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makes list

of finalists
Ten now vie for police chief
By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times writer

Adam Burden, II, the former assistant
chief of police, has be-
come a finalist among
10 applicants now be-
ing considered for the
position of chief of the
City of Miami police
department. Should
Burden be chosen as
the City of Miami's
BURDEN Please turn to CHIEF 8A


cops agree

to cuts
Gimenez says more needed
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesnlin e. corn
Miami-Dade's police union has rati-
fied a new contract that will save the
county $56 million dollars. At least 200
new jobs were saved
but not without offi-
cers agreeing to siz-
Irf able cuts nin incentive
pay and overtime, as
well as the reduction
of revenue-generat-
ing perk. According
to the Miami-Dade
GIMENEZ Please turn to CUTS 8A


say no to


Four FAMU students
expelled following incident
By Randy Grice
On Monday, Dec. 5th, the
Student Government
Association (SGA) of \
Florida A&M Univer- b )
sity (FAMU), hosted
a mandatory forum If HAN
about the Univer-
sity's anti-hazing
policy. The forum RELD
was held in light of the
tragic death of Robert
Champion, 26, a member
of FAMU's marching band that died on
Nov. 19th after an alleged hazing inci-
"This mandatory forum was a stu-
dent-led stance against hazing," said
Breyon Love, 21, president of FAMU's
SGA. The forum included a charge from
me followed by the signing of an anti-
hazing agreement by students."
Representatives from more than 150
organizations and clubs on FAMU's
campus and other students at the Uni-
versity participated in the forum.
'I expect to see a culture shift against
1haing f-rn- this point forward," Love
He also added that multiple manda-
tory anti-hazing sessions are held each
semester, but this was the first of many
student-led initiatives to be held in ef-
forts to curtail hazing.
Please turn to FAMU 8A

Atlanta mayor addresses

Miami's Black leaders
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir @miamitimesonline.coin

When Miami's Black lead-
ers and others led the nation
in providing assistance to the
people of Haiti following a dev-
astating earthquake in Janu-
ary 2010, some neighbors to
our north were wiling to lend
a hand, both with volunteers
that traveled to Haiti and with
financial contributions. One of
those supporters was Kasim
Reed, 42, the mayor of Atlanta,
Ga. What many readers may
not realize it that Reed had
Please turn to MAYOR 8A

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--Photo courtesy of Commissioner Audrey Edmonson
Delta Care members usher in holidays for less fortunate families.

Deltas play Santa for at-risk youth

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City Commissioner Michelle-Spence Jones and former Heat
player Alonzo Mourning listen to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ad-
dress Blacks in Miami.

By D. Kevin McNeir
Christmas is the season of
giving and 50 children from
Liberty City and their moth-

ers were the happy recipi-
ents of "good tidings" from
the women of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. Under
the auspices of the sorority's
Delta Care, at-risk children

along with their mothers
and/or guardians, were re-
cently treated to a Christmas
party. The goal, according to
Anne Herriott, Delta Care's
Please turn to DELTAS 8A

Deeper cuts loom at American Airlines

Rivalries in Miami and Los Angeles have hurt profitability

By Jack Nicas
AMR Corp. is betting it
can right itself in bank-
ruptcy court by cutting
costs, not by shifting its
five-hub market strategy.
But some analysts say that
for the parent of American

Airlines to thrive again, it
will have to get smaller.
Newly named Chief Ex-
ecutive Tom Horton has
voiced his commitment to
American's "cornerstone"
strategy, in which 98 per-
cent of its flights begin or
end in five major U.S. cities:

New York, Los Angeles, Chi-
cago, Dallas and Miami.
He has publicly resisted
a significant retrenchment,
arguing its five hubs give
it one f the industry's
best l2 ,b: 11, connected
networks. Mr. Horton, who
was president before being

elevated to the top job last
week, insists any cuts to
capacity, or the number of
seats sold, will be "mod-
est." He said if the airline
can align its costs with its
competitors, "American will
That belief leaves AMR
facing headwinds, say
analysts. They argue the
Please turn to AA 8A

American Airlines ...
has said little
about fixing an
operational strategy
that analysts say
makes it increasingly
hard to compete.

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Some traditions have become

too dangerous to continue
AMU has been hard hit by the recent and unargu-
ably tragic death of one of its drum majors, 26-year-
old Robert Champion. The young man, from all ac-
counts, had much to live for and loved the marching band
that he led and the school that he attended. He was slated
to lead the band next year as the top drum major. Perhaps
that's why he was willing to submit to the antics associated
with hazing.
There are countless stories about fraternities, sororities
and other college groups who, following a tradition that
goes back for generations, have forced their members to
undergo a serious of often painful and humiliating experi-
ences, both mentally and physically, before becoming of-
ficial members of the "team." Many of us have experienced
forms of hazing at a person level. Ironically, it is often those
who were hazed to the greatest level that become the most
vicious hazers of tomorrow.
Blacks are not the only ones who participate in hazing
it seems to be part of the college culture and crosses
all races and ethnicities. But it is Blacks whose numerous
accounts have recently ended in earth shattering tragedy.
Perpetrators of hazing have been expelled in some cases
and even imprisoned in others. Lives full of potential have
been destroyed. Meanwhile, victims of the crimes have had
to face long periods of recovery or resign themselves to life-
long injuries. There is nothing glorious about continuing
such legacies.
It may be difficult to end a tradition that has become
so firmly entrenched in a school's history but sometimes
that is what must be done. We realize the great heritage of
FAMU's Marching 100 and do not wish to see that program
ended because of a few folks' unwillingness to let the past
remain in the past. Students, faculty and alumni must all
be on one accord in the swift and immediate end to any and
all hazing activities. We cannot allow another young man or
woman to needlessly lose their life.

South needs wake -

up call in the fight to

reduce HIV/AIDS
Communities from the U.S. and across the globe
marked the 30th anniversary of this era's most
feared and least understood threat to our health
and lives HIV/AIDS with World AIDS Day. The good
news, according to medical experts from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, based just outside of At-
lanta, is that HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence. But
many of us probably knew that already. Conversely, this
chronic illness that has plagued the world for three de-
cades continues to impact more and more people es-
pecially Black women and young Black males under the
age of 25. One has to wonder why we have received more
education in terms of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS,
yet see numbers within certain demographics keeping go-
ing up.
Dr. Andrew Skerritt, a professor at Florida A & M (FAMU)
and author of a book entitled, "Ashamed to Die: Shame,
Denial and the AIDS Epidemic in the South," says even
more troubling is the fact that more communities in the
South are being impacted by the virus, than in any oth-
er parts of the U.S. As he points out, rural communities
tend to have less access to health education or health care.
They are therefore prime locations for STD's, including
HIV/AIDS, to spread.
What can we do? Skerritt says the Black church must
become more active, more vocal and less self-righteous
and judgmental. He is absolutely right. After all, is it our
task to judge one another or to go to the aid of our brothers
and sisters? Well leave you to answer the question.
The time has long past where the Black community can
afford to point fingers at others or remain silent while our
mothers, brothers, fathers, sisters and children are dying
or suffering needlessly sometimes even suffering alone.
At some point we must address this epidemic head on. If
not, between the number of Black boys going to prison and
the number of young Black men contracting the HIV/AIDS
virus, we may witness the swift demise of the Black race.

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Newt Gingrich continues his war on poor

Republican presidential can-
didate Newt Gingrich launched
a nuclear attack on the needy
last week by using ugly stereo-
types to argue that people are
poor because they are lazy and
the solution to widespread pov-
erty is scrapping child labor
laws and putting poor kids to
work in menial jobs. What plan-
et does Gingrich live on? My
entire childhood was spent in
poverty and I can't remember a
time that my mother and step-
father didn't have a job. In fact,
I can't remember a time when
Mama didn't have at least two
jobs. I've held jobs since I was
in the 6th grade, jobs that in-
cluded cutting the grass of my
elementary school principal,
delivering newspapers, washing
dishes at the University of Ala-
bama while I was a student at
Druid High School in Tuscalo-
osa and working as a waiter on
trains during Christmas breaks
while enrolled at Knoxville Col-
lege in Tennessee.
Evidently, my experience

was not atypical. An analysis
of Census Bureau data by An-
drew A. Beveridge, a professor
at Queens College in New York,
found that most children live in
a home where at least one par-
ent works. In fact, three of every
four poor working-aged adults
have jobs. The problem isn't
that those living below the pov-

assistants or assistant jani-
tors. Federal law already allows
young people to work.
Republicans have a record of
railing against welfare, labor
unions and the poor as part
of their political strategy, like
Ronald Reagan who made up a
fictitious woman living on Chi-
cago's South Side during his

Gingrich falsely asserts that poor children don't have a
work ethic except when it comes to illegal activity. His
solution is to repeal child labor laws and put poor kids
to work as library assistants or assistant janitors. Federal law al-
ready allows young people to work.

erty line are unwilling to work.
The problem is that their jobs
don't pay enough to lift them
out of poverty, which is defined
as $22,050 for a family of four.
Gingrich falsely asserts that
poor children don't have a work
ethic except when it comes to
illegal activity. His solution is
to repeal child labor laws and
put poor kids to work as library

1976 presidential campaign.
Like Reagan, Gingrich has
sought to eliminate many fed-
eral programs that assist poor
In 1994, he proposed kick-
ing young mothers off of welfare
and using that money to create
Boys Town-like orphanages. He
also opposes extending unem-
ployment benefits for those un-

The deadly consequences of

I hope you watched Extreme
Home Makeover on December
2nd, as I did. For me it was an
opportunity of pride, as Bennett
student Dominique Walker was
featured, with her family, for a
trip to Los Angeles, and a home
upgrade. Why? Because her
family remained in pain because
their 11-year-old brother killed
himself after vicious bullying.
Carl Walker-Hoover was hazed
because folks thought he was
gay. He was bothered, bullied
and besieged. He tried to talk to
folks, but he eventually found
out that no one wanted to hear
what he had to say. He hung
himself at home and the family
avoided his bedroom because
they were in pain.
He was like more than 1-in-6
young people who say that bul-
lying is part of their life.
Many manage some manage
by becoming bullies themselves.
Many don't manage. They are

left out, dropped out, worn out,
pulled out with parents so obliv-
ious to the effect of bullying that
they think it is just a childhood
thing. A game young people play
with each other. Not.
The worst of it is that the In-

when at 11 he probe
only different. One
awakened and told hi
couldn't take it anymc
his life can be our light
family can be a symbo

Here's the bottom line. We have all been bullied, (
or another, with a friend or colleague with a
ugly mouth. Humanity requires us to understa
the behavior we model is behavior that young people repl

ternet compounds what used to
be simple schoolyard chatter.
Now, young people put rumors
and nonsense into cyberspace
about each other. And cyber-
space doesn't simply whisper,
it yells. Young people's reputa-
tions are on the line because
bullying has taken on an Inter-
net space.
Carl Walker-Hoover, an 11
year old, was "outed" as gay

What is it about us,
beings that allow us t
each other? Does it mal
better? Do we grow whe
shrink? Do we flourish
they shrivel? While we
of attention to young pe
their bullying, shouldn't
pay attention to adults
us those who think
gain because others 1
rise because others fall

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able to find ajob. The only thing
perverse is Gingrich's inability
to understand that most people
do not choose to be either poor
or unemployed.
In an attempt to smear Presi-
dent Obama, Gingrich has re-
peatedly called him "the most
successful food stamp presi-
dent in American history." First,
what was known as food stamps
has been called the Supplemen-
tal Nutrition Assistance Pro-
gram, or SNAP, since October
2008. Instead of using old pa-
per food stamps, recipients are
issued a plastic card similar
to a bank debit-card to make
grocery purchases. Second,
the program has specific limi-
tations of what can be bought
with the funds, excluding such
items as beer, liquor and wine.
We should not be surprised by
anything Gingrich says. This is
the same person who claimed
he "helped balance the federal
budget for four straight years
[1998 to 2001]." He wasn't even
in office those last two years.

ably was our tongues in a nay t:' dimin-
day he ish, not flatter? As I watched
mself he the pain of the walker family on
ore. Now Extreme Home Makeover, I re-
Sand his alized that perhaps few meant
1 against harm, but many contributed
to the utter tragedy that family
had to manage. Here's the bot-
tom line. We have all been bul-
mne way lied, one way or another, with
VICIOUS, a friend or colleague with a vi-
ind that cious, ugly mouth. Humanity
icate. requires us to understand that
the behavior we model is behav-
ior that young people replicate.
human It requires us to understand
o batter that everyone can't meet a bul-
ke us feel ly, face to face, eye-to-eye, and
n others resist the nonsense. How many
because more lives will we lose? How can
pay lots we learn to value every life, and
ople and to kick bullying to the curb?
t we also Carl's sister, Dominique, is a
s among survivor of this bullying non-
that we sense, as so many are. She is
lose, we one of the leaders we have been
,we use waiting for.


I have been noticing a number
of commentaries that in looking
at the Occupy Wall Street/Oc-
cupy Together movement (OWS
for short) conclude that Blacks
are not particularly interested,
or that this movement is irrel-
evant to the Black Experience.
I disagree.
The OWS movement has been
an exciting development on the
U.S. political stage. It has shak-
en this country in ways that it
needed to be shaken raising the
matter of wealth and income
inequality and the depravity of
the rich. It has called into ques-
tion the policies of Wall Street,
but also the political allies of
Wall Street both Republi-
can and Democrat who are
more concerned with protecting
the rich than they are with the
common person.
Yet, it is true that these "ac-
tions" have been largely white.
My first response is so what? I
am actually quite pleased to see

white people challenging
tem that is crushing us a
But my second respon
bit different. The reality
spontaneous movements
U.S. tend to be unbalan
cially. The student mox

Occupy Wall
a sys- some sections of organized la-
all. bor. I have seen some serious
ise is a trade union demonstrations
is that and actions that are very multi-
in the racial/multi-ethnic. But part
ced ra- of what makes this possible is
vement that there is a critical mass of a

The OWS movement has been an exciting development
on the U.S. political stage. It has shaken this country in
ways that it needed to be shaken raising the matter of
wealth and income inequality and the depravity of the rich.

against the Vietnam War in the
1960s, for instance, was very
white.This did not mean that
Blacks were absent. What it
often meant, however, is that
Blacks formed their own orga-
nizations through which they
participated in the student
movement and/or the anti-war
Where I have seen this play
out differently, however, is in

particular group in our case,
Blacks who can see them-
selves in the actions. In other
words, when they look at an ac-
tion, they see a critical mass of
In OWS many of us, regard-
less of whether we support the
cause, do not I-i'crts-,.ril', see
ourselves represented. While
some of us will nevertheless
participate, others will sit back

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and support from lhe sidelines
My suggestion is that we need to
organize our participation. We
could ask our minister, priest,
Imam, etc., to organize a del-
egation from our religious insti-
tution to participate. What the
OWS is doing is completely con-
sistent with religious doctrines
that overwhelmingly speak to
the poor and the dispossessed.
A second thing would be to have
one of our organizations, such
as the NAACP, a Black student
union or a chapter of a labor
union in which we are active, to
participate together.
There is something else that
we can do. We can organize our
own actions that protest not
only the income inequality but
the growing racial inequality
that is crushing working peo-
ple of color. Let's stop worry-
ing about whether white people
reach out to us. We have our
own reasons to be integrally in-
volved in movements like OWS.

bt5e $Miami Iimeo
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feedback makes for a healthy dialogue among our readership and
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BY QUEEN BROWN, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, Queenb2020@bellsouth.net

Let's stop sending young

Unfortunately, the journey to
prison for Black males through-
out the U.S. begins during
childhood. Prisons are full of
Black boys who are repeated-
ly arrested during childhood,
sometimes for frivolous rea-
sons; they grow up to become
prison inmates. For many it is
a destiny they did not choose.
There are many reasons Black
men are over-represented in the
prison population. One reason
for this phenomenon is the ad-
verse conditions that exist with-
in the social environment which
predispose Black men to a life of
Black boys are not genetically
predisposed to a life of crime.
Children must be responsible
for their behavior. Our goal as
parents is to teach them there
are consequences for their be-
havior. However, under no cir-
cumstance must children be
subjected to cruel and unusual

punishment for misconduct. In-
cidents such as the one in which
three St. Petersburg officers al-
legedly pinned down and hand-
cuffed a five-year-old student,
Ja'eisha Scott, for misbehaving,
are not acceptable. I agree that

Black boys to
tarnishes the lives and futures
of many Black boys. Could it
be the "chicken has come home
to roost"? Perhaps we are see-
ing the consequences of expos-
ing our children to aggressive
law enforcement, zero tolerance

Black boys are not genetically predisposed to a life of
crime. Children must be responsible for their behavior.
Our goal as parents is to teach them there are conse-
quences for their behavior.

schools must create a safe envi-
ronment for everyone. However,
arresting children on assault
charges for a school yard fight
is excessive and can become a
life sentence. This is where the
prison cycle began for many
adult prisoners.
Unfortunately, at times the
very institution that was cre-
ated to prepare our children for
a better quality of life actually

school systems and an abusive
Juvenile Justice Department.
If we want to change the
disproportionate number of
Black men in prisons, we must
first change how we criminal-
ize them when they are young
boys. We must advocate chang-
ing the Miami-Dade County
system of Direct File which ad-
versely affects minority boys.
We must promote a more bal-

prison FP I
anced system of justice to de-
termine when and if our chil-
dren are to be tried as adults. If
we protect our Black boys now
we will not have to defend our
Black men later.
Florida State Representa-
tive Cynthia Stafford and State
Senator Arthenia Joyner intro-
duced Senate Bill 92, "Second
Chance for Children Act." SB
Bill 92 supports juveniles with
sentences of 10 years or more
a "second chance" at age 25 to
go back before the sentencing
judge for a chance at a reduced
or paroled sentence. Stafford is
to be commended for taking a
brave step in the right direc-
tion. Let's see if her fellow Sen-
ate colleagues will support her.
The rest of us in Florida should
continue to support legislators
who are willing to take a stand
on tough issues in order to
make a difference in our com-


Republicans nayss" hurt all Floridians

It's a sad commentary today
when 100 percent of the Repub-
licans have essentially voted
to block nearly every part of
the President Barack Obama's
American Jobs Act. The truth of
the matter is that the present-
day recession that America now
faces did not happen overnight,
and it can't be solved overnight.
When former President Bush
entered office, the U.S. had a
$2 billion dollar-plus surplus
- when he left there was an $8
trillion dollar deficit. The econo-
my was spiraling out of control
and we lost about 600,000 jobs
per month in his last year in of-
fice. Now the Republican party
- the party of "no" clearly
has no job plan; still they con-
tinue to shoot down the the
president's proposal jobs initia-
They vote no on Obama's plan
to invest $1.6 billion dollars in
Florida to go towards teach-
ers and education-related jobs.

