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Hazed FAMU drum

major is laid to rest
Band director fired over death
By Randy Grice
-.In the aftermath of the sudden and un-
-- timely death of Florida A & M University
(FAMU) drum major, Robert Champion,
Jr., 26, who died after an October 19th
band performance at the Florida Classic
half-time show, his parents have sought
legal counsel. They say they intend to file
suit against the University.
"It needs to stop," said Pam Champion,
S Champion's mother in a recently televised
press conference. "No one wants to hear
Robert Champion was expected to lead the your son collapsed and died. We want to
make sure it doesn't happen again."
Marching 100 next season. Please turn to FAMU 8A

Victim count now five

Disfigurement and death are
results of illegal procedures
By D. Kevin McNeir
More women continue to come forward fil-
ing complaints with local police, after nation-
al news coverage revealed the sordid case of
an undetermined number of illegal body en-
hancement procedures performed by at least
two area men. Police arrested Oneal Ron
Morris, 30, last week on charges of practic-
ing healthcare without a license and causing
bodily injury. He had been released after post-
ing a $15,000 bond, but was arrested again
after a second victim came forward.
Photos taken by Miami Gardens police, the
city in which Morris is alleged to have per-
Please turn to PROCEDURES 8A

Latest victim of illegal body enhancement





By Susan Saulny
An Atlanta woman came for-
ward in an interview broadcast
Monday night with details about
what she called a 13-year affair
with Herman Cain, the Republi-
can presidential contender whose
campaign was already struggling
to overcome damage from accusa-
tions of sexual harassment.
The woman, Ginger White, made
the disclosure in an interview
with Fox 5 News in Atlanta, be-
coming the fifth person to accuse
Cain of improper behavior. White
is not, however, claiming that ha-
rassment took place. Rather, she
described what amounted, in her
words, to a romance.
"It was pretty simple," White
said. "It wasn't complicated. I was
aware that he was married. And
I was also aware I was involved
in a very inappropriate situation,
White showed the news station
some of her cellphone bills that in-
cluded 61 phone calls or text mes-
sages to and from a number she
said was for Cain's private cell-
phone. The contacts were made
Please turn to CAIN 8A

South lags behind in tackling HIV/AIDS

FAMU professor points to troubling CDC numbers our women y re-
Skerritt recently re-
By D. Kevin McNeir ral regions. He adds that regional are having unprotected leased the book "Ashamed
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com and cultural shame associated sex with women or with '-_ to Die: Silence, Denial .
with HIV/AIDS still persist, along those of the same gen- and the AIDS Epidemic in
Andrew J. Skerritt, a longtime with other challenges. der. As for Black women, the South." In it he chron- A

journalist and instructor of jour-
nalism at Florida A&M (FAMU),
believes the U.S. has failed to ade-
quately address the threat of HIV/
AIDS in southern communities -
places that are heavily populated
by Blacks and in traditionally ru-

"These communities often lack
education, funding and clinics so
that victims can get regular medi-
cal attention," he said. "Black men
in particular need to take respon-
sibility for their actions and their
sexual behavior whether they

the rise in infection rates
that we see now are not i
only impacting their self-
esteem but impacting SKEF
the health of those who
have traditionally kept the Black
community whole and healthy -


icles the life of one impov-
erished family's history
7Ai and depicts how taboos
about love, race and
sexuality combined
Southern conservatism.
Please turn to HIV/AIDS SA

Living with AIDS:

Personal stories

Thirty-years later, HIV/AIDS
is no longer a death sentence
By Randy Grice '

The disease, Human Immunodeficiency Virus-
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, commonly
known as HIV/AIDS, is a chronic illness that has
plagued the world for nearly 30 years. Although
education about HIV/AIDS is available, for people
living with the disease there is still reluctance to tell
others about their health. In the Black community
in particular, the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS
Please turn to STORIES 8A

Is the City of Miami ready

for a Black police chief?
McQueen and Boyd both feel they 2 ,--
have what it takes I I

By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times writer

City of Miami residents
are still reeling from the epic
squabble between City Hall
and the Miami Police Depart-
ment that led to the firing of
former Police Chief Miguel
Exposito. And while Manuel
Orosa has since been as-
signed to serve as the acting
chief of police, a nationwide

search is currently i
underway. Miami has
never had a Black
man or woman head
its police department.
But there are two well- I
decorated veterans
who have indicated
their interest in the
job. To add complexity to
situation, Miami police f
an investigation from the U
Department of Justice forI

tential "excessive use of force"
the and is understandably at a
ace critical junction morale is
J.S. at one of its reported lowest
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How much is a

Black man's life worth?
It's been 17 months since the first of eight police-involved
shootings occurred in Miami's Black communities of Lib-
erty City, Overtown and Little Haiti. Some may dispute
the use of the term "Black" when describing the victims, as
some were born in America while others were Haitian natives.
But it's doubtful that as guns were drawn or even in the after-
math when reports were prepared, that many police officers
pondered much over the specific ethnic backgrounds of the
deceased. Eight Black men were shot seven died. And still
only one case has been resolved, that of DeCarlos Moore. Un-
official "juries" in the hood still question the State's finding
that cleared officers of any charges since Moore was unarmed.
It's hard to maintain faith or confidence in a police depart-
ment that has recently shown how little it values the lives of
Black men. But perhaps we will finally see some much-needed
and long overdue change to the practices and protocol of our
local law enforcement with the recent decision of the U.S. De-
partment of Justice to conduct its own investigation. Officials
have said they will look into allegations that officers from the
City of Miami Police Department have routinely employed ex-
cessive deadly force. Guilt would mean we have some rogue,
vigilante-like cops in our midst a "few bad apples" as the
saying goes. But remember that having a few bad "ones" can
spoil the whole bunch. Because in jobs like law enforcement
where the possibility of each day being an officer's last, it's
easy to see why members of the "brotherhood" might tend to
look the other way when one or more of them doesn't follow
the law while seeking to apprehend suspected criminals. Still,
in the U.S. we are all presumed innocent until proven guilty
that extends to Black men too. We realize that being a po-
lice officer is a dangerous profession but it is a chosen career.
Black men in Miami have become the victims of shoot first
and ask later far too often by our men and women in blue.
Let's hope the Justice Department brings swift and significant
change so that the majority of good officers are not forced to
decide between following bad cops and doing the right thing.

Marlins Spanish

preference says it all
T e Marlins are already preparing for their return
next spring to Miami, with a new name, dazzling
uniforms, free tours of the stadium and plenty of
fanfare. Politicians and citizens alike were on both sides _f
the fence regarding the way the new Marlins Ballpark was
funded mostly by public dollars. Nonetheless, the hour
is almost upon us. And with a new stadium comes a whole
lot of jobs something that is sorely needed here in Miami-
Dade County.
So imagine the chagrin, the anger, the frustration that
hundreds of job-seeking Blacks felt when they went to the
Miami Marlins' website and discovered that many of the
posted jobs came with a caveat "bilingual preferred."
One spokesman for the Marlins said that "only three posi-
tions require that the candidate be bilingual." But the team's
director of multicultural marketing said that bilingual job
candidates was a priority because of the Marlins' Spanish-
speaking base. The statement begs the question whether the
director was referring to the team's fans or ball players. Ei-
ther way we must categorically protest such requirements
for any project or organization that uses public funds.
If one opens a small business in Little Havana or Little
Haiti, bilingualism is understandably a need for most if not
all of the employees. But the Marlins is a multi-million dollar
enterprise. And they did not pay for the bill by themselves
- they used tax dollars. And the last time we checked, it
was not a requirement to be bilingual to live in Miami. Then
again, maybe we need to recheck the City Charter.

Central's Coach Lockette is

one of the good guys
Most high school sports fans here in Liberty City are
familiar with the story of Telly Lockette. He's the
30-something, former Miami Northwestern High
School star and Idaho State All-American who came back
home to give back to his community. Along the way, he sur-
vived his own life-threatening situations but never gave up,
never lost his focus and always worked hard to make a dif-
Now Lockette, the head coach for the Miami Central High
School football team, is poised to capture a second state
championship in a row with his talented Rockets. He and
his coaching staff have overcome the naysayers who doubted
them last year. Most recently, he has kept his team's eyes on
the prize, despite efforts from unidentified sources to derail
his team by accusing their quarterback of being ineligible to
play because of living outside of the school's boundary zone.
Facing this charge and the potential of having to forfeit their
unblemished 10-0 winning record, Lockette has led his boys
into the playoffs and they have so far left no prisoners.
Lockette says it's been hard to keep his young players from
listening to and being worried by the rumors and whispers.
But he and his staff have been able to keep them on track.
For many of these boys, sports may be their only ticket to
escaping a community where more Black boys face chronic
unemployment, long-time imprisonment or death, than they
do college, marriage and positive careers.
Lockette is one of the good guys and a role model for all of
our children. In his quiet, unassuming way, he continues to
mold our boys into productive, honest, hard-working men.
Whether Central repeats its feat from last year or not, they
are still already winners because of Lockette's selfless efforts.
We need more men like him to take their place in our com-

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Creating jobs must be our first priority
As most readers are aware, time who want full time work part of this solution. We have a necessary
the magnitude of the unem- would change the unemploy- rich tradition of federal involve- appropriate
ployment challenge continues ment rate for Blacks to 27.2 per- ment in job creation, ranging creation.
to increase with each passing cent. Black men over 20, with from the Depression era Works depends
month. The latest figure for U.S. an official unemployment rate Progress Administration (WPA) Job cre
unemployment was 9 percent, of 16.2 percent, actually expe- to the JTPA (Jobs Training step for
which meant that, officially, rience unemployment at the 30 Partnership Act) of the 1980s. ture. We
13.9 percent of all Americans percent rate. In some of our na- There are unmet needs in pub- the issue
were unemployed. 5.8 million of tion's largest cities, half of all lic infrastructure, in health and job p
these folks, or 42 percent of the Black men do not have work. care and in social services, is losing
unemployed have been without leadership
work for more than 27 weeks, or ally beca
half a year. The average unem- hat are the solutions? Not only must the federal gov- eratingjc
played person has been out of ernment be involved in job creation, but the private education
work for 39 weeks. workforce
But these data ignore the re- sector must be offered incentives to be part of this that thes
ality of our nation's unemploy- Solution. innovation
ment. When those marginally trying tin
attached to the labor force and at a moc
those working part time who Overall, the employment popu- Many will ask where the money commun:
want full time work are included lation ratio for adult Black men will come from to create jobs, can supp
as unemployed, the rate for all is 57.4 percent, a full 10 percent especially as Congress grap- especially
Americans soars to 16.2 per- below the same rate for white ples with debt ceiling related We can c
cent. That means that one-in- men. This means we don't just issues. There is overwhelming private se
six Americans are unemployed, face a challenge we are facing evidence that a country does tives to
The situation is far more se- a crisis, not work its way through a re- employ t
vere in the Black community, What are the solutions? Not cession by cutting employment out of wo
where the unemployment rate only must the federal govern- or cutting programs. If cuts are courage
is 15.1 percent. Adding those ment be involved in job cre- necessary, then a tax increase strength
marginally attached to the labor ation, but the private sector to put America back to work with gove
force and those working part must be offered incentives to be would be in order. But it may be incentive

How were Black boys victims at Penn

The molestation of a child
(any child) is a sick and hei-
nous crime. The allegations
against Gerald "Jerry" San-
dusky the long-time coach
at Penn State University and
founder and primary fund
raiser behind The Second
Mile Foundation has cap-
tured the attention of the
worldwide media and has
brought an end to the face of
Penn State University's Joe
Paterno along with the school
president, athletic director,
many of its assistant coaches
and for the most part its en-
tire football program. But the
resulting cover up or veil of
secrecy which has been ongo-
ing for the past 12 years may
be more heinous then the
alleged crimes themselves.
While state and federal law
prohibit the identity of a
sexual crime victim from be-
ing released (no matter what
age) it is interesting that no
one is discussing the race of
these young victims. Which

also leads one to ask if these
boys had not been young
white males would the code
of silence and veil of secrecy
remained so strong and so
quiet for so long?
What has not been dis-

over 50 percent Black males
and that Sandusky's Second
Chance Foundation client
base is poor, underprivileged
and foster children and that
the coach (Sandusky) used
sports as a major recruiting

Sandusky and Penn State are both considered culpable
in these sickening crimes. He used his relationship with
Penn State to give these children access to a football
program known worldwide and lured boys with gifts, trips and
access that grown men would be overwhelmed with ...

closed or a topic of conver-
sation is that many of the
alleged victims are Black.
According to Pennsylvania
foster care records 48 per-
cent of all children in out-
of-home care are Black and
53 percent of all children in
foster care are males with an
average age of 11-years-old.
Therefore, the likelihood that
the majority of these children
are Black is overwhelming.
Consider that Pennsylva-
nia's foster care population is

tool to get close to the victims
it would not be a risk at all
to believe that at least half of
the Penn State victims were
Black boys.
Most of the boys involved
were between the ages 9 and
12 years old. All were recruit-
ed and involved with San-
dusky through the Second
Mile Program. And in almost
every account someone saw
lewd and lascivious acts be-
ing conducted upon children
ranging from oral sex, to ac-

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y to consider a special
nation directed to job
Our nation's future
on it.
cation is only the first
securing America's fu-
also have to look at
of workforce readiness
reparation. Our nation
ground and losing our
p status internation-
use we are neither gen-
)bs nor investing in the
n that will prepare the
e of the future. I realize
se are trying times but
on often emerges from
mes. We can create jobs
lest cost and improve
ities along the way. We
port higher education,
y for the underserved.
;onnect the public and
ectors with tax incen-
encourage business to
those who have been
rk. Finally, we can en-
entrepreneurship by
;ning new businesses
ernment grants and tax

1 intercourse between
.y and these children.
sky and Penn State
considered culpable
sickening crimes. He
s relationship with
ite to give these chil-
ess to a football pro-
.own worldwide and
oys with gifts, trips
ess that grown men
e overwhelmed with
9-13 year old boys
apoverished homes
ster care facilities.
tate, because they
out these allegations
roper events and ac-
nost 15 years ago, did
but turn a blind eye.
rageous and sicken-
it this 67-year-old
alleged to have done
as nine and now up
's, all who came from
homes in the poorest
the community who
ly looking for guid-
d someone to look up


Michelle Obama deserves our praise

At a time when there is so
much doubt about the future
and apprehension about the
global economy, it is refreshing
and reassuring to millions of
people across the U.S. and the
world to witness the steadfast-
ness of leadership that daily
exudes from our country's first
lady. Michelle LaVaughn Rob-
inson Obama has evolved into
one of the most admired first
ladies in U.S. history.
It is said that what the econ-
omy needs more than any-
thing else today is to regain a
sense of economic "confidence"
by both producers and con-
sumers. But when it comes to
how the majority of people feel
about Michelle Obama, there
is no lack of confidence and
there is no hesitation to salute
her dedication to family, nation
and to the uplift of humanity.

As we are about to enter into
the heated national political
debates and campaigns of the
2012 national election year,
the president and his wife will
be under intense pressures to
maneuver through what may

where Mrs. Obama can and
will be an invaluable asset
to the president's re-election
campaign. According to U.S.
News & World Report, the
First Lady "has attended doz-
ens of events with and for vet-

First lady Michelle Obama is brilliant, determined, caring,
effective and very resourceful. All of us should be re-
sponding by lending a helping hand, giving of our time,
energy and money and to make our own contributions to push
forward for more progress to ensure the re-election of President
Barack Obama.

be one of the most difficult pe-
riods of time to maintain resil-
ience and hope.
The pivotal role of women
who will vote and the criti-
cal role of the youth vote will
help to determine the outcome
of 2012 elections. Herein is

erans and earlier this month
announced a program at the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
headquarters in D.C. to get
100,000 vets hired by Ameri-
can firms." Michelle OLb. m.i,
continues to be a strong advo-
cate for the support of veter-

ans and their lamilie' .crnss
the nation. She also is helping
to champion passage of the
President's American Jobs Act
to put millions of Americans
back to work. Her clear articu-
lation of support for the Jobs
Act has been viewed as crucial
to arousing a groundswell of
national support for Congress
to act on this important pend-
ing legislation.
First lady Michelle Obama is
brilliant, determined, caring,
effective and very resourceful.
All of us should be respond-
ing by lending a helping hand,
giving of our time, energy and
money and to make our own
contributions to push forward
for more progress to ensure
the re-election of President
Barack Obama. Let's deter-
mine the future by how we act

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What can the Black community

do to help people become more

educated about HIV-AIDS?

retired, Liberty City

What we can
do today in the
Black commu-
nity is no more
than what
we already
are doing. We
should entice
people to get
tested. And if they. have it, en-
courage them to get treated.

project coordinator, Miami-Dade County

I think ed-
ucation is
key. We have
to have the
about HIV-
AIDS, it is like
that big pink
elephant in
the room that no one wants to
talk about. We really need to
have that type of conversation
before people start engaging in
risky behavior.

community consultant,

We need to
figure out how
to have family
it starts with
each house
hold. There
is educa-
tion available
through the public school sys-

tem but if we start in our homes
and start having conversations
about sex then we could poten-
tially have a better community.

student, North Miami

We need to
come together
as a communi-
ty and get the
out. Linking
up with com-
munity lead-
ers, especially the local churches
would be a big help as well.

student, Liberty City

Support, we
need to sup-
port each oth-
er. When we as
a community
come together
as one to fight
against this
disease we all win.

unemployed, Overtown

We need to
be out there
in the streets
talking to the
home boys on
the corner.
Not being edu-
cated about
HIV is what is ....
really taking a
lot of our Black people out.


Casinos in Miami: How will Blacks benefit?

There have been several
stories about the pros and
cons of casinos. I wonder, "
if casinos are so good for the
economy, why does Nevada
have higher unemployment
and more foreclosures than
Florida? I know casinos have
been a mixed blessing for At-
lantic City. Right now we have
two major casinos and I don't
believe their impact has been
all that significant. The two
Native American casinos are
not downtown and their im-
pact on traffic has not been
I have had the pleasure of
visiting Las Vegas. The casi-
nos cause traffic to come to a
halt almost every day on the
strip at all times. I would not
want Las Vegas like traf-
fic. I also know gambling is
an addiction and giving peo-
ple more ways to gamble may
create more problems in our
community. Finally, with ca-
sinos come hustlers and pros-

titutes. While we currently
have prostitutes and hustlers,
the level of prostitution is go-
ing to go way up with three
new casinos coming to South
I also believe that casinos

some lower wage jobs, and all
the tax revenue goes to some
pet projects of Northern Leg-
islators and Governor Scott.
I also believe that casinos
will suck the life out of the res-
taurants and stores in down-

Ultimately, I have not been swayed by the hype over the
casinos, because no one has mentioned how the advent
of casinos will help the Black community. Are we going
to get any of the construction contracts?

will bring new construction
jobs, which we badly need.
They will also bring new jobs
for hotel workers, dealers and
other hotel staff. This could
be good for us. Casinos will
increase our tax revenue, but
it appears that a lot of that
money will go up north, and it
is not clear how much will stay
in South Florida. It could be
that we get increased crime,
increased traffic congestion,

town, midtown and Coconut
Grove. Casinos keep their
guests inside and so restau-
rants and stores outside the
casino will suffer. This could
kill the nascent development
downtown and in midtown.
Ultimately, I have not been
swayed by the hype over the
casinos, because no one has
mentioned how the advent of
casinos will help the Black
community. Are we going to


Herman Cain needs to get the fa
"You see," Cain says, "I left provided some form of cover restrictive for Blacks. How-
that Democrat plantation a for southern Blacks or "freed- ever, when the 33rd President
long time ago, and I ain't goin' men" the term used for Blacks Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Demo-
back, because Blacks are being who formerly were slaves. As crat, introduced the New Deal,
brainwashed by the Democrat- a matter of fact, Southern he was supported by over 75

ic Party."
Mr. Cain, perhaps we need
to go through some historical
facts about how Blacks have
always voted their social, eco-
nomic and political interest. It
is well documented that Abra-
ham Lincoln the 16th President
of the United States, a Repub-
lican, freed the slaves through
the Emancipation Proclama-
tion in order to save the union.
During reconstruction the 18th
President Ulysses S. Grant
also a republican, signed the
Civil Rights Act of 1875, this

Mr. Cain, perhaps we need to go through some historical
facts about how Blacks have always voted their social,
economic and political interest. It is well documented
that Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States, a
Republican, freed the slaves through the Emancipation Proclama-
tion ...

Democrats initiated the Jim
Crow laws that included poll
taxes, literacy and compre-
hension tests, residency and
record-keeping requirements
in order to make voting more

percent of eligible Black vot-
ers-who identified Republican
at that time. Moreover, Demo-
crat Harry Truman the 33 rd
President received over 80 per-
cent of votes cast by Blacks


Black lawmakers continue to play the

"I accept my niggerdom. All there are niggas th:
you niggas get down with me!" world. Can we coni
- Michael Eric Dyson. our core niggerdor
Back in 2005, at a panel dis- stand the vicious w
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blacks don't have a monopoly few of his colleagI
on being a "nigger" or "nigga" as secOnd-class ci
(the word seemed to be used in-
terchangeably in Dyson's talk).
"Nigga is a global phenomenon," son saw people like
Dyson explained. He said Mar- Smiley as "Trojan
tin Luther King, Jr., Fannie could enter enen
Lou Hammer and other famous such as the mainst
American "revolutionary inter- to spread the prog
nationalists" understood this, sage. That's why D3
and he posed a question to the to "accept my nigg
audience and fellow panelists everyone else shou
- including Jesse Jackson, Ju- with him. The au
lianne Malveaux and Congress- wild.
man John Conyers (D-MI) Some fellow par
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bverted? Dy-

Booker, shifted nervously in
their seats, but Dyson none-
theless received applause from
Donna Brazile, Keith Boykin
and Constance Rice. Event co-

arty holds Congress hostage." Representative
Voters (D-CA) added that "as far as I'm con-
he Tea Party can go straight to hell!" But neither
Representative Andre Carson (D-IN), who said
s of the Tea Party movement and possibly a
ues in Congress who "would love to see us

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mayor Cory

sponsors Kaiser Permanente
and McDonald's were undoubt-
edly delighted that their corpo-
rate logos hung behind Dyson's
chair as he celebrated his nig-
Today, with its power steadily
slipping away, the Congressio-
nal Black Caucus recently un-
leashed a barrage of incendiary
statements, seemingly taking
Dyson's advice and embracing

get any of the construction
contracts? Are we going to re-
ceive any hotel jobs? Are we
going to get concessions for
limousines, etc. ? Right now,
it appears that the needs and
desire of Black people are not
even in the equation. We are
being completely ignored.
If the casino owners offered
10 per cent of construction
jobs to Black owned con-
struction companies then I
might get a little interested.
If they offered 20 per cent of
their jobs to Black people then
I would be even more inter-
ested. If they offered to fund
the renovation of the Lyric
Theater and donate money to
rebuild some businesses in
Overtown, then I would be re-
ally interested. In my opinion,
our Black commissioners in
government should block this
deal unless we are guaran-
teed jobs, more business op-
portunities and more funding
for our community.

who were still overwhelmingly
Republican. Now in case you
did not know, President Tru-
man signed three executive
orders which supported the
movement for Black equality.
By the time Lyndon B. Johnson
passed the' Civil Rights Act of
1964, the Fair Housing Act and
regulating interstate commerce
so Blacks can travel freely on
the highways, Blacks saw it in
their interest to identify with
Democratic candidates.
So Mr. Cain at every criti-
cal political juncture facing
Blacks, leading into the 21st
Century in America, Black folk
voted their interest, not their
party. Blacks brainwashed? I
don't think so.

niggerdom. In trying to pre-
serve big government and the
welfare state erected by liber-
als in the 1960s and 1970s and
reinforced in the Obama Ad-
ministration, the CBC targets
the President's grassroots Tea
Party movement opposition for
advocating less spending and
more governmental respon-
sibility. Representative Fred-
erica Wilson (D-FL) blatantly
charged, "the real enemy is the
Tea Party...
The Tea Party holds Con-
gress hostage." Representative
Maxine Waters (D-CA) added
that "as far as I'm concerned,
the Tea Party can go straight
to hell!" But neither hold a
candle to Representative Andre
Carson (D-IN), who said there
are members of the Tea Party
movement and possibly a few
of his colleagues in Congress
who "would love to see us as
second-class citizens... [and]
would love to see you and me ...
hanging on a tree."

