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Caucus enlists Feds' support

Senators head demand for investigation
By D. Kevin McNeir or the police have offered
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com any explanations as to why
officers are brandishing
Seven Black men have their weapons and employ-
been shot dead by City of ing deadly force as they pa-
Miami police officers since trol the mostly-Black corn-
last July and so far neither munities of Overtown, Little
the State Attorney's Office Haiti, Allapattah and Lib-



of Miami police
erty City.
Now as tempers flare,
frustrations rise and citi-
zens and community lead-
ers continue to question
the practices and policies of
their local police, members
of the Florida Black Cau-

cus have added their clout
to the cries for justice. They
are asking the U.S. Depart-
ment of Justice to begin an
immediate and urgently-
needed investigation into
the still unresolved police-
involved shootings of Black
Please turn to SUPPORT 10A




-Photo by Harold Volny
READY FOR BATTLE: Rev. Al Sharpton implored members and visitors
at New Birth Baptist to prepare themselves for the continuing battle for
police reform and justice in Miami. Sharpton was in rare form, bringing the
worshippers to their feet throughout the sermon.

Civil rights activist called
uponfor national exposure
By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton is no
stranger to the city of Miami but with his lat-
est visits on Sunday afternoon and Monday eve-
ning, the hope is that his appearances will place
the national spotlight squarely on a city where
police-involved shootings of Black men have
reached epidemic proportions.
Sharpton spoke during the 11 a.m. worship
service at New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral
of Faith International at the request of Bishop
Victor T. Curry, senior pastor.
"I know it's serious when Curry calls," said
Sharpton as he addressed the jam-packed au-
dience during church services. "A new wave of
shootings has come under this new police chief."
Sharpton told the congregation that this is
a different dispensation in time and that in
his struggle to bring about civil liberties for all
Please turn to SHARPTON 10A

Black folk did not win an Oscar Sunday night at the 83rd Academy
Awards but Jennifer Hudson easily won the styles show.
The svelte and sexy singer/actress showed off her new body, 80 pounds
lighter than the last time she walked the red carpet, in 2007, when she
won the supporting-actress Oscar for Dreamgirls.
She says her cleavage-revealing tangerine Versace gown grabbed her
from the moment she saw it. "Oh my god!" she said. "As soon as I walked
in the room I said, 'Oh, there she is right there.' Once I put it on I didn't
put on anything else." She accessorized with $1 million worth of Neil Lane

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Public workers earn

$9,099 more in Florida
Compensation higher than private in 41 states
By Dennis Cauchon
Wisconsin is one of 1 states where public employees earn higher
average pay and benefits than private workers in the same state, a
USA TODAY analysis finds. Still, the compensation of Wisconsin's
government workers ranks below the national average for non-fed-
eral public employees and has increased only slightly since 2000.
The finding comes as the Midwestern state remains in the center
of efforts by several governors to reduce budget shortfalls in part by
requiring state and local government workers to pay more for health
and retirement benefits.
The standoff reaches a crucial point today when Republican Gov.
Scott Walker presents a proposed budget for the year beginning
July 1. He says layoffs of state workers may begin if the Legislature
does not adopt his proposal to curb collective-bargaining rights of
public workers and require them to pay a higher share of the cost of
The analysis of government data found that public employees'
compensation has grown faster than the earnings of private workers
Please turn to COMPENSATION 10A

Exposito welcomes federal probe

Scheduled 'chat' with community delayed by clergy

By D. Kevin McNeir

While a local television sta-
tion may have led viewers
to believe that City of Miami
Police Chief Miguel Exposito,
56, had held a press confer-
ence over the weekend to
address the community's

increased complaints over
a string of police-involved
shootings of Black men, the
Chief, according to spokes-
person Delrish Moss, has not
made any public statements
as of late.
However, Exposito did sub-
mit a letter to The Miami Her-
ald in a communication dat-

ed Feb. 22nd. In that note,
he stated that he welcomes
a federal probe and has con-
tinued to invite the FBI to be
present at the post-shooting
reviews conducted under his
watch. He went on to talk
about being familiar with
questionable police shoot-
ings by the Miami Police

Sin the past. In
addition, he
Spoke about
his concern for
the safety of
his officers.
EXPOSITO "I fear for the
safety of our of-
ficers in the very violent times
we are living, partly due to the
Please turn to PROBE 10A

Shooting victim Williams to sue City and Chief

Miami Times Staff Report

The attorney of recent
shooting victim, Kareem Wil-
liams, 30, announced Sat-
urday he has filed a formal
notice of intent to sue the in-
dividual officers) involved in
Williams' injuries, in addition
to the City of Miami and Chief

Miguel Exposito.
The Cochran Firm and the
Amarantos Legal Team are
the legal counsel for Williams,
who was wounded three times
from police-instigated gunfire,
following a traffic stop. Travis
McNeil, 28, the second man
involved in the incident, was
shot and died on the scene.

According to Joseph Vrede-
velt, the attorney for Williams,
the next step after the notice
of suit is a waiting game with
the police.
"There are no new develop-
ments at the time; we have
filed an intent to sue and we
are waiting for the police to
close out their investigation,"

he said.
Williams and McNeil were
stopped at the corner of NW
75th Street and North Miami
Avenue after officers observed
several infractions, including
erratic driving and running a
red stop light and were cited
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It's time for Black male

'target practice' to end
Sometimes a picture is indeed worth a thousand
words. Case in point the look on the face of young
Travis McNeil, only 10-years-old, as he stood sol-
emnly at the casket of his father, Travis, Sr. last Saturday
His father, like most Black men in the U.S., had expe-
rienced run-ins with the law so the official states. But
from what he can surmise he was not a common street
thug. According to the testimonies provided by his friends
and family, Travis McNeil, Sr. was another Black man do-
ing the best he could to provide for his intended and his
beloved son. And tragically, his life has been cut short -
once again at the hands of a City of Miami policeman.
Tears will continue to be shed while those who are angry
and frustrated will continue to vent in every way possible.
What we wonder is when this trend of Black male 'target
practice' will end?
One reputable source indicates that the number of po-
lice-involved shootings in Miami is 20 times greater than
that in New York City. That number is outrageous and un-
acceptable. But before we go on a rampage, it is important
to say that we recognize the need for the police because
there are plenty of bad people doing bad things in our City.
And we believe that the majority of police officers are good
men and women who put their lives on the line because
they want to "protect and serve."
That would mean that we have some cops in our midst
who have assumed a vigilante posture and have taken the
law into their own hands. If that is the case, then the time
has come for City Manager Tony Crapp, Jr. and City of
Miami Chief of Police Miguel Exposito to make some hard
decisions fast.
Over the weekend, forums, rallies and prayer sessions
were held in Miami, Richmond Heights and other com-
munities in between. And while they may have provided
wonderful photo ops, it remains to be seen what differ-
ence they will really make. Ultimately, the only way we will
see a change in this disturbing trend of Black men being
harassed, detained and shot without just cause, is when
and if those of goodwill in the City of Miami in general and
in the Black community in particular, rise up in peaceful
protest, put pen to paper, march to the offices of those in
charge and make their demands known. ,
Blacks built this country and this City with sweat and
blood. We deserve better now.

County's special elections

are enough to make you

laugh or cry
Once upon a time, running for political office used to
be an honorable deed with only well-intentioned,
intelligent, competent individuals vying for office.
It was seen as a position of service with elected officials cog-
nizant of their mission: to carry out the will of the people.
But today the state of politics in South Florida seems to be
at an all-time low.
Consider the several special elections that are currently
underway and will continue over the next several weeks.
Voters face the possibility of going to the polls four times in
just over a month: twice to elect someone to take the seat
vacated by Frederica Wilson and then two more times if we
oust County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and must then chose one
of a growing list of potential candidates to replace him.
The sad truth is that given the embarrassingly-low num-
ber of voters who will bother to show up at the polls, the
winners in each race really will not really represent the will
of the majority. As one learned campaign manager shared
with us, the way to win is to determine how many people
will actually vote and then make sure you can count on get-
ting the most votes from that pool.
Maybe that's why Alvarez isn't saying much in his recall
election. He says he will "fight until the end" but we haven't
heard him say he really wants to keep the job. We haven't
heard him ask for our vote. Maybe he has a reason for his
confidence and figures he has this thing in the bag. Or per-
haps he's just prepared to "pick up his toys and go home."
It's a bit disconcerting considering the amount of power
that the Miami-Dade county mayor wields. Did you know
that the number of citizens the mayor represents and the
budget under his control rivals that of hundreds of U.S.
cities? And given the serious challenges facing the people
of this County, we deserve a mayor and if necessary, candi-
dates who really want this job and are determined and able
to make a difference.
But the shenanigans don't end there: we have County
Commissioner Nancy Seijas still playing games in the court
to block her recall election instead of yielding to the will of
the people and proving why she should remain in office.
You don't get a "pass go card" just for showing up. Politi-
cians need to deliver.
Finally, there's the recent "mystery flier" that emerged in
the state Senate race between Oscar Braynon II and Joe
Celestin. No one seems to know who made the bogus flier
or how it was so widely-distributed. No one huh? Looks like
we're taking the low road in local politics these days.
One thing remains the same: if it's Tuesday in Miami-
Dade County, it's Election Day. And most of us could care

The 1liami Qimes

(ISSN 0739-03191
Published Weekly at 900 NW 54th Street,
Miami. Florida 33127-1818
Post Otfice Box 270200
Buena Vista Station Miami, Florida 33127
Phone 305-694-6210
H.E. SIGISMUND REEVES, Founder, 1923 1968
GARTH C. REEVES, JR., Editor. 1972-1982
GARTH C. REEVES, SR.. Publisher Emeritus
RACHEL J. REEVES, Publisher and Chairman

There is a silver lining in the
dark cloud of the great reces-
sion. A new Census Bureau
report reveals that from 2002
to 2007 the number of Black-
owned businesses in the U.S.
increased by 60.5 percent to
1.9 million more than triple
the national rate. According
to Census Bureau Deputy Di-
rector, Thomas Mesenbourg,
Black-owned businesses con-
tinued to be one of the fast-
est growing segments of our
economy with growth in both
the number of businesses and
total sales during this time pe-
The reasons for this are
many, beginning with the long
history of Black entrepreneur-
ship in response to poverty,
high unemployment and dis-
crimination. Consider the
case of Madam C.J. Walker,
the daughter of slaves who,
in the early 1900s, turned her
dream of financial indepen-

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President Barack H. Obama: Leadership that counts

No one ever expected that
the first Black to be elected
president of the U.S. would
be given a free pass with no
criticism or pressure from
those who did not vote for
him. Although the majority of
voters in 2008 decided that
our country needed a change
in direction and leadership,
there are social and political
forces that are attempting to
gain momentum in espousing
their critique of the Obama
Administration. Now that
there are renewed calls for the
reduction of the fiscal deficit
that Obama inherited from
President George W. Bush,
there are too many people
who appear to be confused
by the cynics and doomsday
predictors who have been re-
lentless in their attempts to
unfairly blame Obama for all
the economic and geopoliti-
cal woes that the U.S. faces

Leadership is defined as
the demonstrated ability with
a dynamic character that es-
tablishes change and attains
specific goals and objectives
for people who follow and who

ated by their actions and how
their actions will impact the
present and the future.
The President recently sub-
mitted the federal budget
for Fiscal Year 2012 to the
U.S. Congress and it targets

resident Obama is on the job. And notwithstanding the
chorus of critics and cynics, his leadership is making an
important difference for the nation. What we have to do
is to not let all the weight fall on him alone.

are impacted as a direct re-
sult of the actions of the re-
sponsible leader. The execu-
tive and political leadership of
Obama has made a positive
difference in the quality of
life for millions of Americans
in his first two years in office.
But, all leaders, by definition,
will be constantly measured
by not just by their abilities,
but will be ultimately evalu-

scarce federal resources to
areas critical to our future:
education, innovation, clean
energy and infrastructure.
More than anything else
education is the key to eco-
nomic growth and prosperity.
Thus, the budget for educa-
tion should provide more op-
portunities and options for
children and parents to at-
tain the best education in the

Obviously, the federal bud-
get is not about race, class or
partisan politics. It is about
competence and leadership.
It is about fixing the Ameri-
can economy.
President Obama is on the
job. And notwithstanding the
chorus of critics and cynics,
his leadership is making an
important difference for the
nation. What we have to do
is to not let all the weight fall
on him alone. We should be
raising our voices more and
we should be getting ready
once again to cast our votes.
Let's make sure that the in-
terests of the education of our
children do not get triaged
during the current budget
debate. Active leadership at
the community level should
strive to match the leader-
ship now in The White House.
Civic responsibility is for all.

dence into a hair care and cos-
metics business that revolu-
tionized the beauty products
industry, created good paying
jobs and made her a wealthy
woman and philanthropist.
Like Walker, many Blacks
may have turned to entrepre-

streak, particularly among
emerging generations in the
Black community. Building a
business gives great satisfac-
tion and cushions them from
the shock of losing jobs be-
cause of economic down cy-

ut while the Census Bureau report is generally good
news, we know that Black businesses still make up
only seven percent of all companies and they tend to
be smaller and have lower gross receipts than other businesses.

neurship in the years covered
by the Census Bureau study
because of high unemploy-
ment in our communities. The
fact is, Black unemployment
never got back down to where
it was before the recession in
2001. So in effect, what we
are seeing is a bit of entrepre-
neurship by necessity. There's
also an economic independent

New York State leads the
country with more than
204,000 Black-owned busi-
nesses, followed by Georgia
and Florida respectively. The
survey also found that in addi-
tion to an increase in the num-
ber of Black-owned business-
es, annual sales increased by
55 percent to $137.5 billion.
Every city, county and state

needs to have 'a plan t fo-
cuses on small and minority
business. There is a spirit of
entrepreneurship out there
that needs to be nurtured and
But while the Census Bu-
reau report is generally good
news, we know that Black
businesses still make up only
seven percent of all companies
and they tend to be smaller
and have lower gross receipts
than other businesses. Black-
owned businesses are also of-
ten hampered in their revenue
growth by a lack of capital,
connections, and contracts. If
minority businesses are grow-
ing at a faster clip than overall
businesses, imagine what the
growth rate would be if those
barriers were eliminated or
lowered. We need the inves-
tor community to look at this
report and recognize that they
are missing an incredible op-

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Did the invasion of Iraq spark recent Arab protests?

Something very weird is
afoot. I have been hearing
commentators suggest that
the invasion of Iraq and the
ouster of Saddam Hussein
in 2003 set the stage for the
current Arab democratic re-
volt. The story goes something
like this: The people of the
Arab world saw that a dictator
could be overthrown and they
then saw the benefits of an
alleged democracy. This, ac-
cording to the story, sparked
their desire to move to over-
throw various Arab despots.
When I first heard this, I
assumed that someone was
joking or being sarcastic. The
thought that the U.S./Brit-
ish invasion of Iraq, in clear
violation of international law,
followed by the installation of
puppet regimes would have
inspired a democratic revolt
eight years later is a bit ab-
surd. If you leave aside some
level of delusion, what is one
to make of these suggestions?

The foreign policy view of the
so-called neo-conservatives -
the largely Republican group
that dominated foreign policy
debates during the George W.
Bush administration -was
one calling for an active and
interventionist role in install-

moved to take their countries
in a direction that U.S. ruling
circles have failed to approve.
As such, the neo-con view has
nothing to do with democracy
but revolves instead around
whether a regime is perceived
as being pro- or anti- the ob-

The Arab revolt that we are witnessing has nothing to do
with Iraq. The Iraq invasion and occupation was repre-
hensible as far as the Arab world was concerned.

ing pro-U.S. governments.
They called these governments
"democratic," but what they
meant by that was permitting
people to vote as long as they
vote for pro-U.S. candidates.
This is why U.S. ruling circles
so bitterly hate Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez and
Bolivian President Evo Mo-
rales. These leaders were both
elected legitimately and have

jectives of the U.S. ruling
circles. Two other examples
of the cynical manner in
which this plays out were the
coups that overthrew Haitian
President Aristide (2004) and
Honduran President Zelaya
(2009). In both cases, demo-
cratically-elected leaders were
overthrown with either the
active support or at least the
knowledge and permission of

the U.S. government, yet this
was not at all seen as a threat
to democracy by the neo-cons.
Instead, they applauded such
actions as necessary efforts to
restore democracy.
The Arab revolt that we are
witnessing has nothing to do
with Iraq. The Iraq invasion
and occupation was repre-
hensible as far as the Arab
world was concerned. Today's
revolt is a revolt against tyran-
nies, including those openly-
supported by the U.S. (such
as Egypt). As such these are
not only revolts against do-
mestic tyrants but they also
represent revolts against a
global system that has helped
to place such tyrants into
power and reinforce their rule
during the decades. The next
time that you hear someone
suggest that the Iraq invasion
was a step forward for democ-
racy and that it inspired the
Arab masses to revolt, well, it
is fine to laugh.



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Celestin needs to be honest about his beliefs

Joe Celestin is crying foul be-
cause someone put up posters
that indicate his being a Rick
Scott supporter. Governor Scott
has publicly stated that he will
not be hiring any Black agency
heads, that he intends to puni-
tively cut the benefits of public
employees and that he hopes to
promote an Arizona-like immi-
gration law in Florida. Celestin,
a known supporter of Scott and
a Republican, is now trying to
distance himself from Scott and
the principles of the Republican
Party that has long been anti-
immigrant and anti-Affirmative
1 do not believe that Blacks
should like lemmings and
blindly support the Democrats.
We should influence both par-
ties and both should fight for
our vote. That way we can get
concessions and benefits from
Democrats and Republicans.
But if you are going to be a
Republican, then be a man and

take the good with the bad.
Don't try to be a good boy in
front of your white Republican
compatriots and then when
you are running for election in
a predominantly-Black district
and seeking votes from immi-
grants or descendants of immi-

to the shores of America and
wants immigration laws that
will criminalize poor Haitians
who come to America fleeing
oppression, economic depriva-
tion, hurricanes, earthquakes
and other forms -of turmoil.
One can only assume that

Ido not believe that Blacks should like lemmings and blindly
support the Democrats. We should influence both parties
and both should fight for our vote. That way we can get con-
cessions and benefits from Democrats and Republicans.

grants suddenly try to speak
and appear like a Democrat.
Con one Joe you are a
Republican and a Scott sup-
porter. Run on the platform
of your party, be true to your
beliefs. Don't, for convenience
sake, try to be a Democrat, so
you can win votes.
'Celestin as a good ole boy Re-
publican is, in effect, blocking
his own people from coming

since Celestin does support
Scott, then he must also with
the Governor's decision to re-
frain from establishing diver-
sity in his administration or on
the bench.
Anyone who supported Scott
- a man who had it not been
for the grace of his millions of
dollars who would now be
in prison for Medicaid fraud -
is quite frankly ignorant. The

48.9 percent of us who voted
against Scott now have to live
with that ignorance and suffer
the loss of jobs, diversity and
Scott's crazy schemes. Scott
just killed $2.4 billion dol-
lars for a high speed train that
would have brought thousands
jobs in a State suffering from
high unemployment.
As for the other candidate,
Oscar Braynon II, he clearly
does not immigration laws that
would hurt Haitians. He does
not support cutting benefits
of public employees, many of
whom are Black. And he, un-
like both Scott and Celestin,
want more Blacks appointed
to the bench and to the Gover-
nor's administration. Braynon
has been consistent Celes-
tin is a fair-weather friend.
Supporting Celestin would. be
like endorsing another Charlie
Crist a politician who chang-
es his positions in any direc-
tion that the winds blow.


Did Scott break the law by selling state's planes?

The jury is still out as to
whether the sale of Florida's
two state planes was a good
idea and if the transaction was
legal. Governor Scott says he
sold the planes to pay off the
debt owed on one of them. But
Senator and Budget Chief J.D.
Alexander says the February
1lth transaction that gar-
nered $3.67 million should be
deemed illegal as the Legisla-
ture did not vote on the deal
Florida state law specifically
lays out procedures for what
state agencies are to do when
they dispose of state property
- Scott did not follow the rule
of law. Alexander also asserts
that the Governor failed to rec-
ognize the Legislature by not
respecting the Legislature's
constitutional duty to appro-
priate funds. In any good po-
litical system there are checks
and balances and the purpose
is to control abuse and fraudu-

lent behavior. Our new gover-
nor is uncomfortable with the
political bureaucracy and his
response to Alexander was
that his lawyers approved the
"I reviewed that project step
by step with our general coun-
sel and we did the right thing,"

heads. This disagreement be-
tween the two powerful Re-
publicans is an evolving con-
frontation and will probably be
resolved in a state court of law.
Alexander is a seasoned law-
maker and has a reputation
as a straight-talker. He is cer-
tainly not going to keep quiet

The role of the governor is to enforce the law as written
by the legislature and interpreted by the judicial system.
At this point it appears that the governor is forgetting to
give the Legislature an opportunity to do their job...

Scott said. "And it's exactly
what the taxpayers of the state
want: they want to make sure
that, as governor, I'm going to
watch how we spend every dol-
It is obvious that this will not
the last time that the Gover-
nor and Alexander will bump

when he thinks things are not
right. But the senator is not the
only representative concerned
about the deal -other politi-
cal experts are questioning the
logic behind the sale. It is not
unusual for Florida govern-
ment officials to' fly on short
notice to visit sites because of

weather emergencies or disas-
ters. Now that the State does
not have a plane, without a
14-day or monthly-advance
notice, the price of an airline
ticket acquired at the last min-
ute could cost $1000. Instead
of saving money for the State,
this deal could end up costing
us much more.
The role of the governor is to
enforce the law as written by
the legislature and interpreted
by the judicial system. At this
point it appears that the gov-
ernor is forgetting to give the
Legislature an opportunity to
do their job, and let them sign
off on deals. If this continues,
the small skirmishes with cer-
tain politicians will undoubt-
edly turn into much larger,
ugly fights. In a major battle,
the residents lose respect for
the politicians and the system
because there is no compro-

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Latest Miami Times makes community proud

Dear Editor:

I have just finished reading
the February 23rd issue of
The Miami Times and I would
like to commend you for giv-

ing this community a Black
newspaper that we can all be
proud of.
I am a longtime reader of
The Times and always look
forward to your articles that

Should the State Dept. of Edu. reconsider their stance to deny the

school grade appeal filed by Northwestern Senior High School?

Security officer, Liberty City

"I think they
should be
given a sec-
ond chance, ., ,.
you know, .
everybody 4. ,,.
deserves sec-
ond chances. ,
They need. to '
give the kids a
chance you know? I think ev-
eryone deserves a fair shot."

Retired, Liberty City

"I think
they are bet-
ter than a "D".
I think they
deserve a sec-
ond chance,
because I
think they -
are better, I
do. I think it
will help the kids out. If a kid
is feeling bad about something,

they are not going to do good. A
second chance will make them

Housewife, Liberty City

"I think
they should
give them
a chance. I
have a daugh-
ter that at-
tends that
school and
I think they
should have


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a chance, everybody deserves
a second chance at life. There
is nothing we can do about the
deadline but we can still make
some changes."

Unemployed, Liberty City
"I think they should give
them a chance to change their
grade to a better grade if they
can. Even though they missed
the deadline I still think they

deserve the F
second chance
because it's a
good school
and it's in our
neighborhood, .
the children
are trying to .
good and they
are doing the
best they can. Sometimes you
are just late."

Retired. Liberty City

should be
granted ex-
tra time, we Wi
have too man
young, Afri-
can Ameri- ,
can kids not
getting prop- _
early educated.
Anything that needs to be done
to help them, they need to do
it. They need to be given extra

Traffic Light T7echnician, Liberty City

"Given --
things said
about it ev-
erybody de-
serves a sec-
ond chance
anyways. It
would help to
get a second,
chance on the
schools grade, it helps every-
body, especially the students

.. I for one believe
that if you give people a thorough
understanding of what confronts
them and the basic causes that
produce it, they'll create their
own program, and when the peo-
ple create a program, you get ac-
tion .
Malcolm X

prove to be the stories that
are informative and helpful
but are not always found in
the general media.
Three articles in your news-
paper this week that prompt-
ed this letter made me real-
ize that your paper is putting
out the information that the
entire community should em-
The picture on the front
page of 10-year-old Travis
McNeil, Jr. gazing mournfully
into the casket of his dead fa-
ther who was shot and killed
by a Miami police officer is
something I will never forget.
Two articles in your Life-
style section were excellent
pieces and I hope that ev-
eryone read them, especially

since the first by D. Kevin
McNeir was a review of the
book Benjamin Banneker by
Charles A. Cerami. Born in
1731, this self-taught son of
slaves played a pivotal role in
planning Washington, D.C.
The second article by Dex-
ter Mullins proved to be a
thoughtful treatment ti-
tled, "Do Black folk really
know their Uncle Tom?" E.
Ethelbert Miller, the Howard
University professor and Al
Shar'pton of National Action
Network discuss different in-
terpretations that should be
Keep up the good work.

C.W. Williams
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Tea Party group taps bloggers a

to keep tabs on lawmakers

'Citizen journalists' to report on

Congress members'performance ;

By Alan Gomez

WASHINGTON After playing
such a pivotal role in the Novem-
ber elections, Tea Party activists
vowed they would keep a close
eye on Congress. They weren't
The Tea Party Patriots, one of
the largest organizing groups of
the movement, want to assign
individual bloggers to track ev-
ery member of Congress, not
just the ones they supported.
The group will launch a re-
cruitment drive this week co-
inciding with a weekend policy
summit being held in Phoenix
for state and local coordinators.
Shelby Blakely, a stay-at-home
mom from eastern Washington
state who is organizing the proj-
ect, said she has little doubt they
will be able to round up enough
people to tackle a job that she
describes as "citizen journalism
meets adopt-a-congressman."
"One of the strengths that
the Tea Party has is we have a
massive army," Blakely said.
"We have millions of manpower
hours and thousands of people
willing to do heavy lifting."
There are already dozens of
political and news websites that
track the big picture of Con-
gress. Hometown newspapers,
TV stations and websites some-
times track individual members
of Congress.
The Tea Party Patriots believe

a centralized hub for member-
by-member blogs would not only
hold their Tea Party legislators
accountable but also would bet-
ter highlight for voters how non-
Tea Party lawmakers are voting
in Washington.
Because bloggers for the Tea
Party Patriots would be un-
paid volunteers, they wouldn't
need to worry about currying
favor with legislators, said Tony
Tarquinto, a financial adviser
from Southern California who
will likely blog about a member
of the House Ways and Means
"The traditional media, they
want to get close to the (repre-
sentative) and get the skinny.
That's not going to happen with
the Tea Party," Tarquinto said.
"We're not going to get invited
to the Christmas party or get to
know them socially. We're not
going to be worried about dis-
agreeing with them."
While Tarquinto. said that dis-
tance would allow for an objec-
tive, factual accounting of each
member's performance, Demo-
cratic consultant Steve Elmen-
dorf said such objectivity is
unlikely since each Tea Party
blogger would view each Con-
gress member's actions through
the filter of the Tea Party prin-
"They're trying to argue a
point of view," said Elmendorf,
who was an adviser to former

Florida Republican Allen West

House Democratic leader Dick
Kelly McBride, a senior fac-
ulty member for ethics at the
Poynter Institute, a journalism
think tank, was excited about
the project but said it was un-
fair to label reporters as biased
by their day-to-day proximity to
"I don't think it's true that
mainstream reporters are com-
promised by being in Washing-
ton and spending time with law-
makers," she said.
The idea of having Tea Party
activists chronicling the every-
day performance of lawmakers
was welcome news to those who
gained the support of the move-
"I think it's a great idea to
have constituents review the
votes, stands and promises by
their elected officials and to hold

them accountable for the deci-
sions they are making on behalf
of the nation," said Florida Re-
publican Rep. Allen West, a Tea
Party favorite.
Wesley Denton, a spokesman
for Sen. Jim DeMint, a South
Carolina Republican and found-
ing member of the Senate Tea
Party Caucus, said the blogs
would help balance the coverage
that they receive.
"We're already blogged about
everyday by the Huffington Post,
Talking Points Memo, Think
Progress and a number of lib-
eral outfits, so it'll be adding a
constitutionally limiting voice,
which is welcome," Denton said.
Democrats point to the glut
of right-leaning websites, such
as Red State and Breitbart, and
the TV and Web presence of Fox
News as the natural equalizer to
liberal news sites.

Scott would cut social service programs

By Tonya Alanez

times may get tougher for some
of the most vulnerable in the
"Sunshine State if pro6pofals put
forward in Gov. Rick Scott's
austere budget take hold.
Poor elderly and disabled citi-
zens would no longer be provid-
ed eyeglasses, hearing aids and
dentures. Programs that com-
bat homelessness and suicide
prevention would take a hit.
And the state might no longer
cover kidney dialysis or organ-
transplant medication.
"We don't have unlimited dol-
lars," Scott says. With a revenue
shortfall projected at $3.62 bil-
lion, he adds, you have to pri-
But social-service advocates
say "these are not fluff services."

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Florida Governor

Senate Minority Leader Nan
Rich, D-Weston, calculated
that Scott's $65.8 billion bud-
get would cut nearly $600 mil-
lion to services to society's most

vulnerable: the developmentally
disabled, the elderly, the medi-
cally needy and the homeless.
She says they are a community
already underserved.
-"It'just runs the gamut of all
the critical services that are
needed for people throughout
Florida," Rich said. "There are
just certain areas where there
is no fat in the budget; you are
into the bone. We just have to
say, 'Stop!' We can't do this any-
more to certain populations."
On the other hand, some
services avoided the budget ax
entirely. Community mental-
health and substance-abuse
services for adults and children
would continue to be funded
at current levels of about $600
million, said Karen Koch, vice
president of the Florida Coun-
cil for Behavioral Healthcare.

