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Moss questions motives, says activist is "a bully"
By D. Kevin McNeir
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and puttlling on his activist hat in his ecirlSt 10 line up a slate of candidates to run
against four Miami-Dade Counlty Commissioners in the upcoming August
elections Braman, who bankrolled last year's historic mayoral recall
j B of former County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, says he wants candidates
Please turn to BRAMAN 6A



shelter gets

$2oM pledge
By D. Kevin McNeir
Since opening its doors six years ago,
Overtown's Lotus House, an innovative shel-
ter for the homeless, has transformed the
lives of over 750 women and children. What
started as a once-vacant apartment house
purchased by the program's founder, Con-
stance Collins, 53, has since expanded to a
community of brightly-colored buildings, a
health clinic, verdant gardens and beds for
over 110 women and their children. Collins
says with only 15 percent of their funds com-
ing from the government, there was always
the fear that grants, fundraisers and private
donations might one day be insufficient to
keep the doors of the shelter open.
But with the recent $20 million pledge
from developer Martin Z. Margulies [Col-
lins' former husband], she knows that Lotus
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Overtown's Lotus House: A beacon
of hope for women and children.

After a two-year hiatus due to a "lack ?
of sufficient funds." Liberty City resur- . .
reacted its Annual Dr. Martin Luther '
King, Jr. Candlelight Memorial Service ;J
last Wednesday, April 4th, with a brief '
unity march, speeches and perfor-
mances by inspiring gospel artists
Please turn to JUSTICE 6A


No grand jury

in Martin case

By Sevil Omer
* Special prosecutor State Attorney An-
gela Corey has decided not to use a grand
jury but it remains to
be seen whether or not
George Zimmerman will
be charged for shoot- -
ing Florida teen Trayvon -
Martin. After dismissing
the use of a grand jury,
the special prosecutor in- 1
vestigating the slaying of
Trayvon Martin must now COREY
decide whether to charge
shooter George Zimmerman with a crime or
drop the case.
It will not be an easy task, said Don Mairs,
a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville,
Please turn to GRAND JURY 6A

Task force:

"Stand Your

Ground" law

is confusing
By Curt Anderson
Associated Press
1 FORT LAUDERDALE A task force exam-
ining Florida's "stand your ground" self-de-
fense law was told Thursday that the Trayvon
Martin shooting is one example of the law's
ambiguity and the potential unintended con-
sequences it has created.
"What we've discovered is, in a drug deal
gone bad, people die, and this is the defense,"
Buddy Jacobs, general counsel for the Florida
Prosecuting Attorneys Association, told the
Please turn to TASK FORCE 6A

Black-on-Black violence: Where's the outrage?

By DeWayne Wickham

SANFORD, Fla. I want
justice for Trayvon Martin. But
even more than that, I want
an end to the slaughter of the
many Blacks for whom there
were no mass protest demon-
strations or rabid news media
Justice demands that George
Zimmerman, Martin's killer,

get his day in
court. But it
also cries out
for an even
S greater show-
.' ing of outrage
for the thou-
sands of Black
WICKHAM men and wom-
en whose mur-
ders have rarely gotten more
than fleeting notice in a local

newspaper. And that's a crying
While Blacks are just 12.6%
of the nation's population,
they're roughly half of people
murdered in this country each
year. The vast majority of these
killings are at the hands of
other Blacks.
If that doesn't shock you,
maybe this will: More Blacks
were murdered in the USA in

2009 alone than all the U.S.
troops killed in the Iraq and
Afghanistan wars to date.
Now that really makes me
want to holler. But this pain-
ful truth hasn't produced the
kind of sustained national out-
rage that Martin's death at the
hands of a white Hispanic has
generated. Why such a parsing
of contempt? Maybe the people
who've taken to the streets to

protest Martin's killing don't
care as much about the loss
of other Black lives because
those killings don't register on
the racial conflict meter. Or
maybe they've been numbed
by the persistence of Black-on-
Black carnage.
A carnage without response
Whatever the reason, they
need to get over it.
"The devastation homicide

inflicts on Black teens and
adults is a national crisis, yet
it is all too often ignored out-
side of affected communities,"
according to a report on Black
deaths released in January by
the Violence Policy Center, a
Washington-based, anti-vio-
lence think tank.
Sure, there have been oc-
casional marches and calls
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Black legislators must be

ready to stand "their" ground
Since the murder of Trayvon Martin five weeks ago, al-
most every Black politician has their say about the con-
troversial "Stand Your Ground" law. The irony is that
some of the same people that are now saying the law needs to be
reviewed, revised or even repealed, were once part of the legisla-
tive voice that ushered it in as one of Florida's laws and with
very little opposition.
But then, as many former and current politicians have em-
phasized, when the statute first became law, we were living in a
"very different Miami." Perhaps they are right. Yet, for all their
justifications, it's still difficult to understand why there was so
little opposition to such an open-ended, ambiguously-stated law.
But enough of criticizing decisions made in the past. Who
among us has not changed our minds? Who among us had not
seen the evidence of our actions or conclusions and then real-
ized that maybe we moved in the wrong direction? Those who are
currently members of the State House or Senate must step up to
the plate and be the leaders that we elected. We have seen how
much pain and injustice this law can cause.
Soon the state's prosecutor will decide whether George Zim-
merman should be charged. But what will still remain unre-
solved is a law that allows for vigilante actions of the highest de-
gree. Citizens should clearly have the right to defend themselves.
But from what we can gather, such laws guaranteeing the right
for self-defense are already covered under other forms of legisla-
tion. Why then do we still need to allow "Stand Your Ground" to
remain the law of the land? We need our Black elected officials,
in fact all elected officials, to do the right thing now. We cannot
afford to wait until after the August elections by that time an-
other Trayvon Martin may have met their demise.

Miami puts its best foot

forward in tribute to Trayvon
W ith the recent rise in Black-on-Black crime and gang
violence that are making the streets of Miami-Dade
County more and more dangerous potentially usher-
ing in a summer that will be marked by unprecedented blood-
shed community leaders are understandably concerned while
hoping to find ways to stem the tide. But a week ago Sunday, the
Black community was at its very best, showing solidarity, pride
in their culture and expressing pent-up emotions in a way that is
illustrative of the Black tradition. The event was a homecoming
celebration that welcomed the parents of the ti 'o, a- m_- -'. (
teen, Trayvon Martin. And with the music of the Black church,
prayers, liturgical dance and powerful testimonies from everyone
from superstars to ordinary people, it was a much-needed service
of healing.
Blacks are angry and fed up and with good reason. In many
respects young Trayvon has become the poster child for Blacks'
constant demand for justice in a nation that has yet to give Black
people fair and equal treatment under the law. As more details
become revealed, Black leaders, parents and youth say they won't
rest until the teen's murderer is arrested and faces a judge and
jury. That would be the right thing to do the just thing to do.
We hear that Sunday's rally for Trayvon Martin could not have
been possible without the leadership of Congresswoman Frederi-
ca Wilson and City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones. Both
were part of the events on stage and did a credible job of allowing
many voices to take to the microphone and share their views.
And as has been the case at every rally or protest focusing on the
senseless murder of Trayvon, there was not one single incident
of violence.
Blacks may not be in the majority here in Miami, but when
we come together, Blacks and Haitians alike, and stand on our
similarities as opposed to separating ourselves because of our
differences, that's when we get things done. Let's keep up the
good work.

A superb team is making the

difference at Miami Edison
Miami Edison, along with Booker T. Washington, Cen-
tral and Holmes Elementary, have proven to the State
Board of Education that they are making enough
progress in the academic performance of their students to re-
move the four schools from "intervene status" thus avoiding
the possibility of either being closed or converted into charter
schools. Those who are committed to improving public educa-
tion in Miami-Dade County say it's all about teamwork. We
couldn't agree more and applaud the efforts of each principal,
particularly Dr. Pablo Ortiz who has been at Edison for three
years. Ortiz was also recently named Principal of the Year.
His task is especially daunting because he has a student body
that is 75 percent Haitian in origin. Many of the students are
still attempting to master English and can routinely be heard
speaking their native Creole in the hallways or outside on the
school grounds. We recall one instance where the Miami Times'
editor had to speak French in order to successfully interview
some of the school's top soccer players.
Ortiz is not a Black man, but he clearly understands the
needs and challenges of his students and has assembled a
crew that collectively pushed their students to new academic
heights. Readers may recall that Edison earned its first "C"
this year after receiving multiple failing grades. What's more,
74 percent of the students are now graduating with their high
school diploma.
Parents are becoming more involved in their children's lives
and the students have a sense of self-esteem that was once
unheard of at Edison. They are proud to be Haitian-Americans
and even prouder to be part of the 915 boys and girls that at-
tend Edison. There are no short cuts to improving academic
performance. It must be done day in and day out. And while
Ortiz's star is shining brightly, he says he won't be person-
ally satisfied until every one of his students graduates and has
the opportunity to make their dreams come true. In our book,
that's evidence of an educator on top of their game.

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- BY EUGENE ROBII]SON, Washington Post columnist, eugenerobinson@washpost.com

Handicapping the vice-presidential sweepstakes

Playing second fiddle to Mitt
Romney won't be easy, but
somebody has to be his run-
ning mate. Let's handicap the
field. Florida Senator Marco
Rubio: The choice who offers
the biggest potential reward
- for the biggest risk. The
telegenic young Cuban-Amer-
ican could potentially shore
up three of the Romney cam-
paign's weaknesses: He is an
unambiguous conservative,
elected with Tea Party backing,
who would temper Romney's
"Massachusetts moderate"
image among the disgruntled
GOP base. Rubio's candidacy
could lure back some of the
Hispanic voters driven away
by Republican policies. And he
happens to come from a huge
swing state that Romney has to
win in order to have a chance
at the White House. But Rubio
would be a roll of the dice. How
would he perform under the
microscopic scrutiny that any
candidate for national office
must endure? Pitted against

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Vice President Biden in a de-
bate, would he seem callow
and uninformed? Rubio could
brighten Romney's prospects,
but there's also a chance he
could dim them considerably.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan:
A safer choice, yet one that
would restrict Romney's free-

Obama's re-election campaign.
Romney might figure that,
having said nice things about
the Ryan budget, he effectively
owns it anyway. But there's a
difference between owning the
thing and chaining yourself to
its creator.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Chris-

Remarkably, it turns out that Ryan is even less charis-
matic on the stump than Romney meaning there's
no danger that Romney would be overshadowed. But
Ryan is the author of the House Republican budget, a document
that has become the main target of President Obama's re-election

dom to maneuver during the
campaign. Remarkably, it
turns out that Ryan is even
less charismatic on the stump
than Romney meaning
there's no danger that Rom-
ney would be overshadowed.
But Ryan is the author of the
House Republican budget, a
document that has become
the main target of President

tie: A potential game-changer
who could save the ticket or
doom it -either way, spectacu-
larly. I think of Christie as the
"fasten your seat belts" choice.
He has credibility as a conser-
vative Republican, yet manag-
es to survive in a state where
appealing to independents is
crucial. And no other poten-
tial vice-presidential candidate

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Will we answer Trayvon Martin's last cry

The new forensic voice analy-
sis of the desperate sound of
the pleading cry for help cap-
tured on the 911 tape record-
ing on that tragic night of the
murder of Trayvon Martin in
Sanford back on February 26th
is just the latest piece of evi-
dence of the horrible and tragic
last moments of a precious life
that was ruthlessly and vi-
ciously taken away. Every time
we hear that tape, it serves to
reveal and remind us of the
deadly consequences of racial
hatred, prejudice and violence.
This is about ensuring equal
justice for Trayvon and for all
people. As we have stated from
the very first day, the murder
of Trayvon is not an isolated
incident. The truth is, how-
ever, our society does not need
more polarization or anger if
we are going to see that justice
is done for him and for all the
victims of this type of societal

madness. Some of the recent
public debates on this issue
have been driven more by the
personal ego of some rather
than the collective determina-
tion of all people of goodwill to
stand up and do what is fair
and just. That is why, even in
the face of all the real haunt-

money out of politics" because
our democracy is so paralyzed
due to economic inequity and
injustice that some believe
they have "the right" to carry
guns and shoot people at the
will of their social bias or prej-
udice. These inequities make
our "system of justice" only for

This is about ensuring equal justice for Trayvon and for
all people. As we have stated from the very first day, the
murder of Trayvon is not an isolated incident. The truth
is, however, our society does not need more polarization or anger
if we are going to see that justice is done for him and for all the
victims of this type of societal madness.

ing hurt and pain, we remain
committed to transforming our
nation and world into a better
That is what Occupy the
Dream is all about. We are
building a proactive movement
for change. We want "to get

the interests of those who are
in the 1 percent. Will the 99
percent continue to hear Tray-
von Martin still crying out for
justice from his grave?
Yes, first we have to continue
to demand equal justice. But
also, we can make sure that

would fill the traditi,':,;a"al.~t
tack dog" role with more gusto.
And let's consider a few oth-
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:
Plausible . but why?
Virginia Gov. Bob McDon-
nell: Looked much better a few
months ago.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Indi-
ana Gov. Mitch Daniels, South
Dakota Sen. John Thune,
former Minnesota Gov. Tim
Pawlenty: Safe, safe, safe, safe.
Not much excitement here,
which may be the way Romney
wants it. Maybe a slight edge
to Portman because he's from
Ohio, another of those must-
win swing states.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki
Haley: Given her talent for con-
troversy, I'm begging on behalf
of columnists everywhere, Mr.
Romney. Please. Make our day.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Wash-
ington Post.

for life? _

Trayvon's murder is not in
vain. We have a responsibil-
ity today not just to be angry,
but to channel our anger into a
positive, proactive, participato-
ry movement for change in our
own communities, nation and
world. Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. said it best at the 1963
March on Washington. King
emphasized, "I have a dream
that my four children will one
day live in a nation where they
will not be judged by the color
of their skin but by the content
of their character." We need to
press forward to make King's
dream a reality. We need to
press forward compassionately
to answer Trayvon Martin's cry
for justice. His cry for life is
now our cry for life.
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is
president of the Hip-Hop Sum-
mit Action Network (HSAN) and
serves as the national director
of Occupy the Dream (OTD).

B DONOVAN X RAMSEY, The Grio columnist

Race in U.S. still matters: Hate crimes rise

What we think of as hate
crime legislation began with
the Civil Rights Act of 1968. It
said, in part, that anyone who
injures, intimidates, or at-
tempts to do either to another
based on their race, color, re-
ligion or national origin "shall
be fined under this title, or
imprisoned not more than one
year, or both." It goes on to
detail assaults, attempted as-
saults, threats, sexual abuse,
kidnapping and murder as
offenses with special conse-
quences when motivated by
bias those consequences
ranging from something as
small as a fine to as significant
as a death sentence. Such
laws did not exist throughout
much of America's history of
racial terrorism, intimidation
and crime; these provisions,
written into the Civil Rights
Act, did not exist until 13
years after the murder of Em-
mett Till. They could possi-
bly play a part if charges are

brought in the death of Tray-
von Martin, however.
Notably, the legislation does
specify that free speech and
peaceful assembly are still
protected by the Constitution,
but not to the point that they
aid or invite another to com-
mit an act of violence upon

and Wyoming have hate crime
laws but none that account
for crimes committed as a re-
sult of racial, religious or eth-
nic bias. Civil rights-era hate
crime legislation only covered
possible victims who were par-
ticipating in protected activi-
ties like voting. The Matthew

The state of Florida, where Trayvon Martin was killed, cov-
ers every protected class of people except by gender. At
the time of the survey, Florida also had the distinction
of being one of 35 states that did not provide training for law en-
forcement personnel to deal with hate crimes ...

According to a 2006 sur-
vey by the Anti-Defanation
League, there are 17 states
with particularly inclusive
hate crime laws. They cover
crimes based on race, reli-
gion, ethnicity, gender, sexu-
al orientation and disability.
States like Arizona, Georgia,
Indiana, South Carolina, Utah

Shepard Act reversed this in
2009, defining hate crimes
more liberally and adding gen-
der, gender identity, sexual
orientation, and disability to
the definition.
According to data compiled
by the FBI in 2010, however,
48.2 percent of hate crimes
reported were connected to
racial bias. Religion and sexu-

al orientation were the second
and third most frequent mo-
tives for a hate crime. In the
case of Trayvon Martin, his
shooter, George Zimmerman,
is heard in a 911 recording
mumbling what reports have
speculated to be a racial slur.
Drexel University law profes-
sor Donald Tibbs said to the
Associated Press, "It sounds
pretty obvious to me. If that
was a racial epithet that pre-
ceded the attack on Travvon
Martin, we definitely have a
hate crime."
The state of Florida, where
Trayvon Martin was killed,
covers every protected class
of people except by gender. At
the time of the survey, Florida
also had the distinction of be-
ing one of 35 states that did
not provide training for law
enforcement personnel to deal
with hate crimes, possibly an-
other impediment to a case
that the Martin family said
was botched since day one.





