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Throughout this issue:


ff Blacks

State unemployment rate

surpasses national average
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmeneir @miamitimesonline. com

Florida may be the Sunshine State but when
it comes to employment opportunities, a gray
cloud continues to hover over us as the State
recently posted the 7th worst unemployment
rate in the nation at 10.7 percent the U.S.
rate is 9.1 percent. But when one compares the
rate of joblessness for Blacks versus whites'
Please turn to JOBS 10A


Hospitality industry:

FlOrIGR' S SVIng grace.
By Randy rice
rgrice BmI amrilm eisonrline .com

With the jobless rate rising to nearly 30 percent for
Blacks and w\ith zero percent job growth in the State's
economyl last month, the hospitality industry in Florida
is proving itself indispensable during this time of eco-
nomic downturn.
In order to prepare themselves for sectors like hos-
pitalityr where there is still constant growth and avail-
able jobs, many County residents are leaning towards
educating themselves while looking for employment.
Training has become essential to securing gainful em-
ployment in any sector. That's w~hy the decision to revise
some of their programs by area colleges bodes well for
Miami Dade College's Hos-
pitality Institute, for example,
will be hosting a community
Please turn to HOSPITALITY 7A

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meant you were done now
with HB 449 having passed,
ex-felons at least get a fighting
chance," Taylor said. "If your
history background denies
you eligibility on certain jobs
then that restriction remains
in force. But it is now illegal to
automatically deny someone
because they have a felony re-
Stafford, who is still trying
to get the bill she first spon-
sored last year passed, HB 819
[Employment of Felons], says
ex-felons often get what she re-
fers to as a "double sentence."
Please turn to EX-FELONS 10A

By D. Kevin McNeir

. Ex-felons are used to dis-
crimination, often finding that
despite having served their
time that even more hurdles
often stand in their way upon
their release from jail. One
of their greatest challenges
is finding a job. But if fellow
Democrats and State Repre-
sentatives Cynthia Stafford,
District 109, Miami-Dade
County and Dwayne Taylor,
District 27, Volusia County/
Daytona Beach have their way,
changes in Florida's laws will

give former felons more of a
fighting chance ih their quest
for gainful employment.
The two legislators have each
sponsored bills that target re-
storing the rights of ex-felons
and allowing them to hold
certain licenses like teach-
ing certificates. House Bills
449 and HB 819 are the two
pieces of legislation that would
make it illegal to deny employ-
ment or certifications to people
who have been convicted and
served their sentence but still
not had their rights officially
"Before, being an ex-felon

District 109, M-D County
State Representative


e~~pr~ lll~. -~IIC
Leila Lopes has become the first woman from Angola
to be chosen as Miss Universe. She will focus on the
war, poverty and HIV/AIDS in her country.

Troy Davis faces

pending execution
By K~aila Heard added significance because
kheard@miamitimeonline.com Davis's execution date is

City commissioner's vote

to fire Miami police chief

Scheduled for next Wednes-
day, September 21 at
7 p.m. .
Supporters hope
their display will sway
opinions during the
George State Board of
Pardons and Paroles
DAVIS clemency meeting on
Monday, September
ch 19, when they will decide
s Please turn to DAVIIS 7A

On Saturday, Sep-
tember 16, support-
ers for Troy Anthony
Davis, a Black man on
Death Row for shoot-
ing and killing a white
police officer, will host
a march and rally
outside of the Historic
Ebenezer Baptist Chure
in Atlanta. The rally ha

By Randy Grice
rgrice@ miamitimesonline. com

Exposito finds himself out of
a job. He was fired last Mon-
day with a 3-2 vote by the City
"I am grateful to the City
Commission for its support
of the City Manger." Regalado
Please turn to POLICE 10A

SAfter more than a year of
.fighting between the City of
Miami Mayor Tomas Regala-
.do and former City of Miami
Police Chief Miguel Exposito,

By DeWayne Wickham

This knock against the na-
tion's first Black president
stems from his low-key ap-
proach to combating. Repub-
lican opposition to virtually
everything he does and his
passive response to the disre-
spect of GOP members, such
as those who called him a liar
during a speech on the~ House

floor, who wouldn't take his
call in the middle of the debt-
ceiling crisis, and who referred
to him as a "boy" and his poli-
cies as a "tar baby."
Though Obama ducked
these skirmishes, he's more
tenacious and a smarter in-
fighter than a lot of people
think. Proof of this can be

found in his recent address
to a joint session of Congress,
in which the president spelled
out his plan to combat this
nation's painfully high unem-
ployment rate. .
Obama's proposal called
the American Jobs Act is
good policy and a smart po-
litical tactic. In a disarming

move, he took elements of the
tax cuts Republicans obsess
over and blended them into
his aggressive plan to help put
people back to work. Among
Other things, his $447 billion
plan calls for a payroll tax cut
for small businesses, and a
tax credit for firms that hire
Please turn to JOBS PLAN 7A

For much of his time in the
White House, the rap against
Barack Obama has been that
he is a weak leader-- a man
who is a much better talker
than doer when it comes to
managing the nation's affairs.
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part of that me pengen The
September 17- 18 Empower-
ment Summit at the Georgia
World Congress Center mn At-
lanta will feature a career fair
with local employers ready to
hire as well as free one-on-one
career coaching sessions. At-
tendees will gain access to lo-
cal job training programs. And
workshops will be held on how
to utilize social networks and
how to put the "wow" in your
resume. We are asking all jobs
seekers to bring an updated re-
We will also hold a home res-
cue fair to help the thousands
of Atlanta-area residents who
are struggling to avoid becom-
ing victims of the foreclosure
crisis that has also hit urban
Americans,,especially hard. It's
time that we be about the busi-
ness of empowering Blacks,
helping them save their homes
from foreclosure and better pre-
pare themselves to reenter the
job force.


ily because we have less unity
and sense of purpose among
us as a people. In 2008, the
election of Obama was an im-
portant milestone in the his-
tory of our long struggle for
freedom. We witnessed the
largest voter turnout of Black
voters in U.S. history. We have
to rekindle that kind of voter
mobilization across the nation
once again. There are efforts in
more thari 20 states today to
repress Black and Latino voter
turnout. The forces of reaction
and repression are at work to
systematically prevent another
large Black voter turnout. How
is it that there are some who
still say we don't need a move-
ment today?
I am hopeful that the dedica-
tion of the new National Memo-
rial for King will at least remind
more of us that we still have a
lot of work to do. We still have
serious civil rights and human
rights issues to be addressed
and challenged.

The Black Press believes that Amenca can best lead the
world from racial and national antagonism vihen it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
huan ala lega nhsnr eating no person, fearing no pe son
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.


those who are most vuin~er -
able, namely Blacks, Lati-
nos and the working poor of
all races, need the safety net
the president provided in his
original stimulus packages.
To that end, without an exten-
si0n r-ot.-unemployment ben-
efits, blany in our communi-
ties will simply go hungry,
with no job prospects in sight.
And without an extension of
the payroll tax, many working
single mothers and families
will barely have enough to pay
rent, let alone food and cloth-
Obama also faces a Repub-
lican Congress so hell-bent on
his presidency's demise; they
would let those at the bottom
sink. Obama's actions last
December, when he traded an
extension of the Bush tax cuts
to keep unemployment ben-
efits alive, showed where his
heart lies and who he actually
cares most about.

In a nation increasingly
crippled by static unemploy-
ment, President Obama's task
last Thursday was to deliver a
plan for job growth. The out-
look is dismal for many Ameri-
cans across color lines, but far
worse for Blacks who are al-
ready contending with historic
social and economic disadvan-
Unemployment rates for
Blacks are now the highest
they have been since Obama
took office and the patience
of some of his base is waning,
The recent jobs fair organized
by the Congressional Black
Caucus conveyed the frus-
trations of many elected rep-
resentatives and voters, who
came to seek opportunity, but
also to find a forum to express
their grievances.
Although the vast majority
of Blacks continue to support
the president and understand
that the present state of the

economy is largely due to the
failed economic and foreign
policies put in place under the
Bush administration, Obama
cannot escape criticism that
he's not been attentive enough
to the needs of Blacks in par-
ticular. Reasonable minds

released last week, which re-
vealed the economy had pro-
duced net zero job growth,
makes it clear Obama has an
uphill battle. His challenge is
to develop effective policy to
create ernployrnent opportu-
nities sustainable enough to

agree the president must be
concerned with ailing com-
munities and segments of the
population regardless of race,
but otherwise staunch Obama
supporters like Rep. Maxine
Waters argued that the presi-
dent must focus on the needs
of his most loyal voting bloc.
And this reasoning has not
fallen on deaf ears.
But the latest jobs figures

a make a difference for the
long-term unemployed. And
though his administration's
efforts to provide stimulus
and incentives for business
to higher are working with
moderate success, the private
sector job growth of 156,000
in July, was off-set by public
sector lay-offs of 70,000. And
this is the growing trend.
The truth of the matter is,


Blacks must be empowered to handle job crisis

As frustration with the inabil-
ity of Washington to solve the
nation's job crisis mounts, the
National Urban League is taking
this fight directly to the Ameri-
can people. So far this year, we
have held major job fairs and
town hall forums in Indiana,
New England and Washington,
D.C. At each stop, thousands
of unemployed Blacks and ur-
ban citizens have shown up,
resumes in hand, desperate for
work. On September 17th and
18th we will be in Atlanta, offer-
ing both job and home rescue
assistance at a free Empower-
ment Summit as part of that
city's 20th annual "For Sisters
Only Expo."
For months, Washington has
been distracted by a manufac-
tured debt ceiling crisis that
nearly resulted in an unprece-
dented government loan default.
But in recent weeks, President
Obama, members of the Con-
gressional Black Caucus (CBC)
and other activists have joined

the National Urban League in
refocusing the nation's atten-
tion on reducing high unem-
ployment for Blacks that has
reached a depression-era rate of
15.9 percent. According to CBC
Chairman, Emanuel Cleaver, in
the last two years the Caucus

tails of deficits and debt ceil-
ings that we question whether
government has any moral duty
to serve the poor, help feed the
hungry and assist the sick."
While Washington must do
more to create jobs, the Na-
tional Urban League and other

has introduced more than 40
job creation bills in the House
of Representatives. Most of that
legislation has been stalled by
Tea Party-backed obstruction-
ists who continue to put the
interests of Wall Street over the
well-being of Main Street.
As Representative John Lewis
says, "It is troubling that un-
employment is so high .. and
that we are so caught up in de-

progressive activists believe
citizens have to empower them-
selves with the information,
training and employment con-
nections needed to bring jobs
and hope back to their com-
munities.Last year, the Na-
tional Urban League provided
that kind of empowerment as-
sistance to a record 2.6 million
Our jobs tours this year are


The planned ceremony to for-
mally consecrate the National
Memorial Monument of the
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in
Washington, D.C. will soon
take place after the recent post-
ponement due to the challeng-
ing weather conditions result-
ing from Hurricane Irene. It
is not that unusual, however,
to now witness a growing cho-
rus of people who are express-
ing their opinions on the stone
structure's style and architec-
ture, the chiseled inscriptions
of King's quotes, and the over-
all intended tone that should
exude from the moment.
I would like to add just a
word to enjoin the current
public debate about the King
National Memorial. I support
the memorial and believe this
monument will not only stim-
ulate a much needed review
and broader comprehension
of the leadership of King, but
will also bring renewed interest
and ini olvement in the ongoing

Civil Rights Movement. In other
words, we all should be striv-
ing today to make sure that the
monument reflects and repre-
sents the movement not just
of the past, but just as impor-
tantly the movement today for
freedom, justice, equality, jobs
and empowerment.
At a time in the U.S. when we
are clearly heading into anoth-
er difficult national political de-

ing the Black community, we
need the Civil Rights Movement
today just as much as we need-
ed it 40 years ago.
Renowned Black scholar
Dr. Cornel West said recently,
"King weeps from his grave. He
never confused substance with
symbolism. He never conflated
a flesh and blood sacrifice with
a stone and mortar edifice. Let
us not remain satisfied with


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bate and polarizing crossroads
on issues like voting rights,
jobs, poverty, racial discrimina-
tion, immigration, environmen-
tal injustice, disproportionate
incarceration, home ownership
and land loss and other severe
economic inequalities impact-

symbolism because we too of-
ten fear the challenge he em-
Today we have more nation-
al organizations than we had
in the 1950's and 1960's but
Blacks in the U.S. are less or-
ganized and mobilized primar-



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Job crisis is no longer

just a "LBlack thing"
There's a phrase Blacks often use when describing things
unique to our culture and traditions: "It's a Black thing,
you wouldn't understand." But nowadays you don't have
to be Black to feel and understand the pain of chronic un-
Our purpose is not to minimize the seriousness of the
unemployment crisis that continues to impact every nook
and cranny from Jacksonville to the Keys, but rather to
point out why it is so vital that we use our collective genius
and creativity to create new job opportunities for all of us.
Blacks, especially our teens and young adults, have suf-
fered from disproportionate levels of joblessness for de-
cades. But arrogant and sometimes racist members of
Congress have tended to ignore our plight. After all what
good are Black folk except to fill our nation's jails, clean
white folks houses and pick up whatever scraps are left
after the rich and famous grab their share?
Unemployment is something to which most of us pay
little or no attention until it touches us or someone that
we love. What's more, as unemployment chokes away all
forms of hope, there is a ripple effect that occurs tearing
up families and communities no matter what race they may
be. But Miami-Dade County has another problem that is
uniquely ours: many Blacks born in the U.S. are unable to
secure a job right here in their own backyard because they
don't speak a foreign language, i.e. Spanish or Creole. We
appreciate the desire to have a few bilingual employees in a
mnulti-cultural Mecca like Miami. However, we are appalled
by hiring practices of those businesses that make speaking
another language an "undeclared minimum requirement."
The last time we checked English was still this country's
official language.
Every day that members of Congress play childish games,
jockeying for positions of power while bickering over who's
really in charge and holding out for their own pet projects
and policies, more men, women, children and families face
the real threat of homelessness, hunger and humiliation,
Unemployment is not a "Black thing" it's a people thing.
And it hurts!

Will we ever get

answers to Miami's

pohice-mnvolved shootings.

Inall of the feuding that we have witnessed over the
galado and the now-former Miami Chief of Police
Miguel Exposito, there is something that has been ignored
if not lost that requires our immediate attention and some
answers. Have we forgotten the string of police-involved
shootings that remain unresolved by law officials?
City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones says her deci-
sion to vote for the chief's dismissal was unrelated to the
number of Black males killed by cops in her district. We
cannot agree. Someone has to take responsibility and as
far as we can tell that would be the chief. One thing for
sure, the families and friends of those shot and killed still
want and need resolution and closure. We fear that as the
City's commissioners and city manager now begin their
nationwide search for a replacement for the City's police
chief, what may be lost in all of the negotiations is the
truth behind why officers had to shoot with deadly force
over and over again in Liberty City, Overtown and Little
It is essential that as our elected officials peruse the
many resumes that will undoubtedly pour in for the now
Open and highly-prized position, that this community only
accept the selection of a man or woman that can change
the mindset and culture that has become commonplace
here in Miami. Here in the Magic City Black men have be-
come disposable commodities. This may still be Miami but
at timesuit seems iek the Wi d, Wlild West.iee noet
until proven guilty. Now being a Black man on the street
after dark or an ex-felon, seem to indicate that a brother
has evil and malice in his heart. No one deserves to be shot
down in the streets. And not even those who are sworn to
"protect and serve" are above the law.
Justice has taken a backseat to racism, politics and the
quest for power. We await answers and a real day of reck-
oning. But the patience of this community is wearing thin.

Auar Bureau of Clrculanons

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Will Obama's speech silence his Black critics?

have been since Obama took office and the patience of
SOme of his base is waning.

or months, Washington has been distracted by a manu-
precedented government loan default.

Timne for ]Blacks to revitalize the mov

am hopeful that the dedication of the new National Memo-
8 10t of work to do. We still have serious civil rights and hu-
man rights issues to be addressed and challenged.


Why do you think you are

cHrerlitly unemployed?
Unemployed, Downtownz Unem~ployed, Hollywood



Has President Obamna failed Black America?

President Obama entered the
White House on a train called
hope. But hope has not been
delivered for the millions who
remain unemple~:ed While I
think universal healthcare is
important, I think Obama would
have been better served focus-
ing on jobs. Depending on who
you speak totor wuih hs ats cs

rate for Black males is between
18 and 20 percent -- double the
rate for European males. During
the Great Depression, when this
country suffered its worst un-
employment levels ever, the rate
was 25 percent. In other words,
Black males are approaching
not recession-like but rather de-
pression-era unemployment fig-
ures. One-in-seven U.S. citizens
need food assistance. It's hard
for hope to arise from a hungry

belly or in a home where there is
no regular income.
Obama also faces an uphill
battle for re-election, mainly be-
cause when Blacks are asked if
they are better off now than they
were four years ago, many will
have to respond, "No." Blacks

grows worse each day. Many
Blacks from the public sector
are now without jobs. As govern-
ment entities keep cutting back,
many of the jobs lost are coming
on the backs of labor. The School
Board is cutting jobs in mainte-
nance as are both the County

will fight like hell and it will
be difficult to declare a state of
emergency when you are cutting
your tax rate. I think cutting
taxes now would be a mistake,
because it is more important to
keep people employed, to pro-
vide services and to fund the
non-profits who provide services

toe Coo nty _Commission ap-
pears to be suffering from a
knee jerk reaction after the re-
call of Carlos Alvarez. Don't they
see that voters were angry over
the fact that taxes .were raised
to give raises and bonuses? No
one is going to go postal if you
maintain the current tax levels
to maintain critical services and
keep people employed. All we
need in this County are more
unemployed people who cannot
pay their mortgage.

and City of Miami. The County
budget has not been~ finalized
but it is anticipated that labor
will suffer. However, building a
budget on anticipated labor con-
cessions is unwise. It is guar-
anteed that the labor unions

may still love our president but
if doesn't turn the economy
around, I fear that he will have
very low voter turnout among
his core constituents.
Meanwhile, the local unem-
ployment picture for Blacks

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Act signals hope finally Ip
en unemployed for more than 27 just job creation to improve the the Black community suffers
eks and are categorized as long outcome. Even when jobs were with the flu."
m unemployed. As for Blacks, plentiful and the economy was Fortunately, politicians are
is even worse at 16.7 percent thriving, Black unemployment finally addressing the issue of
the highest it has been in 27' remained high. Issues such as unemployment. Now that it has
a~rs. Blacks in America have social injustice, prejudice, racial reached epidemic proportions, it
ways struggled with high rates discrimination, record of incar- is suddenly on everyone's agen-
da. However, we must listen care-
fully because some politicians
he issue of Black unemployment is complex and multi- are only talking about Americans

pfove the outcome. Even when jobs were plentiful and everything they can to reduce the
workforce by cutting jobs. This is
re economy was thriving, Black unemployment remained high. not the time to lower taxes for the
wealthy and advocate for a small-
er government in order to reduce
unemployment and underemn- ceration, mis-education, lack of the government workforce.
,yment long before the Obama transportation and substance Congress may talk about put-
ministration took office. How- abuse are all contributors to ting Americans back to work, but
er, millions of Blacks bought high rates of Black unemploy- not everyone is willing to do what
:o the idea of hope and change ment. Unfortunately, Obama and it takes to create jobs. We all need
d actually believed they would his Administration have not yet to tell our elected officials to sup-
better off economically. been able to change or affect the port Obama's American Jobs Act
The issue of Black unemploy- inequality which exists among so we can put more people back
:nt is complex and multi-fac- Blacks in the U.S. As the saying to work. Your job may count on



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Economic policies need long-term component

Our society is caught up with
the "here and now." We have the
ability to go online and order
whatever we want, whenever
we want and have the satisfac-
tion of receiving the merchan-
dise almost instantly. Unfortu~
nately, this has spilled over into
almost everything we do and
how we perceive life. We want
results nowr, regardless of the
One could say that we ex-
pect the same speedy results
from our government. Consider
how people are people demand-

Maybe we could fight a5 few1
less wars or reduce the need to
police the world. We might then
find that we have the needed
funds to provide assistance to
those that want to help growr
our country's' economy. But
this process will take time and
until people understand that
their craving for instant-gratifi-
cation is what put us in trouble
in the first place, any plan will
be bound for failure because of
it begin short-sighted. Instant,
resillt-oriented policies lack
long-term viability.

Well, I'm *
looking for ~
something -
permanent so
that c be ~F
people are
only offering
seasonal posi-
tions right now.

Unemployed, Palm~etto Bay

Well, I'm a ..
college stu-
dent so that
makes it hard.
I attend school PC
at Miarni Dade
and I am only
looking for a
part-time po-
sition .

Unem~ployed. Overtown

The econo-
my is rough .
right now,
there aren't
jobs any-
where. You
could het a

clean record, it's just hard to
find a job

Times ae7
bad right now ,
everybody is i
getting laid I
off, evnp
ple uren paeo
good jobs can I
get laid off. 1'
We're just in a
really bad space right now.

Uneme~ployed, Perrine

ing jobs now with politicians
promising immediate solutions
and even presidential hopefuls
declaring that they have the
answer to our dilemma. Even
President Obama claims to
have found the pot of gold with
his proposed American Jobs
I realize that given our coun-
try's current economic state

it is imperative that we create
more job opportunities right
away. But will this "now" phi-
losophy and proselytizing pro
duce the long term solutions to
solve our economic ills? What
we lack is a long-term view that
can bring about sustainable re-
sults and the revenue needed to
accomplish these goals without
adding to the national debt.


I was

trying to de- "
cide between
going to work
arid going to
college. Now I
finally made *
the decision
to try and get some money first.

Unremlployed. Miami Gardels

Times are
hard and due
to the econo-
my everybody
hsarfinding gi
work.hr g b P

Dear Editor,

I live in North Miami about four
blocks from Navarro Discount &
Drug Store on Biscayne and 132
Street. My daughter is in college
and needs a part-time job. I in-
quired with a manager there and
she said to apply you must be bi-
lingual: English/Spanish speak-
ing or English/Creole speaking.
I was a bit surprised since a few
weeks ago they took my money
and I didn't have to be bilingual
for that. Unfortunately, the U.S.

does not have English as its offi-
cial language at the federal level.
Eighty-five percent of the world's
countries do have at least one
official language. So what Na-
varro is doing is legal. I see it as
discrimination but the law does
Blacks need to make sure
before they spend their money
that the company will also hire
Blacks or others that are not bi-
lingual. You can let your voices
be heard by where you spend
and not spend your money. If

they don't hire Blacks don't go
there at all. They are not doing
anything for you or your fam-
ily. Mayor Andre Pierre boasted
in the Miami Times that he had
a job fair for Navarro Discount,
but failed to mention that Ameri-
can Blacks were not invited.
North Miami has a huge Black
population that is being left out.
We need to vote people out that
will not represent us and vote
with our money. If you walk in
a store and see no Blacks work-
ing there, turn around and walk

out. I am seriously going to get
a list of companies that don't
or won't hire Blacks due to lan-
guage, etc. and get the message
out to the Black community.
How can I be required to speak
Spanish, yet I am an American
citizen with over 400 years of
history here. Demand respect!
Frederick Douglass told us years
ago, "Who you give your money
to is who you give your power to."

Linda Simmons

Dear Editor,

Strong Mayor Carlos Gimenez
has made a point of stating that
he is appointing people he either
knows or has worked with. The
mayor's most recent appoint-
ment is William "Shorty" Bryson
as director of the Miami-Dade
Fire Department. In introduc-
ing Bryson to emrph~.,ccs at
fire department headquarters

the Mayor stated that he chose
Bryson because they share the
same philoscl-ph:,. It appears that
Bryson's philosophy included
taking part in the removal of the
Black firefighters from the union
when they dared to stand up
and push for diversity within the
city's fire department. Sixty-two
firefighters were removed from
the union. In fact, Bryson as a
member of his union was always

one to push back against any at-
tempts to make the fire depart-
ment representative of the com-
munity. The mayor has made
eight appoints only one of which
is Black. Four of the appoint-
ments were in-house employees
yet the rules changed when it
came to the fire department and
Interim Chief Karls Paul-Noel.
Forty individuals applied for the
job of fire chief several of whom

were Black yet somehow Bryson
was the person chosen for the
job, although he never both-
ered to apply. Now that we have
a strong mayor form. of govern-
m~ent, what happens when that
strong mayor decides that the
Black community doesn't mat-

Faye D~avis




heCounty Commission appears to be suffering from 8
knee jerk reaction after the recall of Carlos Alvarez. Don't
They see that voters were angry over the fact that taxeS
Wef6 faiSed to give raises and bonuses?

Obama's Jo~
President Barack Obama pre-
sented his highly-anticipated job
bill as a resounding call to action.
His message was compelling and
demanded the attention of every-
one from members of Congress,
employers and the unemployed,
Hopefully, those politicians who
are interested only in tax cuts
for the rich and abolishing labor
unions will not block any mean-
ingful plan crafted to put people
to work.
Contrary to what some may
want you to believe, most people
want to work. Our earliest impres-
sion of work ethics was learned
at home watching our parents.
Spiritual leaders even taught, "If
a man will not work, he shall not
' Unfortunately, 14 million work-
ers are out of work and seeking
employment in a job market with
zero growth. Forty-two per cent of
the job seekers (6.3 million) have -


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need to police the world.

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Obama: 'The most important

poverty program is a job'
On September 10, 2011. N~BC rate, poverty,. and especially wre'rei speclfically targeting the
Nightl! Newrs anchor and man- where young African Ameri- long-term unemployed. There
aging editor Brian W~illiams sat can males are concerned in a re a number of program ms t hat
dow~n with President Barack our urban area. w~e've initiated over the last
Obama to discuss the Issues President Obama: The most twro and a half earss that are
of unemployment and poverty Important poverty program is having a direct impact in the
Williams asked Obama about a job And so w~hat w~e talked cities, and In rural communi-
Black sentiment towards the about on Thursday wrill help ties that are under-served.
unemployment rate and wheth- most directly those w~ho hai-e But. r-ou know,. 1. the v~ast.
er or not he has been negligent the highest un~employment majority of African Americans,
about their concerns Obama rate: African Americans, La- the last majority of Latinos,
simrpl\ responded. 'The most tinos. rural commun ties. are experiencing the same
Im-portant poverrtl, program Is young people And so. ryou problems that everybody else
a iob O'cbama also states that know, if', if you look at ever!- is experiencing, just more ofit.
he doesn't think It is his job as thing wve ve done for the last And the most Important thing
president of the Unit~ed States three years, mi entire focus I can do is to growr this over-
to~ target specific segments of has been providing ladders of all econom!-. drive the overall
the population. His goal is to opportunity for people so that unemployment rate down, be-
pull Americ~a together to solve thev can make it. And b! defi- cause if Im doing that, then
its problems. "My! job Is to be nition, that means that com- those folks w~ho are out of work
the president of the Uinited munities that are hurtin' more are gonna have the best pos-
States. Mi-~ job Is not to be a are gonna get more help. sible opportunity to get a job.
pundit or a columnist,"' he Bu~t you know, the. I don't Brian Williams: So you
said think of m! .ob as president don't see i ourself as being in a
Brian Williams: I want to of the United States as look- special role to deliver a special
ask iou about African A~meri- ing at different segments of message?
cans I'm hearing and reading the population. I think about President Obama: My job is
from man!, and not just Mr. howr do I pull all of A\merica to- to be the president of the Unit-
Sm~ley! and Professor West, gether to solv-e problems And ed States. Al) .lob Is not to, to
\ them w~hat the? see as a my~s- the American Jobs A"ct, we're The complete interview was
tify-ing silence on the espe- spec~iically ta rget ing, tar- shown on Mlonday. Sept. 12
cially crippling unemployment getting disadvantaged youth, during the NBC Nightly news.

