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Creation Date: November 23, 2011
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Black shootings prompt

investigation of Miami police

ISince July 2010,
shootings by City of
Miami officers have
S resulted in the deaths
of seven Black men. An
eighth victim survived.


By D. Kevin McNeir
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It's been well over a year since
the first police-involved shoot-
ing of a Black man in the Lib-

erty City, Overtown and Little
Haiti communities occurred.
Since then the number of shoot-
ings and deaths has risen to
eight Black men. Now after re-
peated requests from outraged

citizens, family members, lo-
cal clergy, community activists
and elected officials, the U.S.
Justice Department announced
on Thursday. Nov. 17. that they
Please turn to POLICE 8A

Jackson Health System

eliminates 240 positions

Is this just the beginning?
By Randy Grice
After years of financial struggle and turmoil
at Jackson Health System (JHS), the company
has fired close to 200 employees and closed ad-
ditional positions that were previously vacant.
"We are taking immediate steps to eliminate
approximately 240 positions," said Carlos A.
Migoya, 61, president and chief executive of-

ficer JHS, in a memorandum. "Approximately
170 of those positions are currently filled; the
rest are vacancies that will be eliminated. This
reduction, along with other staffing initiatives,
will create recurring annual savings of approxi-
mately $18 million."
The cuts represent about 2.5 percent of Jack-
son's workforce of nearly 11,000. Recently, a
majority of their employees were ordered to take
two weev 'i- of r..'-: fu'! ':' ': '
Please turn to JACKSON 8A

,-Photo courtesy of SE
-Photo courtesy of SEIU

President Martha
Baker (middle),
surrounded by
nurses, doctors and
professionals of
SEIU Local 1991,
held a press con-
ference outside
Jackson Memorial
Hospital protesting
a previous round of
layoffs at Jackson in
May 2010.


Commissioner denies

recent fraud conviction

Sylvia Poitier says she will appeal

Spanish "preferred" for

new Marlins workers

SWill Blacks get a fair shake?

By Randy Grice
Last week marked the end
of an era of service for veteran
Deerfield Beach Commissioner
Sylvia Poitier, 75. After a brief
two-day trial, Poitier was found
guilty on four misdemeanor
counts of falsifying records.

"I am innocent, I know I am
innocent," she said.
Poitier went on to compare
her situation to that of current
Deerfield Beach mayor Peggy
Noland who has several fam-
ily members that all work for
the City, although not directly
under her supervision. How-
ever, when pressed to explain

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Former Deerfield Beach commissioner
why she says she is innocent
Please turn to POITIER 8

By Randy Grice
With the opening of the
new Miami Marlins Ball-
park just months away, a
job fair held by the organi-
zation last week brought out
thousands of hopeful job-
seekers. But there was also
plenty of controversy after

many looking for jobs saw
postings on the ball club's
website that they say were
"I only speak English and
I don't know what else I can
do," said Bradley Washing-
ton, a 33-year old job seek-
er. "On the site it clearly said
they are looking for people
Please turn to JOBS 8A M

Budget Supercommittee fails to agree ,nJ

By Lisa Mascaro
Unable to break the parti-
san stalemate over taxes and
Medicare, the congressional
"super committee" came to a
mqiept clnos as th1 cm-rhairs

deal could be reached by the
panel's deadline.
"We have come to the con-
clusion today that it will not be
possible to make any biparti-
san agreement available to the
public before the committee's

from Senator Patty Murray (D-
Wash.) and Representative Jeb
Hensarling (R-Texas).
The end had been expected
as it became clear in recent
days that final rounds of talks
would not be able to break the

issued a statement saying no deadline," said the statement Please turn to BUDGET A 8A '-t" AP"1"'PJSm'cp:p"-
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'Southern Strategy' is paying dividends, hurting Blacks

By DeWayne Wickham
The lead to a recent Associ-
ated Press story about the de-
clining influence of Black law-
makers in the South reads like
something written by the late
Lee Atwater, the race-baiting
former Republican Party chair-
man and GOP spin-doctor.
"(An) overwhelming alle-
giance to the Democratic Party
has left them (Black lawmak-
ers in the South) without power
in increasingly GOP-controlled

state legislatures," the peal to racism would,
AP said, citing a report over time, change the
by the Joint Center for political landscape of
Political and Economic the South. The AP story
Studies. left out this critical con-
In the early 1980s, At- text the constant is
water was a master ma- the allegiance of Blacks
nipulator of the news me- WICKHAM to the Democratic Party
dia and crafty manager but that isn't news. It's
of the GOP's Southern Strat- the impact on these Black law-
egy, which uses racial fear to makers of the mass migration
herd white Democrats into the of Southern whites to the GOP
Republican Party. He like that is the news.
Richard Nixon before him "In most Southern states,
understood that a subtle ap- the 46-year transition from a

multiracial Democratic (Party)
political dominance to a white
conservative Republican politi-
cal dominance is almost com-

speed over the past two years.
Before the 2010 election, 51
percent of Black legislators in
the South were a part of a state

Instead of ushering in the post-racial era, thtielectlon id
this nation's first Black president has seemingly widened ra-:
Cial fault lines, most noticeably In the South.

plete," said David Bositis, au- legislative majority. After elec-
thor of the Center's report. tions that year and this year,
But while this change has the number dropped to just
taken place over nearly half a under 5 percent, according to
century, it has moved at warp Bositis. These changes have

come in a political climate in
which Republicans have craft-
ily used the abstractions of
"states' rights" and calls for
lower taxes to bring more white
voters into the GOP fold.
An even bigger point is the
connection between the 2008
election of Obama and the
increased pace with which
Southern Democrats lost con-
trol of state legislatures and
nearly all Black legislators in
the old Confederacy became
members of the minority party.

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Take time out to

give thanks for life
e holiday season is now upon us but instead of
pausing to consider what gospel great Kirk Franklin
calls, "the reason for the season," the emphasis ap-
pears to be on getting shoppers to invade local malls earlier
than every before and at every possible moment. Of course,
shopping is only something you can do if you have a few extra
dollars. Given the large number of men, women and young
adults that are currently unemployed or piecing together sev-
eral part-time jobs just to survive, a visit to the mall probably
invokes more anxiety and depression instead of joy.
Thanksgiving Day is here once again but some may find
it hard to give thanks this season. We may have forgotten
America's "fable" about Pilgrims and Native Americans sitting
together peacefully for a celebratory meal and an after-dinner
smoke on the peace pipe. But we can each give thanks for be-
ing alive we are still "vertical and ventilating. We can give
thanks because we have one more chance to tell someone we
love them or that we appreciate their acts of kindness like
that best friend who encourages you in spite of yourself.
Blacks in particular are used to making it with less. We have
been the ones who are usually the last hired and first fired.
We have been the ones who were denied the job or refused
the loan and had no one to whom we could complain. Still,
we have found something good within the bad and therefore
another reason to give thanks.
In Liberty City, Little Haiti, Miami Gardens and Opa-locka,
we continue to face senseless drive-by shootings of innocent
children, murders of unarmed men at the hands of police of-
ficers and record-high foreclosures resulting in homelessness
for formerly hard-working families. Still we find reasons to
give thanks. Perhaps it is the resilience that we have inherited
from our ancestors. Blacks who live in the U.S. are descen-
dants of men and women who somehow survived unimagi-
nable hardship in their forced travel across the seas. But we
are still here. We have survived. And that is reason enough to
-give thanks.

Juvenile offenders must be

given second chances
If you have children or are involved with children in any
way, you know that they are prone to make mistakes. But
we all make mistakes no matter what our age. Most of
us are fortunate in that we have an opportunity to learn from
those errors, to mature by trial and error and to dust our-
selves off and try again. But here in Florida, juvenile offend-
ers are not given second chances. For their deeds, they are
"rewarded" by being strapped with draconian-like sentences,
locked away with older, hardened criminals and bogged down
with a felony record that locks them out of ever achieving a
semblance of the so-called "American Dream."
That's why we applaud the efforts of first-time State Rep-
resentative Cynthia Stafford who, along with State Senator
Arthenia Joyner, is working day and night to push through
their "Second Chance Act" a piece of legislation that would
positively impact young offenders. Stafford laments the fact
that youth "are being imprisoned under the terms of very
long sentences."
Stafford and Joyner will need the support of their colleagues
in the House and Senate in order to push this legislation
through. Stafford suggests that the bill is not about partisan-
ship but is instead just common sense. We agree with her if
for no other reason than one of fiscal responsibility.
When our business-minded governor took over in Florida,
he quietly included in his budget a provision that allowed for
the doling out of 29 prisons and correctional institutions in
18 South Florida counties to be taken over by private con-
tractors. The Legislation is appealing this move. Meanwhile,
Florida now has seven private prisons each is a profit-
making venture.
Nationwide, incarceration rates have been declining since
2007. But here in the Sunshine State our rate continues to
climb -only Texas has a higher incarceration rate. As for
rehabilitation, that appears to be non-existence. Regardless
of the nature of one's crime, those who are sentenced must
serve 85 percent of their sentence. What this means is we
have a system that wants to keep people, even young adults,
locked up for a very long time. It may be costly to taxpayers
but private investors are raking in huge dividends. In the end
it means more misery for those who deserve a chance to get
their lives back on track. And the majority of those whose
lives are changed forever with little or no opportunity for ever
being able to stand on their own two feet are Black. We must
demand change.

For 89 years

Black families

have welcomed us

into their homes so

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Published Weekly at 900 NW 54th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127-1818
Post Office Box 270200
Buena Vista Station, Miami, Florida 33127
Phone 305-694-6210
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GARTH C. REEVES, JR., Editor, 1972-1982
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world from racial and national antagonism when It accoids-to ,
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or hir -
human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing: no prson,..
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firribelief'
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

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The reality
The reality is that race still
matters in America in 2011 -
institutionalized racism is alive
and well. Yes, there has been
remarkable progress attained
as the result of a very long, dif-
ficult and protracted struggle for
freedom, justice, equality and
empowerment. We even have our
first Black president. However,
we should avoid falling into the
anti-reality pitfall that we are
now living in a "post-racial" so-
ciety and world. We still have a
long struggle ahead of us to en-
sure that the next generation of
Blacks in America and African
people throughout the world,
will have a better quality of
life in the future. The world is
changing but race remains a de-
terminative factor in too many
areas where social and political
decisions are made on a daily
Racial discrimination and in-

of race still persists in the U.S.

justice in the U.S. glaringly per-
sist in employment, housing,
education, environment, finance
and criminal justice. In other
words, the systems of injustice
are still in place even though
there has been some progress
and social change for the bet-

tives of the movement for change
have been realized without veri-
fication from facts and relevant
statistics. Numbers are impor-
tant, but this is really about the
quality of life in our communi-
ties. Today there are too many
of us who live in poverty, who

You can be assured that the forces of opposition against the
re-election of President Barack Obama will be using racial
stereotypes and racism in all of its disguises in an unsuc-
cessful attempt to derail President Obama.

ter. The entire pseudo theory
-of a "post-racial" society in the
U.S. is itself ahistorical and at
clear variance with reality. The
progress that has been attained
should be an indication that we
need to keep on fighting for free-
dom and to not stop prematurely.
Yet reform sometimes creates an
illusion that the goals and objec-

are in prison unjustly and who
are unemployed with a sense of
hopelessness. Blacks and Lati-
nos should willingly continue
to join other diverse multiracial
and multicultural coalitions for
social change. We have to be
vigilant and remain focused on
those key issues and objectives
that will bring about the great-

est progress for the largest inum-
ber of those who continue to cry
out for a better way of life in our
You can be assured that the
'forces of opposition against the
re-election of President Barack
Obama will be using racial ste-
reotypes and racism in all of
its disguises in an unsuccess-
ful attempt to derail President
Obama. The current actions
in many states to suppress the
Black and other minority vote in
2012 through requiring new vot-
er ID cards in addition to other
forms of state-issued identifica-
tion is just the latest example of
how far we have not come toward
full and complete racial justice
for all people. Yes, race still mat-
ters in a positive proactive sense
if we do our homework, roll up
our sleeves and continue to fight
for freedom, racial justice and
equality for all.


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Although automatic cuts
in defense spending and do-
mestic programs are sched-
uled to go into effect as a
result of the congressional
supercommittee's failure to
reach a budget deal those
reductions are far better
than what Republicans on
the committee were propos-
ing and Democrats were will-
ing to accept.
"No deficit deal is better
than a bad deal, and a bad
deal may be the only kind
this committee can reach,"
Orson Aguilar, executive di-
rector of the Greenlining
Institute, said as it became
clear the committee of six
Democrats and six Republi-
cans would not come to an
agreement. There is no need
to devastate vital programs
for the elderly and other vul-
nerable Americans."
The goal of the supercom-
mittee, formally known as

the Joint Select Commit-
tee on Deficit Reduction,
was to reduce the budget by
$1.2 trillion over the next
10 years. As an incentive to
complete a deal, an automat-
ic trigger was set to go into

What is more disturbing is
that Democrats on the com-
mittee were willing to make
concessions that would hurt
their core constituents. They
offered a proposal to reduce
deficits by $3 trillion over 10

Under the most progressive GOP proposal, if it can be
called that, Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.) offered $300
billion in new taxes, a far cry from an equal split between
spending reductions and new tax revenue favored by Democrats.

effect if the committee failed
to reach that goal, slashing
an equal amount from mili-
tary and domestic spending.
Under the most progres-
sive GOP proposal, if it can
be called that, Sen. Patrick J.
Toomey (R-Pa.) offered $300
billion in new taxes, a far cry
from an equal split between
spending reductions and
new tax revenue favored by

years that included $500 bil-
lion of savings in health care
programs, higher Medicare
premiums, and a new form of
indexing inflation that would
reduce cost-of-living adjust-
ments for Social Security
According to Citizens for
Tax Justice, 52.5 percent of
the Bush tax cuts go to the
richest 5 percent of taxpay-
ers. The Treasury Depart-

meant reports that extending
the Bush tax cuts to the top
2 percent of taxpayers will
cost $678 billion over the
next decade.
GOP leaders refuse to con-
sider letting the Bush tax
cuts expire. There is broad
public support for requiring
the wealthy to shoulder a
fairer share of the tax bur-
When Obama assumed of-
fice, the deficit was more
than $11 trillion. An addi-
tional $4 trillion was added
under Obama, some stem-
ming from Bush's 2009 bud-
get. Overall, approximately
75 percent of the deficit was
incurred while Bush was in
office. Where were the Re-
publican voices then?
Politicians being politi-
cians, look for some more po-
litical shenanigans that will
doeverything except serious-
ly tackle our fiscal problems.


Is Blackness defined by 'darker' skin?
In case you didn't know, vention at which the three- tablishment has continued acumen,
white Republicans have be- fifths compromise between to use race as an effective ascended:
come the definitive voice on Southern and Northern states wedge to gain political points with help
what constitutes blackness. was agreed? This is either a and rally a base laden with Koch Brot
The real problem, accord- storyline out of The Twilight insurrectionist tendencies, become th
ing to Victor Davis Hanson, a Zone or some Monty Python- The result has been a Repub- president
conservative commentator, is like farce. Either way, it is not lican-led Congress skillful at This is a

that Cain is really black, while
Barack and Michelle Obama
are not. Hanson argues that
Cain's "authentic blackness"
has made him a target of the
liberal media and Democratic
There are few statements
that leave me speechless, but
this, along with Ann Coulter's
latest rant comparing Blacks
in the GOP versus those in the
Democratic Party, in which
she said "our Blacks are bet-
ter than their Blacks," has
so stumped me that I have
no choice but to lend voice to
their ignorance.
Since when did we tolerate
white Americans liberal or
conservative -defining what
it means to be Black? Have
they been transplanted back
to the 1787 Philadelphia Con-

beginning with the rise of the Tea Party movement and
their race-baiting attacks against Obama, the GOP es-
tablishment has continued to use race as an effective
wedge to gain political points and rally a base laden with insur-
rectionist tendencies.

the real world.
The complicated history
of race in America has been
a rich man's war and a poor
man's fight. It still is. The elec-
tion of Barack Obama in 2008
was not the post-racial mo-
ment many had hoped for. In
fact, the past three years have
been a journey backward to a
time when racial divides led to
civil unrest.
Beginning with the rise of
the Tea Party movement and
their race-baiting attacks
against Obama, the GOP es-

obstruction, a reinvigorated
neo-conservative movement
and a well-oiled, conservative
media attack machine, hell-
bent on unseating the nation's
first Black president.
As the 2012 election ap-
proaches, the Republican es-
tablishment is well aware they
have to clean house at least
temporarily -in order to ap-
pear decent.
Their strategy? To rally be-
hind a Black candidate of their
very own. Despite his lack of
political experience or policy

Herman Cain h
from the shadows -
from the billionaire
hers of course to
.e unlikeliest of GOP
al front runners.
Ridiculously trans-

parent tactic and one that
has proven ineffective in the
past. Following Obama's his-
toric election, the Republican
National Committee decided
to make history of its own by
appointing Michael Steele as
its Chairman a short-lived
experiment that failed miser-
But it seems today's Repub-
lican Party wants to use Her-
man Cain as an emotional
mirage to prove they're not
racist. In fact, Cain with his
statements that racism no
longer exists in America rep-
resents the kind of misguided
values conservatives like to
see in their minority constit-
uency. It seems the GOP is
nostalgic for a past in which
blacks were subservient, doc-
ile and knew their place.

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Soul food is something to celebrate and savor

This Thursday is Thanksgiv-
ing and thousands of turkey
dinners will be served at char-
ity organizations, churches and
community centers all across
America. Families and friends
will gather to celebrate the holi-
day. The traditional Thanksgiv-
ing meal of roast turkey and
dressing will be complemented
with traditional dishes from all
over the world.
Thanksgiving dinner in Black
American homes will include
lots of soul food cuisine. Smoked
ham hocks, greens, corn bread
and beans will complement the
traditional turkey and dress-
ing holiday meal. Soul food is a
staple at most celebration in the
Black culture.
But many don't realize that
soul food dishes were actually
created out of necessity. It was
during the slave era that some

of our most popular dishes were
produced from unwanted left-
over meat scraps. Blacks that
were brought to America during
the slave trade no longer had ac-
cess to their native foods or the
means to prepare them. And of

what we call today "soul food"
and are among Blacks' most
desired dishes. Regardless of
the adverse conditions in which
some of these dishes originated
they are enjoyed by cultures
all over the world. Today, many

hanksgiving dinner in Black American homes will include
lots of soul food cuisine. Smoked ham hocks, greens,
corn bread and beans will complement the traditional
turkey and dressing holiday meal. Soul food is a staple at most

celebration in the Black culture.

course they were not allowed to
share the food of their owners.
What did they do? They impro-
vised and created meals from
the discarded meat scraps and
other undesirable food items.
Those -greens, meat scraps,
beans and peas would become

Black' Americans enjoy prepar-
ing and eating their traditional
meals although they no longer
have to eat the meat once con-
sidered as scraps.
Most cultures .have foods
that are unique to their cul-
ture. Chitterlings are as tradi-

tional to Blacks as bagels are to
the Jewish people. During the
slave era Blacks lost much more
than their homeland; they were
forced to leave their rich African
culture behind. The clothes they
wore and the foods they ate took
on a new look and taste once
they arrived in America.
As the axiom goes, "one man's
leftovers is another man's feast."
This saying is symbolic of the
evolution of soul food in Amer-
ica. As we gather this holiday,
remember to give thanks for our
ancestors who were able to cre-
ate a tradition for us from the
scraps that were fed to them.
And as always, remember to
count your blessings as you give
thanks to God for all the bless-
ings and the opportunities to
celebrate another Thanksgiving.
Wishing everyone a happy and
blessed Thanksgiving Day.


Anti-intellectual crusade against Obama continues

Though it takes Rick Perry
a little longer than most of his
peers to remember complicated
matters like his own political
agenda, he seems to recognize
at least one thing: His dreams
of the presidency are fading
fast amidst one embarrassing
gaffe after another. And like
most people in his situation,
he's desperate and doing what-
ever it takes to return back to
both the spotlight and his old
position in the polls.
Perry's methodology contin-
ues to prove increasingly nefar-
ious beginning with revisit-
ing the stale conspiracy theory.
about President Obama not be-
ing a real American citizen and
currently resorting to making
up his own stories about him
along with his background.
Now he is taking the president
to task over for believing "that
Americans are lazy." Problem is

that Obama's comment wasn't
directed at Americans specifi-
cally, but rather America's pol-
icy-matters who have failed to
appeal to global businesses.
Texas two-stepping around
the facts hasn't prevented Per-

and actually celebrated him for
coming from modest means,
working hard and becoming
successful as a result. More-
over, Obama was further laud-
ed by opting to work as a com-
munity organizer instead of

Right now many major cities are enthralled with mass
protests complaining of the growing economic inequal-
ity in this country. Though I support their efforts, for
many Blacks this reality is nothing new.

ry from still talking and car-
rying on with his projections.
Perhaps Perry was too busy
digging Texas into an even big-
ger ditch to notice at the time,
but the "otherizing" of Obama
already failed in 2008. De-
spite several attempts to paint
Obama as an elitist liberal so
unlike the average American
(re: white), most acknowledged

accepting a job at a high-pow-
ered law firm once he gradu-
ated from Harvard Law School.
Obama's narrative is the
quintessential American story
yet Perry wants to not so sub-
tly rehash the stereotype that
the president is nothing more
than a product of affirmative
action. Oh and a know-it-all.
Exploiting anti-intellectualism

is nothing new for Republi-
cans, though trying to paint
Obama as some privileged ped-
ant won't make Perry a GOP fa-
vorite again. If anything, all it
does it highlight just how privi-
leged white men like Rick Perry
are. Although he himself grew
up poor in rural Texas, Perry is
fortunate that being the smart-
est man in the room is a bur-
den he has never had to bear.
Where as Obama's academic
highlights include being elect-
ed the first Black president of
the Harvard Law Review, Per-
ry graduated from Texas A&M
with a 2.2 GPA. Grades aren't
always an indicator of intel-
ligence, but not being able to
form coherent sentences is
- a constant of Perry's presi-
dential bid thus far. The same
can be said of his inability to
see something when it's staring
right in front of him.


What can our community do to For Blacks to get real justice some attorneys must go

protect kids from gun violence?

unemployed, Brownsville

We need to
get them back
active in the
and give them
to do.

unemployed, Miami

They are do-
ing so much
stuff out there
I don't really
know what we
can do. Really
I don't know, ,,
they just need
to stay out of

unemployed, Liberty City

It all de-
pends on the
families these -
kids are com-
ing up in. A
kid learns
what they are

student, Liberty City

Really this
falls on the
adults, you
have to get the
adults under
control first
then worry
about the kids.

retired, Allapattah

We need to
get out and
protest and
talk to the
neighbors just
to let our voices
be heard, even
if we have to go
out to city hall.

retired, Liberty City

Parents .I .
need to get out
there and talk .
to their kids
and let them
know the right
things to do.
If the parents
don't do any-
thing with the kids there isn't
anything we can do for them.

Dear Editor,

Julie O. Bru, is the cur-
rent city attorney of the City
of Miami. She has kept a low
profile, but her lack of profes-
sionalism and ethics cannot
be ignored. She and her as-
sistants have assisted Ex-
posito in his bloody reign as
the former chief of police. As
the top legal officer, the po-
lice routinely consult with

Bru and her assistants re-
garding policy, protocol and
the legalities of their actions.
It has been reprehensible
that rather than helping to
correct improper police ac-
tion in the criminal and civil
arena, Bru promotes it and
gives legal advice that allows
officers and detectives to find
ways to justify the many un-
justified police shootings
that have taken place dur-

Laws should be tougher on illegals

Dear Editor,

Commissioner Audrey Edmon-
son was identified in The Miami
Times saying illegal immigra-
tion should be handled at the
federal level and not at the state
level. The federal government
is doing a half-hearted job at
enforcing the laws on the books.
That's why the states are having
to take the lead. The states are
tired of the drain on their bud-
gets for illegals and increased
criminal activity. Florida and
all other states should pursue it
because it is enforcing the law.
Is she saying she is pro-illegal

immigration? I thought she had
to uphold the laws of the U.S.
Constitution and not her own
political career. Is she saying
to look the other way to crimi-
nals that come here illegally? I
think that is not the message
she should be giving. Why even
have laws if no one wants them
Miami is #1 in the nation for
Medicare fraud. This is because
of not checking the background
of people but bringing them here
by boat with no real process-
ing. If all the illegals including
"wet foot-dry foot" and TPS per-
sons are not allowed to stay and

ing her watch. That is not
to say that all of the shoot-
ings have been unjustified -
some of them were valid and
unavoidable but many were
unacceptable. So, why does
the Florida Bar refuses to in-
vestigate her leads?
Finally, there's Richard
Scruggs, the prosecutor
of Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones. While no
one is calling Spence-Jones

are deported did you know un-
employment for the Black com-
munity would probably be three
to five percent? Can you imag-
ine? But these are the same
people that say they represent
Blacks, but look like they repre-
sent illegals.
Democrats and the Obama
Administration don't care about
American jobs or they would
do something about this. Ille-
gals pay no real taxes yet want
schools, police, fire and hos-
pital benefits. All these things
cost money and guess who will
be paying for them American
citizens. My birth state of Ala-

Separatist titles benefit no one

Dear Editor:

Regarding your Editorial re-
garding "Blacks and Haitians
should form Protest", the last
time I looked, Haitians were
Blacks. It is quite oxymoronic
that you would suggest unity
within a proposed movement
bearing a separatist title. The
suggestion was clearly meant

to create inclusion on one side,
but exclusion on the other.
Would we also create separatist
titles for the communities of Af-
ricans, Jamaicans, Bahamians
or other Caricom Nationals, or
would they be included under
the Blacks'?

