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Are alternative schools used as dumping grounds?

Miami Times used
By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

Many of the high schools
who constitute Miami-Dade
County Public Schools (M-
DCPS) celebrated last week
following the release of the
2009-2010 school grades that

to bolster learning
showed significant improve-
ments in the academic per-
formances of their students.
But there are other less-men-
tioned schools that also pro-
vide education for our young
people under the auspices of
the Educational Alternative
Outreach Program.

And their students who at-
tend one of approximately 28
centers in the County say that
while they may not be in a
traditional school setting like
Central or Northwestern, they
too have dreams of becoming
successful men and women
who contribute to their com-
The Academy for Commu-

nity Education (ACE) is one
alternative program that re-
cently found itself without a
place for its students with the
fall quickly approaching. But
after some quick thinking and
collaborating between Princi-
pal Carlos Cambo and Horace
Mann Middle School Principal
Carmen Jones-Carey, ACE
had a new home.

"We have been providing
quality education to students
for 20 years, first in Coral Ga-
bles and most recently in El
Portal," Cambo said. "With the
aid of Principal Jones-Carey,
the move has been a smooth
transition. Unfortunately, we
lost some of our students from
the southern part of the Coun-
ty whose parents did not want

them to have to commute so
far. We have recruiting efforts
in place for students who may
need a school more like ours
in this part of the County.

With about 80 students,
ACE students matriculate
Please turn to SCHOOLS 10A

Cold temps bring woes

of homeless to attention

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor 4,

The Winter Solstice (first day of winter) is still a week away but al- -
ready South Florida, along with most of the U.S., has been hit by the
coldest temperatures of the season. Long lines have formed for those
seeking space heaters, heavy sweaters and gloves items that are
in short supply here in Miami. Of course it's much worse for those in
Please turn to HOMELESS 10A

Crapp is next city manager ]

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

On Thursday, Dec. 9th, Tony
Crapp, Jr. is slated to become
the City of Miami's newest city
manager. Crapp, 37, comes off
a short assignment as an assis-
tant city manager and will be-
come only the second Black to
oversee the City's workforce and
He says that his longtime af-
filiation with Miami Mayor To-
mas Regalado and his most re-

cent on-the-job training beside
current City Manager Carlos
Migoya, who he will replace,
have boded him well.
"I never thought of myself
working on the administrative
side and had always seen myself
more as a politician, but over the
past year the experience I have
gained has been invaluable," he
said. Crapp adds that he has
over 15 years under his belt in
various City positions and feels
ready to take over the new job.
"I grew up in this communi-

ty, graduated
from North-
western and
have grand-
parents who
still live in
Liberty City CRAPP
so this means
quite a lot to me," he said. "I
saw my father present items be-
fore the City Commission so to
become the city manager is not
only a great opportunity but
something of which I am ex-
tremely proud."

Double murder in Liberty City home

Police say motive remains unknown S l

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

A Tuesday afternoon City
of Miami Police Department
press conference yielded little
additional information re-
garding the murder of Ciara
Lee, 24 and her son, Devon
Franklin, 2, who were both
shot and killed in their Lib-
erty City home early Tuesday
morning. Police say it appears

that several high-powered
rifles were used in an all-out
assault against the home,
630 NW 73rd Street, just after
1 a.m. on Tuesday.
Lee was a correctional officer
and worked in inmate hous-
ing. She would have marked
her one-year anniversary on
Saturday. The victim's uncle,
Tony Lee, who also lived in
the home, suffered a gun shot
Please turn to MURDER 10A

W Delta gala launches holiday season
Members of The Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta celebrated the beginning of the holidays on Saturday, Dec. 11th at the
Miami Hyatt Regency. Pictured at the party (standing, I-r) are President Shirlyon McWhorter-Jones, Francenia Scott, Carol Weath-
erington, Maybeline Truesdell, Joyce Williams, Catherine Morrison, Crystal Thomas, Rosylen Cox, Johnnie Lowery and Marsha James.
Seated (1-r) are Annette Davis, Helen Gay and Barbara Harris.

Obama needs to look Democrats in the eye

By DeWayne Wickham

In that awkward E M
moment when
President Obama
left the White
House press room
for a holiday party
while former presi-
dent Bill Clinton stayed be-
hind to defend the tax exten-

sion deal Obama struck with
Republicans, the Democrats'
most vexing problem became
painfully clear.
"What we've got here," in the
words of the reprobate captain
in Paul Newman's 1967 mov-
ieCool Hand Luke, "is a failure
to communicate."
While ceding the White
House press room podium was

no outsourcing of his presi-
dency, it was an admission
from Obama that he's having
trouble communicating with
key members of his own party
at a critical time in his presi-

Communication used to
be one of Obama's great

strengths. it certainly was in
2004 when the then-Illinois
state senator propelled himself
into the national spotlight with
a speech at the Democratic Na-
tional Convention that stirred
the imagination of those who
yearned for an end to this na-
tion's partisan political blood-
Please turn to OBAMA 10A

Health law loses

in court challenge

Ruling thrills foes of Obama's plan
By Richard Wolf and Joan Biskupic

The first judicial ruling against a key part of President
Obama's landmark health care law has boosted efforts
by opponents who want it repealed, stripped of funding
or struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, a battle that
could take years.
U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's decision
in a Virginia case throws into question how the biggest
revamping of the nation's health care system since the
creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 can work if its
mandate that individuals purchase insurance is
ruled unconstitutional.
Hudson's opinion Monday came nine
months after the law extending insur-
ance coverage to 32 million Amer:cans
was enacted. The judge, who was ap-
pointed by President George W. Bush.,
didn't rule against any other part of the
law and didn't block its implementation
by 2014. Nevertheless, opponents were
"We've won the first round of th:s *
particular fight," said Virginia At-
torney General Ken Cuccinelli. "This
will all end at the U.S. Supreme
An appeal to the U.S. circuit
court level and then the Supreme 4.
Court could take two years to
decide, said Cuccinelli, a
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Tallahassee's leaders would

be wise to listen to Blacks
f e funny thing about politics is that as soon as a
candidate wins, they must start looking at the next
cycle for reelection. They must listen to their constit-
uency as well as their colleagues. And above all, they must
make sure that they keep their promises.

And so far what we hear from disgruntled Black legislators
is that in our state capital, Black office holders and voters
appear to be getting the short end of the stick.

Ignored you say? It looks that way.

But something else to consider: how many of us went to
the polls in August and November? How many of us have
remained abreast on the recent charges filed by a group of
citizens who say that voting irregularities happened at one
polling center, if not more? How many of us knew what all of
the amendments on the general election ballot said and how
they would specifically impact our community?

Chances are the percentage of Blacks that are political-
ly astute and cognizant of what goes on in Miami's politi-
cal arena, much less in the hallowed halls of Tallahassee,
is probably embarrassingly small. It's enough to make folks
like Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer turn over in their
graves. What? You want to know who Evers and Hamer are?

The point is, while our Black legislators should be respect-
ed by their white colleagues as much as they themselves
wish to be respected, when it comes to voters we get what we
give. And the best way to send out that message of how we
wish to be treated is to vote often and regularly.

Already the powers that be have turned their attention to
2012 and the presidential election. This is no time for Blacks
to chose to be complacent. Health care, affordable housing,
unemployment benefits and more financial support for HIV/
AIDS meds and prevention are just a few things that are un-
derstandably at the top of the Black agenda. But if we don't
get vocal, if we don't support our Black elected officials, from
the White House to the Caleb Center and if we don't make
our opinions known at the polls, we can guarantee one thing
- Black folk will continue to be ignored.

Congratulate parents for

improved school grades at

Edison and Central
When two of our community's high schools, Edison
and Central, long criticized for their lack of aca-
demic performance on the very important annual
high school grades assessment, saw their recent scores each
rise to a "C" after last year's grades of "F' and "D," respec-
tively, the first words of praise went to the students, fol-
lowed by teachers and administrators.

And while that is as it should be, most people in the know,
including both school's principals, will tell you that the pri-
mary reason for their improvement and the turnaround in
the mindset and work ethic that have been adopted at both
schools is the increasing amount of parental involvement.

Rocket science it is not but their similar answers re-
veal that sometimes the best way to achieve positive change
in the Black community is by using an old-school, tried-
and-true approach. In other words, we have known since
Blacks first starting sneaking behind the eyes of the master
on plantations to learn how to read and write, that students
achieve when they are encouraged by the adults at home.

Parents or parental figures still matter. And even when
one's parents may not have a formal or extensive education,
making sure your child studies their lessons, brings home
their books every evening and completes their homework
every night, all go a long way in promoting academic excel-

We hear that more parents have become involved in activi-
ties involving teachers and students at both schools for the
last few years. More are attending parent teacher confer-
ences. More parents and alumni are coming out for sporting
events while also increasing their participation in things like
college finance workshops. It has been proven that when
parents get involved at every level, they know more about
what their children are doing and do a better job at keeping
their children on task.

Young people have it easy don't they? All they have to do
is go to school and learn everything they can. It's parents
that must manage finances, counsel their children, attend
countless meetings and worry about keeping their kids safe.
So here's to our parents for a job well done.

".. 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
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RACHEL J. REEVES, Publisher and Chairman

In the weeks since the "shel-
lacking" of the November 2
election, there has been much
talk that the economy will turn
around and, indeed, is on the
mend. Both pundits and expert
economists are saying the eco-
nomic indicators are better. The
recession is over, according to
these indicators, and it is un-
likely that we have a double
dip recession. The stock mar-
ket has done well this year. So
why is the unemployment rate
so high?
The November unemploy-
ment numbers went up, not
down. Now at 9.8 percent we are
only two-tenths of a percentage
point lower than this time a
year ago. No wonder voters re-
jected Democrats at the polls in
November. If there is progress it
has come far too slowly and all
Americans are taking it in the
What does 9.8 percent un-
employment translate into? It
translates into a whole heck of
a lot of human misery. It trans-
lates into 15.1 million people

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Liberals want Obama to fight back

After carefully measuring
their words for two years, frus-
trated progressives are becom-
ing less reluctant to publicly
express their disappointment
concerning President Obama's
unwillingness to stand up for
his principles amid a strident
Republican campaign to po-
litically neuter him.
Political bullying on the part
of emboldened Republicans
have left liberals clamoring for
push back from, the Obama
administration, especially in
the face of GOP insistence on
extending the Bush tax cuts to
the wealthy and their objection
to extending unemployment
benefits for those in need.
This tipping point comes on
the heels of GOP leaders say-
ing they plan to target both
health care and President

Obama for extinction.
Progressives say it's time to
draw the battle lines between
Republicans' traditional pro-
tection of the rich and Demo-
crats' concern for working men
and women.
A new television ad funded

in 2007 and saying: "We will
also allow the temporary tax
cuts for the wealthiest Ameri-
cans to expire."
Stephanie Taylor, co-found-
er of the Progressive Change
Campaign, said of Obama:
"He can keep his promise and

Anew television ad funded by the Progressive Change
Campaign Committee is titled, "Obama Promised" and
urges the president: "Keep Your Promise. Fight. Don't
Cave, On Tax Cuts."

by the Progressive Change
Campaign Committee is titled,
"Obama Promised" and urg-
es the president: "Keep Your
Promise. Fight. Don't Cave,
On Tax Cuts." The ad includes
a clip of candidate Barack
Obama campaigning in Iowa

make sure that the wealthiest
Americans pay their fair share
of taxes. Or he can break his
promise, add billions to our
national debt, and leave his
past supporters demoralized
by caving to Republicans even
when they are clearly wrong.

The choice is his."
President Obama has been
consistent in his belief that the
Bush tax cuts, set to expire at
the end of the year, should not
be extended to the top 2 per-
cent of taxpayers. However,
he has indicated that he is
open to compromise, possibly
extending the upper-end tax
cuts for two or three years in
order to cut a deal with Repub-
Paul Krugman, an econo-
mist who writes for the New
York Times, observed: "It's
hard to escape the impression
that Republicans have taken
Mr. Obama's measure that
they're calling his bluff in the
belief that he can be counted
on to fold. And, it's also hard
to escape the impression that
they're right."

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alleviate their pain.
There will be people caroling
and crooning through the New
Year, celebrating the joy of a
season that must be celebrat-
ed. We manage our lives around
these rituals, these mysteries
of faith, this time of the year
when life grinds to a halt and
we recognize humanity, hu-
man values, the birth of the
Christ child and the coming of
winter solstice. And yet, while
some croon, others will strug-
gle to celebrate, scraping pen-
nies together to come up with
some semblance of celebration
because they have children so
barraged by commercialism
that they equate the end of the
year with gifts and goodies.
So on one hand we have peo-
ple pricing what the 12 days
of Christmas would cost today
and others are pouring through
the pricey Neiman Marcus cata-
log; some folks just want jobs
for Christmas. Maybe this Con-
gress will manage things so that
more than a few are granted
their wish.

who want jobs but can't find
them, 6.3 million who haven't
worked for at least half a year. It
means that the marginal at-
tachment to the labor force is
rising, with 2.5 million now part
of that group. It means that the
traditionally reported Black

and others, the unemployment
rate is closer to 16.3 percent
and thus closer to 30 percent
for Blacks. The enormity of this
problem in the Black commu-
nity is staggering and gives one
the sense that the Senate and
Congress are fiddling, figura-

What does 9.8 percent unemployment translate into? It
translates into a whole heck of a lot of human misery.
It translates into 15.1 million people who want jobs but
can't find them, 6.3 million who haven't worked for at least half a year.

unemployment rate is now 16
percent, 16.7 percent for Black
men, and 13.1 percent for
Black women. And Federal Re-
serve Chairman Ben Bernanke
says we might have to live with
unemployment rates this high
for another few years and that
unemployment rates might not
return to the "normal" 5 or 6
percent until 2015.
Of course, the 9.8 percent that
is reported totally understates
the reality of the situation. In-
cluding discouraged workers

tively as Rome burns and much
less figuratively, in the Black
Extending unemployment
benefits has become a political
football. And there has been lit-
tle attention focused on the pos-
sibility of job creation. Mean-
while, many are gearing up to
celebrate the season, while oth-
ers simply want to work, but
the jobs aren't there. People are
hurting, and they aren't get-
ting the results they need from
those policy makers who could


New governors include champions for cities

In a week that saw an uptick
in the unemployment rate to 9.8
percent and Congress haggling
over extending unemployment
benefits for two million jobless
Americans, President Obama in-
vited the nation's newly-elected
governors to the White House
to enlist their help in turning
around our struggling econo-
my. This was more than a sym-
bolic gesture. The President un-
derstands that when it comes to
the issues of jobs and deficit-re-
ducing tax policies, state and lo-
cal governments are, as he put it,
"where the rubber hits the road."
As a result of the mid-term
elections, the balance of power
has shifted both in Congress
and in state houses, making it
harder to enact a progressive
agenda that puts the interests of
working and middle class Ameri-
cans first. With that backdrop,
the President challenged the
new governors to put aside par-
tisan labels and work with him
to bring jobs back to urban and
rural communities. Fortunately

among the incoming class of gov-
ernors, several of whom won re-
election for second terms, there
are some real champions for cit-
ies. For example: California's new
governor, Jerry Brown has held
practically every major elected
office in that state, including two
previous terms as governor from
1975-1983. He has also served
as California Secretary of State,
mayor of Oakland and most re-

ernor of New York. Much of his
career has focused on helping
disadvantaged people in cit-
ies. In 1986, he founded Hous-
ing Enterprise for the Less
Privileged (HELP), which has
become a national model of self-
reliance and empowerment for
the homeless. Cuomo has also
served as New York State Attor-
ney General and as U.S. Secre-
tary of Housing and Urban De-

As a result of the mid-term elections, the balance of
power has shifted both in Congress and in state houses,
making it harder to enact a progressive agenda that
puts the interests of working and middle class Americans first.

cently as the State's Attorney
General. Brown's political career
has always been rooted in pro-
gressive values. His experience
as mayor of Oakland gives him a
hands-on understanding of both
the problems and potentials in
our cities.
Andrew Cuomo also brings
special insight into the needs
of cities to his new job as Gov-

velopment. He was chairman
of the New York City Homeless
Commission under Mayor Da-
vid Dinkins.
Martin O'Malley, who won
re-election to a second term
as governor of Maryland, is
a former two-term mayor of
Baltimore. O'Malley was also
just elected chairman of the
Democratic Governors As-

sociation. He has vowed that
"Democratic governors will lead
the way back to our party's re-
surgence" and urged his fellow
Democratic governors not to run
away from progressive values.
Deval Patrick won re-elec-
tion as governor of Massachu-
setts. With the imminent de-
parture of New York Governor
David Paterson, he will be the
only Black governor in the coun-
try. Patrick rose from a tough
childhood in inner city Chicago
to become a graduate of Har-
vard Law School. He went on
to become a civil rights lawyer
with the NAACP and Assistant
Secretary for Civil Rights in the
Clinton Justice Department.
While Brown, Cuomo,
O'Malley and Patrick are not
the only progressive governors
who will take office in January,
their states contain some of the
nation's largest metropolitan
areas and will be indicators of
how well the nation is doing
in the effort to bring jobs and
prosperity back to our cities.



What do some want for Christmas? Jobs

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Miami museum needs to tell 'our'

How ironic? Last month.
a woman who dedicated her
life to chronicling the story of
Blacks in America died with
barely a mention in the main-
stream press. On Nov. 21,
Dr. Margaret Burroughs, co-
founder of the DuSable Mu-
seum of African American His-
tory in Chicago, died. She was
The DuSable Museum has
been recognized as this coun-
try's foremost museum of
Black history. The museum,
which began as a small collec-
tion in Burroughs' living room,
tells the treasured story of the
Black community's path from
the depths of slavery to the
heights of the Oval Office.
It is one of several across the
country dedicated to preserv-
ing the story of the African
diaspora in America. Other
world-class facilities include:
the Charles Wright Museum
in Detroit and the Schomburg

Center for Research in Black
Culture in New York. Even
Broward County can boast of
the much-celebrated African
American Research Library
and Cultural Center.
What a shame that Miami-
Dade County does not have a
similar world-class facility to

While those elements clearly
exist in Miami-Dade County
when it comes to establishing
museums dedicated to the Cu-
ban American experience, it is a
shame that the same elements
have yet to come together in
support of a major museum for
Blacks in Miami-Dade County.

he Miami-Dade Commission should be commended for'
setting aside bond funds for the restoration of the Histor-
ic Hampton House, which could one day house a Black
museum and for allocating money for a permanent space for the
Black Archives of Miami.

chronicle the contributions of
Blacks to the development of
Miami and South Florida.
As Burroughs' work with
the DuSable Museum shows,
sometimes it is one's life mis-
sion to start a Black museum.
But it also takes the support of
business leaders and elected
officials to make such projects

Miami-Dade is home to sev-
eral museums documenting
the critical Cuban contribu-
tions to American democracy.
There is a museum to honor
those who fought in the failed
Bay of Pigs invasion and 'a
separate Cuban museum will
be constructed with nearly $6
million from County General
Obligation Bond funds.

story f
The Miami-Dade Commis-
sion should be commended for
setting aside bond funds for
the restoration of the tihstoric
Hampton House. which could
one day house a Black muse-
um and for allocating money\
for a permanent space for the
Black Archives of Miami. But
more must be done to preserve
the legacy of Blacks in Miami-
After all. Blacks were among
the original signers of the ar-
ticles of incorporation for the
City of Miami more than 100
years ago. Yet after all those
years, Blacks in this County
still don't have a world-class
museum to call their own. How
ironic? Or is irony really the is-
sue at hand?
Jason T. Smith is a gracdu-
ate of Howard University and
holds an MBA from Florida In-
ternational University. He can
be reached at jtsmith97(ahot-


"I'm dreaming of a Black Christmas"
As we approach the Christ- be more prudent on how we to focus and target our spend- high
mas season this year, it is use what money we do have. ing, saving, investing and giv- educate
important for Blacks and oth- I know that there will be some ing-back to the less fortunate A "B
ers to stress the necessity for of us who will be embarrassed in our communities. A "Black should
freedom, justice, equality and when they hear the theme Christmas" should be the sea- paper
peace in our communities of a "Black -Christmas." It is son to focus on reducing and to a F
across the U.S. and throughout somewhat unfortunate that ending poverty, disease, and buy ar
the world. A "Black Christmas" too many of us still get ner- injustice that combine to create Black

should mean that this will also
be the season for Black empow-
erment and stronger financial
The fact that the unemploy-
ment rate among Blacks is still
at an unprecedented high level
should mean that the billions
of thousands of dollars that
we are spending during these
Christmas holidays should be
spent more wisely. We are bil-
lion-dollar consumers of prod-
ucts and services. A "Black
Christmas" for us should mean
that we should save our money
in proportion to what we spend
and buy. We should support
and buy from Black-owned
businesses. We should save
our money in Black-owned fi-
nancial institutions. We should

A"Black Christmas" gift also should be giving a Black
newspaper annual subscription to a Black family. We
should buy and give books written by Black authors.

vous when someone advocates
a Black agenda for Blacks in
America. The truth is that if
we do not put a stated prior-
ity on more self-help and self-
reliance for the advancement
of the Black community then
no one else outside of our com-
munity will deem our plight as
a matter of priority concern.
Self-investment is a key to self-
Nearly 50 million strong,
Blacks in 2010 should be able

so much misery for our young
and for our elderly. A "Black
Christmas" would mean Black
parents utilizing a wide array
of educational options for their
children including tuition tax
credits, effective innovations in
traditional public schools, vir-
tual schools, charter schools,
Black independent schools,
home schooling, public-private
partnership schools, private
school scholarships, mean-
tested vouchers and access to

and e
the se
time t
to mov
We tha
and fc
been r
pray t
of self-
will be

quality supplementary
:ional services.
lack Christmas" gift also
I be giving a Black news-
annual subscription
Black family. We should
nd give books written by
authors. We all should
our membership in an
zation or institution that
the liberation, salvation,
empowerment goals and
ves of the Black commu-

lly, A "Black Christmas"
I be the time when we all
to give thanks for family,
s, and colleagues.This is
ason of Kwanza. It is a
o share the values and
ples that will enable us
ve forward in the future.
ank God for our struggle
'r the progress that has
nade. But, we also must
hat our spirit and sense
-determination will be re-
and made stronger. Yes,
mas 2010 should and
Sa "Black Christmas."

I L-mer to the 'g i '

Frustration continues over "who changed Park plan?"

Dear editor,

In response to your article last
week about Dorsey Park, many
of us in the community remain
dissatisfied with the decisions of

the City of Miami. In June 2010,
we took it upon ourselves to ap-
proach Mr. Wallace, the park
manager, to inquire when the
new playground would be in-
stalled. He stated that the Parks

What concerns you most about problems facing Miami: crime or unemployment?

And should our elected officials be responsible for finding solutions?

ment. There's
crime all over,
but unem-
ployment is
what brings
on crime. And
during the hol-

idavs, when
people are unemployed, crime
just gets worse. Yes, our elected
officials should be held respon-
sible. That's why they're elected .
. to find a solution for us.

Alicami. retired ro'Yc'r store, owner

Un employ-
ment because
it seems like I
notice a lot of
people trying
to find jobs.
Unemploy -
ment seems

like a bigger issue. If more peo-
ple were employed there would
probably be less crime, I'm al-
most sure about that. Elected of-
ficials should be partly responsi-
ble for helping. If they gave more
support in helping people find
jobs, things would be a lot better.

What's the ----
bigger prob-
lem --unem-
ployment or
crime? Wow,
that's hard to -
answer. Well, I
say unemploy- '. /
meant because ~.
I'm one of the
people who's unemployed. My
father's unemployed. I know a lot
of people who are unemployed.
And elected officials should defi-
nitely be looking for solutions
because it's their job to help the

Liberry City. unemployed

Crime and
ment are both
problems. .
People have
to take care
of their kids
and they're do- --
ing anything
necessary to do it. For me, the
criminal background checks
are preventing me from get-
ting work. I have felonies and
I'm honest and whenever I put
that on applications I'm always
judged. I can't afford to have my
record expunged because I'm
unemployed. It's hard especially
for single mothers who can't get
jobs because of our past. What
are we supposed to do?

Liberrt City resident, unemployed

Crime is a bigger problem be-

cause there's
a lot of crime
in my neigh-
borhood. I
live in Lib-
erty City. Of-
ficials should
help because
we can't do it
ourselves. We can't just go out
an and get people to stop selling
drugs. We need help.

