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Legislators rethink "Stand Your Ground" law

By D. Kevin McNeir

When Florida's "Castle Doctrine" law
was passed in 2005, it was said that the
law was intended to give rights back to
law-abiding citizens, removing the "duty
to retreat" if one was attacked in places
like their home or their automobile. It
further prohibited criminals and their
families from suing victims for injuring
or killing the criminals who had attacked
them. But since its inception, the num-
ber of justifiable homicides, according

REALLY 20-20?
to the FDLE [Florida Department of Law
Enforcement], have risen significantly.
In 2004, 8 felons were killed by private
citizens the number of deaths rose
to 18 in 2005. But by 2009, 45 people
had been killed at the hands of private
Officials are quick to point out that
no direct correlation can be made to
the now highly-contested "Stand Your
Ground" law [the popular name for the
"Castle Doctrine, SB 436]. Even with the
increased number of killings in Florida,
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By D. Kevin McNeir

Emmett Till, Amadou Diallo, Sean
Bell, Sherdavia Jenkins and now, Tray-
von Martin, are names with which most
Blacks in America have become all-too
familiar. They have become martyrs as
their deaths have reminded us how ten-
uous life can be for Bla';ck HIl'., o.,.rln "
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New Black Panther

Party offers reward

Calls for citizens to arrest

Zimmerman, Martin's killer
By Kaila Heard

More than a month ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Mar-
tin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch vol-
unteer, George Zimmerman, who has not been ar-
rested by alleging that he fired in self-defense. Many
people and organizations have written op-eds detail-
ing their outrage or attended one of numerous ral-
lies held across the country in protest of the teen's
Not content with these more passive forms of pro-
test, the New Black Panther Party [NBPP], a Black
political group, recently offered a $10,000 reward for
the "citizen's arrest" of Zimmerman. On the NBPP
website, Zimmerman's picture has been placed on a
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Don Thompson is

McDonald's new CEO

33,000 restaurants
in 119 countries
By Julie Jargon

Corp.'s Chief executive Jim
Skinner is retiring, handing
the challenge of sustaining
one of the restaurant indus-
try's strongest runs to the
company's president, Don
The 67-year-old Skinner,
CEO since 2004, will step
down June 30 after 41 years
at the fast-food giant, Mc-
Donald's said in a statement


McDonald's new CEO
last Wednesday. Analysts
have long wondered
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After 923 days, it's

official: Woods wins
By Karen Crouse

ORLANDO For the 5-1-
hole leader, the final round of
a PGA Tour event is a mirror that
reflects his flaws, his fears, his h
focus and his facility. On Sunday
at the Arnold Palmer Invitational,
the eves of the golf %world were on A.i
Tiger Woods to see which face
he put fonrard.
Would Woods be relaxed
and resolute, and enchant
his gallery with precise
drives and pinpoint putts.
as he did 37 times previous-
1l when he spun an outright
third-round lead into an .
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Supreme Court

begins national

healthcare debate

By Joan Biskupic & James Vicini

- The Supreme Court con-
fronted the core of President
Barack Obama's healthcare
la\\ recently zeroing in on
whether Congress had the
power to require most people
in the U.S. to buy medical
insurance. The court con-
vened for the second of three
days on Tuesday in a ses-
sion that promises to offer'
the first concrete look at how
the court's nine justices view

the law that Obama signed
two years ago and that still
divides his Democrats and
rival Republicans.
No past rulings are com-
pletely on point and many
observers have speculated
about how the ideologically
divided justices will decide
the limits of congressional
power to address society's
most intractable problems.
Not since 1936 has the Su-
preme Court struck down
a major piece of federal
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Watchman, police need to answer for their actions

By DeWayne Wickham

SANFORD The most re-
vealing thing about the inves-
tigation into the killing of Tray-
von Martin is a blank page on
the police department's web-
site. The heading atop it says
simply, "Sanford's Most Want-
The empty space beneath
those words is a metaphor for
the botched response to the
killing of the Black 17-year-
old, whose assailant the police

refuse to arrest. That's
because George Zimmer-
man, a neighborhood
watch volunteer whose ,
father is white and moth-
er is Hispanic, claims
he was acting in self-
defense when he killed
Martin with a single shot
to the chest. Zimmer-
man, to keep from being tried,
is relying on Florida's contro-
versial "Stand Your Ground"
law, which allows a person to
use deadly force when he feels

threatened. But Zim-
merman didn't stand his
ground; he pursued his

HAM Suspicious of Martin
as the teenager walked
inside the gated com-
munity he was patrolling on
Feb. 26m, Zimmerman followed
him in his SUV. He called 911
to say Martin, who was walk-
ing in the rain to the home of

his father's fiancee, looked as if
he was up to no good because
he had pulled the hood of his
sweatshirt over his head. The
911 operator told Zimmerman
to stop following Martin and
await the arrival of police. Zim-
merman ignored that order.
At some point, he got out of
his SUV and shot Martin. Zim-
merman claims he used deadly
force only after being attacked
by the teen. Phone records
show Martin was talking to
his girlfriend seconds before

he was shot. The unnamed
16-year-old says Martin told
her someone was following
him. Then she heard a man
demand to know what Martin
was doing in that neighbor-
hood before the cellphone went
The police investigation looks
like the work of Keystone Kops
at best. At worst, it smacks
of something much more dis-
turbing. Martin's body wasn't
identified until the next day
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Black hooded youth bring

new spin to political activism
Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin has been dead for
almost one month but his shooter remains free. Police
reports indicate that at some point, the 28-year-old
shooter, George Zimmerman, "felt threatened by the young
boy" and so he got out of his car and after some kind of con-
frontation, shot and killed him. In the last several days, Black
high school students from Carol City to Miami Edison, have
walked out of classes and taken to the the streets to show
their support of the murdered youth exercising their civic
This is a watershed moment in the history of Miami, Florida
and our nation. And while we do not profess to be legal experts
or seasoned criminal investigators, we find it hard to swallow
what Sanford police continue to feed to the family of the slain
boy and to the public that they lack sufficient evidence to
arrest the shooter. Unfortunately for young Trayvon, it's only
the shooter's word against his and the dead are unable to
plead their case.
Young adults have said that the shooting of Trayvon has
has served as a stark reminder that despite having a Black
family in the White House, that we still live in a country where
Blacks are stereotyped and assumed to be dangerous or sus-
picious simply because of the color of their skin or the clothes
they wear. We are proud of our children and are convinced
that this is a "teachable moment" unlike any they have ever
experienced in their lifetime. But for older Blacks, this is just
one more example of the insidious nature of racism in Amer-
ica and how those in power tend to devalue the lives of our
men, women and yes, even our children.
Have things really changed so much in the U.S. since the
days of Emmett Till's lynching or are young Black boys still
our most endangered species? You make the call.

For children to succeed, parents

must do 'their' homework
When you came home from school during your child-
hood, chances are your mother or father asked you
how your day was and how much homework you
had to do. They probably let you go outside to play for awhile
before calling you back inside for dinner at the'table with the
rest of the family. But today many young people are "latch-
key children," heating up meals in the microwave and keeping
themselves busy with computer games or various forms of so-
cial media and home alone.
And while the dynamics of home life have changed a lot from
one or two generations ago, there is still something that needs
to remain the same parental involvement and supervision
in our children's lives. Sometimes this can be a challenge, par-
ticularly for single parents who are raising their children by
themselves and working at the same time. Well, life is often not
only tough but often unfair. What happens to a child as they
move from daycare to high school is the result of how much, or
how little, a parent involves themselves in their children's lives.
Parents matter.
Do you know what classes they are taking and how they are
doing? What is their upcoming schedule for examinations, re-
ports or special projects? Do all of their teachers know you and
do you know their teachers by name? When was the last time
you visited the school, unannounced, to check on your child's
progress? Do you have a quiet place reserved at home so they
can study, without the distractions of television or noisy sib-
Blacks often complain about how public education tends to
ignore the needs of our children. But before we start pointing
fingers, perhaps we need to examine our own game plan. All
children can learn but they need encouragement and some-
times a voice of reason pushing them along. If not their parents
then whom?

Barriers finally coming

down for women
Over the past month, we have featured the stories of several
women who are making their way in a formidable manner:
Rhonda Smith who survived breast cancer and is now help-
ing other women with their own battles; State Representative
Cynthia Stafford, a first-term politician who continues to show
great love for her Liberty City family and constituents; and
Mayor Karen Freeman-Williams from Gary, Indiana and May-
or Shirley Gibson of Miami Gardens, both of whom were the
first women to lead their respective cities.
Each of these women are leading, serving and making a dif-
ference. As women's history month draws to an end, we take
time once more to congratulate each of them for their accom-
plishments and refusal to ridiculous notions of male domi-
nance stand in their way.
James Brown had a song that was very popular in the 1960s
entitled, "It's a Man's World." Luckily, that is no longer the
case. Women are now leading college, corporations, running
counties, cities and states as elected officials and even pursu-
ing the White House. Of course, the world is still far from per-
fect and women still face discrimination because they "don't
wear the pants." But many laws have changed and even at-
titudes have progressed.
This is a mighty big world and we face many problems. We
still need some women to keep our homes in order and love
their children as they have always done. But other women
have chosen different paths besides motherhood and they
should be allowed to use their gifts and talents to nurture their
communities, their businesses and one day, even this nation.

SB'Y EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost corn

The challenge of being Black in America
For every Black man in that's a trick question. lives in the White House. gr.-ir.d nigl >.,rh-.' d-
.merica, from the million- Some commentators have I hear from people who con- integrated schools, ha
ire in the corner office to sought to liken Martin's killing tend that racism no longer ex- terracial relationships
he mechanic in the local ga- to the 1955 murder of Emmett ists in this country. I tell them wonder why their p
age, the Trayvon Martin trag- Till, an unspeakable crime I wish they were right. Does prattle on so tediously
dy is personal. It could have that helped galvanize the civil it matter than Zimmerman is race, warning about
een me or one of my sons. rights movement. To make a himself a member of a minor- that or the other, whe


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It could have been any of us.
How many George Zimmer-
mans are out there cruising
the streets? How many guys
with chips on their shoulders
and itchy fingers on the trig-
gers of loaded handguns? How
many self-imagined guardians
of the peace who say the words
"Black male" with a sneer?
We don't yet know every de-
tail of the incident between
Martin and Zimmerman in
Sanford, Fla., that ended with
an unarmed 17-year-old high-
school student being shot
dead. But we know enough to
conclude that this is an old,
familiar story. Please tell me,
what would be the innocent
way to walk down the street
with an iced tea and some
Skittles? Hint: For Black men,

We don't yet know every detail of the incident between
Martin and Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., that ended
with an unarmed 17-year-old high-school student
being shot dead.

facile comparison is a disser-
vice to history and to the
memory of both young men.
It is ridiculous to imply that
nothing has changed. When
Till was killed in Mississippi at
14 -accused of flirting with a
white woman this was a dif-
ferent country. Today, the laws
and institutions that enforced
Jim Crow repression have long
since been dismantled. Missis-
sippi, of all places, has more
Black elected officials than
any other state. A Black family

ity group he is Hispanic -
or that his family says he has
Black friends? Not in the least.
The issue isn't Zimmerman's
race or ethnicity; it's the hair-
trigger assumption he made
that "Black male" equals "up
to no good." This is one thing
that hasn't changed in all the
eventful years since Till's mu-
tilated body was laid to rest.
Today, young Black men
grow up in a society where
racism is no longer deemed
acceptable. Many live in inte-

Men must join Black women in

The HIV/AIDS statistics are
staggering for both women
and men, and are unavoidably
interrelated and inclusive of
women and men, heterosexu-
als, gays, bisexuals and all the
other ways persons identify
themselves and live their daily
lives. Although Blacks are 14
percent of the U.S. population,
they are nearly half of all the
persons living with the HIV
virus. Black women account
for 31 percent of all new infec-
tions; Black men for 69 per-
cent and men having sex with
men, 75 percent of that.
In addition to these general
disadvantages Black women
and men share, research sug-
gests women experience HIV/
AIDS differently than men in
several sex/gender-specific bi-
ological and social ways. These
include: greater biological sus-
ceptibility to HIV infection, es-
pecially from heterosexual sex
from which 90 percent of their
infections come; disease pro-
gression at lower levels of the
virus; gender-specific infec-
tions and complications and

differences in drug metabo-
lism; incidences of toxicities;
and responses to drug thera-
Moreover, the diverse social
conditions which add to these
disadvantaging biological dif-
ferences include: problems
of less access to quality care;

timate partner coe
violence joined to pc
financial constrain
reduce women's ca
decide and act freely
relations and thus,
their vulnerability t
ing and dangerous s
Black men play an

Although Blacks are 14 percent of the U.S. p
they are nearly half of all the persons living wi
virus. Black women account for 31 percent I
infections; Black men for 69 percent and men having
men, 75 percent of that.

later entry into the process of
diagnosis and treatment and
thus, at later stages of infec-
tion; often greater responsi-
bility for caring for children
and other family members,
and less social services and
support to aid in coping, ad-
hering to treatment regimes,
caring for others, and meet-
ing the financial, material and
practical demands of daily life.
There is also the pernicious
and persistent problem of in-

role in holding back
and turning the tid
AIDS, not only beca
90 percent role the
infecting women, bu
cause of how HIV/
affects their lives an
of our whole comm
the moral urgency t
preserve and proi
They must respect w
themselves in the f
of the ancient Afric
teaching that we hu

ave in-
. They
this or
n their

own youthful experience tells
them that race doesn't matter.
What could happen on the way
home from the store with some
Skittles and an iced tea?
Whether Zin-ir-rri,-n can or
should be prosecuted, given
Florida's "stand your ground"
law providing broad latitude
to claim self-defense, is an
important question. But the
tragic and essential thing, for
me, is the bull's-eye that Black
men wear throughout their
lives and the vital impera-
tive to never, ever, be caught
on the wrong street at the
wrong time.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulit-
zer Prize-winning newspaper
columnist and the former as-
sistant managing editor of The
Washington Post.

AIDS fight

rcion and possessors of dir'n:, ind1 d -
overty and vinity and must not do things
ts, which which violate or devalue this
capacity to sacred status.
y in sexual This means, at a minimum,
heightens men must reject coercion
to degrad- and violence in relationships
sex. with women and others, stop
increased predatory and wrongful sex-
ual relations with young girls
population, and boys, refrain from degrad-
ing and dangerous sex in any
ith the HIV form, get tested, take the med-
of all new icine, and tell the truth to po-
sex with tential and actual sexual part-
ners, and quit making excuses
for hidden, harmful, danger-
ous and potentially deadly
the flood practices. And it means all of
.e of HIV/ us, women and men, must
use of the reject stigmatizing, hostil-
ey play in ity, hatred and discrimination
it also be- against persons of varying and
AIDS also different sexual orientations,
d the lives stand up, stand together and
unity and dare build the good world we
to respect, all want and deserve to live in.
mote life. Dr. Maulana Karenga is the
romen and professor and chair of Afri-
framework cana Studies, California State
an ethical University-Long Beach and the
imans are creator ofKwanzaa.


Why Blacks should support affordable care act

It has been two years since
President Obama signed the Af-
fordable Care Act, and already,
the new law is improving the
lives of Blacks. Since March
2009, more than 2.4 million
Black seniors with Medicare
have received free preven-
tive services such as diabetes
screenings. About 410,000
more Black young adults who
would otherwise be uninsured
gained coverage due to the law.
!n addition, 5.5 million Blacks
with private health insurance
now have coverage for preven-
tive services without I.' i;Ii., an
extra penny at their doctor's
office. And 10.4 million Blacks
with private insurance cover-
age no longer face lifetime lim-
its thanks to the new health
care law in other words,
your insurance company can

no longer drop your coverage at
a time when you need it most.
Behind each of these are
statistics are stories of moth-
ers and fathers, daughters and
sons, friends and neighbors,
who are healthier because of
the new law. I know firsthand
that the Affordable Care Act is
already making a difference in
people's lives. When my daugh-
ter was between school and a
new job, she was able to go on
my insurance plan thanks to
the new health care law.
The new health care law will
also make health care more
accessible in the Black com-
munities most in need. Nearly
26 percent of patients served
by community health centers
in 2010 were Black, and the
Affordable Care Act increases
the funding available to those

centers in all 50 states. They
currently serve more than 19
million patients, and by 2015,
because of the health care law,
they will be able to serve mil-
lions more.
The Affordable Care Act has
also helped triple the number
of clinicians in the National
Health Service Corps since
President Obama took office.
The Corps is a network of pri-
mary care providers serving
areas of significant need, and
helps medical students pay
back their loans in exchange for
their service.
;i..,li the new health care
law is helping to level the 1i1...
ing field and eliminate health
disparities -- a key priority for
the Obama Administration.
Today, Blacks are less likely
to have health insurance than

Americans as a whole. I i r- ,r,
also less likely to have access to
a primary care physician, and
less likely to receive high qual-
ity care.
Over the next few years, the
health care law will introduce
new tools that will make a huge
difference in the lives of millions
of Blacks, expanding access to
health coverage to 34 million
Americans, including nearly
seven million Blacks. Of course,
we still have a great deal of work
to do to make sure every Ameri-
can has access to affordable,
quality care and eliminating
health disparities entirely is a
goal that will take a great deal
of time to achieve. But each and
every day, we are making prog-
ress, and we 11I continue to do
so, until all Americans have the
care and security they deserve.

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Will Trayvon's cries for justice be heard?

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What can parents do to keep kids safe

from racially-motivated violence?

Liberty City, audio engineer

It starts
at home by
teaching kids
- Black and .
white not
to care about
the color of a
person's skin. =
That's how
we stop violence like that from
happening. But we also have to
teach them that violence is not
the answer in any situation.

Miami, retired

I think we should teach our
youth how
to pick their
friends more
carefully. Be-
cause who you
associate with
affects how
you think,
and that
makes you act
differently and soon that puts
you into bad situations. But it's
hard to look on the inside and
judge a person's heart which
makes it hard to choose who is
a good person or who is bad.

Miami, entrepreneur

Is it even
possible for us
to prevent ra-
ed violence to
keep our kids
safe?. Maybe
if we put them
on a curfew to
keep them out of harm's way.
Or somehow pass better laws
and enforce them to protect our
kids. But I do know one thing
parents can do is talk to our
children more and we need to
have more activities, like dance
classes or computer classes so
we can keep our kids off the

Miami, mail carrier

I suggest -
that we edu-.
cate our chil-
dren about
what's go-
ing on in the -o
world -that '
prejudice and
stereotypes do
exist and will affect them. So
we teach them to be more con-
scious and and to be more re-
spectful towards other people.
For example, children have to
learn to be more respectful of
their elders And children need
to learn to respect themselves
first. Because once they have
respect for themselves, it's easi-
er to have respect for others.

Miami, unemployed

We need
to talk with
them and let :-
them know to
listen before
you act. Some i
kids don't like
to hear what's
being said be-
fore they act and that gets them
into a whole bunch of trouble.
Then the next thing we need to
do is have the police and soci-
ety really, stop harassing our
children so much.

Self employed, Miami

protect the
kids from that
kind of vio-
lence. You just
have to edu-
cate them be-
cause educa-
tion is going to teach them not
to be prejudiced themselves.

Trayvon Martin was shot
and killed by George Zimmer-
man and a neighbor's call to
911 may have recorded his cry
for help before he was fatally
shot in the chest. When neigh-
bors heard the gut-wrenching
plea for help it spurred a series
of calls to 911. Unfortunately,
Trayvon Martin would not sur-
vive his encounter with George
His cry for help did not go
unanswered. After the 911
calls, Sanford police officers
did show up at the scene to
no avail. Sadly, when they ar-
rived they found the body of
a child with a bag of skittles,
a can of iced tea in his pock-
et and a bullet wound to the
chest. His killer was also at
the scene claiming self-de-
fense. At this point everything
went downhill and the focus
shifted to protecting George
Zimmerman who is the son of
a retired judge. Was the inves-
tigation botched by the good
ole boy network to protect one

of their own? Did the fact that
the shooter's father is a retired
federal magistrate lead to the
mishandling of Trayvon's rnur-
der? Was Zimmerman's father
called the night he murdered

arrest of Zimmerman. Rever-
end Al Sharpton also heard his
cry and answered with a "Jus-
tice for Trayvon Martin Rally"
which brought thousands of
peaceful journalists and pro-
testers from around the world

is cry for help did not go unanswered. After the 911
calls, Sanford police officers did show up at the scene
to no avail. Sadly, when they arrived they found the
body of a child with a bag of skittles, a can of iced tea in his pocket

As news of Trayvon's death
began to circulate, people
from around the world are an-
swering his cry for help. Flor-
ida Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson answered Trayvon's cry
for help by addressing his cold-
blooded murder on the floor of
the Capital and asking for the
Justice Department intervene.
Radio Host Michael Baisden
has also answered Trayvon's
calls for help by addressing
the issue on his syndicated
talk show and calling for the

to Sanford. President Barack
Obama answered Trayvon's
cry by ordering the Justice De-
partment to assist with the in-
Some people choose to dance
around the issue of racism
and want to dismiss the fact
that Trayvon was Black and
his shooter is white. But rac-
ism is not always overt. Racial
discrimination is often quite
subtle. If you are not accus-
tomed to living with it you may
have a difficult time discerning

it. But as the saving goes. "i'
it walks like a duck and talks
like a duck, then it is a duck."
SWe may never know all of
the facts surrounding Tray-
von Martin's death. But we do
know the obvious an un-
armed Black teenage boy was
brutally murdered by a white
man and has not been ar-
rested. Zimmerman admitted
to killing Trayvon but still re-
mains free. It is evident from
Zimmerman's 911 calls that
he profiled, stalked and sub-
sequently gunned down Tray-
von Martin. Everything else
is used to disguise the racism
which motivated this killing.
Hopefully the cries of Trayvon
Martin will continue to haunt
this nation until George Zim-
merman is brought to justice
and Trayvon's call for help is
finally answered with jus-
Queen Brown is a freelance
writer, a motivational speaker
and a trained crime victim's ad-


Trayvon's death we have a long way to go TII
My sincere condolences go out that allows for questionable in our society. This is impor- our youth do nothing, then v.e
to the family of Trayvon Martin. public policy to support ard al- tant because there will come a implicitly agree with the ppi-
As a father of two teenage boys, low one to act on their stereo- time when the lights will dim, sonous policies that hurt our
no words can express what an- types and be protected under the cameras stop rolling and communities, our young people
guish I would feel over such a the law. Right now we have an politicians and community and our collective future. Those
tragic loss. A loss which others opportunity to become engaged leaders will move on to the next conversations that will contin-
feel too, made evident by the na- in the sociopolitical education issue the killing of Tray- ue to take place in community
tional public outcry surround- of young people a perfect von Martin will then become centers, barbershops, churches
ing the circumstances of his and school cafeterias all across
death. In the words of Trayvon's tn w this country should include po-
father, "Trayvon's life did mat- adults do nothing and f our y do no then we litical education and commit-
ter." And so, as the parents of plicitly agree with the poisonous policies that hurt our com- ment to justice. To honor the
Trayvon push on for justice and munities, our young people and our collective future. Those spirit of Trayvon and count-
due process of the law, will the less others whose names we do
due process of the law, will the conversations that will continue to take place in community centers, lsnoth n whoe nmust c nue to
public's anger be fleeting or will not know, we must continue to
this moment be the beginning of barbershops, churches and school cafeterias all across this country have critical conversations and
a movement that inspires a new should include political education and commitment to justice. remain committed to taking
generation of young people to action to address the pervasive
become engaged in political ac- culture that has socially condi-
tivism in order to fight against time in which to involve young a mere whisper. Who will then tioned the general public to ste-
the injustices that impact their people to think critically about continue to hold the torch and reotype Black men as threats
everyday lives? justice and public policy and shine a perpetual light on the to their safety and to therefore
This incident is not just about learn how to effectively partake injustices perpetuated against justify the right to shoot at will.
stereotypes or false assump- in American democracy as full young Black males every day in Henry Crespo, Sr., is vice
tions it's about a political participating citizens responsi- this society? chairman of outreach for the
and criminal justice system ble for creating positive change If adults do nothing and if Miami-Dade Democratic Party.


Where was Trayvon's right to stand his ground?

When explaining a situation
or trying to understand an is-
sue, how the circumstance is
defined can play a major role
in the approach that is taken.
In the case of the tragic shoot-
ing of Trayvon Martin, most of
the discussion has centered
on George Zimmerman's right
to "stand his ground." What
about Trayvon's right to move
freely about the neighborhood
and stand his ground when a
threat is initiated by another
According to the Orlando
Sentinel, Zimmerman told
police, "With a single punch,
Trayvon Martin decked the
Neighborhood Watch volun-
teer ..., then Trayvon climbed

on top of George Zimmerman ground with Trayvon on top,
and slammed his head into the pounding him and was un-
sidewalk several times, leaving equivocal that it was Zimmer-
him bloody and battered, ... man who was crying for help."
Zimmerman then shot the un- These accounts are supposed

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman told police,
"With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neigh-
borhood Watch volunteer ..., then Trayvon climbed on top
of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk
several times, leaving him bloody and battered,... Zimmerman
then shot the unarmed 17-year-old.

armed 17-year-old.
This account has suppos-
edly been corroborated by an
unnamed witness who stated,
"he saw Zimmerman on the

to support Zimmerman's claim
of self-defense and validate his
shooting the unarmed teenag-
er. What we don't know is why
after being followed by Zim-



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oy with no history of aggres-
ion would turn on and attack
larger adult when he was 70
eet away from the safety of his
wn back door. There's a say-
ng in the Black vernacular,
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othin'." Basing his percep-
ions on stereotypes Zimmer-
nan stopped the wrong young
nan and killed the wrong
oung man. He should not be
allowed to get away with mur-
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adio program "Inside the Is-
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More men trading overalls for nursing scrubs

By Tess Vigeland

IN 2007, Kurt Edwards figured
he would be stacking and racking
80-pound boxes of dog food and
celery in the back of a grocery
store for the rest of his working
life. And he was fine with that.
But that June, after nine years
on the job, layoff notices ar-
rived on the warehouse floor at
the Farmer Jack store in Detroit
/where he worked. His employer,
Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea
Company, closed the Farmer
Jack chain. Today he still does
a lot of lifting, but of people, not
boxes. Edwards joined the ranks
of former warehouse, factory and
autoworkers trading in their cov-
eralls and job uncertainty for
nurses' scrubs.
At 49, divorced with no chil-
dren, he now tends to patients
on the graveyard shift at Shef-
field Manor Nursing and Rehab
Center, a two-story, gray brick
building in a ramshackle neigh-
borhood on Detroit's west side.
Interviewed last month, he says
he is making about $70,000 an-
nually, $20,000 more than he did
at the warehouse.
The story of how he made the
transition is one that men like
him appear to be telling with in-
creasing frequency, and the de-
mand for their services is what is
setting so many of them on simi-
lar paths.
Hard figures are elusive, but the
Michigan Department of Energy,
Labor and Economic Growth esti-
mates a shortage of 18,000 nurs-
es in the state by 2015 and the
labor force is adapting.

