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Publication Date: January 12, 2011
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By D. Kevin McNeir

Schools in South Florida
that have failed to meet the
requirements of a new state
law that limits the number of
students in classrooms, may
face millions in penalties -
that is unless they come up
with an acceptable plan that
explains how they will comply
with the law.
According to the Florida
Department of Education,
Miami-Dade County Public

Non-compliance could

cost schools $6.6 million

they chose the "lesser of two
"The district proceeded as
far as we could and as we pre-
pared the data for the State,
we found that we were 96.5
compliant," he said. "But in
order to reach 100 percent
compliance, we were going
to have to hire a significant
number of teachers. We had
already spent about $50 mil-
lion in our efforts to comply
with the new law. But in the
end, it would have cost the
district an additional $30 mil-
lion to be fully compliant. Our
community has faced some
extremely difficult times of
Please turn to SCHOOL2 10

Schools (M-DCPS) faces a fine
that could total $6.6 million
while Broward County Public
Schools (BCPS)'s fine could
reach $3 million. That brings
the total in fines that South
Florida schools could face to
$10 million.
As the deadline for meet-
ing compliance drew near late
last fall, school district offi-
cials in Miami-Dade say they
realize that they had a diffi-
cult choice to make. Accord-
ing to John Schuster, spokes-
man for M-DCPS, in the end

By 0. Kevin McNeir

One year ago, on Tuesday, Janu-
ary 12, 2010, the people of Haiti
were going about their daily rou-
tines as one would expect com-
pleting their daily lessons in class-
rooms, attending mass throughout
the day at various churches, shop-

ping in community squares or re-
laxing after the close of a day of
general hustle and bustle.
Then the earth seemed to implode
as an earthquake of mammoth pro-
portions tore the tiny island apart
in just a matter of minutes. But be-
cause of those few minutes and the
aftershocks that would come over
Please turn to HAITI 10A

Rubble of a
cathedral remains
after an earthquake
measuring 7-plus
on the Richter scale
rocked Port-au-
Prince Haiti in
January 2010.


-Miami limes Pnot uonalyn Amntony
At the Wilkie Ferguson Federal Courthouse Downtown, U.S. District Court Judge Federico
Moreno gives new officials the oath (I-r), while Chairwoman of the House of Foreign Affairs Com-
mittee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen observes. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, U.S. House of Representatives
17th District Frederica Wilson, U.S. House of Representatives 21st District Mario Diaz-Balart.

U.S. . Blacks moving back South. . . . .

U.S. Blacks moving back South

Atlanta, Dallas, Houston,
Miami, Orlando and Tampa
among gainers
By Conor Dougherty

The nation's African-American population
continued its southward migration over the
past decade, shifting a large part of the Black
middle class from northern states to faster-
growing economies of the South.

Among 25 big U.S. metro areas with the
largest growth in African-American popu-
lation between 2000 and 2009, 16 were in
the South-including Atlanta and Dallas-
according to the Census Bureau's American
Community Survey. Among the big losers were
cities in the North and West, including Detroit,
Los Angeles and Cleveland.
The biggest gainer was Atlanta, a magnet
for Black professionals. Its metro area added
about 500,000 African-Americans between the
2000 and 2009 period, and more than twice
the next-largest numeric gainer, Dallas, accord-
ing to an analysis of Census data by William H.
Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institu-
tion in Washington, D.C. Over the same period,
the share of Atlanta's 25-and-over Black pop-
ulation that had college degrees increased to
24.6% in 2009 from 21.5% in 2000.
Other southern cities including Houston,
Charlotte, N.C., and Raleigh, N.C., were also

among the nation's biggest gainers of African-
Americans over the decade, each with higher-
than-average growth in their Black college-ed-
ucated population, many of them newcomers,
according to Mr. Frey.
Shifts in the Black population mirror larger
trends. The decline of manufacturing jobs has
hobbled the economies of northern states such
as Michigan and Ohio, prompting residents
of all races to seek better fortunes elsewhere.
California also has had an exodus of residents.
Melissa Harris-Perry, 37 years old, a profes-
sor of politics and African-American studies at
Princeton University, has been an observer of
the shift as well as a participant. She recently
moved to New Orleans from Princeton and for
the time being is commuting between the cities.
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'N-word' has become an indelible part of the American lexicon

By DeWayne Wickham

Tukufu Zuberi didn't know
I'd be the one calling him
abc t this thorny issue, but he
knew someone would. Every
time the N-word the racial
pejorative many Americans
struggle to define pushes
its way back into the national
spotlight, journalists want to
know what he thinks.
"Don't worry, I get this all

the time," Zu-
beri said when
I apologized for
bringing yet an-
other N-word
controversy to
him. The Uni-
versity of Penn-
sylvania's Lasry Family Profes-
sor of Race Relations said he
has grown used to answering
questions about the social
brush fires sparked by the use

of this word, which many con-
sider a hateful pejorative.
But this time, I had ques-
tions about the N-word that I
thought he would find perplex-
ing. I wanted to know what
Zuben thought of a book pub-
lisher's decision to release an
edition of Adventures of Huck-
leberry Finn that replaces
the N-word throughout with
"slave." NewSouth Books' ef-
fort to sanitize the book in

which the N-word appears 219
times has been attacked by
a lot of people, including some
blacks, as a politically correct
rewrite of Mark Twain's clas-
And I wanted to know wheth-
er Zuberi thought a federal
judge's decision to let a jury
decide whether Blacks and
whites should be held to differ-
ent standards when they use
the N-word at work made good

sense. Late last month. Judge
R. Barclay Surrick said former
TV journalist Tom Burlington
is entitled to have a jury deter-
mine whether he was unfairly
fired for using the N-word on
the job, while two black co-
workers who allegedly did the
same thing were not disci-
In other words, if it's alright
for the word to be written
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Mural celebrating the
resiliency of Haiti and
its people is unveiled in
Little Haiti today.
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County commissioners

should hold one recall

election and fast

he required number of registered voters have spo-
ken, the signatures have been certified, and it looks
like Miami-Dade County is now headed towards two
recall elections. The two heads that could roll are of course,
County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commissioner
Natacha Seijas. But as nothing in this world is free, this
election will cost taxpayers an estimated $5 million dollars.
Can you imagine better things we could do with our mon-
ey other than to hold a special election which in the end
may change absolutely nothing? We sure can. But the law
is clear and as Commissioner Dennis C. Moss has said on
several occasions, it is our responsibility to see the process
Tell that to the thousands of unemployed in South Flor-
ida. Preach that rhetoric to those who have enough to eat
only because of food stamps. Share that "good news" with
college-bound seniors who wonder if they will find enough
money to matriculate at their school of choice. Utter those
words of wisdom to families who stand on the brink of fore-
closure. You get the point.
We are not advocating breaking the law by any means.
What we are posing is that when the county commissioners
have their big pow-wow this week, that they put aside any
tendencies to protect their colleague, Seijas, or their chief,
Alvarez, and set a date immediately for the election. While
they are at it, we urge them to make this a one-ballot pro-
There are those who believe that Seijas stands a better
chance of surviving if two separate elections are held. Our
response to that is "too bad Natacha." Given the current
state of our economy we cannot afford an additional bill of
$500,000 the amount it would take to hold a District 13
We believe that our commissioners are a group of prudent
thinkers, overall. What's more they say that their votes re-
flect the needs of their constituencies. If both our observa-
tion and their statement are true, then one can only expect
to hear that a unanimous decision has been made to hold
the recall election for both officials in the very near future.
Haven't we suffered enough? Let's just get it dore so we
can move on.

When will Haiti's leaders

show themselves accountable?
Most of you are probably familiar with the saying,
"the buck stops here" a phrase that speaks
to where responsibility for a given situation ulti-
mately rests. But in the case of the Haitian government, as
they move at a disturbing snail's pace forward in rebuild-
ing their devastated nation, one has to wonder where the
"buck" has actually landed.
It has been exactly one year since a massive earthquake
rocked the tiny nation to its core, killing hundreds of thou-
sands and leaving well over one million men, women and
children injured. Our response here in South Florida was
quick and impressive. But with so many of people here
being of Haitian descent or having family and friends that
still live in there, there should have been no other way that
we would have reacted.
Americans stepped up to the plate as Haiti earthquake
relief efforts were mounted, contributing a whopping $1.4
billion in less than one month alone. So why are the people
of Haiti in a situation that some say is even worse today
than during those weeks immediately following the earth-
quake? Hasn't the international community done its job?
Maybe not!
The U.N. special envoy to Haiti has said that only about
63.6 percent of the money pledged for 2010 has been dis-
bursed. Meanwhile, in a survey conducted by the Chron-
icle of Philanthropy of 60 major relief organizations, only
38 percent of the money raised had been spent to provide
recovery and rebuilding assistance. Compare that per-
centage to the 80 percent of all raised money for Katrina
victims having been spent one year later and you begin to
see our point.
What's more, billions of dollars were pledged by foreign
nations, at least $10 billion to be exact, but few checks
have been cut payable to the people of Haiti.
This gets us back to the adage about the "buck stops
here." Haiti's leaders have not followed up on many of the
steps and requirements that were laid out as monies were
promised to them. And in truth, few people really know
how President Preval has been doling out the money that
has made it to her coffers. What we do know, and this is
from eyewitness reports, is that Haiti's "lame duck presi-
dent" has done visibly little to help the common folk of
his land. If indeed the buck has stopped with him, we see
little that it is being used in the manner that the donors
Haitians now anxiously wait to see who will emerge in
their latest political conundrum as their next president
and leader. Without someone competent at.the top to move
the country forward, we fear for those who remain huddled
in tent cities or reside near cholera-infected waters.
Haiti deserves a leader with a strong back, a big heart
and a concrete vision so that the country can really begin
to rebuild. When and if that happens, we'll certainly know
where the "buck stops."

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world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights Hating no person, fearing no person.
tre Black Press stnves to help every person in the firm belief
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Black farmers finally receive justice

As many as 80,000 Black
farmers received an early New
Year's present from President
Obama on December 8th, when
he signed the Claims Resolution
Act of 2010 into law. his legis-
lation, which has been debated
in Congress for more than a de-
cade, funds a $1.5 billion law-
suit against the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture for years
of discrimination against Black
farmers in federal farm loan
programs. It awards as much as
$50,000 each to Black farmers
who were denied federal loans
during the 1980's because of the
color of their skin. Obama, who
was a sponsor of the legislation
as a Senator, said this closes
"a painful chapter in American
history." National Black Farm-
ers Asspciation president, John
Boyd, who in September rode
his tractor through the streets
of Washington as part of his
relentless campaign in support
of the legislation, called it a be-

lated but important "vindication
and justice for Black farmers."
An outgrowth of an origi-
nal class-action lawsuit, Pig-
ford v. Glickman, filed in 1997
and settled in 1999. The new
law awards $50,000 to tens of
thousands of aggrieved Black
farmers who were left out of

a historical wrong...and offers
a new relationship between the
many deserving Americans and
the federal agencies that play an
important role in their lives."
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vil-
sack added, "President Obama
and I made a firm commitment
not only to treat all farmers fair-

n outgrowth of an original class-action lawsuit, Pigford
v. Glickman, filed in 1997 and settled in 1999. The new
law awards $50,000 to tens of thousands of aggrieved
Black farmers who were left out of that original settlement.

that original settlement. Many
Black farmers have lost their
farms waiting for this compen-
sation. Some have died waiting.
In August of this year, I called
Senate delays a clear case of
political obstructionism and a
violation of civil rights. Upon
passage of the final bill Attorney
General Eric Holder said, "This
is a settlement that addressed

ly and equally, but to right the
wrongs in USDA's past. I ap-
plaud those who took this his-
toric step to ensure Black farm-
ers who faced discrimination by
their government finally receive
John Boyd said that President
Obama "made good on a cam-
paign promise...Down in places
like Mississippi these are poor

communities and they need this
money to help get their lives to-
gether." But for Boyd, this is just
the first step. He will now lead
the effort to educate Black farm-
ers and help those who are eli-
gible, file their claims and have
their cases heard. "The goal is
to avoid a repeat of what hap-
pened during the first settle-
ment of this case when many
found out about it too late or did
not file in time."
Along with health care reform,
and financial reform, the Na-
tional Urban League counts this
settlement on behalf of Black
farmers as one of President
Obama's major accomplish-
ments of 2010. But, while this
victory was a demonstration of
important progress, the Presi-
dent rightfully pointed out, "We
must remember that much work
remains to be done." We look
forward to working with him in
the New Year to keep moving
America forward.


Obama not first Black in White House ,

On January 20, 2009, Barack
Obama was sworn in as the
first Black president of the U.S.
and he and First Lady Michelle
Obama moved their family into
the White House. But they
were not the first Blacks to re-
side there.
Dr. Clarence Lusane, political
science professor at American
University, has written a book
entitled, "The Black History of
the White House," which his-
torically honors the contribu-
tion of Blacks as free and en-
slaved people within the most
celebrated house in the U.S.
Lusane, aside from his formal
scholarship, is no stranger to
the Black community. Either
directly or indirectly, Dr. Lu-
sane has worked with many of
the member organizations of
the Black Leadership Forum,
Inc., among them the TransAf-

rica Forum and the Joint Cen-
ter for Political and Economic
Prior to 1600 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW in Washington,
D.C. being the address of the
White House, the first Presi-
dent's house was located in New

rooms, enslaved Black people
were forcibly worked for free
within the home of a sitting
president. Many.
Two in particular, a Black
woman named Oney Judd and
a man named Hercules are fea-
tured in the book. According

rior to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Washington,
D.C. being the address of the White House, the first Presi-
dent's house was located in New York and Philadelphia,

York and Philadelphia, respec-
tively. For years, archeological
evidence and the relentless ef-
forts by progressive Blacks in
Philadelphia have pointed to-
wards a full public recognition
that, despite historic omissions
and falsehoods in the teaching
of American history in class-

to Lusane, President George
Washington's words and deeds
did not match on the subject
of slavery. While Washington
spoke of his opposition to the
institution of slavery, he en-
slaved Judd and other Blacks.
One evening, Oney simply
walked out of the rear door of

the President's house while he
and his wife Martha ate din-
ner. Following a search, Judd
was found and was offered her
freedom, if she would return to
bondage. She simply replied, "I
am already free," and did not
In another case, an enslaved
Black man by the.., name of
Hercules emancipated himself
by escaping the bondage of
George Washingtor on a trip
from Philadelphia to Mount
Vernon, the president's private
Virginia plantation. Both cases
are featured in Lusane's book
and should be required reading
in Sunday schools and public
school systems. Until Ameri-
can education exposes stu-
dents to all history pleasant
and unpleasant our nation
will never be able to fully ad-
dress the issue of race.


When the white press attacks a Black voice

Information is indeed power
and one of the most power-
ful instruments is the press.
Manipulators try their best to
influence the press and use it
for their own advancement and
also against their rivals and
enemies. Smear campaigns
and propaganda are as appar-
ent today as ever. Fox News
has a strong conservative bent
while MSNBC is strongly lib-
eral with CNN being a little soft
towards the left. They deliver
the news with no shame and
let it be known their political
preference. All other stations
do the same and the newspa-
pers can even be worst. When
race becomes an issue, it gets
even uglier.
Such is the case with Michael
Steele, chairman of the Re-
publican National Committee
(RNC). The press is continually
attacking him from all sides.
The top Democratic operative is
Barack Obama, a Black man,
and the other side now has a
Black man. It is way too much
and something has to give. The

"bull's eye" is focused on Steele
and he is criticized for any-
thing they can get their hands
on. Actually, he is doing a fan-
tastic job. He has taken the Re-
publican Party to the greatest
election victory in history -
winning 690 seats but, still,
that isn't good enough. They

way Indiana did business with
Black entrepreneurs, the white
Indiana Democratic leaders
brought out their big weapons
- writers at the Indianapolis
Star newspaper and a few local
newscasters. They jumped on
me like white on rice.
The above assault would have

learned this fact early in my career of activism. If you want
to become notorious start a movement that forces change.
They, the press, will follow you and do their best to find dirt,
scandal and any other kind of wrong against you.

want him out because his voice
is too strong and happens to
be Black. The white press fears
a Black who is accumulating
power and fame.
I learned this fact early in my
career of activism. If you want
to become notorious start a
movement that forces change.
They, the press, will follow you
and do their best to find dirt,
scandal and any other kind of
wrong against you. When we
started making changes in the

intimidated the average person
but to their dismay it was en-
couraging to me. Eventually, it
dawned on me to begin to fight
back. The weapon I used was
there all the time the Black
press. I started interviewing
with the six Black newspapers
in Indiana on a regular basis
and started writing articles at-
tacking the lying, conniving
white press. My audience was
totally Black and they knew ex-
actly what I was talking about.

It got to the point that no mat-
ter what the Indianapolis Star
or evening news station would
report the Black community
would not pay it any attention
as my word was being delivered
properly in the Black newspa-
pers. After a while my white
enemies started reading Black
newspapers on a continual ba-
sis to see what we were saying
about them. They went on the
defensive and that meant we
were going to win. We did.
Later, I ran into the reporter
who wrote the worst articles
about me and asked him why
he wrote such ruthless, lying
articles about me. He told me
it was his job and he was paid
to do it but that it wasn't per-
Yes, it is a very cruel game
and a ploy to gain or maintain
power which turns into money.
When you next see the white
press going after a brother or
sister who is leading some-
thing understand it is a ruth-
less game and wait to see the
other side of the story.


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IS BACK IN on Earth has come to town and lice department has the City's ment's internal affairs division.
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".. 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 i) n program and \% hen the people create a
program, }ou gel jciion.. .
Malcolm X

The recent feuu Lbetweenil llty
of Miami Mayor Tomas Re-
galado and Miami Police Chief
Miguel Exposito has been one of
the most highly-publicized side-
show attractions since the Uni-
verSoul Circus came to town.
And what a shame for the
Black community. While these
two public officials bicker like
two rival high schools at the
Soul Bowl, Miami police officers
are playing Duck Hunt with
Black men in our neighbor-
The most recent squabble
flared up this weekend when
the police chief accused the
mayor of meddling in official
police investigations, namely il-
legal gambling operations that
are abundant in Little Havana.
The Mayor, on the other hand,'

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of this is the newly-appointed
City Manager Tony Crapp, Jr.,
who has the sole authority to
fire the police chief. While Crapp

office has yet to close an inves-
tigation into any of these police-
involved murders.
So while the political elite

The most recent squabble flared up this weekend when
the police chief accused the mayor of meddling in official
police investigations, namely illegal gambling operations
that are abundant in Little Havana.

must stay put in this less than
enviable position, the commu-
nity stands firmly behind his
deliberative and thoughtful ap-
proach to this three-ring cir-
cus. We believe he will do what
is best for the community and
what is best for the City.
However, we do not reserve
the same patience for the State

squabble, the Black commu-
nity waits for answers. This
feud between the mayor and the
chief seems like a conveniently-
planned distraction from the
real problem facing Miami a
predatory police force.
Consider this: Exposito was
featured on the popular web-
site, YouTube, describing his


police philosophy, which is to
turn his officers into "preda-
tors." The quote is part of a real-
ity TV show called "Miami's Fin-
est" that the chief green-lighted
about his "special operations
unit." It looks like that post has
been recently removed from
Perhaps we need another real-
ity TV show to come to town and
investigate these police-involved
murders of Black men. "Un-
solved Mysteries" immediately
comes to mind. Or perhaps,
"The First 48," which is ironical-
ly already filmed in Miami. May-
be then the Black community
will find out the truth about the
recent police-involved murders
of this community's Black men.
Jason T. Smith is a graduate
of Howard University and holds
an MBA. He works in the field of
public policy. Check out his blog
at www.jasontsmith.blogspot.


Arizona shootings and political rhetoric
When the news first broke of scient. The political rhetoric The right wing conservatives trec
the Arizona shooting, my first has become too heated, too are all pointing to the fact that sys
thought was that a right wing hateful and violent. While we the shooter read the works of of J
Tea Party supporter had shot must support the First Amend- both Karl Marx and Hitlers, spe
a moderate Democratic Con-. ment right to free speech and which show he clearly was not ist
gresswoman as retribution for peaceful assembly, as a society a conservative, red, white and to 1
her winning a hotly-contested we need to start putting brakes blue American. I think that spe
seat. Apparently, I was not the on hateful, insightful speech his reading of Hitler's works of

only one with this thought be-
cause conservative commenta-
tors on the news also seemed
to have had the same thought.
The Republicans and the Tea
Party issued statements con-
demning the shooting. Con-
gresswoman Giffords support-
ed the First Amendment and
also condemned the political
rhetoric, particularly Sara Pal-
in's use of bulls-eyes on seats
the Tea Party targeted. It seems
that her sentiments were pre-

T he right wing conservatives are all pointing to the fact
that the shooter read the works of both Karl Marx and
Hitlers, which show he clearly was not a conservative,
red, white and blue American.

that advocates violence. A ra-
tionale debate of the issue is
important but a rationale de-
bate does not need bulls-eyes,
threats of violence or hateful

is telling on another more im-
portant level. We seem to think
that all speech is appropriate
in a broad reading of the First
Amendment. It was Hitler's
ability to advocate violence, ha-


I and racism that led to the
temic murder of millions
Jews. Thus, I wonder if all
ech, even hateful and rac-
speech, should be allowed
be disseminated. If not all
ech is in the best interest
society, then when do we
speech that is unhealthy?
)uld we stop people like
sh Limbaugh who spew rac-
, hatred and destructive
icies? Do we block the lib-
l Michael Moore from mak-
films that are critical of the
Slight of the Arizona shoot-
,what should we learn?
at do we change? Or do
after the news frenzy dis-
ates, go back to the same
iolic rhetoric?


Arizona tragedy and my apology to Justice Thomas

My cellphone pinged on Sat-
urday to say I had a message. I
was in the middle of lunch
and chose to ignore it. When I
picked it up a couple of hours
later, I felt the same sickness
that millions did, learning
that Arizona Congresswoman
Gabrielle Giffords had been
shot in an assassination at-
tempt. Television bubbled over
with the news, with fact, spin
and interpretation. Would all
435 members of Congress

To be sure, the right has had a great time distorting my
words and they've disseminated them widely. And, any-
time a.liberal makes an inappropriate comment they
take their media machine and work it overtime.

need ramped up security? Was
hate speech the basis of this
shooting? The talk about hate
speech, however, is important
and I'm going to own my part
of it and apologize.
In 1992 I made a wisecrack

As the King Holiday approaches, what should we remember

most about his life and legacy?

Retired auto painter, Miami

He was a
great man. He
tried to help
He freed us
from a lot. He i
helped make
it possible
for Barack
[Obamal to be elected. [MLK]
was a God-sent man.

Security guard, Miami

He was a
man of peace,
a man of.
equality, a
man of integ- -
rity. I feel that '
if everyone,
no matter .

their color, had his qualities,
the world would be perfect.

Linda Lentin K-8 Center student, Miami

I feel what
should be re-
about him is
that he fought "
for our rights. -.

Garbage collector; Miami

I would
say that he
should be re-
most for the 4
change that
he was trying

to make for our people get-
ting equal rights for Blacks.

Teacher, H. iU ....,/

I would ba-
sically say .
that Martin
should be
thought of as
a man who
was sent to
minister to
all people,
all races, re-
ligions and creeds. Martin
crossed all the lines.

Homemaker, Miami

We should remember how
he tried to make a case for us
and fought for our civil rights
so that we wouldn't have to

struggle like
he did.

about Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas. Anyone who
knows me would see it as a
wisecrack, but those who don't
saw it as hate speech. Conser-
vatives called my joke about
his eminent death, given the
life expectancy of Black men
and his diet, to be a death
wish. Death by breakfast, I re-
sponded, still in jest. No matter
and no excuses. My comment
about Thomas, my wisecrack,
was in poor taste. If I could do
it all over, I'd have wished him
the bacon and eggs, or simply
made reference to the Black
male life expectancy rate and
his own hubris, but left out
the comment about his early
death. The fact is that none of
us should joke about death. It
just isn't funny.
To be sure, the right has
had a great time distorting my
words and they've disseminat-
ed them widely. And, anytime a
liberal makes an inappropriate
comment they take their media
machine and work it overtime.

But then these same conser-
vatives say they aren't racist
when they use images of apes
to describe the First Family.
It has taken me nearly two
decades and an attempted as-
sassination to understand the
damage that my wisecrack
might have caused, not to Jus-
tice Thomas, but to the public
discourse. I hope it won't take
our nation two more decades to
understand and embrace the
notion of speech civility, even
for, no, especially for, political
opponents. My comment about
Clarence Thomas was not only
uncivil, it was ugly and un-
necessary. And, it really wasn't
that funny. I regret it and wish
I could take it back.
A dynamic young Congress-
woman is fighting for her life
and I am among those who
will fall to my knees in prayer
for her each day. The assas-
sin who shot her also took out
a federal judge, a nine-year-
old girl, a Congressional aide
and others. A dozen more were
wounded. Scores of lives will
never be the same. Even as
we pray for Congresswoman
Gabrielle Giffords, we need to
fight to restrict easy access to
guns. And, we all need to be re-
minded to tone it down.






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By Stephen Moore

Everyone's talking about the
incoming Republican majority
in the House of Representatives,
but we shouldn't forget the 17
newly elected reformist GOP
governors from New Mexico to
Ohio to Maine who are nearly
all hostile to the overweening
ambitions of the federal govern-
ment. Florida's Rick Scott may
emerge as one of the boldest.
As far as Washington goes,
he says there's been "enough
spending and borrowing." And
as far as relations between the
nation's capital and the states
are concerned, his mantra is
even more blunt: "Give us our
power back. Give us our money
and let us run our states."
Scott, who over the past quar-
ter-century built a $20 billion
hospital empire, Columbia-HCA,
has practically zero political ex-
perience. The Florida governor-
ship is his first elected office.
But his campaign theme-"7
steps to create 700,000 jobs in
7 years"--clearly resonated with
anxious voters. Florida has lost
700,000 jobs since the recession
began and ranks among the top
five states in terms of mortgage
foreclosures. Home prices are
down by 40 percent or more in
cities like Tampa, Fort Lauder-
dale and Naples.

"I'm going to run this state
like a business," Scott promises.
"When businesses think of lo-
cating in North America, I want
to make sure that they think
first about Florida." His first ex-
ecutive order to jump-start the
economy will be a freeze on new
regulations. "We have plenty of
rules already," he says. He also
wants to phase out the state
corporate income tax over the
next seven years, slash prop-
erty taxes by 19 percent, and
rapidly expand the state's K-12
vouchers and charter schools so
Florida parents have more edu-
cational options.
'Give us our power back. Give
us our money and let us run our
states,' says Florida Governor-
elect Rick Scott.
Florida's budget deficit is $3.5
billion, and to deal with it Scott
says that state agencies will
have to justify every penny they
want to spend. "We will look at
every agency and ask . 'What
are you trying to achieve, and is
there a lower-cost way to do it?'"
He hopes to save $1.4 billion
annually on Florida's public-
employee pensions by requiring
greater worker contributions to
the funds and by steering new
workers into 401k- retirement
plans. He wants to cut Florida's
budget all the way back to its
2004 baseline.

