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Youth football team gets

"kicked to the curb"


Is Oak Grove Park being retooledfor soccer-only league play?
By D. Kevin McNeir second home and after school ha- out a home field on which their kids
L,'lnleir@miiiilniiionie\ ~lLc -o, 1 \en after getting involved in one of can play. It seems that soccer, an-
Miami-Dade County's newest youth other sport that continues to grow
About 150 young boys and anoth- football leagues. Now after two in popularitL both in the Count\
er 35 young girls between 5- and years of promoting and building and across the Ll S., has been given
15-years-old have made Oak Grove up the program, volunteerr coaches the go-ahead for the park's coveted
Park [690 NE 159th Street] their and parents find themselves with- Please turn to YOUTHS 8A

Former N'western principal

involved in grade tampering

Report says Charles Hankerson the adoccurre

authorized student grade change said Hanker-

By Randy Grice
A recently-released report from
the office of the inspector general
for Miami-Dade County Public
Schools confirms that Charles
Hankerson, 50, former principal
of Miami Northwestern Senior
High School, ordered a grade
change for a student athlete so

the teenager would be eligible for
an athletic scholarship.
"The grade changes would have
GPA just enough to qualify the
student to play Division 1 athlet-
ics," said Christopher Mazzella's
report, inspector general for Mi-
ami-Dade County Public Schools.
The report detailed the names of
the teachers and classes in which

son instructed
an employee to
forge two teacher
HANKERSON signatures on
gri'Lf- ch?]npe
forms and attempted to mislead
the National Collegiate Athletic
Association. The school's testing
chair was the employee who ad-
mitted to forging the signatures.
Ultimately, the student at the
Please turn to PRINCIPAL 11A

County budget approved

but how will
Layoffs appear inevitable despite
commissioners saving "pet projects"
By D. Kevin McNeir

Just a few weeks ago, following a five-hour public
hearing and extensive debate among commission-
ers, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez received ap-
proval of his proposed $6.12 billion budget. The
budget for the new fiscal year which began October
1st, eliminated the tax-rate increase, one of the

Blacks fare?
main reasons that former-County Mayor Carlos
Alvarez was ousted from office and closed a budget
shortfall of $400 million.
Several county commissioners have stated that
while they had to delay plans for a number of proj-
ects that they hoped would be funded they were
able to save some of their more crucial projects.
But Gimenez admits that the battle is far from
over. He has pledged to streamline county govern-
ment and must still find a way to resolve contracts
with the county's 10 unions.
"It's just another step in a long process," he said,
Please turn to BUDGET 11A

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Looking for common ground
State's redistricting plans could result in further voter
disenfranchisement of Blacks and Haitians
By D. Kevin McNeir seeing an increase in political power -
kmcneir@miamtimesonline.com something that should happen as elec-

Findings from the 2010 U.S. Census
indicate that Black, Haitian and La-
tino populations in Florida have surged
within the last 10 years. But instead of

toral districts are changed to reflect de-
mographic shifts many minorities fear
that partisan politics and incumbents
bent on maintaining power may further
Please turn to REDISTRICTING 8A

',By Kaila Heard
:"'October is Breast Cancer
SAWareness Month which helps
,aheds light among one of the
earliest cancers in women. And

like other health issues in the
U.S., breast cancer affects womn-
,. e of different races in particu-
larly unique ways. When com-
pared to whites, Black women
are less likely to develop breast
cancer over the course of their

lives, However, new research
shows that Black women are
more likely to be diagnosed at
a younger age (under 50-years-
old), tend to be impacted by more
aggressive forms of breast cancer
and have a higher rate of death

than white women.
Medical experts have long ad-
vised that women should first see
a physician for an annual manm-

mogram once they are 50-years-
old. However, for Black women,
waiting that long may prove to be
fatal. Research now shows that
women of African descent tend to
be diagnosed with breast cancer
Please turn to BREAST CANCER 8A

Occupy Wall Street is 2nd American revolution

By DeWayne Wickham
Stacey Patton knows better
than most people who've joined
the Occupy Wall Street protest
about the perils of such a deci-
Eleven years before she joined

demonstrators in New
York City's Foley Square
to protest against cor-
porate greed and wealth
disparities, Patton was ar-
rested while taking part
in a march following the
not-guilty verdict for the

four New York policemen
who killed Amadou Dial-
lo. The African immigrant
was shot 19 times in the
vestibule of his apartment
after the cops mistook his
WICKHAM wallet for a gun. That
protest ended for Pat-

ton when she was arrested and
jailed overnight after a clash
with police that left her with
a severely injured leg and
Back then, Patton was an ide-
alistic 22-year-old undergradu-
ate at New York University. Now

33, she recently earned a doc-
torate from Rutgers University
and was reluctant to join the
loosely organized protests that
began Sept. 17 and have spread
from Boston to San Francisco.
"I never thought I'd be a part
of something like this," she told

me. Not after the price she paid
for her snap decision to join
that protest in 2000. Though
that past haunts her, Patton
said she worries about the fu-
"I got out there because I still
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When educators promote

cheating, students pay the price
F ormer Northwestern Principal Charles Hankerson
is in hot water once again, this time for alleged
grade tampering a sad testimony for the veteran
educator and "golden boy" who was tagged back in 2007
to help the school recover from a sex scandal cover up in-
volving a star football player. While he and head football
Coach Billy Rolle did not always see eye-to-eye, Hankerson
was able to steer Northwestern towards improved academic
But based on a year-long investigation and a just-released
Miami-Dade School District report, Hankerson appears to
have been involved in at least one alteration of a student's
grades. The student had the ability but not the grades, so
says the report, to play at the collegiate level at a Division
1 institute of higher learning. What happened to the young
athlete? They eventually lost their scholarship and were
sent packing after the NCAA found out that their transcript
had been altered.
School districts in South Florida and across the country
are all facing the added pressure of required performance
levels on standardized tests. Inner city schools like North-
western, given the academic deficiencies of many of their
students, find it even more daunting to reach and maintain
minimum statewide standards. But cheating can never be
Hankerson joins a slew of educators, from Eximius Col-
lege Preparatory Academy's Principal Tammy Smith in the
Bronx, New York, to former Atlanta school Superintendent
Beverly L. Hall, who all face seeing their reputations and
careers being destroyed because of grade tampering and
the creation of fake courses to increase grade point aver-
ages. Their reasons, we hear, were so more students could
graduate and so that graduation rates could be boosted.
But it's young Black boys and girls who ultimately pay the
price being allowed to smile for the cameras at gradua-
tions while receiving worthless diplomas.
In the days of segregation, Black teachers pushed their
students because they realized that in order to succeed
their pupils would have to be twice as good as whites. Some
things may have changed since then, but there is still no
other to make dreams come true than through hard work.
Grade tampering sends youth the wrong message an' is a
disservice to our public school system. In the end many will
suffer as their house comes crumbling down upon them.

Does Herman Cain think

Blacks are stupid?
Black Presidential Candidate Herman Cain's
stock has quickly risen following his emer-
gence as the number one Republican in Flor-
ida's most recent straw poll upset. Conservative activ-
ists in the State seem to like both his 999 tax plan and
his rags-to-riches story that he shares at every occa-
sion. But voters, especially Blacks and those who are
not among the rich and famous, would be wise to take
a closer look at Cain's tax plan and his rhetoric.
Cain says he is American first, Black second and con-
servative third. He attributes his victory here in Florida
to the ability of voters to think for themselves, rather
than blindly follow media-produced sound bytes. Iron-
ically, it appears that he thinks less of the opinions or
needs of the millions of middle class and poor Blacks
in Florida or across the U.S. While he takes time for
a two-week book tour to promote his political mem-
oirs, Cain has repeatedly criticized Blacks for allow-
ing themselves to be "brainwashed by the Democrats."
Even more troubling, however, is his recent Wall Street
Journal interview in which he attacks the supporters of
the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.
Cain calls liberals and progressives, many of whom
are college-age students, "un-American" for participat-
ing in protests against Wall Street and the many bank-
ers who have profited after our government bailing
many of them out of certain ruin. And he adds, that
"those who are struggling financially have only them-
selves to blame for their current situation."
No one can fault Cain for having risen from the ranks
of a blue collar, hard-working family in Atlanta. In fact,
his is a story that should inspire every young boy or
girl, regardless of their race. But he does not deserve
a "pass" just because he is Black when he attempts to
place the blame for dwindling opportunities and a de-
pression-like job market on the poor and middle-class.
As a candidate for the presidency, he of all people
should know that this country was built on the no-
tion of the right for peaceful, public assembly and pro-
test. Maybe that right, in Cain's mind, only applies to
wealthy bankers or corporate tycoons like him. The
truth is that just like his parents who instilled a sound
work ethic in him and his brother, most Blacks want
to work and pay for their own necessities their just
aren't enough jobs.
We have attempted to secure an interview with Cain
so that we can put him to the question so far his of-
fice has not returned our inquiries. And while we will
keep trying, we urge Blacks to do their homework on
Cain who like the infamous P.T. Barnum, seems to be-
lieve that "a sucker is born every minute," and that
struggling Blacks are at the head of the line.

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The Black Press believes that America can best lead'the
world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights Hating no person, fearng no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

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Have Blacks really been brainwashed?
Republican presidential can- accept contrasting regimented Democrats. Still, the GOP con- knew wl
didate Herman Cain professes ideas 2) persuasion by propa- tinued to receive a respect- the 193C
to know why most Blacks don't ganda or salesmanship. able share of the Black vote allegiance
vote for Republicans they Cain fits that description for the next two decades. Even ing brai
are brainwashed. Cain's deci- better than Black America. with a Democratic presiden- have wis
sion to insult people he hopes Anyone with a scintilla of a tial candidate as attractive as solid po
will vote for him proves that brain knows that Blacks have John F. Kennedy, Republican party t
he is both brainwashed and not always favored Democrats. Richard M. Nixon managed in When yo

brain dead. "African-Ameri-
cans have been brainwashed
into not being open minded,
not even considering a conser-
vative point of view," Cain said
on CNN's The Situation Room.
He added, "I have received
some of that same vitriol sim-
ply because I am running for
the Republican nomination
as a conservative. So it's just
brainwashing and people not
being open minded, pure and
simple." Merriam-Webster de-
fines brainwashing as: 1) a
forcible indoctrination to in-
duce someone to give up basic
political, social, or religious
beliefs and attitudes and to

Even with a Democratic presidential candidate as attrac-
tive as John F. Kennedy, Republican Richard M. Nixon
managed in 1960 to capture 32 percent of the Black
vote. However, the GOP took a sharp right turn in 1964 with the
nomination of ultra-conservative Barry Goldwater of Arizona.

Blacks voted overwhelm-
ingly for Republicans, the
party of Abraham Lincoln,
until Franklin D. Roosevelt
and the New Deal, a package
of programs that helped lift
America out of the Great De-
pression. By 1936, 75 percent
of Blacks had switched their
support from Republicans to

1960 to capture 32 percent of
the Black vote. However, the
GOP took a sharp right turn
in 1964 with the nomination
of ultra-conservative Barry
Goldwater of Arizona. Black
GOP support plummeted to
six percent that year and has
never risen above 15 percent
since that debacle. Blacks

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Cain ha

hat they were doing in
)s when they switched
ce. And instead of be-
.nwashed today, they
sely decided to extend
litical support to the
hat supports them.
ou examine how differ-
emocrats and Repub-
ote in the House and
it should not be sur-
that Blacks shun the
iat shuns them. With
couple of exceptions,
rd of GOP lawmakers
hat they don't want to
urn back the clock on
progress, they want to
ck the calendar. The
ason Cain gets away
making such outland-
rges is because he is
No, Cain was targeted
he makes ridiculously
le comments. Perhaps
s already been brain-


Cnrilcisn aside, we must pass the jobs
In the wake of President lenged Republicans to respond servative talk show hosts, are
Obama's address to the Con- to the greatest need in our na- having fun with the president's
gressional Black Caucus, there tion right now, the need to cre- speech. Few have dealt with the
are those who are making much ate jobs, and he was absolutely substance.
ado about nothing, including firm in his focus. What is there There is ajobs bill in play and
the accusation that, by drop- to fuss about? it will cost us nearly $450 bil-
ping his "g's" the president was Still, the president's speech lion. It will put teachers, con-
talking down to Blacks. Can this has been fodder for critics, both struction workers and others

president kindly get a break?
He is accused of distancing
himself from the Black com-
munity, so he shows up at the
CBC Annual Legislative Confer-
ence Saturday dinner and stays
around to shake hands. The
cynical would, predictably, say
he is campaigning. Others ap-
preciate the gesture for what it
is, attempted outreach.
Yes, he tells folks to stop whin-
ing and to put on their march-
ing shoes. Whining may have
been a poor choice of words.
Still, his focus when he was
at the CBC was simple, "pass
the jobs bill." He has chal-

Obama has been stuck someplace between a rock and a hard
place since his election. He inherited a broken economy and
had few tools with which to fix it. He also has a conciliatory
demeanor, which makes him a poor negotiator when his effort is to
find consensus with those who have openly promised to oppose him.

on the left and on the right.
Those accused of "whining" are
annoyed by the perceived con-
descension on the part of the
president. Those who think
he should never acknowledge
an Black constituency is also
peeved. And so the legions of
lowlifes, also known as con-

back to work. It's a viable plan
that doesn't offer everything,
but it is a step in the right di-
Obama has been stuck some-
place between a rock and a
hard place since his election.
He inherited a broken economy
and had few tools with which to

fix it. He also has a conciaory
demeanor, which makes him a
poor negotiator when his effort
is; to find consensus with those
who have openly promised to
oppose him. Now, he faces a
hostile House of Representa-
tives, some who say their goal
is to deny him a second term,
even to the peril of our nation.
I think that when President
Obama was at the CBC he was
"home" and he expressed him-
self as if he were home can-
did, fiery, frustrated and fo-
cused. I applaud the president
for his word and for his presence
at the CBC. At the same time,
I stand with those like Maxine
Waters (D-CA) who want more,
faster and targeted. The flap
about Obama's speech is much
ado about nuttin' (g's deliber-
ately dropped). What will we do
to help the jobs bill pass? Right
now that's the bottom line!


Will 'Occupy

"I've got 99 problems and
Wall Street is #1." So read
signs seen at the Occupy
Wall Street protests quickly
spreading like wildfire across
the nation. The grassroots
movement got its start using
social media outlets Face-
book and Twitter and has
grown as thousands of stu-
dents, unemployed workers
and socially-conscious activ-
ists have taken to the streets
to express their frustration.
People are angry that they're
playing second fiddle to prof-
The sentiment at the heart
of the 99 percenter protests,
is that the top one percent of
the nation's earners espe-
cially wealthy bankers and
corporate tycoons received
a government bailout at the
height of the economic crisis
and have gone on to recover,
with profits and bonuses at
an all-time high, while the
poor and middle-class remain
muddled in the malaise of
less opportunity and dwin-

Wall Street' hurt or help Obama?

dling wealth.
As the political stalemate
in Washington has garnered
international attention, the
voices of average Americans
have been lost. But liberals
and progressives have finally
decided to speak up. And a

Tea Party originally grew out
of frustration with the Bush
Administration's decision to
bail out Wall Street under for-
mer Treasury Secretary Hen-
ry Paulson's TARP program.
Before the movement took a
decisively anti-Obama slant,

President Obama's victory in 2008 resulted in a conserva-
tive backlash, which has been most effectively expressed
by the Tea Party movement. Adulation over the ascension
of the nation's first Black president left many liberals deliriously
happy, but unwisely unmotivated.

wave of action is being drawn
from shore-to-shore, in red
and white, but mostly blue.
President Obama's victory
in 2008 resulted in a con-
servative backlash, which
has been most effectively
expressed by the Tea Party
movement. Adulation over
the ascension of the na-
tion's first Black president
left many liberals deliriously
happy, but unwisely unmo-
tivated. It is ironic that the

it was reacting to taxpayer
dollars being used to rescue
what many saw as over-paid,
over-indulged and irresponsi-
bly negligent investment pro-
People are angry and with
good reason. The Occupy Wall
Street protests represent the
disaffected voices responding
in peaceful outrage at what
seems to be a corrupted sys-
tem, which has been so pow-
erfully stacked against them.

And with Blacks ad Latinos
representing 40 percent of
the nation's unemployed, it
is clear who has suffered the
most. But there is strength
in numbers, and the political
reality remains that Obama
is a far better electoral bet
than anyone in the GOP
field of candidates. As a na-
tional map of the OWS pro-
test shows, the demonstra-
tions are mainly spreading in
Democratic Blue States that
Obama won in the 2008 cam-
paign. From New York to Cali-
fornia, Ohio, Massachusetts,
Florida and Obama's home
state of Illinois, it is clear that
the anti-Wall Street protest-
ers are far more likely to be
Obama supporters than GOP
ideologues. Harnessed cor-
rectly, the president may well
use this as an opportunity to
re-connect with the very peo-
ple who got him to the White
House. Even more, the OWS
protests may well serve as a
useful counter attack to Tea
Party insurgence.








Does the U.S. judicial system

discriminate against Blacks?

Retired, Liberty City

Yes, they .
against us,
you already
know that.
You can see
that it is just
white folks
against the
Black folks and when you get
up there in court it's just not
positive for us.

Retired, Liberty City

Well no, I don't think they

nate against
Blacks. I think
Blacks have
a harder time .
because we of-
ten don't have
the money to
be able to do
what a person
that has money is able to do.
As a whole, the system doesn't
discriminates against Blacks; it
discriminates against the poor.

Unemployed, Liberty City

No, I think
they treat ev-


Unemployed, Liberty City

It does dis-
because the
system is prej-
udiced against
Blacks. 6

Retired, Liberty City

Yes, the
system is
against us.
It seems like
if you don't
know Spanish
you're out of

Painter, Liberty City

Yes, they
do discrimi-
nate against
Blacks, es-
pecially in
County. Mi-
ami is heavi-
with Hispanics, so Blacks of-
ten get the short end of the


Journalism: How it is written matte

I write editorials, which are
my opinion on an issue. Many
disagree with my opinions,
which is good. No opinion is
wholly correct. On the other
hand, news reports are sup-
posed to be objective and fac-
tually correct. Sometimes,
however, that is not always the
A recent story in The Miami
Herald reported on discipline of
students at an expensive pri-
vate school, Gulliver. The story
inferred that the students were
tested and disciplined for using
drugs off campus. But it failed
to include that the disciplining
began because a student was
discovered with drugs in his
locker at school and provided a
list of all of his customers (fel-
low students). It was a sanitized

report that made me wonder
would it would have been han-
dled had the story been about
Northwestern, Edison or Cen-
tral Call me cynic if you like.
Another new report was fea-
tured last week on Channel 10.

cer fields. The park was being
renovated so that soccer, foot-
ball, cheerleading, baseball
and softball could be played at
the park rather than keeping
an old underutilized baseball
field. However, the inference

In my opinion, the Black community does not have enough
parks and there is clearly a demand. So instead of the foot-
ball dads vs. soccer moms, what we should do is petition
Miami-Dade County to create more parks.

It was about a pee wee football
team was not allowed to play
on the fields of Oak Grove Park.
The story took a clip of Com-
missioner Jean Monestime,
who mentioned that many resi-
dents had requested more soc-

was that a Haitian commis-
sioner was not supporting
peewee football because he
favored soccer fields. The sto-
ry suggested that Blacks and
Haitians were at war because
as we all know, only Blacks

rs "gl
play football while Haitians
prefer soccer. The story could
not have been more mislead-
ing. Monestime is a strong sup-
porter of children's issues and
from what I hear, he supports
various Optimist Club football
teams. By twisting the facts
or doing inadequate research,
the report created an insidious
slant on the real story. It also
served as yet another cata-
lyst to create a wedge between
Blacks and their Caribbean
In my opinion, the Black
community does not have
enough parks and there is
clearly a demand. So instead
of the football dads vs. soccer
moms, what we should do is
petition Miami-Dade County to
create more parks.


Scott needs to come clean about budget
When Governor Scott made tors will be forced to tap into er a major overhaul of the tax harder to issue
his budget for 2011-2012, ev- the budget to keep courts code, and move the state to school construction. There
eryone knew that Florida was operating. There has been a some form of mileage tax, as is a major shortfall in almost
experiencing a deficit total- drop in actual mortgage fore- opposed to fuel charges. every area of the state's bud-
ing between $4 billion and $5 closure fees compared to the The state is also struggling get, and things are getting
billion. To balance the budget forecasted numbers and fees with its level of cash for new worse, instead of better.
he would have to make some Scott has already made
tough decisions. But the ac- cuts in public health, edu-
tual tax revenue for 2011 is cott has already made cuts in public health, education cation and the state's work-
less than the economic fore- and the state's workforce, but it looks like that will not be force, but it looks like that
cast and is threatening the will not be enough. There is
state's ability to pay its bills. enough. There is no quick fix to fixing Florida's economy no quick fix to fixing Florida's
The governor and lawmakers problems.., economy problems, but one
say they aren't worried about thing we cannot continue to
a deeper budget collapse, but do is to rob Peter to pay Paul.
I wonder what they are saying help finance the court's bud- construction and repairs at It is time for our governor to
behind closed doors. gets. It is estimated that road schools, colleges, and univer- be transparent and tell the
Last week a state Senate building and other projects sities. As a result of the reces- truth of the extent of our
panel was told that a $108 could lose $93 million from sion, more Florida businesses economic problems. The only
million shortfall has devel- shrinking federal, state and are closing while more homes way we can start correcting
oped in the state's judicial local tax collections. Some remain unoccupied. The re- our state's problems is when
system. This is the second transportation officials are sult the state gets less in our leaders admit there is a
time this year that legisla- urging lawmakers to consid- utilities taxes and finds it problem.


Whatever happened to Black power?

Black Power! the auda-
cious notion that the Black col-
lective is more than the sum of
its parts. Black Power! the
idea that Blacks could re-de-
fine themselves in a positive
light and not be ashamed of
their past and claim a new fu-
ture. Black Power! the foun-
dation of organizing a political
movement which demanded
democratic accountability for
all Americans. Black Power!
Does this concept and call
to collective social action still
have a place in today's body
politic? Can or should we re-
vive this powerful concept of
self-affirmation, self-deter-

mination, collective identity
and purpose which at its core
requires that each Black per-
son in elected office, in the
streets, in corporate America,

impact Black unemployment,
Black education, Black busi-
ness and the Black economic
disparities that are prominent
markers in Black communi-

B lack Power! the foundation of organizing a political
movement which demanded democratic accountability
for all Americans. Black Power!

in the halls of academia and
in the ghetto take off the mask
of "We have overcome" we can
really take care of business?
Black power orders to on the
black glove so that we can get
to work and organize to really

ties across this country. But
to take up this mantle again
would require great risk a
boldness reborn. Congress-
men Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
said it best: "Audacious power
belongs to that race which be-

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lives in itself, in its heroes, in
its success." Some Blacks have
indeed made it in mainstream
America, but far too many
have abandoned those still left
at the bottom rung of the lad-
der. Maybe it's all about self-
preservation I've got mine,
you go get yours. We dishonor
our ancestors with this sense
of individualism and irrespon-
sibility for the collective. We
must not cast off our tradi-
tions and values that helped
our ancestral activists. What
road will we pave for the gen-
erations to follow? Or has the
long road we traveled come to
a dead end on our watch?
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Miami-Dade politicians need to address the real issues

Dear Editor,

It has been said that "A house
divided possibly cannot stand."
Well, if this is so, then we need
to take a look at our bi-partisan
form of government.
Jobs are created for the ulti-
mate good of society, and it is
the number one problem with
the economy.

Jobs generate taxes and tax-
es finance public services. In
addition to the job problem in
Miami-Dade County is the form
of our taxing system.
Miami-Dade County is heav-
ily relying on sales-tax to
sustain the General Revenue
Fund. With the State of Florida
not having a personal income
tax, it may be good for the tour-

ist industry, but it isn't suf-
ficient in providing revenue to
the General Revenue Fund. The
majority of services are provid-
ed and paid for our of General
Revenue Funds. The problem
with solely relying on a Sales
Tax for revenue is that it is not
consistent with keeping up with
the population growth rate her
in Florida and Miami-Dade

The high growth rate in,
Florida exceeds the wages and
salaries being paid by the busi-
ness sector.
Maybe our appointed politi-
cians are not addressing the
real issues.

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Haiti selects new

prime minister

Dr. Garry Conille to take the reigns

By Randy Grice

After months of reviewing and
denying prospective prime min-
ister candidates Haiti's senate
has finally confirmed its new
prime minister. Last Tuesday, Dr.
Garry Conille, a senior U.N. de-
velopment specialist and former
aide to Bill Clinton, former presi-
dent was selected as the county's
new prime minister. Senators
voted 17-3 with nine abstentions,
to approve Conille, who had won
unanimous support in the lower
house of deputies last month.
Conille said he believes his
experience will make him a suc-
cessful and influential prime
"I want to get everybody ex-
cited about what Haiti could be,"
he said. "We've spent 20 years
concentrating on our difference.
If I could get everybody excited
about what Haiti could be, and
I can get Michel to be the com-
municator and chief of what
Haiti could be in a more struc-
tured and organized way, get the
private sector excited, the popu-
lation excited, get the civil soci-
ety excited, I think we can pull

this off."
Conille, 45, is a gynecologist
who most recently served as
resident and humanitarian co-
ordinator in Niger for the United
Nations Development Program.
Prior to that, he was on special
assignment, serving as chief of
staff to Clinton in his role as the
Special U.N. Envoy for Haiti. Co-
nille has also served as an ad-
junct research scientist on com-
munity healthcare at Columbia
University Earth Institute.
"I don't think that who the new
prime minister is the really im-
portant part," said Marlene Bas-
tien, with the grassroots group
Haitian Woman of Miami. "This
is about the Haitian people need-
ing someone and finding a leader
who will make sure that they
have access to education, they
have access to clean water and
they have access to food. That's
all this is all about, it is really
not about a specific individual.
This is about the Haitian people
needing a break after 200 years
of misery."
Jasmine Florentine, a Haitian
immigrant that lives in Little
Haiti, said she's happy Haiti can
finally close this chapter.