Oakland University in nearby
Rochester, Mich., has established
a program specifically to retrain
autoworkers in nursing about
50 a year since 2009. And the
College of Nursing at Wayne State
University in Detroit is enrolling
a wide range of people switching
to health careers, including for-
mer manufacturing workers, said
Barbara Redman, its dean. "They
bring age, experience and disci-

The choice to make this switch
was probably least likely for Ed-
wards, the former grocery worker.
He dropped out of college and
spent four years in the Army
as a. paratrooper with the 82nd
Airborne Division. He found his
unionized warehouse job after a
stint working for his father, an ac-
"You have this plan, this goal,"
he said. "I was going to be at this
warehouse; all the guys were re-
tiring with great benefits. I was
part of the middle class, and I
was going to make it."

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When it became clear that he
would not make it to retirement
there, someone he was dating
suggested nursing.
Though he wrote it off as wom-
an's work at first, he realized he
was getting a bit old for manual
labor. So he returned to school,
living on unemployment checks
and occasional groceries from by
his mother. He spent the last four
months of his L.P.N. training with
no electricity because he could
not afford to pay any bills except
Once he finished, the Sheffield

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Kurt Edwards, once a warehouse worker, is making more money as a nurse in Detroit.

pline," she said.
David Pomerville brings a few
more years than Edwards. A
57-year-old nursing student, he
spent most of.his career as an
automotive vibration engineer, in-
cluding almost 10 years at Gen-
eral Motors. His pink slip arrived
in April 2009.
At the time, Pomerville was
earning almost $110,000 a year
at the General Motors Milford
Proving Ground in Milford Town-
ship, Mich.
But having watched another
round of bloodletting at G.M.
three years earlier, he had al-
ready decided on nursing as his
Plan B. "I thought, Well, I worked
on cars for this long, now I'm go-
ing to work on people for a while,'
" he said.

A married father of two and
grandfather of two, Pomerville
had almost no money saved when
he was laid. off. But the federal
Trade Readjustment Act, which
aids workers who lose their jobs
as a result of foreign competition,
paid for nursing school tuition.

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His wife is a teacher, and he re-
ceives unemployment benefits.
He hopes to graduate at the end
of this year, and he expects his
salary will be about half what he
used to make.
Timothy Henk ultimately de-
cided not to try to stick it out
as long as Pomerville did. Henk,
32, worked for eight years at the
Ford Sterling Axle Plant in Ster-
ling Heights, Mich., installing
drive shafts in the F-150 truck,
and was making about $25 an
hour by 2007. With overtime, he
earned $70,000 a year.
But as he and his wife contem-
plated having children, he wor-
ried that income would not last.
So in 2007, he took a buyout,
which included $15,000 a year
for four years to put toward edu-
cation. Two friends in nursing -
both women had suggested he
look into joining their profession.
He researched the demand for
nurses in Michigan and used the
buyout money to pay his tuition
at Wayne State.

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Palm Beach approves

state first 'wind farm'

By Andy Reid

A commercial "wind farm"
- the first in the state can
spring from sugar cane fields
on the edge of the Everglades,
despite concerns about killing
endangered birds, Palm Beach
County commissioners have
The County Commission de-
termined in its meeting last
Thursday- that the benefits of
encouraging nonpolluting, al-
ternative energy production in
western Palm Beach County
outweighed the threat to birds
posed by whirling blades atop
Statue of Liberty-sized wind
In addition to encourag-
ing "green" energy, the wind
farm would bring hundreds
of construction jobs in Glades
communities plagued with
high unemployment and pro-
duce enough power for 60,000
South Florida homes.
"All these people out of work
are endangered species too,"

County Commissioner Burt
Aaronson said. "We have an
opportunity ... It's going to em-
ploy people."
Backers of the Sugarland
Wind proposal contend that
their more than 100 wind-
catching turbines can produce
electricity that offers a "green"
alternative to power plants
that rely on polluting fossil fu-
But many environmen-
tal advocates oppose putting
500-foot-tall in an area that
threatens migrating flocks as
well as endangered birds such
as wood storks and Everglades
snail kites.
The Sierra Club and Audu-
bon of Florida, which typically
support alternative energy, op-
posed allowing the wind farm,
which will be just 3 miles from
the Loxahatchee National
Wildlife Refuge at the northern
reaches of the Everglades.
"Clean energy is not green
energy if it kills birds," said
Rebekah Gibble, a biologist

at the Loxahatchee National
Wildlife Refuge. "Is the risk re-
ally worth the benefit?"
The Missouri-based Wind
Capital Group plans to build
at least 114 wind turbines
spread across 13,000 acres 'of
farmland. The turbines would
produce 200 megawatts of
electricity that would be sold
to Florida energy providers,
according to Sugarland Wind.
That could offset the produc-
tion of 320,000 tons of pollut-
ing carbon emissions a year
that come from generating
the same amount of electric-
ity at fossil-fuel-driven power
plants, according to Sugarland
"A clean, renewable energy
project that uses no water
and produces no carbon emis-
sions," said project director
Robin Saiz describing the Sug-
arland Wind proposal.
Building plans call for mak-
ing a $350 million construc-
tion investment in western
Palm Beach County.

quired to be a nurse depends
on the level of nursing a student
chooses to pursue. Henk went
through Wayne State's four-year
program to obtain a bachelor of
science in nursing and then took
a licensing exam to become a reg-
istered nurse, or R.N. Other levels.
of nursing include the C.N.A., or
certified nurse's aide, which can
require as little as eight weeks of
training plus a certification exam,
and L.P.N., or licensed practical
nurse, which requires one or two
years of schooling and a licensing
All of that assumes acceptance
in a nursing program. The Ameri-
can Association of Colleges of
Nursing said more than 67,000
applicants were turned away in
2010 for lack of faculty or dlass-
room space not a good sign
with a national nursing short-
age projected to be as high as
500,000 by 2025.
Henk now works in the critical
care unit at Beaumont Hospital
in Royal Oak, Mich. He makes
about $50,000 annually for a 36-
hour workweek, though Ford's
health insurance was better.

By Sophia Tareen

CHICAGO- At 7:0.3 a m
Sunday- -just three minutes
after illinois officially became the
first state to sell lottery tickets
online the first ticket was
Hours later, more than 1,600
people had bought tickets, witri
sales topping $9,000. Lotter,
officials said they expected the
last pace of sales to continue
through to Tuesday evening's
lega Millions drawing, where
the jackpot is an estimated $356
Illinois Lotter, officials, who
have touted online sales as a
way to keep up vith the times
and also help a financially strug-
gling state, said moving games of
chance online just made sense.
"There are lots of people who
buy most of their products over
the Internet." Illinois Lotter,
Superintendent Michael Jones
said Sunday
Online sales were given federal
approval in December when
the U.S. Department of Justice
reversed its decision on allowing
internet gambling. Other states
are considenng similar prograins
and are clselv watching to see if
illinois succeeds.

Lotto and Mega Millions tick-
ets were made available Sundal
More games, including Power-
ball, may be added in the future
An', addition would require
legislative approval.
The move has received some
scrutiny as critics worry that
online sales will enable.under-
age gambling and fuel gambling
Jones said that several'mea-
sures have been put into place
to monitor age Users must reg-
ister, provide a Social Security
number and address and check
a box v'enfying they, are at least
18 years of age Also, anyone
who \ins more than $600 has to
file a claim form.
"We will investigate each one of
these clients," Jones said.
Jones dismissed the concern
that online sales will worsen ad-
"They're conflating forms of
gambling. Lotteries are a very,
venr different form of gambling
because of their nature," he
said. "You risk a small amount
of money against very long odds
We don't offer the kind of acton
that's usually associated with
addictive behavior."
Jones said his biggest worry
was ensuring that the technol-
ogy works.

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Fashion loosens up -192os style

By Samantha Critchell some handkerchief hemlines as then, there was an eye-catching those unexpected combinations: If in doubt, start with the long waist, a slip dress but the ac-
Associated Press well, which is how Coco Chanel, mixing and matching of mens- Try a silk dress with a leather necklace, cessories and makeup were mod-
Jean Patou and Jeanne Lanvin wear-inspired jackets and trou- jacket or a printed dress that's "What felt new about the way ern."
NEW YORK Fashion influenc- first began to adjust the collective sers with very feminine dresses in dotted with sequins. That should designers approached the era of She notes all the "downtown-
es from the Jazz Age are making eye toward a shorter, less ma- pretty makeup colors and delicate be just enough to push you out the 1920s was how they reinter- girl, matted and undone hair"
some noise this spring. Dropped- tronly skirt during the youth of prints a look that's equally rel- of your comfort zone and into preted it," says Vogue's Melling that was on the spring runways
waist dresses, sporty knits, fringe today's great-grandmothers, evant now, she observes, the trend, she says. It has to all Burke. "It didn't become a head- with the models wearing severe,
and long necklaces are among the "I love the effortlessness of the Burch's advice on how to wear come off effortlessly, though, nev- to-toe statement. The statement heavy eyeliner. It threw things
trends born from the groundbreak- era. It was the dawn of modern a '20s-inspired style without ap- er looking like you are trying too was really about a dress a '20s into a modern context. It wasn't a
;,i l ose lon that first emerged sportswear." says Burch. Even pearing costume-v is to push hard, she adds. dress, a chemise, an easy drop- lot of headbands."

ing, iooser IOUK LIIUL IIIoL UCrutA
in the 1920s. They're a blend of an
unfussy attitude while maintain-
ing a polished appearance.
Everything old always seems to
become new again in the seasonal
style cycles, and the time seems
right to revisit this era as people
are once again looking to have a


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In this Sept. 13, 2011 file

photo, 1920s-inspired fashion
from the spring 2012 collec-
tion of designer Tory Burch is
modeled during Fashion Week
in New York. The fashion cycle
is predictable in that every-
thing old becomes new again,
but what keeps you guessing
is what period of the past will
influence the most modern

little fun and are easing the tight
grip on their wallets.
"There's a little optimism that
comes with the '20s," says Mere-
dith Melling Burke, Vogue's.senior
market director. "You have the
color, the 3-D embellishment. It all
feels upbeat, and it all plays into a
more carefree attitude."
The exuberance of the time -
and especially in the clothes worn
for nightlife and dancing is ap-
pealing, but you also run the risk
of an over-the-top look that cannot
be sustained for a long time, says
Harold Koda, curator in charge of
The Costume Institute at The Met-
ropolitan Museum of Art. That's
what happened after the stock
market crash in 1929 when any-
thing flashy suddenly looked so
wrong, he explains.
The clothes and attitude of 2012
are a smarter version of what was
offered in the flapper days; it's all
being done in a more approach-
able, thoughtful way, Koda says.
But Koda says he sees a socio-
logical link between then and now
when it comes to people testing
boundaries. "There was a gen-
erational change happening. It
was about losing the Edwardian
restrictions then, but there was a
sense of social opportunity that's
in the air now."
He also can draw some parallels
in fashion trends. Rich, luxurious
textiles were so important as they
are now and the favorite silhou-
ette was long and languid, just like
you'll see on the current catwalks.
"It's a drift of cloth over a re-
ally elegant body," Koda describes.
"It's decorated with embroider-
ies and fringe, or any kind of or-
nament. The woman is wearing a
sensual expression of textile and
technique rather than highlight-
ing the fine points of her body.
The look suggests animation ...
but it's a straight-up and straight-
down line in supple fabrics, satin,
georgette or chiffon. It's not an os-
tentatious sexiness, but you could
see it might appeal to women who
are being attentive to their fit-
ness. It's an elegant way to show
off what you've been doing on the
Pilates machine."
Designer Tory Burch's new
collection is full of the chemise
dresses, sleeveless tops and tiered
skirts that were groundbreaking in
the 1920s. She took her inspira-
tion from the then-popular seaside
French resort of Deauville.
Other designers, including Marc
Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, tapped
into the menswear-inspired styles
and cloche hats, too. There were

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Surviving the germ war is
By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr. of living in close prox- of wasting precious
imity with. countless time and energy con-
Please forgive me if I stretch strangers whose lack of f |, stantly calling attention
forth my arm with a clenched hygienic habits I have to poor hygienic habits,
fist at the end to give you a few observed, I might have a ; one would come out bet-
firm daps on the hand if you different view. ter taking measures to
reach out to me with an open Indeed, the conscious-avoid bacteria coming
palm expecting the customary ness of a prisoner devel- Y directly and indirectly
handshake. No offense but the oped through time and HALL from others. Rule num-
uncompromising habit of avoid- experience can easily be mis- ber one in a living quarters of
ing such contact is my way of understood when it is reflected about 78 inmates housed to-
evading germs that tend to con- in his mannerism. Misinter- gether is to never touch the
taminate the hands of all hu- pretation may stem from one surface of any potential germ-
man beings in our daily lives, not knowing that the prisoner infested areas with bare hands.
Some may charge me with not is keenly aware of the fact that Some folks are accustomed to
sticking to good etiquette in re- cleanliness, particularly in a coughing and sneezing into
fusing to grip hands with others prison environment, can some- their hands instead of using
when entering an agreement or times be elusive, their shirt or handkerchief -
partaking in the act of greeting. In my experience as a prison- they they turn around and use
If it wasn't for my many years er, I have learned that instead those same hands to grab door


knobs, touch water fountains,
lay flat on tables, and of course,
shake hands. Putting barriers
like toilet paper or a piece of
shirt between the hands and
everything that is touched is
an effective means to avoid
contact with unwanted germs.
But nothing is more effective
in reversing contamination of
the hands than plain old soap
and water. In a sea of roughly
102,000 inmates, if one is ca-
pable of practicing what is re-
quired to maintain cleanliness,
surely it is possible for them to
exist the prison landscape as
if they were living on a small
island surrounded by a large
body of water.

Robert Richardson takes over

as Miccosukee Police chief

By D. Kevin McNeir

Miami native Robert F. Richard-
son, II, 48, says he wanted to be a
police officer for as long as he can
remember. After graduating from
South Miami Senior High School,
he prepared himself academically
with a bachelor's and master's
degree in public administration
at Barry University, then joined
the South Miami Police Depart-
ment as a police recruit in 1987.
He has moved up the ranks while
working to keep the streets of his

hometown safe. Now, after a stel-
lar career of 23 years, he was re-
cently selected and sworn-in as
the first Black to head the Mic-
cosukee Police Department.
"The department has had a
high turnover rate and I have
been brought in to stabilize it; to
bring in the needed manpower
so we can once again be a fully-
staffed group," he said. "
But how does it feel to be the
first Black in a mostly Native
American enclave?
"I have had many years as a
police office and dealing with a

diverse community,"
he said. "Miami kind of
prepares you for that. ,.. -
You have to possess :. -
a certain kind of de- '
meanor and from what
I am told, the officials
here thought I could
do the job. This is
about moving forward
and making needed
changes for the benefit RICHA
of this community."
Richardson says he is aware
that many minorities have a neg-
ative view of those like him who
chose law enforcement as their
profession. But he adds, "the po-

lice cannot do it alone."
"We as parents need
to crack down on our
S children and moni-
tor more closely what
They do," he said. "We
need to know more
( i about their friends and
stop letting children do
whatever they want. It
Samazes me when I look
DSON at how different ethnic
groups raise their chil-
dren. Some have adapted well
to society others have not.
The Black family, I believe, has
allowed our children too free a

White teen gets life for Black man's death
By Robbie Ward admission that he killed Ander- car before dawn on June 26 when' Anderson died at the scene. Ded-
son because of his race doubled he was confronted by a group of mon yelled "white power" during
STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Re- the teen's penalty under the white, teenagers in a motel park- the attack, Rogillio said. A hotel
uters) A white Mississippi state's hate crime statute. ing lot. security camera captured video
teenager pleaded guilty last "I was young, I was dumb, I The \teens had been drinking of the incident.
Wednesday to fatally running was ignorant," Dedmon said dur- at a birthday party and drove to Mississippi has a long legacy of
over a man with a truck because ing his court hearing in Jackson. Jackson specifically to harass racial discrimination and was a
he was Black and received a life "I was full ofhatred." and assault Blacks, whom they focal point of civil rights activity
prison sentence for a crime the The sentencing came as the referred to by a derogatory name, during the 1960s and since. The
presiding judge said left "a great shooting death of a Black teen- said Hinds County Assistant Dis- racist Ku Klux Klan was promi-
stain" on the southern state. ager by a neighborhood watch trict Attorney Scott Rogillio said. nent in the state for decades and
Deryl Dedmon, 19, received captain in Florida has again put Dedmon and others had gone to remnants of the group remain.
two concurrent life sentences for a national spotlight on the issue Jackson in previous weeks with "Know that this craven act
the racially-motivated murder of of members of minority groups the same intent. Dedmon and isn't who we are," the judge said,
49-year-old James Craig Ander- being targeted due to the color of at least one other person in the addressing those in the court-
son, who died after being beat- their skin. group punched Anderson before room. "We can say this now.
en and mowed down in a motel Anderson, a Nissan auto work- Dedmon deliberately ran over him Maybe there was a time when we
parking lot last year. Dedmon's er, was alone and returning to his with the teen's Ford F-250 truck, couldn't.

Supreme Court predicted to support Obama's plan
DEBATE by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. a response to a national crisis, based on their past decisions
continued from 1A The challengers, including 26 In the U.S., annual health-. and statements, to vote to up
of the 50 states and a small- care spending totals $2:6 tril- hold the law. If that occurs
economic legislation as ex- business trade group, contend lion, about 18 percent of the they would need only one of th(
ceeding congressional power. Congress exceeded its author- annual gross domestic prod- conservatives for a majority. Ar
A ruling in the case, expected ity to regulate commerce with uct, or $8,402 for every man, American Bar Association lega
in late .TJnp hbfnrp thp nemn- that so-called individual man- woman and child. group survey of academics anc

cratic and Republican party
presidential nominating con-
ventions, is likely to become
a flashpoint in the Nov. 6th
presidential and congressional
The court's ruling on the in-
surance requirement could
decide the fate of the massive
multi-part healthcare overhaul
meant to improve access to
medical care and extend insur-
ance to more than 30 million
people. The centerpiece of the
law is the mandate that most
people obtain health insurance

In more practical terms, the
challengers say that if the gov-
ernment can force people to
enter the insurance market,
it would have latitude to force
people to engage in other be-
havior, whether it be to buy
American-made cars or even
to eat broccoli. The Obama ad-
ministration argues that virtu-
ally everyone will need medical
care and that those who opt not
to buy insurance put a dispro-
portionate burden on the sys-
tem. It has defended the law as

The Supreme Court is deeply
split on ideological and politi-
cal grounds, with the five con-
servative Republican-appointed
justices often in the majority:
Chief Justice John Roberts and
Justices Antonin Scalia, Antho-
ny Kennedy, Clarence Thomas
and Samuel Alito. The four lib-
eral Democratic appointees are
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
Stephen Breyer, Sonia Soto-
mayor and Elena Kagan.
All four liberals are likely,

Panthers offer reward for Zimmerman

continued from 1A

wanted poster for the "murder/
hate crime" of killing Martin.
"We cannot sit back as men
and allow Zimmerman to re-
main free. and on the loose be-
cause he is a danger to him-
self and others," said Chawn
Kweli, the national spokesman
for the NBPP. "We demand the
police do their job and arrest
and charge Zimmerman. In
the meanwhile, we must use
our Constitutional rights and
Florida law to organize a citi-
zen's arrest in order to see that
justice is done."
Sanford police have report-
edly said that they were ignor-
ing NBPP's demand to arrest
Zimmerman.But for those con-

sidering taking up the NBPP's
offer, there are several con-
cerns to consider. First while
it is legal for citizens to arrest
another person, there are strict
In another publication,
Elaine Cohen, associate dean
at the Institute of Public Safety
at Broward College, recom-
.mended citizens to not use
more force than needed and to
call police right away.
The call for a citizen's arrest
has captured the attention of
several media outlets recently,
but this is not the first time
that the NBPP has been in the
Founded in 1989, the Black
separatist organization has
frequently been criticized for
their anti-Semitic and anti-

white hatred, according to the
Southern Poverty Law Center.
Although the New Black
Panthers claim kinship with
the goals and spirit of the orig-
inal Black Panthers for Self-
Defense Party which was most
active in the 1960s and 1970s,
they have not been formally
recognized by original Panther
party members.
The Dr. Huey P. Newton
Foundation issued a state-
ment in response to inquiries
about the New Black Pan-
thers, saying, "As guardian of
the true history of the Black
Panther Party, the Foundation
which includes former leading
members of the Party, we de-
nounce this group's exploita-
tion of the Party's name and



lawyers found that 85 percent
thought the law would be up-

--AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi
Munyaradzi Gwisai, center, left the courthouse in Harare on
Wednesday. A court decided not to send him and other activists to
prison for watching videos of the Arab Spring uprisings.

In Zimbabwe, sentenced

for watching
By Lydia Polgreen

Zimbabwe decided not to impris-
on six activists who had been ar-
rested while watching news vid-
eos of the Arab Spring uprisings,
sentencing them instead on last
Wednesday to 420 hours of com-
munity service and fining them
$500 each.
The activists became some-
thing of a cause c61ebre in Zim-
babwe, where repression is noth-
ing new but the spectacle of a
university teacher being arrested
for watching news coverage and
holding what was, he said, a
seminar on political activism and
democracy, shocked many Zim-
Munyaradzi Gwisai, a law lec-
turer at Zimbabwe's main uni-
versity and a former member
of Parliament for the opposi-
tion Movement for Democratic
Change, and five other activists
were sentenced to two years in
jail, but the sentence was sus-
pended for five years. Neverthe-
less, the activists plan to appeal
their conviction, Gwisai said.
The prosecutor had asked for
the maximum sentence 10
years arguing that the group
had been plotting an uprising
similar to those that toppled the
longtime presidents in Egypt,
Tunisia and Yemen against Zim-
babwe's autocratic president,
Robert Mugabe, who has been in
power for 30 years.
But the judge, Kudakwashe Ja-
rabini, said in his Harare court-

news reports
room on Wednesday that he had
decided to take a "compassion-
ate approach," The Associated
Press reported, and did not want
a harsh sentence to give a "sense
of shock" to Zimbabwe's people.
In a telephone interview from
Harare, Gwisai said the sentence
showed that the government was
vulnerable to pressure, both from
its own citizens and from abroad.
"We are obviously very happy
that we have not been incarcerat-
ed, and it shows that the regime
has backed down in the face of
mobilization," he said.
The activists were convicted
as Mugabe pushed hard for
new elections, hoping to return
to power on his own after being
pushed into a power-sharing
agreement with the M.D.C. in
the wake of a violent election in
2008. Morgan Tsvangirai, the
candidate of the M.D.C., won the
most votes, but withdrew from
the runoff because of attacks on
his supporters. An estimated 350
people died in election violence
that year.
International pressure pro-
duced an uneasy arrangement
between Mugabe, who remains
president, and Tsvangirai, who
was named prime minister.
Gwisai said he hoped that the
sentence would embolden others
to stand against repression.
"What we are seeing is that it is
giving confidence to many groups
and many activists," he said. "We
are not going to stop the general
struggle against authoritarian-
ism in the country."

Skipping jury duty

could land you in jail

By Ihosvani Rodriguez

Jury duty scofflaws could
now find themselves inside of
a jail cell instead of a jury box.
As a way to curb the grow-
ing number of people skipping
their civic duty, Broward court
officials recently created a spe-
cial monthly docket to deal
with those individuals, said
County Judge Robert W. Lee,

who helped launch the pro-
During the past few years,
court administrators have had
to increase the number of peo-
ple being summoned for jury
duty because of the difficulty
in getting individuals to serve.
"There's a growing view that'
jury duty is optional," said Lee,
who oversees the monthly hear-
ings. "We had to take a stand."

Veteran Black officer began career in South Miami












--Phil:ll, b;' ll EU rl, n
Michelle Alexander, a law professor and author of a provocative book about drug

By Jennifer Schuessler

Garry McCarthy, a 30-year vet-
eran of law enforcement, did not
expect to hear anything too star-
tling when he appeared at a con-
ference on drug policy organized
last year by a Black minister in
Newark, where he was the police
But then a law professor named
Michelle Alexander took the stage
and delivered an impassioned
speech attacking the war on
drugs as a system of racial con-
trol comparable to slavery and
Jim Crow and received a two-
minute standing ovation from the
500 people in the audience.
"These were not young people
living in high-crime neighbor-
hoods," McCarthy, now police su-
perintendent in Chicago, recalled
in telephone interview. "This was
the Black middle class."
"I don't believe in the govern-
ment conspiracy, but what you
have to accept is that that narra-
tive exists in the community and
has to be addressed," he said.
"That was my real a-ha moment."
McCarthy is not alone. During
the past two years Alexander has
been provoking such moments
across the country and across
the political spectrum with
her book, "The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of
Colorblindness," which has be-
come a surprise best seller since
its paperback version came out
in January. Sales have totaled
some 175,000 copies after an ini-
tial hardcover printing of a mere
3,000, according to the publisher,
the New Press.
The book marshals pages of sta-
tistics and legal citations to argue
that the get-tough approach to
crime that began in the Nixon ad-
ministration and intensified with
Ronald Reagan's declaration of
the war on drugs has devastated
Black America. Today, Alexander
writes, nearly one-third of Black
men are likely to spend time in
prison at some point, only to find
themselves falling into permanent
second-class citizenship after
they get out. That is a familiar ar-
gument made by many critics of
the criminal justice system, but
Professor Alexander's book goes
further, asserting that the crack-
down was less a response to the
actual explosion of violent crime
than a deliberate effort to push
back the gains of the civil rights
For many Blacks, the book -
which has spent six weeks on
the New York Times paperback
nonfiction best-seller list gives
eloquent and urgent expression
to deep feelings that the criminal
justice system is stacked against
"Everyone in the Blacks com-
munity had been seeing exactly
what she is talking about but
couldn't put it into words," said
Phillip Jackson, executive direc-
tor of the Black Star Project, an
educational advocacy group in
Chicago that has been blasting its
60,000 e-mail subscribers with
what Jackson called near-daily
messages about the book and Al-
exander since he saw a video of
her speaking in 2010.
The book is also galvanizing
white readers, including some
who might question its portrayal
of the war on drugs as a continu-

ation of race war by other means.
"The book is helping white folks
who otherwise would have simply
dismissed that idea understand
why so many people believe it,"
said David M. Kennedy, director
of the Center for Crime Preven-
tion and Control at the John Jay
College of Criminal Justice. "It is
making them take that seriously."
"The New Jim Crow" arrives at a
receptive moment, when declining
crime rates and exploding prison
budgets have made conservatives
and liberals alike more ready to
question the wisdom of keeping
nearly 1 in 100 Americans behind
bars. But Alexander, who teaches
at the Moritz College of Law at
Ohio State University, said in an
interview that the more provoca-
tive claims of her book did not
.come easily to her. When she first
encountered'the "New Jim 'dCroi"
metaphor on a protest sign in
Oakland, Calif., a decade ago, she
was a civil rights lawyer with an
impeccable r6sum6 Stanford
Law School, a Supreme Court
clerkship and was leery of em-
bracing arguments that might be
considered, as she put it, "crazy."
Alexander, who is Black, knew
that Blacks were overrepresented
in prison, though she resisted the
idea that this was anything more
than unequal implementation
of colorblind laws. But her work
as director of the American Civil
Liberties Union's Racial Justice
Project in Northern California,
she said, opened her eyes to the
extent of the lifelong exclusion
many offenders face, including
job discrimination, elimination
from juries and voter rolls, and
even disqualification from food
stamps, public housing and stu-
dent loans.
"It's easy to be completely un-
aware that this vast new system
of racial and social control has
emerged," she said. "Unlike in
Jim Crow days, there were no
'Whites Only' signs. This system
is out of sight, out of mind."
In conversation, she disputes
any suggestion that she is de-
scribing a conspiracy. While the
title is "provocative," she said, the
book contains no descriptions
of people gathering secretly in
"The main thrust," she said,
"is to show how historically both
our conscious and unconscious
biases and anxieties have played
out over and over again to birth
these vast new systems of social
Whatever Alexander's account
of the origins of mass incarcera-
tion, her overall depiction of its
human costs is resonating even
with people who disagree with her
Rick Olson, a state representa-
tive in Michigan, was one of the
few whites and few Republicans
in the room when Alexander gave
a talk sponsored by the state's
Black caucus in January.
"I had never before connected
the dots between the drug war,
unequal enforcement, and how
that reinforces poverty," Repre-
sentative Olson said. "I thought,
'Gee whiz, let me get this book.' "
Reading it, he said, inspired
him to draft a bill decriminalizing
the use and possession of mari-
The Rev. Charles Hubbard, the
pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran

Church, a mostly white evan-
gelical congregation in Garland,
Tex., said he had started car-
rying the book with him every-
where and urges fellow pastors
to preach about it, though he ac-
knowledged it could be a tough
sell in Texas.
"I think people need to hear the
message," he said. "I don't think
Anglo folks have any idea how
difficult it is for African-American
men who get caught up in the
criminal justice system."