Bernadette A. Cunningham

a saint, legally she's com-
mitted no crimes. Scruggs
should be investigated and
ultimately suspended and
disbarred. All three of these
individuals give attorneys
everywhere a bad name and
make it tougher for the rest
and they need to be made ex-
amples of.

Adrean Lans

bama has taken a strong stance
against illegals they say because
illegals take away American jobs
and drain the budget. California
has gone backwards and want
to offer college tuition to illegals
in a state that is bankrupt.
Write or e-mail Obama and
Gov. Scott and say no dream
act and no wet foot-dry foot or
any illegals of any kind. Let your
voices be heard like the illegals
do. If this country cannot deal
with this illegal problem, we will
go down the drain.

Linda Simmons
North Miami

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Physician Tom Perls, an understanding about older that help them connect them from bad genetic vari-
expert on research on the people? with others. They live six ants as well as bad behaviors.
aging, is director of the New A: The notion the older you to seven years longer than That's considered the holy
England Centenarian Study get, the sicker you get is not rest of us, and clearly, the grail now and will lead to the
at the Boston Medical Center, something we found among reason is their healthy be- discovery of age-slowing and
the largest genetic and social centenarians and their fami- I l haviors. What this says to disease-retarding drugs.

study of people 100 or older.
He talked with USA TODAY's
Janice Lloyd at the 64th an-
nual meeting of the Geronto-
logical Society of America in
Boston about what we can
learn from centenarians.

Q: Who is the oldest per-
son on record?
A: Jeanne Calment of
France lived to be 122. She
was the longest-living mem-
ber of our species on record.
Other claims have been made
but are false. In fact, 99% of
the people claiming to be 115
or older are false. We have
1,600 centenarians in our
studies and 115 supercente-
narians (110-plus).

Q: What is a common mis-

lies. They're living longer bet-

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ture argument. We've found
70% of longevity has to do
with environmental factors.
The other 30% is genetic.

Q: What do you mean by
environmental factors?
A: A group of Seventh Day
Adventists in California have
the highest life expectancy
in the U.S. What they have
in common are good health
habits. They don't smoke,
don't drink or eat red meat.
They are lean, they take part
in regular exercise, and they
have other healthy behaviors

me is all of us should be
able to get to their ages:
86, if a man, or 89 if a

Q: What are you find-
ing out about the genetic
A: To live additional years
- 10 or even 20 years be-
yond age 90 we see a ge-
netic variance in centenar-
ians. We have a new article
coming out soon that says
centenarians have just
about as many disease-as-
sociated genetic variations
as the rest of us the
genes that would predis-
pose you to heart attack,
stroke or Alzheimer's. But
centenarians have genet-
ic variations that protect

Q: What do your critics
say about the studies?
A: They argue we shouldn't
put that many resources into
taking care of old people be-
cause we're just prolonging
the inevitable, but I think that
is a pessimistic view. I'm the
optimist, looking at reason-
able goals the general popula-
tion can achieve. It goes back
to living longer better.

Q: What aren't your stud-
ies trying to do?
A: We're not trying to reverse
aging. We don't follow the fu-
turists who believe there's a
60-year-old today who can
live to be 1,000. I have no use
for that. I find it a silly dis-
traction, not based in science.

Food stamp scams targeting the poor

By Alexia Campbell

Even poor Floridians are get-
ting ripped off these days.
State and federal officials are
warning the public about phony
food stamp websites that try to
lure desperate people with the
promise of getting them help
but charge a fee for the service.
Other sites ask for personal in-
formation and end up sending
These scams target strug-
gling Floridians, according to
the Florida Department of Chil-
dren & Families and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
The agencies have issued alerts
in recent months after getting
calls about the fraud. Since
then, at least one Florida man
has been sued by the federal
government for deceptive mar-
keting practices.
"It's sad that people affected
by this might really deserve
and need assistance," said Joe

Follick, comrhunications direc-
tor for the Department of Chil-
dren & Families.
The only way to apply for food
benefits in Florida is through
the department's website or
through a partner social-ser-

likely go online for information
because they are embarrassed
to meet with social workers,
said Aaron Lavallee, a spokes-
man for the USDA, which funds
the food stamp program, now
referred to as the Supplemental

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one will ever ask for a payment
or credit card information.
The Department of Children
& Families has issued a list of
a dozen websites that likely are
scams, including getfoodstamp-
snow.org, govbenefitsonline.org
and foodstampsnetwork.net.
Many are ads that pop up when
someone searches phrases such
as "Florida food stamps."
A growing number of people
need food assistance, and they

Nutrition Assistance Program.
"For the first time in their
lives, a lot of people are asking
for help," he said.
In Broward and Palm Beach
counties, 417,523 people were
on food stamps in October, Chil-
dren & Families said. That's up
from 375,337 for the same time
last year. Florida follows only
California and Texas with the
largest number of people receiv-
ing public food assistance: 3.2
million in August.


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By Eileen Aj Connelly
Associated Press

Worried about whether you can
afford the holidays this year?
Time may be running out, but
it's still possible to take advan-
tage of a number of options to
boost your end-of-the-year in-
come. From temporary jobs to
getting paid for your opinion,
there are ways to bring in extra
cash in time to fund a few gifts.
You may even find what could
become a regular source of in-
come after the tinsel is taken

A number of firms will pay
for your opinion when you par-
ticipate in focus groups, product
tests or opinion surveys.
Spend a few days testing a
product for Delve, for instance,
and you could bring in $125 to
$200. The St. Louis-based data
collection firm, which has loca-
tions in 11 cities, also does on-
line surveys and polls, where
pay starts at about $25. In its fo-
cus groups you could earn $80
to $100.
Delve starts new studies ev-
ery day, screening its database
of about 400,000 consumers
for individuals with the demo-
graphics needed for the client.
It takes about 10 minutes to fill
out the sign-up form on Delve.
com. It asks questions about the
members of your household and
some of the products your'fam-
ily uses. Delve spokeswoman
Kay Savio said new applicants
usually get a response within a
week. Some surveys are aimed
at children, so parents can also
sign their kids up to take part
and earn a few bucks.
Savio said participants can
Sget paid for in-person research
that same day.
Some other.market research-
ers, including Harris Interac-
tive, pay participants in rewards
points, which can be redeemed
for merchandise or gift cards.
There are plenty of opportuni-
ties to take part in market re-
sea rh, i.Ut be wari, of scams.
Legiumate firms will not charge
a sign-up fee or require you to
pay for shipping the products to
be tested or rewards you earn.

Even with the unemployment
rate stuck at 9 percent and
many who are working looking
for more hours or higher pay, it's
still possible to get temporary
The usual suspects are retail-
ers and the hospitality industry.
With extra-long store hours and
fierce competition for holiday
dollars, retailers are still adver-
tising for staffers.
The market is mixed right
now, according to John Chal-
lenger, CEO of the outsourcing
firm Challenger, Gray & Christ-
mas. He said November is typi-
cally the biggest month for hir-
ing seasonal workers. However,
hiring will extend into December
because many stores are wait-
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Thanksgiving weekend. At the
same time, Challenger added,
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during this crucial period.
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nies, event planners and hotels
also frequently add staff to han-
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Challenger said the travel indus-
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both United Parcel Service Inc.
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to handle the holiday shipping
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The funny business of sick call is no joke

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Get up, get, get, get down/
911 is a joke in your town."
That's the rapper Flavor, Flay,
former member of the 1980's
rap group, Public Enemy. In
one of his rare solo presenta-
tions called911
is a joke. Although the song
and music video was written
and performed as a funny com-
plaint towards how slow the
paramedics can be in respond-
ing to emergency medical calls
in the community, un real life
situations, it certainly is no
laughing matter.
What I have found to be true
throughout the many years of
my incarceration is that the
department at various insti-
tutions in the state of Florida
can be either a curse or bless-
ing to those inmates seeking
medical attention. The curse
can occur when an inmate has
been denied access to adequate
care while he/she us neverthe-
less being charged for it___ in
some cases, multiple times
for the continuation of the
same condition. On the other
hand, the blessing may occur

when an inmate initi-
ates a medical com-
plaint which is properly
assessed by a health
care staff member and
receives the appropri-
ate treatment and refer- -''
rals. But for the most _
part, the majority of HA
inmates approach every medi-
cal encounter prepared for the
worse outcome, while at the
same time hoping to receive a
satisfactory resolution to their
medical problems before finally
walking away from an institu-
tional medical building.
Prior to November 25, 2000,
inmates received free medical,
dental and mental health care
while incarcerated in FDDC.
Since then, the Office of Health
Services has established in-
mate co-payment guidelines
for selected health services as
mandated by the Florida Leg-
islature, which now requires
a co-payment of $ 5. for all
non-emergency inmate initi-
ated health care visit. The pro-
cedure titled Co-payment Re-
quirements for InmatesMedical
Encounter has put into place a
system that allows the co-pay-
ment amount to be deducted

from the inmate's In-
mate Trust account;
and although no inmate
is denied access to care
for lack of ability to pay
the co-payment, if the
inmate does not have
the funds in his/her ac-
LL count, and is assessed
a charge the system will put
a lien on the inmate's account
for the amount due. A waiver
of the co-payment is granted
only if the health care visit : is
deemed an emergency by the
health care provider, is an in-
mate requested HIV test, con-
sists of routine follow-up care,
or is made for an appointment
made for an inmate.
Strangely, after so many
decades of operating without
charging inmates for health-
care prior to November 2000,
FDDC has never offered a rea-
sonable explanation as to why
all of a sudden it is now neces-
sary to start doing so.
When taking into consider-
ation that most Florida pris-
oners do not have a paying job
and must rely on family mem-
bers and others to meet basic
needs, it is no wonder why the
general perception amongst

a struggling population of in-
mates is that the Florida Leg-
islature has created an unfair
method on how to collect mon-
ey from them.
To add to the dilemma, it
seems that some nurses have
taken it upon themselves to
utilize the co-payment guide-
lines as a means of legally toy-
ing around with the funds
that some inmates hardly ever
receive, charging them for in-
adequate care at sick-call,
while maintain the practice of
handing inmates a few packets
of ibuprofen for almost every
medical issue before sending
them on their way.
Right now, it is without dif-
ficulty for me to say that I am
going to avoid the institutional
health care services and try
to stay healthy as long as I
am incarcerated. But knowing
how unpredictable life can be,I
realize that at some point in
the future I may indeed find
myself in need of some kind
of health care assistance. If or
when that time comes I can
only hope or pray that I am
not sitting across the desk of a
smiling-faced,health care pro-
vider_ and the joke is on me.

rug dealers

did so only to solve the case.
Balom first was approached by
federal investigators in April,
and he was helping officials as
a member of a multi-agency vi-
olent crime task force, Comely
Balom "was doing what he
was supposed to do," Comely
Comely told the judge that
Balom was an upstanding
member of the community,
noting that Balom's relatives, a
pastor and a fellow officer were
in court to vouch for his char-

A Miami federal grand jury
indicted eight alleged ring
members Tuesday. Four of
them, including Balom, ap-
peared in court Friday. While
Balom had his own attorney,
the judge ordered court-ap-
pointed attorneys for the other
three after they said they had
no income.
They were Toriano Johnson's
brother, Terrence "T." Johnson,
38, of Miramar, an alleged fel-
low ringleader; Dwayne "Bone"
Miller, 27, of Opa-locka, ac-
cused of managing the ring on
behalf of the Johnson brothers;
and Justin "Jelly" Jean, 27, of
Gilfarb told the judge the
arrests of the police captain
and others were only "the first
wave of indictments." He said,
"We expect numerous more ar-

By Juan Ortega

A police captain sold four bul-
let-resistant vests to his drug-
trafficking partners, including
one worn by a gunman who
shot and killed a Brink's guard
in Miramar last year, federal
prosecutors alleged Friday.
Opa-locka Police Capt. Ar-
thur "Art" Balom, 44, of Mi-
ramar, served as protector to
the crime ring. He warned his
criminal colleagues of police
investigations, showed them in-
vestigative files including their
pictures, and used his super-
visory position to instruct fel-
low police officers away from
the "Back Blues," an Opa-locka
apartment complex where the
traffickers were based, pros-
ecutors said.
He even made their traffic
tickets disappear.
Balom and three of his al-
leged accomplices made their
first court appearances Friday
on charges they conspired to
distribute cocaine, Ecstasy and
oxycodone in a violent traffick-
ing organization.
Authorities currently have
no evidence to show the police
captain had prior knowledge
of the October 2010 heist in
which Brink's messenger Ale-
jandro Nodarse Arencibia, 48,
was killed, Assistant U.S. At-
torney Michael Gilfarb told U.
S. Magistrate Judge John J.
But through his sale of the
protective gear, Balom "should
have known it could be used
to facilitate violent crimes,"
Gilfarb argued.

Balom, a 12-year veteran of

the Opa-locka force, is charged
with three counts of conspiracy
to possess with intent to dis-
tribute drugs and faces a mini-
mum five-year prison sentence,
officials said. O'Sullivan de-
nied him bond, citing "credible
evidence" that if freed, Balom
would continue to break the
Balom's Miami attorney, C.
Michael Comely, said he was
disappointed by the ruling and
that his client "did nothing
Comely said Balom during
the past six months tried to as-
sist federal authorities as much
as he could, after they repeat-
edly interviewed him about the
drug ring. But Comely said the
captain was arrested by federal
agents when they weren't sati-
fied with his responses.
"He's a fine man," Comely
said. "The federal government
has their own agenda here."

Among those implicating Ba-
lom in the drug ring was Na-
thaniel Moss, 32, a Brink's
robber who pleaded guilty this
year to fatally shooting Arenci-
bia in the head.
Moss, who is awaiting sen-
tencing and faces life in prison
for the slaying, a few months
ago became a valuable source
for authorities, records show.
Moss was captured immedi-
ately after the robbery, and the
FBI traced the vest he wore to a
vendor who said that vest type
was sold to law enforcement
Moss said Balom sold ring
members the vest he wore,
Gilfarb said.
Gilfarb said Balom admit-


ted accepting illegal pay-
ments from his friend and al-
leged drug ringleader, Toriano
"Slick" Johnson, 34, of Miami
Gardens. Johnson also is ac-
cused of serving as a lookout
and second-in-command plan-
ner for the Brink's robbery, of-
ficials said.

Gilfarb said the two-year,
multi-agency investigation in-
volved confidential sources,
video surveillance, and wire-
taps that captured "tens of
thousands" of exchanges be-
tween suspects.
When authorities questioned
Balom before his arrest, he
provided false information to
"misdirect" them, Gilfarb said.
He allegedly said he hadn't
spoken to one suspect for some
time, when surveillance im-
ages showed he recently had.
And soon after, he told crime
partners that he "took care" of
the authorities on their trail,
Gilfarb said.
Balom's attorney, Comely,
said that if Balom spoke to
drug-ring members, he likely

Man charged with trying to assassinate Obama

accused of firing two shots at
the White House last week has
been charged with attempting
to assassinate President Barack
Obama or his staff.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernan-
dez made his first court appear-
ance before a federal magistrate
in Pittsburgh on Thursday, one
day after he was arrested at a
western Pennsylvania hotel. He
will be taken back from a fed-
eral court in Pittsburgh to face
the charges in Washington, D.C.
Ortega will remain in federal
custody at least until a magis-
trate in Washington can deter-
mine if he should remain jailed
until his trial on the charge,
which carries up to life in pris-
Ortega sat quietly as the hear-
ing began, his hands free but
his feet shackled. The 21-year-
old said only, "Yes, ma'am" when
he was asked if he understood
that he would be going back to
Washington to face the charge.
Authorities said a man clad

in black who was obsessed with
Obama pulled his car within
view of the White House on Fri-
day night and fired shots from
an assault rifle, cracking a win-
dow of the first family's living
quarters while the president
was away.
Soon after, U.S. Park Police
found an abandoned vehicle,

with an assault rifle inside it,
near a bridge leading out of the
nation's capital to Virginia. The
car led investigators to Ortega.
The FBI took custody of Orte-
ga's car Thursday afternoon to
continue the process of review-
ing evidence, said Lindsay God-
win, a spokeswoman for the
FBI's Washington field office.

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Transgender woman poses as physician
A Miami Gardens transgender woman is facing charges of practicing
medicine without a license after police say she injected a patient's
rear with everything but the kitchen sink in an illegal cosmetic surgery
Oneal Ron Morris, 30, was arrested Friday after an investigation by
Miami Gardens Police and the Florida Department of Health.
According to police, the victim saw Morris in May and was injected in
her buttocks with a substance consisting of cement, "Fix a Flat," mineral
oil and super glue.
The amateur incision was then sealed with super glue, police said.
The victim was later hospitalized with a serious medical condition as a
result of the injections.
Morris, who police say is a man but appears to look like a woman and
sports an apparently enhanced rear herself in arrest photos, was being
held on $7,500 bond. it was unknown whether she has an attorney.
Police believe there may be other victims of Morris who may be afraid
to come forward. They said the victims haven't done anything illegal and
shouldn't be afraid to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Gardens Police at 305-

Duo arrested in Craigslist murder plot
A man from South Carolina, who accepted a job as a farm-hand, had
a cocked gun pointed at the back of his head but escaped with a wound
in the arm.
Investigators found the body of another man from Florida in a grave
nearby, and believe robbery was the motive.
The teenager is accused of attempted murder. The man is not yet
The two suspects are a 52-year-old man and 16-year-old boy, both
from Akron, Ohio.

Illegal slaughterhouse ringleader given $ 500,000 bond
The accused ringleader of an illegal slaughterhouse in Hialeah made
his first appearance in Miami-Dade County bond court Monday. A judge
set the bail for Acosta at $500,001 during his court appearance.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office and the Hialeah Police
Department arrested Acosta on Saturday and charged him with three
counts of animal abuse and 40 counts of confining animals without food
or water.

Driver crashes through fence at Miami International Airport
An elderly man was taken to the h,,spital after he reportedly crashed
his Honda Accord through the fence in the cargo area of Miami
International Airport.
Miami-Dade police spoiesman Detective Roy Rutland said it happened
just after 8 p.m. Nov. 21. Officers found the car about 250 yards south of
the breached fence in the American Airlines cargo area.

Stepdad shoots teen caught

having sex with daughter

An Apopka, Florida teenager
was shot four times after he
was caught having sex with the
shooter's daughter, police said.
Officials said the 16-year-old
girl's stepfather walked into
the girl's bedroom and saw her
having sex with her boyfriend.
That's when Wade Edwards
closed the door to load a gun
and then fired at the boy, police
"The stepfather walked up,
brandished the handgun in
a threatening manner and
opened fire," a police officer
The boy, 18-year-old Julian
Harp, limped out to the front
yard and called 911. Police said

Edwards also called 911 and
confessed to the shooting.
Investigators said it was one
of the most severe crimes of
passion that they've worked.
"In 13 years, I've never heard
anything like this happening
in this area," one investigator
Neighbors said Edwards may
have "overreacted" but said
they understood that he want-
ed to protect his daughter.
"It's a sad story, but I would
do anything to protect my
daughter," said neighbor Sean
Harp was in the hospital
recovering from the gunshot
wounds, police said.

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By Randy Grice

While in school students are inspired to pursue differ-
ent careers paths: doctors, lawyers, even teachers. Mike
Hernandez, 27, former FSU student, has chosen to live
his life one frame at a time.
"I actually got into filming after directing a theatre play
in high school," the Miami native said. "After the fun I
had, I found it easier to do it with a camera than live.
Plus being an avid film watcher if felt natural."
Currently he has a film project that he recently fin-
ished shooting called "I Was Here or I.Was.Here." The
film takes place during a political war. Kaia. one of the
main characters, awakens to
find herself alone in a medi-
cal facility after a mysterious
operation that she has no clue
as to why or exactly what the
operation was. All that she. ".
knows is that she's awake and
that someone is pursuing her
for some unknown reason.
Hernandez plans to try his
luck and enter his film in the
South By Southwest film festi-
val (SXSW).
'It's important for me get my
film in the festival because it's
a large scaled festival and it's
a platform to really share our -
team's hard work with a large
audience," he said.
He also added that he has other goals beyond this film.
"God's willing I want to be able to produce a season
of follow up episodes that can touch upon the characters
origins and futures in a more dynamic way and on a and
deeper level, he said. "It may sound unconventional
but I would definitely compare my style to that of Fellow-
ship Church with Pastor Ed Young," he said. They're
amazingly creative as far as their shots, use of color
and speed timing. I think that's my biggest influence.
In terms of directing, however, I'd say Zack Snyder. who
directed 300, Watchmen and Sucker Punch they have a
much greater influence.

M-DCP Schools

rank in
Although public education
is often perceived negatively,
nine Miami-Dade County
schools were named in the
U.S. News & World Report's
annual list of 100 Gold
Medal High Schools. Four
Miami-Dade County public
schools, Coral Reef Senior
High, Design & Architecture
Senior High School (DASH),
Maritime & Science Tech-
nology Academy (MAST)
and New World School of the
Arts (NWSA) made the grade
as America's 2011 Best High
Schools. The magazine also
honored five other Miami-
Dade high schools. .The
winners included silver,
bronze and honorable men-
tion: Mater Academy Char-
ter Middle/High Silver.
William H. Turner Techni-
cal Arts Bronze, School
for Advanced Studies North
- Honorable Mention, School
for Advanced Studies South

top 100
- Honorable Mention, School
for Advanced Studies -
Wolfson Campus Honor-
able Mention. About 21,000
high schools from 48 states
were analyzed using a for-
mula created from a K-12
data research and analysis
business run by Standard
& Poor's. The three-step
analyses were based on Ad-
vanced Placement (AP) tests,
International Baccalaureate
(IB) tests, and then both AP
and IB tests together. The
100 schools that did the best
earned gold medals. Nearly
600 schools were evaluated
in subject matter.
Two hundred eight were
chosen as Best High Schopls
for Math and Science.
Among those winners were
three Miami-Dade schools:
MAST, School for Advanced
Studies North, and School
for Advanced Studies

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By Randy Grice

While the future of some Lib-
erty City schools is still uncer-
tain, community members are
being proactive to make sure
the education of Black stu-
dents is protected. Recently
the Joint Alumni Coalition of
Greater Miami (JAC) held their
monthly meeting to address
the needs of failing schools in
Liberty City. The Joint Alumni
Coalition of Greater Miami was
officially established in Decem-
ber of 2002.
"We are bringing some real

light to the challenging situ-
ation we have here in Miami-
Dade County with our school
system," said Samuel Mack,
the treasurer for the JAC. "We
originally started as the six
original Black High Schools.
We have expanded now to rep-
resent education as a whole.
We are an advocate organi-
zation for educational issues
whether it is student issues or
community issues. Through
these meetings we try to give
people an opportunity to share
a network of information. Our
organization was created with
the ideal of having an alumni

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organization that could have
and continue to have an impact
and continue to support these [
failing ] schools."
At the November meeting of
the coalition, special guests
from the school board and
neighboring high schools were
invited to the meeting to up-
date the JAC on issues involv-
ing schools that are under the
close watch of the school board,
none of the guests showed up.
"We invited several people
from downtown," said Gigi Tin-
sley, vice-president of the JAC.
"We reached out to Northwest-
ern and Central's principals.
Right now I am very disap-

pointed that they did not show
Although Tinsley said she ex-
tended an invitation, William
Aristide, Miami Northwestern
Senior High School's principal,
said he was not aware of the
"It must have been an error in
my scheduling," Aristide said.
"I do not recall speaking to any-
one about attending that meet-
ing but I will make sure that I
am at next month's meeting."
Meetings are held on the sec-
ond Saturday of each month at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Av-

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High School in Tamiami. Gibson's students, all members of the school's Robotics Club, competed against 40 other schools in Miami-
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that speak Spanish in addition
to English so I guess they don't
want me."
Juan C. Martinez, Marlins di-
rector of multicultural market-
ing, said seeking bilingual job
candidates was a priority for the
team because of its Spanish-
speaking base.
"Of the hundreds of potential
job opportunities available at
the new ballpark through the
Marlins, CSC event manage-
ment and other ball park po-
sitions, only three positions
require that the candidate be
bilingual," said Derek Jackson,
36, Vice-President and General
Counsel, Miami Marlins. "The
Marlins' commitment to the

Black community is the same as
it is to every ethnic group rep-
resented in South Florida. The
Marlins want every community
to be represented at the new
The nearly-completed stadi-
um is located in Little Havana
on the site that previously was
home to the Orange Bowl. But
close by is the historic commu-
nity of Overtown whose Black
unemployment rate hovers at
nearly 20 percent. Many of those
residents stood in line hoping to
secure a job with at the Marlins
"This is a sensitive issue for
many Black job seekers," said
Congresswoman Frederica Wil-
son, 69, who represents the 17th
District of Florida.
Both Overtown and Little Ha-

vana are part of her district.
"I personally believe that can-
didates should be evaluated
based on their qualifications for
getting the job done rather than
their linguistic abilities."

As a result of the Marlins' per-
ceived preference for bilingual
employees, several Miami-Dade
County commissioners' officers
were flooded with complaints.
"It [the posting on the website]
really caused a lot of phone calls
to come to my office," said Bar-
bara Jordan, 68, Miami-Dade
county commissioner, District
1. "If you speak English only or
speak English and Creole it ap-
pears as if you are not welcome
to apply. There are a lot of pub-
lic dollars that are tied into that

stadium. I got a visit from Mar-
lins' representatives that let me
know that the listings on their
website were done in error. They
told me it was not their intent to
limit their applicants based on
Jordan says that she plans
to follow up with the Marlins to
monitor whether Blacks were
fairly treated in their job search
"This is insulting frankly be-
cause there is so much public in-
formation that tied into this sta-
dium," said Jean Monestine, 48,
Miami-Dade county commission-
er, District 2. "There shouldn't
be any bias in this. I hope this
was just a mistake. This is the
public community whether you
were for it or against it but it is
still the public's money."