Steve Jobs changed our lives

Steve Jobs changed our lives

Here are some more views about the
death of Steve Jobs, who changed the
lives of global villagers in ways few
have ever done in a century or even

Ken Auletta in The New
Yorker: "Steve Jobs is dead.
One big question is whether the
unbelievably innovative cul-
ture he forged will live. Jobs
was not a great human being,
but he was a great, transfor-
mative and historical figure.
Many books were dashed off
describing what a tyrannical
person Jobs could be how he
took the parking spaces of the
handicapped, how he reduced
employees to tears. Those tales
will fade like yesterday's news-
What will stand erect like an
indestructible monument are
the things Steve Jobs created
that changed our lives: The Ma-
cintosh; the iTunes store that
induced people to pay for music
and other content; Pixar, which
forever changed animation; the
iPod, iPhone and iPad. ... For
three decades, even as he got

older, Steve Jobs and Apple re-
mained 'cool.' "

John Biggs on TechCrunch.
com: "Call him prickly. Call
his products overpriced and
underpowered. Call Apple a
toymaker, not serious, not
real. But remember that ev-
erything Steve Jobs touched
was a masterpiece of engineer-
ing in a world where 'just OK'
is increasingly the norm. His
products outsell almost any-
thing else by an order of mag-
nitude. He's not being praised
here because millions of people
are bewitched and ignorant.
He's being praised because
millions of people see the fu-
ture as he did: a place where
things get increasingly better,
where we are more connected,
better informed and generally

The (Portland) Oregonian,
in an editorial: "Jobs was
known as the quiet neighbor
in a small town not far from
the Stanford University cam-
pus. His signature dress -

black turtleneck, jeans, run-
ning shoes was as familiar
there as it was at the office or
onstage, as a rapt world await-
ed his latest invention. His un-
derstatement in life and work,
coupled with an unrelenting
drive for excellence and good
taste, bespoke the man as well
as his regime-shifting tech-
nologies that seem to show up
someplace new every day. In
this modern world of increas-
ing technical complexity and
dependency, it was good know-
ing Steve Jobs was around."

David Pogue, The New York
Times, on Pogue's Posts: "Sup-
pose, by some miracle, that
some kid in a garage some-
where at this moment possess-
es the marketing, invention,
business and design skills of a
Steve Jobs. What are the odds
that that same person will be
comfortable enough or may-
be uncomfortable enough to
swim upstream, against the
currents of social, economic
and technological norms, all
in pursuit of an unshakable vi-

sion? Zero. The odds are zero.
Jobs is gone. Everyone who
knew him feels that sorrow.
But the ripples of that loss will
widen in the days, weeks and
years to come: to the people
in the industries he changed.
To his hundreds of millions of
customers. And to the billions
of people touched more indi-
rectly by the greater changes
that Steve Jobs brought about,
even if they're unaware of it."

The Christian Science
Monitor, in an editorial: "Jobs
never had to worry about the
Next Big Thing. He created
an entrepreneurial culture
around him, as many compa-
nies and cities now try to do.
He welcomed diversity, espe-
cially in the form of foreign-
born techies. He used the
patent system (thankfully,
now just reformed) to provide
incentives for original creativ-
ity. He had confidence that the
United States is better off with
$100,000-plus jobs in creating
high-tech ideas than trying
to compete with $2-an-hour
workers in Asia merely assem-
bling products like the iPad.
Rather than mourn the loss of
Steve Jobs, America can sus-
tain his model of collaborative
innovation. Call it iJobs 2.0."

Thousands swindled in timeshare scam

By Alexia Campbell

A call from police in Texas led
Delray Beach detectives to a man
suspected of running a timeshare
property resale scam that cheated
elderly victims across the country
out of more than $60,000.
It's a common scenario that has
sparked thousands of consumer
complaints in Florida: A sales-
person calls a timeshare property
owner and claims to have buyers
lined up for their property. The
salesperson then has the owner
pay a "seller's fee" up front and
disappears with the money.
Josh Butcher, of Delray Beach,
was arrested last Thursday for
pulling a similar stunt on at least
four people in Texas, Illinois, Ten-
nessee and Indiana, according to

Delray Beach police.
Butcher, 25, faces charges of
money laundering, grand theft,
and fraud. His attorney, Sabar-
ish Neelakanta, said Butcher de-
clined to comment.
His arrest comes two days af-
ter Florida Attorney General Pam
Bondi announced efforts to pass
a law that would toughen restric-
tions on timeshare resale compa-
Complaints about timeshare
resale companies in Florida
jumped from 800 in 2007 to more
than 12,000 in 2010, the Attor-
ney General's Office said. It's the
most common complaint report-
ed to the office.
Criminals often get information
about timeshare owners through
buying lists from other compa-

nies, lead brokers and company
employees who steal the informa-
"The companies make it very
appealing to people who are des-
perate to sell the timeshare,"
Jennifer Davis, a spokeswoman
for the Attorney General's Office,
said in an email on recently.
In January, a detective from
Pasadena, Texas, called Delray
Beach police about a woman who
lost $10,500 to a company called
First Purchase Investments in
Deerfield Beach, authorities said.
The checks she sent were depos-
ited at a Bank of America branch
in Delray Beach.
The victim told a Delray Beach
detective that she got a call in
June 2010 from a man who intro-
duced himself as Josh Sanders

with First Purchase Investments.
He said he had interested buyers
for her two timeshare units and
told her to send checks for the
seller fees.
After the checks were depos-
ited, he stopped returning her
calls, police said.
The checks were deposited in
a business account at Bank of
America along with money from
11 other suspected victims. A
total of $61,000 in checks were
deposited and all the money was
withdrawn that same month, po-
lice said.
Detectives reached three of
the victims, who all said they
had sent money to a man named
Josh Sanders to sell their vaca-
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Living normally with a mental illness
By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr. colors. Some are known to health care provisions on mere way for me to manipulate the

Walking into the bathroom, I
heard talking and just assumed
some guys were holding a conver-
sation amongst themselves. After
surveying the area, I found out
that Poppi, a Black Cuban was the
one talking to himself.
My reaction to this discovery was
passive because after being around
Poppi for so long, I've grown accus-
tomed to hearing him repeatedly
carry conversations with himself.
In contrast to Poppi's strange
behavior, he actually far from be-
ing dangerous to human beings as
he is towards the poor victims in
his imaginary world. In reality, he
is overwhelmingly courteous and
polite, stays to himself and minds
his own business. It is not clear
whether he left the streets with his
mental health status or developed
it while incarcerated.
Prisoners with mental health is-
sues come in all shapes, sizes and

be aggressive, while others
function calmly under the
sedation of psychotropic
Once an inmate has been
diagnosed with a men-
tal health problem by the
mental health services de- H
apartment, the standard treatments
range from receiving counseling
from a psychiatrist, psychologist
or certified psyche specialist to
the consensual, sometimes court
ordered, intake of psyche medica-
tion. When necessary, inmates are
placed into a crisis stabilization
unit, an asylum-like building with-
in the grounds of a Florida Correc-
tional facility.
My first experience with being
evaluated by a mental health pro-
fessional was in 1994. As I recall,
I was being held at a psyche one
and two level camp, a prison which
only houses inmates who have
been deemed in no need of mental

L a regular oasis. tBy Duuc
standards, the psyche one
and two level inmates that
surrounded me were con-
sidered mentally stable
much different from the
psyche three level inmates
ALL who have been found to
be suffering from various forms of
impairments and are housed at a
small number of facilities capable
of providing treatment.
Although the prison where I was
located at had plenty of activities,
in ten months, I quickly became
weary of that environment.
Wanting to leave the camp im-
mediately but now knowing how
to, I received advice from someone
who suggested that I "go psyche," a
move that would require prison of-
ficials to transport me to a psyche
three level camp.
That began my long relation-
ship with a large number of pris-
on shrinks, which all started as a

system pretending mental daeec-
tiveness and constantly having to
cuff my medication in my hand,
while faking like I swallowed it
when given to me by a nurse in or-
der that I may be transferred from
one prison to the next. But what
started out as a fairly successful
con against the system, had slowly
became a real issue that I found
myself facing over time. Eventu-
ally, even I had to agree with the
mental health professionals that
I was struggling with controlling
my anger, depression and mood
At one, I actually allowed myself
to take medication before experi-
encing side effects which left me
dizzy and nauseated. After telling
my mother about that terrible ex-
perience, she advised me to get off
the medication because of the long-
term damage it may do to my body
and try to use alternative forms of
treatment, which I did.

Qaeda-linked car bomb kills 70 in Somalia

Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia -Al
Qaeda-linked militants launched
their deadliest single bomb attack
ever in Somalia recently, killing at
least 70 people and demonstrat-
ing how the group that blocked
aid to famine victims can still
mount devastating violence even
after most of its fighters fled the
capital in August.
A truck loaded with drums of
fuel exploded outside the Minis-
try of Education, where students
accompanied by their parents
registered for scholarships of-
fered by the Turkish government.
The thunderous blast covered the
city in dust more than a half-mile
away, leaving blackened corpses
sprawled on the debris-strewn
street amid burning vehicles. One
woman used a blue plastic buck-
et to pour water on a smoldering
Even in a city mired in war and
anarchy for two decades, Tues-
day's attack by the al-Shabab
group horrified rescue workers.
Ali Abdullahi, a nurse at the city's
Medina Hospital, said countless
victims were being brought in
with amputated limbs and burns.
"It is the most awful tragedy I
have ever seen," he said. "Imag-
ine dozens are being brought here
minute by minute. Most of the
wounded people are unconscious
and others have their faces black-
ened by smoke and heat."
Duniya Salad sobbed over her
brother's burnt body after he died
while undergoing treatment at
the hospital.
"They killed him before he
started university! Why was he
killed? Damn to al-Shabab," she

By Martin Kasindorf

son's feeble and slurred voice,
corded by his personal doctor
the singer drifted off to an app
ently drugged sleep six weeks 1
fore he died, was heard recent
for a second and longer time at t
doctor's homicide trial.
Trial witness Stephen Ma
who was a Drug Enforceme
Administration forensic co
puter examiner in 2009, testify
that he recovered from defend

-European Pressphoto Agency
People carry a body of a car-bomb explosion victim in war-torn Somalia's capital Mogadishu on
last Tuesday.

Al-Shabab, which was formed
about five years ago, immediately
claimed responsibility for the at-
tack on a website it uses.
"Our Mujahideen fighters have
entered a place where ministers
and AMISOM foreigners stay," al-
Shabab said in a brief post on a
website, referring to the Ugandan
and Burundian forces who make
up the African Union peacekeep-
ing mission.
The attack took place on one of
the busiest streets in the capital,
and it was not clear whether the
Ministry of Education was the in-
tended target.
Two years ago, al-Shabab was
blamed for a devastating attack
on a graduation ceremony that
killed 24 people, including three

government ministers, medical
students and doctors.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon said he is "appalled" by the
"incomprehensible" attack, which
came as local leaders are trying
"to chart a peaceful political fu-
ture for Somalia."
The secretary general of the
Organization of the Islamic Coop-
eration, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsano-
glu, condemned what he called a
"heinous" attack on civilians.
Ali Muse, the chief of Mogadi-
shu's ambulance service, told
The Associated Press that at least
70 people had been killed Tues-
day and at least 42 others were
"The explosion has not only
affected the targeted place, but

audio replayed in doc
Conrad Murray's iPhone e-mails The e-mails showed that Mur-
and the recording he said Mur- ray's records used two false names
ck- ray made May 10, 2009. Jackson for the singer: Omar Arnold and
re- died of an overdose of the surgi- Paul Farance. His handwritten
as cal anesthetic propofol on June notes show a list of the patient's
ar- 25, 2009. Police seized Murray's complaints. They include "insom-
be- phone in July 2009. nia/anxiety," weakness and chills.
Itly Murray, 58, a cardiologist, has On the recording, Jackson talks
:he pleaded not guilty to involuntary about his unhappy childhood and
manslaughter. Prosecutors say he an upcoming concert series. Pros-
rx, negligently administered propofol ecutor David Walgren played part
ent to treat Jackson's insomnia. De- of the recording during his open-
m- fense lawyers say Jackson, des- ing statement Sept. 27.
ied operate for sleep, gave himself the "Elvis didn't do it," Jackson says
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even passer-by people and car
passengers died there. The death
toll may increase and we are still
carrying many dead bodies," he
said. "It is the worst tragedy I
have ever seen in the capital."
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gave a death toll of 15. It was not
immediately clear if it was an ear-
ly count.
"The casualties are mostly
students and parents who were
waiting for results of scholar-
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"The attack shows that the dan-
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and that there are obviously still
people who want to derail the ad-
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Miami Gardens murder suspect found competent for trial
One of the three men accused of killing a couple at a Miami Gardens gas
station has been found competent to stand trial, attorneys for both sides
agreed Wednesday in a Miami courtroom.
Eric Ellington, 16, has undergone a psychological evaluation and it was
determined that he is competent. Ellington was not in court recently. However,
the two other suspects Dylan McFarlane and Wayne Williams were in court.
McFarlane, Ellington and Williams are accused of causing the fatal shooting"
that occurred at 12:38 a.m. on July 25th at the Mobile Gas Station south of the
Palmetto Expressway on Northwest 57th Avenue.
All the men face two counts of first-degree murder, robbery, armed
carjacking, burglary with assault or battery, and armed robbery.
A tentative trial date was scheduled for February before Miami-Dade Circuit
Court Judge Lisa Waish.

North Miami Beach cop fired for blog posts
A North Miami Beach police officer who was scheduled to be laid off due to
budget cuts was fired after he allegedly posted some derogatory comments on
a local blog site.
On September 19th the website www.votersopinion.com received posts
from anonymous individual whose wrote about all the good things the police
department did for the city. The anonymous blogger then went on to use
derogatory words to describe two local residents and also list their addresses
encouraging criminals to "have fun."
The blog's creator, Stephanie Kienzle, believed the comments had been sent
from a North Miami Beach Police Department computer server. She reported
the incident to police who launched an investigation. They were able to
determine that the remarks did indeed come from a North Miami Beach Police
Department computer and reportedly identify the officer responsible.
Officer William Hobbs, hired by the department in October of 2009, was
responsible for posting the comments. Hobbs was charged with "Conduct
Unbecoming a Police Officer" and terminated.
"Any such wrongdoing by any of our officers will be swiftly and firmly dealt
with," said Interim Police Chief Larry Gomer in a statement. "Our department
prides itself on providing professional services to our citizens and we will not
tolerate such remarks from our officers."
Hobbs will not face any criminal charges stemming from the incident.

Bond set for teen involved in deadly crash
A University of Miami student involved in a deadly wreck in Coral Gables last
weekend made her first appearance in court.
Dunng the heanng, the judge set bond at $50,000 for Ivanna Villanueva who
has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.
The accident happened at the intersection of Le Jeune Road and Majorca
Avenue. Police say Villanueva was driving at a high rate of speed when she
slammed into the back of a car driven by 68-year-old Eyder Ayala.
Police say a DUI charge is pending investigation. Prosecutors revealed
dunng Villanueva's bond hearing that she was in possession of several fake
ID's which she used to gain entrance to LIV nightclub at the Fontainebleau

Hialeah police open fire during traffic stop
Residents are recovering from a tense moments outside their apartment
complex after it was riddled with bullets as police were forced to open on
an SUV during a traffic stop.
It happened on Wednesday, October 5 around 9:30 p.m. outside Roy's
Apartment Complex at West 12th Avenue and 29th Street.
Police say they received a report that the two men inside a white
Escalade were going to commit an armed robbery during a home invasion.
Hialeah Police spokesman Eddie Rodriguez said officers began looking
for the men and when they spotted their SUV, they tried to stop it but the
driver of that vehicle rammed several cars, including the police cruiser.
Rodriguez said that's when officers opened fire on the SUV, injuring the
two men inside. They were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The two
men were identified as 24-year-old Elvis Abreu and 23-year-old Dwight
Charles Patterson.
Hialeah Police confirmed that two guns were found inside the Escalade.

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Miami Lakes] when we opened
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tors at Medical Plaza, Inc.

Retchin has a lot to be proud
of his 54th Street Medi-
cal Plaza encompasses over
5,000 square feet, has been at
the same location for the past
20 years, offers services from
pediatrics to geriatrics and
even provides transportation
to and from both facilities for
patients. And with four board-
certified physicians and an
additional 27 employees on
staff, he says his team offers
service unlike any others.
"I think the transportation

feature was one of the rea-
sons that we grew so quickly,"
he said. "My first driver, Mi-
chel Saintellus, is still with
me now we have seven
vans. My assistant, Clarice
Ward Smith, is a Central
High grad who heads our op-
erations and has been with
us 18 years. Mary Morris is
a Liberty City native who has
17 years of service. And we
have patients who first came
to us when they were kids
that now have children of

Test to speed up airport screening

By Roger Yu

A select few veteran travel-
ers will find snaking through
security at four U.S. airports a
little easier if they gave the gov-
ernment personal information
about themselves.
The Transportation Security
Administration on Tuesday be-
gan testing a program at Atlan-
ta, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth
and Miami airports that will al-
low expedited screening of some
frequent fliers on Delta and
American flights.
The program -- called "Pre-

Check was promised by TSA
chief John Pistole this summer
after passengers, airlines and
some travel groups complained
of the stringent, one-size-fits-all
body scans and pat-down proce-
dures currently in place.
It's designed to test a possible
shift to a method of screening of
passengers that relies more on
intelligence and a risk-assess-
ment of travelers.
Under the pilot program, trav-
elers who provide the govern-
ment personal information will
be issued a bar code on their
boarding passes that will be

scanned by agents who check
Passengers will be routed to a
security checkpoint lane, where
they may be allowed to keep
their shoes, belt and jacket on
and leave their toiletry and lap-
top bags in the luggage, TSA
says. Eligible passengers will
continue to be pulled for ran-
dom screening, however.
Some members of Delta and
American frequent-flier pro-
grams were invited to par-
ticipate if they were willing to
provide personal information,
including their travel history, to

the TSA.
U.S. citizens who have been
accepted as members of U.S.
Customs and Border Protec-
tion's other "trusted traveler"
programs Global Entry (for
international arrivals), Sentri
(U.S.-Mexico border crossing)
and Nexus (U.S.-Canada border)
- are also eligible when they fly
on the two airlines.
For now, the test screening is
only for participants on domestic
flights out of the four airports. If
it's successful, the agency says,
it plans to expand it to other air-
lines and airports.

their own and are now bring-
ing them to the centers."
The 54th Street Medi-
cal Plaza will begin its an-
nual open enrollment pe-
riod on October 15th and
continue through December

By D. Kevin McNeir

Blair Retchin, 60, was
born in The Windy City, but
moved to Miami in 1959. His
grandparents lived at 235 NW
53rd Street and he attended
Shadowlawn Elementary a
school that remains four de-
cades later. Now, the president
and founder of 54th Street
Medical Plaza [5385 NE 2nd
Avenue] is preparing to cele-
brate the 20th anniversary of
providing quality, affordable

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54'" Street Medical Plaza, doctors, nurses and administrative staff are the talk of the town.
A big celebration is taking place in honor of the 20'" year anniversary of the medical center.

"i e are celebrating
and giving back to
the communion, that
helped us throughout
20 years. and 20 is
the magical number
in this celebration. "

Blair Retchin. President and Owner of
54th Street Medical Plaza.

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The 20th year anniversary
celebration includes 20 scholar-
ships of $1,000 each for senior
high school students and 20
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Throughout 20 years, 54th Street Medical Plaza
has been involved in the community by giving back in
different ways, and helping numerous organizations
and individuals. The most recent was the donation of
$3,000 to Rashad Flanders to help him with his college
education. Rashad Flanders won a partial scholarship
from Mayville State University in North Dakota and
will be playing football for them as of next year.

"Rashad story is very inspiring and fivmn the mo-
ment I read the article about him, I wanted to reach out
and help him fifdill his dreams, I needed to do some-
thing to recognize his efforts. The youth population is
the future of our country and we need more inspiring
stories like Rashad' said Blair Retchin.

1 Ith and the Toy Give-Away event will take place on
Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00 am.

54th Street Medical Plaza will host a series of
events throughout the year to educate current patients

mentary, middle and high school and new patients in the areas of health that concerns
students. This is over $20,000 in them most, like diabetes, depression, high blood
scholarships. Pick up a package pressure, etc.
to get the details and application
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success of our youth. and that is why 54th Street Medi- It is recommended to RSVP as seating is limited. Door
cal Plaza celebrates with an incredible opportunity'fbr prizes and refreshments are served at all the events.
young scholars said Blair Retchin.
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to the community in more
tangible ways, Retchin has
earmarked $20,000 in col-
lege scholarships, education
grants for elementary and
middle school students total-
ing $2,000 and will give away
$20,000 worth of toys before
"We always have activities
for our seniors like bingo and
free breakfast but we realize
how lucky we are to still be
around 20 years later and
wanted to show this commu-
nity our appreciation."
There will be other ac-
tivities and giveaways that
he says will continue now
through next year. Not bad
for a former salesman who,
after realizing that he might
not be cut out to be a physi-
cian, used his business savvy
to form one of the area's most
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M-D Democrats turn sights on 2012 election

Cedric McMinn named director of County's Democratic Party

By D. Kevin McNeir

In the race for the White House,
Florida has long been one of the
key states in any candidate's
march towards victory. Given
the recent push by the State's
Republican-led House and Sen-
ate to move up the presidential
primary, winning Florida has
become even more significant.
Perhaps that's why Miami-Dade
County's Democratic Party has
turned its sights on regaining
control, or at least balancing
the votes in the State's Senate

and House of Representatives.
Their first step in that effort is
the recent appointment of Ced-
ric McMinn, 33, as the execu-
tive director of the M-D Demo-
cratic Party. McMinn will lead
Democrats in the largest county
in Florida. He was chosen after
an extensive search under the
direction of Chairman Richard
Lydecker, Democratic executive
committee for the M-D Demo-
cratic Party.
"My main goal and job is to
make sure President Obama
is re-elected, as well as other
Democrats up and down the

ballot," he said. "[U.S.] Sena-
tor Bill Nelson is also up for re-
election and Florida needs him
in Washington."
Nelson recently testified be-
fdre the Judicial Subcommittee
on Constitution, Civil Rights
and Human Rights where he
was highly-critical of Florida's
new voting law and require-
ments. He said the laws have
made it more difficult for one
to vote and to make sure their
vote is.counted. He added that
he was suspicious that Sunday
voting before the elections was
eliminated noting that a "cer-

tain number of vot-
ers" go to the polls af-
ter church the time
when Blacks, who of-
ten vote Democratic,
have gone to the polls.

McMinn says that MCI
he realizes that his par-
ty has lost mileage in terms of
public favor at both the local
and national levels. He believes
that situation can be reversed.
"We have lacked a coher-
ent message but now the focus
is and must be the same the
economy and jobs," he said.

"While the President
is focused on the pas-
sage of the American
Jobs Act and Con-
gress is focused on
creating jobs, Miami-
Dade Democrats must
be about the business
of improving the lives
of working- and mid-
MINN dle-class families. In
my new position, I have
to make sure that Democrats
statewide are mobilized, orga-
nized and communicating."
McMinn previously worked as
a government relations special-
ist for the law firm of Becker and
Poliakoff, P.A. However, the for-
mer Miami-Dade Young Demo-

crats president also served as
one of several deputy directors
for the 2008 Obama/Biden
campaign and was the legisla-
tive assistant to then-State Rep-
resentative Dorothy Bendross-
"People in Miami-Dade Coun-
ty are not being represented eq-
uitably as a result of the control
of both the House and Senate by
one party," he said. "Many of the
changes we have seen in Flori-
da's voting laws are by design.
As we look to November 2012
we have to mobilize for what lies
ahead in terms of the opposi-
tion. That means we have to get
busy now we can't wait until
Election Day."

Can football and soccer co-exist?

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fields, while football is being
turned away.
"The park was in horrible
condition and we knew back in
March that' extensive renova-
tions would have to be completed
before our kids could get back on
the fields," said Joel Sejour, one
of the coaches for the Oak Grove
Raiders. "But we began train-
ing and found other places, like
the field adjacent to Holy Fam-
ily Catholic Church, on which
to hold our practices. Since we
played a full season last year at
Oak Grove and because we had
paid the insurance for our play-
ers, we believed that once the
field was ready in mid-October,
that we would be able to get back
on the fields there. Then someone
from Commissioner Monestime's
office told us that we would not
be allowed to return the new
goal was to make room for soc-
Sejour added that without a

home base, he and the
rest of the coaches must
pack up all of their
children and transport
them to other fields. The
team operates under
the non-profit Helping
Hands and he believes
that both football and
soccer can be played on JOEL S
the fields. But he fears Odk
that money will run out Raiden
before the team gets ap-
"It costs us between $500 and
$800 each week to get our kids
around even coaches and par-
ents are contributing but our'
budget can't sustain this much
longer," he said.

County Commissioner Jean
Monestime [District 2] says that
he would like the park facilities
to be open for activities, include
ing football and soccer, as well as
other sports.

need more parks in
District 2," he said.
"Until that happens,
I encourage all of our
sports leaders to work
with Parks to facilitate
the co-utilization of
our fields. According to
Parks, there had never
EJOUR been any official football
Grove program at Oak Grove.
s coach I wanted to hear from
S the team but a meeting
I asked for which was scheduled
to take place yesterday was can-
celed at the last minute. I do not
pick and chose which sports chil-
dren should play. My own chil-
dren play football not soccer I
am a huge supporter and have
attended several pee wee and su-
per pee wee league games."
In an earlier televised report,
Monestime stated that "the deci-
sion to transform the field into
a. soccer field was made prior to
my arrival to the county commis-
sign." But former commissioner,
D'drrin Rolle, says he made no

"I'm a huge sports fan but we such decision.

"I don't recall ever saying
that the only sport that could
be played at Oak Grove Park
was soccer," Rolle said. "I actu-
ally brought Charlie Brown from
Gwen Cherry Park to help start
an Optimist Club football league
at Oak Grove. And I got them the
dollars and cents they needed to
make it happen. It was Haitian
kids who basically came to my
office and said 'to hell with soc-
cer we want to play football.'
It's pretty much just a matter of
scheduling. Almost all of the chil-
dren who play there are Haitian
and it's good for inter-generation-
al bonding. I just don't see how
you can stop kids from playing on
a public field especially when it
involves close to 200 kids."
. Sejour says he and the other
league supervisors hope to meet
with Monestime soon. But for now
it's the children who continue to
worry about the future. Their
homecoming game is scheduled
for October 29th with the playoffs
to follow. Where their "home" will
be remains a mystery.

More Blacks being.eliminated from electoral process


disenfranchise 'their communi-
ties. And they say that while the
statewide redistricting tour is
now over, time still remains to
make sure that minority voices
and their particular needs are
not ignored.
"What's essentially at stake is
minority voting power," said Al-
exandra Moe, office director for
New America Media, the nation's
largest and first non-profit asso-
ciation of ethnic news organiza-
tions who sponsored a meeting
of Florida's minority media last
Thursday in Miami. "The U.S.
Census shows that Florida's
Black population grew by 15 per-
cent in the last decade, far be-
yond the national average. The
question is whether local civil
rights groups have strategies in
place to ensure that the redis-
tricting process is fair."