Hubbard said he was particu-
larly impressed by how "well-
documented" Alexander's book
is. But to some of the book's de-
tractors, including those deeply
sympathetic to her goal of ending
mass incarceration, its scholar-
ship falls short.
In an article to be published
next month in The New York
University Law Review, James
Forman Jr., a clinical professor
at Yale Law School and a former
public defender, calls mass in-

carceration a social disaster but
challenges what he calls Alexan-
der's "myopic" focus on the war
on drugs.
Painting the war on drugs as
mainly a backlash against the
gains of the civil rights move-
ment, Forman writes, ignores
the violent crime wave of the
1970s and minimizes the sup-
port among many Blacks for get-
tough measures. Furthermore,
he argues, drug offenders make
up less than 25 percent of the
nation's total prison population,
while violent offenders who re-
ceive little mention in "The New
Jim Crow" make up a much
larger share.
"Even if every single one of
these drug offenders were re-
leased tomorrow," he writes, "the
United States would still have the
world's largest prison system."
To Alexander, however, that ar-
gument neglects the full scope of
the problem. Our criminal "caste
system," as she, calls it, affects
not just the 2.3 million people
behind bars, but also the 4.8
million others on probation or
parole (predominately for nonvio-
lent offenses), to say nothing of
the millions more whose criminal
records stigmatize them for life.
"This system depends on the
prison label, not just prison
time," she said.
In a telephone interview, For-
man, a son of the civil rights
leader James Forman, praised
the book's "spectacular" success
in raising awareness of the is-
sue. And some activists say their
political differences with Profes-
sor Alexander's account matter
less than the overall picture she
paints of a brutal and unjust sys-
Craig M. DeRoche, director of
external affairs at the Justice
Fellowship, the advocacy arm of
Prison Fellowship, a Christian
ministry founded by the former
Nixon aide Charles Colson, said
he rejected the political history
in "The New Jim Crow" but still
considered it essential reading for


-Photo by Ben Garvin
Michelle Alexander, seated, in Wisconsin last week to lecture on her best-selling book, "The
New Jim Crow."


"The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander.


7"- A

S. Florida Black leaders to be honored April V1th

S. Florida Black leaders to be honored April 11th

Edith Bush, the arts played
a crucial role in dealing with
traumatic events that oc-
curred during the era of seg-
Bush, a retired educator
and executive director of the
Martin Luther King Jr. Coor-
dinating Committee in West
Palm Beach, carries those les-
sons from her childhood in
Alabama with her today, as
she organizes cultural activi-
ties, art exhibits and musical
program for the youth.
Bush is one of this year's
JM Family African American
Achievers, who will be hon-
ored on April 1 th at the Bro-
ward County Convention Cen-
ter in Fort Lauderdale. The
five honorees were selected
from a pool of 350 nominees.
"I feel like I'm getting an
Oscar," said Bush, who is be-
ing honored in the category of
arts and culture.
Other honorees are: Dar-
ryl Holsendolph, of Miami,
the founder and president

-- ,:,,jr :, In ,: ,,,I ',.i r rr, l :i r nr .:r.: ni l
The 2012 African-American Achievers, from left: Edith C.
Bush, Arts & Culture honoree; Darryl Holsendolph, Business
& Entrepreneurism honoree; Dr. Dorothy Jackson Orr, Ed.D.,
Community Service honoree; and Samuel Bruce McDonald,
Education honoree.

Jeb Bush endorses Romney for

Ends hopes of late bid
By William E. Gibson

dashed the hopes of some of his
South Florida fans on Wednesday
- but may have helped Republi-
cans win the state this year by
announcing his endorsement of
Mitt Romney for president.
Some Republicans who yearn
for an alternative to the cur-
rent candidates had hoped the
two-term former Florida gover-
nor would rescue their divided
party by making a late bid, per-
haps at a brokered convention.'
But Romney's decisive victory in
the Illinois primary on Tuesday
prompted Bush's endorsement.
"Now is the time for Republi-
cans to unite behind Go'.ernor
Romney and take our message of
fiscal conservatism and job cre-
ation to all voters this fall," Bush
In some Republican minds,
Bush would be the ideal candi-
date because he is favored by
many conservatives as well as

dred team player."
LaMarca and other Bush fans
hope he will run for president in
later elections and join the ticket
this year as a vice-presidential
Bush's endorsement could
help unite the party behind
Romney in Florida. On the other
hand, the Democratic National
Committee pointed out disagree-
ments between Bush and Rom-

v i

Former Governor
moderates and the party estab-
lishment. He's also from Florida,
a must-win state for Republi-
"The best of the Bush family
has not yet served in the [White
House], and I think Jeb would be
fantastic," said Chip LaMarca, a
former Broward County Repub-
lican chairman who endorsed
Romney in January. "We all
hoped that he would look at the
Florida [U.S.] Senate race, but
anybody who knows Jeb Bush
realizes that he is more of a chief
executive than a one-of-a-hun-

of Holsen Inc. Merchandis-
ing, a special events and
promotional products com-
pany. Holsendolph's com-
pany partners with the South
Florida Workforce Summer
Youth Employment program
to create job opportunities for
young people who share his
passion for business. He is
being honored in the category
of business and entrepre-
Dorothy Orr, of Oakland
Park, is being honored in the
field ofcornmunit', senrice. Orr
grew up in Fort Lauderdale
during segregation. She spent
more than 50 years working
in education and served as
interim Broward School Su-
perintendent in 1999. She is
an advocate for young adults
and volunteers as a teacher of
sound financial practices.
Samuel Bruce McDonald.
of Lake \korth, is the hon-
oree in education I-i the late
1960s, MlcDonald was princi-
pal at Boca Raton Junior High
School, now Boca Raton Mid-

ney, especially on immigration.
Bush. for example, has backed
a proposal to give some children
of undocumented immigrants a
path to citizenship, while Rom-
nev has vowed to veto it.
Li S. Sen. Marco Rubio, anoth-
er Florida Republican who may
be considered for \ice president,
has no plans to endorse a candi-
date for president, a spokesman
said last Wednesday

Paul Allen gives $300M to expand brain research
(Reuters) Microsoft Corp $300 million will support the
co-founder Paul Allen has do- first four years of a 10-,ear
nated an additional $300 mil- plan to address critical ques-
lion to a foundation aimed at tions about how the brain
expanding research into how works.
the brain works and how best Allen Jones. the institute's
to treat brain-related disor- chief executive officer, said the
ders. quesuons had to be answered
The Allen Institute for -BfainIr'- 'we 'are-t6 -un~derstand -Arii*-
Science, based in Seattle, was treat autism, Alzheimer's dis-
established with a 2003 con-. ease. depression, traumatic
tribution of $100 million from brain injury and the myriad
the former Microsoft executive, other brain-related diseases
who then donated another and disorders that affect all
$100 million, of us either directly or indi-
The latest contribution of rectl."

die School. He also served as
south area superintendent for
four years. He retired in 1984.
McDonald said he is often
guided by the message his
mother taught him: "You can
do anything anyone else can,
you are man among men, and
you happen to be black."
The name of the honoree
in the youth achiever catego-
ry will be announced at the
event in April.
The late Jim Moran founded
the African-American Achiev-

ers Award in 1992. This year,
the JM Family will donate
$40,000 to nonprofit orga-
nizations, $10,000 to the or-
ganization of each honoree's
"Our 2012 Achievers have
dedicated themselves to giv-
ing back and helping oth-
ers, and we are so pleased
to share their stories and sa-
lute their extraordinary ac-
complishments," said Colin
Brown, president and CEO of
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

Deployments: How

many are too many?

After nearly 11 years of war
and hundreds of millions of
dollars in research on the
mental health of troops, the
military is no closer to under-
standing how many deploy-
ments are too many for indi-
vidual soldiers, researchers
Military leaders have said

". 4


the nation has never fought
wars this long with this small
of a military, deploying troops
over and over. Yet questions
about how many times a sol-
dier can recycle into combat
without psychological harm
remain unanswered, reseach-
ers say.
"I think it's definitely disap-
pointing that we don't know. I
wish we did," says retired Navy3
Capt. William Nash. a psychia-
trist studying resiliency in Ma-
nne battalions.
....hTejssue of multiple deploy.,,.
ments was one of many raised
following the March 1 1th mas-
* acre 6f 16 civilians in'Afghan-
istan, allegedly by U.S. Army
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales.
38, was on his fourth combat
deployment when the shoot-
ings occurred.

Many of the issues reported
about Bales repeated com-
bat exposure, physical injuries
and personal finance and ca-
reer problems are common
stresses on troops. scientists
say. Yet 107,000 service mem-
bers have deployed three or
more times without incident.
"The question we don't have
answered is how do we get pre-
cision about picking out the
people who are really going
to be in trouble." says Shel-
ley MacDermid Wadsworth.
director of the Military Family
Research Institute at Purdue
Scores of studies have looked
at the wars' impact on behav-
ior and mental health. But the
work has been done "in piece-
meal fashion." offering a snap-
shot analysis of a group of
service members at one point
in time. says Terri Tanielian.
a senior research analyst at
RAND Corp.
The Pentagon may have
missed a chance to follow large
numbers of combat troops
through the war in what is
called a longitudinal study to
better understand how behav-
ioral problems develop, say Ta-
nielian. Wadsworth and Nash
Col. Paul Bliese, an Army
scjentust, agrees about the lack
of longitudinal srudy But he
and the others say there is im-
portant ongoing analysis.
The Army and National Insti-
tute of Mental Health launched
a five-year longitudinal study
of 9,000 soldiers in 2.011 to
better understand suicide.


Whitney Houston drowned, autopsy reveals

Whitney Houston's official
cause of death was accidental
drowning, according to an ini-
tial report from the L.A. County
Coroner released recently, but
a heart condition and cocaine
use were also contributing fac-
tors. The autopsy report re-
veals that Houston suffered
from atherosclerotic heart dis-
ease, or a hardening of,the ar-
teries. The amount of cocaine

found in her system will not be
made public until the coroner's
final report is released in two
Marijuana, Xanax, Benadryl
and the muscle relaxant Flex-
eril were also found in Hous-
ton's system, but those drugs
did not contribute to her death,
the report says.
Houston's family has is-
sued a public statement in re-

sponse to the autopsy findings
through Patricia Houston, the
singer's sister-in-law and for-
mer manager.
"We are saddened to learn
of the toxicology results, al-
though we are glad to now have
closure," reads the statement.
Houston died at the Beverly
Hills Hotel on February 11th,
one day prior to the Grammy

Finally, Tiger Woods able to claim victory

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official tour victory?
Or would the pressure expose
wrinkles in his composure and
blemishes in his game, as hap-
pened the two times he surren-
dered a lead on the final day?
If the 2009 revelation of Woods's
serial infidelities and his subse-
quent divorce were a mirror re-
flecting his personal life, Sunday
offered him a measure of profes-
sional redemption. Woods carded
a two-under-par 70 at Bay Hill

and earned a five-stroke victory
over his playing partner, Graeme
McDowell, who posted a 74 in
warm, blustery conditions.
It was Woods's 72nd tour title
- third on the career list, af-
ter Jack Nicklaus's 73 and Sam
Snead's 82 and his first in
an official event since the BMW
Championship on Sept. 13, 2009,
a dry spell of 923 days.
Woods described the victory,
his seventh here, as "pure joy,"
but a cloud hung over the trophy
presentation. Unlike in Woods's
six previous wins, he was not

congratulated by the 82-year-
old host, Palmer, who was taken
to the hospital for elevated blood
The anticipated duel between
Woods and his nearest pursuer,
McDowell, who had defeated him
in a playoff at the 2010 Chevron
World Challenge, never material-
ized. McDowell began the day one
stroke back, but he opened with a
double-bogey 6. After he hit a nice
drive, his second shot plugged in
a bunker. His third shot landed in
another bunker and after hitting
out, he two-putted.

Sanford police failed to protect Trayvon

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when police, responding to his
father's missing person report,
showed him a picture of the
young man's body.
Despite this, the corpse re-
mained in the morgue three
days, classified only as "John
It took that long for the cops
to send the medical examiner
the required paperwork that
officially identified the remains
and authorized the family to
retrieve it for burial, Benjamin
Crump, the Martin family's at-
torney, told me.
Martin's body was tested
for drugs and alcohol. Neither

was found. Zimmerman, the
guy who killed him, was not
tested. Zimmerman's blood-
stained clothes weren't tak-
en for analysis; the contents
of his SUV weren't checked,
Crump said. Zimmerman was
set free after a brief police in-
terrogation. Even after police
chief Bill Lee "temporarily" re-
signed amid growing protests
over his department's handling
of this case, cops cling to the
position that evidence what
little they bothered to collect
- supports Zimmerman's self-
defense claim.
That assertion should be
tested by the special prosecu-
tor appointed by Florida Gov.
Rick Scott to take over the in-

vestigation. Martin was armed
only with his cellphone, a can
of iced tea and bag of Skittles
candy when he encountered
the gun-toting Zimmerman.
This mismatch, and the ra-
cial slur Zimmerman appears
to utter on the 911 tape shortly
before he leaves his vehicle for
his deadly confrontation with
Martin, should force him to
have to account for his actions
in a court of law. "It was wrong
that Zimmerman profiled Tray-
von. But it was tragic that the
police did it, too," Crump said.
He's right. Justice won't be
served until Zimmerman and
the Sanford police are made to
answer for their actions in the
case of Trayvon Martin.

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FANM holds loth annual gala
p"l"he Haitian Women of Miami Awards Gala recently
recognized and honored individuals who continue to
5 advance the cause of the Haitian people while fight-
ing for justice and human rights at their 10th annual gala.
The event capped an action-packed year for Fanm Ayisyen
Nan Miyami (Haitian Women of Miami) which celebrated its
20th anniversary in December with a benefit tribute to its
founder, Marleine Bastien. Honorees included: Miami-Dade "
County Commissioner Jean Monestime for his achievement
as the first Haitian-American elected to the county commis-
sion and for his efforts to improve economic conditions of
Haitian people here and in their homeland. Other honorees
were: Major Franzia Brea-Burton of the North Miami Police
Department; the University of Miami School of Law, Hu-
man Rights Clinic and Immigration Clinic; and Azure College
owner Jhonson Napoleon. A special award was given to John
Yearwood, Miami Herald world editor;. John Richards, CEO, --Photos c:ort.e, Marleine Bqais
Adrienne Arsht Center; and Youri Mevs, managing partner of
the Win Group.

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Blacks in Miami rally behind family of Trayvon wife defends soldier/husband

continued from 1A

the underlying cause.
And so it was last Wednesday
that over 100 Blacks in Miami
assembled at the small park in
Liberty City that now bears the
name of 9-year-old Jenkins -
the young Black girl who was out-
side playing when two men began
firing guns at each other and killed
her in the crossfire. But this time,
the gathering was not focused on
Sherdavia but on Martin the
17-year-old Black youth from Mi-
ami Gardens who was shot and
killed by George Zimmerman one
month ago while visiting Sanford,
After a rally and comments
from many members of the com-
munity, supporters of Martin and
his now-grieving family, marched
down 62nd Street with posters,
flags and raised fists. Many wore
hoodies as was Martin when'Zim-
merman told police that he had
spotted Someone "suspicious" in
his neighborhood. The hoodie has
since become a symbol for many
Blacks and representative of how
one's style of dress often leads
them to become stereotyped by

"I met Trayvon twice; I remem-
ber him when I was performing
spoken word at Carol City High
School," said Rebecca "Butter-
fly" Vaughns. "They say you can't
judge a book by its cover but in his
case I think you could. Given'his
demeanor and his manners, I just
knew that he was going places one
day. This is just another example
of an Emmett Till hate crime, 57
years later."
State Representative Daphne
Campbell hopes to use her in-
fluence to have the "Stand Your
Ground" law repealed and says
she believes Zimmerman should
have been arrested long ago..
Former City Commissioner
Richard Dunn II stood with pro-
testors garbed in his hoodie. He
says that the fight for justice for
Trayvon Martin is just beginning.
"I have been in contact with
the church in Sanford, First Shi-
loh, where many of us will travel
later this week to support Tray-
von's parents," he said. "One of
the things the folks up there are
saying is that they don't want us
to come for one day and then leave
them to fight on their own. That
would only open the door for busi-
ness to go on as usual. We need'
to keep the fire on the officials in

Sanford and that means national
attention. I assured them that
when we start something here in
Miami, we finish it. And I'm wear-
ing a hoodie because all of our
kids wear them. They shouldn't
become targets because of it."

David Jenkins, 39, the father of
Sherdavia, said no one knows how
it feels to lose a child to violence.
"I was talking to my wife on the
phone when I heard the gunshots
.that ended my daughter's life," he
said. "I hear them in my head over
and over again. I know that Tray-
von's girlfriend was talking to him
just before he was killed. Now she
will have to deal with hearing those
shots echo in her mind for the rest
of her life. His family will always
have the memory of their son we
have ours of Sherdavia. But the real
tragedy is that we will never know.
what Sherdavia or Trayvon could
have become."
Trayvon's uncle, Ronald Fulton,
has been an active member of his
community for many years. He is
critical of how often the Black com-
munity tends to be reactive instead
of proactive.
"This is a first step we must

see how the investigation will be
handled," he said. "We have to make
sure situations like this can never
happen again and use this as a
learning tool. That means we have
a lot of work to do."
Keith Harrell, one of only five
Black full-time sworn officers for
the Village of Miami Shores [they
have. 33 in total], said coming to
terms with this senseless death has
been hard.
"I have two sons, 14 and 22," he
said. "We get calls about 'suspi-
cious' characters all the time. But
that doesn't give anyone a license to
kill. Blacks need to boycott Orlando
and Disney and let them know we.
will no longer tolerate our kids be-
ing murdered by racists."
"It's a true miscarriage of justice
- Zimmerman must be arrested,"
said Joshua Jones. "And we must
begin to come up with strategies
and ideas so that laws are put in
place that protect Blacks."
The Haitian community will lead
a march and rally in honor of Tray-
von Martin on Wednesday, March
28th at 5 p.m. at the corner of the
Northwest corner of 62nd Street
and N. Miami Avenue. They will
march to 54th Street and return
to 62nd Street where many digni-
taries will then speak.

Does "Stand Your Ground" apply to Martin case?

continued from 1A

Blacks who were members of the
State Senate and House and vot-
ed on the bill in 2005 say that it
was never intended to be used to
protect people like George Zim-
merman, the murderer of Tray-
von Martin.

According to State Senator Lar-
cenia Bullard, in 2005, citizens
of Miami were "disheartened by
the manner in which law en-
forcement was handling home
invasions [break-ins] and people
who were being attacked in their
"My office had become bom-
barded with complaints and peo-
ple were fed up," said Bullard,
64. "People were being attacked
on roadsides, on the turnpikes
and even in gas stations. The
perpetrators were not being
prosecuted and citizens turned
to their elected officials for help.
That's why I supported the bill."
"I voted for the bill so people
could legally protect themselves
in their homes and in their cars,"
said State Senator Gary Siplin,
57. "There was one case of a
woman in Texas who called 911
because someone was breaking
into her home and she wanted
to know what she should do. The
operator told her to protect her-
self and her infant child she
shot the intruder. Miami was fac-
ing countless similar situations
and our people needed to be able
to-legally defend themselves."
Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson, 69, was a member of the

State Senate in 2005. She says
that her own home had been
broken into three times in a two-
month period and three cars
were stolen from her driveway
during the time that the bill was
being considered.
"We heard plenty of rivet-
ing testimony when the Crimi-
nal Justice Committee of the
Florida Senate was considering
what has come to be known as
the "Stand Your Ground" law,"
she said. "State Senator Evelyn
Lynn, then 77 and white, was
robbed at gunpoint while she
was in her bedroom and alone.
Based on the law at the time,' she
would have had to retreat before
she' could use deadly force to
protect herself. She moved to a
new home and was robbed again
one year later. The bill passed
unanimously in the State Senate
but none of us anticipated that
it would be used to protect the
murderer of an unarmed child
who was being racially profiled."

Siplin says he stands behind
his vote but believes that pros-
ecutors need to correctly enforce
the law.
"I don't see how anyone can
believe that cases like Zimmer-
man's can invoke the "Castle
Doctrine," he said. "The law does
not apply to the actions he took
that led to Trayvon Martin's
Former State Senator Tony
Hill, 54, now the federal policy
director for the City of Jackson-
ville, says that Martin was the
one standing his ground not

Zimmerman. own safety aside for fear that this
"Unfortunately, we live in a law would unjustly allow some-

country where people can't al-
ways go where they want or
dress as they please without be-
ing harassed or in this case mur-
dered," he said. "We still need
more information to get to the
bottom of what really happened
but I would not repeal the law.
I think we need to focus on sec-
tion three of the law and be more
clear about the places that one
can legally take steps to defend
themselves in their homes and
in their cars. Zimmerman wasn't
in either place."

Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mind-
ingall, 69, then a member of the
State House, says she opposed
the law because "the legislation's
definition of what is a 'reason-
able threat' was too subjective."
"I foresaw that something like
this would give the accused too
much leverage in a situation like
Trayvon Martin's. We knew we
were engaged in a battle when
the bill came to the House floor.
We knew that this law would
promote an atmosphere of living
in the wild, wild west or a shoot
out at the OK Corral. I proposed
legislation two years later [2007]
to narrow the definition of 'rea-
sonable threat' and to limit the
immunity it offered but it never
made it to the floor. Should the
law be repealed? Yes, immedi-
Wilson says if she had it to
do over again, she would vote
against the bill.
"I would put the fear for my

one to use it as pn excuse to take
the life of an innocent child," sh6
Bullard believes the Martin
case has awakened the state of
Florida and the nation.
"There are still some serious
problems in this state and in this
country when it comes to rac-
ism," she said. "Racism is still
very much alive. This law has
been misinterpreted and used
in ways in which it was never
intended. Zimmerman pursued
Trayvon Martin and should be
arrested and tried in a court of
Wilbert Holloway and Rod
Smith were unavailable for com-

accused in Afghan rampage

SEATAC. Wash. Karilyn
Bales says she finds the charges
that her husband killed 17 Af-
ghan villagers unbelievable.'
The wife of Staff Sgt Robert
Bales defended her husband in
an interview with Matt Lauer for
NBC s Today, set to air Monday.
The Washington state woman
said her husband joined the
Army after the terror attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001. to "protect his
family, friends and country He
wanted to do his part.' that her
husband is "very brave, very

Officials say Bales wandered
off base in southern Afghani-
stan earlier this month and
killed eight Afghan adults and
nine children.
The wife of the Joint Base
Lewis-McChord soldier said the
accusations are 'unbelievable
to me
'He lotes children, he's like
a big lad himself,' she said. I
ha\e no idea what happened,
but he would not .. he loves
children, and he would not do

BUFFALO, N.Y. Attorneys
for Facebook sought the dis-
missal Monday of what they
called an "opportunistic and
fraudulent" lawsuit by a New
York man claiming half-own-
ership of the social networking
The attorneys asserted that
Paul Ceglia, of Wellsville, had
forged documents, fabricat-
ed emails and destroyed evi-
dence, and said he had waited
too long six years to file it
and the statute of limitations
had expired.
Ceglia's attorneys say
their client deserves his day

in court.
In his 2010 lawsuit, Ceglia
claimed that a 2003 contract
he and Facebook founder Mark
Zuckerberg signed entitled Ce-
glia to 50 percent of Facebook,
which launched the following
Ceglia said the contract
showed that when he hired
Zuckerberg. then a Harvard
University freshman, to help
him develop a street-mapping
database, he also gave Zucker-
berg $1.000 in start-up money
for his fledgling Facebook idea
in exchange for half-ownership
of the company if it grew.

BP spill is killing deep-sea coral

New Orleans Scientists
have performed months of lab-
oratory work and can now con-
firm that oil from BP's blown-
out well is causing the slow-
death of the deep-sea coral
community in the Gulf of Mex-
Once brightly colored, the
deep-sea coral is now brown
and dull. Located over an area
approximately the size of half
a football field and almost a
mile below the surface of the
Gulf of Mexico. the coral com-
munity is slowly dying.
Huffington Post says that a

study was published on Mon-
day wherein scientists report
that the meticulous chemi-
cal analysis done on samples
taken in late 2010 now de-
finitively proves that BP PLC's
oil-spill is the culprit. The out-
of-control Macondo iwell. has
devastated the corals living
approximately 7 miles south-
west of the well.
It was in October 2010 that
academic and government sci-
entists discovered the dam-
aged corals, but it has taken
this lorg to confirm a definite
link to the oil spill.

Black to lead McDonald's as CEO

continued from 1A

when Skinner would retire; the
48-year-old Thompson, who
is also McDonald's operating
chief, has long been at the top of
the list of candidates to succeed
him. He will become the chain's
first Black CEO.
A 22-year veteran of McDon-
ald's, Thompson helped spear-
head some major initiatives
at the burger giant, including
the company's national rollout
of specialty coffee drinks. He
has helped guide McDonald's
through the economic down-
turn, making it one of the most
successful restaurant chains in
recent years.

Under his watch as operat-
ing chief and as president of
McDonald's USA before that,
the company has expanded
its menu offerings, renovated
thousands of stores around
the globe, improved customer
service with initiatives such as
faster, double-lane drive-thrus,
and pushed the company into
more international markets.
As operating chief since Janu-
ary 2010, he has directed glob-
al strategy and operations for
more than 33,000 McDonald's
restaurants in 119 countries.
Gregarious and chatty,

Thompson offers a contrast to
the quieter Skinner, known for
his dry sense of humor. Skin-
ner was often asked during in-
vestor meetings when he would
retire; he would usually scoff at
the question, saying he wasn't
.planning to go anywhere soon.
Skinner stuck to the compa-
ny's "Plan to Win," a strategy he
helped develop in 2003 to turn
around a company that at the
time was suffering from overex-
pansion in the U.S. McDonald's
decided to slow new-store open-
ings domestically and focus on
improving operations at existing
restaurants, a plan from which
the company hasn't deviated.

