The Wire' and

I had to learn the Sierra Leone ac-
cent. To this day, that's my favorite
character, the character I'm most
proud of."
During his down time, Reddick
tunes into 'Breaking Bad,' and '30
Rock,' and he's hoping that he can
get some of his dream I-oles in the
near future.
"I really want to do another film
version of 'Othello' the last one was
done about 15 years go."
In addition to that role, he said,
he would love to play 'Mister' if they
ever did another version of 'The
Color Purple.' He even tried for the
Broadway musical version, which
was produced by Scott Sanders,
Quincy Jones and Oprah Winfrey,
Reddick said he didn't make the
grade because the decision mak-
ers thought his voice wasn't strong
enough. So he'll settle for a new re-
working of the movie.
Meanwhile, he'll continue to
bring the heat on 'Fringe' and de-
liver smooth lazz '.,.ith 'Contempla-
tions & Remembrances,' which is
available at his v.ebsite, LanceRed-

Freddie Jackson releases

first CD in seven years

By Tonya Pendleton

You may not have heard
his name in a while, but
Freddie Jackson has a new
Akon release and it's "For You."
The crooner, who made
such '80s classics as "You
Are My Lady" and "Rock Me
Tonight," may have fallen
to the wayside temporar-
ilv when R&B became more
about the bump and grind
than the smooth seduction,
but apparently the bal-
Sance of music is slowly
.: -A being restored. In fact,
Jackson is part of the
~ ,' "Men of Soul" tour,
which co-stars 80's
Sballadeers like Peabo
S Bryson, Jeffrey Os-
borne and Howard
Jackson, a Har-
S lem native who still
lives in the historic
neighborhood, came to
prominence in the '80s,
when he was discovered
singing background for
artists like Melba Moore.
Jackson's first CD, 1985's
"Rock Me Tonight," proved to
be one of the most success-
Ful debuts ever. Jackson en-
joyed the success that, came
with it and toured all over
the U.S. and the world. But
a few years down the line,

R&B had moved to a dif-
ferent place and Jackson's
brand of soul wasn't'the fla-
vor anymore.
"I had gotten a little de-
spondent with the music in-
dustry, and I felt like R&B
singers were not getting the
respect that they deserved,"
Jackson says. "My audience
has always stuck with me,
whether or not I have a re-
cord out. That proves to me
that R&B and soul are still
alive, and that people still
want it. There are a still a lot
of people who like a melody
and still want songs that
have some romance. People
are tired of the trendy stuff,
and they're dying for qual-
ity music that's gonna touch
them and stick with them."
Jackson says "For, You"
was created to please that
loyal audience. He worked
with veteran producer Barry
Eastmond, known for his
work with Anita Baker and
Billy Ocean and who cre-
ated some of Jackson's big-
gest hits. Jackson says East-
mond encouraged him to get
back in the studio, and the
one song they worked on
turned into an album.
"For You" is mostly bal-
lads, which Jackson admits
is his forte, but the CD has
Please turn to JACKSON 6C

By Terry Shropshire

Until now, Queen Latifah
has pretty much been the most
bankable Black female in Hol-
lywood and one of the
most attractive Black "
entertainers to Madi-
son Avenue advertisers ...
Yet, the Queen, Dana
Owens, is about to lose
her status now that she
is openly acknowledg-
ing that she is gay. It is
reported. that as soon LATI
as Proposition 8 was
overturned in Califor-
nia, giving gays and lesbians
the right to marry, she went
outside on the deck of the yacht
she was aboard with Alicia
Keys and Swizz Beatz and gave
a romantic embrace to long-
time girlfriend, world-renowned
trainer Jeanette Jenkins.
Most in the urban commu-
nity believed that Latifah was
a lesbian ever since she con-
vincingly -played one in the
hit motion picture Set if Off,
and even before that. It will be


harder to market her in Holly-
wood now because in many of
her movies and TV shows she
played a strong Black woman
who always fell for the male
heartthrob: Will Smith
in the "Fresh Prince of
Bel .ir"; LL Cool J in
S the mo\ie Last Holiday;
-4 and Djlmnon Hounsou
i in Beauty Shop.
The Academy Award-
**.. nominated,. Graimy-
wvinline star won't lose
her status as a legend-
FAH ary and pioneering rap-
per who helped open
doors for sisters to make it in
the cutthroat music business.
But it will be interesting to see
what comes of her Madison
Avenue relationships, particu-
larly as the celebrity spokes-
person for CoverGirl and Cur-
vation ladies underwear.
In the end, one must be true
to oneself. The question is, will
the rest of the Black commu-
nity and America for that
matter accept her for who
she is.

Toni Braxton confesses she has lupus

By Marcia Cole

Recently at the 8th annual
Lupus Bag Ladies Luncheon in
Los Angeles, Grammy Award-
winning singer Toni Braxton
delivered a startling revela-
tion to a room full of about 600
women and celebrities: In ad-
dition to her heart condition,
she has lupus, the autoimmune
disease affecting more than 1.5
million Americans. Attendees,
who thought the 43-year-old
Braxton was only there to re-
ceive the Humanitarian Award
given by the organization,
were stunned when she said:
"Take a look, this is what lu-
pus looks like." The disease,
which causes the body's im-
mune system to attack healthy
cells and tissue, is potentially

Braxton, who has attended
the fundraiser several times
over the years, took to her
Twitter account (@ToniBrax-
ton) to express her thoughts
on the revelation: "Had a great
time. ... A big moment for me.
It was a tough decision to come
out about it. But it was such
a relief!" This isn't the first
health condition the star suf-
fers from. Most recently, it was
reported that she had a be-
nign tumor removed from her
breast shortly after her run
on 'Dancing With the Stars.'
And in 2008, she was diag-
nosed with pericarditis, an in-
flammation of the heart lining
that has left her prone to high
blood pressure and heart palpi-
tations. That finding forced her
to cancel her show in Las Vegas
and several tour dates.

Celebrating the holidays alone

continued from 2C

about showing women how to
be comfortable in their skin.
It's about all the issues we
women face.
We have survived Thanks-
giving and have put away the
pots and pans. We have plenty
of leftovers in the fridge. Now
our focus is on Christmas
shopping and making those
New Year's resolutions that we
promise we will finally keep.

We may not have all of our
desires; we may even be along
as the the end of the year
draws near. But be thank-
ful and count your blessings.
Things are going to get better.
In the meantime, give a sister
some love, give a sister some
help, give a sister some hope
and you will have strength-
ened the community. Am I my
sister's keeper? Yes I am. Send
me a note at sistahstoday@, and be encour-


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Authorities say Faith Evans has pleaded no contest to reckless driving after being
arrested in August for investigation of drunken driving.
Los Angeles city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says the Grammy-winning
singer entered the plea recently and was sentenced to three years of informal pro-
Police say the 37-year-old Evans was arrested after being stopped at a DUI
checkpoint in Marina del Rey.

Back-in-the-day rapper Kurtis Blow has been busted by Los Angeles International
Airport's (LAX) TSA employees after they discovered marijuana stashed in one of
his pockets.
When less than an ounce of the drug was found from a routine pat down, the of-
ficers handed the 51-year-old, who is now an ordained minister, a citation.
Blow, whose real name is Kurtis Walker Combs, was the first rapper to be signed
to a major label, Mercury Records, when he was just 20 years old.

Former teen R&B heartthrob Jermaine Jackson is knee deep in child support
woes. Reportedly, the crooner owes his ex so much in back child support payments
that his driver's license has been confiscated.
According to TMZ, Jackson owes an outstanding $91,921.55 for the two children
he fathered with ex-wife, Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza.
Jackson was court-ordered to pay his ex $3,000 a month for his sons, Jaafar and

The Blade' trI.:.jy star Wesley Snipes is finally going to prison and has been or-
dered to voluntarily give himself up to a federal correctional facility in Pennsylvania
this week.
Snipes has been relerntiss in tr ying to steer clear of getting locked up since his
2008 conviction for willful failure :o ile income tax returns by having his legal team
wjorl overtime; appealing hi: case.
Snipes' legal team plan to lile yet another appeal on his behalf with the U.S.
Supreme Court.

