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Black attorneys
Handfield and
Gilbert explain
the law

Stand Your Ground law: '

Does it legalize vigilantes?
By Kaila Heard have attempted to de- B" deadly force'
heir a'i, ,,, ,lh .,.,,t' tn ,eir actLfons by n- According to Lar-
okinm the 2005 Florida r- Handfield. a Nh-
There are no earg-uments when statute 776.013131 also .7. ami-based criminal
it comes to who shot Trayvon knowa- as the "Stand defense attorney, ,
Martin, 17. His shooter was Your Ground" Law. "' : basically.
George Zimmerman, 28. But Anytime a person, means is that every
what is unclear is whether his who is not behaving person in the state
claim that he was pro- criminally, and of Florida has the
testing himself will is in a place right to use deadly
stand in a court of .': where they GILBERT force if they have a
law. Reportedly, Zim- have a legal right to be reasonable belief that their life
merman told bystand- ,. and they are being at- is in danger."
ers of the shooting '? tacked or threatened When asked if the Stand Your
incident that "it was then they have the Ground Law could increase
self. defense." So, it is right to "stand [their] the chance of violence and
likely that Zimmer- ground and fight even death in various confron-
man will become one back, meeting force stations, Handfield said he it
of, many others who HANDFIELD with force, including Please turn to LAW 10A

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EDUCATIONAL REFORM PANEL: Speakers included: Danyelle Carter, student leader,
Miami Dade College tl-r); Di. Pablo Ortiz, provost, Miami Edison Sr. High; Modesto Abety-
GuUeriet, t..esident/CEO,The Children's Trust; Raquel Regalado, school board member, Dis-
trict 6; Sergio Bendizen, pollster; and Dr. Lenore Rodicio, Miami Dade College.

Black parents: High hopes,

poor results for kids' education

New poll seeks to include more
minorities in school debate

By D,. Kevin McNeir

A new multilingual poll of
parents' opinions on edu-


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Mayor of Gary, Indiana

Gary, 'Gardens' and

the women in charge

Mayors Freeman-Wilson and Gibson discuss
challenge of being first Black female mayors
By D. Kevin McNeir predominantly-Black, but they
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com have a Black woman sitting at

the helm as mayor. And accord-
ing to the two city chiefs, Mayor
Karen Freeman-Wilson, 51
[Gary] and Mayor Shirley Gib-
son, 68 [Miami Gardens], they
Please turn to MAYOR 8A

Gary, Indiana may be thou-
sands of miles away from Miami
Gardens, Florida, but the two
cities do have some things in
common. Not only are they both

cation reform was recently
released and presented to a
wide array of educators, ad-
vocates, policy experts and
members of the ethnic me-
dia. But those who needed
to hear the information
most which lends credence
to the importance of

Our elected of-
ficials are not work-
ing for the benefit of
our kids but rather to
make money.

-Marlene Bastien
being directly involved in
children's education -
',. Black parents were con-
spicuously absent from the
_,' ;

table. Their omission points
to a continued challenge for
those who consider them-
selves to be education re-
formers how to empower
minority parents so that
they can take advantage of
existing resources that will
improve their children's ac-
ademic performance.
The poll on school qual-
ity and titled "Parental As-
pirations Defy the Odds,"
was commissioned by New
America Media whose exec-
utive director, Sandy Close,
led the panel discussion.
Fourteen- hundred parents
of school children in the
Southeast were interviewed
by Bendixen & Amandi In-
ternational in states that
included Florida, Georgia
and Texas. Interviews were
conducted in several lan-
guages English, Spanish,
Please turn to EDUCATION 10A

Afghan shooting tragic, but be wary of being lenient

By DeWayne Wickham

Even before the identity of
the Army staff sergeant be-
lieved to have massacred 16
people in an Afghanistan vil-
lage became known, excuses
for his ghoulish acts of terror
started popping up in the news
media, diminishing the likeli-
hood that justice will prevail in
this case.
In one account, an unnamed
military official said the sus-
pect who has since been
identified as 38-year-old Rob-

g v -ert Bales had
been drinking al-
cohol the night
of the murderous
rampage. Another
-.. official said he
was distraught
WICKHAM over an incident
in which., a fellow
soldier's leg was blown off.
There were reports that
Bales might have had marital
and financial problems, and a
story that he suffered a head
wound during the last of his
three deployments to Iraq. In

some "chronic cases," that sort
of injury "can lead to cognitive
problems, personality changes
and a loss of impulse control,"
The New York Times reported

after Bales was named as the
lone suspect.

What we know for certain is
that nine children, three wom-
en and four men were killed.
These innocent victims were
attacked as they slept in vil-
lages that were supposed to
be protected by soldiers on
Bales' nearby base. The bod-
ies of some of the victims were
set on fire. That's the work of
a murderous madman. But
don't expect Bales to be treated

like one if he's convicted of the
late-night killing spree. History
suggests otherwise.
Not one of the eight Marines
charged in the 2005 massacre
of 24 people in Iraq, including
women, children and a man in
a wheelchair, was imprisoned.
One was acquitted, the charg-
es against six others were
dropped. The sergeant who
admitted ordering his men to
"shoot first and ask' questions
later" was given a plea bargain,
serving no time behind bars.
And though William Cal-

ley, the Army lieutenant who
ordered the 1968 attack that
killed 500 unarmed people in
the Vietnamese village of My
Lai, was found guilty of per-
sonally killing 22 people, he
served just three-and-a-half
years of house arrest before
President Nixon commuted his

In each case, public opinion
among war-weary Americans
opposed harsh punishment for
Please turn to SHOOTING 5A

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Black women must take

control of their health
Poverty impacts our lives in a large number of negative
ways forcing families to live in sub-par housing, re-
ceive inadequate education and exist on diets that are
far from nutritious. Now a recent Centers for Disease Control
report shows that poor Black women in the U.S. are among
the hardest hit by HIV/AIDS. In fact, the infection in urban
cities like Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit, rival those of
women in several African nations. In a country like ours that
likes to boast of being the leader of the 'free world' we say this
new revelation is unacceptable.
The report says that the rate of infections for Black women
is 15 times that of whites one-in-32 Black women will be di-
agnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Poverty is the driving force
that makes these deplorable conditions possible.
Experts offer a host of solutions as to how we can reduce
the rate of infection, not only as it relates to Black women,
but also for young Black men who are the second-highest
group of individuals that are falling prey to this insidious dis-
ease. The safest way would be to practice abstinence but it is
unlikely that adults will be willing to embrace such a lifestyle.
That means that Black women must be encouraged to take
charge of their lives and to remain in control of their health.
Denial is no longer possible the statistics tell us that ignor-
ing the truth is tantamount to playing Russian roulette with
one's life.
It may not be easy, but Black women must confront their
partners and demand that they know their HIV status. Black
women must get tested themselves. And finally, our sisters
must begin to love themselves so much that they refuse to let
casual sex or complacent partners give them the "package"
that will impact their lives and health forever.

Has the National Urban

League lost its relevance?
For those Blacks who are educated and comfortable with
the intellectual banter that goes on' among members of
the "intelligentsia," reports like those released each year
by the National Urban League are exciting food for thought. But
for T. Willard Fair, the president of the League's Miami-Dade
Chapter, the annual "State of Black America" not only misses the
mark but tends to be.nothing more than an "academic presenta-
tion written by Black intellectuals."
In defense of the report, it does provide us with accurate statis-
tics revealing the equality gap that persists in the U.S. between
Blacks and whites in vital categories: economics, education,
health, civic engagement and social justice. But as Fair rightly
points out, we already know that Blacks are at the bottom rung
in almost every imaginable category. In addition, here in Miami
it's not just whites that enjoy a better standard of living than
Blacks it's also our city's growing Hispanic population.
It is ironic that Blacks have been in this country for almost 400
years but are still the least educated, the most imprisoned and
the most disadvantaged in terms of education, economics and
health. Meanwhile, those who escaped from countries like Cuba
seeking a better life just one generation ago are now holding
the majority of political offices, operating prosperous businesses
and moving to gated communities where crime in no way mirrors
the depressing numbers that we face in the urban jungle.
The National Urban League has done good work in its glorious
past. But in 2012, it is crystal clear that they no longer speak for
the masses nor do they address those life-or-death issues with
which the majority of Blacks deal every day.
When will the privileged among us finally wake up? Probably
no time soon!

Settlement for the Gulf
The proposed multibillion-dollar settlement between BP
and individuals and businesses hurt by the 2010 oil spill
in the Gulf of Mexico is a welcome development. If a federal
judge grants final approval, it could spare both plaintiffs and
the company a lengthy legal battle with uncertain outcomes. It
is also further evidence that BP is willing to pay serious money
to atone for its errors. Now it needs to show a similar willingness
to meet its obligations in pending suits aimed at assessing civil
and possibly criminal penalties for environmental damages.
Under an agreement with the Obama administration, BP put
$20 billion in an escrow fund to compensate shrimpers, motel
owners and hundreds of thousands of others whose livelihoods
were damaged by the spill. Kenneth Feinberg, who adminis-
tered the fund for the last 18 months, has awarded $6.1 billion
to 225,000 claimants. Under the settlement, the court would
take over for Feinberg. BP estimates that it will pay an addi-
tional $7.8 billion to more than 100,000 additional claimants.

BP separately in court. But, as before, the hope is to get people
to settle, not litigate.
Next are federal claims for environmental damages. BP is lia-
ble for natural resource damages and penalties under the Clean
Water Act. The penalties could cost the company $1,100 for
each of the 4.9 million barrels of oil it spilled and $4,300 a bar-
rel, or more than $20 billion altogether, if the Justice Depart-
ment can prove gross negligence.
The department must seek the best possible deal from BP,
brandishing the possibility of a long, nasty trial and a possible
conviction for gross negligence. BP appears eager to put this di-
saster behind it, so now is the time for the Justice Department
to push and push hard.
Congress must also ensure that this money is used to carry
out a broad program of restoration in the gulfs fragile ecosys-
tem: the wetlands and barrier islands that had been dramat-
ically weakened long before the spill by miles of oil and gas
pipelines, misguided levee building along the Mississippi River
and Hurricane Katrina. Unless Congress specifically directs the
penalties to restoration, the money will flow largely to the fed-
eral Treasury and disappear in the general maw. -N. Y. Times

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Santorum needs Gingrich to stay in the race

If Rick Santorum wants to
keep Mitt Romney from wrap-
ping up the Republican nomi-
nation before the convention,
he should encourage Newt
Gingrich to stay in the race,
not drop out. Not everyone
buys this theory; doubters in-
clude Santorum who keeps
shoving Newt toward the exit
- as well as quite a few lead-
ing conservatives. They want
to see a two-man contest be-
tween a "Massachusetts mod-
erate" and a dyed-in-the-wool
conservative. They should be
careful what they wish for. The
"throw Newt from the train"
people think the math is on
their side, but it isn't.
It's true that from the pri-
maries and caucuses held so
far, we know that the Romney
vote is much smaller than the
anti-Romney vote. In Ohio, for
example, Romney managed a
slim victory with 38 percent
versus Santorum's 37 percent.
But Gingrich, meanwhile,
drew nearly 15 percent. Add
.thQse.(: voters. to ,SantqruT r's
and Romney would have suf-
fered a shattering defeat.
Santorum and Gingrich

are both campaigning on the
premise that Romney is not
a genuine conservative. Both
candidates draw support from
self-described "very conser-
vative" Republicans. Since
Gingrich who supposedly

Gingrich has 128; and Ron
Paul has 48. By the AP's
count, 1,356 delegates remain
up for grabs in the remain-
ing primaries and caucuses.
That's right, we haven't even
reached the halfway point of

Romney needs to win just half the remaining delegates.
But that's still no cakewalk, even with Romney's vastly
superior resources and organization. But what if Gin-
grich dropped out? It's reasonable to assume that much of his
support would go to Santorum, but not all of it.

had a "Southern strategy" for
winning the nomination -
couldn't even beat Santorum
in Alabama and Mississippi,
it's clear who would have the
better chance against Rom-
ney, mano a mano.
But this logic ignores the
subtleties of the delegate
math. Sorry to inflict a flurry
of numbers, but here goes: To
win the nomination, a can-
didate needs the support of
1,144 convention delegates.
.According to projections from
The Associated Press, at this
point Romney has 481 del-
egates; Santorum has 252;

this seemingly endless slog to
the convention in Tampa.
Both Santorum and Gin-
grich say their goal is to keep
Romney from reaching the
magic number of 1,144 before
the convention. After the first
ballot, they would count on
being able to persuade Rom-
ney's delegates to abandon
him in favor of a more au-
thentic conservative. This is a
smart strategy, because as
the Romney campaign loves
to point out it is almostin-
conceivable that Santorum or
Gingrich could win the nomi-
nation any other way. Santo-

rum would have to v. inrr ,.:Lihly
two-thirds of all the delegates
at stake in the remaining con-
tests to secure the nomination
before the convention. Gin-
grich would have to win even
more. Not gonna happen.
Romney needs to win just
half the remaining delegates.
But that's still no cakewalk,
even with Romney's vastly
superior resources and orga-
nization. But what if Gingrich
dropped out? It's reasonable
to assume that much of his
support would go to Santo-
rum, but not all of it. The
Romney campaign is built for
this kind of multi-theater bat-
tle. Santorum's comparatively
underfunded campaign is not.
The most favorable field of
battle for the anti-Romney in-
surgency would be a contest-
ed convention and the most
plausible way of getting there
is for Gingrich to stay in the
race and help keep Romney's
delegate count short of 1,144.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulit-
zer Prize-winning newspaper
coli'Iimnist w(.' the former as-
sistant managing editor of The
Washington Post.


Should Blacks give Obama another chance?

We live in an interesting world.
In this world, Black public fig-
ures have to almost apologize
for being critical thinkers as it
pertains to the Obama Admin-
istration. Supporting Obama is
not enough; instead, you are
measured by the depth of your
love for him and considered
traitorous for even asking the
wrong questions.
There are at least two types of
black voters in 2012: Those who
have jobs and those who don't.
The latter group seems to be
far less excited about Obama's
performance than the former.
That's just a simple fact. No
amount of black McCarthyism
or intimidation of dissenting
voices is going to change this
hard, cold truth. Those who
don't agree and wish to make
excuses for a lack of action on
the part of the administration
need only look at the data to re-
alize that things didn't have to
be this way. There were some
mistakes that we can't just
blame on Republican racism.

White unemployment im-
proved during the Obama pres-
idency, while Black unemploy-
ment got worse so, while the
downturn affected everyone,
the gap between Blacks and
whites actually increased. But
that's what happens when you
simply say that the "rising tide

port him. Bill Clinton had to
earn the loyalty of the Black
community through deliberate
political action had he been
Black, he could have gained
our trust by simply showing up
on BET commercials.
For those who are gainfully
employed, the symbolic satis-

For those who are gainfully employed, the symbolic satis-
faction of having a Black president is a luxury item that
keeps us warm at night.

will lift all boats" when asked
what your administration plans
to do to fight racial inequality.
Even Reagan and Bush had
more to say on the issue and it's
hard to distinguish this policy
from trickle down economics.
One would expect that having a
Black president would improve
the race gap, not worsen it. But
when a man knows he can wear
his political capital on his skin,
he doesn't have to do much to
convince Black voters to sup-

faction of having a Black presi-
dent is a luxury item that keeps
us warm at night. But any
analysis of Obama's speeches
to the Black community shows
that the speeches are woefully
lacking on substance or mea-
surable policy and heavy on
the rhetoric that many of us
hear on Sundays.
Black folks are typical told to
be patient when we've waited
too long already, to have faith
without much evidence of prog-


Zealots are still walking the federal ha

It is much, much worse than I
could ever imagine. Environmen-
tal extremists have always been
a worthy foe to progressive busi-
ness leaders and entrepreneurs.
They have fought growth and
industrial expansion at every
turn. I thought they were doing
it as some sort of save the Earth
mantra or as a policy of turning
away any chance of more carbon
emissions into our air and other
pollutants in our soil and water.
But after 20 years of contending
with them I conclude that it is
about something very sinister.
They want to end America as
it stands today. They want this
nation transformed into a ser-
vice society and to kill off our in-
dustrial might and manufactur-
ing prowess.

In the past, we would debate gest economic blocker of all is
and have energetic interchange the the Environmental Protec-
on Capitol Hill about various tion Agency. The EPA is hatch-
environmental issues. But win- ing rules and coming up with

In the past, we would debate and have energetic interchange
on Capitol Hill about various environmental issues. But win-
ning or proving our point no longer matters in this arena.

ning or proving our point no lon-
ger matters in this arena. If the
environmental extremists can't
win through legislation, they will
now march on anyway through
hideous rules or stall tactics or
the promotion of lies and disin-
formation. They are doing this
from the Department of Interior,
Department of Energy and the
State Department. But the big-

findings that are reigning pure
hell on the industrial core of
America. What they are target-
ing is our coal powered utilities
plants. The end game is to kill
the demand for coal and cause
the closing of our coal mines. We
are looking at millions of jobs
and a tripling of our energy bills.
To close our plants and mines
while China opens a new coal

ress and reminded ..,f h... "the
road was rough" during the
Civil Rights marches. Black
people, in my experience, are
neither liberal nor conserva-
tive. We are just Black. So,
slipping Blacks into a liber-
al agenda that was built for
someone else typically leads to
an awkward fit.
I can only encourage Blacks
to carefully analyze the data
on any candidate they sup-
port and to not just sup-
port anyone because it's "the
cool thing to do." The bottom
line there is a huge differ-
ence between being poor and
Black vs. being safe and snug
in the Black middle and upper
class. The Obama presidency,
if anything, is teaching us that
Black people no longer have to
be politically monolithic and
that is a good thing for Democ-
Dr. Boyce Watkins is a pro-
fessor at Syracuse University
and author of the book, "Black
American Money."


mine per week do.- .n'r ch.-l'.'
anything. It is not about clean-
ing the world's air; it is about
hurting the U.S. economy and
shrinking our influence on the
rest of the world.
T'ir r. -two plants are targeted
[three are in Florida]. I find that
it is no coincidence that these
four agencies are headed by
a Black, an Asian, a Hispanic
and a white woman. You see in
revolutionary engagement you
should always have the "perpe-
trator" mirror the image of the
most likely victims. Shouldn't
we be tired of being the victims?
Black America you have been
l..1- ....1
Harry Alford is the co-founder,
president and CEO of the Nation-
al Black Chamber of Commerce.






BY ROGER CALDWELL, jet38@bellsouth.net

What you don't know about our lawmakers
The 2012 Florida Legislative lion with the General Revenue budget and is used for specific cans and Democrats to defeat
session is over, but the law- Fund of $24.8 billion, a State purposes: the gas tax is used certain bills. The coalition de
makers will be forced to re- trust Fund of $20.4 billion for the transportation trust feated a bill to privatize mor
turn this week to redraw eight and a Federal Fund of $24.9 fund which builds roads and than two dozen prisons an
of the 40 Senate districts. The billion. They claim that the the Florida Lottery rolls into defeated a parent-trigger bill
districts were invalidated by budget is balanced. The state the educational enhancement The parent-trigger bill woul
the Florida Supreme Court, budget is like a three-legged trust fund. Finally, there are have allowed parents to de
but basically their work is cide whether to convert fail
completed. The budget and n 2012, the lawmakers passed a budget of $70 billion with ing public schools into charter
the bills are now handed over schools or privatize them.
to Governor Scott who must the General Revenue Fund of $24.8 billion, a State trust But once again, Republican
either sign or veto the law- Fund of $20.4 billion and a Federal Fund of $24.9 billion, were able to get the majority
makers work. They claim that the budget is balanced. of their bills passed without
Once he makes his decision, much opposition. Many Dem
the courts can decide if the ocrats, Independents and Prc
bills are constitutional. De- stool and all the three funds federal dollars making up 38 gressives still hope that Scoi
pending on your orientation or make up the budget. percent of the budget fund- will use his veto power to cor
mindset, you have already de- Leg one is the General Rev- ing Medicaid programs, edu- rect the mistakes the lawma]k
cided which bills are fair and enue Fund and it makes up national projects, road proj- ers have made. They woul
will improve your community. around 34 percent money ects and the criminal justice like him to halt the state
It is very difficult to keep up mostly comes from sales tax- system. move to randomly drug test it
with the lawmakers in a 60- es, cable and telephone taxes, This year, there were GOP employers and not force Floi
day bill making session, but corporate income tax and tax- supermajorities in both the ida counties to pay millions
they get the job done. es on property transactions. Senate and the House but the dollars to disputed Medicai
In 2012, the lawmakers Next, State Trust Funds make voting in 2012 was marked bills. Well have to see if l
passed a budget of $70 bil- up 27 percent of the state's with a coalition of Republi- does the right thing.


Racism still impacts public educat

Miami, security officer

No Child Left Behind (NCLB),
the federal response designed
to address the nation's failing
schools by some accounts has
been an utter failure espe-
cially because of its focus on
standardized testing, the public
calling out of schools, i.e. school
grades, and because it further
stigmatizes vulnerable stu-
dents. But we have heard these
complaints for years. For now,
Florida is exempted from com-
plying with certain provisions of
the law which mandate student
improvement. Instead we have
been allowed more flexibility on
how to address the persistent
failure of schools to raise the
levels of academic achievement,
particularly for poor minority
students. But why are some stu-
dents still failing to make gains?
Some would say it's the con-
tinued disinvestment in our
public schools, teacher ineffec-
tiveness, poor school leadership
- perhaps it is even the fault
of apathetic students and their

parents' fault. But I propose an
even harder truth to consider
when confronting our nation's
failure to educate the most vul-
nerable of our youth and it

education, adequately funded
schools, environmental injus-
tices and discrimination. In
the last 30 years, urban Black
youth have shown no compara-

NCLB and Florida's new-found flexibility will continue to
fail students as long as we deny poor communities a
multi-systemic policy solution which takes into account
the real social, cultural, political and economic context that di-
rectly impacts student achievement.

sure doesn't start with the pas-
sage of NCLB in 2001. Failure
comes because this country still
refuses to deal truthfully with
the persistence of institutional
racism. Institutional racism ef-
fectively blinds us from seeing
the correlation between racism,
low educational attainment and
the poverty .experienced by the
urban poor. Specifically, urban
poverty is the direct 'result of
the systematic denial of access
to living wage jobs, a college

tive gains and in some cases a
decline across significant qual-
ity of life indicators like educa-
tional attainment and income.
NCLB and Florida's new-found
flexibility will continue to fail
students as long as we deny poor
communities a multi-systemic
policy solution which takes into
account the real social, cultural,
political and economic context
that directly impacts student
achievement. First, we should
not allow the continued disin-



vestment in .our public s- 'h,::,ls
that occurs when we allow char-
ter schools to be subsidized with
public tax dollars. Second, we
should not allow our govern-
ment to spend more per inmate a
year than we spend per student.
Third, school courses should
include civic engagement, so-
ciopolitical education and or-
ganizing so students learn how
to become fully engaged in our
democracy and can themselves
demand meaningful school re-
form. Finally, our students have
a lot to contribute to the discus-
sion, but no one asks them. If we
are really serious about mean-
ingful school reform, we must
involve students in the creation
of schools and school policy that
respond to them and see them
as meaningful contributors to
their education. Is anyone up to
the task?
Nelson is the vice president
for the Miami-based Urgent Inc.,
Center for Education and Em-

One thing
that we can do ", .
for them is to .
keep praying ..
for him that -,
will work out '"
and it won't b
be like how it
used to be for Blacks. In the
1960s, I lived in Homestead and
you couldn't shop or eat where
you wanted. And there was no
security/police for Black peo-

Miami, unemployed

We can up-
lift the fam-
ily by sending ''
them our sup- - +
port. Maybe ':.
we can try ,.. .
talking to In-
ternal Affairs .
about how to
make sure
that police officers are doing
their job.

Miami, retired caretaker

We should t
give them our
support and I
mean morally,
physically and
But first of
all we should 1
seek justice
for Trayvon at all costs thru the
traditional legal channels even
if we have to picket, hold sit-ins
or whatever we have to do be-
cause the truth is what we're

As Blacks, .
we should .
come together
and teach our
own children :
how to be hon-
est and grate-
ful and not to
do wrong.

Miami, retired clerk

I'm a mother
and a grand-
mother of
six sons. So,
first of all we
should pray .
for him. Then
another thing 0 .
we can do for
the family is to take up a collec-
tion for the funeral. But anoth-
er thing that we can do collec-
tively is to protest when things
like this happen.

Miami, professor

First and
foremost, we '' 1
should pray.
Next, we
should start
a petition or
hold a protest ,
and talk to
the police and -
security firms about taking a
different procedure or approach
to people they think are suspi-
cious. We should also do more
research about the law itself.
I don't think the community
knows too much about laws of
self defense so that when some-
thing like this happens, they're
more likely to let it go because
they don't understand their


Sanford police: De facto defenders for a killer

It has been three weeks
since 17-year-old Trayvon
Martin was fatally shot by an
admittedly zealous neighbor-
hood watch volunteer while
walking with a bag of Skittles
in his pocket from a conve-
nience store to his father's
home in a gated community
in Sanford, Fla. Martin was
unarmed. The man who shot
him, George Zimmerman, 28,
called police to report a sus-
picious Black male and was
told by a dispatcher to stand
down and let police officers
confront Martin. Recently re-
leased 911 tapes feature Zim-
merman making an issue,
however minor, of Martin's
skin color. Zimmerman is not
white but of Hispanic heritage,
according to a statement re-
leased by his father. Martin,
a student at North Miami's
Krop Senior High School, did
not have a criminal record or
school disciplinary record for
violent behavior. Zimmerman

was arrested and charged sev-
eral years ago with battery
on a law enforcement officer
for interfering with another
police officer's attempt to ar-
rest Zimmerman's friend. He
ultimately pleaded guilty to
misdemeanor simple battery,
a move that allowed him to re-
main eligible for a concealed

tin, rather than the years-old

tin, rather than the years-old
school pictures that have been
released to the media by Mar-
tin's family the implication
being that if it turns out Mar-
tin was physically larger Zim-
merman, it somehow made
sense for Zimmerman to disre-
gard the dispatcher's admoni-
tion and leave his vehicle, gun

There's enough good science out there that suggests even
when we don't think we're weighing superficial qualities
like skin color, often we are.

weapons permit in Florida.
But three key principles
have been muddled in the
fight. First, Martin didn't "ask
for it." A candy run to 7-Eleven
does not constitute a death
wish. Online reader comments
on Central and South Florida
news websites have demand-
ed a current photo of Mar-

in hand, to confront Martin.
Second, Chief Lee has la-
mented to the media that
since his tenure began, his de-
sire has been to foster positive
relations with Sanford's Black
community, given his depart-
ment's checkered history
where race relations are con-
cerned. If that is true, the first

SpLene-Jones has more pressing matters in Di

Spence-Jones has more pressing matters in Di

Dear Editor,

Recently, I was watching the
news and was perplexed to
hear that City Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones is su-
ing State Attorney Katherine
Fernandez Rundle for "pros-
ecutorial and investigatory
misconduct." Later that night,
I attended the monthly Had-

ley Park Homeowners Associa-
tion meeting where I serve as
the vice chair. At that meeting,
homeowners expressed great
frustration and fear over meth
labs, drugs crimes, robberies,
seniors unable to leave their
homes, young people being shot
and crumbling streets and side-
walks. The highlight was the
distribution of pictures taken

in a drug bust. Where is all
this activity happening? In Dis-
trict 5! After repeated requests
this year, neither the Commis-
sioner nor anyone on her staff
has attended any of our meet-
ings. The Commissioner has
been acquitted, returned to her
seat and her approval rating is
near sainthood anyone who
would dare to run against her

thing he can do is avoid the
appearance of impropriety by
ceasing to refer to Zimmerman
in terms and phrases typically
reserved for defense attorneys.
Lee should step back and tell
all sides dispassionately that
the police department is only
interested in finding the truth
of the matter. Finally, all sides
in this case insist to varying
degrees that race did or did
not play a role in Zimmerman
shooting Martin. The uncom-
fortable truth is they may all
be right.
There's enough good science
out there that suggests even
when we don't think we're
weighing superficial qualities
like skin color, often we are.
And political correctness be
damned, it's that sort of rev-
elation that gives credence to
the beliefs of some Black men
that even when they are mind-
ing their P's and Q's they are
potential victims of law en-
forcement gone awry.

district 5
would be trounced. I guess that
is not enough because now she
has secured a top law firm to
teach the state attorney and her
staff a lesson. This situation
has convinced me of her num-
ber one priority for District 5 -

Dr. Robert Malone, Jr.


What should Blacks in Miami do to support
the family of recently killed Trayvon Martin'?

Miami, retired beautician


Edmonson lends a hand to

Vice Chairwoman Audrey
M. Edmonson and staff took
up some brushes and paint
on Saturday, March 10th at
the Neighborhood Housing
Services' (NHS) 8th Annual
Community Paint and Beau-
tification Day in the Browns-
ville neighborhood of District
3. Eleven houses were paint-
ed and landscaped. During
the annual event, NHS, work-
ing with partners Earth Ad-
visors, Inc. and Better South
Florida (CITIZENS), helps
existing homeowners with

up Bro
limited incomes to improve
their homes by providing free
painting for the exterior of
the house and landscaping
for their yards.
"Hopefully, our painting
and landscaping will contrib-
ute to the stabilization of the
neighborhood," Edmonson
said, "and to give homeown-
ers a sense of pride in their
home and community. I be-
lieve this helps revitalize and
stabilize the already terrific
neighborhood of Browns-

Disasters cost $380 billion
Disasters led by the Japan thirds higher than the last record The quake,
earthquake cost the world a record in 2005 when the United States explosion at
figure of more than $380 billion suffered huge losses from Hurri- more than $2
last year, a UN official said Mon- cane Katrina. according to
day. This time, earthquakes in Japan reduction ag
While countries are managing to and New Zealand, as well as floods hstrom.
control the disaster death toll, eco- in Thailand and other countries It has put
nomic costs are- increasing more sent the cost skyrocketing. "Earth- land floods a
than ever before, said Margareta quakes are the costliest and the lion.
Wahlstrom, the UN special envoy deadliest of disasters," Wahlstrom New Zealai
on disaster risk reduction, told a press conference to mark estimated th
She called the $380 billion fig- the first anniversary of the Japan quake on Fe
ure "the minimum" cost, two quake on March 11 last year. caused aboul

wnsville homes

in 2011, says U.N.
tsunami and nuclear just for rebuilding.
Fukushima caused "The main message is that this
10 billion of damage, is an increasing and very rapidly
the UN disaster risk increasing trend, with increasingly
ency headed by Wal- economic losses," Wahlstrom said.
"Globally, the disaster mortali-
the cost of the Thai- ties are proportionally declining
t more than $40 bil- because countries are getting
much better at early warning sys-
id's central bank has teams and preparedness," she said.
at the deadly earth- "But the economics of disasters is
bruary 22 last year becoming a major threat to a num-
$25 billion in losses, ber of countries."