Feds investigation of Miami cops second since 2002

continued from 1A

have launched a civil investiga-
tion into allegations involving
the use of excessive deadly force
by officers from the City of Mi-
ami Police Department (MPD).
"We regularly determine
around the country whether
there is a pattern or practice of
conduct by law enforcement offi-
cials that violates the Constitu-
tion or federal law," said Assis-
tant Attorney General Thomas
E. Perez who heads the Justice
Department's civil rights divi-
sion. He was joined by Miami
U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Fer-
rer at the podium during last
Thursday's press conference.
He added that the investigation
would not target individuals but
would rather look more broadly
at whether there are "systemic
deficiencies or issues."
Perez compared shootings in
Miami to two other U.S. urban
cities that have large concen-
trations of Black citizens. His
remarks came on the backdrop
of Miami's current dilemma
- since July 2010, MPD of-
ficers shot and killed seven
young Black men and critically
wounded an eighth.
"New York City's police, the
largest force in the country,
had one fatal shooting for every

4,313 officers in 2010, while Mi-
ami had one fatal shooting for
every 220 officers," Perez said.
"Washington, D.C., with a larg-
er population and police force,
had no fatal shootings by police
in 2010, compared to five by the
Perez will speak
to an assortment of
stakeholders, con- M P
fer with experts in
police practices and
review documents
from the MPD. He
said he has been
promised the full
support of City of
Miami Mayor To- '
mas Regalado and RENITA I
Acting Miami Police Community
Chief Manuel Orosa
[who took over in September
2011, following the dismissal of
former Chief Miguel Esposito].

Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson put pressure on the Jus-
tice Department early this year
and last April received a re-
sponse from Assistant Attorney
General Ronald Welch who said
the Department was reviewing
information that had been for-
warded to them. She says she is
satisfied at least for now.
"We are on the right track but


I think as things move along,
there could be criminal charg-
es brought against some of our
city's police officers," she said.
"Remember, two of the men
killed were unarmed. We need
a complete overhaul of the po-
lice department as it's evident
they are practicing
an overexertion of
force. This is sys-
temic within the de-
L partment and some
how we have to make
sure it .never returns
again. Unfortunate-
ly, this problem isn't
germane to just Mi-'
ami in other ur-
OLMES ban cities we are
Advocate seeing police who
are untrained and
ill-prepared to deal with Black
communities, shooting first and
far too often."
Renita Holmes, 49, commu-
nity advocate and president of
WAAIVE (Women's Association
and Alliance against Injustice
and Violence and for Empower-
ment said, "While we welcome
this investigation, we are con-
cerned that the families, the
witnesses and the community
are still under siege. There are
federal officers who were also
involved and we aren't sure if
they will be held accountable
for their involvement in these

shootings shootings which
still remain under investigation
by our own state's attorney."
Rev. Nathaniel J. Wilcox, 57,
executive director PULSE; says
he is disappointed that it took
the death of seven men to get
the Justice Department in-
"We met with them after the
first shooting their delay
and slow inaction allowed for
more needless shootings and
deaths," he said. "We hope
there will be more than just an
investigation into the police de-
partment's patterns and prac-
tices. The police are supposed
to protect and serve instead
they are killing our citizens -
and the majority of the shoot-
ings of Blacks have been done
by people who were not Black."
It should be noted that only
one police-involved shooting
case has been closed by the
state attorney's office, result-
ing in the clearing of the officer
who shot and killed DeCarlos
Moore. No weapon was found
at the scene. The other men
killed by police were: Joell Lee
Johnson, Tarnorris Tyrell Gaye,
Gibson Junior Belizaire, Bran-
don Foster, Lynn Weatherspoon
and Travis McNeil. Kareem Wil-
liams, who was shot on Feb. 11,
2011 along with his friend Mc-
Neil, survived.

Jackson Health System begins layoff process

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those days will have to be taken
before the first of the year. Just
last month, Joshua Nemzoff,
a Philadelphia-based hospital
consultant that has been study-
ing JHS closely for two years,
said the health system was es-
sentially bankrupt.
"The employees at Jackson
disproportionally come from the
communities around Jackson,"

said Martha Baker, 55, presi-
dent of the Local 1991 Service
Employees International Union.
"So while the whole commu-
nity is about 11 percent Black,
the Jackson workforce is about
48 percent Black. This will re-
ally hit hard for a lot of [Black]
In another attempt to curve
operation costs, JHS's board
approved letting management
continue with its plan to out-
source the task of qualifying

patients for Medicaid to an
Atlanta-based company. By
out-sourcing the work, Jack-
son hopes it will be able to save
about $3 million annually. How-
ever, the move will require the
termination of an additional 30
"We are working with Migoya,"
Baker said. "I would think that
in the next 10 days we will have
a contract settled. That, I be-
lieve, will put an end to the fur-
loughs and the layoffs. Finding

a way to give Migoya the money
he has been waiting for will put
an end to that. There is no rea-
son on Earth that healthcare
professions need to fund the re-
cession every other hospital
is giving their employees rais-
es. This was a bomb that was
dropped on us. Migoya called
me about five minutes before he
hit the send button on the layoff
Migoya was unavailable to re-
spond to Baker's comments.

Deficit panel's failure will

have a lingering impact

By Gregory Korte

The failure of the "supercommittee" to put together a deficit-
reduction package leaves Congress without a framework to ad-
dress big issues in the coming weeks and next year. Among

Congress has passed stopgap legislation to fund the govern-
ment until Dec. 16. but nine of the 12 annual spending bills re-
main unfinished. Congress agreed to an overall spending level
of $1.043 trillion in discretionary spending for the fiscal year
that began in October, but the failure of the supercommittee
could lead House Republicans to seek further domestic spend-
ing cuts.

President Obama proposed a one-year, 2 percent cut to Social
Security taxes as part of a compromise with Congress a year
ago. Now, Obama wants to extend them another year and
increase them to 3.1 percent but congressional Republicans
are non-committal. "I don't know the answer to that," supercom-
mittee co-chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling. R-Texas, said on Fox
News Sunday. "Certainly, we would want to make sure that they
are paid for."

Congress has extended the eligibility for unemployment ben-
efits to 99 weeks. But that provision expires at the end of the
year, meaning that about 1.2 million jobless Americans could
be kicked off the benefit rolls starting in January. Some econo-
mists say the expiration of payroll tax cuts and unemployment
benefits together could shave as much as 1 percent off the econ-
omy next year.

As many as 59 tax breaks expire Dec. 31, according to the
Joint Committee on Taxation. They include tax credits for elec-
tric vehicle charging stations, deductions for state and local
sales taxes and several provisions to prevent middle-class tax-
payers from being hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Congress extended these temporary tax cuts for two years in
2010, so they expire at the end of next year. Making them per-
manent would cost more than $5 trillion over the next 10 years
and so doing nothing would cut the deficit by more than the
most ambitious supercommittee proposal. The real argument
is over extending the cuts for households that earn more than
$250,000 a year.

From the beginning, Congress set up a device to ensure bud-
get cuts even if the supercommittee failed its mission: $1.2 tril-
lion in cuts taken equally from domestic and defense spending,
beginning in 2013. But some defense hawks such as Sen.
John McCain, R-Arz. want to defuse that trigger because of
Pentagon concerns that it would decimate the military. Presi-
dent Obairm has threatened to Ieto an' attempt to undo the
triggers without at least $1.2 trillion in offsetting cuts

The automatic cuts do not affect the mandatory spending -
Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that will be the larg-
est driver of future deficit spending. "There will be more people
collecting benefits and each person will be collecting more in
benefits," Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf
told the supercommittee in September. The demise of the super-
committee leaves Congress without an obvious process or firm
deadline to address those problems.

Poitier denies involvement in fraud

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of the charges for which she
was convicted, Poitier contin-
ued to refer to Noland.
"She has several relatives
who all work for the City, her
husband, son and daughter,
and she was never charged
with a conflict of interest."
The jury ultimately decided
that the former commissioner
was guilty as charged when she
failed to publicly reveal that her
brother gave a $46,000 loan
to a nonprofit agency that did
business with the City. Poitier
contends that she got the short
end of the stick.
"I was judged by a jury not
of my peers," she said. "I had
four white men and two white
women. I feel terrible that they
would assassinate my charac-
ter and my name. I do feel that

race played a role in my being
found guilty."
Poitier is just the latest ca-
sualty in a string of Deerfield
Beach commissioners charged
with or convicted of public
corruption since 2008. Steve
Gonot, former Deerfield Beach
commissioner, was sentenced
in May to one year in prison
after being convicted of unlaw-
fully misusing $5,135 in cam-
paign money for personal use.
Al Capellini, former Deerfield
Beach mayor, was charged
with criminal corruption.
When asked if she felt that
her conviction was based on
the recent scandals of other
Deerfield Beach politicians,
she replied, "I don't know
whether that is the reason that
I was charged. I can't really an-
swer that, I could only assume
that. But I am filing an appeal
within the next 10 days."

Ten-month effort of Supercommittee to reduce deficit ends in failure

BUDGET this process united in our be- ',r al to slash the nation's deficit by a 48-hour review. But Republi-
continued from 1A lief that the nation's fiscal cri- $1.5 trillion over the decade. The cans and Democrats were un-
sis must be addressed and that panel that was brought into ex- able to compromise on the tax

impasse. Leaders apparently
calculated that the risk of fail-
ure was not as damaging as
agreeing to a deficit reduction
plan that would require serious
compromise heading toward the
2012 election. Voters will de-
cide the tax and spending de-
bate next year. With congressio-
nal approval ratings at all-time
lows, even the threat of a further
erosion of public opinion was not
enough to push leaders to com-
"Despite our inability to bridge
significant differences, we end

we cannot leave it for the next
generation to solve. "We remain
hopeful that Congress can build
on this committee's work and
can find a way to tackle this is-
sue in a way that works for the
American people and our econ-
omy," the co-chairs wrote in a
statement released after the U.S.
financial markets closed. "We
are deeply disappointed that
we have been unable to come
to a bipartisan deficit reduction
The committee faced a Wednes-
day deadline to vote on a propos-

istence as a result of the sum-
mer debt ceiling fight spent three

and spending issues that have
divided Congress all year, push-

"We remain hopeful that Congress can build on this
committee's work and can find a way to tackle this is-
sue in a way that works for the American people and

our economy..."

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tions. A deal needed to be posted
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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (L), Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S.
Vice President Joe Biden (C) enter a barbecue for active duty
and retired military personnel, part of their Joint Forces initia-
tive with NASCAR driver Carl Edwards before running of the
Ford 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Homestead-Miami

First ladies draw boos

at NASCAR racing event

By Devin Dwyer
Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama
and Dr. Jill Biden were grand
marshals at Sunday's NASCAR
season finale at Homestead-
Miami Speedway, appearing as
part of their charitable cam-
paign.to support military veter-
ans and their families. But their
benign, bipartisan cause wasn't
enough to prevent public fallout
from the nation's polarized polit-
ical climate as they were intro-
duced before the crowd.
ESPN video from the event
documented loud boos from
some in the stands as the an-
nouncer named Obama and
Biden, seconds before they de-
livered the "most famous words
in motor sports," telling drivers
to start their engines.
The pair who co-chair the
Joining Forces initiative stood
beside retired Army Sgt. Andrew
Barry and his family. Barry was
wounded in action in Iraq and
Afghanistan, retired from the
military in 2009 and now vol-
unteers at an Orlando veterans
center, the announcer said. He
received resounding applause.

A source traveling with the
first lady downplayed the inci-
dent, saying there was no dis-
cernible booing during the "loud
chaotic program with jets flying
over and tons of noise."
The Associated Press reported
that the two women received a
standing ovation at the pre-race
meeting with drivers, during
which Obama said NASCAR was
"amazing in terms of its support,
not just today but every day, for
military families."
Before the race, the first lady
addressed a barbecue for mili-
tary families that NASCAR had
invited to the event.
"Everyone around the coun-
try is focused on you and this
isn't just an effort today," she
said; "Jill and I through Joining
Forces, want to make this a part
of the dialogue in this country
forever. Whether we are here or
not, whether this administra-
tion is here or not, this is about
the way we want this country to,
talk about our troops, veterans
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By Tami Luhby

- Facing a $45 million cash
shortfall, Detroit Mayor Dave
Bing announced Friday the
city would eliminate 1,000 po-
sitions by the end of February.
The layoffs represent 9 per-
cent of the city's workforce
and will save Detroit about
$14 million. Notices will go out
starting the week of Dec. 5th.
"Solving our cash crisis re-
quires a combination of con-
cessions and tough cuts,"
said Bing, who has eliminated
2,000 positions since he took
office in 2009. "Layoffs will be
strategic. We will limit the im-
pact on residents, protecting
core services like police and
fire protection as much as we
The mayor also ordered a
hiring freeze for all civil ser-
vice positions other than in the
water and sewerage depart-

Cleanup goes on after
sewer line repaired
HOLLYWOOD A second and
smaller leak in a ruptured sewer
line has been plugged, and on
Sunday city officials said they
were a step closer to ending a
foul disaster that for days has
made life miserable for the resi-
dents of a Taft Street neighbor-
The 48-inch pipe, which
broke Wednesday, spilled tens
of thousands of gallons of raw
sewage in a wide area around
Taft Street between Park Road
and Interstate 95. The sewage
quickly poured into Rotary Park
and the adjacent neighborhood
south of Taft Street.
The pipe is the primary con-
nection between west Hollywood
and the Southern Regional
Wastewater Treatment Plant in
Although the leakage has
stopped, the cleanup continues,
said city spokeswoman Raelin

ment. Bing recently outlined
the concessions he's seeking
from the city's unions. The
measures, which would save
about $40 million and pre-
vent an emergency manager
from running Detroit, include:
eliminating furlough day, but
implementing a 10 percent
across-the-board pay cut for
all employees who haven't had
their wages reduced already;

increasing employee contribu-
tions to health care coverage
by 10 percent; reforming pen-
sions and work rules and lay-
ing off additional staffers.
The mayor also wants a tax
rate increase of less than 1
percent on corporations in De-
troit starting in 2012.
"Without major changes,
the city could go into default,"
said David Littmann, senior

economist with the Mackinac
Center for Public Policy. "Go-
ing into default could result in
the shutdown of public works
such as garbage collection
and public transportation. If
the mayor's proposal is not
approved, Detroit will 100 per-
cent file for bankruptcy. If the
city fails to overhaul its bud-
get, it's not a matter of if ...
it's when."

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Mentoring program hosts pre-Thanksgiving dinner

By Kaila Heard

Thanksgiving dinner was celebrated a little bit
early for some boys at the African Heritage Cul-
tural Center in Liberty City. On Wednesday, Nov.
16th, the children, all members of a local men-
toring program and their siblings, were served
dinner and a whole lot more.

The program, which has been dubbed the
'Bring them from being boys to young men,' was
created by Rev. Marvin Woods, an associate
minister at First Baptist Church of Bunche Park
over a year ago.
Inspired by a young boy he met at the center
who was undergoing family difficulties, Woods
said he created the program "to say, 'hey, you're
my little brother, I'm here for you, I'll look out for

you," he explained. "I want them to understand
that they are somebody in the sight of God and
in the sight of man so I call them little brothers
Now every Wednesday afternoon for three
hours, approximately 12 boys from the center's
after-school program meet with Woods at the
center for informal sessions where topics include
exhibiting positive behavior and anger manage-
ment, making right choices, and the importance

of giving back to one's community.
The program is for boys between the ages of 8
and 15, a time during a young man's life which
Woods refers to as "troubling ."
The idea is to try to reach a boy when he is still
young and prevent him from getting a police re-
cord, Woods explained.
For nine-year-old Johnnie Dixson the lessons
Please turn to THANKSGIVING 14B

Our Kids hosts annual

National Adoption Day

By Kaila Heard
kheard@i'tiiiainitiineisolinie .orn

-Miami Times Photo Kaila Heard
Former County Commissioner Dorrin Rolle stood with volunteers Sherronda Day, Millie and
John Rolle \as they worked to distribute free turkeys on Sunday, Nov. 20th.

Abundant Life Ministries

Friday morning, Nov. 18th, found the halls
of the Miami Children's Museum filled with
the typical sounds of excitement and laughter.
However, on this day. the sounds of mer-
riment and joy were caused not by fun and
. .

games but by the approximate 45 adoptions
being finalized. Hosted by the child welfare
non-profit corporation. Our Kids of Miami-
Dade/Monroe County. Inc. the adoptions were
just one of countless adoption ceremonies
held in honor of the eighth annual National
Adoption Day.
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holds annual turkey

By Kaila Heard

On Sunday, Nov. 20th,
people came from miles
around the local community
surrounding Holmes Elemen-
tary School to take advantage
of the second annual turkey
giveaway sponsored by Abun-
dant Life Ministries of South
Florida, Inc.
With plans to cook a large
meal for several people on
Thanksgiving, 20-year-old
Rosa Williams of Miami said
that the free turkey she re-
ceived was appreciated[] a lot."
What began last year as a
simple giveaway of 20 turkeys,
has since grown to a Abun-
dant Life Ministries partnering
with several local organiza-
tions and schools. The church
which holds its weekly services
at Holmes Elementary School
was prepared to give away
more than 200 turkeys and
100 meal baskets for the needy
and elderly.
According to Kendra Bull-
ock, one of the event's vol-
unteers, the church reached
out to nearby schools to help
identify their neediest families,
who were then given tickets to
exchange for one free turkey.
To ensure the best turn out,
volunteers from the church
also canvassed the surround-
ing neighborhood around
Holmes Elementary School to
invite local residents to the
event, said Reverend Theodore
'Ted' McRae, the senior pastor
of Abundant Life Ministries.
McRae, who is also a teacher
at Northwestern Senior High
School, felt that including lo-
cal schools in their efforts was
"Our [church's] services are
in a school, so that makes us
kind of have to do something
to bless the local community,"
he said.

"Because of this economy
people think that no one is in
a place to give but you have to
understand who your resourc-
es are which is God," explained
McRae. "He provides all of our
resources which is the hearts
[of people] and charities."
In addition to Abundant Life
Ministries, the event is spon-
sored by major local organiza-
tions in the community such
as the Florida Marlins, fra-
ternity, Champion Learning,
Inc., Reaching New Networks,

Abundant Life Ministries and
the Dorrin Rolle Foundation.
Rolle, the former commis-
sioner of District 2, noted
that the importance for such
events the need was "probably
worse than ever because of the
He further described how he
appreciated being able to serve
the neighborhood.
"It's a huge feeling of grati-
tude to be blessed to be able to
give back to the community,"
Rolle explained.

Approximately 45 children were adopted during the National Adoption Day cel-
ebration at Miami Children's Day, Friday, Nov. 18th.
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On Sunday, Nov. 20th several people lined up early to receive
the more than 200 free turkeys given away by Abundant Life

For nearly two months, groups of protes-
tors have gathered around the country
urging the nation to occupy Wall Street.
The Rev. Marvin Lue, Jr., 39, senior pastor
of Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal
Church in Overtown, does not endorse the
movement. Instead he believes that Chris-
tians should begin their own movement of
"I question some of the actions and behav-
iors because there seems like there are a lot
of followers but not enough leaders with a
distinguished and defined agenda," he said.
"We need to occupy our walk and our faith if
we would like to be more in touch with our
spiritual destiny. Then we would see more
tolerance of the poor from the wealthy."

ue became the senior pastor of Trinity
CME a year ago, but has been in ministry
for 21 years, receiving his master's degree
from the Interdenominational Theological
Center in Atlanta. One of his primary goals
for Trinity CME is to attain equilibrium.
"I believe the church's social purpose now
is to implant a balance and understanding
of purpose in our life," he said. "We're in a
holistic transition; we're trying to balance
the foundation of our heritage with a con-
nection with the future."
The balance is seen during their weekly
worship services where one Sunday service
is more traditional with the other providing
more contemporary lectures and music.
"This has been a tradition for several years
so we can attempt to cater to the needs of all
who come in," he said.
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music wars:

Some hear

Satan's beat

Godspeed, hymns? Electric
guitar and drums are raining Good New
down on worship traditions only traditi
By Cathy Lynn Grossman

In many U.S. churches today,
worship musicians bang the
drums for God and singers croon
as if Christ were their boyfriend.
Bye-bye to Be Thou My Vision,
t sixth-century Irish hymn with
century-old English lyrics. God-
speed, Amazing Grace.
Nearly 50 percent of Protestant
churches now say they use elec-
tric guitars or drums in worship,
up from nearly 35 percent in
2000, according to the recently
released Faith Communities
Today study of 14,000 congrega-
But just because you don't
like the tune doesn't mean it's
theologically incorrect, says Rick
Muchow, music pastor for the
Saddleback Church founded by
evangelist Rick Warren. "The
Bible does not have an official
The nation's fifth-largest Prot-
estant church, with nine satellite
locations, runs several concur-
rent worship services Sunday
mornings at its main site in Lake
Forest, Calif., each with a differ-
ent genre of music.

Muchow lists: a Gospel praise
service; a "straight-ahead rock"
called Overdrive; one called Fuel
that's "geared to 20-somethings
with more alternative music";
and a Traditions service with
piano and a singer. Traditions is
the only service using hymnals.
In the vast main worship cen-
ter, however, the sound is "radio-

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onal music that expresses Christian doctrine.



style contemporary Christian
with a small rhythm section,"
maybe an orchestra or choir now
and then, and big screens beam-
ing down the words to be sung
by praise choruses, Muchow
"There are all different kinds
of churches for different kinds of
people. We don't worship music,

Music is "not neutral, it's

role is to praise and glorify

our Lord, teach believers

and edify them," says Good

.News baptist's music pastor

Ken Hedrick. "It prepares

our hearts to hear God's


we worship God," Muchow says.
Still, an unbending conserva-
tive guard of churches carries a
flag for songs and sounds of the
past. Their pastors claim people
of all ages are drawn by timeless
truths in classic hymns.
The fight can get fierce.
Please turn to MUSIC 14B






By Niraj Warikoo

DETROIT -- Speaking to thousands inside
Ford Field, the controversial leader of a 24-hour
prayer rally in Detroit called for Jesus to rule over
Detroit, Dearborn and America. Otherwise, he
warned, the U.S. will fall into ruin.
"We need Jesus' face to appear all across Ameri-
ca," Lou Engle thundered to a cheering crowd
Friday night at TheCall, a movement that has
drawn criticism.
Before the rally began, about 150 people pro-
tested against Engle, who is with a movement
called the New Apostolic Reformation. Its lead-
ers often rail against Muslims, gays, abortion,
Catholics, African Americans and politicians who
support abortion rights.
They say Dearborn is under demonic control
because of its Muslim population. And they say
they believe African Americans have been cursed
by Satan in recent decades because they vote
Organizers for Engle's prayer event were expect-
ing 50,000 to 70,000 people to show up, but the
crowd size was markedly smaller than that, with
much of the stadium unfilled. They also were
heavily targeting African Americans in Detroit,
but most of the crowd was white.
"Their message is not one of inclusion; it's of
hate," said Jennifer Teed of Detroit, who opposed
Engle's prayer event. "I don't see how that's reli-
She held up a sign that read, "All are people"
and "Standing on the Side of Love."
The protest against Engle featured Catholic,
Baptist and Methodist pastors from Detroit, as
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Pope may visit Cuba next spring

By Nicole Winfield

AP Pope Benedict XVI is
looking into visiting Cuba and
Mexico next spring and will
make a final decision shortly,
the Vatican said, last veek.
The announcement marks
the first word from the Vati-
can of a possible foreign trip
for the pontiff next year, and
signals that despite his age -
he turns 85 in April and in-
creasing frailty, Benedict still
intends to travel far to meet
the world's Catholics.
SIn recent days, the Vatican
asked its papal envoys in
Cuba and Mexico to inform
religious and political authori-
ties that Benedict is studying
a "concrete project" to visit the
two countries, Vatican spokes-
man the Rev. Federico Lom-
bardi said.

Benedictfas focused his
travels mostly in Europe, both
to spare him from long trips
and to focus his efforts on a
continent where Christianity
has fallen by the wayside. He
did visit Brazil in 2007 and ..:
has said he hopes to return
in 2013 for World Youth Day.
And he has a trip to Benin
coming up later this month,
his second to Africa in his six-
Lombardi said Latin
America's Spanish-speaking
countries have long wanted
a visit of their own, particu-
larly Mexican Catholics, who
have received four visits from
Pope John Paul II includ-
ing the very first foreign visit
by the new pontiff in 1979
that marked the first ever by a
pope to Mexico.
John Paul also visited Cuba

Pope Benedict XVI
in a historic 1998 visit.
Though Cuba under Fidel
Castro never severed ties with
the Vatican, relations between

- the communist government

and the church were strained
for decades. Tensions eased
in the early 1990s, however,
when the government removed
references to atheism in the
constitution and allowed be-
lievers of all faiths to join the
Communist Party.
John Paul II's 1998 visit
further improved relations,
and top Vatican cardinals
have made frequent visits to
the island since then: The
Vatican's No. 2 visited in 2008
and the foreign minister just
last year.
The Catholic Church has
played an increasingly visible
role on the island since then,
most significantly in negotiat-
ing the freedom of 75 intellec-
tuals and social commenta-
tors who were jailed during a
2003 crackdown on dissent.

