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Dunn calls for city police

chief Exposito's resignation

S Regalado wants answers

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

While every effort was made by
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado
and County Commissioner Au-
drey Edmonson to keep the City
safe during New Year's Eve cele-
brations, two citizens countywide,
were listed as victims of stray bul-
lets one in the South District
and the other in the Northside
District. Neither victim was seri-

ously injured.
But there are more serious is-
sues looming. With the early
morning shooting on New Year's
Day of Lynn Weatherspoon, 27,
an armed felon who was shot and
killed by a Miami SWAT police of-
ficer after a police surge in Over-
town, citizens say that they have
had enough.
After a neighborhood rally on
New Year's Day and a subsequent
Please turn to ANSWERS 10A



Commissioners respond to 'recall anxiety'

Martinez to speak to colleagues before making announcement

-MiamlTimes Photo/ onnalyn Anthony

Service of Consecration
Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) was sworn into office today,
Wednesday, as a member of the 112th Congress on the floor of the House
of Representatives in the U.S. Capital. Here she stands with the Rev. Al
Sharpton, who was the presiding elder at her service of consecration at
Saint Agnes Episcopal Church last Sunday.

By D. Kevin McNeir

Last Wednesday, the Miami-Dade
County Commission cancelled its
meeting in which they were expected
to set a date for the recall election of
Mayor Carlos Alvarez for failure to
achieve a quorum. But the newly-
appointed Commission Chair, Joe A.
Martinez, says that he and colleagues

realize the urgency of this matter and
how anxious citizens are feeling.
According to a spokesperson for
Martinez, he is currently working on
a memorandum that will be sent to
each of the commissioners outlining
his intentions and how he believes
they should proceed. After that, he
will make his views public. The memo
should be released sometime this

Former chair, Dennis C. Moss, says
he thinks that anyone facing recall
should be given adequate time to
mount a campaign. But he stressed
that the Commission would adhere to
the County Charter and would set a
recall election for both Alvarez and
now Commissioner Natacha Seijas -
within the required 45 and 90 days
after the County Clerk's certification
that a recall vote is warranted.
The petitions for Alavarez and Seijas
Please turn to RECALL 10A

Campaign kicks into high gear

Politically-savvy candidates

crowd field for State Senate seat

By D. Kevin McNeir

With former State
Senator Frederica Wil-
son moving on to D.C.,
replacing the outgo-
ing U.S. Representative
Kendrick Meek in Con-

gress, five candidates
have now qualified and
started to campaign
for the upcoming spe-
cial election. All of the
four candidates who
responded have served
as elected officials and
are well-known in the

therefore to

We opted right to the candi
omit their platforms. The fou
and move didates included


dates' are: Oscar Braynon II;
r can- Phillip J. Brutus; James
here Please turn to SEAT 10A

Three candidates vie for St. Rep. 103 post

Will lack of name recognition make of what does your plat-
form consist?; what spe-
the difference? -cific changes would you
bring to this office?; have
By D. Kevin McNeir with impressive credentials in Bl you been in elected poli- the private sector, the challenge tics before; what in your
for each of them may very well F opinion are the greatest
Three candidates have quali- be whether they have enough challenges for Blacks in
fled for the special election to name recognition to swing vot- j your district?

replace former State Repre-
sentative Oscar Braynon II in
District 103: Erhabor Ighodaro,
Sharon Pritchett and Barbara
Watson. And while each comes

ers their way especially with the
race under 90 days away.
We asked each candidate the
following questions and have
included their responses: Why


are you running for this posi-
tion?; why do you feel you are
the best qualified for the job?;

"I am running because of
my conviction and commitment
Please turn to CANDIDATES 10A

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Nigerian fire-eater led

FAMU Kwanzaa celebration

Family, friends share memories of teens found dead in hotel

Boys were "well-liked" and wanted to "escape the hood"

By Jimmie Davis Jr.
Miami Times reporter

Five teenage high school
friends were found dead of ap-
parent carbon monoxide poi-
soning in their hotel room of
the Hotel Presidente located at

1395 SE Eight Court in Hiale-
ah last Sunday morning.
The bodies of Jonas Antenor,
18, Evans Charles, 19, Jean
Pierre Ferdinand, 16, Juchen
Martial, 19, and Peterson Na-
zon, 17, were discovered by a
hotel employee who notified

the authorities about the grue-
some discovery. Martial died
while he was celebrating his
19th birthday.

Bernadid Ferdinand, 21,

Jean Pierre's older brother
says the teens were having au-
tomobile problems, and was
afraid to turn the ignition off
so they decided to leave the car
"They were having battery
problems so they left the car
running," said Ferdinand dur-
ing an interview at his parents'
house. "They found my brother

lying face up next to the door.
He was trying to make it out of
the room."
Ferdinand says he enjoyed
hanging out with his kid broth-
er, because Jean Pierre was
a loving, caring, and sharing
brother who was his mother's
favorite son.
"He was known for cleaning
the whole house, while we just

sat back and watched," Ferdi-
nand said.
And according to Ferdinand,
not only was Jean Pierre well
liked by family members, but
he was very popular in school
and the community as well.
Ferdinand says that every-
one in the neighborhood knew
him and that he would lend a
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Are trigger-happy

police targeting Miami's

Black men?
You have to wonder what is going on these days in
Overtown and Little Haiti with the City of Miami Po-
lice being the cause of now six Black men being shot
and killed under the helm of the current chief. It may be a
New Year, but some things apparently haven't changed.

What's more, irate citizens have begun to swoop down on
City Hall like vultures at a feast saying they are fed up and
want some answers answers that our City's Chief of Po-
lice, Miguel Exposito, has been reluctant to provide.

We wish we could say that what our community now faces
is a clear cut, black and white situation, but it just isn't
that simple. Crime has escalated to new levels in Miami's
Black communities including Liberty City as gangs have
done an efficient job at recruiting new members angry,
young Black men and women who doubt they'll see their
30th birthdays and have little or no regard for the police,
authority or anyone that gets in their way.

Guns have become the means of resolving disputes in-
stead of peaceful negotiations. And as we have seen, the
majority of those who suffer and are either injured or killed,
are innocent men, women and children.

That being said, we mourn the loss of any of our citizens,
from gang-bangers to ex-felons and any brother or sister in
between. But somewhere in the midst of the cries of angry
activists and frustrated politicians, we need to start dealing
with the litany of problems assaulting the Black community
that have led us to where we are today. Furthermore, we
need to acknowledge that police officers have their hands
full, and them some, because they face a paradoxical situa-
tion. On the one hand relations between them and us have
gotten so bad that we no longer trust them. On the other,
given the rampant rise in criminal activities, we cannot hope
to survive without them.

New City Manager Tony Crapp Jr., City of Miami Mayor
Tomas Regalado and yes, even Chief Exposito, face a com-
munity that is ominously reaching its boiling point.

But before anarchy takes over and we go down in flames,
seeing even more lives lost and property destroyed, our lead-
ers and our community may want to refrain from searching
for scapegoats at least for awhile and begin to talk
about real solutions. But make no mistake time is of the
As for answers from our beleaguered police chief, we have
waited entirely too long.

In remembrance of

five Haitian friends
Birthdays should be a time to celebrate, to rejoice
and to look both at our past and to the future. Cer-
tainly that was what led five young Haitian friends
- five young men with their lives ahead of them to come
together at a local hotel just over one week ago. What they
could not have anticipated was that their innocent attempts
at revelry would lead to their deaths with carbon monoxide
poisoning as the apparent culprit.

It is but one more dagger plunged into the hearts of our
Haitian community. But this time it is not an earthquake
nor an outbreak of cholera that has claimed innocent lives.
Instead it is a simple accident and perhaps a miscalculation
by these five young men. And we all stand together to mourn
the loss of their lives.

If you have ever experienced tragedy in your life, you know
that phrases like, "our thoughts and prayers are with you,"
or "God never gives us more than we can bear," just don't
cut it. And given the cultural nuances and idiosyncrasies
associated with the Haitian people, those of us from other
cultures and traditions may be unable to understand the
grieving process that five families are now enduring.

And while we may not know exactly what to say or what
to do, perhaps we can agree on one thing extending our
arms to the loved ones of the families that are left here in
our midst to mourn and allowing them to lean on us,
when and if they chose.

We salute the lives of five young warriors Jonas Anten-
or, Evans Charles, Jean Pierre Ferdinand, Peterson Nazon
and finally Juchen Martial, who stood on the precipice of his
19th birthday. We celebrate the victories that marked their
lives while bemoaning the countless other achievements
that they will never have a chance to claim.

"'... 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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As middle class shrinks, is revolution imminent? ( i

Nowhere among the gift bags
received this past holiday sea-
son were what Blacks need most
for this new year: Faith, cour-
age, and leadership to stem a
snowballing crisis.
All over the U.S., many non-
White, non-wealthy citizens are
shivering from the passage of an
$858 billion tax bill that feels
like an iceberg crashed down
on their heads, freezing out
dreams of a better life. Passage
of the bill will extend 13 months
of unemployment benefits at a
cost of $60 billion, but this is a
mere sop when you see almost
$800 billion going to the rich
and the super-rich. How much
more can middle-America take
from the job squeeze, mortgage
foreclosures and billions fleeing
from housing, education and
energy assistance?
Could all the pain eventually
erupt into open class warfare
like that unfolding in Britain?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
certainly thinks so. On the
Senate floor, the Vermont In-
dependent took his colleagues
to task about America's "disap-
pearing and shrinking middle
The war is claiming casualties
among Blacks, many of whom

than half.
While the Black middle class
and the elderly become cash
poor, the deal makers on the hill
are shamelessly continuing the
President Bush era money grab.
The Center for Tax Justice
states that the wealthiest one
percent of taxpayers will pocket

The Center for Tax Justice states that the wealthiest one
percent of taxpayers will pocket almost $77,000 per
year more as a result of the new tax deal.

were considered middle-class.
Black unemployment is now
about 16.7 percent, compared
to 8.7 for whites, The Economic
Policy Institute estimates that
40 percent of Blacks will have
experienced unemployment or
under employment by the end
of 2010, and this will increase
child poverty from one-third of
Black children to slightly more

almost $77,000 per year more
as a result of the new tax deal.
The top one percent would take
home more than 25 percent of
the total tax cut; the bottom 60
percent would share less than
approximately 20 percent.
Reports showing the depth
of greed are outrageous. Thirty
years ago the average annual
compensation of the top 100


Try to enjoy these temporary 'quiet

A snowstorm has blanketed
the east coast, causing flight
cancellations and disrupted
holiday plans. The President
is vacationing in Hawaii after
a grueling lame duck session
in Washington. And for a few
days there would be no eco-
nomic indicator issues. These
are quiet times.
Actually, this quiet time is
time to savor, to enjoy, to re-
plenish, to refresh and to get
ready for those challenges
that will surely come as this
new year unfolds. From a pol-
icy perspective, many of the
challenges have to do with
the many ways that the now-
dominant Congressional Re-
publicans will attempt to chip
away at gains that were made
in the last congressional ses-
sion, including gains in health
care. We can say what we will
about the timing of health care
reform, but the fact is that it is
the most progressive economic
reform we have seen since the
FDR era. It will take tremen-

dous fortitude on the part of
Democrats to hold the line on
this legislation.
Already, people are gearing
up for the presidential race in
2012. As for Sarah Palin, she
should take former First Lady
Barbara Bush's advice and

Mitt Romney? Mike Hucka-
bee? The pickings are pretty
slim, though I am prepared to
be surprised in 2011. For all
the talk of President Obama's
one-term presidency, if the
economy turns around, he will
be difficult to beat in 2012.

Forall of her supposed popularity, Palin's second book has
been a non-starter, and although she is said to "study"
foreign affairs and other matters, she is entertainment-
and that's about it.

high tail it back to Alaska. For
all of her supposed popularity,
Palin's second book has been
a non-starter, and although
she is said to "study" foreign
affairs and other matters, she
is entertainment and that's
about it. Mississippi governor
Haley Barbour had presiden-
tial ambitions but he cannot
seem to stop defending the
Klan, White Citizen's Councils
and other racist groups. So
who is left for the Republicans,

Is the U.S. economy turn-
ing around? Unemployment
rates remain high but unem-
ployment is a lagging indica-
tor of economic success. The
stock market is doing better
than expected, and other in-
dicators seem to suggest that
we are on the mend. However,
it is troubling that we cannot
expect unemployment rates
to drop to 6 or 7 percent until
around 2014. Obama will need
to accelerate plans to lower un-

chief executives in the country
was 30 times the pay of the av-
erage worker. Today it is 1000
times the pay of the average
worker. And in a report entitled
Democracy in an Age of Ris-
ing Inequality, the American
Political Science Association
concluded, "Privileged Ameri-
cans roar with a clarity and
consistency that public officials
readily hear and routinely fol-
low while citizens with lower or
moderate incomes are speaking
with a whisper."
In other words, while the priv-
ileged demand and even defend
their largesse as their entitle-
ment, those who are being ex-
ploited raise hardly a whimper.
The handwriting is on the
wall, the money grabbers have
been buoyed by how easy it
was under President George W.
Bush and now President Barack
Obama to grab taxpayers mon-
ey for their special interests.


employment. He will need an
unemployment rate closer to 8
percent to win in 2012.
Camus once wrote, "Without
work all life is rotten". He was
speaking more spiritually than
economically, but it is true that
work generally consumes at
least a third of our day, gets us
up in the morning and makes
our chest poke out when we
answer the question "what do
you do." Work supports and
sustains us, pays our bills and
puts food on the table. The
need for meaningful employ-
ment is one of our most basic
needs one that government
must address with industrial
policy and job creation efforts.
What will our nation look
like in 20 years? What kinds of
jobs will we have? What kind
of training will people need for
those jobs? Are we prepared
to compete with the rest of
the world, especially with Chi-
na? These are quiet times, filled
with contemplation and possi-
bilities for new beginnings.


Let us not forsake the people of Haiti

It has been almost a year
since the devastating earth-
quake hit the nation of Hai-
ti. Within an hour, 17 percent
of the nation's population was
killed. Hundreds of thousands
of survivors were homeless and
hopeless. Today, the report on
our progress in rehabilitating
life in Haiti is not positive. The
U.S. along with the rest of the
world and local Haitian leaders
could do so much better. The
blight is about the same as
it was a few months after the
earthquake and that is a global
The United Nations has been
a dismal failure because they
seem to have problems ap-
plying all of the funding they
have allocated to the rehabili-
tation. Hundreds of millions of
dollars have been placed with
former U.S. President William
Clinton. So far, there has been
very little application of it. A few
good old boys have no bid con-
tracts, but what they have done

with them is a mystery. We
should put pressure on Clinton
and tell him to get going with
it as hundreds of thousands of
victims have not improved their
plight and it is directly related
to his malfeasance. France is
a dismal failure because it is
still acting as it has during the

Haitian political leaders, you
can no longer continue the de-
plorable corruption you have
been accustomed to during the
20th century and at the begin-
ning of this century. Lead or
step down from your authority.
Your own people suffer because
you are a dismal failure too.

We need a central office organizing a Haitian work-
force. Truly, there are enough Haitian citizens who
can push wheel barrels, shovel dirt, pour cement,
drive equipment and do manual labor as it is in much demand.

past century. Billions of dol-
lars from the Haitian treasury
has been stolen and placed in
Paris banks via local political
corruption and French coop-
eration. France, known for its
strict policing against money
laundering, seems to give the
laundering from Haiti a pass.
It is continuing with the recent
aid money arriving in response
to the disaster.

The U.S. is a dismal failure
and we certainly know bet-
ter. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and President Barack
Obama must take a leadership
position in the rehabilitation of
Haiti. This nation was brilliant
in the rescue after the Tsuna-
mi in Asia. Here, we are acting
more like we did in the after-
math of Katrina.
We need a central office

organizing a Haitian work-
force. Truly, there are enough
Haitian citizens who can push
wheel barrels, shovel dirt, pour
cement, drive equipment and do
manual labor as it is in much
demand. A ready work pool of
grown men and women should
be assembled for the infrastruc-
ture implementation. Right now
for every $100 spent on con-
struction, only $1.50 is paid to
Haitian workers.
Priority must be given to tem-
porary housing, schools and
hospitals. Let's start teaching
simple literacy to all children so
that they can become employ-
able. It should be compulsory
for all children over 5-years-old
to go to school and learn basic
reading, writing and arithmetic.
This isn't rocket science. All
that is needed is strong leader-
ship and a sincere attempt at
helping our neighbors in Hai-
ti. Goodbye crooks, con artists
and evil doers as a new Haiti is
about to form.




35A THE MIAMI T'.!ES., DECEMBER 29, 2010-JANUARY 4, 2011



Exposito has some real

It has happened again. For
the sixth time in the 13-month-
old administration of Miami
Police Chief Miguel Exposito,
another civilian was shot by
a Miami police officer. The lat-
est fatal incident occurred on
New Year's Eve in Overtown af-
ter the police chief assigned a
SWAT team unit to police the
Black community for the holi-
day weekend. What resulted
was the death of Lynn Weath-
erspoon, 27, a father of two.
Weatherspoon is the latest vic-
tim of the heavy-handed police
tactics that have recently been
deployed in Miami's Black
The details of this recent
shooting remain murky but
several eyewitnesses report
that SWAT team members
jumped out of an unmarked
dark van and failed to identify
themselves as police officers.
A crowd of New Year's revel-
ers scattered and the police

opened fire. One man was shot
dead. In the end, the police
will have the final say and will
likely rule the shooting justi-
fied. We've seen this scenario
play out too many times under
Exposito's reign.
Immediately after the shoot-
ing, the Department released

execute on site and try the vic-
tim in the court of public opin-
ion later.
By placing a stealth SWAT
team in the Black community,
Exposito appears to be mak-
ing a statement about how
he views the poverty-stricken,
politically-neglected inner city.

By placing a stealth SWAT team in the Black
community, Exposito appears to be making a statement
about how he views the poverty-stricken, politically-ne-
glected inner city.

the past criminal convictions
of Weatherspoon and pointed
out that it is illegal for a former
felon to carry a firearm in Flor-
ida. While no one condones
the illegal possession of a fire-
arm, everyone in this country
should be given a fair hearing
in the court of law. Exposito's
SWAT team apparently does
not agree. To them, the rule is

It appears that the department
views Overtown and Liberty
City as the Wild Wild West of
the 21st century, and police
have a license to kill.
One wonders, does Exposi-
to promote the same extreme
SWAT tactics in the streets of
Little Havana or other areas in
the "shiny city under the sun"?
If anyone wonders why the

to do
Black community is so out-
raged by the recent slew of
police shootings, consider
this: During the immediate-
past administration of Police
Chief John Timoney, the Mi-
ami Police Department went
22 months without an officer
opening fire. That unprece-
dented streak was due to posi-
tive community-policing poli-
cies. The. department should
return to those policies.
The Black community must
now organize peacefully and
push the City of Miami's Ci-
vilian Investigative Panel to
review the Exposito adminis-
tration's approach to commu-
nity policing. Our community
cannot afford another police-
involved murder.
Jason T. Smith is a gradu-
ate of Howard University, and
holds an MBA from Florida In-
ternational University. He can
be reached at jtsmith97@hot-
mail. com.


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2011 goal: Increase employment for Blacks

Black unemployment in
2010 soared more than 16 per-
cent. As we begin 2011, there
should a more effective and
concentrated national plan to
significantly increase the over-
all employment of Blacks this
year. December's consumer
spending reports document not
only increased spending by all
Americans during the holiday
season, but also displays an-
other economic indicator that
the U.S. economy continues
to rebound. Yet, the financial
plight and sustainability of
Black .workers and households
still face enormous challenges
even amidst the recovery of the
U.S. economy.
The unemployment statistics
reported monthly by the U.S.
Department of Labor only tell
a portion of the real economic
hurdles facing the Black com-
munity. In far too many cities
and towns, Black unemploy-
ment rates are double the un-
employment rates of whites. In-
terestingly, the Department of
Labor uses the category "Ci-

vilian non-institutional popu-
lation" to cite the population
numbers in calculating labor
statistics. Because of the mas-
sive increase in the overall in-
carceration rates of Blacks,
the unemployment is actually
higher for us than is statisti-

my. American jobs with the
best pay scale will increasingly
be linked to the global market-
place and to the new innova-
tions in technology.
The good news is that Blacks
have an opportunity to level the
economic playing field in both

n far too many cities and towns, Black unemployment rates
are double the unemployment rates of whites. Interestingly,
the Department of Labor uses the category "Civilian non-
institutional population" to cite the population numbers in calcu-
lating labor statistics.

cally calculated. Black incar-
ceration rates are nearly seven
times the imprisonment rates
of whites in the U.S. Of course
with several million Blacks in
the criminal justice system ei-
ther in prison or on parole, the
goal of attaining good, produc-
tive permanent employment is
made much more difficult.
The issues of globalization
and the tremendous advances
in technology during the last
decade have changed the dy-
namics of the world econo-

attaining good paying jobs and
starting up new businesses to
the extent to which Blacks pre-
pare to take advantage of the
job creation and business de-
velopment opportunities now
at hand. But, as I have contin-
ued to stress, preparation to
become financially viable and
productive requires a good edu-
cation, proper networking and
a strong determination to be
successful. At a time when we
should be eradicating poverty
and social suffering from our

Men can stop the violence but where are we?
Dear editor, ter to my Black brothers" by guess the answer is as ma
Jason T. Smith and "Who will times as we are willing. I
This letter is in response to speak up for the innocent?" by this brutality won't stop ui
two commentaries in the De- Reginald J. Clyne. we openly and honestly addr
cember 22-28, 2010 edition of How many times are we go- the flaws in our community
The Miami Times: "An open let- ing to travel down this road? I that feed this behavior. Ple,

Should the Black community have confidence and trust in

the Miami Police Department?

Unemployed, Liberty City

Wow, that's
hard to say.
In a way no
and in a way
yes. I do have
confidence in
them. I'm not
going to put w
them all down --
but there are some bad one
out there too.

Retired construction worker. Miami

No. The
City of Mi-
ami Police
kills more
people than
anybody. The

County Police have more area
to cover than anybody and you
don't see all these killings from

Security" guard, Miami

i Yes, I trust
them because
they're doing
their job pret-
s ty well. I don't
have a prob-
lem with the
response from
the police.

Truck driver, Liber

Well I would s


thing they
truly want to
do and believe
in. They're not
all just trying
to incarcerate
our youth.

Musician, Miami

Yes because
I stay in an
area where we
do need them
and the police
come when
we call. If we
don't have the ,.
police, then
we won't be safe.

." _; Absolutelh
not. They have
more crooked
cops out here
than there are
crooked peo-
EN, 42 ple. The police
ty City don't help the
community at
say I trust them all.

to a certain degree. You have
some officers that I would say
are true officers because help-
ing the community is some-


ing with "brothers" and sug-
gesting that "someone needs to
step forward" won't get it done.
Our boys and girls are in des-
perate need of guidance from

communities by demanding
and providing the best educa-
tional systems and institutions
for our children and young
adults, it is as if that too many
of us have been lulled into a
state of hopelessness.
According to the U.S. Depart-
ment of Commerce Minority
Business Development Agency
(MBDA), there is a new focus
on growing the minority busi-
ness community in the U.S. In
other words, to grow employ-
ment in our communities, we
must grow the development of
new businesses in our com-
munities. U.S. Commerce Sec-
retary Gary Locke recently an-
nounced the appointment of
25 individuals to serve on the
National Advisory Council for
Minority Business Enterpris-
es. This new council is led by
the MBDA and is the first such
federal advisory council that
will be focused on promoting
minority businesses since the
early 1970's. Thus, another
milestone for the Obama Ad-

men. What do we expect when
boys are being led by boys?
The fact that 75 percent of
our children are being born to
and raised by single mothers is
evidence that they have no idea
what a man is. Men, where are

Brian Person
Miami Gardens, FL

Clyne hits the mark in

criticisms of Mayor Alvarez
Dear editor,

I would like to applaud Mr. Reginald J. Clyne, Esq., on his com-
mentary about M-D County Mayor Alvarez's questionable decision
making. It has been the talk on the streets for years about how May-
or Alvarez has strong held the County's different agencies' budgets
and has removed very good Black employees in high management
positions, either demoting them or finding fault for termination. But
as the prayers of the righteous go up, all evil giants must come
down. Be blessed and Happy New Year for God keeps good tabs.

Chauncett E. Riley

Receptionist. VMiami

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condition of

Miss. parole

Commissioner's Corner

We are finally

making progress

in Liberty City


Gladys and Jamie Scott were given life sentencesfor an armed robbery

By Holbrook Mohr
Associated Pres'

JACKSON, Miss. For 16
years, sisters Jamie and Gladys
Scott have shared a life behind
bars for their part in an $11
armed robbery. To share free-
dom, they must also share a
Mississippi Gov. Haley Bar-
bour suspended the sisters' life
sentences recently, but 36-year-
old Gladys Scott's release is con-
tingent on her giving a kidney
to Jamie, her 38-year-old sister,
who requires daily dialysis.
The sisters were convicted in
1994 of leading two men into an
ambush in central Mississippi
the year before. Three teenagers
hit each man in the head with
a shotgun and took their wal-
lets making off with only $11,
court records said.
Jamie and Gladys Scott were
each convicted of two counts of
armed robbery and sentenced
to two life sentences.
"I think it's a victory," said
the sisters' attorney, Chokwe
Lumumba. "I talked to Glad-
ys and she's elated about the
news. I'm sure Jamie is, too."
Civil rights advocates have for
years called for their release,
saying the sentences were ex-

cessive. Th.--'.i demands gained
traction when Barbour asked
the Mississippi Parole Board to
take another look at the case.
The Scott sisters are eligible
for parole in 2014, but Barbour
said prison officials no longer
think they are a threat to soci-
ety and Jamie's medical condi-
tion is costing the state a lot of
Lumumba said he has no
problem with the governor re-
quiring Gladys to offer up her
organ because "Gladys actu-
ally volunteered that as part of
her petition."
Lumumba said it's not clear
what caused the kidney failure,
but it's likely a combination
of different illnesses over the
Barbour spokesman Dan
Turner told The Associated
Press that Jamie Scott was re-
leased because she needs the
transplant. He said Gladys
Scott will be released if she
agrees to donate her kidney
because of the significant risk
and recovery time.
"She wanted to do it," Turner
said. "That wasn't something
we introduced."
Barbour is a Republican in
his second term who has been
mentioned as a possible presi-

dential contender in 2012. He
said the parole board agreed
with the indefinite suspen-
sion of their sentences, which
is different from a pardon or
commutation because it comes
with conditions.
An "indefinite suspension of
sentence" can be reversed if the
conditions are not followed, but
those requirements are usually
things like meeting with a pa-
role officer.
The Scott sisters have re-
ceived significant public sup-
port from advocacy groups,
including the NAACP, which
called for their release. Hun-
dreds of people marched
through downtown Jackson
from the state capital to the
governor's mansion in Septem-
ber, chanting in unison that the

NAACP President and CEO

women should be freed.
Still, their release won't be
Mississippi Department of
Corrections Commissioner
Chris Epps said recently that
he had not received the order.
He also said the women want
to live with relatives in Florida,
which requires approval from
officials in that state.
In general, that process takes
45 days.
Mississippi NAACP President
Derrick Johnson said the Scott
sisters' release will be "a great
victory for the state of Missis-
sippi for two individuals who
received an excessive sentence"
and he has no problem with the
kidney donation requirement
because Gladys Scott volun-
"I think it's encouraging that
she's willing to share a kidney
so her sister can have a better
quality life," Johnson said.
National NAACP President
and CEO Benjamin Todd Jeal-
ous said the suspension of the
sentences represents the good
that can come with the power
of governors.
"It's again proof that when
people get engaged, keep the
faith, we can win," Jealous

Southeast region leads state in gang membership

By Jeff Weiner

There are more gangs, gang
members and people associ-
ated with gangs in Southeast
Florida than any other region
in the state, according to a re-
port released recently.
Meanwhile, a region made up
of several Central Florida coun-
ties had the third most gang
members of the seven regions
studied more than 3,000, ac-
cording to the report.
The first annual progress
report on Florida's Statewide
Gang Reduction Strategy was
released recently, revealing,
among other details, the num-
ber of suspected gangs and
gang members in various re-
gions of the state.
It also revealed a marked in-
crease in the number of report-
ed gangs and gang members
residing in Florida.
The Statewide Gang Reduc-
tion Strategy, spearheaded in
2007 by Attorney General Bill
McCollum, was an attempt to
develop "specific solutions to
dramatically reduce gang mem-
bership and gang-related activ-
ities," as well as to set a base-

O'Donnell slams

investigation as
By Kevin Bohn

Republican Christine O'Donnell,
who lost her bid for U.S. Senate
from Delaware, is lashing out
at reports the Justice Depart-
ment and FBI have launched
a criminal investigation into
possible misuse of campaign
funds for personal expenses,
calling any such probe "thug
Justice Department prosecu-
tors and FBI agents have start-
ed the investigation, a source
with knowledge of the probe
confirmed to CNN. The source
could not speak on the record
because of the investigation is
deemed sensitive. The source
would not provide any further
details and the FBI and Justice
Department had no comment.
When O'Donnell ran in the
Republican primary and in the
general election campaign, she
faced repeated questions about
her finances, including the use
of her home that doubled for a

line for gang activity against
which to measure future prog-
ress, McCollum's office said in
a statement.
"The survey representation
of each county in our state is a
major step in Florida's fight to
eliminate gang activity," McCol-
lum said in a statement.
In total, the Attorney Gen-
eral's Office reports there are
1,403 gangs in the state, and
56,000 documented gang mem-
bers, associates and suspected
gang members.
The report also determined
that the number of gangs re-
ported in the state was up by
about 27.5 percent from the
previous year. In the time peri-
od analyzed, June 2009 to July
2010, the amount of reported
gang activity rose in every re-
gion studied.
The report, made available on
the statewide initiative's web-
site, breaks 60 of the state's
67 counties into seven regions.
Among those, the region en-
compassing four Southeast
Florida counties accounted for
8,308 verified gang members-
more than any other region.
According to the 2010 report,

s criminal

'thug tactics'
time as her campaign headquar-
ters. She acknowledged using
some campaign funds to help
pay the rent but is adamant she
did not nothing wrong.
The advocacy group Citizens
for Responsibility and Ethics in
Washington (CREW) filed com-
plaints with the Federal Elec-
tions Commission and the U.S.
Attorney's Office in Delaware
regarding her finances, asking
for investigations of her alleged
use of campaign funds for per-
sonal expenses.
"We've been warned by multi-
ple high-ranking Democrat in-
siders that the Delaware Dem-
ocrat and Republican political
establishment is jointly plan-
ning to pull out all the stops
to ensure I would never again
upset the apple cart,"
O'Donnell said recently in a
statement after the Associated
Press first reported the FBI and
Justice Department were in the
early phases of an investiga-

Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe
and Palm Beach counties con-
tain nearly a third of the state's
gang members and gangs.
Meanwhile, the region typi-
cally referred to as Central
Florida, encompassing Bre-
vard, Indian River, Lake, Mar-
tin, Orange, Osceola, St. Lu-
cie and Volusia counties, had
a reported 3,065 confirmed
gang members, 1,494 gang as-
sociates, 2,042 suspected gang
members and 319 gangs, the
report said.
According to the report, the
most commonly reported gang

in Florida is the "Crips," fol-
lowed closely by the "Bloods"
and the various groups com-
monly referred to as the "Aryan
Brotherhood" or "Aryan Na-
Authorities hope the data
gathered by the survey will
help law enforcement officers to
track their progress in the fight
against gangs at both the local
and statewide levels.
"From this point forward,
Florida will have an accurate
baseline to detect our state's
progress in reducing gang affili-
ated crimes," McCollum said.