Miami. unemployed

ment. The rea-
son why the
crime rate is
so high is be-
cause there
are no jobs.
If there were
more jobs, the crime rate would
decrease. I talk to some of these
young guys who are out on the
corner selling drugs and they say
if thr: had jobs they wouldn't be
out on the corner.

and Recreation Department was
waiting on the budget for Octo-
ber. In October at the time the
new playground was being in-
stalled, we approached Wallace
again to ask the question on why
that style of playground equip-
ment was being installed rather
than the original playground
equipment? He told us that it
was not what he had originally
requested by then said it would
accommodate all children in-
cluding those with disabilities.
My colleague, Mr. McCree and I
requested a copy of the original
proposal. Wallace then referred
us to Maria Perez who tried
to explain that someone had
changed the plans. When asked
who changed the original play-

ground equipment plans, I was
told they'd retired and that the
plan had been selected from a
book of possible park configura-
tions. I was then instructed to
talk with Park Director Ernest
Burkeen. In my conversation
with Mr. Burkeen, he informed
me that this was a state of the
art playground to help prevent
obesity. We advised him that the
park already had a vital course,
that they playground equipment
was unsafe and not practical
for the usage of our children.
We still have several questions
- so far they are remain unan-

Bruce Storr, Miami
Johnny McCree, Miami

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Hotels planning to order a little Christmas cheer

Bargains may be in the bag for Dec. 25

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By Barbara De Lollis

Are you toing with the idea
of getting away on Chris'trnas
If so, you might be able to get
a discount as some hotres try
harder this year to lure guests
on Dec. 25 typically not a peak
travel day.
Regardless of their location
near ski slopes, on the beach
or in cities, hotels mayv be
more flexible with rate because
chances are higher this year
that their business that day is
down from 2009.
Advance hotel bookings in
North America's biggest lodging
markets for the night of Dec.
25 made through last week, in
fact, are 16 percent below what
they were a year ago, according
to travel market tracker Rubi-
Rubicon analyzed advance
hotel bookings through last
week in the top 25 North Ameri-
can markets p. .' for the
night of Dec. 25 this year arnd
last year.
The analysis also revealed
that demand is down in each of
the 25 major markets, with the
exception of Denver (up 7 per-
cent) and Houston (up 1.3 per-
cent). Furthermore, the average
rate for Dec. 25 is flat vs. a year
ago, although rates climbed in
San Diego (up 6 percent), Wash-
ington, D.C. (up 5 percent) and
Los Angeles (up 4 percent).
A few deals across the price
spectrum that you might con-
sider as you shop:
South Florida luxury: The
Trump International Beach
Resort in Sunny Isles Beach -

about a half hours drive from
N.,,!1a.--: Beach is offering a free-
nihit stay' on Chistmas Day if
.o- book at least five nights.
You r.uist arrive between Dnec.
20 ar.d 25
Economy lodging around
the USA: In a first, most Red
Poof hotels (80 percent of the
345 locations) are offering a
30 percent discount on Christ
mas Day. You must book 10
days n advance either online
or by phone (800-RED-ROOF).
Guests may also get 20 percent
off the days before and after
Christmas, although only 40
percent of the locations will of-
fer this deal.
Upscale ski lodging in Ver-
mont: :-11.iriT,.r-i Grand Resort
and Spa has a "Ski and Stay
Free Christmas" offer for guests
who arrive between Dec. 19 and
Dec. 25 for a minimum of four
nights. The deal includes free
lodging and lift ticket on Christ-
mas Day. You must depart by
New Year's Eve. See the website
for fine print.
Upscale ski lodging in Colo-
rado: Crested Butte Mountain
Resort is offering a free lift ticket
and lodging when you stay over
Dec. 25. See the resort's site for
the fine print, including how you
must book the deal. The deal re-
quires a minimum stay of five
Mid-priced lodging in An-
napolis, Md.: Take 30 percent
off regular rates at the Country
Inn and Suites location in sce-
nic Annapolis, which features
free Internet access, a pool and
a breakfast buffet. Owner Mark
Patel says business is not down,
but he's cutting rates this year



I' /

The Trump International Beach
for the first time. "I like to see
new people come through the
door," he told me. A quick check
on the hotel's website revealed
rates ranging between about $95
and $130.
Lia Batkin of In The Know
Experiences, a members-only,
Virtuoso-affiliated travel agency
based in New York and Los An-
geles, tells Hotel Check-In that
Christmas Day is a slower day

1 Resort in Sunny Isles Beach
to check into hotels, but it's "not
dead." Some customers espe-
cially her Jewish clients have
been booking it this year.
"A lot of people who do not cel-
ebrate Christmas will travel on
that day," Batkin says.
Interestingly, Batkin's also see-
ing younger people in the 20-to-
30-year-old age group travel in
groups take the full week off, in-
cluding New Year's Eve.

Take the happy out of your holidays this year

PRNewswire-USNewswire -Eric
Wilson doesn't want to be happy
for the holidays. And he thinks
you should try taking the happy
out of your holiday, too.
But don't call him Scrooge. He
simply suggests that "happy" is
an unreachable goal especially
around the holidays.
"When you wish someone a
happy holiday, you don't know
how much pressure you might
be putting on them," says Wil-
son, author of the book "Against
Happiness." "The concept of
constant happiness around the
holidays forces people to repress
too many other authentic feel-
He contends that experiencing
emotions including melancholy
and even sadness can lead to
greater joy in the end. But you'll
never get there if you're trying to
plaster a smile on your face from
November through December.
Wilson speaks from experi-
ence. He has long struggled with
depression and is being treated
for bipolar. He says the season's
tidings of good cheer can devas-
tate vulnerable people, like those
dealing with mental illness. Un-
der the pressure of such expec-
tations, those people get sadder
and sadder.
"I have trouble with Christ-
mas," says Wilson. the Thomas
H. Pritchard Professor of Eng-
lish at Wake Forest University.
"Sentimentality goes into over-

drive and we all glut ourselves
on false expectations."
Before his daughter was born,
he did his best to avoid the sea-
sonal celebrations. Now he fo-
cuses on simple, intimate gath-
erings baking cookies together,

for instance.
"The holidays should be a time
when we try to connect in more
intense and creative ways with
those that we love," he says.
Wilson put forth his theories
in his book, "Against Happi-
ness." He says that America's
obsession with happiness ce-

mented when the founding fa-
thers included the "pursuit of
happiness" in the Declaration of
Independence threatens to kill
creativity and innovation. He
sees melancholy, the opposite
of happiness, as the incubator

of great change and allows us
to recognize joy when it comes
our way.
Think of George Bailey in the
Christmas movie "It's a Wonder-
ful Life," he says. He had to ex-
plore the worst of his life before
he could understand how much
love and support he really had.

"It made him understand what
is valuable in life," Wilson says.
"That is what sadness can give

By Craig Wilson

V,-ir, 11'. no one writes thank-
you notes anymore. That in-
cludes me. I have no excuse,
other than laziness and horrible
I even have a box of crisp,
cream-colored Crane cards -
my name engraved on top -just
perfect for dashing off a note.
The box is full.
Instead, I'll pick up the phone
or send a quick e-mail to say
thank you. Give me some credit
here. I think that's better than
doing nothing, don't you?
Most people these days do just
that. Nothing.
Take them to a nice dinner?
Buy them a birthday present?
Send some money? Nothing.
Maybe I'm hanging around the
wrong crowd.
I do have some friends who ac-
tually still write thank-you notes.
I can count them on one hand.
There must be a special place
in the afterlife for them. I would
also bet once they got there,
they'd send a thank-you note to
whoever it was who gave them
the upgrade. On lovely statio-
nery, too. Written in fountain

These days, I'd take any sign
of gratitude, any signal. I'd settle
for smoke. Heck, I'd settle for El-
vis. "Thank you. Thank you very
For decades now, writers to
newspaper advice columnists
have complained about this.
How do we know if they got the
wedding present, they'll ask? We
received no acknowledgment.
How do we know if the grand-
kids got their birthday cards with
the money in it? Again, nothing.
Not even a phone call.
And in a couple of weeks,
when Christmas has come and
gone, the same questions will be
asked. Did they get the present?
Did they like it?
John Kralik has gone a bit the
other way. I'm still trying to fig-
ure out if he's a nutcase or not.
He spent a year writing one
thank-you note a day. Yes, 365
of them. That's the name of his
new book, 365 Thank Yous: The
Year a Simple Act of Daily Grati-
tude Changed My Life (Hyperion,
$22.99), out Dec. 28.
Kralik's life was falling apart,
so he decided he heard a voice!
-- to learn to be grateful for what
he had by writing a thank-you
note every day to a relative,
a colleague, the barista at Star-
bucks. Worked for him.

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Future Nigerian leaders benefit from business exchange

By D. Kevin McNeir
km/cne(ir'1 mnianiitinlme online.comt

Dr. Adewale Alonge founded
the Africa-Diaspora Partner-
ship for Empowerment & De-
velopment, Inc. (ADPED) in
2002, based on his own expe-
riences as a native of Nigeria.
who realized that what was
needed most in his county
and others in Africa were not
charitable contributions and
foreign aid but rather train-
ing that empowered Africans
in the development of sustain-
able livelihoods. It would take
close to a decade of planning
and at least five years of ad-
vocating but his goals were
recently realized when his
organization was awarded a
landmark grant that allowed
him to take a select team to
Nigeria where they conducted
a business leaders boot camp
for 60 youth from different
professions on how to start
their own business. Then from
a record-number of applicants
(over 11,000 applied for the
program and had to submit
business proposals, essays
and letters of recommenda-
tion), Alonge and his team had
to decide on the group that
would be part of a four-week
training session in the U.S.
In the end, 20 aspiring Ni-
gerian entrepreneurs were se-
lected and brought here to Mi-
ami where with the assistance
of Barry University's Andreas
School of Business and the
U.S. State Department, toured
companies in South Florida,
took business classes where
they revised their own mod-
els and met with trainers who
facilitated sessions on every-
thing from customer service
and leadership skills to con-
flict resolution.
The students were even
greeted by County Commis-
sioner Dennis C. Moss, who
gave them special awards
from the offices of County
Commissioner Audrey Ed-
monson. Now the participants
have returned home to work
on their own businesses. The
participants were all college
graduates and included a
medical doctor, engineers, ag-
riculturalists and established
"We have always known that
African youth are intelligent,
dynamic, focused and driven,
but this group surpassed our
expectations," Alonge said.
"Their hunger for knowledge
about the American enterprise
system was simply insatiable.
Our youth in America could
learn a thing or two about
hunger for knowledge and
drive to succeed from these
young Africans."
Priscilla Dames-Blake is a
local professional trainer who
was part of Alonge's team that
traveled to Nigeria and worked
with the young business lead-
ers during their four-week
"They have all returned
home and are already put-
ting their business plans into
operation," she said. "Every-
one here welcomed them with
open arms, from Commis-
sioners Edmonson and Moss
to Rev. Lomax and the mem-
bers of The Fountain Church
in Miami Gardens and Dis-
ney World. But they are some
amazing young people."
Dames-Blake added that
some of the participants were
so focused that at first they
didn't want to take one day off
to tour the City or to visit Dis-
ney World.
"We had to make them take
a time out to have some fun
since part of this was about
cultural exchange," she said.
Obadare Peter Adewale, 35,
is one of his country's first
Cybersecurity Experts. He is
Nigeria's first licensed pene-
tration tester a certification
for security professionals who
work with e-commerce corpo-
"The greatest difference I
observed was how more resil-
ient and determined Miami's
Black communities are in the
face of obstacles that stand
in their way of achieving their
entrepreneurial ambitions,"

he said.
Joy Aderele, 29, serves as
the executive director at the
Centre for Learning and Stra-
tegic Studies located at the
Federal Capital Territory of

Nigeria. The author of a three
books including -Girls' Talk"
that speaks directly to young
women hoping to become
business owners, she said
that the training she was pro-
vided will "help my business
to blow up when I get back to
"I love the culture and the
experience people walk very
fast and talk very fast. You

Vw I e- --;V
Joy Aderele, one of the 20 ADPED participants, is shown with
in their native Nigeria.The girls will one day become teachers.

some of her own female students

have to learn how to keep up.
It seems that Aderele. Ad-
ewale and the rest of their
classmates learned well and
quickly. Nigeria will certainly
benefit from having leaders
like them to assert them-
selves and to train others.
But Alonge says he has a lot
more planned as he continues
to bridge the gap between his
native Nigeria and Miami.

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From bad boy to popular principal

By Carli Teproff
Asso iated Press

a kid, James Griffin was no
stranger to the principal's of-
A self-proclaimed under-
achiever, Griffin liked to talk
and. ... talk back. He was also
known to get into a fight or two.
I think I must have been in
there every day," said Griffin.
Almost 20 years later, Griffin
is still going to the principal s
office every day but now it's
his office.
'It's a lot different when you
are in charge," said the princi-
pal of Lauderdale Lakes Middle
School. "It's definitely a role re-
And in his role as principal --
first at Rock Island Elementary
School in Fort Lauderdale and
now at Lauderdale Lakes Mid-
dle he has caught the eyes of
Griffin, 38, already Broward
County's 2010 Principal of the
Year, was recently named one
of three finalists for the state's
Principal Achievement Award
for Outstanding Leadership.
The winner will be announced
in January.
"His moral compass is clearly
in the right direction," said Bro-
ward Schools Superintendent
Jim Notter. "He knows and un-
derstands the students' needs
and the communities from
where they come."
Griffin, who grew up in Bro-
ward County, attended West-
wood Heights Elementary
School, Riverland Elementary
School and New River Middle
And yes, parents, there's hope
yet for your kids.
Principal Griffin graduated
from Dillard High School with a
C average.
Looking back, he said he
knows he could have done a lot
better, but never really tried,
and always questioned his
"I never wanted to listen
to anyone," he said. "I wish I
would have realized they were
just looking out for me."
After graduating from high

By John Fritze

WASHINGTON The federal
government would buy millions
of pounds of seafood from the
Gulf of Mexico for military bases
and prisons under a proposal lo-
cal leaders are pushing to boost
the economy of Gulf Coast states.
Three months after BP sealed
the deepwater well at the center
of this year's oil spill, a group of
business and government leaders
from the affected area is lobbying
for an economic stimulus pack-
age for the region that includes,
among other ideas, increasing de-
mand for Gulf seafood by having
the government buy it in bulk.
"For me, it's about keeping
fisherman working," said Ewell
Smith of the Louisiana Seafood
Promotion and Marketing Board,
part of the group pushing for the
Getting the government to buy
more Gulf seafood instead of us-
ing imported fish would also help
battle consumer concerns that
the food isn't safe, Smith said.
"Perception is the biggest chal-
lenge we have," he said.
The group, Ready 4 Takeoff,
met this week with Navy Secre-
tary Ray Mabus, who President
Obama appointed in June to
oversee Gulf Coast recovery. Navy
spokeswoman Capt. Beci Bren-

school, his mother and aunt
forced him to go to college.
Mom admits she had doubts
about her -baby."
-I think I was called to school
ever- day from the time that
boy was in kindergarten,' said
Viola Fuller. "I never in a mil-
lion years would have thought
he d be a teacher, let alone a
He ended up at Bethune-
Cookman College (now Univer-
"I was just kinda lost," he
said. "I really had no clue what
to do with my life."
One day while he was in a
work-study program in the li-
brary he came across a book
about the disparity in educa-
tional opportunities for young
Black men.
He said that being Black, he
knew right away that he wanted
to help. He got a teaching de-
He landed his first job in
1993 at North Andrews Garden
Elementary School, teaching
fourth grade, and had abso-
lutely no idea of what he was
getting into.
-The butterflies were unbe-
lievable that first day," he said.
"But it was the kids who made
it easier."
As the days went on, Griffin
said he began to realize how
big a responsibility he had tak-
en on.
"Their lives were essentially
in my hands," he said.

Through the years, he
changed schools and grades.
Eventually administrators
moved him into a leadership
His first job as principal
came in 2007, when he was
appointed to Rock Island.
He said his first task as prin-
cipal of the Title 1 school was
to increase community in-
volvement and bring technol-
ogy to the students.
He also wanted the students
to know they could turn to
"I saw me in a lot of them,"
he said.
Latitia Ingram-Phillips, a
fourth-grade teacher at Rock

ton said Mabus is discussing the
idea with the Defense Commis-
sary Agency, which runs military
grocery stores.
"The secretary has been on the
record for quite a while talking
about the safety of Gulf Coast
seafood," Brenton said of Mabus,
who was governor of Mississippi
from 1988 to 1992.
The coalition is made up of
elected leaders and businesses
from Alabama, Florida, Louisi-
ana and Mississippi, who argue
the region never fully recovered
from 2005's Hurricane Katrina
when the oil spill cut into the
tourism and seafood industries.
The region has some of the high-
est unemployment rates in the
"The federal government can
have a very serious impact on
trying to help us to recover from
this," said Samuel Jones, the
mayor of Mobile, Ala., whose
state's jobless rate is 8.9 percent.
Other idea:
Local leaders want the gov-
ernment to award a $40 billion
contract to build the military's
next air tanker in Mobile. A Eu-
ropean firm, EADS, has said it
would bring thousands of jobs
to Alabama if it beat U.S.-based
Boeing for the plane contract. A
decision on the contract was de-
layed until next year.

Principal of Lauderdale Lakes Middle
Island and the PTA president,
said Griffin left a positive mark
on the school.
"The impact he left on our
school will be everlasting," said
Ingram-Phillips, who credits
Griffin with bringing technol-
ogy into all of the classrooms
and starting family events, in-
dluding math night. "All of our
students are proud of him."
Moving from elementary to
middle school has had its chal-
"Middle schoolers have way
different issues than elemen-
tary kids," he said.

As principal of Lauderdale
Lakes Middle. he starts his day
about 5:30 a.m.. checking his
phone for messages. He then
takes the long commute from
West Palm Beach where he
lives with his wife and two chil-
dren. (He also has two grown
children, a son in the U.S. Ma-
rines and a daughter in college.)
As he walked down the hall
at Lauderdale Lakes, students
ran up to him, slapping high
fives and greeting him with a
'Hey, Mr. Griffin."
Shaviah' Hamilton, 11, said
the principal is "very involved
in the school."
"He always knows what's go-
ing on," said Shaviah, who went
to Rock Island last year and
was happy that Griffin would
still be her principal. "You can
tell he really cares."
From talking about sports
games to checking in on a stu-
dent's academic progress, Grif-
fin said the key is to show in-
Bryan Lorente, 14, said he
notices a huge difference in his
school now that Griffin is prin-
"Everyone seems happier," he
said. "Everything is just more
positive with him around."


Black county commissioner

swaps to Republican
ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Republicans are adding another
Democrat to their ranks.
Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell a 2004 superdele-
gate to the Democratic National Convention recently changed
his allegiance to the Republican Party.
Bell is the first Black elected official to switch parties since the
general election.
Seven Democratic state legislators have swapped parties since
Nov. 2 giving Republicans a wider margin in both the House and
the Senate.
Bell said he is joining the GOP "because I'm a conservative
and simply feel more at home as a Republican."
Bell made the announcement at a press conference recently
with Georgia Republican Party Chairman Sue Everhart.
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Obama signs law for Black farmers

By Matthew Daly
.Associated Press

Barack Obama has signed
landmark legislation to pay
American Indian landown-
ers and Black farmers $4.6
billion to deal with claims
of government mistreatment
over many decades.
At a signing ceremony at
the White House the presi-
dent declared, "It's finally
time to make things right."
Obama promised during

his campaign to work toward
resolving disputes over the
government's past discrimi-
nation against minorities.
The measure he signed re-
cently settles a pair of long-
standing class-action law-
Some Republicans have lik-
ened the Black farmers pro-
gram to "modern-day repa-
rations" for Blacks and argue
that the claims process is rife
with fraud. Administration
officials say the bill includes
safeguards to prevent fraud.

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Miami VA welcomes soldiers back home

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.

When a sports team returns
home from winning a national
championship, there's usually
a flamboyant display of people
celebrating the victory.
But when our beloved en-
listed men and women return
home from war good luck at
finding a ticker tape parade.
Still, members of the armed
forces fight brilliantly and
should be recognized when
they return home from over-
That's why the Miami VA
(1201 NW 16th Street) held its
annual "Welcome Home Cel-
ebration" last Friday, Dec. 3rd.
We have this celebration to
honor and thank veterans for
their patriotism," said Marjo-
rie C. Valdes, Assistant Public
Affairs Specialist for the Miami
VA Healthcare System. "We
also want to make the veterans
aware of the services and bene-
fits for which they are eligible."
Veterans continue to return
home after being deployed

in two campaigns: Opera-
tion Enduring Freedom (OEF),
the official name used by the
government for the War in Af-
ghanistan and Operation Iraqi
Freedom (OIF), also known as
the second Gulf War. Valdes
says that some veterans were
employed with the VA and were
later deployed abroad.
Maria Diaz is one such ser-
vicewornan who serves in the
Army Reserve.
Once she was activated, Diaz
was deployed to Kuwait and
served there for eight months.
"I came back home to my unit
in Perrine," said Diaz. "My job
was here waiting for me."
Stephanie Saldarriaga is
another Army Reservist that
served one year in Iraq.
Even she and some of her
comrades faced life-and-death
situations, Saldarriaga says
the overall morale was very
"Sure there was some stress
because we were away from our
families," she said. "But there
was nothing that we couldn't

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handle. That's what they train
us for."
But what occurred to Larry
Daniels, while he was aboard

the USS Iowa was beyond his
comprehension. In April 1989
there was a gunnery accident
were 47 sailors lost their lives.

And while he survived, the
stress he experienced would
change his life forever.
"Due to the fallout I found

myself totally depressed and
suicidal," Daniels said. "I start-
ed having these horrible night-
mares that wouldn't go away.
After abusing drugs and al-
cohol for over a decade he de-
cided it was time to get his life
together, so he reached out to
the Miami VA for assistance
where he's presently undergo-
ing treatment.
Even though Daniels checked
himself into the VA for help,
according to Jerry Johnson.
MBA, the MVAHS Outreach
Coordinator, Communication
& Protocol Service, there are
still thousands of veterans that
are neglecting their healthcare.
Johnson's office is responsi-
ble for going out into the com-
munities to enlighten veterans
about the plethora of programs
that are offered by the VA.
If veterans don't receive ser-
vices from the VA, many of
them will continue to abuse
illicit drugs and consequently
become homeless," he said.
"My concern is getting veterans
all of the help they need."

GOP rode wave of cash gifts to power

7 incoming leaders saw $1.2M uptick

By Fredreka Schouten

House Republican chairmen
raked in hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars from special-
interest groups shortly before
the November election, as it
became apparent their party
would take over, a USA TODAY
analysis of new campaign-fi-
nance reports shows.
Starting on Oct. 1, politi-
cal action committees (PACs)
pumped nearly $1.2 million
into the campaign accounts
of lawmakers who are slated
to take over seven key panels
in January, ranging from com-
mittees guiding tax policy to
the energy and commerce pan-
el that will oversee implemen-
tation of President Obama's
new health care law and weigh
climate-change legislation.
Overall, the chairmen took
in $7.8 million in PAC money
from Jan. 1, 2009, through
Nov. 22, 2010, a more-than-40
percent jump over the entire
2008 election cycle.
PACs distribute contribu-
tions on behalf of companies,
labor unions and others with
common economic interests.
"People bet on winners," said
Craig Holman of Public Citi-
zen, a watchdog group.
Some examples:
Michigan Rep. Dave Camp;
the incoming chairman of the
House Ways and Means Com-
mittee, saw his PAC donations
surge to $2.3 million up
from $1.6 million in 2008.
Last-minute donors to Camp
included the American College
of Rheumatology's PAC, which
gave $1,000 for a Nov. 15 fun-
draiser. A member of the group
"attended the event and spoke
with Rep. Camp about several
rheumatology-related issues,"
Gary Bryant, the PAC's chair-
man, said in a statement via
Camp will oversee tax policy,
trade and an array of health
care issues, including Medi-
care. A top issue for rheuma-
tologists is getting Congress to
increase Medicare reimburse-
ment rates.
Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lu-
cas, the incoming chairman of
the House Agriculture Com-
mittee, an eight-term Repub-
lican, faced no serious chal-
lenge to his re-election this
vear and coasted to victory
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date from PACs, Federal Elec-
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That's up from 58.5 percent

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Friend remembers first Black from Ala. to die in WWII

By Thomas Spencer

tired Birmingham doctor is do-
ing his part to remember Julius
Ellsberry, a classmate who was
killed at Pearl Harbor, the first
.Jefferson County resident and
first Black Alabamian to die in
World War II.
Ellsberry was aboard the
U.S.S. Oklahoma when it went
down during the Japanese at-
tack 69 years ago last Tuesday.
Earlier this year, Dr. Dodson
M. Curry, a retired Birming-
ham physician, came across
an Internet site, www.hmdb.
org, that collects geographic
and documentary information
on historical markers. Curry
decided to post information for
the marker at Birmingham's
Ellsberry Park, along with a bi-
ography and photos. Among the
items Curry posted was a letter
Ellsberry wrote to him from Ha-
waii, where he was stationed.
His letter, dated May 31, 1941,

is rouchinrg.
Due to the present war con-
diionrs and the state of National
Emergency which now exist in
our country. the Pacific Fleet is
held in a place known as
ian Territor', he wrote. In this
place i find little or no enjoy-
rrent. There is such a thing as
Hav.aiian hospitality but it is
ves,. v.ery expensive. You might
call it the rich man s paradise of
the Pacific.
The purpose of Ellsberry s
Ma. letter to Curry was to get
information on ordering a class
ring. He writes that he hadn't
been able to afford one when he
'Now, that I'm away from ev-
enrthing that should remind me
of the good old days," Ellsberry
wrote, "I would like very much
to have that ring."
Curry recalled that Ellsberry,
whose father worked at Stock-
ham Valve, had several siblings
and wasn't in a financial posi-
tion to continue his education

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Dr. Dodson Curry on his classmate, Julius Ellsberry: "I just knew
and I was firmly convinced that he deserved more recognition
than he got."

after graduation from Industrial
High School, later named Park-
er High School. So Ellsberry en-
On Dec. 7, Ellsberry, a Mess
Attendant 1st Class, was killed

with 413 other crewmen aboard
the battleship that sank in the
Japanese attack. He was award-
ed a posthumous Purple Heart.
The Dec. 17, 1941, Birmingham
News reported that Ellsberry


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was the "first Birmingham loss
of World War II. according to
Birmingham Public Library Ar-
chivist Jim Baggett.
Ellsberrvs story was widely
circulated in the Black press at
the time. According to "Bonds
of Affection: Americans Define
their Patriotism." by John E.
Bondar. Ellsberrv's memory
was invoked in a war bond drive
in Birmingham's Black commu-
nity. The drive raised $300,000
toward the purchase of a B24
bomber, which was named
"The Spirit of Ellsberry."
A small park off Finley Bou-
levard is named for Ellsberrv
and a monument to Ellsberry's
memory was placed in Kelly In-
gram Park.
Curry is glad to see Ellsberry
remembered. "I just knew and
I was firmly convinced that he
deserved more recognition than
he got," Curry said. "He paid
the ultimate price for the de-
fense of his country."
Curry went on to get a medi-

Liberals' frustrations with Obama boil over after deal

By Mimi Hall

Obama's tax deal is reigniting
liberal passions but the Derno-
cratic Party's political activists
are now furious with the presi-
dent himself, not with his Repub-
lican political opponents.
"It's clear to me we have not
seen the 'change we can believe
in,' says Democratic activist
Jeana Brown, 62, of Screven, Ga.,
referring to Obama's 2008 cam-
paign motto. "Extending the Bush
tax cuts will kill volunteer recruit-
ment" when Obama runs for re-
election in 2012.
Daniel Roche, 26, of Redding,
Calif., a campaign worker who
helped Obama win the swing
state of Nevada in 2008, is even
more blunt: "There really is no
point in voting for him in 2012."
In agreeing to extend George
W. Bush-era tax cuts for two
more years for top earners in-
cluding the "millionaires and bil-
lionaires" Obama once insisted
shouldn't keep getting the breaks
- the president angered.his base
of supporters, many of whom al-
ready had grown impatient with
him on issues from allowing gays
to serve openly in the military to
imposing tougher regulations to
combat global warming.
"Repealing the Bush tax cuts
for the wealthy was not a below-
the-radar campaign issue," says
Adam Green of the Progressive
Change Campaign Commit-
tee, which is running TV ads in
Washington, D.C., and Iowa op-

posing the tax deal. "It was one
of Obama's core campaign prom-
Obama expressed frustration
with the complaints during a
news conference recently.