Florida's population grew by
close to 18 percent, based on the
Census, adding 2.8 million resi-
dents and two new Congressional
seats. Hispanics now comprise
nearly one-quarter of the State's
population while Blacks make up
another 15 percent. In fact, it is
believed that Florida will eclipse
New York as the third most popu-
lous state in the 2020 Census.
Many at the meeting said they
are concerned that given Flori-
da's GOP-dominated legislature,
being silent could result in allow-
ing plans to succeed that would
further divide Black and Latino

populations. That would mean
dfltfffhtT eir political strength.
"The'Voting Rights Act of 1965
.transformed the landscape in the
U.S. and resulted in more Blacks
and Hispanics being elected as
state and national officials," said
Juan Cartagena, president and
general counsel of LatinoJustice.
"But voter denial still exists as
seen in many states, including
Florida, eliminating felons from
the process and requiring iden-
tification in order for citizens to
vote. Another strategy is voter
dilution in which the collective
power of minority voters is mini-
mized. The solution is single-
member districts [as opposed to
at-large districts] but the key is
how and where they are drawn."
Some civil rights groups, like
the NAACP are taking a closer
look at redistricting and have
targeted several states, including
Florida, in their studies.
"We know that redistricting is
about power, control and influ-
ence and that affects us in ev-
ery facet of our lives," said Leon
Russell, legislative chair, Florida
NAACP. "Lines will be drawn that
either empower or deny power
based on your group that could
include race, ethnicity or eco-
nomic level. The problem Florid-
ians face is that one party [Re-
publicans] has managed to suck
up all the power and they are
attempting to extend that power,
both statewide and nationally."
Russell added that he is con-
cerned that state officials still
haven't released any maps for
public perusal.
Badili Jones, political alliance
officer for the Miami Workers

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President, Haitian
Grassroots Coalition
Center, pointed out that many
minorities don't realize how re-
districting could further sup-
press their unique needs.
"When the redistricting issue
comes up, we tend to glaze over
the whole thing," he said. "Part of
the reason is because it's become
such a complicated topic that
many Blacks, particularly those
with limited education, find it
difficult to understand. It's also
significant that while white Re-
publicans tend to lump minori-
ties into one pot, we know that
Blacks, Haitians and Hispanics,
while sometimes similar in ap-
pearance, are very different.
Jean-Robert Lafortune, presi-
dent, Haitian Grassroots Coali-
tion, says Blacks and Haitians
need to resolve their differences
and work for greater political

1990 Census, Florida's Haitian
community was undercounted by
close to 50 percent," he said. "But
the other problem is that there is
growing conflict between Blacks
ind Hispanics in Districts 1, 2
and even 3. We proposed add-
ing two districts in Miami-Dade
County but the commissioners
shot us down. It's not about de-
nying Blacks the privilege and
power for which they have fought
so hard but including and giving
more voice and representation to
Haitians. Collectively we can de-
mand more."

Badili says that Blacks and
Hispanics should also lobby to
change laws impacting ex-felons.
Florida is only one of three states
that have legalized total disen-
franchisement of ex-felons.
"Blacks and Hispanics have
the largest percentage of its peo-
ple incarcerated and while they
have no vote and no rights, they
are counted in the Census based
on the place in which they are
imprisoned. That's prison-based
gerrymandering and gives advan-
tages to one group over another.
Calhoun County has 45 percent
of its population in jail not one
of those inmates is represented
and when they are released they
still have no voice. That's a pur-
poseful denial of rights by those
in power. Some have been alien-
ated for so long that even after
they are released, they are treat-
ed as if they don't exist that's
wrong and it's unjust."

More young Black women impacted by breast cancer

continued from 1A

at younger ages sometimes 40
and under. The fact that Black
women are falling prey to breast
cancer at younger ages without
being diagnosed, may be the rea-
son why more of them are dying.
"By the time they realize they
have breast cancer, it has pro-
gressed to its more dangerous and
later stages," said Reona Berry,
founder and executive director
of the African American Breast
Cancer Alliance, based in Minne-
apolis. "When a woman is in her
20s and 30s, breast cancer is the
last thing she is thinking about,"
Berry said.
The medical community has not

developed a consensus about the
proper age Black women should
begin being screened for breast
cancer but there are advocates
who believe the sooner the better.
"[Prevention] education needs
to start earlier by teaching girls
in their teens to check for breast
cancer," Berry added.
While many people tend to
think of breast cancer as one
generic disease that can affect
any woman, research has shown
that there are different subtypes
of breast cancer and they affect
different populations at different
rates. For example, Black women
are three-times more likely to be
diagnosed with triple-negative
breast cancer.
"It's not the good type of breast

cancer to have," said Dr. Judith
Hurley, a University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine profes-
sor, "because it tends to mature
faster, is harder to see on annual
mammograms and is the kind
of cancer that recurs more often
than others."
Hurley conducted a study of
Bahamian women and discov-
ered that many of them have mu-
tations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2
breast cancer gene.
That means that "over the
course of your life, you have
something between a 70 and 80
percent chance of developing
breast cancer and 40 to 50 per-
cent chance of developing ovar-
ian cancer," she said, "In such
cases the entire family needs to

be concerned with breast cancer
Pamela Burnett, founder and
president of the Beautiful Gate
Cancer Resource Center, believes
late diagnoses are caused by ig-
norance and lack of resources.
"Everybody says to watch out
for the warning signs [of breast
cancer] but how can you when
don't know them," Burnett said.
Burnett, herself a breast can-
cer survivor, did not learn about
the signs for her, a discolored
chest -until the cancer had pro-
gressed so far that she had to un-
dergo emergency surgery.
"We have to use all of the re-
sources we can find to keep our-
selves healthy and alive," she

Lobbyists have ties to

deficit panel members

By Fredreka Schouten

WASHINGTON Sixty-six for-
mer aides to lawmakers serv-
ing on a congressional panel'
charged with finding ways to
slash the federal deficit have
represented powerful defense
and health care industries that
face colossal cuts in government
spending, a new analysis shows.
"The reason that special inter-
ests hire former aides is the per-
ception that they have access,"
said Bill Allison of the non-parti-
san Sunlight Foundation, which
has called for greater transpar-
ency into the inner workings of
the deficit supercommittee.
As the 12-member panel
weighs how to cut at least $1.2
trillion from the deficit over 10
years, "it's not clear who's advo-
cating for the citizens' interests,"
Allison said.
The stakes are high for the
defense and health care in-
dustries. The panel's man-
date to sharply trim the deficit
makes Medicare and Medicaid
- health care programs for
the poor, disabled and elderly
- prime targets for cuts. How-
ever, if Congress fails approve
a deficit-reduction plan, auto-
matic cuts would take effect,
largely sparing payments to

Medicare and Medicaid benefi-
ciaries but slashing $600 bil-
lion in defense spending over a
, Twenty-six former aides to
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.,
have registered as lobbyists in
the past or currently lobby the
federal government, the larg-
est number of any lawmaker on
the Joint Select Committee on
Deficit Reduction, as the panel
is known. Baucus was elected
in 1978.
"Outside interests have no
impact on Max's decisions,"
Baucus spokeswoman Kate
Downen said in an e-mail.
"Helping create jobs for Mon-
tanans and Americans is Max's
No. 1 number one priority, and
everything he does is done
through that lens."
Among Republicans on the
supercommittee, Arizona Sen.
John Kyl has the most former
aides who have worked as lob-
byists: 10. Kyl recently threat-
ened to leave the panel if it rec-
ommended deeper defense cuts
than what have been approved.
President Obama and con-
gressional leaders already have
approved $350 billion WiM fts
in defense spending dver'a'de-
cade as part of a deficit-cuttipg
deal reached in August.

Protesters demand jobs

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believe in democracy," she ex-
plained. "I think this is a move-
ment about economic justice.
I think it's pretty obvious what
people are protesting. They are
protesting greed, recklessness,
illegal behavior, home foreclo-
sures and rising student debt.
We can't get jobs, but we have
mounting student debt."
Patton said the Occupy Wall
Street protest is the counter-
narrative to the Tea Party move-
ment, which is demanding that
government become smaller and
less involved in people's lives.
But many Wall Street protesters
want government to do more to
end home foreclosures, gener-
ate jobs and punish those whose
greed brought this nation to the
verge of economic collapse.
While it's not clear exactly
what will satisfy this movement
- or for that matter who its lead-
ers are this much seems cer-
tain: The Arab Spring has come
to America.
Unlike the Tea Party move-
ment that seeks to remake the

political process through elec-
tions, Occupy Wall Street is
more of a revolt than political
takeover. The people who have
taken to the streets under this
banner are demanding a more
responsive government, not plot-
ting a government takeover.
For all this nation's great-
ness, too many Americans live
below the poverty line. And for
too many people who are unem-
ployed, underemployed or about
to lose their home, the American
dream is a nightmare.
The protest has awakened in
a wide swath of Americans the
kind of passion for change that
earlier this year drove millions of
Arabs into the streets of Cairo,
Tunis and Damascus. Ironically,
Foley Square is just a short walk
from a park named for Thomas
Paine, a Revolutionary War lead-
er who once wrote of that Ameri-
can crisis: "These are the times
that try men's souls."'
The same, it seems, can be
said of the protests that forced
Patton to suspend her fears and
anxieties to join a street demon-
stration in New York City that
threatens to engulf the nation.




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center of the probe was deemed
ineligible and lost his college
scholarship. In response to the
report, Hankerson's attorney,
Michelle Delancy, says the alle-
gations are false.
"Hankerson has violated no
law or rule and should not be
subject to any disciplinary ac-
tion," she said. "At this point it's a
waiting game. The next step from
here is a hearing if the school
board decides to try to terminate

Mr. Hankerson. I am confidant
in the school board that it won't
come to that and they will make
the right decision."

While Hankerson was princi-
pal at Northwestern, there were
notable improvements to the
school. He took charge of efforts
that resulted in steady academic
improvement and also created a
college resource center.
"People need to focus on the
improvements Northwestern has

made," said John Schuster, di-
rector of communication for M-
Alumni from the school hope
the situation will be resolved
soon. In the meantime, they say
it's too soon to pass judgment.
"We are willing to give Mr.
Hankerson the benefit of the
doubt because we don't know
all the facts," said Larry T. Wil-
liams, 55, president of the Miami
Northwestern Alumni Associa-
tion. "This illusion that the me-
dia has created about the Alum-
ni Association caring only about

athletics is false. The executive
board never put any pressure
on Hankerson about Northwest-
ern's sports program. We give
away scholarships each year and
they have always been academic
The school system's Office of
Professional Standards (OPS) is
now reviewing the report and is
expected to issue a recommenda-
tion on possible disciplinary ac-
tion soon.
"The Office is reviewing the
report to see if anyone else is at
fault here," Schuster added.

Miami-Dade workers face tougher times

continued from 1A

after the budget was ratified.
That next step occurred last
Monday, when the County
handed out pink slips to some
350 workers, representing de-
partments that include the
library, jail, sewer and water.
Then last Wednesday the may-
or added police officers to his
list of potential layoff victims.
Gimenez says it's a foregone
conclusion that if new labor
agreements are not in place by
November 1st, he will have no
choice but to cut jobs for more
county workers.

Since upsetting longtime in-
cumbent Dorrin Rolle in last
fall's election, District 2 Coun-
ty Commissioner Jean Mon-
estime, the first Haitian to be
elected, says things have been
"Ours is the poorest district
in the county and that cannot
be reversed with piecemeal ef-
forts it takes a real economic
development plan and a lot
of collaboration," he said. "In
the short run, we've been able
to provide grants to 30 small
businesses and anticipate new

construction under the lead-
ership of both the 7th Avenue
and 79th Street CRAs. Some
of our residents are impatient
and with good reason as we
have a large percentage that
are dependent upon the gov-
ernment for their survival.
The budget extended services
to the elderly and children, the
two most vulnerable groups,
but we can't continue without
a long term vision for econom-
ic growth."
District 3's Audrey Edmon-
son says the latest budget
process was the most grueling
she's ever experienced.
"This year was all about
concessions but in the end I
was able to make sure the key
projects in my district were
funded," she said.
She points to the rebuilding
of storm-damaged homes in
Brownsville, the Transit Vil-
lage Hub, neighborhood cen-
ters in both the Culmer and
Wynwood-Allapattah commu-
nities and the MLK business
center as just a few of the proj-
ects for which she was able to
secure funding.
"The disparity study was
something I fought for and
it has been funded but my
main concern was making
sure people kept their jobs,"
she added. "We were able to
keep Head Start funded at

100 percent for another year
[a project that was also im-
portant to several of her other
colleagues, including Barbara
Jordan] and the Mom and Pop
business program was re-
tained at 90 percent. This was
a real fight because whenever
cuts occur, it tends to be our
people that bear the brunt. I
didn't want to see that hap-

District 7 County Commis-
sioner Xavier Suarez remains
critical of efforts to take more
from the paychecks of county
employees who have the low-
est take home pay.
"We have some executives
with car allowances and bene-
fits that are greater than some
workers' bi-monthly check," he
said. "If we are serious about
staying under budget, I say we
should cut the salaries and
expenses of those who make
more than $50,000. And with
a community that has seen an
increase in domestic violence
and with some entry level po-
liceman close to marginal pay,
I am opposed to cuts within
the police department."
Suarez mentioned the Helen
Bentley Health Center, a joint
project benefiting seniors and

children in Coconut Grove
and renovations at both the
Midtown Circle at 36th Street
and Virrick Park as victories
for all of his district's resi-
Meanwhile, County Commis-
sioner Barbara Jordan, Dis-
trict 1, celebrates being able to
save funding for Florida Memo-
rial University and Opa-locka's
historic City Hall.
S"I was concerned about pfi.
viding more affordable housing
and that we were able to do,
but some of the projects will
take longer to be completed,"
she said. "That's just the real-
ity given the cuts in the bud-
Jordan, like Edmonson, says
the disparity study that was
funded at 10p percent is key
to making sure Black-owned
businesses get more county
"Since the set aside program
ended over 10 years ago, we
have seen a severe decline in
contracting with small busi-
nesses, particularly those that
are Black-owned," she said.
"The percentage once reached
seven but is now barely at
one percent. With the change
in the demographics in the
county, we have to ensure that
Black-, Hispanic-, and wom-
en-owned businesses get their
fair share."

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Dr. Henry Lewis III, FMU president, officially opens the resi-
dential facility.

FMU opens new

residential center

By Randy Grice

When students are consider-
ing different colleges to attend,
living facilities can sometimes
play a factor in their decision.
Last week, Florida Memorial
University (FMU) opened a new
living and learning residential
"The opening of this facil-
ity represents a milestone im-
provement for the students of
this university," said Dr. Har-
old Clark, Jr., vice president for
administration at FMU. "Stu-
dents have been wanting this
for a while. We are now able of-
fer suite style accommodations.
The facility will have private and
semi-private rooms available to
students. This new option was
well received by the students
and as you can imagine the fa-
cility was filled up fast by new
and returning students."
The $14 million state-of the-
art facility includes nearly 360
apartment suite style rooms. It
also includes a student health
center that will be operated by
the Jessie Trice Community
Health Center, Inc.
Jullian Coakley, Student
Government Association (SGA)

president believes that the new
facility will only add to the ex-
periences students can have at
"With these new rooms, stu-
dents will be able to have their
own personal space," he said.
"Instead of having to share
their area with two or three in-
dividuals, students will have
more space and be happier. One
of the main reasons students
didn't want to live on campus
is because they had to share.
On campus enrollment has in-
creased so far and I expect for
it to go up even more in the
future. I would also like to ex-
tend a thank you to our previ-
ous president for initiating this
idea and our current president
for following through with the
Regina Kelly, a sophomore at
FMU, said she is considering
moving on campus after the
opening of the new living area.
"I never wanted to live on
campus until now," she said.
"I have a few friends that are
lucky enough to be moving into
that place and I'm kind of jeal-
ous. I think this will attract
more students to choose the op-
tion of living on campus rather
than being on their own."


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his wife Lavinia and their children,
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South Florida's

Jews celebrate

Yom Kippur
By Kaila Heard
For many of the approximately 750,000 Jewish people
who currently live in South Florida, from sun down on
Friday, October 7 until sundown Saturday, October 8,
was a time to ask for forgiveness.
Yom Kippur, which in Hebrew means 'Day of Atone-
ment,' is one of the Jewish High Holy Days. The day is
meant to create reconciliation between people and be-
tween individuals and God. According to Jewish tradi-
tion, it is also a day when God decides the fate of each
individual human beings.
There are three components of Yom Kippur: repentance
(teshuvah), prayer and fasting.
For the 10 days leading up to the High Holy Day, people
are supposed to make amends actually seek out and
apologize to people they may have offended and draw
closer to God by fasting and praying. This period of time
is known as the '10 Days of Repentance.'
Prayer service for Yom Kippur is one of the most impor-
tant and possibly longest held during the Jewish year,
lasting from morning until nightfall. The most repeated
prayer is called Al Khet, in which individuals ask for for-
giveness for a variety of sins from using foul language to
hurting the ones we love. During the latter part of the
service, the Book of Jonah is read to help people remem-
ber that God is able and willing to forgive those who are
sincerely sorry.
Also, Yom Kippur is observed by fasting for 25 hours.
The fast includes abstaining from food as well as engag-
ing in any sexual acts, bathing or wearing leather shoes.


Three women share Nobel Peace Prize

Norway Committee aims to

recognize uprisings ofArab Spring;

makes a link to earlier activists

By Jeanne Whalen
Paul Sonne
Hakim Almasmari

Co-winners of this years No-
bel Peace Prize were honoured
in their home countries of Li-
beria and Yemen respectively.
Courtesy of Reuters.
Three women in Africa and
the Middle East were named
winners of the 2011 Nobel
Peace Prize, an award that rec-
ognized the Arab Spring with a
pointed emphasis on women's
rights in the region.
The prize was given to Li-
berian President Ellen John-
son Sirleaf, Liberian activist
Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni
rights campaigner Tawakkul
Karman. The Norwegian Nobel
Committee recognized them
for their "non-violent struggle
for the safety of women and
for women's rights to full par-
ticipation in peace-building
The committee described
Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard-
educated economist who has
worked as a vice president
of Citibank, as "Africa's first
democratically elected female
president," who has "contrib-
uted to securing peace in Li-
beria, to promoting economic
and social development, and to
strengthening the position of

Gbowee "mobilized and or-
ganized women across ethnic
and religious dividing lines to
bring an end to the long war
in Liberia," the committee said,
while Karman, "both before
and during the 'Arab Spring'....
has played a leading part in
the struggle for women's rights
and for democracy and peace
in Yemen."
The awards are noteworthy
because only one of the wom-
en, Karman, is directly con-
nected to the popular uprisings
known as the Arab Spring that
have toppled authoritarian re-
gimes in Tunisia, Egypt and
Libya and are still challenging
hardliners in Syria and Yemen.
In announcing the award in
Oslo, Norway, the head of the
Norwegian committee, Thor-
bjorn Jagland, said the Nobel
committee wanted to stress
the role of women, and demon-
strate that the Arab Spring was
seeded years before it exploded
into public view.
Jagland said the committee
has "included the Arab Spring
in this prize but we have put
it in a particular context. If
one fails to include the wom-
en in the new democracies,
there will be no democracy."
He added that the committee
wanted to award the prize to

Winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize react to the news last Friday. Leymah Gbowee,
above, in New York City. Below left,Tawakkul Karman,flashes a victory sign outside her tent in
Tagheer Square in Santa,Yemen. Libera's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, right, at her home
in Monrovia.

someone whose work predated
the movement, who was active
"long before the world's media
was there reporting."
At the same time, Jagland
said the committee found it dif-
ficult to identify a single leader
from. the many activists and
bloggers who played a role in
2011's uprisings. Among the
other Arab Spring activists who
had been tipped as possible
winners were Google executive
Wael Ghonim, who helped lead
the protests on Cairo's Tahrir
Square, and Tunisian blogger
Lina Ben Mhenni.
Karman, leader of the Ye-
meni group Women Journal-
ists Without Chains, has been
a force behind the Arab Spring
uprising in Yemen. She has
been one of the most vocal
protesters calling for the re-
moval of Yemeni President Ali
Abdullah Saleh, who is still in
power after surviving an as-
sassination attempt in June.
Karman's brief arrest in Janu-
ary for her participation in the
protests helped ignite public
outrage and bring more people
to the streets.
In a phone interview with
The Wall Street Journal on
last Friday, Karman called
the prize "a victory for the en-
tire Yemeni revolution" and
expressed hope that it would
bring "more international sup-
port" to Yemeni protesters,
who have faced a brutal crack-
down that has left many dead.
"The Yemeni revolution
Please turn to NOBEL 14B

Civil rights'dean' Lowery turns 90
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.y Melanie Evesley .. singer Jenni ~'idaay and actress Cicely ership Conference with King, Shuttlesworth
S.o. -. e c Tyson. and Ralph Abernathy, who died in 1990.
.;'.One of the last icons of America's civil "I feel bless,~ at- the Lord has let me live "Working to help people is a joy, even
r rights battles turned 90 last week, and this long and eij'o all the blessings that though sometimes it was dangerous and
.hundredsi.of his relatives, friends and fars I've enjoyed,"'Lowery said from his home in heavy and treacherous." Lowery said. "I
'efebrated with-him iatAtlanta Symphony Atlanta.... thank God for the privilege."
i ..oin.last Sunday. -. He is partof the roster of Blacks who He said he decided to enter the
Rev. Ji erd the d~an of he iheed push the country past the days of ministry and civil
hsoen ,who worked with separate water fountans for Blacks and "'iiglit work at 12,'
u ..ave apy fih- whites, poll taxes and widespread violence when a white police
sungto iy. Stevle Wonder. Lowery against Blacks. The recent death of the officer beat him with -
will receive in-person birthday wishes from Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, 89, who helped a club because he had
alleor, legends Andrew Young, former-United organize the Freedom Rides that challenged accidentally brushed
S-Nations ambassador and ex-mayor of Atlan- segregation in the South, makes Lowery the against him.
ta"-Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, oldest surviving leader of the non-violent "I decided then that...
-a.fornier Freedomg Rider and an organizer demonstrations of the 1950s and 1960s. people ought not to be
'-of the March on Washington in 1963; and Lowery, a native of Huntsville, Ala., was a abused," Lowery said.
t:.&teRev..C.T. Vivian; a King lieutenant and chief organizer of the Selma-to-Montgomery "But I thank God I didn't
fqrmer student organizer, marches in 1965 that led to passage of the hate. I didn't even hate
L owery will be honored in a musical pre- Voting Rights Act. him (the officer)."
s,,entation, His Words Our Gift, featuring He created the Southern Christian Lead- Please turn to LOWERY 14B

Will toM Black men return to church?

By Bederia Moore

Starting Sunday, September
25, 2011, the National Black
Church Initiative (NBCI) is of-
ficially inviting Black men back
to church. NBCI is working to
make sure 10 million Black
males return to church over
the next 10 years.
NBCI's press release noted
national partnerships with ma-
jor Black religious leaders and
denominations in response to
the serious issues facing Black
men, including rising levels of
incarceration, drug use and
unwed fatherhood.
Rev. Anthony Evans, presi-
dent of NBCI says, "NBCI has
no other greater mission than
to re-establish God's order -
the first step being to call our
men back to church. We are
committed to devoting a half
a million dollars and a mil-
lion hours of evangelism to
get Black men back into our
pews. There is something miss-
ing from the heart of the Black
church the presence of our

Black brothers will heal hearts,
minds and families."
This Sunday marks the na-
tional kick off for the big invite
back. Cities across the country
will follow the national kick off
by hosting kick-offs in their re-
spective cities. NBCI reports an
overwhelming response from
over one thousand churches to
partner in this effort. In prepa-
ration churches across the
country have organized teams

of 10 or more Black males to
serve as evangelistic arms of
the church to spread the word
and invite Black men back to
Materials to facilitate the
efforts are available to further
enable churches to spread
the word to their communi-
ties to make sure Black men
know they are welcome in the
NBCI is also developing

ministries to engage and equip
Black men to establish or rees-
tablish a relationship with God
through Christ.
"Our focus is to open our
doors, arms and hearts to un-
derstand the complex sociologi-
cal and psychological factors
that prohibit Black men from
being consistent churchgoers,
better fathers, less abusive
spouses and better members of
society. As a religious leader '
in the Black community for the
past twenty years, we take our
position as a moral authority
very seriously. NBCI believes
that the first step for our Black
brothers is to return to church
- atoning for their sins and re-
establishing their relationship
with God through Christ. Over
the next ten years we will de-
velop comprehensive ministries
to sustain this initiative and
commit Black men to the path
of righteousness. We invite you
to encourage our Black men
to join us as we reunite as a
whole on Sunday, September

Bishop James D. Adams Pastor Emanuel Whipple

Unity Day Services at

St. John Baptist Church

Using as a theme "We Are
One", The St. John family will
observe their annual day ser-
vices on this Sunday, October
The 11 a.m., message will be
delivered by our own Bishop
James Dean Adams and 4 p.m.,
by Pastor Emanuel Whipple of
Mt. Nebo Baptist Church.

Please come and hear power-
ful sermons brought by these
anointed men of God.
The colors for the day are
shades of purple. For addition-
al information, please call the
church at 305-372-3877. Sis-
ter Lisa Fitzpatrick is general
chairperson of the Unity Day

Apple CEO Steve Jobs evangelizes secular form of hope

By Andy Crouch

As remarkable as Steve Jobs
was in countless ways-as
a designer, an innovator, a
(ruthless and demanding)
leader-his most singular
quality has been his ability to
articulate a perfectly secular
form of hope.
In the 2000s, when much
about the wider world was
causing Americans intense

anxiety, the one thing that got
inarguably better, much bet-
ter, was our personal technol-
ogy. In October 2001, with
the World Trade Center still
smoldering and the Inter-
net financial bubble burst,
Apple introduced the iPod. In
January 2010, in the depths
of the Great Recession, the
very month where unemploy-
ment breached 10 percent for
the first time in a generation,

"No one wants to die. Even
people who want to go to
heaven don't want to die to
get there. And yet death is the
destination we all share."
-Steve Jobs

Apple introduced the iPad.
Technological progress is
the fruit of countless scien-
tists, inventors, engineers,

and firms. But Apple has done
'one thing almost no one else
does: put the fruits of insanely
complex engineering into ac-
cessible form. They improved
markedly, unmistakably,
from one generation to the
next-not just in a long list
of features and ever-spiraling
complexity (I'm looking at
you, Microsoft Word), but in
Steve Jobs was the evan-

gelist of this particular kind
of progress-and he was the
perfect evangelist because he
: had no competing source of
hope. In his celebrated Stan-
ford commencement address
(which is itself an elegant, ex-
cellent model of the genre), he
spoke frankly about his initial
cancer diagnosis in 2003. It's
worth pondering what Jobs
did, and didn't, say:
"No one wants to die. Even

people who want to go to
heaven don't want to die to
get there. And yet death is
the destination we all share.
No one has ever escaped it.
And that is as it should be,
because death is very likely
the single best invention of
life. It's life's change agent;
it clears out the old to make
way for the new. Right now,
the new is you. But someday,
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148 THE MIAMI TIMES, OCTOBER 12-18, 2011

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Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes
the community to their Fam-
ily and Friends Worship Ser-
vice every Sunday at 7:30
a.m. and 11 a.m. 305-696-

Jordan Grove MIssion-
ary Baptist Church invites
the community to their build-
ing's 25th Anniversary, Oct.
12-13 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 16
at 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Freewill Christian Cen-
ter of Miami is hosting Pas-
tor Appreciation Services Oct.
26-28, 7 p.m. nightly and
Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. 354-851-,

Valley Grove Missionary
Baptist Church celebrating
their 48th Church Anniversa-
ry on Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. 305-
970-0703, 954-868-4875.

