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Duvalier's surprise return upsets Haiti

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Charges unknown in

ex-dictator's arrest

Local leaders issue cautionary statements

By D. Kevin McNeir

Jean-Claude Duvalier, the
former dictator of Haiti known
as "Baby Doc," returned to
his native country over the
weekend, igniting controversy
within the Haitian community
as well as the U.S., Canadian
and French governments. But
on Tuesday afternoon, he was
taken into custody a move
prompting human rights activ-
ists to celebrate the news, al-
beit with caution.

After reportedly relaxing at
the exclusive Karibe Hotel in
Petionville for the past few
days, Duvalier, 59, met with
several Haitian officials on
Monday morning including
a chief prosecutor, Attorney
Reynold Georges and Judge
Gabriel Ambroise. Meanwhile
a contingency of Haitian po-
lice were ordered to secure the
And while CNN reported that
several thousand were on-
hand when he arrived this
Please turn to DUVALIER 10A

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of Duvaller
is intended
to distract the
people of Haiti
from the real is-
sues they face. We want
a new, fair and inclusive
democratic election, not
the sham that marks what
took place on
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police escort in Port-au-Prince yesterday. Police took Duvalier from his hotel Tuesday and headed
to the prosecutor's office, witnesses said.
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King Day in Atlanta

-AP Photo/David Goldman
Atlanta Mayor Iasim Reed, from left, Rev Bernice King, Martin Luther King III, daughter and
son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Christine King Farris, sister of Dr. King Jr., US Attorney General
Eric Holder, and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. sing "We Shall Overcome" during a service at Ebenezer
Baptist Church honoring the 25th federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday,
Jan. 17 in Atlanta.

Exposito, SAO at odds over

police-involved shootings

Rundle counters that police
reports are "incomplete"
By D. Kevin McNeir

With six police-involved shootings having
taken place in the Black community since
2010 including the most recent in January
2011 of Lynn Weatherspoon, and with all of
these cases still pending, it is understand-
able why community criticism of Miami Police
Chief Exposito continues to rise. And while
Exposito says he would like to alleviate the
anxiety of the Black community, he stresses
that the "entire process is causing the delay of

information to citizens."
"There are a lot of things that must be done
including the gathering of evidence and testi-
monies before we can comment," said Exposi-
to, 56, a 37-year veteran of the Department.
"From both the Police Department and the
State Attorney's Office (SAO), all parties have
to be content that all of the pertinent infor-
mation related to any particular investigation,
in this case the six shootings in question, has
been gathered. When that is done, the SAO
must then decide if the officer or officers were
justified in using force or not."
Exposito added that until the SAO makes
its determination and decides to prosecute
the officers or to dismiss the case, he is legally
Please turn to SHOOTINGS 11A

GOP kicks

Steele to

the curb
.. By Paul West

.: ONON HiLL. Md. Michael Steele's
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I .tor al chairman came to an
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Sporty leaders rejected him
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Words fit

for a King
Florida's Lieutenant
# Governor Jennifer Carroll
is greeted by The Church
of the Incarnation's new
rector, Rev. Hayden G.
Crawford, following her
keynote address during
the church's annual King
SDay service. In the
. foreground is the former
S and now retired rector,
Rev. J. Kenneth Major.

-Photo Marvin Elliott Ells

Obama shows courage by easing Cuba travel ban

By DeWayne Wickham

It was late on Friday, before
the nation's capital shut down
for the Martin Luther King Jr.
holiday, when the White House
signaled a long-awaited change
in this country's Cuba policy.
This move has a lot of people
cheering on both sides of the
Florida Straits.
President Obama ordered ad-
ministration officials "to take a

series of steps to continue ef-
forts to reach out to the Cuban
people in support of their de-
sire to freely determine their
country's future," the White
House news release declared.
The steps, which relax re-
strictions on travel and money
transfers to Cuba, moves this
nation closer to a rational for-
eign policy toward the commu-
nist state, which a succession
of U.S. governments have tried

to topple since 1959.
Cuba is the last Cold War
battleground where the United
States is not just at logger-
heads with an old Soviet cli-
ent state but is actively trying
to undermine the government.
Our obsession with regime
change in Havana has been fu-
eled more by domestic politics
(pandering for votes among
anti-Castro Cubans in south
Florida) than a well-reasoned

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foreign policy.

Obama's decision to relax the
ban on Americans traveling to
Cuba is an act of political cour-
age and good sense. Under the
new rules, it will be easier for
academics, students, religious
groups and journalists to trav-
el to Cuba. Also, when this
change takes effect in a couple
of weeks, Americans can send

up to $2,000 a year to some-
one in Cuba as long as that
person is not a senior member
of the Cuban government or
the Communist Party.
Under the old rules, Cuban
Americans had unlimited free-
dom to travel to Cuba and send
money to people there. Other
Americans were prohibited
from sending money and se-
verely restricted from visiting.
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Surely there is another

King among us

L ife has certainly gotten more complicated if not overwhelm-
ing for Blacks in America in this new millennium. It's
enough to make one want to disappear under a tub full
of bubbles while enjoying a much-needed "Calgon moment," or to
shout, "Stop the madness I want to get off." To use the words of
that great civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, "[we are] sick and
tired of being sick and tired."
What obstacles do we face that have brought us to this point? We
continue to witness the senseless murders of far too many Black
children, and adults; we find our community decimated by drugs
and HIV/AIDS; we top the unenviable list of those who remain
unemployed; and with U.S. prisons bursting at the seams, there
seems to be an all-out war being waged against the Black man,
young Black men in particular.
But for the record, when a young Black preacher barely 30-years-
old, named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., first began to write his sto-
ry on the hearts of this nation, the situation facing our people was
equally as grave. It's almost impossible for today's instant grati-
fication-minded youth to imagine a world in which Blacks could
not vote, were refused access to public facilities and were always
looking over their shoulders for someone in a white sheet to come
barreling into their homes. But many of us remember and survived
that reality.
King's brilliance rested in his belief that Blacks could change
the hearts of our white oppressors, but only through non-violent
means. And while he would prove that he was right, many of his
contemporaries did not see eye-to-eye with him. They thought that
his tactics were destined for failure, particularly in a country that
had made its wealth on the blood of innocent Black men, women
and children.
King's life is also remarkable because of his courage and his abil-
ity to exemplify the true meaning of sacrifice he was willing to
give up his life for his beliefs. Clearly he was one of a rare few that
"walked the walk." As one writer says, "He walked with kings but
did not lose the common touch."
Still it would be wrong to place King in some kind of messianic
position as his willingness to sacrifice his own welfare for the best
interests of his people was'by no means unique. Others in our his-
tory have done the same. Perhaps he was special but he was still
another brother in the hood. That brings us to the crux of this mes-
sage: Surely there is another Dr. King among us.
In fact, we feel comfortable in saying there are many "Kings"
among us. They just have not realized their own power and poten-
True leaders, great men and women like King, are with us for
awhile and then are gone. But their testimony and message cannot
be erased.
After his assassination, many of King's foot soldiers tried to rep-
licate his work and while some made significant accomplishments,
none would equal his success. Meanwhile, our community contin-
ued to exclaim, "We need another King."
We beg to differ. In truth what we need are those who are willing
to take up his philosophy, his dedication, and his love for all man-
kind and apply it to today's situations. If anything, we need some
new-age "Kings" for new-age dilemmas.
Will the next "King" please stand? We know you are there. Do

Carroll signifies the importance

of people over partisanship

If you've been paying attention to the shenanigans and
backroom deals made by our so-called leaders who bicker
amongst themselves over the age-old differences between
the Democratic, Republican and now Tea Party agendas, it's easy
to understand why our country is now in such a royal mess.
Pardon our ignorance and naivete but the last time we looked,
unemployment, home foreclosures, lack of health insurance,
homelessness, hunger and crime were not relegated to one politi-
cal party. We all face these problems no matter what our race,
religion or political affiliation may be.
That's why the graceful rise to power of our new lieutenant
governor, Jennifer Carroll, elicits so much pride within the Black
community. And for the record, when we say Black we are using
the term as an all-inclusive adjective. That means people who
hail from the Bahamas, Bermuda, South America, Cuba, Africa,
Haiti, and last but not least, the U.S.
We all share a sense of pride about her accomplishment and
most of us, it seems, are optimistic about the kind of changes she
can bring to our fair State.
Of course, the jury is still out as it relates to what our new,
billionaire governor will do, the policies he will either promote or
reject and how those decisions will impact people of color. But
with this former island girl, Navy vet and state legislator sitting
in the number two seat of power for the state of Florida, our bet
is that the welfare and the future of all Blacks are in very com-
petent hands.
At a service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday
morning at the Church of the Incarnation, she eloquently shared
how King's commitment to service and his desire to eradicate all
forms of injustice have shaped and impacted her life. But more
than that, she emphasized, as did King before her, the impor-
tance of realizing that we are all interconnected. She pointed to
King's words: "We are caught in an inescapable network of mu-
tuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one
directly affects all indirectly."
Given the current state of affairs in the Black community, it's
easy to believe that the powers that be care little or nothing about
us and have summarily abandoned us to fend for ourselves and
fight each other for a modicum of respect and a handful of table
scraps. Carroll shows us that her commitment rests in making
all of our lives better.
We just wish those knuckleheaded white folks in Washington
felt the same way. But then, in two years we can send them all
back home to their palatial mansions, sprawling plantations and
rustic farmlands that is, if we bother to vote.

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One thing is clear non-violence must prevail

Our country remains in
mourning. As a collective na-
tion, we are suffering the sense-
less loss of life in Arizona, the
vitriol in our public discourse
that may have contributed to
this heinous act and our inabil-
ity to stop it before it ripped a
deep hole into the very fabric of
our democracy. While most of us
attempt to digest this vicious at-
tack, we cannot ignore the fact
that gun usage and violence
are destroying our communities
all across this great country of
ours. We can no longer disre-
gard the notion that guns are
too readily accessible to folks
and a culture of hostility exists
all around us. If we weren't mo-
tivated to take substantive ac-
tion to save ourselves before, at
the very least, Arizona's shoot-
ings should push us to now do
so without hesitation.

As the National Action Net-
work (NAN) hosted our annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
in Washington, D.C. and New
York last Monday, we honored
King's legacy while including
among our focus, the urgent

should undeniably serve as a
wake up call for everyone. But,
for those of us in the Black com-
munity, our wake up call should
have rang years ago. When the
majority of victims of gun vio-
lence are young Black men, and

The killings of six in Arizona should undeniably serve as
a wake up call for everyone. But, for those of us in the
Black community, our wake up call should have rang
years ago.

and dire need to diminish the
stats on gun violence and vio-
lence in general. Building on
King's notion of peaceful reso-
lution, we. will work throughout
the year to remind us all of his
ever-timely message and how we
can continue to carry his vision
and dream.
The killings of six in Arizona

when innocent children and
grandmothers have lost their
.lives simply walking down the
street in their neighborhood or
worse yet, sitting at home, we
are in a crisis. I cannot begin to
mention the countless number
of funerals I have attended with
crying mothers, fathers and
loved ones who are left strug-

gling to make some sense out
of tragedy much like we all are
with Arizona.
As one who has served as
a fierce advocate in the fight
against police brutality and
been on the forefront of nu-
merous cases involving exces-
sive force, I cannot dismiss our
own need to put the weapons
down. Sadly, it isn't always the
police shooting at us; too often
it is us killing each other. I am
in no way denying that injustice
and abuse at the hands of police
officers exists but I am holding
all of us accountable to do our
part in ending the cycle of vio-
lence. If we want to see change
around us, we must change the
way in which we conduct our-
selves. Sadly, a bullet knows no
color and instead indiscrimi-
nately chooses its victims as we
so tragically recently witnessed.


Violent rightwing extremism continues f-

All Americans and all people
of goodwill throughout the world
were once again shocked by the
recent assassination attempt on
Congresswoman Gabrielle Gif-
fords last weekend in Arizona.
What type of madness would
lead to such violence? Was it an
"isolated" incident? Or was this
just the latest manifestation of a
growing and evolving social and
political problem that has been
lingering for the last 50 years or
more in the U.S.?
President Barack Obama was
correct to point out that what
happened to Giffords and to the
other victims in Arizona impacts
all Americans and the outcry for
challenging this type of violence
is nearly universal.
Of course, the Black commu-
nity has known for hundreds of
years the bitter taste and awful
pain of the violence from righ-
twing extremists who have mur-
dered, assassinated, lynched and
inflicted all kinds of other forms
of deadly violence on our commu-

nities. These extremists are not
contained in one single age group
or geographical region. What
unites many them is their ha-
tred for political, economic, racial
and social progress that would
make our society more just, in-
clusive, equal or fair. In addition

re-awaken a national sense of
moral outrage that may lead to
some changes in the overall so-
cial consciousness of the majority
of Americans to demand an end
to this type of violence.
Yet, .it is similar to the hidden
national debate about race. A

et, it is similar to the hidden national debate about race.
A refusal to issue a call out for a deeper understanding
and analysis of the undergirding causes of extremist vio-
lence in the U.S. will only lead to more deadly incidents.

to Blacks being targeted for racial
and political violence, there were
also many whites who were also
slain by rightwing haters.
This is not about Demo-
crats, Republicans or Indepen-
dents. Rightwing extremists are
a danger to all people who want
freedom, justice and equality. It
is somewhat of a national shame
that it always takes another vio-
lent, senseless tragedy like the
Tucson violence to "temporarily"

refusal to issue a call out for a
deeper understanding and analy-
sis of the undergirding causes
of extremist violence in the U.S.
will only lead to more deadly in-
The truth is those who pulled
the pin out of hate-filled gre-
nades and tossed those rhe-
torical grenades into the public
square do have to be held ac-
countable. Deranged radio talk
show hosts and far rightwing TV

commentators, as well as some of
the politicians that they support,
all have to be held accountable
for contributing to the current
national climate across the na-
tion that promotes nothing more
that hateful vitriol at those who
desire more progressive change
in America. No, this is not about
freedom of speech. This is about
hatred in one of its worst forms.
In fact, rightwing extremism is
so prevalent and extensive to-
day that it may appear to some
to be just a natural backlash to
the progress that has been ac-
complished during the last 50
years toward a more just and eq-
uitable society.In several weeks
there will be a 40-year anniver-
sary in North Carolina to honor
the Wilmington Ten..In Febru-
ary 1971, a paramilitary group
of rightwing extremists known at
that time as the ROWP (Rights of
White People) organization vio-
lently attacked the Black com-
munity around the issues of
public school desegregation.


Owners' proposed 'lock-out' shows football is much more than a game

In case you have not been
paying attention, the owners
of the National Football League
(NFL) teams are maneuvering
towards what is called a "lock-
out" in March 2011. Their aim
is much the same as those of
other titans industry and fi-
nances these days (and their
political allies) to destroy
the labor union of the work-
ers (football players-the NFL
Players Association) and gain
take-backs from the workers
(the football players).
The term "lock-out" refers to
an employer's tactic of not al-
lowing workers to go to work
in order to force them to ac-
cept the employer's terms in a
negotiation. It is almost a re-
verse strike. The idea is to get a
workforce that is not prepared
to strike out on the streets un-
til they cave in. The assump-
tion behind a lock-out is an
employer's belief that they can
financially hold out while the.
workers collapse.
In the case of the NFL, the
owners believe that they can

hold out. Why? Largely because
of the deals that they have
with the television networks
that guarantee that money will
come flowing into the owners'
pockets irrespective of whether
there are any games.
So, is this simply a battle
between millionaires and bil-

Players Association has been
attempting to bring to the at-
tention of the public.
Of course the owners only
concern is to reduce their costs
'and raise their profits. These
are the same people who have
strong-armed city after city to
build new football-only stadi-

The term "lock-out" refers to an employer's tactic of not
allowing workers to go to work in order to force them to
accept the employer's terms in a negotiation. It is almost
a reverse strike.

lionaires? No, this is more akin
to a battle between the rulers
and the gladiators. Each week
during football season young
men do battle in front of mil-
lions of viewers. While many
of them earn a pretty penny,
the ramifications of playing
football can be traumatic, if
not catastrophic. The injuries
can be severe enough to kill or
permanently cripple an indi-
vidual. This has, in fact, been
one of the major issues that the

ums at the cost of the public
when such stadiums have been
proven to be of little economic
benefit to an economically-de-
pressed urban area. In either
case, the owners attempt to
blame the players for the ex-
orbitant costs associated with
While many people may write
off this dispute as of little rel-
evance except to the millions
who will miss out on NFL foot-
ball during the 2011-12 season

if the lock-out takes place, it
is important to go beneath the
surface. What is in common in
employer rhetoric, whether it is
the rhetoric of the NFL owners,
government officials speaking
about public workers, or corpo-
rate types attacking auto work-
ers, is something one learns in
watching a magic show: keep
the audience distracted and fo-
cused away from what is really
going on.
Thus, in a society where the
polarization of wealth rivals
anything since the Great De-
pression with so few people
owning so much of the wealth,
the employer class would have
us focus on the salaries of foot-
ball players, civil service work-
ers, or unionized factory work-
ers as being the alleged cause
of our suffering rather than
the fact of the immense wealth
that the employers have accu-
Pay attention to what is
happening in the NFL. It is
far more important than any







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Listen up America-

President Barack Obama selected the.right time to make one of the most I ,,..
important speeches in his life at one of the most critical hours our country
is experiencing at this time. His words at the Jan. 12 memorial service
for the victims of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona should be accepted as
a serious warning to all. .

To the families of those we've
lost; to all who called them
friends; to the students of this
university, the public servants
gathered tonight, and the people
of Tucson and Arizona: I have
come here tonight as an Ameri-
can who, like all Americans,
kneels to pray with you today,
and will stand by you tomorrow.
There is nothing I can say that
will fill the sudden hole torn in
your hearts.
But know this: the hopes of
a nation are here tonight. We
mourn with you for the fallen.
We join you in your grief. And we
add our faith to yours that Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords and the other
living victims of this tragedy pull
through. As Scripture tells us:
There is a river whose streams
make glad the city of God, the
holy place where the Most High

dwells. God is within her, she
will not fall; God will help her at
break of day.
Our hearts are full of hope and
thanks for the 13 Americans
who survived the shooting.
And our hearts are full of grati-
tude for those who saved others.
We are grateful for Daniel Her-
nandez, a volunteer in Gabby's
office who ran through the chaos
to minister to his boss, tend-
ing to her wounds to keep her
alive. We are grateful for the
men who tackled the gunman
as he stopped to reload. We are
grateful for a petite 61 year-old,
Patricia Maisch, who wrestled
away the killer's ammunition,
undoubtedly saving some lives.
And we are grateful for the doc-
tors and nurses and emergency
medics who worked wonders to
heal those who'd been hurt.

These men and women remind
us that heroism is found not
only on the fields of battle. They
remind us that heroism does not
require special training or physi-
cal strength. Heroism is here, all
around us, in the hearts of so
many of our fellow citizens, just
waiting to be summoned.
Their actions, their selfless-
ness, also pose a challenge to
each of us. It raises the question
of what, beyond the prayers and
expressions of concern, is re-
quired of us going forward. How
can we honor the fallen? How
can we be true to their memory?

You see, when a tragedy like this
strikes, it is part of our nature to
demand explanations -- to try to
impose some order on the cha-
os, and make sense out of that
which seems senseless.
Already we've seen a national
conversation commence, not
only about the motivations be-
hind these killings, but about
everything from the merits of
gun-safety laws to the adequacy
of our mental-health systems.
Much of this process, of debating
what might be done to prevent
such tragedies in the future, is
an essential ingredient in our
exercise of self-government.
But at a time when our dis-
course has become so sharply
polarized -- at a time when
we are far too eager to lay the
blame for all that ails the world
at the feet of those who think
differently than we do -- it's
important for us to pause for a
moment and make sure that we
are talking with each other in a
way that heals, not a way that


Do not use Arizona tragedy to curtail
Members of the Project 21 motivated in any way by politi- a commissioner with the Federal
leadership network are con- cal speech, liberal politicians are Communications Commission
demning efforts by liberal law- using the Arizona shootings to (FCC), the agency that adminis-
makers to impose restrictions on launch a campaign to resurrect tered the Fairness Doctrine in the
free speech in light of the tragic regulations to curtail freedom of past.
shooting spree in Arizona that speech in the media and possibly Representative Louise Slaugh-
critically injured Representative other aspects of American life. ter (D-NY) similarly complained
Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Representative James Clyburn that the FCC is "not working any-
"Loss of humanity is the issue (D-SC), a member of the liberal more," claiming that blame for
at hand in the assassination at- leadership in the U.S. House of flared tempers and violence, such
tempt on Gabrielle Giffords and Representatives, has called for a as was experienced in Arizona,
the senseless murder of a nine- reinstatement of "Fairness Doc- was due to "what they're hearing
year-old girl, among others. trine" regulations that once al- over the airwaves."
Losing liberty and finding ways lowed government to oversee Project 21 memberJoe R. Hicks,
to silence conservative views and police political content. In a the host of the PJTV internet tele-
shouldn't even be on the table," January 10 interview on National vision network's "The Hicks File,"
said Project 21 member Lisa Frit- Public Radio, Clyburn said, "I re- said: "Along with the nation's
sch, a guest host at KLBJ radio ally believe that everybody needs liberals and leftists, mainstream
in Austin, Texas. "Those who use to take a look at where we are journalists and pundits spent the
this tragedy as anything more pushing things, and [we] may past week acting like vultures
than a reason to pray, reflect need to take a serious step back -- picking at the bones of a na-
and call each of us as brothers and evaluate what's going on tional tragedy. Now liberal mem-
and sisters to stand united in here." Asked if this would consti- bers of Congress are shamelessly
humanity and love are acting as tute censorship to "an unfortu- seeking, political advantage from
tools of evil." nate degree," Clyburn responded, the actions of a madman. Make
Despite no evidence that the "I don't know that it's necessar- no mistake, these members of
man charged with the shoot- ily to an unfortunate degree." Congress, in alliance with racial
ings, Jared Lee Loughner, was Clyburn's daughter, Mignon, is hucksters like the Reverend Al

free speech
Sharpton, want to slam the door
on free speech and limit the di-
versity of viewpoints that are cur-
rently available to the American
"Those squealing the loudest
about injustice and dangerous
points of view seem most often
to be guilty of the same. And I
think, to their peril, the controls
they now want would be more
applicable to their ilk," said Proj-
ect 21 Chairman Mychal Massie.
"For example, Washington Post
columnist Courtland Milloy com-
plains now about conservatives
who are tradingig in ambiguity
and veiled threats,' but the Post
published a column by him last
March in which he expressed his
desire to 'spit on [tea party activ-
ists]... and knock every racist and
homophobic tooth out of their
Cro-Magnon heads.' That's the
type of person who now, without
apparent remorse for his own ac-
tions, wants to arbitrate accept-
able speech?"


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The swirl around commemo- have a dream that one day peo-
rating and celebrating Dr. Mar- pie will be judged by the content
tin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday of their character, not the color
always fascinates me. The of their skin." It's a powerful
mainstream media quickly goes quote, but equally powerful, and
to his most famous quote, "I delivered in the same speech,

As Black-on-Black crime escalates in Liberty City what

should we do to stop the violence and murders?

Unemployed, Miami

There's a
lot of crime
because peo-
ple are do-
ing anything
to survive.
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if there were
more jobs, "L .
the violence
and crime would come down.
Jobs and education would help
a lot.

Unemployed, Miami

I really
believe the
crime rate
will go down
if we have
stiffer penal-
ties. I believe
in having the

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death penalty also. People
should learn to respect each
other and keep their hands to
themselves. Stiffer penalties
won't stop all the crime, but it
will help bring the crime rate

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and pray and
seek my face and turn from
their wicked ways, then will
I hear from heaven and will
forgive their sin and will heal
their land." That is my answer.
That is how we will stop the

C.. .' student, Miami

We can start
by confiscat-
ing all the
guns that they
buy illegally.
And because
a lot of vio-
lence involves
the youth,
we can build more youth cen-
ters and to keep them off the

Carpenter, Brownsville

Get rid of
all the bad
cops. They're .-
the only ones '. '
interested in .
letting Blacks I
kill each oth-
er. It's not all
the cops, they

aren't really bad, just certain
ones. It's really a racial issue.
It really is.

Manager, Miami

I think peo-
ple wouldn't
be on the
streets rob-
bing and kill- '
ing people if
they had jobs.
People really
need to work,
especially ex-
offenders. Many of them say
they are looking for work, but
nobody will hire them. There
should be programs that pro-
vide job training for ex-offend-
ers and there should be some
sort of incentive for companies
to hire them. Everybody who
made a mistake should not
pay for it for the rest of their

Preacher and

are the words, "We have come
to the nation's capital to cash
a check. . a check which has
come back marked "insufficient
funds." We refuse to believe that
there are insufficient funds in
the great vaults of opportunity
of this nation." If people said,
"cash the check" as frequently
as they say "I have a dream", we
might have a different mindset
about the 'economic status of
Black people.
I have claimed Dr. Martin Lu-
ther King, Jr. as an economist
because of his Nobel Peace Prize
acceptance speech, "I have the
audacity to believe that peo-
ple everywhere can have three
meals a day for their bodies,
education and culture for their
minds, peace and freedom for
their spirits." Because econo-
mists deal with issues of distri-
bution, I have claimed that this
is a baseline economic state-
ment that places Dr. King in the
economists' Hall of Fame. Yet, if
one reads his speech, the Drum
Major Instinct, delivered on Feb-
ruary 4, 1968, just 2 months be-
fore his death, one would claim
him as both a psychologist and
prophet as well.
In the Drum Major speech,
Dr. King deconstructs human
nature, our need to be in front,
to keep up with the Joneses', to
claim the best to the detriment
of the rest. He scolds sororities
and fraternities, even as he ac-
knowledges himself as a frater-
nity man. He scolds over spend-
ers for the folly they engage in

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when they use their money to
chase material goods for status,
instead of chasing meaning. He
says the race problem may come
out of the drum major instinct,
the need for some to feel supe-
rior, thereby making others feel
inferior. And he says if he will be
a drum major for anything, if he
will be superior in anything, he
will be a drum major for justice.
Hidden inside the drum major
speech are a couple of prophetic
paragraphs. He says, "There are
nations caught up in the drum
major instinct. "I must be first."
"I must be supreme". "Our na-
tion must rule the world". And
I am sad to say this nation in
which we live is the supreme
culprit." He goes on to say, "God
didn't call America to do what
she is doing in the world now.
. We've committed more war
crimes than almost any nation n
the world.. And we won't stop
it because of our pride and ar-
rogance as a nation." He spoke
these words in 1968. Do they
resonate now?
Prophecy. "God has a way
of even putting nations in their
place.. If you don't stop your
reckless course, Ill rise up and
break the backbone of your
power. And that can happen to
America. Every now and then I
go back and read Gibbons' De-
cline and Fall of the Roman Em-
pire. And when I come and look
at America, I say to myself, the
parallels are frightening. And we
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"f The memorial, created by the" -
$120 million project ROMA Design Group and execu-
<, tive architect Ed Jackson, and .
shortl$11 million AIX* sculpted in China by Lei Yi Xin,
By Melanie Eversley will bring King to life for Ameri-
.. cans born after his assassina-
Harry Johnson is 56-years- tion in Memphis in 1968, says ,
old, too young to have known Vincent Gray, the Democratic
Martin Luther King Jr. or to have mayor of Washington.
moved in his circles. But John- "People will be able to come P.
son remembers hearing King down and read these quotes and .
speak on TV. He recalls study- put them in context and recog-
ing the I Have a Dream speech nize this was an absolutely bril- .,
in grade school. After college, he liant genius of a man," he says. .AN

was president of Alpha Phi Al-
pha, the fraternity to which King
Now president and CEO of the
Martin Luther King Jr. National
Memorial Project Foundation,
Johnson says he is making a
deeper connection to the man
whose philosophy helps balance
his life.
"The peacefulness of it, the
way you deal with conflict reso-
lution, the spirituality that, 'It's
going to be OK,' he says. "You
know, 'In spite of what you're go-
ing through, it's going to be OK.'
And that's kind of the way I live
my life."

Even though the $120 mil-
lion memorial is still $11 million
short? "It's going to be OK," he
says with a laugh. "It's going to
be OK."
Although Monday was the
nation's official observance of
King's birth 82 years ago, he was
actually born Jan. 15.
Johnson, a Houston lawyer, is
steering the 15-year campaign to
erect a memorial honoring King
on the National Mall in Washing-
With $11 million left to raise,
Johnson says he is confident
the goal will be reached by the
scheduled opening Aug. 28, the
anniversary of King's. I Have
a Dream speech at the 1963

(NNPA) How does an inner-
city principal get her elementary
students and their families to
commit to attendance and good
An incentive of $300 is a good
start, as Principal Natalie Means
of Jefferson Elementary, in St.
Louis, discovered.
In the fall, Jefferson Elemen-
tary offered 25 newly enrolled
students $300, if they achieved
95 percent attendance, were not
suspended, and their guardians
attended three out of four Parent
Teacher Organization meetings
by the end of the fall semester.
The families also had to live
in one of the surrounding rental
areas Residences at Murphy
Park, O'Fallon Place, and Carr
Square neighborhood all de-
veloped by McCormack Baron
Salazar company. Its partnering
management company, McCor-
mack Baron Ragan, funded the
incentive program through an
overseeing nonprofit group, Ur-
ban Strategies Inc.
Nearly 80 percent of the 25
students made the grade.
Means compared a group of
non-participating students to the
students working towards the
incentive. Non-participating stu-
dents missed an average of 2.8
days this semester, while stu-
dents in the program missed an
average of 1.5 days. Nearly half
of the students enrolled in the
program 42 percent nailed a
perfect attendance record, com-
pared to 25 percent of non-par-
ticipating students.
National studies confirm that
this type of incentive program
works. However, with consistent
state budget cuts, incentives are
far from most principals' minds.
For Jefferson Elementary, Mc-
Cormack Baron Salazar has kept
a close watch on its progress for
many years.
In 1998, McCormack Bar-
on Salazar built Residences at
Murphy Park, which neighbors
the school. Soon after, Richard
Baron, chairman and CEO of the
McCormack Baron companies,
raised about $4 million to re-
vamp the school to entice neigh-
borhood residents to enroll their
children in it.
Since then, the company has
supported the school in various
activities by working with Urban
Strategies, Inc. to implement

-Photo by Joe Brier
Harry Johnson, left, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Interior Sec-
retary Ken Salazar tour the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on

March on Washington.
Donations have ranged from
General Motors' $10 million
to the single dollars given by
"It's going to be a celebration,"
Johnson says. "How could you
put this up and not have Jesse
Jackson, Rev. (Joseph) Lowery,
(Rep.) John Lewis? All of the
icons of the civil rights move-
ment need to be here, and they
will be here for this."
Eleanor Holmes Norton, 73,
was in college and active in the
Student Nonviolent Coordinating

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Committee when she listened to
King speak from the Lincoln Me-
morial steps in 1963. Now Nor-
ton, a Democrat, represents the
District of Columbia as its non-
voting delegate in Congress.
"You have to understand, par-
ticularly if you were a young
person, the notion that he could
speak with such passion and
intelligence at the same time is
what moved us," she recalls. "It
was full of the kinds of allusions
and metaphors. ... The crowd
was absolutely thunderstruck.
That's the only word for it."

Lowery, who co-founded the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference with King, says the
Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson shows
that King's message of non-vio-
lence is relevant today.
"I hope we can find a way in
memory of Martin Luther King,
since it's his birthday, to remem-
ber that non-violence was his life
and that he died by an act of vio-
lence," says Lowery, 89. "I hope
we'll think about all those things
as we observe Martin's birthday
and try to bring an end to the
violence in Afghanistan and Ari-
zona and everywhere else."
Lewis, D-Ga., is the last surviv-
ing member of the "Big Six" or-
ganizers of the march on Wash-
ington. He recalls the day of
the march. King took the young
Lewis under his wing and play-
fully called him "The boy from
Troy," after Lewis' hometown of
Troy, Ala. Lewis admits to shy-
ness and says King taught him
to speak up.
"Dr. King preached that day.
He preached," says Lewis, 70,
who headed the Student Non-
violent Coordinating Committee
then. "I can never, ever forget
when he got to that part of the
speech 'I have a dream today,
a dream deeply rooted in the
American dream.' And his dream
and our dream were part of the

- literally

-Ploto by Wiley Price / St. Louis Amercan Newspaper
Jefferson Elementary School students Diamond Lofton and Everest Wright participate in the
Jefferson School Incentive Program that pays students for good grades, parent involvement and
perfect attendance.

them. This year, Kate Casas,
project manager for the group,
met with Means about her goals
for the school year and what
would help her to achieve them.
Means told Casas that she want-
ed to focus on enrollment, atten-
dance, and behavior.
Last year, Jefferson became
an art-focused pilot school, or a
school that runs autonomous-
ly within the St. Louis Public
School District. Despite market-
ing and neighborhood canvass-
ing, Means did not reach her en-
rollment goals in 2009, she said.
Casas found a 2010 study con-
ducted by Harvard economist
Roland Fryer Jr., which found
that paying students for reading
books, good behavior, and at-
tendance had significant results,
particularly with minority popu-
However, paying kids for test
scores and grades did not pro-
duce results. Fryer conducted
experiments in four urban school
settings: Dallas, Chicago, Wash-
ington, D.C., and New York City.
In all, 18,000 students in more
than 250 urban schools partici-
pated in his trials.
Even if the program at Jeffer-

son didn't produce results in all
students, it left them with a valu-
able lesson.
This semester, three Black
children from one family en-
tered in the program. The two
younger siblings succeeded, but
the sixth-grade boy did not. The
family had just moved from Mis-
sissippi, where they enjoyed a
more rural lifestyle. A few weeks
into the school year, Everest
Wright, 13, got into a fight and
was suspended.
"I was having a little bit of an
off day," Wright said. "Some-
one said something to me, and I
flipped out."
When he got home, he instant-
ly realized the severity of his ac-
tions. But, it really hit him at
Christmas time.
"I saw my momma take my
brother and sister to the store
and pick out their presents, and
I thought, That could have been
me,'" he said. "A lesson did come
out of that. Before I start fight-
ing, I try to think about it first. Is
it worth it?"
His sister, third-grader Dia-
mond Lofton, bought a Nintendo
system, a new coat and several
clothes with her money. Wright

had to put his present on lay-
Every other week, Casas and
two Washington University stu-
dents would mail home letters
to the families to inform them
about their status of succeed-
ing. With some families, a letter
was all it took. But, for others,
they made home visits to offer
any assistance and resources to
help the guardians and students
achieve their goals.
The process increased the
trust level that parents had for
the school, Means said, particu-
larly for families who had nega-
tive experiences with their previ-
ous schools.
"We were all positively impact-
ed by this," Means said. "I think
a barrier was broken. They saw
us as partners and not someone
that was invading their space and
looking for problems to go report.
I would love to do it again."
Last month, Urban Strategies
president Sandra Moore and
Baron congratulated the families
who completed the program at
the school.
Urban Strategies plans on of-
fering the incentives again with
a goal of 125 children next time.