The Marlins fooled our commissioners and then some

Dear Editor,

Recently the Palm Beach
Pos' reported the Miami
Marlins offered Albert Pujols
a deal close to $200 million
for nine years. Translation,
that's about $22 million a
year for one baseball player.
In the words of the old Sat-
urday Night Live skit the
Church Lady, Isn't that
I don't know about the gen-

eral public but it was my un-
derstanding that the Marlins
had no money. At the begin-
ning of this sordid situation
the Marlins organization
cried poverty and needed
money to complete the stadi-
um. They wanted to partner
up with local government to
complete this huge projector
be forced to pack up and leave
Miami. Reportedly,during
that same time the Marlins
showed a profit between $38

and $49 million dollars.
Now that the deed has
been done the tax payers
are left with the following:
a reported nine-year deal to
Pujols worth almost $200
million dollars, most of the
revenue generated goes to
the Marlins, $634 million
stadium complex in which
the Marlins are responsible
for a mere $155 million, and
the local government is on
the hook for $409 million

dollars in bonds with inter-
est over the forty year life
of the bonds having a final
price tag at the low end $2.4
billion and at the high end $
3 billion. It's clear now, the
Marlins pissed on the gov-
ernment's shoes and called
it water. . and they believed

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By D. Kevin McNeir
kmicneir in iamnitiM'sonline.comnt

Tracy Mourning and Eric
Knowles of the Miami Dol-
phins will co-host the Sixth
Annual Gala for the Miami-
Dade Chamber of Commerce
but this year there will be an
old school bonus Doug E.
Fresh will be the headline en-
tertainer. The black tie fund-
raiser begins at 6:30 p.m. at
the Hyatt Regency Miami on
Saturday, Dec. 3rd with the
theme "unmasking business
Chamber President and
CEO Bill Diggs, 49, says that
while these are tough eco-
nomic times, it is essential
that businesses keep their

eyes on the prize.
"We have significant chal-
lenges as Black businesses
but we can't stop doing what
we are doing," he said. "That
is not an option we have to
keep pushing. To that end,
the Chamber's goals for the
year are to increase business
opportunities for Black busi-
nesses in the Miami-Dade
community, remain a strong
advocate for Black busi-
nesses and to both increase
the technical efficiency of
Black businesses and their
influence on the- Miami-Dade
"Sure Blacks want civil
freedom but like Randall
Robertson says, we must
have economic independence

tops CI
as well," Diggs added. "We
will be honoring three people
who we believe understand
the issues and value of Black
businesses and Black life:
Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson, Thelma Gibson and
Alberto Carvalho."
Mourning, 41, the other half
of the Miami Heat's legendary
Alonzo Mourning, says the
work of the Chamber is cru-
cial for all business owners
and not just those of color.
"Opportunities are not
equal in this community or in
the U.S., so it's vital to have
organizations like the Cham-
ber of Commerce that help
balance the playing field,"
she said. "I lived in Goulds
when I was a little girl and

amber's holiday gala


my mother cleaned houses
and the jail. She moved us to
Ohio for better educational
opportunities. Now that I am
back home and have come
full circle I want those same
opportunities for our kids
here. That's what we need to
provide today for our youth.
When only two-out-of-12
children are graduating in
Overtown schools we know
we have real problems. Rac-
ism is still alive in business,
education and other areas of
life you can't get around
that. I learned that the only
recourse is to move through
it. You have to know your
truths and your own person-
al convictions."
Diggs says that bringing

entertainer Doug E. Fresh
was a chance to add some
spice to the Chamber's gala.
"It's a chance to celebrate
life because some of us are
not here anymore," Diggs
said. "Some have asked why
Doug E. Fresh and I tell them
that this year we are giving a
salute to old school. We like
to party and celebrate too."
Doug E. Fresh, 46, is best
known for his human beat-
box and rapping skills. He
skyrocketed to fame in 1985
along with the Get Fresh
Crew after their songs, "The
Show" and "La-Di-Da-Di"
took the world by storm. The
two songs are now considered
among the all-time greatest
early hip-hop classics.

It's a gift to be able to maintain good cheer this season

By Molly Lyons

Hand in hand with holiday
cheer comes holiday stress.
After all, when else do fam-
ily dynamics, work pressures
and lengthy to-do lists mix
with heightened expectations
of merriment? It's a cocktail
that can leave you addled -
especially when it comes to the
etiquette of the season. That's
why USA TODAY asked Anna
Post, great-great-granddaugh-
ter of Emily Post and co-author
of Emily Post's Etiquette, 18th
Edition, to answer your ques-
tions concerning holiday man-
ners and mores. Post's sugges-
tions will appear every Monday
until Christmas. (No thank-
you note required.)
Question: Things are tight
this year how do I tell my
family that I can't afford to ex-
change gifts without coming
across as a total Scrooge?

Answer: Make the conversa-
tion less awkward by talking
about it as early as you can.
" That way, people can absorb
the change in plans," says
Post, who advises you be hon-
est and keep your explanation
general. Say something like,
" Things are tight these days,
and as much as I'd like
to, I'm not going to be
able to exchange gifts."
"Don't go into too
much detail, which
will keep the focus on
the outcome, rather
than spurring the
person to try to solve
your problem," says
Post. You might also
suggest, if you'd like,
other ways to acknowl-
edge each other over
the holidays, like exchanging
a homemade gift or starting
a meaningful tradition that
doesn't cost money, like mak-

ing a date to walk around the
neighborhood to check out the
Keep in mind that your fam-
ily may want to buy you a gift
anyway. If so, go with it," says
Post. They do it because they
love you, not because they
aren't respecting you and your

Question: It's inevitable that
one of my relatives is going to
ask, "Why are you still single?"

How do I respond?
Answer: Prince Charming's
GPS must be broken." Deflect
the annoying inquiry with light
humor, especially if the person
is just clueless and not being
intentionally mean, suggests
Post. If the person is asking in
order to give you a bit of a dig,
nicely say, 'Why do you ask?' It
puts people on their guard that
they were being snarky and in-

sensitive." You can also answer
honestly: I just haven't found
the right person yet." No need
to elaborate.
If you find yourself fielding
this question often from some-
one who is close to you, like a
sister or a colleague, talk to her
one-on-one at a later date, ad-
vises Post. Say, 'I know you're
interested in my love life, but
please stop asking me why I'm
still single. I don't have an an-
swer, and it's putting too much
pressure on me. But I promise,
once I have something to share
with you, you'll be among the
first to know.'
"Just remember, no matter
how frustrated you may be
, you need to hold on to your
own manners and not let your
tone of voice get nasty."
Question: I'm a vegetarian.
My mother-in-law doesn't be-
lieve a meal is complete with-
out meat. How do I ask her to

prepare some meatless meals
during our stay?
Answer:" Asking her to pre-
pare a meatless meal is differ-
ent from making sure you have
enough to eat at the meal,"
Post says. If you want to make
sure you'll have more than the
bread basket to nibble on, pick
up the phone as soon as you
are able and say, I'm really
looking forward to' spending
the holiday with you. As you
know, I'm a vegetarian, and I'd
love to bring one of my favor-
ite dishes to complement your
meal. Would you let me know
what your menu will be?" Make
sure your wording is respectful
to the work she's already put
into the meal planning, advises
Post. "A holiday is not the time
to ask her to skip the meat,"
she says. You don't want to
arrive to her home and tell her
how to live her life, but you can
show her a slice of yours."

Morehouse College touts Cain's social justice, corporate success

By Richard Fausset

Reporting from Atlanta At a
packed political forum at More-
house College Atlanta's storied
and historically Black school
for men a moderator posed a
question that cut to the sensi-
tive heart of things on a campus
that has produced Martin Luther
King Jr. (Class of '48) and cur-
rent GOP darling Herman Cain
(Class of '67).
The question: "Does Cain rep-
resent the modern Renaissance
man of Morehouse?"
A charged murmur rippled
through a crowd of about 100
Traditional African American
notions of social justice are part
of the very DNA of Morehouse,
founded in 1867 to educate re-
cently freed slaves. King is but
one star in Morehouse's constel-
lation of civil rights heroes. "The
curse of poverty," King once said,
"has no justification in our age."

So w'ant about the brash and
sometimes-bumbling pizza mag-
nate, the one who last month
said, "If you don't have a job and
you're not rich, blame yourself"?

The answers from the five-
member student panel were
varied an indication that al-
though Black America leans
strongly Democratic, this is one
majority-Black venue where
people are willing to take a close
look at him.
Panelist Mark Smith, a
20-year-old sophomore, argued
that Cain, with his small-govern-
ment ethos, was "actually find-
ing the edifice of the problem" of
government, rather than propos-
ing more expensive programs.

Byron Granberry, a junior
and vice president of the cam-
pus Democratic group, got big
applause when he declared that
Morehouse should revoke Cain's
degree. Yet in an interview after

lasi week's forum, he : scrter
with a Cain-like flourish, that he
had only been joking.
Granberry said he disliked
Cain's view on social issues but
believed that the candidate, with
his rags-to-riches rise through
the corporate world, had brought
honor to Morehouse.

"He's an example we hold up
here and model ourselves after,"
Granberry said.
On the national stage, African
American opinions about Cain
are something of a moot point
as the Republican primaries ap-
proach. Zach Bikus of Gallup
said the polling company finds
so few Blacks in its national sur-
veys of Republican-leaning vot-
ers that it can't meaningfully
measure their opinions on Cain,
or anything else.
But the question is a live one
at 2,800-student Morehouse,
where Cain was well-known be-
fore he launched his campaign.

Morehouse Class of '67
He served on the Board of Trust-
ees from 2002 to 2011 and enjoys
a distinct home-field advantage.
DeJon Hall, 21, a senior and a
Cain supporter, said that while
Morehouse leans liberal, "a lot of

people are "'cosidering Herman
Cain because he is our brother."
In some cases, he added, "even
if they don't support him, they'll
argue on his behalf."
In a way, Cain, 65, represents a
kind of Morehouse ideal. Raised
in a working-class Atlanta fam-
ily, he was his high school's sa-
lutatorian, but was rejected by
* Georgia Tech and the University
of Georgia.
At Morehouse, he worked his
way through school, majoring in
math and earning a C average.
He was also elected president
of the prestigious Glee Club. He
has been criticized for not taking
part in civil rights demonstra-
tions at a time when Morehouse
was a hotbed of activism.

But Cain's success is part of
another tradition here, one that
literally grooms young men to
succeed in corporate America: A
campus dress code is strictly en-
forced, and many students wear

suits to class.t '
"We're the school of King, but
we cultivate that cohort of the
1 percent as well," department
Chairman Gregory N. Price said
with a chuckle.
Price, a Cain supporter, said
many of his students were "quite
favorable" toward Cain's "9-9-
9" tax plan calling for 9 per-
cent corporate and personal flat
taxes and a 9 percent national
sales tax after they study it in
his class and entertain the pro-
fessor's argument that it would
raise more revenue and "restore
some fiscal balance."
Some, of course, won't give
Cain the time of day. Political
science professor Tobe Johnson,
a 1954 Morehouse graduate, said
he disagreed with just about ev-
ery Cain policy. But he was also
dismayed at Cain's flashes of ig-
norance or, at least, feigned
ignorance on various matters,
from the pronunciation of "Uz-
bekistan" to U.S. involvement in

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Informer's role in terror case

is said to have deterred F.B.I.

By William K. Rashbaum
& Joseph Goldstein

The suspect had little mon-
ey to speak of, was unable
to pay his cellphone bill and
scrounged for money to buy
the drill bits that court papers
said he required to make his
pipe bombs. Initially, he had
trouble drilling the small holes
that needed to be made in the
metal tubes.
The suspect, Jose Pimen-
tel, according to several people
briefed on the case, would seek
help from a neighbor in Upper
Manhattan as well as a confi-
dential informer. That informer
provided companionship and a
staging area so Mr. Pimentel,
a Muslim convert, could build
three pipe bombs while the In-
telligence Division of the New
York Police Department built
its case.
But it was the informer's role,
and that of his police handlers,
that have now been cited as
among the reasons the F.B.I.,
which had its own parallel in-
vestigation of Pimentel, did not
pursue the case, which was
announced on Sunday night
in a news conference at City
Hall. Terrorism cases are gen-
erally handled by federal au-
There was concern that the
informer might have played
too active a role in helping Mr.
Pimentel, said several people
who were briefed on the case,
who all spoke on the condition
of anonymity, either because
of the tense relations between
the Intelligence Division and
the F.B.I. or because the case
was continuing.
Some of those officials said
the state's prosecution of Mr.
Pimentel was strong enough
to most likely gain a convic-
tion, emphasizing that Pimen-
tel, who was nearing comple-
tion of the pipe ponbs, had to

be arrested.
But there are other issues
that could complicate the
case, in which Pimentel has
been charged with criminal
possession of a weapon in
the first degree as a crime of
terrorism, for which he could
face 25 years to life in prison
if convicted, and other charg-
es, including conspiracy as a
crime of terrorism.
Pimentel, 27, who lived with
his uncle in the Hamilton

lawyer, Joseph Zablocki, did
not return a call on Monday
seeking comment.
Asked about the F.B.I.'s
concerns, Paul J. Browne,
the Police Department's chief
spokesman, said: "I've never
heard that issue about the C.I.
at all. I don't think the person
telling you that is familiar with
the investigation."
"It sounds like some people
speaking anonymously who
are not particularly familiar

Pimentel, 27, who lived with his uncle in the Hamilton
Heights neighborhood after his mother threw him out recent-
ly, appears to be unstable, according to several of the people
briefed on the case.

Heights neighborhood after
his mother threw him out re-
cently, appears to be unstable,
according to several of the peo-
ple briefed on the case, three
of whom said he had tried to
circumcise himself.
And Pimentel, several of the
people said, also smoked mari-
juana with the confidential in-
formant, and some recordings
in which he makes incriminat-
ing statements were made af-
ter the men had done so. His

with the case are trying to un-
dermine it," he added, suggest-
ing that the evidence in the
case was considerable. "The
fact remains that the words
and actions of the suspect
speak for themselves."
Intelligence Division detec-
tives have had Pimentel, a na-
tive of the Dominican Repub-
lic and naturalized American
citizen, under surveillance for
more than two years and made
more than 400 hours of secret

recordings, but his efforts to
make the pipe bombs did not
develop until mid-October, ac-
cording to the criminal com-
plaint against him.
The news conference at City
Hall on Sunday night was the
second time in six months that
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg;
his police commissioner, Ray-
mond W. Kelly; and Cyrus R.
Vance, Jr., the Manhattan dis-
trict attorney, announced the
break-up of what Mr. Kelly cast
as a major terrorism case that
federal authorities had chosen
not to pursue.
In the earlier case, in May,
the police and the district at-
torney's office, using under-
cover officers, had discovered
a terrorist plot in which two
men were set on bombing syn-
agogues and churches. But a
grand jury declined to bring
charges of second-degree con-
spiracy as a crime of terror-
ism and as a hate crime, the
top charges sought against the
two men, Ahmed Ferhani and
Mohamed Mamdouh.
In the current case, federal
agents were first told of Mr.
Pimentel about a year ago, or
more, when the Police Depart-
ment's Intelligence Division
asked the F.B.I.-N.Y.P.D. Joint
Terrorism Task Force, staffed
with police detectives and fed-
eral agents, if they wanted to
pursue a case.
Then, in recent days and
weeks, the Intelligence Divi-
sion again approached federal
agents when it became appar-
ent that Pimentel had begun
building a bomb. But the feder-
al government again declined.
As late as Saturday, after Mr.
Pimentel was arrested, the In-
telligence Division invited the
task force to interview Mr. Pi-
mentel and view the partially
constructed incendiary device,
a person briefed on the investi-
gation said.

Rwandan mayor convicted in 1994 killings

By Josh Kron

KAMPALA, Uganda It was
one of the most notorious cases
in the 1994 genocide in Rwan-
da. In a normally sleepy lake-
side town, more than 2,000
Tutsis driven from their homes
accepted a local priest's offer of
refuge in his church. But it was
a ruse, and after days of siege
the building was bulldozed,
killing them all.
About 4,000 other Tutsis were
slaughtered in Kivumu, one of
the bloodiest killing fields in
the campaign to eradicate the
ethnic minority, whom Hutu
leaders called "cockroaches."
On Thursday, Kivumu's for-
mer mayor, Gr6goire Ndahima-
na, was found guilty of genocide

Kivumu's former mayor
and crimes against humanity,
the 43rd conviction by the spe-
cial United Nations tribunal
covering the Rwandan geno-
cide as it prepares to wrap up
its mission. He was sentenced

to 15 years in prison.
The Rwandan government sa-
luted the verdict but expressed
dismay at the sentence.
"We welcome the conviction of
Gregoire Ndahimana, but think
the court has been too lenient
in sentencing," said Martin
Ngoga, Rwanda's chief pros-
ecutor. "The judgment does not
fully appreciate the role in the
genocide of local authorities
like Ndahimana, who were very
instrumental in the killings."
The tribunal's work has ce-
mented many of the grim par-
ticulars of the storm of eth-
nic hatred that left more than
800,000 dead nationwide.
Still, some suspects remain
on the loose, and some critics
have argued that the tribunal

failed to investigate the current
Rwandan government for its
own abuses in the process of
pacifying the country.
Ndahimana hid in neigh-
boring Congo for 15 years,
spreading further violence as
a member of the Democratic
Forces for the Liberation of
Rwanda, or F.D.L.R., a rebel
group primarily made up of
fugitive Rwandan Hutus. The
United States lists the group
as a terrorist organization.
He was arrested in 2009 by
a special team of Congolese
authorities and United Na-
tions special operatives after
the governments of Rwanda
and Congo joined forces with
the United Nations to oust the
rebel Hutus.

Miami Gardens man killed in gun battle
A man is dead and two alleged robbers are recovering in the hospital
after a gun battle erupted on a Miami Gardens street Monday November
28, 2011.
Miami Gardens Police Capt. Ralph Suare: said several units responded
to the area of Northwest 40 Court and 175 Street at around 3:30 p.m.
and found a man injured by a gunshot.
As the robbery was unfolding. the wounded man, identified as Terrel
Lavar Scott, 25, fired his own gun at the duo of alleged robbers, also
wounding them.
All three were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder
Trauma Center, where Levar later died. One of the suspects is in critical
condition. The other is stable.
Police have not said what the alleged robbers were after. Charges
are pending.

Former police officer faces charges
Trial begins this week for a former Hollywood police officer accused of
doctoring a report to cover for a fellow officer who was involved in an
accident. Forty five year old Dewey Pressley is charged with four counts
of official misconduct, four counts of falsifying records and one count
each of conspiracy to commit official misconduct and conspiracy to
falsify records. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Miami police searching for missing gun
The Miami police are asking residents of one neighborhood to keep
their eyes out for a gun which was involved in a police involved shooting
on Saturday. According to department spokeswoman Keandra Simmons
around 6 a.m. their officers heard gunshots in the area of SW 11th
Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets. Moving in to check it out, Simmons
said an officer was involved in a shooting incident and subsequently a
foot chase.

Miami Gardens man charged with sexual battery
A Miami Gardens man has been charged with sexual battery on a
minor after some unusual text messages were found on his alleged
victim's cell phone.
Miramar police said they began their investigation into 48-year old
Darren Bryant after the teen's mother'discovered the messages and
called police.
During questioning, Bryant reportedly told detectives he met the teen
online and admitted that he had been sexually involved with the minor.
Bryant was arrested and charged with sexual battery along with
lewd/lascivious exhibition.
Bail was set at 13,500.

Ohio man gets second chance

to avoid death penalty

convicted in 1998 of fatal-
ly beating a woman will get
a second chance to escape
death row in a new sentencing
trial in southwest Ohio
The Cincinnati Enquirer
reports that the new trial for
33-year-old Rayshawn John-
son begins Monday in Cincin-
Johnson's conviction in
1998 for murdering 29-year-
old Shanon Marks stands.
But an appeals court in 2008
threw out his death sentence
and ordered a new sentencing.
The court ruled that Johnson's
lawyers didn't fully investigate
his abusive childhood.
Jurors will have to accept
that he was convicted. But
they will have to decide on a
new sentence based on what

they hear in the current trial.
They cannot be told that he
was sentenced to die by the
first jury.

Judge takes bite out of Ala. immigration law

Ruling averted Hispanic exodus, rights groups say

By Alan Gomez

Civil rights groups say a
judge's decision to halt part
of Alabama's strict illegal im-
migration enforcement law
averted a Thanksgiving week-
end exodus of Hispanics from
the state.
Some portions of Alabama's
law, known as HB 56 and
described by supporters and
critics as the harshest state
immigration law in the coun-
try, were already blocked by a
federal judge. On Wednesday,
U.S. District Judge Myron
Thompson took an additional
step by ordering the state to
stop denying manufactured
home registration permits
to people who couldn't prove
their U.S. citizenship.
The law forbids illegal im-
migrants from conducting
any business transactions
with the state. State officials
had interpreted that to mean
illegal immigrants could not
get a yearly permit for their
manufactured homes ahead
of a Nov. 30 deadline and
were also barred from getting
a different permit that would
allow them to move their
manufactured homes on pub-

U.S. District Judge
lic roads.
Sam Singh of the Central
Alabama Fair Housing Cen-
ter, which works to ensure
equal housing opportunies,
said that situation forced
many people to abandon their
properties and leave the state.
But after the judge issued a
temporary restraining order
-- finding that the plaintiffs
are likely to win their case --
residents have time to regis-
ter those homes.
Alabama Sen. Scott Beason
and Rep. Micky Hammon, Re-
publican co-sponsors of HB
56, have said that the intent of
the law was to drive illegal im-
migrants out of the state. Tes-
tifying in court Wednesday,

Hammon said the law was
not targeted at the Hispanic
population, which increased
by more than 100,000 from
2000 to 2010, and expressly
forbids racial profiling.
The coalition of fair housing
and 'civil rights groups that
filed the lawsuit claimed oth-
"This case really shows the
truly terrible ways that HB
56 is playing out in the real
world," said Mary Bauer, legal
director for the Southern Pov-
erty Law Center, one of the
groups who sued the state.
"There's little doubt that this
law was intended to drive
Latinos out of the state, and
that its effects have been to
devastate the Latino commu-
nity in Alabama."
Karen Tumlin, an attorney
with the National Immigra-
tion Law Center, said oppo-
nents of the law are looking at
how they can use the ruling
to attack government agen-
cies that are denying heat
and water services to people
who can't prove their citizen-
Officials with the state De-
partment of Revenue and the
state Attorney General's Of-
fice could not be reached for
comment Thursday.









Little Haiti Optimist Club (LHOC) members prepare to give
Little Haiti area.