Latifah's admission of sexuality

may jeopardize endorsements

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Anthology by Haitian authors

looks at life after the storm


By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

At 41 and with over 10 books to her credit set in
a variety of genres including novels, memoirs and
social criticism, Haitian-born Edwidge Danticat has
become one of the leading voices on issues impact-
ing Haitians both in the U.S. and abroad. Even be-
fore January's earthquake hit the island, changing
life forever for those who would survive, Danticat had
been working on an anthology with pieces by mostly
Haitian authors. But it took on enough greater sig-

nificance when on January 12th, Haiti was struck by
its worst natural disaster in over 200 years.
In January of next year, "Haiti Noir," the 36th en-
try to Akashic Books' award-winning series of original
noir anthologies, will be released. But there is already
a great buzz about this work, due in no small part to
the efforts of Danticat who serves as the editor of the
anthology while also.contributing one short story and
the introduction. Eighteen new stories, mostly by na-
tive Haitians, are included in the work and each is set
in a different geographical setting.
Please turn to ANTHOLOGY 6C

Memo: Haiti

leader sought to

'orchestrate' vote

By Jonathan M. Katz
PORT-AL-PRINCE, Haiti A leaked memo by a U.S.
ambassador to Haiti said President Rene Preval s primary
concern ahead of last weekend's election for his successor
was to ensure the winner would not force him into exile.
The June 2009 memo sent under the name ofthen U.S.
Ambassador Janet Sanderson was released recently by
Wikileaks alone with an earlier cable about Preval.
The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said it could not
comment on the documents authenticity.
The memo. which shows an intimate knowledge of the
inner \workings of the Preval administra-
tion and lHaiti in general, .a sur.- ,
faced at an awkward moment. Votes .' -':
in the disputed electon are now .
being counted. -'
It says that Preval's overridinea i '
goal is to orchestrate the 2011 pres- "
identical transition in such a way as
to ensure that whoever is elected
will allow him to go home unim-
peded. Based on our conversa- .
tions, this is indeed a matter
that loorrs laree 'or Preval.
The document could feed ,c;'
opposition-stoked rumors I '.,
that Prc-al ripaed the
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The Associated Press
The way has been cleared for U.S.
families to adopt 12 Haitian children
who've been living at a Roman Cath-
olic institution near Pittsburgh.
The development comes after
months of uncertainty since a cha-
otic airlift that followed the devastat-
ing earthquake in January.
The State Department said recent-
ly that the Haitian government had
sent a letter formally approving the
adoptions and the children will be
matched with U.S. families over the
coming months.
Unlike some 1,100 other children
flown out of Haiti to the U.S. after
the quake, the young people at the
Holy Family Institute in Emsworth;
Pennsylvania, were not part of the
adoption process prior to the disas-
ter. Most of them had birth parents
still living. However, those parents
have formally relinquished custody
of the children.

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PO RT-AU-PRIN EE Haiti needs a surge
oi Ior:.i-t nurs es ,i nd di:ic[ors to steml
deaths Irfoni a raging rCo:leraI epideiric that
a.r i' tern.ari jrlil :ud :.peJrationr is struiegiln
tu -coirtrol. according to a United Irlatioins
Itp hLIaun[ra'iii.,an offiCii .
Around I .U1.00 trijned nrirses and at least
100 mor- d.-cmtors are urgenrtly needed to
control th, ,-pliiel-mi:... h'ich has struck the
iplj ermnshed C nation:' months af-
ter a deristructte eakrthqua ke
The outbreak has kjli-ed molI c tIhtn 1,400
Pl.-st iLrn to:, CHOLERA 6C

Haitian Ministry of
Health nurses along with -- .
an Argentinian Peacekeeper,
educate people about making
water safe to drink at a
make shift clinic in
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6C iH '!':;.i t:lr.! DECEMBER 8-14, 2010 1

Miami Northwestern
Sr. High School will be host-
ing a Financial Aid Workshop
on Dec. 8 from 6-9 p.m. in the
Theater of the Performing Arts.

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-

The National Association
of Managers and Promoters
Conference will be held on
Dec. 11 and 12 at 2125 N.W.
155 St. For more info, please
contact Ms. McQueen at 786-

The Miami Jackson
Class of 1971 is hosting a
Holiday Happy Hour on Fri-
day, Dec. 17 at the El Palacio

Hotel, 9th Floor (21485 N.W.
27 Ave) from 6-10 p.m. Please
call Gail D. Roberts for more
info at 305-343-0839 or Sher-
ry Peters at 305-318-1323.

The Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1961 is planning
its 50th reunion. There will be
a meeting on Saturday, Dec.
18 at 3 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center.
For more info. please call 305-

Iota Phi Lambda Soror-
ity, Inc. will sponsor the Iota
Gems and Gents Enrichment
Project; a mentoring programs
for sixth grade students. Youth
are engaged in various edu-
cational, cultural and recre-
ational activities. Please call
305-688-2383 if you are inter-
ested in having your child par-

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The Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1967 invites
all class members to their
monthly class meetings every
third Saturday at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter. For more info, call 305-

Rendo-Goju-Ryu Kara-
te Academy will be offering
karate lessons at the Liberty
Square Community Center
from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays
and Thursdays. For more
info, call 305-694-2757.

Women's group look-
ing 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 expe-
riences, pleasures, joys, food,
passions, ideas and dreams.

Miami Northwestern
Sr. High Class of 1961 is
planning -for their 50th re-
union. Classmates are en-

Everybody gets a car...again! Oprah gives audience VW Beetles

By The Associated Press

For the second time in Oprah
show history, every member of
her studio audience received a
brand new car.
On day two of her two-part
"Oprah's Favorite Things" pro-
motion, which aired recently,

Winfrey announced that her
final giveaway is a 2012 Volk-
swagen Beetle to all 275 mem-
bers of her audience.
The car was revealed in sil-
houette because its official de-
but won't be until spring 2011.
Pricing for the car has also not
been announced. VW said the

vehicle is scheduled to go on
sale the following fall.
Winfrey owns and drives a
New Beetle and approached
the automaker to arrange giv-
ing away the cars on her show,
VW said.
Volkswagen donated all the
cars, plus money to cover tax-

es and fees for all df the audi-
ence members, the automaker
In 2004, Winfrey gave 276
Pontiac G6 cars to her au-
dience. That time audience
members were able to go out
to the parking lot and inspect
their cars immediately.

Rihanna on being a businesswoman, new album

continued from 4C

that love from her "girls and
gays" fan base, who have pro-
pelled two of Loud's singles into
hits: Only Girl (In the World) is
No. 2 on USA TODAY's airplay
chart, and What's My Name?,
featuring rapper Drake, is No.
19. Those and Loud's nine oth-
er tracks, which include col-
laborations with Nicki Minaj
and Eminem, represent a
dramatic departure from the
dark, tempestuous sound of
last year's Rated R.
That work was "more of a
documentation of a very spe-
cific time in my life" focus-
ing on the emotional fallout
from her domestic violence
problems with then-beau Chris

Brown. Loud has "some of the
colorful, lighthearted pop" of
2007's double-platinum Good
Girl Gone Bad, she says, "but
with more depth to it."
And more down-and-dirty-
ness, particularly via opening
number S&M and Skin (with
the chorus, "No heels, no shirt,
no skirt, all I'm in is just skin").
"My sexiness. now is more
flirtatious, not so defensive
and aggressive," says the Bar-
bados native while shaking red
pepper flakes onto her pasta.
"It's more feminine."