They voted "no" on a construc-
tion jobs program that would
have given Florida over $2.7
billion dollars for rehabilitat-
ing and refurbishing hundreds

renovations at schools across
the state of Florida. And yes,
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools is the fourth largest in
the U.S. All the Republicans

They vote no on Obama's plan to invest $1.6 billion dollars
in Florida to go towards teachers and education-related
jobs. They voted "no" on a construction jobs program
that would have given Florida over $2.7 billion dollars for rehabili-
tating and refurbishing hundreds of vacant and foreclosed homes
and businesses that would have supported the revitalization of
local communities.

of vacant and foreclosed homes
and businesses that would have
supported the revitalization of
local communities. They voted
'no" to the president's proposal
of investing over $1.2 billion
dollars for school infrastruc-
ture projects that would have
modernized public schools -
supporting new science labs,
Internet-ready classrooms and

voted "no" to a highway, bridges,
roads and transit moderniza-
tion program that would have
made an immediate investment
of over $1.5 billion dollars. The
Congressional Republicans are
against the president's "Path-
ways Back to Work Fund" that
would assist over 35,000 low-
income youth and 8,000 adults
with opportunities to work and

to achieve needed training in
growth industries in Florida.
The only two things that the
House and Senate Republicans
support is making president
Obama a one-term president
and in protecting the one per-
cent of the wealthiest people in
the U.S. from paying their fair
That said, the latest data on
employment shows private sec-
tor growth of 140,000 jobs in
the month of November and a
reduction in the unemployment
rate that edged down to 8.6 per-
cent. As quiet as it has been
kept, in the last 21 months 2.9
million jobs have been created.
So let's not be fooled by the rhet-
oric from the party of "no." Let's
support our president as he is
championing economic growth
to get more Americans working
again. Listen to Henry Crespo
on Today's Truth of The Matter
on Sunday from 3 4 p.m. on
880 am the Biz.



Will casino gambling be a blessing

or a curse for Blacks in Miami?

house keeper, Brownsville

Yes, I think that it will
to create jobs.
It is a casino
and there will
be work avail-
able and we
need work.

78, retired, Liberty City

No, because
basically this
would take
from the Black 1-
because some
people to have
the common A
sense not to
sense their last on gambling.

retired, Liberty City

Well yeah,
it could help
Blacks. The
casino will
need someone
to work for

unemployed, Liberty City

help No, this new
casino will not
benefit us, it
will be tough
on the Blacks.

retired, North West Miami-Dade County

Yes, this will
be something .,'
that could po-
tentially be a
benefit to the
Black commu- -
nity of Miami-
Dade County.

retired, North West Miami-Dade County

.I think that
it will help a
little bit but
probably not
to the level
that we think
it should be.
But I am sure
that they will hire a few Blacks.

Stop the bribery on the U.S. Capitol Hill

It's time to free American
democracy from the devas-
tating social and economic
consequences of the systemic
and wholesale bribery of poli-
ticians and elected officials.
Thanks to the growing Occupy
Wall Street (OWS) movement,
the consciousness of millions
of people across the United
States has been irreversible
raised about this counterpro-
ductive predicament.
Public politicians ought to
be "free" from the monetary
bribes of the avarice and psy-
chotic greed of the 1 per cent
who, many of whom, do not
give a damn about the mass-
es of poor and working class
There are some who have
shown an arrogant disdain
for the democratic principles
of fairness, equal justice and
opportunity, inclusiveness,
and diversity. They openly buy
politicians and pimp them to
do whatever they want to ob-
tain their insatiable desires
for monopoly control.
As a means of stopping the
bribery, there needs to be a
Constitutional Amendment to
make it illegal to buy, finan-
cially contribute to or to use
money to influence federal
elected officials. That would
mean that the future election
campaigns for all members of
Congress as well as for the of-
fice of the President and the
Vice President will be totally
publicly financed. This will
stop the partisan gridlock
that has plagued Washington

for too long, because the poli-
ticians will be working for the
people again, not for the cor-
porations who line up outside
their office to lobby.
This would definitely not
limit or deter freedom of
speech, but would rather sig-
nificantly enhance public po-
litical accountability, trans-

es through full participatory
democracy and sustainable
development. This idea ben-
efits every American, whether
you belong to the Tea Party,
Democratic Party, Republican
Party or no party.
There is a good regulatory
resolution pending before the
Los Angeles City Council that

As the nation is about to go into full gear once again with
the fast approaching 2012 national elections, there is a
sense of urgency about making sure that the elections
will be not be brought and controlled by the one percent.

parency and the "freedom" of
political discourse from the of-
ten hidden reactionary hands
of a few who would only ma-
nipulate the political system
for their own narrow exclusive
We welcome the sight of in-
creasing numbers of people in
protest actions that have been
re-awakened on this issue.
In order to effectively chal-
lenge income inequality, there
needs to be a focus on estab-
lishing greater accountability
between elected officials and
the people who vote for them.
As the nation is about to go
into full gear once again with
the fast approaching 2012
national elections, there is a
sense of urgency about mak-
ing sure that the elections will
be not be brought and con-
trolled by the 1%. "Power to
the people" ultimately means
the empowerment of the mass-

also calls for a Constitutional
Amendment that would ban
corporations from using mon-
ey under the disguise of free

speech and to further prohibit
money from corporations to
use to influence elections and
political campaigns. The reso-
lution was brought before the
LA City Council by a national
grass-roots group know as
Move to Amend. Other anti-
bribery coalitions are spring-
ing up across the nation.
Much respect goes out to the
Occupy Wall Street movement
as the most visible and diverse
movement for economic jus-
tice and equality.
We cannot afford to let the
current status quo inequities
continue without a nationwide
show of solidarity and de-
mand for change. It's time for
the 100 per cent to demand
a stop to the political bribery

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Reid was fixing Christmas
dinner when the phone rang.
It was her boss at Jamaica's
Half Moon resort calling to say
that a key staff member hadn't
showed up for work and Reid
needed to fill in.
"But I'm cooking for my fam-
ily!" a teenage Reid protest-
ed, and then the tears began
to flow as her boss insisted,
"There is work to be done."
Reid dried her tears, served
dinner and reported to work.
"She couldn't believe that I
called her in to work," remem-
bers her former boss, Myrtle
Dwyer. "She came in, after she
had done family dinner, and we
were happy together."
Fresh out of high school in
Kingston, Reid found her life's
calling in the hotel business
and quickly learned the sacri-
fices that come when your job
is to put other people's comfort
Now, after more than three
decades working in hospitality,
Reid is ready to take charge at
one of the world's most exclu-
sive residential establishments,
the White House.
Next month, Reid becomes
White House chief usher, only
the ninth person to hold the
job and the first woman in the
position. She replaces retired
Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon,
who moved to the Department
of Homeland Security.
Chief usher is a quaint title
for a demanding position. Reid
will oversee day-to-day opera-
tions at the president's home, a
132-room mansion with a staff
of more than 90 people rang-
ing from plumbers and elec-
trincarns to butlers and cooks.
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A-list guests at state dinners to
throngs of kids at the annual
Easter egg roll.
In recognition of the many
facets to the job, the usher's
title was recently expanded to
include "director of the presi-
dent's executive residence."
"To say that she was hopeful
and excited couldn't possibly
describe how badly she hoped
she was chosen for this posi-
tion," says Jean Cohen, who
mentored Reid in Marriott's
management program when
both were in New York in the
1990s. "This was her absolute
dream position."
Yet even Reid's closest friends
didn't have a clue a White House
job was in the offing until her
selection was announced.
"It was kept very hush-hush,"
says Brenda Belding-Topping, a
longtime friend and colleague
from the Ritz-Carlton organiza-

Discretion may be one of the
most important qualities need-
ed for the chief usher.
In addition to seeing that
things run smoothly through-
out the White House, Reid
will work to ensure the White
House remains a home where
two busy parents, their two
daughters and the family dog
feel comfortable and have their
In years past, the usher's job
description has included every-
thing from hunting down Caro-
line Kennedy's lost hamsters
to getting the marriage license
for President Woodrow Wilson,
according to Claire Faulkner,
writing in "White House His-
tory," the journal of the White
House Historical Association.
President Lyndon Johnson
wanted a multi-head, high-
pressure shower that required
serious plumbing work, accord-
ing to a memoir by former usher

J.B. West. Nancy Reagan was
so appreciative of the longtime
service of Rex Scouten, chief
usher to four presidents, that
she named her King Charles
spaniel "Rex."
To say the usher must cater
to a lot of guests is an under-
statement. More than a million
people pass through the White
House every year.
Gary Walters, chief usher
for two decades before he re-
tired in 2007, describes it as an
all-encompassing job that re-
quires understanding the likes
and dislikes of the first family,
learning the ways of a tradi-
tion-steeped White House, and
interacting with a multitude of
outside organizations such as
the historical association and
the U.S. Commission of Fine
Reid will come in just be-
fore the holidays, when the
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Dan Glickman, on The Huff-
ington Post: "Probably the big-
gest obstacle to reaching agree-
ment on the debt is the very
strong and widening ideological
differences between the par-
ties, and the public at large..
. The result is paralysis, and
an American government inca-
pable of governing for its most
basic functions and needs, in
large part because there is such
a massive divide on so many
of the issues. .. Perhaps the
most reasonable outcome to all
of this is a serious presiden-
tial and congressional election
where the public can speak
clearly and unequivocally on
where they want their govern-
ment to take them."
The New York Times, in an
editorial: "The only reason the
committee failed was because
Republicans refused to raise
taxes on the rich, and, in fact,
wanted to cut them even below
their current bargain-basement
level. Republicans in Washing-
ton claimed Democrats refused
to budge on entitlements. John
Boehner, the House speaker,
and Mitt Romney, a Republican
presidential candidate, as if by
rote, issued statements sayingit
was all President Obama's fault.
But, had a single Republican on
the panel endorsed even a mod-
est increase in upperincome
tax rates, Republicans could
have won trillions in cuts from
entitlements and discretionary
spending. None would take
that courageous step, and now
it seems foolish to have expect-
ed that they would."
National Review, in an edito-
rial: "The sobering thing is that
even the massive tax increases
the Democrats wish 'to inflict
upon the nation would not close
the deficit that our entitlement
programs will produce if left
A study by the International
Monetary Fund estimates that,
in order to keep entitlement
spending at current levels while
stabilizing the debt, every fed-

eral tax on the books income
tax, payroll taxes, excise taxes,
etc. would have to be raised
by 88 percent. Democrats will
be happy to run against entitle-
ment reform, and they will wall-
paper the airwaves with vulgar
advertisements that show Paul
Ryan running granny off a cliff
in her wheelchair. But they are
really running on an 88 percent
tax hike that or massive, un-
sustainable deficits."
The (Portland) Oregonian,
in an editorial: "It's just not
clear that congressional Repub-
licans and Democrats can do
deals with each other. Repub-
licans are constrained by the
pressures of talk radio and the
no-tax pledge that just about
all House Republicans have
Democrats are under pres-
sure from the left blogosphere,
the folks calling any group pro-
moting Social Security or Medi-
care cuts a 'catfood commis-
sion,' and a barrage of AARP
TV ads warning that there are
50 million Americans on the
programs and they're no 'push-
overs.' Even if opposing law-
makers seriously want a deal-
far from a certainty there are
now powerful centrifugal forces
pulling them away from each
Ron Fournier, in the Nation-
al Journal: "Shame on Republi-
cans for a stubborn unwilling-
ness to seriously consider tax
increases. Shame on Demo-
crats for keeping a closed mind
to significant benefit cuts. And
shame on President Obama for
standing idly by as Washington
failed again to get the country's
fiscal house in order.
The political system is broken.
It's only a matter of time before
voters take matters in their own
hands: The rise of a third party
or the dramatic overhaul of
one of the existing ones-is in
the offing . Sooner or later,
we will pay for the opportuni-
ties missed in 2011. Shame on
us'for letting that happen."'


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Members of the Florida A&M University band lead a horse drawn carriage carrying the casket of fellow band member Robert
Champion following his funeral service Nov. 30 in Decatur, Ga.The 26-year-old was found dead on Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an
Orlando, Fla. hotel after the school's football team lost to a rival. Authorities suspect hazing but have not released any further details.

FAMU student's death turns

spotlight on hazing problem

By Lizette Alvarez
and Robbie Brown

fore they even arrive at Florida
A&M University here, the fresh-
men who are hand-picked for
the famous marching band
know all about the hazing, an
unsanctioned tradition that
goes back decades.
In the ultracompetitive atmo-
sphere of the Marching 100, as
the band is called, the verbal,
emotional and physical pain
that is doled out is viewed as
an extra source of pride and
strength among the relatively
small number of band members
who participate in hazing, for-
mer members say.
Punching, paddling, slapping
and forcing band members to

Former Band Director

eat certain things, do certain
favors and endure verbal abuse
for mistakes is part of the code,
carried out by subgroups within
each section: "The Clones" in
the clarinet cluster, for example,
and "The Soulful Saxes" in the
saxophone section. Drinking is
seldom involved, former mem-
bers say, and much of the haz-
ing is voluntary.
"A lot of people who come to
the band come expecting these
things," said Phillip Stewart,
29, a former university drum
major who said hazing was part
of a subculture within the band.
"They think that in order to be
amongst the best and to be ac-
cepted they have to do certain
things. This isn't true."
But those decades of tradi-
tion a longtime concern of the
university administration are
now the focal point of an inves-
tigation into the death of a drum
major 10 days ago, and the reac-
tion so far has been significant.
The band's longtime director,
Julian White, has been fired,
and four separate investiga-
tions have been ordered, includ-
ing one by Gov. Rick Scott, who
asked the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement to step in, and
one by the university president,
James H. Ammons. The march-
ing band has been suspended
from performing indefinitely.
The death of the drum major,
Robert Champion, 26, also rais-
es a perplexing question: Why
was a drum major a campus
celebrity whose position reflects

outstanding leadership skills
and talent being hazed, if
that is what in fact contributed
to his death? No cause of death
has yet been determined but the
Orange County Sheriff's Office
in Orlando, where Mr. Cham-
pion died, said it suspected that
hazing was involved.
"I vow as the president of
FAMU that Robert's death will
not be in vain," Dr. Ammons
said Wednesday at Mr. Cham-
pion's funeral in Decatur, Ga.
The church was packed with
500 mourners, including many
band members and Dr. White,
who also spoke at the service.
Promising to "end hazing on
the campus of FAMU," Dr. Am-
mons told mourners that he
would introduce his own brand
of R & D to the university, "and
I don't mean research and de-
velopment; I mean respect and
Champion, a hard-working
clarinet player, tried out twice
before being selected as one of
six drum majors in the spring
of 2010. He died just hours af-
ter marching on the field at the
Florida Classic, a football game
between Florida A&M and its
longtime rival, Bethune-Cook-
man University.
He collapsed in a bus parked
at an Orlando hotel, where the
band was staying. It was eve-
ning, and the buses should
have been locked, Dr. White
said. After interviewing band
members, he said, it appeared
that Mr. Champion had been

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Drum Major

punched repeatedly by a small
group of band members on the
bus as part of a hazing ritual,
then vomited and passed out.
When others in the bus could
not revive him, they called for
an ambulance. He died a short
time later at a hospital.
His parents have hired a law-
yer and said they planned to
sue the university to prevent
such a thing from happening
"It's kind of a 'don't ask, don't
tell' culture," said Christopher
M. Chestnut, the family's law-
yer. "No one's shocked. Every-
one knew it happened."
Dr. White, a tenured professor
who was been at the university

Robert Champion Sr., left, and his wife, Pam wait to lead a
procession into the funeral service for their son, Florida A&M

University band member Robert
2011 in Decatur, Ga.
for four decades and became
band director in 1998, has also
hired a lawyer, saying he had
done everything he could to
stop hazing over the past two
Hazing is not uncommon
among marching bands around
the country and has been a
longtime practice at histori-
cally Black colleges like Florida
A&M. The university, whose en-
rollment is roughly 13,000, has
had its share of serious hazing
incidents. Two students were
beaten or paddled so forcefully
they suffered acute injury, one
in 1998 and the other in 2001.
To back his claim of trying to
end hazing, Dr. White released
documents this week show-
ing letters of band suspensions
dating to 2001 that he had is-
sued to dozens of students and
correspondence with university
administrators and the univer-
sity police. He also held work-
shops for students and meet-
ings with freshmen, created an
anonymous reporting system
and issued routine admonish-
ments, among other things.
A few weeks before Mr. Cham-
pion's death, Dr. White sus-
pended 26 trombonists and
clarinetists from the band for
hazing in October and Novem-
Bria Hunter, a clarinetist, was
repeatedly punched in the legs
so badly this fall that a leg bone
was broken and a knee dam-
aged, her parents told WXIA-TV
in Atlanta on Tuesday. The Tal-
lahassee Police Department is
now investigating her case.
Dr. White sent letters regard-
ing the 26 recent suspensions
to university administrators
and the university police. Al-
though he was director of the
band, he said, he lacked the
authority to suspend or expel
students from the university or
cancel major marching events,
the sort of harsher punishment
that he said he had sought over
the years.
The Marching 100 is the mar-
quee organization at the univer-
sity the equivalent of a pow-

Champion, Wednesday, Nov. 30,

erhouse football team and is
crucial in raising money for it
and attracting new students. It
has performed at events like the
Grammy Awards and the Super
Bowl and was scheduled to play
at Carnegie Hall. The band has
T375 members this year.
In an interview, Dr. White
said of the recent suspensions,
"I would have liked the admin-.
istration to terminate the stu-
dents," and he added that he
had made such a recommen-
dation to the university's vice
president, its dean and other
officials. "They did not do that,"
he said. "We need to be stron-
ger in our punishment."