He said he ceded to Republi-
cans on tax cuts for high earners
because they opposed extend-
ing the tax cuts only for middle-
income families. Obama said he
had-to agree to extend them for

-Photo by AlexWong, Getty Images
President Obama expressed frustration with the complaints
during a news conference recently.

GOP block 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

By Gregg Zoroya and John Fritze

cans stopped an attempt in the
Senate recently to repeal a law
that prohibits gays from serving
openly in the military.
Supporters were unable to
muster the 60 votes needed
to move ahead with a bill that
would have allowed repeal, fall-
ing short in a 57-40 vote.
Democrats blamed Republi-
cans who had vowed to block
any legislation, including de-
fense spending, until a deal is
reached on extending an array
of tax cuts due to expire Jan. 1.
"There are a lot of people all
over the world right now in our
military that are scratching
their head, thinking what in the
world has happened," said Sen.
Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., point-
ing to funding for military op-
Republicans blasted Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-
Nev., for stepping away from
negotiations with a handful of
Republicans, including Sen.
Susan Collins of Maine. She
expressed support for the most
controversial element of the
defense spending bill, the pro-
vision that would repeal "don't
ask, don't tell," a 1993 law
signed by President Clinton.
"The majority leader just
closed the door," said Sen. Lisa
Murkowski, R-Alaska, who fa-
vored repeal. "He. had a path
forward, and he chose not to do
President Obama expressed

-AP photo/Harry Hamburg
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-
Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins,

disappointment that "yet anoth-
er filibuster has prevented the
Senate from moving forward"
with defense spending.
Reid agreed to back an ef-
fort bv Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-
Conn., to bring up the repeal
this month as a stand-alone bill,
separate from defense spending.
Congress is scheduled to re-
turn home for Christmas next
week. so time is running out.
It has been 48 years since
Congress failed to pass a mili-
tary spending bill.
A Pentagon questionnaire is-
sued this year found that 70
percent of military members
who responded said allowing
gays to serve openly would have
positive. mixed or no impact on
the nation's war-fighting ability.
However, the survey showed
that up to 60 percent of the
troops engaged in direct com-

bat in Iraq and Afghanistan say
allowing gays to serve openly
would have a negative impact
on their ability to fight.
Advocates of retaining "don't
ask, don't tell," led by Sen. John
McCain, R-Ariz., say abandon-
ing the law would be too disrup-
tive to the military while the na-
tion is engaged in two wars.
Defense Secretary Robert
Gates and Adm. Michael Mul-
len, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, endorse repeal-
ing the law and said the military
could adapt to the change with
minor risk to fighting ability.
They said the Pentagon study
makes it clear that troops op-
posed to allowing gays to serve
openly often change their views
with training, education and fa-
miliarity with working alongside
gay troops.
Other top military leaders
were divided over the issue.
Gen. John Amos, Marine Corps
commandant, testified last
week that half of his Marines
are either in combat, recently
returned from the fighting or
preparing to deploy and this
was the wrong time for such a
change. The Army chief of staff,
Gen. George Casey, agreed, al-
though he said he favors even-
tual revocation of the law.
The Air Force chief of staff,
Gen. Norton Schwartz, urged
that repeal be delayed until
2012. Both the chief of naval op-
erations. Adm. Gary Roughead,
and the Coast Guard comman-
dant, Adm. Robert Papp, favor
lifting the ban.

everyone even if it would add to
the deficit and couldn't let work-
ing families get harmed in a politi-
cal battle over tax cuts.
He also argued that the deal,
which still faces a vote in the
House and Senate, will boost the
flagging economy and help lower
the 9.8 percent unemployment
"It's tempting not to negoti-
ate with hostage takers," Obama
said, "unless the hostage gets
harmed. Then, people will ques-
tion the wisdom of that strategy.
In this case, the hostage was the
American people, and I was not
willing to see them get harmed."
Some congressional Democrats
said the deal Obama struck ran
counter to his pledge to focus on
creating jobs. "Tax breaks for bil-
lionaires don't create jobs," Dem-
ocratic Reps. RaWl Grijalva of
Arizona and Keith Ellison of Min-

nesota, the incoming co-chairs
of the Congressional Progressive
Caucus, said in a joint state-
ment. "Giving rich people more
money just for being rich does
nothing to help the economy. It
only increases the national debt."
Polls taken before the tax cut
deal show Obama has the sup-

ingness to take his case out to
the country," says Robert Boro-
sage of the Campaign for Ameri-
can's Future. "The more you con-
cede, the more the Republicans
Two decades ago, one of
Obama's predecessors, George
H.W. Bush, paid dearly with his

The $60 billion a year in tax breaks that will be given
to top earners "is a stunning amount of money to be
giving to people who don't need it and aren't going to
add much to the economy,"

port of more than seven in 10 lib-
erals and Blacks, two of the core
groups that helped elect him in
2008. Activists, however, say the
enthusiasm is waning.
"People are upset that there's
this continuing syndrome of pre-
emptive concession and unwill-

Republican base for reneging on
a campaign promise not to raise
taxes. Democrat Bill Clinton
used Bush's signature "read my
lips: no new taxes" line against
him during the 1992 campaign
and Bush was cast out of the
White House after one term.


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cal degree. He didn't sen'e in
World War II but was called
to service in Korea, where he
served at a battalion aide sta-
Despite his service providing
medical care on the front lines,
he never suffered so much as a
scratch. Curry has posted his
own Korean wartime memoirs
at the Library of Congress site
Experiencing War: Stories from
the Veterans History Project.
Curry said he's always won-
dered what Ellsberry would
have gone on to do.
"This has been a longstand-
ing thing with me," Curry said.
"We were classmates and seat-
mates at Kingston and the
Thomas School. He was such a
nice, fine and a brilliant guy. I
think about him quite often."
The retired doctor also joked
that he owed Ellsberry for aid-
ing his academic career. "I
would sit next to him and put
my eyes on his paper, so I owe
him a debt of gratitude."



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FPL wins seventh straight national customer service award

Contact center, killing, payment, and credit
and collections teams also honored

seventh year in a row.. Florida
Power & Light Company has
received the prestigious Servi
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customer service. The company
also received four additional
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'Slim' woman sought for Botswana President

Spec ial to the NNPA

After much commentary
over his long-held bachelor
status, the 57 year old Bo-
tswana president, Khama Ian
Khama, has agreed to consid-
er a wife if she is slim.
"The best that you should do
is to go all out and look for the
woman that you prefer for me
as I hardly have time to hunt
for a woman, who will become
my wife," the president a
former army general said
during a meeting of his Bo-
tswana Democratic Party.
He listed his requirements
for the prospective First Lady:
"I want to marry a woman who
is slim, tall, and beautiful... "
He then teased the Local Gov-
ernment assistant minister,
Botlhogile Tshreletso, for be-
ing full-bodied. "I don't want
one like this one. She may
fail to pass through the door,
breaking furniture with her
heavy weight and even break
the vehicle's shock absorbers,"
he was quoted to say by ABC-
News. His audience, mostly

President of Botswana
women, seemed amused.
Khama, elected in 2009, is
not only president, he's also
chief of the Bamangwato peo-
ple, Botswana's largest ethnic
group. Marriage is a require-
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Florida's homeless problem 'can be solved'

continued from 1A

the Midwest and Northeast,
where up to two feet of snowv
in cities like Cleveland and fro-
ze: roads in Indiana and Ohio
have shut down businesses and
forced schools to cancel classes.
Here in Miarmi, the colder than
usual temperatures have par-
ticularly impacted the homeless
as the bone-chilling cold and the
risk of overexposure remind us
of their tenuous existence. Ac-
cording to Sam Gil, vice presi-
dent of marketing for Camillus
House, many of today's "chronic
homeless people" are becom-
ing younger and younger, with
Black men leading all groups.
"Many of the homeless in Mi-
ami have grown up in the Liberty
City and Overtown communities
where you have the lowest me-
dian income for households," Gil
said. "It's what we refer to as a
homegrown problem and a larg-
er percentage are young Black
men. While the average age used
to be those in their 30s or 40s,
we are now dealing with those
who are chronically homeless as
young as 25-years-old."
Camillus House is one of 27
agencies who work with the
Miami-Dade Homeless Trust
in providing solutions to South
Florida's homelessness. Gil says
his agency focuses on 'chronic
homelessness,' defined as those
who have had four significant
episodes of being homeless in
the last three years and who also
have a disabling condition, in-
cluding physical or mental hand-
icaps or HIV/AIDS.
"Some people experience epi-
sodic homelessness, which usu-
ally occurs because they have
lost their jobs and can't pay for
a place to live," he said. "Then
there are women, often with
children, who have been forced
to leave their homes because of
domestic violence. If you go by
the numbers from the Homeless
Trust, we have about 400 total
homeless people in South Flori-
da. But we think the number is
twice as high at least 800."
What are the reasons for the
discrepancy in the numbers?
Gil says many of the homeless
remain hidden from view, by
choice. But others live in com-
munities like Homestead or in
abandoned buildings where it

:s difficult to find and therefore
court them.

One reason for the increase in
young Black men who are home-
less is the state's high number
of Black males in the foster care
system. As these men, and woom-
en, age out of the program at
18, they find themselves without
families, without education and
lacking the needed set of skills to
gain and maintain a job.
"These young people slip into
mental despair and hopeless-
ness quite soon and so the task
of the agencies in Miami is to
provide positive outcomes for
them and get them back on their
feet," Gil added. "The easiest so-
lution to homelessness is more
housing, but before we can do
that we have to treat people for
whatever ails them, establish
trust and teach them skills that
will keep them off the streets.
That's no easy task."
Dean H., a 48-year-old Black
man, has been homeless for 18
months. He was released from
prison after serving six years
in October 2008 and says as a
convicted felon, he found it next
to impossible to get a job. His
last hope was the Miami Rescue
Mission a place that recently
served over 1,000 homeless peo-
ple for its simple Thanksgiving
"I am doing night security work
for the Mission and am finally off
the streets," Dean said. "People
think that everyone who is home-
less is dirty, grimy and worthless
but that's just a facade. They as-
sume that we want money for
alcohol and drugs. And they
don't think we are worth being
respected. But that's not what
God teaches. One thing for sure
-- being homeless is no picnic.
For me the most difficult part
of this has been learning to love
myself again. When others think
so little of you as a person, that's
really hard."
Robert C., is a 56-year-old
Italian-American who has been
homeless since 2007. He was
once a union member and says
he made good money. But then
the bottom fell out of the indus-
try in which he specialized.
"I got help from both the Bro-
ward Outreach Center and Mi-
ami Rescue Mission to deal with

mv. addic:ions a-d : c :
life in order." RoDc-:r sa-d. -Next
month I '. nal be goi-g
into my own place. I will be on
my o.-n ad livrin l1f on lifes
terms. But without the educa-
tion, counseling and newfound
discovery' of God that I got here
at the Mission. I would still be
lost and . still homeless.

According to Casev Angel,
communications manager for
Miami Rescue Mission, there are
many reasons for homelessness
with the economy being a major
cause. But what he stresses even
more is "homelessness does not
have one face."
"Are there people who are
homeless because of problems
with alcohol or drugs? he asks.
"Sure. But then many of the
homeless have never had a drink
or used drugs. Some are running
from an abusive partner and
have no where to go. Some want
to work but can't find a job any-
where. Some were living check-
to-check and were suddenly laid
off. The reasons for being home-
less are as diverse as the people
we have in this country. But the
numbers in South Florida are
low enough that we can really do
something to end homelessness.
We don't have numbers exceed-
ing 20,000 like in New York City.
We really could end this prob-

In 2009, more than 17,000
individuals were served by one
of Miami's homeless programs
Nearly 4,000 Miami resi-
dents are homeless on any giv-
en night
M-D County's Homeless
Trust estimates that 759 were
living on the streets or other
places not fit for human habita-
There are about 1,000
"chronically homeless" persons
in M-D County
Sixty-three percent of M-
D's homeless suffer from men-
tal illness, addiction and/or se-
rious medical problems
Blacks account for 58 per-
cent of the homeless in M-D
County; 25 percent are Hispan-
Men outnumber women 2:1
with 63 percent being homeless

Smaller classes key to success of a-risk students

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voluntarily, usually after expe-
riencing academic problems at
their former school. But there
may be other reasons too in-
cluding difficult home situa-
tions or moderate emotional or
behavioral problems. Whatever
the case, students say that for
them, the more intimate set-
ting and individual attention is
what they needed to turn things
around. They have 25 seniors
who will be graduating this year
but have underclassmen as
"The teachers here care and
for me it has been awesome,"
said Senior Shanteeana Perez,


says he wanted to go to a school
that was more like a family.
"We don't have 40 kids in one
class and we push each other
so that we all succeed," he said.
"We realize this is not like a nor-
mal school and we have to make
the best of it. But the teachers
don't just use worksheets and
one book. They use the news-
paper and go beyond the norm
to make sure we learn. In my
economics course I am learn-
ing how to invest my money and
how to spend wisely. I can take
that with me for the rest of my

Craig Bozorgh, 64, is a world

have a hunger to learn more. It
has been therapeutic for me to
teach them and even though I
am a white man, they don't care
about my race. Some of our kids
are Black, some are white and
some are Hispanic. But they all
want to feel loved and want to
be encouraged. That is what's
been missing in their educa-
tional pursuit thus far."
School counselor Jessica
Alston says her greatest reward
is seeing students get back on
track and graduate.
"Like most others school we
could use more money for our
programs and could also use
more help from the community
with internships for our stu-
dents many of whom are old

Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority dances to music at the 2010 Poin-
settia Gala Masquerade Ball, Saturday, Dec. 11.

Sorority hosts 2010 Poinsettia Gala Masquerade Ball

Special'to The Aliam'i Time.s

The Miami Alumnae Chapter
of Delta Sigma Theta Soror-
ity, Inc., in partnership with
the Delta Educational, Health
and Cultural Initiative (DEH-
CI), hosted the 2010 Poinsettia
Gala Masquerade Ball on Sat-
urday, December 11, at the Hy-
att Regency Miami. According
to former County Court Judge
Shirlyon McWhorter-Jones the
newly-elected president of the
chapter, the Gala is a fabulous
evening of cocktails, dinner and
dancing. The Gala is an an-
nual scholarship fundraiser to
benefit graduating Black high-
school students from Miami-
Dade County. Those in atten-
dance were treated to a live
performance by the acclaimed
South Florida band Instant At-
For nearly 70 years, the Mi-
ami Alumnae Chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta has taught and
modeled the virtues of sister-
hood, scholarship and service
in the Miami-Dade County com-
munity. Along with DEHCI, the
Chapter has provided mentor-
ship programs, tutorial services

and more than 200 scholar-
ships for local students, many
of whom have gone on to be-
come successful lawyers, doc-
tors, congressional members,
teachers and public administra-
tors. Proceeds from this year's
Poinsettia Gala will be used to
provide continued funding for
similar efforts.
When the idea of a scholar-
ship dinner/dance was con-
ceived and first implemented by
the Miami Alumnae Chapter in
the early 1950's, it was simply
called the Delta Party Dance.
The women of Delta rivaled the
glamour of Dorothy Dandridge
as they descended upon Over-
town's historic Harlem Square
Club in their elegant red gowns.
By the 1960's, the Civil Rights
Movement and the resulting
integration of public places
opened even more possibilities
for the scope and venue of this
hallmark event.
Miami Alumnae Chapter
member Margaree Raiford sug-
gested that the name of the
scholarship dinner/dance be
changed to the Poinsettia Ball
to more accurately convey its
grandeur and chapter mem-

bers agreed. In the decades
since, it has become one of the
highlights of the South Florida
holiday season, taking place in
renowned locales such as Bay-
front Auditorium, the Omni
International Hotel, the Hyatt
Regency, the Radisson Mart,
the Miccosukee Resort and the
JW Marriott. It is always an af-
fair to remember. Miami Alum-
nae Chapter member Joyce
Rolle Williams, a former Delta
debutante, the recipient of a
1962 scholarship and a current
member of the Poinsettia Gala
committee, knows firsthand
how far-reaching the impact
can be.
"Now, I am doing my part to
continue the legacy," she says
with pride.
"At a time when money is
tight and people are losing their
jobs, it is more important now
than ever that we provide op-
portunities for our girls to fur-
ther their education so that
they will be productive citizens
in a competitive world," said.
President McWhorter-Jones.
"We are extremely grateful for
the continued generosity of our

Obama needs a stern, clear message

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"Now even as we speak, there
are those who are preparing
to divide us, the spin masters
and negative ad peddlers who
embrace the politics of any-
thing goes. Well, I say to them
tonight, there's not a liberal
America and a conservative
America; there's the United
States of America," Obama
said in the address that be-
gan his transformation from "a
skinny kid with a funny name"
to political rock star.
And four years later, when
his presidential campaign was
nearly derailed by some racial-
ly charged sermons by the pas-
tor of his church, Obama gave
a speech in Philadelphia that
convinced millions of Ameri-
cans he was a healer, not a
divider. "I chose to run for the
presidency at this moment in
history because I believe deeply
that we cannot solve the chal-
lenges of our time unless we
solve them together unless
we perfect our union by un-
derstanding that we may have

different stories, but we hold
common hopes; that we may
not look the same and we may
not have come from the same
place, but we all want to move
in the same direction," he said.

But now that he faces one of
the toughest tests of his presi-
dency selling the tax deal
he brokered with Republicans
to congressional Democrats
- Obama seems unwilling
to communicate directly with
members of his political base.
That's a serious miscalcula-
The House Democratic Cau-
cus has objected to the agree-
ment, which gives the GOP
a two-year extension of the
Bush-era tax cuts for the
wealthiest Americans. Like
Obama, House Democrats
have long pushed for extend-
ing the tax cuts only for those
making less than $250,000 a
In return for giving in to Re-
publicans' all-or-nothing posi-
tion, Obama won GOP support
for a 13-month extension of

emergency unemployment in-
surance and a college tuition
tax credit, along with some
smaller and less controversial
tax breaks.
Obama should come up to
the Capitol and look Demo-
crats "dead in the eye"' and
explain the deal he made with
Republicans, longtime Obama
supporter Rep. Elijah Cum-
mings, D-Md., told The Hill, a
publication that covers Con-
gress. Instead, Obama has
used surrogates to convince
congressional Democrats that
his deal with the GOP is the
best agreement he could get a
month before Republicans re-
take control of the House and
increase their minority in the
While Clinton is still a per-
suasive voice among Demo-
crats, Obama, who met with
Republicans on the tax-cut
deal, ought to do the same
with his own party. If you're
going to ask people to take a
vote that might cost them their
seats, you might be more per-
suasive if you look them in the
eyes when you do.

Court ruling throws health care plan in limbo

17. "My grades have improved
so much and I am learning life
skills that I can take with me.
Now I can actually see myself
going to FAMU and becoming
a pediatric nurse. The options
they show us are things I never
imagined were possible for me."
Erica Shackelford, 17, who
once attended Morgan High
School agrees with Perez.
"The one-on-one instruction
was what 1 needed most," she
said. "And now I want to go to
class and want to get my home-
work done. I'm going to FSU to
become a social worker."
Michael Hiciano, 18, a former
Coral Park High student and a
member in a band called The
Melody For You, found himself
homebound after a serious au-
tomobile accident. But when he
was able to return to school, he

traveler and former Reservist
who was recruited by Cambo
to bring his unique life's experi-
ences and his penchant for con-
necting with hard-to-reach stu-
dents to ACE. He says he uses
The Miami Times in all of his
classes and adds that he finds it
makes his history, social stud-
ies and economics classes more
relevant by using a Black com-
munity newspaper. In fact, he
brought 22 of his students to
the offices of the Times so they
could learn more about how a
newspaper works.
"Many of these students had
never even read a paper be-
fore and were unaware of what
was going on in Miami or the
U.S.," he said. "Now we are talk-
ing about things that matter
in their lives: unemployment,
crime. AIDS, politics. And they

enough to work but who have
yet to complete their education,"
she said. "But when you see
students studying and achiev-
ing . and graduating it makes
everything we do worthwhile."
Tenth grader Khalil China was
at Northwestern High last year
but says he found his niche at
"I can grasp the concepts
much better in a smaller learn-
ing environment and Mr. Craig
lets me take pictures for the
school," said the well-spoken
young Black male who adds that
he wants to work with the police
one day on their CSI team. "For
me, this place has filled in so
many gaps in my life, like using
the Times in our classes. I can't
begin to tell you how ACE has
improved my life and the oppor-
tunities I see for mv future."

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Republican- potentially leaving
consumers in limbo.
Rather than waiting that long,
Republican opponents of the law
used the ruling as impetus to re-
invigorate legislative actions and
to urge an expedited Supreme
Court review an unlikely pros-
"Republicans have made a
pledge to America to repeal this
job-killing health care law, and
that's what we're going to do," said
House GOP leader John Boehner
of Ohio, soon to become speaker.
The ruling followed two court
decisions in Virginia and Michi-
gan and a number of procedural
rulings that upheld the law. An-
other case against it. brought by
20 state attorneys general, is set
for oral arguments in Pensacola,
Fla., on Thursday. That case also
challenges the law s expansion of
Medicaid, the federal-state health
care program for the poor.

Other parts of the law were not
addressed in Hudson's ruling,
such as setting up state health
insurance exchanges that offer
a choice of policies, offering tax
credits to low-income Americans
so they can buy insurance, ex-
panding Medicaid and making
changes in Medicare.
Proponents and opponents
agreed that without a mandate
that individuals have insurance,
key elements of the law could un-
ravel. Healthy people might not
buy coverage, making it impos-
sible for insurers to cover those

with pre-existing conditions, as
the law requires, without big rate
"We don't let people wait until
after they've been in a car acci-
dent to apply for auto insurance
and get reimbursed, and we don't
want to do that with health care,
said Stephanie Cutter, assistant
to President Obama for special
A poll out Monday from the non-
partisan Kaiser Family Foun-
dation, a health policy group,
found the public divided: 42%
favor the law, 41% oppose it.

Mother and infant son murdered

MURDER daughter and grandson
continued from 1A but she wants the per-
petrators captured.
to the leg and is expect- According to the po-
ed to survive his inju- lice, the home was rid-
ies. dled with bullets. Any-
Lee's mother. Teresa one with information
Lee, says she cannot DEVON is asked to call Miami
understand why anyone Dade Crime Stoppers at
would wish to harm her only 305-471-8477.



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By Kaila Heard
AtharJ,.-_ m, tuinnesotnli r n r;
The biblical parable of how God was challenged by Satan for control of Heaven, be-
fore ultimately wrestling with arid banishing the devil might not seem like the
most child friendly story.
However, in the hands of talented author Paula Bordenkecher the par-
able transforms into a pla.,ful adventure children's tale, "The Adventures
of Casey Formoonzago.
The stor,- follows the life of the titular character, who is a dutiful angel
r whose work requires her to keep the streets and pearly gates of Heaven
spotless. Yet Case3 Formoonzago. whose last name is derived from the
expression "four moons ago is forced on journey of adventure and
s* t d self-discover-r after discovering Lucifer's plan to overthrow the Creator.
"It really teaches [Casey] just the importance of making good deci-
Ti sions, not being afraid and to stand up when you know something is
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"Casey Formoonzago" uses adventure to
teach kids the importance of important
character traits such as compassion, dis-
cernment and perseverance.

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The Broward County Sexual Assault Treatment Center is located
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Local music program raises
environmental awareness with latest album

By Kaila Heard
Positive messages in hip-hop
are often few and far between.
When uplifting messages are
put to the latest beats, they
usually concern anti-violence
or anti-drug messages.
And while Thomas Demer-
ritte, the founder and CEO of
the ADMIT (Alternative Direc-
tions Music Industry Training)
Program, believes such mes-
sages are always worthwhile,
he wanted the youth of com-
munity to begin thinking of
the increasingly-popular envi-
ronmental movement.
Those "green" thoughts
eventually gave fruit to the
program's third compilation
CD, "EnvironMentality."
"I feel our kids have to be


told to think about global ini-
tiatives," Demerritte said. "It's
a way to get them to think be-
yond the neighborhood to
get out of the 'hood."
To celebrate the their latest
release, the ADMIT program
hosted a "Let's Go Green" CD
release extravaganza, at the
Joseph Caleb Center on Fri-
day, Dec. 10. The showcase,
which was sponsored by The
Children's Trust, featured sev-
eral performers including the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center's Voices of Heritage, Mi-
ami Northwestern Senior High
School's PAVAC Players and
rapper Lil' Rofo. Afterwards,
the audience was invited to
speak to the musicians and
received free autographed cop-
ies of the 25 song-filled CD.

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ADMIT Founder

Since the ADMIT program
was established many of
South Florida's grade school
students have participated.
Participants enter the pro-
gram for 4 to 12 weeks and
as they prepare their final
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Prepared to serve god,

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By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline .com

Members of Miami Northwestern Senior High School's PAVAC program record the cho-
rus to their song,"Let's Go Green," at the ADMIT Program's Deep Blue C studio in Liberty

Ministers are often known to have skills
outside of the pulpit from teaching, playing
basketball to landscaping.
For Reverend Gregory V. Gay, the pas-
tor of St. John African Methodist Episco-
pal Church in Coral Gables, he often finds
himself called to the grill. The 51-year-old
minister enjoys cooking barbecue cuisine
especially ribs. chicken, corn on the cob and
baked beans.
He likens the cooking process to Christi-
anity, "It's a kind of faith to take something
that is raw and undone and bringing it all
Now he frequently cooks for St. John AME

Church, which runs a catering service that
has provided nutritional fare for various
functions throughout the community.
To relax in his spare time, Gay enjoys rid-
ing motorcycles, visiting the shooting range,
and flying helicopters to relax.
Unfortunately, the man who never thought
he would be a minister, rarely has free time.
"This chair comes with a price," he ex-
plained. "You have to go when you don't want
to go. You have to be a person for everyone."