R/Ia( htohie ElitrItors 0y

Contain or attack

a nuclear Iran?

Michael Tomasky, on The
Daily Beast: "Barack Obama,
in his speech to the American
Israel Public Affairs Commit-
tee Sunday, as in his interview
with Jeff Goldberg before it,
all but made war someday in-
evitable. How? By saying that
containment of a nuclear Iran
was not an option. ... Whether
he truly believes containment
can't work in Iran, or he's just
placating (a) the very Ameri-
cans who led us into our glori-
ous struggle in Iraq and (b) the
Israelis who are taking their
society to the existential break-
ing point is something we may
never know. But whatever his
motivation, he did it."
Gary Kamiya, on Salon:
"President Obama just gave Is-
raeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu a serious whupping.
In the process, he greatly re-
duced the risk of a catastroph-
ic war, made his saber-rattling
Republican opponents look like
idiots, and seriously weakened
the powerful Israel lobby. And
he did it all while pledging un-
dying support for Israel. ... He,
along with Arieriica's military
and initelligerice agencies, knew
that a war with Iran would have
ca itastruphic consequences for
the U.S. and the world. But he
could not say that explicitly. He
had to engage instead in a kind
of Kabuki dance, making just
enough warlike gestures to pla-
cate Israel's supporters while
furtively signaling, with almost
imperceptible movements, that
he meant the exact opposite." :
Boston Herald, in an edi-
torial: "Even as the president
insisted he would be willing
to bring American forces to
bear to protect Israel from the
threat of a nuclear-armed Iran,
doubt still remains, and it is
not simply being voiced by par-
tisans who seek to unseat the
president as he suggested (well,
whined really) in his AIPAC

Make Your Voice Heard!

By Doug Heinlen

With the highest percentage of residents age 65+
of any state, Florida is an obvious place to start an
in-depth conversation about the future of Social
Security and Medicare.

That's as true for older African-American Floridians
as it is for anyone else in the Sunshine State. More
than 387,000 African-American Florida residents
receive some form of Social Security benefits, and
forfour in 10 African-American households nation-
wide, Social Security provides the only form of
income that family receives. Some 348,000 African-
Americans depend on Medicare for important health

But so far, Florida African-Americans 50+ haven't
heard much from presidential candidates about how
they would strengthen Social Security and Medicare.

Weeks ago, during Florida's January presidential
preference primary, candidates fielded not a single
question about Social Security and Medicare in ei-
ther of the two televised Florida debates. Candidates
offered a few brief comments during campaign
stops, but voters rarely, if ever, had a chance to
question candidates on how their plans would affect
older Florida African-Americans.

That's just not good enough.

You've worked hard for your Social Security and
Medicare. You've earned a say in protecting health
and retirement security for today's seniors and
future generations and you have a right to know
what candidates would do to protect and strengthen
Social Security and Medicare for today's seniors and
future generations.

Starting this month, AARP is working to help you
make your voice heard about how to strengthen
Social Security and Medicare for all generations.

Through surveys, town hall meetings, debates and
information forums, AARP will spend the next year
listening to voters and giving them information about
dfifefrernt proposals Washington and the candidates
are putting on the table.

We'll give Floridians straightforward information
about the proposals politicians are talking about
behind closed doors in Washington-both the pros
and cons-without the political jargon and spin.
We're calling this initiative "You Earned A Say"-
because you certainly have.

To make your voice heard, AARP will hold a series
of Florida town hall meetings across the state, not
just one or two but hundreds, from Jacksonville and
Fernandina Beach over to Pensacola and down to
Tampa, Miami and the Keys. At these events, we'll
hearyour ideas about the future of Social Security
and Medicare. Through surveys, petitions and ques-
tionnaires, AARPwill help you make yourvoice heard
about the health and retirement security you've
earned. Both online and in your community, we'll
gather your thoughts, answer your questions and
work to make your voice heard.

To stay up to date on AARP's work on You Earned A
Say, please go to www.earnedasay.org or call the
Florida State Office of AARP at 1-866-595-7678
toll-free during business hours. We would love to
hearyour ideas on what can and should be done to
keep Social Security and Medicare strong for today's
families, and for our children and grandchildren as

And most important, keep pressing candidates for
President and Congress for specific answers on
these very important questions. Make them tell you
what they've got in mind-you've earned it.

Doug Heinlen is AARP's Florida state president.







speech. The seeds of that doubt
have been sown gradually, and
especially recently, with the
assertion by Obama admin-
istration officials that when it
comes to containing Iran's nu-
clear ambitions that sanctions
and diplomacy are working.
... Perhaps the president's lat-
est comments and his meeting
with Netanyahu at the White
House (Monday) laid any un-
certainty or lack of trust on the
part of the Israelis to rest. ...
But as Obama himself noted,
we will only be reassured by
his deeds."
The (N.J.) Star-Ledger, in
an editorial: "No one believes
that Israel, or even the Unit-
ed States, has the capacity to
wipe out Iran's entire program
with airstrikes. And since an
occupation of Iran is unthink-
able and would make the Iraq
occupation seem like a picnic,
Iran would almost certainly re-
build, this time in more secure
locations. ... The wiser course
is to increase the pressure with
sanctions, combined -with co-
vert operations such as the one
that crippled software crucial
to Iran's enrichment program
and set the program back by
years. according to intelligence
sources. That may not work
in the end, but it has a better
chance than airstrikes, at a
much lower cost."
Michael Barone, on National
Review: "There clearly is a dif-
ference between the two lead-
ers. Obama has been talking
about preventing Iran from get-
ting a nuclear weapon. Netan-
yahu has been talking about
preventing Iran fr6m getting
nuclear-weapons capability. I
draw the conclusion that Ne-
tanyahu will very soon order an
Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear-
weapons facilities. Meanwhile,
Obama is kicking the can down
the road, announcing Tuesday
that the United States will par-



SBrothers just can't get

, I ,J any justice in America

- A. .-W-.. .. --- -
-Omar Sobhani/Reuters
An American soldier, center, kept watch during a security transition ceremony from a private se-
curity company to the Afghan government at a power plant in Kabul on Wednesday.

Karzai insisting on U.S.

pullback to bases by 2013

By Rod Nordland, Elisabeth
Bumiller & Matt Rosenberg

KABUL, Afghanistan Pres-
ident Hamid Karzai insisted
Thursday that the United
States confine its troops to
major bases in Afghanistan
by next year as the Taliban
announced that they were
suspending peace talks with
the Americans, both of which
served to complicate the
Obama administration's plans
for an orderly exit from the
Karzai's abrupt planning
shift was at odds with a pledge
offered just hours earlier by
President Obama to stick to a

2014 withdrawal schedule for
troops in Afghanistan. It also
ran up against the Pentagon's
stark assessment that Afghan
security forces were not yet
ready to take over control of
the country.
Karzai's surprise announce-
ment, which would confine
American troops to their bases
a year earlier than Mr. Obama
proposed, was initially made.
at a Thursday meeting with
Defense Secretary Leon E. Pa-
netta, who spent a fraught two
days here apologizing in per-
son to the Afghan president for
the massacre of civilians by an
American soldier last Sunday
at a village in Kandahar Prov-

ince. Upon Mr. Panetta's arriv-
al, an Afghan interpreter work-
ing for coalition forces crashed
a stolen pickup truck near his
Further fraying the United
States' efforts to preserve some
degree of control over its exit
strategy from Afghanistan,
Taliban insurgents announced
Thursday that they had bro-
ken off preliminary peace talks
with the Americans. While the
move may have been coinci-
dental, it imperiled another
crucial element of the Ameri-
can exit strategy in Afghani-
stan brokering peace talks
between insurgents and the

U.S. firm tied to Chinese surveillance

By Andrew Jacobs
and Penn Bullock

BEIJING As the Chinese
government forges ahead on a
multibillion-dollar effort to blan-
ket the country with surveillance
cameras, one American compa-
ny stands to profit: Bain Capital,
the private equity firm founded
by Mitt Romney.
In December, a Bain-run fund
in which a Romney family blind
trust has holdings purchased
the video surveillance division of
a Chinese company that claims
to be the largest supplier to the
government's Safe Cities pro-
gram, a highly advanced moni-
toring system that allows the au-
thorities to watch over university
campuses, hospitals, mosques
and movie theaters from central-
ized command posts.
The Bain-owned company,
Uniview Technologies, produces

-Photo by Keith Bedford
Cities in China are installing surveillance systems with hundreds
of thousands of cameras like these at a Beijing building site.

what it calls "infrared antiriot"
cameras and software that en-
able police officials in different
jurisdictions to share images in
real time through the Internet.
Previous projects have included

an emergency command center
in Tibet that "provides a solid
foundation for the maintenance
of social stability and the protec-
tion of people's peaceful life," ac-
cording to Uniview's Web site.

By Brian Dennis
President, Brothers of the Same Mind

The City of Sanford's Police
Chief Bill Lee Jr. should be
ashamed of his department's
lackadaisical attitude. The
insensitivity that has been
shown to the Martin family
from the officials of the City
of Sanford is that likened to
something from the days of the
pre-Civil Rights Era. The of-
fices of Florida Sate Attorney
General Pam Bondi and the
U.S. Department of Justice At-
torney General Eric H. Holder,
Jr. should look at this case as
a "hate crime."
Just listen to the 911 record-
ing in the murder of unarmed

Trayvon Martin, 17,
by George Zimmer-
man, a 28-year-
old neighborhood
crime watch volun-
teer. Then ask your-
self why he has not
been arrested and
charged with mur-
der. Twenty-four sec- DE
onds into the tape
you can hear young
Trayvon's cries several times
including pleas for help. Then
there is silence. One can only
imagine those last seconds of
the young man's life.
Zimmerman has told po-
lice that Martin was the ag-
gressor. Really? He was told
to leave young Trayvon alone


but decided to take
things into his own
hands. Did Zimmer-
man stalk the young
man? Did a fight
break out between
the two? Martin be-
came Zimmerman's
target a Black boy
that appeared to be
"suspicious." Martin

paid with his life be-
cause he Black. The evidence
seems clear. This is nothing
more than premeditated mur-
der. Zimmerman should be ar-
rested and charged. You can
believe that if the shoe were on
the other foot Trayvon Martin
would have been arrested and
charged on the spot.

Miss Bahamas Universe, Anastagia Pierre, greets Prince Harry.

Prince Harry is a hit as ambassador

Tours Caribbean and Brazil

By Maria Puente

After a 10-day tour of the
Caribbean and Brazil as a rov-
ing ambassador for queen and
country, 27-year-old Prince
Harry proved he has grown up,
moved past his party-boy image
and inherited from his mother,
the late Princess Diana, the
ability to connect with anybody,
The domestic and interna-
tional response to the tour of
Capt. Wales, as he is known

in the British Army, has been
overwhelmingly positive. In
the hometown press, the third
in line to the British throne is
being described as electrifying
and an extraordinary phenome-
non after charming his way into
hearts in Belize, the Bahamas,
Jamaica and Brazil.
The Caribbean country of
3,000 islands welcomes Harry
* enthusiastically especially
Anastagia Pierre, 23, Miss Ba-
hamas Universe, who tells re-
porters Harry is "hot" and she

wants to marry him. Capt.
Wales dons his sparkling white
uniform and blue beret for a
service in the Nassau cathedral,
unveils a portrait of the queen
in the main square and gives a
speech before cheering Baha-
Later, he boards a speedboat
for a tour of some of the is-
lands, but it breaks down and
he is rescued by the media boat
accompanying him. He also
attends military exercises by
island defense forces and ap-
pears before throngs at a youth
rally in the national stadium.

Ethiopia hits at bases run by militants in Eritrea

By Jeffrey Gettleman

MOGADISHU. Somalia -
Ethiopian forces have stormed
into Eritrea, the Ethiopian gov-
ernment announced on Thurs-
day, attacking several militant
bases and stirring new tensions
between the two archrivals.
The Ethiopian and Entrean
governments used to be allies
and comrades in arms. but lat-
er fell out bitterl,- over a number
of issues, including a seemingly
insignificant frontier town that
set off an intense border war in
the late 1990s. The Ethiopia-
E r rea border remains one of
the most hearVdl, armed and
combustible in the world, with
tens of thousands of troops on
each side. so ane. cross-border
incursion is considered senous.
On Thursday. the Ethiopian

government said that its ground
forces had advanced 10 miles
into Eritrea to ,Nipe out bases
used by militants lw\ho it con-
tends ha'.e attacked Ethiopian
targets and are gi\en sanctu-
ary by Eritrea
"The Entrea government has
continued launching attacks
at Ethiopia through its proxy,
groups." said an Ethiopian gov-
ernment spokesman. Shimeles
But he was quick to add that
"today's measures do ntot coni-
stitute a direct milita.r', *'on-
frontation between the .'.o
The Ethiopian government
did not provide atny informa-
tion about casualties. saying
only that its forces had sta,--d
a successful attack. The Ethio-
pians have accused the Eritre-

ans of hosting several rebel
eroLips and of harboring miLi-
tants who killed five Western
tourists in January.
Eritrean -fficials did not re-
turn several calls and e-mails
for comment.
Several analysts said they
were not sure what to make of
the attack, or V.-hat the EnrIe-
an reaction would be. For the
past several months, Eritrea
has become increasingly iso-
latrd and Ethiopia more belli-
cose Eritrea has few. friends in
the world Iran is one of them
- and it has been suspected of
supporting an islamist group
ir Somnlia linked to Al Qaeda.
Ethiopia. on the other hand.
is a close a.l, of the United
States, home tr, an American
drone base and the recipient of
billions of dollars in Arnerican

aid in recent years
Dan Connell, a professor
at Simmons College in Bos-
ton and the author of a well-
regarded book on Eritrea.
"Against All Odds," said he was
not surprised b\ the Ethiopian
Ethiopia's prime minis-
ter NMeles Zenav.-i "has been
cranking up the rhetorical
level against Eritrea since last
spring,." Mr. Connell said, with
Mr Zenawi openly calling for a
change of governments in Er-
itrea. Meanwhile. Eritrea has
vowed to defend itself, and. Mr.
Connell said. "Whatever hap-
pens in this particular case
will either happen right away
or be reflected in another clan-
destine .:.p aimed at" Ethiopia's
"We '.ughtl to kn-'w in a mat-

"rvi V A~."d bAUF


Fi r'AN


A ",.J, AL'i.im

The Ethiopia-Eriti
is heavily armed and
ter of hours." he addc
ing on Thursday
Later that e'.ening

pian ne-ws report said the two
sides would negotiate next
Eritrea, a former Italian colo-
M ,E~N n-,. was swallov.'.ed by Ethiopia
in 1962. leading to a guerrilla
L',.'ieCL Ui ,war for independence that last-
;. ed for decades In the 1980s,
Mr Zen.ia. then .a rebel lead-
:t.'AAt A, er inside Ethiopia, teamed up
nith Isajas Afwerki, an Eritre-
an rebel leader, to overthrow
Ethiopis's dictatorship. Mr.
Isaias became president of Er-
itrea ,% hen it became indepen-
,' ,,iIJ dent ir, 1993.
I. In 199S, Mr. Zenawi and Mr.
I ..-,. Isa %'as went to war for two years
rea border oer Badme, a forlorn bor-
'ea bor tier tuo.i that both countries
unstable, claimrned More than 50,000

ed. spcak- people were killed, and the
afternoon staltuLs of Badme is still unre-
an Ethio- solved

Soldiers must be held accountable for their actions

continued from 1A

these mass murderers, who were seen
more as victims of unpopular wars -
men who were driven over the brink by
the bad decision-making of their supe-
riors or of Washington policymakers.
Such shortsightedness damages
more than the American concept of
justice. It also does great injury to

the democratic ideals we use to jus-
tify the continued presence of U.S.
troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. And
when an American soldier who com-
mits a crime gets off with little or no
punishment, it devalues the lives of
their foreign victims and creates ten-
sions that put at risk the lives of other
U.S. servicemembers who get targeted
for retribution.
Of course, war can take a heavy

emotional and psychological toll on
those who are sent into battle. But
that's no excuse for the brutal slaugh-
ter Bales is suspected of committing.
Unfortunately, many news media or-
ganizations appear to suggest other-
wise by putting more effort into look-
ing for explanations for Bales' alleged
bad acts than in trying to uncover the
details of those heartless crimes.
To imply that a U.S. soldier who goes

on a killing spree in a foreign land is
less culpable because of the pressures
of war slanders the incredibly good
conduct of the millions of U.S. men
and women who have served honor-
ably in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The person who massacred the Af-
ghan villagers deserves the contempt
of this nation and the unyielding
judgment of its criminal justice sys-

In the March 14th edition of
The MiamiTimes, we listed three
former Girl Scouts that remain
alive after being members of
the first troop of Miami's Blacks
established in 1942. Dranina D.
Washington has informed us
that her great-aunt, Willie Evelyn
Gibson Griglen, is still living and
resides in Brecksville, Ohio with
her son, Jesse Jr. We apologize
for the oversight.


UI-, I

Boy, 8, who vanished in '04

may soon return to family



Ex-babysitter is

being held in case

By Michael Graczyk
Associated Press

HOUSTON Eight years after
her baby boy disappeared, Au-
boni Champion-Morin is looking
forward to embracing the child
authorities believe is her son.
"I want to tell him that I love
him," Champion-Morin, said last
week, her voice cracking and wip-
ing away tears, after an emergen-
cy court hearing gave the state at
least temporary custody of previ-
ously missing Miguel Morin. "It's
frustrating. I'm so tired of wait-
Experts say the child also may
experience frustration, though for
entirely different reasons. Miguel
will be meeting a mother and fa-
ther who are complete strangers
to him, and the woman he has
known as is mother is now ac-
cused of kidnapping him when he
was 8 months old.
"Obviously this is a joyous time
for mom, but this child has prob-
ably been delivered quite a jolt,"
said Bob Lowery of the National
Center for Missing and Exploited
Lisa Rose, an investigator for
child protective services, de-
scribed Miguel as normal height
and weight, well-mannered and
happy, though he apparently
didn't attend school. He also be-
lieved that his name is JaQuan
and that he was 6, not 8. He didn't
know his last name and thought
his birthday was March 26, not
his actual birthday of March 1.
Miguel's parents agreed in
court to provide DNA to confirm
the child is theirs. Child Protec-
tive Services officials in Houston
said the DNA results might be
available in time for a March 28
hearing set by a judge. It's also
possible the parents might be
able to have a supervised visit
with Miguel before that.
CPS spokeswoman Estella 01-
guin said that will depend on
what's in the interest of the boy,
who is now in foster care.
"We're going to have to go with
what the therapist recommends.
Of course it's heartbreaking. I'm
sure the parents want to see him.
But for him, his family is back in
St. Augustine."
That town about 150 miles
northeast of Houston is where the
woman accused of kidnapping
him, Krystle Rochelle Tanner,
was jailed. According to Cham-
pion-Morin, Tanner was a friend
who lived in the same Houston

-2010 photo by Rhyne Piggott
Nino Lyons spent almost three years in jail before his case was
thrown out because of prosecutorial misconduct.

.Wrongly jailed man

to be paid $140,000

-" By Scott Gunnerson was found guilty the following
year, based mostly on the testi-
The Justice Department has money of convicted felons.
has euiofonv uicedfe Ulons.

Auboni Champion-Morin, left, turns away from reporters after a status hearing Thursday in juve-
nile court in Houston. Champion-Morin's son vanished eight years and was recently found.

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apartment complex eight years
ago and was close enough to be
named godfather to Miguel.
"That's my mama," the child
said when shown a photo of her.
The case has generated com-
parisons to other high-profile sit-
uations where abducted children
were returned home after long
periods away. Elizabeth Smart
was taken from her Salt Lake
City bedroom in June 2002 and
found nine months later. Jaycee
Lee Dugard was kidnapped while
walking to a school bus stop in
1991 in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
She was missing for more than 18
years until August 2009.
And in Missouri, Shawn Horn-

beck went missing while riding
his bike near his rural home in
2002. More than four years lat-
er, authorities made the startling
discovery that Shawn and a boy
who had been kidnapped four
days earlier were being held in a
St. Louis County apartment.
One big difference in the Texas
case is Miguel's age. Smart was
14 and Dugard and Hornbeck
both 11 when they went missing.
Gwen Carter, a Harris County
Child Protective Services spokes-
woman, said older children, or
people who were reunited at an
older age, are more capable of.
processing such shocking per-
sonal information and putting it
into context.
Miguel now must deal with the
loss of the woman who raised
him and get used to his birth
mother. He's also left to ques-
tion his identity, said Linda
Shay Gardner, a Bethlehem,
Pa., attorney who has worked
with families in more than 200
abduction cases nationwide.
"He's going to be thinking,
'Wait a minute. If this is my
mom, who am I now?' And he
may be angry," Gardner said.
"Now you're plopped into this
new place, and you don't under-
stand any of it."
Olguin said besides the evalu-
ation from a therapist, he'll un-
dergo a medical evaluation and

be enrolled in school.
Police identified Tanner as
a suspect shortly after the boy
disappeared, but investigators
soon lost track of her. Relatives
said she had vanished, too.
When the boy was reported
missing, Houston police de-
clined to issue any sort of alert
that might have drawn tips. In
court, an attorney suggested the
boy's parents were uncoopera-
tive with investigators and were
difficult to reach.
Champion-Morin disputed the
"I feel they're trying to push it
all on me," she said. "They didn't
do anything."
Victor Senties, a spokesman
for the Houston Police Depart-
ment, said the case was handled
as a suspected kidnapping and
assigned to homicide detectives.
He said the department is now
investigating why the matter
was closed, but he would not
The case got new life last sum-
mer, when Tanner took the boy
to a St. Augustine hospital for
a leg injury. She could not pro-
vide his name or Social Security
number, raising doubts among
the hospital staff, who contacted
child welfare investigators.
Tanner was expected to appear
in court next week. She does not
yet have an attorney.

Caller ID spoofing scams aim for bank accounts

By Byron Acohido

That call you received on your
mobile phone might not be from
the company that popped up on
your Caller ID.
Cyberthieves are stepping up
phone-calling scams that pil-
fer the accounts of consumers
who bank online. And many
such calls are linked to Caller ID
spoofing, which causes the recip-
ient's phone to display a Caller
ID number that appears to origi-
nate from a trusted party.
In the second half of 2011,
Pindrop Securityt detected more
than 1 million fraudulent calls,
including 189,439 in December,
a 52 percent surge from July, ac-
cording to a first-of-its-kind re-
port released.
"Mobile is a growth area," says
Stan Stahl, president of the Los
Angeles chapter of the Informa-
tion Systems Security Associa-
tion (ISSA), which works with
financial institutions to stem on-
line banking fraud.
Spoofers often lure a cellphone
user into divulging account in-
formation via an automated call
or text message that appears to
come from the user's bank. Next,
the crooks call the bank, spoof-
ing the victim's phone number
and correctly answering security
questions to trick the bank em-
ployee into transferring cash or
issuing credit cards for mailing
addresses under the scammer's
Dell SecureWorks estimates
small and midsize businesses
in the U.S. and Europe lose as
much $1 billion a year from on-

line banking accounts. The finan-
cial services industry often does
not reimburse such losses. "We'd
expect business owners to be a
bit more savvy and have more re-
sources at their fingertips," says
Carol Kaplan, spokeswoman for

ABA's vice president of risk man-
agement policy.
Consumers are getting hit, too,
but if they report thefts prompt-
ly, the banks typically bear the
loss. Losses from consumer ac-
counts probably exceed "$1 bil-

-By John MacDougall, AFP/Getty Images
Fraudulent calls to mobile phones increased 52% between July
and December 2011.

the American Bankers Associa-
tion. "That doesn't mean we're
not seriously concerned about
the problems small businesses
are having, and there continues
to be huge gobs of investment
into shoring up security."
Results of an ABA survey of 95
financial institutions, released
exclusively to USA TODAY, show
the number of commercial ac-
count takeovers by cybercrooks
rose 260 percent in 2011 vs.
2009. However, the average
loss per victimized company de-
creased 92 percent during the
same period.
"Financial institutions are be-
coming more effective at stopping
illicit transactions from being ex-
ecuted," says Doug Johnson, the

lion a year," estimates Secure-
Works' Dale Gonzalez.
Names, phone numbers and e-
mail addresses can be purchased
inexpensively from hackers who
specialize in cracking into da-
tabases, such as the gang that
swiped 24 million customer re-
cords from online shoe retailer
Zappos earlier this year.
In the last six months of 2011,
bogus calls were placed in con-
nection with scams directed at
30 of the 50 largest financial in-
stitutions in the U.S., Pindrop
CEO Vijay Balasubramaniyan
says. "We are continuing to see
this rising trend," he says. "There
appears to be a network effect as
word of successful scams gets re-
layed to other fraudsters."

ISSA's Stahl says tech compa-
nies and banks need to do more
to stem the tide of attacks.

agreed to pay nearly u$140,000
to a Florida man who spent
three years in jail while pros-
ecutors concealed evidence that
could have set him free.
The Justice Department had
conceded in court papers that
it is required to compensate
Nino Lyons for the time he was
wrongly jailed, but it argued the
amount should be far lower -
$5,000 for each year. Justice
Department attorneys dropped
their appeal last month, clearing
the way for Lyons to be paid the
full amount. The department de-
clined to comment.
Lyons, whose case was docu-
mented in a 2010 USA TODAY
investigation of misconduct by
federal prosecutors, was arrest-
ed in 2000 on drug and coun-
terfeit merchandise charges. He

A federal judge threw out theL
charges in 2004, blasting pros-
ecutors for a "protracted course
of misconduct" that "caused ex-
traordinary prejudice to Lyons,
exhibited disregard of the Gov-
ernment's duties, and demon-
strated contempt for this court."
In 2010, U.S. District Judge
Gregory Presnell took the un-
usual step of declaring that
Lyons was actually innocent,
partly because "the most damn-
ing testimony against Lyons had
come from people who had been
allowed, if not encouraged, to lie
under oath."
Despite being declared inno-
cent, Lyons still faces challenges
. "It's tough for him to find work
because there is always that
sort of cloud hanging over him,"
his attorney, Robert Berry, said.

Miami police identify man killed at barber shop
Mriaii police have identified the mani shot and killed at an Allapaitah barber
shop. Tle victim is Tony Bernard Howard, 24, address unknown. Police are still
investigating what sparked the sliooting at the MegaCutz Barber Shop, 3485 NW
17th Ave Witnesses said an unknown man rode up on a motorcycle and entered
the shlop; gunfire erupted between the nman and Howard who was fatally wounded.

Police arrest man caught on camera having sex with dogs
When you see Dr. Cathryn Lafayette interacting with her four pit bull dogs, it's
clear she loves them and they love he, Lafayette said the was inside heir home
outside of Atlanta and taking a nap last Saturday when someone knocked on lier
door. When she stepped outside, several Newton County deputies were inr lir yard.
The deputies were there after getting a call about her dogs being attacked A
video that neighborhoods took showed a teenaged worker oil his knees inside the
kennel with her dogs. Police atiested 19-year-old Bernard Archer and charged
hlni with two counts of bestiality

Tamarac man had sex with girl under 12
A Tainaiac man is facing onolestation and sexual battery charges after, police
say he had .e>. with a girl under 12 sears old and sent hei a photo of his penis
on her cell phone. Jeffrey Giraldo. 18, was charged with two counts of lewd and
lascivious molestation, two counts sexual battery on a victim under 12 and trans-
mission of material harmful to a minor, according to a Browaid County Sheriff's
Office arrest report. Giraldo was being lield without bond.

Man 86, carjacked and no one helps
Some say that since the economic downturn. Detroit has gotten worse than
it's ever been before. Stories like this one certainly aren't helping. An 86-year
old World War II veteran was ca lacked and knocked to the ground on Detroit's
West Side and no one stopped to help iuni. Aaron Brantley, a nan who worked
for 31-years as a welder at a nearby Chrysler plant, was robbed outside a BP gas
station right near the Detroit Meicy campus. He says that he thinks about four
customers walked right past him as he lay on the ground, trying to stand up He
couldn't stand because he had a broken leg.