McDonald's stock price has
nearly quadrupled since 2003
and the company has been
posting strong revenue and
profit gains ever since. McDon-
ald's shares rose 31 percent in
2011, the most of any of the 30
stocks in the Dow Jones Indus-
trial Average. The stock closed
at $96.72 Wednesday, after
trading above $100 in late De-
McDonald's biggest challenge
in the near future is perhaps
to demonstrate that it can con-
tinue the momentum of the last
few years. Some investors ques-
tion how much upside there is
after the company has already
done so much to refashion itself

as a brand that is relevant to a
broad swath of consumers.
One of its strategies is to lean
more heavily on younger fran-
chisees in an effort to stay on
top of what today's consumers
want. The chain has added free
Wi-Fi to its stores, more up-
scale burgers and more modern
interiors in an effort to remain
ahead of competitors. But ri-
vals Burger King Holdings Inc.
and Wendy's Co. WEN +1.62
percent have taken notice and
are emulating what McDon-
ald's has done. Those and other
chains are starting to remodel
their own restaurants and boost
breakfast and beverage offer-
Whether Thompson plans to
enact any bold changes remains
to be seen. In a statement, he
said the company "will remain
focused on the Plan to Win and
on our three global priorities-
optimizing the menu, modern-
izing the customer experience
and broadening our accessibil-
ity to even more customers."
Thompson, who received a
bachelor's degree in Electri-
cal Engineering from Purdue
University, began his career at
McDonald's as an electrical en-
gineer in 1990, working his way
up through the company. He
and his wife, Liz, have two chil-
dren. Thompson serves on Mc-
Donald's board of directors and
is a trustee of his alma mater.

Facebook execs ask court to

drop suit aimed at founder



Goldman manifesto echoes past questions about bank

By Daniel Wagner
& Christina Rexrode

The young. banker whose dra-
matic public resignation stung
Goldman Sachs recently joins of-
ficials from every corner of the gov-
ernment in questioning whether
the august investment house deals
honestly with all its clients.
In separate cases, judges, law-
makers and regulators have sug-
gested the bank ignores conflicts
of interest and sells to its clients
investments it knows are weak, all
in the pursuit of profit.
The resignation last Wednes-
day by Greg Smith; a 33-year-old
banker for Goldman in London,
was a shot from within Goldman's
ranks. In an Op-Ed article for The
New York Times, Smith said the
bank sells financial products "that
we are trying to get rid of."
"It makes me ill how callously
people talk about ripping their cli-
ents off," Smith wrote.
'The essay was widely circu-
lated online, and Smith became a
trending topic on Twitter. But his
charges were only the latest em-
barrassment for Goldman, which
has built a sterling reputation over
143 years on Wall Street.

$550 MILLION IN 2012
The bank paid $550 million in
2010 to settle civil charges that it
misled investors while selling them
investments in the U.S. housing
market as the bubble burst even
as Goldman reaped hundreds of
millions from its own bets against
A congressional committee rec-
ommended that law enforcement
authorities look into a series of
deals that Goldman sold while ex-
ecutives derided them in emails as
"junk," "crap" and another profane
And last month, a Delaware
court nearly blocked a merger be-

i I

tween Kinder Morgan and El Paso,
two energy companies, because
Goldman had ties to both com-
panies, raising questions about a
conflict of interest.
"This is the latest entry into a
long-running narrative that they
don't put their clients first," said
Michael Robinson, a former official
with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. "If your business is
built on trust, that's not going to
Robinson, who now works for
Levick Strategic Communications,
a public relations company, said
regulators, Congress and prosecu-
tors are almost certain to look into
Smith's claim that Goldman sold
investments to clients that it want-
ed to get rid of.
The SEC, the FBI and federal
prosecutors in Manhattan de-
clined comment. A spokesman for
Goldman also declined comment.

Legal experts said the bar for
proving wrongdoing by executives
at the bank would be high. The
real danger for Goldman, Robin-
son said, is that clients will lose
faith and abandon it.
"Whether what they're doing is
legal or not, it sure is going to keep
them in the headlines and re-
mind people that they can't always
trust what they're hearing from

their banker," he said.
On Wednesday, as Smith's es-
say was read millions of times on
the Times' website and circulated
by countless others online, Gold-
man's leadership suggested he
had not portrayed the bank's cul-
ture accurately.
"It is unfortunate that all of you
who worked so hard through a dif-
ficult environment over the last few
years now have to respond to this,"
Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein
and President Gary Cohn wrote in
an open letter to employees.
Blankfein, 57, has been at the
helm of Goldman through one of
the most trying times for the bank.
He was named CEO in June 2006
and.was at the helm during the fi-


nancial crisis in 2008, when Gold-
man took $10 billion in bailout
He is regarded as an intelligent
and hardworking banker, though
not the most charismatic among
his peers. A published report last
month suggested Blankfein was
considering stepping aside this
summer, though Blankfein has not
said so publicly.
Michael Farr, president of the
Farr, Miller & Washington invest-

Goldman CEO
ment firm, which owns Goldman
stock, predicted Blankfein would
"weather this just fine."
"These are tough people with re-
silient attitudes who are focused
on the bottom line," Farr said, "and
Blankfein has delivered nicely."

Senators questioned Blankfein
and other Goldman executives an
April 2010 subcommittee hearing.
A subcommittee report said Gold-
man marketed four sets of complex
mortgage securities to investors
but failed to tell them the securi-
ties were very risky.
The committee report also said
Goldman secretly bet against the
clients and deceived them about
the bets so that they would pay for
Goldman's earlier, doomed housing
Subcommittee chairman Sen.
Carl Levin, D-Mich., questioned
the accuracy of the executives' tes-
"Did anyone ever really think
that Goldman was doing what was
best for their clients?" said Rep.
Brad Miller, D-N.C., a regular critic

of the banking industry who serves
on the House Financial Services
Committee. "Goldman may have
denied it, but I never really believed
their denials."
The Delaware case illustrates
Goldman's reach. The state judge
declined to block the Kinder Mor-
gan-El Paso deal but expressed
misgivings. Goldman advised El
Paso, owned a 19 percent stake in'
Kinder Morgan and controlled two
of Kinder Morgan's board seats.
The judge, Leo Strine, said Gold-
man took steps to separate its ad-
visers to each company, but said
the efforts were not effective.
"This kind of furtive behavior
engenders legitimate concern and.
distrust," he wrote.
In his essay, Smith wrote that
young bankers could become lead-
ers; at Goldman by getting clients
"to invest in the stocks or other
products that we are trying to get
rid of because they are not seen as
having a lot of potential profits."
He also said bankers could "hunt
elephants," a practice he explained


this way: "Get your clients -- some
of whom are sophisticated, and
some of whom aren't -- to trade
whatever will bring the biggest
profit to Goldman."
"Call me old-fashioned," he con-
cluded, "but I don't like selling my
clients a product that is wrong for

Smith did not present specifics
about the bank's marketing to cus-
SThe young banker, a Rhodes
Scholarship finalist in 2002 who
attended Stanford University, still
had not spoken publicly Thursday
beyond the Times Op-Ed.
A Twitter account that appeared
to be Smith's had been protected
Thursday, meaning only his con-
firmed followers could read it.
Any regulatory or criminal
probe of Goldman that grows from
Smith's charges would face high
hurdles, legal experts said. The re-
cent SEC charges against Goldman
relied on misleading statements in
the marketing materials Goldman
produced to sell the risky deal.
In a well-known 2003 case that
didn't involve Goldman, regulators
accused a research analyst from
Merrill Lynch of pushing compa-
nies that he insulted in private.
But that case relied on rules that
govern published research about
stocks and do not apply to sales
To defend itself against charges
that it sold bad investments, Gold-
man would only need to prove that
the investments it sold were "suit-
able" for clients. That's a looser
standard than the rules for invest-
ment advisers, who are required to
act in their clients' best interests.
"While these may be revelations
to the marketplace, they likely
are not revelations to anyone in-
side Goldman or to the securities
regulators," said Jacob Frenkel, a
former SEC enforcement attorney
now practicing with the firm Shul-
man Rogers.
"Goldman's clients tend to be so
loyal because they're among the
top tier of investors," with enough
assets that the law considers them
capable of making investment deci-
sions with less disclosure by their
brokers, he said.

Obama defends missile defense comments on hot mic

By Dave Boyer

SEOUL A defensive President
Obama said Tuesday he wasn't
guilty of "hiding the ball" when
an open microphone caught him,
pleading with the president of
Russia to delay missile shield talks
until after this .,ear's elections.
"The only way F get this stuff
done is If I'm consulting ninth
the Pentagon, with Congress. if
I've got bipartisan support and
frankly, the current environment
is not conducive to those kinds
of thoughtful consultations," Mr.
Obana told reporters at a nuclear
security summit here. 'This is not
a matter of hiding the ball "
,A day earlier. Obama was caught
on tape telling Russian President
Dmiutr Medvedev that he needed
"space" this year to put his re-elec-
tion campaign behind him before
taking up missile defense negotia-
tions with the Russians.
"After my election. I have more
flexibility." he told Mr. Medvedev,
unaware that their conversation
was being recorded by a journal-
Republicans in Washington re-
acted anrgrily, accusing Mr. Obama
of hiding his true intentions and
fearing he might be willing to give
the Russians access to sensi-
tive security information after the
elections. Republican presiden-
tial candidate Mitt Romney called
Obama's comments "alarming and
The episode overshadowed the
nuclear summit, a conference of
54 heads of state that wrapped
up Tuesday. Clearly eager to put
the controversy to bed before leav-
ing Korea Tuesday night. Obama
jumped at the chance when a re-
porter asked him to clarify his
comments. He began by asking re-
porters, "Are the mics on?"
"What I said yesterday .. is
something that i think everyone in
this room understands," the presi-
dent said. "Arms control is ex-
traordinarily complex. very, techni-
cal, and the only way it gets done
is if you can consult and build a
strong understanding, both be-
hween countries and within coun-
Obama said he is committed to
nuclear disarmament
"I think everybody; understands
if the, don't. the, haven't been
listening to my speeches that
I want to reduce nuclear stock-
piles," Mr. Obama said. "And bne
of the barriers to doing that is
building trust and cooperation
around missile defense issues, I'm
on record, I made a speech about
it to a whole bunch of Korean uni-

versity students [Monday]. I want
to see us over time, gradually,-
systematically reduce reliance on
nuclear weapons."
Although Obama spoke to Med-
.ede; .only in terms of his o-a-h

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election, Obama on Tuesday said,
congressional elections also influ-
enced his thinking on the matter.
He said the new START rear, that
he reached with Mr. Medyedev in
2010 required "a painstaking.twvo-

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Local non-profit raises awareness about domestic vio ence
By Kaila Heard veys, 22 to 25 percent of all eriBL .". -

In honor of Women's History
Month, the Liberty City-based
non-profit organization Women
in Leadership, Miami hosted a
domestic violence awareness
event at Blessed Catering Ban-
quet Hall on Thursday, March
22nd. The event brought
together experts about domes-
tic violence from the social
service, law enforcement and
judicial fields.
"This fight to end domestic
violence is a fight we all have to
engage in," said Rep. Cynthia
Stafford, who was one of the
event's featured speakers.
According to national sur-

women will become victims of
domestic violence at least once
in their lives.
Paulette Richards, the orga-
nizer for Women in Leadership,
Miami said the organization
hosted the Domestic Violence
Awareness event to teach wom-
en and men how to end such
abusive relationships and to
prevent them from entering
such relationships.
"We don't want to wait until
our teens our young girls
are victims before we get to talk
to them about this," Richards
The event also served as a
kick off event for a series of
Please turn to WOMEN 14B

Rep. Cynthia Stafford was a featured speaker at a recent do-
mestic violence awareness event in Liberty City.


By Kaila Heard

One hundred years ago, on March 22nd, 1912, Essie Mae
Young was born, the second of nine children in Camney,
Alabama. One hundred years later, her family and friends are
happy to report that the matriarch of the Young family is still
living and is of sound mind and good health.
To celebrate her 100th birthday, her family hosted a cel-
ebration for Young at the local Omega Center on Saturday,
March 31st and invited more than 200 guests to share in the
Young married her husband, Sam Young, on Feb. 24th,
Please turn to YOUNG 14B

By Kaila Heard
SltarJji" ,imiamitimesonline.com

For Rev. Phyllis Mack, the 55-year-old senior pastor of
Anointed and Appointed by God Ministries, it is not uncom-
mon for her to visit the homeless or spend a good deal of the
night onr the telephone counseling a troubled Christian. These
supportive gestures are natural for Mack.
"I believe in strengthening the body of Christ, pushing peo-
ple into their purpose whatever their calling is and helping
strengthen and train them," she explained.
' Yet Mack admits that there is a major perk to being
a minister.
"I especially am pleased when I see souls who were
set free from the enemy and recognizing their po-
tential and knowing that they are somebody im-
-. portant in God," she said.
Please tur to MACK 14B

Missing Link helps

local youth avoid

drugs, alcohol
By Kaila Heard ine.c
kheardC~miamitimesonline.'com SHON M

SNearly five years ago, the Mi-
ami-based New Horizons Com-
munity Mental Health Center,
Inc., founded the Missing Link
Youth Development program -
a program designed to prevent
youth from experimenting with
"Our goal is that all of our kids
reach their full potential and
that our kids grow up safe and
happy and healthy," explained
Sylvia Styles, the coordinator
for the Missing Link program.
Based upon the scientifically-
proven Fairfax Youth Leader-
ship and Resilience program for
at-risk youth, the local Missing
Link year round program offers
leadership and resiliency work-
shops, mentoring and recre-
ational activities such as taking
participants to see movies and
sporting events.
"Our aim is to prevent sub-
stance abuse, increase grades

Missing Link coordinator
in school and make kids suc-
cessful; in order to do so we
want to enhance their internal
strength and increase their re-
siliency," Styles said.
One of the major components
of the program is showing kids
recreational activities or "alter-
native thrill activities" in which
they can participate, rather
Please turn to YOUTH 14B

Local street renamed

in Rev. Carl Johnson's honor

On March 3rd, on the corner of 22nd Avenue and 93rd Street, Rev. Dr. Carl Johnson, the senior
pastor of the 93rd Street Baptist Church, along with friends, family and supporters witnessed the
unveiling of a street sign named in the popular minister's honor.

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Evangelicals seek positive change during elections

By Tom Krattenmaker

Judging from the Republi-
can presidential race and news
media story lines, it's the same
old, same old in 2012: GOP
candidates courting the evan-
gelicals. Analysts offering their
latest conjecture about whether
"the evangelical vote" will swing
to Candidate X or Y. Evangeli-
cal kingmakers gathering on
a ranch in Texas to anoint the
official evangelical choice to de-
feat the despised Democrat.
But not far below the surface,
change is afoot in the ranks of
a once-reliable GOP voting bloc
and around that term, "evan-
gelical." As has been widely re-
ported, more evangelicals are
breaking formation and tack-
ling social problems such as
poverty and human trafficking
that weren't on the evangeli-
cal political agenda a decade
or two ago. Even more seismic,
though, is a challenge being
mounted against the notion
that electoral politics is the way

to do God's work in America's
public life.
In a refreshing departure
from the culture war mind-set
that has come to characterize
this and other recent elections,
some of evangelicalism's lead-
ing thinkers and spokespeople
are trumpeting an important
insight: Christians too fixated
on politics are bound to end up
frustrated and tarnished. And
politics is not the only way to
create positive change.

It's good to find so many
Americans interested in elec-
tions. But while following the
big contests of recent years
- the bruising rhetoric, the
breathless 24/7 news media
and Internet coverage, the "just
win" mentality one gets the
sense that it's often not the
right kind of interest. Many of
us seem to engage in politics
the same way we follow sports:
What strategy will it take for

my team to stick it to the oppo-
nent on S lt.iil,\? w v I'L, moving
up and who's jimi Mr down in
the playoff race? Who's dissing
whom on Twitter?
Seeing many of Christianity's
most ardent and visible follow-
ers caught up in the mean-spir-
ited, truth-demolishing aspects
of this is one of the more dis-
comforting features of today's
politics. What a relief it is to see
a growing community of evan-
gelical thinkers and leaders re-
storing sanity and taking cor-
rective action to free their faith
from politics' damaging grip.
Consider Jonathan Merritt. A
one-time GOP precinct leader
and the son of a Baptist pastor
from Georgia, Merritt, 29, has
become one of the most persua-
sive articulators and exemplars
of a revised form of evangelical
engagement with politics. De-
spite the impression one gets
from the political rhetoric of late
- a "war" on Christians, a "war"
on women, a "war" on contra-
ception (and a "war," evidently,

on measured language) Mer-
ritt is convinced that the cul-
ture wars' days are numbered.
Merritt, author of the forth-
coming book A Faith of Our
Own: Following Jesus beyond
the Culture Wars, put it this
way in an e-mail exchange with
me: "Americans are tired of the
incivility and the partisan divi-
siveness on both sides. Regard-
less of how much longer the
culture wars are going to con-
tinue, Christians need to tran-
scend the polemical, partisan,
power-hungry battles that sty-
mie the common good. If my in-
tuition is wrong and the culture
wars continue to rage on, my
hope and prayer is that Chris-
tians will take a higher road as
they seek to be faithful in the
public square." '

When it comes to evangelical
engagement with politics, Mer-
ritt's prescribed stance might
be described as one foot in,
one foot out. Politics is a re-

sponsibility of all citizens and
too important to leave alone,
argues Merritt, now an inde-
pendent. Yet he calls on his fel-
low Jesus followers to stay out
of the ideological trenches and
avoid being reduced to partisan
hacks. "Christians cannot join
the ranks of the politically apa-
thetic," he says. "But we aren't
forced to choose a human-
formed party with a systemized
divide-and-conquer agenda, ei-
ther. We can stand in the gap
and claim loyalty only to Jesus."
Leave it to the Christian in
his 20s to capture something
all of us would do well to real-
ize young, old, religious, ag-
nostic, conservative, or liberal.
As recently conceded by Louise
Trubek, a fighter for women's
reproductive rights, "Maybe it is
time to recognize that law alone
is not enough to effect social
change." Indeed it is time, just
as it's time to recognize that
politics alone are unlikely to
forge the -positive social trans-
formation that political actors

claim to want.
Political victories often prove
temporary at best. Any sugar
high we get from "our side" win-
ning ought to be tempered by
the sure knowledge that a gal-
vanized opposition is mobilizing
for the counterpunch even as
we celebrate. Unless elections
and laws are reflective of deep-
er social change, they are built
on foundations of sand, likely
to be washed away by the next
shift in the fickle tides of public
opinion. Better to expend en-
ergy moving hearts and chang-
ing minds than plotting tactics
for short-term wins. Merritt is
right. It's not all about politics.
And "the gap" is a great place
for sincere Christians to stand,.
as well as common-good ad-
vocates of any (or no) religious
Not that you'll see much evi-
dence of it in the latest news
from the campaign trail, but
there seems to be more of a
crowd forming in that gap that
Merritt describes. May it grow.

Florida case rings across pulpits
Other states, that may have* arrest have been growing. The
Faith leaders call prevented charges from being chief of the city's policeforce

forjusticefoT teen "How do we.turn pain into criticism.
power?" Jackson asked a In Northern California,
By William M. Welch standing-room only congre- "Hoodie Sunday" was marked
gation while preaching at in hundreds of congregations
Calls for legal action in the Macedonia Missionary Baptist including those in Oakland,
shooting death of Florida Church in Eatonville, Fla., Berkeley, San Jose and Sacra-

teenager Trayvon Martin are
growing as preachers took to
their pulpits wearing "hoodies"
in symbolic solidarity around
the country.
One month after the death
of the unarmed 17-year-old
Black teen by a neighborhood
watch volunteer in Sanford,
Fla., civil rights activist Jesse
Jackson said the youth was
a "martyr' whose death could
l$e an. opportunity to revive
concerns about civil rights
and violence. He called for a
change in Florida's "Stand
Your Ground" self-defense law,
similar to one in more than 20

about 20 miles from the site
of the Sanford shooting. "How
do we go from a moment to a
movement that curries favor?
"The blood of the innocent
has power," Jackson said,
naming other slain Black
Americans whose deaths
became rallying cries in the
struggle for equality. "There's
power in the blood of Emmett
Till. There's power in the blood
of Medgar Evers. There's pow-
er in. the blood of Dr. King."
Concern over the killing was
echoed in religious centers
froni Ataifita Od New Y6rk-hand
California.. with many pfeach-
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ers and their congregations
wearing hooded sweatshirts in
Martin's memory.
Trayvon was wearing a
hooded sweatshirt as he
walked home on a rainy night
in a gated community. The
neighborhood watch volunteer
who shot him, George Zim-
merman, 28, has not been
charged, and demands for an

mento, organizers said.
"As faith leaders, we are
outraged that the killer showed
so little regard for Trayvon that
he took his life needlessly and
senselessly," the group, PICO,
a network of faith-based com-
munity organizations, said in
a statement. "We are outraged
that local law enforcement of-
ficials have failed to act justly
and expeditiously."
Zimmerman had called
police to report that a hooded
figure in the neighborhood
looked suspicious. Trayvon
turned out to be carrying a bag
of candy and a can of iced tea.


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Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile wearing a
Mexican sombrero.

Where's the white church

outrage over T. Martin?

By Mark I. Pinsky

In the aftermath of the fatal
shooting of 17-year-old Tray-
von Martin in Sanford, Florida,
not far from here, the mystify-
ing missing element so far has
been white outrage, especially
on the part of central Florida's
religious leaders..
Few if any white clergy have
spoken up to demand that the
killing be fully investigated.
None can be seen standing by
the African-American preachers
calling for justice, or marching
with Martin's family members.
As someone who covered this
area's faith community for 15
years, I don't think the answer is
racism a mich as it is cultural
callousness. Week in and week
out, the violent deaths and dis-
appearances of poor, Black and
b Iwn people especially im-
'irants merit a one- or two-
,rgsaph.stor' in The Orlando
Sntiel's.i'(riy old newspaper's)
police blotter. So when a mid-
dle-class Black teen is gunned
down, the reaction tends to be a
shrug of the shoulders.
Some Black Christians are be-
ginning to question this silence.
At a predominately Blacks
S~rth-d~ay Advenust congre-
gaton..last Saturday. during a
previously scheduled discus-
srot.'o"racial progress." a man
s tod up and asked why his de-
nominauon had not yet spoken
or acted on the Trayvon Martin-
The Rev. James Coffin, a
white Adventist minister and ex-
ecutive director of the Interfaith
Council of Central Florida, who

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
president Ben Jealous at a town hall meeting at Allen Chapel
AME Church in Sanford, Florida about on Trayvon Martin's killing.

was one of the speakers, ad-
mitted that the man was right.
Coffin later wrote the man an
impassioned e-mail saying his
point was valid, and acknowl-
edging his guilt for his inaction.
So far, "it's the victim's affinity
group that has to go to battle for
him," Coffin said.
S"African-Americans shouldn't
be waging this battle on their
own," Coffin told me. "While it
certainly has racial overtones
and undertones, it's a problem
that's bigger than just racism.
So fcr our own well-being and
self-serving purposes, if for
no other reason, non-African-
Amencans need to get involved."
At long last, some other white
church leaders are speaking
In a letter issued Wednesday
entitled "A Statement of Sup-
port !for the Martin Family and
Call for Just Prosecution," the
Florida Council of Churches,
which represents mainline

Protestant congregations, said
that the state "should be a
place where a person of any col-
or can walk in a neighborhood
without fear of violence or being
presumed a suspicious threat.
Florida should be a place where
the use of deadly force is rare
and uncommon. \
"The Martin family and the
community at large need pro-
tection from vigilantism and as-
surance that Florida's streets
are open to all people without
respect to the color of their
skin," the statement continued.
The council does not speak for
the state's evangelical church-
Tardy or tepid, it is never too
late for religious leaders to de-
mand justice. Which is what
they still need to do. A rally
calling for justice for Trayvon
Martin scheduled for Sanford's
Shiloh Baptist Church, last
Thursday night would be a good
place to start.

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Church will be sponsoring a
Soul Saving Revival, April 12th
and 13th at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Come and be blessed.

The Historic Mount
Zion Missionary Baptist
Church invites everyone to
attend "The Seven Last Words
of Jesus" service on Good Fri-
day, April 6th at 7 p.m. 305-

Greater Harvest Bap-
tist Church family invites the
community at large to come
worship with them. Sunday
School begins at 9 a.m. and
worship service is held from 10
a.m. to noon.

The West Perrine Alum-
ni Association of Miami
Palmetto Sr. High School is
hosting its second annual Gos-
pel Explosion on April 21st at 7
p.m. at the Community Church
of Christ Written in Heaven.
Tickets are necessary. For
more information, please call

The Zeta Mu Chapter of
the Alpha Pi Chi National
Sorority invites everyone to
their annual Prayer Break-
fast on April 14th at 9 a.m. at
the Holy Redeemer Catholic

Church Hall. Tickets are re-
quired. Selina, 305-281-6058.

Bay Shore Lutheran
Church invites everyone to
their free Talent Show on
March 31st at 7 p.m. featur-
ing singing, musical acts, po-
etry and divine skits. 786-464-

Black pastors and min-
isters with earned doctoral
degrees, please contact 786-
231-9820 for a conference this

Greater Harvest Inter-
national 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,

New Canaan Mission-
ary Baptist Church invites
everyone to a musical worship
service on March 23rd at 7:30
p.m. to celebrate their choir's
anniversary. 954-981-1832.
Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes ev-
eryone to their regular Family
and Friends Sunday services
at 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. 305-

Running for Jesus
Youth Outreach Ministries
is seeking talented youth for
solos, praise dances, rapping,
spoken word poetry for their
Summer Jam Fest Crusade
Tent Service. 954-213-4332,

God Storehouse Minis-
try welcomes the community
to their Tent Revival March
26th 30th, 7p.m. nightly;
and March 31st at 5:45 p.m.
nightly. 305-573-5711, 305-

Chosen Generation Min-
istries 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. 305-

The True Word of Life
Holiness Church is hosting a
three-night revival, March 28 -
30th, 7:30 p.m. nightly. 305-

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

1 Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church is hosting
"An Evening with the Pastor"
on March 24th at 6 p.m.

New Mount Moriah Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will

host the Habitat for Humanity
of Greater Miami's Homeown-
ership Application Meeting on
the second Saturday of every
month at 9:30 a.m. No RSVP
necessary. 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 every-
one to their free weight loss
classes Saturdays at 10 a.m.,
but enrollment is necessary.