Since Gay came to St. John AME Church
in 2003, the married father of six has par-
ticipated in several organizations includ-
ing founding the Concerned Citizens and
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5000 Role Models observe World AIDS Day Pope's words garner praise

Special to the Miami Times

The 5000 Role Models of Ex-
cellence Project observed World
AIDS Day on Wednesday, Dec.
1, to raise awareness of the epi-
demic caused by the spread of
the HIV infection. Role Model
students from Hialeah, Miami
Lakes, Miami Lakes Educa-
tional Center, North Miami and
North Miami Beach senior high
schools, along with their men-
tors, parents, teachers, health
care volunteers, gathered at
Jackson Memorial Hospital to
remember those who have died
and those living with the dis-
The event provided an edu-
cational platform for students
that outlined risk factors among
our youth, HIV/AIDS preven-
tion including programs on ab-
stinence and shared shocking
statistics indicating that Blacks
are disproportionately affected
by HIV infection, accounting for
55 percent of all HIV infections
reported among persons aged
Johana Lopez, project coordi-
nator of the University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine Ad-

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Students from the 5000 Role Models attended an HIV/AIDS seminar at Jackson Memorial

Outstanding Role Models: Robert Parker and Dr. Rick Holton.

olescent Outreach and Educa-
tion Department discussed the
HIV/AIDS epidemic in Miami-
Dade County. Yuri Velasquez,
peer education and patient
clinical assistant, served as a
co-presenter detailing his ex-
perience volunteering for the
outreach program as a senior
in high school. He concluded.
the presentation by sharing
with the audience that he con-
tracted the disease as a senior
in high school while educating
his peers on HIV/AIDS preven-
tion and today is classified as
HIV positive.
Next, Dr. Stephen Symes,
Program Director of Internal
Medicine and the Division of In-
fectious Diseases, Jackson Me-
morial Hospital, shared his dai-
ly experience as a practitioner.
He shared that the HIV/AIDS

disease is not a death sentence
but a preventable and treatable
chronic illness. His presenta-
tion concluded with the discus-
sion of the importance of utiliz-
ing routine HIV/AIDS testing to
reduce the risk of HIV infection
and transmission.
Role Model Retired Police Di-
rector Robert Parker concluded
the program with educating
students on the laws affecting
thel spread of HIV/AIDS. His
presentation concluded by chal-
lenging students to maintain a
healthy lifestyle and led them
in an abstinence pledge not to
become an HIV/AIDS statistic,
nor a father out of wedlock.
Students vowed to return to
their schools and community
to spread the word, that "Absti-
nence is the key to reducing the
spread of HIV/AIDS."

Activists hail comments

on condom use AIDS

Catholics, AIDS activists and
health officials recently wel-
comed Pope Benedict's com-
ments that using condoms
may sometimes be jus-
tified to stop the spread
of the disease.
"It is a marvelous
victory for common
sense and reason, a
major step forward to-
ward recognizing that
condom use can play BEN
a vital role in reduc-
ing the future impact
of the HIV pandemic, said
Jon 'O'Brien, head of the U.S.
group Catholics for Choice.
The pope spoke out in a new
book to be published this week
called "Light of the World: The
Pope, the Church, and the
Sign of the Times." His re-
marks, while limited in scope
and not changing the Roman
Catholic ban on contracep-
tion, were nonetheless greeted
as a breakthrough.
"This is a significant and
positive step forward taken by
the Vatican," said UNAIDS Ex-
ecutive Director Michel Sidibe.

"This move recognizes that
responsible sexual behavior
and the use of condoms have
important roles in HIV preven-
In the 219-page book the
pope also speaks frankly about
the possibility that he could
resign for health reasons and
defends wartime pon-
tiff Pius XII against
Jewish accusations
that he turned a blind
eye to the Holocaust.
He says scandals of
sexual abuse of mi-
nors by priests were
IEDICT "an unprecedented
shock," even though
he had followed the issue for
years, and says he can under-
stand why people might quit
the Church in protest.
But it is the section on con-
doms in the book a long in-
terview with German Catholic
journalist Peter Seewald that
marked a -crack in the once
tightly shut door of Church
He cites the example of the
use of condoms by prostitutes
as "a first step toward mor-
alization," even though con-
doms are "not really the way
to deal with the evil of HIV in-

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Miami physician celebrates 100 years

Special to the Miami Times

Native Miamian Dr. J. K.
(James Kenneth) Johnson, Sr.
celebrated his 100th birthday
luncheon on Oct. 17 at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel in Crystal City,
Alexandria, VA..Surrounded by
family and friends he thanked
all in attendance. Rev. Father
Charles Amuzie, Rector, St.
Timothy's Episcopal Church
gave the birthday prayer. The
musical selection "My Way"
was sung by Myrtle Church,
Ms. Senior District of Columbia
The mistress of ceremonies
and coordinator of the event,
his daughter Jewyll Wilson,
welcomed those who came from
near and far. Cousin Dr. Ernest
Boger originally from Tampa
now living in Eastern Shore,
Maryland gave the grace. In
the special tributes by his
grandchildren Wendy Johnson,
Jubril and Jerita Wilson, their
grandmother, the late Helen
Zeigler Johnson was fondly
Relatives and friends
attending included his son,
Dr. J. K. Johnson, Jr. and wife
Caroline, Columbia, Maryland;
grandchildren Wendy
Johnson, New York, great
granddaughter Adaora Wilson,
Bowie, Maryland; niece Joyce
Johnson Silver and daughter
Shaunda Howerton, Richmond,
VA; grandnieces Katherine
Fields, New York; Edda Fields-
Black and husband Samuel

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with children Akhu and Meri;
cousins Carmel now living in
Eastern Shore, Maryland and
Gregory Johnson, daughter
Gabrielle, now living in New
York. Devoted friends Attorney
Rosalyn Johnson, Wilford
and Maryland Gourdine and
mother, Mrs. Key and a host
of other relatives and friends
were also in attendance.
Flying to this milestone
celebration were his cousin
Jacquelyn P. Knowles, West
Palm Beach; brother, Judge
John D. Johnson and niece,
Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields,
The honoree, Dr. J. K.
Johnson, is the sixth of seven
children born to Sam D. and
Ida Roberts Johnson in Miami.
His parents and five siblings
predeceased him: Dr. S. H.

Johnson, M.D.; Elaine Adderly;
Frederick Johnson; Roberta
Thompson and Dorothy J.
McKellar. His only living
sibling, retired Judge John D.
Johnson, lives in Miami.
A 1929 graduate of Booker
T. Washington Jr./Sr. High
School he matriculated
to Florida A&M College/
University and MeHarry
Medical College School of
Medicine. Dr. Johnson was a
Captain in the Army Medical
Corp and a member of the
92nd Infantry Division, World
War II Buffalo Soldiers.
Dr. Johnson has been
an active member in many
organizations. He was a
member of Miami's Historic
Mount Zion Baptist Church
for over 90 years and received
countless honors and
commendations including a
2006 Mt. Sinai Medical Center
Recognition and 2008 Lifetime
Achievement Award, Dade
County Medical Association.
Held membership in Beta Beta
Lambda Chapter of Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity, Miami
and is a past Dean of Black
Physicians, Dade County.
He practiced family medicine
in Overtown and later in Liberty
City for a total of 43 years.
During that time he delivered
over 800 babies, including 10
sets of twins. His patients also
included pioneer tap dancer
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and
national motivational speaker
Les Brown, Miami.

'Hurricane' offers some blustery gospel

"Most preachers," the Rev.
Johnny L. Jones explained in
a recent interview, "get their
power going up," or working
to a climax during preaching
or singing. "I moan at the end.
Most of my power is given by
coming down, after I've gone
up." Now 74, Mr. Jones also
known as Hurricane is a
Bobby Bland-type singer, with
a great gargly voice and a con-
centrated wariness that doesn't
break, even as he screams.
For 53 years of Sunday morn-
ings at Mount Olive Baptist

Church in Atlanta he has been
singing, preaching and record-
ing it all. Some of those record-
ings came out long ago as LPs
on the gospel label Jewel; the
rest he's been playing on the
air during his Saturday morn-
ing radio programs (currently
twice a month and streamable
on WYZE-AM) or keeping at
Dust-to-Digital, the Atlanta-
based archival label, has just
released a two-disc culling of
the tapes as "The Hurricane
That Hit Atlanta," and they dis-

play Mr. Jones as an amazing
singer, full of inspired power,
delay tactics and shrewd reas-
surances. (His rhythm sections
were casually killer too, playing
blues, gospel and R&B grooves
stripped to the bone.) Some of
these tapes are woolly, with
errant screams from the con-
gregation, feedback from the
church amplifiers and rough
edits, but the album which
includes a few excerpts from
sermons and radio bits stays
electrifying from start to finish.
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acing problems? Just believe!
Facing problems? Just believe!

Wednesday, December 1st
was an important day for a
small group of determined
women here in South Florida
who became the first class of
graduates of the Ladies Em-
powerment and Action Pro-
gram (LEAP). The program first
took shape in May 2009 when
I and two other women began
designing a re-entry program

for incarcerated women in
Florida's state prisons. In July
the first class of the program
started in the Broward Correc-
tional Institution. The program
has a focus on Entrepreneur-
ship and Business Skills train-
ing. The goal is for the ladies
to begin small businesses when
released, and if this is not pos-
sible immediately after release,

then to become gain-
fully employed. In
effect these women
who were once tax
burdens become tax
payers and produc-
tive members of their
And so with the
assistance of Barry
University and vol-
unteer speakers and facilita-
tors, these women were able to
complete a 10-week course on
becoming an entrepreneur. But
their graduation should also
give all of us pause to think.
How many of us who are not
incarcerated fail to live up to
our potential? How many suc-
cessful men and women were

born in adversity, but
persevered to become
great people? I recent-
ly read a daily devo-
tion that reminded me
that Albert Einstein
was considered ig-
norant and retarded
while growing up but
was later viewed as a
genius. Helen Keller
was born blind and deaf but
achieved great things in her
lifetime. Booker T. Washing-
ton, George Washington Carver
and Harriet Tubman overcame
intense and destructive racial
discrimination to make lasting
marks on society.
Perhaps your classmates or
even your family laughed when

you shared your dreams of be-
coming an astronaut, an opera
singer, a minister or even the
president of the United States.
In the Bible, the name Jabez
translates as 'pain.' Can you
imagine living your life with a
constant reminder that your
mother thought of you as some-
one who brought her pain and
suffering by your birth? But
Jabez did not allow that to stop
him from wanting and asking
for God's help and favor. In I
Chronicles 4:10 the Word says
that 'God granted his request.'
Praise the Lord.
I love Romans 8:37 which re-
minds us that we are not just
victorious people we are
more than conquerors iri Christ

Jesus our Lord.
We we started the class last
July and some women heard
what would be required of them
to complete the course, many
did not believe that they would
survive. They doubted and some
just decided that they would
not even bother to try. But oth-
ers did try. They studied hard
even though most had not been
in an academic environment for
many years and had done done
well when they were in school.
They asked for help and while
they sometimes faltered, they
persevered. And what they dis-
covered was if we put our minds
to it, we can overcome almost
any obstacle that stand in the
way of success.

m rnf

N Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes you
to their Testimony for Life 17th
Extravaganza 2011,' a special
event for remembering lost
loved ones on Jan. 23, 2011 at
5 p.m. 786-278-3038.

B Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church invites the
community to several holiday
events beginning on December
19 with their Annual Christmas

Program at 10 a.m.; caroling for
the Sick and Shut-in at 1:30
p.m. and a play at 3:30 p.m.
On Dec. 21, there will be 'The
Profiling of Mary and Joseph'
at 7 p.m. and there will be a
Christmas Day Service at 7
a.m. on Dec. 25. 786-262-8868.

B Holy Ghost Assembly of
the Apostolic Faith is hosting
a Revival Dec. 13 17, 7:30
p.m. nightly and a dinner sale

on Dec. 18, 12 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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. 305-623-0054.

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

0 Come along and join
Saint Cedelia's chapter
of Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church on Thursday, May 26-
30, 2011 to Atlanta, Georgia
and Shorter, Alabama. If

Community resources for sexual assault victims

continued from 12B

While these numbers seem
staggering, there are places
people can turn to for help. One
of the community's resources is
the Broward County Sexual As-
sault Treatment Center in Ft.
Lauderdale which hosted an
open house on Friday, Decem-
ber 10.
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. any
interested community member
could tour the facilities or speak
to staff members seeking advice
or to voice their concerns. The
center has been open for over 30
years and offers services for chil-
dren and adults free of charge.
"We provide a service for them

as long as they are in need," said
Nancy Cotterman, the center's
The center offers assessment
and intervention services in-
cluding forensic medical ex-
aminations of abuse victims
for evidentiary purposes, and
counseling provided in English,
Spanish, Portuguese and Cre-
The center even provides an
emergency hotline and immedi-
ate crisis counseling to sexual
assault victims and adult sur-
vivors of childhood abuse which
is operated 24 hours a day; sev-
en days a week.
The open house is designed
to educate the public about the
services and programs offered

at the Sexual Assault Treat-
ment Center, including child
protection, the crisis unit and
counseling unit.

Children and adults who were
sexually molested or assaulted
can develop a host of problems
from depression, withdrawal
from family or friends, unusu-
al interest or avoidance of all
things of a sexual nature or
sleep problems.
But there is no one absolute
sign to tell if someone has been
sexually assaulted, Cotterman
explained. ,
While different people react
differently to sexual assault,
Cotterman advises that victims

should speak to someone about
their experiences.
"I think that [assessments] is
very important at least to deter-
mine if they are in need of coun-
seling," Cotterman said.
While the center is obligat-
ed to report instances of child
abuse, counselors at the center
are able to speak with caretak-
ers anonymously first to deter-
mine if an incident has occurred
and to advise them on their best
course of action.
The Broward County Sexual
Assault Treatment Center is lo-
cated at 400 N.E. 4th Street in
Ft. Lauderdale. For more infor-
mation, please visit www.bro- or call

Novel teaches children the importance of character traits

continued from 12B

wrong," Bordenkecher said of
her debut novel.

Bordenkecher, a founding
board member and current
ninth grade teacher at the Ex-
cel Academy in Maryland, was
inspired to write he novel from
the curriculum she created to
teach the youth of her church
Biblical stories. She always
strove to keep her lessons plans
exciting and interesting for the
While she was initially in-
spired to write her story in or-
der to create an interesting tale,
Bordenkecher found she was
equally driven to impart impor-

Rev. Gregory

continued from 12B

Clergy Coalition and serving on
the board of the South Miami
Free Pediatric Clinic.
And while the church has var-
ious ministries and programs
including a youth summer
camp and after-school care pro-
gram, he hopes to strengthen
and grow its program for ex-of-
fenders, Wounded Healers. The
ex-offenders program is meant
to offer job training, expunge-
ment services and GED tutor-
ing, and invites other churches
to join in the effort.
"I just want to help people,"
said Gay, who believes that
employment exacerbates many
other issues in the community
such as drugs and violence.

Born in Plant City, Gay cites
his father who was also a min-
ister as being his role model.
"He taught me how to make
a living with the brain God has
given me," he said of his father. lessons for children.
Like any educator, she be-
lieves in the importance of basic
skills such as reading, writing
and math. However, through
the course of her career, she
has also learned the impor-
tance of teaching youth char-
acter values such as empathy,
compassion, and perseverance.
She has "found that students
who are taught [these values]
are better behaved" and "the
earlier they are taught the bet-
Bordenkecher explained,
"Those character traits are go-
ing to help them maneuver
through the world and it makes
for a safer world."
And while officially the story
is said to be for children ages
8 to 12, Bordenkecher believes
the story is "ageless."

"It's something that children
old and young can learn from,"
said Bordenkecher, who be-
lieves that even adults some-
times need to be reminded of
such lessons.
"The Adventures of Casey
Formoonzago" is the first chil-
dren's book that Hollywood-
based Pecan Tree Publishing
has produced. The company's
Publisher E. Claudette Freeman
explained that she was moved
to publish the novel after see-
ing the nonjudgmental style the
author used to express the Bib-
lical parable and life lessons.
Freeman especially appreciate
the lessons that emphasized
discerning for children who is
worthy of respect and obedi-
"As a child you have to be
able to understand what type of

adult authority you need to re-
spect and adhere to," Freeman

While it took Bordenkecher
two years to write her tale, it
took an additional year to de-
velop and publish it. Finding
the right sketch design was one
of the more difficult steps of the
The author deliberately chose
to have her protagonist appear
racially ambiguous to appeal to
a broad audience, she said.
"I'm really excited about the
characters because they repre-
sent any and every child," Bor-
To find more information
about the story, please visit

V. Gay: I just want to help people

man. Gay explained he was
already prepared for the many
Soi.ol s leadership roles the military
S ,. f C ,! provided.
S. "I was fortunate to be
brought up in those types of
roles of leadership," he said.
While the service spent the
decade building his maturity,
., Gay said it took just as many
-, J years for the Lord to humble
Shim enough to face his call-
j^.1 11 GH HGay explained his stub-

..'--''' you're taught to never give in
or give up. God had to break
me down three times. He had
to change my heart."
St. John AME Church is located at 6461 SW 59th Place in to change my heart.ould even
Fortunately, he would even-
South Miami. tually leave the service in
Yet Gay had no intentions of erend. In addition to working 1987 and would go on to give
following his father's path. In- as a mechanic and traveling his first sermon in 1991.
stead, his heart led him to the the world, he also was given Since then, he has found
military, opportunities to showcase his himself enjoying many as-
"I knew what I wanted to do leadership skills. By the time pects of serving as a. minister
fly helicopters," he reminisced, he was 26 years old, he was including baptisms, preach-
He joined the Army when he managing nearly 77 service ing and "to see those that
was 18 years old. The next 10 people, were lost get saved to enjoy
years spent in the service were Yet the responsibilities were the fullness of the Lord that
some of his hbest aid the RPe- easily h andlc-l h r the ,p ,nM God has entrusted to me."

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
Sunday at 10 a.m. 305-681-

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, 305-621-

N St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church hosts its
Annual Christmas Pageant on
Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. 305-691-

Music program goes green

continued from 12B

project, they are encouraged
to utilize the skills they have
learned and contribute to a
song including writing lyrics
or performing them. So far the
ADMIT program has produced
two CDs with songs written,
produced and performed by the
Following their second CD
release in 2007, which had an
anti-violence theme, Demerritte
was inspired to have the youth-
ful musicians make songs fo-
cusing on the environment.
In order to help the partici-
pants create hip, yet informa-
tive music concerning the
environmental issues, "green
studies" were incorporated into
the program. That meant that
in addition to the program's
usual curriculum concerning
music engineering, marketing
and social responsibility, De-
merritte also spent time lectur-
ing about issues such as the
harms caused by pollution,
ozone deterioration, recycling
and even the environmental ef-
fects of the BP oil spill.

For some students, thinking
"green" was entirely new terri-
When Cutler Ridge Middle
School student, 14-year-old
Deundre Pickett-White, entered
the program this summer, he
knew very little about contem-
porary environmental issues.
"But once I did start learning
about [the environment] I did

start getting into it," Deundre
By the end of the program, he
had written lyrics that would be
used in two rap songs in addi-
tion to performing them as well.
The eighth-grader said he
was inspired by his growing
passion for the environment.
"Basically I' just [rapped]
about how I felt," he said. And,
"I just felt like people need to be
told about what we need to do
to help the Earth."
Seventeen-year-old Brianna
A. Woods knew about several
key environmental issues be-
'fore participating in the pro-
gram. Classes taught at her
high school, Miami Northwest-
ern, had exposed her to con-
temporary green issues.
Brianna, a member of
the school's drama players,
PAVAC,. had contributed to the
ADMIT Program's previous an-
ti-violence compilation CD. Yet
she relished this opportunity
for her and her fellow class-
mates to discuss issues other
than violence.
"We're not all about the vio-
lence," she said. "Miami North-
western has talent and we
actually care about our com-
To request a free "Environ-
Mentality" CD, email the AD-
MIT Program at tdlite@aol.
com. All of the songs of the
album will be available for
free downloading within a few
weeks at www.theadmitpro-
For more information about
the ADMIT Program, call 305-

America loses 'religious edge'

continued from 13B

Rates for divorce or sepa-
ration in the first 10 years of
marriage has declined among
the highly educated (15 per-
cent to 11 percent), but in-
creased slightly for moderately
educated (36 percent up to 37
Teens from homes with col-
lege-graduate parents were far
more likely to say they would
be embarrassed by an unwed

pregnancy compared with
teens from homes with less-
educated parents (76 percent
versus 61 percent).
Since the 1970s, teenage
girls, age 14, of highly educated
mothers were even more likely
to be living with both their par-
ents (81 percent, up from 80
percent). But 14-year-old girls
whose mothers were moderate-
ly educated were far less likely
to be living with both their par-
ents (58 percent, down from 74




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Education Department

launches site for parents

Special to the Miami Times

The Florida Department of
Education has launched a
new web resource designed
with parents in mind. The new
"Success Measures" website
was crafted to help parents
understand how changes to
Florida's standards and as-
sessments in the months and
years to come will impact
their children. The most criti-
cal element of the site is the
newly-created "Success Mea-
sures Pathway Tool," which is
designed to provide parents
and students with personalized
reports detailing what is being
taught and tested in our class-
rooms on a student-by-student
"Providing a user-friendly re-
source that allows our parents
and students to understand
Florida's curriculum standards
and assessments is critical to
our efforts to make them more
informed about their schools,"
said Education Commissioner
Dr. Eric J. Smith. "As we move
forward with national stan-
dards in our classrooms, this
new tool will help us to better
work with parents to prepare
our children for their contin-
ued .educational achievement
and future workforce success."

Through the Success Mea-
sures Pathway Tool, users
can submit the school year,
grade level and the anticipated
courses their student will be
taking. With this basic infor-
mation, the Pathway Tool then
generates a brief report detail-
ing the assessments aligned
with the courses selected at
the time the courses will be
taken, as well as a thorough
listing of the content covered
on those assessments. Parents
and students can use the Suc-
cess.Measures Pathway Tool to
learn about current and future
assessments and coursework.
The website is aimed at edu-
cating parents and students
about how Florida's curriculum
standards and assessments
system combine to produce
statewide measures of student
success. Presently, the website
focuses on student assess-
ments such as the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment
Test (FCAT), FCAT 2. and End-
of-Course assessments. In the
future, the Success Measures
website will encompass all
Florida assessments including
postsecondary readiness and
certification exams.
So' tilize this new tool, visit

How much exercise separates

fit kids from obese peers?

By Nanci Hellmich

Normal-weight children get 16 more minutes of physical activilt a
day than their obese peers, a new study shots. And overall, girls do
20 minutes less physical activity a day than boys.
"This is a huge wake-up call to society, says Donna Spruljt-iMetz,
the senior author of the study and an associate
professor of medicine at the
University of Southern Cali- ...
fornia. .
A third of American chil- dren are overweight
or obese. The government's phi sical activity guidelines
recommend that kids and teens get an hour or more of moderate-
intensity to vigorous aerobic physical actmity a da\.
Researchers at the University of Southern California and the
National Institutes of Health analyzed government activity data
on 3,106 children. The kids wore accelerometers to measure their
physical activity levels for four days. The study, published in this
month's Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the journal of the
American College of Sports Medicine, shows:
*Normal-weight children ages 6 to 17 are moderately to vigorously
active for 59 minutes a day, compared with 43 minutes for obese
children that age.
*Overall, boys ages 6 to 17 are active an average of about 64
minutes a day, compared with 44 minutes for girls in that same age

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By Heidi Stevens

If your kindergartner is extremely
shy around strangers how do you get
him or her to warm up to relatives
they only see during the holidays?
Few topics are more complicated
than family at the holidays, which is
why Betsy Brown Braun, author of
"You're Not the Boss of Me: Brat-Proof-
ing Your Four- to Twelve-Year-Old
Child," suggests this approach:
Change your language. "I never use
the 's' word," Braun says. "Kids end
up using that as an excuse: 'I'm shy.'
Rather than giving them an excuse,
we want to help them feel comfort-
able with who they are and help them
move to a place that's more socially
acceptable. I prefer 'slow to warm up'
because it's a defined trait of tempera-
ment. Once you keep in mind .. that
your child needs time, you can help

Prep your child. .
"Let him know. '
'Uncle Henry '
and Aunt Gert
are coming over.
Here are some pic- s "'
tures of what they look
like. They live in lo'i a
They have a farm. You L
haven't seen them in a while and
it might take you a little time before
you feel like being with them. Just
remember when people say hi, it's nice
to, in some way, say hi.back.' Give
him permission to find another way to
greet them. 'One of the things we do
when we see people is we greet them.
You could wave. You could smile. You
could do a pinky wave."'
Prep your relatives. "You can fertil-
ize the ground by warning, 'Just a
heads up that Steven is a little slow to
warm up. Just come in and greet him
and then let him come to you."' She
also endorses a "side door" approach.

"Wal k-
ing in
and an-
*. lnouncing.
:- G1 .e Grandma
S a kiss! is the
surest way
to sabotage things.
'Anybody in this room wearing tennis
shoes that light up?' is better. He'll
know you're connecting with him but
in a more subtle way."
Ease up. "Don't say, 'I want you to
look them in the eye and shake hands
and say, "It's nice to see you, Uncle
Ed."' That just sets him up for failure.
You want to set him up to be success-
ful," says Braun. "Remember that your
child has to be your priority, not what
your family thinks of you. Forcing it
will sabotage the whole lesson and
that just makes you the cooked goose
on Christmas Day."

Kids aren't very active in sports

By Nanci Hellmich

Kids on soccer, baseball and softball
teams are playing hard during practices
an average of 45 minutes, which is less
than half the time they're there, a study
S"Millions of youth participate in sports,
but kids are spending a lot of time wait-
ing their turn, getting instruction or
doing skills practice, which may not be
very active, especially in baseball and
softball," says exercise researcher
James Sallis, director of the Ac-
tive Living Research Program
at San Diego State Univer-
He and colleagues re-
cruited 200 children, ages
7-14, on 29 different com-
munity sports teams for
soccer, baseball and soft-
ball. There were equal num-
bers of girls and boys.
About one-fourth of the players wore
accelerometers during practices to calculate
how much of the time they were moderately
to vigorously active. Practice times ranged
from 40 to 130 minutes for soccer; 35 to 217
minutes for baseball and softball.
The government's physical activity guide-
lines recommend that children get at least
60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous
physical activity.

Among the findings in a recent issue of the
Archives of, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medi-
On average, kids were moderately to vig-
orously active for 45 minutes, which was 46
percent of their practice time.
24 percent of all the team members met
the one-hour, activity goal; only 2 percent of
girl softball players met the recommenda-
Girls were less active than boys in all
sports, but only by an average of 11 minutes
per practice.
The most active players over-
all were soccer players, boys and
children ages 10-14.
Other research shows that
children are often more active
during free play than struc-
tured activities, because the
more time coaches spend giv-
ing instruction and doing some
drills, the less activity kids get,
Sallis says.
Girls playing softball were particu-
larly inactive, he says, so coaches could set
a goal of incorporating more physical activity
during those practices.
"Even if kids are.spending an hour and a
half at a sports practice, most aren't getting
all the activity they need for the day," Sal-
lis says. "So parents may need to find some
other way to make sure their kids are getting
60 minutes of activity a day."