But that's just the most ob-.
vious aspect of this star. A
mature, fast-learning head for
business resides beneath her
delightfully unnatural red-

purple hair and above the gold
necklace that spells out an un-
printable phrase.
She's establishing her own
company, Rihanna Entertain-
ment, and last month, she
switched to Jay-Z's Roc Nation
management team.
"You can't have too much re-
sponsibility without being able
to handle it in a responsible
way," she says. "So I just wait-
ed until the time was right. It
was now. Busirni,-.. is some-
thing I need to be a lot more
serious about. I feel, like, re-
ally old doing it. It has made
me grow up."
That maturity hasn't been
lost on others. "She has smart
people involved in her career,"
says Craig Marks, editor of
Billboard (where the single

What's My Name? ihit No. 1).
"She "maintained her com-
posure and dignity" with the
Brown situation, he says, "and
artistically, she took something
from it and then moved on. The
good thing about being young
and a pop star is that you're ex-
pected to change your identity
Nevertheless, the girl who
moved to the United States
alone at 16 says she regularly
asks herself whether she has
packed too much living into too
few years. "It's a very repeti-
tive thought. Especially when
I think about what I want to
achieve. I always over-challenge
myself and beat myself up. 'I
haven't done enough. I haven't
done enough.' And then I think,
'What the hell you're 22!' "

Disease stricken country in need of medical staff

continued from 5C

Haitians in five weeks and the
death toll is climbing by doz-
ens each day.
."We clearly need to do more,"
said Valerie Amos, the U.N.'s
Under Secretary-General for
Humanitarian Affairs.
"But it's not just money, it's
crucially people, in terms of
getting more doctors, nurses,
more people who can help
with the awareness-raising
and getting information out
there," she said.
The real death toll may be
closer to 2,000, U.N. officials
say. Hundreds of thousands
of Haitians are likely to catch
the disease, they say, and the
epidemic could last a year,

complicating an arduous re-
covery from the January 12
Amos said the United Na-
tions would reach out to
countries and aid organiza-
tions with the potential to
rapidly supply medical staff,
for example Cuba, which al-
ready has about 400 doctors
and other health personnel in
Additional personnel were
also urgently needed to run
health information campaigns
and help staff oral rehydra-
tion units, which the govern-
ment and its aid partners are
scrambling to set up across
"We have to control the out-
break and we have to bring
down the percentage of people

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Listen carefully and follow good advice
that will come from someone you've often
regarded as foolish. You run into difficul-
ties with one of your projects; don't worry,
it's only temporary. How you manage your
mind will affect the eventual outcome. Lucky
Numbers: 10, 18,39

Your new ideas combine well with your
will and skill. You get a lot done at work this
week. Be soft and forceful. Make time for
family life this week. Your rewards come
from those who are related to you by blood.
Lucky Numbers: 6, 22, 27

If there is someone or something that
you're avoiding don't panic if you find you
must confront what you've been hiding

from. Wait for things to work themselves
out. Don't force the issue. Time solves more
problems than you ever can. Lucky Num-
bers: 18, 23, 29

Be flexible.Yes, you.There are many ways
to be right and your lover or friend will have
come up with one that is different from
yours. You'll be asked to compromise this
week or you just have to give in. Remember
you sometimes have to give a little to get a
little. Lucky Numbers: 11, 24, 29

Center yourself at every opportunity dur-
ing this busy week and keep your quest for
emotional and spiritual balance in the fore-
front. Make an effort to take your time; that
way you'll recognize opportunity from im-
pulse-control problems immediately. Lucky

who are dying and we have to
do that as a matter of urgen-
cy," Amos said.
'Not doing enough'
She said Haiti, the West-
ern Hemisphere's poorest
state, had been slammed by
multiple successive emergen-
cies this year the January
earthquake, the cholera out-
break starting in mid-Octo-
ber, a hurricane that ravaged
crops and caused flooding in
early November putting it
high on the priority list of the
U.N. humanitarian mission.
U.N. officials say the inter-
national response to an ap-
peal by the world body for
$164 million to fund a scaled-
up cholera response has been
insufficient. Amos said her
task was to make sure the

Numbers: 12, 23,36

Happiness arrives and sits on your shoul-
der like a bright butterfly this week. A re-
lationship can make significant progress if
you stay open to love. Keep your evening
free for romance in a social setting. Lucky
Numbers: 15, 22, 44

Take charge of a project at work and get
it finished up. It's been languishing on some-
one else's shoulders and desk for way too
long. A sensible outlook will get you far this
week. Forget about all grudges and move
forward in love. Lucky Numbers: 7, 12,48

You may find yourself faced with many
distractions this week but you'll sail through
and accomplish much if you stay focused on
each task and take them one at a time. You
know you can do it this evening. Lucky Num-
bers: 3,32,36

Creativity is favored and yours is espe-

international community did
not forget about Haiti.
Given the billions of dollars
that had already been pledged
for Haiti's earthquake recov-
ery, Amos said it was possible
some members of the inter-
national community did not
understand why separate ad-
ditional funds were needed for
the cholera response.
Amos said it would take time
to solve Haiti's huge problems,
stressing that even before the
earthquake and the cholera
epidemic the country's health
and development levels were
among the lowest in the world.
"This kind of an assumption
that when there is a disaster,
you can fix it in two or three
months, it just isn't true," she

cially favored with some project that you've
been working especially hard on. For the
next few days watch for a romance that will
bring special gifts. Lucky Numbers: 14, 17,

Before you spend your money check the
quality of the goods. This rule applies to in-
tangible goods as well. Make the first move
with your honey this week. Be sweetly ag-
gressive. Lucky Numbers: 21, 34, 45

Let your creative juices flow. Advice from
a child has a reward in it. On the job, co-
workers will help you expand your sense of
accomplishment. Only you can stand in your
way. Never under estimate the power of si-
lence. Lucky Numbers: 16, 35, 40

Opportunity knocks this week, be ready
and waiting. An old love resurfaces. This
week is good for you financially. Look for a
special opportunity at work. Families mat-
ters, spend time with yours. Lucky Numbers:

Anita Baker prepping new CD

courage to join monthly
meetings, the second Tues-
day of each month, Septem-
ber-May, at Little River Park.
For more info, contact Marva
at 305-685-8035.

The Sigma Chi Chap-
ter of Alpha Phi Omega will
hold monthly meetings ev-
ery fourth Sunday. For more
info, contact Kenneth "Ferg"
Ferguson at 786-274-9226.

Beta Tau Zeta Royal As-
sociation offers after-school
tutoring for students K-12
on Monday-Friday. Children
will receive assistance with
homework and computers.
Karate classes are also of-
fered two days a week. The
program is held at the Zeta
Community Center in Liberty
City. 305-836-7060.

Former Montanari em-
ployees are being sought out
for reunion. For more info,
contact Lolita Forbes at 786-

By Tonya Pendleton

It's been so long. In fact, it's
been six years since Anita
Baker's last CD, "My Every-
thing," was released. The De-
troit native had taken almost
a decade off before that
to deal with her ailing
mother and raise her
two sons, now teenag-
ers. She and her hus-
band, businessman
Walter Bridgforth, di-
vorced in 2007.
But no matter how
long it took to get Baker BA
to get back in the stu-
dio, her faithful fans
will be happy to know that
"21st Century Love" is on its
way in the spring of 2011. But

Rerend Dr VW.J. Carpenter
and Sister J.ludy Carpener.
Pastor and First Lad\ of En--
manuel M.B.Church. proudlI
announce the graduation of
their daughter Regina Car-
penter-NMcDade from Florida

Danticat proud of "Haiti Noir"

continued from 5C

Danticat, who now lives in Mi-
ami, was featured during the
recent Miami Book Fair Inter-
national to discuss two new
'books: "Create Dangerously:
the Immigrant Artist at Work,"
a collection of personal essays,
and "Haiti Noir."
She shares these words in the
introduction: "Even before the
earthquake, life was not easy in
Haiti. There was always the risk
of dying ,from hunger, an infec-
tious disease, a naturaldisaster
or a crime. But there was always
hope, laughter and boundless
creativity . Noir of course
means among other things
black, and Haiti became the
first black republic in the West-
ern Hemisphere i'.lhen it v. s
established by ::-.ririer slia es in
1804. [But] noir al'so rTfers to
any Haitian citizen, regardless
of race a. Many of the writ-
ers [in the anthology] are part
of the flourishing contemporary
scene in Haitian literature, both
in Haiti and in the Haitian dias-

pora, including France, Canada
and the United States . Only
a handful might have consid-
ered themselves writers of noir
(the mystery/detective kind) be-
fore this experience."
Danticat goes on to say that
rather than summarize the an-
thology and its 18 unique sto-
ries, she hopes that readers will
enjoy traveling the road of dis-
covery: However, she does point
out that in spite of the many
challenges facing her native
land, that she remains hopeful.
"I can honestly say that . I
have never felt a greater sense
of joy working on any collec-
tive project than I have on this
book ... Each story is of course
its own single treasure but to-
gether they create a nuanced
and complex view of Haiti and
many of its neighborhoods and
people ":
,-Ap6prtiOn, of -the profits :frmn
"Haiti Noir" will be donated
to the Lambi Fund of Haiti, a
hon-profit organization work-
ing towards economic justice,
democracy and alternative sus-
tainable development in Haiti.