By Richard P. Dunn II, Coi.Lissioim'r
District 5. CiOn of .\liani

I believe that we all should be evaluated from time to time in our
professions, academics, finances, churches and yes even in our
city or should I say, district. In this case, District 5. What started
out as a year of uncertainty and skepticism has actually been a
year of progress on many fronts. I believe the icing on the cake or
the crescendo has to be the appointment of Tony Crapp, Jr. as the
City Manager for the City of Miami. This appointment was ratified
unanimously by the city commission last week. Kudos to Mayor
Tomas Regalado for having the courage to "judge and reward by
the content of one's character and skills set," instead of "deny be-
cause of fear and the color of one's skin." I don't think we should
just take this appointment for granted. It is major. I am also hap-
py to report that construction has actually commenced with the
Gibson Park Renovation project in Overtown after long last. The
groundbreaking was in 2004 but only recently has construction
actually begun. Speaking of Overtown, how about those 160 lbs.
Overtown Rattlers who won the Pop Warner National Champion-
ship in Orlando. Glad I was there to witness this great accomplish-
ment. Congratulations also go to the Liberty City Warriors who
made it to the National Championship game in Orlando. And even
though the school is not in District 5, congratulations to Miami
Central on winning the State Football Championship. Congratu-
lations to Miami Edison on getting a C on the FCAT. Virginia Key
Trust was able to access their dollars and the Liberty City Trust is
"getting a new lease on life." The seniors in the District are rapidly
becoming a group with which to to be reckoned. And I can assure
you that out of all of these big you will see more jobs for the mem-
bers of our District.
There does remain, however, one area that pains me greatly
- crime. Anytime a mother and her two-year old son lose their
lives to gruesome violence, it is beyond comprehension. It is time
for the village to step up.
Last but not least, kudos again to the Liberty Square tenants
and Curly's House for the marvelous work you do. I believe a major
announcement may be coming soon. I can't tell you where. May
God continue to bless our faith community. We have much more
work to do but I believe we have made significant progress.

Iran 3 years away from nuclear bomb

Iran's nuclear programme has
been hit by technical problems,
and it could be still three years
away from making a bomb, an Is-
raeli minister has said.
The statement came a month
after Iran said. centrifuges used
in uranium enrichment had been
There are suspicions, denied
by Iran, that the centrifuges were
targeted by the Stuxnet computer
The West fears Iran's goal is to
build nuclear weapons but Iran
says its programme is for peace-
ful energy use.
Israeli Strategic Affairs Minis-
ter Moshe Yaalon said the pro-
gramme had faced "a number of
technological challenges and dif-
"These difficulties have post-
poned the timetable," he told Is-

raeli radio.
"So we can't talk about a point
of no return. Iran does not have
the ability to create nuclear
weapons by itself at the moment."
Iran said in September that
the&Sttaxnet worm badsrt.ick*-'1
its c.-',plp:irs but denied that it
had damaged the nuclear pro-
However, experts say the worm
has been specially configured to
damage motors commonly used
in uranium enrichment centri-
fuges by sending them spinning
out of control.
The computer worm is a form
of customised malware, written
to attack a precise target.
Analysts say the complexity of
the code suggests it was created
by a "nation state" in the West,
rather than an organised crime


_ ~ __ ~~ ~~~_~~~


Maya Angelou to bring inspiring message to FAMU students

Special to The Miami Times

ida A&M University (FAMU)
will welcome one of the most
renowned and influential
voices of today, Maya Ange-
lou, on Wednesday, Jan. 26th
in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Mul-
tipurpose Center and Teach-
ing Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

Hughes Harris. "She has been
hailed as a global renaissance
woman. I am confident that
our faculty, staff, students,
alumni and the Tallahassee
community will be graced
with wisdom that will leave
them speechless."
Angelou is a celebrated
poet, memoirist, novelist,
educator, dramatist, produc-

er, actress, historian, film-
maker and civil rights activ-
ist. A trailblazer in film and
television, Angelou wrote the
screenplay and composed the
score for the 1972 film Geor-
gia, Georgia. Her script, the
first by a Black woman ever
to be filmed, was nominated
for a Pulitzer Prize.
She continues to appear on

television and in films includ-
ing the landmark television
adaptation of Alex Haley's
Roots (1977) and John Sin-
gleton's Poetic Justice (1993).
In 1996, she directed her
first feature film, Down in the
Delta. In 2008, she composed
poetry for and narrated the
award-winning documentary
The Black Candle, directed by

M.K. Asante.
Angelou has served on two
presidential committees, was
awarded the Presidential
Medal of Arts in 2000, the
Lincoln Medal in 2008 and
has received three Grammy
Awards. President Bill Clin-
ton requested that she com-
pose a poem to read at his in-
auguration in 1993.

The FAMU Lyceum Se-
ries has been a part of the
FAMU tradition since the
university's early beginnings.
Throughout the history of the
series, FAMU has enriched
campus life and shared with
the community the artists,
performers and lecturers of
the day. For ticket informa-
tion, call 850-599-3413.


She performs as part of the
2010-2011 FAMU Lyceum
"We are so excited to have
Ms. Angelou to be a part of our
lyceum series," said FAMU
Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs Cynthia

Obama makes six
recess appointments
Honolulu, Hawaii Taking
time out from his Hawaiian va-
cation to assert some executive
authority, President Barack
Obama recently used a series
of recess appointments to over-
ride Republican objections to
several nominees.
Obama used his constitu-
tional power to appoint six peo-
ple who have had their nomi-
nations pending for an average
of 147 days, according to White
House officials.
White House officials said
privately that Obama acted be-
cause of Republican obstruc-
tion of the nominations, which
include the posts of deputy at-
torney general and ambassa-
dors to Turkey, the Czech Re-
public and Syria.
The recess appointments es-
sentially allow the nominees to
serve in their posts in a tempo-
rary capacity for about a year.
If the nominees are not con-
firmed by the end of the next
session of Congress, which will
likely be in November or De-
cember, the post will become
vacant again.
Senate Republican aides did
not have any immediate re-
sponse, but some Republican
House members raised objec-
Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-
Lehtinen of Florida, who will
take over as chairwoman of the
House Foreign Affairs Com-
mittee in January, criticized
Obama for sidestepping con-
gressional approval of Robert
Stephen Ford as ambassador
to Syria. Ford currently works
in the office of the State De-
partment's Office of Inspector
"I am deeply disappointed
that the president decided to
make such a major concession
to the Syrian regime," Ros-
Lehtinen said in a statement.
"Using this congressional re-
cess to make an appointment
that has far-reaching policy
implications despite congres-
sional objections and concerns
is regrettable."

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-Photo by European Pressphoto Agency
Uganda's army has begun enforcing an order by President Yoweri Museveni, above, to remove herders from oil-rich land licensed
by Tullow Oil.

Tullow oil's ambitions in Uganda

entangle company in land dispute

By Nicholas Bariyo

HOIMA, Uganda-A battle
is brewing over oil-rich land
licensed by Uganda's govern-
ment to Tullow Oil PLC, en-
tangling the U.K. company in a
conflict between nomadic live-
stock herders and indigenous
In recent days, Uganda's army
had begun enforcing an order
from President Yoweri Musev-
eni to remove the herders. They
were forced off the land with
about 10,000 head of cattle and
not provided with an alternative
place to settle, according to se-
curity officers in the Bulisa and
Hoima districts.
Ugandan police say they have
arrested at least a dozen herd-
ers resisting eviction.
But recently, the high court
in Masindi provided a tempo-
rary reprieve, halting the evic-
tions until a March hearing.
About 640 families are living
on a 30-square-mile stretch of
A lawsuit filed on behalf of
the herders poses a challenge
to Tullow's plans to begin devel-
oping its Kasamene oil discov-

ery in Uganda's Lake Albert Rift
Basin. Tullow says it plans to
compensate whoever owns the
land but says the license allows
the company to continue with
exploration regardless. The
area boasts an estimated 800
million barrels of recoverable
oil reserves, and Tullow expects
to begin oil production in the
fourth quarter of next year.
"Tullow would like to operate
in an environment free of ten-
sions," says Tullow Uganda Ltd.
spokesman Jimmy Kiberu "The
presence of these pastoralists
had started causing conflicts
with the local communitieses" he

The legal spat echoes similar
conflicts over land and resourc-
es in other developing coun-
tries, from Africa to Asia. Gov-
ernments sometimes sell land
to companies where local farm-
ers have lived for generations,
with or without any record of
property ownership.
In Uganda, oil production
could sharpen land disputes
and heighten social tensions
if the government doesn't im-

prove the clarity of property
rights and help those left on the
margins of the energy boom.
"For many years, the govern-
ment has not allowed us near
this forest, but now foreign-
ers are comfortably occupying
it," says Joseph Alisemera, a
farmer from the Banyoro tribe
in the Kabwoya area of Hoima
district who lacks a title deed
to his 7.5-acre piece of land.
"All we have been seeing in the
past two years are trucks and
white men," says Mr. Alisemera,
standing in his mud-and-wattle
Like inariy other "indigenous
people in the area, Mr. Alise-
mera said he inherited his land
from his ancestors. Yet with the
discovery of oil and an influx of
cattle herders, his hold on the
land is threatened. Many herd-
ers have acquired title deeds
in an effort to bolster bids for
compensation if they are asked
to leave.
Last week's evictions followed
a November clash in which po-
lice raided military-style camps
of former soldiers who had
moved into the remote Bugoma
Forest, in another part of the

Lake Albert Rift Basin. Police
fired warning shots and arrest-
ed 11 people, but roughly 300
ex-soldiers remain in the forest,
says a Uganda police spokes-
woman. Security officials say
they were trying to avoid a situ-
ation similar to Nigeria's Niger
Delta, where militants have de-
stroyed oil infrastructure and
carried out kidnapping and
car bombings.

Uganda's government says
the occupied oil land in Tullow's
Block 2 license is communally
owned 6id thatthe herders who
settled there in recent years
have squabbled with commu-
nities that have inhabited the
land for many years. Tullow is
caught in the middle.
Attorneys representing the
Bulisa herders say their clients
have title to the land they in-
"The president is trying to
restore order," says President
Museveni's spokesman, Tamale
Murundi. "Government cannot
tolerate a group of people who
just roam the whole country
with cattle."

Sotomayor protests court's refusal of appeals

Justice's dissents expresses concern on

prisoner claims

By Joan Biskupic

Court Justice Sonia Soto-
mayor has set herself apart
from colleagues with her fer-
vent statements protesting
the majority's refusal to take
some appeals, particularly in-
volving prisoners.
Each month, the justices
spurn hundreds of petitions
from people who have lost in
lower courts, and rarely does
an individual justice go pub-
lic with concern about the
denial. In the seven times it
has happened since the an-
nual term opened in October,
Justice Sotomayor has signed
four of the opinions, more
than any other justice. She
was the lead author on three,
again more than any other
She forcefully dissented
when the justices refused to
hear the appeal of a Louisi-
ana prisoner who claimed he
was punished for not taking
his HIV medication. He said
prison officials subjected him
to hard labor in 100-degree
heat. Writing alone, she said
the inmate had a persuasive
claim of cruel and unusual
This emerging pattern of
dissenting statements helps
define a justice in her second
term who is still like new-

est justice Elena Kagan -
fresh in the public eye.
On the law, Sotomayor has
been in the liberal mold of her
predecessor, David Souter,
and her approach to writing
opinions on cases heard has
been fact-specific and free
of rhetorical flourish. That
was her style as a trial judge
(1992-98) and appeals court
judge (1998-2009).
Yet she has stood out as
one of the most demanding
questioners during oral argu-
ments. She often breaks in as
a fellow justice is questioning
a lawyer, although she is not
alone. Antonin Scalia also has
an aggressive approach.
Her tendency to protest
when the justices pass up a
case she believes is crucial
may be another way of getting
her voice heard.
Sotomayor has been most
vocal in criminal law cases. In
the appeal from the Louisiana
prisoner, she wrote that his
decision to refuse medication
"does not give prison officials
license to exacerbate (his)
condition further as a means
of punishing or coercing him."
In another case, she object-
ed when the justices declined
to take a petition from an Ar-
kansas murderer who said ju-
rors should have heard miti-
gating evidence of his brutal
childhood before deciding on

-Photo by H. Darr Beiser
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has signed four dis-
sents over rejected appeals and was lead author on three such

a death sentence. She was
troubled by an appeals court's
decision letting officials wait
to object to a claim for a new
hearing until they had heard
the prisoner's evidence and
he had prevailed at an early

Sotomayor said states
should not be allowed "to ma-
nipulate federal ... proceed-
ings to their own strategic
advantage at an unaccept-
able cost to justice." She was
joined only by Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg.

A photograph on page 1D of last week's Business & Finance section in
the article "African nationals in Miami to join alliances," did not identify
the photographer, Martha Hoffmann, Office of Economic Development and
International Trade of Miami-Dade County.


By Alan Levin

The X-ray body scanners in-
creasingly in use at airport se-
curity checkpoints across the
country cannot detect certain
types of explosives and weap-
ons, according to research by
two respected academics.
So-called backscatter X-ray
machines, which are designed
to see through clothing to detect
non-metal weapons and explo-
sives, have difficulty differenti-
ating between plastic explosives
and human flesh, says a study
that appears in the Journal of
Transportation Security.
One of the study's authors,
Joseph Carlson, a physicist who
specializes in testing of medical
imaging equipment, says the re-
view was designed to add to the
debate over whether the ma-
chines, which create blurry im-
ages of the body, are worth the
intrusion on the public.
"It's not a panacea," Carlson
says of the machines. "It is not
a guarantee of security."
The attempt a year ago to blow
up an airliner near Detroit on
Christmas Day by a man with
explosives in his underwear
exposed a weakness in airport
security: Bombs that contained
no metal and were stitched into
clothing could not be discovered
by metal detectors or non-inva-
sive pat-downs.
Since then, the Transporta-
tion Security Administration
(TSA) has raced to put body
scanners in airports and to use
more thorough hand searches.
TSA Administrator John Pistole
has said that body scanners
would have seen the Christmas
Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano said Sunday
that use of full-body scanners
and invasive pat-downs won't
change for the "foreseeable fu-
ture." Napolitano told CNN's
State of the Union that the new
technology and pat-downs are
"objectively safer for our travel-
ing public."
The TSA has installed 486
scanners in 78 airports and
hopes to have more than twice
that many by the end of next
The report on flaws in the new
scanners illustrates a struggle
faced by the TSA, says Clark Er-


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Transportation Security Ad-
ministration agent Robin Blum
demonstrates a full body scan-
ner at Midway Airport in Chi-
cago, Illinois.
vin, a former Homeland Secu-
rity inspector general.
"Trade-offs between imperfect
technology and doing nothing
are always behind the debate"
over how best to plug security
holes, Ervin says.
Ervin says he believes body
scanners are more effective
than metal detectors, but no-
body should assume they are
foolproof protection against
terrorists. The agency needs to
pour its efforts into improving
the technology, Ervin says.
The study by Carlson and
Leon Kaufman, both of whom
were researchers in medical im-
aging at the University of Cali-
fornia-San Francisco, simulated
how the X-ray scanners would
detect explosives in different
shapes. Although blocks of ex-
plosive were detectable, sub-
stantial amounts of explosive
shaped into thin layers "would
be invisible," they concluded.
The TSA says it won't com-
ment on specifics about what
its own tests of the backscatter
X-ray scanners have shown, but
it defends their use. "Advanced
imaging technology is highly ef-
fective at detecting non-metallic
threats, including weapons and
explosives, concealed on a pas-
senger," the agency says.

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A Hialeah pawn shop owner said two thieves scouted his shop recently and
returned with a gun to rob it.
According to police, two men robbed the Casa de Empeno pawn shop on Dec.
30 at about 10:45 a.m.
The men stormed the shop and one put a rifle to a customer's head, Hialeah
police said. Surveillance video shows the other man smashing a glass case and
grabbing jewelry before both men escaped.
The robbers are believed to have escaped in a later model white Chevrolet
Impala with black rims.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-
471-TIPS (8477).

A Miami Beach man who pled guilty to fraud conspiracy for his part in selling
banned Chinese machine gun rounds to the U.S. Army for the allied troops fight-
ing in Afghanistan will learn Monday just how much time he'll spend behind bars.
Twenty-five year-old Efraim Diveroli, who accepted a plea deal from prosecu-
tors, could get up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors say Diveroli and several employees of his company, AEY Inc., plot-
ted to illegally ship about 90 million rounds of Chinese-made ammunition to Af-
ghan forces allied with the U.S.
Diveroli has also pled guilty to possessing weapons as a convicted felon. Sen-
tencing for that is set for Jan. 25 in Orlando.

An argument at a New Year's Eve party resulted in a shooting death in the final
minutes of 2010, Fort Lauderdale police said.
Reza Payan, 36, was fatally shot Friday during a gathering in the 200 block of
Southwest Eighth Street, according to Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Travis
Payan was taken to Broward General Medical Center, where he died.
Ronald Melnik, 38, who turned himself in to police, faces a murder charge,
Mandell said.

A dispute over loud music led to the shooting of a Miramar man and his neigh-
bor being detained by police.
The complaint was reported about 10:30 a.m. on New Year's day in the 5300
block of Southwest 125th Avenue, Miramar police said.
The man who was shot was listed in critical condition and taken to Memorial
Regional Hospital in Hollywood.
The alleged shooter was taken into custody, but no charges were immediately
filed, Rues said. The names of the people involved were not released.

Study: Body scanners'

effectiveness limited

Booker T. student wins scholarship for art design New lawmakers set to

Alex Alexander's
'shaking hands'
chosen as CRA logo
By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor

Booker T. Washington stu-
dent Alex Alexander just cel-
ebrated his 18th birthday a
milestone for any young per-
son who has dreamed of be-
coming a legal adult. But this
young high school senior has
the added distinction of know-
ing that one of his drawings is
now part of Miami's history.
Alexander beat out a crowd-
ed field of fellow students with
his award-winning logo in a
competition sponsored by the
Miami Community Redevelop-
ment Agency (CRA). For his ef-
forts, he received a $2,500 col-
lege scholarship.
The Southeast Overtown/
Park West CRA board unani-
mously voted to make his de-
sign the agency's new logo.
"We reached out to Booker
T. Washington High for a logo
design contest in September
because they are the only high
school within the CRA bound-
aries and we were looking for a
logo which was more reflective

By Michael Barbaro

To warm up the Florida
crowds for his inauguration
as governor, Rick Scott has
been flying around the state
this week on a seven-city "ap-
preciation" tour. For the main
event on Tuesday, he will lead
a parade featuring 26 marching
bands, followed by a black-tie
dinner for 2,100 people, with
oysters Rockefeller and fried
calamari served in mini-marti-
ni glasses. "Real classy," said
Christy Noftz, who is oversee-
ing the catering.
After their election night vic-
tory speeches, the nation'ss '26'
new governors have had to
wrestle with a symbolically rich
decision that could set the tone
for their time in office: how big
a party to give for themselves.
It is always a tricky call. Pen-
ny-pinching can convey pes-
simism and impotence. Lav-
ish celebrations may telegraph
triumphalism and insensitiv-
ity in these budget-crunched
times ("Out of touch," groused
a Democratic Party official in
Florida about Scott's inaugural
plans. "Inexcusable," grumbled
one local editorial.)
But after an election rife with
messages about voter anger
and mistrust, the risks of an
off-key bash are higher this
inauguration season, and the
governors-elect have starkly
different answers to the ques-
tion of how much party to put

into party politics.

Then there is Scott in Florida,
whose multiday, multicity in-
auguration has become known
wryly in political circles here as
the "coronation."
Preparations began shortly
after Election Day with a prodi-
gious fund-raising drive. Scott,
a wealthy former health-care
executive who dug into his own
pocket to finance his campaign,
received donations of $25,000
each from dozens of major
state employers like Disney,
Office Depot and Blue Cross
'Blue Shield of Florida, dollect-
ing nearly $3 million.
Good-government groups
complained about potential
conflicts of interest. (A spokes-
woman for Scott said that in
return for the donations com-
panies would receive "nothing
more than a series of events
honoring and celebrating the
people of this state.")
Eyebrows rose anew when
Scott, relying on the donated
use of private planes, took his
inauguration on the road. He
started in the north on last
Monday, hitting Jacksonville,
and made his way south to Mi-
ami by last Wednesday.
That night, in the Little Ha-
vana neighborhood, Scott
treated a largely Cuban-Amer-
ican crowd to giant platters of
roasted pig, brown rice and
boiled yucca. A procession of

local politicians introduced
and reintroduced Scott, extol-
ling his financial acumen and
management skills.
On Tuesday, for his official
inauguration, Scott will hold a
two-hour prayer breakfast with
no fewer than 10 speakers; an
afternoon concert featuring the
country singers Lee Greenwood
and Rockie Lynne; and a pa-
rade befitting Disney World's
home state.
Scott's aides published
the packed schedule on what
amounted to almost 10 single-
spaced pages on his website.
Among the highlights: a ren-
dering of the stage being built
for Scott's inaugural ball.
Democrats, especially, de-
tected hypocrisy, and pounced.

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Scott, after all, campaigned on
a platform of fiscal restraint
and small government. Busi-
nessmen like himself, he de-
clared shortly after the election,
"accept austerity as the price
for dramatic turnarounds."

Pressed about the scale of the
festivities, Scott said: "It abso-
lutely is fitting for these times.
We need to celebrate how we
are going to change this state."
As criticism mounted, his
aides began pushing back.
They produced data that sug-
gested the inauguration would
generate millions of dollars in
economic activity, and they
vowed that after covering the
costs of the festivities, they
would donate any money left
over .to a nonprofit group that
aids wounded military veter-
Most of the events, they said,
are free to the public. Tickets
to the ball, however, start at
$95. Which may explain that
elaborate spread of food, like
a "Fresh Florida Gulf Display"
that will include grilled Key
West shrimp with a Florida avo-
cado dipping sauce.
Why not limit the menu to
hamburgers and hot dogs? The
caterer said the menu was in
sync with the tenor of the eve-
ning. "It's a high-dollar ticket,"
she said. Besides, a budget
buffet "wouldn't be very attrac-

For attorney general, new congress means new headache

By Charlie Savage

Obama administration wakes
up next month to a divided
capital, no cabinet member
will be facing a more miserable
prospect of oversight hearings
and subpoenas than Attorney
General Eric H. Holder Jr.
Holder is a particularly juicy
target because he presides
over issues that have served
as recurrent fodder for political
controversy including using
the criminal justice system for
terrorism cases, and federal
enforcement of civil rights and
immigration laws.
More than most administra-
tion officials, he has served as
a proxy for Republican attacks
on what they see as President
Obama's left-leaning agenda.
At least two possible 2012 Re-
publican presidential hopefuls
have already called for Hold-
er's resignation.
"It's likely to be a difficult
year," said Bruce Buchanan,
a political science professor at
the University of Texas, Aus-
tin, who said Holder's com-
ing fights are likely to "attract
press attention in a way that
steps on other messages the
Obama administration would
like to have front and center."
Sitting in a conference room
adjacent to his office this

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has served as a proxy for
Republican attacks on what they see as President Obama's left-
leaning agenda.

month, Holder pointed out that
he had been deputy attorney
general in the Clinton admin-
istration, when both chambers
of Congress were under Re-
publican control and were con-
ducting aggressive oversight of
the Justice Department.

"You've got to understand
that I cut my teeth in the lead-
ership of this department deal-
ing with the situation we're
about to encounter," he said.
He defended himself in ad-
vance on some hot-button is-
sues, and he seemed to hint
at some steps in the realm of
counterterrorism policies that

might hearten his conservative
critics in Congress but could
draw criticism on the left. He
also laid out what amounts to
an agenda for the coming year,
from continuing to restore the
"traditional mission" of the de-
partment law enforcement
work put on the back burner
after the terrorist attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001 to national
security matters, including a
fresh push to overhaul an im-
portant surveillance law.
As Holder takes up such
work, the incoming House
chairmen most likely to play
leading roles in Justice Depart-
ment oversight are Represen-
tatives Lamar Smith of Texas,

the new head of the Judiciary
Committee, and Darrell Issa
of California, who will lead the
Oversight and Government Re-
form Committee. Both declined
to be interviewed, but Smith
said in a statement, "I am
committed to fair and reason-
able oversight of the Justice
Department and to ensuring
openness and transparency of
our federal law enforcement

Holder said that he did not
know Issa well, but that he
had known Smith for years.
The two recently had lunch,
and Holder said he believed
they could work together.
Like much of Washington,
the two chairmen are likely to
start off focusing on economic
issues. But it seems inevitable
they will turn to Holder, a fre-
quent target of their criticism
over the past two years.
Last March, for example, they
released a joint letter criticiz-
ing the Justice Department for
not doing more to investigate
the community activist group
Acorn, and for an early 2009
decision to downsize a voter-
intimidation lawsuit against
the New Black Panther Party, a
Black-nationalist fringe group
they portrayed as an Obama
administration ally.

make their mark

When Congress returns Wednesday, it will include 94 new
members of the House of Representatives and 16 new senators.
Here's a look at some of the new lawmakers who are rising stars
in their party or have been appointed to key committees for the
112th Congress:

Alex Alexander (third from left) stands next to his award-winning logo for the CRA. He is joined
by his parents (left), Commissioner Richard Dunn II (right of the logo) and other members of the
CRA and Omni boards.
of our community," said Rich- serving our community." because so many other tal-
ard P. Dunn II, CRA chairman. According to Alex's father, ented students submitted de-
Alexander says his design, Phillip Alexander, his son has signs," the budding artist said.
which features shaking hands, enjoyed drawing cartoons According to CRA Executive
symbolizes unity, along with since he was a little boy but Director, Pieter Bockweg, the
key elements of both the Over- this is the first time he has won new logo is effective immedi-
town and Omni communities, an art competition of any kind. ately and will be featured at
including the downtown sky- He hasn't decided where he all events and on CRA official
line, the Lyric Theatre and wants to go to college yet, but materials.
other symbols of a rebuilding has indicated that he wants to In addition to his college
community, stay in the South Florida area scholarship, Alexander and
Omni Chairman Marc Sar- probably to keep an eye on his family received special
noff added, "We are very proud his three younger siblings, seats in the Presidential Box
to have a local student's de- "I am very proud to repre- for a performance at the Adri-
sign as the inspiration for an sent Booker T. Washington enne Arsht Performing Arts
agency that is committed to Senior High School, especially Center.


AGE: 39

Election highlight
Beat independent Gov. Charlie
Crist 49% to 30%.

What to watch: The young,
Hispanic former state lawmaker
was named by RealClearPolitics
as the top rising star in the new

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AGE: 63

Election highlight:
Won the seat long held by the
late Robert Byrd.

What to watch: Manchin who
took his seat in November, will
chart his own course. He recently
Ducked his party by opposing the
repeal of the ban against gays
serving openly in the military

Age: 52

Election highlight
Knocked off incumbent Demo-
crat Travis Childers.

AGE: 49

Election highlight
First Black Republican elected
to Congress from Florida in
more than a century.

What to watch: An Iraq vet-
eran, West wiil sit on the House
Armed Services Committee as
the U.S. fights in Iraq and Af-


AGE: 39

Election highlight
Backed by Sarah Paln. Noem
beat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
leader of the centrisl-Democrat
Blue Dog Coalition

What to watch: Appointed to
the House education committee.
Noem will have a hand in efforts
to update the "No Child Lef Be-
hind" education law.

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Republican leader Mitch McCon-
nell, also of Kentucky.
nell, also of Kentucky.

wnat to watcn: He was
named to the powerful Appropri- What to watch: Paul, the
nations Committee at the center of of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas
Republican efforts to trim federal came a hero of the anti-tax
spending. Party movement, setting
up as a conservative star

Ex-Senator is now the only ma

Black hopeful in a Chicago race

By Monica Davey

CHICAGO Danny K. Davis,
a longtime United States repre-
sentative, has dropped out of the
race to become Chicago's mayor,
creating the situation that Black
leaders here had for months
been clamoring for: a campaign
that includes only one major
Black candidate.
Carol Moseley Braun, a former
senator, became that candidate
this weekend, as Mr. Davis an-
nounced his plans to step aside
and to support Ms. Braun. The
Rev. James T. Meeks, the pas-
tor of a large South Side church,
quit his campaign about a week
Pressure to unite around one
Black candidate has been bub-
bling here for months, in part
out of fear that the city's Black
vote would be split diminish-
ing its influence and all but en-
suring that a white candidate

(like Rahm Emanuel, the former
White House chief of staff) or a
Latino candidate (like Gery Chi-
co, a former board of education
leader) might win on Feb. 22.
Conversations among Black
leaders began shortly after Mayor
Richard M. Daley, Chicago's lon-
gest-serving mayor, announced
in September that he would not
run for re-election. But as Mr.
Emanuel began gaining in the
polls and announced to the
dismay of some of the Black can-
didates that former President
Bill Clinton would campaign for
him here in January, Black lead-
ers once again called for unity.
Recently, the Rev. Jesse L.
Jackson Sr. convened a meet-
ing at the Rainbow PUSH head-
quarters on the South Side that
included Ms. Braun, Mr. Davis
and others and that went on for
hours. And by late last week Da-
vis said he was prepared to step

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Tribes encourage young to lead

Native Americans
dismayed by turmoil try
to train next generation
'to be different'

By Dennis Wagner

PHOENIX As special advis-
er for Indian affairs at Arizona
State University, former Navajo
Nation president Peterson Zah
spent the past 16 years trying to
develop Native American youth
He pressed students to get ed-
ucated, return to their villages
and build a future on the reser-
vation. That message began to
ring hollow over the past year as
his own tribe became mired in
power struggles and corruption
Zah says students came to
him filled with confusion and
embarrassment, asking how
they could make a difference.
"I was just agonizing over
this," says Zah, 73, who quit his
Arizona State job this month to
return to the Navajo Nation as
an ambassador for tribal civility,
service and integrity. "The only
thing you can say is, 'That's one
example of what we need to cor-
rect. We're training you to be dif-
ferent.' "
Zah's angst is shared by many
Native American leaders who see
a breakdown in Indian country
leadership as the 565 federally
recognized tribes of the USA
press for greater sovereignty,
supported by the U.S. govern-
As they move toward that
goal, dozens of Native American
tribes and groups are trying to
cultivate youth leadership skills
through programs that often
combine cultural heritage and
public service, personal respon-
sibility and civic action.
This month, President Obama
met with more than 300 Indi-
an leaders at the White House
Tribal Nations Conference and
announced support for the Unit-
ed "Nations Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
which calls for independent

New laws hit the

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Native American members of the Navajo Code Talkers listen as President Barack Obama speaks
during the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior in Washington,
DC, Dec. 16.

self-governance of native people
around the globe.
"Tribal nations do better when
they make their own decisions,"
Obama said in a speech.
Zah and others in Indian
country worry that such rhetoric
won't become reality unless Na-
tive Americans can inspire their
youth to lead ancient cultures
into a modern world.
Zah says heroes are scarce in
Indian country because many
historic figures came to tragic
ends and because today's reser-
vations are mired in upheaval.
"Particularly with elected lead-
ership, we just don't have role
models that kids can look up
to," he says. "So, the new gener-
ation, they've got to deal with it."
The Census Bureau says there
are 4.9 million American Indi-
ans and Alaskan Natives in the
USA, less than 2 percent of the
total population.
They belong to hundreds of
tribes that have distinct lan-
guages, cultures and circum-

stances. Yet they are bonded
by a history of conquest and, in
many cases, by disproportionate
social problems such as poverty,
high dropout rates, crime, alco-
hol and drug abuse and suicide.
Kristen Dosela, 20, who re-
cently served as president of
the Gila River Indian Commu-
nity's youth council, says she
began losing friends in junior
high, watching them drop out of
classes and succumb to inertia
in the empty desert southwest of
"After eighth grade on the
reservation, kids don't really
focus on education," she says.
"They get into alcohol, drugs,
gangs, getting pregnant. I've
seen it happen to so many
friends I grew up with."
Although young people in
any society may struggle,
Dosela says developing a sense
of identity and purpose can
be especially tough- for -Indi-
ans trying to engage the future
while retaining tradition.

Dwayne Lopez, 25, youth
council manager on the To-
hono O'odham Nation in
southern Arizona, says the
lack of leadership is magnified
as young people from dysfunc-
tional homes repeat the fail-
ures of their parents.
But many are trying to break
the pattern, says Lopez, whose
family is heavily involved in
tribal government.
Peggy Flanagan, a member
of the White Earth Band of
Ojibwe in Minnesota and di-
rector of the Native American
Leadership Program at Well-
stone Action, a national train-
ing center in St. Paul, says her
message to young Indians is
simple: Be active in the com-
munity and don't wallow in
"Know who you are your
family, your culture, your val-
ues, goals and purpose. You
can't look forward unless, you
know where you came from,"
Flanagan says.