Five tips to prevent your student from cheating

By Aisha Sultan

Cheating among students is rampant.
Nine out of 10 middle schoolers admit
to copying someone else's homework
and 74 percent of high school students
adniit to cheating on an exam. Technol-
ogy makes it even easier, with home-
work assignments sent via mass e-mail
and test answers showing up as text
Educator and author Dr. Michael
Hartnett shares five useful tips on how
to make sure your child is not a chron-
ic cheater:
1. Check your child's homework every
night. This advice may sound a little in-
tense and age inappropriate by the time
your child is in high school, but it's
an important way for parents to know
what their child is actually learning. A

good sign that a teenager is cheating is
the absence of substantive work.
2. Create a device-free zone of at least
an hour a day for studying. Any hour
a day by themselves without connec-
tions to cyberspace or to their friends is
an hour of studying and learning they
have devoid of cheating.
An argument kids will make is that
they need the internet to complete
whatever assignment is in front of
them. They are often right, but teenag-
ers also greatly exaggerate their need
for the computer. If you hold firm and
fast to the one-hour rule, students
will easily be able to fill that time with
studying and still have enough time
with their various electronic devices to
complete their assignments.
3. Give your children practice tests
the day before an exam. If you know

what they are studying and see from
what materials they are studying, then
you can determine whether they are
truly engaged in the learning process. If
their materials are sparse and gener-
ated from websites, then you know
they are either cheating or performing
4. Talk to your kids honestly and re-
alistically about cheating. That means
you cannot be too self-righteous or
judgmental about cheating. Acknowl-
edge that cheating is prevalent, and
understand that you are asking for
your kids to be exceptional instead
of conforming to a pervasive cheating
5. Avoid cliches. Do not tell your kids,
especially if they are teenagers, "You
know if you cheat, you are only cheat-
ing yourself." That's a pretty abstract

notion, and when teenag-
ers are getting As while
cheating, then the
cliche seems even
more obtuse. And I
wouldn't try "Cheat-
ers never prosper." The
truth is they do prosper.
Cheaters may be ignorant
and morally corrupt, but
your sons and daughters
have seen too many do
well in school.
However, most teenag-
ers buy the argument that
cheating will only get them
so far. Ultimately, you have youo
own tough question to ask thiemn
"What knowledge and skills Nli1l ', 11
have after you're done cheating ay. ,
your high school years?"





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An extra helping of gratitude daily


1 Make it a habit

Some people make daily
lists of the good things, people and
experiences in their lives or count
their blessings in gratitude journals.
But if writing isn't your thing, try this
tip from Mary Jane Ryan, a life coach
and author from San Francisco: Put a
sticky note on your steering wheel or
dashboard asking: "What am I grate-
ful for today?" Answer the question
during your daily commute.

2 Share
If you have something
wonderful whether it's the
world's best stuffing recipe or
the ability to sing beautifully -
share it with other people and
you'll appreciate it even


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3 Say the words

Say "thank you" often,
and be specific. Tell your husband
that you know he picks up his
socks just because it matters to
you, and that you appreciate his
thoughfulness. Tell your waitress
that her quick, friendly service
made your day brighter. And
change your words: "Instead of
saying 'I have to do this,' try say-
ing 'I get to do this,' says Robert
Emmons, a psychology professor
at the University of California-
Davis, and author of Thanks! How
Practicing Gratitude Can Make
You Happier.

4 Think about
bad things, too

Being grateful doesn't mean pre-
tending that bad things never
happen to you or others. In fact,
acknowledging that you've made it
through tough times or are surviving
hardships now can help you appreci-
ate your strengths and the support
of others. But a constant focus on
"burdens, curses, deprivations and
complaints" is a gratitude killer, Em-
mons says.

5 Keep gratitude

Son the table

At Thanksgiving dinner, many fami-
lies will join hands and take turns
saying what they are thankful for.
Some people will talk about pump-
kin pie and football victories; others
will talk about the love of families,
friends or God. Imagine what might
come up if you shared your thank-
fulness at dinner every day and
turned a holiday tradition into a
way of life.


still matter

Soliday gift for

Mother Earth

Less is more: Choose gifts with the least
amount of excess plastic packaging, which
is made with petroleum, or cardboard, which
wastes trees, says Zissu author of Planet
Home, out later this month.
Give of yourself: Or choose gifts with no
packaging, such as a gift certificate or cou-
pon. Consider giving friends a voucher for free
babysitting or a trip to the ice-skating rink or
park, Zissu says.
Think long-term: Look for gifts that are built
to last rather than trendy gadgets designed to
become obsolete in a year. Zissu says.
Be energy-wise: If shopping for holiday
lights, choose energy-efficient LED lights.
suggests Anna Getty in I'm Dreaming of a
Green Christmas.
Shop smart: Plan your shopping trips wisely.
to reduce the hassle as well as use less gas,
Getty suggests. Buy locally whenever pos-
sible, to support neighborhood businesses as
well as reduce fuel used in transportation.

By Michelle Healy

At the holidays, many parents will fret over
their children's table manners as much as
they fuss over the menu, d6cor and seating.
Whether it's the kid who chews with his
mouth open, the picky eater or the teen who
slumps and mumbles, getting kids to step
up their manners game can make seasonal
geC-t7gpt&ers,, all the more enjoyable, eti-
quette experts say.
"If manners are appreciated any time of
year, it's now, when expectations are at an
all-time high," says Lisa Gache, founder of
Beverly Hills Manners in Los Angeles. "This
is a perfect opportunity to break out the
manners tool belt and try on a few things
with family, and friends."
Even in our increasingly casual society,
parents still want their children to have good
manners, "but many don't have the time to
teach them, or aren't making the time," says
Elise McVeigh, an etiquette expert in Dallas.
Many of these adults don't know what to
do themselves, adds McVeigh, who writes
a manners column for The Dallas Morning
Ne\\s and has a children's DVD called Mrs
McVeigh's Magnificent'Manners Show.
Although most etiquette programs focus
on children ages 6 to 8, who have the fine-
motor skills necessary to manage a knife
and fork, there's nothing wrong with getting
kids ages 3 or 4 into the swing of things by
showing them how to put a napkin in their
lap and wipe their mouths with a napkin,
Gache says. "At that age they're very excited
to be acting like an adult."
Whether you're just starting to introduce
manners or you need to "revive some de-
teriorated skills," make kids aware of how
manners are relevant to them, says Cindy
Post Senning, a director of the Emily Post
Institute and co-author of Emily Post's Table
Manners for Kids.
"I point out that eating can be inherent-
ly kind of gross, and manners help reduce
some of that," she says.
Manners mavens' holiday tips:
Practice. Before a big dinner, prac-
tice at home with a fully dressed table. Fo-
cus on three things that mean the most to

you, Senning says, such as
not chewing with an open
mouth, properly using uten-
sils, and passing serving
dishes to the right instead
of across the table. Other
basics: properly placing the
fork and knife on the plate
between bites, and never,
ever disparaging the food,
McVeigh says.
SGreetings. Review the
basics. Even the youngest
child can shake hands and
say hello, Senning says.
Older children should be
reminded to greet adults
with "Hello, Aunt Mary," or
"Hello, Mrs. Jones."
Be rested. Make sure your
child is well-rested and eats a '
light snack before a big event. 'A
hungry stomach or a tired body I
is a recipe for a holiday-partx di-
saster," Gache says.
SGive a briefing. Review basics
such as the t:,pe of get-together
you're attending and what can be
expected. Will it be a sit-down af-
fair or buffet? Who will be attend-
ing? How long will you stay It
helps to prepare children," Gache
Pitch in. Help clean up. Al-
though your 6-year-old may not
be up to handling Grandma s
fancy dinner plates, older kids
certainly are, and there will al-
ways be a job suitable for the
younger kids, Gache says.
Write thank-yous. Shot
appreciation for the hosts' hard
work. Make it a family act:\-
ity so kids see that grown-ups
write notes, too, Senning says.
It's OK to send a quick note
by e-mail, but follow up with
a handwritten note, Gache ,
adds: "A lovely handwritten
note is something you may \
keep for a long time." ,

The high financial cost of HIV/AIDS in the Black community

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

The AIDS epidemic has
claimed the lives of more than
230,000 Blacks during the past
three decades. And although
Blacks constitute just 12 per-
cent of the U.S. population,
they account for 46 percent of
the 1.1 million Americans cur-
rently living with HIV.
To some observers, the fact
that America hasn't yet won the
battle against AIDS boils down
to pure economics.
"If we had large numbers of
millionaires, billionaires and
those impacting the economy
dying of AIDS, I guarantee you
a cure would be found virtually
overnight," says LaMont Evans,

CEO of Healthy Black Commu-
nities Inc. in Atlanta. "It's sad
to say but there's a lack of ur-
gency in addressing this prob-
lem because those impacted are
seen as disposable and not eco-
nomically important."
Whether one agrees with Ev-
ans, he may be on to something:
Wealth and status indeed play
a huge role in the likelihood of
becoming infected with HIV in
In a first of its kind study on
the link between economic sta-
tus and HIV, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
found in 2010 that those liv-
ing in poor neighborhoods were
more than four times more like-
ly to be stricken with HIV, com-

pared with the national aver-
age. Researchers theorized that
residents in poor areas had lim-
ited access to health care and
other basic services, along with
higher rates of substance abuse
and incarceration factors
that heighten one's risk for HIV.
So, if it's clear that individu-
als in poor communities in gen-
eral, and Blacks in particular,
are being disproportionately
ravaged by AIDS, what is be-
ing done to prevent the disease
from spreading? Critics say not
nearly enough.
Until this year, America had
no comprehensive program to
fight the AIDS epidemic. Then,
in July 2010, President Obama
launched the first National


HIV/AIDS Strategy, designed to
reduce the number of new HIV
infections, increase access to
care for people living with HIV
and reduce HIV-related dispari-
ties and health inequities.
For 2011, Obama's federal
budget includes a $27.2 billion
request for HIV/AIDS. That's a
4.6 percent increase over 2010
funding, which totaled $26 bil-
lion. But just three percent of
the 2011 AIDS budget, or $900
million, is earmarked for pre-
vention. With relatively few dol-
lars devoted toward prevention,
it's little wonder, perhaps, that
every year, about 56,000 Amer-
icans are infected with HIV;
25,000 of them are Black.
The CDC says one in 22 Blacks

is expected to get HIV during
their lifetime and estimates
that the chances of a Black per-
son being diagnosed with the
AIDS virus is more than twice
the risk for Hispanics and eight
times that of Whites. In some
parts of the country, namely the
nation's capitol, the rate of HIV
infection is particularly alarm-
ing. In 2009, a Washington Post
story, citing CDC data, reported
an HIV prevalence of at least
three percent among youth age
13 and above in the D.C. area.
That's an infection rate similar
to some parts of sub-Saharan
And speaking of AIDS in Af-
rica, the problem there isn't get-
ting any better either.

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Black women at higher risk of pregnancy-related death

By Dr. Tyeese Gaines Reid

Black women are dying from pregnancy-
related complications three times more fre-
quently than any other racial group, accord-
ing to new Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) data. Deaths within one
year of pregnancy typically occur from compli-
cations such as blood clots, hemorrhage and
heart problems.
"Pregnancy is a joyful time, btit not without
its risks," said'Dr. Ren6e Volny, obstetrician-
gynecologist and a health pohcy frell:w at The
Satcher Health Le.idership Institute in Atlan-
ta. "Pregnancy puts ph1, sic'al stress on some uf
the body's vital organs."
Early prenatal care is the most important
way woman can prevent her risk .of pregnan-
cy-related death. Black mothers are almost
three times.more likely than white mothers to
wait until the third-trimester to seek prena-
tal care, or not at all. Of those who have no
prenatal care, the risk of death is five times
"Without the proper risk assessment by a
doctor, a woman may not realize that a preg-
nancy could pu-t her life at risk." \Voln said.
"This is why omen should tr, to see a doctor
well before they actually, get pregnantt"

In fact, the -study authors explain that some
of the women's pre-pregnani, health condi-
tions were just as important risk factors in
pregnancy-related death.

Once pregnant, early prenatalJ can di-
agnose potentially fatal illnesses Oine in par-
ticular, ectopic prLemancy \, here the fetus
implants outside of the utertis. usually in the
falklpian tube -- can quickly lead to Umaorr
heirmorrhaLge and death. Black v.omen, are ,ac-
tLm.ll', more l lkel, to die fron' e, ctopic p[regncart-
iC' than oithier prelgnlant i\onien. H.jiv.eve r. 'A h
carl prenarl pre, in,:lItdinjr Llltrasti.lnd the
conditirion can be diagnosed and treated before
it becomes fatal.
Like rnost th conditions that alTect lo,'.
SOcioe:oelnomric or ininorit, populations. a':cess
to care is the comrrmon theme. if a \.omnaJn can-
not obtain regular and qualir, prcnatrd.l care.
or cannot find transportation to that care.
then she will fall into the
high-risk group, both for
the health of ti-lr unborn
child as well as her ow.n.
Hov.ever, one Wiscoins n-
based study sugg-sts that

access to care is not the only issue. The
researchers surveyed Black mothers
and found that perceived racism or
expectations of racism often led to
atoidarnce of prenatal care. More
research is needed to fully ascertain
if this is a widespread problem in
other parts of the U.S.
The overall numbers of pregnan-
c",-related deaths across all women
has increased, higher than any period
in itc last 20 \vears. The authors admit
the increase may be due to better report-
ing of these cases on death certificates or
in ir'-istries. as compared to older, more
inconsistent record-kecping. This does
noti. however, explain the disparity that
remains armonog Black pregnant women.
Volnri is still hopeful, and does not
believe these statistics are indicative of
future death rates, particularly under the
rnev health care reform law.

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The much-dreaded cold and
flu season is upon us. And most
of us believe we don't have any
spare time built into the sched-
ule to be sick. So how can you
bolster your defenses against
the germs lurking in the com-
mon areas in my office, the
mall where you do your holiday
shopping pr the rest stops you
may encounter in your holiday
FHe e's a list of somethings
that help in your efforts to ward
off colds and flu.

In a study published recent-
ly in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition, children who
took daily vitamin D supple-
ments (1,200 IU) were 40 per-
cent less likely to get a common
flu virus than kids who took a
placebo. Laboratory studies
indicate that the nutrient may.
help immune cells identify and

Laboratory studies indicate
that the nutrient may help
immune cells identify and
destroy bacteria and viruses
that make us sick


destroy bacteria and viruses
that make us sick, says Adit
Ginde, M.D., M.P.H., a public
health researcher at the Uni-
versity of Colorado School of
Medicine in Denver.
Although the Institute of
Medicine released in a report
November 30 new recommen-
dations for vitamin D (600 In-
ternational Units per day for

While many experts rlom-n- tory study suggested that a

mend a vitamin D supplement,
you can also get it (in small
doses) from fatty fish, such as
salmon, and fortified mllk -
and your body makes vitarxin
D from the sun.

Polyphenols, potent plant ai-
tioxidants, are what's believed
to give green tea it$ irnunute-.
boosting effects. One labora-

everyone, except men aged 71+
who should get 800 IU), they
"only focused on bone health,"
Ginde said. "There is not yet
enough evidence to definitely
prove that vitamin D reduces
infections, but the amount rec-
ommended for bone health is
lower than what we think is
needed for improved immunity
and reduced infections.

Lung cancer: Still a threat to Black lives

By Richard B. Gaynor, M.D.

November was Lung
Cancer Awareness Month,
joining more than 200
other awareness designa-
tions that range from breast
cancer and heart disease to
foot health and motorcycle
With such a crowded
disease-of-the-month aware-
ness calendar, I can under-
stand why many of them
didn't make headlines, even
if past events have contrib-
uted to increased testing, im-
proved diagnosis and better
disease outcomes. However,
whether it's part of an official
awareness month or not,

greater awareness and dil-
gence are still greatly needed
for many diseases
Lung cancer is a disease
that claims more lives each
year than breast, prostate
and colorectal cancers com-
bined.. Tobacco Vse accounts

for nearly S87 percent of all
lung cancer deaths each
.cear, although some 10 per-
cent of lung cancer diagno-
ses are found in people who
have never smoked.
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Board Certified

Family Practice
Palmetto Bay Medical Center
9765 SW 184 St., Miami, FL 33157

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particular- type of pblyphenols
called catechins may kill influ-
enza viruses. To maximize ben-
efits and minimize bitterness,
use just-below-boiling water
and steep green tea no more
than a minute or two. A little
lemon and honey can also help
blunt the bitterness. But don't
add milk, because the proteins
will bind to the polyphenols,
making them inefferitWv.'

Some research suggests that
when these so-called 'good"
bacteria found in yogurt,
sauerkraut and other foods -
reach the lower intestine, they
not only suppress the growth
of"bad" bacteria but also might
activate the immune system to
fight off diseases in other whys,
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not enlarge a kid's lunch

NEW YORK Skipping breakfast may not
change how much food a kid eats during
the rest of the day, suggests.a new study.
But missing the morning meal still car-
ries consequences, the researchers cau-
Some evidence has suggested that the
increasingly common practice-of skipping
breakfast could lead kids to overeat at
later meals, and eventually pack on extra
pounds. Yet few studies have rigorously
tested whether that's what really happens,
said lead researcher Tanja Kral of the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Kral and her colleagues set out to assess
the effect of skipping breakfast on appe-
tite and total calories consumed during
the rest of the day among 21 kids between
the ages of 8 and 10, most of them regular
breakfast eaters.
Each child visited the testing lab twice.

One time they were fed a breakfast of ce-
real, milk, banana and orange juice; on
the other visit they were not. On both oc-
casions, the kids were later served lunch,
which they could choose from an array of
foods -- including pasta, broccoli, apple-
sauce and cookies -- and told they could
eat as much or as little as they wanted over
a period of 20 minutes.
The children were then free to leave the
lab and parents reported back what the
kids consumed during the remainder of
the day.
Not surprisingly, kids said they felt hun-
grier throughout the morning when they
did not eat breakfast.
However, that didn't necessarily translate
into larger lunches, report the researchers
in The American Journal of Clinical Nutri-
"We found that despite differences in

feelings of hunger and fullness, children
who regularly consume breakfast did not
make up for the missing calories from a
skipped breakfast on a single occasion by'
eating more later in the day," said Kral.
As a result, the kids who ate breakfast
ended up consuming more calories overall.
and more than they needed to maintain
their current weights.
The average kid took in 362 more calo-
ries on days when the, did eat breakfast.
pushing them abLout 20 percent over their
estimated daily Ln-crg, requirement a
number based on lihight, weight. sex and
activity levels.
The disconnect br.leCcr. the kids stated
hunger levels, ph-,ica.l .-rinrge needs, and
how much they .i~c'tu.Jll art may be ex-
plained by other factors, the- authors spec-
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The Senate passes

$1.4B food safety bill

By The Associated Press

ate passed legislation recent-
ly to make food safer in the
wake of deadly E. coli and
salmonella outbreaks, poten-
tially giving the government
broad new powers to increase
inspections of food processing
facilities and force companies
to recall tainted food.
The $1.4 billion bill, which
would also place stricter
standards on imported foods,
passed the Senate 73-25.
Supporters say passage is
critical after widespread out-
/breaks in peanuts, eggs and
Those outbreaks have ex-
posed a lack of resources and
authority at the FDA as the
embattled agency struggled
to contain and trace the con-

votes in the Senate and to
make the bill more palatable
in the House. Members of
both parties voiced concern
about the legislation's impact
on small farms and business-
es when a different version of
the bill passed that chamber
in 2009.
The bill's prospects are un-
clear since there is little time
during the brief lame-duck
congressional session for the
House and Senate to recon-
cile different versions.
The Senate legislation
Allow the FDA to order a
recall of tainted foods. Cur-
rently the agency can only
negotiate with businesses to
order voluntary recalls;
Require larger food pro-
cessors and manufacturers
to register with the Food and'

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Many doctors and other health care
workers require that women have pel\ ic
exams before they can get pre scrip-
tions for birth control pills, despite
guidelines saying that the step is un-
necessar-,, a new study finds.
In a sur\ce of 1,200 U.S. doctors
S and advanced practice nurses, re-
Ssearchers found that one-third said
they always required women to have a
pel' ic exam before they would write a
prescripti, n for birth control pills.
N An ever, higher percentage 44 per-
cent sajd the\ usually required one.
according to findings published in the
journal Obstetrics &. Gynecology
The number of practitioners requiring
a pelvic exam is disappointingly high, re-
searchers say. considering the fact that
the World Health Organization and the
American College of Obstetricians and
4.,, Gynccolcogi-ts (ACOGI advise that
'' birth connlol pills can safely be pre-
s' i scrl.'i-Id \'.'ithoic t the t-e am
S e.'i-_ ipri -I.'l. ii'd .%.e
\% re r' tI11111,', hoping that tIhe
numbers would be lower, said

Dr George F. SaVwda, ,one of the research-
er; on the study.

The ke', problem with mandatory pelvic
exans is that it puts up aln unnecessary
hurdle to women seeking effective birth
control. according to Sawaya and his col-
leagues at the Universit, of California. San
Birth control pilis are the most popu-
lar form of reversible contraception in the
U S.. used by 28 percent of women using
contraceptives, the authors note
In mn-, ,le.v. Swe should have as few bar-
riers as possible to women trying to get ef-
fecti e birth control. Sa\waya said.
Pelvic exams, which can find potential
signs of sexually transmitted infections.
ovarian c\sts. cancer or other disorders.
are an important part of women s routine
There is no established medical need for
''oomen to ha' e the '-am before receiving a
prescription lor birth control pills. Sa\\a-
\a said. it s just that. traditionally. pelvic
Please turn to BIRTH CONTROL 19B

taminated prod-
ucts. The agency rarely in-
spects many food facilities
and farms, visiting some ev-
ery decade or so and others
not at all.
The bill would emphasize
prevention so the agency
could try to stop outbreaks
before they begin. Farmers
and food processors would
have to tell the Food and
Drug Administration how
they are working to keep their
food safe at different stages of
The legislation stalled as it
came under fire from advo-
cates of buying locally pro-
duced food and operators
of small farms, who said it
would could bankrupt some
small businesses.
Senate sponsors further
softened the bill's impact on
the food industry including
eliminating some fees proces-
sors would have to pay and
reducing the number of re-
quired inspections to gain

Repeated miscarriages

quintuple heart attack risk

Drug Administration and cre-
ate detailed food safety plans;
Require the FDA to cre-
ate new produce safety regu-
lations for producers of the
highest-risk fruits and veg-
Establish stricter stan-
dards for the safety of import-
ed food;
Increase inspections of
domestic and foreign food
facilities, directing the most
resources to those operations
with the highest risk profiles.
The bill would not apply to
meat, poultry or processed
eggs, which are regulated by
the Agriculture Department.
Those foods have long been
subject to much more rigor-
ous inspections and oversight
than FDA-regulated foods.
The federal Centers for Dis-
ease Control has estimated
that tens of millions of Ameri-
cans are sickened and thou-
sands die from food borne ill-
nesses each year.

By Amanda Gardner

Losing a pregnancy can
break a mom-to-be's heart in
more ways than one. Accord-
ing to a new study, women
who experience a stillbirth or
repeated miscarriages have a
dramatically increased risk of
heart attack later in life.
Compared with women
who never had a miscarriage,
women who had more than
three were about five times
more likely to ever suffer a
heart attack, the study found.
Having just one stillbirth
more than tripled the risk of
heart attack.
Each miscarriage a wom-
an has increases her risk of
heart attack by about 40 per-
cent, according to the study.
Underlying risk factors for
miscarriage or stillbirth -
such as high blood pressure
or blood-vessel dysfunction --
may also contribute to heart
attacks down the road, re-
searchers say.
"Many of the medical con-

editions that predispose to
recurrent miscarriage and
stillbirth can also predispose
towards heart disease," said
Dr. Elham Kharazmi, a scien-
tist in the division of cancer
epidemiology at the German
Cancer Research Center.
Women who experience
repeated pregnancy losses
"should be considered a high-
risk group for cardiovascular
disease," Kharazmi said. "The
known modifiable risk fac-
tors of cardiovascular disease
should be controlled in them
even when they are young
and have no symptoms [of]
heart disease."
The women who experi-
enced miscarriages or still-
births tended to be older,
heavier, and more sedentary,
and they were also more like-
ly than other women to have
diabetes, high cholesterol,
and high blood pressure.
Those differences can't fully
explain the findings, howev-
er, because the researchers
Please turn to RISK 19B

Lung cancer disease claims more lives each year

continued from 17B

It is estimated that Black men
arc percent more likely than
Caucasian men to develop the
disease over the course of their
lifetimes. The rate is approxi-
mately the same in Black and
white women.
Smoking rates have steadily
declined since the 1964 Surgeon
General's Report, which stated
that smoking was harmful. To-
day the percentage of smokers
is the lowest since World War I.
We have started to see people
living longer with lung can-

cer. However, still less than
15 percent of those with later
stage disease survive five years.
Compare that to breast cancer,
which has a 93 percent survival
rate when diagnosed early and
prostate cancer, which has a
nearly 100 percent five-year
survival rate when diagnosed at
early stages.
One reason that lung cancer
is so deadly is that it is often
difficult to detect in early stages
and even then, lung cancer can
quickly spread to other areas of
the body. Unfortunately, there
are no widely accepted screen-
ing methods for early stage lung
cancer, such as mammograms
for breast cancer, and the Pros-

tate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test
for prostate cancer.
And since survival rates for
lung cancer are among the low-
est across all cancer types and
there is a social stigma associat-
ed with the disease, it has pre-
cious few vocal advocates. There
are virtually no recognized pub-
lic faces of lung cancer what
Nancy Brinker (sister of Susan
G. Komen) is for breast cancer
and Lance Armstrong is for tes-
ticular cancer.
Early diagnosis is key and
that is now happening
But things are changing.
For the first time in decades,
positive news is peppering the
landscape. More people are

recognizing the symptoms that
can lead to an earlier diagno-
sis persistent coughing or
chest pain, shortness of breath,
wheezing or hoarseness, cough-
ing up blood, recurring pneu-
monia or bronchitis and loss of
Clinical advances have
meant that newer medicines
and unique drug combinations
are now available. Some pa-
tients have the option to start
a maintenance therapy imme-
diately following their first-line
treatments to try to maintain
a positive response, instead of
stopping treatment and waiting
until the disease progresses to
treat it again.