Scott's proposed budget also
preserves funding for Florida's
42 certified domestic violence
"We're very excited about the
governor's proposed budget,"
Koch said. "We were anticipat-
ing cuts. We assumed, along
with everybody else, that cuts
were going to be pretty much
across the board, and we were
going to be part of that."
So far, Scott and his staff
have not produced detailed jus-
tifications for what was cut and
what was not.
"What this budget is, it ab-
solutely is a budget that pri-
oritizes," Scott said recently.
"We pick and choose the areas
where we can get the biggest
Still, some of the cuts have
deeply angered advocates.

U.S.'s Bahrain efforts threatened by

royal rift, Saudi distraction
By Jay Solomon "II l.

to stabilize Bahrain, another
key Arab ally roiled in popular
uprising, is being threatened on
several fronts-including ap-
parent splits in Bahrain's royal
family and a sense of disen-
gagement by Saudi Arabia, the
region's biggest power.
Whether the U.S. can halt the
unrest in Bahrain is viewed as
critical to stabilizing the Per-
sian Gulf and checking Iran's
influence. But there is growing
uncertainty in Washington over
who in the tiny Middle East
sheikdom's royal family ordered
the use of increasing force
against unarmed protesters,
according to officials briefed on
the diplomacy.
Successive U.S. administra-
tions have cultivated closed re-
lations with Bahrain's King Ha-
mad bin Isa al-Khalifa and his
son, the crown prince, both of
whom are viewed as moderniz-
ers. But the island-state's secu-
rity forces are under control of
the king's uncle, Prince Khalifa
bin Salman al-Khalifa, who also
serves as prime minister.
Previous U.S. administrations
have sought to convince King
Hamad to remove his 76-year-
old relative, according to former
U.S. officials, following charges
of corruption and his opposi-
tion to political liberalization.
These officials said there is a

Hillary Clinton with Bahrain
growing likelihood Prince Khali-
fa is overseeing the crackdown,
with the king and crown prince
relegated to the sidelines.
"Our influence is largely with
one part of the ruling family,
and not with the prime minis-
ter," said an American official
in close contact with Bahrain's
The situation in Bahrain is
complicated by U.S. uncer-
tainty over Saudi Arabia's po-
sition on the growing regional
turmoil. Riyadh has enormous
influence over Bahrain's royal
family due to the financial and
energy aid it provides. Riyadh
has in the past sent its own
security forces into Bahrain to

-European Pressphoto Agency
Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid

quell unrest, concerned that
Bahrain's Shiite majority could
fuel instability inside Saudi
Still, Saudi Arabia's King
Abdullah and many of his clos-
est advisers have been in Mo-
rocco in recent weeks as the
Saudi monarch recovers from
surgery. That has been seen
as limiting the ability of other
Saudi royals to make decisions.
Other leading members of the
Saudi royal family are also said
to be in decline physically, par-
ticularly the second-in-line,
Crown Prince Sultan, who is
believed to be suffering from
Alzheimer's disease.
A spokesman for the Saudi

Embassy in Washington didn't
respond to requests for com-
Saudi officials voiced disap-
proval of the Obama adminis-
tration's handling of Egypt, in
particular its decision to pull
its support for President Hosni
Mubarak, according to Arab
diplomats. There has been little
high-level contact between the
U.S. and Saudi Arabia in recent
weeks, U.S. officials said.
"There's a leadership vacu-
um in Saudi Arabia, which is
clouding the decision-making
process," said Simon Hender-
son, who tracks Saudi politics
at the Washington Institute for
Near East Policy.
Washington's strategic al-
liance with Saudi Arabia has
faltered in other theaters in the
Middle East as well this year.
Last month, the militant
Lebanese group Hezbollah
overthrew the U.S.- and Saudi-
backed government in Beirut,
greatly enhancing Iran's and
Syria's influence in the Medi-
terranean nation. Successive
U.S. administrations had since
2005 worked with Riyadh to try
and bolster former Lebanese
Prime Minister Saad Hariri
as a counterweight to Hezbol-
lah's backers in Tehran and
Damascus. But Saudi Arabia
ultimately pulled out of mediat-
ing efforts on behalf of Hariri,
as Hezbollah threatened to sow

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Anti-government protesters rally in the western city of
Zawiya, Libya, on Sunday.

Libya inches

closer to civil war

Rebellion spins unstable county into chaos

By Mike Elkin and Jabeen Bhatti

BENGHAZI, Libya Rebellion threatens to turn into a
Libyan civil war as armed rebels brace for a showdown to-
day with troops loyal to dictator Moammar Gadhafi, only 30
miles from the capital city, Tripoli.
Anti-government forces in Zawiya, just west of Tripoli, were
surrounded by heavily armed forces loyal to Gadhafi. The.
Gadhafi loyalists also set up checkpoints along the main
road between Zawiya and the capital, looking to stop any
incursion of anti-government forces.
Despite the prospects of more violence, sanctions from the
United Nations, the United States and Britain. and calls for
him to step down, Gadhafi has remained defiant.
"We want him to leave," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton said Sunday. "I think it's way too soon to tell how
this is going to play out, but we're going to be ready'and
.prepared to offer any kind of assistance ... from the United

Politicians in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi set up a
leadership council that could step in if Gadhafi is ousted.
The rebellion in Libya poses an even greater risk to the
region than the protests in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere in
recent weeks, analysts say,
"Libya is a wild card because, it lacks the stability and insti-
Stutionsthat-the, others, have," said Will Hanl.. an assistantn
professor of history at Florida State University. "If (Gadhafi)
falls, there's essentially a blank slate."
In Zawiya, where rebels are within striking distance of
Tripoli, protesters blocked the entrance to the city with bar-
ricades, steam shovels and an army tank, according to Alfred
de Montesquiou of Paris Match, who visited the city.
Soldiers who defected fired celebratory rounds into the air
as thousands of residents marched.

"Where is bin Laden? Where are the drug addicts?" laughed
protester Mohamed Karim, 32, as he mocked Gadhafi's
claims that protesters are drug addicts and alcoholics led by
In Tripoli, crowds crammed banks still open to withdraw
cash, including a $400 "bonus" granted to each family by
Gadhafi on Friday.
Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, told ABC's This Week that the
governmentt was in full control and denied the air force had
strafed civilians.
"Show me a single attack. Show me a single bomb," he
said. "The Libyan air force destroyed just the ammunition
sites. That's it."
Asked about the U.S. call for his father to step down, he
said: "It's not an American business, that's No. 1. Second, do
they think this is a solution? Of course not."

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HM'Qfifficy Jofie' ie'ver' mef Mi-
chael Jackson, he'd still be one of
the most significant figures in the
history of American popular mu-
sic. Consider a few of his achieve-
ments prior to producing Jack-
son's "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and
When Jones was 13, Count
Basie took him under his wing.
At 15, Lionel Hampton hired him
to play trumpet. (Hampton, the
band's manager, fired him the next
day, telling him to get his educa-
tion before taking to the road. And
he did.) In Paris, he studied com-
position with Nadia Boulanger,
who also taught Aaron Copland,
Philip Glass and Virgil Thom-
son. He ran his own big band in
his mid-20s, wrote the charts for
"The Genius of Ray Charles," re-
arranged Nelson Riddle's orches-
trations to support Frank Sinatra
in Las Vegas, and produced Les-
lie Gore's "It's My Party," his first
major pop hit. Following in Benny
Carter's footsteps, Jones then be-
came one of the first Black com-
posers to score major films and
countless TV programs, bringing
R&B and funk into the mix.
'You need to know how hard to
push,' says Quincy Jones. 'And
when you tell a Frank Sinatra to
jump without a net, you'd better
be right.

For Jones, who will tell you he's
"a composer, arranger and orches-
trator" above all else, it was ever
upward on his own path. The re-
wards of his hard-fought success
are evident in his splendid home
here, high in the Santa Monica
Mountains. Amid the muted living-
room furnishings sit a grand pia-
no, a variety of trumpets, a Gram-
my the other 26 he's earned are
elsewhere, apparently an Oscar,
a painting that captures some
highlights of his career (including
the film "The Color Purple," which
he co-produced), and a photo-filled
birthday scroll from his seven chil-
dren, all of whom beam with confi-
dence and contentment.
Though the 77-year-old Jones
welcomed discussion about his re-
cent book-and-DVD package, the
fascinating "Q on Producing" and
the multiartist "Q Soul Bossa
Nostra" (Qwest), the conversation
shifted swiftly to a point he makes
repeatedly in the book: All achieve-
ment rests on the mastery of fun-
damental skills.


"I learned to play everything in
the brass section-tuba, sousa-
pHlone,' B-flat trombone.' I 'played
percussion," Jones said. "I wanted
my foundation to be as solid as it
gets. First time I picked up a horn,
I heard the whole sound I wanted:
soft, no vibrato. But I also knew if I
was to go all the way to be as great
as I can be, I had to learn."
Working as a teenage trumpeter
in Seattle demanded a democratic
approach. "At age 13, we were play-
ing bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs,
Debussy, stripper music. If you
didn't know 'Big Fat Butterfly'"-
here he sang a few bars of the old
jump chestnut-"you didn't work.
That was our mindset."
As he reveals in his book, Jones
was told by Duke Ellington that
he'd "be the one to de- categorize
American music." Secure in his
technical knowledge and his repu-
tation as a flawless arranger, Jones
moved into production, working
with Gore and Dinah Washing-
ton with equal vigor. He welcomed
all the attendant responsibilities,
which go well beyond picking the
right songs and musicians.
"If it's in the wrong key for the
singer," he said, as he stretched
out on the couch in one of his
home studios, "if it's too fast, too
slow, not in the pocket-it's the
producer's fault. You're a baby-
sitter and psychologist. You need
to know how hard to push and
when you tell a Frank Sinatra to
jump without a net, you'd better
be right."

As Jackson's producer, Jones
selected the songs plowing
through 800 to find nine hired
the musicians and engineering
team, and supervised the record-
ing, mixing and mastering of his
three monster hits. Yet Jackson
lost his appreciation for Jones's
contributions. "All he does is sit
there and hold his head," said
Jackson, according to Jones.
Jackson's father, Joe, claimed
the producer spent too much on
"Thriller," though the budget was
well under $1 million. Thus far,
the album has sold about 100 mil-
lion copies.
There were missed opportuni-
ties, of course. In the book, Jones
tells in detail of a 1983 project
he put together for Sinatra and
Lena Horne in which the two vo-
calists would explore each other's
catalog. Jones arranged Theloni-
ous Monk's "'Round Midnight" for
Sinatra to sing, a conceit so deli-
cious it would've justified the en-

tire enterprise. Though musicians
were booked, Horne withdrew.
"I was so in love with that proj-
ect. Frank was so jazz prone," said
Jones, who wears one of Sinatra's
gold rings, a gift from the singer's

"Q-Soul Bossa Nostra" finds
Jones flirting with controversy
as Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, T-
Pain and others rap, while John
Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Mary
J. Blige, Wyclef Jean and oth-
ers sing, to his classic tracks. We
hear Ludacris atop the 1962 ver-
sion of Jones's composition "Soul
Bossa Nova," which is probably
best known today as the "Austin
Powers" song, and Talib Kweli re-
invents Jones's theme for the TV
show "Ironside." Naysayers may
call it blasphemy, but Jones, who
beams when describing Ravel's
use of pizzicato or Cannonball
Adderley's prowess, has long wel-
comed hip-hop and rap talents
into his musical world. Only the
most stubborn listener would
deny the appeal of Akon's addi-

tion to "Strawberry Letter 23" or
the easy flow Snoop Dogg brings
to "Get the Funk Out of My Face."
Though the album has its flaws-
at times, the warmth and per-
fection of Jones's original tracks
seem a rebuke to the Auto-Tuned
voices, and Amy Winehouse's "It's
My Party" is a drowsy mess it's
another example of Jones's will-
ingness to encourage earnest mu-
sical expression.
"I followed the synthesis of hip-
hop," he said. "The hip-hop art-
ist represents a third genre-not


a singer or a musician. When LL
Cool J was 15, he said, 'What do
musicians think of us?' This was
the greatest question. The ques-
tion allows dialogue."
Jones isn't interested in what
separates artists, he said. "I still
hear the world like a big band:
five saxophones, four trumpets,
four trombones. Everybody do-
ing something individually but to-
gether." With Quincy Jones writ-
ing, arranging and producing that
horn section, no doubt its sound
would be perfect.

Jones's career spans

five decades in the

entertainment industry

and a record 79 Grammy

Award nominations, 27

Grammys, including

4 a Grammy Legend

a Award in 1991.

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Good brothers in the community, mentoring brothers in prison

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

It seems as though
statistics are always
quick to highlight the
shortcomings of Black
men without ever giving
much attention to the re-
spectable brothers who HA
quietly exist within the Black
community the ones who I
would like to view as potential
mentors to their so-called un-
derachieving counterparts.
My step-brother, is one of
As I recall, after losing con-
tact with him in 1995, I received
a letter from him when I was
incarcerated at Jefferson Cor-
rectional Institutional in 2005.
The fact that my step-brother
was thoughtful enough to take
time out to sit down and write
me a brief letter just to say hello
in spite of the 10 year elapse of
time was enough to cause me to
experience a warm glow on the
inside. It was truly delightful to
know that a thought of me had
moved another human being to
send a kind word in my direc-

At that time in my life,
I admit that my mental
energy was focused on
achieving a consider-
able amount of wealth
in prison in such a way
that was not at all in ac-
cordance with the law.
ALL Because I was so blinded
by my warped desire for great
riches, I began to believe that
perhaps I could persuade my
step-brother to assist me in my
illicit plans, ignoring everything
that he previously explained to
me about his commitment to
his wife and kids.
But being the understand-
ing person I've known my step-
brother to be, he kindly declined
my request for assistance while
firmly making it quite clear to
me again that under no circum-
stances would he put himself in
a position to jeopardize his free-
dom, which essentially would
take him away from the people
he hold most dear to his heart.
After reading his letter, the
first thought that popped into
my head was the lyrics of the
late-rapper Tupac Shakur,
when he rapped the words "I got

a big money scheme and you
ain't even wit' it" in his hit song,
I Ain't Mad at You.
Not wanting to fully under-
stand the gravity of Van's own
words, I wrote him back again,
persisting in my efforts to gain
assistance from him with yet an
even more illicit scheme than
the first. Almost immediately, I
received a response letter from
him telling me that not only
was he unwilling to take part
in my plans, but since I was
unable to respect his decision
the first time, it would be best
for us to discontinue our corre-
spondences for good.
For the life of me, I could
not understand why he would
want to suddenly break ties
over something like this. In my
opinion, he was simply over-
reacting with his decision and
acting as if my request for as-
sistance was serious enough to
go to that extreme.
But in all actuality it was.
As time passed with me giv-
ing much thought to what
transpired, I later realized that
my step-brother loved his fam-
ily so much that he was willing

to cut me off and go his own
way, avoiding what I'm sure he
perceived as an absolute threat
to the peace he was striving to
achieve and maintain. He saw
that I was a potential enemy
to his freedom and the future
he was determined to share
with his family, two important
things he was not going to risk
Though unconsciously done,
my step-brother was acting in
the capacity of a mentor by be-
ing a living example of what
is required in doing the right
thing and leaving me with a
good education that will never
Florida prison gates must
open and welcome more good
mentors, responsible broth-
ers in the community who are
willing to reach out and con-
nect with prisoners in an effort
to show them that living a le-
gitimate, successful life in the
free-world is possible. Perhaps
with this sort of mentoring pro-
gram put in place, the number
of Black men in prison setting
respectable expectations for
themselves will increase.

Buju Banton found guilty in cocaine case

By Mitch Stacy
Associated Press

TAMPA, Florida Grammy-
winning Jamaican reggae singer
Buju Banton was convicted last
Tuesday of conspiring to set up
a cocaine deal in 2009, a ver-
dict that elicited anguish and
disbelief among supporters in
a crowded courtroom and from
other artists in his native Ja-
A federal jury deliberated
for 11 hours over two days on
the fate of Banton, who won a
Grammy last week for best reg-
gae album for his work entitled
"Before the Dawn." He was
,.fund, guilty .of. three of four
charges, and his attorney said
he's facing at least 15 years in
The 37-year-old Banton,
whose given name is Mark
Myrie, remains wildly popular
in Jamaica, and the trial his
second over the drug accusa-
tions was packed with sup-
porters that included other
well-known reggae artists. The
first trial ended in a mistrial last
year after the jury deadlocked.
The tall, dreadlocked singer
didn't react when a clerk read
the verdict last week. He stood,
hugged his attorneys, then
turned around and blew kisses
to his supporters in the court-
room and told them: "Thank
you." A woman yelled out "We
love you, Buju!" as, U.S. mar-
shals led him away.
"Obviously we are all upset
and disappointed and emotion-
al," said Banton's attorney, Da-
vid Markus of Miami. "The only
person who seems to be OK is
Buju. He told us he was happy
that he fought, knowing he was

The 37-year-old Banton faces a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Markus said he plans to ap-
peal the conviction and will file
a motion to try to get Banton out
of jail on bond in the meantime.
Banton was, found guilty of
conspiracy to possess with the
intent to distribute cocaine,
possession of a firearm in fur-
therance of a drug trafficking
offense and using a telephone
to facilitate a drug trafficking
offense. He was acquitted of at-
tempted possession with the in-
tent to distribute cocaine.
No date has been set for his
Assistant U.S. Attorney
James Preston argued dur-
ing trial that Banton portrayed
himself as a broker of drug
deals in several conversations
with a confidential informant.

Preston said Banton thought he
was getting involved in a "no-
risk" deal in which he would in-
troduce a friend to a confiden-
tial informant, and then later
collect money from drug trans-
Prosecutors acknowledge
that Banton did not put any
money into the drug deal,
nor did he ever profit from it.
Markus said his client is "a big
talker" who admitted to trying
to impress the confidential in-
formant but wasn't involved in
any drug deal.
Much of the case hinged on
meetings and phone calls that
were video- and audiotaped by
the informant, who was work-
ing with the Drug Enforcement
Administration and who
made $50,000 in commission

Bill would make following Shariah a felony

By Lucas L. Johnson, II

nessee is considering making it
a felony to follow some versions
of the Islamic code known as
Shariah, the most severe mea-
sure yet put forth by a national
movement whose members be-
lieve extremist Muslims want
Shariah to replace the Consti-
The bill drawn up by con-
servatives with ties to oppo-
nents of a planned Islamic cen-
ter two blocks from New York
City's ground zero and efforts
to expand a mosque 30 miles
southeast of Nashville would
face steep constitutional hur-
dles if enacted.
It represents the boldest leg-
islative attempt yet to limit how
Muslims worship.
Muslim groups fear the mea-
sure would outlaw central te-
nets of Islam, such as praying
five times a day toward Mecca,
abstaining from alcohol or fast-
ing for Ramadan.
"This is an anti-Muslim bill
that makes it illegal to be a
Muslim in the state of Tennes-

see," said Remziya Suleymarl,
policy coordinator for the Ten-
nessee Immigrant and Refugee
Rights Coalition.
The bill's sponsor, Republi-
can Sen. Bill Ketron of Mur-
freesboro, said the proposal
exempts the peaceful practice
of Islam but seeks to condemn
those "who take Shariah law to
the other extreme." He said it
would give state and local law
enforcement officials "a power-
ful counterterrorism tool."
Ketron said he expects the
Shariah measure will become

Supporters of the measure
are working to bolster it against
any constitutional challenges,
which may be an impossible
task, said First Amendment
Center scholar Charles Haynes,
who called it a "really distorted
understanding of Shariah law."
"It's unconstitutional to even
suggest that such legislation
should be passed," he said.
"Trying to separate out different
parts of Islamic law for condem-
nation is nonsensical. Shariah
law, like all religious law, is in-
terpreted in a great many differ-
ent ways."
Shariah is a set of core prin-
ciples that most Muslims recog-
nize as well as a series of rul-
ings from religious scholars. It
covers many areas of life and
different sects have different
versions of the code they follow.
At least 13 states have bills
pending that would bar judges
from considering Shariah in le-
gal decisions, according to the
National Conference of State
Legislatures, but none of those
proposals is as strict as what
Tennessee is weighing.

after the bust.
In one video, Banton could
be seen tasting cocaine in a
Sarasota warehouse on Dec. 8,
2009 but he was not pres-
ent during the actual drug deal
on Dec. 10 that led two others
to be arrested. Those two men
later pleaded guilty.
Banton testified that that the
informant badgered him after
they met on a trans-Atlantic
flight in July 2009 and insist-
ed that they meet to set up a
cocaine purchase. He said he
was so uninterested in the in-
tbrmant's proposals that after
they met twice, Banton didn't
return the man's phone calls
for months.
In Banton's native Jamaica.
radio stations played his songs
nonstop recently, especially
Untold Stories" and "Not an
Easy Road."
Rapper Tony Rebel, a close
friend who recorded with Ban-
ton, called it a sad day for
young people who looked up to
The verdict marks "the sad-
dest day for reggae and dance-
hall," rapper Michael "Power
Man" Davy said, adding he was
"sad as a Rastaman and a Ja-
Singer Junior Reid called it a
conspiracy against reggae art-
"With Buju gone, a big piece
of reggae get chop off," he said.

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Miami-Dade police are investigating a body found in Opa-locka recently.
Detectives said a woman in her 20s with obvious trauma to her body was
found in a trash bin at 147th Street and 22nd Court.
Police said it doesn't appear she was in there very long.
The body was found by someone passing by the area, who later called 911.
Police have not yet identified the victim.

A Miami-Dade jail inmate is on the run after stealing an SUV from in front of
a hospital.
South Miami police spokesperson Rene Landa said recently 46-year-old Elie
Bensimon was taken to Larkin Community Hospital where he was supposed to
be treated for an injury. When they arrived, a handcuffed Bensimon reportedly
pushed a private security guard, jumped into his silver Ford Explorer and drove
Bensimon has been locked up since last March on a number of charges in-
cluding aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Anyone who spots the private security company's stolen Explorer, license
plate number 527 KVG, is asked contact police.

Deputies recently arrested a woman they say was caught on a surveillance
video verbally and physically attacking a bus driver.
Surveillance video of the Oct. 21 incident, shows Nikita Cassandra Cazeau,
20, going on a profanity-laced tirade that ended with her smacking a county bus
driver across the face, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
She was charged with battery on a person 65 years old or older, in this case
the driver, Tassos Kostopoulos, 72.

Matthew Bent, 16, was given a bail of $250,000 for his part in the burning of
Michael Brewer in October 2009.
Bent's lawyer, Gordon Weeks, said the amount of the bond is essentially the
same as giving Bent no bond because there is no way the family can post bond.
Weeks had originally asked the judge to set the bail at $20,000. Prosecutor's
countered saying the bond should be $250,000 due to the nature of the crime.
Bent's lawyer is still determining whether the amount constitutes excessive
bail for Bent.
Bent and two other teens, 16-year-old Denver Jarvis and 17-year-old Je-
sus Mendez, face charges of attempted murder for their role in the attack on
Bent, Mendez and Jarvis remain in jail charged as adults. Each faces up to 25
years to life in prison if convicted.

Former Egyptian minister, state TV boss arrested

By Hamza Hendawi
Associated Press

CAIRO Egyptian authori-
ties on Thursday arrested the
country's former information
minister and the chairman of
state TV and radio on corrup-
tion allegations, security offi-
cials said.
The arrests of Anas al-Fiqqi
and Osama el-Sheikh are the
latest steps Egypt's ruling
generals have taken against
prominent figures in the re-
gime of ousted President Hosni
Mubarak, who handed power to
the military when he stepped
down Feb. 11.
Former Information Minis-
ter al-Fiqqi was a confidante of
Mubarak and his powerful, one-
time heir apparent son Gamal.
Under their stewardship, state
TV persistently discredited the
young organizers of the 18-day
uprising that forced Mubarak to

step down after nearly 30 years
of authoritarian rule.
Egypt's media has been buzz-
ing with reports of spectacu-
lar corruption by members of
Mubarak's regime as well as
businessmen linked to his gov-
ernment. Authorities are invit-
ing Egyptians to come forward
with evidence of alleged cor-
ruption by the toppled regime,
pledging not to reveal their
Mubarak himself has been
swept up by the anti-graft cam-
paign that followed his stun-
ning ouster. Earlier this week,
authorities froze his assets.
abroad, as well as those of his
wife, two sons and their wives.
The security officials said the
al-Fiqqi investigation looked
into the fate of two million
pounds (about $340,000) he
collected in donations to sup-
port of a film festival in Cairo.
They had no more details.

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Menswear designers roll out elegance, ruggedness

By Karyn D. Collins
The Associated Press

NEW YORK Whether it's a
tough day at the office, a weekend
drive in the country or a bracing
hike through snow, men will be
able to arrive in style this fall.
Designers rolled out elegance,
ruggedness and a mixture of both
for men during New York Fashion
Week, including lots of takes on
toggles for coats.
Shearlings in men's coats were
prominent during the furious
round of previews, but creative
updates to the classic peacoat
may prompt some men to rein-

Designer Italo Zucchelli deliv-
ered on the "sleek" part of the
Calvin Klein men's aesthetic. Of
note were a series of seamed over-
coats made with seams turned
outwards, including one with a
glossy tape for a patent leather-
like finish and an onyx and white
cashmere contrast double lapel
jacket. Some of Zucchelli's experi-
ments backfired. Puffy laminated
nylon pile overcoats were shown
in a variety of colors, including
bright cobalt blue, along with
padded sweatshirts.

The British designer knows
what he's doing when it comes to
suits. His fall collection offered.
plenty. Among them: A three-
piece black suit with a chalk pin-
stripe, a black and royal pinstripe
suit and a gray flannel cutaway
paired with skinny jeans. A series
of tunics with side zippers lent the
collection a '70s Star Trek feel. A
jazzy looking black jacket with
thick vertical stripes comprised of
silver buttons was straight out of
Studio 54.

Where past seasons saw Bas-
tian use a sport as inspiration,
this time his collection for Gant
is almost motif free. Gant's corpo-
rate home is Sweden, but there's
an American sensibility. The
preppy boy next door has gradu-
ated to a weekend outdoorsman,
ready to take a hike through the

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Tailored clothing with a British twist, from Tommy Hilfiger
modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

You'd think he's said it all on
prep. Weeks after announcing the
new venture Prep World, Hilfiger
introduced Indie Prep, a fresh take
with a hipster rock edge. It's the
first collection since Hilfiger began

pants, a navy single-breasted tux-
edo jacket with black grosgrain
trim and a gray wool cable knit
sweater in a pilot blue and navy

Designer John Crocco was in-

spired by the shapes of architect
Philip Johnson's Glass House in
New Canaan, Conn. What that
means for Perry Ellis fans is an
emphasis on reimagined classics,
many reflecting a contemporary
outdoorsman feel. Winning, re-
thought looks included peacoats
in plaids or leather. There was a
preppy-flavored funky plaid Eisen-
hower jacket. One version was in
colorblocked shearling. Another
standout: A brown, wool window-
pane suit.

Designers Steven Cox and Dan-
iel Silver love to experiment with fit
and scale. For men craving some-
thing different or edgy, this is the
line that consistently delivers. A
key piece will be a reimagined trou-
ser, notably a wrap trouser that
resembles a man skirt. Whether
these are more conversation pieces
than truly wearable fashion may
be up for debate come fall. There
were also eye-catching pieces that
will make fashion fans forget about
wearability and simply want to
look twice. They included a sweat-
shirt made from strands of pearls.

The Nautica man, always on the
water, has achieved a new sense
of elegance thanks to designer

Chris Cox. He has continued his
updates on the classics. The fall
line pays homage to the Sleeping
Bear Dunes region of Lake Michi-
gan, as well as the Coast Guard.
Three distinct groupings take the
Nautica man from the whites of
the dunes to boathouse Navy to
Coast Guard safety orange ac-
cents. The updates are often sub-
tle: A longer, more snug fit on a
peacoat or a second accent collar
in black on a navy, belted coat.
It's still Nautica, just gently and
judiciously tweaked.

After a spring .collection with a
surfer dude meets military vibe,
Richard Chai went SWAT tough
for fall. The loose, slouchy pieces
were jettisoned for smartly tai-
lored looks to show off physique
and attitude. Felted wool coats
had a nipped-in waist, square
shoulder look, adding to the
swagger. A few looks allowed for
one's inner surfer dude, such as
a big plaid stadium coat in cream,
black and red. All you can do is
roll out of bed and go? There were
some pajama-esque separates. All
the black and gray was punctu-
ated by a bird print, but the pre-
vailing sense is this is a man, not
a dude or a boy, who is ready for


For Thomas, silence

remains the golden rule

By David G. Savage

preme Court engaged in a fast-
paced argument recently over
whether a female microbiologist
who tried to poison her hus-
band's lover with a toxic chemi-
cal could be charged under a
federal law intended to regulate
chemical weapons.
One justice, as usual, said
nothing during arguments as
he has for exactly five years.
Justice Clarence Thomas
speaks in the court only on the
few occasions each year when
he reads a decision. He last
spoke during oral arguments on
Feb. 22, 2006, during a South
Carolina murder case and has
since sat silently through more
than 350 other cases.
Thomas has said oral argu-
ments are unnecessary to de-
ciding a case and perhaps even'
a sideshow. The justices rely on
written briefs and lower court
opinions in making their deci-
sions, he says.
He has also suggested that
more of his colleagues should
follow his example, rather than
interrupt the lawyers making
their arguments.
"So why do you beat up on
people if you already know?" he
told law students at the Univer-
sity of Alabama two years ago. "I
don't beat up on them. I refuse
to participate. I don't like it, so I
don't do it."
The other justices do not
agree. They say the back-and-
forth with the lawyers gives
them an opportunity to clarify
aspects of the case. Sometimes,
they also use the arguments to
throw out ideas to get their col-
leagues' attention.
On occasion, the justices say,
the answers they hear persuade
them to change their decision.
Thomas, by contrast, indi-
cates he has his mind made up
before the argument.
Justice Antonin Scalia often
asks 20 questions during an
hourlong argument. On her first
full day on the bench in October
2009, Justice Sonia Sotomayor
asked more than 30 questions
in a pair of cases, eclipsing
Thomas's career total in just one
Thomas's aversion to legal ar-
guments goes beyond the court-
room. In public appearances,

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Justice Clarence Thomas's
aversion to legal arguments
goes beyond the courtroom.
Thomas usually steers clear of
legal topics and controversies.