Scott is unquestionably an
expert on health-care issues,
but he has come under in-
tense attack for $1.6 billion in
fraudulent Medicare and Med-
icaid claims submitted in the
mid-1990s by Columbia Hos-
pital Corporation, the name of
Scott's firm at the time. Scott
persuaded voters that he wasn't
personally to blame, but those
complaints will doubtless sur-
face again as he tries to uproot
the current health-care financ-
ing structure in the state.
Scott believes that the grow-
ing financial squeeze from pro-
grams such as Medicaid means
that "there's going to be a lot of
pressure from the new gover-
nors to get Congress to block-
grant the [Medicaid] money
back to us." The theory is that
the states can more efficiently
administer the program.
His cost-containment strategy
involves creating a health-care
voucher for eligible Medicaid re-
cipients so that they can shop
around for health care and ex-
plore money-saving options like
high-deductible health savings
accounts. "If poor people are
spending their own money, it is
amazing how fast they will figure
out how to keep a lid on medical
bills," he says, based on his own
experience in the private sector.
Critics say this will inhibit
preventive care, but Scott scoffs
at the claim. "If the money is
yours, don't you think you will

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states,' says Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Like so many of the new
GOP governors, Scott thinks
that states' financial problems
can be solved by applying
sound business principles.
A business model applied to
government can certainly re-
duce inefficiency and improve
accountability. But those try-
ing to implement the model
may crash into a wall of op-
position from the permanent
bureaucracy and government
unions. Scott sounds more
I than a little naive when I ask
About how hard he thinks it
Swill be to impose alien money-
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Detroit Auto Show gets its swagger back

By Neal E. Boudette

DETROIT-The North Ameri-
can International Auto Show
opened recently, and 40 new
cars and trucks will be unveiled
this week, from the new Chevro-
let Sonic compact to the Hyun-
dai Veloster sports car to the big
Chrysler 300 sedan. Something
else new that will be on display:
An upbeat outlook has been
missing from the annual Detroit
bash for some time. The indus-
try started its downward slide in
2008, and was wracked by the
bankruptcy reorganizations of
General Motors Co. and Chrysler
Group LLC in 2009. Last year's
show had a funeral feel-spar-
tan displays, sparse attendance,
few of the lights, loud music and
theatrical unveilings that had
become the show's trademark.
In 2010, auto makers saw the
beginnings of a recovery and
now they are converging on Mo-
tor City with a bounce in their
The industry sold 11.6 mil-
lion cars and light trucks in the
U.S. in 2010, and this year's
sales are expected to increase by
more than one million vehicles.
By historical standards, that is
still a weak total, but the indus-
try has downsized enough that
many firms made big profits in
An increase of a million vehi-
cles in U.S. sales of would be a.
big boost. Take GM. It has near-
ly a 20 percent share of the U.S.
market. If sales rise, as Barclay's
Capital predicts, to 13 million in
2011, the company could end
up selling 200,000 more cars
and trucks this year. At an aver-
age price of $20,000, that would
translate into $4 billion in addi-
tional revenue. For Ford Motor
Co., which had market share of
16.7 percent in 2010, it could
see sales of perhaps an addition-
al 170,000 cars or more, which
could generate revenue of $3 bil-
lion to $4 billion.
"For a change, the news re-
qeltly has been pretty..,psitive.
on the economy," GM's U.S.
sales chief Don Johnson said.
GM, with one of the industry's
more optimistic outlooks for
2011, says sales will be bol-
stered by the improving econo-
my, more accessible consumer
credit, and the number of aging
cars on the road that soon will
be replaced. "Pent-up demand is
still significant in the market,"
he said.
Auto makers said unemploy-
ment, the housing market and
other financial strains remain
a concern for many American
consumers. But consumers are
starting to come back into deal-
ership and sign on the dotted
line. Part of the increase in 2010
auto sales came from higher
sales to fleet customers such
as rental-car companies. But in
December, consumers bought
more than one million vehicles,
says Barclay's. Retail auto sales
last broke through the one-mil-
lion mark high in August 2009,
when the government's cash-
for-clunkers rebates caused a
spike in buying.
Electric and hybrid cars are-
taking center stage at the North
America International Auto
Show in Detroit. Lee Hawkins is
at the event and reports on that
development and why luxury
cars are back in vogue.
"Two years ago there was a
sense of panic in the market,
and many large purchases were
stopped or delayed," said Dan
Creed, the head of U.S. market-
ing for BMW AG. "Now consum-

Miami Art Museum's
Scholastic Art Awards
Special to the Miami Times

The Miami Art Museum and
the Miami-Dade County Public
Schools will host a 2011 Scho-
lastic Art Awards and Exhibi-
tion on Sunday, Jan. 23 from
1-4 i.m. It is free and open to
the public. The Miami Art Mu-
seum is located at 101 West
Flagler Street. The Scholastic
Art Awards and Exhibition will
display award-winning work
from Miami-Dade County stu-
dents in grades 7-12. The top

artworks will compete at the
national level in New York City.
The exhibition will displayed
until Feb. 13, 2011.

ers are looking at their individu-
al situations, rather than seeing
a general sense of doom and
gloom. The fear is gone."
That's good news for the De-
troit auto show. The show opens
to the media and the industry
this week, and to the public on
Saturday. Organizers expect sig-
nificantly more visitors than the
715,000 who attended the 2010

show. The 40 new vehicles that compact minivan based on the
will be unveiled represents an European C-Max model, as well
increase from 27 new models as a battery-powered version of
that debuted at the 2010 edition its Focus.
of the show.
Chrysler will show off 13 mod- The entrance to Cobo Hall is
els in addition to the 300 that seen on the day before press
have been completely redesigned p b a
or significantly overhauled. GM previews begin at the 2011
will show the Sonic and a com- North American International
pact Buick. Ford will feature a Auto Show Jan. 11 in Detroit.





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HIV/AIDS prevention: A personal responsibility

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr. A

As I recall, the first
time I was ever made
aware of the HIV/AIDS
virus and what mea-
sures are to be taken in
order to prevent it from
spreading was in 1990 HA
at the South Florida Reception
Center, a Florida Department
of Corrections facility. During
that initial educational experi-
ence which entailed viewing a
series of videos and reading lit-
erature that was handed to me
by a prison nurse, the one thing
I quickly learned was that HIV/
AIDS prevention is all about
personal responsibility.
That was 20 years ago.
Not so much has changed
since then and basically the
rules remain the same with
regards to preventing trans-
mission or contraction of this
incurable disease. The rules
are as fundamental as mak-
ing a conscious effort to refrain

from indulging in unpro-
tected sex with multiple
sex partners and avoid
sharing needles. For me,
sticking to these very
simple rules have been
the key to my success,
allowing me to stay alive
ALL and healthy all these
freedom-less, but blessed years.
Without being directly af-
fected by the epidemic, only
once has the virus hit close to
home through a very dear fam-
ily member of mine.
As to my own health, I'm hop-
ing that God will allow me to
one day make it out of here with
a sound mind and body, free of
any life-threatening diseases.
And according to the Justice
Department's Bureau of Justice
Statistics, chances are I'll suc-
The bureau said in a report
that state prison inmates, par-
ticularly Blacks, have lower
mortality rates on average than
people on the outside. And

among the 89 percent of state
prisoners who die due to medi-
cal reasons, the Bureau said
that two-thirds of those inmates
had the medical problem they
died of before they were admit-
ted to prison.
In spite of those statistics,
Black prisoners are neverthe-
less getting a bad rap with re-
gards to HIV/AIDS from the
communities from which they
come and to where they will
eventually return.
For some reason, my people
are under the assumption that
the virus is being carried into
the Black community via gay
and bisexual men who are re-
leased from prison. Perhaps
the thinking is that since most
prisoners are not in a position
to develop and maintain hetero-
sexual relationships due to lack
of unrestricted physical contact
with the opposite sex, there has
to be a strong inclination to-
wards same-sex sexual interac-
tions occurring within correc-

tional institutions. Contrary to
public perception, although ho-
mosexual activity does indeed
exist in prison, the truth is that
the existence of the activity it-
self is about the same as what
occurs in the free-world. And
aside from men having unpro-
tected sex with other men, even
with tattooing, it is simply a
public misconception to believe
that there is enough widespread
risky behavior occurring in
prison to raise public alarm. In
fact, most prisoners who I've en-
countered are extremely aware
of the dangers associated with
HIV/AIDS and behave accord-
Pointing a stigmatizing fin-
ger at one another is not going
to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The sensible solution to stem-
ming the tide of new HIV infec-
tions is to educate all Americans
about the threat of the disease
and above all, to recognize that
prevention is a task that we all
must take on individually.

We don't have to buy what politicians are selling

By Don Moore

Congress greets the new year
with a crop of newly elected rep-
resentatives, many of whom have
ridden to power on a wave of dis-
content with the Democratic po-
litical leadership. There is a sense
that President Obama is failing to
substantiate all the hope his cam-
paign inspired.
In truth, Obama's presidential
approval ratings follow a predict-
able pattern. A new president
sweeps in to power on a wave of
optimism and euphoria that does
not persist. Why not? The answer
puts Obama in good company,
and has something to do with
I study overconfidence among
all sorts of people, from business
leaders and politicians to college
students and office workers. And
my, research shows that most
people are vulnerable to overcon-
fidence. We are excessively confi-
dent that we know the truth and
have correctly seen the right path
forward to prosperity, economic
growth and moral standing. Re-
search results consistently show
that people express far more faith
in the quality of their judgment
than it actually warrants. Our
politicians are even more inclined
toward overconfidence than the
rest of us, for at least two rea-
sons. The first is that the process


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Obama: Hope vs.

of political campaigning effec-
tively selects the most confident
- those who can go out day after
thankless day, asking people for
their votes and their money.

The second is that the competi-
tive rivalry of a campaign invites
candidates to express more con-
fidence than the other guy. Who
is going to earn your vote the
honest or the confident candi-
date? When Walter Mondale told
voters that he would raise their
taxes, they gave a landslide vic-
tory to his opponent, Ronald Rea-
gan, the picture of presidential
confidence, if not honesty. His-

tory testifies to the victory of con-
fidence over honesty at the polls.
Having elected the most confi-
dent candidate, who has won our
votes by promising us glory and
prosperity, we cannot help but be
disappointed when this talented
and idealistic politician's plans
run headlong into the realities of
a political system that hamstrings
him with checks, balances, and
entrenched interests who put the
brakes on those ambitious plans..

As predictable as this pattern
is, it could also be desirable. On
average, the evidence suggests
that if we want to pick the can-

didate who will deliver the most,
voting for the candidate who
promises the most might be a
good way to go. But we should
expect that, when elected, he will
deliver less than he promised.
Obama's failure to bring down
unemployment does not imply
that we'd have been better voting
for John McCain, because unem-
ployment might have been even
higher under his leadership.
And what 'should we expect
from the new 112th Congress?
Certainly less than their voters
hoped for, and probably less than
they promised. Indeed, polling al-
ready suggests that the public is
skeptical that the new Republican
majority in the House can restore
the economy and bring down un-
employment by cutting taxes for
the rich and the dead. The enthu-
siasm that brought them to pow-
er will fade, and threatens to turn
into renewed p.lini'l cynicism.
Instead, allow me to suggest
that boldness and confidence
among our elected officials may
not be such a bad thing, but that
we as voters would do well to
understand the dynamics of the
political game in our democracy.
Candidates will overpromise and
underdeliver. The former is why
we elect them, and the latter is
a consequence of the former. In
any case, it is entirely predict-

North Korea calls for dialogue with the South

By Mark McDonald

SEOUL, South Korea In an
annual New Year's commentary
that is widely seen as an indica-
tor of the country's political and
economic goals for the coming
year, North Korea called Satur-
day for dialogue with South Ko-
rea and a relaxation of tensions
"as soon as possible."
"If a war breaks out on this
land, it will bring nothing but
a nuclear holocaust," said the
editorial, carried in the leading
official newspapers in the North
and read on state television
there. The commentary, which
called for "an atmosphere of
dialogue and cooperation" with
the South, was reported by lo-
cal news agencies in Seoul.
Relations between the Koreas
in recent months have been at

their most strained since the
end of the Korean War in 1953.
North Korea allegedly torpe-
doed a South Korean warship
in March and later revealed
the existence of a modern and
previously unknown uranium-
enrichment facility.
The situation worsened in
November when the North fired
artillery at a South Korean is-
land in a skirmish that killed
two South Korean marines and
two civilians. That was followed
by several large and provocative
military exercises by the South,
including joint maneuvers led
by an American aircraft carrier
in the Yellow Sea.
The North Korean editorial
called for an end to those mili-
tary drills and assailed Seoul's
alliance with the "war hawks"
of the United States.

North Korea, with the world's
fourth largest military, also
cautioned that its armed forces
remained on guard and would
take "prompt, merciless and
annihilating action" if neces-
North Korea, China and Rus-
sia have called for a resumption
of the six-party talks aimed at
shuttering the North's nuclear
programs, and South Korean
President Lee Myung-bak, de-
spite his administration's hard-
ening line against the North,
recently endorsed a return to
the talks in 2011. The United
States and Japan are the other
members of the six-party pro-
cess, which fell apart in 2009
when North Korea withdrew.
The North's commentary on
Saturday said it has been "con-
sistent in its stand and will to

Federal agents raid cruise ship for illegal drugs

Authorities say federal agents
raided a popular music cruise
ship for illegal drugs and con-
traband while docked at Port
Everglades in Fort Lauder-
U.S. Customs and Bor-
der Protection spokeswoman
Migdalia Travis told the South

Florida Sun-Senti- drugs and drug
nel that the Jan. paraphernalia in
4 raid on the Jam mostly small quan-
Fest cruise result- titles.
ed in 15 seizures. The raid oc-
Among the drugs 7 curred right before
collected were: the MSC Poesia set
marijuana, LSD, sail. MSC Cruises
mushrooms, hash did not release any
oil, Ecstasy, prescription immediate comment.

Teen arrested for making four fake bomb threats

- A 16-year-old has been
charged with making four
fake bomb theats to the Fort
Myers Juvenile Detention
The teen was arrested and

charged with four counts of
making a false bomb threat.
He had been on probation for
making a false bomb threat
in June.
The teen is not being iden-
tified because of his age.

The Lee County Sheriffs
Office says the bomb threats
were made recently. No ex-
plosive devices were found.
Investigators were able to
trace the calls to a phone
used by the teen.

achieve' peace in Northeast
Asia and denuclearization of
the whole of the Korean penin-

Police released a photo of a man accused of shooting his neighbor and his neigh-
bor's son in Northwest Miami-Dade when a dispute occurred on Jan. 6.
Police said the father, son and neighbor were involved in an incident which
stemmed from a long running feud.
The father of the boy came outside his home at the 800 block of Northwest 145th
Terrace to help his son, police said. That's when Emmana Michel, turned his gun
and shot the father twice in the neck area, police said.
Both men were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Michel, in his mid 20s, took off in a gray and silver Dodge Charger, police said.
Anyone with information of Michel's whereabouts is asked to contact Miami-
Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

The FBI needs the public's help to find a bank robber that hit a Regions Bank
FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock says the man entered the bank at 2800 N.W.
7th Street around 11 a.m. and threatened to kill the teller if he did not hand over
There were customers in the bank at the time of the robbery, but no one was
It is unknown how much money the robber got away with.
Anyone with information about this crime, is urged to call the FBI at 305-944-
9101 or Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

A nurse at a Broward County jail has been arrested after allegedly supplying a
contraband cell phone to an inmate and sending him nude pictures of herself, a
Broward judge said recently.
The Jan. 4 arrest of Carline Jean, 34, of Margate, is the latest in a months-long
effort by the Broward Sheriff's Office to arrest jail personnel supplying inmates
with contraband at Broward's Main Jail.
Jean worked for Armor Correctional Health Services, a company that contracts
with the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said.
She was charged with one count of introducing contraband into a jail facility and
use of a cell phone to facilitate a felony. She was being held on $75,000 bond at
Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach.

A Miramar woman was sentenced recently to 10 years in federal prison for try-
ing to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband.
Mercedes Morales, 58, talked about having her former spouse hacked to death
with a chainsaw because she believed his betrayal led to her serving prison time
for laundering drug money, according to court documents.
Her plan for revenge came unraveled when it turned out the man she thought
would kill her ex-husband was a government informant.
Morales pleaded guilty in October to a federal murder-for-hire charge.
Court records show Morales gave the informant a 1.28-carat diamond worth
$6,800 as an advance payment for the murder.

Suspect in killing of six family

members asks to repi'esent himself

NAPLES A man accused of
killing his family wants to rep-
resent himself during his first-
degree murder trial.
Collier County Circuit Judge
Frank Baker recently told Me-
sac Damas, 34, he will consider
the request after Damas under-
goes a third mental evaluation.
Two mental evaluations have
offered conflicting evidence re-
garding Damas' competency to
stand trial. The judge said the
third psychologist's report will
act as a "tie breaker."
Damas is accused of cutting
the throats of Guerline Dieu
Damas, 32, and their five young
children in their Naples town
house in September 2009.

Prosecutors are seeking the
death penalty.




Lt. Governor to speak at Martin Luther King service at Incarnation

The annual service com-
memorating the life and work
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
will take place at the Church
of the Incarnation Sunday,
January 16th; beginning at 9
a.m. Sunday's guest speaker
will be the Honorable Jen-
nifer Carroll, Florida's first

Black Lieutenant
A native of Trinidad '
and Tobago, Carroll
enlisted in the Navy in.
1979 after graduating / .
from high school in
New York State. She : .
was an Aviation Ma- A

chinist Mate (jet me-
chanic). Mrs. Carroll
became a state leg-
islator in 2003 [and
remained] until her
run as Governor Rick
Scott's running mate.
They were sworn in
on January 4, 2011.

Carroll is married to Nolan
Carroll, Sr. and is the mother
of three sons. Her oldest, No-
lan, Jr. currently plays with
the Miami Dolphins.
The Reverend Canon J.
Kenneth Major, retired rec-
tor of the Church of the In-
carnation implemented the

church's annual commemo-
ration in" 1985; a year after
the King Holiday was signed
into law by President Ronald
The yearly tribute to Dr.
King is a community event
that is cosponsored by the
Links, Inc., Greater Miami

Chapter and the Beta Beta
Lambda Chapter of Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity.
The church is located at
1835 Northwest 54th Street
in Miami. Attendees are in-
vited to remain for a recep-
tion immediately following
the service.

In race to lead RNC, debt under Steele remains a sore point

Bloomberg News

seeking to oust Republican
National Committee Chair-
man Michael Steele focused on
the organization's $20 million
debt in a debate among Steele
and four challengers. A Jan.
14 vote will choose the party's
The 2012 presidential and
congressional elections de-
pend on erasing the commit-
tee's debt to determine where
and how aggressively the party
can compete, Reince Priebus,
Steele's former legal counsel,
said at the debate recently.
Priebus has the most commit-
ted votes so far, according to
the National Journal's website.

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RNC Chairman
"We need a lot of money,"
said Priebus, who estimated
the party must raise $400 mil-
lion over the next two years.

Another candidate, former
Michigan Party chairman Saul
Anuzis, said the party has
"tremendous challenges" with
"this unprecedented debt."
Steele defended his handling
of the party's finances during
his two-year term. "My record
stands for itself; we won" in the
Nov. 2 elections, when Repub-
licans took the House majority
and narrowed Democrats' lead
in the Senate; he said.
Steele, elected two years
ago, announced last month he
would seek another term amid
weakening support from party
According to a count pub-
lished recently on the Nation-
al Journal's website, Priebus
was in first place with 30 votes

among national committee
members, followed by Steele at
15. Ann Wagner of Missouri,'a
former RNC co-chairwoman,
had 12 votes. Anuzis had 10,
and former party official Maria
Cino had six. The winner will
need 85 of 168 votes in the par-
ty election. Priebus, chairman
of the Wisconsin Republican
Party, has the backing of Hen-
ry Barbour, a nephew of Mis-
sissippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a
former RNC chairman. Cino is
supported by former national
party chairman Ed Gillespie.
The debate focused more on
the need to uphold conserva-
tive values such, as fiscal re-
straint and the party's anti-
abortion platform.
"We're tired of going to polls

Poll: Best shot at success is pinned on schooling

By Mary Beth Marklein

When it comes to getting
ahead in life today, Americans
are most likely to say a good
education matters most, a new
survey shows. Hard work comes
in not far behind.
In fact, it may be difficult to
have one without the other.
"They're pretty much inter-
twined," says Cecilia Martinez,
57, a retired special education
teacher in Santa Cruz, N.M.
"Knowledge is power. The more
you know, the better off you are
the whole nation is better,"
"'she says. And hard work means

"you're never going to give up."
Martinez is one of more than
1,000 adults who took part in
the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll
on Oct. 21-24 as part of a se-
ries on "What America Wants."
When asked what matters most
for getting ahead in life today,
nearly two-thirds chose either a
good education (36 percent) or
hard work (28 percent).
Findings remained consistent
regardless of age, sex, race,
gender or income and educa-
tion levels. They're also con-
sistent with similar surveys by
the non-profit Public Agenda,
which researches *- education

and policy issues.
No other survey response
came close. Just 2 percent said
luck matters most. Yet two re-
cent documentaries both criti-
cal of urban public school dis-
tricts The Lottery and Waiting
for Superman illustrate the
frustration of low-income fami-
lies whose hopes rest on a lot-
tery system.
"You see hardworking fami-
lies who believe in education
having to depend on luck to
get a chance for the American
dream," says Superman direc-
tor Davis Guggenheim. "The
problem is that often the school

systems shatter those 'dreams."
Results on an international
exam released in December
underscore the long-term im-
plications for Americans. The
2009 Program for Internation-
al Student Assessment found
15-year-old students in the
U.S. performing about average
in reading and science, and be-
low average in math. The USA
ranked 14th out of 34 countries
in reading, 17th in science and
25th in math. Education Secre-
tary Arne Duncan, a proponent
of overhauling schools, called
the results "an absolute wake-
up call for America."

holding our noses and voting
for Republicans that didn't up-
hold the basic principles of our
platform," Priebu.s said. "We
need to stick to our principles."

The debate was sponsored by
the Daily Caller website, Amer-
icans for Tax Reform and the
anti-abortion group Susan B.
Anthony List.

You are cordially
invited to attend

The Annual Service
the Life and Work of
Dr. Marlin Luther King, Jr.


The Honorable
Jennifer Carroll
Lt. Governor of Florida

Sunday, January 16, 2011
9:00 o'dock in the morning

'1835 Northwest 54th Street
Miami, Florida

SOne Dream...

One Community


The MLK Parade and Festivities

Committee of Miami, Inc.


The 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

January 17, 2011 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NW 54th Street & 10th Avenue to 27th Avenue

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Nigerian president Olusegu
Obasanjo left the Ivory Coas
recently after two days me
dating the crisis pitting em
battled strongman Lauren
Gbagbo against his internal
tionally recognized rival.
Obasanjo "left this morn
ing," a Nigerian diplomat
source told AFP, after a dis
creet mission aimed at re
solving the increasingly tens
stand-off that has grippe
the west African nation since
a November 28 presidential
He was the latest region
al leader to try to bridge th
yawning gap between Gbag
bo and the man deemed t
have won the vote, Alassan
Ouattara. West African blo
ECOWAS has said it couli
use force to get rid of Gbagb
if talks fail.
The former Nigerian leade
was sent by the current heac
of the Economic Communit

's Obasango leaves I. Coast after mediating
er Gbagbo's foreign minister, Al- The latest bid by three Ouattara is protected at the
n -l .. cide Djedje, said Obasanjo was ECOWAS heads of state and besieged Golf Hotel by around
st "prospecting... unofficially", the African Union to mediate 800 UN peacekeepers as well
e-- The United Nations and vir- the crisis that has seen at least as the ex-rebel New Forces
tually all of the international 210 people killed floundered allied with his camp since
it community have said that last week. The bloc has said it troops shot dead several of
i- ,A Ouattara is the west African will soon send another mission his supporters on December






nation's president.

to Abidjan.

Nigeria: Policeman guarding a church is killed

of West African States (ECOW-
AS), Nigeria's President Good-
luck Jonathan, an African
diplomatic source said.
Obasanjo explained to
Gbagbo "the inevitability of
the change over of power" for
Ivory Coast's head of state,
and expressed "Africa's de-
termination to achieve this
objective", the African source

Former Nigerian President

Obasanjo expressed to
Ouattara "the international
community's strong support"
and its attachment to "respect-
ing the results" of the election,
"as announced by the Indepen-
dent Electoral Commission".
The commission proclaimed
Ouattara the winner of the
vote, while the Constitutional
Council alleged vote irregulari-
ties and said Gbagbo had won.

Gunmen suspected to be part
of a radical Muslim sect attacked
a church and killed a policeman
in northeast Nigeria, just weeks
after police assigned officers to
protect churches in the region,
authorities said recently.
At least eight other people died
in weekend rioting in the central
Nigerian city of Jos, a flashpointr
of religious tension between
Christians and Muslims, police
said. Security forces patrolled
the city's empty streets. as many
stayed horre u-t of fear of: new
The policemen Was killed afti-r

gunmen in Maiduguri opened
fire on the church in a drive-by
shooting near the Maiduguri In-
ternational Airport after the sun-
set Sunday night, Borno state
police commissioner Moham-
med Abubakar said. Abubakar
said the attackers also shot the
church's watchman in the leg
and in the shoulder.
"We were in the house when
we heard some ounslh:'ts -pow,
pow, pow a-rid iimin four
minutes. the gunmen fired sev-
cral gunshots into the church
wall and entrances," Rev. Elshah
G Lit'.l an said.

Abubakar blamed a sect
known locally as Boko Haram
for the attack. Security forces
thought they had crushed Boko
Haram after rioting in 2009 and
the death of its leader. Now,
members have stepped up their
attacks, ambushing policemen
at security checkpoints and or-
chestratinrg attacks in broad day-
Sunday's assault was the latest
since tw.o Christmas Eve church
attacks left six people dead, in-
cluding a pastor and choir mem-
hers who had been practicing for
a late-night carol service.

North African tourist capital hit by student strikes

Global Information Network

(NNPA) Students facing job-
less futures and rising prices
are rallying around the country
as opposition to harsh govern-
ment measures against its crit-
ics grows.
"Tunisian people are coming
out and showing their anger for
lack of food, lack of jobs and
also lack of rights," said Mo-
hamed Ben Madani, an analyst
with the Maghreb Review in a
press interview. For the first
time, he added, through the use
of social media, the world could
see protest images.
A popular holiday report, Tu-
nisia was modeled after France
by the country's first president

after independence, Habib Bour-
guiba. But despite the modern
touches, the country's high rate
of literacy and the number of
college graduates, there is deep
dissatisfaction, said human
rights lawyer Intissar Kherigi.
Unemployment is at 30 percent,
freedom of speech is curbed,
and there are more journalists
in jail than in any other Arab
country since 2000.
The recent wave of protests
was triggered by the image
of a young vendor, Mohamed
Bouazizi, whose goods were
confiscated by police. Jobless,
the 26-year-old attempted sui-
cide by setting himself on fire.
News of the incident spread on
emails, Facebook and blogs.

President Zine El Abidine Ben
Ali visited Bouazizi in the Ben
Arous Burn and Trauma Center
in Tunis, but then fired his com-
munications minister for failing
to contain news of the spreading
Dr. Larbi Sadiki, a senior lec-
turer in Middle East politics,
called it a day of reckoning for
the President. Speaking to the
Voice of America, he said: "Here
we have a patient, a man ban-
daged, probably dying-and the
president is looking at him... It's
tempting to say the caption is,
"Who is the patient?" Is it the
regime, the body politic of Tuni-
sia? Or is it actually the victim,
Bouazizi? It's a powerful mo-

New measure to hinder Guantainamo closing

dent Obamp, signed a major
defense bill recently that in-
cludes strict new limits on the
government's ability to trans-
fer detainees out of the prison
at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He sharply criticized those re-
strictions, but did not claim
that he had the constitutional
authority to disregard them.
Before the signing of the
bill, Obama's aides had de-
liberated over how he should
handle the restrictions, which
will make it harder to achieve
his goal of closing the prison.
He was considered unlikely
to veto the bill because it also
authorizes billions of dollars
for the wars in Afghanistan

and Iraq.
Some of his advisers dis-
cussed whether to recommend
that he issue a signing state-
ment asserting that he could
bypass the provisions as un-
constitutional usurpations of
executive power, as President
George W. Bush frequently did.
But Obama stopped short
of making such an assertion,
even as he strongly denounced
the restrictions. Instead, he
said he would ask Congress
to repeal the restrictions, seek
to "mitigate their effects" and
oppose any attempt to extend
or expand them after they ex-
pired in September, at the end
of the current fiscal year.
One provision bars the mili-

tary from using the money au-
thorized by the act to transfer
any Guantanamo detainees
into the United States, making
it harder to prosecute them in
civilian court.
Obama defended the pros-
ecution of terrorism suspects
in federal court as "a power-
ful tool in our efforts to pro-
tect the nation." He said the
restrictive provision "repre-
sents a dangerous and un-
precedented challenge to criti-
cal executive branch authority
to determine when and where
to prosecute Guantanamo
detainees, based on the facts
and the circumstances of each
case and our national security

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Khaira Arby and her band members, who use Western and African instruments, dabble in rock but
keep an African perspective on "Timbuktu Tarab."

Melodic wanderings, starting in Timbuktu

By Jon Pareles

Farewell 2010? Not quite yet. There's always the
nagging-conscience pile: the music that didn't get
timely attention as the year rushed by. Here are
some stragglers.

Western listeners have heard the ecstatic
drone of the African rock known as desert
blues modal, one-chord songs driven by
electric guitars, traditional instruments, hand
claps and call-and-response vocals from

bands like Tinariwen and Etran Finatawa. But
neither one has a singer like Khaira Arby, a
Malian whose voice rings like a cry from the
battlements. On "Timbuktu Tarab" (Clermont
Music), her singing ricochets against eager
backup choruses and lead-guitar lines that
can hint at both Hendrix and Ali Farka Tour&.
Her band, mixing Western and African instru-
ments, clearly knows its rock and reggae but
keeps its African perspective, while a sinewy
production flaunts every contrapuntal cas-
cade. It's world music that grabs and doesn't
let go.

