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Publication Date: January 26, 2011
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Citizens seek solutions to escalating violence


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmacneir@ nianititniesonline.conm

Thursday, Jan. 20th will long be remembered in
the City of Miami as the day that a young Black
man just 22-years-old man and wanted for murder,
threw caution to the wind and took aim at Miami-
Dade police officers as they and U.S. marshall at-
tempted to serve the suspect
with an arrest warrant in his
mother's Liberty City home.
What transpired from
there remains difficult for
many of us to fathom: two
officers shot. One would die
on the scene from a bullet
wound to the head while the
d other would lose her battle
Sfor life in a Jackson Hos-
pital emergency room. The
Stwo officers, Roger Castillo
JOHNNY SIMMS and Amanda Haworth, leave
families behind, including children, to mourn their

The young shooter, Johnny Simms, whose crimi-
nal record is reported to have begun when he was
just a teenager, was apparently unwilling to surren-
der to law enforcement officials. Instead he chose
to surprise the officers, coming out of a room with
his gun blazing after hearing his mother, Lorraine
Simms, admit the officers to her home.
Simms was taken down by another officer on the
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AmericanAirlines Arena was the site
on Monday for the memorial services
for Miami-Dade police officers, Aman-
da Haworth and Roger Castillo, where
thousands gathered to pay their last
respects to the lifelong law enforce-
ment officials who died doing what
mattered most to them: protecting

-Mianmilinles Photo/ D. Kevin McNeir
SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS: Community activist Renita Holmes, who works on
behalf of mothers whose children have been murdered, shares information with County
Commissioner Jean Monestime, whose District 2 office continue to face greater chal-
lenges in the crime-riddled community. Murder suspect Johnny Simms shot and killed
two M-D police officers on Thursday, Jan. 20th at 69th St. and 7th Ave. address when
they attempted to serve him with an arrest warrant.



our community. HAWORTH
The two detectives
were members of the career criminal
unit of the Department's Warrants
SBureau. Both were shot and killed
while trying to serve a warrant to
Johnny Simms, a murder suspect in
the Liberty City community.
CASTILLO Their bodies now lie in rest at a Mi-
ami Lakes cemetery. But during the
memorial which lasted for several hours, friends and
members of their families recalled the way they lived
and the scores of people whose lives they impacted.
"Heroes, angels, saints these are just a few of
the words used to describe fallen officers Haworth
and Castillo," said M-D County Mayor Carlos Al-
varez during the memorial service. How do we deal
with this tragedy? We remember them the best of
the best, both for who they were and for what they

Edmonson adds vice chair to growing list of honors

County commissioner says she leads by example

By D. Kevin McNeir
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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey
M. Edmonson, who represents District Three,
recently added another "feather to her cap"
and will most certainly see volumes added
to an already lengthy to-do list in her stead
as the new vice chairwoman for the County
Board of Commissioners.
Edmonson, who turns 58-years-old on
Thursday, was elected to the new position
in a unanimous vote by her peers to serve a

two-year term. She joins Commissioner Joe
A. Martinez who at the same ceremony held
at the Stephen P. Clark Center, became the
new chairman of the county board. And with
a recall election for the county mayor and one
of her colleagues less than two months away,
working under a budget that has drawn both
criticism and praise and standing fast against
the daily barrage of problems that meet her at
the door, she realizes that the miles she must
cover will certainly multiply. The strange
thing is, she says she wouldn't have it any
other way.

"There are days that I start in Homestead
and end up in Florida City and since I am
now responsible for my own district as well as
representing the Board county-wide, I guess
it would be accurate to repeat the words of
the poet, 'there are many miles to go before I
sleep,'" Thank goodness I have a remarkable
job keeping my work and personal schedules
in order."

Edmonson was recently recognized as
one of South Florida's "most powerful Black
professionals," but says she prefers being
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Fla. public school principal of the year

Oprah Winfrey and her half sister, Patricia.

Oprah's secret: A sister she didn't know
All last week (and this weekend) the That's it.

entertainment shows were promot-
ing a "big reveal" coming Monday from
Oprah. The TV mogul's people prom-
ised a big surprise family reunion and,
as is the case with anything Oprah
does, people paid attention.
Did she have a long-lost child?
Or maybe a sibling? Yes, a sibling.

Oprah, we learned, has a sister a
half sister, to be precise. The woman is
from Milwaukee and has known about
her connection to the Big O since 2007,
but she kept it all mum. Oprah and Pa-
tricia (we are only given the woman's
first name) who have the same birth
mother met last Thanksgiving.



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Broward County Public Schools
Principal James Griffin has re-
ceived the state's top principal hon-
or Principal Achievement Award
for Outstanding Leadership. The
announcement came last Friday,
Jan. 21st at the Florida Depart-
ment of Education Commissioner's
Summit for Principals in Orlando.
Griffin was named Broward's
Principal of the Year 2010 while at
Rock Island Elementary School last
year. He beat out two other finalists
for the state's top award and will
received a check for $5,000. Rock
Island Elementary will also receive
$1,000 as part of the recognition.
The state honor recognizes the
principal who has demonstrated
strong leadership and enhanced
community involvement. Griffin
set a standard of high expecta-
tions to create positive change in
the teaching and learning culture
while at Rock Island Elementary.

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Florida, Principal of the Year

He used educational equipment
and groundbreaking methodolo-
gies to provide students the best
learning experience possible.
Griffin's passion for exposing
students to the most current re-
search-based resources, attribut-

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ed greatly to Rock Island's image
and the students' thirst for knowl-
edge. Every classroom is student-
friendly, print-rich and contains a
Promethean Board. He supported
team members, substitute teach-
ers, parent volunteers and tutors
being visible in every corner of the
school assisting students in read-
ing, math and writing. Those ef-
forts led to tremendous academic
growth and student achievement.
Griffin will now represent Florida
in the U.S. Department of Educa-
tion's search for the nation's top
school leader National Principal
of the Year.
Griffin grew up in Broward
County, attended Westwood
Heights Elementary School, New
River Middle School and Dillard
High School. The self-proclaimed
underachiever says the influence
of his mother and an aunt per-
suaded him to become a teacher.
Others influenced him to become
an administrator.


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Finger pointing is not the way

to end the wave of violence

lacks in Miami have grown almost numb, if not
immune to the growing number of tragic deaths
that continue to assault our community some
due to gang-related battles, others because of police-in-
volved shootings. Some local groups led by grieving moth-
ers or by angered ministers have raised a few eyebrows. A
few of our local politicians have even brought our commu-
nity together at various points to debate about the various
causes for the constant rise in violence and to encourage
citizens to offer possible solutions.
But with the recent surreal shootout on 69th Street re-
sulting in the deaths of two City of Miami police officers
by a young Black male well-acquainted with the world of
violence, and his subsequent demise brought about at the
hands of another officer on the scene, it seems that our be-
loved community has reached an unfortunate crossroad.
In truth, we have reached that point where swift action
must be taken under the direction of level-headed leaders.
Guns have taken over in Miami and with brothers mov-
ing about strapped with high-powered assault weapons,
more apt to shoot first and ask questions later, one has
to wonder if law-abiding citizens are safe any more. The
attack on the two murdered officers points to the fact that
the situation has reached a level of severity not seen in
Miami for many years.
It is a shame that two people dedicated to keeping our
streets safe had to lose their lives in order for some of Mi-
ami's powerbrokers to finally realize what we in the Black
community have been witnessing and with which we have
had to cope for years the senseless loss of lives that come
when the wrong people have unbridled access to weapons.
When a young mother and her toddler son were killed
in their own Liberty City home by thugs who unloaded
their guns at the wrong house, our City's leaders became
incensed for a moment. But we soon saw a return to busi-
ness as usual. When a young brother was detained by
police who thought he was in a stolen car and then shot
him dead after thinking he was reaching for a weapon,
investigators promised to get to the bottom of things. Still
we wait for answers.
In case after case, the body bags continue to pile up as
for answers demanded by shaken Black families, they can
be found on one hand a closed fist.
Perhaps now with our City and the State still reeling
from the sudden deaths of two that gave their lives trying
to make this a safer place for all, we may all finally see
what has been written on every wall, highway overpass
and even in the hearts of those whose grief knows no end
- we cannot continue to let gun-totting hotheads rule our
But then, neither is it acceptable for law enforcement
officials to shoot willy-nilly whenever they sense impend-
ing danger. Something must be done on both sides of the
fence. And based on what happened last week on 69th
Street we have waited far too long to invoke the change.

Let Haiti resolve its

Duvalier dilemma

here's nothing wrong with having an "informed"
opinion about things in the world, and notice our
emphasis on the word "informed," as long as one
doesn't try to force their views on others. Case and point:
the impact and meaning of Duvalier's return to Haiti and
what should be done.
All across the U.S., from our nation's Capitol to cities like
Boston, New York and Miami where large pockets of mem-
bers of the Haitian Diaspora reside, communities continue
to engage in dialogue about the sudden return of Haiti's
former dictator. Some offer scathing a plethora of pejora-
tives or cantankerously scat castigations directed towards
him and the current regime. Some simply espouse endless
exclamations of confusion. It stands to reason that those
who felt the wrath and experienced the brutality of the
former leader have a right if need a need to share their
thoughts. While they may have left Haiti in search of bet-
ter opportunities and freedom from oppression, it is still
their home. Even 25 years later, there are Haitian men
and women who must resolve the lingering pain and tragic
circumstances of the past at the hands of Duvalier and his
But when America's political ingenues decide that they
know what is best for Haiti and for Duvalier, we believe
even with the best intentions, the U.S. is crossing the line.
It's one thing to support our Haitian brothers and sisters -
but it is another to act as if we know what is best for them.
Consider how Blacks in this country feel when our Afri-
can brothers and sisters travel to the U.S. and attempt to
tell us that since slavery has been over for centuries that
we should just "get over it." Try to explain how chattel
slavery has morphed into more subtle forms of racism and
prejudice including the achievement gap in public educa-
tion and the prison industrial complex and you may as
well be talking to men from Mars. They just don't get it.
We think a parallel situation exists as both elected and
selected leaders seek to impose their opinions as to what
should be done about "Baby Doc's" return. We just don't
need to meddle. After all, oppression isn't limited to color
differences. And the last time we looked, Blacks were still
waiting on their 40 acres and a mule.

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(ISSN 0739-0319)
Published Weekly at 900 NW 54th Street,
MIrami Florida 33127-1818
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GARTH C. REEVES, JR., Editor, 1972-1982
GARTH C. REEVES, SR., Publisher Emeritus
RACHEL J. REEVES, Publisher and Chairman

National, state and local ob-
servances of the 82nd birthday
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
are now over. Now we must con-
sider how to advance the social,
political, and economic empow-
erment agenda that King artic-
ulated 37 years ago. King was
more than a dreamer. He was a
passionate and committed ac-
tivist leader.
Today, at a time when there
are many counterproductive,
revisionist tendencies to deny or
play down the reality of the pro-
gressive and transformative im-
pact of King and the Civil Rights
Movement, it is critical to dis-
tinguish between the myths of
those who opposed him and the
realities of those who followed
and supported him.
Voting rights, fair hous-
ing rights, economic justice
rights, environmental justice

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The Black Press believes that America can best lead the
world from racial and national antagonisrn when 1t accords to
every person, regardless ol race. creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights Haling no person learning no person.
Ine Black Press sirives to help every person in the firm belle!
thal all persons are hurl as long as anyone is held back


New Lt. Governor is a pro-business

The opinion molding of the
mainstream press is truly amaz-
ing. Right now we are blessed
with a Lieutenant Governor
for one of our most important
states, Florida, and they are act-
ing like she doesn't exist. Flori-
da is an important state to our
union and the Lieutenant Gov-
ernor is the number two position
of power. It is significant and for
a Black female to win the elec-
tion to that post deserves seri-
ous public attention. Lieutenant
Governor Jennifer Carroll has
received the' endorsement of the
voters of Florida and took office
on Jan. 4th. But you don't see
any articles about that.
But don't worry; she will make
the news in a big way. Carroll is
a fighter and a trailblazer. What
she will do in the near future
will make Florida a better state
and an example for the rest of

America. We now have some-
one committed and dedicated to
the people, not the power abus-
ers, who is not afraid to make
the proper changes. Florida is
about to get better and that will
be good for the whole nation. It

lead our nation to greatness.
She has just come into office
but her actions are fierce and al-
ready making an impact.
One thing she did recently
was ask me for a list of the larg-
est Black-owned businesses

It is refreshing to see an elected official who understands
her roll and will use that opportunity to make a better world
for all of us.

has been a pure enjoyable expe-
rience working with her during
the last 10 years. We are kindred
spirits and move in the same di-
rection towards Black economic
empowerment, which is compati-
ble with economic empowerment
for all of America. Her vision is
a vibrant Florida economy that
includes all segments and will

in the U.S. She told me that
Florida wants good businesses,
especially Black-owned busi-
nesses, which will provide jobs
to Black communities and show
Black children what they could
be. She pointed out that as Flor-
ida has no state income tax and
has a great quality of life replete
with fair weather and some of

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the greatest people on earth,
all Black entrepreneurs should
consider her state as their place
of residence.
This is most encouraging. As
we are having our trials and
tribulations with state govern-
ments in California, Illinois,
and other states, we are seeing
a great breath of fresh air from
Florida. What other state-elect-
ed official is claiming that their
state is the best for Black-owned
It is refreshing to see an elect-
ed official who understands her
roll and will use that opportu-
nity to make a better world for
all of us.
She is a blessing to America. I
guess that is why the main-
stream press acts likes she
doesn't exist. But we know, and
we will follow her leadership to
successful heights.

rights, quality health care ac-
cess rights, employment rights,
prison reform rights, education
equality, and educational re-
form rights are all fundamen-
tal issues that King asserted as
priority agenda items. In 2011,
these issues are still our prior-

do to fulfill his dream?
We still must march for voting
rights in Alabama, Texas, Mis-
sissippi, Louisiana, Georgia, the
Carolinas and in Virginia. We
need educational reform in all
50 states to ensure that our
children get a better education.

V oting rights, fair housing rights, economic justice rights,
environmental justice rights, quality health care access
rights, employment rights, prison reform rights, educa-
tion equality and educational reform rights are all fundamental
issues that King asserted as priority agenda items.

ity concerns.
The best way to celebrate
King's legacy is to advance the
agenda that he gave his life to
address. Yes, King's dream of
equality and empowerment for
all is still relevant today. The
question now is what must we

In every region, at the top of the
agenda should be the economic
development and empowerment
of our communities. We have to
put pressure on the Congress of
the U.S. not to repeal the his-
toric Health Care Reform Act
that was enacted just last year.

There is no question that
if King was with us, he would
be advising President Barack
Obama to keep pushing forward
to make life better for the mil-
lions of Blacks, Hispanics and
others who are still stuck at
the bottom of society in abject
poverty and misery. He would
intellectually and spiritually
take on the Tea Party and all
of its minions who want to take
America backward to the days
of Jim Crow and overt oppres-
sion. One thing for sure, Dr.
King was not a coward. He was
a fearless leader who used the
power of his oratory to remove
social fear and doubt from the
mindset of millions. That is why
we must use this year's King
observances as a means of re-
focusing and rededicating our-
selves to both the dream and
the agenda.


The racial and ethnic divide over gun rights
Columbine High School. percent giving the edge to gun I got in a fist fight with a guy, picting the nece
The Washington, D.C. sniper, owners. at worst, we might have a re- ownership, as if
Northern Illinois University. Considering the national match the next day. Over the to be able to car
Virginia Tech. Red Lake In- tragedies that the nation has years, however, things have weapons like we'
dian Reservation. Chicago witnessed, often via around- changed. Instead of settling wild, wild west.
school children. And now, the-clock coverage on cable disputes by duking it out, it is Forty-eight stall
Tucson, Arizona. In dramatic television, I am somewhat far more likely that one of the that permit citiz
ways, shooting deaths have surprised by the shift in pub- parties will try to settle the concealed firear
horrified, mesmerized, and lic opinion toward the rights feud with a gun. lic, usually afti

confounded Americans. Yet,
an increasing number of peo-
ple say it is more important to
protect the rights of citizens
to own guns than to limit
those authorized to carry le-
thal weapons.
In a recent Pew Center sur-
vey, 50 percent of Americans
favor protecting the right to
own guns over the adoption
of stricter gun control laws.
There were important racial
and ethnic distinctions. Non-
Hispanic whites favor gun
rights by a margin of 54 to
42 percent. However, people
of color hold opposite views.
Among Blacks, 66 percent fa-
vor control of guns compared
to 20 percent who favor giv-
ing preference to the right to
own guns. Among Hispanics,
the gap was even larger, with
75 percent favoring tougher
gun control laws and only 21

Looking back on how Black communities have changed
for the worse, two factors stand out more than any oth-
ers: the widespread use and sale of illicit drugs and the
accompanying gun violence. Even how we settle disputes among
ourselves has radically changed. When I was growing up in the
1950s and 1960s, if I got in a fist fight with a guy, at worst, we
might have a rematch the next day.

of gun owners. What is not
surprising is that people of
color are not part of that
Looking back on how Black
communities have changed
for the worse, two factors
stand out more than any oth-
ers: the widespread use and
sale of illicit drugs and the
accompanying gun violence.
Even how we settle disputes
among ourselves has radically
changed. When I was growing
up in the 1950s and 1960s, if

Today, elderly people are not
exempt from armed robbery
and churches don't stand a
prayer of a chance of being
off-limits to scoundrels. The
negative impact of guns has
impacted other aspects of our
communities, such as making
adults less willing to exercise
their authority over wayward
young people for fear of being
assaulted or killed.
Led by the National Rifle
Association (NRA), the gun
lobby has been successful de-

.ssity of gun
citizens need
ry concealed
re still in the

tes have laws
ens to carry
ms in pub-
er obtaining

a permit from local or state
law enforcement authorities.
Alaska, Vermont and Arizona
allow most adults to carry
concealed firearms without a
permit except in such sensi,
tive areas as schools and air-
ports. Jared Lee Loughner,
who went on a January 8th
shooting rampage in Tucson,
legally purchased his semi-
automatic pistol and was ac-
tually acting lawfully when
he concealed his weapon at a
public rally until he pulled
out his weapon and killed and
wounded a total of 19 people.
His actions are one more ex-
ample of a disconcerting trend
in America. Legal experts like
Carl T. Bogus say the trend
of states relaxing their gun
laws is not only dangerous, as
we have seen in Arizona, but
based on a flawed reading of
the Second Amendment.



Advancing the agenda of Martin LuthexrKing




3A I. .,',..ii TIMES, JANUARY 26-FEBRUARY 1, 2011


noL i Where are the heirs of

For the 25th time in this na-
tion's history we have seen an-
other sun set on a national holi-
day honoring a visionary and
transformational leader. The pa-
rades honoring Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., have ended. The bands
have danced their last jigs in
celebration of his life and some-
where a young child is basking in
the glow of winning an MLK, Jr.
oratorical contest.
Now, it is time to turn to the
hard task of assessing the state
of Florida's Black leadership in
the 21st Century. Do we have any
public officials today in Florida
who can call themselves vision-
ary and transformational leaders
cut from the cloth of King?
Sadly, the answer is no.
I accept that today's Black
community is not monolithic and
we don't all share the same polit-
ical or worldview. I also concede
that following the Civil Rights

Movement, our community be-
came more open to the idea that
multiple leaders could advance
our community towards King's
With that said, let's survey
the South Florida political land-
scape. It is true that Blacks have
firmly established a political
presence in South Florida and
have successfully carved out
decidedly Black voting districts.
And we can't forget that we just
elected a Black female Lieuten-
ant Governor.
However, getting voted in to of-
fice does not automatically make
you an heir to King's legacy.
From local to state government,
the policies that have been pro-
posed and passed by Black poli-
ticians have been myopic and
have done little to put a dent in
the many problems plaguing our
community: Public elementary
schools still fail to adequately

Dr. King?
prepare Black students for the
road ahead; Black men in this
state are still more likely to drop
out of high school or end up with
a criminal record than they are
likely to go to college; the Black
middle class is shrinking; the
drug culture is still thriving in
our neighborhoods; and the po-
lice are still more than willing to
provide the discipline that Black
males aren't receiving at home
and with lethal effect.
Is this "the dream?" Is this
what King marched for: A group
of politically-ambitious narcis-
sists who care more about win-
ning another term than they do
about true community uplift?
We have a serious problem when
our most vocal leaders emerge
from their pulpits or leather of-
fice chairs only after a devastat-
ing tragedy or a police-involved
shooting. Where are the leaders
with distinct, comprehensive vi-

sions to move the entire Black
community forward into this
new century? Given the needs
and challenges that persist in
our community, single-issue
Black candidates no longer suf-
fice. Perhaps the Black political
elites who "got spanked" in the
last election should take a page
from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's
playbook. While he was a state
legislator he proposed a compre-
hensive set of ideas to move the
state forward, albeit in a conser-
vative direction. His text remains
on our bookshelves.
From what I've seen, most
Black politicians are offering a
lukewarm version of the Demo-
cratic Party platform. Not very
If you can find a transforma-
tional Black leader in South
Florida, I will be the first to
throw him or her a parade befit-
ting a king.


Here we go

Depending on where you live, if
you drive something other than
an electric automobile, you are
feeling the results of rising oil
prices and subsequent gasoline
prices. Haven't we been at this
place before? Didn't we complain
and moan about the high price
of gas a couple of years ago? We
even organized "Gas Out Day"
in an effort to get lower prices
at the pump. What happened?
Why are we back at the same
place once again so soon?
Excuses abound for the lat-
(st rip-off of consumers. Some
attribute escalating gasoline
prices to simple supply and de-
mand; others say it's the OPEC
oil cartel; still others blame the
speculators on future oil
prices; some say it's government
taxes levied on each gallon we

again gas prices on the rise

purchase; and a few "insiders"
say it's all in the hands of the
IMF and the World Bank. Who-
ever or whatever it is, I know it's
sure taking a chunk out of my
pocket. How about you? What's
the little guy to do? Conservation
will surely decrease demand, but
will that bring the price down,
per basic economics, as we have
been taught in school? Some
say, "Absolutely not."
If there is a hidden hand con-
trolling oil and gas prices, and
there probably is, the little peo-
ple have virtually no chance of
impacting prices. You know how
greedy those hidden hand folks
are they used to want billions,
but now it's trillions in profits.
Back to solutions. Conser-
vation is definitely within our
personal control. Then there is

collective leverage through an
affinity program of some kind.
Maybe local groups can organize
thousands of consumers and
make a commitment to purchase
gas from a few selected stations,
that is, if those stations offer
some kind of group discount.
Another solution is by refusing
to patronize certain brands or
stations on a local level. Surely
those stations will have a greater
supply on hand and will more
than likely be a bit more ame-
nable to offering better prices
per gallon. Gotta sell that stuff
to somebody.
In Great Britain it takes about
70 pounds to fill up the average
gas tank. Convert that to U.S.
dollars and it's about $112.00.
Looks like we may be headed
that way, folks. Are you ready?

You better hurry up and buy
yourself a bicycle or a moped
or something more economical.
The bottom-line is this: Some-
body out there is manipulating
the price of oil.
Yes, we are being ripped off
but knowing that, what sacri-
fices are we willing to make to
respond to it? This is a personal
decision we all must make, and
then we must be disciplined
enough to follow through on
whatever solution we pursue.
The oil thieves count on us to
just whine and complain, and
then go to the gas pump to fill
up. Maybe $5.00 per gallon gas
will change our complacency
into creativity when it comes to
how much we spend on gaso-
line, as well as where we spend
our dollars.


Williams shows nature of second chances

... I for one believe that if you give people a thorough un-
derstanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce
it, they'll create their own program, and when the people create a
program, you get action ..."
Malcolm X

Every now and then, a feel-
good story with peaks and val-
leys will come along and capture
our imagination. Ohioan Ted
Williams was an obscure home-
less man, panhandling with a
handmade sign, when a Colum-
bus Dispatch reporter video-
taped him for an interview earli-
er this month. Almost overnight,
the man with a "God-given gift of
voice" became a national sensa-
The TV and radio interviews

Are you prepared to vote in the upcoming special

election for state Senate and State Representative?

Artist, Miami

Why would --.
I know about
the election
or who to vote
for? I'm not '
going to vote. '
I can't. I'm
a convicted
criminal. I've .'....
been in prison
for 23 years and I just got out.

Fast fod worker, Miami

I know
about [James] '
Bush because 4
he was out
here greet-
ing people in
front of the
store. But I
don't really
know any-
thing about the rest of the can-
didates or the positions that
they have on the issues.

Retired maintenance worker, Miami

I know
about the
elections, but
I'm not going : ., ,
to vote. These '
people were'
elected to an
office and the
people who
elected them expected them
to serve a full term. So I think
these special elections are a
bunch of crap and a waste of

Ministerial student, Miami

Yes, I've
heard about
[Phillip] Bru-
tus and Broth-
er [James]
Bush. But I
can't vote be-
cause they ;
took away my
voting rights a long time ago.

Deli worker, Broiwnsville silb

No, I don't
know any-
thing about
the elections. 1 ...,

unemployed, Liberty City'

Yes, I'll vote.
But I don't ,
know anything 0.
about the can- .
didates' back-
ground. I've
known about
[Joe] Celestin ,:j
because 1 see
his advertising a lot. I think Ce-
lestin's got good character. And
I like [Barbara] Watson because
she's a woman. When politics
are so dominated by men, we
need a woman. She looks like
she has good ethics.

came, as did the job offers.
Americans, by nature, are a for-
giving people and, having suf-
fered through hard economic
times, many of us know what it
feels like to be down on luck. Wil-
liams' life had fallen apart when
drug and alcohol abuse ruined
his marriage and career. He has
served time in jail for theft and
forgery and has been cited for
numerous misdemeanors.
Like most Americans, I'm a
firm believer in second chanc-
es. One of my favorite biblical
figures is John Mark, a young
man who began life with great
promise but failed early. Mark
had accompanied his cousin,
Barnabas, and the Apostle Paul
on a ministry journey that had
taken them into Asia Minor
(modern-day Turkey). But for

Dear Editor,

Did the decisions and actions
by the City of Miami Police De-
partment to "hunt and kill" the
thugs in District 5 lead Johnny
Simms to intentionally kill po-
lice before they killed him? His
mother has said that while she
sat near her son as he was dying,

reasons unknown, he aban-
doned the group just when they
were to enter the dangerous
midlands and returned to his
home in Jerusalem. Paul didn't
like it, and when Barnabas sug-
gested they take Mark on the
next journey, there was such
a disagreement between them
that Barnabas and Paul parted
company. Mark was out un-
til, from within a Roman prison,
Paul opened his mind and gave
him a second chance. And yet
how many of us, when given a
second or third chance, hope-
lessly botched or squandered
After a heart-to-heart chat
with Dr. Phil-- in which Wil-
liams and his family described a
recent physical altercation with
one of his daughters Williams

his last words were, "Momma,
they were going to kill me any-
way!" In other cases in District
5, officers have shot and killed
thugs who posed no immediate
threat to police. One victim was
shot in the back as he ran, an-
other was shot because he pos-
sessed a gun even though he did
not raise it towards the officers

Media fails to tell everyone's st

Dear Editor,

Once again we see in the me-
dia the deaths of men and women
in what some have classified as
a battle between good and evil.
And while I offer my extreme con-
dolences to the families on both
sides of this issue, I can't help
but notice how much coverage
this act of violence has gener-
ated now that two of the victims
are police officers. When an un-

armed Black man was murdered
in Overtown by two police offi-
cers, there was no media circus
and no coverage about the death
of an innocent man. It seems we
live in an era where two differ-
ent categories of human beings
exist. Those who can do no evil
and those seem to do no good.
Who gave the state the right to
make that determination? In this
country, rights precede govern-
ment but when they are denied

agreed to put his career on hold
and enter a rehabilitation cen-
ter. He told Dr. Phil that he had
turned to drinking again after a
hectic stay in Los Angeles.
I was disappointed when I
heard about the altercation. But
then I quickly realized that al-
coholism is a disease that can-
not be tamed as quickly as his
overnight fame. It will take time,
and it will take the support of
his family, friends and society.
Like Mark and Ted, we all need
someone who believes in us. We
all need a second chance. But
for those of us too often eager
to judge, it's worth remember-
ing that a second chance as
in Williams' case is often only
the first step on journey of oc-
casional stumbles to full recov-
ery and redemption.

and yet another victim was shot
as he reached into car after po-
lice said they thought he was re-
trieving a weapon. He was not. It
leads us to wonder if thugs in the
District believe that the police
are out to kill them?

Lonnie Elliott Robinson

the result is privileges authorized
by the government or state. The
dog (the state) is biting the hand
(the people) that feeds it and then
projects this self-righteous at-
titude as though its master has
no right or say so in the matter.
Things Are out of control. If we do
not wake up soon and demand
our rights our new title will slave.

William L. Mlorgan

Are thugs being hunted down?






If MLK had tweeted from jail

By Sharon Shahid

Every year on the national
holiday commemorating the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s
birthday on Jan. 15, my cousin
Brenda pulls out her tattered
copy of King's classic "Let-
ter From Birmingham Jail" -
downloaded from the Internet
and reads it word for word.
To her, the enduring message
of the nearly 7,000-word essay
is never outdated.
For those who aren't familiar
with King's 1963 open letter to
white clergymen in Birming-
ham, Ala., here's a bit of back-
On April 1, King arrived in
the southern city from Atlanta
to lead non-violent protests
against racial segregation in
local government and busi-
nesses. On Good Friday, he
-was arrested and placed in
solitary confinement in the Bir-
mingham jail. As he sat in the
closet-sized cell, eight of Bir-
mingham's white clergy issued
a statement calling King's pro-
tests "unwise" and "untimely."
Racial segregation, they said,
was a battle best fought in the
courts, not in the streets.

Using a smuggled pen, writ-
ing in the margins of The Bir-
mingham News and on several
sheets of toilet paper, King re-
sponded on April 16, 1963:
"I am in Birmingham because
injustice is here. ... Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice
everywhere. ... Never again can
we afford to live with the nar-
row, provincial 'outside agita-
tor' idea. Anyone who lives in
the United States can never be

considered an outsider any-
where in this country. ... We
know through painful experi-
ence that freedom is never vol-
untarily given by the oppressor;
it must be demanded by the op-

You get the drift or do you?
There are about 6,900 words to
I am certainly not knocking
Twitter or any other technol-
ogy that allows for instant com-
munication. In fact, I applaud
it. If camera phones and social
networks had been available
back then, Jim Crow's murder-
ous tyranny would have been
brought to light much sooner.
Nevertheless, there is some-
thing to be said about powerful
words written by old-fashioned
pen on toilet paper. A text mes-
sage just wouldn't have the

same ring of desperation to it
as sentences in the margins of
newsprint. King's voice so
poignant and crystal-clear in
print simply would lose its
resonance in cyber ink.
A text wouldn't have the
same urgency or convey the
pain, hardship, discipline
and sacrifices that the strug-
gle for civil rights required.
A tweet would have faded
rito the ether minutes after
it was released, drowned out
by a thousand other disparate
King's letter is currently
available in a 35-page book -
another fading, low-tech relic
- which also can be down-
loaded on a Kindle, Nook or
iPad, or read as an e-book.
Brenda, a child of the '50s and
'60s, now has her very own
printout to read every year.
Given all her options, she'll
gladly leave it at that.

mlkinjail: Now there is nothing
wrong with an ordinance which
requires a permit for a parade, but
when the ordinance is used to pre-
serve segregation

mlkinjail: and to deny citizens the
First Amendment privilege of peace-
ful assembly and peaceful protest,
then it becomes unjust.

mlkinjail: Never before have I writ-
ten a letter this long. I can assure
you that it would have been much
shorter if I had been writing from a

mlkinjail: comfortable desk, but what
else can one do when he is alone
in a narrow jail cell, other than write
long letters, think long thoughts,

mlkinjail: and pray long prayers?

johnqpublic: @mlkinjail sleep zzz.
u need better platform for ur words

By Errin Haines
Associated Press

ATLANTA The Southern
Christian Leadership Confer-
ence (SCLC), already struggling
to stay relevant as its leaders
bicker and its finances founder,
was dealt another blow recently
when the daughter of the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. said she
would not take the helm of the
once-proud civil rights group
co-founded by her father.
The Rev. Bernice King was
elected in October 2009 to lead
the organization and was to
be the first woman to hold the
post. But soon after, the SCLC's
chairman and treasurer were
accused of financial misman-
agement and bitter infight-
ing among the group's leaders
landed the split factions in a
King had hoped to reinvigo-
rate the SCLC by expanding the
group's reach to more women
and a younger generation. How-
ever, she remained largely silent
as the group's troubles escalat-
ed in the 16 months leading up
to her announcement recently.