Counselor accused

of molesting student

By Danielle A. Alvarez, Cara
Fitzpatrick & Robert Nolin

arrest this week of an after-
school counselor on charges
of molesting an 8-year-old
girl stirred deep parental
concerns and prompted
the company that runs the
program to tighten proce-
Michael Nathan Jones, 20,
assaulted the girl three times
on Nov. 10 at Forest Hills
Elementary School, police
said. He removed her shorts
and underwear and touched
her inappropriately with his
finger and mouth, police
charged. He faces life in pris-
on if convicted on a capital
felony count of sexual bat-
tery and two counts of lewd
and lascivious molestation.
Jones, of Coral Springs,
was ordered held without
bond Thursday, a day after
his arrest. At a bond hear-
ing, Judge John "Jay" Hurley
noted that Jones had con-
fessed to the assaults.
Parents at the school
voiced anger, and fears for
their own children Thursday.
"It's kind of scary," said
Alexis Lewis, who has a
daughter in kindergarten
and a son in first grade.
"What if this was my baby
and he got hold of her arid
took her life like this? I'd be
in prison."
Jones worked for After
School Programs Inc., a
Deerfield Beach-based firm
that describes itself as the
largest private provider of
after-school programs in
Broward County. Contracted
by the school system, it runs
programs, typically from 2
to 6 p.m., in about 44 public
schools. It serves more than
6,000 students and has more
than 600 employees.

Jones was fired as soon as
the allegations against him
became known, said War-
ren Smith, chief operations
officer of the non-profit com-
pany. 'Were shocked by this


incident and we're certainly
going to do everything we
can to prevent it in the fu-
ture.' he said.
While there is no state pro-
hibition against child care
workers being alone with a
student, Smith said his com-
pany will now require teach-
ers or counselors to shep-
herd their charges to the
cafeteria, where other work-
ers are, whenever there are
fewer than 10 students in a
"That's probably something
that we learned from this in-
cident," he said.
At Forest Hills, about 100
children are in after-school
care. Smith said his com-
pany adheres to the school
system's mandated teach-
er-to-student ratio of one
teacher to every 20 children.
A site director and assistant
make rounds checking on
students, but can't be every-
where at once, he said.

Police kill suspect following

Liberty City car crash

Last Saturday, Dec. 3rd, a
man was shot and killed in a
police-involved shooting with
Miami-Dade County police.
The suspect, who has not been
identified by the police, was
killed after he fled the scene of
an accident and used his auto-
mobile to crash into an occu-
pied police vehicle. Police re-

ports say the suspect crashed
his Toyota Tundra into a Kia
Optima at Northwest 37th Av-
enue and 17th Street around 4
p.m. Saturday afternoon. The
man then sped away from the
scene leading police on a chase
that ended with his death at
NW 36th Street and 27th Av-


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Role Models observe World AID

By Randy Grice
rgrice@m iianititimesonlinie.comii

In recognition of World AIDS
Day in which many pause
with efforts to remain those
who have died from HIV/AIDS
and to raise awareness about
the deadly disease, the young
men of the 5000 Role Models
of Excellence Project partici-
pated in a frank conversation
at North Miami Senior High
School last Thursday.
"I am receiving the infor-
mation today as being very
beneficial to my future,"
said Steve Jean-Charles,
a 16-year-old North Miami
sophomore. "I am young and
I have to learn about HIV/
AIDS because I am just 16
and I don't know about sex.
The pictures that we saw to-
day were kind of crazy and
were a steady reminder of
what it looks like to be infect-
ed with these different types
of diseases."

Steve Jean-Charles, a Role
Model from North Miami Sr. High
The young men received
an informative and interac-
tive presentation by keynote
speaker Nelson L. Adams,
M.D. about HIV/AIDS. His
presentation included infor-
mation about how STDs (sex-
ually transmitted diseases)
are transmitted with pho-
tographs of how the body is
impacted after one contracts
an STD.

-MiamiTimes Photos/ Randy Grice
Jean-Charles and other Role Models listen to Adams' presentation.

"So often we have problems
within our communities and
families because of the lack

of information," Adams said.
"Today was an opportunity
for us to educate young men

who clearly will be the lead-
ers of our community in the
not too distant future."

S Day
Role Models from ami
Carol City, North Miami and
North Miami Beach High
Schools were all in atten-
"I think that knowing that
today is World AIDS day, it is
only right that we continue
to raise awareness about this
disease," said Michael Lew-
is, principal at North Miami.
"The impact that this day is
having on the global commu-
nity is very great. We are tak-
ing the opportunity to speak
with these young men to keep
them informed. I think the
conversation we are having is
an eye opener for them."
The Role Model project,
which serves to prevent young
men from dropping out of
school is in 89 schools within
the Miami-Dade County Pub-
lic School System, including
23 elementary, 33 middle and
33 senior high schools. It has
more than 6,000 participants
and over 6,000 volunteers.

Edison business students I 0 l

win national contest ko A I.

By Randy Grice

Miami Edison Senior High
School student entrepreneurs
have put their skills to use
and gained national notori-
ety. Two student entrepreneur
teams from Edison were re-
cently crowned the winners in
the World Series of Innovation,
a national contest presented by
the Network for Teaching Entre-
preneurship for Global Entre-
preneurship Week.
"This was a very rewarding
learning experience for me,"
said Phaby Lubin,17, Edison
senior and team leader for New
Franchise Idea. "This gave me
an opportunity to be exposed to
different kinds of business as-

pects such as creating your own
business plan and introducing
the world to your brand. This
experience also exposed me to
how people are able to run fran-
Edison's two groups, New
Franchise Idea and College and
Career Readiness were part
of more than 300 teams from
around the country that entered
the competition. Of the groups
that initially participated, 18
teams were picked as finalists
in six categories to compete in
an online competition for class-
room grants.
"I thought that we would at
least place I was just that
confident in the proposals that
we presented," said Yoletter
Mezadieu, the students' teach-

er. "But to have the type of suc-
cess that we have had right now
I have yet to come down off of
this surreal high. This is an ac-
complishment for me personally
but I think it is a greater ac-
complishment for the school as
a whole. We are supposedly the
school with the lowest perform-
ing students but we really do
have these bright spots."
Melinda Lubin, a 17-year-old
Edison junior and team leader
for the College and Career Read-
iness team says she has her life
after high school planned out.
"I plan to either major in busi-
ness law or just get my MBA ,"
she said. "If I were to be a law-
yer I would want to represent
big stores like McDonald's. That
would be a great job."

-MiamiTimes Photo/Randy Grice
Miami Edison student entrepreneurs gather at Edison High.

Marlins' stadium deal draws

scrutiny from federal officials

By Ken Belson

As the Marlins' new stadium
nears completion in Miami,
the wreckage from the deal to
finance it continues to mount.
The Securities and Ex-
change Commission subpoe-
naed the City of Miami and
Miami-Dade County seeking
details about what investiga-
tion and analysis they did be-
fore agreeing to issue nearly
$500 million in bonds to pay
for the stadium and adjoining
parking lots in the Little Ha-
vana neighborhood.
In a 20-page letter to the
county dated Dec. 1, the com-
mission also asked for any
documents concerning the
team's ability to help pay for
the stadium.
It is also seeking records of
any campaign contributions
that the Marlins may have
given to officials working for
the city, the county and the
state, and all correspondence
going back to 2007 with the
owners of the Marlins and
their lawyers as well as the
baseball commissioner Bud
Selig and Bob DuPuy, his for-
mer deputy.
The commission wants all
the documents by Jan. 6, a
deadline the county may have
trouble meeting, R. A. Cuevas
Jr., its lawyer, said.
P. J. Loyello, the Marlins'
spokesman, said the team
would "fully cooperate" with
the investigation, which was
first reported by The Miami
Herald. A spokesman for Ma-
jor League Baseball declined
to comment.
City and county officials ap-
proved the deal to pay for more
than three-quarters of the es-
timated $645 million cost of
the stadium and parking lots
in 2009. They did so during
a deep recession, when ser-
vices were being slashed, and
despite calls to hold a referen-
dum on the financing of the
stadium and lots, which are
being paid for with hotel bed
taxes and parking fees.

City and county officials
were accused of spending too
much money on the Marlins
- a for-profit organization
- when other buildings, like
the convention center, needed
repairs. The Marlins also re-
fused to show government of-
ficials their financial books.
This became an embarrass-

the investigation has the po-
tential to cast a cloud over the
team and its new home, which
is set to open in April.
The federal investigation
could scare off players from
signing with the Marlins.
On the other hand, players
could still join the Marlins if
the money offered was sig-

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Miami Marlins stadium rendering

ment last year when leaked
financial documents showed
that the Marlins were profit-
able in 2008 and 2009.
It may be difficult for the
commission to accuse the
Marlins of misrepresenting
their finances if they did not
represent them in the first
place. Rather, the blame would
fall to county and city officials
if a lack of due diligence were
found before the bonds were
issued. The county and the
city are also squabbling over
who, if anyone, should pay
property tax on the stadium's
four parking lots. The county
appraiser contends that the
city is not exempt because it is
leasing its parking spaces to
a for-profit venture, the Mar-
Although the Marlins were
not subpoenaed, and the com-
mission was careful to state
that it had not concluded that
anyone had broken the law,

nificantly higher than that of
other teams.
The question is how long the
investigation could last. The
commission has deep resourc-
es and unlimited time, and in-
vestigations related to sports
and teams are sure to receive
a lot of news media attention.
The commission could also
force the Marlins and Ma-
jor League Baseball to reveal
rarely seen financial records.
"Sports is very high pro-
file, and if the S.E.C. can find
something here that was done
illegally, then that will send a
message to communities simi-
larly situated," saidJordanKo-
britz, an assistant professor of
sports management at East-
ern New Mexico University. "If
they smell any smoking gun
as a result of the documents
produced, that could lead
them to any direction they
want to go, including to the
offices of M.L.B."

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Deltas help Liberty City families celebrate Xmas

DELTAS We started the festivities with the children. That wasn't easy from the parents after the party

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president, was to "make the
season brighter for those who
are struggling in these tough
economic times."
"We do this every year right
after Thanksgiving and this
year we met at the Caleb Cen-
ter for a party with pizza, cake
and toys for all of the children,"
she said. "Delta Care works
throughout the year with as-
sisting at-risk children and
families, especially mothers.

prayer and then sang Christ-
mas carols. And we all wore
Santa hats too. It's all about
helping families that are at-risk
to be able to celebrate both the
holiday season and life. They
have so many burdens in their
lives that probably seem over-
whelming that we make every
effort to lighten the load. Every
child gets at least one gift -
sometimes two and we start-
ed shopping over a month ago
so that we could make sure the
presents reflected the ages of

but it was fun."
Herriott said that close to 40
sorors attended the party and
that there are approximately
170 women in the Dade County
chapter with which Delta Care
is affiliated.
"Some of the parents have
told us that the gifts we pro-
vide are the only ones that their
children will have for Christmas
and so they keep them wrapped
up so they can go under their
trees at home," she added. "We
get beautiful thank you notes

each year. It just goes to show
how much a simple act of kind-
ness can mean to others."
Delta Care also focuses on
health care initiatives, educat-
ing Liberty City residents and
others to eat and live healthi-
er. They also work to empower
women, especially those who
are single parents. Last year
the group led a workshop for
500 Florida Memorial Universi-
ty students to raise awareness
of the challenges facing our
community's at-risk families.

Will Blacks profit from casino gambling?

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the door for more gambling.
SIt's a simple decision that
has to be made and it will have
to be made in the state legis-
lature," said Oscar Braynon,
II, 34, Florida state senator "A
lot of people including city and
county commissioners are ex-
pressing their opinions which
is good but they aren't the ones
that will have to ultimately de-
cide. The bill that we will re-
view in the next session hasn't
even been heard in commit-
tee so it could change a lot by
then. Right now it only speaks
to Miami-Dade and Broward

Braynon says that while
most local media sources have
not reported it, he is aware of
a number of Black business
leaders and politicians who are
discussing the pros and cons
of casino gambling- weighing
its impact on the Black com-
"Folks like Frank Nero [pres-
ident of the Beacon Coun-

cilj are making a huge news
splash in his criticism of
bringing casinos to Miami,"
Braynon added. "But Blacks
are having their own debates
and doing their own analy-
ses. If the resorts do come we
have to do this in a responsi-
ble manner. We have to learn
from the kinds of mistakes
that Atlantic City made. This
could certainly be positive for
South "Florida because we're
not just talking about casi-
nos but also a $2 billion dollar
hotel with conference rooms
and restaurants. As long as
communities like Overtown
aren't overlooked, this could
be something very good for
Blacks. I've heard that plan-
ners are talking to Florida Me-
morial about a training pro-
gram for their students who
would then be prepared for
dealers jobs and other related
positions. That would be great
for our young people."
City Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones, 44, says she
wants to meet with those who
are proposing casino gambling
but wants to have a solid game
plan ready when they do.
"I have gotten a lot of calls

and I've been talking to folks
from the Black Archives and
Black property owners. Over-
town is the closest thing to the
proposed casino site they
can't go east, they can only go
west. We know that property
value is going to rise. My ob-
jective is to make sure we can
say to the casino people that
we have a plan and then see
how they can fit into our plan,
not vice versa. Of course jobs
are important, but we need to
secure ownership options. We
have to be prepared for what's

Oliver Gilbert III, 39, Miami
Gardens commissioner, also
heads the recently-formed
Miami Dade Black Caucus of
Elected Officials. He says he
wants to make sure that those
who are traditionally left be-
hind when new economic ven-
tures emerge will benefit this
time around.
"We want more than just
entry level jobs," he said. "We
want partnership options,
Black contractors and then all
of the kinds of industries that

support such a huge venture -
security, laundry services, etc.
- to be open for Blacks. Local
Black businesses need to be
readying themselves for these
opportunities now. Sometimes
our community is slow coming
to the table and by the time we
are ready to engage, everything
has already been parceled out.
We have to get focused now
and see how we can make sure
casino resorts would benefit
the whole, not just segments of
the community."
County Commissioner Vice
Chairwoman Audrey Edmon-
son says she wants to see
things in writing.
"We have been made prom-
ises before that weren't kept
so I don't have much faith in
people's good intentions," she
said. "There are many panels
that have been assembled but
most are ignoring the Black
community. They need to re-
member, however, that should
this come to a vote, they don't
have the power to sign off on
casinos in South Florida we
County Commissioner Bar-
bara Jordan declined com-

Burden among 10 finalists for Miami police chief

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next police chief, he will become
the fourth Black chief of police
in the City's history following
trailblazers that include first
Clarence Dickson, then Perry
Anderson and Calvin Ross.
Burden was born and raised
in the Liberty City and Browns-
ville areas of Miami. He gradu-
ated from Miami Springs High
School in 1983. He received
his undergraduate degree from
Barry University and then
earned a masters degree in
management from St. Thomas
University. Burden is also a
graduate of the Southern Police

Institute at the University of
Louisville's administrative offi-
cers course.
But at home, even a former
assistant police chief must
answer to the authorities. He
is married to Franzia Brea-
Burden, who is herself a po-
lice commander with the North
Miami Police Department. The
couple have three children.
Clearly public service is some-
thing that runs in his blood -
his brother Kevin is a lieutenant
with the federal prison system
while his brother Keith is a
sergeant with the Palm Beach
County Sheriff's Department. It
was a trip to a college job fair
that started the Miami native

on the road to law enforcement.
"I spoke to theofficer who was
working the booth and I was
very impressed," he said. "The
rest, as they say, is history."
Burden began his career with
the Miami Police Department in
1987, working in every division
and steadily climbed through
the ranks, until he retired in
2010 as an assistant chief of
If the City of Miami names
Burden as its next "top cop,"
Burden says his initial priority
would be to unify the depart-
"I would also improve police-
community relations by expand-
ing community-oriented crime

fighting strategies [by] creating
a department that is transpar-
ent to the people that we serve. I
am of this community. It's where
I grew up. I believe I am the right
choice at this time to lead this
department. I would be proud to
serve as chief of police."
Burden's making the top ten is
a feat of significance. A selection
committee began with 71 appli-
cants for the job. Nearly 50 had
already submitted their appli-
cations before former Chief Ex-
posito was fired. The other nine
finalists are from various police
departments and law enforce-
ment offices in Florida, Mary-
land, New York and Connecticut.