Interview with Civil Rights icon

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

By A. David Dahmer

(NNPA) Charlayne Hunter-
Gault did not plan on becom-
ing a civil rights hero. She just
wanted to go to school. But, her
own personal courage and deter-
mination to exercise her right to
a public educational facility 50
years ago this week made her
just that.
Civil rights history-maker
Charlayne Hunter-Gault will
visit Madison to serve as key-
note speaker for the 26th Annual
City-County King Holiday Obser-
vance on Monday, Jan. 17, at the
Overture Center Capital Theater.
Hunter-Gault has earned ac-
claim in her career as an award-
winning journalist, both on tele-
vision and in print. She is known
for her work in Johannesburg,
South Africa as National Pub-
lic Radio's chief correspondent
in Africa and later for her work
as CNN's Johannesburg bureau
chief. Her awards are numer-
ous, including two Emmys and a
Peabody for her work on "Apart-
heid's People," a NewsHour se-
ries on South Africa.
She took some time away from
the 50th anniversary of the de-
segregation of the University of
Georgia (UGA) festivities recently
to chat with The Madison Times
from her home in Athens, Ga.
That tense and very chaotic first
day of school at UGA, she still
remembers like it was yesterday.
Interested in journalism, a
young Charlayne Hunter wanted
to attend a college with a strong
journalism program. In Geor-
gia this meant the University of
Georgia (UGA) in Athens, which
in the early '60s did not admit
Blacks. Fifty years ago this week,
an impeccably dressed teenager
walked through an angry mob
of screaming and howling White
students to attend her first day
of classes at the University of
Georgia, breaking the long-exist-
ing color barrier at that school.
At the time, Hunter-Gault was
taking on more than just those
students, she was taking on the
entire state of Georgia.
"That atmosphere was quite
charged," remembers Hunter-

Gault. "I actually think that it
wasn't a lot of students who were
doing all of the yelling of racial
epithets. It just seemed that
way. I think a lot of the students
were just curious. But, there
was enough of them making
On Jan. 9, 1961, the Univer-
sity of Georgia accepted its first
two Black students Hamil-
ton Holmes and Hunter-Gault.
On that first day at the school,
Holmes and his father, and Hunt-
er-Gault and her mother had no
security escort as they walked on
campus with their lawyer Vernon
Jordan, who gained respect as
a civil rights activist and later a
close adviser to former President
Bill Clinton.
"It was a very busy time be-
cause we began our enrollment
in the morning and the judge
who ordered us in suddenly gave
a stay of the order so we had to
stop registering," Hunter-Gault
remembers. "Halfway through
that day we were re-ordered in
by another judge and we man-
aged to get through the crowd
and finish registering."
That night, a mob rioted and
chanted outside of her dormitory
room. It took a suspiciously long
time for the police to get there to
disperse the students, Hunter-
Gault remembers. "Ultimately,
they had to use tear gas. I had
heard this '2-4-6-8... We don't
want to integrate.... cha, cha,
cha, cha' all night long. That
first night, I would eventually go
to sleep with that peculiar lulla-
by in the background. The next
night, when I expected the same
thing, a brick came through my
window and I thought, 'Well, this
changes things!'"
The university came in and
made the decision to suspend
her for her own safety. "But,
the next day our lawyers went
to court and got us readmitted,"
she remembers.
Hunter-Gault's struggles to at-
tend classes at the University of
Georgia shone a national light
brightly on an inherently rac-
ist system and bigoted society
and was a huge event in the civil
rights movement..

A school where attendance pays

By Rebecca S. Rivas




Broad racial disparities seen in Americans' ills

By Donald G. Mcneil Jr.

White people in the United
States die of drug overdoses
more often than other ethnic
groups. Black people are hit
proportionately harder by AIDS,
strokes and heart disease. And
American Indians are more
likely to die in car crashes.
To shed more light on the ills
of America's poor and oc-
casionally its rich the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention recently released
its first report detailing racial
disparities in a broad array of
health problems.
While some are well known,
others have had little attention;
there were also a few surprises.
The agency did not delve into
why suffering is so dispropor-
tionate, other than to note the
obvious: that the poor, the un-
insured and the less educat-
ed tend to live shorter, sicker
lives. (Some illnesses were also
broken down by income lev-

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden of the
C.D.C. ordered the study.

el, region, age or sex, but the
main focus was on racial differ-

"Some of the figures, like the
suicide rate for young Ameri-

can Indians, are just heart-
breaking," said Dr. Thomas R.
Frieden, the C.D.C. director,
who ordered the report com-
He acted, he said, after prom-
ising at his agency's Black His-
tory Month celebration last
February that he would do so.
"We wanted to shine a spot-
light on the problem and some
potential solutions," he said.
Many of the differences are
large and striking:
Babies born to Black women
are up to three times as likely to
die in infancy as those born to
women of other races.
American Indians and Alaska
Natives are twice as likely to
die in car crashes as any other
More than 80 percent of all
suicides are committed by
whites, but young American
Indian adults have the highest
suicide rates by far 25 per
100,000 population at age 21,
compared with 14 for whites,

10 for Blacks and 8 for Asians
and Hispanics.

Overdoses of prescription
drugs now kill more Americans
than overdoses of illegal drugs,
the opposite of the pattern
20 years ago. Overdose death
rates are now higher among
whites than Blacks; that trend
switched in 2002, after doctors
began prescribing more power-
ful painkillers, antidepressants
and antipsychotics more
easily obtained by people with
health insurance.
Blacks die of heart disease
much more commonly than
whites, and die younger, despite
the availability of cheap preven-
tion measures like weight loss,
exercise, blood-pressure and
cholesterol drugs, and aspirin.
The same is true for strokes.
High blood pressure is twice
as common among Blacks as
whites, but the group with the
least success in controlling it is

U.S. loosens Cuba travel and money rules, *A

Americans will be
By Mary Beth Sheridan

The Obama administration re-
cently announced the broadest
liberalization of travel to Cuba
in a decade, making it easier for
American students and religious
and cultural groups to visit the
Communist-ruled island.
It still will not be legal for or-
dinary American tourists to va-
cation in Cuba, which has been
under a U.S. economic embargo
for nearly 50 years.
But the measures will expand
the categories of who is autho-
rized to travel, which are cur-
rently restricted to Cuban Amer-
icans and a limited number of
others. They also will allow U.S.
citizens to send up to $2,000 a
year to help Cubans support re-
ligious institutions or run small
"We see these changes as in-
creasing people-to-people con-
tact, helping strengthen Cuban

allowed to send up to $2,000 a year

civil society and, frankly, mak-
ing Cuban people less depen-
dent on the Cuban state," said
a senior administration official,
who briefed reporters on the
condition his name was not
The changes come as Cuba is
approaching a potential water-
shed, a Communist Party Con-
gress in April that is expected to
intensify changes in the state-
run economic model. Support-
ers of the new regulations say
they will allow Americans to
help Cuba's nascent private sec-
tor. Conservatives and Cuban
American legislators are expect-
ed to oppose them.
The new head of the House
Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.),
said loosening restrictions "will
not help foster a pro-democracy
environment in Cuba. These
changes will not aid in ushering
in respect for human rights. And


they certainly will not help the
Cuban people free themselves
from the tyranny that engulfs
The rules are similar to ones
put in place during the Clin-

ton administration, 'but rolled
back under President George W.
The new regulations had been
drawn up by Obama administra-
tion officials last summer. But,
wary of political fallout, they had
held off introducing them until
after the November elections.
Another complicating factor
has been the detention of Alan
P. Gross, a Potomac contractor
who was arrested in Havana in
December 2009 while working
on a secretive U.S. government
pro-democracy project. He has
not been charged.
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.),
head of the Senate Foreign Rela-
tions Committee, has been qui-
etly pressing for the rules to be
issued. In a recent letter to Sec-
retary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton obtained by the Post,
Kerry wrote "the United States
has a choice and an opportu-
nity to be relevant" at a moment
when Cuba has allowed more
economic freedom.

Experiences mark Haitian month celebration

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

After strolling through the
lobby of the Stephen P. Clark
Center, located at 111 NW 1st
Street last Wednesday, one may
have thought they were at a his-
torical museum. And perhaps
that's partially true because
there was a plethora of Haitian
artifacts, exhibitors, vendors,
musicians, dancers, canvass
oil paintings 'by Carl Craig and
historical statistics on display
to promote this year's annual
Haitian Independence Month
This year's celebration came
on the first anniversary of the
devastating earthquake that
rocked Haiti in 2010, where
nearly a quarter million people
lost their lives.
The Urban Search and Rescue

of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was
on hand and was instrumental
in unearthing 11 people out of
the rubbish who were still alive.
"We face our own hardships
but yet we lived up to our obli-
gation to help others," said Mi-
ami-Dade County Mayor Carlos
Alvarez during the celebration.
"We are very proud to be here in
solidarity with the Haitian com-
Alvarez says that the road has
not always been easy for Hai-
tians immigrating to the U.S.,
but in spite of their circum-
stances they have excelled in
business opportunities and in
the field of politics.
He noted that Miami-Dade
County just elected its very first
Haitian-American county com-
missioner for District 2, Jean
Monestime says after the

earthquake hit there was total
chaos everywhere and that chil-
dren were traumatized, many of
whom became orphans.
"Today we weep and pray for
the children," said Monestime.
"We remember those who are
dead and alive."
Project Medishare for Haiti,
Inc. was influential in assisting
the victims of the earthquake by
pooling resources such as doc-
tors, students and volunteers
and mobilizing planes to take
equipment and medical sup-
plies to Haiti.
Dr. Michel J. Dodard of Proj-
ect Medishare said he recently
returned from Haiti and that
the country sent back a cry to
the U.S. for more help.
"Are you sure that they will
remember us?" is the message
that Dodard says he was in-
structed to convey to the U.S.

Much of the country remains
in ruins and to make matters
worse the country is suffering
from an outbreak of cholera.
Don Ferguson, 34, who was
born in Haiti, says he thought
the event was a good barometer
for people of African descent in
the western hemisphere, be-
cause society doesn't give Hai-
tians recognition for the great
accomplishments they have
"People don't give Haitians
credit for fighting in the Ameri-
can Revolution that helped the
U.S. obtain the Louisiana Pur-
chase," Ferguson said. "Our
country's rebellion helped to
promote the Black power move-
ment in the U.S. We still get dis-
respected because of our coun-
try's social ills but that wouldn't
happen if people knew their his-

Haiti considers next move after election results rejected

Cholera deaths reach 3,400, billions in aid at-risk

By Randal C. Archibold

MEXICO CITY The political
crisis in Haiti showed little sign
of easing recently as the coun-
try's president, Rene Preval,
weighed a report from interna-
tional observers rejecting the
results of the presidential elec-
tion in November and a protest
ended with one person dead and
several under arrest.
The November balloting was
marred by disarray and violence
at polling stations, and the re-
port, presented to Preval last-
Thursday night by the Organi-
zation of American States, said
widespread fraud had invalidat-
ed the preliminary results an-
nounced in December by Haiti's
election commission. The report
did not dispute some of the ini-
tial results, which placed Mir-
lande Manigat, a former first
lady, in the lead by a margin
that would still require a runoff.
But it said that the second-
place finisher, by a narrow mar-
gin, was Michel Martelly, a pop-

ular singer whose supporters led
violent street protests in early
December when they learned he
had lost to Preval's handpicked
successor, Jude Celestin, a state
public works official.

Celestin, who was declared
the second-place finisher by the
election commission, was in fact
in third place, behind Martelly
by 0.3 percentage points, the re-
port said.
Preval, who was constitu-
tionally barred from another
term, has made no public com-
ment, and his advisers did not
respond to requests for inter-
views. Local news reports said
officials in his administration
huddled behind closed doors on
Friday with O.A.S. representa-
tives, who also declined inter-
view requests.

Election officials have post-
poned the runoff, originally
scheduled for Jan: 16, and said

that the next round might not
be possible until February.
According to a revised gov-
ernment estimate released last
Wednesday, the one-year an-
niversary of the earthquake,
316,000 people were killed in
the disaster and hundreds of
thousands were left homeless.
The casualty figure is substan-
tially higher than the 250,000
deaths previously reported.
The recent election set off
civil unrest, and Haiti has
been on edge ever since. Re-
cently, gunmen and police offi-
cers exchanged fire in a street
demonstration south of Port-
au-Prince, the capital, leaving
one person dead and about a
dozen under arrest, accord-
ing to news reports. Protest-
ers used burning tires as bar-
ricades there and in several
other spots in the city itself.
The O.A.S. report is some-
thing of a reversal of the
group's stance after the ini-
tial voting. Colin Granderson,
who led a team of more than


Haiti's president
100 observers from the O.A.S.
and the Caribbean Communi-
ty, had conceded "irregulari-
ties" after the initial balloting
but said they were not severe
enough to reject the results
outright, as several candi-
dates had demanded.
But after the rioting, the
Haitian government, under
pressure from foreign gov-
ernments, agreed to allow in-
ternational elections experts
to review the ballots and the
methods used to count them.

Police Chief City Commissioner

Comm. Dunn's strategy

to oust police chief fails

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Mihami Tim e i wier

During last Thursday's
commission meeting. Dis-
trict 5 City Commissioner
Richard P. Dunn, II s efforts
to persuade his colleagues
to support his no-confidence
vote against Police Chief
Miguel Exposito failed How-
ever. e\en if the majority of
the commissioners had vot-
ed against Exposito, it still
would not have resulted in
him losing his job. Based
on the Counti charter, that
power rests solely with Cit\
Manager Tony Crapp, Jr.
Events such as five police-
related shootings in 2010.
and the recent New Year's
Da\ shooting of Lynn Weath-
erspoon. 27, who was mur-
dered by SWAT Team Officer
Soldre. all of whom remain
open invesugatons, are what
continue to spark criticism of
Then there's the infamous
video entitled "Miami's Fin-
est" where Exposito men-
tions that he sends his offi-
cers out as "predators" and
only shows Blacks being
apprehended b\ Miami po-
lice Dunn says the video is
misleading as it implies that
only Blacks commit cnmes
in Miami
"Are African-Americans the
only race committing crimes
in Miami?." Dunn asked.
'The video is not something
that we can be proud of."
Dunn added that he did
not want to seek the Chiefs
resignation but that he had
no other option because in
his estimation Exposito is in-
"The Chief does not pos-
sess the competence or skills
needed to lead the police de-
partment," he said. "I hap-
pen to like the Chief and this
is not about race."
Furthermore, Dunn says
that he asked the Chief to
improve community rela-
tions in the Black commu-
nity, but so far nothing has
been done to bridge the gap
between the police and mem-
bers of the Black community.
After listening to Dunn's
condemnation, Exposito
attempted to address the
chamber, but City Commis-
sioner Wilfredo (Willy) Gort,
objected on the grounds that
it would turn the meeting
into a public [open] meeting.
Nonetheless, the Chief went
on the defensive after Dunn

completed his comments.
Exposito responded to the
incriminating video by re-
vealing news clips from vari-
ous local broadcast stations
of his department's 'Tak-
ing back our streets" which
highlight the police making
several arrests of criminals
and mounting mobile police
commands in the inner-cit\.
"Our tactical units work 24
hours a day. hence you are
going to have more confron-
tations," Exposito said. "cOur
officers have compassion and
they care about the commu-
nity they serve."
The Chief says that District
5 is being victimized by gun-
toting criminals and that
since he's been at the helm
there have been 204 assaults
against his officers.
Additionally, he sa\ s that
63 percent of the murders
in Miami-Dade County tran-
spire in district 5 Questions
also remain as to whether
sufficient information has
been supplied by the Cir\ Po-
lice Department to complete
the open and still unresolved
police-involved shootings
There appears to be a bit
of incongruity between the
figures Dunn and Exposito
offered pertaining to wheth-
er not Kathenne Fernandez
Rundle. Miami-Dade State
Attorney, had been given ad-
equate data from the Chief to
complete the status of 2010's
city of Miami police depart-
ment shootings investiga-
"Why are we trying to take
the manager's job away,"
asked City Commissioner
Frank Carollo? "I think it's
unfair to do someone else's
job. He will come up with the
answers after he gets all the
Commissioners Francis
Suarez and Marc Sarnoff
both reiterated the senti-
ments expressed by Carollo
and agreed that the pro-
nouncement should come
from Crapp after he's viewed
all of the facts.
With a lack of support
against Exposito, Dunn had
no other recourse than to
abandon his symbolic ges-
ture asking for his colleagues
to vote against the Chief.
"I withdraw my motion,"
Dunn said. "These problems
have fallen on deaf ears. I
ask that the commissioners
please be sensitive because
you don't have these types of
incidents in your districts."

Compared with whites,
Blacks have double the rate of
"preventable hospitalizations,"
which cost about $7 billion a
People in Utah, Connecticut
and North Dakota report the
most "healthy days" per month
- about 22. People in West Vir-
ginia, Kentucky and Tennessee
report the fewest, about 17.
Blacks, Hispanics and Ameri-
can Indians. whether gay or
straight, all have higher rates of
new infection with the AIDS vi-
rus than whites, and the situa-
tion is getting worse for Blacks
and Indians. Asians have the
lowest rate.

Binge drinking defined as
five drinks at a sitting for men
and four for women is increas-
ing. In a switch from the norm for
health problems, it is more com-
mon among the better-educated
and more affluent, including col-

lege students. But poor people,
and especially American Indians,
drink much more heavily when
on binges.
Teenage pregnancy is holding
steady or falling for all ethnic
groups, but is still three times
as common among Hispanic girls
as among white girls, and more
than twice as common among
Black girls as among whites.
Dr. Frieden said the purpose of
the report was not to nudge the
White House or Congress to take
any particular action. But said
that two relatively new laws had
greatly improved the nation's
health and narrowed the racial
One was the 1994 Vaccines for
Children program, which pays for
poor children's immunizations.
The second was the earned-in-
come tax credit, which motivates
poor people to find jobs. It was
first passed by Congress in 1975
but was strengthened several
times, and some states and
cities have created their own.



Black folks in brown uniform

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

There is only one
thing worse than
Black-on-Black crime,
and that is, in the
words of former NWA
rap artist Ice Cube, a
"Black police showing' HA
out for the white cop."
People of African descent are
hired by the Florida Depart-
ment of Corrections to help
supervise and control an in-
mate population that is close
to 50 percent of Black men
and women. the challenge is
whether these officers have
a sense of connection to this
particular group of inmates.
They are only one crime away
from committing the ultimate
act of cold-blooded murder
against their own kind. We
all know how terrible that is,
as we witness everyday in our
own community how Black
people so often love to self-
destruct. The evidence of this

can be found in the fact
that we have allowed
ourselves to live in an
environment of drugs,
violence and division.
And although the ef-
fects are not the same,
the mentality that per-
ALL petuates self-destruc-
tion in the Black community
is no different from the men-
tality that is embedded in the
minds of those Black correc-
tional officers who have cho-
sen to disconnect with Black
inmates. For the same lack of
empathy that makes it impos-
sible for a Black man to identi-
fy with another Black man as
his brother, thereby allowing
him to feel little or no remorse
at all in causing his brother
bodily harm, is the exact kind
of thinking that is firmly fixed
in the consciousness of those
Black correctional officers
who feel no compassion to-
wards Black inmates.
I commend those of, you

who, without putting your
jobs at risk, are able to look
beyond the prison blues worn
by Black inmates while rec-
ognizing the commonality of
ancestry. Because in doing so,
you have to come to see that in
spite of the fact that we tend
to do much harm to ourselves,
there is a great need within
the penal system for Black in-
mates to have some degree of
solid representation in which
they can depend on for sup-
port. Thank you for not being
afraid to walk into these insti-
tutions, places that are run
by a predominately white ad-


ministration, boldly taking on
a dual commitment one to
your job and the other to your
And to those Black correc-
tional officers who feel that
both commitments are not
equally important think
again. Because like many off-
duty Black police officers who
are sometimes mistaken for
crime suspects due to racial
profiling and are often physi-
cally abused in the process,
you'll find out first-hand that
the system is not all peaches
and cream for people of color
when the tables are turned.

People of African descent are hired by the Florida Depart-
ment of Corrections to help supervise and control an in-
mate population that is close to 50 percent of Black men
and women. the challenge is whether these officers have a sense
of connection to this particular group of inmates. They are only
one crime away from committing the ultimate act of cold-blooded
murder against their own kind.

Jail nurse accused of sending nude photos to inmate

By Juan Ortega

nurse at a Broward County jail
has been arrested after alleged-
ly supplying a contraband cell
phone to an inmate and sending
him nude pictures of herself, a
Broward judge said recently.
The recent arrest of Carline
Jean, 34, of Margate, is the
latest in a monthslong effort
by the Broward Sheriffs Office
to arrest jail personnel supply-
ing inmates with contraband
at Broward's Main Jail.
Three detention deputies
were arrested in mid-Decem-
ber, accused of dishing out
contraband items in exchange
for money or to promote sexual
relationships. Whether anyone
else broke the law or violated
departmental policies is still

under investigation.
Sheriffs Office spokeswom-
an Dani Moschella noted the
agency was responsible for
initiating the inquiry. "And
the fact that we're making ar-
rests shows that we're making
progress in that investigation,"
Moschella said recently.
Jean worked for Armor Cor-
rectional Health Services, a
company that contracts with
the Sheriffs Office, Moschella
said. '
She was charged with one
count of introducing contra-
band into a jail facility and use
of a cell phone to facilitate a
felony. She was being held on
$75,000 bond recently at Paul
Rein Detention Facility in Pom-
pano Beach.
Referring to an arrest report,
Broward Judge John "Jay" Hur-

ley said Jean admitted to elec-
tronically sending an inmate
nude photos of herself. The cell
phone she provided an inmate
was recovered, the report said,
and it held eight photos depict-
ing her private parts.

"The man approached me. I re-
sponded back," Jean told inves-
tigators, according to an arrest
report. "It led to something else.
It shouldn't have happened."
"Do I somewhat know that
maybe I shouldn't be in contact
with him? Yes, I know that, but I
did it anyway."
Jean told Hurley she has lived
in Broward for about eight years
and has a 9-year-old son.
Also facing a contraband-re-
lated charge in Broward bond
court was Norman Terrelonge,
32, an inmate jailed since 2008
on trafficking charges. His re-
cently added charge was one
count of introducing contra-
band into the jail.
Whether Terrelonge's con-
traband charge was related to
Jean's case was unclear recent-

No seat belts in 42 percent of fatal police car crashes

By Kevin Johnson

At least 42 percent of police
officers killed in vehicle crashes
over the past three decades were
not wearing seat belts or other
safety restraints, according to a
federal review.
The study. by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Adminis-
tration (NHTSA), which analyzed
733 crashes from 1980 through
2008, comes less than a week af-
ter a separate report found that
fatal traffic incidents in 2010
were the leading cause of officer
deaths for the 13th straight year.
"This points to a real problem,"
says Craig Floyd, chairman of the
Washington, D.C.-based National
Law Enforcement Officers Memo-
rial Fund, which closely tracks
officer deaths.
Some officers resist wearing
seat belts because the restraints
slow their movement in and out
of the cars, Floyd says. Others
complain that the straps get tan-
gled in utility and gun belts.
The memorial fund reported a
37 percent overall increase in line
of duty deaths in 2010, reversing
two consecutive years of decline.
Included in that number, traffic-
related fatalities jumped from 51
in 2009 to 73 in 2010.
Floyd says he has talked infor-
mally with police officials about
seeking guidance from sources
such as NASCAR (National As-
sociation for Stock Car Auto Rac-

-*- "' Rivera says the accidents re-
..... .. quired a "cultural change" within
'. the department, prompting Sher-
'. iff Doug Gillespie to initiate a
".. ,.' number of programs:
Police crash survivors were
---- "---. ".;' recruited to film public service
-* \' messages.
S ., A training panel was formed
-"- to study how to improve driv-
ing safety. Rivera says the pan-
~.IL t .i._.....m ra--- --4- .' ,, ] el looked at how transporta-
tion businesses, including UPS,
trained personnel.
Officers are encouraged to
report on colleagues who don't
comply. Punishments range from
citations to suspension.

-AP photo/Reed Saxon
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund en-

courage cops to wear seat belts.
ing) to improve officer safety on
the road.
Of the officers killed in vehicle
crashes, 28 percent used some
kind of restraint in the 1980s, ac-
cording to the NHTSA report. Us-
age increased to 56 percent in the
1990s. But the report found that
seat belt or other restraint use
has recently declined to about 50
According to the NHTSA report,
fatal vehicle accidents involving
officers have been steadily rising,
from 29 percent of the total fatali-
ties in the 1980s to 50 percent or
more in recent years.
In addition to the 42 percent

who were not wearing restraints
during the course of the review,
the study found that seat-belt
use could not be determined in
nearly 13 percent of the fatalities,
suggesting that non-compliance
could be higher.
In Las Vegas, the loss of three
officers in vehicle crashes in 2009
- all not wearing seat belts at the
times of the crashes launched
an internal campaign to compel
officers to comply with the law.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department spokesman Jacinto
Rivera says the officer deaths
"shook the foundation of this

Haitian migrants hide as DR pursues deportations

By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez
Associated Press

can Republic Many Haitians
were in hiding or staying in their
homes in the Dominican Repub-
lic recently amid an immigra-
tion crackdown fueled by cholera
fears that has seen more than
1,000 Haitians sent home.
Human rights groups have
denounced the deportations,
which Dominican officials say
are needed to prevent the flow
of illegal immigrants since last
year's earthquake and to stop
the spread of cholera, which has
killed more than 3,000 people in

Haiti and sickened nearly 150 in
the Dominican Republic.
Soldiers and immigration offi-
cials set up surprise checkpoints
this week along highways lead-
ing into. the Dominican capital
of Santo Domingo, asking people
aboard public buses and vans for
their papers. Those without them
are sent back to the border.
Late Friday afternoon, authori-
ties were still targeting illegal im-
Ginel Sama, 25, was escorted
off a bus when it stopped at a
"I have children and my wife,"
he said briefly before being
whisked away. "I had a visa, but

it expired some eight months
Carlos Batista, a Dominican of
Haitian descent, was aboard an-
other bus that immigration offi-
cials searched.
"I think this is very wrong be-
cause they take away a lot of
them with their small children
and send them to Haiti," he said.
Frankie Espil is a Haitian mi-
grarit who owes six months' rent
and has two young children to
feed, but he prefers to stay at
home than take several public
buses to his longtime construc-
tion job. The 30-year-old fears he
will join the more than 1,000 Hai-
tian migrants deported this week.


A Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation manager has been accused with stealing
thousands of dollars from the county.
Miami-Dade police said their investigation into Park Manager Mitchell Bur-
roughs, 29, began last September after they were contacted by the parks depart-
ment about an employee they suspected of theft.
Public corruption detectives reportedly found that Burroughs had embezzled
more than $12 thousand in cash and checks from Westwind Lakes Park. Bur-
roughs was arrested and during questioning, police said he admitted to stealing
the money.
Burroughs has been charged with two counts of Grand Theft.

A Golden Beach police official has been arrested on charges he committed
fraud and grand theft that cost the luxury community thousands of dollars.
Officer Lyndean Peters, 45, turned himself in last week to the Miami-Dade
County Jail. The former Golden Beach sergeant is charged with one count of or-
ganized scheme to defraud, one count of grand theft, one count of insurance
fraud and 11 counts of official misconduct.
Peters also altered city reimbursement invoices, and failed to compensate
the city for administrative costs relating to the number of off-duty hours that he
worked, according to reports to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and
the Miami-Dade Police Department. The city's total loss was $2,377.62.
Peters joined the department in 2007, and was a sergeant until November 2010
when he was reassigned to the K-9 patrol, Golden Beach Police officials said

Marin Stroia, 59, of Oakland Park was immediately approached by deputies
after he entered the Broward County Courthouse at about 9:30 a.m. last week
Friday through an exit door. Armed with a pistol he sunk to the floor and turned
the gun on himself, pointing it towards his chest and pressing the barrel into his
Stroia was Baker Acted as he threatened to take his own life. The action
prompted an evacuation of the facility as a Broward Sheriff's Office SWAT team
responded to the call.

Fort Lauderdale Police are looking for a suspect accused of using his cell phone
to take pictures of women in the changing room of a clothing store.
Dubbed "Dirty Santa," he was last seen wearing a santa hat, two weeks before
Christmas, hanging out by the bras and panties at the Bealls Outlet in Fort Lau-
derdale in the 900 block of State Road 84. Surveillance video from inside the store
shows the suspect appearing to be on the prowl the whole time.
If you have any information that can help investigators find him, give Broward
Crime stoppers a call at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

Mexico death toll in drug war

higher than previously reported

By Ken Ellingwood

Reporting from Mexico City -
The death toll from the Mexican
government's three-year war on
drug cartels is far higher than
previously reported more than
22,000, according to news reports
published recently that cited con-
fidential government figures.
The figure is significantly
higher than tallies assembled by
Mexican media. They estimate
that more than 18,000 people
have died since President Felipe
Calderon launched a crackdown
against drug-trafficking groups
after taking office in December
The unofficial media tallies have
often been cited by foreign news

outlets, including The Times.
The government has seldom
released official counts of those
killed in the skyrocketing vio-
lence, which stems largely from
fighting between rival drug-traf-
ficking groups.
The Interior Ministry said re-
cently that it was preparing to
make its count public, but it
had not issued its report by the
The daily Reforma newspaper
first published the toll number,
which it said was contained in a
confidential file that top securi-
ty officials gave federal senators
during a hearing recently. The
Associated Press, which said it
had gained access to the report,
said the total given was 22,700.

___ ~~__ I ~~_

President begins gearing up re-election bid

Democratic Officials Say Early Start Is
Needed in Part to Commence Fund-Raising
for Contest Expected to Cost $1 Billion

By Jonathan Weisman
And Laura Meckler

The White House will an-
nounce as soon as this month
the creation of President
Barack Obama's re-election
campaign, with fund-raising
likely to begin in March or
early April, said officials in-
volved in the planning.
The looming departure of
three top White House offi-
cials has brought into early
focus the contours of the elec-
tion effort-and has surfaced
concern from some Demo-
crats that Obama is beginning
too soon.
Democratic officials said the
re-election campaign needs
an early start to establish
Obama as a formidable candi-
date and begin raising money
for a bid expected to cost each
party around $1 billion.
White House officials de-
clined to discuss re-election
After a disastrous midtei-m
election for his party, Obama
recently has been seeking to
re-establish himself as a uni-
fying figure who can appeal
to independent voters. Now,
some Democratic strategists
close to the White House fear
the return of Obama as a
candidate could harm the re-
positioning effort.
Moreover, some of these
Democrats, who at times ad-
vise Obama's inner circle,
worry that the establishment
of a campaign office in Chica-
go will create two power cen-
ters that may clash.
White House press secre-
tary Robert Gibbs, presiden-
tial adviser David Axelrod
and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim
Messina will all leave Wash-

ington in the coming weeks to
form the core of a re-election
campaign, with Messina di-
recting the effort.
Obama's announcement
that he is establishing a re-
election campaign will be low-
key, possibly just an email to
supporters or a written state-
ment, said a Democratic of-
ficial familiar with the plan-
The president's 2008 cam-
paign manager, David Plouffe,
began work Monday at the
White House as a senior ad-
viser, overseeing political op-
erations, communications
and message. Officials said
he will serve as a bridge to the
Chicago campaign.
Messrs. Axelrod and Gibbs
have said they will take time
off to rest and make some
money before starting on the
re-election campaign.
Democratic officials, speak-
ing on condition of anonym-
ity, said a fledgling fund-rais-
ing effort will likely be under
way in March, at first to raise
money needed to open a cam-
paign headquarters in Chi-
cago, hire initial staff and set
up Internet operations and a
fund-raising apparatus. By
April, those efforts should
have yielded money to take
the next steps, such as hiring
field staff.
White House officials odis-
puted that timeline but re-
fused to say when the initial
fund-raising would begin.
Senior officials from the
Democratic National Commit-
tee who worked on Obama's
2008 campaign are likely
to migrate to the re-election
Top Obama 2008 fund-
raisers are likely to reactivate

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President Obama greeting workers at Thompson Creek Manufac-
turing in Landover, Md., last week.
their campaign efforts, one just now losing the polarizing
Democratic official close to edge that dropped his approv-
the effort said. White House
political director Patrick Gas- |"
pard may move to the Demo-
cratic National Committee,
partly to assure his salary
isn't paid with taxpayer dol-
lars when he is working on
campaign activities.
The timing puts Obama's
efforts on a faster track than
those of many potential GOP
rivals, but it isn't far off
the course set by President
George W. Bush in the 2004
The Bush re-election cam-
paign's statement of orga-
nization was filed in May of
2003. While Bush's campaign
headquarters didn't open un-
til that fall, one early Bush
re-election aide said the fund-
raising efforts began long be- .
fore that.
For Obama, the initial O
fund-raising push in part will
aim to show that he can fight
in as many states as he did
in 2008, when he won two-
thirds of the Electoral Col-
lege vote, Democratic officials
said. President Barack Obama sign
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he believed the president was
raisin efot eanln e

al ratings into the mid-40s
last year. Obama rebounded
to a 50 percent job approval
last week in the Gallup dai-
ly tracking poll for the first
time since early June.
Some Republicans gear-
ing up to challenge the
president said any effort
on his part to regain politi-
cal independents isn't likely
to succeed. Alex Conant, a
GOP strategist who advises
former Minnesota Gov. Tim
Pawlenty, said Obama can't
run as the "post-partisan" of
2008 because voters know
him now as something dif-
ferent. "The center and inde-
pendent voters who.went for
him in '08 abandoned him in
the midterms," Conant said.
"It's going to be hard to win
them back because they've

seen him govern as a move-
ment liberal for two years."
The two most recent White
House re-election campaigns,
Bill Clinton's in 1996 and
George W. Bush's in 2004,
were both based in Washing-
ton. One Democratic official
close to the White House wor-
ried that a distant campaign
apparatus would create con-
flicting power centers.
James Carville, manager of
Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign
based in Little Rock, Ark.,
said the space between Wash-
ington and Chicago will inevi-
tably lead to differences. "We
used to have a saying in '92,
when a lot of people wanted to
be a help but wanted to be in
Washington," Carville said. "
'If you're not here, you're not
here.' "

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By William E. Gibson

drilling is inherently risky and
should be kept far from Flori-
da's shores, former U.S. Sen.
Bob Graham declared recently
after leading a federal investiga-
tion of the BP oil spill.
Graham, co-chairman of the
president's commission on the
Deepwater Horizon spill, said
the oil-rig explosion and envi-
ronmental damage in the Gulf
of Mexico last year showed
why the no-drilling buffer zone
around Florida should be main-
Graham talked about the im-
plications for Florida after re-
leasing the commission's rec-
ommendations for reducing the
risk of another massive spill.
The commission focused on
ways to improve safety rather
than on where to allow drilling,
so the Florida buffer was not
among its recommendations.