He usually charms audiences
with his folksy, down-to-earth
manner. He speaks of his devo-
tion to the Nebraska Cornhusk-
ers football team and his fond-
ness for war movies. He says
that when he is feeling down, he
watches "Saving Private Ryan"
in his den and is uplifted by
the heroism of the troops who
stormed the Normandy beaches.
His frequent topic is his per-
sonal life and his journey from
poverty in the South. When he
was nominated to the high court
in 1991, he repeated that he
owed his success to his grand-
father, who took him in when he
was young.
Four years ago, he published
a memoir entitled "My Grand-
father's Son" that againtold of
how his life was shaped by the
influence of his grandfather.

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One of the Lincoln Navigators leased for District of Columbia City Council head Kwame Brown.

D.C. council chair finds two cars are too many

By Danny Yadron

Taxpayers in the District
of Columbia, which laces a
budget shortfall of $400 mil-
lion, have paid to lease two
deluxe Lincoln Navigators for
the head of the City Council
at a cost of about $3800 a
One of the Lincoln Navi-
gators leased for District of
Columbia City Council head
Kwame Brown.
After getting elected chair-
man of the D.C. City Council
in November, Kwame Brown
asked for a black Lincoln
Navigator L, with a DVD
player for the back seat, a
power moonroof, polished
aluminum wheels and an all-
black interior.
When the Public Works De-
partment delivered a black
Navigator with a gray interi-
or, Brown's office told the city
to send it back.
"He was just very clear he
wanted black on black," said
Brown spokeswoman Traci
Hughes. "It doesn't show
as much dirt and wear and
tear." ,,. _.,
Public Works' employees
found a second Navigator in
Coldwater, Mich. But Brown
was disappointed to learn on
delivery that the SUV had a
tan-and-black interior. He
decided to keep the car any-
way and return the first one
to the city.
The car expenditures are a

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relatively small expense on the
city's balance sheet. But when
government budgets are lean,
any such spending sparks
Jim Home, a 60-year-old
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency employee, said even
one luxury vehicle is one too
"Why should he have a car
of that size? To do what with?
Home said while standing
outside the city government
office building. "It's a classic
example of some of the greed.
and mismanagement that peo-
ple associate with district poli-
Brown said in a statement
recently that the cost of the
two. vehicles was "unaccept-
He returned the Navigator
with the tan-and-black inte-
rior to the city recently. The
city council chairman said he
would reimburse the city for
use of the vehicle, but not the
first Navigator, which was re-
turned to Public Works in De-

Brown, who was first elected
to the council in 2004. said he
would reimburse the city for
use of the second Navigator af-
ter the city attorney general's
office completed a renegotia-
ton of the lease agreement.
"It was my understanding
that the firstl vehicle would be
returned to the leasing com-
pany at no cost to the district."
Brown said. "1 learned just this
weekend that the vehicle was
maintained as part of the dis-
trict fleet."
His spokeswoman said
Brown would use his personal
car from now on.
William Howland, the public
works director, did not answer
repeated requests for comment
The Washington Post first re-
ported the two Lincolns, citing
city emails obtained through
the Freedom of Information
Traditionally, both the may-
or and the council chairman
receive their own leased ve-
hicles. Other elected council
members are allowed to use
vehicles from a city motor pool.
..Mayor Vinq nt Gray, a D4Z
opcrat; stood by Brown as some
city Republicans demanded
the council chairman reim-
burse the city for both vehi-
Gray, according to The
Washington Post, has a city-
leased Navigator, as well as a
Lincoln Town Car leased for
his security detail.

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Mary McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1878 May 18, 1955) is
remembered as the dynamic educator and civil rights leader
that started a school for Black students in Daytona Beach with
little more than a dollar and a dream. The humble school that
Bethune created eventually blossomed into Bethune-Cookman
University. Bethune was such an insightful and intelligent woman
that she also earned the privilege of being an advisor to President
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"She always had a very impressive and dynamic personality and
was the type of woman who was both gentle and firm," said Carrie
Meek, 84, former Florida U.S. congresswoman. Meek was given
her first job by Bethune shortly after graduating from Florida A&M
Bethune came from humble beginnings the daughter of for-
mer slaves --and was introduced to hard labor in the fields of
South Carolina at the tender age of five-years-old. But from the
days of her youth, she also a keen interest in leaving the fields be-
hind to enter the classroom. Bethune went on to pursue a college
education at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with dreams of leav-
ing the U.S. to become a missionary in Africa. But when that plan
fell through, Bethune turned her attention to creating a school for
Black girls in Daytona Beach.

Bethune was notorious for sharing her knowledge with others
and Meek says she was fortunate enough to sit at her feet.
"She had an overwhelming influence on me she made me want
to be great and want to make the world a better place," Meek said.
"Her background of self-education inspired me to want to become
a better woman a better-educated Black woman."
As an educator Bethune was extremely dedicated to her craft
and worked tirelessly to ensure that her school passed the stan-
dard for Black students and rivaled white schools. She worked
hard to make sure the school always had adequate funds to con-
tinue offering opportunities to Blacks. Bethune also recruited tal-
ented Black teachers to help with her mission. Meek was one of
those teachers as well.
"She gave me my first job out of college," Meek said. "I had read

W about her but \whin I met her I
wu as so impressed. i looked up to
her: she set the pattern for what is
happening in education now."
Bethune's dream continues to shine
through her university her legacy stands for
all of us to admire.
"She left behind a legacy of elegance -she was very elegant,"
Meek said. "No one will ever equal all that she did. She was a
great woman."

Since 1943, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) has gradu-
ated more than 13,200 students. Traditionally, B-CU has main-
tained intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and
choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Many
alumni are employed in the fields of education, medicine, busi-
ness, politics, government, science, religion, athletics and envi-
ronmental sciences.


Begins as Daytona Educational and Industrial Training
School for Negro Girls

Merges with Cookman Institute of Jacksonville (FL) to
become a co-ed high school

Affiliates with The United Methodist Church; evolves
into a junior college called Bethune-Cookman College

SReceives full accreditation

FoLr-year baccalaureate program lor liberal arts and
teacher education is approved by the Florida
i Department of Education

Achieves university status


MARY JANE MCLEOD BETHUNE was an American educa-
tor and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for
Black students in Daytona Beach, that eventually became Bet-
hune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President
Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Eartha M. M. White: Florida's great humanitarian

Special to the Miami Times

Eartha Mary Magdalene was
born on November 8, 1876 in
Jacksonville, Florida, the 13th
child of a former slave. She
was adopted by Clara English
White at a very young age.
In 1893, after graduating
from the Stanton School in
Jacksonville, she moved to
New York City for a brief period
in order to avoid yellow fever
quarantine. She also became
an opera singer with the Ori-
ental American Opera Com-
pany (the first Black opera
company), where she sang as a
lyric soprano and traveled with
the company throughout the
United States and Europe. She
returned to Florida in 1896,
where she graduated from the
Florida Baptist Academy.
After graduation, White
fought for construction of the
first public school for Blacks in
the community of Bayard, then
began a sixteen-year teach-
ing career there and later at
her alma mater, the Stanton
School. She also became in-
volved in political activities by
participating in the Republi-
can Party as well as beginning
the Colored Citizens Protective
League in Jacksonville.
Eartha White's biggest con-
tribution to the Jacksonville
community was through the
Clara White Mission (CWM).
The CWM was the only non-
profit organization serving dai-
ly meals to the needy in Jack-
Eartha's other endeavors
included establishing Mercy
Hospital, the Boy's Improve-
ment Club, establishing Oak-
land Park (the first public park
in Jacksonville for Blacks),
a halfway house for alcohol-
ics in recovery, a program for
released prisoners to help re-
enter society, a comprehen-
sive maternity program with a
home for unwed mothers, an
orphanage and an adoption
agency, and a child care cen-

In 1902, Eartha and her
mother began the "Colored
Old Folks Home", which be-
came the "Eartha White Nurs-
ing Home", and is presently
named, Eartha M. M. White

nior Citizen.
Eartha White died of heart
failure at age ninety-seven on
January 18, 1974. She was
designated a Great Floridian
by the Florida Department of


Health Care, Inc., a 125-bed,
$780,000.00 facility, begun
when Eartha was 89.
In 1970 she was awarded the
Lane Bryant Award for Volun-
teer Service and was appoint-
ed to the President's National
Center for Voluntary Action in
1971. Florida Governor Reubin
Askew honored her at age 95
as Florida's Outstanding Se-

State in the Great Floridians
2000 Program. A plaque at-
testing to the honor is located
at the Clara White Mission.
Eartha White's private col-
lection of photographs, cor-
respondence and historical
documents was split, after her
death, between the University
of North Florida's Thomas G.
Carpenter Library Special Col-

elections and the Clara White source Center was dedicated
Mission. on December 17, 1978 and
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continued from 1A

Americans he comes to help not
to undermine the leadership of
the Black community.
He pointed out that while
some may disregard the con-
tributions of he and other civil
rights leaders, that many of to-
day's current leaders fail to re-
alize that they have their fancy
titles and positions because
people fought and died for jus-
"We had to get America quali-
fied," said Sharpton. "We have
been ready for a long time."
His sermon was taken from
the Book of Ephesians 6:10-13
where Paul tells the church that
one must prepare for the battle,
realizing that it is "against prin-
cipalities and powers."
Sharpton believes that the
rash of deaths caused by police
officers are not racially motivat-
ed but have more to do with a
spirit of wickedness that perme-
ates this City and is prevalent

-Photo by Harold Volny
FULL COURT 'PRESS': Rev. Al Sharpton and Bishop Victor
Curry talk to local media following Sunday morning worship at
New Birth Baptist.

among many in high places.
"Are you ready for the fight?"
he asked. "I'm ready for the

Are Black men and women at
greater risk than other ethnic

groups when they are pulled
over by the police? An ad
hoc group of men and wom-
en representing the Black
Panther Party from our dis-
tant past gave an interesting
presentation on what Blacks
should do to stay alive when
encountering the police.

Bullard: "Pandemic of violence plaguing Black community"

Gregory Pelham, 48, says
the goal is to stay alive when
stopped by the police.
"If there's a warrant out for
your arrest and your license
is invalid please don't drive,"
he said. "If your friends are
engaged in illegal activities
such as illicit drug usage,
leave them at home. We are
responsible for our actions."
A press conference was
held in Curry's office im-
mediately following the ser-
vice where Sharpton and.
Curry emphasized the fact
that Miami officials have ac-
knowledged that, there is a
problem and that something
must be done to rectify the

policies and procedures of
the Miami police depart-
ment's questionable use of
deadly force.
"The Mayor, City Manager
and Commissioner Du'nn
know there's a problem with
the chief," Curry said. "They
know he isn't qualified."
Curry says he has nothing
to say to naysayers who have
criticized him for bringing in
"I will call whoever I need
to in order to get national
attention to this matter," he
Elder Joeann Taylor, 49,
says this is a very sad state
of affairs when the police

don't provide safety for those
they are sworn to protect.
She says that Chief Ex-
posito should be evaluated
and watched by people with
a very critical eye.
"If it comes down to it then
he should resign," she said.
"There should be a measur-
ing tape to see if the chief
has gone too far."
Sharpton also addressed
citizens at the regular meet-
ing of the Miami-Dade
NAACP, which was held at
Second Baptist Church in
Richmond Heights on Mon-
day night. The Rev. Alphon-
so Jackson is the senior

Black assistant fire chief accused of fraud

Special to the Miami Times

Less than a year ago, Veldo-
ra Arthur, 45, made history by
becoming the first Black wom-
an in Miami-Dade County to
hold the position of assistant
fire chief. Now her star may
have lost its shimmer as she
has been charged with fraud.
Arthur is accused of using


her status and
credit history
to purchase
two luxury
Currently, both
of the proper-
ties, located at

Aventura's Hidden Bay Con-
dos are under foreclosure.

The official indictment alleges
that Arthur took.money even
though she never planned on
living in either of the condos.
Her attorney said she has been
released after posting bail for
$125,000. She remains on the
job until the case is resolved.
If found guilty, she could
face up to 20 years behind

continued from 1A

Travis McNeil, Sr., 28, became
the latest victim, killed on the
night of Feb. 11th. His friend,
Kareem Williams, 30, was also
shot but survived the three bul-
let wounds inflicted on him by
the police. The other men who
have been shot and killed and
for whom the Black Caucus
wants the Federal government
to lend its resources to the ap-
parently stymied investigations
are: DeCarlos Moore, 36; Joel
Lee Johnson, 16; Gibson Junior
Belizaire, 21; Tarnorris Tyrell
Gaye, 19; Brandon Foster, 22;
and Lynn Weatherspoon, 27.
Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson, who represents the 17th
Congressional in Florida, ripped
off a two-page letter late last
week to U.S. Attorney General
Eric H. Holder, Jr., imploring
him to initiate "an appropriately
rigorous, thorough and most
importantly transparent investi-
gation." She went on to say that
she believes it is "imperative
that we take all possible steps
to defuse a tense situation, calm
things down and ensure citizens
of their safety and .. lessen the
chance of further bloodshed."
Wilson has been joined in
her request by the Miami-Dade
branch of the NAACP, People
United to Lead the Struggle for
Equality (PULSE), the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),
the Miami Dade Community
Relations Board, City Commis-
sioner Richard P. Dunn II and
County Commissioner Audrey

Edmonson, among others.

The chairman of the legisla-
tive Black Caucus and State
Senator, Gary Siplin, 56, was
in Miami on Sunday, attend-
ing service at several churches
including New Birth Baptist
Church Cathedral of Faith In-
ternational, urging voters to
vote early or to go to polls in the
state Senate race held on Tues-
day. He added that with Sharp-
ton speaking at the church to
specifically address the string
of unresolved police-involved
shootings, he wanted to show
his support and solidarity.
"For change to occur in Mi-
ami, legislation will need to be
part of the puzzle," he said.
"But we also need the NAACP,
pastors like Victor Curry with
large congregations and leaders
like Sharpton who can bring
national attention to the prob-
lems we face. I would like to
see some initiative taken by the
Miami Police Department and
the county commissioners who
regulate and control those offi-
cers but if they can't get the
job done then the Black Cau-
cus intends to draft new legis-
lation. I spent 20 years in Mi-
ami and know the City's politics
and police force. We thought
we had taken care of the prob-
lem of police wrongfully using
their weapons against citizens.
We thought we had cut out the
cancer but it's clear that we
didn't get it all. So now we have
to go back.in and figure out how

to get rid of it once and for all."

State Representative Dwight
M. Bullard (D-118), 34, says
he is far from satisfied with the
way the investigations into the
deaths of the seven Black men
have gone up to now.
"This violence that is being
aimed at our community must
be addressed at. the local, state
and national levels," he said.
"And to be clear, the chang-
es we need aren't just for the
Black community they are
for everyone. In a sense this is
like deja vu because I remem-
ber the McDuffie riots here in
Miami in 1980 and then the
L.A. riots in 1992. All parties
failed to learn in those cases.
Now we have communities in
which the demographics have
changed significantly over the
past several decades and we
are sending officers into ar-
eas where they don't know the
people. Good officers don't just
patrol they interact and en-
gage with the residents who live
along their beat."
When asked if he thought
that Miami Chief of Police
Miguel Exposito should step
down or be removed from his
post, Bullard had this to say: "I
think it's time that the Mayor
take responsibility and take
immediate action. If the com-
munity is calling for Exposito to
be replaced, the Mayor should
put that on the table for consid-

Chief says he fears for safety of his officers

continued from 1A

proliferation of firearms," he
wrote. "The State of Florida
ranks fourth [nationwide] in
the number of officers killed
in the line of duty. This type of
violence toward police officers
had not been seen since the
Exposito also shared statis-
tics regarding the number of
times officers discharged their
weapons that led to deaths

beginning with his first year
in command (2010) and com-
pared it to a less positive equa-
tion under former Police Chief
Timoney's last year on the job.
"I embrace the idea of a fed-
eral probe into our shootings;
however, I also welcome a
probe into the political interfer-
ence that is compromising the
integrity of the Miami Police
Department," he concluded.
Exposito continues to hold
private meetings with the fami-
lies of those Black men killed by

his officers. He has also agreed
to participate in a community
forum where many of the com-
munity's questions will be ad-
dressed. According to informa-
tion from a spokesperson for
the Rev. Gaston Smith, pastor
of Friendship Missionary Bap-
tist Church, that forum, tenta-
tively scheduled to be held at
St. John Institutional Mission-
ary Baptist Church in Over-
town (Bishop James Adams,
pastor) has been postponed for
a later date.

Wages good for Florida's public workers

continued from 1A

since 2000. Primary cause: the
rising value of benefits.
Wisconsin is typical. State,
city and school district workers
earned an average of $50,774
in wages and benefits in 2009,
about $1,800 more than in the
private sector. The state ranked
33rd in public employee com-
pensation among the states and
Washington, D.C. It had ranked
20th in 2000.
In contrast, California's pub-
lic employees enjoyed soaring
compensation throughout that
state's decade-long budget cri-
The analysis included full
and part-time workers and did
not adjust for specific jobs, age,
education or experience. In an

earlier job-to-job comparison,
USA TODAY found that state
and local government workers
make about the same salary as
those in the private sector but
get more generous benefits.
Economist Jeffrey Keefe of the
liberal Economic Policy Institute
says the analysis is misleading
because it doesn't reflect factors
such as education that result in
higher pay for public employees.

Florida. Public employee
average compensation was
$58,749, 9,099 more than pri-
California. Public employee
compensation rose 28 percent
above the inflation rate from
2000 to 2009 to an average of
$71,385 in 2009.
Nevada. Government em-

ployees earned an average of
$17,815 more or 35 percent
- than private workers, the
nation's biggest pay gap. The
state's low-paying private jobs
in tourism were the cause, says
Bob Potts of the Center for Busi-
ness and Economic Research at
University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Texas. The state ranked last
in benefits for public employees.
The state hasn't granted cost-of-
living increases to most retirees
since 2001.
Some states that limit the right
of public employees to unionize
- such as Texas, Georgia and
Virginia pay less in compen-
sation than the private sector.
Massachusetts and New Hamp-
shire generally permit unions
but pay less than the private
sector in those high-income

Spence-Jones trial begins
Miami Times Staff Report ing accused of taking is be-
lieved to have been funneled
Former City of Miami Com- through a charity that she was
missioner Michelle Spence- in charge of, that was not in
Jones' trial began Monday. existence according to court
Spence-Jones, 43, is charged testimony. She is suspected
with bribery and grand theft, of accepting a donation as a
Prosecutors say she received bribe from a developer expect-
$25,000 in a well thought out ing a favorable vote in March
scheme. The illegal monetary 2006. Spence-Jones was first
donation Spence-Jones is be- elected into office in 2005, rep-

for bribery
resenting the
Overtown, Lit-
tle Haiti and
Liberty City
sections of Mi-
ami (District
5). She was
SPENCE-JONES elected twice
before being
suspended from office by then-
Governor Charlie Crist.

Court rules against officer in shooting death

Special to the Miami Times

On Tuesday, March 1, John
De Leon held a press confer-
ence at the Law Offices of
Chavez & De Leon P.A. The
conference was held to an-
nounce the ruling that found
Carol McKinnon, a Miami-

Dade police officer, had violat-
ed the Constitutional rights of
Rudy Morris. Morris was shot
and killed on June 12, 2005.
Both the officer and the victim
were Black.
The unprecedented ruling
was handed down by Miami-
Dade Circuit Judge William

Thomas. McKinnon shot Mor-
ris in the back while he was
running away from her. The
shooting occurred as McKin-
non and her partner were in-
vestigating Morris's involve-
ment in a car theft. Morris was
struck in the back and in the


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Program participants: Priest Douglas Smith (1-r), president, Rootz Foundation, Inc.; Sandra Grant-Griffiths, Jamaican Consul Gen-
eral; and I. Jabulani Tafari, Rootz Foundation Editor.

African Heritage 101


By Simone Gill
Miami Times writer

In the spirit of Marcus Garvey and his
message of self-sufficiency for Blacks, the
Rootz Foundation, Inc. and the Marcus
Garvey Multipurpose Center Committee
recently held a banquet and fundraiser.
The Black History Month event marked the
start of efforts to raise capital for a com-
munity center that will be named in honor
of Garvey.
Born in Jamaica in August 1887, Marcus
M. Garvey is hailed as a hero in his native
country as well as by Blacks in the U.S.
and Canada. The publisher, journalist, en-
trepreneur and orator was a staunch pro-
ponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-
Africanism movements. His affiliation with
both led him to create the Universal Negro
Improvement Association and African Com-
munities League (UNIA-ACL). Finally, Gar-
vey is credited with establishing the largest
mass-based Black economic empowerment
movement in U.S. history, often referred to
as Garveyism.
The Marcus Garvey Self-Sufficiency Cen-
ter, once completed, will be an enrichment
facility designed to provide a cultural, ac-
ademic and social refuge for Black inner
city youth from- Broward and-Miami-Dade

According to Dr. Umar Johnson-Abdullah
[great-grandnephew of Frederick Douglas],
an acclaimed school psychologist, motiva-
tional speaker and keynote speaker of the
event, "Many of our youth are being over-
identified with mental disabilities such
as ADHD, mental retardation, depression
and learning disorders that are often mis-
guided and misdiagnosed. These kids are
subjected to treatments that lack cultural
sensitivity and context and are destined to
fail these children are often labeled for
life. They are excluded from many school
activities and this has a devastating effect
on their lives and futures. This is the new
classroom racism."
Civil engineer Michele Sujey estimated
that the facility will take two years to com-
plete. But once completed it will provide
mentoring services, academic and leader-
ship training, cultural awareness, sports,
spiritual education and creative arts devel-
opment. For its organizers, the launching
of the Marcus Garvey Self-Reliance Center
project is truly a dream come true.
"This event is a culmination of 20 years
of hard work, staying focused and finally
a major step towards the realization of our
goal," said Priest Douglas Smith, president,
Rootz Foundation, Inc., a community-based
outreach organization and who is one of the
visionaries of the project. Other speakers

Dr. Umar Johnson-Abdullah, great-
grandnephew of Frederick Douglas
at the event included: the Jamaican Con-
sul General, Sandra Grant-Griffiths and I.
Jabulani Tafari, Rootz Foundation Editor,
"Rootz, Reggae and Kulcah Magazine."


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The repaired shuttle Discovery lifted off last Thursdaay for its
39th and final flight to the international Space Station.

Rocketing into orbit, one last time

By William Harwood

- After a last-minute Air Force
computer glitch threatened to
derail launch, the shuttle Discov-
ery, carrying an all-veteran crew
of six, critical supplies, and a fi-
nal U.S. module for the Interna-
tional Space Station, blasted off
with seconds to spare and vault-
ed into orbit recently to begin its
39th and final flight.
Several relatively large pieces
of foam insulation fell away from
the shuttle's repaired external
tank during the climb to space,
including some that hit'the ship's
heat shield. But the observed im-
pacts occurred well after Discov-
ery was out of the dense lower
atmosphere where debris impacts
pose the greatest threat. No obvi-
ous heat shield damage could be

seen, but engineers will carry out
a detailed analysis over the next
several days to make sure.
Discovery's crew, running
three-and-a-half months behind
schedule because of cracks in the
external tank, strapped in just
after 1:03 p.m. to await liftoff at
4:50:27 p.m., roughly the mo-
ment Earth's rotation carried the
launch pad into the plane of the
space station's orbit.
But trouble with an Air Force
range safety system computer put
the launch in doubt as the count-
down ticked into its final minutes.
With the end of Discovery's short
three-minute launch window ap-
proaching, Launch Director Mike
Leinbach ordered engineers to
pick up the countdown at' the
T-minus-nine-minute mark and
to press ahead in hopes the Air
Force would be ready in time.

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A day in someone else's shoes


By Kaila Heard
On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the 5000 Role
Models hosted their seventh annual "Take
a Role Model Apprentice to Work Day" and
nearly 50 youth participated.
A 5000 Role Model spokesperson said
the day helped to open the young men to
new possibilities. She explained, "There
are a lot of different ways of being success-
ful, but some of our students don't even
know that these opportunities exist."
The Role Models were able to shadow a
variety of professionals including City of
Miami's City Manager Tony Crapp Jr.; City
of Miami Fire Department Chief Maurice
Kemp; City of Hialeah Mayor Julio Ro-
baina; and Miami-Dade County Commis-
sioner Jean Monestime.
"Letting these young men see what a pol-
itician does will show them the importance
Please turn to ROLE MODELS 14B

"I MDC Commissioner
, Jean Monestime
I mentored Role
i Models Nickerson
SBazille, McKenny
Bienaime and Willy
Heard of Miami
Edison Senior High
School; and Carl
H.Turner Technical
Arts High School
during annual'Ap-
prentice to Work

Ash Wednesday

Christians prepare for sacrifices of

the season of Lent

Special to the Miami Times
This year, Ash Wednesday, the first
day of the traditionally 40 days (not in-
cluding Sundays) before Easter -oth-
Serwise known sa'the season of Lent, *V"-
will be Wednesday, March 9.
Many people place a cross made
from ashes on their foreheads on Ash
Wednesday. Generally the ashes are
blessed in a ceremony and applied by
a priest or minister who says some-
thing about turning away from sin.
The ashes symbolize repentance, con-
fession and penitence. The ashes also
symbolize mourning, or sorrow for
sins and fault.
Not all Christian churches observe
the season. Lent is mostly observed by
the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbytenan
and Anglican denominations, and Ro-
man Catholics.
Reverend John Wesley Williams.
Jr., the senior pastor of Hailandale
Beach's Greater Ward Chapel A.M.E I
Church, explained why his church
honored Lent.
"Lent is our preparation for the uip
coming Easter season in which th
Lord made the sacrifice upon the
cross... so it is very, very important."
he said.
And while it has not been true in
past decades, increasing numbers ol
Baptists are discovering the discipline
of Lent.
Growing from the free-churc h
branch of Protestantism, Baptists tra-
ditionally have been highly suspicious
of virtually all of the rituals associated
with the Roman Catholic and Angli-
can traditions. That began to break
down in recent decades as more Bap-
tist (and other Protestant) churches
began observing the season of Advent,
the four Sundays immediately. before i
Please turn to ASH 14B

Pastor of New Life
Family Worship Center

Rev. Boyce's mission:

Sharing the good news to all

By Kaila Heard

Before she founded and became pastor of
New Life Family Worship Center, Barbara
Boyce was an evangelist someone whose
primary purpose is "to spread the gospel."
"It was always embedded in me to tell some-
one about the Lord," she said.
And truth be told, she sometimes misses
her previous vocation.
She recalls, "When I got through with ev-
erything, I would go home and go to sleep."
Now, like many other pastors, Boyce finds
herself supplying a host of needs and wear-
ing all kinds of hats from administrator to
counselor and everything in between.
Despite the longer hours, she continues

to lead the New Life Family Worship Cen-
ter in Miami Gardens a ministry that she
founded 10 years ago. But when she has the
chance, the 65-year-old still gladly snaps to
attention to exercise her evangelistic skills.
"If you ever really want to find me, look for
me on a street corner helping people," she

Boyce believes that churches should be able
to provide aid and comfort for those dealing
with various problems from child molesta-
tion, drug addiction or divorce, to disobedi-
ent children. Name a problem that a person
can be afflicted with and Boyce believes the
Church should be prepared to address it.
Please turn to BOYCE 14B

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M-DC names local educator Teacher of the Year

By Kaila Heard

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Southwest Miami Seriior High School
education teacher, Agustin Grana was chosen out of seven final-
ists as the 2012 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher
of the Year.
"We celebrate our Teacher of the Year because this great nation
of ours was built by teachers," said Superintendent of Schools Al-
berto M. Carvalho. "Teachers mold the future, and we should ad-
dress them in the most reverent ways possible."
As this year's Teacher of the Year,' Grana received the Golden
Apple award, an iPad, $7,500 and a new Toyota Yaris.
Such attention provides much-needed positive reinforcement
for often beleaguered educators. In recent years, there has been
an increased focus on teachers' performance and their ability to

improve students' grades. However, the trend has been to push
teachers to better performance through the use of punitive rein-
forcement. Meanwhile, students from the U.S. continue to lag be-
hind the performance of students from other countries.
According to the OECD Program for International Student As-
sessment (PISA) report, an assessment which compares the skills
and knowledge of 15-year-olds in 70 countries, the U.S. was
ranked 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills, 17th for
science and a below-average 25th for mathematics.
One of the most recent suggestions on how to improve student
performance and the U.S. education system was mentioned in the
2011 State of the Union by President Barack Obama who urged
more Americans to enter the teaching profession.

Meanwhile U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary Arne
Duncan has made an all-out appeal to Black
men, who tend to be underrepresented in
schools, to become teachers.
Of the nation's approximately 4.8 mil-
lion public school teachers only 1.7 per-
cent of them are Black men.
Ed Fuller, the associate director of
the University Council for Education-
al Administration at the University
of Texas at Austin says, "[More Black
male teachers are] important for role .,
modeling and pushing [Black] students
to go to college. Of course, you want to
make sure teachers are well-qualified and
Please turn to M-DC 14B


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Students learn about various higher education opportunities at National College Fair at the Doubletree Miami Mart Airport

Students explore options at college fair

Special to the Miami Times

Miami-Dade County Pub-
lic Schools experienced an-
other successful National
College Fair held Sunday at
the DoubleTree Miami Mart
Airport Hotel on Sunday,
Feb. 20. More than 11,000
students and their parents
attended the four hour event
to meet with representatives
of nearly 200 colleges and
universities to ask questions
about admissions, finan-
cial aid and testing require-
"I am pleased that so many
students and parents were
able to attend this event and

School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman (center) and
Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho (right) cut
the ribbon, which opened the 2011 National College Fair on
Feb. 20. Hantman and Carvalho are joined by National Asso-
ciation for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Associate
Director Sylvia E. Karpf (left).