Glendale Baptist Church
of Brownsville invites every-
one to morning worship every
Sunday at 11 a.m. and Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7
p.m. 305-638-0857.

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of the
Apostolic Faith Church,
Inc. will be starting a New
Bereavement Support Group
beginning on the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of each month
from 7-9 p.m. 786-488-2108.

Running for Jesus Youth
Ministry invites everyone to
a Birthday Gospel Praise Cel-
ebration on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
954-213-4332, 305-621-6261.

The Men's Group of Saint
Agnes Episcopal Church is
hosting a Pre-Halloween Dance
on Oct. 14, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tick-
ets are $10 in advance and $12
at the door.

Macedonia Missionary
Baptist Church is celebrating
their 116th Anniversary with
services on Oct. 23 at 7:30 a.m.
and 11 a.m. 305-445-6459.

New Life Family Worship
Center's Women's Ministry
presents a skit on Oct. 15 at 1
p.m. The church is also hosting
a Women's Conference, When
An Unsaved Woman is Watch-
ing the Life of a Saved Woman,'
Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. and a Break-
fast Brunch on Nov. 19 at 10
a.m. For tickets, call 305-623-

Lifeline Outreach Minis-
tries invites everyone to their
roundtable to discuss the Bible
every Saturday, 6 p.m. 305-

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church celebrates their Pas-
tor's 37th Anniversary with a
banquet on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.
Tickets required. 305-609-

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

New 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.

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

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

All 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-

The 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.

New Mt. Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the

community to their Sunday Bi-
ble School classes at 9:30 a.m.
and 11 a.m. Worship Service.
305-635-4100, 786-552-2528.

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

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

Christian 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.

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

The 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-

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church has moved but
still holds a Fish Dinner every
Friday and Saturday and In-
troduction Computer Classes
every Tuesday and Thursday
at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reverend
Willie McCrae, 305-770-7064
or Mother Annie Chapman,

Singers help popularize traditional gospel music

continued from 12B

working with the Appointed
Gospel Singers since July.
"They have a combination of
traditional and contemporary
songs and that is what makes
this album unique."
Stockdale adds, "We were
going for the sound of a tra-
ditional quartet that had the
flavor of a choir as well."
.Stockdale, has been sing-

ing as a soloist at church or
participating in local gospel
groups for most of her life.
But it wasn't until 2002, that
she was inspired to form the
Appointed Gospel Singers of
"I always wanted to do this
but I never really had the
time," Stockdale recalled.
Some members have come
and gone but the group's cur-
rent singers include: Sheila
Wilson, Lauretta L. Williams,

Zelma Jenkins, Evelyn Bo-
swell Ellis Turner, Rober-
ta Marshall and Audrey G.
Sears. They have performed
throughout South Florida
and even in the Bahamas.
But going on the road can be
complicated as some of their
members live out of the area
- from Central Florida to
Turner, for example, spends
half of the year in Pittsburgh
and the other half in Miami.

A retired M-DCPS teacher
and professionally trained so-
loist, Turner has performed
with several professional op-
era companies. But she says
that her time spent with the
Appointed Gospel Singers of
Miami has been the most sat-
"We really get along with
each other and I think it's
because we're all children of
God and we have a single pur-
pose," she said.

The gospel of Apple's Steve Jobs

continued from 13B

not too long from now, you will
gradually become the old and
be cleared away. Sorry to be so
dramatic, but it's quite true.
Your time is limited, so don't
waste it living someone else's
life. Don't be trapped by dogma,
which is living with the results
of other people's thinking. Don't
let the noise of others' opin-
ions drown out your own inner
voice, heart and intuition. They
somehow already know what
you truly want to become."
This is the gospel of a secular
age. It has the great virtue of be-
ing based only on what we can
all perceive-it requires neither
revelation nor dogma. And it
promises nothing it cannot de-

liver-since all that is promised
is the opportunity to live your
own unique life, a hope that is
manifestly realizable since it is
offered by one who has so spec-
tacularly succeeded by follow-
ing his own "inner voice, heart
and intuition."
Upon close inspection, this
gospel offers no hope that you
cannot generate yourself, and
only the comfort of having been
true to yourself. In the face of
tragedy and evil it is strangely
It is no wonder that Barack
Obama, who had to address
these deeper forms of grief this
past week, turned to a vision
which only makes sense if there
is more to the world than we
can see. Anything less is cold
comfort indeed.

Joseph Lowery becomes oldest

surviving Civil Rights leader

continued from 13B

On Jan. 20, 2009, he deliv-
ered the benediction at the in-
auguration of the first Black
president. Seven months later,
President Obama awarded him
the Presidential Medal of Free-
"When we got the Voting
Rights Act passed in 1965, none
of us thought we'd ever live to
see an African-American presi-
dent," Lowery said. "The Lord
let me live. Martin, of course,
did not live, and when he died,
there were only a handful of

Black elected officials."
"He was one of the stabilizing
forces that tried to help make
the transition for the South-
ern Christian Leadership Con-
ference (SCLC) after Dr. King's
death," Young said. "In terms
of keeping the movement alive
in the '70s and '80s, he made a
distinct contribution."
After the death of Abernathy,
King's successor as head of
the SCLC, "he was able to hold
SCLC together as an organiza-
tion and continue the message
of Dr. King, in the spirit of Dr.
King, that was needed during a
difficult time," Lewis said.

Rev. Freeman: Christ can set you free 1I6 Il i

continued from 12B

the four walls, he follows the
same philosophy. The church
offers several ministries in-
cluding a choir and a thriving
youth ministry. With a congre-
gation averaging 250 people
every week, Freeman estimates
that 70 of them tend to be
young adults.
"I really believe that this cul-
ture is seeking God but the

church has lost its relevance
and ability to reach them," he
said. "I believe that one of the
greatest challenges today is to
really understand and speak
their language without com-
promising the Gospel."
Freeman's favorite Biblical
verse is John 8:36, "So if the
Son makes you free, you will
be free indeed."
"It speaks of my life and the

life that I preach to people is
because when I gave my life to
Christ I felt a freeness that I
never felt before," he said. "We
tell people to get saved and
get free but as soon as God
has freed them we want to put
them back into bondage with
doctrine, with the ways of the
church and all of the things
that are not impacting people
St. Paul is located at 344 SW
4th Avenue in Homestead.

Historic M-DC church reflects on past

continued from 12B

Fifty-sixth Baptist Church
and enlisted Rev. S.A. Samp-
son as their first pastor. The
church was renamed St. Agnes
and then changed to Macedo-
nia in 1922. As the congrega-
tion grew, the sanctuary un-
derwent several renovations,
eventually being relocated to
its current site on Douglas Av-
enue in June 1948.
Since becoming the senior
pastor in 1983, Daniels, 81,

has continued with additional
renovations and added several
tangible assets including an
ornate fence and some much-
needed passenger vans. But
he says he also works towards
preserving church traditions,
like the singing of traditional
"I sit among the seniors
- you have to know the his-
tory of what we went through
and what we're [still] going
through," said Daniels, who
grew up in Coconut Grove.
"That's what really brought us

through 116 years."
Despite their rich history,
the church has also embraced
change and innovation. They
now have a street ministry, a
prison ministry and a feeding
ministry that serves breakfast
to anyone every Sunday morn-
ing. And recently they added a
dance and mime ministry that
have become quite popular
among the members.
According to Daniels' wife,
Sister Inez, 79, "Sometimes we
have more young people than
we do senior citizens."

Can women bring peace to the world?

continued from 13B

should not be ignored and the
prize will only have value if the
revolution in Yemen prevails,"
Karman said.
The Nobel committee
stressed that Karman's cam-
paigning work began long
before the Arab Spring. The
32-year-old mother of three
studied psychology at Yemen's
Sana'a University, where she
was politically active.
Later, she founded Women
Journalists Without Chains,
which in recent years has se-
cured the release of tens of
journalists who were jailed for
their writings. She was born
in Yemen's Taiz province to a
middle-class family. Her fa-
ther served as the Minister of
Legal Affairs in the 1990s.
Johnson Sirleaf, 72, became
Liberian president in 2006, af-

ter serving as Assistant Unit-
ed Nations Secretary General
and as a vice president at Ci-
tibank. Nicknamed the "Iron
Lady" by her supporters, she
has pledged to rebuild the
West African nation after a
long period of civil war that
ended in 2003.
Upon taking office, she re-
quested the extradition of
Charles Taylor, the Liberian
president from 1997 to 2003
and a former warlord who had
been hiding in Nigeria after
being accused of war crimes.
Nigeria complied with John-
son Sirleafs request and ex-
tradited Taylor back to Liberia.
Later, he was sent to a U.N.-
backed court at The Hague to
stand trial.
"You know, when we started
off, we inherited a pretty bad
situation, a broken country,
collapsed economy," Johnson
Sirleaf said in a May 2010 in-

terview at the Council on For-
eign Relations. She has led
a fight against corruption in
Liberia and taken steps to re-
vitalize the economy and deal
with Liberia's debt.
During the May 2010 in-
terview, Johnson Sirleaf em-
phasized the importance of
female leadership. "If I could
have found them, I would have
made an all-woman cabinet,"
she said, half jokingly. "But
I didn't find enough of them,
and we didn't have the time to
Gbowee is a social worker
by profession and the execu-
tive director of Women Peace
and Security Network Africa,
or Wipsen, a nonprofit group
based in Accra, Ghana. She
holds a master's degree in
conflict transformation from
Eastern Mennonite University
in Harrisonburg, Va., accord-
ing to the Wipsen website.






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Teens sound off in digital library

Project aims to expand kids'media

literacy in the 21st century
By Greg Toppo ments.

CHICAGO On the ground
floor of the city's main library,
an odd experiment is taking
place, one that could deter-
mine what your neighborhood
library looks like in 10 years.
It goes like this: Take a very
large room and fill it with the
latest digital media laptop
computers, music keyboards,
recording equipment, video
cameras and gaming consoles.
Invite teenagers. Apply a little
pressure, pushing them both
to consume and produce me-
dia. Watch what happens.
Once a storage room at
the Harold Washington Li-
brary Center, the high-ceil-
ing, 5,500-square-foot space,
dubbed "YOUmedia a Digital
Library Space for Teens," has
become a magnet for young
people citywide, so popular
and influential that the library
plans to replicate it citywide.
The original space, sitting in
the shadow of the downtown
loop, sees a steady stream of
visiting librarians, educators
and scholars.
"When people see it they're
completely gobsmacked," says
Mary Dempsey, library com-
Funded in part by the Chi-
cago-based John D. and Cath-
erine T. MacArthur Founda-
tion, the project sprang from
research on how digital media
affect kids' literacy. Simply
put, it's changing the require-

"We are in one of these rare
moments in time where what
it means to be literate today,
what it meant for us, is go-
ing to be different from what
it means to be literate for our
kids," says DePaul University's
Nichole Pinkard, who first en-
visioned the space. Just as
schools have always pushed
teens to read critically and
pick apart authors' arguments,
she says, educators must now
teach kids how to consume
media critically and, ideally, to
produce it.
"It's really a shift from think-
ing of a library as a repository
to a community center, a place
where things actually happen,"
says Taylor Bayless, 27, a li-
brarian and one of the center's
YOUmedia owes much of its
basic ideology to Mizuko Ito, a
cultural anthropologist at the
University of California-Irvine
who in 2006 studied how teens
use "new media." After three
years, her team concluded
that most kids shift between
three stages of consump-
tion and creation, informally
dubbed "hanging out," "mess-
ing around" and seekingg out."

In the first stage, teens are
mostly text-messaging or in-
stant-messaging friends and
haunting sites such as Face-

KEYED IN,TUNED IN: Charles Kilpatrick works on a song using a keyboard and MacBook at
YOUmedia in Chicago's Harold Washington Library. At left is Manny Bucio and Antonio Hopkins,
right. The worktables and equipment are part of the seekingg out" section of the space.

book what the research-
ers call a "lightweight means"
of maintaining friendships.
"Messing around" begins when
teens take an interest in media
itself: composing music, edit-
ing photos or shooting video,
driven more by interests than a
desire to be with friends.
"Geeking out" involves using
new media in an "intense, au-
tonomous and interest-driven
way" that often leaves friends
in the dust as teens seek out
experts for help.
YOUmedia is laid out to ac-
commodate all three stages.
Drew Davidson of Carnegie

Mellon University notes that he
and colleagues designed it with
the "hanging out" space by the
front door. But even kids who
stay put there absorb what's
happening in the other two.
"If you're just 'hanging out,'
your awareness of the possi-
bilities of the things you could
do just gets raised," he says.
On a recent afternoon, most
patrons were comfortably
"hanging out." Two girls in a
beanbag chair shared a Mac-
Book they had checked out at
the front desk, tweaking their
Facebook statuses; a dozen
boys egged each other on as

two button-mashers played
the video game Infamous.

Nearby, Bayless sat with a
group of boys, helping them
plan a taping of their weekly
podcast about video games.
They were somewhere on
the border of stages two and
three, "messing around" but
approaching geek stage. One
of the three was trying to get
Bayless to think about how
the game Bioshock owed its
philosophy to the novels of
Ayn Rand. Clearly seeking

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Students of the Jewels Baton Twirling Academy of Liberty City
won several medals at the Junior Olympics held in New Orleans,

Local twirling academy

brings home the gold

Local minister Elder Tanya
R. Jackson led the Jewels Ba-
ton Twirling Academy to New
Orleans, La. this past summer
to bring home the gold. The
young ladies took home three
gold, one silver, one bronze,
and one copper medal (the
award given to fourth place
winners) for their various
group performances. Four in-
dividual twirlers won multiple
gold medals and experienced
numerous other wins.
Jackson was also awarded
the Amateur Athletic Union's
Jr. Olympic Rookie Coach of
the Year Award for the effort
put forth as a first-time Junior
Olympic Team.
Elder Jackson's mission is to

offer classy performing alterna-
tives for children as opposed to
the sexually suggestive pre-
sentations that we often see in
public performances.
In addition to Jackson,
Coaches Wayne Jones, Prin-
cess Jackson, and Melissa
Vicente also provided the team
with their tireless support and
The Champion Team Roster
includes: Princess Jackson,
Chrishara Pinkney, Krishanti
Pinkney, Yasmine Dobson,
Dellayah Pleasure, Veyondra
Christmas, Dominique Murray,
Tryonika Ross, Tyanna Sims,
Kiera Jones, Inayzha Mc-
Cartney, Lydona Lewis, Kiana

SBaptist Health celebrates culture, diversity

Florida enjoys a rich melting
pot of people and cultures from
all over the world, and Baptist
Health South Florida is tapping
into the power behind diversity.
As the region's largest 'faithl-
based, not-for-profit health
care organization, Baptist
Health is committed to being
the "Best Place for Diversity."
The organization joins others
this month across the nation
in celebrating Disability
Mentoring Day. Set for
Wednesday, October 19, 2011,
the day allows mentees to gain
experience and encourages
increased hiring of people with
disabilities. October 19 will
also be Diversity Dining Day,
when employees celebrate
different cultures through
an enticing ethnic cooking
"Diversity at Baptist Health
is more than just a program
- it's a fresh and exciting
experience welcoming people
from all walks of life," said
Ricardo Forbes, corporate vice
president and chief diversity
officer for Baptist Health. "Our
October celebrations help us
learn about each other, and
the more we learn, the better
we can appreciate our cultural
Disability Mentoring Day
is a nationally-recognized
day offering a job shadowing
experience. This year, 10
mentees will participate
and be spread throughout
Baptist Health's hospitals.
The experience will help
job seekers with disabilities
develop skills they need to
successfully compete in today's

Will power, family support

crucial in fighting cancer

Pink helium balloons being let a float at the 'Pink October' celebrations.

marketplace. In 2012, Baptist
Health hopes to implement a
12-week internship for people
with disabilities.
"Every person can bring
value to our world of diversity,"
shared Christie Grays, director
of culture and inclusion for
Baptist Health. "Disability
Mentoring Day and Diversity
Dining Day are just two of the
many steps our staff takes to
build a place where everyone
feels welcome to grow and
Diversity Dining Day, a
quarterly event at Baptist
Health, highlights a culture by
providing food and information
booths for employees to
experience. This October's
day focuses on Italy, and
employee submitted recipes
will be prepared and served in
dining rooms. The finalists'
dishes have been narrowed
down to a winner based on
nutritional value, creativity
and authenticity.
"This will be a day to celebrate,

Dr. K. Shantha, Breast Cancer Foundation (SBCF)
celebrated 'Pink October 2011' at Dr. G. Viswa-
nathan Speciality Hospitals in the city on recently.
About 50 breast cancer survivors took part in the
meeting. Women from various walks of life, including
R.N. Manjula, Subordinate Judge, Bhavani, Deputy
SP, Protection of Civil Rights (PCR), Rani Muralid-
haran, president, Women Entrepreneurs Association
of Tamil Nadu (WEAT), Mega, air hostess, Air India,
Megala Anand, dentist, Premalatha of Bank of India,
and others took part in the meeting and exchanged
their ideas on breast cancer and women.
Mrs. Manjula, Subordinate Judge, reinforced the
idea of the will to fight against breast cancer by quot-
ing a few anecdotes.
Mrs. Bhavani stressed the importance of family
that stays together during the time of treatment and
which will have a better outcome.
Pink helium balloons were let afloat to celebrate
the occasion. Everybody stated the importance of
early detection of breast cancer. The Foundation
was happy to announce the inauguration of the
mammo bus in the month of November 2011. Phys-
iotherapy advice was given to all breast cancer sur-

Ricardo Forbes
embrace, and reflect on diverse
cultures and backgrounds,"
continued Forbes. "The South
Florida community is always
welcome in our doors, and this
month is another opportunity
to applaud our differences -
and have some fun while we're

at it."
Focusing on diversity in
the workforce, workplace
and marketplace is what has
positioned Baptist Health as
the "Best Place for Diversity."
Fore : more infor itiic o '.'on
Baptist Health South Florida's
diversity :--practices, pleasee
contact the Office of Diversity,
or visit www.baptisthealth.net.
Baptist Health is the largest
faith-based, not-for-profit
health care organization in
the region. It includes Baptist
Hospital, South Miami Hospital,
Doctors Hospital, Homestead
Hospital, West Kendall Baptist
Hospital, Baptist Children's
Hospital, Baptist Cardiac &
Vascular Institute, mariners
Hospital, Baptist Outpatient
Services and Baptist Health
Enterprises. Please contact
the Office of Diversity for more
information, or visit our website
at www.baptisthealth.net.

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A few feet away, another
boy repeatedly played a frag-
ment of percussive digital mu-
sic, shaving off microseconds
as he struggled to fit it into a
larger composition.
One thing you quickly no-
tice: It's loud. Gone are the
students studying quietly
among the stacks. While book-
shelves occupy a large central
space, the sounds of music,
video games and conversation
are everywhere.
Poet and lead mentor Mike
Hawkins says, "It's a construc-
tive loud."
Raymond Abercrombie, 17,
stumbled upon YOUmedia
two years ago while looking
for "some random book" for a
college-prep class.
Ten minutes into his first
visit, he met Hawkins, widely
known as "Brother Mike" -
the name comes from his days
on the city's poetry scene -
who introduced him to per-
formance poetry. Soon Aber-
crombie was seeking out in
what he calls "the nerd space,"
discussing poetry.
Then he was performing his
own poetry and music. He now
shows up seven days a week,
and you'll find him most after-
noons "either making music or
discussing music."
Ito, the anthropologist, con-
siders the project "amazing on
a lot of levels."
Ito says the secret of YOU-
media's success is that it's
based not on what adults
think students should be do-
ing, but on "what kids actually
do and how they engage" with
media and one another.




Start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness
Month officially kicked off Oct. 3
at City Hall, beginning a month
long series of events designed to
raise both awareness and funds.
Acting Minister of Health Mi-
chael Weeks said, "Breast cancer
continues to be a life-changing
disease that presents enormous
challenges to patients, their
families, and friends.
"According to the Bermu-
da National Tumour Registry,
breast cancer is the most com-
monly diagnosed cancer in Ber-
muda and represents a third of
all cancers diagnosed on our is-
"The good news is that the
survival rate for this illness
continues to improve. Mammo-
grams and breast exams help
find breast cancers early when
treatments can be most effec-

Joiv u:
jus. "

Breast Cancer Awareness Month officially kicked off October 3,2011 at City Hall.

"The Health in Review Report
concluded that breast cancer
mortality in Bermuda has been
declining over the past decade
and is lower in Bermuda than
in most high-income countries.

In fact, we are among the best
performers compared to the
other OECD countries, which is
likely the result of high rates of
"Unfortunately, there are still
women in Bermuda who are not

taking advantage of early detec-
tion and others who do not get
screening mammograms and
clinical breast exams at regular
"Studies have also confirmed
that healthy lifestyle choices

may reduce the occurrence of
breast cancer, yet many women
are not aware that diet and ex-
ercise may impact their risk for
this disease," continued Minis-
ter Weeks.
"Mammography remains the
best available method of detect-
ing breast changes that may be
attributed to cancer, long be-
fore physical symptoms can be
seen or felt," continued Minister
"Although there have been
discussions in other jurisdic-
tions about the age at which
women should begin regular
mammography screening, in
Bermuda we continue to advise
all women age 40 and older to
schedule mammograms on an
annual basis."
"When women have access
to accurate information about

breast health, the importance of
early detection and the impact
of healthy lifestyle choices, they
are empowered to make wise de-
cisions and take a proactive role
in their care."
"The Department of Health,
the Bermuda Cancer and
Health Centre and the Bermuda
Hospitals Board are working to-
gether to encourage every wom-
an to follow three simple steps
that will increase their chances
of early detection and effective
"Undergo a yearly mammo-
gram, if you are 40 or older.
Women younger than age 40
with special risk factors should
speak with their doctors about
earlier screening; Schedule an
annual physical, carried out by
your doctor; and Learn to carry
out monthly self-breast exams."

NVCC goals to earn charity donation

In partnership with North Vil-
lage Community Club [NVCC],
Freisenbruch-Meyer Group
will donate $100 to Bermuda
Cancer and Health Centre for
each goal scored by the Village
Premier football team.
For the past two years, the
Rams sported pink jerseys
in October to show support
for Breast Cancer Awareness
Month and in conjunction with
their 2011 campaign, Freisen-
bruch-Meyer Group will sup-
port their initiative.
The Premier Division and
Charity Cup champions de-
feated Boulevard at their first
October game on last Saturday
with a 4/2 victory and are ex-
pected to play at least another
six games for the month.
North Village goal score av-
erage is around three goals
per game, but since the start
of the. 2011 season, the team
has racked up 16 goals in just
five games. At this rate, Frei-
senbruch-Meyer Group can
donate as much as $2,100 to
Bermuda Cancer and Health
Centre. ;


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Michael Freisenbruch, president of Freisenbruch-Meyer Group shakes hands-with Shervin

Dill, president of NVCC
Shervin Dill, president of
NVCC said, "Without ques-
tion, we were on board to sup-
port Breast Cancer Aware-
ness Month for the 2011
season. Last year, we raised
over $1,000 alone and our
pink jerseys received such a
positive response, everyone
was excited to do it again."
"We appreciate the help of

Freisenbruch-Meyer Group,
who will essentially double our
donation this year. I'm confi-
dent that our team will main-
tain their goal average and
thus, attribute to a worthwhile
donation to Bermuda Cancer
and Health Centre."
Michael Freisenbruch, presi-
dent of Freisenbruch-Meyer
Group said;("'NVCCOis a top-

class club and that is evident
in their programmes and ef-
forts to provide an effective
and safe sporting communityy"
"We are excited to partner
with them in support of Breast
Cancer Awareness Month and
at the end of October, together
we will make a formal dona-
tion to Bermuda Cancer and
-Health Centre"' *

Ovarian cancer a mystery

for Black women

By Tricia McCarter

With over 21,000 new cases of
ovarian cancer a year includ-
ing 15,000 deaths it ranks
fifth in cancer deaths among
women. And, while more white
women develop ovarian can-
cer, the five-year survival rate
among Black women is still
However, much is unknown
about the disease, -and even
less is known about how it af-
fects Black women.
Less than 300 Black women
have ever been included in
ovarian cancer studies. But,
a new five-year study aims to
change that.
"This is a perfect example of
a scientific area where there is
a paucity of information, and
this study is going to help fill
that hole," says Dr. Therese
Dolecek of University of Illinois
at Chicago, and lead investiga-
tor in the study.
Dolecek's team is investigat-
-ing the-risk-factors specifically

associated with Black women
who develop the disease. They
aim to enroll 1,000 Black wom-
en recently diagnosed with
ovarian cancer. The study be-
gan last year and is scheduled
to end in 2015.
The critical problem with
ovarian cancer is that it's often
diagnosed late in the disease,
when treatments are not as
Ovarian cancer develops from
cells found in the ovaries that
become malignant and grow
out of control. It is the deadli-
est form of cancer affecting the
female reproductive system.
There are no early screen-
ing tests for ovarian cancer,
and experts say the symptoms,
such as bloating, pelvic pain,
an urgent need to urinate, fa-
tigueand an upset stomach,
can be vague and mistaken for
other conditions.
Last September, the Nation-
al Ovarian Cancer Coalition
found that doctors initially
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Cases of Breast Cancer Related to Age at ag sis

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Losing weight, getting fit

can reduce breast cancer risk

By Liz Szabo
For many women, breast can-
cer is the most frightening of all
diseases partly because there
are few clear steps they can take to
avoid it.
Women can't control the things
that most strongly shape their risk:
age, race, family history and the
ages at which they hit puberty and
menopause. And while having kids

Your first mammogram

By Jacquetta Latimore, RT (M) R
Imaging Super'i sor I Clief Alanunographer
at North Shore Medical Center

You just reached that milestone birthday,
and your doctor tells you it's time to
schedule your first mammogram. Here's
some information to help you get ready.
Mammograms use low-dosages of
X-rays to produce images of the internal
structure of the breasts. Mammograms
- are an important toolin the early detection
of breast cancer and may help find
cancers several years before symptoms

You may have heard stories about
"painful" mammograms, but there are
steps you can take to make the procedure
more comfortable. Scheduling your
mammogram during the week after
your menstrual cycle may help because
your breasts will be less tender at that
time. Breast tissue often becomes more
sensitive the week before and the week
during your period.
On the day of your mammogram
appointment, don't apply powders,
deodorants, antiperspirants, lotions,
creams or perfumes under your arms,
or on or around your breasts. These
products may contain metallic particles
that will show up on the mammogram film.