Churches reach out to veterans


By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Some wounds of war are all
too visible a missing leg, a
Shattered arm. The invisible
wounds of mind and soul are
often more difficult to spot, and
equally hard to treat.
But those who know where to
lobk can help them heal, and
it's a message that is hitting
home for U.S. congregations
as more than 1.35 million
veterans adjust to civilian life
after deployments in Iraq and
With symptoms of post-trau-
matic stress disorder (PTSD)
affecting an estimated one-in-
six returning service members,
congregations are coming
face-to-face with the tolls of
war. Experts say faith groups
have much to offer, even when
the wounds include PTSD and
traumatic brain injury.
"Churches are kind of in the
dark about how to help, unfor-
tunately," said Peter Bauer, an
ordained minister and clinical
social worker with the Veterans
Administration in San Antonio.
"But they don't have to stay


there. There are some very easy
things that churches can do to
be proactive and help with this
Bauer, a former Navy chap-
lain, recently convened work-
shops on PTSD and trau-
matic brain injury for pastors
and seminarians at Andover
Newton Theological School
in Newton, Mass. His educa-
tional outreach builds on other
small-scale initiatives that have
gained momentum in recent


Since forming in 2009, the
non-profit group Care for the
Troops has equipped 37 Geor-
gia congregations to convene
peer groups, identify local clini-
cians with military experience
and otherwise support soldiers'
families. The project is now
adding congregations in Ten-
nessee, California and other
Illinois-based Wheat Ridge
Ministries has been circulating



Lutheran liturgies and other
resources to help churches
build bonds with military
families. Point Man Ministries
in New York has partnered with
about 250 U.S. congregations
to host veteran-led, peer sup-
port groups for those dealing
with PTSD.
Last year, Army Chaplain
Jeremy Pickens launched the
Massachusetts Military Spiri-
tual Strength Network, where
clergy and laypeople receive.
training in how to make reli-
gious programs more military-
friendly. The network now
includes 60 local churches.
Helping Hands
Bauer suggested congrega-
tions help veterans find con-
templative or more traditional
worship services as an alterna-
tive to contemporary services
where loud bands and bright
lights can trigger anxious reac-
Churches can show ongo-
ing care in simple ways, Bauer
said, such as hosting a month-
ly support dinner for military
family members. They should
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Men'sDay at-Greater St. James
Greater St. James M.B. In-
ternational Church will host
their 52nd Annual Men's Day.
Rev. Charles E. Coleman, re-
tired pastor of Christian Fel-
lowship Baptist Church, will be
our speaker at 11 a.m. Worship
The church is located at
4875 N.W. 2nd Avenue, 305-
693-2726. Chairperson, Willie
Mosley, Co-Chairperson, James
Dr. William H. Washington,
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Christian health care providers seek conscience protection

Should Christian health care providers er, others were very opposed to cial contraception. "Until now, federal law has convictions, you can keep
it. The opposition believes that In the past, religious organi- never prevented religious em- them," he said. "Just don't try

By Amanda Winkler

Christian health care provid-
ers were given the opportunity
to express their concerns to
Congress last week regarding
a mandate that forces them
to provide their insurers with
contraception coverage.
The rule was passed last
year as part of President
Obama's controversial health
care overhaul. It is scheduled

to go into effect next August.
The overhaul package includes
numerous components de-
signed to improve women's
health. However, religious
health care providers say that
by mandating they provide
contraception coverage, Con-
gress is infringing on their
religious rights.
"I think some members (of
Congress) were generally re-
ceptive to our message. Howev-

government should provide
contraceptives and steriliza-
tion methods to citizens. This
violates our religious beliefs,"
William Cox, CEO of Alliance of
Catholic Health Care, said.
Cox, David Stevens of the
Christian Medical Association,
and Jane Belford, chancellor of
the Archdiocese of Washington,
testified in front of Congress in
favor of conscience protection.
The Catholic Church and
other Christian organizations
are morally opposed to artifi-

zations have been able to skirt
around federal mandates such
as these because the rule has
always provided for a "religious
exception" clause. However,
this bill does not do so. The ex-
ception clause is so strict that
it only pertains to churches
and no other religious organi-
zations like universities and
hospitals. According to the
U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops, Catholic hospitals
account for one of every six ad-
missions in the United States.

players, like the Archdiocese of
Washington, from providing for
the needs of their employees
with a health plan that is con-
sistent with the church's moral
teachings," said Belford.
Some of the Democrats who
opposed conscience protec-
tion argued that by providing
an exception clause for reli-
gious insurance providers they
would be doing a disservice to
the patients.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-
Calif.) said, "If you have moral

to impose them on everybody
The president of Catholic for
Choice, Jon O'Brien also testi-
fied, saying that the National
Conference of Catholic Bishops
"claim to represent all Catho-
lics when, in turn, theirs is the
minority view."
He continued: "Advocating
for expansive refusal clauses
in health care delivery regula-
tions would affect all patients
- whether those patients are
Catholic or not."

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Harris Chapel United
Method Church is providing
free dinners on Nov. 24 to any-
one in the community from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m.

South Dade YMCA Fam-
ily Center is hosting a Work
Out Before You Pig Out' 5K
race at 7:30 a.m. and Turkey
'Burn and Firm' classes, 9 a.m.
- 11 a.m. on Nov. 24. 305-254-

YMCA Homestead Family
Center is offering free Work
Out Before You Pig Out' from 9
a.m. 10 a.m. 305-248-5189.

Miami Rescue Mission is
hosting a Thanksgiving Ban-
quet and Block Party on Nov.
24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
their Downtown campus and
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both
Broward Outreach Centers.

Brother Job Israel's Min-
istries invites the community
to their Peace Summit Fellow-
ship Celebration on Dec. 17.

New Saint Mark Mission-
ary Baptist Church is celebrat-
ing their assistant pastor's an-
niversary on Sunday at 3 p.m.

0 New Canaan Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to Sunday Bi-
ble School at 9:30 a.m. followed
by Worship Services at 11 a.m.
954 981-1832.

New Beginning Church of
Deliverance is seeking actors
for their Christmas play. 786-

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the community
to Sunday School at 10 a.m.
and worship service every week
at noon.

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministry invites
everyone to their Youth Praise
and Rap Celebration on Nov. 26
at 7:30 p.m. 954-213-4332.

The Florida Memorial
University Campus Ministry
invites the community to Lec-
ture and Arts Series for Enrich-
ment in Religion (L.A.S.E.R)
Worship Service every Thursday
at 11 a.m. until Dec. 1.

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International invites
the community to their Sunday
Praise and Worship Service at
10:30 a.m.

Gamble Memorial Church
of God in Christ asks that ex-
perienced musicians apply to
fulfill their musician position.
305-821-3692, 305-409-1566.

Mt. Hermon A.M.E.
Church is seeking singers for
their Community Choir to per-
form at their 9th Annual HIV/
AIDS Benefit Concert on Dec.
10. All interested individuals
should come to the rehearsals
on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. and Nov.
26 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 4
p.m., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Dec.
8 at 7 p.m. 305-621-5067, 786-

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to their Family and
Friends Worship Service every
Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 11
a.m. 305-696-6545.

Glendale Baptist Church
of Brownsville invites everyone
to morning worship every Sun-
day at 11 a.m. and Bible Study
every Wednesday at 7 p.m. 305-

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

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

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

The Women's Depart-
ment of A, Mission With
A New Beginning Church
sponsors a Community Feed-
ing every second Saturday of
the month, from 10 a.m. un-
til all the food has been given
out. For location and addi-
tional details, call 786-371-

New Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes the community to their
Sunday Bible School classes
at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wor-
ship Service. 305-635-4100,

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

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

Will Black, Latin faith communities come together?

continued from 13B

well as gay rights and wom-
en's activists. Chanting "Stop
the hate" and "Spread the
love," the protesters said the
prayer rally inside the sta-
dium promotes division and
"God did not call us to
hate," said the Rev. Charles
Williams of Historic Solomon
Baptist Church in Detroit.

In the past year, Engle and
his supporters have said
their message is the key to
reviving the world. Engle
says black gospel music can
defeat pop culture and then
lead a generation to convert
"We believe that God wants
to raise up a new worship
sound out of Detroit," said
Engle, who is based in Kan-
sas City, Mo., at the Interna-
tional House of Prayer.

Historic Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit

But several Detroit clergy-
men said they were being pa-
tronizing and racist toward
minorities. Some Muslims
were concerned about their
mosques because Engle and
others made references to
targeting local Islamic cen-
During his talks Friday
night, Engle often referred to
Dearborn, calling for Jesus
to appear "all over Dearborn,
all over Michigan."

Can type of instrument ruin the worship experience

continued from 13B

"There is an intense war be-
ing waged today for the heart
and soul of Bible-believing
churches, and one of the
Devil's most effective Trojan
horses is music," warns pas-
tor David Cloud.
Cloud established a Web
directory of hundreds of In-
dependent Baptist Churches
in the USA and Canada. Ev-
ery church on the list pledges
strict Christian doctrine, uses
only the 400-year-old King
James Version of the Bible,
and bans contemporary mu-

Pastor Wayne Hardy's Bible
Baptist Church in Stillwater,
Okla., is on the list although
he laughs at Cloud's claim
that rhythmic music is Sa-
tan's beat. Hardy suspects
.part of the rise of PowerPoint
praise choruses on sanctu-
ary theater screens and drum
cages by the pulpit is that
"CEO-type pastors have to
attract crowds in to fill their
Hardy draws 500 souls to
Sunday worship at his church
where music choices are guid-
ed by the idea that "holiness
is more appropriate in wor-
ship than trendiness. God is
our audience in worship and

God doesn't have the same de-
mand to be entertained."
Worship music has a job to
do, says Ken Hedrick, music
pastor for the Good News Bap-
tist Church in Chesapeake,
Va., says, "It's not neutral. Its
role is to praise and glorify our
Lord, teach believers and edify
them. It prepares our hearts
to hear God's word."
Hedrick leads a 20-piece
orchestra with an organ, two
grand pianos, strings, trum-
pets and trombones 'and a
30- to 50-voice choir. Sunday
services draw more than 300
people weekly, including doz-
ens of teens and young adults.
But no percussion section

pumps out a beat "that causes
our bodies to do things they
shouldn't be doing," he says.
Hannah Brown, 17, who
plays violin and piano and
sings in the Good News choir,
agrees, saying, "I believe this
music is more glorifying to the
Lord, more focused on God,
not on me and making me feel
Tommy Kyllonen, also
known as Urban D, the Chris-
tian hip-hop artist pastor
behind Tampa's Crossover
Church, is down with the new
"We have a big world and
a big God. As long as people
are worshiping in spirit and in

Trinity CME strives to keep seniors, youth connected

continued from 12B

Worship services draw ap-
proximately 200 people every
week. And in addition to tra-
ditionally popular ministries
such as Bible Study and Mis-
sion Work, Trinity also offers
the growing Keeping Trinity
Connected (KTC) ministry. KTC
consciously connects members
to newcomers for the past year.

Born in Atlanta, the divorced
father of a teenaged daughter
has dealt with health issues
most of his life; his father died
when he was only five-years-
old. Recently, when his mar-

riage was especially rocky, he
even began having suicidal
thoughts and attempted to take
his own life.
"After I started taking respon-
sibility for what I had brought
to the storm, I started gaining
stability," he said. "When you
become accountable for your
actions, you start making bet-
ter decisions because you don't
want to continue to go down the
same road."
Once Lue relearned how to
love himself, he became confi-
dent the pain served a greater
"I just felt that with all that I
had to endure there was a pur-
pose and my struggle became a
part of my testimony," he said.

Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is located at
511 NW 4th Street.

Muslims celebrate New Year

By Kaila Heard
kheard@ miamitimesonline.com

On Sunday, Nov. 27th, mil-
lions of Christians will be cel-
ebrating Advent Sunday, the
first day of the liturgical year
in Western Christian Church.
Meanwhile, 5.3 million Mus-
lims in America will be cele-
brating Al Hijra or the Islamic
New Year's Day, according to a
study by the Pew Forum.
Al Hijra is the day when the
Prophet Muhammad migrated
from Mecca to Medina and
set up the first Islamic state
in 622 CE, a year which was
designated as the first year in
the Islamic calendar.
Hence dates on the Muslim
calendar have the suffix A.H.

which stands for After Hijra.
The Muslim New Year is
relatively low key event com-
pared to other major annual
celebrations such as the Eid-
ul-Fitr (the first day after the
end of Ramadan) and the Eid-
ul-Adha (the season of the
Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca).
While there is no specific reM
ligious ritual associated witlr
the holiday, traditionally indi-
viduals take the time to reflect
upon the meaning of Hijra as
well as make 'New Year Reso-
While there are no specific
rituals, Muharram, the first
month of the New Year, is con-
sidered to be one of the few sa-
cred months of the year where
fighting is prohibited.

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The church is located at
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War heroes rely on faith

continued from 13B

also appoint a volunteer spon-
sor to check in monthly with a
deployed serviceman or wom-
an, and a second sponsor for
his or her loved ones at home,
during deployments.
"It's unforgiveable in 2011
that someone (who belongs to
a church) would be deployed
to Afghanistan, and no one
from that church would be
willing to step up to the plate,
be a sponsor and make sure
they're OK," Bauer said. "That
is a crime."

But in western Massachu-
setts, 29-year-old Robert
Henry Hyde, an Air Force vet-
eran who served from 2000
to 2004 and deployed to Iraq,
helped raise awareness in lo-
cal churches before he left the
area to attend seminary.
"Ministers, though they
might not have served in the
military and might not under-
stand it, have the tools to help
people handle PTSD or brain
trauma, or at least refer people
to the right professionals to get
help," Hyde said. "So in that
sense, churches need to be a
part of this" healing effort.

Youth learn civic responsibility

continued from 12B

about anger management have
been most useful.
"I used to have a really bad
attitude and when someone hit
me or did something to me I
would hit them back, but I
learned that I shouldn't do
that, but tell some [adult] who
is around and count to 10," he
Meanwhile, 12-year old
Rashard Marshall has learned
the importance of speaking us-
ing appropriate language
"I used to use the word nigger
- "I didn't know it was hurt-

ful," he said.
According to Carol Ridgeway,
the financial assistant at the
center, Woods mentoring ses-
sions are a bonus program for
the boys who attend the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center,
whose core curriculum centers
around teaching about the per-
formance and visual arts.
She also noted how important
it was for children to have role
"It's important to see that
there is more to life and to them
help them realize that there is
a difference in definite areas
beyond what they see in the
streets," she explained.

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Greater Mercy gives away over 120 haircuts

By Kaila Heard

Most places are celebrating
the holiday season by giv-
ing away meals and turkeys,
but Greater Mercy Mission-
ary Baptist Church (MBC)
of Overtown celebrated by
giving away free haircuts and
stylings on what they called
'Kingdom Day' on Saturday,
Nov. 12th.
"Kingdom Day's mission
was to give hope to the peo-
ple in Overtown," explained
Reverend Willie Williams,
the senior pastor of Greater
Mercy MBC. "And we realized
that when people look better
they feel better."
The pastor, who is also
a barber, owns Just Right
Barbershop and Just Wright
Beauty Salon where the free
hair cuts were given. It was
estimated that at least 75
hair cuts and 46 wash and

sets were given away.
Forty-four-year old William
T. Hill was one of the bar-
bers who volunteered for t he
"It was just so beautiful i.
The kids were
just smiling, the parents
were smiling, and everybody
was just thankful for the
The only requirement for
those attending this com-
munity event was prayer. All
persons attending agreed to
receive prayer from church
"Everyone was welcome to
receive prayer," Williams ex-
plained. "We just wanted to
make sure that God wasn't
left out and we wanted people
to know that it was because
of God that they were getting
free wash and cuts."
Kingdom Day also featured
free food, a clothing giveaway,
games and face painting for

Dozens wait to receive a free hair cut or wash and set during Greater Mercy MBC's Kingdom Day celebration on Saturday,
Nov. 12th.
children and a gospel DJ. munity Baptist Party where Williams explained his com- difference in the community
This was not the first time 13 people were baptized. And mitment to community service by reaching out and making
that Greater Mercy MBC held a for Thanksgiving they will be work. "I was born in Overtown sure that people don't have
community outreach event. In giving food to needy families and having to struggle all my some of the difficulties that I
July. the church held a Corn- in the community, life. I just wanted to make a had to face.

Women's ministry needs less stereotypes

By Sharon Hodde Miller women. In most of the church-
:. .. es where I have served, the
I remember the day I part- . 20-somethings have been all
ed ways with the old model of but absent from women's min
women's ministry. I was sit- istry events.
ting in a hotel ballroom full of Yet women's ministry is not a
women. The speaker shared a monolithic movement. As some
gut-wrenching testimony that women's ministries begin to
elicited a few sniffles from the change, it is important that our
crowd, which gradually grew language reflects the complex-
into sobs, which snowballed "F ity of this shift. Old stereotypes
into full-on emotional melt- nt and blanket condemnations
down. It was exactly the kind can be just as detrimental to
of thing men imagine happen- the growth of a women's min-
ing when women get together. I istry as its own frivolous meth-
didn't like it at all. ods. Prophetic correction is
In retrospect, my younger self indeed necessary at times, but
was arrogant and naive in that the line between constructive
moment. Women need healing criticism and destructive cyni-
from the Lord, and sometimes a cism is a fine one. Too often
good cry in a safe space is spir- our conversations about wom-

itualy restorauve. mTat aspect
of ministry is necessary and
valuable. Even so, I couldn't ig-
nore the part of my spirit that
wanted more. That yearning
haspwei-sisted evesi''dsi'e artidit
is present in the hearts of manY
women I know today. Emotion-
al forms of ministry have their
place, but women in the church
are eager to move beyond emo-
tion, and beyond the surface.
Blogger Emerging Mummy
recently captured this senti-
ment in her impassioned post
"In Which I Write a Letter to
Women's Ministry":
We're choking on cutesy
things and crafty bits, safe lady
topics and if one more per-
son says that modest is hot-
test with a straight face, I may
throw up. We are hungry for
authenticity and vulnerability,
not churchified life hacks from
lady magazines.
But she is not the first to ex-

press such concerns with wom-
en's ministry.
Several years ago author
Wendy Horger Alsup wrote' a
post',Atitled iSPink 'Fluffy. nBun-
ny Women's Bible Studies" -in
which she criticized the "emo-
tional fluff out there masquer-
ading as Bible study."
The tension, then, is in the
diversity of women's ministry
models. In spite of the criticism
frequently leveled at "women's
ministry" as a generic whole,
women's ministry isn't generic
at all. On the contrary, women's
ministries vary from church to
Women's ministry, as a form,
is in the midst of a massive
shift. Many women's ministries
have responded to the outcry
and evolved, but the stereo-
types have not always changed
accordingly. Rather than doing
justice to the change, broad

stereotypes have remained,
further stigmatizing women's
ministry in the minds of female
Nowhere has this stigma
been more apparent to me than
in my:efforts to involve young

en's ministry have fallen on
the wrong side of that divide,
so we might consider hope as
a categorical alternative. After
all, women discipline women is
certainly worth getting excited

Kids find homes at local Adoption Day celebration

continued from 12B

"It's so exciting to see
superstars who are wil
take responsibilities for
kids," said Florida's I
ment of Children and F
Secretary David Wilkins
The National Adoptic
is held to raise aware]
children currently living
ter care across the court
the United States, there
proximately 408,425 c
in foster care and 107,00
ing to be adopted.
"Every day more c
come into the system
Frances Allegra, the pr
and CEO of Our Kids of
The heading reason
children are placed in
care are because their
takers suffer from sul
abuse, domestic violent
mental illness, according
"Until we solve those
lems, we're always go
need adoptions," she exp
Before the adoptions
finalized, a special ce
was held where child
advocates, government
and adoptive parents
about the importance o
One couple that had a
three children the year
told the audience that th
ber one rule that adopti

e these
lling to
r these

:n Day
ness of.
in fos- ,:
entry. In
are ap- ,
)0 wait-

hildren Roxanne Grant, 38, proudly stands with her daughter,
," said Dejai Stanley, 16 and Montrell Grant, 2, whom she ad-
Miami- opted during the National Adoption Day celebration at
the Miami Children's Museum.

s that
r care-
ce and
g to Al-

e prob-
)ing to
s were
f adop-

ie num-
ive par-

ents should adhere to is "just
love them."
For many of the parents
who adopted children, it was a
sense of love and responsibil-
ity to their children that helped
them decide to make the leap to
become adoptive parents.
After caring for him since he
was born, Roxanne Grant ad-
opted her cousin, two-year old
Montrell on National Adoption
"I wasn't going to see him go
to strangers," she said of her
decision. "It's a good feeling to
be able to help a child in need.
It's a blessing."
The 38-year-old mother of two
teenagers said that her toddler

people should realize that you
get so much help from the state
of Florida."
Because her daughter is
mentally ill, Fusilier has
cared for Angelika, 3, and her
16-month brother for years.
She explained, "You don't have
to be perfect, you just have to
have a good heart and a good

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Miami Heat Dwyane Wade gives

a hand to hospitalized children

NBA Heat leader Dwyane
Wade has joined St. Jude Chil-
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joins some of his friends in the
picture above. He becomes a,
leading voice in the hospital's
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a' national program to build

awareness and raise funds for
lifesaving research and treat-
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National Cathedral reopens

The Washington National Ca-
thedral reopened on last week
with a private ceremony to
install D.C.'s ninth Episcopal
bishop. The cathedral has. been
closed since being damaged in
the 5.8 magnitude earthquake
on Aug. 23.
The first event at the newly
reopened cathedral was the 11
a.m. consecration of the first
woman to serve as Episcopal
bishop of Washington, Rev.
Mariann Edgar Budde.
Budde will be seated on
Sunday at the cathedral's first

public worship ceremony in
the 10 weeks since its closing.
Later in the week the public is
invited to tour the cathedral
and attend concerts, services
and other programs. The ca-
thedral calendar is online.
The cathedral is now sta-
bilized, but repairing all the
damage caused by the earth-
quake will take years and
will likely cost more than $15
million. The cathedral, which
is not directly funded by the
government, has launched a
donation program.

is already treated "like a little
brother" by her other children.
The holiday also helped pro-
mote the many resources and
support that public and pri-
vate organizations can provide
for adoptive parents such as
monthly- financial support,
health care, and even free
college tuition. In addition to
such regular services, the Mi-
ami Children's Museum also
provided every family that ad-
opted a child on Friday with a
year-long membership.
"The adoption process has
been so smooth," said 60-year
old Connie Fusilier, who ad-
opted her two grandchildren
at the event. "I think that more



As more get

By Janice Lloyd A study by Villareal, pub-
lished in the New England
BOSTON Genetic research- Journal of Medicine in Marc
ers say they are getting closer found diet and exercise toge
to developing new drugs to er improved physical perfor-
help older people age well. mance by 21 percent in obe;
But two tested methods older adults. A lack of mobil
exercise and good nutrition ity in older obese adults put
- continue to get the biggest them at greater risk for de-
kudos from aging experts for veloping high blood pressure
improving health and quality of diabetes and heart disease.
life at the 64th annual Geron- Exercise, combined with a
tological Society of America diet high in fruits and veg-
conference. tables, fish and healthy fate
That's all good news on the over the lifespan has shown
heels of Census data showing to decrease odds of develop-
the number of Americans liv- ing diseases of aging, include
ing to age 90 and beyond has ing cancer, heart disease an
tripled in the past three de- diabetes.
cades to almost 2 million and Marco Pahor, director of th
is likely to quadruple by 2050. University of Florida's Institi
Staying healthy will allow them on Aging, warns that resear
to remain independent and at ers also must find out if sed
home. entary people can safely star
"It might never be too late to exercise. "Could there be a
change life-long habits," says cardiovascular risk?" he ask
Dennis Villareal, an adjunct Pahor is trying to find out.
associate professor of medi- He is overseeing a $60 million
cine at Washington University study looking at long-term e
School of Medicine in St. Louis. fects of structured physical

old, experts advise: Move it

tivity on major mobility disabil-
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h, the effects of physical activity
th- on cognitive function, serious
fall injuries, disability in daily
se living, cardiovascular events
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s nursing homes.
s "t The study follows a pilot
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intervention study showing
Lj risk factors for disability, such,
41 as loss of muscle mass, can be
s, modified.
Millions of dollars are also
.. being spent on genetic re-
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d ..years, if clinical trials in pro-
cess work, there will be drugs
e on the market that can treat
ute chronic diseases of aging,' says
ch- David Sinclair, a researcher
at Harvard Medical School's
rt department of genetics.
What doesn't make us live
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Doctors urged to limit practices

Treatment choices

could be curtailed

By Emily Bazar

Efforts to rein in health
care costs are putting pres-
sure on doctors to abandon
outmoded or unnecessary
practices and choose less
expensive treatments, actions
cost-control advocates say
also can improve care.
Health care systems, insur-
ers and government agen-
cies are using sophisticated
data to identify doctors and
hospitals operating outside
medical norms. The goal: to
wean doctors off procedures
that don't necessarily benefit

The result is a narrowing
of doctors' treatment choices,
but advocates say that's a
necessary step.
"The old thinking that each
clinician gets to determine
his or her own standards is
really one we have to re-
think," says Carmela Coyle,
president of the Maryland
Hospital Association. The
aim "is to avoid unnecessary
and potentially harmful care
when and where we can," she
In one case, gynecologists
in Sacramento are being
trained to perform less-inva-
sive hysterectomies or risk
losing their patients to doc-
tors who know how.
"A minimally invasive pro-
cedure, when appropriate, is
much safer for the patient.