Nevertheless, Gra-
ham a former Dem-
ocratic governor and
senator and one of the '
most popular politi-
cians in Florida his-
tory said the state
has much at stake in
the ongoing debate.
He said the commis-
sion's recommenda- NEL
tions would not neces-
sarily shelter Florida's fragile
environment and tourism in-
dustry from another spill.
"I don't believe that anybody
can say categorically that any


set of recommendations, if to-
tally adopted, would give us
zero risk that this would occur
again," he said. "It's an inher-
ently risky industry. It's the na-
ture of the beast. What we can
do is reduce the probability of it
An oil slick from the BP spill
polluted much of the Gulf coast
from Louisiana to Florida's
western Panhandle, fouling
beaches and forcing a tempo-
rary fishing ban. The damage,
reported worldwide, ruined the
Panhandle's summer tourist
The slick, however, never
reached the rest of Florida,
mostly because it remained
north of a powerful loop current
that brings water from the Gulf
through the Florida Strait and
up the east coast near beaches
in Broward and Palm Beach

Graham was part of an old
guard of Florida leaders that for
decades opposed drill-
ing near the state's
shores. "We've been
wise enough not to
drill in our own prop-
erty [state waters]
and politically able to
maintain a buffer in
terms of federal wa-
ters," he said Tuesday.
ON An energy bill enact-
ed in 2006 opened part
of the Gulf to oil production but
created a buffer that keeps rigs
at least 125 miles and as much
as 230 miles from the state's
west coast.

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Former U.S. Senator
In recent years, though,
some Republican leaders have
pressed for expanded offshore
drilling to reduce American
dependence on foreign energy
sources. U.S. Rep. Allen West,
R-Plantation, called the BP spill
"an isolated incident" and urged
more drilling to try to curb the
cost of gasoline. And U.S. Rep.
Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, who
chairs the Florida congres-
sional delegation, has said he
wants approval of drilling off
the state's coast to be a delega-
tion priority.
Florida Republican Sen. Mar-
co Rubio issued a statement re-
cently saying "so long as it can
be done safely, I support off-
shore energy exploration as a
way to meet our energy needs,
create jobs and reduce our de-
pendency on foreign oil from
unstable countries." Rubio said
he wants sensible safety mea-
sures without "unreasonable


Officials won't remove Poitier from office

By Larry Barszewski

Commissioner Sylvia Poitier is
guilty of any ethical or criminal
violations, her fellow commis-
sioners decided recently that it's
up to someone else to punish her
- either at the ballot box or in
Commissioners in October
began researching their author-
ity under the city charter to re-
move Poitier from office because
of actions she had taken, but on
Tuesday decided not to pursue
the matter.
Instead, it will be up to vot-
ers in Poitier's district to decide
in March if she should remain
in office. Or it will be up to the
state attorney or federal investi-
gators to bring charges against
her based on forensic audits for-
warded to them by the city.
"I appreciate you allowing me
to finish my term," Poitier told
commissioners. She said her
only goal in office is to help oth-
ers. She is running for one final
Mayor Peggy Noland, who pre-
viously asked Poitier to resign,
said she now considers the mat-
ter closed.
"I feel that Sylvia was elected
by the people of the community,"
Noland said. "Sylvia is doing a


job for her constituents [and I
feel] that she should finish her
No other commissioner spoke
about the matter.
Commissioners had consid-
ered acting because the charter
says a commissioner must tell
when a member of their immedi-
ate family has a financial stake
in items coming before the com-
mission, or risk forfeiting their
seat. It also says a commissioner
can be removed for violating any
standard of conduct for public
The city spent about $1,200
for commissioners to consult
with former Miami-Dade Coun-

ty Attorney Murray Greenberg
about their options, according to
City Attorney Andy Maurodis.
Commissioners had cited
Poitier's March 2009 vote sup-
porting a $30,000 grant to the
West Deerfield Businessmen As-
sociation, when she did not re-
veal that her brother had loaned
the group $74,000. The grant
was defeated, but commission-
ers said it could have improved
the chances of her brother being
repaid if it had been approved.
Commissioners were also re-
acting to a September federal
audit that said the city should
repay two grants worth more
than $40,000 given in 2009 to

the Haitian American Consor-
tium, which used Poitier's fam-
ily's dry-cleaning business as
its corporate address, because
Poitier voted for them.
Poitier said she has no rela-
tion to the consortium. Although
she owns the property, she said
there was no conflict because her
daughter owns the dry-cleaning
The city has forwarded to the
state attorney and federal agen-
cies two separate forensic audits
done for it by Kessler Interna-
tional that, among other things,
raised questions about some of
Poitier's actions.
Blogger Chaz Stevens, who
has filed about 20 complaints
against Poitier and uncovered
her brother's connection to the
WDBA, questioned why the com-
mission pursued the issue, only
to drop it now.
"It's a lack of political will,"
said Stevens, who suspended his
blog last week. "She clearly had
a conflict of interest vote. We're
giving money back because of
her conflict of interest vote."
Poitier's seat is up for election
in March. She has three chal-
lengers former Commissioner
Gloria Battle, retired city fire Lt.
Benjamin Preston, and Annette
Woods, who works for a nonprof-
it organization.

Pentagon seeks biggest military cuts since before 9/11

By Thom Shanker
& Christopher Drew

Secretary Robert M. Gates
said Thursday that the na-
tion's "extreme fiscal duress"
now required him to call for
cuts in the size of the Army
and Marine Corps, reversing
the significant growth in mili-
tary spending that followed the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11,
The White House has told
the Pentagon to squeeze that
growth over the next five years,
Gates said, reducing by $78
billion the amount available
for the Pentagon, not counting
the costs of its combat opera-
The decision to go after the
Pentagon budget, even while
troops remain locked in com-
bat overseas, is the clearest
indication yet that President
Obama will be cutting spend-
ing broadly across the govern-
ment as he seeks to reduce the
deficit and stave off attacks


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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, with Adm. Mike Mul-
len, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announcing plans to
reduce Army and Marine Corps strength by 47,000, starting in
from Republicans in Congress federal spending.
who want to shrink the gov- To make ends meet, Gates
ernment even more. also announced that he would
Republicans have for the seek to recoup billions of dol-
most part resisted includ- lars by increasing fees paid by
ing military spending as they retired veterans under 65 for
search for quick reductions in Defense Department health

insurance, even though Con-
gress has rejected such pro-
posals in the past. And he
outlined extensive cuts in new
Cutting up to 47,000 troops
from the Army and Marine
Corps forces roughly 6 per-
cent would be made easier
by the withdrawal under way
from Iraq, and the reductions
would not begin until 2015,
just as Afghan forces are to
take over the security mission
there. But Gates said the cuts
in Pentagon spending were
hardly a peace dividend, and
were forced by a global eco-
nomic recession and domestic
pressures to find ways to throt-
tle back federal spending.
To make ends meet, Gates
also announced that he would
seek to recoup billions of dol-
lars by increasing fees paid by
retired veterans under 65 for
Defense Department health in-
surance, even though Congress
has rejected such proposals in
the past. And he outlined ex-
tensive cuts in new weapons.

Florida Democratic Sen.
Bill Nelson said the commis-
sion's findings point to "a lack
of industry safeguards, poor
regulatory oversight and our
limited response capabilities."
He vowed to keep pushing for
higher liability limits so pollut-
ers pay for spills. "And I'm go-
ing to continue to fight any in-
dustry effort to place oil rigs off
Florida's coast."
The big spill prompted Presi-
dent Barack Obama and Inte-
rior Secretary Ken Salazar to
reverse their proposed drilling
plans in the Gulf.
In March, just three weeks
before the disaster, the admin-
istration proposed to open new
offshore areas for exploration,
including a vast tract in the
Gulf south of the BP wellhead.
The tract encompasses part of
the loop current, just where
it turns southeast toward the
Florida Keys, raising concerns
that a potential spill would
threaten South Florida.
After reviewing lessons
learned from the spill, Salazar
last month removed the Gulf
tract from Interior's five-year
drilling plan.
Drilling critics say the path to
oil independence is to conserve
energy and look to alternative
sources, such as wind, solar or
The spill, Graham said,
shows "the absolute imperative
of moving aggressively toward
reducing America's almost
insatiable appetite for petro-

Republicans in the new Con-
gress, with control of the House
and larger numbers in the Sen-
ate, promise to use their power
to focus most intensely on ways
to cut spending in a time of gi-
ant budget deficits. But their
influence will change the terms
of Washington's debate on a
range of other major issues as

Republicans plan an early
House vote on legislation to re-
peal President Barack Obama's
health-care law, but they con-
cede that has little chance of
passing the Senate. They will
follow up with targeted mea-
sures to cut off funding to en-
act the law's less popular pro-
visions, such as enforcement
of the requirement that most
Americans carry health insur-
ance, expansion of the Medicaid
program for the poor and sub-
sidies to offset the cost of buy-
ing insurance for lower-income

The new Republican majority
in the House will use oversight
hearings to try to pressure the
EPA to back down from envi-
ronmental regulations. Tar-
gets include EPA efforts to cut
greenhouse-gas emissions from
power plants and other big in-
dustrial facilities. Rep. Fred Up-
ton (R., Mich.), the next chair-
man of the House Energy and
Commerce Committee, has said
Republicans "will not allow" the
Obama administration to issue
the standards, siding with busi-
nesses that say the necessary
technology doesn't exist. Re-
publicans will also take aim at
EPA plans to regulate the waste
generated by coal-fired power

Republicans are likely to
shift their focus to tougher
border-security measures and
away from fighting the DREAM
Act, which failed in the Sen-
ate. The measure would have
provided a path to citizenship
for young, undocumented im-
migrants who came to the U.S.
as children. Rep. Steven King
(R., Iowa), who is expected
to become chairman of the
House Judiciary Committee's
immigration subcommittee,
supports building a wall along
the U.S. border with Mexico.
The question is how far Re-
publicans are willing to go in
cracking down on illegal im-
migrants, many of whom are
Latinos, at a time when the
latest Census figures show
Hispanics make up 15 percent
of the U.S. population. An ap-
proach favored by Rep. Lamar
Smith (R., Texas), the next
head of the House Judiciary
Committee, involves requiring
businesses to verify workers'
immigration status through
an electronic system known as

Expect little change in the
partisan grudge match over
court picks, which Chief Jus-
tice John Roberts decried
as a "recurring problem" in
his year-end report recently.
Democrats will continue to
control the Senate, which con-
firms federal judges. In the
last Congress, however, judi-
cial nominations were low on
Democrats' priority list, disap-
pointing liberal activists who
felt the ex-law professor in the
White House and his filibus-
ter-resistant Senate majority
squandered an opportunity to
reshape the federal judiciary.





-AP photo/Sunday Alamba
President Goodlick Jonathan addresses the ruling party pri-
mary in Abuja, Nigeria.

Goodluck Jonathan wins

vote to run in Nigeria's

April election
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President Goodluck Jonathan. who became leader of Nigeria
only after the death of its elected president, today won the en-
dorsement of the country s rulng party, making him the over-
whelming favounte to win April's presidential election.
Jonathan cast himself as the leader able to change Africa s
most populous nation, which has vast oil reserves but has been
beset by problems under a sees of military dictatorships.
Voters at the primary convenuon in Nigeria s capital. Abuja.
gave Jonathan two-thirds of the \ote, beating his main chal-
lenger, the former vice-president, Atlku Abubakar, in an elec-
tion that highlighted the country s religious and ethnic fault
lin s.
As the candidate of the People's Democratic part, Jonathan
can expect its political connections, money and muscle to pro-
pel him to Xictory. Since the handover in 1999 from military
rule to a civilan government, the part' has dominated politics
in the west African nation.
"We have a chance to transform ourselves to be a great nation
in the years ahead.' Jonathan told delegates.
The president, dressed in the tradiuonal black kaftan and
bowler hat of his Niger Delta home, said his administration
planned to pnriatise the nation s state-run poer company.
Under an informal power-shanng agreement, the leadership
post had been traded between a candidate from the predomi-
nantly Muslim north and one from the mainly Christian south.
Jonathan, a Chrisuan from the south, became president last
May after the death of Nigeria's elected leader. Umaru Yar Adua,
a Muslim who had only served one term.
Abubakar said not having a northerner as candidate would
nsk lawlessness and anarchy.
Delegates began voting after the .vo men delivered speeches.
dropping ballots into glass ballot boxes as observers from Ni-
geria s Independent National Electoral Commission looked on.
The small-scale primary election offered warnings of what
might come in the April general election Some complained that
serial numbers on the votingg papers allowed their votes to be
tracked. The Jigawa state governor. Sule Lamido, a prominent
part, member, got into a brief scuffle with one election official.
International observers said the 2007 election that brought to
power the late Yar'Adua and Jonathan was rigged. E:en though
it represented the first civilian-to-civilan transfer of power in
the nation's history

Western nations hope Nigeria's coming election remains calm.

Republicans to try to set agenda

on a range of legislative fronts





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in MLK Peace Poster Contest

By D. Kevin McNeir

It may have been the first an-
nual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Peace Poster Con-
test, but from all accounts,
this won't be the last time
this event will be held. That
because Miami-Dade County
Public School (M-DCPS) Su-
perintendent Alberto Carvalho
was clearly impressed by both
the hard work of those who de-
veloped the contest and the art
work that students supplied.
"If it's good enough for this
District (2), it's good enough
for all of our students," Carv-
alho said. "With art you don't
need a translator it speaks
for itself. And for each of the
posters, from the first to the fif-
teenth, they all have something
powerful to say."
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mind-
ingall, who now represents Dis-

trict 2 for M-DCPS, had many
thanks to offer, including to
her chief of staff, Gregory King.
"The actual concept for this
contest that is meant to have
students create posters that
represent their vision of how
Dr. King's life was a model for
peace, was actually, a concept
that Greg (King) created," she
said. "But the more we dis-
cussed it the better it began to
County Commissioner Jean
Monestime (District 2), served
as a co-host for the event,
along with City Commissioner
Richard P. Dunn, II.
"We have some great pieces
of work from our youth and it
is truly an honor to be able to
present their creations to our
community," Monestime said.
Of course the real winners
were the 16 students who
works were selected by their
respective art teachers and

principals as the submission
for their schools. Awards were
given to the top three artists
for their posters being awarded
first, second and third prize.
Kevin Hobbs, 12th grade
from Northwestern High was
the top winner. Second place
honors went to Michael Spears,
another 12th grader at North-
western who was unable to at-
tend the program. Third place
went to Butler, an 11th grader
at Young Men's Preparatory
Hobbs, 18, says he plans to
attend college following gradu-
ation, hopes to join the Marine
Corps and eventually wants to
pursue a career in graphic de-
As for Butler, 17, he says his
work was inspired by his belief
that far too many of us want
peace in the world but are un-
willing to do what is necessary
to achieve it.

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Will Duvalier's re-emergence impact upcoming elections?

continued from 1A

weekend at the Port-au-Prince
airport, it was visits that he is
said to have had with members
of the secret police who under
his leadership once caused
terror throughout Haiti, that
have caused the greatest con-
cern. Both the U.S. and Can-
ada have released statements
denouncing his return. Mean-
while, the French government
continues to deny that it had
any knowledge that he planned
to return. Duvalier has lived in
France since his self-imposed
exile 25 years ago.
On Tuesday morning, Duva-
lier was escorted from his ho-
tel without handcuffs by Hai-
tian police who at that point
declined to say whether he
was being detained for crimes
committed under his regime

- crimes which by most ac-
counts were excessively bru-
tal. No report has been issued
as to why he is now being held
by authorities.
"I do not have a clue nor
does anyone else to my knowl-
edge as to why Duvalier has
returned to Haiti, especially
now," said Marleine Bastien,
vice chair for the Haitian
American Grassroots Coali-
tion. "We are all pulling our
hair out over this one and at
this point we can't even wrap
our minds around the whole
Bastien says that the num-
ber of supporters who greet-
ed the former dictator at the
airport is evidence that there
are those in her native coun-
try who still support him. But
there are many more, she be-
lieves, who do not.
"There are those in Haiti

who have been waiting for jus-
tice for over 25 years many
members of their families were
maimed or killed during his
dictatorial rule," she said. "Of
course there are also those
who still believe in the ideology
he espoused. As to his return
to Haiti, it is difficult to believe
that someone who was forced
to leave so many years ago and
who plundered our country's
coffers for millions of dollars
could have just returned on
his own. That is simply incon-

Bastien believes that the re-
turn of Duvalier is intended
to distract the people of Haiti
from the real issues they face.
She says that deeply troubles

"We want a new, fair and
inclusive democratic election,
not the sham that marks what
took place on Nov. 28th," she
said. "The most popular politi-
cal party in Haiti, Fanmi La-
valas, wasn't even allowed to
participate with a candidate.
And as it has been reported
over and over again, the recent
elections were fraught with
Bastien, along with a delega-
tion of Haitian leaders from
Miami, New York City, Chica-
go and Boston, met with U.S.
Vice President Biden on Jan.
6th at the White House. She
says that during the meeting,
the group clearly stated its po-
"We think the November elec-
tions should be canceled and
new ones held," she added.
P.J. Crowley, a spokesper-
son for the U.S. State Depart-

ment, agrees with Bastien say-
ing Haiti does not need any
more distractions.
"Our focus right now is to
help Haiti through this deli-
cate period, have a new gov-
ernment emerge that is cred-
ible enough . so that the
country, with international
support, including the U.S.,
can move ahead with the on-
going efforts to rebuild Haiti,"
he said.
Haitian officials are reported
as trying to downplay Duva-
lier's presence and its poten-
tial impact on the country as
it seeks to elect a successor
for outgoing President Rene
Preval. But the White House
has said that his appearance
could have "an unpredictable
impact" on Haiti's tenuous po-
litical state.
"Some people credit Duva-
lier with building the airport

in Port-au-Prince and leading
the construction of many new
roads," Bastien said. "Perhaps
that means that what he did
for our country was not all
bad. But what dominated his
reign was brutal oppression -
something that far too many
seem to either have forgotten
or have chosen to ignore. Over
60,000 people were killed dur-
ing a 30-year period. Who will
speak for those murdered Hai-
Duvalier is being held at the
Parquet, the downtown court-
house that is known for being
used in the more serious pros-
ecutions in Haiti. Meanwhile,
reports indicate that crowds
have already begun to as-
semble outside. However, it is
unclear if their presence is to
indicate their anger at Duva-
lier's arrest or to support his
being detained.

Help is laudable, but Haiti must lift itself by its own bootstraps

By Rich Benjamin

Haiti feels like it's eerily sus-
pended between hope and peril.
I've recently returned from a
journey there: I volunteered at a
medical clinic in Cite Soleil and
visited the Lyce Daniel Fignol,
named after my grandfather, a
public school that lost 700 stu-
dents and its entire campus to
the earthquake one year ago.
The school struggles to educate
5,000 kids with no science labs,
no library, no Internet access
and no electricity.
Even as Haitians dispense
their trademark charm, the
specter of calamity lingers
around the corner. Thousands of
non-profit institutions now buzz

about the small country. Hai-
tians like to joke that the coun-
try has more aid groups than
citizens. The uncertain state of
life rankles many Haitians, too.
Survivors have been shunted to
"permanent temporary" hous-
ing in squalid tent camps, some
quip. Meanwhile, others mock
the United Nations presence as
a "permanent temporary" force.
Without dismissing the value
of international assistance, we
must face the pitfalls of this aid.
The volume and disorganization
of so many international groups
undercuts Haitians' long-term
ability to solve their own prob-
lems. A few Haitian doctors ex-
plained to me that the domina-
tion of international non-profits

during the recent cholera crisis
complicated their efforts to re-
build Haiti's medical grid and to
make its rapid-response health
care more self-reliant.
Moving ahead, only two things
will save Haiti: a stable, effec-
tive democracy and the Haitians
Rather than drowning so
much hope in cults of person-
ality Aristide! Wyclef! Hai-
tians should focus on cultivating
widespread leadership skills, on
teaching in-demand vocations,
on building businesses, and on
rearing sturdy democratic insti-
tutions. If Haiti doesn't elect a
credible president this year, and
achieve political stability, local
and global morale will evapo-

Priebus becomes youngest GOP chair

continued from 1A

Committee, but he broke with
Steele after the November
election, saying the party or-
ganization had become dys-
functional' and had lost the
confidence of its major do-
"We have to get on track,
and together we can defeat
Barack Obama in 2012," the
new chairman said after his
victory, which took seven
ballots and more than four
hours of voting.
Priebus is a litigator at a
Milwaukee law firm. At 38,
he becomes the youngest na-
tional GOP chairman since
1988, when President George
H.W. Bush gave the job to his
37-year-old campaign strate-
gist, Lee Atwater.
The vote was a clear repu-
diation of Steele, who had
surprised many in the party
by seeking another term.

The first African American to
head the committee, Steele
never led in the balloting,
which was conducted at a
convention hotel in his home
county in the Maryland sub-
urbs. He ran second in the
first round against several
challengers, earning only 44
of the 85 votes needed to win,
and steadily lost support in
subsequent rounds.
Steele withdrew after four
ballots and threw his sup-
port to Maria Cino, a former
George W. Bush administra-
tion official on leave from her
job as a lobbyist for Pfizer
Inc., the pharmaceutical gi-
"It's very clear the party
wants to do something a little
different, and hopefully a lit-
tle bit better," Steele said in a
brief concession speech.
Only the 168 committee
members three from each
state, the District of Colum-
bia and U.S. territories -

U.S. changes Cuban policies

continued from 1A

The travel ban, its support-
ers have long argued, is neces-
sary to keep dollars out of the
coffers of the Castro regime.
That's laughable given the
exception made for
Cuban Americans.
But what the ban ef-
fectively has done is
reward the families _
of the white Cubans '-'
who disproportion-
ately immigrate to
the USA while pun-
ishing the families
of black Cubans
who have largely re-
mained in Cuba, said
Tomds Fernandez Robaina, a
senior researcher at Cuba's
national library and cultural
historian. Without American
relatives to send them mon-
ey, Black families suffer most
from Cuba's economic prob-
lems, he said.

Obama's new policy makes
it possible for financial aid to
find its way into the homes

of many more black Cubans
than before. And that's a good
The president understands
that, as with Vietnam and Chi-
na, U.S. engagement open
travel and trade is the best
way to usher in democratic
change to Cuba.
Not surprisingly,
there is little support
in Cuba for the trade
embargo and travel
S ban that have defined
S America's relation-
ship with Cuba for
five decades.
The vast majority
of Cubans whom I've
HAM met during my many
reporting trips to Cuba
including those who oppose
the Castro regime dislike
the travel ban and trade em-
bargo. Keeping Cuba sealed
off from the American people
and U.S. businesses does little
to alter the politics of that rna,
tion. What it does do is keep
Cuba and the United States
locked into a foolish Cold War
Wisely, albeit deliberately,
Barack Obama is rolling back
this bad policy.

had a voice in the selection.
Priebus was elected with 97
votes to 43 for Michigan com-
mitteeman Saul Anuzis and
28 for Cino. Former RNC of-
ficial Ann Wagner of Missouri
withdrew after the sixth bal-
Priebus is likely to assume
a less prominent public role
than that of Steele, who be-
came a magnet for controver-
sy during his two years at the
helm. The former Maryland
lieutenant governor never
overcame internal opposi-
tion from many in the party
establishment after his upset
victory in January 2009.

rate. Who wants to invest in a
burning pit?
Next, Haitians are concerned
that non-profits are creat-
ing a culture of dependence.
Forgive the well-worn prov-
erb: The best global assistance

teaches Haitians to fish rather
than donating the fish. Endur-
ing progress must spring from
Haitians. Haiti faces unprec-
edented challenges. One million
homeless. A still-lethal cholera
epidemic. A crucial election in

political stalemate. Can Haiti
turn the page on its worst year
ever? Scattered lessons and tri-
umphs, which could lead Haiti
to a fount of self-sufficiency,
spark my optimism despite rea-
son for despair.

Elected officials remember the people of Haiti

Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Audrey M. Edmonson (center) attending
the event in remembrance of the Haiti Earthquake at the Manno Sanon Soccer Park in
Little Haiti. With her are City of Miami Commissioner Richard P. Dunn II (I-r) and City of
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, City of Miami Beach Councilman Philippe Derose, Miami-
Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime and his wife. Edmonson will be sworn in on
Thursday, Jan. 20th as Vice Chairwoman of the M-D Board of Commissioners in a 10 a.m.
service at the Stephen P. Clark Center.



Police-involved shootings continue

to raise ire of Black community

continued from 1A

bound to remain silent.

"The people of Miami need to
know that they are not the only
ones who are awaiting answers,"
he said. "The Department is also
anxious to get clarity as to the
final determination for these
still open cases involving our of-
ficers. I have told the media on
countless occasions how this all
works and how time-consuming
and complicated it tends to be.
We even listen to and file reports
from people who make state-
ments that our own evidence re-
futes. But we still allow them to
share their testimony."
As to charges that he is insen-
sitive to the Black community,
Exposito says that is simply not
the case.
"I think it depends on who you
are speaking to but I believe we
have a pretty good relationship
with the average citizen, not
only with our patrol officers but
with our neighborhood resource
Exposito says that he and his
staff are working hard to speak
to members of the community
including leading members of
the clergy but even that is often
not enough to reduce concerns.
"The truth is that there are
those out there who have their
own agendas including the de-
sire for money and power and
we try to limit our contact with
them," he said. "We have also
been intentional in our training
at both the Academy and during
in-service training to teach our
officers the nuances of different
ethnic groups. That is crucial
in improving relations between
the police and citizens. I simply
don't buy into those critics who
say we must have a Black chief

over those communities that are
predominantly Black. Perhaps it
- could help but I don't agree that
it is necessary."

Exposito noted that in 2009,
his officers confiscated 601 guns
during confrontations with sus-
pects. However, that number
increased to 1,000 firearms in
2010 a 40 percent rise.
"Given those numbers I say
we were fortunate to
only have six confron-
tations when someone
was killed by officers," '* '
he said. "That is a lot
of weapons being taken
from some often very vi- "
olent felons. More to the j
point, I think if people
really get to know me GO
and my history, it will be-
come clear that I am not one to
cover up anything. Our Depart-
ment doesn't hide anything -
that could only happen if I too
were unaware of certain situa-
Ed Griffith, spokesperson for
the SAO, agrees that the process
required to investigate cases like
the six police-involved shootings
can be quite arduous due to the

number of reports that must be
"We cannot come to a 100 per-
cent legal opinion if we have only
50 percent of the material re-
quired it would be wrong and
inappropriate," he said.
What does Griffith mean? In
a communication that was sent
to various City officials and to
which City Commissioner Wilfre-
do Gort responded with thanks
on Jan. 14th, at least six cases
involving the shooting of citizens
remain open due to incomplete
investigative files.
Griffith says he pre-
pared both a brief re-
port at the request of
then-City Manager
Carlos Migoya and
the more lengthy and
complete report in
mid-January in order
RT to supply a response
to a public records re-
quests for an updated report of
each case. Griffith was unable
to comment on whether more
of the required information has
been received by the SAO since
Gort's memo was received. How-
ever, the Times will continue to
give our readers updates from
both the SAO and the Miami Po-
lice Department as they become

The power of three

Three of the state's most influential Black female elected officials stand together with pride fol-
lowing last Sunday's annual service commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
at The Church of the Incarnation. Pictured are: County Commissioner, and soon Vice Chairwoman
of the Commission, Audrey Edmonson; Congresswoman Frederica Wilson; and Florida Lieutenant
Governor Jennifer Carroll, who gave the keynote speech during the worship service.

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Florida ranks fifth in new education

quality report

By Kaila Heard

A score of "B-minus" never
looked so good.
Especially for the state of
Florida, which has been criti-
cized for lagging behind in ed-
ucation in the past.
A recently released educa-
tion quality report now ranks
Florida fifth in the nation.

In an article with the Sun-
Sentinel, Education Commis-
sioner Eric Smith said he was
"pleased" with the results. "I
think it does speak volumes
about the kind of work that's
going on in our schools."
Maryland, Virginia, New
York and Massachusetts were
ahead of Florida in the rank-
ings. But for the majority of
states, grades of C-plus or low-

er were common.
The report was started 15
years ago and since then the
grading has changed. Current-
ly it grades states on an index
measuring several indicators
including current achieve-
ment, improvements over time,
teaching and poverty-based
This year's ranking is part of
a growing trend for Florida. In
recent years, Florida's rank-
ing has greatly improved. In
2008, the state was ranked in
14th place, in 2009 it was in
10th place and in 2010 it was

placed in eighth.
The news is a welcomed
change for an education sys-
tem that is often criticized as
being unable to meet the needs
of all its students.
The picture appeared par-
ticularly bleak for Black males
in South Florida after a report
was released in August 2010
that revealed that they have
extremely poor graduation
"The Schott 50 State Re-
port on Public Education and
Black Males 2010" found that
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Grammy award-winning gospel singer, Dorinda Clarke-Cole, performed at Belle Glade's Greater
of God In Christ on Jan. 8.

Promised youth intervention program

meets troubled start

By Kaila Heard

In September 2010, frustrat-
ed by the rates of juvenile vio-
lence in the community, local
historian and activist Georgia
Ayers announced the creation
a youth mentorship program
that would encourage a part-
nership between parents, po-
lice and pastors to be called
the PPAPs or Preachers, Par-
ents and Police program.
Enlisting the services of sev-
eral local ministers, the pro-
gram is meant to be another

of the alternative ju-
venile programs by ..
Miami-Dade County .
rehabilitate youth '
rather than have
them receive an of-
ficial record.
Now five months
later, The Miami AY
Times returned to see.
how the PPAPs program has
"We're doing beautifully,"
Ayers said. "It's just a matter
of the parents, the preach-
ers and the police following

However, so far, the pro-
gram has not gotten far off the
Now months lat-
er, the program re-
S mains, essentially,
in the planning stag-


S "We haven't been
very effective," said
PPAPs program coor-
dinator Cecil Lamb,
who estimates that
S the program has
been referred 10 juve-

nile offenders thus far.
"Maybe out of those 10 [re-
ferrals], we've helped about
three. But our percentage can
go up after we get things in
place," he said.
In theory, the program is

St. Paul Church

Bishop celebrates wife's victory over cancer

Praise service includes Grammy-winning vocalist

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times Staff Reporter

Greater St. Paul Church of
God in Christ (COGIC) in Belle
Glade, Florida held a birthday
celebration on Jan. 8 for Miami's
Bishop Jacob Cohen, jurisdic-
tional prelate of Eastern Florida.
But the anniversary was more
than a time to make merry it
was a time of observance for
life, love and the victory of his
beloved wife Josie overcoming a
serious combat with bone mar-
row cancer.
The Cohens have been married
for 57 years, and for the last six
months Josie was in a hospital
in Houston, Texas fighting for
her life.
When Jacob found out that his
wife was suffering with cancer
he took her to the best treatment
center in the United States.

Upon arrival Jacob discovered
that there was no bed space
available for his wife, but God
showed them favor and a room
was given to Josie.
"When we checked in they told
us there was no space available,
and to take her to the emergen-
cy room," said Jacob, while ad-
dressing his flock that were gath-
ered at Greater St. Paul Church
of God in Christ. "There were
several patients that were be-
ing examined, and when my wife
was diagnosed, the nurse said
take her to room 104. The Lord
opened that door. I stayed there
at the hospital with my wife for
six months until she walked out
the hospital."
Josie approached the pulpit
and praised God for his marvel-
ous blessings and delivering her
from cancer.
She was so euphoric to be out

of the hospital among the saints
of God and celebrating her be-
loved husband's birthday until
she was enthused to sing "Some-
body prayed for me."
"Saints, God heard your
prayers for me," Josie said.
Jurisdictional Supervisor,
Mother JoAnn Golatt Hill said
this was not just any birthday
and this was not just any per-
son. "It's our Bishop that we're
celebrating," said Hill.
Lauretta L. Williams, a mem-
ber of A. M. Cohen Temple for
27 years, says she came to the
event because of her love for her
"I want to be a part of any cel-
ebration that honors Bishop Co-
hen," Williams said.
Bishop Cohen presides over
A. M. Cohen Temple COGIC lo-
cated at 1747 N.W. Third Avenue
in Overtown and reigns over 14

districts that have approximate-
ly 115 churches. So his con-
stituents drove to Belle Glade
from cities as far away as Se-
bring, Cocoa, Fort Pierce, Miami,
Fort Lauderdale and Pompano
to show their appreciation, and
partake in the festivities, which
included an appearance by three
time Grammy-award winner, Dr.
Dorinda Clark-Cole.
"Some things God will give you
and some things he won't be-
cause of your faithfulness. God
looks at your praises, and bless-
es you based upon your faithful-
ness," Clark-Cole said.
Clark-Cole also belted out sev-
eral songs including "Blessed &
Highly Favored" from the Clark
Sisters "Live One Last Time."
Evangelist Brenal Campbell,
presided over the festivities, and
A. M. Cohen's Church Mother,
LaVerne Roundtree presented
Bishop Cohen with a love offer-

suppose to be referred youth-
ful offenders by the court sys-
tem. There are no set quali-
fications which would make
them ideal candidates for the
program, each candidate is
judged on a case by case basis.
Offenders are then paired with
different pastors depending
upon where the juvenile is liv-
ing to serve as their mentors.
"We just haven't made it
clear to the courts how we will
function," Lamb explained of
the delay.
Lamb says there will be addi-
tional meetings in the upcom-
ing weeks to finesse the details
of the program, but there is no
set timeline for when the pro-
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Honoring MLK's Legacy:

Local ministers celebrated

for community service

The African American Council of Christian Clergy and
the Baptist Ministers Council of Greater Miami and Vicin-
ity honored several local ministers including Reverend
Douglas Cook of Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church;
Bishop Julian C.Jackson of Gamble Memorial Church of
God in Christ; and Rev. Gregory D.Thompson of New Har-
vest Missionary Baptist Church, during a special Reverend
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Faith-based aid bolsters Hati relief Church arsonists get

More than $300M, army of volunteers

help in recovery

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

More than $300 million dol-
lars and thousands of volun-
teers all powered by religious
faith have poured in to earth-
quake-shattered Haiti to help
rebuild the country and restore
its spirit.
Church by church, parish
by parish, hundreds of thou-
sands of Americans have do-
nated funds or traded vacations
for mission trips. Although in-
ternational governmental aid
is the mainstay of Haiti relief,
faith-based groups offer signifi-
cant muscle in funds and vol-
Among the leaders, Catholic
Relief Services has raised $192
million, including $80 million
raised in a special U.S. parish
collection. About 80 percent of
Haitians say they are Catholic.
The agency doubled its Haiti-
based staff from 300 workers
before the quake to 600 now.
It expanded its focus from ag-
riculture and HIV/AIDS work
to emergency food and shelters,
reconstruction employment for
10,000 Haitians and, now, to
fighting the cholera epidemic on
the northern side of the island,
spokesman Tom Price says.
And $33 million will be set aside
to rebuild Catholic churches,
schools and seminaries.
Also, nearly 500 U.S. parishes
and Catholic institutions have
partnerships in Haiti, regularly

sending aid and volunteers.
Samaritan's Purse, an evan-
gelical Christian global relief
agency, "raised more for Haiti
this year than for any project
we've ever undertaken, $51 mil-
lion most with $40 individ-
ual donations," agency founder
Rev. Franklin Graham says.

of food. Volunteers also helped
build shelters and housing for
more than 50,000 Haitians. In
October, they switched their
focus full time on fighting the
cholera outbreak.
"We fly in incredible volunteer
doctors and nurses who work
in the most filthy, horrific con-
ditions in 24-hour shifts at our
two clinics. Cholera can kill a
weakened person in four hours,
and we have no idea how many
have died already," Graham

Near mass grave: Missionary workers and staff from St.
Damien Hospital participate in a outdoor candlelight Mass
on Tuesday in Titanyen, Haiti.