After you've checked in at the
mammogram facility, you'll be taken to a
private area where you will take off your
clothing above the waist, including your
bra, and put on a patient gown. If you are
wearing jewelry such as chains, necklaces
or have piercings in the breast area, you
should take those off as well.
A technician will help position you for
the mammogram. The technician will
move the machine and then place your
breast tissue between the two plates. She
will need to adjust your position and tell
you where to place your arms and how to
The mammogram plates will be
gradually moved together so that your
breast tissue is compressed between
them. A good mammogram image means
good compression must take place. While
you may feel some discomfort as the
breast tissue is squeezed, you should
Please turn to MAMMOGRAM 198

prime, experts acknowledge. But
avoiding extra pounds reduces the
risk of not only breast cancer, but
tumors of the kidneys, esophagus,
colon and uterine lining, says the
National Cancer Institute. Staying
lean also reduces risk of heart dis-
ease, stroke, diabetes, joint prob-
lems and other ailments.
In the Women's Health Initiative,
a landmark government-funded
study, postmenopausal women

Obesity is most clearly linked to postmenopausal breast cancer.
That's partly because body fat raises levels of estrogen, which fu-
els most breast cancers.

before 30 appears to offer some
protection, fe'w women time their
pregnancies with the risk of breast
cancer in mind.
Yet experts say women can em-
brace one prevention strategy with
unequivocal benefits exercise.
"One of the most important ways .
women can think about prevention
is by maintaining a healthy weight
throughout adulthood," says the
American Cancer Society's Susan
Gapstur. 'Ways to achieve that are
clearly through eating a healthy
diet and being physically active."
There's no way to eliminate all
risk of cancer, which can strike
even the healthiest people in their

who walked 30 minutes a day low-
ered their breast cancer risk by 20
Overall, obese women are 30 per-
cent to 50 percent more likely to
.develop-breast cancer than women
at a healthy weight, says the NCI's
Rachel Ballard-Barbash.
But obesity's relationship to
breast cancer is complex. Obesity
is most clearly linked to postmeno-
pausal breast cancer. That's partly
because body fat raises levels of
estrogen, which fuels most breast
cancers, says Patricia Ganz of the
University of California-Los Ange-
les. After menopause, when a
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/kCoffee could help prevent breast cancer

that heavy coffee drinkers
have a lower risk of developing
breast cancer.
The study, published in
BioMed Central's Breast Can-
cer Research, took 5,929 post-
menopausal Swedish women
aged 50 to 74 and compared
the coffee consumption of
those with breast cancer to
that of those without. They
found that those who drank
five or more cups of coffee a
day were .43 times less likely
of developing estrogen recep-
tor-negative breast cancer.

These results were found
after other lifestyle differences
such as weight and exercise
had been accounted for.
Researchers theorize
that coffee raises blood
levels of enterolac-
tone, a phytochemi-
cal associated with a
lower risk of ER-neg-
ative breast cancer.
But nothing has been
proven without a doubt
as of yet. Science Daily
reports that the study's
Please turn to COFFEE 19B

More ways to reduce your breast cancer risk
Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity has been linked to many kinds of cancer.
Limit alcohol consumption. Moderate drinking, or defined as two drinks a day, increases a woman's risk of breast
cancer by more than 20 percent, compared with women who don't drink at all. Over a lifetime, that boosts a woman's risk of
breast cancer from one in eight to nearly one in six.
Watch radiation. Reduce unnecessary radiation exposure, such as from CT scans.
Avoid or limit use of hormone replacement therapy. Long-term use of hormones has been linked to ovarian and
breast cancer.
Time childbearing. If practical, have your first child by age 30.
SBreast-feed as long as possible, or at least several months.
Consider medications. If you're at high risk, for instance, if you have several close relatives with the disease, talk to your
doctor about medications such as tamoxifen or raloxifene. While these can cut the risk of breast cancer, they cause their own side
Beware of chemicals. Limit exposure to estrogen-like chemicals, such as BPA, found in many plastics and the lining of metal
cans. Also limit exposure to phthalates, chemicals that interfere with the hormone system, often found in plastics, fragrances and
Sources: American Cancer Society; Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health; Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation; Breast Cancer

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Death Notice
MOORE, 68, administrator
with MCCI Medical Group (for-
merly Humana Healthcare) for
24 years, died Oct. 9. Survi-
vors include: beloved mother of
Freddie Leon Moore and Starla
Moore Garraway (Andrew); lov-
ing grandmother of Telia and
Andrew Garraway Jr.; beloved
daughter of Mae Bell Cox; fa-
ther, Alfonso Ward; step-father,
Robert Cox (Elma); sisters,
Barbara Ward Moss Rahmings
(William), Sandra Cox Valen-
tine, Sharon Ward Long, Car-
men Ward Smith, Robin Ward;
brothers, Julius Brown and

Robert Cox Jr.; a host of other
relatives and friends.
Viewing 5-8 p.m., Friday,
October 14 at the church. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Saturday, October
15 at Greater Love Full Gospel
Baptist Church, 18200 NW 22
Ave., Miami Gardens. Inter-
ment services: Dade Memorial
Park Cemetery, 1301 Opa Loc-
ka Blvd (135 St), North Miami.
In lieu of flowers Gloria have
requested donations be made
Greater Love Full Gospel Bap-
tist Church Building Fund In
memory of: Gloria A. Moore
Arrangements by: Range Fu-
neral Home, 5727 NW 17 Ave,
Miami, 305-691-4343.

To visit this Guest Book On-
line, go to www.herald.com/

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

12/07/1933 10/13/20/0

One year has gone by and
words cannot express how
much we miss you.
We thank God for the pre-
cious memories you left us.
You will forever live in our
Your loving wife and fam-

--1 Ovarian


in Black women

continued from 16B

misdiagnosed two-thirds of the
women surveyed.
The study also revealed that
a third of respondents waited
more than two months before
first consulting a doctor.
Another survey showed that
only 15 percent of the women
sampled knew the symptoms of
ovarian cancer and that aware-
ness among the general popula-
tion is low.

What to expect during and after your first

continued from 17B

not feel pain. Talk to the
technician if the compression
becomes too uncomfortable. It
may help to remember that by
holding still, it only takes a few
minutes for the X-ray image
to be taken, and then the
compression can be stopped.
While the image is taken,
you will need to hold very.
This prevents movement that
might blur the image. If the
images are acceptable, you'll

be able to dress and continue
with your day.

A radiologist, a physician
who received special training
in interpreting X-ray images
including mammograms,
will carefully study the
mammogram films and provide
a report to your physician. You
will receive written notification
from the mammography
department if the mammogram
was normal. Should any areas

need additional study, your
doctor will let you know about
the findings and tell you about
additional tests.
To schedule your first
mammogram, give us a call at
305-835-6105. We'd be happy
to answer any questions you
might have so that you're ready
for this important picture.

The U.S. Preventive Services
Task Force recommends
biennial screening
mammography for women aged

50 to 74 years. According to
the American Cancer Society,
women in their 20s and 30s
should have a clinical breast
exam at least once every
three years and beginning at
age 40, women should have
a clinical breast exam and
screening mammogram every
year. Ultimately, women should
talk to their doctor and make
an informed decision about
whether mammography is
right for them based on their
family history, general health,
and personal values.

Coffee consumption may help with avoiding breast cancer

continued from 17B

researchers from Karolinska
Institute explained that, "there
is often conflicting informa-
tion about the beneficial effects
of coffee when we compared
our results to that of a Ger-
man study we discovered that
their data showed the same
trend, but the relationship was
much weaker. We suggest that
this may have something to
do with the way the coffee was

prepared, or the type of bean
preferred." In Sweden, coffee is
boiled rather than drip-filtered
as it is in other European coun-
tries. Boiled coffee, as well as
French press coffee, contains
more fatty acids than filtered,
which could help to explain the
disparities between the stud-
ies. Without consistent results,
the researchers concluded that
while it was clear that coffee
helped prevent ER-negative
breast cancer, the reason why
or how this happens could not

be determined.
This is not the first time that
research has found coffee to be
beneficial to people's health.
Previous research has suggest-
ed that coffee could help fend
off heart disease, asthma, gall-
stones, Parkinson's, liver can-
cer and type 2 diabetes. Coffee
is chockfull of helpful antioxi-
dants. It also contains mag-
nesium and chromium, which
help in blood-sugar regulation.
For the most part these stud-
ies have focused on caffeinate

coffee, but decaf also contains
some of regular coffee's natu-
ral benefits. Of course, coffee
consumption isn't all rain-
bows and healthy living. There
are some drawbacks including
headaches from withdrawal, ca-
festol, which can increase bad
cholesterol levels, and it is not
recommended in large quanti-
ties for women who are preg-
nant or nursing.
So fire up the coffee grinder
and put the kettle on. Isn't it
about time for a coffee break?

Former BTW band director dies
Funeral services for I age died Thursday from
Timothy O. Savage .. complications due to a
will be held 11 a.m. fall. He was 95.
Saturday at Greater He is survived by his
Bethel AME Church Isister, Beulah Chester
in Overtown. 'h and niece, Peggy Ches-
Savage was the be- ter.
loved band director at A rehearsal for for-
Booker T. Washington mer students who want
High School for more SAVAGE to play in the band for
than 40 years and a Savage's funeral will be
popular figure in this held at 6 p.m. Thursday
community since coming here at Booker T. Washington Senior
in 1940 after his graduation High. For more information, call
from Florida A&M College. Say- 305-324-8900.

Reducing breast cancer risk

continued from 17B

woman's ovaries shut down, her
estrogen levels normally fall dra-
matically. Heavy women, how-
ever, continue to have higher
estrogen levels, adding more fuel
to tumors.
In a long-running American
Cancer Society study, women
who gained 21 to 30 pounds af-
ter age 18 were 40 percent more
likely to develop breast cancer
than women who stayed within
five pounds of their youthful

weight. Those who gained more
than 70 pounds doubled their
risk of breast cancer. Obesity
may contribute to breast can-
cer in a number of ways, Bal-
lard-Barbash says. Women who
are heavy and inactive tend to
have higher insulin levels than
women who are active and trim.
A growing field of research sug-
gests that the hormone insu-
lin and a similar protein called
insulin-like growth factor also
may send signals to breast tu-
mors that help them get bigger,
Ballard-Barbash says.

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services

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Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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

1 (800) 254-NBBC
Fax: 305-685-0705

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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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

Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comcast 3 Saturday- 7:30 a.m.
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Adams Tabernacle of
Faith A.M.E. Church
20851 Johnson St. #215 Pembroke Pines

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

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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
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Morning 10 a.m.

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Bible Study 7 p.m.

First Bptist Missionary Baptist
Baptist Church of Brownsville
46002799 N.W. 23r46thd Avtreet

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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 NX 23rd Avenue

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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

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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

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Hadley Davis
mestic, died
October 3 at
University of
Miami Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Tuesday
at Peaceful Zion r
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

RICKY MARTIN, 41, laborer,
died October 4.
Service 1 p.m.,
Thursday in the

JOSIE CARTER, 73, homemak-

JOSIE CARTER, 73, homemak-

er, died October
4 at Jackson
South Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at New Mount
Zion Missionary
Baptist Church.

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68, housewife,
died October I

DARRYL WYCHE, 40, laborer,
died October 4.
Service 3 p.m.,
Saturday at An-
tioch Missionary
Baptist Church
of Liberty City.

nurse, died .
October 7 at
Vitas Health
Care. Service
2 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

95, auto detailer, died October 10
at home. Service 1p.m., Saturday
at Divine Grace and Mercy.

PATTON, 51, nurse's aide, died
October 6 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Service 4 o.m.. Monday

in the chapel.


84, retired
died October
8. Survivors
include: her
son, Gabriel
T. Linder, Sr.
Tanglier R. Taylor-Pritchett (Willie),
Linda S. Taylor and Diana A.
Collier (Ulysses); four grandsons,
Robert E. Taylor, II, Richard A.
Taylor, Sr. (Sophia), Sherman
G. Lewis (Angel) and Gabriel T
Linder, II; five great-grandchildren;
and a host of other relatives and
friends. Rosary 6 p.m., Thursday
at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic
Church. Service 10 a.m., Friday at
Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic
Church, 1301 N.W. 71st Street.

retired educator,
died October
9 at Jackson
Mem o r i a Il
Ho s p i t a I .
Survivors are:
her husband
of 60 years,
Elston Davis;
daughters, Regina Davis Cook,
and Annette Davis; son, Elston
Brian Davis, a host of other
relatives, friends, Holy Redeemer
Church family and Sigma Gamma
Rho Sorority family. Visitation 5
-6:30 p.m., and Rosary 6:30 8
p.m.,Thursday at Holy Redeemer
Catholic Church. Service 10 a.m,
Friday at Holy Redeemer Catholic

retired Dade
County school
teacher and
band director,
died October
6 at home.
Survivors are:
sister, Beulah
Chester; nieces,
Peggy Chester, Fredneil Hoiiyvveli,
nephews, Timothy McCray,
Wallace Chester Jr., and Marcus
Mason. Surrogate daughter, Mary
Wilcox Smith. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Greater Bethel A.M.E.
Church. Burial will be at Oak Ridge
Cemetery in Madison County, FL.

62, retired
youth director,
Seattle parks
and recreation .
department died :
September 30
in Seattle, WA.
Survivors are
wife, Brooksie;

son, Bakari; daughter, Bianca;
uncle, Eugene Strachan; brothers,
Allen Kelley, Doyle Beneby Jr.;
sisters, Karen Bullard-Jordan,
Constance Strachan Dowd, Joi
Strachan, Priscilla Robinson,
Sharon Robinson Lovett, Beverly
RTER, 97, Robinson Ware, Crystal Robinson
Thomas, two grandchildren, a host
of relatives and friends. Viewing
6-8 p.m., Friday, October 14 at
Range Funeral Home. Service
1:30 p.m., Saturday at St. Peter's
African Orthodox Church.

nurse, died
October 10 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,
at Dayspring
Baptist Church,
2991 NW 62

Wright and Young
OZABETH ROGERS, 93, retired,

UieUd Octoer
9 at home.
Survivors are
four children,
Be a t r i c e
Solomon, Dora
Ryals (Bernie),
Glover Rogers
(Cynthia), and

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Crispin E, Rogers; one sister,
Izivelle Martin; host of grands,
great-grands, great-great grands,
nieces, nephews, family and
friends. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Walker's Temple C.O.G.I.C.

Range (Homestead)
ANT, 53, died
October 7 at
West Kendall
Baptist Hospital.
Survivors are
wife, Missionary
Billie Jean Bry-
ant; sons, Law-
rence K. Bryant,
Jr., and Leonard
Leon Bryant; daughters, Bianca J.
Bryant and Tacara Bryant; broth-
ers, Winifred Bryant, Charles Bry-
ant, Minister Alphonso Bryant and
Minister Steve Trice, a host of other
relatives and friends. Viewing 2-8
p.m., Friday at Pentecostal Power
Church, 809 Lucy Street, Florida
City. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at
Covenant Baptist Church, 1055
NW 6 Avenue, Florida City.

Nakia Ingraham
coordinator, died September 27 at
Broward Mount Sinai Medical Cen-
ter. Service 11a.m., in the chapel.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
OLA L. BRIDGES, died October
9 at home.
Migrated to
Miami, Florida
with her
husband, the
late Mr. Leslie
Bridges and son
James. She is
the mother of six
children, three sons, Dr. James W.
Bridges, Clive Bridges and Ronald
Bridges; three daughters, Erma B.
Currington, Laverne B. Kemp, and
Ouida B. Johnson, M.D. Visitation
6-8 p.m., Friday, October14 at
Gamble Memorial COGIC, 1998
NW 43 Street, Miami. Service
11 a.m., Saturday, October 15 at
Church of God by Faith, 16969 NW
23 Avenue, Miami Gardens.

Carey Royal Ram'n
JAMES SYDNOR, 76, nurse,
died October
2 at Jackson
North Medical
Center. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day at Temple
Baptist Church.


retired, died
October 7 at
St. Catherine's
Rehab. Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Ebenezer
I Jnited M ethod-
ist Church. ". ....

tired nurse, died
October 10 at
Aventura Hos-
pital. Survivors
are Edward,
Vanessa, Mal-
colm Taylor,
Gaynell Keys,
and Gregory
Colden. Viewing 4-8 p.m., Friday
at Royal Funeral Home. Service
1 p.m., Saturday at Oasis of Love,
604 NW 183 Street. Repast will be
at the family home.

counselor, died October 4. Services
were held.

Service were held.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

05/30/65 10/12/08

Dad you are truly missed by
your wife and sons.
You will live on in our

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,



It's been ten years since
you went home to glory, but
you will always live on in our
Love, your husband, Joe
L. Nelson, Sr. and your kids,
Michael, Sr. (late Juanita),
v, ui'. 1 cuia', LynDe.rg (Vel-
linda), Sarah (Ellis), Patricia
(Jean), James (Lisa) and host
of grands, great grands and
other loving relatives.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

October 2.

homemaker, died October 2.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at
Church of God Holiness.

OTELIA J. CRUTE, 63, retired
social worker, died October 1.
Services were held.

paraprofessional, died September
26. Services were held.

homemaker, died October 5 at
Florida Health and Rehab Center.
Services were held.

87, hair stylist, died October 10
at Jackson Memorial Long-Term
Health Facility. Services were held.

10/02/52- 10/14/07

Days have passed and
years seem to go by fast, but
the love we shared will nev-
er end as long as memories
last..."Forever in our hearts"
Mom and family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

"Our Dad"
09/08/11 09/18/9/

He was not Superman, he
could not leap tall buildings
in a single bound, nor was
he a man of steel; he was a
man of substance. He was
our Dad. He was not Donald
Trump, worth millions, but he
housed, fed, clothed & edu-
cated 14 children (11 boys/3
girls). Not only his children,
but, others in the neighbor-
hood. A self-taught barber, he
cut his sons' and others' hair,
many times for free. He was
our Dad.
He was not Richard Pryor,
but could tell jokes that would
leave us in stitches. He was
our Dad. He was not Michael
Jackson, but as toddlers, he
could "rock us all night" un-
til we fell asleep. He was our
He was neither Muhammad
Ali nor Hulk Hogan, but he
could "whip" men twice his
size. He was our Dad.
The story goes that one
night in his youth, while gam-
bling, he won a of lot money.
A half dozen guys tried to rob
him of his winnings. He broke
tables, whiskey bottles; he
threw jabs, hooks and even
an upper cut. He picked guys
up throwing them into others
until he finally cleared out the
b1-e. a'tera'ards he calmly
picked up his winnings and
walked out unscathed. He
was our Dad.
He was no Albert Einstein
(3rd grade education), but
was the wisest man we knew.
He was our Dad. Someone
once quoted, "You can learn
with another man's knowl-
edge, but you cannot be wise
with another man's wisdom".
He was our Dad.
Mary Watson named him
Johnie Person, but he was
our Dad. At the age of 26
years old, he laid eyes on the
"prettiest girl he ever saw"
and was smitten. He married
her shortly thereafter and re-
mained with her for 54 years
until they were "parted" by
death. He was our Dad.
On Wed., Sept. 18, 1991 at
10:07 a.m., at Cedars Hos-
pital, God called this soldier
home to rest. He was our Dad.
20 years later, We still love
and miss the man who was
"Big John" to others but to us,
he was "Just our Dad"!
Johnnie, Ralph, Errol, Rob-
ert, Precious, Carl, Valerie,
Vaughn, Lester, Darryl, Brian
and Karen Petson. Ronald &
Roy are now resting with our

In Memoriam


died October 6 at home. Services
were held.



4:30 P.M., TUESDAY


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04/10/13 10/18/01

One decade has passed
since "Nan" departed life and
we dearly miss her. She will
always be our "Lily of the Val-
The Dean Family

Et 02/18/61 10/15/10

It's been a year since you
were called home to be with
the Lord.
We miss you. You will al-
ways be remembered in our
hearts and never be forgotten.
From the Brunson family,
we love you.

Card of Thanks

would like to take this oppor-
tunity to express our sincere
gratitude to everyone, for all
acts and deeds of kindness,
especially, your prayers dur-
ing our time of bereavement.
Individual cards of recogni-
tion with personalized mes-
sages will be forthcoming to
you at a later date.
Please continue to pray for
our family as we grieve the
lost of our loved one.
Virginia Heath and family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,
S-- -I--

11/23/81 10/14/07

Forget me not for I am near.
I ride the wind....sign in
your ear.
You see me, Jamal in the
morning dew.
Forget me not...am with
Dedicated to Jamaal Gainer
aka BL. Love, Sylvia and Slim

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

bka B. L

J = The Joy you brought to
A = Allowing me to be your big
M = Missing you so, so much
A = Admiring your swag
A = Affection that I feel for
L = Loving you for ever.
Love always, Leartis, Cha-
tisha, Miss Eunice, Kevin Fol-
som, Tiffany and Kevin Hol-







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Grammy winner opens Miami's Free Gospel Sunday series

By D. Kevin McNeir

She is a former school teacher
and part-time model who once
sang with the Southeast Inspi-
rational Choir in her hometown
of Houston, before being discov-
ered by the legendary composer
and producer Thomas Whitfield
releasing her first album in
1987. Next Sunday, gospel icon
and multi-award winning singer
Yolanda Adams, 50, comes to Mi-
ami to open what has become one
of the most popular concert series
in the city Free Gospel Sunday.
She often shares her personal tes-
Stimony of having overcome pain,
disappointment and temptation.
"There has to be something
inside all of us that pushes us
to our best," she said. "A life of
abuse and disregard is definitely
ot God's best. So, my strength
mes from something special
First gained national
s first gained national

attention on the contemporary
gospel scene after scoring big
time with her double-platinum,
1989 release Mountain High ...
Valley Low. And while fans often
ask her to perform some of their
favorites from that album that in-
clude "Fragile Heart" or "Open My
Heart," she says "it's hard to pick
which song I like the best." Still,
few would dispute that her most
inspiring work is her signature
song, "The Battle is the Lord's."
"I write over 90 percent of my
music," she said. "So to name
my favorite song is like asking a
mother which child is her favorite
- it's impossible."
Adams has had a plethora of
memorable moments in her life
including a performance at The
White House and honoring James
Brown at the Kennedy Center.
"He [Brown] gave me awesome
advice and I gushed when he told
me how proud he was of me," she
said. "But being asked by Diana
Ross to sing "Reach Out and

Touch" for her was the best and
she's the boss for real."
Adams adds that she is commit-
ted to doing whatever she can to
help others live more fruitful lives,
particularly in the Houston area.
She works with the Children's
Defense Fund, the Red Cross and
the United Negro College Fund,
just to name a few. She has also
started her own foundation that
provides middle school children
with mentors and prepares them
for college.
"I am most inspired by experi-
ences I have with my daughter,"
said the divorced single mom.
"She is getting older and has im-
peccable comic timing. She keeps
me young and I love being around
her. Nothing feels as wonderful
as being in, giving and receiving
She is the author of a Christian
book that talks about living a
spirit-filled life and can be heard
weekly on her own radio show.
She is Yolanda Adams.


Hollywood Central
Performing Arts
Center [1770 Monroe
Street] on Sunday,
October 16 @ 7 p.m.



THE VIEW: "Life: Through Black Eyes" is a pow-
: erful collection of poetry and Black-and-white pho-
tographs that capture the Black tradition and is a
snapshot of life in 1995, including the historic Million
Man March.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Our publisher emeritus, Garth C.
Reeves, has long been a poetry buff and is always com-
plaining about our limited use of poetry in telling the
story of our people. This week he brought me a copy of
one of his favorite books on poetry and I must admit I
had not known that this book existed, although I have
: read the works of several of its acclaimed Black poets.
The book is called "Life: Through Black Eyes," edited
by Connell Reese II and Derrel R. Todd. Poets include:
the award-winning Nikki Giovanni, Anika Hazelwood,
Charles McCain, Donna Kiel, Patrick Washington, Le-
atta Richmond and Judy Ceders. While this work was
published in 1995 by ROM Publications [Washington,
D.C.], we think it is as relevant today, 20 years later,
: as it ever was.