Obama oversteps yet again on end-of-life issues

By Larry Sitter

It seems that President
Obama remains committed to
reducing medical services. Be-
cause of the controversy over
the issue of end-of-life plan-
ning, that proposal was re-
moved from the health care
bill. Now Obama has slipped
in a Medicare regulation that
will pay physicians who dis-
cuss end-of-life options with
patients at the time of their an-
nual physical.
This service will be compen-
sated by Medicare, which is
headed by Obama appointee
Donald Berwick, a physician
committed to rationing care.
Whether called end-of-life dis-
cussions or death panels, these
options are designed to reduce
services. This government ac-
tion will further intrude on the
physician-patient relationship.
A complete repeal of the
health care law is necessary.
Reasons for a repeal include,
among other things, the fact
that a partisan Democratic-
controlled Congress used un-
precedented measures to pass
the extremely controversial
legislation; misleading budget
numbers were provided that
did not adequately note the
actual increased costs; the
legislation increases fees and
taxes for businesses, provid-
ers and the patients; and ad-

President Barack Obama sign the health insurance reform bill
in the East Room of the White House, March 23, 2010.

ministration appointees have
been allowed to write rules
and regulations that cannot
be challenged. This eventually
could lead to final medical de-
cisions being made by the sec-
retary of Health and Human
Services and not physicians.
These are all important and
valid reasons to repeal this law
and start over to achieve bipar-
tisan legislation that can really
improve access to care and
services; reduce costs with tort
reform; and end waste, fraud
and inappropriate government
rules and regulations.
Marvin L. Hoovis, M.D.; Cen-
terville, Mass.

The actions of President Obama
in 2011 will clearly define his val-
ue, either as a leader and a states-
man or another empty suit. He
was swept into office on a num-
ber of promises, including that he
would change the way Washing-
ton works; restore this country's
international image; hold sub-
stantive talks with Iran and North
Korea; and close the detention
center at Guantanamo Bay.
Instead, the first two years were
essentially given to Senate Major-
ity Leader Harry Reid and House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi to play in
the sandbox, and throw dirt on

the opposition.
Now, Obama must lead or be
forever remembered as someone
who was full of empty promises.
We must reduce the deficit, and
there is no painless way to ac-
complish that. Entitlements must
be reduced; revenues must be
increased. Everyone will feel the
pain. Obama must also address
immigration reform and deal with
Pakistan and Afghanistan. Unfor-
tunately, that will not leave much
time for date nights or beer sum-
mits, but we will finally see the
leader that Obama is or isn't.

books in
By Oren Dorell

New state laws taking effect
on New Year's Day show leg-
islators concerned about pro-
tecting consumers, children
and state coffers.
The National Conference of
State Legislatures reports:
SFive states add protec-
tions for homeowners, users
of phone books and payday
Minnesota sets up a reso-
lution process for homeown-
ers' claims of damage by a
builder or contractor. Before
suing, the parties must sub-
mit the dispute to a state-
certified mediator. Connecti-
cut adds a penalty of up to
$11,000 for a telemarketer
who violates the "do not call"
registry. Georgia bars listing
a local business number in a
phone book if calls are auto-
matically routed to a location
New York requires busi-
nesses offering rebates to
state clearly if they will not
be in cash. Montana lim-
its payday lenders interest
rates and fees to a combined
annual rate of 36 percent.
Child-protection laws
seek to shield children from
sexual predators at parks,
keep them in school and pro-
tect them while they're driv-
ing or on ski slopes.
California's 'Chelsea's
Law' creates a penalty of life
without parole for certain sex
acts with a minor and creates
'safe zones' barring convict-
ed sex offenders from parks
and other places where chil-
dren go. California parents
whose children miss more
than 10 percent of a school
year without a valid reason.
such as a work permit in the
entertainment industry, can
be charged with a misde-
meanor and face up to a year
in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Louisiana is increasing
the supervised time a minor
must spend behind the wheel

new year
before qualifying for a driver's
license from eight hours to
50 hours. Minors in Illinois
who send indecent photos of
other minors through their
cellphones will be subject to
court supervision instead of
being charged with distribu-
tion of child pornography.
Children in California will
have to wear helmets while
skiing or snowboarding.
Several states are requir-
ing government employees
to contribute more to their
retirement plans. In Mis-
souri,' workers hired after
Jan. 1 will make an annual
pre-tax contribution of 4 per-
cent of their salary; previous
plans required no employee
share. Illinois is raising the
retirement age to 67 for new
employees; current law lets
certain state workers re-
tire as young as 55 with full
benefits. The state reduced
cost-of-living adjustments
after retirement and requires
more years on the job before
a worker can qualify for ben-
efits Similar laws are taking
effect in Pennsylvania, Colo-
rado and Michigan
State legislatures drawing
up budgets in a tough econo-
my have been trimming state
employees retirement and
benefits programs, a theme
throughout 201-0 that is like-
ly to continue, says Meagan
Dorsch, public affairs direc-
tor at the National Confer-
ence of State Legislatures.
The changes are neces-
sar, because the long-term
health of some state retire-
ment plans has been called
into question' after 2008's
market decline, says Keith
Brainard, research director
at the National Association
of State Retirement Admin-
And only in California: A
new law increases reckless-
driving penalties for any mo-
torist trying to photograph
people. Dorsch says it is an
anti-paparazzi law.

Eight homeless people die in New Orleans fire

NEW ORLEANS A blaze in a
small, abandoned warehouse in
New Orleans killed eight home-
less people who were burning
wood in a barrel to stay warm,
the fire department said recent-
A man who lives nearby said
the homeless often seek ref-
uge from the cold in the neigh-
borhood's many boarded-up
buildings. Temperatures were
unusually low-just below freez-
ing-when the fire was reported
at around 2 a.m.
The building was fully ablaze

when the first fire truck arrived,
said New Orleans Fire Depart-
ment spokesman Greg Davis.
Firefighters couldn't tell the ages
or genders of the bodies pulled
from the rubble. The fire also
killed two dogs.
Two survivors told firefighters
that at least some of the people
inside were unconscious when
the building went up in flames.
Davis said they might have been
knocked out by carbon monox-
"When you burn something
in a closed area, you're going to

build up carbon monoxide," he
The survivors were a man who
escaped during the fire and a
woman who had left the building
before it was engulfed, Red Cross
worker Tom Butler said. He said
both were put up at a hotel.
The man told Mr. Butler that
he heard someone screaming
and trying to get out. The sur-
vivor said he tried to run back
into the building but there was
too much smoke. Mr. Butler said
the man didn't want to be identi-


The Children'sTrust

2010 Highlights

School Health: 97,000 children were helped by nurses, social workers and health aides in our
HealthConnect program serving 131 public schools.

Parenting: 94% of participants in parenting programs increased healthy relationships with
their children and parenting skills improved 93%.

Early Learning: 96% of children in early learning programs improved in cognitive development.

Higher-Quality Child Care: 445 child care programs participated in Quality Counts, our initiative
to improve the quality of child care in Miami-Dade, now serving 28,500 children.

Youth Development:

63,000 children benefited from after-school, summer and youth
development programs.

95% of children in after-school programs improved their reading skills.

89% of youth increased community service and leadership skills.

94% of youth increased knowledge about drugs and alcohol or reported '
decreased substance use and other risky behaviors.

The Year Ahead


Board of Directors

2 0 11^ marks my second full year as chair of The
Children's Trust board. Our board, which
2 0 11 welcomed more than a third new
members in the previous year due to term limits,
now has a year under its belt of getting to
know each other and successfully working
Much remains uncertain on the economic
horizon, yet we have weathered a series of
storms and furthered our commitment to
collaboration both on the board and with our
providers and the community. The experience
has made us a stronger team. The process of first
generating the Strategic Plan and then advancing a
results-based framework has bolstered our mission and vision,
and we have identified the tools and measurements to help us
as we continue to chart this ne-:a course
The blueprint for our future investrrients in children and
families requires our vigilance as aoklays to protect public
accountability and preserve transparency The mes.-age from
the public -
"We trust 'oJ to use our mone,e visel,' to benefit oil children and
families of Mia-mi-Dode County' communicated so clearly in
our successful reauthorization camrnpain n 2003. echoes in our
minds as ,'.e move ahead
During the course c't the net fie Oears. our plan guides us ,to
make minor shifts in funding to arnrim'ze a potential fc:r the
ireolest return on the ta:xpao,r'rs inveslr ent and mi.'e t: a
more equitable distributicn ojf funds anmcng three age groups
birth-5. o-12 and 13-18 To achie.e trni programers serving
children in the birth-5 age range shc.uLld increase 7 percent

Decreased revenues over the past few years obliged us to
trim funding to our providers, yet we continue to do
everything possible to minimize impact on direct
services. In addition, it is our sincere hope that
the economy will improve and bring increased
revenues from which to draw on to prevent
further cuts to programs.
Advocacy on behalf of children and
families remains a key facet of my work and
commitment to the board. I will again travel
often to Tallahassee to join our public policy
S leam's efforts there to back critical legislation
and do our utmost to prevent further state
cutbacks to health care, early childhood education, and
other key programs for children.
In these days and times. regardless of its efficiency and
commitment, no oraarnization con succeed on its own
Porinerships and collaborallon are the order cf the day No
single strategy or program of The Children s Trust can be
expected to be responsible for improving a communiVly-level
indicator Rather. the combined efforts of other funders, public
and priv.ale children's agencies faith-based communities.
tomiies ,ommunLty s;akeholders and residents are required for
this leel of community change We fully understand this and
are p.orking hard lo collaborate ',;ith other funders
'Youi h,.'e mn, cromrnmiment and that of the 32 merribers of
The Children's Trust board. to continue working hand-in-hand
.,.'ilh :,ur partners and the :ommurinll to fulfill the dreams ,,:e all
share for the children rand families of r'iomi- Dade CCount r

Maria A. Alonso, Chair
Chet J. Zerlin, Vice Choir
Dr. Josee Gr:-. 4;r.:, Secretary
Hon. Isaac Salver, Treasurer
Isabel Afanador
Dr. Miguel Balsera
Dr. Gina Cortes-Suarez
Hon. Barbara Jordan
Dr. Rosa Martin
David Williams Jr.
Yvette Aleman
Karen Aronowitz
Donald I. Bierman
George M. Burgess
Alberto M. Carvalho
Jacqui Colyer
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Benjamin F. C.lli:'r Jr.
Dr. Nora Hernandez Hendrix
Antoinette J.G. Hill
Pamela Lillard
Dr Martin Karp
Carolyn Y. Nelson-Goedert
Dr. William Pelham
Sheila Plana
Hon. Orlando A. Prescott
Dr. Isaac -:'ri i,-It ,',
Rep. Julio Robaina
.JIr Torres
David Lawrence Jr.
Fi,.riiri.r] Chair
Modesto E. Abety
President and CEO
County Attorney's Office
Legal Counsel

M a :,,a2. Z ,li _.:'
Chair. The Cr,'ic; en TruL';

Because All Children Are Our Children

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The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives
of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their futures.


10A T-i MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 29, 2010-JANUARY 4, 2011 o.Bi c \ c I C, rI KOL -cHE! O\' \ FSTn

Community activists disagree on viable solutions

continued from 1A

meeting this past Monday be-
twcen Miami Mayor Regalado,
City Manager Tony Crapp Jr.,
County Commissioner Richard
P. Dunn II and a host of con-
cerned citizens and activists,
the Mayor has said that he ba-
sically stands in agreement with
the people adding that "he wants
answers from Chief Miguel Ex-
Members of the Wcatherspoon
family were also present for part
of the meeting they too want-
ed answers as to why Weather-
spoon was shot and killed.
The shooting of Weatherspoon
marks five Black men killed in
police-related shootings in 2010
and one in 2011 none, says
Regalado, have been explained
to the community.
Pat Santangelo, City of Miami
Public Affairs for the Mayor's of-
fice, spoke on behalf and with
the authority of the Mayor.
"This would have been a suc-
cessful weekend as there were
no deaths caused by stray bul-
lets had it not been for the po-

lice-involved shooting of Weath- District are both agr and frus-
erspoon," he said. "Whether you treated due to the lack of L-.form.a-
are the family of one killed by a tion being released on a timely
random bullet or anv other kind fashion and he. like many of
of bullet, it is still a tragedy for them, has had enough.
the family. We met on --.. I rold my people I
Monday with Rev. :-.,!l- would do everything in
wings, Renita Holmes, 6 my power to make sure
Revs. Anthony Tate these shootings
and Nathaniel Wilcox of' ; were transpar-
PULSE, Brian Dennis, a ent and open to -
representative from the the community .?,
NAACP and a represen- but so far that .'
tative sent by activist 1 has not been the -.
Georgia Ayers, so there .- ---- case," he said. -"
was quite a cross sec- WILCOX "Perception is in

tion of the community
on hand to share their views.
Their views, it turns out, are the
same as the Mayor's informa-
tion about police-involved shoot-
ings is coming far too slowly from
the police department. The Mayor
understands the process needed
to gather information, speaking
to witnessing and gathering evi-
dence but he has grown impatient
and wants answers supplied to
his office and to the community."

Dunn says that citizens in his

the eyes of the
beholder, whether it is
real or not. One thing I
can say is the attitude
and mindset with which


we are dealing comes from the top
- from the Chief.
"My assessment is that there
is a complete breakdown in com-
munication and the Chief does
not appear to care. I have been
saying this for months and even
asked the former city manager to
insist that Blacks, qualified Black
police officers, be put in decision-
making positions in Overtown
and Little Haiti. Exposito put a

Cuban in place. I have lost con-
fidence in his abiiitv to lead our
Dunn did stress that while he
feels Exposito should be replaced.
that Blacks must tell their sons
and daughters that they bear
some of the responsibility as well.


-We cannot condone
our children walking the
streets with weapons and
doing so illegally-- they
are just putting them-
selves in harm's way."
Newly-appointed City
Manager Tony Crapp Jr.
acknowledged that he
was at the meeting with
Regalado, Dunn and oth-
ers and says he is con-
cerned about the police-

involved shootings. However, he
was unable to comment further
except to say, "I will continue to
evaluate and monitor the situa-
As the city manager, Crapp has
the authority to fire Exposito,
should he find just cause, accord-
ing to the City charter.


Brian Dennis. execu-
tive director of Brothers
of the Same Mind. be-
lieves that Crapp should
be given time to evaluate
the problems facing our
community and the po-
lice. But he believes that
Exposito should have
been fired long ago.
"The former city man- CRA
ager should have gotten
rid of the Chief but he ignored
the problem and left Crapp to.
take the heat," Dennis
said. "The Mayor has
been reluctant to meet
with us but finally real-
ized how serious things
have become. Six shoot-
ings and no answers is
something we just can-
not accept. One thing is
certain, no one I know
made any requests for CUR
community policing
which is what we are
hearing was the case from the
But Queen Brown, 50, whose
son Eviton Brown was mur-
dered in October 2006, [not by
the hands of the police] says

while she is angry, it is
not at the police.
N"M heart goes out to
the family of the young
man just killed I know
S that kind of pain per-
sonally," she said. "But
we must look at the fact
that he chose to arm
himself when he knew
LPP that was illegal. We have
to start showing our
children the importance of mak-
ing better decisions. Certainly I
do not condone anyone
being killed but I know
that the police have a
job to do to serve and
protect. Where were
people like Bishop Curry
when the drug dealers
and Black men carry-
ing guns were murder-
ing my son and so many
lRY other innocent children?
We didn't hear them de-
nouncing the actions of
those murders. Our Black lead-
ers must address the social ills
and the problems that are de-
stroying our community. Not
everyone in Overtown thinks
the Chief should be replaced."

Teens' angered friend questions if hotel should be held liable

continued from 1A

hand cutting neighbors' lawns
or even helping to pull trans-
missions out of cars.
Jean Pierre was an 11th
grader that attended Miami
Edison Senior High School. Taj
Echoles, the school's athletic
director, says he has known
the young men who died since
middle school.
Echoles added that the teens
weren't troublemakers but
were simply ordinary, average
He says that the school is an-
ticipating a lot of students to be

in anguish as they return from
Christmas break and that there
will be plenty of grief counsel-
ors to deal with the situation.
"It's so tragic that the stu-
dents died at such an early
age," he said. "Of course as
faculty, the loss of any student
is a great blow, not only to the
school but to the communi-
ty as well. I hope their deaths
won't be in vain, and that some-
thing can be learned by all."

As an educator the last thing
one wants is to receive a call
saying one of your students

has died but that's what
exactly occurred to Leon May-
cock, Dean of Students at Mi-
ami Edison Senior High School.
Maycock says he received the
call informing him that one of
his students had died at the
He says that as soon as he
was notified, he immediately
called Jean Pierre's parents,
but there wasn't any answer.
Next, he went to Jean Pierre's
house to tell his parents about
their son.
When Maycock arrived at the
house he says Jean Pierre's
parents had already been told,
and his mother was very dis-

taught huddled in a corner
of the house.
Maycock says the day before
Christmas break, he had just
spoken with Jean Pierre about
his outstanding performance in
"I spoke with him about be-
ing a good role model for other
kids," Maycock said. "It was a
real good uplifting conversa-

John Duverglas, 20, used
to hang out with all five of the
young men who died at the ho-

He says that it was very hard
to believe the news about the
death of his friends.
"I couldn't believe it," said
Duverglas. "This is a very bad
Duverglas also mentioned
how disillusioned he was about
the hotel's alarm system not
warning the young men that
the carbon monoxide had
reached toxic levels.
"The hotel should have back
up plans for that type of stuff,"
he said.
Legislation was enacted in
2007 to ensure that gas detec-
tors be installed in hotel and
motel boiler rooms.

Hialeah police are probing the
inspection and fire records of
thehotel to see if they installed
carbon monoxide detectors. An
investigation is still under way
by authorities to see whether
or rot the smoke detectors in
the bottom-floor garage and in
the second-floor room were op-
erating and able to distinguish
smcke from carbon monoxide.
Djverglas says that Antenor
had been working on a movie
entitled "American Zoe" which
depicts the life about Haitian-
Americans growing up in the
"they were all trying to make
it Lut of the hood," he said.

Voters must choose from among three capable choices

continued from 1A

to public service. My campaign
is based on a Call for Change!
Currently the state of Florida
has one of the poorest records
in per pupil education funding
in the country and that has to
change. I believe that education
is the equalizing force in our so-
ciety and any funding scheme
that promotes unequal access
to education, undermines and
threatens the belief that every
child has an equal opportunity
to succeed in American. Consid-
ering my educational experience,
background in public service
and reputation as a consensus
builder I believe I am the best

qualified candidate to serve as
state representative for district
103, Florida House. My plat-
form consists of: better schools;
safer communities; tax reform;
and unemployment benefits and
bailouts including incentives
for those who hire ex-offenders.
Our greatest challenges include:
failing schools, crime and youth
violence and unemployment. I
have never been in elected poli-
tics before."

"I am running for the Florida
House of Representatives Dis-
trict 103 seat because it affords
me opportunities to share my
more than 35 years of public
service experience with District

103 residents in ways that will
enhance, empower and improve
their quality of life issues. My
platform consists of: economic
policies that create jobs; educa-
tion policies that teach our chil-
dren; reducing property taxes by
eliminating wasteful spending;
and stopping rampant Medicaid
and Medicare fraud to protect
our seniors. In terms of changes
I would bring, the stakehold-
ers will be the catalyst for any
changes based on our interaction
with each other. As an appointed
member (appointed by Former
Commissioner Betty Ferguson)
to the North Dade Community
Council 3 and a currently-elected
Councilwoman in the City of Mi-
ami Gardens, I have served many

years addressing the needs of the
community which will continue
to be my objective. According to
a major -concern expressed by
many stakeholders, I have inter-
acted with, jobs may be one of
the greatest challenges for people
of color and other diverse groups
of stakeholders in the District."

"I am running for the position
of State Representative for Dis-
trict 103 because I believe that
I can continue to give back to
the South Florida communities
where I was raised and where I
have raised my family. I believe
that service is important and at
this most difficult period in our

country's history I believe that I
have the track record of accom-
plishments that will serve our
communities very well. I believe
that I am the best qualified be-
cause of my record of productive
service to this community during
my life here but specifically over
the last 30 plus years as I have
fought for the interests of the res-
idents of Andover and the rest of
the City of Miami Gardens by col-
laborating with the business and
community organizations in the
City and by working with my fel-
low Council Members to develop
the City of Miami Gardens to be
the jewel that it is today. My plat-
form: job creation and economic
development; education and
youth; retirement and pension

preservation; and transporta-
tion and public safety. I will con-
tiiue to support the initiatives
that Representative Braynon
brought to the District but I will
work towards the establishment
of an Enterprise Zone and Com-
mercial Base. I will also work to-
ward the creation of an incuba-
tor program that will support my
economic development initiatives
and create jobs for our residents.
I have served on The Miami Gar-
dens City Council for the past
eight years with my term ending
in August of 2010. The greatest
greatest challenges for Blacks in
my District are education, em-
ployment opportunities and the
temptation of illicit activities and

State Senate race poses tough choice at the polls

continued from 1A

Bush III; and Joe Celestin. Darryl
Franklin Reaves did not respond
to our query and Joshua Larose
has withdrawn his name from the

"I have a proven track record of
legislative accomplishments as a
member of the Florida House of
Representatives and have: passed
six bills in three years to directly
help our community; secured
more than a million dollars in
funding for District 103 and Mi-
ami-Dade County; served as Vice
Chair of the Black Caucus and
deputy minority chief as well as
fought for teachers against Senate
Bill 6. My platform: Continue to
pass beneficial legislation for the
residents of District 33 in the ar-
eas of: community and economic
development: education; housing;
jobs and youth development. I will
continue to build on the accom-
plishments of St. Senator Wilson
while bringing a youthful and
more forward-thinking perspective
in the areas of economic develop-
ment, jobs creation, youth devel-
opment, and affordable housing. I
have served in the Florida House
of Representatives 2008 to present
and on the City Council of Miami
Gardens 2003-2008 where I was
vice mayor from 2005-2007. The
greatest challenges facing Blacks:
jobs; affordable housing; educa-
tional improvement and a reduc-
tion in the alarmingly high drop-

out rate; and more convenient and
affordable transportation."

"I am running for the State sen-
ate because I believe that in these
difficult times, we need an expe-
rienced person in Tallahassee. As
a practicing attorney who served
in the House of Representatives,
I was able to pass several pieces
of important legislation. I intend
to continue the work I did in the
House. We need real Democrats
who will not betray our constitu-
ents' trust by voting to deplete
our public schools system. We
need real Democrats who do not
support state-funded vouchers to
cover private school tuition. I for
one will always stand up for our
public schools and will demand
accountability from our teachers
and School Board. I believe I am
the best qualified for the job be-
cause I am dedicated, I work hard
for my constituents and I refuse to
compromise on my core principles
for personal advantages. One of
the most important components
of my platform is job creation.
Companies will not invest in our
community without some incen-
tives. While I am against tax cuts
for the rich, I believe that we can
provide tax incentives similar to
the State Enterprise zones to en-
courage these anchor companies
to invest in our inner cities. We
must find a solution to the mort-
gage foreclosure crisis. As of now,
1.4 million Americans have lost
their homes. We must resist the'
current administration's plan to

further deplete our public schools'
budgets by issuing vouchers for
children to attend private schools.
Public education is the bedrock of
our democracy. As a product of the
public school system, I am fully
committed to creating policies that
will help create a more efficient and
effective public education system
that will benefit our children. As
the State Senator for District 33,
I would attempt to spearhead an
effective minority small business
loan program for all minority entre-
preneurs who wish to open a small
business in the District. In 2000, I
was elected to the Florida House of
Representatives, where I served for
six years. The greatest challenge
to Blacks in Florida and Miami is
access to jobs and capital. Banks
must make more loans available to
minority business owners."

"Florida is at a very critical turn-
ing point in her history. It is im-
portant that the next senator of
District 33 is a person who is ex-
perienced, accessible to the people
and has a thorough knowledge of
the state budgetary process. I am
that person. I entered the politi-
cal arena more than 25 years ago
as a voice for the working citizens.
My goal was to ensure that gov-
ernmental/political decisions in
Tallahassee consider the impact of
policy on all of our citizens. I have
a proven record of advocating, and
fighting even when it is not popular,
to make sure the voice and needs
of all of our citizens is heard when
decisions are made in Tallahassee.

I am the best qualified because of
my experience. I am the candidate
that has served the longest in State
government and 10 years in the
Florida Legislature. My platform
includes working to improve policy
and secure funding that addresses
the following issues: support for
the local government funding re-
quest; funding for public school
and affordable childcare; address
the needs for affordable housing;
reduce property taxes and home-
owner insurance; and economic de-
velopment, among other items. As
State Senator, I would look to build
on the efforts of my predecessor
and continue to address the need
for quality education and funding
quality health care options in the
community such as the Liberty
City Health Clinic, which is also
a project I advocated for funding
during the last legislative session.
Based on my interaction with
citizens the following issues are
of greatest challenge to citizens
of color: living wage jobs oppor-
tunities and funding for training;
affordable housing located where
people work; access to assistance
for small and family owned busi-
ness in the form of grants and
loans; and increase in commu-
nity violence particularly youth

"Because I have the convic-
tion, knowledge and experience
to serve the citizens of District 33
and I do believe that all people
deserve the :_.11._- -irg basic rights:
wages and benefits that improve

the living standards of families;
the right to a save and decent liv-
ing environment. My platform:
provide incentives to major corpo-
rations to relocate in the district
to foster job creation.; commu-
nity re-entry program; Medicaid
reform; support state funding for
libraries; identify federal grants to
build and rebuild parks and rec-
reation in our District and spend
it where they send it program;
and affordable housing. I believe
I can offer the right combination
as a unifier in order help all citi-
zens of our District to overcome
the everyday challenges of life and
culture. I promise to continue the
work of the great Congresswom-

an Frederica Wilson, by offering
fresh ideas in reforming the State
Education System. I have been in
elected government before includ-
ing: two-term mayor of the City
of North Miami Florida; govern-
ing board of Miami Dade County
Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion; and appointed chairman of
North Miami Board of Adjustment
and the North Miami Planning
Commission. The greatest issues
facing Blacks in Miami: account-
ability from our elected represen-
tatives; job creation and lack of
opportunities; public safety; and
tough economic conditions that
appear to get worse, not better
in the immediate future."

Recall election costly to taxpayers

continued from 1A

were certified on Dec. 21st
and Dec. 23rd, respectively.
"I think it would be nonsense
and a real waste of taxpayers'
dollars if we opted for having
separate recall elections but
of course we will have to wait
and see what the new chair
wants to do," Moss said. "We
also have to concern ourselves
with the issue of state elections
for both former State Senator
Wilson's open seat and former
State Representative Braynon's
seat. At the end of the day, I be-
lieve we will try to synch all of

these together even though
some may be opposed to that.
People need to realize that this
whole thing could cost us be-
tween $5 and $15 million dol-
Moss added that he person-
ally feels that neither Alvarez
nor Seijas should be subjected
to a recall since he has seen no
evidence of malfeasance. But,
"we have to honor the process."
Commissioner Carlos A.
Giminez, who opposed meet-
ing last Wednesday and inten-
tionally did not attend, says
he hopes to see changes in the
County Charter included on
the same ballot.

11A Tni MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 29, 2010-JANUARY 4, 2011

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Young Lions Foundation include: Ciar-
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Democrats .
local leaders


To honor the hard work of our leaders on behalf of the citizens of Miamn-Dade County,
the M-D Young Democrats presented IVI-D School Board MeImber Dorothy Bencdross-Mind- ,
ingall (third from left); Former Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek, (following I-r); State ..
Representative Dwight Bullard, Dist. 118; and State Representative Cynthia Stafford, K 1?,,,LA ,
Dist. 109) with awaidcs at the first annulral True Blue Awards ceremony in December.

wanzaa art exhibition :

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Gallery Owner Onajide Shabaka of Artlab33/Art Space I'-r.i and founding mrember- of the Kuumba
Artists Collective Gene 'Dinizulu Tinne and Robert McKnight stand with one of the many works
Featured in the annual Kuumba Kwanzaa Art Exhibition that ended or January Ist.

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shown are several Kwanzaa performers who are members of the Girls Power Program.

State Representative Stafford, District 109, teamed up with the M-D Young Demo-
crats and made the season bright for children at their toy give away at Liberty Square
on 63rd Street.





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overweight or obese,
One of the top New Year's resolu- One of the easiest ways to begin
tions continUes t6d be "getting healthy" your healthy lifestyle overhaul Is with
apd, with good reason. Getting fit the family dining table. a family affair since accord- According to some studies, family
ing to the Centers for Disease Control dinners increase the intake of fruits
and- Prevention, nearly 34 percent of and vegetables, while decreasing the
men and women are obese and one in consumption of fried foods and soda.
three children iS obese-or overweight. Brenda Jackson, the author of the



Resolving to

strengthen a ministry y
By Kaila Heard
With the advent of a New Year, millions of people across the coun-
try vowed to make one (or several) changes in their lives. Reverend
Gaston Smith, 44, was no different. However, in addition to personal
resolutions to get physically fit, the resolutions for Friendship Mis-
sionary Baptist Church's senior pastor concerned the 2800-member
church as well as himself.
The church's theme for the new year is "Standing Steadfast in Our
New Season."
In the months to come, Smith hopes to increase church member-
ship physically, spiritually and fiscally.
"I see Friendship [MBC] becoming a world and global ministry. Cur-
rently we are reaching thousands through out internet streaming
ministry. We have missionaries in Haiti, Virgin Islands, and some
Please turn to SMITH 14B

cookbook, "Culinary Roots," believes
that families eating at home should be
just as entertaining and convenient as
the many so-called convenience fast
foods many people depend upon.
"Yes. it is nice to go out sometimes,
but why can't you treat yourself nice
like that at home?" Jackson asked.
Raised in a family with five siblings.
she learned from experience that
Please turn to HEALTHY 14B


How to combat the

effects of long term

By Kaila Heard
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More and more studies are revealing that being gainfully
employed is not just a matter of financial security, but also one
of health.
Being unemployed for long periods of time can wreck havoc
not only on your finances, but on your emotional and physical
well being too.
"It's really devastating," said Dr. Luis Hines, a South Florida
Christian psychologist and counselor.
Hines, who has counseled people are unemployed for long
periods of time,. says many such people suffer from depression,
anxiety and low self-esteem.
Recent studies are revealing the traumatic effect being unem-
ployed has upon one's health in general.
A sociology professor at the State University of New York at
Albany conducted a study which discovered that job loss can
increase the chances of developing stress-related diseases such
as diabetes or arthritis.
Another study found that workers who lost their jobs had
their life expectancy decrease by a year to a year and a half.
These effects can be seen even more in the Black commu-
nity where the rate of unemployment tends to be higher than
among other ethnicities.
For those who are unemployed, taking care of their mental
and physical health should become a top priority since issues
such as depression and anxiety can affect one's ability to even
effectively seek new employment.
A University of Missouri study found that job seekers who
had a plan to find employment and stayed positive managed to
find work sooner than those who did not do the same.
Of course, by the time someone has been unemployed for
longer periods of time, it's much more difficult to maintain a
positive outlook on their situation.
One of the first priorities for the unemployed would be
changing how they view their employment situation. Instead of
only thinking about it as a loss, consider this as an opportu-
According to David Dooley, a professor of psychology and so-
cial behavior at the University of California, Irvine, a period of
unemployment can provide people with a chance to reevaluate
their goals, get in shape and spend more time with loved ones.
Please turn to UNEMPLOYMENT 14B


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The participants of the Conference of National Black Churches during the opening day luncheon of CNBC's first annual consultation.

Faith, social justice brings historically Black churches together

By Kaila Heard nations formally launched the Conference of National Black
Churches was launched in
There is no question that February in Miami.
most Black people have been The CNBC stated purpose is
sustained by their faith. Ac- to focus upon four areas that
cording to a 2007 U.S. Reli- disproportionally affect the
gious Landscape survey, 87 Black community: Health is-
percent of Blaclk claim fornitl-sues. specially the HIV/AIDS
religious affiliation. Black peo- epidemic; Education; Social
pie of faith also tend to share Justice and Public Policy; and
the same religion. Economic Empowerment and
However, underneath the Development.
banner of Christianity, there "We think we can collectively
remains many fractions from have more impact than we have
African Methodist Episcopal, individually," Dr: W. Frank-
Baptists, Lutherans, Church of lyn Richardson, chairman of
God In Christ and many oth- CNBC's Board of Directors,
ers. explained in a recent interview
To help provide unity and with the Religion News Service.
direction among the religious On Thursday, December 7,
Black community, leadership the CNBC met at the Omni
from the nine largest histori- Shoreham Hotel in Washing-
cally Black Christian denomi- ton, D.C. for its first annual

consultation entitled, "For the
Healing of Our People."
The three day conference fo-
cused upon the social and eco-
nomic issues and to offer train-
ing in public policy for clergy
and lay leaders.
"This holiday's season's
heightened fo Lufr wi'I oe ohn'
the hardships and economic
challenges facing many in our
churches and across the coun-
try," Richardson said.
In addition to the consulta-
tion, the CNBC also issued a
letter criticizing Congress for
tying unemployment benefits
to tax cuts for the wealthy.
In an interview with the Re-
ligion News Service, Richard-
son also said the CNBC had
created partnerships with the
Children's Defense Fund to
build summer schools and


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after-schools programs and to
deal with health disparities by
forming a partnership with the
Richmond, Va-based organiza-
tion, Balm in Gilead.
The Conference of National
Black Churches consists of
the leaders from the African
vTMethodist Episcopalk'G{trch.
(AME); African Methodist Epis-
copal Zion Church (AMEZ);'
Christian Methodist Episco-
pal Church (CME); Church of
God in Christ (COGIC); Full
Gospel Baptist Church Fellow-
ship International (FGBCFI);
National Baptist Convention of
America, Inc. (NBCA); National
Missionary Baptist Convention
of America (NMBCA); National
Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc.
(NBC USA); and Progressive
National Baptist Convention,
Inc. (PNBC).