Obama takes critical step to address the jobs crisis


I --By Kasie Hunt

Republican presidential rivals Rick Perry and Mitt
Ro~mney sparred vigorously over job creation and Social
S~~ ei urity last Wednesday night in a feisty campaign de-
balej~ that marked a contentious new- turn in the race to
pick a 2012 challenger to Presiderit Barack Obama.
The candidates mixed it up in their first face-off since
Perry entered the race and almost instantly overtook
Rojmney as front-runner in opinion polls. Those two -
as w~ ell as other contenders on stage sniped at one
S a another, contradicted allegations and interrupted media
ques~tioners to demand opportunities to take each other

M~ichael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than
;I ou did, Mitt," Perry said, referring to one of Romney's
Democratic predecessors as governor of Massachusetts,
As a matter of fact, George Bush and his predecessors
created jobs at a faster rate than you did," Romney shot
back at Perry, the 10-year incumbent Texas governor.
The debate was the first of three in as many weeks, at
a time when the economy is struggling, unemployment
is seemingly stuck at 9.1 percent and Obama's popular-
ity is sinking in the polls all events that could make
the GOP nomination worth more than it appeared only
a few months ago.
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman sided with
Perry when he turned to Romney and said, "47th just
isn't going to cut it, my friend," a reference to the rank
SMassachusetts had among the 50 states in creating jobs

during Romney s term.
Businessman Herman Cain, Minnesota Rep.
Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former
House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen.
Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania shared thf stager
for the debate hosted by MSNBC and Politic-o
Not surprisingly, the GOP contenders hadj
little good to say about Obama, either his
record on creating jobs or the health care
law they have vowed to repeal if they win
the White House.
Social Security produced more sparks,
when Perry said the program was a "Ponzirg
scheme" and added it was a lie to tell young
workers they will ever receive the benefits
they have been promised. The event wa s
Perry's first opportunity to share a debate
stage with his rivals since he joined the race
last month and shot to the top of the public
opinion polls. He moved quickly to asserr
his claim to having the best records 01 all
on stage in creating jobs.
"We created one million jobs in the
state of Texas at the same time r he
U.S. lost two-million," he said, add -
ing that the issue for the nation
this election season is "who on this
stage can get America working.
Because we know for a fact that
the resident of the White House

Florida N~ew Majority, heralding President
Obama's attempt to address the jobs crisis that
is gripping America and Florida particularly
hard, calls on U.S. Senators Rubio and Nelson to
support President Obama's Jobs Program and to
actively work to move other Republican Senators
to support the bill.
With the state suffering an unemployment rate
of 10.7 percent, and millions more shut out of the
labor market for years or who do not qualify for
unemployment insurance, this crisis is devastat-
ing working and low-income communities across
the state.*The Presidents is finally showing lead-
ership on an issue that has hit Americans hard

since the economic crisis hit.
Joseph Phelan, of Florida New Majority's Just
Work Campaign, makes the following statement:
"The million plus Floridians who are unem-
ployed need action from our Federal Government
to address this economic crisis. At over 10 per-
cent unemployment in Florida, cities and even
the state, do not have the resources to address
this crisis alone. President Obama's proposal is
a needed first step.
While the proposal does not go far enough in
terms of direct job creation for the unemployed,
it does include a mix of remedies that both Re-
publicans and Democrats can support exten-

sion of unemployment insurance for those who
still cannot find work, investment in roads,
bridges and infrastructure projects that benefit
communities and~businesses, and tax cuts for
employers and employees alike. This is a plan
that has broad political appeal. Senators Rubio
and Nelson, along with the entire Florida delega-
tion, must support the President's plan and do
more to help Floridians who have been hurt by
the worst crisis to hit the United States since the
Great Depression. Not doing anything or working
against this plan, is not on this country's best
However, while this is a good start, the Presi-

dent's plan does not go far enough to get Ameri-
cans back to work. We need fewer tax reductions
and more direct job creation in our communities
and states. Giving states and localities funds to
create paychecks to put people to work, rather
than tax refunds to the rich, is ultimately what
this economy and unemployed working Ameri-
can's need.
In addition, we are concerned about proposals
to have people do work in exchange for unem-
ployment insurance benefits under the guise of
'training,' when we can and should be creating
quality, living wage jobs for everyone who is able
to work."

.I a

Congresswoman U.S. President Congressman

W7ill Obama respond to CBC's drama?

BV Charles D. Ellison

The past couple of weeks were
overflowing with headlines
of agitated Black members of
Congress throwing tantrums
at the tea party, the president
and anything that could et~eate
distance between them and the
wrath of frustrated Black con-
stituents looking for jobs.
It was the Black version of
the summer of 2010; an In-
Living-Color retrofit of those
angry, legendary town hall
meetings last year that took
down the Democratic majority
in the House, slimmed it down
in the Senate and made Presi-
dent Obama wear a gray suit
and ideologically matching red
tie in a white flag waving peace
sign the day after.
Thanks to that manufac-
tured debt ceiling crisis, the
most ardent tea party admirers
are left in befuddled awe, ac-
cording to a recent Pew survey,
showing the conservative fad
losing its sizzle in the wake of
debt "debacles" and avoidable
defaults. The kick-them-while-
they're-down attacks from
CBC folks banging away at po-
diums, lifting arms and raising
gospel have been so loud that
we catch rattled commentators
on FOX News whining, heads
snapping in pouty fits of "how
dare they."
"The Tea Party should go
straight to hell!" blurted Con-
gresswoman Maxine Waters
(D-CA) in finger-waving fury
and a chorus of call-and-re-
sponsse. It was a stunning dis-
play of raw snap, like the pop
of air pressure released in an
airplane cabin.
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) one

of two Black Muslims in Con-
gress, went a bit cinematic with
Jim Crow visuals at a recent
CBC event in Miami, charging
that the tea party would .
love to see us as second-class
citizens" and "some of them in
Congress right now, of this tea
party movement, would love to
see you and me hanging on a

Putting Waters out front
makes for a well-planned at-
tempt by the CBC to show frus-
tration with the president, a
deliberate and last ditch effort
for access to the White House.
Tensions had been mount-
ing between the CBC and the
Obama Administration since
before their Leader of the Free
World alum was elected. Whis-
pers in Washington told a tale
of a president soured on the
Caucus since pretty much half
of it dissed him in favor of ini-
tial 2008 primary favorite Hill-
ary Clinton. It's an ugly secret
few will talk on record about.
Some observers partly blame
the caucus for the unnecessary
ily long and caustic primary
battle between Clinton and
Obama if Black members of
Congress had, simply, unani-
mously supported their former
member when his tide began
rising, it could have ended a bit
more gracefully. Instead, there
were Democratic super dele-
gates like Waters and current
CBC Chair Emmanuel Cleaver
(D-MI) who made high profile
gambles on Clinton, perhaps
unable to sever old ties from
the stickiness of political fa
Perhaps that partly explains

~~ I

CBC Chair
why the CBC enjoys very little
access to the White House in
comparison to their colleagues
in the Congressional Hispanic
Caucus. During the course of
one year, the CHC held four
meetings with the president in
contrast to the CBC being in-
vited only once and they had
to beg for the next sit down.
While speculation has bub-
bled to the surface since In-
auguration, no CBC member
wants to admit on record that
there are tensions. Or, that
they messed up in 2008 and
are now suffering for it.
At Miami's CBC job fair, 150-
plus employers conducted in-
terviews and in some cases,
began the hiring process for
potential employees. More than
7000 attended the event. The
complete numbers for those
hired are still being aggregat-






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Mom pleads guilty to sex trafficking

Med care fraud stmng nabs 91 nationwide
WASHINGTON Federal inves- ,.allows investigators to see claims
tigators announced Wednesday j~in real time so they can look for
they charged 91 people in eight patterns before the bills are paid,
cities with attempting to bilk Medi-~- she said.
care out of $295 million in what At- Drbemdcleupetad
torney General Eric Holder called i lPJZ T home health care still11ead the list
the biggest takedown in Medicare t ~~%: i~for fraud, Sebelius said.
task force history. 6: a: Assistant Attorney General
The cases in the coordinated na- -qW '3~- 1l~~ 'f~ j Lanny Breuer said some of the ac-
tionwide strike consisted of billing caused were particularly greedy: A
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Dad accused of beating infant son

Pol,: :::a :::-m:nh::::chid's cries frustrated a 20-year-old father in

Jeffrie Alexander Galeano is facing two counts of aggravated child abuse
for allegedly squeezing his son's rib cage causing fractures and shaking him
causing the child's brain to hemorrhage, according to the police report.
Galeano told police that the baby became unresponsive as a result and that
he performed CPR until he regained consciousness.
The incident occurred on September 2nd at 11:30 a.m. at a home on the 200
block of E. 2nd Avenue in Hialeah. Police say the child's mother was at work
while Galeano stayed home caring for their son.
Galeano stated that on August 29th, he also squeezed the baby's rib cage
when he would not stop crying. Child Protective services took the child to
Miami Children's Hospital where doctors determined that the child had
several rib fractures some we're new wounds, while others were in various
stages of healing.
The child's brain also had some hemorrhaging, which is a result of shaken
baby syndrome, police wrote in their report.
Galeano appeared before a judge recently who ordered him held on a
$100,000 bond.

Miami Lakes woman accused of Medicaid fraud
A Miami Lakes woman has been charged with defrauding Florida's Medicaid
program out of more than a million dollars.
Ruth R~everon, 49, owner of T & R Rehab and Diagnostic Center, Inc., was
reportedly using therapists' provider numbers to forge patients' evaluations
andl progress notes, according to the Attorney General's Medical Fraud Unit.
Reveron then allegedly blecd these fraudulent claims with Mledicjld.
A review of patient records and other docrumentS by the Medicaid Fraud
Control Unit revealed that beiween Septembetr 2006 and Deiember 2009, T &
R was paid more than 3i.1. million bjy the state's Health Care Administration
for these fraudulent claims.

assistance," said Starte Attorney General Pam Bondi n 3 written statement.
Reveron Is charged W~ith Mledicald frau~d andl grand thelt, both firjt-degree
felonies. If conicyited, she faces uIp to 60 yerlrs In prison and more than 55
million In lines.

Woman accused of leaving kids in Miami Beach alley
A West Palm Beach woman accuse-d of leaving her twol young Children In
an alley In M1ame Beach made her first appe~arance before 3 ludge recently.
During the hearing, the ludge ordered thiat Tlllra Barker, 22', b~e hiel on
510,000 bond.
According to Barker's arrest report, police 10und her arguing writh a friend
around 2 a.m. In the i300i blocl* of Carlb-le Avenue. Bark~er tojld the offilcerS that
her twoc children, ages twoe and onre, we~re !rmbolg for her In an alley between
two buildings. The others ched~~ed but didn't find any children.
Barker then reportedly to~ld them that they were citingng for her In the rear
of an apartment building but once jagan a quick chectl r~eveled no children.
Barker then~ allegedly confessed the oithe~rS that She and her friend had
been drinking all day.
According to the report, Bark~er then told the officers h-ere twoI~ children
were waiting for her a3 tOblc over~ on Byrann A enue. Agjin, rCI 1:1ds were found.
At that time, of ficers received a call Irom dispatch thalt a w~arren had Called .
to s3y she had 10und two Ichildren alone In the '3001: bocki id Bron Avenue.
Police located the woman and Barker's twol children.
The children w~ere turned nver tol the~ Department olI Children andl Famrilie-.
Barker has been charged \rithi twou CourtS of yhild reeglect.

Three held in Atlanta in diesel fuel theft

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta police said they arrested three
people who were trying to steal more than 100 gallons of diesel
Police say a pump at a gas station was rigged so that it didn't
register that the fuel was being pumped Wednesday night.
Atlanta Police Capt. Van Hobbs says the clerk became suspi-
cious when two people driving a pickup truck filled 55-gallon
drums with fuel.
SHobbs says the clerk called police when the people filling the
drums didn't pay.
Hobbs says that shortly before officers arrived, a tow truck
showed up and began taking fuel from the pump.
He says the three arrested are connected to the theft of diesel

come defiant, ultimately
subjecting themselves to
being placed into a con-
finement unit. Most pris-
oners are willing to com-
ply to a reasonable order -
when given by an officer
--especially after travel-
ing long hours on a hot, H,
packed prison bus. For what be-
comes paramount to the inmate
Once the bus reaches its destina-
tion is getting the whole intake
process done with, and then fi-
nally being allowed to walk to his
assigned dormitory, a place where
settling in to his new prison envi-
ronment will begin.
This was the case with me when
I received my first direct order to
follow inside the gatehouse area of
yet another prison,
While this same officer took
his time to kneel down and un-
lock the leg iron secured around
my ankles so that the restraints
could be removed, that gave me
an opportunity to glance several
times over my shoulders at a fron-
tal view of the institution.
In the process of surveying this

foreign but very familiar
scenery, my eyes suddenly
wandered across the pres-
ence of a beautiful, dark-
skinned female officer
who seem to have mate-
.. riahized out of nowhere.
F-:~ By appearance: hairdo
ALL and nails done -- if her
mouth never opened, she prob-
ably could have been recognized
as one of those fly sisters work-
ing for FDOC in the southern re-
gion of the state. For with her near
inner-city flamboyance, came the
unmistakable draw~ling utterance
of a north Florida country girl.
"Ya'll state your first name and
DC number when you hear your
last name called --then gon' line
up over there," she said, pointing
to the side of the building, sound-
ing a lot more charming to my
ears than the fellow who greeted
me earlier.
What also became apparent to
me was the fact that I was able to
run into a number of familiar fac-
es -- guys who I did time with at
Other prisons and even a person
who I grew up with in Carol City.

Almost all of them have expressed
some sort of dislike for the insti-
tution, but I had to remind them i
that prison is not supposed to be
a pie-in-the-sky experience, and
that the focus should be chan-
neled more towards making the
best out of a bad situation.
There are several positive ac-
tivities going on at the institution,
which includes a bridge builders
class, small business concepts
class, financial peace university
class, GED class and vocational
auto body re-entry program. I was
impressed to discover that the in-
stitution's list of positive activities
to get involved with is not limited
to the weekly scheduling of reli-
gious gatherings and AA meet-
With all the industrializing still
occurring in one of the nations top
three largest prison systems -- no
matter where they send me, I have
to make it a personal responsibil
ity to gain as much as I can from
my incarceration because, as in-
mates are being juggled around,
the Florida prison system is deter-
mined to do the same.

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Not long ago, the Florida De-
partment of Corrections decided
that I should be transferred from
One major institution to another
due to an inmate population ad-
justment that needed to occur at
my former institution. This was
not my first transitional experi-
ence while incarcerated -- it was
one worthy of discussion.
Upon arriving at my new camp,
a tall white officer instructed me
in a heavy southern drawl to fall
in with the others who were lined
up side-by-side facing the gate.
"And don't be looking' 'round --
gnd keep your mouth shut!," he
In no way was I intimidated nor
did I feel offended by this because
I knew that this individual was
only acting out of routine, which
part of his training requires him
to do, that he may immediately
establish authority over the in-
stitution's new arrivals. At times,
though some inmates take this
show of authority as a personal
attack on the manhood and be-

sionally watched I~iozie have
sex with them as part of "ori-
Police staged an early morn-
ing raid on the Boom Boom
Room May 14 and found 12
men, 2 women and 2 under-
age girls in the house while
pornography played on large-
screen televisions.
Harris and Mozie, along
with doorman Willie David
Rice, were arrested for run-
ning the operation.
Rice pleaded guilty to illegal
gun possession last month.
Harris, who is scheduled
to be sentenced Nov. 16, now
faces a minimum of 10 years
in prison.
Mozie is still fighting charge~
es in the case.

operator of a brothel plead-
ed guilty to sex trafficking
charges in Florida district
Laschell "Shelly" Harris, 37,
rented the house in Oakland
Park, Fla., called the Boom
Boom Room, where she and
boyfriend James "Red" Mozie
ran a brothel offering food,
alcohol, drugs and sex with
women and underage girls,
the South Florida Sun Senti-
nel reported.
Harris pleaded guilty
Wednesday to a single count
of sex trafficking. Federal
prosecutors dropped four
Other sex trafficking charges
against the former medical
assistant and mother of three-

James Mozie and Laschell Harris
Some of the girls working show. Records also show she
in the house described Harris collected money from the girls
as a house mother who would and viomen, sold food and al-
cook for them, court records cohol to customers and occa-

for Medicare beneficiary num-
bers and, in one case, threaten-
ing Medicare recipients that they
would lose their housing if they
did not participate in a scheme in
Miami. More than 400 agencies
participated in the sting.
"Our anti-health-care-fraud ef-
forts have never been more inno-
vative, collaborative, aggressive
or effective," Holder said. "We are
fighting back."
Details from the strike include:
Forty-five defendants charged in
Miami for $159 million in false bill-
ings for home health care, mental
health services, durable medical
equipment (such as electric wheel-
chairs), physical therapy and HIV
infusion. In one case, the owners of
a home health care business paid
patients kickbacks to say they had
received care that had not, in fact,
been provided,- according to the
Two people charged in Houston

than 24 hours a day, as well as
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"Blessing in a Back-Pack,"
which was the theme of this
year's City of Opa-locka's
13th Annual Back-to-School
Celebration and Health Fair,
hosted by Vice Mayor Doro-
thy "Dottie" Johnson, Com-
missioner Gail Miller, The
Mayor and City Commis-
sion, in partnership with
the Office of the City Clerk
and Auto Depot Internation-
al, on Saturday, August 20,
from 3-6:30 p.m. at Segal/
Miller Park, 2331 NW 143rd
Two days prior to the
school year, over 1,000 City
of Opa-locka children ar-
rived with their parents for
an enjoyable afternoon of
live entertainment featuring
Pipeline Records performers
"Lil' Bass," "Dem Twins" and
"T.J. The Hit Maker," ac-
companied by free food, gift

cards, uniforms and back-
packs filled with school sup-
plies, which provided assis-
tance to community parents
who were overflowing with
gratitude for the support.
The end-of-the-summer
event was also enhanced
through vendor participa-
tion by Florida International
University School of Medi-
cine, Teacher's Choice Tu-
tors, Civil Air Patrol, Rocket
Learning Center, Celebrate
Life Financial Services, C10-
ver Leaf Chiropractor Ser-
vice, TD Bank, Primerica Fi-
nancial, Wing Stop/Devine
Network, Grace Academy and
VanKara School, all of whom
shared valuable information
on health, education, finances
and/or other programs while
distributing souvenirs, keep-
sakes, free learning books,
brochures, other handouts

and goodies to parents who
geared-up for the year with
informative material. The
youth amused themselves
at the "Game Excite" Inter-
active Mobil Entertainment
unit, and at the face paint-
ing, cotton candy, snow cones
or popcorn booths, provided
by "Jackie's Party Rental."
Barrett Catering prepared,
on the spot, an endless flow
of food. Mickey and Minnie
Mouse transformed Segal/
Miller into a magical king-
dom, as children waited to
be photographed with their
favorite mice.
City Clerk Deborah Shef-
field-Irby noted "This was
one of the largest turn-outs
we've had."
SVice Mayor Johnson was
thrilled to know that the
Commission could be of as-
sistance to the residents of

-Photos by Shawn Williams and Corey Davis
back~pack~s at the City of Opa-locka's

Vice Mayor Johnson and Commissioner Holmes distribute
13th Annual Back-tb-School Celebration and Health Fair.

Opa-locka, especially dur-
ing these rough economic
Irby emphasized, "We
want to alleviate the stress

for parents, and lessen the
anxiety for students by pro-
viding them with some of
the necessary tools and re-
sources for the start of the

school term, enabling them
to focus academically... and
that is the 'blessing,' we are
'thankful' to share from the
City of Opa-lockal"

Mickey and Minnie Mouse have some end of the summer fun with Dejuan, 3, at
the City of Opa-locka 13th Annual Back<-to-School Celebration and Health.Fair.

for everyone
You should pass it," Obama told
Congress. Like a commander
who has outflanked an advanc-
ing enemy army, the president
waits to see whether his oppo-
nents will seek a truce, or fight
a suicidal battle.

continued from 1A

military veterans and people
who have been looking for work
for more than six months. All of
which will be paid for, Obama
said, by federal spending cuts.
"There's a bridge that needs
repair between Ohio and Ken-
tucky that's on one of the busi-
est trucking routes in North
America," he said of a major
rebuilding project that needs
to be done on a road that con-
nects the states of Congress'
top Republicans: House Speak-
er John Boehner, R-Ohio, and
Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell, R-Ky. And there's a
"public transit project in Hous-
ton that will help clear up one
of the worst areas of traffic in
the country," Obama said in
urging Congress "to pass this
jobs bill."
How petty and uncaring
- will Republicans be if they
block the president's proposal

from getting a fair hearing and
a vote in both houses of Con-
gress? How much harm will
they do their party if they try
to extract an ideological victory
from Obama's push for passage
of his jobs bill? That's the trap
Obama has set for GOP foes.
While Obama hasn't always
fought the battles some of his
constituents wanted him to
wage, his reluctance I'm con-
vinced has been a matter of
strategy, not weakness. He ran
as a candidate of "change" and
once in office tried to temper
the political backbiting in the
nation's capital.
But the GOP's intransigence
during the recent debt-ceiling
crisis has forced the president
to be less conciliatory and more
strategic in his dealing with
congressional Republicans.
Now Obama is taking the fight
to them. And the contest for the
hearts and minds of a nation
frustrated by the partisan war
in Washington is being framed

by his plan to put America back
to work.
"Regardless of the arguments
we've had in the past, regard-
less of the arguments we will
have in the future, this plan is
the right thing to do right now.

With the peak of the Atlantic
Hurricane Season still ahead,
Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos A. Gimenez, Chairman
Joe. A. Martinez, Commissioner
Jose "Pepe" Diaz, and Commis-
sioner Lynda Bell joined rep-
resentatives from the National
Weather Service, American Red
Cross South Florida Region,
Miami-Dade County Health
Department, Miami-Dade De-
partment of Emergency Man-
agement and Miami-Dade Fire
Rescue at the Stephen P. Clark
Center in Downtown Miami to
declare the month of Septem-
ber as National Preparedness
As part of the National Pre-
paredness Month campaign
kick-off, the National Weather

Service re-designate Miami-
Dade County a StormReady@
Community, acknowledging
the local programs and part-
nerships that demonstrate se-
vere weather readiness. Miami-
Dade County first received the
StormReady@ designation in
March 2002.
National Preparedness
Month is an opportunity to
raise awareness about emer
agencies and disasters of all
kinds, and encourage individu-
als, families, organizations and
businesses to Get a Kit, Make a
Plan and Be Informed. Learn
more about the Ready South
Florida regional initiative at
and @ReadySouthFL on Twit-

* How to set a working budget
* How to address your
credit issues
* How to obtain the best loan
program for you
* Down payment and closing
costs assistance programs
available in Miami-Dade
* How to select real
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job readiness training program
and job fair at Greater Bethel
A.M.E. Church, 245 NW 8th
Street, October 4th through the
"We have been around since
2008, service between 70 and 90
students each session and have
a 30 to 40 percent job placement
rate success," said Jeff Wahl,
who helps to manage the Insti-
tute. The three-day long project
is aimed at providing hospitality
and service skills, training and
job searching resources to the
reidhebntshof Miami's inner city

Recently the Hampton Inn
held a job fair to recruit employ-
ees for the opening of its new
Brickell location. The fair had a
sizable turn-out with hundreds

of job seekers descending on the
new hotel.
"We are looking to add em-
ployees in permanent positions,
about 75 team members in to-
tal," said Eduardo Chapolval,
49, general manger of the
Hampton Inn. "That includes
bartenders, room attendants,
supervisors, front desk agents
and night auditors all sort of
positions related to the hospi-
tality industry. We have 35 posi-
tions that we need to fill imme-
diately so that we can open the
hotel. Then as business builds
up we will continue to hire until
we reach the desired level of 75

em ye sme area jobs require
that applicants be bilingual,
Chapolval said that is not one of
the needs of his hotel.
"Our applicants are not re-
quired to be bilingual when
they apply to work with us," he

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The scheduled execution was
handed down in spite of the
fact that Davis has said repeat
edly that he did not kill the of
ficer and that seven out of nine
who were witnesses in the orig-
inal trial have since recanted
or changed their testimony.
A former professor of law at
the University of Iowa, the late
David Baldus, found that in

the 80s, Georgia prosecutors
sought the death penalty for
15 percent of white defendants
with Black victims compared
to a rate of 70 percent of Black
defendants with white victims.
If Davis is executed, he will be
come the 29th inmate to be put
to death by lethal injection in
the State. .
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the case or to show your sup
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Last week Wednesday, the
Miami-Dade County Public
School (M-DCPS) board gave
its final OK to the school
district's $3.9 billion spending
plan for the 2011-12 school
"As I have repeatedly stated,
I think that we must ultimate-
ly protect the sanctity of the
classroom," said Dr. Dorothy
Bendross-Mindingall, District
2 school board member. "Stu-
dent development has to be
the foundation of all decisions
that we make. However, school
districts are facing a fight
to maintain programs and
staffing in light of funding
reductions as a result of the
economic climate. I would like
to commend my colleagues on

the School Board, Superin-
tendent Carvalho, and district
staff for sharing my values
related to the classroom and
committing to its protection."
The budget is expected
to plug a $108 million hole,
protect full-time teacher jobs,
downsize alternative schools
and trim administration and
other areas. Alberto Cary-
alho's, M-DCPS superinten-
dent, plan has also recom-
mended a decrease in the
district's property-tax rate.
The newly passed budget
included additional reduc-
tions. Among them: $9 million
to the central administration,
$3 million to the regional
offices, $6 million to alterna-
tive education programs for
troubles teens and $8 million
to principals spending at their

Hernandez said. "This is
part of what we do. We of-
fer students who wouldn't
normally get this educa-
tiohn the opportunity to
learn about modern and
contemporary art mna fun
In addiction to instruc-
tional time, teens are
exposed to hands-on exer-
cises that include viewing
exhibitions, meeting art-
ists, drawiing_ and wrriting
poems that relate to what
they see. Junior Docents
also learn about careers
in the arts. Once a month,
a different staff member
from the museum speaks
to the teens about wrhat
their job entails and hole
thev got to the position
they are m,.
a"I rememtwri a-va rseas,
said Alarth St. Andrew~s, a
former Junior Docent. "W~e
ha.d so much fuln and I got
the chance to make some
great friends. On top of
that I learned a lot about
art. Before I 10as in the
program I wasn't really In
to the art scene but after
being involved on and off
for tw~o earss I grewr to love
art especially contempo-
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Turner Tech is best-kept secret

BV RandV Grice

When selecting a high school,
many students attend the school
closest to them. But for a se-
lect few, around 1,384, William
H. Turner Technical Arts Se~
nior High School is where they
pursue an education. The mag-
net school, founded in 1993'
was named after William H.
Turner, former chairperson of
the Miami-Dade County School
Board and former member of the
Florida State Legislature. Turn-
er Tech, as it is referred to, is a
school of choice, students don't
have to live in the area to attend
the school.
"The students are great, not
just because they have a focus
on what they want to do, but
because I love education," said
Lavette Hunter, the third- ear
principal of Turner Tech. "I look
at Turner Tech as a well kept
secret, you can almost call it a
private school in a public school
setting. This is a school of choice
where students choose to come
here, so we get a wide variety of
Turner Tech houses seven
technical academies, where stu-
dents can earn a technical di-
ploma and high school diploma.
Turner Tech also offers a night
school program for adult educa~
tion during the evenings. sho,

there is nothing like it in Dade,"

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FMU offers program

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traffic conltrOllerS

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In an effort to provide a steady stream of Blacks into the field of
air traffic control, Florida Memorial University (FMU) recently hosted
a kick off to launch the beginning of its air traffic program.
"I feel fortunate to be the director of aviation and safety at Florida
Memorial University," said Captain A.J. Tolbert. "I have had a very
fulfilling and successful career as a military and commercial aviator
spanning over a 30-year period. As director, I amn in a position to
have a big influence on
the lives of young people
as they prepare for pro-
ductive careers in the
aerospace industry."
FMU's new depart-
ment of aviation now
offers a bachelors of
science degree in aero-
nautical science with
a concentration in air sBr~

demic courses, students
in line for the degree
will receive education
in air traffic control,
flight operations and
management. The
program's main goal is
to adequately prepare '
students to become air y
traffic controllers.
Mychal Martin, senior
aeronautical science
student, 24, says he
has ig deam beInd ychal IVartin, senior aeronautical
graduating from the science student, works on an air traffic
program. control simulator.
"Upon graduation I
plan on entering either the Air Force or maybe the Navy or Marine
Corps," he said. "I want to fly for them for 20 years then venture off
into the private sector and fly for FedEx, UPS or a major airline. It
is an honor to be in this type of field for the simple fact that people
have stereotypes about Bjlacks especially in this day and age. People
have so many misconceptions about Black males. It's like we can
only play sports, hang out, do drugs and make babies. So this is re-
ally an honor."
A representative from the National 131ack Coalition of Federal Avia-
tion Employees [NBFAE] was also in attendance to help jump start
the program.
"When you consider careers for yourself one of the largest indus-
tries and the industry that gives the largest footprint is the aviation
industry," said Roosevelt Lenard, Jr., NBFAE national president.
"We are not only controllers (nor are] only pilots we are engineers,
we are technicals and we are prepared for all types of careers."

offers and continue to offer ser-
vice the community in ways that
no other -school I know of can.
When I graduated I had the op-
portunity to either pursue nurs-
ing with my technical degree or
go on to college with my cliplom a
and that was great because I had
Renee Posey, the Student Ser-
vices Department chairperson
and Academic Advisor/School
Counselor for Turner Tech, has
bee warn lat the sc 1o s ne
over 18 years, the students have
evolved and created a better line
of communication.

4- /

"I think the students are now
more tech savvy," she said. "I
don't have to sit down and have
individual conferences with them
like I have done with students in
the past. Now the students just

email me and even text me. Both
of those tools have changed the
way we communicate. We are a
little more global now. We are
able to communicate at all times
not just here in the building."

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School Board OKs
.Junior Docent students

Art reaches

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Art can sometimes be
a tncky and uninterest-
mn topic people shy away
from. O'ne program is
helping teens to see the
fun in contemporary art.
The Juno Docent pro-
gram, held at The Mu-
seum of Contemporary
Airt (MOCA) [770 NE 125
Street], is helping teens
bloom in the field of art
every Wednesday from 4-6
'When ic'e hav'e meetings
typic-ally the group ranges
from 15-30 students," said
Jillian Hernandez, Junior
Docent instructor. But in
general we serve over 100
students a year ranging

"":' teen::::::Jpsed to
art history lessons. This Is '
significant because many
children aren't exposed
to that type of material
unless they are in enrolled
in ad\'anced or history
classes. In addition to art
history, a bulk of the pro-
grarn is centered around
modern ar t.
'A lot of instructors in
the schools don't really
teach about modern art,

, -

Junior Docent students listen to a
presentation from Jillian Hernandez,
Junior Docent instructor.

Turner students at FIU during a dual enrollment course.