Memorial Temple Bap-
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Workshop exposes the origins of domestic violence

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future workshops dedicated to
raising awareness about do-
mestic violence, in particular
raising awareness among young
men and women and teens and
even adolescents.
In spite of its prevalence,
many people remain ignorant
of many aspects of domestic
violence including why victims
remain in such abusive rela-
"Domestic violence is all about

power and control," said Rose theme of prevention, some domestic violence, Taylor ex-

Taylor, a representative for Safe
Space Foundation, a non-profit
organization dedicated to help-
ing domestic violence victims.
"Domestic violence has nothing
to do with love."
According to Officer Mariline
Nelson, victims stay for a va-
riety of reasons including be-
cause they have children, be-
cause they own property and
other assets with their abusers
or simply because they have no
access to any funds.
In keeping with the event's

speakers also explained the ori-
gins of many abusive relation-
"Before the domestic violence
even gets physical, the abuser
will beat down your self-esteem
and typically people will pick on
victims who already have low
self-esteem," said Nelson. And,
"once he beats you down psy-
chologically, then he will beat
you down physically."
And lest people believe that
they are immune or that they
would never become victims of

plained that this form of abuse
affects everyone across racial,
economic, age and even gender
"A lot of people have become
so accustomed to some forms
of abuse that they have become
desensitized," she said, not-
ing that even cursing or yelling
.at someone is a form of verbal
She further explained, "And
once you open yourself to one
type of abuse than it's easier to
abuse you."

Mack: A true heavenly gift brings peace and joy

continued from 12B

"When I see someone who has
been set free and then they go
back into the world and they
allow the enemy to devour
their life and are made to feel
like they have no purpose,"
'she said.
Mack works hard to reach
and counsel everyone who
seeks help, but she realizes
that her reach is limited.
"In the end, everyone has to
make up their own mind," she

Born and raised in the Pen-
tecostal church, Mack has had
several different ministerial
role models including Elder
Norman McCray, Sr., Joyce
Meyers and Apostle Benjamin
Boykin. Each possesses dif-
ferent traits that she admires
such as transparency, humil-
ity and wisdom.
As for Mack herself she be-
lieves that it is her straight-
forwardness and down-to-
Earth ways that allow her to
share and connect with others
about the Gospel.
"What I normally do when
I'm bringing the word is to do

so in such a way that they can
understand it by using my life
testimonies," she said.
From an abrupt ending to
her 17-year marriage, to life-
changing illness to sudden
and unexpected deaths of
loved ones, Mack tells wor-
shippers that she has suf-
fered as they have suffered.
However, she credits her
survival to her constant
faith in God.
"By me trusting and be-
lieving in his word, that's
what pulled me through
and that's what is still pull-
ing me through," the minis-

ter explained.
Although the native Miam-
ian believes in the importance
of. determination and perse-
verance, she has also had
to learn to distinguish when
something is meant for her
from God and when it is not.
"When something is so
stressful or when something
is so heavy that you don't have
peace, then it's not a bless-
ing from God," she explained.
"Through my walk with Him
and by listening to His voice,
He has let me know if and
when I need to press harder
or be still."

Young reveals the secrets to her life's longevity

continued from 12B

1962 .they had one child,
Sandra Dell Young.
Sardra, 59, says her moth-
er always taught her the im-
portance of keeping a clean
"Because you never know
who you have to bring home,
that's what [my mother] al-

ways said," Sandra recalled.
During her adult life, Young
was able to help support her
family working as a maid in
South Florida. But she al-
ways made time for her faith
and spiritual life. Originally a
member of Mt. Tabor Mission-
ary Baptist Church, Young
later joined Antioch Mission-
ary Baptist Church and regu-
larly attended services for as

long as she was able. She is
still doing well, both mentally
and physically and says he is
enjoying her twilight years by
taking it easy.
Once an "avid" baseball fan,
among her favorite activities
today is enjoying the cuisine
of local fast food restaurants.
She enjoys Wendy's and Pop-
eyes and "her appetite is hu-
mongous," said Young's son-

in-law James Gardner.
However, Young has always
understood the connection
between following a healthy
diet to remaining healthy and
living a long life.
When asked what was the
secret to her living so long,
Young replied that it is "due
to hard work" and "eating col-
lard greens, butter beans and

Can a feeding ministry heal an entire community?

continued from 12B

manages to provide grocer-
ies and meals to an average of
6,000 people every month.
"We noticed that every time
we opened our doors more and
more people would come," said
Rev. Ronae Cambridge of Glory
Temple Ministries.
According to her husband,
Bishop Franklin Cambridge,
the desire to feed the commu-
nity stemmed from a "very sim-
ple" concept.
"If I'm not hungry, I can go
out and look for a job; if I'm not
hungry, I can go out and find
a mate; if I'm not hungry I can
go out and find a house," he
explained. "But if I'm hungry
then none of that is possible."
His wife expands upon his
theory using terms that are

more often associated with
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs -
a pyramid that demonstrates
that physiological needs such
as the need for food, water and
sleep must be met before hu-
mans will concern themselves
with other needs ranging from
security and relationships to
"Unless the basic needs can
be met, then people can't be all
that they can be," she said.

The origins for Glory Temple
Ministries food giveaway sup-
plies were humble.
At first, food that was given
away was bought by or sup-
plied by the church's members
or charitable donations by lo-
cal grocery stores. But in 2007,
the Cambridges decided to for-

mally structure their feeding
ministry. Among their innova-
tions was to become a distribu-
tion agency for Feeding South
Florida, a non-profit food bank.
Now half of the food that is giv-
en out is provided by the USDA
and the church is able to pro-
vide boxes of up to 60 pounds
of food for each person and 600
hot meals to those people who
sign up to participate in their
food ministries. Food is largely
given away on Thursdays al-
though there is limited distri-
bution done on Saturdays as
well. And the programs that
the church offers has been
expanded to include two feed-
ing programs: the Senior Har-
vest Program for senior citi-
zens and the food program for
patients suffering from HIV/
AIDS, as well as a community
soup kitchen and a community

food pantry.
Of course, one of the prob-
lems with having a popular
ministry is that demand often
outstrips resources.
"We're a small congregation
and we try to make sure we
have enough resources," she
said. "But we could use some
Nonetheless, what Glory
Temple Ministries provides
continues to impact countless
men, women and children.
Forty-year old Eaugene Ed-
monds has been relying on
Glory Temples Ministries food
services for almost a year now.
She has appreciated the ser-
vice that she received.
"They're nice people and
when you come here to Glory
Temple, you're in good hands
and you're welcomed," Ed-
monds said.

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 Sun-
day Bible School at 9:30 a.m.
followed by Worship Services
at 11 a.m. 954 981-1832.

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance hosts a Mar-
riage Counseling Workshop
every Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Appointment necessary. 786-

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 p.m.

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

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

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of
the Apostolic Faith Church,
Inc. will be starting a New
Bereavement Support Group
beginning on the 2nd and 4th

Wednesday of each month
from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. 786-488-

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

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

The Women's Depart-
ment of A Mission With
A New Beginning Church
sponsors a Community Feed-
ing every second Saturday of
the month, from 10 a.m. un-
til all the food has been given
out. For location and addition-
al details, call 786-371-3779.

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

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

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center welcomes every-
one to their Wednesday Bible
Study at 7 p.m. 305-623-

God Word God Way, in-
vites you to pastor's confer-
ence with the great preachers
apostles, bishops and pastors,
7:30 p.m. nightly. 786-326-

Musical Concert
The Wimberly Sisters Out- Wimberly Sisters, Dynamic
reach Inc. are sponsoring a mu- Stars, Freeman Singers, Min-
sical program on Sunday, April ister Singers, Soul Seekers,
1 at The Holy Cross MBC, 1555 Miami Rescue Bands, Golden
NW 93 Terrace at 3 p.m. Bells, Spirituals, Elder Wright
The program will feature and many others.

In Appreciation
The formal presentation of tended to me. The honor was a
the 2012-13 Miami Dade Coun- peak experience, and I give all
ty African American History the Glory to God.
Calendar was a very significant The Black Archives Histo-
event. As one of its twelve hon- ry and Research Foundation,
orees, it is with humility that Inc., AT&T, The Miami Herald,
I express great appreciation to and El Nuevo Herald are highly
everyone that attended: includ- commended for their consis-
ing my former students, family tent mission in sponsoring and
and friends. preserving the history of Black
Thanks also, for many con- people in South Florida.
gratulations and accolades ex- Georgiana Johnson Bethel

At-risk youth learn new skills

conitnued from 12B

than taking drugs or alcohol.
It teaches them that "instead
of doing something negative
you can do something positive
in your spare time," according
to Styles. "We try to show them
things that are cost effective to
show them that you don't have
to be rich to have a good time."
Since its inception, the pro-
gram has helped over 300

youth, according to Styles.
The program provides activi-
ties and supervision on Sat-
urdays as well as after school
from 3 to 7 p.m.
"Based on statistics, children
tend to get involved in things
they shouldn't after school so
those are the reasons we chose
those hours," she said.
For more information or to re-
fer a youth to the program, con-
tact Styles at 305-635-7444,
ext. 5267.


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Lamont Lewis, a g
ing senior at Florids
rial University (FMU
earned a Trustee's ]
Scholarship to Chic
logical Seminary. TI
United Church of C
affiliated institution
prominent alumni i
civil-rights champic
Jesse L. Jackson, S
religion and philosc
dent, attributes his
divine providence.
"After spending se
years in the fashion
try, I decided to pur
passion for religion
torically Black colle

student wins scholarship to prestigious seminary
raduat- said. "God sent me to Florida active Black scholars and "We believe every student to share that message with Af-
a Memo- Memorial University." theologians," like program can learn," said Makola rican-Americans. I want them
J), recently Lewis wanted a first-hand, chair, Nathaniel Holmes, Abdullah, FMU's provost and to know that if God delivered
Prize Merit educational experience featur- Ph.D. vice president for Academic them, he can deliver us, too."
ago Theo- ing Black identity and Black "Our advantage is that we Affairs." We aim to provide Lewis added: "I am grateful
he famed contributions to scholarship. are not simply a Religion pro- opportunities for outstand- for the scholarship and I'm
'hrist- "FMU gave me a sense of gram. We are a Religion and ing students and give them a looking forward to the semi-
n boasts pride, a greater appreciation Philosophy program, which family atmosphere in which to nary experience." After com-
including of our struggle and the true makes our students more blossom." pleting his studies, he hopes to
on the Rev. meaning of slavery," Lewis competitive for their respec- During his graduate stud- return to South Florida's only
3r. Lewis, a said. "Learning about how tive pursuits," Holmes said. ies, Lewis plans to focus historically Black college.
ophy stu- our five founders overcame "We embrace and care for our on Black Liberation Theol- "I want to thank the entire
success to many obstacles to start this. students by making sure they ogy. His experiences at FMU FMU administration, staff and
school was very inspiring." have the spiritual, psychologi- shaped his ministerial and faculty for giving me lessons
several The Chicago-native also cal and mental support they academic focus. on life and how to live," Lewis
i indus- relished the opportunity to, need to succeed." "The bible records signifi- said. "I want to come back to
rsue my "glean wisdom, knowledge This viewpoint shapes the cant contributions from our Florida Memorial to teach and
at a his- and understanding of religion university's educational ap- people, dating back to our establish an African-American
;ge," Lewis doctrine and spirituality from LAMONT LEWIS proach and philosophy, time in Africa," he said. "I want Institute for Religious Studies."

Happy birthday!

Organizations provide

books MDC's 3-yr olds

The Early Learning Coalition
of Miami-Dade/Monroe has
partnered with The Children's
Trust and their Read to Learn
Book Club to provide free
books to three-year-olds in
Miami-Dade County. When a
child turns three years of age,
they become eligible to receive
a library of books (one free
book every month for a year).
"The Early Learning Coali-
tion of Miami-Dade/Monroe
is excited to be a partner with
The Children's Trust Read to
Learn Book Club," said Evelio
Torres, President and CEO of,
the Early Learning Coalition
of Miami-Dade/Monroe. "We
are happy to get involved with
other community organizations
that understand the value of
reaching out to the parents
and children of our area to give
them the support and tools
required to encourage early
The Early Learning Coalition

of Miami-Dade/Monroe pro-
motes School Readiness, Vol-
untary Prekindergarten (VPK)
and quality initiatives with the
goal of increasing all children's
chances of achieving future
educational success. Literacy
is implemented in early child-
hood curriculum for children
enrolled in programs from
birth to five. A child's early
experience with reading and
writing creates a foundation
for the skills needed to read.
To register for The Children's
Trust Read to Learn Book
Club, visit www.thechildren-
strust.org or call 305-891-
READ. Parents can register
their children) well in advance
of their third birthday, so as
soon as the child turns three,
the books will automatically
start arriving to the home.
For more information on
the Early Learning Coalition
of Miami-Dade/Monroe, visit

Scott signs "inspirational message" law


promise to

challenge new


By John Kennedy

Gov. Rick Scott signed
legislation last Friday likely to
stir another costly courtroom
and cultural clash in Florida
over school prayer.
The measure, which Scott
signed without comment,
authorizes school boards to
develop policies for students
to deliver "inspirational mes-
sages," at assemblies from
kindergarten through high
Administrators, teachers,
coaches and other school per-
sonnel would be prohibited
from reviewing the message
or editing its contents. Sip'-
porters said that provision
assures the measure side-
steps a constitutional ban
on government-sponsored
prayer, although opponents
deny it.
"This is a historical day
in the state of Florida," said
Sen. Gary Siplin, an Orlando

and spon-
sor of the
(SB 98). .
"After 50
years, our ,
will be able
to partici-
pate in a SCOTT
of inspirational speeches,
including prayer."
A pair of U.S. Supreme
Court rulings in 1962 and
1963 effectively ended the
practice of school prayer as
an unconstitutional violation
of a First Amendment pro-
hibition against state-estab-
lished religion.
Critics said the legislation
by Siplin and House sponsor,
Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-
Keystone Heights, is equally
unconstitutional. The ACLU
said it makes students sub-
ject to unwanted prayer and
proselytizing as a condition of
attending public school.
'The Legislature has made
it clear their plan is to entice
local districts to create un-
necessary, unconstitutional
and religiously divisive policy
and get sued -- and pass the
buck on the legal bills to the


school districts," said Howard
Simon, executive director of
ACLU of Florida.
"School districts need to
know the path ahead is costly
and unproductive, and that
they don't have to take it," he
The ACLU, Anti-Defamation
League, and Americans Unit-
ed for Separation of Church
and State sent letters to
Florida's 67 school districts,

warning about the legal mine-
field they could be entering if
they enact such a policy.
The ACLU, which has sued
the state's Republican leaders
over drug-testing and voting-
law changes, said two law-
suits in recent years involv-
ing the Santa Rosa County
School District's prayer
policies cost county taxpayers
at least $500,000 in fees and

Can FCAT power bar raise test scores?

Boynton Beach


students to

raise scores

By Marc Freeman

At least one South Florida
campus is hoping that feed-
ing students a "special brain
snack" will trick them into
thinking it will boost their
FCAT performance.
From skydiving to mohawk
hair cuts, school principals
have tried various stunts
to pump up test scores.
The latest? Administrators
at Hagen Road Elementary
want kids to think eating an
"FCAT power bar" will guar-
antee great results on the
exams starting Tuesday -


r~u, r,

in the same way the "placebo
effect" allows medical pa-
tients to swallow sugar pills
as fake treatments to spark
Robert De Gennaro, a
teacher and lead union rep-

resentative, said he expects
plenty of "dirty tricks" to be
forced on teachers whose
paychecks increasingly de-
pend on student test scores.
"If you were given a choice
between your salary and

hoodwinking kids, which
would you choose?" he
Richard Hughes, principal
of the school west of Boyn-
ton Beach, was not on cam-
pus Monday and could not
be reached for comment.
Hagen Road Elementary's
placebo is an apple-flavored
cereal bar, with the label:
"Warning: Improves Writing
The writing portion of the
Florida Comprehensive As-
sessment Test, a 45-minute
essay, will be given state-
wide, for fourth-, eighth- and
10th-graders. The reading,
math and science sections
follow in April.
Broward testing chief Paul
Houchens says his district
simply promotes a healthy
"It's a lot easier to test on a
full stomach," he said.

School officials misbehave in Palm Beach


By Jason Schultz

Three Palm Beach County
School District employees
face suspension after alleg-
edly being caught leaving a
noose by a time clock at the
district in November.
The school board will
vote on Wednesday on a.
proposal to suspend Electri-
cian Keith Sill, and Electri-
cal Equipment Technician
Raymond Nichols for 10
days each and Electronic
Equipment Foreman Gerald
Workman for three days in
connection with the inci-
dent. The proposal would

also demote Workman from
foreman to electrician.
According to a school
district report, on Nov. 18,
2011 an employee found
the noose hanging by a time
clock. The report does not
disclose in exactly which
department the noose was
found. The employee, who
was not identified, reported
the incident and a district
human relations official
reviewed surveillance video
and discovered that Nich-
ols, Sills and Workman
were involved in the inci-
According to the report,

Nichols later admitted to
tying the noose when ques-
tioned. Workman, Sill and
Nichols all declined to com-
ment when reached by The
Palm Beach Post about the
incident. Nichols said his
union, the. Service Employ-
ees International Union,
was handling the matter.
The local spokeswoman
for the union, Afifa Khaliq,
could not be immediately
reached for comment. Dis-
trict Employee Relations
Director Sandra Gero also
could not be immediately
reached for comment.
The report says the sus-

pensions would be effective
April 13 but that all three
men would have the right to
This is not the first time a
noose has become an issue
in Palm Beach County in
recent months. In January,
West Palm Beach officials
investigated an incident
where an unidentified
person left pictures of
people hanging from trees
and poles with ropes tied
around their necks on a city
work truck. Those pictures
had the names of five black
and Hispanic employees at-
tached to them.





Five health benefits of gardening

The love for gardening spans
generations. Just about any-
one can dig, plant, and pull up
weeds, and the rewards of your
efforts sprout and blossom
before your eyes at harvest
time. Gardening's benefits ex-
tend beyond baskets of veggies
or flowers nestled in a vase.
Gardening enriches your body,
your diet, and your spirit.
Working in the garden pro-
vides you with an outdoors
fitness alternative. Rather
than schlepping to the gym
and plodding on the treadmill,
you might push a lawnmower
under sunny skies. Instead of
lifting weights, you dig into the
soil while listening to a bird's
Gardening's bone-building
benefits are predictable in the
same way we know weight
training can help build bones.
The related tasks require your
body to shift and move from
position to position engag-
ing many muscle groups and
challenging your joint flex-
ibility and strength. During
a gardening session, a safe
and healthy gardener would
alternate between lifting,
stretching, walking, kneeling,
climbing, raking, weeding, and
Pass an hour tending to
your general gardening tasks -
turning the soil, planting, hoe-
ing and you're likely to burn
about 250 calories. Get down
and dirty, dredging, digging, .
and weeding, and you'll shed a
good 350 calories. That's more
than you'd lose in an hour of
brisk fitness walking, and you
may get a bundle of carrots
or some fresh tomatoes in
exchange for your effort.
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In a survey by garden company W. Atlee Burpee on the perceived benefits of gardening, an over-
whelming majority reported gardening to be good for managing stress, staying fit and making
healthy food choices.

from your garden, your diet
may become more nutritious.
People who have their hands
in the growth process of their
food tend to eat more vegeta-
bles, fruits, and fresh herbs:
When you watch tomatoes
mature from small green buds
to full blush-red fruits, you're
more likely to slice them up
into a salad or stew them into
a soup.
A happier, calmer state of
.mind may be another benefit

Two studies find routine

mammography saves lives

Two long-term studies from the
Netherlands suggest that routine
mammography screening does save
women's lives.
One of the longest national breast
cancer screening programs in the
world led to a significant drop in
deaths and caused limited harm,
such as false-positive results and
over-diagnosis, according to one of
the new studies.
Another study found that regular
mammography screening helped
save lives even after adjusting for
improvements in breast cancer
"These results show why mam-
mography is such an effective
screening tool," said one U.S.
expert, Dr. Kristin Byrne, chief of
breast imaging at Lenox Hill Hos-
pital in New York City. She was not
involved in the new research.
Both studies were slated to be
presented Wednesday at the Euro-
pean Breast Cancer Conference in
Vienna, Austria.
In one study, researchers ana-
lyzed data collected during the
first 20 years of the mammography
breast cancer screening program
launched in the Netherlands in
"Compared with the pre-screening
period 1986 to 1988, deaths from
breast cancer among women aged
55-79 fell by 31 percent in 2009,"
Jacques Fracheboud, a senior re-
searcher at the Erasmus University
Medical Center in Rotterdam, said
in a meeting news release.
"We found there was a significant

change in the annual increase in
breast cancer deaths: before the
screening program began, deaths
were increasing by 0.3 percent a
year, but afterwards there was an
annual decrease of 1.7 percent," he
added. "This change also coincided
with a significant decrease in the
rates of breast cancers that were
at an advanced stage when first
Most Dutch women seemed ame-
nable to regular mammography.
Over the first 20 years of the screen-
ing program, 16.6 million personal
invitations for breast cancer screen-
ing were sent to 3.6 million women
ages 50-75 (the present screening
age in the Netherlands). Overall
acceptance during that time was
80 percent, increasing from 73.5
percent in 1990 to 81.5 percent in
During that time, 13.2 million
breast cancer screening examina-
tions were performed among 2.9
million women (an average of 4.6
examinations per woman), resulting
in nearly 180,000 referral recom-
mendations, nearly 96,000 biopsies
and more than 66,000 breast can-
cer diagnoses.
For a woman who was 50 in 1990
and had 10 screenings over 20
years, the cumulative risk of a false-
positive result (something being
detected that turned out not to be
breast cancer) was 6 percent.
Over-diagnosis (detection of
breast tumors that would never
have progressed to be a problem)
Please turn to ROUTINE 18B

you take away from gardening.
An actual clinical profession
exists, called horticultural
therapy, in which people in
places like rehabilitation pro-
grams, nursing homes, and
hospitals engage in gardening
tasks as part of their treat-
ment plan. Maybe it's the sun-
shine that boosts a gardener's
mood. Maybe digging in the
soil restores our connection to
our senses and to the natural
world. Maybe being part of

creating something, something
beneficial or beautiful, leads
to feelings of contentment.
Maybe the poet Ralph Waldo
Emerson was on to something
when he wrote that the "Earth
laughs in flowers."
In addition to these, if you
have a family, introducing
your children to gardening will
get them moving and exercis-
ing, setting them up for a good
health routine when they get

New blood test

may predict

heart attack

By By Denise Mann

A new blood test may be able to predict a
heart attack before it actually happens, the
test's developers claim.
Doctors traditionally rely on treadmill stress .
tests to predict heart attacks, which can tell
if there is a blockage in the coronary arteries
but not whether or when that blockage might
rupture and cause a heart attack.
Enter the new blood test.
Individuals with high levels of misshapen cir-
culating endothelial cells (CECs) coming from
the lining of blood vessels may be at imminent
risk for having a heart attack, the researchers
"We never had a way to predict a heart at-
tack, but we are good at diagnosing it," said
study author Dr. Eric Topol, of Scripps Trans-
lational Science Institute in San Diego. "This
new test is the beginning of a very important
advance, and is filling a major unmet need."
Topol has filed for a patent on the technol-
ogy used to measure CECs, along with the
companies that are developing it. He said he
hopes the test will be available in the next 18
The findings appear in the March 21 issue of
the journal Science Translational Medicine.
The study included 50 heart attack patients
and 44 healthy volunteers. Researchers used
fluorescent images to show that CECs from
heart attack patients look much different
those seen in healthy individuals. According
to the study, the levels of these blood cells
seen in people at risk for heart attack may be
more than 400 percent higher than in healthy
As to when the numbers of CECs start to
rise to detectable levels, "the outer window is a
couple of weeks, and we think it is about one
week on average," Topol said. "Once we have
cells in the blood, the heart attack is not going
to occur in the next few minutes. We have at
least a few days."
And therein lies the window of opportunity.
"If we can prevent the blood clot, we prevent
the heart attack," Topol said.
Topol noted that the test could be useful in
emergency rooms, when people are admitted
with chest pains but traditional tests come
back normal.
However, two experts say it's too soon to tell
whether this test could do better.
"This may be a novel biomarker for heart at-
tack risk," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, direc-
tor of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill
Hospital, in New York City. But "the new test is
not ready for prime time."
Unless and until more studies confirm the
test's ability to predict heart attack, she said,
"prevention really comes down to managing
risk factors for heart attack." This includes
eating a healthy diet, making sure blood pres-
sure and cholesterol are where they should be,
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Obesity surgery can ease

the evidence of diabetes

By Liz Szabo

CHICAGO Obesity surgery
can reverse the signs of diabe-
tes, according to a small new
study, allowing many patients
to quickly reach normal blood-
sugar levels while reducing or
eliminating their need for in-
sulin or other medications.
In the study of 150 patients
with Type 2 diabetes, 42 per-
cent of those randomly as-
signed to the stomach-reduc-
ing surgery saw their blood
sugar drop to normal levels,
according to research pre-
sented in Chicago at the an-
nual meeting of the American
College of Cardiology. Some
patients who had the opera-
tions, called bariatric surgery,
improved so rapidly that they
went off their diabetes medi-
cations before leaving the hos-
pital, says lead investigator
Philip Schauer, a professor
of surgery and director of the
Bariatric and Metabolic Insti-
tute at the Cleveland Clinic.
High blood sugar increases
the risk of diabetic complica-
tions, such as heart attacks,
kidney failure, amputations
and blindness. Patients be-
gan the study with very high
blood sugar, as measured by
a test called hemoglobin Ale,
or HAlc. Patients' average
baseline HAlc levels were 9.2
percent; a level of 6 percent or
lower is considered healthy.
After surgery, nearly half
reached about that level.
The result is simply stun-
ning," says co-author Ste-
ven Nissen, chairman of car-
diovascular medicine at the
Cleveland Clinic. But he adds
he's reluctant to say that the
operation cured diabetes, be-
cause patients have only been
followed for a year. But from
a biochemical point of view,

they were no longer diabetic."
Patients were randomly
assigned to one of three
treatments, says the study,
published in the New
England Journal of Medicine.
One involved drugs and
counseling; another had "
sleeve gastrectomy" surgery
to remove up to 80 percent
of the stomach; and another
got medications and a more
extensive surgery called
gastric bypass, which reduces
the stomach to 2 percent to
3 percent of its former size,
then reconnects it to the small
Patients treated with
intensive medications
improved, but not as much.
About 12 percent achieved a
normal blood sugar, the study
Yet surgery poses risks,
Schauer says. The most
common complications in the
study were dehydration and
The study was primarily
funded by Ethicon Endo-
Surgery, a surgical device
Doctors can't explain
why surgery had an almost
immediate effect on patients'
blood sugar and hormone
levels, says co-author
Sangeeta Kashyap. But the
study suggests a key role
for hormones made by the
digestive tract. She notes that
overweight people often, stop
making important hormones
that help regulate insulin.
Brian Sabowitz, a bariatric
specialist from San Antonio,
says the fact that diabetes
resolves so quickly suggests
that surgery has effects that
go beyond weight loss or
simply discouraging patients
from eating. Still, he says he'd
like to see longer-term data.

Can an aspirin a day

keep cancer away?