Sudan's President promises to respect results of vote

By Sarah Childress

JUBA, Sudan-Sudan's Presi-
dent Omar al-Bashir pledged to
respect the outcome of the im-
pending referendum on whether
the south should become an in-
dependent nation, raising hopes
that Africa's biggest country can
avoid more bloodshed even if it
breaks apart.
"If secession is the end result,
we will come and congratulate
and celebrate with you," Bashir
said recently beside the south's
president, Salva Kiir. Bashir also
promised technical and logisti-
cal aid to help the south make
the transition to independence.
Soldiers and police blocked
most of Juba's few paved roads
for Bashir's arrival recently.
While the official welcome was
cordial, the south also made
clear its determination to se-
cede. People lining a major road
to greet the leader waved small
white flags stamped with a
thumbprint and the word "sep-
aration," as well as the flag of
southern Sudan.
The referendum vote, held on
Sunday Jan. 9, is the culmina-
tion of a peace agreement be-
tween the north and south that
was forged in 2005. That agree-
ment followed a civil war that
left at least two million dead and
millions more displaced.
Under the peace pact, both
sides agreed on a transitional
government for five years, after
which the south would vote on
whether to secede. Bashir, who
is wanted by the International




Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, right, is welcomed by southern leader Salva Kiir,

Criminal Court for war crimes
related to massacres in the Dar-
fur region, has suggested as
recently as December that his
government might not recognize
a vote for secession if the south-
ern government didn't campaign
for unity as well as separation.
Now that the south's indepen-
dence appears to be a fait accom-
pli, however, Bashir has shifted
course and sought to allay ten-
sions that could lead to more
unrest and disrupt oil supplies.
"Imposing unity by force failed,"
said Bashir in his remarks. "The
end result was more hatred,
more division, more enmity....
We all are in dire need of peace."
Sudan is rich in oil, which
comes mainly from the south

through a pipeline to the north,
where it is refined and sold. The
two sides currently share rev-
enue from the oil-now pump-
ing at about 500,000 barrels a
day-as part of the peace agree-
ment. Both rely heavily on oil
to fund their respective govern-
The U.S., Norway and Brit-
ain-the three Western coun-
tries that pledged to help make
the peace accord work-have
encouraged Bashir to support
the referendum. The U.S., for ex-
ample, offered to remove Sudan
from its list of state sponsors of
terrorism, if Bashir helped to
ensure a peaceful vote.
Sudanese Foreign Minister
Ali Karti told reporters at the

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"because we have had so many
promises before."
Southerners have long been
wary of the north, which in the
past has failed to keep prom-
ises. But recently, officials were
more receptive to the remarks
of President Bashir.
"He said he would be the first
to recognize an independent
southern Sudan," said Barnaba
Marial Benjamin, the southern
government spokesman. "That
has made the people of south-
ern Sudan very happy."
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Rebuilding efforts in Haiti costly and come far too slowly

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the next several days, the ma-
jority of buildings including
Port-au-Prince's once-regal
Presidential Palace were de-
stroyed, as were millions of
homes, schools, churches and
businesses in every section of
the country.
As the death toll continued
to climb and the nation was
left without power, clean water,
food, shelter, or facilities for the
release and storage of human
excrement, the people of South
Florida, many Haitian natives
themselves, went on the offen-
But what was it like in those
first days following the earth-
quake as volunteers from Mi-
ami arrived with supplies in
hand and prayers on their lips?
And how do those same men
and women assess the situation
in Haiti one year later? Here are
their views.

Doctors and nurses from the
University of Miami, Jackson
Memorial Hospital and Project
Medishare for Haiti, Inc., along
with Assistant Fire Chief of Op-
erations for Miami-Dade Fire
Department, Karl Paul Noel,
who was among the leaders of a
search and rescue team, board-
ed planes in less than 24 hours
after the tragedy to do what
they could to provide aid.
Noel, 53, a native New Yorker
of Haitian-American heritage,
said when he stepped off of the
plane, his first response was
one of disbelief.

"I realized in very short time
that my worst fears had been
confirmed," he said. "In truth
the images we saw on CNN
could not begin to describe the
carnage. From a visual level,
seeing bodies stacked in the
streets, including so many chil-
dren, was something I thought I
was prepared for, but it hit me
pretty hard."
Noel added that one of the
challenges he and his team
faced was the limited amount
of equipment and resources -
things needed to get their jobs
done and to save lives.
"We take a lot for granted here
in the U.S.," he said. "But in
Haiti we could not get on the ra-
dio and call for more bulldozers
or other equipment to remove
the rubble and rescue those
who remained trapped some
dead, some alive."
Emmanuela Jean-Baptiste
was born on the outskirts of
Port-au-Prince but spent her
teen years in the nation's Capi-
tol. Today she is a registered
nurse in Jackson's ER. Con-
cerned over the welfare of her
siblings back in Haiti, and be-

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Miami-Dade officials meet outside of the Capitol days after the
earthquake. Pictured: Karl Paul Noel and Audrey Edmonson

cause of her affiliation with the
Haitian American Nurses Asso-
ciation (HANA) and Project Me-
dishare, she was one of the first
nurses from Miami to board a
plane for Haiti.
"Government officials were
no where to be found and there
was no way for people to get
information," she said. "There
were bodies everywhere, literal-
ly, and the medical team began
working as soon as we arrived.
I went without sleep for almost
28 hours. I was relieved to fi-
nally find my sisters alive, but
what struck me was that the
only thing you could 'see' was
the smell. There was this sense
of despair and no matter where
you went, you couldn't avoid the

smell of despair and death."

Jean Monestime, 47, is an
American citizen but was born
in Haiti. He was recently elect-
ed as the County's first Haitian
commissioner. But elected poli-
tics, he says, was not his focus
when he first got word of the
"Having spent so much time
in Port-au-Prince and knowing
the overpopulation there and
conditions of the infrastructure,
I knew the situation would be
dire," he said. "I thought about
my brother and his family and
prayed for their safety. It was
difficult to get to Haiti and I had


to cancel three different trips.
It became obvious to me that I
would serve best by coordinat-
ing efforts from here in Miami."
As for the state of affairs today
and his opinion on the govern-
ment role, Monestime said, "the
international community must
strike a delicate balance be-
tween demanding accountabili-
ty and respecting the sovereign-
ty of Haiti's elected leader. The
recovery cannot be a patchwork
of activities with no coordina-
tion. There must be a Marshall
Plan-type effort that addresses
the long term problems in a sys-
temic fashion."
County Commissioner Jose
"Pepe" Diaz, 50, was part of
a contingency led by County
Commissioner Audrey Edmon-
son. Their role was to observe,
but as Diaz says, he could not
just sit back and watch.
"I remember a father coming
up to me and begging me to help
him remove his little girl from
the rubble," Diaz said. "I en-
gaged the assistance of some of
the rescue workers and we got
his child out. Her hand and part
of her elbow were the only thing
you see the rest of her body
was buried. I wondered why he
was so insistent to get his child
out after I realized that she was
already dead. He told me just
wanted to hold her one more
Diaz agrees with Monestime
and, says that from his perspec-
tive, the Haitian infrastructure
is what must be rebuilt and im-
proved for the safe and safety of
all Haitians.
"We take water, electricity and
other needs for granted," he
said. "The Haitian people have
none of that. They must build
their country again from the

Non-compliant schools face hefty fines

continued from 1A

late, with record unemploy-
ment and foreclosures. It's
the worst economy some of
us here in Florida have ever
knows. I guess you could
say that we did what anyone
would do next we weighed
the options. Clearly we would
rather have to deal with a $6
million fine as opposed to add-
ing $30 million to our budget."
Meanwhile, Broward is re-
ported to have spent about
$70 million to hire more
teachers and add more class-
es. They reached 97.5 percent

District officials through-
out the state, including those
here in South Florida, are now
working on compliance plans
that must be submitted no lat-
er than February 15th. Char-
ter schools that were found
noncompliant may also sub-

mit similar plans. These plans
must specifically outline how
a district, w make changes as
they relate to the implementa-
tion of state-approved class-
size requirements.
"The plan that M-DCPS is
currently working is one that
we believe will clearly address
our challenges with meet-
ing class-size requirements,"
Schuster said. "We are confi-
dent that in the end our fine
will be down to just over $1
But where does the money
go when schools are slapped
with a fine?
According to Cheryl Etters,
public information specialist,
Florida Department of Edu-
cation, schools don't have to
write a check as one might ex-
First, there is an appeal
process and of course school
districts have the option of
submitting their plan of com-
pliance," Etters said. "Basical-
ly a district must send a memo
to the commissioner, Dr. Eric
C. Smith, following a template

that his office has developed
and provided. Whatever the
total fine is for each district,
that money is divided. Twenty-
five percent goes back to dis-
tricts in compliance; 75 per-
cent goes to districts who have
a plan to become compliant."
M-DCPS and BCPS are the
nation's fourth and sixth larg-
est school districts, respec-
And for the record, other
Florida schools face a far more
expensive. outcome. Palm
Beach County School Dis-
trict's failure to comply with
class size state-mandated re-
quirements, could cost them a
whopping $16.6 million.

'N-word' is part of U.S. vernacular

continued from 1A

throughoutt Twain's book, why
should Burlington get sacked
for speaking it in a television
"The great literature teaches
us about the nuances of culture
in the past," Zuberi said. "If we
take the N-word out of these
books, we would end up clean-
ing up material which is helpful
for us to understand the racism
of the time in which those works
were produced."
But Burlington's case, Zuberi
said, is different. "At a job, there
are certain standards of lan-
guage use," said the sociologist,
who also co-hosts History De-

tectives on PBS. "The word 'nig-
ger' is a form of profanity and
is often used in that context by
That view might prevail in the
court of public opinion, but I
suspect it won't fly in a court of
law. I understand the cultural
reasons for wanting to leave the
N-word in Huckleberry Finn,
which some think attacks rac-
ism while others believe that it
promotes it.
Either way, Zuberi is right -
"taking the N-word out of Twain's
book would prevent us from un-
derstanding" the writer and the
times in which he lived. But I
think Zuberi misses the mark a
little in drawing a distinction be-
tween a white and black person

who uses that epithet in their
workplace. Such different treat-
ment might well constitute an
unlawfull employment" practice
violation of the 1964 Civil Rights
Act. The N-word is more likely to
be seen as provocative speech
when whites speak it because
of the history of their use of the
word, Zuberi said.
However it gets used, this
much is certain: The N-word
has become an indelible part of
the American lexicon, one that
migrates and mutates from one
generation to another like a vi-
rus that outpaces its cure.
And it will keep Zuberi busy
answering reporters' questions
about its troubling social and
cultural implications.

U.S. Blacks heading South

continued from 1A

There were many reasons
from the move, including mar-
riage, New Jersey's high living
costs and property taxes and a
desire to give her daughter the
"robust Black cultural experi-
ences" that Ms. Harris-Perry
says she couldn't find in Princ-
"We can save, we can travel,
and we can get out of debt,"
she says of the lower taxes and
cost of living in her new state.
All this is slowly unwinding

the so-called Great Migration,
the 20th-century movement
of Blacks from the South to
the growing industrial cities
of the East Coast, Midwest
and West. In 1960, the South
had 60% of the nation's Black
population. That fell to 53%
by 1970. The South now has
56.8% of the nation's non-
Hispanic Black population,
compared with 55.1% in 2000
and 53.6% in 1990, according
to Mr. Frey. Since 2000, the
South has had three quarters
of the nation's Black popula-
tion growth.


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amount of destruction that took
place. And even though coun-
tries like the U.S. have given bil-
lions and sent over relief work-
ers, it is the Haitian government
that will have to take the lead."
Noel says that he had hoped
more would have been done one
year later and is troubled by the
fact that few temporary shelters
have been constructed.
"The tent cities are unsafe and
unsanitary," he said. "And so
much remains to be removed -
it's a monumental task."
Meanwhile, Jean-Baptiste
faults the Haitian government.
"There is no way people should
be living in Haiti like they are
one year later," she said. "Short-
ly after the disaster struck, we
were optimistic because the
international community was
standing with us. Now I won-
der if they are still committed to
helping us rebuild. And with the
elections in a state of flux, we
have no way of knowing if the
next leader will have the desire
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o02nd birthday
By Kaila Heard

On Thursday, January 6, Fannie McDonald celebrated her 102nd birthday at the
Pines Nursing Home in North Miami Beach.
"I feel wonderful," said McDonald at her party.
The 102-year-old said she was "not surprised" to be celebrating her milestone
birthday. A lifetime of clean living not taking drugs or alcohol as well as eating a
balanced diet played a part in her longevity, MacDonald believes. However, she also
attributes her advanced years to divine intervention, explaining, "I live according to
the very good Lord"
Born in Pelham, Georgia, on Jan. 6, 1909, McDonald was raised in Steubenville,
Ohio and graduated from West Virginia State College.
For nearly three decades, McDonald worked as an educator, serving in schools
such as Jacksonville's Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Edward Wa-
ters College and Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale.
After she retired from teaching, she worked as a secretary, a job she would have
continued to hold if she were still able to work.
-I liked being secretary. You get to know a lot of people. You get a lot of information
from a lawyer because he's smart and always getting into something," she explained.
In good health, MacDonald regularly attends her church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church
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TACOLCY Center CEO Alison Austin speaks to Hillel
Students about education in Miami and community ser-
vice in the inner city.

TACOLCY welcomes

students from Jewish

Localforum says parents should be
held responsible for actions of youth in
By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonlin-. ,,i, i

In communities where violent
crime rates rise and fall with the
changing of the seasons, com-
munirN forums and rallies to 'in-
crease the peace' among are rath-
er common. ,
However, what set the antu- io- ..'-'
lence community forum apart on
Thursday Jan. 6 at the First Bap-
tist Church of Bunche Park was
who attended.
Normally, police officers, prose-
cutors and, nowadays even teach-
ers, are cast in the role as part of "" "
the problem afflicting various mi- -,
nority neighborhoods.
Yet the forum at the Opa-locka
church allowed these same pro-
fessionals to come together to re- A.

mind the community that they are
also members of the community.
And, it turns out. the, are just
as dissatisfied with the state of af-
fairs as others.
Miami Garden's Police Chief,
Matthew Boyd, spoke about the
need for parental responsibility.
"It's going to have to come a time
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campus organization
Special to the Miami Times

Liberty City's Belafonte TACOLCY Center welcomed over
80 college students from the world's largest Jewish Campus
organization, "Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life"
on Monday, Jan. 3. The students spent their break in Miami
giving back to Jewish institutions and inner city neighbor-
Due to the center's longevity, community impact and
experienced staff, TACOLCY was handpicked by service day
organizers for Hillel to enlighten the students about educa-
tion in Miami, the role of community-based organizations and
to orientate them for their work in the inner city.
S<-I always think-of TACOLCY when groups want to findout,
;more about how our community reaches youth in Liberty City
because of the CDF Freedom School there. When this Hillel
group wanted to learn more about the needs of our education
system in Liberty City and Overtown, I thought it was a good
fit," said Lori Drutz, Director of the Jewish Volunteer Center
at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
Speakers at the orientation included: TACOLCY CEO Ali-
son Austin, TACOLCY CPO Jacqueline Clenance and Dr.
Henry Crawford, Principal of Martin Luther King Primary,
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By Kaila Heard

For some people, the idea of fun and living a spiritual life
centered around the church is a foreign concept.
But not for Reverend Aaron Jackson Jr., the senior pastor of
Millrock Holy Missionary Baptist Church.
As a child, Jackson and his seven brothers and sisters were
use to spending time in church. As the son of the pastor of
the Millrock Holy MBC, he spent several days a week at the
"It became a part of life," he said.
And it was a pleasant part of life. Jackson enjoyed being at
church for various reasons from Sunday school to youth activi-
So as an adult, Jackson was surprised to see that the demo-
graphics of the church's congregation had changed with more
older faces and far fewer younger ones.
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Pastor Aaron Jackson, Jr. proudly stands with his family outside of Millrock Holy Missionary Bapitst Church in Miami.
[L-R] Adrianne Jackson, 30; Mikayla Jackson, 13; Gloria Jackson 49; Pastor Aaron Jackson, 49; Alexandria Jackson 15; and
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By David Briggs

"I don't need no God ...
Hell, I am one." NFL player
in research study.
Pittsburgh Steelers quar-
terback Ben Roethlisberger,
dealing with two sexual as-
sault allegations less than
a year apart, is learning his
lesson yet again from cheer-
ing fans: succeed in the
cathedrals of professional
sports, and all sins will be
It is a lesson that is in-
grained into the mindsets of
many professional athletes,
until they find having it all --
measured in terms of money,
sex and public adoration -- is
no guarantee of happiness.
Listen to the stories of more
than 100 current and former
NFL players that sociologist
Eric M. Carter of Georgetown
College was able to interview
in a groundbreaking study of
an elite world closed to out-
The public may idolize
them, but elite athletes re-
port high levels of both un-
happiness and deviant be-
havior, Carter discovered.
Thirty-two percent of the
participants reported be-
ing arrested after joining the
With few people to hold
themnaccountable,,, pro ath,
letes find it difficult on their
own to negotiate their sud-
den rise in wealth, fame and
status, says Carter, author of
"Boys Gone Wild: Fame, For-
tune and Deviance Among
Professional Football Play-
What does have a positive
effect, the study found, is
faith in God and access to a
religious support system.
In a world where even fami-
ly members and friends treat
them as commodities, Carter
says, "They're grasping for
something that's solid, that
doesn't change."

What the athletes need is
a social support system they
can trust. Social support in
terms of strong family rela-
tionships and a good educa-
tion can be key buffers pro-
tecting athletes from deviant
behavior, the research found.
Yet many colleges had lit-
tle concern with graduation
rates for star athletes, or even
if they were barely literate.
And often, even the athletes'
friends and family members
treated them as sources of
money and prestige to be cod-
dled and exploited.
For some athletes, God and
religion became a critical re-
In his research, Carter
found a relationship between
religious practice and higher
levels of happiness and lower
levels of law-breaking.
Almost half of the players
articulated in interviews and
informal conversations the
importance of religion as a
social support. Of those 51
players, 42 reported being
happy with life.
Overall, 72 percent of the
players who reported that
they were happy with life also
reported that religion was an
important support mecha-
nism in their life.
The religious factor, Carter
said, appearstofurnish some
players "with companionship
and a sense of belonging ...
in essence, the emotional,
psychological and social sup-
ports missing in their lives."
Or, in the words of one of
the players, "If you ain't got
no family, no loving wife, or
other things like that, it's
God ... He's the only thing
that's gonna save you."
There is one kicker: The
benefits of religion come with
practice. Athletes who pub-
licly proclaim their religious
beliefs but do not practice
their faith have worse out-

Hundreds of Muslims attend

South Florida conference

Miami Times Staff Report

On Friday and Saturday,
hundreds of Muslims con-
vened at the Greater Fort
Lauderdale/Broward County
Convention Center for a re-
gional conference hosted by
the Islamic Society of North
America, one of the largest
Muslim organizations in the
country. The conference of-
fered panel discussions on a
variety of topics ranging from
youth empowerment to re-
lationships to Muslim in the

Normally hosted in Chicago,
this was the first Islamic'So-
ciety of North American con-
ference held in South Florida.
The decision to hold a confer-
ence here was timely since
currently, in South Florida
has a population of roughly
70,000 Muslims.
The conference drew a wide
range of Muslims from vari-
ous ethnic and nationalities
including Sunni and Shia
Muslims and groups such as
the Council on American Is-
lamic Relations and Islamic
Circle of North America.

Priest blast church's stance on romance

Book details secret

love amid hypocrisy

The Associated Press

MIAMI A former Catholic
priest from Miami who left the
church after photos surfaced of
him kissing his then-girlfriend
is criticizing church leaders in
a new book and calling their
stance on priests' romantic re-
lationships hypocritical.
Alberto Cutie- dubbed "Fa-
ther Oprah" by the English-
language media for his relation-
ship advice left the Roman
Catholic Church in 2009 to be-
come an Episcopal priest.
Paparazzi photos of Cutie
kissing Ruhama Buni Canel-
lis, whom he later married,
caused such a media frenzy
that CNN en Espanol broad-
cast his announcement to leave
the church on live TV, and one
Miami Spanish-language TV
station cut into its regular pro-
gramming to report the news.
Cutie, who now heads the Epis-
copal Church of the Resurrec-
tion in Biscayne Park, and his

-By C.M. Guerrero, Associated Press
Rev. Alberto Cutie, who was forced to leave the Catholic
Church after he was photographed kisssing his then-girlfriend
(now wife) Ruhama Buni Canellis, is shown here hugging her
at the reception following his first serrmon in the Episcopal
Church in 2009.

wife have a daughter, Camila.
Cutie details his once-secret
relationship and speaks can-
didly about his former church
in a new book, "Dilemma: A
Priest's Struggle with Faith and
He writes he became disillu-
sioned with "bishops too con-

cerned with their own images"
during child sex-abuse crises.
The church often abandons
priests accused of sexual crimes
"to sink or swim," he said.
The 41-year-old says church
leaders secretly accept homo-
sexual and heterosexual rela-
tionships among priests but

disapproved of his because it
became public.
"There are so many homo-
sexuals, both active and celi-
bate, at all levels of clergy and
Church hierarchy that the
church would never be able to
function if they were really to
exclude all of them from minis-
try," Cutie writes.
The Archdiocese of Miami and
the U:S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops declined comment re-
Cutie calls former Archbishop
John Favalora "an aloof CEO"
with a "cold and rigid approach"
who was "disconnected" from
the parish. He said the two
rarely spoke during the scan-
A phone listing for Favalora
could not be found.
Cutie's once-popular cable
television show and advice
column might have fallen by
the wayside since the scandal,
but hundreds gathered at an
Episcopalian ceremony in May
marking his return to priest-
He said many Catholics "act
as if I dropped dead, as if I don't

Southern Baptists debate social drinking

By Bob Allen

Two decades after declaring
victory in the war over biblical
inerrancy, Southern Baptists
are battling about booze.
Seeking to remain relevant in
today's culture, many Baptists
have abandoned former taboos
against social activities like
dancing and going to movies.
Now some are questioning the
denomination's historic posi-
tion of abstaining from alcohol,
prompting others to draw a line.
The Baptist State Conven-
tion of North Carolina recently
,passed a motion to "study a pol-
icy of the social use of alcohol"
related to funding of church

plants, employment of person-
nel and nomination of persons
to committees and boards of
"We as Southern Baptists in
the North Carolina Baptist State,
Convention want the world t
know that we promote the King
of Kings, not the King of Beers,"
Tim Rogers, pastor of Ebenezer
Baptist Church in Indian Trail,
N.C., told fellow messengers at
the Nov. 8-10 annual meeting
in Greensboro.
That is the same city where
the Southern Baptist Conven-
tion adopted a resolution in
2006 expressing "total opposi-
tion" to alcoholic beverages and
urging that no one. who uses

them be elected to a position of
leadership in the denomination.
It was hardly groundbreak-
ing -- the convention has spo-
ken against drinking more than
50 times dating back to 1886.
What made it news, however,
was a number of well-known
conservatives who rose to speak
against a statement calling for
total abstinence.
The ruckus -- and the post-
convention blogs that kept the
argument alive -- prompted
Peter Lumpkins, a Southern
Baptist pastor for more than 20
years before turning to a writing
ministry, to pen his first book:
Alcohol Today: Abstinence in
an Age of Indulg4ence,jr2.QQ9. .

"One would be hard-pressed
to locate a belief outside be-
lievers' baptism by immersion
itself which reflects more
unity among Southern Baptists
than abstinence from intoxicat-
ing beverages for pleasurable
purposes," Lumpkins said in an
e-mail interview.
-Lumpkins, who blogs at
SBC Tomorrow, said younger
Southern Baptist leaders do
not appreciate that history and
instead view teetotalism as ex-
tra-biblical and nothing more
than "Pharisaical legalism."
Lumpkins is among Southern
Baptists who. view relaxed atti-
tudes about social drinking as
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Oprah Winfrey not considered a Christian

Which celebrities

do you think are


By Russ Jones

A survey revealed what Prot-
estant pastors perceive about
the Christian beliefs of five
.popular personalities in U.S.
Oprah Winfrey and former
President George W. Bush,
along with Glenn Beck, Barack
Obama, and Sarah Palin, com-
prise the list that LifeWay Re-
search presented to Protestant
pastors with the question:
"Which, if any, of the follow-
ing people do you believe are
Scott McConnell, director
of LifeWay Research, says the
five personalities listed in the
poll have a significant platform
to speak into culture, so Chris-
tians need to know what prin-
ciples guide their ideas.
"Just 19 percent of Protes-
tant pastors believe Oprah
Winfrey is a Christian, and
even though [she] has had
quite an impact on American
spirituality and conversations

about spiritual things, pas- ing from a Christian perspec-
tors pretty clearly indicate that tive," McConnell reports.
they don't believe she's speak- Among the politicians on the

list, Bush earned the highest
affirmative response with 75
percent of pastors' support. He
was followed by Palin, leaving
Obama a distant third.
"We will recognize others by
their fruit, and so there is a lev-
el of discernment that we are
to have as believers," the Life-
Way Research director decides.
"As we look to
our pastors for
leadership in
that area, their
P perspectives on

voices in our
culture can be
very revealing."
The ages of
I the pastors also
reveal differing
opinions, as
S 46 percent of
pastors 55 and
older are most likely to believe
Winfrey is a Christian, com-
pared to only 30 percent under
the age of 55 who reach that
same conclusion.
The survey further shows
that a pastor's political per-
suasion is reflective of his an-
swers. Liberal mainline pas-
tors, for example, are more
inclined to consider Obama a

Christian grief found necessary for healing

By Eric Simpson

Grief and even weeping are
not shameful, but are neces-
sary for healing and express-
ing authentic human empathy
and emotion.
In the Beatitudes as re-
corded in the Gospel of Mat-
thew, Jesus claims, "Blessed
are those who mourn, for they
shall be comforted." This is an
outrageous statement on the
surface, and even, unless we
are fully inforrried, an appar-
ent contradiction, contrary to

our experience of life. Happy
are they who grieve?
Jesus speaks words of con-
solation to those who are in
difficult situations or circum-
stances, who have suffered
loss, since no one usually
grieves without reason, and
again, it turns out that the dif-
ficulty itself is the path of sal-
vation. Not only that, but grief
is transformed into an interior
predisposition that brings us
to God, a blessing that has its
own implicit promise.
Jesus promises that those

who mourn not only their own
sins, but the sins of others,
will be comforted. There is not
only forgiveness for sins, but
comfort given. The 19th Cen-
tury Russian St. Seraphim of
Sarov writes,
'"When the Spirit of God
comes down to man and over-
shadow s him with the fullness
of His inspiration, then the
human soul overflows with
joy, for the Spirit of God fills
with joy whatever He touches.
This is that joy of which the
Lord speaks in His Gospel: 'A

woman when she'is in travail
has sorrow, because her hour
is come; but when she is deliv-
ered of the child, she remem-
bers no more the anguish, for
joy that a man is born into the
world. In the world you will be
sorrowful, but when I see you
again, your heart shall rejoice,
and your joy no one will take
from you' (Jn. 16:21-22). Yet
however comforting may be
-this joy which you now feel
in your heart, it is nothing in
comparison with that joy of
which the Lord Himself by the

mouth of His Apostle spoke:
'Eye has not seen, nor ear
heard, nor has it entered into
the heart of man what God has
prepared for them that love
Him' (I Cor. 2:9). Foretastes of
that joy are given to us now,
and if they fill our souls with
such sweetness, well-being
and happiness, what shall we
say of that joy which has been
prepared in heaven for those
who weep here on earth?"
Blessed are those who
mourn, for they shall be com-
forted. The person who is poor

in spirit mourns over her own
sins, the sins of others, and
even the fallen condition of
the cosmos. In other words,
we grieve over the condition of
death, the reality of death and
decay, and our tears them-
selves work to cleanse us, to
wash us, and to bring us re-
lief. Moreover, Jesus Christ,
who has overcome death
through His incarnation and
His cross, brings us comfort,
consolation and joy now, and
will bring us laughter in the
kingdom of God.






Jesus People Ministries
is hosting the next meeting of
.the Miami Northwestern class
of 6t5 on Jan. 30. 305-635-

For New Corinth's 53rd
Church Celebration, the
community is invited to 'Fam-
ily and Friends Week,'Jan. 10
- 14, 7:30 p.m. nightly.

The Church of Jesus
Christ invites the community
to their 21st Church Anniver-
sary on Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Warriors of Faith and
Praise, Inc. invites the com-
munity to their Fourth Anni-
versary, Jan. 19 22 at 7:30
p.m. nightly and Jan. 23 at 5
p.m. 786-205-3832 or 786-

Millrock Holy Mission-
ary Baptist Church presents
their 'Gospel in the Garden'
concert at Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

Running for Jesus
Youth Ministries invites

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everyone to a Deliverance
Breakthrough Service on Jan.
29 30 at 7:30 p.m. 786-704-

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

Holy Ghost Faith De-
liverance is celebrating their
Choir Anniversary on Jan. 16
at 3 p.m. and hosting their
Winter Revival on Feb. 1 2.
786-337-5939 or 786-390-

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-

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

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

interested sign up with Betty .
Blue, Florence Moncur and
Louise Cromartie. 305-573-

Shady Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church now of-
fers a South Florida Work-
force Access Center for job
seekers open Monday Fri-
day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maggie
Porcher, 305-448-8798

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church is celebrat-
ing the seventh Pastoral An-
niversary, Jan. 9 16. They'
also offer fish dinners every
Friday ,and Saturday and
noonday prayers every Sat-
urday. 305-793-7388 or 305-


By Felicia Howard

With marriage in America
looking more and more on the
bleak side, a new guide was re-
leased for Christian couples to
keep God in their relationship. It
includes prayers for inner heal-
ing, deliverance, and breaking
generational curses.
Diane M. Czekala wrote Keys
to a Godly Marriage: For Married
& Engaged Couples because so
many young newlyweds would

come to her with questions
about marriage. Being happily
and successfully married for
more than 30 years herself, Cze-
kala had a lot of advice to offer.
"I was thinking why are they
asking me these questions, and
then I thought, well why not,"
she said.
Co-founder of the Restore the
Glory Ministry, Czekala told The
Christian Post, "I wanted to give
them good godly answers, an-
swer led by God. So I started'

praying to the Lord about what
He wanted me to tell them. And
I would start to hear things from
Him, so I would just start to
write them down."
With the divorce rate in the
U.S. alone being so high and
marriage becoming less popular,
Czekala thought a book on godly
marriage was necessary.
"Divorce is just too common,
it's like an epidemic, so a lot of
the things that I say in the book
are directed toward married

couples," she said.
The Americans for Divorce Re-
form estimates that "probably,
40 or possibly even 50 percent
of marriages will end in divorce
if current trends continue. How-
ever, that is only a projection
and a prediction."
Czekala contends that a lot of
times divorces happen simply
because couples rush into the
marriage. In her book she dis-
cusses ways of exploring com-
patibility for engaged couples.