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said. "This has been a painful
process for the City, but at the
same time has demonstrated
that our city demands that its
ompaoyees respethe their superi-
The decision came after more
than four hours of debating
from the commission which ul-
timately upheld the decision of
City Manger Johnny Martinez
to fire Exposito.
Exposito, a 37-year veteran,



Obamna's jobs plan gives

Shop to frustrated Blacks

dy ari H ambo

members of the city commis-
sion and a host of other elected
countyoand state 10fficia s.kig

with each and everyone of
you," she said addressing her
colleagues. "These next two
years are crucial and we must
remain focused on completing
what we started."
Spence-Jones vowed to turn
her attention to economic de-
velopment, maintaining ser-
vices for senior citizens, com-
batting crime and bringing
more construction projects
to the District, among other
Fred Perry, 38, who lives in
Liberty City said he is happy
about her return.
"I can't believe she is back
but I welcome her with open
arms," he said. "She made it
through the fire. I think Dunn
was doing a good job while he
was here but he is not who I

By Randy Grice
rgrice miamriesnl N tr rn inle.com

It was nearly two years in the
making, but Michelle Spence-
Jones, 44, has officially re-
turned to City Hall after the
State Attorney's Office dropped
the once-pending felony grand
theft charge against her less
than two weeks ago, citing "in-
sufficient i.' .1--0~ . to contin-
ue the case.
Spence-Jones was sworn-in
at Liberty CDi '-1 Charles Had-
ley Park in the Black Box The-
ater on Thursday, September
"It is an honor and a blessing
to be in your presence today,"
said Spence-Jones after open-
ing up with a prayer. "I know
it was God's grace and mercy
that brought me through."
The ceremony was attended
by City of Miami Mayor To-
mas Regalado, the other four

ATLANTA President
F Barack Obama's jobs pitch
-- is already playing well with
Blacks, who had grown plenty
.irked with him over what they
perceived as his indifference to
mennc their needs.
ONES A day after Obama laid out
ONS before Congress his plan to
rkick-start job growth, many
her and Blacks hoped it would trans-
late mnto reduced misery for
imme- then over the coming months.
pon her While the country's unemploy-
sin tment rate stands at 9.1 percent,
e, what Black unemployment has hit
uphold- 16.7 percent, the highest since
Decision 1984. Unemployment among
SPolice male Blacks is at 18 percent,
rwiland Black teens are unem-
Sployed at a rate of 46.5 percent.
Prominent Blacks like Ken-
Sneth Chenault, chairman and
CEO of American Express and
1s Michael Nutter, mayor of Phila~
delphia, quickly applauded the
:ins to. Although the president did
:d it up not specifically mention high
to get it unemployment among Blacks,
Black people "are sophisticated
ds that enough to understand" how
target- their communities will benefit,
ublican U.S. Trade Representative Ron
rterKirk said recently'
sas Obviously there is a debate
change raging, saying that we should'
lons as come out and say this express-
ly for th1e black and Latino com~
minals munity," Kirk said. "But this
id. "It's president got elected spectacu-
Icrime larly on his premise that we are
:ople to not a Black America, a brown
d their America, a white America. We
stake." i-are one America." .
Administration officials said
the plan would extend unem-

)te ployment 'reneit anrdnprlo i
who have been unemployed


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City Commissione
voted for -- I voted for i
now she is back."
Spence-Jones took an
diate prominent role uE
return to the commis:
was her vote that brok
would have been a tie, ~
ing the city manager's d
to fire Miami Chief of
Miguel Exposito. Her te
end in 2013.

that, as the country's first
Black president, there are lim-
its to what he can do about
their specific problems -- espe-
cially as he heads into the 2012
"The more he talks about
race, the more votes he loses,"
said Randall Kennedy, author
of a new book exploring racial
politics and the Obama presi-
dency. "Barack Obama had to
overcome his blackness to be-
come president .. and he's
going to have to overcome it to
be re-elected."
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed,
an Obama supporter who en-
gagec} in damage control for
the president this week, said
Blacks "need to burst this
false notion" that the president
should put black unemploy-
ment on par with overall un-
"If leaders in our commu-
nity want to push him to lay
out a Black agenda, I believe
that will end up disserving
the Black community and help
elect people who certainly don't
have a past history about car-
ing about the interests of the
Black community," he said.

six months or longer. It also
would provide summer and
subsidized jobs for youth, help
boost the paychecks of 20 mil-
lion Black workers through an
extension and expansion of
the payroll tax, and benefit, in
somne way, more than 100,000
Black-owned small businesses.
"With over 16 percent of
Blacks out of work and over 1
million Blacks out of work for
over six months, I think the
president believes this is a seri-
ous problem and the onus is on
us to do everything we can to
tackle this," said Danielle Gray,
deputy director of the National
Economic Council.
White House adviser Valerie
Jarrett promoted Obamna's plan
'on Steve Harvey's syndicated
morning radio show, saying it
would help "every part of our
country, but particularly those
who are the most vulnerable,
who have been struggling the
hardest, who have been trying
to make ends meet and all they
need is a little help from their
.A factor in the early enthu-
siasm in Obama's plan with
Blacks is that most accept

still can't hold certain
licenses, can't vote and
can't hold public office.
It's ridiculous and is like
getting sentenced twice.
Ex-felons do pay taxes
and deserve the right
to apply for and secure
a job. When Pam Bondi
became attorney general' Tj
she made it even more
difficult for former felons to
reclaim their rights. But these
antiquated policies disenfran-
chise entire communities,
State Rep. Taylor has told me
to keep pushing because he
had to take his bill back to the
floor several times it was

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Stafford ade
she will be
ing her Rep~
colleagues fo:
AYLOR support and
she hopes to (
the way they view ex-fe
"criminals." "
"They are no more cri
than you or I," she saj
not about being soft on
it's about allowing pe
reclaim their rights an
lives after making a mi

con inued rom 1A

"Governor Rick Scott ran
on a platform. that promised
to create 770,000 jobs in the
State she said. "'I told him
and members of the House that
we could put at least 220,000
ready and willing workers
back on the books if we made
it easier for ex-felons. Liberty
City has one of the highest un-
employment rates in Miami-
Dade County and many of
those who are jobless are also
former felons. They have done
what was required and paid
their dues to society. But they

said he would accept the de-
cision of the commission and
now turn his.attention to his
But some commissioners
said they wondered if the pro-
cess was pushed along too

qI cv ea major issue with
the motivation and judgement
of the city manager," said Mli-
chelle Spence-Jones, District 5
city commissioner.
Commissioners Frank Carol-
lo, District 3 and Marc Sarnoff,
District -2 both voted in favor of

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posuitionl. Commissioners Wil-
fredo "Willy" Gort arid Fran-
cis Suarez, along with Jones,
decided to relieve Exposito of
"This chief demonstrated his
ability to do the right thing,"

The hearing was initiated
when Martinez suspended Ex-
positio last week for insubordi-
nation specifically, disobey-
ing a direct order not to demote
three high-ranking police of-

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it is clear that the Black com-
munity faces a crisis not seen
since the G~reat Depression.
That, in a nutshell, is what Re
becca Riust, chief economist for
the Agency for Workforce Inno-
vation, reported as she shared
the July unemployment figures.
Data for August will be released
this Friday.
Black unemployment rose
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nna i no d39.2 Moe46.5h prcent,
Florida unemployment by race
now stands at 10.2 percent for
whites, 13.6 percent for Hispan-
ics and 16.7 percent for Blacks.
Metropolitan areas with high
government, university or mili
tary employment continue to
be the best places in the State
to find a job. Fort Walton had a
jobless rate of 7.4 percent while
Gainesville and Tallahassee fo1
lowed closely with rates of 8.7
and 9.0, respectively.
Construction remains the
sector that continues to lose the
most jobs, down 23,000 from
one year ago. In 2006, the con
struction industry hit a peak of
357,000 jobs but has since de
clined by 52 percent.
There is some good news,
however. The Miami metropoli-
tanl area gained the most jobs
in the State with 15,900 in the
last year, followed by Orlando
with 10,900 and Tampa/St.
Petersburg with 10,800. State
wide, the hospitality and leisure
industry gained the most jobs
over last year, 41,800, an in-
crease of 4.1 percent.

port added even more disturb-
ing information. Education and
income play a pivotal role ih
job opportunities for younger
Blacks. But race statistically
appears to be an even bigger
factor in their unemployment
than age. According to the
Center for Labor Market Stud-
ies at Northeastern University,
lower-income white teens were
more likely to find work than
upper-income Black teens.

Florida has its troubles
when it comes to young Black
youth looking for employment.
But our state is certainly not
alone. In Illinois, one-in-ev-
ery-three Blacks, ages 20-24,
is unemployed. Similarly, in
Washington, D.C., the jobless
rate for Black men, ages 16-
to 24-years-old recently sur-

passed Great Depression num-
bers at 34.5 percent more
than three times the rate for the
general U.S. population.
Young adults under 24 have
traditionally been the last hired
and first fired and are bearing
the brunt of our nation's diffi-
cult economy. Experts from the
U.S. Department of Labor cite
the elimination of apprentice-
ships, internships and on-the-
job training programs, which
for many generations helped
young adults gain a foothold
into the labor force, as the rea-
son for their rising unemploy-
ment rate. In addition, those
same experts pomnt to the in-
ability of young adults to secure
entry-level jobs because of more
experienced job seekers on the
unemployment rolls willing to
trade down just to put food on
their table.
A Washington Post news re-

Even Blacks who graduate from
college suffer from joblessness
at twice the rate of their white
One economics professor
from Yale University, Dr. Lisa
B. Kahn, says this may well be
the first generation that does
not keep up with its parents'
standard of living. Once forced ;
onto the sidelines, they likely
will not catch up financially for j
many years. That, Kahn says,
is the case for young people of
all ethnic groups who graduate
from college.
As for Blacks without prison
records, one study says in this
tough economic environment it
really doesn't make a difference.
"Black men with a clean re-
cord fare no better than white i
men just released from prison,"
said Dr. Devah Pager, professor
of sociology at Princeton Univer-

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It was a youth-led
ent show. a present~
reminiscent of college
shows by various men
of the Black Greek~ organ
/II'tions, also referred to a
34~ "Divine Nine" and a tribi
the Freedom Riders. B
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scored by the Mniami-
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illustrated the irnportan

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ers from the area's Hispanic
and white communities also
showed up as an Indication
of their solidarity with the
kinds of issues for which the
NAACP has been fighting
since Its founding in 1909.
CBS N\ews Anchor Jawan
Strader and HOT 105 FM Ra-
dio Host Tamara G. served
as the host and hostess for
the program.
Highlights included: an im-
pressive musical tribute by
Candice Dawson, who was
the National ACT-SO bronze
medalist in vocal classical,
2011: Ashley Ann Ramsey,
National ACT-SO gold med-
alist In dance, 2011: and a
rousing, dramatic interpre-
tation by members of the
Miami-Dade NAACP Youth
Council [adult advisor is
Ebony Jackson and the stu-
dents ranged in age from 8
to 18).
Bishop Victor T. Curry is
the Branch's current pres -

encouraging today's youth
while remembering the lives
and contributions of men,
women and children from the
past Black and white.
The 2011 Celebration's
theme was "Securing our fu-
ture Affirming America's
The event was a gathering
of some of South Florida's
most respected and influen-
lial citizens. And while the
majority were Black, lead-

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I~;="Or thodox Church

:a~ By Kaila Heard

With a denomination that canonized legendary jazz
saxophonist John Coltrane as a saint and was founded in
the U.S. almost 100 years ago in 1921, one might imagine
that more would be known about the African Orthodox
Church. But for many, this religion whose members are
mostly Blacks is still a relative mystery.
According to Archbishop George Walter Sands, the
senior pastor of St. Peter's African Orthodox Church in
Little Haiti, there -remains a lot about the church that the
general public does not know.
"A lot of {people] have misconceptions about the church,"
he said. And, "a lot of them don't know the history behind
the Orthodox Church."
Sands also serves as an administrator for the Miami-
Dade County Public Schools.

The African Orthodox Church (AOC) was founded by
Episcopal Rector George Alexander McGuire 90 years ago
'. because of his belief that Black Episcopalians should have
their own denomination.
According to Sands, the church's founder was "met with
a lot of racism" in the Episcopalian faith.
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for work, resume writing and
important interview tech-
ni s.- churches have cho-
sen to host job fairs to connect
employers with potential em-
In the past year, the Foun-
tain of New Life partnered
ivith South Florida Workforce
to sponsor a Voting Rights
Restoration and Job Fair.
According to Renee T.
Fletcher, an organizer for the
event, fair attendants could
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ers put
the president has decided to
become more aggressive in
creating jobs for Americans,
other community organiza-
tions have been aware for
years that more persistent
tactics were necessary.
In particular, local churches
have been attempting to help
the community's unemployed
find work.

If so, 3ve need to hear from
you. We would like to regu-
larly share information about
the various churches that pro-
vide the kinds of services that
can help the unemployed and
under-employed get back on
their feet. Send your informa-
tion to Kaila Heard at kheard@
miamitimesonline.com or call

day for job seekers.
According to Elder Marietta
Freeman, the ministry's di-
rector, an average of 50 to 60
people looking for employment
come by the center. .
In addition to job postmngs,
people can take advantage of
the ministry's other resourc-
es, which includes seminars
about how to dress properly

In a cosmmulnit: that has
been badly hit by the reces-
sion, their efforts are jreail:.
One of the better-known ef-
forts have been by New Birth
Baptist Church's Emple~, mel~nt
Service Ministry. Located
at the New Birth Enterprise
Complex in Miami, the center
is open Monday through Sun-

JOb seeE
By Kaila Heard
kh eard~m iam itimesvon linle.com

President Barack Obama
seems to have been listening
to the cries of various critics,
as well as the dismal unem-
ployment rate that continues
to linger around for Blacks,
according to federal data,
While it is promising that

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Based on data from the 2010
Miami-Dade County Homeless
Trust Census, there were ap-
proximately 3,832 homeless
people living in the County.
Of those, 1,426 were living in
emergency shelters while 1,643
were living in transitional
housing and shelters.
And with an economy that
some fear will get much worse
before it gets better, more indi-
viduals and families are turn-
ing to their local homeless
agencies and shelters for assis-
Miami Rescue Mission Inc.,
a non-profit organization, has
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By Kaila Heard
kheard@ miamnitimesonline.com

For the longest time, the
"face" of the homeless has of-
ten been assumed to be that of
a lone man or woman.
However, as the "great reces-
sion" continues to grind on,
jobs remain scarce and people
continue to struggle and lose
the battle to keep a roof over
their heads.` It has become ob-
vious that times have changed
the look of homelessness.
According to the National Al-
liance to End Homelessness,
41 percent of today's homeless
population consists of families.



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According to the often-mentioned circle of life, a person's life consists
of phases that roughly translate into the ages of infant, childhood,
teenager, adult and senior citizen. Each period has its own particular
ups and downs and transitions easily into the next. What is less often
discussed are the challenges that accompany each phase, particularly
the period when one enters their "golden years" and may need a little
more help.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are an
estimated 44,443,800 people who provide unpaid care to family and
friends who are 18-years-old or older. Among Blacks, some 21 percent
serve as caregivers, of whom 15 percent or 3,657,100 take care of some-
one who is 50 or older, says a survey conducted by the National Alli-
ance for Caregiving and the AARP.
Over the years, Miami Gardens resident Rosetta Corner, 54, was the
caretaker of three of her family members including her mother and
her brother. Currently, she is her cousin's live-in caretaker. While he is
suffering from various ailments, it is his fight with Alzheimer's which
determines the quality of most of their days.
"His personality and behaviors change some days," she said. "I'mi
constantly trying to encourage him and keep him in a positive attitude.
Sometimes he will go into a state of depression and I'll take him on a

liturionad ts pb tte Is, Corner says life is much more enjoyable
since they are then able to go on errands as well as participate in her
church's various activities.
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Heat's Udomis

Haslem reaches out

to homeless youth
By D. K~evin McNeir
kmeneir @miamitimnesonline.com

Udonis Haslem is well-known to Miami Heat fans
for his athletic skills and prowess on the basket-
ball court. But what many don't know is that he
also works tirelessly while avoiding any fanfare on
behalf of homeless children in South Florida.
He recently partnered with the Craig Zinn Auto-
motive Group in a concerted
effort to help men, women and
particularly children who are
homeless by sponsoring a do
nation drive. Their hard work
~i~I ~and leadership will assist those
who have found temporary
shelter under the auspices of
the Community Partnership for
Homeless a non-profit with
f housing centers in Miami and
-- Homestead.
HASLEM Haslem, along with Craig
Zinn, CEO for the Zinn Auto-
motive Group, led a collection initiative targeting
donations that were taken to eight South Florida
locations for essential items that included: cloth-
ing, furniture, toiletries, toys and baby items. Men,
women and children of South Florida have been
particularly hit by unemployment and the related
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Hope in desperate times

More families leaning on

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Americans customize religion to fit their needs

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wants to be seen individually.
"The bad news is you lose the
capacity to make connections.
Everyone is pretty much on
their own," he says. And all
this rampant individualism
also fosters "hostility toward
organized groups -government,
industry, even organized
Today, even the godless
disagree on how not to believe,
says Rusty Steil of Denver,
He grew up Lutheran and
retained his parents' "strong
moral code," but, he says, he
couldn't stick with "ancient
myths of people trying to make
sense of the world."
"I don't find much comfort in
imagining there's an all-powerful
God who would allow .people
starving and all the natural and
man-made disasters," Steil says.
Steil calls himself a "li-ve-and-
let-live atheist," as apart from
the virulently anti-religious
variety such as' Christopher
Hitchens or Richard Dawkins,
or "those who actively promote
Morris grew up "old-style
Italian Catholic," but says he
never felt like his spiritual
questions were answered. So,
he says, "I just wiped the slate
clean. I studied every major
religion on the face of the planet.
Every one had parts that made
sense, but there was no one
specific dogma or tenet I could
really follow," Morris says.
"So now, I call nqyself an
agnostic one who just doesn't
know. What I believe is that if
you can just do the right thing,
it works everywhere."

One day? '310 million people witil

31o million relig zons

in annual national surveys of
1,000 to 1,600 U.S. adults. All
the major trend lines of reli-
gious belief and behavior he
measured ran downward ex-
cept two.
More people claim they have
accepted Jesus as their savior
and expect to go to heaven.
And more say they haven't
been to church in the past six
months except for special oc-
casions such as weddings or
funerals. In 1991, 24 percent
were "unchurched." Today, it's
37 percent.
Barna blames pastors for
those oddly contradictory fmnd-
ings. Everyone hears, "Jesus is
the answer. Embrace him. Say
this little Sinners Prayer and
keep coming back. It doesn't
work. People end up bored,
burned out and empty," he
says. "They look at church and
wonder, 'Jesus died for this?"'"
The consequence, Barna
says, is that, for every subgroup
of religion, race, gender, age
and region of the country, the
important markers of religious
connection are fracturing,
When he measures people by
their belief in seven essential
do'ctrines, defined by the Na-
tional Association of Evangeli-
cal~s' Statement of Faith, only
seven percent of those surveyed
Barna laments, "People say,
'I believe in God. I believe the
Bible is a good book. And then I

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

If World War II-era warbler
Kate Smith sang today, her an-
them could be GodsBless Amer-
That's one of the key find-
ings in newly released research
that reveals America's drift from
clearly defined religious denom-
inations to faiths cut to fit per-
sonal preferences,
The folks who make up God
as they go are side-by-side with
self-proclaimed believers who

"People saly,' Ibehieve in
God. I believe the Bible is

a good book. And then I
believe whatever I want'"'
--George Bama
Religion Statistics Expert

claim the Christian label but
shed their ties to traditional
beliefs and practices. Religion
statistics expert George Barna
says, with a wry hint of exag-
geration, ~America is headed for
"310 million people with 310 ,
million religions."
"We are a designer society. We
want everything customized to
our personal needs our cloth-
ing, our food, our education,"
he says. Now it's our religion.
Barna's new book on U.S. .
Christians, Futurecast, tracks
changes from 1991 to 2011,

it's 37 percent.
believe whatever I want."'"
LifeWay Research reinforces
those findings: A new survey
of 900 U.S. Protestant pastors
finds 62 percent predict the
importance of being identified
with a denomination will
diminish over the next 10 years.
Yet, she also still calls herself
Christian. .
"I'm a kind of bridge person
between cultures. I agree with
the teachings of Jesus and ...
I know many Christians like
me who keep the Bible's social
teachings and who care for
the earth and for each other,"
Christoffel says. "I support
people who do good wherever
they are."
And it's not only Christians
sampling hopscotch spirituality.
The Jewish magazine Moment

yourself. You know, I guess,
take.care of each other. I think
God would want us to take care
of each other."
Bellah, now professor emeritus
at University of California-
Berkeley, says, "Sheila was a jolt
to some at the time. But to a lot
of people, it wasn't a jolt at all,
they had been living that way
for a while. Don't romanticize
the past. Fervent religiosity was
Always in the minority. Just
because people showed up in
church didn't always mean a
deep personal conviction or
commitment. "
.Bellah sees two sides to the
One-person-one-religion trend.
On the positive: It's harder to
hold on to prejudices against
groups by religion or race or
gender or sexuality -if everyone

has an "Ask the Rabbis" feature
that consults 14 variations of
Judaism, "and there are many,"
says editor and publisher
Nadine Epstein.
"The September edition of
Moment asks 'Can their be
Judaism without God?' And
most say yes. It's incredibly
exciting. We live in an era
where you pick and choose the
part of the religion that makes
sense to you. And you can
connect through culture and
history in a meaningful' way
without necessarily religiously
practicing," Epstein says.
Sheila says: "I can't remember
the last time I went to church.
My faith has carried me a long
way. It's Sheilaism. Just my
own little voice. ... It's just try to
love yourself and be gentle with

By Kaila Heard
kheard@ miamitimeson line .com

In most situations, gossiping
or spreading rumors about oth-
ers, tends to be looked at as a
petty deed and frivolous pursuit
of one's time. However, Empow-
er "U", Inc. and the Center for
Positive Connections Support
Resource Center believes the
urge to 'spread the word' can
sometimes help satr ea commu-
In ~their upcoming confer-
ence, 'Sistas Organizing to Sur-
vive: Women Empowering Other
Women,' scheduled for Satur-
day, September 17th, women
of all ages are invited to come
to talk, share and learn about
ways to practice safe sex and
create healthy romantic rela-
Hosted by local spoken word

nancy Prevention Center,
During the conference, at-
tendants will be asked to make
a formal promise, to tell their
friends and relatives about
ways they can protect them-
selves from various STD's. and
"Basically what we're trying
to do is get 200 women to take
a pledge to be safe and to get
other women to be safe and to
give them ~inforinatipn so that
thiey can in turil educate their
sisters, their cousins.and their
friends," said Stephanie Samu-
el, social marketing coordinator
for Empower 'U.'
The seminar aimed at teach-
ing Black women about safe
sex and healthy relationships,
comes at a critical moment. In
2008 alone, the Miami-Dade
Department of Health reported
that one-out-of- 45 Blacks live

with HIV/AIDS Black wom-
.en accounted for 75 percent of
newly-reported HIV/AIDS cas-
In an effort to taking a 'holis-
tic' approach to health, "Sistas
Organizing to Survive" will also
offer lectures, demonstrations
and free giveaways by repre-
sentaitives from MAC and Mary
Kay, as well .as certified hair
"When you look good you feel
good and ivie want the women to
pamper themselves a bit," Sam-
uels said.
The conference will be held at
the NFL YET Center [7090 NW
22nd Ave.] on Saturday, Sep-
tember 17th,- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are free but reserva-
tions are mandatory. To RSVP
or receive additional informa
tion, call Stephanie at 786-318-
2337 ext. 106.

Dr. Tina Dupree

Rev. Rogery Adams

Rebecca 'Butterfly' Vaughn
Local Spoken Word Artist
artist, Rebecca 'Butterfly'
Vaughn, the conference will fea-
ture Kalenthia Nunnally Bain,
the director of the Teen Preg-

By John Blake'

September 11 didn't just
change America, they say. It
changed the nation's attitude
toward religion. Here are four
ways: .
1: A chosen nation be-
comes a humbled one.
Most Americans had not
lived with this vulnerabil-
ity until 9/11, says Matthew
Schmalz, a religion professor
at the College of the Holy Cross
in Massachusetts, who once
lived in Karachi, Pakistan.
"Given that a large section
of the world's population deals
with random violence every
day, one of the outcomes of
9/11 should be a greater feel-
ing of solidarity with people

who live in~ cities like Kairahi tl
in which n-olence is a part of
everyday~life,'he sa!s
2: The emergence of Islam
in America
Before 9/11, if you asked
the average American about
Ramadan or sharia law, they
probably would have given you
a blank look.
Not anymore. The 9/11 at-
tacks prompted more Ameri-
cans to learn about Islam.
Books on the subject became
best-sellers. Colleges started
offering more courses on Is-
lam. Every cable news show
suddenly had their stable of
"Muslim experts."
3: Interfaith becomes cool.
Interfaith dialogue it's not
the type of term that makes

the heart beat faster.
Before 9/11, interfaith ef-
forts were dismissed as feel-
good affairs that rarely got
media coverage. The 9/11 at-
tacks changed that. Becoming
an interfaith leader is now hip,
some say.
"A generation of students is
saying that they~~ w:ant to be, in-
terlan!h leaders, just like pre-
vious generations said they
wanted to be human rights ac-
tivists or environmentalists,"
says Eboo Patel, who founded
the Interfaith Youth Core in
4: Atheists come out of the
Before 9/11, many atheists
kept a low profile. Something
changed, though, after 9/11.

They\ got~ loud.
Atheists we're driven toj be-
come moret loc~al because of
the 9/11 attra cks an~d Ame-ln-
ca's reaction, says Dalid Sil-
verman, presjident of Ameri-
can Atheists. He says many
atheists were disgusted w\hen
President Georget \V Bush and
leadersj in thel rellgious night
reacted to t.he attack by in:o;-
ing "God is on our sid. .rhe-to-
ric while launching a "war on
terror "
They adopted one form of
religious extremism while con-
demnhiig another, he says.
"It really showed atheists
why religion should not be in
power. Religion is dangerous,
even our own religion," Silver"
man says.

The National Baptist Con-
,en tion USA is` holding
its 1.31st Annulal Session last
.r~eek in Orlando~ at the Orange
Coulnt C~ontention Ceilter.
The National Baptists Con-
vecntion. the nation's largest
Black religious organization
o:th millionn members
.rorldwide, is headed by Rev.
Julius Richard Scruggs, pas-
tor of First Mlissionary Baptist
Church in Hiuntstallle, Al.
Rev. L. Ronald Durham,
pastor of Greater Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church in
Daytona Beach, was one of the
scheduled preachers, along
with Rev. Larry Mills, pastor
of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist
Church in Orlando.
Florida General Baptist Pres-
ident James Sampson gave the
closing sermon on Friday.

SCRUGGS, pastor of First
IMissionary Baptist Church
in HuntSVille, AI, is the cur-
rent president of the National
Baptist Convention, USA.

The Miami Gospel Announc-
ers' Guild (MGAG) is sponsoring
its Annual Vice President's Mu-
sical Celebration on Sunday,
September 25 at Bethel Apos-
tolic Temple.
The Vice President's Musical
Celebration will feature soul-
stirring, electrifying gospel
music with appearances by lo-
cal and national singers, musi-
cians, praise dancers and more.
"This event is one of a num-
ber of initiatives the MGAG is
doing to promote camaraderie
and support amongst South
Flonida's Gospel Music Indus-
try," said Johnny Sanders, vice
president of the MGAG.
"In past years, the Vice Presi-
dent's Musical Celebration
showcased established, up-
and-coming and aspiring art-

ists until Dwayne's retirement
and subsequent relocation out
of state. After urging from Elder
Lydia Goodin, President Emeri-
tus of both the State of Florida's
GAG and MGAG; and MJ Smith,
current MGAG President, it was
decided that we continue the
tradition, as part of our ongoing
efforts to foster meaningful net-
working opportunities, fellow-
ship and develop partnerships
within the South Florida Gospel
Community," he said.
The Miami Gospel Announc-
ers' Guild (MGAG) is a division
of the Florida Gospel Announc
ers' Guild (FGAG); an auxiliary
of the Gospel Music Workshop
of America (GMWA).
The Gospel Announcers'
Guild is a voluntary associa-
tion of Religious Announcers

record companies, manage-
ment representatives and art-
ists. This organization was
born out of the lack of empha-
sis and concern placed on reli-
gious broadcasting, as well as
religious broadcasters, by the
nation's major broadcast and
record industry conventions
and associations.
To learn more about the na-
tional guild, visit www.nation-
algag.org to learn about the
Florida Gospel Announcers'
Guild and/or the Miami Gospel
Announcers' Guild, visit www.
The Vice President's Musical
Celebration will be held on Sun-
day, September 25 at 4 p.m. at
Bethel Apostolic Temple, which
is located at 1855 NW 119th
Street in Miami.

Elder Lydia Goodin

and other industry profession-
als who have come together to
address common needs they
share as professional broad-
casters, promoters, retailers,


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People take part in a National Day of Prayer gathering in San Antonio in May. Polls show
that in 1991, 24 percent of U.S, adults hadn't been to church in the past six months; today,

Seminar asks women to take the pledge

PaStor's Appreciation at Mt. Zion
Mt. Zion AM~hE Church famnil\- invites you to celebrate in our
pastor's 4th appreciation programs or Rev Rogern Adams.
Sern~ce 10 a.mn.. Sunday-, September ISth.
The renowned speaker w~ill be Dr. Tina Dupree (The Chicken
The ch-urch is located at 15250 NW' 22 Ave.., Miami

Nat'1 Baptist Convention

draws Qo,ooo to Orlando

How did 9/1t change religion in the U.S.?