About $30 million of that
has been spent, focused in
the quake epicenter. Initially,
Samaritan's Purse volunteers
concentrated in the devastated
capital, Port-au-Prince. Four-
teen shiploads of cargo and ma-
chinery arrived to provide tons

Recently, he led Sarah Palin
and a Fox News team on a tour
of their efforts, hoping the news
coverage would prompt the re-
lease of medical supplies that
have been stalled in Haiti cus-
toms wrangling.

Graham returned to Haiti on
Sunday, at the request of 500
Haitian churches, to lead an
evangelism festival. Graham
says, "We felt it was time to fo-
cus on what God has done, on
the lives that have been saved,
and to give God the glory for all
he's done for good."
The United Methodist Church
raised more than $43 million
for Haiti after the quake. Its
Committee on Relief has sent
more than 80 volunteer mission
teams last year and expects to
double that number in 2011 to
work in clearing nibble, distrib-
uting food and rebuilding infra-
Meanwhile, Methodist
churches across the USA have
contributed with fundraisers
and projects such as assem-
bling health kits or building mo-
bile medical clinics. The church
is drafting a five-year relief and
recovery plan.
The North American Mission
Board (NAMB), the Southern
Baptist Convention's agency
for relief efforts at home and
abroad, has helped steer more
than $10 million to Haiti. More
than 2000 Baptist volunteers
from 39 states and Canada
worked in Haiti relief this year
and joined with the two major
Haitian Baptist organizations to
deliver tons of food, build hun-
dreds of temporary shelters,
launch repair of 186 damaged
churches and build 72 church-
es. Baptist churches in the USA
have sent 150,000 Buckets of
Hope, each holding a week's
worth of food staples for a fam-

Egyptian churches criticized for being too timid

By Michael Slackman

The worshipers erupted, hun-
dreds of them, loudly chanting
"No! No! No!" and drowning out
the priest, making it impos-
sible for him to continue offer-
ing thanks to President Hosni
It was two days after a sui-
cide bomber killed at least 21
people as a New Year's Eve
Mass was ending in Alexan-
dria, and the Coptic Christian
church leadership had as-
sumed its standard posture
as ally of the president, loyal
institution of the state. "We
direct our thanks to the presi-
dent," the priest said during a
But this time the parishio-
ners would have none of it:
"No! No! No!" "We want our
rights!" and "Remove the gov-
ernorl" they shouted during

the ceremony..
The bomb attack exposed a
troubling sectarian divide be-
tween Egypt's Christian minor-
ity and its Muslim majority. But
it also revealed disagreements
within the Christian popula-
tion, and within the church,
too. An increasingly conserva-
tive and restive segment of the
population expressed frustra-
tion with the church leader-
ship's non-confrontational
approach to the state and
its reluctance to aggressively
challenge practices seen as
discriminatory, churchgoers,
politicians and political scien-
tists said.
But concern was also ex-
pressed by a smaller, quieter
segment of the community
that the church had taken
too prominent a role in repre-
senting Egypt's Christians in
the first place, reinforcing the

sectarian divide and the no-
tion that Coptic Christians are
Christians first, and Egyptians
"When the pope refers to
the 'Christian people,' I reject
th.e, said Moha Makram-Eb-
eid, a former member of Parlia-
iment from a prominent Chris-
tian family. The word "people"
implies a nation, separate and
apart, she said.
Samir Morqos, a researcher
and intellectual who asked to
be described as an Egyptian
rather than a Coptic Christian,
said: "If we start talking about
the role of the church, then we
are accepting the idea of the
Copts as a religious commu-
nity, but it's about time that
we start to look at this issue
in a different way. We have to
see them as part of society and
address their issues and pro-
vide solutions through the civil

Cairo was quiet on the Cop-
tic Christian Christmas. But
after days of protests and ri-
ots, many people said that the
calm was merely a lull and that
the troubles, if not addressed.
would soon re-emerge,
Pope Shenouda Ill appeared on
state television recently and in
unusually blunt terms urged
the government to address dis-
crimination, to confront "the
problems of the Copts and try
to resolve them."
Although the pope remains a
largely respected figure, his
words did little to cool the an-
ger. Protesters defied pleas to
stay off the streets and called
on their leadership to drop its
diplomatic approach, a pros-
pect that the church leaders
made clear would not happen
because it would in the end
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Catholic schools enrollment moves steadily downward

By Barri Bronston

Not much keeps New Orleans
Archbishop Gregory Aymond
up at night. But one thing does
make him toss and turn.
In the past four years, espe-
cially after Hurricane Katrina,
Catholic school enrollment has
been steadily falling. Finding
ways to reverse the trend has
been the most challenging work
of his administration. "There is
a decline and there has been
a decline for the last several
years, nationally as well as lo-
cally," Aymond said.
Catholic schools took a hit
from Hurricane Katrina in 2005
and have continued losing stu-

dents since, with enrollment
dropping almost 5 percent since
2007, from 40,625 to 38,434.
It's down 19 percent from pre-
Katrina levels, and there are 20
fewer schools.
Nationally, Catholic school
enrollment has shrunk 20 per-
cent over the past decade, from
2.6 million to 2.1 million stu-
dents, according to the National
Catholic Educational Associa-
tion. More than 1,600 schools
have closed or consolidated,
with elementary schools taking
the biggest hit.
In November, the Archdiocese
of New York proposed shutter-
ing 32 schools in what church
officials described as the largest

reorganization in that school schools has historically been

system's history. In Baltimore,
13 parochial schools are set to
"It's significant, and it's dis-
turbing," said Sister Dale Mc-
Donald, the national associa-
tion's public policy director.
"We're talking about a half mil-
lion students."
The reasons for the decline,.
both nationally and locally, are
numerous. Families are small-
er, tuition is higher and public
charter and magnet schools are
more popular than ever.
The trend is especially sur-
prising in the New Orleans
area, where the percentage of
students attending nonpublic

one of the highest in the United
Linda Kleinschmidt of Metai-
rie enrolled her daughter, Eva,
in the coed Haynes Academy
for Advanced Studies magnet
school-the state's second-
ranked public high school-over
the all-girls St. Mary's Domini-
can High School. "It was not a
matter of money," Kleinschmidt
said. "It was more a difference
in the social and academic envi-
ronment that single-sex schools
cannot offer. We are happy so
far with the decision."
Ben Kleban, founder and di-
rector of New Orleans College
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By Bob Allen

The mother of one of two
men sentenced Jan. 10 to life
in prison for burning down a
string of East Texas churches
said she believes the punish-
ment does not fit the crime.
"No one was hurt," Kimberly
Bourque, mother of 22-year-
old Jason Robert Bourque, told
the Tyler Telegraph in the hall-
way outside the Smith Coun-
ty 114th District courtroom
where Judge Christi Kennedy
sentenced her son to five life
sentences for first-degree arson
and three 20-year sentences
for attempted arson. "Murder-
ers don't get these harsh sen-
She told the newspaper that
she did not condone actions of
her son or Daniel George McAl-
lister, 20, who are suspected of
torching 10 churches in three
counties over a five week period
beginning New Year's Day in
2010. She added that she had
hoped for mercy, however, and
was heartbroken by the sen-
Both men received maximum
sentences after pleading guilty
Dec. 15 to charges stemming
from five fires in Smith County.
Smith County District Attor-
ney Matt Bingham told local
media the duo did not receive

a reduced sentence for confess-
ing and could not have received
more time if they had gone to
The Jan. 10 sentencing
was for crimes related to fires
that destroyed Dover Bap-
tist Church, Tyland Baptist
Church, First Church of Christ,
Scientist, Prairie Creek Fellow-
ship Church and Clear Spring
Missionary Baptist Church, all
in Smith County.
All of the fires occurred be-
tween Jan. 1 and Feb. 8.
Bourque and McAllister were
arrested Feb. 21 after more
than a week of surveillance fol-
lowing calls to a tip line. The in-
vestigation included state, local
and federal law enforcement.
As teenagers Bourque and
McAllister attended youth
group together at First Baptist
Church in Ben Wheeler,
Texas. McAllister, according to
family members, dropped out
of church and started hanging
out with the wrong crowd after
his mother died from a heart
attack and a stroke in October
2007. Bourque's attendance
dropped off after his family
moved to another town about
20 miles away.
Bingham declined to give a
motive for the crimes, telling
media it would be "pure specu-
lation" for him to do so.

The King James Bible at 400

By Verlyn Klinkenborg

Sometime in 1611, a new
English Bible was pub-
lished. It was the work of an
almost impossibly learned
team of men laboring since
1604 under royal mandate.
Their purpose, they wrote,
was not to make a new
translation of the Bible but
"to make a good one better,
or out of rMltTri gbOd ones,'
one principal good one
What was published, :400
years ago, was indeed one
principal good one: the King
James Version of the Bible.
It's barely possible to
overstate the significance
of this Bible. Hundreds of
millions have been sold. In
1611, it found a critical bal-
ance in a world of theologi-
cal conflict, and it has been
beloved since of Protestant
churches and congregations
of every stripe. By the end
of the 17th century it was,
simply, the Bible. It has
been superseded by trans-
lations in more modern
English, translations based
on sources the King James
translators couldn't have
known. But to Christians
all around the world, it is
still the ancestral language
of faith.
To modern readers, the
English of the King James
Version sounds archaic,
much as Shakespeare does.
But there would have been
an archaism for readers
even in 1611 because the
King James Bible draws
heavily from a version of
William Tyndale's New Tes-
tament published in 1534
and from translations by
Miles Coverdale also pub-
lished in the 1530s.
Tyndale's aspiration was
to make his New Testament
accessible to "the boy that
driveth the plough." Though

readers often talk about the
majesty of the King James
Bible, what has made it live
is in fact the simplicity of its
Scholars have often debat-
ed just how much the King
James Bible has influenced
the English language. They
count the number of idioms
- "the powers that be," for
instance that entered the
language from the' Bib4li,"
They look at how often it's
cited in the Oxford English
T. S. Eliot and C. S. Lewis
deplored the idea of consid-
ering the secular literary or
linguistic influence of the
King James Bible. Eliot said
it had such a profound ef-
fect because it was "the
Word of God." Lewis went
further. He argued that the
King James Bible had little
influence on the rhythms
of English and that many
of the Bible's characteristic
rhythms were simply "un-
avoidable in the English
But Lewis missed the
point. The King James Bible
has had an enormous im-
pact on English for the very
reason that it captures and
preserves and communi-
cates down through the cen-
turies the unavoidable
rhythms of good English.
Its words are almost never
Latinate, and its rhythms
are never hampered by the
literalism that afflicts other
It would have been so
easy to get that wrong, to
let scholarship overwhelm
common sense, to let the-
ology engulf plainness. We
owe an enormous debt to
William Tyndale's imaginary
plowboy. All who speak this
wonderful language still
speak in the shadow of the
King James Bible.

Growing campaign brings Christians to the Holy Land for tourism

By Josh Lederman

Israel is inviting tourists to
retrace the footsteps of the
Virgin Mary, officials said re-
cently, in the latest campaign
to bring Christian pilgrims to
the Holy Land.
A new itinerary developed
by the Tourism Ministry helps
tour operators plan pilgrim-
ages to sites where the mother
of Jesus Christ lived and trav-
eled. They include her birth-
place near Nazareth in north-
ern Israel, as well as Mary's
Spring and the Tomb of the

Virgin near Jerusalem.
Tourism officials said Israel
has long facilitated pilgrim-
ages for Christians to travel in
Jesus' footsteps spanning
from the sites of his crucifixion
and resurrection in Jerusalem
to the Sea of Galilee, where he
is said to have walked on wa-
ter. Working with Palestinians,
Israel also facilitates visits to
Bethlehem; the West Bank vil-
lage of Jesus' birth.
The Virgin Mary itinerary in-
cludes holy sites in the West
Bank as well, including Beth-
lehem. Tourism officials said

they work closely with the Pal-
estinian on tourism matters,
though this itinerary was not
specifically coordinated with
the Palestinians.
In 2010, 69 percent of Is-
rael's almost 3.5 million tour-
ists were Christians mostly
Catholics. Now Israel is en-
couraging return visits by
those who have already made
their first pilgrimage.
Friar Pierbattista Pizzaballa,
the Roman Catholic Church's
custodian of the Holy Land,
said that for the faithful, being
able to touch and see biblical

sites firsthand is a transforma-
tive experience.
"For us Christians, the Holy
Land is the physical connec-
tion with the life of Jesus,"
he said. "But we cannot talk
about the life of Jesus without
talking about his mother, the
Holy Virgin."
At the Church of the Visita-
tion in Ein Karem recently, be-
neath a large mosaic of Mary
riding a donkey, tour guide
Ein Mor Pnina told visitors
they were standing at the site
where a pregnant Mary is said
to have visited her cousin,

"We can see all the history
of the Holy Land in this mon-
astery," she said before lead-
ing visitors into the church's
crypt, where painted scenes of
Mary and other biblical figures
fill every wall.
Lina Haddad, who directs
Israel's marketing of religious
tourism, said the full-color
booklet outlining the Virgin
Mary itinerary, released re-
cently in English, will be trans-
lated into Spanish, French,
Italian, Polish and Portuguese.
Tourism professionals said

Christian pilgrimages help Is-
rael both economically and po-
litically, because visitors tend
to become supporters of Israel
Creating new travel products
and marketing them specifi-
cally to Christians is the sur-
est way to achieve that, said
Elisa Leopold Moed, a Jew
who founded Travelujah, a
social network that promotes
Christian tourism to Israel.
"The Christians feel passion-
ate" about the sites so central
to their faith, Moed said. "It's
burning inside of them."

maximum penalty



Government conspiracies or biblical signs?

By Alisa Opar

It started with the myste-
rious deaths of 5,000 red-
winged blackbirds in Arkansas
on New Year's Eve. Reports of
other seemingly strange wild-
life deaths soon followed: 500
blackbirds in Louisiana; dozens
of jackdaws in Sweden; 1,000
turtle doves in Italy; 2 million
spot fish in Chesapeake Bay.
More keep popping up on blogs
and in news stories.
The "string" of puzzling events
has caused confusion and con-
cern, and has some religious
bloggers saying it's a sign the
end is near.
(Not to mention all the "aflock-
alypse" and Hitchcockjokes. On

NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me,"
Tom Bodett quipped: -Some-
where in a small retirement cot-
tage in California. Tippi Hedren
went ahh. I \e seen this before."
Charlie Pierce follo'.ed with. "I
was telling m', wi.le. as we were
walking down by the River of
Blood the other day. there's no
reason at all to be worried.")
Wildlife experts. however,
say such mass events are nor-
mal. "lass bird die-offs can be
caused by starvation, storms,
disease, pesticides, collisions
with man-made structures or
human disturbance." says Greg
Butcher, Audubon's director of
bird conservation.
Ftre\works likely caused the
Arkansas incident. Same with

Louisiana. In Sweden, it may
have been in a mix of fireworks,
cold weather and lack of food.
The doves in ital\ were likely
suffering from "massive indi-
gestion brought on by over-
eating." the Daily Mail reports.
And in the Chesapeake, "Cold
water stress exacerbated by a
large population of the affected
species Ijuvenile spot fish ap-
pears to be the cause of the
kill," the Maryland Department
of Environment concluded.
IA repeat event is unlike:.
with Fourth of July fireworks,
when blackbirds, common
grackles, and European star-
hngs are spread out. In the \% in-
ter blackbirds flock together in
roosts containing tens of thou-

sands to 20 million individuals
or more.
%S whv all the frenzy and ef-
forrs to link the most recent
die-offs? Blame it on technology
allo.'.ing us to learn about iso-
lated events and our impulse to
look for patterns.
Isolated die-offs don't pose a
significant threat to our native
bird populations. says Melanie
Dnscoll. Audubon's director of
bird conservation for the Mis-
sissippi River Flyway "Far more
concerning in the long term are
the myriad other threats birds
face. from widespread habitat
destruction and global climate
change to inappropriate energy
development and invasive spe-

lFefiRTE lM&WOr

St. Agnes Episcopal
Church is hosting their 113th
Anniversary and its yearly Pa-
tronal Festival on Jan. 23 at
10 a.m.

St. Clara Holiness
Church is hosting a Golden
Bells Musical Program on Jan.
23 at 3:30 p.m. 786-251-2878.

N Running for Jesus Youth
Ministry celebrates its one
year host on Jan. 29 at 7:30
p.m. 786-704-5216

The New Beginning Em-
bassy of Praise is hosting
their 64th Singing Anniversary
on Jan 30 at 3 p.m 305-694-

Victory in Life Miracles
Ministries Inc. presents a
Women s Re% i\al Service 11 00

am, Saturday, Feb. 5 at Don
Shula's Hotel in the French
Open Ballroom. Rev. Deborah
A. Carter. 305-389-1776.

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

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 Missionary
Baptist Church presents their
'Gospel in the Garden' concert
at Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

Zion Hope Missionary

Reverend Capers: God

continued from 12B

churches from Tampa, Nash-
ville to Daytona Beach.
The oldest of six children,
Capers and two of her siblings
also serve in ministry. While
raised in the Baptist Church,
Capers found herself drawn to
the Methodist Church because
of it emphasis on education
and dedication to social justice.
The Ebenezer United Meth-
odist Church offers several
different ministries including
a popular Men's Bible Study,
Food Bank Ministry and even a
Tae Kwon Do Ministry.

A strong supporter of edu-
cation, especially for Blacks
to know their own history in
America, Capers found herself
at a crisis of faith during the
late 1960s.
After she graduated from col-
lege in 1966, she became dis-
enchanted with religion as she
learned more about the plight
of Blacks in America. Her disil-
lusionment was connected with
her growing knowledge of Black
History. "I was very angry be-
cause I could not understand


Ebenezer United Methodist
Northwest 35th Street in Miami

how God could allow all of i
these atrocities that Blacks had 1
experienced," she remembered.
Fortunately for her, Capers

Baptist Church welcomes
you to their Testimony for Life
17th Extravaganza 2011.' a
special event for remembering
lost lo\ed ones on Jan. 2.3 at 5
p.m. 786-278-3038.

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

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

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


0 Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church offers fish
dinners e'.en Friday and Sat-
urday and noonday prayers
evern- Saturday .305-793-7388
or 305-836-1990.

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

Christ The King AOCC
Church in lMiami Gardens
cordially invites you to Bible
study class to be held on the
first and third Mondays from 6
-7 p.m 305-,21-1513 or 305-
621-6697 Liz Bain. 305-621-

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

's time is not our time

helped. But she also had to
change some of her own ideas
about God, particularly to have
i. patience.
According to Capers, "There
were hundreds and thousands
of years that God had made a
promise but it did not come to
fruition in that person's life-
-- time."
During trying times, she
found and continues to find
solace in the story of Joseph
and his coat of many colors.
Following his trails and how he
endured several hardships be-
fore finally leading his brothers
helped Capers realize the im-
portance of time.
.-... Her favorite verse is derived
S-- from Genesis 50:20, [from the
New International Version Bi-
t ble]
S"You intended to harm me,

accomplish what is now being
done, the saving of many lives."
For Capers, that verse il-
"- lustrates how everything that
Church is located at 2001 happens is meant to be. She
explained, "Often times in life
you will experience setbacks
believes the fact that how re- and injustices, but eventually
igiously she had been raised you will see that God can turn
as well as the encouragement your obstacles into stepping
of friends and family greatly stones."

Magnet, charter schools draw Catholic students

continued from 13B

Prep charter school, said that
while most of his students come
from other public schools, he's
seeing a rise in applicants com-
ing from Catholic schools. "I'm
hearing more and more from
parents that it doesn't make
sense for them to pay tuition if
we can provide as good or better
education than what they are
getting at a parochial school,"
Kleban said.

Lynn Jenkins, admissions
director at Benjamin Franklin
High School, Louisiana's top
public high school, said the
number of new students from
Catholic schools rose from 29
to 46 this year. Such switch-
es are becoming increasingly
common. "Charter and magnet
schools have definitely affected
our enrollment, and we know
that," Aymond said.
While specialized public
schools offer a good educa-
tion, Aymond thinks families

are leaving Catholic schools for
economic reasons: the average
tuition for elementary school is
$3,400 a year; for high school,
$8,000. "Catholic education is
expensive," Aymond said. "We
not only provide excellent [sec-
ular] education but we provide
excellence in the teaching of the
Catholic faith. It worries me, as
I look toward the future. We do
not want Catholic education to
be something for the elite. That
would go against our whole phi-

The New Orleans Archdiocese,
like a number of other dioceses,
is starting the new year with a
comprehensive strategic plan,
consulting with experts from
Catholic University in Washing-
ton and holding public meet-
ings. Further school closings
and consolidations-steps that
in the past have distressed par-
ents loyal to Catholic schools in
New Orleans and other major
cities in the Midwest and North-
east-are bound to be part of
the solution, officials admit.

Pope urges government to

protect Christians abroad

By Nathan Black

Pope Benedict XVI appealed to
governments last week to pro-
tect Christians against violence
and discrimination.
He also called on Pakistan
to reverse its blasphemy laws,
saying they were a pretext for
"acts of injustice and violence"
against religious minorities.
In October, the pope is sched-
uled to hold an interfaith sum-
mit focusing on peace and end-
ing religious violence. He has
identified Christians as the re-
ligious group that suffers the
most from persecution on ac-
count of its faith.
He was addressing not only
Muslim majority countries, in-
cluding Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria,
but also Europe and the West
where religion is being margin-
But most of the concerns he
expressed surrounded the re-
cent spate of attacks that have
left dozens of Christians dead.
Coptic Christians in Egypt were
the latest victims of'a New Year's
Eve bombing. Just weeks before
that, Nigeria's Christian popula-
tion was targeted during Christ-
mas. And the Christian minority
in Iraq continues to suffer in the
months following the church
siege in October that left 58 peol
ple dead as bombs explode near
homes and businesses.
"This succession of attacks is

yet another sign of the urgent
need for the governments of the
region to adopt, in spite of dif-
ficulties and dangers, effective
measures for the protection of
religious minorities," the Pope
said, according to The Associ-
ated Press.
Human rights group Inter-
national Christian Concern re-
leased its annual Hall of Shame
report last week, listing the
worst persecutors of Christians
in 2010. Iraq and Egypt were
added to the list this year.
ICC president, Jeff King la-
mented that the rate of Chris-
tian persecution has accelerat-
ed around the globe, especially
in the Islamic world.
"Anti-Christian hatred aris-
ing from Islam has flowed into
2011, as seen in the horrific
attacks in Egypt, Pakistan and
Iraq already this year," he said.
"Constant vigilance is needed in
the struggle to defend the funda-
mental human right of religious
freedom. Those of us fortunate
to live in countries that grant
religious freedom mustT-rnot
forget nor neglect the plight of
Christians who are condemned
by extremist ideology or govern-
ment tyranny to suffer or die
- for their faith."
The ICC report noted that
the persecution of Christians is
rarely reported by mainstream
media though it is a common

Gospel in the Garden at Millrock

Pastor Aaron Jackson and
the Millrock Holy M.B. Church
family invites everyone to our
"Gospel In The Garden," 6
p.m., Friday, January 21 at
2575 NW 65 Street.
Miami's own Second Chap-
ter, Artise Wright and The

Spiritual Harmonizers will
render our song service.
This event is an outside ca-
sual event. There will be a
$10 donation. Dinner will be
Call 786-318-7047 for ad-
vance tickets.

Florida schools improving

continued from 12B

in Miami-Dade County, of the
46,536 Black male students,
only 27 percent graduated
that year, compared to 57
percent of white male stu-
dents. Broward, according to
the report, has a Black male
enrollment of 49,271 and a
graduation rate of 39 percent
compared with 58 percent for
white males.
However, although those
graduation rates are lack-
luster, they represent an im-

provement for Black students
in South Florida.
When asked if he was con-
cerned that the positive atten-
tion given to the state's educa-
tion quality would overshadow
the achievement gaps that still
exist, a school expert say no.
T. Willard Fair, the chair-
man of the Florida Board of
Education and the president
and CEO of the Urban League
of Greater Miami, Inc. said, as
long as other "Black-focused
institutions" keep the focus on
the issue, "they will not allow
that to occur."

Christians fear for their safety

continued from 13B

- only intensify the problem,
church officials said.
"There is something that upsets
me from the church," said Atef
Marzouq, a clerk in a shoe store
in Shoubra, a neighborhood
in Cairo, as he watched angry

young protesters being cor-
ralled in the street by riot police
officers on Wednesday. "I don't
like the statements they make.
They keep saying We are broth-
ers, we are. brothers.' So I get
beat up and then you tell me he
is my brother? I want honesty. I
want honest and resolute state-

A quick look at the USGS'S list of uildlif mortality events
nationwide shows how frequently such events happen. Take the
deaths logged during a one-month period this past fiz

-Oct. 5: 1,200 lesser scaup, American coot parasitismm, MN)
-Oct. 5: 25 American white pelican (unknown. NV)
-Oct. 6: 200 mallard, muscovy ducks (botulism. FLI
-Oct. 6:25 mallird American coot (botulism, NW'l
-Oct. 7:25 red-neckedgrebe, donble-cesreed cormorant, long-
tailed duck, common loon, white-winged scoter (bondlism, MI)
-Oct. 14: 50 double-crested cormorant, anhinga parasitismm,
-Oct. 18: 25 western grebe (toxicosts, NIV9
-Oct. 19:400 American coot parasitismm, MT)
-Oct. 21:25 Mallard (bondism, AZ)
-Oct. 25: 250 white-winged scoter, long-tailed duck, red-
neckedgrebe, common loon, hornedgrebe (botulism, M I)
-Nov. I: 1,000 earedgrebe (avian cholera, UT)
-Nor. 1: 2,750 northernjfulmar (emaciation, CA/OR)

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When your

child says

'I hate you!'

By Cris Beam

You know you're going to get some fussing and complaining
when you tell your kid to turn off the TV or video games, but
then one day she lets loose with "I hate you!" Whoa! Why has
your sweet child suddenly turned on you--and what should /
you do to get her to stop the mean language?
"Don't take it personally," says Sal Severe, Ph.D., author of
How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too! Kids use inflamma-
tory language like this when they're geniunely upset but don't
have the tools to express themselves precisely. "Your six-year-
old isn't able to say 'I feel frustrated and angry because you
won't let me watch my television program."' To put it simply,
she wants you to know she's mad. Severe's advice: Acknowl- .
edge her anger calmly, but stand your ground. "Say 'I'm sorry
you hate me, because I love you very much.' Then add, 'It's
okay that you're angry, but you still have to turn off the TV.'"
You can mention that everyone gets upset occasionally, but it's
not all right to take it out on someone else.
If your child declares she hates you when you discipline
her, don't up the ante: "You're teaching her that she can push
your buttons, and this gives her too much emotional control,"
Severe says. You want to remain calm to show her that you're
the one in complete command of the situation. Also resist the Parents are often surprised when
urge to tell her in the middle of a screaming fit that she doesn't re urri
really mean "hate"--this will demonstrate that her word choice their child lashes out on them.
has power and she'll use it again and again. Later, when things
have settled down, you might explain that "I'm angry" or "I'm
disappointed" are better alternatives.

Workshops provide help for parents

By Kaila Heard
Ahtrardi 'iita.,immi ,,nt it. 's 'i.'a ',it

We are use to students being
told to take advantage of an%
homework assistance, tutors
and any other aid they need
to succeed in school. But do
parents also need to follow the
same advice?
According to the Exceptional
Student Education IESEI De-
'partment. of Broward -County,
Public Schools, parents should
heed the experts' sugges-
tions The ESE is offering free
-Weekend with the Experts'
workshops on Saturdays for
parents to better assist their
children succeed in school.
Topics range from problem
solving, self esteem building,
to literacy skill development

On Saturday. Jan. 29, the
next workshop in the series,
"Helping Mv Child with Home-
work arid Study Skills. will be
held at the NovaSoutheastern
University's Ahlin Sherman Li-
brari in Davie
Led by Dr. Marjorie Mon-
tague, a professor of special
education from the University
of Miami. the workshop will fo-
cus on various strategies and
tips -to teach parents -how to
ensure that their children suc-
cessfully complete their home-
One of the most effective
strategies is for parents to
keep in contact with their chil-
dren's teachers.
"Parents need strategies not
onlh, to assist their children
with homework at home but

they also need strategies to
communicate with the school,"
Montague said.
For younger children, par-
ents should talk with teachers
on a regular basis so they can
know what homework is due,
she explained.
For parents whose schedule
does not permit such a hands-
on approach, Montague sug-
gested involving older sib-
lings-or other relatives in their
child's homework process.
Although the workshops are
originally intended for parents
with special needs children,
the strategies taught can be
used by parents of all children,
regardless of their skill level,
according to Jane Derringer, a
Florida Diagnostic and Learn-
ing R-e: sorces System (FDLRS)

Child Find/Parent Services
Participants will also be
given a free copy of the moti-
vating and inspirational book
"Homework Without Tears" by
Lee Canter.
While the workshop is free
and open to all, reservations
are required.
"Helping My Child with
Homework and Study Skills"
will be held at the Alviih Sher-
man Library of NovaSouth-
eastern University in Davie,
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan.
29. For more information,
please call 754-321-2200.
For more information about
upcoming workshops, please

A big step toward healthier school food

good habits

By Nanci Hellmich

Hold the french fries and
The government is call-
ing for dramatic changes in
school meals, including limit-
ing french fries, sodium and
calories and offering students
more fruits and vegetables.
The proposed rule, being re-
leased Thursday by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture,
will raise the nutrition stan-
dards for meals for the first
time in 15 years.
This is the "first major im-
provement" in the standards
that "we've seen in a genera-
tion, and it reflects the seri-
ousness of the issue of obesi-
ty," says Agriculture Secretary
Tom Vilsack.
About a third of children
and adolescents 25 million
kids are obese or overweight.
Extra pounds put children at
a greater risk of developing
type 2 diabetes, high blood
pressure, high cholesterol
and other health problems.
An analysis in 2005 found
that children today may lead'
shorter lives by two to five
years than their parents be-
cause of obesity.
Vilsack says addressing the
childhood obesity problem is
critical for kids' health, future
medical costs and national
security, as so many young
adults are too heavy to serve
in the military.
The new meal standards
are designed to improve the"
health of nearly 32 million
children who eat lunch at

school every day and almost
11 million who eat breakfast,
Overall, kids consume about
30 percent to 50 percent of
their calories while at school.
Among the requirements for
school meals outlined in the
proposed rule:
Decrease the amount of
starchy vegetables, such as
potatoes, corn and green peas,
to one cup a week.
Reduce sodium in meals
over the next 10 years. A high
school lunch now has about
1,600 milligrams of sodium.
Through incremental chang-
es, that amount should be
lowered over the next decade
to 740 milligrams or less of
sodium for grades through 9
through 12; 710 milligrams
or less for grades 6 through
8; 640 milligrams or less for
kindergarten through fifth
Establish calorie maxi-
mums and minimums for the
first time. For lunch: 550 to
650 calories for kindergarten
through fifth grade; 600 to 700
for grades 6 through 8; 750 to
850 for grades 9 through 12.
Serve only unflavored 1
percent milk or fat-free fla-
vored or unflavored miilk. Cur-

rently, schools can serve milk
of any fat content.
Increase the fruits and
vegetables kids are offered.
The new rule requires that a
serving of fruit be offered daily
at breakfast and lunch and
that two servings of vegetables
be offered daily at lunch.
Over the course of a week,
there must be a serving of
each of the following: green
leafy vegetables, orange veg-
etables (carrots, sweet pota-
toes, summer squash), beans,
starchy and other vegetables.
This is to make sure that chil-
dren are exposed to a variety
of vegetables.
Increase whole grains sub-
stantially. Currently, there
is no requirement regard-
ing whole grains, but the
proposed rules require that
half of grains served must be

whole grains.
Minimize trans fat by us-
ing products where the nutri-
tion label says zero grams of
trans fat per serving.
Vilsack says the government
is not trying to "dictate" what
people eat but is trying to
help parents make sure their
youngsters "are as healthy,
happy, productive and as suc-
.cessful as God intended them
to be."
Implementing the new
meal standards is part of the
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids
Act of 2010 signed into law by
President Obama on Dec. 13.
The proposed rule ap-
plies to school breakfast and
lunch but not to what's sold
in vending machines and
school stores. Those will be
addressed later in a separate

your Futurer.


Four games that might

make your baby smarter

Simple children's games fun, educational

By Anita Sethi

They say a child's work
is play, and now research
shows that simple, classic
baby games may even help
with math skills as your child
grows. These following easy
activities will get your baby
giggling and learning.

You've done "How big is
baby? Soooo big!" Now expand
on that concept by point-
ing out other size differences:
"You've got a small cup, I have
a big cup." You can put the
items in size order or grab a
toy that does it for you, like a
set of nesting cups or blocks
in graduated sizes. Location
matters, too: Try sitting next
to your baby, so you have the
same perspective, and put a
toy in various locations around
a box or larger toy. Then talk
about "next to," "above," and
"below." Sing a little song as
you dance the toy around the
box, calling out "in front" and

Nothing beats a sorting toy
for teaching your tot about
size and shape. Another easy
way to introduce these ideas
is by sorting familiar ob-
jects. For example, fill a small
bowl with some Cheerios and
Goldfish. One at a time, take
out a Goldfish and put it in a
pile; then take out a Cheerio
and put it in a separate pile.
You can do this with anything
-- different-color socks, toy
cars, or blocks. After his first
birthday, your toddler may be
able to do this activity on his

Every parent knows how to
patty-cake, and going through
the motions while singing and
holding your baby's hands
is probably some of the ear-
liest laughing you'll do to-
gether. Besides promoting
language skills and muscle
coordination, clapping teaches
pre-math concepts such as
rhythm and "pattern finding"
and helps your baby learn to
predict what comes next. Put
some music on and clap and
dance to the beat. Or give your
child a maraca to shake or
"drum" with, then copy what
she does. In the car or the
bath, you can rap out rhythms
using anything you've got.