HBCU president

featured in

Ebony magazine

By Amy Forbus

Last year, Walter M. Kim-
brough searched Ebony maga-
zine's Power 100 for potential
speakers to invite to Philander
Smith College's "Bless the Mic"
lecture series.
This year, he is on the list him-
The accomplishments of the
43-year-old president of Philan-
der Smith College, a historically
Black institution affiliated with
The United Methodist Church,
garnered the attention of the
nation's premier entertainment
and lifestyle publication geared
toward an Black readership. The
honor came as a complete sur-
prise to Kimbrough.
"I found out on Facebook," the
college president said. A fam-
ily friend from Atlanta posted a
congratulatory message on his
Facebook wall before the De-
cember/January issue of Ebony
had arrived on Little Rock news-
Since Kimbrough's installation
in December 2004 as the col-
lege's 12th president, Philander
Smith has seen its retention and
graduation rates increase, more
high-achieving students enter,
and its national profile rise.


One reason for the campus'
increasing name recognition
has been "Bless the Mic," Kim-
brough's reinvention of the tradi-
tional president's lecture series
held at many colleges and uni-
versities. Bless the Mic specifi-
cally seeks to appeal to the hip-
hop generation and has brought
such diverse voices to campus
as former Essence magazine edi-
tor Susan L. Taylor, the Rev. Al
Sharpton, an activist minister
and 2004 Democratic presiden-
tial candidate, and conservative
commentator Ann Coulter.
Power 100 honorees who have
spoken at Philander Smith Col-
lege include Taylor, Sharpton,
Republican National Committee
Chairman Michael Steele, Afri-
can Methodist Episcopal Church
Bishop Vashti McKenzie and the
radio host Tom Joyner.

According to Ebony, choices
for the Power 100 meet one or
more of the following criteria:
They consistently challenge the
status quo, forge new paths to
opportunity and success, make
an impact due to the sheer
breadth of their sphere of influ-
ence, and display efforts that
positively benefit Blacks.
Kimbrough's listing appears
on the "academia" page, along

Philander Smith College president, Walter M. Kimbrough, was
named one of Ebony magazine's Power 100.

with nine other honorees, in-
cluding Ruth Simmons, the first
Black president of an Ivy League,
school (Brown University), and
Henry Louis Gates Jr., the di-
rector of the W.E.B. DuBois In-
stitute for African and African
American Research at Harvard
While the attention he's receiv-
ing is exciting, Kimbrough em-
phasizes that his proudest ac-
complishment is raising the bar
for the Philander Smith student
body and seeing them meet the
Moving from open to moder-
ately selective admission policies

has increased the school's aca-
demic profile to the point that,
statewide, it places second only
to the University of Arkansas in
ACT scores and grade-point av-
erages among Black students.
The college's retention rate has
grown from 51 percent in 2004
to 77 percent in 2009. Its gradu-
ation rate has increased from 16
percent in the late 1990s to an
average of 20 percent in the past
two years.
"Now we have students gradu-
ating in three years and going to
law school," he said. "We didn't
have anybody like that when I
got here."

More people believe

faith no longer

influences society

By Nathan Black

Seven in 10 Americans say religion as a whole is los-
ing its influence on American life. This is a near-record
high percentage since Gallup began asking the question
more than 50 years ago.
The highest recorded percentage of Americans who
said religion was losing influence was in 1970, when 75
percent said so.
Today, only a quarter of Americans see religion in-
creasing its influence in American society.
For much of the 53 years that Gallup has asked the
question, Americans have been more likely to say that
the influence of religion was waning. It wasn't until
2001, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, that there
was a share reversal in views. That year, 55 percent of
Americans said religion was increasing its influence
on American life while 40 percent said it was losing its
But the following year and for the rest of the decade,
views that religion was increasing in influence began to
According to the Gallup poll, released recently, 54
percent of Americans say religion is "very important"
in their lives, down slightly from the past two decades.
Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans who say reli-
gion is "not very important" continues to edge upward
and is currently at 20 percent.
Americans held a much more positive view of religion
in terms of its influence on society and the effect of it on
their own lives during the 1950s, when Gallup recorded
record highs. In 1952, 75 percent said religion was
"very important" in their lives.
Membership in a church or synagogue has also con-
tinued to steadily fall. Today, 61 percent report church
or synagogue membership. The percentage is the same
as that recorded in 2007 and 2008 and is the lowest in
Gallup's history of asking the question since 1937.
Results for the poll are based on telephone interviews
conducted May 3-6 and Dec. 10-12, 2010, with a ran-
dom sample of 2,048 adults, aged 18 and older.







Holy Ghost Faith De-
liverance is celebrating their
Choir Anniversary on Jan. 16
at 3 p.m. 786-337-5939 or

The Baptist Ministers
Wives and Widows Council
of Greater Miami will sponsor
their Annual Prayer Breakfast
on Jan. 8, 9 a.m. at First Bap-
tist Church of Brownsville. Sis-
ter Ruby White, 305 345-8800.

New Canaan Missionary

Baptist Church invites every-
one to their Community Re-
vival on Jan. 5 7, 7:30 p.m.
nightly. 954-981-1832.

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

The Apostolic Revival
Center is offering free com-

puter training sessions and
a Women Transitioning Pro-
gram, 10 a.m. 11 a.m., be-
ginning on Jan. 11. 305-835-

A Mission with a New
Beginning Church mem-
bers 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.

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

Moncur and Louise Cromartie.

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

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church is celebrating
the seventh Pastoral Anniver-
sary, Jan. 9 16. They also
offer fish dinners every Friday
and Saturday and noonday
prayers every Saturday. 305-
793-7388 or 305-836-1990.

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-

E 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, 3p5-

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance of All Na-
tions will meet with preg-
nant teens at 6 p.m., every
Wednesday. 786-291-3939 or

0 Running for Jesus Youth
Ministries is celebrating their
pastor's First Anniversary on
Jan. 29 30 at 7 p.m. 786-
704-5216 or 954-213-4332.

Save the Youth
Outreach Ministry invites
the community to their Praise
and Worship Service: Men
of Valor at the Friendship
Holiness Church on Jan. 16
at 3:30 p.m. 786-306-4398.

The Faith Calendar deadline
is 2 p.m., Monday. To submit
your information to Kaila
Heard for the calendar
please email to heard@ or call

Rev. Smith: My tomorrow will be greater than my yesterday Three ways to get teens

continued from 12B

to share their faith

parts of Africa," he said.
Personally, the past year has
not been easy for the reverend.
Smith has always been active
in community improvements
efforts, holding positions on
many religious and non-reli-
gious organizations. However,
he was convicted Dec. 2009
for the misuse of a government
grant funds. In February 2010,
he was sentenced to five years
probation and five years moni-
toring and now completes 40
hours of community service ev-
ery month.
While Smith said he has al-
ways found comfort in Prov-
erbs, 3, 5, and 6 ("because it is a
blueprint for life," he explained),
his legal troubles caused him to
refer to those verses even more.
However, the entire ordeal
strengthened rather than weak-
ened his faith.
"It helped me to know God in
a better way and it helped me to
know [myself] in a better way,"
Smith explained. "And so I not
only appreciate His favor, but
I now better understand His
grace, His mercy and His loving
kindness" -
When asked if his ordeal
would change how he serves his
community, Smith replied:
"I think I will be more cau-
tious. But it does not in anyway
decrease my level of service. In
fact I feel even more compelled
to serve."
In addition to continuing to
increase his prayer life, Smith
also makes more common and
not-so-common resolutions.
One of his not so common res-
olutions will be to write one,

By Greg Stier


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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is located at 740 N.W. 58th Street in Miami.

possibly two books, tentatively
titled "Advancing Through Ad-
versity" and "Hospitable Hints."

Mairied for over 19 years and
the father of three children and
grandfather of one, Smith has
been in ministry for two de-
cades. He came to the ministry
after serving for several years
in corporate America. Since
then he has found that minis-
try and executive share many
of the same skill sets including
people development, business
administration, and public
In fact, if he were not a min-
ister, Smith believes he would

currently be working in the
hospitality industry.
"I'm a people person. I would
never do anything that would
take me away from people," he
His desire to always serve
others was also instilled in him
by his parents. Born and raised
in Houston, Texas, Smith was
raised by his family to be com-
munity oriented. So, he has
always made a conscious deci-
sion to shop, worship and sup-
port the local Black commu-
nity, even serving as mentor to
youth in the community.
"I was raised by my parents
to never forget where you came
from and to always remember

that even though you succeed-
ed, there are others who need
to succeed," he said.
While Smith spends most of
his waking hours devoted to
'others; he knows the impor-
tance (and enjoyment) found in
recreational activities.
In his spare time, he enjoys
playing water sports, traveling,
going to the movies or the the-
And while his book "collec-
tion tends to contain only texts
concerning spirituality and re-
ligion, his musical tastes spans
several genres and eras. His fa-
vorites include everyone from
Frankie Beverly and Maze to
Yolanda Adams.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle should be done as a family

continued from 12B

nearly anyone, no matter their
budget, can eat more healthy.
To help busy, budget-con-
scious cooks get food to the
table in a timely fashion, Jack-
son suggests cooking meals
during the weekend and freez-
ing them until later; eating
more "meatless" meals; and
preparing stews for easy cook-
ing meals.
"It's easy, it just takes a lit-
tle creativity," she explained.

Meals together help social-
ize children with positive be-
haviors and values. They hear
how a problem is solved, learn
to listen to other people's con-
cerns and respect their tastes,
said William Doherty, a pro-

fessor of family social science
at the University of Minnesota
at Minneapolis and author
of "The Intentional Family:
Simple Rituals to Strengthen
Family Ties."
According to a report issued
by the University of Florida's
Department of Family, Youth
and Community Science, val-
ues such as a "positive out-
look on a personal future and
a positive identify" are linked
to having family dinners on a
frequent basis.
The report, "The Importance
of Family Dinners," also de-
tailed that "children who eat
dinner together with their
family are more likely to un-
derstand, acknowledge and
follow the boundaries and
expectations set by their par-


Ideally experts advise hav-
ing family meals at least four
or five times a week.
If your family does not sit
down regularly for family
meals, then the first few times
will be slightly awkward. Ac-
cording to a study by the Na-
tional Center on Addiction
and Substance Abuse (CASA)
at Columbia University, the
less frequently a family has a
meal together, the worse the
experience will likely be, the
food is likely to be less healthy
and the conversation will be
But keep coming back to the
table because the results will
be worth it!
Here are a few tips and sug-
gestions to help you have bet-
ter family meals.
Start slowly especially if
you're not already regularly
eating together. Start doing it

once a week for a while and
then every other day and then
every day. Be flexible -some
days it may not be possible for
everyone to be there.
Keep the meals healthy
but simple, so that you don't
run out of time with too much
Model good table manners
and children will learn to re-
spect others around the table
and take this with them when
they eat at friends' homes.
Make one of your weekly
meals something that the
children usually see as a treat
(such as pizza), but eat it at
the table, as a family. Show
them that it doesn't matter
what the food is you still
can eat together.
Make family meal times en-
joyable and for heaven's sakes,
don't talk about their grades
over dinner.

Churches bring in the New Year with traditional celebrations

continued from 12B

tenure of the President Barack
Obama, the first Black .presi-
dent of one of the strongest
and wealthiest countries in the
world what does Watch Night
Service mean to today's Black
"The Watch Night Service,
in my mind, helps give people
a sense that God will be with
them in the future," explained
Reverend Charles Dinkins of
Hosanna Community Baptist

Deborah Deveaux, Victory
Restoration Tabernacles' busi-
ness administrator of com-
munity development, also sees
the Watch Night Service as an
opportunity for people to show
"We believe it is the time when
we need to give thanks to God
that we made it through anoth-
er year and giving thanks that
He is the one that let us make
it through," Deveaux explained.
However, how a congregation
celebrates on Dec. 31 varies

from church to church.
In Miami Gardens, Mt. Her-
mon African Methodist Epis-
copal Church's Night Watch
Service featured Daryl Coley,
a gospel legend whose famed
songs include "He's Preparing
Me," "When Sunday Comes"
and "Beyond the Veil."
Meanwhile, people enjoyed
a sermon followed by an early
breakfast at Hosanna Commu-
nity Baptist Church.
For worshippers who came to
the Victory Restoration Taber-
nacles, the night watch service

began at 10 p.m and included a
However, after the New Year
was welcomed with toasts of
sparkling cider, the first New
Year's "After Party" was held at
the church where singers and
dancers performed before the
congregation, according to De-
"[Christians] think perhaps
that we are not unable to have
a good time because we are
saved. But we can still have a
good time as long as we keep it
holy," she said.

When the teens in your youth
ministry begin to share their
faith, they will pray harder and
worship louder. Many of them
will read the Bible more dili-
gently and walk in dependence
on God more willingly. Why?
Because the social stigma as-
sociated with evangelism helps
teenagers to heighten their
spiritual senses and deepen
their spiritual thirst. There's
something about the threat of
losing friendships, popularity
and reputation that can help
to trigger spiritual growth like
nothing else. The act of evange-
lism is a visible, visceral way for
Christian teenagers to pick up
their cross, die to themselves
and follow Jesus.
If evangelism can help to spur
spiritual growth in our teens
then how do we get them doing
more of it? Here are three prac-
tical ways...

If you want to see evange-
lism heat up in t1i eli'.- s of your
teenagers then their prayers for
the lost must come to a boil.
You can help facilitate this level
of soul supplication in a variety
of ways. You can include prayer
for your teenagers' unreached
friends as a key part of your
weekly youth group meetings.
Perhaps you can do a prayer re-
treat with your teens where you
teach on prayer and then pray
together as a youth group. Dur-
ing the prayer times you can
show them how to intercede to
God on behalf of the lost souls
of their friends with intensity

and passion.
Just like Jesus taught his
disciples to pray, you can teach
yours. Remember that deep,
soul-wrenching prayer can
stoke the fire of evangelism in
your heart and in theirs in un-
paralleled ways.

There are many powerful mo-
tivations for teens to share their
faith with their friends. Among
these motivations is the real-
ity that when their friends put
their faith in Christ their sins
will be forgiven, their purpose
will become clear and their
eternal destination will become
Remind your teens of all the
good that will happen when
their friends put their faith in
Jesus. Also remind them of
what is at stake if they don't
hear and respond to the gos-
pel message. These twin reali-
ties will motivate your teens to
share the gospel sooner rather
than later.

If we dare to deploy teens to
risk everything dear to them by
reaching their friends at school
then we must be willing to risk
as well. Getting our teens on fire
for evangelism starts with set-
ting ourselves ablaze. As John
Wesley used to say, "When I
preach I set myself on fire and
people come to watch me burn."
May your teens witness such an
inferno in your heart and life
that it can't help but ignite that
same passion in them. May the
fire that consumes you begin to
consume them.

Fighting against unemployment

continued from 12B

"It's not surprising that some
people report that they're satis-
fied," Dooley said. "They're find-
ing useful and beneficial things
to do with their increased
According to Hines, one
course of action that people

many overlook is entrepre-
"We've always been taught to
work for other people but not
how to work for ourselves, he
To get more information
about entrepreneurship, con-
tact the Small Business Ad-
ministration Miami District of-
fice at 305-536-5521.

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Christians are casualties of 10 Baghdad bomb attacks

By John Leland and
Omar AI-Jawoshy

BAGHDAD One week af-
ter an Islamic extremist group
vowed to kill Christians in Iraq,
a cluster of 10 bomb attacks
rattled Baghdad on recently
and sent additional tremors of
fear through the country's al-
ready shaken Christian minor-
Two people were killed and
20 wounded, all of them Chris-
tians, according to the Minis-
try of the Interior. The bombs
were placed near the homes
of at least 14 Christian fami-
lies around the city, and four
bombs were defused before
they could explode.
Christians have been flood-
ing out of the country since
the siege of Our Lady of Salva-
tion, a Syrian Catholic church,
in October that left nearly 60
people dead, including two
priests. Many Muslim clerics
and worshipers offered sup-
port to Christians after the
siege. The Islamic State of Iraq,
an extremist group affiliated
with Al Qaeda, claimed re-
sponsibility for the attack, and
on Dec. 22 it promised more
on its Web site.
For some Christians here,
the latest attacks represented

Victims of the October siege of Our Lady of Salvation, a Syrian Catholic church in Baghdad,
were remembered there Dec. 24.

the last straw.
"We will love Iraq forever, but
we have to leave it immediately
to survive," said Noor Isam,
30. "I would ask the govern-
ment, Where is the promised
security for Christians?'"

Even before the coordinated
assault, Baghdad had come
to resemble a battle zone for
Christians, who have come in-
creasingly under attack since
the American-led invasion in
2003. Before Christmas, sev-

.eral churches fortified their
buildings with blast walls and
razor wire, and many can-
celed or curtailed Christmas
observances. The day passed
without an attack.
At the Sacred Church of

Jesus, a Chaldean Catholic
church, the Rev. Meyassr al-
Qaspotros said recently that
he would urge followers not to
flee after the latest attacks.
"I just wonder, when does
this ignorance end?" he said
in an interview. "When does
this bigotry end? When is
there an end to weak-minded
people not treating or think-
ing of other people as a hu-

He added, "I want to tell the
Christians in Iraq not to leave
their country despite the dan-
gers. Let's die here better
than living oppressed in an-
other country. It's our respon-
sibility to sacrifice for this
country in order to take it out
of the deep hole and to live
peacefully again among the
people of Iraq as we used to
live before, and even better."
Since October, at least
1,000 Christian families have
left Iraq for the relative safety
of semiautonomous Kurdis-
tan in the north, and others
have sought refuge in Syria,
Turkey and Jordan, according
to the United Nations. By most
estimates, more than half of
Iraq's Christians have left the
country since 2003. Though

the exact size of the Chris-
tian population is unclear, by
some estimates it has fallen to
about 500,000 from a high of
as many as 1.4 million before
the American-led invasion.

The bombings occurred
within a span of a half-hour
between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
last week Thursday, accord-
ing to the Ministry of Informa-
tion. The first bomb exploded
near a house in the Jadeeda
neighborhood, killing two peo-
ple and wounding three. The
other explosions were less le-
thal, but all resulted in inju-
No one immediately claimed
responsibility for the attacks.
During the siege in October,
the Islamic State of Iraq said
on its Web site that the assault
was in response to actions by
the Coptic Church in Cairo,
where the wives of two priests
had tried to convert to Islam
to escape their marriages; the
militant group asserted that
the church was holding the
women against their will and
forcing them to convert back
to Christianity. It called for
their release and threatened
more violence if its demand
was not met.

More people

believe faith

no longer

influences society

By Nathan Black

Seven in 10 Americans say religion as a whole
is losing its influence on American life. This is a
.near-record high percentage since Gallup began
asking the question more than 50 years ago.
The highest ecorded-.percentage of Americans
who said religion was losing influence was in
1970. when 75 percent said so.
Today, only a quarter of Americans see religion
increasing its influence in American society.
For much of the 53 years that Gallup has asked
the question. Americans have been more likely to
say that the influence of religion was waning. It
wasn't until 2001, after the Sept. 11 terrorist at-
tacks, that there was a share reversal in views.
That year, 55 percent of Americans said religion
was increasing its influence on American life
while 40 percent said it was losing its influence.
But the following year and for the rest of the
decade, views that religion wars increasing in in-
fluence began to fade.
According to the Gallup poll, released recent-
ly, 54 percent of Americans say religion is 'very
important" in their lives, down slightly from the
past two decades. Meanwhile, the percentage of
Americans who say religion is 'not very impor-
tant" continues to edge upward and is currently
at 20 percent.
Americans held a much more positive 'iew
of religion in terms of its influence on society
and the effect of it on their own lives during the
1950s, when Gallup recorded record highs. In
1952, 75 percent said religion was "very impor-
tant" in their lives.
Membership in a church or synagogue has also
continued to steadily fall. Today. 61 percent re-
port church or synagogue membership. The per-
centage is the same as that recorded in 2007 and
2008 and is the lowest in Gallup's history of ask-
ing the question since 1937.
Results for the poll are based on telephone
interviews conducted May 3-6 and Dec. 10-12,
2010, with a random sample of 2,048 adults,
aged 18 and older.

Negro spiritual could become

Oklahoma's official gospel song

New film focuses upon gospel music

By Josephine Vivaldo

The beloved 1973 Gospel song
"God on the Mountain" is the sub-
ject of a new documentary by NRB
Don Dartt, producer and direc-
tor of the documentary, titled "The
God on the Mountain Legacy," and
son of Tracy Dartt who wrote the
famous song shared with The
Christian Post his motivation for
producing the.documentary.
"I wanted to do this project to
tell my dad's story and to connect
it with the stories of the-,artists.
who made it a hit," he said. "The
song has changed so many lives
and in producing the film I discov-
ered that each shared a common
denominator God's message of
The project focuses on the his-
tory and the story behind the
popular song by Tracy Dart, who

is currently waiting for a kidney
transplant and hoping to be on the
road full-time in 2011.

The documentary includes com-
mentaries from Tracy Dart and
artists who popularized it, includ-

ing The McKameys, Lynda Randle
and Lily Fern Weatherford.
Troy A. Miller, president and
COO of NBR Network, commented,
"The song has touched so many
hearts over the years. This special
program is a must-see."
The song is estimated to have
been recorded over 200 times in at
least eight different languagesO-
ther artists who have performed
the song include Jake Hess, Jessy
Dixon, Dixie Melody Boys, John
Starnes, and many more.
The Dove-nominated song
gained momentum in 1988 after
The McKameys' live recording. It
made the song jump to the top of
Southern Gospel charts, making it
the number one song for five con-
secutive months.
It is also known to be the most
played song on the radio in the
history of Southern Gospel music
during its heyday.

King James Bible's 400-year reign


bible translation celebrates

quadricentennial anniversary

By Mark Kellner

The King James Version (KJV) of
the Bible, also known as the "Au-
thorized Version," marks its 400th
anniversary in 2011, and by any
measure, it has had a lasting im-
pact on the world and on the lan-
guage into which it was sent. The
"authorized" moniker comes from
a title-page declaration that this
Bible was "authorized to be read in
Indeed, many of its phrases have
entered everyday use, among them:
"my brother's keeper," "salt of the
earth," "give up the ghost," "scape-
goats," "an eye for an eye," "casting
your pearls before swine," "scarlet
woman," "writing on the wall" and
"the blind leading the blind."
"A house divided against itself,"
Lincoln's signature sentiment, was

translated that way 250 years be-
fore Lincoln was elected president.
Geof Morin, communications di-
rector for the American Bible Soci-
ety, whose New York headquarters
will host a King James Bible exhib-
it next year, called the King James
"still relevant" in the age of Twitter
and Facebook.
"[The King James Bible is] part
of the American psyche, of how we
see ourselves as a nation," Morin

But before the KJV as the ver-
sion is known by many readers and
scholars came into America's
consciousness, it had to arrive on
the scene at all. That happened fol-
lowing a contentious 1604 meeting
at Hampton Court palace, when a
young James VI of Scotland, newly

crowned as James I of England,
was trying to iron out differences
between the Church of England
and a dissident sect known as the
It took seven years to create the
volume known as the KJV. And
while the title page stated it was
"newly translated out of the origi-
nal tongues, and with the former
translations diligently compared
and revised," the actual work drew
more on an earlier English version,
said Larry Stone, a former vice
president at Thomas Nelson Pub-
lishers and author of "The Story
of the Bible," a new history of the
Scriptures published to coincide
with the anniversary.
The translators "were told to fol-
low the 'Great Bible,'" Mr. Stone
said, "and they would compare the
translation of the 'Great Bible' with
the Greek and the Hebrew. If they
wanted to change [the wording], it
would change for several reasons;
either the 'Great Bible' translation
was not accurate, or they could
say the words better."

And because the 'Great Bible'
drew on Tyndale's translations,
the 16th-century "thee" and "thou"
entered into the King James Ver-
sion, even though they were long
departed from common usage.
Celebrating 400 years
Beginning in November, Thom-
as Nelson Publishers, which sold
329,000 printed copies of the King
James Bible between July 2009
and July 2010, has mounted a ma-
jor campaign to promote the text,
with a website, www.kjv400cele-, and national market-
ing campaigns.
The firm also is working with the
History Channel to promote the
"To me, the 400th anniversary,
is not just about KJV, but about
the Bible. The fact that it is a his-
toric milestone gives us the op-
portunity to go beyond and look
at the impact of Scripture. It's not
a translation story; it really is a
Bible story," said Carla Ballerini,
Nelson's bible group marketing
vice president.

By Barbara Hoberock

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," the Negro spiri-
tual written by a freed slave, may become the
official gospel song of Oklahoma.
A state senator from Tulsa proposed that the
Oklahoma Legislature adopt "Swing Low, Sweet
Chariot" as the state's official gospel song.
Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre said some board
members of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
made the suggestion, and she likes the idea.
According to the bill she filed, "Swing Low,
Sweet Chariot" was composed by Wallis Willis,
a Choctaw freedman living in Indian Territory
before 1862.
McIntyre said she had heard the song all her
life but never realized it was written in Okla-

Bible's Luke translated to Jamaican patois

Miami Times Staff Report

Kingston, Jamaica --- The Ja-
maican Bible Society recently
started a new holiday tradition by
issuing audio and written versions
of the Gospel of Luke in Jamaica's
unofficial language of creole, oth-
erwise known as patois.
The decision to-translate the
Gospel of Luke was based upon
the belief that Scripture is best
understood in a person's spoken
By August 2012, a patois version

of the New Testament is planned
to be published to coincide with
the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's
"This translation to Creole is
affirming the Jamaican speak-
er's language, and it is very, very
powerful," said the Rev. Courtney
Stewart, general secretary of the
Bible Society of the West Indies.
Recently, a local radio station
broadcast the patois renditions of
Luke every morning, and its Na-
tivity story translation is popping
up at Christmas parties. Members

of a church in Spanish Town, just
west of Kingston, have even start-
ed to memorize it.
In the depiction of the Angel
Gabriel's visit to the Virgin Mary
which foretold the birth of Jesus,
the New King James Bible's ver-
sion of Luke reads, "And having
come in, the angel said to her,
'Rejoice, highly favored one, the
Lord is with you; blessed are you
among women."
In the patois version, it becomes,
"Di ienjel go tu Mieri an se tu ar se,
'Mieri, mi av nyuuz we a go mek yu

wel api. Gad riili riili bles yu an im
a waak wid yu aal di taim.'"
Some Anglophiles on the island
call patois "lazy English" and dis-
miss it as a vernacular.
To win over skeptics in Jamaica,
the bible society has launched a
public education campaign.
"Many people are skeptical
about the bible translation work
until they actually hear it. Then
they cease being resistant," said
Hubert Devonish, a linguistics
professor at the University of the
West Indies.




drinkers end

up in ER on

New Year's

By Michelle Healy

Alcohol-related New Year's celebrations
send an alarmingly high number of young
people to hospital emergency rooms, says a
report out recently.
In 2009, 1,980 hospital emergency depart-
ment visits involved underage drinking, ac-
cording to the report from the federal Sub-
stance Abuse and Mental' Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA). That's nearly four
times the daily average number of emergency
department visits for drinking-related visits
by people under 21, the report says. It's two

Danger Ahead

Number of hospital emergency department
visits involving underage drinkers in 2009:

New Year's Day

Fourth of July weekend
Memorial Day weekend

Average of all 365 days
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

to three times the number of visits recorded
on other "party" holidays, namely Fourth of
July weekend (942) and Memorial Day week-
end (676).
The study looked'at all alcohol-related ER
visits, but it did not specify whether they in-
volved traffic accidents, alcohol poisoning or
other issues.
The huge rise of drinking-related incidents
on New Year's "should startle us. It should
,WW'"W~t"Up," says Petet Delany, director of
SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Sta-
tistics and Quality, which did the analysis.
Though any underage alcohol consumption
is cause for concern, drinking can also in-
crease the likelihood of other risky behaviors,
Delany says.
The findings are in line with other research
showing more alcohol-related problems over
the winter holidays, SAMHSA says.
Two to three times more people die in alco-
hol-related vehicle crashes during that time
than. during comparable periods the rest of
the year, the National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism says. And 40 percent
of traffic fatalities during winter holidays in-
volved an alcohol-impaired driver, compared
with 28 percent for other dates in December.
Fueling the underage drinking problem, es-
pecially at this time of the year, is "a combi-
nation of greater access to alcohol, less pa-
rental oversight and mixed messages" about
celebrating with alcohol, Delany says.
Young people are told "don't drink, don't do
that, but in every third commercial in recent
weeks, we see something linked to alcohol
and drinking," he says.
And there's also the issue of "what kind
of message parents may give," Delany adds.
"Maybe they're drinking a lot. Kids see that
it's OK."
What is needed is a long-term message "that
underage drinking is not OK," he says. "But
adolescents don't do well with 'Just say no.'
We have to find ways to help young people
make good decisions."

* 4


Major changes to cost of

health care in effect

Rules include

attempt to fill

'donut hole'

The new year always brings
some changes, but 2011 will
usher in some big ones for
consumer health and health-
care spending. Here are some
that may affect \ou

If Tour employers health-
care plan renews 1. the
annual limit -- how ti.ui'ch
your insurance company
will pay for each individual s
health care oter the course
of the \ear -- will be raised
to $750.000 Although man.y
consumers know that policies
often have lifetime limits.
man', don t realize their
policy can ha. e a maxiiilm
payout amount for the year
The health-care overhaul is
gradually raising the annual
limits -- and, by 2014. there
will be no annual limit for
job-related health insurance
plans and individual health-
insurance plans that were
issued after March 23. 2010
That s designed to provide
protection for consumers
in the etent that they, are
involved in a catastrophic
accident or have a seriusls

I December 30. 2010 I
In 2010. about 4 million
senior citizens hit what is
known as Medicares donut
hole' -- the coverage gap that
begins when you anrd your
drug plan have spent $2,S40
on drugs. Those consumers
had to pay the full cost of
prescnptions until they in-
curred $4,550 in drug custs,
which is the end of the cover-
age gap.
Starting this month, how-
ever, seniors who reach the
coverage gap will receive a
50 percent discount when
buying Medicare Part D-cov-
ered, brand-name prescrip-
tion drugs. If you use ge-
neric drugs, you will receive

a seven percent discount af-
ter you've entered the donut
hole. Over the next 10 years,
seniors will receive additional
savings on brand-name and
generic drugs until the co'er-
age gap is closed in 2020.
Worried that you'll never
get out of the donut hole if
you re paying 50 percent


less? The law- takes that into
account Although ,ou will
pay onhl half price for the
brand-name drug, the entire
drn.ig cost will count toward
- the amount you needto-qual-
ty for catastrophic .coerage.

Beginning Jan. 1. the
costs of over-the-counter
medications onl\ will be
reimbursed through a
Flex.lhle Spending Account
or Health Reimbursement
Account if the medications
are purchased iith a
doctors prescription. These
restrictions do not apply to
the purchase of nsulin
The Internal Revenue
Service has questions and
answers on the new rules for
these accounts. (Jargon note
Flexible spending accounts
are sometimes called flexible
spending arrangements
Health reimbursement
accounts are sometimes
called "health reimbursement
arrangements" or health
savings accounts."l

Although senior citizens in
many Medicare Advantage
plans have free preventive
screenings, those enrolled
in traditional Medicare

often have to make co-
payments for those types
of services. Starting Jan.
1, however, Medicare
beneficiaries will receive
-- at no cost -- preventive
services and screenings.
including: flu shots and
pneumonia vaccines as well
as screenings for diabetes,
colorectal cancer, high blood
pressure, depression, obesity
and HIV.
In addition, men will receive
cholesterol screenings and
women will receive free
mammograms, cervical
cancer screenings and
bone-mass measurement.
It also includes nutritional
counseling for those at risk
for diet-related chronic
diseases such as diabetes.
If your plan uses a network
of doctors, you can only
receive these services free
from those providers
Although the law also
requires free preventive
services for all new health
plans, that won't apply to
Ar encarA,\vwh&se inSsuraIce.
hasn t changed substantially
in the past year. This change
is most likely to benefit
those who have individual or
small-group coverage, if your
employer's health-insurarnce
plan hasn't changed much
-- or if you haven't bought a
new health-care plan -- 'you
will be covered under your
old plan and you may still
have to pay a deductible
or a co-pay for preventive

Now most health plans
that cover children must
make coverage available
for them up to age 26. Your
adult children can join or
remain on your plan whether
the\ are marked, living with
you, in school, financially
dependent on you. or eligible
to enroll in thetr employer's
There is. one temporary
exception until 2014,
"grandfathered" group plans
do not have to offer depen-
dent coverage up to age 26 if
a young adult is eligible for
group coverage outside his or
her parents' plan.