There's a much quicker re-
turn to work, less chance of
infection, a shorter length of
stay and it's less costly," says
Rosaleen Derington of Hill
Physicians Medical Group in
Northern California.
Vast amounts of money are
at stake. The Banner Health
system, which has hospitals
in seven states, has in-
structed doctors they can no
longer use a certain product
designed to prevent abnor-
mal scarring during cesarean
.sections, saying it does not
improve patient care. The ef-
fort has saved more than $1
million so far.
Many physicians adamantly
oppose the idea of having
their decision-making cur-
Doctors are acutely aware

of the need to save money,
"but the question is how that
decision is made." says Peter
Carmel, a pediatric neuro-
surgeon and president of
the American Medical As-
sociation, which represents
doctors. Treatment guidelines
should come from doctors
who have studied the evi-
dence, he says, not insurers,
suppliers or others with a
financial interest.
"If there are two treat-
ments out there in play for a
given condition, most com-
mercial interests will choose
the cheaper," he says. "That
doesn't necessarily mean it is
the better."
Coyle and others insist they
don't want to withhold treat-
ment or forbid doctors from
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Cruciferous green vegetables are a blessing

By Kim O'Donnell

It's not easy being green -
particularly at the Thanksgiv-
ing table. Unless you're a snap
bean forced into an arranged
marriage with a can of cream of
mushroom soup, green vegeta-
bles. get short shrift on Ameri-
ca's day of giving thanks.
And why is that? If Thanksgiv-
ing is supposed. to be a day of
gratitude for the autumn har-
vest, why do we insist, year after
year, on a casserole with an out-
of-season vegetable? In fact, au-
tumn is happy hour for hearty
greens and cruciferous vegeta-
bles from the Brassica family.
Despite the bounty, we sticks in
the (condensed soup) mud get
jittery at the mere mention of
broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale
and kohlrabi gracing the holi-
day table.
I propose a toast: This Thanks-
giving, let's pull the needle off
the broken record and instead
give thanks for the cancer-
fighting compounds of crucifer-
ous greens. It's hard teaching
old dogs new tricks, but I've got
three snappy ways to help bring
green back to the table with
minimal chances of mutiny.
Get your kale on: Add it to
your mashed potatoes.
I like to borrow a page from
the Irish and make my own ver-
sion of colcannon (mashed po-
tatoes and cabbage) with deep
green kale. When my boiled po-
tatoes are just about fork ten-

Ingredients I
1 pound broccoli separated into florets
1(2- x 1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled
and minced
I to 2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
1/4 tsp. cayenne or smoked paprika
3:Tbs. olive oil
Preheat over to 400 degrees.
In a large missing bowl, combine broccoli,
With your hands, mix until the broccoli is
youer, garlinds, Ienn ah blil.
well coated. The broccoli should glisten with
oil; if it seems dry, feel free to add more oil.
Add salt to taste. Transfer to a baking tray
and place in the over. I
Roast until fork tender, 15 to 16 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Yield: 4 side-dish servings
der, I place a mound of stemmed
and finely chopped kale on top
of the spuds, return the lid and
allow it to "steam" for about five
minutes. Using a hand masher,
the kale gets worked into the
mash, and the mash gets a seri-
ous color and texture boost. To
moisten the mash, ladle in some
of the starchy cooking water,
which may eliminate the need
for cream and butter.
Brussels sprouts: Don't boil
and toil; make slaw!
You'll need a pound of Brus-
sels sprouts for about five side-
dish servings. Slice them thinly
in a food processor (using slicer
attachment), with a sharp knife
or using a handheld mandoline.

Alternatively, you can shred
them on a box grater just be
careful not to nick your knuck-
In a wide skillet, place a few
tablespoons of unsalted butter
or olive oil, along with a shal-
lot bulb and garlic clove, both
thinly sliced, over medium heat.
Brussels shreds go into the pan
and get cloaked with the fat
and aromatics. You can add a
splash of white wine, if you're
so inclined. Eight minutes
should be enough to soften and
sweeten the shreds over medi-
um heat, and they should still
be green.
Add thin slices of your favor-
ite peeled crisp apple, plus a
few sprigs of fresh thyme, and
mix everything together. Cook
until the apples have warmed
up and most of the liquid in
the pan has been absorbed.
Remove herb sprigs, add the
juice of half a lemon, season
with salt and pepper. Another
nice twist: a small handful of
chopped walnuts or pistachios.
Hard not to like.
Convert broccoli haters into
lovers: Roast it.
I have changed many a tune
among brocco naysayers of all
ages after they get a taste of my
broccoli pickup sticks. After a
short stint in a hot oven, those
little green trees sweeten and
absorb spices like a champ.
Try them out at the pre-dinner
snack hour, and they may just
put the Chex Mix to shame.

Sleep doesn't help seniors' memory

A good night's sleep doesn't
seem to improve older adults'
memory, according to a new
The findings suggest that
age-related brain changes, not
age-related sleep problems,
are responsible for some of
the memory problems that can
occur in older adults, the re-
searchers said.
The study included 25
younger and 24 older adults
who learned how' to navigate
through a series of 10 "virtual
rooms" on a computer screen.
Each room had three doors,
one of which led to the next

virtual room.
The participants had to suc-
cessfully navigate through all
10 rooms four times in order
to prove that they'd learned the
task. They then spent 12 hours.
either awake or asleep before
being asked to navigate the
rooms again.
Younger adults who had a
good night's sleep made fewer
mistakes than those who re-
mained awake for 12 hours,
but older adults who slept did
no better than those who stayed
The study was presented last
week at the annual meeting of

the Society for Neuroscience, in
Washington, D.C.
"Our research suggests that
changes in the aging brain,
rather than the restorative ef-
fects of sleep itself, may underlie
some of the memory problems
that older adults experience,"
senior author Rebecca M. Spen-
cer, of the University of Mas-
sachusetts, Amherst, said in a
university news release.
Because this research was
presented at a medical meet-
ing, the data and conclusions
should be viewed as prelimi-:
nary until published in a peer-
reviewed journal.

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may trigger GERD symptoms

By Robert Preidt

Holiday foods and feasts can cause trouble
for the estimated 30 million Americans with
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). but
there are things they can do to be comfortable -
and symptom-free, experts advise.
GERD occurs when a faulty valve between
the stomach and esophagus allows stomach
contents to flow back into the esophagus. E "
Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, acid ; .
regurgitation, wheezing, sore throat and
cough, according to the American Society for ."'
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).
Things that may trigger GERD symptoms -w. .
include obesity, pregnancy, smoking, excess -
alcohol use and consumption of fatty foods,
tomato-based products, chocolate, pepper-
mint, citrus drinks and coffee.
Answering "yes" to two or more of the fol- .
lowing questions may indicate that you have
GERD, according to the ASGE:
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A burning sensation in the back of your .
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Add nonfat dry milk to soup, or sneak
grated veggies into homemade muffins,.
breads or lasagna.
Serve your child's favorite foods along
with things that have been refused before.
Let your child help prepare meals.
Make sure food is visually appealing
with unique shapes.
Eat a variety of healthy foods yourself to
set a good example for your child.
Schedule regular family meals together.

Discuss with your child the fact that
weight gain, especially during puberty, can
be a normal and healthy part of develop-
Don't speak negatively about weight,
food, body shape and size.
Encourage your child to make personal
decisions about food, but offer a variety of
healthy options.
Praise and compliment your child for
things he or she has accomplished.
Limit your child's television time, and
when it is on, watch together to encourage
discussion about images in the media.
Be active in your child's school, promot-
ing policies that protect against discrimina-
tion, bullying and a healthy approach toward
Communicate openly with your child.

Health care view studied i Fruits, veggies keep teeth white

Doctors, patients

diffr r on Qality

and cost cuts

By Kelly Kennedy

WASHINGTON Doctors and
patients agree on many of the
key issues facing the future of
health care, a study released
Tuesday shows, but that's
where much of the agreement
Doctors believe patients
receive the preventive care they
need about half the time; pa-
tients, meanwhile, believe they
receive such about one-third of
the time.
About 60 percent of doctors
believe the quality of care var-
ies wildly even within their lo-

cal areas. And only 26 percent
of patients and half of hospital
executives think their health
care systems are on a path to
being more cost-efficient and
"I think there's pretty wide
agreement, that, overall, the
nation is not getting a good
value for the $2.6 trillion that
will be spent in health care this
year," said Simon Stevens, who
co-chairs the Optum Institute
for Sustainable Health, which
commissioned the survey. The
institute launched Tuesday as
a new think tank looking at
health care issues. It's funded
by OptumHealth, Optumln-
sight and OptumRx, which
provide health management,
technology and prescriptions.
Patients don't know enough
about health care, the re-
searchers found, so they can't

make good decisions about
how to purchase it, Stevens
Electronic health records
that patients can see and clear
pricing information about
medical procedures will help fix
the problem, Stevens said.
Consumers believe health
care costs could be cut by 29
percent without affecting its
quality, while doctors put it
closer to 14 percent, according
to the survey.
"Patients were much more
bullish about the extent to
which you can take costs out
without impacting care," Ste-
vens said. "Even so, 14 percent
would be a huge victory for
cutting health care costs."
Less than half -- 46 percent
- of the surveyed doctors said
they have electronic records,
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By Robert Preidt

Eating certain foods and
avoiding others can help keep
your teeth white after you've
used an at-home whitening kit
or had cosmetic bleaching, an
expert says.
"For many individuals who
have had good results with
either dentist-directed or over-
the-counter whitening tech-
niques, a significant concern
is how to keep the teeth white
after bleaching," Dr. Raymond
Garrison, professor and chair-
man of the Wake Forest Bap-
tist Department of Dentistry,
said in a Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center news release.
"We now know that there
are foods that actually help to
keep your teeth white rather
than stain them. In fact, it
may help patients avoid the

time and expense of whitening
Firm fruits and vegetables
such as apples, green beans,
cauliflower, carrots and celery
help scrub teeth while you
chew. They also help pro-
mote the flow of saliva, which
neutralizes acids and protects
teeth, Garrison said.
Dairy products,
especially those
high in calcium, and
cheeses also help keep
teeth white. The lactic acid
in these products helps
prevent decay. Harder
cheeses also help remove
food particles left on the
People should avoid or
limit consumption of foods
and other products that
stain teeth, such as tobacco,
soy sauce, soft drinks, red and

white wine and blueberries.
While bleaching is an ef-
fective method for whitening
teeth, it can cause short-term
effects such as sensitivity. Too
many whitening treatments
can lead to permanent dam-
age, such as erosion of tooth

The oldest old: Reaching 90 more likely than ever
'9 an. e".

rolls of America's oldest old are
surging: Nearly two million novw
are 90 or over, nearly triple their
numbers of just three decades
It's not all good news. They're
more likely than the merely
elderly to live in poverty and to
have disabilities, creating a new
challenge to already strained
retiree income and health care
First-ever census data on the
90-plus population highlight
America's ever-increasing life
spans, which are redefining what
it means to be old.
Joined by graying baby boom-
ers, the oldest old are projected
to increase from 1.9 million to 8.7
million by midcentury mak-
ing up two percent of the total

U.S. population and one in 10
older Americans. That's a big
change from over a century ago,
when fewer than 100,000 people
reached 90.
Demographers attribute the in-
creases mostly to better nutrition
and advances in medical care.
Still, the longer life spans present
additional risks for disabilities
and chronic conditions such as
arthritis, diabetes and Alzheim-
er's disease.
"If I get stuck with something I
can't handle. I yell for the kids,"
says Betty Mae Gutoski, 85, of
Muskegon, Mich.. who says she
expects to live past 90. After all,
her father lived to 98. The colon
cancer survivor lives alone and
says she is "comfortable," getting
occasional help with yard work
from her son and grandson, who
live next door.
Gutoski said in a telephone

interview that she maintains her
health by leading a busy life -
driving, grocery shopping once a
week, sewing, visiting the senior
center, volunteering and meet-
ing her friends for lunch but
she acknowledges having some
fears."My big worry is becoming a
burden on my family," she said.
Richard Suzman, director of
behavioral and social research
at the National Institute on Ag-
ing. which commissioned the
report, said cases like Gutoski's
are increasingly common. Per-
sonal savings for retirement can
sometimes be a problem, he said,
if people don't anticipate a longer
life or one with some form of dis-
An Associated Press-Life-
GoesStrong.com poll in June
found that more than one in four
adults expect to live to at least
90, including nearly half of those

currently 65 or older. A majority
of adults also said they expected
people in their generation to live
longer than those in their par-
ents' generation, with about 46
percent saying they expected a
better quality of life in later years
as well.
"A key issue for this population
will be whether disability rates
can be reduced." Suzman said.
"We've seen to some extent that
disabilities can be reduced with
lifestyle improvements, diet and
exercise. But it becomes more
important to find ways to delay,
prevent or treat conditions such
as Alzheimer's disease."
According to the report, the
share of people 90-94 who report
having some kind of impairment
such as inability to do errands,
visit a doctor's office, climb stairs
or bathe is 13 percentage points
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High IQ at 5, raises risk of drug use Cooking the books on

By Robert Preidt

Brainy children are at in- A grandma's health care

creased risk for illegal drug use
when they're young adults, a
new study says.
Researchers analyzed data
from nearly 8,000 people in the
ongoing 1970 British Cohort
Study of drug use, education
and socioeconomic status. The
participants' IQ scores were
checked at ages five and 10
years, and their use of illegal
drugs (marijuana, cocaine,
uppers, downers, LSD and
heroin) was self-reported at
ages 16 and 30.
At age 30, about 35 percent
of men and nearly 16 percent
of women had used marijuana
in the previous year, and 8.6
percent of men and 3.6 percent
of women had used cocaine
during that time. In general,
men were twice as likely as
women to use drugs.
The investigators found that
30-year-old men who had high
IQ scores at age five were about
50 percent more likely than
those who had low IQ scores to
have used amphetamines, ec-
stasy and several illicit drugs.
At age 30, women who had
high IQ scores at age five were
more than twice as likely to
have used marijuana and
cocaine as those with low IQ
The study, published in the
Nov. 14 online edition of the
Journal of Epidemiology and
Community Health, found

At age 30, women who had high IQ scores at age five were more than twice as likely to have
used marijuana and cocaine as those with low IQ scores.

similar associations between
high IQ at age 10 and subse-
quent drug use.
The reasons for the link be-
tween high IQ and illegal drug
use aren't clear, but highly
intelligent people are often
open to new experiences and
embrace novelty and stimula-
tion, the study authors noted

in a journal news release.
Previous research has also
shown that highly intelligent
children tend to be easily
bored and targeted by other
children for being different,
"either of which could conceiv-
ably increase vulnerability to
using drugs as an avoidant
coping strategy," according to

James White of the Centre for
the Development and Evalua-
tion of Complex Interventions
for Public Health Improvement
at Cardiff University in Wales,
and a colleague.
While the study uncovered
an association between IQ and
drug use, it did not prove a
cause-and-effect relationship.

Doctors differ on how to rate the quality of healthcare

continued from 17B

but 90 percent expect to have
them within three years.
Many of those physicians,
however, said they were not
ready for the transition to elec-
tronic records, Stevens said.
That does not surprise Robert
Tennant, senior policy adviser

for Medical Group Manage-
ment Association, a trade
"Some physicians don't
type," Tennant said.
Also, Tennant said, there are
more than 1,000 electronic
health record systems to
choose from and the systems
are expensive. Government aid
provided by the 2009 Ameri-

can Recovery and Reinvest-
ment Act, as well as incentives
for Medicare providers who
use electronic records, have
helped cut those costs, he
Eventually, doctors will need
to make the change to get
paid. Stevens said that while
doctors expect their pay will
be linked to performance, 49

percent say they are "not at all
prepared for this shift," and 40
percent of hospital executives
said more than a quarter of
revenue would be at risk.
Tennant said doctors will
have to report performance
measures to receive perfor-
mance bonuses. "It's easier
to do that with an electronic
health record," he said.

By Betsy McCaughey

The British medical journal
Lancet reported last month
that 32 percent of elderly
American patients undergo
surgery in the year before
they die, a statistic culled
from Medicare data. In an
accompanying editorial, Dr.
Amy Kelley of Mount Sinai
School of Medicine labeled
the 32 percent figure a "call to
action"-to reduce costly sur-
geries, intensive-care stays
and other high-intensity care
for the elderly. Her call was
parroted in hundreds of me-
dia outlets nationwide. But
advocates for Itmiting health-
care spending on the elderly
are distorting science to make
their argument.
Don't be bamboozled: The
Lancet investigators looked
only at patients who died.
making surgery appear un-
successful. That's like saying
Babe Ruth struck out 1.3.33
times so he must have been a
poor ball player-even though
he had a .342 lifetime bat-
ting average and '714 home
runs. Investigators should
have considered how all sur-
ger' patients fared, including
those who recovered, returned
home from the hospital and
resumed active lives.
Valid data show that sur-
geries on older patients are
successful. A 2003 study in
the Journal of the American
College of Cardiology followed
220 patients age 65 and older
\who underwent heart-valve
surgery. The study concluded.
that "age does not appear to
limit the health related qual-
ity of life benefits" of surgery.
Even patients over 75 had
symptom relief and improve-
ments in quality of life "on a
par with improvements seen
in younger patients."
The decision to operate

should be based on a patient's
ability to benefit, not age. Dr.
Martin A. Makary of Johns
Hopkins has developed a way
to gauge readiness for surgery
with his well-known, 10-min-
ute frailty test. It identifies
which older patients have the
physical reserve to withstand
the stress of surgery and re-
sume an active life.
So should medical resourc-
es be reserved for younger
patients? That's an ethical is-
sue. But research should not
be rigged to prove that with-
holding care is harmless. Yet

Medicare patients who
get less care have a
higher risk of dying.
Don't believe the hype
that implies otherwise.

such flawed research is drin-
ing our political debate.
President Barack Obama's
former budget director. Peter
Orszag, told reporters in June
2009 that the president's
plan to cut future Medicare
funding would not be danger-
ous. He said that spending
could be lowered by about 30
percent, to approximate what
is spent in the lowest-cost re-
gions of the country, without
doing harm.
Orszag cited the Dart-
mouth Atlas of Healthcare
2008. which tried to prove
that Medicare patients who
got less care Ifew er hospital
days, doctor visits and im-
aging tests had the same
outcomes as patients who
received more care. But the
Dartmouth investigators had
pulled the same trick as the
Lancet investigators: They
examined only the records of
patients who died. By defini-
tion, such patients-regardless
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Shelters go organic for holiday

Thanksgiving dinners offer

healthier and local ingredients

By Bruce Horowitz

Thanksgiving meals served
at some homeless shelters this
week will come with a gastro-
nomic halo that few might ex-
pect: organic and locally grown
While such better-for-you
food will be served only at a
fraction of the nation's shel-
ters, the trend toward serving
the homeless organic, local
and fresh foods is growing as
consumers are embrace the
same nutritional goals.

"If I have a guest coming to
my house for Thanksgiving,
I'm not going to open a can of
beans for them," explains Steve
Badt, director of kitchen oper-
ations at Miriam's Kitchen in
Washington D.C. "A homeless
person who is my guest de-
serves no less."
There's really no added ex-
pense, since all of the shelter's
food is donated, Badt says.
"Why can't a soup kitchen run
like a high-end restaurant if
it's not costing anyone else

Miriam's Kitchen will be
serving 150 homeless people
its first all-organic or local
Thanksgiving dinner. Even the
dozen turkeys, donated by a lo-
cal Whole Foods store, are or-
The shelter, with a tradition
of serving fresh foods, will re-
ceive three jars of honey col-
lected from beehives near the
White House garden, says
Sam Kass, White House assis-
tant chef. "The first lady feels
strongly that all people deserve
access to healthy food."
Other do-gooders have simi-
lar ideas:
*At the Greenpoint Reformed
Church in Brooklyn, N.Y.,

dinner served the day before
Thanksgiving will include lo-
cally grown and organic fruits
and veggies. "If that's how I
feed my own children, that's
how I prefer to serve other peo-
ple's children," says Ann Kans-
field, co-pastor.
*At the Organic Soup Kitch-
en in Santa Barbara, Calif.,
80% of Thanksgiving weekend
meals served to 1,000 low-in-
come folks will be organic, Ex-
ecutive Director Anthony Car-
roccio says.
"People living on the street
are very fragile," Carroccio
says. "The last thing they need
are extra poisons from conven-
tional foods."

More Americans living longer, working harder

continued from 17B

higher than those 85-89 -82
percent versus 69 percent.
Among those 95 and older,
the disability rate climbs to
91 percent.
Census figures show that
smaller states had the high-
est shares of their older
Americans who were at least
90. North Dakota led the list,

with about 7 percent of its
65-plus population over 90. It
was followed by Connecticut,
Iowa and South Dakota. In
absolute numbers, California,
Florida and Texas led the na-
tion in the 90-plus population,
each with more than 130,000.
Traditionally, the Census
Bureau has followed estab-
lished norms in breaking
down age groups, such as un-
der-18 to signify children or

65-plus to indicate seniors.
Since the mid-1980s, the bu-
reau often has released data
on the 85-plus population,
describing them as the "oldest
old" a term coined by Suz-
But some of those norms,
at least culturally, may be
shifting. Young people 18-29
more than ever are delaying
their transition to work in the
poor job market by pursuing

advanced degrees or moving
in with Mom and Dad. Older
Americans, who are living lon-
ger and staying healthier than
prior generations, are now
more likely to work past 65.
On Thursday, the Census
Bureau said it was putting out
its study of the 90-plus age
group at NIA's request in rec-
ognition of longer life expec-
tancies, which are just over
78 for babies now being born.

Budget concerns caused study results to be falsified

cotninued from 18B

of their level of care-ended up
the same: dead.

Statewide studies in Cali-
fornia and Pennsylvania have

proven the opposite of what
the Obama administration
claims. They show that Medi-
care patients treated in hospi-
tals that provide lower-inten-
sity, lower-cost care have a
higher risk of dying.
The California study, pub-
lished iin Februry in the An-

nals of Internal Medicine,
found higher death rates from
pneumonia, congestive heart
failure, stroke, gastrointesti-
nal hemorrhage and hip frac-
tures at low-spending hos-
pitals. The study's authors
calculated that 13,813 Califor-
nia patients treated for these

conditions between 2004 and
2008 would have survived had
they been treated at higher-
spending hospitals rather
than low-spending ones.
The Pennsylvania study pro-
duced similar results, show-
ing higher survival rates at
higher-spending hospitals.

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A visionary, a trailblazer, a
community advocate: Giving
thanks for 30 years. A tribute
to Terry Wright benefitting
"Just Wright Vision, Inc." will
be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday,
November 27 at Peaceful Zion
Missionary Baptist Church,
2400 NW 68 Street in Miami.
Rev. Dr. C. P. Preston, Jr. is the
For more information, call

Installation service

at New Providence

You are cordially invited to
the Installation Service for Rev.
Steven Caldwell as pastor of
the New Providence Mission-
ary Baptist Church at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, December 4; Rev. Dr.
Alphonso Jackson, Sr., mod-
erator of Seaboard Baptist As-
sociation and pastor of Second
Baptist Church of Richmond
Heights will be in charge of the

Terry Wright

Rev. Steven J. Caldwell

Eat carefully during holidays

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throat? A bitter acid taste in
your mouth?
Do you often have these
symptoms after a meal?
Do you have heartburn or
acid indigestion two or more
times a week?
Do you find that antacids
only provide temporary relief
from these symptoms?
Are you taking prescrip-
tion medication to treat

heartburn but still having
If you suspect you have
GERD, seek diagnosis and
treatment so that you can
enjoy the holidays and every
day, the ASGE said in a soci-
ety news release.
Treatment options include
lifestyle modifications, medi-
cation, surgery or a combina-
tion of methods.
National GERD Awareness
Week is Nov. 20 to 26 in the
United States.

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cian, died No-
vember 17 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Sat-
urday at New
Hope Mission-
ary Baptist

died November
16 at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at Friend-
ship Holiness

secretary, died
November 17 at
Claridge House
Nursing and
Rehab Center. -
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at St.
Catholic Church.

SERGIO ARZU, 26, died No-
vember 16 at
Jackson North
Hospital. Ser-
vice 12 p.m.,
Saturday at New
Hope Primitive
Baptist Church.

CLARENCE JOYCE, 61, electri-
cian, died No-
vember 21 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are

22, student at "
Miami Dade
College, died
13 at Ryder
Trauma Center.
mother, Karen D. Lloyd; brothers,
Duran and Christopher Lloyd;
grandparents, Harold and Francina
Lloyd; special cousins, Jia Lloyd
and Sierra Akhdar; devoted friend,
Demetria Roker; and many other
loving relatives and good friends.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
Revival Temple Ministries.


taurant owner,
died November
18 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at St. Luke
M.B. Church.

POOLE, 97, res-

retired domestic
worker, died
November 16
at Jackson
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Historic Mt. Zion

teacher, died
November 16
at Jackson
Me m o r i al I
Hospital. She
leaves to "
cherish her
memories her
devoted son,
Dwight; grieving relatives, Lizzie
Mae Bruton, Sandra Johnson,
Diana T. Bolton, Louis Tyler,
Danielle Garcia, Dawn Fayson and
Damon Fredrick. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Greater Bethel AME

48, retired, died
November 13 at
Jackson North.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary MB

November 20
at J.J. Group -
Home, Inc.
Service 2 p.m.,
December 1, in
the chapel.

Carey Royal

retired, died


died November
16 at Jackson
Memorial' a
Hospital .
Survivors v o r
include mother,
daughters, Yunice and Michelle
Cummings; sister, Margaret
Reynolds. Service 2 p.m., Saturday
at Mount Tabor M.B. Church.

died Novem-
ber 16. Survi-
vors: husband,
John; sons, Ti-
tus, Daniel and
John II. Viewing
from 4 p.m 7
p.m. Friday, No-
vember 25 at Greater Holy Cross
Missionary Baptist Church,1555
NW 93 Terrace. Memorial ser-
vice immediately following. Special
thanks to Dr. J. Hood and Carey
Royal Ramn Staff. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church.