Remedies to help fight the flu

continued from 17B

few. In one study of 33 healthy
young women, both "regular"
yogurt and so-called "probiot-
ic-fortified" yogurt (which con-
tained added beneficial bacteria
cultures) were found to boost T-
cells, key players in the body's
defenses against viruses and
other pathogens. But it's a long
way from findings like those
to "assuming that by loading
up on yogurt or sauerkraut
or kimchi you can boost
your immune system enough
to fight off something like the
H1N1 flu," says Barry Goldin,
Ph.D., professor in the depart-
ment of Public Health and
Community Medicine at Tufts
University School of Medicine
in Boston. Fortifying yourself
with a daily dose of fermented
foods can't hurt, says Barry
Goldin, Ph.D., professor in the
department of Public Health
and Community Medicine
at Tufts University School of

Medicine in Boston.Goldin,
"but if you want to beat the
flu, get vaccinated."

Mice that ate a diet rich in
soluble fiber for six weeks re-
covered from a bacterial in-
fection in half the time it took
mice that chowed on meals
containing mixed fiber, ac-
cording to a recent study in
the journal Brain, Behavior
and Immunity. Soluble fiber,
abundant in citrus fruits, ap-
ples, carrots, beans and oats,
helps fight inflammation, says
lead author Christina Sherry,
Ph.D., R.D., of the University
of Michigan,. Ann Arbor. In-
soluble fiber, found in wheat,
whole grains, nuts and green
leafy vegetables, is still impor-
tant for overall health but it
doesn't seem to have the same
impact on immunity. Strive for
25 to 38 grams of total fiber a
day, Sherry says, paying extra
attention to getting the soluble

Get protected against the flu

continued from 17B

this reason, vaccination is rec-
ommended each year in order
to confer protection against the
types and strains of influenza
viruses that people are most
likely to encounter.
Although everyone is at risk
for seasonal influenza, there
are some groups at greater risk
for serious complications fol-
lowing infection, including: peo-
ple 65 years and older; children
younger than 5, but especially
those less than 2 years old; peo-
ple with certain chronic health
conditions, such as asthma and
COPD, diabetes, heart disease,
some neurological conditions,
and other specific conditions;
and pregnant women.

For a full list, including a list-
ing of those who should not be
vaccinated, see "People at High
Risk of Developing Flu-Related
Complications" at www.cdc.
In Florida, a typical flu season
can last from September into
April or May, with incidence of
infection occurring both before
and after this timeframe and
incidence peak often occurring
between February and May.
Flu vaccines are offered in
many doctors' offices and clin-
ics. Even Floridians without a
medical home are able to get a
flu vaccine at other places like
the local health department, a
pharmacy, an urgent care clin-
ic, and maybe a school, college
health center, or workplace.

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Special to the Miami Times

The Children's Diagnostic & Treat-
ment Center's (CDTC) 18th Annual Bas-
ket Brigade was held on Sunday, Nov.
21. The Center was able to provide a
Thanksgiving meal to 1,000 of its needi-
est families.
The purpose of CDTC's Basket Bri-
gade is to provide the Center's most
underprivileged families with a "basket"
filled with all the items needed to make
a traditional Thanksgiving meal, includ-
ing a turkey. Volunteers arrived at 8:30
am, filled the bags and delivered them to
families all over Broward County. There
was a festive atmosphere with music,
arts and crafts for the children, group
photos and a special visit.from Santa
and his Elfl

"We are grateful for the outstanding
support of over 500 volunteers from the
community who helped assemble and
deliver the Thanksgiving meals to our
families as well as to our Sponsors with-
out which this event would not have
been such a great success," said Susan
M. Widmayer, Ph.D., Executive Director,
CDTC's Thanksgiving Basket Brigade
Sponsors included American Express,
Aramark, FedEx, Cheney Brothers,
Sysco, BJ's Wholesale Club, Starbucks,
Krispy Kreme and Bed Bath & Beyond
and Broward Health.
The Children's Diagnostic & Treatment
Center (CDTC) is a not-for-profit
organization that serves more than
10,000 children with special health care
needs in Broward County.

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Karla Davis and Howard Davis,Jr. helped pre-
pare bags filled with food to be given to South
Florida's neediest families.

Some exams unnecessary when getting birth control

continued from 18B

exams have been coupled with
contraceptive prescriptions;
in many cases, it may have
simply been convenient for
women to have a pelvic exam
as part of their routine health-
care at the same time they
were seeking a birth-control
The current findings are
based on a survey sent to a
national sample of 1,196 ob-
gyns, family doctors and ad-
vanced-practice nurses spe-

cializing in either women's
health or family medicine.
Overall, 29 percent of ob-
gyns and 33 percent of fam-
ily doctors said they always
required a pelvic exam for
women seeking birth control
pills. In addition, half of ob-
gyns and about 45 percent of
family doctors said they usu-
ally required the exam.

Along with added costs,
unneeded pelvic exams also

open women up to the possi-
bility of having an abnormal
finding that, upon further
testing, turns out to be noth-
ing. "Any (test) we do with an
asymptomatic person has a
chance of resulting in a false-
positive," Sawaya said.
As for how often women
should have a routine pelvic
exam in the absence of any
problems, there is no specific
guideline. There are guide-
lines, however, for how often
women should get a Pap test
to screen for cervical cancer,
which is often done in con-

junction with a pelvic exam.
According to ACOG, women
should begin having Pap tests
at age 21, with screening re-
peated every two years until
age 30. Women age 30 and
older who have had three con-
secutive negative Pap tests
can be screened every three
For women who are only
seeking a birth control pre-
scription and are told they
need to schedule a pelvic
exam, Sawaya suggested they
ask their provider why the
exam is necessary.

Breakfast important for children

continued from 18B

"A child's food intake is very
much influenced by factors in
the environment, such as the
amounts and types of foods that
are available," Kral explained.
"Hence, these environmental
factors can override feelings of
hunger and fullness."
Kral noted that studying chil-
dren with a wider range of body

weights and ages, or kids who
regularly skip breakfast, might
have yielded different results.
She also cautioned that their
findings do not support skip-
ping breakfast, which is still
important for other reasons.
"Breakfast is an important
part of a healthy diet," said
Kral. "A healthy breakfast pro-
vides many important nutrients
that are crucial for children's
growth and development."

Increased risk after miscarriages

continued from 18B

controlled for all of those fac-
tors, as well as smoking and
educational attainment.
Dr. Richard Jones, an as-
sistant professor of obstetrics
and gynecology at Texas A&M
Health Science Center, in Tem-
ple, said that while miscarriag-
es early on in pregnancy are
generally attributed to chromo-
somal problems in the fetus,
late miscarriages are believed
to involve "some underlying
problem with mom," such as
bleeding disorders or blood-
vessel problems.
Other health conditions, such
as polycystic ovarian syn-
drome and infections such as
chlamydia may explain the
relationship, said the Ger-

man Cancer Research Center's
And, as the authors point out,
a recent study found that mice
who miscarried more than
once had elevated levels of tis-
sue factor, a protein that spurs
both inflammation and blood
Dr. J. Chad Teeters, a cardiol-
ogist at the University of Roch-
ester Medical Center in New
York, said that women who
have had a miscarriage -- or
even more than one -- should
not be Unduly concerned if
they don't have other risk fac-
tors for heart disease. Less
than 1 percent of the women in
the study had a heart attack,
he notes.
"That's a pretty low risk for any
general population," Teeters

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6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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1470 N.W. 87th Street

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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
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Jordan Grove Missionary
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5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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

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2799 N.W. 46th Street
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740 N.W. 58th Street

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2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

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16305 N.W. 48th Avenue

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15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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Hadley Davis
school monitor,
died December
8 at Kindred
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
husband, Wal-
ter; daughters,
Amberell But-
ler and Ashley -
Walker; son, Walter, Jr.; grand-
daughter, Aneysa Zoie Evariste;
mother Margie (Peggy) Muldrow of
Atlanta, GA; sister, Kim Muldrow-
Wallace of Atlanta, GA; three broth-
ers, Edward Muldrow, Jr. of Atlan-
ta, GA, Cory Muldrow (Pauline) of
Atlanta, GA and Toby Muldrow of
West Palm Beach, FL.; brother-
in-laws, Terry Walker (Sherry) and
Cleon Walker, Kevin Walker (Pam)
of Douglas, GA,Cornell Walker
of Douglas, GA; sister-in-laws,
Kathy Wilson of Albany, GA, Patri-
cia King, Tina Jackson (Travis) of
Douglas, GA, Myeeka Walker of
Douglas GA; aunt, Rose (Donaya)
Rahmings; a host of nieces, neph-
ews, and friends; two close friends,
Lori Bailey and Wanda Parker; and
a host of other relatives. Service
11 a.m., Satruday at Antioch Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.

OMAR BRUNSON, 35, laborer,
died December
10, at North
Shore Hospital. ,
Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday in ~ -
the chapel. ,

XAVIER MARTIN, 21, laborer,
died November 28 at home. Ser-
vices were held.

registered nurse, died November
29 at University of Miami. Services
were held.

south customer representative,
died November 29 at North Miami
Rehabilitation Center. Services
were held.

tired MDCS
employee, died
December 8
at North Shore
Hospital. Ser-
vice 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Zion A.M.E.

80, retired edu-
cator, died De-
cember 12 at
Memorial Re-
gional Hospital.
Memorial ser-
vice and view-
ing, 5-9 p.m.,
Friday at Mt. ------
Olivette, 1450 NV 2 Avenue. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Saturday at Bethel
Apostolic Church, 1855 NW 119

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
DAVID STUCKEY, 64, laborer,
died December
7. Service noon,
Saturday at
Walker Temple,
1781 NW 69

CLEAR, re-
tired MDC ad-
ministrator, died
December 12.
Service 11 a.m.,
Tuesday De-
cember 21 at
the Church of -

TORIN B. DAVIS, 39, clerk,

died December
6 in Georgia.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at 93rd
Street Com-
munity Baptist

Eric S. George West Park
RY, 59, of West
Park, director of I
security for New
Birth Baptist .
Church Cathe-
dral of Faith In-
ternational, died
December 12
at Memorial Re-
gional Hospital. Survivors include:
wife, Audrey M. Curry; children,
grandchildren, sisters, brothers,
in-laws, aunts, uncles, and a host
of relatives. Viewing from 5-9 p.m.,
Friday at New Birth Baptist Church
Cathedral of Faith International.
Service 1 p.m.,Saturday at New
Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of
Faith International.

ERMA JEAN KELLY, 73, retired,

died December
7 at home. Ser-
vice 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Val-
ley Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist
NW 69 Street.

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Carey Royal Ram'n
"BOOBIE", 45,
cab driver, died
December 7 at
home. Viewing
from 4 p.m.-
7p.m., Friday.,
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Tabor Mission-
ary Baptist Church.

Royal _
retired United States Coast Guard,
died December 12. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at True Vine Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.

FRANK ROZIER, 86, died De-
cember 9 at Plantation Nursing
Home. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Lighthouse, 9904 NW 77 Street,

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

extends their appreciation
for your acts of kindness and
outpouring sympathy and
love during our time of be-
Your cards, calls, prayers,
flowers and monetary dona-
tions were comforting to us.
Thanks to Poteat Funeral
Home, Oak Grove Baptist
Church, Victoria C. Campbell-
Ates and Lanise C. Wright, all
of Albany, Georgia, The Miami
Times, Sylvia D. Williams-
Garner, Wright and Young
Funeral Home, Alex Jones,
Cycloria, Rashevia, Kenyada
Jefferson and to all who help
make this transition easier for
Jimmie Jr., Mitzi and Jamal






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Study: Grief can be life threatening

Studies prove need for

immediate attention to grief

By Bella DePaulo

If we identified the cause of a doubling
of heart attack rates for males and trebling
for females, as a society, we'd mobilize all
our resources to deal with that, wouldn't
If we became aware of a direct link to
a suicide rate 242 percent higher than the
norm, we'd rev up our collective engines to
find a solution, wouldn't we?
If we learned of circumstances that cre-
ate a 153 percent increase in serious or fa-
tal auto accidents, we'd rush to do some-
thing about it, wouldn't we?
You'd think we'd stop at nothing to solve
those issues and prevent so many prevent-
able deaths, but you would be wrong.

Those three bullet points-and sev-
eral others-were identified in the Finn-
ish study, Mortality after Bereavement [J.
Kaprio, M. Koskenvuo, and H. Rita], pub-
lished in the American Journal of Public
Health in March, 1987.
It gives statistical support for what those
of us who labor in the trenches of grief have
been observing for many decades. It identi-
fies the dangerous and immediate by-prod-
uct of the grief caused by the death of a
long-term spouse.


The problem should be obvious: the pos-
sibility of dying from the impact of grief at
the death of a spouse, either by natural
causes, by accident, or by self-infliction,
is highest in the first few weeks after the
Our definition of grief is: "The normal
and natural conflicting feelings caused by
a change or an end in a familiar pattern of
That definition means that for most peo-
ple those conflicting feelings are happen-
ing right now. There's no need to wait six
months or a year to let them fester, before
discovering and addressing them.
Calling grief anything else confuses griev-
ers. And to be fair to them, they are already
dazed and confused by the loss or losses

that correctly define them as grievers.
As long as wrong words are used, there
will be no solutions. Grieving people have
been known to hide behind the diagnostic
words that are fed to them by profession-
als. Under the shield of incorrect language,
there can be no realistic or practical help
for people who are struggling with the nor-
mal and natural, yet painful reactions to
death, divorce and other grief producing
As long as wrong language and concepts
are invoked, the danger to grievers is mani-
fest and potentially fatal.
Whether you're a mental or medical health
professional, or just a normal person inter-
acting with a family member or friend, you
can be part of the solution instead of an
extension of the problem.

By Florence Isaacs

We've all seen newspaper and
TV photos taken at the funer-
als of luminaries, such as U.S.
presidents and other promi-
nent people-think Senator
Edward Kennedy. Celebrity fu-
nerals for movie stars and idols
of the music industry are often
fair game for uninvited pho-
tographers who simply peek
through the bushes to snap
mourners arriving or depart-
For the funerals of ordinary
mortals, appropriate photo
etiquette varies. The National
Funeral Directors Association
(NFDA) has no official policy on
the subject, but a spokesper-

son notes that funeral homes
would accede to the wishes of
the family. A funeral is a time
when all or most of the extend-
ed family congregates in one
spot, and mourners may (or
may not) want a family photo
as a tangible memory to keep
and share.
Many religions ban or limit
photos. For example, photo-
graphs, videos and usually
tape recorders, too, are inap-
propriate at Episcopalian, Ro-
man Catholic, Muslim or Bud-
dhist funerals, according to
the book How to Be a Perfect
Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette
in Other People's Religious
Ceremonies. Photos and tape
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Just follow these three easy steps

For 88 years as a community service, The Miami Times
has paid tribute to deceased members of the commu-
nity by publishing all funeral home obituaries free of
charge. That remains our policy today. We will con-
tinue to make the process an easy one and extend this
service to any and all families that wish to place an
obituary in The Miami Times.

1) Obituaries follow a simple format and must be in
our office no later than 2:30 p.m. on Monday. All of
this is free.

2) Like most publications, obituaries can be tailored
to meet your specific needs, including photographs, a
listing of survivors and extensive family information,
all for additional charges.

3) In order to make sure your information is posted
correctly, you may hand deliver your obituary to one
of our representatives. Obituaries may also be sent to
us by e-mail ( or fax

For additional questions or concerns, please call us
at 305-694-6210 and we will be happy to provide you
with quality service.

some Assemblies of God funer-
als; tape recorders are fine at
a Jehovah's Witnesses funeral.
At a Lutheran funeral, ask the
pastor for permission for pho-
tos, flashes, video cameras or
tape recorders. You may be
able to tape record at a Jewish
funeral if you obtain permis-
sion first, but photos are not
acceptable. I would not pull
out a cell phone to take pic-
tures in any place of worship
where photos are banned. In
cases where pictures are not
an option, you might ask if
they could be taken later in
the day, such as at a meal.

Many exhibitions exploring

the early history of photog-
raphy include photos of the
dead in their caskets. In the
1800s, such pictures were
quite common both here and
abroad. Today, I know of at
least one person who took pic-
tures of each of her deceased
parents at their respective fu-
nerals. The photos were a tre-
mendous comfort to her. But
others I've talked to consider
such pictures morbid and
even shameful. Of course this
becomes a moot issue if the
deceased is cremated.

During the past several weeks, our readers might have no-
ticed that our obituary page has been shorter than usual. The
reason is not that the number of deaths in our community have
suddenly declined but because our newspaper is not getting
the information on all of the deaths.
For some reason, 14 of the 34 Black funeral homes have in-
formed The Miami Times that they will not submit any more
death notices to our newspaper for publication: Bain Range/
Range, Gregg L. Mason, Poitier, D. Richardson, A. Richard-
son, Mitchell, Jay's Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt, Kitchens, Wright &
Young, Pax Villa, Stevens, Carey, Royal & Rahming and Royal.
This newspaper continues to publish all death notices sub-
mitted to us as a public service free of charge as we have been
doing for the past 88 years.
If your funeral home does not submit the information to us,
you may submit it on your own. Please consult our obituary
page for further information or call 305-694-6210.


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By Tonya Pendleton

The O'Jays have long been one of soul
music's most enduring groups.
Formed in Canton, Ohio in the late
1950s with original members Eddie Le-
vert and Walter Williams Jr., the group
became a part of the Philadelphia sound
in the 70's with hits like "Backstab-
bers," "I Love Music" and "Love Train."
To celebrate their fans' devotion over
the years, they are providing them with
the perfect holiday gift a brand new
holiday release. Despite some of the
personal tragedies they've suffered, the
O'Jays are in the Christmas spirit this
year with "Christmas With The O'Jays."
The CD's 10 tracks include such
Christmas standards as "Jingle Bells,"
"Silent Night" "Joy To The World" and
"The First Noel," as well as two new
songs: "I'm What You.Want For Christ-
mas" and "Cause It's Christmas."
For this effort, the O'Jays collaborated
with Time/Life's Saguaro Road Music,
and they say it was truly a satisfying
"This CD was created with the best
intentions and in good spirit," Wil-
liams said. "Every now and then, an
opportunity like this comes along. We,
The O'Jays, Bruce Walker and Jacques
Richmond were able to capture the holi-
day love and spirit in these performanc-
es for our fans' enjoyment."
This is only the second Christmas al-
bum the group has ever recorded. The
other is 1991's "Home For Christmas,"
so it's been a while since the group has
put its personal spin on holiday-themed
"This was one of the fastest records I
ever recorded," Levert said. "It is a great
product that I am proud to have been a
part of. It was a great experience going
into the studio to create what I am sure
will be a long-lasting holiday treat."
For their part, the executives be-
hind this latest O'Jays album seem as
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Carmen Gonzalez Caldwell,
executive director of Citizens'
Crime Watch in Miami-Dade.
is being commended for the
operation ofThe Citizens' Crime
Watch and disseminating
pertinent information to
citizens to prevent burglary in
their homes, automobiles and
other places.
Caldwell has been doing this
for the past 10 years and those
who have read her column in
Neighbors have been grateful
knowing about the prevention
of crime on your person.
If you are planning to take a
trip during the holiday season:
contact your local police
department and request that
they place a "watch order" on
your home. Provide information
such as when you are leaving
and returning. Also, let them
know who will be checking your
house and picking up your
nail; set an automatic timer in
your home, if possible, or leave
lights on in different parts of
the house. Leave the back and
front porch lights on.
Do not leave wrapped gifts

under the holiday ,'
tree where they
can be seen. or ask
a neighbor to get
your mail, pick up
your newspaper
and park his or her car in
your driveway. Do not leave
spare keys under the mat, in
the mailbox, or under a potted
Check all doors to be sure
they are locked, as well as
windows and any automobile
you are leaving in your
driveway. Please remember to
let your neighbor know about
your garbage can and recycling
bin that should be put out on
the days specified, including
the time and locations.
While traveling, guard your
credit cards. Please be aware
of your area when you have
to take out your credit card.
Present it on the inside of the
station or around someone
on the outside. Do not talk to
anyone when negotiating with
your credit card. And of course,
just carry one, not several. If
you are driving, please find



police to give you correct
direction to your destination
and enjoy yourself on your trip.

The parking lot was filled last
Saturday at Ebenezer United
Methodist Church for
the 8th Annual HIV/
AIDS Benefit Concert.
The founder and
producer of the event '
was David Smith.
He then, introduced '
Aleisha Miller, mistress
of ceremony, who
introduced Dr. Pamela TY
Green, committee
member, to bring the
Pat Bryan, Robert Heith
and Miller alluded to statistics
on HIV/AIDS and the divide
included 53 percent of the
minority in Miami-Dade
County has the virus, with only
23 percent population in the
Adrienne Hawkins-Wright
performed a liturgical dance,
followed by the introduction
of Professor Stephen English
& Fellowship Choir as the
featured choir from Mt. Calvary
Baptist Church.
Members of the group are
Jackie Samuels, Jessica
Mobley, Austine Bacon,
Rosa Lee Samuels, Queen

McKenzie, Gayle Rembert,
Katrina Cleare, Barbara
Lawson, Kalenthia Nunally-
Bain and Lisa Neal.
Other entertainers included
M.A.S.K. The proceeds from
the event will go to the
Health and Wellness
S Department for victims
of HIV/AIDS. Smith
paid tribute to the
memory of Henry
Fredrick, Jr., a victim
of the virus and Dr.
Rev. Joreatha M.
'NES Capers and Nunally-
Bain directed everyone
to the fellowship hall
for refreshments.
*********** **
Dr. Carlton Fisher,
founder/president, Joint
Alumni Coalition (JAC)
informed "Chatter" of the
Children's Trust presentation
of Environmentally, a play
designed for children at
the Joseph Caleb Center
Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 10.
Kudos go out to the 150
children from Liberty City that
were in attendance to witness
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center's Voices of Heritage,
Miami Northwestern Sr. High
School PAVAC Players and
Lil Rofo. Youth in the ADMIT
program have completed a 25

track CD with songs and raps
by kids to encourage others to
go green.
In addition, JAC is planning
a trip to Atlantic City,
Philadelphia and New York for
9 days/8 nights, September
2-10, 2011. So if you are
interested, please call Gwen
Coley at 954-436-3167 or
Rudean Gillard at 305-688-
4539 for more information.
It's a trip you will enjoy that
would include transportation
from Miami and in the cities.
The cost of the trip is $710.00,
which would include 13 meals,
nights ot lodging, guided tour of
New York City and Philadelphia,
plus receive $30.00 as a casino
bonus and more.
Keith R. Tynes, a native
of Miami is a headliner in
Berlin, Germany, as well as
surrounding countries. His
mother is Brenda Tynes,
a member of Bethany SDA
He took time to visit
his mother during the
Thanksgiving weekend. He and
his sister Patricia Tynes, who
flew in from Long Beach, CA,
surprised their mother. Keith
entertained her reflecting on
the places where he performed.
He spoke of his 56th birthday

By Ann a -*1

"Not the Largest. But the
Best" meets on the third
Thursday of each month.
Please join our alumni,
you will be happy you did.
Our officers are President,
Roberta Daniels; Recording
Secretary, Madeline
Atwell; Corresponding
Secretary, Kathryn
Hepburn; Treasurer,
Laura Jones; Financial
Secretary, Mary Simmons;
Parliamentarian, James
Farrington and Chaplain,
Dr. Preston Marshall.
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to
the following couples:
Theodore and Gladys
Moss, their 54th on Dec.



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8; John F.
and Kimberly
Jackson, their
16th on Dec. ..........
10; Charles and
Sharon Ware, their 19th on
Dec. 12.
On Sunday, January 30,
2011 at 2 p.m. at the Hilton
Downtown (formerly the
Omni), Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc. will observe
our Founders Day. Our
distinguished speaker will
be our National President
Cynthia Butler-McIntyre.
Get well wishes to all
of the sick and shut in:
David A. Wilson, Roland
Rolle, Dolly Kelly,
Naomi Adams, Joyce

continued from 1C

Hubbard Street Dance was
founded 33 years ago by famed
choreographer Lou Conte and
is now under the guidance
of Artistic Director Jason D.
Palmquist. As he explains,
what began as a dance com-
pany primarily focused on jazz
dance, has since evolved into a
world class organization whose
performances are grounded in
a solid contemporary medium.
"Our dancers come from all
over the world with quite a
few of them speaking Span-
ish as their first language,"
Palmquist said. "They are all
incredible dancers and in our
performance last weekend we
showcased some of our most
requested pieces Tabula
Rasa which is one of our signa-
ture pieces and one of our new-
est dances Blanco which is
a stunning mix of abstract and
sculptural movements for four
But Hubbard Street Dance
does more than just entertain
audiences with their onstage
brilliance. They also work in
the Chicago Public Schools
where they teach young chil-

dren the "creative process" and
provide students with expo-
sure to the world of dance. Its
all part of their MIND program
(Moving in New Directions)
in which they teach
movement activi-
ties to elementary
school students.
"We are gener-
ating more origi- nal
work than almost a n y
company in the U.S. and we
take that same creativity into
the schools. Students learn
in a lot of different ways and
we have found that dance is
a great vehicle to help them
learn how to be more creative
and to work in a collaborative
fashion. For students to be
able to compete in this new
global environment, they need
to be innovative and creative.
What better way to foster such
abilities than through dance?
Penny Saunders, 32, has
been with the company for six
years and is a native of West
Palm Beach. She says she has
been dancing ever since she
can remember and knew pret-
ty early in life that she wanted
to become a professional danc-
"I started dancing when I

Major-Hepburn, Delores
Bethel-Reynolds, Lemuel
Moncur, Inez McKinney-
Johnson, Frances Brown,
Winston Scavella, Joyce
Gibson-Johnson, Delores
McCartney and Bonnie
Lola Lewis and her son,
Attorney Floyd Hilton
Lewis, Jr. of Washington,
D.C. along with their
friends Karen Johnson,
her daughter Laura Ann
Johnson of Cherry Hill,
New Jersey are all in the
Magic City visiting Lola's
sister-in-law Francena
Lewis-Robinson, brother-
in-law Walter Lewis and
their family members.
Miamians were saddened
to hear of the demise
of Ezekiel Burrows in
Cleveland, Ohio. "Zeke"
as he was affectionately

was s
just three-
years-old and
had the encourage-
ment of my moth-
er," she said. "At
first it was just
a way for me to
become flexible
and maybe pre-
pare to be a cheer-
leader one day if I
wanted, bit I kept
moving in bigger
ponds and working
with bigger fish. I
have been lucky
enough to do what
I always dreamed
of dancing.
Saunders says
that one of the
things she .
likes best
about Hub-
bard Street
Dance com-
pany is how
different all of the
dancers are in terms of train-
ing and expertise.
"We all have very distinct
styles but we have this amaz-

known was laid to rest
in his adopted home of
Cleveland last weekend.
Attending the funeral from
Miami was his daughters,
son-in-laws and
grandchildren: Kim and
Ronald P. Wright, Sr., Lisa
and Rev. James Lofton,
Jr., Ronald Jr. and Chaz
Wright, Jasmin Jamese
Lofton, Jamari Bryan
Smith, Juanita Smith,
Bryan Smith Jr.,. Dannet
and Henry Simmons,
Thedore Smith and Leona
Ora Moss, her son Gary
Moss, Sr. and his wife
Kathleen are in Arlington,
Texas visiting Gary Jr., his
wife Rebecca and daughter
Kaitlyn Ann Moss. They
will also visit San Antonio,
Texas before returning
home in the New Year.