I s

The Rev. Bernice King

King told The Associated Press
she was excited about leading
the SCLC and had looked for-
ward to taking the helm of the
organization. But in the end,
she and the group's leadership
didn't see eye to eye about how
to move forward.
"In light of that, and attempts
on several occasions to try to
reach out and dialogue, this is
where I've landed," she said.
"Essentially, I knew that I was

not going to be merely a figure-
head, so I had to make a critical
decision. I look forward to con-
tinuing the legacies of my par-
ents and establishing my own
Her decision now leaves the
organization facing an uncer-
tain future without a leader,
but King stopped short of say-
ing the SCLC should disband.
"I think that's a decision that
has to be made by those with-

in the organization," she said.
"They have chapters around
the nation who hold the name
SCLC and they are doing dif-
ferent kinds of work in their
communities. They have an
opportunity . to decide and
redefine how they want to be
projected in the public. I think
what has happened with the
SCLC is unfortunate and I con-
tinue to pray for their resurrec-
tion and growth."
King said she notified board
leaders of her decision on last
Thursday with a letter delivered
by courier to the organization's
Atlanta headquarters and by e-
Andrew Young, who worked
alongside King during the civil
rights movement, said the news
of her departure from the orga-
nization was "wonderful."
"I saw this as a lost cause a
long time ago," Young said in
a telephone interview. "I tried
to get Bernice to see when she
wanted to revive it that it wasn't
worth wasting her talents on,
that we needed to let it go. That
doesn't mean that there's not
work to be done."

Justices' impartiality questioned in key case

By Tom Hamburger

A government watch dog
group claims that two of the
Supreme Court's most conser-
vative members had a conflict
of interest when they consid-
ered a case that permitted
corporate money to be used
directly in political campaigns.
Justices Antonin Scalia and
Clarence Thomas are the sub-
ject of a letter delivered recent-
ly by the group Common Cause
asking the Justice Department
to look into whether the ju-
rists should have disqualified
themselves from hearing the
campaign finance case if they
had attended private meetings
sponsored by Charles and Da-
vid Koch, billionaire philan-
thropists who fund conserva-
tive causes.
A Supreme Court represen-
tative said last Thursday that
the two justices did not partici-
pate in the Koch brothers' pri-
vate meetings, though Thomas
did drop by one.
If it believes there is a con-
flict, the Justice Department,

as a party to the case, should
ask the court to reconsider its
decision, Common Cause said.
"It appears both justices have
participated in political strat-
egy sessions, perhaps while
the case was pending, with
corporate leaders whose politi-
cal aims were advanced by the
decision," the letter to Attorney
General Eric Holder said.

Federal Election Commis-
sion, was decided a year ago
this week. In a 5-4 ruling, with
Thomas and Scalia in the ma-
jority it permitted corporate
and union money to be spent
directly on election advertis-
ing, a practice that had been
sharply restricted. The Kochs
have been significant donors
to independent-expenditure
campaigns, which flourished
after the high court's decision.
The letter is based in part
on references to Scalia and
Thomas made in an invitation
to an upcoming meeting this
month of elite conservative

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia (L) and Associate Justice
Clarence Thomas.

leaders sponsored by the Koch
brothers. The invitation, first
obtained by the liberal blog
Think Progress, names the
two justices among luminaries
who have attended the private
Koch meetings at unspecified

Representatives of the Kochs
declined repeated requests
for comment. The Justice De-
partment did not immediately
respond to a request for com-

-Photo courtesy of FAMU
FAMU's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Cynthia Hughes Harris (1-r); FAMU President James H. Am-
mons; Martin Luther King, III; FAMU Board of Trustees Mem-
ber Atty. Daryl Parks and FAMU Faculty Senate President
Maurice Holder sing "We Shall Overcome" during the FAMU
Martin Luther King Convocation.

King III inspires

FAMU to keep

dream alive

Special to the Miami Times

Martin Luther King III, the
son of civil rights activist Mar-
tin Luther King Jr., honored his
father's legacy on Monday, Jan.
24th as the keynote speaker for
the Martin Luther King Convo-
cation at Florida A&M Univer-
sity (FAMU).
Touching on issues related to
poverty, race and healthcare,
King said we have not made
enough changes in terms of
race, but we have made signifi-
cant progress.
"When we look at poverty we
made almost no progress," he
said. "Forty-five million people
are living in poverty. Last year,
one million people lost their
houses because of foreclosure.
Another 1.5 million were filed;
almost three million foreclo-
sures were filed last year. This
year another 1.2 million are pro-
jected to lose their houses. We
need to have a moratorium on
foreclosures. People do not need
to lose their houses in America,
a nation that is wealthy."
King argued that everyone
in America deserves health-
care, pointing out that there is
something wrong when there
are individuals voting against
the healthcare reform bill when
they have the healthcare.
"We are an interesting nation;
we are a nation that consistent-
ly functions inconsistently," he
said. "We preach peace but we
practice war. You can't preach
peace but continue to practice
King continued stating that
his father operated from the
power of love, adding that "we
must love our family, our com-
munity and have the love of
"My dad loved people, it did
not matter who you were," he
said. "But he certainly loved
those who were suffering no
matter what ethnicity they were

and we need that kind of love
today in the world."
King ended by telling stu-
dents no matter how difficult
it may be they must continue
their path of education and to
love one another.
"Today's convocation was a
great event," said Inita Knox, a
sophomore student from Palm
Beach. "It honor to have
Martin Luther King III to come
and speak to the student body,
as well as the community, giv-
ing us words of encouragement
so we can continue to serve our
community and serve each oth-
Following King's speech,
Reamonn Soto, a senior physics
student from Tallahassee, was
presented with the Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Student Lead-
ership Award for getting more
'than; 3,500'students registered
to vote in the Tallahassee and
Leon County areas. Rev. Dr.
Henry M. Steele, the son of
civil rights activist C.K. Steele,
received the Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Leadership Award for
his role as a human right ad-
vocate and community activ-
ist. Athena Griffith, a senior
business administration stu-
dent from Jacksonville, and the
president of the Program Action
Activities Council (PAAC), ac-
cepted the Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Organization Leader-
ship Award on behalf of PAAC.
The organization delivered 375
toys to the Boys and Girls Clubs
in New Orleans for Christmas.
David Jackson, chair of
FAMU Department of History,
reminded the audience that
King provided a voice for those
without one.
"Let us also remember not
to become complacent and to
strive to be the best that we can
be at this hour," he said. "That
is what Dr. King did and that is
what he would want us all to do
today; that's our call to action."

King's daughter won't lead SCLC


I I "



Will perennial candidate finally cross finish line?

Darryl Reaves talks about his quest for state Senate

By D. Kevin McNeir

It is said that "politics
makes strange bedfellows,"
with temporary if not tenu-
ous relationships often
forged in order to secure co-
alitions or to block or push
through pieces of legislation.
And there is one state Sen-
ate candidate who says that
because of his unique friend-
ship with and plan to forge
along the lines of the former
senator whose seat he now
seeks, that he is the man for
the job.
But there are a few more in-
teresting things to note about
Darryl Franklin Reaves, a
longtime Miami resident and
product of the Brownsville
community that is one of
several Democrats who are
preparing for the Feb. 8th
special election. One might
even call him a "glutton for
punishment" as he has en-
tered and lost so many po-
litical races in Miami-Dade
County that he admits he

has even lost count. Not to
be deterred, the one-time
state legislator hopes that
this time the outcome will be
more in his favor.
"I am running to complete
Senator Wilson's remaining
two years and want to carry
out her agenda," he said.
"I am the only one in this
race who either did not run
against her [for the congres-
sional seat that she later won]
or was not supported by the
machinery that supported an
opposing candidate. My de-
sire to be District 33's next
state Senator rests on what
I can do in that elected role;
it's not a stepping stone for
me to move on to Congress."

The U.S. Army veteran,
FAMU graduate and lawyer
with a degree from the Uni-
versity of Florida first got
involved in politics after his
father, Jefferson Reaves, Sr.,
suffered a stroke while work-

*ing in his Tallahassee office
in 1989. Reaves Sr. was serv-
ing as a Florida state legisla-
tor while the younger Reaves
was working as a field coordi-
nator for a candidate for gov-
ernor. But with his father's
health in decline, Reaves
says he was forced to make
some tough decisions.
"I caught the first thing
smoking to Tallahassee and
spent every night with my
father in one hospital after
another for the next four
months," he said. "I called
back to the campaign and
told them I would not be re-
With his father incapacitat-
ed, Reaves would run and se-
cure his father's seat which
he held from 1990 to 1992.
He points to several legisla-
tive accomplishments: creat-
ing five minority seats in Con-
gress for the State; securing
over $4.5 million to build the
Overtown clinic named in his
father's honor; and pushing
through legislation to allow
homeless students to attend

community colleges where
they could learn a trade.
"When you look at our
communities, it's like we
have been frozen in time,"
he said. "We have played the
guilt game for far too long
and while white America has
made some changes there's
a different power structure
in Miami now. The Hispanic

leadership doesn't have that
sense of guilt and say if they
made their way in this town
after about 40 years, that
Blacks can do the same. I
think they're right in that it
is our responsibility to move
our people forward. While we
have access to political power
in the last 30 years, we have
lacked the business com-
ponent necessary to eradi-
cate record numbers of un-
employment. We don't have
mom and pop stores that are
so prevalent in the Hispanic
community that employ their
own youth."
Reaves says he wants to
bring back vocational train-
ing in Miami-Dade County
so young people can learn
a trade and earn a decent
wage. And he wants to see an
end to the FCAT.
"I realize we need some
form of standardized test so
that we can both measure
the performance of students
and hold our public schools
accountable," he said. "But
retaining third graders be-
cause of a test score is a hor-
rible decision. Teachers know

if their students are ready
to advance. As for our high
school seniors, if they have
posted the required grades
and put in the necessary
hours they deserve a high
school diploma. It was Henry
Kissinger who once said the
best way to beat your com-
petitor is not to defeat him in
the marketplace but to elimi-
nate him from the market-
place. That's what has been
done to our children."
Reaves says his platform
issues include: reapportion-
ment, education and busi-
ness development. He further
adds that he is categorically
opposed to vouchers. And as
the election 'draws near, he
points to his recent endorse-
ment from the state's biggest
union, AFSCME.
"I know I have lost a lot of
elections in my time," he said
with a grin. "But even Rich-
ard Dunn points to the fact
that he ran eight times before
making it. Abraham Lincoln
ran nine times before he was
successful. I am not out to
beat their records, but I am
out to win."

Six Florida universities

named on best values list

Tuition has been rising fast
at Florida's public universities,
but they are still a good value,
according to Kiplinger's Person-
al Finance Magazine.
Six Florida colleges and uni-
versities made this year's list
of 100 best values in the Unit-
ed States, one more than last
year. The new entry is Florida
International University, which
squeaks in at No. 97.
The other Florida schools
were .the University of Florida
(No. 2) New College of Florida
(No. 11), Florida State Univer-
sity (No. 20), the University of
Central Florida (No. 33), and
the University of South Florida
The survey looks at the cost
and available financial aid at
each school, as well as admis-

sion rates, graduation rates and
student-faculty ratios. Florida's
colleges average about $15,500
a year for tuition, fees, books
and living expenses, slightly
less than the national average
of $16,140.
"Schools like these on the
Kiplinger 100 list prove gradu-
ates can enter the workforce
with a great education and
without a huge cloud of debt,"
said Janet Bodnar, editor of
The University of North Caro-
lina at Chapel Hill remained
the best value, according to
Kiplinger's, which named the
State University of New York at
Binghamton as the best value
for non-residents, followed by
SUNY-Geneseo and the UNC-
Chapel Hill.

Young inventors prompt

colleges to revamp rules

By Alan Scher Zagier
Associated Press

Brown didn't set out to overhaul
his college's policies on intellec-
tual property. He just wanted
an easier way of tracking local
apartment rentals on his iPhone.
The University of Missouri
student came up with an idea in
class one day that spawned an
iPhone application that has had
more than 250,000 downloads
since its release in March 2009.
The app created by Brown and
three other undergraduates won
them a trip to Apple headquar-
ters along with job offers from
Google and other technology
But the invention also raised
a perplexing question when
university lawyers abruptly de-
manded a 25 percent owner-
ship stake and two-thirds of any
profits. Who owns the patents
and copyrights when a student
creates something of value on
campus, without a professor's
"We were incredibly sur-
prised, and intimidated at the
same time," Brown said. "You're
facing an institution hundreds
of years older than you, and
with thousands more people. It
was almost like there were no
other options than to give in."
The issue has been cropping
up on campuses across the na-
tion, spurred by the boom in
computer software in which
teenagers tinkering in dorm
rooms are coming up with prod-
ucts that rival the work of pro-
fessional engineers.
Universities have had long-
standing rules for inventions by
faculty, generally asserting par-
tial ownerships rights to tech-
nology created with university
resources that have commercial
potential. For students, though,
policies often were vague be-

cause cases didn't come up very
With new apps worth big mon-
ey, the legal questions are now
being debated across academia.
Many universities "generally
seek to retain ownership, or at
least have a formalized mecha-
nism for assessing ownership
of a student's work in much the
same way they would regarding
a faculty member's work," said
Joshua Powers, an Indiana State
University professor who stud-
ies campus technology transfer.
Students who create something
may face the burden of showing
their work in no way benefitted
from being at the university.
But Missouri relented in
Brown's case. It also wrote rules
explicitly giving student in-
ventors the legal right to their
unique ideas developed under
specific circumstances. If the
invention came from a school
contest, extracurricular club or
individual initiative, the univer-
sity keeps its hands off. If the
student invention came about
under a professor's supervision,
using school resources or grant
money, then the university can
assert an ownership right -just
as it does for faculty research-
No estimate exists on the
number or value of student in-
ventions or apps on the market.
The Association of University
Technology Managers and other
industry groups don't track the
number of schools that have
defined legal protections for
student inventors. But technol-
ogy managers at Missouri and
elsewhere suggest the argument
for protecting student rights is
"We need to be able to adopt
policies that reflect our culture,"
said Chris Fender, director of
technology management and in-
dustry relations at the Columbia



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Lord! Please give me one more chance

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Glancing back at an
earlier time in his life,
Frank Kastle (not his
real name) was deep in
thought, reminiscing
on some of the pleasant
details of his past. As HA
his mind wandered, he found
himself lost in a time when
the small community of Lit-
tle Haiti was a place he once
called home. Now dressed in
prison blues at Wakulla An-
nex, he had to ask himself
at what point did his life go
Born in Miami 26 years ago,
Kastle is the youngest of seven
sisters and five brothers. And
although his Dominican Re-
public born mother had died
when he was only two-years-
old and his Haitian father had
been in prison-the first seven
years of his life, the relation-
ship between he and his sib-

lings had always been
tight knit.
When speaking of
his only offspring, six-
year-old John John,
Kastle expresses him-
self as a typical proud
father who longs to be
ALL near his son. He has
missed most of his son's life
and now regrets not having
spent more time with him be-
fore being arrested, a result
of what he attributes to his
estranged relationship with
the child's mother. He realizes
that the five years away from
his son can never be brought
back, but if somehow it was
possible for him to be in his
presence right now, speaking
as if taking an oath, Kastle
swears that he would try to
"teach him about God and
making the right choices."
As it stands today though,
the separation from his son
is only two years short of the

total amount of years that
Kastle's own father had been
absent from his life a tragic
milestone in which it seems
that history is bound to re-
peat itself.
With a 40-year sentence as
a first-time offender for armed
robber, Kastle spends much of
his free time at the law library
fighting for his freedom. And
while it is true that he never
completed school at Edison
Senior High and doesn't know
much about the legal system
that passed him on to the De-
partment of Corrections, he
nevertheless seeks the help
of inmate law clerks and tries
to learn as much as he pos-
sibly can about laws pertain-
ing to his case. "I can't give
up on my struggle to reunite
with my loved ones, especially
my son," he says with a deter-
mined look in his eyes.
For Kastle, being incarcer-
ated has been a life-changing

experience. "I've learned how
to be more serious about life
and I'm trying to get closer to
God," he says. And because
he was once a run away and
recognizes the need in saving
at-risk youth, he has plans of
opening up a homeless shelter
and volunteering his time at
the Juvenile Detention Center
when he is released from pris-
on. But with feeling the pain
of his family members suffer-
ing in Haiti, he wishes that he
could do something for them
Unlike his best friend
James who was murdered in
a drive-by shooting, Kastle
is still alive and clearly un-
derstands that by coming
to prison, his life may have
been saved. Now, as he stares
blankly into the sky, his only
prayer is that the Lord will
give him one more chance
to see and enjoy the taste of

127 charged in Northeast Mafia crackdown

By Tom Hays
Associated Press

NEW YORK For nearly 30
years, federal authorities say,
reputed gangster Bartolomeo
Vernace got away with murder.
They say the bloodshed a
double slaying at the Shamrock
Bar in Queens was all over a
spilled drink.
Vernace's luck ran out re-
cently when he was charged in
the killings in one of the largest
Mafia takedowns in FBI history.
He was among 127 defendants
named in 16 indictments stem-
ming from separate underworld
investigations in New York, New
Jersey and Rhode Island.
Past investigations have re-
sulted in strategic strikes aimed
at crippling individual crime
families. This time, authorities
used a shotguin approach, with
some 800 federal agents and
police officers making scores of
simultaneous arrests.
They also used fanfare: Attor-
ney General Eric Holder made
a trip to New York to announce
the operation at a news confer-
ence with the city's top law en-
forcement officials.
Holder called the arrests "an

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US Attorney General Eric Holder attends a press conference at
the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York.

important'" ar'd "dn'ic6traging
step forward in disrupting La
Cosa Nostra's operations." But
he and others also cautioned
that the mob, while having
lost some of the swagger of the
"Dapper Don" John Gotti era, is
known for adapting to adversity
and finding new ways of mak-
ing money that still harm the
economy and spread fear.

'"'MWembetr' arid 'as'6c1ates of
La Cosa Nostra are among the
most dangerous criminals in
our country," Holder said.
In the past, the FBI has ag-
gressively pursued and im-
prisoned the leadership of the
city's five Italian mob families,
only to see ambitious under-
lings fill the vacancies, said
Janice Fedarcyk, head of the

FBI's New York office.
However, the FBI has gained
a recent advantage by cultivat-
ing a crop of mob figures will-
ing to wear wires and testify
against gangsters in exchange
for leniency in their own cases.
"The vow of silence that is
part of the oath of omerta is
more myth than reality today,"
she said.
In the latest cases, authori-
ties say turncoats recorded
thousands of conversations
of suspected mobsters. In-
vestigators also tapped their
Among those arrested last
Thursday were union officials,
two former police officers and
a suspect in Italy. High-rank-
ing members of the Gambino
and Colombo crime families
and the reputed former boss of
organized -criine in NeW'"Erig-
land also were named in the
The indictments listed color-
ful nicknames Bobby Glass-
es, Vinny Carwash, Jack the
Whack, Johnny Cash, Junior
Lollipops and catalogued
murders, extortion, arson,
drug dealing and other crimes
dating back three decades.

Mass shootings are a tragic fact of life in America

By James Alan Fox

There's nothing that prompts
a livelier debate about gun con-
trol than a deadly mass shooting.
And when the shooting victims
-- slain or surviving -- include
someone as prominent as a
member of Congress or a federal
judge, advocates on both sides of
the debate seize the opportunity
to advance their agenda.
No sooner had, the gun smoke
cleared after the tragic massacre
at a shopping plaza in Tucson,
than a duel of words and statis-
tics commenced pitting gun con-
trol and gun rights advocates.
Folks such as Paul Helmke,
president of the Brady Campaign
to Prevent Gun Violence, pointed
out that Arizona ranks near the
bottom in terms of state gun re-
strictions in a country that ranks
near the bottom among nations
of the world. Yet, people like John
Lott, author of More Guns Less
Crime, dismissed the episode as
an unfortunate aberration to the
downward trending murder rate
in Arizona and nationally.
More frustrating than suffering
the endless and unproductive
tug of war over the gun issue is
the sad truth that nothing short
of the complete and impossible
disarmament of America will
eliminate the risk of the kind of
incident that stunned the nation
so deeply that President Obama
called for a collective moment
of silence to remember the dead
and honor the wounded. Not-
withstanding changes over the
years in regulations pertaining to
background checks for gun pur-
chasers, the temporary require-
ment for waiting periods, the
passage and subsequence ex-
piration of the assault weapons
ban, and the spread of concealed
carry laws, the number of mass
shootings in the USA -- averaging

murders have been so large in
the recent past. Three-quarters
of the deadliest mass murders
in the U.S. have occurred since
1980, most of which involved
firearms as the exclusive or pri-
mary weapon.

A Glock 19 9MM pistol like the one used by the Tucson gunman.
Sales of the pistol have soared since the shooting.

20 per year -- has remained rela-
tively stable over decades.

The Tucson shooting might
have led to spirited debate on
gun control, but it also dem-
onstrates the futility of either
side's proposals. While it is
abundantly clear that Jared Lee
Loughner, the 22-year-old man
charged with Saturday's mas-
sacre, was bizarre in his think-
ing and behavior, he lacked any
history of involuntary psychi-
atric hospitalization that would
have disqualified him based on
the federally mandated instant
background check. Despite his
instability, he was able to walk
into a local sports shop in No-
vember to acquire a semiau-
tomatic 9-mm Glock equipped
with an extended magazine.
Moreover, there is nothing about
this case that exposes loopholes
in our ability to determine fit-
ness to purchase. If nothing
else, the shooting illustrates
the challenges of depending on
background checks to weed out
those who cannot be trusted

with a deadly weapon.
As part of its liberal gun laws,
Arizona has in place a broad
provision for citizens to carry
concealed weapons, even with-
out a permit. Proponents of
right-to-carry laws argue that
such allowances create a de-
terrent effect on criminals. Law
breakers will recognize that a
significant share of residents
is armed and could overtake a
gunman, the argument goes.
And it follows that law abid-
ing and armed citizens could
prevent greater carnage. In the
Tucson massacre, neither factor
influenced the tragic outcome.
The gunman was determined to
kill, no matter who stepped in
his path, and panic at the scene
might have disarmed -- in a fig-
urative scene -- bystanders car-
rying concealed firearms.
Although gun proponents are
correct when they contend that
firearms are not to blame for the
behavior of mass killers, guns
do make their attacks far blood-
ier. The availability of high-
powered, rapid-fire weapons is
surely a large part of the rea-
son why the death tolls in mass

North Miami Beach police are asking for help finding a man accused of violent
They say Carlus McKaufman is wanted for aggravated battery with a firearm,
sexual battery, false imprisonment and child endangerment.
Police say McKaufman is armed and dangerous.
McKaufman is accused of attacking his live-in girlfriend on Jan. 18 in their
home in the 1500 block of NE 152nd Street following the argument.
Police said McKaufman has a record of armed robbery and murder. He is known
to visit the Miami area, but may have left the state and may be headed towards
If anyone know the whereabouts of Carlus McKaufman is, contact Detective
E. Vazquez-Bello or Det. C. Mann of the North Miami Beach Police Department at
305-948-2940 or 305-949-5500.

There was quite a scene on the streets of Hialeah and Opa-locka last week as
police chased a trio of burglary suspects.
Hialeah police have released little information about the beginning of the chase
which began in their city and then traveled into Opa-locka.
The chase came to an end at 164th Street and NW 19th Court when the three
individuals bailed out of a white Pontiac and took off in different directions into
the neighborhood.
All three were taken into custody. Police have not released their names or said
what charges would be filed.

A Ft. Lauderdale man charged in the death of a friend in Pompano Beach last
year has charged his plea.
Recently, 27-year-old Carlos Martin entered a plea of guilty to the charge of
Last February, Martin was in a car with 21-year-old Tiffany Littlepage and her
boyfriend when a gun he was reportedly playing with went off.
When Broward Sheriff's deputies arrived, Littlepage who was lying on the
ground near the car bleeding to death, told'them she had been shot. Littlepage
was rushed to North Broward Medical Center where she died.
Investigators found the weapon used to kill Littlepage on the ground at a bus
stop near Pompano Beach's City Hall. Martin was charged with manslaughter,
tampering with evidence and use a weapon during a second degree felony.

The man who authorities say riddled the front window of a jewelry store with
bullets and stole a handful of diamonds last week will be spending some time in
At an appearance recently in bond court, Brian Kirksey, 25, of Hallandale Beach,
was ordered held without bond. He is facing nine charges, all related to burglary,
grand theft and discharging a firearm.

Driving-safety e
By Jayne O'Donnell

Distracted driving is such a
focus of the U.S. Department
of Transportation and state
legislatures that some say it's
shifting resources and public
attention from other important
safety issues, including seat
belt usage, speed enforcement
and safer vehicles.
At least eight state legisla-
tures will consider laws this
session to ban testing and driv-
ing, even though federal and
insurance industry-funded re-
search show no link between
texting and more crashes.
Eight states will also take up
bans on using handheld cell-
phones while driving, although
they have not been linked to

efforts hijacked?
any more crashes than hands-
free phones.
Prodded by Transporta-
tion Secretary Ray LaHood, 29
states passed no-texting laws
since 2008. It took 25 years for
as many states to adopt seat
belt laws that allow police to
stop people for not wearing a
safety belt. If every state had
these laws, almost 300 lives
would have been saved in 2009,
says the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety.
Meanwhile, 15 states require
booster seats for children only
until age six, despite research
by the Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia that shows boost-
er seat usage instead of seat
belts cuts serious injury risk by
45 percent for kids up to nine.

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Opa-locka mayor prepares for City address

Special to the Miami Times

Myra L. Taylor, mayor of the
City of Opa-locka, is prepar-
ing to deliver her State of the
City Address and vows that
"this is the dawning of a new
day" in the historic town. The
Mayor's Address will begin on
Friday, Jan. 28th at 7 p.m. on
Opa-locka Boulevard between
Sharazad and Fisherman

just a bit, "From the engine
to the caboose, I want Opa-
locka residents and business
owners to know that the cargo
aboard this train will repre-
sent a diversified community."
Several roads from His-
toric City Hall and leading to
the Administrative Municipal
Complex will be closed with
traffic diverted to allow for

tents, entertainment and the
seating of special guests.
Taylor said she invites every-
one in the City to get involved
in their local government.
Then on Saturday at noon
Opa-locka City Commis-
sioner Rose Tydus will host a
Sanctity of Human Life Rally
to raise the public's aware-
ness about the importance of

life and to show support and
offer guidance to those wom-
en who find themselves fac-
ing an unplanned pregnancy.
The guest speaker at the
rally will be the Rev. Eric
Jones, Koinonia Worship
Center (Hollywood), who also
serves as the mayor of the
City of West Park.
With the high rate of sense-

less fatal crimes, including
gang-related incidents and
domestic violence resulting
in the loss of life, the Rally
provides an opportunity for
the community to reflect on
the value of human life, the
fundamental right to life, as-
serts that abortion tragically
ends a human life and invites
women and couples facing

tough situations to recom-
mit themselves to espousing
the sanctity of life. Testimo-
nies, inspirational music,
resource information and
refreshments will be part of
the Rally, which takes place
at Opa-locka City Hall, 777
Sharazad Blvd. (pavillion). To
find out more call 305-953-

City of Opa-locka Mayor
Taylor believes that her city
is on the right track and said,
while pushing the metaphor


Associate elected

to law institute
Special to the Miami Times

Jeremy I. Levitt, Florida A&M
University (FAMU) College of Law
Associate Dean for Internation-
al Programs and Distinguished
Professor of International Law,
has been elected to the American
Law Institute
(ALI). Founded
in 1923, the
ALI is leading '
in the United
States produc-
ing scholarly
work to clarify,
modernize, LEVITT
and otherwise
improve the law. Its mission of
law reform is vitally important
given the challenging problems
the U.S. faces today.
"Jeremy Levitt's election to the
ALI is a testimony to his notable
reputation as an outstanding le-
gal scholar and to the caliber of
faculty we boast at the FAMU
College of Law," said Dean LeRoy
Pernell, who nominated Levitt.
"Membership in this elite Insti-
tute is indeed an honor for those
elected." ALI President Roberta
Cooper Ramo noted that she is
delighted to welcome all of the
"distinguished and talented new
members to-the ALl."
Participation in the Institute's
work allows its members the op-
portunity to influence the devel-
opment of the law in both exist-
ing and emerging areas. There
are just over 4,000 members of
the ALI which includes lawyers,
judges, and law professors of the
highest qualification. The ALI in-
corporators included Chief Jus-
tice and former President William
Howard Taft, future Chief Justice
Charles Evans Hughes, and for-
mer Secretary of State Elihu Root.
ALI membership is a distinct pro-
fessional honor.
Levitt is a public international
lawyer and political scientist with
expertise in the law of the use of
force, human rights law, African
politics, democratization, state
dynamics and regional collective
security. He is the author or edi-
tor of four books and numerous
scholarly articles including: Hur-
ricane Katrina: America's Unnat-
ural Disaster, (eds.) (University of
Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2009);
Africa: Mapping New Boundaries
in International Law, (eds.) (Hart
Publishers, Oxford, UK: 2008);
The Evolution of Deadly Conflict
in Liberia: From 'Paternaltarian-
ism' to State Collapse (Carolina
Academic Press: Durham, North
Carolina: 2005); and Africa: Se-
lected Documents on Political
Conflict and Security, Humani-
tarian and Judicial Issues, (eds.)
(Transnational Publishers: Ards-
ley, NY: 2003).
Levitt is founder and director of
the FAMU College of Law's Center
for International Law and Justice
(CILJ), which develops scholarly,
educational and practice-oriented
activities for students and fac-
ulty in complementing FAMU's
international mission. He holds
a Ph.D. in politics and interna-
tional studies from the University
of Cambridge-St. Johns College;
a J.D. from the University of Wis-
consin-Madison; and a B.A. in po-
litical science from Arizona State

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Family of Pettway asks for 'compassion'

By Andrea Canning
and Jessica Hopper

The family of Ann Pettway, the
woman who confessed to kid-
napping Carlina White 23 years
ago, has asked for compassion
following Pettway's arraignment.
"We say listen, the Whites,
we're sorry this happened, but
at the same time too, have some
compassion for our relative,"
Brian Pettway, a cousin of Ann
Pettway, said.
That sounded like a bold re-
quest for the biological family of
Carlina White.
"You didn't take a bike. You
took somebody's child, so this
ain't no remorse. I can take your
bike and give it back to you the
next day, you are okay, but not
a child," Shannon Tyson, the
uncle of Carlina White, told the
Associated Press.
Pettway, 49, was arraigned on
one federal kidnapping charge in
Manhattan federal court Mon-
day. She is being held without
bail. Pettway told officials that
she is "truly sorry," according
to the criminal complaint filed
Carlina White's biological fa-
ther, Carl Tyson, doesn't believe
that Pettway is sorry.
"She took [Carlina] for 23
years. Let her get the same
amount of time," Carl Tyson told
the New York Post.
If convicted, Pettway faces a
maximum sentence of life in
prison and a minimum sentence
of 20 years in prison.
Pettway confessed to the FBI
that she kidnapped Carlina
White on Aug. 4, 1987 from Har-
lem Hospital after enduring sev-
eral miscarriages.,
"Pettway was dealing with the
stress of trying to be a mom
and had had several miscar-
riages. She did not believe she
would ever be able to be a par-
ent," according to a court docu-
ment filed by FBI Special Agent
Maria.Johnson who interviewed
Pettway. Johnson is a member
of the FBI's Crimes Against Chil-
dren Squad.
' Pettway's 'attorney,' 'Robert

Baum, plans to obtain her hos-
pital records and review her
medical history.
"She's concerned about the im-
pact this has on all the members
of her family, but she is trusting
that all the true facts will come
out and when they do, she will
be looked at in a very different
light," Baum said.
The woman who raised White
told authorities that she tried to
create a fake birth certificate for
her, renaming her Nejdra Nance,
but was unable to create a fake
document that appeared real,
according to court documents.
The lack of a birth certificate
was one of the things that made
Carlina White suspicious that
something was not right. Ac-
cording to court documents,
when White asked Pettway for
her birth certificate, the woman
lied, saying she didn't have one
because White had been given to
her by a woman who used drugs.
White ultimately discovered
that she had been kidnapped
as a baby by searching missing
children web sites, and earlier


this year was finally reunited
with her real family.
White's parents, Joy White
and Carl Tyson, had taken their

feverish daughter to the hospital
23 years ago. Pettway posed as
a nurse, took the baby from the
couple and pretended to take
her for treatment. The couple
didn't see their daughter until
earlier this month when White's
true identity was established.
"Pettway took the victim from
the victim's family and this was

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totally unacceptable. Pettway is
truly sorry," according to John-
son's court document.
Pettway turned herself into
FBI officials in Bridgeport,
Conn., on Sunday. Lt. David
Daniels was the point person
from the Bridgeport Police De-
partment who helped arrange
the surrender. Daniels said that
Pettway had a relative contact
the authorities through Face-
Daniels said that the Pettway
family is well known in the area
and that his own sister had been
friends with Pettway.
Daniels, with the help of the
FBI, arranged a neutral location
to meet Pettway. He said that
she was relieved to confess.
She "looked like the world was
lifted off her shoulders ... looked
a bit relieved ... because she had
been running," Daniels said.
SPettway, the woman who
White called Mom while growing
up, has several aliases as well as
a criminal history that includes
charges of embezzlement, forg-
ery, theft and drugs.