CLAIN, 72, re-
tired caterer,
died November
17 at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Greater Holy

da y c a r e
director, died
November 20.
Service 11
a.m., Monday
at Mt. Calvary -= .
Missionary y ~
Baptist Church.

Lowes and Hanks
83, retired supervisor, died
November 18 at home. Service 12
p.m., Saturday at Church of God of
Prophecy Centerville.

Nakia Ingraham
homemaker, died November 10 at
Palms Nursing Home. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at New Macedonia
Baptist Church.

Willie A. Watkins
61, retired, died November 16 at
home. Interment Greenwood Cem-
etery, GA. Services were held.

Wright and Young
CURLEY WIMBERLY, 70, retired
secretary of
Children and
Family Service,
died November
20 at Aventura
Hospital .
She was the '
manager and
lead singer of the Southern Echoes
Gospel Singers. She leaves to
mourn her passing nine children,
Alfred, Carolyn, Don, Samuel,
Sheryl, Beverly, Rufus, Jannarrius,
Josie; and one sister, Linda L.
Walden; 19 grandchildren and 14
great grandchildren. Viewing from
5 to 8 p.m., Friday, November 25
at Valley Grove Baptist Church,
1395 NW 69 Terr. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Holy Cross Missionary
Baptist Church, 1555 NW 93 Terr
in Miami.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
57, security
monitor, died
November 18 at
home. Survivors
include e
Shanitra and
Anthony II;
granddaughters, Laurean and
Pamaria; siblings, Arlington,
Jeffery, Tanya, Billy and Bret;
and a host of other relatives and
friends. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Jordan Grove MB Church.

KELVIN JOHNSON, 50, mental
health therapist, died November 15
at Kindred Hospital. Services were

died November 13 at South Miami
Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Olive Baptist Church of
South Miami.

laborer, died November 19 at South
Miami Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt. Nebo M.B. Church.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

12/17/82- 11/27/09

It's been two years, but seems
like it was just yesterday.
Truly missed, never forgot-
Love always, Mom, dad, sis-
ters, brothers and other family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,
ul '-Zjr

05/13/1947- 11/21/2010

One year has gone, to some
you are forgotten, to some you
are the past. But to us, the
ones who loved and lost you,
your memories will always
Love always your wife, Geno
and the Tyler family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


Two years have passed.
You are truly missed and no
words-only your name can ex-
press what you meant to us.
Love the family.

In Memoriam



A year has passed since you
departed this life and left us
to journey through our lives
without you.
You are gone, but not for-
gotten; forever loved, forever
missed and forever in our
Your loving wife, Pamela;
sisters, Lucy, Helen, Daisy,
Delores, Dora and Vugenia;
brothers, David and Robert.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

08/14/72- 11/23/02

Nine years ago, God called
home this son, brother,
grandson, uncle, nephew,
cousin and friend.
You are sorely missed by
your mother, Mamie Isaacs;
brother, Van Isaacs; grand-
mother, Dessie Butts; aunts,
Runnette Butts and Gleniese
Toutant; cousin, Willie Fra-







In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/13/1938 11/24/2010

It has been one year, since
you have left us. We miss your
laughter, your beautiful smile,
your hugs, and the long talks
we use to have.
If we had one more chance,
we would hug you real tight.
We would tell you we love
you and kiss you good-bye.
We miss you Daddyll
Love always, your children,
Jimmie, Jr., Mitzi, and Jamal;
grandchildren, Rodney, Sier-
ra, Tavarick, Sylvester, Jamal,
Jr. and Jamyla; great-grand,
Torrian; and a very close and
special friend, Nette "Neat."











How to write

your own


By Susan Soper

It's becoming more common
for people to get involved in their
own obituaries, but it happens
in varying degrees. I once wrote
an obit for an elderly doctor who
had Parkinson's; he hired me to
collaborate with him to make
sure every detail in his accom-
plished life was correct before
the time came.
Other folks have taken a dif-
ferent tact and written about
themselves in the first person,
telling their story as if they were
still alive. Not long ago, my hus-
band came across one such obit
in the Atlanta Journal-Con-
stitution. The gentleman, who
died at 92, began his own death
notice like this:
"... I was born in a section of
Atlanta called West End. I went
to Peoples Street School from
kindergarten through fourth
Others have taken a more
flamboyant approach. Ellen
Harper McGarr in her 40s -
prepared her own obituary be-
fore her death from cancer last
year in Boise, Idaho. Here are
some excerpts from her obit in
the Idaho Statesman to give you
an idea of her humorous na-
Of a job in New York: "She
resigned after only nine months
due to the fact that she was
about to be fired."
On her family: "She visited
her family in Alabama frequent-
ly, but good taste prevented her
from disclosing most of what
was going on."
While some of the more ir-
reverent material in these obits
may not be acceptable to those
taking a more religious or dis-
tinguished view of departing
this earth, it certainly personal-
izes the obit-writing process.
Thomas McEntee, the founder
of GeneaBloggers, led me to the
following first-person obit of Jo-
seph Pohlod and I found it very

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Cultural critic says

"racism has become

more nuanced in U.S."

JoMarie Paytonjoins

eight-woman ensemble

By D. Kevin McNeir

Given the many challenges of life, particularly in p
these tough economical times, it's easier to laugh
at ourselves rather than bemoan the obstacles that
we must face. That philosophy is the apparent idea
behind Jackie Boatwright's play, "No Shells," that
starts its 20-city tour here in Miami on Sat-
urday, Dec. 3 at the Joseph Caleb Auditori-
um. The play is based on Boatwright's book,
"Shells with No Substance," and is meant to
encourage women to look beyond their exte-
riors and to seek "their inner strength for the
purpose of building and leaving legacies."
"The idea for the book and play came in
2001 when my 14-month-old son was found
headfirst and motionless in an unattended
bucket of mop water at his daycare
center," she said. "I led a one-woman
crusade to change daycare laws
around the country. That moved me to
want to inspire other women to make a
difference in their communities and in
the world."
Boatwright, 45, is the writer, produc-
er and director of the play. And while
her target audience is woman primarily
between the ages of 21 and 49-years-
old, Boatwright, 45, says it's the kind
of story that she thinks will touch just
about anyone.
"It's eight women enjoying an evening
together and talking about life and the
tough times they sometimes must face,"
she said. "The characters aren't real but
their behaviors certainly are. "
JoMarie Payton, 61, who calls South
Florida home and is best known for
her role as Harriette Winslow in the TV
comedy "Family Matters," is a special
guest actress in the play.
"She [Payton] is doing several things
to help us spread our message and so
we are keeping her exact role in the
play a secret," Boatwright said. "What I
can say is that even with a limited bud-
get and the challenge of both producing
and directing the show, things have
gone quite well. We have a great cast
and God has been good."
Boatwright is also an ordained minis-
ter and pastor, talk show host, entre-
preneur and motivational speaker.

By D. Kevin McNeir

Is there one definition
for 'blackness' with which
most of us can agree?
And are we really living
in a 'post-racial world'
- a term that basically
suggests that racism is
a thing of the past? Ac-
cording to Toure, 39,
a celebrated cultural
critic, author and
television person-
ality who was in
Miami last weekend
as one of several Black
writers featured at the
Miami International
Book Fair, racism remains
imbedded in the fiber of
In his latest book, "Who's
Please turn to TOURE 2C

Oprah uses web to

energize her network

By Sandy Cohen

years on TV, Oprah Winfrey
says she's having the time of
her life on the web.
The 57-year-old mogul
is connecting with viewers
through her weekly web-
casts, and she says it's "the
most fun I've had ever."
Winfrey's live webcast
discussions about her new
show, "Oprah's Lifeclass,"
have been so popular,
they've been added to the
lineup on the Oprah Winfrey
"Lifeclass" premiered ear-
lier this month and features
Winfrey sharing her favorite
interviews and insights from
her long-running talk show.
On Friday, she discusses
"Lifeclass" lessons during

Masters of the game and leaders by

Earning honorsfor

their skills before

their 13th birthdays
By Dylan Loeb Mcclain d

Fewer than two percent of the
47,000 members of the United
States Chess Federation are
masters and just 13 of them
are under the age of 14.
Among that select group of
prodigies are three black play-
ers from the New York City
area Justus Williams, Josh-
ua Colas and James Black Jr.
- who each became masters
before their 13th birthdays.
"Masters don't happen ev-
ery day, and African-American
masters who are 12 never hap-
pen," said Maurice Ashley, 45,
the only African-American to
earn the top title of grandmas-
ter. "To have three young play-
ers do what they have done is
something of an amazing cu-
riosity. You normally wouldn't
get something like that in any
city of any race."

From left, James Black Jr., Justus Williams and Joshua Colas competing in Manhattan last month. Their success is a
"phenomenon," one veteran player said.

The chess federation, the
game's governing body, does
not keep records on the ethnic-
ity of its members. But a Web
site called the Chess Drum -
which chronicles the achieve-
ments of black chess players

and is run by Daaim Shabazz,
an associate professor of busi-
ness at Florida A&M University
- lists 85 African-American
masters. Shabazz said many of
them no longer compete regu-

Ashley, who became a master
at age 20 and a grandmaster
14 years later, said the rarity
was not surprising. "Chess just
isn't that big in the African-
American community," he said.
The chess federation uses

a rating system to measure
ability based on the results
of matches in officially sanc-
tioned events; a player must
reach a rating of 2,200 to qual-
ify for master.
In September last year, Jus-

an hour-long webcast with
a live audience, and in-
vites viewers to comment or
ask questions in person or
through Facebook, Twitter
and Skype.
Response to the webcasts
Please turn to OPRAH 2C

tus, who is now 13 and lives
in the Bronx, was the first of
the three boys to get to 2,200,
becoming the youngest black
player to obtain the master
rank. Joshua, 13, of White
Plains, was a few months
younger than Justus when he
became a master last Decem-
ber. James, 12, of Brooklyn,
became a master in July.
(Samuel Sevian of Santa
Clara, Calif., is the youngest
master in United States his-
tory, earning the title last De-
cember, 20 days before his
10th birthday.)
The three New Yorkers met
several years ago during com-
petitions. Justus has an edge
over James, mostly because he
won many of their early games,
before James caught up. Head
to head, James and Joshua
each have several wins against
the other. Justus and Joshua
have rarely competed against
each other.
Although they are rivals,
the boys are also friends and
share a sense that they are
role models.
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When H. E. Sigismund
Reeves founded The Miami
Times in 1923, this visionary
perceived longevity including
family members at
the top. It was ironic
when Garth C. Reeves,
Jr. became editor
in 1972, followed by
Garth C. Reeves, Sr.
who became editor
sometime later, while
editorship rested with
Rachel Reeves as well REEV
as publisher emeritus
with her father. The
vision of the founder has spiral
down to Garth B. Reeves.
Garth B. is the proud son
of Rachel, whose prayer was
answered and Garth became
the needed male to perpetuate
the newspaper. He attended
Miami Country Day School and
graduated with honors and
matriculated at Oxford College
of Emory University.
He is ready to tackle on
departments at The Miami
Times. When you see him, you
will see a handsome young
man with a soft beard, broad
shoulders and a beautiful

When asked
does he like his
job, he smiled
__ and


remarked "I love
to death." He l(
it because I see
during the sum
months making
input in the produce
of the paper,
allowed the newspa
to receive

outstanding awa
recently. Congratulate
to him, his mother
and grandfather for
preparing him for
his responsibility for
tomorrow's world.

The demise of Janet
King Bruno on Oct.
28th, shocked the
Opa-locka and Miami
Gardens area. Her
husband, Edwin, was r
beside her during her si


became Mi
first Black major

and first Black sorota,
., an elite service club.
Dr. Gloria Y. Williams
said Bruno devoted her
life to God. She joined 4
the choir and became
outstanding and got
stronger in the Lord.
Dr. Williams reiterated
her legendary life MIND
during her eulogy.
Those missing Janet are
it Edwin Sr., Mark Ashley,
moves Edwin Bruno, Jr., Dendra,
him Jayden, Patricia Tookes, Lisa
mer Chester, Shawnae, Rhoseanda
an and Celeste Tookes, Earl
tion and Sue King, Latitia King-
that Harris, Tiffaney, Danielle,
paper Earl. III, Brandon, Crystal,
four Amber and Heather King,
yards Kenneth Outler, Tim Sawyer,
ions Terry and Henry Thompson,
Charlie Lawrence,
Helen Lawrence, Ruby
Lawrence, Bewanda
Moore, Alonzo
S Samuels, Charlsie C.
Hardy, Dr. Sheila and
Billy Long and Joyce
A. Warren.
HL ************ .
ADAMS The movers and
travelers of Mount
eight Tabor MBC will be
hort a part of the Mass Choir
Christmas Concert, directed by
iami Rev. Richard A. Clements, Jr.
*ette The concert will be held at St.


Thomas University on
Dec. 9th at 7 p.m.
This year's theme
is "Sacred Sounds of
the Season" and will
guarantee an enjoyable
evening of music for
Other members of the
NGALL choir include Juanita
Lane, president; Lisa
Jenkins, Naomi Baxter
Atkins, Marguerite
W. McKain and Rev.
Dr. George McRae is
the pastor. For more
information, call 305-
Dr. Larry Handfield,
chairman, guided HAN
the Sigma Alpha
.Chapter of Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc. through
the underlying principle of
Celebrating 100 Years of
Excellence with two weeks of
activities, recently.
The Centennial Celebration
included a fish fry, record
expurgate workshop, speaking
at select schools, walk for
justice, visiting veterans at the
hospital, health fair, banquet,
and birthday celebration at
Calder Race Course.
The Achievement Banquet
started with Cornelius
Handfield, chaplain, giving the

By An w ti

Sympathy goes out to Rev.
Fr. J. Kenneth Major and his
family in the loss of his wife
Betty, who died on the train
while returning home from
Raleigh, North Carolina after
visiting her daughter Nicole
and granddaughter. Betty is
also the mother of Yolanda.
Deepest sympathy.
Our beloved Saint Agnes
Episcopal Church held
our annual Calendar Tea
Program on Sunday, Nov.
13. Performing guests were
Yvonne Brown, jazz vocalist
and The Gary., Thomas Trio.
First place winners: The Fall
months: second place, the
Winter mort hs; -third-.-place,--
the Spring months; and fourth
place, the Summer months.
The captains for these groups
were: Sheila Rolle, Bryley
Wilson and Sylvia Rolle (Fall);
Fredericka Fisher, Florence
Moncur and Elizabeth Blue
(Winter); Sharon Anderson,
Shirley Cooney and Sharon
Johnson (Spring); Margaret
Moncur, Chanel Jackson
and Natalia Smith (Summer).

greetings go out
to: William C. and Cathy
Wanza, their 34th on Nov. 19.
A very happy belated

next weekly
Since Thanksgiving is near,
we should always be thankful
for each day. Think about the
Be thankful that you don't
already have everything you
desire. If you did, what would
there be to look forward to? Be
thankful when you don't know
something, for it gives you the
opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult
times. During those times you

birtnaay to my De!ovea priest grew.
Father Richard L. M. Barry, Be thankful for your
whose birthday was Nov. 14th. limitations, because they
Get well wishes and our give you opportunities for
prayers go out to all sick improvement.
and shut-ins: Mildred "PI" Be thankful for each new
Ashley, Wanda Herring, challenge, because it will build
Ebenezer "Scrooge" your strength and character.
Edwards, Ernestipe9 Ross . 3e. thankful for your
Collins, Bonnie N, Stirrup. mistakes. They will teach you
Yvonne Johnson-Gaito, valuable lessons.
Jacqueline F. Livingsto'; Be thankful when you're
Wilhelmina Stirrup-Welch, tired and weary, because
Naomi Allen-Adams, Eugene it means you've made a
Nottage, Frankie Rolle and difference.
David Wilson. Glad to see It's easy to be thankful
Norma Culmer-Mims up and for the good things. A life of
out again. rich fullness comes to those
Willa Mae Brown is moving who are also thankful for the

back to Miami, welcome!
All roads are leading to
Orlando for the Florida
Classic. More to come
about this fantastic affair

setbacks. Find a way to be
thankful for your troubles
and they can become your
A very blessed Thanksgivingl

Oprah Winfrey network being energized

continued from 1C

has been so positive that Win-
frey and her team decided to
air them on OWN.
"That was my vision of what
this network could be," she
said in a recent interview.
"You're interacting with peo-

pie, you're on TV, you're saying
stuff that you think is mean-
ingful, you're not just wasting
people's time, and people are
acting and interacting with
us at the same time. It's just a
fantastic experience."
Interacting with viewers and
inspiring them to think about
things in new ways was part

of her dream for her network,
which launched in January.
Though it drew low ratings ini-
tially, Winfrey said she feels
good about OWN's future.
"I'm going to build on the
success of the connection to
the Web response and to 'Life-
class,'" she said, "so I'm really
excited about it."

Author Toure shares views on racism

cotninued from 2C
Afraid of Post-Blackness:
What It Means to be Black
Now," and in his discussion
with The Miami Times, Toure
talks about white privilege,
expanding concepts of black-
ness and the way racism has
morphed into something quite
different but equally as de-
structive as it was in past gen-
"Who defines blackness is
it whites or Blacks?" he asked.
"Often the definition is im-
posed on us by others, some
even Black, who want to limit
what we can do or who we are.
I had to learn to reject that.
Post-black refers to Blacks who
want to embrace the Black tra-
dition and community but also
want the freedom to do other
things things like skydiv-
ing, for example, that are said
to be activities Blacks don't
do. Being president was one of
those things too until Barack
was elected. His victory
changed the way we express
or define blackness. For youth
it was an extremely important
moment because it normalized

the strong Black Alpha male in
the political realm."
Toure goes on to say that be-
cause we live in a post-black
era, you can be Black and
define yourself in whatever
manner you choose. To see if
his thesis was valid, he inter-
viewed over 100 Blacks, from
Cornel West and Henry Louis
Gates to Dave Chappelle and
Lupe Fiasco.
"There are so many com-
plexities and layers to what it
means to be Black," he said.
"But no matter how you define
yourself your identity and
your freedom we still live
in a world where race matters.
The key is that it now mat-
ters in ever-changing ways.
Racism in our parents' era
was plainly visible, like a bull
coming towards you down the
street that you couldn't avoid.
Today racism is like evaporat-
ing smoke or fog it's plainly
visible but impossible to grab.
That's why Blacks need to de-
velop a Teflon shield and super
ego so they can deal with the
still destructive power of rac-
ism. It one isn't careful it can
even destroy your soul."
Racism hard to see but

Most of those whom he in-
terviewed said the thing about
racism that most effected them
was the 'unknowable.'
"Racism is now subliminal
and subtle," he said. "Instanc-
es of racism go on behind our
back every day without our
knowledge. But we suspect it
and therefore we worry about
it. Was that security guard
following me because I am
Black? Did the job go to some-
one else, was I denied the loan
or did I fail to make the cut for
entry into college because I'm
Black? Because we still face
these questions and often are
unable to answer them, it's
clear that others, simply be-
cause we are Black, are un-
able or unwilling to see us at
full capacity."
As for America, Toure says
he remains optimistic while
knowing we are far from "liv-
ing in Utopia."
"We can waste our time ask-
ing who is racist and who is
not I think our time is bet-
ter spent by considering how
people perpetuate racial dif-
ference and whether we do so
on purpose or inadvertently."

Youngsters lead the game in chess

continued from 1C

"I think of Justus, me and
Josh as pioneers for African-
American kids who want to take
up chess," James said.
James's father, James Black,
said he and Justus's and Josh-
ua's parents were aware of what
their sons represent and "talk
about it a great deal," but tried
not to pressure them too much.
Black said his son "knows
that.the pressure comes along
with the territory. What is go-
ing to happen is going to hap-
pen. As long he plays, we're sure
that things will work out for the

The three boys approach the
game differently. Justus and
Joshua say that James studies
the most, and Joshua admits he
would rather play than practice.
"I like the competition," he said.
"And I like that chess is an art."
Justus said he is the most
aggressive of the three, and he
and James agree that Joshua is
the most unpredictable. "Josh-
ua likes to change up his open-
ings during tournaments," Jus-
tus said.
Supporting the boys' interest
is not easy financially. Though
there are many tournaments in
the New York City area, the boys
must travel to play in more pres-
tigious competitions, sometimes

overseas. This week, they are
set to play in the World Youth
Chess Championship in Brazil.
They study the game with
professional coaches who are
grandmasters. The lessons are
expensive $100 an hour is not
unusual and the boys' fami-
lies have either found sponsors
or have paid for the instruction
The boys aspire to be a grand-
master by the time they gradu-
ate from high school, something
that only a few dozen players
in the world have done. Ashley,
who has met the boys but does
not know any of them well,
says the obstacles are sub-








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delivered the occasion and
Dr. Nelson Adams presented
portrait of the founders to be
kept at the fraternity house.
Recognition of awards
included Charles George,
president, Florida Memorial
University trustee board; G.
Eric Knowles, a Sun Life
Stadium executive; Rev. Carl
Johnson, pastor,
93rd Street MBC; Dr.
Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall; Kareem
Coney; and Bro.
Herman Dorsett, II.
The banquet
included Michael
Whitehead and his
FIELD Countdown band.
Other guests included
Carleen Lopez, Phyllis
Woodard, Peggy Finley,
Stephen R. Thompson, Aldin
L. Everette, Anthony
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Alumni for his relentless and
diligent effort in keeping the

association together where over
25 members showed up for the
monthly meeting in November
at Piccadilly's in Hialeah.
Smith presided of Plenary
Session I that included
meditation, reading of the
minutes, and reports from
Constance Pinkney, Betty
D. Gibson and Lenard G.
Carter, while Plenary Session
II informed the alumni of Dr.
Carlton Fisher was too sick to
attend, but he sent word he will
be at the next meeting on Dec.
Plenary Session III included
Charliss Cook, president of
the Class of 1955 solicited
other classes to attend their
Christmas party.
Others in attendance
included Naomi Smith,
Elexzina 'Williams, Betty
Mackey, Nellie B. Wilder,
Ernestine Kelley,
Charles Adderly,
Ruby Baker-Collins,
Maxine Wooten,
S Sponty Young, Dr.
Ralph Ross, Dorothy
Ross-Smith, Pat
Thomas, Ernest
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By Matthew J. Palm

'She has been written about, por-
tray:ed in plays and TV movies, even
championed by Oprah Winfrey. Now
Eatonville author Zora Neale Hurston
will be celebrated with an original
piece of music that receives its world
premiere tonight during an Orlando
Philharmonic concert.
Titled "Zora! We're Calling You," the
work is a combination of music and
spoken word adapted from Hurston's
writings, the most famous of which is
"Their Eyes Were Watching God."
"This is celebrating the life of a
woman who had a terrific impact
on Central Florida and the written
word," said Margery Pabst, president
of the Orlando-based Pabst Chari-
table Foundation for the Arts, which
helped underwrite the project. "I was
familiar with how her work resonated
not just for African-Americans but for
all Americans."

Hurston, one of the nation's pre-
eminent writers of 20th-century Af-
rican-American literature, spent her
childhood in Eatonville, among the

nation's oldest incorporated black
municipalities. The debut of "Zora!
We're Calling You" comes in the lead-
up to Eatonville's 125th anniversary
in 2012.
The importance of the work is un-
derscored by a pair of grants totaling
$70,000 awarded toward its creation.
The Pabst foundation contributed
$45,000, and a prestigious award
from the National Endowment for the
Arts added an additional $25,000.
"An award from the NEA is a dis-
tinction," said N.Y. Nathiri of the As-
sociation to Preserve the Eatonville
Community, which oversees the an-
nual Zora Neale Hurston Festival.
"That is the testimony to the power
of the creative energy that has come
The Orlando Philharmonic collabo-
rated with the Eatonville association
to create the work, which was two
years in the making. The Pabst grant
allowed the groups to commission
African-American composer Adol-
phus Hailstork,has composed notable
symphonies and operas about 19th-
century Black cowboys and the Un-
derground Railroad.
Hailstork, a professor of music at




Old Dominion University in Norfolk,
Va., said Hurston's work resonated
with him.
"She was a rambunctious gal. I
liked that," he said. "She was a party

Hurston's spirited nature infuses
the 20-minute composition, he said.
By contemplating her work as well as
her personality, he was able to create
a complex piece of music.
"Her children's stories, along with
telling the serious story of this rich
life, make for a complete emotional
package," he said of the piece.
Hailstork collaborated with actress
Elizabeth Van Dyke, who crafted the

spoken-word segments and will per-
form them at Saturday's concert. Van
Dyke, a champion of Black women in
the arts, played Hurston in an award-
winning 1990 off-Broadway autobiog-
raphy of the writer.
The NEA grant underwrote Van
Dyke's work on "Zora! We're CallingJ
You." The project fulfilled many ol
the criteria required by the Nation-
al Endowment for the Arts, an NEA
spokeswoman said. They include
creating American art, strengthen-
ing communities, engaging the pub-
lic with programs that highlight cul-
tural heritage and promoting lifelong
Among those who will reap edtu-
cational benefits: 60,000 schoolchil-
dren, who will hear a specially com-
posed excerpt of the piece when t hey
attend performances in the Philhar-
monic's Young People's Concer-s pro-
"It gives them a chance to become
familiar with the work of Zora," said
Eric Smith, the Phil's director of ed-
ucation. That way, when the young-
sters, in grades 3-5, encounter Hur-
ston's literature as older students.
"they will already know about her."'

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin honored at Hall of Fame

Special to the NNPA

Soul Aretha Franklin has been
honored with a star-studded
tribute at the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Lauryn Hill, Dennis Edwards

The Grand Opening of
Chocolate Thursdays will
take place at 8 p.m. on Thurs-
.lday,. November 24 at Cafe,
Monet, 13488 Biscayne Blvd.