Center highlights public education challenges

continued from 12B

a pilot school for an early learn-
ing initiative whose student
body is made up entirely of
"I am always appreciative of
the opportunity to share with
others about the work we do
at TACOLCY. It is particularly
exciting when I get to impart
and share with groups like
Hillel because there is an au-
thenticity about giving back
and I believe we have anob-
ligation to help cultivate the
next generation of leaders,"
Austin said.

In addition to learning about
education in Miami, Hillel stu-
dents were introduced to sev-
eral signature programs and
services offered at TACOLCY,
its celebrated CDF Freedom
School, and some of the big-
gest needs and challenges
facing the public education
system today. Students also
participated in cheers and
chants with scholars from
Students from Hillel's pro-
;,,.gap ,,wh.c.~oome from colleg-
es and universities all across
the country to participate in
community service projects

that teach the importance of
education, social justice and
social responsibility said
they were very excited about
the rest of their trip after visit-
"I'm really excited to end my
break this way because I love
volunteering and especially
with kids. This was especially
refreshing and energetic. The
kids were really cute and I
expected them to be shy but
they really did their thing,"
said 20-year-old Haley Sklut,
a sophomore journalism ma-
jor at UNC Chapel Hill.
Alex Simson, a 20-year-old
junior Human Development

and Education major at Cor-
nell University, agreed.
"This presentation was good
for me because as someone
interested in education and
making an impact on the
school environment, I love to
hear how people already in
the field implement programs
to do that. Getting to see the
kids at TACOLCY come up
front is the flesh and blood of
the school system and what it
represents," said Simson.
While in Miami, Hillel stu-.
dents provided service at, Lib-
erty City's Lenora B. Smith
Elementary School and the
Overtown Youth Center.

Police, prosecutors say they are not community's enemy

continued from 12B

when people say I'm the prob-
lem," said Boyd.
Otherwise, "it's going to con-
tinue to get worse until people
start putting it on the parents,"
he said.
Personal responsibility spe-
cifically for parents to be more
responsible for their children -
was the popular solution most
often suggested to deter crime
in the community.
Reverend Marvin Woods, an
associate pastor at First Baptist
of Bunche Park who. organized
the forum, said he was not sur-

prised by the forum's findings.
"Everything starts at home
with the parents," he said.
Woods further explained that
it would take the residents of
the community's own initiative
to alleviate society's ills.
"We are wrong and until we
set up to the plate you're going
to see more problems," Woods
Planning the event for a few
months before hand, Woods in-
tentionally invited various pro-
fessionals from teachers to
police officers who often deal
with at-risk youth. Approxi-
mately 20 people attended the

In addition to saying that
parents need to be held ac-
countable and take respon-
sibility for the children they
raise who are not committing
crimes, speakers also wanted
audience members that under-
neath their uniforms and titles
- they are just concerned com-
munity members, often feeling
attacked for carrying out their
"I don't want you to just see
a uniform," said Miami-Dade
Corrections Officer. Teresa
Poulos. "I want you to just see
a mom, a grandmama, some-
one that's concerned."

At the end of the evening, the
forum was not able to provide
a cohesive, or comprehensive
strategy to address some of the
community's problems. How-
ever, there are tentative plans
to hold additional forums in the
upcoming weeks.
Hopefully, more people from
the community will come to help
create a solution, Woods said.
For the minister, the first step
of any effective strategy is obvi-
"The biggest thing that I know
has to happen is prayer. That's
the main spoke in the wheel,"
he said.

Rev. Jackson: Churches can have fun, but not all the time

continued from 12B

"I saw that a connection to
the younger generation was
missing," Jackson said.
To help turn the tide, Jack-
son, who was then not yet or-
dained, volunteered as the
church's youth minister.
For seven years, he served as
the director of youth activities
- speaking every third Sunday
and working to create events to
engage youthful congregation
Eventually Jackson was or-
dained and became the senior
pastor of Millrock Holy Mission-
ary Baptist Church. The rev-
erend says that his ordination
came with a specific task for
him to accomplish.
"It was just the call that you
have to keep the people in the
church," he said.

Now the church has a variety
of ministries and activities in-
cluding a dance/mime minis-
try, Vacation Bible School, Me-
dia Committee and Hospitality
"You can still have fun, but

I .

Millrock Holy Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2575

N.W. 65th Street in Miami.
you still have the Lord present,"
he explained.
The church's pews now have
many young adults as a result.
Jackson said he learned the
lesson of well-rounded spiritu-
ality from his parents.
Although, family life in the
Jackson home centered around
the church, his parents were
not overly restrictive of how
they spent their spare time, al-
lowing the children to play card
games like bid whist.
But Jackson believes it was
the fact that his parents were
always involved with their ac-
tivities that helped allow their
to be a "communion" in all the

"Everything was spiritual," he

Although Jackson does be-
lieve the church can offer peo-
ple many enjoyments, he does
not think it should provide
non-stop pleasure.
With 170 members, like many
churches, Millrock Holy Mis-
sionary Baptist Church would
like to see its congregation in-
However, Jackson is firm that
he will not change his message
or preaching style in order to
do it.

"Everyone will not make it
to heaven," the reverend ex-
plained. "If you're always
preaching good, then you're not
preaching the Bible."
While that firm position may
seem disagreeable to some,
Jackson believes its important
that churches remain dedicat-
ed to teaching certain values,
since the values eventually
trickle down to the streets.
He concluded, "When there's
no respect in the church,
then there's no respect on the
For Jackson, values are re-
flected from the loftiest bibli-
cal principal down to the way a
person dresses. So the minister
even makes it a point to dress
in formal attire for church and
less formal, although still well
dressed while he runs simple
errands. "There is a certain de-
corum that [ministers] should
follow with us being leaders,"
he said.
However, he believes in lead-
ing by example more than
openly castrating others for be-
having incorrectly.
"We're not here to put peo-
ple down, we're here to elevate
them," he said.

Increase your faith in 2011

This is the first column of the
New Year 2011, and for so many
of us, 2010 brought
much disappointment
and pain. I know that it
seemed that I received
more requests in 2010
for healing for cancer,
jobs, and encourage-
ment than in years
past. I am not referring
to people who lived their lives
apart from God, but Believers
who have stood firm in the faith
and absolutely love and serve
the Lord. Many are so discour-
aged, and even doubtful, about
where they stand with the Lord
because of the circumstances
that they are encountering.
My question for them, as for
some of you who are reading
this column and in similar sit-
uations, is this is God not the
same God to whom you pledged
your love and allegiance when
you accepted Him as Savior
and Lord? Is He not the same
God to whom you .ing those
songs of praise? Now that ques-
tion was not meant to offend
you or to embarrass you. If
you are entertaining feelings
of fear and doubt, you are in
good company. Other Godly
people in the Bible felt some
of those same emotions. In
fact, in Matthew 3, John told
the crowds who came to see
him baptize that he was just
a servant who was baptizing
with water, but the Great One

whom he was preceding would
come and baptize with the
Holy Ghost. He knew
of course that he was
not the Messiah, but
only the forerunner
of the One who was.
Now, allow me to
point out the John
S and Jesus were the
sons of women who
were cousins. John's moth-
er, Elizabeth, knew that her
cousin Mary was the mother
of God's Son, the Messiah.
When Mary visited Elizabeth
during Elizabeth's pregnancy,
the Holy Spirit told her that
Mary was pregnant with God's
Son. Surely John was aware of
Who Jesus was, though He was
raised as the son of Joseph, the
carpenter. In Matthew 3:13, 14,
John was reluctant to baptize
Jesus because of Who he knew
that He was. In verse 16, as Je-
sus was coming up out of the
water, God's voice was heard to
declare that this was His Son,
in whom He was pleased. John
knew who Jesus was!
I say to those of you are de-
pressed and discouraged to do
the same. Remember the things
that Jesus has done not only
in your life, but in the lives of
others. Be encouraged! He is
the same God working the same
miracles. Remember that song
from some years ago -'Hell do
it again'? Well, guess what He
will do it again!

Social drinking among Baptists

continued from 13B

the biggest controversy facing
the Southern Baptist Conven-
tion since the "conservative re-
surgence" debate over Scripture
in the 1980s.
He writes in the book: "Make
no mistake: the popular,
trendy appeal for Bible stud-
ies in bars; pastors leading
men's groups at cigar shops to
puff, preach and partake; con-
ference speakers who openly
drink alcohol nevertheless are

invited to college campuses as
they carve out yet more influ-
ence into the youngest gener-
ation of Southern Baptists --
all this makes an impending
moral crisis among Southern
Baptists predictably certain."
Lumpkins describes "a cata-
clysmic moral shift away from
biblical holiness expressed
in biblical Lordship toward
the relativistic, postmodern
norms of American pop cul-
ture, including its hedonistic
obsession with fulfilling de-

Birthday allows elder time to reflect

continued from 12B

on Ninth Street and Third Av-
enue. And for fun she enjoys
watching sports especially
baseball and basketball.
When asked what she knows
now that she wished she knew
when she was younger, Mc-
Donald refers to her brief mar-
riage that ended in divorce. "I
should've known to overlook
a lot of things that he did like
being over jealous and staying
out," said McDonald, who had
no children.
But even with her own rela-
tionship troubles, McDonald
said she still enjoyed her dat-
ing life from her teens until her
mid-20s when she married dur-
ing the late 1920s and 1930s.
"During that period of time,
men weren't as wild as they are
now. And I could've trusted my
husband more than if I met him
now," she said.
McDonald's comments about
life and men caused Regina
Simmons and Porshia King to
laugh. Both are relatives of Mc-

Donald who are currently living
in South Florida and they visit
her regularly.
King says she enjoys visiting
her relative partly because of
their frank discussions.
"She talks about everything
from men to politics," King said.
King said her candidness in-
spired her to be more open to
younger generations.
"She's given me the incentive
to talk to young people about
any subject," King said.
Regardless of what is dis-
cussed when they are together,
King says she is simply grateful
for McDonald's presence.
"It's a blessing to have some-
one in this family to live this
long," King said.


Ann Abraham Ministries in-
vites all to join them in revival
January 12-14, 7:30 p.m.,
nightly at Deep Rock, 10735
SW 216 Street, #413 in Goulds.
There will be a concert on
January 15, at 7:30 p.m., 3415
Grand Avenue.

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

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

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





of potty training

By Karen Deerwester

Potty training is always an adventure. It doesn't begin the
month you want your child to use the potty. Your child will
move from the "positive potty environment" to wanting to be a
successful potty-goer in his or her own time. Research clearly
shows you can't rush progress. When parents try to over-
control the potty process, children often resist and rebel. Chil-
dren are successful, though, when adults prepare them for the
physical, emotional and cognitive skills needed for pottying.


1. Don't let your frustration get in the way. Potty training c:an
get very emotional. Express emotions calmly.
2. Avoid power struggles at all costs. Never let it be "my way"
versus "your way."
3. Don't change your potty plan in desperation. Stay clear
and consistent so your child knows you believe in what you're
teaching and-trust that success will come.
Most of all, keep your sense of humor. Your child really isn't
wearing diapers to college promise!

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1. Start early but with no specific potty expectations
until your child shows an interest and ability.
2. Be clear and positive about the goal: One day we
say goodbi e diapers hello underwear!'
3 Gi.e plalful practice opportunities: when you're in
the bathroom, before bath, especially if you see a dry
diaper. Also let 'your child explore the potty routine in
playful ways: sitting on a pott% chair with clothes, sit-
ting with a doll on the potty, listening for pee and poop
sounds, telling silly stories and singing sill- potty songs.
4. Evaluate "readiness after two years of age. Some
children have limited success before two, but most
children don't want permanent responsibility before
two-years-old. After two years, though, you can start
to see which pieces of the developmental puzzle are in

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place and where you child may need more information
or experience.
5. Tr- naked practice time. Disposable diapers limit
children's understanding of the potty process because
they are always dr\Y and comfortable. Give your child
time to "feel her body working and experience inter-
mittent potty success.
6. Prepare for accidents and fears. Once your child is
in underwear, there are still lots of factors that sabo-
tage potty success: strange toilets, changes in routines,
new distractions, an oppositional stage or blips like
new siblings or new school.
7. Treat nighttime potty training separately from day-
time. The ability to hold it all night or to wake up and
make a bathroom run often takes additional maturity.
Be sure to limit liquids to two hours before bedtime for


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-AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Bill Hughes
In this June 3, 2008 photo, Liberty Valley Elementary School, Danville, Pa., kindergar-
ten student Tianna Swisher attempts to drink from the water fountain at Montour
Preserve, near Washingtonville, Pa., during the school's outdoor field trip. Fluoride
in drinking water, credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay, may
now be too much of a good thing. It's causing spots on some kids' teeth.A reported
increase in the spotting problem is one reason the federal government will announce
its plans to lower the recommended limit for fluoride in water supplies, the first such
change in nearly 50 years.

U.S. calls for lower fluoride

levels in drinking water

Fluoride in drinking water credited with
dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay
- may now be too much of a good thing. Get-
ting too much of it causes spots on some kids'
A reported increase in the spotting problem
is one reason the federal government said re-
cently it plans to lower the recommended lev-
els for fluoride in water supplies the first
such change in nearly 50 years.
About two out of five adolescents have tooth
streaking or spottiness because of too much
fluoride, a surprising government study found
recently. In some extreme cases, teeth can
even be pitted by the mineral though many
cases are so mild only dentists notice it. The
problem is generally considered cosmetic.
Health officials note that most communi-
ties have fluoride in their water supplies, and
toothpaste has it too. Some kids are even giv-
en fluoride supplements.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services is proposing changing the recom-
mended fluoride level to 0.7 milligrams per
liter of water. And the Environmental Protec-
tion Agency will review whether the maximum
cutoff of 4 milligrams per liter is too high.
The standard since 1962 has been a range
of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.
The Centers for Disease Control and Preven-
tion reports that the splotchy tooth condition,
fluorosis, is unexpectedly common in kids
ages 12 through 15. And it appears to have
grown much more common since the 1980s.

"One of the things that we're most concerned
about is exactly that," said an administration
official who was not authorized to speak pub-
licly before the release of the report. The of-
ficial described the government's plans in an
Interview with The Associated Press.
But there are other concerns, too. A scien-
tific report five years'ago said that people who'
consume a lifetime of too much fluoride an
amount over EPA's limit of four milligrams -
can lead to crippling bone abnormalities and
That and other research issued recently by
the EPA about health effects of fluoride are
sure to re-energize groups that still oppose
adding it to water supplies.
The American Dental Association released
a statement applauding the government an-
nouncement to change fluoride guidance.
Fluoride is a mineral that exists naturally
in water and soil. About 70 years ago, scien-
tists discovered that people whose supplies
naturally had more fluoride also had fewer
cavities. Some locales have naturally occur-
ring fluoridation levels above 1.2. Today, most
public drinking water is fluoridated, especial-
ly in larger cities. An estimated 64 percent of
Americans drink fluoridated water.
Portland, Ore., is one of the largest cities
that doesn't fluoridate its water.
Bill Zepp of the Oregon Dental Association
said the city's anti-fluoridation activists will
embrace the recommended fluoride changes
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Homeschooling grows over 2M

By Elena Garcia

Over 2 million children are be-
ing oin'es chooled in 'ihei Tited'
States, a new studly finds.
The National Home Education
Research Institute (NHERI) has
released a study that estimates
that there were 2.040 million K
to 12 homeschooled students
- or four percent of all school-
aged children in the United
States in the spring of 2010.
"The growth of the modern
homeschool movement has
been remarkable," commented
Michael Smith, president of
Home School Legal Defense As-
sociation, which contributed
data for the research. "Just 30
years ago there were only an es-
timated 20,000 homeschooled
Research author Dr. Brian
D. Ray arrived at the figure af-
ter looking at data collected
from state and federal educa-
tion agencies and private home
school organizations. According
to the study, he has high confi-
dence that the true number of
homeschooled children lies be-
tween 1.735 million and 2.346
Ray notes in the study that
he expects a "notable surge" in
the number of homeschooled
students in the next five to 10
years as those who were edu-
cated at home in the 1990s
begin to homeschool their own
Contrary to the stereotype
that homeschooling provides
inferior academic preparation
than public schools, another
recently released study showed
that homeschooled children
outperform their peers before

Homeschoolers were shown to do better on AP tests, get
high GPAs and achieve a higher graduation rate than students
of public schools.

and during college.
In a study entitled "Exploring
Academic Outcomes of Home-
schooled Students," which
covered homeschoolers at a
mid-sized college in the upper
Midwest, homeschoolers were
shown to do better on AP tests,
get high GPAs and achieve a
higher graduation rate than
students of public schools.
During their fourth year at
college, homeschooled students

earned an average GPA of 3.46
when other seniors on average
received a 3. 1GPA.
While 66.7 percent of home-
schooled students graduate col-
lege, a lower percentage of their
counterparts, 57.5 percent,
earn a college degree.
Homeschooling is legal in all
50 states but some states have
more strict regulations on the
conditions for homeschooling
than others.

How to make your child a go-getter

By Armin Brott

We all want our kids to
get good grades, have lots of
friends, and do great things in
life. But before your child (or
you, for that matter) can ac-
complish those goals or any
others he has to answer two
questions. First, "Is this goal
actually worth achieving?" Sec-
ond, "Am I capable of achieving
it?" If the answer to either (or
both) questions is "no," chanc-
es of success are pretty slim,
whether in school or the real
We live in an age where our

kids have grown up being told
how talented and smart and
beautiful they are. An age
when, in the name of building
our children's self esteem, ev-
eryone who plays gets a trophy.
That's a huge problem.
In one of my favorite studies,
researchers had over. 100 5th
graders do a variety of tasks.
Afterwards, the kids were told -
regardless of how well they ac-
tually did "Wow, you did very
well on these problems. You
got a great score." In addition,
some of the kids were praised
for their intelligence and others
were praised for their effort.

Later, the kids were given an-
other series of problems, some
of which were way too hard for
them. The researchers asked
the kids to explain why they'd
done so poorly. The "smart"
group attributed their poor
scores on a lack of intelligence.
The "hardworking" group, how-
ever, put the blame on lack of
The bottom line is that by
telling your child how smart
he is or how much potential
he has, you and his teachers
and coaches are also telling
him that his performance is a
reflection of his intelligence.


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Aspirin may

cut cancer

deaths, but

caution urged

By Maria Cheng

A new report from British sci-
entists suggests that long-term,
low-dose aspirin use may modestly
, reduce the risk of dying of certain
cancers, though experts warn the
study isn't strong enough to recom-
mend healthy people start taking
a pill that can cause bleeding and
other problems.
In a new observational analysis
published online in the medical
journal Lancet, Peter Rothwell of the
University of Oxford and colleagues
looked at eight studies that included
more than 25,000 patients and esti-
mated that aspirin use cut the risk
of death from certain cancers by 20
While some experts said the
analysis adds to evidence
of aspinn s potential to cut
cancer risk, others said it
falls short of changing
advice to healthy people,
and it failed to show the
benefits appl\ equal], tio
The trials most\
compared men "hoc took
a daily dose of at least
75 milligrams of aspi-
rin for heart problems
to people who took a
placebo or another drug
On average. the studies lasted at
least four -,ears
The researchers said that the
projected risk after two decades of
dying from cancers like lu-ng and
prostate would be 20 percent lower
in groups who had tak:-n aspirin
and 35 percent lower for gastroin-
testhial cancers like colon cancer.
These odds are figured from smaller
numbers there were .326 lung
cancer deaths in Ill, for example
Only one-third >'f people in the
analy sis %wre v.omen nor enough
to calculate an, estimates for breast
cancer There appeared to be no
benefit to taking more than 75 mid-
hgraams daily roughly the amount
in a European dose of baby aspiin
and a bit less than the baby aspirin
dose In the U.S.
The analysis left out a high-qualit
experiment that tested aspirin every
other da\ in nearly 40.000 U S.
women No reduction in cancer risk
was seen except for lung cancer
deaths in that trial.
Enc Jacobs. an American Cancer
Society epidemiologist, called it a
"major contribution arid said the
study results, in addition to preul-
ous research suggested aspirin's
effects or, the risk of dying trom
several cancers appear hkel '
Others said the stud' v.asn t
strong enough for doctors tc start
recommending aspinn
I definitely think wve 'vouldn t
want to make an, treatment deci-
sions based on this study, said Dr.
RamTnond DuBois. a cancer preven-
tion specialist who is provost of the
University of Texas M.D Anderson
Cancer Center.
One concern is that the studies
were designed to look at ca diov as-
cular risks, so the groups of people
being compared may differ on things
that affect cancer risk. such as fam-
ily history of the disease DuBois
also questioned drawing conclusions
abciut people' s cancer risk be', end
the several years the, ,.\ere tracked
Aspirin has long been recorn-
mended for some people .. ith heart
problems. But it can have serious
side effects, like bleedire in the
stomach and Intestines, and poses
risks in groups Ihke the elderly '.'ho
are prone to falls
If anyone is considering aspirin
on a regular basis, they should talk
to their doctor first," said Ed Yong,
Cancer Research U.K.'s head of
health evidence and information.
He warned people should not
think of aspirin as a guarantee

against cancer and other preven-
tion strategies like not smoking and
keeping a healthy body weight were
A U.S. health task force specifical-
ly recommends against aspirin for
people with an average cancer risk.

CDC study: Birthrates decline overall


levels recorded

for women in their 20s, 30s

By Sharon Jayson

Birthrates fell in 2009 for
teens and for women in their
20s and 30s in some cases
to record-breaking low levels,
according to new government
data released recently. The
report also reflects a contin-
ued decline in the number of
births overall.
For women ages 20-24, the
birthrate declined by 7 per-
cent to 96.3 births per 1,000,
which represents the largest
drop for this age group since
1973; the number of total
births decreased 4 percent.
For women ages 25-29, the
birthrate was down 4 percent
to 110.5 births per 1,000 and
the total number of births de-
creased by 2 percent.
These preliminary esti-
mates for 2009 from the
National Center for Health

Statistics are based on an
analysis of birth records from
across the USA.
"Women in their 20s still
account for most births, so
any declines in their rates
are going to have an extra
impact," says Stephanie Ven-
tura, a demographer who co-
authored the analysis.
The birthrate and number
of births for women in their
30s also declined; the only
age group whose birthrate
rose was among women ages
The total number of births
declined from 4.2 million in
2008 to 4.1 million in 2009.
And, according to early
counts for the first half of
2010, the decline appears to
be continuing, the analysis
finds. The number of births
in 2007 had been the highest
ever recorded at 4.3 million.

Birth by Age

The birthrate among women
in their 20s declined in re-
cent years, while women in
their 40s continue to rise.
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The declines in both the
number of births and birth-
rates are likely the result of
the economic downturn, de-
mographers say.
"When the economic down-

turn is strong enough, fertil-
ity goes down," says Steven
Martin of Ponte Vedra Beach,
Fla., who is an affiliate of
the Maryland Population Re-
search Center at the Univer-
sity of Maryland in College
Park. "We saw the same thing
in Eastern Europe starting in
the 1990s, and certainly in
In several European coun-
tries, fertility has "flattened
out," says Carl Haub, a de-
mographer at the Washing-
ton, D.C.-based non-profit
Population Reference Bu-
reau, who earlier this year
analyzed the recession's im-
pact on birth rates world-
"We're not the only ones to
see this particular thing," he
The National Center for
Health Statistics findings
also show:
The teen birthrate dipped
to the lowest rate ever re-
corded in almost 70 years of
data collection to 39.1 births

per 1,000 teens ages 15-19,
which represents a 6 percent
decline from 2008.
The total number of
births to unmarried moth-
ers declined in 2009, the first
decline since 1997. But the
percentage of all births to un-
married mothers continued
to increase. In 2009, 41 per-
cent of all births in the USA
were to unmarried mothers,
inching up from 40.6 percent
in 2008.
*The total fertility rate was
2 births per 1,000 women,
which is 4 percent below the
2008 rate and is the larg-
est decline in this rate since
1973. The total fertility rate,
which estimates the number
of births that a hypothetical
group of 1,000 women would
have over their lifetimes,
was below replacement for
the second year in 2009, af-
ter being above replacement
in 2006 and 2007. Yet be-
fore 2006, the rate had not
been above replacement for
Please turn to BIRTH 18B

Stroke deaths higher where there's fried fish

By Mary Brophy Marcus

The steep rate of death
from stroke in a swath of
S Southern states often re-
S ferred to as America's "stroke
belt" may be linked to a high-
* er consumption of fried fish
in that region, new research
A study recently published
in Neurology shows people
living in the stroke belt -
which comprises North Caro-
lina, South Carolina, Geor-
gia, Alabama, Mississippi,
Tennessee, Arkansas and
Louisiana eat more fried
fish and less non-fried fish
than people living in the rest
of the country, and Blacks
eat more fried fish than Cau-
"Differences in dietary fish
consumption, specifically
in cooking methods, may
be contributing to higher
rates of stroke in the stroke
belt and also among African
Americans," says study au-
thor Fadi Nahab, medical di-
rector for the Stroke Program

Drug trio destroy

Combining experimental antibody drug
pertuzumab with Herceptin, an antibody
first approved in 1998, and chemothera-
py shrank tumors in nearly half of newly
diagnosed breast cancer patients treated
in a clinical trial.
Both of the antibody drugs are made by
Roche Holding AG.
The 417 women in the midstage trial re-
ceived four cycles of therapy before they
underwent surgery.
The three-drug combination eradicat-
ed tumors in 46 percent of the patients,
which is 50 percent more than was seen
with the standard therapy of Herceptin
plus chemotherapy, Dr. Luca Gianni, di-
rector of medical oncology at the National
Cancer Institute in Milan, Italy, and the
trial's lead investigator said in a state.-
He also said combining the two anti-

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Stroke belt
residents were 32
percent more likely to
eat two or more servings
of fried fish each week than
Those in the rest of
the country.

The American Heart Association recommends at least two serv-
ings offish each week for heart health. Types rich in omega-3
fatty acids are best. These are essentialfatty acids that humans get
through foods, including fish, nuts and some oils such as canola
and flaxseed. Scientists say the fatty acids are linked to heart
,e.dth/ and brain function and may reduce inflammation. Re-
W'Ieari has shown omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk ofarrhyth-
Ira.L. (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden death,
,and triglyceridelevels.

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at Emory University Hospital
in Atlanta.
The research, part of a large
government-funded study,
Reasons for Geographic and
Racial Differences in Stroke
(REGARDS), involved 21,675
participants from across the
country; the average age was
Of the participants, 21 per-

cent were from the "stroke
buckle," the coastal plain
region of North Carolina,
South Carolina and Georgia
where stroke mortality rates
are even higher than they are
in the rest of the stroke belt.
Another 34 percent were
from the rest of the stroke
belt and 44 percent were
from the other states.

ys 46 percent of breast tumors

body drugs alone eliminated the tumor in
17 percent of cases.
The study results were presented re-
cently at the San Antonio Breast Cancer
Both antibodies are designed to block
the function of HER2, a protein produced
by a specific gene with cancer-causing po-
tential that is generated in about 25 per-
cent of breast cancers. Because the drugs
bind to different regions of the HER2 re-
ceptor, researchers aim for more complete
blockage of the pathway.
Researchers said the combination ther-
apy was not associated with a significant
increase in side effects or cardiac risk.
Investigators are working on a follow-
up trial to see how well the three-drug
combination works for women who have
already undergone surgery to have their
breast cancer tumors removed.

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Participants were inter-
viewed by phone and then
given an in-home physical
exam. .The questionnaire
asked how often they ate
oysters, shellfish, tuna, fried
fish and non-fried fish. The
American Heart Association
recommends people eat fish
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get through their diet-at
least twice a week, baked or
grilled but not fried.
Fewer than one in four
overall ate two or more serv-
ings of non-fried fish a week.
Stroke belt residents were 32
percent more likely to eat two
or more servings of fried fish
each week than those in the
Please turn to STROKE 18B

Health news

Diabetes a factor in 1 of 16 births

By Shari Roan

Diabetes is a major problem. If you don't think so, consider
the latest statistic from the federal government. One in 16 U.S.
women who give birth -- more than 250,000 each year -- has
Diabetes used to be thought of as a disease of older age. Not
anymore. The obesity epidemic has led to more cases of dia-
betes among children, adolescents and young adults. The new
analysis, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,
analyzed data from 2008. Diabetes was defined as either pre-
existing disease or gestational diabetes. Either way, the disease
can harm the mother and baby, increasing the risk of miscar-
riage and preterm birth and low blood-sugar and jaundice in
the infant. Moreover, babies born to mothers with diabetes ap-
pear to have an increased risk of developing the disease later
in life.
Catch up with the latest on health on our Booster Shots blog.
Cost is an issue, too. The hospital costs associated with child-
birth for women with pre-existing diabetes were 55 percent
higher than for a healthy birth, and the costs for women with
gestational diabetes were 18 percent higher. The total cost of
care for pregnant women with diabetes accounted for 8.5 per-
cent of all maternal hospitalization costs.