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Does high school

shape our politics?
Of all the scientific studies that came out this past year,
the most intriguing to me confirms an old theory: Adult poli-
tics are really an extension of which clique you joined in high
That conclusion rises out of a University of California at San
Diego and Harvard University study released in October that
found political ideology may be heavily influenced by genetics
and adolescent social life.
In a study of 2,000 teens, researchers found that the dopa-
mine receptor gene DRD4, which they called the "liberal gene,"
may predispose people to left-progressive political views.
As humorist Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up.
Without going too deeply into the scientific weeds here, do-
pamine is very important to our feelings of pleasure or depres-
sion, among other emotions Researchers found that people
with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be
liberal as adults, but here's the catch only if they had an
active social life in high school.
You see, this clever little DRD4 gene variant has previously
been associated with novelty-seeking behavior, which also has
been linked to personality traits related to political liberalism.
That's because novelty-seeking people are likely to be more
interested in learning about their friends' points of view, says
researcher James Foowler of UCSD, which could lead to a larg-
er number of fnei-ds and a wider variety of accepted social
norms and lifestyles which might make them more liberal
than folks who stick more often to people just like themselves.
In other words, it appears that adulthood really is an exten-
sion of which clique you joined or wanted to join --in high
school, as many of us who have been to high school reunions
have long theorized.
Suddenly, today's bizarre political scene makes a new
amount of familiar sense.
Sarah Palin looks like the homecoming queen who gets
votes no matter how many goofy observations she makes on
her Facebook page.
Barack Obama looks like the class brain who everybody
might hate were he not also a star on the basketball team.
John Boehner, incoming speaker of the House, is the cap-
tain of the football team who everybody hopes won't "party too
hard" before the next big game.
Other than that, I think this gene study puts a new spin on
how social critic Ambrose Bierce defined political personali-
ties a century ago: The conservative, he said, is "enamored of
existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal, who wishes to
replace them with others."
The study would indicate that the liberal also is eager to find
new friends to get him or her into trouble, while the conserva-
tive might,be more.,csgtentwith-oWld~. .,I o: i



Blacks face death sentence as funds elapse

Program unable to meet HIV/AIDS meds demand willbhaveea disruptionthnteir

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times reporter

HIV/AIDS patients that are
enrolled in the AIDS Drug As-
sistance Program (ADAP) may be
facing a possible death sentence.
That's because on January 31st
the program that helps those
without insurance to get needed
medication will come to a stand-
It is estimated that thousands
of HIV/AIDS patients, a dispro-
portionate number of them being
Blacks, will be negatively impact-
ed because the state's money-
spinning fountain has run adrift
due to fiscal constraints.
"This may be a death sentence
for some of the patients because
they can't get their medication,"
said a spokesman for a leading
HIV/AIDS agency in Miami who
requested to remain anonymous.
"The medication makes you live
longer and if you stop there are
going to be more problems."
The difficulties include clients
being forced to try a new as-
sortment of drugs to combat the
disease before finding the right

match. Once patients stop taking
what has been their prescribed
dosage, they will have to start the
process all over again and this
time there might not be another
exact match. This leaves patients
back at square one [without
medication] and hopeless.
Furthermore, the medicine
keeps the patients' viral load low
and if the drugs are not being
taken, and the individual is hav-
ing risky behavior, this increase
the chance of their spreading the
disease to others.

ADAP is a state-administered,
federally-funded program that
provides HIV/AIDS-related
medications to low-income, un-
insured and underinsured HIV-
positive individuals living in
Florida and other U.S. states.
Blacks find themselves at the
top of Florida's and other states'
list of those most effected by
the budget squeeze. Even more
sobering is the fact that Liberty
City has the highest number of
AIDS and HIV cases in the Coun-
ty and the numbers continue

to escalate.
In Miami-Dade County during
2008, 1 in 29 Black men was liv-
ing with HIV/AIDS.
Tom Liberti, chief bureau,
HIV/AIDS for the Florida De-
partment of Health says the
ADAP crisis has been going on
for years.
"The 28 million we needed ran
out in December 2010," said
Liberti. "We maneuvered to get
money from the federal govern-
ment, but it's going to run out."
He says that because there
are so many individuals enlisted
and trying to join ADAP, cost
containment measures had to be
instituted such as a cap on en-
rollment and placing people on a
waiting list for admission.
"We had to make changes and
as of June 1, 2010 we had to
place a cap on the enrollment,"
he said. "There are over 2,800
people waiting for admission,
but we can't enroll them because
we have no funds."
Of all the states that partici-
pate in the ADAP program Flor-
ida has the highest number of
people (2,800) on its waiting list.

medication and says he is "work-
ing religiously" to keep the drugs
flowing by going directly to the
source for assistance.
"We are working with the phar-
maceutical industry to supply
drugs so there's no break in ser-
vice," he said. "Our staff is work-
ing 24-7."

ADAP will get a boost in funds
on April 1st when state coffers
are expected to receive $118
million in grant money to con-
tinue serving their clients. But
for some it may be too little too
late. "We are working with politi-
cians so we can take people off
the list," Liberti said.
ADAP has over 10,000 clients
enrolled in the program and on
average the drug treatment plan
for individuals is a combination
of three to four medications tak-
en daily.
The average cost can range
from $9,000 $12,000 a year
and more in some cases.
"The patients need their medi-
cation to live a good life," Liberti

GOP on race: One step forward, two steps back

By DeWayne Wickham cial myopia.
Those breakthroughs came
Just when it seemed the less than three weeks after Re-
GOP's pup tent was popping publicans were stung by the
its stitches, Republicans racially charged action
again dashed any hope of Dave Bartholomew,
that their party might be- the Virginia Beach GOP
come a political big tent. chairman who was forced
The illusion of GOP in- If to resign after he was
clusion came in the wake caught passing along an
of last year's election e-mail that compared
when Black Republicans Black welfare recipients
won congressional seats to dogs.
in South Carolina and Wickham While the election of
Florida, the first time in over a Carroll, Scott and West over-
century that a former Confeder- shadowed Bartholoinew's bad
ate state has sent a Black Re- act, it has done little to burnish
publican to Congress. The elec- the image of the Republican
tion of Allen West of Florida and Party among Blacks and other
Tim Scott of South Carolina.- minorities. That's because when
plus Jennifer Carroll's election it comes to burning bridges with
as Florida's lieutenant governor this nation's minorities, the
- had some people thinking the GOP can't help itself.
GOP had broken free of its ra- Proof of its propensity to act

more like a white citizens' coun-
cil from the 1960s, rather than
the political party that ended
slavery in the 1860s, came ear-
lier this month. That's when

Republicans in the U.S. House
voted to stop delegates from
voting on the House floor when
the entire body assembles as "a
committee of the whole."
The six delegates minori-
ties from Washington, D.C., and
the U.S. territories of Guam,
the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico,
American Samoa and the North-
ern Mariana Islands have
historically lacked the full vot-
ing rights of House members.
They could vote in a commit-
tee, but not on the House floor
where legislation is enacted.
But in 2007, when Democrats
took control of the House, they
adopted a rule that allowed the have a limited vote
on the House floor when the en-
tire body acted as a committee
to speed up the legislative pro-

Republicans argue it violates
the Constitution to allow del-
egates such a floor vote, even
though a federal appeals court
upheld it in 1994. Since 1993,
whenever they controlled the
House, Democrats allowed del-
egates this limited vote. When-
ever Republicans have been in
power, it has been taken away.
This time, there was reason to
believe things would be differ-
"America is more than a coun-
try," Republicans said in the
preamble to a pledge the GOP
made to voters shortly before
the November election. "Ameri-
ca is an idea an idea that free
. people ,can Lgo ern. themselves,
that government's powers are
derived from the consent of the
But now that Republicans

control the House, they've de-
cided that Americans repre-
sented by the six delegates
- five Democrats and one In-
dependent- should have their
ability to give consent to gov-
ernment actions through their
elected representatives reduced
"If the representatives of
people in Baghdad and Kabul
couldn't vote, we'd call that an
incomplete democracy," the
Rev. Jesse Jackson told me.
Sure we would. And we'd ac-
cuse those responsible of being
political thugs. But such harsh
language is no longer accept-
able at a time when many peo-
ple think kinder words will pro-
duce better political behavior.
So, suffice to say, I think the
GOP's pup tent has just gotten
a lot smaller.


Alphas participate in 16th annual MLK

Unity Scholarship Breakfast

Annually, the brothers of the Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, continue to sup-
port high school male students' efforts to "Go to High School, Go to College," one of our national
Brothers wearing the red neckties are members of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

No domestic.air fatalities in 2010

By Alan Levin

U.S. airlines did not have a
single fatality last year. It was
the third time in the past four
years there were no deaths, con-
tinuing a dramatic trend toward
safer skies.
Years without deaths have oc-
curred sporadically since the
dawn of the jet age, but never
have so many occurred in so
short a period, according to an
analysis of data from the Na-
tional Transportation Safety
Board. The average number of
deaths fell from about 86 a year
in the 1990s to 46 a year since
2000, a 46 percent drop.
Last year also marked the first

time that there were no pas-
senger fatalities on any airline
based in developed nations;
says Arnold Barnett, a profes-
sor who specializes in accident
statistics at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology's Sloan
School of Management.
"In the entire First World, fatal
crashes are at the brink of ex-
tinction," Barnett says.
Dozens of safety improve-
ments that have gradually elimi-
nated whole categories of crash-
es, says John Cox, a consultant
who previously served as head of
safety for a major pilots' union.
"The proof of those steps is re-
sults like this," Cox says.
Last year, U.S. carriers flew

more than 10 million flights and
hauled more than 700 million
passengers, but only 14 people
suffered serious injuries, ac-
cording to the NTSB. There also
were no major accidents, the
most serious category under the
NTSB's definitions.
The last fatal accident oc-
curred Feb. 12, 2009, when a
Colgan Air Bombardier Q400
turboprop plunged into a neigh-
borhood near Buffalo, killing
49 people on board and a man
on the ground. That broke a 2
/2-year stretch of no deaths dat-
ing to Aug. 27, 2006, when a Co-
mair regional jet tried to takeoff
on a closed runway in Lexing-
ton, killing 49.




Monestime calls for collaborative approach

continued from 1A

scene. Before his end came
with Simms laying in a pool of
blood just outside his family's
home, he is reported to have
told his mother that he felt
that he had no other options.
But did he?
It is not the first time that
police officers were killed in the
line of duty here in Florida and
given the dangers inherent to
their job, it will undoubtedly
not be the last.
Now with both officers hav-
ing been laid to rest and with
the funeral of Simms set for
this Saturday morning, leaders
here in South Florida say not
only must we work together
to bring about healing but the
way police and citizens inter-
act needs to be examined and

Renita Holmes, who leads a
group of mostly-Black moth-
ers who have lost children or
others to violence, was on the
scene right after the shootout
and said it was well-known in
the community that a multi-
task force initiative had been
underway for sometime.
"We knew that the initia-
tive was going on and that of-
ficers were making their pres-
ence much more visible," she
said. "The gambling and drug
sales have really escalated in
this area. But more than that
there are more and more young
people who are walking around
armed and dangerous."
Tasha Milton, 38, says she
heard five shots around 11
a.m. that Thursday morning -
something to which she adds

she has grown accustomed.
"This new generation is much
different from ours things
are not the way they used to
be," she said. "If I could leave
this area and move to a safer
place I would. We see this kind
of thing happening over and
over again. It ain't nothing
Melvin George, 52, is a Black
homeless man who finds plac-
es to rest near the 69th Street
and 7th Avenue location where
the shootings took place. He
says that when the shots first
rang out, he continued to for-
age for food and to seek a few
donations. But when the sound
of sirens approached he knew
something bad had happened.
"I am disabled and started
hanging out in this neighbor-
hood about three months ago,"
he said. "It can be very danger-
ous both for those who have
money and for those who do
Georgia Ayers, 82, a fixture
in the Liberty City community
and the founder and director of
the Alternative Program, once
worked with Simms when he
was just getting into trouble.
"He wasn't a bad child then
but he was making some poor
choices," she said. "Unfortu-
nately, he was transferred to
another school and fell out of
our jurisdiction. This situa-
tion has me more angry than I
have ever been. Parents aren't
able to discipline their children
anymore without Family Ser-
vices getting involved. I don't
advocate brutalizing our kids,
but sometimes you have to re-
mind them of the rules in your
home and show them who is in
charge. We are seeing problems
like this all over America and
it can't be reduced to an issue
of race. Violence has no respect

-Miami Times Photo/ D. Kevin McNeir

Rescue vehicles from the Miami-Dade Fire Department and City police vehicles covered most of
the grounds near the site of the midday shooting last Thursday of two police officers at 69th Street
and 7th Avenue.

.1.- 1..


-Miam Times Photo/ D. Kevin McNeir
Officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) leave the scene ap-
proximately one hour after a shootout between police and a warrant suspect which left two officers
and the shooter dead.

for color."
County Commissioner Jean
Monestime was called to the
scene just after the shootings
went down. His district (2) en-
compasses the neighborhood
where many residents say they
fear for their lives and the lives
of their children.
"Our district now has more
police officers on the street
than any of the districts in Mi-
ami-Dade County," he said. "I
have only been on the job for
two months and have already
had several meetings with the
top brass at-the County Po-
lice Department. I have taken
a proactive approach to our
problems which was something
I was committed to before this
incident occurred. We need
to teach our children to have
greater respect for the police
and to obey the law. Things
will not begin to get better un-
til everyone -police, commu-
nity and our leaders begin to
work in partnership. We real-
ize there is much to do and we
need to get down to business
as one collective front."

Influential not powerful is how Edmanson views herself

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referred to as influential rather
than powerful.
"I am a public servant and
am here to serve the people . .
but I am not going to complain
about being viewed as one of the
more powerful leaders in the

District," she said. "The people
who live in District 2 have be-
come very special to me. To say
I love them like my family would
not be an exaggeration."
As she continued, the Com-
missioner talked about the re-
sponsibility of her job and said
that for her, the most important
thing she must do is to always
represent her constituency with
honor and high moral stan-
"I was elected to office be-
cause people believed in me and
my abilities so more than any-
thing, when I go about my job
each day, I have to make sure I
don't embarrass those who vot-
ed for and have put their faith
in me," she said.
Dr. Enid Pinkney, founding
president of the Historic Hamp-
ton House Trust, Inc., says,
"District Three is blessed to
have Audrey Edmonson as its
commissioner because she is
keenly aware of and interested
in her community and her con-
stituents . and brings respect
to our forgotten and neglected
City of Miami pioneers."
Historian Dr. Dorothy Jenkins
Fields agrees, adding that "with
her experience, passion and te-

nacity, Audrey Edmonson is the
best person for vice chair."
Given the current salary of a
county commissioner, a paltry
$6,000 per year, money is cer-
tainly not the reason for taking
on the job which she first as-
sumed in December 2005. Ed-
monson says that the intrinsic
values are what attracted her
when she first considered run-
ning for the position and what
keeps her motivated to excel.
"Have you ever seen a young
child smile because you made
a profound difference in their
life? she asked. "Do you know
what it's like to get an embrace
of thanks from a senior citizen?
That's why I come to work ev-
eryday and stay late. I was in-
volved in community service
since I was a little girl so in a
sense service to others isn't new
to me. There was always this al-
truistic interest in my personal-
ity. At the end of the day, mak-
ing others happy and bettering
their lives makes me happy as

Edmonson is proud to pro-
claim her roots and has had her
feet planted both here in Lib-
erty City and in the Bahamas.
She recalls spending vacations
and summers in the Bahamas
with her grandmother until her
death and says Nassau was her
second home.
"Everyone knew that when-
ever school was not in session,
my bags needed to be packed
because I was going home to my
grandmother," she said. "I knew
all of my family there and they
certainly knew 'Little Audrey.'
But I have equally fond memo-
ries of Liberty City Elementary
and Miami Jackson Senior High
School. Family has always been
important and we had a big one.
Now I am passing that same
love and respect for the family
and the extended family, which
is such an integral part of the
Black tradition, on to my chil-
dren and my grandchildren."
As for being the new second-
in-command of the county
board, Edmonson says it's not a
big deal to her children.
"To my grands I am just 'Nana'
and as for my daughter (34) and

my son (22) we have the typical
parent-child relationship."

The Commissioner shares
a story about being invited to
meeting at a senior citizens
complex during which a few of
the members became quite agi-
tated over a problem they were
facing in the community. This
writer was actually present at
that meeting and Edmonson
calmly took charge without

raising her voice.
"You can't take it personally
when people become a little
irate," she said. "They are sim-
ply frustrated over situations
that appear to be insurmount-
able. And sometimes they vent
their frustrations at me be-
cause I represent the County.
That's why I am out in the
community everyday to keep
them used to seeing me and to
show them that they can al-
ways approach me with their
As she reflected on her goals

for 2011, Edmonson said while
the list is certainly not inclu-
sive, she would say that her
primary focus is on reducing
crime, increasing the number
of jobs and providing more af-
fordable housing options. In
addition, she wants to see the
7th Avenue and 62nd Street
Transit Hub completed a
project that has become quite
dear to her heart because of the
additional business opportuni-
ties it is bringing to her district.
What does she like least
about her job?

"That's a tough question be-
cause I really can't find any-
thing to point to," she said. "I
suppose sometimes it can be a
rather thankless job but that's
part of the territory and I
wouldn't change things for the
Edmonson's affiliations in-
clude: Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc., Dade County
Alumnae Chapter and the Mi-
ami Biscayne Bay Chapter of
the Links, Inc. Her legislative
accomplishments are too nu-
merous to list.




New health center opens in Liberty City

CAC-Florida to provide full-service options

By D. Kevin McNeir

With great pomp and cir-
cumstance, including a live
feed from local gospel station
WMBM and the MC skills of
community favorite Debra
Toomer, a steel band, a DJ
playing music for those who
enjoy the electric slide and
a long line of political lead-
ers from both Miami-Dade
County and the City of Miami,
Liberty City played host to its
first full-service medical cen-
ter in almost 15 years.
The grand opening of the
CAC-Florida Medical Center
located at 6269 NW 7th Av-
enue took place last Satur-
day, Jan. 22nd with a ribbon
cutting ceremony, plenty of
speeches and a tour of the fa-
cilities. But it may be the large
number of senior citizens who
despite overcast skies, showed
up for a tasty lunch and were
filled with great expectations
that may be the best indica-
tion that this new facility has
found the perfect home.
"We are here to stimulate
every person in this commu-
nity, physically, mentally and
socially," said Dr. Mayda An-
tun, CEO. "We hope to not
only serve this community
but to grow and to be able to
include people from Liberty
City as future employees."
Miami Mayor Tomas Re-
galado called the new medical
center a monument for the fu-
"The perception is that this
community has been forgot-
ten but that is far from true,"
he said. "This will bring sore-
ly-needed medical services to
Liberty City and shows private
industries that we intend on
investing in this community."
Former State Representa-
tive-OsDcar BraynonJII agreed.
"This is a great day for the
people of Liberty City and is
all about access," he said. "I
am confident that this will be-
come a landmark as it is lo-
cated in the center of the com-

munity. It is just what our
people have needed."

Bert Valdes, COO, said the
Center offers full service op-
tions, primary care and a
wellness center with most
specialties also represented.
The Center actually opened
its doors last Monday and be-
comes the 11th center from
the CAC group in Miami-Dade
"We selected this location
after careful planning as it
was clear that Blacks in the
County needed someplace
that was both close to their
homes and affordable," he
said. "Looking at the demo-
graphics of the City, family

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incomes and considering con-
cerns about access to care, it
was evident that we needed
to set up shop here in Liberty
City. As for the cost, we have
a sliding fee schedule that is
based on the net income of a
household. We want people to
be able to get quality health-
care without being concerned
about the cost."
Free transportation will be
provided for CAC patients who
need assistance getting to the
Center which also offers ex-
tended hours and both walk-
in and weekend services.
The Rev. Gaston Smith, se-
nior pastor of nearby Friend-
ship Missionary Baptist
Church, delivered a prayer
prior to the ribbon cutting cer-
emony and during his remarks
indicated that the Center holds
great significance for families
in Liberty City. But he added


Ready to cut the ribbon are: Bert Valdes, COO, CAC-Florida (1-r); Dr. Mayda Antun, CEO, CAC-
Florida; Rev. Preston Marshall; Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado; Former State Representative Oscar
Braynon III; and the Rev. Gaston Smith, pastor, Friendship MBC.
that there were other and more families of the two slain police this hour."
serious concerns on his mind. officers and with the family of To find out more about the
"This is both a day to cel- the young man whose gun de- Center call 305-751-2000 or
ebrate and a day to mourn," livered the fatal blow," he said. go to www.cacmedicalcenters.
he said. "We stand with the "All of them are hurting at orm.

Residents of Liberty City having a good time doing the Electric Slide.

Election dispute in Haiti threatens aid

By Ingrid Arnesen & David Luhnow

government is locked in an in-
creasingly bitter standoff with
the international community
and opposition politicians over
the results of the country's re-
cent presidential elections, a
dispute that could affect aid to
the earthquake-stricken coun-
The Organization of American
States (OAS) and major donors
including the U.S. want Haitian
officials to change the official
results from a chaotic Nov. 28
vote, dropping the government
candidate, Jude Celestin, from
a run-off between the top two
winners in favor of candidate
Michel Martelly, a singer.
Recently, Martelly upped the
ante by telling his supporters
that he suspected Haitian offi-
cials want to keep Celestin on

the ballot, and that his backers
should take to the streets if that
happens. "I call on all Haitians
to mobilize and protest. But our
marches will be peaceful," Mar-
telly said.
The confusion and political
tug-of-war over the election re-
sults threatens the country's
fragile political stability even as
reconstruction falters from last
year's devastating earthquake.
The arrival this week of former
dictator Jean Claude Duvalier
has only added to the tension.
There is little argument that
Mirlande Manigat, a 70-year-
old law professor, came in first
place in the November vote. The
question is which second candi-
date will have the right to par-
ticipate in the runoff.
An OAS team found evidence
of voter fraud. For instance,
although overall turnout was
only 22.8 percent, the observer

team found that 118 voting sta-
tions recorded turnout of 100
percent or more. By discount-
ing results from polling stations
like these, the OAS got a differ-
ent result for second place, with
Martelly edging out Celestin.
Last week, the OAS delivered
its report to the Haitian govern-
ment. The Provisional Electoral
Commission, the top Haitian
election authority, will have the
final say on whether to modify
the results. "It will be up to
them to accept or reject them," ,
said Colin Granderson, head of
the OAS mission.
But top Haitian officials have
called into question the report,
and said the legal process for
contesting the election outcome
must play out before the elec-
tion authority delivers final re-
sults, which could take several
The global community is "in-

-AP Photo

:,, Supporters of presidential candidate Michel Martelly protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

sisting on a result which cannot
Sbe scientifically supported at
F'; 'this time," said a person close
to the Haitian government. The
person stressed that the OAS
report also called on the legal
process to play out before final
Haitian President Rene Pre-
val, whose Inite Party backed
Celestin, has also called for
another review by the electoral
council of the OAS team's re-
: port, casting doubt on what and
when will be the final results.
Some observers, and opposi-
tion politicians like Martelly,
:. '" ;fear that Haitian officials simply
don't want to take Celestin out
4 Yof the running.
../; Recently, the U.S. govern-
ment warned that Haiti's gov-
..t. 9 .ernment risks losing aid for
earthquake reconstruction if it
A youth throws a tire on a burning barricade by a campaign sign of presidential candidate Jude does not accept the OAS recom-
Celestin during protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday Dec. 8, 2010. mendations. The international

community has pledged billions
of dollars to Haiti for recon-
struction in the coming years.
"We urge the Provisional Elec-
toral Council to review and
implement the OAS report's
recommendations," said Su-
san Rice, the U.S. ambassador
to the United Nations said at
the U.N. recently. "Sustained
support from the internation-
al community, including the
United States, requires a cred-
ible process that represents the
will of the Haitian people, as ex-
pressed by their votes.'"
U.S. officials are also worried
about the impact on Haiti's vol-
atile electoral landscape of the
return of Duvalier, who showed
up in Haiti this week after 25
years in exile and recently ex-
pressed "deep sorrow" for "vic-
tims of my government." An
aide to the ex-dictator suggest-
ed he would like to take part in

elections, but that was quickly
denied by Duvalier's wife.
The return of Duvalier also
stoked speculation that another
former Haitian leader, firebrand
priest Jean Bertrand Aristide,
will also return from exile.
Ousted in a 2004 rebellion,
Aristide suggested this week he
would like to come back to Hai-
ti, where he retains a bastion of
Complicating matters, Pre-
val's term ends on Feb. 7. The
government argues that Haiti's
lawmakers have already agreed
to extend Preval's term to May
14, the date he actually took
power five years ago. But critics
say any attempt to stay beyond
his February date will be illegal
arid spark a constitutional cri-
"He cannot constitutionally
extend his term," said Gerard
Gourges, a Haitian lawyer.

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Women's empowerment conference returns

By Kaila Heard

On Saturday, January 29, the
Greater Miami Chapter of the
National Coalition of 100 Black
Women (NCBW) will be hosting
their fourth annual Women's
Empowerment Conference at
the Intercontinental Hotel in
This year's theme will be
"Women on the Move, Breaking
Barriers" and the conference
emphasizes physical and fiscal
Michele Paramore, president
of the Greater Miami chapter
of the National Coalition of 100
Black Women, said those areas
are of special concern for wom-
"Women as a whole don't take
care of themselves. We're al-

ways giving, to other people or
doing for other people," she ex-
plained. "What [NCBW] wants]
to bring to the table is that you
have to take care of you in order
to excel."
In addition to health issues,
the conference will focus on fi-
nances which can also affect a
person's well-being.
In light of the economy's slug-
gish recovery, Paramore felt
it was important that women
learn new approaches to fiscal
There will be panelists to dis-
cuss entrepreneurship, credit
counseling as well as budget-
ing, Paramore said.
From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., con-
ference attendants will hear
from several presenters includ-
ing Ren6e T. Fletcher, director
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Each year, the Women's Empowerment Conference focuses upon different issues relevant to women. At a previous conference, guest Wanda Gilbert took
Last year, Shondelle Soloman-Miles looked on asTralonda Triplette summarized ; advantage of the free screenings offered by
key points about maintaining good health.! i chiropractor, Dr. Javier Centurion's office.

Photos courtesy of the Greater Miami Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Photos courtesy of the Greater Miami Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women .'-



By Kaila Heard

Accountability has been
the buzz word in education
for the past few years. Nor-
mally, that term is applied
to teachers and schools to
figure out what and who is
working well and what is not.
However, that term might
soon be applied to a new en-
tity parents.
In the wake of growing crit-
icisms that parents should
also be held responsible for
their children's school suc-
cess or failures, State Rep.
Kelli Stargel, R-64, filed the
"Parental Involvement and
Accountability in the Public
Schools" bill on Jan. 18.
Stargel said she was in-
spired to create the bill after
teachers began approaching
her concerned with being
held accountable for poor
student performance.
"A lot of teachers came to
me and said, 'how can you
hold me accountable for stu-
dents that fall asleep in the
classroom," she said.
So, Stargel, a mother of
five, decided to find a way
to include parental involve-
ment, what she called the
"missing link" in the educa-
tion process. Hence, the cre-
ation of Bill HB 255.
The bill is meant to start a
standardized way of trans-
ferring information and tools

to parents of students and
to set standards for paren-
tal accountability. Parents
would receive marks on
various including their re-
sponse to requests for meet-
ings or communication, their
children's completion of
homework and preparation
for tests, children's absen-
tee and tardy rates and even
their child's "physical prepa-

ration for school" such as
having a good night's sleep
and appropriate meals. For
children who are in pre-K to
third grade, parents would
actually receive gradings in
four broad categories from
"satisfactory," "needs im-
provement" to "unsatisfac-
However, the bill does not
include any penalties for

parents' performances that
are deemed "unsatisfactory,"
a point that was intentional
according to Stargel.
"I do intend for this to be
a punitive for parents," she
said. "I think just having the
knowledge will be benefi-
Studies also show the
impact upon parental in-
volvement on school perfor-
mance. University of New
Hampshire showed that
schools would need to spend
much more money to equal
the positive benefit of paren-
tal involvement.
In a previously published
article, one of the studies
researchers Karin Smith
Conway said, "We found
that schools would need to
increase per-pupil spend-
ing by more than $1,000 in
order to achieve the same
results that are gained with
parental involvement."
The bill has a long way
ahead of it and it is unclear
if it will likely become an ac-
tual law.
For now, Stargel says that
she is open to any comments
or critiques of the bill, before
lawmakers decide how to
"I'm not about making
laws we don't need. If we
hear from a lot of teachers
that this is too cumbersome
than we will not [proceed],"
she said.