BY QUEEN BROWN, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, Queenb2020@bellsouth,net

Racism comes in many heinous forms
Trayvon's Martin murder Blacks experienced here. He slavery, segregation, lynching, sengers and rafters travel the
has stirred conversations shared an isolated experience Jim Crow laws and unresolved same seas with the same desti-
about race practically on every when he first arrived of how discrimination endured by nation in mind our experienc-
level of our society. Although, he was teased and humiliated Blacks in the U.S. I reminded es are totally different. Grant-
I have tried to avoid discuss- at his job because he spoke him that my ancestors fought ed, I could never compare my
ing Travon's case, a colleague with an accent. He boastfully and died so that he and I both experiences to those of my sis-
of mine insisted on starting an explained that he did not let could one day work side by side ters and brothers who risked

unwelcome conversation with
me regarding Blacks in Amer-
ica. Although he began the
conversation speaking in the
third person, he soon dropped
the imaginary third person
and began speaking in the
first person. Ah ha I knew
all along he was speaking on
what he really thought about
race 'in disguise. However, I
wanted him to be real and it
was okay for him to share how
he felt.
In his view, Blacks in Amer-
ica use race as an excuse for
everything that goes wrong
in their lives and need to get
over it. He went on to say be-
ing from another country he
was discriminated against
when he arrived in the U.S.,
so he personally knew what

In his view, Blacks in America use race as an excuse for ev-
erything that goes wrong in their lives and need to get over
it. He went on to say being from another country he was
discriminated against when he arrived in the U.S., so he person-
ally knew what Blacks experienced here.

that stop him and he contin-
ued to work for the company
and received several promo-
tions. I acknowledged what he
endured was cruel and unfor-
tunate. However, even with
his accent he was able to get
a job, something that millions
of Blacks struggle to achieve
everyday. Then I let him know
that I was offended that he
would compare this isolated
experience with centuries of

and earn a living in this coun-
try. I also encouraged him to
study the history of Blacks
in America so he might un-
derstand that the civil rights
movement wasn't just about
me it it was about him too.
. My colleague using his en-
counter with racism is just
as cynical as me using my
experience as a passenger on
a cruise ship to that of a raf-
ter. Although cruise ship pas-

their lives and everything they
owned by traveling the seas in
search of freedom. This is an
experience I could never con-
tend with and I respect the
courage of all the people that
made -this journey. The real-
ity is we all have experienced
some form of racism or other
social injustices in this coun-
try. Our experiences are real
and at times very painful.
However, we must be willing
to forgive but never forget all
of our struggles. We must con-
tinue to unite and fight the in-
stitutionalized and individual
racism that continues to exist
in this country.
Queen Brown is a freelance
writer, a motivational speaker
and a trained crime victim's

BY ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor, jet3B@bellsouth.net

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they will suspend Federal Flood
Insurance, he needs to listen.
Everyone knows that our
governor does not support our
president, and he does not like
federal regulations. He believes
in state's rights and he thinks
the states should be left alone
to make their own decisions.
This kind of thinking has got-
ten our governor in hot water
before, and it looks like he is
getting ready to get in hot wa-
ter again if he refuses to comply
with FEMA (Federal Emergency
Management Agency).
Scott has been put on no-
tice that homeowners and
businesses across the state
will lose access to the Federal
Flood Insurance program. The
bill now sits on the governor's

oit n that allows local govern-
ments to issue building per-

Insurance Program rues. y
leaving federal agencies out of

Everyone knows that our governor does not support our
president, and he does not like federal regulations. He
believes in state's rights and he thinks the states should
be left alone to make their own decisions.

mits without getting approval
from any other state or federal
agency. The bill was backed by
businesses who claimed the
permitting process was time
consuming and involved too
many agencies. The House Bill
503, the legislature, the busi-
ness community and the Scott
administration thought that
they could circumvent the fed-
eral government and eliminate

the permitting process, the di-
rector of FEMA believes there
would be overdevelopment in
flood areas. Also, major com-
panies would be able to lower
their building standards with-
out proper federal regulations
and laws.
Florida is a place where
floods and hurricanes happen
because the water table level is
low. Hurricanes season can be
devastating for many different

a and the fed-
.ce program is
nsure against
e insurance
*fnies do not

insurance co paileS UQ UL
insure or issue flood insurance
or losses.
Without a federal flood in-
surance program the housing
market would be devastated
and come to a standstill. Real
Estate companies would not
be able to make deals, because
the mortgage companies need
flood insurance to insure their
properties. Our governor has
the potential to destroy the
housing market for the State
of Florida, if he signs House
Bill 503. As a homeowner with
flood insurance, I am hoping
that he listens to the members
of FEMA and he does not sign
the bill.
Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
On Point Media Group in Jack-

Yes, they '
should be
punished for
that because d
their stu- f
dents look up
to them. If
teachers are
allowing haz-
ing, then the tradition is still
being handed down and then
students will think that's ac-
ceptable. What's sad is that
even though that FAMU band
student died, hazing will still
go on. It's just going to become
more secretive.

Miami, self-employed

Yes, those
teachers. -. '
should be held '
accountable. .:
People are dy-
ing from haz-
ing nowadays.
If they know
something like that is going on,
then by not speaking up they
might as well have committed
the murders themselves.

Miami, retired

Hazing has been taken to a
new low where ,;.- t 1
now it's not .." ... -
only morally
wrong, but it
now causes
death. So, the
faculty should 1P
definitely be
held account-
able. They're the guardians in
that particular situation; they
should definitely be monitoring
what's going on.

If it's in their
homes they
should be held i!
because at
all times you ..
want to and is
should know
what's going
on in your own house.

Pembroke Pines, manager

Yes, I think teachers should
be held ac-
countable if
something p.
like that is a
happening on
campus and
they know
about it. But,
I don't think J
it's their fault
if, for example, they allow a fra-
ternity to come in and sponsor
something at their house and
something happens there. Then
the fraternity should be held
accountable in that incident.

Miami, security officer

Yes. The faculty should know
what's going
on at their r
schools and at
their homes.
And if they
know some- 2 1-'
thing illegal '
like hazing is <"
going on, then --- i
they should stop it. It's time for


Trayvon Martin ... the modern day Emmett Till

Mamie Carthan warned her
son, "Be safe. ..." He was trav-
eling without her, he was a
teenage boy and it was 1955.
Her son had never experi-
enced "the racial dynamics of
the hostile South and he was
traveling into the belly of the
beast. Emmett Till kissed his
mother goodbye, not know-
ing that his innocent gesture
would be their last encounter.
.And the story goes . Till,
parading down a Mississippi
road, allegedly whistled at a
white woman. What happened
next is what sparked the civil
rights movement. He was kid-
napped and brutally murdered
- mutilated and ravaged into
what appeared nonhuman or
more so as if his killers were
struggling to eradicate every-
thing that marked him as a
Black male. Published in Jet

magazine was Till's disfigured be their last encounter. And

body displayed for the country
to see. The objective: To never
forget. But have we forgotten?
Are we desensitized so much
that we are unable to recognize
racial strife? Did the presiden-

like Till, Trayvon, unable to es-
cape his Black maleness, was
murdered for the very same
The murder of Trayvon Mar-
tin has stirred this country.

Trayvon Martin represents the danger in forgetting. Histo-
ry will repeat itself and reproduce events that we should
never see replicated again. Until we acknowledge the
parallels and address them, we will not be able to differentiate
between 1955 and 2012.

cy of Obama create a state of
"color blindness" and we feel
as though we have moved past
the era of the all too common
lynchings and murders? Then
along comes Trayvon Martin,
who probably kissed his moth-
er good-bye; who probably did
not know that his kiss would

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And while people are outraged,
some are still ignorant to the
connections. Some cannot rec-
ognize that this is a hate crime
that has everything to do with
race that this reflects the

psychology of far too many
people in this country and
around this world. A Black
male invoked fear in the minds
of too many and he still rep-
resents "criminal" despite ad-
vancements. Regardless of how
many years may have passed
or achievements made, until
the image of the Black male is
transformed and free from its
racist implications, situations
like this will resurface.
Trayvon Martin represents
the danger in forgetting. His-
tory will repeat itself and re-
produce events that we should
never see replicated again. Un-
til we acknowledge the paral-
lels and address them, we will
not be able to differentiate be-
tween 1955 and 2012.

For 89 years

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Should FAMU faculty be held responsible for
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Seven years before Trayvon's death

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By Jeff Perlman

The tragic death of Trayvon
Martin on Feb. 26 has sparked a
national conversation and deep
soul searching on an age-old
subject: race.
But for me, Trayvon Martin's
death parallels a similar tragedy
that unfolded in my community
on Feb. 26, 2005 exactly seven
years before.
Jerrod Miller was a 16-year-old
African American who was shot
and killed by a white rookie po-
lice officer outside a school dance
in Delray Beach, Florida.
The tragic shooting triggered
protests, anger, sadness and a
complex legal process that in-
cluded a civil suit and the first
inquest in Palm Beach County in
I was mayor of Delray Beach
at the time, and there is no play-
book for how to manage or cope
with a situation as sad, tragic
and volatile as the shooting of a
And while the Jerrod Miller
shooting was the subject of in-
tense local news media coverage,
it did not become a national sto-
ry, probably because social me-
dia was not as influential in 2005
as it is today.
Nevertheless, there are simi-
larities to explore and lessons to
be learned from our experience
in Delray and what is unfolding
in Sanford, Fla., and across the
* Jerrod was shot and killed after
he was stopped by police while
driving his uncle's Cadillac out-
side a local school. Jerrod did not
have a driver's license. In a split
second, he decided to flee police,

and his car headed toward the
breezeway at the school when the
rookie officer opened fire, striking
Jerrod and killing him instantly.
Eyewitness reports at the scene
were- mixed. The officer claimed
that the car was speeding toward
students; others said that there
was nobody in the breezeway.
In a split second, a young life
was lost, and the life of the rookie
officer was forever changed. Our
community changed as well.

Delray Beach has struggled
with issues of race for most of its
100-year history. We are a great
community, and we have made
enormous strides, winning na-
tional awards, redeveloping our
downtown into one of the fin-
est in the nation and improving
neighborhoods and schools. But
though we are a diverse com-
munity, we are also largely seg-
regated into "white" and "black"
neighborhoods. To this day, we
still have two Little Leagues,
one black, one white. Efforts
have been made to integrate the
leagues, but the historic minority
league has resisted overtures to
merge. Likewise, perceptions still
linger about the safety of certain
schools and neighborhoods that
are simply not based on fact.
As mayor, I was determined
to change the racial dynamic in
our two-time "All America City."
When we completed our master
plan for the downtown, we ad-
justed the boundaries to include
minority neighborhoods as part
of the new definition of down-
We also launched a race rela-
tions initiative that included con-

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Miller: Teenager's death seven
von Martin Feb. 26
versations called "study circles"
that encouraged a deep explora-
tion of the issues that have kept
our community apart for de-
I was criticized for opening
Pandora's box by some in our
community, but most people
longed to connect with each oth-
er. When they did many for
the first time they learned that
they had more in common than
not. They shared a desire for safe
neighborhoods, a passion for
their children to succeed, fears
of crime and a yearning to con-
nect with their neighbors to
feel as if they could walk, drive,
live, work and play comfortably
in any neighborhood, regardless
of their race or ethnicity.

Nothing can bring back Tray-
von Martin. Nothing can bring
back Jerrod Miller. The tragic
loss of young men cannot be
erased by any kind of civic effort.

-Family photo
years ago mirrors that of Tray-

But amidst the sadness and
beyond the anger, there is op-
portunity. Opportunity for neigh-
bors to discuss issues once con-
sidered forbidden. Opportunities
for mayors, communities, police
chiefs, teachers, parents and
children to talk, connect and get
to know each other's dreams,
fears, concerns, challenges and
We began that process in Del-
ray Beach, even before Jerrod
Miller's shooting. I think it saved
us. Because despite the under-
standable anger, sadness, confu-
sion and rage, we survived and in
many ways grew closer as a com-
munity, although we still have a
long way to go.
This is the opportunity that we
as a nation have now. For our
children's sake and safety, I pray
we seize it.
Jeff Perlman is principal at Del-
ray Brand Group LLC. He was
mayor of Delray Beach, Fla., from
2003 to 2007.

The mentality of the gated community

By Rich Benjamin A

AS a Black man who has been
mugged at gunpoint by a black
teenager late at night, I am not
naive: I know firsthand the awk-
ward conundrums surrounding
race, fear and crime. Trayvon
Martin's killing at the hands of
George Zimmerman baffles this
nation. While the youth's sup-
porters declare in solidarity "We
are all Trayvon," the question is
raised, to what extent is the Unit-
ed States also all George Zimmner-
Under assault, I 'didn't dream of
harming my teenage assailant, let
alone taking his life.
Zimmerman reacted very differ-
ently, taking out his handgun and
shooting the youth in cold blood.
What gives?
Welcome to gate-minded Amer-
From 2007 to 2009, I traveled
27,000 miles, living in predomi-
nantly white gated communities
across this country to research
a book. I threw myself into these.
communities with gusto no
Howard Johnson or Motel 6 for
me. I borrowed or rented resi-
dents' homes. From the red-rock
canyons of southern Utah to the
Waffle-House-pocked exurbs of
north Georgia, I lived in gated
communities as a Black man,
with a youthful style and face, to
interview and observe residents.
The perverse, pervasive real-
estate speak I heard in these
communities champions a bun-
ker mentality. Residents often ex-
pressed a fear of crime that was
exaggerated beyond the actual
criminal threat, as documented
by their police department's sta-
tistics. Since you can say "gat-
ed community" only so many
times, developers hatched an
array of Orwellian euphemisms
to appease residents' anxieties:
"master-planned community,"
"landscaped resort community,"
"secluded intimate neighbor-


No matter the label, the product
is the same: self-contained, con-
servative and overzealous in its
demands for "safety." Gated com-
munities churn a vicious cycle by
attracting like-minded residents
who seek shelter from outsiders
and whose physical seclusion
then worsens paranoid group-
think against outsiders. These
bunker communities remind
me of those Matryoshka wooden
dolls. A similar-object-within-a-
similar-object serves as shelter;
from community to subdivision to
house, each unit relies on stag-
gered forms of security and com-
fort, including town authorities,
zoning practices, private security
systems and personal firearms.
Residents' palpable satisfac-
tion with their communities' vir-
tue and their evident readiness
to trumpet alarm at any given
"threat" create a peculiar atmo-
sphere an unholy alliance of
smugness and insecurity. In this
us-versus-them mental land-
scape, them refers to. new im-
migrants, blacks, young people,
renters, non-property-owners
and people perceived to be poor.

'Long Live Zimmerman' graff

building at Ohio State Unive

Some graffiti appeared on the
side of a building at Ohio State
University, related to the Tray-
von Martin case.
The spray painted message
read: "Long live Zimmerman."
It was painted on the side of
the campus cultural center, a

building that houses organi-
zations which promote diver-
sity at the school. A student
spotted the message and was
upset because it appeared to
support George Zimmerman,
the man who shot and killed
the 17-year-old Martin. It's not

Zimmerman's gated communi-
ty, a 260-unit housing complex,
sits in ia racially mixed suburb
of Orlando, Fla. Mr. Martin's
"suspicious" profile amounted
to more than his black skin. He
was profiled as young, loitering,
non-property-owning and poor.
Based on their actions, police of-
ficers clearly assumed Mr. Zim-
merman was the private prop-
erty owner and Mr. Martin the
dangerous interloper. After all,
why did the police treat Mr. Mar-
tin like a criminal, instead of Mr.
Zimmerman, his assailant? Why
was the black corpse tested for
drugs and alcohol, but the living
perpetrator wasn't?
Across the United States,
more than 10 million housing
units are in gated communi-
ties, where access is "secured
with walls or fences," according
to 2009 Census Bureau data.
Roughly 10 percent of the occu-
pied homes in this country are
in gated communities, though
that figure is misleadingly low
because it doesn't include tem-
porarily vacant homes or second
homes. Between 2001 and 2009,
the United States saw a 53 per-
cent growth in occupied housing
units nestled in gated communi-
Another related trend con-
tributed to this shooting: our
increasingly privatized crimi-
nal justice system. The United
States is becoming even more
enamored with private own-
ership and decision making
around policing, prisons and
probation. Private companies
champion private "security"
services, alongside the private
building and managing of pris-
"Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot
First" laws like Florida's expand
the so-called castle doctrine,
which permits the use of deadly
force for self-defense in one's
home, as long as the homeowner
can prove deadly force was rea-
sonable. Thirty-two states now

iti appears on

rsity campus

clear who was behind the graf-
fiti, or what the motives were.
School officials removed the
paint from the building shortly
after being notified.
Ohio State University presi-
dent released a statement
promising a full investigation.

permit expanded rights to self-

Trayvon Martin and shooter, George Zimmerman

Poll shows big racial

divide in opinion on

Trayvon Martin case

By Liz Goodwin

Americans are sharply
divided by race in their
opinion of the shooting of
an unarmed Black teenager
in Florida by a Hispanic
neighborhood watchman.
A Gallup/USA Today poll
finds that most Black Amer-
icans (73 percent) think
Trayvon Martin's shooter,
George Zimmerman, would
have been arrested if Martin
had been white. Only 33
percent of non-Hispanic
white people said the same
The racial divide on Zim-
merman's guilt was also
big: 51 percent of Black
people said Zimmerman
is "definitely guilty" based
on the information avail-
able, compared to only 10
percent of whites. About 20

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17-year-old then attacked
him. Zimmerman said he
shot Martin in self-defense.
He hasn't been charged.
Martin's family says Zim-
merman followed and then
attacked and shot Martin in
an act of vigilante policing.
An earlier Pew Research
Center poll found that only
16 percent of Black people
said there had been too
much media coverage of the
shooting, compared to 43
percent of white people. The
Gallup poll of more than
3,000 adults has a margin
of error of plus or minus 2
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Fatal shooting of teenager in Florida

parallels that of another in 2005



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workers get wheels

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M.
Edmonson joined State Rep-
resentative Cynthia Stafford,
County Commissioners Bar-
bara Jordan and Jean Mones-
time, other elected officials and
over 1,000 residents at a rally
in support of "Justice for Tray-
von Martin" held Sunday, April

1, 2012 at Bayfront Park in
Downtown Miami. A number of
speakers and rally-goers called
for an arrest in the case of the
young man's death. A number
of similar protests have taken
place in Florida and through-
out the country as support-
ers of Trayvon Martin's family

await the outcome of an inves-
tigation into the February 26th
incident, when Trayvon was
shot by George Zimmerman in
Sanford, Florida as he walked
home from a trip to the local
store. Pictured are: State Rep-
resentative Cynthia Stafford (1-
r); Miami-Dade County Com-

missioner Barbara Jordan;
FIU basketball coach Isaiah
Thomas; Miami-Dade County
Vice Chairwoman Audrey M.
Edmonson; Trey Mourning,
Tracy Mourning and Alonzo
Mourning; Trayvon's parents,
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Mar-

South African Ambassador Rasool visits FMU

The Honorable Ebrahim Ra-
sool, The Republic of South Af-
rica's Ambassador to the United
States of America, visited the
campus of Florida Memorial
University during his tour of
South Florida. Ambassador Ra-

sool engaged several students
during a special one-on-one
encounter and reminded them
that "we are each other's keep-
er." During a public reception,
he encouraged hundreds of
revelers to "embrace their mo-

ments of greatness." University
President Dr. Henry Lewis III
saluted the ambassador on his
"humanitarianism, conviction
and intelligence." This engage-
ment is a part of Lewis' Vision
2020 initiative to expand col-

Camillus House honors role of Black women

On Friday March 30th, Ca-
millus House celebrated six
iconic women from Miami's
Black community who have
shaped and transmitted a
rich cultural history, at the
very first event to happen
at the newly-built Camillus
House campus of Overtown
on 7th Avenue. The event
recognized the hard work and
dedication of these outstand-
ing Black women who have
made and continue to make a
positive effect on the Miami-
Dade County community.
The honorees includ-
ed: Thelma Gibson for her
groundbreaking contribu-
tions to healthcare: Gepsie
Metellus for her work in serv-
ing the Haitian community;
Christine Mims, known as

"Momma Mims," for her com-
mitment to the well-being of
children and families; Bev-
erly Parker for her generous
financial contributions to
those less fortunate; Carole
Ann Taylor for her profes-
sional successes in retail
and business; and Miami
Gardens Mayor Shirley Gib-
son for her role in shaping
government in Miami-Dade
County. Mayor Gibson was
unable to accept the award
as she had traveled to The
White House for a private
dinner with President Obama
In her stead, the award was
accepted by Shellie Ransom,
building services director of
the City of Miami Gardens.
"What is most impres-
sive about the contributions

of these six women is that
through their achievements
and example they have trans-
mitted the essential values
and standards inherent in
African-American culture -
that is, the commonly held
meanings that are univer-
sal to the African-American
community relevant to
the fields of government and
politics, health care and so-
cial service family life, philan-
thropy, arts and culture and
business, both to the young
people of their own commu-
nity, as well as to the overall
community," said Camillus
House President & CEO Paul
Ahr Ph.D. Camillus House, a
non-profit organization com-
mitted to serving Miami's
homeless population.