M.J. glove brings $330,000 at auction

B\ Thie associated PiFes

Items from the Michael Jack-
A son's stage wardrobe, includ-
ing one of the King of Pop's
S famous gloves, attracted furi-
ous bidding at an auction of
celebrity memorabilia in Bev-
erly Hills.
Julien s Auctions says a lone

glove worn by Jackson dur-
ing the "Bad" tour in the late
1980s sold for $330,000 at the
'Icons & Idols' auction recent-
ly. A jacket signed by Jackson
brought in $96.000 and a fe-
dora he wore on stage went for
$72,000 at the Julien's Auc-
tions event.
Other highlights from the
auction were an x-ray of Albert

Einstein's brain, which brought
$38,750, and a pair of Marilyn
Monroes empty prescription
bottles sold for $18,750.
A military-style jacket worn
by John Lennon for a 1966 Life
Magazine photo shoot sold for
Juliens Auctions says the
two-day event brought in more
than $3 million.


ing capacity to
come togeth-
er with one5
voice," she said.
"That's what I think
is unique about us
we are quite dif-
ferent in how we
move yet when we
perform we dance
extremely well to-
gether. And even
though there are
just 16 of us, we
look bigger on stage
we dance louder
and stronger."
Hubbard Street
Dance performs all over
the U.S. and the world so
if you missed them in Chi-
cago, keep your eyes open for
where they will be performing
Incidentally, another popu-
lar dance company, the Alvin
Ailey American Dance The-
atre, will be back in Miami to
kick off their new season Feb-
ruary 17th through the 20th.
They will be bringing some
new pieces and will of course
perform some of their classics
as well.
Dance is alive and well in

Tichina Arnold takes on

most challenging role yet

By Sonya Eskridge

Tichina Arnold is taking her
career down a new avenue
with her compelling upcom-
ing film.
Arnold is probably best
known for playing tough
chicks on some of our favor-
ite sitcoms. From her roles
on "Martin" and "Everybody
Hates Chris" we know this
woman can do funny.
But now Tichina
will play a more vul-
nerable role in Hope
& Redemption: The '
Lena Baker Story. In .
the film, Tichina stars
as Lena; who was the
.first Black woman to
be executed in the
state of Georgia.
"It's a very riveting,
moving, emotional piece," Ar-
nold said. "You definitely will
have to bring tissues when
you see it."
Lena was convicted for the
shooting death of a White
man in 1944 even though she
killed him in self-defense. As
you'll see in Hope & Redemp-
tion, Lena was held captive by
her employer, Elliot Arthur,
who did unspeakable things
to her.
For Arnold, this was the

perfect role to usher her into
the world of dramatic acting,
something she's wanted to do
for a while.
"To be part of such a great
body of work, I wanted to have
that under my belt," she said.
"Comedy is second nature to
me but to do a film that has
not one ounce of comedy ..
. was the most challenging
thing. It was a welcomed chal-
"I started want-
Sing to do drama the
more drama got into
my life," the actress
added with a laugh,
explaining that such
demanding roles are
actually cathartic for




thought she'd get a
chance to tell someone's true
story, but with Hope & Re-
demption behind her, she's
itching for her next dramat-
ic opportunity. Ideally, the
actress would jump at the
chance to play amazing Black
women such as Nina Simone
and Sarah Vaughn.
While she is waiting on
those roles, you can watch her
in Hope & Redemption: The
Lena Baker Story when it's re-
leased on DVD on January 5.

Harvey, Franklin team up for tour

By Bridget Bland

For most of 2010, Steve Har-
vey has focused his efforts
on promoting his 'Act Like A
Lady, Think Like A Man' New
York Times best-seller, main-
taining his position as one
of the country's top morning
radio hosts and giving back
through his foundation. But,
now the co-
median will
get back to
his stand-up
roots as he
embarks on a
comedy tour
with a twist. HARVEY
Next spring,
Harvey will join Grammy
Award-winning singer Kirk
Franklin for their first-ev-
er 'Steve Harvey and Kirk
Franklin Comedy Gospel
Tour,' where Franklin will of-
fer up his inspiration songs
to people going through tough
times, and Harvey will give
fans something to laugh
about. "I think that this type
of tour for me is long overdue,"
the original King of Comedy
"It is going to be an amaz-
ing amount of fun and ya'll
really do need to see Kirk
and me together because as I
said before, God really is not
through with me yetl It's go-

ing to be funny just watching
me trying to get through this
show cleanly. I'm probably
going to remind you of some-
body you know."
Franklin is also eager to
head out on the road with
Harvey for this unique concert
"It's an honor to tour with my
friend and brother in bringing
people hope
and laughter
'i-' in what for
many are dif-
f '" ficult times.
Steve brings
the jokes and
FRANKLIN I bring that Je-
sus," he said.
The Gospel Comedy tour
kicks off at Atlanta's Phillips
Arena on March 19 and will
also stop in cities like Tam-
pa, Jacksonville and Mem-
phis. Tickets are now on sale
through Ticketmaster.
Harvey remains very busy
through the rest of the year.
His highly anticipated follow-
up to 'Act Like a Lady, Think
Like a Man,' titled 'Straight
Talk No Chaser' was released
Dec. 7 via Amistad/Harper
Collins. In addition to hosting
the long-running game show
'Family Feud,' he also just
premiered his new Centric
television show, 'The Steve
Harvey Project.'

Artistic director Jason Palmquist

talks about future of dance





party held in Berlin.
Miami Central football
ream has been struggling
to play for the Florida High
School Association State
Championship since its
inception in 1964. Now, in
2010, the win over South Dade
last Friday put them in a level
to travel to the Citrus Bowl
in Orlando to compete with a
team from Central Florida. Are
they ready? Yes as ready as
they have ever been.
Telly Lockette and his
coaching .staff have put
together a determined group of
players with confidence, ability
and skill to make it to the
championship game, especially
with Luke "Sky Walker"
Campbell as volunteer coach,
David Wiggins, alumnus, who
electrify the alumni with his
horn, the dynamic marching
band under the leadership
of John McMan and those
courageous cheerleaders.
Kudos go out to Devonte
Freeman, running back;
Raheem Cato, quarterback
and Emilio Nadelman, kicker.
Meanwhile, Wiggins and the
cheering crowd will be spending
their time traveling when and
wherever the rockets go for the
new two weeks. Go Rockets!

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Ri sc.sSli S C \IOI iiixOs \ DETIS C TE IAI IME, ECMBR 1-2, 01

The Booker T. Wash-
ington 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 Cul-
tural Arts Center. For more
information please call 305-

The Miami Jackson
Class of 1971 is hosting a
Holiday Happy Hour on Fri-
day, Dec. 17 from 6-10 p.m.
at the El Palacio Hotel, 9th
Floor, 21485 N.W. 27 Ave.
Please call Gall D. Roberts
for more information at 305-
343-0839 or Sherry Peters at

Broadway Avenue in-
vites you to the Miami-Dade
School Crossing Guard Ap-
preciation Day on Saturday,


Dec. 18 at 7017 N.W. 18 Ave
starting at 12 p.m. There will
be free food plus meet and
talk with the new police ma-
jor in the community.

Miami Jewish Health
System launches toy drive
for children impacted by the
Haiti earthquake. The toy
drive ends on Dec. 22. Please
bring wrapped toys for 'chil-
dren of all ages to the Miami
Jewish Health Systems (Ha-
zel Cyphen Tower lobby area),
5200 N.E. 2nd Ave, Mondays-
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

N. Grace Academy Inter-
national will be giving away
Christmas gifts to two se-
lected families. Please have
a child to submit an essay
about "Is it better to give than
to receive?" at graceacademy-.

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~-~Il-~l-i under Christmas give-
away. For more information,
please call 305-681-2281.

Iota Phi Lambda So-
rority, Inc. will sponsor the
Iota Gems and Gents Enrich-
ment Project; a mentoring
programs for sixth grade stu-
dents. Youth are engaged in
various educational, cultural
and recreational activities.
Please call 305-688-2383 if
you are interested in having
your child participate.

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 information,
call 305-333-7128.

The Sigma Chi Chap-
ter of Alpha Phi Omega will
hold monthly meetings every
fourth Sunday. For more in-
formation, contact Kenneth

Play about MLK Jr. planned for Broadway

By Adam Hetrick

I K Acaderri, A.'vard winner Halle
SBerr', has confirmed that she
u ill make he-r Broadway debut
in Kat'or Ha ll s The Mountain-
4. .top opp.-.sire Oscar nominee
Samuel L Jackson, according
to ETOnline.
Berry and Jackson's cast-
ing in the Broadway produc-
tion of the Olivier Award-nom-
inated pia'y has been rumored
for months Berry made the
annuLncemirent dClring the pre-
nmiere of her new film "Frankie
and Ailie." No official
casting has been
an inounced.
The New York
Post first al-
luded to the
casting of
the two Hol-

plywood heavy-
weights in July.
Jackson has
participated in
previous read-
ings of the play
for industry
The Moun-
taintop is aim-
ing for a fall
2011 Broadway


arrival. Sonia Friedman (La Bete,
La Cage aux Folles) and Jean Dou-
manian Productions will present
the play that will be directed by
Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in
the Sun).
The Mountaintop premiered at
London's Theatre 503. in June
2009. The play transferred to the
Trafalgar Studio 1 in the West End
and earned the Olivier Award for
Best Play. David Harewood and

Lorraine Bur-
roughs starred.
Here's how
producers de-
Sr' ." scribe the work:
. "Taking place
Si onApril 3, 1968,
SThe Mountain-
top is a grip-
ping reimagin-
JACKSON ing of events
the night before
the assassination of civil rights
leader Martin Luther King, Jr., as
he retires to Room 306 in the now
famous Lorraine Motel in Memphis,
after delivering his legendary 'I've
Been to the Mountaintop' speech
to a massive church congregation.
When room-service is delivered by
a young woman, whose identity we
puzzle over, King is forced to con-
front his past, as well as his legacy
to his people."


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trying to get a Hurt Locker
every time you're out the gate,
you have to be smart about
the business and know your
place. ... A lot of cats don't
know how to stay in their
Mackie says he and Hurt
Locker star Jeremy Renner
became life-long friends'
\vhile shooting the intense
Academy Award-winning film
about bomb defusers in Iraq.
And there are no hard feel-
ings about Mackie missing
out on an Oscar nomination.
IRenner was nominated but
did not win for best actor.)
"Him being nominated
takes away nothing that I
did in that film. and he's my
dude. So if your boy gets nom-
inated, party like a rock star!"
he says.
Night Catches Us finds
Mackie reunited \\ith another
good friend. Kerry Washing-
ton. The pair first shared the
screen together in Spike Lee's
She Hate Me, a mind-bending
take on modern methods of
conception. Mackie says that
he suggested Washington for
the role in Night Catches Us.
"She's kind of like my muse
in a vay." he says. 'You can do
whatever you wantt and she'll
follow, and at certain points,
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the actor, 31. "If you look at
baseball, you have a base
hit or you have a home run:
those are the ways you score.
There s so many people in the
game right now who are just
trying to hit a home run with
every job they take. I'm like,
'Ifyou hit a base hit with ev-
ery job, sooner or later. you're
going to start scoring runs.' "
The star of Night Catches
Us, an indie film about the
Black Panthers in the late
1970s that is in select the-
aters now. has even boiled his
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"If you look at a movie like
8 Mile, it was a triple. If you
look at She Hate Me, that was
a single. If you look at Night
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a double; If you look at Hurt
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An all-star lineup joins

Obamas for TV special

By Cindy Clark

It was Christmas caroling to the max as
Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli and Annie
Lennox got into the songs of the season on
Sunday at a star-studded holiday concert
at the National Building Museum.
President Obama and Michelle Obama
showed up, along with Sasha, Malia and
Marian Robinson, the first lady's mother.
A very pregnant-looking Carey, who was
the first to perform, said in an interview
before the show that the invitation was "an
honor." Last month saw the release of her
Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You,
and this "seemed like the perfect way to
highlight this holiday season." The mom-to-
be, fittingly, belted out her new Christmas
song One Child. Carey, dressed in a festive
red sparkling dress with a large bow tied
right above her burgeoning baby bump,
sang against the backdrop of a group of
singers made up of the Washington Youth
Choir and the American Family Choir.
Elen DeGeneres followed Carey's num-
ber. The host began by welcoming "the
president, Mrs. Obama, family, friends and
security that patted me down too much."
She continued, "I think we all know why I
am here because Oprah is in Australia."
Broadway veteran Mathew Morrison
- also known as Mr. Schuester on Fox's
Glee- was happy to sing for the president,
something he has done in Washington a
couple of times before in the past two years.
"When Obama calls, I'm there," Morrison
joked before the show. As for Glee, "I know
Michelle definitely does (watch the show)
... Obama said he watched two episodes. I
don't know if I believe him!"
Morrison sang a medley of I'll Be Home
for Christmas and the Hawaiian-themed

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President Obama and his family greet performers Maxwell and Andrea Bocelli during
the annual Christmas in Washington show at the National Building Museum on Sunday.

Christmas song Mele Kalikimaka.
"We had a lot of Christmas carols going
on in the house when I was growing up,
so to come and actually sing them and in-
dulge in the whole Christmas spirit is kind
of exciting," said Morrison, who in the fall
recorded a holiday album with the Glee
cast. After Morrison's set, Lennox, who
also just released a Christmas album, sang
her original song Universal Child. "I'm re-
ally honored to sing it in'front of the people
here," she said before the show.
DeGeneres kept the jokes rolling between
performances, making sure to cater to the
inside-the-Beltway crowd. "I have some
bad news. ... I've just been told that Santa's
naughty-and-nice list has shown up on
The evening's "special guest performer,"
Italian tenor Bocelli, was up next with
White Christmas.
Nickelodeon's iCarly star Miranda Cos-
grove, 17, picked up the evening's pace with
the pop hit Last Christmas. The day before
was a busy one for the teen star: She pre-
ceded the concert's rehearsals by taking
the standardized ACT test at a local high

school. "There were breaks, so I ended up
hanging out with some of the other kids.
... It was fun," says Cosgrove, who "really
wants to go to NYU and USC. ... My ulti-
mate dream is two years at each."
Maxwell sang the heartwarming Have
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
For the concert's finale, all of the stars
and both choirs returned to the stage to
sing a medley of revered classics including-
Joy to the World, Away in a Manger, Angels
From the Realms of Glory, 0 Holy Nightand,
and O Come All Ye Faithful.
"What a wonderful show," the president
said in closing the special and reflecting on
the reason behind the season. "It's a mes-
sage that guides my Christian faith. ... We
hold in our hearts those who have fallen
on hard times this holiday season." Obama
wished the audience a happy holiday and,
along with his family, joined everyone in a
rendition of Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
The TNT telecast marks the network's
12th presentation of Christmas in Wash-
ington, which is in its 29th year overall
and benefits the Children's National Medi-
cal Center.

New holiday album for O'Jays

continued from 1C

though they're just as excited
about it as the group's fan base.
"'Christmas with The O'Jays'
pairs one of American music's
greatest groups with a cherished
American tradition- the holiday

album," said Mike Jason, Sa-
guaro Road Records' senior vice
president of retail. "Turn the fire-
place on, pour yourself eggnog
and enjoy The O'Jays this holi-
day season with a brand new al-
bum of classic songs, along with
two newly-written soon-to-be

Football great Lawrence Taylor was in court recently to see if he could get his
recent rape indictment dismissed. Taylor and his defense argue that his arrest was
illegal because police didn't have a warrant to enter his New York hotel room back in
May. In addition, the defense claims that any statements made by Taylor during that
arrest are inadmissible.
Taylor, 51, is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute he paid $300 for
and faces charges of third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse and
endangering a child. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
State Supreme Court Justice William Kelly denied the dismissal of the indictment
but is allowing a pretrial hearing to see if Taylor's statements made when he was ar-
rested are admissible as evidence.

Authorities say rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on an outstanding
traffic warrant as he left a restaurant iner Universal Studius outside Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Sharji Ruda says In.night 'vas released about an
hour after his arrest early last Saturday.
Ruda tells the Los fAgeies Times that r ilghr A 35 stopped by deputies, who ran his
name through cjimpulers and dis:':,vered he was wanted on a minor traffic warrant
issued recently in Beverly Hills.

Legendary hip-hop "human beat box" Doug E. Fresh is rapping the blues this holiday
to the tune of $2.27 million in back taxes that he owes the feds.
Fresh, 'whose real name is Douglas E. Davis, has been down debtor's row before in
the not-too-distant past when, back in 2005, he was hit with three foreclosure actions
by banks vwho wtr looking to collect $3.5 million in unpaid mortgages from three
Harlem, New York properties that he owned.
The record producer and iconic pioneer of beat-boxing now faces yet another New
York tax lien 'Arhr.h was filed on Oct. 20 with the New York City Register's Office.

Darrell 'Big Foot" McCoy celebrates 56t birthday bash

The family of Darrell "Big
Foot" McCoy invites friends and
colleges to come out and cele-
brate his 56th birthday bash,' 7
p.m., Saturday, December 25 at
the Rusty Pelican Restaurant,

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
in Key Biscayne.
Formal dress is required.
Contact Kim at 305-625-
6166, for additional informa-

Actor reflects on new movie

continued from 3C

she knows exactly when to
take the lead and when to push
those buttons. We just have to
find something where we don't
have a love scene, because for
some reason, people just keep
trying to put us together."
Despite some violence in the
film, Mackie decries the his-
torical stereotype of Black
Panthers as anarchists with a
healthy bloodlust.
"I was blown away by the per-
ception that was placed in his-
tory about them," says Mackie,
who did research for the film.
"I thought it was so interesting
how they were putting security
programs in the neighborhood
and how they were doing food
drives. They were basically the

police of the neighborhood be-
cause there was no one there to
police the police."
He'll follow up Night Catches
Us with the Matt Damon-Emily
Blunt flick The Adjustment Bu-
reau, which arrives in March.
Mackie is also shooting a "cool
kind of cop drama," Man on a
Ledge, with Avatar star Sam
And, as if he weren't busy
enough, the single New Orleans
native is building a watering
hole, NoBar, which he expects
to open next month in Brook-
"That's my day job," he says.
"I wanted a place in my neigh-
borhood where I could drink
beer and watch sports. I've
been building that during the
day and doing the movie during
the afternoon and evening."



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By Emma Wilkinson

Some of the most harrowing
stories coming out of the devas-
tation in Haiti are those of chil-
dren, alone, scared and severely
Children under 18 make up
almost half of Haiti's 10 million
population and aid agencies are
warning they are at great risk
from ongoing physical and psy-
chological trauma.
Already the country faces the

highest rates of infant and child
mortality in the Western hemi-
sphere with diarrhea, respira-
tory infections and tuberculosis
among the leading causes of
death. Now the cholera epidemic
threatens to kill even more of the
country's children. In addition,
it is estimated there are 19,000
children with HIV/AIDS living in
Haiti with few drugs available to
treat them.
UNICEF says children are
"tremendously vulnerable."

Gareth Owen, Save the Chil-
dren's director of emergencies,
said petrified children have been
found sleeping in the midst of
dead bodies and are in grave
"Thousands more have lost all
contact with their families and
friends and are now struggling
to survive alone in the rubble,"
he said. "They are sleeping on
their own, trying to cope with
the trauma of seeing dead bod-
ies and have no idea where to go

for help.
Physical wounds are of course
not the only issue there are
also psychological scars.
Professor Richard Williams,
lead officer for disaster man-
agement at the Royal College of
Psychiatrists, said most people,
children and adults, tend to ex-
perience fear, anxiety, guilt, dis-
orientation, hopelessness and
other related feelings within the
first few days of a disaster.
But that is usually temporary

and 80 percent will not have
lasting mental health problems.
For a small group there is a
longer term risk of depression
and anxiety as well as post-trau-
matic stress disorder.
"Children are particularly vul-
nerable because they depend on
adults to care for them," Wil-
liams said. "If they have lost
contact with familiar adults
there will be the additional bur-
den of grief and bereavement. It
is right to focus on children but

the good news is they are just as
resilient as adults."
He says the psychological "first
aid" that is needed is practical
help and that includes food, wa-
ter and shelter.
"After that it is about re-estab-
lishing normality and relation-
ships and routine reconnect-
ing children with their families
and getting them back to school.
All these things are incredibly
protective of mental health."

Manigat headed to runoff against Celestin

Supporters want

Martelly added

to the ticket

By Jennifer Wells

he or won't he?
As the nation's capital at-
tempted to absorb the news
that Mirlande Manigat has
emerged as the front-runner to
be Haiti's president, protests
and gunfire broke out in the
city as one question remained
unanswered: Whether Mi-
chel Martelly will be allowed
to stand in the second-round
runoff. Neatly dispelling any
suggestions that she was too
old for the game the age-
ist comments were exhaus-
tive and endless Manigat
received the highest voter
support with 31 per cent of
the vote.
It was far from enough to
win, pulling Jude Celestin,
Rene Preval's hand-picked
successor, into second place
at 22.48 percent, with Mar-
telly a hair's breadth behind
him at 21.84 percent.
While a runoff is meant
to be a contest between two
candidates, the closeness of
the race and the incendi-
ary mood of the populace -
suggests an accommodation

-Photo Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH
A man chooses his candidate at a voting center in Leogane,
a town an hour out of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Voting stations
opened on, November 28 for Haiti's elections.

must be made.
An appeals period runs
through Dec. 10, with final
results expected to be an-
nounced around Dec. 20.
The runoff is scheduled for
Jan. 16. The head of the
joint Organization of Ameri-
can States-Caribbean Com-
munity mission has said
that officials could consider
putting a third candidate in
the runoff if the vote is near-
ly tied.
For Martelly, the hopeful
politician formerly known
as Sweet Micky, the result
was a clear smackdown of
what he predicted would be

a 40 percent finish. Martelly
was an oracle in this regard:
Recently he told the Star
that Celestin was trying to
squeeze him into third place.
And he did, by 0.64 of a per-
centage point.
Some predict there will be
riots in the streets if Martelly
is prevented from running in
the second round with that
narrow a margin, especially
after an election widely ac-
cepted as riddled with fraud.
The result revives the can-
didacy of Celestin. The one-
time technocrat, who ran the
National Centre for Equip-
ment, was the big spender in

the campaign, with his yel-
low and green branded cam-
paign helicopter.
Celestin was also the sign
of continuity, which Martelly
urged voters to reject.
In Martelly's description
the Celestin campaign felt as
though the city was suddenly
papered in campaign post-
ers. But the candidate for the
Inite, or Unity party, ducked
reporters and gave few inter-
In October, the Miami Her-
ald dug deeply into Celes-
tin's financial affairs, includ-
ing foreclosed properties in
Florida and taxes in arrears.
Otherwise, he's something of
an enigma. Beyond reports
of many children by many
wives, the real Celestin has
not been on display.
What round one clearly did
do was mark the beginning of
Preval's final chapter.
The man who was to be the
country's transitional presi-
dent was a phantom before
the Jan. 12 earthquake and
even more so after. Those vot-
ing for his successor found
themselves participants in a
fraud-riddled exercise if
they got to vote at all.
"Tet kale," residents cried,
upon hearing Martelly's
name, the Creole translation
of "bald one" the rallying cry
for those who stand with the
Kompa singer.

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Cholera in Haiti has spread

to every part of the country
By Rong-Gong Lin II

ATLANTA The cholera outbreak has spread to every
section of Haiti, sickening more than 91,000 people and
killing more than 2,000. and is spreading into the Domini-
can Republic. the Centers for Disease Control and Preven-
tion said recently.
Nearly half of the ill were hospitalized. In some cases, the
deaths are occurnng as rapidly as two hours after people
fall ill, according to the CDC report published in the Mor-
bidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Patients can lose as
.*much as one liter of fluid an hour, said Dr. Jordan W. Tap-
pero, director of the Health System Reconstructon Office at
the CDC's Center for Global Health. 'It's in all 10 [regions]
of the country, Tappero told reporters from the Assn. of
Healthcare Journalists on last Wednesday at the CDC
headquarters in Atlanta. It's e ervwhere."
Tappero said Haiti's neighbor to the east, the Dominican
Republic, is now reporting cases of cholera in its two larg-
est cities. But he said it s hard to know how far the disease
will spread there because that country has better access to
sanitanr water.
Cholera is caused by a bacteria, Vibrio cholera, which
causes an infection of the intestine and produces a toxin
that triggers watery diarrhea that can lead to dehydra-
tion and death. The disease has largely been eliminated in
countries that have access to clean drinking water, but can
spread rapidly in areas where people drink tainted water.
An infected human can produce the bacteria in his feces for
up to two weeks, even if they don't show signs of illness.



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Former Madoff investor to forfeit $625M


partners make

deal; talks

continue with New York Mets owners

The Associated Press

A 97-year-old Boston-area
apparel entrepreneur agreed
recently to forfeit $625 mil-
lion to be distributed to in-
vestors cheated, in jailed Ber-
nard Madoff's historic Ponzi
scheme, authorities revealed,
as a court trustee said negoti-
ations are underway to recover
money from the owners of the
New York Mets, as well.
The U.S. government said in
papers filed in federal court
that businessman and philan-
thropist Carl Shapiro, one of
the first investors in Madoff's
investment business and a

longtime Madoff friend, en-
tered the forfeiture deal along
with his partners.
The papers were filed by
the government to recover the
money from the accounts of
JPMorgan Chase Bank. It said
the. proceeds would be dis-
tributed to Madoff investors.
The papers said Shapiro held
an account in his name with
Madoff's investment business
since 1961 and had controlled
accounts for others from time
to time. Madoff started his in-
vestment business in 1959.
That action proceeded as
court-appointed trustee Irving
Picard filed a complaint under

Bernard Madoff

seal in U.S. Bankruptcy Court
to recover money from Sterling
Equities, its partners and fam-
ily members. Picard said he is

"engaged in good-faith negoti-
ations" with the Sterling defen-
dants, who include the owners
Please turn to MADOFF 10D

'Payroll tax holiday' to fuel spending spree?