Special to the Miami Times

Thanks to the generosity of
the Miami City Ballet, 11 moth-
ers of children who receive
medical care at the Children's
Diagnostic & Treatment Cen-
ter (CDTC), attended the Miami
City Ballet's Program II at the
Broward Center for Perform-
ing Arts on Saturday, January
15. The plans for this spe-
cial evening began after CDTC
Transformer Karen Kintner of
Classical South Florida secured
a donation of tickets to the Mi-
ami City Ballet.
The Transformers, CDTC's
professionals networking group
which celebrates its one year
anniversary this month, identi-
fied "One Enchanted Evening"
to celebrate the extraordinary
mothers of CDTC's "Kids Wish
Heroes." Each "Hero" is a child
who has a special health care

need, such as Down Syndrome,
cardiac disease, cancer or other
serious condition, and has been
recognized for his or her cour-
age, in spite of their lifelong

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Reverend Keith Butler



Logos Baptist Church

welcomes all with

open arms

By Kaila Heard,

Reverend Keith Butler founded Logos Baptist Church four
years ago as an attempt to deliberately break with tradition.
From its location a ministry currently situated in a ware-
house district; to its activities which include a skating rink and
a cafe; to even his leadership which is marked by his candor
and honesty, the Hialeah church was never meant to provide
the typical worship experience.
"I wanted more than just a sanctuary. I wanted to have a
little mini city," said the 38-year-old minister.
Butler further explained, "Everything that you basically can
do out in the world, I believe the church can produce it in the
same way."
For instance, the skating rink which is used by the commu-
nity at large, plays popular music, not only gospel.
The belief that by attracting people to the church by any
means in order to evangelize to them is a popular one, but
Butler admits that there is a downside to this theory.
"The disadvantage to being open is that you have to deal with
a lot of different mentalities. Some are very selfish because
they don't know any better," the pastor said.
Nevertheless, he accepts any such conflicts as being part of
the package of a ministry that attempts to accept everyone,
regardless of their current sins or past mistakes.
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Shirley Caesar's improvising concert into rousing sermon

By Ben Ratliff

NEWARK "Dr. King's legacy
says to us, don't you throw in
the towel,' Shirley Caesar ad-
monished at about the 10th
minute of a short and brilliant
performance at the New Jer-
sey Performing Arts Center on
Thursday night. She was al-
ready in gear: her kind face had
set into fierce muscle. "Don't
you give up," she said. "Don't
you accept everything a doctor
says to you."
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It was a Martin Luther King's
Birthday program, dealing out
inspiration in heaps, and Cae-
sar, the great gospel singer who
is also a pastor at Mount Cal-
vary Word of Faith Church in

Raleigh, N.C., represented only
half of it.
She had been preceded by a
speech from Shavar Jeffries, a
Newark resident who overcame
tough straits to become a law
professor and president of the
Newark Public Schools Advi-

A gospel riffon

health, faith, living

and retribution.

sory Board. He spoke about
Dr. King's life and didn't mince
words about what we need his
courage to face. He used the
word crisis; he talked about do-
mestic violence, the economy,
housing, schools.

The audience had watched a

video of a Dr. King speech, a
version of his "street sweeper"
set piece: "If a man is called to
be a street sweeper, he should
sweep streets even as Michelan-
gelo painted:"
But back to Shirley Caesar.
"God made our bodiesssss," she.
said, drawing out that word like
a challenge. "I tell you, doi't
mess with me tonight. Get that
handkerchief for my feet!" One
of her four backup singers did
as instructed and waved it down
by her shoes. And Caesar an
intense, compact 72-year-old,
an extraordinary singer even
now, 44 years after she left the
Caravans, the Chicago gospel
group that made her famous -
started kicking, low and fast.
The band simmered without a
beat, and she introduced "You
Can Make It": "Just as long as
the Lord is on my side, I'm gon-
na make it." She waved her right

hand down by her hip, dismis-
sively, as if putting distractions
aside, or just saying, I got this.
"You find a lump in your breast,
you're gonna make it," she said.

Now she was singing: "Still I
believe would you believe,
Shirley Ann? that I'm gon-
na make it. When they said I
couldn't, I did."
The band was vamping now.
Caesar improvised a lot, in
phrasing and in text. She was
singing about improvising too,
about finding your own way
in health and faith, living and
retribution. The whole concert,
and the whole evening, really,
was a lesson in getting around
blockades: prejudices, debts,
bad marriages, health prob-
lems, loss of faith, the lip of the
Please turn to CAESAR 14B

Churches let us

pray on the Net

Supplicants can post requests

privately, chat

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

Need prayer power? Try the World Wide Web.
More than four in 10 Protestant churches with websites
now invite people to post pleas to the Lord on the main
church site so volunteers and staff can chime in on the
soulful call, according to a new survey.
It's the latest cyberspin on religious life, updating tra-
ditional prayer rooms and supplementing other familiar
prayer request paths such as e-mail or social networks.
"People today are accustomed to public sharing. Now,
churches are giving public sharing an eternal purpose,"
says Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Rescarcli, a Nash-
ville-based Christian research firm that surveyed 1,003
churches on use of technology.
Most (78 percent) had websites, including all the
churches with more than 500 members and more than
half of the smaller churches. That's up from 53 percent
overall in 2006.
Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay, says many "use
their website like a steeple in a small town" to point
people to the church, but offering prayer requests at the
website is rising fast in popularity.
One such site,
ministry, invites people: "Please pray with us for the
following prayer requests. You can add your own prayer
request by clicking on the 'Add Prayer Request' button."
People can post a prayer publicly, such as a recent
posting in which a teacher asked for spiritual help for
students badly hurt in a car accident. Or they can be
private, seen only by staff and the volunteer prayer team
at Mobberly Baptist Church.
The 2,500-member church in Longview, Texas, added
online prayer requests to its website six weeks ago.
Tammy Whitehurst, director of Mobberly's prayer min-
istry, says, "People need to be listened to online or by
any means. We always follow up, praying for them in our
church prayer room and sending them notes of encour-
"We had one request from a lady who lost her husband.
We have never seen her face. But we know from an e-mail
that these prayers confirmed to her how much God loves
her," she says.
Prayer room regular Cliff Desain, 80 and Internet-
savvy, gave Whitehurst the Web idea because, he says, "a
lot of us older folks can't drive so much, so we thought it
would be good if we could pray from home."
Other church sites keep Web-submitted prayer requests
private, as if you were clasping hands with a pastor or
volunteer in person.
Vince Marotte, Internet pastor for the non-denom-
inational, 5,000-member Gateway Church in Austin,
launched its website two years ago. It invites people to
submit a 400-character prayer (slightly less than three
Tweet-lengths), by first name only, at www.gateway-


Biblical girl names losing popularity

By Mark M. Gray

Pope Benedict XVI recently
encouraged Catholic parents
to consider a Christian name
(e.g., biblical or saint name) for
their children. The Social Secu-
rity Administration maintains a
website that tracks the names
given to children in America.
The most recent listings for the
top boy and girl names show
that Americans still tend to give
children biblical or saint names.
However, there are exceptions in
the top ten such as Jayden for
boys (#8) and Madison (#7) for
girls. The top name for boys in
2009 was Jacob and for girls it
was Isabella.
Where is Mary? Not in the top
ten. From 1910 to 1965 Mary
was either the #1 or #2 name
for girls in the U.S. In 2009, this
name dropped out of the top
100 for the first time (currently
#102). By comparison, Joseph
has remained consistently pop-
ular. Although at #16 in 2009
this is the lowest rank for Jo-
seph since 1910.
The names of Gospel authors
have historically been popular
boy names but there is consid-
erable variation over time. The
most consistently popular name
has been John which was in
the top ten from 1910 to 1972.
Currently John is ranked #26.
At the same time John exited

the top ten Matthew entered the
most popular group. Currently
Matthew is just outside the top
10 at #13.
Just as Mary has become
harder to find, Mark has also
fallen out of favor. Mark was a
top ten name from 1955 to 1970
but fell out of the top 100 in
2003 (currently #154). Luke has
had the biggest rise in popular-
ity since 1910 and it's not just a
"Star Wars" effect. In 1950 Luke
was the #511 boys name. It rose
to #222 in 1976 (a year before
the release of Star Wars). Luke
entered the top 100 in 1993 and
has remained there since (#48 in
For more on names, and spe-
cifically names given by Catho-
lic parents, see "Don't Call Me
Ishmael" by CARA researchers
Paul Perl and Jon Wiggins in the
Journal for the Scientific Study
of Religion. Here they found,
"worship attendance does in-
crease Catholics' likelihood of
choosing specific names that
are disproportionately common
within their tradition. This sug-
gests that committed Catholics
perceive certain names as 'Cath-
olic' and represents one instance
in which names do retain reli-
gious connotations for believers.
We are aware of no previous re-
search that has established such
a link between parental religious
commitment and naming" (p.

. / . '. .,

Pope Benedict XVI

209). They estimate that 50 per-
cent of females named Mary (or
Marie, Marion, Maria, Maryann,
etc.) in the United States were
raised Catholic (p.221). Females
with the following names were

least likely to have been raised
Catholic: Tamara or Tammy (14
percent), Shirley or Shirlene (15
percent), Bonnie (16 percent),
Brenda (16 percent), and Joyce
(18 percent) (p.222).

Schools, neighborhoods more integrated than churches

By Michelle Vu

A pastor-turned-professor ex-
poses the problem of segregation
in U.S. churches, pointing out
that only seven to eight percent
of American congregations are
This is unacceptable from
a biblical standpoint, stated
Soong-Chan Rah, author of
Many Colors: Cultural Intelli-
gence for a Changing Culture.
Churches, which are given the
image of a multicultural heaven,
need to lead in forming multi-
ethnic communities, he said.
But presently, schools and
neighborhoods in America are

more integrated than churches.
"We are not doing this multi-
cultural ministry simply because
it is a politically correct thing to
do," stressed Rah, who is the
Milton B. Engebretson associate
professor of church growth and
evangelism at North Park Theo-
logical Seminary in Chicago.
"We do this because we want to
see God at work in our church-
es," he said.
Rah who founded Cambridge
Community Fellowship Church,
a multiethnic, urban ministry-
focused church in Massachu-
setts pointed out that America
is going through the most. rapid
demographic shift in its history

and by 2050, white Americans
are expected to no longer com-
prise the majority of the popula-
Rah referred to the book Dif-
ficult Conversations by authors
Sheila Heen, Bruce Patton, and
Douglas Stone to help people
understand how to have better
conversations across cultural
lines. The point in a learning
conversation is not to argue who
is right, but to move towards
honoring the perception of both
Other advice Shah gave on
how to form a united multicul-
.tural church include: having
table fellowship, learn people's

stories and history, be as sensi-
tive as possible, and understand
the power dynamic at play in
people's culture.
"This (cultural intelligence) is
really a journey and we have a
long ways to go because we have
centuries of history where segre-
gation was the norm, and centu-
ries of justification why different
races and cultures and nation-
alities and ethnicities should be
separated," said Rah, who noted
that only within the last 10 to
20 years did churches say that
it was not the will of God to wor-
ship separately, that God's will
is for His people to worship to-

More than 800 churches participate in 21-day fasting

By Michelle Vu

More than 800 churches, in-
cluding some of the nation's
largest congregations, have
signed up to participate in a 21-
day prayer and fasting initiative
that began recently.
The Awakening initiative, led
by Pastor Stovall Weems of Cel-
ebration Church in Jackson-
ville, Fla., calls on Christians to
refocus and reconnect spiritu-
ally to God through 21 days of
prayer and fasting.
Weems explained that the
number 21 was chosen because
of its biblical significance,
pointing out that Daniel fasted

for 21 days. He also noted that
21 days is the time period that
psychologists and doctors say
is needed to start a new habit
and get rid of an old one.
"Fasting in the new covenant
is really celebrating the Holy
Spirit on the inside of you and
experiencing more of the pres-
ence of God in your life by con-
necting to God in a deeper way
and disconnecting from the
world," explained Weems to The
Christian Post.
"That's the power of. prayer
and fasting. Prayer connects us
to God and fasting disconnects
us from the world. It shuts
down the natural so the spiri-

tual can heat up."
Weems shared that he began
the practice of fasting after he
surrendered his life to Jesus
Christ at the age of 20. Some
of his friends in church at the

fastest growing church and
largest churches in the coun-
try, said he has found fasting
to be "a tremendous benefit" to
his walk with God, including
vibrancy and freshness in his

"... Prayer connects us to God and fasting discon-
nects us from the world. It shuts down the natural so
the spiritual can heat up."

time had fasted regularly and
that was how he also developed
the habit. The Florida pastor,
whose church is ranked on
Outreach Magazine's top 100

spiritual life.
What's the best fast?
Fasting can take many forms,
Weems explained, with the im-
portant part being finding one's

fasting zone. The fasting zone
is where one shuts down "the
man and heats up the spiri-
tual man." Some people like to
eat fruits and vegetables, while
others drink smoothies or only
The 21-day Awakening initia-
tive is only in its third year, but
has attracted the participation
of hundreds of churches. Last
year, more than 1,000 church-
cs, collectively representing 1
million people, participated in
the Awakening. Weems said the
initiative this year is on pace to
surpass the 2010 participation
"My heart is to help pastors,

leaders, and churches establish
a culture of prayer and fasting
in their churches. It is not just
like, 'Hey, let's fast for an event
or a certain thing to happen
or a revival in America,"' said
Weems. "It is more of a culture
of prayer and fasting where we
set out to seek God and make
this year the best year ever by
making it your best year spiri-
"If it's your best year spiritu-
ally, regardless of what chal-
lenges come on the outside, you
are going to have a great year."
The 21 days of prayer and
fasting began Jan. 10 and ends
Jan. 30.




God is still very good
I read a devotion today that ens wrote in his book, "A Tale
made me laugh; made me nod of Two Cities." Dickens wrote,

my head in agreement;
and made me give a
rousing AMEN! This
devotion also did some-
thing else for me it
reminded me of two
things I'm not the only
one going through, and -
God is still God, and He
is still in control (If I want and
allow Him to be). The writer of
the devotional said that 2010
did such a number on her
that she will be 'crawling' into
20111 Man, can I identify with
that! The writer also stated
that 2010 reminded her of a
line that author Charles Dick-

"It was the best of
times, and it was the
worst of times." Well,
I think that pretty
I much describes my
S 2010.
2010 brought such
'i revelation for me
personally. Mind-
sets that had been my friends
and constant companions for
years had to go. Attitudes had
to change. God showed me so
much about myself last year,
and some of it was not all that
pretty. Some spirits who had
lived with me for years were
finally evicted. I not only told

the spirit of fear and doubt to
leave I packed their bags and
put them outside the door! My
faith was challenged time and
time again. I lost so much
that I no longer feared losing
things because there was not
too much left for me to worry
about! It was indeed the best
of times and the worst of times
for me.
Second Corinthians Chap-
ter 4 really is a wound soother
when we encounter moments,
days, weeks, and even years,
like this. Read the entire chap-
ter, but my favorite verses are
8 and 9 : "We are hard pressed
on every side, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not aban-
doned; struck down, but not
destroyed." Is this the way that
you feel so much of the time -
hard pressed, perplexed, per-
secuted and struck down? I
had a good friend who was hav-
ing a year similar to mine, and
when I asked her one day how
she was doing, she replied joy-

fully, "Pat, I have no idea what
I am doing, but God is faith-
ful." Amen, Sister!
The last few verses of this
chapter remind us that it is not
over until God says it's over,
and as long as we are above
ground, among the living, and
still drawing breath it ain't
over! No matter how bad it
looks we are not crushed, not
in despair, not abandoned, and
certainly not destroyed. Yes,
the devil tried to take you
out. He's the devil, that's what
he does! That's his job, and
ours is to declare verse 18: "So
we fix our eyes not on what is
seen, but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is tempo-
rary, but what is unseen is
eternal." Even riches, gold, sil-
ver, good health, expensive cars
and homes are temporary. You
can't take them with you; but
eternal life in Jesus is forever
Remember dear readers,
even when things are very,
very bad; God is still very, very

Gospel artist gives moving concert performance

continued from 13B

Its centerpiece, a 30-minute
version of "Jesus, I Love Call-
ing Your Name," became a con-
cert in itself. "Nobody can tell
me that God isn't real," she be-
gan. "Nobody. I heard somebody
say that Atlas is holding up the
world. Don't they know that
somebody's holding up Atlas?"
She gestured for the band to
quiet down, and she called soft-
ly, pinching down her voice to a
rustle, only the first syllable au-

dible: "Je ..."
"Why is it that when you go af-
ter the enemy," she said, open-
ing her eyes and changing sub-
jects, "you turn on those loud
.sirens? You give him time to get
awayl What you have to do is
slip up on him."

She asked for the help of
two strong men, who lifted her
down into the audience. "We got
Saddam," she said. "Now we're
gonna go after been-lyin', been-
killin' bin Laden." She hustled

through the front rows, looking
under coats, lifting up scarves
and hats and crutches.
Then, moving aisle to aisle,
making the theater her house
and the audience her family,
she returned to topic A: "Jesus,
how I love calling your name;
every day your name is the
Slowly, audience members
came to her microphone to sing
a phrase: young, old, middle-
aged. Soon there were streams
of them. Some were great. When
they were, Caesar fell forward

on them, arms outstretched,
then stood aside and let them
take over. Some were terrible,
and she snatched the micro-
phone back.
Most were dressed up, turned
out. But when one excellent
and rumpled singer came up
to shout a few lines a short
woman in jeans and a dark pea-
coat Caesar first fell on her,
then positioned herself behind
her, and respectfully, intimate-
ly, as if with a daughter or a
niece, picked bits of lint off her

Logos Baptist Church: A place where people can be free

continued from 14B

"What makes [Logos] so suc-
cessful is that we accept that
we're people who are imper-
fect," he said.

Part of that acceptance stems
from Butler's attempts to un-
derstand why people behave in
certain ways. A firm believer in
the importance of mental health
counseling, Butler himself has
benefited from working with a
"I think the younger genera-
tion wants you to not just know
the story, but know the story
behind the story," he said.
For example, "what was it
about Jonah that God had to
use a whale to wake him up
what was he thinking?"
This is the style and message
that appeals to many people.
From the first service that be-
gan with about 19 people, the
following week there were near-
ly 70 who attended. Now the
church has a membership of
approximately 1200.

Logos Activity Center

*Skating Rink THE L.A.C.

Indoor Basketball
*Party Room

Logos Baptist Church, located at 16305 N.W. 48th Avenue
in Hialeah, includes a sanctuary and an activity center with an
indoor skating rink.

While a thriving ministry
is always welcomed, the new
found church's growth put un-
foreseen upon stresses upon
Butler and his father.
Currently in the process of
divorcing his wife of 10 years,
the father of two sons says he
is now able to look back and

understand that it was his con-
tinued dedication to the church
which hurt his relationship the
"I failed my family as a hus-
band and as a father because
I put my church and my com-
munity before my family and I
was absolutely wrong for that,"
he confessed.
While such candor may seem

unusual in a religious leader,
Butler sees it as mandatory for
his ministry.
"My people appreciate that
their pastor is so open. The
truth is that we are not always
Christ like all the time," he
Now living with his younger
son, Butler makes extra efforts
for quality family time.
He even credits his son with
helping keep adhere to the
straight and narrow.
"I can't be living a loose life-
style because I want him to see
a man and see what a man is,"
Butler said.
Not that he was ever lead-
ing a morally questionable life
before. But the minister of the
growing church is keenly aware
of how his actions might affect
the congregation.
He explained, "I'm not going
to give people ammunition to
destroy the ministry."
Meanwhile, Butler keeps
busy with the church. There is
a conference planned to teach
pastors how to turn their vi-
sions into reality, tentatively
scheduled to be held some time
in June.

Mothers of severely-ill children recognized and pampered

continued from 12B

their sons or daughters.
The mothers met at CDTC in
Fort Lauderdale, where they
were greeted by CDTC's very
own "Fairy Godmother," for-
mer Board Member and Lead-
ership Council Chair, Audrey
Millsaps. The mothers then
had their make-up done by
CDTC Transformer and profes-
sional make-up artist, Marga-
rethe Sorensen. The mothers
received corsages on behalf of
John Kalis, general manager
of Publix at The Harbor Shops,
before being whisked away in

a limo, courtesy of Associated
Limo and facilitated by Scott
Kaplan of Maroone Ford, for
their enchanted evening. After
a complimentary dinner pro-
vided by Truluck's, which was
facilitated by CDTC Trans-
former Keith Winn of Green
Profit Solutions, the mothers
attended the ballet.
"We are honored that these
wonderful, loving and beau-
tiful mothers who give so
much of themselves to their
children will be able to re-
lax this Saturday night and
enjoy a Miami City Ballet per-
formance for the first time in
their lives," said Edward Vil-

lella, founding artistic direc-
tor and CEO of Miami City
Ballet. "We welcome them and
thank them for all of their
hard work, dedication and
"We are so grateful for the
kindness of the Miami City
Ballet, Truluck's restau-
rant, and Associated Limo
for allowing our mothers to
be part of this amazing ex-
perience and for the CDTC
Transformers making this
entire evening possible," said
Dr. Ana Calderon, assistant
administrator of CDTC.
CDTC Transformers is a
group of networking profes-

sionals in the South Florida
community who serve as ad-
vocates for Children's Diag-
nostic & Treatment Center.
Formed in January 2010, this
group has grown to over 70
members who participate in
fundraising efforts and raise
awareness for the Center.
Transformers enjoy invita-
tions to four exclusive net-
working receptions a year.
The Children's Diagnostic
& Treatment Center (CDTC)
is a not-for-profit organiza-
tion that serves more than
10,000 children with special
health care needs in Broward

Women's Empowerment Conference focuses on different issues

continued from 12B

of Risk Management at North-
west Medical Center; Shondelle
Solomon-Miles, founder of
Synergizel; Christina Austin-
Valere, Ph.D, LCSW; DeAnna
Stinson, CPA; CEO of Woman
of Excellence (WOE); and Sha-
ron Ritchie-Brown, VP/Branch
Administrator at University
Credit Union.
For Ritchie-Brown, being a
panelist offers her the perfect

opportunity to discuss ways to
help women get fiscal control
of their lives.
One of the first bits of advice
she offers is to prioritize needs
over wants.
"What you find is a lot of peo-
ple who when the come into
the office, they are dressed to
the nines...but their credit is
abysmal," she said. "If you buy
a purse for $500, then make
sure that you have some cash
to put in there."
"Living within your means,"

in other words being able to
not use your savings or cred-
it to pay regular bills, is the
advice that experts such ,as
Ritchie-Brown believe is the
best way for people to handle
their finances.
"If you save and live within
your means, you're going to
be able to buy whatever you
want," she said.
The event will also honor lo-
cal women and organizations
including Commissioner Bar-
bara Jordan and Fanm Ay-

isyen Nan Miyami (FANM) for
their dedication and service to
the community.
A portion of the proceeds will
be given to support two Haitian
families that were transplant-
ed to South Florida after the
earthquake, said Paramore.
Registration for the confer-
ence is $35 in advance and
$40 at the door. For tickets
or general information about
sponsorship, call 1-800-658-
1292 or email conference@


The Union of Black Epis-
copalians cordially invites you
to join in the service and lun-
cheon on Saturday, February
12, 2011 at the Church of the
Incarnation at 10 a.m. For tick-
ets, see Janelle Hall or Flora

The Beautiful Gate Can-.
cer Support and Resource
Center invites all men to their
breast cancer support group
meetings to help save the wom-
en in their lives on Feb. 3 at
the Silver Blue Lakes Mission-
ary Baptist Church from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m.; Feb. 5 at the House
of Prayer Missionary Baptist
Church from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
and on Feb. 10 at the Austin
Hepburn Center from 6 p.m. to
8 p.m. at 305-758-3412.

Bible Missionary Baptist
Church is celebrating its 38th
Church Anniversary Feb. 7 11
at 11 a.m. 305-836-7644.

Bethany Seventh Day Ad-
ventist invites you to a week-
end of spiritual inspiration on
Feb. 19 that includes an after-
noon musical extravaganza and
a session where students can
meet representatives from Oak-
wood University.

N Antioch Missionary Bap-
tist Church of Brownsville is
celebrating its 100th Anniver-
sary on Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. 305-

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Ministry invites the
community to their first minis-
try anniversary. 786-704-5216
or 954-213-4332.

Lively Stones for Jesus
Ministries, Inc. is hosting a
special guest speaker on Feb.
9 10 at 7:30 p.m. 954-685-

B Running for Jesus Youth
Ministry celebrates its one year
host preacher 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-

True Love Waits campaign still popular

By Don Beehler

From April to October 2010,
more than 70,000 young people
in Africa committed to Biblical
purity through True Love Waits
International, bringing the total
number of commitments to more
than 959,000 since LifeWay
Christian Resources launched
its strategic initiative there in
summer 2007.
During that three-and-a-half-
year period, more than 1.6 mil-
lion African youth heard the True
Love Waits message promoting
sexual abstinence until mar-
riage. In addition, nearly 46,000
married adults have committed
to faithfulness, and more than
41,600 decisions to follow Jesus
Christ have been recorded by
True Love Waits team members.
In the Philippines, whichjoined
True Love Waits International in
2009, nearly 22,000 students
signed commitment cards last
year after going through train-
ing, with plans in place for ag-
gressively expanding outreach to

Filipino youth between ages 15
to 24 beginning this year.
"We are very close to having 1
million young people in Africa
make documented commitments
to Biblical purity through this
initiative, which will be an in-
credible milestone," said Jimmy
Hester, co-founder of True Love
"In a continent ravaged by
AIDS, these African commit-
ments literally have life-and-
death consequences. We also are
encouraged by the vital work be-
ing done throughout the Philip-

Revival at

Faith Mission
Faith Mission Church will be
in revival 7:30 p.m., January
26-28th. The church is located
at 4213 NW 17th Avenue. The
speaker will be Prophet Hunt.
For more information, call
Deacon Ricky Stewart at 305-

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Victory in Life Miracles
Ministries, Inc. presents a
Women's Revival Service 11
a.m., 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 Miami Northwestern class
of 6t5 on Jan. 30. 305-635-867.

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

0 Come along and join Saint
Cecelia's chapter of Saint
Agnes Episcopal Church on
Thursday, May 26-30, 2011 to
Atlanta, Georgia and Shorter,
Alabama. If interested sign up
with Betty Blue, Florence Mon-
cur and Louise Cromartie. 305-

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

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church offers fish din-
ners every Friday and Saturday
and noonday prayers every Sat-
urday. 305-793-7388 or 305-

The True Word of the
Holiness Church invites you
to attend worship services on
Thursday nights at 8 p.m. and
Sunday at 10 a.m. 305-681-

Christ The King AOCC
Church in Miami Gardens cor-
dially invites you to Bible study
class to be held on the first and
third Mondays from 6 -7 p.m.
305-621-1513 or 305-621-
6697. Liz Bain, 305-621-1512.

0 New Beginning Church of
Deliverance of All Nations will
meet with pregnant teens at 6
p.m., every Wednesday. 786-
291-3939 or 305-321-8630.





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By Carolina A. Miranda

Your child's ability to read will be
tied to language development that be,-
gins at birth. So it's never too earl',
to encourage good language habits.
A panel of experts offers nine tips
for getting your baby hooked on the
power of words--even now.

"There are two major predictors of
later reading," explains Maryanne
Wolf, Ed.D., a cognitive neuroscien-
tist at Tufts University and author
of Proust and the Squid: The S.orv
and Science of the Reading Brain.
"How much a child is spoken to and
how often the child is read to."
Fahey, Ph.D., early literacy and
research specialist at the national
pediatric literacy group Reach Out
and Read, encourages parents to
read to their babies five to 10 min-
utes every day. Baby books, natural-
ly, are a great place to start, though

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Jean Ciborowski Fahey, Ph.D., is a pro at getting families to read together
as the early literacy and research specialist at the national pediatric lit-
eracy group Reach Out and Read. Here are her picks for must-have books:

* From Head to Toe by Eric Carle When your tot can't help but wriggle,
the animals stomp, kick and wave, asking "Can you do it?" It's an excellent
tool for teaching vocabulary in an active way.

* Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown This 1947 classic has gentle
rhymes that soothe babies to sleep.
Bonus: The illustrations will keep them entertained well into toddlerhood.

* Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. Repeating
a similar sentence structure-"Blue horse, blue horse, what do you see? I
see a green frog looking at me"-allows toddlers to pipe in once they've
memorized its cadence.

* Tickle Tickle by Helen Oxenbury Bright illustrations and fun words
("scrub-a-dub") make story time entertaining and playful.

reading The Financial Times out loud
is fine in the first six months of life

Mother Goose has been around
for centuries for a reason. From the
start, read books that have rhym-
ing words and phrases. You can
also make rhymes part of everyday
activities. "All of this reinforces the
rhythm of language," explains Wolf.

Even if all your baby does is chew
on the pages, she is beginning to de-
velop an understanding of what a
book is and how it operates.
BONUS TIP: You can help culti-
vate baby's interest in books (as
something other than a chew toy) by
choosing ones that capture her at-
tention, says Megan Riede, senior
director of education programs for

I Knowledge Learning
Corp., a national ear-
ly childhood educa-
tion provider. "Board books, pop-up
books. Your child will want to see
these again and again."

This will make him feel nurtured,
associating reading with pleasurable
experiences, says Wolf. It also allows
baby to see the book as it's read, and
soon, they'll understand that what
you are saying is connected to the
symbols on the page."

Once a child begins to speak, ex-
pand on what she is saying. "If
they're saying 'da' and pointing at
the dog, say, 'Yes, that's the dog,"'
instructs Riede. If the child says
"ball," follow up with, "That's a blue
ball." "You'll be giving them additional
language for their verbal bank," she

"Keep books on a shelf where
toddlers can reach and choose," says
Ciborowski Fahey--even if all they're
doing is playing with them. "It creates
a positive attitude toward reading."

Want good readers? Make sure
they see you reading--for yourself. It
doesn't really matter if it's a maga-
zine, a cookbook or a trashy novel.

Most kids learn to read by 5, others
at 6 or 7. Be cautious of educational
systems that purport to teach reading
prior to this time. "It's physiological,"
says Wolf. "The brain's parts are not
yet integrated enough to pull every-
thirig together'untfil age 5g' S7

The best thing a parent can do is
make reading a joyful experience. Be
silly, make up nonsense rhymes, play
word games and sing songs.

Broward schools need to market How to protect your child's DroDertv at school

themselves, school board advises

By Cara Fitzpatrick

To combat the growing popularity of charter schools and
voucher programs, Broward schools need to pump up their mar-
keting efforts, School Board members said recently.
This year, the district lost more than 20,000 students to char-
ter schools and nearly 5,000 to voucher programs. The district
gets money for each student it serves, and more of them are
looking at options outside the public schools, district staff said.
Charter school enrollment is projected to increase 10 percent a
year in Broward, staff said.
"We need to know what hinders us from being competitive,"
said board member Patricia Good.
Board members said they need to market such programs as
their two Montessori schools and magnets in subjects such as
aviation, architecture, environmental science and international
Charter schools are privately run, but use public money.
Voucher programs provide tax dollars to poor or disabled chil-
dren to attend private school.

When swear words slip out

By Joanna Nesbit

Your son comes bounding
off the school bus and drops
the F-bomb. What's up with
that? Kids this age--and espe-
cially boys often curse to fit
in or boast, says psychologist
Timothy Jay, Ph.D., author of
What to Do When Your Kids
Talk Dirty. It gives them so-
cial currency. Your response:

You never know what quali-
fies as swearing. Stephani
Zerbst of Bellingham, WA, re-
calls her kid telling her that
someone used the "c" word.
She could only think of one
bad "c" word, but that wasn't
it. He meant "crap."