Preval concerned about election

continued from 5C

election to elect his preferred
successor, state-run construc-
tion company chief Jude Ce-
lestin. That perception has
fueled violent clashes between
opposition-candidate support-
ers and U.N. peacekeepers.
The memo, dated seven
months before an earthquake
destroyed most of Haiti's capi-
tal, paints the now 67-year-old
president as isolated, indepen-
dent, "wary of change and sus-
picious of outsiders." It calls
his political decision-making
"erratic," says he neglected his
health after a bout with pros-
tate cancer and had returned
to drinking.
But it also characterizes Pre-
val as "Haiti's indispensable
man" and sole influential poli-

"Managing Preval will remain
challenging during the remain-
der of his term yet doing so is
key to our success and that of
Haiti," the memo said.
It said his main concern
was life after the presidency,
a natural worry in a country
where six presidents have fled
or been driven into exile since
1986 in Jean-Bertrand Aris-
tide's case, twice and anoth-
er was imprisoned.
It noted Preval "angrily de-
nied charges that he manipu-
lated the electoral process"
for the delayed 2009 legisla-
tive elections while rejecting
that he was responsible for the
electoral commission's exclu-
sion of the still exiled Aristide's
Fanmi Lavalas party. That ex-
clusion carried over to the cur-
rent election.

New album for Freddie Jackson

continued from 4C

a few up-tempos as well. The
first single is "I Don't Wanna
Go," available wherever down-
loads are sold.
"We're all getting older, but
music is timeless," Jackson
concludes. "I'm not interested

in being the new one-hit won-
der or the next big thing. I
just want to keep making mu-
sic that will stand the test of
time. My first album came out
in 1984, and I'm still mak-
ing records in 2010. I'm truly
blessed. And that's why it's im-
portant for me to keep doing
what I do best."


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expect some surprises.
Baker worked with rapper
Snoop Dogg on a remake of the
Curtis Mayfield classic, "Give
Me Your Love."
"I always wanted to do this
love theme from 'Superfly' be-
cause I grew up on it,"
Baker told Snoop in a
video of their recording
session. "You were a
little baby, and I was a
S teenager when it came
out, and it affected
both of us. If I'm going
to do a record in the
21st century, I need to
KER come into the time. Not
losing myself and you
not losing yourself. [I said] we
can call Superfly, and that's

graduates from FIU
International Unnersity, on
Monday December 13. with a
doctoral degree in Adult Edu-
cation and Human Resources
Congratulations Dr. Mc-
Dade on a job well done!

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By Warren Buckleitner

When Gordon Moore predicted 45
years ago that the number of transis-
tors in a chip \ would double about e\vei y
two years, he probably wasn't think-
ing about toys. But there's no better
evidence of the a rac racvof Moore's La
than the toys or, this list. Here are 10
Gadget\ise selections culled from the
last \ear. You'll find something for each
age and budget.
ALPHIE (Hasbro. $40. ages 3-51 is
a 1980s technology toy that has been
modernized. Alphie's mission to
playfully prepare a child for school--
hasn't changed, but the delivery mech-
anism has. Yesterday's beeps, lights
and punch cards have been replaced
by crisp verbal feedback and an optical
card reader, increasing the potential for
turning a car ride into a tutoring ses-
SING-A-MA-JIGS (Mattel, $13 each,
ages 3-up) are hand-held plush toys
that emit a musical pitch each time
they are squeezed. When two or more

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are squeezed simultaneously, their spe-
cially tuned -oices make a song. allow-
ing children to play \ith chord struc-
ture The noisy creatures serve another
function: grow n-up repellent.
MOBIGO IV Tech. $60. \techkids.
coin. ages 3-71 is one of three major
new touch-screen learning platforms.
It joins Leapster Explorer 1$701 and the
Fisher Price iXL ($80 While MobiGo's
touch screen and qwerty keyboard give
it a design edge. Leapster Explorer prog-
ress for different children, and the iXLs
SD expansion slot lets iou mix learning
games w ith farnil photos. Each is a vi-
able option for a parent leery of turning
a preschooler loose with a Web-enabled
POWERSHOT A490 ICanon. $80,
ages 6-up) This is one of man\
10-megapixel or greater cameras for
under $100 that can let '.our child start
contributing to the family album. Fea-
tures include a 3.3X optical zoom, large
preview screen and the ability to shoot


CAR (Mattel. $25. 6-upl is another
button-cell powered miniature toy. The
size of a real match box. the cars have
a special hinged design so they can fold
up, transformer style, and slip into a
plastic case that doubles as a remote.
cific, $50. 6-up) is a geeky-looking
watch that has a still camera, audio re-
corder, video recorder, microphone and
enough memory for a half-hour of video.
The batteries are short-lived, but can
be recharged through your computer's
U.S.B. port And it tells time. too.
HEXBUG NANO 1$10. ages 8-upl is
a button cell-powered 1.5 inch insect.
A switch on its belly starts a spinning
counterweight in motion, creating a %I-
bration that makes the creature bounce
forward on 12 silicon lees The random,
fast motions look real, making it fun to
see if it can find its a'a:, out of a maze
made out of blocks. It can also startle
an unsuspecting parent.
SCRABBLE FLASH (Hasbro, $30.
ages 8-up) is a sterling example of how
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the Office of Federal Contract
What matters most affirmative action or diversity? Compliance Programs, the La-
bor Department agency that

By Kenneth J. Cooper

The word "diversity" has
popular appeal, maybe more
so these days than "affirmative
action." But who knew diver-
sity and affirmative action are
in conflict at many businesses
and colleges?

Shirley Wilcher does. The ex-
ecutive director of the Ameri-
can Association of Affirmative
Action says human resources
professionals who are members
of the Washington, D.C.-based
organization report that vague-
ly-defined diversity programs
are crowding out or taking pri-

ority over affirmative action.
The Harvard-trained lawyer,
who interned at the NAACP Le-
gal Defense Fund, knows well
the difference between super-
ficial efforts and the sound
practices that make workplac-
es fairer. During the Clinton
administration, she directed

enforces Lyndon Johnson's ex-
ecutive order requiring federal
contractors to take affirmative
action to ensure they have di-
verse workforces.
"We've kind of lost in private
industry they use the term
'diversity' now, and have a lot of
diversity programs," she said.

"But if they don't deal with the
issue of opportunity in terms of
hiring and promotions the
representation of women and
minorities in the workplace -
you might as well call them
'Kumbaya programs,' as far as
I'm concerned. Because they
won't really address the issue
of getting people in the door
and retaining them because
they're qualified and simply de-

serve a chance."
Too many of those programs,
she says, do nothing more than
make employees feel good; to
cite two examples: Black His-
tory Month celebrations or
speeches about how diver-
sity improves the bottom line.
Her blunt assessment: "Maybe
they're good for morale, but
they make no change, so there-
fore they make no difference."




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Groovy! Layaways

make a comeback

By Laura T. Coffey

Think 1982. in the right frame of mind? Good. Now prepare to
take this in: Layaway is making a comeback.
Kmart, Sears, Marshalls and dozens of retailers are accept-
ing layaway payments. Stores that began reviving layaway
programs over the past couple of years are keeping them going,
even expanding them.
Stores' nominal layaway fees, appeal to many shoppers more
than the potential interest charges and other costs associated
with credit-card debt. You can just plan to pay for your holiday
gifts or other purchases over a period of 30 days to 13 months,
depending on the retailer. Once you're all paid up, you get your
However, caution is still needed -- proving that even the most
well-intentioned, thrifty and careful consumers can get tripped
up and hurt. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says it's
received hundreds of complaints from people who lost money
when they attempted to put purchases on layaway. To prevent
financial heartburn right before the holidays, consider these
Please turn to LAYAWAYS 8D

Shoppers favored

cash on Black Friday

By Reuters

The percentage of shoppers who used credit cards for purchas-
es over the Black Friday weekend was the smallest ever this year,
according to a new survey, underscoring the caution of consum-
ers and boding poorly for retail's biggest season.
Only 16.3 percent of consumers polled said they used credit
cards, an all-time low and down from 30.9 percent last year, ac-
cording to survey data released recently by America's Research
Group and UBS.
The fact that more people are using money they have rather
than credit led Britt Beemer, chairman of America's Research
Group, to give a cautious sales forecast for the year-end holidays,
by far the most important time for retailers from Wal-Mart Stores
Inc. to Macy's Inc. to Tiffany & Co.
Beemer expects holiday sales to range between down 1 percent
to up 1 percent, based on findings that show consumers only
spend $41 on average per transaction when using cash, check or
debit cards, compared with $87 on average when using credit.
Even though many higher-income consumers are starting to
spend again, Beemer says they will not be able to offset the cau-
tion pervading the wider population.
"There's no doubt that luxury is going to do better this year
than last year," Beemer said. "But on the other hand ... if the
number of consumers using credit cards is half of what it was a
year ago, the luxury customer can not make up for that 50 per-
cent decline in credit."
The survey polled 1000 consumers from Friday, Nov. 26
through Sunday, Nov. 28 and has an error factor of plus or mi-
nus 3.8 percent.