^ On May 15, 1946, an unkv.own singer
Named Camilla Williams took the stage at Cit-,
Center in Manhattan as Cio-Cio-San. the doomed
Heroine cf Puccini's "ladamra Butterfl Her
performance would be the capston:e of a night ,of
Ior 'j' o glo,,ous firsts
S.Miss Willians. a I-TI soprano \hho bevar' her
... :a. career as a .:on:errt -.inaer, had ne.er been in
& {lk anr opera. The Nte.H York Cit,. Opera, the *,o:ung
p-. upstart companL L '.'.*th whi.' h she '.\.as makinJrl her
debut, had rne'.'er before sltaed -" adarma But-
Sl.IBut _th re .;as as no.,thr, far m',-re important.
hrst. thou:ic its sigrniifi:-nc has bh een la-ri elr,'
Io' + f:r'o,-ttern o'.er [tme
As Cio-Cio-Sari, Miss Willi.trns. ther-
d Qh ter of a chauffeur and a
domeicstII in th .IirJ Cro"' SOuth,
... .t.'as the first Bla,'k ,.,,ma'-i
t,:, 's'cure a .--.rtr-.:t i'.ith a
mSn -|.,:r L rited Zt.-i te opera
.-onipaiy a distirUction
"" y." widely ascribed in the pub-
lic memory to the contralto
Marian Anderson.
Miss Williams's per-
formance that night, to

a decade before Miss
Anderson first sang at the
Metropolitan Opera. As
Miss Williams, who died on
Sunday at 92, well knew, it
as a beacon that lighted the
S. to American opera houses
r Te lk' f, .r other Black women, Miss
Ardndr son included.
-AssouilateC Press
M iss That Miss Williams's historic role is scarcely
WilliamS remembered today is rooted in both the rarefied
in 1985. world of opera-house politics and the ubiqui-
tous racial anxiety of midcentury America. And
though she was far too well mannered to trumpet
her rightful place in history, her relegation to its
margins caused her great private anguish.
"The lack of recognition for my accomplish-
ments used to bother me, but you cannot cry
over those things," Miss Williams said in a 1995
interview with the opera scholar Elizabeth Nash.
"There is no place for bitterness in singing. It
o.orks ,-rn trhe cords and ruins the voice. In his
r. gn ,-ood tire, God brings everything right."
Miss Will.arr.'s hiring by Cir, .)Opera ,,.as a
piece '..ith the tentatJ.-e first stabs b., post. ar
Amen,:a at integratrig the '. rlds of culture and
in 1945. the 'ear before she first s.ang there,
the barnt:,ne Todd Dun.cani, 0.ho in 1935 had cre-
ated the part of Porgy in the onrrinal Bro:ad'. ay
production :4 "Porgy and Bess." made his City,
Opera debut as Tonio in "PagliaLci." In so doing,
::. '..', -..,. he became the first Black marn to sing a featured
--.._. rule 'aith a prLrominent comparJ-
.. : The ear adter Miss Wiluliari.'s City Opera
debut, Jackie Robinson integrated major league
The daughter of Cornelius Booker Williams
and the former Fannie Carey, Camilla Ella Wil-
liams was born on Oct. 18, 1919, in Danville,
Va. Theirs was a singing family, and Camilla, the
G .om x. ii:,'irn est of four siblings., lirst anr in chur':h at
..' ... At 1i2 she e t.ok Iess-on's Irom R3, rr, rion Au, br,:,
a W el-.h st'i 2er tea,.:! -r at h-,,al .'. -ite ,-,-l!' :,-.
L-- Atid Jim rdr Cr i:,... -ie had t.:.- t,.ach p-m f,'. B ,I'-
-.'ii st,.dent' nr, ludrirrding a lla. -, a in a pri alea h,,m e

The yVumg als. 'illWijli- earned -1 ba.:helor's
degree in muisi: education in 194! ir.-rn, th
V.'ircinia State College l, r i e. r..e,-, nr,- t r tinim:
State iri'.,r-.ir, Aftlt:r gr iduii.inig, she taur ht
third grade arnd m us,.: at la-t~ ..-: -_i: :l in LI i -
ille. th:,ugCh -t.he hoped t:. b.:.:ome a .nr-,- cr
Thi :e ne:t 'ear, groupp 1 r 'r inu r' :il'irrirn,
paid hr '.'.a, .. Priladelphia lo. r stud, '..ith the
di-tin.nr -.-hed .'':e te.-acher M i:,rl' ekel', Fre-
s.:hl Th,-rei. Mli- -. .killiami- -upp:.rii id i c,-i -If i',
,.:.r .in:. as i-n .ihei.re.t in a m i'li h'.,u.'-
. M is-, illi-arns. ,:'n a .-i.nr i im 'J.er-..'cn i '-rd.
,..a.l s, ol-u_!.rship ,-.tablIh'-,d i ,, Mt i-- AnJ,-r-
M o1-1, lii l'i4" .1,a-. d1 an _-.-un the ri, :..- .:;n

Soon afterward, she embarked on a concert
In 1944 she ga'.e a recital in Stamford,
Conn in the ;audien,:e w dine Farratr Ore of the most renowned singers
of the first hallof the 20th C.-elitLur, Miss Far-
rar had been the lMet's first rMadam Butterfly
in 1907
C..apt.aed b', Miss WiLl!iarts's ..iCke. she
became her mentor. helping her sLecure a re-
-ording Lcontr.',t .'ith, RCA V. .ictor aid ';.iTlLng
to the impresa-ri. rtithur .iJud-.on '.'.ih the sug-
gestion that he m.aria3e her On re'er ing the
letter., is Miss Wilh :-,s recalled in the 1995
inter-.ter.-., a ~suspw:iou:s Mr Jidudson telephoned
Mis Farrar
'He didri t belie'.e the grerw t F _rr.ir ,.,uld
tak:e UIme t. "'rite a letter about .ti unkno-wn
hlttle *.:lred irl she sajd When .Judsonr
.::nhrrmed it real!, as .liss Farra.r he wvas
d umb'b'ju nded
r% l I F .,rr:r .,. .rr _.r! :- .,' -,r j- .i _i L.. [
with Laszlo Halasz, CCitc Operas director, 'who
had founded the company in 1943. It went well
enough that had there not been a war on, Miss
Williams might have sung Cio-Cio-San even
sooner than she did.
"Since Miss Farrar had been one of the great-
est interpreters of 'Madama Butterfly,' they had
thought of that role for me," Miss Williams said
in the same interview. "The war with Japan was
on, however, and it was forbidden to perform that
opera. 'If I ever give this opera,' Mr. Halasz said,
'call this young girl in to sing for me.'"
The call came in 1946, and she learned the
part of Cio-Cio-San in two months. Reviewing
Miss Williams's debut in The New York Times,
Noel Straus wrote, "There was a warmth and
intensity in her singing that lent dramatic force
of no mean order to the climactic episodes, and
something profoundly human and touching in
her delivery of all of the music assigned her."

At City Opera, with which she performed regu-
larly until 1954, Miss Williams also sang Nedda
in Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci," Mimi in Puccini's
"Boheme" and the title role in Verdi's "Aida."
But even there, she said afterward, she was
primarily confined to playing "exotic" heroines
like Aida and Cio-Cio-San. European characters
largely eluded her.
"I would have loved to sing the Countess and
Susanna in 'Le Nozze di Figaro,'" Miss Williams
said in 1995 'Mojzart .'., a-s so right for my voice.
But Lhe', ',. oere afraid to put me in v itle x\ ig a-id
v.'hiter m.al:eiup
Miss Williams also appeared with the Boston
Lyric Opera a'tnd the ViXrti.ia State Opera, among
Oth,-r companies. She %. as a salo.ist ;. ith some
-'f the world's leading orchestras, including the
Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Phil-
harmonic, and sang at the White House.
She toured worldwide as a recitalist, though
her concerts tended to be less well reviewed than
her opera work, at least by New York critics.
Miss Williams sang Bess in what was then the
most complete recording of "Porgy and Bess,"
released by Columbia Records in 1951 and
featuring Lawrence Winters as Porgy. Her other
recordings include "A Camilla Williams Recital"
and "Camilla Williams Sings Spirituals."
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ington, owned by the Daughters of the American
The first lad,. Eleanor Rooseveit. resigned from
il" F' t!tn pro,,esi nid hI.lpeP arrange a *:or-
.:ert b[ M.1ss i.ers,.r' t th' e Lincoln Mr emorral.
landmark event that drew 75,000 people and was
heard by many more on the radio.
For another, the longstanding David-and-Goli-
ath relationship between the scrappy City Opera
and the august Met inevitably came into play.
"Camilla never did sing at the Met," Stephanie
Shonekan, the co-author of her memoir, "The Life
of Camilla Williams" (2011), said in a telephone
interview on Wednesday. "And that's something
that sort of haunted her all her life. The Met, in
many people's minds, was superior to the New
York City Opera. So there's that tendency, then,
to discount what happened at the New York City
Opera and count only what happened at the Met."

A third reason, said Professor Shonekan, who
teaches ethnomusicology and Black studies at
the University of Missouri, was rooted in the fact
that Miss Williams happened to come of age as a
singer toward the start of the civil rights move-
ment, timing that seemed to make her managers
"She signed with Columbia Artists, and as we
moved into the '50s, Camilla's feeling was that
Columbia Artists did not want to put her 'out
there' too much, because they didn't want her
to deal with the race issue," she said. "And she
wouldn't have anyway: her personality is not to
be 'out there' with an Afro, holding up her fist.
But I think that there was a fear from her man-
agement that she would deal with the race issue
as other artists were doing at that time."
Miss Williams's husband of 19 years, Charles
T Bi ,.,.:r-'.. a civil rights lawyer who was the
court-appointed defense counsel for Thomas 15X
Johnson, one of three men convicted of murder-
ing Malcolm X in 1965, died in 1969. No immedi-
ate family members survive.
On Jan. 7, 1955, when Miss Anderson made
her Met debut as Ulrica in Verdi's "Ballo in
Maschera," Miss Williams was in the audience as
her invited guest. Both women were keenly aware "
of the significance of the evening, but both, Miss
Williams recalled, were also mindful of a night in
May nine years earlier.
"As the first African-American woman to appear
with a major American opera company," Miss
Williams said in 1995, "I had opened the door for
M..is n.:.u :r,: o- n "















Sex abuse rampant at unregulated

By Michael LaForgia

bedtime it already was too late
for the boy. The lights blinked
out and the camp counselor, a
predator. lay down at his feet.
Curled up in the dark, he was
ready to attack.
Getting here was all too easy
for James Roc, Melton Jr. When
the con'.vcted child molester
volunteeredd at this Palm City
church summer camp, nobody
stood in his way.
Not the church It welc o mred
the tall, rang,- .34-\ear-old as its
newest youth chaperone with-
out screening his background
And not the state of Florida.
For 30 years. lawmTnakers have
passed measures to protect
kids in child ca-re centers \hiule
ignoring harm at the hands of
summer carrip workers

Florida camps are completely
unregulated. Nobody knows
how many operate here. Nobody
checks up on the people who
run them.

As a result, children have suf-
fered profound harm, a Palm
Beach Post investigation has
That's %what happened on this
night m the summer ulf 199
Melton. vh,, 10 ',ears carhl. r
had admitted rapmin as nian'
as 12 children, la', dO'w\\n ajmci'n,
boys in PdAlm City. The kids fell
asleep He pulled do~wnT orie
14-', ear-old's shorts and mio-
lested him
Convicted aaimn in the Palm
Cit, attack, Melton was scn-
tenced ito 30 '.ears. He still is in
But. across Florida, dangers

for children remain.
The state's system of safe-
guarding kids in child care cen-
ters relis on lienslst-. "State
regulators inspect do', areas s arid
other Incen-ll'-td bLi-,inc's-iSies to e1-
sure emrploi.'i-s .re thoro-,ughis
screened There are no su.:h re-
quirerrm'ItsI for camrps
That meais molesrers iLke'
Meltjn .along th u -lent crirni-
nals 'r the, s':'.erel mcl tall' ill.
ca n -cnr -n arid hat.e signed
on a-_ calmp counselori state-
In .a si'-month r.'-po:'rting el-
fort, The FPul-t ,,.impa.retd n'milliois
of corpor.are flingt ''.ilth records
of c:riminat.l 0onv1Ltions, pore:d
over tens oIf tiho.usarnd: of pages
of court dociimcnts, police re-
ports and rneivs rhlppings: arid
co-nductcd dozens ul interileV's..
in corning das. thile ne,.spap-cr
'ill lay --ut its findings in a se-

ries of stories. Among the key
points: Kids have been harmed.

The, al'l been sex.atidll', mo-
Iletd in i' Luil.ai'.''S cil pre.eniL-
able abuse
A.nd cases ,f h'liari pireent-
able or other.' l,-.r happen reg-v
iloar[l- in Florida suirnmer campri
SiLce 2u-'0, .a least 50 children
have been i:timiiized in sLtrumm-er
programs or ibl:)used b '.'.ork-
ers the kids first enrt'oLinitered at
c arip liretanizatinris
Because: child s,=x-uaJ abuse
often ,oes w iinrel)orted one
estirn-ite p'.it. the re porting rate
at Con: in 20 case s that fig-
ure likely Linder-repri-sents the
number of '.ict-ms, statewide
Many more kids are risk.
All 50 states consider child
nimcleste i.' ajnid other se\ -
fendcrs so ddaiecrouis that thc

government tracks their move-
ment,. but nothing stops them
frorm wurkina in Florida camps
More than-, a le. c,t .obs in sLim-
mer programs
lii scores. oSf rrither L.SeS., rap-
ist murderer' anid other illent
criminals have led organizations
thut o'freni rirun camps. Rnrughlh
17I0 church or lieieghborhood
,out.h programs haic been oper-
ated bv felons starte'vde. includ-
ing more than i t *' dozen busi-
nesses led b,, child molesters or
other se, offendeis

The T-IOups are ,dispropor-
tionlatel'i clustered aroundd the
stat 's poorest neighborhoods
Since th,' midd-19SOs, legisla-
tors have been Aarned repeat-
cdl', of daingrs in camps.
E\c-n so. the, ha'.e taken vir-
tuallh no steps to protect kids

Jennifer DiLtt, exeC:uLlve di-
rector of the Fl,'-rida Council
Against Sexual Violrenic, said
The Post has identified a signifi-
cant problem
'I think people should pa', at-
tentinir t it.," Drilt said "-And
ouLr legislature should pay at-
tentiin to it.
Fl:rida is one of SLx states
that don't license cam-rps in
somte orm.
Its population of 19 mjt-
lion dwarfs the others on the
list: North Carolina, Washing-
ton, Missouri. New Me.xico and
South Dakota.
Florida's lawmakers haven't
ignored camps altogether On
paper, laws requiring stringent
FBI background checks appear
to cover summer ca.rrp workerss
But the same la,'.s make no
one responsible for enforcing
the rules.

'There is no mercy,' refugees who fled Syria say

Rights groups say Assad's regime tortures prisoners

By Sarah Lynch

MAFRAQ, Jordan Dark scars
on Mohammad Al-Fawari's face
stand out even in the shadows
of his cold, dimly lit home in a
poor part of town where he and
his family sought refuge near the
Syrian-Jordan border.
The wounds a result of elec-
tric shock are the faded signs
of torture he endured while in
prison, he says. But Mohammad
and his family count themselves
lucky because they were able to
flee Homs as it was pounded by
Syrian forces.
Thursday, United Nations hu-
manitarian chief Valerie Amos
toured the shattered Syrian city
and was "struck" by the devasta-
tion. She said in Damascus that
the Baba Amr neighborhood in
Homs is "completely destroyed"
and deserted. Where the resi-
dents are she could not say.
In February, the regime of
Bashar Assad intensified the
campaign on the rebel strong-
hold with bombardments that
killed 700 civilians, according to
Human Rights Watch, citing lo-
cal sources. Since the uprising
began a year ago, 8,000 Syrians
have been killed across the coun-
try, the United Nations says.
U.N. chief Ban Ki Moon says

he has received "grisly" reports
that Assad's troops summarily
executed locals, beheading them
or torturing them after the rebel
Free Syrian Army left.
Thousands have fled to the
Lebanon border. Mohammad,
26, and his brother Ahmad Al-
Fawari, a decade older, fled to
Jordan with their families.
"There is no mercy," Ahmad
says at the family's rented home.
Days before the brothers fled,
their uncle Nizar was shot to
death by a sniper while on his
way to buy bread at a store. They
say he was killed because they
are Sunnis who were living in
an Alawite Shiite neighborhood.
"We lived together for almost 40
years, and now they are shoot-
ing us, killing us," Ahmad says of
the Syrian troops, who are largely
Alawite Shiite.
During their last weeks in Syr-
ia, Ahmad and Mohammad barri-
caded themselves and their fami-
lies in their home. They left bribes
in holes on outside walls to deter
Assad's forces. The power lines
were cut. The family stayed warm
by burning shoes and old clothes
along with wood from furniture.
Mohammad says he was
stopped at a checkpoint and de-
tained without being told why
and spent over a month in jail.

For 35 days, Mohammad says,
he was kept in a 9-by-9-foot
room with about 75 men. Trying
to sleep, he was often jolted by
sounds of security forces using
the backs of Kalashnikov rifles to
strike men in the head.
"Every 30 minutes, they came
in and harassed us," he says.
Prisoners lived in a cell that
had no toilet. They were fed one
meal a day, an egg or potato with
bread and a few teaspoons of wa-
ter. Mohammad says water was



poured over his head before he
was electrically shocked. Some of
the men had broken bones stick-
ing out.
Family members reinforce Mo-
hammad's story, and Human
Rights Watch and Amnesty In-
ternational have reported similar
cases of detainment, detention
and torture across Syria.
More than 100 people de-
tained in Syria were interviewed
by HRW and reported "rampant
use of torture in detention cen-
ters against even the youngest

-Photo by Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri
Top U.N. humanitarian official Valerie Amos visits Syrian Red
Crescent center in Damascus March 8.

Holder: Our Government has the clear authority to
United States with lethal force.

defend the

Attorney General defends

lethal force on citizens
By Kevin Johnson

In his most forceful defense yet of the Obama administration's
use of lethal force against U.S. citizens linked to terrorism, Attor-
ney General Eric Holder said Monday that the Constitution does
not protect U.S. suspects plotting to kill other Americans.
Holder said in a speech at the Northwestern University School
of Law in Chicago that the government is within its rights to kill
citizens who are senior leaders in al-Qaeda or affiliate groups who
pose an "imminent threat" of attack against the USA and whose
capture is "not feasible."
"Given the nature of how terrorists act and where they tend to
hide, it may not always be feasible to capture a U.S. citizen ter-
rorist who presents an imminent threat of violent attack," Holder
said, according to a text of his speech. "In that case, our govern-
ment has the clear authority to defend the United States with le-
thal force."

Mayors bring 'sister power' to their office

MAYOR Gibson will vacate her office in from unincorporated Dade and
continued from 1A August 2012 due to term limits, there were those who didn't be-

haven't felt any undue pressure
because of their gender.
"It's always an honor to make
history but I think it may have
more significance to my mother's
generation theirs was the one
that opened the doors," Freeman-
Wilson said. "My daughter, now
17, looks at my accomplishments
and knows that for her life, the
sky is the limit. She can be mayor
or even president of the U.S."
Freeman-Wilson has been in
office less than three months in
a city that in 1968 elected the
first Black mayor in our nation's
history, Richard Gordon Hatcher.
She won 77 percent of the vote in
the general election and has had
her hands full ever since.
"I like to refer to myself as 'Dor-
othy from Oz' because I was born
and raised here and there's no
place like home," she said. "We
have reduced crime, are reno-
vating our downtown that had
become a real eyesore and are
adding more runways to the Gary
Chicago Airport. But the prior-
ity is to make it easier for busi-
nesses to locate here. Developing
job skills for our citizens is key
because it doesn't help if you
bring in new companies but your
people lack the training for the
Freeman-Wilson says she be-
lieves she is in a unique posi-
tion to turn things around in
Gary. And it's not her gender but
her ability to successfully build
teams that will make the differ-
"When you are working in city
government, you look at the po-
tential of the folks around you
and then you surround yourself
with those who are talented,"
she said. "Members of my staff
completed their education at
Harvard, Howard and Stanford.
Many were born here and like me
and have chosen to return in a
concerted effort to improve the
quality of life for everyone."

In her nine years as the city's only
mayor, she says she has found
that women are getting more re-
spect when they take over posi-
tions of leadership.
"I think things are improving
for women both in the public and

private sector," she said. "That's
because it's becoming the norm.
But as long as we still have 'first
women' in certain positions, we
still haven't gotten where we need
to be. Sure, you have the typi-
cal male-female dynamics and
men sometimes want to exclude
women from the decision-mak-
ing process so there's still work
that must be done. Miami Gar-
dens is unique in that we have
a very short history. We started

lieve a majority-Black city could
survive or manage itself. We have
done both. I learned early on that
people looked to me to lead the
way and that I was charged with
making positive things happen.
But unlike the president who is

somewhat shielded from voters, I
must face my constituents every
day. You have to be the stabiliz-
ing force and voice that is not
easily distracted by other things
or people."
Gibson's advice to Freeman-
"Be honest, principled and fair,
keep the focus on who you have
been elected to serve and under-
stand the unique needs of your

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Was race behind the shooting of Miami youth?

continued from 1A

Martin, were on vacation in
Sanford, just north of Orlando,
when the former Michael Krop
Senior High School student
was confronted by George Zim-
merman, 28, who had called
the police on numerous occa-
sions because of what he alleg-
edly referred to as "suspicious
Zimmerman was initially
questioned by local authori-
ties but was neither arrested
nor charged, invoking Flori-
da's contentious Stand Your
Ground Law as the justifica-
tion for shooting the youth.
Martin was found with a bag of
Skittles and an iced tea. San-
ford police released the 911
tapes late Friday night that
shed more light on the encoun-
ter between Martin and Zim-
merman as well as the slain
boy's final living moments.
On Monday, the Justice De-
partment, the FBI the U.S. At-
torney's Office for the Middle
District of Florida, decided to
conduct an investigation into
the shooting after being bom-
barded by a slew of complaints.
Meanwhile, the parents of
Trayvon Martin have secured
the services of Attorney Ben
Crump and are preparing for
a showdown in Sanford next
Monday, March 26th, when

they will go before the city of-
ficials in Sanford to officially
lodge their complaints and to
participate in a protest rally
that appears to be growing in
size with each passing day.
As this story went to press,
Crump said a petition call-
ing for Zimmerman's arrest
had already garnered close to
500,000 signatures.

In an interview with Tracy
Martin and Sybrina Fulton,
along with their attorney, Mar-
tin says he believes justice will
only be served if federal offi-
cials lead the way in the inves-
"Several people from the
Sanford Police Department
have lied to us they lied to
us from the beginning and so
it's hard to have confidence in
the system," he said. "When
one detective spoke with me
I asked him if they had con-
ducted a background check
on the shooter [Zimmerman]
and was told that his record
was clean. But now we hear
that isn't the case. They did
check my son's background
and found, as I had indicated,
that he did not have a police
record. Our son was murdered
and it was an act of injustice.
Our son didn't do anything to
deserve this. Everyone home

PARENTS MOURN: Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton still look
for answers.

in Miami is behind us and,
like us, want to see this guy
arrested and charged. Tray-
von's fate has been decided --
but his murderer continues to
walk the streets."
Both parents live in Miami-
Dade County, but Fulton was
raising Martin in Miami Gar-
dens as a single mother. Mar-
tin was visiting his girlfriend
with his son in Sanford when
the tragic shooting occurred.
Both parents say they were
working together to raise their
son. They add that they were
devastated when they heard
the 911 tapes.
The case continues to gain
national attention, dominat-
ing headlines across the coun-
try. Letters of support have
been sent to the family while

some have demanded a thor-
ough investigation by unbi-
ased legal officials.

"I am saddened and dis-
tressed by the killing of an
unarmed, 17-year-old high
school student we have
heard the expressions of out-
rage and the accusations of
those who believe that that
the killing Was unlawful and
may have been racially mo-
tivated," said Miami-Dade
County Commissioner Barba-
ra Jordan.
Meanwhile, grassroots activ-
ists, including Renita Holmes
and Brian Dennis, say they
plan to join the family in San-
ford next Monday and hope

to take a convoy to show they
stand in solidarity with the
victim and his loved ones who
mourn his death.
"Trayvon Martin was one of
our children and nothing war-
ranted him being shot," said
Dennis, president of Brothers
of the Same Mind. "The shoot-
er should be charged with
murder because he clearly
knew what he was doing and
hunted that boy down."
Holmes, the founder of
WAAIVE and a community ac-
tivist, says she has enlisted
the support of a growing num-
ber of Miamians, including
Ronald Fulton, the uncle of
the deceased youth, Clark At-
lanta University Alumni Asso-
ciation, Omega Psi Phi Frater-
nity, Inc. and the New Black
Panther Party. They will be
traveling to Sanford to camp
out before Monday's city com-
mission meeting.
"This is not a freedom ride
- it's about unfinished busi-
ness," she said. "Black moth-
ers and fathers have grown
tired of burying their children.
There are many in this state
and in this nation who do not
value the lives of young Black
boys and girls."
On Tuesday, Bishop Vic-
tor T. Curry, pastor of New
Birth and the president of the
Miami-Dade Branch of the
NAACP, used his Tuesday Talk

radio show to allow citizens to
vent and share their views on
the Martin shooting.
"We need as many voices out
there as possible to speak out,"
he said. "As to the Stand Your
Ground Law, we really need to
have Eric Holder's office look
into this law and determine
whether the shooter has a vi-
able claim of self defense. In
the past, we have been more
successful when the Attorney
General's Office gets involved
as opposed to officials from
the state or local levels. Noth-
ing has changed here in Flori-
da. The same issues and chal-
lenges that Black men face
each day continue in Miami-
Dade, Broward, West Palm
Beach and across the U.S. -
no one should be surprised -
but we should outraged."
As for the father of Trayvon
Martin, he says race still mat-
"If my son, a Black youth,
had shot a white man, we
would be talking to him from
behind a glass window in jail
- instead we found ourselves
burying our little boy," he
A Peace March rally in sup-
port of the family of Trayvon
Martin will be held on Wednes-
day, March 21 at 5 p.m. The
march will begin at Sherdavia
Jenkins Peace Park, NW 62nd
Street and NW 12th Avenue.

Black parents often left out in school reform efforts

continued from 1A Mr o M.i

Creole and Cantonese being just
a few.

Major findings included: 1) Par-
ents have a positive view of the
quality of their children's educa-
tion; 2) Parents were aware awarenof the
importance of teacher quality; 3)
Parents have high educational
aspirations for their children but
their aspirations defy the odds.
They are also heavily involved in
their educational experience; and
4) Parents do not appear to under-
stand the weaknesses of the edu-
cation their children are receiving.
They will only become energized to
support efforts to reform schools if
they are better informed. The me-
dia, especially ethnic media, has
an important role to play in achiev-
ing this objective.
But several members of the
Black community said they felt like
the panel discussion was an exam-
ple of "preaching to the choir."
"Our elected officials are not
working for the benefit of our kids
but rather to make money," said
Marlene Bastien, founder and ex-
ecutive director of Haitian Women
of Miami. "We need to see an in-
vestment in and the creation of
more parent leadership councils
- we need to help minority par-
ents organize and they need to be
informed of the true state of public
education and how they can use
their collective vote and voices to
make much needed change. If not,
our schools will continue to be the
leading pipeline to this country's
Panelist Modesto E. Abety-Guti-
errez, president/CEO, The Chil-
dren's Trust, says he is concerned

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-Photo courtesy of Vivian Po
American Media Executive Director Sandy Close sets the stage.

about the formative years of chil-
dren's education.
"Close to half, 40 percent, of our
pre-K children are not ready when
they begin school that means
the problem begins at home," he
said. "It just gets worse for them in
each successive grade. By the time
they reach the third grade, 1/3 are
not reading on grade level. Parents
can change this by instilling a love
of reading in their children and
Jri.:drg, to them right away,, there-
fore arming them with a stronger
vocabulary that will prepare them
for school and lifelong learning."
He also pointed out that in a
recent national survey of young
adults seeking to enter the mili-
tary, 75 percent couldn't meet
the basic requirements because
they either could not pass the ba-
sic skills test, had felony records,
tested positive for drugs or were
too obese.
"I see no sense of urgency or
outrage and because these are
our children that we failing, we
should both angry and determined
to change things for the better," he


Raquel A. Regalado, Miami-Dade
County Schools board member,
District 6, said, "the biggest prob-
lem we face is not the amount of
funding but the misallocation of
Somehow our state has become
obsessed with standardized tests
and whether we realize it or not,
passing the FCAT has become
tied to our children's sense'of self-
worth." she said.
Both she and Dr. Pablo Ortiz,
provost, Miami Edison Senior
High School, commented on the
negative impact that the FCAT has
on young children particularly
children of color.
"When I see the kinds of realities
my students face and overcome
every day it motivates me to do
whatever I can to help them suc-
ceed," Ortiz said. "For my 9th and
10th graders, their major hurdle is
passing the FCAT. What's wrong

Is justice served in self-defense law?

continued from 1A

could, referring to a November
2011 road rage case that ended in
one person's death and his known
assailant not being charged be-
cause his actions were deemed
acceptable under Florida's self-
defense law.
"Those are the types of inci-
dents that you have now because
people know that they have pro-
tection under the Stand Your
Ground Law," he said.
Cases where defendants claim
that they used violence as a
means of defense have increased
since the law was passed. Accord-
ing to a 2010 Tampa Bay Times
article, the Florida Department

of Law Enforcement has reported
receiving three times as many
reports of justifiable homicides
since the law went into effect. But
Handfield's assessment of the po-
tential downside and ramification
of the law not new.
"When the law was [first]
changed people predicted that
there would be a situation just
like the tragedy that happened
in Sanford," explained Oliver
Gilbert, the vice mayor of Miami
Gardens and the former assistant
prosecutor for Broward County. "I
don't think that anyone can right-
fully claim to be surprised."
The Stand Your Ground Law
has also come under fire for its
vague definition of what is a "rea-
sonable threat."

"What is reasonable is going to
be different for every situation,"
Gilbert said. For example, "what
is reasonable for a woman who is
120 pounds is not reasonable for
a man that is 200 pounds."
And although the law itself is
colorblind, race likely plays a fac-
tor in how the law is applied,
according to Handfield.
"The law does not allow race
to be used as a justification
but unfortunately, race has
colored our perception of how
we deal with things," he said.
"Unfortunately for our young
Black men, they have to be
careful because they may be
an unintended victim just
because of the color of their

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with that picture is they focus so
much on one test that they find
it impossible to envision their fu-
ture. We must move away from
one test, one moment and one sin-
gular methodqf accountability."
Lucie Tondreau, a member of
the Haitian-American Grassroots
Coalition and a parent, said she
believes therF need to be more
Haitian teachers and principals in
the public schools.
"Many Haitian students have
trouble because English is not
their first language but more
than this it is the lack of under-
standing our culture and our chil-
dren not knowing the nuances
of American culture that make it
very difficult for them to some-
times comprehend even basic sto-
ries. We must find new ways to
collaborate as parents we may
be from different countries but as
minority parents our children face
many of the same obstacles."

"Education is the new civil rights
issue," Abety-Gutierrez added.
"Look at the record number of
Black boys that are not graduat-

ing from high school and look at
where they are going prison.
This is the new age version of Jim

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on Thursday, March 22nd, from i
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stephen
P. Clark Government Center,
111 NW First Street, Miami. \ -- i
The event is part of the Depart- IT ;
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awareness and increase steps
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participants at the first Black Marriage Day Walk an 2010.
Tallulah Taylor Johnson (I-r), secretary; Karen C;bLiert, president;
and Alvena Smith Johnson, treasurer.