Getting angry only reinforc-
es the power of profanity. In-
stead, look for the motivation

behind the behavior, Jay rec-
ommends. Is he trying to be
cool? Funny? Suggest alter-
natives to help him out, like
"Oh, snap."

Kids don't understand why
swear words are so loaded.
Explain simply: "That's a not-
nice word for sex," if your
child is ready for that, or
"That word offends people.
Think about how you're mak-
ing others feel."

Try a swearing jar. Have
him--better yet, all family
members--deposit a quarter,
marble, or rock for every in-
fraction. After, say, five depos-
its, he'll lose video-game or TV
time. Odgis are he'll likely de-
cide swearing isn't worth it (at
least around you).

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By Jacqueline Bodnar

Each day our children head
out the door and go to school
equipped with expensive
backpacks, clothing, books
and other items.
The last thing they think
will happen is that someone
will steal or intentionally dam-
age those belongings while
they are on school property.
After all, the school is filled
with teachers, hall monitors,
staff and students. Yet ac-
cording to the Center for Dis-
ease Control (CDC), damage
and theft of personal property
happens at school more often
than we realize.
"Nationwide, 29.8 percent
of students had their property
stolen or deliberately dam-
aged on school property one
or more times during the 12
months preceding the survey,"
the CDC reports. That's al-
most a third of students who

face having their personal
belongings stolen or purposely
damaged on school property
each year. Not only is this ex-
pensive for parents, it is also
distressing to the child.

There is no sure-fire way to
make sure that your child is
not the victim of fast hands,
but there are steps you and
your child can take to reduce.
the chances.
If an expensive item is
needed for something after
school, make sure your child
knows he shouldn't let oth-
ers know he has it with him.
Never leave valuables unat-
tended, whether in an un-
locked locker, in the corner of
a classroom or at the lunch
table while going back for
Most often the property
targeted at school are books,
cell phones, jewelry, back-

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packs, expensive electronic
equipment and cash. Elec-
tronic items should be left at
home because they are small,
valuable and easily broken or
stolen. It's also against school
policy for students to play
hand-held games or listen to
iPods in class. If students are
going to be carrying money
or other valuable items with
them to school, they should
make an effort to not flash
them around to other stu-

1. Leave valuables at home.
2. Have a strong lock and
don't share or give out the
combination. 3. Don't leave
property unattended or en-
trusted to others. 4. Avoid
flaunting valuable property.
5. Be aware of belongings and

Have you or someone you know

dropped out, or are you struggling

in a traditional high school?

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CDC: Save yourself a lot of pain and get shingles vaccine

Adults over 60 cut risk by 55 percent W n dd w s
When did we start vaccinating
By Janice Lloyd and co-written by the CDC, for chickenpox?
shows the vaccine reduces by ________

Everyone over 60 should be
vaccinated against shingles, the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention recommends in a re-
port recently.
Nearly one out of three people
in the USA will develop shin-
gles, a painful and potentially
serious condition also known
as herpes zoster, the CDC says.
Yet only 10 percent of those 60
and older the group most at
risk for shingles got the vac-
cine (Zostavax) in 2009.
A Kaiser Permanente study
of 300,000 patients, reported
Tuesday by the Journal of the
American, Medical Association

55 percent the risk of develop-
ing shingles, which afflicts more
than 1 million people a year.
"We suggest clinicians follow
the CDC's recommendation to
talk to their patients about the
vaccine," says study co-author
Hung Fu Tseng, a Kaiser Per-
manente research scientist.
The CDC made a similar rec-
ommendation after a smaller
study of the vaccine was com-
pleted in 2006, but it appears
few people got the word.
Not all insurance or Medicare
plans cover the $150-$300 cost,
which may be the reason so few
get it, the CDC suggests in an-

Vacclnating lor chiclenpo rhe .sarne .inru:, thai ,a u_.,e in-
gles, did not become pre.alent in the USA until the mid-1990s.

Why does that matter in the

case of shingles?

Only lson-eone wholr has had chicker'np- Cn gl riingl,-':
all those older adults, Baby Boomers and generations that did
not get the chickenpox vaccine need to know about shingles.
Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. How-
ever, a person with shingles can transmit the virus (through
direct contact with the rash or blisters) to someone who has
never had chickenpox. That person will develop chickenpox,
not shingles according to the CDC.

other report due next month.
And not all doctors keep the
vaccine on hand because it has
to be frozen until minutes be-
fore it's administered.
Adults who had chickenpox as
a child are at risk for shingles,
which is caused by the same
virus. It starts as a numbness,
tingling or itching and develops
into a rash. The rash eventually
blisters and can sometimes lead
to a painful condition known as
post-herpetic neuralgia. In se-
vere cases, the virus can also
affect the eyes and cause blind-
Spreading the word to the 77
million Baby Boomers the first
of whom will turn 65 this year -
is crucial, says Juanita Watts, a
Kaiser Permanente family care
physician near San Diego.

"This virus can make people
not want to be hugged or lie on
the sheet even," she says. "It
can be excruciating.
"We have to do a better job of
increasing the knowledge out
there about the vaccine."
After watching two co-workers
suffer from shingles this year,
Jane Adrian of Los Angeles got
the vaccine.
"I saw how painful it was,"
says Adrian, 61. "Both of my
co-workers said if you can get
the vaccination, get it. They still
had the nerve pain for months."
The vaccine is not
recommended for children,
women who are pregnant, those
with HIV or AIDS, or people who
are allergic to gelatin.
It is not necessary to know if
Please turn to SHINGLES 18B

Pregnant women

rife with chemicals

By Liz Szabo

Pregnant women take elaborate steps to protect their
babies' health, following doctors' orders to avoid al-
cohol, caffeine, tobacco even soft cheeses and deli
In spite of these efforts, a new study shows the typi-
cal pregnant woman has dozens of potentially toxic or
even cancer-causing chemicals in her body includ-
ing ingredients found in flame retardants and rocket
Almost all 268 women studied had detectable levels
of eight types of chemicals in their blood or urine, finds
the study, published in Environmental Health Perspec-
tives. It analyzed data from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). These chemicals in-
clude certain pesticides, flame retardants, PFCs used
in non-stick cookware, phthalates (in many fragrances
and plastics), pollution from car exhaust, perchlorate
(in rocket fuel) and PCBs, toxic industrial chemicals

A new study finds pregnant women's bodies are
contaminated with dozens of toxic chemicals.

Perchlorate (ingredient in rocket fuel)


BPA (used in plastics)





Cadmium (toxic heavy metal)
[........ --- 66%

DDT (banned pesticide)
Source: Environmental health Perspectives

banned in 1979 that persist in the environment.
Many of these chemicals pass through the placenta
and can concentrate in the fetus, says lead author
Tracey Woodruff, director of the University of Califor-
nia-San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and
Other researchers have discovered some of these
chemicals in babies' umbilical cords, Woodruff says.
Some of the chemicals detected in the study have
been linked to health problems in other studies.
For example, the Food and Drug Administration has
expressed "some concern" that BPA an estrogen-like
ingredient in plastic found in 96 percent of pregnant
women affects the development of the brain, pros-
tate and behavior in children exposed both before and
after birth. Lead and mercury are known to cause brain
The study tested for 163 chemicals. So, as disturb-
ing as the findings are, the study may actually under-,
estimate the number of chemicals circulating through
women's bodies, says Sarah Janssen, a senior scientist
with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advo-
cacy group. She's concerned that some of these chemi-
cals may act together to cause more damage than they
would alone.
The American Chemistry Council, an industry group,
says the findings aren't a cause for concern.
"As part of daily life, our bodies naturally absorb or-
ganic and man-made chemicals from our environments,
and analytical advances now allow researchers to mea-
sure exceedingly minute traces of such substances,"
spokesman Scott Jensen says. Even the CDC notes that
the "mere presence of a chemical in the body does not
mean that it will cause effects or disease," he says.
Woodruff says she doesn't want to scare pregnant
women but Congress may need to pass tougher envi-
ronmental laws to reduce their exposure.
The study should be a "call to action" to overhaul the
main law that regulates chemicals, the Toxic Substanc-
es Control Act, which hasn't been updated since 1976,
says Andy Igrejas, national campaign director of Safer
Chemicals, Healthy Families, an advocacy group. Bills
to update that law were introduced last year in both
houses of Congress.

Gene test finds disease risk in parents


By Maggie Fox

for genetic mutations in parents
might help prevent conception
of babies with deadly inherited
diseases, U.S. researchers re-
ported recently.
The test the brainchild of
a biotech CEO whose young
daughter has a deadly and in-
curable genetic disease can
detect more than 500 recessive
genetic diseases before a child
is even a twinkle in the parents'
And in developing the test,
the researchers found that peo-
ple may have an average of two
to three recessive genetic muta-
tions that, with bad luck, could
give their children one of the
"The test was designed to
check for carrier status -
whether a person's genome has
a copy of one of 448 diseases
that cause catastrophic child-
hood disease," said Stephen
Kingsmore of the National Cen-
ter for Genome Resources in
Santa Fe, New Mexico.

FDA probing

seizures reported

after flu shot

By Lisa Richwine

health officials are investi-
gating a rise in reports of a
type of seizure following vac-
cination with a Sanofi-Aven-
tis SA flu vaccine, the Food
and Drug Administration
said recently.
The febrile seizures, or sei-
zures related to a fever, have
primarily been reported in
children younger than two,
the FDA said in a statement
on its website.
The FDA said 42 cases of
febrile seizures had been re-
ported as of Dec. 13 and it
and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention were
investigating if they could
have been caused by the
vaccine, called Fluzone, or if
other factors were involved,
the FDA said.
Having a fever can cause
a seizure in some children.
About four percent of young
children will have at least
one febrile seizure in their
lifetimes, the FDA said.
"In the cases reported, all
children recovered and no
lasting effects have been
seen," the FDA said.
An FDA spokeswoman
said 36 of the cases reported
to its vaccine adverse event
reporting system were in ba-
bies and toddlers aged six
months to two years, with 10
serious cases. She said 38 of
the febrile seizures occurred
within a day of getting Flu-
Experts stress that just
because something happens
soon after receiving a vac-
cine, it does not necessarily
mean the vaccine was the
The FDA spokeswoman
said the vaccine surveillance
system did not detect extra
reports of febrile seizures
Please turn to FLU 18B

for the study. He said the team
will use Illumina's test to fur-
ther develop the product.
Most U.S. newborns get test-
ed at birth for a range of genetic
diseases such as the metabol-
In deelopng th tes, th

"The diseases are recessively
inherited, which means both
parents have to be carriers. If
this is the case, they have a one
in four chance of having an af-
fected child," added Kingsmore,
whose findings are reported in
the journal Science Transla-
tional Medicine.
Kingsmore said two compa-
. nies~t g S gne sequenc-
ers Life Technologies Corp
and Illuliiiff~i'1 tbhated testing

ic disorder phenylketonuria,
which can cause brain dam-
age unless the child sticks to a
strict diet for life.
And there are tests that
adults can take for recessive
diseases such as cystic fibrosis
and Tay-Sachs disease. If both
parents turn out to be carriers,
they can use lab techniques
to conceive and test embryos,
choose adoption or other meth-
ods to avoid having an affected
"Tay Sachs that disease
has almost been eradicated by

this type of carrier test," Kings-
more said.
But there are hundreds of
other diseases that are not
tested for and that most people
have no idea whether they car-
ry a gene mutation that could
put their children at risk.
This happened to Craig and
Charlotte Benson of Austin,
Texas, whose daughter Chris-
tiane has Batten disease.
Batten disease is a nerve
disorder that causes seizures,
blindness and eventually in-
capacitates a child, and kills
by the late teens or early 20s.
There is no cure.
Craig Benson, CEO of Rules-
Based Medicine Inc., founded
a charity (www.beyondbatten.
org) and asked Kingsmore's
team to develop a test.
"It is working extremely well
in a research setting," Kings-
more said. "It shows that their
dream, their vision of having a
test that had the potential to
eradicate dangerous genetic
childhood diseases, is probably
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Exercise may

help soothe

irritable bowels

people with irritable
bowel syndrome
may be able to
find some relief
by getting regular
exercise, a small
clinical trial suggests.
The study, of 102 adults with
the disorder, found that those
who were told to get some more
exercise had better odds of see-
ing improvements in problems
like cramps, bloating, constipa-
tion and diarrhea.
After three months, 43 per-
cent of the exercisers showed
a "clinically significant" im-
provement in their symptoms
- meaning it was making a
difference in their daily lives.
That compared with a quarter
of the participants who main-
tained their normal lifestyle.
For people who are currently
less-than-active, even a moder-
ate increase in exercise may
curb irritable bowel symptoms,
according to senior researcher
Dr. Riadh Sadik, of the Univer-
sity of Gothenburg in Sweden.
In an email, Sadik said the
researchers had told those in
the exercise group to get 20
to 60 minutes of moderate-to-
vigorous exercise like brisk
walking or biking on three to
five days out of the week.
That's a level that is gen-
erally safe and achievable,
Sadik'said. On top of that, the

researcher added, "it will also
improve your general health."
About 15 percent of Ameri-
cans have irritable bowel syn-
drome, or IBS, which causes
bouts of abdominal cramps,
bloating and diarrhea or con-
It is different ir.r in nflam-
matory bowel di-sea-.. hic:h
includes two digest'.,- dls-
eases ulcerativ. e -D i r i z, nd'
Crohn's disease rtht are
believed to invol' rii
immune system reaction in the
The exact cause of IBS is
unknown, but people with the
condition often find that they
have certain symptom "trig-
gers," such as particular foods,
larger-than-normnal meals or
emotional stress
The typical treatment in-
cludes diet changes, as well as
anti-diarrheal medication and.
for constipation. .laxariues or
fiber supplements There s also
some evidence that beha- oral
therapy and strs-: s-red LIC i,1
tactics help sorme p -:ple
According to -aJdik. exern se-
may be helpful f:.r several rea-
sons. Past studies have shown
that it can get things moving
along in the gut, relieving gas
and constipation. rigorousu s
exercise, however, m-ay worsen
bouts of diarrhea.)
Regular exercise may also

have a positive influence'on the ner-
vous and hormonal systems that act
on the digestive tract.
None of the participants in the
new study, reported in the American
Journal of Gastroenterology, were
regularly active at the outset.

Michelle Obama partners with

Wal-Mart in war against obesity

By Mary Clare Jalonick
Associated Press

WASHINGTON Wal-Mart, the nation's
largest grocer, says it will reformulate
thousands of products to make them
healthier and push its suppliers to do the
same, joining first lady Michelle Obama's
effort to combat childhood obesity.
The first lady accompanied Wal-
Mart (WMT) executives recently as they
announced the effort in Washington. The
' company plans to reduce sodium and
added sugars in some items, build stores
in poor areas that don't already have
grocery stores, reduce prices on produce
and develop a logo for healthier items.
"No family should have to choose
between food that is healthier for them
and food they can afford," said Bill Simon,
president and CEO of Wal-Mart's U.S.
As the largest grocer in the United
States, Wal-Mart's size gives it unique

power to shape what people eat. The
grocery business is nearly twice the size
of No. 2 competitor Kroger. The company
also has massive influence on products
made by other manufacturers and sold at
the store.
Michelle Obama said the announcement
has "the potential to transform the
marketplace and help Americans put
healthier foods on their tables every
single day."
"We are really gaining some momentum
on this issue, we're beginning to see
things move," she said.
Wal-Mart plans to reduce sodium by a
quarter and cut added sugars in some of
its private label products by 2015. It also
plans to remove remaining industrially
produced trans fats.
A number of food makers have made
similar moves, lowering sodium in their
products based on shopper demand and
increasing scrutiny by health groups.
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... the same day the House
of Representatives is expected ,
to begin considering a Repub-
lican bill to repeal President
Barack Obama's healthcare




WASHINGTON As many as 129 million Americans
under age 65 have medical problems putting them at risk
of being rejected by insurance companies or having to pay
more for coverage, according to a U.S. government study
reported by the Washington Post recently.
The Department of Health and Human Services is
scheduled to release the study, the Post said, the same
day the House of Representatives is expected to begin
considering a Republican bill to repeal President Barack
Obama's healthcare overall.
The report is part of the Obama administration's effort
to convince the public of the advantages of the law, which
contains insurance protections for people with pre-exist-
ing medical conditions.
"Americans living with pre-existing conditions are being
freed from discrimination in order to get the health cover-
age they need," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in
a statement, the Post reported.
The study found that one-fifth to one-half of non-elderly
people in the United States have conditions that trig-
ger rejection or higher prices in the individual insurance
market, the Post said. They range from cancer to chronic
illnesses such as heart disease, asthma and high blood
A Republican House aide, speaking on condition of
anonymity because the report was not yet public, told
the Post: "When a new analysis is released on the eve of
a vote in Congress, it's hard to view it as anything but
politics and public relations."
The repeal vote would fulfill a campaign promise of
Republicans who won control of the House in November
elections. But the measure will likely die in the Senate,
where Democrats held on to their majority.

Is race a factor

in obesity


Obese Black patients receive less weight
reduction and exercise advice from doctors
than obese white patients, a new study finds.
The researchers at the Johns Hopkins
University Bloomberg School of Public Health
also said they were surprised to find that
white patients treated by Black doctors were
still more likely to receive weight and exercise
counseling than Black patients treated by
Black doctors.
"Our findings could be due to a number of
factors such as negative physician perspec-
tives towards Black patients or a lack of
sensitivity to the underlying levels of obesity
risk for Black patients as compared to white
patients," study author Sara Bleich, an as-
sistant professor in the Department of Health
Policy and Management, said in a university
news release.
For this study, the researchers analyzed
national data from 2,231 visits of Black and
white obese patients to their doctors. The
findings appear in the January online issue
of the journal Obesity.
"Previous studies have shown disparities
in the proportion of Black obese adults in-
formed by physicians that they were over-
weight compared to white obese patients. We
now also see that Black patients are receiving
different medical counseling as well," senior
author Dr. Lisa Cooper, a professor in the De-
partment of Epidemiology and Health, Policy
and Management, said in the news release.
"Further research is needed to understand
how to improve obese patient counseling,
particularly among the Black population,"
Cooper added.
In the United States, Blacks have a much
higher rate of obesity than other races, which
puts them at increased risk for a number of
chronic conditions such as diabetes, high
blood pressure and heart disease.

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Behind the health care repeal vote

By Rachel Rose Hartman

Virtually no one expects a
recent health care repeal vote
to erase last year's health
care overhaul from the books,
but the vote and the chatter
surrounding it are part of the
Republicans' plan.
House members are vot-
ing Wednesday on whether
to repeal "Obamacare," the
Affordable Care Act, which
President Obama signed into
law in March. The House's
new Republican majority will
probably approve the mea-
sure (especially if the Jan. 7
procedural vote of 236-181
is any indication). But the
bill's formal trajectory pretty
much ends there -- though
GOP leaders hope its political
half-life will extend into the
2012 election cycle.
Democrats still hold a Sen-
ate majority and vow to block
repeal. They hail the legisla-
tion as one of their major leg-
islative accomplishments.
"If House Republicans move
forward with a repeal of the
health care law that threat-
ens consumer benefits like
the 'donut hole' fix, we will
block it in the Senate," Demo-
cratic leaders wrote in a Jan.
3 letter to House Speaker
John Boehner (R-Ohio). "This
proposal deserves a chance
to work. It is too important to
be treated as collateral dam-
age in a partisan mission to
repeal health care."
And even if the measure
does pass the Senate, the
president has veto power

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa speaks during a news confer-
ence on Capitol Hill in Washington,Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011,
after accepting delivery of signed petitions demanding the
repeal of 'ObamaCare'.

-- which is why Democrats
dismiss the repeal vote as
"nothing more than partisan
grandstanding," in the words
of Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid.
Republicans plan to con-
tinue mining anti-reform
sentiment to motivate the
conservative base. Wednes-
day's vote sends a message
to voters that Republicans
are working to make good
on their campaign promis-
es to repeal the health- care
overhaul, cut spending and

shrink the size of govern-
"I just think it's time to
listen to the American peo-
ple and to do this the right
way," Boehner told reporters
recently. "Congress can do
better in terms of replacing
Obamacare with common-
sense reform that will bring
down the cost of health in-
surance and expand access
for more Americans."
The vote gives Republicans
a high-profile platform to ar-
gue against health care re-

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form, both on the House floor
and in the media at large.
Members this week held ral-
lies with tea party members
in the shadow of the Capi-
tol; staged news conferences
featuring pro-repeal banners
and signs; and joined forces
with special interest groups,
grassroots organization and
other outside groups to pub-
licize the pro-repeal cause.
The name used to mark the
bill is another vehicle for the
GOP message. Republicans
first labeled H.R. 2 the "Re-

"I'm willing and eager to
work with both Democrats
and Republicans to improve
the Affordable Care Act."
pealing the Job-Killing Health
Care Law Act" (they say the
health care law would result
in the loss of 650,000 jobs if
it is permitted to stand). After
the shooting in Tucson, Ariz.
- which delayed the vote,
originally scheduled for Jan.
12 Boehner began using
different language like "job-
crushing" or "job-destroying"
rather than "job-killing" to
describe the measure.
Democrats dispute the
claims that the law will elimi-
nate jobs, and party leaders
have spent this week high-
lighting how they say a repeal
would immediately degrade
the quality of coverage and
Please turn to HEALTH 19B

Kids keep slim with enough bed rest

By Nanci Helimich

Parents, here's another
good reason to make sure
your kids get enough shut-
eye: Children who get suffi-
cient sleep are less likely to
be obese, a new study shows.
Other research shows sleep
affects kids' academic perfor-
mance, mood and attention
For the latest study, sci-
entists at the Universit' of
Chicago and the University of
Louisville compared the sleep
patterns of308 children, ages
4-10, with their body mass
index, a number that consid-
ers height and weight. The
children wore special wrist-
band devices for a week to
track the amount they slept.
Some of the kids had blood
%work done to look at their
glucose, insulin, triglycerides
and cholesterol levels, which
are markers for the risk of
type 2 diabetes and .future

cardiovascular disease.
The study, out online today
in Pediatrics, shows:
Kids slept an average of
eight hours a night. This is
far less than the nine or more
hours recommended for this


Sleep needs vary, but here
are the amounts typically
needed nightly by people in
different age groups.

Newborns: 16-18 hours
Preschoolers: 10-12 hours
School-age children: 9 or
more hours
Adults: 7-8 hours

age group.
Kids who slept at least 9'2/
to 10 hours were the least

h .


sI J

likely to be obese or to
have unhealthy blood work.
The children who slept
the least and had the most ir-

regular sleep schedu
didn't go to bed at a s
had a substantially
risk of being obese an

ing unhealthy blood work.
Those who got caught up
on sleep on the weekends
somewhat reduced their risk
of being obese or having un-
healthy blood work.
Obese children were less
kh likely to get caught up on
their sleep on the weekends.
"Good sleep routines and
sleeping the right amount is
Sthe best healthy proposition,"
says lead author David Go-
zal, chair of the department
of pediatrics at the University
of Chicago.
-About one-third of chil-
dren and adolescents in the
USA weigh too much, putting
them at increased risk for
type 2 diabetes, high choles-
terol, sleep apnea and other
health problems.
Previous research shows
that not getting enough sleep
le (they may contribute to weight gain
et time) partly because it affects hor-
greater mones that control hunger
nd hav- and feeling full.

CDC: Adult seat belt use at all-time high

By Miriam Falco

Eighty-five percent of adults say
they use seat belts regularly, accord-
ing to a new report from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
While this is a strong improvement
compared with only 11 percent wear-
ing seat belts in 1982, more can be

done, says the CDC's director, Dr.
Thomas Frieden.
"Not wearing seat belts is costing us
lives and money," Frieden said. Ac-
cording to the agency's newest report
on seat belt use and nonfatal car ac-
cidents among adults, auto crashes
are the leading cause of death in the
United States for people ages 5 to 34.

Nearly 34,000 people died in traffic-
related crashes in 2009, according to
the National Highway Transportation
Safety Administration. The total life-
time medical costs attributed to car
crashes in a single year tops $11 bil-
lion, says Frieden. That number goes
up to $70 billion if you include loss of
work, according to the report.

Every 14 seconds, an adult is treat-
ed in an emergency room as a result
of a crash an estimated 2.3 million
adults were treated in emergency de-
partments in 2009 alone, Frieden
"Wearing a seat belt on every trip
has become the social norm," Frieden
Please turn to SEAT BELT 19B

Steps to consider after a cancer diagnosis

Special to the NNPAfrom the
National Cancer Institute

There are few things more un-
settling than sitting in front of a
doctor and hearing the words,
"you have cancer." Whether
you have already experienced
that conversation, or you know
someone who has, those diffi-
cult words can leave one in an
emotional place that is unlike
anything else. How would you
handle such news? What if you
are with a loved one or a friend
when they get that diagnosis?
What does a cancer diagnosis
mean and what should the

next step be?
Many people have never spo-
ken with a health care profes-
sional about cancer and know-
ing what to do and who to talk
with from the start may be crit-
ical in getting the best possible
treatment and outcome.
For many Blacks, a serious
disease like cancer can be a
shared family experience. It
is not uncommon for family
members to rally around a can-
cer patient. Family or friends
can assume various roles in
gathering information and in
helping make decisions. These
tasks include: learning about

the specific cancer type that
has been diagnosed, selecting
a physician, getting a second
opinion, assessing insurance
coverage and identifying a
place to receive treatment.
Here are some important
things to consider when con-
fronting cancer:
Learn about the disease
and treatment options. The
first thing to do is to educate
yourself as much as possible
about the type of cancer you
have been diagnosed with as
well as possible treatment ap-
Learn about which phy-

sicians treat cancer pa-
tients. Most physicians who
treat people with cancer are
medical or osteopathic doc-
tors. These doctors often have
advanced training in a special-
ty or a subspecialty. For ex-
ample, medical oncologists are
internal medicine doctors who
manage the treatment regimen
of cancer patients and hema-
tologists are internal medicine
doctors who focus on diseases
of the blood and related tis-
Find a doctor. Most people
will get a referral from their
primary care physician, but

you can also consult a local
hospital or cancer center, or
access a list of specialists from
local or national medical soci-
eties. Friends and family can
also help you identify a doctor,
especially if they have already
dealt with cancer.
Ask questions. There are
some basic questions you can
ask your doctor before your
treatment begins. Shock and
stress after the diagnosis can
make it hard to think of every-
thing you want to ask the doc-
tor. It often helps to make a
list of questions before the ap-

Grocer to sell

healthier foods

continued from 17B

Bumble Bee Foods, General Mills,
Campbell Soup, PepsiCo .and Kraft
Foods all announced sodium reductions
to. their products in this spring alone.
Food makers say they are trying
to reduce sodium gradually, making
it a more palatable change to its
customers and giving the industry time
to reformulate products. Most said
they support efforts to curb sodium in
American's diets but are waiting to see
if the Food and Drug Administration
decides to mandate a reduction.
Wal-Mart said it would reduce prices
on fruits and vegetables by $1 billion
a year by attempting to cut unneces-
sary costs from the supply chain. The
company also said it would work to
reduce price premiums on healthier
items made with more expensive in-
"Our customers often ask us why
whole wheat pasta sometimes costs
more than regular pasta made by the
same manufacturer," said Wal-Mart's
Andrea Thomas, senior vice president
of sustainability.
Obama has a history of working
with Wal-Mart. She once served on
the board of Westchester, 11.-based
TreeHouse Foods, a food supplier for
the store, but resigned in 2007 while
her husband was campaigning for the
presidency. Barack Obama had criti-
cized the store over wages and ben-
efits it pays employees.

CDC recommends

flu vaccine

continued from 16B

after the 2009-10 seasonal flu vaccine
or the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine.
The CDC recommends everyone
older than 6 months get a flu vaccine
annually. That recommendation has
not changed, the FDA said.
The Sanofi-Aventis flu shot is the
only one recommended for infants
and children ages 6 months to 23
months during the current flu sea-
The company said it was working
with the FDA to investigate the cases.
"At this point no correlation be-
tween influenza vaccine and febrile
seizures has been established. Ad-
verse events after vaccination may be
causally related to vaccine or may be
coincidental," Sanofi-Aventis said in
a written statement.
The risk of severe illness from in-
fluenza is higher among young chil-
dren, especially under age two. About
nine out of 10,000 children ages six
months to 23 months land in the
hospital each season for flu-related
problems, the FDA said.
Shares of the French drug-maker
were up two cents at $34.12 in after-
noon trading on the New York Stock

Gene test for

expecting parents

continued from 16B

The test requires more develop-
ment, and some profits from its sale
would eventually be used to fund re-
search, according to Benson's web-
"It's not something we are going to
use to get rich," Kingsmore said.
The test has now been expanded
to look for more than 500 mutations
that cause immune deficiencies dis-
eases, developmental delays, neuro-
logical diseases and others.
The test could easily be mass-pro-
duced, and costs about $378, Kings-
more's team reported.

Shingles vaccine


continued from 16B

you had chickenpox as a child in
order to get the shingles vaccine, says
Rafael Harpaz, an epidemiologist with
the CDC who co-wrote the study. "You
might develop a small rash if you
didn't have chickenpox as a child, but
I know of no cases like that."

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Reverend Kenneth McGee Brother George McGee

Brother George McGee answers his call

Brother George McGee has answered his call to proclaim the
Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Greater Harvest Baptist Church family cordially invites
the entire community at large to witness his first sermon at 4
p.m., Sunday, January 30 at El Palacio Hotel, 9th Floor, located
on the corner of NW 27th Avenue and 215th Street (Countyline
Brother McGee is the father of Reverend Kenneth McGee, se-
nior pastor and teacher of Greater Harvest Baptist Church.

Republicans to repeal "Obamacare"

continued from 18B

care. Democrats also tout
figures from the Office of
Management and Budget
showing steep costs of over-
turning the health care law.
But not every Democrat is
on board. The biggest news
Wednesday will be which
Democrats side with Re-
publicans and vote in favor
of repealing the health care
The other big news is that
this is only the beginning of
a renewed debate over the
Affordable Care Act.
Republicans and their al-
lies are going to attack the
health care law on a num-
ber of fronts. They are likely
to pitch legislation to re-
peal certain provisions of
the health care law, rather

than a full repeal, and may
offer replacement health
care legislation. Sens. Scott
Brown (R-Mass.) and Ron
Wyden (D-Ore.) are pushing
legislation to permit states
to opt out of the individual
mandate requirement more
quickly than they would be
able to under the current
law. Some members, such
as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa),
hope to inhibit the health
care law by cutting off fund-
ing for its implementation.
And numerous court chal-
lenges are afoot to prevent
the law going into full effect.
As Republicans push these
efforts forward, they're like-
ly to face strong opposition
from Democrats. Still, Presi-
dent Obama made a point
recently to emphasize poten-
tial bipartisanship on this
issue in the coming year.

More adults wearing seat belts regularly

continued from 18B

says. Oregon, California, Wash-
ington, Hawaii, Texas, 'Puerto
Rico and New Jersey all report
seat belt use of over 90 percent
among adults (this report only
looked at people over the age of
But the report also points out

that 1 in 7 adults doesn't buckle
up every time he or she gets be-
hind the wheel. Health officials
say wearing a seat belt reduces
deaths and serious injuries in a
crash in half. The report doesn't
spell out when adults choose
to wear a seat belt or not, but
they emphasize the need to use
it on every trip because there's
no way to anticipate what will

happen when you get behind
the wheel.
Living in a state that requires
you to buckle up evidently has a
positive impact. Adults who live
in states where a cop can pull
you over if he sees you're not
wearing a seat belt are about
10 percent more likely to do so,
than those living in states that
don't have such a law on the

However 19 states do not have
such "primary enforcement seat
belt laws," and the CDC report
concludes that 12,000 injuries
and 450 deaths could have been
prevented in those states if they
had such a law on the books.
The first state law of any kind
mandating seat belt use was en-
acted in 1984.