Minimum wage is

worth less than in 1968

By Allison Linn

If you're one of the several million Americans earning mini-
mum wage, here's a sobering fact: Your grandpa had more
spending power earning minimum wage four decades ago.
Adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage was worth $8.54 per
hour in 1968, according to calculations by the Economic Policy
Institute. The current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
The value of the minimum wage has risen in the last few years,
following a three-year government effort to boost the lowest al-
lowable hourly wage in the United States. The final stage, which
took effect in July of 2009, brought the minimum wage up nearly
11 percent to its current rate.
In addition, some states have mandated that minimum wage
be higher than the national rate.
Still, the data from EPI show that the value of minimum wage
has not, in the long-term, kept up with rising inflation, which
boosts what things cost and lowers the value of money.
About 3.6 million workers earned wages at or below the mini-
mum wage in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That equates to nearly 5 percent of all hourly paid workers.
People who earn minimum wage are more likely to be under
25 and to have less than a high school diploma, according to the
BLS. They also are more likely to work in service occupations
such as food preparation. Some of these workers may actually
take home more than that base pay, because of tips or commis-

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Weekly jobless benefit claims down sharply

By Christopher S. Rugaber

people applied for unem-
ployment aid recently, the
third drop in four weeks
and evidence that the job
market is showing signs of
If the decline continues, it
could signal more hiring in
the near future. The report
comes after the Labor De-
partment said that private
employers added the most
jobs in six months in Octo-
The Labor Department
said that initial claims

for jobless aid dropped by
24,000 to a seasonally ad-
justed 435,000. Many Wall
Street economists expected
a smaller decrease.
"The pace of hiring has
picked up in the past few
months," said Mark Vitner,
an economist at Wells Far-
go. If the drop in claims is
sustained, he said, net job
gains could rise from this
year's average of 90,000
a month to 140,000 next
Still, that's barely enough
to keep up with population
growth. The economy needs
to create at least 300,000

net jobs a month to make a
dent in the unemployment
rate, now at 9.6 percent.
Separately, the trade defi-
cit narrowed in Septem-
ber by 5.3 percent to $44
billion in September, as
imports retreated slightly
while exports edged higher.
Weekly first-time claims
are now at their lowest level
since early July, when they
were temporarily lowered
by the July 4 holiday. Last
week's figures are the sec-
ond-lowest this year.
Applications fell partly
because the weather has
been relatively warm so

far this fall, a Labor De-
partment analyst said, and
construction and manufac-
turing firms haven't tem-
porarily laid off as many
workers due to cold weather
as they have in the past.
Claims have previously
dropped sharply this year,
but have always bounced
back. Applications have
fluctuated around 450,000
for most of this year, after
falling last year from about
600,000 when the recession
ended in June 2009. Econ-
omists say claims need to
drop below 425,000 to sig-
nal a healthy pace of hiring.

Applications for unem-
ployment benefits, while
volatile, provide a real-time
snapshot of the job market.
They are a measure of the
pace of layoffs and signal
whether companies are
adding jobs.
Some companies are hir-
ing new workers, despite
the slow economy. US Air-
ways said that it plans to
hire 500 flight attendants
and pilots next year, most-
ly to cover planned retire-
ments and attrition. The
jobs will initially be offered
to former employees laid off
during the downturn.

Advanced GYN Clinic
BP Oil
CarePus Health Plans
Daryl's Banquet Hall Inc.
City of Miami City Clerk
City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency
Daryl's Banquet Hall
Jackson North Medical Center
Miami Dade Public Schools Div of Procurement
New Luster Carpet Cleaning Service

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The return of layaways this season

continued from 7D

tips from the BBB and
the National Endow-
ment for Financial Ed-
Know what you're
getting into. Retailers'
layaway policies vary
quite a bit. Some re-
quire hefty down pay-
ments; some don't.
Some give you lots of
time to pay off your
purchase; some don't.
Do business with

reputable retailers.
Other BBB complaints
centered on stores that
went out of business
before customers re-
ceived their merchan-
dise. To avoid that,
enter into layaway
agreements with well-
known businesses,
and remember that
making those gradual
layaway payments on
a credit card could af-
ford you at least some
Budget, budget,

budget. If you're opt-
ing to use layaway be-
cause money is tight,
make sure you'll be
able to handle the
layaway payments.
Consider this scenar-
io from the National
Endowment for Fi-
nancial Education: "If
you buy $300 worth of
presents for your chil-
dren, make sure you
can commit to paying
off $50 each week."
Find out what
fees will apply if you

change your mind.
Clarify the retailer's
layaway cancella-
tion and refund poli-
cies. Many consum-
ers who complained
were shocked when
they tried to cancel
layaway orders and
got hit with restock-
ing fees of 10 percent
or more. Others were
disappointed to learn
that refunds only in-
volved store credit, not
cash. So remember:
Ask first.

Holiday gadgets for all ages and budgets

continued from 7D

microprocessors are
creeping inside toys,
in this case to check
your spelling on the fly
while playing the clas-
sic word game. Scrab-
ble Flash consists of
vie smart blocks, each
with an LCD screen.
,Each block can tell

which letter is posi-
tioned next to it, keep-
ing track as you race
to improve your score.
Maker, $60, ages 8-up)
is a pigeon-size flying
camera that is easy
to fly and durable
enough to withstand
the wrath of clumsy
student pilots. A video

capture button on the
remote lets you turn
on a tiny camera to
record up to five min-
utes of video, which is
especially fun for re-
playing the crashes.
Videos can be viewed
by plugging into a
computer using the
included U.S.B. cable,
which doubles as a
battery charger.

(Casio, $50, ages
6-up) is a base-level
synthesizer that com-
bines real features
with a toy's price. Your
future musician can
layer 100 sound ef-
fects over 50 rhythms,
or simply bang on five
drum pads. Think of
it as a 44-key musical

1450 N.E. 2ND AVENUE

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

The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, enacts a Cone of Silence from issuance of a solici-
tation through final School Board action. The Cone of Silence shall terminate at the time the School
Board acts on a written recommendation from the Superintendent to award or approve a contract,
to reject all bids or responses, or to take any other action which ends the solicitation and review
process. All provisions of School Board Rule 6Gx13- 8C-1.212 apply.

Any Protest of Specifications, or Protest of Award, must be filed with the Clerk of the School Board.
Failure to adhere to the filing requirements and timelines, as specified in School Board Rule 6Gx13-
3C-1.10, shall constitute a waiver of proceedings.

Pre-Bid Conference

016-LL05 1/6/2011 Diplomas

By: Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools

Bid Number




019-LL03 1/11/2011


Specialty Bakery Products

Farm-to-School Fresh Produce

A pre-bid conference will
be held Wednesday, De-
cember 15, 2010 at 11:00
a.m. at the M-DCPS
Department of Food and
Nutrition, 7042 W. Flagler
Street, Miami, Fl 33144.
Pre-Bid Conference at-
tendance by the bidder or
its qualified representa-
tive is HIGHLY EN-
COURAGED to ensure
bid compliance.

A pre-bid conference
will be held Wednes-
day, December 15,
2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the
M-DCPS Department
of Food and Nutrition,
7042 W. Flagler Street,
Miami, FI 33144. Pre-
Bid Conference atten-
dance by the bidder or
its qualified representa-
tive is HIGHLY EN-
COURAGED to ensure
bid compliance.