Atlanta mayor meets with Black Miami leaders

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only been in office for just over a
week when the tragedy struck.
Reed was in town on Friday at
the invitation of City Commis-
sioner Michelle Spence-Jones,
44, former Miami Heat Alonzo
Mourning, FIU Head Men's Bas-
ketball Coach Isiah Thomas, and
others, so that Miami's Black
community could thank him for
his efforts. He was also on hand
to garner support for his re-elec-
tion campaign which begins in
earnest in less than a year.
Spence-Jones says Reed is the
kind of politician that others in
elected office should seek to emu-
"When the earthquake struck

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Fort Worth, Texas, airline contin-
ues to chase market share in cities
where the plan hasn't succeeded.
It has been forced to discount
fares in New York, Los Angeles
and Chicago since the strategy
began in 2009, they say, contrib-
uting to the cumulative $1.7 bil-
lion in losses since 2009's third
American Airlines has empha-
sized how its Chapter 11 filing
will help it cut costs but said little
about fixing an operational strat-
egy that analysts say makes it in-
creasingly hard to compete. Jack
Nicas has details on The News
These analysts argue AMR

he didn't hesitate to help and he
did so in many ways," she said.
"He is doing some extraordinary
things in Atlanta and we would
do well to follow his example. "
Mourning added that Reed is
the kind of politician that consis-
tently creates a positive environ-
ment and opportunities that are
of great benefit to all races and
creeds in his city.
"I support the Mayor because
of his outstanding leadership
in our sister city of Atlanta," he
said. "We have to support Black
leaders like him leaders that
are clearly advocates for positive
change. Reed is about stimulat-
ing the economy and working for
change with all of his citizens.
And he's avoided the kind of de-
structive partisanship that we

must overhaul its route map, cut-
ting flights from hubs including
Chicago and Los Angeles. Such a
move could help make AMR prof-
itable, they say, while reducing
travel options for some fliers and
triggering industry fare increases.
Rivals United Continental Hold-
ings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc.
largely dominate traffic at their
hubs with strong surrounding
feeder networks, attracting lucra-
tive business travelers and gener-
ating more pricing power.
AMR's five-hub plan has been
successful only in Miami and
Dallas, with about 70 percent of
market share at each airport, say
AMR rivals that reinvented
themselves through Chapter 11
bankruptcy-court protection in

see in the U.S. Congress and in
our own state."
Reed said he wants to open up
more ways for Miami and Atlanta
to partner together in business
"No one has to persuade me
to come to Miami," he said. "You
have been very supportive during
my political career and I think
we can work together for some
very positive outcomes. What are
we doing in Atlanta? In the 22
months since I have been in of-
fice, we spent $27 billion dollars
on new projects with 37 percent
of the work going to women, mi-
norities and small businesses. We
have the busiest passenger air-
port in the world and 50 percent
of the dollars we have invested,
again, go to women, minorities

recent years have shown the re-
structuring process can change a
CEO's plans: creditors can be de-
manding, labor fights protracted
and routes cut. Although AMR
sits on more than $4 billion, it is
burning cash quickly and big bills
are due next year.
AMR ultimately aims to expand
its network. Its spokesman said
AMR's map will be further bol-
stered when revised labor con-
tracts enable the airline to sign
new code-share agreements,
which allow airlines to sell each
other's flights as their own. With
competitive costs and a new fleet,
he said, the goal "is to possibly
even grow" when it emerges from
court protection.
-Susan Carey contributed to
this article.

and small businesses. The key as
I see it, is spending so that it is
both inclusive and empowering."

Will anti-hazing workshop

change students' mindset?

continued from 1A

Stephanie Walker, 20. a third-
year criminal justice student
from Miami who attended the
forum said she has high hopes
of the hazing culture finally
coming to an end.
"This really has to end," she
said. "Someone has died and
if people don't think that can
happen again they are sadly
mistaken. It has happened
in other places before and if
we all don't get on one accord
to stop hazing someone else
could potentially lose their life
Jasmine Peters, 19, a sec-
ond-year education student
said she believes that there
will be a change.
"I know that a lot of students
are changing their views on
hazing," she said. "Back in
the day I know that a lot of
our parents may have gone
through it [hazing] but that
doesn't mean that we have to
continue the vicious cycle."

As a result of the death of
Champion who was one of

the band's drum majors, four
students have been dismissed
from the university. Accord-
ing to a report on the school's
student-run newspaper web-
site, thefamuanonline.com,
head Drum Major Jonathan
Boyce, a 24-year-old senior
from Marietta (GA), along with
drum majors Shawn Turner,
25, from Atlanta and Rikki
Willis, 23, from Miami, were
all dismissed by the Universi-
ty last week. The name of the
last student is still unknown.
University spokeswoman Sha-
ron Saunders said she could
neither confirm nor deny the
identities of those students
who had been expelled due to
legal precedence.

Cops take big pay cuts

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Police Benevolent Association,
about 3,500 members voted -
more than half of the union's
approximate 6,000 members.
County commissioners voted
on Tuesday to accept the new
contract. County Mayor Carlos
Gimenez'said he realized ear-
ly on that concessions would
have to be made but was and
remains confident that the
commission would "do the
right thing."
"I have always said I was
willing to listen to unions and
to negotiate so we could find
ways to save but each contract
is different," he said. "They
have nuances indicative of
different work rules, realities
and their existing contracts.
Some unions will give up some
things others will give up
other things."
Gimenez emphasized that
the county has a balanced
budget, refuting reports by
local media that said Miami-
Dade County was facing a
$239 million dollar hole.
"We have a balanced budget
and will obtain it one way or
another, he said. "If the com-
mission decides at the end that
they don't want to impose cer-
tain concessions, they we will
have to layoff people. We are
not the federal government. At

the end of the year we must
have a balanced budget and
there cannot be any loom-
ing deficits. Either we do that
through more concessions or
layoffs. When the village was
lolvered, a vote by our commis-
sioners of 12-1, the community
was told that we would have to
make up that money through
concessions. We knew it would
take some time for the process
to be resolved."
Gimenez said he hopes to
get all union contracts signed
"I want to get this over with
and put it behind us," he said.
"That's in everyone's best in-
Gimenez added that accord-
ing to his staff's projections,
the county budget should be
good for the next two years
and that he has no plans to
go back to unions next year
seeking more cuts. But County
Commissioner Barbara Jordan
(District One) said she fears
that cuts will make things
even more difficult for lower-
and middle-income employees.
"Employees will be forced to
pay additional costs for health-
care and take reductions in
pay things that will make
it harder for those already liv-
ing paycheck to paycheck," she
said. "Is this desirable? Ab-
solutely notl Is it necessary?
Maybe. Do I agree with it? No!

Confidence really spells success

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calendar is packed with parties
and receptions, and that will
make for a steep learning curve,
he says.
"It's pretty much go, go, go
from early in the morning, 5:30
or 6 a.m., until 1 a.m. the next
day," Walters says.
For all the modern challenges
of life in the White House, in oth-
er ways not much has changed
since the days of Elizabeth Jaf-
fray, a White House housekeeper
from 1913 to 1925, who once
described the mansion as "no
remote castle, but a plain white
house a home full of the hun-
dred and one petty details, tri-
umphs, worries, heartaches,
and pleasures that every home
Luckily, Reid has always been
a problem-solver, says Dwyer.
"If ever I had a problem and no-
body would step in, she would be
the one," Dwyer says. "There was
nothing that you could throw at
her that she didn't respond to."
Reid, currently the general
manager of the Ritz-Carlton
Pentagon City in Virginia, just
across the Potomac River from
the White House, has the man-
agerial, financial and people
skills to make a seamless tran-
sition, and the work ethic to en-
dure, says Cohen. She recruited

Reid into the Ritz-Carlton orga-
nization in 2002 from its parent
company, Marriott Internation-
"She sees it as a lifestyle, not a
job, which I think will serve her
well in the White House," says
Still, Reid's selection is a bit
of a culture shift. Where Reid
is described by friends as effer-
vescent, past chief ushers have
been rather sober men, many of
whom moved up from other posi-
tions on the White House staff.
A Ritz-Carlton promotional
video shows Reid dancing to U2
on her iPod, and includes an
eclectic personal playlist stretch-
ing from Bob Marley to the Pet
Shop Boys, with UB40 and Tina
Turner in between.
Reid, 52, who is single, man-
ages to pack in plenty of adven-
ture. She loves to travel, and
vacationed in Istanbul, Turkey,
this year. She's a concert-goer,
not passing up any opportunity
to catch U2. She keeps herself

healthy, recently signing up for
a fitness "boot camp."
"She'll try anything at least
once," says Belding-Topping.
An art lover, Reid is savoring
the idea that her job description
includes overseeing the mam-
moth White House art collection.
Dwyer says Reid, whose close
friends call her "Angie," was a
"doer and a goer" from the be-
ginning. Dwyer encouraged Reid
to get a hospitality management
degree from the Carl Duisberg
Gesellschaft School in Munich,
Germany, a rigorous training
program where "you don't know
it until you've peeled potatoes
and made beds."
Couple that training with a
willingness to work hard and the
result is "a kind of walk that cap-
tivated everybody," says Dwyer,
sales and marketing director of
Glamour Destination Manage-
ment Co. "It's a walk of confi-
dence. Not pride, but confidence
that given an opportunity, she
can succeed."

American Airlines face deeper cuts

In the Nov. 30th edition of The Miami Times; it was reported that FAMU
drum major Robert Champion fell ill after an Oct. 19th band performance
at the Florida Classic. The date of the classic was actually November 19th.
Tragically, Champion also died on the same day.
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never had a Black police chief. In fact, there have been three: Clarence Dick-
son, who was the first in 1985, Perry Anderson and Calvin Ross. Look for
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offer local and/or organic fruits, veg-
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throughout the community,

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In addition to offering affordable food, many of the markets
are dedicated to educating local residents of how to live and eat
healthier and often provide cooking and educational lectures dur-
ing their market times.

Herma Justice Forbes was
honored for being one of the first
Black patrol women for the City
of Miami police department.


Anti-poverty education pioneer
Mary Hill was one of the guest of
honor at the His Love Supper cel-
ebration on Saturday, Nov. 19th.

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overlooked community

By Kaila Heard

While many private homes and
public institutions held dinners
for a general show of gratitude,
the House of God Miracle Temple
hosted a dinner to show apprecia-
tion for people who have served
their community in areas ranging
from law enforcement to educa-
tion, and church ministry.
For the past two years, the
non-profit organization, His Love

Supper, has sponsored these meals
to honor the contributions made
by often overlooked members of
society, said HLS's founder Sharon
For the more than 33 years
I've been in the body of Christ I
've found that there are many
talented people in the commu-
nity but you'd never know it if you
didn't invite them to the forefront,"
explained the 65-year-old." It's just
not about the leaders, its about the
Please turn to CHURCH 14B

Pastor Eric Readon of New Beginning MBC
shakes hands with Captain Eddie Martinez of the
Miami Gardens Police Department."I want RA.C.
to stand between politicians, preachers and the
people," Reverend Eric Readon said of the new
coalition, Preachers Against Crime.

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Local pastor forms partnership
with police to decrease violence

By Kaila Heard

In response to the recent rash of violent out-
bursts in Miami Gardens, Pastor Eric Readon
of New Beginning Missionary Baptist
Church announced the creation of a new
crime fighting effort at a community prayer
vigil on Wednesday, Nov. 30th.
Preachers Against Crimes or P.A.C. will be
a partnership between local pastors and the
police department, explained Readon.
"I want P.A.C. to stand between the politi-
cians, preachers, and the people," Readon
said. "We're not going to react, we're going to
act before things happen."
Captain Eddie Martinez of the Miami Gar-
dens Police Department praised the part-
nership. "I believe it is an excellent idea," he
explained. "The community are a part of our
eyes and ears and together we can make a
great difference in the future."
One of the major functions of the partner-
ship is to change the negative perception that
some community members have of the police.
Please turn to CRIMES 14B

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Miami's Set Free Ministries

celebrates World AIDS Day

By Kaila Heard

In recognition of World AIDS Day, Set
Free Ministries through Jesus Christ
of the Apostolic Faith Church, Inc. in
Brownsville dedicated its worship ser-
vice to learning to have compassion for
people who are living with the disease on
Sunday, Dec. 4th.
World AIDS Day, which is celebrated
December 1, was begun in 1988 to honor
those who have died from the disease
and to show support for those who are
living with the disease.
For Reverend George Gibson, the
service at Set Free Ministries was a
reminder for the continual need to show
such support.
"World AIDS Day is actually every day
Please turn to AIDS 14B

Rev. George Gibson of Set Free Minis-
tries reminded the congregation,"We as
modern people want to know how you got
[HIV/AIDS], but that's not important."

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Let's put 'Christ'mas in its

By Amy Sullivan leagues. I like the excuse to son of God as the reason for religious studies professor Forbes quotes the fourth-cen-
give gifts to those whose lives reduced-price waffle-makers Bruce David Forbes explores tury writer Libanius describ-
If it's December, then it are intertwined with mine. But and winter wonderland scenes the ways in which early Chris- ing these Roman parties: "The
must be time to choose sides as a Christian who wants to at the local mall? That sounds tians established Christmas impulse to spend seizes ev-
in the Christmas wars. One focus on the spiritual rhythms like Ricky Bobby s baby Jesus by linking it to pre-existing eryone. ... People are not only
camp worries that the cel- of Advent and truly com- from the movie Talladega midwinter celebrations. Many generous towards themselves
ebration of Christ's birth has memorate God s gift of his son Nights, not the babe whose northern cultures coped with but also towards their fellow
become too commercial and to the world. I find that the arrival is heralded in the winter by looking forward to men A stream of presents
frantic. Its goal is a simple Chnstmas season gets in the Gospel of Luke. The battle for leasts and merriment marked pours itself out on all sides."

Chnstmas season, stripped
of consumption and flash-
ing lights and endless holi-
day parties. The other camp
thinks the problem is that
our December festivities are
practically religiously neutral.
They want shoppers to en-
counter more nativity scenes
and fewer "happy holidays"
Every year I'm torn. I like
baking Christmas cookies. I
enjoy the chance to dress up
in party clothes and raise a
glass with friends and col-


So instead of engaging in a
battle to reclaim Christmas, I
propose an alternative. Let's
take Christ out of Christmas.
I know what you're thinking:
What about 'the reason for
the season"? But that's pre-
cisely my point. Do Christians
really want to think of the

the soul of Christmas ended
a long time ago, and cultural
forces won. That's clear when
Christmas trees fill homes and
apartments in Japan, a coun-
try where two percent of the
population is Christian.
In his wonderful book
Christmas: A Candid His-
tory. Methodist minister and

by lights and greenery that
reminded them that the dark-
ness would end and life would
begin again.

For their part, the Romans
reveled in excess and gift-
giving around the new year.

As Forbes suggests, the con-
version of the Roman Empire
to Christanitr might have
been a little rougher if it had
required Romans to give up
not just their gods but their
parties as well. So starting in
the fourth century, the first
Christmas celebrations took
place just before the new year.
The difficulty for those who
understandably want to sim-
plify Christmas or strip the
holiday of its secular elements
is that a purely spiritual
Christmas has never existed.