Healthy living

is paying off

County's wellness plan has

cut insurance costs

By Kathleen Gray

PONTIAC, Mich. Employers looking for
ideas to cope with rising health care costs might
want to take a look at Oakland County, Mich.
Four years ago, the county government gam-
bled on a new idea spending $400,000 a year
to promote better health for its employees. After
several years of double-digit increases in health
insurance costs, the county's cost declined
nearly 12 percent over 2008 and 2009.
Before the county started the program, it had
projected that health care insurance for its near-
ly 3,500 active employees would hit $50 million
in 2010. Instead, the county paid $38 million
this year.
The secret: health surveys, risk assessments,
blood pressure screening, glucose tests, and nu-
trition and exercise classes. In 2011, the county
will do more to help employees quit smoking.
The cost is well worth it, says Human Resourc-
es Director Nancy Scarlet for the county's bot-
tom line and for the health of its workers.
"In light of all the stuff we have going on pay
cuts and asking employees to pay more for their


r^ *'

cr .

health care this is one of those givebacks,"
she said. "It's really a small price."
Judith Cunningham is just the type of employ-
ee Oakland County wants.
The county's corporation counsel walks at
least a. couple of miles every day,.an L lped
start a three-times-a-week yoga class for fellow
She takes an annual health survey and risk
assessment that show that her cholesterol and
blood pressure are low, making her health care
costs negligible.
She is among more than 1,900 county employ-
ees participating in the wellness program, which
the county began in 2007. After four years, the
program is seeing measurable results.
"It's really a no-brainer," Cunningham said. "I
encourage my whole staff to participate."
The program has a dual purpose: stop rising
health insurance costs and encourage employ-
ees to take charge of their well-being. It followed
other health promotions from Oakland Coun-
ty Executive L. Brooks Patterson, including a
county-sponsored half marathon, a recreational
hockey tournament and a walking contest for
the county's students.
The heart of the wellness program is a volun-
tary, confidential annual health survey and risk
assessment for employees, who get a $100 in-
centive each year to take the survey.
Participation has increased every year; with 56
percent of the employees are now on board.
"The people who are returning are actually
having better outcomes," Scarlet said.
So if an employee tests for high blood pressure
or cholesterol, he or she will get a risk referral
that can be taken to a physician for follow-up.
The number of those referrals has gone down: In
2007, 15 percent of the employees were deemed
at risk for existing or anticipated health prob-
lems; this year, only 4 percent were at risk.
"We can't attribute it all to the program, but
it's almost unheard of to have health care costs
go down," Scarlet said.

Some Blacks may like smoking but our lungs don't

By The National Cancer Institute

Whether you smoke or not,
you may already know that to-
bacco use is the single largest
cause of preventable death in
the U.S., exceeding the death
toll from HIV/AIDS, substance
abuse, motor vehicle acci-
dents, suicide and homicide
combined, according to the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. In fact, an es-
timated one out of five deaths
in this country are caused by
cigarette smoking alone.
As we usher in the new year,
many people use this period to
smoke less or to quit smoking.
But, whether it is during the
Lung Cancer Awareness peri-

od or any other time of year, it
is never a bad time to take the
pledge to stop smoking. If you
don't smoke, pledge to help
a family member or a friend
quit. If you or someone you
know needs help with quit-
ting, please call the National
Cancer Institute's Smoking
Quitline toll-free at 1-877-
People of all races and eth-
nicities smoke cigarettes, but
certain groups have been tar-
geted for marketing of spe-
cific kinds of cigarettes. For
example, menthol-flavored
cigarettes have been market-
ed particularly heavily in mi-
nority communities. Recently,
leading researchers released

a series of papers about the
marketing of menthol ciga-
rettes and their impact on
smoking in minority com-
munities. These papers were
published in a special issue
of the scientific journal Addic-
tion that was funded by the
National Cancer Institute. The
studies indicate a wide range
of effects of menthol cigarette
marketing, including great-
er menthol cigarette use by
Blacks, women, young people,
the unemployed and ,those
with lower education. Anoth-
er finding from the studies
is that Hispanics and Blacks
who smoke menthol cigarettes
are less likely to quit success-
fully than those who smoke

non-menthol cigarettes.
Also a few weeks ago, the
U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, which is
your lead federal agency that
oversees America's health
initiatives, announced a new
tobacco control strategy that
calls for new warnings and
graphic images to appear on
cigarette packs and advertise-
ments. If this plan goes into
effect, expect larger text sizes
and more clear and direct lan-
guage for warning labels as
well as some pretty shocking
graphics and photos of people
who have been affected by cig-
arette smoking.
Whether it takes strong new
graphic images or more stern-

ly worded health warnings,
the fact remains clear that
this must be the message that
people get on tobacco: Smok-
ing causes lung cancer, which
is the most common cause of
cancer-related death in the
U.S. Blacks have higher rates
of death from lung cancer
than any other racial/ethnic
group. Smoking causes about
90 percent of all lung cancer
deaths in men and 80 percent
of all lung cancer deaths in
women, and the risk increas-
es according to the amount
smoked, the length of"time
someone has been smoking
and the age at which smok-
ing began. Cigarette smoking
also causes many other types

of cancer, including cancers of
the esophagus, larynx (voice
box), mouth, throat, kidney,
bladder, pancreas, stomach
and cervix, as well as acute
myeloid leukemia.
Take action today to live to-
morrow by quitting smoking
and by helping others in your
life quit. It is never too late to
quit smoking, and quitting re-
duces your risk for lung can-
cer and other diseases. The
National Cancer Institute has
a wealth of resources for you
to learn more about lung can-
cer and all other types of
cancer as well: call the Cancer
Information Service toll-free at
1-800-4-CANCER or visit our
web site at


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Teens smoking pot than cigarettes

teens may be smoking mari-
juana than cigarettes but few-
er are binge-dnnking, federal
health officials said recently.
An annual survey on drug
use found increases in mari-
juana use among all age
groups but showed slightly.
fewer high school seniors
were smoking than in recent
"These high rates of mari-
juana use during the teen
and pre-teen years, when the
brain continues to develop,
place our young people at par-
ticular risk," National Insti-
tute for Drug Abuse director'
Dr. Nora Volkow said.

SNot only does marijuana af-
reet learning, judgment, and
motor skills, but research tells
us that about one in six peo-
ple v ho start using it as ado-
lescents become addicted."
The survey of 46,482 stu-
dents from 396 schools found
that 16 percent of eighth-grad-
ers, typically 13 and 14 years
old, admitted to using mari-
juana, up from 14.5 percent in
More than 21 percent of
high school seniors, aged 17
and 18, said they had used
marijuana in the past 30
days, while 19.2 percent said
they smoked cigarettes. This
is the first time marijuana

use has passed cigarette use
in the survey
The survey found binge
drinking, defined as having
fie drinks or more in a row,
\was down. Just over 23 per-
cent of high school seniors
admitted to binge drinking
in the past two w eeks, corn-
pared to 25 percent in 2009
and 31.5 percent in 1998.
The survey found more
than 6 percent of high school
seniors use marijuana every
day, up from 5 percent last
year. More than 3 percent of
10th graders and 1 percent of
eighth graders said they used
ranijuana daily, all increases
over 2009.

Earphone loving teens can hear just

By Alice Park

Teens aren't always the best listeners but a
new study shows that their hearing may not
be to blame.
Despite the ubiquir. of ear and headphones
for listening to music or cell phone conversa-
tions, a survey of more than 4300 12 to 19 year
olds found no significant increase in hearing
loss between 1988-1994 and 2005-2006. The
study, which questioned adolescents about
their exposure to loud noise or music through
headphones in the previous 24 hours, found
that 15.9 percent of teens experienced some
change in their hearing between 1988-1994,
while a similar 16.8 percent of adolescents
showed the same shifts between 2005-2006.
This lack of significant change in hearing

occurred despite the fact that
the teens also reported greater
exposure to loud noises, ei-
ther at concerts or other ven-
ues or through headphones;
nearly 20 percent admitted to
such exposure between in the
first survey period compared
to nearly 35 percent in the ,
second survey. Interestingly,
the scientists found that girls
showed a greater prevalence
of hearing changes than
boys. Lead author Elisabeth
Henderson of Harvard Medi-
cal School notes that there
aren't any obvious biological
Please turn to EARPHONES 18B

Diabetes/pre-diabetes predicted

for half of Americans

By Val Willingham

More. than half of all Americans will have diabetes or pre-di-
abetes by the year 2020, at a cumulative cost of $3.35 trillion
unless something drastically changes with U.S. health trends,
according to a new analysis conducted by UnitedHealth Group's
Center for Health Reform and Modernization.
Study investigators say diabetes and pre-diabetes will also ac-
count for an estimated 10 percent of total health care spending
by the end of the decade at an annual cost of almost $500
billion. That's up from an estimated $194 billion in 2010.
The report, "The United States of Diabetes: Challeng- A
es and Opportunities in the Decade Ahead," was un-
veiled recently. The study offers solutions designed
to improve health and life expectancy, while also Amel
saving up to $250 billion over the next 10 years.
Approximately 26 million Americans have diabe- to h
tes. Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases
in the country, according to the American Diabetes
Association. Experts predict that one out of three pre-
children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes
in their lifetimes, which will raise their risks for heart of
and kidney disease, nerve damage, blindness and limb
An additional 67 million Americans are estimated to have
pre-diabetes. In pre-diabetes, there are often no symptoms. In
fact, the ADA notes more than 60 million Americans do not know
they are on the verge of developing this dangerous illness.
Just last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Preven-
tion released a report projecting that one in three Americans
would have diabetes by 2050. The CDC noted the main contrib-
uting factors for the increase were an aging population, with dia-
betics living longer, an increase in the number of at-risk minori-
ties, and an increase in the number of obese people in the U.S.
"Obesity is a significant contributor to the new cases of dia-
betes. It is certainly a factor," said Ann Albright, director of the

CDC's Division of Diabetes
The most recent report by Unit-
edHealth addressed a number of
strategies to combat diabetes over
the next 10 years, focusing pri-
marily on obesity, creating early
intervention program to prevent

n additional 67M

ricans are estimated

ave pre-diabetes. In

*diabetes, there are

ten no symptoms.

ing stronger medication programs and
educating Americans on lifestyle changes
they can make to combat or control their diabe-
"There is nothing inevitable about these trends," said Simon.
Stevens, executive vice president, UnitedHealth Group. "What
is now needed is concerted, national, multi-stakeholder action."
"Making a major impact on the pre-diabetes and diabetes ep-
idemic will require health plans to engage consumers in new
ways, while working to scale nationally some of the most prom-
ising preventive care models. Done right, the human and eco-
nomic benefits for the nation could be substantial."

The thyroid is a small gland at the
base of the neck that helps regulate
your body's metabolism.
A medical problem that affects the
thyroid can disrupt these key bodily
processes. The Wwebsite women- mentions these risk factors
for thyroid disease:
Having had thyroid surgery or
radiation therapy directed at the
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Having a goiter.
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Board Certified

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

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18B THE MIAMI TIl JANUARY 5-11, 2011

-A Too much of a good thing can be bad

By Heidi Stevens

Countless parents of young children are
finding themselves navigating a world
in which books, blogs, parenting
magazines and researchers extol the
virtues of parent-child play, even as
an equal number of resources warn
that we're raising a generation of
spoiled, enutled children accustomed
to .vewing their parents as pals and strug-
gling to deal wnth teachers, bosses and other
authonty figures as a result.
The issue is a fairly
modern one. Yet
4 parenting ex-
perts say a happy
P medium does
exist. And there's
4 even time to throw
Lt together dinner
or, dare we say,
relax with a (non-
parenting) book on

"Set aside a period of time that's bounded,"
advises Julianne Idleman, communications
director for Hand in Hand Parenting, a Cali-
fornia-based group that conducts parenting
workshops and support groups. "It needs to
have a beginning and an end so the child un-
derstands they're going to have you to them-
selves and you are fully devoted to them."
Clear-cut start and stop times allow both
parent and child to settle immediately into
play mode.
"The child can't really relax knowing every
minute is negotiable," says Idleman. "You
make a special gate for special time, and if the
phone rings, you don't answer it."
Likewise with the buzzing dryer, the barking
dog and the beeping BlackBerry.
The allotted time might be five minutes or
30 minutes, Idleman says. But it's protected.
"The kids (who) are constantly demanding
attention never feel full," she says. "It's like
eating junk food and never getting satisfied.
They never know they've got your full atten-

tion or your full cooperation."
And when the time is up, you shouldn't feel
guilty about .moving on.
"Simply say, 'I love spending special time
with you, and we'll do it again tomorrow.
Right now it's time for ...'" says Idleman. "It
doesn't take playing with them all day long. It
takes playing with them well."
"Different kinds of play are important in dif-
ferent ways," says renowned parenting expert
Penelope Leach, author of "Your Baby and
Child." "Free play is anything a child thinks
of for himself, does because it's fun and goes
on doing until it stops being fun. Imagina-
tive play, where a toddler whizzes around the
room being a truck, or a preschool child sits
talking to dolls, is of that kind. And that's the
kind of play where parents have the least to
offer and trying to join in may even be inter-
Other times, a parent shouldn't join in their
child's play.
"Sometimes you have to be more boring
Please turn to PLAYING 19B

Are you raising your child to be absent minded?

By Karen Deerwester

Kids, just like the busy grown-ups around
them, live in a world of sensory overload. They
are basier than ever, spending increasing
amounts of time out of the home. Many even
claim to be bored on stay-at-home days. They'
live in artificially stimulating environments --
from technology-connected computer games,
television or car DVD players to super-sized
enrichment experiences in music, movement, art
and literature. Kids as young as a year-old are
being wowed on a daily basis.
At what point, does all the razzle-dazzle be-
come a distraction from learning and growing?
Educational researchers, like Ellen Galinsky
and Elena Bodrova, have concerns about how
well we're teaching kids to focus, which Galnskvy
describes as the ability to pay attention, remem-

ber the rules and inhibit one's initial response to
achieve a larger goal. Learning seems to be accel-
erating at warp speed, yet it feels like the Stone
Age when kids don't get their way.
Psychologists are similarly concerned about
the high cognitive and social cost of multitask-
ing. Patricia Greenfield and Yalda Uhis from
UCLA and the Children's Digital Media Center
believe multitasking can cause situational Atten-
tion Deficit Disorder, which can lead to irritabil-
ity, declining productivity and disorganization.
They also see decreases in family interaction
time. Gary Small, the author ofiBrain, believes
multitasking children lose interpersonal skills
essential to understanding and responding to
others in social situations.
So, what does this mean for parents, especially
parents of young children? Parents of young
children have the perfect opportunity to optimize

brain,development and create lifelong positive
habits. Here are three important brain skills that
start with the help of parents in early childhood:
1. Help your child notice where his attention
goes. Your awareness teaches your child how
to focus. Even' time you play "I Spy" or "Si- /
mon Says," you help your child tune-in to (
people, places and objects around him (and
disregard other sensory messages).
2. Help your child manage distraction. As
your child focuses her attention on one
thing, she must ignore competing sensory)
input which is easy when Mom an-
nounces it's almost time for bed. Other
times, however, it's the parent who holds
the focus when your child wanders mental-
ly and physically like when you're reading
a book, playing a game or putting away
Please turn to GRATITUDE 19B


Children should write thank you notes

'S j-

Low-cost program

insures more kids

By Anyelle De Leon

The school year is halfway through and the holidays are
fast approaching. Parents are considering presents and re-
preparing their kids for the rest of the school year with the
supplies they will need to succeed academically.
This is a great time for Manatee County parents to add
something else to their checklist: Florida KidCare Florida's
health insurance program for children.
With children missing more than 51 million school hours
every year due just to dental-related illness and an estimated
nearly 25 percent of school-aged children with a visual im-
pairment, it is vital for families to have their children covered.
"By adding Florida KidCare health insurance to their back-
to-school checklist, parents are providing the most critical
item that can help their children stay healthy, and in turn,
do better in school," said Rich Robleto, Florida Healthy Kids
executive director.
Florida KidCare's comprehensive coverage includes doctor
visits, check-ups, shots, surgery, prescriptions, vision and
hearing screenings, mental health care, dental check-ups
and hospital stays. They cover 1.8 million children from birth
through age 18. Many families pay $20 or less monthly, and
most have no monthly cost at all. For those with higher in-
come levels there is also a full-pay option.
Families can apply for Florida KidCare online by visiting Information is available in English,
Spanish and Haitian Kreyol. To request an application or
additional information families can also call (888) 540-5437
toll-free. It's easy to do, and there are local members of the
community who can help.

By Heidi Stevens

Did you know that forcing yourself to smile actually makes you
happier? I think the same thing applies to practicing gratitude.
Even though your kids may not want to take the time to write
out a note of thanks, it's important to teach
them the value of expressing
thanks to those who have
been kind to them.
Meet your kids half-
way on this one, says Mary
O'Donohue, author of "When
You Say 'Thank You,' Mean It
... And 11 Other Lessons for In-
stilling Lifelong Values in Your
Children." Insist on the thank
you, but not necessarily the
note. But before you go insisting
on anything, make sure your kids
know what it's like to be on the re-
ceiving end of gratitude.
"When someone really appreci-
ates something you've done, you
feel so great," says O'Donohue. "If
kids can relate to that feeling, they
can understand why people love to
feel appreciated."
Try stepping up your own gratitude
expressing sincerely, of course.
"Write a note in their lunchbox. Call
home when they're with a baby sitter
just to say thank you for something
they did," says O'Donohue. "Give them
a hug and say, 'I noticed you did that,
and it made me feel so good. Thank you.'
"Then when it's time for thank-you notes for Hanuk-
kah, Christmas, birthdays, I don't think you say, 'All right, you
can't play with that toy until you write a note to Aunt Martha.' I
think you say, 'Remember how good you felt when Dad gave you

Special to then Miami Tries

The Miami-Dade County Health Department in
partnership with the Miami-Dade County Public
Schools launched the Let's Move! Miami cam-
paign during the Miami Dolphins halftime show
on December 26, 2010. The Let's Move! campaign
is a comprehensive initiative launched by First
Ladv Michelle Obama to combat childhood obe-
sity within a generation. The goal is to help chil-
dren lead active and healthier lives. On Sunday,
the First Lady's Office and the NFL worked to-
gether to promote the NFL's Play 60 along with
Let's Move.

a big hug and said thank you for helping around the house? I
want the person who gave you these wonderful gifts to feel that
Here's where compromising comes in.
"Say to your child, 'You got
this great gift. What do you
feel in your heart and how can
you let the person know in a
way that's personal to you?
A thank-you note is one op-
tion, but I trust you can do
this in a way that works for
you,'" says O'Donohue. "The
whole point is to really instill
meaning in these values.
When we tell our children,
'say thank you' or 'tell your
friend you're sorry' or 'say
please,' we're not teach-
ing them to be thankful
or remorseful or respect-
ful. We're training them
to appear that way. We
don't want our kids to
just say something and
not mean it."
O'Donohue, a mom
of two, speaks from
"Forcing our kids
and standing over
them to write thank-you
notes believe me, I did this," she says.
"I would feel so good when. my son would say thank
you, that it made me look like a good mom. But that's not ulti-
mately what it's about.
"It's about our children and teaching them to say thank you
because we want them to be grateful. But if we have to tell them
500 times, clearly it's not working."

Hundreds of students, parents, NFL staff,
Dolphin cheerleaders and employees of both
the Miami-Dade County Public .-h.-l-..l.nd
the Miami-Dade County Health D,-p..-.rr-
ment participated in exercises dunny he
halftime show on Sunday. Ml.1trri',-,',.
Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and %.rn- .
Dade County Public Schools S~p-.-'r.:,.n-
dent Alberto Carvalho launched rr,, Let's
Move Miami challenge where fcr '~:-. :- k-
starting January 10 February
22, 2011 students and the
community are being asked
Please turn to HEALTH 19B

County departments partner to

improve children's health








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19B THE 'II~:.i TIMES, JANUARY 5-11, 2011

Too much multi-tasking can lead to Attention Deficit Disease Boys have greater hearing loss

continued from 18B

the tovs. Multitasking parents
on cell phones break the atten-
tion connection before the child
learns to manage interruptions.
3. Build attention stickiness.
Children need daily practice
playing independently. TV and
video do not really promote in-
dependence unless the child
is actively engaged, singing,
dancing, and interacting back.
Open-ended play that matches
your child's natural interests
- whether blocks, art material,

pretend play, or books en-
gage children's imagination
and problem solving for lon-
ger periods of time. Start with
ive or ten minute sessions and
gradually add ideas or props to
stretch your child's ability to
play longer tomorrow, or next
Young children are notorious
multitaskers. They sing in the
bathtub, dance while listen-
ing to their favorite story and
hear your whole phone con-
versation while building com-
plex Lego civilizations. So, how
do you know when multitask-

ing is good or bad? You must
study our own child. Children
learn with and through their
bodies. So, it's often a mistake
to force children to sit and pay
attention that just makes them
squirm more and plot their es-
cape instead of really paying at-
However, research on adult
multitasking suggests that re-
tention and efficiency is com-
promised when you attempt
two different tasks that use the
same parts of the brain -like
e-mailing while talking on the
phone. So get your child's un-

divided attention before ask-
ing him a question while hes
watching his favorite video.
Otherwise, you'll miss the op-
portunint to teach him to listen
when people are talking.
Life is busy. But kids need
time to grow and learn. Slow
down pay attention when
you're interacting with your
child. Unplug from the televi-
sion plan a single-focus ac-
tivity every day or a family day
once a week. Make time to lis-
ten to the world, to each oth-
er and to the quiet. Your child
will be smarter for it.

Let's Move! campaign launched Spend more time with children

in Miami to fight child obesity

continued from 18B

to commit to participating in
some form of physical activ-
ity for 30 minutes five days a
week and logging their activi-
ties on the President's Active
Lifestyle log (PALA). To log your
activities go to the following
website: www.presidentschal-
This event was part of the
Miami-Dade County Health
Department's Community
Putting Prevention to Work

initiative (CPPW). CPPW is an
initiative created by the De-
partment of Health and Hu-
man Services as part of the
American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act of 2009.
The purpose of CPPW is to
reduce risk factors and pre-
vent or delay chronic disease
associated with two of the
leading causes of preventable
death, obesity and tobacco
For more information please
call the Miami-Dade County
Health Department at 305-

continued from 18B

than the boredom," says Kim
John Payne, author of "Sim-
plicity Parenting: Using the
Extraordinary Power of Less
to Raise Calmer, Happier and
More Secure Kids." "You don't
want to become an unpaid per-
former where you're offering

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them option after option after
option. They can take that for
"That's when you answer,
'I'm bored,' with, 'Oh, that's too
bad. I'm sorry to hear that,'"
Payne says. "The payoff for par-
ents is, when kids learn to get
creative on their own, we can
finally sit down and read that

continued from 17B

reasons for the gender differ-
ence. Rather, boys have tra-
ditionally had higher rates of
hearing loss, possibly because
of their exposure to environ-
mental noise both in work
and recreational settings, and
these latest results may simply
reflect the fact that changes in
girls' hearing are catching up
to those of boys.
Experts are particularly con-
cerned about signs of hearing
changes in teens because of
permanent damage that exces-
sive noise exposure can have.
Once the sensitive cells deep
in the ear that convert sound
waves to electrical impulses
are destroyed by loud noise,
they cannot be restored.
In Henderson's work, the
greatest source of noise expo-

sure came not from iPods or
other mobile listening devices
but from environmental sourc-
es such as music at concerts or
clubs, and at certain work sites
that rely on noisy machinery.
"Noise levels at concerts and
clubs can be very high high
enough to exceed Occupational
Safety and Health Adminis-
tration safety thresholds and
much higher than the normal
listening levels of a personal
MP3 player," she says. "It's
important for teens to realize
that most musical artists and
performers wear some form of
hearing protection while on-
stage. Hearing protection is
cheap and readily available at
most pharmacies." Even the
simplest earplugs, she says,
can lower noise exposure by
20 decibels and protect hear-
ing cells from permanent dam-

Red wine considered good for teeth

continued from 17B

reduced by 45 percent, accord-
ing to a study Koo published
in March in the dental health
journal Caries Research.
But Koo warned that eating
heaps of cranberry sauce or
downing glass after glass of red
wine won't help you reap the
dental benefits of these com-
pounds. Cranberry products,

such as cranberry sauce or
cranberry juice cocktail, con-
tain a lot of sugar and aren't
good for the teeth, and red wine
can stain the teeth, he said.
Instead, Koo and his colleagues
hope to find a way to add these
compounds to mouthwashes,
toothpastes or chewing gum to
combat plaque and cavities. He
hopes to test the findings in a
clinical setting in the next four


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Sunrise Missionary Baptist Church
3087 N.W. 60th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Shlool 10 .m.
SSuInday Woiip 11 a.m.
SPioaye meelinig/ible
iludyW led. 7:30 p.m.
S, d Week Wors ip Thu.30 o.
7 .r30n.m

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Order of Services
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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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

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

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

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

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

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(hurth/Sunday khool 8:30 a.m.
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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

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

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SUNDAY : Worsip Serke
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i (hudih a:30ao.m.
feeding ilny 12 nn
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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

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

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

Order of Services
Sunday Bible Study 9a.m. Morning Worship 10a.m.
Evening Worship 6p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comcast 3 Saturday 7:30 a.m.
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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
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Alpha Agape SDA Church
8400 N.W. 25th Ave.
Miami, FL 33147

Order of Services
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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Order of Services

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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

740 N.W. 58th Street

Order of Services
Hour of Prayer 6:30 a.m. Early Morning Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Youth Minislry Study, Wed 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study, Wed 7 p.m.
Noonday Altar Prayer...(M-F)
Feeding the Hungry every Wednesday........11 a.m.-1 p.m.

93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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died December
25. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

retired educator,
died January 3
at Jackson Hos- ,
pital. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

dietician at Mercy Hospital. Service
was held.

December 28
at home. Sur-
vivors include:
Barbara But-
ler (Arzie) and
Margaret Hayes
(Walter); son,
Leonard Taylor;
grandchildren, Terrence Brown
(Charlene), Arzie Butler Jr., Wal-
ter Hayes Jr., Maleana Jackson
(Chandus), Dwight Hayes, Ashlynn
Oden, and Tanesha Hayes; a host
of great grandchildren, relatives
and friends. Service 12 p.m., Sat-
urday in the chapel.


HENRY KEARSON, 81, retired
Eastern airline -
mechanic died
December 29 <
at home. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Leila Bell; ,.
children, Rawn,
Edward, Eu-
gene, Conroy 't
and Cassandra. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Antioch M.B.C. of Lib-
erty City. Interment Dade Memorial
Park North.

died January I ,

3. Survivors in-
clude: loving
and devoted
wife, Hazel of
63 years; son,
Robert Jr.;
daughter, Pau-
lette, God sons,

Trevis and Trevon Price. Viewing
4-7 p.m., Thursday in the chapel.
Service 11 a.m., Friday at Church
of the Incarnation, 1835 NW 54


maker, died De-
cember 29 at
Mercy Hospital.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at the
St. Luke Cousin
A.M.E. Church.

man captain, died December 30 in
Lake Charles, Louisiana. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Mt. Zion Apos-
tolic Center.

Hadley Davis
housewife, died December 19 at
Hillcrest Nursing Home. Service 12
p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

DERRICK FACEY, 65, chef, died
December 22 at North Shore Hos-
pital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
Bible Baptist Church.

MAKETA PINO, 38, patient care
tech, died January 2 at home. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

DEVIN HARGRETT, 45, inter-
face engineer, died December 31,
2010 at home. Arrangements are


skycap, died
December 29
at Hialeah Hos-
pital. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Good News
Little River Bap-
tist Church.


Hall Ferguson Hewitt
LENA MAE COSBY, 80, home-
maker died
December 28,
2010. Service 1
p.m., Saturday ..
in the chapel.

retired house-
keeper, died
December 31
at home. Sur-
vivors include:


five children and A.
a host of grand- ,;
children, great ,
great great grandchildren. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Saturday at Browns-
ville Church of Christ, 4561 NW 33

senior adminis-
trative assistant
at University of
Miami, died De-
cember 29. Ser- L
vice 12:30 p.m.,
at New Seven- .
ty-Ninth Street
Word Church,

JOHN LAING JR., 56, died De-
cember 31 at
the V.A. Hospi-
tal. Viewing 4-7 ~,
p.m., Friday in .
the chapel. Ser- la '
vice 11 a.m., i "%
Saturday at the

Death Notice
REV. ROY E. PERSON, 69, died
January 3 at
Aventura Hos- Al
pital. Roy was
born on Febru-
ary 16, 1941 in
Miami (Naza-
rene) FL. to the
late Johnie and
Bernice Person. *
He attended
Dade County Schools, and gradu-
ated from Miami Northwestern Sr.
High (MNSH) "BULLS" in 1959.
Roy served his Country by joining
the U.S. Army, and was a Vietnam
veteran. He was the commander
for the VFW Post #8195. He also
served as chaplin for the 1959
Alumni Association of Miami North-
western Sr. High. Survivors in-
clude: wife, Earnestine; two daugh-
ters; Keisha Person and Shawnyell
(Timothy) Tumbling; grandchildren,
Alex Harris, Kimoni and Khole
Tumbling; sisters, Precious (Dud-
ley) Clarke, Valerie Person-Baker
and Karen Person; brothers: John-
nie (Mavis), Ralph (Chyrll), Er-
rol (Helen), Robert, Carl (Sylvia),
Vaughn, Lester, Brian (Joyce), and
Darryl (Renee). He is proceeded by
his brother, Ronald (Lynn); mother-
in-law, sisters and brother in law,
aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews,
cousins, and many friends. Service
11 a.m., Monday at First Baptist
Church of Bunche Park, 15700 NW
22 Avenue.

86, housewife, ~
died December
29 at Jackson
North Hospi-
tal. Viewing 5
p.m.- 9p.m.,
Friday at First
Baptist Church
of Bunche Park
15700 NW 22 Avenue. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at First Baptist
Church of Bunche Park.

car detailer.
died January i.
Service 2 p.m..
Saturday at Jor-
dan Grove Mis- i
sionary Baptist

EMMA G. GARRETT, 71, record
promoter, died
December 28 at

SYLIAS EDWARDS, 54, laborer,
died December 29 at Jackson Hos-
pital. Service 3 p.m., Saturday in
the chapel.

Wright and Young

DUCK, 79, re-
tired Postal
employee died
December 26.
Survivors in-
clude: sisters,
Elizabeth Keel,
Louise Johnson,
and Amy Scott.

Viewing 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday at
Wright and Young Funeral Home
and Wake at Mother Amy Scott's
home, 2740 NW 209 Terrace. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Saturday at Cooper
Temper COGIC.

LIAMS, 27,
waste services,
died January i
2 at University :
of Miami Hos-
pital. Survivors
include: daugh- .
ter, Shania; par- A "
ents, Malcolm -
and Sandra Williams; sister, Sada;
niece, Ryana Stokes and a host of
relatives and friends. Service 12
p.m., Saturday at Jordan Grove
Missionary Baptist Church.

entrepreneur, .
died December
27 at University "
of Miami Hos-
pital. Survivors .
include: moth-
er, Florence
Browder; sister,
Mary R. Levar-
ity of Waldorf
MD; nieces, Florence and Valencia
Browder; and a host of loving family
and friends. Service 2 p.m., Sat-
urday at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church.