Minimum wage is worth less than in 1968

By Allison Linn

If you're one of the several
million Americans earning
minimum wage, here's a sober-
ing fact: Your grandpa had more
spending power earning mini-
mum wage four decades ago.
Adjusted for inflation, the
minimum wage was worth
$8.54 per hour in 1968, ac-
cording to calculations by the

Economic Policy Institute. The
current minimum wage is $7.25
per hour.
The value of the minimum
wage has risen in the last few
years, following a three-year
government effort to boost the
lowest allowable hourly wage
in the United States. The final
stage, which took effect in July
of 2009, brought the minimum
wage up nearly 11 percent to its

current rate.
In addition, some states have
mandated that minimum wage
be higher than the national
Still, the data from EPI show
that the value of minimum
wage has not, in the long-
term, kept up with rising infla-
tion, which boosts what things
cost and lowers the value of





Copies of the proposed Resolution are available for review at the Public Works Department, located at 444
SW 2nd Avenue, 8th Floor, during regular working hours. Phone 305-416-1200.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or represented at this meeting and
are invited to express their views.

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

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

City Clerk






Copies of the proposed Resolution are available for review at the Public Works Department, located at 444
SW 2nd Avenue, 8th Floor, during regular working hours. Phone 305-416-1200.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or represented at this meeting and
are invited to express their views.

Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.010M).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


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9D THE 'I.l TIMES, DECEMBER, 8-14, 2010

Miami Heat finally thrive under head coach

What a difference a
week makes. What a
difference a players-
only meeting makes.
What a difference
a steady, mentally
strong coach makes.
All of these things
add up to a few great

things for the Miami
Heat wins.
It started in Dallas
back on November 27,
after the Heat came
out cold in the third
quarter, settling for
jump shot after jump
shot. They dug them-

selves in a hole so
deep that the Maver-
icks were able to ba-
sically put the game
away. What followed
that 106-95 debacle
was a players-only
meeting where the
players got "things off

of their chest." After
returning to Miami,
speculation about
the future of Coach
Erik Spoelstra was
at its highest yet, fu-
eled by reports from
ESPN that Lebron
James and the coach
were not getting along
and that players on
the team did not like
the coach's game
plans. All this tur-
moil in the middle of
a three-game losing
streak and a mentally
tough game coming
up in "the King's for-
mer home, and things

were looking disas-
Fast forward: one
week later. The Heat
are riding a four-
game winning streak
including a win in the
hostile city of Cleve-
land. The coach and
players seem to fi-
nally be on the same
page and it's showing
on the court. It could
not have come at a
better time.
Who should get the
credit for the turn
around of this Miami
Heat team? Spoelstra
- the coach who peo-

ple refuse to believe
in, who has to work
under the constant
speculation that if he
messes up too much,
Pat Riley will swoop
down from the execu-
tive offices and return
to the bench and who
will naturally get the
blame when the team
is losing.
But if he gets the
blame when the team
loses, shouldn't he get
the praise when the
team wins? X's and
O's are one thing but
the thing that is im-
pressive about Spoel-

stra is his mental
toughness and forti-
tude while his team
was going through its
early season blues.
He kept preaching
calm. He kept stress-
ing brotherhood. He
kept the players ac-
countable. And prob-
ably the biggest thing
he has done yet he
stood up to Lebron.
Remember that James
has coddled and wait-
ed on hand and foot
since he came into
this league as a wide-
eyed 18-year-old. Now
he has finally met a

coach who will not
bow to any antics or
foolishness and is all
about the business.
Have the Heat
worked out all of the
offensive kinks? No.
Do they have that
needed chemistry
yet? Almost. Do they
have all the pieces
needed to make a run
at a title this year?
Maybe. But one thing
is for certain: they do
have a great young
mind and coach in
Erik Spoelstra. Heat
fans should support

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Central's defense smothers South Dade, 38-7

^- Rockets two wins away

fromr state title

By D. Kevin Mcleir, Editor
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.-. South Dade QB Jovani McCray was ha-
rassed from the very start of Friday's regional
final against Miami Central, doing his best to
avoid a swarming Rockets (12-1) defense. But with
Nine sacks and two interceptions including one that
\\as converted into a Central touchdown, the talented
quarterback and his team (11-2) were simply no match
Sfor the focused and determined brothers from Liberty
Central's head coach, Telly Lockette, has continued to
say that his team had yet to play its best game. Perhaps
, this one ,\as it as the offense doled out its usual one-two
S punch in the air and on the ground while the defense
shut down the running game of South Dade holding
them to minus-36 \ards on the ground.
In fact. the defensive unit played more like men among
boys including an impressive goal-line stand right be-
I, fore the end of the first half with the Rockets leading

In terms of Central's offensive output, Devonta
Freeman had another stellar game racking
up 142 yards on 15 carries. And his
partner in "prime time," quarter-
back Rakeem Cato, who com-
pleted 12-of-16 passes for 147
yards, became the first QB in

Miami-Dade County history to pass for 100 touchdowns
in his career..
With such accomplishments and a resounding victory,
his throwing for one interception hardly mattered.
The Rockets are now only two victories away from
reaching the promised land and that elusive state title
for class 4-6A. But first they must turn their attention to
the top team in Broward County, Weston Cypress Bay,
who beat Northeast on Friday 27-21.
Last year Central lost to Miramar in its first trip to
the state semifinals. This year they say they won't look
past that game to the finals in Orlando as they may have
done last year not until they have the semifinal win in
the bag.

Coach Lockette talks to Tommy Shuler (WR).

Bethune-Cookman's amazing season comes to an end

The Bethune-Cookman University
(B-CU) Wildcats wrapped up an out-
standing 2010 season on Saturday,
playing in the first B-CU playoff game
since the 2003 at-large bid. B-CU kept
it tight with New Hampshire in the first
half, carrying a tie into the locker room
at 14-all. UNH scored on four straight
possessions to build a significant lead
over B-CU, extending it into a 45-20
UNH win at Municipal Stadium.

"We didn't make the plays that we
normally make," said Head Coach
Brian Jenkins. "Offensively, we were a
little handicapped."
Turnovers played a huge factor in
the outcome but not in B-CU's favor
as has been the norm. The Wildcats
led the nation wire to wire in the cat-
egory of turnover margin. However, in
Saturday's game, B-CU gave up the
ball three times and only took it back

once. On that takeaway, the Wildcats
marched quickly to a score.
"We turned the ball over and they
capitalized on it," said Jenkins. "They
wore us down and ended up coming
away with the victory."
The loss moves the Wildcats to 0-3
in the Division I playoffs and keeps in-
tact the last MEAC Playoff win, which
was Florida A&M, defeating Troy in the
1999 quarterfinal.

The loss also wraps up the season
for Bethune-Cookman, an outstand-
ing and record-breaking year in which
first-year Head Coach Brian Jenkins
led the Wildcats to the most consecu-
tive wins in school history and guided
them to only the third NCAA FCS Play-
off bid in school history.
Wilson led the Wildcats in his first
start in the Maroon and Gold, complet-
ing 16 of 32 passes for 192 yards, with

a career high of three touchdowns, but
also two interceptions.
"When we started this season out
everybody counted us out; nowhere in
the picture, and we ended up at the top
of the conference and one of 16 teams
left fighting for the National Champion-
ship," noted Jenkins of the 2010 suc-
cess. "I think our players have some-
thing to hold our heads high about ..
It will be great things to come."

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By David Hinson

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Sta-
tistics just released the latest de-
tails on the American job market.
The report mixed good news with
bad private-sector firms cre-
ated 159,000 new jobs in Octo-
ber, but the unemployment rate
remains persistently high, at 9.6
Policymakers continue to
search for ways to help those
looking for work to find jobs. The
minority business community
should be at the center of that
Minority firms have been an
engine of job growth for the U.S.
economy in recent years, outpac-
ing growth within the general
business community for most of
the last decade.
According to the U.S. Census
Bureau, the number of people
employed at minority-owned
businesses jumped 27 percent
- from 4.7 million to 5.9 million
- between 2002 and 2007. Job
growth for non-minority-owned
firms was less than 1 percent.
during that time.
In those five years, the number
of minority-owned firms in the
United States grew 46 percent, to
a total of 5.8 million. Meanwhile,
the number of firms in the overall
economy expanded at less than
half that rate.
Minority businesses are emerg-
ing as leading exporters, too.
They exported to 41 countries on
six continents between 1992 and
2009, according to the U.S. Ex-
port Import Bank.
With these figures in mind,
there's no doubt that minor-
ity entrepreneurs will lead the
American business community's
charge to double exports within
the next five years, as the presi-
dent's National Export Initiative
has challenged them to do.