By Dr. Lawrence Borges
and Dr. Alethea Turner

A daily aspirin may cut
your nsk of cancer, ne\ re-
search suggests. But doctors
advise that there's no reason
for everyone to start taking
it at least not yet.
In three studies published
in the Lancet and the Lancet
Oncology on Tuesday. Brit-
ish researchers analyzed
data from more than 50
studies and found that those
who took daily aspinn for at

found that patients who
were diagnosed with local-
ized colon cancer i while
taking daily aspirin hahed
the chance that their disease
would spread
Aspirin is a relatively in-
expensive and easy-to-take
medication that millions of
Americans already use. The
U S Preventarive Serices
Task Force recommends
men between the ages of 45
and 79 take aspirin daily
to prevent heart disease.
and they also recommend

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icans prevent getting cancer, according to several studies.

least three years were less
likely to develop cancer -
and if they did, it tended to
be less advanced. Patients
who took daily aspirin were
36 percent less likely to be
diagnosed with metastatic
cancer, or cancer that had
already spread throughout
their body.
Additionally, individuals
taking aspirin for five years
or more were 15 percent less
likely to die from cancer.
Previous research had only
shown such benefits for
patients taking aspirin for
longer periods of time.
Nowhere was the evidence
stronger than it was for
colon cancer. Researchers

that women aged 55 to 79
take a daily aspirin to ward
off stroke. The notion that
this same medication may
be able to prevent cancer is
Dana Garmany of Scott-
sdale, Ariz., was not part
of this study but he did
have cancer. At the time of
his diagnosis with advanced
colon cancer, he said, his
doctors ad\ ised him to keep
taking the aspirin that he
had been taking for about a
year due to his family's his-
tory of heart disease. Today,
40 months after having the
tumor removed and receiving
chemotherapy, he remains
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Juicing can play

role in healthy diet

By Kristina Scala
The practice of juicing the
kind that involves fresh fruits and
veggies, not illegal steroids often
shows up a lot in celebrity diets,
health detox programs and organic
lifestyles. And to be sure, there are
posiuv-es to be had.
Yet, there are negatives to juic-
ing, too, and juicing at the expense
of eating real meals must be ap-
proached with caution.and com-.
mon sense.
When you think of juicing, the
first thing to come to mind may be
a healthY active lifestyle or an easy
way to lose weight.
But when you give up the other
foods your body needs on a daily
basis, it can become harmful to
your health.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, as
of 2010, 35.7 percent of the United
States population was obese.
Such news often sparks a new

flood of quick-and-easy diet
schemes, many of them incorporat-
ing juicing or juice fasting.
"I think the term is used inter-
changeably," said Heather Sylves-
ter, registered dietician at Kennedy
Hospital in Cherry Hill, N.J. "Both
can mean a liquid diet of juice and
water for a short period of time."
There are people who should not
juice fast, such as people undergo-
ing chemotherapy, diabetics, those
struggling with nutritional deficien-
cies such as iron depletion, and
those with kidney disease.
According to Sylvester, juicing or
juice fasting for those with diabe-
tes could send blood sugar levels
through the roof. For those with
kidney disease,high levels of po-
tassium and minerals can build up
in the blood to hazardous levels.
And for people undergoing chemo,
juicing is not recommended be-
cause of high levels of antioxidants
and low levels of protein.
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Children 'dying every

year from tuberculosis'

As many as 70,000 children are
dying every year from tuberculosis,
as the curable disease often goes
unnoticed due to a failure by health
workers to recognize the symptoms,
the WHO said recently.
"Often TB is undiagnosed in chil-
dren... because the symptoms in
children are not very specific," said
Malgosia Grzemska, coordinator
Tuberculosis patients in South Africa wait to see doctors in 2009. As at the World Health Organization's
manyas 70,000 children are dying every year from tuberculosis, as the Stop TB department.
many as 70,000 children are dying every year from tuberculosis, as the Unlike adults who often cough
curable disease often goes unnoticed due to a failure by health workers to incessantly when infected with the
recognize the symptoms, the WHO said Wednesday. disease; "children may not even

cough, but may just be less playful,
they may be lethargic," said Grzem-
The UN health agency's expert
said that ensuring screening of TB
for all children in households with
infected adults would help to detect
cases early.
Children living in households with
TB who are found not ill should be
given preventive therapy while those
infected should be treated early, she
said, adding that about half a mil-
lion babies and children contract
the disease annually.


Too mulLch sun can permanently dam-
age your skin and increases your risk of
developing skin cancer.
The Cleveland Clinic offers these
suggestions to help protect you from the
sun's harmful effects:
Apply sunscreen every day, even if
it's cloudy outside.
Stay out of the sun while it's stron-
gest, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants
and a hat with a wide brim when you'll
be outside for long periods.
Protect your eyes with UV light-
filtering sunglasses.

The heel is the largest of the human
foot's 26 bones. And it's no stranger to
strain and pain.
The American Podiatric Medical As-
sociation suggests how to help prevent
heel problems:
Make sure your shoes fit well and of-
fer plenty of support for the entire foot.
Make sure you wear the right shoes
for each activity.
Stop using shoes that are well worn
on the soles or heels.
Carefully warm up and stretch
before exercise, and remember to pace
Treat your body to the right foods
and plenty of rest; lose weight if you are
overweight or obese.

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continued from 16B

Garmany said he did not know
for sure whether it was the as-
pirin that prevented his can-
cer from spreading earlier. But
he said taking the aspirin has
been easy, and since it may
have helped him in his can-
cer battle as well as his heart
health, he added, "I feel like I'm

getting two-for-one."
Cancer experts contacted by
ABC News said they are excit-
ed about what these findings
might mean for future research
and treatment.
"This is very encouraging
information," says Dr. Roy
Herbst, Chief of Medical Oncol-
ogy for the Yale Cancer Center
in New Haven, Conn. "It sug-
gests that aspirin could play a
very important role in cancer

"I am intrigued by the consis-
tency of the findings and this is
something that can be imple-
mented quickly that people are
not opposed to," said Dr. Kris-
ten Moysich, professor of on-
cology at the Roswell Park Can-
cer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. "It
is an easy thing to do."
But precisely how patients
like Garmany and others might
benefit from aspirin has yet to

be fully understood, doctors
"No one knows exactly what
the mechanism is of how aspi-
rin helps prevent cancer," said
Asad'Umar, chief of the Gastro-
intestinal and Other Cancers
Research Group of the National
Cancer Institute.
Umar said aspirin's anti-in-
flammatory action might have
something to do with the bene-
fits that researchers have seen.

Juicing has great benefits, but not for everyone

continued from 18B

But juicing for a short time,
as opposed to an extended
juice-only fast, may be used by
otherwise healthy people. And,
drinking juice in place of one
meal to lose weight may work
for those without health con-
cerns, especially if it's part of a
balanced diet.
Of course, with juicing can
come with loads of sugar. If you
are looking to lose weight, but
still want to include juicing in
your diet, Sylvester advises lim-
iting to just one meal.
"Breakfast or lunch is the eas-
iest (meal to replace), but any
meal works," Sylvester said.
For breakfast, you could com-
bine fresh fruits and vegetables
with water or ice and no sweet-

eners. If you want it to be more
balanced, turn that juice into a
fruit juice smoothie by adding
low-fat yogurt or skim milk.
This way, your breakfast is
not only filling, but provides a
well-balanced, healthy break-
April Schetler, registered di-
etician at Virtua Health & Well-
ness Center, points out that
juicing eliminates much of the
fiber that fresh fruits and veg-
etables carry. However, juicing
does provide vitamins, miner-
als and antioxidants found in
fruits and veggies. It also hy-
"Juicing can be a great addi-
tion to a health diet when used
in moderation, Schetler said
by email. "Instead of reaching
for a soda to beat the after-
noon slump, a glass of freshly

squeezed juice may be a better
Juicing has many positives
when it is done in moderation
as part of a healthy lifestyle,
says Anthony Gentleski, owner
of Animo Juice & Burrito Bar in
Haddonfield, N.J.
"If you allow yourself to eat
whole, raw fruits and vegeta-
bles ... it is more satisfying, and
will likely allow you to stay with
it for a longer amount of time,"
Gentleski said.
Gentleski, his brother Joe
and sister Maria created Ani-
mo with the aim of providing
healthy, quick-serve foods and
juices free of preservatives and
synthetic ingredients.
Gentleski believes including
juicing and whole fruits and
vegetables in a diet along with
exercise and no processed or

artificial foods is the way to go.
At one point, 'Gentleski tried
a three-day juicing diet. "Now
I'm more likely to do a one-day
juice fast once in a while to give
my digestive system a break,"
Gentleski said.
If you hate the taste of veg-
gies, juicing vegetables with
your favorite fruit will help you
consume your daily intake of
veggies, he says.
Slowly weaning your taste
buds away from fatty foods and
a mass amount of sugar will
turn cravings toward healthier
"Slowly, your body will adapt
to your new, health-conscious
way of eating, and you will be-
gin craving fresh fruit and veg-
etable juice, instead of greasy,
fat and sugar-laden foods,"
Gentleski said.

Sailing used as means of healing patients

continued from 17B
caregivers, aligns with Sailing
Heals. Our goal is to help re-
store health and hope, with
support and compassion. We
are excited about this oppor-
tunity.to celebrate life on the
beautiful open waters of South
Florida with some of our pa-
tients and hospital staff."
The primary goal of Sailing
Heals is to give individuals,
and the people who care for
them, a memorable and uplift-

ing shared experience on the
water while allowing them to
enjoy a respite from the reali-
ties of their present illness or
situation. The organization's
second aim is to bring the
great sport of sailing and the
healing properties of the water
to individuals who might or-
dinarily not be exposed to its
benefits, such as underprivi-
leged youth or military veter-
ans. .The organization aims to
be a charity of choice for sail-
ing and boating enthusiasts in
general, who are keen to give

back to others and share their
passion for their sport.
Founded in partnership
with leading luxury Italian
watch maker Officine Panerai,
Sailing Heals was formed in
2011 in conjunction with the
North American Circuit of the
Panerai Classic Yachts Chal-
lenge as a way to give back to
the communities who support
the annual regattas. This year,
Panerai has expanded their
respite sails into South Flori-
da in celebration of Panerai's
new boutiques in Bal Harbour,

Boca Raton and Palm Beach,
and as a way to give back to
those area residents who have
suffered a health setback.
Panerai and Sailing Heals are
pleased to be able to extend
the rejuvenating benefits that
a day on the sea can offer to
patients of North Shore Medi-
cal Center.
To learn more about the
broad range of services of-
fered by North Shore Medical
Center's Cancer Center, please
visit www.northshoremedical.
com or call 305-835-6000.

Mammograms are essential

continued from 16B
occurred in 2.8 percent of all
breast cancers diagnosed in the
total female population and 8.9
percent of screening-detected
breast cancers.
The study also found that
the screening program had
reasonable costs.
"We are convinced that the
benefits of the screening pro-
gram outweigh all the negative
effects," Fracheboud said.
Byrne agreed that the statis-
tics were impressive. Regular
screening "decreases deaths
by over 30 percent, [with]
limited harm and reason-
able costs. Additionally, can-
cers are detected at an earlier
stage, which means not only
decreased mortality but also
morbidity; the patient may not
have to have chemotherapy or
a mastectomy," she noted.
In the second study, Dutch
researchers found that even
after accounting for improved
treatments for breast cancer,
mammography screening pro-
grams still saved a significant
number of lives.
The researchers found that
adjuvant therapy (treatment
given in addition to primary
therapy such as surgery) re-
duced breast cancer deaths
by about 14 percent in 2008
compared to no treatment.
However, they also found that
breast cancer screening every
two years reduced deaths by
an additional 15.7 percent.

Using a computer model-
ing program, the research-
ers estimated that adjuvant
treatment reduced breast
cancer deaths from 67.4 to
about 58 per 100,000 women
years (cumulative years dur-
ing which study participants
were followed). The addition of
screening for women ages 50-
75 further reduced deaths to
about 49 per 100,000 women
years. This means that adju-
vant therapy plus screening
reduced deaths by a total of
27.4 percent.
If screening were extended
to women ages 40-49, deaths
would be reduced by a fur-
ther 5.1 percent, according to
Rianne de Gelder, a graduate
student and researcher at the
Erasmus University Medical
"The effectiveness of breast
cancer screening has been
heavily debated in the last
couple of years. One of the ar-
guments that critics have is
that, since breast cancer pa-
tients can be treated so effec-
tively with adjuvant therapy,
the relative effects of screening
become smaller and smaller,"
de Gelder explained in a meet-
ing news release.
However, "our study shows
that, even in the presence of
adjuvant therapy, mammogra-
phy screening (between age 50
.and 75) is highly effective in
reducing breast cancer deaths
and, in fact, is slightly more
effective than adjuvant treat-
ment," she said.

New test predicts heart attacks

continued from 16B

not smoking and exercising reg-
Dr. Barry Kaplan, vice chair-,
man of cardiology at North
Shore University Hospital in
Manhasset, N.Y., and Long Is-
land Jewish Medical Center in
New Hyde Park, N.Y, agreed
that more study is needed to
validate what role this new test

can have in predicting heart at-
"It may have potential to be
predictive, but we do not know
when these cells become abnor-
mal in relation to when a heart
attack occurs," he said. "All we
have now is decreasing risks,
particularly cigarette smoking
and cholesterol levels. This is
the best way to decrease the
probability- of a plaque rupture
that will cause a heart attack."

Remember: see your

doctor for your

annual checkup!


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NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer dies

Influential civil-

rights lawyer
By Dennis Hevesi

John Payton, who as presi-
dent.of the NAACP Legal De-
fense and Educational Fund
guided it to several major victo-
ries before the Supreme Court,
died on Thursday in Baltimore.
He was 65 and lived in Wash-
Named president in 2008,
Payton was the defense fund's
sixth leader since it became a
separate entity from the Na-
tional Association for the Ad-
vancement of Colored People in
1940. He had been active in the
civil rights movement since his
days at Pomona College in the
In 2010, he was the lead at-
torney for the plaintiffs in Lew-
is v. City of Chicago, in which
a group of African-Americans

seeking to be firefighters con-
tended that they had properly
filed a charge of discrimination
against the city.
In a statement on Friday,
President Obama called Payton
"a true champion of equality"
who had "helped protect civil
rights in the classroom and at
the ballot box."
In 2003, while he was in pri-
vate practice, Payton was the

lead counsel for the University
of Michigan in defending the
use of race as a factor in admis-
sions for its law school.
A critical point of contention
in the case, Grutter v. Bollinger,
was whether a diverse student
body was of compelling interest
to the state. "In order to achieve
this broad diversity, we must
take race and ethnicity into
account," Payton argued. In a

5-to-4 decision, the Supreme
Court upheld the affirmative-
action policy.
In 2010, the National Law
Journal named Payton to its list
of "The Decade's Most Influen-
tial Lawyers."
John Adolphus Payton was
born in Los Angeles on Dec. 27,
1946, to John and Ida Mae Pay-
ton. Payton enrolled at Pomona
College in 1965. At that time,
he was one of only a handful of
Black students in the five col-
leges in Claremont, Calif.
Payton is survived by his wife
of 20 years, Gay McDougall;
two sisters, Janette Oliver and
Susan Grissom; and a brother,
Glenn Spears.
"Democracy, at its core, re-
quires that all of the people
be included in 'We the people,'
"Payton said in a 2008 speech
in Michigan. "For that inclusive
democracy to function, it is es-
sential that we see each other
as peers."

Bishop Adams celebrates two years with St. John

St. John Institutional Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, one of
Miami's fastest growing minis-
tries, is preparing to host the
second anniversary of its Pas-
tor, Bishop James Dean Adams.
The festivities will commence
with a Black and White Ban-
quet and Extravaganza on this
Friday, March 30 at 6:30pm.
This black-tie event, held at
the church, will include a live
band, as well as presentations
from public officials and parish-
Thereafter, several local pas-
tors will lead joint worship ser-
vices with St. John. Beginning
Sunday, April 15, Pastor Ed-
die Lake of the Greater Bethel
A.M.E. Church will deliver the

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11 a.m. sermon. Pastor Gaston
Smith and the congregation of
the Friendship Baptist Church

will worship with the St. John
family at 4 p.m.
The following Sunday, April
22, Pastor Wayne Lomax of The
Fountain of Life Ministry, will
deliver the 11 a.m. sermon at
St. John, and Pastor Johnny
L. Barber, Moderator of the
Florida East Coast Baptist As-
sociation, and the parishioners
of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
will join St. John for at a special
4 p.m. service.
The pastoral appreciation
will be a family affair as Bishop
Adams and his wife, Alesia Ad-
ams, will host a Rite of Passage
Ceremony for their son, Jordan
Dean Adams, on this Sunday,
April 1 at 11 a.m.
Jordan, a 16-year-old junior

at Centennial High School in
Corona, California, has been
preparing for this moment for
the past year by completing as-
signments geared towards char-
acter building, spiritual growth,
community service, and leader-
ship development.
St. John is enjoying its 105th
year of ministry in the Over-
town Community. Since re-
locating from Corona, CA to
Miami in 2010, Bishop Adams
has continued the legacy of St.
John's former pastors who have
all been community leaders and
champions for social justice
and equality in the Greater Mi-
ami community. The church is
located at 1328 N.W. Third Av-
enue, Miami.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

01/17/1942 03/25/2011

We will always miss you.
From your wife and family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

04/36/1936 03/26/2011

Miss you so much.
Love your kids.

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Richardson Wright and Young Hall Ferguson Hewitt Happy Birthday In Memoriam In Memoriam

JR., 53, code I

died March 20
at Mt. Sinai
Hospital. t
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
March 31 in the
chapel. Wake
and repast will
be held at 4764 NW
Miami, FL.

Gregg L. Ma

AMES, 55,

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March 26
at Aventura
Hospital .
Service 6 p.m.,
Friday in the

DAVID MILLS, SR., 58, carpen-
ter, died March 19 at Mt. Sinai Hos-
pital. Services were held.

Carey Royal Ram'n
cashier, died
March 22.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Church of The

Roberts Poitier
ALFRED PAULK JR., 31, gar-
dener, died
March 19 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Satur- .
day in the cha- ,

LELA E. YOUNG, 93, c
died March --
20 at Jackson
Hospital North. .
Litany/viewing ,
7 10 p.m.,
Wednesday I,
March 28 at St.
Agnes Episcopal
Church. Service
11 a.m., Thursday at S
Episcopal Church, 1750
Avenue, Overtown.

retired nurse,
S died March
S 22 at North
Beach Rehab.
11 Avenue, i n c I u d e :
Teretha, Alma
Jean, Alisha,
Willie, David and 19 grand
ison Viewing in the chapel. Se
m q;i t I Irrla March 31

retired x-ray
VA Hospital,
died March
21. Survivors
children, Sheryl
James Angelo
(Tonia) and Michael Hampton
(Joan), Janice Hameed (Abdur-
Rahim), Ronald(Madelyn),
Matthew(Sharon) and Tammy
Hampton; one brother, five sisters,
and a host of other relatives and
friends. Visitation, 5-8 p.m., Friday.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
Cornerstone Christian Center, 450
South State Road 7, Hollywood,
FL. Interment: Dade Memorial

Hadley Davis
tired chef, died
March 21 at.,
Jackson North
Hospital. Ser- ,. ..
vices were held. '

died March 18 i
at home. Ser-
vice 10 a.m.,
Saturday at In- r''
ternational First :
Born Ministries.

56, laborer,
died March 23
in Jesup, GA.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

a. I i., I l ay IV I Vd I
Hope Missionary Baptist.

Eric L. Wilso
March 23. Ser-
vices 11 a.m.,
Saturday at .St.
Mark Missionary
Baptist Church.


March 23 at
Claridge Rehab
Center. Service
3 p.m., at
Morning Side
Congregation of
Witness, 300
West 40 street,
Miami Beach, 33140.


stocker, died March 22 a

Nursing Home. Services were held.

physician, died March 19 at home.
Services were held.

RONNIE GREEN, 55, home
maker, died March 19 at home.
Services were held.

ADA GONZALEZ, 63, hairstylist,
died March 19 at Jackson Long
Term Care Center. Services were

home maker, died March 20 at
Ft. Lauderdale Health and Rehab.
Services were held.

Nakia Ingraham
March 23 at Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., at
Emanuel Abundant Life Christian

laborer, died March 20 a
Medical Center. Service
Saturday at Mt. Bethel R
in Micanopy, FL.

died March
WPku 21 at Jackson
S North Hospital.
Ms. Williams
the nickname
"Killa" or "Killa
Gwen" due to
her magnificent
;t. Agnes basketball skills that she displayed
SNW 3 wether it was on the basketball
court in Overtown or in the gym
amongst her peers. She graduated
SMITH from Miami Central High School
in 1984 and attended Bethune
Cookman College on a basketball
scholarship, majoring in physical
education. She was employed
by the Miami Dade County
Public School system where her
students gave her the name Ms.
Polo. Gwendolyn was loved and
respected at all.
children. Left to celebrate her life; son,
service 11 Chavez Grant; mother, Bettey
at New Williams; three brothers, Thomas,
Albert and Theodore Williams;
sister-in-law, Tequila Williams; one
grand-daughter, Chaniyah Grant;
in and friend, Traci Sanders..
70, died Service 2 p.m., Saturday, March
31 at New Hope MBC, 1881 NW
103rd Street, Miami, FL.

48, custodian,
died March 21 at
Jackson North.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

iner, died
TOWANNAGOLFIN, 36, security
died March
24 at Jackson
S-. memorial
SHospital .
Service 2:30
p.m., Saturday
at ,Northside
Church of God.

I S SCHAPIRO WILDER, 65, retired
manager, died
March 24 at
H o s p i t a I .
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday, March ""
31 at St. Lewis
Tucker; Baptist Church,
Lakeland, GA. At a later date, a
y Boges, memorial service will be held in
Terrell Miami, FL. In lieu of flowers,
Reginal memorial contributions would be
e brother, appreciated. Please make payable
at grandson to Schapiro Wilder Fund, %
nephews. Harrington Funeral Directors, 713
1 at Word Lake Park Road, Valdosta, GA
set, Mliami 31601.

driver, diedi
March 21 at
)RIGUEZ- Ave n tura
an, died Hospital 4,!4g,,
General Service 10 a.m.,
7eld. Saturday March .
31 at Greater "
A, 53, New Bethel
it Hillcrest Baptist Church.


S "NESSA", 54,
cook, died
March 21 at
North Shore
75, security, M ed ica .

include: loving
30" "- Williams; mother, Mary
three daughters, Tamm'
Rashundra Williams,
Williams; three sons,
Dantzler, John McGriff,
Williams; four sisters, on'
BENJAMIN 15 grandchildren, two gre
and a host of nieces and
Service 10 a.m., March 3
of Truth, 1755 NW 78 Stre
FL 33147. -


Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

In loving memory of,

In loving memory of,

"Beep and "Pooh Bear" 01/05/1944 04/01/2011
03/29/1981 06/27/2011

My precious daughter, you
are truly missed.
The .,Hart family, the
Glovers, nieces, nephews,
Tony celebrate you today.
We will always cherish your
memories and can't ever
forget that contagious smile
and laughter.
Love always, mom, Gary,
and all the families, and great

Death Notice

I little knew that evening,
God was going to call your
In life I loved you dearly, in
death I do the same.
It broke my heart to lose
you, however, you did not go
alone, for part of me went
with you, the night God called
you home.
You left me and your family
with beautiful memories, and
your love is still with me, and
though we cannot see you,
you are always at my side.
Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by
one, the chain will link again.
Thank you for being, the
epitome of a caring and loving
husband, father, grandfather,
and great grandfather.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

10/15/1935 03/29/2011

Papa, well never forget you.
Though absent, you are
always near.
No one call fill your special
place in our hearts. Until we
meet again.
Love always, your wife,
Bertha and children,
Rosalind, Lenora, John,
Burnetta, Leonard, Michael,
Charlene and Keva.

Death Notice

In loving memory of,

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technician, died March 24.
Survivors include: daughter,
Sonja Rigby Arline (Bacus);
grandchildren, Frankie
Butler, Jr., Kendia James
and Morgan Arline; brother,
Joseph Rigby; sisters, Emma
Hampton, Lorraine Johnson
and Gwendolyn Gallon; and
a host of other relatives and
Viewing, 2-9 p.m., Friday.
Service 2 p.m., Saturday, in
the chapel.
Arrangements entrusted to
Gregg L Mason Funeral Home.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

01/06/1951 03/24/2011

One year ago you walked
away from us to go be with
the Lord. There is a hole in
our hearts and nothing will
ever be the same.
We will forever cherish the
memories you left behind. We
love and miss you.
Your loving husband, chil-
dren, and grandkids.

03/29/1992 03/01/2012

Thinking of you not just on

2-_ --- _--
01/15/1926 03/27/2000

We little knew that Monday
morning that God was going
to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.
It truly broke our hearts to
lose you; you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful mem-
ories, your love is still our
guide; and though we cannot
see you, you are always at our
Our family chain is broke
now and nothing seems the
same; but as God calls us one
by one, the chain will surely
link again.
From your children, grand-
children, great grandchildren
and great great granchild.

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

53, splicer, FPL, died March
19. Survivors include: mother,
Elfreda Rose; brothers,
Desmond and Krishna;
sisters, Carol, Joy, Jennifer,
Marie, Maureen, Paulette and
Linda; and a host of other
relatives and friends.
Visitation, 5-8 p.m, Friday.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
New Hope Worship Center,
6855 Miramar Parkway.
Arrangements entrusted to
Gregg L Mason Funeral Home.