Mt. Tabor host wellness

and health living seminar

By Kaila Heard

Kathlene Hepburn-Okehi's
message is simple: "Soul food
is healthy food; just make a
few slight changes and you
can still eat it."
Using what she has learned
from her Herbalife diet, the
67-year-old has become a
health and wellness coach for
the company and will be offer-
ing a free eight-week weight
loss and nutrition seminar at
Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist
Church beginning on Wednes-
day, April 18th.
The course teaches what a
healthy diet consists of, how
to eat a balanced meal as well
as the importance of being
physically fit and even offers
weekly walking exercises.
New guidelines recommend

that an active adult woman
eat at least five servings of
fruits and servings a day,
while her male counterpart
should eat six and exercise
for 30 minutes daily, accord-
ing to the Centers for Disease
Control. However, a 2005
CDC survey found that only
12.6 percent of Black women
and 16.5 percent of all minor-
ity men achieved followed the
Hepburn-Okehi knows
first-hand the importance of a
healthy diet and exercise. For
six years, she suffered from
an undiagnosed thyroid issue
that caused her to remain in-
active and eat countless calo-
ries daily. She found herself
gaining weight until she even-
tually weighed more than 300
Please turn to FOOD 14B

Are gospel musicals a positive

tool for Christian ministry?

By Kaila Heard

Nowadays, Tyler Perry, who in
some circles is known as the king
of Christian-themed films, many of
which began as gospel musicals,
have grossed over $500 million.
With messages of hope and inspi-
ration, it would seem that gospel
dramas have gained mainstream
acceptance. But before Perry, there
were outstanding plays and films
that included "Unequally Yoked," "A
Good Man is Easy to Find" and the
classic, "Your Arms Too Short to Box
with God." However, does the fact
that a film or play include an en-
couraging message mean it should
be considered part of the Christian
entertainment genre? Michael Mat-
thews, a popular playwright known

gospel-themed production says

"I think the most of today's plays
Please turn to GOSPEL 14B

For the past several \ears, media reports have been paint-
ing a picture of Black marriage in the U.S. and the image
has been far from positive.
I get tired of hearing all of the negative things about
marriage in the Black community and I was thinking that
there needs to be a day where we can stop talking about the
negaLivity and talk positively about marriage," said Nasir
So, nine years ago, Muhammad decided to offer
an alternative image by creating
National Black Marriage
Day. This year's date is
March 25th. He says the
celebration is necessary
.I since the more negative
Perception of marriage is
impacting Black marriage
"If all Black woman hear is
that there is no man out there
tfor them, of course that's going
to have an impact on them, the
kwavi they act and even think,"
she said. "People fulfill the expec-
S:tations that they have if they
Think there's no one positive for
them they will attract men that might not
be good them."
Please turn to MARRIAGE 14B

Rev. Mildred Roscoe

returns home to serve

By Kaila Heard

Born into a family filled with minis-
ters, the 54-year-old Rev. Mildred Wil-
liams Roscoe was always active in the
church. But it wasn't until 1996 that
she felt called to follow in her elders'
footsteps. Since then she has worked
diligently to meet the requirements of
pastorship in the African Methodist
Episcopal church including receiving
her bachelor's and master's degrees.
She was ordained as an elder in 2008

and was assigned to her first church
in Hastings in 2009.
"It was exciting and it was an eye-
opening experience," she recalled.
"I got a different reception being a
woman minister in a small town. Sur-
prisingly, some of the women in the
congregation were not as accepting of
a woman pastor and I think part of the
resistance that I got was because I had
a more hands-on style of leadership."
Last November she became senior
pastor of Salters Chapel AME Church
Please turn to ROSCOE 14B



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13B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 21-27, 2012


Pastors reveal how to preach good sermons

By Lillian Kwon

How do preachers, par-
ticularly megachurch pas-
tors, prepare for sermons
every week? Where do they
get their ideas? Do they ever
get nervous? And how do they
deal with both criticism and
Those are some of the ques-
tions that a group of well-
known pastors responded to
during a webcast last week
that was designed to help pas-
tors across the country preach
better sermons.
According to Casey Graham,
founder of PreachingRocket.
com, which led the event, 90
percent of unchurched people
choose a church based on the
pastor or preaching. And 92
percent of people return to a
church because of a sermon.
With that, the preachbet-
tersermons.com event was
launched to provide insights
into the way some of the
country's most influential
pastors do what they do and
to provide a community in the
lonely world of preparing and
preaching sermons.

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NewSpring Church Pastor
Perry Noble advised the thou-
sands of pastors watching
online to begin with the Word
of God and not a VH 1 video or
popular song.
"Let the text, the Bible drive
the sermon. Don't say I saw
a video on VH 1 and I want to
establish a sermon around
that," the South Carolina
megachurch pastor exhorted.
"The Word of God has to be
where it starts. I'm so pas-
sionate about that."
For Charles Stanley, who

Pastor Vanable H. Moody
II of The Worship Center
Christian Church in Bir-
minglam,. Ala. was one of
the ministers featured in
a webcast seminar about
how to preach a good

has been preaching for 55
years, his ideas come from
asking "What's the need of the
people who are going to be
The veteran pastor, whose
sermons are broadcast around
the world through In Touch
Ministries, developed a little
saying that some, including
his son Andy Stanley, cite:
"Until a preacher has as bur-
den for the message, he's not
ready to preach."
"I realized I needed to have
on my shoulder spiritually -
the weight of what God has in
mind. What does He want to

accomplish in this message?
... I'm preaching for an impact,
not to impress anybody but
just impact. I want to see their
life change," he explained.
Essentially, the feeling a
pastor should have is: "I must
preach this message, I have
to preach it, I can't wait to
preach it," he described.
While Stanley typically be-
gins preparing for his sermon
a week ahead and makes sure
that is the only thing on his
mind between Saturday and
Sunday, Noble likes to plan
much farther ahead by sev-
eral months.
Andy Stanley, lead pastor
of North Point Community
Church in Alpharetta, Ga.,
also chooses to prepare his
sermons more than a week in
Other speakers featured in
the webcast included Louie Gi-
glio of the Passion movement,
Judd Wilhite of Central Chris-
tian Church in Las Vegas, Dan
Cathy, president and COO of
Chick-fil-A, and Pastor Van-
able H. Moody II of The Wor-
ship Center Christian Church
in Birmingham, Ala.

Where do Christians receive financial advice?

'The Donald' trumps the Bible on

money matters, study finds

By Annalisa Musarra

When it comes to financial
advice in these tough eco-
nomic times, more Ameri-
cans today would rather take
advice from business mogul
Donald Trump than from the
According to a survey con-
ducted in February by two
biblically oriented nonprof-
its, 50 percent of Americans
would choose Donald Trump
as their financial adviser,
despite his history of filing
for bankruptcy, and only 32
percent look to the Bible.
"The Bible offers sound
advice about managing

money, avoiding debt and
prospering in difficult times,"
said Lamar Vest, president of
the American Bible Society,
co-sponsor of the survey, but
94 percent of Americans are
unable to pinpoint the verse
from Proverbs about these
The survey also found that
86 percent of Americans do
not follow what the Bible
says about managing money
and 24 percent of those think
they would have more money
if they did follow that advice.
American Bible Society and
Compass Finances God's
Way recently released "The
Financial Stewardship Bible,"

an integrated study guide
that highlights more than
2,000 verses that discuss

money and finances. The
survey was timed to coincide
with the release of the book.

zure looms

came due recently.
Charles Street says it would
have refinanced into a new
loan, but couldn't because
of a long-running feud with
The bank sued the church
in 2010 over a $3.6 million
construction loan that the con-
gregation took out to build an
adjacent community center.
OneUnited cut off funding
in 2009, leaving the project
unfinished and the church
unable to do fund-raising and
hall rentals it expected would
help pay off the debt.
OneUnited said it generally
only forecloses when clients
default on loans. "We trust
that the community will not
rush to judgment," the bank

churches boycott

Black banks?
By Jerry Kronenberg

leaders planned to call for a
nationwide boycott of minority-
owned OneUnited Bank last
week over its plan to foreclose
Roxbury's historic Charles
Street AME Church in upcom-
ing weeks.
"We have two Black institu-
tions headed for a confronta-
tion and it's a shame," said
the Rev. Jeffrey Brown, who
planned to join other leaders at
OneUnited's Grove Hall branch
last week to call on clients to

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Rev. Jeffrey Brown
withdraw funds. cause the 194-year-old congre-
OneUnited intends to seize gation failed to pay off a $1.1
Charles Street's building be- million "balloon" mortgage that

Adams Tabernacle of Faith to dedicate new facility

To celebrate the dedication of
Pembroke Pines' Adams Tab-
ernacle Adams Tabernacle of
Faith African Methodist Epis-
copal (A.M.E.) Church's new
facility, two special worship
services featuring the retired
Bishop John Hurst Adams and
Bishop McKinley Young, the
Presiding Prelate of the Elev-
enth Episcopal District of the
African Methodist Episcopal
Church as speakers will be
held on Sunday, March 25th.
Adams Tabernacle of Faith
A.M.E. Church began in the
year 2003 with a vision from
Adams, to plant a church in
southwest Broward County.
Adams, the presiding prelate
of the Eleventh Episcopal Dis-
trict of the African Methodist
Episcopal Church at that time
appointed Rev. Melvin Payne,

Jr. to plant the church and be-
come its first pastor. A small
local group interested in plant-
ing the church began having
prayer meetings at the homes
of various group members.
Eventually, a close fellowship
emerged. As the group grew,
they took up residence in Sil-
ver Trail Middle School in Pem-
broke Pines.
"It was the expressed desire
from the beginning to have a
facility for worship in the grow-
ing southwest Broward com-
munity," Payne said. "The de-
sign of the building, serves as a
beacon of the church's mantra:
restoring hope, faith and heal-
ing to hurting families for the
He further explained, "The
classroom design facilitates
teens and infants and pro-

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motes the gathering of families.
This effort was made possible
by the vision and generosity of
many of our Episcopal, confer-
ence and district leaders, and
the wonderful members of Ad-
ams Tabernacle. We are very
grateful for everyone's contri-
bution and participation."
The March 25th dedication
worship services will be held at
9:30 a.m. which features the
retired Bishop John Hurst Ad-
ams as speaker and at 4 p.m.
which features Bishop McKin-
ley Young, the presiding prel-
ate of the Eleventh Episcopal
District of the African Method-
ist Episcopal Church.
The 4 p.m. dedication will
be followed by a reception ban-
quet at the Sunset Lake Com-
munity Center located at 2801
SW 186th Avenue in Miramar.

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readers, more than a
third indicate they read
it nearly every day and
typic-aJly use one primary
version of the Bible.
But three-quarters
are open to using other
LifeWay Research polled
2,000 Americans for a
study on how American
adults read the Bible.
The study was conducted
through a clemographi-
cally representative
online panel. All qualify -
ing participants indicated
they read their Bibles at
least monthly either
for personal study or as
part of a family activity.
People who read the Bible
only in a corporate set-
ting. like a worship ser-
\vice. were not included.
\Vhen asked. 'About
hoyw often do you read
the Bible either by your-
sell'f or together with fanm-
ily members as part of a
prr-ate activitNy?".
On average. Bible read-
ers in ithe United States
personally own .3.6 copies
of Scripture Eighty-four
percent of readers have
more than one Bible.
Three-quarters of Bible
readers (74 percent) have
one primary Bible that
they use most of the time
while the other 26 per-
cent tend to use different
Bibles for different situa-
tions. Among those who
use a variety of Bibles, 75
percent consult varying
Yet preferring one
translation does not
mean they have an ex-
clusive commitment to it.
While 26 percent of Bible
readers are only willing to
use one specific transla-
tion, 74 percent identify
themselves as "open to

using different transla-
tions oIf the Bible.'
The higher the reader s
education and house-
hold income, the less
likely. they are to use one
prinmar Bible most of the
time. the study revealed.
Sev.eenty-nine percent of
readers with an annual
household income less
than $30,000 use one
primary Bible compared
to 68 percent of readers
with income of $100.000
or more. Eighty-three
percent of readers whose
highest level of education
is high school have one
pnrmary Bible compared
to 66 percent of readers
with a graduate degree.
When people say 'my
Bible, that has a mean-
ing that includes trans-
lation.' said Ed Stetzer.
president of LifeWay
Research. 'Bible read-
ers usually have multiple
Bibles but three out of
four have one physical
Bible that they use most
of the ume.'
When it comes to how
a preferred translation
is selected. 75 percent
of regular Bible readers
personally chose the ver-
sion they use most while
19 percent had it selected
for them by someone
else (such as a gift). Six
percent do not remember
how they arrived at their
preferred version.
Nine out of 10 Bible
readers are satisfied with
the version they use most
for personal reading. That
includes 56 percent who
are completely satisfied
and 35 percent who are
mostly satisfied. Only 2
percent are mostly dis-
satisfied with the trans-
lation they use, and 4
percent are completely

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14B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 21-27, 2012

Greater Harvest In-
ternational Ministries is
please to announce that it's
GHIM-Hall is now available to
the public and can be used
for any organizations such
as Boys/Girls Scout, Women/
Men's Group or events like
birthdays or weddings. 786-
238-3838, 954-607-0833.

New Canaan Mission-
ary Baptist Church invites
everyone to a musical wor-
ship service on March 23rd at
7:30 p.m. to celebrate their
choir's anniversary. 954-

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church is celebrat-
ing their 24th anniversary,
March 18th March 25th.
The church also welcomes
everyone to their regular
Family and Friends Sunday
services at 7:30 a.m. and 11
a.m. 305-696-6545.

Running for Jesus
Youth Outreach Ministries
is seeking talented youth for
solos, praise dances, rap-
ping, spoken word poetry for
their Summer Jam Fest Cru-
sade Tent Service. 954-213-
4332, 305-696-6545.

God Storehouse Minis-
try welcomes the community
to their Tent Revival March

21st 23rd, March 26th -
30th, 7p.m. nightly; March
24-25, and March 31st at
5:45 p.m. nightly. 305-573-
5711, 305-793-8641.

Chosen Generation
Ministries invites the com-
munity to their first Usher
Board Conference on March
23rd at 7:30 p.m. The church
also welcomes all women to
their annual Ladies Prayer
Breakfast on April 7th, 9
a.m. 1 p.m. 786-231-9614.

The True Word of Life
Holiness Church will be
hosting a Revival March 28th
- 30th, 7:30 p.m. nightly.

Metropolitan Afri-
can Methodist Episcopal
Church presents their '50
Women in White' service on
March 25th at 3 p.m. 305-

New Providence Mis-
sionary Baptist Church is
honoring three of their living
legends on March 25th at 4
p.m. 305-758-0922.

Millrock Holy Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes everyone to their Tent
Revival on March 22 23, 7
p.m. nightly. The communi-
ty is also invited to their 100

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Men and Women in Black and
White "Christians Walking in
Faith" Sunday Service on
March 25th at 3:30 p.m.

Hadley Park Hom-
eowners Association is
holding their monthly meet-
ing on March 27th at 6:30
p.m. at the Carrie P. Meek
Arts Center. 850-570-5123.

The True Word of Life
Holiness Church is hosting
a three-night revival, March
28 30, 7:30 p.m. nightly.

The Women In The
Ministry Network is host-
ing a Fellowship Meeting on
March 24th at 7:30 p.m.

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center hosts Bible
study every Wednesday at 7

Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church is host-
ing "An Evening with the Pas-
tor" on March 24th at 6 p.m.

New Mount Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church
will host the Habitat for Hu-
manity of Greater Miami's
Homeownership Applica-
tion Meeting on the second
Saturday of every month at
9:30 a.m. No RSVP neces-
sary. 305-634-3628.

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church welcomes every-
one to their Sunday Worship

Services at 12 p.m. and to
Praise and Worship Services
on Thursday at 8 p.m. 305-

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting a
Family and Friends Day wor-
ship service every Sunday at
7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. 305-

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International wel-
comes the community to
their Sunday worship service
at 10:30 a.m. and their Bible
study and Prayer sessions on
Tuesday at 7 p.m.954-963-

The Women Transi-
tioning Program is hosting
another computer training
session for women and men.

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance invites ev-
eryone to their free weight
loss classes Saturdays at 10
a.m., but enrollment is nec-
essary. 786-499-2896.

Memorial Temple Bap-
tist Church holds worship
services nightly at 7:30 p.m.

Redemption Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes everyone to their 'In-
troduction to the Computer'
classes on Tuesdays, 11 a.m.
- 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays,
4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 305-770-

7064, 786-312-4260.

New Canaan Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes the community to
Sunday Bible School at 9:30
a.m. followed by Worship
Services at 11 a.m. 954 981-

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance hosts a Mar-
riage Counseling Workshop
every Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Appointment necessary.

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the commu-
nity to Sunday School at 10
a.m. and worship service ev-
ery week at noon and praise
service on Thursdays at 8

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

Glendale Baptist
Church of Brownsville in-
vites everyone to morning
worship every Sunday 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 Bereavement Support
Group beginning on the 2nd
and 4th Wednesdays of each

Salters Chapel AME to celebrate 124 years

continued from 12B

in Brownsville. The move was a
homecoming in many ways for
the native Miamian.
"I have been rejoicing about
being back home," she ex-
plained. "And I've discovered
the South Dade Cultural Cen-
ter and I help the elderly in my
And while being back home

could make for some distrac-
tions, Roscoe says Salters Cha-
pel is her first priority.
"Miami, I think, is a little bit
more prepared for women and
I didn't have any type of resis-
tance at Salters," Roscoe said.
"What we have are very dedi-
cated members who love their
church and we're working to
grow and increase our member-
Established in 1888, the

church, which has approxi-
mately 60 active members, will
be celebrating its 124-year an-,
niversary in May. In addition
to traditional ministries, the
church has provided a day care
center for the community for a
number of years.
"At the end of the day, I want
to be able to say that I was there
for my people and that they can
depend on me that's where I
find my joy," she explained.

Meanwhile, Roscoe believes
she was inspired to strengthen
her faith by the women and role
models in her life.
For example, she still vividly
recalls how her mother-in-law
responded to the death of her
brother-in-law. According to
Roscoe, she said: "God is too
wise and too all-knowing to ever
make a mistake."
"Wow, I want to have that
kind of faith," she said.

Non-profit to host Black Marriage Day Walk

continue from 12B

What began as a one-day
event in 30 cities has since
grown to being celebrated in
over 300 communities across
the country. Organizations or
individuals that participate
are provided a list of suggested
activities from taking a course
about strengthening marriag-
es to asking lawyers or judges
not to "declare a moratorium
on divorce," according to Na-
tional Black Marriage Day.

In South Florida, the Xcel
Family Enrichment Center,
Inc. will be hosting their sec-
ond Black Marriage Day Walk
at the Carol City Park on Sat-
urday, March 24th. The non-
profit organization already
offers services such as pre-
marital counseling, marriage
education classes, domes-
tic violence classes and even
wedding ceremonies for low
to moderate income families.
But Karen Gilbert, president
and CEO of the organization,
wanted to do more for Black

"Not many people know
about Black Marriage Day in
South Florida, so I thought
that it would be fitting to have
a walk so that the whole com-
munity would come out and
become aware that Black mar-
riages are declining," Gilbert
However, Muhammad
founded National Black Mar-
riage Day not just to encour-
age people to marry, but to
create healthy relationships
which she says is the key to
building a lasting marriage.
"A healthy relationship is

full of respect, it's full of en-
couragement, it has love it has
compassion, it feels right and
it feels good," she said.
Muhammad, is also the
founder of the Wedded Bliss
Foundation, a non-profit or-
ganization based in Washing-
ton, D.C., that offers courses
and counseling to couples and
individuals and teaches rela-
tionship skills.
For more information, please
visit www.blackmarriageday.
com or call the Xcel Fam-
ily Enrichment Center, Inc. at

Local coach spreads gospel of healthy living

continued from 12B

"It was like someone just
pulled the plug and I didn't
have. any energy, but when I
would start eating something
[the food] would call me until I
had finished the whole contain-
er," she recalled. "I was pitiful."
She credits learning and fol-
lowing the Herbalife diet that
teaches about the importance

of eating whole foods, proteins,
fruits and vegetables to help-
ing her emerge from her illness.
She has since lost almost 60
pounds and has gained a new
appreciation for life.
"I didn't appreciate this life
God gave me and I didn't un-
derstand this temple God gave
me or understand what it need-
ed to run normally," she said.
"God has given me a second
chance and one of the things He

asked me to do was share what
I know."
Over the course of eight
weeks, she will be leading par-
ticipants in her wellness semi-
nar. More than following any
particular diet, she believes
that its important to know how
the body functions.
"People can use whatever
weight loss method that they
want," she said, "but I will be
teaching about health and nu-

The class will offer prizes in-
cluding cash to those who par-
ticipate in and win the weight
loss challenge.
"One of the things we're going
to teach people is how to treat
themselves without food," she
The classes are free but there
is a fee to participate in the
weight loss challenge. For more
information call 305-638-3587.

Art form preaches traditional gospel values

continued from 12B

are really geared toward secular
themes; I think they have got-
ten away from the gospel," said
the 58-year-old playwright.
"True Christian entertainment
should how a person is uplifted
by giving his life to Christ -
that's what I consider to be gos-
pel plays."
Writing and producing gospel
musicals since his first play,
"Wicked Ways," was staged
in 1984, Matthews has been
dubbed the "godfather of gospel
stage plays."
Some Christian plays and
films have touched upon every
subject from infidelity to ho-

mosexuality, while others have
preferred to stick to more tradi-
tional themes and settings such
as saving a beloved church
from foreclosure. Ft. Lauder-
dale Christian playwright Cyn-
thia Diane Bell believes that the
message is most important in
defining what is and what is not
Christian entertainment.
"I'm going to always acknowl-
edge God and I'm always going
to have scripture in my plays,"
she said.
Bell has written and produced
a number of plays, includ-
ing "Two Wrongs Don't Make
a Right" and "And the Church
Said Amen." Their content have
crossed genres from a murder
mystery to a historical drama

about Black life in America.
"I believe in having an open
mind about things in general,"
she said.
However, her husband, John-
ny, a fellow author and a min-
ister, noted that there are limits
to the type of content his wife is
willing to include.
"We have a stopping line,"
Johnny said. "There are some
boundaries we don't cross."
For example, the only curse
characters in her play will use
is the curse word "hell"- since
it was also used in the Bible.

Meanwhile, Matthews latest
play, "I Need a Man," will be per-

formed at the James L. Knight
Center on Friday, March 23rd
and Saturday, March 24th.
The drama musical weaves a
tale about a mother with four
daughters who whole-heartedly
believes that the only fulfillment
her progeny can have is by hav-
ing a man. Matthews says the
relationship drama only under-
scores a larger issue.
"All my plays are gospel mu-
sicals and when I say "I Need a
Man" I mean that the man that
you really need is Jesus Christ,"
he explained. "[The audience]
walks away with the knowledge
that no matter what the situ-
ation, Christ is the answer for
a good relationship with your
mate or your children."

Vatican reveres bishop

on 13 church closings

The Vatican has taken the
unusual step of overruling the
closing of 13 parishes by the
Cleveland Diocese, a rare case
of Rome reversing a U.S. bishop
on the shutdown of churches, a
lawyer who fought the cutbacks
said Wednesday.
The office known as the Con-
gregation for the Clergy ruled
last week that Bishop Richard
Lennon had failed to follow the

Roman Catholic Church's laws
and procedures in the closings
three years ago, attorney Peter
Borre told the Associated Press.
The 13 churches were among
50 shut down or merged by
Bishop Lennon, who said the
eight-county diocese could no
longer afford to keep them open
because of declining numbers
of parishioners and a shortage
of priests.

Elder Aaron Jackson, pas-
tor of Millrock Holy M.B.
Church and Rev. Howard 0.
Rose, pastor of Greater Fel-
lowship M.B. Church is host-
ing an outside Tent Revival,

Elder Aaron Jackson and the
Deacons, Deaconess, Minis-
ters, Mothers and Missionar-
ies invites you to our 100 Men
and Women in Black and White
"Christian Men and Women
Walking In Faith" Sunday,

March 22-23, 7 p.m. at Mill-
rock Holy M.B. Church, 2575
NW 65 St.
Come out and be blessed
as these awesome men of
God set your soul on fire.

March 25 at 3:30 p.m., 2575
NW 65 St.
Rev. Marvin Lue, Jr. pastor of
Trinity C.M.E. Church will be
our guest speaker. Come out
and be blessed as we fellowship
in the Lord.

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Lifeline Outreach Min-
istries invites everyone to
their roundtable to discuss
the Bible every Saturday, 6
p.m. 305-345-8146.

Join Believers Faith
Breakthrough Ministries
Int'l every Friday at 7:30
p.m. for Prophetic Break-
through Services. 561-929-
1518, 954-237-8196.

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

New Mt. Sinai Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
welcomes the community to
their Sunday Bible 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-

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center welcomes ev-
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15B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 21-27, 2012

Student essays salute Black History

Broward County

youth honored for

scholarly work
Three Broward County students
were recognized as winners of the
2012 Black History Month Essay
Contest. The award ceremony was
held on Wednesday, March 14th at
6 p.m. at the African-American Re-
search Library and Cultural Center
(AARLCC) in Fort Lauderdale.
The winners were: in the grades 4
- 6 category, Chantel Kristine Mack-
ey, a fifth-grader from Nova Blanche
Forman Elementary School; in the
grades 7 9 category, Jordan Ar-
terberry, an eighth-grader from Semi-
nole Middle School; and in the grades
10 11 category, Junie Saint-Preux,
an 1 lth-grader from Plantation High
The topic of the essay contest was
"The Changing Era for African-Ameri-
cans in the United States and Abroad
in the 1940s."
In their essays, the students wrote
about some of the discrimination
struggles of Black families during
World War II and the reform in the
African-American community in the
In her essay, Chantel wrote: "in the
USA, jobs for African-Americans were
hard to find in northern and western
industrial businesses. Still, this was
better than trying to find a job in the
Jordan wrote that his grandfather
had been part of World War II, along
with "over 125,000 African-American
soldiers." His grandfather told him
"they had been put into separate


a I
ie ;

Knowledge of Black history and superb writing skills allowed Broward County youth, Chantel Kristine Mackey, Jor-
dan Arterberry and Junie Saint-Preux to win the county's 2012 Black History Month and be awarded electronic gifts
from Best Buy, the contest's sponsor.

tents even though they still fought
the same war."
Meanwhile, in her essay, Junie
said, "due to the overcrowded cities,
the tension among the races grew,
which by 1943, led to race riots."

This year's theme ties in with the
yearlong exhibit of "Fabulous Forties
on the Avenue" at the AARLCC. The
name of the exhibit refers to North-
west 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale
during the late 1940s, which was a

neighborhood that inspired genera-
tions of African-American families to
push through the boundaries of seg-
regation in the pursuit of survival,
cultural reformation and entrepre-

The Associated Press

They have a reputation for
being environmentally minded
do-gooders. But an academic
analysis of surveys spanning
more than 40 years has found
that today's young Americans
are less. interested in the en-
vironment and in conserving
resources and often less
civic-minded overall than
their elders were when they
were young.
The findings go against the
widespread belief that envi-
ronmental issues have hit
home with today's young
adults, known as Millennials,
who have grown up amid cli-
mate change discussion and
the mantra "reduce, reuse, re-
cycle." The environment is of-
ten listed among top concerns
of young voters.

"I was shocked," said Jean
Twenge, a psychology profes-
sor at San Diego State Univer-
sity who is one of the study's
authors. "We have the percep-
tion that we're getting through
to people. But at least com-
pared to previous eras, we're
' Twenge, author of the book
Generation Me: Why Today's
Young Americans Are More
Confident, Assertive, Entitled
- and More Miserable Than
Ever Before, has spent much
of her career publishing work
that challenges or attempts to
explain commonly held beliefs
about young people.
This study, published on-
line this month in the Jour-
nal of Personality and Social
Psychology, looked at the life
goals, concern for others and
civic orientation of three young

Young people may be more tech-savvy than their elders, but they do not care more about the
environment, according to a new study.

generations baby boomers,
Gen Xers and Millennials.
Researchers found that,
when surveyed decades ago,
about a third of young baby
boomers said it was important
to become personally involved
in programs to clean up the
environment. In comparison,
only about a quarter of young
Gen Xers -and 21 percent of
Millennials said the same.
Meanwhile, 15 percent of
Millennials said they had
made no effort to help the
environment, compared with

eight percent of young Gen
Xers and five percent of young
baby boomers.
Millennials also were the
least likely to say they'd made
an effort to conserve electric-
ity and fuel used to heat their
In the case of heating fuel,
78 percent of young baby
boomers and 71 percent of
young Gen Xers said they cut
back, compared with 56 per-
cent of Millennials.
A lot of young people also
simply don't spend that much

time exploring nature, said
Beth Christensen, a professor
who heads the environmental
studies professor at Adelphi
University on New York's Long
When she attended Rutgers
University in the 1980s, she
said it was unusual to find
a fellow student who hadn't
hiked and spent time in the
"Now a lot of these students
have very little experience with
the unpaved world," Chris-
tensen said.

How to



Dr. Canada

Founder of Harlem

Children's Zone inspires

"No one is coming to
i save your community's
kids! If you don't do it,
and do it by working
together, then you will
fail them." That's the
message Community

guest speaker and na-
tional education reformer,
Dr. Geoffrey Canada
imparted to 1000 partici-
pants at the 2012 Youth
Summit on Wednesday,
March 7th.
Canada, the founder of the
Harlem Children's Zone,
provided the keynote ad-
dress at the Children's

speaks at Youth Summit
Services Council's Youth Summit and munity support.
then attended a private Foundation lunch "We have to get everyone adults, schools,
with local education and business lead- nonprofits and government entities on the
ers. Guests discussed ways to advance the same page and working together," Canada
Community Foundation's School is Cool Ini- said. "When we do that anyone can repli-
tiative's goal to improve high school gradua- cate our great results. It's difficult, but it's
tion rates through a focus on middle school something every community can do."
success. The Community Foundation of Broward's
"What Dr. Geoffrey Canada has done with School is Cool Initiative seeks to increase
the Harlem Children's Zone shows us that graduation rates to 90 percent by focusing
school success in any community, Bro- on middle school.
ward, Harlem or anywhere, requires the "What the research and our community
entire community to embrace education as conversations tell us, is that middle school
a priority," said Linda Carter, president and success is not a focus of attention within
CEO of the Community Foundation of Bro- Broward," said Carter. "High school gradu-
ward. "By giving local leaders the chance to ation success is built on middle school
share ideas with the nation's most innova- achievement because dropout origins begin
tive educator, we can begin to improve the as early as sixth grade. Dr. Canada's visit
critical and often forgotten stage of educa- is just one way we can bring this issue to
tion middle school." light and help raise graduation rates in
During his visit, Canada underlined the Broward."
need to support students from early child- The Community Foundation's private lun-
hood through college and that to do so cheon with Dr. Geoffrey Canada was spon-
require the right leadership, a system of scored by Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant
accountability to measure results, and com- and Provenance Wealth Advisors.