Gregg Mason
died January 2.
Viewing 10 a.m.
-12 p.m. at the
church. Reflec-
tions at 12 noon.
Service 1 p.m.,
at St. James
A.M.E. Church,
1845 NW 65

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

Death Notice


S . *. .
# :

December 29 in Perry, Flori-
da. She is the mother of Bish-
op Billy Baskin, Senior Pastor
of New Way Fellowship Praise
and Worship Center.
In addition to Bishop
Baskin, mother Baskin is
survived by daughter-in-law,
Bishop Catherine Baskin; sis-
ter, Beatrice Scott; children,
Lelia Dell (Everett) and Ruth;
14 grandchildren; 52 great
grandchildren; 10 great-great
grandchildren; and a host of
nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation 4-9 p.m., Fri-
day at Evans-Walker Funeral
Home, 907 W. Homer Smith
Avenue, Perry, Florida.
Service 12 p.m., Saturday
at Brooklyn Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 417 W Hampton
Springs Avenue, Perry, Flori-

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

01/28/1944 01/04/2010

Mom, it has been a year
since you completed your
journey on this earth. The
Bible says that man is a spirit
and we surely know this is
true, because your spirit lives
on in each of us.
Thank you for being a great
mother, wife and friend. We
will continue to celebrate
your life and love you for the
gift that keeps giving--our
We miss everything about
you (especially red velvet
cakes) and are reminded of
you constantly. We love you
and miss you dearly.
The Mayo and Smith Family
Husband, Albert; mother,
Annie Mae Smith; children,
Felicia (Forrest), Antoinette
(Walter), Eric (Tracy) and
Alonzo; grandchildren: Wes-
ley, Kendall, Cori and Eryn;
family pets, Bonzy and Mieke.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

Katie Arnold, retired teacher, buried

Funeral service for Katie M.
Arnold, 80. was held January
4 at St. Mark Missionary Bap-
tist Church. A veteran Miami-
Dade classroom teacher, who
retired from Allapattah Junior
High School died in her sleep,
December 28.

Mrs. Arnold was the
daughter of the late pioneer
businessman R.C. Coleman,
who owned and operated
Miami's First Gulf Oil Station
for many years. Her husband
was John "Bo" Arnold, a star
running back, who is the
Florida A&M Football Hall of
Survivors other than her
husband include a daughter,
Kathy Stratton (Dean); three

grandchildren, Britney,
Juvaus and John; a brother,
Lonnie Coleman (Eleanor); and
a sister, Ludie Chipman.

Bernie Wilson, 64, blue notes singer

The Associated Press

Wilson, who sang baritone for
Harold Melvin and
the Blue Notes,
died Sunday in
Voorhees, N.J. He
was 64.
He died after suf- i
fering a stroke and
a heart attack, his
cousin Faith Peace-
Mazzccua said.
Philadelphia In-
ternational Re-
cords, the record
company for which WIl
Harold Melvin and
the Blue Notes recorded "If You
Don't Know Me by Now," "The

Love I Lost" and other hits, said
Wilson's death leaves Lloyd
Parks as the group's sole sur-
viving member. Harold Mel-
vin and the Blue
Notes, whose
member was Ted-
dy Pendergrass,
helped define the
so-called Sound
S' of Philadelphia in
the 1970s.
died last Janu-
"If You Don't
SON Know Me by Now"
topped the R&B
charts and reached No. 3 on
the pop charts in 1972.

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paid tribute to deceased members of the community by pub-
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mains our policy today. We will continue to make the process
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suddenly declined but because our newspaper is not getting
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For some reason, 14 of the 34 Black funeral homes have in-
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death notices to our newspaper for publication: Bain Range/
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01110/35 07/23/10

The Hicks Family

Gbesiewu of Badagry
08/10/47 01/01/10

Gone but not forgotten.
Continue to rest in eternal
peace. You are greatly missed
by your family, friends and
The Rivers Family

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By D. Kevin McNeir

When the Ringlin'g Brothers and Bar-
num and Bailey Circus makes its annual
trek to Miami this weekend at American
Airlines, there'-, one performn-r to. whom
audiences should pa,\ special attention
Black cowbo', Andre .lcClain
One of the few Blacks that has risen to
the top of his field, .lcClain hirst started
riding bucking broncos and steers when
he ,.as just fi-e-',ears-old, making his
competitir.e debut at seen. Todal he is
one of the Circus's favorite cov.'bo' s and
is a bonafide animal trainer, rodeo star.
country singer and songwriter
And while the idea of a Black cowboy
ma\ seem strange to some, for NMcClain
it is actually the norm. His lather. Lu.
founded the Bill Pickett Rodeo in 1984
which was the first all-Black touring ro-

deo in the U.S. McClain says with pride
that he comes from a long, distinguished
Black cowboy heritage that dates back to
the early 1900s.

Pickett, for whom lcClain's father
named his rodeo group, has been hailed
as the greatest Black cowboy in U.S. his-
tory. Born in Taylor. Texas in 1860 and
the second of 13 children born to a for-
mer slave, his name became synonymous
'.'.'th successful rodeos. He could wrestle
any steer to the ground and did elaborate
tricks and stunts as part of his act. He
appeared in two films in 1921 and trav-
eled as far as South Amer:ca, Canada and
England Tragically, right after retiring
from the Wild West Shows, he was killed
in 19.32 when he was kicked in the head
by a wild bronco.

/Ringling Bros. Circus has donated
50 vouchers (redeemable at the
box office) for shows on: 1/12
and 1/13 at 7:30 p.m.; and 1/17
at 6 p.m. Vouchers are available
first come-first serve at The Mi-
ami Times, Editorial Department.

Chris Brown sabotages comeback with tweets

By Ronda Racha Penrice

Once again Twitter gets another celebrity in
trouble. Chris Brown is the latest high pro-
file name to make the Twitter outburst list.
Last week, Raz-B, a former member of the
R&B group B2K, tweeted, "I'm just sitting' here
thinking how can n-----s like Chris Brown dis-
respect women as intelligent as Halle Berry
and Rihanna?"
Brown promptly forgot his anger manage-
ment classes and let his fingers guide him in
response. He went on a tirade that included
tweets taunting Raz-B over his allegations of
being sexually molested by Chris Stokes. his
former manager who created the boy band
B2K. At its height, B2K produced several chart-
topping singles, gold and platinum albums and
starred in. the dance film You Got Served.
In 2007, three years after the group disband-
ed, Raz-B made his first allegations against
Stokes. During the Twitter exchange, Chris
Brown asserted that Raz-B, whose real name
is De'Mario Thornton, enjoyed the encounters
and called him "gay" in a disparaging man-
ner. Brown even used the tag homothug in one
Raz-B retaliated by accusing Brown of be-
ing on the 'down-low' but Brown relentlessly
taunted him back. "This argument lasted lon-
ger than your career," read one tweet. Brown

Chris Brown
boasted about his successful career in the
tweet "it's funny how I'm nominated for three
Grammys off of a mix tape and ur scrambling
for change," Brown tweeted.
Defending some of his earlier comments
about Raz-B's sexuality, Brown tweeted, "I'm
not homophobic He's just disrespectful"
This can't be good for Chris Brown who re-
cently appeared to be making something of a

public relations comeback. In November a fe-
male judge praised Brown for how he's handled
his probation from the 2009 assault on his ex-
girlfriend Rihanna. The judge said she was
blown away by Chris' work ethic, commenting,
"No one has ever done a better or more consis-
tent job than you have."
He's just been nominated for three Gram-
my Awards. His charitable appearance at the
Thanksgiving Carnival in Atlanta garnered
positive news coverage. And just last week
Brown graduated from his domestic violence
class and sent out a tweetpic showing off his
certificate of completion.
With a solid hit in his new song "Deuces,"
and the song No Bulls**t" receiving radio play,
slowly but surely Brown was once again re-
building his stardom. Yet, in a flash of a tweet,
Brown has risked ruining it all.
It didn't take too long for Brown to go into
damage control. He issued an apology to all of
his gay fans. "BTW ... I love all my gay fans
and this immature act is not targeted at you.
Love," Brown tweeted.
What Brown fails to realize is that this is
bigger than him and his pop career. In an age
where bullying of gay teens is rampant, Brown
needs to understand the weight of his words.
Too.many kids look up to Chris Brown, which
is why he should do all of us a favor and grow

Tito Jackson is going solo

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tito Jackson is
going solo.
The 57-year-old musician and original
member of the Jackson 5 says he will un-
veil some of his new material during a
New Year's Eve performance in Atlanta.
He also plans to perform some Jackson 5
classics at the city's 22nd Annual Peach
Drop celebration.
Jackson's debut solo album, "So Far, So
Good," will be released in early 2011. He
says he had planned to release the album
earlier, but after his brother Michael's
death in 2009, "it took a minute to get my
head back in the right direction."
The guitarist says that as a Jackson,
his solo album is long overdue.
"The only people who haven't done it are
my mom and dad and the family dog."

Charlie Wilson's CD dedicated to his true love

By Tonya Pendleton

Charlie Wilson knows a little some-
thing about love.
Through his years singing leads for
The Gap Band, one of R&B's most re-
vered groups, to having a successful
solo career co-signed by artists' decades
his junior, to battles with drug abuse,
homelessness and prostate cancer, Wil-
son has always known love. He's gotten
love from his fans, love from his family
and especially love from his wife, Ma-
hin, who supported him through drug
abuse, homelessness and then, cancer.
"I didn't have a reason to love," Wilson
says. "I didn't have anybody to trust, to
be there for me. To find someone like

Mahin is the reason that I can love. She
taught me how to live."
Now that his third solo CD "Just
Charlie," is out, Wilson wants to send
a musical message to every man treat
your woman right. Songs like "You Are,"
"Once and Forever" and "Where Would
I Be" are all songs that treat love itself
with the reverence it deserves. Wilson
even includes a passionate remake of
the Roger Troutman hit "I Wanna Be
Your Man" as a duet with Fantasia.
"I went from rags to riches, riches to
rags, rags to the curb and from the curb
to being homeless," Wilson says. "Now
I'm back to being a number-one artist,
and I couldn't have done it without my
woman. To have a woman who stands

by your side no matter what you're go-
ing through, the ups and the downs
and the in-betweens, where would I be
without her?"
Wilson was also fortunate to find a
kindred spirit who helped him rebuild
his career years after the Gap Band's
heyday. Wilson and his brothers, Ron-
nie and Robert (the latter of whom died
this summer), formed the band that
ushered in the new funk era of the '70s,
inspired in part by legends like James
Brown. Their songs "You Dropped the
Bomb on Me" "Yearning For Your Love"
and "Outstanding" were revitalized in
the 1990's via hip-hop, becoming one of
the most sampled groups in the genre.
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Tw.o if M.iami's social elite
Grace and Homer Humphrey
took the tirre to celebrate their
golden wedding last Saturday
at the church both of them
attended since marriage, St.
John Baptist Church.
Three of Miami's classical
singers provided the
interludes, such as Darryl
Spence, Tredva Burke-
Harrell and Jean Brown
from Bethany SDA Church,
while the entourage included
two of the many Godchildren,
Caitlyn Duffle, 12 and Kayla
Harrell, 13, Jr. bridesmaids;
Mayr Richard, matron of
honor; Troy Adams Duffie, 14
and Kelon Miller, 15 ushers;
Rev. Dr. Tuwanna Estell
of Jacksonville, assistant
officiant; Jay Williams of
Jacksonville, best man and
Peter Kendrick escorted the
bride down the aisle.
Following the ceremony,
the wedded couple led the
limousines to the Double Tree
Hotel for the reception and
celebration. They also took
the time to thank everyone for
making their day fantastic.

From the desk of Dr. Enid
C. Pinkney, she is going to
honor recipient of this letter for
your part in the development
of the events of the Lemon
City Cemetery Community
Corporation. You are invited
to be our guest on Tuesday,

Feb 15. 2011 at
!0 am at Village
Car.'er, 485 N W
71st Street for
the dedication
ceremony of the
Memorial Garden a
unveiling of the Lem
Cemetery Monumen
will reserve special se
you and would like for
participate in the pro
to your seat at the be
of the program accord
by one of our local
Therefore, we ask th
arrive at 9:30 a.m. for l
In addition, from tl
of Dr. Larry Clapp, ch
of the nomination
committee, is
the report of
the nomination
committee which will
be presented at the
Dec. 6, 2010 meeting
to be voted on at the
Feb. 7, 2011 board
meeting if you accept



and you are elected
installation will take
on the same day at 4
room 110 at the Caleb
Board members are e
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attend meetings once a
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meeting. Advisors are expected brir-._;. in the Junkanoo
to help according to their gifts aggregation led by dancer
and talents. Advisors are not Daphne Johnson.
voting members. Some of the people in the
For your information, the audience included: Carolyn
Board members consist of: King, Mary Murphy, Carolyn
Dorothy 'Dottie" Johnson, Dorsett, Carolyn Frazier,
chairperson; Dr. Brenda Hadley,
Enid C. Pinkney, .. Mamie Ivery,
founding president/ Elizabeth James,
CEO; Dr. Richard J. Mae Etta Lowery,
Strachan, vice-chair; Joe and Sheila Mack,
Isabella Rosette, Nettle Murphy, Ruby
secretary, Dr. Edwin T. McKinney, Gloria
Demeritte, treasurer Pacley, Virginia
and membership Smiley, Lorraine F.
consisting of Rev. Jesse PINKNEY Strachan, Samuel C.
Martin, Ruby Rayford Williams and Sybal
and David Shorter. For more Johnson. Kudos go out to Park
information, call 305-638- Manager Ms. Henderson, for
5800. the decorated tree and other

iat you ***************
the line- Tillie Stibbins, president;
Mary Simmons, directress
he desk and narrator Mamie Horne
airman took the Singing 'Angels to
Bethany SDA on Dec. 18
and Arcola Lakes Park on
Dec. 23 for their annual
i Christmas Program: The
Birth of Jesus Christ.
r -'S The welcome was done
by Marquise Johnson,
grandson of Ruby Allen.
Lonnie McCartny
BARRY was featured in "0 Holy
Night and Mamie Smith
I, your in "Jesus Is A Wonderful
Place Child" with Ted Abraham,
p.m. in Henry Small and Henry
Center. Williams as the three kings.
expected Willie "Slim" Jackson was
tion of the Innkeeper, Tim Strachan
5. Board as Joseph and Alien as Mary.
ted to The Psi Phi Band provided
month, the music featuring Michael
Attend Emmanuel on saxophones
ie to all and Richard B. Strachan

assortments to put t
into the Christmas spir

T. Eilene Martin-
Major, president;
Veronica Rahming
and members of
Egelloc Civic and
Social Club announced
rehearsal for the "Men
of Tomorrow" begins
Thursday, January 5,
2011 at 6:45 p.m. at
the African Heritage
Arts Center.
According to Ms.
Major, 11th grade boys
join by showing up wi
parents to be oriental
this year. Emphasis is
on being Attentive, A
and Applicable to the p
The boys will be taug
to prepare their essay
Black history exhib
talent hunt by auditic
the director of talent.

he kids

Some of the young men
expected are: Imarjaye
Albury, Darrius Albury
Williams, Khary Alexander.
Marcus Anderson, Richard L.
Barry II, Beakeem Beiddell,
Dishon Carey, Matthew
Cire. Samuel Charles, Trey
Cogdello, Melvin
Coleman, Lawrence
Collier, Juwon Dames.
Khambrel Dawkins,
Jonathan Dukes,
Dexter Foster, Miquan
Frederick, Edward
Gordon, Ezell Gordon,
Jr., Imir Hall, Austin
Harrison, Julius RAH
Hethington, Curtis
Holland, Charleston Jenkins,
Barrington Jennings II, Robin
Lovett, Gary Neal, Brandon
Milliner, Talf Parker, William

Parlins, Jamell
Peacock, Neville Reid,
SWayne Roberts, Andre
S Sterling, Andrew
Thompson, Sean
Vance, H. Christopher
Wallace, Marquis
Wallace, Phillip Wells
and Deanard Wilson.
MAJOR *******
People began to
Cultural arrive at 10 a.m. for the 11
a.m. celebration of life of
Martin- Samuel Lawrence Cleare, last
can still Tuesday at the Church of the
ith your Incarnation with officiants Rev.
ited for John J. Jarrett, Rev. Errol
s placed A. Harvey, Rev. J. Kenneth
.ssertive Major, Rev. Richard Barry
program. and Rev. James Bell.
ght how Fr. Major was given the
papers, honor to give The Homily and
it and of course, he did a profound
mning to delivery, because Cleare was
on of his dearest friends. He

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Prince still reigns over

the music kingdom

By Javier E. David

He walks among us. Not like
a deity, which of course would
be ridiculously over-the-top.
But one couldn't help but think
that at Madison Square Garden
last week as the ageless Prince,
about half an hour before he ac-
tually took to the stage, saun-
tered through the aisles like a
regular Joe if regular Joes
wear expensive white coats and
movie-star sunglasses. Not that
it mattered much to the con-
cert-goers, who showered him
with their unbridled delight.
And there was no doubt that
the 'Purple One' was at his
ethereal, otherworldly and re-
gal best as he belted out the
hits for his 'Welcome 2 America'
tour, regaling the audience for
two hours with his distinctive
style and sound. After all these
years, the moniker Prince al-
most seems ill-fitting for an art-
ist who's spent decades reigning
over the charts and legions of
fans worldwide. Really, isn't it
past time the seven-time Gram-
my award winner ascended to
the title of King?
And a ruler he most certainly
was during his performance
at the Garden, as he ruled
the stage and demonstrated a
larger-than-life persona that's
always belied his diminu-
tive stature. Working a stage
fashioned in the shape of his
uniquely recognizable symbol,

Prince and his back-up singers
effortlessly delivered set after
set of his hits, kicking it all off
with a stylized rendition of "The
Beautiful Ones." Prince's open-
ing number had the assistance
of the beautiful Misty Cope-
land, a classically-trained bal-
lerina and one of the few Black
ballerinas in the world. After
all these years and even af-
ter widely publicized hip prob-
lems several years ago the
Purple Rocker showed he can
still rock high-heeled boots and
stretch pants in a way no osten-
sibly heterosexual male can (or
should) be allowed to get away
with. It should also be said the
man doesn't look a day over 30.
Ms. Copeland's presence as
well as that of the irrepressibly
eclectic ingenue Janelle Monde,
who was part of the opening,
act -reminded the audience of
Prince's well-chronicled sway
over the fairer sex. Having cut
a swath through a bevy of in-
numerable female entertainers,
the singer clearly appreciates
beautiful women. In addition
to Vanity, Apollonia and Sheila
E., Prince has single-hand-
edly turned some women into
household names in the
early 1990s he plucked a lit-
tle-known soap opera actress
named Vanessa Marcil from
relative obscurity for his video,
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the
World" video, helping set her on
a path to stardom.

Beyonc6 is 2010's highest earning
Beyonc6's estimated earn- all with $62 million earned.
ings of $87 million this year Other musical artists who
were enough to make her the made the.bottom half of the
highest-ranking musician on list include Madonna (No.
Forbes' list of Hollywood's 20 15 with $58 million), Miley
Highest Earners of 2010. Cyrus (No. 18 with $48 mil-
The R&B/pop star ranks lion) and Taylor Swift (No. 19
at No. 9. on the list overall, with $45 million).
while the No. 2-highest earn- Oprah Winfrey easily
ing musician Britney Spears snagged the top spot on the
comes in at No. 13 overall list with a whopping $315
with $64 million netted over million netted in 2010, while
the past year. Lady Gaga was "Avatar" director James Cam-
the third highest earning mu- eron came in second with
sician, and ranks No. 14 over- $210 million.

Perry to rebuild woman's burned house

By The Associated Press

Entertainment mogul
Tyler Perry is offering
to rebuild the home
of an 88-year-old
who lost all her be-
longings in a fire.
Rosa Lee Ransby
and her four-year-old

escaped the fire recently
that destroyed her home of
40 years in Coweta County,
southwest of Atlanta. Cowe-

ta County firefighters began
soliciting donations, and
calls flooded in.
The Atlanta-
- based filmmaker
visited Ransby's
neighborhood re-
L", i cently and pledged
to rent her a house
for a year, pay for
her utilities, buy
PERRY her furniture and
then build her a

new home.
Coweta Fire Chief Todd
Moore said Perry's decision
"made my Christmas."

New album for Charlie Wilson

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That helped Wilson form
a lucrative friendship with
Snoop, who dubbed him "Un-
cle Charlie," and helped him
gain access to other artists
eager to work with the legend.
"It allowed me to open up
my horizons and be able to
learn about different types of
music," Wilson says. "Work-
ing with these artists allowed
me to not be locked in a time
capsule. It opened the door
for me to be a part of today's
contemporary music scene."
That led to a solo deal with
Jive Records and work with
another contemporary art-

ist R. Kelly who has often
been compared to him. Three
CDs later, and Wilson is back
in the forefront, performing
at the Essence Festival last
year looking like he's hard-
ly lost a step since the Gap
Band days.
These days, when he's not
on the road or recording,
Wilson is speaking out to
help prevent prostate cancer,
which almost curtailed his
career. In 2008, he teamed
up with the Prostate Cancer
Foundation to spread aware-
ness of both prevention and
treatment. For more infor-
mation, please visit his web-
site www.unclecharliewilson.

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last couple of months, so they
have really become a fam-
ily," McClain said. "It's sort of
like the circus all of these
people from all over the world
have come together to live
like one big family."
Do dreams come true? For
McClain they have a self-
made man from a performing

family has taken his abilities
to an ever higher level and
gets to do what he loves so
much every day entertain
children and families.
"I love the rodeo but in the
circus you get to interact with
the audience," he said. "I'm
out there with the people. I
can tell how they're feeling
and that gives me more en-
ergy than anything. That's
my drive."


began by saving Cleare lived
an upbeat and active life, a
life that seemed guided by
an ongoing dance in his step
and a whirlwind of exciting life
experience. Born the youngest
of seven children, Sam, as
he was affectionately known,
entered the world
on Feb. 27, 1934 to
the union of the late
S Harry and Winnie
Dorsett Cleare, Sr.
S in Miami, Florida.
Fr. Major continued
by indicating how
Sam served in a
IMING variety of capacities
as a public servant
to football referee, role model
of excellence, a Dorsey High
School and Florida A&M
University graduate, as well
as FAU graduate with a
master in administration.
He received the Sacraments
of Holy Baptism and Holy
Confirrmation at Saint Agnes
and Church of the Incarnation
in 1948, where he served on
the Vestry, Saint Cecelia
Choir, Acolytes and other
duties, such as encouraging
family members to join the
He will be missed by his wife
Constance Cleare; daughters,
Regina Cleare-Washington
and Tracy Cleare; brothers,
Clifford, Frank, Harry and
William; friends, Lucille
Robinson, Alice S. Harrell,
Arnold Albury, Richard B.
Strachan and the Progressive
Band that marched the family
to the church and three blocks
away from the church as a
salute to a great warrior.

3C THE MiAMI TiMES, JANUARY 5-11, 2011

Oprah looks to better the world

By Lynn Elber
A I(or'( td Prfu

Winfrey v.ants to better the
world in her ow.'n way and that
absolutely, positively excludes a
political career.
The media powerhouse who
threw her clout behind Barack
Obama's presidential candi-
dacy says she will never seek
office. As she fervently asserts:
"Arr.. Alil,' The very idea of pol-
itics. No, no, no, no, no, no, no,
But a new, basic cable chan-
nel that bears her name and
debuted on Saturday to 85 mil-
lion homes across the land?
That's a challenge she relishes
as her syndicated talk show
nears its conclusion after a sin-
gularly influential run of 25
Politics is "having to live your

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life at the whim of somebody's so muc
polls," Winfrey said in an inter- persona
view from her home near Santa change
Barbara. "I just feel like there's ence thi

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and to be able t
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than I could ever do with poli-
SIhe hopes to see the Oprah
Winfrev Network OWN -
establish itself as a "force for
good, a platform that helps
people 'see the best of them-
selves on a broader canvas
than her daily Chicago-based
talk show.
With the Los Angeles-based
OWN, as well as orchestrat-
ing a big finish in May for "The
Oprah Winfrey Show," the talk
show host said it's unlikely
she'll have time for the Chicago
mayoral bid of Rahm Emanu-
el, President Obama's former
chief of staff. She and Eman-
S uel haven't seen each other in
"It seems that everybody else
for me, in the world has run into Rahm
to effect except me," she said. She of-
to influ- fered that she signed a petition
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New play for

David E. Talbert

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West End and on Broadway.
White will be starring with Wood Harris and Zoe Saldana.
in the romantic comedy 'The Heart Specialist,' which opens
on January 14th. Later this year, the Boston native stars in
another romantic comedy film, 'Politics of Love' opposite Mal-
lika Sherawat, Loretta Devine, Gerry Bednob and Ruby Dee.
He'll also return for the 2nd season of TNT's 'Men of a Cer-
tain Age' alongside Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott
David E. Talbert is an award-winning playwright, film di-
rector, and best-selling author. His film, 'First Sunday,' which
starred Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams, opened up as the #1
Comedy in America. His blockbuster plays include: 'The Fab-
ric Of A Man,' 'Love In The Nick Of Tyme,' 'He Say She Say...
But What Does God Say,' 'Love On Layaway,' 'His Woman His
Wife,' and 'Mr. Right Now.'
'What My Husband Doesn't Know' begins its national tour
in February 2011 with stops in South Carolina, North Caro-
lina, Philadelphia, Orlando, Jacksonville, Washington DC,
and Detroit.

An 18-year-old woman has been charged with breaking into the Atlanta home
of filmmaker Tyler Perry.
Police said Perry's bodyguard caught Chloe Ware recently, but two others es-
caped. A phone listing for Ware could not be found. It was unclear whether she
had an attorney.
She was charged with prowling and criminal trespass, then released. Police
are still searching for two other suspects.
Perry directed last year's film "For Colored Girls" and co-directed "Precious"
with Oprah Winfrey.

Rohan Marley, the son of the legendary reggae artist will be pressing charges
against the LAPD for unnecessary violence.
TMZ is reporting that Marley plans to press charges against an off-duty police
officer who was working at the West Hollywood nightclub Voyeur on Dec. 18 for
allegedly spraying mace in his face and putting him in a headlock.
A source claims Marley -- a former University of Miami linebacker who has
children with R&B superstar Lauryn Hill -- mistook someone outside the club for
a valet. The patron was insulted, words were exchanged and a scuffle ensued,
prompting the alleged incident with the officer.

Former "Smallville" actor Sam Jones III has pleaded guilty in court to conspir-
acy to sell more than 10,000 oxycodene pills. The 27-year-old actor was arrested
in his Canoga Park, CA home last year.
Jones, best known as Pete Ross, Clark Kent's best friend in The CW series,
pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court as a co-conspirator in the drug ring.
He was arrested in October 2009 by the Drug Enforcement Administration for il-
legally pushing the painkillers.
If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in jail. He will be sentenced in June.

A star of the TV series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is getting her own
taste of law and order in real life.
New York City prosecutors say Tamara Tunie was swindled of more than $1
million by her business manager. Tunie plays medical examiner Melinda Warner
on the NBC show.
According to court papers, Joseph Cilibrasi and his accounting firm stated
stealing from Tunie in 2002, listing himself as her husband to secure a credit card
tied to her account. He is also accused of writing checks to himself.
The 50-year-old Manhattan man pleaded not guilty earlier this week and is be-
ing held on $100,000 bail. Cilibrasi's attorney says Tunie was "fully aware" of the
transactions and he'll fight the charges.
He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Engagement announcement
Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Alonzo son, the son of Mrs. Sharon Y.
Paschal, III is pleased to an- Johnson and the late Mr. Lar-
nounce the engagement of ry L. Johnson of Tallahassee.
their daughter, Lenora Mary The wedding will take place
Paschal to Larry Lionell John- in April 2011.

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has plenty of soul staples


set proves

this man is more

than 'Woman'

By Jerry Shriver

It was a woman who brought
Percy Sledge such misery.
Played the man for a fool.
Blinded by devotion, he was the
last to know.
Now, 45 years after the ro-
mantic mayhem that inspired
When a Man Loves a Woman,
the most anguished, ach-
ing, iconic soul anthem of the
Boomer era, Sledge still doesn't
want to dredge up the personal
details, fearing perhaps that
his heart will feel stomped on
all over again.
"I am happily married now, so
just let it go. That's been writ-
ten already," he says gently.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fam-
er would rather talk about the
life-changing influence of the
song itself and the wealth of
other country-soul ballads in
the four-disc set Percy Sledge:
The Atlantic Recordings 1966-
1974, the first large-scale over-
view of the singer, just released
by Rhino Handmade.
When a Man Loves a Woman
was Sledge's first release, in
spring 1966, and is the only
Billboard pop chart-topper
among the 104 songs in the set.
But it and subsequent songs
that would become soul sta-
ples, including Warm and Ten-
der Love, Take Time to Know
Her and True Love Travels on
a Gravel Road, launched an
enduring career, established
once-obscure Muscle Shoals,
Ala., as a recording mecca,
and were key in bringing white
and Black musicians together
in the studio.
By marrying his sincere-
sounding tenor to the gospel,
R&B and country sounds he
heard growing up in north-
ern Alabama, "Percy cornered
a certain subset of Southern
soul and made it his own,"
says British rock journalist
Barney Hoskins, who wrote
the liner notes for the set.
"He's the purest male coun-
try-soul singer and certainly a
lot more than a one-hit won-
der. The problem was he had
the biggest Southern soul hit,
and that tends to obscure the
other great sides. Out of Left
Field, It Tears Me Up- these
are stunning examples of

Your leadership skills are shiQing this
week, so get out there and glimmer with
good vibrations. Others are looking to you
for guidance and as a path to follow. Let
your journey through the week provide a
good model. Soul Affirmation: I let worry
fly away Lucky Numbers: 15, 16, 39

You are brilliant this week as you
gather materials and resources togeth-
er for an important project. There's a
good probability for wonderful news late
in the afternoon. Ride the vibes and be
gentle with your own feelings. Soul Af-
firmation: There are plenty of fish in the
sea waiting for me. Lucky Numbers: 1,
42, 50

A date or meeting that is unexpect-
edly cancelled may make someone very
unhappy. Recognize that all things work
for good, and that a better solution is
being provided in the space between

Percy's take on Otis, Wilson, James and Jackie

As the soul music era approaches its 50th anniversary, ranks of its beloved practitioners are thinning.
Aretha Franklin, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) and Clarence Carter are among the few surviving greats
Percy Sledge knew from his '60s musical heyday, but his memories of his peers endure:

OTIS REDDING. "When I first met him, it was a
gas. He talked nice, gave me advice. I would put
him on top (among soul singers). He had such a
variety he was funky and a ballad singer. Others
just had one or the other. He had the whole pack-

WILSON PICKETT. "I had heard about him, so
I went to hear him in the studio in Muscle Shoals
(Ala.). I said, 'Man, you sound like Otis!' Man,
that lit a fuse! I didn't mean anything by it, but

Southern soul."
Even more than
the material -When I
a Man Loves a Womr- F
an was the only hit .
Sledge had a hand I
writing it wa. h. t-
voice and humble
delivery that set '.4'
him apart from ,
funkier, sexually
charged contem-
poraries such
as Otis Red-
ding and Wil-
son Pickett.
"All of my hits
vwere- -different .
from most rhythrr arnd
blues singers,'" says
Sledge, 70. "It's a m-ix-
ture of country, blue-.
and soul. When I ,rc%.
up picking cotton in-
Alabama, the ojinl:
songs I could hear on n
the radio were C.JLIr-trr',
music -Jim R-ee'e-.
Hank Williams. \Vhe-n
I got to be a teena-,r .
then it was The Plat-
ters, The Drifters and The
According to most accounts
of his signature song's prov-
enance, Sledge was working
as a hospital orderly and sing-
ing in a band on the frat party
circuit in 1965 when his high
school sweetheart left him for
one of his best friends and split
for Los Angeles. Sledge chan-
neled his heartbreak into the
lyrics that eventually became
When a Man Loves a Woman
and recorded the song with a
white studio band in Muscle
Shoals. In another seemingly
tragic move, for which Sledge
expresses no regret today,
he generously gave up his

what you think you want and what you
are getting. Soul Affirmation: This week
silence speaks loudest and truest. Lucky
Numbers: 20, 40, 41

Serenity is yours as you realize you can
get what you need. It's coming and you
deserve it! Take a few quiet moments this
week to listen to your inner voice. It will
give you a powerful hint about what ac-
tivities you should be pursuing right now.
Soul Affirmation: I let positive emotions
carry me through the week. Lucky Num-
bers: 8, 17, 21

In all of the hustle and bustle of the
week this week, take some time to ob-
serve the Now. There's a great deal to be
thankful for! A great idea could come to
you when you are out with friends. Soul
Affirmation: I celebrate with those around
me. Lucky Numbers: 39, 51, 52


that would upset anybody. We mended it, though."

JAMES CARR. "He is the greatest singer you
would ever hear. He is missed. Why wasn't he big-
ger? I think it was (lack of) PR, like me. I didn't
get the PR I thought I deserved, either. It plays a
big part in an artist's life."