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Elder Jimmie Thompson Reverend Rogery Adams

Family and Friends day at Mt. Zion

Rev. Rogery Adams and the members of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
will celebrate Family and Friends Day at the 10 a.m. service, Sun-
The speaker is the Illustrious Jimmie Thompson, Presiding Elder
of the Celebrated Central District.
On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nightly at 7 .p.m., Elder
Thompson will preach their annual revival service. We invite the
community to come join us at 15250 NW 22nd Avenue.

Two day revival at

the Hilton
Miami Downtown

Lively Stones for Je-
sus Ministries is hosting
Dr. Jamal Bryant at 7:30
p.m., February 9-10 at the
Hilton Miami Downtown,
1601 Biscayne Blvd.
For more information,
call 954-658-7872.
Dr. Jamal Bryant

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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1470 N.W. 87th Street

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Zion Hope
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5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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Early Woship lam.
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S NB :IO:5o.m.
I Wwrhip lli.m.Worhip 4p.m.
Misrion nd Bible
class Tuesday 6:30 p.m.
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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Order of Services
Sunday School 9:45 a.m
Worship 1 a.m.
B;li ;lda, Ihurdoy 7:30 p.m.
Youlh Minislry
S MonWed, 6 p.m.

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

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

Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
I: Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comtast 3 Saturday 7:30 a.m.

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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street
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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

Order of Services

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

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

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Church of Chri st
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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court
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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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

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Hadley Davis Poitier Jack Towers, 96; remastered Ellington's 1940 jazz concert
Hadley Davis Poitier

JOHNNY FUSSELL, 53, laborer,
died January I -' .- "
17 at Jackson I '
Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 12 '. -
p.m., Saturday
at Trinity C.M.E. ...

died January 19 at Aventura Hospi-
tal. Service 1 p.m., Saturday, in the

JAMES PHILLIPS, 31, laborer,
died January 21 at home. Service
11 a.m., Monday at New Begin-
nings Missionary Baptist Church.

JANAY JONES, 21, clerk, died
January 20 at home. Service 1:30
p.m., Saturday at New Beginnings
Missionary Baptist Church.

custodian, died '
January 21 in
Tampa, FL. Sur-
vivors include :
daughters, Mel-
via Green and
Sharron Bailey;
brother Wal-
ter Parrimore;
son-in-law, Joseph Green, Sr.;
daughter-in-law, Cynthia Walter;
grandchildren, Reginald Walker Jr.,
Sharesa Jones, Racquel Walker,
Randall Walker, Nicholas Green,
Lauryn Green and Joseph Green
II; nephews, Roderick Mack, Sr.,
Keith Parrimore; nieces, Cathy
Parrimore, Tangela Parrimore and
Gail Robinson; and a host of great
nephews and nieces. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Second Baptist
Church of Richmond Heights, FL.

Eric Brown and Sons
community ac-
tivist and for-
mer member
of C.F.M.B.C.
of Miami., died
January 19 in
Live Oak. Cher-
ished survivors
include: daugh-
ters, Velissia and Belinda; son,
Johnny; and nine grandchildren.
Service 2 p.m., Saturday in Live
Oak, Florida. The funeral home
number 386-792-1711

FRANK ROWE, 74, retired red
cap, died Janu-
ary 14 at Holy
Cross Hospital,
Fort Lauder-
dale. Service
2:30 p.m., Sat-
urday at Mc-
White's Funeral
Home, 3501
West Broward Blvd. Ft. Lauder-
dale, FL 33312, 954-584-0047.

Caballero Rivero Woodlawn
91, WWII Vet,
died January
24. Survivors
include: chil-
dren, grandchil-
dren and great-
Viewing 6-11
p.m., Friday. --------
Service 10 a.m., Saturday in the
chapel, 3344 SW 8th Street.

homemaker, died January 23 at
Hillcrest Nursing Home. Final rites
and burial entrusted to Ridouts
Gardendale Chapel.

ALICIA HILL, 39, clerk, died Jan-
uary 18. Service 2 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

self-employed roofer, died Janu-
ary 20. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

JAMES PIERSON, 65, clothing
tailor, died January 10 at home.
Services were held.

driver, died January 24 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

MAE ROSE CREWS, 70, home-
maker, died
January 23 at
home. Final
rites and dispo-
sition in Marion,

nurse aide, died
January 23 at
University of
Miami Hospi.-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at 93rd Street
Baptist Church..

85, retired 4-v di
school crossing 1
guard and caf-
eteria worker, .
died January -
14 at home. '.5
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

January 22 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

postal worker, died January 21 at
Claridge House Nursing Home.
Service 7:30 p.m., Thursday at
New St. Paul Baptist Church. Re-
mains will be shipped to Awendaw,
S.C. for final rites and disposition.

69, textile mechanic, died January
19 at home. Final rites and disposi-
tion in Charleston, S.C.

Wright and Young
25, Florida A&M
University stu-
dent, died Janu-
ary 17 in Tal- .Js
lahassee. Sur- ,
vivors include: '
parents, Taofic 'I
and Laura; broth-
er, Hakeem; and
girlfriend, Andrea Burnard. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Antioch Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.

JOHNNY SIMMS, 23, a son and
brother, died

January 20.
Viewing 9 p.m.
To 4 p.m., Friday
in the chapel. 5
p.m. To 8 p.m.,
Friday at Jor-
dan Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist
Church. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist

"HUDGIE," 64,
retired bus driv-
er, died January
17 at VA Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at
Church of Christ
of Pembroke

LARRY D. MOSS, died December
18. His mourning family, saints and
friends includes: loving and faithful
wife of 21 years, Evangelist-Mission-
ary, Doris (Dorothy) Hobbs-Moss; sis-
ter-in-law, Juanita (Edith) Bendross
and family of Miami; brothers-in-law,
Norman (Cowboy) Hobbs and family
of Miami/Lakeland and Charles (Pop)
McKinney and family Miami; aunt,
Cal of Miami; cousins, Alfonso and
Carey Glenn and family; C.O.G.I.C.
Saints-Elder and Evangelist Mission-
ary Shazell Dixon and family of India-
napolis, IN., Mother Hayes of India-
napolis and Mother Nance of Miami;
and a host of other saints, nieces,
nephews, cousins, and friends. Rest
in peace Larry, we love you!

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Jack Towers was an expert
at remastering early jazz re-
cordings for definitive collec-
tions by the Smithsonian In-
stitution and Time-Life. But
he may be best remembered
for an original recording he
made in 1940, a rarity that sat
in his basement for 38 years,
heard by almost no one.
The recording later to win
a Grammy was of a Duke
Ellington Orchestra concert
at the Crystal Ballroom in
Fargo, N.D., on Nov. 7, 1940.
He and a fellow broadcast en-
gineer, Dick Burris, neither of
them well-versed in recording
music, used a portable disc
cutter attached to three mi-
crophones one in front of
the band by the reed section,
one a bit higher, and another
by the piano, bass and guitar
- to capture the concert on
16-inch acetate-coated alumi-
num discs.

Towers promised Ellington
and the William Morris Agen-
cy, which booked the orches-
tra, that he would not use the
recording for commercial pur-
"We had no thoughts other
than just the thrill of being
there, recording, and having
something we could play for

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to thank everyone
for your cards, words of encour-
agement, phone calls, plants
and floral arrangements and
deeds of love received.
During our bereavement,
these all mean more to us than
you will ever know.
God bless each of you for your
thoughtfulness and generosity
is our prayer.
The Gabriel Family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


Our love, our life together will
be with us always.
You are greatly missed, but
not forgotten.
We love you.
Your loving family, wife, chil-
dren, grandchildren and great-

NICOLE REESE ADAMS, 37, Hall Ferguson Hewitt
died January 25 .
ied Janary 2 CALVIN DALE CLARK, 49, died
at Mercy Hos- January 22 in
pital. Service JAanuay 22
2 p.m., Satur- Aan G.
day at Coconut Viewing 5 p.m.-
Grove Church' 8 p.m., Friday.
Service 10 a.m.,
of Christ, 3345 ., Saturday in the
Douglas Road.
For more infor- '-t---- chapel.
mation, call 305-669-1002.

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James Thresher/The Washington Post, via (
Jack Towers holding "Duke Ellington at Fargo, 1940
an original recording that sat in his basement for 38 ye

our own amazement," Tow-
ers is quoted as saying in the
North Dakota State University
magazine in 2001. "We had
no thoughts whatsoever of
recording anything that any-
body would be listening to 40
or 50 or 60 years down the

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

10/02/20 01/27/87

You gave discipline when
needed, praise when warranted,
and unconditional love through
it all.
We love and miss you, your

Towers died on Dec.
Rockville, Md., at 9(
cause was complicate
Parkinson's disease, sa
daughter, Jean L. Kemp
His recording rer
largely unknown beyor

experts and Ellington afi-
S cionados, who occasionally
asked for a personal copy, to
Keep and to treasure. But af-
ter bootleg copies appeared in
Europe and lawyers threat-
ened Towers with repercus-
* sions, the Ellington family
decided to release it commer-

"Duke Ellington at Fargo,
1940 Live" was issued as a
three-record set by Book-of-
the-Month Club in 1978, and
critics were ecstatic at the rare
live glimpse of the orchestra
during what many consider
its peak. It won a Grammy in
1980 for best jazz instrumen-
tal performance by a big band.
Towers was credited, along
with Burris, as recording engi-
neer on the late-1978 release
and subsequent reissues.
Towers restored the work
of many prominent early jazz
musicians for seminal reis-
etty Images sue projects by the Smithso-
Live," nian and Time-Life. His work
ears. extended chronologically and
stylistically into the early days
of bebop and included record-
23 in ings by Dizzy Gillespie.
6. The Jack Howard Towers was
ons of born on Nov. 15, 1914, in
aid his Bradley, S.D. He attended
p. South Dakota State University
gained and served in the Army from
nd jazz 1942 to 1946.

Just follow these three easy steps

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

1) Obituaries follow a simple format and must be in our
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For additional questions or concerns, please call us at 305-
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In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

01/06/1921 01/31/2008

Martin, three years have
passed since you've been gone.
We will forever cherish the lov-
ing memory of you in our hearts.
Your wife, Ella Mae and fam-

Eric S. George
HAROLD A. DAVIS, 91, former
owner of Da-
vis and Brice .'
Funeral Home,
died January 22
at North Shore
Hospital. View-
ing 10 a.m.-9
p.m., Saturday.
Memorial Ser- -- -
vice 4 p.m., Sunday at Sure Foun-
dation Ministries COGOP in Hol-
lywood. Viewing 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.,
Monday. Service 10 a.m., Tuesday
at Sure Foundation Ministries CO-
GOP in Hollywood.

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

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V OK Idris Elba and Halle Berry lose,

'social network' wins again

. :. Women swooned when
Idris Elba walked in, but
the nominee was excited
after meeting two spe-
cial people. "I met Mark
Wahlberg and Halle
4 Berry tonight," he said
with a smile.

LOS A NGELES. CA The Hclll'. .:.od Foreign Press -ss:'ciaation
celebrated the best of the best in TV and film this past Siuinda,. Out
of the dozens of Golden Globe awards han ded out that night none or
the three rninorit' nomrinees IHalle Brirr, :of Frankic -and Alice. Idrns
Elba of Luther or Sofia \eraria of Modern Famil', I '.'.on anv' awards
I haie to admit I was d1 sappoirited %at:chin~ the Globes the
i other night. There wee no' peo-,ple of color takinri home av.ards.
j said nemw media produce r and prodiuc tri-n cornpan, o. rner Michellel


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S Blacklv.ell H:.i\e\ er I can t I-t ruiln \v here I am in mr pro-
duction career I knoriv p.ecpit ofI colo.r. especially'ren of color
alh.a',s at left out o! the prograrrnming r.ush I nm tr', ing t: help
chang,-L that... please pra, for mre. she said '.. ith a humble smile.
Black-\ell has dedicated her talent to no:rt onl!, creating pro-
gramrning for people of color but more specifically- for '..omen of
Scoilr She is l au-nching a ne. mrdila production entitled Sweet
Talk with Dana S._ eet. which is .i late n!ightl talk sho'v' (sitcom)
yi similar in vair to the old .Iis sit:com The Gdr, Shandling Sho\w.
set to lat.unlll h lon t:he '. eb later thi; sprirn
Since popular r tele'.isrn programs like th, Cush-' Sho. In.. In Living
Color, Martin aind The- George L'operz shro. '.e -re canceleded. shows cre-
ated for minorities bh niriinorties ha\e bcitn ii hiig'lh dernand but short
supply. OIver the past 25 ,ears there ha. -i been s.'me he.i. hitting
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By Wilson Morales

'Thurgood,' the one-
man Broadway play
starring Laurence -.
Fishburne in his Tony-
nominated performance as
Thurgood Marshall,
the remarkable Civil LAURENCE MARSHALL
Rights lawyer and
Supreme Court Justice, will debut Feb. 24 at 9 p.m.
during Black History Month, exclusively on HBO.
Told in the first person by Fishburne in the role of
Marshall, 'Thurgood' is a compelling present-tense
narration revisiting the turning points in his life and
career as he remembers them. Recalling childhood
stories of his family and home life in Baltimore, to his
college days in North Carolina as an aspiring lawyer,
Marshall recollects his triumphs over adversity to pur-
sue a successful career in the judicial system fighting
for human rights.
Establishing benchmarks in Civil Rights advance-
ment, Marshall tried the historic case of Brown.vs.
Board of Education before the Supreme Court, suc-
cessfully challenging the unconstitutional segregation
of Black and white students in public schools. His
achievements eventually led him to become the first
Please turn to THURGOOD 2C

Whoopi Goldberg embraces young fans from The Embrace Girls Foundation during
private signing last weekend at Books and Books in Coral Gables.

Whoopi embraces local girls

Special to the Miami Times cently landed the meeting of a lifetime.
The girls were rewarded a private sign-
More than a dozen young fans from The ing with Academy Award-winning actress, co-
Embrace Girls Foundation's Embrace Girl median and author Whoopi Goldberg.
Power! After School Programs & Camps or- "She's one of my favorite actresses not just
ganization a mentoring program that serves for the acting but because she can do so many
elementary-age girls in after school and week- things," said 11-year-old Dahlia Miles while
end programs throughout South Florida re- Please turn to WHOOPI 2C

S'The Wendy

: Williams Show'

Gets picked up

Sfor third season

: By Bridget Bland

S With Oprah Winfrey ending her
S talk show reign this year, there's
another larger-than-life person-
S ality who may be poised to take
over daytime television.
" This week, Debmar-Mercury
announced that-it will be picking
, up the self-proclaimed Queen of
S All-Media's nationally syndicated
* talk show, 'The Wendy Williams
Show' show for a third season.
Right now, her show, which was
praised by the New York Times
a as a "breakthrough in daytime"
airs in over seventy percent of
the country and on FOX, CBS,
NBC and BET television sta-
tions in major cities. This week
alone, the former radio personal-
S ity nailed an exclusive interview
with Aretha Franklin and a visit
S by the cast of BET's 'The Game.'
S According to a rep, the brash
and brazen Asbury Park, New
, Jersey native has had a ratings
S boost this season in several ma-
* jor FOX markets including New
York and Los Angeles."Wendy
has reached new creative heights
S this season and stations have
a taken notice," Debmar-Mercury
S Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and
* Ira Bernstein said of the New
S York Times Best Selling author.
"It has performed exceptionally
* well in recent months leading
out of morning newscasts on the
FOX stations, with viewers redis-
S covering Wendy's fun, irreverent
* and entertaining style."
"We will work diligently with
stations to ensure this fran-
chise's continued growth, both
* creatively and from a ratings
S standpoint, across all markets
in the months and years ahead,"
Sthe producers continued.
S 'The Wendy Williams Show' de-
S buted in July of 2009 when the
46-year-old shock jock was still
making an effort to maintain
S her lucrative syndicated radio
career. She later decided to quit
radio to focus full-time on 'The
Wendy Williams Show' a move
that proved successful. Her sec-
* ond season premiered in Sept. of
S 2010.
BET also acquired the rights to
air 'The Wendy Williams Show,'
and broadcasts it in 54 countries
S throughout their international
S networks in the United Kingdom,
S Africa, and the Middle East.



By Caitlin R. King
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The 10th sea-
son of "American Idol" kicked off last
week, and some people's lives will be
changed forever.
Former "Idol" finalist Mandisa
(man-DEE'-sah) Hundley knows the
feeling. The two-time Grammy nom-
inee finished in the top, 10 the year
Taylor Hicks won and is now plan-
ning to release her third gospel al-
bum April 5, called "What If We Were

But as it turns out, her biggest life
change came after the show. She em-
barked on an emotional weight loss
journey two years ago and has since
lost 90 pounds.
Mandisa's struggles fueled her new
"Where I was at the beginning of
this album and where I ended up are
two very different places," she told The
Associated Press in an e-mail. "It's
been a process. I will always struggle
with my weight. It's the thorn in my
Standing on a scale one morning

and seeing a disappointing number
prompted Mandisa to finally get real
with herself and her fans.
"I had gained weight and was so
frustrated at that moment that I said
so on Twitter."
She tweeted: "I'm fed-up and over
"I was feeling embarrassed and
ashamed. I realized that I had only
talked about how great things were.
I never let people in when they were
not. It was then that I decided I'd talk
about the bad things too," she said.
The result is what Mandisa calls

her most honest record to date.
She began recording "in a very dark
place." The title track and the song
"Just Cry" came out of those early
sessions. However, by the end of the
process, she said she was back to a
place of peace and joy, with the song
"Lifeline," about unwavering trust in
God, the last track she recorded.
Mandisa is on her way to losing 100
pounds but said she doesn't have a
goal weight.
"My only goal is to be healthy physi-
cally, spiritually, and emotionally.
That is a lifelong journey." she said.

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The 18th annual Dr. the honorees
Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity under the theme
Scholarship Breakfast was held "A Celebration of
last Monday at Parrot Jungle Bahamian Culture
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with more man i,u0 a in
supporters representing
schools, Board Contributions of
Members, City and Bahamian Americans."
County Commissioners, They are Dr. Evelina
Mayors, State Bestman, Rep. Edward
Representatives Bullard, Commissioner
and special guest: '. Audrey M. Edmonson,
Cornelius Alvin Thelma A. Gibson,
Smith, Ambassador WILSON Larry A. HIandfield,
of the Bahamas to the Esq., Yolanda Cash-
United States. He took the Jackson, Esq., Dr. Dorothy
time to declare that day as Jenkins Fields, Commissioner
Congresswoman Frederica Barbara Jordan, Langston
S. Wilson Day for being the Longley, Rev. J. Kenneth
First Congresswoman Major, Commissioner
from the Bahamas and Dennis Moss, Maude
founder/creator of the P. Newbold, Dr. Enid
5000 Role Models of C. Pinkney, Garth C.
Excellence. She was Reeves, Sr., Frankie
lauded as the Royal Rolle, Dr. Richard J.
Bahamas Police Band Strachan, Gwendolyn
provide the music, along H. Welters, Rome
with Dr. Malcolm Black -- Italia Johnson and
singing the Bahamian SMITH Gladys Johnsou
National Anthem. Sands.
Moderators Director Robert During the program,
Parker, G. Eric Knowles and Congresswoman Wilson
Dr. Rick Holton introduced named those that contributed

to the Scholarship fund,
such as Role Models
James Farrington,
Wilbert T. Holloway,
SDr Robert B. Ingram,
Elliott Scavella,
Thirlee Smith, Jr.,
Thirlee Smith, Sr.,
Bi!sh,:p Isaiah S.
Williams, Jr., and
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B. Mathis and Robin
Mathis demonstrated
the Bahamian moves.

It was
Vice Mayor
and her

also a
day in

of Empowerment
celebrated Dr. Martin
King Jr.'s birthday
irday, Jan. 15 with a
parade and
participants that
ated in the "I
Dream" essay .

2011 Dr. MLK
of Excellence
ships Gala
d the community
e opportunity of JOH
ing the crowning
aiah Cason as
grandson of Vice Mayor
Johnson and Ji'yah
Toomer, Queen
and granddaughter
of Johnnie M..
Greene, along with
the presence of Dr.
Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall, member
of the Miami-Dade
County School Board,
Pastor Ricardo
r, Sr., Chairman of the

Board, Quintera Paris .
and Zahirah Calloway 7
who gave a -poetry .
The keynote speaker of
the event was Dr. Willie '"
Kimmons, author five
books. After his speech,
he signed books for
those who purchased M
The winners, of the contest
each read their essays. Third
place was Antoinette Collier,
5th grader from S.
Hialeah Elementary
School; Second place
was Jazmine James,
8th grader from North
SDade Middle School;
", and First place was
Giovanni Garced,
12th grader from
North Miami Beach

Senior High.

Beulah Finley Smith,
along with the Miami Dolphins Group
Foundation, American Airlines, Luther
AT&T, Baptist Health South on Satu
Florida, Blue Cross Blue massive
Shields of Florida, Calder Race 450 pi
Track, Dosal Tobacco Corp., particip
Florida Lottery, International Have A
Longshoreman's Association contest.
Local #416, Jackson Health The
System, Jungle Island, Macy's, Spirit
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Scholar
South Florida Workforce, provides
Katherine Fernandez Rundle with th
State Attorney's Office and witness
more. of Nisa
In addition, the audience King, g
entered as the Psi Phi
Band played "Funky ,
Nassau" and, joined '
in as the Junkanoo ..
Band celebrated after
breakfast was served.
Bernice Carey, Claudia
Slater, W. Doris Neal,
Baljean Smith, Dana
Moss, Dr. Nelson Adams, TOOMER
Franklin Clarke, James




Myra Taylor, Councilman
Oliver G. Gilbert, III, Hialeah

Mayor Julio Robaina,
SSusan McEachin,
Principal of Dr. Robert
S B. Ingram Elementary
S, School, Danate
Starks and Kimberly
SWilliams, CEO/
S '' Founder of Space and
Beyond. Williams is
)SS a graduate of Miami

Maude Newbold, chairperson
of Lemon City Cemetery
Dedication, announced
from the desk of Dr. Enid C.
Pinkney that a select group
of people will be recognized on
Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m.
A parade will begin at Miami
Northwestern at 9 a.m. and
proceed to the cemetery located
at 435 NW 71st Street.
The Singing Angels of Arcola
Lakes Park will provide the

music. Members are
asked to report at 9:30
a.m. and sit in the
reserved section for choir
Also, Mary Dunn of
Parkview Elementary
is inviting The Singing
Angels to open its
Black History Month
by performing on
Tuesday, Feb. 1 with two

performances at 8:30 and 9:30

nA -- i

Congratulations to A.D.
Moore ICivil Rights Acu.rstl
and Dorothy Edwards
(Educator) who were honored
at their beloved Mount Zion
Baptist Church on Sunday,
Jan. 16. Rev. Ralph M. Ross,
Happy wedding anniversary
to the following love birds:
Shedrick E. and Wilma W.
Gilbert, their 64th on Jan.
22nd; Thomas and Agnator
Nottage, their 55th on Jan.
Florida's Lt. Governor
Jennifer Carroll was the
guest speaker last Sunday
morning at The Church of
the Incarnation (Episcopal)
during the service in
recognition of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. observance
sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc. (of which
Dr. King was a member),
The Miami Links, Inc., and
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Inc. Jean Carroll-Morley
introduced the Lt. Governor

who is married -
to her brother.
Nolan Carroll Lt.
Governor Carroll
is our first Black Lieutenant
Governor and the first woman
elected to the position.
Get well wishes goes out
to all of the sick and shut-
in: Winston Scavella,
Fred Johnson, Demetra
Dean-Washington, Inez
McKinney-Johnson, Naomi
A. Adams, Delores Bethel-
Reynolds, Frances Brown,
Alice Johnson, Jesse
Stinson, and Gail Pinder.
Every year on Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. observance
of his birthday, The Business
and Professional Ministry at
Mount Olive Baptist Church
gathers at the home of one
of their members for their
annual luncheon. This year
the group dined at the home
of Charles Fred Adderley.
The weekend of January
15th (St. Agnes Cruise
Weekend), the following

cruised to Nassau, Bahamas
for a glorious weekend on
the ship "The Imagination":
Fred Brown, Francena L.
Robinson, Beaula Moss,
Vennda Rei Gibson and
family, Phillip and Netta
Wallace, Sharon Anderson,
Donna Turner, Aundra
Goodmond, Carolyn Mond,
Robin Moncur, Sylvia
Rolle, Margaret Moncur,
Rev. Shedrick and Wilma
Gilbert, Rev. Doris W. and
Tellis Ingraham, Mrs. Virla
Barry, daughter Diana B.
Frazier, Richard L.M. Barry
II, Janele G. Hall and
If you have not had a
chance to visit and tour the
Betty T. Ferguson Recreation
Complex at 3000 N.W. 199th
Street in Miami Gardens,
please do so. It is truly a
state of the art building.
for all of your recreational
needs. Congrattulations
Soror Ferguson, a building
that will long stand as a
monument to you, for all of
the good work you have done
for Miami-Dade County.
Oops, I made a mistake
last week, Andrea Wanza is

a Delta Sigma Theta Soror!
Congratulations on your
additional degree
Hearty congratulations
go out to Soror Gwendolyn
Ferguson-Clarke who has
been a member of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for
65 years. She was initiated
in 1946, Sigma Chapter at
Clark College in Atlanta,
Senator Larenia J. Bullard,
recently received noteworthy
committee appointment for
the 2010-2012 biennium.
A Democrat (Miami) was
appointed Vice Chair of
the Senate Agriculture
and Education Pre K-12
(substantive) Committees.
Congratulations Sororl
The Miami community is
cordially invited to attend
this years Founders Day
Observance on Jan. 30
which will be held at the
Miami Downtown Hilton
Hotel (formerly the Omni)
beginning at 2 p.m. The
distinguished speaker will
be Delta's National President
Soror Cynthia Butler-
McIntyre. Hope to see you

R&B singer tackles gay bashing, suicide in new video

The Associted Press

NEW YORK R&B singer
Marsha Ambrosius tackles
gay bashing, suicide and ho-
mophobia in the urban com-
munity in her latest music
Her song, "Far Away," is one
she initially wrote after a close
friend attempted suicide.
"Because they're in such a
bad place in their lives, there's
nothing you can do to help
someone if they can't help
themselves," she said.
In the clip, a man seen-with
Ambrosius appears to be
her boyfriend. They walk in
a park, say hello to a group
of men and to a woman and
her children. Later, the video
shows the man kissing anoth-
er man. When the men return
to the same park, now hold-
ing hands, the mother pulls
her kids' away. And when Am-
brosius' friend is alone, he's

assaulted while the American
flag stands tall in the back-
ground. The clip concludes
with the man lying on his
couch; a suicide letter and
dozens of pills are visible.

Ambrosius says the video
will speak for those who don't
have a voice.
"I lost a friend and I've had
friends that have attempted
suicide. There are people that

don't have a voice to speak out
and show what is happening
and what can happen, so I
just wanted people to see the
honesty in it and be aware,"
she said in an interview from
Philadelphia recently.
The 33-year-old singer, first
introduced as one-half of the
Grammy-nominated, British
soul duo Floetry, says she has
a strong gay following and
needs to support it.
"I go to my shows and my
audience is predominantly
gay . I've been approached
by many who've said my mu-
sic has influenced them and
we'll speak about experiences
that they've had. It's just only
right that I give that voice
back," she said.
Ambrosius co-wrote Michael
Jackson's 2002 hit song "But-
terflies" and has collaborated
with rappers like Nas, Busta
Rhymes and the Game. The
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skimming her copy of Gold-
berg's latest book while
awaiting her arrival.
The meeting was ar-
ranged courtesy of Disney
Publishing who also provided
the group with complimenta-
ry copies of Goldberg's latest
book, Sugar Plum Ballerinas

- Terrible Terrel, stickers and
an advance private signing
on Saturday at Books and
Books in Coral Gables. "It
was really cool that we were
allowed to go in first and
take pictures and talk to her"
said Embrace Girl Power!
member, Tiyra Boone, who
added she had to take a lot of
pictures for her mother who
is another big Whoopi fan.

As she signed each girl's
book personally, Goldberg
said, "My, what a beautiful,
beautiful group of girls so
well-spoken and poised."
According to the executive
director of the girls' organi-
zation, the meeting has been
in the works for some time.
But only now has the timing
been right.
"We were working on

a meeting for sometime
but scheduling was always
an issue; it was very kind
of her to take the time out
of what was clearly a hec-
tic schedule here in Florida
to spend so much of it with
our girls, said Velma R. Law-
The organization also pre-
sented Goldberg with a per-
sonalized Angel Book Mark.

Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight

set for Friends' reunion

By Karu F. Daniels

A true blast from the past
will occur when Grammy
Award winning icons Di-
onne Warwick, Stevie Won-
der, Gladys Knight and Elton
John are confirmed to
reunite atamFar's an-
nual New York Gala
to be held Feb. 9 at
Cipriani Wall Street.
The awesome four-
some will do a spe-
cial performance
of the song, 'That's '
What Friends Are KN
For,' which was origi-
nally written by Car-
ole Bayer Sager and ,.
Burt Bacharach and
was released by Aris-
ta in 1986 as a benefit
single for amfAR, The '
American Foundation
for AIDS Research.
The black-tie gala WAI
honors those who
have made exception-
al contributions to the fight
against AIDS.
Held on the eve of New York
Fashion Week, the event will
begin with cocktails, fol-
lowed by dinner, a live auc-
tion of luxury items, and a
special tribute to this years
honorees: former President
Bill Clinton, fashion designer
Diane von Furstenberg, and
two of the foundation's co-
founders, Dr. Mathilde Krim
and legendary actress Eliza-
beth Taylor.
2011 marks amfAR's 25th
anniversary. Born from the
union of two like-minded
organizations-the AIDS
Medical Foundation in New
York and the national AIDS
Research Foundation in Los
Angeles-amfAR awarded its



first research grants in 1986.
'That's What Friends Are
For' dates all the way back
to 1982 and was originally
sang by Rod Stewart for the
soundtrack to the film 'Night
The Warwick-
helmed cover ver-
sion is better known
.and has become the
anthem for the fight
against AIDS, rais-
ing over $3 million
-- for the cause and
becoming a Bill-
GHT board chart-toppey,
The song went on to
win the performers
the Grammy Award
: 'for Best Pop Perfor-
mance by a Duo or
Group with Vocal, as
well as Song of the
*fc Year for Bacharach
land Bayer Sager.
WICK Since 1998, the
amfAR New York
Gala has saluted
some of the biggest names in
entertainment, fashion, and
art including Clive Davis,
Richard Gere, Whoopi Gold-
berg, Tom Hanks, Sir Elton
John and David Furnish,
Donna Karan, Liza Min-
nelli, Natasha Richardson
and Vogue magazine editrix
Anna Wintour.
Past galas have also fea-
tured special appearanc-
es by Secretary of- State
Hillary Rodham Clinton,
Woody Allen, Sean "P. Did-
dy" Combs, Whitney Hous-
ton, Marc Jacobs, Beyonce
Knowles, Vanessa Redgrave,
and Stanley Tucci, as well
as performances by Tra-
cy Chapman, Lady Gaga,
Barry Manilow and Rufus

HBO to air 'Thurgood' special

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Black to serve as a Supreme
Court Justice. The show was
written by Academy Award
and Emmy Award winner
George Stevens, Jr.; directed
by Emmy Award winner Mi-
chael Stevens; and executive
produced by Bill Haber.
In addition to starring in

such notable films as 'Othel-
lo' and 'The Matrix' trilogy,
Fishburne has a long list
of stage credits, including
'Fences,' 'The Lion in Winter'
and 'Two Trains Running,' for
which he won a Tony Award.
Currently, the Georgia stars
as Dr. Raymond Langston on
the long-running CBS crime
drama 'CSI: Crime Scene In-

Shows for minorities in high demand

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minority TV producers such
as Bill Cosby, Keenan Ivory
Wayans, Robert Townsend
and the incomparable Oprah
Winfrey. These days produc-
ers like lyler Perry, Kevin
Hooks, Martin Lawrence and
new comer Michelle Black-
well are stepping up and pro-

during television and new
media programming about
people of color for people of
Blackwell is hoping that
her new Sweet Talk show
will catch on, Blackwell
knows all too well that try-
ing to push a show centered
around a woman of color is
going to be a hard sell but
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received a check for
$500, $250 and $100,
and the three of them
will be taken to the
Miami-Dade County
School Board to re-
enact the awards
presentation at the
next board meeting.
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Snew series for Showtime

Are We There Yet: Coy Stewart, Essence Atkins, Terry Crews, Teala Dunn and Ice-Cube.



the set-up. Now it's about
getting into the family, the
craziness. We're expand-
ing in a lot of ways. We've
got a great list of guest
stars Mike Strahan,
Wayne Brady, Laila Ali,
Deon Sanders. And I can't
forget Sinbad -he killed
it! I'm honored these tal-
ented folks were on the


show and I'm grateful to be working with
this wonderful cast.
What makes this show so attractive to

By Sylvia Franklin

Are We There Yet?, a TBS show and top
performer with Black audiences returns for
a second season this month. The show was
recently renewed for 90 episodes anoth-
er first for executive producer Tyler Perry,
with series lead Terry Crews reprising his
role as Nick Persons, family patriarch and
newlywed. Crews has become one of TV's
most recognizable dads and gives us an
idea of what's coming up for the new sea-
What should we expect this season?
The first season, the first 10 episodes are


The show is a throwback to a lot of the
great Black comedies that have come be-
fore -- Martin, My Wife & Kids, a bit of The
Cosby Show, but done in a new way. This
has been missing. There aren't a lot of tra-
ditional Black sitcoms out there. The good
thing is that like Cosby, this show is for ev-
eryone. This is about a blended family that
crosses racial and generational boundar-
ies. It will resonate in a funny way with a
lot of people.
How do you feel about being on one of the
few Black comedies on TV?
I feel great about it, but TV has changed
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By Stephanie Sims

Actor Don Cheadle has
signed on to star in and exec-
utive produce "House of Lies;"
to air on Showtime. The show
is based on the book
"House of Lies: How
Management Consul-
tants Steal Your Watch
and Tell You the Time,"
by Martin Kihn.
The new show, which
will be a half-hour
dark comedy, was
created, written and
executive produced by Mat-
thew Carnahan, who created
"Dirt." The show will go into
production in February 2011
in Los Angeles.
Cheadle has an exten-
sive acting resume, includ-
ing parts in big box office
flicks like "Iron Man 2" and
"Ocean's Eleven," and has
been nominated for an Acad-
emy Award for his role in "Ho-

tel Rwanda." In 2006, he won
a Golden Globe for his role in
"Don Cheadle is one of the
great dramatic actors of our
generation," said Showtime
President of En-
tertainment David
Nevins. "He also
happens to be an
extremely funny
man. 'House of Lies'
is the perfect show
to take advantage
of both sides of him.
Honestly, I would
have been happy
just to get his autograph."
The show takes an inside
look at a management con-
sultant from a top-tier firm.
Cheadle will star. as Marty,
a highly successful, cut-
throat consultant who is nev-
er above using anything or
anyone necessary to get his
clients the information they

Denzel Washington's wife

coming back to acting world

By Wilson Morales

Pauletta Washington, wife
of two-time Oscar winner
Denzel Washington, is set to
appear in the Off-Broadway
production of 'Love,
Loss and What I Wore'
at New York's Westside
Theatre, reports Jet
Magazine .
The talented actress/
singer and mother of
four will co-star with
Nikki Blonsky ('Hair-
spray'), Alexis Bledel WAS
('Gilmore Girls'), Anita
Gillette and Judy Gold in the
play's Jan. 12-Feb. 13 run.
The play is based on Ilene
Beckeman's 1995 book about
clothes and the memories
they bring back. The produc-
tion features a five-woman


cast that will rotate every four
Former Cosby kid Sabrina
LaBeauf will join the cast
next month.
Prior to their 1983 marriage,
Pauletta Pearson
met a 23-year-old
Denzel Washington
on the set of the
1977 CBS televi-
sion movie 'Wilma.'
It was their screen
debut. She then
appeared in 'Purlie'
INGTON (1981) playing an
unknown char-
acter. She also performed in
'Beloved' (1988) as one of 'the
Thirty Women,' 'Happily Ever
After: Fairy Tales for Every
Child' as a Teacher and was
a recurring character named
Terri Angelou in 'The Parkers.'

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By Chris Chase

Just when you thought Venus Williams had gone as far (and
short) as possible, she manages to stretch the boundaries of ten-
nis fashion a little bit more.
In her second-round match at the Australian Open, the sev-
en-time Grand Slam champ walked onto the court at Rod Laver
Arena wearing a yellow tank-top dress with a crisscross pattern
covering her bare abdomen. It looked like a mix between Solid
Gold Dancer and Edward Scissorhands.
Venus said it was inspired by "Alice in Wonderland."
"Yeah, don't laugh. But it's kind of about a surprise, because
when Alice goes down the hole, the rabbit hole, she finds all these
things that are so surprising.
"This outfit is about having a surprise in tennis a dress, and
kind of, you know, showing some skin and then just having a
print. Prints don't happen that often in tennis. So it's called the
Wonderland dress. It was fun."

Are you addicted to makeup?

By Joanna Douglas

A new study of 3,000 women conduct-
ed by Superdrug found that one in three
women refuse to go out in public with-
out wearing makeup. As in, they can't
even run out to the grocery store or to
pick up their kid without makeup on.
Really? Nearly half of all women say
they prefer to wear cosmetics than to
show their bare face. But what's the
most shocking of all: one in ten women
polled said they would never ever let
0 -.4 their partner see them without a full
face of makeup on.
Sara Wolverson of Superdrug told the
I Daily Mail: "For many women, putting
their makeup on is an important part of
their day, and the thought of people seeing
them without can be horrifying. We know
that when it comes to cutting back, cos-
metics are seen as an essential. Wearing
and buying cosmetics is not about vanity.
It's about giving a woman confidence to
succeed in every area of their life."
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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
158th Street. You may pre-
register at www.miamisao.
com. For more info, call the
State Attorney's Office Com-
munity Outreach Division at

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.

Miami-Dade County
Business Expo 2011 will
take place on Thursday,
Jan. 27 from 2:30-9 p.m. at
Miami Free Zone, 2305 NW
107th Ave in Doral, FL. For
more info, 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
org or visit www.ncbwl00mi-

* Booker T. Washington
Senior High School, 1200
NW 6th Ave., will host the
33rd Annual NAACP ACT-
SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural,
Technological and Scientific
Olympics) Academic Com-
petition on Saturday, Jan.
29 (Module I) and Saturday,
March 5 (Module II) from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. For more infor-
mation, including guidelines
for participation and applica-

tion form, log on to www.mi- or
contact Art Johnson, Chair-
person at 305-685-9436.

An AT&T Black History
Calendar unveiling, recog-
nition and celebration, and
UNCF Campaign Kickoff will
take place on Monday, Jan.
31 at the Little Haiti Cultural
Center located at 212-260 NE
59th Terrace. The reception
will begin at 6 p.m. Call Mo-
nique John at 305-622-3210
to RSVP.

SI AM, Inc. is hosting a
free African Caribbean Dance
Experience on Feb. 1 and
Feb. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the
African American Research
Library and Cultural Center,
2650 NW Sistrunk Blvd. in
Fort Lauderdale. For direc-
tions, call 954-625-2800.

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

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

* The Florida A&M Uni-
versity National Alumni
Association (NAA) Annual
Convention is scheduled for
May 18-22 in Orlando, Fl. For
more information, contact the
Public Relations department
at 850-599-3413 or email
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By Linda M. Thigpen

Wednesday, January 12th
marked the one year anni-
versary of the catastrophic
earthquake in Haiti that left
thousands dead, homeless,
parentless and without food
or water. And while the people
of Haiti face a long road to re-
covery, their descendants, rel-
atives, friends and people of
good will, like those at Robert
Renick Educational Center in
Opa-Locka, say they will nev-
er forget those who died and
those who struggle to survive.
As evidence of their solidar-
ity the Center conducted a
school-wide activity commem-
orating the event.
Students, faculty and staff
of the school participated in
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a lighter moment during the commemoration.

Student Angel Mayan-Ortiz, 7th grade, includes his well

tors, Fred Clermont and Car-
olyn Caruthers, presented a
power-point presentation il-
lustrating life in Haiti before
the earthquake. The presen-
tation then contrasted what
life has been like in Haiti
since the earthquake with
photographs of buildings left
in shambles.
The highlight of the assem-
bly featured a 20-foot banner
showing graphics, slogans
and a variety of greetings from
faculty, staff and students at
Robert Renick. The colorful
banner, designed by Para-

Professional Marlon Joseph,
is to be sent to Haiti in an ef-
fort to lift the spirits of fellow
school students at Toussaint
L'Ouverture School.
Principal Paulette Covin-
Fredrik said, "The ceremony
is important and significant
to each of us and should be
held annually so that none
of us forget." Covin-Fredrik
made it a learning experience
for social studies students by
requesting students to write
letters to Haiti students wish-
ing them well and inviting
them to become pen pals.

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joined fellow Haitain authors M.J. Fievre and Marie Ket-
sia Theodore-Pharel at the Museum of Contemporary Art
on Saturday, Jan. 22nd for a reading and book signing of
their latest work, "Haiti Noir."The book continues to be
praised by Haitians and non-Haitians alike. According to
Publisher's Weekly, "Danticat [who edited the book] has
succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian cul-
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asks fans if she

should boycott Israel

Soul singer Macy Gray has asked her
fans on Facebook whether she should
cancel planned concerts in Tel Aviv be-
cause of the "disgusting" way the Israeli
government treats Palestinians.
International artists, entertainers and
academics are under increasing pres-
sure to boycott Israel because of Israeli
actions in the Israeli-Palestinian con-
But Gray took the unusual step of ask-
ing Facebook followers what to do, in a
posting that went up recently.
"I'm getting alot of letters from activ-
ists urging/begging me to boycott by
NOT performing in protest of Apartheid
against the Palestinians," she wrote.
"What the Israeli government is doing

to the Palestinians is disgusting, but I
wana go. I gotta lotta fans there I don't
want to cancel on and I don't know how
my NOT going changes anything. What
do you think? Stay or go?"
After receiving almost 4,000 often im-
passioned messages in just four days,
Gray has announced via Twitter that
she would indeed sing in Tel Aviv next
"Dear Israel fans. Me and the band will
be there in 20 days. Can't wait. See you
then. Peace," she wrote in a Tweet.
Israelis and Palestinians have been
locked in conflict for six decades, with
U.S.-led initiatives to bring about a nego-
tiated settlement making little head way
over the years.

Palestinians accuse Israel of operat-
ing a de-facto apartheid system in the
occupied West Bank, where they want
to establish an independent state. Israel,
says Palestinian militants are intent on
destroying the Jewish State.
Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, for
example, canceled his planned concerts
in Israel last summer because of what he
called the "grave and complex" sensitivi-
Earlier this month, French singer
Vanessa Paradis, who is married to ac-
tor Johnny Depp, canceled a February
10 concert in Israel. She said it clashed
with an important meeting, but the Is-
raeli media have speculated that is was
a political decision.

Kanye tops 2010 critics poll Singer takes new spin on video

By Simon Vozick-Levinson

Remember 2010? It seems so
long ago now, but the year in
music is never completely over
until the Village Voice releases
its annual Pazz & Jop
critics' poll. The ven- .
erable alt-weekly re-
vealed the 2010 results
recently, and you will
be absolutely shocked
to learn that after poll-
ing 708 music writers,
the runaway winner in
the albums category ,
was Kanye West's My
Beautiful Dark Twisted
Fantasy (MBDTF). Top honors
in the singles category went to
Cee Lo Green's "F- You."
Of course, West's album al-
ready topped quite a few pub-
lications' year-end lists last
month, so this result was prac-
tically a foregone conclusion.
Still, the magnitude of West's
win is notable. MBDTF scored
almost exactly twice as many
points as this year's Pazz &
Jop runner-up, LCD Sound-
system's This Is Happening,
which in turn barely nosed


ahead of this year's No. 3, Ar-
cade Fire's The Suburbs.
West also dominated the sin-
gles category. While No. 1 went
to "F-You," No. 2 to Janelle Mo-
nae's "Tightrope," and No. 3 to
Robyn's "Dancing on
My Own" all most
deserving choices -
the next three spots
in the top 10 singles
Sent to West ("Run-
away," "Power," and
"Monster"). Com-
bine the votes for
those three tracks
and you'd have more
than enough points
to beat Cee Lo for the
No. 1 spot.
A music nerd like myself
could spend all day examin-
ing Pazz & Jop data. Luckily,
the far more statistics-savvy
Glenn McDonald has done all
the hard work for me. Check
out his site for some insanely
thorough analysis of the past
three years' P&J results.
Then let us know what you
think of this year's poll. Sur-
prised that a bunch of critics
love Kanye West and Cee Lo?

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clip was directed by Ambrosius'
manager, Julius Erving III,
and is the second single from
her solo debut, "Late Nights
and Early Mornings," due out
Feb. 22. Ambrosius says what
she offers is honesty, when
other recording artists hold

"I think many musicians
separate themselves from
what they're actually going
through in real life for fear of
being judged for, you know,
what their political views are
(and) what they feel person-
ally about things that are go-
ing on in the real world," she
said. M'i -.ic for me is personal
and that's the only way I know
how to approach it."

How important is makeup to you?

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But really, how is it that some
of these women will be intimate
with their man, but won't show
him her natural face? Makeup
is pretty, but it's not always
The Daily Mail reached out to
Jackie Fletcher, a life coach from
Hampshire, who said a wom-
an's relationship with makeup
is not just about her outward
appearance, but also what's go-

ing on on the inside. "Make-up
can help with a sense of self-re-
spect," said Fletcher. "The real-
ity is that we do judge people by
how they look, and this can be
especially important for women
in business who often need to
appear professional. But there
is another side to it. If the rea-
son for wearing make-up lies in
the woman feeling worried that
people will judge her for the way
she looks rather than who she
is, that's a problem that needs
to be addressed."

The mother of the late legendary rapper Tupac Shakur has been arrested and
arraigned on felony drug charges.
Afeni Shakur Davis, 63, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana,
maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substance and simple
possession of a controlled substance.
Shakur Davis, who lives in Lumberton, S.C., posted $10,000 bail and was or-
dered to appear in court on May 10.
Shakur Davis has a long history of succumbing to, and emerging from, the
irresistible allure of drugs.

Mike Epps may have trouble finding humor in a lawsuit that may force him to
write a big check. Epps is being sued for $1 million by photographer Douglass
Thornton for an incident that occurred at the Key Club in Detroit on Nov. 27, 2010.
According to reports, Epps and Thornton got into an altercation after Thorn-
ton began taking pictures and filming videos of Epps while the comedian was
celebrating his wife's birthday party with family and friends.
Epps asked Thornton to stop taking pictures and confronted the photographer
once he ignored his request. Thornton claims that Epps attempted to grab his
camera and punched him in the face. He also claims that Epps' entourage beat
and fired weapons at him once he attempted to escape.

Authorities in Memphis have dropped criminal charges against rapper Yo
Gotti over a fight outside a nightclub.
The performer, whose name is Mario Mims, had been arrested after the fight
outside a nightclub on Nov. 29 that left five men with gunshot wounds.
, Mims and nine other suspects were charged with aggravated riot in a parking
lot fight at the Level II entertainment complex.
Shelby County District Attorney General's spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals
said the charges were dropped for a lack of witnesses.

The wife of rapper T.I. is no longer facing charges for possession of ecstasy
after she finished a drug diversion program.
Jane Robinson, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attor-
ney's office, said recently that the charge was dismissed after Tameka "Tiny"
Cottle finished 24 sessions of a certified drug diversion program in Georgia.
Cottle was arrested Sept. 1 along with her husband during a traffic stop in Los
Angeles' Sunset Strip. The 35-year-old pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor
charge in November.


continued from 4C

Women in Transition of
South Florida is offering free
Basic Computer Classes to
women ages 16 and up. Reg-
istration is open, but class
size is limited. Call 305-757-
0715 for more information.

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

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

Beta Tau Zeta Royal
Association offers after-
school tutoring for students
K-12 on Monday-Friday.
Students will receive assis-
tance with homework and
computers. Karate classes
are also offered two days a
week. The program is held
at the Zeta Community Cen-
ter in Liberty City. 305-836-

Star of "Are We There Yet?" talks about the TBS hit show Views on Duvalier's return

continued from 3C

in a lot of ways. There are a lot
of Blacks in comedies, but not a
lot of sitcoms, period. I've always
made it a point to stay ahead
of the curve. Find a way to be
relevant, involved. That's why
I have a reality show on BET.
When Tyler Perry changed the
TV game and started putting
together all these new busi-
ness models, I knew I needed
to be part of that. I'm honored
to be on the cutting edge of
these type of things. Shows
have never been produced the
way we're doing it.
I think Are We There Yet?
is one of those watershed mo-
ments in TV. Everyone will
look back and realize this is

when it changed.
Do you consider yourself a
positive role model for men and
Black fathers in particular?
I do. I used to do many char-
acters. They tend to typecast
in Hollywood and if you're on
an episode of CSI, they tend to
handcuff you to those kinds
of roles. To be a normal guy
-I'm a father. That's what I do.
I know plenty of big guys who
love their wives, kids, families
who live their everyday nor-
mal lives. That's the guy I rep
on TV. Hopefully it will inspire
What advice would you give
to people trying to break into
the business?
Know it's going to be a strug-
gle, it's going to be terrible,
but in that struggle there will

Terry Crews
be improvement. Audition. Try
and fail. I've been there. In
that, you learn, you learn what

not to do. There's no other way
to make it. You've got to be
willing to go through it. I look
at Essence Atkins. She's been
on TV since The Cosby Show
- and yet people who might
not be as committed find a way
to complain. She finds a way
to work. Don't complain just
make it happen.
What lessons have you
Be open to criticism. It
doesn't feel good to hear you're
not doing well. The greatest ac-
tors may not listen to you, but
they listen to someone. But
find someone you trust. Listen
and take in what they're say-
ing. It makes a difference.
Are We There Yet? airs
Wednesday at 10 p.m. on

continued from 5C

in Haiti during Baby Doc's
rule, said he was pleased
about not only Duvalier's re-
turn but anybody who wants
to return.
"Aristide came back to Hai-
ti," she said. "Duvalier come
back to Haiti, that's good.
Jean Claude is good people."
Amnesty International has
urged Haitian authorities to
hold Duvalier responsible for
human rights abuses commit-
ted during his regime in the
1970s and 1980s.
Tony Jeanthenor, a native of
Haiti now living in Miami, be-
lieves Duvalier should be held
accountable for his alleged

"As a social worker and a
person working for justice, I
think it's about time the mil-
lions of people who were vic-
tims of the regime of Duvalier
get justice," Jeanthenor said.
"I think Duvalier is a dictator.
He was president for life and
he still thinks he's president
for life. When I saw him return
to Haiti, I see the same crimi-
nal who once terrorized Haiti."
Jeanthenor does not believe
Duvalier is qualified to help in
the reconstruction of Haiti.
"Let me tell you he is not an
energizer; he can do nothing
to help Haiti," he said. "My
surprise is that all .the inter-
national community is watch-
ing and saying nothing. That's
the thing that angers me all
the time."

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Job prospects

good in 2011,

for employers

By Christopher S. Rugaber

WASHINGTON Companies planning to
ramp up hiring this year will have an added
luxury: their choice from a flood of appli-
cants, without having to pay a premium for
top talent.
Unemployment remains near double digits,
and there are nearly five unemployed work-
ers competing for each available job. That is
giving employers more confidence, while at
the same time enabling them to keep wages
The lack of opportunities over the past
three years means it's risky for jobseekers
to be choosy, particularly for those who have
been out of work for more than six months.
All that makes for a buyers' market, leav-
ing hiring managers with little incentive to
"They don't have to pay higher wages to get
who they want," Heidi Shierholz, an econo-
mist at the liberal Economic Policy Institute.
Employers advertised 3.25 million jobs
in November, the Labor Department said
recently. That's 39 percent higher than the
number of jobs advertised in July 2009, a
month after the recession ended. But it's still
far below the 4.4 million openings posted in
December 2007, when the downturn began.
With 15 million unemployed in November,
the ratio was 4.6 unemployed workers for ev-
ery open job. The ratio reached 6.3 in Novem-
ber 2009, the highest since the department
began tracking job openings in December
2000. Still, in a healthy economy, it would
fall to between 1.5 and 2, economists say.
Those figures don't factor in under-em-
ployed workers or people with jobs who may
test the hiring waters.
While openings are up 39 percent from the
16w poditf during theiredessidn, monthly hir-
ing has risen only 4 percent to 4.2 million in
Please turn to JOBS 9D

Facebook raises $1.5

billion in financing

By Michael J. De La Merced

Facebook announced recently that it had raised
$1.5 billion in new financing led by Goldman
The investments include $500 million from
Goldman Sachs and the Russian investment firm
Digital Sky Technologies, as well as $1 billion
from wealthy Goldman clients based overseas.
The round of financing values the social net-
working giant at $50 billion more than the
market values of Yahoo and eBay. According to
Shai-esPost, a private marketplace, the private
shares of Facebook are trading at an implied
valuation of $76 billion.
Facebook said in a statement that while it had
the opportunity to accept as much as $1.5 billion
from Goldman's foreign clients after Ameri-
can individuals were shut out of the offering it
chose to limit the amount.
"While the offering was oversubscribed, Face-
book made a business decision to limit the offer-
ing to $1 billion," the company said.
Facebook did not elaborate.
The decision to take only $1 billion was not
connected to Goldman's decision earlier in the
week to prevent American clients from participat-
ing in the Facebook investment, a person briefed
on the matter said.
Please turn to FACEBOOK 9D



By Paul Davidson and
Barbara Hansen

Economists are more optimis-
tic about the recovery than they
were just a few months ago, sig-
nificantly upgrading their fore-
casts for 2011 as consumers open
their wallets.
When asked to predict, nine of
10 economists said they're more
optimistic than three months ago,
according to a USA TODAY survey
of 46 economists conducted Jan.
They expect the economy to
grow at an annual rate of 3.2 per-
cent to 3.4 percent each quarter
this year. That's. up from quar-
terly median forecasts of 2.5 per-
cent to 3.3 percent in an October




At midpoint, an altered

State of the Union

By Nancy Benac
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Nearly two years ago on a cold Feb-
ruary day, President Barack Obama stood for the first time
before a joint session of Congress and spoke of a national day of
It was time not just to stabilize the shaken economy, he declared, but
to reach for lasting prosperity.
His goals were expansive: overhauling health care, cutting the deficit, im-
proving schools, finding a way out of Iraq and a way ahead in Afghanistan.
Most of all, creating jobs. Jobs by the millions.
He had big plans and a Democratic majority in Congress to help him carry
them out.
"We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will
emerge stronger than before," Obama said to rousing applause.
Grim as the economic news was at the time, the nation and Obama -
Please turn to OBAMA 8D

Postal Service raising most rates in April

By Randolph E. Schmid

WASHINGTON Postal rates
will go up in April, but the cost
of sending the basic letter will re-
main the same.
The Postal Service said recent-
ly that most rates will go up on
April 17 under a formula that al-
lows the agency to increase prices
within the rate of inflation.
The post office said the 44-cent
price of a first-class stamp will re-
main unchanged, but heavier let-
ters will cost more. The basic rate
is for the first ounce, and the price
for each extra ounce will rise from
17 cents to 20 cents.
"While changing prices is al-
ways a difficult decision, we have
made every effort to keep the im-

pact minimal for consumers and
customers doing business with us
at retail lobbies," Postmaster Gen-
eral Patrick R. Donahoe said.
Under the law, the post of-

fice can raise rates as long as it
doesn't exceed inflation, which
would permit an increase of 1.7
percent averaged over all mail.
The Postal Service lost $8.5 bil-
lion last year despite deep cuts of
more than 100,000 jobs and other
reductions in recent years.

The agency has lost consider-
able business to the Internet in
recent years and the post office

last summer sought an increase
that would have exceeded infla-
tion, citing the unusual business
conditions of the recession. That
was rejected by the independent
Postal Regulatory Commission.
The post office has appealed

that turndown, but in the mean-
time is moving to increase rates
within the legal limit.
In addition to the 3-cent boost
for additional ounces of first-class
mail the new rates are as follows:
Post cards will rise from 28
cents to 29 cents.
Letters to Canada or Mexi-
co increase to 80 cents, from 75
cents to Canada and 79 cents to
Letters to other internation-
al destinations will remain un-
changed at 98 cents.
Express Mail and Priority Mail
prices are not affected.
There will be a variety of price
changes for other mailing ser-
vices, including advertising mail,
periodicals and packages.

"This growth is now becom-
ing self-reinforcing," says Mark
Zandi, chief economist of Moody's
Analytics. "Businesses are going
to take their stronger sales and
begin to hire more aggressively,
generate more income, and we're
off and running."
Zandi expects the economy to
grow 4.4 percent this year. That's
better than last year's estimated
3 percent growth, but well short
of the 5 percent to 7 percent ex-
pansion that followed previous
severe recessions.
The economists say the more
robust growth will help cut the
unemployment rate to 9 percent
by year's end from 9.4 percent in
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Taxpayers should beware of quick cash offers from local tax preparers

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

Right now, the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS) is preparing for this
year's tax season and an estimated
140 million individual tax returns.
Eager tax filers will be tempted to use
one of the temporary neighborhood
business locations that open their
doors each year in the name of con-
venient and quick tax preparation.
But, as with many quick cash offers,
a significant cost is incurred for ser-
vices marketed as either Refund An-
ticipation Loans (RALs) or as Refund

Anticipation Check (RACs).
Each year, high cost tax-related
services drain an estimated $11 bil-
lion from the pockets of moderate and
low-income households. Moreover,
when a RAL is used in tax prepara-
tion, the service fee is usually a slid-
ing scale that increases with the size
of the refund. In other words, the
larger the refund, the greater the fees.
Many consumers denied a RAL ap-
plication or others without a checking
account, will turn to RACs, a finan-
cial product that enables unbanked
consumers to receive a direct deposit
refund. After an IRS refund is depos-

ited, the participating bank issues a
check and closes the temporary ac-
count. And while RAC fees may vary,
consumers who opened RAC accounts
were also charged check cashing fees.
With either of these options, con-
sumers lose a significant portion of
their tax refund. For low-to-moderate
income households, the annual tax
refund helps to retire holiday debt,
large purchase items or even high
winter utility bills.
Particularly vulnerable to the lure
of expensive RALs and RACs are low
and moderate income households that
qualify for the federal Earned Income

Tax Credit (EITC). When the EITC
exceeds the amount of taxes owed, a
sizable tax refund goes to those who
claim and qualify for the credit. For
2010 returns, the tax credit ranges
from a low of $457 for a single-per-
son household to a high of $5,666
for married ,couples or workers with
three or more dependent children.
The Federal Reserve estimates that
30 million households nearly one
in four are either unbanked or
under-banked. Blacks and Hispan-
ics comprise more than 60 percent of
the country's unbanked households.
Blacks alone account for 36.9 percent

of the unbanked.
However this year and for the first
time, an estimated 600,000 low and
moderate income tax filers across
the country, will have an alternative
government-sponsored pilot program
intended to be quicker, safer, and
more convenient. This week, the U.S.
Treasury Department will randomly
offer My Account Card Visa Prepaid
Debit Card to consumers with limited
or no access to traditional banking
The results of this pilot program
will help the federal government to
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SExperts: Economy looking brighter for 2011

Quarterly Survey

Unemployment rate
Actual Forecast
9.4% 9.5% 9.3% 9.2% 9.0% 8.8%
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Fast-food restaurants full of deals on meals a

By Bruce Horovitz

You know it's January
when fast-food deals are as
common as snowflakes -
and diet ads.
Virtually every major fast-
food chain from Burger
King to Wendy's to Taco
Bell- is wheeling and deal-
ing with specials, promos,
even freebies to thaw sales
in what is typically the
toughest quarter of the year
for the $170 billion industry.

The ugliest driver: Unem-
ployment remains at double
digits for fast food's core
demographic, 18-to-34-
year olds, says David Ov-
ens, chief marketing officer
at Taco Bell. For 16-to-19-
year-olds, unemployment
was at 26.3 percent in the
fourth quarter, and at 14.9
percent for 20-to-24-year-
olds, reports the Bureau of
Labor Statistics. "For them,"
Ovens says, "value is even
more important now than it



was a few years ago."
After the holidays, con-
sumers are cash-short, says
Christopher Muller, dean at
Boston University's School
of Hospitality. Going out
for pricey meals now is a
stretch. But fast-food deals
can lure folks back, often
to buy more than planned,
Muller says. "You can't sell
something to someone who
isn't in your restaurant."
Many consumers are less
eager to eat fast food in the

winter months especially
Those on diets, says Jeff Da-
vis, president of Sandelman
& Associates. That's not
stopping the major chains
from courting customers
Two-for-ones. Burger
King is touting two-for-one
chicken sandwiches (nor-
mally $3.79) through Jan.
16. It appeals to custom-
ers who don't want to reach
"deeper into their wallets,"
Please turn to DEALS 9D

2011 expected to be a better year for the economy

continued from 7D

December. They ex-
pect employers to add
200,000 jobs a month
by the second half of
the year, more than
double last year's rate.
Several economists
said the brighter out-
look is largely a re-
sponse to a recent
flurry of positive re-
ports. Car and truck

sales rose 11.1 percent
last month from the
year-ago period. Holi-
day retail sales ap-
pear to have jumped
5 percent, their best
showing since 2005.
Factory output is ris-
ing. Even the sluggish
housing market has
picked up.
Chris Varvares,
president of Macroeco-
nomic Advisers, says
the recent stock mar-

ket rally has restored
much household
wealth. "That's allow-
ing consumer spend-
ing to strengthen," he
Americans are also
loosening their purse
strings, he says, as a
more stable job market
makes them less ner-
vous about layoffs.
At the same time,
cash-rich U.S. cor-
porations are feeling

more confident in the
recovery's durability.
That will prompt them
to hire more, says Da-
vid Wyss, chief econo-
mist at Standard &
The economy still
faces headwinds.
Wyss points to budget-
strapped state and
local governments,
which are expected to
lay off 200,000 work-
ers this year. And 71

percent of the econo-
mists said they're
concerned that higher
energy prices will slow
Other findings: 29
percent of economists
cited global financial
instability as the re-
covery's biggest threat.
Only 24 percent point-
ed to weak job growth;
22 percent cited the
troubled housing mar-

Despite the strength-
ening recovery, 93
percent of the econo-
mists expect the Fed-
eral Reserve to com-
plete its $600 billion
in Treasury purchases
by June to lower long-
term interest rates and
stimulate the econ-
omy. Yet 93 percent
also said the Fed won't
launch another stim-
ulus. The Fed meets
this week.