LHOC donates

500 turkeys

Keeping in the holiday spir-
it, one local group has lent a
hand to needy families in Little
Haiti. Last Friday the Little
Haiti Optimist Club (LHOC)
held its 2nd Annual Little
Haiti Optimist Club and Part-
ners' Turkey Drive and Give-
away at the Little Haiti NET
office, 6301 NE 2nd Avenue,
Miami. The LHOC, partnered
with the community, collected
funds for turkeys to be distrib-
uted to families in the com-

munity. About 500 turkeys
were given to needy families,
churches and the elderly in
the community. Last year, the
organization distributed 400
turkeys. This year, the group
reached their goal of donating
500 turkeys with the support
of their partners. The LHOC
was established by a group of
business, community and civic
leaders to provide assistance
and guidance to the youth of
Little Haiti. The organization

S,- --
donate about 500 turkeys to community members in the

of more than 3,000 Optimist
Clubs around the world. The
mission of the Little Haiti Op-
timist Club is to make a dif-
ference in the lives of youth by

-Photo by Marvin Ellis

Community art show

features local talent
Lucson Guerrer,a local artist, holds up his work at the Earth
Te Tierra, Little Haiti Cultural Center (LHCC) local artist
series II last week. The art display was held along with Big
Night in Little Haiti at the LHCC, 260 NE 59th St. Big Night
also featured Miami's legendary Haitian rara roots group Pa-
paloko and Loray Mistik celebrating their 21st anniversary.

tural programming. Our goal
is to be the premier organiza-
tion providing programs to pre-
pare the youth of Little Haiti for
academic and life excellence.

Wycleff receives key to North Miami !

By Randy Grice i -TMnie
rgrice@miamitimesonline.com I

Haitian-American rapper
Wyclef Jean was recently hon-
ored by the city of North Miami
for his dedication to humani-
tarian work across the world.
Jean received the Key to the
City award and was also in-
ducted into North Miami's Hall
of Fame He is the first and only
Haitian-American to receive
that honor.
"I want to thank all of the
dignitaries that came from all
over," Jean said. "I really ap-
preciate you all 100 percent. I
would like also to personally
recognize the mayor of North
Miami for giving me this honor."
Jean has been widely rec-
ognized for his work with his
foundation Yele Haiti. In 2005,
Jean established the Yele Haiti
Foundation. In its first year of
operation, the foundation pro-
vided scholarships to 3,600
children in Gonaives, Haiti,
after the devastation by Hurri-
cane Jeanne. In its second year
of operation, it almost doubled
the amount of the scholarships
, spreading them throughout
Haiti to provide tuition in 5
regions. The foundation aims
to provide 6,800 scholarships
to children in Port-au-Prince,
Gonaives, Les Cayes and Port-
de-Paix. After the earthquake

-PhOto courtesy ot FANM
Congressman Alcee Hastings (left) and State Rep. Hazelle
Rogers (right). Courtesy of FANM.

Marleine Bastien to

be honored by FANM

North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre honors Wyclef by inducting himn
Hall of Fame.

on January 12, 2010 in Haiti,
Jean called on others to donate
to his foundation's Yele Haiti
Earthquake Fund. Jean has
been active in his support of his
native country and created the
foundation Yele Haiti to pro-
vide humanitarian aid and as-
sistance to Haiti. He describes
Yele as a non-political organi-
zation intended to empower the
people of Haiti and the Haitian

"I just want to say thank you
so much Mr. Jean for continu-
ing to show and continuing to
put your words in to action to
show this world just how much
you really care," said Mayor of
North Miami Andre Pierre.
Jean's musical breakthrough
was as part of The Refugee
Camp The Fugees, a three-
member group that included
Lauryn Hill and Prakazrel
"Pras" Michel. Jean is Pras's

in to the North Miami Citizens

cousin and a fellow Haitian im-
migrant. The Fugees signed to
Ruffhouse Records, which re-
leased the group's debut album,
Blunted on Reality. It sold fair-
ly well, peaking at #49 on the
U.S. Hot 100 and selling over 2
million copies worldwide. The
follow-up album The Score
- sold over 18 million copies
worldwide, eventually becom-
ing a multi-platinum, Grammy-
winning album.

North Miami hires Haitian-born Elias as police chief

Marc Elias Jr. who had
been tapped to be the act-
ing police chief for the City of
North Miami will now assume
the position permanently. He
said that he hopes to build
strong relationships with the
youth through the Police Ath-
letic League.

"This is a way for them to learn from
us to reach out to the their ups and downs
youth in our communi- and to know they're not
ty and encourage them alone."
with school. Being Hai- The former acting
tian and seeing what's chief of the city took his
happening around the post in September after
world, our kids are our former police chief Ste-
future," he said. "I want MARC ELIAS JR. phen Johnson went on

to become North Miami's in-
terim city manager. As chief,
Elias will oversee the police
department. Elias gained rec-
ognition as Florida City's po-
lice chief in 1999, becoming
the first Haitian-American po-
lice chief in Miami-Dadc his-

Recently, Fan m Ay isven Nan
Miyami, Inc. FANM (Haitian
Women of Miami) celebrated
its 20th year anniversary.
The group will be recognizing
Marleine Bastien the founder,
former president, and current
Executive Director of FANM.
Still Standing: A tribute to
Marleine Bastien will be held
at 6 p.m. Thursday December
1, 2011 at the Aventura Arts
& Cultural Center, 3385 N.E.
188th Street, Aventura, Flor-
ida. The event is expected to
feature the music of Empress
Addi and the Rara Rock band,
followed by the 20th anniver-
sary commemorative program
of special speakers, a perfor-
mance by the sensational Ve-
dette Bernard, and the Mar-
leine Bastien Tribute.
"We are very proud of how
much we have accomplished
over the years," said FANM
Board Chairwoman Marie
Paule Woodson. "This mile-
stone affords us the opportu-
nity to celebrate our achieve-
ments. More importantly, the
commemorative program will
recognize the co- founders
of FANM for their contribu-

tions and dedication and will
give special accolades to our
founder and executive direc-
tor Marleine Bastien."
The group has provided ser-
vices not only to Haitian wom-
en and their families, but to
the community at large. Bas-
tien also serves in other ca-
pacities in the Haitian-Ameri-
can community in Miami. She
is also the Vice Chair of the
Haitian-American Grassroots
Coalition and past Chair of
the Florida Immigrant Coali-
"I am honored and much
humbled that the FANM board
and the community has cho-
sen our 20th year for public
recognition of our efforts on
behalf of FANM and the com-
munity that I love," Bastien
said. I have worked passion-
ately for equal treatment and
justice for the Haitian people
and all people with help from
a great team: FANM staff, vol-
unteers and supporters. I ac-
cept this tribute as validation
of FANM's work and the work
of those fighting for social jus-
tice and peace in the U.S. and
around the world."


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Tales of living with

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is still very real.
Isaiah Gaines, 49 of Over-
town who was diagnosed with
HIV in 1996 and upgraded to
AIDS in 2005, does volunteer
work as an HIV/AIDS advocate
on the streets of his commu-
"I do my own outreach," he
said. "I pass out condoms and
a lot of people don't call me Isa-
iah, they call me the condom
man. If one person will stop
and listen to me I feel that I am
doing my part."
Gaines contracted the dis-
ease when his condom broke
while having sex with an in-
fected woman. He is currently
married to Patricia Frey, 22,
and the couple have a three-
year-old, Richard Henry.
"It's not easy living with HIV/
AIDS," he said. "I know some
of my family members are still
afraid of me. When my mother
first found out about my status
she was terrified of me, she use
to feed me in styrofoam cups.
There are stages that you go

-Miami Times
Isaiah Gaines his wife, Patricia Frey, 22 and s
Henry, 3.

though when you have this
disease. First there's the deni-
al stage, then you go through
the depression stage where you
just don't care about life, then
you eventually accept it."
According to the Miami-Dade
County Department of Health,
one-out-of-45 Blacks in Miami-

Dade County (M-E
with HIV or AIDS,
son to 1-in-179 for tl
Latino and 1-in-13
Blacks account for
of M-DC's population
to 52 percent of rel
cases and 44.7 per
reported cases thro

ber 2008.
Hydeia Broadbent, 27, an HIV-
AIDS activist from Las Vegas
was born with the disease.
"I feel like when it comes to
this generation my generation let
the younger generation down,"
she said. "We failed to put the
fear in them when it comes to
HIV/AIDS. I feel like we have
grown so complacent because
.;7 the medications are better and
people are not dying at alarming
rates like they used to. I really
Kind of feel bad for the younger
generation because I don't feel
that they know the seriousness
., of this disease. They don't know
that people are still dying be-
cause they can't get the educa-
photo/Randy Grice tion."
on Richard Quintara Lane, 25, was also
born HIV-positive and helps ed-
ucate people in the Miami area.
)C) is living Even though she is positive she
in compari- still has hopes of being married
he Hispanic/ and having a biological child.
0 for white. "I am going to have a child
20 percent naturally," she said. "Right now
)n compared with the medications my T-cells
ported AIDS are very high, so I have a good
cent of HIV- chance of having a child that
)ugh Decem- will be negative."

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Champion's funeral was sched-
uled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, No-
vember 30 at Beulah Mission-
ary Baptist Church in Decatur,
Georgia. Friends and family paid
their final respects on Tuesday
at an emotional viewing.
In today's world of
social media, hun-
dreds of people have
written messages,
sharing their memo-
ries of Champion. A
tribute video can cur-
rently be seen on You-
Two friends shared
the following: "This is
not the legacy of the
Marching 100 that
Dr. Foster wanted to CHES
leave. RIP Robert. We
miss you."
Another friend added, "This
tribute in no way can bring Rob-
ert Champion back to his family
or erase the events. Yet it reach-
es the heart of Rattlers every-
where regardless of opinion. It
shows the true character of our
Champion's death leaves many
questions unanswered. His fam-
ily, in order to gain answers and
closure, has hired Gainesville-
based Attorney Christopher
Chestnut, 30, to represent their

"It appears this school has
done a cost-benefit analysis of
hazing in the band they con-
cluded the benefit of hazing out-
weighed the cost," Chestnut said.
"That cost Robert his life."

Champion's death
is allegedly linked to
hazing, a term used to
describe various ritu-
als and other activities
involving harassment,
abuse or humiliation
used as a way of ini-
tiating a person into
a group. Hazing has
been a dark culture
that stems from soror-
ities and fraternities
rNUT across the country. In
Florida, hazing is con-
sidered a third degree felony.
"I am very sad this happened
to Robert," said a current band
member who wished to remain
anonymous. "If you had known
Robert you would know how ded-
icated he was to our band he
loved FAMU."
Since the death of Champion
the future of the university's re-
nowned band has been put in
"Out of respect for the family
of Robert Champion and in the
best interests of the University, I

have decided to suspend, indefi-
nitely, any and all performances
and engagements for bands and
other ensembles under the aus-
pices of the music department,
including the Marching 100,"
said James H. Ammons, FAMU's
president. "This suspension is
effective immediately and will
remain in effect during the in-
vestigations until otherwise au-
thorized by me."
In addition, Ammons an-
nounced an internal eight-per-
son task force that will investi-
gate the inner workings of the
Marching 100. The list includes
Florida Attorney General Bob
Butterworth along with Quincy
[Florida] Chief of Police Walt Mc-
Neil. Former State Senator Al
Lawson will spearhead the in-

Dr. Julian White, the band's
director since 1998, was fired
last week as result of Champi-
on's death. His last official day
is December 22nd. White joined
FAMU's faculty in 1972 and has
been director of the Marching
100 since 1998. The reason for
White's firing has not been an-
nounced and Ammons was un-
available for comment.
Ivery Luckey, a clarinet player,
said he was hazed the same year
White became director. In 2004,

the FAMU Board of Trustees
(BOT) awarded Luckey $50,000
after being struck 300 times with
a paddle that required hospital-
ization. Another situation was
documented in 2001 where the
university awarded $1.8 million
to a trumpet player who suffered
temporary kidney failure after
being badly beaten. Solomon
Badger, chairman of the BOT
released a statement regarding
the investigation of the death of
"The members of the Board of
Trustees are deeply saddened
by the loss of our student Rob-
ert Champion," he said. "Each of
us will keep his family and the
FAMU family in our prayers."
The chairman added that the
BOT is working closely with the
administration and law enforce-
ment agenciesteo make sure jus-
tice is served for the Champion
Given the serious nature of
hazing and due to the number of
injuries and deaths that have oc-
curred because of this practice,
presidents from other Histori-
cally Black Colleges and Univer-
sities (HBCUs) were contacted
for comment. Bethune-Cookman
University's president, Dr. Trudie
Kibbie Reed, was traveling and
could not be reached. Florida
Memorial University president,
Dr. Henry Lewis III declined

Police arrest two in illegal cosmetic procedure scheme

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formed the procedure on at least
one woman who wanted to en-
large her buttocks, show that
the so-called doctor apparently
had the same work done on him-
self. It is believed that Morris is
part of a team of swindlers who
have made sizable profits by tak-
ing advantage of people, mostly
women, who want to change their
physical appearance but cannot
afford to pay for cosmetic surgery
by a licensed practitioner.
The Florida Department of
Health found in its analysis of
the injections that several foreign

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and potentially life-
threatening substanc-
es were injected into
Oneal's latest victim
including automotive
and household prod-
ucts. The woman re-
quired hospitalization ,
right after the proce- a
dure was performed
and continues to suf-
fer from permanent
scarring and pain.
Corey Alexander
Eubank, 40, of Hol- MC
lywood, is the second
person arrested in South Flori-
da. He faces two counts of unli-
censed practice of a healthcare

professional with se-
rious injury and two
counts of acting as a
principal, according
to police.
Both victims re-
quired extensive
hospitalization and
continue to recover.
S. They both report
having undergone
the procedures in
Miami Gardens and
say that Morris and
RRIS Eubank were work-
ing together in the
dangerous scam. As the case
continued to gain more atten-
tion, another three women came

forward. Several of the victims,
including Rajee Narinesingh,
are transgender women who had
signed up for chin and cheek en-
hancements. Instead the result
was grotesque facial disfigure-
It has taken police here in Mi-
ami Gardens and as far away as
Tampa over a year to make any
headway in the case. Morris, a
habitual criminal for at least 10
years, continued to evade ar-
rest. The two perpetrators may
only be the tip of the iceberg -
home buttocks augmentations
have reportedly been going on in
South Florida for years some
have resulted in death.

hit with more sexual harassment charges
"It was not." sider the presidency. She said tude in his attempt to get ahead
1A The accusations come as their sexual relationship ended of the story, saying he was not
Cain's standing has been fall- about eight months ago. concerned for himself or his
ing in recent polls with his White said she came forward reputation. "I am more worried
fferent months campaign battling not only the after seeing how Cain, a busi- that this is going to hurt my
6 a.m. and as late earlier accusations of sexual nessman who lives in Atlanta, wife and my family," he said. "I
The most recent misconduct but also the reac- treated the women who had ac- can take the lumps."
nber. tion to the candidate's trouble caused him of harassment. He refused to go into any de-
on station said answering questions on sub- "It bothered me that they were tail about White, and also told
nt a text message jects like President Obama's being demonized," White said. "I Blitzer that he had already in-
White gave it and handling of the conflict in Libya. felt bad for them." formed his wife, whose response
returned the call. In her interview, White told "I wanted to give my side be- was, "Here we go again."
'ain said that he Fox 5 News that Cain had show- fore it was thrown out there Accusations of sexual ha-
White" and that ered her with gifts and flown and made out to be something rassment against Cain began
imber because he her around the country to meet filthy," White said. surfacing at the beginning of
o help her finan- him at various engagements af- White is an unemployed sin- this month, all dating from the
ter they met in the late 1990s in gle mother. Before the inter- years that he ran the National
.ng on Monday af- Louisville, Ky., when Cain was view, Fox learned that she had Restaurant Association in the
If Blitzer on CNN, president of the National Res- filed a sexual harassment claim 1990s. Cain has repeatedly de-
knowing White, taurant Association. against an employer in 2001. nied the allegations.
led an acquain- After that first meeting, White That case was settled. Cain Asked on CNN whether he
lied having a sex- said, she and Cain had drinks, went on CNN on Monday after- would consider dropping out of
ip with her. and he invited her back to his noon to pre-emptively address the race, as his campaign has
thing to hide," he hotel room, where they planned White's claims, saying, "I want been in crisis mode and off its
:hing wrong." their next meeting. It went on to give you a heads-up and ev- message for weeks now, Cain
ly by Blitzer, "Was like this for years, she said, un- eryone a heads-up." said, "We're going to stay fo-
" Cain responded, til Cain began to seriously con- Cain took a nonchalant atti- caused on this campaign."

Opa-locka receives $600,000

grant for urban development

Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson (FL-17) recently an-
nounced that a $624,479 grant
from the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Develop-
ment has been awarded to the
City of Opa-Locka and will go
towards urban development.
"I'm pleased to announce
this critical funding for ur-
ban renewal in Opa-Locka,"
Wilson said. "From day one,
my focus has been jobs, jobs,
jobs, and this federal assis-
tance will go a long way to
make our community a better

place to live, work and raise
our children."
The funding will support
urban development projects
as part of Opa-Locka Vision
20/20, an initiative to make
the city more livable, com-
petitive and sustainable. The
project is overseen by the
Opa-Locka Community Devel-
opment Corporation (OLCDC).
The unemployment rate in
Opa-Locka stands at over 16
percent with 32 percent of
working families falling below
the poverty line.

Two local officers seek top

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levels in recent years.
Major Craig McQueen, a 30-
year veteran of the Miami Police
Department, says he is ready to
lead the beleaguered department.
He has a bachelor degree from
Florida International University
and has risen steadily through
the ranks including: sergeant,
lieutenant, captain and com-
mander. He believes there is no
reason to waste time or money on
a national search for a new chief
and says that qualified leadership
is already in the department.
"I believe the time is right for
an upfront, brutally honest, but
compassionate police chief," said
McQueen. "Thirty years of expe-
rience have prepared me for this
opportunity and the City of Miami
and its communities are ready to
accept my style of leadership."
As a little girl growing up in the
small town of Sneads in the Flor-
ida Panhandle, Gwen Boyd never
thought that police work would
be her "dream job," especially af-
ter seeing attitudes between her
community and police officers

in Jacksonville, Florida, where
she later went to live after the
deaths of her parents. However,
after completing a Miami-based
program designed to attract mi-
norities and females into law en-
forcement, Boyd says she saw a
different side. She adds that hear-
ing the calls from citizens seeking
the help of police officers led her
to sign up for the police academy.
Boyd has served almost 25
years at the Miami Police Depart-
ment and has risen to become
the first Black female sergeant,
then lieutenant, captain and ma-
jor. She was then pegged to take
over as police chief for the City of
Prichard, Alabama. Boyd believes
she has the skills, training and
education to lead multicultural
police force.
,"My vision is to restore the de-
partment's image, morale and
community trust and confi-
dence," she said. "As a [former]
member of the [Miami Police]
Department, it still hurts when
I read negative incidents about
them. I understand more than
those who have never worked in
a police environment."

became positive. We need to
help them live their lives and
provide them with all the sup-
port we can. They are mem-
bers of our families and com-

Between 2001-2005, AIDS
deaths decreased in the rest
of the U.S, but rose in the
Of the top 10 states with
the highest percentage of
Blacks with AIDS, eight are
in the South.
Six of the top 10 states in
which the highest percentage
of women who have AIDS are
in the South.
Southern states had 46
percent of all new HIV/AIDS
cases but only received 34
percent of funding because
they had fewer metropolitan
areas that qualified for city
Blacks account for two-
thirds of new HIV/AIDS cas-
es among women. The rate
for Black women is nearly
15 times higher than that of
whites and four times that of
In 1986, Blacks represent-
ed 25 percent of all AIDS cas-
es in the U.S. In 2004, Blacks
represented 50 percent of all
AIDS cases.

Statistic from Centers for
Disease Control.

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white privilege and Black op-
pression continue to create
an unacceptable death toll as
the 21st century unfolds.
"Black women are the fast-
est-growing population of
those with HIV but they tend
to be excluded from the con-
versation, especially in the
South," Skerritt said. "Young
Black men have the highest
infection rate in the U.S. but
women are second. We have to
include all of the people at the
table and encourage them to
speak out. When Black men
are impacted the numbers of
Black men decrease when
Black women are impacted,
the numbers of families de-
Skerritt also takes a close
look at the Black church and
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Hermon Alrican Methodist Episcopal Church's AIDS Ministr\.
has found a way to bring people together to smile, laugh and fel-
lowship while they are raising awareness about the auto-immune
disease at his annual AIDS Benefit Concert.
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Famed gospel artist DeWayne Woods performed at the
Praise and Worship of Thanksgiving concert at the IBB
Church in Miami Gardens, on Friday, Nov. 18th.

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How to give thanks in hard times

Why gratitude is

the cure for the

holiday blues

By Kaila Heard

During the holiday season,
when everyone is forcing good
cheer, merry and happy tidings
on you everywhere you turn,
it may be tempting, satisfying
even to remind the well wisher

of the sluggish economy that
just can't seem to add enough
jobs, how studies show that cli-
mate change will continue to
raise food prices or just the fact
simple fact that your favorite
television show has been can-
In spite of the various hard-
ships that your life may be un-
dergoing there are reasons that
one should choose to focus on
the positive things in life right
If it seems as if there is abso-
lutely nothing going right, Elder

Willie D. James of Holy Ghost
Faith Deliverance Ministries
recommends a person should
begin with the smaller things.
"Start thinking about the
things that you do have instead
of the things that you don't,"
she said.
"Give thanks because of
all that the Lord has given to
you like if you got food to eat,
clothes to wear," she explained.
"Thank God that you're able to
feel pain and just feel emotions
For Reverend Marvin Woods of

First Baptist Church of Bunche
Park practicing gratitude be-
came easier after he survived
several illnesses including a
stroke and having shingles.
"I've been on death's door and
God, for whatever reason His
love, His grace, His mercy saw
me through," Woods said.
This spiritual gratitude also
has been shown to have emo-
tional and physical benefits as
Research has shown that the
ability to appreciate the good
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Bishop fylvester Sampson

By Kaila Heard

Gospel presentations are
common during the holi-
day season, yet for those
fortunate enough to attend
the Praise and Worship of
Thanksgiving Concert at the
IBB Miami Church on Fri-
day, Nov. 18th, were treated
to a professional concert
featuring Stellar-award
winning DeWayne Woods.
Woods performed several
crowd favorites including
his hit, "Let Go."
In between songs, Woods
shared his own personal
testimony as well as admon-
ished others to share their
own stories with others.
"You never may know what
the person next to you is go-
ing through," he reminded
the audience.
The gospel singer told The
Miami Times that some-
times his own songs are
able to provide hope and
faith to him.
A few years ago, Woods
was under tremendous
stress from a recent move
and worrying about his lat-
est album. Yet when he be-
gan to sing, "Let Go," while
he was washing the dishes,
"God just ministered to me
through those words."
Woods was just one art-
ist of many who ministered
through song, dance or
miming including the local
choir, Local 8 and Word of

Truth dance ministry.
The concert was the first
event to be sponsored by
Royalty Entertainment, a lo-
cal Christian company that
was established in June
Evette McCrea, the vice
president of the company,
along with her husband,
Herbert, the CEO and presi-
dent, founded the company
out of "a desire to bring more
of a Christian environment
where fun, laughter, ro-
mance can be brought in the
community without compro-
mising our salvation."
In spite of the entertain-
ment aspects of their events,
Mrs. McCrea explained that
all of their venues will center
around Christ.
"In every event that we
take on we will make an al-
ter call to Jesus," she said.
With their new company,
the McCreas plan on sev-
eral more events including
a praise team competition
and eventually founding
their own Christian enter-
The additional venues and
events would be appreciat-
ed by members of the local
faith community, according
to Robert Smith.
According to Smith, the
founder of a local Christian
musical arts school, South
Florida's lacks a vibrant,
productive Christian enter-
tainment scene, especially
compared to other cities.