Black designers on the rise

By Becky Bratu
As his first New York
SFashion Week show
slides into the past,
Mychael Knight, 33, is
already contemplat-
ing how he can outdo
himself in his next
"I always like to
pick up where I left
S off," he said, on the
rare occasion of a
day off following New
York's week-long
fashion frenzy and a
well-received collection
inspired by dinosaurs.
S Knight says his fall/
/ It winter 2012 collection
S slated for February will
-- be "super sexy and super
"Bigger, badder, better.
Hell yes."
Propelled to national
fame after winning

Project Runway's Fan Favorite
award in season three, Atlanta-
based Knight boasts a lingerie
label and a unisex fragrance
along with his flagship fash-
ion label. He is part of a small
but enterprising group of Black
independent designers who have
understood that a brand cannot
be built on creativity alone.
Building a brand is
like raising a child,
Knight said. "I'm
raising it and
I want to
make sure
its integrity
is main-
acumen and
long hours are
essential ingre-
dients though
not guarantees
for success in the
cutthroat fashion

"No matter who you are, this
industry is a roll of the dice," Tim
Gunn said in a recent article
published in Essence magazine.
The former chair of the fashion
design department at Parsons'
New School For Design, Gunn
now mentors budding designers
on Bravo TV's Project Runway.
While success in the fashion
world may not display a racial
bias, Essence writer Robin
Givhan notes Black
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a ventable Mecca for new
film directors and producers.
Now writer/producer Vladimir
L(,,Fcoiiflair, 48. stands poised
for th( premier of his first
feature filrn, "Disturbed." After
viewing lhe trailer and then
chatting with Lescouflair. this
write.r was rerninded of an
Alfr(-,,(] Hitchcock project like
"Psycho.- as it bears many of
the qualities associated with
that award-winning thriller.
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The scoreboard at Sun Life
Stadium read: UM 45 BCU 14,
last Saturday, where 45,000
enjoyed a sunny afternoon
in Miami Gardens. The
Hurricanes won the
game, but the Wildcat
fans demonstrated
that Wildcat Spirit,
starting with the
tailgate party held in
the blue parking area.
Kudos go out to alumni
that traveled from New
York, Philadelphia, ALl
Chicago, Jacksonville,
Orlando, Tallahassee
and Nassau. Kudos go out
to Edward "Creamy" Hayes
and wife Joreatha, who
spearheaded a charter bus
with 55 alumni coming from
Daytona Beach.
Nathaniel Jackson used his
field phone to keep the crowd
happy and make
their donations for
the tailgate party.
Jackson calmed
everyone down to
give an applause for
the appearance of
Trudie Kibbe Reed,
University president. KIN'
Kudos also go out
to the committee for the tailgate
party, such as Wayne Davis,
president, who negotiated with
G. Erick Knowles, a Trustee
Board Member and PR for Sun
Life Stadium, for the set up at
the parking lot and reservation
for guests.
Also, Sumner Hutcheson,
Nancy Boneyard-Cox,
Barbara Johnson, Shirlyon

Roberts, Eileen
Martin, Elsie
Steward, Aileen
Charlie Sr. and
Dorothy Davis,
Charlie Davis, Jr.,
Antonio Herden,
Spyder McCoy,
Sharon Bostic, Eboni
Finley, Tia Major,
S Audley Coakley.
UKO John Williams,
Luke McCoy, Jackie
Mongral. and Ricky
After the tailgate party,
the majority settled near the
marching band.
Cheering the band on were
Gladeez Williams McCoy
(Miss Gold), J. Brinson,
Alumni National president
and wife Gale, Dr. Neal
Adams, wife and sister,
Dr. Hiram Powell,
Richard B. Strachan,
John and Annette
Williams, Jackie
Mongral, past Alumni
National president, Dr.
Cynthia and William
G Clarke, Coach Larry
Little and family, Sam
Roger and B. Smith.
After the game, the crowd
went to the Westin Hotel, to
gather and let out the steam.
The St. John Community
Development Corporation
(CDC) presented its 12th
Annual "Things Are Cooking In
Overtown" Fundraising Gala
last Saturday at Jungle Island

for over 500 people in 1987. She supervised
attendance. Some of University of Miami's
the early arrivals were (UM) Family Medicine
Dr. Nelson L. Adams, Residents at Jackson
wife, mother, and Memorial Hospital,
sister, Ola O. Aluko, i during their internal
president/CEO, medicine rotation
Hurlette Brown, from 1987-1994.
Franklin Clark, Dr. She completed her
Edwin T. Demeritte, JONES undergraduate
Walter Dennis and education at George
wife, Lorraine Gary, Grace Washington and Princeton
and Herman Humphrey, Universities and internal
Doris Isaac, Susan Kelly, medicine training at Harlem
Garfield Miller, Beverly K. Hospital in New York. She has
Smith, Terry Ulysses, Joshua received numerous awards
Young and Alice Harrell. including the Robert Wood
While the Psi Phi Band Johnson Community Health
entertained, Rodney Leader Award in 1995 and
Baltimore, emcee, other awards from
from "The Tom Joyner ; South Florida and
Morning Show," DCMS in 2011.
began the program Honoree Hyacinth
with Aluko bringing Elaine Harvey was
greetings, followed by born in Manchester,
Bishop James Adams, Jamaica and attended
pastor of St. John high school in
Baptist Church. Bishop Spaldings and college
Adams recognized at Knox University.
distinguished guests: HARVEY After migrating to the
Rev. Richard P. Dunn, U.S, her early career
SDr. Dorothy Bendross- was spent in the hotel industry
Mindingall, Miami-Dade and joined St. John Community
County School Board member; Development Corporation,
and honorees Johnnle Inc. in June 1995 as a clerk
King, Dr. Cheryl Holder, and within two years was
Elaine Gordon, Hyacinth promoted to Administrative
Harvey, and Henry Jones. Secretary. Harvey is a member
Dr. Demeritte was of Grace Church of
called upon to sell Kendall where she is a
raffle tickets during the member of the music
buffet-style serving. department. She has
Music was continuous two sons: Peter O'
with DJ Chudd, Brien and Paul O'Neil.
spinning the records. Honoree Henry
Then it was the moment E. Jones was the
for the honorees to be second child of five
recognized. First on ADAMS children born April
the list was Dr. Holder 20, 1945 in Panama

whose has worked
in medically underserved
communities in Miami-Dade
in various capacities since

City, FL. Jones
received his education from
Roosevelt High School and
Florida A&M University,

graduating in 1967. He was
drafted to the U.S. Army
and discharged in 1970. He
became assistant manager
of Lakeshore Apartments,
manager of scattered sites, and
other positions that warranted
being promoted within
St. John Community
Corporation. His
greatest achievement
was marrying Minnie
Mickens, both of them
attend St. Paul A.M.E.
According to Dr. DEMEI
Adams, Johnnie Lee
King is a pillar of exemplary
as Chairman and Board of
Directors and deserves The
Lifetime Achievement Award.
During his tenure, he has
overseen the transition of
St. John Apartments and its
subsidiary company
from a Limited
partnership to a 100
percent ownership
by St. John CDC,
with the refinancing
and rehabilitation of
the entire project. He
played a key role in
providing affordable HOLI
housing for the
Overtown community and
residents. King's contribution
of time and effort to St. John
CDC over the years has been
invaluable and has added
great value to our mission
to energize the vitality and
positive image of Overtown
through partnerships that
build and rehabilitate housing,
strengthen the economic base
and enhance the quality of life
in Overtown.
Dr. Adams indicated that
if it were not for supporting
sponsors, the Gala would not
have been a success. Hats off

to Commissioner Audrey M
Edmonson, Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones and
City of Miami colleagues, Sun
Trust Bank, ODUA Group,
Palm Construction, Master
Mind Construction, Inc.,
Range Funeral Homes,
N.L. Adams, M.D. and
and Gynecology, Dr.
Demeritte, Insurance
Executive, Braman
of Miami, Just Rich
Beauty Salon, Baptist
Health South Florida
RITTE Hospital, and Greater
Miami Convention and
Visitors Agent.
Claudia Slater, president of
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
Inc., took an entourage of
sorors to a State meeting in
Pensacola, FL, last weekend.
More than 300 were
in attendance for this
meeting consisting of
an overview, specific
issues, zeroing to
increase Buds of
Spring participation.
and specific meeting
throughout the State.
DER The above issues
were the focus of the
discussion, while the Miamians
expressed themselves in a
leadership mode to relent
enough rather giving too much
away. Some of the membership
included Annette Brantley,
Welma Council, Shamina
Gilmore, Irene Handsford,
Juliette Higgs, N'tiense
Nokon, Tereceda Newkirk,
Ruby Rayford, Lisa Bailey-
Smitherman, Lynda Stevens,
Katie Williams, Regina
Wrighter, Rovena Wright,
Ashley Zephirin, Shirley
Paremore, Mary Thomas
McCloud, and Ms. Margaret.

October is National Breast
Cancer Awareness Month.
'"TH 'e American'n Cancer
Society's most recent
estimates for breast cancer in
the U.S. are for 2011: About
230,480 new cases of invasive
breast cancer in women.
About 57,650 new cases of
carcinomainsitu (CIS) will be
found (CIS is non-invasive
and is the earliest form of
breast cancer). About 39,520
deaths from breast cancer
(women). Breast cancer is the
most common cancer among
women in the U.S.
Wedding anniversary
greetings to Darryl T. Sr. and
Gail S. Moses, their 19th on
October 3rd.
Get well wishes to all of
you: Rocksy James, Norma
Culmer Mims, Maureen
Bethel, Jacqueline F.
Livingston, Inez McKinney
Dean Johnson, David A.
Wilson, Sue Francis, Lillian
E. Davis, Jaunita Frances
Brown, Naomi Alien Adams,
Mary Allen, Frankie Rolle,
Edith Jenkins-Coverson,
Willie Reed Williams,
Thedore Dean, Ida Knowles
Ingraham, Mildred Ashley,
Joyce Gibson Johnson and
Hansel Higgs.
Vincent Matthews
returned from Georgia and
is now living in his native
Coconut Grove, where he is
continuing to do his fabulous
work with types of designs on
pocketbooks and anything
you might want. Check him
As the saying goes "are
you ready for some football?"
Join one of the many trips to
Orlando on November 18-20,
when Bethune-Cookman and
Florida A&M will battle once
again. Call 305-691-8161 if
Patsy B. Sales earned
a Masters of Religious
Education degree from Liberty
University in Lynchburg,
Hearty congratulations to
the following Delta's who
were named to the Southern
Region Leadership Team
for the 2011-2013: Tara
Askew (program planning
and development), Pamela
Chandler (ritual and
ceremonies), Andrea Pelt

'ifltakel'- "an- 'ld"
Marcia Samuel
(heritage and
Rev. Fr. Nelson W. Pinder
and son were in the city last
weekend for the football game
and remained for our St.
Agnes church service before
returning home to Orlando.
Happy retirement to Rev.
Marie Portier, who retired as
pastor of Allen Chapel AME
Church last week. Enjoy!
A very happy birthday
goes out to Mrs. Willie Pearl
Porter, who celebrated her
1001h birthday with family
and friends last Saturday,
with a lovely dinner given by
her two children.
I would like to share this
with all of you, the title is
"Why Not You?":
Today, many will awaken
with a fresh sense of
inspiration. Why not you?
Today, many will open
their eyes to the beauty
that surrounds them. Why
not you? Today, many will

choose to leave the ghost of
yesterday behind and seize
the immeasurable power of
today. Why not you?
Today, many will
breakthrough the barriers
of the past by looking at the
blessings of the present. Why
not you?
Today, for many the
burden of self doubt and
insecurity will.be lifted by the
security and confidence of
empowerment. Why not you?
Today, many will rise above
their believed limitations
and make contact with their
powerful innate strength.
Why not you?
Today, many will choose to
live in such a manner that
they will be a positive role
model for their children. Why
not you?
Today, many will choose
to free themselves from the
personal imprisonment of
their bad habits. Why not
Today, many will choose
to live free of conditions and
rules governing their own
happiness. Why not you?
Today, many will find
abundance in simplicity. Why
not you?
Today, many will choose
to free themselves from the
personal imprisonment of

their bad habits. Why not
Today, many will choose
to live free of conditions and
rules governing their own
happiness. Why not you?
Today, many will find
abundance in simplicity. Why

not you?
Today, many will be
confronted by difficult moral
choices and they will choose
to do what is right instead of
what is beneficial. Why not
Today, many will be decide

to no longer sit back with a
victim mentality, but to take
charge of their lives and make
positive changes. Why not
Today, many will take the
action necessary to make a
difference. Why not you?

NOLA Presents The 7 Sins Sat., Oct. 29 1
Sing A-Long Sound of Music Sun., Dec. 4
Come dressed in your best Sound of Music attire and compete in
pre-show costume contest. Bring proof of ticket purchase to
Costume World and receive discount on costume rental.
Ballet Etudes Presents: The Nutcracker Dec. 17 & 18
Golden Dragon Acrobats Fri., Jan. 13
Black Violin Sat., Jan. 14
Step Afrika Sun., Jan. 15
Arc Attack Sun., Jan. 29
The Original Florida Follies
"Dancing Down Memory Lane" Sun., Feb. 26
Rhythmic Circus Sat., Mar. 24
Bixby's RainForest Rescue Tues., Apr. 24

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale Sat., Oct. 22
A Brown Bear, A Caterpillar and a Moon:
Treasured Stories by Eric Carle Sat., Nov. 19
Ramona Quimby Sat., Jan. 28 BRPtWADR
Wizard of Oz Sun., Mar. 1

Read the stories at the Miramar Branch Library with Princess
Reads A-Lot before you see the show! StoryTimes at Library
are Free! For Library Story Time information, visit:

[ P A ,rienne0 rsht Center
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Michael Jackson goes

Cirque du Soleil

By Brian McCollum
The event: The music,
moves and legacy of Michael
Jackson got the fantasy treat-
ment Sunday night as Cirque
du Soleil staged the world pre-
miere of The Immortal World

clude a December residency at
Mandalay Bay Resort and Ca-
sino in Las Vegas is slated
to wrap up July 20 in Chicago,
though more dates are likely.
Another version of the show
will establish a permanent Ve-
gas home in late 2013.

funky swirl of sound. The set
ran through a host of moods
- a night where the tender
Childhood seamlessly segued
into the crackling Wanna Be
Startin' Somethin'.
The performance: The
Jamie King-directed show

THE MAN IN THE MIRROR: Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson show a labour of love.

Tour. It's the biggest project
formally authorized by the
estate since the star's 2009
The crowd: A capacity audi-
ence of 13,000 included broth-
ers Tito, Jackie and Marlon
Jackson, mom Katherine and
Michael's kids Prince (14), Par-
is (13) and Blanket (9).
The tour: Sunday's show
launched a 47-city North
American tour that will make
its U.S. debut Oct. 15 in De-
troit. The tour which will in-

The fans: On a wet and chilly
night in Montreal, Sunday's
opening drew fans from Brazil
to Los Angeles, some decked
out with glittery white gloves
and classic Thriller jackets.
The music: The show was
an ecstatic barrage of hits
from Jackson's solo career and
Jackson 5 years. With vocal
parts extracted from original
studio tapes and mixed with a
live band (directed by Jackson
keyboardist Greg Phillinga-
nes), it was a four-dimensional

featured Cirque's typical
attention to detail, from me-
ticulously constructed props
(glowing hearts, a handsome
hot-air balloon) to exquisite
cast numbers choreographed
by longtime Jackson associ-
ates such as Travis Payne. Un-
like traditional Cirque shows,
Immortal was presented less
as a nouveau circus than a
fantasy concert, with some
of Jackson's signature moves
cast through Cirque's whimsi-
cal prism.


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October Black Movie Month

A grassroots

campaign aimed

at promoting

NEW YORK, NY To increase
awareness and bring the sig-
nificant contributions of Black
cinema to the forefront, Film
Life, Inc. and Black Enterprise
magazine have teamed up to
present Black Movie Month
Kicking off October 1 and
running through the end of the
month, the BMM campaign will
rally global audiences around
Black cinema. The mission of
the campaign is to celebrate
films made by, about and star-
ring persons of African descent,
and stimulate sales of Black
movies across various plat-
forms, demonstrating the eco-
nomic viability and influence of
Black audiences.
Throughout the month of

October, consumers can visit
www.blackmoviemonth.com to
participate in trivia contests,
find recommendations on film-
related articles and books, chat
live and learn about upcoming
theatrical and DVD releases.
Most importantly, the site will
feature a "Speak Up" section
encouraging visitors to sign a
petition to Hollywood studios
advocating increased diversity
of images and Black-themed
stories onscreen.
Other "calls to action" fea-
tured on the site include:
Go see a movie
Buy DVDs
Stay informed
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While Black filmmakers and
actors have broken many bar-
riers, Black-themed films have
declined in recent years while
Blacks continue to over-index
at the box office. According to
Reel Facts: A Movie Goer Con-
sumption Study recently corn-

Black and the movies
Study reveals surprising habits of an
underserved audience
It shouldn't surprise Hollywood that Sony/TriStar's "Jumping the Broom,"
the first Black-themed film to open during the summer, is generating solid
box office, grossing $25.8 million through its first 10 days. A new study
commissioned by BET Networks reveals the increasing power of Black audi-
ences at the multiplex.

Jeff Friday
missioned by BET Networks,
Black account for 195 million
trips to movie theaters annru-
ally. On average, Blacks make
more frequent visits to the mov-
ies (13.4 times per year vs. 11
times per year for general mar-
ket moviegoers).
Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life,
Inc. and Founder of the Ameri-
can Black Film Festival, states,


"In recent years, there has been
a dramatic reduction of Black
films produced within the Hol-
lywood system. While a number
of Black artists are now house-
hold names, overall Black cul-
ture has been marginalized
and missing in motion pic-
tures." The goal of the petition
is to collect 200,000 names in
31 days so that studios and in-
dependent film financiers can
take notice of a united voice.
"We hope this effort will lead
to an increase in production of
films targeted to African Ameri-
can audiences," Friday added.
"Black Movie Month is long
overdue," states Derek Dingle,
editor-in-chief of Black Enter-
prise magazine. "It represents
the promotion of Black cinema,
the celebration of Black entre-
preneurship and a call to ac-
tion for all filmgoers to support
diverse cinematic experiences
at the box office. It further dem-
onstrates that Black filmmak-
ers, producers, financiers and
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Increase in likelihood that Blacks will return to
see the same movie at a theater, compared to
Caucasian moviegoers.

Preferences by Genre
Among Black audiences ages 16-49, comedy is king,
followed by action-adventure and drama

19% AD%
Scid-f Myster,
horror, suspense

FIU graduate to premier film

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youth and traces his roots to
the historic island. He was
born in Haiti but moved to
Miami when he was six. He
is joined by director and co-
producer Nelda Augustin, who
brings a similarly impressive
background including work in

theatre, dance and business
According to Lescouflair, the
cast is mostly locally-based
with a large percentage of Ca-
ribbean-born actors. Look out
for Uriel Chery, Jennifer Al-
exandre, Onika Mapp, Taisha
Auguste, Paris MacKey and
Mecca (Grimo) the stars of
the movie.

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designers seem to have a tough-
er time reaching international
acclaim. "Considering that Af-
rican-Americans are voracious
consumers of fashion and rich
sources of inspiration," Givhan
writes, "one can't help but
wonder why there aren't more
entrepreneurs like [Tracy] Re-
ese." Reese, 47, reigns over a
successful and critically ac-
claimed fashion label donned
by First Lady Michelle Obama,
among others.
Emerging designers such as
Knight and 28-year-old Brook-
lynite Samantha Black are
hoping to fill this gap.
Black, whose New York Fash-
ion Week show was attended
by celebrities and trendsetters
such as Solange Knowles and
Gossip Girl's Tika Sumpter,
says she designs for the "tom-
boy in pumps," the woman
who likes to wear comfortable
but feminine clothes. "I always
like to play on the masculine/
feminine," Black said.
A Pratt Institute fashion de-
sign alumna, Black interned
for fashion heavyweights Jill
Stuart and Michael Kors and
the late international fashion
icon Alexander McQueen in
his London design studio. But
she didn't just absorb their

techniques and aesthetic -
Black also developed a plan for
the kind of brand she hopes to
one day build.
Knight, who grew up in Ger-
many, looks up to fashion gi-
ants Marc Jacobs and Ralph
Lauren for brand-building
inspiration, and calls Gianni
Versace his "fashion fairy
godfather." He still remem-
bers seeing Versace's famous
safety pin dress the saucy
black dress that propelled Liz
Hurley to tabloid fame for the
first time in the 1990s. "It was
the neatest thing ever," Knight
Custom orders from artists
such as Keri Hilson, Ashanti,
Patti LaBelle and actress Jen-
nifer Hudson have brought
both Black and Knight's de-
signs into the limelight, but
the success of their brands
will be judged by their pres-
ence in retail. As Tracy Reese
has learned, "there has to be
a lot of value in the clothing
for people to part with their
Black, who worked as head
designer of Aeropostale's now
defunct women's denim line
Jimmy'Z, said she's willing to
work hard, and that she got
into the fashion business for
the long haul.
"I don't think Ill get sick of it,"
she says.

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Charlie's Angels a lot

V\w cast, same, ture postcards. The show gets
the street names and geo-
old eye candy in graphic locations right but
seems to be going out of its
'Charlie's Angels' way to avoid specific proper
noun plugs.
The original "Charlie's An- The downside is that bad
gels" inspired the term "eye things happen at a lot of the -.
candy." Nothing has changed glitzy locations. Helicopter
three decades later. gun ships attack pleasure
Everyone and everything craft, snazzy cars are bombed,
is gorgeous. Even Bosley is a young girls are imprisoned as
hunk. sex slaves in posh hotel suites,
Miami hasn't looked as and creepy reprobates throw
spiffy since cinematography the most alluring soirees.
trumped scripts on "Miami In other words, it's more
Vice." The shots of the beach- like "Miami Vice" than the old
es. the marinas, the skyline, "Charlie's Angels," with three
the glamorous hotels and the knockouts replacing Crockett ABC's Charlie's Ang
nightlife could be transferred and Tubbs. Annie Ilonzeh as Kate
from the screen to slick pic- The latest Angels haven't Sampson.

like 'Miami Vice'

els stars Minka Kelly as Eve French,
SPrince and Rachael Taylor as Abby

been rescued from mun-
dane assignments like school
crossing guard. These are tar-
nished angels, each of whom
has come over from the other
side seeking redemption.
Abby Simpson (Rachael Tay-
lor) is a former child of privi-
lege turned cat burglar as a
result of what has become a
scriptwriter's cliche in record
time. Her pampered upbring-
ing was provided by a Bernie
Madoff-like father. (Consider-
ing the South Florida setting,
you would think they might
have used Scott Rothstein.)
Kate Prince (Annie Ilonzeh)
is a former dirty cop, who still
has connections on the force.
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S Spelman College will
hold a reception for recruit-
ing in Miami on October 11-14
and in Ft. Lauderdale October
18-21, The reception will be
held at the Hilton Miami Down-
town. For more information,
contact Allyson Smith, admis-
sions counselor via email at
asmith8@spelman.edu or 404-

Jewels Baton Twirling
Academy is now accepting
registration for the 2012 sea-
son. This is a fun way to keep
your child occupied outside of
school. Open to those who at-
tend any elementary schools
within the 33147, 33142, 33150
zip codes and actively attend
church. Contact Elder Tanya
Jackson at 786-357-4939 to
sign up.

Our Fathers Business,
Women Transitioning Pro-
gram is hosting computer
classes. Women, if you would
like to learn basic computer
skills or just seeking to up-
grade computer knowledge,
sign up for October classes to-
day. For more information, call
786-343-0314. ...- ..

The Miami Jazz Society,
Miami Tower, Sky Lounge
and Community Cultural
Discovery Exchange pres-
ents the fall downtown jazz se-
ries and downtown film series
during the month of October at
the Miami Tower Sky Lounge
and the Intercontinental Miami
Indigo Bar. For more informa-
tion, contact Keith Clarke at

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1967 will meet
Wednesday, October 12 at 7
p.m. at the home of Mrs. Queen
Hall in Miami Gardens. Meet-
ings are the second Wednesday
of each month. The remain-
ing calendar dates are: No-
vember 19 and December 14.
Any questions, contact Elaine
Mellerson at 305-757-4471 or

Av Med Health Plans is
the presenting sponsor for Mi-
ami-Dade Community Action
Agency's (CAA) Greater Miami
Service Corps' (GMSC) 2nd
Annual Golf Tournament and
Awards Dinner taking place on
Friday, October 14 at 1 p.m. To
book your foursome or register
online, call Roxie Taylor at 305-
638-4672 ext. 237.

Small Entrepreneurs
Exposed (S.E.E.) Network
presents Winners of Wealth
Business Expo & Workshops
2011 on Saturday, October 15
from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Hilton
Garden Inn in Dania Beach. For
more information, call Calvin
Hendricks at 305-244-5758.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet Sat-
urday, October 15 at 4:30 p.m.
at the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center. For more infor-
mation, contact Lebbie Lee at

The Girl Scouts are cel-
ebrating the life and legacy of
100 years of scouting. It will
be held on Sunday, October 16
at New Covenant Presbyterian
Church during the 11 a.m. wor-
ship service.

100 Black Men of South
Florida presents The Infinite
Scholar Program. Info sessions
will be held: Tuesday, October
18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the

Overtown Youth Center and
Wednesday, October 19 from
9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sweet Home
Missionary Baptist Church. Se-
niors must bring copies of high
school transcripts, ACT/SAT
scores and two letters of rec-
ommendation. Registration at
the event will also be available.
Contact Cliff Thomas at 786-
517-1530 or Sherry Reese at

Brown Mackie College
Miami is having their Open
House on Wednesday, October
19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Regis-
ter at 305-341-6600.

The Habitat for Human-
ity of Greater Miami will have
homeownership application
meetings at several locations:
Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30
p.m. at African Heritage Cultur-
al Arts Center; Saturday, Octo-
ber 22 at 9 a.m. at Ministerio
C.E.L.A.; and Saturday, Octo-
ber 22 at 9:30 a.m. at Over-
town Youth Center. For more
information, contact McKenzie
Moore at 305-634-3628.

The Miami-Dade Coop-
erative Extension is hosting
a "National Food Day Celebra-
tion" on Tuesday, October 18
from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the
Stephen P. Clark Center.

Jackson North Medical
Center invites the commu-
nity to an "Evening with the
Doctors: Breast Health Semi-
nar" to learn about the latest
techniques and strategies in
the diagnosis and treatment
of breast cancer. It will be held
on Tuesday, October 18 at 5:30
p.m. at Jackson North Medical
Center, Second Floor Audito-

Knit Love Into It, is host-
ing two knitting parties to make
knitted hats for elderly and dis-
abled clients. The parties will
be held Friday, October 21 and
Friday, November 18 from 4-7
p.m. at United HomeCare in
Doral. For more information,
contact jencruz@knitloveintoit.

Miami Jackson Alumni
Class of 1969 will celebrate
their 2nd Annual 69'ers Birth-
day Bash on Friday, October
21 at 8 p.m. For more informa-
tion, contact Sharon Demeritte
Forbes at 305-620-4827.

In honor of Domestic Vio-
lence Month, Jonathan Spikes,
Inc. in collaboration with
Safespace Foundation, Inc.
presents Evolution to Freedom
Wine and Cheese Reception on
Saturday, October 21 from 6-9
p.m. at Art Fusion Gallery. For
more information, visit www.

The Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1961 is hosting
its annual Prayer Breakfast/
Scholarship Fund Raiser on
Saturday, October 22 at 9 a.m.
at the Church of the Open Door.
For more information, call 305-

I Pet Supermarket and
Miami-Dade Parks is hosting
Barktoberfest, a fall harvest
festival for dogs on Saturday,
October 22, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
at East Greynolds Dog Park.
"A Spooky Symphony,"
featuring The Greater Miami
Youth Symphony and the Al-
hambra Orchestra, is a free
Halloween family concert. It
will be held Sunday, October 23
at 3 p.m. at The Olympia The-

ater at The Gusman Center for
the Performing Arts. For more
information, call 305-267-3002
or 305-668-9260.

* The Senior Citizens Con-
cern Group, Inc. has sched-
uled a group meeting Thurs-
day, October 13, 4:30-6:00
p.m.2011 at 15650 W Bunch
Park. Ms Mariangeli Cataluna
with the Diversion Program
will be our guest speaker on
the benefits of the program for
Assisted Living Facility (ALF)
residents, and future plans of
the State Florida. RSVP Sylvia
D. Williams, president at 786-

The State Attorney's
Office is having their 'Second
Chance' Sealing and Expunge-
ment Program on Thursday,
October 27 from 4-7 p.m. at
Culmer Overtown Community
Center. For more information,
call the State Attorney's Office
Community Outreach Division
at 305-547-0724.

Jackson North Medi-
cal Center invites all breast
cancer survivors to a "Survi-
vorship is Life Reception and
Celebration." It will be held on
Thursday, October 27 at 6 p.m.
at Jackson North Medical Cen-
ter, Second Floor Auditorium.

-The University of Mi-
ami College of Arts and Sci-
ences' Department of Art
and Art History and Zadok
Gallery present a lecture by
renowned artist Marshall Aris-
man. It will be held on Thurs-
day, October 27 at 7 p.m. at
the College of Arts and Sci-
ences (CAS) Gallery located at
the Wesley Foundation in Coral
Gables. For more information,
contact Zadok Gallery at 305-


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is celebrating his second
birthday on October 15 at
Walt Disney World.

October is Black

Movie Month

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consumers have the creative
prowess and financial where-
withal to bring quality films to
the big screen and an array of
distribution channels so our
voices can be heard and expe-
riences shared. Black Enter-
prise fully supports Jeff Friday
and Film Life, Inc. in initiating
this groundbreaking event that
serves as homage to past film-
makers and a vehicle for expo-
sure for today's filmmakers and
generations to come."