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By John Wisely

For Benita Jackson, an
8-year-old blue Saturn Vue
was a life changer.
The 41-year-old single
mother from Detroit bought
,the vehicle in December
through Ways to Work, a non-
profit group that helps low-
income workers get reduced
interest loans on used cars if
they agree to continue work-
ing and take financial literacy
"I'm able to make it to work,
visit my dad and do more
things in the community,"
Jackson says. "They are here
to help you."
The program, started in
1984 and based in Milwau-
kee, is undergoing a national
expansion. It's now in 41
communities in 23 states
and plans to expand to all 50
"We grew 40 percent last
year," says Jeff Faulkner,
president of Ways to Work.
"We've loaned about $63 mil-
lion to 32,000 families."
The program loans up to
$6,000 to buy or repair a used
car so the new owner can get
to work. Borrowers pay 8 per-
cent simple interest mean-
ing a $1,000 loan would cost
just $80 in interest.
Banks provide capital to the
program and so do founda-
tions. The Walmart Founda-
tion has donated $4 million.
The buyer gets to choose
the car, but it must first be
checked by a mechanic ap-
proved by the program to
insure that it will outlast the
loan payment, which is typi-
cally 24 to 30 months.
Ways to Work partners with
social services agencies to of-
fer financial literacy courses
to the borrowers, who must
create a monthly budget and
stick to it.
Faulker says more than 80
percent of the program's bor-
rowers are single mothers who
head households.
"They are in that vast group
of people called the under-
employed," Faulkner says.
"They have a job, they are

low income and they've got
distressed credit."
Faulkner says the bor-
rowers typically have credit
scores below 500. Most of
them, if they tried to get a car
loan, would pay 20 percent
or more in interest, typically
to the dealer selling them the
"My credit was in the dump.
I couldn't afford to buy here,
pay here," says Leanette Wat-
kins, 48, of Madison Heights,
In April 2007, Watkins used
the program to buy a 1997
silver Saturn SL for $1,200,
which she paid off in her first
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had been driving a 1994 car



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vehicle to get a job as a data
entry clerk in a law firm,
replacing another woman who
frequently missed work. She's
since been promoted several
times to senior paralegal.
"From that vehicle, I was
able to get to work every day,"
Watkins says. "That car has
taken me through four promo-
tions. It gave me not only a
job, but a career."
The financial literacy
courses she took also have
paid dividends, she says.
"I taught me a new way of
budgeting," she says "I bought
my first home in 2009."
Faulkner says the program
has generated a 90 percent
repayment rate because most
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who are "interested in re-
form," and denies charges
that he is targeting any one
commissioner in particular.
"I am trying to give people
a choice that's all these ef-
forts are about," he said.
Among 13 commission
seats, the seven odd-num-
bered districts are up for elec-
tion with a runoff scheduled
for November, if necessary.
Braman is opposing Com-
missioners Barbara Jordan
[District. 1], Audrey Edmon-
son [District 3] and Dennis C.
Moss [District 9] and 'says he
hopes to quickly find candi-
dates to run against the three
incumbents, all of whom are
Black. He also hopes to make
a change District 5, currently
represented by Commissioner
Bruno. Barreiro as well as fill
Commissioner Joe Martinez's
District 11 seat, which will
become vacant because of his
plan to run for mayor.

Braman has long been a sup-
porter of term limits for the
county commission but voters
have continued to defeat such
proposals on recent ballots.
However, when a 21-member
charter review task force was
convened in 2007 that also en-
couraged public input, part of
their final recommendations to
the Board of County Commis-
sioners in January 2008, was
to pay commissioners a popu-
lation-based salary [$91,995]
and to limit their time in of-
fice to two, four-year terms.
We asked Braman why voters
couldn't simply chose another
candidate if they were dissatis-
fied with the efforts and track
record of the incumbents.
"It's important to have term
limits so we can give new peo-
ple an opportunity to serve,"
he said. "Those who are al-
lowed to stay in office for too
long become the darlings of the
lobbyists and benefit from the
contributions those lobbyists

provide. Others are dissuaded
from running because they
don't have the resources to
mount a credible campaign. We
have term limits for the presi-
dent of the United States and
the governor of Florida if it's
good enough for them it should
be good enough for county

Moss says he worries that
Braman's actions could set a
"dangerous precedent in coun-
ty elections."
"Braman can identify whoev-
er he wants to run against me
but I hope our community is
smart enough not to allow him
to use us in this process," he
said. "Anyone he funds will be
under his control they will
be a bought candidate. What
he is doing is being a bully
and just like in the schoolyard
when we were children, the
only way to handle a bully is to
stand up to him eventually
he will go away and terrorize
someone else."

Moss added that it is impor-
tant that Miami-Dade County
maintains its 13 single districts
so that Blacks are guaranteed
adequate representation.
"I can't say that Braman is
targeting the Black commis-
sioners but it sure is interest-
ing that the three of us who
are up for re-election will ap-
parently face candidates that
he has hand-chosen and will
financially support," Moss
added. "The Black community
needs to say to him that we
are not going to allow him to
dictate what happens in our
community and, our neighbor-
hoods. We don't need outsiders
telling us how to manage our
communities. I've been in office
since 1993 and am prepared to
deal with whatever clown they
march out to oppose me. The
people will decide."
Edmonson agrees with Moss
and frowns upon allowing "one
person to dictate who will rep-
resent the citizens of our com-
"The last time I checked, we
lived in a democracy," she said.

"I am confident in my ability to
serve the constituents of Dis-
trict 3 and I welcome and ad-
mire those who seek elected
office. I don't believe shopping
around for a candidate is a
good approach in a democracy.
I believe voters are intelligent
enough to vote for a person of
their choice."
As fpor her being targeted by
Braman, Edmonson said she
questions Braman's rationale
of endorsing candidates with a
"commitment for reform."
"I was elected to serve the
residents of District 3, to up-
hold the laws of the Charter .
. and to make decisions based
on facts and factors presented
to me I would think my col-
leagues are all in elected office
for the same reasons. Com-
mitment for reform is a lofty
phrase [but] there is no magic
wand that will change the way
in which government runs and
operates overnight."
Edmonson has been in office
for six years and says she will
definitely seek reelection and
"run on the record of my work."

As for Jordan, who brings
"34 years of experience in
county government and eight
years as a policy maker for the
county," she says, "If he wants
to change the face of county
government, maybe he should
run himself."
"It's his money and he can do
whatever he wants with it, but
it takes more than money it
takes commitment and passion
and the ability to address the
needs of a specific communi-
ty," she said. "The needs in Mr.
Braman's community are dif-
ferent from mine and while he
seems to feel like we have not
responded to the community at
large, I have responded to my
particular community.
I was elected to represent the
people in District 1 and what
they feel matters is what mat-
ters to me. That doesn't mean I
am opposed to reform what
it means is that I must repre-
sent those who put their faith
in me and chose me as their
commissioner. Let Braman
.stick to what he does best -
running his business."

Task force finds fault with "self-defense" law Are we tired of Black-on-Black crime?

continued from 1A

18-member panel. "Our con-
clusion is that this law ought
to be repealed. We don't think
it's a thing we can tweak." ,
The 2005 law is under na-
tionwide scrutiny following
the Feb. 26 shooting in San-
ford of the unarmed, 17-year-
old Martin by neighborhood-
watch volunteer George Zim-
merman. Martin's family and
supporters want Zimmerman
arrested, but police say they
were prevented from doing so
because of the law. At least
20 other states have similar
stand your ground laws.
The task force organizer,
state Sen. Chris Smith of Fort
Lauderdale, said the seven-
year-old law has been contro-
versial in past cases and like-

Blacks: Still
continued from 1A

including the Miami-based
Sensere and nationally-ac-
claimed Vickie Winans and
James Fortune & FIYA. A peace-
ful crowd of close to 1,000 citi-
zens assembled at Edison Plaza,
MLK Blvd. and NW 8th Avenue
for the commemorative service.
Christine King, president and
CEO of MLKEDC, the non-profit
organization that coordinated
the event, said King's push for
justice for Blacks in America re-
mains one of our country's most
needed and unfulfilled goals.
"King said that 'injustice any-
where is a threat to justice ev-
erywhere' and that certainly
resonates with the issues we are
facing 44 years after his assas-
sination," she said. "This event
not only recognizes the life and
work of Dr. King, but also points
to MLKEDC's charge to increase
economic opportunities along
the MLK corridor. In most U.S.
cities, the street that bears his
name tends to be in a blighted
community overcome with high
levels of crime. We need every-
one to help us change that here
in Miami. In addition, every citi-
zen has a stake in making our

ly will be again long after the
Martin case has faded from
national attention.
"It did not begin and it will
not end with 'the Trayvon
Martin case," said Smith, a
Democrat. "There is a lot of
misconception and misunder-
standing around the state. It
can lead to dangerous inci-
The task force which in-
cludes prosecutors, defense
attorneys, police executives
and politicians could advo-
cate repeal or specific changes
or decide not to make recom-
mendations, Smith said. It's
unclear whether the Repub-
lican-controlled Legislature
would consider any of its pro-
posals, particularly since Gov-
ernor Rick Scott has pledged
to appoint his own task force
after the Martin investigation

I demand ec
streets and our community a
safer place to live, work and
play. Democracy is not a spec-
tator sport. That means we all
must get involved. If change
were not possible, we would nev-
er have elected a Black
man as president of
the United States."
For the first time
in the service's nine-
year history, the unity
march was dedicated
to someone besides
Dr. King Trayvon
Martin. MAR
"After the events that recent-
ly transpired in Sanford, we
thought it was important that
we dedicate the march to Tray-
von Martin and to invite his par-
ents," she said. "They are simply
seeking justice in the wake of
the tragic murder of their son.
We support them and seek the
same thing."
Ira Fluitt, Norland Senior High
School athletic director, said it
is important to work towards
fulfilling Dr. King's dream of the
beloved 'community.
"It is ironic that we are in the
year 2012 and yet Blacks still
seem to be living in a revised
form of slavery," Fluitt said.
"Those that don't look like us

is complete.
Scott has appointed a spe-
cial prosecutor to determine
whether to bring charges in
the case.
Michael Satz, chief prosecu-
tor in Broward County, said
most instances cited by the
law's proponents such as
an armed carjacking or home
invasion -were covered by
older self-defense laws. The
panel also heard from a num-
ber of citizens on both sides.
Supporters generally said it
served to protect the innocent
from criminal predators. Oth-
ers, however, said the law was
confusing and prone to mis-
use, particularly because it's
often difficult to sort out the
attacker and the potential vic-
tim. Prosecutors say this of-
ten happens in gang violence,
when the facts are murky.

iual justice
still seem to think it's okay to do
whatever they want to us. King
stood for non-violence and that's
the method we must continue to
employ in confronting acts of in-
Dana Moss, a mem-
ber of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc. Beta
Beta Lambda Chapter,
said it was fitting that
the march paid trib-
ute to Trayvon Martin.
[King was also a mem-
ber of the fraternity].
TIN "The powers that be
would like us to believe that the
murder of Trayvon had noth-
ing to do with race," he said.
"We know it had everything to
do with that young man's skin
color. Whites still feel the need
to profile Blacks. It's a mental-
ity that assumes certain things
about people based on their
race. America is far from being
a country that is colorblind. The
work to which King devoted his
life still remains unfinished."
I am convinced that the mur-
der of Trayvon Martin has
sparked a movement a move-
ment that Dr. King began and
which we must now complete,"
said City Commissioner Michelle

Prosecutor precedes without grand jury

continued from 1A

who says the legal community in
Florida has been closely watch-
ing developments in the highly-
charged investigation and its
"The prosecutor will have to
strip away the emotion of it and
get down to what happened and
from there see if it was justified
or not," Mairs said. "She knows
the eyes of the communities are
upon her, watching to see what
the government is going to do
about this case."
State Attorney Angela Corey,
appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to
investigate the case, said her de-
cision on Monday ruling out the
use of the grand jury was not
considered a factor in whether
charges are eventually brought

against Zimmerman.
"At this time, the investigation
continues and there will be no
further comment from this of-
fice," Corey said in a statement
Her announcement came a
day ahead of when the grand
jury, scheduled by a previous
prosecutor, was set to convene
in Sanford. Corey's office gave
no indication when a decision
on whether or not to file charges
would be made. The case is also
under investigation by the U.S.
Justice Department and the FBI.
If Zimmerman is charged, he
could most likely face second-
degree murder or manslaughter
charges at the state level, Mairs
said. "Ultimately she has to prove
it," Mairs said. "She has to be the
one to know whether a crime was
committed and establish it."

The case has led to protests
and sparked debate nation-
wide about race and the laws of
self-defense, particularly Flori-
da's controversial "Stand Your
Ground" law, which gives Florid-
ians the right to use deadly force
to defend themselves in public
places without first trying to es-
The Martin family and their
lawyer, Benjamin Crump, believe
that race played a role in the fa-
tal shooting of the unarmed teen.
Crump said he welcomed Corey's
"We are not surprised by this
announcement and, in fact,
are hopeful that a decision will
be reached very soon to arrest
George Zimmerman and give
Trayvon Martin's family the sim-
ple justice they have been seek-
ing all along," he said.

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for action to stem the deadly
Black-on-Black violence. But
these killings continue with-
out an appropriate national
The fault for this doesn't just
lie with Black leaders, though
the failure to kick and scream
should weigh most heavily on
Just about everyone who
claims the mantle of Black
leadership, or aspires to it,
has come to this small Florida
town to march in protest of the
death of 17-year-old Martin, or
queued up before a television
camera to voice their outrage.
So why won't these leaders
take to the streets with equal

fervor to stop these genocid-
al killings of Blacks by other

Taking on this problem is
no civil rights photo op. It's a
campaign that could last as
long as the U.S. military action
in Afghanistan America's
longest war. But the payoff
for solving it would be huge. It
could stabilize Black commu-
As it is, the killing fields in
Black neighborhoods have fu-
eled the flight of upper-income
and middle-class Blacks to
safer places. Left behind in
the urban war zones are those
Blacks who are too poor to es-
Ending the epidemic of

Black-on-Black killings also
could improve educational op-
portunities and achievement
of Black children. Safer neigh-
borhoods are essential to cre-
ating better learning environ-
ments for public schools.
It also would make it more
likely that businesses and
jobs would be attracted into
these urban wastelands. The
resulting revitalization would
reduce the need for public ser-
vices and the demand for gov-
ernment subsidies.
Most important, a campaign-
to end these murders will save
the lives of the thousands of
Blacks who are killed by oth-
er Blacks each year, an effort
that currently lacks the inten-
sity of the call for justice for
Trayvon Martin.

Lotus House gets $2oM pledge

continued from 1A

House will survive for "genera-
tions to come."
"It's impossible to take credit
for the cumulative efforts and
creativity of so many volun-
teers who have stepped for-
ward over the years," she said.
"I didn't have a grand vision
when we opened our doors -
it was a step-by-step, da -b. -
day process. Of course we had
guiding principles to create
a holistic resource center and
shelter with wrap around ser-
vices, counseling, health care
and enrichment actiities -
but we still had to figure out
some things as we went along."
Collins and her staff have
instituted things like yoga, art
and music all of which she
calls "alternative pathways to
There is no age limit for the

women who become "guests" of
Lotus House their ages have
ranged from 18 to 80. And of
approximately 175 children
who have, called the shelter
their home, 74 were born there.

"Our focus is to assist wom-
en who have highly-specialized
needs," Collins added. "Those
needs are due to their age,
mental health issues, being
pregnant and homeless, or be-
cause they face severe health
challenges like cancer. What
we want to ensure is that they
have a safe place to live and
to grow. This is their sanctu-
ary. At the same time, we work
towards securing permanent
housing for them within one
year or to reunify them with
their family.",
As a testament of the fam-
ily atmosphere and the appre-

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citation of the services that are
provided, almost all of the 17
full-time staff members and
the majority of volunteers were
once "guests" of the shelter.
"These women are living ex-
amples of the the kind of em-
powerment that they gain by
participating in our programs,"
Collins said.
As for the recent pledge
made by Margulies, she said,
"the money he has promised in
his will will make sure that Lo-
tus House remains a resource
for women and children in
the Overtown community for
many years to come., But that
does not minimize our current
financial challenges that we
have as it relates to our opera-
tions. However, it does guar-
antee that the sacrifices that
so many have made here and
what we have built so far will
be here for all who need it in
the future."

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Do Biblical women deserve greater recognition?