That reality has frustrated
religious communities for cen-
turies After the Reformation.
the Puritans were appalled by
the excess and non-biblical
practices associated with
Christmas. and launched an
actual war on Chnstmas that
culminated in the English
Parliament's 1652 decision
to outlaw Christmas. In the
American colonies. Puritan
influence resulted in subdued
observances. In fact, with few
exceptions, the U.S. Congress
met on Christmas Day every
year until the mid-19th cen-
When Christmas had its
comeback en route to be-
coming the blowout holiday
season we now know, it wasn't
because of religious leaders.
Instead, cultural factors such
Please turn to CHRISTMAS 14B

City of Miami Police promotes local pastor

Rev. Dennis M. Jackson II
was promoted to Sr. Execu-
tive Assistant to the Chief of
Police for the City of Miami
Police Department. Ironically,
Jackson also pastors the New
Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist
Church. Jackson, a 18-year
veteran of the department
stands uniquely qualified to
fill this post.
The Department now has
the advantage of a reverend
of the community that can
effectuate change from an in-
timate place and with spiritual
Jackson's tenure within
the department has included
divisions such as Economic
Crimes, Missing Persons,
and Evidence Management.
Jackson has also served as
a school resource officer. In
addition to his professional of-
fices, his civic mindedness has
included heading the Miami
Community Police Benevolent
In June of 2005, Jackson
was called to serve as the Pas-
tor of New Mt. Moriah Mis-
sionary Baptist Church which
lies in the heart of Liberty
City. The church is physically
positioned at the northwest

Rev. Dennis Jackson was recently promoted to the senior
executive assistant to the chief of police for the City of M
ami Police Department.

corner of the Liberty Square
Housing Project also known
as the Pork & Beans. This
past seven years as Pastor has
particularly trained Jackson
to become more affectionately
acquainted with the needs of

the community as his parish-
ioners are directly affected
by and acts of violence. The
pastoral experience has also
developed Jackson's aware-
ness of the need to heal the
community through crime

prevention, positive policing
strategies, and yes--spiritual-
ity. Early in Jackson's career,
criminals would find them-
selves in the back of Jackson's
police cruiser receiving insight
to God as he aptly performed
arrests. This tactic is effective
and unique to officers of the
Jackson offers yet another
exceptional advantage as
the Second Vice-President of
P.U.L.S.E. By way of his direct
understanding of the life
altering decisions that police
officers must make, and the
hurt and pain families experi-
ence as victims of violence,
Jackson can offer Chief Arosa
an instant and encompass-
ing solution that has spiritual
On any given Thursday
night, you will find Pastor/
Executive Assistant's church
i" doors open to some 40 plus
children n of the community
providing out of school time
fun through Martial Arts and
Baton Twirling. After several
hours of fun, he then dips
into his wallet to send each
child home with a meal-
also known as "Kids Eat Free

Eddie Long takes break from mega church

Amid divorce filing, Eddie Long

takes break from mega church

By Michelle A. Vu

Bishop Eddie Long, the At-
lanta mega church pastor who
was embroiled in a sexual mis-
conduct case with four young
men this past year, announced
Sunday that he is taking a
break from the church -just
days after his wife filed for
In front of thousands of
New Birth Missionary Baptist
Church congregants, Long
announced that he will take
time off in order to focus on
his family.
"I'm still your pastor. You'll
still receive my direction,"
Long said with his wife, Van-
essa, and two of their children
standing by his side, The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reported. "You've given me
some weeks to take care of

some family business."
The announcement comes
amid a whirlwind of confusing
and contradictory news that
Vanessa Long filed for divorce.
News broke that Vanessa
had filed for divorce just to
be contradicted by the mega
church, which issued a state-
ment saying that its first lady
had experienced a change of
heart and had withdrawn the
suit. Shortly after the church
statement, Vanessa's attorneys
released a separate statement
clarifying that their client
intends to follow through with
the divorce.
"Consistent with her original
statement, Mrs. Long contin-
ues to hope that this matter
may be resolved expeditiously,
harmoniously and fairly;
however, she has determined
that dismissal of her divorce

Bishop Eddie Long
petition is not appropriate at
this time," read the statement
by Vanessa's attorneys.
It is unclear whether the
divorce suit has now been
withdrawn or not. Bishop Long
issued his own statement amid
the divorce news: "Vanessa is,
and has always been, a loving,

dedicated and committed wife
and mother."
"My love for her is deep and
unwavering. It remains our
sincere desire to continue
working together in seeking
God's will in these circum-
Long has made headlines
over the past year for a law-
suit filed against him by four
young men all of whom used
to attend his church accus-
ing the preacher of abusing
his spiritual authority to lure
them into a sexual relation-
ship with him.
The case was settled out
of court in late May, and the
plaintiffs were paid a large
sum of settlement money.
Long reportedly paid a total of
$15 million to the four plain-
tiffs and a fifth accuser, Mau-
rice Robinson, who was not
named in the lawsuit. Eddie
and Vanessa Long have been
married for 21 years and have
three children together.

NFL pastor calls for end to church segregation

By Bethany Pico

Former NFL player and cur-
rent pastor Derwin Gray spoke
in a recent convocation at Lib-
erty University about "God's
dream" to see salvation for the
world and unity in the church
amongst different nationalities
and races.
"At the core of the dream is
you, me and humanity," Gray
said. "There has never been a
moment where God has not
thought about you or His pur-
pose for you. That purpose
is found in His story that is
about His glory."
Gray shared his personal
story of salvation. As an NFL
football player, one of his
teammates was a Christian

Derwin Gray
and consistently shared the
gospel with him in the locker
room after practice. Growing

up on the west side of San An-
tonio, Gray said "football de-
fined [him]," but after talking
with his teammate, he realized
"God's dream" for his life was
to know and love Him.
"I fell head over heels for Je-
sus because he was head over
heels for me," Gray said.
After playing five years with
the Indianapolis Colts and one
year with the Carolina Pan-
thers, Gray began pursuing
As a new Christian he noticed
that many churches were "seg-
regated" and not multi-ethnic
while the neighborhoods and
cities had a diverse popula-
tion. He said most churches in
America are 95 percent mono-
ethnic and segregation occurs

10 times more on a Sunday
morning than any other time.
"God's eternal dream is
to see Jews and Gentiles as
equals and a part of the same
body," Gray said. "In John 17,
Jesus says the world will know
my Father sent me by your
Gray's desire is to live out this
mission. In 2010 he founded
and now pastors Transforma-
tion Church, "a multi-ethnic,
multi-generational, mission-
shaped community" located in
Indian Land, S.C., just south
of Charlotte, N.C. He said his
desire for the church is to be
biblically based and to live out
God's dream of unity amongst
believers from "every fabric of

Miami Times editor and minister

speaks at Advent Sunday service

The Miami Times senior editor, Reverend D. Kevin McNeir,
a member of the ministerial staff at Ebenezer United Methodist
Church in Miami, was featured as the guest speaker at the Epis-
copal Church of the Incarnation for their Advent Sunday service
on Sunday, Nov. 27th.
His topic was "Mission Possible," which reemphasized the Epis-
copal Church's commitment to mentoring young men and prepar-
ing them for leadership roles in adulthood.


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A Mission With A New Be-
ginning Church Youth Depart-
ment will be celebrating their
Christmas Program on Dec. 25
at 11:15 a.m.

Steps of Faith Impact
Ministry is hosting Miracle
Revival Services, Dec. 8 10, 7
p.m. nightly.

Holy Temple Missionary
Baptist Church is celebrating
their pastor's 22nd Anniver-
sary, Dec. 5-11.305-681-7883.

Christ Kingdom Life
Center International an-
nounced that the Center for In-
dependent Living of Broward is
giving away wheelchairs, walk-
ers, commodes, hospital beds,
canes, etc. on Dec. 10, 11 a.m.
- 3 p.m. 954-722-6400.

New Corinth Fellowship
Day is celebrating their Annual
Day on Dec. 11. 786-350-6221.

0 Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church welcomes
the community to their Choir
and Usher Board Christmas
and Ponderosa Program on
Dec. 9 and to their annual Men
and Women's Fellowship Day
on Dec. 11 at 7 a.m. and 11

Mt. Hope Fellowship
Baptist Church is hosting an
Appreciation Celebration, Dec.
7 9.

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the community
to Revival Services Dec. 28 -31,
8 p.m. nightly and a special
Watch Night Service to begin at
10 p.m. 305-633-2683.

The Chapel of St. An-
thony at St. Thomas University
presents the Mt. Tabor Mission-
ary Baptist Church Choir in the
'Sacred Sounds of the Season'
on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes ev-
eryone to their 'Introduction to
the Computer' classes on Tues-
days, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and
Thursday, 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
305-770-7064, 786-312-4260.

B Running for Jesus Minis-
tries 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.

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

New Beginning Church of
Deliverance hosts a Marriage
Counseling Workshop every

Wednesday at 5 p.m. Appoint-
ment necessary. 786-597-1515.

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

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

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

Mt. Hermon A.M.E.
Church is seeking singers for
their Community Choir to per-
form at their 9th Annual HIV/
AIDS Benefit Concert on Dec.
10 at 4:30 p.m. All interested
individuals should come to
the rehearsal on Dec. 8 at 7
p.m. 305-621-5067, 786-587-

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

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

Set Free Ministries

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

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

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

The Women's Depart-
ment of A Mission With A New
Beginning Church sponsors a
Community Feeding every sec-
ond Saturday of the month,
from 10 a.m. until all the food
has been given out. For location
and additional details, call 786-

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

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

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

Local markets offer healthy and fresh choices

continued from 12B

The market "is definitely an
encouragement for all people
to eat more local foods and eat
healthy," explained Roger Horne,
the director of programming and
projects for Urban Greenworks,
a non-profit organization which
manages the farmer's market at
the Belafonte TACOLCY Park.
Reopening for its second year,
the park's market will now be
open two days a week, Thursdays
and Saturdays, because of popu-
lar demand, according to Horne.
In addition to offering afford-
able food, many of the markets
are dedicated to educating local
residents of how to live and eat
healthier and often provide cook-
ing and educational lectures dur-
ing their market times.

Cost-conscious shoppers are making a beeline to Liberty
City's Farmers Market.

Youth L.E.A.D, a non-profit
organization dedicated to edu-
cating teens about food and en-
vironmental justice, has also
partnered with the markets. The
program now offers an appren-
ticeship program to train local
For Jasmine Johnson-Noel, 16,
the Youth L.E.A.D program has
been a great learning opportu-
nity. "They teach you how to eat
healthy, to drink more water, ba-
sically it teaches you how to get
on the right track to live health-
ily," she explained. "You'll have
more energy, you actually lose
weight and the food tastes a little
bit better."
The information she learned
will be valuable as she provides
food demonstrations at the lo-
cal farmer's market as part of
the program.

Tis the season for remembering the true meaning

continued from 13B

as the publication in 1823 of
'Twas the Night Before Christ-
mas, the development of the
Santa Claus figure, and the na-
scent social valuing of family
togetherness formed our mod-
ern conception of Christmas.
But almost none of the more
recent elements of Christmas
- the songs, the movies, the
gifts has anything to do
with Christianity.
So it's time to stop pretend-
ing that Christmas the cultur-
al winter celebration is about
the birth of Christ. Let's just
make it official and separate
the two holidays that have
been intertwined for most of
the past two millenniums. It's
surprisingly easy to divide up
the various Christmas assets
left over from such a split.
First, there's the name. Be-
cause Christmas the cultural
season is so dominant, I pro-
pose that it retain the moni-

ker, to be officially rendered X-
mas. Everyone pronounces the
holiday as "Chris-muss" any-
way, which sounds like we're
honoring some dude named
Chris, not the son of God.
And despite campaigns by so-
cial conservatives to eliminate
the greeting "happy holidays,"
when a store clerk wishes me
a "Merry Christmas," she gen-
erally isn't saying that she
hopes I enjoy my religious ob-
servance of Christ's birth.

As for the religious holiday,
I'm calling it Jesus Day. When
I was young, my family cele-
brated Christmas very literally
as Jesus' birthday. My Baptist
grandmother baked a birth-
day cake for baby Jesus, along
with more traditional cook-
ies and pies. And at church,
which we attended on Christ-
mas Day, all the kids and chil-
dren's choir alumni gathered
at the front of the sanctuary
to belt out the tune "Happy

Birthday, Baby Jesus."
Then there are the songs
and movies. Christmas music
is beloved but falls solidly into
sacred and secular categories.
Traditional carols such as
Joy to the World, Silent Night
and O Little Town of Bethle-
hem never mention the word
"Christmas." At the same time,
popular songs such as Deck
the Halls, We Wish You a Merry
Christmas and Jingle Bells are
all about the cultural experi-
ence of celebrating Christmas
and have no religious content.
You would be similarly hard-
pressed to find religious mes-
sages in the classic Christmas
movies, whether It's a Wonder-
ful Life or A Christmas Story
or A Miracle on 34th Street.
When characters talk about
"the meaning of Christmas,"
they define it as being kind to
one another, celebrating the
values of family and love, let-
ting generosity triumph over
selfishness and greed. These
are admirable themes bibli-

cal themes, even and X-mas
needs them to avoid becoming
one giant shop-a-thon.
I would enjoy the goodwill
and merriment of X-mas with-
out reservation if I no lon-
ger felt it was co-opting and
eclipsing my religious holiday.
Lighting the Advent candles
and reading daily devotions
would provide a quiet respite
during X-mas season. And on
Christmas morning, instead
of collapsing in an exhausted
and mildly resentful heap, I
could begin the real celebra-
tion with a full heart.
As a society, we need a des-
ignated time of year to cel-
ebrate with one another. We
need the outlet of X-mas to
give us a burst of festive en-
ergy to get through the winter.
And we need fudge and Santa
cookies, darn it. So let's take
Christ out of Christmas and
make our culturewide secular
celebration official. Just give
me Jesus Day when it's all

Rev. Carpenter: I'll preach, teach for the rest of my life

continued from 12B

minister of his decision to move
his ministry into the building.
"Some people said I wouldn't
be here a month but we're go-
ing on 24 years" To outsiders,
another reason to vacate the
sanctuary was because it was
located across the street from
what Carpenter simply calls
"Prostitute Lane" because of
the amount of street walkers
who use the avenue to pawn
their bodies.
But the location was perfect

for the mission of Emmanuel
Missionary Baptist Church.
"A lot of times we will never
know why but that person are
doing what they are doing, but
he is still a human being," he
explained. "It's our job to try to
get them saved."
A lot of the church's activities
included work for their Street
Ministry and Feeding Ministry.
"A lot of it has been cleaned
up, but there is still a lot of
work to do," he said.
Nowadays, the church con-
tinues to support such popular
outreach ministries and regu-

larly draws 70 to 120 people to
its weekly worship services.
Many people who know the
minister kindly say he's "old
school" and the label suits him
fine, Carpenter says.
"I do believe in the scripture,"
he explained.
His conservative views are
especially apparent in his
views on relationships.
"If God is not in it, then its not
going to last,"said Carpenter,
who has been married for 49
years to his high school sweet
heart. "It's very important to
get to know each other, and if

your values and your goals are
different, I'm sorry, you're go-
ing to have a problem."
Yet once the vows are spoken,
the bonds should be unbreak-
able. "Who He put together, let
no one pulls asunder so I don't
believe in divorce unless you're
being abused."
Carpenter also reveals a sim-
ilar devotion to the calling of
"You don't retire from preach-
ing and teaching the way I see
it," he said. "I'm a pastor as
long as the Lord will allow me

Incarnation Holiday services

The Episcopal Church
of the Incarnation Holiday
Worship Services starts at 9
a.m. on December 11, %%ith
Church Service Advent 3
and at 4 p.m. Handel Mes-
siah featuring the 2011
Community Mass Choir and
Hip-Hop violinist Jeffrey
At 9 a.m. on December 18,
Church Service Advent 4.
At 5:30 p.m. on December
21, Blue Christmas Service.

a non-denominational com-
munity worship.
On December 24, Christ-
mas Eve, the service starts
at 10:30 p.m. with caroling,
festal procession, and the
first Mass of Christmas.
Staring at 9 a.m. on De-
cember 25, Church Service.
The Feast of the Nativity.
Final program 9 a.m. on
January 1. church service
will be in honor of the Holy
Name of Jesus.

Power, Faith and Deliver-
ance Ministries Spiritual Hos-
pital the first of its kind, 1281
NW 61 Street, is offering these
services: 100 bed facility, spiri-
tual drug treatment, spiritual

alcohol treatment, removal of
demons exorcism, breaking of
curses, spells and voodoo and
supernatural prayer.
For more information, 305-

Holy Ghost Revival
Ann Abraham Ministries Old Time Way-Holy Ghost Revival at
7:30 p.m. on December 12 and 13, 3173 Mundy Street (Grove).

Yahweh Ben Yahweh Ben Yahweh returns to Miami

Brother Job Israel Ministries
invites you to our Third Day Re-
turn to Miami Homecoming of
Yahweh Ben Yahweh Ben Yah-
weh Act 10, 40, 41 and 43.
Peace Summit Fellowship
Celebration on December
17th at the Miami Airport
Hilton Hotel, 5101 Blue La-
goon Drive, Miami, FL 33136,

Holy Meet and Greet, doors
open at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Peace
Summit (Main Event) doors
open at 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
A beautiful dinner will be
served. Contact Brother Job
or call Elder Sharra at 954-
609-9447 for more information
about this great day.

Church has caring message

continued from 12B

because people have to live with
AIDS every day," he said.
In Miami-Dade County, there
are currently one in 45 Blacks
who are living with HIV, accord-
ing to the Miami-Dade County
Health Department.
To illustrate his point, Gib-
son retold parables of the many
people Jesus healed and helped
in his travels including the out-
cast woman who bled for 12
"We've got to have compassion
like Jesus had," Gibson said.
"We as modern people want to
know how you got [HIV/AIDS],
but that's not important."
He continued, "A lot of times

we get saved and sanctified
that we become so self righ-
teous and we look down on peo-
ple. These people are not going
to want to come into the church
if we're so judgmental."
The message of caring for
everyone equally is one of the
foundations of the Set Free
Ministries, which was founded
nearly a year ago, and mar-
kets itself as an "inclusive and
not exclusive church," mean-
ing that it welcomes everyone
regardless of if a person is gay
or straight, a former inmate,
homeless, etc.
Set Free Ministries holds its
AIDS Ministry meeting every
Thursday, 7 p.m. 9 p.m. For
more information, please call

Service deserves rewards

continued from 12B

people, those who make the
leaders great."
HLS held their dinner on Sat-
urday, Nov. 19th and provided
an array of Christian entertain-
ment including musicians gos-
pel artists, and liturgical danc-
"I am just happy I'm able to
do this and I want it to grow
as we recognize others in the
community" Lovett said.
Among some of the honorees
were Herma Justice Forbes
Mary Hill, Reverend Vernell
Bailey Watson, Eddie J. Lovett,
M. Munroe, Malachi Mon-

roe, Pamela Avant and Jatani
Emani Folston.
Hill said receiving the recog-
nition "was very inspiring."
Herma Justice Forbes, an-
other honoree also said the
recognition felt "great."
In 1971, Forbes says she be-
came the first Black woman to
go on patrol for the City of Mi-
ami police department.
"Initially, when I started on
patrol, it wasn't something that
was readily accepted by the
men," she recalled.
Forbes spent several months
on the patrol beat before mov-
ing on and eventually serving
24 years with the police de-

Ministers hope to bring change

continued from 12B

When asked why some peo-
ple assume the worst about
police officers, the 35-year-old
Readon explained that the de-
partment is often misunder-
"People only think that the
police show up when things are
bad," he said. But, "[the police]
have to do their job, not only do
they have to protect us, they
have to protect themselves," he
One of the organizations
first events was to hold a spe-
cial service for the families of
the people recently killed by
gun violence in the community
followed by a meal give away
planned for New Year's Eve.
"We're looking to feed the whole
community," he said.
So far, he has approached

several area pastors who are
on board with the program
including Rev. Larrie Lovett
of Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church; Rev. Carl Johnson of
93rd Street Community Baptist
Church; Rev. Gaston Smith of
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church; Rev. Johnny Barber
of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist
Church; and Reverend Douglas
Cook of Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church.
According to Cook, now is
the time for everyone to come
together to help lower the vio-
lence in the community.
However, much of how exact-
ly the P.A.C. organization will
function and interact with the
police remains unresolved.
The organization is "still in
the embryonic stages of devel-
oping, but it will definitely be a
powerful organization with in-
tegrity," Readon said.