Young adults

today not so

'green' after all

Environment education not

reaching tech-savvy students




By Darryl E. Owens

To the SLIrpnI'se of fe',\L, the state
House Thu.rsda:, passed the Par-
ent Errmpo'errime-rit Act B'. an
80 -.34 sprea..d, la. makers .:ted up
the so-ca-Jled parent trng-r bill
The scornful proposal ',. ould arm
parents with more .rrepo'.'.er to put
uinderperforrrming pLKic SCL- 1,,M OLLt
,)I their niiselr,
Or as Pe-p larnti Cole-. a larian-
nad Retp blic'ari. .said it g'i.',es par-
ents| that .oicre the' ried to iniakl-E
sLire their cl il.lren .re ir .iti mn, the
best edLi.:.atjrn lJV a sible."
mined at lmpro'.irng si:ho'_0ls. the
la"x shifted pov.ier fr:'i' the state .to
commriiLiiti es Lo'cals no-.', shared
both the dit. aind the burden '.' ith
edUicators cof main.r,ne decisions aind
changes to help J',ohnnii, read. .nr te
and reckon arithmetic
its cri nerstone: School Ad'.%-
ser', C:-un:'il-. lSACi. Led b-tv eaL'h
schoa:l's principal, tears of t parents
teachers, schoi:.ol staffers, busiriess
a3-d communrriir-t-. leaders c:liabo:rate
or iirprov'erienl plans that address
their schools unique iineed
But some sschols h;ic. b.ad cases.
:of.t la.r.v stis
Sonm schioi:.ls, can a attract SAC
niercmbers faster tl-a in ice i-creani
tr-uLk attracts kids in Jui,. sc,.
Oraiinge scho':'ls 'spok.'ies'rimr Dylarn
Tho:rnas 'C'ther s.:ho ls. -\el!. it's
like ianuar..
PTAs can relate Srome sc:h'jls
enlo, robust par,'nta!l erigagement
At other schooLls, E,.athennrs' ". :uld
reemb'le glhoi:st towns .itlhouti
tea.-hers- a-nd stfl'er:- fi!hi,-, h,--
seats savs D.ritelle Th.;i, ia, presi-
dent :'f the -'.'ltisa. CJnrt', C,',u!iicli
It us no seret ia] the decades si-ce
Le-v'e it To Beaver rh.at p.i.rental.i
inolernmeni. in schools has 'a-ned.
Fingers rightl, point at i.ninterest-
ed parents. ov.'er-s.rheduled chil-
d1ren, ,.Uid ti I: rise i- f Sins':le-p.ma ent
fa-niillies anrd t'wi'L,-in.come homnie's
u\here parents berIoan their time
\\hate\ er tl'he re.-'sns. the real
shAte iof it is that rese:narh such
as the S,: uLth'.vest Ed ucatitonal
Development L..aboratru,, 5 2002
report 'A \Va',e ot E' idencc: bear
oiut the gane--haIrin-g it-iiuence ,-t
pal:nrtal criraniaglet:-it .One s.tu.-nt
arh t.n i' e nt
W"\hen s:hou'ls. fan-ilies, and
comniunir. gr'oup-. work together to
support learn.irg children tend to
do better in *'scI how:l, stay in school
longer, arid lke school more," the
report concluded
A fa':. Ibelied bL- the Parent
Empowerment Act. It allows a 51
peir:ent parental majority in chroni-
cally poor schools to pick a "turn-
around plan," which school boards
could accept or reject for an-
other option most likely charter
schools. With ties, the state Board
of Education breaks the stalemate.
A companion Senate bill remains



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Research points to strain kids put on relationships
fre r o a niends hiskeasupotgop

By Sharon Jayson

Sleep-deprived new parents
snapping at each other isn't ex-
actly new comedy fodder, but
there's a twist on the relation-
ship-havoc that babies cause
in the new movie Friends with
Kids that makes it clear you
don't have to be married for a
child to strain your relation-
More than 25 separate stud-
ies in the past two decades find
that marital quality takes a dive
with a baby's birth: babies raise
stress, reduce happiness and
otherwise upset the household,
experts say. The movie, out Fri-
day, points to that in a tagline:
"Love. Happiness. Kids. Pick
"Kids do lower marital satis-
faction and there's not much we
seem to be able to do to prevent
it," says Brian Doss, assistant
professor of psychology at the
University of Miami in Coral
Gables, Fla. He is among re-

searchers whose intervention
studies haven't succeeded in
stopping sharp declines in rela-
tionship satisfaction. "The fact
that we've been largely unsuc-
cessful may suggest it's a really
difficult and tough experience
and it's not necessarily a deficit
in these couples' relationships
or how they're approaching it."
Ninety percent of the 218
couples in an eight-year study
Doss co-authored experienced a
decline in satisfaction, he says.
In the movie, two opposite-sex
(but very platonic) BFFs since
college, now in their 30s, who
haven't found their soulmate
each want a child but not nec-
essarily each other in a roman-
tic way. They believe they can
do better as co-parents than
their friends, who exude stereo-
typical new parent disarray and
disgust with each other.
Anna Petry, 29, of New Al-
bany, Ind., says she and her
husband Patrick, 32, have ob-
served others and resolved to be

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atonslip. n:.o ju. t your .:lild

Rule #70: Keep iiejotiatiri
h' ) d _e- 'J i, at."

Rule #74: Do.n t rmake ..our
par trier the "bad gtij. '

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Rule #76: Do,: t obiy-s
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different when parenting their
18-month-old daughter, Emery.
"You hate to judge, but you'd
say 'I don't want to be like that
when you have a kid,' she
says. "I notice tension in the re-
lationships not that Patrick
and I don't have tension but
I notice more tension between
the parents, and complaining."

Jennifer Augustine, 36, mom
of son Owen, 3, and daughter
Ayla, 1, says she and her part-
ner Tim Smiser, also 36, are
"both working really hard and
sleep-deprived and we both can
be irritable. We try to cut each
other as much slack as we can."
Smiser, a software engineer
in Austin, says their circle of


Not enough women get tested for STDs

By Amanda Gardner

Far too few sexually active
young women are getting test-
ed for chlamydia, an oversight
that could lead them down a
perilous path to severe health
consequences, including in-
fertility, later in life.
A new survey from the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention found that
only 38 percent of sexually
active girls and women were
screened for this common
sexually transmitted disease
(STD) in the year prior to be-
ing questioned. Chlamydia
often infects men and women
without causing symptoms.
Not only that, another new
study finds that only a small
proportion of men and women
got the recommended follow-
up test once they had tested
positive for chlamydia. Re-
infection with chlamydia is
common if partners remain
untreated. In those women
who are left untreated, chron-
ic pelvic pain and ectopic
pregnancies can result, along
with infertility.
According to Dr. Gail Bolan,
director of the CDC's division
of STD prevention, an esti-
mated 2.8 million new cases
of chlamydia occur each year
in the United States.

The CDC recommends
annual testing for sexually
active women aged 25 and
under, as well as retesting
either three months after ini-
tial treatment for chlamydia
or during their next regular
health care visit in the year
following treatment, said

Chlamydia often
infects men and
women without
causing symptoms.

With only about one third of
young women getting tested
for chlamydia, two-thirds (9
million) are going without,
noted study author Dr. Karen
Hoover, a medical epidemiolo-
gist with the CDC. She called
the.results "alarming."
Slightly more encourag-
- ingj'she said, was the news
that some groups at particu-
larly high risk for chlamydia
infection actually had higher
testing rates. This included
Black women (55 percent got
tested), those with more than
one sexual partner (47 per-
cent) and people who had no
health insurance (41 percent)
or relied on government-
subsidized insurance (50

Women who received some
sort of reproductive health
care, such as contraception, a
Pap smear for cervical abnor-
malities or a pregnancy test
were also more likely to get
tested compared with women
who received no such care
(45 percent vs. four percent).
Older women also had higher
testing rates.
"This suggests that we may
be moving in the right direc-
tion," Hoover noted.
A second study, based on a

laboratory data from almost
64,000 men and women who
had tested positive for chla-
mydia, found that only 11
percent of men and 21 per-
cent of women went for their
recommended retest within
six months of the original
positive results.
Among those who got a
follow-up test, one-quarter of
men and 16 percent of women
were positive.
"Retesting rates were much
lower than we had expected,"
said study author Kelly Mor-
rison Opdyke, of Cicatelli
Associates Inc., a non-profit
Again, though, certain de-
mographic groups were more
likely to get retested, includ-
ing younger people (under
25), those visiting family plan-
ning clinics (as opposed to
STD clinics) and health cen-
ters, including health centers
at universities or colleges.
Retesting rates also de-
clined over the study period,
which spanned 2007 through
2009, although Hoover said
researchers weren't able to
explain this drop.
Two additional studies
found success in boosting re-
testing rates by using rela-
tively simple follow-up and
reminder systems.

Strength training does a young body good
By Michelle Healy "Any good fitness program
should include a weight com-

When Suzie Grill is playing ponent, along with a flexibility
high school soccer and bas- component and a cardiovas-
ketball, her legs get an intense cular component," says physi-
workout. But that's less true cian Joel Brenner, chair of the
for the 15-year-old's upper American Academy of Pediat-
body. rics' Council on Sports Medi-
S l D. -.+ ( Ih11 Pt cine and Fitness.

OU iier mo Uler, t ty Lil Ln,
likes that their fitness center
in Munster, Ind., helps "train
the muscles she doesn't use
in those sports. It makes her
more balanced and a better,
stronger player."
When swimmer and cross-
country runner Garrett Smith,
15, hits the center's weight
machines, he's looking "to firm
up, but not get too big," he
His mother, Denise Smith,
says working out "makes him
feel stronger and feel good
about himself."
Health and fitness experts
say more teens, athletes and
non-athletes, as well as their
younger siblings, should follow
Suzie's and Garrett's example,
because a supervised, age-
appropriate strength-training
program can do them all good.

1%47,, --
Teens and kids may not care much about strength training's
ability to improve coordination and bone mass, which decreases
with age and increases the risk of fractures, but over the course
of time it becomes really important, experts say.

Some parents may wonder
whether weight training can
harm young muscles, but the
American Academy of Pediat-
rics and the American College
of Sports Medicine are among
the major medical groups that
endorse strength training (also
referred to as resistance train-

ing) as a beneficial activity for
young, developing bodies. It
increases muscle strength and
endurance; improves motor
skills, performance in sports
and overall fitness; and may
protect muscles and joints
from some sports-related inju-
ries, they say.

Kids can start weight training
as soon as they show interest
and have "the emotional and
physical maturity to accept
and follow directions," usually
about age 7 or 8, says Avery
Faigenbaum, a professor of
exercise science at the College
of New Jersey and co-author of
the American College of Sports
Medicine's statement on youth
strength training.
Fears that strength train-
ing puts developing bodies
at greater risk of bone dam-
age, growth plate injury and
stunted growth are "old-school
thinking," says Brenner, direc-
tor of the Sports Medicine
Program at Children's Hospi-
tal of The King's Daughters in
Please turn to TRANING 18B

The study tested for 66 chemicals and found 55 of them in the

Toxins revealed even

in 'safer' products

Manufacturer says

contamination may
have tainted tests

By Wendy Koch

Consumer products such
as shampoos and sun-
screens, even ones touted
as safer, mav contain poten-
tially harmful chemicals not
listed on their labels, finds a
study out toda', that tested
dozens of them
Chemi'-:als that disrupt
hormones or affect asthma
were found in all 42 of con-
ventional products sampled
as well as in most 32 of 4.3
of the alternative products
billed as safer, including
some bv Seventh Generation.
Jason Natural Products and
Aubrev, Oreanics. according
to the study b5 the Silent
Spring Insutitute The scien-
tific group studies the links
between the environment
and vomen's health.
"It was disappointingg"
says co-author Julia Brod',
of the findings, published in
the peer-reviewed journal
Environmental Health Per-
specti\es and funded partly
bN the U.S Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention
She sas', consumers using
a t-,-pical arra', of products
are exposed to many such
chemicals. including para-
bens, phthalates, bisphe-
nol A (BPA), triclosan and
Seventh Generation, which
makes six of the alternative
products tested, welcomed
the study's goal of educating
consumers but questioned
its methodology. Martin
Wolf, its director of product
sustainability, says the com-
pany uses none of the chem-

icals that the study found in
three of its products.
The fact that trace
amounts were found raises
questions" abotLt possible
.-'os -co'tniun-'Ll3atn in -!-
trier manufacturing or test-
ing, he says. There are so
many dirt', chemicals in this
world that they're finding
their way into everything "
John Spengler, a profles-
sor of environmental health
at Harvard School of Public
Health, who was not in-
vo:lhed in the study, says the
work is verve important" for
spotlighting the issue and
alerting companies to pos-
sible cross-contarrnnauon in
products, whether from the
supply chain or the packag-
You don't want to wv.orn
people beyond a reasonable
extent," he says. adding
that trace amounts of somrne
of these chemicals may not
pose a problem. Still, he
sa\ s there's a synergistic,"
cumulative effect from broad
use of chemicals so it's im-
portant to look at them as a
The study, which tested
for 66 chemicals and found
55 of them in the products.
sa-, s sunscreens and fra-
granced products had the
most target chemicals and
some of the highest concen-
Brody, who says there
needs to be a more com-
plete listing and testing of a
product's ingredients, urges
consumers to use fewer
products, seek plant-based
ingredients, and rely on
plain water, baking soda and
vinegar for cleaning. She
also advises them to avoid
fragrances, vinyl products
and antimicrobials such as
triclosan in soap.

New study identifies major patterns of v.s. consumption

By Carina Storrs

The foods Americans eat
have a lot to do with factors
like race, age and where they
live, and can be categorized
into five distinct dietary pat-
terns, according to a new
Researchers analyzed food
questionnaires from a large
group of Black and white
adults aged 45 and older in the
continental United States, with
a focus on southeastern states.

The strongest association
they found was that Black
people were more likely than
whites to have "southern"
diets, which are rich in fried
foods, processed meats and
sweetened drinks.
"Nobody has defined dietary
patterns in a population like
this," said Suzanne Judd, as-
sistant professor at the Univer-
sity of Alabama at Birmingham
and study co-author.
The southern diet prob-
ably emerged as a clear trend

because the study included
so many participants from the
Southeast, Judd added.
In addition to the southern
diet, the authors identified four
other eating patterns.
The "traditional" pattern was
characterized by a mixed diet
of mostly takeout and prepared
A "healthy" diet was mostly
made up of fruits, veggies and
"Sweets" consisted largely of
sweet snacks and desserts.

An "alcohol" pattern, which
included salads, proteins (and
alcohol), was associated with
younger ages and higher socio-
economic status.
The researchers limited
their study to Black and white
adults because the largest
difference in stroke risk ex-
ists between these two racial
groups. Previous research
has found that Black people
are three times more likely to
have a stroke than their white
counterparts at 45 years of

age, although the gap in risk
shrinks in older adults.
People from the Southeast
region, known as the "stroke
belt,". are also more likely to
suffer a stroke.
The current study involved
nearly 22,000 adults, half of
whom lived in the Southeast,
representing a range of income
and education levels.
Participants filled out a food
frequency questionnaire about
their diet over the past year.
From these responses, the

researchers grouped similar
foods into categories, then
looked at how food groups were
consumed together to define
dietary patterns. Participants
each received a score reflecting
how closely their diet resem-
bled each pattern.
The researchers identified
a number of trends, notably
that younger age groups (45-54
years) were more likely than
older adults to have a tradi-
tional diet, which features con-
venient, ready-to-eat foods.

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friends is "like a support group."
But not all friends help par-
ents cope, warns clinical psy-
chologist Harriet Lerner, of
Lawrence, Kan., author of
the new book Marriage Rules,
which discusses "Kid Shock."
"How friendships are going
to go depends a lot on how the
adults behave themselves," she
says. "People who don't have
children can be very arrogant
because they don't get it. People
can be very judgmental."
New research by Sarah
Schoppe-Sullivan, of Ohio State
University in Columbus, finds
that parents show poorer ad-
justment if they think society
expects them to be perfect.
"Worrying about what others
think about parenting was bad
for mothers because it lowered
their confidence, and was bad
for fathers because it increased
parenting stress," she says. The
study was published last month
in the journal Personality and
Individual Differences.



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IlWhat does it mean to Black

By Alexis Garrett Stodghill

B, brea-stfeedine her seven-week-old at the table
ii a restaurant last week. Beyonce unwittringly'
jomeie the gro. inr ranks of activistst" taking a
stand ii support for lu.irsmg in public. Th,-.se '..ar-
nor '..omen ha'.e pushed for legislation pro',motiniiG
breastfeeding ai-id staged 'nurse-ins' to promi-ote
tolerance. Facing off against them are those \.ho
believe nursmine morrhers should retreat to bath-
r ,'Cir s.tI.lls or backrooms % hen feeding. MAij, have
praised the singer. while others ha'.e condemned
the idea that she engaged in rNiP the ac:r.,nr tor
nursing in public
The speculation that Bevonce is breastleedin is
huie flor LuI. said Sangodele-A.c'ka. a national ad-
o :cate fo)r brea-ittfeediri. Scores of girks and \ron-ien
find something in her with which they identify. I
actually believe this controversy is evidence that a
resurgence in breastfeeding is occurring and
Please turn to BREASTFEEDING 18B

FDA warns of

sex, diet pills

By David Fleshier

A Hollywood company's dietary supplements
promised herbal solutions to problems of weight
loss and male sexual performance.
But the Food and Drug Administration says
the supplement SlimXtreme contains a contro-
versial obesity dn.-g no longer sold in the United

States because e it raises
the risk of heart at-
tack and stroke, and
ViaXtreme contains
the active ingredient of
Globe All Wellness
LLC, located on Stirling
Road in Hollywood,
has received a warn-
ing letter from the FDA,

"Herbal means
herbal and we
take that very
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saying the undeclared presence of these drugs
constituted a violation of the law and giving the
firm 15 business days to comply or face legal
Eran Hamami, the company's president,
blamed counterfeit versions of the supplements.
Please turn to PILLS 18B

Caring for a premature baby, born before 37
weeks' gestation, requires extra care and attention.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says new par-
ents of preemies should ask these questions before
leaving the hospital:
What special care will I need to give baby at
What should trigger a call to the doctor's office,
or a trip to the hospital?
How will I know if baby is eating and sleeping
enough, and gaining enough weight?
Do I need to give baby any medication?
How frequently will I need to bring baby in for a

Are you at risk

for diabetes?
You have an estimated one in 600,0CJ
chance of being struck by lightning, a one
in eight chance of developing breast cancer
if you are a woman. and, for people born in
the year 2000, a one in three chance of being
diagnosed .-ith diabetes. Does that mean any
of these three things \\ill definitely happen to
you? No. These risk estimates are referring to
the probability that something may occur, not
guaranteeing that it will
Risk estimates for diseases such as diabetes
are developed b\ stud,,ing large groups
of people and evaluating categories and
charactenstics that may be associated with
increased or decreased risk. While there are
seven significant risk factors for developing
diabetes. it is important to keep in mind that
even if you have similar nsk factors as another
person, ,-ou can have very different disease
1. Obesity: Being overweight or obese
(having a body mass index higher than 25)
increa,-ses your risk for diabetes This is the
primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
2. Family History: If you have a parent or
sibling who has been diagnosed with type 2
diabetes. you run a higher risk of developing
the condition.
3. Inactive Lifestyle: Because muscles
cells have more insulin receptors than lat
cells, regular exercise car decrease insulin
resistance. Regular exercise also can help
control weight and lower blood sugar levels by
increasing insulin effectiveness.
4. Increasing Age: Scientists believe that as
the pancreas ages. it doesn't pump insulin as
efficiently. People over the age of 45 should be
tested for type 2 diabetes every three years if
results are normal and if the. have no other
risk factors for the disease. If results are border
line or there are other risk factors, the test
should be repeated more frequently.'
5. Genetics: Anrican-Americans. Hispanics.
Native Americans. Pacific Islanders. Alaska
Natives. American Indians and Asians are more
likely' to develop type 2 diabetes. However,
a genetic disposition doesn't guarantee
someone will get diabetes Lifestyle choices
are an important part in determining who gets
6. High Blood Cholesterol and High Blood
Please turn to DIABETES 19B


How to


Letting pollen drift in through open
windows and using the wrong air filter
can contribute to allergy flare-ups in
spring, experts say.
Some 35 million Americans suffer
from sneezing, sniffling, stuffiness and
itchy eyes due to spring allergies, ac-
cording to experts from the American
College of Allergy, Asthma and Immu-
nology (ACAAI).
"People with spring allergies often
don't realize how many things can ag-
gravate their allergy symptoms, so they
just muddle along and hope for an early
end to the season," said Dr. Myron Zitt,
former ACAAI president, in a college
news release. "But there's no reason to
suffer. A few simple adjustments in hab-
its and treatment can make springtime
much more enjoyable."
Allergists recommend allergy-sufferers
keep their house and car windows
closed so pollen can't drift in from out-
doors. They also recommend making

sure to use the right air filter. Inexpen-
sive central-furnace or air-conditioning
filters and ionic electrostatic room
cleaners aren't helpful, the allergists
said. Ionic electrostatic air filters release
ions that can irritate allergies. And
whole-house filtration systems can only
be effective if the filters are changed
The experts also note that some peo-
ple with seasonal allergies, particularly
to grass or birch trees, may also suffer
from allergies to closely related fruits,
vegetables and nuts. About one in five
people with grass allergies and as many
as 70 percent of people with birch aller-
gies have these cross-reactions, known
as pollen food allergy syndrome.
People with allergies to birch or alder
trees may experience tingling, itching
and swelling around the mouth when
they eat celery, cherries or apples.
People with grass allergies sometimes
Please turn to ALLERGIES 18B


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FDA warns some sex, diet pills are "deadly"

continued from 17B

He said the company con-
ducted its own laboratory tests
of its supplements and did
not find these drugs in them.
Still, he said, the firm had
initiated voluntary recalls of
SlimXtreme and ViaXtreme
and was cooperating with the
""We do care about our
customers," he said. "Herbal
means herbal, and we take
that very seriously."

The company's web site
markets SlimXtreme as "a
proprietary blend of all-nat-
ural ingredients designed to

lose weight fast and strongly
increase your energy" and
claimed it "has been proven to
be the most efficient and safe
weight loss solution on the
The site lists ingredients
such as bitter orange, konjac
root and lotus leaf. And it in-
cludes testimonials from satis-
fied customers such as "Jen-
nifer" from Miami who said, "I
just wanted to say thank you
for the great product SlimX-
treme, which made me lose 22
pounds in just one month...
Thank you and I will definitely
do business with you again."
The FDA letter says labora-
tory tests found the product
contained sibutramine hydro-
chloride, the active ingredient

in an obesity drug that was
withdrawn from the U.S. mar-
ket in 2010.

"Sibutramine may pose
serious health risks to con-
sumers, including adverse
health consequences such as
heart attack, stroke, increased
blood pressure, hallucina-
tions, coma, and tachycardia
for individuals with existing
medical conditions," the letter
The web page for ViaXtreme
claims it was "prepared ex-
clusively from all-natural
herbs and used for centuries
to enhance sexual pleasure."
Among these ingredients, it
says is ginseng, Asiatic dog-

wood and horny goat weed.
But the FDA says tests found
that ViaXtreme contains silde-
nafil, the active ingredient of
Viagra, so the people who took
it were unknowingly ingesting
a prescription drug.
FDA spokeswoman Pat El-
Hinnawy said the presence of
pharmaceuticals in supple-
ments is "not an uncommon
problem" and that the FDA
has issued many such letters
to other companies.
She said the agency was
unaware of anyone getting
sick from Globe All Wellness's
products. If the company
doesn't comply, she said, the
matter will be turned over to
the Department of Justice for

Black moms should consider breast feeding

continued from 17B

it's bumping up against the
recent reign of infant formula."
Free to Breastfeed is a mouth-
piece for this growing trend
that aims to equalize access
to breastfeeding information
and support for Black women,
while giving them a safe space
to connect. According to 2010
dataefrom the Centers for Dis-
ease Control, 74 percent of
white women breastfeed their
newborns, compared to only
54 percent of Black moth-

ers. Until these disparities are
equalized, millions of Black
children might needlessly miss
out on the benefits of breast
"We know that breast is best
because all indications point
to it giving our children the
best start in life," Kuae Kelch
Mattox, national president
of Mocha Moms, Inc. "I have
three children, each of whom,
were breastfed for two and half
years. When my children were
hungry, I fed them. Simple as
that. It was inconsequential
to me when and where it hap-

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opened, just that it happened."
The revulsion some feel about
public breastfeeding seems in-
consequential compared to the
facts that breast milk is known
to enhance infants' immune
systems and decrease post-
partum depression for moms
(among other benefits). Yet,
entrenched ideas about Black
mothers even among hospi-
tal staff prevent them from
receiving the advice needed to
make informed choices about
how to feed their newborns.
"Many doctors and nurses in
hospitals, despite their public

stance in favor of breastfeeed-
ing, unfortunately make as-
sumptions, many of them inac-
curate, about Black mothers,"
Mattox said. "This leads health
care practitioners to uncon-
sciously steer them towards
the bottle. What speaks vol-
umes to me is that almost ev-
ery mother I know walks out of
that hospital with a 'gift pack'
from a sponsoring formula
company, which means that
women become accustomed to
seeing the names Enfamil and
Similac many times over right
from the start."

Prepare for spring allergies

continued from 17B

find tomatoes, potatoes or
peaches problematic.
Although often not serious,
reactions to these foods can
be life- threatening in a small
percentage of people. A life-
threatening allergic reaction

is called anaphylactic shock,
and high-risk people should
carry a portable epinephrine
Allergists also encourage
people to take their medicine
even before their symptoms
flare, and to see an aller-
gist who can suggest the best
course of treatment.

Even kids should exercise

continued from 16B

Norfolk, Va.
"It's the No. 1 myth about
strength training, and abso-
lutely false," Faigenbaum says.
More than a decade of research
shows strength training is safe
for kids if properly supervised
and planned, he adds.
Most health and fitness
groups do not endorse com-
petitive power lifting and body
building for still-growing young
people. "It's important that
they don't overdo it," Brenner
says. "That's when we see in-
.Injuries occur most often
"at home while using Mom or
Dad's equipment unsuper-
vised," Faigenbaum says. "A
finger gets caught in a moving
part, or a weight falls on a toe."
Free weights and weight ma-
chines aren't the only way to
strength-train, says Debi Pil-
larella, fitness program man-
ager at Community Hospital
Fitness Pointe, the medical-
fitness facility in Munster, Ind.,
where Suzie and Garrett work
out, and where Suzie's mother
is an instructor. Elastic tub-
ing and bands, medicine balls,
weighted ropes and exercises
that use body weight as resis-
tance are also effective tools,
says Pillarella, a spokeswoman
for the American Council on
Though an increasing num-
ber of kids involved in organized
sports turn to strength train-
ing as part of off-season and
preseason conditioning, many
non-athletes, as well as "de-
conditioned ... inactive" kids,
overweight or not, also would
benefit, Faigenbaum says.

Boys are often eager to start
weight training, but some girls
still resist it out of the mistaken
belief that they will develop big,
bulky muscles, Pillarella says.
Strength training will make
girls' muscles stronger, but
they do not produce enough


for kids and


Safe, effective and fun
strength-training programs
should follow these guideline':
says pediatric exercise scientist
Avery Faigenbaum:

*Provide close supervision
by knowledgeable and ciualifiied
instructors trained in pediatric
strength training.
Ensure the exercise environ-
ment is free of hazards.
Begin each session with a
d.,iai.,;n warm-up (ji.,mrinliitg
.1 i;'iii_' not stretching.
Focus on de-.elopin proper
techri;qiie and ie_ rIii,,
ft.iij .riei-it.-l training principles
(i.e. warm-up and c.ool-downv
Include exercises that re-
quire balance, coordination.
Cool down with less intense
calisthenics, stretching.
Do .resistance training no
more than two or three non-
consecutive days each week. On
other days, focus on aerobic,
fleibillty and free-play activi-
Keep programs fresh and
challenging by varying training
and types of e:1quipent.

Note: The American College of Sports Medicine
says a medical exam is desirable, though not
mandatory, for healthy children. Exams are recom-
mended for kids with known or suspected health

of the hormone testosterone to
build large muscles, she says.
And more girls are getting
that message. "We're seeing as
many girls as boys participate
in our strength-building pro-
grams," she says. "They like to
feel stronger, have some mus-
cular definition. We're empha-
sizing that this is a fitness skill
that can be performed for a

Remember: see your

doctor for your

annual checkup!