The gospel music contradiction

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By Dr. Wallace Best

It might seem surprising to
many people, but the world of
Black gospel music has always
been paradoxical.
The genre emerged in Chica-
go during the Great Migration
when Thomas Andrew Dorsey
brought all of his experience
as a former "bluesman" to bear
on its development. Now con-
sidered the "father of Black
gospel," Dorsey had been the
piano player for "Ma" Rainey's
Georgia Jazz band until a dra-
matic conversion experience
in the late 1920s. His innova-
tion, "Gospel Blues," merely
joined sacred lyrics to Blues
chord structures. Dorsey had
come to reject the lifestyle of
the bluesman, but he did not
reject the blues. As a result,
however, Dorsey and a number
of other early gospel perform-
ers. were thrown out of some
of the most established Black
churches in the country. What
is now widely recognized as the
"classic" sound of Black gospel
was once just as widely consid-
ered to be the "Devil's music."
The lives of gospel perform-
ers have reflected the fact that
Black gospel was born in ten-

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sion between the sacred and
the secular, the church and
the world, human passions
and spiritual inclinations.
Even some of the most revered
figures within the tradition
lead complicated lives that
were often marked as much
by materialism, self- interest,
contradiction and competition
as by the desire to spread the
"good news."
The seeming contradiction
between the message of Black
gospel and the lives of many
gospel singers became an
enormous issue on the "gospel

Mahalia Jackson
highway" between the 1950s
and 1970s, effectively splitting
gospel singers into two camps,
"ministers" and "performers."
It also may account for the
popularity of Dorsey's tune,
"I've Got to Live the life I Sing
about in My Songs," made fa-
mous by Mahalia Jackson.
Gospel singers of the past
were not saints and their lives
did not always conform, pri-
vately or publicly, to conven-
tional standards of Christian
piety. The same can be said
for today's crop of Black gospel
singers whose personal pre-

learn more about opportuni-
ties available to them," said
School Board Chair Perla
Tabares Hantman, who has
co-chaired Miami-Dade's
College Fair for 15 consecu-
tive years.
A popular component of
the fair allowed students to
pre-register for an electronic
ID, which let them request
information from multiple
colleges and universities
without having to fill out
information cards., The Na-
tional Association for Col-
lege Admission Counseling
(NACAC) and Miami-Dade
County Public Schools spon-
sored the free event.


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sentation and public perfor-
mances seem a direct response
to market demands and the
result of their commercial suc-
cess. (Gospel music is a multi-
million dollar industry.) Their
lives are just as fraught with
complications, apparent com-
promise and contradictions as
their predecessors. The gospel
road has always been a hard
road. Failing to navigate its
bumps, twists and turns can
cost you something profes-
sionally and personally. Tonex
(aka Anthony Williams), the
gospel artist who came out as
gay in 2007 could certainly at-
test to that.
Even more so than the com-
plexities of the gospel life, how-
ever, what links these perform-
ers across the generations is
the glorious music itself. And
most of these gospel singers
can really sing it too! Think
Yolanda Adams, Smokie Nor-
ful, the Clark Sisters, Mary
Mary, Shirley Caesar and all
the Winans. As Langston's
Scmple says, they may be
"working in the vineyard of the
Lord and digging in his gold
mines," but that's OK, "as long
as they keep singing as they

Black churches slam Obama for abandoning DOMA

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WASHINGTON. DC A coalition ol 34..000 Black
churches is blasting President Barack Obama s decision
to stop defending the federal lawe that bans recognitmcn oi)
gav marriage.
The Rev. Anthony Evans. \ ho heads the National Black
Church Initiative, says Obama "has violated the Chris-
tian faith" by failing to uphold Jesus' teaching that mar-
riage is between a man and a woman.
The Justice Department announced recently that, at
Obama's direction, it would not defend the constitution-
ality of the Defense of Marriage Act in a court case where
it's being challenged.
As a result, Evans says Black churches must "reassess
their extraordinary support for him.
White House Press Secretary, Jay Carnc\ says Obama
is still 'grappling" \mth his personal vie,.s on same sex
marriage, but has long opposed the federal law as unnec-
essary and unfair.

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Runway show celebrates

Special to the Miami Times

Hats have been a part of the
Black church for decades. A
North Dade church honored
this tradition with an after-

casual, social environment
with music and refreshments
for "people who love their hats
and fashion" would be perfect,
she explained.
The showcase also promot-
ed UTC's vision of attracting
diverse ethnic and cultural
communities. "We are more
alike than different," Paul

Various styles of hats were sold during the Universal Truth
Center's fashion show.

noon of fellowship, featuring a said. "Hats are one thing 'that
fo chsi h ownh nd r contest women ha ve r in rcommonr
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iasmon snow a a contt .
The Universal Truth Center
for Better Living, located at
21310 NW 37th Ave., hosted
their first "Where Did You Get
That Hat?" contest at 3 p.m.
on Feb. 19 in the community
The church's Fellowship
Ministry is in charge of this

In a twist, men and women
will grace the runway to model
fedoras, caps and other clas-
sic and contemporary styles.
Hats will be available for pur-
chase from various vendors.
Photography will also be
New Lyph regularly spon-
sors activities that promote

Regine Paul, chairperson of
the New Lyph auxiliary, said
the show is designed to bring
together the UTC congrega-
tion and members of the sur-
rounding community.
Group members thought a

Has Drake turned his

back on his religion?

By Mark Marino

Forget the -war of words be-
tween 50 Cent and Dr. Dre,
and even Lil' Kim and Nicki
Minaj a new rap feud is
about to begin between Jew-
ish musicians Drake and Mati-
In a new interview with TMZ,
reggae rapper Matisyahu dis-
ses Drake as not being true to
his roots.
"He's Jewish, but he's not
representing Judaism," says
the artist formerly known as
Matthew Paul Miller.
"He happens to be Jewish,
just like Bob Dylan happens
to be Jewish, just like anyone
happens to be Jewish. What
I'm doing is really tapping into
my roots and culture and try-
ing to blend that with main-
stream society and culture. So
his being Jewish is just a by-
product, really. He's not repre-
senting that."
Drake, born Aubrey Drake
Graham, might disagree. The
son of a Black father and a
Jewish mother, he was raised
in the heavily Jewish Forest
Hill section of Toronto, went to
a Jewish day school, and even
had a bar mitzvah.
Today, he wears a diamond-

self-discovery, service, and
fulfilling friendships.The con-
test was open to anyone with
a hat who paid the $5.entry
For more information,
please call 305-624-4991.

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studded Chai, a symbol of the
Jewish word for life, and has
his mother pressuring him to
marry "a nice Jewish girl," ac-
cording to Heeb magazine.
While it appears Matisyahu
may not be down with Drake's
Jewishness, he does admit that
he admires his talent.
"Drake is pretty good, man.
He's got his thing but it's dif-
ferent than what I do. It's a dif-
ferent type of thing. As an MC,
he's got me," he told TMZ. But
he adds, "He doesn't have the
reggae thing that I've got."



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Ladies of the community donned their best fashionable
head gear for Universal Truth Center's 'Where Did You Get
That Hat?' event on Feb. 19.

Should rappers represent

their faith in their music?





Soul Harvest Creative
Praise Ministries invites
you to their Revival 2011 on
March 17th -18th, at 7:30
pm nightly. 786-985-2566 or
visit www.soulharvestcreative-

SChurches United for HIV/
AIDS Prevention will be host-
ing various events in honor of
National Week of Prayer for the
Healing of AIDS, March 6 12.
305-978-7100, 305-244-7128.

MA Mission with a New Be-
ginning Church will be feed-
ing the hungry every second
Saturday of the month.

The Universal Truth Cen-
ter is hosting mini-workshops

for youth ages 11 -18 during
their Seasons for Non-Violence
on March 5 and 19, 12:30 p.m.
- 2:30 p.m. 305-624-4991.

New Mt. Zion Missionary
Baptist Church is sponsoring
a trip to the Holy Land park
in Orlando on March 19. 786-

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church holds a Fish
Dinner every Friday and Satur-
day; a Noon Day Prayer Service
every Saturday; and Introduc-
tion Computer Classes every
Tuesday and Thursday at 11
a.m. and 4 p.m. Reverend Wil-
lie McCrae, 305-770-7064 or
Mother Annie Chapman, 786-


Holy Ghost Assembly of
the Apostolic Faith invites
everyone to their Assistant
Pastor Appreciation Program
on March 19 at 8 p.m. 305-

New Life Family Worship
Center welcomes the commu-
nity to their Bible Study Class
at 7 p.m. every Wednesday.

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

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

Are religion and theme parks a good mix?

By Jayne Clark

Plans for a religious theme
park featuring a Noah's Ark
of biblical proportions have
generated controversy3 since it
was announced that the proj-
ect would receive $35 million
in tax rebates.
Ark Encounter. a $150
million theme park that will
present a literal interpreta-
tion of the Book of Genesis, is
set to open in 2014 in Grant
County, Ky., southwest of
Cincinnati. It has the support
of Kentucky Governor Steve
Beshear, who argues that it's
an entertainment, not a reli-
gious complex that will create
jobs and attract 1.6 million
visitors a year,
It does not have the sup-
port of Kentucky's second
largest newspaper, the Lex-
ington Herald-Leader, which

editorialized, "Anyone who
wants to believe in a literal in-
-.terpretation of the Bible has
that nght However, the way
the Beshear administration
handled this makes it appear
Kentucky either embraces
such thinking or is desper-
ate to take advantage of those
who do."
The park's main attraction
will be a longer-than-a-foot-
ball-field, 500-foot-by-75-foot
ark. Also planned: a 100-foot-
high Tower of Babel.
But Answers in Genesis,
the nonprofit ministry (which
three years ago opened the
Creation Museum in Peters-
burg, Ky.), is hardly the first
to mix religion with enter-
tainment. In fact, the Noah's
Ark as amusement motif is
already playing out at the No-
ah's Ark Water Park in Wis-
consin Dells.

In Orlando, The Holy Land
Experience invites visitors
to step back 2000 years and
"Experience Jesus" with sites
like the Garden Tomb, Great
Temple and Wilderness Tab-
ernacle. Visitors pay up to
$31 to watch Jesus get cru-
cified and resurrected daily
except Sundays. The park,
open since 2001, is now run
by the Trinity Broadcasting
Near Eureka Springs, Ark.,
the Great Passion Play re-cre-
ates the last days of Christ's
life in a 4,100-seat amphi-
theater. There's also a gospel
music dinner theater, two-
hour Bible tour and 6,000-
item Bible exhibit, plus a 10-
foot slice of the Berlin Wall
graffitied with words from the
23rd Psalm. The seven-story
Christ of the Ozarks statue
shows the way to the com-

plex. Its website estimates the
play has had 7 million view-
ers in its 40-plus years of per-
Not all religious theme parks
are so successful, though. Re-
member Heritage USA? The
enterprise, started by televan-
gelists Jim and Tammy Faye
Bakker in Fort Mill, S.C.,
had a good run after its 1978
opening. But 11 years later, it
fell on hard times and closed.
A few years ago, Bible Park
USA, a $175 million non-de-
nominational for-profit theme
park, was to have been built
in Tennessee 35 miles south-
east of Nashville. It never
got off the ground. In March
2009, The Christian Post re-
ported that the project had
been shelved. Developers said
political infighting among lo-
cal politicians was jeopardiz-
ing project financing.

Lenten season offers chance for spiritual gains

continued from 12B

Christmas. Some of those con-
gregations also began to incor-
porate other parts of the liturgi-
cal calendar into their worship
planning, including the 40-day
period of fasting and prayer
before Easter known as Lent.

The Lenten season is a time
when many Christians pre-
pare for Easter by observing a
period of fasting, repentance,
moderation and spiritual dis-
Traditionally, those who ob-
serve Lent choose to give up
something, such as sweets,
meat or alcohol. Others ob-

serve by giving up a bad habit
such as gossiping, nail biting
or being messy. Still others ob-
serve Lent by doing something,
such as community service, or
developing a good habit rath-
er than giving something up.
Others have sacrificed, college
students typically give up a va-
riety of other wants from Face-
book to Twitter.
In the Catholic faith, Lent ob-
servers typically begin fasting
on Ash Wednesday eating only
one full meal and two small
meals with nothing eaten be-
tween the meals and abstain
from meat on Fridays during
the season, according to the
Archdiocese of Miami.
One year, the leaders of the
Church of England called

upon the faithful to go on a
"Carbon Fast" and do things
that are good for the environ-
ment including using less wa-
ter and cutting back on meat.
Christine Marie Eberle, di-
rector of Campus Ministry at
Gwynedd-Mercy College near
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
explained, "We tend to choose
things that are challenging yet
However, she advised that
participants to be on the look
out for opportunities to sacri-
fice more than they originally
"The real invitation of the
season is to allow life to be-
come its own Lenten disci-
pline...to learn to seek God not
only in the things we choose,

but especially in the things we
do not choose."
Miami's Reverend Joreatha
Capers of Ebenezer United
Methodist Church explained
that her church leaves it up
to the individual to choose,
what they may decide to sac-
rifice such as giving them the
option of participating in the
Bread (no consumption of
bread) or Daniel Fast (eat only
fruits and vegetables).
"We invite people to make a
choice because this is a spiri-
tual discipline and people are
at different stages of develop-
ment and we want to allow
people to choose based on
what is best for them health
wise," she explained.

New Life Family Worship Center welcomes everyone

continued from 12B

That focus is reflected in
New Life Family Worship Cen-
ter's various ministries which
include a Nursing Home Minis-
try, Street Ministry, Total Men's
Ministry and Prison Ministry.
One of the church's oldest
ministries is its Feeding Minis-
try which provides clothes and
food to anyone who asks every
third Saturday on the corner of
NW 69th Street and 17th Av-
One of the the church's more
popular programs is its "Let's
Talk" Women's Ministry.
"It's not a gossip group," she
said in describing the purpose
of the ministry.
Boyce said she created the
ministry out of her own expe-
rience with isolation because
even as a preacher who pro-
vides counsel and help to oth-
ers, she often felt as if she had
no one able to offer the same
type of support to her.
"At one time when the Lord
was taking me from one level
to the next, I knew I had the
Lord but I didn't have anyone
physically to talk to," she said.
Eventually, the "Let's Talk"
Women's Ministry was born and
now meets every third Saturday



New Life Family Worship Center is located at 3914 N.W.
167th Street in Miami Gardens.

at 1 p.m.

Beyond a few years of young
adult rebellion, Boyce has re-
mained a faithful church mem-
ber throughout her life. How-
ever, it was her trails with her
husband that really illustrated
to her the importance and depth
of her faith.
Married when she was 17,
their union produced four chil-
dren. But it was a marriage that
proved to be unhealthy as her
husband was often physically

and verbally abusive.
Finally after 13 years, Boyce
had had enough and simply
walked out of the door with her
youngest child. She went back
to gather her other children
but then went into hiding for
fear of what her husband might
do. She was able to turn to her
brother-in-law for some assis-
tance but without a job and
no prospects, dwindling funds
and a continued fear of her es-
tranged spouse, Boyce finally
reached her breaking point.
"Then I remembered to pray,"

she said. "Through my tears, I
cried out to the Lord for direc-
And slowly but surely, her life
began to be put in order.
Her brother-in-law helped
her find a place for her chil-
dren, she eventually found
another job and her husband
stopped looking for her while
her courage grew.

New Life Family Worship
Center's motto is "everyone
who walks through that door is
a member and we say welcome
By the second visit, Boyce
has no qualms with asking the
"new members" to help with
ushering, greeting or other
She explains that such trust
on her part helps others to feel
as if they belong as well as to
give a boost to their self-esteem.
When others come to tell her
about those unsavory things
they once did in their lives, in-
stead of shrinking away, Boyce
says she becomes excited.
"I say, 'Oh, goody, goody,
goody. See, you know how to
work out there in the world. I'll
teach you how to work in the

BTW Senior High School hosts

beauty pageant casting call

Alabama. If interested sign
up with Betty Blue, Florence
Moncur and Louise Cromartie.

Shady Grove Missionary
Baptist Church now offers a
South Florida Workforce Ac-
cess Center for job seekers
open Monday Friday, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Maggie Porcher, 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.

Special to the Miami Times

For the first time ever, young
women in Overtown have the
opportunity to compete for the
title of Miss USA by partici-
pating in the Inaugural Miss
Overtown USA and Teen Miss
Overtown USA pageant, host-
ed by Miss Florida USA 2011,
Lissette Garcia.
The open-casting call and
registration will begin at 1
p.m. on Saturday, March 5
held at Booker T. Washington
Senior School which is located
at 1200 N.W. 6th Avenue in
Teen Miss Overtown USA
candidates must be 14-18
years old, reside in Overtown,
currently be enrolled in school
and be a US citizen. Miss
Overtown USA candidates
must be 18-27 years old, re-
side in Overtown, be a US Cit-
izen, unmarried and have no
On Sunday, March 27th pag-
eant contestants will compete
to win a college scholarship,
modeling portfolio from Bar-
on De' Parre, one-year fitness
training from Body Mechanics

Need for Black male teachers

continued from 12B

not just thrown into a class-
room because of race or ethnic-
Patrick Cure, a science coach
for the West Little River Ele-
mentary School agrees.
Cure, 47, a-graduate of Miami
Central Senior High School,
who went on to attend Miami
Dade College and Florida In-
ternational University, says
he noticed the lack of teachers
who were Black men.
"There were little to no Black
males teaching and I just felt
that in the sciences there were
no educators that I could look
up to and see myself," he said.
There are attempts being
made to provide more male
teachers in the classroom.
For example, The Achieve
Instill Inspire Foundation of

Miami N'western

class of 1967

at Tacolcy
There will be a class
meeting 6 p.m., Wednes-
day, March 9, at the Be-
lafonte Tacolcy Center
located at 6161 NW 9th
For more information,
contact Elaine at 305-

Jacksonville provides schol-
arships to Black and Latino
men who commit to pursuing
degrees and careers in elemen-
tary education.
However, the effort is facing
an uphill battle of changing
perceptions and creating a de-
sire to become educators.
Cure, who began his edu-
cation career as a substitute
teacher in 1986, said the ed-
ucation field may not be the
right career move for today's
recent college graduates.
"I don't want to be pessimis-
tic but I would go into almost
any other position if I was a
young student coming out of
college," he said, noting the
limited salary, changing po-
litical climate and uncertain
prospects within the educa-
tional job market.
"[Teaching has] just become
a thankless job," he added.

Event shows

youth positive

career paths

continued from 12B

of being a civil servant for their
community and maybe even
inspire them to run for office
run day," said Monestime, who
mentored at least four Role
Model apprentices on Wednes-


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Gym, La Casa Hermosa eve-
ning gown and an appearance
wardrobe for a year.
Miss Overtown USA and
Teen Miss Overtown USA are
the preliminary pageants to
Miss USA and a part of the
Overtown Rhythm & Arts Fes-
tival, which aims to celebrate
the rich history of one of Mi-
ami's earliest settlements,
Overtown. The winners of the
Miss Overtown USA and Teen
Miss Overtown USA pageants
will have the opportunity to
commemorate the festival.
For more information and to
download application forms for
the pageants, visit overtown-
This event is produced by
Magic-In-Action, Team 5 of
the Greater Miami Chamber of
Commerce's Leadership Miami
2010 2011 program. Set on
the charming main street of
NW 3rd Avenue, between 9th
and 1 th Streets in the His-
toric Overtown District, this
one-day annual Spring Fes-
tival comes alive on April 9,
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with
local food, art, music and en-



Ways to help children

enjoy swimming

By Katrina Ramser-Parrish

One scary moment in the water (think a too-tough teacher or a wal-e
in the face) can turn your kid into an aqua-phobe faster than you can
say Wicked Witch of the West. Charlotte Mansfield, founder of Mermaid
Swim School in Sarasota, suggests ways to help her move through i:.
Focus on play. On your next pool visit, stay on the stairs with her,
splashing, blowing bubbles, and offering encouragement. At the beach.
start her at the water's edge, and make a game of yelling as you darn
away from the waves it lets her release anxiety while getting close tI
water again.
Go back to the beginning. Amy Wehr's four-year-old son, Ryan,
tackled water trauma twice--both times when pushy teachers tried tc-
move him along too fast. (Kids should always decide themselves when
to try a new task, rather than be forced to do it.) So the Novato, CA,
mom scaled back all the way to the bathtub. "We asked him to put
just one ear in, and then a cheek," she says. "He had to relearn that it s
okay to take direction and get wet."
Seek out a gentler teaching environment. The hectic Olympic-size
pools Ryan began with didn't have a shallow place to stand, forcing
beginners to cling to the side. The answer: a smaller, quieter pool with
a seasoned instructor.

Instead of letting your child quit immedi-
ately, come up with a potential ending date
-and a plan for arriving at a final verdict
then. Explain to her: "I understand that cello/
soccer/hip-hop may not be your thing, after
all, but you've committed until this season
ends. If you still want to quit after that, that's
fine. What can we do to help you do your
best until then?" Once your child knows
that you're willing to listen, and that the final
choice is hers, she may begin to relax and
enjoy the activity.

How to tell when your child is ready

to stop participating in aniiactivity

By Kristen J. Gough

So your child has decided
he hates basketball or thinks
chess club's a chore. It hap-
pens: Even adults try and then
reject activities. The tricky part
with kids is figuring out when
to encourage them to keep
at it and when to let them off
the hook. Some stick-it-out
guidelines, from Catherine
Crawford, a Mountain View,
CA, family therapist:

Dig deeper into your child's

. reasons for wanting to leave
an activity by the wayside.
If it's a sport, for instance,
does he have issues with the
coach? Do the other kids in
her dance troupe make her
feel inadequate? Is he ner-
vous about performing at
an upcoming piano recital?
Sometimes you just need a
different approach private
lessons, perhaps, or a less
competitive class. And some-
times kids just need less,
period: It may be that yours
is overscheduled and wants
more time to hang out with

Just because your son didn't
like swim team doesn't mean
that he won't be a natural at
karate or playing the guitar.
Trying out different activities
is a normal part of a child's
development, notes Crawford,
and this is prime time to do
it, before other kids get too
far ahead and the competition
gets more intense. (And don't
be surprised if your kid ends
up going back to what he's
quitting in a couple of years
- children often change their
minds about the stuff they
once hated.)

What to do when your children's

behaviors, habits often annoy you

I loveyou, now go away

By Armin Brott

Very few people have the
courage to admit it, though, so
thanks for that. You didn't say
how old your children are, but.
there are several factors that
may be contributing to your
First, there's their behavior.
Dealing with rude, surly, un-
cooperative, disrespectful chil-
dren on a regular basis can
definitely make you question
whether you should have had
children in the first place.
Second, as children get older,
they naturally push for more
independence. If you aren't
able to gradually let go, you
may feel useless, unloved, and
angry that you're being pushed
away. This is especially true if
you're dealing with pre-teens
and teens, who seem to feel
that the best way to assert their
independence is to inflict emo-
tional damage on their parents.
Third, the expectations you
have for your children for ex-
ample, their ability to play ten-
nis and baseball may be out of
whack with what they're actu-

c- \

ally physically or mentally able
to do.
What to do?
-Think hard. There's a big
difference between not liking
your children and not liking
their behavior. Sometimes it's
hard to separate the two, but
it's important to try.
-Read up on temperament.
Some kids are naturally easier
to get along with than others.
In addition, certain parent-
child personality combinations
are more explosive than others.
Understanding your child's -
and your temperament can
really help.
-Read up on child develop-
ment. Understanding what's
normal and what's not for chil-
dren your kids' age, should in-

crease your patience and en-
joyment levels.
-To be blunt, grow up a little.
If you feel that you've made
major sacrifices for your chil-
dren (giving up hobbies or
interests, spending ungodly
amounts of money on private
schools, etc), you may resent
them. Yelling and seeing them
as disappointing or irritating
could be your way of getting
back at them. But this is your
life. Start learning to accept'
the things you can't change,
and focus instead on changing
the things you can (your atti-
tude, for example, or the need
to transition from "daddy who
knows everything" to "daddy
the mentor who gives advice
when it's asked for").

How to teach kids to accept responsibility for their actions

By Sally Marshall

For school-age children, un-
derstanding rules and conse-
quences is still a developmen-
tal work in progress, says K.
Mark Sossin, PhD, professor
of psychology at Pace Univer-

sity, in New York City.
"Kids this age have difficulty
taking responsibility for their
actions and behavior, espe-
cially when they think their
parents would disapprove
of something they did," says
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, PhD,
professor of child develop-
ment at Columbia University
Teachers College, in New York

Since they are still not adept
at anticipating consequences,
admitting culpability can be
daunting. So the next time
you run into one of the follow-
ing excuses, use it as an op-
portunity to teach her how to
react appropriately.

1. "It Was an Accident!"
Resist the temptation to
yell, punish, or try to force
him to admit that he did it
on purpose none of those
responses will teach him to
own up to his mistakes, says
Sossin. Instead, let him know
the real consequences his ac-
tions has for you -- and him.
Then ask him to help you fix
the problem or keep you com-

pany as you do it so he has an
opportunity to make things
2. "It's Your Fault!"
Don't take it personally. Just
ask, "What can we do so that
doesn't happen again?" says
Sossin. Listen to her ideas
and then make a suggestion
of your own. Do this often
enough and she'll start looking

for a solution when things go
wrong rather than playing
the blame game.
3. "She Made Me Do It!"
Don't play judge and jury;
just make sure your child un-
derstands that no matter what
another kid does he's still
responsible for his actions.
When the heat of the moment
has passed, ask your son what

he thinks a good response
might be the next time some-
one makes him angry. It's
more likely to stick if he comes
up with it himself. Finally, en-
courage empathy: "How does it
feel when someone pulls your
4. "I Swear It Wasn't Me!"
How do you get a kid to con-
fess? Try a non-accusatory
statement such as: "That's an

interesting explanation, but
I'm waiting to hear what actu-
ally happened." Then matter-
of-factly go about your busi-
ness. Most kids will come
forward if they aren't put on
the defensive. But once you
get your confession, make
sure you applaud her hones-
ty even if there's a conse-
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Broward medical examiner's son arrested in pill mill raid

Police officials move in

By Sofia Santana

Among those charged with
racketeering and drug traffick-
ing in a recent pain clinic raid
is Dr. Zvi Harry Perper, son of
Broward Chief Medical Exam-
iner Dr. Joshua Perper, who is
among the leaders of the re-
gion's ongoing battle with pre-
scription drug abuse.
Authorities say Dr. Zvi Harry
Perper, 49, ranked 22nd in the
nation among medical practi-
tioners in ordering oxycodone,
which he dispensed at the
pain clinic where he worked,
Delray Pain Management.
He faces 18 counts, includ-

ing racketeering, trafficking in
oxycodone and conspiracy to
traffic in oyxcodone, a potent
pain killer.
Joshua Perper, Broward's
chief medical examiner since
1994, could not be reached for
comment recently.
For the past decade he has
joined and, at times, led Bro-
ward officials in sounding the
alarm against worsening pre-
scription drug abuse and the
thousands of deaths blamed
on the phenomenon.

Authorities blame part of the
phenomenon on South Flori-

da's booming black
market for ,pain
pills, many of which
are dispensed by
pain clinics that ac-
cept only cash from /
clients in order to *
avoid state over-
Investigators al-
lege Delray Pain
Management was PEI
such a clinic, and
that Zvi Harry Perper profited
handsomely, receiving cash
payments at least a couple
of times a week in bundles of
several hundred to a couple
thousand dollars.
Zvi Harry Perppr was listed
as the owner of the downtown
Delray Beach clinic on state

registration docu-
ments. In the state
corporation log,
,~' however, Perper is
identified as a man-
N. ager; court records
* filed by investigators
show a clinic em-
ployee's ex-husband
as being the owner.
From January
RPER 2010 through June
2010, Zvi Harry Per-
per ordered 387,248 oxycodo-
ne pills, while, in comparison,
the seven pharmacies nearest
to Delray Pain Management
ordered slightly fewer than
500,000 pills for the entire
year, according to a probable
cause affidavit.
.Investigators looked only at

that six-month period in Zvi
Harry Perper's case because
in July 2010 Delray Beach en-
acted a city ordinance limiting
pain clinics to dispensing a
three-day supply of pain medi-
cation to patients, drastically
reducing the number of pills
flowing in and out of Delray
Pain Management and other

In addition to raiding the
clinic last Wednesday, au-
thorities also received a search
warrant for Zvi Harry Perper's
half-million -dollar Boca Raton
home, which is listed in his
wife's name.
Zvi Harry Perper has been
associated with Delray Pain

Management since at least
January 2010, according to
state records. The business
was founded in February 2009
and has no history of formal
complaints with the Florida
Department of Health.
Before working at the clinic,
Zvi Harry Perper practiced in
South Florida, Tampa and Or-
lando as an obstetrician/gyne-
In 2008, the state health de-
partment fined Zvi Harry Per-
per $10,000 and ordered him
to perform 50 hours of com-
munity service and attend
medical records courses as
part of a settlement following a
complaint that he botched an
abortion in Orlando in Decem-
ber 2003.