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Churches fight immigration laws

The Associated Press

Largely unseen by Ala-
bama's English-speaking
natives, Hispanic churches
have become a touchstone
for opponents of the state's
crackdown on illegal immigra-
tion, similar to the way Black
churches provided a home to
the civil rights movement in
the South during the 1950s
and '60s.
Immigrant pastors are help-
ing members understand and
cope with fallout from the law,
activists say, and many are
offering spiritual comfort to
both legal and illegal residents
now living in fear.
In cities large and small,
buildings owned by Hispanic
congregations have been used
for mass meetings and "know
our rights" workshops where
activists and organizers use
Spanish to explain intricacies
of the statute to community
members, many of whom
don't speak English.
A community organizer
with the Birmingham-based
Hispanic Interest Coalition of
Alabama, Victor Spezzini, said
the churches have been busy
helping the immigrant com-
munity statewide since the

law took effect in September.
"I think they have been
crucial. They provide an in-
frastructure. They have been
able to provide places for
immigrant rights workshops,
and that's huge," said Spez-
Gov. Robert Bentley earlier
this year signed the Repub-
lican-backed legislation to
clamp down on illegal im-
migrants by making it more

said he and members of his
Spanish-language church, Luz
a las Naciones, feel compelled
to help their mostly immigrant
community because of their
Christian beliefs. In English,
the church's name means
"Light to the Nations."
"We are helping the Span-
ish-speaking people. We are
encouraging them to not go
to other states, and to stay
here," he said.

"We are joining forces. Through a
grass-roots effort we are trying to
coalesce our communities."

difficult to work, live and do
business in the state, but fed-
eral courts have put sections
of the law were put on hold in
response to lawsuits filed by
the Obama administration,
immigrant groups and individ-
uals. Police are still required
to ask people for proof of citi-
zenship during traffic stops,
and government offices are
barred from conducting even
basic transactions without
citizenship checks.
But amid fear over the law,
Pastor Fernando Rodriguez

Unlike a half-century
ago, when Black churches
served as rallying points for
minorities seeking to end
legalized segregation across
the state, Alabama's Hispanic
congregations and pastors
typically lack deep roots in
the community. Many of the
churches didn't even exist a
decade ago, a fact that makes
it all the tougher for them to
be on the front lines of the ef-
fort today.
The National Association for
the Advancement of Colored

People -- a main cog in the
civil rights movement decades
ago -- is now working with im-
migrant churches and others
in opposition to the law.
"We are joining forces.
Through a grass-roots effort
we are trying to coalesce our
communities," said the Rev.
Anthony Johnson, commu-
nity relations director for the
Birmingham NAACP, which
held a community
forum that drew
hundreds of im-
migrants to a
public school
\UAAP in Birming-
the pastor from
Albertville, said
Hispanic churches
are trying to figure out how
to be even more active, but
many pastors and members
don't know what to do and
others are scared. He said he
has tried to build ties with
English-speaking ministers in
northeast Alabama, but that's
tough given the state's politi-
cal climate.
"They never want to get
close with us," he said. "Some-
times it is hard to work with
people with closed minds."

Was the First Thanksgiving a religious celebration?

By Daniel Burke

If you want to prepare
for Thanksgiving like a real
Pilgrim this year, here's what
you should do: Cancel the
plane reservations. Stop jot-
ting down recipes. Leave the
libations alone.
They would have considered
it presumptuous to schedule
a thanksgiving day in ad-
vance, said Francis Bremer,
an emeritus professor of his-
tory at Millersville University
in Pennsylvania. "It assumes
that God is going to be good
to you each particular year."
The Pilgrims' days of
thanksgiving were usu-
ally spent in church, singing
psalms, listening to sermons
and praying. Work and play-
ful pastimes were forbidden.
When God provided, the
Pilgrims were serious about
Despite their reputation
as buckle-belted killjoys, the
Puritans and Pilgrims knew
how to have a good time.
They brewed beer, feasted on
fowl and enjoyed sex all in
moderation, of course.
That's why some historians
believe the 1621 celebration
that's sometimes dubbed the
"First Thanksgiving," was not
actually a "thanksgiving" day
at all. In fact, some historians
even call it a "secular event."
"The 1621 gathering in
Plymouth was not a religious

Adrian Baker, 7, keeps his eyes on the the stage during the
Thanksgiving feast at Morris Elementary School in Arlington,
Texas. Historians believe the "First Thanksgiving" was a secu-
lar event. Actual days of thanksgiving would have been spent
in church, not around the table.

gathering but most likely a
harvest celebration much like
those the English had known
in farming communities back
home," write Catherine O'Neill
Grace and Margaret M.
Bruchac in their book, 1621:
A New Look at Thanksgiving.
The Pilgrims partied for
almost a week in the fall of
1621, according to eyewitness
accounts. They shot fowl,
played games, feasted and
entertained nearly 90 Native
American neighbors with a
gun, er, musket show.

The Pilgrims would never
have thrown such a party on
a proper day of thanksgiving,
according to James W. Baker,
a former senior historian at
the Plimouth Plantation in
"The very nature of a cele-
bration, extending over sever-
al days or a week with secular
'recreations' and non-Chris-
tian guests," Baker writes in
the Encyclopedia of American
Holidays and National Days,
"is what pious Calvinists such
as the Pilgrims would be first

to protest had no place in any
Christian holy day."
But that doesn't mean the
"First Thanksgiving" was a
secular celebration, argue
some historians.
Jeremy Bangs, director of
the Leiden American Pilgrim
Museum in the Netherlands,
said the idea of a "thankless
or secular harvest festival was
"The Pilgrim leaders un-
deniably conceived of their
lives in religious ways," Bangs
Everything the Pilgrims and
Puritans did was suffused
with faith, Bremer agreed.
"Can we know for sure that
they conceptualized it as a
'thanksgiving'? Not in the way
that we have it. But these are
people who would have given
thanks before every meal they
The problem with defining
the original 1621 celebra-
tion besides the dearth of
historical evidence is the
absence of a full-time minis-
ter among the Pilgrims, said
Bremer. Religious rituals were
not as formal as they would
become when a pastor, Ralph
Smith, arrived nearly a de-
cade later.
In other words, the Pilgrims
were winging it in 1621: Glad
to be alive after a dangerous
voyage, happy for a good har-
vest and excited about their
future in a fresh, new land.

Florida Baptists call for a 'Day of Thanks'

"A Day of Thanks" to express
gratitude to God for protec-
tion during the 2011 hurricane
season was called for Sunday,
November 27, 2007 for Florida
"We have much to be grateful
for this year as we look back
over the hurricane season,
said Rick Shepherd, strate-
gist for the Prayer and Spiri-
tual Awakening Team for the
Florida Baptist Convention.
"God has shown us mercy and

answered our prayers. We have
been blessed with rain but no
damaging winds."
In a June 5 Call to Prayer,
Shepherd asked Florida Bap-
tists to pray for God's mercy
during the upcoming Hurri-
cane Season for both the state
and Haiti, Florida's partnership
country that still suffers devas-
tation from the January 2010
He said he believed the peti-
tions of Florida Baptists were

heard and answered.
Shepherd has issued a call to
prayer for the hurricane season
for the past six years after the
state was pummeled by mas-
sive hurricanes in 2004 and
2005. Since that time, few hur-
ricanes have stuck the Florida
Peninsula and those that did
were relatively mild.
"In the past six years, God
has answered prayer and
shown us mercy in Florida.
Now is the time for us to ex-

press our thanks to Him for his
mercy," Shepherd said.
Shepherd has distributed a
reproducible bulletin insert for
churches to provide for their
members with seven points of
prayer to guide them: gratitude
for His mercy; His winds of
continued favor; appreciation
for Florida Baptist Disaster
Relief teams; open doors to
share Christ; church and com-
munity; a humble heart; and a
plea for spiritual awakening.

Catholics adjust to new translation of Mass liturgy

By Greg Toppo

BALTIMORE During the
10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass here
at St. Ignatius, an historic Je-
suit church a few blocks from
downtown, the Rev. Bill Wat-
ters invoked the Gospel of Mark,
reminding parishioners that
"Jesus exhorts us, on this first
Sunday in Advent, to be watch-
ful, not to sleep, but to be alert
to his coming."
Catholics in the English-
speaking world spent Sunday
morning needing to being alert
in more ways than one. For the
first time in more than 40 years,
they had a new translation of

the liturgy from a revised Roman
Missal that hews more closely to
the church's original Latin.
The transition was bumpy for
"I don't think I said it the right
way once," said Matthew Hoover,
who attends St. Ann Catholic
Church in Clayton, N.C., "I kept
forgetting, and saying the old
When Watters recited the fa-
miliar line, "The Lord be with
you," about half of the parish re-
plied, as they have for decades,
"And also with you." The other
half simultaneously offered the
new response: "And with your

Watters said he expected a bit
of confusion, especially on the
first Sunday. "It'll take time," he
Kakoli Kim said she was
"stumbling" through the chang-
es, even though they were in-
troduced "very methodically" by
Watters. She said a friend got on
Twitter to complain about being
surprised by the new language,
but, Kim said, "We were fore-
Watters said the hope is that
the new translation will give a
deeper sense of transcendence,
mystery and reverence toward
God's presence.
The roots of the new transla-

tion go back to the 1960s Sec-
ond Vatican Council, which al-
lowed Mass in languages other
than Latin.
In 2001, the Vatican issued a
directive requiring translation
of the English-language Missal
that would be closer to the Lat-
in. Years of revisions eventually
produced the translation used
"It does take some getting
used to," said Matt Micciche of
Baltimore. "Having grown up
going to Mass, those words are
kind of in your mind on a sub-
conscious level. It's a little awk-
ward at first but I'm sure we'll
get used to it."

Fresh gospel on

BET Sunday Best

Jesca Reudy

It would be unfair to listen
to "From the Heart" (Light/
eOne), the debut album by
Jessica Reedy a runner-
up on the BET gospel music
reality competition "Sunday
Best" without hearing the
praise. But where so much -
of modern gospel declares
its faithfulness through
volume and density, this
mature and thoughtful
album doesn't call attention
to its deep feeling. Instead,
it's proof of the vitality of
adult-contemporary soul,

even if romance isn't much
on Reedy's mind. "Always"
begins with a clever intro
of minimalist girl-group
shuffle, and "Blue God" is
languorous and confident,
like the moment after a long
pain lifts. Reedy is a robust
singer, comfortable with jazz
and caba t inflection, aft
is imnm'a ot over-'
power a lyric or feeling. The
rowdiest she gets is on the
exuberant disco-soul num-
ber "Doctor Love," sung with
Faith Evans, a known cham-
pion of the flesh. You almost
imagine they're singing
about someone earthbound.. .

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Haitian church says it lost $320,000 to fraud

By Kimberly Miller

The Haitian Bethel Baptist
Church had a growing base of
parishioners in the fall of 2009
when Pastor Jean Bilbalo Joint
decided to expand his humble
Boynton Beach facility no
more than a house, really to
accommodate the flock.
He entered an agreement
with Boca Raton-based Na-
tionwide Mortgage Bankers
Corp., writing checks totaling
$321,222 to Interstate Title
Services and Escrow for what
he says he thought was a
deposit to secure a $1 million
But according to a lawsuit
filed in March, no loan was

ever secured nor was the
$321,222 returned.
The church contacted The
Palm Beach Post this week
after reading its coverage
on Nov. 20 about other real
estate-related lawsuits involv-
ing Nationwide-associated
companies and Guilfort Dieuvil
- president of several of the
The complaint filed by the
-church says Nationwide and
Dieuvil never intended to
secure a loan and instead de-
frauded the church in a "civil
conspiracy" that involved the
title agency and Nationwide
Financial Consultants a
company Dieuvil also led, state
records show.

"It took them years

and years and years

to save up this money,

and now it's gone."


Dieuvil says the church's
money was to pay consultation
fees to Nationwide Financial
Consultants, and not for a de-
posit to secure a loan, accord-
ing to the lawsuit.
The suit further states that
Dieuvil testified there is a writ-

ten agreement between the
church and Nationwide Con-
The church knows of no
such agreement, and neither
Dieuvil nor any representative
of Nationwide has provided a
copy of the agreement, accord-
ing to the lawsuit.
"They're very distraught,"
said Boca Ratonbased at-
torney Jeffrey Galvan, who is
representing the church. "It
took them years and years and
years to save up this money,
and now it's gone."
Specific charges in the 46-
page lawsuit include fraudu-
lent misrepresentation, breach
of contract and civil conspir-

The church's allegations
of real estate wrongdoing by
Dieuvil and associated compa-
nies the title firm's registered
agent is listed in state records
as vice president for Nationwide
Mortgage Bankers Corp. add
to at least five lawsuits filed by
homeowners who say they were
wronged by another of Dieuvil's
enterprises, Nationwide Invest-
ment Firm.
Those lawsuits describe varia-
tions of short sale abuses, but
mostly revolve around a busi-
ness model that includes having
the homeowner quitclaim-deed
his or her home to the firm.
Deerfield Beach attorney S.
Tracy Long, who filed three of

the lawsuits against Nation-
wide Investment Firm, said the
company targets Haitian im-
migrants, "specifically potential
homebuyers of foreign descent
(who are not proficient in the
English language)."
Nationwide representatives,
and the firm's Hollywoodbased
attorney, Kevin Fabrikant, said
there is nothing illegal about
the firm's real estate business
and that clients are well aware
of the specifics of the deals.
"There's no hidden fonts;
the contracts are in bold, large
lettering," Fabrikant told The
Palm Beach Post last week.
"I feel confident we can show
the court that the plaintiffs in
these cases are wrong."

F- am

Mission is Possible De-
liverance Ministry welcomes
the community to their first
service on Dec. 4 at 11:30 a.m.

E Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes ev-
eryone to their introduction
to computer classes on Tues-
days, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
and Thursdays, 4 p.m. 5:30
p.m. 305-770-7064, 786-312-

New Providence Baptist
Church is hosting Pre-Instal-
lation Services on Nov. 30,
Dec. 1 2, at 7:30 p.m. night-
ly. 305-758-0922.

Running for Jesus Min-
istries invites everyone to a
Youth Revival, Dec. 17 -18.
954-213-4332, 786-704-5216.

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

N New Canaan Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
Mxtamunity to 'Sunday

Bible School at 9:30 a.m. fol-
lowed by Worship Services at
11 a.m. 954 981-1832.

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance is seeking ac-
tors for their Christmas play.

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

The Florida Memorial
University Campus Minis-
try invites the community
to Lecture and Arts Series
for Enrichment in Religion
(L.A.S.E.R) Worship Service
every Thursday at 11 a.m. un-
til Dec. 1.

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International invites
the community to their Sun-
day Praise and Worship Ser-
vice at 10:30 a.m.

0 Gamble Memorial Church
of God in Christ asks that ex-
perienced musicians apply to
fulfill their musician position.

305-821-3692, 305-409-1566. tries invites everyone to their
roundtable to discuss the

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 Dec. 3 at 4 p.m., Dec. 5 at 7
p.m. and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. 305-
621-5067, 786-587-4048.

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 every-
one to morning worship every
Sunday at 11 a.m. and Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7
p.m. 305-638-0857

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

Lifeline Outreach Minis-

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 spon-
sors a Community Feeding
every second Saturday of the
month, from 10 a.m. until all
the food has been given out.
For location and additional de-
tails, call 786-371-3779.

New Mt. Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to their Sunday Bi-
ble School classes at 9:30 a.m.
and 11 a.m. Worship Service.
305-635-4100, 786-552-2528.

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

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

Bus trip to the Holy Land experience
Harvest Time Fellowship, Inc. The cost: adults 18 and up
is planning a bus trip to Orlan- $79, children 13-17 $72, chil-
do, FL. The bus will leave the dren 6-12 $65, under 12 $47.
north Dade terminal at 5 a.m., Deadline is December 5. For
Saturday, December 17 and more information, call 305-
will return at 1 a.m. 332-9812 or 786-256-2822.

Being thankful: A good cure

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or to use positive thinking can
increase your life span, lower
rates of depression, increase
your ability to fight the com-
mon cold and are effective cop-
ing skills during times of hard-
ships and stress, according to
the Mayo Clinic.

So, how to take advantage of
the benefits of positive think-
ing? Practice.
According to the Mayo Clinic,
begin by focusing on one area
of your life that you normally
have negative thoughts about
and choose to be more positive
about such as your work, rela-

tionships, or even your car.
"Once you see the positive
build upon that," recommended
Rev. Jeffrey L. Mack of Second
Canaan Missionary Baptist
Church, "It's always the pos-
sibility of the chance of moving
forward to [a better future] if we
just push ourselves."
But beyond giving gratitude
for the blessings in their own
life, some people also choose to
count the blessings of others.
"I ask God for blessings upon
me and my family and I also
do it for other families, even
my enemies," Woods explained.
"I do it because He died for all
of us, even the enemies of this
world. Besides I don't have a
heaven or hell to put people in
so who am I to be anybody's
judge or jury."

Advent focuses on Christmas season

Razor Sharp Ministries puts faith in action

continued from 12B

exactly as you are and I will
deal with it."
Sampson himself under-
stands the importance of re-
ceiving a second chance.
In 1984, the now 56-year-
old minister found himself on
his knees crying for mercy. He
had been addicted to drugs
for 17.years, his marriage was
crumbling and his financial
prospects seemed bleak.
"I hit rock bottom and I real-
ly didn't want to live anymore,"
he recalled. "I couldn't find
anything else to sell because I
had sold everything, so I just
sat right there and cried to the
Lord to kill me."
Fortunately, God sent him
relief from his troubles in an-
other form.
A prompt visit from a local

preacher and spiritual advi-
sor and a coincidental visit
from his family, gave Sampson
the strength to go to the local
church and become a regular
Yet his ordeal was not over
"I would go to church and
then get high when I came
home," he admitted.
Finally six months later,
Sampson said he was deliv-
ered from his drug addiction.
Eight years later, Sampson
went from loyal church goer
to founding his own church,
Razor Sharp Ministries. The
minister proudly says he has
been drug free for the past 27
Now any free time he has
away from his roofing busi-
ness is spent conducting
church business.
"I was addicted to drugs,

now I'm addicted to Christ," he
Married for 38 years and the
father of four, Sampson was
always around his children,
yet he was not always involved
in their personal lives.
"I wasn't a father to my chil-
dren the way I should have
been because of my addiction,"
he said. "But since I've been
born again, I know now the
importance of being a father ."
The lesson of being an active
participant in your child's life,
especially for fathers to be ac-
tive in their sons' life, is one he
tries to impart to everyone.
"If the father is [around], he
can do the manly thing with
his son," explained Sampson.

Sampson has been a pastor
for nearly two decades and in

that time he has accumulated
a lot of knowledge and experi-
One of the biggest lessons
he learned was about the im-
portance of forgiving another
human being. "In order to be
an effective minister, you have
to be able to take the wrong
from your brother and sister,"
Sampson said. "We can take
that wrong and make it right
in yourself and forgive them."
Ultimately,, Sampson be-
lieves that individuals who
'turn the other cheek' will
be more effective in winning
"God will convict them and
tell them that man took your
wrong and that will make the
individual start doing the right
thing," he explained.
Razor Sharp Ministries is
located at 8523 NW 22nd Av-
enue in Miami.

Local churches unite to fight AIDS epidemic

continued from 12B

in South Florida who is actu-
ally helping people with HIV/
AIDS," Smith said.
Now in its ninth year, the
Benefit Concert often features
popular local gospel artists,
liturgical dancers, mimers, a
Community Choir and a free
"My main focus is on break-
ing the stigma of HIV/AIDS and
opening the eyes of the Black
churches in Miami," Smith ex-
plained. "We're trying to get
more churches involved in HIV/
AIDS ministries."
Mt. Hermon AME Church has
partnered with several local
churches including Mt.Tabor
Missionary Baptist Church,
Ebenezer United Method-
ist Church, Antioch Bap-
tist Church, Bethel Apostolic

Church and New Hope Mission-
ary Baptist Church to name a
In addition to the entertain-
ment, the benefit will feature in-
formation presented by various
community agencies including
the Miami-Dade County De-
partment of Health, Empower
U, and Care Resources. Rapid
HIV testing will also be avail-
able on the premises.
According to Smith, this
year's event has made special
efforts to reach out to area
youth to educate them about
the immunodeficiency disease.
"We're focusing on the youth
this year because the statistics
for the youth's [HIV/AIDS in-
fection rates] are so high," he
According to the Centers for
Disease Control, Black youth
between the ages of 13 to 24,
account for 55 percent of all

new HIV infections.
Yet the problem for newly in-
fected individuals extends to
their treatment as well, Smith
He further explained, Even
those who have test positive
they often haven't gone out to
get their meds yet and they
keep having sex."
Terrance Cribbs-Lorrant, 32,
a volunteer for Greater St. Paul
AME Church's Healthy Living
Ministry, has also been helping
to organize the benefit concert.
Cribbs-Lorrant explained
that adherence or the number
of people who take their HIV/
AIDs medications as prescribed
is a "big issue" encountered
across all age groups.
The price of "medication is
really high and there is a wait-
ing list for [financial] support,
so you have a lot of people who
don't take their medication be-

cause they can't afford it, they
don't like the side effects or
some people simply forget to
take [it]," he said.

Although the concert itself is
free, donations are requested.
In previous years, the event
has raised between $3,000 to
$5,000, Smith said.
"Those funds are only used to
help those infected with HIV/
AIDS," Smith explained. In pre-
vious years, the money raised
has been used on a variety of
expenses from medication to
living arrangements.
The Ninth Annual 9th An-
nual HIV/AIDS Benefit Concert
will be held on Dec. 10th at
4:30 p.m.
For more information or to
volunteer, please call 305-621-
5067, 786-587-4048.

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or "the coming" in Latin, also
marked the beginning of the
church of the church year.
Traditionally denominations
such as Catholicism, Method-
ism, Episcopalian, Orthodox,
and Presbyterian officially rec-
ognized the date. However, in
recent years, more Evangelical
and Protestant Christians have
started to celebrate the date as
The Advent Season varies in
length from year to year, start-
ing on the Sunday nearest to
St. Andrew's Day which al-
ways the fourth Sunday before
Christmas Day.
For many faiths, honoring
the Advent season is a way to
keep Christ at the center of the
Christmas season.