Bethel Apostohic Temple hosts gospel celebration

Can megachurches survive the death of their founders?

continued from 12B

search for work while learning
job search support skills such
as resume writing.
Being able to service job
applications online will be
the next frontier for a lot of
churches, according to Tim

Caregivers should seek resources

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Tims' death left the New Des-
tiny Church without a head. It
was previously reported that
NDCC would have a series of

ing a new- senior pastor.
The Christian Post contacted
the NDCC and left a message
but no church representative

grow so quickly is becatise the
leader is a powerful and com-
pelling personality."
He added, "In the case of New
Destiny, the intense focus on
Pastor Tims during his life, and
the questions surrounding his
death, all indicate that finding
a successor during a time of
questions and uncertainty will
be extraordinarily diffcult."
There is speculation that it
could take NDCC at least a
year, if not longer, to choose a
new pastor because it probably
never anticipated the need to'do
"There was literally one pas-
tor. For a congregation that

size, that is very unusual," said
Sheila Strobel Smith, an author
and expert on leadership tran-
sition in megachurches, the Or-
lando Sentinel reported.
According to Smith, congre-
gations usually are not able to
return to where they were be-
fore such a tragedy as this.
The question most would like
an answer to what is the next
move for New Destiny and can
the congregation thrive without
Zachery Tims?
Tims, 42, was found dead in
his W Hotel bedroom in New
York City on Friday, Aug. 12.
The cause of his death has yet
to be determined.

Tampa, Fla., said, "It's about
how you are going to respond,
about what you are going to
It was revealed that Tims
left instructions for the mega-
church in the event of his
According to the instructions,
the NDCC should mourn for
only 30 days taking that time
"to recover." On the 31st day
following his death, the church
should resume its work.
In 1996, Tims and his family
founded the NDCC in Apopka,
Fla., where he served as se-
nior pastor of a congregation of
about 8,000 members.

By Ravelle Mohammed

The death of Zachery Tims left
many unanswered questions
and as the one-month anniver-
sary of the late pastor's passing
approaches there is specula-
tion on whether New Destiny
Christian Center (NDCC) can
survive without its leader.
"New Destiny, it's not just
about you any longer. It's about
the nation watching you," Pau-
la White, whom Tims called his
"spiritual mother," told NDCC
in a sermon August 21, the Or-
lando Sentinel reported.
White, the pastor of Without
Walls International Church in

guest speakers as church ad-
ministrators decided on who
would take up Tims' ministry.
There is no word as of yet
if any progress was made by
NDCC administrators in nam-

responded by press time.
Phil Cooke, a California-based
church-leadership consultant,
told the Orlando Sentinel:
"The single biggest reason
most of these megachurches

ary Baptist Church invites
the ~community to Family and
Friends Worship Services at
7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. every
Sunday. 305-696-6545.

SChristian Cathedral
Church presents their Morn-
ing Glory service that includes
senior citizen activities and
brunch every Friday at 10 a.m.
to 12 p.m. 305-652-1132.

SLighthouse Holy Ghost
Center, Inc. invites everyone
to their Intercession Prayer
Service on Saturdays at 10
a.m. 305-640-5837.

SThe Faith Church, Inc.
invites you to their service on
Sunday at 11 a.m. and their
MIA outreach service that pro-
vides free hot meals, dry goods
and clothes. Visit www.faith-
church4you.com or call 305-

SRedemption M~issionary
Baptist Church has moved but
still holds a Fish Dinner every
Friday and Saturday and Intro-
duction Computer Classes ev-
ery Tuesday and Thursday at
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reverend
Willie McCrae, 305-770-7064
or Mother Annie Chapman,

Center's Let's Talk Women's
Ministry presents the "Don't
Hate Your Sister Because She's
Beautiful, What is Real Beau-
ty?" seminar on Sept. 17 at 1
p.m 305-623-0054.

SEmmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites friends
and family to their Sunday
worship services at 7:30 a.m.
and 11 a.m. 305-696-6545.

SRunning for Jesus Youth
Ministry invites everyone to
their Youth Revival September
24-25, 7:30 p.m. nightly. 954-

SNew Mt. Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to their Sunday Bi-
ble School Classes at 9:30 a.m.
and Worship Service at 11 a.m.
786-326-1078, 305-635-4100.

SFaith Cathedral Outreach
and Deliverance Ministry,
Inc. invites the community to
participate in their Outreach
Ministries and Revival Servic-

SChristian Fellowship
Baptist Church is hosting a
s]5ecial musical program on
September 17, 4 p~m.-6 p.m.
RSVP by September 3. 305-

620-2785, 305-474-8683.

SChurch of the Open
Door, .(Congregational) Unit-
ed Church of Christ (UCC), is
Shooting Revival Services, Sep-
tember 26-28, 7:30 p.m. night-

SJoin Believers Faith
Breakthrough Ministries Int'1
every Friday at 7:30 p.m. for
Prophetic Breakthrough Ser-
vices. 561-929-1518, 954 237-

SBelievers in Christ Out-
reach Ministries Worldwide
is sponsoring Camp Meet-
ing 2011: Restoration Time,
August 28-Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
nightly. 786-427-0852.

SAll That God Is Interna-
tional Outreach Centers is
sponsoring an Open Mic Night
every Friday at 7:30 p.m. For
location details and more infor-
mation, 786-255-1509 or 786-

SThe Women's Depart-
ment of A Mission With A
New Beginning Church spon-
sors a Community Feeding
every second Saturday of the
month, from 10 a.m. until all
the food has been given out.

For location and additional de-
tails, call 786-371-3779.

SWactor Temple Afri-
can Methodist Episcopal is
hosting their annual Won-
ders of Worship Celebration
on September 18 at 3:30 p.m.

SNew Mt. Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to their 39th an-
nual Friends and Family Day
on September 18 and their
Sunday Bible School classes at
9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship
Service. .305-635-4100, 786-

SThe South Florida Spiri-
tuals will journey to W~aycross,
Ga., September 16- 18 for an
'Evening of Song and Praise.'
To join them, call 786-838-

SThe Heart of the City
Ministries invites everyone to
morning worship every Sunday
at 9 a.m. 305-754-1462.

s New Life Family Worship
Center welcomes everyone to
their Wednesday Bible Study
at 7 p.m. 305-623-0054.

SEmmannel Mi~ssion-

minister's Second Pastoral An-
niversary September 14-16,
September 20, September 22-
23, 7:30 nightly and Septem-
ber 25 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m-

SNew Beginning Church of
Deliverance of All Nations is
hosting a Movie Night on Sep-
tember -16, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and
holding a 'Holy Ghost Fire' Re-
vival, September 16-25, 7 p.m.
nightly. 786-398-7074-

SHoly Temple Missionary
Baptist Church is celebrating
their Ushers' Ministry Anniver-
sary on September 18 at 4 p.m.
RSVP at 305-335-4886-

SCome enjoy a two-day ses-
sion of sermons at El Palacio
Hotel on September 23 at 6:30
p.rn. and September 24 at 3

SMt. Olivette Baptist
Church is hosting a Choir Re-
vival September 15-16 and a
Choir "Sing Out" on September

SNew Life Family WorshiP

SGreater Fellowship Mis-
sionary Baptist Church's
Deaconess/Minister's Wives/
Mother's and Women's Minis
try welcomes the community to
their Annual Women's Confer-
ence, September 15-16, 6 p.m.
nightly and a Prayer Breakfast
at 8:30 a.m. on September
17. 305-764-1494.

SSpeaking Hands Organi-
zation is offering a Basic Sign
Language Class for kids and
adults. 954-792-7273.

SNew Corinth MYissionary
Baptist Church is hosting a
Revival, September 19-23, 7:30
p.m. nightly. 305-633-7353.

SMt. Olive Primitive Bap-
tist Church is hosting a 'Fam-
ily and Friends Spiritual Exr-
plosion' on September 18.

i The Church of Jesus
Christ is having their 21st
Choir Anniversary on Septem-
ber 18. 305-762-7694.

SNew Mt. Pleasant Baptist
Church is celebrating their

Krauss, the owner of The-
JobConnection.org, a web
application that churches
can use to post available jobs
"It's kind of a new concept
for churches, but the goal is
to help those in need and the
church always is going to re-
spond," he said.

Center in Miami that is open
to everyone seven days a week,
according to Guadalupe Rodri-
"=-:JH C liesdsal worker
"There are so many caregiv-
ers just in Miami-Dade Coun-
ty," she said. "We see first-hand
how much caregivers deal-
ing with chronic disease need
help "
Corner, recently discovered
the resources available at the
oee andr sas oh asnow
about being an effective care-
giver while using the free com-
puter lab.

While the demands of care-
taking can seem never ending,
many caregivers report being
more than willing to help.
Fifty-six-year-old Jamie
Jones is preparing her home
for the upcoming day when her
84-year-old wheelchair-bound
mother will move in with her.
"I'm happy to do that because
she took care of me her whole
life and now it's time for me to
start taking care of my mom,"
she said.
Corner also believes that the
good sh ismdo ng outweighs

"I love what I do because I'm
making a contribution in my
cousin's life and I believe that
God will reward me with lon-
gevity," she said.

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have when they decide to be
come a caregiver, many will
still experience 'burn out.'
One third of caregivers say
they experience emotional
One study, Caregiving in the
U.S., reports that 18 percent of
caregivers indicate that their
work is "very stressful" emo-
To prevent caregivers from
feeling overwhelmed, experts
advise that they stay physical-
ly active, eat a healthy diet, get
enough rest, identify what can
and cannot be changed, not
feel guilty about not being the
'perfect' caregiver and stay in
touch with family and friends
One of :=2:t o:"s gven tips
for caregivers is to seek out
caregiving resources in the
community and to ask for help.
Recently, United HomeCare
opened a Caregiver Resource

--Photo courtesy Sergio Ansina
Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat (third from left), leads the way in providing assistance for South Florida's homeless youth.

Miami Heat star gives back to the homeless

YOUTH those in need from our community," said more people like him to give their time
continued from 12B Patricia Vila, marketing director for Com- because for some it makes all the differ-
munity Partnership for Homeless. "He ence in the world. He persuaded Craig
consequence homelessness. comes to our homes and really lifts the Zinn to get involved and together these
"Udonis Haslem is an outstanding per- children's spirits playing video games two men have established a formidable
son who is very committed to helping with them and talking to them. We need team."

Archbishop shares story behind Orthodox church

ince and are presided over bjr
an archbishop and a primate.
The entire church, including
all provinces, is,headed by the
Patriarch. .
One of the AOC's distin-
guishing characteristics is its
decision to merge different de-
nominational styles such as
the. traditional liturgical ser-
vice that's similar to Catholic
mass but includes Black spiri-
Currently, the branch in
Little Haiti has approximately
100 members who were either
born in the U.S. or of Caribbe-
an descent. Recently, the AOC

nationwide has decided to
reach out into their respective
communities with the hopes of
attracting new members. For
St. Peter's AOC, this policy has
provided unique opportunities
for them since the majority
commute to church and live
outside of the immediate com-
"Personally, I see it as a
challenge," Sands said. "I
guess what's really frustrat-
ing is finding the proper way
to reach out to them [those in
the neighborhood around the
church] ."
Sands says he has consid-

ered holding parts of the mass
in Haitian-Creole to add wider
appeal; Many Sundays, one
will find Sands preaching on
his favorite topic of forgive
ness and how it must often be
combined with forgetfulness.
He explained, "I'm a believer
if we say forgive a brother or a
sister, then a majority of that
forgiving is forgetting."
In other words, once a person
says they will forgive a person,
"don't mention it again, don't
throw it back in their face."
St. Peter's African Orthodox
Church is hosting a Youth Day
Program on September 18th.

continued from 12B

"Basically the [AOC] was
founded for ecclesiastical
freedom," he said. "But it was
formed for people of color and
in particular Blacks."
The denomination that Mc-
Guire would go on to found,
the African Orthodox Church,
still celebrates the seven sac-
raments of the Roman Catho
lic Church. The government of
the AOC is hierarchical and
includes a bishop that is the
head of the diocese and groups
of dioceses that form a prov

continued from 12B

three campuses throughout
Miami-Dade and Broward
Counties. The centers offer
emergency shelter, meals and
clothing as well as long-term
rehabilitation and job training.
Last year more than 750,000
meals were served, over 315,000
people used their emergency/
safe shelter and [over] 625 peo
ple were able to secure jobs,
says the Mission's communica-

tions manager, Casey Angel.
Miami Rescue Mission, Inc. is
just one non-profit from among
a network of agencies and non-
profits in the County that re-
main committed to helping the
homeless in Miami-Dade Coun-
Often organizations cater to
specific demographics within
the homeless population. For
example, in Overtown, the Lo-
tus House attempts to serve
previously-homeless women
and their children using a "ho-

listic" approach.

Like everyone else, even those
who offer services to some of the
most needy members of society
find that their own resources
and funding have shrank in re-
cent years.
Miami-Dade County's Salva-
tion Army offers two separate
shelters women and children
and for men among their ser-
In 2009, they served 130,000

people, according to Judith
Mori, the director of develop-
ment for MDC Salvation Army.
"The demand basical-
ly stayed the same what
changed was our funding that
has dramatically decreased,"
she said.
The agency received
$150,000 less from individual
donors in the past year.
But Mori says the agency has
still managed not cut services.
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work it out somehow," she said.


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terize a life beset by Alzheim-
"It's scary and absolutely OK
to be afraid," says Whouley, 52,
a book consultant and musi-
cian in Barn stable, Mass., "but
you can't live there (in fear) and
you don't want to bring the
person with Alzheimer's or de-
mentia into fear. If you can let
go and stop worrying about the
identity of the person, you see
they're evolving and changing."
While medical researchers
attempt to find a cure for the
more than five million Ameri-
cans with the degenerative and
fatal disease, Whouley says
family members should not
rush to doomsday and heart-
break. Her well-paced book
belongs to a small but grow-
ing body of non-fiction books
about how to understand and
appreciate the loved one.
And, Whouley adds, "you
can still reach the person."
She was the lone caregiver for
her mother, Anne Ford, who
liked to call herself a "widow."
Ford married twice and
never shared with Whouley
how her second marriage
ended. Whouley touches on
her tumultuous upbringing
because of' her mother's
fondness for unreliable men,
but does so without bitterness

and to convey the human
spirit's incredible capacity to
She learns to accept her
mother's "creativity-" when
Ford can no longer remember
her past. For example, Ford
tells people she loves Hummel
figurines because she traveled
in Germany and met the nun
who invented them. Whouley
didn't know if it was fact or
fiction. She also relishes her
mother's ability to enjoy the

"It's scary and absolutely
OK to be afraid, but .. if
you can let go and stop
worrying about the identity
of the person, you see they're
evolving and charging '
--Kate Whouley

moment. She loves hearing her
daughter play her flute, even
though Ford forgot the music
John Zeisel expands on the
assets of the Alzheimer's mind
in his 2009 book, I'm Still Here:
A New Philosophy of Alzheimer's
Care. His unconventional
methods call for taking patients
to the theater, art museums
and musical performances.
His years of working with

meatloaf and which has the
mac 'n' cheese. $79.95 for set
of three, williams-sonoma.com.
Lastly, Vollrath's non-sweating
Double-Wall Insulated Bowls
keep the cold stuff cold and
the warm stuff warm mean-
ing you can finish up ahead
of time and not worry about
everything going bad before the
crew gets home.

patients taught him "most
of them (are) exceptionally
perceptive, increasingly
creative and highly emotionally
intelligent for years." He is
president of Hearthstone
Alzheimer Care, which has
assisted-living facilities m
several states.
Whouley says people need
to accept the disease and not
deny what is happening. She
explains, "I do my best to live
life as a Do-Bee (rather than
a Don't-Bee) and to follow the
Golden Rule. By doing unto
others as we would have others
do unto us, we're simply doing
the right thing.
By doing the right thing,
Whouley and Ford share many
funny, tender times before
Ford eventually dies in 2007 of
cancer when she is 72.
One of those experiences
could have been rocky, but
Whouley is a smooth navigator.
She realizes Ford fails to grasp
her overgrown toenails are
crippling her. Instead of just
trying to cut them, which could
be alarming for an Alzheimer's
patient, Whouley gets her to
relax. She starts out lovingly
bathing and massaging Ford's
feet. By the time she is done,
her mother jokes: "How much
do you charge for this?"

you pour the batter directly
into cake-pop molds. Then
it's up to you to decorate -
chocolate glaze with sprinkles?
White chocolate with pistachio
shards? .

Prepara's Salt Savor pro-
vides storage for anything you
use often on your countertop
- coarse salt, a favorite herb
blend, sugar cubes, chocolate
sprinkles without the hassle
of a screw-on lid. The sili-
cone top, which pops up (and
folds down again) with a mere
nudge of the firiger, is great
when you're one-handed in the

Habitual eating

By Jeannine Stein erate or weak habits of eating
movie popcorn ate considerably
Being a creature of habit may less stale popcorn than fresh.
mean mindlessly eating food, Controlling for hunger didn't al-
even when it's stale. ter the outcome.
An online study in the journal Researchers also tested the
Personality and Social Psychol- habit theory in a different con-
ogy Bulletin looking at how cer- text a meeting room. While
tain cues and adjustments can not in the familiar confines of a
affect our habits. movie theater, would people
Ninety-eight people were .be more aware of the
recruited to watch movie factat that the pop-
trailers and were given .-j e corn was stale?
water and boxes of Is "People believe
popcorn. The popcorn .~ ~ their eating be-
was either one week ..' r havior is largely ac-
old and stale, or freshly rivated by how food
popped. It was random- .tastes. Nobody likes
ly doled out to the par- \l I cold, spongy, w~eek-
ticipants who had also .3.- old popcorn," said
been surveyed about how '4- study co-author Wendy
often they typically eat pop- Wood in a news release.
corn in movie theaters. Wood, provost professor of psy-
Those who who were very used chology and business at USC,
to eating popcorn at the mov- added, "But once we've formed
ies ate the same percentage of an eating habit, we no longer
popcorn whether it was fresh or care whether the food tastes
stale, while those who had mod- good."

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Inserting an artery-opening
device into the brain to improve
blood flow and prevent a second
stroke likely does more harm
than managing high-risk pa-
tients with drugs and lifestyle
changes, U.S. researchers said
Stroke patients in a large
study who were treated with
drugs and a brain stent had
more than twice the rate of
strokes and death in the month
after surgery compared with
those treated~ with drugs alone,
researchers said.
The study, published in the
New England Journal of Medi-
cine, looked to see if adding
Stryker Corp's Wingspan stent-

ing system to medication man-
agement improved survival in
high-risk patients but found
that it did not.
Researchers had expected the
use of stents to help the pa-
tients but a check of safety data
as the study unfolded prompt-
ed the U.S. National Institute
of Neurological Disorders and
Stroke (NINDS) to halt the trial
in April.
"This study provides an an-
swer to a long-standing ques-
tion by physicians what to do
to prevent a devastating second
stroke in a high-risk popula-
tion," said Dr. Walter Koroshetz,
deputy director of NINDS, part
of the U.S. government's Na-
tional Institutes of Health,
which funded the study.

Now that the school year has
begun and we're back to chauf-
feuring to and from soccer and
band practices, it's hard not to
wish for a magic wand in the
kitchen. Until that appears,
we'll have to settle for some
new tools that make food prep
easier and faster. Natalie Er-
mann Russell rounds up a few

It's hard to believe that Cui-
sinart's Soup Maker 85 Blender
actually lets you saut6t onions
and peppers inside the blender.
Yes, in the blender. This means
the extra step of browning
veggies in''a big pot is poof!
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blend in one container. In fact,
there won't even be a wooden
spoon os wsh tas thefomachine

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reading) is that you no longer
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Three great finds in this
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By Julie Snider, USA TODAY

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ber of young U.S. Hispanics
who have more children than
whites is shrinking the ranks
of non-Hispanic whites.
The shift is dramatic in
states such as Florida and Ne-
vada, where whites are in the
minority among those younger
than 38. A decade earlier,
whites were the majority in all
age groups in Florida and in
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signed last year. But to the cha-
grin of consumer advocates, 30
states still do not have author-
ity to block rate hikes in both
the individual and small group
Markets, according to a 2010
survey by the nonprofit Kaiser
Family Foundation.
"Disclosure alone will never
be enough to prevent health
insurers from charging unrea-
sonable insurance premiums.
To protect consumers, regu-
lators must have the power
to review and reject exces-
sive rates," said Carmen Bal-
ber, Washington director for
California-based Consumer
The insurance industry, long
a powerhouse in state capitols
nationwide, has vigorously
fought efforts to give regula-
tors this enhanced authority,
saying it is unnecessary. This
week, an effort in California to
give the state's insurance com-
missioner greater authority
Collapsed in the statehouse.

Recently, America's Health
Insurance Plans, the indus-
try's Washington-based lobby-
ing arm, reiterated its oppo-
sition to enhanced oversight,
suggesting that the premiums
are "a reflection of the under-
lying cost of medical care in a
local market."
The Obama administration
plans to rely on state insur-
ance regulators to scrutinize
insurance rates. But federal
regulators will conduct insur-
ance oversight in states where
the administration has deter-
mined that state oversight is
inadequate, including Penn-
sylvania as well as Alabama,
Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri,
Montana, Virginia and Wyo-
In the future, the Obama
administration plans to work
with states to set individual
state-by-state thresholds for
rate hikes that will require
public explanation from insur-
ance companies.

give states any

additional power

to stop increases
By Noam N. Levey

surers will have to start public-
ly justifying big rate increases,
according to a new requirement
of the health care law imple-
mented Thursday to put pres-
sure on insurance companies
to hold down skyrocketing pre-
The new rules will mandate
that insurers post explanations
of premium increases exceed-
ing 10 percent on their web-
sites and submit them to state
and federal regulators, who will
also post them later this year.
"For far too long, families and
small employers have been at
the mercy of insurance rate

increases that often put cover-
age out of their reach," Health
and Human Services Secre-
tary Kathleen Sebelius said in
a statement. "Rate review will
'shed a bright light on the in-
dustry's behavior and drive
market competition to lower
The new rules do not give
state and federal regulators
new authority to block rate
hikes, however, even if govern-
ment officials find the increas-
es are unjustified. Some states
already have this power, and
several particularly aggressive
states, such as Oregon and
Rhode Island, routinely make
insurers lower their rate in-
creases after determining that
proposed hikes are unjustified.
Even in less-activist states,
some regulators have been
beefing up oversight of insur-
ance firms with help from fed-
eral grant money made avail-
able by the health care law
that President Barack Obama

beneficlaries to reviewv their
benefits prior to the October
15 AEP start date .
There are a vanety of rea-
sons why beneficiaries should
rev-iewr benefits each year or
make changes to their cover-
age. For example, individu-

als often experience subtle
cha~nges in their health over
the coulrsel of the year, and
these changes may alter the
kind of care they need. This
could directly affect their need
for more or less health insur-
ance. the types of presenption
drugs they require or their ac-
cess to particular doctors or
pharmacies. Health changes
can also increase costs, which
can be partcicularly critical for
Meldlcare beneficlanes on fixed
Doing this type of cost-ben-
efit check is especially Impor-

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the Mledicare Anrnual Election
Period (AEPI w~ill now start on
October 15 instead of Nov-em-
ber 15 The Florida Department
of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serv-
ing Health Insurance Needs of
Elders) program understands
how dit~icult it can be to keep
track of all the changes related
to Medicare such as the new
AEP dates This Is one of t~he
reasons the SHINE program is
available to provide free help
fo~r Florida M~edicare beneficia-
r-ies as the\- carefl~Li\ evaluate
their health care options and
make selecuocns before time
runs out on December 7.
During the Annual Election
Period. Medicare benefaiciaries
have the opportumnity to ma~e
changes to their M~edicare Pre-
senption Drug or Mledlcare A~d-
.antage plans. The new~ AEP
allows beneficiaries se -en ex-
tra day.s to makec plan choices
while e avoiding thie en~d-of-iear
holiday-s. Stll. SHINE suggests

tant this year for those inter-
ested in Medicare Advantage
plans, because beneficiaries
are no longer offered an open
enrollment to switch from one
Medicare Advantage plan to
another. Instead, a Medicare
Advantage Annual Disenroll-
men~t Period running from
Jan. 1-Feb. 14 will allow
beneficiaries only the option of
disenrolling from a Medicare
Advantage plan and enrolling
m Original Medicare (some
drug coverage options are also
Beneficiaries are encouraged
to act quickly upon the start
of the Annual Election Period
in October to assure a smooth
transition into the 2012 ben-
efit year. All1 Florida Medi-
care beneficiaries are invited
to make an appointment for
one-on-one SHINE counsel-
m~g or enrollment assistance.
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Nutrition experts have known
for years that some foods, such
as oatmeal, nuts and soy prod-
ucts, lower cholesterol.
Now, a new study shows that
a diet with several of these
foods can decrease LDL (bad)
cholesterol sig-
nificantly. Example
David Jenkins 2,000-call
of St. Michael's *An aver
Hospital and the of nluts a dr
University of To- op
ronto and col- Ac~p
leagues recruited SterOl-EnYii
345 Canadian sulch as TaE
men and women *Two ser
with high choles- soy-projtein
terol. Their LDL sala
(bad) cholesterol sybre.
was an average- so LT~
of about 170 mg/ *Two ser
dL at the begin- visjcou~s-fibe
ning of the study. SuIch as Oat
All participants enriched ce
in the study were
following heart-
healthy diets low eg gplant .
in saturated fat
(butter, beef fat)
and rich in fruits and vegeta-
bles, beans and whole grains,
Jenkins says. Those in the
control group stuck with their
healthy diets.
Others in the intervention
group were taught how to incor-
porate four cholesterol-10wering
types of foods' into their eating
plan, including nuts; soy prod-
ucts; foods rich in viscous fiber
(a type of soluble fiber); and

Sof those on a
orie-a-day diet:
age of a handful
E of teaspoons of
ched mlargarine
ke Controjl.
vings a day of
Products, such
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enriched mar-
The find-
ings, after 24
weeks, are
reported in
this week's
Journal of
the American
Medical Asso-

supermarket," Jenkins says.
"If you enrich a good diet with
these foods, you get a very re-
spectable reduction in choles-
Some got their dietary choles~
terol down enough to be close to
the normal range, he says. The
people following a more vegetar-
ian-type diet lowered their LDL
the most, Jenkins says.
Nutrition researcher Linda
Van Horn, a professor of pre-
ventive medicine at Northwest-
ern University Feinberg School
of Medicine in Chicago, says the
study shows that "eating more
of these simple, inexpensive in-
gredients such as oatmeal, bar-
ley and beans, peas and lentils
can have a significant impact
on lowering blood cholesterol
and risk for a heart attack -
one forkful at a time."

*LDL cholesterol in the con-
trol group: Dropped by an av-
erage of about three percent or
about eight mg/dL.
*LDL cholesterol in the par-
ticipants eating cholesterol-
lowering foods: Decreased by
about 13 percent to 14 percent
or about 26 mg/dL.
"We fed people cholesterol-
lowering foods, they worked,
and you can buy them at the


Census data show

white babies at

50.2 percent

By Haya El Nasser

White infants are on the
verge of being displaced as the
majority of newborns now that
nearly half of babies in the U.S.
are ethnic and racial minori-
Only 50.2 percent of babies
under age one are white and
not Hispanic, according to the
2010 Census a sharp de-
cline from 57.6 percent just 10
years earlier.
''We are almost at a minori-
ty-majority infant population,"
says Brookings Institution
demographer William Frey
who analyzed the latest Cen-
sus data. "We probably have
passed it since the Census
was taken" in April 2010.
The number of states where
minority babies dominate has
doubled to 14 since 2000.
The balance has tipped in big
states such as New York, Flori-
da, New Jersey and Georgia.
Minorities have been the ma-
jority in Texas and California
nurseries for more than two
decades. In Texas, the major-
ity of people under age 47
are minorities, in California,
under 52.

In rural areas, the number
of white children declined by
more than one million or al-
most 10 percent from 2000 to
2010, says Kenneth Johnson,
demographer at the University
of New Hampshire's Carsey
The number of young white
women of child-bearing age
is declining while there is an
increase in minority women
of child-bearing age, Johnson
In Georgia's Whitfield
County, home of Dalton, the
"Carpet Capital of the World,"
more than 59 percent of in-
fants were minorities in 2010
compared with 38.4 percent in
The area's floor-covering in-
dustry has attracted so many
Hispanics that the North Geor-
gia Health District, based in
Dalton, has brought in trans-
lators and prints materials in
Spanish, says Jennifer King,
public information officer.
The nationwide changes are
redefining who is a minority
and who is not.
S"These little babies ... by the
time they get to be in their
20s and 30s, the current
racial and ethnic categories ...
won't have anything close to
the meaning that (they have)
today," Frey says. "When they
think about white majority, it'll
be something in the history




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in the body. When it affects the arteries of the
heart, it is called coronary artery disease and can
cause a heart attack. When it affects the arteries
supplying the brain, it is called carotid artery
disease and can lead to a stroke.

People diagnosed with RAD1 can usually be
treated with lifestyle changes, medications,
minimally invasive endovascular procedures,
or vascular bypass surgery.