"This Little Piggy" is a great
sensory game because your
baby gets to hear you singing,
feel you touching, and see you
moving. You can graduate to
"Five Little Monkeys Jump-
ing on the Bed," moving your
baby's fingers or your own as
each monkey topples. When
you sing, point out how the
numbers change with each
verse: "There were five little
monkeys, and one is gone!
Now there are one-two-three-
four!" (Go to for
all the words to classic count-
ing songs.) Other ideas: Count
the stripes on his shirt, count
your way up the stairs, or tally
up the toy trains on the ta-
ble, picking one up with each
Of course, games are meant
to be fun. Don't be frustrated
if your baby doesn't seem in-
terested; you can always try
again another day. Hey, Gold-
fish are good for eating, too!

Student uses faith and work

to become model student

Special to the Miami Times

Knowing how to handle your-
self in every situation is a keen
attribute to possess. Clearly this
describes D'marques Williams.
D'marques has been a member
of the 5000 Role Models of Ex-
cellence Project since his 4th
grade year at Skyway Elemen-
tary. Currently, D'marques is
an 8th grade student at Lake
Stevens Middle School.
D'marques has a calming
presence. He believes in the
importance of faith and family.
D'marques attends True Rock
Pentecostal Church where he
participates in the Youth Choir,
Mime Ministry and plays the
piano. D'marques also spends
a lot of time with his family in-
cluding his four brothers and
three sisters. D'marques be-
lieves in using his gifts for the
betterment of others.
D'marques is focused and de-
termined to accomplish his fu-

ture goals. After finishing high
school and attending college,
D'marques aspires to become a
police officer or a federal agent.
With faith as his guide, he is
destined for success and that
is why D'marques is the Janu-
ary Role Model Student of the

Have you or someone you know

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Health care law repeal no slam dunk Advance may help

GOP feels they have

fuel for rollback

By Susan Page
Kelly Kennedy

are closely divided over whether
the new Republican-controlled
House should vote to repeal the
health care law that was enact-
ed just last year, a Gallup Poll
But partisans on both sides
are united: Republicans solidly
back repeal, and Democrats
overwhelming want to let the
law stand.
The survey results help ex-
plain why Republican leaders
are determined to forge ahead
with repeal House Speaker
John Boehner has scheduled a
vote recently even though the
effort is virtually guaranteed to
fail in the Senate.
The findings, which show in-
dependents almost evenly split,
also highlight an opportunity
for Democrats to renew efforts
to make the case for President
Obama's signature legislative
Forty-six percent of those sur-
veyed last week say they want
their representative to vote for
repeal; 40 percent want the law
to stand.
Nearly eight of 10 Republicans
support repeal. In contrast,
about two-thirds of Democrats

President Obama signs the health care reform bill last year
in Washington. Marcelas Owens, of Seattle, looks on.

want the law to stay in effect.
Independents are inclined to
support repeal, but by a mar-
gin too small to be statistically
Drew Altman, president of
the Kaiser Family Foundation,
calls the repeal effort "dramatic
political signaling" by Republi-
cans that they plan to use the
health care issue to keep Tea
Party supporters satisfied and
their political base united.
The more significant battles
will come later, he says. The
repeal vote is likely to be fol-
lowed by months of efforts to
chip away some provisions of
the law and to deny other pro-
visions the federal funding they
need to be implemented.
Republican sponsors say the
law will cost the country bil-

lions, and they have named
their bill the "Repeal The Job-
Killing Health Care Law Act."
However, the non-partisan
Congressional Budget Office
on Thursday concluded that
repealing the law would in-
crease the national debt by
about $230 billion from 2012
to 2021.
House Majority Leader Eric
Cantor questioned the CBO
report. Budget office accoun-
tants, though non-partisan,
"are only able to score the bill
that was put in front of them,"
he said in a statement.
He said Democrats had used
tax increases, "gimmicks that
double count savings," and
Medicare cuts to fund the law.
Democrats call the repeal
vote a "stunt."

"The Republican effort to re-
peal the health reform law will
not pass, and it is little more
than a stunt to score points
with their base," says Regan
Lachapelle, spokeswoman for
Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid, D-Nev.
The White House and con-
gressional Democrats are
launching a full-court press
of speeches, events and press
releases to spotlight popular
parts of the law that already
have gone into effect, such as
provisions that allow young
adults to stay on their parents'
health insurance plans to age
Three members of Obama's
Cabinet sent a letter to Con-
gress warning that repealing
the law would exacerbate the
problems that prompted the
law in the first place, includ-
ing higher premiums for con-
sumers and less competition
among insurers.
In the poll, a majority of men
endorse repeal while women
are inclined to want the law to
One of the most dramatic
divides is by age. By 50 per-
cent-30 percent, young adults
under 30 support the law. But
their middle-aged parents,
those 50-64 years old, favor re-
peal by an almost equally wide
The poll of 1,025 adults has a
margin of error of +/-4 percent-
age points.

identify Alzheimer's

By Stacey Singer

Scientists at the Scripps
Research Institute in Jupiter
have developed a new tech-
nology that appears to accu-
rately diagnose Alzheimer's
disease, and possibly other
tough-to-diagnose diseases.
before telltale symptoms ap-
The technology, described
in a paper m the respected
scientific journal Cell last
week. is in a very earl, stage
Believing in its potential. a
Miami-based company. Opko
Health Laboratories, has li-
censed the technology and is
expanding its research and
development office in Jupi-
ter, near Scnpps, with an eye
toward conmmercialLzmg the
test and applying it toward
other diseases, including
cancer, a spokesman said.
Opko s chairman and CEO is
Dr. Phillip Frost. former CEO
of Ivax Pharmaceuticals He
is a member of Scnpps board
of trustees.
The research, by Scripps
Florida chemist Thomas Ko-
dadek. may represent one
of the most significant and
commercially important dis-
coveries to come out of the
institute since it vwas founded
with more than a half-billion
taxpayer dollars in 2004.

Yet the intellectual prop-
erty rights belong to the
University of Texas South-
western Medical School -
not to Scripps and Florida.
Kodadek, who had his own
lab at UT, was recruited to
Scripps in 2009.
Scripps President Dr. Rich-
ard Lerner predicted there
would be more intellectual
property to come from Ko-
dadek s lab, and he noted the
discovery will mean jobs for
the Jupiter area.
The technology behind the
Alzheimer's discovery is es-
sentially an immune system
reader. It is designed to pick
out antibodies, the immune
system's targeting system.
without knowing in advance
what it's searching for, Ko-
dadek said.
Dr. James M. Anderson,
director of the National In-
stitutes of Health Diision
of Program Coordination,
Planning, and Strategic Ini-
tiatives, which funded Ko-
dadek's research, credited
his group with bold and
groundbreaking thinking.
"The results in the paper
suggest great potential for
using this approach to rap-
idly develop diagnostic bio-
markers for a vanety of sig-
nificant human diseases,
Anderson said.

'Pervasive' bedbug woes in U.S., new survey finds

NEW YORK One in five
Americans has either had
an experience with bedbugs
themselves or knows someone
who has and a majority say
the tiny blood-suckers are a
source of worry for them, ac-
cording to a new survey.
Seventy-eight percent of
respondents were most con-
cerned about infested hotels,
while others said they were
wary of picking them up at
work, at the doctor's, at the
movie theater or on public
"I was surprised just how
pervasive the problem is," said
Missy Henriksen, a vice presi-

dent at the National Pest Man-
agement Association, which
commissioned the online sur-
vey of 504 adults.
Bedbugs, which are about
the size of a grain of rice and
flat-shaped, like to nestle in
furniture and bedding uphol-
stery and are notoriously dif-
ficult to get rid of.
Exterminators use powerful
chemicals to rid apartments of
bugs, an invasive process that
forces tenants to temporarily
move out.
Young renters who live in
cities are most vulnerable to
bedbugs, the survey showed.
Some respondents said they

changed their routines to
minimize the likelihood of en-
countering the bug.
A quarter of respondents
have checked a hotel room for
bedbugs and 12 percent have
changed or canceled travel
plans for fear of the pest. Oth-
ers said they checked sec-
ond-hand furniture and store
dressing rooms.
Having a bedbug infested
home can also hurt people's
social lives. A third of respon-
dents said they would not
invite friends who had the
infestation into their homes,
as people can carry bedbugs
around on their clothing.

But the poll also found
wide-spread misinformation
about bedbugs. Nearly half
believed, incorrectly, that bed-
bugs transmit disease to hu-
mans and more than a quarter
thought they are more com-
mon in lower income house-
holds and dirty homes.
"The truth is that bedbugs
'lof f MiscrlTffinate IT f-fgtrd
to cleanliness, nor do they
prefer one socio-economic
class to another," Henriksen
"Bedbugs are found in pent-
houses and five-star hotels as
well as in low-income housing
and budget motels."

Being 'chilled out' can increase risk of obesity

By Amanda Chan

People who seem to face
stressful situations without
blinking an eye may have an
increased risk of health woes
such as obesity and depression,
according to a new study.
These results mean that
when the body under-reacts to
stresses in life, it can be just
as bad for your health as over-
reacting, said study researcher
Doug Carroll, a professor in the
School of Sport and Exercise
Science at the University of Bir-

mingham in England.
Over-responding to stress-
ors can increase the risk of
hypertension and atheroscle-
rosis, but under-responding
to stressors may be associated
with obesity, depression, poor
immune functioning and poor
overall health, Carroll said.
The finding doesn't neces-
sarily apply to all people with
relaxed personalities, Carroll
"It's important to distinguish
between two things: First, the
outward appearance of 'being

chilled' and what your biology
is actually doing, [and] second,
between the resting biological
state and how that biology re-
acts to stress," Carroll told My-
"Obese individuals tend to
have high resting heart rates,
but low or blunted heart-rate
reactions to stress," he said.
Researchers analyzed health
data collected from 1,300 peo-
ple during a 14-year period.
When participants were asked
to complete a short stress test,
those who did not have large

heart rate or blood pressure
changes were more likely to be-
come depressed and obese over
the next five years, compared
with those whose heart rates
and blood pressures increased
in response to stress, the study
The people whose heart rates
weren't affected by the stress
test were also more likely to say
they were in poor health than
people whose heart rate and
blood pressure increased dur-
ing the test, according to the

Singer Natalie Cole opens up about hepatitis diagnosis

conitnued from 17B

damaged the liver often remains
functional. This means that,
depending on how impaired the
liver is, many people with HCV
can lead normal lives.
But Cole didn't have this op-
tion. By the time she received
her HCV diagnosis, her liver
was already in an advanced
stage of deterioration. Cole
needed strong medicine-
quick. "I ended up having to
get interferon injections," she
One of the medicines com-
monly used to treat HCV, the
interferon treatment Cole re-
ceived is a form of chemother-
apy. (Today, doctors regard a
time-released form of inter-
feron combined with another
drug, ribavirin, as the gold
standard for HCV treatment.)
"The doctor hoped I would
only have to be on it about six
or seven months, at the most
a year," Cole explains. "I was
hoping to God that I wouldn't
have to be on it for that long
because it was just so debili-
tating. After I started the treat-

ment, it was only then that I
understood how tough going
through chemo is."
Almost immediately after
she started treatment, Cole's
body began to strongly react.
"I lost my appetite," she says.
"Within three weeks, I lost
about 20 to 25 pounds."
Cole was also constantly
nauseous, and her energy
level hit rock bottom. If that
wasn't enough, her body hurt
so much that she didn't want
to move. "I got to the point
where walking was very dif-
ficult," she says. "I ended up
being in a wheelchair."
By this time, many people
would have surrendered-but
not Cole. Besides the HCV in
her blood, she had showbiz
stamina in her DNA. (Both
Cole's parents were sing-
ers-her dad is the legend-
ary Nat "King" Cole.) In June
2008, despite undergoing hep
C treatment, Cole decided to
travel to Japan to keep an en-
tertainment commitment to
her fans there. Although ev-
eryone, including her beloved
adopted sister, Carol "Cooke"
Cole, begged her not to go, a

Natalie Cole
determined Cole packed her
bags and went anyway.
Soon Cole realized she had
taken on more than she could
handle. "It was probably the
toughest time working that
I'd ever had," she confesses.
"We were supposed to do 14
shows; I managed to do 10.
I was in a wheelchair; I had
IV tubes strung across my
dressing room. It was ridicu-
When Cole tells the story in
her recently published mem-
oir, Love Brought Me Back: A
Journey of Loss and Gain, she

describes the horrified looks
on the faces of her fans when
she was wheeled out onstage.
Cole says she could tell they
thought they were looking at
a corpse, but she received an
amazing response after she
sang as well as she ever had.
After returning home, the
still ailing Cole continued
her hard-driving ways. She
launched into a grueling pro-
motional tour for her Gram-
my-winning album Still Un-
forgettable. A friend sounded
the alarm. While speaking
with Cole on the phone, the
woman became frightened by
the way the singer sounded.
She sent a doctor to Cole's
hotel room.
After running tests, the doc-
tor immediately ordered Cole
into the hospital. He was wor-
ried her kidneys might fail any
moment. Although that didn't
happen right then, doctors
said she'd need ongoing di-
alysis and eventually a trans-
plant to replace her dam-
aged kidneys. The interferon
treatments were responsible.
"Once I went into kidney fail-
ure, that's the first thing that

Consume less trans fat foods

continued from 17B

zero grams of fat. That's be-
cause the policy requires that
fat amounts less than 5 grams
be listed in 0.5 gram incre-
ments, and allows food produc-
ers to round down to the lower
increment. Foods with more
than 5 grams of fat are re-
quired to use one gram incre-
This means if a product has
0.49 grams of trans fat, manu-
facturers can label its trans fat
content as zero.
Consuming as few as three
such food items could lead a

person to exceed the recom-
mended intake of 1.11 grams
daily without knowing it,
Brandt said. For example, con-
suming three servings of food
labeled "zero trans fat," each of
which actually contained 0.49
grams of trans fat, would bring
the total to 1.47 grams.
Trans fat consumption has
been linked to increased risk of
coronary artery disease, diabe-
tes and sudden cardiac death.
Research shows that in-
creasing daily trans fat con-
sumption from 2 grams to 4.67
grams, will increase a person's
risk of cardiovascular disease
by 30 percent.

Singer reveals healthier body

continued from 17B

and has made the switch to the
company's new PointsPlus sys-
Her favorite exercise is run-
ning on the treadmill for about
30 minutes a day while listen-
ing to music. "When I go to work
out, I have to have fun and en-
joy it so I want to get up and do
it again tomorrow."
The key to success is having
the right frame of mind, she
says. "You have to have your
mind ready and be ready. You
have to want it for yourself. You

can't do it for anybody else."
Sometimes, she says, she has
a hard time recognizing her new
svelte self. "Everyone sees the
new Jennifer, but I'm stuck in
my mind with the old one."
She says that if she can lose
weight and keep it off, others
can, too. "At the end of the day,
we are all beauty queens. It's
in there. I had no idea when. I
started this weight-loss journey
that I would make it this far.
And I had no idea what was on
the other side.
"In you is a greater you.
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Board Certified

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

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Weight loss

reflects nicely

By Nanci Hellmich

Jennifer HuidsCln oiui i.,ld rather talk
abouL:,t \ihat sh-e has rajned than v. hat ...
she has I:.t sin: :e in sh- .h dr.'ppcd Ir:i m .
a size 16 t,- size 6 b-, I:'ll:iv. ine kki lt
W'atl.:hers This sitrr;. is part o:f .I'S.-4\ :
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Instead of saying I lost this i:r that.
i feel like I earned 10 ', e.ars :.-!' n, :. l.uth
back. I loo:k lO ',ears youngerr People say
to me. .ou ha'.e Jennifer Huds,.:ui s aie
.Are \ou her little si-.ter"'
The Oscar- and Gramm', -winninr per-
former has be,:n fll' W '.inr \V\eeht W\at:i-cers
for a ',ear and has been featured in the
company s ads since April Hudso.n, 29'.
v.ont t talk about her current weight or ho'.'.
much she has lost. because. a lad, nc'.er
She sa'.s she has alv.a.s b:eeni cimfort-
able A-ith her bod, I rne'-er had a pr:oblemr
\'.ith mn, size at am,\ size
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H -id Hudson \ irispired to get
,." serious about beini healthiicr
a.t,:r the birth of lher sonr. Da-
.id Daniel I)Otunea Jr in Au-i
0ust 2009i She and her fianrice
David Otun aa. wantedd to:. be
aood role models for their w ion,
b exercising and eating right
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from the beginning oh,
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Please turn to HUDSON 16B


People may be unknowingly consuming significant amounts
of potentially harmful trans fats as a result of misleading
food labels, researchers say.
The current Food and Drug Administration policy regard-
ing the way trans fats are labeled on food is misleading, and
prevents consumers from knowing the true amount of trans
fat in their food, said Eric Brandt, a researcher at Case West-
ern Reserve University School of Medicine. Brandt called for
a change in the FDA's policy in an article in the January/
February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Health Pro-
The law allows foods that contain less than
0.5 grams of fat to be labeled as containing
Please turn to FATS 16B

\ Fried food is often jam-
packed with saturated and trans
fat. Most fast food chains offer
a grilled version of their popu-
lar sandwiches and entrees.

By Kate Ferguson

What are the chances that a total
stranger might save y,iour life"' sk Natalie
Cole. Her stone, is uLnf orgettable--talent.
fame. addiction. hepatitis and one crucial
gift from a woman she never met.
After she conquered her drug problem.
Natalie Cole thought she'd escaped un-
scathed. Her heroin habit was histor,--
more than 25 ,ears in the past. Then in
February 2005 she needed minor surgery
for a hernia and had blood drawn before
the operauon Her doctor called with the
lab results, and Cole's past intruded on
her present
"It was a real eve-opener to. hear that
ima dIrui use) had coni-: ba':k to kick me
in the butt." the 60-,ear-old singer sa\e
"1 thought that health-wise I had managed
to sail through my past drug use without
Cole's ph,sic:-an dlidn'r immediately tell
her v hat thi ptr'bl,-e '.ias He ad'.-ised
her to see a kidn,.y specialist. 'Ihe kidne;,
specialist told her she had hepatitis and
suggested she see a iver doctor. After a
second battery of blood tests, the liver
specialist confirmed that Cole had hepa-
ttis C-a serious Il\er infection.
Ns Cole's doctor reeled off the possible
ways of contracting the virus-most com-
in.rin', through dire--t blood-to-blood con-
tact--she re-:alled her days as an intrate-
nous drug user Her doctor asked if she'd
shared needles with other heroin addicts
Cole was candid She'd done that regular-
lI The doctor was equally as frank That explain her condition, he told her
The hepatitis C virus IHCVI can stay dor-
mant in the body for years.
Like Cole. nan', people with HC\ don't
have symptoms But others ma, be bur-
dened b\ signs The most common is fa-
tigue. Others include nausea, fever, night
sweats, arnx'et,. depression. "brain fog"
difficultyy thinking or remembering and

muscle, joint, stomach and liver pain.
In general, hepatitis is inflammation of
the liver. Of the virus's five forms-hepa-
titis A, B, C, D and E-hep B and C are
the most chronic and severe.The disease
is particularly serious and life threatening
because the infection affects the liver, the
body's largest internal organ.
An organ that's crucial to life support,
the liver manages more than 500 bodily
functions to maintain our health. Its job
is to filter everything that we eat, drink,
smoke and swallow-even what we ab-
sorb through our skin. In addition, the
liver metabolizes some foods, transform-
ing them into chemicals the body uses for
energy, and it also works to detoxify the
blood. What's more the liver stores certain
vitamins, such as A, D, B-9 (folate) and
The big problem with HCV is that it can
cause severe liver damage, leading to a
host of other life-threatening health prob-
But the good news is that even when
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,tho T, .:..a e ... i i.-erii, ,:-l i:, types: hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Of the
a I-e.lal e -committee by Howard Koh, quintet, A is not a chronic (long-lasting)
St i /.'IFH. i-, .ji::.i'lrnit -e.-i ry for health infection, B and C are chronic conditions,
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Services. Several months later, Senator States. In addition, vaccines are available
John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced the Viral for hep A and B, but not for hep C, D and
.Hepa-ri, ..irnd Liver Cancer Control and E. (But the hep B vaccination prevents the
Pr .-.nh,:,-, Act of 2010. T-.- bill calls for development of hep D.)
a national strategy to prevent and control In many cases, hepatitis may not pose a
h-eparii., B and C and is endorsed by severe health threat. But when it's chronic,
n,.:re- ihan 100 national, hepatitis-focused the virus may damage the liver with an
,:.,.:.,,,ati_.r,:. increasing amount of scar tissue, resulting
But what is hepatitis, and why are so in fatigue, mental confusion and even fatal
many p-.:'Fple' concerned about it? liver disease and liver cancer.

How Hepatitis Is Most Often Spread


Hep A Ingesing tecal rnainer from person-to-person contact or via
contaminated food or drinks (that's why it's important to wash your
hands after using the bathroom!)

Hep B Exchanging bodily fluids during sexual activity, sharing
contaminated needles for drug injection, using contaminated
medical or dental equipment, and passing the virus from an
infected mother to newborn

Hep C Introducing infected blood into the bloodstream (for example
through needle-sharing or using contaminated personal items
such as razors)

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Studies show

reducing meat

improves health

By Jessica Williams-Gibson

(NNPA) Meat is one of the five food groups,
but researchers and dieticians are asking folks to
rethink how meat plays a their nutritional
"Meat is a very important part of our diet.
Protein is essential for maintaining our muscle
mass and cell growth, but most Americans eat
too much meat," said Sarah Muntel, registered
dietician with Clarian Bariatrics.
According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health, if people reduced their
saturated fat intake from meat to about 15
percent, or one day a week, their health would
greatly improve.
They also found that going meatless at least
one day a week could reduce the risk of chronic
preventable diseases such as cancer, heart dis-
ease, diabetes and obesity among others.
For these reasons, Sid Lerner took a page from
the U.S. Food Administration when it urged fami-
lies to reduce consumption of meat and wheat
during both world wars. In 2003, he founded
Meatless Mondays, a non-profit and independent
initiative that promotes healthy alternatives.
"We characterize Monday as the January of
the week, sort of the day to start healthy after a
weekend of indulgence," said Chris Elam, pro-
gram director for Meatless Mondays. Studies
show that people are more likely to maintain be-

"Red meat is going to be higher in satu-

rated fat. That's why we don't want you

to eat red meat quite so often.

haviors begun on Monday throughout the week.
Much of tdday's diet consists of processed and
fatty meats, along with other unhealthy habits,
that are aiding many of the health disparities
today. Elam says that.Meatless Mondays is not
about being a vegetarian or vegan but instead
urges people to think outside of their "icebox" by
simply cutting back meat one day a week.
"This is a campaign of moderation," added
Elam. "You don't have to eat like a rabbit either.
There are many delicious ways to eat healthy."
Muntel understands that meat has a reputa-
tion of making a meal appear complete, but said
there are many other types of foods that provide
much-needed protein that are just as filling
such as beans, eggs, soy substitutes or cheese.
Adding fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
and whole grain pasta or rice leads to a healthy
and balanced diet. Meatless Mondays provides
recipes for participants, but there are plenty of
websites and recipes available online.
Whether one chooses to explore Meatless Mon-
days or not, health experts urge people to amp
up their fruit, vegetable, and whole grain intake
and eat only about three ounces of lean meat per
meal. Those who want to transition from Meat-
less Mondays to reducing meat several times a
week should begin slowly and look for protein
"Red meat is going to be higher in saturated
fat. That's why we don't want you to eat red
meat quite so often: Most people recommend
eating red meat only a couple times a week and
instead choose fish or white meat chicken," said
Muntel. Fatty meats are not only high in satu-
rated fat, but also high in calories contributing to
weight gain.
In addition to the health benefits of Meatless
Monday, Elam says that reducing meat also has
environmental benefits. According to the United
Nations Food and Agriculture Organization esti-
mates, the meat industry generates nearly one-
fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions
that are accelerating climate change worldwide.
Studies also show that if all Americans cut
back one day a week that would have the same
impact as if every American drove a hybrid car.
Furthermore, it takes up to 2,500 gallons
of water to make a single pound of beef. That
includes irrigating the fields to feed the animals,
giving the animals drinking water and using wa-
ter to process the meat. Massive amounts of fuel
are also used in getting the meat from the factory
to the grocery store.
Meatless Mondays may seem like another food
fad, but people are beginning to take notice.
Elam said that the entire public school system
in Baltimore, New Haven, Conn., and Oakland,
Calif. have adopted Meatless Mondays in addition
to restaurants and households around the globe.
"This is something that all populations can do.
We just want people to improve their health and
also help save the environment," said Elam.


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We're told that an apple a day keeps
the doctor away. but what exactly are
the health benefits of apples? Here are
ten reasons to heed the advice of that
old proverb.

French researchers found that a
flavanoid called phloridzin that is
found only in apples may protect post-
menopausal women from osteoporosis
and may also increase bone density.
Boron, another ingredient in apples,
also strengthens bones.

One recent study shows that chil-
dren with asthma who drank apple
juice on a daily basis suffered from
less wheezing than children who drank
apple juice only once per month.
Another study showed that children
born to women who eat a lot of apples
during pregnancy have lower rates of
asthma than children whose mothers
ate few apples.

A study on
mice at Cornell
University found
that the quer-
cetin in apples
may protect
brain cells from
the kind of free
radical damage that
may lead to Alzheimer's

The pectin in apples lowers LDL
("bad") cholesterol. People who eat two
apples per day may lower their choles-
terol by as much as 16 percent.

According to a study of 10,000
people, those who ate the most apples

had a 50 percent lower risk of devel-
oping lung cancer. Researchers
believe this is due to
the high levels of the
flavonoids quercetin
and naringin in

A Cornell -
University- -
study found
that rats who ate one apple per day re-
duced their risk of breast cancer by 17
percent. Rats fed three apples per day
reduced their risk by 39 percent and
those fed six apples per day reduced
their risk by 44 percent.

One study found that rats fed an
extract from apple skins had a 43 per-
cent lower risk of colon cancer. Other
research shows that the pectin in
apples reduces the risk of colon
S cancer and helps maintain a
healthy digestive tract.

Research found that rats fed
an extract from apple skins had
a 57 percent lower risk of liver

The pectin in apples supplies galact-
uronic acid to the body which lowers
the body's need for insulin and may
help in the management of diabetes.

A Brazilian study found that women
who ate three apples or pears per day
lost more weight while dieting than
women who did not eat fruit while


The Associated Press

Watching your weight this year? Con-
sider these small, doable changes from
Consumer Reports Health. For more
tips, check out USA TODAY's Weight-
Loss Challenge.
Watching your weight this year? Con-
sider these small, doable changes from
Consumer Reports Health.

Cut beverage calories:
From sugary drinks to alcohol, the
calories from beverages can add up.

Eat more protein:
Consider replacing.some of the fat and
starches in your diet with a little more
lean protein.

Boost your fiber:
Consuming fiber-rich fruits, vegetables
and whole grains can make you feel full

Avoid temptation:
Don't bring irresistible, high-calorie
foods into the house.

Add 2,000 steps a day:
Take a walk around the block after
picking up your mail. Do your errands
on foot instead of by car. Choose a park-
ing space or restroom that's farther away
than usual.

Cut screen time:
Log on less and stand up and move
around more.

Asthma rate in

U.S. up a little

to 8.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) Asthma seems to
be increasing a little, and nearly one
in 12 Americans now say they have
the respiratory disease, federal health
officials said recently.
About 8.2 percent of Americans
had asthma in a 2009 national
survey of about 40,000 individu-
als. That's nearly 25 million people
with asthma, according to a Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
The rate had been holding steady
at a little under eight percent for the
previous four years.
Better diagnostic efforts could be
part of the reason for the increase.
They were believed to be a main rea-
son for an increase in asthma seen
from 1980 through 1995, said Dr.
Lara Akinbami, a medical officer at
the CDC's National Center for Health
Asthma is a chronic disease involv-
ing attacks of impaired breathing.
Symptoms may include coughing,
wheezing, and chest pain. It can be
fatal: Health officials estimate more
than 3,000 U.S. asthma deaths occur
each year.
But treatment seems to be im-
proving, with 52 percent of asthma
patients in the 2009 survey saying
they suffered an attack in the previ-
ous year, down from 60 percent at
the beginning of the decade.
Asthma is more common among
women than men. It's also more com-
mon in children, Blacks, Puerto Ri-
cans, people living below the poverty
level, and people in the Northeast
and Midwest, according to the CDC.

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HIV/AIDS Taking awareness to the streets

By Phill Wilson

Welcome to "Greater than
AIDS", a year-long series of arti-
cles and editorials sponsored by
the NNPA Foundation, The Black
Press U.S.A. and the Black AIDs
Institute about the state of AIDS
in Black America.
As is the tradition among many
Black folks, the New Year marks
a time when we take stock of our
progress and plan where we are
going for the coming year. Last
year saw some tremendous ad-
vances in the fight against HIV/
AIDS, including long-awaited
scientific breakthroughs that

may soon help prevent HIV,
but also some major set-
As we move into 2011,
here are five ways that the
Black community can mobi-
lize itself to bring us closer
to ending the HIV/AIDS epi-
demic in our communities.

1) Develop strategies that '
acknowledge and address -
the new political realities
The mid-term elections
shifted America's political
landscape, including for the HIV/
AIDS movement. With a divided
federal government--Republi-



cans control-
ling the House
of Represen-
tatives and
the Senate
and Execu-
tive branch-
-we need to
focus on new
ways to create
policy change.
We need to be
more strate-

gic in our policy work and, quite
frankly, engage in some good,
old-fashioned education and ad-

vocacy work.
First, we must identify who
among our allies remains in
the Congress. It's time to re-
mind these old friends that we
still need their support and that
the work they have engaged in
thus far has not been in vain.
We also need to create new sup-
porters. This means spending
time briefing our newly elected
public officials to help them un-
derstand the important role they
can play. This requires creating
profiles of the members of Con-
gress representing key districts,
understanding what the AIDS
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Emma Garrett, 'First Lady of Record Promotions,' dies at 71

By Kaila Heard

Local record promoter, Emma
Garrett, died Dec. 28. She was
Garrett, who was affection-
ately known as "EG," was a
tireless record promoter whose
career spanned more than
three decades. During her
reign, Garrett worked for sev-
eral companies including Mo-
town, Miami's Campus Distrib-
uters, TK Records, and CBS.
And helped to promote suc-
cessful records for artists such
as Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin
Gaye, The Temptations and
Marlena Shaw.

While Garrett loved the music
she helped promote, she also
loved the people she worked
with just as much. Many of her
industry friends spoke well of
her personality and talents.
She was even featured as the
voice of the "wife-in-law" on the
Mille Jackson album entitled,
In a previous interview, Ger-
ald Alston, a former singer for
the R&B group, The Manhat-
tans, remembered Garrett's
generosity, "Emma Garrett
[was] a wonderful person, out-
spoken, will always tell it like
it is; yet her kindness is over-
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ity Joe Bullard affectionately
called her the "First Lady of
Promotions." "Emma Garrett
[was] the promotion diva of
them all," he said.
In an industry where success
depends on not only on talent
and great music, but on the
records visibility, good record
promoters can often spell the
difference between a "hit" or a
"flop." And in the 1960s when
Garrett began working in the
music industry, record promo-
tions was not considered the
S proper job for a lady. But she
. would not be discouraged.
In a previous interview with
the South Florida Business
Journal, she recalled, "Some of

the things I was told was, They
gotta be crazy to send a woman
out here.' or 'Well never play a
record for a woman.' But at that
time, I was just determined...I
felt that we could be more than
mothers and housewives."
Her determination paid off
and drove her to become one of
the most respected record pro-
moters in the state.
Garrett retired after suffering
a massive heart attack over 10
years ago. After a long illness,
she died on Tuesday, Dec. 28,
2010 in her Miami home.
Garrett is survived by her
son, her sister, three broth-
ers and several nephews and

Steps the Black community can take to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic

HIV/AIDS the lifetime and annual bans, vigilant to make sure this doesn't tion. Now the challenge lies in 4) Prepare our community to who educate Black America on
continued from 18B the potential adjustments in happen. But, wecan't scale up answering questions like: benefit from recent scientific the state of HIV science and

epidemic looks like and inform-
ing the representatives about
how it affects their district, and
then educating and mobilizing
their constituents to communi-
cate to these representatives the
importance of HIV/AIDS issues.
2) Protect healthcare reform
from those vowing to dismantle
or disable it
The Healthcare Affordability
Act was probably the most sig-
nificant HIV-related legislation
in the history of the epidemic.
The removal of previously ex-
isting conditions, the lifting of

Medicare and Medicaid and the
creation of health zones are ex-
tremely important for people liv-
ing with HIV.
In 2011 healthcare reform will
face numerous challenges. Chief
among them: Many freshman
members of the 112th Congress
campaigned on a pledge to kill
healthcare reform and cut the
federal deficit. It is highly un-
likely they will repeal healthcare
reform, but they may succeed in
starving it by depriving critical
measures of funding and/or de-
laying and/or complicating their
implementation. We need to be

without additional resources.
The current economic climate-
-and specifically the budget
limitations facing federal, state,
and local governments--will se-
riously undermine our ability to
actually implement healthcare
reform's various measures.
3) Transform the National
HIV/AIDS Strategy into a living
document that benefits Blacks
This plan exemplifies the max-
im "the devil is in the details".
The NHAS has some clear and
concise goals and objectives, so
now we finally have a picture of
where we are heading as a na-

Exactly how do we get there?
Who has the roadmap?
What route are we taking?
What in the plan speaks to
the most vulnerable among us?
And how does the plan ad-
dress the unique HIV challenges
facing Black America?
We need to analyze the Nation-
al HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).
and translate it into a policy
document that relates explicitly
and specifically to Black people,
then we need to develop strate-
gies to mobilize Blacks to make
sure we are involved every step
of the way.

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There were at least three ma-
jor scientific breakthroughs in
2010. Now, we must make sure
that Black people are not denied
the benefit of these advances.
If a cure for AIDS were discov-
ered today, the infrastructure
does not exist to ensure Blackss
would have access to it. It is
more important than ever that
we raise HIV science literacy in
Black communities. We need to
build a Black AIDS-treatment
network composed of commu-
nity members, clinicians, and
people living with HIV and AIDS


treatment, and ensure that
people who need care and treat-
ment have access to and utilize
5) Have conversations about
HIV/AIDS with those who need
them most
For the first time in the history
of the AIDS epidemic, we have
launched an aggressive HIV/
AIDS social-marketing cam-
paign targeting Black America.
In 2010 that movement expand-
ed to include explicit messages
to gay and bisexual Black men,
as well as to women, faith lead-
ers, and people living with HIV.