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Spiritual Hospital




Complacency: Biggest barrier to ending AIDS

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By Anita Manning

Is it too soon to imagine an
end to AIDS?
Maybe not. Three decades
into the AIDS pandemic,
health officials say they have
the medicines and other tools
to stop the spread of HIV, the
AIDS virus. But one of the big-
gest barriers is complacency.
"We are no longer in crisis
mode after 30 years of HIV,"
says Kevin Fenton, Director of
the National Center for HIV/
AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD,
and TB Prevention, part of the
U.S. Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention. "Certainly
in the United States, the sense
of crisis has waned. But the
reality is that people are still
becoming infected and people
are still dying of this disease.
The Kaiser Family Founda-
tion, in a survey released in
June, found a "declining sense
of national urgency and vis-
ibility of HIV/AIDS." It ranked
seventh among national health
concerns, after cancer, obe-
sity, the uninsured, heart
disease, health care costs and
Yet for the first time, the goal
of eradicating the disease is
possible. Research reported
recently by the National In-
stitutes of Health found that
people infected with HIV are
much less likely to pass it to
others if they're being treated
with antiretroviral drugs in
combination with safer behav-

Talk to your kids about AIDS

It's never easy for parents to talk to kids about sex, but when it
cones to HIV and AIDS, "it's one of those things we have to do
anyway," says psychologist D'Arcy Lyness of Neinours' KidsHeallh.
org. "Teens are notorious for thinking 'that will never happen to
me,'" she says, so it's important they know how to safeguard their
health. Her tips to get things started:

* ADMIT YOUR DISCOMFORT. It's OK to say you're embarrassed,
"but we have to talk about it because I want you to be healthy and
* START EARLY. Begin talking to kids when they're young about
personal topics appropriate to their age. By the time they're teens,
discussing HIV and AIDS will be "part of a large, ongoing conver-
sation about safety and health and behavior."
* DON'T BE PUT OFF. Some teens will say they already know all
about HIV. Ask them to tell you two or three important points, or
what they would tell a younger sibling about it,
Source: CDC

"Remember, you don't have
to have all the answers," Ly-
ness says. "You have to be in
the discussion."
New research shows "treat-
ing people with HIV (is) 96
percent effective in reducing

transmission," says Joel Gal-
lant of Johns Hopkins Uni-
versity, vice-chair of the HIV
Medicine Association. "Nothing
has been that effective not
condoms, not abstinence. That
should be a call to action."
The new research "brings

home that treatment is pre-
vention," says CDC Director
Thomas Frieden, who recently
announced new funding for
state and local health depart-
ments to boost HIV testing
and treatment. "We have the
tools to stop HIV spread in in-
dividual patients and the tools
to greatly reduce its spread in
But the CDC says of the 1.2
million Americans with HIV,
only 28 percent are being
treated effectively, so that the
level of virus in their bod-
ies is low enough for them
to be healthy and unlikely to
pass the virus to others. Only
20 percent of those who are

infected are aware of it, only
51 percent of those are getting
ongoing treatment. Among
those receiving treatment, 77
percent have suppressed levels
of HIV.
Yet, says Gallant, funding
for clinics may be in jeopardy,
and because of strapped state
budgets, thousands are on
waiting lists to get medicines.
"People are getting on treat-
ment much later, and during
that time are potentially creat-
ing more HIV cases. It's not a
moral way to go."
The HIV Medical Association
is concerned that health-care
reform may make matters
worse by cutting or eliminating

By the numbers

1.2 million
About 1.2 million people in the
USA are living with HIV, the virus
that causes AIDS.

Nearly one in five don't know they
are infected, don't get medication
for HIV and can pass it to others
without knowing it.

Only 28 percent of infected people
take HIV medicine regularly and
have their virus under control.

funding for the federal Ryan
White CARE (Comprehensive
AIDS Resources Emergency)
Act, which provides grants for
AIDS clinics and other ser-
vices, and transferring HIV
coverage to Medicaid.
If the clinics lose funding the
infrastructure that supports
the services patients need
will disappear and they will
be more likely to get spotty or
inadequate care, he says.
"It's critical that we keep
patients in treatment, because
if they stop it can create resis-
tance to the drugs," he says.
"Helping people to stay in care
is not just beneficial to them,
but also to society."

Michelle Obama, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at aY.M.C.A.
event last year, has worked with the Y to develop health standards for its youth programs.

Y.M.C.A. adopting health

policies for youth programs

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

Y.M.C.A., one of the nation's
largest child-care providers, in-
tends to announce Wednesday
that it is adopting new "healthy
living standards," including of-
fering fruits, vegetables and
water at snack time, increasing
the amount of exercise and lim-
iting video games and television
for youngsters in its programs.
The guidelines grow out of
discussions the Y has been hav-
ing with Michelle Obama, the
first lady, and the Partnership
for a Healthier America, a year-
old nonprofit group dedicated
to supporting Mrs. Obama's
campaign to reduce childhood
obesity. The first lady will join Y
officials for the announcement.
Roughly 700,000 youngsters
are enrolled in early childhood,
after-school and summer pro-
grams at 10,000 Y chapters
around the country, and the
organization has a broad reach
into the lives of American fami-
lies. Independent experts and
White House officials say they
hope the Y's move will serve as
a model for other day-care pro-
"The difference between kids
getting a sugary beverage and
an unhealthy snack versus wa-
ter and an apple can change a
kid's life, if that's what they are
eating day in and day out after
school," said Sam Kass, Mrs.
Obama's top food policy advis-
er. "The Y sets a standard."
The standards, however, will
be voluntary; Neil Nicoll, presi-

dent and chief executive of the
Y.M.C.A. of the U.S.A., said the
national organization could not
impose them on chapters. But
Mr. Nicoll said that they had
been developed in consulta-
tion with Y leaders around the
country, and that he expected
85 percent of chapters to com-
"We don't anticipate a lot of
pushback," he said. "We find
that once kids get into healthy

Goodbye sugary
beverages, juices and
extensive TV viewing

habits of eating carrots instead
of cookies and being physically
active instead of sitting in front
of the screen, they go with the
flow pretty easily."
Specifically, the Y is urging
its chapters to serve fruits and
vegetables at each meal, and to
offer water instead of juice. For
young children, the guidelines
call for 15 minutes of exercise
per hour, no more than 60 min-
utes per day of screen time for
two- to five-year-olds, and no
screen time for children under
two. Older children would have
60 minutes a day of physical
activity, and no access to tele-
vision or movies. Digital de-
vices would be used only for
homework or programs that
promote physical activity.
Nicoll estimates the changes
will cost 50 cents per child per
day; he said the Y was working

with food vendors to help chap-
ters buy discounted fruits and
vegetables. It has also pledged
an independent evaluation of
the program's effectiveness.
"The early childhood and
youth development fields need
more evidence of what works
to prevent and treat obesity
in children and adults," said
Carol Emig, president of Child
Trends, a research organiza-
tion not affiliated with the Y.
"Hopefully, the Y experience
will produce such evidence."
The Y is the latest in a string
of companies and organiza-
tions, including Wal-Mart and
Walgreens, to sign onto Mrs.
Obama's initiative. This year,
Bright Horizons, a compa-
ny that provides day care to
about 70,000 children, agreed
to standards similar to those
adopted by the Y.
The Partnership for a
Healthier America, financed
by philanthropies like the
Kaiser Permanente and the
Robert Wood Johnson Foun-
dations, was founded to work
with the private sector, and to
ensure that Mrs. Obama's ini-
tiative continues beyond her
White House tenure. The Y
will unveil its program at the
partnership's first conference;
Mrs. Obama will be the key-
note speaker.
"One in three kids are over-
weight or obese," said Law-
rence A. Soler, the partner-
ship's chief executive. "We are
not going to be able to solve
this problem in one or two
presidential administrations."

Severely obese kids face

uphill weight-loss climb

Success is more likely iffamily gets

with the program,
By Nanci Hellmich

Helping a child lose 100
pounds or more is a brutal, up-
hill battle even with intense diet
and behavior treatment, na-
tional childhood obesity experts
Interest in the treatment of
severely obese children is in
the spotlight this week after
the news that an eight-year-
old Cleveland boy who weighed
more than 200 pounds was tak-
en from his family and put into
foster care. Social workers said
it was necessary because the
third-grader's mother wasn't
doing enough about his weight.
It's hard for a child to lose
that much weight, says Melinda
Southern, co-author of Trim Kids
and a professor at- Louisiana
State University Health Scienc-
es Center in New Orleans. She
has treated more than 3,000
obese and severely obese chil-
dren over the past 20 years.
Even the most well-meaning
parents would have a hard time
sticking with a diet program
that would "erase 100 pounds
off a child," she says.
Still, parents have a respon-
sibility to try to help their over-

weight children reach a healthy
weight, and the kids are more
likely to be successful if they
are involved in an intense,
family-based program that in-
cludes guidance from a doctor,
registered dietitian, psycholo-
gist and exercise physiologist,
Southern says. But it's costly to
do this, and it's hard find facili-
ties that offer this type of help

ner, who is a spokesperson for
the American Dietetic Associa-
Approximately 17 percent or
12.5 million of children and
adolescents are obese. Ex-
tremely obese children are a
subset of this number.
Some of those children ap-
pear to have the deck stacked
against them genetically, Soth-
ern says. "They are resistant to
treatment. I've seen it. Parents
can be doing everything cor-
rectly, and the child's weight

"Obese kids are more likecl to be successful at weight loss
if they are involved in an intense, family-basedpogran that
includes guidance from a doctor (nad others )"
-Melinda Sothem
Co-Author of Trim Kids

for families with severely obese
children, she says.
Marilyn Tanner, a registered
dietitian at Washington Univer-
sity in St. Louis who has worked
with overweight children for 20
years, agrees that it's very dif-
ficult to help a child lose 100
pounds. "A lot of time if you
can stop children from con-
tinuing to gain, you are ahead
of the game."
Nutrition experts might try
to help a 200-pound child lose
50 pounds and grow into the
150-pound weight, says Tan-

won't budge. It may be virtu-
ally impossible for the kids to
resist food. They are constant-
ly putting food in their mouth
to feel satiated."
Some of them have metabo-
lism issues and a reduced abil-
ity to use fat as fuel, Sothern
says. Still, all of those issues
can be managed with proper
diet and exercise and appro-
priate medical support, she
It's critical that parents try
to rein in their child's weight
as soon as possible, she says.



Don't take the media out of Medicaid

Strapped states are too often leaving

medicine on the cutting room floor

By Marc Siegel

Medicaid is in desperate fi-
nancial trouble. The states
know it. Hospitals know it. Doc-
tors know it. And as each group
cuts back on services to try to
save money, increasingly pa-
tients know it, too.
Add 17 million people to the
Medicaid rolls in 2014, and the
problem grows exponentially.
Indeed, that's just what the Af-
fordable Care Act will do unless
26 states facing insurmount-
able financial burdens win their
challenge in a case now before
the Supreme Court.
In the meantime, states
(which shoulder more than 40
percent of the Medicaid burden)
are responding to this pressure
by cutting Medicaid services.
Though this spending needs
to be curtailed, the cuts must
make medical sense. Many,
sadly, don't.
An extensive 2009 report
from Thomson Reuters exam-
ined inefficiencies, errors, lack
of care co-ordination, unwar-
ranted use, avoidable care,
fraud and abuse, and deter-
mined that $700 billion or one

third of all annual health care
expenditures (including within
Medicaid) are wasteful.
Yet instead of finding those
billions of dollars bleeding into
the system, many states are
cutting to the bone first.

The Kaiser Health News and
USA TODAY recently reported
that several states are restrict-
ing coverage for hospital stays
to try to save costs Florida
to 45 days per year, Mississippi
30, Arkansas 24, Alabama 16
and Hawaii an unworkable 10.
But I can tell you as a prac-
ticing physician that this won't
work. Where will Medicaid pa-
tients go to receive care after
they are forced out of hospitals
or threatened with bills they
can't pay after the quota has
been reached? Keep in mind
that we doctors are just as un-
happy financially with Medicaid
as states are. A new study by
the Kaiser Family Foundation
found that more than 50 per-
cent of primary care physicians
are limiting, at least partially,
their treatment of Medicaid pa-

COVERAGE: Medicaid
covers 70 millionreople
at a cost of $4271~illion
last year.
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tients. The more doctors drop
out, the more Medicaid patients
have only one place to receive
care: hospitals.
So what happens when a pa-
tient runs out of Medicaid-cov-
ered hospital stays? We might
soon find out. Hawaii will make
exceptions for children, preg-
nant women, cancer patients,
the elderly, the blind and the
disabled, but what about her-
nias or cardiac stents or bi-
opsies? Some states, such as
Alabama and Arkansas, have
billed patients for days not cov-
ered by Medicaid, though in
most states, hospitals end up
eating the costs. But neither
hospitals nor poor patients can
afford these payments.
Oh, the emergency room
won't turn anyone away, some

will argue. It's true that fed-
eral law mandates that hospi-
tal ERs treat all patients with
emergencies, but once they are
stabilized, those without cover-
age can be sent home without
follow-up care.
There are smarter ways to
cut Medicaid bloat. For exam-
ple, why should Medicaid pay
for patients to purchase new
wheelchairs every few years
rather than simply repairing
them? Any meaningful Medic-
aid reform must also involve re-
stricting excessive or duplicate
But when bureaucracies are
asked to cut, medical sensitiv-
ity is left on the cutting room
Take North Carolina. The cur-
rent $350 million cut in Med-

icaid services from the state
budget involves discontinuing
routine eye care or eyeglasses,
limiting outpatient physical
therapy to three visits a year
and deep-cleaning dental treat-
ments for gum disease to once
every other year. On the sur-
face, these cuts seem wise un-
til you consider that untreated
gum disease can occur quickly
and lead to heart disease, and
that three visits from a physical
therapist aren't nearly enough
for someone who has just had
an operation or a stroke and
wants to seek employment. It
is prudent to limit a new pair
of eyeglasses to once every five
years the way Mississippi is do-
ing, but doing away with them
all together as in North Caroli-
na could lead people with poor
vision to fall or get into car ac-
Other states are also limiting
services somewhat arbitrarily.
Nebraska is cutting back on
payments for adult diapers.
California is eliminating adult
day care services. Colorado
has stopped covering circumci-
sions, a procedure that can de-
crease the risk of certain infec-
tious diseases. Texas, Florida
and New Jersey are promoting
Medicaid HMOs, without any
definitive evidence that the
move will hold down costs or

improve care.

Instead of cutting services
and asking questions later,
states should let patients in on
the decision-making by getting
more of their skin in the game.
I'm talking about co-pays. Add-
ing a co-pay for "well" visit ser-
vices such as dental or eye care
or physical therapy is a better
solution than eliminating or
severely restricting these ser-
vices. States could discourage
overuse of services by adding a
co-pay to non-essential visits.
In the Deficit Reduction Act of
2005, Congress gave states the
power to impose cost-sharing
in Medicaid, which was already
on a dangerous trajectory and
now covers 70 million patients
and cost our government a
whopping $427 billion in 2010.
But only a dozen states do so.
Co-pays should be used in all
50 states to make a real im-
pact, and these fees should be
raised, as necessary, to control
costs while maintaining an ad-
equate level of care.
I'm sympathetic to the states
that are being bled by costly
and expanding federal man-
dates. But government's great-
er involvement in health care
decisions should not come at
the cost of patient care.

Medicare to pay for obesity prevention

Weight linked to

chronic illness
By Kelly Kennedy and
Nanci Hellmich

announced Tuesday it will pay
for screenings and preven-
tive services to help recipients
curb obesity and the medi-
cal ailments associated with
it, primarily heart disease,
strokes and diabetes.
"Obesity is a challenge faced
by Americans of all ages, and
prevention is crucial for the
management and elimination
of obesity in our country,"
Donald Berwick, administra-
tor of the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services, said in
a news release. "It's important
for Medicare patients to enjoy
access to appropriate screen-
ing and preventive services."
According to the STOP
Obesity Alliance, the overall
costs of being overweight over
a five-year period are $24,395
for an obese woman and
$13,230 for an obese man.
Thirty-four percent of U.S.
adults are obese, according
to the alliance, which expects
that percentage to rise to 50
percent by 2030.
"As small of a weight loss as
five percent to seven percent
can lead to a huge health
improvement," said Christy
Ferguson, director of the
STOP Obesity Alliance, which
sent recommendations to
Health and Human Services

racial and ethnic minorities.
A recent alliance survey
showed that 60 percent of
people had tried to lose weight
and that 50 percent are trying
to lose weight now.
Ferguson said programs
need to go beyond helping
people lose weight: Americans
need to understand that qual-
ity of food matters, too.
"It's not necessarily weight
loss so much as it is increased
fitness level and increased
health," she said.