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19B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 21-27, 2012

Food Pyramid

Annual church growth

conference at 93rd Street

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pastoral appreciation


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Do you know your risk for

diabetes? Find out today

continued from 17B
Pressure: The risk of developing
diabetes increases if your
HDL (good) cholesterol level
is under 35 mg/dL or your
triglyceride level is over 250
mg/dL. High blood pressure of
140/90 mmHg or higher also
increases diabetes risk. These
two risk factors are often
linked to obesity, a high fat
diet, and lack of exercise, all of
which can also lead to type 2
7. Gestational Diabetes:
Women who developed
gestational diabetes when
pregnant or gave birth to a
baby that weighed more than
nine pounds run a higher risk
of developing type 2 diabetes
later in life. Women who have
gestational diabetes and their
babies can develop type 2
diabetes years later.
You can have all seven
risk factors for diabetes and
never develop the condition.
Or you could have just one
and be diagnosed with the

disease. Researchers are not
sure exactly why some people
develop diabetes, while others
do not. And even though there
is no cure for the disease, you
can do a lot to lower your risk
by exercising regularly, eating
a healthy diet, losing weight,
and lowering blood pressure
and cholesterol levels.
Talk with your doctor if you
are concerned about your risk
of developing diabetes or if you
notice any symptoms of type
2 diabetes such as increased
thirst, frequent urination,
fatigue, weight loss, blurred
vision, or slow-healing sores.
In honor of National Diabetes
Alert Day on March 27,
North Shore Medical Center's
Diabetes Center will be hosting
a complimentary Diabetes
screening for the community.
The event will be in the
diabetes Center located in the
main lobby of the hospital at
1100 NW 95 Street in Miami
and will be from 10:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. To reserve
an appointment, please call

We invite you to the "Annual
Church Growth Conference at
93rd Street Community Baptist
Church, 2330 N.W. 93rd Street,
Rev. Dr. Carl Johnson, Sr. Pas-
tor starting March 26-27 at 6
p.m. nightly.
The Class Topics are: The
Relevant of the Church, The
Respect of the Church, The
Reaching of the Church, The
Realness of the Church, The
Righteousness of the Church,
and The Resourcefulness of the
The guest preachers are:
Monday, March 26th Rev.
Anthony Brown, New Bethel
BC and Tuesday, March 27th
- Rev. James Kinchen, Mt. Car-
mel BC.
The conference is free and the
entire community is invited to


An evening with Pastor Cook

The Pastor's Aide Ministry
will sponsor an event in honor
of Pastor Cook entitled "An Eve-
ning With Our Pastor" on Sat-
urday, March 24 in the Multi-
Purpose Room at Greater New
Bethel M.B. Church, 17025 NW
22 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL.
Admission begins at 5:30 p.m.
Program begins at 6 p.m. In-
cluded will be a delicious meal,
Christian comedian Felicia, and
the guest speaker, Reverend J.
C. Wise form FL General Bap-
tist Conventional President.
$25 per adult; $12 per youth.
Call church for more informa-
tion, 305-751-9323.


Mount Vernon Missionary
Baptist Church, 1323 NW 54
Street, joyfully invites you to
join them as they celebrate Rev.
Cleophus Hall, Sr. on his first
pastoral appreciation.
We will have two pre-appreci-
ation services beginning nightly
at 7:30 p.m. On March 21 with
New Mercy Missionary Baptist
Church, Rev. Vinson Davis in
charge and on March 23 with
New Providence Missionary
Baptist Church, Rev. Steve
Caldwell in charge.
Our culmination service for
Pastor Hall will begin on Sun-
day, March 25 at 11 a.m. with
Rev. Martai McCullough of
Brownsville Baptist Church of
Miami and at 3:30 p.m., Rev.
Johnny White of Rock of Ages
Missionary Baptist Church.
We honor this humble "man
of God" for his spirit, visions,
teachings, and love. We ap-
plaud him for his passion


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to "Reach People and Trans-
form Lives." His dedication to
his family, faithfulness to his
church and devotion to the
work of the Lord.
We the Mount Vernon family
are truly blessed to have such
a magnificent pastor.

Joint Lenten Service at

St. Agnes Church
On Sunday, March 25, Saint
Agnes Episcopal Church will ,
host the Fifth and Final Joint .- '*'. ,
Lenten Service of the 43rd a. "
Annual Series of Lenten Services.
The service begins at 5 p.m.
The guest preacher is The Most
Reverend Drexel W. Gomez,
former Lord Bishop of Barbados,
Former Lord Bishop of the
Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos
Islands and Archbishop of the
Anglican Province of the West
A cordial invitation is extended
to you to come worship and
fellowship with us on this joyous
ocassion. Reverend Drexel W. (




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Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue
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Mt. Calvary Missionary
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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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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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


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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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Antioch Missionary Baptist St. John Baptist Church
Church of Brownsville 1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue
2799 N.W. 46th Street M

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2300 N.W. 135th Stree
Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m.,
11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

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

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

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First Baptist Missionary The Celestial Federation
Baptist Church of Brownsville Yahweh Male & Female
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue (Hebrew Israellites) Dan. 2:44
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Angels of Freedom
Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 26513
Jaoksonville, FL 32226
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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street

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

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come and receive a word from
the Lord!
For more information, call the
church at 305-836-0942.

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retired, died
March 12
at Jackson
Survivors; .ta

daughter, Renea Bw
Davis and f
Priscilla Hightower. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, March 24 in the chapel

RICKIE BROWN, 53, retired
housing mentor,
died March 16
at Memorial
Survivors taI

include: sons,
Davidson n ,.

and Rickie,
Jr.; daughter, Melissa Brown;
sister, Brunetta Brown; nieces,
Shaquanda, Quaneisha Brown,
Toshiba Gardner; brothers, Ronald
Brown and the late Reginald Brown;
father and mother, Richard and
the late Ruby Lee Brown; a host
of grandkids, nephews, Quanton
Brown, Randy and Ronald Oliver.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday at Oasis
Baptist Church, 7600 NW 7 Ave.

shoe repairman, .-
died March
12 at home.
Service 10 a.m.,

Saturday at
Bethel Apostolic


BEN MOBELY, 82, retired, died
March 17 at
Ave nt u ra
Hospital. a
Service 10 a.m., :.
Saturday at,
New Hope g .- .
M missionary ..-. ..'Z
Baptist Church.

aka "BIG T",
35, entrepre- /
neur, died
March 11 in Wil-
liamsburg, SC.
Survivors in-
clude: his par-
ents Clarence '
and Eleanor I
Ruth Scott; wife, Sherelle; sons;
Terrence Jr., Ranard and Blair;
daughters, T'Shai and T'Shaya;
siblings, Tekara Scott and Tomeka
Scott Bryant (Duane); brother, Wil-
bert C. Jackson, Jr.; maternal
grandmother, Spelma R. Williams;
a loving nephew, Terrence Davis;
and other relatives and friends.
Viewing 4-9 p. m., Friday, March 23
at Royal Funeral Home, 17425 NW
27 Avenue. Service 11 a.m., Satur-
day March 24 at Jesus People Min-
istries Church International, 4055
NW 183 Street, Miami, FL.

retired, died
February 27 at
Hampton Court -.
Center. He .'
leaves to '
celebrate his life
dl ii r h t r -

Diann; son-in-
law, Lenell;


Theresa, Angela, Melissa, and
Kimberly; great grandchildren,
Jordy, Jared, Justin, Jazmin,
Joshua, and Jeremy; six great-
great grandchildren and other
relatives and friends. We love and
miss you so much. Services were

"West", maintenance worker, died
March 8. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

Witzke (Maryland)
75, computer .
specialist, died L
March 18 in
Columbia, MD.
Survived by
wife, Donree;
son, Ferris
brothers, David,
Orangen and Archie; sisters,
Marilyn Randall and Mary Seay;
godsister, Joyce Barry. Service 11
a.m., Friday at The Church of the

Roberts Poitier
52, roofer, died
March 15 at .
home. Service
2 p.m., Friday
at Antioch Mis-
sionary Baptist .
Church of Lib-
erty City. j

66, nurse assistant, died March 10
at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Hadley Davis
hairstylist, died .'
March 10 at -.
home. Service 1
p.m., Monday in
the chapel.

March 8 at '-- -
home. Services
were held. '

trepreneur, died
March 10 at Me-
morial Regional.
Hospital. Ser- r
vices were held. .,A

ERNEST MYLES, 35, elec-

tion clerk, died
March 17 at
Memorial West
Hospital. Ser-
vice 3 p.m., Fri-
day in the cha-

, .

A.J. Manuel
52, transitioned
peacefully on
March 16, at his
home, a Miami
graduate ,
was a former
employee of
Water and Sewer, and New Hope
MBC of Hollywood, truly one of
God's best.
Survivors include: wife, Annie;
sons, David, Taron, Tyrone, Tyrone
II, and Teandric; sister, Mildred;
brothers, Charles and Everette;
grandchildren, nieces, nephews
and a host of other family, friends,
and relatives.
Friday night live (viewing),
March 23 at New Hope MBC of
Hollywood from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Homegoing celebration 1:30
p.m., Saturday at New Birth Baptist
Cathedral of Miami.


died March 17.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday March
24 at Greater

Eggen & Lance
aka "KC", 54,
retired, died
March 5 in ,
Santa Rosa,
CA. Service
March 23 in
Santa Rosa, .

Wright and Young
ANNA LEE ALSTON, 63, retired,
died March
19 at Jackson
Hospital .t aI
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Truth Worship :

counselor, died 1 ..h
March 17 at
home. Survivors

dau g h ter,
K a I e n t hia i-a ''
Nunnally-Bain; *
sons, James
Johnson Jr. and
Byron Johnson; sisters, Barbara
Driver, Mary Kent, Peggy Whiting,
Patricia Allen and Donetha
Stephens. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Calvary M.B. Church.

died March
10 in Texas.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Bethel Apostolic


Hall Ferguson I
60, business
died March 14 at .
home. Survivors
include: mother, .
Corine Lane;
sister, Gloria
Cohen (Joel); ;

retired, died
March 10 at .
University of
Miami Hospital.
He leaves to
memories, his
children; Sheila I
Russell, Phyllis
Williams, Tometra McClendon
(Warner), Teresa Williams, Thomas
Williams Jr. (Darryl), Rosalyn
Williams, Patrick Williams, and
Dwight Williams; seven grand
children; two great grandchildren
and a host of relatives and friends.
Service 11 a.m., Friday March 23 at
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

retired teacher

for Dade County
Public Schools
died March 14.
Survivo rs
include her son,
William H.
daughter, Ann

Sheridan Generette Gilbert;
nephew, Charlie R. Page. Service
1 p.m., Thursday in the chapel.

JAMES AIKEN, 87, truck driver,
died March 15 in Pembroke Pines.
Survivors include: brother, William
Aiken, Jr.; sister in law, Juliet Aiken;
S sisters, Almetha Frazier (AI),
Evelena White (James), Elease
lewitt White, Ida Stewart (Benjamin), and
ALLEN, Laura Hayward; brother, Peter
SAiken (Georgia). Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at New Shiloh M.B.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

Caprice Allen Brown; three grand
children; nephews, Torrence Allen,
Quincy Cohen Sr. (Sheila), Joshua
Cohen, Isaiah Cohen, Isaiah
Williams, Jamari, Montorious,
Zadrian, and Quincy Jr.; nieces;
Trina Kai',c y ( cu,,en), ;..,.,
Kancey, Kaisha, Tangy, Kendall,
Joi, Octravia and a host of other
family and friends. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday March 24 at A.M. Cohen

retired, died
March 16
at Aventura
Medical Center.
Survivo rs
include: Mary
Lamb, Jennette
Archer, Connie

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

09/26/1990- 03/18/2010

You are not forgotten love
one, nor will you ever be.
As long as life and memory
last; we will remember thee.
We miss you now, our
hearts are sore; and as time
goes by, well miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gen-
tle face.
No one can ever fill your spe-
cial place here in our hearts.
From your loving family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

12/05/87 03/21103

Our love for you will never
Love your family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


? .


My love, I will cherish your
memories forever.
Love mommy, Keke, Khalio,
Sir. Twan and all The "Mans"



Neal of Jacksonville, FL, Dorothy
Phillips of Atlanta, GA and Evelyn
Elps. Visitation, 5-7 p.m., Thursday,
March 22nd. Service 11 a.m.,
Friday at Peaceful Zion Baptist

disabled retiree,
died March -
15 at Jackson
Hospital North. .
service 7 p.
m., Thursday
March 22 at
Universal Truth Center, 21300 NW
37 Avenue. Funeral service 11:30
a.m., Saturday at New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist Church, 777 NW
85 Street.

LEO CHAPPELL, 75, lawn engi-

neer, died
March 13 at
Broward Gener-
al Hospital. Ser-
vice 12 p.m., at
Greater New
Bethel Baptist

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~.;S.- ~

March 14 at UM medical Center.
Final rites in Puerto Rico.

ANGEL J. JIMENEZ, 55, truck
driver, died March 15 at home. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Thursday in the chapel.

03/21/1935 04/05/2011

Mom Happy Birthday.
We love you so much and
miss you. You maybe gone,
but not forgotten.
Your son, Lonzo and daugh-
ter, Carleen will always re-
member this day, March 21.
Mom please keep a watch
over us, okay. God love you
more and He knows best.
Keep smiling until we meet
Love you.

4 -

... .. ._ ]

09/10/45 03/21/10

Everyday in some small
way, memories of you come
my way.
Though absent, you are al-
ways near.
Still missed, loved, and al-
ways dear.
Love your niece, Latesha

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


06/20/74 03/23/09

We will always miss you.
From your Mom, Sister,
Children and Niece.

Obituaries are due by
4:30 p.m., Tuesday
Call 305-694-6210


Nakia Ingraham
LEILA AUGUSTUS, 65, retired,
died March 13 at Memorial
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Hallelujah Worship Center.




n .


The Miami Times

ifesty e



Fla pays tribute to

Musical pals

turn out to show

love and support

By D. Kevin McNeir

Students at Florida Memorial
University [FMU] have been the
most recent beneficiaries of the
musical knowledge and experience
of Melton Mustafa where he has
served for more than a decade as
the director of jazz studies. A gifted

trumpet player and educator, he
has also taught classes in music
theory, jazz composition and other
jazz-related courses. But he is
probably best known for producing
the Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz
Festival at FMU.
Some of the guest artists that
have appeared at the Festival
(from 1996-2009) include: Grover
Washington, Jr., Idris Muhammad,
Patrice Rushen, Billy Cobham, Her-
bie Mann, Billy Taylor, Najee and
Randy Brecker.
Besides being an amazingly tal-
ented musician, Mustafa has made
his mark as an arranger,, composer
and producer. What's more, he has

Photos courtesy: Show & Tel Photography
Friends of Mustafa groove for the crowd (top);
Mustafa shares a lighter moment with his brother
(far left) and son (right)



headed to


By Chris Witherspoon

For all you die-hard Tupac fans, get
ready for the "Thug Life" to make its debut
on Broadway. According to Playbill, the
life of the late rapper will be set to music
in a show called "Holler If Ya Hear Me."
The musical is said to be directed by
Kenny Leon (who also directed "A Raisin
In the Sun", "Stick Fly" and "The Moun-
taintop)" and will feature music from
Tupac Shakur's extensive musical cata-'
Black male and female rappers between
the ages of 18 and 35, with strong rap and
guitar talents, were encouraged to try out
for lead roles. Leon first talked about how
he got involved in the project last Novem-
ber during an interview with PBS.
"The idea was always to make a musi-
cal inspired by his music and not to do
an autobiographical approach to his life
or anything like that," Leon said. "And
because I always thought that Tupac
was a prophet and I thought if every-
body could hear his words and hear his
stories, they would see what I see. So a
year from now, hopefully, you'll be see-
ing this world-changing musical on the
Broadway stage. I couldn't be more ex-
cited. Todd Krickler is writing the book
and with the lyrics by Tupac, it's going to
be very exciting I think it will change
the facae of musical theater as we know
it on Broadway."
Leon will be collaborating with Tupac's
mother, Afeni Shakur.
Although there have been other Broad-
way musicals with primarily Black casts,
Holler If Ya Hear Me will be the first
full-scale, hip-hop production in Broad-
way history. There is no set date for the
Broadway premiere of "Holler If You Hear
Me," but the musical is sure to shake up
the "Great White Way."



Sheryl Lee Ralph tells her story
By Kunbi Tinuove

If you are looking for inspirational reading material,
you might want to check out actress Sheryl Lee Ralph's
new memoir, Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the.
Original Dreamgirl. The book chronicles Ralph's life as
she maneuvers her way through the good, the bad and
sometimes ugly, showbiz industry. It also tells the story
of a young girl, raised in a loving home, who was deter-
mined to pursue her dreams without compromising her
integrity. In highly personal reflections, Ralph sheds
lights on her early years as "just another struggling ac-
tress pounding the pavement," in the 1970s, when "solid"
roles for young Black women were few and far between.
By 1981, though, she won the coveted role of Deena
,Jones in what would become the hit Broadway musi-
cal, Dreamgirls. Cast alongside Jennifer Holliday in a
Suprernes-like tale of a trio of Black female singers who
make it big in the 1960s, the production was an over-
night sensation. Her performance, for which she earned
comparisons to Diana Ross, landed her a Tony nomina-
tion in 1982 for Best Actress in a Musical.
"Drea mgi rls was revolutionary," Ralph writes, "Finally
there was a stage full of beautifully Black women. They
weren't stereotypes or background characters, they were
the show itself."

She recaIlls the words of one casting agent that she says
havc haunted her for years: "You're obviously beautiful
and talented, but what do I do with you? Team you up
with Tom Cruise? Do you kiss him? And who comes to
see this movie?"
Ralph explains that her time in Dreamgirls was over-
shadowed by the emergence of a strange illness (now
known as AIDS) that was killing many of her showbiz
friends, including Dreamgirls director-choreographer
Michael Bennett and the show's playwright-lyricist Tom
I was it ness to such an ugly time in America," Ralph
said. "People found it easy to turn their backs on people
Sd, ing from a mysterious disease because they were gay."
By 1990. however, Ralph founded the DIVA Foundation,
a non-profit organization which raises awareness about
HIV/AIDS. Each year, the foundation
presents an evening of song with DI-
VAS Simply Singing. Proceeds from the
fundraiser benefit organizations in Los
Angeles and around the world. One
of the biggest life-lessons Ralph has
learned is that you're got to have faith
and hold onto that faith, she says.
"I have known so many people who
S have been so close to their greatness
but gave up just as it was about to
MORM*M* *W happen."


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B .D.R icha'..r
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The Jacki Tuckfield
Memorial Graduate Business
Scholarship Fund (JTMGBSF)
was established by her
parents, Drs. Jack and Gloria
Tuckfield, to honor the
extraordinary life of their
daughter, Jacki, who passed
away at 25 and in the prime
of her life. Fourteen years ago,
her parents started the Miami
Foundation which included T.
C. Adderly, Rosalind Smith-
Bond, Kenyatta D. Smith,
Catherine A. Minnis, Emily
Gresham, Dr. J. Preston and
H. Wayne Huizenga School of
Business and Joseph Pineda.
The foundation recently
celebrated the milestone of
having provided $382,000 in
tuition awards to recipients,
plus more. More than 363
students have been assisted.
For 2012, the 52 recipients
of the fund include Latovia
J. Greene, FAMU; Guirlande

Jones, Donald
Lindsay, Jomo
Sankara, Ashra
A. Whyte,
FGCU; Jamilla
D. Brooks, FIU;
Adira A. Allen, M
Allen, Agnes W. Cla
G. Pieree, Jaron Uly
Alex E. Theresias
Thompson, FMU
S. Brown, Melissa
Rachaline S. Ga
Saddler, Katrelle
FSU; Dominique G
U; Kiesha L.
Emmanuel Carrie
A. Cunningham,
M. Davis, Chiquite
Carol A. McCoo
Siobhan A.Freema
Graham, Arlene A
Nancy Jean-Charle
M. Jones, Mzximili
Kerry Olinia
Regina Lynch,
D. McKinney, V

Milton, Thedly Nicolas, History Project entries from
Angelina D. Person, Tania last Thursday: First Place
Grant, James J. Richardson, went to Michael J. Williams,
Brittney Robinson, Tara Joi president; Second Place to
SRumph, Sonia Telusnord, Leroy Parker and Third Place
Vilus Telusnord, Stephanie to Parris Webb, II, while
r Thomas, Willie H. Wood, Honorable Mentions were
Kimberly Wright, St. Thomas presented to Antonia Harden,
U; Hans C. Malebranche, Maxwell Sampson, Melvin
Corey E. McCall, UCF: Tooks II, James McKenney
....-, -.. Sammee K. Ciomgs, UF and and Bakari Wilder.
Dan Mathis, UM. Parents are still discussing
asheika E. Kudos go out to those who the visitation at Ebenezer UMC
rke, Nolege put on the traditional program and the presence of everyone
ysses Nash, featuring TC Adderly. The who enjoyed a good service
, Terry S. welcome was made by with Teresa Martin-
Chiquill James B. Randolph Robinson directing the
P. Dunn, and Lisagaye Voices of Praise Choir
tari, Mary Tomlinson, sang the \ and Rev. Dr. Joreatha
D. Staten, theme song, "Surely .\ -Capers preaching
*ehy, NOVA The Presence of the .. a spectacular
Alexander, Lord Is In This Place;" sermon. Furthermore,
e, Carlton followed by Linda activities are reaching
Veronica Burrowes, "The the downward climb
L. Dingle, Essence of Jacki," PINKNEY near the end with
:k Dixon, and Bea Hines, the females creating

n, Cynthia
. Griffiths,
es, Carmen
an Joselin,
ictoria A.

"remembering Jacki"
in words and benediction by
The Egelloc Civic and Social
Club's Veronica Rahming,
coordinator, announced the
talent winners and Black

enthusiasm among the
young men being taught the
waltz, tango and cha, cha, cha.
A special salute goes out
to Coordinator Rochelle
Lightfoot for preparing the
Men Of Tomorrow for the talent

show and the adjudicators,
Larry Williams, Sherwood
DuBose, Michael Emanuel,
and Gary Mason. The winners
will perform on the night of the
In celebration of March being
National Women's History
Month, Thelma Gibson,
Leome Culmer, and Dr. Enid
C. Pinkney were honored
at the American Legion
Banquet room last Monday.
Gibson was the first Black
nurse to be hired at Jackson
Memorial Hospital's Maternity
Ward. She was also once an
interim city commissioner
and founded the Woman's
Chamber of Commerce.
Pinkney's legacy began when
she used her position as
Student Government President
to present Joe Louis to the
student body at BTW, then
the heavyweight champion of
the world. She was even bold
enough to ask him to donate
$300 for band uniforms. He
obliged and promised to write
the check when he got back
to his room at the Hampton
House. Culmer, an historian

of South Florida, wrote scripts
for Black pioneers that were
buried in the city cemetery.
Others recognized at the
service included: Charlotte
Bannister, Merline Roberts,
Natalia E. Lightbourn and
Marie N. Mannings.
Dorsey High School
Alumni were in good spirits
seeing President Baljean
Smith return to their monthly
meeting 'at Piccadilly in
Hialeah. Thomas Albury,
parliamentarian, was
appointed by the president to
conduct the meeting. Some
of the alumni in attendance
were: Thomas Albury,
Louvona Robinson, Laurice
Hepburn, Mary Bennett,
Naomi Smith, Charles
Adderly, Nellie Wilder,
Sue Davis, Bettye Gibson,
William Lee, Constance
Pinkney, Charlie M. Scott
Myer, Harry Dawkins, Betty
Mackey, Ulysses S. Murror,
Jr., George Heastie, Helen
Austin, Joseph A.Young and
Carliss and Odessa Cook. The
next meeting is Monday, April


Dade Heritage Trust
presented its 14th Annual
Women's History Month
Luncheon at the city of
Miami Legion Memorial
Park at 644 NE 7th Ave
on Monday, March 19th.
The program, Recognizing
Pioneer Women in Miami
City Cemetery, presented
an original script written by
Leome S. Culmer. The 2012
honorees were Charlotte
Bannister, Merline Roberts
Johnson, Natalia Eve'
Lightbourne, and Marie
Nabbie Munnings.

The 34th
annual Youth Day
Observance Sunday will be
April 15th at 10:45 a.m. 'at
St. Agnes Episcopal Church.
The St. Scholastica's
Chapter of Episcopal Women
will present this obsenrance.
The Youth Day speaker will
beLadanus Albury Williams.
Get well wishes to the
following persons: Phillip
Wallace, Thelma Dean,
Cherryl Silas, Wilhelmina
Stirrup-Welch, Louise
H. Cleare, Lottie Major
Brown, Florine Welch,

Venda Rei Gibson, Bertha
Martin and Naomi Allen-
Congratulations to
Tenermarie and Euclides
Jimenez on the birth of
their baby, Alejandra Rain
Jimenez, born on Jan. 8th
at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
Hearty congratulations
goes out to Bertha Martin
and the late Harry Paul
Martin whose lovely
daughter Eileen Martin and
Gregory Robinson were
married on March 3rd (which
is also Gregory's birthday)
by her minister, Reverend
Joretha Capers at Ebenezer
Methodist Church. Eileen
is a graduate of Bethune-
Cookman University. She

directs the boys and girls
MASK group at Ebenezer
and is a member of Alpha
Kappa Alpha.
The Miami alumnae
chapter of Delta Sigma
Theta is partnering with
Rhonda Eyes Alliance to
collect needed eyeglasses of
all kinds. Ask your. family
members and friends for
prescription, reading or
sunglasses that will be
donated to the people of
Haiti. The alliance will travel
to Haiti in April to offer
assistance to the people
of Haiti with eye exams,
medications, eye glasses
and surgeries. Call any
Delta you know and we will
be happy to come by and

pick them up. Thanks in
I know I am late with this,
but as the saying goes,
"better late than never!"
Deltas honored our beloved
Soror Dorothy Graham
at our meeting in January
as she marked her 96th
birthday on Jan. 25th.
Did you know that? How
In Miami, some returning
home for the wedding
of Yvetta R. Jones and
Fedrick Ingram were
Willie and Rhonda Turner,
former Miamians now living
in Atlanta, Georgia; Willie
B. and Bianca and family
of Atlanta, Winifred M.
Rodgers (another former

Miamian) now living in
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma;
Tresa Balou of Tampa, Fla.
and Dr. Candice Balou also
of Tampa, Fla. Yvette is the
daughter of Ronald Jones
and Kathy J. Smith. She
is also the granddaughter of
Sylvia Sands of Miami.
Fedrick is the son of
Richard and Susie Ingram
of Miami and the grandson
of the late Gussie Law.
Home for her spring break
from Florida A&M University,
Raynal Sands and one of
her friends who also attends
FAMU, Eylese Robinson.
Eylese hails from Detroit,
Michigan and truly enjoyed
her spring break. She was
Raynal's house guest.



Musicians pay tribute to Mustafa

continued from 1C

But things have been tough
for Mustafa in recent years as
he wages an ongoing battle
against stage 4 prostate can-

Several weeks ago, a large
contingent of musicians gath-
ered at Crescendo's Jazz and
Blues Lounge here in Miami to
raise funds for their friend in
efforts to assist him with his
medical treatment.
"Anyone in the jazz arena
knows and respects Melton
Mustafa," said Miami-Dade
Commissioner Barbara Jor-
dan, who, along with Alonzo
and Tracy Mourning, was part
of the host committee. "He has
given so much to the music in-
dustry and has devoted much

of his time to educate young
people about jazz."
George Tandy, one of the jazz
keyboardists and producers
who participated in Monday's
fundraiser, praised Mustafa
for his educational and artis-
tic contribution to the indus-
try. Tandy drew thunderous
applause when he tickled the
ivory after delivering a heart-
felt plea of support.
"I have never met a man who,
when you speak of him, he
dignifies you with life and hu-
manity," Tandy said. "Melton
saw to it that after 30 years, I
went to Florida Memorial Uni-
versity and got my degree in
Jazz EduCgtion. We are all stu-
dents of Melton. I just want to
say thank you."
If you want to send salutes
or assistance to Mustafa, you
should contact his brother,
Jesse Jones, Jr., who is also a
jazz vocalist and musician at


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By Anna SwttL




Ice Cream Cone Sundaes
Serves 8
8 ice cream cones of choice
8 tablespoons pineapple cream cheese
(recipes available online)
1/2 cup dried Craisins
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
8 scoops seedless watermelon (use an
ice cream scooper)
Additional toppings of your choice:
sprinkles, pineapple chunks,
chips or coconut flakes
Pipe a tablespoon of the frosting into the
bottom of each cone. Divide Craisins over
frosting. Top Craisins with yogurt. Place an
ice cream scoop of watermelon on top of
each cone. Top with additional toppings as
desired and serve.

Watermelon Pizza Supreme
Serves 6
1 slice watermelon (8 to 10 inches
and 1 inch thick), drained to
excess moisture
1 cup strawberry preserves
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Place watermelon slice on a serving platter
and cut into 6 wedges, leaving them in the
shape of a pizza. Spread preserves over
watermelon and sprinkle toppings over the


S summer time means plenty
of play time so why not
play with your food? Finding
creative ways to enjoy healthy
foods like watermelon is a
great way to encourage the whole family
to eat well and have fun while doing
Here are three ways you can get the
whole family in on some fun and healthy
The wetter, the better Playing
hard on a hot summer day can take a
lot out of you. In addition to drinking
plenty of water, look for foods
that can help you keep hydrated.
Watermelon is 92 percent water -
so keep some slices or cubes in the
refrigerator for a handy, hydrating
snack. For a fun, kid-friendly twist,
use cookie cutters to cut watermelon
into fun shapes.
Get colorful For a real nutritional
boost, serve plenty of colorful,
deeply pigmented produce. For
example, red peppers, carrots,
broccoli and grapes are packed with
minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
In addition to vitamins A and C,
watermelon has a higher level of the
antioxidant lycopene than any other
fresh fruit or vegetable. Let the kids
use an ice cream scooper or melon-
baller to scoop out watermelon,
cantaloupe and honeydew to make a
colorful and nutritious dessert.
Think outside the recipe box -
Look for fun and unusual ways to
serve healthy foods. These recipes
from the National Watermelon
Promotion Board, for example, are
creative enough to appeal to kids and
grownups, and easy enough for just
about anyone to make.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be
boring at all it just takes a little
creative thinking to get everyone in the
family playing with their food.
You can find more deliciously fun ways
to enjoy watermelon, and sign up for a
free newsletter, at www.watermelon.org.

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The Beautiful Gate
is hosting free cancer
educational workshops at the
Austin Hepburn Community
Center, 750 NW 8th Avenue
in Hallandale. Each session
will be dedicated to a different
form of cancer. A breast cancer
workshop will be held on May
191h; cervical cancer workshop
on July 2 1st; and a lung cancer
workshop on Sept. 15th. For
more information, please
call 305-758-3412 or e-mail

0 Booker T. Washington
Class of 1960 meets the 3rd
Saturday of each month at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center at 4 p.m. For more
information contact Cornelia
Sands at 305-308-0176.