Local playwright shines light on female heroes

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Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, activist David Jenkins and M-DCPS Board Member Dorothy Bendross-Mindin-
gall led a rally calling for the end of gun violence in Liberty City on Wednesday, April 4th.

Mothers in




By Kaila Heard

For the last several weeks, rallies
and marches have been held across
the country to remember and demand
justice for Trayvon Martin. Students,
adults, neighbors and colleagues have
all come together to show their support
for the teen killed in Sanford, Fla.
Although Trayvon was still in ev-
eryone's thoughts, the Peace Walk in
Liberty City on Wednesday, April 4th

was coordinated to remember other lo-
cal youth who have been victims of gun
violence. Mothers whose children were
murdered wore white and joined hands
with community leaders and local youth.
"[Violence] is starting to become a
black plague because we are losing too
many of our children and something
needs to be done quickly," explained
Wanda McMillan, a Liberty City resident
whose 16-year-old son, Marquez James,
was shot and killed in 2008.
The final destination for the walk was

held at the Sherdavia Jenkins Peace
Park at Northwest 62nd Street and 12th
Avenue where the walk's adult partici-
pants led by Sherdavia's father, David
Jenkins released 15 white balloons to
commemorate how old Sherdavia would
have been this year if she had not been
killed by gunfire.
"The Sherdavia Jenkins issue has im-
pacted many people in Liberty City and
we wanted to acknowledge the individu-
als we have lost here in this particular
Please turn to MOTHERS 8B

Our Father's House

of Prayer Ministry

Worshippers learn how to be stewards
over bodies, hearts and minds
By Kaila Heard

In the past week, the Reverend Stephanie E. Russell of Our
Father's House of Prayer Ministry Church in Miami Gardens has
been forced to face trying times with the sudden death of one of
the church's associate pastors and a long-time friend, the Minis-
ter Robert Blunt.
"I am trying to keep things in perspective outside of this tre-
mendous pain of the great loss of one of my senior ministers who
was up for ordination for pastoral leadership; our prayers are
with him and his entire family," she said.
Once again she is relying upon her faith to sustain her.
"I heard a voice speak to me telling me to have confidence in
the midst of this conflict," Russell said. So, "yes, I'm
resting on that."

Ten years ago, Russell's life was going through a
period of turmoil but she was able to weather the storm.
.. "At the time, I was divorcing, I was wrestling with
Please turn to RUSSELL 8B

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Miami residents celebrate 100th birthday
Seeing a local senior citizen reaching their 100th birthday is
a rare feat for many communities. However Miami, will have the
opportunity to celebrate the landmark not once but twice in the
upcoming days.
On Friday, April 13th, Rachel Elizabeth Jennings Nee Ken-
nedy of Miami will reach the her centennial birthday. Shortly
after, on Sunday, April 15th, Annie Pearl Riley will celebrate her
100th birthday.

Originally born on the island of Turks and Caicos on April
13th, 1912, Kennedy was the last of 12 children. She married
Edgar 'Smiles' Jennings when she was 18. They went on to
have a large family. At last count, Jennings had 10 children,
56 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-
grandchildren. She has always had musical talent and taught
Please turn to LEGENDS 8B

Local chef caters Easter basket giveaway

By Kaila Heard
Local chef and caterer Dar-
ryl Jones, also known as 'Chef
DP,' believes in the motto that
to whom "much blessings are
giving, much responsibility."
"I do [charity work] because
it's in my heart and I've been
blessed and I feel that when
I'm blessed I like to pass on my
blessings to others, plus I just
love where I come from," said
the Liberty City native.
As an example of his love
for his community, he gave
away Easter baskets to youth
at Holtz Children's Hospital in
Miami last Thursday, prior to
Easter weekend.
"I adopted a floor to actu-
ally give back to the kids at
the hospital that are sick and
that won't be able to leave the
hospital for Easter to let them
know that there are people
who care and are thinking
about them," Jones explained.
With support from local
sponsors, Jones was able to
prepare 200 baskets. Although
the hospital's dietary restric-
tions for its patients meant
that the baskets were filled
with stuffed animals, books
and crayons, Jones admitted

he would have loved to have
been able to cook for the chil-
dren which is his passion.
He opened his first food
stand when he was 17 at the
local flea market. Since then,
he has opened two restaurants
and is currently a full-time
student at Miami-Dade Col-
lege's Miami Culinary Institute
where he is pursuing an asso-
ciate's degree in culinary arts.

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A passion for community service and love for his neigh-
borhood led caterer Darryl Jones to provide free goodie bas-
kets to youth at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

"I have a passion for it, I
love cooking because it's in my
blood line," he said. "[Cooking]
gives me a peace of mind so
that when I'm upset all I have
to do is cook and it makes me
Jones credits his love of the
culinary arts with preparing
him for the world at large. The
Miami Northwestern Senior

High School graduate learned
much of his cooking skills and
business acumen from his
aunts, mother and grandfa-
"[Cooking] has taught me
how to handle business mat-
ters, food preparation, how to
work under pressure and how
to interact with different cul-
tures," he said.





* Mt. Pleasant Mis-
sionary Baptist Church is
hosting Family and Friends
Day services at 8 a.m., 11
a.m. and 4 p.m. on April
29th. For information, call

Ministry in Motion,
Inc. presents "Sarah: Si-
lent Frustration in the Tent,"
a faith-based drama, at the
African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center on April 13th at
7:30 p.m. For information
and tickets, call 786-443-

Starlight Holy Tem-
ple welcomes everyone to
their Single and Marriage
Ministry meetings.

SAMHSA is offer-
ing free capacity building
meeting to faith-based or-
ganizations May 1 3, 8:30
a.m. to 12 noon to teach
organizations how to of-
fer sustainable health and
community services. Reg-
istration deadline is April
20th. For information, call

Anastasia Temple is
hosting a Feed the Home-
less community service ac-
tivity on April 29th, 9:15
a.m. 1 p.m. For more in-
formation, please call 954-
580-3240 or visit www.an-

New Corinth wel-
comes everyone to their
pastor's 40th anniversary
celebration event on April
22nd which will be held all
day long! For more infor-

mation, please call 786-

* The Florida Memorial
University Campus Min-
istry is inviting everyone to
worship with them during
their Lecture & Arts Series
for Enrichment in Religion
(LASER), a weekly commu-
nity worship experience on
April 27th at 11 a.m.

The Family Christian
Association of America
invites golfers to their 12th
annual Faith Keepers Golf
Tournament on April 28th.
For more information,
please call 305-685-4881.

The McIntyre Insti-
tute presents the Called
to Dance: Forgive and Live
Today campaign, a liturgi-
cal dance concert on May
12th at 7 p.m. For more
information, call 954-345-

The members from
A Mission With A New
Beginning Church will
be sponsoring a Soul Sav-
ing Revival, April 12th and
13th at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Come and be blessed.

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
Alumni Association of
Miami Palmetto Sr. High
School is hosting its sec-

ond annual Gospel Explo-
sion on April 21st at 7 p.m.
at the Community Church
of Christ Written in Heaven.
Tickets are necessary. For
more information, please
call 786-368-5718.

The Zeta Mu Chap-
ter of the Alpha Pi Chi
National Sorority invites
everyone to their annual
Prayer Breakfast on April
14th at 9 a.m. at the Holy
Redeemer Catholic Church
Hall. Tickets are required.
Selina, 305-281-6058.

0, Black pastors and
ministers with earned
doctoral degrees, please
contact 786-231-9820 for
a conference this summer.

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

New Canaan Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
invites everyone to a mu-
sical worship service on
March 23rd at 7:30 p.m. to
celebrate their choir's.anni-
versary. 954-981-1832.

Emmanuel Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes everyone to their
regular Family and Friends
Sunday services at 7:30
a.m. and 11 a.m. 305-696-

Running for Jesus
Youth Outreach Minis-
tries is seeking talented

youth for solos, praise
dances, rapping, spoken
word poetry for their Sum-
mer Jam Fest Crusade Tent
Service. 954-213-4332,

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

New Mount Mori-
ah Missionary Baptist
Church will host the Habi-
tat for Humanity of Greater
Miami's Homeownership
Application Meeting on the
second Saturday of every
month at 9:30 a.m. No
RSVP necessary. 305-634-

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church welcomes every-
one to their Sunday Wor-
ship Services at 12 p.m.
and to Praise and Worship
Services on Thursdays at 8
p.m. 305-633-2683.

Emmanuel Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
is hosting a Family and
Friends Day worship ser-
vice every Sunday at 7:30
a.m. and 11 a.m. 305-696-

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International
welcomes the community
to their Sunday worship
service at 10:30 a.m. and
their Bible study and Prayer
sessions on Tuesdays at 7

New Beginning
Church of Deliverance
invites everyone to their
free weight loss classes
Saturday at 10 a.m., but
enrollment is necessary.

* Memorial Temple
Baptist Church holds
worship services nightly at
7:30 p.m. 786-873-5992.

Redemption Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes everyone to their
'Introduction to the Com-
puter' classes on Tuesdays,
11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and
Thursday, 4 p.m. 5:30
p.m. 305-770-7064, 786-

New Canaan Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
welcomes the community
to Sunday Bible School at
9:30 a.m. followed by Wor-
ship Services at 11 a.m.
954 981-1832.

New Beginning
Church of Deliverance
hosts a Marriage Coun-
seling Workshop every
Wednesday at 5 p.m. Ap-
pointment necessary. 786-

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the com-
munity to Sunday School
at 10 a.m. and worship
service every week at
noon and praise service on
Thursday at 8 p.m.

Christ's Kingdom
Life Center Internation-
al invites the community
to their Sunday Praise and
Worship Service at 10:30

Glendale Baptist
Church of Brownsville
invites everyone to morn-
ing worship every Sunday
at 11 a.m. and Bible Study
every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Set Free Ministries

Local minister preaches about health, fitness

continued from 6B
whether or not my future lay
in pastoral leadership position
outside of the church where I
was or inside and I was tran-
sitioning from my previous job
field," she recalled. "The more
confusing part was figuring out
how could God transition me in
all areas of my life at one time.

But the confidence part was
knowing that God was doing
just that even if I didn't under-
stand it."
By the time everything was
settled, Russell .had gone on to
found her own ministry Our
Father'S in Miami Gardens
in 2002. The church's congre-
gation has grown to approxi-
mately 150 members and it of-
fers a variety of ministries such

as Young Adult and Men's Min-
istry. Russell has also worked
to ensure that the church offers
a thriving Couples Ministry to
help strengthen worshippers'
"The Bible is based on rela-
tionships and no man or woman
should feel like they are alone
- everybody needs somebody,"
she explained.
In addition to personal and

spiritual enlightenment, Our
Father'S House of Prayer Min-
istry also offers information to
address physical health and nu-
trition. Three times a week at 7
p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays,
and Fridays Russell teaches
an aerobics class at the church.
"I believe in holistic training -
not only of the body of Christ -
but the physical body as well,"
she said.

Mothers turn their grief into activism

continued from 6B
community to violence," said
City Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones -one of the or-
ganizers of the event.

The idea for the event was
inspired by the Ladies in
White protests in Cuba, where
mothers, daughters and oth-
er female relatives of jailed

dissidents wear white to sym-
bolize peace and quietly march
through the streets. It is not
unusual for mothers to turn
the pain of their loss, in what-
ever form, into a quiet call for
Queen Brown became an
anti-violence community activ-
ist after her son was shot and
killed in 2006.
"You can use your pain of
pain and grief and teach oth-
ers," said Brown who frequent-
ly speaks at venues through-

out Miami-Dade County. "No
matter how traumatic it was,
there is always someone out
there who needs to hear your
story and to understand how
difficult it is to lose a child."
VonCarol Kinchens, a moth-
er who lost her son to gun
violence 14 years ago, also
believes that there are les-
sons everyone can learn from
hearing from'victims' mothers,
fathers and other loved ones
because "when something like
this kind of violence happens

in our community, it not only
affects the victim but if affects
other families as well."
Kinchens, a volunteer for a
local tutoring and mentoring
group, Mega Girls, helped to
make sure that youth partici-
pated in the march and subse-
quent rally.
"Some of these kids' older
sisters and brothers played
with [Sherdavia] so it's impor-
tant to teach them now in or-
der to guide them in the right
direction." she said.

Local women reflect on 100 years of living

continued from 6B

herself to play the piano, the
harmonica and the guitar. How-
ever, her love for the culinary
arts surpassed her love of music
and she has been cooking and
baking since she was 12 years
old. In fact, Jennings, who is
also well-known for her Christ-
like spirit, still enjoys cooking
and baking delicious pastries,

cookies and cakes now. As of
today, this Miami matriarch
still attends the Northside Sev-
enth Day Adventist Church
and her favorite hymn is "My
Hope is Built on Nothing Less"
and her favorite Bible verse is
the 23rd Psalm.

Annie Pearl Riley was born
on April 15th, 1912 in Sum-
merton, South Carolina, which

is located in Clarendon Coun-
ty. The daughter of the late
Josephine Boatwright and
Sammy Lewis, Riley also had
a brother, Henry Lewis, who
is also deceased. She would
go on to marry Joe Riley and
the pair would remain married
for more than 60 years. Their
union was happy and fruitful
and they would go on to have
nine children: Almaretta Gra-
ham, Annie Gilbert, Beulah

Parrish, Mamie James, John
Felder, Joseph Ulysses Riley
(deceased), Ransom Riley (de-
ceased), Earl Riley and Willie
Riley. The centenarian also has
23 grandchildren, while being
a great-great grandmother to
many others, a loving relative
to a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins, in-laws and a devoted
friend to neighbors and her
church family at Mount Tabor
Baptist Church.

Strachan: My plays are an outreach ministry

continued from 6B
important in the gospel."
So, Strachan, who has cre-
ated plays since the 1970s,
began writing and performing
one-woman shows based upon
female figures in the gospels
with her ministry, Ministry in
For the Christian playwright,
religious-themed plays -
which she prefers to call "pro-
phetic dramatizations"- are a

natural form of outreach min-
"I find that there are a lot of
people that are unchurched or
a lot of people that won't just
pick up their Bibles and read
it," she said. "But they are
willing to see [a religious play]
and to hear the message, so
that brings God to them and it
makes it more real to them."
For every dramatic work she
creates, Strachan relies solely
on the Bible for inspiration.
"My point is to stay in line

with the Scripture but to go
deeper and to give the charac-
ters a voice," she said.
Her next play will be "Sarah:
Silent Frustration in the Tent"
- about the wife of Abraham,
who requested that her hus-
band sleep with a servant so
that the couple could claim a
son and heir.
Strachan says the play can
be likened to some of today's
contemporary examples of
"baby mama drama." However,
there are deeper lessons that

audiences can carry home.
"The focus is to recognize that
we have to wait for the prom-
ise and we can't put a timeline
on God because whenever we
step in and we try to help God
it's always going to boomerang
back on us."
"Sarah: Silent Frustration in
the Tent" will be shown at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center, 6161 NW 21st Avenue
on April 13th at 7:30 p.m. Call
786-443-7406 for more infor-

Progressive Officers Club offers

Academic Scholarships

Progressive Officers Club
(POC) is comprised of Police and
Correctional Officers as well as
civilians in Miami-Dade and
Broward counties.
A historically African-Amer-
ican non-profit organization,
the POC has grown and diversi-
fied, now having members from
various ethnic and racial back-
POC scholarships of $1000
will be awarded from our Edu-
cational Assistance Award Pro-
African-American high school
students residing in Miami-
Dade and Broward counties
who are in good academic
standing and will be receiving
a high school diploma during

a commencement ceremony for
the 'Class of 2012' are eligible
to apply.
Applicants must have been
accepted to an institution of
higher learning as a full-time
student for the upcoming fall
semester (2012).
POC members with graduat-
ing high school seniors may also
apply for a scholarship from the
Roslyn McGruder-Clark Schol-
arship Fund.
Applications for scholarships
can only be requested via mail
(letter or postcard) no later than
Friday, April 22, 2012 to: Pro-
gressive Officers Club, P.O. Box
680398, Miami, FL 33168, At-
tention: Education Assistance
Award Program.

Tag Team 4 Jesus Anniversary
Tag Team Team 4 Jesus ernacle of Deliverance Ministry
Christ Outreach Ministries is and also 3:30 p.m. service with
having their first church anni- Pastor Aaron Jackson and Mill-
versary. Please come out and rock Holy M.B. Church.
join us at 11 a.m., host pastor, Pastor Sabrina James is the
Vernon Gillum and God's Tab- pastor.

Ann Abraham Ministries, 3415 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, Re-
vival with Prophet Hunt. A prophetic word from the man of God
April 16-20 at 7:30 p.m.

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through Jesus Christ
of the Apostolic Faith
Church, Inc. will be start-
ing a New Bereavement
Support Group begin-
ning on the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of each month
from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. 786-

Lifeline Outreach
Ministries invites every-
one to their roundtable
to discuss the Bible every
Saturday, 6 p.m. 305-345-

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

The Women's De-
partment of A Mission
With A New Beginning
Church sponsors a Com-
munity Feeding every sec-
ond Saturday of the month,
from 10 a.m. until all the
food has been given out.
For location and additional
details, call 786-371-3779.

New Mt. Sinai Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
welcomes the commu-
nity to their Sunday Bible
School classes at 9:30
a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship
Service. 305-635-4100,

The Heart of the City
Ministries invites every-
one to morning worship
every Sunday at 9 a.m.