Some children are coming to school hungry Judge upholds
health care law

Survey: Most teachers are aware of

problem, buy food for classes

By Nanci Hellmich

This may be the land of plenty, but
many children are going to school
hungry, and teachers often give stu-
dents food to help them make it until
lunchtime, according to a national
survey of 638 public teachers.
Two-thirds of these teachers,
grades kindergarten through eighth,

not isolated to certain urban and ru-
ral areas, but it's really happening
across the board."
The survey found:
Almost all teachers believe break-
fast is important for children's aca-
demic achievement and helps stu-
dents concentrate better and learn
more throughout the day.
65 percent of teachers say many

Start their day off right

Why should kids eat breakfast?
Research shows that students
who eat breakfast do better
on standardized tests and have
improved cognitive function,
attention spans and memory
Plus, children who start the day
with healthful fare are also likely
to have consumed important
nutrients such as calcium, fiber
and protein.
For easy, healthful breakfasts,
look under "recipes" at food.

(Fla.) County Central School and
now works as an instructional coach
for an elementary school, says some-
times kids would come to her class
and put their heads on their desk
and almost cry.

When she asked them what was
wrong, they'd tell her they hadn't had
any breakfast. She kept peanut but-
ter crackers on hand to give them,
and one time she gave a student her
own lunch.
She says hungry students "couldn't
focus at all. All they could think
about was wanting food. They would
ask, What time is lunch? Is it lunch-
time yet?' "
It's hard to teach children when
"they are thinking about their next
good meal," Frakes says.
Breakfast is served in 87,000
schools to 11.6 million schoolchil-
dren; 74 percent of the breakfasts
are free, and about nine percent are
at reduced price, the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture says.
The survey showed the teachers re-
alize that many kids who are quali-
fied for free or reduced-price break-
fasts aren't getting them.
Shore says there are many rea-
sons for this: For instance, students'
buses may not arrive in time, or the
kids feel there is a stigma with school
breakfast. That perception can be
avoided if all kids are offered a cold
breakfast in the classroom or a grab-
and-go meal. he says. The exact cost
for kids who really don't need break-
fast is minimal, he says.

By Zachary Roth

Another federal judge has upheld
the Obama administration's health
care overhaul as constitutional.
U.S. District Court Judge Gladys
Kessler becomes the third federal
judge all appointed by Democratic
presidents to rule in support of the
law. Two others both appointed by
Republicans have ruled against it.
Several courts have declined to take
the case.
Judge Kessler rejected the central
claim of the law's opponents, that the
law's individual mandate isn't cov-
ered by the Commerce Clause of the
Constitution, because failing to buy
health insurance does not constitute
economic activity. "Making a choice
is an affirmative action, whether one
decides to do something or not to do
something," Kessler wrote. "They are
two sides to the same coin. To pretend
otherwise is to ignore reality."
The debate over the law appears
highly likely to be ultimately decided
by the U.S. Supreme Court. But the
rulings of lower courts are nonethe-
less significant, because they could
potentially serve to nudge wavering
high court justices in one direction or
the other.

say they have students in their
classes who regularly come to school
hungry because they aren't getting
enough to eat at home, and 63 per-
cent of the teachers say the problem
increased this past year.
"It's really telling to see how se-
vere the problem is," says Bill Shore,
founder and director of Share Our
Strength, a non-profit organization
dedicated to ending childhood hun-
ger, which sponsored the survey. "It's

children rely on school meals as their
primary source of nutrition.
61 percent say they purchase
food for their classrooms and spend
an average of $25 a month. They also
have helped kids sign up for free or
reduced-priced meals (74 percent say
they've done that) and referred stu-
dents and parents to resources in the
school (49 percent).
Stacey Frakes, who taught third,
fourth and fifth grades at Madison

First lady backlash second to none

Obama's campaign against obesity enrages

critics in ways predessors haven't

By James Oliphant

first ladies Barbara and Laura
Bush worked to end illiteracy.
Nancy Reagan famously took
on teenage drug use. Lady
Bird Johnson planted flowers.
But none of them have been
seared for something as 'seem-
ingly benign as calling for kids
to eat more vegetables, as Mi-
chelle Obama has.
Just about everyone will
agree that the nation's children
are getting fatter and that obe-
sity is a serious health prob-
lem. But the first lady's push
for healthier meals and more
exercise, which marked its
first anniversary this month,
has provoked a backlash from
the right, who complain that
the only thing here that's su-
persized is Big Brother.
"Leaders are supposed to be
leaders," Limbaugh said.- "If
we are supposed to eat roots,
berries and tree bark, show us
Critics have carped about
Obama's spread at her Super
Bowl party and have sug-
gested that the child-nutrition
legislation she backed in Con-
gress would bring about the
end of school bake sales. Her
work with the National Res-
taurant Association to devel-
op healthier menu items has
been decried in some circles
as a government takeover of
Michelle Obama's defend-
ers say her campaign is pro-
ducing results. "Over this
past year, we've seen the first
signs of a fundamental shift
in how we live and eat," White
House chef Sam Kass told a
recent meeting of culinary
professionals. "We've seen
changes at every level of our
society from classrooms
to boardrooms to the halls of

One Republican, however,
defended Obama this week.
Mike Huckabee, the former
Arkansas governor whose
own waistline has vacillated
during his career, said Obama

had been "criticized unfairly."
Myra Gutin, an expert on
first ladies and politics at Rid-
er University in New Jersey,
said the only other first lady
to be as consistently criticized
as Obama was Hillary Rodham
Clinton, for tackling health
care reform in the early years
of the Clinton administration.

Clinton, however, "was run-
ning a bureaucracy of her
own," Gutin said. "It's quite
In contrast, Gutin said,
Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No"
campaign was knocked as a
less-than-aggressive response
by the White House to mount-
ing drug use.
"Some of the criticism (of
Obama), quite frankly, has re-

ally shocked me," Gutin said.
"There is a certain line with
first ladies. You can take 'a
shot, but I don't think people
like it a lot. .We're not talking
about the war; we're not talk-
ing about the economy. At
some level it begins to sound
peevish and almost inappro-

Teachers interviewed during the study said hungry

students 'couldn't focus at all.'



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First lady Michelle Obama participates in the Let's Move!
Campaign and the NFL's Play 60 Campaign festivities with
area youth in 2010 in New Orleans.


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By Abbie Kozolchyk
Youi can easily romaniclize
a le\\ laugh lines II1 every
wrinkle is but a notch in the
quiet calendar of a \\.ll-spent life,
according to Dickensl. But time's
effects on your smile can be consid-
erably harder to ritee :If. no matter
ho\i talented the scribe There s the
\ello\\ing or graying of teeth, the thin-
ning of lips, the appearance of lip lines...
and the list goes on. On the bright side,
home tools that fight tooth discoloration (to
say nothing of the latest in-office procedures)
are getting ultra high-tech, and there are plenty
of low-tech anti-aging essentials, too. Read on for
these, plus top dermatologist and makeup-artist
tips for adding major spark and sparkle to your
sm ile
HoeAver unsex\, nuts-and-buhlts dental

hygiene is key to keeping your smile young-looking. "Your
teeth control the lower third of your face," says New York
City dentist Michael Apa, D.D.S. Their gradual wearing
down and shifting with age contributes to the formation of
frown lines and the hollowing of the cheeks. Tooth decay
and loss only exacerbate these issues. In addition to what
you already know (brush at least twice a day, floss once a
day, and see a dentist regularly), here are some things you
may not:
1. Rinse your mouth after every meal or glass of wine
- red or white. "White wine has acids that penetrate the
enamel, allowing staining and decaying food particles to
penetrate more easily," says New York City dentist and
Supersmile creator Irwin Smigel, D.D.S. Red, by contrast,
creates only superficial staining. But whatever you eat
or drink, a subtle swishing and swallowing of water right
away at the table helps minimize residue, staining, and
tooth decay, says Smigel.
2. Chew sugarless gum. "As you age, your salivary
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Learning a second language

protects against Azheimer's

to protect against the effects of
Alzheimer's? Learn another lan-
That's the takeaway from recent
brain research, which shows that
bilingual people's brains function
better and for longer after develop-
ing the disease.
Psychologist Ellen Bialystok and
her colleagues at York University in
Toronto recently tested about 450
patients who had been diagnosed
with Alzheimer's. Half of these
patients were bilingual, and half

spoke only one language.
While all the patients had simi-
lar levels of cognitive impairment,
the researchers found that those
who were bilingual had been diag-
nosed with Alzheimer's about four
years later, on average, than those
who spoke just one language. And
the bilingual people reported their
symptoms had begun about five
years later than those who spoke
only one language.
"What we've been able to show is
that in these patients... all of whom
have been diagnosed with Alzheim-

her's and are all at the same level
of impairment, the bilinguals on
average are four to five years older
- which means that they've been
able to cope with the disease," Bi-
alystok said.
She presented her findings re-
cently here at the annual meeting
of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science. Some
results of this research were pub-
lished in the Nov. 9, 2010 issue of
the journal Neurology.
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Common birth control pills

not tied to heart attacks

NEW YORK Contrary to earlier signs that women on the pill have a higher risk
of heart disease, a new look at the medical literature found no link between heart
attacks and the so-called mini-pills.
Such pills, including brands like Micronor and Ovrette, contain the hormone
progestin, but not the estrogen of traditional birth control pills. The results also
held for other progestin-only birth control products, such as implants and shots.
"I think this is very reassuring that there is no increased risk of heart attack,"
said Chrisandra Shufelt of the Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical
Center, who was not involved in the review.
Millions of women worldwide take progestin-only contraceptives. While combined
contraceptives, which blend progestin and estrogen, are more popular, their
safety is still a matter of debate, Shufelt said. Two reviews of earlier research, for
instance, found roughly twice the risk of heart attack among women on the pill
compared to those not on birth control.
Just two out of a million healthy women in their early 30s actually suffer a heart
attack, however, so even doubling that risk still wouldn't amount to much.
Still, women at increased risk of heart disease, such as heavy smokers or those
with high blood pressure, might consider switching to

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Study: Cellphone use affects brain

Radiation boosts activity, but harm still unknown

By Mary Brophy Marcus

Holding a cellphone against
n'our ear cha-naes the actit\ in\
your brain. according to a new\
stud\ that shows the brain is
sensitive to the phone s radia-
tion emissions.
Whether the increased sensi-
twivi is harmless or hurtful to
the brain is still up for debate.
sa\ researchers from the Na-
utonal institutes of Health. who
found that less than an hour
of cellphone use is linked with
increased actnt, iin the part of
the brain closest to the phone
it s not clear \et htheher the
radiation is potentially carcino-
genic or has an, other negative
health implications or posi-
tive ones. for that matter, says
lead author Nora Volko\. direc-
tor of the National Institute on
Drug \buse. about the research
in this w~eek s Journal of the
American Medical Association.

The ',ea-r-long stud', on 47
people used positron emission
tomograph\ IPET scans a
technique used to map out the
brain Study subjects under-
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that -measures brain glucose

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metabolism wv.hich is a.n indica-
tion of the brain s activity ,
The first time around, cell-
phones were placed on both
sides of the head. In half of
the participants. the cell-
phon: against thr right ear
\was turned on '\with the sound
muted for 50 minutes and in
the other group. neither phone
was activated On the sec-
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By Leigh Krietsch Boerner

NEW YORK Drinking yogurt with
extra vitamin D may help people with
diabetes regulate their blood sugar, a
study from Iran finds.
In the trial, 90 adults with diabe-
tes were divided into three groups, all
given daily yogurt drinks: one group
received plain yogurt, one got yogurt
with extra vitamin D, and one was
given yogurt with extra vitamin D and
At the end of 12 weeks, "we found a
relatively remarkable improvement" in
blood sugar levels in the groups that
got extra vitamin D, compared to the
plain yogurt group, co-author Tirang
Neyestani, associate professor at Na-
tional Nutrition and Food Technology
Research Institute in Iran, told Reuters
Health in an e-mail.
Past studies on the role of vitamin D
in diabetes have not been able to show
cause and effect.
It's noteworthy that this study does,
and that it suggests vitamin D has a
positive effect on people with type 2
diabetes, said Dr. Anastassios Pittas,
assistant professor of medicine at Tufts
University School of Medicine in Bos-
ton. He was not part of the study.
In type 2 diabetes, the most com-
mon form of the disease, the body has
trouble using insulin to process glu-
cose from foods, resulting in excessive
levels of the sugar in the bloodstream.
Vitamin D is thought to help regulate
the body's sensitivity to insulin and
possibly insulin production by the

Going back to the 1980s, numer-
ous studies have linked vitamin D to a
lowered risk of diabetes, however others
have found no benefit. A recent report
showed no link between women's blood
levels of vitamin D and their risk of de-
veloping type 2 diabetes, for example.
Few studies have directly tested the
theory by giving people vitamin D and
then seeing how they compare over time
in diabetes-related measurements with
similar subjects who did not consume
the vitamin.
In the new study, 55 women and 35
men were divided into groups of 30, and
all drank their assigned yogurt twice a
day. The plain yogurt contained 150 mil-
ligrams of calcium, the vitamin D-forti-
fied yogurt had 500 international units
(IU) of vitamin D and 150 milligrams of
calcium, and the doubly-fortified yogurt
contained 500 IU of vitamin D and 250
milligrams of calcium.
After three months, the plain yogurt
group's average blood sugar increased
from 187 to 203 milligrams per deciliter
of blood (mg/dL). In both the fortified-
yogurt groups,, blood sugar dropped
from 184 to about 172 mg/dL. Blood
sugar levels abovel26 mg/dL are con-
sidered to be diabetic.
It's odd that the blood sugar of those
who didn't receive extra vitamin D got
worse, Pittas said. This could make it
seem that the improvement in the vita-
min D-fortified group was greater than
it actually was, overstating the finding.
The plain-yogurt group also had an
Please turn to VITAMIN D 19B




If your acne is well controlled by
gently washing with soap and water,
and by using over-the-counter lotions
or creams, you may not have to visit
your doctor.

On the other hand, the University
of Michigan Health System says you
should see your doctor if:

Your acne keeps getting worse.
You have large, fluid-filled pimples
that may feel hard to the touch. This is
called cystic acne.
Your acne keeps you from social
activities, such as parties or dates.
You are depressed or very embar-
rassed because ofacne.
Either or both your parents had se-
vere acne that caused permanent scars.


Stroke on the first date, it can happen at any age

By Sandra Jordan
Special to the NNPA

There is nothing like a
stroke to make a memorable
first date. It happened seven
years ago when Shermane
Winters-Wofford was 33. She
hadn't been on the dating
scene for a while and thought
the sharp pain in her side and
shortness of breath was jit-
ters. She was actually in the
throes of a mild stroke.
A stroke occurs when the
blood supply to the brain is
interrupted. When this hap-
pens, adequate oxygen and
nutrients don't reach the
brain, leading to the death of

brain cells, which can cause
severe disability and some-
times death. The brain's blood
supply can be disrupted when
the blood vessels are blocked
by blood clots or cholesterol
and fatty-laden plaque or if
the blood vessel breaks.
At the time, Winters-Wof-
ford did not know the symp-
toms of a heart attack or
stroke in women. Her date
did his best to take better
care of her and kept asking
if she wanted to see a doctor
or go to an emergency room.
She declined. She made it
home, in the company of her
date, but not for long. Then
her date, a St. Louis firefight-

er, took her to the emergency
room at SSM DePaul Health
Center and did not leave her
"My blood pressure was
179 over 159," she said. "The
nurse actually yelled at me,
You haven't been taking your
medicine your blood pres-
sure is through the roofl' "I
said, What medicine?'"
Winters-Wofford had high
blood pressure and did not
know it. That's why high
blood pressure is described
as "the silent killer." If you
are having symptoms, it's
usually something serious
and even life-threatening,
She was told she was having

a stroke and couldn't move
her left arm it all happened
in the course of 45 minutes.

The American Heart As-
sociation says typical symp-
toms of stroke come on sud-
denly, without warning. They
include: sudden numbness
or weakness in the face, arm
or leg, especially on one side;
sudden confusion, trouble
speaking or understanding;
sudden trouble seeing in one
or both eyes; sudden prob-
lems walking, dizziness, loss
of balance or coordination
and; sudden, severe head-
ache with no known cause.

Women can have other
symptoms of stroke. The Na-
tional Stroke Association says
these symptoms also come on
suddenly and include face
and limb pain, hiccups, nau-
sea, general weakness, chest
pain, shortness of breath,
and heart palpitations.
Winters-Wofford is the
youngest of nine siblings and
knew nothing of her family's
medical history. She was sur-
prised to learn that her par-
ents, sisters and brothers
were all taking medication for
high blood pressure. She is
now on high blood pressure
medicine as well. She has
also married her date and

despite complications during
her pregnancy, they now have
a healthy baby. She did suffer
a second stroke less than one
year after giving birth. Since
then, she made a strong effort
to increase her cardiovascu-
lar fitness and the proportion
of fruits and vegetables in her
diet. She is trying to keep her
weight down. She also expe-
riences trouble sleeping and
a lingering effect from her
strokes called aphasia, affect-
ing her speech and pronun-
ciation of words.
For more information, visit
the American Stroke Associa-
tion at www.strokeassocia-

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lion \'ol Qt'C it fi' ii is dilr'ci/y it'Vlh'd i di.\hhIce it is fronm
the head. doioi.n' .a'.



Different methods to making your smiile brighter

continued from 17B

antimicrobial that helps pre-
vent decay," says Smigel. "But
gum chewing restimulates the
3. Floss down into your
gums, not just between your
teeth. Plaque and bacteria can

get stuck in those voids, caus-
ing inflammation and decay.
4. Ask your dentist to check
the state of your fillings. "Ev-
ery filling eventually has to be
replaced," says New York City
dentist Marc Lowenberg, D.D.S.
Silver, or amalgam, lasts be-
tween 10 and 20 years, so your
childhood dental work may be

overdue for replacement. Fresh
fillings can help prevent tooth
decay and loss and, down
the road, root canals and im-
5. Consider orthodontics if
your teeth have shifted sig-
nificantly. "Your jaw is shift-
ing along with your teeth,"
says Apa. "Left unchecked,

the situation can create a col-
lapsed look" (think Disney's
Evil Queen disguised as the old
lady in Snow White). Invisalign
or behind-the-teeth braces are
the subtlest options for grown-
ups. Ranging from $3,500 to
$8,000, the investment for
them isn't small. But the long-
term payoff is big.

Acquiring another language can help against diseases

continued from 17B

patients showed that, among
patients who are function-
ing at the same level, those
who are bilingual have more
advanced brain deterioration
than those who spoke just one
language. But this difference
wasn't apparent from the pa-
tients' behaviors, or their abili-
ties to function. The bilingual
people acted like monolingual
patients whose disease was
less advanced.
"Once the disease begins
to compromise this region of
the brain, bilinguals can con-
tinue to function," Bialystok
said. "Bilingualism is protect-

ing older adults, even after Al-
zheimer's disease is beginning
to affect cognitive function."
The researchers think this
protection stems from brain
differences between those
speak one language and those
who speak more than one. In
particular, studies show bilin-
gual people exercise a brain
network called the executive
control system more. The ex-
ecutive control system involves
parts of the prefrontal cortex
and other brain areas, and is
the basis of our ability to think
in complex ways, Bialystok
"It's the most important part
of your mind," she said. "It
controls attention and every-

thing we think of as uniquely
human thought."
Bilingual people, the theory
goes, constantly have to exer-
cise this brain system to pre-
vent their two languages from
interfering with one another.
Their brains must sort through
multiple options for each word,
switch back and forth between
the two languages, and keep
everything straight.
And all this work seems to
confer a cognitive benefit an
ability to cope when the going
gets tough and the brain is be-
sieged with a disease such as
"It's not that being bilingual
prevents the disease," Bialys-
tok told MyHealthNewsDaily.

Instead, she explained, it al-
lows those who develop Al-
zheimer's to deal with it better.
Moreover, other research
suggests that these benefits
of bilingualism apply not only
to those who are raised from
birth speaking a second lan-
guage, but also to people who
take up a foreign tongue later
in life.
"The evidence that we have
is not only with very early bi-
linguals," said psychologist
Teresa Bajo of the University
of Granada in Spain, who was
not involved in Bialystok's re-
search. "Even late bilinguals
use these very same processes
so they may have also the very
same advantages."

Calcium helpful with controlling blood sugar

continued from 18B

increase in hemoglobin A1C,
a sign of raised blood sugar
levels over time, while both vi-
tamin-D groups' A1C numbers
In addition, people who got
the fortified yogurt lost an aver-
age of two to five pounds dur-
ing the study, while the plain-
yogurt group stayed about the

Although this difference may
seem small, it may have af-
fected the participants' blood
sugar levels, Pittas said.
"Weight loss by itself, regard-
less of what causes it, can
improve diabetes," he told Re-
uters Health.
It's also important to note
that the vitamin D was given in
yogurt, instead of as a supple-
ment, Pittas said, and taking
the vitamin alone might pro-
duce different results.

Yogurt contains probiotics,
the good bugs that help us di-
gest food, and "there is some
evidence that these may also
be important in diabetes," Pit-
tas explained.
The study, published in
American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, was funded by the
National Nutrition and Food
Technology Research Institute
in Iran. The yogurt was do-
nated by the Dairy Industries
of Iran, and was a substitute

for the equivalent amount of
dairy in the participants' nor-
mal diet.
People with type 2 diabetes
should follow the current Insti-
tute of Medicine vitamin D rec-
ommendation of about 600 IU
a day, Pittas said.
The study is "a little bit of a
'too good to be true' observa-
tion," he added, but it does
"provide additional evidence
for more, longer-term studies.
I would not say that we should

Cellphones and brain activity

continued from 18B

of smell, memory, eating, ag-
gression a whole range of be-
haviors. It's like an orchestra
conductor instead of just an
individual musician with spe-
cific task."
The temporal area is criti-
cal to language and memory,
says Keith Black, chairman of

neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai
Medical Center in Los Ange-
"This study raises a lot of
questions," says Black, who
was not involved in the study.
"Will cellphones impact how
we remember things, is there
any relation to the risk of Al-
zheimer's? Will it affect our
cognitive ability to manipu-
late language functions?"

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In Memoriam In Memoriam


82, nurse, died
February 20.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday at
Church of the

clerical work,
died February
24 at Jackson
Memorial North
Hospital. Ser-.
vice 12:30 p.m.,
Tuesday at
Mt. Tabor Mis-
sionary Baptist



.d~E; ;:

mestic engi-
neer, died Feb-
ruary 22. Ser-
vices were held.

housewife, died
February 27 at I7
Hialeah Hos-
pital. Arrange-A
ments are in-

Hadley Davis
VIRGINIA ELLIS, 73, cashier,
died Febru-
ary 23 at Vista
Hospice. Ser-
vice 10:30 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Olivette Baptist

JAMES MACK, 76, retired steel
plant worker,
died February
24 at Vista Hos-
pice. Service 1
p.m., in the cha-

pel k,

Wright and Young
vestigator as-
sistant for Dade
County Medical
Examiners Of-
fice, died Febru-
ary 28, at Jack-
son Memorial ", I
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
husband, Cedric; daughter, Anjail;
siblings, Theresa, Donald, Gerald
Wright, Vanessa Lamar and Char-
maine Luke; neices and nephews
Candice, Cherie, Derek, Donna,
Felicia, Georgina, Gerald, Jefford,
Kakeeya, Lewis, Stephanie, Terry
and Jacqueline Young. Public visi-
tation 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Sunday,
at Wright & Young Funeral Home,
Inc. Services will be held 2 p.m.
Monday, at Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church.

76, entrepre- -- I -
neur, died Feb-
ruary 23, at
Aventura Hospi-
1, 57, labor- tal. Survivors in-
clude: wife, Hat-
tie Richardson; ,.
children, Bon-
nie (Michael)
James, Victor (Ceceily) Wright,
Deneise Gordon, Diane Richard-
S son, Alvin (Lorie) Richardson, Hol-
S ley Richardson, Angela (Marcus)
Jerkins; one brother, Clarence
(Beatrice) Baker; one sister, Ro-
berta Hopkins; 22 grandchildren; 9
great grandchildren; and a host of
nieces and nephews. Viewing 6-8
ES-EVANS, p.m., Friday. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
urday at Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Liberty City.

DELORES HUNTER, 54, private
security guard,
died February
25 at University
of Miami Hos-
S pital. Viewing
s; mother, 9 a.m. 9 p.m.,
their family Friday. Service '
.m., Friday 11 a.m., Satur-
nary Baptist day at Mount
Olive Primitive Baptist Church.


er, died Febru- -
ary 22. Service
Saturday in the
chapel, time to
be announced.

62, retired
died February
23 at Aventura
Medical Center.
Miami North-
western Class "
of 1966. Sur-
vivors include:
daughter, Dina Evan
Mildred Betties and o
members. Service 6 p
at Jordan Grove Missior


67, retired,
died February
22 in Broward
County. Survi-
vors include:
son, Keino Tay- .,
lor; daughters,
Mia and Nikia \
Taylor; sister,
Gail Quinn; brothers, Gary and
Mark Andrews; and four grandchil-
dren. Viewing 4-8 p.m., Thursday
in Range chapel. Service 11 a.m.,
Friday at New Birth Baptist Church
Cathedral of Faith International.

ROUGHS, new born, died Febru-
ary 22 at Vista. Services were held.

- nursing,

died 1
24 at .

home. Arrange-
ments are in-


45, landscaper, died February 24 at
Catholic Hospice. Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday in the chapel.

stylist, died February 22. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at John Wesley

laborer, died February 25. Services
were held.

died February --
25. Survivors
include: mother,
Gloria Baker; ,
father, Mickeal
Taylor; daugh- -
ter, Latoya Tay-
lor; brother, Ter-
rance Murray;
and grandson, Savion Littles. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Saturday at Greater
Bethel A.M.E., 245 NW 8 Street.

retired police
died February
25. Survivors
children, Pastor
Derek Tillman,
Jr. (Angela),
Katrina Tillman-Wright (Rickey);
siblings, Rhonda Tillman-
Williams (Gary), Kevin Tillman;
grandchildren, Keyaunte, Keenan,
Kelis and Allegra. Viewing 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m., Friday at Mt. Carmel
Missionary Baptist Church.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at
New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist
Church. For more information the
family may be contacted at 786-

MAN, 67, re-
tired, died
February 24 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital.
Viewing 4-8
p.m., Friday. Ar- '",
rangements are

Happy Birth

In loving memory of,

3/01/69 0808/09

We love and miss yo
will forever be in our h
Love your grandsons


Ilips; one
ng II; and
ily mem-
, Friday.
it Jordan
i946 NW

tired bus

The family of the late,

: A. ,aWq

died February
28 at Memorial
West Hospital.
Survivors in-
clude: son, Mel-
vin Armstrong, i,
two sisters,
Eloise Pratt and
Shirley Phillips;
one brother, Harmon Phil
grandson, Melvin Armstror
a host of sorrowing fam
bers. Viewing 4-8 p.m.
Service noon, Saturday a
Grove Baptist Church, 5
12 Avenue.

Carey Royal Ra
driver, died Feb-
ruary 27 at Villa '
Maria Nursing
and Rehabili-
tation Center. :
Service 11 a.m, "-
Saturday at
New Jerusalem
Baptist Church.

A. Richardso

would like to thank those of
you who sacricficed and took
the time out to honor the Leg-
acy Of Rev. Dr. Philip Clarke
Jr. Your caring acts of kind-
.. ness shown to us during the
S time of the loss of the Patri-
arch of our family. is greatly
appreicated. To many of you
he was Pastor,and friend, but
to us he was a husband, Dad-
dy and grandpa.
A special thank you to the
n Moderator of the Atlantic
Coast Missionary Baptist As-
GOOD- sociation Rev. Anthony Brown
for your continued Spiritual
leadership and guidance. Rev.
Glenroy Deveaux we look for-
ward to continuing the friend-
ship you and and our father
shared. We also give thanks
to the Deacons, Officers, and
Church family of St. Mat-
thews M.B. Church. Thanks
to our special friend Angela
A special mention to Terry
Wright and the Wright and
day Young Funeral Home. You
went far above and beyond
what we could have imagined.
Our family was amazed and
overwhelmed. The red roses,
the red carpet, the Roll Royce
for our mother, The horse
driven carriage that carried
our father from the church to
our fathers final resting place
cu,,; t the M White OovC sa b-
;n~o rirrpd wns ~-rvice fit

May God continue to bless
and keep you; this is our
Sprayer from my mother, Mrs.
I., Marjorie Clarke; my wife, The-
resa; family and me Rev. War-
ren J.Clarke.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

u. You

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


Wife, Evie; children, Yolan-
da (Kevin), Timothy II (Ruth-
ie), Cory (Danielle); grand-
children, Zaria, Kerra, Kiah,
Genesis, Cory Jr., Timothy III.








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Sweet in memory.
Forever in our hearts.
Your children: Leonard,
Elmira, Eugeneal, Sarah,
Louis K., Moseeva, Vernon,
and Michael.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

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3030333 12/22/10

Ma, we love you.
Lolitia, Harriet, Angela and

In loving memory of,

It's been six years since you
have been called home and
sometimes it still feels like
Your love, the life you lived
and legacy shall forever be in
our hearts.
From your loving wife, Olga
and your children, Carolyn,
Margaret, Albertha, and Ed-

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

11/25/38 03/01/96

Mom, it's been 15 years
since you left us.
Yesterday you came to get
your baby sister, Kayshone
and took her home.
We know you are resting in
the arms of Jesus.
With all our love, Stephanie,
Terry, Derek, Willie, Pernell,
and Carnell, your grands and
great grands.

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In loving memory of.