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Veteran gets medals more than 40 years after leaving Army

By Elizabeth Everett

After more than 40 years, a
Haw River veteran is receiving
the recognition he deserves.
Vietnam veteran Vernon
Richmond has been trying to
get the medals that he earned
in the Army since his service
ended in 1969, but it wasn't
until this month that he was
able to finally hold them for the
first time.
The journey toward receiv-
ing his medals may have never
ended if he had not come in
contact with a U.S. congress-
man's aide.
Janine Osborne, district
representative for U.S. Rep.
Howard Coble, R-N.C., first
visited the local chapter of
the American Council of the
Blind a couple of months ago
as a guest speaker. Richmond
joined the council two years
ago after glaucoma permanent-
ly impaired his vision.
"I told her about my situ-
ation, so she gave me an
application to fill out about
the medals I received,"

Richmond said.
After Richmond filled out the
paperwork, Osborne sent it to
the appropriate agencies. The
process took approximately six
On Nov. 7, Osborne returned
to the council with several
medals in hand, including
a Combat Infantry Badge, a
Vietnam Service Medal and
a National Defense Service
She stood at the front of the
room and called Richmond's
name to come forward. Af-
ter making his way onto the
stage, she presented him
with five medals and a United
States congressional flag.
"I was totally in shock,"
Richmond said. "I cried, and
so did everybody else."
Although requests like Rich-
mond's are common among
World War II veterans, there
are fewer men and women
from more recent generations
who seek their medals. Over
the years, these numbers have
started to increase.
"I think the newer genera-

Vernon Richmond stands in front of his home while wearing
the medals he earned during his military service.

tions have realized what they
are entitled," said Ed McDon-
ald, Coble's Chief of Staff.
McDonald said that Coble
tries to personally present
medals to veterans, but he
was not able to attend the
Nov. 7 ceremony due to a
scheduling conflict.
Richmond began Army
basic training in 1967 at Fort
Bragg, where he received
recognition as one of the most
outstanding basic training
soldiers upon graduation. Af-
ter completing eight weeks of
advanced infantry training at
Fort Jackson, S.C., Richmond
served as a combat soldier in
Vietnam. He was awarded a
Purple Heart and a Bronze
Star Medal for his war efforts.
Richmond worked in the
textile industry until glauco-
ma forced him onto disability
in 1994. In 2006, the disease
cost him his vision. Even with
his new challenges, Richmond
has found many ways to stay
active in the community and
give back to fellow veterans.
Each week, Richmond vol-

unteers his time to call blind
veterans and tend to their
needs with the Department
of Veteran Affairs. He has
also served in several leader-
ship positions through his
involvement in the American
Council of the Blind and the
Federation of the Blind. On
the weekends, he enjoys sing-
ing in two choirs at Melfield
United Church of Christ in
Haw River and being an active
father, grandfather and great-
Tony Ferrita, a fellow mem-
ber of the American Council of
the Blind, is very pleased that
Richmond can finally em-
brace his long-awaited medals
and said that Richmond has
adjusted well to all of the new
challenges his blindness cre-
"It's very encouraging to see
someone who lost their vision
late in life adjust to their dis-
ability," said Ferrita. But, he
insists that, instead of consid-
ering it a disability, it is just a
challenge that just has to be

New Camillus House has 360 beds

By David Ovalle

In the last half a century, the
neighborhood around Down-
town Miami's Camillus House
has morphed from a hard-
scrabble warehouse district to
an urban playground.
"Now, we're in the middle
of a metropolis," said Camil-
lus President Dr. Paul R. Ahr,
whose venerable homeless
shelter has persevered, wel-
coming in the destitute and
downtrodden despite its aging
Thursday, the shelter said
goodbye to its old neighbor-
hood, holding its 51st annual
Thanksgiving feast the last
at the location before moving
toa-bigger facility about two
miles northwest in the city's
hospital district.
About 300 homeless guests
- served by over 100 vol-
unteers chowed down on
turkey and mashed potatoes,
many of them marking their
first visit to Camillus House on
Founded by the Little Broth-
ers of the Good Shepherd in
1960, Camillus House started
as a tiny overnight shelter,


Members of the Camilus House family gather for the 51st
annual Thanksgiving feast.for the homeless -- the last such
dinner before the facility moves.

servicing day laborers and
*port workers and many newly
arrived Cuban exiles. Over
the years, as the city grew, so
did the shelter turning into
a full-service facility for the
homeless that includes hous-
ing placement, job training
and substance abuse rehabili-
Next year, Camillus House
will move entirely to a new
campus on three-acres -
which will feature 340 shelter
beds -off Northwest Seventh

Avenue west of Interstate 95.
The old building, at 726 NE
First Ave., has just 100 beds
and will be demolished.
"Well see you next year in
the new house," Miami Mayor
Tomas Regalado told the
cheering crowd.
But on Thursday, it was time
to celebrate the history and
mission of the old building,
which once hosted Mother Te-
resa serving food there once.
Organizers blocked off North-
east Eighth Street, setting up a

white tent and tables adorned
with auburn covers and cornu-
copias. A DJ blasted calypso
Christmas tunes.
In a celebration dubbed
the "Farewell Feast," volun-
teers donned T-shirts with an
old sepia-tinted photo of the
shelter. Nearly 150 donated
turkeys were cooked at the
nearby Hyatt Regency, and
delivered for carving at Camil-
lus House.
The event was a first for Jef-
fery Brown, 35, who was laid
off six months ago from his
stockroom job at Winn-Dixie.
Brown was a longtime U.S.
Marine who served in Bosnia,
Afghanistan and Iraq before
alcohol abuse ravaged his life.
- eToday, he is seven months=
sober, living at Camillus House
while volunteering handing
out clothes to other homeless
people. Brown hopes to fin-
ish his undergrad degree in
mathematics at Florida Inter-
national University and one
day enroll in law school.
"It's a good feeling to know
there are people out there will-
ing to volunteer their time for
you," Brown said as volunteers
served him turkey.

How communities can prevent violence

By Fabiola Santiago

It's impossible to forget the
image of the little boy shot
at West Little River Park in
Miami who lifted his shirt with
a mix of tender innocence and
aplomb to show the media the
wound made by the bullet that
grazed his tummy.
The 3-year-old was one of
four children shot while play-
ing at the park last July when
masked gunmen opened fire
with AK-47s.
No child should get his teta-
nus shot for a bullet wound
instead of a scraped knee.
No child should have to fear
that his life might end at any
moment while playing with
friends at a neighborhood
park. No mother, no father
should remain silent while
their children grow up amid
such violence.
But again, for the second
time in three months in this
North Miami area, four people
including an 11-year-old boy
were wounded by the bul-
lets of thugs who drove up to
a public park and shot their
guns while children played in
a youth football league.
This time the violence
erupted at Ralph Bunche Park
in Miami Gardens, four miles
away from West Little River
Park, and police only have
one clue: The gunmen drove a
dark Chevy Impala with fancy
To say that parents, coaches
and neighbors are worried
about the safety of our parks
is one heck of an understate-
ment. Surely, more police
protection is needed at parks,

and city government should
respond by adequately staffing
practices and football games.
But a lot more than police
presence is required to solve
the complex problem of ram-
pant and random violence.
It's time, for one, to stop
dancing around the issue.
In the aftermath of the West
Little River shooting, North-
side Optimist football coach
Charles Joseph said it best,
his voice ringing with new-
found anger as he looked into
the television cameras and
defiantly sent a message to the
thugs who shot up his football
field: "We are not going to take
this. We are going to snitch.
We are not going anywhere.
We are going to play football
right here."
Now comes the hard part:
the follow-up.
I recently talked to a wom-
an whose 13-year-old son
snatched the purse of an
elderly woman walking home
from a Metrorail station. He
snatched it so hard that the
78-year-old fell and broke her
elbow, requiring surgery and
painful rehabilitation. His
crime was captured on video
cameras and police asked for
help in finding him.
People at his school recog-
nized him, but no one turned
him in no one but his own
mother, who walked into the
Miami Police Department and
handed her son over.
I tracked down this ordinary
woman who did a remark-
able thing and I asked her
why. At first, she was annoyed
and said that she didn't want
police or nosy journalists like

me hanging around her house
and bothering her. But the
more we talked, a larger truth
unfolded about her motivation
for turning him in.
"Because I love my son," she
That's what it takes to stop

the cycle of violence; some
tough love is at least the
beginning. This woman might
have saved her son's life with
her decision, and in the pro-
cess, she might have saved
another little boy from taking
a bullet in the park.

Reverend James Bell

Local churches hold

'Hymnfest' at Biscayne Park

Reverend James Bell, the music minister from the
Church of the Incarnation, makes a joyful noise during the
Hymnfest presented by the choir of the Church of the Res-
urrection and St. Cecilia's Choir from the Church of the
Incarnation on Sunday, Nov. 13th at Biscayne Park.





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More living with HIV due to new AIDS drugs

By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) More
people than ever are living
with the AIDS virus but this is
largely due to better access to
drugs that keep HIV patients
alive and well for many years,
according to the the United
Nations AIDS program (UN-
AIDS). In its annual report on
the pandemic, UNAIDS said
the number of people dying of
the disease fell to 1.8 million
in 2010, down from a peak of
2.2 million in the mid-2000s.
UNAIDS director Michael
Sidibe said the past 12 months
had been a "game-changing
year" in the global AIDS fight.

About 2.5 million deaths have
been averted in poor and mid-
dle-income countries since
1995 due to AIDS drugs be-
ing introduced and access to
them improving, according to
UNAIDS. Much of that suc-
cess has come in the past
two years as the numbers of
people getting treatment has
increased rapidly.
'We've never had a year
when there has been so much
science, so much leadership
and such results in one year,"
Sidibe said. "Even in this time
of public finance crises and
uncertainty about funding,
we're seeing results. We are
seeing more countries than

ever before (achieving) signifi-
cant reductions in new infec-
tions and stabilizing their epi-
Since the beginning of the
AIDS pandemic in the 1980s,
more than 60 million people'
have been infected with the
human immunodeficiency vi-
rus (HIV) that causes AIDS.
HIV can be controlled for
many years with cocktails of
drugs. but there is as yet no

The UNAIDS report said
34 million people around the-
world had HR' in 2010, up from

33.3 million in 2009. Among
the most dramatic changes
was the leap in the number of
people getting treatment with
AIDS drugs when the,, need
it. Of the 14.2 million people
eligible for treatment in low-
and middle-income countries,
around 6.6 million, or 47 per-
cent, are now receiving it. UN-
AIDS said. and 11 poor- and
mid-income countries now
have universal access to HIV
treatment, with coverage of 80
percent or more.
This compares with 36 per-
cent of the 15 million people
needing treatment in 2009
who got AIDS drugs.
"In just one year we have

added 1.4 million people to
treatment," said Adrian Lovett
of the anti-poverty campaign
group ONE. He said the fig-
ures showed "huge progress"
but also underlined 'the ma-
jor push needed now in order
to turn the corner in this epi-
The big point for us is the
number of new infections -
that's where you win against
the epidemic." Sidibe said
Despite progress on HIV
treatment and prevention,
sub-Saharan Africa is still
by far the worst hit area, ac-
counting for 68 percent of all
those living with HIV in 2010
despite its population ac-

counting for only 12 percent
of the global total. Around 70
percent of new HIV infections
in 2010, and almost half of all
AIDS-related deaths, were in
sub-Saharari ,frica.
Sidibe said that with many
international donor countries
struggling with slow econom-
ic growth anid high debt, the
global AIDS fight had to be-
come e'.en more- Iocriied on
high impact interventions to
deliver progress in tlic places
worst hit.
"We need to maintain our in-
vestment, but . in a smart-
er way," he said. "Then we'll
see a serious decline in the

Patients' success raises hope of a cure for HIV

The National Institute of Allergy and
infectious Diseases says a cure is a top
priority and awarded grants that could
total $70 million over five years.

By Andrew Pollack

Medical researchers are
again in pursuit of a goal they
had all but abandoned: curing
Until recently, the possibil-
ity seemed little more than
wishful thinking. But the ex-
periences of two patients now
suggest to many scientists that
it may be achievable.
One man, the so-called
Berlin patient, apparently has
cleared his HIV infection, al-
beit by arduous bone marrow
More recently, a 50-year-old
man in Trenton, N.J., under-
went a far less difficult gene
therapy procedure. Although
he was not cured, his body
was able to briefly control the
virus after he stopped tak-
ing the usual antiviral drugs,
something that is highly un-

"It's hard to understate how
the scientific community has
swung in its thinking about
the possibility that we can do
this," said Kevin Frost, chief
executive of the Foundation
for AIDS Research, a nonprofit
group. "Cure, in the context
of HIV, had become almost a
four-letter word."
There were attempts in the
past to cure the virus, but
most experts thought it more
feasible to focus on prevention
and treatment.
The push for a cure might
seem even less urgent now
that antiviral drugs have
turned HIV infection from a
near-certain death sentence
to a chronic disease for many
But the drugs are not avail-
able to everyone, and they do
not eliminate the infection.
Even if undetectable in the
blood, the human immunode-

ficiency virus lurks
quietly in the body.
If a patient stops
taking the drugs, ',
the virus almost al-
ways comes roaring
So people with
HIV now must take
drugs every day for
life, which some
researchers say is Fl
not a sustainable
solution for tens of millions of
infected people.
"I don't think the world has
the resources to deliver these
drugs to everyone who needs
them for decades," said Dr.
Steven Deeks, professor of
medicine at the University of
California, San Francisco.
A cure may be the only re-
alistic solution. The National
Institute of Allergy and Infec-
tious Diseases, which says a
cure is one of its top priorities,
this year awarded grants that
could total $70 million over
five years to three research
teams in pursuit of that goal.
More grants are coming.
California's stem-cell agency
has committed a total of $38

million to three
projects intended to _
find a cure. Merck,
Gilead Sciences,
Sangamo BioSci-
ences and Calim-
mune have begun
It will be years
before there is a
cure, if there ever
is, although some
scientists are more


optimistic than others.
"I think we are much closer
to a cure than we are to a
vaccine," said Rafick-Pierre
Sekaly, scientific director of
the Vaccine and Gene Therapy
Institute of Florida.
There are two main ap-
proaches to a cure. One is a
so-called sterilizing cure the
eradication of HIV from the
body. The other, a functional
cure, would not eliminate the
virus but would allow a person
to remain healthy without an-
tiviral drugs.
Hope for a cure was raised in
part by the experience of the
Berlin patient, an American
named Timothy Brown who
had both HIV and leukemia.


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Healthier living for headt

By Steven Reinberg cardiology at the University of.'."
California, Los Angeles and a .'' .

A healthy lifestyle and ap-
propriate medications can help
people with heart disease live
longer and avoid a heart attack
or stroke, according to new
guidelines from the American
College of Cardiology Founda-
tion and the American Heart
Following the updated
recommendations can also
improve quality of life, reduce
the need for surgical proce-
dures to open blocked arteries
and lower the likelihood of a
repeat heart attack or stroke
if you've suffered one already,
the authors said.
"The full implementation of
these cardiovascular protective
therapies into clinical practice
can markedly reduce the risk
of death, disability and health
care expenditures due to car-
diovascular disease," said Dr.
Gregg Fonarow, professor of

spokesman for the American' -
Heart Association.
The guidelines also recom-
mend a comprehensive cardiac
rehabilitation program after a
heart attack, stroke, bypass
surgery, or the diagnosis of
heart-related chest pain or
blockages in leg arteries
Doctors should also screen
patients with known heart
disease for depression, the au-
thors said. Depression, which
is common after heart attack
or bypass surgery, can reduce
quality of life and make it dif-
ficult to alter harmful health
behaviors, they noted.
Once people develop coro-
nary artery disease or other
vascular disease, such as
peripheral artery disease, they
are at high risk for recurrent
events and death "Cardio-
vascular disease remains the
Please turn to HEART 18B

Funds halt newAIDS-trea

By David Brown

The Global Fund to Fight
AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria, which underwrites
AIDS treatment for about half
the people getting it in devel-
oping countries, announced
Wednesday that it will make
no new grants for the next
two years because of the
worldwide economic down-
The Geneva-based organi-
zation says it will continue
to support about 400 AIDS
treatment and prevention
programs in more than 100
countries for now, but it will
not pay for them to add pa-
tients or increase services.
"We cannot at the moment
encourage in good faith an
expansion of these programs,"
Christoph Benn, the fund's
director of external relations,
said Wednesday after a two-
day meeting in Ghana of the
board's directors.
The decision comes at a
time of growing clamor to

scale up AIDS treatment in
countries hardest hit by the
disease, especially nations in
sub-Saharan Africa.
A study earlier this year
showed that treating infected
people with antiretroviral
drugs cuts their chance of
transmitting the virus by 96
percent leading to calls for
a "treatment-as-prevention"
strategy against the epidemic.
Other research has shown
that adoption of circumcision
by African men and more ag-
gressive treatment of HIV-
infected pregnant women can
also drive HIV incidence down
steeply. In a speech three
weeks ago, Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton said
an "AIDS-free generation ... is
possible with the knowledge
and interventions we have
right now."
With the Global Fund
standing pat, that goal will be
much more elusive.
The Global Fund has
dispensed about $15 billion
since its creation in 2002, in-


, -

eluding $2.8 billion this year.
Nearly all of its money comes
from Western industrialized
countries, with the United
States by far the largest.
donor. The money is distrib-
uted in competitive grants to
health ministries and chari-
ties in needy countries.
About 14.2 million people
in low- and middle-income
countries, mostly in Africa,
qualify on medical grounds
for treatment with antiretrovi-
ral drugs. At least 6.6 million
are now getting that treat-
ment, with the Global Fund
paying for the care of about
3.2 million people. A similar
numberr are supported by the
U.S. government through the
President's Emergency Plan
for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), cre-
ated by President George W.
Bush in 2003.
The fund needs $7 billion to
pay for grants already award-
ed and has pledges to cover
them. The European financial
crisis, however, has cast an
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ALREADY ON ROAD TO OBESITY after taking the initial one

By Jenifer Goodwin

Today's kindergarteners are
heavier than kids brought up
in the 1970s and 1980s and
appear to be on the road to
becoming overweight and obese
in the years to come, a new
study finds.
"It's not just kids who are
already overweight getting
more and more so, there is an
entire shift. Even those who
are normal weight are gaining
weight," said lead study author
Ashlesha Datar, senior econo-
mist at RAND Corp. in Santa
Monica, Calif.
Researchers analyzed data
on nearly 6,000 white, black
and Hispanic children who
participated in the Early
Childhood Longitudinal Study
- a nationally representative
sample and had their height
and weight measured over nine
years, in kindergarten, first,

third, fifth and eighth grades.
The study found nearly 40
percent of kindergarteners had
a body mass index (BMI) in the
75th percentile or above, up
from 25 percent in the 1970s
and 1980s, when the growth
charts were developed by the
U.S. Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention.
While a BMI in the 75th
percentile is still in the nor-
mal range, that child may be
headed for being overweight
or obese, Datar said. And if
they're already at the 75th
percentile in kindergarten, they
don't have far to go before they
tip into the overweight or obese
category, which puts them at
risk of serious health problems
as adults.
Traditionally, a BMI in the
85th to 95th percentile is con-
sidered overweight, while above
the 95th percentile is obese.
Please turn to OBESITY 18B

*Taking more of the medication at one
time than is recommended.
*Taking a higher dose over a 24-hour
period than is recommended.
*Taking more than one NSAID-con-
taining medication at a time.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salm-
on, flaxseed, flaxseed oil and walnuts.
Tryptophan, found in turkey, soy, red
meat and dairy.
Magnesium, found in avocados, nuts
and green, leafy vegetables.
Folic acid, found in fruits and green,
leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B-12, found in dairy foods,
meat, shellfish and fish.
The academy stresses, however, that
changes in your diet aren't a sufficient
substitute for professional medical treat-
ment in cases of depression and other
forms of serious mental illness.

Hispanic birthrate tumbles

Raises possibility of long-term drop
in nation's overall fertility
By Haya El Nasser all U.S. births and half of its
population growth.
The number of babies "Hispanicj(rtility is drop-
born to Hispanics dropped ping likel4stone," says Ken-
below one million in 2010, n1thJohnson, demographer
a nearly 11 percent drop -for the University of New
since 2007 that reflects the Hampshire's Carsey Institute.
tough times. Fewer people of Hispanic birthrates tumbled
all backgrounds are having 17.6 percent in three years




Births to Hispanics in Texas fell 7.5 percent since 2007 a
drop so significant that Hispanic births went from being the
majority (50.2 percent) to less than half (48.9 percent), John-
son's analysis shows.

babies because of economic
concerns, but the sharpest
drop is among Hispanics, a
booming population that con-
tributes almost a quarter of

- from 97.4 births per 1,000
women ages 15 to 44 to 80.3
last year, according to prelim-
inary 2010 data released this
month by the National Center

for Health Statistics.
Non-Hispanic whites still
deliver most U.S. births.
Their birthrates fell, too, but
at a much slower pace -
down 3.7 percent to 58.7 per
1,000 women in 2010.
The dramatic decline in
births to Hispanics, who
still have the highest fertility
rates, raises the specter of a
long-term drop in the na-
tion's overall fertility now
higher than that of most
other developed nations. It
also crystallizes the impact
of the economic downturn on
"It's hard to ignore that
Hispanics have been one of
the hardest-hit groups," says
Gretchen Livingston, senior
researcher at the Pew Re-
search Center and author of
a recent report on declining
birthrates in a down econo-
A lower birthrate may have
a significant impact on areas
that would be losing popu-
lation except for Hispanic
growth. In nine percent of
the nation's 3,141 counties,
the population would have
declined if Hispanics had not
moved in, Johnson says.
In Florida, Hispanic births
dropped 15.9 percent. In
California, they were down
7.3 percent.

Teens don't eat enough fruits, veggies
U.S. high school students nine students than among etable recommendations for
still aren't eating enough students in grades 10 and 12. teens who do less than 30
fruits and vegetables, accord- Slightly more than one in minutes of physical activity a
ing to a new study by U.S. four (28.5 percent) of the high day: 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5
Centers for Disease Control school students ate fruit less cups of vegetables for females
and Prevention researchers, than once a day, and 33.2 and two cups of fruit and three
The investigators analyzed percent ate vegetables less cups of vegetables for males.
data from nearly 10,800 stu- than once a day. Only 16.8 Teens who get more physi-
dents in grades nine through percent of students ate fruit cal activity need to eat even
12 who took part in the Na- at least four times a day and more fruits and vegetables,
tional Youth Physical Activity only 11.2 percent ate vegeta- the researchers noted.
and Nutrition Study 2010, bles at least four times a day, "The infrequent fruit and
and found that median con- the study found, vegetable consumption by
sumption was 1.2 times per Vegetable consumption was high school students high-
day for both fruits and veg- lowest among Hispanic and lights the need for effective
tables. Black students. strategies to increase con-
Median daily fruit consump- The researchers said their sumption," the researchers
tion was much higher among findings indicate that most wrote in the report published
males than females, and high school students don't of the CDC's Morbidity and
much higher among grade meet the daily fruit and veg- Mortality Weekly Report.

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Holiday visits ideal time to talk about elder care

More are seeking

advice on parents

By Janice Lloyd

The over-the-river-and-
through-the-woods trip to
grandmother's house also is
prime time to assess Mom and
Dad's health before a crisis oc-
curs, aging experts say.
Counseling experts already
are witnessing a 66 percent
growth in calls this year from
adult children seeking advice
on complex medical, legal and
financial questions involving
aging parents, according to a
report by the ComPsych Corp.,
an international provider of
13,000 employee-assistance
programs. Add to that high
volume the 18 percent increase
during November and Decem-
ber, when families gather after
long absences.
"A lot of the calls are fi-
nancially driven and stress-
driven," says Richard Chaifetz,
chief executive officer for

ComPsych. "People will call
and say, 'I think my father
needs to go to a nursing home.
Can you help us figure out our
options and how to broach it
with him?'"
Those life-changing conver-
sations are rarely an appetiz-
ing mix with a celebratory
feast. Chaifetz says it's best
to go home prepared to have
a good time but to be aware
of changes occurring in older
"A lot of people will decide
not to say anything to parents
when they're visiting," Chaifetz
says, "but then they'll go home
and start to realize their par-
ents might need help."
Or there might be a emer-
gency, Chaifetz says, after
which adult children may have
to find alternative living ar-
rangements for their parents.
"It can be extremely daunt-
ing and overwhelming for
people to have to take over
decision-making for their
parents," says Chaifetz. "Most
people don't know where to
begin. Our experts can help

them sort out options and offer
Taking over for parents
should be a last resort, says
Sandy Markwood, chief execu-
tive officer of the National As-
sociation of Area Agencies on
Aging, a division of Health and
Human Services.
"It's really best to have early
conversations with parents
about what they need and
want so they can age in place,"

Markwood says. "Sometimes
what they might need is a ride
to the doctor or a home-deliv-
ered meal or someone to help
with chores. It's rare that they
need full support overnight."
Markwood suggests leaning
on your parents' neighbors if
you don't live nearby. "Make
sure they have your phone
number in case they need to
call you," she says. "There
are ways to find support for

parents that are respectful to
what Mom and Dad want. It's
important to allow people to
have dignity over a life span."
The government website

eldercare.gov lists resources
that help the elderly remain
at home, she says, rather
than having to go to a nursing

Better eating habits encouraged for children

continued from 17B

The number of kids at the top
of the scale has swelled too.
About 28 percent of kids from
the current sample had a BMI
in the 85th to 95th percentiles,
compared with 10 percent of
earlier generations, while 12
percent had a BMI above the
95th percentile, compared
with five percent of the earlier
group of kids.
Gains in BMI were most
striking among Hispanic chil-
dren and black girls, accord-
ing to the study, published in
the December issue of Pediat-
Percentile measures how a
child stacks up to others his
age. So, a child in the 75th
percentile for weight is pre-

sumably heavier than 75 per-
cent of other children his age,
since children are compared
to one another. Therefore, by
definition, 25 percent of kids
should be in that category.
But with so many kids heavi-
er then they used to be, the old
weight distributions may not
hold up, Datar said.
There were also fewer kids
at the lower end of the weight
spectrum. About 14 percent
were in the lowest fourth for
weight compared with 25 per-
cent in earlier generations and
18 percent were in the second
lower quartile compared with
25 percent in earlier genera-
The weight gain acceler-
ated between kindergarten
and third grade. The propor-
tion of kids in the top quartile

(75th percentile or above) was
almost 48 percent by third
grade, but weight gain leveled
off after that.
Experts said the findings
show that to make an impact
on skyrocketing childhood
obesity rates, programs to
encourage better eating hab-
its and more physical activity
have to start very early, pos-
sibly even in preschool. Those
programs also need to include
kids who are normal weight.
"If you find your child is in
the 75th percentile, it should
be warning to you that your
child is at higher risk of being
an obese adult, and you need
to start thinking about what
your family ,is doing as far as
eating habits, food intake and
exercise," Datar said.
The reasons that America's

kids are getting heavier over-
all aren't fully understood, but
there are many possibilities,
said Dr. Albert Rocchini, a
professor of pediatrics at Uni-
versity of Michigan's C.S. Mott
Children's Hospital.
These include the ready
availability and convenience of
high-fat, high-sugar and high-
ly caloric snack and processed
foods and less physical activ-
ity because of video games, TV
and less outdoor play time.
Many families rely more on
fast food and restaurant food,
which tend to pack more calo-
ries than home-cooked food.
"This study reinforces what
people are noticing, and it's a
little discouraging," said Roc-
chini. "The incidence of obesity
is going up because everybody
is getting heavier," he said.