South Miami-Dade Cul-
tural Arts Center (SMDCAC)
presents "In Your Presence," a
live recording worship experi-
ence with Christina Robinson,
South Florida Gospel Award
winner on Saturday, October
29 at 8 p.m. For information,
call 786-573-5300.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. presents a
Halloween Spooktacular Dance
on Saturday, October 29 from
9 p.m.-2 a.m. For information,
contact Lebbie Lee at 305-213-

P.H.I.R.S.T. Impres-
sionz, a dinner poetry event
returns at Oasis Cafe in North
Miami. It will be held on Sun-
days, October 30, November
27 and December 18 at 7 p.m.
For more information, call 786-

The Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1964 will be
meeting Thursday, November
13 at 6:30 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center.
For more information, contact
G. Hunter at 305-632-6506.

The Miami Jackson Gen-
erals Alumni Association is
calling all former cheerlead-
ers, drill team, majorettes,
dance line, flagettes and band
members for the upcoming
Soul Bowl Alumni Pep Rally.

For more information, call 305-
651-5599 or 786-256-2609.

The Miami-Dade Com-
munity Action Agency's
(CAA) Head Start Program
has immediate openings for
comprehensive child care at
the South Miami Head Start
Center. For more information,
call Adrienne, Jennifer of Sofia
at 305-665-4684.

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-

S.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) is a bible-
based program for young peo-
ple and meets at Betty T. Fer-
guson Center in Miami Gardens
each week. For information,
contact Minister Eric Robinson
at 954-548-4323 or www.sav-

free open enrollment for VPK,
all day program. For informa-
tion, contact Ruby P. White or
Lakeysha Anderson at 305-

Calling healthy ladies 50+
to start a softball team for fun
and laughs. Be apart of this
historical adventure. Twenty-
four start-up players needed.
For more information, call Jean
at 305-688-3322 or Coach Ro-
zier at 305-389-0288.

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1962 meets on
the second Saturday of each
month at 4 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter. We are beginning to make
plans for our 50th Reunion. For
more information, contact Ev-
elyn at 305-621-8431.

Looking for all former Mon-
tanari employees to get reac-
quainted. Meetings are held on
the last Saturday of each month
at 9 a.m. For more information,
contact Loletta Forbes at 786-
593-9687 or Elijah Lewis at

Empowerment Tutoring 0 Great Crowd Ministries
in Miami Gardens offers free presents South Florida Gospel
tutoring with trained teachers. Festival at Amelia Earhart Park
For more inforrmaJion, call 305- on Saturday, March 10, 2012
654-7251-?.*-' -. `'" "*" from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more
: information, contact Constance
MerryPoppins Dayeare/ 4. Koon-Johnson at 786-290-
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Workshop to assist small entrepreneurs

Sylvia McCain lends financial expertise

By Randy Grice

According to the Small
Business Administration
(SBA), over 50 percent of
small businesses fail in the
first five years. In an effort
to help small business stay
afloat, a financial education
expo will be held, Winners
of Wealth Expo and Work-
shops at the Hilton Garden
Inn, 180 SW 18th Ave. in
Dania Beach. The workshops
will offer free financial educa-
tion material.
Sylvia McCain, a 48-year-
old full-time teacher and
part-time business owner,
will be on hand to offer her
financial expertise.
"Primarily what I do is help
families get out of debt," she
said. "We help families plan

for their retirement and we
help to make sure that fami-
lies are properly protected.
We basically help everyone
to have a more solid financial
McCain's financial plan-
ning business has covered a
wide variety of services rang-
ing from debt management
to retirement for nearly three
years. She said that she de-
veloped her financial services
business out of necessity.
"I had actually had some
experience in foreclosure
prior to getting into finan-
cial services," McCain said.
"When the market crashed
I realized that I needed to
branch out on my specialties.
Before that, my focus was
just primarily one way and
people needed help in more
than just one direction. As a

result of what happened with
the real estate market it moti-
vated me to get more licenses
and to seek my own business
in term of the entire finan-

Workshop gives tips for

hopeful County contractors


By Randy Grice

In some cases, having a
certified business can be
the difference between suc-
cess and failure. Last.week,
the Miami-Dade Chamber of
Commerce held a workshop at
Jungle Island, Treetop Ball-
room [111 Parrot Jungle Trail],
to educate small businesses
on how-to get certified.
-Miami-Dade County Com- -
missioner Barbara Jordan,i ,
District 1, was the keynote
"Simply put, the certifica-
tion opens doors to contacting
opportunities with the County
and other public and pri-
vate organizations that may
require firms to be certified by

Barbara Jordan
Miami-Dade County Commissioner
Miami-Dade County. Having
worked for M-DC for over 30
years, the amount of red tape
and bureaucracy that compa-

nies have to go through in or-
der to compete for government
contracts still amazes me."
With the economy slowly re-
covering and the local unem-
ployment rate hovering above
12 percent, more people are
turning towards being entre-
preneurs. Miami-Dade's small
business certification unit is
housed in the Small Business
Development (SBD) depart-
"Through SBD all certifica-
tion and resources assistance
services are provided free of
charge,-some organizations
charge as high as $1,500 to
assist firms with the County
certification process," Jordan
said. "When you become a
certified firm you have access
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cial services industry. For me
business is going great right
now. The thing is that with
any business, when you're a
business owner, most of us

are employee minded. We you
have a business there is more
involved, I love working for
my self and building my own
McCain also adds that her
business brings her a special
gratification because she gets
to offer others opportunities
she was never given.
"No one sat down with 20
to 30 years ago and showed
me what I show people," she
said. "If someone had, my life
would be completely different,
financially. With that part I
feel like I am on a crusade.
My parents did not raise me
to read the the Wall Street
Journal. My parents raised
me to get a good education
then get a good job so I can
pay my bills. The problem is
that keeps you at a certain
level. In this economy and in
this day and age those secure
jobs are few far between."

Oprah, Beyonce make Forbes

highest earning women list

By Risa Dixon

Eorbes.released their lpst of,
the 10 highest paid women
from May 2Q0Q to May ,011.
Oprah topped the list -
shocking with a whopping
$290 million in earnings.
Lady Gaga came in second
place with $90 million. With
as big as Lady Gaga is, that
$200 million difference
proves that no one is touch-

ing Oprah's mega mogul
power. Queen Bey came in
ninth place $35 million in
earnings :
-Forbes chose the women...
who made this list based on
talking to lawyers, agents,
producers and other in-the-
know folks to get informa-
tion on earnings between
May 2010 and May 2011.
The earnings reflect gross
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dead at 56

How Steve Jobs

made history

By Daniel Gross

Steve Jobs, who died Wednes-
day, October 5, was a singular
figure in American business
history. He will go in the pan-
theon of great American en-
trepreneurs, inventors, and
innovators, alongside John D.
Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and
Sam Walton. Jobs didn't invent
computer technology, or the cell
phone, or the notion of digitiz-
ing music. But he invented
methods, business models, and
devices that turned each into
significantly larger cultural and
economic phenomena.
To a degree, one might look
back on the arc of Jobs's career
and conclude that he simply
rode a series of technologi-
cal waves. But Jobs, and the
company he led, rode the waves
while pushing back against
them. In an industry frequently
hostile to design, Jobs's Apple
banked on it. In an industry
in which products simply got
cheaper every year and every-
thing tends toward a commod-
ity, Apple's products were able
to command a premium. And
in an age of pinched consumer
spending, millions of people
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Low-income borrowers get options

New offerings aim
to replace payday
loans, check cashers

By Christine Dugas

As more and more Americans
rely on costly, non-traditional
ways to borrow money, compa-
nies are starting to step up to
provide safer, more affordable
financial tools.
Some nine million families
don't have a bank account.
And many of those who do
have an account still consider
themselves financially frail. Al-
most half of all households say
they wouldn't be able to come
up with funds to deal with a
financial shock of $2,000, says
Annamaria Lusardi at George
Washington University School
of Business.
Now companies are target-
ing the ranks of unbanked and
underbanked with new offer-
ings, including:
Micro Branch, a combina-
tion check casher and credit
union, opened in California

high interest rates. "Banks are
not providing consumers with
sufficient credit to help them
live their lives," says Ryan Gil-
bert, CEO of BillFloat.
Two years ago, Elliot Gudiel,
who lives in Whittier, Calif.,
and works for a pharmaceuti-
cal company, quickly needed
about $1,000 after his mother
passed away to pay her mort-
gage and keep her home.
Because no bank would give
him a small loan, he had to
go to a payday lender. "There
should be more options," Gudi-
el says. "If you're not asking for
a lot, you should be able to get
a bank loan."
Many low-income families
don't have a savings account
because they can't afford bank
fees. And many are living
paycheck to paycheck, says
Haydee Moreno, director of Mi-
cro Branch in East San Jose,
Recognizing that many
unbanked Latino families rely
only on check cashing, Self-
Help Federal Credit Union
launched Micro Branch as a
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last year to serve unbanked
BillFloat, an online bill
payment company, was
launched last year as a less
costly option to payday loans.
The AFL-CIO just intro-
duced a prepaid debit card
that is an alternative to a tra-
ditional checking account for
unbanked union members and

members of its affiliate Work-
ing America. The card also
allows unbanked members to
earn 5.1 percent on account
Many working Americans
who don't have bank accounts
or enough savings to help them
through rough times often
have to rely on services such
as payday loans that charge

Kwame Kuadey now earns about 65 percent of his previ-
ous six-figure income.

After a layoff, entrepreneur

pursues his own business

Kwame Kuadey came up
with an idea for a business
several years ago while he
was working as a compliance
manager for a large financial-
services firm.
At the time, he says he was
afraid to pursue the venture
because he didn't want to put
his family's financial security
at risk. "I was making good
money," he says. "I didn't have
the courage to quit my job."

But in December 2008,
Kuadey was laid off. He de-
cided it was time to kick his
entrepreneurial spirit into
high gear. "I felt like it was a
sign," he says.
Today, the 33-year-old is the
owner of GiftCardRescue.com
LLC, an e-commerce company
that buys unwanted gift cards
and resells them at a dis-
count. He rents an office space
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Are Black entrepreneurs being relegated to the background?

By James Clingman
NNP. columnist

During my attendance at the 2011
Congressional Black Caucus event, I
participated in an economic empow-
erment panel discussion produced by
Hazel Trice-Edney. Our topic centered
on banking, but we also discussed
entrepreneurship and how it can lead
to economic empowerment. Sitting on
a panel moderated by Derek Dingle of

Black Enterprise Magazine, alongside
the Presidents of Black-owned banks
and a former professional athlete
turned entrepreneur was an honor.
In addition to the annual aggregate
income of Black people in this coun-
try, Black folks also control billions of
dollars in contracting opportunities
via sororities and fraternities, Ma-
sons, Shriners, churches and other
nonprofit organizations. Wouldn't
it be great if more of them sought

out and did business with
Black companies when and
where they have the oppor-
tunity? You know, the real
story behind the scenes, or
in the background, of what
took place during the CBC
weekend was entrepreneur-
ship and what it takes to be
successful in business. I am
sure there were many busi-
nesses, especially Black-


owned businesses, that
supplied goods and ser-
vices to the CBC. Most of-
ten overlooked, or at least
unnoticed, is the work that
goes into the events we at-
tend. In my estimation, we
tend to take entrepreneur-
ship for granted, or we
have a skewed perception
of its rewards and the work
it takes to survive and

thrive as an entrepreneur. Most of
us have limited knowledge of Black-
owned businesses and the role they
have played in this country even as
far back as the 1700's and especially
during what Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker
calls, "The Golden Age of Black Busi-
ness," 1900-1930.
Our businesses and individual en-
trepreneurs have been relegated to
the background in many cases, even
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Adding cards can help your credit score

By Herb Weisbaum

Maybe you've been get-
ting more credit card offers
in the mail lately. I know I
have. Because of the slug-
gish economy, credit card
issuers are looking for new
customers. If you're think-
ing of adding another card
to your wallet, you may be
wondering if that extra card
will bring down your credit
A lot of people ask me how
many cards they should
have. My reply is always the
same: it depends. That's be-
cause the answer is different
for everyone.
For people who can't con-

trol their spending, one card
is too many. For others, hav-
ing 10 cards is no problem. It
all depends on your financial
situation and what you do
with those cards.
Adam Levin, chairman of
credit.com, says for most
people three or four cards
should be plenty:
A rewards card of some
type that is based on your
shopping preferences.
A low-interest rate card
for emergencies or major
purchases that you can't pay
in full when the bill comes.
A card for business-relat-
ed purposes.
A card with no transac-
tion fee for when you travel

outside the country.
Levin says if you keep the
balances low, pay your bills
on time and don't get in over
your head, having more than
one card can actually boost
your credit score.
"Available credit is a
positive thing if you use it
responsibly," he points out.
"It can be a destructive thing
if you become irresponsible."
How can having more
credit help your credit score?
It's simple. One of the major
factors used to determine
your score is the percent-
age of available credit to the
amount of credit used. The
lower that ratio, the better it
is for your score.

continued from 7D

income and does not account
for things like taxes and man-
ager fees.
Since the ending of The
Oprah Winfrey Show, the mo-
guls' network OWN hasn't
been doing too well. Ratings
have been extremely low. The

majority of earnings recorded
for this list came .from The
Oprah Winfrey Show. Unless
things get better someone else
could hold the title next year.
Here is the complete list
along with how much each
woman earned.
Oprah Winfrey: $290 million
Lady Gaga: $90 million
Bethenny Frankel: $55

Gisele Bundchen: $45
Ellen DeGeneres: $45
Judge Judy Sheindlin: $45
Taylor Swift: $45 million
Katy Perry: $44 million
Beyonce: $35 million
Danielle Steel $35 million

Apple creator is among one of the greats

cotninued from 7D

were eager even desperate
- to shell out for the latest ver-
sion of the iPod, the iPad, or the
In an era frequently charac-
terized by executive greed and
massive pay for significant un-
derperformance, Jobs worked
for a dollar a year. At a time
when many founding CEOs
step down when they hit their
late 40s and early 50s to chase
other pursuits (a la Bill Gates),
Jobs stuck with it. In an era

in which many experts fretted
about the ability of America's
economy to thrive and inno-
vate, Apple grew into a major
exporter. Apple now represents
American brands, the way Mc-
Donald's and IBM and Coca-
Cola once did. In ani era in
which equity values stagnated,
Apple's stock thrived.
The performance of the com-
pany's stock, which is now
worth $322 billion, up from a
few billion in 2003, is one of
the great examples of value
creation in modern history. It's
difficult to put a tag on what it

is precisely that Jobs did. He
didn't create a fundamentally
new business structure, the
way John D. Rockefeller did
with the vertical integration of
Standard Oil. He didn't democ-
ratize a product that had only
been available to the very rich,
as Henry Ford did with the
Model T. And he didn't funda-
mentally alter the distribution,
logistics, and production sys-
tems the way that Sam Walton
did with Wal-Mart. Under Jobs,
Apple simply created a bunch of
really cool products that people
decided they needed to have.

There's help for getting your business certified

continued from 7D

to a broader networking com-
munity that can enhance busi-
ness prospects and help build
business capacity in both the
public and private sectors."
While there were many re-

sources available at the work-

Choices for r_

continued from 7D

hybrid check cash-
er and credit union.
In addition to offer-
ing less costly check
cashing, it encourages
members to start sav-
ing money in a credit
union account, More-
no says.
Families don't al-
ways choose to be un-
banked. Bank branch-
es have closed in many
low-income neighbor-
hoods. And unbanked
people often become
robbery targets be-
cause they carry cash
on payday, according
to a study released in
June by the Darden
School of Business at
the University of Vir-
ginia. When finan-
cial services help un-
banked households,
they also help the
community by cutting
crime rates and boost-
ing property values,
Darden says.

continued from 1C

during Black History
Month, and we need to
change that by learn-
ing more about them
and teaching Black
Business History to
our children. One of
the most important
things we can do to
achieve economic em-
powerment is start
and grow (emphasis
on "grow") Black busi-

shop, the reality is that some-
times the information doesn't
get to the people that need it
the most.
"All of the departments were
in attendance at the work-
shop," Jordan said. "They were
on hand to provide businesses
with valuable assistance and
were willing to walk people

trough the process of becom-
ing certified. Unfortunately,
many businesses do not take
advantage of the assistance of-
fered which leads to incomplete
applications and unverifiable
documents, which extends the
time it takes to certify firms,
resulting in missed opportuni-

Starting your business from scratch

continued from 7D

near his home in Elli-
cott City, Md., and
has four employees.
He also does con-
sulting work via a
separate entity called
Rhino Amplify, help-
ing small businesses
with Web design and
online marketing.
In 2009, Kuadey
appeared on ABC's
"Shark Tank," a show
in which entrepre-
neurs pitch investors
for angel funding, and
was offered $200,000.
But after the show

aired, he says the deal
fell through and he
never got the funds.
While Kuadey has a
more flexible schedule
these days and can
take his three-year-
old daughter to pre-
school every morning,
he is making about
65 percent of his pre-
vious, six-figure in-
come. Last year, he
earned only half his
old salary and the
year prior he didn't
pay himself anything.
It is unclear when
Kuadey will be able to
go back to taking his
family of four out to

dinner on weekends
or on annual vaca-
tions abroad, as he
had in the past. Even
though his business
is growing, he says
he can barely afford
to pay his family's
monthly credit-card
bills, mortgage, car
loan and health-in-
surance plan.
"There is no room
for anything else,
like entertainment or
travel," says Kuadey,
who adds that he
cashed out his re-
tirement savings last
year to pay off some
debt. "The scary part

is that if an unexpect-
ed expense happens,
it always has to end
up on the credit card
because we don't have
Financial woes
aside, Kuadey, a na-
tive of Ghana, says
he is satisfied with
his career change and
now coaches others
on how to start a busi-
ness. "Before, I was
just going to work.
There was no mean-
ing to it," he says.
"Now I enjoy going to
work. I feel more ful-
-Sarah E. Needleman

New cast, same eye candy in Charlie's Angels

continued from 6C

Eve French (Minka
Kelly) arrives late onto
the scene as a replace-
ment for an old friend.
An ace car thief, who
drives like Jeff Gor-
don, she eventually
got caught and did
four years in prison.
The rest of her back
story, which is a key
component in the pre-
miere, is the most in-
triguing of the group.
David Doyle
wouldn't recognize
the new Bosley (Ra-
mon Rodriguez), who's
scenery for those not
turned on by the An-
gels. Bosley's primary
purpose is again to
serve as a liaison to
Charlie, the unseen
voice who provides the
Angels with assign-
ments and the high-
tech, high-end toys

to carry them out. could have gotten him Anyone who sub-
However, Bosley 2.0 is 20 years, and gets his scribes to the theory,
almost the fourth An- hands dirty and chest "Looks aren't every-
gel. He slipped out of sweaty on missions thing" will never work
a tax fraud rap, which with the beauties, on this show.


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



Deadline for Request for Additional InformationlClarification: 10/14/2011
at 12:00 P.M.

Detail for this Proposal (RFP) is available at the City of Miami, Purchasing De-
partment, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement, Telephone No. (305)

Johnny Martinez
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mately 20,000 s.f. aquarium, seeking minimum LEED Gold certification.

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc., the Construction Manager, is seeking competent and qualified Sub-
contractors for the purpose of providing construction services for the Miami Science Museum. This
request for prequalification is being solicited by Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. on behalf of the
Miami Science Museum. The selected Subcontractor will ultimately be under Subcontract with Suffolk
Construction Company, Inc., who will oversee the entire construction of the Project in the role as Con-
struction Manager.

This project is supported by the Building Better Communities Bond program and the Mayor and The
Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County.

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. is requesting Prequalification Applications from qualified Subcon-
tractors to meet minimum established criteria in order to submit bid proposals for the new Miami Sci-
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ongoing projects of similar size, scope and complexity. All prospective bidders are required to submit
a completed pre-qualification statement to demonstrate that the Subcontractor can meet the neces-
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tory, Safety Rating, Resources and Performance, BIM Capabilities, and Experience on Past Projects of
a Similar Magnitude and Nature. If two or more companies intend to submit as a Joint Venture for this
project, each individual entity must be prequalified prior to submitting a bid proposal.

The Bid Manual will be release for review to the public, on or after October 3, 2011, and is intended to
provide an overview of the project, demonstrate the minimum general requirements, and provide bidding
documents and all relevant information and forms necessary for Subcontractors to become Prequali-
fied and to Submit a Proposal for this project. Please refer to the Bid Packages Section of the Bid
Manual to determine which Bid Packages are out for Bid at this time. Electronic Files of The Bid
Manual and Bidding Documents may be obtained by replying to Suffolk Construction's Invitation to Bid
through our Project Document Manager Website, or by request via e-mail to the attention of Brett Porak
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A qualification questionnaire is available via Suffolk's PDM website. A request to receive a prequali-
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contractors wishing to bid this project must be prequalified prior to submitting a bid.

The bid award shall be based on the BEST VALUE as prescribed in the Instructions to Bidders and
Award Criteria in the Bidding Documents. Low bids may not constitute award of the project.

vember 3. 2011 to Suffolk Construction Company's Headquarters located at One Harvard Circle, Suite
100, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. Phone: (561) 832-1616, Fax: (561) 832-6775. The bid proposal must
be completed IN FULL, including all required documents as listed in the Instruction to Bidders. If the bid
proposal is incomplete, Suffolk Construction has the right to reject your bid.

There will be a non-mandatory pre-bid conference held at (time and place TBD). All bidders are strongly
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This project will have an established Miami-Dade County Community Small Business Enterprise (CSBE)
or Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Goal. This project has a Miami-Dade County Community Work-
force Program goal of 15%.

This project is being administered by the Miami Science Museum, a non-for profit organization, and per
the Miami-Dade County Board approved Ordinance No. 06-88 amending Section 2-8.2.10 of the Code
of Miami-Dade County will be allowed to use it's (Miami Science Museum) own procurement methods
for this project.

Thanks to the Perrine Community Advisory Committee, Miami Dade
County Department of Housing and Community Development, Dis-
trict 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, the Board of County Commis-
sioners, and the Community Action Agency, small businesses in the
West Perrine Area received some financial support. $100,000 was
shared between 12 businesses approved for funding. Lee C. Jay,
owner of Jay's Funeral Home says "Thanks to NANA and the Perrine
Community Advisory Committee, it was a great benefit to me to
serve the community that I serve with the grant that was provided
through the program." Ray Mohamed, owner of AAAAA Nationwide
Transmission Center, says "A special thanks to Leroy Jones of NANA
and the Perrine Community Advisory Committee for help keeping me
in business In this struggling economy. Because of this funding I was
able to create ajob for a low income individual." "This was a culmi-
nation of a lot of efforts by the members of the Perrine Advisory
Committee. This project took a couple of years to come to fruition
and we are just grateful when we can help the businesses and the
community all at once," says Mr. Alphonso McCray, Chairman of the
Advisory Committee.





Economic growth is small but welcome

GDP increases,

jobless claimsfall

By Adam Shell
John Waggoner

After a steady stream of
recent confidence-sapping
news, investors and con-
sumers recently welcomed
slightly more upbeat data that
suggest that the economy,
while sluggish, is still in

growth mode.
The government revised the
nation's economic growth for
the April-to-June quarter to
1.3 percent from one percent.
That tiny rise in GDP, while
still far below the three per-
cent to four percent growth
rate considered healthy, was
enough to boost hopes that
the economy could avoid an-
other recession.
"It's good news but it's not
great news," says Edward
Yardeni, chief economist at

Yardeni Research. "The news
has been awful on so many
fronts that any ray of sun-
shine is welcomed."
Investors also got positive
headlines on the European
debt crisis. Germany ap-
proved changes that would
bolster the firepower of the
eurozone's bailout fund, a key
tool needed to help Greece
avert a disorderly default and
keep its debt woes from in-
fecting other European coun-
tries and causing a global

That helped fuel a rally on
Wall Street. Stocks, on track
for their worst quarterly loss
since 2008, rose about one
percent. More good economic
news is needed for investors
to feel confident enough to
buy stocks and keep the rally
going, says Chuck Carlson,
CEO of Horizon Investment
For the first time since
early August, initial jobless
claims fell below 400,000 last

week. Claims fell by 37,000
to 391,000. Still, job creation
must rise and the unemploy-
ment rate, now 9.1 percent,
must fall for the economy
to gain traction, says Mark
Zandi, chief economist at
Moody's Analytics. "Either
things improve, or we're going
to go into the soup," he says.
Another potential plus came
in the depressed housing
market, where the average
30-year fixed-rate mortgage
hit an all-time low of 4.01

percent, according to Freddie
Mac. But despite the super-
low rates, not all Americans
will benefit, says Greg Mc-
Bride, senior financial analyst
at Bankrate.com. The best
rates are only available to
those with good credit, proof
of income and, if refinancing,
plenty of equity in their home.
"Despite all the things we've
been through the Japanese
earthquake, $4 gas, policy
mistakes in Europe we're
still growing,"-Zandi says.

BofA plans $5 debit card fee

Monthly charge

to hit if card used

to buy an item

By Candice Choi
Associated Press

NEW YORK Bank of
America plans to start
charging customers a $5 fee
in any month that they use
their debit card to make a
The fee will be rolled out
starting early next year.
A number of banks already
have either rolled out or are
testing such fees. Bank of
America's announcement
carries weight because it is
the largest U.S. bank, mea-
sured by deposits.
Anne Pace, a Bank of
America (BAC) spokeswom-
an, said recently that cus-

tomers will only be charged
the fee if they use their debit
cards for purchases in a
given month. Customers
won't be charged if they only
use their cards at an ATM.
The fee will apply to basic
accounts and will be in
addition to any existing

monthly service fees. For
example, one of the bank's
basic accounts charges a
$12 monthly fee unless cus-
tomers meet certain condi-
tions, such as maintaining a
minimum average balance of
A fee for using debit cards

is still a novel concept for
many consumers and was
unheard of before this year.
But there are signs it may
soon become an industry

SunTrust, a regional
bank based in Atlanta,
began charging a $5 debit
card fee on its basic check-
ing accounts this summer.
Regions Financial, based in
Birmingham, Ala., plans to
start charging a $4 fee next
Chase and Wells Fargo are
also testing $3 monthly debit
card fees in select markets.
Neither bank has said when
it will make a final decision
on whether to roll out the fee
more broadly.
The growing prevalence
of the debit card fee is
alarming for Josh Wood, a
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Construction jobs make slight comeback

Rebuilding after Hurricane Irene is probably partly responsible

By Paul Davidson

Last-week's mildly-positive-jobs ----
report was bolstered by better-than-
usual hiring in an industry hammered
by job losses.
Construction firms added 26,000
jobs in September, the most in seven
months. The industry trailed only
health care, professional and busi-
ness services, and information in job
creation. Overall, U.S. payrolls grew by
103,000 last month, and the unem-
ployment rate held steady at 9.1 per-
cent, the Labor Department said.
Contractors have added 53,000 jobs
this year after losing about 150,000
last year and two million in the reces-
sion. Their hires lag behind most other
industries in percentage terms,
but they've lifted construction
employment to 5.6 million. Con-
struction officials say the latest
gains could herald at least a mod-
erate turnaround next year for a
sector decimated by the housing
bust and commercial real estate
"With private-sector demand
inching back up, the construction
industry is finally on the brink
of recovery from years of hard-
ship and job losses," says Stephen
Sandherr, CEO of Associated
General Contractors of America, a
trade group.