Words can't express how
much we miss you. Your face,
your voice, your loving ways
stay vividly in our hearts and
minds. We thank God for a
gift so precious, a gift so true,
our guardian angle that gift
was you.
We love you Momma, Sylvia,
Jacqueline and your grand


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By Matt Moore

PHILADELPHIA Dwayne McDuffie, who wrote
comic books for Marvel and DC and founded his
own publishing company before crossing over to
television and animation, has died. He was 49.
The Detroit native died February 21, a day after
his birthday, DC Comics said. His cause and
place of death weren't immediately known.
McDuffie wrote comics for the New York-based
DC and Marvel, including runs on Batman:
Legends of the Dark Knight, the Fantastic Four
and the Justice League of America. He also
penned several animated television shows and
features, including the just-released "All-Star
Superman" as well as "Justice League: Crisis
on Two Earths" and the animated TV series
"Static Shock" and "Ben 10: Alien Force."
News of McDuffie's death was first
reported by the website Comic Book
Resources. Recently, McDuffie attended
the premieres of the new "All-Star
Superman" film in Los Angeles and New

York, and was scheduled to
appear at an event at Golden
Apple Comics in Los Angeles.
One of McDuffie's last
tweets was that he was
"Taking a break from a script I
owe to attend the LA premiere
of 'All-Star Superman."'
McDuffie's work for Marvel
included "Damage Control,"
which took a serious but
fictional look at a company
whose job it was to clean
up the damage physical
and legal resulting from
battles between superheroes
and supervillains. In 1992,
he formed the comic book
company Milestone Media Inc.,
which gave him the freedom
and leeway to create his own
characters, many of whom were
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John Legend performs for President Obama and first
lady Michelle Obama for the White House Music Series
saluting Motown.

White House grooves

to 'The Motown Sound'

By Steve Jones

What:The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White
House, a concert celebrating Black History Month and Mo-
town Records. It's a continuation of the music series hosted
by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
When: The tribute, taped Thursday night in the East Room,
premieres Tuesday on PBS stations nationwide (8 p.m.).
Who: Hosted by Jamie Foxx with performances by Foxx,
Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Gloriana, Nick Jonas,
Ledisi, Amber Riley, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Mark
Sailing, Seal and Jordin Sparks.
Check out the crowd: The president greeted Motown leg-
ends sprinkled throughout the audience, calling the night a
celebration of "the music that's at the heart of the American
Tempting start: The quartet of Foxx, Jonas, Seal and Leg-
end performed a medley of Temptations hits -Get Ready, The
Way You Do the Things You Do, I Can't Get Next to You and
Ain't Too Proud to Beg. Foxx introduced Crow as a former li-
chael Jackson backup singer, and she bounced to the stage in
a glittery pinstriped pantsuit for an enthusiastic I Want You
Approval: Jonas crooned the Four Tops' I Can't Help Myself
(Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) while lone surviving original Top
Duke Fakir nodded his head to the beat.
Great Grapevine: Soul singer Ledisi performed one of Mo-
town's earliest hits, Mary Wells' My Guy, s'.,i,. it up with
a bit of scatting at the end. She proclaimed that Marvin
Gaye wrote the greatest soul song ever in I Heard It Through
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The Annual 2011 William J.
Faulkner Oratorical Contest
was held last week at The
Church of the Open Door and
presented by Jacqueline H.
Clenance, president; Cheryl
Waide, chairman; Rev. Dr. R.
Joaquin Willis, Pastor and Dr.
Cynthia M. Clarke, mistress
of ceremonies.
The William J. Faulkner
Oratorical Contest is the
namesake of the late Rev.
William J. Faulkner, Pastor
of Park Manor Congregational
Church in Chicago, Illinois.
Rev. Faulkner was a skilled
and talented orator. He was
one of the first Black pastors in
the nation to lead what is today
known as a "Mega Church"
with close to 3,000 members.
In the 1950s, his daughter
Marie Faulkner Brown moved
to Miami and was barred from
a local white congregational
church. Rev. Faulkner
encouraged his daughter
to organize a neighborhood
church in Miami where Blacks
'could worship and fellowship
without persecution. In 1958,
The Church of the Open Door
was founded.
There are many talented

',outh in our
c o rn u n I i e S
that have the
same vision and
talent of the late
Rev. Faulkner,
but lack the
showcase their


year the contest in
contestants: Lela A
Rahlym Bellamy
Bellinger, Shaku
Vonkevia Davis,
Geathers, Mailail
Ashley Jordan,
Landers, Denice
Sabrkina Noel, Sa
Sarena Noel, Anah
Yawanahya Santoi
Smith, Kenneth
Bernice Sylverain
Thurmond. They r
all grade levels.
Winners announ
Clarke were Saren
place; Yawanahyi
2nd place and Sab
Denise McArthur,
Shayir Landers,
and Ashley Jordan
Toamdre Bellinge
Lela Ambrister, 2n
Rahiym Bellamy,
Danielle Geathers
Vonkevia Davis,

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Kenneth Stewart, 3rd place
and Tesia Thurmond, 3rd
place. Schools participating
included Norland Middle,
SClara Muhammad, Cushman
Sand MASK Academy.
.- Others in attendance
S. included Erslyn Anders, Lisa
S Anderson, Shirley Archie,
Colette Combs, Denise
S Johnson, Dory Lingo,
Bonita North, Nada North,
.atform to Mary Reeves and parents of
gifts. This the contestants.
included 20 *************
Ambrister, Idella Knowles, wife of
Tiandre Bishop George Knowles,
r Butler, thought it not robbery to
Danielle recognize pioneers of The
la House, Church of God Of Prophecy
Shayir in a prayer breakfast at the
McArthur, Miami Garden Church, 16801
ndra Noel, NW 19th Ave. She and her
ya Santos, committee selected pioneers
s, Quentin such as Bishop Arnold
Stewart, Demeritte, Bishop Charles I.
and Tesia Mackey, Evangelist Isadora
presented Strachan, Mary Strachan and
Minister Meddle Bannister.
ced by Dr. Sister Rozina Robinson
.a Noel, 1st presided over the program,
a Santos, followed by Minister Sonia
rina Noel; Whittick saying the prayer,
1st place; Minister Beyl Jackson
2nd place with scripture, Sister Ditha
I, 3rd place; Townsend with the welcome,
r, lstplace; Brother Ivanhoe Ewen with
d place and a prayer for our families and
3rd place; Deacon Thomas White with
, 1st place; the blessing of the food.
2nd place; Christopher O' Connor

entertained playing "I Won't
Complain" as his mother sang
along, followed by Minister
Sandra White praying for the
youth and Sis. Coranell Jones
epitomized Rosa Parks.
The focus of the prayer
breakfast brought presenters
to recognize special pioneers,
such as Minister Bannister by
Sis. Mildred Whipple; Minister
Mary Strachan by Sis. Leah
Womack; Minister
Isadora Strachan by
Richard J. Strachan;
Bishop Mackey by
Sis. Ruby Mackey and
Bishop Demeritte by Dr.
Edwin T. Demeritte,
while closing out with
remarks from Pastor
Errol Campbell. A
Valerie "Golden"
Allen is a household name
from Pembroke Pines to Arcola
Lakes and around America.
She is experiencing her life with
God since God gave her hope,
rather than despair and cured
her cancer through pruning,
purging and preparing. She
is now envisioning touching
people in the world with her
profound relationship through
the book of poetry God has
placed in her heart.
Kudos go out to the many
interviews she has done with
the Jazz Caf6, YTB Radio,
Richmond Heights Country

On Friday, March 4, "Folk
Life Fridays" will honor
the following persons who
played a dynamic part in
our Overtown community
Washington Heights
Development. The following
women will be honored
beginning at 11 a.m.:
Regina Grace, Patricia
Jennings Braynon,
Audrey Edmonson,
Priscilla Thompson,
Dorothy Edwards, Louise
Whitehead, Dr. Rene
Christian, Lona Brown-
Mathis and Dr. Cheryl
Holder. This lovely affair
will be held with everyone
attending, who wish to do
so. DJ Sarge and Steppers
from Hadley Park will also
be there. Jackie Bell is the
executive director of the
Community Corp.
Nassau and all of the
Bahamian Islands lost a
giant of a man last week

when Bishop
Michael Harley
Eldon died
on Feb. 7. 1
understand the entire city
of Nassau closed down in
respect for their beloved
bishop's funeral and
burial. Bishop Eldon was'
a good friend of my cousin
Charles North and my dad
Stanley. May he rest in
peace and rise in glory. His
only sister Keva Eldon-
Bethel died on the day of
her brother's funeral. May
she also rise in glory for
the loving care she gave
her brother Bishop Eldonl
Deepest sympathy to the
families of Fred Johnson,
Rudolph Johnson and
Sadie Barry. Very sorry
to have heard of their
passing. Also Rena Rolle,
sister of Hasting Rolle and
the late Steve Rolle.
Congratulations to

the seven Miami-Dade
County educators vying
for "Teacher of the Year."
Special wishes go out
to Dr. Barrett Mincey,
an English, reading and
personal school career
development teacher at the
Educational Alternative
Outreach program.
Virla R. Barry and
her daughter, Diana B.
Frazier were in Nassau
last weekend, attending
the funeral of her aunt
Priscilla McPhee-Carey.
Sympathy to the family.
Nick Collins, Green Bay
Packers safety, a Bethune-
Cookman University
graduate did extremely
well in Super Bowl "XLV.
I know the season is over
but I wanted you to know
that Collins is from Cross
City and a BCU Wildcat!
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to William
and Jessie C. Pinder, their
61st on Feb. 20.
As Black History Month
comes to a close by our
country, but I pray not by

Blacks. I wish to join in
congratulating a few Black
women right here in Dade
County who continues to
shine brightly everyday:
Dr. Dazelle Simpson,
first Black board certified
pediatrician in the state
of Florida; Priscilla
Thompson, first Black
female City Clerk of Miami;
Traci Adams-Parish,
first Black homecoming
queen of Hialeah-Miami
Lakes Senior High School;
Thelma Gibson founded
the Miami-Dade County's
first women's chamber
in 1984; Shirlyon
McWhorter-Jones, first
female to be inducted in the
Hardee County (Wauchula,
FL.) hall of fame.
Get well wishes goes
out to all of you: Winston
Scavella, Frances
Brown, Lemuel Moncur,
Calvin McKinney, Rev.
Shedrick Gilbert, Naomi
Adams, Helen Smith-
Bennett, Mildred Ashley
and Delores Bethel-

White House music series pays tribute to Motown

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the Grapevine, then Legend
put his stamp on the song,
with musical director Greg
Phillinganes adding some
wicked keyboard riffs.
Updated: Foxx turned
Grapevine on its ear, sing-.
ing I Heard It Through My
Twitter, then I Heard It
Through My Facebook. He
teased Joe Biden about his
age, saying that he knows
the vice president remem-
bers the '60s. Biden joked
back that he remembered
the '30s.
Supremacy: Bedingfield,

Sparks and Ledisi formed
a modern-day Supremes,
taking a verse on Stop! In
the Name of Love. Seal re-
turned to the stage for The
Tempts' My Girl. Bedingfield
then gave a sweetly touch-
ing rendition of Robinson's
The Tracks of My Tears.
Take two: Glee's Riley
performed Stevie Wonder's
Living for the City as Won-
der rocked in his seat. Au-
dio problems required her
to do the number again.
She was even more energet-
ic the second time, ending
with a flourish and holding
the final notes.
Country glory: Coun-

try quartet Gloriana gave
a stirring, guitar-assisted
version of Marvin Gaye and
Tammi Terrell's Ain't No
Mountain High Enough.
Glee's Mark Sailing played
guitar and smoothly
crooned The Temptations'
Just My Imagination.
On your feet: Sparks
brought a sense of yearning
to the uptempo Supremes
hit You Can't Hurry Love,
getting a standing ovation
from Foxx. The entire au-
dience leapt up when the
seemingly ageless Robinson
joined Crow onstage for You
Really Got a Hold on Me.
Bonus performance: "I

really came just to watch,
but then Mr. President said
we've added Stevie Wonder.
So I couldn't just watch. I
had to do a little something,"
Wonder said, slowly singing
You Are the Sunshine of My
Life. "Psalms Chapter 98,
4th Verse, says make a joy-
ful noise, and Motown has
made an incredibly joyful
noise all over the world."
The all-star finale: Mar-
tha .Reeves & The Vandel-
las' Dancing in the Street.
Martha herself joined in
with Wonder playing a lit-
tle harmonica and Motown
founder Berry Gordy beam-
ing from the audience.

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of differing ethnic
Milestone Media Inc.'
focused on creator-owned
multicultural superheroes
including "Hardware,"
"Icon," "Blood Syndicate,"
"Xombi" and "Static," which
was turned into the popular
children's cartoon "Static
Shock," on which he served
as a story editor.
McDuffie also wrote for
other titles and characters,
too, including Black Panther
and Deathlok.
His work at Milestone set
a new tone for the use of
multicultural characters

in the pantheon of heroes,
something that lent itself to
his television work, too, where
characters of color became
part of interlocking teams.
Besides comics, McDuffie
was a producer and story
editor on Cartoon Network's
"Justice League Unlimited,"
and wrote and produced
episodes of other cartoons,
including "What's New,
Scooby Doo?," "Ben 10:
Ultimate Alien" and "Teen
McDuffie was nominated for
two Emmy Awards for "Static
Shock," a Writers Guild
award for "Justice League"
and three Eisner awards for
his work in comic books, his
website said.

Organizers of Seattle's
annual Emerald City Comicon
said they planned to hold a
memorial panel remembering
McDuffie at the three-day
event on March 5.
McDuffie's death took his
colleagues and friends by
Dan DiDio, co-publisher
of DC Entertainment, said
the writer "left a lasting
legacy on the world of comics
that many writers can only
aspire to. He will not only be
remembered as an extremely
gifted writer whose scripts
have been realized as comics
books, in television shows
and on the silver screen, but
as the creator or co-create
of so many of the much--

loved Milestone characters,
including Static Shock."
Tom Brevoort, Marvel's
senior vice president for
publishing, said McDuffie
was a force behind bringing
more diversity into comics.
"He was very interested
in creating a wider range of
multiculturalism in comics,
having been profoundly
affected by the example of the
Black Panther when he was
growing up, and wanting to
give that same opportunity to
others of all races, creeds and
religions, which is one of the
reasons he left Marvel and co-
founded Milestone," Brevoort
said. "And he eventually came
back to write both Beyondl
and Fantastic Four for me."

Queen of Soul discusses

weight loss regimen

By Bridget Bland

Aretha Franklin turned up
on the 53rd Annual Grammy
Awards her first television
appearance since undergoing
surgery for an undisclosed
ailment in December.
Following a star-
studded Grammy
Awards tribute and the
show's opening number
by Christina Aguilera,
Jennifer Hudson,
Yolanda Adams,
Martina McBride
and Florence Welch,
the Queen of Soul
appeared noticeably FRAN
slimmer in a video clip,
where she thanked fans for
their cards, flowers and prayers.
And, if the 68-year-old vocal
powerhouse has her choice,
she will keep shedding more
pounds in the near future.
"I want to not only maintain
the weight I am at now, but
better it, by one dress size,"
the 'Respect' singer told the
Associated Press.
Franklin has not only begun
an exercise routine, which
includes walking a track three


times a week for at least a mile,
she's also made a few major
adjustments to her diet in her
goal to reach a size 16.
"They're off my diet. They
just really don't fit with Whole
Foods," she said. "I had it for
enough years that I don't miss
it. You can't continue to eat
things that are not good
for you."
Franklin admitted
that keeping the diet is
tough with the touring
schedule she keeps.
"When you come off (a
high-energy concert),
a carrot or some celery
[LIN just isn't going to work,"
she said. "I've gotta
do a fresh fruit thing .. and
come up with some tasty and
satisfying recipes that are going
to work for me after concerts."
For now, the 18-time Grammy
Award winner, who stands firm
that she currently is back at" 150
percent," is gearing up for her
first post-surgery performance
on May 28 at Seneca Niagara
Casino in Buffalo, NY.
She is practicing her singing
four to five times a day and
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Rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith

in Chicago City Council runoff

By The Associated Press

Award-winning rapper Che
"Rhymefest" Smith has
made it into a runoff
race for a Chicago
City Council seat.
With all precincts
reporting, the rapper
had 20 percent of
the vote, trailing
incumbent Alderman
Willie Cochran, who
had 46 percent.
Since no candidate
got more than 50
percent of the vote, the top
two advance to the runoff.

The rapper, who's lived in
Chicago for years, vowed to pick
up support from three other
candidates who did not make
the runoff. He had received
backing from the city's
powerful Chicago
Teachers' Union. His
platform included
bringing green business
to the 20th Ward on the
city's South Side, which
includes some of the
poorest neighborhoods
in Chicago.
AITH Rhymefest won a
Grammy in 2004 for
co-writing "Jesus Walks" with
Kanye West.

Stevie Wonder to enter Apollo's Hall of Fame

By The Associated Press

it lovely? The Apollo
Theater says singer
songwriter Stevie
Wonder will be inducted
into the New York City
institution's Hall of
The theater announced
recently that the -
songwriter of hits like "I WON
Just Called to Say I Love
You" and "Isn't She Lovely?"
will be inducted into the Apollo

Legends Hall of Fame on June
Past inductees have included
Michael Jackson, Ella
Fitzgerald and Aretha
Wonder got his start
at the Apollo in Harlem
in 1962 when he was
12. He was known as
"Little Stevie Wonder." A
NDER he also was called a
"wonder child."
The June gala will include a
concert and awards ceremony.

Club speaking on domestic
violence, Walgreens book
signing event, Miami Gardens
(Mahogany Grille) book event,
Channel 6, conferences at New
Providence, Miami Gardens
Elementary and using topics
as health wellness/breast
cancer, spiritual wellness,
surviving divorce, financial
challenges and overcoming
obstacles in Stand Woman
She is also known
for her delivery as an
exhorter, motivator,
and intercessor. A
message of hope,
faith, perseverance
S and encouragement
of her victory about
DLLEN the "real deal" and
her desire to reach
every woman in
South Florida. She feels her
devout message would be
reached from a special column
in The Miami Times. For more
info, call 786-303-9551.
In addition, Vicky, her
daughter followed in her
footsteps at Miami Central
and emulated her mother as
captain of the majorettes and
Miss Homecoming. Vicky
was given a scholarship' from
Oprah Winfrey to attend
college. Now she is a teacher
in Nashville, Tennessee with a

Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis,
pastor of The Church of the
Open Door and committee
provided the community
with their Annual Men's Day
Celebration featuring Dr.
Astrid Mack and Deacon
Harvey Lockhart as Men
of ,the Year. Dr. Brian E.
Clarke, son of Dr. Cynthia
and William Clarke was the
keynote speaker. His story
will be provided in next week's
Lockhart was the sixth child
of Vernon and Olga Lockhart
of the Bahamas. Harvey was
first to follow in the footsteps
of his grandfather, the late
Catechist Ellis Curling in
Christian Ministry.
Currently, Harvey is an
active member of the Church
of the Open Door, where he is
a student minister, member
of the Diaconate Board,
president of the Gospel Choir,
Men's Fellowship and Home
Bible Study Group. He's also
married to the former Thelma
V. Pierre of St. Croix and has
four children: Michael, Josh,
Harvey E. and Caroline. He
also serves as Operations
Manager with World Wide
Imports Enterprise Inc. He is
working on the requirements
for ordination in the United
Church of Christ and looks
forward to being ordained



Spike Lee, wife take 'Giant Steps' to inspire kids

12 leaders in their new
book serve as examples

By Bob Minzesheimer

NEW YORK In the spacious liv-
ing room of their Italian-palazzo-style
townhouse on the east side of Manhat-
tan- which they bought in 1998 from
painter Jasper Johns- filmmaker
Spike Lee and his wife and co-author,
Tonya Lewis Lee, are trading banter
about their latest picture book, Giant
Steps to Change the World.
The book (Simon & Schuster, $16.99,
for all ages) celebrates a dozen sub-
jects, from Barack Obama to Mother
Teresa, who, as the text tells readers,
"made giant steps to make the world a
better place/and left big shoes for you
to fill."
At first, Tonya Lewis Lee, a former
corporate lawyer and TV producer,
does most of the talking, about how
they he's 53, she's 44 chose sub-
jects "who inspired us. and would in-
spire readers, whether they're 2 or 4,
or 24, or older."
But a friendly debate breaks out
when the subject shifts to who was left
out of the book. It does include a poet

(Langston Hughes), a painter (Jean-
Michel Basquiat) and one group entry
(the Tuskegee Airmen). Nine of its 12
subjects are Blacks.
Spike Lee wanted to include more
athletes. (He is nearly as well known
for his devotion to the New York Knicks
as for his films, which range from Do
the Right Thing to the Katrina docu-
mentary If God Is Willing and Da
Creek Don't Rise.)
The book includes two athletes: box-
er Muhammad Ali, "who refused to

A Author Tonya Lewis Lee, illustrator Sean Quails
and Spike Lee promote "Giant Steps to Change the
World" at PowerHouse Arena on January 23, in the
Brooklyn borough of New York City.

4 Filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, Tonya Lewis
Lee, chose subjects for Giant Steps to Change the
World who would inspire people of all ages.

R&B singer Syleena Johnson gives birth

By Jawn Murray

R&B star Syleena John-
son gave birth on Super Bowl
Sunday to a healthy baby boy
named Kingston Garris.
"Being chosen to bring life
into this world is the greatest
gift God gave," the singer said.
Kingston weighed in at eight
pounds and five ounces when
he was born.
"It was a hard, terrible de-
livery," Johnson shared. "It
was 13 hours of labor with
three hours of pushing. We
had to have an emergency C-
section from complications.
But thank God he is here and

In 2007, Johnson
got married for a
second time to inter-
national basketball
star Kiwane Garris, a
point guard current-
ly playing for Reyer
Venezia of the Italian
Series A2.
The couple also has JOH
a three-year-old son
named Kiwane Garris, Jr.
On the music front, the
34-year-old singer will soon
be putting the final touches
on her fifth CD, 'Chapter V:
After years of being signed
to Jive Records, in 2009
Johnson released her last


CD, 'Chapter 4: La-
bor Pains' indepen-
dently on her own
label, Aneelys Re-
That CD featured
the hit song 'Maury
Povich,' which ex-
plored the crazy
relationship drama
often featured on

that talk show.
A frequent collaborator
with R&B veteran R. Kelly,
Johnson is best known for
hits like 'Guess What,' 'I Am
Your Woman' and 'Another
Relationship.' She also has a
duet with Kanye West on his
2004 single 'All Falls Down.'

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Owens, "who won the gold even though
he had been relegated to second-class
status by the very country he was rep-
Spike says his long list for the book
included baseball's Willie Mays and
boxing's Joe Louis. He begins to say,
"If you look at the history of the United
States ...
His wife interrupts: "African Ameri-
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Foxy Brown weighs

in on Lil Kim,

Nicki Minaj feud

By Jason Lipshutz

NEW YORK --- Foxy Brown
is weighing in on the bitter
feud that escalated between
Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim last
week, after Lil Kim appeared
to behead Mmnaj on the cover
of her 'Black Friday" mixtape.
"When you're using that as
a platform to bring your new
album out...T don't condone it
at all; I don't think it's cute,"
Brown. who recently rapped
"First a bitch wanna hate on
Foxy/Ten years later now she
hating on Minaj-y" on a new
track dubbed "Massacre," told
Brown also spoke out about
her own recent controversy,
sparked by media reports
that she was tossed from a
Fashion Week after-party for
being visibly intoxicated and
locking herself in a bathroom.
Brown and Indashto, the de-
signer who hosted the party,
both shot down the reports
as completely untrue, saying
that not only are they friends
but that Indashio is currently
planning a fashion line in-
spired by Brown.
'People try to provoke her.
She can't go to a party and
enjoy herself without people"

making up stories," says In-
dashio. 'She literally can't
even go to the bathroom. She's
always being victimized by
the press, and as her friend,
I've got to have her back."

Read on as Brown talks one picture, one photo from
more with Billboard.com any of the club-goers, noth-
about her long-in-the-works ing. Not only that it took six
double album, 'Black Roses,' days for this quote-unquote
Nickivs. Kim, Hillary Clinton, breaking story to surface?
and what really happened at Does that make sense?'
that after-party. Billboard: Why do you
Billboard: Why are people think you've become a magnet
saying that you were forced for rumors?
out of Indashio's after-party?: Foxy Brown: "I was watch-
Foxy Brown: "I don't know ing something about Hillary
how any rumors got stated. Clinton one day she had an
Indashio is a personal friend interview, I think, on "Date-
of mine I'm his biggest sup- line" and they said, 'Hill-.
porter, he's my biggest sup- ary, why is it that you respond
porter . It was all about to everything they've said
me coming to support one of about you in the press?" And
my closest friends in fash- she said, "Simply because as-,
ion.. And when I got there, he a celebrity or a public figure,
dragged me in, and we were when something is written
falling all over, happy: Happy, about you negatively, and you
not intoxicated, at all. I'm not don't respond, it becomes part
even a drinker. And we never of your legacy.'...Usually a lot'
locked ourselves in the bath- of shit that's written, it's like,
room; people were coming in 'Whatever, we're not even ad-
and out. dressing it.' But this was im-
"They're saying I was physf-i portant because of what we're
cally escorted out of the build- doing in the future. Indy is des
ing by security, that I had this signing the Foxy collection of
huge fight, I was intoxicated, dresses, and we're about to do
falling all ove\. AfTd"i're's ndt" so rruch for fashion' -

Billboard: You also re-
leased' the track "Massacre'
last month, which addressed
the Lil Kim-Nicki Minaj feud.
What do you think about that
Foxy Brown: "Nicki has al-
ways been cool with me. She
and I have something online
I did for her it was a vid-
eo shoot with Lil Wayne and
Rick Ross, she wasn't signed
yet. And she was like, 'Foxy
is the first female artist who
ever embraced me.' She was
classy; she was articulate. I'm
so proud of her.
"Of course, people every-
where clearly are saying, 'She
wants to be Foxy, she wants
to be Kim.' Everybody's go-
ing to say that. But do I think
she's doing an incredible job
at branding herself? Yes, I do.
When you're an icon in the
music business .. like Mary
J. Blige. Keyshia Cole came
out after her, you didn't hear
Mary J. Blige starting a beef
with her just because they
compared her. Many J.-Blige

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diltritute ioca.ine, posession of a hrearm in lurtherance of a drug trafhliclng
olfenie and using the wires to facilitate a drug traliil.ing offense.
He was acquitted of attempted posseisiorn with the intent li dillitpiute ro-
caine. The charges stemmed from Banton's involvement in brokering a 2009
cocaine deal with an undercover drug informant.
Banton, whose given name is Mark Anthony Myrie was arrested back in De-
cember 2009 when he attempted to set up a cocaine deal in the Tampa area.
Banton, who has continued to maintain his innocence throughout the trial was
taken to task for making boastful comments to the government informer about
being heavily involved in drug dealing.
Banton could face up to 20 years in prison.

Oakland rapper Zoe Tha Roasta won a $300,000 lawsuit recently after being
wrongfully accused and serving jail time for a crime he did not commit.
The city of Oakland agreed to settle the lawsuit with Zoe, whose real name is
Lorenzo Hall, after a former police officer was found guilty of planting a gun on
the rapper which resulted in a nearly two-year prison stint for him.
The incident occurred in 2006 when Zoe was attending an aunt's funeral. The
former officer, Ramon Alcantar, disrupted the mournful gathering to arrest Zoe
for various past weapons offenses,
Zoe was taken into custody and spent four months behind bars before he was
even allowed to post bail.
Due to California's strict law which increases penalties for third time offend-
ers, despite Zoe's protests claiming his innocence, he spent 18 months in prison
before the case was dropped in 2008. Meanwhile, it is not clear whether Alcan-
tar merely retired from the police department or simply left as a result of the

Tru Life accepted a plea deal that will land him in prison for 10 years on sec-
ond-degree murder charges stemming from a fatal stabbing two years ago.
The rapper, born Robert Rosado and his brother Marcus Rosado allegedly
stabbed 20-year-old Christopher Guerrero to death during a fight outside an
apartment building in Manhattan on June 15, 2009.
Under the plea agreement, Tru would have to serve 10 years and his brother
would have to serve 12. Both were charged with second-degree murder, gang
assault and assault charges.
Tru, who was signed to Jay-Z's Roc La Familia in 2005, was still under contract
at the time of the incident.

New York's top court has upheld the conviction of rapper Remy Ma in the
shooting of a friend in 2007.
In a ruling recently, the Court of Appeals rejected arguments that a judge
didn't properly inform jurors before they rendered a guilty verdict.
The rapper's real name is Remy Smith. She's serving eight years in prison for
criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of assault stemming from the
struggle in which a friend was shot.
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'The Heart Specialist' explores the affairs of love

By Tonya Pendleton

After four years of sitting on
the shelf, "The Heart Specialist"
is finally hitting movie screens.
The romantic comedy, set in
a South Florida hospital, delves
into the romantic lives of sev-
eral of its residents. Think
"Grey's Anatomy" with a few
more Blacks and even more

"The Heart Specialist" boasts
several of Black Hollywood's
most popular actors including
Zoe Saldana, Wood Harris, Bri-
an White and Jasmine Guy.
When Harvard graduate Dr.
Ray Howard (White) arrives
at his new residency, a more
experienced doctor, Dr. Sid-
ney Zachary (Wood), sees an

opportunity. The older doctor
has a great relationship with
his girlfriend, Donna (Sal-
dana), and thinks that the
womanizing Howard could
learn a few things about life
and medicine. He makes a
bet with Donna that he can
school the younger man, and
things move on from there, in
hilarious fashion, of course.

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Whitaker has been tapped to
play Special Agent Sam Cooper,
the head of an elite group of
agents in the FBI's Behavioral
Analysis Unit.
"Playing someone like Sam
is at the source of what I'm al-
ways trying to do in my work,"
Whitaker said. "He is a leader
that thinks everyone has a light
inside of them, no matter what
kinds of horrible things they

are capable of. I'm always in-
terested in human nature. He
wants to heal those that come
in contact with this darkness."
The Oscar winner in 2007
for his portrayal of Idi Amin
in "The Last King of Scotland"
may seem an unlikely candi-
date for episodic television role,
but job security, especially for
Black actors can be a rarity in
the movies. This year's Oscar
season, for example, has been
derided as the whitest in a de-

Whitaker joins Oscar nomi-
nee Laurence Fishburne as one
of two Black leads on network
television. Other Black and
white film actresses of note,
including Kerry Washington,
Jada Pinkett Smith, Sally Field,
Kathy Bates, Holly Hunter and
Gary Sinise, have taken televi-
sion roles as well.
The cast of this edition of
"Criminal Minds" includes Ja-
neane Garafalo and was intro-
duced on the original show in
an episode last spring.