Atherosclerosis in the arteries that supply
blood to the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs or feet
is called peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD
affects eight to 12 million Americans. Prevalence
of the disease increases with age and affects a
disproportionate number of Blacks. Risk factors
for developing the condition include smoking,
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BV H~kan Charles-Harris

blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Smoking is
more likely than any of the either risk factors to
cause PAD. In fact, a smoker's risk can be three to
five times higher than a non-smoker's.
If you have PAD you are more likely to develop
other forms of cardiovascular disease. Compared
. to the rest of the population, a person with PAD
is six to severi times more likely to exerience
coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke or
mini stroke.
One of the first signs of PAD can be painful
cramping or fatigue in the legs and buttocks that
occurs during activity, but stops during rest, also
known as claudication. However, approximately
half of people with the disease have mild or no
symptoms. The condition also can cause leg
numbness or weakness, cold legs or feet, skin
color changes in the arms or legs, toe or foot sores
that don't heal quickly, hair loss on feet and legs,
and burning or achy feet and toes when resting
Please turn to PAD 19B

Peripheral I.ascular disease is a common
circullatory problem that Involves the
narrowilng of vessels that carry blood
away; from the heart. Plaque,
< ., a substance rnade up of fat
and cholesterol, builds up
1 -on the inside walls of the
arteriess and restricts
Normal blood flow. This
X 'Ibuildup of plaque is
Called atherosclerosis,
/or hardening of
the arteries.
Atherosclerosis can
afflect arteries
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U.S. ranks low for

newborn survival

BV Danielle Dellort~o

Babies born in Cuba, Malaysia, Portu-
gal, and the United Kingdom. have a better
chance of surviving the first month compared
to those born in the United States, according
to researchers at the World Health Organiza-
tion and Save the Children,
In a 20 year analysis of newborn death
rates around the world, the study published
in PLoS Medicine revealed the number of in-
fants who die before they are fo rweekss

worldwide. Newborn deaths in the United
States ranked 41 out of 45 among industrial-
ized countries, on par with Qatar and Croa-
America's low ranking among modern na-
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vaccine time again and
some lucky shot-seekers
will find that the needle has
The first flu shot that
works with a less-scary skin
prick insteird of an inch-long
needle is hitting the market
this fall. Sorry kids, this op-
tion so far is just for adults,
and it's so brand-new that it
will take some searching to
find a dose.
But there are plenty of the
other varieties standard
shots, a special high-dose
shot for seniors and the nee-
dle-free squirt-in-the-nose
option to go around. At
least 166 million doses of flu
vaccine are expected to be
produced this year.
'rhe big question is wheth-
er people will get it. Usually
each year's flu vaccine varies

from the previous versions
as different influenza strains
emerge. This year, the vac-
cine's a duplicate because
the three flu strains that
sickened people last winter
still are circulating,
Scientific, studies aren't
clear about hnow much a per-
son's immunity wanes over
a year, although it varies
by age and overall health.
But federal health officials
and the American Academy
of Pediatrics weighed the
evidence and say don't skip
this year's vaccination -- it's
the only way to be sure your
immune system remains
revved enough for the best
"You're not going to be able
to count on that vaccine
protecting you throughout
a second season," says Dr.
Lisa Grohskopf of the Cen-

ters for Disease Control and
A yearly vaccination now
is recommended for virtu-
ally everyone, except babies
younger than six months
and people with severe aller-
gies to the eggs used to make
it. Last year, 49 percent of
children and 41 percent of
adults were vaccinated.
Say you never catch the
flu? You could be a carrier,
unknowingly spreading the
misery when you feel -little
more than a sniffle, says Dr.
William Schaffner of Vander-
bilt University, president of
the National Foundation for
Infectious Diseases.
"You should be vaccinated
each and every year to en-
sure both you're protected
and you're giving the maxi-
mum protection to people
around you," he says.

regard the U.S. health care system as the
best in the world. Researchers say preterm
delivery (delivering before 37 weeks) plays a
role in the United State's lower ranking.
"Prenatal care is not all created equal.
There are areas of the United States where
access to prenatal and preventive care is a
real problem. It puts the mother at a disad-
vantage and contributes to premature births
and death rate," says the study's author Dr.
Joy Lawn of the non-government organiza-
tion Save the Children.
bThedstutdy sas te leading causeseof new-
asphyxia and severe infections. More than a
half million babies in the United States--one
in every eight--are born premature each
The United States has seen a 26 percent
reduction in newborn deaths since 1990, but
that number is lower than the global aver-
"We have seen the numbers come down in
the U.S. but at a notably slower rate than
Other countries," says Lawn. "We actually
found 50 countries, including China, have
dropped their newborn death rate by more
than 50 percent mn the last 20 years.

ATLANTA Health officials
say a push to get pediatricians
to stop prescribing antibiotics
for the wrong illnesses is paying
off a bit.
A Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention study released
recently found that since the
early 1990s, there's been a 10
percent drop in prescription
rates for antibiotics for kids 14
and younger,
The CDC found larger de-
clines in how often doctors

used antibiotics against colds
and sore throats. There wasn't
much change in how often they
are used against ear infections.
Antibiotics are often used -
but don't work -- against viral
illnesses. Such misuse can lead
to treatment failures and bac-
terial resistance to antibiotics.
Experts say doctors inappropri-
ately prescribe antibiotics more
than 50 percent of the time,
and more often with respira-
tory infections.

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The Il.ma..rr are delicate organs that are sensitive
to environmental factors such as germs and
tobacco smoke, the American Lung Association
Here are the ALA's suggestions to help prevent
a respiratory infection and keep the lungs
working properly:
*Wash your hands frequently with soap and
water,so use a handwsa itizer if you don't have

:,i S~taY away~from: cr owds during cold and flu
*Brush your teeth at least twice daily, and get
a dental checkup every six months to help keep
germs in the mouth from causing infections.
Get a flu vaccine every year.
Stay home and away from family members
when you're sick.


Angioedema is the medical term for hive-like
swelling beneath the skin. It's often caused by an
allergic reaction,
The U.S. National Library of Medicine
mentions these common triggers for .ingloademsi~ : :
Outdoor allergens: such as pollen.
Animal dander,
Exposure to significant heat, cold, sunlight or
*Foods that cause allergies in many people,
such as milk, nuts, shellfish or eggs.
An insect bite or sting.
Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), blood
pressure drugs, and certain antibiotics such as
If someone has difficulty or ea~thilng in addition
to theI r.e~llring~ seek emergency medical
treatment 'n-mm .:i; :tel,.

Perimenopause is the term used to describe
the time just before your body begins menopause
and your menstrual cycle ends. This is the time
when your ovaries begin to run out of ova (eggs)
and homones begin to fluctuate due to oncoming

Here is a description of what happens during
perimnenopause, courtesy of the Society of
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada:
*Estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate
during perimenopause, but begin to regulate
near the end of this transitional period. Hormone
decreases begin to occur more frequently and for
longer periods of time.
*Lower leve s of hormone production
eventually becomes permanent.
The menstrual cycle stops, and menopause

Jessica Mcintosh receives a seasonal flu shot. A new version of
the flu shot called Sanofi Pasteur's Fluzone Intradermal, is less
than a tenth of an inch long.


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

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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

Order of Services

New Birth Baptist Church, The (athedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street


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

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

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2171 N.W. 56th Street


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1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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day and the unsolved murder,
The popular cheerleader Clau-
dia Carnpbell : --tles with her
memories, reh;ving the terror.
Her husband Victor sifts his way
through the mysteries of the
tragedy; the secrets buried over
the years threaten to tear their
family apart. Casio Hightower,
the school's star quarterback,
was on top of the world until
one bullet changed everything.
The novel explains how victims
of trauma can often turn to
things such as overspending,
violence and alcoholism to deal
with their pain and unresolved
Serita has ministered to thou-
sands of people dealing with the
similar buried pain and some
of the same consequences of
not dealing with the anguish.
She hopes the characters in the
book will help readers find the
strength to deal with their own
unresolved conflicts so they can
move forward in their lives.
In addition to raising three

sons and two daughters, she has
assumed an active role at The
Potter's House as the Executive
Director of Women's Ministries.
Her first book, The Princess
Within, is an autobiographical
reflection of victory over pain,
trauma, and abuse. She wrote
the book as a vehicle of encour-
agement for hurting women who
want to break the silence sur-
rounding their secret pain and
obtain healing from it.
In 2000, Mrs. Jakes was co-
executive producer of her hus-
band's stage play Behind Closed
Doors, which addressed the
critical issue of breast cancer
among women. In 2009, she ap-
peared in the movie, Not Eas-
ily Broken, which was released
January of that same year
by Sony Pictures. The movie
ranked No. 9 nationally during
opening week. Currently, she
is intricately involved with her
husband's highly-anticipated
sitcom, One Love, coming to
television fall of 2011.

Serita Jakes, the wife of the
popular Christian minister,
Bishop T.D. Jakes, is use to
wearing several different hats.
Depending on where she is,
Serita is use to the role of moth-
er, wife, First Lady Jakes and
business and non-profit man
ager to name a few.
Recently she added yet anoth-
er role to her repertoire author,
Serita recently published her
first fiction novel, The Crossing.

In her first fiction novel, The
Crossing, Serita molds her char-
acters from her more than 30
years of experience working with
victims of abuse and trauma
from Hurricane Katrina to fami-
lies torn apart by domestic vio-
lence. The novel, based on a fic-
tional bus shooting in Texas in
2000, is the story of three high
school students who saw their
teacher gunned down. Even af-
ter 10 years, their lives remain
entwined in the horror of that

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physical exam or ultrasound
also may be used to diagnose
People diagnosed with PAD
can usually be treated with
lifestyle changes, medications,
minimally invasive
endovascular procedures,
or vascular bypass surgery.
Lifestyle changes include
smoking cessation, diabetes
management, blood pressure
control, exercise and a healthy
diet. Medications may be
prescribed to lower cholesterol
or blood pressure, control
blood sugar (for diabetics),
prevent blood clots or relieve

certain symptoms.
When the symptoms are
more urgent or when these
changes and medications
don't work, minimally invasive
endovascular procedures
often provide very good
results in opening up blocked
blood vessels. Through
tiny punctures in the groin,
angioplasty uses balloons to
open the vessels and sometimes
tiny stents are used to keep
the vessels open. This is an
outpatient procedure where
patients go home the same
day and almost immediately
enjoy relief from pain and

problems walking. Finally,
vascular bypass surgery can
also be done to bypass diseased
vessels and facilitate blood
flow, should the symptoms be
very severe. As a doctor who
diagnoses PAD through my
own angiograms and performs
angioplasty and stenting as
well as major vascular surgery,
I have seen many patients
enjoy a much higher quality of
life after receiving treatment.
Leg pain, numbness or
other symptoms should not
be dismissed as normal aches
and pains of aging. Early
diagnosis and treatment of PAD

is important to not only protect
your legs, but also decrease
your risk of heart attack or
North Shore Medical Center
offers free community PVD
screenings monthly. To
make your appointment for a
screening, please call 1-800-
Dr. Hdklart Charles-Harris
is Board Certified by both the
American Board of Surgery and
the American Board of Vascular
IMedicine Erldovascular. He
is a newly appointed Professor
of Surgery at the Florida
International University School

ofMedicine. Caring for the North
Miami community since 2000,
Dr. Charles-Harris has served
three consecutive terms as
Chief of Surgery at North Shore
Medical Center, arid one term
as Vi'ce-Chief of Staff at North
Shore Medical Center.

Thank You
A special thank you to At-
torney Larry Goodman and
his staff, Joseph and Susan
from Ann Abraham for help-
ing me stay in my home.

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or lying down. In advanced
stages, blood flow to a leg or
foot can be severely blocked,
causing tissue death that may
result in amputation.
Diagnosing PAD can be done
through an ankle-brachial
index (ABI) test which compares
blood pressure levels in the
ankle and arm. Angiography, a
form of imaging that uses a dye
injected into the blood vessels,
allows the doctor to watch blood
flowr through the arteries as it
happens. A medical history,

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In loving memory of,


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Obituary notices submitted by, area funeral homes at no charge.
These notices include: namne of the deceased, age, place of death,
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H a d l y D v i sP a r d i s Ric h r s o n e o r a


bear their grief

ied Sep- retired security "POKY," 19,

guard, died /
Spt rnbera3.m

Saturday at .
Goulds Church
of Christ.

at Baptist .
Hospital -
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the -

tember 10. Ser-

virdeayllin atme

MAUQUITA SMITH, 27, cashier,
died August 31.
Service 2:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel. -

truck driver, died
September 8.
Service 10 a.m., .
Saturday in the m
chapel. ~ I~

ANTONIO NORRIS, 40, laborer'
died September
10. Service 12
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

maktmer, died
Service at430

in the chapel.

*:: :: ::**- -.-':11

FLOYD MADDOX, 48, research
scientist, died
September 3.
Services 11
a.m., Saturday
at St. Barnabus
W.M.C. *

wife, d

Miami Dade

died September
4. Survivors
are mother,
Lutricia Borwn-
Allen; step-
father, Norman Allen; brothers,
Derick Brown, and Jordan Brown;
sister, Arshaneka Brown; father.
Raul Partridge; a host of uncles
and cousins. Service 12:30 p.m.,
Saturday at Daysprings Missionary
Baptist Church, 2991 NW 62nd St.


The death of a child is a
devastating loss and a life-
changing event. It's hard to
know what to say to comfort
the bereaved parents. Friends
and loved ones may think the
parents know best what they
need so they might ask the be-
reaved to call if they need any-
thing. While the sentiment is
sincere, when asking, "Please
call me," it places a burden
on someone grieving a loss;
someone who can barely mus-
ter the energy to get out of bed
in the morning.
I recently asked bereaved
parents to share what helps
and what hurts. Here's what
they'd like you to know:
*Don't avoid us; we already
feel different and your absence
isolates us even more.
*Understand that youtl
have to give more than youtl
get; we just don't have the en-
ergy or strength right now to
do much more than take care
of ourselves.
*Remind us of what was so
special about our child; "I'll
never forget Melissa's beauti-
ful smile."
*Share with us how' our
child made a difference; "TIim-
othy's courage was so inspir-
ing, I will never forget how

Antioch. celebrates

13th annual


Antioch M.B. Church of
Brownsville cordially invites
you to the Memorial Servibe in
memory of the late Rev. JS.W.
Stepherson, Sunday, Septem-
ber 18 at 10 a.m.
Rev. James Bush III will deliv-
er the message. The church is
located at 2799 N.W. Rev. J.W.
Stepherson (46th) Street. Rev.
Larrie M. Lovett II is pasto .

bravely he faced the treat-
*Accept that we've changed;
we don't like it either but our
experience makes us see the
world from a different per-
*Stay in touch; even if we
seem unresponsive, keep up
the connection. Call, email, or
write a note. And don't stop
including us. Your friendship
and support means the world
even if we don't seem respon-
*Don't forget our child. Say
their name and tell us stories;
it's music to our ears. Let us
know how much you loved
them, will miss seeing them
grow, and howr you too feel the
pain of their absence.
*Be with us even if we're not
much fun. Accompany us on a
walk, go to the movies, attend
a support group, and invite us
for coffee. Your friendship and
support is the best therapy.
It can be very hard to stay in
touch with friends and loved
ones in so much pain. It might
help to understand that each
of us has the power to truly
help in the healing process.
And the most helpful way to
do that is to be a continued

PRESLEY, died August 30 at
Baptist Hospital. Services were

Vanr h

MCCRAY, 58, -
retired Dade
County School
educator, died BP
September 7 at
Jackson County
Cancer Center.
He leaves
to cherish L
his fondest memories a loving
wife, Jesephine K. McCray; two
daughters, Decca H. Mosley
(Cardrico) and Tarsha J.M. Battle
(Larramie); five grandchildren,
India, Jjyaa, Jarian, Aston, and
Shammon; a devoted mother,
Geraldine B. Sheard; two brothers,
Myer McCray, (LaWanna) and
Ronald McCray, one sister, Lorraine
McCray; a host of uncles, aunts,
newphews, nieces, cousins and
friends. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Blountstown, FL Middle School
Auditorium. Vann Funeral Home,
4265 St. Andrew St., Marianna, FL,

Wright and Young

46, bus driver,
died September
6. Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at Freewill
C hr is ti a n
Center, 3405
NW189 Street,
Miami Gardens-

Baby Ray, 68,
retired, died
7 at Jackson
Memorial North.
Viewing 5 8
p.m., Friday
at Holy Cross.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Greater Holy Cross
M.B. Church, 1555 NW 93 Terrace,

In loving memory of,

Card of' Thanks

The family of the late, .
S09/16/48 -09/25/08

1;-UiT-We love you and miss you.

I nmraYour Family.


teacher, died
6 at home.

at Pembroke
Park Church of
Christ -


Rev. J.W. Stepherson

2321 Northwest 62"" Street
Miami, Florida 33147

Roberts Po


would like to take this time to
LEE "SONNY" say7 "thank you" for all of your
many act of kindness to make
id fg-8&iE'j i this transition bearable.
9. May God bless and keep
8 ~~~B (you is our prayer.
ly ...Happy birthday Popa,
d~ The Campbell Family

PH (305) 638-5030

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59, retired, die
Viewing 4 -
p.m., Frida
at a Wri ht a

Young, 15332
Mm A~v c e
12 p.m., Saturday at Antioch M.B.
Church of Miami Gardens.


02/03/33- 09/16/06

It has been five years now
but seems like yesterday.
We all miss your smile and
your words of encouragement.
We feel your presence daily.
Love always, Tricia

In IMlemoriam

In loving memory of,


driver, died DAVID ROLLE, JR., 82, retired
ce By The from City of
d. Miami Beach
in June 1988,
died September
6 at Aventura
Hospital. He
LIZABETH attended Booker
T. Washington
School. He was
a 32 degree
Prince Hall Masonic member.
"1Service 10 a.m., Saturday in the

September 4 at Hospi
Sea. Services were hele

G race
PERK ad vertising
died September
4. Services
were held.

September 16, 1941

We think of you always,
but especially today. You will
never be forgotten, although
you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake
with which we never part.
God has you in His keeping;
we have you in our hearts.
Loving and missing you al-
ways, the family.

Cute~ airectz

CALL, 305-694-6214

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
5 at Hialeah
Hos pi t al .
Service 11 a.m.,
September 17
at New Mt. Zion
M.B.C. Church -.
of Hialeah. -

Nakia Ingraham
VELPO YOUNG, 89, retired
died September 11 at home. Ser-
rieM1i a.m. Stu~r ay at Ebene-

01/02/46 09/16/07

To our beloved Ida, we were
blessed with having you for
61 amazing years and four
years later, you are still loved,
remembered, and missed.
As a daughter, sister, moth-
erant, grandmother and a


In loving memory- of,


12/02/74 09/17/10

Forever in our hearts,
Keturah, Naturah, Lindsay,
Tiffany, Samantha, Dawn,
Luther, William and your
mom, Priscilla White.

Happy Birthday


rr. i

JANICE SCOTT, 52, died Sep-

Jambs n Memo 1 ~S~~1 9
rial Hospital. '
Services 12 -
p.m., Saturday :
at House of God &
Miracle Temple. .

Spt r er r7eatelBaptist Hospital.

fice worker, died September 3 at
Memorial Pembroke. Services
were held.

VERNELL DEAL, 84, retired,
died September
11 at Westside
Viewing 2
p.m., Saturday :
at National
Funeral Home, ,
151 NW 37
Avenue, Miami,

PlRCe yoiur

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By D. Kevin McNeir

Dr. Bonnie Sapp, 52, has
spent the last 24 years of her
life as a proven and highly-
sought after motivational
speaker and preacher/teacher,
But the Pompamo Beach-born
mother of three sons, who was
raised in Ft. Lauderdale, says
th~at one of her dreams that first
took shape in high school was
to become a published author.
Now, after being moved to
write two books, the first a
poetic memoir that details the
spi rit ual a nd emotional roads

DeV~ayne Woods

she has traveled and the second
focusing on the struggles that
confront even the most dedicat-
ed to a life of Christian service,
she will bring to the stage a
play entitled "Diamond in the
She plans to release a same-
titled book on which the play is
based later this month as well.
It's her first stage production
and runs Saturday, Sept. 16th
through Sunday, Sept. 17th
with five shovis at the Joseph
Caleb Center Auditorium in
Liberty City. A portion of the
proceeds will go to the Centre of
Transformation a non-profit
Please turn to 'WOODS 2C

Vivica Fox and her fiance
Slimm are doing something un-
conventional these days. They're
staying away from the cameras
and preserving their relation-
At the recent ComicCon event
in San Diego, the actress said
that she and her man were of-
fered a reality show, but they
didn't want the drama.
"I will be getting married
soon," Fox told reporters. "When
we got engaged, it was the num-
ber-one trending topic of the day
on Yahool, so we thought every-
one would be interested in see-
ing the wedding and the whole
About that marriage thing,
when Fox checked out the comma
mentss from fans, she was sur-
prised to read the criticism, and
rude questions.
"When we went there, they
were like, 'What do you guys
fight about?' Who are your
friends that are a mess?'" she
shared, referencing the fact
that news of her betrothal wras
met by rumors that her friends
didn't support her relation-
ship with Slimm. -So 1 1
~ras like, tI don't w~ant
riage writh creating
drama' because re
get along very good."


But those hating fans aren't
going to stop Fox from doing the
dang thang; she's just trying
to live her life and be a happy
woman. So occasionally, Fox
said, she likes to get away from
the spotlight and just be normal.
"I try not to live my life in a
fishbowl. I have to turn off," she
said. "If I'm on all of the time,
how will my husband ever get to
know me as his future
wife? I have learned to
turn off and to
be able to hang
ourt M nrnimy
friends and
not be so

BV JoV Childs

Grammy-nominated CDs. it's the fourth CD from
the singer's ow~n label. DDB Records. It's a must
ha\e if you're a Tan of hers or any of her musical
Bridgewater's traveled near and far and w~ide to
share her passion for jazz. She grew~ up in Flint,
Milchlgan. w~ith a jazz-plas-ing trumpeter dad who
turned her on to the genre. She gained entree Into
the jazz world through her international tours
wvith the Thad Jones-Mlel Louis Big Band. Mlax
Roach, Sonny Rollins. Dexter Gordon and Dizzy
Gillespie. She appeared on Broadwvay as Glinda,
the Good Wi~tch of the South (for which she won
a Ton; award). And she forayed Into pop music
before she relocated to Paris, where she picked up
French and reconnected w\ith Jaz2 nOWr Capable
of singing any, genre In either French or Eng-
hish. She now\ resides In the Las V'egas area

Asked by Santelli, "Who sings your favorite
love songs?" Bridgewater responded without
hesitation: 'Billile!" because of how, Bridgew~a-
ter explained, "she attacks a word and puts
emphasis on it . She can make you cry!"
There's a clear connection between Holiday
and Bridgew~ater as demonstrated on the
latter's Grammy w~in for best jazz vocal
album for "Eleanora Fagan (1915--
19591: To Billle With Love From Dee
Dee" earlier this year. On that CD,
the attack-a-w~ord quality is in
furll effect.
Bridgewrater's win recalls
another of her tribute-
to-lazz-legend. Grammy
aw~ard-wiinning CDs,
Please turn to LEGEND 2C fi-

Denise Eileen Garrett better known as Dee
Dee Bridgew~ater pays tribute to Eleanora
Fagan the inimitable Billie Hoiday3~ to Ella
Jean Fitzgerald and to others on her new CD,
"Alidmight Sun.
Bridgewater chose the Grammy Mluseum for a
CD release celebration and extensive Q&A. with
executive director Bob Santelli before a packed
Clive Davis Theater audience-that included her
mom and her two talented daughters- one, her
manager, the other, a vocalist of note w~ho often
tours wi~th her mom
Produced bi Tulani Bridgew\~ater-Kowalskl, her
daughter/manager, the CD Is a set of melodi-
cally sensual and lyrilcally lush interpretations of
songs that Bridgewater has recorded on previous

Li estle



DeWayne Woods

stars in gospel play

I~N TH~E y)S

Local preacher/playwright~ Dr. Bonnie

Sapp takes her message to the stage

Actress Vivica Fox says no

thanks to reality TV show

By EURweb.com

Dee Dee Bridgewater pays homage to musical legends

Singer Dionne Warwick still golden after 50-year career

Local playwright hopes to encourage and

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2C THE Fl.114.1 TIMES, SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2011

last week as a survivor for the
Historical Hampton House
Dr. Pinkney asked for
a special meeting with
Commissioner Edmonson and
Attorney Jeffrey Beercowr to
appeal to the Commissioner
for help with the overdue
Hamton House. Whatever
changes have to be made will
be handle by Commission
Edmonson, plus more. She
helped us before and we
know she would duplicate her
intentions again.

The biggest Birthday Party
of the year came from the
collaboration among Tiothy
Strachan, Portia Coleman
and Crisy McLean at the
palatial home of Strachan.
Music was provided by a DJ
who played grown folks music
from Richard J. Strachan's
latest CD. And, of course, it
brought back great memories.
Some of the guests included
Beverly Graham, Essmne
Taylor, Corrice Kareem,
Clyde M~cLean, Betram.
U Schoolie" Strachan and
wife, Sheran, Tony MWcLean,
CliffGooden, S~helia Jackson,
Sandra Patterson, Iva 1Wae
M~akia Jackson. Happy
Birthday cousins.

and Tal~ent Showr held ann..al':.
in.~r:for the purpose of
Sdispl ing-. elementary, middle
and senior high schools writing
and talent abilities. Rolle w-on
first place in thle essay and
talent show portions. With
the $800 she won from, the
talent show, she her mother
.Charlange, and Dr. Pinkney,
alongwvith donors had to raise
the remaining balance of her
Phi $3,000 trip to Washigton,
newly D.C. It was a dream come true
ize it for Rolle, as she boarded the
into plane for her first trip outside
with of Miami.
Club Rolle indicated that her
one trip to Washington, Dl.C. was
to join other students
who were attending the
Juniors National Young
Leaders Conference, and
that she greatly enjoyed
the opportunity. It began
as she wras greeted
by a nice staff at the
Baltimnore Washington
PINKNEY Airport, followed by

Obama's W;Chite House, the
Korean Wiiar Me~morial, the
Vietnam War Memorial, and
the Congressional House.

Speaking of Dr. Pinkney, she
founded the Historic Hampton
House Trust, when
Luis Penlella fell down
in front of a bulldozer
to avoid the building
from demolition. From
his heroic deed, Dr.
Pinkney became
energized to begin the
process of restoration
of the famous building. EDMO
Her vision was a
focal point of entertainment
in jazz and first-class living
accommodation for dignitaries,
such as Dr. Martin L. Kig,
Jr., Muhammed Ali, Sidney
Poitier, Althea Gibson,
Jamnes Brown, Jackie
Ro'binson, Charlie Austin,
Elvis Paschel, John Mncaann
and Richard (D~ick) Strachan.
A $4.7 million dollar grant
from Miami-Dade County
and the membership became
exhilarated with board
meetings coming forth 30 or
more in attendance. They
included D~alton Nickerson,
Martha Anderson, M~alinda
Cleary, K~athy Hersh, Dr.
Larry Capp, Ruy Rayford,

Dr. Edwin T. Demeri~tte,
Dena Pinkney, chairperson,
Jazz Culture Commuittee; and
Donald Irvin.
Dr. Pinkey reached out to R.
D~onahue Peebles, president
and CEO, Peebles Atlantic
Development Corp., to
lend his support and
embrace the project
with in-kind-service of
$350,000. The project
became rejuvenated
after that input from
the millionaire. Dr.
Strachan envisioned
NSON and collaborated with
Dr. Pinkney and De~na
Pinkney to raise funds from a
Jazz Concert featuring Charlie
Austin and George Lane,
honoring Luis Penella.
In short, the Five Year Plan
for restoration never came to
fruition, while the $4.7 million
has almost dwindled from
architectural and engineering
expense, while Dr. Pinkney
has written several grants to
replenish the coffer while a
grant to produce The Messiah
during Easter is in the mix.
Kudos go out to Commissioner
Audrey Edmonson for saving
the Hampton House back in
2002 when she allowed staff
to use one of her officers. Dr.
Pinkney reached out to her

Brother Dr. Edward Braynon
has accumulated so much
Ojmega Pst Phi history rotalme
66S sears. afjter his brOther 5
drmise-, recerntiv, heI~ decid-d to
share his history with the men
of Omega Psi Phi Fratcrnir,,
Inc. at his home, last Saturday.
Some of the brothers who
attended were: Ric Powell,
Richard J. Strachan, Chico
Arenas, Brandon. Roundtree,
H~ermnan Dorsett, Tori. Cox,
DwRight Gray, Dr. Donald WC.
Parke~r, Bary1 Binton and
K~eith. Blan.
Dr. Braynon co-hors over the
years included famous Black
Americans, such as Langston
Hughes, Ronald Htayes,
William "Count" Basie, Don
Q. Pullen, Williamn H. "Bill"
Cosbyr, De Hart Hubbait, Joe
Black, Cedric MaxwRIell, Ed
"Too Tall" Jones, Michael
Jordan, John Sally, Mark
Duper, Jesse Hill, E~arl Graves,
Grant Reynolds, James
Nabrit, Ben Hooks, Vernon
Jordon, Jesse Jackson, Dr.
Carter G. Woodson, Benjamin
1Mays, Herman Dreer, William

y has
isting .
,ne of

Hastie, George i
L. P. Weaver ,
and Robert C.
Dr Braynon
updated the
history of Omega Psi
Fraternity, Inc. and the
brothers had to memor
before being accepted
the organization, along
founding the Speakers'
and being selected as
of 100 outstanding
Black males in

The /**;~~Historical
Hampton House
Trust was founded by 1i~
Dr. Enid C. Pinkney
to restructure the
building in this
decade. To facilitate
the building, Dr. Pinkne:
accepted volunteers that
daily in the office. One of
is -Diane Rolle's daur
Brittney Rolle, who br;
so much' to the office ass
in planning programs. O
the programs was the i

By Teresa Elliott Miami, FL

The heart wants who the heart wants

How do you turn your heart off from loving someone?
Because the heart wants who the heart wants!i

How do you stop thinking about someone that's not
thinking about you?
Because the heart wants who the heart wants!