JACKIE WILSON. "He had wonderful moves
on stage. He had all the tools. Just like James

Still an onstage

presence: These

days, Percy Sledge,

70, performs about

100 concerts a

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his signatu

When a Ma

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tired of sin



share of the song's copyright
to two members of his per-
forming group.
On hearing the song, Jerry
Wexler of New York-based At-
lantic Records signed Sledge,
and the label later would send
Pickett, Aretha Franklin and
other urban-based soul sing-
ers to record in northern Ala-
bama studios.
Sledge enjoyed moderate
success with Atlantic for near-
ly a decade, then recorded spo-
radically for other labels while
maintaining a solid performing
career that earned him a large
international following. Today,
the Baton Rouge resident per-

Relax the grip you have on your atti-
tudes this week, and just go with the flow.
Ease up in full knowledge that goodness
is being perfectly fulfilled. Let go of any
feelings of insecurity or loss and bless
the perfect moment. Soul Affirmation: I
quiet all confusion all week long. Lucky
Numbers: 1, 5, 24

Exhilaration is high and your mental
abil ties are amazing. Use your intuition to
brainstorm your way to a highly creative
idea that could change the way you make
your living. Soul Affirmation: I give thanks
for the chance to give. Lucky Numbers:

What you say and what you do are in
harmony this week. The importance of
your ideas) comes through very clearly to
others. They can see that you walk what
you talk. Communicate your ideas through
your values. Soul Affirmation: I give
thanks for the goodness in people. Lucky
Numbers: 6, 11. 18

If you feel as if the vibes this week are
mixed at best, make up your mind to only
receive the positive ones. Tune the trans-
mitter in your soul to life and give your

% .

" 3sngs forms roughly 100
re shows a year, most-
re song, ly in Southern casi-

an Loves nos, Europe and the

at every At every one of
thos-e dates, i.. S,,
oe nce-in-a-lifetime
hit slays the audi-
ging it," ence. "In 45 years,
I never did a show
s always without it," he says.
"Sometimes I've
the last done it three or four
times a night. I nev-
ng in my er get tired of sing-
ing it. The only time
show." I hate to sing it is
when I have a cold.

Other than that, I can't wait
to get to it. It's always the last
song in my show."
And so it is that a song that
was born in pain and has
made so much money for oth-
ers (including Michael Bolton,
whose cover won him a Gram-
my in 1992) ultimately brought
Sledge all that he wanted. "I
was never a rich man, but I
have been living a wonderful
life that God gave to me," he
says. "I always wanted to be a
free guy get up and go fish-
ing and hunting, breathing the
air, watching baseball, playing
pool. Just an everyday guy, you
know? I'm keeping my health
and mind together."
And his heart.

spiritual a workout. You are in charge of
who you are. Soul ;,tirmr,r:,,, I see my-
self as a finisher rather than a starter this
week. Lucky Numbers: 7, 34, 40

A benefit arrives, and there's good rea-
son to celebrate. Claim your blessing and
do the happy dance! Loving, supportive
friends surround you, and family members
are well behaved. Enjoy! Soul Affirmation:
I speak my mind knowing that truth is my
best defense this week. Lucky Numbers:

Look forward to some pleasant news.
There is every possibility for a renewed
love affair or a refreshing new romantic
interest. Free yourself from the past and
make a fresh start. Soul Affirmation: I see
myself as a finisher rather than a starter
this week. Lucky Numbers: 21, 34, 48

Your money instincts are itchy! Go
ahead and scratch, because you've got
the golden touch this week. Promise your-
self that you'll take at least one small step
toward your dreams each day this week.
You go! Soul Affirmation: I seek connec-
tion with the best that is in me. Lucky
Numbers: 11, 20, 25

The Liberty City Farm-
ers' Market will be held on
Thursday from 12-6 p.m.
during the months of De-
cember 2010 to April 2011 at
Tacolcy Park, 6161 N.W. 9th

There will be a community
rally involving pastors and
community leaders regarding
crime and youth on Thursday,
Jan. 6, 2011 at 4 p.m. at First
Baptist Church of Bunch
Park, 15700 N.W. 22nd Ave.,
Miami Gardens. FL 33054.

The Cemetery
Beautifications Project,
located at 3001 N.W. 46th
Street is looking for volunteers
and donations towards the
upkeep and beautification of
the Lincoln Park Cemetery.
For more info, please contact
Dyrren S. Barber at 786-290-

The Booker T.
Washington Class of 1965
will meet on Saturday, Jan.
15, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center and requests that all
members be present.

The Many Happy Hearts
Annual Golf Tournament
will take place on Monday,
Jan. 17, 2011 at the Senator
Course at Shula's Golf
Course, 7601 Miami Lakes
Drive. Proceeds to benefit
Community Partnership for
the Homeless. For more info,
call 305-905-5154.

i I AM, Inc. is hosting a
free African Caribbean Dance
Experience on Saturdays, Jan.
18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8
from 6-8 p.m. at the African
American Research Library
and Cultural Center, 2650
N.W. Sistrunk Blvd in Fort
Lauderdale. For directions,

call 904-b25-280U.

National Coalition of 100
Black Women, Inc., Greater
Miami Chapter is hosting
its Women's Empowerment
Conference on Saturday, Jan.
29. 2011 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
at the Intercontinental Hotel
at Doral, 2505 N.W. 87th Ave.
For more info, call 1-800-
658-1292, email conference@ or visit
www.ncbw 1

Miami Northwestern
Senior High will be hosting
a Financial Aid Workshop
on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
from 6-9 p.m. in the CAP
Business Computer Lab.

The 2nd Annual Take
A Walk In Her Shoes, 60s
fashion show lunch silent
action will take place on
Thursday, April 14, 2011.
Womenade Miami celebrates
women and mothers from
the Community Partnership
for Homeless who have taken
strides to improve their lives.
For more information, call

Karate Academy will be
offering karate lessons at the
Liberty Square Community
Center from 5-7 p.m. on
Tuesday and Thursdays.
For more info, call 305-694-

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

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Oprah Winfrey Network debuts

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to get his name on the Febru-
ary ballot when she was ap-
proached outside a Chicago
As for Obama, Winfrey re-
mains a steadfast booster.
"He's doing a great job and I
don't use the term 'great' loose-
ly," she said. "The amount of
pressure and opinions coming
at him from every direction, to
be steadfast and solid in your
own conviction about how you
see this country and what you
believe is possible for the future
of this country. I think that
takes a lot of guts."
When Obama presumably
seeks a second term in 2012, "I
would do whatever they ask me
to do. I'm open," she said.
Winfrey, who caught flack
from some fans for endors-
ing Obama for the Democratic
nomination, said she hasn't
thought about how the cable
channel over which she pre-
sides as chairman might figure
in the national election.
"I'm really just trying to get
on the air," she said. "I'm try-
ing to think of the role OWN is
going to play on Jan. 2, and the
3rd and the 4th."
A pop culture force with a
daytime podium that at its peak
attracted more than 12 million
viewers (it's at nearly 7 million
this season), Winfrey has cre-
ated careers and successful TV
shows ("Dr. Phil," "Dr. Oz"), en-
ergized the publishing industry
with her book club picks and
produced distinguished films
("Precious," "The Great Debat-
ers"), breaking ethnic stereo-
types along the way.
The 56-year-old Oprah is
acutely aware of what she might
be losing even as she stakes out
new TV turf to promote ideas
and celebrities. She was ini-
tially reluctant to surrender
her daytime show, but "what I
realized is the Oprah' show has
had its time and its run and its
ability to affect and influence,
and that now it's time for some-
thing else," she said.
Rosie O'Donnell, Shania
Twain, Sarah Ferguson and
Winfrey's close pal, Gayle King,

all have first-season shows on
the commercially-supported
OWN, which will offer a varied
mix of talk and reality shows,
film acquisitions and original
documentaries. Included in the
lineup: a cooking series with
Cristina Ferrare, a sex advice
show with Dr. Laura Berman,
style makeovers with Carson
Kressley, a series about the
mother-daughter relationship
of Naomi and Wynonna Judd,
a "docu-reality" series about
women prisoners in Indiana
and the theatrical release "Pre-
Winfrey's hand is on the en-
tire schedule but she'll also
be onstage in such series as
"Oprah's Next Chapter," in
which she travels the world in
search of interesting stories,
and "Season 25: Oprah Be-
hind the Scenes," a chronicle
of her final talk show year. She
will also be seen in the series
"Oprah Presents Master Class"
and "Your OWN Show: Oprah's
Search for the Next TV Star."
OWN will be programmed
around the clock, with repeats
filling overnight hours.
On the cusp of her new me-
dia adventure, a Harpo Inc.
joint venture with Discovery
Communications (which has a
reported $189 million commit-
ment to the channel), Winfrey
said she has shed any worries
she had as OWN experienced
an uneven and delayed gesta-
The channel starts with a
modest base, taking over Dis-
covery Health and its average
250,000 daily viewers. Among
cable channels, heavyweights
such as ESPN and USA aver-
age about 3 million prime-time
Late last week, Winfrey visit-
ed OWN's L.A. offices for a final
rally-the-troops meeting. Then
it's up to viewers who have so
often approved what Winfrey
gives them. She hopes they're
patient as OWN finds its foot-
"This is the beginning, and
the beginning of a great oppor-
tunity to use television for pur-
poseful programming, which
is the only reason I'm doing it,"
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in Haiti demands payment
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The U.S. official who was in Luckes lawsuit names
charge of relief effort% follow- the Haiti Recover_, Group's
in.- Haiti's devastatin- Jan. two partners: Ashbritt, Inc.,
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a major contractor of short- pano Beaih that specializes
changing him for his assis- in the removal of debris left
tance in securing more than by natural disasters; and the
$20 million in reconstruction G13 Group. a conglomerate
deals after he left his post. run bY one of Haiti s wealthi-
Lewis Lucke. the former est men. Gilbert Bigio.
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for relief and reconstruc- filecl a motion on Dec. 13 to
tion. says the Haiti Rfcov- transfer the case to federal
erv Group Ltd.. did no-, pay court. but has not vet filed a
him enough for consulting response to the allegations.
services that included hook- Ashbritt CEO Randal Per-
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powerful people and helping nership's spokesman, de-
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Haitian protesters

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The Canadian Press
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti More than 100 protesters an-
gered by a dysfunctional election commemorated
Haiti's Independence Day last Saturday by
burning tires and demanding that President
Rene Preval be arrested.
The demonstrators blocked roads and filled
streets with garbage in the capital, Port-au-
Prince, before police dispersed them.
"We earned our independence, so today we
are free to protest and demand democratic
elections." said Simeyon Wisly, who called for
a new election under the supervision of a re-
vamped national electoral council. "We are not
celebrating today. We are protesting this corrup-
tion of power."
In the northern coastal city of Gonaives, Prev _tj
urged national unity and patience in a speech inter-
rupted by protesters who demanded he step down r
The Organization of American States has asked F-.e-
val to delay announcing election results until an inr.'rin-
tional panel of experts can review the vote in an :l- :.- :.
marred by violence, fraud and low turnout.
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Obama likely to name economic adviser in Jan.

By Bill Trott

Barack Obama likely will announce
a replacement for key economic ad-
viser Lawrence Summers by mid-
January, White House spokesman
Robert Gibbs said recently.
Gibbs, appearing on CNN's
"State of the Union" program, also
said there were no expectations for
major changes in Obama's cabinet.
Summers announced his resig-
nation as head of the National Eco-
nomic Council in September but
has continued in the,job.
"I expect the president will make
a new announcement on a new
NEC director probably the first
week or two weeks after Congress
comes back into session," Gibbs
Members of the new Congress,
which will have a Republican ma-

jority in the House of Representa-
tives and a smaller Democratic
majority in the Senate, will be
sworn in on January 5.
Summers, who served as trea-
sury secretary under President Bill


Clinton and is a former president
of Harvard University, was known
for his blunt style and was seen by
some liberal Democrats as being
too close to Wall Street.
When Summers' resignation

was announced, Obama praised
him for helping guide the economy
"from the depths of the worst re-
cession since the 1930s to renewed
Treasury Secretary Timothy
Geithner remains the only origi-
nal member of Obama's economic
team still in his original job.
Gibbs told CNN he did not expect
a major reshuffling of the Obama
"I don't expect, quite honestly,
big changes," he said. "I think
we've had a very capable and good
cabinet that has helped move the
president's agenda forward."
Gibbs added, "There's obviously
a lot that has to be done at Trea-
sury to implement financial reform
and at HHS (Department of Health
and Human Services) to implement
healthcare reform and I think we
have a very talented team."

Older retirees

may not save

Social Security

By Stephen Ohlemacher

WASHINGTON Raising the retirement
age for Social Security would hurt low-in-
come workers and minorities, and increase
disability claims by older people unable to
work, government auditors told Congress.
The projected spike in disability claims
could harm Social Security's finances be-
cause disability benefits typically are higher
than early retirement payments, the Gen-
eral Accountability Office concluded.
The report, provides fodder for those op-
posed to raising the eligibility age for ben-
efits, as proposed by the leaders of Obama's
deficit commission.
"There's more to consider than simply how
much money the program would save by
raising the retirement age," said Sen. Herb
Kohl, D-Wis., chairman of the Senate Spe-
cial Committee on Aging. The report shows
an unequal effect on certain groups of peo-
ple and many of them "would have little
choice but to turn to the broken disability
Under current law, people can start draw-
ing early retirement benefits from Social Se-
curity at age 62. Full benefits are available
at 66, gradually increasing to 67 for people
who were born in 1960 or later.
Experts warn that Social Security is on
a financially unsustainable path that will
worsen as people live longer and collect
more benefits.
For many workers, reducing early retire-
ment payments or delaying eligibility would
Please turn to SS 8D

More students

getting a load of

debt with degree

By Allison Linn

A higher education is leaving graduates
weighed down by more debt than a decade
ago, according to a new report. And those
who attend private, for-profit universities
are most likely to borrow the money they
need for higher education.
A new report from Pew Research Center
finds that 60 percent of all college gradu-
ates took on loans in 2008, compared with
52 percent in 1996.
The students also took on more debt than
in years past. College students who gradu-
ated with a bachelor's degree in 2008 owed
$15,425 on average. That's a more than 50
percent jump from 1996, when graduates
had an average of $10,138 in debt.
The amount of debt students are piling on
for associate's degrees and certificates rose
at an even faster pace, jumping to $6,649
on average in 2008, from $3,318 in 1996.
To adjust for inflation, all figures are in
2008 dollars. The averages also include
those graduates who did not borrow any
The biggest jump in people borrowing
money for education was among those who
earned degrees or certificates from pri-
vate, for-profit schools such as University
of Phoenix and DeVry University. The re-
searchers found that 95 percent of people
who graduated from those programs in
2008 borrowed money for their education,
compared with 77 percent in 1996.
By comparison, only 50 percent of those
who graduated from a public university in
2008 borrowed money, up from 42 percent
Please turn to DEGREE 8D

Don't allow the holiday seasonal splurge to ruin your new year

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

In 2010, many consumers
will likely find that the tradi-
tions of the annual holiday
season may be difficult, if not
impossible, to observe this
year. According to the Urban
Institute's National Survey of
Homeless Assistance Provid-
ers, more than 500,000 people
in this country do not have a
place to call home each night
and half of these people are
also without shelter. Moreover

according to HUD, an esti-
mated 2,000,000 people expe-
rienced homelessness at some
time during the year.
If you are one of the nearly
one in four homeowners with a
mortgage owing more on your
home than it is now worth,
count your blessings and re-
member that you are not alone.
The most recent survey by
the Mortgage Bankers Associ-
ation found that as of the end
of the third quarter this year,
approximately 7 million hom-
eowners were 60 days or more

delinquent on their mortgage.
Although California, the na-
tion's most populous state,
has the dubious distinction
of being home to the largest
number of delinquent mort-
gages over 600,000, the
highest average mortgage debt
per borrower is in the District
of Columbia with $342,695.
Despite deep and wide-
spread indebtedness, the holi-
days may have tempted many
to use credit to help make
their celebrations merry. And,
although access to credit is

a long-standing concern for
minority businesses and con-
sumers alike, seasonal cel-
ebrations should not become
an excuse to worsen already
strained personal finances.
As many lenders, espe-
cially those offering mortgage
loans, raise credit standards
to qualify for a range of finan-
cial products, the cold and
hard factor in reaching a de-
cision on approving or reject-
ing a credit application will be
determined by how well con-
sumers have already managed

their credit in this deepening
recession. Troubled homeown-
ers who have suffered fore-
closure, a short sale or bank-
ruptcy, should be mindful that
those developments have likely
already dropped your personal
credit score.
Similarly, for those who are
entering trial periods for loan
modifications or are 30-days
delinquent on a mortgage,
think seriously before taking
out a credit application to take
advantage of a limited dis-
count for new credit accounts.

How often new credit appli-
cations are filed is one of the
factors that determine credit
The other factors in deter-
mining a credit score are pay-
ment history, outstanding
debt, credit history length and
credit mix. Two of these fac-
tors, payment history and out-
standing debt, account for 65
percent of the total score.
If you are considering wheth-
er to purchase a home in the
new year, be mindful that your
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Housing nightmare is a dream for some

Last year, Bret Sands and
his fiancee, Fysah Thomas,
shared a cramped $600-a-
month studio apartment.
Today, they're living in a
Seattle lakefront property
with three bedrooms, hard-
wood floors and a spiral
"This is a freaking dream
house," said Sands. still
giddy months after pur-
chasing the home in March.
If there's an upside to
the foreclosure crisis, it is
largely enjoyed by people
like Sands and Thomas:
They can now afford to buy.
He's a surveyor of marine
vessels and she's the lead
vocalist in a band. Both
watched the mid-decade
housing boom pass them
by, thinking they'd never be
able to join.
Then the bubble burst.
According to the Case-
Shiller Home Price Indices,
prices in Seattle through
October were about 25 per-
cent off their July 2007
peak-with single-family
homes now selling at a me-
dian price of $481,000, ac-




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Fysah Thomas in the home she and her fiance bought in foreclosure.

cording to the local multiple
listing service.
In 2008, Sands, age 34,
started to see the stock
market falter and grew wor-
ried about his retirement
savings account. He took

$60,000 out of the account,
and with an eye on plum-
meting home prices, he and
Thomas decided to buy a
They never intended to
buy a foreclosure but noth-

ing else fit their bud1
After two month
about 30 tours with real esta
ker Sam DeBord the
their house. It we:
foreclosure when its

Restaurant went belly up.
,~ ;- Thomas saw it during a ran-
dom web search. The couple
paid S232.000 for a house
that in 2007 had been ap-
praised at $300.000. One of
its main attractions: It sits I
among much larger, half-
million-dollar homes along
Angle Lake.
"We wouldn't have been
able to afford a house if the
market hadn't dropped,"
Sands said.
With help from friends
and Thomas's carpenter fa-
other, they have embarked on
renovations: paint, French
doors, new bathroom, new
Because the house need-
ed so much work, Sands
Kept a lot of his cash to
reet Journal pay for renovations. He put
about $9,000 down under a
loan insured by the Federal
Housing Administration.
get. "It should be an inspira-
is and tion to any other people like
Seattle- us," Thomas said. "Being
.te bro- able to buy a home is one
y found of the most important deci-
nt into sions you can make."
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Election requested in Haiti

continued from 5C

Riots ensued after
the Nov. 28 first round
showed ruling-party
candidate Jude Celes-
tin eliminated carnival
singer Michel "Sweet
Micky" Martelly by less
than 1 percent. Former
first lady Mirlande Man-
igat came in first.
Outside of downtown

Port-au-Prince, Haitians
commemorated the
holiday by preparing
traditional pumpkin
soup and taking the day
off from work.
Haiti obtained its
independence from
France on Jan. 1, 1804,
becoming the world's
first Black republic
and the only country to
stage a successful slave

Reagan, Jordan added to First Class Stamp series

continued from 7D

to be issued Jan. 22.
It will be followed by
stamps commemorat-
ing Kansas statehood
on Jan. 29 and, in
February, the centen-
nial of President Ron-
ald Reagan's birth.
The Forever Stamp,
first issued in April
2007 and featuring
the Liberty Bell, was
designed for use re-
gardless of changes in

postal rates. They are
sold at the prevailing
price of domestic first-
class postage.
The Postal Service
says that 28 bil-
lion Forever Stamps
have been sold since,
generating $12.1 bil-

lion in total revenue.
The stamps without
denominations al-
ready account for 85
percent of its stamp
program, the ser-

vice says.
The Postal Service
sought a 2-cent in-
crease in postage
rates for 2011, but
the independent Post-
al Rate Commission
rejected the request.
The post office is ap-
pealing the decision
in federal court.
The Internet and
the economic down-
turn have been cited
for a 3.5 percent de-
cline in mail volume
from 2009 to 2010.

Social Security funds depleted by 2037

continued from 7D

provide an incentive to
put off retiring, result-
ing in more earnings
and potentially more
savings for later in life,
according to the agen-
cy's report.
But it "could create
a financial hardship
for those who cannot
continue to work be-
cause of poor health or
demanding workplace
conditions," the report
The report, draws
on research by out-
side groups as well as
interviews with Social
Security officials and

data from the Social
Security Administra-
tion. Researchers also
analyzed data from the
Health and Retirement
Study, a continuing
study of older Ameri-
cans by the University
of Michigan's Institute
for Social Research.
About one-fourth of
workers age 60 and 61
- just under the early
retirement age re-
ported a health condi-
tion that limited their
ability to work. Among
older workers, Blacks
and Hispanics were
much more likely to re-
port fair or poor health
than whites.
Less healthy older

workers had lower in-
comes, less accumu-
lated wealth and were
much less likely to
have attended college.
"Some people just
can't continue to work
beyond age 62 for ei-
ther health reasons or
they're just not able
to find jobs," said Da-
vid Certner, legisla-
tive policy director for
Workers older than
55 are less likely than
younger workers to
lose their jobs. But
when older workers
Sget laid off, they are
less likely to find oth-
er employment.
Nearly. 54 million

retirees, disabled
workers, surviving
spouses and children
now get Social Secu-
rity. Payments for re-
tired workers average
$1,020 a month; dis-
ability benefits aver-
age $929 a month. In
75 years, 122 million
people will be drawing
On its current path,
Social Security is
projected to run out
of money by 2037,
largely because of
aging baby boomers
reaching retirement.
The longer action is
delayed, the harder
it will get to shore up
the program.

The Postal Service
lost $8.5 billion in the
year ending Sept. 30,
even after trimming
more than 100,000
jobs in recent years,
and estimates it will
lose $6 billion to $7
billion in the next
year. One of its pro-
posals for dealing
with its financial
troubles calls for cut-
ting delivery to five
days a week instead
of six, a change Con-
gress must approve.

More grads

in debt,

continued from 7D

in 1996.
It's no secret that a
higher education can
lead to better jobs, more
job security and a high-
er salary. Still, tuition
costs have risen sharp-
ly over the past decade,
and experts caution
that an education in-
vestment can backfire if
you end up choked with
debt, or with a degree
or certificate that won't
give you a leg up.




The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach (HACMB) is placing for public
view and comment, its Annual Plan for the Fiscal Year 2011. The Plan will be
placed for public view and comment for 45 days starting on Wednesday, Janu-
ary 5, 2011 through Monday, February 21, 2011 between the hours of 9:00 a.m.
and 5:00 p.m. in the HACMB Executive Office, located at 200 Alton Road, First
Floor, Miami Beach, Florida. All comments must be submitted in writing and
received no later than Tuesday, February 2 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at the following

HACMB Executive Office
Ref: Annual Plan
200 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL ,33139

i here will be a Public Hearing at the HACMB for the purpose of discussing
its Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2011. The hearing will take place on Tuesday,
February 22, 2011 beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the Rebecca Towers North Multi-
Purpose Room, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida. All interested persons
are welcomed to attend and will be heard.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact
the Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach at (305) 532-6401 one week
in advance if special accommodations are required.


CALL 305-693-7093

Be mindful of your credit score when house hunting

continued from 7D

credit score will be far
more important than
a seasonal extrava-
gance. As many pro-
spective homebuyers
consider applying for
mortgage loans, ap-
plicants with a credit
score less than 700
will likely find credit

approval a dicey pro-
Among the largest
banks, 90 percent
use Fair Isaac Corpo-
ration (FICO) scores
to make decisions.
For example, if a con-
sumer had a FICO
score of 680 and then
missed a monthly
debt payment that
one failure could low-

er their score by 60-
80 points.
FICO scores range
from 300-850 and
measure how well
consumer credit has
historically been
handled. In general,
higher scores lead to
better credit terms. In
the case of mortgage
lending, the direct
benefit could be a low-

er interest rate over
the life of the loan.
If you do not know
your credit score,
there is a convenient
and free service avail-
able. Visit the gov-
site, www.annualcre- where
each year consumers
can receive free credit


The City of Miami Department of Community Development will make applications available on Tuesday, January
4, 2011, 12 noon, for the Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program for qualifying small businesses in District 5 of
the City of Miami with neighborhoods including Little Haiti, Buena Vista, Wynwood, Model City, Overtown and
Liberty City. For a map of District 5. please visit map/default.asp.
Applications can be picked up at:
City of Miami, Dept. of Community Development: 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
City of Miami Little Haiti NET Office: 6301 NE 2nd Avenue
City of Miami Model City NET Office: 1000 NW 62nd Street
City of Miami Overtown NET Office:1490 NW 3rd Avenue, Unit 112-B
City of Miami Wynwood NET Office: 1901 NW 24th Avenue
Neighbors and Neighbors Association, Inc. (NANA):180 NW 62nd Street
For downloading on the web at:
For a full list of requirements and guidelines associated with this, please see the complete application package.
For questions concerning the application, please call 305-756-0605, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Applications for the Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program must be sent via U.S. mail (one copy) to Attn: Micro-
Enterprise Program, City of Miami, 444 SW 2nd Ave., Second Floor, Miami, FL 33130. and postmarked by
Tuesday, January 18, 2011. No applications will be accepted in person or via fax.

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9D THE M'iM TIMES. JANUARY 5-11, 2011
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'Resolutions' too daunting?

Try these New Year's intentions



By Rhonda Abrams

It's that time again, time for
New Year s resolutions.
You may be making a few res-
olutions for your personal life
such as quitting smoking or los-
ing weight. But what are your
hopes and aspirations for your
small business in 2011? How do
you intend to make this year bet-
ter for you as an entrepreneur?
What are your small business
New Year's resolutions?
Don't like the idea of "resolu-
tions?" My friend Connie lists
"intentions" instead of "resolu-
"What's the difference?" I
asked Connie. She explained
that an intention is a direction -
a course you set for yourself. You
can't fail at an intention; some-
times you can just get off course.
And intentions are positive.
Studies show that you're more
likely to succeed at goals that
you feel positively about get-
ting healthy than at those that
are seen as negative, like going
on a diet.
So this year, instead of just a
list of random resolutions, I've
established a set of seven inten-
tions for me and my business:
1. Increase recurring revenue. I'm
going to concentrate my mar-
keting efforts on customers who
repeat month after month, year
after year.
Most of us in small business,
especially in this economy, are
thrilled to find any source of
income. But some types of in-
conle contribute more to your
long-term financial well being. In
my first business I developed
business plans for start-ups -
every client was a "one-off" client,
so I was constantly chasing new
business. Now, I'm focusing first
on customers who have the need
apd capacity to repeat.
In your business, it may mean
slightly cl tIanj ng the nature of
your products or services to find
customers who can be the source
of recurring revenue.
2. Grow. This year I'm going to grow.
It's a perfect time: The economy
is slowing improving; c o m petit ors
are weak or gone. I'm going ri.' do
some careful planning. 'iork re-
ally hard and work smart. Most
important, I'm going to be willing
to adapt to changing business
and industry conditions.
I'm about to introduce some
new digital products (look for
my first smartphone app in early
2011). Companies that get stuck

doing the same old same old die.
3. Go global. I'm doing a lot of
international travel in 2011. I al-
ready have trips planned to Eu-
rope, South America, and Africa.
Going to China in July opened
mv eyes to the reality of bur-
geoning new global markets. I
not only want to take advantage
of some of these markets myself,
but I want to help my readers
discover global opportunities,
4. Communicate more. You'd think
someone with a weekly national
column, a monthly newsletter,
and a Facebook page wouldn't
need any more communication,
but I don't do nearly enough to
stay in front of customers and
In 2011, I'm going to devote
more resources to social media,
building a community of entre-
preneurs and continually com-
municating with them.
5. Reward, recognize and increase
my team. I'm fortunate in hav-
ing an amazing group of people
to work with. They are a critical
reason why my business is thriv-
I'm already pretty good at rec-
ognizing and rewarding my staff,
but this is an ongoing goal. More-
over, this year, I'm going to be
making some critical staffing ad-
ditions to help my business grow.
6. Take care of my health. Health
is basic to all our other endeav-
ors. If your body and mind are
not healthy, you won't have the
nhery:, or capability to achieve
:iu. inel-. success.
What can you or I do for your
personal health as it relates to
business? Make sure you carve
out enough time to : Irc \ ir
eat healthfully, and ger. en-'Li.i,
sleep. These are business neces-
sities, nbt just personal indul-
7. Enable others. As I examine
my life, it turns out that my
most important calling is to en-
able others to become financial-
ly independent and create good
jobs through entrepreneurship.
With so manir,; people unem-
ployed, my efforts are needed
nor more r.han ever. So in 2011,
I am go rng to devote even more
of my energy and resources to
helping people become self-em-
ployed, start businesses, and
create jobs in whatever ways
I can.
May 2011 be a happy, healthy
and prosperous new year for
you, your family and friends,
and your small business.




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

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

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

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

The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach (HACMB) is accepting pre-applications for ite
Section 8 New ConsItruction Rebecca Tower4 North waiting list. Use the pre-application form
provided below, Photjcopies of the form may be used. The waiting list will close on Wednesday,
January 12, 2011

* Pre-applicationg must be completed and mailed via U. S. Potal Service regular or Certified mail
gg to the following address; HACMB, ATTN; RTN Pre-Applications, 200 Alton Road, Miami
Beach FL 33139,
* Pre-applicationg must be mailed and postmarked by Wednesday, January 12, 2011 and received
at the MACMB no later than Monday, January 24, 2011,
* Any pre-application that is not fully and accurately completed, is not signed and/or is postmarked
after Wedne@4af y January 12, 2011 or received after Monday, January 24, 2011 will be voided
SVThe HACMB will not be@ esponsible for any error or late mail delivery by the U. e Postal Service.
* All eligible pre-applications received will be numbered A computer lottery will be held to
randomly gel@t the pro-applications to be placed on the waiting list.
9 Only one pre-application per household will be considered throughout the entire process Any
household that gubmits more than one pre-application will be voided.
* The total number of pre-applications that will be selected by the random computer lottery is 500.

* 2010 Income Limits

* At the time of the actual application process, family eligibility must be further established in
accordance with Section 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations

* Additionally, the following requirements will be considered to determine program eligibility:

o Applicants must be 62 years of age or older at the time of pie-application submission
Q The maximum -lnumber of residents allowed per unit is 2 persons

HACMt Pre-Application for Housing Assistance
'lail o- iplete- L ,i lir' 1'jl-i .J PCst cl 'er r ie' ulr iI (:tulled nitd r il o jy, lu I IAC I'1i ATTN' PTIJ Pie-AppiLcatiors, 200
,itrioi Fvd fc lr infr 8k.jc l, FL 33139, Pre-applictions must be postoiarked lno later than Wednesday,
Jadtualy A2, 2011 and received at the HACMB no later than Monday, January 24, 2013,t Please print
neatly in lnk, All fields must be completed, Submit this form only, Only one pre-application per
haouhold will be considered throughout the entire process. Any household that submits more than
one pre-application will be voided. Incomplete or unsigned applications will be disqualified.
Applicants must be 62 years of aoe or older at the time of pre-application submission, The maximum
nuniber of residents allowed per unit is 2 persons. The HACMB will not be responsible for pre-
applications lost/delayed through the mail.

Head of Hourwhold Contact Infoi nation
PFrst Name Middle Initial

Aggyggy ;._i-


Last Name

Zip code

Social Security Number

Age hoDate of Birth

Telephone (include area code)

Including you, how many persons wilt live in the unit?

Grojs annual hojaushold income e

10dca te ate pproxima te amount of le- household gross (before taxes) annual income. Include all sources of income. Income
irncIudet interest and dividends, wages, ,.if' employment, unemployment bL .' fir, 5S, .i,-ooil,', workers comp, pension or
i,' t'r ii-rlIt L.,_'.4 t'_ ...,:lf, .i': jir .,ri.. ..t>.:ia ,, r._' a r. .u n r J '' n ,,'.r i n i-. .. sourcess.