O B TA R I S FL O WElK l li 'lRS

your birthday, but everyday
"Happy Birthday."
We, the Hall and Myles fam-
WART, 81, ilies want to thank you all for
at Miami VA your condolences, prayers,
:e 11 a.m., visits, cards and telephone
1.B. Church calls during our bereavement.
The Family

TORRES, 69, physici
JOSEPH LICENCIER, 78 March 22 at Broward
hir. ,,ied .7, Hospice. Services were h

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Tom Joyner Foundation,
Chamber showcase

artists of past, present

By D. Kevin McNeir

The art and life story of Overtown's
Purvis Young, who died at the age of 67
in 2010, is well-known here in Miami.
His work. which highlights everyday life
in the historically-Black community in
which he lived, was unique because of
his penchant for using common objects
in a blend of collage and painting to
depict the life of Blacks. Since his death, 1 n;4
the prolific prodig.'"s work has appreci-
ated in value and he has become a cult --M rn Timer." ,ih,)S Lev. Mrlr,.1iu
figure among Blacks and whites alike.
Last week, artists supported by the
Tom Joyner Foundation along with the
Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce ,
honored Young as part of a seven-day Art
Trek Exhibit at the Purvis Young Art Mu-
seum on NW 23rd Street. Bill Diggs, 'who
leads the Chamber and w\as one of the
planners of the reception, says Young's
legacy must never be forgotten.
-Purvis Young is an institution he
is Miami," Diggs said. "When you think
of Overtown. you think of Pur%'is. He
brought images to life that will forever il-
lustrate the story of everyday life and the
Black experience."
Chamber board member Alvin West
said he hopes that events like this will
help identify younger artists who can
continue to produce great pieces of art
like Young.
Please turn YOUNG 2C --

Youth drum line takes center

stage, rocks Jazz in the Gardens

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmncneir@mia iti iiiesonlii'.com

The story of Black college's talented drum lines have
gotten a lot more attention since the popular film -
"Drumline" was released to rave reviews in 2002.
But they have long been a fixture at football games
for our historically-Black colleges and universities.
And following that great tradition, a group of young
drummers from the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational -
Complex in Miami Gardens, recently showed that
they have the right stuff. The youth took to the
stage at Jazz in Gardens two weeks ago. dressed in
colorful costumes of red and black with shimmering
sequins and delighted the crowd, receiving a stand-
ing ovation after their performance. It was their first
performance at the annual Jazz event.
Jo Ann Harris is the founder and musical
director of the Alliance for Musical Arts,
housed in the Ferguson complex. Drum
classes are held twice a week year-
round for children ages 6 to 16. The
focus of the program, funded by
the MIiami-Dade Cultural Affairs
Council and the Miami-Dade Office
of Grants Coordination, is to bring the musical
arts to all interested children the emphasis
being on youth from low to extremely-low in-
come households. Ninety-percent of the youth
are able to participate because of scholarship
and live in both Miami Gardens and Opa-
locka. They face life in a high crime areas
and have limited support systems.
Several of the drummers got the added
treat of appearing as guest backup
dancers for hip hop icon Doug E.
Fresh, who was a featured entertainer
at Jazz in the Gardens.
"These are the types of venues we
want our children to experience as
they grow as true musicians," said
Please turn to DRUMLINE 2C

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On Thursday, March 28th,
Sigma Gamma Rho sorors
celebrated International
Women's History Day with an
historical gift to The Black
Archives. The Black history
poster featured Gwen S.
Cherry, the sorority's national
legal advisor. Joining Claudia
E. Slater in the presentation to
Dr. Dorothy J. Fields
were Ruby T. Rayford,
Annette W. Brantley
and Katie L. Williams.
The chapter
continued its 'on fire to
serve' committees via
the Sorority Nationwide
Youth Symposium
at the North Central FII
Branch Library on
Saturday, March 10th with
a theme of the 15th Annual
Project Reassurance Initiative
H3: "It's all about me": Healthy
Choices, Healthy Living

and Healthy
guest panelists
and participants
Vivian Cantor,
D. Lightfoot,
Harris, Laronda I
Rev. Darr
who offered
for our
sorority als
a proclaim
County-, Cor
Audrey Edu
Prior to
and certific
ELDS given out
student, performed
rendition of
Myself." Sigma Ga
sorors attending t

event were: Claudia Slater, and
president; Wilma Council, two
co-chair; La'Trese McPhee from
Williams, co-chair; and F. S
symposium moderator, more
Annette Brantley; along with info.
Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, W. Doris Jea
Neal, Geneieve Paul, Linda presi
Tartt and Katie Williams. the I
Nelson Jenkins
laid out his plans
as chairman of the
Dr. Angel annual scholarship
Kalenthia last Wednesday at the
Laurice monthly meeting. The
Moore and board concluded that
yl Baxter the event will be held,
ed prayer Sunday. May 6th, at 1
youth.The p.m. at the DoubleTree STRACHAN

so received
action from
door prizes
:ates being
a Central

ed a mime
amma Rho
he midday

Hotel (behind the Omni
Dr. Astrid Mack (who's not
married) agreed to supervise
the mailing of invitations and
remind the guests that the
cost is $50.00 per person
and is due before April 1lth.
Fletcher Paschal, chairman
of the scholarship board, plans
to give out several scholarships
with a complete application
and two comps for a parent

recipient, along with <
scholarships given
the Dr. Lorraine
trachan Fund and
. Call Mack for more

selections Willie Mae
Gibson, welcome/
occasion and Norma
Sank who introduced
the keynote speaker.
Some in attendance

an Albury Perry, t included:
dent and member of McKenzie,
Patriot Usher Board Bullard,
fl provided the EDMONSON Boykins,
community with Wilson, Sr.

a fabulous -Frappe Sip"
for the Annual Pre-Sain t
Patrck's Day, recently,
at Ebenezer United
Methodist Church with
Rev. Dr. Joreatha
Capers, pastor,
teacher. Music was

provided by Patricia
Bryant as the membership
marched in on "When
We All Get to Heaven,"
while Veronica
Rahming presided
and introduced Re'v.
JoAnn Brookins
and her visiting
church, Carol City/
Opa-locka UMC that .,
provided the opening
prayer, offering, STRA'


O. Francis, Helen
Judy Lathan,
March, Altamese


Merlene Troutman,
Elbert Vereen, Hattie
M. Vereen, Betty
Simmons, Carrie I i
Glenn and Willie M.
To accommodate
the entourage
of those paying
respect after the PI
death of Ruth
Whyms, 48th Street
had to be blocked off
from 12th Avenue to
7th Ave. Ruth was like
a mother and Mother
Teresa and took care
HAN of 30 children and

parents for 63 years. She
lived the life of a Christine
and woke the gang by saying.
"Rise and Shine and give God
the Glory."
Richard Smith, a member
of the Michael's Diner regular,
received cheers from the gang
on his arrival from a week at
the Lakeland Girls' Basketball
Welcoming Smith back were:
Johnny Davis, McArthur
Carter, Cleve Baker, Robert

SWalker, William
Evans, William
Snell, Arnold Davis,
Jake Caldwell,
Jerome Simpkins
and Arnold Davis.
Prayer goes out to
the family of the late
Willie Mae Denson,
NKNEY a retired special
education teacher
who spent 32 years in the
public school system. Prayers
also go out to the family
of the late Frank Lazier,
former member of Bethany
SDA Church and husband of
Juanita Matthews.

BAn IA ng

So sorry, my column did
not make the 'news' the week
before last. Anyway, I will
attempt to rewrite some of the
"newsy news" (smile).
Thomas "Doda Bug"
and Gloria Bannister
celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary on
March 13th and were given
a dinner by Gloria's niece,
Karen Henderson and her
niece's husband, Harris. The

Bannisters were surprised by
their niece who presented the
couple with a proclamation
from the city for their 60th
wedding anniversary. Again,
happy, happy!
The ladies of the St.
Scholastica's Chapter of the
Episcopal Church Women
will observe "Youth Day" on
Sunday, April 15th at the
10:45 a.m. service. Their
Youth Day speaker for this

year is Ladarius Albury-
Williams, son of Miranda
Albury and Harry Belafonte
Williams of Ft. Pierce. He
is the grandson of Thomas
Albury, Jr. This Youth Day
service will be held at the
Historic St. Agnes Episcopal
Get well wishes and our
prayers go out to the sick
and the shut-ins including:
Patricia A. Ebron, Ernestine
Ross Collins, William "Bill"
and Jessie Mae Pinder,
Wilhelmina Stirrup-Welsh,
Mildred "PI" Ashley, Sue
Francis, Jacqueline F.
Livingston, Venda-Rei

Gibson, Phillip Wallace,
Louise H. Cleare, Lottie
Major Brown, Thelma Dean,
Cheryl Silas, Elouise B.
Farrington, Joyce Gibson-
Johnson, Naomi Adams and
Winston Scavella.
Did you know that "Old
Glory," our U.S. flag, was
born in Philadelphia on June
14th, 1777? Or that the
flag symbolizes the patriotic
ideals of a nation "conceived
in liberty" and is admired
around the world? We should
all be proud to display "Old
Glory." Just a little history
lesson for those who did not
know this information on

"Old Glory."
Pamela Marshall, daughter
of Earl Marshall and Judy
Jones, and Jermaine Lake
were married on March 4th
at La Vie Roes Banquet Hall.
The parents of the groom
are Kenneth and Christine
Richardson. Congratulations
to the newlyweds and their
A big hello to Joycelyn
Newbold-Smith from all of
your friends and buddies in
Miami. We think of y'ou often.
We are looking forward to
seeing you soon.
University's Miami-Dade

Alumni Association will have
its Mary McLeod Bethune
Scholarship Gala on Friday,
May 4th at the Rusty Pelican.
Wayne Davis is currently
the president. The reception
begins at 6:30 p.m. followed
by dinner at 7 p.m. The attire
called for is semi-formal wear.
LaDarius Nottage,
grandson of Ellestine
McKinney Allen, will be
among those graduating from
Bethune-Cookman University
on May 12th. Congratulations
to all of our graduates. Mlay
all of your dreams come true
to youl These are your best
days. Enjoyl Enjoy! Enjoy!

Program improves youth's skills

continued from 1C

Harris. *The children must
master basic sight reading
and drum rudiments before
they can strap on a drum."
Reflecting on the children
dancing with Doug E. Fresh,
parent chaperone Sindy Eu-
gene said, "This was an un-
expected surprise."
You can find out more about
this youth project by going to
www.power2give.org "Sticks
Up Power of Drums."

OWN experiencing slow growth

continued from 1C

be a huge disappointment for
Discovery to have to pull the
plug, but it seems like that
may be what they're consid-
ering at this point, given that
they're taking control."
Is that possible? "Absolutely
not," says Discovery Networks
spokesman David Leavy.
"We're in it for the long term."
But the road has been
rough. After delays and man-
agement shakeups, OWN
launched 15 months ago
largely without Winfrey, who
spent half a year finishing

up her syndicated talk show.
Her signature series, Oprah's
Next Chapter, started only in
January, and though it's tops
on OWN, ratings are low:
Sunday's Lady Gaga inter-
view drew 808,000 viewers,
though the interview with
Whitney Houston's daughter
scored a record 3.5 million
March 1lth.
And OWN, which promised
an all-original lineup, has
retreated, filling its schedule
with repeats such as Deadly
Women and Wicked Attraction
from sibling Investigation Dis-
covery. Overall ratings are up
this year. A network launch "is

always a challenge, and rat-
ings grow over time," Winfrey
said in a statement Friday.
Not O'Donnell's. The Rosie
Show, based in Winfrey's Chi-
cago studio, cost $20 million
a year but last week averaged
only 130,000 viewers. The fi-
nale airs March 30.
With cost-cutting and a new
team, "we are poised for some
tremendous growth from a
business and ratings point of
view," says co-president Erik
Logan, who will unveil new
shows April 5th. "We're much
more confident that (they're)
more on-brand than they were
last summer."

Overtown artist inspires community

continued from 1C

"His legacy is clearly important
to our community and we be-
lieve that by sharing his work
we can inspire the next gener-
ation of Purvis Youngs to fol-
low their dreams and cultivate
their gifts," he said.

The event was planned af-
ter several people from Mi-
ami contacted popular radio
host and philanthropist Tom
Joyner; they concluded that
they needed to do something
of significance in Miami.
"Tom [Joyner] has support-
ed the work of artists for the
past 13 years as part of his

Fantastic Voyage cruises but
the real emphasis is to help
our historically-Black colleges
and universities with capacity
building," said Barbara Dunn
Harrington, executive director
of the Tom Joyner Foundation.
"Many of these schools have
pieces of art created by our
Black icons and are still un-
aware of their value."
"Purvis is Overtown and \we
want to encourage our chil-
dren to come to the museum,
see his work and learn about
his life," said Dr. Dorothy
Fields, founder of The Black
Archives. "He made something
out of nothing and because of
his brilliance, now his work is
known all over the world."
Sharon Rolle, executive di-
rector, Purvis Young Art Mu-
seum Foundation, Florida

Memorial University [FMU)
Dr. Henry Lewis 1ll, FMU's su-
per-talented jazz band, Sybil
Wilkes, one of the co-hosts on
Joyner's morning show and
Tom Joyner, Jr. were part of
a crowd of over 200 people at
the celebration. Featured art-
ists included: Najee Dorsey,
Frank Frazier, Ted Ellis, M.G.
Ballard and Janice Burdine-
"We must continue to nour-
ish our youth and to provide
opportunities for them to at-
tend college and to cultivate
their talent," Wilkes said.
The work of Young and pho-
tographs of him taken by
Bruce Weber will be featured
beginning Wednesday, March
28th at the Museum of Con-
temporary Art in North Miami,
from 6 to 8 p.m.


Carilill Mllflitzi 305-693-7093lillr m il~il, iil

Thomas the Tank rolled into

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Miami crowds came out in
droves to help the No. 1 engine
find the clues and solve the mys-
tery! Thomas the Tank Engine
pulled into Gold Coast Railroad
Museum for Da) Out Wi;t Thc'ni-
as: Mystery On The fails Tour
This fun-filled event offered

little engineers and their families
the opportunity to take a ride
with a 15-ton replica of Thomas
the Tank Engine, star of the pop-
ular Thomas & Friends series.
Children took a ride along with
their fadurite;e Engine tri'end on his
latest adventure and participat-
ed in Thomas-themed activities.


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I Miami Jackson Senior
High School class of 1973
is having their 40th Reunion
on June 14-16, 2013. For
additional information, please
call Ethel Davis at 305-469-

Florida Memorial
University is hosting a free
Business Finance Forum for
entrepreneurs that teaches
how to run a financially
successful business and how
to network on March 28th at
6 p.m. Last minute RSVPs are
accepted. Call 305-620-5877
or 305-332-3095.

Join the "Wholeness
Movement" at the C.L.
Gaskin Center to take healthy
cooking classes, personal
trainer consultations and BMI
Testings, Monday Saturday,
7 a.m. 2 p.m. 305-607-4153.

The Beautiful Gate
is hosting free cancer
educational workshops at the
Austin Hepburn Community
Center, 750 NW 8'" Avenue in
Hallandale. Each session will
be dedicated to a different
form of cancer. A breast cancer
workshop will be held on May
19'"; cervical cancer workshop
on July 21"; and a lung cancer
workshop on Sept. 15'". For
more information, please
call 305-758-3412 or e-mail

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1960 meets the 3r'
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

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

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 2"n to call 305-655-
1435 (Generals) or 305-218-
6171 (Bulls).

*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.

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

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-

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.

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

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

Miami-Dade County
Community Action &
Human Services Head
Start/Early Head Start
Open Enrollment Campaign
for free comprehensive
child 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.

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.

1962 Alumni Class is U Jewels Baton Twirling l S.A.V. (Survivors
planning their 50'" Class U The National Coalition Academy is now accepting Against Violence) is a Bible-
Reunion on June 24 July of 100 Black Women registration for the 2012 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.savingfamilies.

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.

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

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.

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

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 786-290-3258.

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 26'" at the City of Miami
North District Police Sub-
Station, 1000 NW 621' 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@

Kazah Temple #149
Shriners invites everyone to
an "Easter Egg-cursion," for
kids ages 4 13,on April 7th,
11 a.m. 2 p.m. at Ingram
Park. 305-953-3042.

Roos in the City and Al-
pha Kappa Alpha welcome
everyone to their Urban Gar-
den Project on March 31st,
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Over-
town to learn about cultivating
and transferring vegetables.
Donna Payne, 305-778-3160.

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

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SBlack bank president talks to

South about financial literacy



OneUnited's Teri

Williams inspires

future generation

By D. Kevin McNeir

Teri Williams is one of the nation's
most-respected women in business. At
54, she is a graduate of Brown Univer-
sity, has an MBA from Harvard and has

been in financial services for over 30
years. What's more, she is the president
and a member of the board of directors
for OneUnited Bank the largest mi-
nority-owned bank in the U.S. But her
latest mission has been to help young
children gain a foothold in understand-
ing the intricacies of finance. She says
she got the idea after looking for books
that would help urban youth improve
their financial literacy only to discover
that there was nothing that spoke di-
rectly to them or the world in which they

"I grew up in a rural community
named Indian Town in South Florida
and then in the projects of Bridgeport,
Connecticut," she said. "I knew nothing
about money as a child except that some
people had it a lot of it and we
[Blacks] didn't. I find that many of our
Black children are just as unaware and
confused as I was. I became determined
to inform them."
With the support of OneUnited Bank
and with her own creativity, Williams
wrote a book for children, "I Got Bankl:
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Negro Business Women's Club

hosts 54th District Conference

By Jo Ann Byrd

The Miami Dade Club of the National Associa-
tion of Negro Business and Professional Women's
Clubs, Inc., hosted the 54th District Conference
last weekend with the theme, Sojourn through His-
tory, Inspired by Challenges; Proclaiming Truth
and Thriving in Our Future." Speakers included:
the Honorable Shirlyon McWhorter-Jones; Roset-
ta Hylton, Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency,
University of Miami, who spoke on the importance
of Blacks considering organ donation; and Sheryl
Gripper, who presented a documentary entitled
"Bringing Attention to Premature Deaths of Black

Youth Throughout our Communities." The Club's
youth group took a tour of Florida Memorial Uni-
versity and later participated in an oratorical con-
test. The subject was entitled; How to Increase
the Enrollment in HBCU. The winners were an-
nounced at a Saturday evening awards banquet.
The banquet speaker was Eve Wright Taylor, vice
president and associate general counsel for the
Miami Heat. Her message, especially to the youth,
was to surround themselves with positive people
that can help them achieve their dreams.
A more emotional part of the weekend was a
memorial and rededication ceremony honoring
deceased members of the organization.

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Officers and committee member for the Miami Dade Club of the Negro Business and Profes-
sional Women's Clubs, Inc. include: Earnestine Thompson (I-r), Gloria Fuller, Geraldine Rocker,
Jo Ann Byrd, Rosemary Daniels, Brenda Hill-Riggins and Wylene Robinson (president); Not
pictured: Georgia McLean, Edith Brown and Willysann Gaines. Photo courtesy Jo Ann Byrd.


IRS offers many taxpayers a fresh start but you must act soon

By Michelle Singletary

For the last several years,
the Internal Revenue Service
has offered some relief for
people having problems pay-
ing their taxes. This tax sea-
son, the IRS has specifically
targeted the unemployed and
small-business owners for
help through its "Fresh Start"
initiative. The agency is also
making a change to its in-
stallment agreement program,
doubling the dollar amount it
takes to be eligible for quick

and streamlined installment
"We have an obligation to
work with taxpayers who
are struggling to make ends
meet," said IRS Commissioner
Doug Shulman.
Taxpayers need to keep in
mind that there are two dis-
tinct penalties when they
don't file or don't pay their
taxes on time: 1) A failure-
to-file penalty is levied at 5
percent of your unpaid taxes
each month or part of a month
that your return is late. It caps

out at 25 percent of
your unpaid taxes;
2) A failure-to-pay
penalty is assessed
at one-half of 1
percent per month
with an upper limit
of 25 percent.
The IRS is giv-
ing eligible unem- -
ployed and certain .
self-employed in-
dividuals a six- SINGLI
month grace period from the
failure-to-pay penalty. The re-
prieve applies for taxes owed


I for 2011 and only if
people have requested
an extension to pay
their taxes. If you
need more time to pre-
pare and file your tax
return, you still need
to submit IRS Form
4868 to get an exten-
sion. Even though
Form 4868 tells the
IRS you need more
ARY time to file, it does not
excuse you from any taxes
that are due.
Under Fresh Start, eligible

individuals will now have un-
til Oct. 15th to pay their taxes
and avoid the failure-to-pay
penalty. To qualify, you have
to have been unemployed at
least 30 consecutive days ei-
ther in 2011 or this year up to
the April 17th tax filing dead-
line. You get the same reprieve
if you are self-employed and
have experienced a 25 percent
or greater reduction in your
business income in 2011 be-
cause of the bad economy.
It's easy enough to apply for
the program. Just complete

IRS Form 1127-A "Application
for Extension of Time for Pay-
ment of Income Tax for 2011
Due to Undue Hardship." The
form is available on IRS.gov
and is also due by April 17th.
Here's the bottom line. If you
know you are going to have
trouble paying your taxes,
file your return anyway. Don't
panic and shell out thousands
of dollars to a company that
claims it can significantly re-
duce your tax liability. Gener-
ally these claims are grossly



More seek

to refinance

home loans

Federal plan targets

underwater owners

By Donna Gehrke-White

Homeowners are rushing to refinance under
the new federal Home Affordable Refinance Pro-
gram that kicked in this week.
HARP allows many more homeowners who
owe more than what their homes are worth to
qualify for new loans.
Refinancing applications are up 49 percent
statewide from January to February and more
than double from a year ago, according to a sur-
vey of lenders from the Mortgage Bankers As-
Local mortgage brokers and lenders think the
numbers will rise even more as South Florid-
ians become aware of the new HARP 2.0.
About half of South Florida homeowners owe
more than what their home is worth. But now
many can apply to refinance no matter how un-
derwater they are as long as they have regu-
larly made their payments in the past year and
bought their home before May 31, 2009, said
Mike Fratantoni, vice president of the Mortgage
Bankers Association.
Mortgages also need to be owned or guaran-
teed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae, the second-
ary lenders set up by the U.S. government.
The program is encouraging new applications.
Tropical Financial Credit Union of Miramarhas
seen its refinancing jump sixfold to about $21
million worth of home loans so far this year,
said Doug Leever.
"More people are coming off the sidelines,"
agreed Lee Eisenberg, president of Leading
Edge Mortgage Corp. in Boca Raton.
Eisenberg estimated refinancing applications
are up 20 percent just in the past week or two
at his office.
Bank of America has seen strong volume,
said spokeswoman Kris Yarmamoto. One rea-
son why: "We have no cap on loan-to-value for
HARP-eligible customers," Yarmamoto said.
Some banks are setting limits on the size of
the loans theywill approve, even though the fed-
eral government's guidelines set no limit.
Many lenders have eased up, said J.R. Bos-
ton, owner of America's Mortgage Professionals
in Fort Lauderdale.
As many as two-thirds of the homeowners
applying for loans through his company are
getting approved, many without 'haing to go
through an appraisal, Boston said.
That's because Freddie Mac can check many.
home values on its computerized system, said
Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's vice president and
chief economist.
"As long as they [homeowners] have a pay stub
and have regularly paid on their mortgage, they
are getting new loans," Boston said.
But lenders are insisting borrowers have
enough income, said Gary Miller of Boca Ra-
ton, who recently refinanced his home through
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Youth learn skills

continued from 4D

What My Granddad
Taught Me About Mon-
ey." The book features
a young Black boy
named Jazz Elling-
ton, who at 10-years-
old, already has over
$2,000 in his savings
account. But while his
grandfather taught
him how to increase
his savings, his moth-
er, sister and brother
are all trying to spend
his money.
"The story needed
to be told in an urban
setting not the sub-
urbs," Williams said.
"Our children need to
know about ChexSys-
tems and the prepon-
derance of check cash-
ing businesses they
need to be comfortable
with the world of fi-

Williams recently
spent time with 60
children at the Rich-
ard Allen Leadership
Academy in Miami
Gardens and says it
was the best workshop
she's ever held.
"Those kids were
amazing and we're go-
ing to do even more for
the children of South
Florida," she said. "I
am truly on a mission
and I am inspired by
what I see."
True to her word, her
bank is sponsoring an
essay contest for chil-
dren, 8 to 12, on money
matters. Prizes include
a $1,000 savings bond.
Williams will also do a
workshop for non-profit
organizations, schools
or libraries and pro-
vide books for free. For
more information go to

A philosophy of wealth

continued from 4D

to improve their financial situation and increase
their wealth must be willing to take on greater
challenges they must take a leap of faith.
"Many of us are presented with great opportu-
nities and it takes discernment to even realize
that you have a great option before you," he said.
"But most people are afraid to fail. It's impossible
to always pick a winner. The key is to be persis-
tent, to believe in yourself and to keep looking
for good opportunities. Luck favors the person
who acts. If you never swing you'll never get any
good pitches."


for all Regions of the MDCPS Maintenance Operations
Contract # JOC12-Cl

for all Regions of the MDCPS Maintenance Operations
Contract # JOC12-C2

for all Regions of the MDCPS Maintenance Operations
Contract # JOC12-C3

This contract is only open to those bidders which have been pre-qualified as General Contractors by The School Board of Miami-Dade C6untv. Florida.

Cone of Silence: A Cone of Silence is applicable to this competitive solicitation. Any inquiry, clarification or information regarding this bid must be in requested in
writing by FAX or e-mail to:

Mr. Michael Krtausch, Director
Maintenance Operations
FAX #305-995-7964
E-mail: mkrtausch@dadeschools.net

Pursuant to School Board Rule 6325, a Cone of Silence is enacted beginning with issuance of the Legal Advertisement and ending at such time as the Superin-
tendent of Schools submits a written recommendation to award or approve a contract, to reject all bids or responses, or otherwise takes action which ends the
solicitation and review process. Any violation of the Cone of Silence may be punishable as provided for under School Board Rule 6325, in addition to any other
penalty provided by law. All written communications must be sent to Director, Mr. Michael Krtausch, and a copy filed with the Clerk of The School Board at 1450
NE 2nd Avenue, Room 268, Miami, Florida 33132.This rule can be found at http://www.dadeschools.net/board/rules/.

Sealed bids will be received by The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, (hereinafter called the "Board") from bidders for the contract hereinafter set forth
at and until 2:00 P.M. local time according to the following schedule:

Description Set Aside Contract # Day Date
Job Order Contract Open with Assistance Levels JOC12-C1 Tuesday 04/24/2012
Job Order Contract Open with Assistance Levels JOC12-C2 Tuesday 0412412012
Job Order Contract Open with Assistance Levels JOC12-C3 Tuesday 0412412012

Sealed bids will be received by The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, for the contract listed herein, until 2:00 P.M. local time, Tuesday, the 24th day of
April, 2012, at 1450 N.E. Second Ave, Room 351, Miami, Florida, following which time and place, or as soon there after as the Board can attend to the same, the
said bids will be publicly opened, read and tabulated in the Board Auditorium, Miami-Dade County School Board Administration Building,.by an authorized repre-
sentative of the Board. Award of the contract will be made to the lowest, pre-qualified responsible and responsive bidder for the actual amount bid as listed in the
bidding documents. The Board will award the contract based upon the results of the tabulations as covered by applicable laws and regulations.

Pursuant to School Board Rule 6320.05, when a responsive, responsible non-local business submits the lowest price bid, and the bid submitted by one or more
responsive, responsible local businesses is within five percent (5%) of the price submitted by the non-local business, then each of the aforementioned local busi-
nesses shall have the opportunity to submit a best and final bid equal to or lower than the amount of the low responsible, responsive bid submitted by the non-local
business. Contract award shall be made to the responsive, responsible business submitting the lowest best and final bid. In the case of a tie bid in the best and final
bid between the local businesses, the tie shall be broken as delineated in School Board Rule 6320.

This advertisement is for the award of three (3) Job Order Contract (hereinafter called "JOC"). A JOC ~s a competitively bid, firm fixed priced indefinite quantity
contract. It includes a collection of detailed repair and construction tasks with specifications that have established unit prices. It is placed with a Contractor for the
accomplishment of repair alteration modernization, maintenance, rehabilitation, construction etc., of buildings, structures, or other real property. Ordering is ac-
complished by means of issuance of individual Lump Sum Work Orders against the Contract.

Under the JOC concept, the Contractor furnishes all management, incidental scope documentation services as required, labor, materials and equipment needed
to perform the work.

The JOC awarded under this solicitation will have a minimum value of $50,000 and a maximum initial value of $2,000,000 with two (2) possible extensions of
$2,000,000 each within each term. The term of the contract will be for Twelve (12) Months and may include two (2) renewal options for one (1) additional year each.
It is the current intention of the Board to award three (3) Job Order Contract under this solicitation. The Board reserves the right to award to multiple bidders on
this solicitation. The Bidder will hold its adjustment factors for one hundred eighty (180) days and the Board reserves the right to make additional awards under this
solicitation for a period of one hundred eighty (180) days after the opening of bids.

DAVIS-BACON ACT LABOR STANDARDS: Some Work Orders under this Job Order Contract may be funded in whole or in part by Federal funding programs.
Therefore, the Bidder shall comply with all applicable provisions of 40 U.S.C. 276a-276a-7, the Davis-Bacon Act, as supplemented by the Department of Labor
regulations (29 C.F.R., part 5 "Labor Standards Provisions Applicable to Contracts Governing Federally Financed and Assisted Construction"). Accordingly, the
Bid for this Contract shall be in full compliance with the aforementioned provisions as further described in the Contract Documents and all bids shall be calculated
in compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act wage determination applicable to this Contract. Under the Davis-Bacon Act, contractors are required to pay laborers and
mechanics not less than the minimum wages specified in a wage determination made by the Secretary of Labor, which wage determination will be attached to and
incorporated into the Construction Bid documents. The award of a construction contract is conditioned upon the Bidder accepting the wage determination.