Heart disease guidelines

continued from 16B

leading cause of death and dis-
ability for men and women in
the United States," Fonarow
said. "Fortunately, there are
a number of therapies proven
to reduce the risk of mortal-
ity, recurrent events, need for
revascularization procedures,
cardiovascular hospitaliza-
tions and impairment of health
status in patients with estab-
lished cardiovascular disease."
The guidelines are pub-
lished online Nov. 3 in Circula-
tion and in the Journal of the
American College of Cardiol-
Both patients and their doc-
tors play a part in preventing
heart attack and stroke, said

the experts, who also recom-
mend the following for anyone
with heart disease:
Quit smoking and avoid
secondhand smoke.
Exercise at least 30 min-
utes a day five to seven days
a week.
Take off those extra
Get a flu shot every year.
Take low-dose aspirin dai-
ly unless your doctor recom-
mends otherwise.
For doctors prescribing drugs
to prevent blood clotting, the
authors offer new options. As
alternatives to Plavix (clopido-
grel) plus aspirin for patients
who have received heart artery
stents to help blood flow, they
suggested Effient (prasugrel)
and Brilinta (ticagrelor).

Remember: see your

doctor for your

annual checkup!

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When to offer a helping hand

Wondering how to know if parents might need some help?
Here are four questions to ask yourself.

How do they look?
If they use to be fashion divas or dapper. Now their
clothes are dirty and do not match, be sure to ask the
next three questions.
Is the home in good order?
If the house and property were always photo-ready for
Home and Garden and now are messy or have stacks
of old newspapers and magazines scattered around, that
could signify other problems.
Are they eating well?
If the refrigerator lacks healthy ingredients, your parents
might not be meeting nutritional needs.
How are their cognitive skills?
If there are unpaid bills or expired pill bottles, or
if parents get lost on routine trips, they might have
depression or dementia.


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Family plays key role in monitor-

By Nanci Hellmich

Weight control is a family
affair, say several childhood
obesity experts.
They are responding to news
that a Cleveland third-grader
who weighs more than 200
pounds was taken from his
family and placed into foster
care. Social workers did this
recently because they said
the 8-year-old boy's mother
wasn't doing enough about his
"This is an unfortunate
problem with an unfortunate
outcome that probably could
have been handled better by
everybody," says Keith Ayoob,
associate professor of pediat-
rics at the Albert Einstein Col-
lege of Medicine in New York
and a nutrition blogger for
Although he doesn't know
the situation personally or
what was done to solve the
problem before the child was
removed, he and other nutri-
tion experts say their view is
obesity of this magnitude is
serious, and everyone has to
keep the best interests of the
child uppermost in mind.
Currently about a third of
children are overweight or
obese, government statistics
If the Cleveland boy had no

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metabolic or medical prob-
lems, then the child's weight is
caused by a caloric imbalance,
Ayoob says. "A child doesn't
get to 200 pounds without
some serious overeating. There
have to be limits. The parents
need to say no."
Every member of the family,
starting with the parents, must
take healthy eating and physi-
cal activity seriously and not
treat them as optional, says

Elizabeth Ward, a registered
dietitian in Boston.
There are changes you can
make at your next meal or
snack to improve nutrition,
she says. For example, pour
down the drain every sugar-
added drink, such as soda,
juice drinks, sports drinks,
and energy beverages and
drink water or low-fat milk
Atlanta pediatrician Jennifer

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org for the American Acai
emy of Pediatrics, says w
it comes to having treats
snacks at home, "out of s
out of mind can be a pow(
On the other hand, dep
a child completely may ba
fire, she says. "There are
to work in treats, but you
want the bulk of their die
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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-
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sociation and pastor of Second
Baptist Church of Richmond
Heights will be in charge of the

Rev. Steven J. Caldwell

Global Fund makes no new grants

continued from 16B

ominous shadow across this
"S funding stream.
Italy, a big supporter in the
early years, pledged to pay 130
million euros a year in 2009 and
2010 but has not made either
ildren. payment. Spain pledged $200
d- million in 2010, but it reduced
hen its contribution to $134 mil-
and lion and has not pledged any-
ight, thing for 2011, 2012 or 2013,
'erful according to Andrew Hurst, a
Global Fund spokesman.
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ack- GAP (Global Access Project),
ways an advocacy organization in
i don't New York, called the Global
Ct to Fund's decision "irresponsible
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the amount of money needed
to continue expansion of AIDS
treatment as "a rounding error
in the budgets of wealthy donor
The Global Fund's 20-member
board of directors prefers to
make decisions by unanimous
consent, but it had a split vote
on this one, said one person
who witnessed it.
"It was a very difficult
and contentious decision,"
said Joanne Carter, who
heads Results, a group that
lobbies for better AIDS and
tuberculosis treatment in the
developing world. She attended
the meeting as a member of the
delegation representing non-
governmental organizations
from developed countries.


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caregiver, Carolyn Christian;
stepchildren, Warren Paul Grant,
Dr. Angelique Grant-Hutchinson;
and grandchildren Nissim Gaines,
Llyo'ressa Christian, Briana Grant,
Brandi Gant and Tyona Grant.
Service 11 a.m., December 6 at
New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist
Church. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests donations made to
the Progressive Officers Club, Inc.
Scholarship Fund.

ROSA LEE MOODY, 79, domes-
tic worker, died
November 22
at North Shore.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

receptionist '
died Novem-

Shore Medical
Center. Service
11 am., Friday
in chapel.

HECTOR DURAN, 66, died at
South Miami Hospital. Services
were held.

Joseph A. Scarano
retired medical

died November
25 at Jackson
North Medical
Center. Viewing
5 p.m., Friday .
at Joseph A. Scarano Stirling
Memorial Chapel, 6970 Stirling
Road, Hollywood. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Peaceful Zion
Missionary Baptist Church, 2400
NW 68 Street, Miami.

cashier, died November 28 at UM
Medical Center. Arrangements are

LEVI BARBES, 49, barber,
died November

Shore Hospital.
Service 11:30
a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

died November 12 at Baptist
Hospital. Services were held.

KEITH TAYLOR, 57, died
November 23 in Georgia. Services
were held.

November 22 at home. Service
11 a.m., Wednesday at Glendale
Baptist Church.

20, student, died
November 26 at .
home. Survivors
include: mother,
Angela D.
Jackson; father,
Alfonso C.
Rivera (David
Lee McClenney); second mother/
grandmother, Willie L. Jackson,
daughter, Dainaria McClenney
(girlfriend Samantha Boswell);
three brothers, Antonio Jackson,
Angel, Marco Rivera; four sisters,
Linisha and Juniqua Henry,
Maritza, Angelica Rivera. Service
1 p.m., Saturday at Mt. Calvary
Missionary Baptist Church.

54, barber, died
November 23
in Jacksonville.
Surviv orss
include: wife,

S 0 Ilomon
G u y ton ;
dau g h ter,
Jermika Guyton; son, Antoine
Solomon; granddaughter, Wilnia
Kimpson. Services were held.


WILLIE L. WARNER II, 29, self-
employed, died
November 23 at
Ryder Trauma
Center. Viewing
4 8 p.m., Sun-
day, December
4. Service, 11
a.m., December
5 in the chapel.


paper deliverer,
died November -
22 at home. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Sat-
urday at New St.
Mark Missionary
Baptist Church.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to express sin-
cere thanks and gratitude for
your concern, prayers, pres-
ence, all deeds of kindness,
expressions of love and gener-
osity shown during the illness
and passing of our loved one.
Special thanks to University
of Miami Hospital and Jack-
son Plaza Nursing Home for
the tender loving care that
was given to her during her
illness. Also, Rev. George
McRae and Mt. Tabor Bap-
tist Church family especially
the Hospitality Committee,
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church,
Northwestern Class of 1963,
Baptist Women's Council,
Zeta Amicae of Greater Mi-
ami, New Providence O.E.S.
Chapter 13, and the entire

May God bless each of you
is our prayers.
Jacqueline Mitchell and
Gloria McFadden.

In Memoriam

Jimmy Norman, R&B singer who worked

with Marley and Hendrix, dies at 74

By Ben Sisario

Jimmy Norman, a rhythm-
and-blues singer and song-
writer who worked with Bob
Marley and Jimi Hendrix
early in their careers and
was involved in a longstand-
ing dispute over songwriting
credit for the song "Time Is
on My Side," died on Nov. 8 in
Manhattan. He was 74.
The cause was lung disease,
said his daughter Missy Scott.
Norman, whose record-
ing career began in the late
1950s, had minor success
as a solo act, with two of his
songs reaching the Top 40
on Billboard's R&B chart:
"I Don't Love You No More
(I Don't Care About You)" in
1962 and "Can You Blame
Me" in 1966. But he found
a niche in music history
through his encounters with
other musicians.
In 1966 Hendrix played
guitar on at least one of Nor-
man's songs, "That Little Old
Groovemaker," and in 1968 a
young Marley stayed with Nor-
man on a visit to New York.
More than 30 years later, a
cassette tape of Marley and
Norman singing together on
that visit was sold at Chris-
tie's for $26,290.
But Norman is best known
for his efforts to gain credit for
contributing lyrics to "Time Is
on My Side," oriLil.111l, written
by Jerry Ragovoy. In its first
recording, by the trombonist
Kai Winding in 1963, the song
had only a handful of words.
A year later the singer Irma
Thomas recorded a version
with a full set of lyrics, and on
initial pressings Norman, who
said he had been hired by a
producer to add lyrics, was
credited as a co-writer.

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Stones' hit, which reached
the Top 10 later in 1964, but
by then Norman's name had
disappeared from the credits

and would never reappear.
Ragovoy died in July at 80.
Norman made many at-
tempts to get credit on "Time
Is on My Side," which would
have entitled him to substan-
tial royalties. In 1994 the
song's publisher, Warner/
Chappell, acknowledged in
a letter that Norman had
"changed some of the lyrics" to
the song but declined to share
the copyright with him, saying
that his credit on the early
pressings had been the result
of a clerical error.
James Norman Scott was
born in Nashville on Aug.
12, 1937, and left home as a
*- -, cr In ,-jrqp q TfHrnui-
calr Cri'Cr. ii the Carly '70 hec
was part of the pianist Eddie
Palmieri's Latin jazz group
Harlem River Drive and joined
the Coasters as a replacement

member, a job he held on and
off until his health gave way in
Unable to work, he was
nearly evicted from his apart-
ment in 2002, when the Jazz
Foundation of America, which
helps needy musicians, inter-
vened on his behalf. A group
volunteer found the Marley
tape while cleaning Norman's
apartment, said Wendy Oxen-
horn, its executive director.
In 2004 Norman recorded an
album, "Little Pieces," released
by Judy Collins's label, Wild-
flower, and two years ago he
released another album, "The
Way I See It."
Besides his daughter Missy
Scott, he is survived by a
son, James Scott; another
daughter, Madge Wells; seven
grandchildren; and two great-

Card of Thanks

In loving memory of, The family of the late,

.C .Z.-

m ',-

DEXTER N. PINDER, 49, died
November 25
in Jacksonville.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
St. Matthews
Baptist Church.

Gregg L. Mason
87, retired a6
teacher, died ..
November ",5b.
24 at home.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday .
at Mt. Tabor
Baptist Church.

Nakia Ingraham
phlebotomist, died November 25
at University of Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m., Wednesday in the

MARIA ALEMAN, homemaker,
died November 22 at Memorial
Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

laborer, died November 22 at
Aventura Hospital. Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

S ....... ....

08/26/1947- 11/29/2010

It has been one year since
God called you home. You are
still loved and missed, not
just by us three, but by all the
lives that you touched.
Your loving husband, Jo-
seph; daughter, AnSeing; and
grandson, Joshua.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to extend our most
heartfelt appreciation to all
who selflessly extended the
support during our hour of
Your prayers, cards, floral
arrangements, monetary gifts,
and words of encouragement
made a world of difference.
Special thanks to the neigh-
bors on 45th Street (Browns-
ville), Rev. Larrie Lovett and
the Antioch M. B. Church of
Brownsville, Jackson Hospi-
tal staff, the Wright & Young
Funeral Home staff and other
relatives and friends.
With sincere love, Mother
Edith Johnson and family.


would like to thank everyone
for their cards, their phon
calls, flowers, those wh
gave their time, condolence;
prayers of comfort in our tim
of bereavement.
Special thanks also goes ou
to Bethel Full Gospel Churc
and Apostle Carlos Malon
The Moore family









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Magical holiday dreams really
do come true! A giant Christmas
tree that grows before your eyes,
valiant toy soldiers, twirling snow-
flakes, waltzing flowers, and
visions of sugarplums. All this and
more come to life on stage in this
timeless production. Come experi-
ence the magic!





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| Classic ballet is perfect holiday event for the young

S By D. Kevin McNeir
-_ ' kmcneir@miamitimesonline.comn
Since the mid-20th century, Peter Tchai-
kovsky's two-act ballet, "The Nutcracker,"
has enjoyed tremendous success and
has been performed by countless ballet
companies. It has become particularly
popular in the U.S. and become one of
the most anticipated Christmas season
classics known. From the "Dance of the
Sugar Plum Fairy" to the "March" and the

"Russian Trepak," orchestras have played
the music while both youth and adult bal-
let companies have performed the dance.
The Miami Youth Ballet will take to the
stage on Friday and Saturda\. Dec 2 3,
for two 8 p.m. performances at the South
Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center And
with Tchaikovsky's score, elaborate cos-
tumes, outstanding dancers and a heart-
warming story, this promises to be one
of the best ways to celebrate the holiday

Is there a letter in your

By Marc Myers

When the Marvelettes'
"Please Mr. Postman" became
Motown's first No. 1 pop hit
50 years ago next month, no
one at the label expected they
would be the group to do it.
"Most of us were just ju-
niors at Inkster High School,
about a half-hour from De-
troit," said Katherine Ander-
son Schaffner, 67, one of the
three surviving members of
the original quintet. "After
'Postman' came out in '61,
audiences were screaming for
us at Motown shows. Motown
threatened to put in five ring-

-Miami Times photo/Donnalyn Anthony

ers to keep them happy, so we
agreed to quit school, join the
revue and turn pro."
Over the next 11 years, the
Marvelettes had 22 additional
pop hits, including "Playboy,"
and "Don't Mess With Bill,"
performing by 1965 as a trio.
During that time, both the
Beatles and the Carpenters
covered "Please Mr. Postman."
On Dec. 13, to mark the
group's first pop hit, Univer-
sal Music is releasing "The
Marvelettes: Forever More,
Complete Motown Albums
Vol. 2."
The Marvelettes began
in high school as the Can-

New book and up-
coming documen-
tary on Magic John-
son are just a few
items on his plate.


By D. Kevin McNeir produced documentaries on almost
kmiicneir@miamitiniesonline.com every imaginable topic: Michael Jackson,
post-civil rights culture, basketball and
Nelson George, 54, is one of America's the history of Black music. Nelson got
most-respected social historians and his start as a music editor for Billboard
was one of the first writers to chronicle magazine before moving on to The Vil-
the development of hip-hop music. He lage Voice as a columnist. In his latest
has authored books and articles and Please turn to GEORGE 2C

bag for me?
sinyets-"can't sing yets"-a original song."
playful name that singer Singer Georgia Dobbins
Gladys Horton came up with rushed off to the home of
in jest because the group William Garrett, a friend
hadn't fully gelled. "We all fell and blues pianist. Look-
out laughing," Schaffner said. ing through his suitcase of
"But we kept the name for the originals, Georgia pulled a
big school contest." page with just a song title -
The prize for the top three "Please Mr. Postman." "Geor-
acts was an audition at Mo- gia had a boyfriend in the
town. Though the group fin- Navy and was always waiting
ished fourth, they still man- on a letter from him, so it
aged to wrangle a tryout. "We clicked with her," Schaffner
went into Motown renamed as said. "Georgia and Garrett
the Marvels and sang a song then wrote the words and
by the Shirelles and one by music."
the Chantels," said Schaff- Returning to Motown, the
ner. "Motown liked us and group auditioned their new
told us to come back with an Please turn to POSTMAN 2C

"Aftermath" brings South

Florida actors to the stage

"No storm lasts forever" is
theme of new gospel play

By D. Kevin McNeir

Playwright, author, song writer and director
Lakisha M. Sanders started Beyond Dramatic
Productions about a year ago, hoping to enrich
the lives of people through dramatic plays,
liturgical mime and inspirational books. Now
she is bringing her first urban gospel play,
"The Aftermath," to the stage on Sunday, Dec.
4th at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium.
Sanders will also co-star with Richard Gallion,

27, a former top Ebony model who has become
one of the hottest Black actors on the urban
Sanders, a Georgia "peach" who now lives in
Fort Lauderdale, is a former high school teach-
er and now motivational speaker specializing
in helping individuals who have experienced
tragedy and loss through the philosophical
truths presented by Christ. Her play focuses
on the Taylor family a once-happy family
that faces total destruction after a far-too-fa-
miliar tragedy strikes home. She says both the
lyrics from her songs and the dialogue work
"The message is that through every storm,
the aftermath will show you your true
Please turn to THE AFTERMATH 2C

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TV and stage star Richard Gallion co-stars in "The Aftermath."




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According to Bernard J o h n s o n .
Thomas, reporter, for the (Dimples),
North Dade Class of 1961-- Esther H,.
-It's a great honor that Lillie Martin, Sidney
Queen Dukes Odom, was Lawrence, and
honored by her classmates Mayor Shirley
her for 50-years of service Gibson, while three Armed
with Miami Gardens, recently. Guards followed with the
The event took place at honoree, escorting her to a
the Betty Tucker specially decorated
Ferguson Center, who throne.
is also a classmate Mario Bastille
from North Dade Jr-Sr. ." took over as EMCEE
High School. and formally gave
Paying tribute to the invocation and
Queen Odom were occasion. Then,
Dr. John Johnson, a A Odom was roasted
former Governmental from A to Z, beginning
Executive with the BRINGIER with Bastille and
school board, Dr. continuing with
Raymond Dunn, Commissioner Betty
Charles Stafford, Charles T. Ferguson, Mayor Murray,
Sweeting, Flora Bell Wilson Hans Othinot Esq. from


Sunny Isles MDCC.
Atty Sonya Dickens
saved the best for
last and announced
Queen Odom will
be going to Australia
with a designers bag
for her reigning titles
as founder, mayor,
counselor assistant,




Finally, the class of 1961
saluted their class president
and labeled her as a "quiet
storm" not only for the City
of Miami Gardens, but for
everyone else she loves dearly.
Bernard indicated the Class
of 1961 will be celebrating a
50th year reunion banquet/
prom Saturday, December
3, beginning at 7 at Calder
Race Track. Former teachers
are invited. RSVP by calling
Thomas at 305-688-4379.
Happy Birthday to Rev.
Williams A. Bringler, pastor
and founder of Titus Chapel

where I
of wal
and vi
Mary M
a bless
define t
Credit I

Freewill Baptist
Church. He thanks
God for allowing him
to live for 90-years
with many more to be
added. It was an honor
speaking with him,
especially when he
indicated graduating
from Bethune-

From that
he was employed
as a rehabilitation
counselor for the
State of Florida and
found his vision as
owner of a dry cleaning
business in Goulds


Cookman University while receiving his
ie had the honor blessing at Williams
king, chatting, Chapel FBC and an
visiting Founder /( Q experience working
[cLeod Bethune at the post office
his interim. where God got him
Bringier's ready for the ministry
began with his and he founded his
and step-father church and it was the
and Josephine beginning. Further,
who were both HANDFIELD the founding of Titus
ers, would be Chapel in 1987
sing that would allowed him to be a
he course of his future blessing to the community
ing from Winter Haven. by helping to strengthen the
goes out to clergy E.T. faith walk of others.
Jarrius Dunn, Lewis More importantly, Rev.
:, Frank Patterson, Bringier is untraditional in
McCrae, and William the fact that he doesn't accept

Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to the
following couples: Capt.
and Mrs.Alfred R. (
Edith ) Barr, Sr. their
40th on Nov. 20 John
and (Valerie Henry)
Baker, their 23rd on Nov.
24th; Earnest and Carol
Knowles, Nov. 24th, their
Up to Cordele, Georgia
for a family reunion and to
enjoy Thanksgiving were
Ernest and Alice Pearl
Sidney and his beloved
sister, Nancy Dawkins.
Sincere get well wishes
to all sick and shut-ins,
especially: Jacqueline
Livingston, Ebenezer
"Scrooge Edwards, Sue
Francis, Louise Cleare,
Wilhelmina S.Welch,
Inez Mck. Johnson,
Frankie Rolle, Grace
Heastie Patterson,
Naomi A. Adams, Melodie
Our dear buddy, Roslyn
J. Bethel left us two years
ago in November as she
traveled to Orlando for the
Classic to enjoy a good
time with old friends and
classmates. We sure miss
you Roz Rest in Peace.
Attorney Morgan
Tharpe, III came home for
a visit with his family and
friends,including mother,
Lula Kemp Tharpe ;
sister, Lisa of hollywood,
father, Morgan Tharpe,
Jr.,uncle and aunt
Gladstone and Minnie
Kemp all of Miami. Other
friends and family elated
to have him home visiting
were Joyce Jones, Virgie

Tresvant and
Lula Smith.