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center welcomes ev-
eryone to their Wednesday
Bible Study at 7 p.m. 305-



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Disease and


Twice the risk in the
Black population

Researchers are finding that
African Americans have twice the
risk for Peripheral Arterial Dis-
ease, commonly known as PAD,
than other ethnic backgrounds.
A study at the University of Cali-
fornia found that higher rates of
hypertension and diabetes in the
Black population contributed to
a higher incidence of PAD.
As a Vascular & Endovascular
surgeon at North Shore Medi-
cal Center, Dr. Hakan Charles-
Harris specializes in treating pa-
tients with PAD. "At North Shore
Medical Center, we are seeing pa-
tients of all ethnic backgrounds
diagnosed with peripheral ar-
terial, disease; however, we are
finding that a higher percentage
of those diagnosed are African

Americans," Dr. Charles-Harris
reflects. "Commonly considered
an elderly disease, we've treated
patients as young as their late
30s. Years of smoking, diabetes,
high cholesterol, elevated blood
pressure, and being overweight
increase people's chances of suf-
fering from PAD."
Peripheral arterial disease is a
common circulatory problem that
involves the narrowing of ves-
sels that carry blood away from
the heart. Plaque, a substance
made up of fat and cholesterol,
builds up on the inside walls of
the arteries and restricts nor-
mal blood flow. Atherosclerosis,
or hardening plaque, can occur
in the arteries that supply blood
to the kidneys, stomach, pelvis,
arms, legs or feet. This can lead
to erectile dysfunction in men,
as well as heart attacks, strokes,
or amputations in both men and
One of the first signs of PAD can
be painful cramping or fatigue in
the legs and buttocks that occurs
during activity but stops during
rest, also known as claudication.
The condition also can cause leg
numbness or weakness, cold legs
or feet, skin color changes in the
arms or legs, toe or foot sores
that don't heal quickly, hair loss
on feet and legs, and burning or
achy feet and toes when rest-
ing or lying down. In advanced.
stages, blood flow to a leg or foot
can be severely blocked, causing
tissue death that may result in
However, Dr. Charles-Harris
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- Best Bed Side Manner.

NSMC honor physicians at Doctor's Day

North Shore Medical Center hon-
ored its physicians and stand-out
physician "Super Stars" with a
luncheon on March 30th to celebrate
National Doctor's Day. At the event,
CEO Manny Linares proudly an-
nounced the Physician of the Year,
Marie-Carmelle Liburd, MD, along
with other physician "Super Stars"

who earned awards: Most Respon-
sive, Carlos Szajnert, MD; Most Legi-
ble Orders, Ata Atogho, MD; Best Bed
Side Manner, Mark R. Spence, MD;
and Best Team Player, David Agorvor,
MD. Awards were determined based
on votes by the employees at the
"North Shore Medical Center is .

proud to celebrate the dedication
and commitment of its physicians,"
says Manny Linares, CEO, who takes
personal pride in working with such
loyal, skilled, and hard working indi-
viduals. "It is our pleasure to honor
not only these physicians, but all of
our physicians for everything they do
for our patients and community."

Study finds genes behind obesity risk

.Scientists help genetic studies conducted scientific literature, they
on thousands of children Obesity and youth may be operating in the in-
unlock factors from the USA, Europe and Percentage testine," Grant said. "It may
Australia. 17% have something to do with
'hn T 7 i rc~llOc Exnerts have lone known of obese kids, 15% the bacteria in the gut."

By Nanci Hellmich

Scientists have discovered
two gene variants that ap-
pear to play a critical role in
the development of common
childhood obesity, accord-
ing to a large genetic study
released Sunday. The dis-
covery could eventually lead
to treatments and specific
lifestyle advice for heavy
Although previous re-
search isolated gene vari-
ants that impact extremely
obese children and obese
adults, this is the most ex-
tensive effort yet to pinpoint
those involved in more typi-
cal childhood obesity.
'The latest findings are
part of a large analysis of

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that both genetics and
environmental factors play
a role in the development
of obesity. This research
"robustly" shows that these
two gene variants pre-
dispose some children to
obesity more than others,
said Struan Grant, associ-
ate director of the Center
for Applied Genomics at The
Children's Hospital of Phila-
delphia. "Childhood obesity
is partly in your genes. It's
partly your lifestyle."
The gene variants ap-
pear to increase the risk
of obesity in the first few
years of life even in chil-
dren as young as two, said
Grant, the lead author of
the study, published online
in Nature Genetics. "We
don't know how many gene

ages 2-9:


5% 5.5%

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Source: Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention

variants are involved in
childhood obesity, but we've
identified the variants with
the largest effect," he said.
Exactly how these gene
variants work is not known,
but "when we look at the

"Obesity is the result of
a complex interplay among
biological, behavioral,
cultural, environmental
and economic factors," said
Karen Winer, a program
director at the Eunice Ken-
nedy Shriver National In-
stitute of Child Health and
Human Development, part
of the National Institutes of
Health, which helped fund
the new study.
"Obesity is recognized as
a highly heritable condi-
tion, but the underlying
genetic factors associated
with common obesity, until
today, have remained a
mystery," she said.
Currently, about a third
of kids are obese or over-
weight. Roughly 17 percent
Please turn to OBESITY 10B

Birthrate for teens is lowest in history

Sex ed, contraception

may be driving forces
By Sharon Jayson

Teen births are at their lowest level
in almost 70 years, federal data report
today. Birthrates for ages 15-19 in
all racial and ethnic groups are lower
than ever reported.
"Young people'are being more care-
ful," says Sarah Brown, CEO of the
National Campaign to Prevent Teen
and Unplanned Pregnancy. She at-
tributes the declines to less sex and
increased use of contraception.
The report by the National Center
for Health Statistics says the actual
number of teen births in 2010 was the
lowest since 1946. It credits "strong
pregnancy prevention messages" and

says contraceptive use "may have
The analysis comes at a time when
contraception is a hot political debate,
from a congressional investigation of
whether federal money pays for abor-
tions to concern among some church
leaders over an Obama administration
mandate that all health insurance
cover birth control.
The new numbers elaborate on
federal data released in November
that found the teen birthrate dropped
nine percent from 2009 to 2010, to a
historic low of 34.3 births per 1,000
teens. That's down 44 percent from
61.8 in 1991. The all-time high was
96.3 during the Baby Boom year of
The new analysis, based on 2010
preliminary data, shows a range in
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Periodontal disease occurs
when the tissues that protect
and stabilize your teeth become
The American Dental Associa-
tion suggests how to help prevent
periodontal disease:
Give your teeth a thorough
brushing at least twice daily.
Floss daily. And if your den-
tist approves, use a mouth rinse
containing fluoride.
Eat a nutritious, balanced
and healthy diet.
Have dental checkups and
cleaning at least twice annually.

Leaner meat choices are health-
ier than the fatty variety, but how
can you tell what's lean?
The Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics offers this quick course
in deciphering a meat label:
Choose meats with the word
"round" in the name, such as bot-
tom round or top round.
Look for meats with the word
"loin" in the name, such as sir-
loin, top loin and tenderloin.
Look for meats labeled "95
percent lean."
Trim any visible pieces of fat
before cooking.
Prepare meat using methods
that cut down on fat, such as
grilling, stewing, braising, stir-
frying or steaming.

Healthy eating

can reduce

cancer risk

By Darla Carter

Can you reduce your risk of
cancer by eating a certain way?
The American Cancer Society
says, "Yes."
The society released updated
nutrition and physical-activity
guidelines earlier this year that
stress the importance of lifestyle
in cancer prevention.
"The research continues to
show that we can make a differ-
ence in our risk for cancer." said
Michelle Eckhart, a Louisville
dietitian who manages Jewish
Diabetes Care, a service of Ken-
tuckyyOne Health.
The cancer society's guidelines
call for limiting some foods and
beverages, such as red meat and
alcohol, and greenlight others.
"There's no, evidence that cof-
fee causes cancer," said Colleen
Doyle, director of nutrition and
physical activity for the Ameri-
can Cancer Society. Also, "there's
no evidence that artificial sweet-
eners increase cancer risk" in
the amounts people typically
But the society recommends
no more than one alcoholic drink
a day for women and no more
than two a day for men, said'
Doyle, a registered dietitian who
co-authored the society's guide-
"When consumption increases
above those levels, you start to
see a variety of cancer risks go
up," Doyle said. And it appears
that breast-cancer risk "can in-
crease even at less than that one
drink per day."
To reduce the risk of a variety
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10B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 11-17, 2012

By Carly Fiorina

For the next three months,
the Supreme Court will mull
the constitutionality of the new
health care law. At stake is the

the financing of health care
Today, enormous sums of
taxpayer money are spent on
the administration of health
care programs such as Med-

America's poor don't need the insurance.
Instead, what they need is medical treatment.
Sharing financial records can make it happen.

government's requirement that
its citizens buy private health
insurance. But whatever the
outcome, it's a foregone con-
clusion that some fundamental
change must be instituted in

icaid. Those administrative
costs could be sharply reduced
and the savings put to what
is really needed providing
health care. With the informa-

tion technology available today,
public agencies should con-
sider eliminating their function
as a government-run insurance
operation and focusing their
resources on paying providers
to deliver care.
Consider Medicaid, the
shared federal and state
program for the poor. When
Medicaid was created, it was
designed to replicate the pri-
vate insurance function. But
the basic purpose of insurance
is to protect the policy holder's
assets against a catastrophic
event causing risk of personal
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Blacks prone to Arterial Disease

PAD vent blood clots or relieve cer- missed as normal aches and
continued from 9B tain symptoms. pains of aging. Early diagnosis
When the symptoms are more and treatment of PAD is impor-
warns, "Approximately half of urgent or when these changes tant to not only protect your
people with the disease have and medications don't work, legs, but also decrease your
mild or no symptoms. This is minimally invasive endovas- risk of heart attack or stroke.
why PAD is often called a si- cular procedures often provide Dr. Charles-Harris will be
lent disease. Some people could very good results in opening holding a free dinner lecture
have PAD without even know- up blocked blood vessels. Dr. on Peripheral Arterial Disease
ing it, and that is why screen- Charles-Harris explains: "An- and Amputation Prevention at
ings are so important." giograms can be performed us- North Shore Medical Center on
A medical history, physical ing tiny catheters and dye to Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 6:30
exam or ultrasound may be image the blood flow through p.m. to educate the community
used to diagnose PAD. "I usu- the arteries to view real-time about this important disease.
ally recommend an ankle-bra- blockages in the vessels. Using To reserve your seat at this
chial index (ABI) screening test balloons to open the vessels and event, please call 1-800-984-
which compares blood pressure sometimes tiny stents to keep 3434.
levels in the ankle and arm. them open, patients can expe- 'Dr. Hdkan Charles-Harris
This can be requested through rience nearly immediate pain is Board Certified by both the
your primary physician, and relief and increased blood flow. American Board of Surgery and
is quick, painless, and afford- They come for the procedure in the American Board of Vascular
able." the morning and are often back Medicine Endovascular. He is
People diagnosed with PAD home in time for lunch." Assistant Professor of Surgery
can usually be treated with Should the disease be too at the Florida International Uni-
lifestyle changes, medications, advanced, North Shore Medi- versity College of Medicine and
minimally invasive endovascu- cal Center provides additional appointed Director of the newly
lar procedures, or vascular by- treatment options. Vascular by- established FlU Endovascular
pass surgery. Lifestyle changes pass surgery can also be done Institute. Caring for the North
includes smoking cessation, to bypass diseased vessels and Miami community since 2000,
diabetes management, blood facilitate blood flow. The result Dr. Charles-Harris has served
pressure control, exercise and is usually dramatic improve- three consecutive terms as
a healthy diet. Medications may ment in quality of life, and pre- Chief of Surgery at North Shore
be prescribed to lower choles- vention of amputation. Medical Center, and one term
terol or blood pressure, control Leg pain, numbness or other as Vice-Chief of Staff at North
blood sugar (for diabetics), pre- symptoms should not be dis- Shore Medical Center.

Teen birthrates declining in U.S.

continued from 9B

birthrates among racial and
ethnic groups, from 10.9 for
Asians to 23.5 for whites, 51.5
for Blacks and 55.7 for Hispan-
"The fact that states with
high Hispanic populations still
show declines speaks to the
more general pattern of in-
creasing contraceptive use and
declining teen births," says
Laura Lindberg, a senior re-
search associate with the non-
profit Guttmacher Institute in
New York.
Her analysis of federal data
for a report in December found
no change in the percentage of
sexually active teen girls but

significant increases in use of
contraception, which suggests
contraception is driving the
Contraceptive use the first
time a girl has sex "has gone
up dramatically," she says,
noting that the elimination
of pelvic exams before receiv-
ing prescriptions for hormon-
al methods, as well as use of
long-acting methods such as
IUDs, suggest teens are taking
contraception seriously.
That December report also
noted a decline in the percent-
age of teenage girls "who said
they wanted to get pregnant.
It's a very small percent, but I
do think it speaks to an under-
lying shift in attitudes," Lind-
berg says. Her analysis also

found that those who had ever
used the "morning-after" emer-
gency contraception (12%-
15%) didn't change from 2006-
08 to 2008-10.
Lindberg says Guttmacher's
latest data on abortions are
from 2006, but the "general
pattern over time has been de-
clining abortion rates parallel-
ing declining pregnancy and
birth" rates.
Brown says a variety of soci-
etal and cultural factors may
play a role in teens' behavior
shifts, as diverse as the reces-
sion and reality TV shows on
teen mothers. But all seem
to lead teens to the message
"postpone your families until
you're through school and a
little more grown up."

Genes can predict risk of obesity

continued from 9B

of children and adolescents ages
two to 19 are obese. Children
are considered obese if they are
in the 95th percentile or above,
based on standard national pe-
diatric growth charts.
Grant and colleagues ana-
lyzed genes contained in the
world's largest collection of
DNA from obese children and
slim children, found in nearly
two dozen studies covering
more than 20,000 children of
European ancestry.
"We're going to continue to
look for more genes, and the
more information we get, the
more accurately we will eventu-

ally make lifestyle decisions for
children based on their genetic
makeup," Grant said. "This is
giving us new insights to the
biology of obesity, which could
potentially one day lead to both
more efficient medications and
more specific diet and exercise
advice for kids who are geneti-
cally predisposed to obesity."
Ruth Loos, director of the
Genetics of Obesity and Re-
lated Metabolic Traits Program
at Mount Sinai School of Medi-
cine in New York, was not in-
volved in this study but says
this research, like previous
work, "shows that the genetic
susceptibility to obesity be-
gins at an early age. However,
this does not mean that those

who are genetically susceptible
are destined to become obese
adults, because a healthy life-
style remains an important
factor that can reduce one's
genetic susceptibility."
This study suggests "that
trying to fight this genetic sus-
ceptibility should start early in
life," Loos said.
She said gene research may
provide insight into the biologi-
cal pathways that contribute
to obesity. "If some of these
genes turn out to be drug-
able targets, then maybe this
could lead to new medication.
But that is indeed years away,
it will require much more de-
tailed physiological research,"
Loos said.

Reducing cancer risk is possible

continued from 9B

of cancers, Doyle suggests pay-
ing attention to your "overall
dietary pattern."
Exercise and not overeat-
ing also are important when
it comes to cancer prevention,
Doyle said, noting that "if you
don't smoke, the biggest risk
factor is overweight and obe-
"Physical activity is certain-
ly important from a weight-
control perspective," she said,
but there's also evidence that
it "directly reduces the risk of
breast cancer and directly re-
duces the risk of colon cancer
- separate and apart from its
impact on weight control."
Eckhart encourages the pub-
lic -to strive for a normal BMI
(body mass index), adding,
"Trying to reduce your body
weight by 7 to 10 percent, I
think, is a realistic goal to start
with," she said.
She also suggests "aiming to
increase your physical activ-
ity as much as possible," not-
ing even "15 minutes a day is
a start in the right direction" if
you're inactive now.
In terms of diet, the guide-
lines encourage the public to
cut back on sugary foods and

"Foods and beverages that
are high in sugar tend to not be
high in nutrients that we think
are important, certainly from
an overall health perspective;
but a cancer-risk perspective,
too," Doyle said.
"If we've got people loading
up on cakes and cookies and
pies and sodas that means
they're probably not eating as
many fruits and vegetables or
whole grains as certainly we
would like to see people eating
to help reduce their risk."
There are a number of pos-
sible ways in which fruits and
vegetables might cut cancer
risks, from reducing inflam-
mation to protecting cell mem-
branes. In some types of can-
cer, it's cell-membrane damage
"that has the potential to spur
a cell to grow on and develop
and eventually turn into can-

cer," Doyle said.
"We tell people to focus on
the most colorful (types of pro-
duce) because they tend to
have the most antioxidants/
phytochemicals in them, and
then we encourage a variety
because we don't know which
of those antioxidants and phy-
tochemicals are most protec-
tive," she said.
Fruits and vegetables also
are prized for their fiber.
"We believe there's some role
for fiber in reducing the risk
of colon cancer," Doyle said.
And "there's more and more
evidence that the more fruits
and vegetables people eat, the
healthier weight they are at,
and so especially since weight
control is so important to re-
duce your risk of cancer, eat-
ing more fruits and vegetables
is really critical for all of us."

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AME bishop

assigns two

new pastors
After a weekend meeting
in orlando, Bishop McKinley
Young, Bishop of the 11th Epis-
copal District of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church,
has assigned a new pastor to
Allen Temple African Methodist
Episcopal Church, Tampa.
Rev. John F. White, II, former
pastor of Mt. Hermon AME
Church in Miami Gardens, has
been assigned to Allen Temple,
Rev. White has been there
since 2008.
He attended Tuskeegee
University and Florida
International University, where
he received his undergraduate
degree in Liberal Studies, with
a concentration in Business.

. assigned to church in Miami
Rev. White shares marriage
and ministry with his wife, Rev.
Maria Mallory White. They are
the parents if John F. White,
The Reverend Michael K
Bouie, senior pastor at Allent
Temple AME Church, has been
assigned to pastor Mt. Hermon
AME Church. He had been in
Tampa approximately three

St. Paul A.M.E. Church to host the

2012 Renew Women's Conference

The Women of St. Paul
A.M.E. Church, Miami, will
host the second annual Renew
Women's Conference on April
21 and 22. Registration is $40.
The conference will begin with
a Prayer Breakfast followed
by two dynamic workshops
by two anointed Women of
God, the Reverend Lady Paula
Lake of Greater Bethel A.M.E.,
Overtown and the Reverend
Lady Sheranda Williams of St.
James A.M.E., Miami.
All attendees will then return
on Sunday for a high praise
Worship Service at 10 a.m.
when the Reverend Dr. Gayle
Kimball-Snead, Senior Pastor
of Total Deliverance Break-

through Ministry will bring
forth the Preached Word.
This is a spirit-filled event
that is sure to draw virtuous
women from various coun-
ties who are seeking ways to
strengthen their walk with God
and broaden their networking
opportunities for a better qual-
ity of life.
St. Paul A.M.E. Church is
located at 1892 NW 51st Ter-
race, Miami, FL 33142. The
Reverend Robert Jackson, III,
serves as Senior Pastor. For
more information about regis-
tration, please contact St. Paul
A.M.E. Church at 305-634-
3720. We look forward to see-
ing you there.