Medicare plans to pay for services to help recipients curb

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in
The new Medicare ben-
efits will include face-to-face
counseling every week for one
month, then one counseling
appointment every other week
for the following five months
for people who screen positive
for obesity.
If the person continues to
lose weight, he or she may
continue face-to-face counsel-
ing every month for six addi-
tional months.
"This is good news for the
millions of Americans who
struggle with obesity and its
serious consequences and
for their doctors who care for
them," said Gary Foster, direc-
tor of the Center for Obesity
Research and Education at

Temple University in Philadel-
Patrick O'Neil, president of
the Obesity Society, a group
of weight-control researchers
and professionals, said the
change recognizes the medical
significance of obesity. Howev-
er, it doesn't cover treatment
provided by dietitiansand
In a report released to HHS
in October, the Institute of
Medicine recommended that
all American adults par-
ticipating in the new health
exchanges created by the
health care law be screened
for obesity.
In announcing the changes,
HHS said obesity is associated
with several chronic diseases
that disproportionately affect

Most HIV patients lack needed care

By Betsy Mckay

ATLANTA-Nearly three out
of four people in the U.S. with
HIV aren't getting enough
medicine or regular care to
stay healthy or prevent them-
selves from transmitting the
virus to others, according to a
new study.
The data, released recently
by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, show
how far the U.S. has to go to
curb the 30-year-old domes-
tic epidemic, at a time when
Washington is also pouring bil-
lions of dollars into leading the
fight against HIV/AIDS global-
ly. President Barack Obama is
expected to discuss Thursday
how the U.S. will intensify that
global battle, after Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton called this
month to use new scientific
insights to expand prevention
measures to create an "AIDS-
free generation."
Nearly 12 million people in
the U.S. have HIV, but about
850,000 aren't receiving
treatment regularly enough
to keep the amount of virus
in their bodies low enough to

stop them from transmitting
the virus or hurting their
own health, according to the
CDC. The number is high
largely because 20 percent of
people with HIV don't know
they're infected and of those
diagnose about half are getting
regular care. About 28 percent
are estimated to have their
infections under control the

About 50,000 people
are newly infected
with HIV annually, and
the estimated lifetime
treatment cost per per-
son is $367,000

CDC said.
The new science cited by
Mrs. Clinton included a study
published in May proving
that AIDS drugs, known as
antiretrovirals, can not only
restore HIV-infected people
to health but also make them
far less infections. The drugs
sharply suppress the amount
of HIV in the body, leaving less
to transmit.
"We know how to control HIV
in individuals and increasingly

we know how to control it in
the communities," said CDC
Director Thomas Frieden.
"We've made real progress but
have a lot further to go."
In 2010, the Obama
administration launched
a push to improve HIV
prevention and access to care.
But federal funding for HIV
prevention is tight amid overall
budget pressures.
About 50,000 people are
newly infected with HIV
annually, and the estimated
lifetime treatment cost per
person is $367,000. Cutting
new infections "could save
billions of dollars in health-
care costs," Dr. Frieden said.
The new research on
antioretrovirals has "given us
a second wind," said Michael
Saag, professor of medicine
and director of the University
of Alabama at Birmingham
Center for AIDS Research.
"Now it's not just education
and promotion of safer sexual
practices. We're identifying
people . getting them in
treatment to the point where
their viral load reaches
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NSMC leads the way in stroke care

North Shore Medical Center
has received the American
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Silver Quality Achievement
Award. The award recognizes
North Shore Medical Center's
commitment and success in
implementing a higher stan-
dard of stroke care by ensur-
ing that stroke patients receive
treatment according to nation-
ally accepted standards and
"With a stroke, time lost
is brain lost, and the Get
With The Guidelines-Stroke
Silver Quality Achievement
Award addresses the impor-
tant element of time," said
Manny Linares, North Shore
Medical Center chief executive
officer. North Shore Medi-
cal Center has developed a
comprehensive system for
rapid diagnosis and treatment
of stroke patients admitted to
the emergency department.
This includes always being
equipped to provide brain
imaging scans, having neu-
rologists available to conduct
patient evaluations and using
clot-busting medications when

To receive the Get With The
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ity Achievement Award, North
Shore Medical Center consis-
tently complied for at least one
year with the requirements in
the Get With The Guidelines-
Stroke program. These include
aggressive use of medications
like tPA, antithrombotics, anti-
coagulation therapy, DVT pro-
phylaxis, cholesterol reducing
drugs, and smoking cessation.
This twelve-month evalua-
tion period is the second in an
ongoing self-evaluation by the
hospital to continually reach
the 85 percent compliance
level needed to sustain this
"The American Stroke Asso-
ciation commends North Shore
Medical Center for its success
in implementing standards of
care and protocols," said Lee
H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of
the Get With The Guidelines
National Steering Committee
and director of the TeleStroke
and Acute Stroke Services
at Massachusetts General
Hospital in Boston. "The full
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and secondary prevention rec-
ommendations and guidelines
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Chief Nursing Officer Rita Hess and Ann Mroz with the American Heart Association.

lives and improving outcomes
of stroke patients."
Get With The Guidelines-
Stroke uses the "teachable
moment," the time soon after
a patient has had a stroke,

when they are most likely
to listen to and follow their
healthcare professionals'
guidance. Studies demon-
strate that patients who are
taught how to manage their

risk factors while still in the
hospital reduce their risk of a
second heart attack or stroke.
Through Get With The Guide-
lines-Stroke, customized pa-
tient education materials are

made available at the point of
discharge, based on patients'
individual risk profiles. The
take-away materials are writ-
ten in an easy-to-understand
format and are available in
English and Spanish. In addi-
tion, the Get With The Guide-
lines Patient Management Tool
provides access to up-to-date
cardiovascular and stroke sci-
ence at the point of care.
"The time is right for North
Shore Medical Center to be fo-
cused on improving the quality
of stroke care by implement-
ing Get With The Guidelines-
Stroke. The number of acute
ischemic stroke patients eligi-
ble for treatment is expected to
grow over the next decade due
to increasing stroke incidence
and a large aging population,"
said Linares.
According to the American
.Heart Association/American
Stroke Association, stroke is
one of the leading causes of
death and serious, long-term
disability in the United States.
On average, someone suffers
a stroke every 40 seconds;
someone dies of a stroke every
four minutes; and 795,000
people suffer a new or recur-
rent stroke each year.

Non-fried fish might

ward off Alzheimer's
Eating bakedF" or roiled fish ats tittle as 'ocee a
week may boost bralinhealth and lower the risk
for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's
disease, new brain scan research suggests.
The study authors found that eating baked
and broiled fish but not fried helps to pre-
serve gray matter neurons, strengthening them
in areas of the brain deemed critical to memory
and cognition.
"Those who eat baked or broiled fish had
larger brains," noted study author Dr. Cyrus
Raji, a resident in the department of medicine
at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,
Mercy Hospital. "They had larger brain cells
in areas of the brain responsible for memory
and learning. And the reason that's important
is that these brain areas are at high risk for
Alzheimer's disease."
In those people with larger brain volume, "the
risk for Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impair-
ment went down by fivefold within five years
following the brain scans we conducted," he
Raji said he was "amazed" that this effect
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Women's high blood

sugar linked to cancer

sugar leveli8:aMid'e0jMM -9 tll 11, il
colorectal cancer in olde I r`w6rnen', a 'new
study finds.
Researchers analyzed 12 years of data
collected from 5,000 postmenopausal
women in the U.S. Women's Health Initiative
study. The women's fasting blood sugar (glu-
cose) and inSLIlin levels were measured at
the start of the study and then several more
tirnes over the next dozen years.
During the study period, 81 of the women
were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
The researchers found that women with
elevated glucose levels at the start of the
study were more likely to develop colorectal
cancer, and that those in the highest third of
glucose levels were nearly twice as likely to
develop colorectal cancer than those in the
lowest third.
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Study: Arsenic levels

in juce spark concern
Arsenic levels in some juice samples exceed..
allowable limits for water and have renewed
concerns about the safety of popular childhood
drinks, according to a consumer group report
published on recently.
Product-testing organization Consumer
Reports analyzed 88 samples and found that
five samples of apple juice and four samples of
grape juice had total arsenic levels exceeding
federal limits in place for drinking water.
Brands including Apple & Eve, Great Value,
Mott's, Walgreens and Welch's had at least one
sample that exceeded the 10 parts per billion
threshold, it said.
Federal standards for arsenic in water exist,
but juices and other foods are not regulated, it
Because juice is a mainstay of many chil-
dren's diets, the group said they could be par-
ticularly vulnerable to health issues associated
with arsenic, including certain forms of cancer.
The 88 samples came from 28 apple and
three grape juice brand products that were pur-
chased by Consumer Reports. They included
Please turn to ARSENIC 19B

Children in U.S. lack health insurance

MIAMI Even with more
children living in poverty be-
cause of the rough economy,
the number of children with-
out health insurance in the
U.S. has dropped by one mil-
lion in the past three years,
according to a report released
Tuesday by Georgetown Uni-
Many states have expanded
eligibility for, and simpli-
fied access to, the children's
Medicaid program. This has
helped shrink the number of
uninsured children from 6.9
million in 2008 to 5.9 million
in 2010. Experts say the Af-
fordable Care Act, the federal
health care overhaul that
requires states to maintain
income eligibility levels and
discourages other barriers to
coverage, has played a key

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Even with more children living in poverty because of the
rough economy, the number of children without health in-
surance in the U.S. has dropped by one million in the past
three years.

role in the improvement.
Overall, 34 states had a sig-
nificant decrease in the rate of
uninsured children.
Florida made the most prog-
ress, dropping from 667,758
to 506,934 during that time
period, although the state still
has one of the highest rates
of uninsured children in the
Minnesota, Kansas and
Wisconsin saw an increase
in the number of uninsured
Nevada has the highest rate
of uninsured children while
Massachusetts has the lowest,
according to the report.
The findings are based on
an analysis of new health in-
surance data from the Census
Bureau. It was done by the
Georgetown University Health

Policy Institute's Center for
Children and Families.
The news comes as the
number of uninsured adults
has risen in the past few
High unemployment rates
and the increasing cost of
private insurance are driving
more families to the federal-
state Medicaid and Children's
Health Insurance Programs,
also known as CHIP. Both
programs provide health
insurance for children, but
come from different funding
streams and allow states more
flexibility in how they run
their programs.
President Barack Obama
signed an extension of CHIP
and provided $87 billion to
help states pay for Medicaid in
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The Nemours Foundation offers these
suggestions for easing your child's transi-
tion to-being an older sibling:
Let your child help choose items for
the new baby's bedroom, or a special gift
to share with the baby.
Spend some quality alone time with
the elder child.
Read books, role-play and talk about
what it's like with a new baby in the
Play up your child's new role as the
"big" brother or sister.
*Take your child with you to either an
ultrasound appointment or to visit the
new baby at the hospital.
Keep your child as involved as pos-
sible in preparing for the new baby.

Unlike some other infections, when the
flu is uncomplicated, it doesn't usually
require medical treatment.
Offer plenty of fluids (fever, which
can be associated with the flu, can lead to
dehydration). If your child is tired of drink-
ing plain water, try ice pops, icy drinks
mixed in a blender, and soft fruits (like
melons or grapes) to maintain hydration.
Encourage your child to rest in bed or
on the couch, with a supply of magazines,
books, quiet music, and perhaps a favorite
Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for
aches and pains (but do not give aspirin
unless your doctor directs you to do so).
Dress your child in layers so you can
add and remove layers during bouts of
chills or fever.
Ask a close relative or faraway friend
to call and help lift your child's spirits.
Take care of yourself and the other
people in your family! If you haven't done
so, ask your doctor whether you (and
other family members) should get a flu
shot. Also, wash your hands thoroughly
and often, especially after picking up used


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Poverty rate soars among South Florida kids

By Donna Gehrke-White
Dana Williams and
Cara Fitzpatrick

The poverty rate for school-
age children skyrocketed in
South Florida from 2007 to
2010 with thousands of parents
thrown out of work during the
Great Recession.
In Broward and Palm Beach
counties, about one in five
children ages five to 17 live in
poverty, the Census Bureau re-
ported Tuesday. In Miami-Dade,
nearly one in four children fall
below the poverty level.
The huge increase in poverty
among school-aged children
places the three South Florida
counties in the nation's top 20
percent of counties experiencing
the steepest jump in child pov-
erty, according to the Census
Bureau data.
In the short term, an increase
in the number of poor Lin ilies
means children struggle to keep
up academically in school, ex-
perts say. If the economic hard
times persist, some predict
higher dropout rates.
"It's due to the collapse of the
economy" in South Florida, said
William B. Stronge, an econom-
ics professor emeritus at Florida
Atlantic Uniii .rsit'. and a senior
fellow at the Economic Develop-
ment Research Institute in West

Palm Beach.
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sive shuttle calendar.
A family of one adult and two
children is living in poverty if the
household income is $17,568 or
less; for a family of two adults
and two children, it's an income
of $22,113.
Since 2007, thousands of
South Floridians have lost their
jobs. Earlier this fall, unemploy-
ment rates stood at 9.5 percent
in Broward, 11 percent in Palm
Beach County and more than
12 percent in Miami-Dade, the
lowest levels in about two years
but well above those in 2007.
For those without jobs, unem-
ployment benefits help a little,
but max out at $275 a week or
$14,300 a year, said Jorge Sala-
zar-Carrillo, an economics pro-
fessor who directs the Center of
Economic Research at Florida
International University.
Families living in poverty tend
to move more often as parents
lose jobs or homes, said Robert
Runcie, superintendent of Bro-
ward Schools. That can disrupt
children's studies, he said.
"You need to have common
standards and institutional
practices, otherwise you have
a kid go from one school to the
next, and it's different," he said.
Students living in poverty also
tend to have "a lot more chal-

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Studies have shown that chil-
dren in wealthier homes, by age
three, have vocabularies five
times larger than children in
poor homes. The size of a child's
vocabulary strongly relates to

how well they understand what
they read and how well they do
in school overall.
Young students have a good
chance to catch up, he said,
but it gets tougher as they grow
The district needs to work

with social service organize
and child-care providers
vest in early childhood e
tion, he said.
Stronge, the economist,
out that, "Social services
ready strained, trying to
people at the bottom."


Most HIV patients need consistent medical access Glucose levels increase risks

continued from 16B

undetectable levels and they
won't transmit to anyone else."
Reaching patients in poorer
communities or rural areas
where HIV rates are high, is
difficult. Many patients don't
have regular access to health
care partly because they may
lack health insurance and
a stigma about HIV remains
persuasive, Dr. Saag said.
Starting next year, the CDC
will require that 75 percent of

about $359 million in annual
HIV preventive grants to state
and local health departments go
toward programs that get more
people tested and into regular
care, as will as programs such
as condom distribution for
people who are not yet infected
but at high risk.
A push in San Francisco
in recent years shows now
increasing testing and care can
work in an entire community.
Officials there worked with
health-care providers and
patients to encourage more

testing, offer AIDS drugs to all
people diagnosed with HIV and
help get infected people into
care. They have even made sure
patients were walked to clinics
for an encouraging "warm
hand-off," said Moupali Das,
director of research in the HIV
Prevention section of the city's
Department of Public Health.
A study by San Francisco
officials published in the
journal PLos One in 2010
showed 78 percent of HIV-
infected people had detectable
levels of virus in their bodies

in 2008, after these measures,
compared with 45 percent in
The department got sbout
$8.8 iiillijior, or more than half
of its budget for HIV-prevention
programs, from the CDC in
2011, but is z :pe..:tii-g to lose
some of that amount in 2012,
as the CDC diverts more monet
to areas of the U.S. with higher
HIV burdens, said Grant Colfax,
the department's director of
HIV Prevention and Reserach.
He called that a "challenge
moving forward."

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There was no association
between insulin levels and
colorectal cancer risk, ac-
cording to the team led by re-
searchers at Albert Einstein
College of Medicine in New
York City.
The study appears online
Nov. 29 in the British Journal
of Cancer.
Obesity which is usu-
ally accompanied by elevated
blood levels of glucose and in-

sulin is a known risk fac-
tor for colorectal cancer. It's
long been believed that the in-
creased risk of colorectal can-
cer associated with obesity is
due to high insulin levels, but
this study suggests it may be
due to high glucose levels.
"The next challenge is to
find the mechanism by which
chronically elevated blood
glucose levels may lead to
colorectal cancer," lead author
Geoffrey Kabat, a senior epide-
miologist at Einstein, said in a
medical college news release.