Apostolic Mt. Calvary Missionary
Revival Center Baptist Church
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
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Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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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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Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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Liberty City Church
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1263 N.W. 67th Street

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New Vision For Christ Antioch Missionary Baptist
Ministries Church of Brownsville
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue 2799 N.W. 46th Street

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

Order of Services
SUNDAY: Wotship Samvie
'e warning 10 om
S (huc Sdhool 6:30o am.
feeding Ministry 12 noon
BibleStudy 7 p..

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

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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International

2300 N.W. 135th Strf
Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m.,
11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m,
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

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St. John Baptist Church
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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Evenrng Worship 6 p m
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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue


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

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SL, nd1 Schliool Q 30l o m riilnq Worship 11 a.m.
Youth Minltr) 'oudy. Wed I'p n FP'jtr 8,ble Study, Wed 7 p.m.
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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Church of Christ
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died January 15
at Kindred Hos-
pital. Service 2 '
p.m., Saturday 1
in the chapel.

29, died Janu-
ary 10. Survi-
vors include:
mother, Debra .
Henry Payne;
son, Joseph
Stevens Jr; .. ..
brother, Jason
Henry; grand-
mother, Martha Henry. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Church of God
By Faith, 16969 NW 23 Avenue.

Bain Range
GLE, 71, died ;
January 11 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at Greater
St. Paul Church
in Coconut

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
64, retired sur-
gical scheduler
coordinator died
January 8 at
home. Service
11 a.m.,, Satur-
day at New Birth
Baptist Church
Cathedral of Faith International.

Gregg Mason
ary 13. Viewing
3-7 p.m., Fri-
day. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Friendship
Church, 740
NW 58 Street.

Wright and Young
MARCUS BOYD, 26, student
at Association
for the Devel-
opmental Ex-
ceptional, died
January 11 at -
home. Survivors -
include: mother,
Patricia Boyd;
brother, Melvin *M -
Holland, II; nephew, Melvin Hol-
land, III; maternal grandparents,
John and Ruth Bennett; and a
host of uncles, aunts, relatives and
friends. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at New Shiloh Missionary Baptist

died January 16 at Jackson Medi-
cal Center. Service 11 a.m., Satur-
day at The 59th Street Pentecostal
Church of God.

LOREN MOYE, SR., 50, cus-
todian, died January 11 at North
Shore Medical Center. Services
were held.

ESTELLA MOORE, 85, school
crossing guard, died January 14
at home. Arrangements are incom-

homemaker, died January 13 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

istered nurse, died January 7 at
home. Services were held.

died January 15. Arrangements are

FRANKLIN JAMES, 77, driver,
died January 9 at Treasure Isles
Nursing Home. Service 1 p.m.,

Wednesday at St. Luke Cousin
A.M. E. Church.

Hadley Davis Dr. Billy Taylor, renowned musician, spokesman, dead at 89

penter. Died
January 1, 2011
at home. Servic- '
es will be held .
Saturday at 3 at
Zion Hope Mis-
sionary Baptist .,
Church. '
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housekeeper, died January 6 at
North Shore Hospice. Services
were held.

MAKETA PINO, 38, patient care
tech., died January 2 at home. Ser-
vices were held

WILLIAM LEMON, 43, died Jan-
uary 5. Services were held.

BIVENS, 43, child care profes-
sional, died January 8 at Jackson
North. Services were held..

ALICE BETHEL, 57, housewife,
died January 1 at home. Services
were held.

OTIS WOODEN, 82, carpenter,
died January 9 at Aventura Hospi-
tal. Services were held.

laborer, died January 11 at home.
Services 1 p.m., Saturday in the

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

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04/12/1928 01/23/2010

Dear Mom, it seems like
only yesterday the Lord took
you home.
We miss your loving, kind,
compassionate, generous,
and feisty spirit.
At times we find ourselves
dialing your telephone num-
ber for your attentive patient
ear and then realizing we will
never again hear "hi baby" on
the other end.
Your grand kids, Summer
and Michael, are flourishing.
Your beloved sister Alva
(McLeod) misses you and
faithfully visits your grave site
with flowers.
We all know that our joys
will be greater, our love will be
deeper, and our lives will be
fuller because we shared your
moments in time.
Love, Gilda and Gilbert Jr.


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70-year career

help world take

jazz seriously
By Will Friedwald

When I heard that Billy
Taylor had died Tuesday at
the age of 89, it surprised me
how fast I was able to think
of my favorite performance
by the brilliant pianist. It's a
1993 concert by Taylor and
one of his favorite collabora-
tors, the superlative baritone
saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.
The two of them are playing
the jazz standard "Darn That
Dream," and they're enjoy-
ing themselves so thorough-
ly that, at one point early in
composer Jimmy Van Heu-
sen's melody, Mulligan just
can't contain his joy and
starts laughing, right in the
middle of the first chorus.
Over the course of a career
that lasted 70 years, Taylor
was one of the major figures
who helped the world learn
how to take jazz seriously.
He was perhaps the first and
greatest spokesman for the
whole of jazz, as a teacher,
broadcaster, producer, im-
presario and all-around ad-
vocate. He was the composer
of one of the great anthems
of the civil-rights movement,
"I Wish I Knew How It Would
Feel to Be Free," and he was
the force behind JazzMobile,
which still brings jazz to up-
town New York streets and
residents 45 years later.

His very visible dignity and
decorum helped give jazz a
degree of respect-particu-
larly in education and politi-
cal circles-that it had never
known before. Yet Taylor's
music itself was all about
having fun. It was-to use
the title of his most famous
composition-" Capricious,"
and it's no surprise that
while playing with Taylor, a
major musician like Mulli-
gan would burst out laugh-
Taylor was all these things
and more. Before Wynton
Marsalis, he was probably
the most famous represen-
tative the jazz world ever
had, a familiar presence on
TV and radio, as well as the
force behind jazz at the Ken-
nedy Center in Washington.
If he had limited himself to
being a pianist, composer
and trio leader-like most
of his colleagues-he would
still be celebrated as one of
the major figures of the jazz
piano. But Taylor went far
beyond that.
Billy Taylor was born in
Greenville, N.C., in 1921,
and grew up in Washing-
ton D.C. His father played
several horns and led the
choir in church; two uncles
played piano. When one
uncle played him a record-
ing by Art Tatum, the teen-
age Taylor reacted by think-
ing, "Wow, who are those
two guys?" As he told Marc
Myers of last
year, he studied piano with
the same teacher who had

In Memorial

In loving memory of,

09/05/57- 01/18/05

My beloved son, sometimes
God picks the flower.
That is still in full bloom;
Sometimes the rosebuds cho-
sen that we feel He's picked
to soon.
Sometimes the fever is fad-
ing with petals floating down,
but God knows the perfect
time to gather flowers from
the gound.
There is a heavenly gar-
den in which God takes great
pleasure, because he's placed
within it the loved ones that
we treasure.
He walks among the blos-

The Billy Taylor Trio at Hickory House on 52nd Street in the
early 1950s, with Taylor on piano, Charlie Smih on drums and
Earl May on bass.
taught Duke Ellington. He later.
also remembered seeing El- From 1969 to 1972 he
lington, Fats Waller and oth- served as the first Black con-
ers at Washington's Howard, ductor on a major network
and Lincoln Theaters while series ("The David Frost
still a student. Show"). He-received his doc-

Already a professional
musician, Taylor worked
his way through Virginia
State University. When he
contracted tuberculosis in
1942, it took him a year to
recover-but it kept him
out of World War II. He kept
practicing while he recu-
perated, and by 1943 had
moved to New York where he
began playing in Harlem and
on 52nd Street.
More than most musicians
of his generation, Taylor was
equally fascinated by both
the past and the future of
jazz. A prot6eg of the amaz-
ing Tatum, Taylor was an
early supporter of the bebop
movement ("I knew Charlie
Parker before he was Char-
lie Parker," he told Myers)
and was also eager to soak
up everything he could from
legendary masters like Wil-
lie- "The Lion" Srmith: ""That's
where I first met Thelonious
Monk," Taylor told me about
10 years ago. "He was just
another young pianist hang-
ing around the Lion then."

By the mid-'40s, Taylor
was well-established on the
jazz scene, first with the vet-
eran violinist Eddie South,
and also as part of a famous
1945 all-star concert at Town
Hall. He worked with virtu-
ally every veteran jazz giant
of the golden age (including,
famously, Ben Webster) as
well as those of his own gen-
eration. He was wellknown
enough to become thie house
pianist at the Birdland, af-
ter it opened in 1949, and
by the '50s had branched
into broadcasting both as a
studio musician (he was at
the center of "The Subject
Is Jazz," the first and most
famous television program
dedicated to the music) and
as a host and DJ. In the mid-
to late-'50s, he was already
making some of the most fa-
mous albums of his career,
such as "Taylor Made Jazz,"
taped with most of Duke El-
lington's horn section, "My
Fair Lady Loves Jazz," with
orchestra conducted by a
young Quincy Jones-both
in 1957-and "Billy Taylor
With Four Flutes" two years

soms giving them eternal
rest, and I know that I must
pleasure Him; because, He
chose our very best.
We miss you and love you,
your mother, Myrtle; son, Da-
mien; brothers, sisters, fam-
ily and friends.

torate from the University of
Massachusetts in 1975. He
later said that he had written
"I Wish I Knew How It Would
Feel to Be Free" as a dedica-
tion to his daughter, Kim, as
early as 1954, although it
was not recorded (most fa-
mously by Nina Simone) un-
til a decade later. In the late
'60s, the song was sung in
schools in Black neighbor-
hoods all over the country.

Taylor became best known

as the voice of jazz on both
radio and television, host-
ing "Jazz Alive" for NPR and
managing the even more
difficult task of keeping the
music visible on television-
his reports on "CBS Sunday
Morning" exposed millions
of viewers to the art of jazz.
He was a tireless proselytizer
for the jazz cause, one of the
first jazz advocates to serve
on many government coun-
cils, including the committee
that first formed the Nation-
al Endowment of the Arts
Jazz Masters award (which
he himself justly received in
1988). He was appointed the
artistic director of Jazz at the
Kennedy Center in 1994, the
same year he began hosting
its NPR radio series "Jazz
from the Kennedy Center."
He was still performing both
roles up until the time of his
What's amazing is that al-
though Taylor was a full-time
jazz advocate and a major
presence in all the acronym
organizations (the NEA, the
National Association of Jazz
Educators, the Jazz Foun-
dation of America), he never
stopped being a full-time
musician, bandleader and
recording artist. When Mari-
an McPartland launched her
long-running NPR series "Pi-
ano Jazz" in 1978, the first
guest she had on was Billy

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Lawrence Clayton shows he has the right stuff

By D. Kevin McNeir

Mocksville, North Carolina is a long way
from the bright lights of the Big Apple, but
for Lawrence Clayton, what matters most is
not where you begin but where you finish.
The acclaimed actor and singer first captured
our attention over three decades ago when he

starred in the original Broadway production
of the award-winning musical Dreamgirls in
the role of C.C. White. His most recent work
includes the portrayal of Roscoe in the Alli-
ance Theater's Avenue X, a tantalizing new
musical that took Atlanta by storm in its de-
but last year.
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Chris Brown makes progress, but still.has anger issues

By Dewayne Wickham

This was supposed to be a column
about the rehabilitation of Chris
Brown, the once popular R&B singer
who fell from grace in 2009 when he
pleaded guilty to felony assault in the
beating of his then-girlfriend, pop
singer Rihanna.
When the story of his brutal act
surfaced, I joined other commenta-
tors who trashed Brown and warned
Rihanna not to give him a second
chance at love. But I've always be-
lieved that lawbreakers who are not
imprisoned for life should, if they
demonstrate contrition, be given a
chance to get back on the right track.
And that's just what I thought
Brown had earned late in Decem-

ber when he successfully completed
a yearlong domestic violence course
mandated by the court. That good
news capped more than a year of en-
couraging reports about the progress
he has been making from the judge
handling his case.
In February, Los Angeles Superior
Court Judge Patricia Schnegg com-
plimented Brown for his diligence in
complying with the terms of the plea
bargain agreement that kept him out
of jail. "It looks like you're doing re-
ally, really well. That's always good
to see," the judge said at the time.
In addition to the domestic violence
course, Brown was ordered to per-
form six months of community ser-
vice in his home state of Virginia.
In November, the judge praised

him after getting another good report
from probation officials. "Out of thou-
sands of probationers, no one has
done a better or more consistent job
than you have, and I really want to
commend you for taking responsibil-
ity and for actually working diligently
to complete all the things the court
has required of you," she said.
That most recent praise for the
21-year-old Brown came five months
after a series of concerts he was
scheduled to perform in Europe was
canceled when he was denied a visa
to enter the United Kingdom. That
hardly seemed fair given the progress
the talented performer had made. In
fact, I thought Brown had earned a
chance to reboot his career, which
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2C THE 11,l,1 TIMES, JANUARY 19-25, 2011

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Egell:c CI'.-ic and USocil Club
Inc.. began its 2011 \ear by'
motingr from Ebenezer United
Meth-odst Church to the Alnca-\i
Hentage Cultural krts Center
on Jan. 6 until April 2011.
The first Men of Tomorrow
meeting was held by President
T. Eilene Martin-Major,
director Veronica Rahming
and other leaders, such as
Cora Solomon Johnson, past
president; Josephine Davis
Rolle, fees/finances;
Rochelle Lightfoot
Johnson, talent show;
Mary Gibson Salary, r
Black History Project/
workshops; Mary Ann
Thomas McCloud,
guests of Men of
Tomorrow and Nadine
Baxter Atkins, souvenir D
The eleventh-grade young
men were taught the Men
of Tomorrow theme song.
Then the meeting went into
the preparation for being
nominated for vacant seats of
the President, Vice-President,
reporter and chaplain.
At the end of the rehearsal,


the men '. ere 14 'e
enthusiastic aboLIt
the training and
began to talk about [
the challenges they
faced and what
they plan to do the next time
around. Others planning to be
in attendance are: Imarjaye
Albury, Darrius Albury
Williams, Khary Alexander,
Marcus Anderson, Richard L.
Barry II, Beakeem Belddell,
. Dishon Carey,
Matthew Cire,
Samuel Charles, Trey
Cogdello, Melvin
Coleman, Lawrence
Collier, Juwaon
Dames, Khambrel
Dawkins, Jonathan
Dukes, Dexter
IVIS Foster, Miquana
Frederick, Edward
Gordon, Ezell Gordon, Jr.,
Imir Hall, Austin Hirrison,
Julius Hethington, Curtis
Holland, Charleston Jenkins,
Barrington Jennings II, Robin
Lovett, Gary Neal, Brandon
Williner, Talf Parker, William
Parlins, Jamell Peacock,
Neville Reid, Wayne Roberts,

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Andre Sterling, Andrew instruct
Thompson, Sean Vande, H. Mary I
Christopher Wallace, Marquis Sandra
Wallace, Phillip Wells and W. Gar
Denard Wilson. Cynthi
*************** and the
Speaking of the African Becat
Heritage Cultural Arts Center audience
(AHCAC), the Wendell A. will be
Narcisse Theater at 6161 NW soon,
22nd Avenue and AHCAC advertii
Board of Directors presented replay.
Marshall Davis Jr. and Friends
in a evening of culture featuring Kudo.
BET comedian Chello, Hip-hop Hodges
artist Natural and national and fc
tap artist Marshall Davis Jr., Garden
last Friday, with attendance for supl
coming from Mack
Samuel, President; ,
Lincoln Young, '
Chaplain; Gwendolyn "
Coley, Secretary and-'
Isis Roberts and
the AHCAC Voices of M
Heritage. 0,
Others in attendance
included Dr. Carlton BARRY
G. Fisher and wife,
CEO/Founder of High Schools manage
Alumni Group, Dr. Gershwin Fluitt,
T. Blyden, Dr. Moyo A. Lewis, Bettye
Mervin Levin, Baljean Smith Cerina
and wife Dora Williams, Lonnie (line d
McCartney and Executive Wells,
Director Gigi Tinsley. Johnso
Also Arnold Davis, Rosetta A. Willi
F. Dean, Alpha Freeman Ramon
and Seymour, line dancing and Wa

tors, Evelyn Ross,
)ingle, Walter Collins,
McCartney, Sylvia
ner, Georgia J. Ayers,
a Johnson, Leo Albury
SDavis brothers.
ise of the energized
ce, the entertainment
e brought back real
so please check the
segment for the next

s go out to Linda
i-Holloway, director
under of the Miami
s Super Soul Steppers
porting Congresswoman
Frederica S. Wilson in
her trip to Washington,
D.C. as she was sworn
in as Congresswoman
of District 17.
Support is also
coming from Dorothy
Wells, assistant
director, Akua Scott,
event coordinator,
Agnes Crane, stage
;r and dancers Alpha
Arleace Carrion,
Gass, Daniel Seymour
ancer), Elizabeth W.
Josetta Lindsey, Kathy
in, Louise Wilder, Lynn
Rams, Mildred Casmay,
a Varner, Shirley Clark
nda Francis.

Congratulations to a lov ely
couple whose parents would
ha\e very, very proud. Troy
and Cecily (Robinson)
Duffie celebrated their
25th wedding anniversary
with their five children,
godparents Mae Bell and
Bishop Arthur Wilson,
along with godmother Bea
Hines, the Saint John
Church family and other
friends of the family were
present at the Plantation
Preserve Golf Course and
Club. Cecily is the daughter
of the late Andrew "Bo" and
Thelma Marie Robinson.
Congratulations also go
out to Leonard and Judith
Wilcox, celebrating their
24th wedding anniversary
on Jan. 13.
Get well wishes go out
to all the sick and shut-
ins: Naomi Allen-Adams,
Deloris Bethel-Reynolds,
Frances Brown, Julie
Clark, Grace Heastie-
Patterson, Jesse Stinson,
Alice Johnson, Louise
Winston Scavella, Sadie

Barry. Archie
Ewell. Inez
McKinney- ...
Mildred Ashley, Rose
Mary Braynon and David
Join Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church Daughter's of the
King, when they journey
to Atlanta, Georgia and
Shorter, Alabama on
Memorial Day Weekend,
May 26-30. Call Elizabeth
Blue, Florence Moncur or
Louise Cromartie.
Congratulations go out to
Andrea Wanza who received
her Ph.D degree from Barry
University in December
2010. Andrea is the
granddaughter of Fredricka
Dean-Wanza. She is also a
member of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority.
Roslyn Blue-Parkinson,
Chantrell Parkinson,
Olive Coe all of Raleigh,
North Carolina; Calvin
and Sandra Blue-Harris of
Keraersville, North Carolina;
Leonard Peebles of Tampa,
Florida; Patricia Chew of

Raleigh, North Carolina;
grandchildren and great-
grands of Edward and
Betty Elizabeth Blue were
all in Miami to visit their
parents for the Christmas
and New Year.
The Theodore R. Gibson
Chapter of the Union
of Black Episcopalians
cordially invite you to the
annual Absalom Jones
observance service and
luncheon on Saturday, Feb.
12 at the Church of the
Incarnation at 10 a.m. The
Rev. Jean Zache' Duracin,
Bishop of the Diocese of
Haiti will be the preacher.
On Sunday, Jan. 23,
Saint Agnes will celebrate
our 113th anniversary and
Patronal celebration at
10 a.m. You are cordially
Get ready It will not be
much longer before the
memorial honoring Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
on the Mall in Washington,
D.C. will soon be completed.
It will be completed this
Patricia Allen-Ebron,
celebrated her 92nd
birthday with her godson
and his family Barry
Huff, Becky Huff and

their daughter Halle Huff,
who came down from
Minneapolis, Minnesota for
the occasion and they all
enjoyed a wonderful dinner
at Cocowalk in Coconut
To all of our boys and
girls, I do hope you will read
my column and keep this
as a reminder to do what is
1. You owe your good life to
the most remarkable people
on Earth, your parents and
2. Your parents and
grandparents are the
people who within just five
or six decades 1919-1969,
had their work increased
our life expectancy by
approximately 50 percent
- while cutting the working
day by a third, have more
than double per capital
3. These remarkable
people lived through
history's greatest
depression. Many of these
people know what it is to be
poor, what it is to be hungry
and cold, and because of
this YOU have a better life.
Keep these tips in mind.
You will succeed, if you try
a little harder.

Oprah Winfrey pleased with OWN's weekend opening

By David Bauder

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -
Oprah Winfrey says she's
"grateful that we weren't em-
barrassed" during the much-
anticipated first weekend that
her new OWN network was on
the air.
For a network started from
scratch, OWN delivered some
impressive sampling on its
Jan. 1 debut. At one point that
night, OWN was the third-
ranked cable network behind
ESPN and USA in the ratings.
The challenge will be turning
the curious into regular view-

"I am grateful that the first
phase of what we wanted to
happen actually happened,"
Winfrey told reporters recent-
ly. "I'm grateful that we weren't
embarrassed. I'm grateful that
people came."
Winfrey called her network's
programming "mind food" and
said the intention is to bring
positive energy into the homes
of people who watch it.
"I see myself as a messenger
for a message that is greater
than myself and my message
is you can, you can, you can,"
she said.
OWN announced recently
that personal finance expert

Suze Orman would be getting
her own prime-time show this
fall. The series, "Money Class,"
will feature Orman visiting in-
dividuals and families across
the country to give them ad-
vice on their own financial cir-
OWN highlighted a handful
of its new programs last week,
including a competition where
10 contestants (out of 15,000
applicants) are vying for the
chance to host their own show.
"Survivor" producer Mark
Burnett, who is producing the
competition, has committed to
producing six episodes of the
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R&B singer back in spotlight despite trouble

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has floundered since his beat-
ing of Rihanna. He appeared
to be genuinely committed to
making amends for his bad
behavior and really deter-
mined to prove he is no longer
a crude brute.
Then he snapped on Twit-
ter. In a series of tweets on
the social network, Brown
proved he still had a hair-
trigger temper when he lashed
out at Raz-B after the former
boy band singer tweeted that

he couldn't understand why
Brown had been so disre-
spectful of Rihanna. Brown
responded with a homophobic
term to describe the moles-
tation Raz-B claimed -- and
later retracted -- he suffered
while he was a teenage mem-
ber of the R&B music group
Brown's crass reference
to anal sex in regard to the
alleged assault was mean-
spirited proof that while he
passed the court's domestic
abuse class, he needs to take
an advanced anger man-

agement course, which he
seemed to acknowledge a day
after his Twitter war of words
with Raz-B.
"Yesterday was an unfortu-
nate lack in judgment," Brown
told "Words cannot
begin to express how sorry
and frustrated I am over what
transpired publicly on Twit-
ter. I have learned over the
past few years to not condone
or represent acts of violence
against anyone."
In a 2009 video apology to
Rihanna and his fans, Brown
said he takes "great pride in

me being able to exercise self-
control." But he didn't two
years ago during his physical
encounter with Rihanna, and
he didn't in December in his
verbal clash with Raz-B.
Brown's rehabilitation is
far from complete. He's a tal-
ented but greatly troubled
- entertainer, who appears to
be closer to teetering on the
brink of self-destruction than
exorcising his demons. Those
demons are what Brown
must confront and defeat if
he wants to get others to give
him a second chance.

Aretha Franklin says health

problems have 'been resolved'

By Bridget Bland

Despite news reports that
The Queen of Soul is battling
pancreatic cancer, Aretha
Franklin is refusing to di-
vulge details on what health
issues she has been fighting.
"I am not one to do
a lot of talking about
my personal health or
business," Franklin
said an exclusive in-
terview with Jet maga-
zine. "There are a lot
of people who will talk
about anything as long
as there is somebody FRA
listening, but I am not
one of those people.
That's not Aretha," the 20-
time Grammy Award winner
The 'Respect' singer re-
vealed that "the problem has
been resolved" but refused to
confirm if that problem is, in
fact, cancer. She stated, "I
don't have to talk about my
health with anybody other
than my doctors."
While performing at a con-
cert in Toronto last year, the
legendary soul singer re-
called having a very hard

pain on her side following a
colonoscopy. Although she
says initial tests showed
nothing, a CAT scan revealed
what the problem was.
She advises people to follow
her lead and "go to your doc-
tor" when things occur with
your health that re
uncommon. /
The 68-year-old
vocal powerhouse
says she decided to
speak to Jet maga-
zine because she
knows how worried
her fans have been.
NK.LIN "I want to thank my
fans and friends and
supporters who have
prayed for me and sent me
beautiful cards and flowers,"
she said. "Let them know I
am feeling great and coming
She added, "Please contin-
ue to respect my privacy as I
continue to recover."
This marks Franklin's third
interview with the Black-
owned newsweekly magazine
since being released from the
hospital in December. She is
currently recovering at home
in Detroit.

50 Cent makes $8.7M by tweeting

By Brennan Williams

Would you like to know
how to become a millionaire
by using Twitter?
Try asking rapper-turned-
mogul Curtis "50 Cent"
Jackson, who made a
cool $8.7 million yes-
terday from a series of
weekend tweets stem-
ming from his appear-
ance at this year's
annual Consumer
Electronics Show in
Las Vegas. During his
visit, Jackson shared 50
knowledge about his
latest business venture with
H&H Imports (HNHI), which
serves as the distributor of
his forthcoming line of wire-
less headphones.
The no-name company's
stock was up by 240 percent
recently, raising its stock to
39 cents per share and net-
ting the business $50 mil-
lion, according to the New
York Post.
"You can double your

money right now. Just get
what you can afford," the
35-year-old tweeted to his
3.8 million followers about
H&H Imports, which also
owns the Kevin Harrington-
founded marketing firm TV
Goods. Adding,
"They are no joke
get in now...Check
... out
"' official site of Kevin
According to vari-
ous reports, last
October during a
) CENT private placement,
Jackson received
30 million shares of H&H,
including options granting
him the opportunity to cash
in as the company's stock
Not bad for a weekend gig,
considering the company
closed yesterday at 39 cents
raising his 30 million share
stake by $8.7 million.
Sleek by 50 Cent Platinum
headphones are set to arrive
in stores in April.





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Tellis, Robert Thomas, Dr.
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Sitcom breaks BET ratings, gets second chance

By Mesfin Fekadu
The Associated Press

After nearly two years off the air and
in limbo "The Game" has returned to
TV, giving BET a big ratings boost and
fans another chance to share the highs
and lows of a football wife and her ath-
lete husband.
The show premiered its fourth season
Tuesday night on BET after a three sea-
son run on the CW that was canceled in
2009. "The Game" set a ratings record
for BET, which said 7.7 million viewers
tuned in, making it the No. 1 original
telecast on the network, and No. 2 of
all-time, behind the 2009 BET Awards,
which had 10.2 million viewers and took
place three days after the death of Mi-
chael Jackson.
"We're coming out hitting hard," said
executive producer Salim Akil. "We re-
ally hope it opens BET up to more voic-
es, to more people being able to come
in and pitch shows and have a variety
of different scripted shows on the net-
"BET has been absolutely top-notch in
the way that they've been handling this,
from allowing us to be creatively free
... to the advertising to now having the
cast at TCA," continued Akil, referring
to the recent Television Critics Associa-
tion gathering in Pasadena, Calif. "All of
the things that we didn't get over there
at CW, we're getting at BET."
While BET hasn't announced a fifth
season, "The Game" is helping the net-
work change its image. The show is the
first scripted series for BET, which also
premiered its own original show, "Let's
Stay Together," right after "The Game"
Tuesday night; 4.4 million viewers

tuned in to watch "Together," which airs
at 10:30 p.m./9:30 p.m. Eastern.
Coby Bell, who stars as football star-
turned-sports broadcaster Jason Pitts
on "The Game," says BET is taking on a
new and positive direction.

starring Tracee Ellis Ross ("Girlfriends").
When the CW canceled "The Game" in
2009, no other network showed interest
in picking up the show. Akil said it was
even tough booking meetings to pitch
the series.
"When.there wasn't maybe a couple of
calls (returned) at least for a meeting, I

"The Game's" got a new season, new network and new swag that only
BET could bring. One thing that hasn't changed: The drama. Allow us to
re-introduce the cast of BET's "The Game."

"This is the beginning of a change," he
said. "We're going to be the first (step)."
Along with the Queen Latifah-pro-
duced "Let's Stay Together" and "The
Game," BET is also putting together a
show called "Reed Between the Lines,"

was sort of surprised," he said.
His wife, Mara Brock Akil, is the
show's creator and co-executive pro-
ducer (along with Kelsey Grammer); she
also executive produced "Girlfriends"
Please turn to THE GAME 4C

By Bridget Bland

A wedding is on the horizon for
Sherri Shepherd in the New Year.
The funny woman and televi-
sion personality got engaged to
television writer Lamar Sally over
the holidays, on Dec. 26.
"Thank you for the well wishes.
[I] kept it a secret so long because
I wanted my relation to be strong
before I went public," Shepherd
wrote to fans on her Twitter page.
According to 'The View' spokes-
person, Shepherd's hubby-to-be
proposed at his Los Angeles home
after the couple's recent trip to
San Diego (and after seeking per-
mission from Shepherd's 5-year-
old son, Jeffrey).
"Sherri was surprised to find
their accommodations had been
decorated with lights by one of

Sal's best friends, her dog was
wearing a Santa beard and hat,
and, in the middle of a dish of
Sherri's favorite but forbidden
M&M's (she is diabetic), was a
tiny little box," her rep told Peo-
An August wedding is being
planned in Shepherd's hometown
of Chicago.
The couple has been dating se-
riously for more than a year since
being introduced by Jay Tucker,
the fiance of Shepherd's close
friend and 'Dancing With the
Stars' contestant Niecy Nash.
This marks 'The Newlywed
Game' host and Emmy Award
winner's second marriage. She
was previously married to co-
median Jeff Tarpley. The couple
separated in 2006 and divorced
in 2009.

'The Game' actress expecting baby

By Mesfin Fakadu

NEW YORK (AP) Tia Mow-
ry Hardrict has more to cele-
brate than the return of her TV
show "The Game" she's also
BET Networks publicist Tri-
cia Newell has confirmed that
the actress is expecting. Mow-
ry is married to actor Cory
Hardrict. It will be the first
child for the couple, who were

married in 2008.
Mowry stars in the show
"The Game." The show's fourth
season premiered on BET last
week; the first three seasons
originally aired on the CW
from 2006 to 2009.
The 32-year-old Mowry
and her identical twin sister,
Tamera, starred in the 1990s
hit show "Sister, Sister."
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Obama 'HOPE' poster copyright claims dismissed

By Larry Neumeister
The Associated Press

NEW YORK A judge has
dismissed copyright lawsuits
between an artist who created
the Barack Obama "HOPE."
image and The Associated
Press but has left a March trial
date in place for related claims
between the news service and
companies that sold merchan-
dise using the artist's image.
U.S. District Judge Alvin
Hellerstein said in a one-
page order publicly filed re-
cently that a "suggestion of
settlement" led him to dismiss
claims between artist Shepa-
rd Fairey and the AP. He said
the claims could be reinstated
within a month if either side
The judge said other claims
between the AP and Fairey-
related companies that manu-
factured or marketed products
based on th6 image will be put
before an eight-person civil
jury on March 21. Lawyers on
all sides did not immediately
return messages seeking com-
ment recently.
The dispute stems from an
AP picture taken in 2006 when
Obama, then a U.S. senator
from Illinois. was at the Na-
tional Press Club in Washing-
Fairey used the photograph

when he created his artwork
during Obama's 2008 run for
the presidency. In 2009, he
sued the AP, seeking a court
declaration that he did not vio-
late AP's copyrights when he
made the Obama image.
The news cooperative coun-
tersued, saying the uncred-
ited, uncompensated use of its
picture violated copyright laws
and was a threat to journal-
Last year, it was disclosed in
court that Fairey was under
criminal investigation after he
said he erred about which AP
photo he used as a basis for
"HOPE." He also had acknowl-
edged that he had submitted
false images and deleted other
images to conceal his actions.
The red, cream and light-
blue images show a deter-
mined-looking Obama gaz-
ing upward, with the caption
It was unclear how a dis-
missal of claims between
Fairey and the AP would af-
fect legal fair use arguments
over whether Fairey altered
the original image of Obama
enough that he did not infringe
the AP's copyrights.
Court papers submitted by
lawyers for the AP and mak-
ers and distributors of ap-
parel and other merchandise
Please turn to OBAMA 6C

Tyler earns 19 NAACP Image Award nominations



dominated the nominations for
the NAACP's 42nd annual Imi-
age Awards.
Perry earned 19 iods Wednes-
day, including best director for
"For Colored Girls" and best
screenplay for "Tyler Perry's
Why Did I Get Married Too?"
The films will compete for movie
honors alongside "Just Wright,"
"The Book of Eli" and "The Kids
Are All Right." His TBS televi-
sion series, "Tyler Perry's House
of Payne," was nominated for
best comedy series.
Janet Jackson ("Why Did I


Get Married Too") is up for
best actress with Halle Ber-
ry ("Frankie & Alice"), Kerry
Washington ("Night Catches
Us"), Queen Latifah ("Just
Wright") and Zoe Saldana ("The
Losers"), while her co-star Jill
Scott will compete in the best
supporting actress category
with "For Colored Girls" ac-
tresses Anika Noni Rose, Kim-
berly Elise, Phylicia Rashad
and Whoopi Goldberg.
Denzel Washington ("The
Book of Eli") is nominated for
best actor with Anthony Mackie
("Night Catches Us"), Common


("Just Wright"), Jaden Smith
("The Karate Kid") and Morgan
Freeman ("Red"). Best support-
ing actor nominees are Don
Cheadle '("Brooklyn's Finest"),
Idris Elba ("Takers"), Justin
Timberlake ("The Social Net-
work"), Michael Ealy ("For Col-
ored Girls"), and Samuel L.
Jackson ("Mother and Child").
"House of Payne" is nomi-
nated for best comedy series
against NBC's "30 Rock," Fox's
"Glee," ABC's "Modern Family"
and TBS' "Are We There Yet?"
The best drama series contend-
ers are TNT's "HawthoRNe,"


NBC's "Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit," HBO's "Treme"
and ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7" and
"Grey's Anatomy."
Kanye West's "My Beauti-
ful Dark Twisted Fantasy,"
Smokey Robinson's "Now and
Then," Usher's "Raymond vs.
Raymond," Sade's "Soldier of
Love" and "Wake Up!" by John
Legend and the Roots are best
album nominees.
The National Association for
the Advancement of Colored
People's Image Awards honor
diversity in the arts and will be
presented March 4.