Blacks should consider participating in clinical trials

By Joan H. Allen

(NNPA) Heart disease and can-
cer are the first and second leading
cause of death for Blacks nationally.
Cardiovascular diseases rank as the
number one killer of Blacks claim-
ing the lives of over one-third of the
more than 292,000 Blacks who die
each year.
The rate of high blood pressure in
Blacks is among the highest in the
world at about 44 percent. Blacks
develop high blood pressure earlier
in life and have much higher aver-
age blood pressures compared to
whites, contributing to a higher

rate of fatal stroke. Diabetes is the
fifth leading cause of death among
Black men are more likely to de-
velop and die from some diet-related
cancers, such as prostate and stom-
ach cancer than white men. Black
women are more likely to die from
some diet-related cancers, such as
colon and rectum and stomach can-
cer than white women. Blacks are
also less likely to survive for five
years after being diagnosed with
cancer than whites. This may be
due in part to barriers to the receipt
of timely or quality medical care,
which results in diagnosis at a later

stage when the disease has spread
to other tissues.
Dr. Claudia Baquet, a trailblazer in
the field of bioethics, health dispari-
ties and clinical trials, is working on
calling attention to the heightened
mortality rate among Blacks and
the need for early diagnostic test-
ing. But many Blacks do not take
advantage of the free testing and
screenings that are currently avail-
able to underserved and uninsured
individuals. What is also vitally im-
portant to stemming the crisis in
health care, besides prevention and
obtaining standard care is the clini-
cal research obtained through clini-

cal trials.
Health experts realize that fears
from past abuses, including the
government-sponsored Tuskegee
syphilis atrocity, often give pause to
those considering clinical trials. But
Dr. John M. Palmer, executive direc-
tor, Harlem Hospital Center and the
Renaissance Health Care Network,
says, "Clinical trials show us what
works and what doesn't in medicine.
It is as important as ever to ensure
diversity among clinical trials par-
ticipants, particularly as we gain evi-
dence that certain drugs have differ-
ent effects on Blacks as they do on
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A sleep schedule is vital to any weight-loss plan, say Wake
Forest University researchers who tracked study participants
for 5 years. In the under-40 age group, people who slept 5
hours or less each night gained nearly 21/2 times as much ab-
dominal fat as those who logged 6 to 7 hours; also, those who
slept 8 hours or longer added nearly twice as much belly fat as
the 6- to 7-hour group. People with sleep deficits tend to eat
more (and use less energy) because they're tired, says study
coauthor Kristen Hairston, M.D., while those who sleep longer
than 8 hours a night tend to be less active.

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weight gain. But here's what you may not realize: You can have
your TV and watch it, too. Just do something else at the same
time. Washing dishes burns 70 calories every 30 minutes. So
does ironing. Here's another thing to keep in mind: Cutting TV
time even a little helps you burn calories, say researchers at
the University of Vermont. In their study, overweight partici-
pants who cut their viewing time in half (from an average of 5
hours to 2.5) burned an extra 119 calories a day. "Nearly any-
thing you do-even reading-uses more energy than watching
TV," says study author Jennifer J. Otten, Ph.D.

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books like Cook This,
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how to easily save time,
money and calories. If
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be prepared for the ca-
loric calamities that
lurk at restaurants by
avoiding this list of The
10 Worst Fast Food
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Researchers say you can measure a person's risk of
obesity by measuring his or her soda intake. Versus people
Swho don't drink sweetened sodas, here's what your daily
r s intake means:
1/2 can = 26 percent increased risk of being overweight or
'/2 to 1 can = 30.4 percent increased risk
1 to 2 cans = 32.8 percent increased risk
More than 2 cans = 47.2 percent increased risk
That's a pretty remarkable set of stats. You don't have
to guzzle Double Gulps from 7-Eleven to put yourself at
risk-you just need to indulge in one or two cans a
-" day. Wow. And because high-fructose corn syrup is
so cheap, food marketers keep making serving sizes
bigger (even the "small" at most movie theaters is
enough to drown a raccoon). That means we're drink-
ing more than ever and don't even realize it: In the 1950s,
the average person drank 11 gallons of soda a year. By the
ri id-2000s, we were drinking 46 gallons a year. A Center
f r Science in the Public Interest report contained this
shocking sentence: "Carbonated soft drinks are the single
biggest source of calories in the American diet."

Dutch researchers recently found that big bites and
fast chewing can lead to overeating. In the study,
people who chewed large bites of food for 3 seconds
consumed 52 percent more food before feeling full than
those who chewed small bites for 9 seconds. The reason:
Tasting food for a longer period of time (no matter how
mr uch of it you bite off) signals your brain to make you feel
I.ill sooner, say the scientists.
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BONUS TIP: When it comes to making us fat, soda is only
0ione of tllh big offenders. Other sugary drinks can add belly
fat fast. too-so never imbide anything on this shocking list
of The 20 Worst Drinks in America. Otherwise you can be
slurping r-iiore than an entire day's worth of calories, sugar
and fat--in just a few minutes.

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able, but braces may be needed to
straighten that smile and resolve
problems with the pearly whites.
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braces can help treat:
Crooked or twisted teeth.
Teeth that overlap each other.
Teeth that are crowded into a
mouth that appears too small.
Cases where the upper and
lower jaw aren't the same size,
causing an overbite or underbite.

The way you shop for groceries can af-
fect your risk of contracting a foodborne
The American Dietetic Association
offers these food-shopping tips:
Fill your cart first with non-perishable
items, saving meat, dairy and other foods
that can spoil for last.
Choose fresh produce that's sold in
loose pieces, rather than in packages.
Make sure dairy products aren't past
their "sell-by" dates.
Choose meat, poultry and fish care-
fully, purchasing only the freshest cuts
from a grocer you trust.
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For holiday meals, festive doesn't need to be costly

It's not news that it's tough out
there. No matter the size of your
wallet these days, pinching pennies
has become more the rule than the
exception for American families.
It's a particularly sobering real-
ity when there are gifts to be ex-
changed, gay apparel to be donned
and New Year's reservations to be
Whether or not religious obser-
vance is part of our seasonal plans,
December is when we feast.
The reason is moot. As British
food writer Nigella Lawson explains
in the introduction to her 2004
cookbook, Feast: Food to Celebrate
Life, "Basic to the whole thing of be-
ing human is that we use food to
mark occasions that are important
to us in life."
Even when the chips are down -
when the Grinch steals the Who-
pudding and makes* off with the
roast beast the feast can and will
go on, even on a Bob Cratchit bud-
Here's how:
Rethink roast beast. Choose out-
side over middle meats. That's

butcher talk for ani-
mal cuts. Middle
means non-working,
more tender muscles
(and cuts) such as the
loin, rack or sirloin.
Outside refers to the
v.'orkinL mui .ii~ si.uch
as the sh- h:ulder .and
led. v. which are tor-,_lher
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slowv ri'asting Instead
of a crow'. rij oast. think
pork shoulder; a bris-
ket over filet mignon.
Marissa Guggiana,

with lts of ption

that the farther away from
the middle, the faster your
feast tab will shrink. Her
three "outside" faves:
Pork leg (aka fresh ham):
"This is a roast cut that
I like to brine (with salt,
brown sugar and warm
spices, like star anise) for
up to a week and then roast
it at 350 degrees. It's juicy
on the inside with a flavor-
ful crust, but not as cloying
as the ham-in-a-can."
Lamb shoulder: "I make a
lamb tagine, a stew made

Kim O'Donnel's The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook
was released in September. Her column Family Kitchen
appears on USA TODAY's printed pages every other

author of

Primal Cuts: Cooking With Amer-
ica's Best Butchers and a fourth-
generation meat purveyor, agrees

with a robust balance of sweet
and savory. There are a million it-
erations of the.Moroccan standard,
but I especially love including green
olives and dried apricots."

Beef shank (aka part of leg below knee):
"Osso bucco, using braised shanks
from any four-legged creature, but
traditionally from beef or veal. Af-
ter you brown the shanks, you can
basically let them do the work on
their own."
All hail the stew. Despite our love
for a simmering pot of slow-cooked
morsels, we associate braises and
st'ews with ordinary weekday fare
rather than something festive.
Why? The aromas certainly are.
The possibilities are endless: coq au
vin, cacciatore, boeuf bourguignon,
stroganoff, cholent, ropa vieja, po-
zole, gumbo, cioppino, Thai egg-
plant curry. There's enough chow
to feed a small village. You can't
beat the price. (Great resource: Real
Stew by Clifford A. Wright.)
For the love of potluck. When
times 'are lean, pool resources. It is
no longer inappropriate to ask your
guests to bring a bottle of their fa-
vorite quaff. Give out food assign-
ments, too, using your menu or din-
ner theme. When it's time to break
bread, it will truly be a collaborative
- and thrifty effort.

Alzheimer's law aims to coordinate, strategy

By Mary Brophy Marcus

Alzheimer's disease, already a
national epidemic according to
experts, got a lift this week.
Recently, President Obama
signed the National Alzheimer's
Project Act (NAPA) into law.
NAPA's aim is to create a co-
ordinated national strategy that
deals with Alzheimer's, a brain-
wasting condition projected to
leap from 5.3 million cases this
year into the double digits by
midcentury. No. 6 on the list of
top 10 causes of death in the
USA, Alzheimer's is the only
one without an effective way to
prevent, cure or even slow the
disease, says Robert Egge, the
Alzheimer's Association's vice
president of public policy.
"We are very enthusiastic
about NAPA. We've been push-
ing for it," Egge says. "It's our
first opportunity as a country to
be proactive about our strategy
with Alzheimer's and to stop be-
ing reactive."
In a statement, Alzheimer's
Association president Harry
Johns said the law couldn't
come at a better time. The
number of Alzheimer's cases
has increased more than 50

The inexorable march of

time and Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is growing rapidly and will
continue to do so unless a treatment or
cures found, says experts. Alzheimer's
cases are millions:

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percent from 2000 to 2007.
"The Alzheimer crisis is no lon-
ger emerging. It is here," Johns

Though the new law doesn't
in itself deliver money for re-
search to find a cure or support
services for patients and care-
givers grappling with the dis-


Alzheimer's Association

ease, it will help establish an in-
teragency council that will work
with the secretary of Health
and Human Services to give a
full assessment of what needs
to be accomplished to stem the
Alzheimer's economic burden
is a major concern, Egge says.
Under current conditions, total
care costs could escalate from

$172 billion today to more than
$1 trillion by 2050, he says.
"Alzheimer's leaves American
families, Medicare, Medicaid
and our health care system de-
fenseless against skyrocketing
costs," he says.
Coordination is a good first
step, people living with the dis-
ease say.
"I'm glad Obama signed the
law," says Bob Blackwell, 68,
a 30-year CIA veteran who was
diagnosed with early-onset Al-
zheimer's four years ago.

Bob's wife, Carol, who writes
an Alzheimer's blog for USA
TODAY with him, says "it's
very promising." But she says
much more money is needed
for research, and she'd like to
see better support services for
families, especially just after di-
Medical experts agree that
dollars need to be streamlined
into finding effective treat-
"This is terrific, but I do think
there needs to be emphasis on
basic research because right
now, if you're diagnosed with
Please turn to ALZHEIMER 19B

Digital tools can help put fitness goals on track

By Chris Swingle

Websites, health-related ap-
plications for Web-enabled cell-
phones and gadgets such as
heart rate monitors may help
some people toward goals to im-
prove their health.
Of course, technology won't
change your habits for you.
Mike Krauklis, 29, of Penfield
said phone apps to track work-
outs and what he ate were help-
ful when he was doing well, but
he skipped them when he didn't
see significant weight loss.
Dr. Betty Rabinowitz, medical
director of the 22 primary care
practices affiliated with Univer-
sity of Rochester Medical Center,
said apps can provide patients
with a shot of motivation and a
way to get organized and track
results. People who carry a Web-
enabled cellphone may find it
a convenient tool for recording

blood pressure or blood sugar
readings, medication or insulin
Rabinowitz, who used an app
when she was getting back into a
regular exercise habit, is in favor
of tools that help people take re-
sponsibility for their own health.
Still, she said, "It's no substitute
for regular contact with a health
care provider."
Elizabeth Lawley, director of
the lab for social computing at
Rochester Institute of Technol-
ogy and an associate professor
of interactive games and media,
tried multiple digital health tools
on her weight-loss journey.
Her Withings body scale has
been the most valuable because
it remembers her daily weight
readings and she can view
the trend on a graph which
smoothes daily fluctuations.
Otherwise, a morning when
she's up a pound even after a

day of eating right and exercis-
ing could be dispiriting, she-
"Visualization can be so pow-
erful," said Lawley. She has lost
30 pounds in four months -
which moved her from moder-
ately overweight to the healthy
range for her 4-foot-11-inch
She also likes an app called
RunKeeper to track her work-
outs. On an outdoor run, the
software uses her phone's
GPS. to track her route
and report her distance
and pace. It knows her
current weight from her
scale, so also reports her
calories burned. When
she finishes a workout
on an elliptical machine,
she enters the stats
into her iPad, since she
doesn't have her phone
at hand.

Applications like
Racemate are use-
ful for runners
keeping pace.

Two servings of fish recommended a week

continued from 16B

rest of the country.
Blacks were more than 3.5
times more likely to eat two or
more servings of fried fish each
week than Caucasians, with
an overall average of about
one serving per week of fried
fish compared with about half
a serving for Caucasians.
When it came to eating non-
fried fish meals, stroke belt
residents ate an average of
1.45 servings per week, com-
pared with 1.63 servings eat-

en by people elsewhere.
"This is good stuff. It's a
well-done study, but I think
one thing to bear in mind
is that it's not specifically a
study of stroke risk. You're
looking at a community and
seeing how it's behaving on
the whole," says Daniel Labo-
vitz, a stroke neurologist at
Montefiore Medical Center in
the Bronx.
"This study can't tell you
causation. It can't tell you
there's a direct link between
one thing and another, it just
tells you they're associated,"

says stroke neurologist Victor
Urrutia, an assistant profes-
sor at Johns Hopkins Univer-
sity School of Medicine.
How might eating fried fish
impact stroke?
It could be that frying the
fish leaches out the omega-3s,
says Jeremy Lanford, stroke
director at Scott & White
Healthcare in Roundrock,
Or the increased fat calo-
rie content from the frying oil
may contribute to stroke, says
author Nahab. He also notes
that fish used for frying, such

as cod and haddock, tend to
be the types lower in healthy
More research is needed to
tease out whether cooking
methods affect stroke risk,
Labovitz says.
"In other words, is fried fish
a problem, or is it another red
herring?" he says.
The study was supported
by the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and
Stroke, the National Institutes
of Health, and the Department
of Health and Human Servic-
es. Funding was provided by

Clinical trials can be helpful

TRIALS human subject research. A
continued from 16B recent successful breast can-
cer treatment was found to
Caucasians." have been developed with
One doesn't have to be sick very little Black participa-
or dying to participate in a clin- tion. There was such a pro-
ical trial. In fact, diseases can test from many of the Black
also be prevented through clin- breast cancer support groups
ical trials. What is important that the study was redone
for the public to know is that with Black women.
one doesn't have to be dying Of course, there are always
to get the advantages of clini- risks involved in participating
cal trials. People can have a in clinical trials and because
stage of disease that is still it is such a rigorous process,
curable where they can get a patients must pass a robust
better treatment and higher series of requirements and
survival, get approved to do a clini-
In 1993, the National Insti- cal trial. You can learn more
tutes of Health (NIH) Revital- about clinical trials and their
ization Act was amended to availability for all chronic ill-
require the inclusion of wom- nesses and diseases in your
en and minorities in clinical area by logging on to www.
and government sponsored Consult with

Steps to shed pounds in 2011

continued from 17B

You don't have to go whole hog on a low-carb diet to see results.
Simply swapping a few hundred calories of carbs for a little fat
may help you lose weight and reduce your blood-insulin levels,
according to researchers from the University of Alabama at Bir-
mingham. People in their study who consumed just 43 percent

BONUSTIP: Now that you know how to optimize your
eating, you need to know the foods that marketers try to
convince us are healthy--when they're anything but.

of their calories from carbohydrates felt fuller after 4 hours and
maintained their blood-sugar levels longer than those who ate 55
percent carbs. Carbs can cause blood-sugar levels to spike and
then crash, leading to hunger and overeating, says study author
Barbara Gower, Ph.D. Fat, on the other hand, keeps you satiated
longer. Some easy swaps: butter instead of jam on toast; bacon
instead of potatoes; low-fat milk instead of a sports drink.

Signing up for e-mails (or tweets) that contain weight-loss advice
can help you drop pounds, a new study reveals. When research-
ers from Canada sent diet and exercise advice to more than 1,000
working adults weekly, they discovered that the recipients boosted
their physical activity and ate smarter. People who didn't receive
the reminders didn't change. Lucky for you, we publish the best
diet and fitness guidance every single day. Sign up for our free
daily Eat This, Not That! newsletter or follow me right here on Twit-
ter, and make 2011 your fittest flat-belly year ever!

Older women have high birthrate

continued from 16B

35 years. The term "replace-
ment" is the level at which a
generation can exactly replace
itself, generally considered to
be 2,100 births per 1,000 wom-
*The cesarean delivery rate
rose to a record high of 32.9
percent, up from 32.3 percent
in 2008. The rate of cesarean
deliveries has increased every
year since 1996, when it was
20.7 percent.
An analysis released last

year by the National Center for
Health Statistics found that
the average age of first-time
mothers increased to 25 years
in 2006 (the most recent year
But even with delayed child-
bearing and declines in the
birthrate, total fertility rate and
total number of births, Martin
says the USA isn't in danger
of dipping to the level of "low
birthrate countries."
"The United States is noted as
a developed country with con-
sistently high fertility," he says.
"We're still in that ballpark."



BI 9

U.S. says too much fluoride in drinking water

continued from 15B

"as some type of win."
Maryland is the most fluori-
dated state, with nearly every
resident on a fluoridated sys-
tem. In contrast, only about 11
percent of Hawaii residents are
on fluoridated water, according
to government statistics.
Fluoridation has been fought
for decades by people who wor-
ried about its effects, including
conspiracy theorists who feared
it was a plot to make people sub-
missive to government power.
Those battles continue.
"It's amazing that people have
been so convinced that this is

Law aimed towards

continued from 18B

Alzheimer's,. we absolutely
have no treatment," says Roy
Smith, chair of the Department
of Metabolism and Aging at the
Scripps Research Institute in
Jupiter, Fla.
Longtime Alzheimer's re-
searcher John Trojanowski, di-
rector of the University of Penn-
sylvania's Alzheimer's Disease
Core Center and head of Penn's
Institute on Aging, says he "al-
most got up and danced on the
table and sang" when he heard
Obama signed NAPA.

an OK thing to do," said Debo-
rah Catrow said recently. She
successfully fought a ballot pro-
posal in 2005 that would have
added fluoride to drinking water
in Springfield, Ohio. Reducing
fluoride would be a good start,
but she hopes it will be elimi-
nated altogether from munici-
pal water supplies. Catrow said
it was hard standing up to City
Hall, the American Dental As-
sociation and the state health
department. "Anybody who was
anti-fluoride was considered
crazy at the time," she said.
In New York, the village of Co-
bleskill in Schoharie County -
west of Albany stopped add-
ing fluoride to its drinking water

Alzheimer's disease

"This bill is huge. It's not put-
ting the money in place yet, but
having an Alzheimer's czar will
be transformative. I hope it will
be someone who really knows
Alzheimer's," says Trojanowski,
64. He says he believes a treat-
ment is possible in his lifetime
if the cause draws the kind of
money that cancer and heart
disease have garnered, for ex-
"A cure is a matter of the will
of the American people. We
(researchers) have the targets,
we have the ideas, we have the

in 2007 after the longtime water
superintendent became con-
vinced the additive was contrib-
uting to his knee problems. Two
years later, the village reversed
the move after dentists and
doctors complained. In March,
2006, the National Academy of
Sciences released a report rec-
ommending that the EPA lower
its maximum standard for fluo-
ride in drinking water to below 4
The report warned severe
fluorosis could occur at 2 mil-
ligrams. Also, a majority of the
report's authors said a lifetime
of drinking water with fluoride
at 4 milligrams or higher could
raise the risk of broken bones.

Late last year, lawyers for the
Fluoride Action Network, Be-
yond Pesticides, and Environ-
mental Working Group threat-
ened legal action if the EPA did
not lower its ceiling on fluoride.
In Europe, fluoride is rarely
added to water supplies.
In Britain, only about 10
percent of the population has
fluoridated water. It's been a
controversial issue there, with
critics arguing people shouldn't
be forced to have "medical treat-
ment" forced on them. In recent
years, the UK has tried to add
fluoride to communities with the
worst dental health but there's
still considerable opposition.
In the early years of fluori-

Rev. Cook's 43rd anniversary celebration
Come share in our pastor's
43 anniversary celebrations,
3:30 p.m., Sunday January
16, when The Gathering of the
Groves will be sponsored and
feature sermons and singing ''- -.
from Valley Grove, New Union
Grove, as well as Milrock.
This will be a great fellowship.
Join us, you won't want to miss
this event uplifting Christ Je-
Church family night will in-
clude: old gospel singing dedi-
cated to Pastor Cook, 7 p.m., Rev. D s C k
Friday January 21. Rev. Douglas Cook Sr.
It culminates 7 a.m., Sunday B. Poitier and 3:30 p.m.,with
January 23 with Rev. Kelly and Rev. Dr. G.D. Horton and Great-
Holy Temple, 11 a.m., with Rev. er New Bethel.

Holy land

Egypt tour

Dr. and Mrs. G.S. Smith in-
vite you on a trip of a lifetime
to spend 12 wonderful days
in Cairo, Egypt and The Holy
Land, from June 21 to July 1,
This will be their last trip'be-
cause of their mission work.
Call Mrs. Geneva Smith at
305-891-3570, for your bro-
Space is limited!

Gospel Tabernacle
presents revival 2011

Gospel Tabernacle of Faith
Deliverance Church, Bishop
John T. and Pastor Vivian Ir-
ving will be holding their Reviv-
al 2011, January 19-21, 7:30
p.m., nightly. Evangelist Mah-
hayel Bowen of Dallas, Texas
will be the featured speaker.
The church is located at 3301
NW 189 Street.
For more information, call

Dr. and Mrs. G.S. Smith

Evangelist Mahhayel Bowen


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F Apostolic
Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street

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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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

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

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1263 N.W. 67th Street

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

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50 N.W. 22nd Avenue
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Alpha Agape SDA Church
8400 N.W. 25th Ave.
Miami, FL 33147

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2300 N.W. 135th Stre
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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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

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Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
SEvening Worship 6p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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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 Ministry Study, Wed 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study, Wed 7 p.m.
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Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

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LATREVIA T. SMITH, 28, wait-
ress died Janu- F"r *
ary 3 at Jackson *
Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 2
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

Metro Dade -M
County GSA,
died January 7
at Florida Medi-
cal Center. Ser-
vice 12 p.m.,
Saturday at Val-
ley Grove Mis- L
sionary Baptist

Blasbert Rubin Zilbert
66, died January
1 after a lengthy
illness. He was
born Decem-
ber 25, 1944, in ',
Coconut Grove.
Howard was
a graduate of L i
George Wash-
ington Carver High School, retiree
of the United States Postal Ser-
vices and a veteran of the United
States Army. Survivors include:
sisters, Mary Ann Thomas Taylor,
Barbara J. Thomas and Lucinda L.
Killings; brothers, Stacy L. Thom-
as, Robert E. Thomas and Danny
N. Thomas. He will be loved and
missed forever. Service was held
January 8.



tired, died on
January 7 at
Jackson South
hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
sons, Kenneth
Baker and Jes-
sie McGee;
three grandchil-

dren and two great-grand children
and five siblings, along with a host
of nieces and nephews. Viewing 5
n m n m at Mt Pleasan t Mis-




tionally known
as "dad," 90,
County GSA
Rick Manage-
ment Safety Of-
ficer, died Janu-
ary 8 at home.
Survivors in-
clude: sister Josephine R
er, Willie B; sons, Harold
Oliver (Edna), Nelson
and Kenneth; numerous
and great-grands and a I
atives and friends. Arra
are incomplete.

died January
10 at Memorial
West Hospital.
Arrangements -
are incomplete. .

died January 7

- Malangatana Ngwenya, famous Mozambican painter dies

RR., affec-
Mo| .

By Holland Cotter

I Malangatana Ngwenya, one of
Africa's best-known contempo-
rary artists, whose phantasma-
goric paintings were inspired by
political conditions in his home
country, Mozambique, died last
Wednesday in Matosinhos, Por-
tugal. He was 74.
leid; broth- The Pedro Hispano Hospital
(Evonne), said he had been admitted on
(Carolyn) Christmas Day after he became
us grands ill while visiting his daughter,
host of rel- but it did not give a cause of
ingements death.
Ngwenya, a beloved national
hero in Mozambique, was one
ENRY, 29, of the few African artists to gain
substantial worldwide recogni-
tion while staying in Africa an
international profile that was
enhanced by an expansive per-
sonality. He had cosmopolitan
tastes; his knowledge of glob-
al art was wide; and he was a
born performer who composed
music, sang songs in five lan-
guages and periodically broke
into spontaneous dancing.
Even after he took up art full
68, clerk, time in 1981 and his fame grew,
he remained a highly visible po-

. -.. .._. ..
at home. Ser- .
vice 1 p.m., Sat- '
urday at New
Birth Cathedral.

25, student, died January 2 at
home. Service will be held in Mar-
shall Point, Nicaragua.

student, died January 2 at home.
Service will be held in Sam Pablo,

RUBY NELL MILLER, 68, clerk,
died January 7 at home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at New Birth Cathe-

borer, died January 9 at Treasure
Isle Nursing Home. Service 4
p.m., Saturday at St. Luke A.M.E.

. M., L IVIL. r-1td,5d11L I IIZ5-
ionary Baptist Church. Service 11 Wright and Young
i.m., Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Mis- GUSSIE LEE IRVIN, 78, retired,
ionary Baptist Church 11591 SW died January 6
?20th Street. Interment Graceland at Mount Sinai
Ylemorial Park. Medical. View-
ing 1-9 p.m.,
Friday, January
Hall Ferguson Hewitt 14. Service 1 .
ANNE M. ROBINSON, 89, re- p.m., Saturday
red, died Janu- at Peaceful Zion -
iry 7 at Univer- M"'*" missionary Bap-
itv of Miami .. tist Church.

Medical Center.
Survivors in-
clude: children,
John Simmons,
Robert Sim-
mons and Pris-


cilla Jean Richardson. Viewing,
Friday in the chapel. Visitation,
Friday evening at St. John Institu-
tional Missionary Baptist Church.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday, at St.
John Institutional M.B.C., 1328 NW
3 Avenue. Final rites and burial at
Oceanview Funeral Home, 1101
Carver Street, Myrtle Beach, South

CORINE DYKES, 75, retiree,

died January
5 at Memorial
West Hospital.
She leaves be-
hind a devoted
husband, John
Dykes and a
host of loving
children, grand-



children, great-grandchildren, niec-
es, nephews, cousins and in laws.
Memorial service 7 p.m., Wednes-
day, January 12, 2011 at Univer-
sal Truth Center, 21300 NW 37th
Av Ser ice 11 am Saturdav at

New Birth Baptist Church
135th St.

unit secretary, died Jan
home. Arrangements a

A.J. Manue

died January 5 at home.
11 a.m., Saturday at The
God in West Park.

laborer, died j r i .
January 7 at '4
Hialeah Hospi- '
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Mount Sinai
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

Gregg Mason
pastor, died
January 2 at .
Kindred Hos-
pital. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at New Bethel
Temple Church.

MAN, died Jan-
uary 8 at Coral
Gables Hospi-
tal. Survived by
wife, Valerie M. '

.....LUIU. L Spellman; sons, y i
2300 NW
2300 N George Spell- -
man, Jr., Quen- "
don Spellman,
, retired Phenol Williams, Patrick Spellman;
luary 8 at
ire i at mother, Lillian Spellman; broth-
ers, Bruce Oliver, Donald Owens;
uncle, Charlie Spellman; aunt, Pre-
__ cious Wallace. Viewing 4 to 8 p.m.,
el Sunday, January 16 at Gregg L.
Mason Funeral Home. Service, 12
laborer, p.m., Monday, January 17 at St.
Service at Matthews Freewill Baptist Church.
SHouse of A beloved husband and father, we
will truly miss you.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

litical and civic presence.
He was a founding member of
the Mozambique Peace Move-
ment and served as a represen-
tative to parliament from 1990
to 1994. He was instrumental
in establishing the National
Museum of Art of Mozambique
in Maputo, the capital, and
undertook several large public
mural projects. He established
cultural programs in his home
village, and taught art to chil-
dren in his home. In 1997 he
was named a Unesco Artist for
Peace. Born in Matalana, a vil-
lage in southern Mozambique,
on June 6, 1936, Malangatana
Ngwenya (pronounced mah-
LANG-gah-tah-nah en-GWEN-
yah) attended Swiss Protestant
and Roman Catholic mission-
ary schools as a child but did
not stay long. He worked on his
mother's farm as a herder and
studied traditional healing un-
der the tutelage of two uncles.
At 12 he went to Lourenco
Marques (now Maputo), Mo-
zambique's capital, and took a
job as a servant and ball boy
at a colonial tennis club. He
went to school at night and de-

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

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"I .*

01/15/79- 06/17/10

You would have turned 32
today, if you were still here.
Although you are so far
away, our hearts have kept
you near.
The pain has erased a bit, I
guess, yet has not gone away.
It will always stay a part of
us, until we join you one day.
We send our love to you,
from all our hearts to yours.
Just think, a birthday spent
in heaven, means you'll spend
it with the Lord;
Love always,
Your family and friends

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal. Love leaves a
memory no one can steal.
Your gone Paul, but never
Love always, the family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

01/09/48- 11/11/07

Love always, Sherrianne,
Willie, Shirlenia, Willie, Jr.
and family.