* Booker T. Washington
1962 Alumni Class is planning
their 50th Class Reunion on
June 24 July 1 and invites
all members to upcoming
meetings, held the first
Saturday of every month, at
4 p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Center, 6161 NW
22nd Avenue. For additional
information, contact Helen
Tharpes Boneparte 305-691-
1333 or Lonzie Nichols 305-

0 Miami Jackson and
Miami Northwestern Alumni
Associations are asking all
former basketball players
that played during Jackson
Coach Jake Caldwell's tenure
(1970-1988) and Northwestern
coach, Fred Jones's tenure
(1982-1996) and would like to
participate in a special tribute
on March 2nd to call 305-655-
1435 (Generals) or 305-218-
6171 (Bulls).

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. will meet
on Saturday, March 24 at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
center at 4:30 p.m. For more
information contact Lebbie Lee
at 305-213-0188.

Xcel Family Enrichment
Center, Inc. a not-for-profit
community-based charitable
organization will be celebrating
its 2nd Annual Black Marriage
Day Walk on March 24 at
Miami Carol City Park 3201NW
185th St. Registration/walk
begins and ends 8-9:30 a.m.
Entertainment, speeches and
testimonials 10 a.m.- 2p.m.
For information contact Ms.
Gilbert at 786-267-4544.

N Washingtonians Class of
6T5 will worship together on
Sunday, March 25 at 11a.m.
at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.
For more information contact
Barbara Graham at 305-634-

*The Miami Northwestern
Class of 1967 meets on the
2nd Wednesday of the month
at 7 p.m. at the home of Queen
Hall, 870 NW 168th Drive. We
are in the process of planning
our 45th Reunion. For more
information contact Elaine
at 786 227-7397 or www.

N Northwestern Class
of 1962 meets on the 2nd
Saturday of each month at 4
p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. We are
beginning to make plans for our
50th Reunion. For information
contact Evelyn at 305-621-

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets the 3rd

Saturday of each month at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. For information contact
Lucius King at 305-333-7128.

0 The National Coalition of
100 Black Women Greater
Miami Chapter is accepting
applications for girls ages 12-18
to participate in Just Us Girls
Mentoring Program. Monthly
sessions will be held every
3rd Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
thru June at the Carrie Meek
Center at Hadley Park, 1350
NW 50th Street. Call 1-800-
658-1292 for information.

Liberty City Farmers
Market will be open each
Thursday, 12-5 p.m. and
Saturday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
at TACOLCY Park until May
2012. For information call 954-
235-2601 or 305-751-1295
ext. 107.

N New Beginning Baptist
Church of Deliverance of All
Nations invites you to weight
loss classes the 1st and 3rd
Saturday of every month. Lose
sins while you lose weight.
Contact Sister McDonald at

[ Range Park is offering free
self-defense/karate classes
for children and adults each
Monday and Wednesday from
6 8 p.m. The location is 525
NW 62nd Street. For more
information call 305-757-7961
or contact Clayton Powell at

Chai Community
Services food program is
taking applications from
grandparents raising their
grandchildren. All services are
free. For applications call 786-

Dads for Justice,
a program under Chai
Community Services, assists
non-custodial parents through
Miami-Dade State Attorney's

Office with child support
modifications and visitation
rights. For information or to
schedule an appointment call

* Jewels Baton Twirling
Academy is now accepting
registration for the 2012
season. Open to those who
attend any elementary schools
within the 33147, 33142 or
33150 zip codes and actively
attend church. Contact Elder
Tanya Jackson at 786-357-
4939 to sign up.

Resources for Veterans
Sacred Trust offers affordable
and supporting housing
assistance, family resiliency
training and other resources
for low-income veteran
families facing homelessness
or challenges maintaining
housing stability in Broward
and Dade counties. Call
855-778-3411 or visit
www.411Veterans.com for
more information.

Solid Rock Enterprise,
Inc. Restorative Justice
Academy offers free
consultation if your child is
experiencing problems with
bullies, fighting, disruptive
school behaviors sibling
conflicts and/or poor academic
performance. For information
call 786-488-4792 or visit
www. solidrockent.org.

N Miami-Dade County
Community Action &
Human Services Head Start/
Early Head Start Open
Enrollment Campaign for free
comprehensive dhild care is
underway for pregnant women
and children ages 2 months to 5
years of age residing in Miami-
Dade County. Applications and
a list of Head Start Centers are
available at www.miamidade.
gov/cahs or call 786 469-4622
for additional information.

E Looking for all Evans

County High School Alumni
to create a South Florida
Alumni Contact Roster. If you
attended or graduated from
Evans County High School in
Claxton, Georgia, contact 305-
829-1345 or 786-514-4912.

S.A.V. (Survivors Against
Violence) is a Bible-based
program for young people and
meets at Betty T. Ferguson
Center in Miami Gardens
each week. For information
contact Minister Eric Robinson
at 954-548-4323 or www.

Empowerment Tutoring
in Miami Gardens offers free
tutoring with trained teachers.
For information call 305-654-

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

B This is it! A local softball
team for healthy ladies who
are 50+ years old is ready
to start and only needs 15
more players! Many different
experience levels are welcome
So come on and join to have
fun, get a good workout and
fellowship with other women
in the community. For
information, call Coach Rozier
at 305-389-0288 or Gloria at

M Looking for all former
Montanari employees to get
reacquainted. Meetings are
held on the last Saturday of
each month at 9 a.m. For
information contact Loletta
Forbes at 786-593-9687 or
Elijah Lewis at 305-469-7735.

I Miami Jackson and
Miami Northwestern Alumni
Associations are calling all
former basketball players
and cheerleaders for the

upcoming 2012 Alumni Charity
Basketball game. Generals call
786-419-5805, Bulls call 786-
873-5992, for information.

Miami Jackson Senior
High class of 92 is currently
planning a 20th year reunion.
If you are a 92 graduate,
please contact the committee
president Herbert Roach at

l Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida
Gospel Festival at Amelia
Earhart Park on Saturday,
June 30th from .11 a.m.- 6
p.m. For information contact
Constance Koon-Johnson at

Chai Community
Services will host a job fair
on April 21st from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. for administrative,
professional medical,
educational, social service,
culinary and housekeeping
positions. For more
information, please call
786-657-2072 or visit www.

Urban Partnership Drug-
Free Community Coalition
will hold their monthly meeting
on Thursday, April 26th at the
City of Miami North District
Police Sub-Station, 1000 NW
62nd Street. The Coalition is
dedicated to the reduction/
prevention of youth substance
abuse and underage drinking
in the greater Liberty City and
Little Haiti communities of
Miami-Dade County. Contact
Vivilora D. Perkins Smith, 305-
218-0783 or vperkinssmith@

The Miami Northwestern
class of 1959 is sponsoring
a six day-five night trip to the
Biltmore Estate, Asheville,
N.C., May 27 June 1st. For
information call Barbara, 305-
688-209; Joyce, 305-836-
0057 or Pat, 305-758-7968.

Cee Lo Green's Purrfect

helps spread cat fever

By Lorena Bias

Uggie, canine darling of The
Artist, has had his time in
the spotlight. Now cats have
tongues wagging.
There is Hank the Cat, a
Maine Coon rescue who is a
write-in independent candidate
for the U.S. Senate in Virginia.
ABC's Dancing With the Stars
judge Carrie Ann Inaba has
a new YouTube series about
shelter cats that was prompted
by her love of felines. And view-
ers of the NBC hit The Voice
regularly spot Purrfect, a white
Persian beauty, being cradled
by show judge Cee Lo Green.
"Keep your eyes peeled for
Purrfect," Green says. "She's
becoming a star." Yes, oth-
ers have noticed. On her talk
show, Ellen DeGeneres re-
cently spoofed Green and his
lap cat.
Inaba lets the cat out of the
bag on why the creatures are
so popular: "They are just
really independent and have
their own personalities. When
they do decide to love you, it
feels like an honor."
That doesn't mean Inaba is a
canine snob. In addition to her
six rescue cats, who range in
age from 7 months to 17 years,
there is a boxer at home, too.
"Dogs tend to be a little less
judgmental toward people,"
Inaba says. "Cats are more
Inaba loves felines so much
that she welcomed the chance
to participate in a Web show
about them. "I just want to do
anything that I can to get cats
into forever homes," says In-
aba, an executive producer of
Crib Cat on YouTube's Petsami
channel. It makes its debut
March 26 on Petsami.com.
New episodes will appear Mon-
days, Wednesdays and Fridays.
There is an audience. Animal

Animal magnetism: Cee
Planet shows such as Must
Love Cats, featuring a travel-
ing songwriter who showcases
unusual cat stories, and My
Cat From Hell, about a cat
whisperer who helps treat pets'
behavioral problems, each
draw about 1 million cat lovers
a week.
The fever has spread online.
Purrfect has fans on Facebook
(10,510 likes so far) and Twit-
ter (34,600 followers). Candi-
date Hank's numbers: 14,800
likes on Facebook and 1,335
Twitter followers.
Comments reach the hun-
dreds when Purrfect's Face-
book status is updated. Her
attributes? "She's a great
listener," Green says. Does she
need to work on anything?
"She's a little (too) nonchalant
about things," adds "Papa,"
Purrfect's pet name for her
Green says Purrfect was a
kitten a little more than a year
ago when he got her to be his
companion in Los Angeles
while he's away from his fam-
ily in Atlanta, where he has
two dogs. "Purrfect is probably

Lo Green with Purrfect.
my 20th cat," says the life-long
pet owner.
And will Purrfect appeal to
the show's cat fans?
"I think so," says Emily
Huh, editor of popular humor
website Icanhascheezburger.
com, which highlights photos
of cats with kooky captions.
"If you're an animal lover and
you see another animal lover,
you have an instant bond. (Al-
though) people may not know
Cee Lo, they say, 'Hey, he loves
his cat just like how I love my
cat.' They feel that connection."
When told that Purrfect just
might rally feline lovers' votes
for his Voice team, Green says:
"I think it's great. I represent
those people. They have a
voice. No pun intended."
He tells fans to look for
Purrfect on more episodes,
and she might even appear on
the live shows that start April
"She's going through train-
ing," he says. "Hopefully, she'll
be prepared by then to come
out to the main stage and sit
with me in the chair, which
she likes."


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Marlins face $111

million payroll

Fifiteen teams to pay $90o million or

more, with 11 at $1ooM-plus

By Bob Nightengale

PHOENIX For the first
time in Major League Base-
ball history, half of the 30
teams in baseball are project-
ed to have opening-day pay-
rolls of at least $90 million,
according to salary informa-
tion obtained by USA TODAY.
It's a dramatic increase
from even the days of the New
York Yankees' most recent dy-
nasty, when they led baseball
in 1999 with an opening-day
payroll of $88.1 million. That
year7, 21 teams had a pay-
roll of less than $60 million.
This season, only the Oak-
land Athletics and San Diego
Padres should have payrolls
that small.
And 11 teams are projected
to pay at least $100million in
major league contracts, led by

the Yankees, whose payroll
will top $195 million. There
are a record four teams whose
opening-day payrolls will top
$150 million, with the Los
Angeles Angels crossing the
barrier for the first time in
franchise history paying
$157 million to 34players on
their roster. The Angels, who
committed $317.5 million to
free agents Albert Pujols and
C.J. Wilson this winter, have
seven players who'll earn at
least $10 million this year.
"It's all about (owner) Arte
(Moreno) wanting to put that
product on the field," Angels
veteran starter Dan Haren
said. "He wasn't happy with
the way it went last year, and
he feels almost an obligation
to his fans. The teams that
spend the money usually are
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With the help of South Florida Urban Ministries affordable
auto loan program, Lionel Lightbourne was able to trade in his
"jalopy" for a 2003 Ford Expedition.

Automobiles have long been
prized in America as a symbol
of status and independence.
They are also prized for more
mundane, practical reasons
-mobility. To help more fami-
lies with poor credit be able to
afford transportation, South
Florida Urban Ministries
(SFUM) recently launched a lo-
cal branch of the Ways to Work
car loan program in Miami-
Dade and Broward County.

ticularly in certain areas down
South," explained Michelle
Edwards-Collie, a loan coach
for SFUM. "We decided it would
be a great opportunity to help
those families so they could
spend time with each other
instead of so many hours tak-
ing public transportation. Our
job is to offer them a second-
chance car loan."
Those who are interested in
the program and meet the
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SUnemployment claims

drop to a four-year low

Grad students to lose

federal loan subsidy


$25B mortgage

settlement with

banks is official

$20 billion to help struggling

homeowners avoid foreclosure

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Fewer people
sought unemployment benefits
last week, adding to signs that
the job market is strengthening.
A second report Thursday
showed that higher gas prices
drove the government's whole-
sale price index up last month.
Excluding the big jump in
gasoline, inflation elsewhere was
mostly tame.
The jobs report said applica-
tions for unemployment aid
dropped 14,000 to a seasonally
adjusted 351,000, according
to the Labor Department. That
matches a four-year low reached
last month. The four-week aver-
age, which smooths fluctuations,
was unchanged at 355,750.

Applications have leveled off
the past few weeks after fall-
ing for six months. The average
has declined 14 percent since
The steady decline has coin-
cided with the best three months
of hiring in two years. From
December through February,
employers have added an aver-
age of 245,000 jobs per month.
When unemployment benefit
applications drop consistently
below 375,000, it usually signals
that hiring is strong enough to
lower the unemployment rate.
The steady decline in applica-
tions has coincided with the best
three months of hiring in two
years. From December through
February, employers added an
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By Katy Hopkins

A big change is coming
soon for graduate students
who use federal student
loans to fund their educa-
tion. Currently, grad stu-
dents with demonstrated
financial need can take out
subsidized Stafford loans,
which don't accrue inter-
est until after graduation.
Through school and six
months after graduation,
the government pays for
the interest that accrues on
subsidized loans.
But starting July 1, grad-
uate students will no longer
be eligible for the federal
subsidy. If you already have

a subsidized Stafford loan,
you won't be responsible for
the interest that accrues
until after you graduate but
any new federal Stafford
loans taken out by graduate
students as of July 1 will be
unsubsidized. Unless you
make interest payments
while you're in school, the
federal loans will accrue
interest at a fixed rate of 6.8
percent as you work toward
graduation. The unsubsi-
dized Stafford loans will
also have a 1 percent origi-
nation fee starting July 1.
Though the decision may
seem egregious to loan-bur-
dened graduate students,
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Citigroup stabilized, Parsons decides to retire

The Associated Press

ernment has filed a $25 bil-
lion settlement with the five
largest U.S. mortgage lenders
in federal court, putting an
official stamp on the land-
mark agreement announced
last month over alleged fore-
closure abuses.
The court papers offered
few new details on the deal
between the federal govern-
ment and 49 states and Bank
of America, Wells Fargo,
JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup
and Ally Financial.
Oklahoma, which negoti-
ated a separate deal with the
banks, is not participating in
the agreement.
Banks will pay roughly
$20 billion to help borrow-
ers avoid foreclosure. Most of
that will go toward reducing
loans for about one million
of the 11 million U.S. house-

holds that owe more on their
mortgages than their homes
are worth.
The banks will also pay $5
billion in cash to the fed-
eral and state governments.
About a third of that money
will go into a fund to be used
for sending $2,000 checks
to about 750,000 Ameri-
cans who were improperly
foreclosed upon from 2008
through 2011.
Bank of America has the
largest financial obligation
under the settlement, at
$11.8 billion.
The banks will have to
complete 75 percent of their
loan-relief requirements
within two years and 100
percent within three years.
The banks didn't admit
wrongdoing as part of the
settlement. Federal and state
law enforcement authorities
could still pursue criminal
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Michael O'Neill

will be chairman
By Michael J. De La Merced

Richard D. Parsons, Citi-
group's chairman, plans to step
down from the bank's board
this.year, the bank announced
on Friday, as the firm continues
to move forward from the finan-
cial crisis.
Parsons will be replaced as
chairman by Michael E. O'Neill,
another Citi board member and
the former chief executive of the
Bank of Hawaii. Two other di-
rectors, Alain P. Belda and Tim-
othy C. Collins, will also decline
to stand for re-election.
Parsons's departure will
mark yet another break from
Citi's time before the market
upheaval of 2008. A 16-year
veteran of the bank's board,
Parsons had been expected to
leave within the next few years.

His departure may add fur-
ther heft to the stature of Vi-
kram S. Pandit, Citi's chief
executive. Parsons had long
championed Pandit as the prin-
cipal architect of the firm's
"Under Vikram Pandit's lead-
ership, Citi has made remark-
able progress," Parsons said in
a statement. "In Mike O'Neill,

the board will have the perfect
leader to enable it to continue
providing the oversight and
guidance America's global bank
Parsons was named as Citi's
chairman in January of 2009,
after having deflected talk of
assuming that role. But at a
time when Citi and its competi-
tors were nearly flattened by

the ripples emanating from the
collapse of Lehman Brothers,
his smoothness and extensive
connections across Wall Street
and in Washington were seen

Citigroup has had
two consecutive years
of profitability since
the financial crisis

as important to helping the firm
By the time he joined Citi's
board in 1996, Parsons had
already established something
of a reputation as a corporate
statesman with a knack for
calming chaotic situations. He
first made a name for himself
by turning around the strug-
gling Dime Bank in the 1980s,
and later helped quiet the rau-
cousness surrounding the new-
ly merged AOL Time Warner.

Blacks, small businesses lose again as law hurts debit card users

By Harry C. Alford
NNPA columnist

Perhaps the slickest and
most greedy lobby in Wash-
ington, D.C. is that of the
big merchants. I witnessed
what they can do while vis-
iting Africa. In their attempt
to import "conflict cotton"
(prison and slave labor) from
China into the U.S., this lob-
by put an amendment into
the Africa Growth and Op-
portunity Act that allows the
substitution of Africa cotton

for that of China. The im-
pact has been devastating
on African cotton farmers
who can no longer sell their
goods to principals in the
United States. It didn't stop
there. As soon as the Central
American Free Trade Agree-
ment (CAFTA) was born they
slipped in another amend-
ment. This amendment al-
lows Haiti, which really isn't
in the deal, the benefits of
CAFTA running finished cot-
ton fabric to the U.S. duty
free. Of course, you guessed

it; all they are do- will hurt consumers
ing is running the ,-.. and small retailers.
China conflict cot- The Durbin Amend-
ton through the is- ment is an effort to
land. It is so mas- increase merchants'
sive that when the profits. While this is
earthquake struck another big windfall
Haiti you may re- for the major mer-
member that Chi- chants, it is devastat-
nese 747 jet land- ing to small retailers.
ing there the next ., Debit card compa-
day and restor- nies used to give mer-
ing their sweat ALFORD chants discounts on
shop back to full operation debit-card fees they pay on
two days later. Now they've small transactions. But the
struck again and this time it Durbin Amendment placed

an overall cap on the fees and
the banking industry has re-
sponded by eliminating the
discounts. With the normal
margins greatly shrink-
ing, the discounts that card
companies would share with
their retailers have now dis-
Prior to Durbin, $1,000
purchases would have cost
a merchant $15.02 in fees.
They now only have to pay 72
cents per transaction. Don't
think for one minute that
Walmart, Target, etc. will be

passing these savings on to
you. That money will be re-
ported to their stock holders.
But small stores will have
to "bite the bullet" or raise
their pricing accordingly.
Consumers will pay for the
consequences of the Durbin
Amendment. Many small
retailers will probably have
to close some of their stores
to offset or adjust to the in-
creased costs.
Alford is the co-founder,
president/CEO of the National
Black Chamber of Commerce.


Richard D. ParsonsCitigroup's chairman.

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Billions sought in unemployment benefits paid in error

By Mark Greenblatt

States across the U.S. doled
out $13.7 billion in "improper"
unemployment payments last
year alone, according to the
U.S. Department of Labor.
The figure is down from more
than $17 billion the previous
year. However, federal officials
say most states are not yet
participating in a program
designed to collect from people
who received unemployment
The program, called the
Treasury Offset Program,
allows state governments to
hand over the names of people
who were overpaid to the
Internal Revenue Service. The
I.R.S. then subsequently con-
fiscates tax refunds of those
individuals and returns the
money to the appropriate state
New York, Wisconsin, and
Michigan were the first three
states to hop on board last
year. By the end of 2011, they
had collected more than $26
million. This year, Maryland,
Mississippi, Pennsylvania,

Illinois, and Alabama have
hopped on board.
While federal officials es-
timate those returns would
skyrocket if everyone took
part, they say the rest of the
country has yet to join in. The
result, they say, is that large
amounts of public money re-
mains in the hands of those it
doesn't belong to.
"It's a big cost," said Secre-
tary of Labor Hilda Solis. "It is
important because it's obvi-
ously taxpayer money and it's
employer-based money that
they pay into the system. We
are responsible to help oversee
and monitor and we work with
the states who actually imple-
ment these programs. They
need tools to better recover
and understand where those
improper payments are going."
Solis and the Department of
Labor have for years adopted
a number of policies designed
to fight improper payments by
states. For instance, in April
of 2011 they mandated that
states begin checking a federal
database of people who had
recently received jobs, to make

IFB NO. 307276:

sure unemployment benefit
checks were not also sent out
to people who were actually
working again. California is
the only state that has failed
to comply to date, relying
instead on their own State
Directory of New Hires.
The Department says in ad-
dition to outright fraud, much
of the $13 billion problem
can be attributed to failings
in state oversight and simple
errors. In some cases, lack of
proper oversight allows people
to continue collecting unem-
ployment long after they begin
working at a new job.
Six states Colorado,
Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana,
Virginia and Washington -
are currently on a special
federal "high priority" watch
list due to ongoing high rates
of improper payments.
Mark Everson, the commis-
sioner of Indiana's Department
of Workforce Development,
which runs the state's unem-
ployment insurance system,
called Indiana's 60 percent
improper payment rate from
last year misleading.

Research finds Blacks less

prepared for retirement

By Ashley Michelle

A recent study com-
missioned by a finan-
cial services group
reveals that many mi-
nority workers par-
ticularly Blacks are
less likely to be pre-
pared for retirement.
But the research also
finds an increasing
interest among mi-
norities in planning
for their retirement
security. Retirement
experts agree that ed-
ucating these groups
about saving and do-
ing so in a culturally-
specific manner can.
help them plan better.
ING Financial Ser-
vices recently released
a study commissioned
by the ING Retirement
Research Institute
that indicates almost
half of Americans of
all ethnic groups in
households with in-
comes over $40,000
per year feel chal-
lenged in saving for re-
Though many in the
study reported vari-
ous reasons for not
being prepared, nearly
31 percent of Blacks
revealed that debt
hindered them from
saving for retirement.
This percentage was
higher than any other
ethnic group. In addi-
tion, Blacks reported
using shorter time
horizons for financial
Fred Makonnen,
vice president of mul-
ticultural sales at ING,
says this type of short-
term planning in addi-
tion to other mistakes
made by ethnic groups
could harm retirement
planning success.
"We're seeing less
emphasis on planning
going forward," Ma-
konnen said. "That's a
trend we want to help
Despite the obsta-
cles Blacks and other
minority groups face,
research shows they
are persistently seek-
ing additional options.
For example, 1-in 4
Blacks in the study
had life insurance
valued at four to five
times their current
salary, compared with
just 18 percent of total
Researchers believe
the study demon-
strates that people of
color are eagerly try-
ing to save for retire-
ment. Therefore, Ma-
konnen emphasizes

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Despite the obstacles Blacks and other minority groups face,
shows they are persistently seeking additional options.


that retirement plan- lieve that attempts by of traditional pensions

ning organizations
should try to connect
with under-prepared
Blacks and other mi-
norities by offering
them "culturally-rele-
vant" financial litera-
cy programs.
Some analysts be-

state lawmakers to
reform state and lo-
cal pensions may have
actually reduced the
retirement security
of public workers, as
states seek to reduce
their pension liabili-
ties. As the availability

declines and national
debates about the fu-
ture of Social Security
continue, it becomes
even more compli-
cated for Blacks and
other minorities to
plan to retirement,
analysts say.


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



Detailed scope of work and specifications for this bid are available at the City of
Miami, Purchasing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement
Telephone No. 305-416-1958.

Deadline for Receipt of Requests for Additional Information/Clarification:
Wednesday, March 28. 2012 at 5:00 P.M.


Johnny Martinez, P.E.
City Manager

AD NO. 16273

unemployment rolls. That's
just crazy."
"Our message to them
[states] is that we need their
cooperation," Solis said. "We
will be contacting them."
Florida is among those
states that are trying to begin

working with the IRS to collect
improper unemployment pay-
ments. Other southern states
like Alabama and Mississippi
are already working in con-
junction with the Department
of Labor to collect improper

"To suggest that 60 percent
of the people shouldn't have
been drawing benefits, which
is what they're suggesting,
that just makes no sense at
all," he said. "If you believe
that, then 224,000 people
should've been thrown off the

SEOPW Board CHair

Request Date:


Provide two proposals (one (1) proposal for the landscape maintenance identified in the Omni Redevelop-
ment Area; and one (1) proposal for the landscape maintenance identified in the Southeast Overtown/Park
West Redevelopment Area) for landscape maintenance services on CRA owned/maintained properties as
identified below. The Bidder must be a licensed landscape contractor in the State of Florida with all valid
business licenses/tax receipts, as may be required by applicable law. The proposals shall provide a fixed
monthly-rate (2 maintenance cycles per month) per property for the on-going landscape maintenance. The
maintenance agreement will be for a one-year period with the possibility of renewal(s) as deemed necessary
by the CRA. Photographs of the properties and locations are available at the CRA office.

Landscape Maintenance Locations

Omni Redevelopment Area
Miami Entertainment Complex 50 NW 14 Street (29 NW 13 Street) CRA owned building
Future CRA Offices 1401 N. Miami Avenue CRA owned building/parking lot

Southeast Overtown/Park West Redevelopment Area
119 NW 11 Street CRA owned vacant lot (7,500 SF)
Grand Promenade 1020 N Miami Ave 1034 NE 2 Avenue pedestrian/vehicular alley/vacant
land (83,650 SF)
NW 7th Street btw NW 1st Court and NW 3rd Avenue pedestrian greenway/vehicular pathway
NW 9th Street btw NW 1st Avenue and NW 3rd Avenue pedestrian greenway/vehicular path
249 NW 6 Street- CRA owned vacant lot (3.44 acres)
919 NW 2 Avenue CRA owned parking lot (2.23 acres)
250 and 262 NW 10 Street CRA owned vacant lots (11,000 SF)
345 NW 10 Street CRA owned parking lot (40,383 SF)
NW 3rd Avenue Mini-Park 1016 NW 3 Avenue CRA owned mini park (5,000 SF)
300 NW 11 Street CRA owned building
316, 324 and 334 NW 11 Street CRA owned vacant lots (22,500 SF)
276 NW 9 Street- CRA owned vacant lot (7,500 SF)
901 and 915 NW 3rd Avenue CRA owned vacant lots (13,750 SF)
249 NW 9 Street and 910/916 NW 2nd Court CRA owned building, parking and vacant lot
(16,500 SF)
* 240 NW 9 Street CRA owned vacant lot (15,000 SF)
* 909 NW 2 Court CRA owned vacant lot (5,500 SF)
* 1201 NW 3rd Avenue and 247/231/229 NW 12 Street CRA owned building and parking lot
(31,662 SF)
* 1141 NW 3rd Avenue and 224 NW 12 Street CRA owned vacant lots (14,881 SF)
* 402 NW 8 Street and 734/728 NW 4 Avenue CRA owned building and vacant lots (15,000 SF)
* Black Police Precinct 480 NW 11 Street CRA owned building and parking lot (26,572 SF)
* 142 NW 11 Street and 1025 NW 2 Avenue CRA owned vacant lots (5,500 SF)
* Overtown Shopping Center 1490 NW 3 Avenue CRA owned building and parking lot (+/- 2 acres)

The scope of services shall include the following on a twice a month basis:

Cutting of grass, edge trimming, tree trimming/pruning, hedging and shrub trimming to provide a
well manicured property.
* Providing herbicides, pesticides and fertilizer as required to keep the grass, plants, shrubs and
trees in good condition.
* Providing herbicides to paved areas, sidewalks, curbs, etc to prevent the growth of weeds.
* Provide mulch on a quarterly basis to insure that all plant beds and tree pits are properly mulched.
* Collection and disposal of debris, trash, paper, tree trimmings, shrub trimmings and any other
debris related to the maintenance work performed.
* Inspect, test and repair all sprinkler systems including but not limited to all sprinkler heads, piping,
timers, vacuum breakers and rain sensors to insure proper sprinkler system operation.
* Contractor shall provide all plant materials including trees, shrubs, ground coverings and sod to
replace any and all damaged, withered or diseased plant materials during the maintenance cycles.
* Contractor shall be responsible for providing all labor, materials and equipment to comply with the

The CRA has various properties that require maintenance. The Bidder is responsible for reviewing, observ-
ing and inspecting the above listed properties prior to submitting a proposal. It is recommended that the
Bidder visits the identified sites to ensure that any question or concern is addressed prior to the proposal
submission due date.

All maintenance work will be evaluated by CRA personnel for quality control purposes before any payment
request is approved. The CRA retains the right to terminate the contract at any time.


The proposal must be accompanied by: (a) current proof of liability insurance; (b) current copy of contractor's
license; (c) list of five recent similar jobs and references; (d) list of personnel to be working at jobsite; (e) a
W-9 Form; and (f) a detailed bid. Bidders should affix an envelope to the outside of any boxes or packages
containing samples, back-up documents, etc. Said envelope shall include all required documents under this
request for services and shall be clearly marked on the outside to read "CRA Landscape Maintenance Ser-
vices- RFS No. 12-03." The proposal must be submitted, in a sealed envelope, no later than Friday, April
13th, 2012 @ 2:00pm at the Office of the City Clerk located at 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida
33133. The proposals will be evaluated by our staff and the selected contractor will be notified by mail and
phone. For questions, contact Mr. Mark Spanioli, P.E. at (305) 679-6800 or mspan@miamigov.com during
normal business hours (M-F 8:00am through 5:00pm).

General Conditions

The CRA reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Responses or to select the Bidder(s) that, in the
opinion of the CRA is/are the most advantageous to the CRA. The CRA also reserves the right to reject
the Response of any Bidder(s) that has/have failed to perform under the terms and conditions of previous
contracts, and are not in a position to perform the requirements defined in this request for services. The
CRA reserves the right to waive any irregularities and technicalities and may, at its discretion, withdraw this
request for services, or re-advertise this request for services, or both.