Were you
ready for some football?
Definitely Bethune--
Cookman University and
all Wildcats were I
I couldn't see everyone,
but some caught in the
People glance were:
Father Richard and
Virla Barry, Tellis and
Deacon Doris Ingraham,
Sylvia Sands, Margaret
Moncur, Elestine Allen,
Arnett Hepburn, Robin
Moncur, Cupidine Dean,
Delores Hills, Harcourt
Clark, Barbara Burrows,
Kathy Thurston, Nancy
Dawkins, Martha Day,
John and Kathy Culmer,
Juanita Hooks, Velda
Christmas, Apryl Floyd,
John and Annette
Williams, Bob Edwards,
Carolyn Mond, Larry
and Kathy Smith,
Sharon Anderson, Gwen
Thomas, Fitzhugh
Johnson, Calvina Parks,
Calvin Parks, Carolyn
Lewis, Stacy Lewis, Gail
Jackson, Theodore and
Shirley Johnson, Ruby
Taylor, Barbara Johnson,
Sean Watts
Naomi Allen Adams
returned to her adopted
home Tuskegee, Alabama
where she resides with her
daughter and son-in-law,
Scevia and Major Holland
. Accompanied by her son
Dr. Nelson Adams and
his wife Effie, she traveled
to Tuskegee where the
family enjoyed a beautiful

Dewey W. Knight
wife Sabrina and "
Little Darling" Morgan
Taylor Knight spent the
Thanksgiving holiday in
the "Big Apple", New York
City where Morgan Taylor
participated in the Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade
'along with other "Little
Henry "Sankie"Newbold
had quite a blast in
Orlando chaffeured by
Isaac Jack Ford. He met
his son Harry and wife
Shirley as they visited from
Pensacola, Florida. Harry
and Shirley displayed "out
of this world hospitality .
Others joining for this visit
were son-in-law Ltc. Eric
Evans( retired U.S.Army
) and his wife Zina of
Conyers,Georgia. We all
stayed at the Renaissance
Hotel located at Sea World
and had a wonderful time.
Francina Lewis
Robinson is enjoying
Thanksgiving with her son
Gilford and daughter-in-
law Etta. She will extend
her visit to enjoy a week
Lorraine Dozier
Mitchell, had a retirement
celebration at the Smith
Conference Center of
FloridaMemorial University
on Saturday,November
19 in honor of her 34
years of outstanding
service to Miami -Dade
County. Proclamations
were received from United
States Congresswoman
Frederica S. Wilson,
City of Miami Gardens,
Miami-Dade County
Commissioner, District
One and The New Gamble
Memorial Church of God
in Christ.

Nelson George knows hip-hop and more

continued from 1C

novel, "The Plot Against Hip-
Hop," the Brooklyn-born rap
historian and intellectual
takes on the notion that as rap
music developed there was a
concerted effort by powerful
people to divert former revo-
lutionary voices into a "safer"
"One of the first people I
remember talking to about
B-beats [later referred to as
rap and hip-hop] was DJ Her-
curock at a party in New York
City," George said. "I was in
college then and brothers were
rapping on the street corners.
I was there from the beginning
- none of us imagined how big
it would become. I think it's be-
come so popular because of its
diversity. You can speak hip-
hop, dance it or wear it. In that
regard, hip-hop differs from
old school R&B because it's
an experience. And for young
people who are searching for
an identity, it fills a void."
New book takes on hip-hop
conspiracy theories
George says Black audienc-
es, especially those who follow

hip-hop, believe in conspiracy
theories and often express
concerns that there are indi-
viduals and institutions that
have great amounts of power
who often use that power in
very destructive ways. Hip-hop
has been caught up in that
power play.
"In the early days, hip-hop
was a rebellious voice that crit-
icized mainstream culture and
life," he said. "It's gone through
three generations now and in
many ways it has become part
of the mainstream itself. Com-
panies actually did research
on how to market hip-hop. I
know that first-hand. What
you see in the book are many
of my own experiences and ob-
servations. You could call it a
factual fiction because I take
actual events and put them
in a fictional context. What's
interesting about hip-hop to-
day is that rappers make more
money on endorsements than
they do on their music. The
implication is that hip-hop
artists can't be as political or
critical as they once were I
am not sure that's such a good
New horizons: two documen-

Not one to take time to rest
on his laurels, George is al-
ready working on two docu-
mentaries that he plans to
release next year. The first
chronicles a community in
Brooklyn that had people like
Terry McMillan, Spike Lee and
a host of others who lived there
from the early 80s until 2000
when gentrification took over.
The second focuses on bas-
ketball legend Magic Johnson
who recently marked his 20th
year of living with HIV.
"Magic's wife talked with
me at length something
she rarely does and we
also spoke with his doctors,"
George said. "Remember that
when he was diagnosed, HIV/
AIDS was still considered a
death sentence. Arsenio Hall
was the person that I remem-
ber first talking about Magic's
case on television. Johnson's
doctor paved the way for re-
search that has successfully
extended life for millions of
people. It's a fascinating story."
Nelson George is clearly one
of the coolest, most-informed
cultural critics on the planet.
Check him out!

Drake takes care with his sound

Drake, Take Care
* * /V2 (out of four) RAP/R&B

Few album cliches are as
tedious and insufferable as
the pain-of-fame plaint, a
newly minted star's tone-deaf
response to annoyances ac-
companying the kind of riches
and adoration that fill the
daydreams of fans trapped
in minimum-wage hamster
So Drake deserves props for
elevating his woe-is-me lam-
entations to a game-changing,
bar-raising challenge to the
heavyweights of pop, dance,
hip-hop and R&B.
On Take Care, a follow-
up to 2010 debut Thank Me
Later, the Canadian rapper/
singer seamlessly blends those
genres in fluid, rich tracks
populated by impressive
guests from Chantal Krevia-
zuk (singing on the hypnotic,
piano-driven Over My Dead

On his new album, Drake gets help from the likes of
Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj and Andre 3000.

Body) to Rick Ross (adding a
comical rap on Lord Knows)
to Stevie Wonder (providing
lonesome harmonica on Doing
It Wrong).
Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne,
Andre 3000 and the late Gil
Scott-Heron lend assists, yet
it's Drake who anchors the

songs with an emotional mel-
low croon that cannily blurs
the borders between sweet,
bitter and blue. While Take
Care's emo-rap won't set fire
to dance floors, hip-hop this
soulful, smart and diverse
tends to blaze its own trail.
-By Edna Gundersen

Lakisha Sanders presents "The Aftermath"

continued from IC

strength," she said. "Just be-
cause there is a storm doesn't
mean it will last forever. You
have to remain positive and
know that you can get through
the pain you may encounter.
What makes this play different
is the fact that it deals with is-
sues many people are afraid to
confront or easily sugarcoat."
Most of the cast now live in
South Florida. Co-star Gallion,
however, hails from Chicago
where he has found success
on television, on the fashion
runway and on stage. Sanders
says that one look at one of his
reels left her "speechless."
"I knew I had to work with
him and consider him a bless-
ing sent from heaven," she
Gallion plays the role of Har-
old Jr., the son in the Taylor
"If I like the script and like
your spirit, then I'm willing to
rock with you," he said. "For
me what matters is making a
positive connection and then
being involved in a work that
has a positive message. Acting
has become my greatest pas-
sion and the love I once had for
basketball is what I now feel
when I go on stage."
Gallion adds that while he
enjoys the actor's life, some-
times people believe he is the
role that he portrays instead
of a person with feelings and
"I take it with a grain of salt,"
he said. "I have had success in

Lakisha Sanders

this industry since I did my
first reading four years ago.
But I'm still the same brother
from Chicago. It's the folks
around me that seem to have

changed or think I'm someone
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song, a cappella. The pro-
ducers added a few catchy
phrases, like "Deliver the let-
ter, the sooner the better,"
and sent the girls home to
get contracts signed by their
parents. But Dobbins's fa-
ther refused. "Georgia's mom
was very ill, and her dad was

holding down two jobs with
four kids," Schaffner said.
"He wanted her around the
house. Georgia was heartbro-
Wanda Young, who had just
graduated from Inkster High,
replaced her, and Horton
sang lead. At the studio, their
name was feminized to the
Marvelettes. "They had us do
take after take of 'Postman,'"

Schaffner said. "That's why
Gladys sounds so hoarse on
the record."
With the Marvelettes, Mo-
town finally had a success
model. "We kicked open the
door for everyone else to walk
through," Schaffner said. "The
Supremes were at Motown be-
fore us, but people forget that
we were the ones who had the
first No. 1 pop record."


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the ministry. He feels
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his desire provides
him to take optimum
care of his wife and
children. One of
his most significant
blessings has been his
cRAE celebrating 55-years
of marriage to Jennie
with two-sons and a daughter
supporting the church. One
of his sons is a retired naval
officer based in San Diego.
His philosophy is the
underlying principle is
important for people to
understand that you can
serve God in any profession
if you choose to do so. An
advocate of education, he
feels that our community
needs more doctors, lawyers,
and technical specialists,
especially people in the
construction industry as a
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there's no season quite like
the holiday season.
The celebration experts from Wilton
share party tips and irresistible recipes
to help create a fabulous cocktail
buffet complete with all the trimmings.
"It looks like it would take lots of
time and effort, but it really doesn't,"
says Nancy Siler, Vice President of
Consumer Affairs at Wilton. "We've
worked out all the details to make it
easy, elegant
and delicious."
Siler suggests setting up a
beverage station so guests can serve
themselves, or recruit a friend to help
prepare and serve your signature
cocktails sugar-rimmed Cheery
Cranberry Mojitos and colorful All
Aglow Melon-tinis that twinkle with
sparkle gel. And for a warm beverage
choice, offer rich, thick hot chocolate
garnished with frosty snowmen,
peppermint curls or chocolate candy-
coated marshmallows.
"When it comes to the food, a
mix of savory and sweet is a must,"
Siler adds. "Tree-shaped Merry
Mushroom Bites and tiny Savory
Southwest Donuts piped with avocado
to resemble a wreath will wow both
the eye and the palate. For another
unexpected twist on tradition, stack
peppery spritz crackers in a clear glass
And for the sweets, beautifully
decorated snowflake shaped holiday
butter cookies are displayed on
stacked pedestal plates alongside a
bowl of truffles adorned with festive
candy drizzles and luminescent pearl
dust. Both treats make a fitting finale
- and can be made in advance.
For more holiday recipe and
decorating ideas, visit www.wilton.

Cranberry Mojitos
Makes 1 cocktail
6 fresh torn mint leaves,
plus additional sprigs
for garnish
1/2 lime, cut into four
1 tablespoon dried
2 tablespoons Wilton
Red Colored Sugars,
plus additional for
2 ounces rum
3 ounces cranberry juice
2 ounces club soda
In tall glass, thoroughly muddle mint
leaves, lime wedges, cranberries, and
red sugar. Add rum, cranberry juice
and club soda and stir. Add ice and
additional club soda to fill glass.



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Makes 24 bites
1/3 cup diced yellow onion
3 tablespoons butter
12 ounces portobello or baby portobello
mushrooms, coarsely diced
4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh
1-1/4 teaspoons black pepper
3 eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1 package (4 ounces) water or other
favorite crackers
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
Chopped rosemary or parsley (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare Bite-Size Silicone
Tree Mold with vegetable pan spray.
In large skillet, cook onion and butter over
medium-low heat stirring occasionally until soft,
about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, rosemary and
black pepper; cook until liquid has evaporated,
about 10 minutes; cool slightly. Transfer mixture to
food processor. Add eggs, flour, and salt. Pulse until
mixture is pureed with no large pieces of mushroom
or onion. Fill cavities of silicone mold completely
with mushroom mixture, patting flat.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until top of the mush-
room mixture is firm. Cool in pan 15 minutes;
carefully remove and place on cracker. Top with
sour cream, sliced red pepper and, if desired,
rosemary. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Savory Southwest Donuts
Makes about 36 mini donuts
1 tablespoon ground paprika, divided
1-1/2 cups cake flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle
chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, finely minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
I ripe avocado
1 teaspoon lime juice
Salt to taste
Additional chopped cilantro
Preheat oven to 400'F. Spray Mini Donut Pan with
vegetable pan spray. Lightly sprinkle wells with some
of the paprika.
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder,
cumin, chili powder and salt. In second bowl, whisk
together milk, egg, oil, garlic and cilantro. Add wet
ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until flour
is moistened. Fill each donut cavity about 1/2 full.
Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until the top of the donuts
spring back when touched. Let cool in pan 4 to 5
minutes before removing. Wash pan, dry thoroughly
and prepare with pan spray and paprika. Repeat with
remaining batter.
For topping, mash avocado with lime juice
and salt; stir until smooth using a whisk or in a food
processor. Pipe avocado mixture over top
of cooled donuts. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve
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Chai Community Ser-
vices food program is taking
applications from grandpar-
ents raising their grandchil-
dren. All services are free. For
applications or to schedule an
appointment, call 786-273-

S A Safe Surrender" Wipe
Out Warrant Day will be
held on Thursday,December 1,
2011from 4p.m. until 7p.m.at
the Betty T.Ferguson Center ,
3610 N. W. 214 Street in Mi-
ami Gardens. For those who
qualify, misdemeanor traf-
fic warrants not more than 5
years old, will be wiped out"
No arrests will be made at the
event. You must pre-register.
For more details call 305-547-

N Memorial Temple Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
hold a Candle Light vigil in re-
membrance of those we have
lost to HIV/AIDS on December
1, 2011 at 7 p.m.

B Get Informed, a Com-
munity Health Fair, will be
held on Saturday, December
17, 2011 at Memorial Tem-
ple Missionary Baptist Church
16600 N. W. 44th Court.

B 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-
day, December 18 at 7 p.m.
For more information, call

B 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.

N The Miami Jazz Society,
Mai 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
Sky Lounge and the Inter-
continental Miami Indigo Bar.
For more information, contact
Keith Clarke at 305-684-4564.

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

B The Downtown Film
Series will feature the filming
of Marty and Accidental
Tourist" on December 6, 2011
at the Hotel Intercontinental.
For further information con-
tact Bobby Hyde at 786-326-

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

B Free homebuyer's educa-
tion workshop by Opa-locka
CDC will be held on Saturday,
December 17, 2011 from 9
a.m. to 5 p. m. at New Gen-
erations Baptist Church. Get
your certificate for attend-
ing the eight hour course and
hear about NSP2 properties,
guidelines and subsidies. Re-
serve your seat today. For ad-
ditional information and loca-
tions, 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.

N Calling all Miami Res-
cue Mission Alumni (Miami
Alpha, Broward and Pompano
grads), join us in fellowship on
Saturday, December 10 from
6-9 p.m. at New Jerusalem
Baptist Church. For more in-
formation, contact Rev. Ron
Jackson at 305-795-1278.

B Bridging Classics of the
Past with Classics of the
Future, a free community
concert conducted by Dr. Nel-
son Hall, will be presented on
Sunday, December 11, 2011 4
p.m. at Church of the Incarna-
tion, Miami ,Florida.
The Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1965, Inc.
will worship together on Sun-
day, December 18 at 10 a.m.
at St. Paul AME Church. For
additional information, contact
Lebbie Lee at 305-213-0188.

Registration for Miami-
Dade County Parks Winter
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 Informa-
tion Hotline at 3-1-1 or the
Miami-Dade County Parks,
Recreation & Open Spaces De-
partment at 305-755-7842.

0 The Washingtonians
Inc. (Alumni Class of 6T5)
is having a holiday ballon Sat-
urday, Dec. 3 at The Grand
Parisian Ballroom,755 East
Ninth Street, Hialeah, 8 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for
scholarships. For more infor-
mation call Barbara Graham,

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

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-
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.

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

B 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-

B 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.

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

E 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.

B 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-

B 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

B 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.

Saved, But
I am saved, but is self buried?
Is my one, my only aim?
Just to honor Christ my Saviour,
Just to glorify his name?

I am saved, but is my home life what the Lord would
have it be?
Is it seen in every action?
Jesus has control of me?

I am saved, but am I doing everything that I can do,
That the dying souls around me,
May be brought to Jesus, too?

I am saved, but could I gladly,
Lord leave all and follow thee;
If thou callest can I answer,
Here I am, send me.
By Di'Tonya Bailey
Miami, FL


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City of Miami Little Haiti Cultural Center

City Theatre

Coral Morphologic

Cuban Museum

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Miami-Dade Public Library System

Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

Museum of Contemporary Art,
North Miami

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Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival

Peter London Global Dance Theater

Roofless Records

Teatro Avante

Karen Peterson and Dancers

Artists in Residence in Everglades

Arts & Business Council of Miami

Miami City Ballet

Miami Dade College

The M Ensemble Company

Tigertail Productions

Young At Art Museum

Bas Fisher Invitational

Bass Museum of Art

Bridge Red Studios

Miami Downtown Development Authority

Miami Lyric Opera

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Business draws pole aerobic fans

By Randy Grice -
rgrice@miamitimesonline.com .IN 0 M" "I

Fitness clubs are becom-
ing big business in Miami,
despite a slumping economy.
And because of the many
Black women who nationally
account for close to 40 per-
cent of all obesity cases, one
local entrepreneur has found
her niche in this fast-growing
enterprise. Tashari Walker,
24, may not have figured on
owning her own fitness cen-
ter, which opened two months
ago, but after battling and
overcoming weight problems,
she found that many of her
friends wanted advice on how
to get more fit. Her business,
Nicky Rae Fitness, 15972 NW
27th Ave., targets women who
want to lose weight, improve
their health and want to feel
better about themselves.
"After having my daugh-
ter I became extremely
overweight," Walker said. "I
weighed about 245 pounds.
I was always on the quest to
lose weight. So when I finally
did, I did it big and I kind of
built this following of people
who would ask, 'how did you
do that or can you help me
lose weight.?' From there I
started teaching classes and
rented out different facilities.
When my clientele became
too large I realized it was time
to get a space where I would

Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
Walker instructs her 7 p.m. class with one of her instruc-
tors (left) Jimelle Finklea also known as Plump.

be able to accommodate more
Walker, professionally
known as Nicky Rae, opened
her business in Miami Gar-
dens and hopes to expand to
Daytona Beach by the end
of the year. Her clients range
from about 19 years-old to
the late 40's. With a combina-
tion of traditional aerobics
and pole aerobics, Walker
serves up a new side of fit-
"I knew that in order to get
people to work out they would
have to be doing something
that they enjoy," she said. "I
knew that pole fitness would
take the work out of the work
out since it is something that
women can view as fun and
not actually exercise."
Walker works with three
previous clients who have
become instructors.
"My instructors were clients
at first," she said. "You know
sometimes you have those
clients that stand out above
the rest, the leaders of the
pack. I knew that I needed a
team and they were a perfect
match for Nicky Rae Fitness.
Pole fitness is something that
is on the rise. Just within
the last year there have been
about 10 pole fitness stu-
dios that have popped up in
Miami alone. Women want to
feel sexy so this is what's in
right now."

Black Friday Shoppers

Black Friday sales

up seven percent

The holiday shopping season got off to a strong start on Black
Friday, with retail sales up seven percent over last year, accord-
ing to one survey. Now stores just have to keep buyers coming
back without the promise of super savings.
Buyers spent $11.4 billion at retail stores and malls, up nearly
$1 billion from last year, according to a report released Saturday
by ShopperTrak. It was the largest amount ever spent on the day
that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and
the biggest year-over-year increase since 2007. Chicago-based
ShopperTrak gathers data from 25,000 outlets across the U.S.,
including individual stores and shopping centers.
Online shopping was strong as well, with a 24.3 percent in-
crease in online spending on Black Friday, according to IBM,
which tracks sales at 500 online retailers.
Bill Martin, who founded ShopperTrak, said he was surprised
by the strong showing. He had expected the weak economy to
dent consumer confidence and keep more shoppers out of the
stores, or at least from spending much. Instead, he said, con-
sumers responded to a blanket of promotions, from 60-percent
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Businesses also in a holiday spending mood this yea
By Paul Davidson "Business investment has been a rise by eight percent in 1. CiLIrhlli Bira .i. chii' -.-orilst fi
shining light in'this economic re- quarter as companies scramble to .the Consumer Electron- .
Consumers won't be the only ones covery" says economist Paul Dales reap the full tax benefit. While that ics Association and head Oi
opening their wallets this holiday of Capital Economics. could dampen first-quarter spend- of NABE's forecasting
season. Businesses are expected to Outlays on equipment, software ing, Zandi still expects expendi- panel. Eventually, he ,. 1.
step up capital spending the next and non-residential structures rose tures to rise about seven percent says, the increased
few weeks to take advantage of a 15 percent in the third quarter. next year. investment will lead
tax break good through Dec. 31. Non-defense shipments of capital Dales says financial turmoil in to more hiring.

Business investment could dip
next year when the benefit is cut in
half, but surveys show companies
plan to continue to spend some of
their large cash reserves on new
equipment to increase productivity
and replace worn gear.
With consumer spending un-
certain amid weak income gains,
businesses could remain a reliable
pillar of growth.

goods excluding aircraft a good
measure of business investment -
are up about 10 percent this year.
Last week's government report on
durable goods showed such ship-
ments fell 1.1 percent in October,
but they often fall in the first month
of every quarter, says Mark Zandi,
chief economist at Moody's Analyt-
He expects capital spending to

Europe could prompt a pull-back.
So far, many appear bullish. More
than half of the 70 large companies
recently surveyed by the National
Association for Business Economics
plan to boost investment over the
next year.
Companies are hesitant to hire
but are eager to boost efficiency,
in part so they can do more with
fewer workers, says Shawn Du-

American In-
ternational Tool-
ing, which makes
parts for factory
machines that seal
cans, spent $400,000
on new equipment this
year 60 percent more
than last year, Vice President
John Konvicka says. The Minden.
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In tough job search, keep hope alive

By Joyce King

The latest U.S. jobless num-
bers remind me of inching
along in rush-hour traffic.
Some 14 million unemployed
Americans are on the freeway
of life and barely moving. I
know, because I'm one of them.
Despite the stubborn nine
percent unemployment rate,
I haven't fallen into another
category with 967,000 oth-
ers. "Discouraged workers" are
defined as people not looking
anymore because they no lon-
ger believe there are any avail-
able jobs.
I have to admit to many
discouraging moments when
job possibilities have fallen
through, but I have not given

up. Out of hundreds of r6su-
mes sent out and positions ap-
plied for, along with a network
of relatives and colleagues

badgered, I've wracked my
brain for someone I hadn't
thought of reaching out to.
Then I realized, there was one
person: President Obama.
Why not? I hope the White
House correspondence offi-
cials won't think I'm deranged
for not only sending my CV,

but for also a 100-page sample
of my work, earlier this month.
I made up my mind to write
the president after recently

applying for a job and getting
a disturbing rejection. The e-
mail read, in part, "You do not
meet basic minimum quali-
fications." Then, the smack-
down: "Do not respond to this
I shared with President
Obama how frustrating it is

for qualified and experienced
people like me when I don't
get called back for interviews,
when I'm told not to apply
because I'm unemployed, or
when I receive insulting put-
downs in the process.
No wonder thousands of or-
dinary proud Americans have
stopped looking.
So why try to reach out to the
president? Of the thousands of
letters received at the White
House each day, Obama reads
10 letters chosen by his corre-
spondence office. Lately, some
requests for help have been
so heartfelt that the president
has written personal checks or
made calls on the writer's be-
half to third parties who might
be able to help them.