The Federico Britto
Trio will perform at the Ho-
tel Intercontinental Indigo Bar
on Friday November 25, 2011
from 5p.m.to 8 p.m.

The Habitat for Human-
ity of Greater Miami will
have homeownership applica-
tion meetings at several loca-
tions: Saturday, November
26 at Ministerio C.E.L.A. at 9
a.m.; Saturday, November 26
at Overtown Youth Center at
9:30 a.m. For more informa-
tion, call 305-634-3628.

The Booker T. Wash-
ington class of 1955 will
worship together on Sunday,
November 27 at the St. Pe-
ters African Orthodox Cathe-
dral. Service begins at 9:30
a.m. For further information
call Agnes Morton at 305-

KVP Productions is
hosting their monthly event
"The Creative Expression Art-
ist Showcase" on Sunday, No-
vember 27 from 4-7 p.m. at
Elles in Miramar. The event is
free to the public. For more
information, contact kvppro-
ductions@aol.com or call 954-

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, November 27 and De-
cember 18 at 7 p.m. For more
information, call 786-273-

The College of Arts and
Science Art and Art History
Department at UM presents
the Fourth Cane Fair featur-
ing artwork of UM students.
The exhibition will run from
November 29, 2011 to Janu-
ary 27, 2012 at the Wynwood
Project Space. For more infor-
mation, call 305-284-3161.

The Miami Jazz Society,
Miami Tower, Sky Lounge
and Community Cultural
Discovery Exchange pres-
ents the Fall Downtown Jazz
Series for the month of De-
cember at the Miami Tower

of the Temptations
and Chaka Khan were
among those who en-
tertained. The 69-year-
old soul singer was not
scheduled to perform,
but toward the end of
the three-hour event

Sky Lounge and the Inter-
continental Miami Indigo Bar.
For more information, contact
,,ejth Clarke at 305-684-4564.

The State Attorney's
Office is hosting a "Wipe Out
Warrant" Day on Thursday,
December 1 at Betty T. Fer-
guson Recreational Complex
in Miami Gardens from 3-6
p.m. Valid only for warrants
issued for Miami-Dade Coun-
ty. Pre-registration is required
by calling 305-547-3300 or
faxing your name, telephone
number and picture ID to 305-
547-0772. For more informa-
tion, call 305-547-0724.

The Downtown Film
Series will feature the film-
ing of" Marty and Acciden-
tal Tourist on December 6,
2011 at the Hotel Interconti-
nental. For further informa-
tion contact Bobby Hyde at

Old Dillard Museum
presents their Holiday Concert
featuring Dillard High School
Chorus on Thursday, Decem-
ber 8 at 6 p.m. To RSVP, call

Free homebuyer's edu-
cation workshop by Opa-
locka CDC will be held on Sat-
urday, December 10. Classes
are from 9-5. Get your cer-
tificate for attending the eight
hour course and hear about
NSP2 properties, guidelines
and subsidies. Reserve your
seat today. For additional in-
formation and locations, call
305-687-3545 ext. 238 or
ext. 236.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. will meet
Saturday, December 10 at
4:30 p.m. at African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. For more
information, contact Lebbie
Lee at 305-213-0188.

Calling all Miami Res-
cue Mission Alumni (Miami
Alpha, Broward and Pom-
pano grads), join us in fel-
lowship on Saturday, Decem-
ber 10 from 6-9 p.m. at New
Jerusalem Baptist Church. For
more information, contact
Rev. Ron Jackson at 305-795-

The Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1965, Inc.

she took a seat at
a piano and traded
verses with Edwards
in a rendition of "A
Song for You."
Franklin received
a key to the city from
Cleveland Mayor

will worship together on Sun-
day, December 18 at 10 a.m.
at St. Paul AME Church. For
additional information, con-
tact Lebbie Lee at 305-213-

Registration for Miami-
Dade County Parks Winteir
Break Camps has begun.
Camps will be held Decem-
ber 19, 2011-January 2, 2012
from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more,
information, contact Miami-
Dade County Information
Hotline at 3-1-1 or the Mi-
ami-Dade County Parks, Rec-
reation & Open Spaces De-
partment at 305-755-7842.

Jonathan Spikes, Inc.
presents the "Let's Talk It
Out" conflict resolution work-
shop on Friday, January 20,
2012 at the Joseph Caleb Au-
ditorium from 8:30 a.m.-2
p.m. For more information,
email info@jonathanspikes.

Dad's for Justice, a pro-
gram under Chai Community
Services assists non-custodial
parents through Miami-Dade
State Attorney's Office with
child support modifications
and visitation rights. For more
information, or to schedule an
appointment, call 786-273-

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.

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 children ages 3-5
only. For more information,
call at 305-665-4684.

Looking for all Evans
County High School Alum-
ni to create a South Florida
Alumni Contact Roster. If you
attended or graduated from
Evans County High School in
Claxton, Georgia, contact at
305-829-1345 or 786-514-

S.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) is a bi-

Frank Jackson during the Sat-
urday event and an honorary
doctorate of humane letters
from Case Western Reserve
The show ended a weeklong
American Music Masters trib-
ute to her.

ble-based program for young
people and meets at Betty
T. Ferguson Center in Miami
Gardens each week. For infor-
mation, contact Minister Eric
Robinson at 954-548-4323
or www.savingfamilies.webs.

I Empowerment Tutor-
ing in Miami Gardens offers
free tutoring with trained
teachers. For more informa-
tion, call 305-654-7251.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets the 3rd
Saturday of each month at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. For more information,
contact Agnes Morton at 305-

Merry Poppins Day-
care/Kindergarten in Miami
has free open enrollment for
VPK, all day program. For in-
formation, contact Lakeysha
Anderson at 305-693-1008.

Calling healthy ladies
50+ to start a softball team
for fun and laughs. Be apart
of this historical adventure.
Twenty-four start-up play-
ers needed. For more infor-
mation, call Coach Rozier at

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 Center.
We are beginning to make
plans for our 50th Reunion.
For more information, contact
Evelyn at 305-621-8431.

Looking for all former
Montanari employees to
get reacquainted. Meetings
are held on the last Saturday
of each month at 9 a.m. For
more information, contact Lo-
letta Forbes at 786-593-9687
or Elijah Lewis at 305-469-

Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida Gos-
pel Festival at Amelia Earhart
Park on Saturday, March 10,
2012 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information, contact
Constance Koon-Johnson at

Liberty City Farmers
Market will be held Thurs-
days, 12-5 p.m. and Satur-
days, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at TA-
COLCY Park until May 2012.
For more information, call
954-235-2601 or 305-751-
1295 ext. 107.

There should be no drama,
Our president's name is Obama.
Obama is a fair man, him you cannot scare.
Don't you dar.
His mind is working over time.
Trying to right the wrongs from long ago.
His courage is awesome. His integrity is his sincerity.
He has proven what can be done and most of all
He has a belief that he can..
He believes in God and that is good.
The royal host, he is loyal.
Jehovah is the God of all creation, ..
There is nodefamation of his character.
He is for chatterthat matters,
Doing business of being the best President that he can be.
Let us hooray for Obama.
Three cheers for the president of
God Bless America!
By T.Williams
Miami, FL

Long Lost Friend
You may not remember me I am your long lost friend, you left
me a long time ago, way back when.
Let me remind you of just who I am, we use to have dreams and
the grandest of plans.
Don't you recall all the fun we had, before the world took you
away and made you so mad.
I always disagreed with the choices you made, how could you
turn yourself into someone's slave.
Now you walk around with your pants below your waist, guns
somewhere near drugs all over the place.
When was the last time you saw yourself smile, have you even
stopped to consider that you are still just a child, in the hands of
the court system, they try to keep you for a while.
In the middle of the night when deep under the sheets, when
everyone else is gone you creep and talk to me.
I got a question for you my long lost friend, when ever you get
ready we can try this again.
I just need to know why you so mad at me, sooner or later you
will have to see, no one else is to blame because you are killing
-By Lyndell Davis
Miami, FL

'RHOA' breaks ratings records

By Angelica Razack

On Sunday, Nov. 6th, Bravo's
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
made a new record as 2.9 mil-
lion viewers and 1.9
million were adults
ranging from the ages
of 18-49 tuned in to
watch the show's sea-
son premiere.
Kim Zolciak, Kan-
di Burruss, Phaedra
Parks, Cynthia Bai-
ley, NeNe Leakes and
Sheree Whitfield returned for
the fourth season of the series
with Kim's new love interest,
new business endeavors and
the season's first fight between
NeNe and Sheree.
"'Atlanta' has been the stron-
gest version of the popular

franchise, and at least so far it
does not appear as though that
will be changing -- though it
will need to stay interesting to
keep all of the viewers around,"
says the Examiner.
According to a press
release from Bravo,
the episode was up 20
percent and 10 percent
from show's prior sea-
son premiere.
We asked Bravo why
they think this specific
OKES series is more popu-
lar than the other Housewives
franchises, but they have de-
clined an answer.
Bravo also states that the
Real Housewives of Atlanta was
the most watched season pre-
miere in the Real Housewives
franchise history."

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inrlkcs aet recognized

By Randy Grice,

The successes of Blacks are
sometimes overlooked but
one group has taken it upon
itself to recognize local Black
talent. Recently, Identify,
Connect, Activate the Black
Accomplished (ICABA) held
its Honors Networking and
Recognition Reception at.the
Smith Conference Center on
the campus of Florida Memo-
rial University.
"This was both a recogni-
tion program and networking
reception for South Florida's
most accomplished Black
executives and professionals
and academics," said Jerome
Hutchinson, Jr., president
and CEO of ICABA. "There
was also an unveiling present
station of full color coffee tabl
publication with profiles on
156 of business individuals.
We had over 400 people in

attendance, it was a very high
level networking event."
Over 155 honorees were
presented in the ICABA Hon-
ors Profile Directory which
featured South Florida's most
accomplished Black execu-
tives, professionals and aca-
,We have an advisory board
that makes recommendations
for nominations," he said.
"We also have an area on our
website for people to nomi-
nate individuals they believe
are deserving of being recog-
Some of the honorees in-
cluded Dr. Nara Sudarkasa,
the first Black woman presi-
dent of Lincoln University
and Sheldon Anderson, Sout
Florida's only president/
CEO at a Fortune 500 com-
e pany. Dr. Dennis P. Gallon,
president of Palm Beach Sta
College and Marcia Barry-
Smith, senior vice president


of Bank Atlantic and
execute 'e director
.."It is very important to
honor people for a num- -
ber of reasons," he said.
"All too often the Black
community has com-
plained about not having
enough role models and
not getting recognition
for the people in our
community who are
doing well. I think the
easiest way and most
effective way for us to
overcome that is if we
honor our own. So this
was a great oppor-
tunity for us to offer
honor and respect to
the accomplishments
of extremely dedicated
Calvin Hughes,
news anchor, served
as the master of ceremony
h for the event. ICABA is a
South Florida based com-
pany that primarily focus'
on connecting and activat
Ite ing accomplished Black
professionals and entrepre

Debt collectors being

lobbed by complaints

By Oren Dorell

As consumers struggle to
pay their bills, complaints
about debt collectors are
growing faster than any
other industry, federal regu-
lators say.
The Federal Trade Commis-
sion reports that the number
of complaints about debt
collectors rose from 104,766
a year in 2008 to 140,036 in
2010, says Tom Pahl, assis-
tant director of the FTC's di-
vision of financial practices.
The agency has stepped
up enforcement, taking 10

companies to court in the
past three years, compared
with six in the previous three
"We receive more com-
plaints about the debt collec-
tion industry than any other
industry," Pahl says. "The
conduct of debt collectors is
a major consumer protection
A few months after she
buried both her sons, Bar-
bara Sowell started getting
calls from a collection agency
demanding payment for Gar-
ner & Son funeral home.
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Jobless claims fall to

388,0oo, lowest level

SWASHINGTON (AP) The ,Applications need to con-
number of people applying sistently drop below 375,000
'for uiemployrShent benefits to signal sustained job gains.
'1lt last week to the lowest They haven't been that low
'level since early April, a sign 9' since February.
'that layoffs are easing and The total number of people
hiring may pick up. receiving benefits also fell to
-. .The Labor Depaitment says the lowest level since Sept.
meekly applications dropped 2008, when Lehman Broth-
1Sy -5,000 to a seasonally ers collapsed and the finan-
adjusted 388,000: It was the cial crisis intensified.
fourth decline in five weeks. The pace of hiring over the
The four-week average, past few months has been
.a less volatile measure, mixed. The economy added
dropped to 396,750. That's only 80,000 jobs in October,
the first time the average the fewest in four months.
been below 400,000 in seven But the government also said
months. Please turn to JOBS 8D

It's time to spend more money on education not prisons

By William Reed
NNPA Columnist

More Black men are in prison or
jail, on probation or parole than were
enslaved in 1850. One hundred
and sixty-one years later, the big-
gest crime in America is a race-based
criminal justice system where Blacks
are directly targeted and punished
in much more aggressive ways than
Whites. The U.S. justice system is a

racist institution designed to margin-
alize and control millions of Blacks.
The system needs public scrutiny
and disbandment.
A lot of Blacks are doing well eco-
nomically and politically, but an aw-
ful lot are in jail due to their lack of
money and political power. Through
its reach and impact, the U.S. prison
industrial complex keep the nation's
power elite secure and in place. The
system benefits government and in-

dustry and maintains racial
disparities in education and
job sectors that contribute to
the booming prison popula-
tion. According to the U.S.
Bureau of Justice Statis-
tics, about 1 percent of the
nation's adult population,
2,292,133 adults were incar-
cerated in U.S. federal and
state prisons and county jails
at year-end 2009. Blacks


make up 13 percent of
the U.S. population, yet
make up 49 percent of
the prison populace. Year
after year the numbers
are stark and dispropor-
tionate; in 2008 one in 18
men, one in 89 women,
one-in-13 Blacks and one
in 45 whites were under
correctional control.
More Black men are

in U.S. prisons than colleges. Edu-
cation and race seem to be decisive
factors in who goes to jail and what
age group has the greatest chance
of incarceration. Going to prison
no longer affects just the individual
who committed the crime the fam-
ily and community left behind gain a
new burden. The likelihood of com-
mitting and falling victim to crime
also depends on several demographic
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Dyron Snipe, with daughter Seidron, says his expectation of deployment could hinder his
job prospects.

Vets join tough job market

Returning military personnel are prime

candidates but face array of obstacles

By Emily Glazer

As the U.S. pulls troops out
of Iraq, some companies say
they are looking to add a few
former soldiers to their ranks.
That may be easier said than
Following President Barack
Obama's October troop with-
drawal announcement, tens
of thousands of service mem-
bers are expected to leave Iraq
by Dec. 31. Those who don't
re-enlist, join the reserves or
ride out a contract will re-enter
civilian life and for most. that

means getting a job.
But only about half of vet-
erans felt they were prepared
to assimilate into civilian life
and look for work, according to
an October survey by Monster
Worldwide Inc. And nearly one
in five recently returned veter-
ans from Iraq and Afghanistan
screen positive for post-trau-
matic stress disorder, accord-
ing a 2008 study by RAND
Corp., a nonprofit research
Yet veterans and service
members are known to have
skills that managers consider

essential to the workplace.
Some of those skills include
attention to detail, self-
discipline, problem-solving,
decision-making in stressful
situations and ability to work
in a team, say human-resourc-
es experts.
More than 60 percent of em-
ployers feel motivated to hire
veterans based on their qualfi-
cations and prior work experi-
ence and a full 98 percent of
employers that had hired a
veteran would hire one again, :
according to an October Mon-
ster suLrvey.
As an incentive, the Senate
passed legislation earlier this
month that includes tax
Please turn to JOB 8D




unwanted mobile
text ads

Q. I salw an offer at
a restaurant that if
I tested a number ---
w.vould get a free soft
drink. As I was enjoy-
ing my 20 ounces of
Cherry Coke. I noticed
the fine print on the
offer: the restaurant
would send me texts
on promotions and of-
fers. Help! Each text
message costs me 20
cents and that Cherry
Coke is now costing
me money. How do I
stop it?
A. Many respon-
sible companies allow
you to turn off text-
message advertising
by texting "STOP" -to
the same number you
used .to get the free
item or service but
you may first want to
see if the restaurant
has a Web site with
specific instructions
that confirming that
"STOP" works or lists
another way to get off
the mobile mailing
list. (If you do not re-
member the number
you used to get the
free beverage, check
your phone's messag-
es log.)
While testing
"STOP" works in some
situations, serious
spammers may take
your reply as evidence
of a live working num-
ber. This cold mean
you get more spam
sent to your phone or
they sell your number
to other junk mailers.
If the restaurant has
given you neither in-
structions nor meth-
ods for opting out,
blocking the messag-
es is another option.
Your wireless carrier
should have details
for blocking text mes-
sages. For example,
you can find infor-
mation from AT&T,
Sprint, T-Mobile and
Verizon Wireless on
their company Web
sites. A phone call to
the carrier's customer
service line may also
take care of the mat-
ter. Depending on

your phone's software
platform and capabili-
ties, you may also be
able to find an app to
block text spam, like
Anti SMS Spam for
The Federal Com-
munication Commis-
sion's rules for un-
solicited mail sent to
mobile phones do not
cover messages sent
directly from phone
to phone. The govern-
ment's rules do ban
messages that use an
Internet address to
get to your phone, so
if you ever get spam
addressed to your
phone number (like

1212555121 2,'.txt.
att.netl. you can file
a complaint. You can
read more about the
F.C.C.'s regulations onr
unwanted text mes-
sages and e-mail land
how to officially com-
plain about l) here.

YouTube's rules
for saving video

Q. Is it possible to
download videos froin
A.Several browser
plug-ins and utility
programs around the
Web do let you grab
copies of your favor-

ite clips and stash
them away on your
hard drive. But even
though the site hosts
many clips show-
ing how to down-
load YouTube videos,
the official YouTube
FAQ states that do-
ing so is. against the
site's terms of service
agreement and is a
violation of the video-
owner's copyright.
Some video pages
found on YouTube may
have an official button
to download a copy of
the clip from the site.
In that case. YouTube
does allow you to take
a copy for yourself.


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waiting list for Eff. & 1br. for only one day and until the last application is given
200 pre-applications for 1br. and 50 for Eff. will be available on November 29,
2011 starting from 9am until the last application is distributed at Orlando Apart-
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identification or driver license card in order to get an application.
Pre-application must be fully completed before mailed via U.S. Postal Service
regular or Certified mail to: Orlando Apts leasing Office at 800 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139.
Mailed pre-applications must be postmarked by the waiting list closing date
December 1, 2011.
Pre-application may be submitted at our leasing office located at 800 Wash-
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2011 during the hours of 8am to 4pm.
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2011 will not be accepted and wi" '"-'"-"dered void.

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at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:



Deadline for Request for Additional Information/Clarification: 11/29/2011
at 5:00 P.M.

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchasing
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NO. 12271.

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City Manager
AD NO. 16418

By Bruce Horovitz

Consumer rage in
an electronic age has
corporate titans doing
something few have so
willingly done before:
When Bank of Amer-
ica announced recent-
ly that it was nixing its
widely panned plan to
charge consumers a
monthly $5 debit card
fee, it joined a handful
of other familiar banks
that also had back-
pedaled. The unusual
moves follow a recent,
about-face 'by Netflix,

which scrapped plans
to split into two busi-
nesses and ultimate-
ly charge customers
"Every company is
now sitting on elec-
tronic quicksand,"
says Howard Ruben-
stein, the famed New
York PR guru. "It may
look like solid ground,
but one wrong move
and you're up to your
Some see it as the
Occupy Wall Street of
the no-longer-silent
majority. Most corpo-
rations become aware
of the wallop of this

emerging consumer
power only when they
make a serious mis-
take and fall victim to
it. This new, power-to-
the-grumbler move-
ment is only going to
There's a consider-
able price to be paid
in damaged reputation
- and lost business
- to companies that
don't pay heed. About
$58 billion in trans-
actions may be at risk
from Americans who
had a problem with a
product or service pur-
chased within the past
year, estimates a study

due out today from the
W.P. Carey School of
Business at Arizona
State University.
"Most companies
don't handle problems
well," says Mary Jo
Bitner, the business
professor who oversaw
the study. "And that
only gets people more
enraged." Behind the
Social media ex-
plosion. "For the first
time ever, the volume
of response is now vis-
ible because of social
media," branding i con-
sultant Martin :,ind-
strom says.


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Issuers offer money-back, savings perks DISC VER

to consumers on the hunt for good deals

By Hadley Malcolm

As Black Friday kicks off a holi-
day buying frenzy, credit cards can
become a back-pocket arsenal for
shoppers looking to save more than
a few bucks on myriad purchases.
Credit card companies and retail-
ers with credit cards will be .more
aggressive than ever this holiday
season in promoting cash-back
deals and savings benefits, credit
card experts say.
"Card issuers are courting con-
sumers again," says Beverly Harzog
at Credit.com. "This is the perfect
time, when people are really look-
ing to get a deal to make it through
the holidays."
American Express this month
started offering five times the
amount of rewards points to card
holders when they buy from certain
brands, such as Apple and Target. A
"Cyber Week" promotion Nov. 21-30
allows card holders to redeem their
points on discounted items.

Discover card members will re-
ceive five percent to 10 percent more
cash back during the holidays when
they shop certain retailers through
Discover's ShopDiscover.
The Amazon.com rewards card
offers extra points for all digital
downloads from the site Nov. 15-
Dec. 31.
Deals such as those can mean
significant savings at a time con-
sumers are buying more than usu-
"It becomes a wonderful financial
tool," says Bill Hardekopf, CEO of
But shoppers considering rewards
cards should understand that there
are drawbacks.
Paying a credit card bill off in
time is key. If you don't pay off your
bill in full, "you're going to negate
any rewards you get," Harzog says.
Places such as Macy's, Gap and
Best Buy will push their store-spe-
cific credit cards on consumers vis-
iting during the holidays more than

Shoppers are being courted by credit card companies for the holi-

day season.
any other time of year, says John
Ulzheimer, president of consumer
education at SmartCredit.com.
However, the interest rate on retail
credit cards is usually 10 percent-
age points more than with general
use cards such as Visa and Ameri-
can Express, he says. And you can
only use the cards with that specific
That doesn't deter some shop-
pers. Connie Tilton, a paralegal

from Topeka, has cards for Kohl's
and Macy's "because of the extra
discounts I receive during the year,"
the 49-year-old says.
Year-long discounts are one of the
upsides to store-specific cards, Ul-
zheimer says.
"There is a benefit if you frequent
a store a lot, and you're going to
be spending money thei-e, anyway.
Why not save 10, 15 bucks on your

Job market is tough for returning war veterans

continued from 7D

breaks for businesses
that hire veterans-up
to $5,600 for veterans
and up to $9,600 for
disabled veterans.
Earlier this year,
JPMorgan Chase &
Co. and about 15 other
U.S. companies-in-
cluding Cisco Systems
Inc., Delta Air Lines
Inc. and AT&T Inc.-
said they plan to hire
100,000 transitioning
service members and
military veterans by
Chase, which also
rolled out a national ad

campaign promoting
the so-called 100,000
Jobs Mission, says it
hires on average 10
veterans a day in roles
ranging from entry-
Slevel bank specialist to
"This is a well-
trained workforce that
already demonstrated
their ability to deliver
on higher missions,"
says the bank's chief
administrative officer,
Frank Bisignano.
Networking-equip -
ment maker Cisco
has hired dozens'of
veterans in sales and
services roles, as well
as for networking con-

suiting and general en-
Cisco says that vet-
erans work well in a
high-pressure, de-
manding environment.
It also likes being rec-
ognized as a veteran-
friendly company. "It's
good for business,"
says Michael Veysey,
director of Veterans
Programs at Cisco.
RailWorks Corp.,
a maintenance and
construction railroad
company, has been
seeking out veterans
for laborer or operator
positions, such as put-
ting down track, using
sledge hammers and

learning to operate
some machinery, says
Harry Glantz, vice
president of human re-
Glantz says he an-
ticipates around 50
jobs this year open to
all, but aimed at those
in the military or vet-
erans. "They're not
going to worry about
sleeping in a trailer,
not going to worry
about hard work, they
can physically do
this," Glantz says.
But for many veter-
ans and service mem-
bers, getting through
the hiring process
and assimilating into

corporate culture can
be challenging.
They sometimes
have trouble trans-
lating prior skills to
civilian jobs since
job titles differ, such
as "manager" versus
"military officer." Oth-
ers may have issues
with work availabil-
ity if they plan to de-
ploy again. And once
they're finally in the
job, veterans may
struggle to adapt to
different social and
cultural situations
where etiquette is dif-
ferent from what they
are used to.
"It's not just a new

Nation's jobless claims decline for first time

continued from 6D

this month that employers
added more jobs in August
and September than it had
initially reported. And the
unemployment rate dipped to
nine percent.
The economy is growing
but not quickly enough to
generate many jobs. A series

of reports this week shows
manufacturers are produc-
ing more goods and consum-
ers are spending more in re-
tail stores.
Inflation may be peak-
ing, too, largely because gas
prices have fallen. That could
help boost consumer spend-
ing, which fuels 70 percent of
economic activity.
Stronger consumer spend-

ing this summer was a key
reason the economy grew at
an annual rate of 2.5 percent
in the July-September quar-
ter. Many economists fore-
cast similar or slightly better
growth for the October-De-
cember quarter.
The economy needs to grow
at nearly double that rate
- consistently to make a
significant dent in the un-

employment rate, which has
been near, nine percent for
more than two years.
Economists worry that con-
sumers can't sustain their
spending growth from this
summer without more jobs
and higher pay. Consumers
spent more in the third quar-
ter while earning less. Many
dipped into their savings to
make up the difference.