Card of Thanks

03/03/1965 01/14/2010

We think of you always, but
especially today.
You will never be forgotten,
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake,
with which we never part.
God has you in his keeping,
we have you in our hearts.
We will always love you for-
ever. Your loving mother, Wil-
la Weeks Cooper, LaRonda,
LaTavia, Shantell, Am6r and








would like to thank you for
your kind expressions of sym-
pathy, it is deeply appreciated
and gratefully acknowledged.
Special thanks to The De-
partment of Human Servic-
es, First Baptist Church of
Bunche Park, and New Birth
Baptist Church.
The Fullington Family

Malangatana Ngwenya
veloped an interest in painting,
which Portuguese members
of the tennis club encouraged
him to pursue.
In 1959 he exhibited publicly
for the first time in a group
show; two years later, at 25, he
had his first solo exhibition.
As his international
reputation grew, he had solo
shows in India, South America
and the Caribbean, and two
retrospective in Portugal. He

appeared in important surveys
in the United States, including
"Africa Explores: 20th Century
African Art" at the Museum for
African Art in 1991 and "The
Short Century: Independence
and Liberation Movements
in Africa, 1945-1994," which
traveled the country in 2001
and 2002. In New York,
he was represented by the
Contemporary African Art
Gallery, where he last showed
in 2002.
Information on his
survivors was not available.
In Mozambique, Mr. Ngwenya
was admired for his art and
loved for his generosity.
William Karg, the director of
the Contemporary African Art
Gallery, remembered once
sharing a Maputo-bound
domestic flight with Mr.
Ngwenya. The word quickly
spread among the African
passengers that the artist was
on board, and no sooner had
the seatbelt sign gone off than
people filled the aisles asking
him to do sketches for them on
any scrap of paper at hand. He
accommodated everyone.

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Whoopi set to

land in Miami

Children love her Sugar Plum

Ballerinas series

By D. Kevin McNeir

Academy Award-winning actress, comedian and co-host of The
View, Whoopi Goldberg, is coming to South Florida next week-
end. And both adults and children will have a chance to get up
close and personal with this legendary sister.
First she'll be signing copies of her two latest books, Is It Just
Me?, in which she employs her trademark humor to talk about
the death of chivalry and respect, and Sugar Plum Ballerinas:
Terrible Terrel, her latest book in her popular children's series.
Goldberg will be at the Coral Gables Books & Books for a 4:30
p.m. appearance this Saturday, Jan. 15th.
Then she'll chill on South Beach, or somewhere in the nearby
environs, before taking her show on stage later in the evening
and illustrating why she has captured not only an Oscar, but
Tony, Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy Awards.
Some call her the "undisputed, wickedly funny, queen of en-
tertainment," but you'll have to see if she lives up to the hype
when performs for one night only at the Arsht beginning at 8

Whoopi Goldberg was actually born Caryn Elaine Johnson on
Nov. 13, 1955 in New York City and raised in Manhattan's Chel-
sea community, primarily by her mother after her father aban-
doned the family. While DNA tests revealed her genetic makeup
to be 92 percent sub-Saharan African and 8 percent European,
her most recent ancestors migrated from Faceville (GA) and Pal-
atka (FL).
Her stage name, Whoopi, was taken from whoopee cushion
while her Jewish/German surname, Goldberg, was chosen by
the artist for the stage because her mother felt that the original
surname, Johnson, "was not Jewish enough to make her a star."
Goldberg worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while
taking small parts on Broadway. She later moved to California
to work with improve groups and began to really turn heads af-
ter starring in an HBO special and one-woman show as Moms
But what really contributed to her meteoric rise to fame was
her film debut in The Color Purple (1985) in which she portrayed
the role of Cellie, an abused Black woman in the Deep South.
For her role she won the first of several Golden Globe Awards as
well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Other notable films include: Sister Act and Sister Act 2, The
Lion King, Made in America, How Stella Got Her Groove Back,
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start to finish, the show is high energy with top-notch choreography and music. Can you feel???

Show features 40 band members from top HBCUs

By D. Kevin McNeir

Drumline Live, a riveting theatrical stage
show featuring 40 high-stepping band mem-
bers from the nation's top historically-Black
colleges and universities (HBCUs), is coming
to Miami for one night only at the Adrienne
Arsht Center. The show starts at 7 p.m. on
Sunday, Jan. 16th.
And with all of the drum-pounding, per-
cussion-blasting energy that many will re-
member from the 2002 film Drumline on
which the stage production is based, the
band promises to dazzle us with a plethora of
musical greats from Michael Jackson and
Earth, Wind and Fire to some of best from
Motown, not to mention on stage battles. But
according to Don P Roberts, creator and
musical director of the show. the road I'ron
conception to reality was both long and frus-
trating. In fact the FAM\IU alum who served
as drum major and student conductor and
arranger at his alma mater, long-recognized
as one of the top Black marching band pro-
grams in the U.S.. once thought it was time
to chuck the w hole idea

"I was the executive band consultant for
the movie Drumline and after the success
of the film people were looking for some-
thing else like it, said Roberts, who says he is
40-something-years-old. "So you had Bring
it On, Stomp the Yard and even talk about a
Drumline 2, but there were several complica-
tions and eventually 20th Century Fox put it
on the back burner."
That's when Roberts says he went into ac-
tion on his own. For almost three years, in
between his job as the instrumental coordi-
nator for the Dekalb County School System
in Georgia, he pitched the idea for taking
.the show to the stage to "anyone who would
listen." Finally, he pooled his resources with
several others and tried to put on a staged
production himself.
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Marshall Davis, Jr. andfriends

to star at Cultural Arts Center
By D. Kevin McNeir

When Marshall Davis, Jr., 33, was a young
boy growing up in Miami, he spent most of his
summers under the watchful eyes of his fa-
ther, Marshall Sr. the executive director of
Liberty City's African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center now in his 27th year at the helm. And
the exposure to the arts would pay off for the
younger Marshall and his three siblings as well
who have all made careers in or related to the
entertainment industry.

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The \~eddmng between Cyn- Harris .
thia Pierce and Woodrow They participat-
Minor took place Friday, ed in the wedding
Dec 31 at the First Church scripture. Pro.erbs -
of Browns)lle with Re\ L. 31 10i marriage
B. Roundtree, Pastor, New vows, exchange of
Mt. Pleasant Baptist rings, nuptial bless-
Church, presiding, ing, holy communion,
with Wendy Goins, The Lord's Prayer,
wedding planner and Lighting of the Unity
musician and Ashley Candle and the pro-
Barnes, soloist. nouncement of Mr.
With the playing of .' and Mrs. Woodrow
"The Tribute" the offi- Minor.
ciant, groom and Dan- : The newlyweds led
zel Harris, best man, SHARPTON the processional to
entered the church, the ban- r

followed by Marylee Nelson,
mother of the groom and Ja-
net Harris, grandmother of
the bride.
Bridesmaid Patricia Frazier
and Latoria Davis were joined
by Tia Chocran and Brannon
Davis, followed by Sandra Da-
vis, matron of honor; Leslie
Rolle, Jr. Bride; Jackie Koon,
ring bearer; Ayana Taylor,
flower girl and Makhla Mille,
usher and runner. As the mu-
sic "Lady, Her Lover & Lord"
played, the bride entered -on
the arm of her uncle, Jeffrey

quet room, where
Goins introduced
the bridal party, Rev.
Roundtree blessed
the food, followed by
toasts to the bride's
Special thanks
came from the new-


lywed couple, then
cutting of the cake and toss-
ing of the bride's bouquet be-
fore leaving on a honeymoon
to Las Vegas for the New Year.
****Congresswoman Frederica**
Congresswoman Frederica

BY D. RihardStra

S. Wilson attired in her sulme, City of Miami
regalia robe of distinc- Fire Chief Maurice
tion was surrounded Kemp, Rosetta Vick-
by Reverends of the ers, Nancy Dawkins,
Episcopalian Church Attorney Larry Hand-
as Wilson was held a field, former Com-
service of consecration missioner Betty T.
at Saint Agnes Episco- Ferguson, Felicia
pal Church recently. Brunson, Rome Ita-
The participants in- HANDFIELD lia Johnson, Glad-
cluded two Acolytes, ys Johnson-Sands,
a Crucifier and the Cecelia 5000 Role Model Mentors and
Choir led by Fred Brown and students. Special kudos go
Lona Brown Mathis. She was out to Maude Newbold, Fa-
also joined by Vesper Leader, their Barry and the St. Agnes
Shedrick Gilbert, Rev. Rich- Episcopal Church
ard Marquess Barry, Rector family for orchestrat-
and Rev. Al Sharpton as the ing the consecration,
keynote speaker. followed by reception
Different scriptures were at Jackson Soul Food
read by her children Paul Wil- Restaurant. I
son Jr. and Lakesha W. Ro- ***************
-chelle, as well as Rev. When the old tim-
Doris W. Ingraham. ers get together at
S Some of the other dis- someone's home, bar- FERGI
tinguished guests in- bershop, or on the
Secluded: Nadine McCray, corner, they discuss
Members of Links, Inc., well-known chefs, such as
members of the National Buster Collier, Troy Smiley
Pan-Hellenic and Bertrand "Schoo-
Council, mem- lie" Strachan who first
SON bers of AARP, opened on 54th Street
Commissioners and again later on
Barbara Jordan and 62nd Street and 22nd
Audrey Edmonson, Avenue. Wherever he
Judge Jerald Bagley, I .- went, the crowd fol-
Fl. State Rep. Eleanor. lowed, as they did on
Sobel, City of North New Years Day to his
Miami Clerk Alix De- BARRY home. More than 100

people showed up to enjoy
his cooking of boiled fish and
grits, fried fish, eggs, sausage,
bacon and conch fritters.
Surrounding him were his
children, grandchildren and a
host of relatives including Tim
Strachan and his sister, along
with Gloria Strachan
Clark, mother of Wil-
liam "DC" Clark and
Others on the scene .
were: Karen Johnson, .
Cliffeen Dyes-Gordon, ,
Rebecca John-
son, Cambridge
Hilton, Valerie WI
Patterson, Aar-
tees Felder, Vernae
Strachan, Sandra Pat-
terson, Bryon Salk-
py, Sheila Patterson,
Lorenzo Gowan, Gina
cSON Strachan-Bennett,
Oquendos Strachan,
Arleen Strachan and
Sherea Claryon.
When asked what are his
plans for 2011, Schoolie re-
plied with opening up a "You
Buy, We Fry" business on 75th
Street and 17th Avenue and
continue praising the Lord as
Deacon at New Birth with his
wife, children and grandchil-
Rev. Dr. Joreatha Capers,
Rev. Dr. Joreatha Capers,


BAA et--

Kudos;congratulations to
Senator Larcenia J. Bullard,
who recently received
noteworthy committee
appointments for the 2010-
2012 biennium. Soror
Bullard (Democrat-Miami)
was appointed Vice Chair
of the Senate Agriculture
and Education Pre-K12
(substantive) Committees.
Get well wishes goes out
to all of our sick and shut-
in: Alice Johnson, Deloris
Bethel, Frances Brown,
Rose Mary Braynon, Naomi
Allen-Adams, Mildred
Ashley, Julie Clarke,
Winston Scavella, Inez
Among those who went to
Washington, D.C. to witness
the swearing-in of Frederica
S. Wilson were Maude
Newbold, Gwen Bouie-
Thomas and her daughter
Twyla Thomas of Orlando.
As well as her daughter
Kesha and her hubby Shelly
Rochelle and her son Paul
Jr., and his wife Ferrah


Wilson and many N
of her Alpha
Kappa Alpha
sorors and "Link"
sisters and dear friends.
Darcel Sawyer-Johnson
and her hubby Bernard
Johnson came down from
Chestnut Ridge, New York
to visit her cousin Odessa
Smith-Cook and family.
Very sorry to have heard
of the demise of Lydia
Catherine Nelson-Mapp,
Katie Coleman-Arnold and
Irma Lee S'ands-Fredrick
Sympathy to their families.
Happy wedding
anniversary goes out to
Willie and Louvenia C.
Toston, their 36th on Jan.
Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc. Founder's Day
Observance will be held
on Jan. 30, 2011 at the
Miami Downtown Hilton
Hotel (formerly the Omni)
beginning at 2 p.m. The
distinguished speaker will

be our National President
Soror Cynthia Butler-
McIntyre. Please join us!
Dr. Enid Pinkney,
Chairperson of the Lemon
City Cemetery Community
Corporation and Maude P.
Newbold, Project Chair are
asking you to attend the
memorialized and dedication
ceremony of the Memorial
Garden and Monument of
the Lemon City Cemetery on
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 at 10
James' and Barbara
Patterson, were elated
to have their daughter
Denise and her daughters
Sharae, who is a student
at Georgia State University
"and "Shatease, down from
Atlanta, Georgia visiting for
the holidays.
Anthony and Juanita
Armbrister spent five weeks
in Oakland, California
visiting their daughter and
son-in-law Dr. Carla Denise
and Herman Edwards and
their lovely grands William
and Zora.
Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, the
first sunday ofthe NewYear at
our beloved Saint Agnes, the:
anointing and sending forth

Toni Braxton considers posing

By Brennan Williams

Looks like the hits (of a dif-
ferent sort) keep on coming for
Toni Braxton. Having just an-
nounced the pickup of a reality
show, 'Braxton Family Values,'
comes more news from the 'Un-
break My Heart' singer.
Recently Braxton took to her
Twitter account to ask fans
their thoughts on the possi-
bility of seeing the songstress
grace the cover of Playboy
magazine. -
"New Year, New opportuni-
ties," she tweeted.
"So I have been considering
taking up Playboy's offer to
feature me on their cover this
year. What do you think?"
Having recently filed for
bankruptcy, perhaps Braxton
is trying to use her physical
assets to recoup some of her

financial losses. She certainly
wouldn't be the first. In Oc-
tober, the 43-year-old singer
filed for bankruptcy for the
second time in her career. Ac-

cording to court documents,
Braxton states that she is
worth between $1 million and
$10 million, with debts of up to
$50 million.

of U.S. Congresswoman-
elect Frederica S. Wilson
took place and special
guest preacher was Rev.
Al Sharpton. He reminded
many of us of our past
history in America and
how the pass relates to our
present in many aspect of
our lives today.
Happy birthday to
Wilfred Waters who was
elated to have her children,
grandchildren and great-
grands to return home to
spend Christmas and New
Those returning home
were: Alaric and Iris
Hunter, Fayetteville, N.C.;
Clay and Sandra Collins,
Fayetteville, N.C.; Sgt. First
Class Mia Waters, Longview,
Texas; Kevin Waters,
Sabrina Waters and Mark
and Simona Smith, also
her eight grandchildren and
two great-grands. Arman
Hunter was welcomed
home from the service
along with his twin brother
Antwain, who is living in
A blessed and healthy New
Year to all and most of all, a
safe onel

or Playboy

After what were likely con-
cerned responses from her fol-
lowers, Braxton told them that
the photos would be tasteful.
She also tweeted that she'd
like to pose with Hugh Hefner
and proclaimed him the sexi-
est man over 30. Hef is likely
hoping that the third time is
the charm, since Toni claims
she's been approached to pose
for the mag twice before. Per-
haps the timing is right since
the spread might help the the
public focus on something
other than her financial woes
and the lackluster sales of her
most recent album, 'Pulse.' It
will likely spur interest in her
new reality show as well.
Although she hasn't made
the decision yet, only time will
tell if showing the world her
goodies is shrewd or just plain

FAMU legend Roberts sees dream become a reality

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didn't have the marketing tools
and financial resources to
keep it going."
According to Roberts, he
and his business partners
were sitting in their office la-
menting when a phone call
changed their lives it was
the president of Columbia
Artists Management, one of
the most successful theatri-
cal production companies
in the world, responsible for

such award-winning shows
as Fela! and Blue Man Group.
"At first I thought it was
some cruel joke someone
was trying to play on me
but it wasn't," he said. "They
wanted to do something like
Drumline on stage and invit-
ed us to partner with them.
We were at the end of our rope
- now we are on our second
year of the tour and receiving
rave reviews wherever we go."
The show has toured Japan
twice and electrified audienc-
es in Korea too. But Roberts

says what makes him most
proud about the show is that
is appeals to all kinds of peo-
"It is appropriate for young
children and senior citizens,"
he said. "Women can bring
their girlfriends and brothers
can bring their boys. Schools
can even bring their march-
ing bands. The show covers
all musical genres, so there's
something for everyone."
As for the road trips Rob-
erts has taken to accompany
the show since it's phenom-

enal-debut, he says that he
tries to make as many as he
"I am just a high school
band director by trade but
when I can sneak away for
a weekend performance, I'm
ready to jump on a plane and
do it."
If you are a lover of intricate
choreography, heavy doses of
drum cadences, music from
R&B golden oldies to funk
and the Black band tradi-
tion, you owe it to yourself to
check out Drumline Live.

Taraji P. Henson to star

in new Lifetime movie

By Wilson Morales

Images of Taraji P. Hen-
son's New Lifetime Movie,
'Taken From Me: The Tiffany
Rubin Story,' have surfaced
Henson, an Acad-
emy Award nominee
for her role in The
Curious Case of Ben-
jamin Button,' stars
as the title character. .
Sean Baek, Drew Da-
vis, Terry O' Quinn
and Beverly Todd co-
star in the film. HEN!
The film follows
Rubin's 2008 rescue of her
7-year-old son Kobe. Kobe
had been the subject of a cus-
tody dispute between Rubin
and her ex-husband, a South
Korea native. In the summer
of 2007, after a visit to his fa-
ther's Brooklyn apartment,
Kobe was whisked away to
South Korea.
With little help from the
authorities and no money

to hire a private investiga-
tor, Rubin, a public school
teacher in Queens, turned
to Mark Miller, founder of
the American Association for
Lost Children, a non-profit.
He located Kobe in a town
near Seoul, and he
and Rubin traveled
there to launch a sur-
veillance operation
to chart Kobe's dai-
ly schedule. After a
careful planning, one
day Rubin went into
her son's school and
SON was able to snatch
him. The two, along
with Miller, ran to the U.S.
Embassy before being able to
return home safely.
-'Taken from Me: The Tif-
fany Rubin Story' premieres
Monday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m.
Henson just wrapped film-
ing From the Rough,' the sto-
ry of Dr. Catana Starks, the
first Black woman to serve as
head coach of a men's NCAA
Division I golf team.

Vivica A. Fox gets engaged

By Jawn Murray

Actress Vivica A. Fox got
engaged over the holidays
to her boyfriend of one year,
27-year-old club promoter
Omar "Slimm" White.
Slimm popped
the question to the
46-year-old 'Curb
Your Enthusiasm'
star while the t\\o
were staying at the
Ritz Carlton in South
Beach, Florida on
Dec. 26.
"I waited for God to FC
send me a man and
he's a good southern man,"
the South Bend, Indiana-
bred actress said of Slimm in
a previous interview.
Fox's rep confirmed the
engagement to the New York
This will be the second time
down the aisle for Fox, who
was married for four years
to aspiring musician Chris-
topher "Sixx-Nine" Harvest.
The two divorced in 2002.
The actress was involved
in a high-profile relationship
with rapper 50 Cent in 2003,

and also dated Washington
Redskin player Darnerien
During an appearance last
month on the 'Wendy Wil-
liams Show,' Fox spoke about
planning to have children
with Slimm. Though
she said she's not
opposed to adopt-
ing, Fox plans to
meet with her doctors
about conceiving her-
"I'm very fertile, so I
don't think I'll have a
OX problem," she offered,
making reference to
her age.
Fox confessed she and Slim
plan to explore parenthood
once she wraps production
on her touring play, 'Cheaper
to Keep Her' with Brian McK-
night, Jonathan Slocumb,
Karen Malina White and
Christian Keyes.
"We're planning after the
tour to do the thing," she con-
tinued. "If I could get a boy
and a girl that would be fab-
ulous and I'm shutting down
shop and shipping these eggs
off to Africa somewhere."

Famous comedian promotes book

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Girl, Interrupted and Rat
Race. She has also received
praise for her role as Gui-
nan in Star Trek: The Next
Generation, a series which
ironically and according to
'legend' was one of the first

shows in which she saw a
Black actress, Nichelle Nich-
ols playing something other
than a maid. Perhaps it was
one of her earliest motiva-
tions to go into show busi-
All we can say about our
sister Whoopi is . "you go




pastor,- Ebenezer UMC Watch
Night Service and First Sun-
day of the Year service was
celebrated by St. John Baptist
Church, St. Mark, New Birth
Cathedral, New Shiloh, Mt.
Pleasant Baptist, Mt. Calvary,
Mt. Carmel, Mt. Zion, New
Providence, Saint
Luke MBC and Jor-
dan Grove.
Dr. Capers cel-
ebrated with 21 of
her pastors manning
S the pulpit both times,
such as Minister Ber-
thena Bullard, Min-
ILSON ister Latinia Rob-
inson, Minister T.
Eileen Martin-Major, Bren-
ton Lopez, Eddie Mercado,
Joann Brookings, Lillian
Thomas and Martin-Major's
MASK group performing along
with Gracelyn and Valerie
Thomas JB Dance Group.
Each service filled the edifice
on Watch Night, First Sunday,
as well as the home-going ser-
vice of Delores Brown Fran-
cis, while the pastor encour-
aged everyone to maintain
attendance in the church and
pay tithes as each person's
responsibility. Visiting Watch
Night were Leroy and Delo-
res Lopez in support of spn
Minister Brenton Lopez and
daughter Carleen.




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Rapper enlists stars for 'Peace' initiative UA lm

Carter, Keys join Sudan's Emmanuel Jal

By Marco R. della Cava

Emmanuel Jal has a wist-
ful relationship with peace.
The Sudanese singer was or-
phaned young and conscript-
ed to kill as a child soldier. He
was then rescued by British
aide worker Emma McCune,
who died shortly thereafter in
a car accident.
But that painful childhood
isn't preventing Jal, who be-
lieves he is around 30 years
old, from trying to bring peace
to others. For his new video,
We Want Peace, he has en-
listed an army of stars, from
Alicia Keys to former president
Jimmy Carter, to spotlight the
Sunday referendum that could
see his native southern Sudan
gain independence from the
Why the need for American
concern? Jal fears that a move
toward independence will lead
to violence.
"My part of the country
has a lot of oil, and the north
may not let us go so easily,"
says Jal. "If things go bad, it
will be important for people
to be watching. You know
how George Clooney and oth-
ers made people keep an eye

Ted Williams, the homeless
with the golden voice, was rei
with his 90-year-old mother,
Williams, recently in New York
hours after he spoke of her tea
on the "Today" show.
Crying "Mommy, mommy," ac
ing to the Columbus Dispatch
liams ran to his mother acr
conference room in Manhattar
embraced him after declaring
her "prodigal son" had returned
hadn't seen each other in alm(
A reunion anticipated to hapt
LaGuardia Airport Julia wa

on Darfur? It's the same with
this. And if you shine a light,
evil can do less."
Jal was busy working on
his fourth studio
album, See Me
Mama (due this
spring), when
nagging concerns
over the coming
vote caused him
to write Peace.
The project
gathered steam
quickly after Jal
got a friend, film- KE
maker Anna Gabriel, to shoot
the video. She informed her
father, musician Peter Gabriel,
of the project. As a member of
The Elders, a Nelson Mandela-
led group of notables, Peter got
the participation of Carter and
former United Nations Secre-
tary-General Kofi Annan, and
composed strings for the song.
"I've been horrified at the re-
ports of the potential for civil
war in Sudan after the elec-
tion," says Gabriel. "Emman-
uel is an inspiring and char-
ismatic young musician. Since
most fighting in (Sudan's)
wars is actually carried out by
young people, I believe his im-
passioned campaign for peace

would be much more likely to
reach them."
In the tradition of Give Peace
a Chance by John Lennon, We
Want Peace offers up a simple
sing-along refrain. Its rap-
reggae riffs find Jal lamenting
how mankind can land on the
moon but remains unable to
stem the cycle of violence in
Africa. Flashing peace signs
and repeating the song's title
throughout the video are ce-
lebrities including Clooney
and Richard Branson.
Jal says he hopes the video
"causes people to act, to write
their congressmen and be

Musician and former

child soldier Emmanuel

Jal fears independence

efforts in southern

Sudan could lead to

violence. He's hoping to

"shine a light" on the

issue with his

new video.

vocal." The singer has been
known to go to extreme mea-
sures for a cause. In October,
he finished a 662-day cam-
paign to raise money for the
refurbishment of a Sudanese
school named in honor of Mc-
Cune. During his Lose to Win
effort, Jal skipped breakfast
and lunch daily.
"We raised $220,000, which
we used to buy bricks for kids
who normally take classes un-
der a tree," he says. "I'm busy
thinking of what I'll lose next
for the new campaign."
For the moment, though, he
can't see past Sunday. "After
so much war," he says, "we Su-
danese really do want peace."

g to shout about
man corted there by "The Early Show" host
united Chris Wragge to meet her son as he
Julia got off the plane from Ohio was
k, just delayed when Ted was whisked away
arfully by the another news crew, CBS News
ccord- ."God has answered my prayer," Ju-
, Wil- lia said on "The Early Show," acknowl-
oss a edging that it hurt to miss her son
i. She at the airport. "I prayed that I would
That live to see this time when he would do
. They well." Her son was being interviewed
ost 20 by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira at
almost the same time on "bTday."
pen at Julia Williams, incidentally, has
as es- quite a lovely voice herself.

The West Perrine Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Pa-
rade will be held on Saturday,
Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. on the cor-
ner of Homestead Avenue and
S.W. 184th Street (Eureka
Drive). The parade is free and
open to the public.

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

E The Cemetery Beauti-
fications Project, located at
3001 N.W. 46th Street is look-
ing for volunteers and dona-
tions towards the upkeep and
beautification of the Lincoln
Park Cemetery. For more info,
please contact Dyrren S. Bar-
ber at 786-290-7357.

Coconut Grove-Village
West Home Owners and
Tenants Association will be
hosting a Community Rally on
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 from
12-3 p.m. at Elizabeth Virrick
Park, 3255 Plaza Street.

The Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1961 will meet

on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.
at the Cultural Arts Center.
All classmates are urged to be
S present to make plans for the
50th reunion. For more info,
please call 305-688-7072.

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

N The Many Happy Hearts
Annual Golf Tournament
will take place on Monday,
Jan. 17, 2011 at the Sena-
tor 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 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 direc-
tions, call 954-625-2800.

National Coalition of
100 Black Women, Inc.,
Greater Miami Chapter is
hosting its Women's Empow-
erment Conference on Sat-
urday, Jan. 29, 2011 from 8
a.m.-12 p.m. at the Intercon-
tinental Hotel at Doral, 2505
N.W. 87th Ave. For more info,
call 1-800-658-1292, email
conference@ncbw 100miami.
org or visit www.ncbwl00mi-

N 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 fash-
ion show lunch silent action
will take plate 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 informa-
tion, call 305-329-3066.

The 9th Annual Band
Extravaganza "A Show of
Bands" will take place on
Saturday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m.
at Tropical Park, 7900 Bird
Road. Tickets are $15. Call
Jeba 305-835-0321, Pat Gar-
ret 305-519-8995 or Terry
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The white gleaming palace remains knocked to one side. The
Canado High School, one of the country's most prestigious,
has been knocked out, replaced with makeshift classroom.
And the Sacred Heart Church, the parish of some of Haiti's
most prominent citizens, is no longer standing as parishioners
attend Sunday masses under a tent outside.
While the earthquake crippled most of Port-au-Prince, Hai-
ti's largest and most important city, it seemed to have saved its
fury for three cherished institutions in the mountainous Ca-
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The number of death from the earthquake is a mind numb-
ing 250,000 people. Many of them perished inside churches,
schools and government buildings.
According to eyewitnesses, thousands rushed into church-
es for safety, thinking wrongly of course, that the sanctuary
would save them from death. Schools, particularly the univer-
sities and technical schools, suffered tremendous loss of lives.
When the earthquake occurred around 5 p.m., classes were
full with young people. What is even more devastating is that
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Today most of the government's business is carried out un-
der tents or makeshift offices. So shaken was the country's
president, Rene Preval, after the earthquake, that he made
this now infamous statement: "My palace is destroyed. I'm
The Haitian people didn't take too kindly to that statement
made in English to U.S. journalists a couple of days after the
seismic shock and many analysts believe those words have
not set too well with most of the Haitian people who see the
American-built palace as much their home as it is the presi-
dent's house.
"It literally shook us to the core," said Charles Manigat, a
professor of sociology at the University of Cap Haitien. "For
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earthquake remembrance

Candlelight service will unveil stunning mural

Special to the Miami Times
The Little Haiti Optimist
Club (LHOC) will host the Haiti
Earthquake Remembrance on
Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
The purpose of the event is to
commemorate the victims and
survivors of the earthquake
that devastated the island na-
tion of Haiti almost one year
ago on January 12th, 2010. As
part of the remembrance,
LHOC will unveil a 5,000 sq. ft.
mural located at 7925 NE 2nd
Avenue in Little Haiti between
the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The entire community is invited
to participate in the unveiling
and the candlelight ceremony.
The program will begin with
inspirational songs, remarks
by elected officials, community

leaders and survivors of the
earthquake and will culminate
with the candlelight reflection
moment in remembrance of all
the victims and survivors. Fol-
lowing the stage program, at-
tendees will take a short walk
to participate in the unveiling
of the Haiti Earthquake Re-
membrance Mural painted on
the building located at 7901 NE
2nd Avenue. The strategic loca-
tion of the building lends itself
to making sure that the mural
is highly visible to commuters
and the community for many
years to come. Ron Volk is the
owner of the building and gen-
erously donated the space for
the mural.
The mural which will depict
Haiti's past, present and fu-
ture, is designed and produced

in partnership with the MLK
Community Mural Project and
will not only honor the victims
and survivors of the devastat-
ing earthquake, but more im-
portantly raise awareness as
well as raise funds for families
devastated by the tragedy. Es-
tablished Haitian and Ameri-
can artists, as well as students
from Little Haiti Optimist Club
and Youth Expressions are par-
ticipating in painting the mural
and bringing the vision to life.
"The earthquake was a day
that many will not forget. With
South Florida having the larg-
est concentration of Haitians
and Haitian Americans, our
goal and commitment is to en-
sure that Haiti is not forgotten,"
said Adam Grossman, senior
vice president of public affairs
for the Miami Dolphins who
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Miami remembers victims of Haiti's earthquake

In communities. from Little
Haiti to Liberty City, Miami
will pause to remember the
millions of lives lost in last
year's horrific earthquake
in Haiti on Wednesday, Jan.
12th, the first anniversary of
the tragedy. Other commemo-
rations will continue through-
out the month. While this list
is not all inclusive, here are
some events that should be of
great interest to the commu-
Commissioner Jean Mon-
estime honors agencies
Where: Miami-Dade Com-
mission Chamber, second
floor, Stephen P. Clark Center,
111 NW First St.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 12,
9 a.m.
Sixth Annual Haitian Inde-
pendence Month Celebration
Where: Lobby of Stephen P.
Clark Center, 111 NW First St.