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didn't know how bad it was
going to get before things start-
ed to turn around. The econo-
my hemorrhaged nearly 4 mil-
lion jobs in 2009, Obama's first
year as president.
Two years in to his term, as
Obama prepares to stand be-
fore Congress once again, he
will size up an altered State of
the Union.
The economy undisputedly
is on stronger footing, though
far from robust. There's a new
health care law. U.S. troops
have come out of Iraq and gone
into Afghanistan.
"The most productive two
years that we've had in genera-
tions," the president pronounc-
es it.
Yet he will speak to a radical-
ly reshaped Congress. His par-
ty's ranks have been thinned
by voters who delivered a harsh
verdict in November on two
years of collaboration between
Obama and the Democratic-
controlled House and Senate.
He faces Republicans who
are sworn to slash spending
by as much as $100 billion as
the government comes off an
economic rescue effort that has
put the country on track for
a third consecutive year of $1
trillion-plus deficits.
Ask people whether Obama
has delivered on his broad-
brush promise of change, and
42 percent the biggest share

- say it's still too soon to tell,
according to an AP-GfK poll.
One-third say he's failed to de-
liver; one-quarter think he's
kept his promise.
The public is divided, too, on
whether Obama is attempting
to change things at the right
pace, according to the poll.
About one-third think he's
moving too fast, and almost
equal shares think his pace is
just right or too slow.
Where do we stand? "I think
I'd use the word transitional,"
says Rutgers political scientist
Ross Baker. "There's a sense of
expectation on the part of the
public. I think it's tinged with
The nation may have weath-
ered its economic crisis, but the
same cannot be said for many
The unemployment rate was
8.2 percent in February 2009,
when Obama first addressed
Congress. It hit double digits by
that October and was 9.4 per-
cent at last report. While the
administration is quick to point
out that 1.1 million jobs were
created last year, there are 2.8
million fewer jobs now than
when Obama took office.
Housing is a particular sore
spot. Foreclosures hit a record
1 million in 2010, and this
year's figures are likely to be
"I don't think they ever fully
got their arms around the fac-
tors that were contributing
to such an appalling rate of

foreclosures and I don't think
they've done it yet," says the
Brookings Institution's Bill
Galston, a former Clinton ad-
ministration official who gives
the president good marks over-
all for stabilizing the economy.
In Obama's first address to
Congress, the president spoke
passionately about the inequi-
ties and "crushing costs" of the
health care system, of families
denied treatment or forced into
bankruptcy because of medical
Last March 23, after a long
and fierce battle, Obama
signed into law the Patient
Protection and Affordable
Care Act, aimed at expanding
coverage to virtually all in this
country and preventing insur-
ers from denying coverage to
those with health problems.
The political repercussions
were immediate and intense.
Republicans campaigned
against "Obamacare" in the
fall elections; Democrats most-
ly tried to avoid the subject.
On Tuesday, Obama will
stand before Congress in the
same chamber where House
Republicans voted just days
ago to scrap the law (know-
ing their repeal effort would
founder in the Senate.)
While the economy com-
manded Obama's attention,
the two wars he inherited test-
ed his resolve as commander
in chief. Obama sought an
exit strategy in Iraq, the war
he had opposed from the start,

and an escalation in Afghani-
stan, the war he thought was
The U.S. had about 138,000
troops in Iraq when he took
office and 36,000 in Afghani-
Two years later, the situation
has flipped: There are 47,000
in Iraq, 97,000 in Afghanistan.
All in all, Obama made an
astonishing array of promises
in his campaign and rededi-
cated himself to them in the

ones such as his pledge to open
American cultural centers in
Islamic cities abroad (a promise
being kept) to his vow to repeal
the Bush-era tax cuts for the
wealthy (a promise broken).
To the Heritage Foundation's
Brian Darling, Obama has
emerged as the "over-promiser
in chief."
"Walking into another State
of the Union speech," says Dar-
ling, "the American people will
look at his statements skepti-

on the economy are the over-
arching achievement of the first
half of his term and the key
to a successful second half.
"The administration's accom-
plishment in preventing eco-
nomic disaster has been under-
estimated and is likely to look
better in historical hindsight
than it has up to now," Galston
says. "The real challenge that
he has going forward is to move
the patient from stability to re-
covery. That's the Step Two."

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The $112 million woman



What would you do if you won the
lottery? Buy a fancy car? That's what
Cynthia Stafford did after cashing in
her $112 million ticket. She scooped
up two Bentleys-a baby-blue con-
vertible and a bright-orange sedan.
Maybe you'd take a first-class trip
to Paris? Or hire a personal trainer?
Stafford did both.
But she did more than change her
lifestyle-she changed her life. What
she really wanted was to make mov-
ies, so the one-time office worker set
out to do just that. Nearly four years
later, she heads her own production

company. The craziest thing? She
predicted every bit of her journey. "I
knew I'd get here," Stafford says, as
she sits in the elegant living room of
her Los Angeles-area home. "It was
just a matter of visualizing it."
Back in January 2007, Stafford was
raising five children and struggling
to pay the bills, so she began lulling
herself to sleep at night by imagining
that she was holding a lottery check.
She pictured the exact amount: $112
followed by lots of zeroes. The story
seems implausible, and yet Stafford's
steady gaze and positive energy make

you believe her, even the bit about
knowing what she'd be wearing when
she won: a lime-green blouse with a
leaf print. "That part keapt surprising
me," she says, laughing. "I thought I'd
lose weight by then and wouldn't still
have that top."
But that's what she was wearing the
next Mother's Day when she learned
the $2 ticket she'd bought made her
the sole winner in a drawing worth,
yes, $112 million. "When I found out,
I sat in silence for a minute because
it confirmed how powerful our minds
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/ Iottery splurge.

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Bell, Lester E 20535 SW 122Nd Ave #203 Miami FL 33177 Ellinglon, Travis K 3725 Charles Ter Miami FL 33133
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Leyva, Robert 11277 SW 3Rd St #Rear Sweetwater FL 33174 Samues, Anthony 221 NW 14Th St #106 Miami FL 33136
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Lopez, Nestor R 4855 SW 135Th PI Miami FL 33175 Small, Joseph 421 NW 3Rd St Apt 6 Miami FL 33128
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President Obama to

push new spending

State of the Union speech to call for "

boosting 'competitiveness'

By Damian Paletta
Jonathan Weisman
Laura Meckler
The Associated Press

President Barack Obama
will call for new government
spending on infrastructure,
education and research in
his State of the Union ad-
dress Tuesday, sharpening
his response to Republicans
in Congress who are de-
manding deep budget cuts,
people familiar with the
speech said.
Obama will argue that the
U.S., even while trying to re-
duce its budget deficit, must
make targeted investments
to foster job growth and
boost U.S. competitiveness
in the world economy. The
new spending could include
initiatives aimed at building
the renewable-energy sec-
tor-which received billions
of dollars in stimulus fund-
ing-and rebuilding roads to
improve transportation, peo-

pie familiar with the matter
said. Money to restructure
the No Child Left Behind
law's testing mandates and
institute more competitive
grants also could be includ-
While proposing new
spending, Obama also will
lay out significant budget
cuts elsewhere, people fa-
miliar with the plans say,
though they will likely fall
short of what Republican
lawmakers have requested.
In arguing that U.S. com-
petitiveness is at stake,
Obama plans to use his na-
tionally televised speech to
try to frame the spending de-
bate with Republicans that
is expected to dominate Con-
gress in the coming months.
"We seek to do everything we
can to spur hiring and en-
sure our nation can compete
with anybody 'on the planet,"
Obama said recently after
touring a General Electric
Co. plant in Schenectady,


President Barack Obama and GE's Jeffrey Immelt,
left, with plant manager Kevin Sharkey, visited a GE
factory recently to talk about green jobs.

N.Y. He cited clean-energy
manufacturing, infrastruc-
ture and education as keys
to competitiveness.
Previewing the expected
theme of his speech, Obama
recently appointed GE Chief
Executive Jeffrey Immelt to
lead a new President's Coun-
cil on Jobs and Competitive-
Commenting on the new
advisory panel, Senate Mi-
nority Leader Mitch McCon-
nell (R., Ky.) said that unless
its "first recommendations
are to reverse the damage the
policies of the last two years

have done to the business
climate, job creation and the
exploding national debt, I
fear it will do more to create
good public relations for the
White House than good jobs
for struggling Americans."
Republicans are casting
the White House's pivot to-
ward competitiveness as an
excuse for bigger govern-
ment and more spending.
They say a surge in federal
spending and a $1.3 trillion
budget deficit are impeding
job creation, and dramatic
spending cuts are needed

New app lets you check tax refund status

By Sandra Block

The TRS unveiled a new
smartphone app recently
that will allow taxpayers
to check the status of their
tax refunds and get other
information about their
tax returns.
The app, IRS2Go, can
be downloaded for free on
iPhones and Androids, the
IRS said
Taxpayers will need to
provide some basic infor-
mation to check the sta-
tus of their refund on the
app. They'll need to enter
their Social Security num-
ber, which will be masked
and encrypted for security
purposes, the IRS said.
After that, they'll need
to select the filing status

they used on their tax re-
turn and enter the amount
of refund they expect to
For taxpayers who e-file,
the refund function of the
smartphone app will work
within about 72 hours af-
ter they receive an e-mail
acknowledgment from the
IRS confirm-
ing receipt
of their re-
turn. Tax-
payers who
file paper
tax returns .r
will need to
wait three to
four weeks
to check
their refund
status, the

App users can also sign
up to receive daily tax tips

from the IRS via e-mail.
Earlier this month, Tur-
boTax, the nation's larg-
est tax software provider,
released a mobile applica-
tion that allows taxpayers
who file a 1040EZ to pre-
pare and file their federal
and state income taxes on
their smartphones. Cus-
tomers can download the
SnapTax app for free, but
will have to pay $14.99 to
file their tax returns.
"This phone app is a
first step for us," IRS Com-
missioner Doug Shul-
man said. "We will look
for. additional ways to ex-
pand and refine our use
of smartphones and other
new technologies to help
meet the needs of taxpay-

Lottery winner uses money to become movie producer

continued from 9D

can be," she says with
a grin. "Then I started
screaming and cry-
Stafford had always
been generous, even
back when she had
much less to give. As
a six-year-old, she
forked over her allow-
ance to UNICEF, and
when her younger
brother died in a car
crash in 1999, she
took in his children:
Qumani, now 14; Si-,
gourney, 15; Jahmil,
18; Charmaine, 20;
and Presley, 22. Staf-
ford opted to take a
$67 million lump-sum
payout from the lot-
tery. So, after shar-
ing the prize with
her father and older
brother, putting away

funds for the kids'
education, and mak-
ing some giddy pur-
chases, she wrote
substantial checks to
organizations includ-
ing UNICEF, the Natu-
ral Resources Defense
Council, God's Love
We Deliver, and Kids
in the Spotlight, a lo-
cal group that teaches
filmmaking to low-in-
come and foster chil-
dren. "I love helping
kids bring out their
creativity," she says.
Then she set about
fulfilling her own mov-
ie-making dreams. Al-
ways thinking big, she
approached billionaire
mogul David Geffen,
co-founder of the film
company DreamWorks
SKG, for guidance.
"I wanted the best
people around me,
but you don't get that


unless you ask," she
says with charming
directness. His best
advice? "Make good
investments," Stafford
says, "because even
$67 million can go
quickly." Since their
conversation, she has
also become actively
involved in the Geffen
Playhouse, a nonprofit
Los Angeles theater.
Says TV producer
Gilbert Cates, an ad-
viser of Stafford's,
"Cynthia gets what she
wants, and what she
wants most is to make

a difference. She's very
smart, doesn't take no
for an answer, and she
sees only goals where
other people might see
In 2009, Staf-
ford launched Queen
Nefertari Productions
to develop movie and
TV projects. Her first
film, now in pre-pro-
duction, is a comedy
to be directed by ac-
tor Kevin Connolly of
HBO's Entourage. She
has also optioned Don
DeLillo's critically ac-
claimed novel White

Noise. "To me, it rep-
resents the ultimate
challenge as an adap-
tation," she says.
Meanwhile, Stafford
is busy planning a
Beverly Hills wedding
to Lanre Idewu, a per-
sonal trainer, and out-
fitting her kids with
the latest Wii and Xbox
gadgets. Still, you get
the feeling that if she
lost everything tomor-
row, she'd be just fine.
"I would simply visual-
ize it again and make
it happen," she says.
And you believe her.

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Lawyers for Bonds trying to

chip away at evidence in case

By Juliet Macur March 21.
Already, Illston has barred the
With Barry Bonds's trial on fed- prosecution from introducing sever-
eral perjury charges nearly two al pieces of evidence against Bonds
months away, his lawyers are mak- because his former trainer, Greg
ing a renewed effort to exclude more. Anderson, has refused to testify be-
of the government's evidence from fore a grand jury or in court.
the case against him. According to Illston,
Those efforts, set forth that evidence includ-
in court filings in San ing two positive steroids
Francisco federal court r F tests that the prosecutors
about a week ago, could contend were Bonds's and
set up prosecutors for an- a log sheet from the Bay
other significant setback Area Laboratory Co-Oper-
to their longstanding effort ative that listed the posi-
to convict Bonds. He was ". tive results under Bonds's
indicted in 2008 on charg- name is unusable at
es of lying to a grand jury BONDS the trial unless Anderson
in 2003 by denying he ever testifies and establishes
knowingly used steroids, its authenticity. An appeals court
S"The government's case has al- subsequently agreed with her deci-
ready been severely damaged by sion.
the court's prior decision to exclude Anderson and four other men
evidence," said Mathew Rosengart, pleaded guilty to illegal drug dis-
a partner at the Manatt, Phelps & tribution in the Balco case, which
Phillips law firm and a former fed- involved dozens of professional and
eral prosecutor. "If the judge rules Olympic athletes. Anderson spent
to exclude even more evidence, it more than a year in jail for refusing
could be another major blow, so the to testify, and Bonds's lawyers are
upcoming decision is crucial." taking full advantage of his resolve.
United States District Court In their recent filings, Bonds's
Judge Susan Illston is expected to lawyers are trying to chip away at
hear arguments next Friday and in the government's use of Anderson,
early February regarding potential this time asking Illston to exclude
evidence that will be used in the from the trial any mention of Ander-
trial, which is scheduled to start on son's refusal to testify.

Great deals on fast-food meals

continued from 8D

says Jonathan Muhtar,
vice president of mar-
Freebies. Wendy's
has a "Free Fries For
All" promo with a so-
cial-media twist. To get
the free Natural Cut
Sea Salt fries, folks go
to Wendy's Facebook
app, then click on the
fry icon. If they share
it with friends who also
click on it, the friends
get the free fries, too,
says Wendy's spokes-

man Denny Lynch. The
promo goes through
Cheap pizza. Papa
John's and Pizza Hut
have $10 large pizzas.
Domino's has two me-
diums for $5.99 each.
Daily deals. On
Monday, Pizza Hut
sells two mediums for
$5.99 each. On Tues-
days, it sells two or-
ders of pasta and five
breadsticks for $10. On
Wednesday, 50-cent
Dollar deals. Mc-
Donald's is pushing its

Dollar Menu. Wendy's
is hyping its 99-cent
Value Menu seven
items at 99 cents each.
Big deals. Jack in
the Box has a $3.99
Jumbo Deal with a
burger, two tacos, fries
and a drink.
Taco Bell this
month sells a $5 Buck
Box with Beefy Crunch
Burrito, Crunchwrap
Supreme, Crunchy
Taco, Cinnamon Twists
and medium drink.
Hot deals. KFC is
selling 20 Sauceless
Hot Wings for $10.

More jobs expected for 2011

continued from 7D

the same period.
Shierholz said the
sheer number of appli-
cations from the vast
pool of unemployed,
and a more demand-
ing attitude from em-
ployers could partly
explain the delays.
Companies "think
they should be able
to get perfect, super-
qualified workers for
very cheap," she said.
The good news is
that economists ex-
pect a lot more jobs
in the months ahead.
Some are projecting
more than double the
1.1 million jobs added
in 2010.

The department's
report, known as the
Job Openings and La-
bor Turnover survey,
or JOLTS, counts the
number of jobs ad-
vertised on the last
business day of the
month. While the fig-
ures are for Novem-
ber, economists say
the report provides an
early indication of hir-
ing patterns because
it can take up to three
months to fill many
The figures come
after the department
issued a disappoint-
ing employment report
recently stating that
employers added only
103,000 jobs in De-
cember. Some econo-

Facebook raises money

continued from 7D

The move by Gold-
man to withdraw the
offering from its United
States clients came af-
ter the plan had drawn
regulatory scrutiny.
The Securities and Ex-
change Commission
had started to look at
the structure of the of-
fering and at whether
news coverage of it
crossed a boundary
against the "general
solicitation and adver-
tising" in private offer-
Facebook also con-
firmed recently that it
expected to have more
than 500 sharehold-
ers sometime in 2011,
exceeding a limit set
by securities laws, and
planned to begin fil-
ing public financial
reports by April 30,

2012. Facebook said
in its statement that it
had expected to pass
that threshold even
without the Goldman
With its war chest
now $1.5 billion bigger,
what does Facebook
plan to do with the
new money? Nothing,
for now. The company
said that it would con-
tinue to invest in its
"Our business con-
tinues to perform well,
and we are pleased to
be able to bolster our
cash position with this
new financing,". David
Ebersman, Facebook's
chief financial officer,
said in a statement.
"With this investment
completed, we now
have greater financial
flexibility to explore
whatever opportuni-
ties lie ahead."

mists had forecast
that twice that num-
ber would be added.
The unemployment
rate fell to 9.4 per-
cent from 9.8 percent,
though about half that
drop was due to peo-
ple giving up on job

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$700 a month,
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stove, refrigerator, air.

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

S12400 NE 11 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1100. Appliances,
Free water. 305-642-7080

1245 NW 58 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$495 monthly, $750 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

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

131 NE 56 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-300-9764
1317 NW 2 AVENUE
$425 Move In. One bdrm,
one bath $425. Ms. Shorty

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

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

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

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

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

1459 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
brand new appliances, tiled
floors, $550 monthly.
Call 305-458-3977
1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath,-$395
monthly. $600 move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $550
monthly, $850 to move in.
Newly renovated. All ap-
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1718 NW 2 Court

$425 MOVE IN, One bdrm,
one bath, $425.

1801 NW 1 Court
Two bdrm, one bath, $595
monthly, $900 to move-in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

1801 NW 2 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $850 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
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1835 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms. Free water.
$900 move in. $450 deposit.
$450 monthly. 786-454-5213
186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $475.
Appliances 305-642-7080
1920 NW 31 Street
One bedroom, water, air, and
appliances included
1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

200 NW 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.

210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$475. Call 305-642-7080

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

2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
2804 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, $450
monthly, $700 move in.
Two bdrms, one bath, $595
monthly, $900 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
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411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 per month.
All appliances included.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
472 NW 10 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$495. Stove, refrigerator,
air. 305-642-7080
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars, iron
gate doors. One and two
bedrooms from $490-$580
monthly. 2651 NW 50 Street,
Call 305-638-3699
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
6020 NW 13 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One.
bedroom, $485 monthly. Win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street
Call 305-638-3699
6300 NW 15 Avenue
One and two bedroom, one
bath. Water included.
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $495 monthly. Call

750 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. $750 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
912 NW 55 Terrace #4
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$725 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come. Contact Rastee at:
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gatedoors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call
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Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
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Liberty City Area
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One bedroom. $400 moves
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Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
50 NW 166 Street
North Miami Beach
New four bedrooms, two
baths. Rent $1500. Section 8
OK. 305-528-9964


10000 NW 23 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Walk-in closet, reversible
cooling and heating, large
fenced yard. $1000 monthly,
$1000 security. 305-318-
1086 NW 55 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $875.
Appliances. Free water.

1175 NW 88 Street
Completely remodeled, two
and three bedrooms, all ap-
pliances, water and central
air. Call 305-305-4665
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
1260 Sesame Street
One bdrm, one bath,
appliances,water included,
Call Marie 305-763-5092
1293 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Sec-
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142 NW 71 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, yard,
tiled, washer/dryer hookup,
bars, air, $950 mthly. Section
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1732 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, one bath, central
air, appliances, Section 8 OK.
18 Avenue NW 94 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
utility room, central air, $1100
monthly. 954-430-0849
1855 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, stove, refrigerator
$750 monthly 786-327-1798
1857 NW 50 Street
One and two bedrooms, one
bath, $550, $595, $750.
255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $550.
3189 NW 59 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath re-
modeled. Call Marie
330 NW 82 Terrace Rear
One bedroom, one bath cot-
tage, all new, $685 monthly,
4621 NW 15 Avenue
Unit B, one bedroom, one
bath, $650 mthly. Air, water
and electricity included.
4641 NW 16 Avenue

One bedroom, one bath,
$650 mthly. 786-512-7622

4736 NW 15 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
recently remodeled. Wash-
er-Dryer hookup. $950 per
month. $500 Deposit. Section
8 Welcome! 305-965-2486
580 NW 95 Street
Three bdrms, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 ok. $980 mthly.
6215 NW 2 Place
Big one bedroom, one bath,
appliances, $630 monthly.
Free water. 786-419-6613
6803 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
stove and refrigerator.
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances, free

8451 NW 19 Avenue
One bedroom, water, air, tile,
bars, fenced, $650
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
97 NE 59 Terrace
Brand new luxury three bdrm,
two bath, gated. Section 8
OK. $1450. 786-355-1791
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,
and security. 305-244-6845
Two bedroom, one bath.
Near MDCC, Utility room
with washer and dyer hook
up, window air unit. $875
monthly. Call 786-316-8671


100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1490 NW 56 Street
Furnished, $450 monthly.
1756 All Baba Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 786-556-9111
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
3801 NW 165 Street
Furnished efficiency,
C>Call 786-663-5641
431 NW 75 St.
Clean spacious efficiency.
$600 mthly, includes light,
cable and water. $1200 move
in. 786-200-1672
676 NW 46 Street
$500 monthly. One month
plus deposit. 786-308-6051
New floor, fridge. Utilities plus
cable. $600 monthly. $1200
move in. 305-751-7536
NW 91 Street and 22
Furnished with air and light.

Furnished Rooms

13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1722 NW 77 Street
$120 weekly,new carpet,
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1899 NW 83 Terrace
Nice and clean, air, $100
weekly, $200 to move in.
19541 NW 37 Court
Huge room, air. Kitchen privi-
leges $600 monthly. First and
last. 305-621-0576
$199 DEPOSIT!!
2169 NW 49 Street, Free Air
Direct TV, only $99 weekly.
Call NOW! 786-234-5683.
2010 NW 55 Terrace
One room, central air, appli-
ances. $100 and $125 wkly.
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.
211 NW 12 Street
$100 moves you in. Weekly.
Cable and air. 786-454-5213
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580

3040 NW 71 Street
One person, quiet and peace-
ful home, microwave, refrig-
erator, $100 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
6800 NW 5 Place
Clean $360 monthly
7749 NW 15 Avenue
Kitchen privileges. Utilities,
air and cable included. $480
monthly. 305-218-4746
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
East Miami Gardens Area
Clean furnished rooms. $425
monthly. Move in, no deposit.
Call 305-621-1017 or
Room, meal, and house-
keeping. 305-254-6610
Water and electric included.
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable. 305-688-0187
Room in nice home for rent.
One bedroom. Weekly or
monthly. 954-292-5058 or
7125 NW 13 Avenue. $110
weekly; air, kitchen privileges.
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055
1401 NE Miami Gardens Dr,
free cable, air, 786-277-3688.
Private home, free utilities
and cable. One person, non-
smoker. 305-505-3101
Furnished single room, air,
$325 monthly plus key de-
posit. Call 305-510-6733.
8013 NW 10 Court
Central air, new bathrooms
and kitchen, security gates
$125 $150 weekly. Call
Kevin 786-908-3872
Appointment Only!
Now offering shared rooms
starting at $85 weekly.
Call 786-468-6239
2158 NW 5 Avenue, Miami


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.
1527 NW 100 Street
Five bedrooms, two baths.
$1500 monthly. Section 8 OK.
15741 NW 40 Court
.Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1475 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. Call 305-621-7883
1723 NW 68 Terrace
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
2000 NW 91 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $920 monthly. No
Section 8. 786-306-5333
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
2481 NW 140 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 305-267-9449
2754 NW 169 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one
bath, fenced yard, central
air and heat, appliances.
$1350 mthly. Section 8 OK!
Call 305-790-5026
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.
4740 NW 19 Aveune
Three bedrooms, one baths.
Section 8 OK. 305-751-7151
Large three bdrms, two
baths, completely renovated.
Section 8 welcome.
Great kitchen! 305-321-4077
7 NE 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$850. Appliances, free

944 NW 81 Street A
Three bedrooms, one bath
$850 monthly. Security $600.
Call 786-488-2264
Three bdrms, single rooms,
Section 8. 786-308-5625
Three bedroom, one bath, air,
Section 8 OK. $1400 monthly.
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.
Four bedroom, two bath,
newly renovated. Section 8
vouchers welcome.
Lovely three bedroom, two
bath 3794 NW 213 Terrace.
Fenced yard, tile floor, cen-
tral air, close to shopping,
churches, at Broward/Dade
border. Call 954-243-6606
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, living room furniture,
plasma TV included. Section
8 welcome. 305-490-8844
Three bdrms, one bath or
two bdrms, one bath. Section
8 OK. 305-621-7551
Three bedrooms also an ef-
ficiency. 786-267-7018
Three or four bedrooms. Sec-
tion 8 OK. Call Sean
Four bdrm, two bath, $1600
mthly. 305-757-7067. Design
Three bdrm, three bath,
$1500 mthly. 305-757-7067.
Design Realty
Three bdrm, two bath, $1367
mthly. 305-757-7067. Design
Three bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 786-269-5643
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916

Space available at
6600 NW 27 Avenue
Furnished and Unfurnished.
From $200 per month.
Prime Golden Glades
Office Space for rent, from
$300 to $500 monthly.

126 Street and 22 Avenue,
305-300-7783 786-277-9369


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Need HELP???
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Newly remodeled home.
Three/four bedrooms, two
bath, pool. Low down, EZ
qualifying. Owner will pay all
closing cost. Office: 954-434-
5001. Cell: 786-329-9319

FHA $1900 down. Four bed-
room, two bath, remodeled.
$479 T,:,nlni, We have oth-
ers. NDI Realtors

3361 NW 207 Street, three
bdrms, patio, a1r, bars. Only
$595 monthly with $1900
down FHA. We have others.
NDI Realtors Office at: 290
NW 183 Street 305-655-
1700 or 786-367-0508

Plumbing and Carpentry.
305-401-9165, 786-423-7233
Sewer and Drain Cleaning.
Heaters instl. 305-316-1889

Directors and Teachers
with CDA and background
clearance for Sheyes of Mi-
ami Daycare. All interested
call 305-986-8395.

Musician needed.

Minimum two years expe-
rience. Bilingual a plus.
Interviewing Now! E-mail
us at
or 1-800-915-9860 or

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

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

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

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I Buy Old Records! Albums,
LP's, 45's, or 12" singles.
Soul, Jazz, Blues, Reggae,
Caribbean, Latin, Disco,
Rap. Also DJ Collections! Tell
Your Friends! 786-301-4180.

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Division: PROBATE


A Petition Declaring the
has been filed with the Circuit
Court for Miami-Dade County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 73 West
Flagler Street, Suite 238, Mi-
ami, Florida 33130. The name
and address of the attorney
who filed the Petition Declar-
ing the Death of ANTHONY
ZULKUS is listed at the end of
this Notice.
Any person who has any
knowledge as to the where-
abouts, if living, or death of
information that would assist
the undersigned locating or
confirming the death of AN-
THONY ZULKUS is request-
ed to contact the undersigned
as soon as possible, but no
later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this
There will be a hearing in the
Miami-Dade Probate Court on
March 2, 2011 at 2:45
p.m. Any interested person
should contact the under-
signed for more information
regarding the hearing.
The date of first publication
of this Notice is January 24,
Attorney filing Notice:
Florida Bar No. 371068
1001 Avenida del Circo
P.O. Box 1596
Venice, FL 34284
Telephone: (941) 488-6716
Fax: (941) 488-7079
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Dolphins could learn from rival Jets team

This past weekend we saw the best
of the AFC and NFC as both divisions
battled it out on the gridiron for the
right to a trip to Super Bowl 45. Be-
fore you continue, read that first line
again. The words that should stand
out to the Dolphins fan are "the best of

the AFC." This year, the best teams in
the AFC were the Pittsburgh Steelers
and yes, the New York Jets. I know it
hurts and stings Dolphin fans to hear
that. Especially when the Jets were
the best in the AFC for the 2nd year in
a row, having made it to consecutive

conference championship games.
It doesn't matter that Miami has
beaten the NY Jets four out of five
times. It doesn't matter that we split
with them this year. What matters is
winning and they have done enough
of that. So for the Dolphins fans that
rooted for the Jets to lose against the
Pittsburgh Steelers, stop it. You're be-
ing lame. Here's why.
I was rooting for the Steelers, but not
for the reasons but not simply because
I wanted the Jets to lose. I didn't root
for the Steelers because I was jealous
of how the Jets have turned their team
around in three years. I rooted for the
Steelers because they were the first
NFL franchise I was exposed to as a
kid and I've always had an affinity for

the Black and Gold. I love the fact that
they are led by a young, bright Black
coach. They have a great defense and
young dynamic pieces on the offense.
As for the Dolphins, their season
was over towards the end of December
when they lost to NFL bottom feeders
Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo. New
York won on the road against Pitts-
burgh, lost to Chicago and beat Buf-
falo at home. New York has a dynamic
young QB in Mark Sanchez, just two
years removed from college and has
played in more AFC championship
games than the Dolphins have seen in
a decade. Meanwhile, Miami has the
inconsistent Chad Henne. New York
has a front office that put the right
pieces around their young quarter-

back, designed to help him win. Miami
has a front office that is in disarray, as
shown by the bumbling pursuit of a
coach before firing the present coach,
questionable free agent 'and draft
moves and an embarrassing exit of its
so-called football guru (Bill Parcells).
So what? The Jets lost. And? Does
that make the Dolphins better? Does
it tell us who the next quarterback of
the future will be? Does it guarantee
us at least a few home wins next year?
All it gives us is a middle of the road
first round pick with all eyes anxious
to see what the Dolphins do in the
draft. Right now, the Jets are a better
team and organization. Let's hope we
can get on their level one day.

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FAMU women's flag football wins Nat'l title
Special to the Miami Times pionship, is scheduled to Mississippi before traveling
air Saturday, January 29 at to Texas A&M University for
TALLAHASSEE Flori- 10 p.m. on CBS Sports Net- the NIRSA NCCS National
da A&M University (FAMU) work. The team will also play Championship. They domi- '
women's flag football team, in ESPN's Weekend Women's nated their competitors in ..
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l>llmpljly IVal Vi;eIUsI, lias re-
cently won two national
championships, tallying six
national championship wins
within four years. Simply
Marvelous's most recent-ti-
tled game, the National Intra-
mural-Recreational Sports
Association (NIRSA) National
Campus Championship Se-
ries (NCCS) National Cham-

Fg l ruuLball lournamentr in
Orlando, on Friday, March
4 through Sunday, March 6
at the Disney Wide World of
Sports Complex.
With a season record of 11-
0, the women defeated Ste-
phen F. Austin 35-6 in the
NCCS Regional Flag Football
Championship last month at
the University of Southern

tne INIKRA NCCS INational
Championship and went 5-0,
defeating Texas State Univer-
sity 26-6 in the final game.
FAMU freshman Erika Col-
lins was named the most
valuable player. Collins,
along with teammates Kim-
bryana Lewis and Aisa Ev-
ans, was chosen to be part of
the All-Tournament Team.


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trophies. Photo cour-
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along with their coach

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