More consumers face disrespectful debt collectors

continued from 6D

"They tortured me is what
they did. It got to the point
I dreaded answering the
phone," says Sowell, 72, of
San Augustine, Texas, a for-
mer waitress who raised five
children. As a young woman,
she lost a leg in a car accident
and now lives on a $694-a-
month disability check. "The
worst thing they said was,
'You're just a deadbeat. How
would you like Garner & Son
to go to his grave and dig up
his body and bring it to you
at your house.' "
Sowell called the FTC,

which filed a lawsuit saying
the collector's behavior broke
the law.
"In hard times, people have
a harder time paying, and
debt collectors have to work
harder to go after them," Pahl
says. "Some debt collectors
cross the line into violation of
the law."
The FTC prosecutes the
worst cases, which paint a
harrowing picture of aggres-
sive tactics by some debt col-
*The FTC's lawsuit in Sow-
ell's case accuses employees
of Rumson, Bolling & Asso-
ciates of screaming at debt-
ors, calling them "deadbeat,"

"white trash," "cracker head"
and "scumbag," according
to an FTC complaint filed in
Attorney Chris Pitet, who
represents Rumson, says
that if Sowell or any other
debtors were abused "it was
not a company policy." Com-
pany President David Hynes
took "serious disciplinary
actions," including firing at
least one employee, Pitet says.
A court-appointed receiver
has "sized the company and
plans to shut it down. Pitet is
challenging that action while
preparing to respond formal-
ly to the lawsuit.
*Emrnloyees in the debt col-

election department of loan
company Payday Financial in
Timber Lake, S.D., instructed
employers to garnish wages,
claiming falsely that it can be
done without a court order,
according to an FTC com-
plaint filed in September.
Payday Financial, which
requires debtors to sign
an agreement to have their
wages garnished if they
don't pay, admits to having
instructed employers to gar-
nish wages without a court
order but denies that the
practice is illegal, according
to its Oct. 4 response to the
lawsuit, which is still pend-

job; it's a totally new
field," says Andrew
Roberts,.'who returned
from Iraq in 2004 and
now oversees a vet-
erans program for
the North Shore-LIJ
Health System, which
operates hospitals in
the New York area.
"Suddenly you're real-
ly starting at the bot-
tom again," he says.

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Facebook helps business

continued from 6D

You also can chat
live with customers,
post your business
events to their profiles,
show them pictures of
new items daily, get
customers to "like"
items and benefit from
fans sharing the items.
Here are some tips
on interacting with
your online customers:
Listen sincerely.
In this case, you would
read sincerely.
Try to get to know
your friends or custom-
ers. As you learn more,
you will understand
their needs, preferenc-
es and likes. This will
help you know what to
offer them.
Be sympathetic.
Pay attention to their
ideas and desires.
Help them decide

what they need and
what they may want to
buy. Try to be creative
and give customers an
array of possibilities to
make them feel the de-
cision is theirs.
Don't criticize,
condemn or com-
plain. Don't create on-
line arguments.
It creates a nega-
tive atmosphere, and
you will lose time you
could have spent pro-
moting positive feel-
ings. It is not worth it.
Create an event,
throw out a chal-
lenge and get cus-
tomers involved.
Give your customer
valuable content that
will get a reaction.
Update your status
and content often but
make sure it is infor-
mation that is helpful
and relevant to their

Spend less on prisons

continued from 6D

characteristics. Over-
all, men, minorities,
the young and those
in less favorable finan-
cial positions are more
likely to be crime vic-
tims, as well as com-
mit crimes.
Why do Black Ameri-
cans continue to ac-
cept the status quo
and "white-oriented"
system? The Ameri-
can system of justice is
skewed and racist and
the likelihood of Black
males going to prison
in their lifetime is 16
percent compared to
two percent of white
males. The unequal
targeting and treat-
ment of minorities at
every stage of the crim-
inal justice process
from arrest to -tri'tlnl-
ing -,- reinforces the.
fact of the inequality
in the first place, with
the unfairness at every
successive stage of the

process compounding
the effects of earlier in-
justices. The result is a
vicious cycle that has
evolved into a self-ful-
filling prophecy: More
minority arrests and
convictions perpetuate
beliefs that minorities
commit more crimes,
which in turn leads
to racial profiling and
more minority arrests.
The criminal justice
problem can't be ad-
dressed subtly; noth-
ing short of a ma-
jor social movement
can dismantle this
American caste sys-
tem. Black communi-
ties will only become
safer when more help
and services are pro-
vided as opposed to
prison, when citizens
coming home from
prison can vote and
work :re-'lv and when
we expand and rein-
vest our prison bud-
gets on education and
other civic institutions
that help and serve.

Ve ., The Miami Children's Initiative has
* scheduled the following meeting:
4 Board of Directors, Annie Neas-
man/Chair on Tuesday, December
13, 2011 to be held in the 4th Floor
Conference Room of the Joseph Caleb Center,
5400 NW 22nd Avenue at 6:00 pm.

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dadel
Monroe is seeking a candidate to fill a private-
sector member position on its Board of Directors.
Candidate must reside in Florida and be one of the
following individuals associated with a private-sec-
tor business entity conducting business in Miami-
Dade or Monroe County:
An owner having at least a 10% ownership inter-
est in the business entity;
The CEO or COO of the business entity;
A business executive or employee of the business
entity who is at the management level or higher
with optimum policy making or hiring authority; or
An individual who previously met one of the crite-
ria aforementioned, but is retired from the business
entity. The candidate (or candidate's relative) must
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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
$760 monthly. One bed-
room starting at $700, De-
posit is $500 if you qualify.
Appliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

1031 NW 197 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
Rooms available also. Utili-
ties included. Background
check required.
1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Mr. Willie #6

1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$500. Appliances, free

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

1245 NW 58th Street
Studio $395 per month
One bedroom, one bath apt.
$495 per month, $750 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578
1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525 Free Water

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

1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom one bath.
$425 Ms Snorry irr#1
140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500, 786-236-1144 or

14041 NE 2 AVENUE
One bedroom, two baths.
$825. 305-254-6610
14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425,
Ms. Jackson 786-267-1646.

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrms, one bath $525
1500 NW 65th Street
One bedroom, one bath-
room apt. $425 per month,
$670 move in All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inches LCD TV. Call Joel

1510 NW 68th Street
One bdrm, one bath, $475.
Call 786-797-6417
1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $425; one bedroom
$525; two bedrooms $625,
free water cheap move in.

1600 NW 59 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $575,
appliances, 305-642-7080.

1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1,

1731 NW 183 Drive
Two bedrooms, one bath, tile
floors, near all facilities, free
water. $800 monthly. Security
required. 305-493-9635
1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$475. Two bedrooms, one
bath $575. Appliances,

180 NW 59 STREET
One, two, and three bed-
rooms. Call: 305-216-5390 or
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

1803 NW 1 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath
apt. $595 per month. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Joel 786-

1943 NW 2 Court

One bdrm, $500,
quite,cheap move in,786-

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
2401 NW 52 Street # 1
One bedroom, central air,
tiled, appliances, $550
monthly, 954-522-4645.
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one bath
$650, free water. 305-642-
2625 NW 55 Street
One bedroom, attached to a
house. $650 monthly.
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 786-402-8403
3040 NW 135 Street
One bdrm, one bath apt.,
$670 mthly. 786-252-4657

3301 NW 51 Street
$595 move in, utilities in-
cluded. 786-389-1686.
411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 monthly.
Two bdrms., one bath, $650
monthly. All appliances
included. Call Joel

448 NW 7 Street
One bdrm, nice. $425 mtlhy.
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $425.
Appliances, free water.

50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
540 NW 7 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$450, two bedrooms and'
ori bath, appliances $550,
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 N W 50 Street or call.
65 NW 27 Street
(1st Ave. and 27th St.)
Five bedrooms, three baths.
$1000 monthly, allappli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV! Call Joel

731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $550 monthly.
Call 786-478-5430

771 NW 80 Street
One bedroom
Call 786-295-9961
8295 N.E. Miami Court
Large one bdrm, one bath,
central air, new kitchen and
bath. Walk in closet, $575
monthly. 305-793-0002
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
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
Beautiful one bedroom, $594
monthly, apartment in gated

community on bus lines. Ap-
ply at: 2651 NW 50 Street or
Call 305-638-3699.

$0 down to move in! One
bdrm, water included. 305-
603-9592, 305-458-1791 or

One and two bedrooms.
Two bdrms, tiled. $650 mthly
if qualified. 786-402-0672.
Clean and convenient one
bdrm, one bath for Section 8
Voucher. 305-528-6889.
$0 down to move in. One
and two bedrooms, water
included. 305-603-9592,
305-458-1791 or

Renovated Apartments
One bedroom, $525, two
bedrooms, $625, Call Ofer
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice two bedrooms, air
condition, appliances. Free
HOT water, window shades,
$470 monthly, plus $200
deposit. 305-665-4938,

Business Rentals
4801 NW 27 Avenue
Freestanding store available,
completely renovated. Air
conditioned. Roll-down
security doors. Outside
lighting. $950 monthly, $950
Security Deposit. Call

269 NW 7th St. Unit 318
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$900 monthly, 305-757-7067,
Design Realty.
Three bdrms, one bath, Sec-
tion 8. $1100. 305-979-5178.
Two bedrooms, two baths,
first floor condo with patio,
air, pool. Gated community,
$1200 monthly, Section 8 Ok!
Call 305-992-6705.
Three and four bedrooms
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
4127 NW 181 Terrace, 19351
NW 45 Avenue, 18709 NW
46 Avenue.

10100 NW 26 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, fenced yard.
First, last and security. $900
monthly. 305-986-8395.
1023 NW 47 Street
Efficiency, one bath. $575.
three bedrooms one bath,
$1150 Appliances, free
electric, water. 305-642-
1287 NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, no water. $825
monthly. Call Frank Cooper
1291 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tiled,
appliances included. Section
8 only. 786-277-4395
1526 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$475, free water,

1537 NW 51 Terrace
Two bdrms, one oaih, $695,
free water, 305-642-7080.
1601 NW 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
Section 8 OK. $1,050 mthly.
1832 NW 50 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
bars, air, free water, Section 8
Welcome, $890 monthly, ap-
pliances, 305-215-8125.
2 NE 59 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. 786-237-1292
207 SE 10 Street
Air condition one bedroom,
one bath, water and appli-
ances included. 305-685-
209-211 NW 41 Street
Three bdrms, one bath and
two bdrms, one bath, conve-
niently located, new renova-
tion. Section 8 Only!
2118 NW 42 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $795,
appliances, 305-642-7080.
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath, re-
modeled. $895. Call:
2273 NW 65 Street Rear
One bdrm. $595 monthly
2285 NW 101 Street
One bedroom, tile, water, air,

bars. $700, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker

2490 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, tile, air,
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. $1,025 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567
3151 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated $800 mthly.
First, last and security.
4425 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$675, appliances, 305-642-
4603 NW 15 Avenue
Two bedrooms, den, $900.
515 N.E 150 Street #4
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. 954-437-8034
5769 NW 29 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath, nice,
clean, tile, air, $650 monthly,
Arlene 305-835-6281 or
775 NW 47 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath units. Family neighbor-
hood. Completely renovated,
new appliances. Section 8
Only. 305-975-1987
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$795. Appliances, free

7932 NW 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile, carpet, fenced yard, wa-
ter included, $900. Section 8
Welcome. 305-389-4011
3737 Charles Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath duplex
located in Coconut Grove.
Near schools and buses.
$650 mthly, $650 security de-
posit, $1300 total to move in.
305-448-4225 or apply at:
3737 Charles Terrace
Large efficiency. Everything
included. $650 monthly.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 monthly, 305-757-7067,
Design Realty.
100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
2424 NW 44 Street-Rear
One bedroom, one bath, air,
free utilities. $600 monthly.
$900 to move in.
5629 SW Fillmore Street
Hollywood. Large unit. $650
mthly. $1300 to move in.
Utilities included. 786-370-
Furnished, private entrance.
Furnished Rooms'
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
10530 SW 160 Street
Free utilities, washer/dryer,
internet and central air. $450
monthly, $100 deposit. Call
305-747-8858, 305-240-
1358 NW 71 Street
Air, use of entire house, ca-
1722 NW 77 Street
$120 weekly, air,
1761 NW 84 STREET
Private entrance, cable. $600
monthly. 305-244-4928
1775 NW 151 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1822 NW 66 Street
$300 monthly. 305-244-2528
for appointment.
19541 NW 37 Court
Air. Kitchen privileges, $500
monthly. First and last.
2373 NW 61 Street, Front
Call 305-693-1017 or
2915 NW 156 Street
Free utilities. $135 weekly,
$300 move in. 305-624-3966
4220 NW 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Thanksgiving special, $300
monthly, $400 to move in, air
and utilities included.
Call 786-558-8096
9800 NW 25 Avenue
Rooms in Christian home,
furnished/unfurnished, no
cooking, small refrigerator,

call 305-691-2404 or

Nice rooms with extras, $115-
$135 weekly. 786-290-1268,
305-467-0882, 772-342-3618
$120 weekly, $240 move in,
Includes cable, central air.
Clean, nice, air and cable.
$100 weekly. 786-426-6263
12620 NW 17 Avenue
Cozy three bdrms, one bath,
bars, fenced, air, remodeled.
$1,250 monthly. First and
last. Section 8 OK. Call for
appointment 305-621-0576
15851 NW 18 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air, washer and dryer includ-
ed. $1000 monthly, $2000 to
move in. 305-989-5941
16925 NW 25 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, tile, air, $1,300, No Sec-
tion 8. Terry Dellerson, Bro-
ker, 305-891-6776.
18321 NW 39 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
tiled, stainless steel applianc-
es. $1600 monthly, Section 8
Welcome. 786-260-5708.
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bdrms, two baths.
$1200. 305-642-7080
189 Street NW 43 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
den, Section 8, HOPWA.
1941 NW 163 ST ROAD
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air, fence, appliances. $950
19620 NW 22nd Avenue
Beautiful three bedrooms,
two baths home with garage
and large yard. Section 8 wel-
come. Call Fred:
2145 NW 41 Street
Two bedrooms, den, central
air. $975. 786-306-4839.
310 NE 58 Terrace
Five bedrooms, 3 baths,
$1200 monthly, all appli-
ances included Free 19
inch LCD TV Call Joel 786-

3501 NW 9 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$995, stove, refrigerator,
r-~freewvater:-305-642-7080 -
4250 NW 178 Terrace
Large three bedrooms, two
baths, move in condition,
Section 8 welcome.
5510 NW 1 Avenue
Brand new, remodeled three
bedrooms, two baths. Section
8 Welcome. 786-306-6515,
954-364-4168 by appoint-
ment only.
7 NE 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$825. 305-642-7080
770 NW 55 Street
Large two bedrooms, one
bath, water included, $850
monthly. No Section 8. Call
7753 NW 2 Court
Two bedroom, one bath
house, $700 monthly,
central air, all appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578.

Large two bedroom town-
house. Section 8 OK. Call
Sean. 305-205-7738.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1300 monthly, 305-757-
7067, Design Realty.
44th Street, two bedrooms,
one bath, $900 monthly, 305-
757-7067, Design Realty.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 Welcome! Call Cal-
vin 786-443-8222.
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916.
Rent with Option
2461 NW 152 Street
Miami Gardens home, two
bdrms, one bath, air, fenced
yard. First, last and security.
$950 mthly. 305-986-8395.


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Soul, Jazz, Blues, Reggae,
Caribbean, Latin, Disco,
Rap. Also DJ Collections! Tell
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Three bdrms, garage, pool,
central air. Need TLC. $8900
down and $1500 monthly.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700

Trainees Needed!
Local firms need Certified
Admin Staff with computer
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Local Training
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Assistance available!
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a person that has the expe-
rience and skills necessary
for correcting spelling.and
grammar. Email kmcneir@
miamitimesonline.com or
call 305-694-6216.

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade, Bro-
ward and Miami Dade.
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and 1 p.m. Must have reli-
able, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street


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kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices. 14130
N.W. 22nd Avenue.
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KA.i Miami Central rolls on

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

Amidst false allegations of
having an ineligible player
on the team that called their
entire season into question,
the Central Rockets had a lot
to prove Friday night in their
quarter final game against the
Pembroke Pines Charter Jag-
Quarterback Austin Stock
was under investigation after
an anonymous packet with
video and photos was sent to
the Miami Herald and the Flor-
ida High School Athletic Asso-
ciation (FHSAA) that claimed
the quarterback lived outside
of Central's district.
According to updated infor-
mation on Miamiherald.com,
the proper paperwork was filed
and there was no discrepancy
- the FHSAA has yet to offi-
cially rule on the matter, pend-

ing more information. Howev-
er, against that backdrop, the
Rockets executed almost flaw-
less play, quieting the storm
as they plundered and shutout
the Jaguars (6-5) 71-0.
Without going into much
detail about the controversy,
Central head coach Telly Lock-
ette said that it only made the
team stronger.
"It added fuel to the fire,"
Lockette said. "It's sad that
somebody would try to do that
to discredit a kid."
While Central (10-0) play
showed otherwise, Lockette
said that he sure it was on the
minds of his players at least a
little bit.
"Some of that will play into
your psyche," he said. "But
we're growing from it."
Central's players showed no
mercy, perhaps sending a mes-
sage to other teams that they
will not be stopped, scoring
35 points in the first quarter.

Stock threw for 161 yards and
two touchdown passes, includ-
ing a 77-yard pass for touch-
down to senior receiver Dar-
real Joyner.
Central's running game dom-
inated, garnering 313 yards on
the night, led by sophomore
running back Dalvin Cooke,
who collected 130 yards on 3
carries for two touchdowns.
Sophomore running back, Jo-
seph Yearby had two touch-
downs in the first quarter; his
third was called back.
It was evident early on that
the Jaguars had no chance as
they had only two first downs in
the first quarter. Central's de-
fense had back-to-back sacks
and tackles for big losses and
refused to budge. The Rockets
next game is a rematch against
the team they beat earlier this
year in quadruple overtime -
Belen Jesuit. The game kicks
off on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at
Traz Powell.


the Cup

Tiger Woods gerts the
_, winning point and cap-

tain Fred Couples gets
validation for putting
Woods on the tean as
the USA prevails in the
Presidents Cup.

VICTORY: Tiger Woods hugs captain Fred Couples.

President Cup win is

redemption for USA

By Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

The winning point for Tiger Woods.
A perfect record for Jim Furyk. And
Validation for U.S., captain Fred
The Americans won the Presi-
dents Cup as a team, 19-15, aveng-
ing their worst loss ever in any cup
competition 13 years ago on a Royal
Melbourne course that lived up to
its reputation as among the greatest
tests in golf.
Yet even as they gathered around
the gold trophy at the closing cere-
mony Sunday afternoon, all of them
dressed in red shirts and blue blaz-
ers, it was hard to ignore the singu-
lar achievements.
Couples was criticized in some
corners for picking Woods, who had
fallen out of the top 50 for the first
time in 15 years and had gone two
years without winning.
Even the International team cap-
tain, Greg Norman, said he would
have taken PGA champion Keegan
So perhaps it was only fitting that
it was Woods who blasted out of a
deep bunker on the 15th hole to
within 2 feet to put away Aaron Bad-
deley and give the Americans the
point they needed to win the Presi-
dents Cup.
Couples was among the first to
greet him, shadow boxing with the
guy he called "the best player in the

world forever."
"I'm thankful that he picked me,"
Woods said. "Greg is probably not
happy about it after I closed out the
cup today. But it's great to be a part
of this team. I'm thankful that Fred-
die believed in me to be a part of this
team. This is just a great bunch of
Woods was solid for five matches,
even though he was rewarded with
only two points.
"A lot of people have asked why I
picked him and how he was going to
play," Couples said.
Furyk had his worst full season
since he was a rookie, failing to win
a tournament or come even close,
only securing a spot on the team in
the final hour.
He teamed with Phil' Mickelson
three times, Nick Watney once and
was at his best by himself against
Ernie Els to become only the fourth
player to go 5-0 in the Presidents
The Americans not only won the
cup for the fourth straight time, but
it was the third consecutive win by
at least four points. They now lead
the series 7-1-1 and earned a small
measure of revenge for the last time
Down Under.
Norman attributed yet another loss
to the foursomes matches, where the
Americans had an 8-3 advantage.
"The last three years have gone
so similar," Ogilvy said. "We go into
singles needing a miracle."

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Former Savannah State

coach settles lawsuit

By Ray Giler

Robbery Wells, the for-
mer Savannah Stare foot-
ball coach who was suing
the school for ra-
cial discrimination
met with Savanah
State officials in a
news conference
Monday. Wells and
the school settled
their differences W
through a media-
tor, and neither side was
allowed under the terms of
the agreement to declare
victory in the suit brought
by Wells in 2010.
Wells sued the school
and the University System
of Georgia for firing him
because he is white. The
school which is historical-
ly Black, athletic depart-
ment protocols and that is
why he was terminated.
A suit still is pending,
filed by four students who
claim they were offered

athletic scholarships by
S\vannah State that were
later pulled away because
they were white.
A day after Wells said in
a phone interview
that he \on his
; case. his lawyer,
S Debra Schwartz,
said, "He didn't win
his case: he settled
his case. He won a
LLS Scwartz added,
The parties requested
mediation through the
courts. They, mediated and
settled the case."
"If you settle your case
and you get some of the
things you wanted out of
the case, then I think you
are a winner."
The school settled an-
other racial discrimination
lawsuit over two years ago,
which was brought by its
white baseball coach, Ja-
mie Rigdon, in 2004. Rig-
don received $265,000.

ON THE RISE: Virginia coach Mike London talks to
his team during Saturday's win against Florida State.

Virginia looks like champion

after topping Florida State

By Andy Gardiner

What we learned: Vir-
ginia continued its role
as surprise team of the
season and Mike London
strengthened his claim to
coach of the year honors
by outlasting No. 22 Flor-
ida State. 14-13. winning
in Tallahassee for the first
time when the Seminoles'
43-yard game winning
field goal try went wide
left in the final seconds.
The Cavaliers (8-3. 5-2)
can earn their first berth
in the conference cham-
pionship game if. they
can beat No. 7 Virginia
Tech next week in Char-
lottesville. The Seminoles
(7-4, 5-3) lost their three
league games by a total of
11 points.
The Hokies (10-1, 6-1)
reached 10 victories for
the eighth consecutive
season -- longest streak
in the nation -- by holding
off North Carolina (6-5,
3-4), 24-21 on Thursday.
It brought coach Frank
Beamer his 250th career
victory. Quarterback Lo-
gan Thomas was again
the catalyst, producing
all three Hokies touch-
Best performance:

Give a group hug to
North Carolina State,
which may have saved
coach Tom O'Brien's job
by embarrassing eighth-
ranked Clemson, 37-13,
in Raleigh. Mike Glennon
threw for 253 yards and
three touchdowns as the
Wolfpack (6-5, 3-4) broke
loose for 27 points in the
second quarter.
Biggest disappoint-
ment: In one of the more
memorable mail-it-in per-
formances after clinch-
ing its berth in the league
title game. Clemson (9-2,
6-2) turned the ball over
four times and surren-
dered almost 400 yards
in total offense to an N.C.
State team that ranked
Ilth in the conference.
Looking ahead: Virgin-
ia, which is bowl-eligible
for the first time since
2007, can get a crack at
its first BCS bowl berth
by beating Virginia Tech
and advancing to the
ACC championship game
against Clemson. The
Hokies will try to reach
the title game for the fifth
time in seven years.
North Carolina State
can qualify for a bowl by
beating reeling Maryland
(2-9, 1-6) at home.

Hurricanes never produced
So this is how it all comes that the team will bypass any
to an end for the Miami Hur- bowl offers and begin the pun-
ricanes. Coming off a less than ishment phase of what's sure to
impressive 6-3 win against be a substantial penalty from
South Florida this past Satur- the NCAA over the entire Nevin
day, the University announced Shapiro debacle. This means

Friday's home game against
the Boston College Eagles will
be the final game in the careers
of the much ballyhooed great
Miami Northwestern class that
was supposed to resurrect the
program and make the Canes
great again. So long Jacory
Harris and Tommy Streeter -
we will surely be watching you
on Sunday in the NFL. Sean
Spence is one helluva line-
backer no doubt about it. As
for Marcus Fortson, maybe he
shouldn't have worn number
99 because he never quite re-

minded me of the great Warren
All we ever heard about was
how talented these guys were.
But the final tally will read no
ACC championship appear-
ances, no bowl victories and
no BCS appearances just a
whole lot of potential that never
came to fruition. Who do you
blame? I guess it depends on
who you ask but this program
has been in a tailspin for some-
time now. Maybe the expecta-
tions were too high Whatever
the case these guys will not get

the chance to partially rectify
the situation by at least win-
ning one bowl game. It is defi-
nitely a shame and is a sad
ending to what we all hoped
would be storied careers at the
U. It could be a combination
of guys just not working hard
enough to be great. It could
be that the "father figure" ex-
coach Randy Shannon and his
staff simply failed to bring the
best out of these young men.
I certainly hope the next time
the Canes land some highly-
touted recruits, we all do not

get beside ourselves and start
planning a championship pa-
rade on Biscayne Boulevard
prematurely. Yes, we miss the
great days of winning nation-
al championships. We long for
the return of such legendary
players as Ed Reed, Michael
Irvin and Ken Dorsey. Winning
championships is a tradition on
which the U was founded. And
thanks to those former Miami
Northwestern Bulls who gave
us great hope upon their arriv-
al at the U. Let's hope for better
days for the next crop.