When: Wednesday,
Jan. 12, 11 a.m.
Haiti: One Year
Later, an FIU teach-

Where: FIU Marc ',
Pavilion, Modesto A.
Maidique Campus,
11200 SW 8th St.
When: Wednesday, MO
Jan. 12, 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
An evening of re-
membrance and recognition
for Haiti
Where: Doubletree Grand
Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 1717
N. Bayshore Dr.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 12,
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Haiti Earthquake Remem-
brance Candlelight Ceremo-
ny/Mural Unveiling
Where: Lot at 7925 NE 2nd
Ave. and 7901 NE 2nd Ave.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 12,
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Special Mass
in remembrance
of earthquake
Where: Cathe-
dral of St. Mary,
7925 NW 2nd Ave.
When: Wednes-
day, Jan. 12, 7
Taize Prayer

Where: Food For The Poor,
6401 Lyons Road, Coconut
When: Wednesday, Jan. 22,
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Panel discussion "Haiti Noir"
led by author Edwidge Danti-
Film "Eat For This Is My
Where: Museum of Contem-
porary Art, 770 NE 125th St.
When: Saturday, Jan. 22, 2
p.m. and 4 p.m.


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IRS extends

filing deadline

to April 18

By Linda Stern

WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue
Service kicked off the U.S. tax filing sea-
son, announcing recently that taxpayers
will have until April 18, 2011, to file their
2010 returns and pay their tax bills be-
cause of a holiday on April 15.
The agency also said that it would not
be ready to process returns carrying
itemized deductions until mid- to late
February, because it has to reprogram its
processing systems following the passage
of a big tax bill at the end of 2010.
April 15 is Emancipation Day, a holiday
observed in the District of Columbia. Tax-
payers who file extensions will have until
October 17, 2011, to file their 2010 tax re-
Taxpayers who won't be able to file un-
til mid-February include those claiming
itemized deductions on Schedule A, high-
er education deductions on Form 8917,
and teachers claiming their $250 deduc-
tion for classroom expenses.
The tax agency has started posting fil-
ing information for the new season on its

Danyel Smith named

editor-in-chief of magazine

Earlier this morning noted journalist and author Danyel Smith announced that
she had taken on the role of Editor-in-Chief of Billboard magazine. "[On the move]
excited!," she tweeted. "Today is my first as editor of Billboard magazine."
This is not Smith's first turn with the music industry trade publication or as EIC
of a major magazine. In 1993 she served as R&B Editor for Billboard, and ran Vibe
magazine from 1997-1999 and again from 2006-2009. Over the course of her ca-
reer, Smith has written for the Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Spin, The New Yorker
and The New York Times, among other notable media outlets. She's also penned
two fiction novels, More Like Wrestling and Bliss.
Congratulations on a position well deserved.

Hiring rises at bars, restaurants Restaurants binge

Consumers going out again, which bodes well for jobs

Last week's employment report
was disappointing, with the econ-
omy adding about 50,000 fewer
jobs in December than expected,
but robust hiring by bars and res-
taurants may be a sign of better
The food services industry add-
ed 25,000 jobs last month and
was the biggest contributor to a
47,000 jump in employment for
leisure and hospitality the top

job creator among 14 broad sec-
tors the government tracks.
All U.S. employers added
103,000 jobs last month far few-
er than the 150,000 many econ-
omists expected restaurants'
strong showing is an encouraging
sign for the job market overall,
some economists say.
"It's an important sector to have
growing because it consistently
adds significant numbers of jobs

during expansions," says Dean
Maki, chief U.S. economist of Bar-
clays Capital. "It's a very reliable
indicator that the overall job mar-
ket is picking up."
Restaurants and other food and
drinking places were among the
biggest job producers of 2010,
adding 188,000 positions.- Hir-
ing picked up sharply in the sec-
ond half of 2010, with food and
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Total jobs and year-over-year
employment gains for restau-
rants and bars.

Month Total Gain
August 9,455,900 26,300
September 9,494,300 38,400
October 9,518,800 24,500
November 9,535,300 16,500
December 9,559,800 24,500
Source: Bureau ofStatistics

Shaping up your

finances after

holiday spending

By Ann Keeton

During the long and painful recession, Americans
were fearful of the future, and they kept a tight rein
on spending. For many people, things haven't gotten
better this year. But they are worn out with worry-
ing and have gone shopping to cheer themselves up.
More Americans seem to be getting the picture.
America's Research Group reported that 17 percent
of Americans used credit cards during the Thanks-
giving weekend. That's the lowest percentage in the
27 years of the survey, the organization said.
Then, in mid-December, the National Retail Fed-
eration reported that, according to a survey by BI-
Gresearch, 31.1 percent of shoppers had most often
used credit cards over cash, check or debit cards
this holiday season. That's slightly higher than
2009 but well down from 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Still, that's a lot of Americans using credit cards.
That's a lot of holiday spending. And that's a lot of
So it's time to stop spending.
"Many times we experience post-holiday dol-
drums, especially when January weather is bleak,"
said Lauren Locker, a certified financial planner in
Little Falls, N.J. "The temptation to indulge in some
'retail therapy' can be strong and will further in-
crease our credit card debt. Just like we cut back on
our holiday food treats in January ... we need to
summon all our willpower to do the same with our
spending. Instead of going to the mall, take the dog
for a walk."

Anyone who has overindulged with shopping this
year should go on a financial diet, Locker said. Af-
ter covering basic living expenses, she recommends
cutting spending by 10 percent. Any money you
keep in your pocket should be put toward paying off
credit cards, Locker said.
Consumers with multiple credit cards need to
make a list of all their cards and pay off the one with
highest interest rate as quickly as possible, while
paying the minimum balance on the others.

Another financial advisor, Chuck Rylant, has tak-
en a nontraditional approach with some clients, re-
placing number-crunching with psychology.
"I ask them to pick the credit card that has the
smallest balance and pay it off quickly," he said. "It
doesn't matter about the interest rate. I just want
them to have a feeling of success. Once they see that
they can pay off that card in two months, rather
than two years, they can move on to the next step."

BofA to pay Fannie Mae, Freddie Goldman Sachs invests $500M in Facebook

Mac $2.8 billion in mortgage case

More such restitution payments from

lenders and banks are expected

By Julie Schmit

Bank of America said it
agreed recently to pay $2.8 bil-
lion to taxpayer-funded Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac to settle
claims that it sold the mortgage
giants bad home loans.
The agreement is the big-
gest so far between Fannie and
Freddie and lenders that sold
them loans during the sub-
prime lending boom and before
standards were tightened.
More such agreements are
likely as Fannie and Freddie,
which now buy about two-

thirds of all home loans, then
package and sell them to in-
vestors with a promise to cov-
er losses, seek restitution for
loans that they say failed to
meet their underwriting stan-
dards. "All major banks will
have something similar," says
Guy Cecala of Inside Mortgage
The financial industry may
face about $52 billion in costs
from such mortgage claims, ac-
cording to a consensus of Wall
Street analyst estimates. While
the costs will be huge, Mon-
day's agreement underscores

that they "won't put banks out
of business," Cecala says.
BofA shares rose 6.4 percent
Monday to $14.19. The agree-
ment deals with loans originat-
ed by Countrywide Financial,
one of the largest subprime
lenders. BofA acquired it in
The cost to BofA, the nation's
largest bank and mortgage
service, was in line with most
Wall Street estimates, which
reduced fears among investors
that costs could go much high-
er for the whole industry, says
Paul Miller, banking analyst at
FBR Capital Markets. He says
the agreement also sets the
"ground rules" for future deals.
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It's the second deal to estimn

social site's value at about $50

By Matt Krantz

Facebook enters the new year with a cash in-
fusion almost sure to boost it alongside Amer-
ica's elite club of the most valuable companies:
the likes of Visa and American Express.
Goldman Sachs and Russian partner Digital
Sky Technologies invested roughly $500 mil-
lion in the social-networking site within the
past few days, according to reports from The
New York Times and confirmed by USA TODAY
That infusion is the latest deal to peg Face-
book's market value at around $50 billion, a
level just 55 publicly traded companies in the
U.S. currently meet or exceed. Facebook's valu-
ation tops that of Nike, eBay and Time Warner.
Unlike nearly all the other $50 billion-plus
companies, Facebook was founded only seven
years ago. Even 13-year-old Google, valued at
$190 billion, looks like an old-timer next to

CEO Goldman Sachs

CEO Facebook

Facebook. Facebook and Goldman Sachs de-
clined to comment.
Facebook continues to be one of the most
popular sites on the Internet, with 500 million
users, says market researcher ComScore. In-
vestors hope Facebook will give companies a
powerful way to target online advertising to
engaged users, says Lou Kerner, analyst at in-
vestment firm Wedbush.
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S-..-Democrats ready to work with GOP to create more jobs
Democrats ready to work with GOP to create more jobs

By Nancy Pelosi

As America approaches the
50th anniversary of John F.
Kennedy's inauguration as
president, we remember his
inspiring message to members
of Congress: "The Constitu-
tion makes us ... all trustees
for the American people, cus-
todians of the American heri-
As trustees for the American
people, Congress must honor
our legal obligation to do what
is right for our families and

workers. As custodians of our
heritage, we must uphold the
American values of freedom,
equality and opportunity for
For the past four years, it
has been my honor to serve as
speaker of the House, to follow
in this tradition, and to work
with my colleagues on behalf
of the economic and national
security of every American.
Today, I will turn the gavel
over to the new speaker, John
Boehner, with my full com-
mitment to join him in solving

problems for America's fami-
lies. When Republicans put
forth solutions that reflect our
priorities and address our na-
tion's challenges, they will find
in Democrats a willing part-

As we pivot into a new Con-
gress, our No. 1 priority will
continue to be putting people
to work. And we will measure
each proposal by a simple
test: Will it create jobs? Will it
strengthen our middle class?

Will it reduce the
The Democratic
Congress and Pres-
ident Obama act-
ed to lay a strong
foundation for our
nation's prosper-
ity. We took action
to create and save
millions of jobs,
and cut taxes for
every worker. Our

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brought the great-
est consumer protec-
tions in history.
We made the larg-
est commitment to
making college more
affordable, and es-
tablished landmark
investments in the
health and educa-
tion of our veterans.
These initiatives were
all paid for; in the

historic health insurance re- case of health reform and stu-
form enacted a Patient's Bill of dent loans, these actions will
Rights, and Wall Street reform save taxpayers $1.3 trillion.

Health care reform and Wall
Street reform increased le-
verage for America's working
families. Any efforts to repeal
or defund them will be met
with stiff resistance. For the
sake of all Americans, these
protections must remain in

In the new Congress, Dem-
ocrats are prepared to join
congressional Republicans in
focusing on job creation and
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Education still important after Haiti's devasting earthquake

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these institutions to
be so physically de-
stroyed, it affected
our emotions tremen-
dously. We are a God-
fearing people who
treasure education and
government is our bed-
rock, despite itself."
Many had expected
that by now scaffolds
would surround the
palace, a sign of prog-
ress and that the coun-

try would be on its way
back, albeit slowly. But
the planning that was
necessary to accom-
plish such tasks has
not taken place. To be
sure, the government
has been for the most
part ineffectual with
little ability to enforce
the rule of law and to
earn the people's re-
spect. Preval, for his
part, has done little
follow up since a do-
nor's conference at
the United Nations in

March where about 50
nations pledged an es-
timated $10 billion for
the Haiti reconstruc-
tion effort.
"The earthquake was
an opportunity for bold
and ambitious moves,"
said Jocelyn McCalla,
a political consultant
who has worked with
the Haitian govern-
ment. "Instead the gov-
ernment of Haiti and
the international com-
munity have limited
themselves to taking

baby steps, relying on
international charities
to keep handing hand-
outs to the people of
So as government
tries to figure out what
to do, the schools, on
the other hand, have
been able to bounce
back, perhaps a bit
too early for some.
One month after the
earthquake almost all
of them had re-opened
their doors. But there
are many who question

Optimist club remembers earthquake victims

continued from 5C

provided all the sup-
plies for the mural
"This is the most
important project I've
worked on because
hundreds of thou-

sands lost their lives
and the country where
I was born was de-
stroyed," said Serge
Toussaint, a native of
Carrefour, Haiti and
the lead artist for the
mural. "As an artist, I
hope this mural helps
all of South Florida re-

flect on Haiti's history,
present and a better
future to come once
the country is rebuilt."
Other artists include:
Kyle Holbrook, Cairns
"Nice" Athouris, Ad-
donnis Parker, Darrin
Watson, Bayunga Kia-
leuka, Chris "Punch"

Purdy, Kevin "Smurf"
Morris, Lordgyn "Gino"
Belizaire and Veronica
For more informa-
tion and to sponsor,
visit www.littlehaitiop- or call 305-

Social-networking receives large investment

continued from 7D

Goldman's invest-
ment isn't the first to
place a $50 billion
value on Facebook.
The company was val-
ued at $56 billion on
Dec. 17 after a private
online marketplace,
SharesPost, conduct-
ed an auction in which
165,000 shares trad-
ed for $25 each, says
SharesPost CEO Da-

vid Weir.
Most investors,
though, do not qualify
for such trading be-
cause of net worth and
income requirements.
Facebook shares are
not available on a ma-
jor stock exchange,
and it has thus far
avoided going pub-
lic through an initial
public offering. Regu-
lators, though, re-
quire large companies
to register their stock

and provide finan-
cial statements once
they have 500 or more
Facebook is a private
company, so financial
statements are not
publicly available. But
if reports of the com-
pany's revenue being
$2 billion last year
are correct, investors
are paying 25 times
revenue, well above
the seven times rev-
enue Google trades

for, says Ira Cohen,
managing director for
investment banking
firm Signal Hill.
That means Face-
book must meet
high expectations
for investors to make
money. "The history
of companies with
extremely high valu-
ations is that upside
is limited," says Jay
Ritter, professor of fi-
nance at the Univer-
sity of Florida.

Congress making jobs a top priority

continued from 7D

strengthening our fu-
ture. At this time of
continued economic
challenge, one place
to start would be our
" Make It In America"
strategy a series of
steps to bolster Amer-
ica's manufacturers
and our competitive-
ness so that we con-
tinue to lead the world

economy. By creating
jobs in our manufac-
turing and clean ener-
gy sectors, and making
critical investments in
our infrastructure, we
can keep America No.
1. And with our plan,
we can do so in a fis-
cally responsible way.
Now is the time for
Republicans to join us
in offering bold ideas to
continue our recovery
and to keep our prom-

ises to generations to
come. Together, we
must act to meet the
challenges of the mo-
ment and of our coun-
try's future: creating
a strong and growing
workforce, ensuring a
thriving middle class,
and acting as respon-
sible stewards of the
public purse.
As we congratu-
late Speaker Boehner
and our Republican

colleagues, we stand
ready to solve prob-
lems and to find com-
mon ground on behalf
of all Americans. And
as we take the oath
of office today to sup-
port and defend the
Constitution, we must
be ever mindful that it
"makes us ... all trust-
ees for the American
people, custodians of
the American heri-

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in the visual arts,
dance, drama and mu-
sic and when my father
added tap to the pro-
gram in the late 80s I
discovered that I had
found my calling," said
Davis, Jr.
He says he learned
the fundamentals
from Shannon Hayes
but was then taken
under the wings of
Steve Condos who had
starred in several Hol-
lywood films as part of
the Condos Brothers
- he's been tapping
his way to stardom
ever since.
"I became the Star
Search Teen Dance
champion at 13 and
have toured the world,
performed on Broad-
way with Savion Glov-
er and been guided
by some of the best in
the business," he said.
"Now I live in New York
City but I had to come
back home to lead this
fundraiser because
the Center has been
so important in my
life and the lives of my
siblings and several
friends. It's a way of
giving back and to il-
lustrate the positive
things that have hap-
pened in our lives as a
result of the training
we first received at the
Center's director grate-
ful for community's

"It makes you proud
to be part of a pro-
gram that has helped
so many children get
their start in achieving
their dreams," Davis
Sr., 60, said. "But in
order to continue our
programming we have
to raise more money
because many of our
children come from

families that cannot
pay for them to attend.
Even with this budget
crisis we are still here,
primarily because of
the support of the folks
from this community.
Even our resident art-
ists help us in train-
ing our children in the
arts from playing a
musical instrument,
which we supply, to

learning various danc-
es or vocal styles."
But what matters most
for Davis Sr.?
"The real reward from
my many years at the
Center is to see your
kids excel and then to
have them return to
help the next genera-
tion do the same," he
said. "That's what it's
all about."

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The City of Miami Public Works Department (PWD) is inviting interested parties
to submit applications to be included in a lottery to select six (6) vendors for six
(6) locations within designated areas within the Biscayne Boulevard Special
Vending District.

Vending is limited to the sale items as identified in Sec.39-37.1 of the City of
Miami Code of Ordinances.

Applications and instructions may be picked up at the Public Works Depart-
ment, 444 SW 2 Avenue, 8th Floor, Miami, Florida 33130. Applications are due
on or before 3:00 p.m. Friday. February 4. 2011. (NO EXCEPTIONS).

Qualified vendors will be selected by lottery to be held at the City of Miami, 444
SW 2 Avenue, 10th Floor Conference Room, Miami, Florida 33130 at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 pursuant to City of Miami Ordinance 12002 and its

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whether the country,
still so traumatized,
was ready for formal
"What should have
been done was to take
time to prepare the cur-
riculum and the teach-
ers who were teach-
ing our children," said
Georges Boursiquot, a

Brooklyn entrepreneur
who has followed the
Haiti situation closely.
"But that demands a
heavy dose of leader-
ship from civil society
and the government. It
seems that everybody
is in a rush to do things
to satisfy the Monday
morning critics."

Bank settles agreement

regulates Fannie and
Freddie, said the BofA
agreements -- and a
recent deal in which
Ally Financial agreed
to pay $462 million to
Fannie Mae for similar
claims -- return $3.3
billion to taxpayers.
The BofA agreement
resolves the bulk of
BofA's exposure to
Fannie and Freddie.
But it still faces po-
tential liabilities from
mortgages it sold to
private investors. In a
statement, BofA CEO
Brian Moynihan said
that one of the bank's
main goals is to "put
these issues behind

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view and comment, changes to its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
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9D THE' ,: TIMES, JANUARY 12-18, 2011

Martin L. King, Jr. Day of Service

Special to the Miami Times

In celebration of Dr. Mar-
tin L. King Jr. (MLK) and his
legacy of service, the Miami-
Dade Park and Recreation
Department (MDPR) and the
Parks Foundation of Miami-
Dade have teamed up with
Miami-Dade County's District
3 Commissioner/Commission
Vice Chair Audrey Edmonson;
District 2 Commissioner Jean
Monestime; AARP, the Service
for Peace Miami Chapter, and
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center (AHCAC) to recruit
local citizens to revive public
spaces at County parks in the
Model City area and partici-

pate in a food drive for Feed-
ing South Florida, during their
annual MLK Day of Service
volunteer workday on Satur-
day, Jan. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1
Model City area workday
sites for the MLK Day of Ser-
vice will include Martin L.
King Jr. Memorial Park, 6101
NW 32nd Ct., the AHCAC,
6161 NW 22nd Ave., and Arc-
ola Lakes Park, 1301 NW 83rd
St. Volunteers will check-in at
these sites at 8 a.m. and par-
ticipate in activities such as
painting walls, planting trees
and re-sanding playgrounds
and picnic areas. The event
concludes with a luncheon for

volunteers from 12-1 p.m.
"In these tough economic
times, it is even more evident
that service is essential in
helping to build a better future
for our children," Vice Chair-
woman Edmonson said. "It is
initiatives such as the MLK
Day of Service that allow us to
see how communities can be
improved when people come
together to volunteer their
time, talent and skills to help
make it happen."
Individuals interested in
participating as a volunteer
can contact MDPR Volunteer
Coordinator Angie Gomez at
305-961-2781 or email angi-

Employers post fewer jobs in November

By Christopher S. Rugaber

ings dipped in November, the
latest evidence that employers
remain cautious about adding
new workers.
Employers advertised 3.25
million jobs that month, a
drop of about 80,000 from Oc-
tober, the Labor Department
said recently.
Openings have risen by
900,000, or 39 percent, since
the recession ended in June
2009. But they are still below
the 4.4 million openings that
were advertised in December
2007, when the recession be-
The report shows that there

were 4.6 unemployed work-
ers, on average, competing
for each available job. That's
slightly worse than the previ-
ous month's 4.5 ratio.
The heavy competition for
available jobs puts employers
in the drivers' seat and helps
hold down wages.
The ratio reached 6.3 in
November 2009, the highest
since the department began
tracking job openings in De-
cember 2000. In a healthy
economy, the ratio would fall
to between 1.5 and 2, econo-
mists say.
The department's report,
known as the Job Openings
and Labor Turnover survey,
or JOLTS, counts the number

of jobs advertised on the last
business day of the month.
While the figures are for No-
vember, economists say the
report provides an early indi-
cation of hiring patterns be-
cause it can take up to three
months to fill many jobs.
The figures come after the
department issued a disap-
pointing employment report
Friday stating that employ-
ers added only 103,000 jobs
in December. Some econo-
mists had forecast that twice
that number would be added.
The unemployment rate fell to
9.4 percent from 9.8 percent,
though about half that drop
was due to people giving up on
job searches.

Jobs increase in the restaurant industry

continued from 7D

drinking establish-
ments adding 130,000
jobs since August.
Some new hires have
jobs because sales at
restaurants open at
least a year increased
in September and Oc-
tober compared with
those months in 2009
- only the second and
third such increases
since May 2008, ac-
cording to the National

Restaurant Associa-
"The industry's grad-
ual recovery is definite-
ly gaining a foothold,"
says Hudson Riehle,
the association's se-
nior vice president.
SsReiitiurant 'revenue
closely tracks con-
sumer spending and
job growth. Consumer
spending was up 4
percent in the fourth
quarter, Maki says.
Because the indus-
try is labor-intensive,

more sales usually
lead to more staffing,
Riehle says. Restau-
rants' hiring has also
helped lower unem-
ployment among less-
educated workers,
because many restau-
rant]jobs don't require
a college degree. Fifty-
eight percent of res-
taurant employees had
only high school diplo-
mas in 2008.
Their unemployment
rate about double
that for college gradu-

ates fell to 9.8 percent
in December from 10
percent in November.
It was 10.8 percent in
Darden Restaurants,
which owns Olive
Garden, Red Lobster,
LongHorn Steakhouse
and other brands, is
opening about 75 res-
taurants in its 2011
fiscal year, which ends
May 31, up from 53
the previous year, says
spokesman Rich Jef-

McClatchy Corporate Recruiter Reginald A. Stuart interviews a candidate at a job fair.

Maximize your job fair experience

By Kate Lorenz

Have you been searching
long and hard for a job, only to
keep hitting roadblocks when
you try to make contact with
companies in your commu-
If so, it's time to start utiliz-
ing another great job search-
ing resource the career fair.
Career fairs are great places
to get your foot in. the door.
These events provide job seek-
ers with important face time
with dozens of companies that
are actively looking for can-
didates, and do so all in one
place. Making your mark at a
career fair doesn't happen just
by showing up. A successful
career fair experience takes
planning, preparation and the
confidence to sell yourself. If
you want to use this resource
to help jump start your search,
follow these tips before, during
and after the fair.
Before the Fair It All Comes
Down to Homework
Get a guest list. Your first
step is to find out which com-
panies will be participating.
Many career fairs have Web
sites that list participating
companies or list the compa-
nies on brochures and other
advertising materials. Once
you have, the list, highlight

several companies that are of
interest to you.
Do your research. Research
the companies that will be at-
tending the fair. Look at their
Web sites, read their press re-
leases, and search your local
newspaper for stories.
Put your tools together. Once
again, it's time to dust off your
resume and make sure it is in
tip top condition. Double check
for spelling and grammatical
errors and make'sure your
contact information is correct.
Practice, practice, practice.
Get together with a friend or
family mermber and practice
answering typical interview
questions. Additionally, devel-
op a list of questions you want
to ask each company. One of
the best ways to look prepared
and professional is showing
up with thoughtful, intelligent

Dress the part. When you go
to the career fair, you will un-
doubtedly see people walking
around in jeans and t-shirts.
Don't be one of those people.
Wear a conservative business
suit, make sure you look well
groomed, and carry your ma-
terials in a professional folder
or portfolio.

Don't forget your ammo.
You spent all that time mak-
ing sure your resume was
ready to go, so don't blow your
chances by forgetting to bring
it. Bring many copies printed
out on professional resume
paper, as well as a few copies
of your references list.
Be confident and proactive.
A career fair is no place to be
shy and demure. The best way
to make a lasting impression
is by being aggressive. Ap-
proach the companies that in-
terest you, make eye contact
and introduce yourself with a
firm handshake.
Ask for information. This
might be the only opportunity
you have to meet with the hir-
ing manager face to face and
you will want his or her con-
tact information later.

Follow up. Just like a job
interview, it is important to
follow up after a career fair,
Using the business cards you
collected, write letters to key
company representatives.
Just make sure you don't
waste the opportunity you
had at the career fair. Your
due diligence afterwards can
be as important as your prep-

Tips to finding a great job for those over 50

By Kate Lorenz

According to the Bureau
of Labor Statistics, about 16
percent of today's workforce
is age 55 and older, and that
number is expected to reach
21 percent by 2014 -- an in-
crease of more than 11 mil-
lion workers. As the American
population ages, companies
are realizing older Americans
are a vital part of their work-
force, and are starting to put
programs into place to attract
and retain these workers.
Companies are increasing-
ly focusing on this segment
of the American workforce
and are offering older work-
ers more flexible work options
and helping them better bal-

ance work and family issues,
says Deborah Russell, direc-
tor of economic security for
the AARP, a nonprofit organi-
zation for people over 50.
And in the face of impend-
ing labor shortages, many
companies are turning to
their own retirees to fill open
spots. Bringing a former em-
ployee back on board pro-
vides a wide range of benefits
to the company, as retired
workers need less training
and are already familiar with
company policies and stan-r
dards as well as bLsin ei~'
Every year, the AARP re-
leases its list of the "Best
Employers for Workers Over
50." They look at companies

in a variety of industries and
evaluate businesses in the
areas of recruitment 'prac-
tices, continuing opportuni-
ties for advancement, flexible
work schedules and benefits.
If you are an older pro-
fessional and want to find
an employer who is open to
workers of all ages, Russell
offers the following tips for
evaluating a company.
1. Examine the company's
recruitment practices.
Russell notes you can learn
a lot .bout a company by how
i-Tnd where it recruits em-
plo3ees, as well as what its
recruitment materials look
like. Is the company recruit-
Sing at a variety of job fairs?
Is it open to applications from

all workers? Does it have a
formal program to offer posi-
tions to retired workers? Can
you see a variety of ages repre-
sented in company brochures
and other branded materials?
2. Ask about advancement
opportunities and training.
The AARP found that many
of the best companies for older
workers have special programs
in place to provide employees
with advanced and ongoing
training, help employees move
positions within the company
and offer career counseling.
These programs help older
workers keep important skills
.up-to-date. Some companies
even offer online courses for
employees, which enable old-
er workers to take courses at

their own pace.
3. Research the company's
While you might not be able
to find out everything about a
company's benefits in the ear-
ly interview process, you can
research the company's Web
site and other materials to
find out what benefits it offers.
Many of the companies on the
AARP's list have benefits that
are particularly attractive to
older workers, such as allow-
ing 401(k) "catch-up" contri-
butions and time off to care for
dependents beyond what is re-
quired by law. Some also offer
phased retirement programs,
and several hospitals on the
list offer healthcare services
either at a discount or at no

cost to employees covered un-
der company health plans.
4. Examine the overall com-
pany image.
Take a look at all company
collateral and its Web site.
What is the image the com-
pany is portraying? Also, look
around the company when
you are interviewing. Do you
see other older workers? Ask
about the company's mission
and goals. Russell says it is
important to determine if the
company "values its work-
force, or just its bottom line."
For more information about
the AARP and its list of the
"Best Employers for Workers
Over 50," visit the organiza-
tion's website at

Dismal job market fuels job bias claims

By John W. Schoen

In the worst job market
since the Great Depression, a
record number of fired work-
ers are not going quietly.
The Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission
said recently that it received
more job discrimination com-
plaints in the latest fiscal
year than at any time in its
45-year history. In addition to
getting almost 100,000 new
complaints, the federal agen-
cy filed 250 lawsuits, settled
another 285 suits, and re-
solved 104,999 private sector
Those enforcement actions,
mediations and other litiga-
tion cost employers a record
$404 million in payments to
workers filing claims.
The agency cited a num-
ber of factors for the jump in
claims, including greater di-
versity in the work force. But

the brutal job market and
dismal economy have played
a major role, according to at-
torneys representing workers
filing discrimination claims.
"There's nothing that stim-
ulates employment litigation
like a bad economy," said
Ron Cooper, a former general
counsel of the EEOC who is
now in private practice. "Peo-
ple who have lost their jobs
are a whole lot more likely to
think about bringing a law-
suit than people who contin-
ue to be employed."
The increase comes as the
commission has added more
workers to handle the surge
in new claims and clear a big
backlog of pending actions.
EEOC chairwoman Jacque-
line Berrien said the agency
has spent the past two years
boosting its staff, reversing
deep cuts during the Bush
"Discrimination continues

to be a substantial problem
for too many job seekers and
workers," Berrien said. "We
must continue to build our
capacity to enforce the laws
and ensure that workplaces
are free of unlawful bias."
The higher number of
claims also comes as the
commission spreads the word
about employment laws to
those who may be the subject
of discrimination. The EEOC
said it provided educational
training and staged public
outreach events to 250,000
people in the latest fiscal year,
which ended Sept. 30, 2011.