$568M in


aid program

goes unspent

By Julie Schmit

The federal government will
disburse just $432 million from
a $1 billion program to help
unemployed homeowners avoid
foreclosure, a government of-
ficial said recently.
The rest of the money will
return to the U.S. Treasury
because the Emergency Hom-
eowners' Loan Program has
ended, and not enough people
were approved in time to receive
The funding provided forgiv-
able loans up to $50,000 to
temporarily help unemployed
or underemployed people avoid
foreclosure in 32 states and
Puerto Rico.
Out of 100,000 applicants,
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September's showing was fueled by
the non-residential sector, which added
30,000 workers. Construction spend-
ing by retailers and electric utilities ..
has beer particularly.-strong lately, I
Census Bureau figures show. That's
partly due to state renewable energy
requirements, but may also reflect
rebuilding after Hurricane Irene. Also,
many retailers are refurbishing stores
after putting off projects the past cou-
ple of years, says economist Patrick
Newport of IHS Global Insight.
Contractor Reed & Reed of Wool-
wich, Maine, has hired an additional
35 or so workers this year, bringing
its staff to 250, as it scrambles to
meet a surge in wind-power construc-
tion in New England, says CEO Jack

ofHat~vioi~ Ar

Parker. "We've been fortunate," he
Hqu&inqstarts are still weak, and
. residential building firms cut 3,800
gworkter s' September.
But both residential and commercial
building inventories have shrunk so
much that a 2012 rebound is almost
inevitable, although it may not arrive
until the second half, says IHS' Mi-
chael Montgomery. He predicts con-
struction payrolls will rise by about
200,000 in 2012.
Job growth could suffer from re-
duced federal infrastructure spend-
ing, Sandherr warns. Construction
work made up more than half the
fiscal 2011 budget cuts by Congress
in April., he says.


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WNBA President Laurel Richie makes marketing the focus

By Ellen J. Horrow

As the NBA and its
Players Association
work furiously to start
the 2011-12 season
on time, the WNBA is
putting the finishing
touches on its 15th
season the first un-
der president Laurel
Perhaps it's fitting
that Richie will hand
out her first WNBA
championship trophy
to a first-time winner,
the Minnesota Lynx or
Atlanta Dream, who
enter Game 2 of the
WNBA Finals in Min-
neapolis with the Lynx
ahead after an 88-74
win last Sunday.
Richie, 52, who most
recently spent three
years as chief mar-
keting officer for the
Girl Scouts, changed

the landscape of pro-
fessional sports April
21 when she became
the first Black wom-
an named president
of a U.S. professional
sports league.
"I feel a great re-
sponsibility and great
honor to be leading not
just the women of the
WNBA but the African
American women of the
WNBA," Richie says.
"So many players have
reached out to tell me
how proud they were to
see a member of their
community presiding
over the league."
Richie's hiring also
changed the course
of the WNBA. Unlike
predecessors Donna
Orender and Val Ack-
erman, Richie came
to the league without
a background in bas-
ketball or sports. What


First-year WNBA President Laurel Richie brings more than 25
years of advertising and marketing experience to the league.

she did bring was more
than 25 years of mar-
keting and advertis-
ing experience, which
should be a huge asset
as the league moves
into its next era.

"We reached a point this to the next level,
in the 15th year of which is to make it
the WNBA where we convenient and usable
thought leadership for corporate America.
from the marketing And that background
side was important, be- was important to us,"
cause we have to take NBA Commissioner

Bank of America joins others in charging debit card fees

continued from 9D

32-year-old financial adviser
in Amarillo, Texas.
Wood relies entirely on
debit cards to avoid interest
charges on a credit card. If
his bank, Wells Fargo, began
charging a debit card fee, he
said he would take his busi-
ness to a credit union.
If a debit fee became so
prevalent that it was un-
avoidable, Wood said he's
not sure how he'd react.
"I might use all cash. Or go
back to writing checks," he
The debit card fee isn't
the only unwelcome change

checking account custom-
ers are seeing. The banking
industry has been raising
fees and scaling back re-
wards programs as they ad-
just to new regulations that
will limit traditional revenue

Starting Oct. 1, a regula-
tion will cap the fees banks
can collect from merchants
whenever customers swipe
their debit cards. Those fees
generated $19 billion for
banks in 2009, according
to the Nilson Report, which
tracks the payments indus-
There is no similar cap

on fees that banks can col-
lect from merchants when
customers use their credit
cards, however. That means
banks may increasingly en-
courage customers to reach
for their credit cards, re-
versing a trend toward debit
card use in the past several
An increasing reliance on
credit cards would be par-
ticularly beneficial for Bank
of America, which is a ma-
jor credit card issuer, notes
Bart Narter, a banking ana-
lyst with Celent, a consult-
ing firm.
"It's become a more prof-
itable business, at least
in relation to debit cards,"

Narter said.
This summer, an Associat-
ed Press-GfK poll found that
two-thirds of consumers use
debit cards more frequently
than credit cards. But when
asked how they would react
if they were charged a $3
monthly debit card fee, 61
percent said they would find
another way to pay.
If the fee were $5, 66 per-
cent said they would change
their payment method.
Bank of America's debit
card fee will be rolled out
in stages starting with se-
lect states in early 2012.
The company would not say
which states would be af-
fected first.

Foreclosure assistance program money goes untouched

David Stern says.
The WNBA recruited
Richie, who was aware
of the league and had
attended a few games
but wasn't a diehard
fan. But after hearing
the WNBA's pitch, she
realized that the job
combined everything
that was important to
"I have always en-
joyed marketing to
and creating products
for young girls," Rich-
ie says. "I've always
tried to give back to
the community, which
the league is so com-
mitted to, as well. And
then there's the social
relevance of a profes-
sional women's sports
league. In many ways,
it was my dream job."
Last month, Richie
announced a marquee
multiyear marketing
partnership with cel-
lular company Boost
Mobile, for what Sports
Business Journal re-

ported as an eight-
figure total. Boost is
presenting the 2011
Finals and has its logo
on the jerseys of 10 of
the 12 WNBA teams.
(The Phoenix Mercury
and San Antonio Silver
Stars were committed
to deals with other cel-
lular providers.)
Average WNBA at-
tendance this sea-
son was 7,948, a 1.25
percent increase from
a year ago, with the
Chicago Sky (29.0
percent), Washington
Mystics (11.7 percent)
and Lynx (10.8 per-
cent) seeing the big-
gest surges. Ratings
on ESPN2 were the
highest since 2005,
with an average of
270,000 viewers, up
five percent from last
Former WNBA
coach and ESPN ana-
lyst Carolyn Peck says
Richie is the right
choice at this stage of

NW 7th Ave 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, October 17, 2011, at
5:30 PM, at the Arcola Lakes Public Library, located at 8240
NW 7th Avenue, 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) 375-1543. 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.

I W,* II IS II I 1' I e .,I

the league's develop-
"(Richie) has landed
tremendous sponor-
ship deals that will
assist the league in
paying its players,
create even more ex-
posure and continue
the WNBA's ability to
Richie understands
she has much to learn
about basketball and
the nuances of the
WNBA. She is also
not blind to the news
media critics of the
league who, after 15
years, are still expect-
ing the WNBA to fold
at any moment.
"There are a couple
of writers that I would
love to have a conver-
sation with," Richie
says. "I would love
to go to a game with
them and talk about
how amazing these
women are. Maybe I
should put that on my
list for next season."


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11,832 were condi-
tionally approved for
the program that the
government initially
said could help up to
30,000 people. As-
sistance will average
$35,000 to $45,000 a
homeowner, said Bri-
an Sullivan, a spokes-
man for the Depart-
ment of Housing and
Urban Development.
The program's fail-
ure to reach or pro-
cess enough appli-
cants in time is "sad
and shameful," says
Lewis Finfer, executive
director of the Mas-
sachusetts Communi-
ties Action Network.
It worked to pass the
legislation to make the
program possible.
Finfer, other com-
munity groups, and
Rep. Barney Frank, D-
Mass., have said that
HUD took too long to
launch the program.
HUD started taking
applications in June
- almost a year af-
ter the program was
made possible by Wall
Street reform legisla-
tion and six months
later than HUD first

intended. The deadline
for HUD to commit the
funds was Sept. 30.
Of the 32 states, five
had similar programs,
so they ran their own
while HUD adminis-
tered the program in
the other 27 states.
Pennsylvania, one of
the five, spent its en-
tire allocation of $106
million and approved
3,056 homeowners -
26 percent of the U.S.
total. Only Texas and
New York got more
funds than .Pennsyl-
The HUD loans are
to be forgiven if ho-
meowners keep their
homes for five years.
"We understand that
there is disappoint-
ment that the program
is not reaching more
families," said Carol
Galante, HUD's act-
ing assistant secretary
for housing, in pre-
pared testimony for a
congressional hearing
recently reviewing the
Obama administra-
tion's response to the
nation's foreclosure
Galante repeated
HUD's defense that
the program's setup
"took longer than an-

ticipated." She also
said the program's eli-
gibility requirements,
which were defined by
the law that created

the program, disquali-
fied a higher number
of applicants than an-
Finfer and others

say HUD added ad-
ditional eligibility re-
quirements and failed
to advertise the pro-


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A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida, on October 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
the requirements of obtaining sealed bids for awarding a Professional Services
Agreement for the administration services of the Employee Benefit Health Plan
with the current provider, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, CIGNA.
The contract period will be for two (2) years with no option to extend, and for an
amount not to exceed $1,355,743 per year for the 2 year contract period. Funds
will be allocated from Account Code No. 05002.301001.523000.0000.00000 of
the Department of Risk Management.

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

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or repre-
sented at this meeting and are invited to appear and to be heard concerning this
item. Should any party desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that party shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon 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
(#15440) City Clerk



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flori-
da, on October 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 the
requirements for competitive sealed bidding methods as not being practicable
or advantageous to the City for consulting services for the Chief Fire Officer,
Fire Captain, and Fire Lieutenant examination processes and authorizing the
City Manager to execute an amendment to the Professional Services Agree-
ment (PSA) in substantially the attached form, between the City and EB Jacobs,
LLC for development, implementation and administration, scoring and reporting
of promotional examinations for the civil service classifications of Chief Fire Of-
ficer, Fire Captain, and Fire Lieutenant on behalf of the Department of Human
Resources for a term of six (6) months from the anticipated contract expiration,
which extends the contract from February 26, 2012, through August 26, 2012,
with fees, costs and reimbursable expenses to EB Jacobs, LLC not to exceed
the previously approved amount of $380, 972.18, by City Commission Resolu-
tion 06-0031, for the extension period of the PSA.

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

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or repre-
sented at this meeting and are invited to appear and to be heard concerning this
item. Should any party desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that party shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon 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
(#15441) City Clerk

( 10D THE MIAMI TIMES, OCTOBER 12-18, 2011



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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms starting at
$800 monthly. Appliances,
laundry, FREE WATER
ing, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

Brand new dated building,
free water, air, ceramic
tile, beautiful, and quiet.
One, two and three bed-
rooms, 786-506-3067.
365 NW 8 Street.

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

1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$475. Appliances, free

1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 monthly, $700 move
in. Two bedrooms, one
bath, $550 monthly, $850
to move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel

1246 NW 58 Terrace
Studio, $395 monthly, all
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel
1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. Free Water.

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

1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.
1341 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, one bath, air and
appliances, free light and wa-
ter. $625 monthly, first and
last to move in. 786-399-7724
140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500, 786-236-1144 or

14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath
$425, $525, Ms. Jackson

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrms, one bath $525
1500 NW 65 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$575 monthly, $875
to move in, all appli-
ances included. Call Joel

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $350
monthly. $575 move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $425; one bedroom
$525, two bedrooms $650,
1542 NW 35 Street
One and two bedrooms,
$600-$850 monthly.
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1

1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$475. Two bedrooms, one
bath $575. Appliances,

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

1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$475 Appliances, free gas.
200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450,
appliances. 305-642-7080

2229 NW 82 Street # B
One bdrm, one bath, central
air. $725 mthly. 305-685-9909
2295 NW 46 Street
One bedroom $550, two
bedrooms $725, appliances
included. Call Tony
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one bath
Appliances, free water.

2804 NW 1 Avenue
Studio $395 monthly, All
appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

2812 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly, $700 to
move in, all appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV, call Joel 786-355-7578.

3040 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one
bath apt., clean, just
painted, $670 monthly.

3185 NW 75 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$700 monthly. Move in Spe-
cial. Call 305-439-2906.
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency $425. Appliances
and free water.

5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
$675 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

540 NW 7 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$450, two bedrooms and
one bath, $550, 305-642-

561 NW 6 Street
One bdrm, one bath $495.
5755 NW 7 Avenue
Large one bdrm, parking.
$580 monthly. $850 to move
in. Call 786-728-1772
60 NW 76 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$500 and $575, Appliances,
free water. 305-642-7080

65 NW 27 Street
(1st Ave. and 27th St.)
Five bedrooms, three baths.
$1000 monthly, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV! Call Joel

741 NW 60 STREET
Two bedrooms, tiles.

7523 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath,
renovated, new appliances,
parking, free water, and
security negotiable. Section
8. HOPWA OK. $695. Call
7615 NE 4 Court
Studio, one bath $495, ap-
pliances 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
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.

Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
One or two bdrms. Take
advantage of our move in
special and call now: 305-
603-9592, 305-458-1791 or
Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
One bdrm, light, water and air
included. 305-693-9486.

One bedroom, $760 monthly,

One bedroom, gated. $675
to $775. NE 78 Street
Two bdrms, tiled. $650 mthly
if qualified. 786-402-0672.
8951 NE 8 Avenue
Large one bedroom, $800
monthly, $1000 to move in,
tile, 786-402-0672.
One and two bedrooms
6820 NW 17 Avenue
New apartments ready to
move in, one bedroom, one
bath; two bedrooms, one
1613 N.W. 1st Place
Call 786-234-1461
Renovated Apartments
One bedroom, $525, quiet
complex, contact Joanne
191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776

1023 NW 47 Street
Efficiency, one bath,
$575, three bedrooms,
one bath, $1150. Appli-
ances, free electric, water.
1080 NW 37 Street
One bedroom, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 Welcome! 786-326-
11403 NW 12 Avenue
One bedroom, central air, no
pets, single or couple, no kids
preferred, $700 monthly.
1150 NW 76 Street
Available now! Three bed-
rooms, two baths, new ap-
pliances with washer/dryer,
tile, blinds, large closets,
central air. No Section 8.
Call 786-357-5000
1250 NW 51 TERRACE
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances included, accepting
Section 8.
305-691-3977, 305-469-9868
1526 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$475, free water,

1612 NW 55 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances.
Section 8 OK! 786-953,8935
172 NW 52 Street
One bedroom,one bath,
$650. Free water and

1796 NW 112 STREET
One bedroom. 305-688-8894
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, new paint,
air, bars, $850. Call 786-306-
4839 or 305-527-9911.
2285 NW 101 Street
One bedroom, tile, air, bars.
$700, No Section 8. Terry
Dellerson Realtor
2472 NW 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, pri-
vate washer, dryer, storage
facility, tile floors, big back
yard, close to transportation
and shopping, $1050 month-
ly, security deposit required.
Call 786-444-5758 for show-
2490 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, tile, air, 786-
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895, free water and elec-
tricity, 305-642-7080.
3051 NW 134 Street
Section 8 Ok! Newly remod-
eled, two large bdrms, one
bath, central air, washer and
dryer included. New kitchen,
bath, and refrigerator, granite
counter tops. $1,075 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567
364 N.W. 59 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$795, appliances.

5311 NW 3 Avenue
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath. Central air, tile.
Section 8 OK. $800 monthly.
5927 NE 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$795, appliances, free

6025 NW 24 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$600, appliances, free
water, 305-642-7080.

7749 NW 2 Court

Two bedrooms, one bath,
$700 monthly, central air, all
appliances included. Free
19 LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

822 NW 60 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$700 Monthly, $1400 to
move in. 305-282-7953
One, two, three and four bed-
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$950 monthly,
305-757-7067 Design Reality
Three bedrooms, one bath,
no credit check, newly
renovated, Section 8
welcome. Move in $799,
Air, utilities, cable. $575,
$1150 move in, 305-751-
Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
143 Street 7 Avenue
Private entrance, many
extras. $110 weekly.
305-687-6930, 786-306-0308
15341 NW 31 Avenue
Large room, full bath, private
entrance. 305-687-8187
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$120 weekly, $240 to move
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Microwave, refrigerator, color
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1877 NW 59 Street
Clean room, air, bath, tile,
$395 monthly. 786-953-8935
1905 NW 115 Street
Furnished one bedroom,
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Air, $130 weekly, cable, utili-
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2373 NW 95 Street
$80 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
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Newly renovated, utilities
included, free cable connec-
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877-7150 or Sheelah 786-
2915 NW 156 Street
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$300 move in. 305-624-3966
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrig-
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$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
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6835 NW 15 Avenue
Limited time special, $300
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and utilities included.
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83 Street NW 18 Avenue
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1341 Sesame Street
Opa Locka
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1,200 mthly, 786-367-4004.
1510 NE 151 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 305-944-2101
15310 NW 31 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, air, tile, $1,250. No Sec-
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169 NE 46 Street
Five bedrooms, 2 and half

baths, $1500, appliances,
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Three bedrooms, two baths,
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Remodeled two bedrooms,
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Call Rod 786-290-4625.
2300 NW 53 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, security bars, tile,
Section 8 Welcome.
2481 NW 140 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 305-267-9449
2820 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, $750
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Five bedrooms, 3 baths,
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inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-
3110 NW 92 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
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3421 NW 213 Street
Two bedrooms, air condi-
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3461 NW 172 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two
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3501 NW 9 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$995, stove, refrigerator,
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ing, central air, close to shop-
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Dade border.
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485 NW 80 Street
Section 8 OK
Newly remodeled, four bed-
rooms, two baths. Granite
counter tops, central air,
washer/dryer, tile, two car
driveway. $1,700 monthly.
5026 NW 23 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath, all
new appliances, water includ-
ed and background required.
$750 mthly. 305-776-9876.
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Section 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, two
bath. $1200 monthly. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

636 NE 195 Street
Newly remodeled, three bed-
rooms, two and half baths,
washer/dryer connection,
central air. $1,550 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome! Call Mat-
thew 954-818-9112.
7510 NW 14 Court
Updated three bedrooms, two
baths, central air, tile. $1,295
monthly. 305-662-5505.
770 NW 55 Street
Large two bedrooms, one
bath, water included. $850
monthly. Call 305-267-9449.
917 1/2 NW 80 Street
On the corner, beautiful two
bedrooms. Free water, air,
window bars and iron gate
door. First and last. $750
monthly. Call 786-380-7201.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, living room furniture,
plasma TV included. Section
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One Four Bedrooms,
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South Florida shows its

love for pro basketball


By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

On Saturday, October 8th,
the big three of the Miami Heat
partnered with Florida Inter-
national University (FIU) men's
basketball head coach, Isiah

time in the NBA with conver-
sation squarely focused on the
current lockout. Though most
players gave simple responses,
they acknowledged that this
all-star game was something
they did for themselves and
the fans.
"It definitely keeps us mo-

to discuss."
The charitable game ben-
efited Mary's Court, the not-
for-profit organization, es-
tablished by Thomas and his
wife to commemorate Thom-
as's mother Mary, an educa-
tion activist. Mary's Court is
a Chicago-based charity that
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Miami Central Rockets

remain undefeated

Thomas, to host the first South
Florida All-Star Classic at the
U.S. Century Bank Arena at
the FIU Campus.
Much like any other all-star
game, it commenced with a
host of players, including Car-
melo Anthony, Amar'e Stou-
demire, Kevin Durant, Chris
Paul and Russell Westbrook,
playing lackluster basketball
with a lot of missed passes and
lazy defense, but also a lot of
crowd-pleasing dunks. By the
end of the game, the competi-
tive nature of these high pro-
file players took over and fans
roared with excitement over
the antics of the two dream
Wade's team was coached
by Kevin Hart while. ames's
team was coached by fellow
Heat teammate, Udonis Has-
lem. Fans truly got their mon-
ey's worth as the game went
into overtime, and ended with
Wade's team winning 141-140.
The game comes at a crucial

tivated for the season," Stou-
demire said.
"It means a lot to us," Paul
said. "It gives us an opportu-
nity to play again."
"We have to find a way as
players to bring the game of
basketball to the fans," said
Wade. "We can control where
we play and how we play."
He added, playfully, "Most of
the fans are here to see Chris."
Bosh added, "I miss basket-
ball; we all do."
James, who said he has been
preparing over the summer, is
ready to play. Sporting a "Bas-
ketball Never Stops" Nike shirt,
he said, "We love the game of
basketball ... and are ready to
step back on the court."
Thomas, a past president of
the NBA Players Association,
said, "I want everyone to know
that the players want to play,
are willing to play and are
not holding back their talent
or communication, but that's
not what we are here tonight

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promotes literacy, increased
academic success and higher
graduation rates, throughout
neighborhoods. Thomas, who
has already partnered with
FIU to provide full scholar-
ships to first generation col-
lege-bound students, is using
the Chicago-based model to
establish a branch in South
Florida, where he says he
will partner with seven local
schools to promote education.
Fans in South Florida are
clearly eager to see the new
NBA season get underway -
tickets sold out in less than
two hours, with no Internet
sales. The arena was packed
with 4,000 fans, some stand-
ing along the wall for the entire
3.5 hour event.
"We heard there were peo-
ple spending the night," Wade
said. "They just don't under-
stand how important that is
and how much that means to

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

The reigning state champs,
the Miami Central Rockets,
hosted southern district rival,
the Homestead Broncos on
Wednesday, October 5, at Traz
Powell Stadium. The Rockets
(5-0), coming off of a grueling
victory against football power-
house Columbus, defeated the
struggling Broncos (2-4) in an
uninspiring game, 10-6.
However, the matchup that
should have been an easy
win for the Rockets based on
rankings and records, proved
to be just the opposite. Home-
stead's defense proved to be
formidable and was able to
shut out the Central offense
for the first time this sea-
son. It was also the first time
Central had scored under 20
points this season.
Miami Central quarter-
back, Austin Stock, struggled
throwing three interceptions
and completing three passes
for a total of 26 yards. Home-
stead had ample opportunities

to convert, even after a touch-
down was called back. But the
Broncos did not score until
the 4th quarter with 1:48 left
in the game.
Before the game, Bobby
McCray, Homestead's head
coach, said that his team,
that has struggled with clos-
ing out games, could be the
team to end Central's unde-
feated record.
"Our motto is D.I.D.," Mc-
Cray said. "That's dictate,
intimidate and dominate."
And though the score did
not reflect the tenacity of
the Broncos, Telly Lockette,
Miami Central's head coach,
recognized the underestimat-
ed talent on the other side of-,
the field.
"Hats off to Homestead,"
Lockette said. "They showed
their grit. Even though Home-
stead's record doesn't show
their greatness, they are a
physical team. It was 100 per-
cent them [that shut down the
Central running back,
Joseph Yearby, who is the
county's leading rusher said,

"I feel like I let my team down;
we were supposed to beat
them how we beat everyone."
He acknowledged that the
Central defense was the rea-
son they stayed in the game.
Homestead faces Palmetto and
Carol City in the upcoming
weeks; all are at the bottom of
their districts. Central faces
Carol City and Northwestern
in the upcoming weeks.
Homestead players to watch:
Herb Walters (WR-Sr); Ermon
Lane (WR-So); Izaiah Salters

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Belen Jesuit defeated Carol
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Norland (6-0) defeated Coral
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Edison (3-2) defeated Doral
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Booker T. (4-1) defeated La-
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return to football glory, giving the team with at least five preseason- Irish are currently unranked.)
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nomenon, though, is Florida State. owed to the Golden Bears' repeated sport's elite, but this season is truly #,
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major program based on the change Nebraska (-33.0 percent) are next- (2-3) has fallen out of the polls by left, and Rashad Gholston, right,
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Remembering the great Al I

Remembering the great AlU

Al Davis never cared one way
or the other of what people
thought of him. That is the way
he was, until the very end. The
owner of the Oakland Raiders
passed away this past Satur-
day and the pro football world
paused to acknowledge the
greatness of his legacy. There

were only two ways
about Davis, either y
him or you hated him
less of how any of us f
was committed to e
and doing it his way.
As AFL commission
in the '60s, he clii1lh"
NFL for top players ar

dominance. Davis was always
willing to put up a fight. His
fellow owners despised him at
times but they also respected
him. The Raiders were one of
the most successful franchises
in pro sports history and they
always seemed to be the final
)avis stop for guys deemed mis-
fits, castoffs or rejects of other
s to feel teams. Somehow they played
'ou loved their absolute best, and fought
.Regard- hard to be great for Davis.
elt, Davis Raymond Chester, one of the
excellence Raiders greats from the '70s
spoke a few years ago about
ner back how Davis would not hesitate
-n*!,'l the to look for :;l.,i'r-s in places
id overall others simply would not, and

led the way as others soon fol-
lowed suit. That place? Black
colleges. "The NFL had gone
to Grambling and a few other
places here and there for a few
guys," said Chester, a former
Morgan State star when he was
drafted by the Raiders. "But
the AFL went after all of us,
when the other league wasn't
doing it." That meant a lot to
Black players back then, it
meant they had a chance, even
if they did not go to UCLA or
Another thing the NFL
wasn't doing: drafting Black
quarterbacks, at least not to
play quarterback, and not

from those same Black colleg-
es. Davis took Eldridge Dick-
ey, a legend from Tennessee
State, nicknamed "The Lord's
Prayer," in the first round of
the 1968 draft. Folks thought
he was off his rocker, but Da-
vis showed Dickey that he was
willing to build a winner and
the players race was insignifi-
cant to him.
The perception was that
Black players were athletic,
but not smart enough to play
the position of quarterback or
be a head coach in the NFL.
Davis would be that guy to
give minorities an opportu-
nity. It was Davis who hired

the first Black coach, Art Shell
from predominantly-Black
Maryland State. Davis didn't
hesitate to hire a Latino head
coach Tom Flores, who won
two of the Raiders three super
bowl championships. If Davis
thought you were good enough,
regardless of race or gender he
would give you a shot. You can
only respect and appreciate
that. While we have seen some
of society's ills worm their way
into our sports arenas, Davis
did his best to ensure that did
not happen with his team. So
as we salute his legacy, lets
all remember his bottom line
"Just win baby."

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( 12D THE MIAMI TIMES, OCTOBER 12-18, 2011