US health care system must be changed

continued from 10B

bankruptcy. Because the very
nature of qualifying for Medic-
aid requires recipients to first
spend down their assets and
then earn an annual income
below a certain percentage of
the federal poverty level, what
assets is the policy protect-
ing? The person doesn't need
health insurance. He needs
health care.
When the government cre-
ated Medicaid as a look-alike
insurance product, it devel-
oped an oversight operation
that has not kept up with what
technology can do to make a
system run more efficiently.
And unlike private insurance,
it built a system requiring
monthly updates of each of

its 50 million recipients' eligi-
bility, including filled-out and
faxed-in monthly reports, in-
come receipts, etc.
This requires an army of
workers to process piles of
eligibility paperwork. Over
the years, as the program
grew, so did the administra-
tive staff.
To be sure, Medicaid has
grown up as an adjunct to
safety-net programs such as
unemployment benefits and
food stamps. As a result,
aggressive screening proce-
dures were designed to avoid
fraud and to deter those who
do not qualify from enrolling.
But now that drastic cost-
cutting measures have be-
come necessary, we shouldn't
automatically cut services at
the patient care level.
Instead, let's also look at
how technology can help
achieve savings.

For example, California's
health care agency reported
that it employs a full-time
staff of 27,300 to monitor
and implement its Medicaid,
financial aid and food stamp
programs. At an average an-
nual cost of $110,000 per
employee, California is bud-
geting more than $3 billion
yearly for administration.
That's money not spent on
medical care, food stamps,
or the financial assistance -
just on the cost to watch over
these programs.
It's therefore conceivable
that the government would
save significant money if it
switched its focus from quali-
fying people for public in-
surance to simply qualifying
them for care at the point of
Point-of-care system
Currently, we have state
and federal administrators

checking Medicaid applica-
tions online with the IRS. We
already trust health providers
with Americans' most private
information their medical
records. Why not take it a step
further? A health care provid-
er could easily share online
capability with the Medicaid
agency to immediately qualify
or disqualify a person at its
clinic or the emergency room.
When people without in-
surance seek treatment, a
trained staff member could
simply go to an online ad-
dress, input basic patient
data, and check for available
options and whether their in-
come (checked online as it is
now with the IRS) qualifies
them for government servic-
es. This point-of-care enroll-
ment would provide automat-
ed checkpoints for eligibility
and implement a transparent
system with fraud controls.

Youth observance

at St. Agnes'

On Sunday, April 15, The
Historic St. Agnes' Episcopal
Church will celebrate its
34th Annual Youth Sunday
Observance sponsored by
the ladies of St. Scholastica's
Chapter of the Episcopal Church
Women during the 10:45 a.m.
The youth speaker is Mr.
Darrius Jamal Albury-Williams,
the son of Ms. Miranda Y. Albury
and Mr. Harry Belafonte Williams,
and the grandson of Mr. Thomas
L. Albury. He is a senior at Robert
Morgan Educational Center.

Family and

Friends Day

at Word of Truth
Word of Truth Deliverance
Ministry will celebrate their
Family and Friends Day on
Sunday, April 15. You are
cordially invited to an evening
of "Resting in Christ" as we
fellowship with one another
lifting up the name of Jesus.
Guest pastor, Rev. Eric
Readon, 1755 NW 78 Street at
4 p.m. For more information
please feel free to contact Sister
Yolanda Holloway at 954-543-




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15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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2799 N.W. 46th Street

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driver, died
April 1 at home.
Services were

EARL CHANCE, 45, chef, died
March 25 in -
Newburg, New
York. Service 10
a.m., Saturday .
in the chapel. ,

JR., 41,

electrician, died
Aril 4 at home.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at Our
Father's House
of Prayer.

died March
31 at Jackson
H hospital .
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

. -

BARRY, 66,

ANNA FANFAN, 93, seamstress,
died April
1 at J.F.K.
Medical Center.
Services were r.

worker, died
April 5 at
J a c k s o n
Hospital .
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Peaceful Zion
MB Church.

printer, died
April 6 at Water
Crest Nursing
Home. Service
2 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

CNA, died April
7 at home.
Service 2:30
p.m., Saturday
at the Jehovah
Kingdom Hall.


, 85, construction



April 8 at home.
Survivors: .
daug hter,
Janet Evans; .-
son in-Ila wa w
Ernest; sisters,
grandchildren, .
g r e a t,'o
grandchildren, -..
nieces, nephews, granddaughter-
in-laws, and a host of other
relatives and friends. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at Jehovah Witness
Kingdom Hall.

CARRIE B. DAVIS, 75, supply

clerk, died April
3 at Jackson
Memorial Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Peaceful Zion


died April 2 at M
North Shore
H hospital .
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Church of God
Centerr, ie

SCOTT, 81, -
housewife, died
April 4 at
H hospital I

Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday in the



81, retired, died April 4 at Aventura
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Thursday
at Historic St. Agnes Episcopal

Eric L. Wilson
LEY, 61, retired 0 .. -
school teacher,
died April 7.
Born and raised
in Miami, Flori-
da, Betty was a
graduate of Mi- .
ami Killian Se-
nior High, class
of 1968. On October 19, 2002 she
married Rev. Bobby L. Bradley Jr.,
whom preceded her in death and
served as First Lady at Kerr Me-
morial United Methodist Church
and Mt. Pleasant United Methodist
Church of Gainesville, FL. Memo-
rial service 6-9 p.m., Friday, at Kerr
Memorial U.M. Church 10066 West
Indigo Street Miami, FL 33157.
Funeral service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Glendale Missionary Baptist
Church 14580 SW 117 Avenue, Mi-
ami, FL 33186. Arrangements en-
trusted to Eric L. Wilson Mortuary
4631 West Hallandale Beach Blvd.,
Hollywood, FL 33023.


CLINTON (Peanut Love)
86, a retired

Miami Veterans
H o s p i t a l ed
employee, died
March 31 at
his residence.
Service 1 p.m.,
Thursday at Glendale

died April 4 at home. Service 12
p.m., Saturday at Martin Memorial
AME Church.

died April 5 at Jackson South
Community Hospital. Memorial 4
p.m., Wednesday in the chapel.

ETHEL L. BELL, 80, died April 7
at home. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Morning Star Baptist Church.

April 3 in Atlanta, GA. Services
were held.

Southen Memorial
April 9. Lucille is
survived by her
children Jemmie
(Lisa), George
(Charrlene )ene
and Maurice;
brother, Theodor

(Eddie) and .
sister-in-law, Smitha of Georgia.
Viewing 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday,
April 14 at Southern Memorial Fu-
neral Home.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday at New
Beginning Baptist Church 2125
NW 155 Street, Miami FL 33054.
Interment at Dade Memorial Park.

Nakia Ingral


CLARINE MOULRIE, 69, retired,
died April 7 at Hollywood Hills
Nursing Home. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Koinonia Worship

5 at New York Medical Center and
Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Friendship Missionary Baptist

Hadley Davis

Carey Royal R.




bus driver, died
April 5 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 10:30
a.m., Saturday
at St. Matthews
Freewill Baptist

41, laborer,
died April 9 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Tabor
Baptist Church.

NILES, 32,
cashier, died
April 8 at North
P'vie MP c-,1
Center. Service
3 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.


Roberts Poi

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
80, baker, *.. ,., ,
died April 3 .
at Jackson ,.
North Hospital. '
Wake 6 p.m., -- '
Friday at 941
Caliph Street,
Opa Locka, FL
33054. Service
10 a.m., Saturday at Jordan Grove
Missionary Baptist Church.

"BEAN", 54,
chef, April 4
at Jackson

Survived by
sister, Angelia;
brother, Phil and
a host of other
relatives and friends. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Historical Mt.
Zion Church.

Service 11 a.m., Friday at Mt.
Herman AME Church, 401 NW 7th
am'n Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with
0KE, 56, Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding
p Prelate, 11th Epsicopal District,
Sand eulogist.
Interment will follow at Dade
i Memorial Park, Opa Locka Blvd,
Miami, FL. Arrangements entrusted
to Postell's Mortuary, Pine Hills
,, Chapel, Orlando, FL 407-295-

NELSON, Wright and Young
VICTOR WALKER, 36, laborer,
died April 6 in
Miami. Service
11 a.m., Friday
at Peaceful
Zion Missionary
Baptist Church.


*- 'o- 'n i Me'rch 'c in
Plantation. Private service wit
I friends and family.

beautician, died March 26 at home.
Private service with family and
tier friends.

truck driver,
died April 3 at
Jackson North

Service 11a.m.
at Antioch Bap-
tist Church of

VARNELL HOLT, JR., 64, cos-
metologist, died :
April 8 at Jack- -
son Memorial
Hospital North.
Service 3:30
p.m., Saturday ,
at 93rd Street
CommunityBt. C
Baptist Church.

66, retired
owner, died
April 5 at
Baptist Hospital.
6-8 p.m., Friday | ,
at Trinity Faith
Church, 512 SW
4th St, Homestead, FL.
a.m., Saturday at Coven
Church, 1055 NW 6th
Florida City.

25, shipping,
died April 4 in
Miami Lakes.
Service 10 a.m., 1
Saturday at i
New Birth uc
Baptist Church. ,


MORALES, 64, contractor, died
April 2 at home. Arrangements

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

Postell's Mortuary
SR., 78,
the 108th
elected and "'
Bishop of
the African .
Methodist s t,
Church, died March 29 in St.
Louis, MO. He was born in Miami,
Florida. He was ordained in the
South Florida conference. He was
an educator in Broward County
schools for 14 years. Bishop
Chappelle was a life member of
the Bethune Cookman University
Alumni Association and Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He leaves to mourn his passing
a loving wife of 46 years, Mother
Barbara Chappelle; children,
Richard, Jr., Beverly (Curtis)
Walker, Kristen (Don) Caldwell;
two sisters, one brother, and two

i_ -- "-- -

04/08/1955 04/06/2005

Happy Birthday.
Daughter and the Family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

05/14/1942 04/16/2011

05/07/1965 04/12/2010

M It has been two years since
you left us and we're still
trying to cope, but how can
we, when there is no one to
fill your shoes, replace your
.smile, or just say something
Service 11 silly out of the ordinary.
ant Baptist "Bro", you will always be
h Avenue, truly missed and remain for-
ever in our hearts.
Your sisters and only broth-
er, Phyllis, Robin, Lori, and


On the first year anniversa-
ry of your life ending here on
earth and going to your heav-
enly home to be with Jesus.
Not an hour goes by with-
out me thinking of you, and
reflecting on the many happy
years that we shared together.
I'll always cherish your
memories and love you.
Love your wife and family.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

nurse, died April
1 at Regents
Park. Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at New Shiloh
Baptist Church.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

always, but especially today.

04/10/1925 03/04/12

Grandma, we think of you
always, but especially today.
You will never be forgotten
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake
with which we never part.
God has you in His keeping,
we have you in our heart.
Grandson, Antowan.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,




4:30 P.M., TUESDAY

06/05/1948 03/17/2012

gratefully acknowledges your
kindness and expressions of
Your visits, prayers, cards,
telephone calls, monetary do-
nations and covered dishes
were appreciated.
Special thanks to Mt.
Calvary M.B. Church, Rev.
Dr. Billy W.L.Strange, Jr., Rev.
R. Smith, Sr., Rev. R. Pierre,
Rev. K. L. Washington, Rev.
Tommie Reid of Whitesprings,
Florida, Pastor H. Greene,
Crystal Lee, Wright Funeral
Home, Richmond Heights
Women Club, Productive
Hands, Commissioner Audrey
Edmondson office, Class of
'68, Vitas and their staff,
Sylvester Cancer Center, Just
Us Gurlz, family and friends.
May God bless each of you.
Kalenthia, Byron and


journalist Gil

Noble dies

By Sade K. Muhammad

Gil Noble, host of award-
winning Sunday morning
public affairs program Like It
Is, passed away on last week
from complications related to
a stroke he had last summer,
according to
the New
York Times.
He was 80.
Nobble, I
whose ca-
reer in tele-
vision news
and pro-
over five de-
cades, joined WABC-TV as a
reporter in July 1967, and was
named anchor of the station's
Saturday and Sunday night
newscasts in January 1968.
The opportunity to host Like It
Is came later that year.
In the midst of racial tur-
moil, Noble hosted a show
dedicated to providing a more
encompassing picture of the
Black experience. Like It Is
featured national and interna-
tional guests on its programs
and documentaries, includ-
ing international leaders like
Zimbabwe's President Robert
Mugabe and former South Af-
rican President Nelson Man-
dela; entertainers such as Bob
Marley, Lena Horne and Harry
Belafonte; and political nota-
bles like Louis Farrakhan and
Chicago Mayor Harold Wash-


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One of the first things you
notice about Tyrell V. Rolle
is that he doesn't fit in the
typical box that society often
uses to define Black men that
are passionate about dance.
In fact, while only 26, he has
an acute business acumen,
is a masterful choreogra-
pher and by his own admis-
sion, "loves [his] hometown
of Miami." On Friday, April
13, he returns home with
his production, "Embrac-
ing the Inner City Arts," that

will feature a talented group
of other Miami dancers at
the Little Haiti Cultural at
8 p.m. A second show will
be on Sunday, April 13 at 2
p.m. All proceeds will benefit
local schools of the arts and
community-based programs
"It's been almost 10 years
since I graduated from North-
western and joined Alvin
Ailey Dance Theater II, but
at first I thought I wanted to
be an actor not a dancer," he
said. "But Shannon Haynes
and Michelle Murray [the for-
mer dance department chair
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U.S. President Barack Obama high-fives a boy after taking part in the annual Easter Egg
Roll at the White House last Easter.

Obama kicks off Easter Egg Roll

Obama lauds

'the real power:'

Wife Michelle
By David Jackson
President Obama said re-
cently he had "a very simple
job" in opening this year's
White House Easter Egg Roll.
"It is to introduce the real
power of the White House," he
said. "The one truly in charge
. the first lady of the United
States, Michelle Obamal"
"Thanks honey," Mrs. Obama
replied with what we detected
was a touch of sarcasm.
Mrs. Obama later got her
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U.S. President Barack Obama's daughters Sasha (L) and
Malia read "Where the Wild Things Are" to children during
the White House Easter Egg Roll.

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Now, you're a 'WOP' star

'Express yaself'

says the rappin', -

dancin' J. Dash
By Carly Mallenbaum

WOP this way: Anyone can
"do the WOP," says rapper J.
Dash. He's talking about the
dance that inspired his viral
hit, WOP ("With Out Preju-
dice"). You just need to master
basic footwork, do the "lean"
and "express yaself," he says
in a YouTube instructional
video. In his hometown of
Jacksonville, there are people
"80 years old stepping out to
do it," says the 27-year-old
artist, who was born Jameyel
The video that started it
all: Two of J. Dash's friends
posted a video of themselves
doing the WOP (J. Dash's
original dance move) to WOP
(J. Dash's original rap song).
Within a couple of months,
the video collected a half-mil-
lion clicks on YouTube. That's
when J. Dash realized he was
on to something. He posted
WOP how-to videos, comment-
ed on clips that others put up
of themselves doing the dance
and "made enough noise that
(label) StereoFame found me,"
he says.
By the numbers: The song,
which has sold 437,000 down-
loads, peaked at No. 3 on USA
TODAY's urban airplay chart,
and the music video featuring
rapper Flo Rida generated 5.3
million clicks. "It's the most
organic thing I've ever seen,"
says J. Dash.
Total transformation: J.
Dash is out to prove that he's
no one-hit wonder with the
futuristic video for new single
Transformer, off his Tabloid
Truth album. It's set in 2099,





Everyone is making fast-food music right now," J. Dash
says. "People eat it and it fills them up for five minutes. I
want music that sticks to your ribs."

when rap and YouTube are not
allowed by the government.
J. Dash must restore social
media with the assistance of
his "transformer," singer Lara
Johnston (daughter of Tom
Johnston of the Doobie Broth-
ers). "I wrote that before Chris
Brown released a song called
Transformers," he says. "Great
minds think alike!"
Piano prodigy: At age 5,
J. Dash shocked his mom by
mastering Beethoven's 5th on
the piano before ever having
a music lesson. A couple of
years later, he was playing
in international competitions
and local clubs. "(People) were
just like, 'Man, we don't un-
derstand how you could play
so well,'" says J. Dash. Then,
the young musician acquired
a new musical taste.
Switching genres: J. Dash
remembers it well: He was
about 13 and heard Timbal-
and & Magoo's Up Jumps Da
Boogie. "I was like, 'That's a
game-changer. I want to pro-
duce hip-hop.' I became a real
student of the game."

Beat machine: In high
school, he began shadowing
producers in the studio. One
particularly memorable ses-
sion gave J. Dash his stage
name. When the producer
had to step out for an hour,
"he told me I could play with
the equipment, so I started
making beats," J. Dash re-
members. "I made four, and
they were all hot." When the
producer returned, he was so
impressed with the young art-
ist's production speed that he
started calling him "J. Dash."
The name stuck.
A showman is born: J.
Dash continued to make
music in college at the Univer-
sity of Florida. Though he got
his degree in computer sci-
ence, he "did music 22 hours
a day," he says, producing
tracks for friends and even-
tually performing. J. Dash's
second performance was as
the opening act for Lil Wayne,
who had a show on campus.
"It was awesome." Since then,
he has loved performing,
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Becoming politically involved
brings out the best in some
aspirants especially Erhabor
Ighodaro, Ph. D., a candidate
for Miami 'Gardens City
Council, Seat 3. He's affiliated
with Sigma Alpha Chapter
of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
and the 5000 Role Model of
Excellence. Last week, he
was joined by his lovely wife,
Shannon, a consultant, and
five daughters, Esosa and Idia
at his campaign rally at Mt.
Zion AME Church.
The program was presided
over by State Rep. James
Bush, III. Among the musical
highlights other was Cousin
Johnny Sanders who moved
the crowd by singing "Jesus
Is Mine" with an African beat.
Since Ighodaro is African, a
huge crowd from their church
C & S Church Movement filled
the pews to support him.