Those sessions also helped
workers sort out what types
of layoffs may be illegal a
distinction that isn't always
easy for a terminated worker
to gauge.
"We get so many calls from
people coming in saying that

they had a personality dispute
with the boss of some sort, or
that they were loyal employ-
ees, said Brent Pelton, a New
York lawyer who specializes
in employment law. "There's
nothing we can do to help.
Employees have to remember
that they are employed at will
and can be hired and fired at
will so long as it's not based
on race, gender, nationality,
age or disability."
Pelton said the weak econ-
omy has also brought an in-
crease in the number of fired
workers owed back wages.
"We have a significant num-
ber of cases involving com-
panies construction, res-
taurants, retailers where
employees are just willfully
not paid overtime," he said.
Discrimination claims rose
in every category and, as in
past years, claims based on
race, sex and retaliation were
most frequent.


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One bdrm, one bath $450.

140 NW 13 Street
$500 MOVE IN. Two
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14350 NW 22 Avenue
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Two bdrms. one bath $525
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Two bdrms., one bath, $595
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1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.

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Appliances, free water.

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First and last to move in.
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All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD T.V. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

7527 NW 22 AVENUE
(Upstairs)Two bdrms, one
bath, air unit, appliances, wa-
ter included. 305-331-5399
7601 NE 3 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Remodeled kitchen, new
floors, appliances. $750
monthly, security negotiable.
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
850 NW 4 Avenue
Nice and clean, one and
two bedrooms, includes free
water and gas, washer and
dryers on premises. Close to
Downtown Miami. First and
security Call 786-285-6428
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call
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.
Furnished one bedroom apart-
ment, rear, all utilities includ-
ed. $875 monthly. Call 305-
431-8981 between 5-9 p.m.


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Beautiful one bedroom, $650
monthly, apartment in gated
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Call 305-638-3699
Studio, remodeled. Section
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Spanish or 786-301-4368
Remodeled one bdrm. $625
to $775. 534 NE 78 Street
Liberty City Area
One bedroom. $500 moves
you in. Call 305-600-7280 or
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One bedroom. $400 moves
you in. Call Ms Wilder
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Includes grill, tent, lighting
and water. Parking available.
Call Mohamed 786-985-
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191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
435 NE 121 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$750 monthly. 954-914-9166
50 NW 166 Street
North Miami Beach
New four bedrooms, two
baths. Rent $1500. Section 8
OK 305-528-996-1
555 NE 123 Street
Large one bedroom, one
bath. Appliances are includ-
ed. Water included, pool,
washer/dryer. $800 monthly.


1082 NW 55 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $975.
Appliances. Free water.

1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
1293 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 786-277-4395
13415 NW 31 Avenue
Newly remodeled one bed-
room, one bath, tiled floor,
washer, dryer access. $595
mthly. Section 8 Welcomel
135 NE 80 Terrace
Newly remodeled, huge one
bedroom, one bath, central
air, $750 monthly, Section 8
welcome, 954-818-9112.
1542 NW 55 Terrace
Unfurnished two bedrooms,
one bath. Call C. Hill
1806-62 NW 45 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$875 monthly. 954-914-9166
1815 NW 41 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
$850 monthly. $2200 to move
in. Section 8 Welcome.
1816 NW 93 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1150 monthly.
954-885-6322 786-399-8557
1896 NW 41 Street
Two bedroom, air, appliance.
$950 a month. First, last and
security. 305-962-2666
1965 NW 50 Street
Two bdrm, one bath, central
air, tile, laundry room. $1100
monthly. $1100 deposit. Sec-
tion 8 Ok. 786-285-4056
2300 2320 NW 52 Street
Three bedroom, two bath.
Section 8 OK. 305-759-1250
2375 NW 82 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 ok. 305-903-2931
255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $550.
330 NW 82 Terrace #B
One bedroom, one bath cot-
tage, all. new, $685 a month,
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

4521 NW 31 Avenue
Large three bedrooms, two
baths and many extra fea-
tures. Section 8 Welcome.
Serena 305-978-9472
5125 NW 18 Avenue
Three bdrm, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 excepted. $975 month-
ly. 305-877-0588
60 NW 170 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
air, bars, $975, 786-306-4839
6329 NW 1 Court
Two bedroom, one bath, air,
nice kitchen, two car garage,
gated. Section 8 welcome.
7619 NE 3 COURT
One large bedroom apt also
efficiency available.
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances, free

8041 NW 12 Court
Updated two bedroom, one
bath, title, $825 monthly.
8180 NW 23 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths;
two bedrooms, one bath. All
with central air.
Call 786-306-2946
8394 NW 15 Avenue
Two bedrooms/rooms for
rent Section 8 welcome!.
Call now. 786-290-6333
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776
942 NW 103 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, all appliances.
$1200 monthly. Section 8 OK!
3737 Charles Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath duplex
located in Coconut Grove.
Near schools and buses.
$650 monthly, $650 security
deposit, $1300 total to move
in. 305-448-4225 or apply at:
3737 Charles Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, air.
Section 8. Mr. Brown

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
12325 NW 21 Place
Efficiency available.
Call 954-607-9137
19 NW 52 Street
Nice and clean, ulitilies in-
clude, $550 monthly, $1100
to move in. 305-962-1814
2230 Fillmore Street
Refrigerator, stove, ceiling
fan, bath and shower.
305-816-6992, 786-262-4701
5629 SW Fillmore Street
Large efficiency, $650 mthly.
$1300 to move in. Lights and
water included. 786-370-
783 NW 80 Street
Utilities included call
9401-B NW 4 Ave. Air,
bars, private parking, water
included, nice area. $585
Call 786-514-1771
Everything included. $600
Move in. $135 weekly.
New floor, fridge. Utilities plus
cable. $600 monthly. $1200
move in. 305-751-7536
NW 91 Street and 22
Furnished with air and light.

Furnished Rooms

13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1722 NW 77 Street
$125 weekly,new carpet,
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1780 NW 60 Street
Free cable. Use of entire
house. $110 a week. $220
Move in. 305-801-5690
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
2900 N.W. 54th Street
Upstairs, one room, refrig-
erator and air. Call 954-885-
8583 or 954-275-9503.
3290 N.W. 45 St.
Clean room, $350 monthly.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728

74 Street NW 7 Avenue
Utilities and cable included.
$125 weekly. $225 moves
you in. 786-306-2349
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$300 monthly. 786-515-3020
Clean home with rooms,
$125 wkly. Jay 305-215-8585
$90 weekly, air condition,
quite area. Call 305-638-
Private room with bath.
Private Entrance. Price Ne-
gotiable. 305-879-7687
7125 N.W. 13 Avenue. $110
weekly, air, kitchen privileges.
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!


1288 NW 52 Street
Two bdrm, one bath, Section
8 Ok. $990. 305-970-1721
144 NW 47 Street
Newly remodeled, three bed-
room, one bath, central air,
washer/dryer hookup, $1300
monthly. Section 8 OK. 954-
16520 NW 21 Avenue
Three bedroom, two bath,
fenced yard. Section 8 OK.
$1200 monthly. 786-260-
1712 NW 66 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$1000 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 954-914-9166
1723 NW 68 Terrace
Miami. Two bedrooms, one
bath, $725 monthly.
Call 305-267-9449
1775 NW 47 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1550 monthly.
1830 NW 55 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath., $950
monthly, two months security
required. 305-5.10-7538.
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
18715 NW 45 Avenue
Section 8 OK. Three bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
tile floors. A beauty. Call
Joe 954-849-6793
19110 NW 22 Place
Large three bedroom, two
bath, central air, family room.
$1600 monthly. $3600 to move
in. No Section 8. 305-625-
20625 N.W. 28th AVENUE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
all tile, central air. Available in
February. No Section 8.
2135 NW 46 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, large
kitchen, living room, dinning
room, air, washer, dryer,
stove, refrigerator. $1500 per
Call Dot 305-607-1085
2284 NW 100 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$800 monthly. 305-733-4164
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
3265 NW 81 Terrace
Three bdrms, two baths.
bars, fenced $1250 monthly.
No Section 8. 786-419-5734
3512 NW 176 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, den, tile. $1,300.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
305-891-6776 No Section 8
5030 NW 24 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath,
fenced, security bars. $700
monthly. 305-733-4164
6240 NW Miami Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel
6315 NW 20 Aveune
Three bedrooms. $875
monthly. 786-556-6950
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, $1100
monthly. 305-662-5505
6820 NW 14 Avenue
Three bdrm, one bath, Sec-

tion 8 excepted. $940 month-
ly. 305-877-0588


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7 NE 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$850. Appliances, free

743 NW 75 Street
Three bedrooms, two bath
monthly. 305-662-5505
7709 NW 21 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath, air,
fenced yard, water included.
7961 NW 12 Place
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly, $2800 to move
in. 954-294-0514
Three bedrooms, two bath.
Section 8. 305-625-2918
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, living room furniture,
plasma TV included. Section
8 welcome. 786-346-9878
Three bdrm, two bed, $1200.
Section 8 OK. Able to move in
quick. Call 786-216-3393
Two bedrooms, one bath No
Dogs, $850 305-310-0108
Three bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 786-269-5643
Conveniently located, new
renovation. Section 8 OK!

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Furnished and Unfurnished.
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Clean and large room, with
cable and central air. Use of
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Three bedrooms, two bathes,
pool, two car garage. Will
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12D THE .li. .1 TIMES, JANUARY 12-18, 2011


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JSU Sports Photo
Jackson State forward
AND Grant Maxey returns to
bolster Tigers who sit atop



Howard University Director of Athletics Louis "Skip"
Perkins announced the hiring of former
Bison standout Gary Harrell as the
school's new head football coach.
"Our goal is to re-establish a com-
petitive football program and athletic
program overall at Howard University,"
Perkins said. "As an alumnus, a cham-
HARRELL pionship athlete and a strong coach,
we are confident in Coach Gary "The
Flea" Harrell."
Harrell recently completed two seasons as the offensive
coordinator for Bowie State's football team. Prior to joining
the Bulldogs, Harrell served as the quarterbacks coach at
Morgan State (2008 2009) and the wide receivers coach
for Team Michigan, a member of the All-American Football
League (Feb. 2008 May 2008).
The Miami native began his coaching career at Howard
(2002-2004) as wide receiver coach. After two seasons at
Howard, Harrell also served as wide receiver coach at Texas
Southern (2004-2006), and Florida A&M (2006-2008).
Harrell, affectionately known as "The Flea," was a
favorite for his calculating and precise on-field exploits. He
ranks in the top five all-time in school history for receiving
and punt returns. Harrell was a four-year letter winner as a
wide receiver and punt return specialist at Howard.
"Howard has a strong legacy of achievement," Harrell
said. "Every member of Howard University football accepts
the responsibility of representing the program with dignity
and pride on and off the field."
As a starter for Howard's undefeated 1993 team, Harrell
and his teammates won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Confer-
ence (MEAC) championship and were crowned the Black
National College Champions. He set the benchmark for
wide receivers at Howard and holds the school record for
most receptions in a game (13) and in a career (184).
The former Howard standout made his professional
debut in the NFL with the New York Giants (1994-96), fol-
lowed by a season for the World League's Frankfurt Galaxy
(Mar. 1996 June 1996) and two seasons in the Canadian
Football league with the Montreal Alouettes (1996-97)
Harrell is a 1994 graduate of Howard with a degree in
marketing. Harrell was inducted into the Howard University
Hall of Fame in November 2005 and received a proclama-
tion from the City of Miami declaring it Gary "Flea" Harrell
Day. Harrell attended Miami Northwestern High School.

Savannah State University has hired Steve Davenport
as the Tigers' new head football coach, Athletics Director
Marilynn Stacey-Suggs announced last
Davenport's appointment is ef-
fective immediately. He replaces Julius
Dixon, who served as the interim coach
for the 2010 season.
The Decatur, Ga., native comes
DAVENPORT to SSU from the University ofAlabama-
Birmingham where he served as the
Blazers running back coach since December 2006.
While at UAB he also served as the Director of Com-
munity Relations, where he organized and facilitated all
community service programs.
Davenport, 43. spent two years (2005-06) as the of-
fensive coordinator at Rockdale County High School in
Conyers, Ga. He was the head coach at Decatur High
School for two seasons (2003-04) and in 2003 was named
the Georgia Class AA State Coach-of-the-Year as his team
finished 13-1, losing in the state semifinals.
Davenport also spent four seasons (1997-2001) as the
head coach at Redan High School in Lithonia, Ga.
Davenport was a graduate assistant coach at Georgia
Tech during the 1992 and 1993 seasons under head coach
Bill Lewis.
He was a four-year letterwinner as a player at Georgia
Tech from 1985-88. He was a member of the Yellow Jacket

team that defeated Michigan State in the 1985 All-American
Bowl played at Legion Field. A three-year starter at wide
receiver, Davenport earned his undergraduate degree from
Georgia Tech in 1990 and his master's degree from Tech
in 1994.

21-1B A CO L GEBAS* TBALL(e'RslsStdnsadW kyHnr

Virginia Union 1 0 3 1 5 4
BowleState 0 0 2 0 7 2
Eliz. CityState 0 0 2 1 8 3
St. Paul's 0 0 0 2 3 6
Lincoln 0 0 0 2 1 8
Chowan 0 0 0 2 1 9
Virginia State 0 1 0 5 1 11
J.C. Smith 0 0 3 0 7 4
St. Augustine's 0 0 1 0 3 7
Winston-Salem State 0 0 2 1 8 2
Shaw 0 0 2 2 9 4
Fayetteville State 0 0 2 2 5 6
Livingstone 0 0 1 1 5 3
Treven Parks, So., G, JCSU- Averaged 24.5 points
in two big wins for the Bulls, 27 vs. Chowan, 22 vs.
Eliz. City State.
Joel Kindred, Fr., G,ST.AUG'S- In two games aver-
aged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds in Two wins.
Denzel Mooney, Jr., G, LINCOLN Had 24 points
in two games vs. Livingstone.
Stephen Joyner, JCSU Led Bulls to five straight
wins, two vs. CiAA teams.


Morgan State
Delaware State
NC A&T State
SC State
Coppin State
Norfolk State
Md. Eastern Shore
Florida A&M

Thomas Coleman, Sr., C, NC A&T Back to back
double doubles in two wins. Averaged 15 points,
12.5 boards.
Alexander Starling, Sr., C, B-CU Collected 7.5
rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.5 steals per game
In two wins.
Deal Washington,Fr., G, DSU -Averaged 17 points,
3 rebounds, 1 assist while shooting 52.6% from the
field and 70% (7 of 10) from 3-point range.


Clark Atlanta
Albany State
Fort Valley State

RakeeAnderson,6-0,Sr.,G, STILLMAN-Averaged
30.5 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals
In two Tiger wins.
Alex Sommervllle, 6-9, Sr., C, KSU In three wins,
Averaged 12 pointsand 12reboundswhileregistering
1 steal and nearly 2 blocks per game.
Marcus Goode, 6-9, C, So., BENEDICT Aver,
aged 13 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 assist
in two games.

Jackson State 4 0 8 8
Texas Southern 3 0 5 9
Miss. Valley St. 2 1 3 13
Alabama A&M 2 2 5 8
Alabama State 2 2 5 12
Prairie ViewA&M 1 2 4 12
Ark. Pine Bluff 1 2 1 1
Grambling State 1 3 3 13
Southern 1 3 2 14
Alcorn State 1 3 1 134
lyrone Hanson, 6-7, Sr., G/F, JSU Threw in
team-high 17 points canning 7 of 14 from the
field, 3 of 7 from behind the are, in 73-49 rout of
Southern Monday after scongteam-high20 points
in Saturday's 90-64 rout of Alcom State where he
canned 6 of 8 from 3-point range, 7 of 10 from the
field. Shot 14 of 24 (58.3%) from the field in the
two wins and 9 of 15 (60%) from 3.

Xavier (La.) 14 2
Cheyney 10 2
W. Va. State 8 5
Central State 8 5
Tennessee State 7 9
N. C. Central 6 8
Lincoln (Mo.) 2 10
UDC 2 10
Savannah State 2 17
David Burton, Sr., F, CHEYNEY -Averaged
20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.5
steals in 2-0 week. Had 22 points in win over
Gannon, 19 points 11 rebounds, 5 blocks and
3 steals in win over nationally-ranked Clarion.
Cheyney leads the PSAC East
RobertCovlngton, 6-9, So.,F,TENN. STATE
- Had 18 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 5
steals, 2 blocks and no turnovers in win over

Status quo holding in early going

BCSP Editor
The early returns are in and the results are
that not much has changed in the world of black
college men's basketball.
Three-time defending regular season and
two-time defending tournament champion Mor-
gan State (7-7) of the Mid Eastern Athletic
Conference, who finished 15-1 in league play
a year ago and has gone 42-6 against MEAC
competition over the last three seasons, is off
to another great start and got a big win Mon-
day over Hampton (70-60) to improve to 3-0 in
MEAC games. Todd Bozeman's Bears are cur-
rently tied with Bethune-Cookman (6-8, 3-0)
and Delaware State (6-8, 2-0) for the MEAC
Jackson State (8-8), who posted a 17-1
mark last year while running to the Southwest-
ern Athletic Conference regular season title,
.posted dominating wins over Southern (73-49)
and Alcorn State (90-64) in its last two games
and is tied atop the conference at 3-0 with Texas
Southern (5-9, 3-0) in the early going.
Tuskegee (4-3), who took home last year's
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
tournament title, is currently leading the league
with a 4-1 mark.
Among the defending conference champi-
ons, only tournament champion Saint Augus-
tine's of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic
Association is struggling at 3-7 overall, 1-0 in
CIAA play.
Hampton, under second-year coach Ed
Joyner, Jr., had compiled a 9-3 out-of-confer-

ence mark and had perhaps established itself as
Morgan State's chief challenger. But playing at
home Monday in Baltimore, MSU got 21 points
from DeWayne Jackson, 19 points and 10 re-
bounds from Kevin Thompson, and 18 points
from junior guard Aric Brooks, in putting away
the Pirates (12-4, 2-1).
Cliff Reed's Bethune-Cookman squad
made up a double-digit second-half deficit and
got 24 points from C. J. Reed to knock off
North Carolina A&T 72-69 in Greensboro
(N.C.) Monday to keep its conference record
clean. Greg Jackson's surprising Delaware
State squad, led by 11 points, 9 assists and 6
steals from Jay Threatt, kept pace with a 62-60
road win over S. C. State.
This week, Morgan State hosts S.C. State
Saturday, B-CU is at DelState and Hampton
hosts Norfolk State. On Monday, Hampton hosts
NC A&T, B-CU is at Maryland-Eastern Shore
and DelState hosts Florida A&M.
With a healthy Grant Maxey back in the
line-up, head coach Tevester Anderson has
Jackson State again playing like the class of the
SWAC. Maxey, the 6-7 former all-SWAC for-
ward who was granted a medical redshirt after
missing all of last year with a knee injury, is
averaging 13.3 points and 8.2 rebounds off the
bench in four of the last five games helping the
Tigers to a 4-1 mark over that stretch. Maxey
had perhaps his best game Monday, scoring 16
points and pulling down 13 rebounds in the win
over Southern. Jenniro Bush (14.4 ppg.) and
Tyrone Hanson (13.8 ppg.), two other 6-7 JSU
players, lead the Tigers in scoring.

BCSP Notes

Six HBCU products to play

in Friday's Cactus Bowl
Six HBCU football players have been selected to play in the 2011 Cactus
Bowl. The game will be held Friday, Jan. 7 at Texas A&M-Kingsville's
Javelina Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (CST).
Albany State running backs Robert Welton and LiRonnie Davis
and linebacker Jacob Hardwick will join Morehouse
kicker Ian Mullen, Virginia State defensive back Ian
White and Elizabeth City State defensive end Malcom
Jenkins on the roster of the top 88 NCAA Division II
seniors in the nation.
Hardwick, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va.,
led the SIAC and was ranked fifth in the nation with
13.5 sacks. He was second in the SIAC and tied for sixth
HARDWICK in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. He recorded 56
tackles, including 28 solos, five forced fumbles and five
pass breakups. He was named to the SIAC's All-Conference First Team.
Hardwick also played in the Second Annual Russell Athletic HBCU Senior
Bowl in December.
A senior from Macon, Ga., Welton rushed for
886 yards on 161 carries for 10 touchdowns, averaging
73.8 yards per game during his first season as a Golden
Ram. Welton was named to the SIAC All-Conference
Second Team.
Davis, a senior from Macon, Ga., rushed for
596 yards on 103 carries and scored five touchdowns for
DAVIS the Golden Rams. He also caught 19 receptions for 297

Texas Southern is keeping pace behind
double-figure scorers Travelle Jones (18.7
ppg.), Danner Johnson (14.3 ppg.) and Kevin
Galloway (11.6 ppg.).
The leaders will face off Saturday as Jack-
son State hosts Texas Southern in a game to be
carried live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. JSU hosts Prai-
rie View Monday while TSU travels to Gram-
All signs point to a mad dash to the finish in
the CIAA.
Bowie State (7-2, 2-0), under Darrell
Brooks, who got a 86-76 win over league fa-
vorite Winston-Salem State Monday behind
guard Eric Vann's career-high 26 points, is per-
haps playing the best basketball. Bobby Col-
lins' Rams of WSSU (8-2, 2-1), who won their
first seven games, split four games on their re-
cent road trip, falling to BSU and Saint Paul's.
Steve Joyner's Golden Bulls of J. C.
Smith (7-4, 3-0) have won five straight, in-
cluding avenging an earlier loss to St. Paul's.
Five-nine sophomore guard Trevin Parks (20.1
ppg.) and senior guard Ronald Thornhill (15.5
ppg.) have been leading JCSU.
Cleo Hill Jr's. Shaw quintet (9-4, 2-2) beat
St. Paul's and Virginia State but lost Monday to
Virginia Union (67-64). Shaw features CIAA
scoring leader Raheem Smith (23.3 ppg.).
This Saturday, Bowie State hosts St. Augus-
tine's and WSSU hosts Eliz. City State. Virginia
Union plays three consecutive days, traveling
to Livingstone Saturday, meeting Virginia State
Sunday at the Richmond Coliseum and travel-
ing to Charlotte Monday to face J. C. Smith.


yards and seven touchdowns.
Mullen completed an illustrious career at Morehouse. He finished
the season averaging 42.0 yards on 62 punts as well as making 6 of 15
field goal attempts and 37 of 45 PATs. Mullin was named Second Team
White was named First Team All-CIAA as a defensive back lead-
ing his team with 5 interceptions for 118 yards. He made 32 solo tackles
and 19 assisted tackles, broke up 9 passes and deflected 14 more during the
2010 season. White was also selected to the 2010 Virginia College Division
Football All-State first team and played in HBCU All Star Game in Atlanta,
Jenkins was the CIAA's Defensive Player of the Year and is one of eight
student-athletes in the country in contention for the Gene Upshaw Award as
the top lineman in NCAA Division II. He was named to the Super Region
1 First team and is up for All-American consideration.
Fans can watch a live webcast and follow live stats of the game at The game will be broadcast on radio by Sports Radio
Corpus Christi 1230 AM and streamed at
The game has been named the Cactus Bowl and played in Kingsville,
Texas since January 2001. It was previously known as the Snow Bowl and
played in Fargo, N.D. All profits of the Cactus Bowl are donated to Shriners
Hospitals for Children throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

BowieState 0 0 3 0 7 3
Eliz. City State 0 0 3 1 10 4
Virginia State 0 0 1 1 7 3
Chowan 0 0 1 1 4 6
Lincoln 0 0 0 2 1 8
Virginia Union 0 0 0 3 0 10
St. Paul's 0 0 0 3 1 8
J.C. Smith 0 0 3 0 9 0
St. Augustine's 0 0 2 0 8 4
Shaw 0 0 3 1 10 5
W-SalemState 0 0 2 2 7 6
Livingstone. 0 0 1 1 6 3
Fayetteville State 0 0 0 4 1 11
Courtney Medley, Jr., G, WSSU Averaged 17.3
points, 4.2 rebounds, shot 17 o01 29 from the lield, 6
of 15 on 3s and 12 of 18 FTs in three wins
Cynthia Johnson, Fr,, G, LINCOLN Averaged 9.7
points, 33 rebounds in three games.
Jasmlne Newkirk, So., G, WSSU Averaged 14.7
points, 2 assists and 2 steals In three games.
Vanessa Taylor, JC Smith Off to 9-0 start.

Hampton 3 0 10 5
NCA&TState 3 0 6 7
SCState 2 0 6 6
Morgan State 2 1 7 7
FloridaA&M 2 1 6 8
Bethune-Cookman 1 2 7 7
Coppin State 1 2 3 10
Howard 0 3 3 13
Norfolk State 0 3 6 6
Delaware State 0 1 4 9
Md. Eastern Shore 0 1 3 10
Jaleesa Sams, Sr., F, NC A&T Averaged 18.5
points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.0 steals while shoobng
71% Irom the field in two wins. Had 15 points. 11
rebounds in win over FAMU.
Nlcole Hamilton, Fr., G, HAMPTON Totalled 37
points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals in 1-1
week. Had 15 points vs. Wake Forest, 22 points
vs. Coppin State.
Klanna D'Oilvelra, So., F, DSU 14 rebounds, 3
blocks. 3 steals in win over NC Central.

Benedict 7 0 9 2
Fort Valley State 6 1 8 5
Albany State 6 1 7 6
Kentucky State 6 3 7 4
Claflin 5 5 5 7
Stillman 3 3 4 4
Miles 2 3 5 4
Tuskegee 2 3 4 5
LeMoyne-Owen 3 6 3 9
Lane 2 5 2 7
Paine 1 8 1 10
ClarkAtlanta 0 5 2 6
Sammelka Thomas, 6-2, Jr., C, MILES- Averaged
10 points, 3.7 blocks, 1.7 steals and 9.7 rebounds
in 2-1 week.
Jasmine Blrdsong, 5-11, Jr., C, FVSU Averaged
10 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block and assist
in 2-1 week.
Brittani Goodwin, 5-4, Fr., G, CLAFLIN Averaged
12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2 steals and assists in wins
over Paine and Slillman

Alabama A&M 4 0 8 6
Southern 3 1 6 8
Prairie View A&M 3 1 6 8
Miss. Valley St. 2 1 4 10
Grambling State 2 2 6 9
Jackson State 2 2 3 10
Alcom State 2 2 3 10
Alabama State 1 3 4 11
Texas Southern 0 3 2 12
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 3 0 14
Whlqutta Tobar, 5-7, Jr., G, ALABAMA A&M
- Scored game-high 25 points on Monday's 63-59
win overArkansas-Pine Bluf canning 8of 16 shots,
1 of 2 from behind the arc, adding 4 assists and
5 steals. Also tied for team-high with 12 points in
Saturday 60-49 win over Miss. Valley Stale. She
had team-high 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
The Lady Bulldogs are 4-0 In SWAC play

Xavier(La.) 15 4
UDC 10 6
Savannah State 8 8
Central State 4 5
W. Va. State 6 9
Cheyney 4 8
Tennessee State 5 10
N. C. Central 2 13
Lincoln (Mo.) 1 11
Chelsey Davis, 5-11, F, WVSU- In 2-1 week,
Davis averaged 24.3 points and8 reboundsper
game. She had 27 points, shooting 12 of 16
sbotstrom theflor, in loss atShepherd. Scored
17 points, got 5 rebounds and 2 assists in win
over Davis and Elkins then got 29 points and
10 rebounds in home win over UPJ.

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