How do you forget the memories that you shared with someone
you love but doesn't love you anymore?
Because the heart wants who the heart wants!

What would you do? There's no off switch to the heart!
Will time take care of a broken heart?
How long does it take before the love, memories and thoughts
fade away?
Because the heart wants w~ho the~ heart wants!

checking into the Four
H. Center where it was home
for her during her stay.
Being the only one from
Miami, she was careful with
whom she buddy with as she
visited the Lincoln Memorial,
Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
Monument, President Barack

September 7. Mrs. Edwards is
the sister of the late Eddie Mae
Wilson former Art Teacher at
Liberty City Elementary. She is
the sister of the late Eddie Mae
Wilson former Art Teacher at
Liberty City Elementary. She is
now deceased.
Both of my schools Booker
T. Washington and Bethune-
Cookman College (ngw
University) are off to a very
good start. Both schools are
playing very good football at
this time. Keep it up Tornadoes
and Wildcats. .
Get wellI wishes and. Our
prayers go out to all of sick and
shuI~t inls- Timothy O. Savage,
Theodore Dean, Clearance
Clear, Lillian E. Davis, Ines
McKinney Dean-Johnson,
Hansel Higgs, Joyce Gibson,
Willie Williams, Ernestine
Ross-Collins, Mildred "PI"
Ashley, Mary' Allen, Sue
Francis, Dwight L. Jackson,
Frances Bro~wn, Rosalyn
MVims-James. Naomi Allen-
Adams. Jaunita Johnson,
Richard Mlims, Doris J. Duty
and Louise Hutchinson-

Pinder is the Rector Emeritus of
St. John the Baptist Episcopal
Church in Orlando, FL. Welcome
home, Fr. Pinder!
The Episcopal Church Women
of The Transfiguration cordially
invite you to its Annual Women's
Day Program on Sunday,
September 18th at 4 p.m. The
honorees: Reve~rend Doris W.
Ingraham, Georgla Ayers. Bea
Hines and Dr. Sharon Ashley.
Congratulations to Chauncey
Edgecombe. w~ho, recei\ed his
Ala sonari Dn~egree and wras
Installed in Jacksonvllle. FL as
"Most Excellent High Priest"
of` Holy Royal A'rch M~ason s of
lou~nt Horeb Chapter #9-1 in
We'ddmg annile~rsar,
greetrings go oult to~ a v-er? lovlng
and beautiful couple who
celebrated their 62nd wedding
anniversary on September 8th:
Mr. Edward J., Jr. and Mrs.
Elizabeth Betty Blue.
A veryJ happa, belated
birthday to a tcn~ special
lady. Mlrs. Iola Edwards. who
celebrated her 105trh birthday\
last Wednesda!. Yes, read it
co~rrectl!- 105 Iaers !iong on

Congratulations to- Charles
Raymond Wyche Lattimore
and Charlene Chacha Mayah
w~ho w~ere married on Seprembe-r
3rd m Ashmore, Virg~ama.
Attending the wedding were his
mother, Kathy Lattimore and
his grandmother, Vera. Wyche.
Other persons attending will be
mentioned at a later date.
Saturday, September 17th at
9 a.m. at Saint Cecelia's Chapter
of Episcopal Church" Women
and the Daughters of the King
will have our 24th Annual
Prayer Breakfast in Saint Agnes
Blackett Hall (Parish). Our
speaker is my classmate, friend
and church member Joyce
SNaomi Allen-Adams returned
home to Miami for a few days to
spend some time with her son,
Dr. Nelson L. Adams, II and hais
family. Mrs. Adams now~lives in
Tuskegee, AL with her daughter
Sceiva Adams-Holland a~nd her

family :
Ihope u
had a happy
a.nd memorable
birthday on
September 8th, 1Mary Taylor
Albury-Ferrell. You deserve it.
Mary turned 92 years young!
Happy birthday to Mrs. Virla
R. Barry on September 5th. I
also hojpe ou enjo! ed \ol:ur day.
Iand man\ others carinot
believe ourr belat erd Pritest. The
Revecrend Canon Richard L.
Marquess-Barry has been at
our beloved Saint Agnes folr
34 years, it only seems.1ike 10
years. Wow, how the time flew!
One more year. How sad for us!
The Reverend. Canon Nelson
W. Pinder (retired), his lovely
wife Marian, their son and
daugh ter- in -law\ and othtr
familyl\ members camne ol er from
Orlan~do for thle 3- t h Annwcrsary
.celebration of` our Rector. Fr.
Pinder was the preacher. Fr.

By Steve Jones

Lil Wayne's long-anticipated
"Tha Carter IV" made its de-
but with sales that can be at-
tributed to brand loyalty and
a well-timed marketing plan.
Even though-the album leaked
on the Internet days before its
release Aug. 29, it sold 964,000
copies and gave Lil Wayne his
third career chart-topper on
the Billboard 200 chart, ac-
cording to Nielsen SoundScan.
The week also saw the top
10 debut of the Red Hot Chili

Peppers' "I'm With You" (No. 2
wi~th 228.000)I. David Guetta's
"Nothing But the Beat" (N~o. 5
with 56,000) and Jake Owen's
"Barefoot Blue Jean Night"
(No. 6 with 55,000).
"Tha Carter IV's" sales are
second this year to fadl, Ga-
ga's "Born This W;ayf', which
sold 1.1 million in May with
a boost of a twro-da\- 99-cent
promotion on Amazon. The
Carter IV" broke iTunes' one-
week downloads record with
345,000. The album was re-
leased just after midnight

Aug. 29, only mlinutes after Lil
Wayne had closed lT\~ s Vid-
eo Music Awards broadcast
with his hit How to Love.
"He is a superstar with an in-
credibly huge follow~ ing." says
Keith Caufield, Billboard's as-
sociate director of charts/re-
tail. "The brand name 'Carter'
holds a lot of weiight when you
see it next to Lil Wayne in much
the same way as 'Blueprint'
does ~with Jay-Z. You expect
quality and creati\itr."
"Tha Carter III" sold more
than 1 million copies when it

made its debut in 2008 and
has totaled than 3.7 million.
Chuck .Creekmur, allhiphop.
com's CEO, says Lil. Wayne
benefited from the lull be-
tween Carter albuins. Even as
Lil Wayne spent most of last
year in a New York prison on
gun charges, "Tha Carter IV"
loomed. Two lightly promoted
2010 albums ,- the experi-
mental rock album "Rebirth"
(;;2,000O copies sold) and the
post-prison release "I Am Not
a Humnan~eing" (953,000 ) -
were mere appetizers.

The Chinese government has
declared a War on Divas. The
country's Culture Ministry
announced recently that Lady
Gaga, Beyonce and Katy Perry
comprise a "threat to state cul-
ture." A newly released forbid-
den playlist includes 100 songs
that download sites must re-
move within two weeks or face
unspecified punishment. From
the standpoint of a paranoid
bureaucrat, I can understand
banning Gaga's "~Judas" for the
Satanic themes and whatnot.
But "Hair"? "Edge of Glory?"
Seems strange. And it doesn't

look like Governmnent Hooker
milde the cut.
But the most surprising rev-
elation is the ban on the Back-
street Boys specifically, their
hit song from 12 years ago, "I
Want It That Way." Who knew
that the Backstreet Boys are
still relevant?
For all the fretting about
China as a rising superpower,
the regime's abject fear of a
12-year-old Backstreet Boys
ballad should indicate to us
that the country is to borrow
a phrase from Mao a paper

continued from 10

Friends are For" the song
she first sang in 1985 along
with Elton John, Gladys
Knight and Stevie Wonder to
raise money for AIDS research.
Throughout the concert
she often stopped in her typi-
cal fashion to talk to her fans
about the music, her life and
the joy she still has each time
she takes to the stage. And her
fans responded with the kind
of gusto that would cause any
entertainer to smile stand-

ing to their feet mulltiple times
before thanking the artist with
a standing ovation at the con-
clusion of her pei-formance. As
for her band, they were simply
"I have loved Dionne since I
was a child and watched her
on Lawrence Welk, American
Bandstand stnd Soul Train,"
said Willow Rosado, 58, frorn
Pompano Beach.
"Her style, the words she
sings and their message are
what have made me a fan of
Dionne Warwick for so many
years," said Runnell Daniels,

79. "I've seen some of the best,
from Dionne to Sam Cooke,
Otis Redding, Tina Turn-
er, Marvin Gaye and James
Brown. They were true enter-
Warwick talked about her
life in Brazil, where she now
spends most of her time. She
even sang a few songs that re-
flect the country's genre. She
also did several jazz standards
by the great Sammy Cahn that
will be available on a CD en-
titled, "Only Trust Your Heart,"
later this year.
Does she still have it?

"She sounds just like the Di-
onne I remember and showed
us what true musicianship is
all about," said Michael Bur-
ton, 48, from Ft. Lauderdale.
"With a voice like hers you
don't need computers."
"Her song, 'What the World
Needs Now is Love,' has a mes-
sage that we need to hear to-
day and it was fitting that
she did it for her encore," said
Emon Fain, 47. "It's refreshing
to hear someone that can sing
with just a five-piece orchestra
and give you an unforgettable

inspire others
and he says that Black theater
"allows us to look at our lives
through a glass while allowing
us to express our feelings and
analyze our emotions."
The cast consists of talented
local actors including: Inger
Hanna, Anisha Battle, Thomas
Carter, III, Azariah Abdullah-
Shabazz, John Rolle, Cherry-
Ann Paris, Marcel and Sapp-
For more information, visit
com or call 954-586-3071.

a few selections from the new
CD, songs like the title track
as well as "Speak Low" and
"Good Morning, Heartache"
resounding with Bridgewa-
ter's abundant vocal and
scatting talents and leaving
the audience wishing they
could enjoy more of her in the
intimate, acoustically supe-
rior setting.
Bridgewater also hosts
NPR's weekly syndicated
show, "JazzSet," now in its
second decade on the air.

continued from 10

this one to the 'first lady
of song'; E11a Jane Fitzger-
ald. Entitled "Dear Ella," the
singer won best jazz vocal
performance for this 1997
release. It's clear that she
knows from. whence her jazz
vocal artistry comes.
Before leaving, she and
her longtime piano accom
panist, Edsel Gomez, did a
One-half hour performance of

continued from 10

organization Sapp founded in
2001 to help victims of domes-
tic violence.
"The play illustrates the
strength of a woman wYho finds
her world falling apart after
discovering that her husband,
a celebrated pastor, has strayed
from their relationship and his
commitment to God," she said.
"Later she realizes that God is

still on her side and that she is
a diamond in the rough, a bit
tarnished that needs a shining
by God."
"Diamond in the Rough" fea-
tures gospel great DeWayne
Woods who is himself an enig-
ma due to his claim that God
has healed him from a previ-
ous HIV-positive diagnosis.
"I am proud of Dr. Sapp's
boldness to bring the issues
of women in the church in the
forefront and consider it an

honor to be part of this wonder-
ful production," Woods said.
Woods is best known for
his chart-topping single "Let
Go" and his work with gospel
greats including Donald Law-
rence, Byron Cage and John P.
The show is directed by Dr.
Paul van Putten, II, seasoned
actor, producer and director
of media and televised theat-
rical productions. This will be
his debut directing live theater


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and European tourists charmed by its artistic
flair and black-sand beaches. It s also been viewed
as one of the safest places in Haiti, a city that's
larrgelly eluded the political strife associated with
The rest of Haiti has largely stumbled along
to recovery since the January 2010 earthquake.
Port-au-Prince, heavily hit because so many con-
crete buildings were shoddily made, is still filled
with flimsy settlements.
The number of people nationwide in the encamp-
mnents is almost 595,000, compared to a peak of
1.5 million after the quake, according to the IOM,
an aid group that focuses on migration issues after
disasters. In the countryside, the displaced popu-
lation has dropped 90 percent, from 300,000 to
30,000 people, Dall'Oglio said. Part of that overall
decline stems from evictions on public and private
land. More than 67,000 people have been evicted
since the quake and threats of eviction have in-
creased by 400 percent, U.N. official Nigel Fisher,
wrote in a letter recently.

By Tr~enton Daniel -

One of Haiti's few tourist destinations is show-
ing signs of making a strong recovery from the
damage it suffered in last year s earthquake. More
than 1,400 Haitians holed up in muddy makeshift
camps moved into new houses in the southeastern
city of Jacmel recently as part of a ceremony orga-
nized by the International Organization for Migra-
tion, the United Nations, and other aid groups.
"Jacmel in my view reflects the progress that
has been made outside Port-au-Prince," said Luca
Dall'Oglio, head of the IOM.
Dall'Oglio attributed the city s progress to the
ability to secure land for housing and direct ac-
cess to local officials. Jacmel, a seaside city of
40,000, was among the cities hardest hit by the
January 1.2 earthquake. Many of the buildings in
its downtown historic district buckled and city of-
ficials estimated that 800 people died. A city cel-
ebrated for its carnival and French Quarter-style
architecture, Jacmel has long drawn American

BV James Kemp

Brazil wants to gradually re-
duice its peacekeeping force in
Haiti, the government said rl-
cently. Defense Minister Crlso
.4m~orim told BBC Brazil that
keeping the troops in Haiti will
not benefit the poor country in
the long term. His commnents
weire confirmed by the Defense
Alinistry's press office, which
sa id there is no timetable to be-
pln the troop withdrawal. Bra-
nil leads the U.N. peacekeeping
mission sent to the Caribbean
ctountry in 2004 after a revolt
toppled former President Jean-

Bertrand Aristide. The U.N.
troops also were key after a
devastating earthquake hit the
nation in 2010. The U.N. mis-
sion, which was always intend-
ed to be temporary, currently
has more than .12,000 troops
or police in Haiti.
"We have to be responsible in
relation to Haiti and in relation
to ourselves," Amorim said in
the' interview with BBC Brazil.
"But in the medium and long
term, it's not good for Haiti or
for those ivNho are there to have
the troops stay forever."
He said there is a need to
avoid a feeling of false security

in Haiti because of the presence
of the troops. Amorim made it
clear, though, that the with-
drawal needs to be coordinated
with the U.N. and the other na-
tions currently in Haiti to avoid
creating another chaotic situ-
ation. He noted that Haiti has
held two consecutive elections,
`showing that the democracy
appeared to be consolidated.
Amorim .was Brazil's foreign
minister in the twro terms of
President Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva, wrho left office last year.
He took over the defense minis-
try position after Nelson Jobim
resigned last month.

Big Niglit

returns. ..

By Randy Grice
rgrice@miamitimesonline.com -

The September edition of Big
Night in Little.Haiti is talking
take place on Friday, Septem-
ber 16th at the Little Haiti Cul-
tural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter-
race. The popular free monthly
event features classic Haittan
music from the Shleu Shleu Mi~
ami All Stars in the plaza, pre~
ceded by old school Caribbean
dance rhythms, and a peek at
the thrilling spectacle of Miami
"Everything is coming togeth-
er for a totally perfect night,"
said Laura Quinla, Rhythm
Foundation's director. "What
is especially cool is that there
are a lot of different kinds of
people of all backgrounds and
ages that have a great time to-
The Shleu Shleu Miami All
Stars are the main branch of
the legendary Shleu Shleu,
which formed in 1965 in Port
au Prince the longest running
act in the history of Isompa. Co-
founder and drummer Smith
Jean-Baptiste, created a signa-
ture sound for upscale~ dance
parties in Haiti and the Carib-
bean, where the band contrib-
uted massive hit singles and
Carnival anthems. During the
1970s and beyond, the band
evolved, and some members
went separate ways. Now based
in South Florida, Jean Baptiste
has revitalized the group as the
Shleu Shleu Miami All Stars,
keeping alive the elegant and
uptempo rhythms that rocked
the Haitian society party at the
Hotel Villa Creole almost 50
years ago.

Shaneta Thomas, 31, who is
coming to the festival for the
first time, said that she is ex-
tremely excited.
"All my friends come to Big
Night every month but usually
I am working and can not at-
tend," she said. "This month
my face will be in the place.
I have heard so many good
things about this event and I
can not wait to experience all
the fun first hand."
Rachel White-Brown, 34, who

is coming to the festival from
West Palm Beach, said that her
family and the festivities keep
her making the more than an
hour drive across South Flori-
"I am originally from Miami
but I moved up to West Palm
not too long ago," she said. "I
know the drive is long but its
only once a month plus I get to
spend those weekends with my
family and you can never put a
cost on family."

IBy RandV Grice

w\ith the City of Miami Police Department in
1987, where he was assigned to various inves-
tigative units. During this time, he conducted
various undercover operations, assisted U.S.
Customs, Federal Bureau of Inrvestigations,
and U.S. Secret Service. In 1995, he was hired
to work with the U.S. Department of Justice
I.C.I.T.A.P. in Haiti, where he was tasked to train


r ~..

Mlare Elias, Jr., assistant police chief in the
City of~ North Miami, has been appointed by
interim City Manager Stephen Johnson as the
new~ act ing chief in the city.
"As you are aware, effective Friday, September
2, 2011, I was requested by the City Council to
serve as interim City manager until a permanent
person~ is selected," Johnson said in a Nocrth Ali-
ami Police Dbepartment memorandum. "During
my interim status, I hav~e designated Assistant
Chief Elias, Jr. to serve as Acting Chief of Police."
Elias who was fired from his post as Florida
City Police chief in 2002 after two different alle-
gations of sexual harassment surfaced, will take
over a North Miami department facing negotia-
tions with the police union.
"I can't believe this type of person will be in
charge at the police department," said Sherri
McDonald, a North Miami resident. "I know that
the City already has problems and I hear that
this guy has had problems in the past, I don't
think we need anymore problems over here.
Jeffery Madison, who also lives in North Mi-
ami, said he is happy to have Elias serving.
"This is going to be a good thing," he said. "I
know this is not permanent but I hope he can
stay if he does a good job."
Elias, Jr. began his career in law enforcement

Haiti's leadership --

crlSIS and new .

presuxeInt ..

By Brian Peters

Amidst a painstakingly difficult recovery from
the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti still struggles
to forge a definitive path toward true economic sta-
bility and an acceptable standard of living for its
citizens. Much attention has been devoted to Hai- Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly, Haiti's president.
ti's underlying structural difficulties; specifically, his presidency might take. Still, his I~inalhtyl to
analysts harp on the notion that Haiti is ___implement meaningful policy up to now
a failed state and lacks strong political ~ue* tlrlcan be attributed to his failure to choose
institutions. At this moment, however, it 8 8ar an acceptable candidate for prime minis-
is worth identifying the ways in which ter, his second-in-command.
Haiti's problems are attributable to in- Martelly attempted to put together a
dividual people--namely, Haitian politi- -L~ new government quickly: two days be-
cians. fore he took office, he nominated neolib-
Seven months after its November 2010 eral businessman Daniel Gerard Rouzi-
presidential election, Haiti still lacks a (L~er as prime minister. But after a month
complete administration. Following a of wrangling in Parliament, Rouzier was
messy and drawn-out campaign that in- RUI rejected by the legislature on June 21,
eluded accusations of election fraud and RUER 2011. Just a couple of weeks later, Mar-
international intervention on the part of the OAS telly found an alternative, former Minister of Jus-
and Western nations, Michel "Sweet Micky" Martel- tice Bernard Gousse. Gousse's confirmation was
ly finally emerged as Haiti's next president. Martelly even more unlikely; he too was rejected by the leg-
took office on May 14, 2011, and his few months in islature on August 2, 2011. Thus, it may be months
office have thus far revealed little about the shape before Haiti assembles a basic government.

Marc Elias, acting chief for the City of North
Haitian police recruits. He served as assistant
manager of Personnel and Administration and
was later promoted to deputy manager for Pro-
fessional Development and technical advisor to
the government of Haiti.



Haiti tourism, signs of recovery

Brazilian troops patrol the streets of Haiti.

Brazilian t-roops pull from Haiti

--Photo credit: Marvin Elliott Ellis
Jazz musician Jowee Omicil performs during the Big Night
celebration last month.

Umited Imitlatives for Peace summer camp

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER: For the second year, United Initiatives for Peace hosted 100
girls at Bel Kan Camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The camp promotes positive self-image and
inspires young girls to dream, no matter what anyone says. Many girls met each other for the
first time, sat and had meals together and participated in various physical and artistic activi-

Acting police chief named for North Miami



shop, including all materials
cost $f40 and registration and
payments can be made for the
workshop by visiting wwwv.wom-
matherapy-workshop, htmi. For
more information, call 817-770-
2029 or visit www.womanfirst-

SRainbow Ladies and Beta
Phi Omega Sorority are spon-
sering a Hlealth Expo for les-
bians, bisexual and transgen-
dered (LBT) women of color on
Saturday, September 24 at the
Pride Center in Wilton Manors.
Free screenings and health pro-
motion education will be provid-
ed by several local agencies and
organizations. Everyone is in-
vited. There will be food, enter-
tainment and raffles. For more
information, call 305-772-4712,
305-892-0928 or visit www.

It The Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1965, Inc. will
worship together at 11 a.m.
on Sunday, September 25th at
Trinity CME Church, 511 NW 4th
Street. For further information,
contact Lebbie Lee at 305-213-

Il P.H.I.RS.T. Impres-
sionz, a dinner poetry event
returns at Oasis Cafe, 12905
NE 8th Avenue in North Miami.
It will be held on Sundays, Sep-
tember 25, October 30, Novem-
ber 27 and December 18 at 7
p.m. Admission is $10, which
includes performance, dinner
and drink. Anyone interested in
participating needs to contact at
least one week in advance. For
more information call, 786-273-

II Sherwhin Williams in part-
nership with the Miami-Dade
Public Housing Agency (MDPHA)
is offering free painting train-
ing. There will be two sessions
Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-5
p.m. on September 26-30 at
Edison Courts, 325 NW 62nd
Street and November 7-11 at
Arthur Mays Village, 11341 SW
216th Street. Participants rnust
attend the five days of training
in order to receive two certifica-
tions: Painter Training Program
Attendance and EPA-HUD Certi-

fiction. Space is limited to 20
participants per session: first
come, first served. -To register,
visit you site manager-

12 SSB Invest in the Arts,
Inc. presents First Annual Com-
munity Video Conference H8CU
Recruitment Fair on Thursday,
September 29 from 9-11 a.m.
at the African American Re-
search Library and Cultural Cen-
ter, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Ft-
Lauderdale. It is free and open
to the public. Meet with over 50
college recruits from HBCU's-
Learn about admissions, aca-
demic programs offered, finan-
cial aid and scholarships, ca~-
pus life and more. Register at
hbcu.eventbrite.com. For more
information, contact 954-658-
5791 or jveasy@ssbitta.com.

M1 The State Attorney's
Office is hosting a 'Second
Chance' Sealing and Expung~e-
ment Program on Thursday,
September 29 from 4-7 p.m. at
Sweet Home Missionary Baptist
Church, 10701 SW 184th Street
in Miami. You may pre-register
at www.miamisao.com. This will
greatly expedite the processing
of your application and you can
avoid waiting in line. For more
information, call the State At-
torney's Office Community
Outreach Division at 305-547-

8r Wingspan Seminars will
celebrate its 5th AnniversarY
and presentation of the Pea'Ce
Awards celebrating women on
Friday, September 30 from 3-6
p.m. We will also launch Wings
on Women (WOW). -The theme
is "She's Going Somewhere" For
more information, contact 305-
253-2325 or info@wingspan-

$I The Grand Opening Cel-
ebration of the South Miami-
Dade Cultural Arts Center,
10950 SW 211 Street in Cutler
Bay, will be held on Saturday,
October 1 at 8 p.m. and Sun-
day, October 2 at 3 p.m. On
both days, the Center offers ad-
ditional free pre-show outdoor
activities for all to enjoy. For
information on how to buy tick-
ets, call 786-573-5300 or visit

P15 Miami-Dade Communi-
ty Action Agency (CAA) will
host the second annual Florida
Association of Community Ac-
tion's (FACA) "Symposium on
Poverty" on October 6 from 8
a.m.-1 p.m. at Miami-Dade Col-
lege, Wolfson Campus Audito-
rium, 300 NE 2nd. Avenue. The
event is open to the public and
community is urged to attend
the symposium to be apart of
the legislative process of estab-
lishing the agenda for a Florida
Commission on Poverty. For in-
formation, call 786-469-4600 or
visit www.miamidade.gov/caa.

II The Habitat for Human-
ity of Greater Miami will be-
gin holding its second Saturday
of the month homeownership
application meetings at New
Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist
Church, 6700 NW 14th Avenue
on Saturday, October 8 at 9:30
a.m. There is no RSVP neces-
sary for the meetings and no
application deadline. For more
information, contact McKenzie
Moore, community outreach co-
ordinator, at 305-634-3628 or
email mckenzie.moore@miami-

SChai Community Servic-
es will host its annual Job Fair
on Saturday, October 8 from 10
a.m.-6 p.m, at DoubleTree H-otel
Convention, 711 NW 72nd Ave-
nue. Bring resumes and resume
assistance will be available and
dress in business attire. Miami-
Dade State Attorney's Office will
be there screening for expung-
ing or sealing of records. For
more information, call 786-273-

SThe Miami Broward One
Carnival Host Committee
(MBOCHC) is hosting Miami
Carnival in the' Gardens on Sun-
day, October 9 in Miami Gardens
at SunLife Stadium, 2269 Dan
Marino Blvd. Early bird tickets
are $15 (if purchased by August
31) at ticketleap.com. Tickets
are $20 online after August 31.
Tickets at the gate are $25. For
information about vending and
sponsorship, call 305-653-18i77
or visit www.miamibrowardone-
carnival.com or www.facebook.
Please turn to LIFESTYLE 10D


II Women Who 3am! is look-
ing for talented, groundbreaking
female singers, musicians and
entertainers to perform at the
"Save the Twinz" music show-
case in honor of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. The deadline
of submission is Monday, Sep-
tember 19. For more informa-
tion, call 901-236-8439 or visit
www.womenwhojam.com. The
music showcase will be held on
Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. at
the Broward Center for the Per-
forming Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave.
in Ft. Lauderdale. Tickets -are
$30. To purchase tickets, visit
www.browardeenter.org or call

Ii The National Coalition
of 100 Black Women, Inc. in
partnership with City of Miami
Gardens Councilman Andre Wil-
liams is hosting a free workshop
on estate planning on Tuesday,
September 20 at 6 p.m. at the
Betty T. Ferguson Complex,-
3000 NW .199th Street in Mi-
ami Gardens. The goal of the
workshop is to provide educa-
tion about the basic tools of
estate planning, such as wills,
trusts and powers of attorney,
The guest speaker is local attor-
ney, Marva Wiley, Esq. from the
Law Offices of Marva L. Wiley,'
P.A. For more -information, call

SGirl Power is hosting a
kickoff for their Sister Circle
Mentoring Program on Thurs-
day, September 22 from 6-8
p.m. at 6015 NW 7th Avenue.
Ladies who would like to men-
tor and girls ages 11-17, are
welcomed to attend. Come en-
joy free activities, a special pre-
sentation, giveaways, food and
beverages. To RSVP, call Sherri
Jones at 305-756-5502 or email

SWomen First Body Care
and Mama Senna Essence, a
natural beauty company based
in Dallas, Texas will present its
first South Florida "Saturday
Pamper Me Workshop" on Sat-
urday, September 24 from 9:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center,
6161 NW 22nd Ave. The work-

September 16 from 6-10 p.m. at
the Little Haiti Cultural Center,
212 NE 59th Terrace. For more
information, visit bignightlittle-
haiti.com or call 305-960-2969.

SThe Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1964 will be
meeting on Friday, September
16th at 6:30 p.m. at the African
Heritage Center, 6161 NW 22nd
Avenue. For further information,
contact G. Hunter at 305-632-

SEpsilon Alpha and Zeta
Mu Chapters of Alpha Pi Chi
National Sorority, Inc., of
Miami are completing a project
of Red Cross Readiness. The
chapters are collecting first-aid
supplies and emergency items
for Emergency Kits. These kits
will be distributed to the elderly
community of Miami for use dur-
ing this hurricane season. If you
are interested in donating and
contributing first-aid supplies,
call 305-992-3332 before Sat-
urday, September 17. If you'd
like more information about this
organization, contact Linda Ad-
derly at addimh@aol.com.

II The Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1961 will hold it's
first meeting and installation of
officers on Saturday, Septem-
ber 17 at 3 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center.
For more information, call 305-

SBooker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet on
Saturday, September 17 at 4:30
p.m. at the African Heritage Cul-
tural Arts Center. For more in-
formation,. contact Lebbie Lee at

SBooker T. Washington
Class of 1967 will hold monthly
class meetings every third (3rd)
Saturday of each month begin-
ning Saturday, September 17
at the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Av-
enue at 7 p.m. For more infor-
mation, contact L. King at 305-

I) The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1967 new meet-
ing? location beginning Wednes
day, September 14 at 7 p.m. is
at the home of Mrs. Queen Hall,
870 NW 168th Drive in Miami
Gardens. Meetings are the sec.
ond Wednesday of each month.
The remaining calendar dates
are: September 14, October 12,
November 19 and December 14.
Any questions, contact Elaine
Mellerson at 305-757-4471 or

II The South Florida Coun-
cil, Boy Scouts of America
(B.S.A.) will hold their loin
Scouting Night at the majority
of Miami-Dade County Public El-
ementary Schools on Thursday,
September 15 at 7 p.m. For
more information on Join Scout-
ing Night or the programs of the
Boy Scouts of America, contact
the South Florida Council at
305-364-0020 or go to www.