Actor Leon still making hearts beat with reggae band

By Christa Jackson

Actor Leon and yes, he is
well-known enough to be iden-
tified by just his first name -
has been thrilling audiences
since the early '80s. The char-
ismatic thespian stole the show
and our hearts in films like
The Five Heartbeats, Above
the Rim, Cool Runnings, The
Temptations, and Waiting to
Rolling out had an opportu-
nity to catch up with the Holly-
wood sex symbol to talk about
what he's been up to lately.
Turns out, quite a bit.
Has your career progressed
as you expected?
I think when you have a lot of
ambition like I do, things never
move as quickly as you would
like for them to . There were
a few choice roles but they

went to my good friend, Denzel
Washington and ultimately you
just had to make a name for
yourself, and luckily, I did.
What type of music do you
and your band perform?
Leon and the Peoples is the
name of my band and we play
reggae soul music. . Our first
record is called The Road Less
Traveled and it was nominated
for a National World Reggae
Music Award.
How does your daughter han-
dle having two high-profile par-
My daughter, Noelle, is my
sweetheart and she has grown
up in this industry her whole
life, with her mother [Cynthia
Bailey, "The Real Housewives
of Atlanta"] being a big-time
model and me being an actor,
she doesn't know anything else.
.. .She is very well adjusted .

S. and we try to make her life
as normal as we can, like with
getting good grades and things
like that. She has wonderful
opportunities, but that goes
with the territory.
What are you working on
I am currently involved in a

project that is directed by Rob-
ert Townsend called "Diary of
A Single Mother," [which is] in
its third season. It is a Web se-
ries ... and it looks like it will
be picked up by a network very
soon. ... I did the show as a
favor to Robert, and it ended
up being a blessing for me ...
It's a really well-made show
about three single women liv-
ing in one tenement trying to
raise their children and their
struggles. The cast includes
Monica Calhoun, Valerie Ortiz,
Billy Dee Williams and Rich-
ard Roundtree. Not only is it a
show, but single mothers from
all over the country can con-
nect with one another to talk
about their issues and get help
and support from one another.
It can be seen on,
which is co-chaired by Barack
Obama. It's a wonderful show.

Big ratings win for BET's 'The Game' premiere

continued from 3C

with Grammer and is a consult-
ing producer on ABC's "Cou-
gartown." After "The Game"
was canceled, she returned to
the CW to present an hour-long
version of "The Game" and once
it was clear that the network
was still uninterested, the Akils
- as well as the show's cast -
thought the game was over.
"I'm usually extremely opti-
mistic," said Tia Mowry, who
stars as Melanie Barnett-Da-
vis, a medical school graduate
and wife of football star Derwin
Davis (Pooch Hall). "I had to let

it go. I was like, 'Melanie has
The new season of "The
Game" picks up two years after
it ended. The relationship for
newlyweds Melanie and Derwin
is still rocky since Derwin re-
cently had a child with another
woman. Malik Wright (Hosea
Chanchez) is second string to
Derwin, who is now the San
Diego Sabers franchise player.
Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel
Robinson), Malik's mother
and former manager, is guid-
ing Derwin's career. And Kelly
(Brittany Daniel) is still sepa-
rated from Pitts and has her
own reality series called "Ex-

Baller's Wife."
"We offer the fans real-life
stories that they can relate to,"
Hall said.
The show's resurrection is
mainly due to those fans, who
long waited for the show's re-
turn, watching reruns on BET
and petitioning online.
"It's so crazy how these fans
are so embedded and ... at-
tached to these story lines,"
Mowry said. "They actually
think Melanie and Derwin are
The show moved its location
from Los Angeles to Atlanta,
shooting the new season's 13
episodes in a "guerrilla" style.

"No rehearsals, no run-
throughs," Chanchez ex-
plained. "You had to really
trust your director, writers and
fellow actors."
But trusting one another
was easy for the cast members.
During the show's hiatus, they
all kept in touch: The women
had spa days and Chanchez
even spent Christmas and New
Year holidays at Robinson's
"We kept in touch and I think
that's an important factor to
why the show came back,"
Mowry said. "We all would go
out, hang out, eat and just


Good reads tend to snowball

By Bob Minzesheimer

Books by celebrities, from
Janet Jackson to Tina Fey,
and by literary celebrities, in-
cluding Joyce Carol Oates and
the late David Foster Wallace,
highlight the new season in
publishing. Booksellers, from
stores large and small, tout
a variety of titles from big-
name authors and those yet to
USA TODAY gathers new
titles and garners comments
from those who know best:
booksellers Patricia Bostel-
man of Barnes & Noble, Geof-
frey Jennings of Rainy Day
Books in Fairway, Kan., Kath-
ryn Popoff of Borders, Tom
Nissley of Amazon and Cathy
Langer of The Tattered Cover
in Denver.


By Janet Jackson (Feb. 8)
It's "part biography and part
self-help," Popoff says, and
"will appeal to Jackson's music
fans as well as to readers who
are curious about her both as
a celebrity and sister of Mi-
chael Jackson."

By Tina Fey (April 5)
Contending that "you're no
one until someone calls you
bossy," it should be fun and

appeal to the TV writer/star's
"bookish fans," says Nissley.
"It's still her moment."

By Anders Roslund and
Birge HellstrOm
The book is "dark, suspense-
ful and more riveting than
any thriller at the local cin-
eplex," says Bostelman. She
calls the authors "heirs appar-
ent to Stieg Larsson and Hen-
ning Mankell as the masters of
Scandinavian crime."

By Tea Obreht (March 8)
"The debut novel we're all
excited about," says Jennings.
Obreht "deftly uses the history
and conflict of the Balkans" to
tell a "tale filled with metaphor
and mystery."

Kanye West is facing a lawsuit from a photographer who alleges the rapper
and his security team "assaulted" and "threatened" him in 2008.
Photographer Michael Vazquez has filed court papers in New Y.rl- alleging he
was the victim of a vicious attack after he was hired to film and photograph a
party for Casio G-Shock watches at Guastavino in Ne'.v ',ori. Citv in lay, 2008.
Vazquez claims Kanye West, who performed at the event, along with up to 10
unarmed members of his entourage "assaulted, battered, -:eat and threatened"
The 44-year-old photographer wants unspecified damages for "physical,
mental and emotional illness."

Nas will soon have a little more spending cash at his disposal because, ac-
cording to TMZ, the Queens rapper's spousal and child support payments to his
former wife, singer Kelis, have been reduced by half.
He is now required to pay his ex-wife $20,000 in spousal support and just over
$5,000 in child support every month. Nas apparently convinced the judge that
the unfavorable economy is affecting his ability to make enough money to fulfill
the original obligation.
Nas was previously ordered in December 2009 to hand over $51,000 for
monthly child and spousal payments -- a total of over $600,000 a year. The
figure was bumped up from a court-mandated amount of $40,000 per month in
July 2009 after they announced their split in April of that year.

The Game was recently ordered to fork up roughly $50,000 for allegedly beat-
ing up his cousin during a funeral in 2008.
Robert Kirkwood, Game's cousin, filed a suit accusing the rapper of assault-
ing him at his sister's funeral when he confronted him for not contributing to the
funeral's cost.
The ruling was made in a Los Angeles Superior Court a few months ago.
Game, born Jayceon Taylor, must now pay $50,580 for Kirkwood's medical bills
and other damages.

Rumeal Robinson, a former Michigan basketball stand out and NBA player,
has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in jail for financial fraud.
A jury found Robinson guilty in September of 11 charges, including bank brib-
ery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement
to a financial institution.
Prosecutors say Robinson schemed between 2004-05, to borrow more than
$700,000 from a bank in Ankeny, Iowa, with the help of a loan officer. They say
he claimed the money was for a business, but that he actually bought a condo-
minium, cars, furniture and invested in an energy company.
Robinson was also ordered to pay nearly $1.2 million in restitution.

Fashion council honors Naomi Campbell

LONDON Supermodel The four-time winner of the
Naomi Campbell has been council's Designer of the Year
awarded a prize prize, who
by the British . took his own
Fashion Council i, :Bf. life in Febru-
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Debbi Morgan: Things you should know

By Tonya Pendleton

Actress Debbi Morgan has
played many roles, but prob-
ably none has been as sig-
nificant as her portrayal of
Dr. Angie Hubbard on "All My
Children." It's a character she's
played a few times and not
just on one show. The 54-year-
old actress recently returned to
the soap opera after 20 years to
reprise her role with on-screen
love, Jesse, played by actor
Darnell Williams.
While the actress recently
took a personal leave of ab-
sence from "AMC," she just may
be back. Given that her char-
acter was both pregnant and
going blind at the time of her
departure, we do hope she's re-
turning to resolve all those is-
sues for fans of the show.
Here are five things you
should know about Debbi Mor-
1. She's a daytime TVpioneer.
In 1981, cable TV was in its
infancy, and the biggest celeb-
rities were movie stars. Real-
ity TV was what was shown on
news broadcasts. Soap operas
came on during the daytime,
and their fans included not just
stay-at-home moms, but teen-
agers who watched after school
since neither the N nor ABC
Family Channel existed. It was
in that climate that Angie Bax-
ter and Jesse Hubbard played
by Morgan and Williams re-
spectively became daytime
television's first celebrated Af-
rican-American couple on "All
My Children."
Both attractive, and with Jes-

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se's little bit of a "bad boy" to
Angie's "good girl," it was inevi-
table the two would fall madly
in love in Pine Valley. The na-
tion fell in love, too, making
both actors stars during their
initial run in those roles.
2. She's an optimist in love.
Morgan's personal life could

make great fodder for a soap
opera. She may be the only
soap star who's been married
more times in real life than she
has on TV four times! One
of her more famous husbands
was actor Charles "Roc" Dut-
ton, who starred in his own TV
show, "Roc."

3. She's not just a soap opera
While Morgan is well-known
as her "All My Children" char-
acter, she has a long list of TV
and film credits. She's even
been in a music video, appear-
ing in Cameo's 1985 "Attack
Me With Your Love" clip. She
starred with Samuel L. Jack-
son, Meagan Good and Jurnee
Smollett in the critically ac-
claimed film, "Eve's Bayou,"
and appeared in "Love and
Basketball." She also appeared
on "Good Times," "What's Hap-
pening" and in "Roots: The
Next Generation," as well as
the TV show, "Charmed."
4. She's three times a lady.
Morgan has a rare distinc-
tion in the soap opera world
- she is the only actress in
soap opera history to play the
same character on three dif-
ferent shows. She played Angie
Hubbard on "All My Children,"
"Loving" and "The City." She's
also played a doctor on several
different soaps, thus becoming
one of the first black women on
TV to do so.
5. She's worthy of honor.
When the website WeLove- chose its 50 great-
est soap actresses, Morgan
came in at number 11 for her
work on six different shows.
She has w6n two NAACP Im-
age Awards and two Daytime
Emmy awards for her work. As
of 2009, she is the only Black
woman to have won a Daytime
Emmy, having won Best Sup-
porting Actress in 1989, tying
with Nancy Lee Grahn of the
now-defunct "Santa Barbara."

National tour of play now on stage at Broward Center

continued from 1C

working actor he is cur-
rently appearing at Ft. Lauder-
dale's Broward Center for the
Performing Arts in Cameron
Mackintosh's 25th anniversary
production of Les Miserables
in the principal role of Jean
Valjean. The all-new produc-
tion features new staging and
spectacular scenery inspired
by the paintings of Victor Hugh
on whose classic novel the play
is based. But what is most im-
pressive about Clayton is that
he stands as one of if not the
first Black to ever assume the
lead role.

"I have come close over the
past 15 years of my career to
being cast as Jean Valjean but
both times it just didn't hap-
pen," he said. "The first time I
could not get out of a contract
for another show and the sec-
ond time I was one of the last
two men standing. This time I
felt like it was my last chance
and I really prepared for the

audition. I was determined and
when the directors and produc-
ers saw me, I did my thing."
Clayton's has a big job on
his shoulders because his role
requires the learning of an in-
ordinate amount of material.
He says the key to prepara-
tion is memorizing the vari-
ous musical arrangements in
parts. But he adds, there are
still times when a momentary
lapse in concentration can
cause him to search for a line
or note.
"All actors make mistakes
but we have been well-re-
hearsed for this production,"
he said. "The thing about Les
Miserables, is it can take years
for an actor to incorporate all
of the necessary nuances to
make the role truly their own.
Still, there is this excitement
that I get every night just be-
fore I go on stage that is almost
paralyzing, then empowering.
As quickly as it comes it's gone
and . .it's show time."
Clayton knows that some
may focus on his being the
first Black to assume the
show's lead role and while he
relishes the opportunity, he
says it's not about the color of

the actor but the story itself.
"The story is one of redemp-
tion and how one man's faith
sustains him in some very dif-
ficult times," Clayton said. "I
think the way the character is
despised and mistreated be-
cause of his past will resonate
with many people in the audi-
ence, particularly Blacks. But
you have to remember that he
is not mistreated because of
his skin color but because he
walks through the world with
a huge chip on his shoulder
and those around him can
feel that. Valjean is a big, an-
gry man he is angry at the
world for how they have treat-
ed him and angry for being
imprisoned for so long."

How do you manage to stay
at the top of your game af-
ter 30 years in the business?
Clayton says the answer is be-
ing able to do more than one
thing and do it well.
"Theatrical productions and
opportunities for Blacks run
in cycles," he said. "I have
been both lucky and blessed

and done a little of everything:
opera, Broadway, movies, tele-
vision, commercials, trade
shows and recordings. The
thing is if your part is not in
vogue you won't work. In fact,
the nature of our business
is there is always down time
when one is unemployed and
looking for the next gig. You
have to use that time wisely
and expand your skills."
Clayton has obviously done
his homework and since the
show opened, he has received
rave reviews for his perfor-
"It's a long, hard show but
the cast is settling into their
roles," he said. "This isn't like
when I played Judas in Jesus
Christ, Superstar and it's a
far cry from one of my favor-
ite roles from my Dreamgirls
days. But I have a feeling this
is going to become one of my
most positive memories of be-
ing onstage. I just know it."
Clayton and the rest of the
cast can be seen through Jan-
uary 30th in the Broadway
Across America production of
Les Miserables at the Broad-
way Center for the Performing

OWN network off to great start after its debut

continued from 2C

winner's show.
It's a diverse group of panel-
ists, including an obese chef
who wants to do a cooking show
that illustrates his effort to get
back into shape, a disabled
man who wants a show on
overcoming obstacles he faces
traveling around the world and
a prospective variety show host
who wants to be "America's gay

best friend."
Lisa Ling's new series, "Our
America," shows her profiling
people involved in controversial
issues, including sex offenders,
faith healers, drug addicts and
online brides.
Burnett said OWN's pro-
gramming, at least at its start,
has not been predictable.
"It's an unimaginable task to
me what they've all pulled off,"
the veteran producer said.
Winfrey noted that not all of

the new programs will succeed
with viewers, although they
may succeed with the most im-
portant viewer.
"There are a few shows, even
if they don't respond to, I'm
keeping them on because I can,
because I like 'em," she said.
She said she didn't truly un-
derstand the work that would
be involved in starting the net-
work and needed her part-
ners at Discovery Communi-
cations Inc. to point that out

to her. She said she didn't ex-
pect to take a vacation in three
"It was not actually until
we were on the air that I fully
started to grasp what it means
to have a network where you
are the OW of OWN," she said.
Winfrey did, however, disap-
point the first reporter to ask
her a question.
"Are we all going to get cars?"
the reporter asked.

Copyright lawsuit on 'Hope' poster rejected by judge

continued from 4C

using Fairey's image suggest
that those arguments to some
extent will remain part of the
Lawyers for clothing manu-
facturer One 3 Two said in
court papers that the "total
concept and, feel" of the AP
picture and the Obama image
were different. They said that
while the AP picture "depicts
a portrait of President Obama

suitable for news reporting, the
Obama Image is an iconic piece
of artwork that has an edgy,
provocative feel that is charac-
teristic of Fairey's street art."
The company said it has an
indirect contractual relation-
ship with the artist and has
asked the judge to rule it did
not violate copyrights. It said it
is the exclusive licensee of Obey
Giant Art LLC, which is affili-
ated with Fairey. The company
said it had nothing to do with
creating Fairey's images as it

sold apparel and other mer-
chandise using the art.
In papers filed last week, the
AP said the case presents "the
straightforward question of
whether a T-shirt company may
use a nearly verbatim copy of a
copyrighted image to generate
millions in dollars of revenues
for itself without securing the
permission of the copyright
owner." The company called
the legal issues "garden-variety
copyright infringement mat-

The AP said the T-shirt com-
pany, Obey Clothing, between
March 2008 and Septem-
ber 2009 sold approximately
233,800 pieces of merchandise
bearing an image that copied
the Obama photo.
The AP wrote that Fairey's
image was a "nearly verbatim
copy" of the Obama AP photo,
incorporating the "protectable
expressive elements in the pho-
to almost entirely down to
the twinkles in then-Senator
Obama's eyes."

The Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1964 will meet
Friday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd
Ave. For further info, contact
G. Hunter at 305-632-6506.

There will be a Town Hall
Meeting on Saturday, Jan.
22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at
Raul L. Martinez Government
Center (Hialeah City Hall),
501 Palm Avenue, 3rd Floor.
Please bring your questions
to the judges of the Miami-
Dade Courts regarding com-
mon issues such as domestic
violence, landlord tenant and
small claims.

I AM, Inc. is hosting a
free African Caribbean Dance
Experience on Jan. 25, Feb.
1 and Feb. 8 from 6-8 p.m.
at the African American Re-
search Library and Cultural
Center, 2650 NW Sistrunk
Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.
For directions, call 954-625-

The Liberty City Farm-
ers' Market will be held on
Thursday from 12-6 p.m.
during the months of Decem-
ber 2010 to April 2011 at Ta-
colcy Park, 6161 NW 9th Ave.

The State Attorney's
office is holding a 'Second
Chance-One Stop' Sealing
and Expungement Program
on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from
4-7 p.m at the Miami Lakes
Educational Center, 5780
NW 158 Street. Only cases
that occurred in Miami-Dade
County at State Level will be
reviewed: You may pre-reg-
ister at
For more info, please call the
State Attorney's Office Com-
munity Outreach Division at

The Cemetery Beauti-
fications Project, located at
.3001 N\V 46th Streetis 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.

N Miami-Dade County
Business Expo 2011 will
take place on Thursday, Jan.
27 from 2:30 to 9 p.m. at Mi-
ami Free Zone, 2305 NW 107
Ave in Doral, FL. For more
info, please visit

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
NW 87th Ave. For more info,
call 1-800-658-1292, email
conference@ncbw 1 Omiami.
org or visit www.ncbwl00mi-

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 place on Thursday,
April 14, 2011. For more in-
formation, call 305-329-3066.

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

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


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A.* With one office in Aventura and its headquarters
-- in the fashion district of Manhattan (37th and 8th),
two Miami natives and brothers, Alex and Dr. Ger-
aid Gracia, launched a new clothing business in 2010
.. that targets todav's teens and extends to those in
their mid-30s. And according to Alex, 32, who
serves as the CEO and is the creative brain
behind the fledgling company, Civilized Na-
tions, business is coming along "just fine."
S"Our products include T-shirts, men and
women's shirts and pants, polo jackets and
hoodies," Gracia (Alex) said. "But for the
e first season we have focused on our I AM
CIVILIZED line of T-shirts. The hottest
items from the line are the I AM MIAMI
S|shirt and one that we designed specifically
for Haiti."
Both shirts have captured the attention
.. of shoppers th roughout South Florida and
S Gracia says he is anxious to launch com-
S- plimentar\ items this summer during
Fashion Week in New York City. He
Shas even designed shirts for Dwyane
Wade and other members of the Miami
Gracia has been in the fashion and music in-
dustries for a number of years, promoting hip-hop
artists while helping to keep them dressed in the
latest styles. He has also worked as a marketing
ring and public relations representative for a company
t that he says ditched him after he landed a major
deal for his former bosses with Footlocker. But in-
stead of drowning in sorrow, he used that negative
experience as a learning lesson.
"Il\ brother Gerald. who is a co-owner of our com-
pany. told me that I had been making money for others
and letting them use mv creativity for their gain for too
long." he said "He told me I should do the samefor my-
self. That's how Cit. ilized Nations was born."
Gracia s company, is small with a total of six employees,
including himself. on the payroll. But they appear to be
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By Tax Report

It's customary for this col-
umn to start the year with a
roundup of what's new for tax-
payers. Given last December's
theatrics in Congress, some
items on our list may seem
familiar unless you were out
mapping the tributaries of the
But keeping tax details
straight is tough-even for
tax reporters. Our mailbox is
full of queries from bewildered
readers trying to sort out is-
sues such as which Roth IRA
conversion rules expired last
year, how the new payroll tax
cut works, or at what income
level the zero rate on long-term
capital gains ends.
The most important point to
remember is that last year's
11th-hour tax changes, though
favorable for most, are tempo-
rary. After 2012, many provi-
sions are set to snap back to
what they were before 2001,
and a few even expire this year.
That raises the dreary pos-
sibility that in less than two
years we will be in a replay
of last year's tax debates, but
in the middle of a presiden-
tial campaign. Once again
tax rates on both pay and in-
vestment income will be set to


Help poor while

making a profit?

Federal Income Tax Rates for 2011


Taxable income

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Source: IRS

spike, especially for those at
the bottom, and the estate tax
will revert to a $1 million-per-
individual exemption and a 55
percent top rate.
Tax strategists like Robert
Gordon of Twenty-First Securi-
ties in New York see this year as
a lucky reprieve for those who
didn't get around to planning
for higher taxes earlier, espe-
cially on investments with long-
term gains and stock options.
"It's not a question of whether



investment tax rates are going
up, but when," he says. He al-
ready is meeting with clients
who escaped a 2011 increase
but are determined to get ready
for 2013.
Meanwhile, here are impor-
tant changes for this year:

This year's rates carry over
from last year, but the brackets
are a bit higher than last year's
Please turn to TAX 8D

A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected
Quest to End Proverty Through

By Michelle Archer
Is making a profit from
the poor a form of exploita-
tion? It's a frequently raised
question in the world of mi-
crofinance, where financial
services such as loans are
provided to those who have

not traditionally had access
to banks.
Vikram Akula, the founder
of India's SKS Microfinance,
argues that not only is it ethi-
cal for microfinance institu-
tions (MFIs) such as his to
earn high profits, it's more
ethical than practicing non-

he notion that it's some-
w unethical to enter into
ifitable business work-
with the poor is insult-
to the poor. They are
t children who need our


profit microfinance.
How he reached that con-
troversial conclusion makes
up the early parts of A Fistful
of Rice: My Unexpected Quest
to End Poverty Through Prof-
itability. Akula's book de-
tails how the big-thinking
Please turn to PROFIT 8D

Raise your undervalued currency

By Farrah Gray
NNPA Columnist
It is interesting. I recently had
an opportunity to meet gentle-
man who served as 'Chaplain'
for a cancer treatment ward of a
major Los Angeles hospital. He
told me that he provided spiritual
counsel too many people, from

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many different faith traditions, and
from every economic stratum...filthy
rich to filthy poor. After further talk-
ing, we found each other interesting
enough to sit down for a brief chat,
which quickly turned into a most en-
gaging conversation about 'Life Eco-
As we talked, the chaplain looked
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continued from 7D

getting the job done.
Their products are
manufactured in the
U.S. and he says
the best thing about
them is that they are
"I am just a regular
Joe with parents who

are Cuban and Hai-
tian," he said. "I am
not a college gradu-
ate but I am highly-
motivated to succeed
and want to pass this
business on to my
daughter and to keep
it in the family."
The company's I AM
CIVILIZED t-shirt is
available in almost

every language on
the planet, including
Spanish, Hebrew and
even Swahili. And
his company donates
the proceeds from
the shirt that he de-
signed for supporters
of Haiti to the Haitian
"My brother is co-
ordinating that effort

and as a medical doc-
tor, he has been over
there several times to
lend his expertise to
caring for Haiti's in-
jured children," Gra-
cia said.
Friend and actor
Rockmond Dunbar
has signed on as a
silent partner. He,
along with Miami-

based model Johan-
na Thompson, also
serves as the face of
the company in many
of their advertise-
"It's all very excit-
ing and with requests
from local football
players and other
plus-sized brothers,
we will be expand-

Book focuses on those who profit from the poor

continued from 7D

social entrepreneur applied
the practices of companies
such as McDonald's and
Google to fuel SKS's explo-
sive growth.

Born in India but raised in
the USA, Akula knew from
the age of 12 that he wanted
to return to his birthplace
to help people. He writes of
heartbreaking encounters
that highlighted the dispar-
ity between his comfortable
life as a surgeon's son in
upstate New York and the
hunger and desperation he
saw during visits to India.
Another. pivotal moment
came after graduation from
Tufts University. While
working for a non-profit in
a remote Indian village,
Akula had to turn away a
woman from another vil-
lage because the non-profit
lacked resources to expand
an agricultural lending pro-

gram to her area. Her words
- "Am I not poor, too? Do I
not deserve a chance to get
my family out of poverty?"
- made Akula resolve to
find a way to make micro-
finance available to anyone.
After cobbling togeth-
er funds from family and
friends with a matching
grant, Akula started SKS in
1997 to provide small loans
to India's rural poor as a tool
to help them find their own
way out of poverty. Though
he began the company as a
non-profit, Akula says that
his goal was always to turn
SKS into a for-profit entity.
The flaw of non-profit mi-
crofinance, he writes, is the
limited pool of capital avail-
able from donors, social in-
vestors or governments: Not
everyone who wants a loan
can get one.

Akula felt the only way to
raise more capital and help
as many people as possible
would be to run SKS as a

highly commercial, for-prof-
it entity to attract a "virtu-
ally unlimited pool" of pri-
vate investors everybody
wants a return on their
investments. With more
funds, SKS could grow fast-
er and reach more poor vil-
It's a perfect circle that
benefits everyone, Akula
writes. Venture-capitalist
firms apparently agree: In
2006, Sequoia Capital lead
an $11.5 million round of
financing for SKS, while an-
other round in 2008 raised
$75 million. Akula's dogged
pursuit of his goal has
yielded SKS more than a
million members and 2,000
branches in India, arid
makes for a colorful story,
as well.
In Fistful, Akula details
how Michelle Obama helped
him shape a grant applica-
tion in the mid-1990s, how
crowbar-carrying thugs
locked him inside SKS' first
branch, and how he ex-
plained "goat economics" to

Bill Gates. With such reach
into India's underdeveloped,
rural markets, Akula says
SKS has opened up a new
world of possible revenue
streams, as well as opportu-
nities for their members in
the form of deals on goods
and services, increased po-
litical power and health and
education initiatives.
Some people, Akula
writes, will never feel com-
fortable discussing poor
people and profit in the
same sentence, no matter
how much sense it makes.
"The notion that it's some-
how unethical to enter into
profitable business working
with the poor is insulting
to the poor," he says in the
book. "They are not children
who need our protection.
"Instead, they are work-
ing men and women who
thrive under a system that
lets them take their eco-
nomic lives into their own
hands. Treating them as
anything less is unjust," he

Important changes for the 2011 tax season

continued from 7D

.due to inflation adjust-
ments (see table). Ex-
pires: end of 2012.

Affluent taxpayers
won't have deductions
clipped by the so-
called Pease and PEP
limitations. The Pease
limit cut 3 percent of
itemized deductions
and PEP eroded the
personal exemption,
which is $3,700 for
2011. Expires: end of

Rates continue at
historic lows for both
long-term capital
gains and dividends.
For taxpayers in the
15 percent income tax
bracket and below, the
rate is zero. For those
in the 25 percent
bracket and above, the
rate is 15 percent (see
table). Expires: end of

The system has been
overhauled, with a top
rate of 35 percent and
one exemption of $5
million per individu-
al for estate, gift and
taxes alike. For those
who can stand to part
with assets, it's now
possible to shift large
amounts of wealth.
Expires: end of 2012.
The annual exclu-
sion for tax-free gifts
remains $13,000 per
donor. A giver may
make an unlimited
number of $13,000
gifts, as long as they
are to different indi-
viduals. Gifts of tu-
ition and payments for
medical care also are

Last year's big sur-
prise was a temporary
cut in the employee's
share of Social Secu-
rity taxes, saving a

maximum of $2,136
per worker. There is no
phase-out, and each
partner of a married
couple can get the re-
bate. Expires: end of
For most workers,
this cut will come as
an automatic adjust-
inent to withholding.
For the self-employed
(whose tax rate falls
to 10.4 percent from
12.4 percent), it will be
built into a quarterly
withholding work-
sheet the IRS hopes
to release soon, says
IRS spokesman Eric

The "patch" enact-
ed by Congress sets
the AMT exemption
at $47,450 for single
filers and $74,450
for married couples,
slightly higher than
for 2010. Expires: end
of 2011.

The income limit for
conversions has been
permanently removed,
so this year all taxpay-
ers may still convert
ordinary IRAs into
Roth IRAs. But tax-
payers who convert to
Roth IRAs in 2011 no
longer have the option
of deferring conver-

sion income into later
years, as was true
for 2010 conversions.
Those who converted
in 2010 do have until
next Qct. 17 to decide
whether to use this de-

A little-noticed pro-
vision enacted last
year imposes a new
IRS reporting require-
ment on those with
foreign financial as-
sets above $50,000 in
2011. This form is dif-
ferent from the foreign
asset report known as
the FBAR. It will also
apply to some, such as
hedge-fund investors,
who have been exempt
from the FBAR filing,
according to Michelle
Koroghlanian of the
American Institute of
CPAs. Details remain
unclear, as the IRS
hasn't yet issued regu-

Workers with Flexi-
ble Spending Accounts
(FSAs) may no longer
use pretax funds to
pay for many over-the-
counter medicines-
aside from insulin-
without a prescription.
But FSA funds may
still be used for oth-
er, nonprescription
medical items such
as crutches, contact-

lens solution or a wig
after chemotherapy, if
the individual plan al-
lows it, notes Melissa
Labant of the AICPA.
For a list of what is al-
lowed by law, see IRS
Publication 502.

As of 2011, brokers
must track clients'
purchases of stock,
real-estate investment
trusts and foreign se-
curities, and then re-
port the original cost
to the IRS when the
asset is sold. This is
an effort to improve
tax compliance by in-
vestors. The rules for
investments in mutual
funds, bonds, options
and many exchange-
traded funds don't
kick in until after

As part of the De-
cember changes, law-
makers extended the
"25(C)" credit for en-
ergy-efficient improve-
ments, but in a way
that will be useful to
few. The amount of the
credit has shrunk to a
maximum of $500 per
taxpayer per lifetime,
so those who took last
year's $1,500 credit
under this provision


Sealed responses will be received at the City of Miami, City Clerk office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, and Fl., 33133 for the following:

RFQ NO. 261235



12:00 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011

Detailed for the Request of Qualifications (RFQ) are at the City of Miami, Pur-
chasing Department, website at Telephone
No. 305-416-1906.


AD NO. 002100

Tony E. Crapp, Jr.
City Manager

don't qualify. The cur-
rent version expires at
the end of 2011, and
builders and remod-
elers may push either
to expand it or drop it

Also renewed at the
last minute were the
$250 deduction for
teacher classroom ex-
penses; a deduction
for state sales taxes
in lieu of the state in-
come tax deduction;
and the tax-free dona-
tion of IRA proceeds to
charity. They expire at
the end of 2011. The
American Opportuni-
ty Tax Credit of up to
$2,500 for education
expenses was renewed
for 2011 and 2012.

ing our product line
up to 4X sizes and
hitting the big and
tall market," he said.
"Our customers look
good and feel good
at a price that won't
break their budgets."
For more informa-
tion go to www.iam-

Wednesday, 1/26/11
10:00 a.m.

City of Miami City Clerk
City of Miami Purchasing Department
Community Redevelopment Agency City of Miami
Four Freedoms House of Miami Beach Inc.
Graves, Olivia
Jackson North Medical Center
Life Skills Center of Miami-Dade County
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade County Supervisor of Elections
Miami Dade Public Housing
Miami Dade County Office of Strategic Business Mgmt.
Neighbors and Neighbors Association
New Birth Baptist Church
Spinal Cord Living-Assistance Development Inc.
Total Bank
The Witch Doctor and Root Doctor

Logic and accuracy test of the optical scan and touch screen
voting systems to be used for absentee, early voting, and
precinct ballots

Tuesday. 2/1/11 1. Public Inspection of absentee ballots
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. 2. Pre-count logic and accuracy test of the optical scan system
used for paper ballot
Wednesday, 2/2/11 through 1. Absentee ballots opening and processing starts and continues
Monday, 2/7/11 as needed
8:00 a.m, to completion 2. Duplication of ballots (as needed)
Canvassing 10:00 a.m. 3. Canvassing of presumed invalid absentee ballots starts and
continues as needed
Tuesday, 2/8/11 1. Absentee ballots opening and processing
continues (as needed)
2. S'upi'cai'.n of ballots (as needed)
Canvassino: 3, Canvassing of presumed invalid absentee ballots
6:00 p m. to completion 4. Provisional ballots processing
5. Tabulation of results
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Canvassing: 2. Certification of Official results, including Provisionals
4:00 p.m. to completion 3. Post-count logic and accuracy test of the optical scan system
used for absentee and provisional ballots
4, Audit Process starts Race/Question and Precincts Selection
for State Audit
Monday, 2/14/11 1. Audit process continues until completion
10:00 a.m. to completion__
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please call 305-499-8405 at least five days in advance. In accordance with Section 286.0105,
Florida Statutes, a person who appeals any decision by the canvassing board with respect to any
matter considered at a meeting, he or she will need a record of the proceedings and therefore will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made.
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Miami-Dade County

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9D THE -.,A. I TIMES, JANUARY 19-25, 2011

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A continent of new consumers beckons

By Peter Wonagott

The Wall Street Journal
is currently running an in-
depth interactive series on the
rapid development and poten-
tial of the African consumer
market. The first installment
of the series includes a wealth
timeline of foreign investment
in Africa, consumer profiles,
an insightful article on mul-
tinational brand perspective
and more. It's a must read.
I'm looking forward to reading
more in this series.

Many governments are
under pressure to create
jobs, even if it requires
giving foreign companies
a greater role in domestic

There's a new gold rush
under way for the African
consumer, a campaign that
spans the continent and aims
to reach an emerging middle
class. These are the people
who have begun to embrace
cellphone messages, restau--
rant meals and trips down su-
permarket aisles.
In Kenya, a battle between
units of Britain's Vodafone
Group PLC, and India's Bharti
Airtel Ltd. has driven down the
consumer's cost of a text mes-
sage to a penny. Yum Brands
Inc. of the U.S. recently said it
wants to double its KFC out-
lets in the next few years to
And Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
has agreed to pay nearly
$2.5 billion to buy 51 percent
of South Africa's Massmart
Holdings Ltd., with plans to
use the discount retailer as
a foothold for continental ex-
pansion. Andy Bond, Wal-
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necessities in Africa has
exceeded the figure for India.
The firm predicts consumer
spending will reach $1.4 tril-
lion in 2020, from about $860
billion in 2008.
While Africa's resource
wealth continues to hire the
bulk of foreign investment,
the rise of that new consumer
class is beginning to shift the
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foreign direct investment to
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Notice is hereby given of the following temporary polling place
changes. These changes have been made by the Supervisor
of Elections pursuant to Section 101.71, Florida Statutes.