Bidders must be pre-qualified by the Board for the actual amount bid and may not exceed pre-qualified amounts for a single project and/or aggregate prior to sub-
mitting their bid in response to this solicitation. Bids which exceed the pre-qualified amounts shall be declared non-responsive to the solicitation.'
The Job Order Contract is limited to those bidders which have been pre-qualified as a General Contractor by the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, for
a single dollar value of $2,000,000 prior to submitting a bid under this solicitation, and includes the M/WBE subcontracting assistance levels of:

Contract No. African American Women Total Participation
JOC12-C1 18% 6% 24%
JOC12-C2 18% 6% 24%
JOC12-C3 18% 6% 24%

This contract is for MDCPS Maintenance Operations for work occurring in all areas of the Miami-Dade County Public School District. The Board reserves the right
to award and use multiple Job Order Contracts within the same region.

Intending bidders must attend a mandatory Pre-Bid conference to be held at the Miami Dade County School Maintenance Operations Building in Room 215 2nd
Floor Training Room at 12525 N.W.28th Avenue Miami, Florida, beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 for the purpose of discuss-
ing the JOC concept and documents, answering questions and discussing JOC from the contractor's perspective. Note that persons arriving after 9:15 a.m. will
not be admitted to the meeting and will be considered non-responsive for bidding.

Each bidder must submit two Adjustment Factors to be considered responsive. These same Adjustment Factors must apply to all the work tasks listed in the con-
tract documents. The first Adjustment Factor will be applied to that work which the construction is anticipated to be accomplished during normal business hours.
The second Adjustment Factor will be applied to that work which the construction is anticipated to be accomplished on an overtime basis.

The estimated percentage of work by category is as follows: normal hours construction 90% and overtime construction 10%.

Jessica Lunsford Act: The successful Bidder shall fully comply with the Jessica Lunsford Act and all related Board Rules and procedures as applicable.
Intending Bidders may obtain one set of the bid and contract documents on a CD, March 26th thru April 10th, 2012 at 12525 NW 28th Avenue, Miami, FL 33167 2nd
Floor, Maintenance Operations or at the Pre-Bid Conference at no cost.
The Board reserves the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.

Notice & Protest procedures: Failure to file a protest within the time prescribed and in the manner specified in School Board Rule 6320, and in accordance with
120.57(3), Fla. Stat. (2002), shall constitute a waiver of proceedings under Chapter 120, Florida Statutes. Any person who is adversely affected by the agency
decision or intended decision shall file with the agency a notice of protest in writing within 72 hours after the posting of the notice of decision or intended decision.
Failure to file a notice of protest or failure to file a formal written protest within the time permitted shall constitute a waiver of proceedings. With respect to a protest
of the terms, conditions, and specifications contained in a solicitation, including any provisions governing the methods of ranking bids, bids, or replies, awarding
contracts, reserving rights of further negotiation, or modifying or amending any contract, the notice of protest shall be filed in writing within 72 hours after the post-
ing of the solicitation. In either event, the protest must include a bond in accordance with the provisions of F.S. 255.0516 and School Board Rule 6320. The formal

written protest shall be filed within 10 days after the date the notice of protest is filed. The formal written protest shall state with particularity the facts and law upon
which the protest is based. Saturday, Sundays, and state holidays shall be excluded in the computation of the 72-hour time periods established herein.

Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools




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In-home aides may earn overtime

Labor department also wants

By Marcia Heroux

Should Florida's 31,000
home health care work-
ers get overtime pay?
The U.S. Department
of Labor has proposed
extending minimum
wage and overtime pro-
tections to 2.5 million
home health care work-
ers nationwide.
Home health care
workers have no right to
minimum wage in Flori-
da and often work over-
time, said Terry Bucher,
founder of the Florida
Professional Association
of Caregivers.
"We have individuals
working above and be-
yond the eight-hour shift
and still getting straight
pay," Bucher said.
But local home health
care providers and a
small-business group ar-
gues that forcing home
health care agencies to
pay overtime could result
in fewer jobs for home
health aides.

$10.21 AN HOUR
Florida's 31,000 home
health care aides earn
a median wage of $10.21
an hour, according to
state data for 2011. No
agency has a breakdown
of how many aides are
working in South Flori-
da. Entry-level wages are
$8.40 an hour and ex-
perienced workers make
$11.76 an hour, accord-
ing to the state.
While Florida's mini-

mum wage is $7.67 an
hour, lower than most
wages paid to home
health care workers, "the
law is necessary to pro-
tect workers," said Mi-
chael Wald, spokesman
for the Labor Depart-
The Labor Department
said it has proposed the
changes because work-
ers providing in-home
care services are per-
forming duties that often
surpass companionship,
which was exempted
from the federal job
Under the pro-
posal, employees of
third-party employ-
ers, such as staffing
agencies, would not
be exempt from mini-
mum wage and over-
time protections.

Carla Albano, who a
operates Alterna- i
tive Home Health
Care in South Flori-
da, said she already
pays workers above ,
minimum wage. But :
paying overtime on :
a regular basis could I
result in her assign-
ing another worker C
to a client once the
worker reached 40 R
hours a week.
Sean Schwing-
hammer, executive
director of Florida Al-
liance of Home Care 12
Services, said an 12
overtime mandate :12

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Tropical Federal Credit
Union to pay for a new
kitchen and his daugh-
ter's wedding.
Miller said he and
his wife had to show
two years of federal tax
returns and their pay
In return, he said

they got a 30-year loan
charging only 4.125
percent interest, which
saved the couple about
$600 a month.
The average 30-year,,
fixed-rate mortgage
climbed to 4.08 per-
cent this week, the first
time since October the
average rate has been
above four percent,
Freddie Mac reported.




minim wage
would "likely drive e'
a larger black market
an untaxed and unreE
lated industry."
Families might opt
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own and pay cash un
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or the patient," he sai
The Paraprofes-
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Institute, which
promotes direct-
care jobs for the el-
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a cated at 221 28th Street, Miami Beach, Florida.
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years or older; at or below 50% of area median income. Pre-applications may
be obtained at the offices of Miami Beach CDC, 945 Pennsylvania Avenue,
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Strategic Plan
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is undertaking
a selection process for a consultant to assist in the development of a 5-year
strategic plan for the visitor industry of Greater Miami and the Beaches.

GMCVB is a private not-for-profit 501(c)(6) Florida corporation, with its prin-
cipal office at 701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700, Miami, Florida 33131. It is a
private-public partnership with more than 1,000 private business members and
interlocal governmental partners. The GMCVB hereby solicits Statement of
Interest Notifications and Proposals from qualified consulting firms.

Submission Requirements:
To be considered responsive, you must submit a statement of interest via email
to: StrategicPlanRFPManager@gmcvb.com by Friday, April 6, 2012. The full
Request for Proposal with detailed submission requirements can be found on
our website at www.MiamiandBeaches.com/StrategicPlan. The deadline for
the receipt of all proposals is Friday, April 20, 2012 by 5:00 P.M. EST. Please
submit the original plus twenty (20) copies to address below. E-mail and elec-
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Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Miami, Florida 33131
Phone: (305) 539-3000

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finally recognizes the
growth of the $84 billion
industry and profession-
alism of its workforce.
Home care is expected
to grow to more than 3
million workers by 2020,
according to the insti-
Aides provide light
housekeeping and
homemaking tasks such

as doing laundry, chang-
ing bed linens, shopping
for food and planning
and preparing meals,
according to the Labor
Department. Aides also
may help clients get out
of bed, bathe, dress and
groom. Some accom-
pany clients to doctors'
appointments or on er-



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the State of Florida. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections in Miami-Dade County, Florida, no later than thirty days after the date of this Notice in order to
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Adams III, Flooker T 2941 NW 187Th St Latimore, Alicia L 2254 NW 102Nd ST
Adams, Eliza A 15272 SW 281 St St Lawson, Daniel A 6741 NW 26Th Ave
Ali Akbar, Shirene 2021 SW 22Nd AVE Mangham, Shawntraiviea 1600 NW 61St St #6
Altunian, Robert 400 Kings Point Dr #1002 Marichal, Damien R 972 SW 88Th Ct
Angelini, Michael J 1330 WestAVE APT 905 Marquez JR, Luis 4955 NW 199Th St #414
Armstrong, Terry O 1481 NW 103Rd St UNIT 263 Masvidal, Algimiro 8050 NW 10th St 4
Bailey, Lauren R 10057 SW 218Th St Mato, Jose P 2500 SW 102Nd Ave
Baker JR, Robert W 16315 NW 22Nd Ct Matuz, Glory S 607 SW 96Th CT
Baker, George W 17430 SW 91St Ave McKnight, Marece J 900 NW 6Th Ave
Bartley, Ruby L 2560 SW 19Th Ter McNichols, Angela L 340 NE 18Th Ave 207
Belcher, Cynthia D 5612 NW 11Th Ave Medina, Alberto D 4655 Palm Ave #228
Beltran, Cliff 142 SW 5Th Ave Messer III, Carl C 11400 SW 87Th Ave
Berkley, Evan H 7550 NE 1St Ct Mobley, Freda J 1042 NW 24Th St
Bolanos, Rogelio 1315 NE Miami Ct APT 111 Monsivais, Gabriel 18640 SW 356Th St
Boothe, Martin A 1321 NW 176Th TER Morejon, Isaac 8821 Fontainebleau Blvd APT 204
Boulin, Dorothy 7835 NE 2Nd Ave APT 1204 Moriceau, Antwaun 780 NE 123rd StAPT 11
Broke, Margaret A 6335 SW 44Th St O Connell, ChristopherA '' 322 NE 118Th Ter '
Brown JR, Wilbert 22745 SW 113Th CT Ortiz III, Francisco J 11802 SW 176Th Ter
Brown, Jerry G 18814 SW 350Th St #405 Oxley, Enid M 539 Valencia Ave APT 2
Brown, Rodney A 533 NW 106Th St Patterson, Hellen W 6871 Winged Foot Dr
Burcks, Antonio L 2210 NW 34Th St Pena, Jose A 1101 NW 34Th Ave
Byron, Camillia S 17362 SW 100Th Ct Pennington, Ray J 6210 NW 173Rd STAPT #806
Campbell, Courtney A 600 NE 181St St Perez JR, Gerardo 939 SE 13Th Rd
Campos, Harry D 160 NW 30Th St REAR Perez, Dolohiram 5605 NW 7Th St #212
Carter, Thomas E 2301 NW 119Th St 216 Pinson II, Willie J 1301 NW 179th St
Castro, John M 1035 SW 12Th Ct Proctor JR, Clifford 675 Ives Dairy Rd #313
Clark, Calvin A 140 NW 68Th St Ramirez, Johnny E 3093 NW 94Th St
Colimon, Hugh 20331 NE 7Th PI Roberson JR, Clemie L 3630 NW 194Th TER
Crichlow, Marcel D 2860 NW 164Th Ter Robinson, Steven L 2192 NW 92Nd St
Delise, Leroy 1162 103rd StAPT #7 Rodriguez, Juan M 2842 SW 32Nd Ave
Demosthene, Frantz 1150 NW 110Th St Russell, Latasha D 16210 NW 28Th PI
Deshazior, Carrie V 2350 NW 54th St #V Sanchez, Ramon 15018 SW 140Th Ct
Diaz, Armando 1901 NW North River DrApt 202 Sapienza, Lillian 850 Bruce St APT 2
Diaz, Luis E 15780 NW 37Th Ct Scott, Shalonda K 6060 NW 24Th AVE
Dix, Alease 900 NW 6Th Ave APT 119 Seawright, Lamont A 1685 Jefferson Ave APT 17
Dorisma, Princetta C 458 NE 77Th St Shorter, Christopher J 10920 NW 14Th Ave B35
Douglas, Richard J 25615 SW 124Th Ct Shorter, Thomas 1371 NW 131St St
Downs, Chemeka 5445 Collins Ave APT 1516 Sriropshrre, Leroy 1876 NW 73Rd St
Edgecomb, Dianne 2101 NW 36Th St APT #3 Simmons, Terance L 545 NW 8Th St
Edie, Deatric 19378 NW 29Th PI Smith, Cornelius W 9204 NW 18Th Ave
Estrada, Amaurys 7487 SW 82Nd St Apt C-306 Smith, Edwin 1813 NW 44th St
Etienne, Eamest T 16 NE 173Rd St Spry, Kelvin L 527 NW 8Th St
Evans, Christopher S 11263 SW 243Rd Ter Stewart, Kevin 190 NW 47Th St
Fayson, Darrell C 886 NW 74Th St Suarez, Victoria C 2200 SW 122Nd Ave
Fernandez, Gladys S 200 W Park Dr #103 Synagogue, Veatrice E 12768 SW 265Th Ter
Frazier, Cherie H 2095 NW 131st St Tejeda, David 9010 SW 17th Ter
Fulton, Mark A 539 NE 210Th Ter Tellez, Edgar 955 NW 3Rd LN
Garrido, Edel 3121 NW 103Rd St Times, Alphonso B 6730 NW 3Rd Ave
Gomez, Gilbert E 10121 Martinique Dr Tisdale JR, DexterA 11475 SW 213Th ST
Gonzalez, Olga C 12800 SW 67Th Ter Valdes, Oliden 7420 SW 107Th AVE APT 111
Green, Christopher A 6380 NW 20Th Ave APT 201 Varela, Tony J 2330 NE 135Th Ter
Gregory, Matthew T 801 NW 172Nd TER Washington, Joy I 3911 NW 179Th St
Hechavarria, Christian J 7670 NW 180Th St Watkins, Willie J 15735 NW 37Th Ct
Hemandez, Ann M 11500 SW 83Rd TER Wiggins, Tavori R 2241 NW 60Th St
Hernandez, Caridad C 1443 W 38Th PI Williams, Christian LJ 11040 NW 22Nd Avenue RD
Hicks, Shelly G 14795 NE 18Th Ave APT 311 'ii rim,,s. Jimmy 4410 NW 171St ST
Hinkson SR, Dorian W 1072 NW 136Th ST Williams, Keith 4700 NW 32Nd Ave APT 37
Holguin, Jaime 5300 E 4Th Ave Williams, Vanessa 701 NW 214Th St Apt 712
Holmes, Jerome J 328 NW 12Th Ave APT 9 Wimbley, Ryan L 13820 Jefferson St
Jackson JR, Herbert 9805 SW 166Th St Wooden, Thomas J 13280 NE 6Th AVE UNIT 306
James, Melvin S 562 NW 60Th St Woodson, Elbert D 13601 Monroe St
Johnson, Raymond L 2158 NW 5Th Ave Worlds ill, Willie R 1134 NW 63Rd St
Kemp, Darryl J 4825 NW 30Th Ave APT #3 Wright, Travis R 5315 NW 24Th CT
King, James B 1870 NW 46Th St Zinnerman, Tina R 4331 NW 191St Ter
Penelope Townsley
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Supervlsora de Elecciones, Condado de Miami-Dade
Sip~vlzB Eleksyon, Konte Miami-Dade


Apartments I
Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Mr. Willie #6
1168 NW 51 Street
One bedroom, partly fur-
nished, utilities included,
$700 monthly, $1000 to move
in, 305-633-1157.
1210 NW 2 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath, $350.
Appliances. 305-642-7080.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 monthly, $750 move
in. Call Joel 786-355-7578.

1259-79 NW 58 Terr
2 bedroom apt. $725/month
1 bedroom apt. $575/month
First and Security Upfront
Section 8 OK! 786-254-1720
1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080
1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath $375
Two bdrms., one bath $495

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500, 786-236-1144 or
14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Jackson 786-267-1646.
1450 NW 1 Avenue
Efficiency, one bath $395,
one bdrm one bath $425
1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $350
monthly. $575 move in.
Three'bdrms. two'bath:
$550 monthly. $850 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

1600 NW 59 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $575.
Appliances, 305-642-7080.
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1

1801 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $850 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578
1835 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms. Free water.
$900 move in. $450 deposit.
$450 monthly. 786-454-5213
1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$425. Appliances, free gas.
200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

2040 NE 168 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
water included, washer, dryer
facility. Section 8 Welcome!
20520 NW 15 Avenue
One and two bedrooms avail-
able. Please call for more in-
formation, 786-554-5335.
210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450,
appliances. 305-642-7080
2295 NW 46 Street
One and two bedrooms. Call
Tony 305-213-5013
3301 NW 51 Street
$595 move in, utilities in-
cluded. 786-389-1686.
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $495.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
4651 NW 32 Avenue
Small one bdrm, $480 mthly,
Call after 3pm. 305-469-9698


48 NW 77 Street
Beautiful one bedroom, $585
monthly. Call after 6 p.m.
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
5130 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$900 per month, all appli-
ances included. Call Joel
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
$675 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

5551 NW 32 Avenue
One bdrm, $750 monthly,
$1000 to move in, water and
light included. First and Last.
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 561-245-8347.
815 NW 58 Street
Move in special $495
monthly, $750 move in All
appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.
8260 S Hollybrook Drive
Two bdrms, two baths, $1000
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
,.Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
No security deposit re-
quired. One bedroom, water
included, qualify the same
day. 305-603-9592, 305-
600-7280, 305-458-1791 or
visit our office at 1250 NW
62 Street.

North Miami
One large bdrm. Section 8
welcomed. $850 monthly.
Call 786-514-2532 or 786-
One bdrm, one bath. Special
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$825 monthly. Section 8 wel-
Qualify the same day. Lim-
ited time move in special!
Gated and secure building.
One bedroom, $400 and
two bedrooms $550 only!
Water included. No security
deposit required. 55 and
older get additional dis-
count. Call 305-603-9592,
305-600-7280 and

Business Rentals
Restaurant for rent or sale.
Good location in the Town
Center of Miami Gardens.

Four bedrooms, two baths
townhouse, Section 8 vouch-
er welcome, $1300 a month,
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
17942 NW 40 Court
1174 NW 64 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances included. Utility
room in rear. Near schools
and transportation. Section 8
Welcome. 305-624-7664
1250 NW 58 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances. $875 monthly.
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, $900 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome. 305-331 -
2431 or 786-419-0438.
230 N.W. 56th Street
Two bedroom, one bath,
central air, cable ready, $975

monthly. Section 8 OK.

2907 NW 106 Street
Two bdrms one bath. Section
8 only. 305-796-5252.
3631 N.W 194 Terr.
Two bedrooms, Section 8
only. 754-423-2748.
6800 NW 6 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1100. Free water/electric.

7700 NW 11 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.$925
8201 NW 6 Avenue
Newly remodeled two bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
laundry room, free water.
$875 monthly. 786-299-4093
911 NW 42 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly, first, last and deposit,
$500. 305-527-8779.
9697 NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, $800 monthly.
100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1490 NW 56 Street
Furnished, $450 monthly.
2106 NW 70 Street
Furnished, no utilities, $1000
to move in, $750 monthly.
331 NW 56 Street
Appliances included. $425
monthly. 305-688-5002
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
9000 1/2 NW 22 Ave
Air, electric and water
included. Unfurnished, one
person only. 305-693-9486.
Furnished Rooms
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, kitchen, bath and
free utilities, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1541 NW 69 Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632.
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,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1823 NW 68 Terrace
' Clean room, $450 monthly.
2010 NW 55 Terrace
No Deposit Required. $140
weekly moves you in. Air,
cable, utilities included.

2957 NW 44 Street
Furnished, 305-693-1017,
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.
3480 NW 206 STREET
$80 $90 weekly.
6233 NW 22nd COURT
Nice room, utilities included.
Move in immediately. $100
weekly, $200 moves you
in.Call 786-277-2693
9800 NW 25 Avenue
Rooms for rent, all utilities
paid, call 786-332-0682.
Nicely furnished room with
private entrance.
Furnished room in a private
home. Light kitchen privileg-
es. 305-621-1017,
Clean, nice, and air. $400
monthly. Call 786-426-6263.
Rooms with home privileges.
Prices range from $90 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451.
Private entrance. Call
954-854-8154, 305-974-

10201 NW 8 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1195. Stove, refrigerator,


12620 NW 17 Avenue
Cozy three bdrms, one bath,
bars, fenced, air, remodeled.
$925 monthly. First and last.
Section 8 OK. Call for ap-
pointment 305-621-0576.
1505 NW 68 Street
Three bdrms., one bath, $800
monthly, 305-627-3457.
1611 NW 52 Street
Three bdrms., one bath, $900
mthly, no Section 8 call:
1782 NW 63 Street
Newly remodeled, wood
floors, two bedrms, one
bath $895. 305-642-7080.
1827 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
$850 mthly. 305-688-5002
1866 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air, $875 a month, call Rod
2006 York Street
Opa Locka, $900 monthly,
two bdrms, 786-488-2794.
2049 NW 68 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one and
half bath, $1025, stove,
refrigerator, air, 305-642-
25872 SW 133 PLACE
Three bdrms, -two baths,
one car garage, air, tiled and
fenced yard. Section 8 wel-
comed. 786-443-5367.
2921 NW 174 Street
Four bdrms, two baths, newly
remodel Section 8 welcomed.
305-975-0711 or
3165 NW 80 Terr
Four bedrooms, two baths. All
appliances. $1500 monthly.
Call 305-623-0679.
3520 NW 194 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
renovated, $1,395 monthly,
central air, security bars, Sec-
tion 8 okay, 305-454-7767.
5023 NW 1st Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1,100, first and last.
52 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 Preferred.
6640 NW 25 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
brand new home, kitchen
gran night, new appliances.
$1350 monthly. Call Johnny
781 NW 77 Street
One bedroom with air, $600
monthly. 305-742-1050
944 NW 81 Street A
Three bdrms, one bath $950
mthly. Security $600. Water
included. Call 786-488-2264
Dade Move in Special
Three bedrooms, everything
newly renovated with wood
floors, custom kitchens, cen-
tral air and more. Move in
condition. $695 moves you
in. Section 8. Please call 754-
Three bdrms., two bath.
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lams, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roc
won their matches in a straightforward fashion, but
S time champion Kim Clijsters was eliminated.
Williams was done shortly after noon.
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u,.nfored errors.
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"mi;ent tennis after a two-month absence because of a
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iWilliams .has beaten this year.
Willians" is'seeking.her first tournament champion
.since August, and she's bidding for a record sixth tit
Key Bjscayne.,
"I need trophies;"she said.."I want to add more and t
rimore. There are records to break. So I'll do it, I've jus
to believe it. I do believe it."
Sharapova, seeded second, beat American qua
Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-2. Clijsters, coming back fror
ankle injury, lost to Belgian compatriot Yanina Wickm
6-4, 7-6 (5).
Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 29-seeded
tra Celkovska 6-3, 7-5. Reigning French Open champion
Na defeated Iveta Benesova 7-5, 6-2 and Samantha Stc
last year's U.S. Open winner, rallied past Chanelle Sch
ers, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
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She smiled, raised her arms in victory, then skipped to. the
net to shake the 41-year-old Date-Krumm's hand before twirl-
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winning the title.
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Fed Cup first-round victory over Belarus last month, Williams
hadn't played an official match since the U.S. Open first round.
The 31-year-old Williams withdrew from her second-round
match against Sabine Lisicki at the U.S. Open after announc-
ing she had been diagnosed with the fatigue-causing, auto-
immune disease known as Sjogren's Syndrome.
"I mean, just to be in this tournament is a huge win for me.
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North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller, left, during the first
half of the Jayhawks 80-67 win in the NCAA men's college
basketball tournament Midwest Regional final in St. Louis.

By Eddie Pells

One game is a grudge match
between teams that know
each other all too well. The
other is a rare rematch be-
tween virtual strangers.
The Final Four is set. In one
game Saturday, Kentucky will
play Louisville in an intrastate
rivalry that puts Cardinals
coach Rick Pitino against the
school he once coached, then
later alienated by returning
to the Bluegrass to lead its
In the other semifinal, it will
be Ohio State and Kansas,
meeting for only the ninth
time in their history but for
the second time this season.
The Jayhawks won the first
game 78-67 in Lawrence,
Kan., back on Dec. 10th. It
was the first time the teams
had met since 2000.
The winners will play for
the national title April 2nd.
Kentucky already has seven
national titles but none since
1998, the year after Pitino left.
Kansas has three champion-
ships, Louisville has two and
Ohio State, better known as
a football power, won its lone

title in 1960 and is making
its third trip to the Final Four
since 1999.
Absent from this year's ul-
timate hoops weekend, tak-
ing place at the Superdome
in New Orleans, are the long-
shots and little guys who have
made March Madness so spe-
cial over the years. Although
there are no Butlers or VCUs,
there are plenty of good sto-
ries to tell. That list starts
with Pitino vs. his old school.
It was Pitino who restored
Kentucky to its former great-
ness when he arrived there in
1989 and the Wildcat program
was coming off the sting of
NCAA violations. Pitino took
the program to three Final
Fours and won one champion-
ship, but left in 1997 to take a
second shot at the NBA, where
he had previously tried and
failed with the Knicks.
He didn't fare much bet-
ter in four seasons with the
Boston Celtics, and when the
call back to the college game
came, it came from Louisville,
located only 70 miles up the
road from Lexington and very
much in the crosshairs of
Kentucky fans.

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Brittney Griner dunks as Baylor women rout Georgia Tech

Brittney Griner capped a sen-
sational performance with a
two-handed dunk and Baylor
stormed into the NCAA region-
al finals for the third straight
year with an 83-68 rout of
Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Griner, who finished with 35
points, 10 rebounds and six
blocks, got behind the defense
and threw down her slam with
6:29 left in yet another rout

for the Lady Bears swing-
ing briefly on the rim for good
It was the second straight
game in which the.6-foot-8 All-
American dunked and the sev-
enth slam of her college career.
She's now tied with former
Tennessee star Candace Park-
er, whose two dunks in NCAA
tournament play had been the
Destiny Williams added 18

points on 9-for-lO shoot- l has won eight titles,
ing for the top-seeded had hoped to get to
Lady Bears (37-0), who the national semi-
defeated Tennessee, 77- finals for the 19th
58, in the regional final time.
on Monday night and The Lady Bears
now advances to the Fi- took control with
nal Four. a 20-0 first-half
Baylor, the 2005 na- run and never gave
tional champion, will fourth-seeded Tech
make its third Final Four GRINER (26-9) a chance to
appearance and second in answer back. Sharp-shooting
three years. Tennessee, which freshman Sydney Wallace led

Georgia Tech with 32 points.
Griner dominated with her
scoring (13-for-18 shooting),
rebounding and intimidation
on defense. Then came the
dunk and even the neutral
fans stood and roared their
A few seconds later, during
a timeout, Baylor coach Kim
Mulkey took Griner and the
other starters out, giving the
crowd another chance to sa-

lute Griner. With the rout on,
Griner showed the full palette
of her skills when she reached
above everyone to grab a re-
bound, dribbled the length of
the floor and bounced a pass
to Williams for a layup that
made it 32-14. The only thing
the Lady Bears had to worry
about after that was when
Mulkey would order them back
to practice to start working on