I) Florida Memorial Univer-
sity is hosting the Minding the
Gap: Improving Mental Health
Access-Eliminating Stigma pro-
gram. The program takes ~place
on the campus of Florida Memo.
rial University. It will be held
on Thursday, September 15 at
6:30 p.m. The MTG presentation
featuring Dr. loycelyn Elders,
the first African-American U.S.
Surgeon General begins at 6:45
p.m. at the Lou Rawls Center for
the Performing Arts. Registra-
tion is free at www.NBNFounda-
tion.us. For more information,
call 305-626-3611.

II The Old Dillard Museum,
1009 NW 4th Street in Ft. Lau-
derdale is having a birthday
celebration for Cannonball Ad-
derley featuring Melton Mustafa
on Thursday, September 15 at 7
p.m. Admission is $5. For more
information and tickets, call

SBig Night in Little Haiti
featuring Shleu Shleu Miami All
Stars will take place on Friday,

B% 14-

Barack Obama must demonstrate bold leadership on jobs

JP Morgan Chase invests in school

cessful in the college envi-
ronment," she said. "I'm very
excited about this."
Jeffery King, a 16-year-old,
11th grader is also feeling
good about the donation.
"I think something like this
is gomng to motivate not just
the students but also the
community," he said. "When
the students are doing better
I think the community will
do better. We are the commu-
nity. All of us live right here
in Liberty City and I really
do think that it is up to us to
go to college, come back and
then make our communities
Approximately 47 percent
of Liberty City residents have
a high school education and

rorsede rreee. Trhdiainbaly one
out of every four Northwest-
ern students do not graduate
godn cll45 percent of those

By Randy Grice
rgrice @m ilm itimecsonlline.com

In an effort to support
the transformation of Mi-
ami Northwestern Senior
High School into an institu-
tion that promotes a healthy
college going culture, JP
Morgan Chase has donated
$1,000,000. The presentation
was made last week at Miami
Northwestern (1100 NW
71st Street]. The company is
partnering with Miami-Dade
County Public Schools (M-
DCPS) and Florida Interna-
tional University (FIU) in this
"We are privileged to be
an ex mple 0f omethi nd w

be a big part of the future,"
said Mel Martinez, chair-
manio aPdMrgianAC aear

'T Trlru:-sh our work we are
helping to create meaningful
and sustaining change in our
communities, that's what we
believe in. A long standing
commitment to the Liberty
City community goes beyond
what we are doing at the
school today."
The three-year grant will
fund programs aimed at
fostering a environment that
encourages students to pur-
sue higher education,
Miracle Taylor, 17,' who
serves as Miss Northwestern,
said she is optimistic about
what the generous dona-
tion means for Northwestern
students .

d namiocs tcuoe fel as
though its giving Miami
Northwestern students a
c 01c to dac andeha e

By Care Bohan and
Thomas Ferraro

Barack Obama laid out a jobs
package worth more than
$300 billion on last Thursday,
staking his re-election hopes
on a call for urgent bipartisan
action to revive the faltering
With his poll numbers slid-
ing to new lows amid voter
frustration with 9.1 percent
unemployment, Obama will
make tax cuts for middle-class
households and businesses
the centerpiece of the plan and
will press for new spending to
repair roads, bridges and other
deteriorating infrastructure.
He used his televised speech
before a joint session of Con-
gress, to urge passage of those
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~p e


BV Andrea Chang

retailers head toward the
all-important holidal sea-
sorn. the?- have reason to be
optimistic. Months of solid
sales are wiidely expected
to carry through to, the end
of the year, w\hen shoppers
are most ilkelr, to open their
w~al lets.
Positive holidai perfocr-
mance coulld havet a far-
reaching effect. With con- -
su mer spending accunirtilng
for about ;O' percent of the
nation's ecunormic activity,
robust sales could breathe
life into what has been a
sluggish year so far for the
broader economy. .
Mlan\ industr:y anal\-sts are
predicting a good but not
great holida; season
The chlief economist for
the international Council of
Shopping Centers. a major
retail trade group. estimates

that sales \i ill rise 3?.5; per-
cnt for No\er~nber an t e-r

sales during the same period
beat expectations. rising 4.4
percent In what Industr.
analysts called the best holi
day results since 2006.
*It's a time wvhen wep do the
greatest amiouint of ou~r buisi-
ness. but it is also~ a season
that defines retailers." said
Jimn Slurew-skl. a spokesman
at Mvacv's Inc.. which last
,-ear saw~ '3 percent of its
sales mn thee last twio months
of the \-ear.
After the recession-plagued
2'00S holida: season, the
worc7st In mocrFe than fou~r
decades. Iretailers sa\ they've
becornee muc1h more sai Vi
abo'Lit COnironting economic
challenges. They-'re not or
dering too mucrh inventor.,
and the! re making sure that
prices are butdget-frienidl:,.
We' a.re w~ell prepared,"
Please tulrn to SALES SD

Export spike hints at

j firmer growth, jobs weak

By Pedro Nicolaci da Costa quarter following a sluggish

WASHINGTON The U.S. Aph caiotn fo a employ-
economy may be stumbling, ;ment benefits rose to 414,000
.but it is still standing. in the week ending Sep-
That was the message tember 3 from an upwardly
from two economic reports revised 412,000 the prior
that pointed to a weak labor week, the Labor Departm~ent

By Askia Muhammed

com) Thousands upon thou-
sands ofrec~essio~n-iieary job
seekers lined up for hours at
a time to attend each of a na-
tional series of job fairs and
related ton~ nl hall meetings
convened by members of the
Congressional Black Caucus
IC BC') in five cities through-
out the month of August.
In Atlanta, job seekers
camped~ overnight wearing
business suits in tormenting
heat, for an opportunity to
meet the 90 employers who
attended there, according
to a broadcast report. The
line of job seekers snaked for
blocks outside Atlanta Tech-



nical College, creating miles
of traffic backups in South-
west Atlanta.
The first job fair and town
hall meeting was hosted Aug
8 by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-
MO) in Cleveland. Rep. John
Conyers (D-MI)--dean of
the C BC-and Rep. Hansen
Clarke (D-MI) hosted the ses-
sions at Wayne County Comn-
munity College in Detroit
on Aug. 16. The Atlanta
sessions were hosted by
civil rights veteran Rep. John
Lewis (D-GA) and colleague
Rep. H-ank Johnson (D-GA).
Rep. Frederica Wilson
(D-FL) hosted twvo days of
sessions in Miami Aug. 22
and 23, featuring Miami
Please turn to CBC 10D

--said recently. Wall
SStreet analysts had
been looking for a dip
to 4105,000.
"Jobless claims
numbers have been
stabilizing in recent
weeks. We're probably
MA seeing an economy
that's just growing
slowly," said Gary Thayer,
chief macro strategist at
Wells Fargo Advisors in St.
U.S. stocks were little
changed as investors looked
ahead to Obama's address
while Treasury debt wras
slightly higher and the dollar
was up.
Please turn to JOBS 10D

market but also a
better performance
on trade that should
boost third-quarter
gross domestic prod-
The number of
Americans filing new
claims for jobless
benefits rose unex-

pectedly last week, further
evidence of an anemic em-
ployment picture just hours
before President Barack
Obama unveils a plan on job
creation in a major address
to Congress.
Still, a considerably nar-
rower trade deficit for July
offered a ray of hope for
economic growth in the third

By George E. Curry
NNPA Columnist

ifornia-Berkeley Labor Center re-
search brief titled, "Black Wvorkers
and the Public Sector," 20.9 percent
of Blacks are employed in what is
called the public administration sec-
tor and 18.5 percent work in educa-
tion and health services.
The report, written by Steven
Pitts, shows some variations within
the Black community. For example,
most Black males (18 percent) are
employed in the public administra-

tion sector. However, most
Black females (27 percent)
are employed in education
and health services. Pub-
lic administration is the
second-leading employer for
Black women at 23.3 per-
But the gender differences
don't stop there. After pub-
lic administration, the next
highest employers for Black

men are manufacturing
(14.7 percent), wholesale
and retail trade (14.3 per-
cent), professional and
business services (nine
percent) and educational
and health services (8.4
percent) .
By contrast, after edu-
cation and health services
(27 percent) and public
administration (23.3 per-

cent), Black women were employed
in wholesale and retail trade (11.3
percent), professional and business
services (7.2 percent) and manufac-
turing (7.1 percent).
Thus, when looking at the top five
employment industries, the sector
most likely to hire Black women -
education and health services -- was
the one least likely to hire Black men.
Any successful job plan must take
Please turn to LEA3DERSHIP 8D

Any compromise President Obamna
reaches with Congress will fail to
significantly reduce Black unem-
ployment unless the plan is crafted
to address joblessness in the three
industries where Black workers are
concentrated government jobs, ed-
ucation and health services.
According to a University of Cal-


Northwestern gets

$1,000,000 grant

.' ~g
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Members of the audience listen to U.S. President Barack< Obama speak at a Labor Day
event in front of General Motors Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, September 5, 2011.

Barack Obamna calls for

Hrgent Steps on economy

10 St HA
f U

-AP Photo/Paul Sancya
President Barack Obama waves after the annual Labor
Day parade in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. Obama's
speech at the annual event was serving as a dress rehearsal
for the jobs address he delivered to a joint session of Con-
gress on last Thursday night.

Miami Northwestern principal Wallace Aristide, accepts donation from Mel Martinez,
chairman of JP Morgan Chase, IFlorida and Latin ~America-



Steady sales point to

jollier holiday, hiring

CB C job fair draws

thousands seeking work




Need for jobs crucial with the rise of Black unemployment 1~

Obama's approaches to more jobs and a better economy


Starting on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, Fernando Apartments a building
designated for elderly persons 62 years of age or older and disable will open its
w~altlng list for Eff., 1 & 2Br.

Only 150 pre-applications will be available on September 20, 2011 between the
hours of 9am to 3pm at Fernando Apartments located 901 SW 5th St. Miami,
Florida 33130.

Pre-applications must be completed, brought to leasing office or mailed via
U.S. Postal Service regular or Certified mail.

Mailed pre-applications must be postmarked by the waiting list closing date
Friday, September 23, 2011.

Applications may be submitted at our leasing office located at 800 Washington
Ave Miami Beach, Florida 33139 from September 20 to the 23 of 2011 during
the hours of 8am to 4pm.

Any application postmarked or brought to the office after September 23, 2011
will be considered void.


A Hialeah Womens Center Family Planning
Advanced GYNI Clinic
Alpha K~appa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
City of Miami City Clerk
City of Miami Purchasing Department
Clyne & Associates, P.A.
Don Bailey's Carpet
Economy Funerals
Family Dentist
FoI da Powe ad Li ht
Miami Children's Hospital
Miami Dade County Clerk of the Board Division
Miami-Dade County Office of Strategic Business Mgmt.
Neighbors and Neighbors Association
New World Symnphony
North Shore Medical Center
Phyllis's Unique Fun and Games
Roberts-Poitier Funeral Home
Theodore R. and Thelma Gibson Charter School
Williams, Ivan
Workforce Florida'

NW 7th Avenue CRA Meeting
The Public is hereby advised that a Meeting of the
NW 7th Avenue Corridor Community Redevelopment
Agency Board of Commissioners will be held on
Monday, September 19, 2011, at 6:00 PM, at the
Edison/Little River Neighborhood Center, located at
150 N.W. 79th Street, Miami, Florida.
The NW 7th Avenue Corridor Community
Redevelopment Area boundary is generally defined
as N.W. 79th Street on the south, N.W. 119th Street
on the North, Interstate 95 on the, east, and the
westernmost property line of all those parcels of land
that abut the westerly right of way line of NW 7th
Avenue on the west.
Information about the meeting of the CRA Board can
be obtained by calling (305) 375-5368. Miami-Dade
County provides equal access and opportunity in
employment and services and does not discriminate
on the basis of handicap. Sign Language Interpreters
are available upon request. Please call (305)
375-5368 in advance.

U~~ ~YIIU~W 31


8D THE Mllmi TIMES, SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2011

at the numbers re-
veals gender and racial
variations. The overall
unemployment rate in
August was 9.1 per-
cen~t. The unemploy-
ment rate for Whites
w-as eight percent, 11.3
percent for Latinos and
16.7 percent for Black.
Unemp 1o yment
among Black females
edged up slightly from
July to Atugust from
14.3 percent to 14.5
percent. Over this
same period, Black
men sawr their unem-
ployment rate jump
from 17.7 percent to
19.1 percent.
Black female teens,
ages 16-19, had a
higher unemploy-
ment: level (47.9 per-

cent) than their male
counterparts (45.2
percent). The teen fe-
male unemploymeent
rate has risen steadi-
ly, from 26.8 percent
in December 2007 to
33.8 percent in June
2009, to 40.4 percent
in July 2011 and to a
top of 47.9 percent in
Black male teens
experienced a more
uneven ride, increas-
ing from 39.8 percent
in December 2007 to
45.1 percent in June
2009 before falling
to 38 percent in July
2011 and rising again
to 45.2 percent last
Commentators like
to remind President

Obama that his ability
to keep his job in 2012
is contingent upon
how well he handles
the jobs issue. From
time to time, President
Obama places the un-
employment issue at
the top of his agen-
da. Often as part
of an agenda driven
by his political oppo-
nents --his attention
is diverted by some
superfluous issue as
his birth certificate or
the phony debt ceiling
As evidenced by
his speech recently
night to a joint ses~
sion of Congress, job
creation is back at
the top of the White
House agenda.

"...Often policy pre-
scriptions that, on the
surface, are race-neu-
tral can have decidedly
racial impacts."
That's crucial when
considering Black un-
employment is at the
highest level in 27
years. As the U.S. De-
partment of Labor re-
port titled, "The Black
Labor Force in the
Recovery" notes, the
unemployment rate of
Blacks in 2007, the
year the recession be-
gan, was 8.3 percent,
compared to 4.1 per-
cent for Whites and 5.6
percent for Latinos.
Overall unemploy-
ment peaked at 10.1
percent in October
but fell to 9.1 percent

in July and August.
Black unemployment
had peaked at 16.5
percent in March and
April of 2011. But
that was eclipsed last
month when Black
unemployment rose to
16.7 percent twice
as high it w~as when
!:b una assumed of-
Although President
Obama shouldn't be
blamed for the in-
crease in Black un-
employment, he does
have a re Span' 5tlbar)' to
effectively address the
issue. And there are no
simple solutions.
There is a tendency
to discuss Black un-
employment in the
abstract, but a look

continued from 7D

into account these
gender differences.
UC-Berkeley La
bor Center research
challenges President
Obama's contention
that a rising tide lifts
all boats.
In a 2009 interview,
Obama said: "The
most important thing I
can do for the African
Amnerican community
is the same thing I can
do for the American
community, period,
and that is to get the
economy going again
and get people hiring
agamn ."
But as the Labor
Center brief observes,

ful spending and have
pushed for immediate
cuts in the deficit.
Democrats say
that while long-term
deficits must be ad-
dressed, the economy
needs a short-term fis-
cal boost.
Media reports have
put the size of Obama's
jobs package at upward
of $300 billion. CNN
quoted sources saying
it could top $400 bil-
lion. The White House
would not confirm the
In a shift, the two top
House Republicans,
Speaker John Boehner
and Majority Leader
Eric Cantor, this week
signaled openness to
working with Obamaa.
They said they were
amenable to some in-
frastructure spend-
ing and to a program
Obama plans to pitch
too h pwotrain unemp-
Poed wo s

M2an:- Democrats felt
Obama was too defer-
ential to Republicans
during the fight over
debt and have urged
him to "go bold" in his
economic speech.
House Democratic
Leader Nancy Pelosi,
asked about Obama's
reported jobs package,
said, "$300 billion is
a lot of money, and if
properly speht, can
make a tremendous
Republican Sena-
tor Lamar Alexander
said Obama should
take responsibility for
making the economy
"Unemp1o y ment
is worse,' housing is
worse, the debt is
worse, and he's done
all that by throwing a
big wet blanket over
the economy with his
regulatory, t'ax and
halthcare policies,"

continued from 7D

measures ly lered.

publicans reject his
remedies, his strategy
will be to paint them
as obstructionists and
blame them for the
-stagnrat i n economy.
Stubbornly high

hni hted dmefrs t a
the economy could be
headed for another re
cession. Net employ
mnent growth regis
tered zero in August
as a budget standoff
in W~shington and the
European debt crisis
s ooked businesses
and consumers.
Obama is under
intense pressure to
change perceptions
that he has shown
weak leadership. His
economic stewardship
has been criticized
by ~both Republicans
and fellow Democrats,
casting a cloud over
his pro:sp'i.:s ?for 're-
election in November
"It's a major lead-
ership moment for
Obama," said Terry
Madonna, a political
scientist at Franklin
and Marshall College
in .Lancaster, Pennsyl-
vania. "He's running
out of months before
voters settle in on
whether his presidency
has failed."
A renewal of payroll

6, 2011.
tax cuts for workers
passed last December
is one of the biggest
elements of Obama's
plan. Hle will also pro-
pose tax cuts to en-
courage businesses to
An NBC/Wall Street
Journal Ipoll this week
showed Obama was
no longer the favorite
to win re-election. It
was one of a series of
polls this week that
held gloomy news for
Obama, whose popu
larity has dwindled to
nearly 40 percent.
Democratic sources
said Obama would dis-
cuss in stark terms the
difficulties the econ-
omy faces and chal-
lenge Republicans to

work with him. He will
argue -that Washing-
ton must do all it can
to help the economy
heal, a message he will
press, not just in the
speech, but in a series
of other appearances
this autumn.

The goal is to pass
legislation by the end
of this year, with the
aim of making a dent
in the unemployment
rate by spring of 2012.
Political analysts say
that to bolster his
chances for re-elec-
tion, Obama needs
to be able to point to
economic improve-
ment by the middle of

next year.
If Congress, which
controls the nation's
purse strings, does not
act, the White House
is prepared to paint
Republicans as ob-
structing his efforts
to solving the jobless
The bruising battle
in July over the coun-
try's debt highlighted
a wide philosophi-
cal chasm between
Obama's Democrats
and Republicans who
control the House of
Republicans have
derided an $800 bil-
lion economic stimulus
package that Obama
pushed through Con-
gress in 2009 as waste-

continued from 7D

Sluzewski said. "Our
business is very flex
ible and we have a lot
of ways to adjust our
business no matter
what happens."
Retailers, which ring
up as much 40 percent
of their annual sales
during the last two
months of the year,
also are relying on a
tried-and-true rule:
Consumers love to
splurge when the holi-
days roll around.
Shopper Deven Ron-
nquist, 63, was al-
ready keeping an eye
out for holiday gifts for
her family on a trip to
the Glendale (Calif.)
Galleria recently, set-
ting a loose gift budget
of $3,000-
"We have a tradi-
tion of spending way
too much -- we just
have a ring of presents
around the tree," the
La Crescent, Calif.,
administrative assis-
tant said. "I'm going
to work hard to pay
down some of my cred-
it cards in the mean-
The start of holiday
shopping comes amid
skittishness over the
volatile stock mar-
ket, stubbornly high
unemployment and

tight credit that has
constrained business
growth. Strong holi-
day sales could pro-
vide much-needed mo-
mentum, said Michael
Dart, a retail strate-
gist at consulting firm
Kurt Salmon.
"If we have a solid
holiday season and
there's a sense tchat
the consumer is resil-
ient ... I think you get
more bullish on hiring
and it could start to

move the employment
rate," he said. "It could
ease a lot of the anxi-
ety that permeates ev-
ery business and per-
meates the consumer
psyche right now."
Jodi Odell, 46, said
she intends to spend
big. "My husband and
I have already talked
about it," she said. "We
plan it out in Spetem-
ber. The kids give me
their lists early, and I
will have it all knocked

out by November. It's
therapeutic when
nothing else is going
Although Odell won't
cut back on gifts for
her four children, she
and' her husband, otis,
will do only stockings
for each other this
year, she said.
Still, she's hoping for
a little blue box.
"Tiffany," she said,
"fits very well in a

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at the entrance to the Florida
Keys. New investment followed,
with the Florida Keys Outlet
Center, off the turnpike in Flor-
ida City.

Although it is three years
late, the arts center is the sec-
ond major public project to be
completed in the area after the
Homestead-Miami Speedway,
with Spain-based contractor
OHL Group absorbing millions
of dollars in overages, accord-
ing to county Cultural Affairs
Director Michael Spring. OHL
bought the Tower Group, which
had won the county contract
to build the arts center and re-
ceived its notice to begin con-
struction in December 2005.
OHL did not return calls seek-
ing comment.
In 2007, the Business Jour-
nal chronicled the contractor's
problems, which included un-
derestimating the amount of
water that would churn out of
the ground and into the base-
ment level once the foundation

work was started.
The single-hall center will be
a fraction of the size of the $473
million Adrienne Arsht Center
for the Performing Arts in Mi-
ami, which opened in October
2006 more than two years be-
hind schedule and $218 million
over budget.
Nowr that it's finished, arts
center Managing Director Eric
Fliss, who previously oversaw
renovation of the Colony The-
ater on Miami Beach's Lincoln
Road, hopes investment will
grow there like it did around
Lincoln Road and the Arsht
Center, which has hundreds of
new condominiums in the area,
as well as a massive commer-
cial center proposed next to it.
Jeremny Larkin, president of
NAI Miami Commercial Real
Estate Services Worldwide,
said the arts center could shift
some investment south, but it
may not drive significant new
investment because locals will
drive attendance. He said the
government center will con-
tinue to be the area's biggest

By Oscar Pedro Musibay

The new, $51 million South
Miami-Dade Cultural Arts
Center is scheduled to hold its
grand opening Oct. I and 2.
It's taken six years to com-
plete, but the $51 million, Ar-
quitectonica -designed South
Miami-Dade Cultural Arts
Center is nearly ready.
The grand opening of the
county's 966-seat hall is sched-
uled for Oct. 1 and 2, com-
memorating a spectacular per-
formance and gathering space
for a community decimated by
Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The final product includes
a main hall, plus a plaza, ex-
perimental theaters and class-
rooms. The center is not only a
focal point for the arts commu-
nity, but is also seen as a cata-
lyst for new investment in the
area, said Ed McDougal, mayor
of Cutler Bay, the fledging city
that is home to the center,
The facility, at 10950 S.W.
211th St., is located within a
public hub that includes the
South Miami-Dade Govern-

ment Center and a county li-
brary, and is adjacent to where
several major roads, including
Florida's Turnpike and South
Dixie Highway, meet. It is also
just south of Cutler Bay's com-
mercial core, which includes
Southland Mall and acres of
vacant land zoned to encourage
For its part, the county cre-
ated a blueprint for investment
along the roadway and busway
that runs parallel to it, with
the greatest commercial and
residential density proposed
around them.
Since Hurricane Andrew de-
stroyed Homestead Air Force
Base in 1992, local officials, in-
cluding Miami-Dade Commis-
sioner Dennis Moss and former
county Commissioner Katy So-
renson, had been working to
create new anchors for invest-
ment in the area. Everything
from a massive mixed-use com-
munity of residences to a water
park next to Zoo Miami have
been pursued. The county built
a motorsports complex for .the
city of Homestead, which sits

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registered with the IRS, and
both volunteers and the: group
need written agreements
specifying the volunteer's du-
In addition, volunteers need
to maintain meticulous re-
cords. The Tax Court judge
disallowed several thousand
dollars of Van Dusen's $12,068
deduction because she didn't
have proper verification.
Lovvorn adds that his group
and others also are revisiting
the tax treatment of shelter
adoptions. "Part or all of the
fees could be deductible," he
says, because they further the
nonprofit's mission. The cost
of adoptions can be a few hun-
dred dollars in some cases, he
The Van Dusen case has re-
sounded in tax -- and pet -
circles for most of the summer,
and got Tax Report to think-
ing: What are some other ways
people can deduct their pets?
CPA Laura Peebles, who spe-
cializes in individual income

By Laura Saunders

A self-described "cat lady"
named Jan Van Dusen from
Oakland, Calif., in June won
a Tax Court decision against
the Internal Revenue Service
that broadened the scope for
deducting animals on tax re-
Van Dusen had taken a
charitable deduction for un-
reimbursed expenses for the
care of feral cats for a non-
profit group. The IRS rejected
the deduction, and the Tax
Court sided with Van Dusen.
The IRS has about three
more months to appeal, and
a spokesman declined to say
whether it would. Jonathan
Lovvorn, chief counsel at the
Humane Society of the U.S.,
says his group and others
hope to make use of the case.
Assuming it stands, the de-
cision opens theadoor for tax-
payers to take a charitable-
gift deduction for animal-care
expenses if the expenses fur-
ther the goals of a nonprofit.

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ably, they mean don't use it to
make purchases. If they also
mean don't use it to withdraw
cash from a bank-owned ATM,
that leaves the question of
why have a card at all if you
don't use it?
If you carry a big balance or
do other major business with
your bank, you're probably off
the hook.
What should most people do
*If your current debit card
earns rewards, figure those
rewards will go away quickly.
If you want to keep earning
rewards, your only option will
be a credit card, where banks
are still allowed to gouge
merchants. As long as you pay
your balance off in full, using
a credit card won't cost any
more than using a debit card,
and credit cards actually
provide some valuable buyer
protections that debit cards
do not.
*If you routinely use your
debit card for purchases,
and your bank starts ding-
ing you with a fee, move your
checking account to a dif-
ferent bank. For now, lots of
big banks still don't add fees,
but that could change Ijretty

Longer term, however, you
can expect to pay more using
plastic. Merchants with air-
lines leading the parade are
starting to add fees for credit
card purchases. Several years
ago Australia banned con-
tracts requiring merchants to
charge no more for credit card
purchases than for cash, so
consumers there already pay
a premium. for many credit
card purchases.
Allegiant and Spirit already
charge stiff fees for online
credit-card bookings -- and
the only way to avoid them is
to schlep to an airport when
the airline ticket counter is
staffed to buy your tickets
Again long term, look for a
drive by big airlines to keep
getting closer to the one bank
that co-brands their credit
Presumably, if the airlines
start adding fees for credit
card purchases, they'll waive
those fees when you use their
partner banks' cards.
All in all, you have to re-
main vigilant. Keep your eyes
on statements and announce-
ments you get from your card
issuers, and be prepared to
move accounts if you see some
unreasonable fees.



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line" deduction for moving
expenses, meaning that you
don't have to itemize to get it.
Taxpayers who meet its re-
quirements such as moving
either to start a new job or to
seek work in a newr city also
may include the cost of moving
a pet. See IRS publication 521
at irs.gov.

This is a tricky area. The
cost of maintaining a pet while
an estate is being settled may
be deductible if the animal
has monetary value, such as
a purebred dog. The expenses
also may qualify if the animal
provides security for proper-
ty. Peebles says she has had
good luck claiming estate de-
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If you regularly use your
debit card to make purchases,
or if your card earns airline
miles or other rewards, get
ready for fewer benefits and
more fees. New regulations
cap the fees banks can charge
merchants to process debit
card transactions. And the big
banks, unwilling to lose even
a few pennies of potential rev-
enue, have decided that if they
can no longer get fat fees from
merchants, they'll ding their
card users instead.
Here's at least some of .
what's happened so far:
*Wells Fargo will soon test
$3 monthly fees for debit
cards on accounts held by
residents of Georgia, Oregon,
New Mexico, Nevada, and
Washington; Sun Trust has
already started issuing debit
cards carrying a $5 monthly
fee; Regions Bank will add
fees to some cards starting in
October; and Chase is testing
monthly fees in a few areas.
*Chase has already ended
its reward program for debit
cards, and industry mavens
predict many other banks will
follow suit.
*Several banks say they
won't assess the fee if you

Congressional Black Caucus multi-city event brings out large crowds


10D THE N1MIA -lME~ SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2011

Wiest s own brother
Arian West is out of
work. When Arlan
West called his broth-
er seeking help find-
ing a job, Rep. West
told his brother to
seek help from Rep.
Waters since she was
holding a job fair, ac-
cording to The Exam-
iner.com. Arlan West
said he was thankful
for the assistance from
Rep. Waters, describ-
ing the CBC job fairs
as a "prime example"
of elected representa-
tives serving their con-
stituents. Arlan West
described his elected

Proh ucsrhetoric as
"As reported, Af-
rican American un-
employment remains
extremely high at
15.9 percent, and the
wealth gap between
Whites and people of
color is the largest it
has been in decades,"
CBC Chairman Eman-
uel Cleaver (D-Mo.)
said in a statement. "It
has become clear that

the time for immedi-
ate and real action to
provide hard working
Americans with real
jobs is now.
"Our goal remains
the same," Rep. Cleav-
er continued. "We
want to get 10,000
people hired at our
jobs events. Washing-
ton has finally ended
the see-sawi game on
the debt ceiling and
now we can finally fo-
cus on real people who
are suffering."
Local job officials
agreed. "I believe the
recent lack of leader-
ship in Washington
rsatocontributing 1fac-
of confidence in the
economy," Georgia
Labor Comnmissioner
Mark Butler told ABC
News. "Due to this
lack of confidence, we
are seeing a business
community that is
hesitant to make fur-
ther investments in
the economy."
"The Congressio-
nal Black Caucus de-

cided to take matters
into their own hands,"
Mahen Gunaratna, a
spokesman for Rep.
Wilson told ABC News.
"They are tired of Re-
publicans' inaction
that prevents bills
from moving forward.
This is a real tangible
opportunity for our
President Obama,
who spent 10 dayvs
in late August vaca-
tioning at Martha's
Vineyard in Massa-
chusetts, said he will
renew his focus on
job creation during a
speech slated for early

SeWheb e ngress gets
back in September,
my basic argument to
them is this: We should
not have to choose be-
tween getting our fis-
cal house in order
and jobs and growth,"
Obama said on Aug.
17, before his vacation
began, at a stop in At-
kinson, Ill., as he con-
cluded a Midwest bus
"listening tour."

there continues to be
a major racial and eco
nomic disparity that
continues to go unad
dressed in the broader
discussion of job cre
ation and economic re-
covery. That is why I
am so pleased that the
CBC has launched this
initiative and is bring-

continued from 7D

Mayor Tomas Regala-
do, and fellow CBC
member Rep. Alcee
Hastings (D-FL). On
the other hand, Rep.
Allen West (R-FL),
a Black Republican
freshman member of


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Congress and Tea Par-
ty favorite, condemned
government initiatives
on job creation and de-
clined to support the
job fair in his state.
"Make no mistake,
job creation remains
our number one pri-
ority," Rep. Hastings
said in a statement
on the opening of the
South Florida town
hall. "Unfortunately,

ing these opportuni-
ties to South Florida to
help tackle the press-
ing issue of unemploy-
ment and underem-
ployment, especially in
minority communities,
This initiative puts
boots on the ground
to help people get back
on their feet in these
most difficult times."
"From day one, my
focus has been jobs,

who scheduled the fi-
nal two-day sessions
Aug. 30 and 31 as
"plantation overseers"
because in his view
they keep people "en-
slaved" under govern-
ment dependence.
Ironically, Rep.

jobs, jobs," Rep. Wilson
added. "Unemploy-
ment in South Florida
is no longer a crisis,
but an epidemic. It's
time to take matters
into our own hands
and provide real op-
portunities for people

to get back to workk"
For his part, Rep.
West insists that only
the "free market" cre-
ates jobs, and he de-
nounced CBC mem-
bers such as former
CBC Chairman Max-
ine Waters (D-CA) -

Write-off pets

On tax return

continued from 9D

the facts warrant.