Filmmaker, wife promote children's book

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cans have done a lot more than
play sports."
He persists: "But if you look
at social change and what's
happened in sports ..."
She's not convinced: "You
need to look beyond the athletic
''Whos contesting that?" he
And so it goes, back and
forth. Their son, Jackson, 13,
home from school with a con-
cussion suffered in an ice
hockey game, barely looks up,
as if he's accustomed to his
parents' back and forth. (They
also have a daughter, Satchel,
Asked if the book, which is
illustrated with Sean Quails'
collages, aims for a balance,
Spike Lee challenges the ques-
tion: "What kind of balance?"
Tonya Lewis Lee is more dip-
lomatic. "We're inspired by all

kinds of people: Marva Col-
lins, the Chicago teacher who
started a school for kids who
were thought to unteachable,
and Albert Einstein, who had
trouble learning to read. It's
not about politics or race or
Do they fear that Obama's
inclusion will turn off parents
who don't like his politics?
"If you think he was born
somewhere else, I don't care if
you don't buy this book," Spike
Lee says, alluding to those
who question the president's
birth certificate. He adds, "For-
get about Obama, maybe you'd
like Neil Armstrong," the astro-
naut who's also included.
The book is designed as a
puzzle. It opens with two pages
of quotations from the subjects,
but readers have to match the
quotes with the descriptions
and collages that follow.
"We hope it's something kids
do with their parents, who
can look up more informa-

tion about the people we write
about," she says.
After 17 years of marriage,
it's their third picture book, af-
ter Please, Baby, Please, about
an inexhaustible toddler, and
Please, Puppy, Please, about an
uncontrollable pet. She writes
the first drafts, then they pass
the manuscript back and forth.
They won't say much about
their next projects. She's work-
ing on a novel. He won't talk
about movie prospects: "Don't
want to jinx it."
But both recall the first
books that made an impression
on them.
Her earliest book, in Mont-
clair, N.J., was Ezra Jack Ke-
ats' A Snowy Day, "with a
brown girl who looked like me."
As an eighth-grader in Brook-
lyn, he read The Autobiography
of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex
Haley. "I don't remember the
teacher who assigned it, but
I'm grateful. To me, it was the
history of America."

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The Haitian government is at odds with the
Dominican Republic's latest decision. Last
Tuesday, the Dominican Republic announced
that any fresh meat and seafood from Haiti
that was not marked with a certificate of
inspection, insuring that the food was not
contaminated with cholera, would be burned.
Bautista Rojas, Health Minister of the Do-
minican Republic said the move is just a
precaution to stifle the spread of the infec-
tious disease between sister countries. Rojas
announced that.the military was given direct
orders to retrieve and dispose of unauthor-
ized, raw animal products.
In response to Rojas's orders the Haitian
government shut its boarders to the neigh-
boring Dominican Republic. Some Haitians
created makeshift border blocks with tree
trunks to block incoming traffic of trucks
leaving Ouanaminthe to the Dominican
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How is the OAS helping Haitians?

By Randy Grice
rgrice@'miuminmicsonline comr

The Organization of American States or
the OAS is a group that claims to have good
intentons for the people of Haiti, but pub-
lic opinion is reflecting otherwise. During
Haiti's elections, encouraged by the OAS
last year, they were noted as being unethi-
cal. The OAS was accused of ignoring false
ballots and arming neighborhoods, spe-
cificall3 poorer regions of the nation, with
weapons. Farah Juste, a Haitian activist/
singer in Miami-Dade County, believes the
OAS has ulterior motives for being in the
country. "For some reason when we hear

the president of the OAS speak he sounds
like the president of the country." Juste
While she cannot speak for everyone,
Juste said her observation of the OAS's
work leads her to believe that the group
is not a popular choice in Haiti, "' cannot
speak for the people of Haiti but every-
day I listen to the masses and it sounds to
me that they are not please with the OAS,
it sounds like they are not welcomed and
they are not wanted in the country," said
Juste. The U.S. Dept. contracted the OAS
to provide technical assistance for the Hai-
tian election held this past November. Jean
Robert Lafortune, president of the Haitian

American grassroots coalition, a Miami-
based Haitian advocacy group said the U.S
thinks it has a right to the elections in Hai-
ti. "The US claims since it has contributed
50 percent of the funding of the elections,
it has by default a right to decide about the
elections," Lafortune said.
Laforrune also admitted that the OAS does
not a have a favorable view in the minds of
many Haitians. "The Haitian people see that
the OAS is being judge and party and has
lost credibility due to the fact that it forced
on the Hatian population a deeply flawed
election," Lafortune said. "It is a tool being
used by the U.S. to carry its own foreign
policy agenda regarding Haiti."

Aristide supporters mar)

for his return in Haiti

By Joseph Guyler Delva and Allyn Gaestel
PORT-AU-PRINCE Around 3,000 followers of Haiti's ousted
former President .Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched in support of
his return from exile recently and protest leaders threatened to
disrupt an upcoming presidential run-off vote if his homecoming
is blocked
The noisy march by pro-Aristide protesters converged on the
earthquake-damaged presidential palace in the crowded capital
Port-au-Pnnce, but ended peacefully under the eyes of Haitian
riot police and United Nations peacekeepers.
The demonstrators carried banners with slogans like "Tit-
ide (Aristide) v.e are waiting for you" and chanted "Aristide or
Death." Some waved posters of the firebrand populist former
president, who wvas ousted in a 2004 revolt and has lived in exile
n South Africa. 1-le has a passionate following in hisCaribbean
homeland, the Western Hemisphere's poorest state.
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for an ex-welder

His Alabama family couldn't
afford to send him to school.
He began doing art seriously in
his 60s. Now, at age 82, Thorn-
ton Dial is finally getting a big
museum survey show that will
display 70 of his large-scale
Dial-who is illiterate, tended
animals as a little boy and lat-
er welded railway cars-trans-
lated his social messages into
paintings and sculptures that
are only now being embraced
by the art world. "When I first
saw some of his pieces, it was
breathtaking," says Bridgette
McCullough, a Chicago art
historian and an expert in
Black art.
Reflecting Dial's back-
ground, the exhibit at the In-
dianapolis Museum of Art,
which opened Thursday and
runs through Sept. 18, is
called "Hard Truths: The Art
of Thornton Dial." (The ex-
hibit will later travel to New
Orleans, Charlotte, N.C., and
The paintings display a sort
of hidden code designed to
subtly communicate the art-
ist's social views. In one paint-
ing in the exhibit, "High and
Wide (Carrying the Rats to the
Man)," Dial used goat hides,
clothing, carpet, barbed wire,
and metal scraps found in

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ences to slavery.

It looks like a big abstract
collage, until exhibit curator
Joanne Cubbs explains that
the work is about a slave ship.
The iron bars, chains and tan-
gled fencing relate to entrap-
ment. The goat hides are the
sails of the ship. In the center
of the painting is the figure of
Mickey Mouse, "a tongue-in-
cheek representation of the
men enslaved in the holds like
rodents," Cubbs said.
A key element of Southern
Black art, rooted in Dial's
large constructions, is called

the "yard show"-making sym-
bolic sculptures from objects
found in people's yards. For
many years Dial would make
these sculptures, then recycle
or bury the scraps.
The most a Dial painting
has ever sold for at auction, in
2003, was $33,460, and one of
his paintings last year went for
just $1,100. "The dilemma is
that he is caught" between the
worlds of folk art and modern
art, says McCullough. "If it fell
under modern art, the work
would be amazing in terms of

value." The Indianapolis muse-
um's director, Max Anderson,
became interested in Southern
Black art when he headed the
Carlos Museum at Emory Uni-
versity, Atlanta.
Cubbs, who has known Dial
for 20 years, said he was the
hardest worker she he'd ever
met. "In the last year, he had
a minor stroke and some heart
ailments, and he has rallied
back," she said. "He just com-
pleted the largest piece he's yet
made two weeks ago that we're
putting into the show."

Actress Tina Fabrique recaptures Ella's essence

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she retired in 1992, she had -'
been proclaimed as America's
grande dame of popular jazz. In
close to 60 years of recording,
Ella captured almost every ma-
jor award possible, including
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and a Presidential Medal of
freedom in .preppsented by
President George H.W. Bush.

Many have tried to emulate
the sound of Fitzgerald but
only a few have come close. It
wasn't the reach of her notes
as much as it was the quality. Often
But even more impressive was
the way she interpreted songs, of jazz a
taking a jazz approach in her Clues: i
phrasing and rhythm. Holiday.
Another Harlemite, Tina Fab-
rique, who prefers not to men- Ella Fitzg
tion her age but has been in the good fort
industry for "many years" has an impre
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:imes, people have trouble telling these two divas
part from one another, and resort to these simple
f there is a white gardenia in her hair, it is Billie
If you hear scat-singing, it is Ella Fitzgerald.

gerald. She too had the
une of performing with
essive group of musi-
:luding the Mercer El-

lington Band. She is currently
touring the U.S. in a show ap-
propriately entitled "Ella." It is
a role that she created.

"The show has been won-
derful because we are able to
show the audience another side
of Ella the personality that
drove her and was rarely seen
in public view," Fabrique said.
"I had to study her vocal style
but I never tried to copy it. With
someone like Ella Fitzgerald, it
is impossible to mimic her style
but one can, with a lot of prac-
tice, follow the way she phras-
es. I had to find the part of her
voice that lives in my own."
But can Fabrique scat like
Fitzgerald? You may have to
check her out and determine
that on your own.
"I learned all of her scat
passages note for note and
one note at a time," she said.
"People who know her music
know her seats and so I had
to be authentic in that regard.
When you think about it, Ella
was a true musical genius. Ev-
ery time I go on stage, I know
I'm going to have a joyful expe-
rience. What better way to sa-
lute a legend like her than to
sing the works she created?"

Haitian children sold into slavery and ill-treated

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county's population lives on
less than $2.40 per day.
Many times parents in a
squeeze for money in the im-
poverish county will sell their
children after being tricked
into believing they will lead a
better life elsewhere. Melissa
Nau, a 38-year-old mother of
five who is suffers from physi-
cal and learning handicaps,
sold all of her children for 50

Haitian gourds or $1.20 each.
Even the Caribbean nation's
Under-17 football team is suf-
fering from the country's state
of turmoil. Last Monday, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs met
with Haitian officials in an ef-
fort to mend an escalating an-
ger as a result of claims that
the nations Under -17 foot-
ball team was ill-treated when
it was discovered during the
early stages of the CONCACAF
championship in Montego Bay
that many of the team's play-

ers had malaria. The meeting
was sparked from an Internet
petition that spoke out against
the incident and called for ac-
tion in the form of a boycott
of Jamaica. According to an
observer, fears over a possible
outbreak of cholera gained mo-
mentum after several Haitian
players, who visited Jamaica
earlier this month to compete
in the tournament, became
ill. Others had symptoms of
being ill including fever and
headaches. As a result, eight

of the players were diagnosed
with malaria and admitted at
the Cornwell regional Hospi-
tal, but no beds were available.
As a precaution the team was
quarantined. After waiting over
24 hours the team's coach left
the hospital and returned to
the hotel where he was force-
fully removed from the hotel by
representatives from the Min-
istry of Health. A decision was
made later to return the team
to their home country by pri-
vate jet.

Demonstrators of former president protest in Haiti

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home has generated wide-
spread anticipation in Haiti,
which is struggling to recover
from a crippling 2010 earth-
quake and held a chaotic first
round of presidential'and leg-
islative elections in November.
Haiti's government has is-
sued a diplomatic passport
to the former leader, who is
expected back in the coming
weeks, although exactly when
is still uncertain.
The United States and other
western aid donors, who have
pledged billions of dollars for
Haiti's post-quake rebuilding,
fear that the return of such a
polarizing figure as Aristide

would be disruptive, especial-.
ly if it occurs before the de-
cisive presidential run-off on
March 20.
The presidential run-off pits
former first lady Mirlande
Manigat against musician Mi-
chel "Sweet Mickey" Martelly.
"The U.S. has no right to de-
cide whether President Aris-
tide should come back or not,"
said Rene Civil, one of the
protest organizers and a lo-
cal leader of Aristide's Fanmi
Lavalas party, the country's
biggest, which was excluded
from the current elections
over previous registration

Civil warned that if outgo-

ing President Rene Preval and
his foreign donor partners do
not facilitate Aristide's return,
Aristide supporters would
mobilize in protest and this
could block the presidential
run-off election.
"Today was just a warm-up
session," he said.
"Without a return (of Aris-
tide), there won't be a second
round," the pro-Aristide pro-
testers chorused in Creole.
They also called for the
cancellation of the elections,
which have been plagued by
fraud allegations and protests.
"They pushed Lavalas to
one side, and we're the most
popular party in the country.
There can't be a real election,
it's a 'selection' without Lava-

las," said demonstrator'Joh-
nie Narcisse.
Aristide became Haiti's first
freely elected president in
1991 but was deposed by a
coup after only seven months.
Re-elected in 2000, his sec-
ond term was soured by eco-
nomic instability and gang
and drug-trafficking violence.
He was ousted again in a 2004
rebellion that included former
soldiers. Aristide claimed it
was orchestrated by the Unit-
ed States.
Haiti's fight to recover from
,the devastating earthquake
a year ago has been compli-
cated by a cholera epidemic
which has killed more than
4,500 people since mid-Octo-

South Florida Urban
Ministries program ASSETS
will be hosting free Business
Training classes every Thurs-
day starting Feb. 17 for 10
weeks from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
at the United Way Center for
Financial Stability, 11500 NW
12th Avenue. For more info,
call 305-442-8306.

The Miami-Dade Park
& Recreation Department
is issuing its annual call for
seasonal job applicants for
its summer programming and
activities. Applications will be
accepted Feb. 21-March 18,
for summer jobs at Miami-
Dade Parks. To apply, visit the
Miami-Dade County Online
Employment Application
site www.miamidade.gov/
jobs, also contact the Miami-
Dade Park where you wish
to work. For a list of parks,
visit www.miamidade.gov/
parks. Individuals must be at
least 17-years-old. For more
information, call Miami-Dade
Park and Recreation Summer
Job Hotline at 305-755-7898.

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 Competition on.
Saturday, March 5 (Module
II) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For
more information, including
guidelines for participation
and application form, log on
to www.miami-dadenaacpact-
so.org or contact Art Johnson,
Chairperson at 305-685-

The Ghanaian
Association of South
Florida (G.A.S.F.) presents
a celebration of Ghana's
rich culture and history.
The event is taking place on
Saturday, March 12 at 6 p.m.
at t*Piaoth *Ooun ry eivic
Center, 16700 Jog Road in
Delray Beach. For tickets
and additional information,
call 786-356-7360, 305-746-
3101, 561-762-4124 or 954-

The Miami-Dade Public
Library System invites all
high school students, as well
as adults who are interested in
pursuing a college degree, to
a free College and Vocational
Fair on Thursday, March 17
from 4- 6 p.m. at the Main
Library, 101 West Flagler
Street. For more information,
call 305-375-5799.

0 Applications are now
being accepted through
March 31 for the United
States Naval Academy
Summer STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics) Program
2011. The program is held
in three sessions: June 6-11
(rising 8th & 9th graders),
June 13-18 (rising 10th
graders) and June 20-25
(rising 11th graders) for those

who have an interest in math
and science. For more info
about the Summer STEM
Program and application, visit
stem.html or call 410-293-

The 2nd Annual Take
a Walk in Her Shoes, a
60s fashion show lunch
silent auction will take
place on Thursday, April 14.
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
University 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

The Liberty City
Farmers' Market will be held
on Thursday from 12-6 p.m.
until April 2011 at their new
location, the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center, 6161
NW 22nd Ave.

N Teenagers and young
adults, do you need a better
life? If you're between the
ages of 16-24 and meet Job
Corp" requirements, come
see Mr. Spencer, Admissions
Advisor/Recruiter. The
Homestead Job Corps is
located at 12350 SW 285th
Street, Building G. For more
info, call 305-257-4864 or
305-924-3487 to set up an

Women in Transition
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free Basic Computer Classes
to women ages 16 and up.
Registration is open, but class
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The Cemetery
Beautifications Project,
Located at 3001 .NW 46th
Street is looking for volunteers
and donations towards the
upkeep and beautification of
the Lincoln Park Cemetery.
For more info, contact Dyrren
S. Barber at 786-290-7357.

Rendo-Goju-Ryu Karate
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
assistance with homework
and computers. Karate
classes are also offered two
days a week. The program is
held at the Zeta Community
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plans to release an album the
first week of May titled 'Aretha:
A Woman Falling Out of Love'
exclusively in Wal-Mart Stores.
"It's definitely going to take the
boomers back ... but it's also
contemporary with respect to

other writers and production,"
she said.
Franklin has been hitting
the town attending a Detroit
Pistons game with her friend
Rev. Jesse Jackson and days
later turned up at a boat show.
Let her tell it, her goal remains
to "just maintain good health
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Obama wants business world's best ideas on jobs

Council of executives,
labor convenes today
to brainstorm

By Mimi Hall and
Richard Wolf

Obama will challenge business
and labor leaders today to gen-
erate ideas for creating jobs,
sustaining the economic recov-
ery and making America more
Obama will ask a new jobs
council made up of business
executives, labor leaders and
economists how the govern-
ment can change its tax, trade
and regulatory policies to im-
prove the business environ-
ment. The group meets for the
first time today.
"The president, is looking
for good ideas that he can
put into action quickly," said
White House senior adviser
Valerie Jarrett, the president's

innovative strategies. ..
doing everything that we can to
foster the kind of environment
where companies want to in-
vest and grow and hire people General Electric's Jeffrey Immelt and President Obama visit the GE plant in Schenecta-
right here in America," she told dy, N.Y., on Jan. 21. Immelt plans to run the jobs council like a business.

Among the efforts under-
way as Obama works to reset
his strained relationship with
business: winning congressio-
nal approval of the South Korea
free-trade agreement, review-
ing government regulations
and linking businesses with
community colleges to improve
graduates' skills. Obama also
wants to overhaul the corporate
tax code.
Business groups such as the
Chamber of Commerce want
more: approval of pending
trade deals with Colombia and
Panama, as well as funding to
improve the nation's crumbling
The White House Council of
Economic Advisers predicts the
economy will grow from 2.7 per-
cent this year to 3.6 percent in
2012 and 4.4 percent in 2013.
It forecasts unemployment will
decline from nine percent to 7.5
percent in 2013.
By the end of the new jobs
Please turn to JOBS 8D

Survey: Raises to make a comeback

Employer survey

revealsplansfor -

salary bumps

By Sandra Block

After three years of cutbacks,
furloughs and wage freezes, the
outlook for American workers is i ,
Workers will receive the largest
pay increase this year since the
start of the financial crisis, ac-
cording to a survey scheduled for
release recently by Towers Wat-
son, a human resources consult- P
ing firm.
Merit-based pay increases are
expected to average three per-
cent this year, up from 2.7 per-
cent in 2010, the survey found.
That's still shy of the average 3.5
percent increase before the re-
cession, "but it's getting close to
where it was," says Laura Sejen,
global practice leader for Towers I
Please turn to RAISES 8D People fill out job application forms at a job fair in Los Angeles, California.

Poll: Slash spending but avoid shutdown

Veteran officer is

BSO's first female

Black police officer

By Ihosvani Rodriguez

WEST PARK Broward Sheriffs Office veteran
Nichole Anderson became the agency's first Black po-
lice chief.
An installment ceremony was held recently at Mary
Saunders Park. 4750 SW 21st St.
in West Park The district also in- 'K:'' "
cludes Pembroke Park. I '',
Since November. Anderson. 40,
has been the interim chief for the
town of Pembroke Park and city of '
West Park. Both contract with the*
Sheriffs Office for police services.
Anderson. a Dillard High School
graduate, joined the Sheriffs Of-
fice in 1996 as a road patrol depu-
ty after working as a Florida High- ANDERSON
way Patrol trooper for two \ears.
During her time at the Sheriff's
Office, Anderson has worked as a field-training depu-
ty, supervised the agency's recruitment division, and
was an executive officer, functioning as second-in-
command to the sheriff, among other duties.
Anderson said recently she felt honored, though her
mother provided the proper perspective.
"She told me. 'Do you realize that your son is going
to be able to say my mom is the first?'
"That in itself is another proud achievement.'

By Susan Page

by 2-to-1 want the White House
and congressional Republicans
to reach a compromise on the
federal budget rather than stage
a confrontation that shuts down
the government, a Gallup Poll
Yet there is wide public sup-
port for spending cuts that go
beyond those President Obama
is proposing, a finding that could
embolden Republicans as the
deadline to extend funding for
the government approaches.
Although 25 percent of those

surveyed say
proposed cuts
go too far, twice
as many say
that Obama's
cuts don't go
far enough.
In fact, nearly
one in four say
even the deeper




GOP cuts aren't sufficient.
Both parties are jockeying for
advantage on the issue, an early
test for the fiscally conservative
Tea Party forces that helped the
GOP win control of the House
of Representatives in midterm

voting. White
House spokes-
man Jay Car-
ney and House
Speaker John
Boehner insist
they want to
avoid a shut-
down, but each
side accuses
the other of re-

fusing to negotiate in good faith.
The last time a budget fight
shut down the government, in
1995, congressional Republi-
cans got the lion's share of pub-
lic blame. The battle boosted
President Clinton.

History doesn't guarantee that
Obama would emerge as the
political victor in a shutdown,
though, says Elaine Kamarck,
who in 1995 was an adviser to
Vice President Al Gore. "I think
it depends on what the optics
are and how President Obama
defines his participation in the
shutdown," she .told a breakfast
with reporters Wednesday host-
ed by Third Way, a centrist think
tank. "It will depend on how the
shutdown gets defined, if there is
Former Arkansas governor
Mike Huckabee, a prospective
Please turn to SPENDING 8D

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Black unemployment sparks chorus of discontent

By Chris Levister
Special to the NNPA

What would happen if 34.5
percent of white men did not
have jobs? According to new
U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics
joblessness for 16-to-24-year-
old Black men has reached
Great Depression proportions
- more than three times the
rate for the general U.S. popu-
As the tide of revolt sweeps
Egypt and Tunisia sparking

anti-government protests in
other countries in the Mideast,
some Blacks are asking the pro-
verbial question: "Will it take a
revolution to spark economic
change in Black America?"
Young Black men belong to a
group that has been hit much
harder than any other by un-
Semployment. Joblessness for
16-to-24-year-old Black men
has reached Great Depression
proportions 34.5 percent in
December, more than three
times the rate for the general

U.S. population.
And last week, the Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported
that while the nation's unem-
ployment rate dropped to 8.5
percent, Black joblessness re-
mained virtually stagnant go-
ing from 15.8 to 15.7 percent
and Black teen jobless figures,
still the highest of any group,
actually ticked up from 44.2 to
45.4 percent.
"Can you imagine any other
group at that level of unemploy-
ment and the media dismiss-

ing it as not important?" the
Rev. Jesse Jackson asked dur-
ing an interview posted on the
website 'Africana Online.' "This
has become so acceptable that
it doesn't even cause anyone
to stop and wonder how we are
Jackson added access to ap-
propriate education and train-
ing, employer bias, incorrect
background checks, inappro-
priate credit checks and other
structural barriers also serve
Please turn to LEVISTER 8D

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Decreasing the federal budget

continued from 7D

GOP presidential candidate,
says the public's concern about
government spending is higher
now. "The dynamics are differ-
ent than they were in 1995," he
said at a session with reporters
hosted by The Christian Science
Monitor. "The public mood is dif-
Among Gallup's findings:
Americans are split on who
is doing a better job in trying to
agree on a new budget: 42 per-
cent say congressional Republi-
cans; 39 percent say Obama and
congressional Democrats.

By 60 percent-32 percent,
those surveyed say the two sides
should compromise rather than
hold out for the budget plan they
want if it means the government
shuts down.
Although 29 percent call
Obama's plan "about right," 48
percent say his proposed spend-
ing cuts don't go far enough. For
congressional Republicans, 25
percent say their plan is "about
right;" 37 percent say the cuts
don't go far enough.
Funding for the government is
scheduled-to expire March 4.
The survey of 1,004 adults re-
cently has a margin of error of
+/-4 percentage points.

New employment strategies

continued from 7D

council's tenure in 2013, "we need
to have a growth rate substantially
higher than it has been and put
people back to work," said Austan
Goolsbee, chairman of the White
House Council of Economic Advis-
General Electric CEO Jeffrey Im-
melt, the jobs council's chairman,
said in an interview that he will
run it like a business: 'with teams,
deadlines, "tactical focused areas"
and "deliverables."
"It's not like there's an easy but-
ton" to spur investment, Immelt
said. But "there's a lot of financial
strength out there. There's a lot of
cash. There's a lot of liquidity."
Small businesses, which create

two-thirds of all new jobs, say they
have felt left out of the administra-
tion's effort to connect with the pri-
vate sector.
"It feels like (an effort to win)
political points," said Jean Card
of the National Federation of In-
dependent Business, which has
350,000 members.
Jarrett said Obama wants the
jobs council to develop long-term
strategies to train the nation's
workforce for the high-tech jobs of
the future, and to suggest ways to
foster innovation.
"Who are the Mark Zuckerbergs
of tomorrow?" she said of Face-
book's 26-year-old founder, one of
several Internet titans who dined
with Obama last week. "We want
to make sure we harness that in-
novative spirit."

Companies plan to give raises

continued from 7D

The findings were based on a
survey of about 400 large and mid-
size employers conducted in Janu-
ary and February.
In addition, most companies
have lifted the salary freezes they
implemented during the recession,
the survey found. Only 5 percent
of companies that froze salaries in
2010 are planning freezesin 2011.
"Hardly any companies are say-
ing, 'Conditions are so bad, we
need to be freezing salaries,' Se-
jen says.
Still, automatic, across-the-
board raises are a thing of the
past, Sejen says. Employers' em-
phasis on performance-based pay,
she says, "started well before the
recession, held up through the re-
cession, and continues to hold up
The survey's findings reflect
growing confidence among employ-
ers that business has stabilized or
is improving, Sejen says. Another
reason for the trend: As the econ-
omy picks up, employers are hav-
ing a harder time attracting and
retaining skilled employees.
More than half the companies

surveyed said they've had difficulty
attracting critical-skill employees,
and 37 percent said they've had a
hard time attracting top perform-
ers. Twenty-nine percent reported
challenges in keeping critical-skill
employees, and nearly a quarter
were concerned about retaining
top performers.
While companies are confident
enough to give employees raises,
they're still cautious when it comes
to hiring. More than half of compa-
nies surveyed projected that staff-
ing will remain flat across all their
employee sectors, from executives
to administrative assistants.
Unlike recent years, though, a
larger percentage of companies
said they plan to increase head
count than said they plan to de-
crease it. For example, 40 percent
of companies said they expect to
add professional/technical em-
ployees in 2011; only 10 percent
plan to decrease the number of
employees in that group.
Most economists predict U.S.
employers will add about 2.4 mil-
lion jobs this year, double the
950,000 jobs added in 2010. That
will still fall short, though, of the
8.3 million jobs lost during the re-

Blacks unhappy with lack of jobs

continued from 7D

as barriers to employment.
A cross-sectional analysis of
employers by Harry J. Holzer,
of Georgetown University, found
that employers are generally more
averse to hiring Black males than
those from any other racial and
gender group, especially in jobs
that require social or verbal skills
and in service occupations.
Another study from Princeton
University of nearly 1,500 employ-

ers in New York City found that
Black applicants without criminal
records are no more likely to get a
job than white applicants just out
of prison. The statistics from the
study also suggested that employ-
er discrimination against people of
color and ex-offenders has signifi-
cantly undermined the job oppor-
tunities for young Black men with
little education and training. It
should be noted that the employ-
ment rates of Black men remained
stagnant even during the econom-
ic booms in the 1980s and 1990s.

Local jobs picking up pace

continued from 7D

the state's unemployment rate of
12.0 percent, an unemployment
rate between five and six percent
is considered normal. The
unemployment rate for Blacks
in Dade is the highest at 15.0
percent, whites and Hispanic are
rated at 10.3 percent. Job growth
has been detected in the tourism,
professional services and health
care services industries. Governor
Rick Scotts proposed state
budget that includes lowering
corporate tax rates is expected
to be a positive development in
job creation statewide. However
Scott's proposed cuts in education
are causing some concern. Scott
plans to increase taxpayer funded

private school scholarships,
charter schools, home schooling
and virtual or online education
will potentially compromise public
Nero has expressed concerns
that cuts in education will be a
step in the wrong direction for job
growth. "Companies are not going
to relocate or remain here unless
there is a skilled and talented
workforce and you are not going
to have that skilled and talented
workforce if we keep cutting
back on education," said Nero.
Labor Market Statistics suggest
a total job growth from 1,094,555
jobs to 1,214,043 jobs or a 1.36
annual percentage jump between
2010 and 2018. Economists
are predicting a slow but steady

Road trip? Plot safe route online

By Larry Copeland

Savvy trip planners who line up
the best hotel, resort and restaurant
deals before they hit the road soon
could add another feature to their
itinerary: the safest highways en
A family planning to drive from
Chicago to Disney World in Orlando
could log onto a website to see which
roads have the highest rates pf traf-
fic deaths and serious injuries and
which are rated highest based on
their engineering features.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic
Safety is working with eight states
in a pilot program to map their saf-
est roads.