Season of part-time jobs

kicks off with holidays

By Paul Davidson

Lloyd Slocum was unem-
ployed for 18 months, but
like hundreds of thousands
of Americans, he's work-
ing part time this holiday
shopping season, unloading
trucks and stocking shelves
for a Bealls store in Port St.
Lucie, Fla.
He plans to use the cash to
buy his father a Christmas
present and hopes to par-
lay the gig into a full-time
position with Bealls/Burke's
stores, a Sunbelt chain.
Black Friday, the official
start of the holiday shopping
frenzy, also kicks off the less-

celebrated season of the part-
time worker. Retailers alone
are hiring about 500,000
seasonal employees this year,
most of whom are part time,
according to the National
Retail Federation. Retailers'
recent shift to opening on
Thanksgiving or midnight on
Black Friday has intensified
the need for part-time work-
Holiday jobs offer financial
and emotional lifelines for
many of the nation's jobless.
They also point up a trou-
bling reality: A near-record
number of Americans are
working part time through
Please turn to JOBS 8D

.Equal credit elusive for minorities, says Attorney General

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

Federal regulators and lenders
convened November 6-9 in Baltimore
to review and analyze whether the
goals of the nation's Community Re-
investment Act (CRA) and fair lend-
ing laws are being observed. The
annual event, now in its 15th year,
attracted sell-out attendance to hear
a series of expert presenters' insights

and analyses.
For Assistant Attorney General
Thomas E. Perez, the annual col-
loquium became the occasion for a
keynote address that reminded the
audience that for communities of
color, fair lending remains elusive.
"Regrettably, we have found" said
Perez, "that all too often borrowers
are judged by the color of their skin
rather than the content of their cred-

As head of the Depart-
ment of Justice's Civil Rights
Division since October 2009,
Perez noted that more than
half of the 2010 referrals
received from other federal
lending regulators involved
discrimination on race or na-
tional origin.
Through the creation of a
dedicated Fair Lending Unit
at DOJ, over $30 million in


direct compensation for
individuals whose rights
were violated has been se-
cured. Also in 2010, the
unit reached settlements
or filed complaints in 10
pattern or practice lend-
ing cases. Of these ten
cases, nine have been set-
tled since last year.
Much of this enforce-
ment, according to Perez,

is accomplished in collaboration with
the President's Financial Fraud En-
forcement Task Force. With represen-
tatives from DOJ and other federal
agencies, as well as state attorneys
general and local law enforcement,
the task force investigates and pros-
ecutes a wide range of financial
"Without a in.i.hbl enforcement
program," said Perez, "we can never
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Holiday shopping season sales up

cotninued from 6D

off deals to door-buster
savings on electronics.
"I'm pleased to see it.
You can't have a great
season without having
a good Black Friday,"
Martin told The Asso-

ciated Press in an in-
Still, he suspects
things will quiet down
this weekend, as pro-
motions end and the
buying frenzy sub-
sides. ShopperTrak
is expecting holiday
sales to be up 3.3 per-

cent overall through
There were few shop-
pers at Pioneer Place
Mall in Portland, Or-
egon, on Saturday.
"This is great, I'm
glad I waited," said
MaryJane Danan, who
drove two hours from

Corvallis, Oregon,
to go shopping with
her teenage daugh-
ters. She stayed home
on Black Friday be-
cause she thought the
crowds would be huge.
But she was surprised
by how few people were
out Saturday.

No bah-humbug from businesses

continued from 6D

Nev., company hired
two employees to run
the machines.
The firm acted af-
ter its exports rose
25 percent as a weak-
er dollar made U.S.

goods cheaper for
foreign customers to
buy, Konvicka says. It
plans to spend $2 mil-
lion on a new building
and equipment next
Window maker Man-
nix of Brentwood, N.Y.,
is buying new factory

gear for $50,000 -
its first capital outlay
since 2008 to take
advantage of a high-
rise construction re-
vival in Manhattan.
And How Do You
Roll, a Texas chain
that lets patrons
quickly order custom

sushi, is adding seven
locations in Califor-
nia, Florida and Ari-
zona next quarter, for
$200,000 each.
With each 10-piece
roll priced at $6, "in
this economy we're a
good alternative," CEO
Yuen Yung says.

Race remains factor in credit policies

continued from 6D

achieve full compli-
ance with the law or
fully level the playing
field between respon-
sible lending institu-
tions and unscrupu-
lous lenders."
In 2011, a record
number of cases have
been filed under the
Equal Credit Oppor-
tunity Act. Currently,
there are seven au-
thorized lawsuits and
more than 20 active
investigations involv-
ing redlining claims,

pricing discrimina-
tion, and product
steering based on race
or national origin.
In an effort to ad-
dress the devasta-
tion of neighborhoods
and home values, the
Civil Rights Division
is including innova-
tive provisions to ad-
dress the full scope
of damage done, in
addition to settlement
terms stipulating
more traditional rem-
edies such as a mar-
keting campaigns or
establishing a physi-
cal presence in under-

served communities.
For example, in a St.
Louis settlement with
Midwest Bank, the
decree calls for assis-
tance to help residents
repair their credit
and provide access to
low-cost checking ac-
counts. Similarly, in
the metropolitan De-
troit decree with Citi-
zens Bank, the lender
must provide home
improvement grants
to current homeown-
ers living in neighbor-
hoods hard-hit by fore-
closures. Both Citizens
and Midwest agreed

to find solutions that
would allow them to
remedy the harm done
while also reaching
new customers.
In cases where Af-
rican-American and
Latino borrowers
were charged more
than similarly quali-
fied white borrowers,
the Civil Rights Divi-
sion examined loan
origination practices,
guidelines on how fees
or interest rates were
set, and whether there
was any documenta-
tion to explain differ-
ences in prices.

'Tis the season for part-time jobs

continued from 6D

out the year, even
though they would
prefer full-time jobs.
It's not just because
of the sluggish econ-
omy. Economists cite
a broader, longer-term
shift toward part-time
work as employers cut
expenses and more
precisely match staff-
ing with the ebbs and
flows of customer de-
The number of part-
timers who really
want full-time posi-
tions so-called in-
voluntary part-time
employees has ris-
en from 8.4 million in
January to 8.9 million
last month, accord-
ing to the Bureau of
Labor Statistics. The
total has hovered at
8.5 million to 9 mil-
lion since early 2009
- double the pre-re-
cession level.
By contrast, the
tally of unemployed
Amiericans has stayed
flat at about 13.9 mil-
lion this year and is
down from about 15
million in late 2009 as
employers have added
a modest two million
or so jobs. The dispar-
ity underscores how
the nation's official
nine percent jobless
rate doesn't fully re-
flect the toll inflicted

by a half-speed eco-
nomic recovery.
"The unemployment
rate significantly
misses the stress that
the job market is un-
der," says Mark Zandi,
chief economist for
Moody's Analytics.
To be sure, part-time
work defined by the
Labor Department as
fewer than 35 hours a
week provides sore-
ly needed income and
experience that often
can be leveraged into
full-time jobs. And it's
far preferable to un-
employment. But it
also creates financial

uncertainty and in-
stability for workers,
economists say, and
can keep employees in
a cycle that prevents
them from advancing
to more lucrative posi-
tions. Most part-time
workers don't get ben-
efits, such as health
insurance, sick days
or paid vacation.
The number of part-
time workers shot up
three years ago when
businesses cut em-
ployees' hours as a
precursor to massive
layoffs in the reces-
sion. Many firms are
still trimming their

employees' work-
weeks amid tepid cus-
tomer demand. Typi-
cally, those hours are
restored when sales
pick up.
Last month, how-
ever, 30 percent of the
8.9 million involun-
tary part-time work-
ers simply couldn't
find full-time work,
up from 20 percent in
early 2009. That indi-
cates many employers
are hiring new work-
ers as demand rises
but are leery of add-
ing full-time staff in a
wobbly economy, ex-
perts say.


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building designated for elderly persons 62 years of age or older and disable will
open its waiting list for Eff. & 1br. for only one day and until the last application
is given out.
200 pre-applications for 1br. and 75 for Eff. will be available on December 6,
2011 starting from 9am until the last application is distributed at Shep Davis Pla-
za Apartments located at 220-23St. Miami Beach, Florida 33139. You must
bring an 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: Shep Davis Plaza Apts. leasing Office located at 800
Washington Ave. Miami Beach, Florida 33139.
Mailed pre-applications must be postmarked by the waiting list closing date De-
cember 9, 2011.
Pre-application may be submitted in person at our leasing office located at 800
Washington Ave. Miami Beach, 33139 from December 7, 2011 to December 9,
2011 during the hours of 8am to 3pm.
Any Application postmarked or brought to the leasing office after December
9, 2011 will not be accepted and will be considered void.

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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

1133 NW 80 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$400, 305-720-8222 or 305-
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

1237 NW 77 Terrace
One bedroom unfurnished,
$625 monthly, first and last to
move in. 305-205-2823.
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. Shorty in #1.

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500, 786-236-1144 or

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

1542 NW 35 Street
Really nice, two bdrms, air
and some utilities, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
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

1740 NE 149 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $850,
studio $600. One month rent
plus one month deposit.
1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$475. Two bedrooms, one
bath $575. Appliances,

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

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, two bed-
room $650, quite, cheap
move in, 786-506-3067.

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

2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one bath
$650, free water. 305-642-
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

320 NW 2 Avenue
Hallandale. Move in for only
$685. One bdrm, one bath,
includes water. $625 monthly.
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
one 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, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV! Call Joel

6950 NW 8 Avenue
Remodeled studio. $450-
$500, Section 8 Ok!
Call 305-675-1740.
6953 NW 5 Court
Two large bedrooms, one
bath, deposit negotiable.
Section 8 OK. Available Dec.
2. 786-315-3253
729 NW 55 Terrace
One and two bedrooms, one
bath. Ms. Bell 786-307-6162.
9200 NW 25 Ave #5
One bdrm, $600 mthly, air in-
cluded, first and last to move
in. Call 786-515-3020.
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.
MIAMI 9150 NW 7 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $650. On
site laundry and manager.

Two bedrooms, one bath, tile
floors, near all -aci, e-. free
water. $800 monthly. Security
required. 305-493-9635.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 a month, 786-295-4848
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 Welcome! Available
immediately. $1000 monthly.
954-303-3368, 954-432-3198
One bdrm, one bath, $675
and two bdrms, two baths
$825. Gated security, central
air, on site laundry and man-
ager. 305 685-7048.
$0 down to move in. One
and two bedrooms, water
included. 305-603-9592,
305-458-1791 or

Very nice one and two bed-
rooms, Section 8 Ok.Tiled
floors, 786-262-6958
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
2998 NW 54 STREET
Office, warehouse, retail.
1200 square feet. $800
monthly. 305-389-2765
4801 NW 27 Avenue
Freestanding store available,
completely renovated. Air
conditioned. Roll-down
security doors. Outside
lighting. $950 monthly, $950
Security Deposit. Call
-. 2683 NW 66 Street
For more information
Call 786-277-8988

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-
1126 NW 63 Street
Large two bdrms, one bath,
tiled floors, central a/c. $800
Security, $925 monthly. First,
last and security.
1180 NW 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 786-258-1843
1287 NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, no water. $825
monthly Call Frank Cooper
1526 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$475, free water,
1537 NW 51 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, $695,
free water, 305-642-7080.
15711 N.W. 38th CT
Three bdrms., two bath.
$1450 mthly, 305-751-3381.
1751 NW 50 Street
Two bedrooms, low deposit,
very clean, Section 8 Wel-
Call 305-871-3280
1857 NW 50 Street
One and two bedrooms, one
bath, $500, $600, $695.
954-558-8830 ___
1986 NW 56 STREET
One bedroom, one bath, ap-
pliances. Section 8 Ok. 305-
335-5544 or 305-624-6953
2 NE 59 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. 786-237-1292
2118 NW 42 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $795,
appliances, 305-642-7080.
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly painted. $895. Call:

2285 NW 101 Street
One bedroom, tile, water, air,
bars. $700, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895, free water and elec-
tricity, 305-642-7080.
3051 NW 134 Street
Section 8 Oki Newly remod-
eled, two large bdrms, one
bath, air, $925 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567
4425 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one
bath, $675, appliances.
449 N.W. 82 Street
Two bedrooms. $1050 mthly.
560 NW 113 Street
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath, central air, tile
floors, washer /dryer. Section
8 Ok! $1,000 monthly.
6947 NW 4 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, a/c and
appliances. $900. First, last
and security.
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$795. Appliances, free

836 NE 86 Street
Large two bdrms, two baths,
hardwood floors, central a/c.
$800 security, $985 monthly.
First, last and security.
9355 NW 31 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tiled, laundry room, No Sec-
tion 8. $800 monthly. $1.600
move in. 305-625-4515
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
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
Two bedrooms, one bath,
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100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1233 NW 77 Terrace
Spacious, unfurnished, avail-
able mrnedialel, $525
monthly. First and last to
move in. 305-205-2823.
1245 NW 77 Terrace
Efficiency, tile floor, central
air, washer/dryer Section 8
Ok. $600 monthly. Call
18102 NW 8 Avenue
Nice unit for rent.
786-955-6213 305-407-9220
2905 NW 57 Street
Small furnished efficiency,
$550 monthly plus $100 se-
curity deposit, first and last.
$1200 to move in, or small
furnished room $285 monthly,
$670 to move in.
305-989-6989, 305-638-8376
5541 NW Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN), from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
9000 NW 22 Avenue
Air, electric and water includ-
ed. Furnished, one person
only. 305-693-9486
One bedroom, full kitchen,
bath. Cable included. $400
monthly. 305-815-7603
Furnished, private entrance.
Free utilities! Large one
bdrm, furnished/unfurnished,
$590 mthly, 786-329-9319.
Air, utilities, cable. $575,
$1150 move in, 305-751-
$600 plus deposit to move in.
Negotiable 305-300-7783.

Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1541 NW 69 Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632.
1761 NW 84 STREET
Private entrance, cable. $600
monthly. 305-244-4928
1822 NW 66 Street
$300 r',onihlv 305-244-2528
for appointment.
1823 NW 68 Terrace
Remodeled, utilities included.
$450 mthly. 702-448-0148.
19541 NW 37 Court
Air. Kitchen privileges, $500
monthly. First and last.

3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 wkly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
4220 NW 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
4744 NW 15 Court
Clean room, $350 monthly.
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$340 monthly, first and last to
move in, 786-515-3020.
Rooms for rent.
Rooms for rent, call 10 a.m.
to 10 p.m. 305-896-6799.
Nice rooms with extras, $115-
$135 weekly. 786-290-1268,
305-467-0882, 772-342-3618
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594.
1000 NW 128 Street
Three bdrms, one and half
bath, $1,200. 954-805-7612.
1122 NW 74 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1300 mthly, $2600 to move
in. 305-632-2426
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
1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator and stove. Wash-
er, dryer, security bars, aw-
nings. $1,375 monthly. $500
security. Call 786-218-4646
15681 NW 40 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 welcome! $1500,
15925 NW 22 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile, central air, $1,175 mthly.
Call 305-662-5505.
16925 NW 25 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, tile, air, $1,300, No Sec-
tion 8. Terry Dellerson, Bro-
ker, 305-891-6776.
1776 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$7954 monthly, appliances.
Call 954-496-5530.
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
19322 NW 23rd Ct.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, tiled floors, bars,
fenced yard, $1450 monthly,
$2900 to move in. No Section
8. Call 305-625-4515.
1941 NW 163 ST ROAD
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air, fence, appliances. $950
21324 NW 40 Circle Ct
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 mthly. No Sec 8. Call:
221 NW 82 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 includes water. No Sec
8. Call 305-267-9449.
2914 NW 49 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air, Section 8 Ok! Call
310 NE 58 Terrace
Five bedrooms, 3 baths,
$1200 monthly, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-
3171 NW 57th Street
Two bedroom, one bath.
$950 monthly Section 8 OK.
3332 NW 49 Street
Spacious five bedrooms, two
baths, tiled, central air, $1700
monthly, 305-662-5505.
3501 NW 9 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$995, stove, refrigerator,

baths, fenced yard, tile floor-
ing, central air, close to shop-
ping, churches, at Broward/
Dade border.
Call 954-243-6606
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

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.

9012 NW 22 Avenue
Small two bedrooms

Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, $1795 monthly.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Three bedrooms, one jacuzzi
bathroom, central air, $1175
monthly, call 786-329-9319.
Very nice 3-4-5 bdrms.
homes. Sec 8 ok.
$500 move in special, three
bedroom and up, Section
8 homes, everything newly
renovated. Move in condition.
Must call and see 561-727-
0974 or 786-251-6271.
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances. $800 monthly. No
Section 8. 305-836-7306
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.

178 St and 12 Ave N.W.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, remodeled.
Try $2900 down and $439
monthly P&I-FHA. NDI Real-
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garage, pool, $8900 down
and $1500 monthly. No credit
check. We have others. NDI
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The season of LeBron finally returns

Merry Christmas South Flor-
ida! They're back. We are of
course talking about The Big
3 LeBron James, Dwyane
Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest

of the Miami Heat. The col-
lective sigh of relief you may
have heard came from NBA
fans here in Miami and around
the country as league owners

and players finally reached a
handshake agreement to end
the lockout and set a date to
officially start playing basket-
ball again. At press time it was
believed that the Heat would
resume their chase of that elu-
sive championship ring on the
home court of the very team
that ended their dream one
season ago the Dallas Mav-
ericks. Call it being in denial if
you like but I refuse to believe
that the world's greatest bas-
ketball player, LeBron James,

could be shut down by the
likes of J.J. Barea, an aging
Jason Kidd and a loudmouth
named Jason Terry. What we
all witnessed six months ago
defied logic. Were the Maver-
icks a better team? No. Did the
Heat need more power than
the Big 3? No.
I remember what I saw when
James led the Heat past an
overmatched Philadelphia
team, a gallant but aging
Celtic team and an up-and-
coming Chicago Bulls team.

I saw the Miami Heat with a
second championship for this
franchise and the "King" be-
ing sized for his first ring. You
know life has its fair share of
mysteries The Loch Ness
Monster, Bigfoot, Muhammad
Ali's knockout of Sonny Lis-
ton with a punch that no one
saw. One can argue that you
can put LeBron's finals per-
formance right up there with
these other mysteries. Now
after an offseason of being
ridiculed and labeled a chock

artist of epic proportions, it's
time for us to prepare for the
Christmas Day season opener.
This shortened NBA season
will only be about one thing
- the self-proclaimed chosen
one needs to put his sights
on achieving a championship.
Dwayne Wade has a ring and a
Finals MVP. Now his running
mate needs to go get his. After
watching Barea get his cham-
pionship ring on Christmas
night, motivation should not be
a problem.

Miami Central tops Belin

Jesuit in playoff semifinal

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

After enjoying turkey,
dressings and all the rest on
Thanksgiving, the only thing
left to focus on was football.
The Central Rockets hosted
the Belen Jesuit Wolverines
for one of the most anticipated
rematches in the Region 4-6A
semifinals on Friday at Traz
Powell Stadium. Fans crowded
the stadium expecting an-
other back-to-back scoring
battle that would end in four
overtimes like the first regular
season meeting between the
two. Central, however, had
other plans.
With an improved defen-
sive effort, the Rockets (11-0)
remained undefeated as they
dominated the Wolverines
42-19. Central's rushing game
started and ended strong at
the hands of sophomore run-
ning back Joseph Yearby and
Dalvin Cooke. The dynamic
duo finished with 353-yards
- 113 from Cooke and 244
from Yearby.
Out of the gate, Yearby was
Central's go-to guy and after
three carries, he scored the
first touchdown on a 45-yard
run. Belen, running a Wing-T
offense was unable to get it
going on their first possession
but scored on the next on a
35-yard pass to junior run-

ning back Xavier Hines with
2:57 left in the first quarter.
The Rockets, whose scor-
ing efforts were relentless
throughout the game, fin-
ished the first quarter with a
43-yard touchdown pass to
freshman receiver Devontae
Phillips with the score 14-
8. Belen would never have
another chance, posting a
24-yard field goal to Central's
two touchdowns in the second
quarter. The third quarter
which left much to be desired
offensively, was again Cen-
tral's with another touchdown
from Phillips. Belen would
score once more in the fourth
but it was too little too late.

This time the Rockets were
able to nullify Belen's patented
double handoffs something
that almost cost them the
game in their regular season
"I'm most proud of the kids
fighting back," said Central
Head Coach Telly Lockette,
referring to questions about
the eligibility of Central Quar-
terback Austin Stock that
could have jeopardized the
team's entire season. "I told
them when you're up against
trouble meet it face-to-face
and they did that."
Central faces Palm Bay (9-3)
in the regional finals this Fri-
day at 7:30 at Traz Powell.

LSU, Alabama look like locks for title game

By Kelly Whiteside

With a week left in college
football's regular season, the
voters and the computers
aren't expected to change their
minds or their algorithms. LSU
and Alabama are the nation's
two best teams.
The Tigers beat the Crimson
Tide, 9-6, in overtime on Nov.
5. Even if LSU loses to Geor-
gia in Saturday's Southeast-
ern Conference championship,
the Tigers are still expected
to play for the BCS title. LSU
has three wins over top three
teams: Oregon, Alabama and
"I always heard it said you

only have so many of those
games per season, but what
happened to us is we started
that way (vs. Oregon) and had
six games on the road," LSU
coach Les Miles said Sunday.
"We're used to ipla. ing in that
environment. We're used to be-
ing on the big stage. I think our
guys translate the glare of the
lights to making plays in the
game. ... We'll look forward to
doing the exact same thing this
The other contenders -- No.
3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Stan-
ford and No. 5 Virginia Tech --
are surely rooting for the Bull-
dogs. The Cowboys and Hokies
also hope that a strong show-

ing in their conference champi-
onship games boosts their re-
sumes. Oklahoma State hosts
Oklahoma for the Big 12 title;
Virginia Tech meets Clemson
for the Atlantic Coast Confer-
ence championship. Alabama
and Stanford finished their
regular seasons.
Oklahoma State is ranked No.
5 in the USA TODAY Coaches
Poll and the Harris poll, which
comprise two thirds of the BCS
standings. The Cowboys may
have too much ground to make
up in the human polls. Virgin-
ia Tech is No. 3 in the coaches
poll and No. 4 in the Harris.
Stanford is No. 4 in the coach-
es and No. 3 in the Harris.

Southridge Spartans end Coral

Reef Barracuda's playoff run

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

The Southridge
Spartans met the
Coral Reef Barracu-
das for the third time
this season last Friday
at Harris Field. It was
definitely Black Friday
for Coral Reef as their
playoff hopes ended in
a lopsided loss, 21-3. It
was the third time this
season that South-
ridge had Coral Reef's
After a season of be-
ing overlooked and
underrated based on
win-loss record, the
Spartans have legiti-
mized their talent and
battled their way to the
Regional 8A Finals to
face the Columbus Ex-
plorers (9-3). The road
has been anything but
easy for the Spartans
(6-5), who had a series
of early season losses
at the hands of Killian,
Region 5A playoff con-
tender Norland, North-
western and upcoming
opponent Columbus.
The Spartans re-
bounded, however, to
win four of their last
five games. Southridge
Head Coach, Pat Bur-
rows, in his fourth
season, said that while
it is not a major con-
cern for his team, the
only way to garner any
reverence in Miami-
Dade County is to win.
"The only way to get
notoriety is to keep
winning more games,"

Burrows said. "Re-
spect will come with
To prove the point,
the Spartans held the
Barracudas to a mere
39-rushing yards and
pressured the QB all
game long including
two sacks from senior
defensive end Donald-
son Roosevelt.
"You don't get tro-
phies based on the
regular season wins,"
Burrows said. "We just
went in as if they were
trying to take away
the third round from
us and forgot we beat
them twice before."
Senior quarterback,
Jeremiah McKinnon,
threw for just two
completions with a 38-
yard touchdown pass

to Mike Samuels. This
marks the first time
that the Spartans have
advanced past the sec-
ond round since Bur-
rows took over as head
coach. And while the
passing game sput-
tered, the Spartans got
a big lift from sopho-
more running back
Jamal Adjamah who
scored on a big touch-
down run to begin the
fourth quarter. Bur-
rows said that losing
the last two years in
the second round was
the biggest motivation-
al factor.
"I had former players
come back to practice,"
Burrows said. "They
talked to the team
and stayed with them
the whole game and I

think that made a dif-
Burrows said he has
not had time to let the
success sink" in emo-
tionally, but he is fo-
cused on preparing for
his next opponent.



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



8, 2011

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchas-
ing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement Telephone No.


Johnny Martinez ,
AD NO. 002098 City Manager .'-,


City Hall 3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Florida


The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on December 15, 2011 beginning at 9:00 a.m. to
consider whether it is in the public's best interest that the City Commission ratify, approve and confirm the
Findings of the City Manager justifying the waiver of competitive sealed bidding procedures, increasing the
Grant Agreement with Action Community Center, Inc. by $53,334, for pre-arranged transportation services
for low to moderate income elderly and/or disabled Miami residents; further extending the Agreement by a
two (2) month period from December 31, 2011 to February 29, 2012. The extension is required in order to
continue services during the transitional period.

The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled City Commission 'Teetinq of
December 15, 2011 at:
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Florida

All interested persons may appear at the meeting and may be heard with respect to the proposed issue.
Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter to be
considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made in-
cluding all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15537) City Clerk


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