By the Associated Press

ness inventories rose slightly
more than expected in Septem-
ber as sales climbed to their
highest level since October 2008,
a government report showed re-
cently, suggesting an upward
adjustment to the third-quarter
growth estimate.
The Commerce Department
said inventories rose 0.9 percent
to $1.40 trillion, the highest level
since March 2009, after increas-
ing by a revised 0.9 percent in
Markets had expected Septem-
ber inventories to rise 0.8 per-
cent from a previously reported
0.6 percent increase in August.
Inventories are a key compo-
nent of gross domestic product

While minority-owned busi-
nesses are growing at a break-
neck pace, disparities continue
to exist between minority- and
non-minority-owned firms. Just
800,000 of the nearly 6 million
minority firms in existence have
more than one employee. And
the annual revenue for the aver-
age minority-owned firm is about
$300,000 less than that of a non-
minority-owned firm.
Closing the entrepreneurial
revenue gap between minority-
and non-minority-owned busi-
nesses based on the share of the
adult minority population would
add $2.5 trillion to our nation's
economic output, creating 11.8
million more American jobs and
unleashing the innovation of an
economic sector that has long
been undervalued.
Corporate America can
strengthen its efforts to make mi-
nority-owned businesses a larger
part of its global supply chain,
and minority business owners
can and should do a better job
of embracing aggressive growth
models and capitalizing on op-
portunities for alliances, mergers
and strategic partnerships.
Minority-owned firms don't
have to pursue these growth
strategies blindly. The Minority
Business Development Agency
at the U.S. Department of Com-
merce supports more than 40
business centers around the
country to help minority-owned
firms secure access to capital
and contracts and assistance in
entering growing foreign mar-
As we look for ways to create
more jobs for Americans still
desperately in need, shining a
light on the economic potential
of the minority-business com-
munity can significantly benefit
the American people and the U.S.

changes over the business cycle
and have been a key driver of
growth as the economy recovers
from the worst downturn since
the Great Depression.
September's larger-than-ex-
pected increase in inventories
and August's upward revision
suggest the government might
raise its preliminary GDP growth
estimate when it publishes its
first revision this month. Initial
estimates put third-quarter GDP
at a 2.0 percent annual rate.
Business sales increased 0.5
percent to $1.10 trillion in Sep-
tember after rising 0.3 percent in
That left the inventory-to-
sales-ratio, which measures
how long it would take to clear
shelves at the current sales pace
unchanged at 1.27 months.

House fails to extend jobless benefits

A bill to extend benefits for
people unemployed more than
six months failed in the House
recently despite a 258-154 vote
in favor. Democrats brought
the bill to the floor under fast
track rules that required a two-
thirds vote to pass. Republicans
opposed the bill because they
couldn't attach spending cuts.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,

More censure for handling of foreclosures




confusion and defaults

By Stephanie Armour ly modified since the

Bankers, hous-
ing regulators and
members of Congress
agreed on this much in
the week's second con-

gressional hearing on
foreclosure problems:
The system needs fix-
Some bank officials
recently told a House
subcommittee that
their efforts to help
borrowers in default
were stymied by inves-
tors who require that
foreclosures keep mov-
ing forward even as
the borrowers are try-
ing to get a modified
mortgage to lower their
monthly payments.
"It can be extremely
confusing," said Re-
becca Mairone, Bank
of America's default
servicing executive. "It
continues to be a prob-
lem. We are directed
by investor require-
ments to do so."
Other bank officials,
and federal regulators,
said second loans pose
another obstacle to
getting more mortgag-
es modified because
the holders of both the
.first and second loans
must agree to the
Homeowners may
not get payments low-
ered as dramatically
if they have a sec-
ond mortgage that
can't be modified, and
that could lead to re-
The Obama admin-
istration's Home Af-


about 18

months ago to prevent
foreclosures, also drew
criticism this week.
The government re-
ported recently that
nearly 755,800 trial
and permanent modi-
fications have been
canceled through
October. Fewer than
500,000 mortgages
have been permanent-

program started.
But the Federal Re-
serve predicts there
will be 2.25 million
foreclosure filings this
year and again next

year, and about 2 mil-
lion more in 2012, ac-
cording to other testi-
mony Thursday.
"I think it's safe to
say that HAMP isn't
meeting its goal of pre-
venting foreclosures,"
said Rep. Maxine Wa-
ters, D-Calif., who
chaired the hearing.
HAMP also has been
plagued by complaints

5 l~Th `i P

that banks lose hom-
eowners' paperwork
and fail to provide
modifications after
borrowers complete


firms adding jobs

fice to assist hom-
eowners in getting
"Countless con-
stituents tell us sto-
ries of being stone-
walled by banks for
very long periods of
time; of not being
told the reasons for
the rejection of their
modification request;
of significant delays
caused by banks los-
ing paperwork; or of
trial modifications
canceled with no ra-
tionale," according to
the senators' letter.

D-Calif, promised to try to en-
act an emergency measure after
Thanksgiving to extend benefits
at least through the holidays.
Otherwise, extended benefits
would stop Dec. 1 for about 2
million people. But Senate Re-
publicans appear to have the
votes to block any extension
that isn't matched by spending

a trial period, which
is required before the
modification becomes
Seventeen Demo-
cratic senators, led by
New Jersey Sen. Rob-
ert Menendez, sent
a letter to Treasury
this week calling for
changes to the pro-
They included auto-
matic modifications
for homeowners who
successfully com-
plete the required
trial period and cre-
ation of a federal of-

Redevelopment Agency


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of
the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency will take place on Thursday,
December 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM, at Miami City Hall located at 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

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

(#14855) PieterA. Bockweg, Executive Director

Business inventories up





Copies of the proposed Resolution are available for review at the Public Works Department, Survey and
Land Records Section of the Construction Division, located at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 4"' Floor, during regular
working hours. Phone 305-416-1248.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or represented at this meeting and
are invited to express their views.

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

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC i
City Clerk


Request for Proposals

The South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB) of Region 23, Miami-Dade
and Monroe counties is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Juvenile
Justice involved Youth. The RFP solicits program plans from agencies capable of
successfully administering training and employment services to the juvenile justice
youth population residing in Region 23.

The RFP will be available to the public at 4:00 p.m., Monday, December 13, 2010, at
the fifth floor reception desk of SFWIB Headquarters, 7300 Corporate Center Drive
(NW 19th Street). It will also be available on the agency's website (www.southflori-
da, on the same day.

An Offerors' Conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., December 21, 2010, at SF-
WIB Headquarters, fifth floor, Conference Room 3. Offerors are advised to consult
the SFWIB website for more details on the RFP process and for potential amend-
ments to the Solicitation Schedule.

All proposals must be submitted to the reception desk at SFWIB Headquarters no
later than 1:00 p.m.. Friday. January 07. 2011. Proposals will not be accepted after
that deadline.

Offerors should direct all inquiries to Phillip Edwards, SFWIB Policy Coordinator at




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Two bedrooms starting
at $760 a month.
Move in $1260
Free water, central air,
appliances, laundry.
Quiet Area
Must Have Job
We Can Verify
Call 786-506-3067
1545 N.W. 8th Avenue

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

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

1246 NW 58 TERRACE
Studio, $425 per month. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1459 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
brand new appliances,
tiled floors, $600 monthly.
Call 305-458-3977
1510 NW 68 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $475.
Call 786-797-6417
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 per month,
$600 move in. All
appliances included.
Free 19 Inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $475.
Appliances 305-642-7080

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.

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

2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
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

411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 per month.
All appliances included.
Call Joel 786-355-7578
415 NW 9 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$750 move in. $450 mthly.
786-294-9014, 305-523-9004
472 NW 10 Street
One bedroom one
bath. $495. Stove,
refrigerator, air.

520Q NW 26.Avenue
Two and three bdrms.
Free gift for
Section 8 tenants.
No deposit. $300 Moves
you in. Jenny 786-663-8862

60 NW 76 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080
7520 NE Miami Court
One bedroom, free water.
$625 monthly. 786-277-0302
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
Arena Garden
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency,
one, two, three bdrms, air,
appliances, laundry, gate.
From $400. 100 N.W. 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same
day approval. For more

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

Miami Avenue NE 84 Street
Laundry room, water
included, new ceramic tile
$600 monthly. 305-970-5574
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

10350 SW 220 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
central air. $700 monthly
1710 NE 142 Street
Two bedrooms, two and a
half baths. 561-633-1846 or
191 Street NW
35 Avenue Area
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
19620 NW 29 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,

central air. $1100 monthly.