The costs of acquir-
ing and maintaining
animals used in a busi-
ness -say a guard dog
or a cat that keeps rats
in check may be de-
ductible as long as the
company can show they
are "ordinary and nec-
essary" costs of doing
business. Expenses for
animals hired from an
outside firm often are
fully deductible, where-
as the cost of acquiring
your own animal may
be subject to deprecia-
tion. But maintenance
costs for an animal you
own would be fully de-
ductible as annual ex-
penses, Lovvorn says.


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mentor in Miami-Dade or Bro-
ward County. Get help with
homework, attend fun events
and be a role model for your
community. For more informa-
tion, contact Brandyss Howard
at 786-388-3000 or brandyss@
fcfcfl.org. .

a halloween spooktacular dance
on Saturday, October 29th from
9 p.m.-2 a.m. at 5711 NW 7th
Avenue. Tickets are $15. BYOB

dotact LO bieF Le Om 352-

II Looking for all Evans
County High School Alumni
to create a South Florida Alumni
Contact Roster. If you attend-
ed or graduated from Evans
County High School in.Claxton,
Georgia, contact Gwendolyn
Levant Bryant at 305-829-1345
or Lottie Nesby Brown at 786-

SS.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) is a bibli-
cally-based program aimed at
helping young men and women
realize that they are America's
future. We provide young men
and women with a model of
fellowship as well as facilitate
life lessons. Each week, we will
meet at the Betty T. Ferguson
Center in Miami Gardens, al-
ternating between bible-based
lessons, field trips and com-
munity service. This program
will require a $10 per week fee.
S.A.V. is currently accepting
young men and women, 12- to
21-years-old. For more infor-
mation, contact Minister Eric
Robinson at 954-548-4323 or

continued from 6C

SThe Booker T. Washing-
ton Cass of 196a wlk I ost i

urda October 22nd at 9 a.m
at the Church of the Open Door.
Tickets are $20. For more infor-
mation, call 305-688-7072.

II Pet Supermarket and Mi-
ami-Dade Parks are bringing
Oktoberfest to-the dogs when it
hosts Barktoberfest, a fall har-
vest festival for dogs, on Satur-
day, October 22, from 9 a.m.-
1 p.m. at East Greynolds Dog
Park, 16700 Biscayne Blvd. The
first 50 guests will receive a gift
bag. The free event will feature
lots of great activities for dogs
and their owners, as well as food
vendors, pet supplies and infor-
mational booths.

II Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida BB-Q/
Gospel Festival at Amelia Ear-
hart Park on Saturday, October
29 from 11 a.m-5:30 p.m. The
park fee is $6 per car. All artists
and vendors are encouraged to
call. For more information, con-
tact Constance Koon-lohnson at

II Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. presents

and services, as well as
for capital goods and
Economists wondered
whether such strength
could be sustained giv_
en a recent weakening
in many industrial and
developing nations.
U.S. imports slipped
0.2 percent in July to
$222.8 billion, as the
average price for im-
ported oil declined for
a second consecutive
month to $104.27 per
barrel and the volume
of crude oil imports also
fell. Imports from Chi-
na, however, rose 2.1

from recent hurricanes
and storms on the na-
tional figures this week.
The four-week moving
average of claims, which
smooths out volatility,
rose to 414,750 from
411,000 the prior week.
Continuing claims
eased to 3.72 million
from 3.75 million in the
week ended August 27,
the latest available data.
The number of total re-
cipients on benefit rolls
was 7.17 million ih the
August 20 week.

U.S. employment
growth ground to a halt

in August, with zero
net job creation raising
fears of a new recession
and putting pressure
on the Fed to ease mon-
etary policy further.
But in a respite from
the negative news, the
trade gap shrank to
$44.8 billion in July,
Commerce Department
data showed, down
sharply from June's
$53.1 billion deficit and
much lower than fore-
casts around $51 bil-
The 13.1 percent de-
cline was the biggest
month-to-month per-
centage drop in the defi-

cit since February 2009.
"The trade numbers
are probably sufficiently
better than expected to
cause some upward re-
vision in the GDP fore-
cast," said Pierre E1-
lis, senior economist at
Decision Economics in
New York.
U.S. exports rose
3.6 percent to a record
$178.0 billion, driven
by record shipments
to countries in South
and Central America
and higher demand
from China and major
oil producers. Records
were also set for two
large categories, goods

continued from 7D

A deteriorating glob-
al ecnmcotlook
etomtedtheE rou a
oenmrpl Bank uropeaea
interest rates on hold
even as markets ratch.'
eted up the pressure on
the Federal Reserve to
ease monetary policy
further at its September
20-21 meeting.
Excluding one week
in early; August, job-
less claims have held
above 400,000 since
early April. The Labor
Department said there
was no discernible effect

describing the CBC job fairs as
I.~pj~ra "prirne example" of elected

i- representatives serving their
. J%~ COnstituentS.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) speaks as U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) (L) listen during a neWS
conference July 20, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of tHe City of Miami, Flor-
ida, on September 27, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at
City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving
th: e:ur:m:ts : ot:i::g omptitiv: seald bids for the leasing of golf cars

Inquiries from other service providers who feel they might be able to satisfy the
City's requirement for these services may contact Kenneth Robertson, Director
of Purchasing at (305) 416-1922.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or rep-
resented at this meeting and are invited to express their views. Should any
person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission with respect to
any matter considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and evidence upon
which any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (Voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding. .~

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC-
#15424 City Clerk

Lower trade gap boosts growth, jobs still lackmng



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SLejune Plaza Shopping Center 786-379-0415
697 East 9th St. OR
Hlialeah, FL 33010 305-887-3002
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Deadline for Request for Additional Inforrnation/Clarification: 9/21/2011
at 3:00 P.M.

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchasing
Department, website at www.miamigov.comlprocurement, Telephone No. (305)

NO. 12271.

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one bath. tiled f cors, new
appliances. central air, S500.
first and security. 786-315-
7358 or 305-332-4426
2056 Washington Avenue
Tw~-o bdrms. Opa-Locka'
S750 monthly 786-290-7333
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Twio bedroom, new paint
S895. Call 786-306-4839.
2332 NW 87 Street
Quiet neighborhood! Two
bedrooms, one bath, centra
ailarge yara: Sn Otr pa tn

2486 NW 81 Terrace
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, tile floors, central air,
$850, Section 8 welcome!
2530 NW 97 Street .
Two bdrms., one bath, $900
mthly. Call 786-985-1624.
3105 NW 133 Street
Huge one bedroom, one bath
newly remodeled, Section 8
364 NW 59 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$795, appliances.

4621 NW 15 Avenue
Unit B, one bedroom, one
bath, $650 mthly. Air, and
water included.
4814 NW 16 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one .bath,
appliances, no water. $825
monthly. C~all mr Cooper

5509 NW Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath. Newly

I st, srity 63505-m 1- 2fd2t,
5522 NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom. $675 mthly.

Two 5 Or~oW 8 Aone bath,
nice family room, fenced yard
and parking. Section 8 Wel"
come! Cal 35015925383771 or

5927 NE 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$F795, appliances, free

670 Oriental Boulevard
(151 Street, one block

Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled floorso hair wseS tokr

81 Call 305-625-4515.
6911 NW 2 Court
Built 2006, two bedrooms
two baths, tI c ntra 0 r

5n ee b6 Sre

Ton bedrooms, one bath,
$700 monthly, central ir, all
appanes in pciludd F10Lrgee

Call Joetly 786-39655-7578

8369 NW 98 Sturet
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. Wantera ain-
aplacsicluded. Firt at euit.
305 688-7209

836 9 Street N vne

Two bedrooms, Section 8

welcoe. 30-754776-
Th Sreet beroms tw baths,
$145 andrs etwon bedooms

andon bath, $110, Section 8
welcome. 305-332-0072.

h140 sbdt tv~i Aerbhh
Seto 8 welcome. 30-3-02



2538 NW 104th Terrace
All utilities inlu~ded.7 $75

5541 NW Miami Court

furn sh d,r utltes a ble
(H-BO, BET, ESPN),from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
8010 NW 20 Avenue
Two nice furnished efficien-
cesly ufqi tae enuqdued $575
9000 NW 22 Avenue
Air, electric and water includ-
ed y 3- 4m oe person
S940 NW 105 Street
Includes kitchen and bath.
$450 monthly. 786-985-1624.
move in 305-751-7536.
Very large efficiency, every-
thing incl ded, $ 0 monthly.


Reduced! Private entrance
cable. air. Call 305-758-6013'

Move-in Special! $375
monthly. Call 305-717-6084.

FUfflished RoomS

F1010 NWN 180 Terrace
Free cable airkap liances

1240 NE 200 Street
$450 a month, 786-447-6673
813387 kNW 30 Avenu
kitche ebeath, onre person.ie,

1643315-N4 17 Curt

in Ar 5dc ble ernove d
1722 NW 77 Street
$115 wekIy ar
305-w54-6y ar,
1973 NW 49 Street
Remodeled. utilities included.
$450 mthly. 702-448-0148
2373 NW 95 Street .
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-915-6276, 305-474-8186
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
2831 NW 159 Street
In quiet, clean house, call
Phyllis 754-214-9590.
3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 weekly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
-3290 NW 45 Street
Clean room, $375 monthly.
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Utilities included, air. $90
weekly. Move in special $200.
Call 786-558-8096
83 Street ANRWE18 Avenue

nomoe bd L1 0 eme sag4 0

Cable TV, utilities included,
$550 monthly. 305-687-1110
Lrre fron ly rom. Weekly
Large bedroom,' cable'
central air a -27g ut lt
Free cable, air


1238 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcomel $1,350
monthly. 786-478-543().

month y. 305-662-5505 L

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Two 5 07mthly. 35261

15681 NW 40 Court `
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 welcome! $1500
305-621-7883 '
1580 NW 129 Street
Brand new three bedrooms,
one bath with big yard,
$1,450.3S~ect on 85welcome!

1580 NW 64 Street
Large three bedrooms
two baths, $1300 monthly,
ace tral air,ngur d ee A
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

15925 NW 22 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile, central air, $1,250 mthly.
Call 305-662-5505
1611 NW 52 Street
Three b~drm. on~e bath, car-

1619 N.W. 38th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air, $750 mthly, 305-642-7080

bats r1b d0 mnhy

2011 85N3 9 Avnue
Three bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, Florida room, fenced.
Section 8 OK! $1500 mthly
305-576-4025, 954-638-8842
F2 r0b rrlng sn wht e
Section 8 Accepted. '
CALL Gigi 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
2140 NW 96 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile, central air. $1250 month.
ly. Call 305-662-5505
2240 NW 87 Street
pw iat soo ludone bt~hd
monthly, Section 8 Ok.
2460 NW 140 Street
Two bedrooms, air, tile. $900,
NoSectio 58! err D Ilerson

2481 NW 140 Street

$90m nhy. 3-2 7-9b4a4
2538 NW 104 Terrace

Three bdrms. one bath
$1200 mthly. 786-290-7333.

io mercial Property
8423 NW 7 Avenue
Great location, fully equipped
sa on for sale, asking $7000
including two years
lease negotiable.
Call 305-648-0055

e ,-. .

Two270dNW 57 Terra ths

have others. NDI Realtors
2111 York Street
Two bedrooms, central air.,
large yard. Try $1750 down
and $243 monthly P/I-FHA
financing. NDI Realtors

Now You Can own Your
Own Home Today
UP TO $65,000
On Any Home/Any Area
Need HELP???
House of Homes Realty

TVIStereo Repair
Bass Electronics 75010 NWV 7

Air, 15 passenger, $1,500,
call 305-441-8492

10 Medical Billing
Trainees Needed!
Hospitals and Insurance
Companies now hiring.
No experience needed!

a Job IPn i hig
Assistance available!

Looking for individuals to
sell newspapers at major

1969 NIW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$475 Appliances, free gas.
786-236-11 44

200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1 438

20625 NW 28 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath, in-
cludes water and yard. $650
monthly. 786-277-4395.
210 NW 17 Street

apl ncso 35 h2- 058%

Secti n secial oe ebed-
room, $300 cash assistance,
no deposit, utilities included,
2162 NW 5 Avenue
One bdrm, great specials.
Call 786-201-4153.
2804 NW 1 Avenue
Studio $395 monthly, AII
appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

365 NW 8 Street
Brand New Building
Obne edrboedom t0hr tewo
bedrooms $1100, free
water, gated, air, appli-
ances, section 8 welcome

411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 monthly
Two bdrms., one bath, $650
monthly. All appliances
included Call J~oel

4470 NW 203 Terrace

oe bath wak mes alset $5
monthly. Call after 4 p.m.
458 NW 7 Street
COne bedr o,3 5er -e $50

467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency $425. Appliances
and free water.

5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free

month, $975 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

540 NW 7 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
d45 to b edrom7T

561 NW 6 Street
One b 604 ne b~at $495.

60 and 61 Street

a6n0 W _6 Sre

fre a er. 3 64 -a7a0 '
6229 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 55 and older pre-
6251 NW 17 Avenue
Air, ti floors andanew $a~p0
monthly, Sect on 8 Preferred,
Contact 305-253-8771 or
305-519-3882. Ask for Mary.
6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly, $450 to
move in. 786-286-2540
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $600 monthly
Call 786-478-5430

741 NW 60 Street
One and two bedrooms.
7520 NE Miami Court

06n5 monhy et 8w Wl

7527 North Miami Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
Renovated, new appliances,
parking. Section 8. HOPWA
OK.e $6011p3u -curity. Free

One bdoNE 3n~d ff cien-
cies available. 786-286-2540
7615 NE 4 Court
Studio, one bath $495. One
bedroom, one bath $$575,
appliances 305-642-7080.
771 NW 80 Street
One bedroom
Call 786-295-9961
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
Move in with first month rent

Re oE~le~d efcien~cB, ne,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$4030 194 NW 11 St.



Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval Cl or special s.
ca3plralrntalagene*,r Co'"'

Walking ds~tancemto sc ool

la~u Bry, gted. Ofic~e DO23

One or two bdrms. Move in
the next 30 days and enjoy
our no fee move in special!
Call 'now:
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-722-4433
Studio, remodeled. Section 8
Welcome! 786-301-4368 or
Corner of NW 103 Street
Beautiful two bedrooms, $700
monthly, $1000 to move in.
Gated, security, tiled floors,
central air. 786-402-0672
One and two bedrooms
6820 NW 17 Avenue

Move In Special!
Spacious two bd6 n, one

spacious three bdrms, one
bath, tile, central air,$850

One bdrm, one bath. Special
$400. 305-722-4433

Two Obe~dr C A,.eEebath.
$750. Section 8 welcome.

Business Rentals


C3A6T4E NW i9AA e u
Fully equipped 1250 sq. ft.
$1125 mthly, 305-687-9666.

15600 NW 7 Avenue

Sw e aton see 1h5-0

102 N 4 Street N Aeu
Efiencye one bth. $77 ,
three bedrooms, $1150th,
appiances rweloe eetn

1256 NW 22 Avrene

1228iecy oNW 1 h Avenue
Twoe bedrmone ath $450.


11255 NW 00 Tverrae
Two bedroms.,ar, etaled bairs
tor,. 305- 891-6776;4
1526 NW 1 Avenue
TOnermom, o teebath, $40

1256 N.E 580 Te rrac
Two bedroms.i, onled bath.

$6,37055 FreeWate.
1726 NW 2 Strenet
One bedroom, one bath.
$6750 free water ad

1747 NWE 50 Street
Two bedrooms, vner clanh.
Nodposi forsecto 8 ten-
ans al305-871-3280.
1751 NE 43 Street
Lare thdreem b nedros one
tra aian hreat washer and
drer ectrion8 K,7877-

878181 NW 50 Street
Two bedroms,$0, waery ien-
cludedal 305-525-0619.
1879-1 NW 743 Street
Twoethe bedrooms, one bt,

drer n?"ino e 0~, o"'lonfi

305-2d,325-37 500

2820 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, $850
monthly. Free water.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

30604 SW 157 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, Section 8 OK 786-326-6105
3501 NW 9 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
S995, tove, r~efri orator, free

Thr12bNW 176 Terra ts,

ren a re rf 5, No Sectio 8
891-6776 I have others!
3520 NW 178 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile, den, $1,400. No Sec-
tion 8! Terry Dellerson, Real-
tor, 305-891-6776.
5026 NW 23 Ave.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
all new appliances, water in-
cluded, $750 monthly, 305-
5246 NW 8 Avenue
Nice clean house, three bed-
rooms, one bath. $1,200.
Section 8 OK. 786-355-8598
7504 NW 21 Place
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 accepted.
CALL Gee 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
80 NW 158 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, Section 8 Wel-
come! $1,850 monthly. Call
870 NW 100 Street
Beautiful three bedrooms,

tq et bn ihhbrnhoeodd, Se rd n
8 welcome, $1500, 786-282-
Tr8e930dNW 15 Avy ubeth
$1200. Water included, yard
care and appliances,

Sml 21tw ob~edroeo e
9420 Little River Blvd

cnoral ar. o9 Mntehlyb wthh
$900 security. Section 8 okay
Call 305-206-0721.

ThreC b drooTsY An Abath

montSIT. 7-2851- 744$10
Welcome Cal af r 1 p.m.

t ciosinfourrobdrmu, itweo
plasma TV included. Section
8 Welcome! Others available.

central a r, tiled, fenced

t3-2 bA s.S6e"-

Three bdrms, one bath,
washer/dryer connection, air.
Cla) 0 m nhly, irst and last.

appliances. Near Metro Rail
and shopping. $1350 month-
ly. First month's rent plus de-
posit. Section 8 OK.

cnral ar, seoc ityo brs, ti
Section 8 welcome.
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916.


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

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

'/ou must be a ailablea be

and li relillust have reli-

current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street


Custom-made cabinets for
ki cheraband ba hooms at

N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565.
General Home Repairs
Plumbing, electric,
roof, sve Call King,

Section 8 special. One and
tw~o bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
101 A Civic Center Area
Twvo bedrooms $800 $850
monthly. One bedroom
$725. Studio $525. Ap-
pliances, laundry, FREE
,Parking, central air

Cl4 N 8 6079 e

Onel bdrooW, 80e bath,
$300, 305-720-8222 or
1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Mr. Willie #6
1210 NW 2nd A eu
One bdrm., $450, Sein 8
welcome, 954-632-8607.
1215 NW 103 I.ane
Two b~drms,mgth d securi y

move in. 305-696-7667
1221 NW 61 Street #2
Two bedrooms, two baths, air

Scio K 78765-26m 149
1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$500. Appliances, free

1231 NW 58 Terrace

in. Two bedrooms, one
bath, $550 monthly, $850
doemvde i l appn ahn esD
TV. Call Joel

12400 NE 11 Court
Three bedroomsn one bath,

water. 305-642-7080

1261 NW 59 Street

One bedroom, onae bath.

1317 NW 2 Avenue

1326 NW 1 Place
Cleban,hon 3bedruom, ne
140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500. 786-236-1144 or

14043 NE 2 Avenue

T coe o 5m tw 0ahs o 00

14350 NW 22 Avrene
NieOne bedrom, one bath
$425 sov, Ms.a Jackso, wtr
786-2veIn 767-1646 4

14350 NW 12 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath$45

Two bdrms, one bath $525

1500 NW 65 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$575 monthly, all appli-
ances i~n lu d Call Joel

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $425, one bedroom
$525, two bedrooms $650,

One718 NW 2 Court
Mn brm oine bth, $425.

1721 NW 183 Drive
Two bedrooms, two baths, tile
floors, near all facilities, free
water. $850 monthly. Security
required 305 4393

$n 5beroboem,r oe ba ,e
bath $595. Appliances,
Ms. Bell #9

176 NE 60th Street
Oale b~drm ap. $0300/month.

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

1927B NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms. $700 mth y,
first and last. Free Water.
1943 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, $500; two
bedrooms, $650; move in
today, quiet, 786-506-3067.
















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City Manager

AD NO. 12509


Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:

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the scoreboard did not nec-
essarily reflect defeat for his
"We came ready to show that
we can compete with the big
dogs," said Harris. "Trhe boys
really showed character to-
night and I am proud."
Central's next game is Fri-
day, September 17th at Cocoa
High School, ranked #21 in the
state according to maxprep.
com. BTW plays in Orlando
against Jones High School on
Sept. 23rd.
Central players to watch:
Joyner (WR-Sr), Dalvin Cooke
(RB,DB-So), Austin Stock (QB-
Sr), Emilio Nadleman (K-Jr).

in the 3rd and wide-receiver
Nicholas Norris in the 4th tied
the game at 26. BTW had a
chance to take the lead for the
first time in the game with an
extr-a-point attempt with 2.55
left, but failed.
Then it was up .to Rockets
kicker, Emilio Nadleman, who
sealed the win with a 36-yard
field goal with 1:23 left in the
game. The Tornados fumbled
the ball and a chance to come-
back with 47 seconds left on
the clock.
Coach Tim Ice" Harris,
who formerly coached at Cen-
tral and Miami Northwestern
(alongside Lockette) said that

due to rain.
Central Head Coach, Telly
Lockette, said that he could
tell his players were a little
"We showed we were slug-
gish because we didn't have
an opener [games]," Lockette
said. "My quarterback is a lit-
tle green."
The team may have been
sluggish by coaching stan-
dards, but Central (1-0) opened
the game with a 10-0 score by
the end of the first quarter,
proving that they were ready to

protect their state title. ,
Central's athletic director,
Chris Saavedra, called last
year at Miami Central a "Cin-
derella story" with their first
state championship in school
history, s
"Everything that doesn't al-
ways happen in one year or
ever, happened at Central last
year," said Saavedra. His refer-
ence was to the visit from Pres-
ident Obama and also the fact
that Central finally became
a "C" school. "We expect the
team to work even harder and

stands with more than 500
fans. But -the Tornados did
not lay down. Booker T. finally
scored with 44 seconds left in
the first half on a touchdown
from Lamar Parker. Howev-
er, Central came back with
a touchdown pass to senior
Darreal Joyner, his second of
three, with 8.5 seconds left, to
lead at the half 16-6.
BTW (2-1), inched their way
back irito the game with run-
ning plays that spread out the
Central defense. Touchdowns
by quarterback Treon Harris

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Serena Williams getting frustrated against Samantha Stosur in
the 2011 US Open Women's Final.

pension from a Grand Slam tour-
nament under the "probationary
period" she was put under after yell-
ing at and threatening a line judge
after a foot-fault call at the end of her
loss to Kim Clijsters in the 2009 U.S.
Open semifinals.
On Sunday night against Stosur,
Williams faced a break point while
serving in the first game of the sec-
ond set.
Williams ripped a forehand that
she celebrated with her familiar yell
of "Come on!" But Asderaki ruled
that the scream. came while Stosur
was reaching for a backhand, so the
point wasn't finished. Based on the
hindrance rule, Asderaki awarded
the point to Stosur, putting the Aus-
tralian ahead 1-0 in that set.
That set Williams off on a series
of insults directed at the official, a
scene far less ugly than - yet remi-
niscent of her tirade on the same
court two years ago.

A sampling of what Williams said,
prompting Asderaki to call the code
"'You're out of control."
"You're a hater, and you're just
unattractive inside."
*"Really, don't even look at me."
Asked at her news conference
Sunday~night whether she regretted
any of her words, the 13-time Grand
Slam champion rolled "her eyes and
replied: "I don't even remember what
I said. It wras just so intense out
there. .. I guess I'll see it on You-
In 2009, Williamns' profanity-laced
outburst at a line judge led to an im-
mediate $10,000 fine from the U.S.
Open and later a record $82,500
fine from Babcock. At the time, Bab-
cock said that if Williams committed
a "major offense"' at a Grand Slam
tournament in 2010 or 2011, her fine
could be doubled and she would be
barred from the following U.S. Open.

By D. Kevin McNeir
kme~n eir@mniamitim esontline.com

Norland, ranked #3, stopped
#9-ranked Northwestern with a 27-15
victory, showing that it's ready to play
at a top level this season and take on
the big boys. It was the first time the Vi-
kings have beaten the Bulls since 2002.
The key to Norland's win was their
primnetime running back, Duke John-
son, who put on a clinic in front of over
6.000 fans at Traz Powell Stadium. He
scored two touchdowns including a 36-
yard run in the 4th quarter, fielded a
kick-off that resulted in another touch-
down and ended the game with 153
yards on 17 carries. He says he was a
little down on himself after getting back
on the field after- being suspended for

two game~s.
But it wasn't just Johnson and the of
fense that shined Norland's defense
forced Northwestern to commit three
costly turnovers. Diehard high school
football fans may recall that when the
Vikings last defeated the Bulls was in
the state finals in 2002 -- a victory that
catapulted them. into the state champi.
onship which they won a week later.
Coach Daryle Heidelburg says the win
was a "good omen."
Northwestern did have some glimpses
of outstanding play with QB Elgin Hill-
iard connecting on 22 of 35 attempts for
a total of 242 yards. However, his twvo
interceptions did not help in his team's
efforts to narrow the gap.
The Bulls are now 1-1 while Norland
pushed its record to 2-0.

with fine

Serena Williams was fined $2,000
Sby the U.S. Open on Monday for be-
rating the chair umpire during the
Tournament referee Brian Earley
Issued his ruling a day after Wil-
liams was cited by chair umpire Eva
Asderaki for a code violation for ver-
bal abuse during a 6-2, 6-3 loss to
*Sam Stosur in the women's singles
Championship match at Flushing
SA statement issued by the U.S.
.Tennis Association (USTA) said the
Fine "is consistent with similar of-
*fenses at Grand Slam events."
SWilliams earned $1.4 million~ at the
*U.S. Open: $900,000 for finishing
.as the runner-11p, plus a $500,000
bonus for having come in first place
in the U.S. Open Series standings,
which take into account results at
hard-court tuneup tournaments.
The USTA also said Grand Slam
.committee director Bill Babcock
.conducted his own review and de-
Ster-mined "Williams' conduct, while
Verbally abusive, does not rise to the
Level of a major offense under the
*Grand Slam Code of Conduct."
That means Williams does not face
.further disciplinary action -- which
Could have included a fine and sus-

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cond tower. I from school as soon as
ately raced to possible. .Frantic par-
t a local store, ents were scattered
:urious onlook- all over the school get-
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me later, there stomach that was to-
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games as the nation
The NFL was back on
schedule the following
week and patriotism
wvas on full display at
stadiums around the
country. I was at the
Miami Dolphins game
post September 11, to
watch them play the
Oakland Raiders. I
struggle, even now, to
find the words that de-
scribed the feeling in
the stadium, as 76,000
in attendance chanted

"USA! USA!" before
kickoff. The military
personnel in atten-
dance cheered wild-
ly. Never before had
the song "God Bless
America" sound more
appropriate. While
sports could not bring
back the 3,000-plus
lives lost on 9-11, it did
bring back the fighting
American spirit that
had only days before
been severely tested.
Sports is as American
as apple pie and as

we look back on the
events of a decade ago,
we will always "never
forget" those who lost
lives and those who
fought to save lives.
I will never forget
the feeling at the Dol-
phins-Riaiders game
that Sunday. For three
and a half hours we
used sports, a game,
to slowly get back to
being who we are.
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By Akilah Laster '

The undefeated Booker T.
Washington [BTW] Tornados
battled against the reigning
state champions, the Miami
Central Rockets, Friday, Sep-
tember 9th at Traz Powell Sta-
dium. But there could only be
One winner. In the end, Cen-
tral (District 16-6A) delivered
Booker T. its first loss of the
season with a down-to-the-
wire victory, 29-26 score. It
was the Rockets' first game af-
ter last week's wias cancelled


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