065/117/166 All Nations Presbyterian Church
16951 NE 4th Avenue
New Way Fellowship Baptist Church
S 16800 NW 22nd Avenue
227 1rle Icro.;e Presbyterian Church
2961 NW 175th Street
Robert Sharpe Towers #2
26 115 NW 202nd Terrace
Lorah Park Elementary School
51.60 NW 31st Avenue

Lester Sola, Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Public Housing
Agency Public Housing Agency
(PHA) Plan
Mviam i- .-.,r- '. ,:H,.i.ii -. .n.i ':,g ge' r..y u ,-' r ,, r by ,,.
its proposed PHA Plan for Fiscal Year 2011-2012, which will
be available for review during a 45-day comment period from
January 26, 2011 through March 11, 2011 at MDPHA's website and offices.
Please send written comments during the comment period to:
MDPHA, 701 '".', 1st Ct, 16th Floor. Miami, Florida 33136. Attn:
Executive Director PHA Plan Comment; or email comments to:
The public hearing will be held at the Economic Development
and Social Services Committee meeting on 4. 13.:211 i1, at 9:30
a.m.. at the Commissioner's Chamber, 111 N.W, 1 St, Miami,
Florida 33128.
MDPHA does not discriminate, based on race. sex. color:
religion, martal status. national origin, disability, ancestry
sexual orientation, age, pregnancy or familial status in
the access to, admissions to. or employment in housing
programs or activities. If you need a sign language
interpreter or materials in accessible format for this event.
call 786-469-4229 at least five days in advance. TDD/TTY
users may contact the Florida Relay Service at
800-955-8771. ,

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Notice is hereby given of the :,:il._,.- :.qig place
change. This change has been made by the Supervisor
of Elections pursuant to Section 101.71, Florida

Star Lakes Association, Inc.
301 NE 191st Street

Lester Sola, Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County

The Public is advised that a Public Hearing ,,,l be held on
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:30 A.M., by the Miami-
Dade County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) in the
Commission Chambers located on the Second Floor of the
Miami-Dade Stephen P. Clark Center. 111 N.W. First Street,
Miami, Florida, at which time the BCC consider:
A resolution d:;,i I.; a Finding of Necessity declaring
a geographic area of Miami-Dade County located in an
area of unincorporated Miami-Dade County iere'r.i,
bounded by the City of Miami Gardens to the north, the
westernmost property lines of the parcels that abut the
westerly *-:hit-of- -",i of NW 7th Avenue to the west,
Interstate 1-95 to the east and the City of North Miami
to the south to be a slum or blighted area declaring
rehabilitation, conservation or redevelopment, or a
combination thereof, to be necessary in the interest of
public health, safety, morals or welfare of residents of
Miami-Dade County.
The existing NW 7th Avenue Corridor CRA is generally
described as being bounded by Interstate 1-95 on the east,
NW 119th St. on the north, NW 79th St. on the south and the
westernmost ,:,peniO ;r 1-i :ii ei ;,:i-ls that abut the westerly
right-of-way of NW 7th Avenue on the west.
All interested parties may appear and be heard at the time and
place specified above. Copies of the resolution may be obtained
from the Ci-ri. Board of County Commissioners, 17th Floor of
the Miami-Dade County Stephen P. Clark Center.
A person who decides to appeal any decision made by the
Board. Ag- o( C.1 i; -*Opect to iy matter
considered iJns nmein, .i iea: .:i need u jecortd of
the .': a: S- Such person may need to ensure a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony
and evidence upon which appeal is to be based. Miami-Dade
County provides equal access and equal opportunity in the
employment and services and does not discriminate on the
basis of handicap Sign Language Interpreters are available
upon request Please call (305) 375-5368 at least five (5) days
in advance.

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After title, all eyes stM on Newt Rockies top winter spending spree
1 Bu bn Ni tht ln los Gonzalez. The Boston Red Sox

By Kelly Whiteside

Like the confetti that swirled
around at the conclusion of
Auburn's 22-19 win over Or-
egon in last Monday night's
national championship
game, the future of the Tigers
controversial and charismat-
ic quarterback Cam Newton
is also up in the air.
Newton passed for 265
yards and two touchdowns
with an interception and ran
for 64 yards despite hurting
his back. Coach Gene Chizik
said recently he had no up-
date on the injury.
Newton and defensive tack-
le Nick Fairley are expected
to enter the NFL's April draft.
Underclassmen have until
Saturday to declare for the
draft. "The time is obviously
coming up," Chizik said. "We
had one focus before this
game, and I've got so much
respect for both of those guys
because they are getting hit

Cam Newton wins the Heisman Trophy.

from every angle with the
same question, 'What are you
going to do? Are you going to
stay? Are you.going to go?' "
Any possible NCAA sanc-
tions are up the air as well.
The NCAA determined that
when Cam Newton was being
recruited in 2009 by Missis-
sippi State, Newton's father,

Cecil, marketed his son in a
pay-to-play scheme. Though
the NCAA did not find suffi-
cient evidence to prove Cam
Newton or anyone at Auburn
knew of the scheme, the case
is not closed.
As a result of the findings,
Auburn limited Cecil New-
ton's access to the program.

He didn't even attend the
Heisman Trophy ceremony.
Monday, Auburn athletics
director Jay Jacobs told the
Associated Press that Ce-
cil Newton would not attend
the national title game and
the decision was "mutually
agreed upon." However, after
the game, Cam Newton was
seen embracing his father in
the stands. According to Au-
burn spokesman Kirk Samp-
son, Cecil Newton did not re-
ceive his ticket from Auburn.
"Don't feel sorry for me,"
Newton said when asked
about his back injury follow-
ing the game. "I'm OK. It was
worth it."
In addition to Newton and
Fairley likely leaving, Auburn
stands to lose 23 seniors,
including 13 starters.. The
Tigers, nor any other South-
eastern Conference team, are
likely to be at the top of the
polls when the college foot-
ball season begins anew in
about eight months.

While the NFL and NBA are
threatening labor lockouts next
season, all you need to
know about Major League
Baseball's economy is that
seven teams have com-
bined to spend $1 billion
in free-agent acquisitions .
and contract extensions :
this winter.
Stunningly, the New
York Yankees aren't -^
among them.
"It's not like we haven't Cash F
tried," said Hal Stein- Red S
brenner, Yankees manag- $142 r
ing general partner, whose Carl Ci
club has committed $93

million this winter. "We're not done
"But what you're seeing is a lot of
money being transferred this year,
so that's a good thing."
The Colorado Rockies have spent
more than any other team this off-
season at $239 million, with $199
million on extensions to shortstop'
Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Car-


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District North Office
10710 SW 211 Street, Suite 206
Miami, FL 33189
Phone: 305-234-4938

District South Office
1634 NW 6 Avenue
Florida City, FL 33034
Phone 305-245-4420


Curtis Martin Jerome Bettis

Marshall Faulk

Deion Sanders



The Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio Running
backs Curtis Martin, Jerome
Bettis and Marshall Faulk and
cornerback Deion Sanders are
among 15 finalists announced
Sunday for the Pro Football
Hall of Fame's class of 2011.
Martin, Bettis and Faulk are
among the NFL's top 10 leading
rushers, and are eligible for the
first time. Sanders and offen-
sive tackle Willie Roaf also are
eligible for the first time.
The other finalists are re-
ceivers Tim Brown, Andre
Reed and Cris Carter; center
Dermontti Dawson; defensive
ends Richard Dent, Charles
Haley and Chris Doleman;
defensive tackle Cortez Ken-
nedy; and tight end Shannon

Sharpe, along with NFL film-
maker Ed Sabol.
The 15 finalists, plus senior
nominees Chris Hanburger
and Les Richter will be con-
sidered for induction Feb.
5, the day before the Super
Bowl. The enshrinement is in
Martin retired from the New
York Jets as the No. 4 overall
rusher with 14,101 yards in 11
seasons. One of the most con-
sistent backs of his era, he ran
for 1,000 yards in 10 straight
Bettis ranks fifth at 13,662
yards in 13 seasons, three for
the Rams and a decade with
the Steelers, with whom he
won the 2006 Super Bowl in
his final game.
Faulk is 10th in rushing

with 12,279 yards for the Colts
and Rams and won the 2000
Super Bowl with St. Louis. A
prime receiver out of the back-
field, Faulk was the 2000 NFL
Sanders scored nine times
on interceptions, also played
offense at times, and is a for-
mer major league baseball
player. He won the 1995 Super
Bowl with San Francisco and
the 1996 game with Dallas.
Roaf, the eighth overall draft
choice in 1993' by New Or-
leans, played right tackle as
a rookie, then spent the next
12 seasons as a left tackle. He
made 11 Pro Bowls as a pre-
mier blocker, particularly in
pass protection, and was vot-
ed the NFL's 1990s All-Decade

Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 9

Grant Money Available!

Up to $5,000 Per Business

Applications available
January 24, 2011 through February 10, 2011

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss's District Offices
Attn: Dallas Manuel

Applications online at .vujiv,i i l.r -iiLI.i ,c.vidl, .r!.A.tOc)

There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Thursday, February 10, 2011, 6:00
p.m. at the South Dade Government Center 10710 SW 211 St. Suite 203.
Please be on time!

Completed applications will be accepted from Feb. 11, 2011 Feb. 18, 2011, by 5:00 p.m.
Return applications to District North Office 10710 SW 211 Street, Suite 206 ONLY
No late applications will be accepted

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

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

Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 8

Grant Money Available!

Up to $4,000 for Commercial Business


Up to $2,000 for Home-Based Business

Applications available
January 24, 2011 through February 9, 2011

Commissioner Lynda Bell's District Office
10710 SW 211 Street, Suite 204
Miami, FL 33189
Phone: 305-378-6677
Attn: Lois Jones

Applications online at www.miamidade.govldistrict08

There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011,
6:30 p.m. at the South Dade Government Center at 10710 SW 211 Street,
Suite 203. Please be on time!

Completed applications will be accepted from Feb.10 Feb. 17, 2011 by 5:00 pm
Hand deliver application to District Office or NANA
No late applications will be accepted!

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

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

Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 7

Grant Money Available!

Up to $5,000 Per Business

Applications available
January 24, 2011 through February 8, 2011

6330 Manor Lane, Suite 100
Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way
Key Biscayne City Hall, 88 W. Mclntyre Street
South Miami City Hall CRA Office, 6130 Sunset Drive
Pinecrest City Hall, 12645 Pinecrest Pkwy.
NANA, 180 NW 62nd Street

Applications online at www.,mlamldade,aovdlstrlct07
There will be a mandatory information I workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 6:00pm at
Frankie Rolle Community Center 3750 So. Dixie Highway Room 115

Applications must be hand delivered or sent via Registered Mail between
Feb. 9, 2011 Feb. 17, 2011 by 5:00pm

Return 1 original, marked original and 1 copy completed application to
Attn: Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez,
District 7 Mom and Pop Program
Downtown office 111 NW First Street, Suite 220 or
District Office 6330 Manor Lane, Suite 100, South Miami

Contact: Ms. Maria Machado, Commissioner Gimenez Office 305-669-4003

We suggest you keep a copy for your records

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

have doled out $172 million, not
counting the $154 million agree-
ment in principle with first base-
man Adrian Gonzalez.
Also outspending the
Yankees: the Washington
Nationals ($144 million),
S Philadelphia Phillies
S($126 million), Chicago
White Sox ($124 million),
Iy Detroit Tigers ($102 mil-
lion) and Texas Rangers
($94 million).
"It's a reflection that
things are working well,"
OW: The Milwaukee Brewers own-
x spent er Mark Attanasio said
Ilion for during a break at the
wford. owners' meetings.
The Yankees still are
projected to have the
highest payroll in baseball once
again in excess of $200 million -
but Boston and Philadelphia also
are expected to exceed $160 mil-
The Rockies chose familiarity,
tying up their own players with
long-term contracts, with six play-
ers signed through at least 2013.

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Stove, refrigerator, air 786-355-7578
Free Water 786-267-1646
6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly, $450 to
1450 NW 1 Avenue move in. One bedroom also
One bdrm, one bath $425. available. 786-286-2540
305-642-7080 750 NW 56 Street
1459 NW 60 Street One bdrm, one bath. $495
One bedroom, one bath, monthly. $750 move in.
brand new appliances, tiled All appliances included.
floors, $550 monthly. Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
ONE MONTH MOVES U IN Joel 786-355-7578
Call 305-458-3977
1525 NW 1 Place 7601 NE 3 Court
MOVE IN SPECIAL Two bedrooms, one bath.
Remodeled kitchen, new
One bdrm, one bath, $395 floors, appliances. $750
monthly. $600 move in. monthly, security negotiable.
Three bdrm, two bath, $595 Call 305-525-0338
monthly, $900 to move in.
Newly renovated. All ap- 8475 NE 2 Avenue
pliances included. Free 19 One and two bdrm apts.
inch LCD TV. Call Joel Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
786-355-7578 912 NW 55 Terrace #4
Two bedrooms, one bath,
1718 NW 2 Court $725 monthly. Section 8 wel-
$425 MOVE IN, One bdrm, come. Contact Rastee at:
one bath, $425. 678-575-0940

One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
PLACE YOUR water, window bars and iron
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Arena Garden
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
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ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Furnished one bedroom
apartment, rear, all utilities
included. $875 monthly. Call
305-431-8981 between 5-9
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more

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

Beautiful one bedroom, $650
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines.
Call 305-638-3699
Studio, remodeled. Section
8 welcome. 786-301-9363
Spanish or 786-301-4368
Liberty City Area
One bedroom. $500 moves
you in. Call 305-600-7280 or
One bedroom, water, air, and
appliances included.
Overtown Area
One bedroom. $400 moves
you in. 305-600-7280/
Two bedrooms, one bath,
nice quiet home. Good area.
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice two bedrooms, air
condition, appliances. Free
HOT water in quiet fenced
in community, $470 monthly,
plus $200 deposit. 305-665-
4938 or 305-498-8811
South Miami area, near Met-
ro Rail. Two, three, and four
bedroom apartments for rent.
CALL 786-543-3872

2683 NW 66 Street
For more information
Call 786-277-8988

1503 NW 207 Street #140
Two bdrm, two bath, remod-
eled. $950 mthly.
191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
21030 N.W. 39 Ave.
Four bdrms, two baths $1175/
month, $3000 to move, No
Section 8 Call for an appoint-
ment. 305 303-2789 or
305 761-1257
50 NW 166 Street
North Miami Beach
New four bedrooms, two
baths. Rent $1500. Section 8
OK. 305-528-9964
920 NE 199 Street
Two bedroom, two bath, new
carpet, tile, and refrigerator.
Gated community. $899
monthly. 305-409-0689

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

1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
1236 NW 46 Street
Two bdrm, one bath, central
air, $1500 to move in. Section
8 OK. call Frank Cooper Real
Estate 305-758-7022
13415 NW 31 Avenue
Newly remodeled one bed-
room, one bath, tiled floor,
washer, dryer access. $595
mthly. Section 8 Welcomel
142 NW 71 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, yard,
tiled, washer/dryer hookup,
bars, air, $950 mthly. Section
8 ok!. 305-389-4011 or
1521-25 NW 41 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Appli-
ances, tiled, bars, air. $700
mthly, security. 305-490-9284
1542 NW 55 Terrace
Unfurnished two bedrooms,

one bath. Call C. Hill

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100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
116 Street NW 10 Avenue
Efficiency. $500 mthly.
12325 NW 21 Place
Efficiency available.
Call 954-607-9137
1235 N.W. 77th Terrace
Spacious, available immedi-
ately! $500/month, first, and
sec. dep. required to move.
Call 305-205-2823.
1756 All Baba Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 786-556-9111
1756 NW 85 Street
$475 moves you in.
Call 786-389-1686
2565 NW 92 Street
Stove, refrigerator, water in-
cluded. Nice neighborhood.
$610 monthly, $1830 move
in or $305 bi-weekly, $915
move in. 305-624-8820
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

15721 NW 38 COURT
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8. $1450 monthly.
1601 NW 66 Street
Two bedrooms, $750 month-
ly, 786-277-0302
18 Avenue NW 94 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
utility room, central air, $1100
monthly. 954-430-0849
1815 NW 41 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
$850 monthly. $2200 to move
in. Section 8 Welcome.
2375 NW 82 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 ok. 305-903-2931
255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $550.
3105 NW 133 Street
Huge one bedroom, one bath,
newly remodeled, Section 8
330 NW 82 Terrace #B
One bedroom, one bath cot-
tage, all new, $685 a month,
3503 NW 8 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath, tile,
air, Section 8 preferred.
3658 Grand Aveune
Coconut Grove
Private one bedroom, one
bath duplexes, central air,
ceiling fans, security windows
and doors, tile floors, private
front porch and yard, nice
kitchen. Section 8 welcome.
Call 305-696-2825.
4521 NW 31 Avenue
Large three bedrooms, two
baths and many extra fea-
tures. Section 8 Welcome.
Serena 305-978-9472
580 NW 95 Street
Three bdrms, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 ok. $980 mthly.
60 NW 170 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
air, bars, $975, 786-306-4839
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances, free

8041 NW 12 Court
Updated two bedroom, one
bath, tile, $825 monthly.
8180 NW 23 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths;
two bedrooms, one bath. All
with central air.
Call 786-306-2946
8451 NW 19 Avenue
One bedroom, water, air, tile,
bars, fenced, $700
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
Section 8 Welcome
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776
96 Street NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air, washer hook-up, $900
monthly. 954-430-0849
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, first,
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17220 NW 45 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
family room, near schools.

Furnished, $550 mthly, water
and electric included, first and
last. 305-628-0390
Furnished, private entrance.
New floor, fridge. Utilities plus
cable. $600 monthly. $1200
move in. 305-751-7536
North Dade
Furnished, first and last.
Call 786-597-4038

Furnished Rooms

13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
143 Street and 7 Avenue
Private entrance many ex-
tras. $110 weekly. 305-687-
6930 and 786-306-0308
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
19541 NW 37 Court
Huge room, air. Kitchen privi-
leges $600 monthly. First and
last. 305-621-0576
210 N.W. 43rd Street
Full kitchen, use of whole
house, utilities included. $450
monthly, $150 security, $600
to move in, call 305-836-5739
or 305-335-6454.
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.
3040 N.W. 71 Street
One person, quiet and peace-
ful home, microwave, refrig-
erator, $135 weekly. Call 786-
318-3037 or 786-444-8183.
3290 NW 45 Street
Clean room, $350 monthly.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
83 St. NW 18 Ave. AREA
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$300 monthly. 786-515-3020
Clean home with rooms,
$120 wkly. Jay 305-215-8585
One furnished room for rent.
305-528-3716, 305-625-3081
East Miami Gardens Area
Clean furnished rooms. $425
monthly. Move in, no deposit.
Call 305-621-1017 or
Private room with bath.
Private Entrance. Price Ne-
gotiable. 305-879-7687
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055
Nicely furnished room with
private entrance.
Private home, free utilities
and cable. One person, non-
smoker. 305-505-3101
With air. $500 to move in,
$300 monthly, $75 weekly.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.,
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Call NA at 786-406-3539
Now offering shared rooms
starting at $85 weekly.
Call 786-468-6239
2158 NW 5 Avenue, Miami

1083 NW 76 Street
Five bedroom,
central air. $1275 monthly.
1144 NW 105 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, tile
floors, central air, near all fa-
cilities. $900 monthly. Secu-
rity required. 305-493-9635
1220 NW 86 Street
Three bedroom,
central air. $1000 monthly.
12620 NW 17 Avenue
Cozy three bdrms, one bath,
bars, fenced, air, remodeled.
$1300 monthly. First and last.
Section 8 OK. Call for ap-
pointment 305-621-0576
1318 NW 43 Street
Two bedroom, one bath,
$775 monthly. 305-267-9449
1518 NW 65 Street
Remodeled three bedroom,
two bath. New appliances,
washer/dryer, central air and
heat, alarm system, nice
yard. Section 8 OK. $1500
monthly. First month. Security
negotiable. Water included.
15230 NW 31 Avenue
Three bedroom, $900 month-
ly. 305-992-7503
1527 NW 100 Street
Five bedrooms, two baths.
$1500 monthly. Section 8 OK.

Three bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 786-269-5643

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, $700 monthly.
Call 305-267-9449
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.
2000 NW 91 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $920 monthly. No
Section 8. 786-306-5333
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. $1150 per
Call Dot 305-607-1085
2331 NW 55 Street
Two bedroom, one bath,
$700 monthly. 305-300-9764
2467 NW 57 Street
Two bedroom, central air,
$800 monthly. 305-992-7503
2724 NW 61 Street Rear
One bedroom, one bath,
all utilities included. $595
monthly. 954-815-0197
2726 NW 59 Street
Three bedrooms, $900
monthly. 786-797-6417
2754 NW 169 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
fenced yard, central air and
heat, appliances. $1350 mth-
ly. Section 8 OKI Call 305-
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$850 per month. All Appli-
ances included. Free 19"
LCD TV. Call Joel:

3050 NW 44 Street
Newly renovated, two bed-
room, one bath. Section 8
welcome! Call 305-693-1017
or 305-298-0388
3231 NW 191 Street
Three bdrms, two bath, lake-
front, appliances. Section 8
OK. Great neighborhood! Call
3512 NW 176 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, den, tile. $1,300.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
305-891-6776 No Section 8
410 NE 146 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
$1700 monthly. 305-310-
4740 NW 19 Aveune
Three bedrooms, one baths.
Section 8 OK. 305-751-7151
6240 NW Miami Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-

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

743 NW 75 Street
Three bedrooms, two bath
monthly. 305-662-5505
7961 NW 12 Place
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly, $2800 to move
in. 954-294-0514
944 NW 81 Street A
Three bedrooms, one bath
$850 monthly. Security $600.
Call 786-488-2264
Three bdrms, two baths, re-
modeled, central air, appli-
ances included, big fenced
yard, $1400 mthly, Section 8.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry and dining
room, yard maintenance in-
cluded. No pets. First and se-
curity. $1500 mthly. Section 8
OK 305-623-0493.
Appointment only.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, living room furniture,
plasma TV included. Section
8 welcome. 786-346-9878
Four bdrm, two bath, $1600
mthly. 305-757-7067. Design
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$1500 mthly. 305-757-7067.
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New Stanford football coach David Shaw replaces Jim Harbaugh

By Janie McCauley
AP Sports

STANFORD, Calif. If Da-
vid Shaw has his way, he will
never have to interview for an-
other football coaching job. He
is right where he has always felt
he belonged: Stanford.
A head college coach at age
38, Shaw is ready to turn Stan-
ford into a football powerhouse
despite its tough academic
"Since the day I started
coaching, this is the job I al-
ways knew that I wanted," Shaw
said. "Today's finally the day."
Shaw arrived as an assistant
on the Stanford coaching staff
with Jim Harbaugh four years
ago with the task of rebuilding
a one-win team.
He was promoted recently to
replace Harbaugh and main-
tain the Cardinal's place as a
national contender following
their most successful season in

"We've got a good football
team. We've got a team that's
tough, that's physical, that's
eager to pick up where we left
off," Shaw said during his in-
troductory news conference.
"Our schemes are going to be
the same. It's going to be very
similar. We're going to be ag-
gressive on defense. We're going
to get after people on defense.
We're going to be aggressive on
Shaw won out over fellow as-
sistants Greg Roman and Vic
Fangio, among others, to take
over the program less than a
week after Harbaugh left to be-
come coach of the San Francis-
co 49ers last Friday.
Athletic director Bob Bowls-
by said he interviewed four
in-house candidates and had
lengthy conversations with
three others from outside the
"His contribution to the cur-


-AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
New Stanford football coach David Shaw, right, and athletic director Bob Bowlsby speak
at a news conference in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011.

rent state of affairs of our foot-
ball program is immeasurable,"
Bowlsby said of Shaw. "It has
been an interesting and excit-
ing fall. This is, in my estima-
tion, the most logical step that
we can take. Having David
Shaw take over the football pro-
gram at this university speaks
volumes about Stanford. I
think it speaks volumes about
the experience student-athletes
have. ... He is the guy who is go-
ing to lead Stanford football for
a long, long time."
Shaw could have to replace
much of the coaching staff
as Harbaugh is interested in
bringing Fangio, Roman and
others with him to the NFL.
Shaw acknowledged there
would be changes but wouldn't
The job Shaw inherits is a
much more desirable one than
Harbaugh took over after Stan-
ford went 1-11 in 2006 under
Walt Harris.

No consensus on future college star Cam Newton's NFL future

By Mike Bambach
and Reid Cherner

When Auburn coach
Gene Chizik said the
day after the Bowl
Championship Series
national title game
that the time had
come for his Tigers to
stop celebrating the
title, he must have

known the day was
Just days after hoist-
ing the national title
hardware, Heisman
Trophy winner Cam
Newton announced
that he was leaving
school and going pro.
Not that anyone
should be shocked.
Newton is coming off

one of the greatest sea-
sons on the field and
one of the most contro-.
versial off it.
Questions about his
days at Florida and
recruitment by Missis-
sippi State have led to
speculation that he'll
follow Reggie Bush in
giving back the Heis-

Now what for New-
ton? He certainly will
be drafted high. But do
you want your team to
end up with him?
Newton, 6-6, 250
pounds, accounted for
51 touchdowns -- more
than 82 Football Bowl
Subdivision teams this
season and 4,327
yards passing and

running. The nation's
top-rated passer, he
also is the first quar-
terback in Southeast-
ern Conference his-
tory to throw for 2,000
yards and rush for
1,000 yards in a sea-
According to ES-
PN's video review
team, which tracked

We should make the most out of our time, money

continued from 7D

out of the window toward the
Hollywood hills and referred
to the disease of cancer as
'the great common denomi-
nator' . bringing people
who live at the top of hill, and
those who live at the bottom
of it, together on one accord.
I thought that was an inter-
esting observation, and lis-
tened on.
The chaplain began unbo-
soming a sermon citing that
he had made a profoundly
great discovery about human
Being a perpetual student
of life, I of course had to in-
quire. So, I did. The chap-
lain then slowly took a deep
breath, relaxed his eyes,
steadied his glare into mine
and said...'Farrah. We are all
the same at death's doorway.'
Okay, admittedly, I didn't
immediately think this 'great
discovery'. However there was
something in the man's eye
that made me listen deeper to
what he was trying to say.
'I ask one question of every

patient I see', he says. How
do you feel you have spent
your life's time? And, how
do you feel you might spend
it differently if you are gifted
with the opportunity?' What
a question. The chaplain
continued... 'Farrah. Not one
of these people that I have
counseled on their potential
death beds have ever once
expressed to me that they
wished they had spent time
making more money, or that
they worked longer hours,
or that they had spent more
time in the office. Not one,
Farrah. Not one. Yet in
American life, that is all that
we do. We waste our life's
time. And, the richer they
are, the more filled with re-
gret their face is.' He said no
more, and just left it at that.
There was nothing but loud
I then peered out of the
window onto the Hollywood
hills, again seeing all of the
expansive mansions in the
distance; home too many of
the rich and the famous that
are celebrated daily. Then I
thought of all patients up

and down the hospital's
hallways, and to let the cur-
riculum of his lesson sink
into my consciousness.
All of which made me fo-
cus with crystal clarity on
the value and economics of
Life-Time. It seems to me
that at the beginning of life
we are all (the poor and rich)
given something similar to a
trust-fund inheritance. Not
an inheritance of money but
something of greater value;
an inheritance of time. And,
this life 'time' is like an ac-
count that we withdraw from
until our time is done. But,
it is how we manage and
invest this account of time
that determines the qual-
ity of each segment of our
lives. And, my questions to
us is...are we sure that we
are managing this account
wisely, or just simply spend-
ing this time haphazardly in
pursuit of things that have
no real value to us in the
I am a businessperson like
many. However, it is benefi-
cial to us to remember that
in our valiant quest for suc-

cess and the acquisition of
outer wealth, we supposedly
do this only to increase the
quality of our lives and the
lives of our families. We say
often that we want financial
freedom that we may spend
more time with family mem-
bers. But guess what? You
are financially free to do
that 'now'. Why? Because
it costs you no money. It
only costs us a little of the
'undervalued currency that
we spend most of our lives
improperly investing, until it
totally runs out. Our 'time'.
And, today, as I reflect upon
the many millionaires that
the chaplain told me he
watched die alone and self-
alienated from their fami-
lies, I wonder if they felt the
'means' justified 'the end' of
their lives. I wonder if they
felt rich as their money pur-
ported them to be.
I earnestly remind
spend the currency of your
life's time wisely. The outer-
wealth can not be taken with
you. But, the 'Inner Wealth'
will be the net-worth of your
soul itself.

Corporations making the most of middle class

continued from 9D

economies. And with
that, better infra-
structure, improved
governance and
the creation of jobs
through private in-
vestment have helped
drive the growth of
the middle class.
The International
Monetary Fund esti-
mates that gross do-
mestic product in the
47 countries of sub-
Sharian Africa rose 5
percent last year and
forecasts 5.5 percent
growth for this year.
But there's still a
long way to go before
Africa becomes the
next Asia. Zimbabwe's
economy contracted
by half from 2000
to 2008, a period of
sustained political
turmoil for a coun-
try that once was the
breadbasket of south-
ern Africa. And cocoa
producer Ivory Coast
is embroiled in the
continents latest elec-
tion dispute, with two
candidates claiming

to be president.

Poverty remains
rampant. And Africa
ranks at the bottom
of the World bank's
Ease of Doing Busi-
ness survey, which
takes into account
such things as taxes,
enforcing contracts
and protecting inves-
Many African gov-
ernments are under
pressure to create
jobs, even if it requires
giving foreign compa-
nies a greater role in
domestic economies.
That's a major hur-
dle for African gov-
ernments still grap-
pling with a colonial
past. From the 16th
to the early 20th cen-
turies, Africa was the
source of an estimat-
ed 11 million slaves
in Europe and the
Trevor Manuel, the
head of South Af-
rica's planning com-
mission, says the
boundaries set by for-

mer European colo-
nial powers have dis-
rupted efforts to knit
together economies
even in places, like
West Africa, where
people share a com-
mon language. "Ra-
tionally, we should be
one market," says the
former finance minis-

A study last year on
West African trans-
portation by the U.S.
Agency for Interna-
tional Development
found that Togo had
5.7 checkpoints
per 100 kilometers,
at which a total of
$25.62 in bribes were
demanded result-
ing in more than two
hours of delays. In
neighboring Benin,
the checkpoint waits
weren't as long but
truck drivers had to
pay about $95.03 in
bribes per 100 kilo-
As a result, some
veteran Africa watch-
ers are skeptical

about how quickly a
bet on the continent's
consumer will pay off.
"Where is the mon-
ey tree? Where is
the consumer fruit?"
ask Duncan Clarke,
chairman of Global
Pacific & Partners, an
investment advisory
firm specializing in
oil and gas.
In the near term,
mr. clarke and oth-
ers believe africa's
most promising op-
portunities won't be
fond in its new shop-
ping malls but be-
neath its new soil and
sea beds, where big
oil and global miners
have long toiled.

Many consumer gi-
ants are more san-
guine. Drinks com-
pany Diaego PLC
sells Guinness stout,
Smirnoff vodka, Bai-
ley's liqueur and
Johnnie Walker whis-
key in more than 40
countries across Af-
rica. Chocolate maker
Nestle SA, which built

its first Africn plant in
1927, has more than
two dozen factories
on the continent.
Growth is chang-
ing the complexion of
counties where these
companies operate. In
Ethopia, which still
receives about a bil-
lion dollars a year in
U.S aid, there's an
expanding niche of
young urban profes-
sional. The country's
economy has been
growing at a double-
digit clip owered by
services, agriculture
and infrastructure
building for the past
The growth has
drawn back the Ethio-
pin diaspora, who had
filed the famine-prone
country. They are re-
turning now with ex-
pertise and capital.
"I do believe we are
on the cusp of a major
transformation," says
Eleni Gabre-Mad-
hin, a former World
Bak official who now
heads Ethiopia's
first commodities ex-

Boom to bus: LSU hero JaMarcus Russell
flopped with the Raiders

every Auburn game
this season, Newton's
deep-ball accuracy
improved during the
season. "He completed
only 34.5 percent of
his throws that went
20 or more yards in
the air in his first eight
games but completed

57.1 percent in his last
six games, with nine
touchdowns and no
But questions per-
sist regarding his abil-
ity to play in a pro-
style offense, as well
as character issues.
Readers likened his

skills to those of Vince
Young, Tim Tebow
and JaMarcus Rus-
sell. Tebow finished
the season as the Den-
ver Broncos starter.
Young had the highest
completion percentage
in University of Texas
history (69.8 percent)
but will not return to
the Tennessee Titans.
Oakland Raiders fans
can tell you how Rus-
sell turned out.
Also, Newton played
only one full season as
a starter.
It's also worth noting
that Newton's teams
- Auburn and Florida
- won all 20 games
in which he played. If
winning is everything,
then that has to count
for something.
So is Newton an-
other Young, Tebow or
Russell? Or perhaps
Daunte Culpepper?


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Boards of Commissioners Meeting of The
Southeast Overtown/Park West and Omni Redevelopment District Community
Redevelopment Agencies is scheduled to take place on Monday, January 24,
2011 at 5:00 PM, at Frederick Douglass Elementary, 314 NW 12th Street, Mi-
ami, FL 33136.

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

(#14860) Pieter A. Bockweg, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West and
Omni Redevelopment District
Community Redevelopment Agencies



The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on January 27th, 2011,
at 9:00 AM, to consider approving the Seventh Amendment to the Series 2005
Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond (SNPB) program Specified/Per Capita agree-
ment with the City of Miami for the purpose of extending the term of the agree-
ment from June 5th 2010 to November 30th 2010, covering already completed
SNPB-sponsored capital projects at Curtis Park, Lummus Park, African Square
Park and Virginia Key Beach. These projects were be funded by Miami-Dade
County through the SNPB Miami-Dade County Ordinance No. 96-115 as
amended, thus requiring City Commission approval of said amendment. Inqui-
ries regarding this notice may be addressed to Ed Blanco, Department of Parks
and Recreation at (305) 416- 1253.

This action is being considered in order to comply with the legislative require-
ments of Miami-Dade County. The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction
with the regularly scheduled City Commission meeting of January 27th, 2011 at
Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida.

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment on
the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person
shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based.

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#14859) City Clerk

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