The rest of
the program
included a
prayer circle with
Bishop Dennis ,.---- -..-.-..
Atonement; Bishop Billy'
Baskin, Wisdom; Pastor
Oluwoke Alle, Inspiration;
Chief Emmanuel Ukpai,
Favor; Sister Doletha Curry,
Protection; and Rev. Rogery
Adams, Victory. The program
closed out with a Festival of
Praise and Thanksgiving from
the leader of the Cherubim
and Seraphim Church, who led
the audience in a praise song
entitled "Loving Jesus All The
A special salute goes out
to Shirylon McWhorter-
Jones, chapter president of
the Miami Alumnae Chapter
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
and members for providing

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Palm Sunday afternoon, the
old timers of B. T. W, their
family and friends reminisced
about old times. Present were:
Juanita Allen-Lane, Henry
"Sanky" Newbold, Georgia
Works, Effie Robinson-
Fortson, Regina Livingston,
Elry T. Sands, Dorothy
"DaDa" Heild Saunders,
Helen Gay, Lynda Lewis,
James and Karen Jordan,
Joi Strachan, Francena
Lewis-Robinson, Monica
Behel-Adderley, Vivian
Lane, Rose Jenkins, Darlene
Jones, Gloria Holmes,
Yolanda Hardy, Terry Lane,
Mamie Johnston, Robert
Malone, Gwen Clarke,
Jaunita Humes, Bernice
Brown, Stephanie Span,
Bishop Walter Sands, Ned
and Sheria Edwards and

Mattie Ivery.
Get well wishes our
prayers go out to Naomi
Allen-Adams, Juanita
Smith, Phillip R. Wallace,
Vennda-Rei Gibson,
Theodore Moss, Wilhelmina
Stirrup Welch, Sue Francis,
Cheryl Moss, William Piner
Jr., Princess Lamb, Yvonne
Johnson-Gaitor, Easter
Robinson-Troy, Jacqueline
Livingston, Inez Johnson,
Grace H. Patterson and
Patricia Allen-Ebron.
Deepest sympathy to the
family of Trayvon Martin,
who was senselessly killed.
Hearty congratulations and
thanks to Dolphin's linesman
Vernon Carey (1998
Northwestern High state
champ) for donating a new
weight room and equipment

the community with
Jabberwock 2012 at
Miami Jackson High
School, recently. The
event provided some
of the best of the
community's talented
youth Kayla Harrell,
ninth grader at Coral
Reef Senior High AD
who danced to "This
Woman's Work"; Shauntriss
Guerrier, 10th grader, Michael
Krop, danced to "Who Are
You"; Kai Green, 10th-grader,
Miami Lakes and Mercedez
Marion, 10th, at Pembroke
Pines Charter School.
Other entertainment
was provided by Trevon
Chambers,12th, at Norland
Senior, singing "Just The Two
Us," The South Florida Boys
and Girls Choir, directed
by Angela Green; and the
dynamic team of Edwin and
Gaile Holland. Director
Sharlette Steward and the
PAVAC Dancers from Miami
Northwestern closed the event.
Palm Sunday in 2012 at
Church of the Incarnation

to the school. A celebration
will take place soon.
Congratulations to Bianca
Swilley, who was named
employee of the month at Star
Board Cruise Services. Bianca
is a Summa Cum Laude
graduate of Florida A and M.
University. Gloria Smith-
Burrows of Cleveland, Ohio
returned home to visit her
ailing sister Juanita Smith,
mother of Bryant Smith.
Dorothy Saunders (known
to her many friends as "DaDa")
held a grand cookout for her
newly-inducted initiates at
her 95 Terrace Home.
Mary Johnson Robbins
was honored at the "Women's
Empowerment Luncheon"
in observance of Women's
History Month sponsored
by the Greater North Miami
Chamber of Commerce. Ms.
Robbins is branch manager
of BB & T Bank. She is the
daughter of the late Flora
Barry Johnson and Willie

Musician inspired by Black heritage

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most recently for Florida's
spring-breakers, and fea-
tures anything from African
drums (he plays the dund-
un) to saxophones in his

Soul food:Tabloid Truth
offers a diverse collection of
tunes, from the emotional
track Life ("about the jour-
ney of life in sonic form")
to the runway song Strut
(featured on America's Next
Top Model). "Sometimes you
want to dance, sometimes

you want to be introspective,
sometimes you want to cry,"
says J. Dash. "Everyone is
making fast-food music right
now. People eat it, and it fills
them up for five minutes.
I want' music that sticks to
your ribs." Or at least makes
you move your feet.

Holiday brings families together

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husband back, saying he
planned to do a little egg roll-
ing himself.
"I think the president is go-
ing to try to beat a 3-year-old
- which I hope he does not do,"
Mrs. Obama said.
The first couple along with
daughters Malia and Sasha,
as well as the Easter Bunny -
then strolled around the South
Lawn, greeting visitors as a
military band played Easter

The White House Easter Egg
Roll has been a Monday-after-
Easter tradition for 134 years.
Throughout the day, thou-
sands of kids and their parents
streamed through the White
House gates onto the South
Among the attractions: Live
music, sports training areas,
cooking stations, and a stage
for story reading by celebri-
ties. There's also the tradition-
al races known as Easter egg
In welcoming guests to the
White House, Mrs. Obama

cited the presence of such ath-
letes as tennis legend Chris
Evert and the Harlem Globe-
trotters basketball team. The
activities range from an ob-
stacle course to a yoga garden
to "healthy cooking," said Mrs.
Obama, who has promoted
exercise and better eating by
children throughout her years
in the White House.
"Let's go, let's play, let's
move," Mrs. Obama said.
In recent weeks, the White
House distributed more than
30,000 tickets to lottery win-
ners from all 50 states.

Tyrell Rolle inspires local youth

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of Northwestern's PAVAC Mag-
net Dance program] saw some-
thing in me. After two sum-
mer internships with Ailey
and Dance Theatre of Harlem
I was hooked."
Rolle choreographed all
of the pieces for the produc-
tion and is especially excited
about the opening dance,
"Confessions," which is a spe-
cial tribute honoring Trayvon
"It is one of the strongest
pieces of the evening and has
a lot to do with real situations
that Blacks face every day.
Each dancer will tell their
own story and it is highly

Rolle will be joined by
Haynes, Anita Dardone and
Jarrett Rashad each in the
role of principal dancer. Still
being a dancer and choreog-
rapher has its challenges.
"We work hard to get our
bodies ready for the rigors of
dance but unless you do hip-
hop, street or b-boy dance,
you still tend to be pegged in
ways that aren't fair," he said.
When asked if he connected
with the fictitious Leroy, made
famous in the 70s dance mov-
ie "Fame," Rolle laughed and
then he does.
"He was a metrosexual kind
of brother who loved dance and
didn't care what his friends
said that's me in a nut-
shell," he added. "People have
a hard time defining my style
because I fuse all of my train-
ing into something unique.

And they have an even harder
time defining me."
Rolle has made a name for
himself since leaving North-
western. He was featured in
the Broadway version of "The
Lion King," starred on "So You
Think You Can Dance" and
was a member of the Philadan-
co Dance Company. He hopes
to make dance more accessi-
ble to urban youth by raising
funds so they can receive the
proper training.
"My family could not afford
to pay for my training but I
was fortunate to have the sup-
port of Range and Portier fu-
neral homes when I a teen,"
he said. "There is so much tal-
ent in Liberty City and Little
Haiti we have to encourage
our children to go after their
Find out more about Rolle at

was enriched with
history and fashion as
.. pioneers of more than
50-years marched in
the parade including
Mary Marshall,
Maria A. Strachan,
Alice Strapp Harrell,
Laurene Hamm
AMS and Mrs. Porter,
Wilfred McKennie,
Dr. Dorothy J. Fields,
Henry Puyol, Antonia
Puyol, Dr. Fred Morley and
Aaron Johnson. The Knight
Temple led the parade with
their "look-a-like" Napoleon
outfits. They included Henry
Puyol, grand commander,
Cleveland Morley, deputy
grand commander and Alex
Carrera, grand recorder. Other
marchers included Ethel
Ingram, Elvis Paschel, Dr.
Kathy W. Latimore, Francena
Powell, Timothy Hall, Ted
Hammund, Angenora
Paschel, Helen Williams,
Chauncy Edgecomb,
Vincent Albury, Craig Hall,
Annette Williams, Lynette,
Kenshawn, and Star and


Octavious Smith.
Hats are off to the
Progressive Band for
years of service on -
Palm Sundays for
over five decades of
performing. Last week,
they entertained St.
Agnes, St. Mary and
St. Peters Orthodox BUS
and the Church of
Incarnation and the performers
included Harcourt Clark,
director, Donnie Brown, band
director, Aaron Johnson, Elie
Regmoer, Michel Cleare,
Chris Albury, Wendi Paul,
Freddie Nicholas, Moesha
Bullard, Jessie Hill, Paul
Brown, Adre Brown, Willie
Granger, Chris Morley and
Dr. Fred Morley.
Ministers Teresa and
Gregory Robinson took some of
their honeymoon time to serve
the Lord by collaborating on
the third annual Palm Sunday
at Ebenezer UMC where Rev.
Dr. Joeretha Capers is senior
pastor. She brought District
Superintendent Craig Nelson
to deliver the Palm Sunday

Kudos go out to
the newly weds for
including Glenn
Ikenburger, director of
the 21-piece American
High School band that
spent the morning
at Ebenezer enjoying
SH grits, eggs, sausage
and biscuit.
Some of the children and
adults participating in the
parade included Dorian,
Devin, Dean and Cora
Harrison, Fracona Hall,
Joemesha Harsprott,
Timothy Brown, E'ni Ya
Brown, Enel Vixama, Tywon
Rodriquez, JoAnn Wilcox,
Jean A. Perry, Samuel
"Chase" Williams, Benjaman
Dawson, JoAnn Dawson,
Veronica Rahming, Mashamn
Marcus, Valarie Thomas,
John Thomas, Odessa Pinder,
Renee Green, Betty Bullard,
Rose Mormon, Tim Strachan,
Berthena Bullard, Purnell
Burke, William Clark, JaVon,
Vanessa, Winston, Delores,
and William Francis.

Richie goes from 'Hello' to howdy

On 'Tuskegee,' his country-tinged hits

from the 198os get an all-star salute

By Brian Mansfield

People tried to get Lio-
nel Richie to Nashville for
years. Kenny Rogers, Conway
Twitty, Alabama -- they all
had country hits with Richie
songs, and they all told him
to come to town.
"I didn't do it," Richie says.
Until Richie recorded Tuske-
gee, a set of duet versions of
his biggest hits. For Tuske-
gee, out today, his duet part-
ners include such country
singers as Tim McGraw, Wil-
lie Nelson and Rascal Flatts.
Kenny Rogers reprised
Lady, a song he took to No. 1

on both the pop and coun-
try charts in 1980. Little Big
Town took Deep River Wom-
an, the song that gave Richie
and Alabama a top 10 hit on
the country charts in 1987.
So if Richie wouldn't listen
to Rogers and Twitty, what fi-
nally convinced him? "Copy-
rights," Richie says. "The
actual songs."
Richie, 62, started hearing
singers like Kenny Chesney
and Jason Aldean talk about
how much theyadmired his
songs and how his music had
influenced them. He real-
ized that his legacy was more
keenly felt in contemporary

country music than in a
modern R&B scene dominat-
ed by hip-hop and dance.
"So am I coming to coun-
try, or am I joining my songs
that are already country?"
Richie asks rhetorically.
"These stories were basically
little signatures of where (the
singers') lives were at a cer-
tain point in time. It made it
easier for me to go, 'OK, those
are my kids.' That's basically
what this album is."
Darius Rucker, who record-
ed Stuck on You for Tuske-
gee, considers Richie an act
on par with The Beatles. "You
can't even say he's an idol
- he's more a part of your
When Rucker got the call
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The Kionne L.
McGhee Law Group,
PLLC is hosting a legal and
healthcare fair Thursday,
April 12 at Goulds Parks,
3-7 p.m. For more
information call 786-343-

Booker T.
Washington Class of
1965, Inc. will meet on
Saturday, April 21, at the
African Heritage Cultural
Arts center at 4:30 p.m.
For more information
contact Lebbie Lee at 305-

The Bethune-
Cookman University
Concert Chorale will
be presented in concert,
Sunday, April 22, at First
Baptist Church Piney
Grove, 4699 West Oakland
Park Blvd., Lauderdale
Lakes at 4:30 p.m. For
information call Hattie
Harden at 954-735-6289
or Gwen Adams at 954-

M The Gospel Choir
Explosion will feature The
Woods, Unspeakable Joy
and various local choirs on
Sunday, April 28 at 7:00
p.m. at the Joseph Caleb

* 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 to plan our 45th
reunion. For information
contact Elaine at 786
227-7397 or www.

answers readers
Q: I keep reading refer-
ences about fashion
"look books" from
stores or designers. Tell me
more about how I can use
look books to go shopping.
-R.T., South Hadley, Mass.
A: Think of a look book
not as a mail-order
catalog, but as exclu-
sive little magazines of inspi-
ration, which more fashion
houses are sending to your
home and to your email.
Look books got their start
in the early '90s as splashy
multi-page, magazine ad cam-
paigns that designers such as
Calvin Klein and Giorgio Ar-


The Miami
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 planning
our 50th reunion. Contact
Evelyn at 305-621-8431.

M Booker T.
Washington Class of
1967 meets the 3rd
Saturday of each month
at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. For
information contact Lucius
King at 305-333-7128.

* The National
Coalition of 100 Black
Women- Greater Miami
Chapter is accepting
applications for girls ages
12-18 to participate in
Just Us Girls Mentoring
Program. Monthly
sessions will be held every
3rd Saturday 10 a.m. -
12 p.m. thru June at the
Carrie Meek Center at
Hadley Park, 1350 NW
50th Street. Call 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.
For information call 954-
235-2601 or 305-751-1295
ext. 107.

* New Beginning
Baptist Church of
Deliverance of All
Nations invites you to

' questions
mani used to showcase their
designs and generate buzz.
Evocative marketers such as
Ralph Lauren and Anthropol-
ogie now also use glossy look
books as a branding exercise
to seduce early-bird fans to
pre-order their favorite collec-
tion pieces before they hit the
sales floor.
But stop before you regard
look books as junk-mail clut-
ter. I've learned from fashion
stylists that the best way
to learn how to dress -in an
original way is to become a
master of practical fashion
intelligence. That's why look
books can be valuable to you.
Every designer and fashion

weight loss classes the
1st and 3rd Saturday of
every month. Contact Ms.
McDonald at 786-499-

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 786-306-6442.

M Chai Community
Services food program is
taking applications from
grandparents raising their
grandchildren. All services
are free. For applications
call 786-273-0294.

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 786-273-0294.

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

Resources for
Veterans Sacred Trust
offers affordable and
supporting housing
assistance, family
resiliency training and
other resources for low-
income veteran families

pro I know collects images,
tear sheets of close-ups of belt
buckles, collars and varia-
tions of clothing and shoe
silhouettes. These are the
details that hone your eye to
discover which clutch hand-
bag works best with skinny
pants? Or just how short can
you wear that pleated skirt?
Or-pay attention guys-
which styles of striped shirts
go with your herringbone-
patterned sport coat?
Unlike fashion magazine
spreads, which are styled for
over-the-top drama, look-book
pictures tend to be in sharp
focus. Models are often shot
straight on as they stand
against clean backgrounds.
While watching television
or surfing online, I clip and
save look-book and magazine
images and tack them to a
bulletin board or stick them
in a folder to take when I go

Lionel Richie makes country hit

continued from 2C

to sing with Richie, he knew
exactly what tune he wanted to
do. He'd been working on it his
entire adult life: Stuck on You
came out the summer Rucker
turned 18.
"Honestly, the first time I did
it, I didn't want to mess up, so
I just closed my eyes and imag-
ined I was in the car," Rucker
says. "I've ridden in the car and
sung that part so many times."
Tuskegee's Say You, Say Me
duet with Aldean got a new
rock-oriented bridge. "I realized
this guy's a rocker," Richie says.
"So I said, 'I'm going to custom-
design it like I think you would
have done if you were with me
back then.'"
Recording with Blake Shel-
ton showed Richie just how
well the singers knew his ma-
terial. "I kept forgetting that
when they say they know the
song, they're not studying it
to come in and sing. This is
the song they like to sing." So
Shelton ran down You Are four
times, nailing the song per-
fectly each time. "The problem
was, after he left, I couldn't fig-
ure out where I was going to
come in."
People who grew up with

Only wants to sing with you: Darius Rucker says he has al-
ways wanted to perform with Richie.

Richie's music will know most
of Tuskegee's songs, which
come from the nine top 10 pop
hits he had with The Commo-
dores between 1976 and 1982
or the 13 consecutive solo sin-
gles that reached the top 10
between 1981 and 1987. But
Just for You, the song Richie
sings with Billy Currington,
was a 2004 hit in Germany
but relatively unknown in the
"They said, 'You need to
write a new song,' (and) I said,
'No, I need to introduce that
song again,'" Richie says.
As popular as songs like
Endless Love, Easy and Hello
remain 30 years after their
release, it's easy to forget just

how different Richie's ballads
sounded from the rest of late
'70s R&B radio. "Everybody's
celebrating now, but back
then, it was a waltz in the mid-
dle of disco, or Sail On in the
middle of funk," Richie says.
Richie listened to plenty
of country music as a child.
"Country was called 'ra-
dio' back then," says Richie,
who recalls Tuskegee station
WRBL, along with Nashville
station WLAC, which had a
heavy dose of R&B, and Wolf-
man Jack blasting out from
the Texas/Mexico border. "Yes,
Stax Records came in, Motown
came in in high school. But
in my elementary years, it was
country and gospel."

facing homelessness or
challenges maintaining
housing stability in Broward
and Dade counties. Call
855-778-3411 or visit
www.411Veterans.com for
more information.

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

* 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 centers are available
at www.miamidade.gov/
cahs or call 786 469-4622
for more info.