Peter Kissinger, president and
CEO of the foundation, says the
information could be used within
the next two to three years to map
the nation's safest and deadliest
- corridors, enabling safety-con-
scious drivers to shop for "Five-Star
Safety" roads just as they do for au-
"You could get in a car, turn on the
in-vehicle navigation and request
not only the quickest way from point
A to point B, but the safest way,"
Kissinger says.
Public interest in such a service is
strong: A 2009 foundation survey of
2,141 drivers found that 73 percent
would consider using the data to
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Home Depot to add more than 60,000 seasonal jobs

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA Home Depot Inc. will hire
more than 60,000 seasonal workers to
help with its busy spring season.
The world's biggest home improvement
retailer said recently it will fill the
positions before its second annual
Spring Black Friday promotion.
"Spring is our Christmas and traffic is
at its highest during this season," Craig
Menear, executive vice president for

merchandising, said in a statement.
Consumers typically head to home
improvement stores in the spring to
pick up flowers, vegetables and lawn
care products as they prepare their
residences for the summer.
Home Depot said the workers, who
will be hired and trained in February
and March, will be in every market. The
Atlanta company currently has more
than 300,000 employees.
Home Depot said it will also add some

permanent part-time and full-time jobs
this year, but did not specify how many.
In December Home Depot boosted its
2010 earnings and revenue outlooks
on stronger sales. The chain also said
it plans to open 10 new stores in 2011,
including seven in Mexico.
Home Depot has 2,247 retail stores in
all 50 states, the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam,
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Higher productivity cuts jobs now, pays off in long term

By Paul Davidson

If you want a glimpse of the post-
recession American workplace, stop
in at any Anderen Bank branch in
Tellers, customer-service represen-
tatives and new account salespeople
aren't chained to their stations. Tell-
ers frequently hop out to help a cus-
tomer open an account or reconcile
a statement. New account and cus-
tomer-service representatives dash
behind windows when the teller line
The free-flowing system allowed An-
deren to eliminate six full-time posi-
tions when loan volumes plummeted
in the recession, staffing each branch
with just four front-line employees.
Loans and deposits rebounded some

in 2010, but Anderen has no plans to
return to its old ways even if business
Noting that the new system helped
the three-year-old bank turn its first
profit last year, bank President John
Warren says, "I believe this is the new
normal, and we will keep this struc-
One reason U.S. employers are hir-
ing slowly and unemployment is at
nine percent more than 18 months
into the recovery is that Anderen's
increased productivity is common-
place across the USA. Services firms
and manufacturers alike cut their
staffs sharply in the recession as
sales plunged, and they found ways
to do more with fewer workers.
Productivity is the economy's out-
put per labor hour. It typically falls

sharply early in recessions as, com-
panies hold on to workers even as
output falls on the belief they'll need
them in the upswing. But in the re-
cent downturn and the 2001 slump,
employers slashed in anticipation of
falling sales and then kept cutting,
wringing more from each employee
and boosting profits even as sales
grew modestly.
Productivity has risen more in this
recovery than previous ones, except
for 2001, jumping 3.5 percent in 2009
and 3.6 percent last year. A growing
economy generally means more jobs,
and the USA's average threepercent
growth the past six quarters should
have sliced unemployment to 8.8 per-
cent by the end of last year based on
historic models, according to Wells
Fargo. Instead, the jobless rate was

9.4 percent, in part due to productiv-
ity gains.
Now that the recovery is heating up,
hiring is expected to intensify. Most
economists predict U.S. employers
will add about 2.4 million jobs this
year, more than double last year's
950,000. But many economists say
the nation won't recover the 8.3 mil-
lion jobs lost in the recession until
That's partly because businesses
are continuing to benefit from effi-
ciencies they achieved in the down-
turn. Many, like Anderen, combined
two or three jobs into one. Others
replaced workers with new technol-
ogy or software, cut out unnecessary
steps, scrapped marginal products or
simply squeezed more from existing

"The economic pressures of the
downturn forced companies to re-
examine everything they were doing
and come up with a new model," says
Harry Griendling, CEO of Double-
Star, a human resources consulting
That model won't soon be broken. "I.
think there's a generation of leaders
that went through a crisis and are
going to manage and lead this way
for the next 10 years," says Walt Shill,
managing director for Accenture's
management consulting practice in
North America.
Many of America's corporate icons
became more efficient in the slump:
UPS added computerized labels
on packages to better organize truck
loading based on delivery sequence
Please turn to PRODUCTIVITY 10D

Overgrown Miramar golf course to become neighborhood

Residents living nearby glad

the abandoned land will be

developed soon

By Ariel Barkhurst

overgrown and decay-
ing putting greens of
the Eagle Woods Golf
Course, closed since
2002, may soon be
replaced with afford-
able homes and apart-
Developer CC Fox-
croft, LLC plans to
build 320 apart men.s
and 300 single-family
houses valued under
$200,000 on the 55-
acre area. It won ap-
proval from the City
Commission late last
Some residents in
neighborhoods encir-
cled by the U-shaped
golf course are grate-
ful the better part
of the last decade has
given the huge vacant
area plenty of time to
become overgrown
and home to colonies
of rodents and pests.
"It's deteriorated,"
said Lori Hall, the
city's planner working
on the project, "and

it's become a concern
to residents."

The land at the
northwest corner of
Douglas Road and the
Homestead Extension
of the 'Florida Turn-
pike has been better
kept over the last two
years since Foxcroft
took over the project,
said the developer's
attorney Dennis Mele,
but nearby homeown-
ers still were glad to
see the approval.
"This has been going
on year after year af-
ter year," Dionne My-
ers told the commis-
sion. Myers lives on
nearby Foxcroft Road.
"We're the ones suffer-
ing from not having a
proper development.
... We want something
to happen so we can
live in a decent neigh-
borhood and have our
property values go
Yet past resident ob-
jections are a major
reason the neighbor-

hood, to be called Wa-
terview, has been held
up since 2004.

Many homeown-
ers were outraged the
green, landscaped
open space of the golf
course surrounding
their homes would be
replaced by a dense

Borders files for bankruptcy

By Greta Guest and
Zlati Meyer

Group filed for Chapter
11 bankruptcy protec-
tion last week after five
years of turnaround
efforts failed to return
the Ann Arbor, Mich.-
based bookseller to
The nation's second-
largest bookseller said
it would close 30 per-
cent of its stores, or
about 200, in the com-
ing weeks including
two South Florida lo-
cations: 2240 E. Sun-
rise Blvd. in Fort Lau-
derdale and 12171 W.
Sunrise Blvd. in Plan-
tation. Borders also
said in its bankruptcy
filing that it may close
an additional 75 to 136
stores on top of the
194 just announced.
"We are confident
that with the protec-
tion afforded under
Chapter 11 and with
the support of em-
ployees, publishers,
suppliers and credi-
tors and the reading
public, a successful
reorganization can
be achieved enabling

Borders to emerge
from the process as
a stronger and more
vibrant book seller,"
said Mike Edwards,
Borders Group presi-
Borders ended its
bankruptcy avoidance
effort with round-the-
clock efforts to work
out survival deals with
lenders and vendors.
The filing, rumored
for weeks, comes just
three weeks after a
$550 million financ-
ing commitment with
GE Capital was an-
Borders racked up
losses by failing to
adapt to shifts in how
consumers shop. Its
first e-commerce site
debuted in 2008, more
than a decade after
Amazon.com revolu-
tionized publishing
with online sales. The
world's largest online
retailer beat it again
by moving into digital
books with the Kindle
e-reader in 2007, a
market Borders en-
tered in July.
Instead of leading
and being innovative,
they were certainly a

follower, said Michael
Souers, an analyst for
Standard & Poor's in
New York.
The company has
639 stores under the
Borders, Waldenbooks,
Borders Express and
Borders Outlet names
in the U.S. and three
in Puerto Rico, accord-
ing to the court fil-
ing. The company has
6,100 full-time work-
ers and 11,400 part-
time employees.
It received $505 mil-
lion in debtor-in-pos-
session financing, led
by GE Capital, Borders
said in the filing in
the U.S. Bankruptcy
Court for the Southern
District of New York.
Borders listed $1.27
billion in assets and
$1.29 billion in li-
abilities in its Chapter
11 filing. It has fewer
than 50 'creditors,
mostly publishers. The
top creditor is Pen-
guin Putnam, which
is owed $41.1 million.
Hachette Book Group
has a claim of $36.9
million, Simon &
Schuster $33.8 million
and Random House
$33.5 million.

pack of townhomes,
Mele said.
They also foresaw
that all the new neigh-
bors would worsen
traffic on nearby roads
and tax Miramar's al-
Foxcroft responded
by scaling back plans
from 450 townhomes
to 300 small single-

family homes, and by
planning a landscaped
lake to preserve some
of the green space.
Most residents are
now in support of
the project, Commis-
sioner Warren Barnes
said when he gave the
development his ap-
proval. He has moni-
tored residents' opin-
ions over the years,

he said, and the mood
has shifted from oppo-
sition to support.

"The opposition has
reversed," he said.
"The overgrowth, the
vermin people say,
'Fix this."'
In Miramar, Water-
view is one of very few

Planning a safe road trip

continued from 8D

pick roads in unfamil-
iar areas.
An interactive web-
site from the Univer-
sity of Minnesota's
Center for Excellence
in Rural Safety that
allows drivers to plot

fatal crashes on a map
is very popular. Saf-
eRoadMaps.org was
founded in 2008 and
received more than 10
million hits by mid-
2010, says center di-
rector Lee Munnich.
"You can analyze
where traffic deaths
have occurred over the

last several years any-
where in the country,"
Munnich says.
The foundation is
working with Illinois,
Kentucky, New Mex-
ico, Utah, Florida,
Iowa, Michigan and
New Jersey and hopes
to add more states this

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residential develop-
ments planned since
2007, said Gus Zam-
brano, director of the
Economic Develop-
ment 'and Revitaliza-
tion Department.
This could be a good
sign, he added Mi-
ramar's housing mar-
ket seems to have
found a path to recov-
er through affordable
"The market has to
return in some form,
and it looks like [more
affordable options] is
it," he said.
Smaller houses with
the same design as
Waterview's are selling

well in Cooper City's
Monterra Homes, Mele
A few landowners
are still opposed. El-
liot Stone, owner of
nearby Villas Majorca
Apartments, objects
to Foxcroft's plans to
fill in an existing lake
near his building,
which he uses for ir-
"It's a shared lake,"
he said. "Now I'm told
they'll fill it in and
damage us and make
the ability to irrigate
Stone is using the
lake without permis-
sion, Mele said.

Notice is hereby given of the following permanent polling
place changes. These changes have been made by the
Supervisor of Elections pursuant to Section 101.71, Florida
Statutes. -

Saint James AME Church
1845 NW 65th Street
Jose Marti Park Gymnasium
434 SW 3rd Avenue
569/995 Stanley Axlrod UTD Towers
1809 Brickell Avenue
903/942 Naranja Park Recreation Center
14150 SW 264 Street

Lester Sola
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County

Notice is hereby given of the following temporary P.:-i.hin place
changes. These changes have been made by the Supervisor
of Elections pursuant to Section 101.71, Florida Statutes.

Pc. ewLoaion


Beth Israel Conreiil.jii:rn
770 West 40th Street

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
621 Alton Road
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
621 Alton Road

036/039 Miami Beach Poii ? : riemtc League
3/039 999- 11th Street
All Nations Presbyterian Church
065/117/166 16951 NE 4th Avenue

11Uleta ;.lh -icli-d Resource Center
.16880 NE 4th Court
21 New Way Fellowship Baptist Church
16800 NW 22nd Avenue

2 Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church
2961 NW 175th Street
25. Robert Sharpe Towers #2
115 NW 202nd Terrace

538/595 Dorsey Park
1701 NW 1stAvenue
55 Mall of The Americas
7827 W. Flagler Street
745/7 Riverside Baptist Church
745/3 10775 SW 104th Street

West Kendall Fire Station # 57
8501 SW 127th Avenue
Eureka Park
18320 SW 119 Ave
West Kendall Fire Station # 57
8501 SW 127th Avenue
Lester Sola
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County

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A golf course, abandoned since 2002, will soon become new homes in Miramar. What was
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Deal on spending cuts would defer tougher decision

By Naftali Bendavid many Democrats find palatable. 1 ment through midnight March ing to accept some reductions.
This will make it more difficult 18. Many of the remaining cuts
WASHINGTON Republi- to reach a bipartisan agreement Some Democrats are unhap- proposed by the GOP take aim
cans and Democrats appear in- on additional cuts when the py about a $650 million cut at areas cherished by Demo-
creasingly likely to reach a deal two sides begin negotiations on .'in highway spending, though crats. The Environmental
that would lavnid a government a spending measure to fund the President Barack Obama pro- Protection Agency would see

shutdown Friday, but in doing
so they are deferring and pos-
sibly deepening the challenge of
reaching a longer-term spend-
ing agreement.
House Republicans plan to
begin debate on a bill that would
keep the government open for
two additional weeks while
cutting $4 billion in spending.
Senate Democrats are signal-
ing they will accept the GOP
proposal, or something similar,
by week's end.
If they don't approve this or
some other spending plan, the
government will have to shut
many of its operations and
furlough many employees on
March 5. Currently, the govern-
ment is operating on a spending
plan that expires on March 4.

In crafting the plan to fund
government operations for two
additional weeks, GOP leaders
are calling only for cuts that

government until Sept. 30, the
end of the fiscal year.
Passage of the short-term deal
this week would set off a two-
week period in which House
Republicans and Senate Dem-
ocrats would try to bridge a
$57 billion gap in their spend-
ing plans for the rest of fiscal
2011. Comments by both sides
Sunday suggested they were no
closer to an agreement on that
Senate Budget Committee
Chairman Kent Conrad (D.,
N.D.) said on CNN's "State of
the Union" program that mak-
ing steep budget cuts during
fragile economic times is risky.
"Does it 'make sense to do? I
don't believe it does," he said.
Conrad cited a study by Gold-
man Sachs Group Inc. that said
the budget cuts would damp
economic growth by 1.5 percent
to two percent in the second
and third quarters, compared
with keeping current spending

The House -of Representatives voted for spending cuts
Saturday, cutting $60 Billion from the budget.

levels. "Does that make sense
when one in every six Ameri-
cans is unemployed or under-
employed?" he said.
House Speaker John Boeh-
ner (R., Ohio), speaking to a
convention of the National Re-
ligious Broadcasters in Nash-
ville, Tenn., stressed the gov-
ernment's dire financial status.

"We're broke broke, going
on bankrupt," Boehner said,

according to a prepared text.
"Just as a bankrupt business
has trouble creating jobs, so
does a bankrupt country."
He added, "It is immoral to
bind our children to as leech-
ing and destructive a force as
debt."Senate Democrats con-
tinued to examine the Repub-
licans' short-term proposal
over the weekend, and they
haven't said definitively that
they would accept the measure,
which would fund the govern-

poses a similar cut in his 2012
budget. Others say the exten-
sion should last longer than
two weeks.
Democrats nonetheless sug-
gested they would accept the'
essence of the GOP plan. "I'm
confident we'll achieve conclu-
sion on that," Conrad said.
To win this support with-
out sacrificing their own goal
of cutting federal spending,
House Republicans proposed a
number of reductions that mir-
ror those suggested by Obama
in his 2012 budget, and they
trimmed a large number of
earmarks, the special projects
backed by lawmakers usually
for their home states.
Beyond the $4 billion in cuts
that would be detailed in the
two-week funding measure,
Republicans want to cut $57
billion more this year, while
Democrats want to maintain
current spending levels, though
they have said they were will-

its budget cut 30 percent, for
example, and funds for fam-
ily planning and public broad-
casting would be eliminated.
The House has also called for
eliminating funds to implement
the Democratic-backed health-
care law and other elements of
administration policy.
Democrats say the public will
recoil at such ideas, strength-
ening their hand in negotia-
tions over the long-term bill.
But many House Republicans,
including most of the 87 GOP
freshmen, say they are re-
sponding to impassioned voter
demand for dramatic deficit re-
This sentiment was on display
over the weekend as tea-party
activists gathered in Phoenix.
"Here's our simple motto: The
government's too damn big,"
former Minnesota Gov. Tim
Pawlenty, a potential Republi-
can presidential candidate, told
the activists.

The importance of higher productivity on the job

continued from 9D

and to employ fewer load-
Pharmaceutical giant
GlaxoSmithKline combined
staff for information tech-
nology, finance and other
support functions that used
to be replicated in each
business unit.
Avis Rent A Car trimmed
its staff of shuttlers who
drive vehicles from one rent-
al outlet to another by
standardizing how the shut-
tlers are assigned, to cut
idle time between trips, and
the routes they take.

Jeff Joerres, CEO of staff-
ing giant Manpower, says
hiring will eventually return
to former levels "but it'll be
on much higher sales." And
since many firms added
technology and combined
administrative tasks, job
growth likely will be con-
centrated among the highly
skilled and sales or other
staff that deal with custom-
ers, says Hal Sirkin, senior
partner at Boston Consult-

Many economists say any
damping effect productivity

has on job growth is short
term. Ultimately, higher
productivity is a boon for the
USA's economy and employ-
ment, says Robert Atkinson,
president of the Information
Technology and Innova-
tion Foundation. That's be-
cause companies that trim
costs typically pass some
of those savings to employ-
ees through higher pay or
to customers through lower
prices, according to a recent
study by McKinsey & Co.
Either action ignites spend-
ing and job growth.
Panoramic, a maker of
plastic packaging for des-
serts, points up both the

near-term job losses and
eventual gains sparked by
productivity growth. The
manufacturer installed
eight robots at its Janes-
ville, Wis., plant after sales
fell 25 percent in 2009. "You
start to realize, how do we
stay lean and mean going
forward?" says Paul Schum-
acher, vice president of sales
and marketing.
Previously, two to three
workers picked packages off
a conveyor, stacked them
and put them in boxes.
Now, there's just one per as-
sembly line, and sometimes
a worker can handle two

Florida Powerball ticket wins $182M
By Nick Sortal

Powerball officials announced that one person won $182.1 million in Sat-
urday night's drawing and here's the best part: The winning ticket was sold
in Florida.
We should have known where by the street sign: 2340 Fortune Road, Kis-
simmee. It was a quick pick.
The winning Powerball numbers: 4-13-17-21-45, with a Powerball of 10.
Lottery officials originally called it a $184 million jackpot, but that's always
an estimate. The real number is $182.1 million, they said. That's just short of
the $189 million by Dr. William Steele in Orlando in October 2009.
And it's the fourth Powerball winner since the game ame to Florida in
January 2009.
The lone South Florida winner: a $73.8 million take from Palm Beach Gar-
dens, in a ticket sold to a Hollywood woman.
The Florida Lottery rolled over on Saturday night, growing the jackpot to
$22 million. And the Fantasy 5, which paid "only" $146,898.46, hit twice on
Saturday, but also in central Florida.
The estimated jackpots for Wednesday will be $20 million for Powerball, $22
million for Florida Lotto.

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One and two bdrms. Fur
nished units available. Sec
tion 8 Ok! 786-488-5225 o
Section 8 special. One an
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Tota
move in. 786-488-5225
1140 NW 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $525.
Appliances, free water.

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 Mr. Willie #6

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$475 monthly. Stove, refrig-
erator, air. 305-642-7080
1221 NW 61 Street #4
Two bedrooms, two baths,
air. $850 monthly.
305-691-2565, 786-371-848E
12400 NE 12 Court
One bedroom, one bath
Laundry room. Section 8 Ok
$675 mthly. No security!
305-498-2266, 954-744-6841
1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. Free Water.

1298 NW 60 Street
Beautiful one and two bdrms.,
air, gated. Section 8 Wel-
come! 786-486-2895
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.

1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one bath,
$600 mthly. Includes refriger-
ator, stove, central air, water.
$725 Move In. 786-290-5498
14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Free Water 786-267-1646

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

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

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly. $600 move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $550
monthly, $850 to move in.
Newly renovated. All ap-
pliances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel
156 NE 82 Street
Two bdrm $800. No deposit.
1718 NW 2 Court
$425 MOVE IN, One bdrm,
one bath, $425.

1725 NE 148 Street
Studio $543-$595, One bdrm
$674 plus, two bdrms, $888.
First and security
1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$495. two bedroom, one
bath $595. Appliances,
Ms.Bell #9

1801 NW 2 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $850 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1818 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$425. Appliances, Mr.

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $475.
Appliances 305-642-7080
1920 NW 31 Street
One bedroom. 305-688-7559
200 NW 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.

210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$450. Two bedrooms, one
bath $550. 305-642-7080

2170 NW 91 Street #A
Large two bedrooms, appli-
ances included, air. $1100
monthly. First, last, and se-
curity moves you in. Section
8 welcome. Must see, won't
r last! 305-761-6558
2229 NW 82 Street
Apt. B
d One bedroom, one bath,
d central air. $775 mthly.
l 305-685-9909, 305-776-3857
2377 NW 50 Street
Large one bedroom, one
bath, air. Clean, quiet, remod-
eled. Section 8 Welcome!
2501 NW 52 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air.
$550. monthly. First and last.
to move in. 305-360-1026
2515 NW 52 Street #2
Nice one bedroom, tiled, air,
appliances. $550 monthly.
954-522-4645 *
2565 NW 92 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
stove, refrigerator, water and
lights included. Nice neigh-
borhood. $730 monthly,
$2190 move in or $365 bi-
weekly, $1095 move in.
S 305-624-8820
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
3669 Thomas Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $525,
appliances. 305-642-7080

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
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,
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two and three bdrms.
Free gift for
Section 8 tenants.
No deposit. $300 Moves
you in. Jenny 786-663-8862
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
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
6091 NW 15 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $450.
Two bdrms, one bath $550.
7043 NW 6 Court
Two bdrms, one bath. central
air. $750. 305-815-3571
7501 NW 4 Court
One bdrm, all tile, very clean,
spacious. $700 mthly, $1400
move in. 786-200-1672
.7601 NE 3 Court
Two bedrooms, one batjh, re-
modeled kitchen, new floors,
appliances. $750 monthly,
security negotiable. Call
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
90 Street NW 25 Aveune
Two bedroom, one bath.
Light, water, air included.
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more

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

Jackson Memorial
Hospital Area
One bedroom, $700-$750,
free water, central air, appli-
ance, laundry, ceramic tile
and carpet, very quite. No
credit check. Must have a
job. 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue
Beautiful one bedroom, $594
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines.
Call 305-638-3699
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084

Remodeled one bdrm. $625
to $775. 534 NE 78 Street

9540 N Sherman Circle
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Gated and secured at Lake
Shore. Appliances included.
Section 8 preferred. $1000
monthly. 954-547-9011
Liberty City Area
One bedroom. $500 moves
you in. Call 305-600-7280 or
Overtown Area
One, two and three bed-
rooms. $400-$700.
305-600-7280/ 305-603-9592
Special, two bedrooms, one
bath, Section 8 welcome.


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

191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754'7776
50 NW 166 Street
New four bedrooms, two
baths.$1500. Section 8 OK.
Two bdrms, one and a half
baths, central air, appliances.
$1200 a month, first and last
move in. Section 8 OK.
Call 786-683-6029


10530 SW 176 Street
Three bdrms. two bath,
$1200 mthly. 305-978-5060
$500 deposit.
1152 NW 76 Street
Adorable and clean two
bedrooms, one bath. Appli-
ances with washer and dryer,
central air, huge closets, tile,
and freshly painted. No Sec-
tion 8. 786-357-5000
1220 NW 61 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air, Italian tile. Section 8 Wel-
come! Call 786-210-5644.
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1226 Sesame Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
$800 monthly, first, last and
security. 954-770-5952
1332 NE 117 Street
Two bedrooms, two bath,
central air, appliances,
$1200/month, $2400/move
in, Section 8 okayl Call
James or Debra at 305-944-
1390 NW 28 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tile,
central air. $1,000 monthly.
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
1542 NW 35 Street
Newly renovated two bdrms,
air and some utilities, du-
plexes, townhouses, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
16157 NW 39 Court
Two bdrm, $1050 mthly.
1877 N.W. 94th Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $875
mthly. Stanley 305-510-5894
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water and gas.

1990 NW 88 Street
Two bedrooms, section 8
welcome. $900 monthly.
1992 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances. Section 8 OK. 305-
333-4104 or 305-335-5544
2377 NW 82 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 ok. 305-903-2931
2742 NW 49 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath, lawn service.
3075 NW 91 Street #2
One bedroom, one bath.
Section 8. 305-299-3142
3962 NW 165 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $975 mthly.
305-685-9909, 305-776-3857
5330 NW 31 Avenue
Three bedrooms, $300 de-
posit for Section 8 tenants.
Water and washer/dryer in-
cluded. Call 305-871-3280.
6749 NW 5 Court
$850 monthly. Two bdrms,
one bath, air. 305-681-3736.
6913 NW 2 Court
Built in 2006, three bed-
rooms, two baths. $1325
monthly. 305-662-5505
745 NW 107 Street
Two bedroom, air, $975.
$2925.00 move in. 786-306-
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances, free


86 Street NE 2 Avenue
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776
93 Street NW 18 Avenue
Two bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 305-754-7776.
97 NE 59 Terrace
Brand new luxury three
bdrms, two baths, gated.
Section 8 OK. $1450..
786-406-3271, 305-318-8861


100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1075 NW 76 Street (Rear)
$550/month, plus security.
Large area, appliances and
air. 305-490-9284
1168 NW 51 Street
Large efficiency, partly fur-
nished, quiet area, utilities in-
cluded. $600 monthly, $1000
to move in. Mature person
preferred. Call 305-633-1157.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$120 weekly, private kitchen,
bath, free utilities, 305-474-
1736 N.W. 93 Terrace
One large furnished efficien-
cy, utilities paid, $550.
Joe 786-385-8326
1756 NW 85 Street
$475 moves you in.
Call 786-389-1686
3271 SW 97 Terrace
Miramar area for $550
monthly. 954-437-2714
5422 NW 7 Court
Includes water and electricity.
$625 monthly. 305-267-9449
5541 NW Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN),from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
Close to Miami Avenue
on N.E. 84th Street
Laundry room, water includ-
ed, new ceramic tile floors.
$500 monthly. 305-970-5574,
One person, air, appliances,
water and lights included.
$1,000 first and last. $500
mthly. 305-879-2440
New floor, fridge. Utilities plus
cable. $600 monthly. $1200
move in. 305-751-7536
Reduced! Private entrance,
cable, air. Call 305-758-6013

Furnished Rooms

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1161 NW 139 Street
$120 weekly, $240 move in.
Includes cable, central air.
1211 NW 51 Terrace
Air, privateentrance, shared
bathroom. 305-757-2345
1338 NW 68 Street
Rooms available. Call 305-
693-1017 or 305-298-0388.
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1426 NW 70 Street
Utilities included. $350
monthly. 305-836-8378
143 Street and 7 Avenue
Private entrance many ex-
tras. $110 weekly 305-687-
6930 and 786-306-0308
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one personen.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1770 NW 71 Street
Cottage room, air, cooking.
$400 move in. 305-303-6019
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1823 NW 68 Terrace
One week free rent Clean
rooms, includes air, cable,
water, electricity and use of
kitchen. $ 450 monthly.
1848 N.W. 50 Street
Utilities included. $425
monthly. Call 305-633-0510
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
1920 NW 81 Terrace
Clean room, $350 monthly.
1988 NW 58 Street
Clean rooms, free utilities
Mary 305-634-6026
$199 MOVES YOU IN!l!
2169 NW 49 Street, Free Air
Direct TV, only $99 weekly. '
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$215 to move in.
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$1400. Section 8 welcome.
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Updated four bdrms, two
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572 N.W. 30th Street
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New homes sales are down, but so

are jobless claims

The Associated Press

of new homes plum-
meted irl January, and
businesses ordered fewer
long-lasting goods. But
the number of people ap-
plying for unemployment
benefits has fallen over
the past four weeks to the
lowest level in two-and-a-
half years.
Together, the govern-
ment reports Thursday
sketched a mixed picture.
They suggest that the
struggling housing in-
dustry remains a drag on
an economy that's grow-
ing slowly but steadily.
The reports showed:
New-home sales
dropped 12.6 percent
last month to a season-
ally adjusted annual rate
of 284,000, the Com-
merce Department said.
That's less than half the
pace economists consider
healthy. The drop is a
worrisome sign because
it follows the worst year
for new home sales in
nearly 50 years.
Companies' orders
for long-lasting manu-
factured goods, exclud-
ing the volatile aircraft.
and auto categories,
dropped 3.6 percent last
month, Commerce said
in a separate report. The
drop followed two months
of gains. One category
that's viewed as a proxy
for business investment
spending fell by the larg-
est amount in two years.
Overall, orders for du-
rable goods rose 2.7 per-
cent, driven by a jump
in commercial aircraft
orders. Still, orders to-
taled around $200 bil-
lion. That's considered
a healthy level, and it's
25 percent above the
recession low hit in

March 2009.
Applications for .un-
employment benefits
dropped by 22,000 last
week to a seasonally ad-
justed 391,000, the Labor
Department said. It was
the third decline in four
The four-week aver-
age for applications, a
less volatile figure, fell to
402,000. It was the few-
est since late July 2008
and a sign that the job
market is slowly improv-
Layoffs have fallen to
pre-recession lows. And
the downward trend in
applications for unem-
ployment benefits indi-
cates they are dropping
further. Still, employers
aren't hiring enough to
lower high unemploy-
Applications for unem-
ployment benefits below
425,000 tend to signal
modest job creation. But
they would need to dip
consistently to 375,000
or below to indicate a
significant drop in the
unemployment rate. Ap-
plications for benefits
peaked during the reces-
sion at 651,000.
"While layoffs have
come way down, new
hiring hasn't picked up
appreciably," said Cary
Leahey, an economist
at Decision Economics.
"Many firms are still sit-
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