The Bidder, by submitting a proposal, certifies that its proposal is made without previous understanding,
agreement, or connection with any person, firm or corporation submitting a proposal for the same services,
or with the CRA. The Bidder certifies that its proposal is fair, without control, collusion, fraud, or other illegal
action. The Bidder further certifies that it is in compliance with the conflict of interest and code of ethics laws
set forth in Chapter 2, Article V, Code of the City of Miami, and Section 2-11.1 of the Code of Miami-Dade
County, as the same exist or may be amended from time to time. The CRA will investigate all situations
where collusion may have occurred and the reserves the right to reject any and all proposals where collu-
sion may have occurred.


Pieter A. Bockweg, CRA Executive Director

Omni Boa'rd CHair

RFS No. 12-03

March 15th, 2012
Pieter A. Bockweg, Executive Director
CRA Landscape Maintenance Services


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



Detailed scope of work and specifications for this bid are available at the City of
Miami, Purchasing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement
Telephone No. 305-416-1958.

Deadline for Receipt of Requests for Additional Information/Clarification: Tues-
day, March 27, 2012 at 5:00 P.M.

NO.12271. : .

Johnny Martinez, P.E. "
AD NO. 12450 City Manager .,




Gas price is $4 for many drivers

By Gary Strauss

Nearly one-third
of the nation's driv-
ers now fork out $4
or more for a gallon of
After a 32-cent jump
in the past month,
regular gasoline aver-
ages $3.83 nationwide.
But price analysis of
major metropolitan
areas and 10 states -
home to more than 65
million of the nation's
210 million drivers -
shows even more pain
at the pump, especial-
ly in heavily populated
California, New York
and Illinois.
Gas prices have
prompted plenty of
grousing and politi-
cal debate in a hotly
contested presiden-
tial election year. But
economists expect
surging prices to have
only modest impact on
consumer spending.
Barring a major dis-
ruption in supplies
from the Middle East,
pump prices are ex-
pected to top out at
about $4 nationally by
Memorial Day week-
end about where
they reached in 2011
and below July 2008's
record $4.08.
Prices may have
peaked in California,
after a 51-cent surge
to $4.36 a gallon since
mid-February. "We're
in the ninth inning
there, but in the mid-
dle innings elsewhere,"
says Tom Kloza of the
Oil Price Information
Service. "Most of the
country is going to
move a bit higher."
Prices in Califor-
nia are impacted by

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There is more pain at the pump

populated states.
costlier formulations
mandated under state
environmental regu-
lations. A BP refinery
in Washington state,
shut down by a fire last
month, also pushed
prices higher along the
West Coast.
Kloza notes that
wholesale prices have
been falling in Califor-
nia since late Febru-
ary, but pump prices
haven't followed suit.
Patrick DeHaan, an-
alyst for price tracker
gasbuddy.com, expects
prices to stabilize for a
few weeks. "I'm worried
about another increase
in May," says Chicago-
based DeHaan, where
prices average $4.60
to $4.95, among the
USA's highest.
Crude oil prices
briefly sank nearly two
percent early Thurs-
day on short-lived ru-
mors that the U.S. and
Great Britain would
release some strategic
reserves. Benchmark
West Texas crude for
April delivery closed
off 32 cents to $105.11

in California and other heavily

a barrel.
Speculators, bet-
ting on the tensions in
the Middle East, con-
tinue to keep prices
high at a time when
U.S. consumption is at

12-year lows.
"An overwhelm-
ing avalanche of data
tells you (U.S.) prices
should be lower," says
energy contract trader
Dan Dicker, author



Where average
prices are $4 a gal-
lon or higher:

Hawaii: $4.45
California: $4.36
Alaska: $4.22
Illinois: $4.07
D.C.: $4.03
New York: $4
Connecticut: $4
Sources: AAA, Oil Price
Information Service

of Oil's Endless Bid:
Taming the Unreliable
Price of Oil to Secure
Our Economy. "But
with some of these
geopolitical problems,
it could get worse."


REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000507

The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1
Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive
sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on April 19, 2012 for the East Coast
Protective Levee L-36 Rehabilitation Phase 2 Segments 1, 2, and 3, Broward
County, FL.

The Phase 2 rehabilitation work consists of furnishing all materials, installation,
labor, tools, and equipment and appurtenances required to repair approximately
8.8 miles of the east coast protective levee in Broward County. Phase 2 includes
construction of a filter berm at the levee toe, access ramps, side slope flattening,
rip rap protection, and levee top recompacting.

An Optional Pre-Bid Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at
9:00 AM, at the District's Ft. Lauderdale Field Station 2535 Davie Road, Davie,
FL 33317. For directions call (954) 452-4814. A site visit will immediately follow.

All bids must conform-to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents
may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by down-
loading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561)
682-2715. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information
on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.

REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000506

The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1
Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive
sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on April 19, 2012 for the East Coast
Protective Levee L-37, L35, L-35A, L-36 Rehabilitation Phase 1 Segments 3, 4,
5, 6, and 7, Broward County, FL.

The Phase 1 rehabilitation work consists of furnishing all materials, installation,
labor, tools, and equipment and appurtenances required to repair approximately
13.7 miles of the east coast protective levee in Broward County. Phase 1 in-
cludes construction of a filter berm at the levee toe, access ramps, side slope
flattening, and levee top recompacting.

An Optional Pre-Bid Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 9:00
AM, at the District's Ft. Lauderdale Field Station 2535 Davie Road, Davie, FL
33317. For directions call (954) 452-4814. A site visit will immediately follow.

All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents
may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by down-
loading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561)
682-2715. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information
on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.

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REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000508

The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1
Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive
sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on April 19, 2012 for the East Coast
Protective Levee L-33, L37 Rehabilitation Phase 3 Segments 7, 8, and 9, Bro-
ward and Miami-Dade County, FL.

The Phase 3 rehabilitation work consists of furnishing all materials, installation,
labor, tools, and equipment and appurtenances required to repair approximately
14.0 miles of the east coast protective levee in Broward and Miami-Dade Coun-
ties. Phase 3 includes construction of a filter berm at the levee toe, access
ramps, side slope flattening, and levee top recompacting.

An Optional Pre-Bid Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at
9:00 AM, at the District's Ft. Lauderdale Field Station -2535 Davie Road, Davie,
FL 33317. For directions call (954) 452-4814. A site visit will immediately follow.

All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents
may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by down-
loading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561)
682-2715. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information
on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.



Gas prices won't hurt economy, reports say

continued from 5D

average 245,000 jobs a
month. The unemployment
rate has declined to 8.3
percent, thelowest in three
The job growth is being
driven by a stronger econo-
my, which grew at an annual
rate of three percent in the
final three months of last
Other data confirm that
the recovery is gaining mo-
mentum. Consumers are
more confident and have
stepped up spending. Auto
sales are rising. And the
stock market keeps climb-
ing: The Dow Jones indus-
trial average this week hit its
highest point since the last
day of 2007.

The Federal Reserve is
slightly more upbeat about
the recovery, largely because
of the surge in hiring. After
a meeting last week, the Fed
said unemployment should
continue to decline gradual-
ly as the economy expands.
And it noted that consumer
spending and business in-
vestment have picked up.
The central bank took no
further steps to aid the re-
covery and repeated its plan
to keep short-term inter-
est rates near zero through
One concern is that ris-
ing gas prices will force con-
sumers to cut back on dis-
cretionary spending. That
could weigh on economic
growth and slow hiring. The
Fed said it expects oil and
gas prices to temporarily

boost inflation but predicted
longer-term inflation should
remain stable.

In the wholesale prices re-
port, the Labor Department
said its producer price index
rose 0.4 percent in February,
the most since September. The
so-called "core" index, which
excludes food and gas prices,
increased 0.2 percent, small-
est gain in three months.
In the past twelve months,
wholesale prices increased
3.3 percent, smallest yearly
gain since August 2010. The
index measures price chang-
es before they reach the con-
Modest wholesale inflation
reduces pressure on manu-
facturers and retailers to
raise prices. That helps keep

consumer prices stable. Low
inflation also allows the Fed-
eral Reserve to keep short-
term interest rates near zero.
Still, oil and gas prices have
surged further since the be-
ginning of the year. The av-
erage retail price for a gallon
of gas was $3.81 recently,
according to AAA. That's 50
cents higher than a month
The past 12 months, whole-
sale prices have increased 4.1
percent smallest rise in a
Wholesale inflation peaked
last year and has moderated
in recent months. Prices of
many agricultural commodi-
ties, such as cotton and corn,
spiked early last year but
have since fallen.
A small amount of inflation
can be good for the economy.

New loan guidelines may limit students' options

continued from 5D

it was the "lesser of two evils"
debated in what became
the Budget Control Act of
2011, says Mark Kantrowitz,
founder of FinAid.org and
FastWeb.com. Instead of cut-
ting the Pell grant program,
a lifeline that makes col-
lege possible for millions of
needy students, Congress
moved to eliminate gradu-
ate student loan subsidies.
Over 10 years, it will save
the government an estimat-
ed $18 billion.
Grad students are now
and will still be able to take
up to $20,500 in Stafford
loans a year. But while dem-
onstrated financial need
currently determines how
much of the loan burden
is subsidized, all Stafford

loans taken by graduate
students will be unsubsi-
dized. Though the change
will cause an uptick in long-
term costs, it's not likely to
stop a future graduate stu-
dent from pursuing higher
education, says Kevin Mi-
chaelsen, director of finan-
cial assistance at North
Carolina's Meredith College.
"I think that when they
are looking at loans, some
will opt to not take the un-
subsidized, but most are
trying to make a change
in their career, so the only
way they can is to take that
loan," he said. "They likely
will go ahead and take that
loan because that's the only
route available."

Among loans, students do

have other options they
just might be more expen-
sive. In addition to the Staf-
ford loan program, the gov-
ernment offers GRAD Plus
loans, which have a fixed
rate of 7.9 percent. And
students also have a wide
variety of alternative loans
offered through private
lenders to consider, though
many experts have tradi-
tionally discouraged stu-
dents from turning to pri-
vate loans before exhausting
federal options.
The new subsidy change
may make these private
loans, which tend to post
low but variable rates, look
more attractive. Comparing
a Stafford loan's 6.8 percent
fixed interest rate to a three
percent variable interest rate
might make the latter seem
like a bargain to an inexpe-

rienced borrower, but "we're
in an unusually low inter-
est rate environment right
now," FinAid.org's Kantrow-
itz cautions. "A variable rate
has nowhere to go but up -
the most important thing for
loans is that you're borrow-
ing based on what you can
afford to pay back."
Financial aid experts of-
ten advise that loan repay-
ment of about 10 percent
of your monthly take-home
pay is doable.
"Money isn't the only cri-
terion," Kantrowitz said.
"But you need to consider
the balance between debt
and income, so that you
don't have to abandon your
dream because- of the debt
i. or that you have to go
with whatever job pays the
best, not whatever job ful-
fills your career ambition."

Settlement won't benefit most people, advocates say

continued from 5D

action against them, the gov-
ernment says. In addition,
individuals who believe they
were wronged can still sue
the banks in civil lawsuits.
The settlement, reached
after nearly a year and a
half of contentious negotia-
tions, requires the approval
of a federal judge in Wash-

ington, D.C. It is the largest
settlement involving a single
industry since the $206 bil-
lion multistate tobacco deal
in 1998.
But consumer advocates
have said far too few people
will benefit. The deal ap-
plies only to privately held
mortgages and not to those
owned by mortgage gi-
ants Fannie Mae and Fred-
die Mac. Banks own about

half of all U.S. mortgages,
or about 30 million loans;
Fannie and Freddie own the
other half.
The banks will be required
to make foreclosure their
last resort. They won't be al-
lowed to foreclose on a hom-
eowner who is being consid-
ered for a loan modification.
The new standards are
aimed at preventing re-
cent abuses by banks such

as lost paperwork and so-
called robo-signing the
practice of employees sign-
ing papers they hadn't read
or using fake signatures to
speed foreclosures.
Much of the settlement
money will go to Califor-
nia and Florida, two of the
states hardest hit by the
housing crisis and the ones
with the most underwater

Loan program's participants able to improve their lives

continued from 5D

minimum requirements
must first take a finan-
cial literacy course. Loan
amounts vary although the
maximum amount given is
$6,000 at a rate of 8 percent
and loans can be given out
for up to 30 months. Pay-
ments are made to the na-
tional office of the Ways to
Work program.
Like other loans, there
are fines and penalties with
late payments and it is pos-
sible to default on the en-
tire loan. But SFUM works
to prevent clients from. ever
reaching such ends by send-
ing out payment remind-
ers, offering help with bud-

getting and even providing
job search assistance, ex-
plained Edwards-Collie.
And because the program
reports participants steady
payments to the credit bu-
reaus, the program can
help improve an individual's
credit scores.

A recently-released study
of the program conducted by
ICF International found that
94 percent of the surveyed
participants that received
the program's low-interest
auto loan reported that they
were able to "improve their
employment situations" and
93 percent said the loan im-
proved their quality of life.
The loan program began in

Minneapolis for single par-
ents in 1984 since then it
has expanded and now has
55 offices in 23 states. Since
its launch in South Florida
last September, 15 loans
have been closed, 24 cli-
ents have been approved for
loans and an estimated 279
clients have gone through
the training.

Lionel Lightbourne, 40, a
community outreach coor-
dinator at the Belafonte TA-
COLCY Center, was among
the first group of clients to
be approved for a loan last
Before then, the 40-year-
old father of seven had to
rely upon a vehicle he de-

scribed as a "jalopy."
"I had a 1995 Grand Mar-
quis that was probably on
its last legs," he recalled.
"I'm a community outreach
coordinator so I needed reli-
able transportation because
I do a lot of home visits."
Eventually, with the low-
interest $6,000 car loan
facilitated by the Ways to
Work program, Lightbourne
was able to drive off of a ma-
jor car dealer's lot with his
choice of a 2003 Ford Expe-
dition with 91,000 miles.
"When you buy [a car]
from a major dealership, be-
cause of the good treatment
they give you, it just does
something for your dignity,"
he said. "It was a beautiful

Larger payrolls, fewer team players

continued from 5D

the ones there at the
The Miami Marlins
will test that theo-
ry this season. They
are projected to have
an opening-day pay-
roll of $111.8 million,
nearly twice last year's
"The more teams
that have high payrolls
is great for the game,"

said Milwaukee Brew-
ers left fielder Ryan
Braun, whose team
has committed a fran-
chise-record $100.96
million to its 40-man
roster. "It's better for
the players, better for
the fans, better for
competitive balance."
Yet even as baseball
is flush with at least
billionn in annual
revenue, there could
be a price to pay for
profligate franchises,

says Wayne McDon-
nell, clinical associ-
ate professor of sports
management at New
York University. There
are 15 teams that have
at least three players
earning $10 million or
more this year.
"It could be a death
knell of some teams
because you're going to
be carrying these ex-
orbitant contracts well
past players' primes,"
McDonnell said.


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of The
Southeast Overtown/Park West and Omni Community Redevelopment Agen-
cies is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March, 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm, at
Frederick Douglass Elementary, 314 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33136.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please con-
tact the CRA offices at (305) 679-6800.

(#15462) PieterA. Bockweg, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West,
Omni and Midtown Community
Redevelopment Agencies

Request for Qualifications

The South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB), the Regional Work-
force Board for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, is soliciting Request for
Qualifications (RFQ) for External Independent Auditing Services from
certified public accounting firms experienced in providing audits of agencies
that receive sizeable federal and/or state funding. The audit must be provided
in accord with standard accounting principles as well as applicable federal and
state statutes and regulations.

The RFQ was released on March 14, 2012, and has been posted on the SFWIB
website (www.southfloridaworkforce.com). Additionally, the RFQ is available
for pickup at SFWIB Headquarters, Suite 500, Reception Desk, 7300 Corpo-
rate Center Drive, Miami, Florida 33126.

An Offerors' Conference is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 26, 2012,
at SFWIB Headquarters, Suite 500, Conference Room Three. Proposals must
be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday. April 13, 2012. Proposals not re-
ceived by that deadline will not be accepted.

Please direct all procedural inquiries, including questions regarding the format
of the Offerors' Conference and the Public Review Forum, to SFWIB Policy
Coordinator Phillip Edwards via email, pedwardsasouthfloridaworkforce.com.
Mr. Edwards can also be reached by phone at (305) 594-7615, extension 360.

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March 30th, 2012, from 10 am to 3 pm.

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$450. 305-642-7080

1969 NW 2 Court
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200 NW 13 Street
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Section 8 Welcome. 786-512-
7643 or 305-502-3288.
411 NW 37 Street

Studios $395 monthly.
All appliances included. Call
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415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $495.
Appliances 305-642-7080
48 NW 77 Street
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Two bdrms, one bath. Free
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584 NW 65 Street # 5
One bdrm. Section 8 wel-
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731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
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Two bdrms, two baths, $1200
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
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18020 NW 41st Place
Four bedrooms, two baths
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Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances included. Utility
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Welcome. 305-624-7664
1250 NW 58 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
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135 NE 80 Terrace

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1602 N.W. 85 Street
Two bdrms. $850 monthly.
786-506-1739, 770-507-8094
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, $900 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome. 305-331-
2431 or 786-419-0438.
1946 NW 93 Terr
Three bdrms, one bath, cen-
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tion 8 welcomed.
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, large new
paint $895 monthly.
2464 NW 44th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $850 per month.
2907 NW 106 Street
Two bdrms one bath. Section
8 only. 305-796-5252.
6800 NW 6 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1100. Free water/electric.

728 NW 70 Street
Two bdrms, one bath,
786-506-5364, 786-301-2171
9697 NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, $800 monthly.
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1756 NW 85 Street
$475 move in 786-389-1686.
331 NW 56 Street
Appliances included. $425
monthly. 305-688-5002
431 NW 75 Street
Clean, spacious. $600 mthly,
includes light, cable and wa-
ter. $1200 move in. 786-523-
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $425.
Appliances, free water.

5422 NW 7 Court
$600 monthly includes elec-
tric and water. No Section
8. Call
Miami Gardens Area
One bedroom, one bath, full
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Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
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13377 NW 30 Avenue
Extra large, $95 weekly, free
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305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
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19620 NW 31 Avenue
$120 wkly, $240 to move
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2169 NW 49 Street
$75 weekly, cable, air.
Call 786-234-5683

2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
2493 NW 91 Street
$350 monthly. Call 786-515-
3020 or 305-691-2703.
3185 NW 75 Street
Access to living room and
kitchen, close to metro rail
and back ground check re-
quired. 305-439-2906.
3290 NW 45 Street
Clean room, $375 monthly.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
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83 Street NW 18 Avenue
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Clean rooms, $90-110
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$725 monthly. 305-987-4705.

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$1195. Stove, refrigerator,
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Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
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Three bdrms., one bath, $900
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Spacious three bedrooms,
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$1150. Move in ready. Call
1782 NW 63 Street
Newly remodeled, wood
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1827 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
$850 mthly. 305-688-5002
1856 NW 51 Street
Nice three bdrm, central
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18620 NW 8 Road
Four bedrooms, two and one
half baths. Central air, wash-
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Section 8 OK. 786-797-7878
2049 NW 68 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one and
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Renovated. Section 8 Ok.
Call 305-975-1987.
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Three bdrms, two baths.
$1100 mthly. 786-328-5878.
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A big change is com-
ing soon for graduate
students who use fed-
eral student loans to
fund their education.
Currently, grad. stu-
dents with demonstrat-
ed financial need can
take out subsidized
Stafford loans, which
don't accrue interest
until after graduation.
Through school and six
months after gradua-
tion, the government
pays for the interest
that accrues on subsi-
dized loans.
But starting July
1, graduate students
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gible for the federal
subsidy. If you already
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ford loan, you won't
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interest that accrues
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ate but any new federal
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less you make interest
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loans will accrue inter-
est at a fixed rate of 6.8
percent as you work to-
ward graduation. The
unsubsidized Stafford
loans will also have a 1
percent origination fee
starting July 1.
Though the deci-
sion may seem egre-
gious to loan-burdened
graduate students, it
was the "lesser of two
evils" debated in what
became the Budget
Control Act of 2011,
says Mark Kantrowitz,
founder of FinAid.org
and FastWeb.com. In-
stead of cutting the Pell
grant program, a life-
line that makes college
possible for millions of
needy students, Con-
gress moved to elimi-
nate graduate student
loan subsidies. Over 10
years, it will save the
government an esti-
mated $18 billion.
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able to take up to
$20,500 in Stafford
loans a year. But while
demonstrated finan-
cial need currently
determines how much
of the loan burden is
subsidized, all Stafford
loans taken by gradu-
ate students will be
unsubsidized. Though
the change will cause
an uptick in long-term
costs, it's not likely to
stop a future graduate
student from pursuing
higher education, says
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rector of financial as-
sistance at North Caro-
lina's Meredith College.
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they are looking at
loans, some will opt to
not take the unsubsi-
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ing to make a change
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to take that loan," he
said. "They likely will
go ahead and take that
loan because that's the
only route available."

Among loans, stu-
dents do have other
options they just
might be more expen-
sive. In addition to the
Stafford loan program,
the government of-
fers GRAD Plus loans,
which have a fixed rate
of 7.9 percent. And stu-
dents also have a wide
variety of alternative
loans offered through
private lenders to con-
sider, though many ex-
perts have traditionally
discouraged students
from turning to private
loans before exhaust-
ing federal options.
The new subsidy
change may make
these private loans,
which tend to post low
but variable rates, look
more attractive. Com-
paring a Stafford loan's
6.8 percent fixed inter-
est rate to a 3 percent
variable interest rate
might make the latter
seem like a bargain to
an inexperienced bor-
rower, but "we're in an
unusually low inter-
est rate environment
right now," FinAid.org's
Kantrowitz cautions.
"A variable rate has
nowhere to go but up
- the most important
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The ugly girl at the dance
When did the Miami Dol- terbacks, nobody. Dolphin
phins become the ugly girl fans were delirious with glee
at the dance?. It appears as when the Indianapolis Colts
if nobody wants to dance decided to release legendary
with the fins no free agent QB Peyton Manning, a likely
players, no superstar quar- landing spot according to the

so-called experts was South
Florida. Manning barely ac-
knowledged the Dolphins
during his rock star tour. Ac-
cording to team owner Ste-
phen Ross, plan A was to sign
Manning, it only made sense
that plan B would be the next
hottest free agent QB Matt
Flynn from Green Bay the for-
mer home of new head coach
Joe Philbin. Who around the
NFL would know Flynn better
than his former coach right?
Both plans failed as the fins.
after being scorned by Man-

ning, were rejected by Flynn
who inked a deal with the
Seattle Seahawks. This only
continued what has been a
rather disturbing trend when'
it comes to the Dolphins. A
once proud franchise with a
glorious past, championships,
an iconic head coach and two
franchise quarterbacks all
seems so long ago. We are
left with a circus atmosphere
run by two buffoons Ross
and GM Jeff Ireland who have
mastered the art of failure
when it comes to restoring

the Dolphins once dominant
past. I don't remember a level
of frustration as I have wit-
nessed the past several sea-
sons between the Dolphins
and its fans. Tales sales in
recent years have been slug-
gish, games have been threat-
ened by blackouts and for six
of the past eight seasons they
have had losing records. No
longer the only show in town,
we now have a star-studded
NBA team and a MLB team
that appears to be on the verge
of greatness. Even the NHL

franchise has shown signs
of improvement but the Dol-
phins? Well they have been .
. oh well, they have been the
Dolphins. No longer do fans
want to hear the stories of 17-
0, they are tired of imperfect
seasons around here. Once
home to the no name defense,
Miami is now home to a no
name football team. We need
something good to happen to
this team and its fans. The
ugly girl at the dance it seems
is in desperate need of a face-

No. 1 Seeds

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Des Moines

". .j.. Raleigh Regional L

,7"' 0 3 Notre Dame '

Fresno Regional .
Stanford Kingston, RI Regional Connectict
Sta_.r Kingston, R.I. Regional Connecticut

NCAA women's basketball tournament

They've been

top four in poll

since early Dec.
By Andy Gardiner

After riunnirii- th t i table
with 34 ,:,:rns.:_cuti\e \ tc-
tories while drubbin op-
ponents b', an aiera.ge
of more t-han 2- pcints..
Baylor clainied the No 1
overall seed Monda' in thte
NCAA Disa,:,r I w,-,me-n i
ba:-t. l:.i:|_,, _ll 0it. i,:Lt T r ,meL t
with:utd. pu 1hte The Lad!,

Bears etablished thern-
sel\e-. a; the team to beat
four monthly; acgo and haive
never wavered.
The three programs join-s
ing them as No 1 regional
seeds Stanford. Notre
Dame and ConneticLiut -
'.'.ere equally Lunsuirprisirng
The:, ha-.e been ranked
behind Ba', lor in the LISA
TOi-DAY ESPN Coaches Poll
v ithouLit iinterruption since
the fir-.t veek of December
But Sta nfordi coach Tara
.anDe'-rcer d'oesn r, think
the Finial F':, r i t.r mi"ori'-thi
in Dene, :-r 1 is a firegorne,

ConiicluISion 1
i just don't bu,. into
rhat. -.he :aid W'hern the
touLirnamerit start.-:, every-
one is at the -amrre start-
1iin line. and there are too
rmarn rea lly ,:good teamss"
\ell, perhaps n-ot that
marn, All four No 1 seeds
hate ad\an'ced to the Fi-
nal Four o'.-, on!uce since
the tournament began in
192. v.%hen Tennessee,
Auburn. Lotiisiana Tech
and Marn land made it in

B t irn thi, ia-.[ I:le.:ade,
exactly, :,rOe tean] .LutIside

the top four seeds reached
the semifinals No. 7
Minnesota in 2004. This
year could be a throwback
to 1989.
"It has been consistent
in the women's game that
there has always been a
gap," veteran .ESPN ana-
lyst Doris Burke said. "But
that gap has often come af-
ter the top two, and I think
this year it's after the first
four. The story of the post-
season is whether anyone
can beat Baylor. I didn't
think that way at the be-
ginning of the season."

Odom's sad downward spiral continues

By Kelly Dwyer

i F,.". -II- ,

In vA.'I t is eas-
ll'. the bgeest derno-,
t. on for a celi:brate'd
pla,er ;.'f his kind in
NB.A histor-, Dallas
al'.erIh.ks f.-.r',.a.rd
(and 2011 Sf.I-.th MNian
,f thel Near a.a._trd-
., in ner L.anr rOd,:m
has been s.,ent tc th,
D-Leauie toi v. ork his,
n-v lack irti,c both
meni tal and physical

.' h n has [n ec ,:,t-
ten: .'. o .:r bW':i -i n .-- i i,
r.ra dJ t, t- No [J, '. O r--
Sans i Hi-ornr:s lr..-i
the LIs. Arngeles L.Lk-
ers l.it De.::'l:mber iK
sul'f'erin'g t rough .1
rn i'=.er able :a r i id
will spend a: t Ia5it
Onle 2:ImI1;. ";ith th,-
M.-a,. .. -L'.iugLir .MYi!i -
tat: irt Frl.-.co, Tc::.:..-,

r ..,rl -: i lh f.:rm- i
[NJ B.A .:.. -, [ D Il H .:,r-
ri- v I-,,.: pl.;n, v !rh
the: To::.: s L,,:o- n .._.
in h,:p, ,:f e..: in-,
his camer:' aind heldI-J
straig ht ful' .,,. nr : ,
m i .r :* : ,. l. t,_, tti- 1
, U2 ] 12 s,:3.. .o.. -,,
C) d rnI !ef, rl-e r,.Ij, -

ericks last ,.,ek to:
care for his ailing fa-
.l'er in Los Ani.- les.
and lihou.h that ab-
slence was ex':cuse,'d.,
hiis poor pl,., ssin:e
loinir'ii the defend-
in 'chaipi'.ons has
not been Just i:'ne
,year after -actini as
the deciding force in
several Laker winss,
Odo,'m reported t,:,
c,.imp ':.ut ,of shape
and has ],l-:ed slug-
gish and ii ntel-
.eted in imost rNx s
gamn.s LEv -er tiiouLh
Lamar hit .:,- years
o-f ige last Nwi'.eber
that doesn't e:xcse

his conmiplet: inr.abil-
ita, _-, fini-h aroundd
:t he rili hand i t :I
i d icdei' g a a,.i-
de nir. rJ[EBA fa ns,

riihi: bt e the L iBi -s
most lit 6.: 1 ,-10 fr-
'.. ard 1:,rei.r.a" his :.ot n-
sle.ri l..,ie a I-around., i
skill. '-'n .A a i rm h:it
could I, _arI, ,do grei t
t in es it i tho,:
!:ills at ful! m ast
Th,,- t.1im,1 sp.ent- t
.-'.' :. f r D a IIj -
w. r rhe Al I sta r
br- a-l. ,paired ah
his _tint in th ir D-

fu ll rei.,.irninr t.:,
rh,: c ..!- -ri. k s n- :-.rt
" I. ".. 1 i l h ,: fu ll"
h%.'; I In TIh '_ d.-,-: n iJ ,
S.:, [d t._i .11:, .i '.'. a I r._.,
Il-._,' i.ipl '-.e-, denrt:ld 3
ri',.n r- i l th .
My:',ers ha ,: r -taker!
triml-(: ,:,fl ro:,m tLualnl-
b 'l:, '-,,r,-: t_,e ,_ -n,.i ;,,: ,f [,- r'-

sr'nal reasons. Play-,
ers like Dirk N.:'. iltzki
ha 'e taken time off inr
the rmidst of a lI:,:k-
,Li't-shortened seas-on
to rero' er froim not
being in the be's.t :of
shape. 'Odom iis a
special case. though.
and the Ma'- s are
taking a -huIie risk
Larmar ha. ln:,r
been regarded a a,
sensitt e ty pe. .'e re

right there with him,
and the public em-
barr.-ssmnent of this
demin-._,n even if it's
l.uit for one game
iith the Legends)
ma', hurt him more
thani- help
Toss ,n his father's
illnes-. arnd issues
w0 ith conditioning
and ,,ui have all the
making of a lost
'.ear Arid though a

minor-league demo-
tion might work for
a starting pitcher
rehabilitating a bum
shoulder, or a rookie
point guard stuck-on
the end of an NBA
bench, it's hard to
see how this sort of
designation will help
a thoughtful and
frustrated Odom as
he seeks to find his

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