By Richard Wolf

Households with 'two pay-
checks each topping $100,000
stand to be the biggest winners
from a proposed payroll tax cut
under the agreement between
the White House and congres-
sional Republicans.
The proposal to reduce the
Social Security payroll tax
for employees by 2 percentage
points for one year means that
those households would get as
much as $82 more each week
in after-tax income. By con-
trast, a single worker earning

$10,000 would pocket less than
$4 a week.
"This is nothing more and

nothing less than cash in the
pockets of workers," says Clint
Stretch, an expert at Deloitte

Cutting the payroll tax was
suggested recently by two bi-

partisan deficit-reduction pan-
els, even though the new pro-
posal would raise the deficit by

$120 billion in 2011. The pro-
posal would affect about 155
million workers.
The savings would show up
in workers' paychecks as a re-
sult of lower withholding by
employers. Rather than pay-
ing 6.2 percent of their wages
for Social Security, they would
pay 4.2 percent. A worker earn-
ing $50,000 would save $1,000.
Anyone earning above the cur-
rent $106,800 wage cap would
save $2,136.
President Obama said re-
cently that putting $120 billion
Please turn to TAX 10D

BofA to

pay $137MP

to settle


Bloomberg News

Bank of America agreed recently to pay $137 million in
restitution for its involvement in a conspiracy to rig bids on
88 municipal bond contracts, the Securities and Exchange
Commission and Justice Department said.
BofA agreed to pay $36 million to settle an SEC case. It
will pay an additional $101 million to resolve investigations
by other federal and state agencies, the SEC said.
Please turn to BOFA 10D

Smokeless tobacco lawsuit is settled
The nation's largest smokeless tobacco company agreed
to settle for $5 million a lawsuit brought by the family of a
decades long user who dies of mouth cancer at age 42.
The settlement-which was recently finalized in court-
is highly unusual because experts say that no jury verdict
has ever been rendered against the tobacco industry for
harm allegedly caused by smokeless tobacco, which users
place between their lips and gums.
The lawsuit accused UST Inc. of wrongful death in the
2003 demise of Bobby Hill, a 42-year-old North Carolina,
man ho had, started using Skoal and Copenhagen-the
company's flagship brands-at age 13.
UST was acquired by Altria Group Inc. last year. An Al-
tria spokesman said that the settlement was reached be-
fore Altria's acquisition of UST and that Altria "was honor-
ing the terms.
The spokesman added, "We have no intention of settling
cases like these in the future."

You gotta know when to get in control

By Farrah Gray
NNPA Columnist

The recent release of the No-
vember unemployment figures
in headline news confirms fi-
nancial hardship threatens
our economic well-being. The
gloomy news can tempt one to
embrace or personalize failure.
It is important to pay atten-
tion to your true destiny, be-
cause you may believe that you
are failing for other reasons,
when the failure is simply des-
tiny telling you that you are
on the wrong path. Destiny is
not something you create; it is

something that you discover.
Once you discover your pur-
pose, your destiny, you have
to align yourself with it, or you
could end up on a path of self-
There are few things worse
than the feeling of fail-
ure. Failure directly attacks
our ego, our sense of who we
are in relation to the world. We
feel impotent, inadequate, de-
pressed, destroyed and iso-
lated. The structures, pillars
and patterns of our life become
Failure can be experienced
in many ways. A business can

fail, you can lose your job, fail
at school, under perform at
work, get passed over for pro-
motion or fail in love.
Most people don't want to
talk about it. Failure is the f'
word: you don't discuss it and
you don't go anywhere near a
person infected by it (it may
be contagious). You don't even
write about it. For example,
there are hundreds of books
and articles on success but
hardly any on failure.
Any risk implies the possi-
bility of failure. When we dare
new things changing a job,
starting or expanding a busi-

ness, beginning a energy levels. Main-
relationship we -.. tain normal anxiety
risk failure. Every and fear. of failure
time we reach out, and disapproval
we're off balance within bounds to
and poised to fall. .utilize them to cre-
But to grow, we iate energy and mo-
have to keep reach- mentum.
ing out. Outright failure
Handling failure brings with it the op-
is difficult because portunity for a fresh,
there is often no Y clean start. Hidden
guidance on how failure, on the oth-
to cope. When someone dies, er hand, drags you down and
people rally around you. When makes a comeback more diffi-
your business dies or the loss cult.
of your home to foreclosure, Most entrepreneurs or striv-
you feel all alone, ers are born optimists, refusing
Don't become preoccupied to think about the possibility of
with fear of failure and disap- failure. They believe "success
proval, which can deplete your is just around the corner" or

that "the tide will turn."
Reckless persistence enables
ordinary people with only a
dream and a handful of dollars
to overcome impossible odds.
However, it is reckless per-
sistence that also ruins lives,
breaks up families and spoils
one's chances of future entre-
preneurial success. Running a
start-up business is like learn-
ing to ride a bicycle. Every time
you fall, you pick yourself up;
but you have to be careful you
don't fall so hard you can't get
up again.
They have an expression in
prizefighting: "Everyone has a
plan until they're hit." You've
just been hit. The getting up is
up to you.

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Is Miami's new coach really reason to celebrate?

By now many of you
are aware that the
University of Miami
has hired ex-Temple
Owl Al Golden as its
new head coach. Gold-
en is best known for
bringing back a Tem-
ple program from the
doldrums once con-

sidered everybody's
favorite whipping boys
in the Big East before
they were kicked out
of the conference for
not being competitive
enough. So what do we
know about Golden?
Honestly not a whole
lot except the usual

things: he can recruit
with the best of 'em,
he likes to ground and
pound which should
make the UM backs
very happy and his
players graduate at a
pretty good rate.
Before Golden ar-
rived at Temple, thr

Owls had only two
winning seasons since
1980. His career re-
cord as a head coach
is 27-34 and he has
won 17 of his past 23
I'm sorry but we are
not about to do back-
flips over this hire.
Let's hope this is the
beginning of a "Golden
Era" of University of Mi-
ami football but when
word leaked out that
the Canes were con-
sidering Jon Gruden
everyone got excited.
We all went digging
for our Chuckie dolls
- we naa arrive or

so it seemed with the
prospect of finally get-
ting a big-time coach.
Someone to bring us
back to relevance. Af-
ter all we own five na-
tional championships.
Every coach in Amer-
ica should want this
job, right? Apparently
not. Gruden was just
a tease as Miami's
AD Kirby Hocutt said
Golden was the only
candidate offered the
job. He beat out three
other finalists and
while he earned about
$550,000 annually at
Temple, he is expected
to maKe up to qz

million a year at UM.
A golden opportuni-
ty indeed for him with
a nice spike in the
salary but what about
us? It kind of feels
like we are settling
again, after two previ-
ous safe hire coaches
were signed. Admit-
tedly, we could be
wrong. After all Canes
fans didn't exactly
have a ticker tape
parade when Jimmy
Johnson was hired
back in the day and
we know how that all
turned out. Outside of
Gruden another name
you near constantly

being mentioned was
Mike Leach, the ren-
egade, unemployed
coach who was the
architect behind the
high-powered, gun-
slinging offense at
Texas Tech before be-
ing derailed by allega-
tions of scandal, law-
suits and a very upset
prominent dad in ES-
PN's Craig James. Too
much baggage they
said, but I guarantee
this would have excit-
ed the fan base more
than this not so sexy
hire of Golden. In case
you missed it, Miami
is stiu one oI mne Key

pipelines to the NFL.
Check the weekly
scoreboard and see
how many Canes do-
ing damage.
Still, the best we
could do in our last
three coaches were
Coker, Shannon and
now Golden? Miami
wanted a good coach
and a good man for
this job Golden
seems to fit the bill.
Maybe he will be suc-
cessful both on and off
the field, with big wins
under his belt and
players that graduate.
For now we will tem-
per our excitement.

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ing and Christmas. With his
staff pared down, Magill will
be on site most of the holiday
season. And he expects other
managers will be there, too.
"It's a sign of times," he
said. "If my staff wants time
off, it means I will cover for
them. My supervisors need
to do that, too. We have to be
the ones who make the sac-
This holiday season, many

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consulting firm, of 1,000 se-
nior managers at companies
with 20 or more employees it
was determined that 31 per-
cent plan to take no time off
and another 25 percent plan
to take only one or two days
at most before year end.
Even more, workers who
do plan to take vacation time
say they will stay completely
connected checking their
e-mail and/or voicemail on


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rely on phone and
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over five hours checking their
e-mail and/or voicemail on
Thanksgiving, Christmas
Eve, Christmas Day and New
Years Day.
Blame the economy, the
job market and the calendar.
Most managers say they are
too nervous or overloaded
with work to take more than a
day off through the end of the

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r,.-ri ii-ns iri tti'_ do:iub.'le digits
in many states. As a result,
higher-salaried managers
are unnerved.
But getting real rest time
seems almost impossible
this holiday season. At Stiles
Corp. in Ft. Lauderdale,
George Bou6, vice president
of human resources, will
take a few days off before
Christmas to spend with his
daughters who are home for

Bank agrees to settle cases involving conspiracy

continued from 8D

The bank has been
aiding a nationwide
Justice Department
antitrust probe of the
$2.8 trillion municipal
market since at least
2007 in return for leni-
ency. The investigation
has ensnared more
than a dozen banks,
including JPMorgan
Chase, UBS and Wa-
chovia, which was ac-
quired by Wells Fargo
in 2008, according to
documents filed in fed-
eral court.
BofA's "cooperation

has led to an aggres-
sive, ongoing investi-
gation by the Depart-
ment of Justice into
anti-competitive ac-
tivity in the munici-
pal bond derivatives
industry," Christine
Varney, who heads the
Justice Department's
Antitrust Division,
said in a statement.
BofA won't be pros-
ecuted as long as it
continues to cooperate
with the government.
The settlement also
involves 20 states, the
Office of the Comptrol-
ler of the Currency, the
IRS and the Federal

Reserve Board, Con-
necticut Attorney Gen-
eral Richard Blumen-
thal said in a release.
BofA "is pleased to
put this matter behind
it and has already vol-
untarily undertaken
numerous remediation
efforts," the company
said in a statement.
The bank, which is still
facing civil antitrust
cases filed by Balti-
more, Virginia's Fair-
fax County and others,
won't be subject to tri-
ple damages in those
cases if it cooperates
with plaintiffs.
Eight former bank-

ers and financial ad-
visers, including for-
mer employees of UBS,
JPMorgan and BofA,
have pleaded guilty in
connection with the
municipal bond in-
vestment bid-rigging
In a case against one
broker, CDR Finan-
cial Products of Los
Angeles, prosecutors
say the conspiracy in-
cluded more than 200
deals involving state
agencies, local govern-
ments and non-profit
groups from California
to Massachusetts, ac-
cording to documents

filed in federal court.
The scheme may have
cost taxpayers more
than $1 billion, ac-
cording to Steven
Feinstein, a finance
professor at Babson
The agreement with
BofA for its conduct
from 1997 to 2002 is
the antitrust division's
first in the case, Var-
ney said. The Justice
Department is still
"looking carefully" at
the amount munici-
palities lost, Varney
said. She declined to
comment on the probe,
saying it was ongoing.

Will a payroll tax holiday help fuel the economy?

continued from 8D

more into the econo-
my next year would
help economic growth
and job creation. How
much is unclear. "I
think the payroll tax
holiday will have an
impact" on growth and
jobs, Obama said dur-
ing a news conference
held to defend his com-
promise plan.
Jared Bernstein,
Vice President Biden's
chief economist, calls
it "real money that will
help strapped working
families and, once they
pump it back into the
economy, will create
more jobs."
Both sides would
have something to
brag about if the pay-
roll tax for employees
is slashed:
Republicans would
get another across-
the-board tax cut on
top of the broader tax
cuts passed in 2001
and extended under
the deal through 2012.
All workers would ben-
efit, regardless of in-
*Democrats could
claim the benefit is
greatest for middle-
class workers, be-
cause it affects income
only up to $106,800.
Wealthy taxpayers
would get the same
tax b-eak as those
earning that amount.
"Paychecks will be a
little bit larger very
much larger for some
people," says Rober-
ton Williams of the
non-partisan Tax Pol-
icy Center.
If there's a clear
loser in the deal, it's
the deficit. The en-
tire agreement would
boost red ink by about
$900 billion, the

White House acknowl-
edges. That could
send the national debt
soaring past $15 tril-
The Social Security
Trust Fund, which al-
ready pays out more in
benefits than it raises
in taxes, would lose
$120 billion in pay-
roll taxes. The money
would be replaced
by the Treasury with
more government
IOUs. Even then, by
2037 the trust fund
would lack the assets
needed to pay all the
benefits promised to
Americans 67 and up,
requiring an immedi-
ate 22 percent benefit
Seniors groups wor-
ry that the tax cut
won't be temporary
and Social Security
will become more reli-
ant on deficit financ-

ing, rather than em-
ployment taxes.
"Even though Social
Security contributed
nothing to the cur-
rent economic crisis,
it has been bartered
in a deal that provides
deficit-busting tax
cuts for the wealthy,"
said Barbara Ken-
nelly, president of the
National Committee
to Preserve Social Se-
curity and Medicare.
"Diverting $120 bil-
lion in Social Security
contributions for a
so-called tax holiday
may sound like a good
deal for workers now,
'but it's bad business
for the program that
a majority of middle-
class seniors will rely
upon in the future."
When Obama signed
last year's $814 billion
economic stimulus
law, he insisted on an

income tax cut of up
to $400 for individu-
als and $800 for cou-
ples. That tax cut was
applied for two years
but was not scheduled
to be renewed in 2011.
The payroll tax cut
will be about twice
that size in terms of
overall spending. But
for individuals mak-
ing less than $20,000
and couples making
less than $40,000,
it's not as good a deal,
because their savings
wouldn't reach $400
or $800.
Obama's bipartisan
fiscal commission last
week recommended
cutting the payroll tax
for employees. A task
force of the Bipartisan
Policy Center went fur-
ther last month, sug-
gesting that the entire
12.4 percent payroll
tax paid equally by

employers and work-
ers be eliminated for a
year, at an estimated
cost of $650 billion.
The payroll tax was
instituted in 1937 at
a combined 2 percent
rate. It has risen over
the years to keep So-
cial Security solvent,
reaching 12.4 percent
in 1990. The cap on
taxable earnings be-
gan at $3,000.


Former Madoff investor makes deal

continued from 8D

of the New York Mets
baseball team. In a
statement, Sterling
agreed with Picard
that sealing his law-
suit was necessary
because the parties
are negotiating a set-
tlement, adding: "Re-
gardless of the out-
come ... we want to
emphasize that the
New York Mets will
have all the neces-
sary financial and
operational resources
to fully compete and

The trustee oversee-
ing jailed financier
Bernard Madoff's as-
sets has labeled the
New York Mets win-
ners in the epic fraud.
A year ago, Picard
said in a bankruptcy
filing that the Mets
made nearly $48
million in Madoff's
scheme. He said the
Mets Limited Part-
nership originally
invested about $523
million but eventually
withdrew about $571
million from the ac-
In December 2008,
Madoff revealed to

his sons and later to
the FBI that he had
operated a bogus in-
vestment business for
decades, reporting to
investors that their
$21 billion had risen
in value to more than
$65 billion, when it
actually had dwin-
dled to just a few hun-
dred million dollars.
Madoff, 72, is serv-
ing a 150-year prison
term after pleading
guilty to fraud.
A spokesman for
Shapiro did not im-
mediately return a
phone message 'for

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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.

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By: Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools



Please take notice that on December 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon
thereafter as may be reached on the agenda, in the Council Chambers of the El
Portal Village Hall, located at 500 Northeast 871h Street, El Portal, Florida, the
proposed ordinance with title stated below will be considered for enactment by
the Village Council of the Village of El Portal.

The proposed ordinance may be inspected by the public at Village Hall and
interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard in respect to the
proposed ordinance,
the title of which is as follows:

ORDINANCE NO: 2010-001 Zoning Change with a Covenant

Second Reading

Albertha W. Patterson, MSM, CMC



Beginning with the January 13, 2011 Commission Meeting, the regularly
scheduled meetings of the Miami City Commission will be on the second and
fourth Thursdays of each month at 9:00AM at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida. For the specific dates of 2011 Commission Meetings, go
to the City of Miami's website at or call the Agenda Office at
(305) 416-2070.

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

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons 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.

(#14856) Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk



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

1212 NW 1 Avenue
$475 MOVE IN. One
bedroom, one bath $475
monthly. Stove, refrigerator,
air. 305-642-7080
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile. $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1229 NW 1 Court
$500 MOVE IN! One
bedroom, one bath, $500,
stove, refrigerator, air.
305-642-7080, 786-236-

1131 NW 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $450
monthly $700 move in.
Two bdrm, one bath. $550
monthly $850 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call

1246 NW 58 Terrace
Studios, $395 per month.
$600 move in. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-

1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. Free Water.
1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. Free Water.

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

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

140 NW 13 Street
$500 MOVE IN. Two bdrms,
one bath $500. 786-236-

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
1520 NW 61 Street
One bedroom. Section 8 Wel-
come. Beautifully maintained
and renovated. 305-932-4115
1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly. $600 move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $595
monthly, $900 to move in.
Newly renovated. All ap-
pliances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1540 NW 1 Court
Studios, $395 per month,
$600 move in.
Two bdrm, one bath, $595
per month, $900 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.

2401 NW 52 Street # 1
Newly renovated one bed-
room, new appliances, air, tile
floors. $550 monthly.
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one bath
Appliances, free water.

2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
2804 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, $450
monthly, $700 move in.
Two bdrms, one bath, $595
monthly, $900 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

3220 NW135 Street
Remodeled large two bed-
rooms, one bath, central air.
$800. Water included.

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.
786-294-6014, 305-523-9004
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
472 NW 10 Street
One bedroom one bath.
$495. Stove, refrigerator,

5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two and three bdrms.
Free gift for
Section 8 tenants.
No deposit. $300 Moves
you in. Jenny 786-663-8862
5755 NW 7 Avenue
Large one bdrm, parking.
$580 monthly. $850 to move
in. Call 954-394-7562
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
60 NW 76 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080

750 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. $750 move in.
Two bdrm, one bath. $650
monthly. $975 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD T.V. Call
Joel 786-355-7578
7520 NE Miami Court
One bedroom, free water.
$625 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come 786-277-0302
7601 NE 3 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Remodeled kitchen, new
floors, appliances. $750
monthly, security negotiable.
7606 NE 3 Court
One bedroom and efficien-
cies available. 786-286-2540
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
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 includ-
ed, new ceramic tile floors.
$600 monthly. 305-970-5574
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath. Section 8 welcome.

786-301-4368 English,
786-301-9363 Spanish.

Studio, remodeled. Section
8 welcome. 786-301-9363
Spanish or 786-301-4368
Remodeled one bdrm. $625
to $775. 534 NE 78 Street
Corner of NW 103 Street
Beautiful two bedrooms.
$700 monthly. $1000 to
move in. Gated, security,
tiled floors, central air. 786-
Liberty City Area
One bedroom,
$500 moves you in.
Call 305-600-7280
Overtown Area
One bedroom, $400 moves
you in. Call Ms. Wilder
N. DADE Section 8 OK!
One and two bdrms. Move in
special! 786-488-5225
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. 305-717-6084
Special, two bedrooms, one
bath, Section 8 welcome.
One or two bedrooms. Office
954-357-3033 or evening

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
26314 SW 135 Avenue
Four bedroom, three bath, al-
most new, fenced yard, Sec-
tion 8 OK. Call 786-285-8872
Newly renovated, three and
four bedrooms. Section 8
OK. $300 deposit for Sec-
tion 8. Call Morris 305-525-

10000 NW 23 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Walk-in closet, reversible
cooling and heating, large
fenced yard. $1000 monthly,
$1000 security.305-318-9315
1023 NW 47 Street
Efficiency, one bath. $575
Appliances, free electric,

1082 NW 55 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $525.
Appliances. Free water.

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

1260 Sesame Street
One bathroom, one bath, ap-
pliance, water included, $630.
Call Marie 305-763-5092
1289 NW 56 Street
Two bedroom, one bath,
$825 monthly, with applianc-
es. $1250 move in. Call Frank
Cooper 305-758-7022
1542 NW 35 Street
Newly renovated two bdrms,
air and some utilities, du-
plexes, townhouses, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
161 NW 61 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly tiled throughout. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 786-285-8872
1816 NW 93 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1300 monthly.
954-885-6322 786-384-2160
1880 NW 74 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $850
monthly, $1000 move in. Sec-
tion 8 ok 786-457-2998.
2003 NW 89 Street
Two bdms, one bath. Section
8 Welcome. 305-796-5252
2111 NW 93 Street
Quiet Neighborhood! Large
one bedroom, one bath, big
yard, central air, laundry
hook-up. $750 monthly. Sec-
tion 8 welcomed. Call
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms. Remodeled.
$895. Come by for list of
others. (2890 NW 183 Street
Office) 786-306-4839
2436 NW 66 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1200 mthly. 786-399-8557 /
255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $550.
2760 NW 47 Street
Two bdrms, appliances, air,
free water. 786-426-6263
3189 NW 59 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath re-
modeled. Call Marie
338 NW 59 Street
Huge one bedroom, one

bath, central air. $650. Sec-
tion 8 welcome.

3503 NW 8 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath, tile,
air, Section 8 preferred.
3892 NW 159 Street
Two bedrooms, appliances.
$925 monthly. First, last and
security. Call 305-610-7504
4711 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $625.
Free water. 305-642-7080
5311 NW 3 Avenue
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath. Central air, tile.
Section 8 OK. $800 monthly.
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 wa-
ter/electric. 305-642-7080
672 Oriental Boulevard
(151 Street one block east
of NW 37 Avenue)
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled floors, air, washer hook-
up. $800 monthly, first, last
and security. $1800 total.
6920 NW 2 Court
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, central air. $700 mthly.
Section 8 OK! 305-490-7033
726 NW 70 Street
Two bedroom, one bath. Call

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

7932 NW 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile, carpet, fenced yard, wa-
ter included, $1,000. Section
8 Welcome. Other units avail-
able. 305-389-4011
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776
942 NW 103 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, all appliances.
$1200 monthly. Section 8 OK!
96 Street NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
$900 monthly. 954-430-0849
One bdrm, one bath and
three bdrms, two bath. Con-
veniently located, new reno-
vation. Section 8 welcome!
100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
114 Street and 14 Avenue
Large efficiency. $500 mthly.
1480 NW 195 Street
Fully furnished, air, cable, no
utilities, $605 mthly.
1756 NW 85 Street
$475 moves you in.
Call 786-389-1686
271 NW 177 Street
Spacious efficiency. Call
Marvelous 305-653-5996
331 NW 56 Street
Appliances included. $400
monthly. 305-688-5002
Furnished, private entrance.
Private entrance. Quiet
neighborhood, includes
utilities, $550 monthly, first
and last. 305-628-0390

Furnished Rooms
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
143 Street and 7 Avenue
Private entrance many ex-
tras. $110 weekly. 305-687-
6930 and 786-306-0308
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
1880 All Baba Avenue
Outreach Program. Beds
available, three meals daily.
Share a room. 786-443-7306
19711 NW 40 Court
$400 monthly, private bath
and entrance. 305-625-4845
2810 NW 212 Terrace.
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
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.

6835 NW 15 Avenue
Renovated. Utilities included.
$90 weekly. Move in special
$200. Call 786-277-2693

9808 NW Little River Drive
Air, kitchen privileges, $125/
week, one person. $250
move in. 305-835-2446 or
7125 N.W. 13 Avenue. $110
weekly, air, kitchen privileges.
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055
Cable TV, utilities included,
$500 monthly. 305-687-1110
Private home, free utilities
and cable. 305-505-3101

11160 NW 25 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Open House 12 pm 2 pm,
December 18th. Section 8
with voucher. 954-392-7722.
1144 NW 105 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, tile
floors, central air, near all fa-
cilities. $900 monthly. Secu-
rity required. 305-493-9635
13301 N.W. 18th Court
Three-bedrooms, two baths.
1370 NW 69 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, plus bonus
room,$1200 mthly. Not Sec-
tion 8 affiliated. Call 305-829-
or 305-926-2245
1723 NW 68 Terrace
Miami. Two bedrooms, one
bath,' $750 monthly.
Call 305-267-9449
1830 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly, two months
security required.
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
$1075. 305-642-7080
18715 NW 45 Avenue
Section 8 OK. Three bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
tile floors. A beauty. Call
Joe 954-849-6793
20061 NW 14 PLACE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances. 786-356-1686

288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$850 per month. All Appli-
ances 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 wel-
comedl 305-525-1271
Free 19 inch LCD TV
3148 NW 50 Street
Section 8 OK. Four bdrm,
two baths, $1400 monthly.
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

7709 NW 21 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath, air,
fenced yard, water included.
Remodeled four bdrm, two
bath, $1250 monthly.
Three bdrms, two baths, re-
modeled, central air, appli-
ances included, big fenced
yard, $1400 mthly, Section 8.
Three bedroom, one bath,
$1000 monthly, plus one bed-
room, one bath rear. $750
monthly. Section 8 OK.
Three bedroom, one bath,
Section 8 OK. 305-244-0917
Nice three bedrooms, two
baths. $1350. Section 8 OKI
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry room, yard
maintenance. First and secu-
rity. $1500 monthly. Section 8
okay. 305-623-0493.
Lovely four bedroom, two
bath, with den. 3770 NW
213 Terrace. Fenced yard,
tile floor, central air, close to
shopping, churches, at Bro-
ward/Dade border.
Call 954-243-6606
Four bedrooms, No Section
8. $1200 monthly. Call Sean
Three bedrooms, two baths,

air, tile, $1,200 and $1,250.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
305-891-6776 NO Section 8
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Plumbing, electrical, roof,
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and 1 p.m. Must have reli-
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the Southeast is looking for a full-time news report-
er. Experience is a must as is the ability to hit the
ground running. As a weekly newspaper, our focus
is local news. Candidate should therefore be familiar
with the political, educational and business issues
that constitute South Florida in particular -and the
State in general.

We are a family-owned, award-winning publication
with a small but dedicated staff. Hours can be long
but the rewards are many.

If interested, contact the senior editor, D. Kevin Mc-
Neir (, and include
a letter of inquiry, three writing samples, a resume
and salary history. For additional questions, you may
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For information visit:

"Now Gulf seafood is coming back on the menu, so come on down, we're open for business."
Bryan Zar
Co-owner, Restaurant des Families
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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To make spill-related claims: (800) 440-0858

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