Have you or any family member ever been arrested or convicted of a crime? Yes No

Are you married? Yes .,.. No,.

Do you currently or have you ever lived in a federally-subsidized housing program? Yes No

Have you ever been terminated from a federally-subsidized housing program? Yes __ No

Is any household member a full-time or part-time student at an institution of higher learning?
Yes__ No__

Do you require a unit equipped for mobility-impairment/accessibility? Yes No

Have you lived in another state or U.S. Territory since the age of 18? Yes __ No

If yes, please list:

Certification of Applicant Pl, :.. ir .u tih;.i. -.r. ri, ni .,I r. . l.fll, F, -...l. ,..u .. nh .. |.. 9 h its terms.

I hereby i'-rr.r, that the information I have provided in this pre-application is true and accurate. I understand that:
any :I -.. i~adri'e r or false information will result in the c ~y -ir. :-r,: .n of my ,-.r .-,pih t.'.,
trn, is a pre-application for ..ltir,: list placement and is not an offer of housing, and
aijjraj:,,-ii information will be required in accordance with federal housing regulations and Tenant Selection Plan.

Signature of Head of Household


HACMB does not discriminate on the basis of the Federally protected classes in the access to, admissions procedure
or employment of its housing programs and activities and provides Equal Housing Opportunity to all,
I Discounts Apply

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


Household Annual Income
Size Limit

I person $39,400

2 persons $45,000


100 THE MiAi "i J&NIJ'P i 5-11, 2011 -

Buzzards circling Sun Life Stadium
Buzzards circling Sun Life Stadium

Have any of you no-
ticed all of the buz-
zards fl ir,.. over Sun
Life Stadium for the
last two months or
so? We're not kid-
ding take a ride
down Dan Marino
Boulevard right now
and you may notice
the vultures circling
in that general area.
Could that had been

some sort of premo-
nition for the South
Florida football fan?
Let's start with the
collegiate tenant at
Sun Life Stadium, the
Miami Hurricanes.
The Canes were
crushed in the Sun
Bowl by one-time ri-
val Notre Dame 33-17,
a defeat that typified
a disappointing 7-6

season that got Randy
Shannon canned. But
before you could sat.
"What in the name of
Kyle Wright is going
on?" Jacory Harris
had thrown 3 picks
in 7 attempts and
UM trailed 27-0 at
one point, to a crap-
py 7-5 Notre Dame
team. New coach Al
Golden could not get

started soon enough
and based on what wevne
saw rn the owl game.
his decision at QB
should be a fairly easy
one. But please spare
us the cdra-a. Ste-
ohen Morris will and
should enter 2011 as
the starting QB for
the team.
Harris simply
shoots this team too
many times in the
foot with his ill-ad-
vised interceptions -
he only led the nation
in that category. Mer-
cifully. interim coach
Jeff Stoutland finally
benched him.
At least young Mor-
ris provided a spark
and showed some

fght when he fnallv
entered the garne. and
while he too threw- an
interception he also
completed 22 of 33
passes for 283 yards
and tw.o touchdowns
despite playing on a
bum ankle. So while
we look forward to
next season under
Golden. this season
could not end quickly
enough. Final Grade:
As far as the so-
called pro tenant at
Sun Life Stadium, the
Miami Dolphins, we
promise not to spend
too much of your
time evaluating this
train wreck of a team.
Watching them play

the season finale on
the road against the
New England Patriots
was tough enough.
But the Dolphins do
have some talent. All-
oro Cameron Wake
anchors a decent de-
fensive line. Special
teams was horrific
for most of the season
and again this past
Sunday. New pickup
Brandon Marshall fin-
ished with over 1.000
yards receiving but
did not have the big
impact we all hoped
for and Davonne Bess
remains solid. Ques-
tions loom, however,
after that. It was an-
other rough outing
for much-maligned

QB Chad Henne who
like UM's Jacorv Har-
ris has a tendency
for throwing to guys
in the wrong jerseys.
Chad is a good guy
and you \want to see
him succeed but Sun-
day's weak perfor-
mance did not help.
Once again, we look
to the draft.
Miami will have the
No. 15 pick in the first
round so good luck
finding a franchise
QB by that. time. One
positive is that this
year's Dolphins were
road warriors going
6-2 but thev were aw-
ful at home with a 1-7
record leaving every-
one confused.

A lot will be deter-
mined in the next
couple of days. This
team could have a
new coach and a new
GM. Who knows what
owner Stephen Ross
will do? Whatever he
decides, it can only be
an improvement be-
cause the final grade
for this year's Miami
Dolphins: F.
Thankfully there
will be no more foot-
ball at Sun "Lifeless"
Stadium as the sea-
son is finally over.
But wait don't the
Marlins play there as
well? Uh oh! Hopeful-
lv the buzzards will
have left by spring

Overtown Rattlers

bring home the gold


City youth

snag Pop Warner

national football title

By D. Kevin McNeir

Now in its 17th year of providing
opportunities to participate in sports
while focusing on exercise and devel-
oping leadership skills, the Overtown
Optimists Club, located at the Gibson
Park Education and Health Center,
remains committed to providing posi-

tive alternatives for Black boys and
Twenty-three of their young men, all
members of the Overtown Rattlers's
midget football team and under the
auspices of the Pop Warner League,

recently traveled to Orlando where
they successfully beat all opponents.
The result was their becoming the
2010 Pop Warner National Champi-
on. Along they way they snagged two
other titles as well the 2010 Great-
er Miami Pop Warner League Super
Bowl Champion and the 2010 Pop
Warner Southeast Regional Cham-

Coach Phillip
Jackson and City
Richard Dunn II
carrying injured
player Akeem
Jackson (#54) to
the center of the
field to accept
the Championship

"Sports is a great way to attract chil-
dren and to get them involved," said
Emanuel Washington, Optimist Club
executive director. "Then we can work
on things like teamwork, life skills
and mentoring. But most important,


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because they live in a community
where they are often exposed to vio-
lence, we teach them conflict resolu-
tion so that they learn that problems
can be solved by talking rather than
by physical means."
The Optimists Club operates year-
round, beginning each year with bas-
ketball, followed by baseball, cheer-
leading and football. Last year they
had about 500 children participate
in their sports programs 375 boys
and 125 girls.
On the road to victory, the Rat-
tlers faced injuries, failure in school
resulting in the ineligibility of sev-
eral players and behavior problems
among some of the boys on the team.
But Washington, 53, says all negative
situations are used as teaching tools.
"When any of our children fall down,
we make sure they know that they are
still part of the team," he said. "We
help them see those setbacks as les-
sons to be learned and then we pick
the boys and girls back up."
Washington adds that costs are a
big factor in making sure the league
works properly registration fees
only cover one-third of the cost for
each boy and girl.
"We do car washes, ask for dona-
tions at Heat games and are always
on the lookout for sponsors," Wash-
ington added. "And when you win, like
our midget team did this year, you
have even more costs: transportation,
hotels and food are just a few. To go
to the national championship game it
cost us $18,000 and we are still pay-
ing that bill. Our city commissioner,
Richard P. Dunn II came to the game
to show his support and helped raise
funds for the team. He was there with
us at the ESPN Wide World of Sports
Complex in Orlando
when we took the tro-
phy and the champi-
The Overtown onship. We just keep
plugging away."
Rattlers So is all the hard
work worthy it to
Washington and his
2010 Pop staff of volunteers?
"Many of our kids
Warner go on to star in high
school and college
National and use athletics as
a means of getting a
better education and
Champions. improving their lives,"
he said. "But they get
their foundation here
in Overtown."

Former U.S. coordinator seeks payment from Haitian group

continued from 5C

a former U.S. ambassador to
Swaziland who is now a con-
sultant in Austin, Texas, said
he could not discuss pending
litigation and referred ques-
tions to his lawyers, who did
not respond to interview re-
The dispute involves two
of the most prominent play-
ers in the international re-
sponse to the earthquake.
Lucke, a 27-year veteran of
the U.S. Agency for Interna-
tional Development, over-
saw the massive American
aid effort as the Caribbean
country reeled from a disas-
ter that killed an estimated
230,000 people, destroyed

more than 100,000 homes
and paralyzed the Haitian
"During that time he
worked tirelessly day and
night," his lawsuit says. "He
met with Haitian officials,
former U.S. Presidents
Bill Clinton and George W.
Bush, the State Depart-
ment, World Bank and oth-
er participants in the wide-
spread effort to help Haiti."
Perkins, an outspoken
businessman who scored
S900 million in cleanup
contracts after Hurricane
Katrina, came to Haiti
shortly after the quake to
position his company for a
role in the more than $10
billion reconstruction.
He has been one of the few

contractors to grant inter-
views with the news media,
proudly displaying a sleek
fitness centre- and'infirma-
ry-equipped corporate com-
pound in Port-au-Prince,
and declaring that he had
invested S25 million before
scoring a single deal.
Lucke, appointed to his
temporary Haiti coordinator
role by USAID, finished his
work and returned to Texas.
He says in his suit that Per-
kins then contacted him for
assistance in understanding
how contracts are allocated
as well as for introductions
to key officials.
They signed a consult-
ing contract on May 13 -
less than two months after
the former ambassador left

Haiti that set his pay at
about $30,000 per month,
with additional incentive
payments if Haiti Recovery
Group met specific con-
tracting goals.
.Lucke claims he "played
an integral role" in secur-
ing two $10 million con-
tracts the one from the
Haitian government and a
second from the World Bank
- along with a third with
CHF International worth
S366,000. He said he ful-
filled his obligations under
the contract by performing
such services as "providing
an understanding of the re-
cover- efforts, making key
introductions, and identify-
ing sources of funding for
HRG projects."

F- -- -- J- -- U 1
Commissioner Richard Dunn in the winner's circle with the
team as they as crowned 2010 National Champions.

The future of the Haiti still uncertain

continued from 5C

flat. Everything he
owned was buried in-
side. He didn't know
where his wife and
children were.
Then the screaming
began all around him.
Aliodor ran to his
parent's house a few
blocks away. It had
fallen. He shouted and
an answer came from
inside. He smashed
a window and pulled
out his mother, hurt
but alive. Neighbors
rushed to help rescue

other relatives. Still
his wife and children
were missing.
His heart raced.
He and a friend ran
through the neigh-
borhood, pushing off
concrete and slicing
through barbed wire
with pliers. In one
doorway, they found
a young girl who had
nearly escaped before
the house fell for-
ward onto her lower
leg. "Save me!" she
screamed. Aliodor
looked for a hack-
saw to cut her free,
but she died in front

of him.
Aliodor pulls out
a photo album and
flips through pic-
tures taken before
the quake. There is
Manette, his wife, in
a nursing uniform.
And he, fit and mus-
cualr, brushing the
guitar in his confident
hands. He looks down
at his arms. They look
like someone else's.
But at least he and
his family are alive.
The national palace
lies cracked upon the
lawn. There's a gaping
hole in the middle.


A vacancy has occurred on the City of Miami Gardens City Courcil for Seat 5
(at-large) due to the resignation of Sharon Pritchett. Pursuant to Article 2.5,
Section (C)(2) "If six months or more remain in the unexpired term, the vacancy
shall be filled by a nomination of the Mayor made within 30 calendar days fol-
lowing the occurrence of the vacancy, subject to confirmation by the Council.
The nominee shall fill the vacancy until the next regularly scheduled Miami-
Dade County-wide election at which time an election shall be held to fill the
vacancy for the balance of the term."

The City Clerk has been informed by the Dade-County Supervisor of Elections
that the next County-wide election is scheduled for January 31, 2012. Any City
of Miami Gardens resident interested in being appointed to this seat until Janu-
ary 31, 2012 will need to provide the following to the Office of the City Clerk no
later than Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.:


Introductory Letter
Proof of residency for one year prior to January 27, 2011
Current Voter Registration Card
Current Florida Driver's License
Take an Oath as provided by the City Clerk
Complete "Financial Disclosure Form", which can be ob-

from the City Clerk

Mayor Shirley Gibson intends to present her nomination to the City Council for
confirmation at the March 9. 2011, City Council Meeting.

Inquiries concerning this matter can be directed to the Office of the City Clerk
(305) 622-8003.

Ronetta Taylor, MMC
City Clerk
City of Miami Gardens


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One and two bdrms Fur-
nished units available Sec-
tion 8 Ok' 786-488-5225 or
One bedroom $700 monthly
Two bedrooms $760-S850
$500 security despot if you
Free water, central air,
appliances, laundry.
Quiet Area
Must Have Job We
Can Verify
Call 786-506-3067
1545 N.W. 8th Avenue

1075 NW 34 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, stove, refrigerator
included. Section 8 certifi-
cate required. 305-751-6302
1212 NW 1 Avenue
$475 MOVE IN. One
bedroom, one bath $475
monthly. Stove, refrigerator,
air. 305-642-7080

1229 NW 1 Court
$500 MOVE IN! One
bedroom, one bath, $500,
stove, refrigerator, air.

1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $450
monthly $700 move in.
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 N.W. 61 Street
Renovated, one bedroom,
$525, two bedrooms, $625.
1317 NW 2 AVENUE
$425 Move In. One bdrm,
one bath $425. Ms. Shorty

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

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

140 SW 6 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$600 monthly
14100 NW 6 Court
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
with air, in quiet area, $650
monthly! 305-213-5013
1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one bath,
$600 mthly. Includes refriger-
ator, stove, central air, water.
$725 Move In. 786-290-5498
14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrms. one bath $525
Free Water 786-267-1646

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

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

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly $600 move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $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, ooe 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,

1725 NE 148 Street
Efficiency $533, Studio $595,
and One bdrm $627.
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

1835 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms. Free water.
$900 move in. $450 deposit.
$450 monthly. 786-454-5213
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

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

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
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 per month.
All appliances included.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
472 NW 10 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$495. Stove, refrigerator,
air. 305-642-7080

5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two and three bdrms.
Free gift for
Section 8 tenants.
No deposit. $300 Moves
you in. Jenny 786-663-8862
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
61 NE 59 Street
Move In Special. Cozy, clean
one bedroom, one bath, air.
$475 monthly. 305-757-8596
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $550
monthly. Call 786-333-2448.
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
Arena Garden
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more

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

Remodeled one bdrm. $625
to $775.534 NE78 Street
Liberty City Area
One bedroom. $500 moves
you in. Call 305-600-7280 or
Overtown Area
One bedroom. $400 moves
you in Call Ms Wilder 305-
600-7280/ 305-603-9592
Two bedroom, paid utilities
$700 monthly First, last half
month security to move in
Two bedrooms, one bath,

nice quiet home Good area.
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. 305-717-6084

Special, two bedrooms, one
bath Section 8 welcome

Condos/Townhou ses
191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
2906 NW 195 Lane
Three bdrms., one bath.
Voucher. 786-457-3287
50 NW 166 Street
North Miami Beach
New four bedrooms, two
baths. Rent $1500. Section 8
OK. 305-528-9964
Miami Gardens
Two bedrooms, two baths,
recently renovated. $1150.
Section 8 OK 786-319-3353

S Duplexes

1023 NW 47 Street
Efficiency, one bath. $575
Appliances, free electric,
water. 305-642-7080

1082 NW 55 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $975.
Appliances. Free water.
1180 NW 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 786-258-1843
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1260 Sesame Street
One bedrm, one bath,
appliances,water included,
Call Marie 305-763-5092
1289 NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$825 monthly, with applianc-
es. $1250 move in. Call Frank
Cooper 305-758-7022
13415 NW 31 Avenue
Newly remodeled one bed-
room, one bath, tiled floor,
washer, dryer access. $625
rnthly. Section 8 Welcome!
135 NE 80 Terrace
Newly remodeled, huge one
bedroom, one bath, central
air, $750 monthly, Section 8
welcome, 954-818-9112.
1732 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, one bath, central
air, appliances, Section 8 OK.
1816 NW 93 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1200 monthly.
954-885-6322 786-399-8557
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms. Remodeled.
$895. 786-306-4839
255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $550.
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
414 NW 53 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, to-
tally remodeled, tile through-
out, high ceilings, very spa-
cious, Section 8 welcome.
$875 monthly. 305-772-8257
4621 NW 15 Avenue
Unit B, one bedroom,
one bath, $650 mthly.
Unit C, one bedroom, one
bath, $575, air, water and
electricity included.
4711 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $625.
Free water. 305-642-7080
5125 NW 18 Avenue
Three bdrm, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 excepted. $975 month-
ly. 305-877-0588
5311 NW 3 Avenue
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath. Central air, tile.
Section 8 OK. $800 monthly.
6935 NW 6 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, Section 8 ok! $800
mthly. 305-751-5533
7032 NW 5 Place
Two bdrms, one bath. $650.
Free Water 305-642-7080
75 N.W. 170th Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
air, bars, $975, 786-306-4839
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances, free

8041 NW 12 Court
Updated two bedroom, one
bath, title, $875 monthly.
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 OKi


100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cao e (HBO, BET. ESPN) 24
hour security camera. $185
wkly. $650 mthly.
116 Street NW 10 Avenue
Efficiency $500 mthly
1490 NW 56 Street
Furnished, air condition, $450
monthly, $600 to move in.
one person. Utilities included.
2905 NW 57 Street
Small, furnished efficiency.
Utilities, kitchenette, air. $550
monthly plus $100 security
deposit, first and half of last
month. $975.00 to move in.
431 NW 75 St.
Clean spacious efficiency for
one or two people. $600 mth-
ly, includes light, cable and
water. 786-200-1672
5541 NW Miami Court
Newly renovated, fuliy
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN),from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
676 NW 46 Street
$500 monthly. One month
plus deposit. 786-308-6051
9401-B NW 4 Ave. Air,
bars, private parking, water
included, nice area. $585
Call 786-514-1771

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
1426 NW 70 Street
Utilities included. $350
monthly. 305-836-8378
16431 NW 17 Court
$120 weekly, $240 to move
in. Air and cable included.
1780 NW 60 Street
Free cable. Use of entire
house. $110 a week. $220
Move in. 305-801-5690
1823 NW 68 Terrace
One week free rent! Clean
rooms, includes air, cable,
water, electricity and use of
kitchen. $115 weekly. $230
move in. 786-286-7455 or
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
1905 NW 115 Street
Furnished one bedroom,
private bath. Utilities included
plus cable. $550 monthly.
Call 267-909-7621.
1920 NW 81 Terrace
Clean room, $350 monthly.
Call 305-479-3632.
2050 NW 194 Terrace
$300 move In. $600 monthly
with meals. 786-286-7455 or
211 NW 12 Street
$100 moves you in. Weekly.
Cable and air. 786-454-5213
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
47 Street NW 11 Avenue
$270 to move in. $135
weekly. 954-515-2307
6800 NW 5 Place
Clean $360 monthly
East Miami Gardens Area
Clean furnished rooms. $425
monthly. Move in, no deposit.
Call 305-621-1017 or
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594
Seniors. All utilities plus cable
TV included. $500 month-
ly. $375 deposit plus first
month's rent.
Call 786-371-8227.
With air. $500 to move in,
$300 monthly, $75 weekly.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.
8013 NW 10 Court
Central air, new bathrooms
and kitchen, security gates
$125 $150 weekly Call
Kevin 786-908-3872
Appointment Only!

1167 NW 50 Street
Beautiful two bdrms home
and townhouses, air and
some utilities. $850 monthly.
144 NW 47 Street
Newly remodeled, three bed-
room. one bath, central air,
washer/dryer hookup. $1300
monthly Section 8 OK. 954-
16445 NW 22 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Large lot $950 monthly


1712 NW 66 Street
Two bedrooms one bath
S1000 monthly Section 8
Welcome 954-914-9166
1723 NW 68 Terrace
Miami. Two bedrooms, one
bath, $725 monthly.
Call 305-267-9449
1830 NW 55 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath. $950
monthly, two months security
required. 305-510-7538.
1840 NW 44 Street
Large three bdrm, two bath,
Section 8 excepted. $1140
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1075. 305-642-7080
1970 NW 153 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1000 monthly, $800 secu-
rity. 786-488-2264
2581 York Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
title, central air, $1000
monthly. 305-662-5505
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$850 per month. All Appli-
ances included. Free 19"
LCD TV. Call Joel:

2950 NW 49 Street
Three bedrooms, Section 8
OK. 305-693-1017
3630 Percival Avenue
Coconut Grove
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1200 mthly. 305-651-
366 NE 159 Street
Four bedroom, two and half
bath, $1700. 305-751-3381
4390 NW 174 Drive
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, tile. $1400.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
305-891-6776 No Section 8
6320 NW 21 Avenue
Beautiful two bdrms one bath.
$600 mthly. 786-267-1682
660 NW 52 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, bars, util-
ity room with washer/dryer
hook-up. Very quiet street.
$1150 monthly. First and last.
No Section 8.
665 NW 132 Street
Updated two bedrooms, one
bath, title, central air, $1150
monthly. 305-662-5505
6820 NW 14 Avenue
Three bdrm, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 excepted. $940 month-
ly. 305-877-0588
7 NE 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath. -
$995. Appliances, free

Remodeled four bdrms, two
baths, $1260 mthly. Section
8 OK. 888-238-6102
Three bedrooms, two bath.
Section 8. 305-625-2918
Four bedroom, two bath,
newly renovated. Section 8
vouchers welcome.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, living room furniture,
plasma TV included. Section
8 OK. 305-490-8844
Three bedrooms, one bath,
newly remodeled, huge front
and back yard. Section 8 OK!
Two bedrooms, one bath No
Dogs, $850 305-310-0108
Three bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 786-269-5643
Section 8 OK. Three bdrms,
one bath, fenced back yard,
air, car port. $500 deposit.
$950 monthly. Call

Space available at
6600 NW 27 Avenue
Furnished and Unfurnished.
From $200 per month.

One nice large room, washer,
dryer, air, use of kitchen.
$400 monthly. 305-392-0989


Now You Can own Your
Own Home Today
UP TO $65,000
On Any Home/Any Area

3361 N.W. 207th Street,
three bedrooms, patio, air,
bars. Only $595 monthly
with $1900 down FHA.
NDI Realtors, 305-655-1700
or 786-367-0508

Plumbing and Carpentry.
305-401-9165, 786-423-7233

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

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

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

The United House of Prayer
8550 NW 27 Avenue
8 a.m. 3 p.m., Saturday,
January 8
Used furniture, small ap-
pliances, computer acces-
sories, clothes & vintage,
exercise equipment, tools,
handbags, shoes, food,
whatnots and much more.

Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices. 14130
N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565.
Super Clean Carpet
Cleaning Service
Entire house $75. No ap-
pointment necessary. Call
Mr. Charles 786-273-2248
The King of Handymen
Special: Carpet cleaning,
plumbing, doors, laying tiles
lawn service. 305-801-5690

Fictitious Name
undersigned, desiring to
engaged in business under
the fictitious name of:
Discounted HP Note-
210 NW 9th Street, Apt 3
Miami, FL 33136
in the city of Miami, Fl.
Owner: Antoinette Keaton
intends to register the said
name with the Division of
Corporation of State, Tal-
lahassee Fl. Dated this 5th
day of January, 2011.

Need HELP???
House of Homes Realty

Blockbuster plans to close

over 180 stores by April

ware Bankrupt vid-
eo rental chain Block-
buster plans to close
182 stores by the end
of the first quarter of
next year as it tries to
find a way back on its
The largest U.S. vid-
eo rental chain plans
to close 72 stores by
January 1 and 110
more in the first quar-
ter of 2011, according
to documents filed re-
cently in Manhattan's
bankruptcy court.
Blockbuster filed for
bankruptcy in Sep-
tember, weighed down
by its debts and stung
by video-on-demand
and competitors such
as mail-order pioneer
Netflix and Redbox, a
Coinstar Inc. unit that
rents movies through


Blockbuster has
closed about 1,000
stores in recent years
as it tries to cut costs,
but still had about
2,900 in the United
States when it filed for
The company is re-
negotiating leases with
thousands of land-
lords, said Patricia
Sullivan, a Blockbust-
er spokeswoman.
She said the com-
pany will emerge from
bankruptcy by the be-
ginning of the second
quarter of next year,
with fewer but more
profitable stores.
The company en-
tered bankruptcy with
a plan that would put
billionaire investor
Carl Icahn and his
hedge fund partners in
control of the company
when it emerges.

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Four Freedoms House of Miami Beach will
open the Waiting List on January 26, 2011
at 10:00 a.m. Studios only. Interested must
apply in person at 3800 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, FI 33140.Ph: 305-673-8425,
TTY Eng: 800-955-8771/Spn: 877-955-

Hadley Gardens Apartments
A Community for the Elderly
Address: 3031 N.W. 19th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33142
Will be accepting applications to be placed on
the Waiting List for Efficiency and One Bedroom
Apartments on Monday, 01/10/2011.

ca ,,.

The Miami Times, the premier Black newspaper in
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
write or call the editor at 305-694-6216.

Drive More
Customers to
Your Business ,


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12D THE i1MII TIMiES, JANUARY 5-11, 2011 '" N -' l -- **


NEW IN BUSINESS Higher prices predicted at gas pump

The Facebook Obsession
C(ABC: Thursda,: 9 p.m. E'TPT

Alih.-. vi, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has ap-
peared on CNBC in the past, the social-network-
ing site s billionaire founder is notably absent in
this one-hour feature reported by NBC's Lester
Holt. A few employees answer questions about
Facebook's reach and methodologies. But far
more time is spent with users who found a rela-
tive on the site or lost a job because of their Face-
book postings, resulting in more of an in-front-
of-the-screen special than a behind-the-scenes
documentary about the social site.

American Experience
Panama Canal, PBS; Jan. 24; 9 p.m. ETIPT (check local
listings or

The 50-mile-long shortcut between the Atlantic
and Pacific Oceans known as the Panama Canal
was a project so big, so daunting, so seemingly
impossible that some say its completion by the
USA in 1914 marked the emergence of America
as a world superpower.
Stephen Ives' impressive documentary blends
archival footage and interviews with canal work-
ers, experts and historians to paint a no-holds-
barred look at the price of amazing progress:
$375 million in federal funds and more than
5,000 lives, most of them West Indian laborers.
Panama Canal stirs up a flood of conflicting
emotions, running the gamut from dismay to
awe-tinged pride.

Magnolia Home Entertainment: PG-13; Jan. 18; $26.98
(DVD), $29.98 (Blu-ray)

Multiple respected documentary filmmakers'
take turns at adapting some of the more memo-
rable topics from the 2005 non-fiction best seller
Freakonomics, such as incentive-based cheat-
ing in sumo wrestling and the
effect of abortion laws on crime
rates, into a clever but disjoint-
ed movie. Authors Steven Levitt
and Stephen Dubner provide introductions and,
in some cases, updates to each segment. Bonus
features, unavailable for screening, include com-
mentary and extended interviews.

Lot 354
A Tale of America's Housing Meltdown, Marketplace,
American Public Media; Jan. 13; check
for local airtimes.

Everyone sees the Los Angeles house on Lot
354 differently, says Marketplace host Kai Ryss-
dal. The couple who bought the house out of fore-
closure think they're lucky, he says. The own-
ers who lost it? Unlucky. The owners before that,
who bought the house in 2002 for $445,000 and
sold it four years later for $1.2 million? Totally

And what of all the other players involved in
the house? The various brokers, the bank that
collapsed, the bank that took over the bank
that collapsed and the bank in between, which
turned one of the mortgages on the house into a
toxic asset? Ryssdal checks in with them, too,
during this special segment dedicated to illus-
trating the housing-market problem through the
.....^ recent history of Lot 354.

9 'ii,

"Everyone wants something
different out of the (real estate)
transaction," Ryssdal says.


Lot 354: A housing crisis tale.
"Part of the reason that we're in the mess we're
in with the housing market in this country is be-
cause these interests rarely align."
A televised version of the report will air the
same day at 9 p.m. on Los Angeles' KCET and be-
gin streaming at 2 p.m. at

Making Stuff:

David Pogue tries to

stab through Keviar

in an episode that

focuses on

"strong" stuff.

Making Stuff PBS; Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9; 9 p.m. ET/PT
(check local listings or

Technology reporter David Pogue reveals a
nutty-professor side as host of this fascinat-
ing, four-part series about amazing advances
in material sciences that Pogue says "promise
a future where we create virtually anything
we want, atom by atom." Entrepreneurs, take
note: Each week's segment examines innova-
tions surrounding a different property of stuff:
*Making Stuff: Stronger (Jan. 19): You've
heard of steel and Kevlar, but what about car-
bon nanotubes or mass-produced spider silk?
Making Stuff: Smaller(Jan. 26): Nanotech-
nology has rapidly shrunk our electronic de-
vices. Can it also lead to mini-robots that can
enter our bloodstreams or perform surgery?
In February: Making Stuff: Cleaner and
Making Stuff: Smarter,

By Donna Leinwand

Drivers in the USA could be
paying as much as S3.75 a
gallon for gas this spring, oil
experts predict.
Prices at the gas pump have
inched up all year as the cost
of crude oil neared $100 a bar-
rel. On Christmas Day, the av-
erage nationwide price of self-
serve regular hit $3, a record
for that day. By year's end, the
average price reached $3.06.
Prices creeping toward $4 a
gallon could have dire conse-
quences for some industries
and slow the economic recov-
ery, analysts say.

The record price is $4.11 a
gallon, reached on July 17,
"We learned in 2008 that
S4-a-gallon gas is a deal-
breaker for the economy," says
Joel Naroff, president of Naroff
Economic Advisors. "If it hap-
pens, it's not sustainable.
There's only so much the con-
sumer will bear."
He says drivers who need
gas to get to work will buy it,
but they'll cut spending else-
where, sucking money out of
the recovering economy.
Consumers react when the
price reaches $3.50, says Tom
Kloza, chief oil analyst for the

Oil Price Information Service.
People living paycheck-to-pay-
check will cut back on other
spending to compensate for
higher gas prices, he says, and
gas at $4 a gallon "throws us
into a consumer slowdown."
"Oil prices ripple through
every part of the economy,"
Kloza says. "I think it'll be
the second highest year for oil
prices on record."
He predicts the price of a
gallon of gas will range from
$3.25 to $3.75 in the spring
and crude oil will exceed $100
a barrel for short time. He at-
tributes much of the increase
to speculation in oil futures.


Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 1

Grant Money Available!

Up to $5,000 Per Business

Applications available
January 10, 2011 through January 27, 2011


Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan's District Office
2780 NW 167 Street
Miami Gardens, FL 33055
Phone: 305-474-3011
Attn: Larry Gardner
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
180 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150

Applications online at

There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Monday, January 31, 2011, 6:00
p.m. at the North Dade Regional Library at 2455 NW 183 Street.
Please be on time!

Completed applications will be accepted from Jan. 31 Feb. 9, 2011 5:00 pm
Hand deliver application to District Office or NANA
No late applications will be accepted!

For additional information contact: Ms. Lawanza Finney 305-756-0605
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)

Please submit I original, marked original and 1 copy completed
application. We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records!

Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County GI
District 2
Grant Money Available!

Up to $3,500 Per Business

Applications available
January 10, 2011 through January 25, 2011

Commissioner Jean Monestlme's District Office
900 NE 125 Street, Suite 200
Miami, FL 33161
Phone: 305-8694-2779
Attn: Mac'Klnley Lauriston
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
180 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150

Applications online at

There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements.
Applicant must attend at least one meeting.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 6:00 pm at Liberty Square Community Center
6304 NW 14"' Avenue
Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 6:30 pm at Shalom Community Church
900 NE 132" Street
Completed applications will be accepted from Jan, 25 Feb. 8, 2011 5:00 pm
Hand deliver application to District Office or NANA
No late applications will be accepted!

For additional information contact: Ms. Lawanza Finney 305-756-0605
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
Please submit I original, marked original and I copy completed application. We
suggest you keep a copy also, for your records!

Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program E
U For Miami-Dade County -A
District 3

Grant Money Available!

Up to $10,000 Per Business

Applications available
January 10, 2011 through January 26, 2011

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson's District Office
5400 NW 22 Avenue
Suite 701
Miami, FL 33142
Phone: 305-636-2331

Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
180 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150

Applications online at

There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Wednesday, January 26, 2011,
6:00 p.m. at the Joseph Caleb Center 5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Room 110.
Please be on time!

Completed applications will be accepted from Jan. 27 Feb. 4, 2011 by 5:00 pm
Hand deliver application to Commissioner Edmonson's District Office or NANA
No late applications will be accepted!

Please submit 1 original, marked original and 1 copy completed
application. We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records!

For additional information contact: Ms. Lawanza Finney 305-756-0605
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)


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