2851 NW 196 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $1100 monthly.
2906 NW 195 Lane
Three bdrms., one bath.
Voucher. 786-457-3287
Newly renovated, three
and four bedrooms. Central
air and heat. Section 8
Welcome! 954-266-8389
Three bedrooms, one
bath, beautiful townhouse.
Section 8 accepted.
Call 954-614-0280
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath. Section 8 welcome.
786-301-4368 English,
786-301-9363 Spanish.

1023 NW 47 Street
Efficiency, one bath.
$575 Appliances, free
electric, water.
1079 NW 100 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, fenced, $900 mthly,
first, last, security. Call
1082 NW 55 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $525.
Appliances. Free water.

1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1293 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 786-277-4395
135 NE 80 Terrace
Newly remodeled, one
bedroom, one bath, central
air, $750 monthly, Section 8
welcome, 954-818-9112.
161 NW 61 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly tiled throughout.
Section 8 OK: 786-285-8872
16159 NW 39 Court
Two bedroom, one bath,
$1100 monthly. 305-751-
1732 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, one bath, central
air, appliances, Section 8 OK.
$750 monthly 305-720-7067
1816 NW 93 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly.
1857 NW 50 Street
One and two bedrooms, one
bath, $550 to $750.
2003 NW 89 Street
Two bdms, one bath. Section
8 Welcome. 305-796-5252
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms. Remodeled.
$895. Come by for list of
others (290 NW 183 Street
office) 786-306-4839
2436 NW 66 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1200 mthly. 786-399-8557
2452 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, air. $675
monthly. 786-877-5358

255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080
2550 York Street
One bedroom, refrigerator,
stove, air. 305-653-6784 or
2760 NW 47 Street
Two bdrms, appliances, air,
free water. 786-426-6263
338 NW 59 Street
Huge one bedroom, one bath,
central air. $650. 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 305-6 0-7504
4711 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, $625.
Free water. 305-642-7080
5511 NW 5 COURT
Two bedrooms, one bath, all
appliances, air, security bars.
$800 monthly. $600 security.
6250 NW 1 Avenue
Two bedroom, one
bath $850. Appliances,
Free water/electric.
647 NW 65 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1500 monthly, $1000 special
deposit. Section 8 OK.
650 Oriental Blvd
(151 Street Opa Locka)
Two bedrooms, refrigerator,
stove, air, 305-653-6784 or
672 Oriental Boulevard
(151 Street one block
east of NW 37 Avenue)
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled floors, air, washer
hookup. $800 monthly, first,
last and security. $1800 total.

7735 NW 6 Avenue
Two bdrms, two baths
Section 8 OKI 786-277-4395

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

8180 NW 23 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths;
two bedrooms, one bath. All
with central air.
Call 786-306-2946
8451 NW 19 Avenue
One bedroom, water, air,
tile, bars, fenced, $700
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
Section 8 Welcome
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776
96 Street NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
$900 monthly. 954-430-0849
9626 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1350 monthly. This week
special $1000 deposit.
Section 8 OK 305-757-3709
One bdrm, one bath and
three bdrms, two bath.
Conveniently located,
new renovation. Section 8
100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1480 NW 195 Street
Fully furnished, air, cable,
no utilities, $605 mthly.
1756 All Baba Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 786-556-9111
2424 NW 44 Street- Rear
One bedroom, one bath, air,
free utilities. $600 monthly.
$600 to move in.
3143 NW.53 Street
Starting at $450 monthly.
First, last and security.
331 NW 56 Street
Appliances included. $400
monthly. 305-688-5002
Furnished, private entrance.
New floor, fridge. Utilities
plus cable. $525 monthly.
$1050 move in. 305-751-

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
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
1877 NW 59 Street
Clean room, air, bath,- tile,
$395 monthly. 305-720-7067
1880 All Baba Avenue
Outreach Program. Beds
available, three meals daily.
Share a room. 786-443-7306
1902 NW 89 Terrace
Private entrance. $65 weekly
and up. 786-356-8818
19541 NW 37 Court
Huge room, air. Kitchen
privileges $625 monthly. First
and last. 305-621-0576
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
3 Avenue NW 48 Street
$95 weekly. 786-385-3299
5500 NW 5 Avenue
$85 Weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
Air, kitchen privileges, $125/
week, one person. $250
move in. 305-835-2446
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable. 305-688-0187
Cable TV, utilities included,
$500 monthly. 305-687-1110
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594
Private home, free
utilities, 305-505-3101
Clean Rooms, air included.

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11160 NW 25 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Open House 10 am 2 pm,
December 11th. Section 8
with voucher. 954-392-7722.

1120 NE 123 Street
Two bedroom, one bath
$1050 monthly. First, last and
security. Call 305-769-3740.
1240 NE 143 Street
Four bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK! 786-390-8425
12620 NW 17 Avenue
Cozy three bdrms, one bath,
bars, fenced, air, remodeled.
$1400 monthly. First and
last. Section 8 OK. Call for
appointment 305-621-0576
1370 NW 69 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, plus bonus
room,$1200 mthly. Not
Section 8 affiliated. Call 305-
or 305-926-2245
144 NW 47 Avenue
Newly remodeled, three
bedroom, one bath, central
air, washer/dryer hookup,
$1300 monthly. Section 8 OK.
15930 NW 17 Place
Three bedroom, one bath,
central air, washer/dryer
connection. $950 monthly.
1750 NW 75 Street
Two bedroom, one bath,
$700 monthly. 305-494-8884
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
2871 NW 196 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths, $875 per month. All
Appliances included. Free
19" LCD TV. Call Joel:

3060 NW 95 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
carpet, tile, central air, and
*appliances. $1400 monthly
negotiable. Section 8
.welcomed! 305-525-1271
' Free 19 inch LCD TV
366 NE 159 Street
Four bedroom, two and half
bath, $1700. 305-751-3381
3833 NW 209 Street
Three bedrooms, one
bath, $1095, Appliances,

6315 NW 20 Aveune
Three bedrooms. $875
monthly. 786-556-6950
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. 786-306-7868
Remodeled four bdrm, two
bath, $1250 monthly,
Three bdrms, two baths,
remodeled, central air,
appliances included, big
fenced yard, $1400 mthly,
Section 8.
Three bedroom, one bath,
$1000 monthly, plus one
bedroom, one bath rear. $750
monthly. Section 8 OK.
Three bedrooms, two baths
single family house, central
air, renovated. Section 8
Welcome. Call Zac 305-984-
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry room, yard
maintenance. First and
security. $1500 monthly.
Section 8 okay. 305-623-
Lovely four bedroom, two
bath, with den. 3770 NW
213 Terrace. Fenced yard,
tile floor, central air, close
to shopping, churches, at
Broward/Dade border.
Call 954-243-6606
Spacious. Four bedrooms,
two baths, living room
furniture, plasma TV included.
Section 8 Welcome.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile, $1,200 and $1,250.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
305-891-6776 NO Section 8
Call for list or go to

321 NW 183 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
central air. $1400 mthly, first,
last, and security to move in.
Call 305-986-8395

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"Now Gulf seafood is coming back on the menu, so come on down, we're open for business."
Bryan Zar
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Crown Point, LA

I grew up bussing tables at this restaurant. Last year, my wife, Brooke, and I bought it. We
were working hard to build a business, then the spill hit. BP said they would try to make
things right. But how was an energy company going to help our restaurant?

Keeping Businesses Open
We figured they would tell us to take a number and wait in line. Instead, they asked us if
we could serve food to the workers, engineers, scientists, and local residents they had
hired to cleanup the spill. It kept us busy round the clock. And we weren't the only ones.
They hired a lot of local businesses and kept a lot of people working. They have kept
businesses up and down the Gulf open and it's still making a difference.

Open for Business
BP asked us to share our story with you to keep you informed. Our restaurant's open six
days a week. Customers are filling our restaurant again and we think it's a good time to
come down to the Gulf Coast. And if we could make just one request, please think of us
when planning your next vacation. We're still here and while it's been tough, we are still
cooking. And we are just one of the hundreds of great places ready to welcome you when
you come down. So don't wait. We're looking forward to seeing you.

For assistance, please call:
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