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doctor for your

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lic school system is struggling.
Runcie said the recent budget
cuts have left the schools with
less money and fewer supplies.
Many parents even if they
are working also are hurting
and can't be expected to make
up for the shortfall, the super-
intendent said.
If the bad times continue,
South Florida's school dropout
rate could increase because
many kids may face pressure to
bring home a paycheck, Stronge
"If you are in poverty you may
not have a choice," he said.
That could mean "a less skilled
workforce" as South Florida
competes for jobs, Stronge said.
"These things have consequenc-
The Census Bureau estimates
were compiled using data from
administrative records, popu-
lation counts, and American
Community Survey estimates.
The data released Tuesday
represents "the only current,
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nations estimates available for all sizes
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Stanford assistant

McGlockton, 42, dies

Chester McGlockton was in
his second season as an assis-
tant with Stanford.
The school said that Mc-
Glockton, who was in his sec-
ond season with the Cardinal,
died overnight. The cause of
death was not immediately an-
McGlockton was a four-
time Pro Bowl defensive in the
NFL before his playing career
ended in 2004. He spent 2009
season as an intern coach at
Tennessee under Lane Kiffin
and earned an undergraduate
degree from Tennessee-Martin
in 2010.
PHOTOS: Images of Chester
McGlockton's career
"Everyone in the Stanford
Football family is deeply sad-
dened by the passing of Ches-
ter McGlockton," Stanford
coach David Shaw said in a
statement. "For the past two
seasons, Chester has been a
valuable member of our foot-
ball staff and a wonderful
friend to us all. Our thoughts
and prayers go out to Ches-
ter's wife Zina and their two
Jim Harbaugh was the Stan-
ford coach when McGlock-
ton started with the Cardinal.
Harbaugh left last January

for a job with the NFL's San
Francisco 49ers and had Mc-
Glockton spend time with the
team during training camp
this summer as part of the Bill
Walsh Minority Coaching Fel-
lowship. The two also played
racquetball together.
"Chester's been a very close
and dear friend over the last
four years," Harbaugh said
Wednesday. "It was a shock.
Just sad, sad today with the
news of his passing. Chester
was a great guy, good man,
doing the right things. ... He
was helping a lot of people.
We'rere ally going to miss him.
To say he was coming into his
own as a coach would be un-
derstating it. He had already
blossomed. He was so positive
with the players and with the
other coaches. He always had
coaching advice or spiritual
advice, a smile for you."
"The thoughts and prayers
of the Raider Nation are with
the McGlockton family dur-
ing this difficult time," Raiders
CEO Amy Trask said.
McGlockton was in his sec-
ond season as a defensive as-
sistant on the Stanford coach-
ing staff. He is survived by his
wife, Zina, and their two chil-


Study iows eating fish helps in memory loss

ALZIIEIIMERS More than iive million Ameri- lar Health Study, sponsored by The questionnaires revealed
continued from 17B cans Ihavea Alzhimner's disease, the U.S. National Heart, Lung, that 163 of the study partici-

was seen with eating fish as lit-
tle as one to four times a week.
"We're talking about just a half
serving a day," he said. "And
that would be a very small life-
style change that can affect
disease risk a long time down
the line."
Raji and his colleagues are
slated to discuss their findings
Wednesday at the annual meet-
ing of the Radiological Society
of North America, in Chicago.

an ienctLrable, age-related dis-
order that slowly destroys
memory and thinking and lan-
guage skills. Older adults with
mild cognitive impairment
have less severe memory loss
than those with Alzheimer's
but often go on to develop the
To assess the impact of fish
on cognitive health, the au-
thors focused on 260 mental-
ly healthy elderly individuals
drawn from the Cardiovascu-

and Blood Institute.
All the participants under-
went 3-D MRIs, so the re-
searchers could map out the
size of each individual's gray
matter and track it over 10
years. They also completed the
U.S. National Cancer Institute
Food Frequency Question-
The team then stacked up
gray matter changes against
dietary consumption as re-
ported in the questionnaire.

pants ate nsn at least once
a week, with most consum-
ing fish between one and four
times a week.
With that information, the
authors found that regardless
of age, gender, physical activity
routines, and/or educational
achievement, race or weight,
those who ate baked or broiled
fish had larger mass in the hip-
pocampus, precuneus, posteri-
or cingulate and orbital frontal
cortex regions of their brains.

Warning: Fruit juices may be hazardous for kids

continued from 17B

ready-to-drink bottles, juice
boxes and cans of concentrate
from different lot numbers at
stores around New York, New
Jersey and Connecticut.
The findings were released
online and are featured in the
January 2012 issue of Con-
sumer Reports magazine.
The Juice Products Associa-
tion said comparing juice to wa-
ter standards was not appropri-
"Fruit juice producers are

confident the juice being sold
today is safe," said Gail Charn-
ley, a toxicologist for the juice
Juice producers are commit-
ted to meeting an informal level
of safety for juice set by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration,
she said, adding that all the
samples from the report met
those measures for inorganic
arsenic levels.
Consumer Reports also found
about one-fourth of all juice
samples had lead levels at or
above the federal limit for bot-
tled water, it said.

The advocacy arm of Consum-
er Reports, Consumer Union,
said in the report these findings
should be enough to prompt the
federal government to establish
arsenic limits for juice.
Arsenic is found in water, air,
food and soil as a naturally oc-
curring substance or from con-
Breathing in high levels of ar-
senic can irritate the throat and
lungs. Exposure to lower levels
can cause nausea and vomiting
or discolor the skin.
Ingesting very high levels of
arsenic can lead to death.

The Food and Drug Adminis-
tration (FDA) has been monitor-
ing fruit juices for years. It said
in a statement the vast majority
of apple juice tested contained
low levels of arsenic and it was
confident in the safety of the
It did recognize, however, that
a small percentage of samples
have elevated levels. The FDA
has increased efforts to moni-
tor the product to determine if
levels can be established that
would reduce consumer expo-
sure to arsenic in apple juice,
the statement said.

Medicaid helps shrink number of nations uninsured

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the 2009 economic stimulus,
and experts say a bipartisan
national commitment aimed
at covering children has given
states new tools and incentives
to follow through. For example,
some states once required face-
to-face interviews; now many
states have online applications.
The Affordable Care Act should
also help preserve these gains
going forward, said Joan Al-

ker, co-executive director of the
Georgetown University research
"We will move to a culture of
coverage. The presumption is ev-
eryone has insurance," she said.
"Families will feel there's an op-
tion out there for them."
The Supreme Court has agreed
to hear arguments challenging
the constitutionality of the his-
toric health care overhaul next
Florida led the nation in re-
ducing the number of uninsured

children, in part because the
state's Medicaid rolls swelled as
the economy soured. But legis-
lation passed in 2009 has also
simplified the process and re-
duced penalties for those who
don't pay premiums.
South Carolina is trying to
make it easier for low-income
children who already qualify for
health care coverage to enroll in
Medicaid. The state's Medicaid
director is requesting an addi-
tional $35 million from the state
for next year's budget. Nearly

$30 million of that would pay to
add an estimated 70,000 chil-
dren to Medicaid rolls by stream-
lining the application process.
While Tuesday's report is
promising, experts worry that
increased enrollment may be
difficult to sustain as state law-
makers slash budgets, especially
for big-ticket expenses such as
health care.
"These gains are fragile and
could quickly be reversed if state
or federal support erodes," Alker


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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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

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

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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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

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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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Early Worship 7 a.m.
Sunday School 9 a.m.
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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023
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Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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Zion Hope Brownsville
Missionary Baptist Church of Christ
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue 4561 N.W. 33rd Court
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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

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( hurch/Sunday School 8:30 am.
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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

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

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Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 26513
Jacksonville, FL 32226
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Adams Tabernacle of
Faith A.M E Church
20851 lohn.on Si #115 Pembroke Pioe;
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Wright and Young
Miami Dade
Public Schools
baker, died
29th at Hialeah
Hospital I
include: sons,
Letarvius and
Dante; daughters, Chermekia
and Ashaunti; brothers, Leonard,
Lorenzo, Arnold, Bennie; sister,
Sandra; six grandchildren; a host
of relatives and friends. Service
11 a.m., Saturday, Mt. Olive Fire
Baptized Holiness Church, 8400
NW 22 Ave.

electrician, died v
November 26
in Pensacola.
Service 11 a.m., .
Saturday at
Bible Missionary
Baptist Church.

November 29
at Jackson
Ho s p i t a I .
Survivors .
in clude: e
wife, Esther
son, Tramayne
Chappelle; grandson, Tramayne
II; sister, Debbie Edwards. Service
10 a.m., Saturday at Greater New
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

died November
30 at home. She
leaves to mourn
her children,
George Rah-
mings; Alfonso,
Gregory, Corne-
lius and Edward
Ponton; Diane Handfield; Sharon
and Shawn Ponton. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at 93rd Street Bap-
tict Ch irrh

roofer, died December
Shore Hospital. Service
Saturday at Shekina
Delivery Ministries.


domestic work-
er, died Dec. 1
at Water Crest
Care Center.
Service 1 p.m.,
Thursday at
Greater Israel
Bethel Church.

58, sanitation
engineer, died
Nov. 30 at .
home. Service .
10 a.m., Friday .
in the chapel.

cashier, died
Nov. 28 at Uni-
versity of Miami '
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday at 54th
Street Ministry

warehouse worker, died
4 at Jackson Memoria
Service 10 a.m., Satur

Alphonso W
47, died 1
November 30
in Jacksonville.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
West Friendship
Baptist Church
in Jacksonville.
For moreI
information, contact T
family at 904-208-0945.

Place your
Call 305-694-(

retired long-
shoreman, died
December 3 at
Jackson North
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Kelly's Chapel
United Method-
ist Church.

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GENERAL PERRY, 55, laborer,

RONALD JACOB, 64, accoun-
tant, died De-I a
member 3 at
V.A. Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Tuesday at Mt.
Zion A.M.E.

MARCUS JONES, 40, con-
struction, died I

CLARENCE JOYCE, 61, electri-
cian, died November 21. Services
were held.

CARDINAL SCOTT, 35, laborer,
died November 22. Services were

TORY PERRY, 21, security, died
November 23. Services were held.

Presley Fluker

DELL, 49, driver, killed in
3 at North a fatal trucking
e 12 p. accident on
12 p.m.,

1 in Pintala,
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
SON, 103, at Long Creek
Baptist Church in Georgiana,
Alabama. For additional
information, contact the funeral
Mghome at 251-578-2058.

Gregg L. Mason
retired teacher,
COOPER, died November
29 in Springhill,
FL. She leaves
behind to ..
cherish her
at memories :
her niece,
Margaret Ann
Storr; nephews, Lawrance Walker,
Joseph L. Walker, King Walker, Jr.;
grandnieces and nephews, grieving
LLER, 47, relatives and friends. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at the Historic Mt.
Zion Baptist Church.

Nakia Ingraham
87, supervisor, died December 2
at Memorial Hospital. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Faith Temple
ELD, 29, Pentecostal Church Inc.
day in the 58, secretary, died November 24
at University Hospital. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at Harvest Time
test Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic of

cook, died November 28. Service
10 a.m., Saturday at Second
Baptist Church.

JOHN L. JACKSON, 78, died
Ihe Gause November 29 at home. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Sweet Home
Missionary Baptist Church.

r ROGER M. ST. LOUIS, 48, died
ODAY iNovember 30 at Mercy Hospital.
6210 Arrangements are incomplete.


died November
29. Survivors
include her
sons, Andrew -
Fortham, Aaron
Davis, and
Mark Holmes;
dau g h ters,
Sharon Roberts,
Jannette Ward, Annette Jones, and
Karen Collier; niece, Mercedes
Graham and Elder Frank O. Gray
Sr.; a host of other relatives and
friends. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at
Mt. Tabor M.B. Church.



88, retired beau-
tician, died No-
vember 30 at
Select Speciality "
Hospital. Survi-
vors include:
daughters, Bo- .
nita B. Ivory and
Johnnie M. Walker; sons, Dwight
Walker and Michael Walker. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Saturday at Friend-
ship M.B. Church.

67, teacher, died
November 25
at Kindred Hos-
pital. Service
12:30 p.m., Sat-
urday at Foun-
tain New Life
Church, 4601
NW 167 Street.


Carey Royal Ram'n
Nita, 56, en-
service, died
December 6 at
home. Viewing
11 a.m.-2 p.m., t
Saturday in the
chapel. Cele- 'i.
bration of life at -1 C--
1320 NW 62 Terr

Popeye, 50,
lawn service,
died Decem-
ber 2 at home.
Viewing 4-8
p.m., Friday.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
United Christian
Fellowship Community Ministries

KENO A. THOMPSON, 32, pho-
tographer, died
November 29.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt. .
Herman A.M.E.

retired construc-
tion worker,
died Decem-
ber 5 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the .

Lithgow Bennett Philbrick
retired hotel
cashier, died
December 2 at
Aventura Hospi-
tal. Survivors in-
clude: children,
Byron L. Briggs,
Joyce D. Sweet-
ing. Viewing
3:30-9 p.m., Thursday at Lithgow-
Bennett-Philbrick Funeral Home,
15011 West Dixie Hwy. Funeral
service will follow at a later date
in Nassau, Bahamas officiated by
Bethel Brothers Funeral Home at
St. Agnes Church.
Her surviving children and
extended family, would like to give
thanks to all who attended to her in
the medical field, and to those who
expressed their concerns, prayers,
visitations, and deeds of kindness
during her illness.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
supervisor, died
November 29 at
Jackson North.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at St.
Matthew. ,

1 at Kindred
Hospital. God
dispatched His

angels tobeckon k
our beloved
Elizabeth Berry
home to sweet
rest. Service
1 p.m., Saturday at Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church.

retired, died
December 1
at UM Medical
Center. Viewing
4 p.m.-8 p.m.,
Friday. Service
1:30 p.m.,
Saturday at 93rd
Baptist Church.


59, died
December 4
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 12
p.m., Saturday
at Fellowship of
Praise Church
of God By Faith.

Duncan Brothers'
68, home health
care provider,
died October 20
in Hawthorne,

es were held. j- ,'" 1

tired longshore- ]
men, died No-
vember 30th at
Memorial West 's.
Hospital. View-
ing 4-9 p.m.,
Friday, Dec. 9.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

MARY GORDAN, 87, died De-
cember 1 at home. Arrangements
are incomplete.

December 2 at Vitas Hospice. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to extend our sin-
cere thanks and appreciation
for all of your acts of kindness
displayed during our time of
Special thanks to Rev.
Douglas Cook, Sr and Jor-
dan Grove Missionary B3aptist
Church, Rev Quintin Pinkson,
First I I.. I i .... Mission-
ary Baptist Church and othcr
relatives and friends.
The Burney and Randall

PR strategist dies

Bobbie Mumford loses cancer battle

Following a 13-year hard
fought battle against cancer,
Ms. Bobbie Reaves Mumford's
walk on earth ended on Monday,
December 5, 2011, just as it had
begun 65 years earlier in the
small, country town of Alachua,
Florida, humbly, surrounded by
family and in the care of God.
As a ninth grader, Mumford
relocated to the Brownsville
community of Miami with
her parents, the late State
Representative Jefferson
Reaves Sr, and Jennie Franklin
Reaves; and brothers, the late
Jefferson Reaves, Jr. and Darryl
Franklin Reaves. Her family
rooted themselves at Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church of
Brownsville, where Mumford
was a 50-plus year member
serving the Lord in multiple
A member of the first
graduating class of Brownsville
Junior High School,
Mumford reigned as a Miami
Northwestern "Bull" graduating
in the Class of 1963. At the age
of 16, she matriculated to a
new "Home by the Sea" at then
Hampton Institute in Hampton,
Virginia. In 1967, Mumford
graduated with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in English and a
minor in Speech and Drama.
While at Hampton, Bobbie
was awarded an assistantship
with the Dartmouth College
Repertory Theater Company
in Hanover, New Hampshire.
She also holds a Certificate
in Construction Management
from Miami-Dade College.
Returning to Miami, Mumford
built her life, family and career
centered on God and in the spirit
of volunteerism. Professionally,
she was a trailblazer in the
field of public relations and
media communications for
nearly four decades. Parlaying

.:cdA! City in the 1970s,
Mumford served as Assistant
Director/Information Officer
for Communications from
1975 to 1986 managing public
information, public affairs,
graphics, photography, cable
production and film and

In Memoriam

12/09/1962 01/20/2010

Wherever you are, God is!
I love you, from your Aunt
Rose and family.



television. She had previously
served as an account executive
with Everett Clay and Associates
public relations firm, actually
the on site public information
officer for Metro-Dade
Transportation Department.
As Acting Director for
the Miami-Dade County
Manager's Office of Media
Communications in the mid-
1980s, she managed a million
dollar budget and a staff of
some 28 persons. She expanded
Media Communications and
spearheaded implementation
of the county's cable television
programming in 1986-
87. Before leaving county
government in 1989 to forge
her company, B Mumford and
Company, a public relations
firm, Mumford re-established
a Public Information Office
for Miami-Dade Housing and
created a Media Relations Office
for Miami-Dade Corrections
and Rehabilitation Department.
Bobbie Mumford led her
agency, B Mumford & Company,
towards recognition as one
of the top Black businesses
in Dade County honored by
the Miami-Dade Chamber of
Commerce. Mumford has been
mentioned in Essence Magazine
and featured in Miami's Strive
Magaz.?ne, Orlando Sun-
Sentinel, St. Petersburg Times,
The Miami Herald and several
local publications for her
outstanding work.
In addition to her brother.
Mumford is survived by her
husband, Alonzo B. Mumford;
daughters Jodi Mumford-Porter
(Craig) of Pembroke Pines, FL
and Bonnie Mumford-Watson
(Darrnell) of Encino, CA; and son
Alonza B. Mumford of Baltimore
Maryland; Six grandchildren -
Brittany, Craig Michael, Justin
and Jefferson Porter; and
Taylor and Summer Watson.
Mumford also leaves behind a
host of sister and brothers-in-
law, nieces, nephews, cousins
and friends.
"Celebration of Life"
Homegoing Services for Bobbie
Reaves Mumford will be held as
follows at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church on Brownsville,
2799 NW 46 Street, Miami, FL
33142: Friday, December 9, 4-7
p.m. Viewing and wake services
Saturday, December 10, 11
a.m. "Celebration of Life"
Homegoing Services
Funeral arrangements are
being handled by Greg Mason
Funeral Home, Miami Shores,

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