M Looking for all Evans
County High School
Alumni to create a South
Florida alumni contact
roster. If you attended or
graduated from Evans High
School in Claxton, Georgia,
contact 305-829-1345 or

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


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

* Merry Poppins
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. For information,
call Coach Rozier at 305-
389-0288 or Gloria at 305-

* 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,
contact the committee
president Herbert Roach



0 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 May 11th from 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. for administrative,
professional medical,
educational, social service,
culinary and housekeeping
positions. For more info
call 786-657-2072.

The 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-

Miami Jackson
Senior High Class of
1972 is celebrating their
40th reunion on June 7
- 10. Contact President
Nathan Adderley at 786-
344-8436 or Executive
Treasurer Senella James-
Clinch at 305-336-2944
for ticket information.

M Nova Southeastern
University is hosting
an open house about
their degree programs
scholarships, grants and
other related information
on Tuesday, May 17 at
6:30 p.m., at the Miami
campus, 8585 SW 124th
Ave. and Saturday, May
19th at 9:30 p.m. Call 305-
275-2601 for more info.

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Visit www.greatermiamilinksinc.org or call 305-788-5180 for ticket information.

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FMU president

joins M-DCC's

board of directors

Florida Memorial University
President Dr. Henry Lewis,
III, was unanimously accept-
ed to the Board of Directors
for the Miami-Dade Cham-
ber of Commerce (M-DCC).
M-DCC promotes the growth,
expansion and development
of South Florida's black
businesses and profession-
als. M-DCC President Bill
Diggs expressed "pleasure"

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in Lewis' appointment in a
formal announcement. Lewis
views his appointment as an
opportunity to serve.
"I am truly humbled and
honored to receive this ap-
pointment," Lewis said. "FMU
is one of South Florida's top
employers of African-Amer-
icans. We supply the mar-
ketplace with high quality
graduates who stimulate the
regional economy. This ap-
pointment provides another
opportunity to serve the
greater community."
. Among other responsibili-
ties, M-DCC's Board of Direc-
tors is charged with provid-
ing general oversight of the
finances and activities of the
Chamber. As a longtime edu-
cator and president of South
Florida's only historically
black university, Dr. Lewis
brings a wealth of experi-
ence and perspective to the
organization. Lewis serves
on several boards for federal,
financial and civic institu-
tions including the National
Library of Medicine, Capital
City Bank Group and the Mi-
ami Children's Initiative.
"I am looking forward to
making a significant contri-
bution to M-DCC's great tra-
dition of expanding economic
opportunity for our commu-
nity." Lewis added.

Minority 40o1(k)

plans scarred

Loans, cash-outs jeopardize


By Sandra Block Savings

While millions of workers
used money from their retire- take a hit
ment savings to pay expenses
during the Great Recession, Percentage of workers who took
Blacks and Hispanics dipped hardship withdrawals from
into their 401(k) plans at a 401(k) plans:
much higher rate.
The rise in 401(k) with- 2007 2010
drawals, loans and cash-outs
among Blacks and Hispanics Blacks 8.3%
represents a major setback Blacks
for their long-term retire-
ment security, says Mellody Asian 0.7%
Hobson, president of Ariel 1.2%A
Investments, co-sponsor of
a survey on the recession's 2.0%
impact on retirement plans. Hispanic
Even before the reces- 3. 2"-
sion, Blacks and Hispanics 1.1%
had lower average balances White
in their 401(k).plans than 1.7%
whites and Asians. Among Source:A riel/Aon Hewitt
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Local caterer offers recipe for success

Local caterer offers recipe for success

Khayla Stanley's Icing on the Kake

has all the goodies you need

By Zachary Rinkins
Miamiii Times writer

According to a recent Specialty
Retail report, the temporary re-
tail market brings in more than
$9 billion dollars and they sell
their products without having
a brick, mortar or permanent
location. South Florida caterer
Khayla Stanley is cashing in
on this trend with Icing on the
Kake, her cupcake and specialty
cake company. The company
recently expanded from a solely
home-based delivery service to
include weekend operations at

the Yellow Green Farmers Mar-
ket in Hollywood.
"One of the biggest advantages
of having a mobile business is
you don't have the overhead and
costs associated with a store-
front like electricity and rent,"
Stanley said. "I am also free
to travel and generate sales at
farmers markets, popular events
and stores as opposed to re-
maining in only one location."
Stanley started the company
two years ago after getting laid
off from her longtime human
resources job in corporate
America. And despite being five
months pregnant she was not

only determined to become her
own boss but wanted to find
ways to profit from her pas-
sion for baking.
"I have been baking
red velvets cake with my
aunt in Georgia since I
was six-years-old," she
said. "Baking was the
highlight of my trips to
the south during my
childhood. After doing
research, I realized I
could be successful at
Since its inception, Ic-
ing on the Kake has served
restaurants, businesses
and organizations in the
Tri-county area. Her prices
are reasonable and flavors
range from red velvet to vegan
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Before recession,
house payments
were made first

By Hadley Malcolm

What's more important:
your car or your house?
Many consumers say
they'd rather be able to hit
the road. According to a
study released by credit and
information management
company TransUnion, con-
sumers were more likely to
pay their auto loans before
their credit cards and mort-
gages last year.
An analysis of about four
million consumers who had
at least one open auto loan,

bank card and mortgage in
2011 found that about-39
percent of consumers were
delinquent on their mortgage
while current on their auto
loan and credit card pay-
In contrast, 9.5 percent of
consumers were delinquent
on an auto loan while cur-
rent on their credit cards
and mortgage.
"Consumers need their
cars to either get to work or
seek employment," says Ezra
Becker, vice president of
research and consulting at
TransUnion, citing the "still
stubbornly high" unemploy-
ment rate of 8.3 percent.
Becker also says that
with a 'really, really strong"
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Retirement isn't
option for many
By Paul Davidson

Older workers are snar-
ing an outsized share of
job gains in the economic
recovery as they put off
retirement amid shrinking
nest eggs, changes in Social
Security benefits and im-
proved health.
They're not necessarily
limiting the pool of jobs for
younger workers, says Dean
Maki, chief U.S. economist
for Barclays Capital. More-
experienced employees are
often more productive and
earn higher salaries, gener-
ating economic growth that

itself yields additional jobs,
he says.
In February, employment
for workers 55 and older rose
by 277,000 from January,
or 65 percent of the total
428,000 gains, according
to the Labor Department's
household survey, which is
used to calculate the unem-
ployment rate.
The more widely reported
227,000 total job additions
in February is based on
Labor's survey of employ-
ers, which doesn't include
farm workers and the self-
employed and often under-
counts start-up firms. The
government's March jobs
report is due Friday.
Since the start of the
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What Blacks need to do to make long-denied reparations happen

By William Reed
NNPA columnist

So, how have you fared ec-
onomically since President
Obama took office and the
Senate voted to endorse a
national apology for slavery?
The Obama presidency is one
thing, and the Senate apology
is another; but neither has ac-
crued a whit for the majority
of Black Americans. Repara-
tions compensation is a sub-
ject that is never discussed in
America. To the Senate mea-
sure, author Randall Robin-
son insists that "an apology to
African Americans is mean-
ingless without reparations
payments." In contrast with

Blacks' political leadership,
Robinson is primarily con-
cerned with speaking out on
behalf of African Americans
and makes a grand case in his
2001 book, "The Debt: What
America Owes to Blacks."
A lack of Black leadership
on the issue has allowed rep-
arations for slavery to linger
on the fringe of American po-
litical thought. The legacy of
slavery, segregation, and ra-
cial violence against Blacks
continues to be a divisive is-
sue in America. Whether or
not descendants of Black
slaves are entitled' to repara-
tions is an American debate
that not only divides whites
from Blacks, but many Blacks

from one another.
The money Blacks /
are owed cure a !
lot of our ills. Ac- /
cording to Harper's '
Magazine, Amer- ,. -
ica owes Blacks "
more than $100
trillion in repara-
tions, based on
222,505,049 hours T
of forced labor be-
tween 1619 and REED
1865, with a compounded in-
terest of 6 percent.
Mainstream American
thought is that "a $100 tril-
lion payoff to Blacks is incon-
ceivable" therefore, no real
thought or discussion is given
it. Whites have a 400-year

head-start on Blacks
in America and want
the status quo to re-
main. Mainstream
thinking makes
Americans of all rac-
es ill-at-ease on the
subject of reparations
and causes them to
amble into "non-racial
discussions" on more
acceptable themes of
national unity, and
adherence to particular po-
litical philosophies. How-
ever, Many Blacks subscribe
to mainstream thought and
thinking to our own detri-
ment. We accept our condi-
tions at the bottom of the
rung in America and make no

concerted effort to collect the
debt. Though Obama rejected
the concept of reparations long
before his election, surely a
substantial debt is owed Black
Americans. The legacy of slav-
ery has hindered the economic
progress of Blacks in America;
and reparations would rectify
a historical wrong, would give
poor Blacks more disposable
income which would increase
their living standards and lift
entire communities.
Whites continue to support
and advocate a system that's
been very good for them these
last 500 years. How to make
justice happen for us and get
our needed amends in Ameri-
ca will require Blacks to reject

mainstream programming
and agree that present-day
racism stems from 246 years
of slavery and Jim Crow laws
and practices. We should be
looking for advocates who
agree that American slavery
was "one of history's most
brutal genocides." While Pres-
ident Obama is on record in
his opposition to reparations
to Blacks, supporters should
be looking to the two dozen
members of Congress who are
co-sponsors of current leg-
islation to create a commis-
sion that would study repa-
rations- that is, payments
and programs to compensate
Blacks for the damage done
by slavery.

Car loans comes first

with many consumers

Most job gains are now

going to older workers

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Regions returns $3.5B TARP money

President Obama right again on bailout program

By Jeffrey Sparshott

Financial Corp. RF -3.34
percent repaid the U.S. Trea-
sury $3.5 billion, allowing
it to exit the federal govern-
ment's bailout program.
Regions was the biggest
bank remaining in the Trou-
bled Asset Relief Program, or
TARP. With Wednesday's re-
payment, TARP's bank pro-
grams have turned an $18
billion profit, Treasury said.
Even with the return on
bank programs, the Con-
gressional Budget Office esti-
mates that overall TARP will
end up costing taxpayers $32
billion. The cost stems largely
from assistance to American
International Group Inc., AIG
-2.71 percent aid to the au-

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Regions was th
bank still in the
out program.
tomotive industry,
programs aimed a
Still, Wednesday
ment shows that tl
ment is acceleratinE

f, ing down of TARP. Last week,
Treasury sold stakes in seven
smaller banks-all at a small
loss on the initial investment.
The government still owns
stakes in roughly 350 banks
more than three years after
STARP's launch and expects
I to exit many of those at a dis-
Regions, in addition to the
$3.5 billion repayment, has
paid Treasury $593 million
ter-. in dividends. Treasury said
e biggest it still holds warrants to pur-
U.S bai chase common stock in the
U.S. bail- bank, the sale of which will
provide further returns.
and grant "This repayment is anoth-
t avoiding er milestone in our effort to
wind down TARP and pro-
y's repay- vides an additional profit for
he govern- taxpayers on the program's
g its wind- investment in banks," Assis-

tant Secretary for Financial
Stability Tim Massad said.
"Replacing temporary gov-
ernment support with private
capital is an important com-
ponent of continuing to re-
store financial stability."
Treasury invested $3.5 bil-
lion in the Birmingham, Ala.,
bank in November 2008. Re-
gions repurchased preferred
, stock that Treasury had held
as collateral.
"On an annual ongoing
basis, the repurchase elimi-
nates the payment of $175
million in dividends on these
securities," Regions said in a
Regions recently completed
the sale of brokerage Morgan
Keegan & Company Inc. to
Raymond James Financial
Inc., RJF -2.04 percent gener-
ating $1.2 billion in proceeds
and allowing it to make the
lump payment to Treasury.

Gas cards return to boost tourism

Hotels and attractions use

lure to offset trip costs

By Laura Bly

As climbing fuel
prices threaten to put
the brakes on spring
and summer trips,
some hotels and tour-
ist attractions are re-
turning to a familiar
tactic to lure visitors:
gas cards.
The cards give
guests credit to help
fill the tank with gas-
oline or get rebates or
credits against what
they've already paid
in a bid to encourage
families to pile into
the car for a vacation.
"When you hit a
milestone like $4 a
gallon, it gets people's

attention," says senior
analyst Gregg Las-
koski of GasBuddy.
And, he says, come-
ons that help offset
higher gasoline prices
"can be pretty com-
The nationwide av-
erage for a gallon of
regular gasoline was
$3.89 on Friday, ac-
cording to AAA. But
10 states now average
$4.01 to $4.46 a gal-
lon. And the prices
appear to be spurring
more card offers.
The number of gas
cards and related
deals on BnBFinder,
an online, directory of

more than 3,000 pri-
marily North Ameri-
can bed and break-
fasts and inns, is
"definitely up" from
last year, spokesman
Rich Rodriguez says.
It lists 22 promotions
this spring vs. 15 the
same time last year. It
expects another surge
of offers between now
and June.
An offer from the
Greater Fort Lauder-
dale Convention and
Visitors Bureau is in-
dicative: It's offering.
a $25 gift/gas card
from May 1 to Sept.
30 to travelers who
book a minimum two-
night stay at select
hotels via its website
or Facebook page.
"The timing just
seemed right, (since)

gas prices are all any-
one seems to be talk-
ing about," bureau
spokeswoman Fran-
cine Mason says.
Among other offer-
A "Pump Up Your
Stay" deal at Cali-
fornia's Riviera Palm
Springs that gives
drive-in guests a $50
gas rebate through
May 31.
A "Fuel for Fun"
package at the El-
dorado Hotel & Spa
in Santa Fe that in-
cludes a $50 gas card
for a two-night mini-
mum stay through
A Gas Rewards
Package at the Ho-
tel Viking in New-
port, R.I., gives a 10
percent discount on

room, daily break-
fast and valet parking
through September.
While gas card
deals have become a
summer staple in an
era of rising fuel pric-
es, there are doubts
about their effective-
"Historically speak-
ing, I don't think gas
cards have moved the
needle," says indus-
try consultant Kevin
Parada of Hospitality
Marketing Solutions.
Branson, Mo., prob-
ably won't offer its
"Gas Buster" card
worth up to $50 in dis-
counts at local busi-
nesses that it's had
since 2007, says Lynn
Berry of the Branson/
Lakes Area Chamber
of Commerce.

Blacks hit hard in 401(k) retirement plans

continued from 5D

the survey's findings:
Nearly nine per-
cent of Blacks took
hardship withdraw-
als from their 401(k)
plans in 2010, vs. 6.3
percent in 2007. By
comparison, 1.7 per-
cent of white workers
took a hardship with-
drawal in 2010, vs.
1.1 percent in 2007.
Half of Blacks and
40 percent of Hispan-
ic workers carried a
401(k) loan balance at

the end of 2010, vs. 26
percent of whites and
22 percent of Asians.
Although 401(k)
loans are popular
with employees, they
are risky during a
recession. When bor-
rowers are laid off, or
quit their jobs, they're
usually required to
pay off the entire bal-
ance, usually within
60 days. The majority
of workers who leave
their employers with
a 401(k) loan out-
standing are unable
to fulfill that require-

ment and default
on their loans. The
default rate is even
higher for minorities:
80 percent of Blacks
who leave their em-
ployers with a 401(k)
loan outstanding de-
fault, vs. 76 percent
of Hispanics and 71
percent of whites, the
study says.
Two-thirds of
Blacks and 57 per-
cent of Hispanics
who left their jobs in
2010 cashed out their
401(k) plan balances,
vs. 39 percent of white

employees and 34 per-
cent of Asians. When
workers cash out a
401(k) plan, they usu-
ally have to pay taxes
on the balance, plus
a 10 percent early-
withdrawal penalty if
they are younger than
The higher rate of
401(k) loans, with-
drawals and cash-
outs reflects the dis-
proportionate impact
of the recession on
minorities, says Pam
Hess, director of re-
tirement research for

Aon Hewitt, which co-
sponsored the survey.
In 2010, the unem-
ployment rate was 16
percent for Blacks and
12.5 percent for His-
panics, vs. 8.7 percent
for whites, according
to the Census.
Still, cash-strapped
workers should view
their 401(k) plans as
a last resort, Hobson
says. "Without serious
attention and signifi-
cant aggressiveness in
savings, I don't know
how you get back on
track," she says.

Technology challenges car dealers

Some hire people to show
buyers how stuff works

By Chris Woodyard

New cars are growing so com-
plex 7- and owners manuals so vo-
luminous that automakers are
encouraging dealers to add staff
geeks or go high-tech to explain
Lexus will announce today that
it is creating two positions at each
of its 230 dealers around the coun-
try: a "vehicle delivery specialist"
to show buyers how the cars work
and a "technology specialist" to
troubleshoot snafus after the sale.
The learning gap underscores,
how automakers have become en-

gaged in a tech war, seeing it as
a key way to make their brand
stand out.
Lexus' rivals in luxury cars,
which typically have the most
complex tech systems, are com-
ing up with their own approaches
to walking customers through the
nuances of infotainment, naviga-
tion and communication systems,
not to mention how to set the air
Cadillac. General Motors' up-
scale brand has developed an iPad
app explaining use of its new CUE
infotainment systems, coming
first on the XTS sedan. The app
is for dealer use now, but custom-
ers will be able to get it, too, at the
Apple App Store.
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Local chef makes sweets

continued from 5D

and customized goods.
Though her product
is a great complement
to festive occasions,
Stanley admits that
"staying profitable" is
no laughing matter.
"I had to check my-
self and every detail,"
said the FAMU grad.

"I had to pace myself
and do my research.
You have to survey the
market and find your
niche in the market-
place. We are known
for providing moist,
flavorful cakes and
cupcakes topped with
a generous amount
of sweet decadent ic-
ing. Our emphasis is
placed on flavor in-

stead of having a really
good looking cupcake
that just tastes aver-
Stanley says the key
to success is to stick
with your business
plan and- attributes
her good fortune to
"honesty, open com-
munication and stay-
ing true to my prod-

More consumers want car loans

continued from SD

used car market, con-
sumers are more will-
ing to protect the value
of their car by staying
current on payments.
Whereas with the
housing market still
recovering and many
homes worth less than
what consumers owe
on them, there's less
motivation to make
mortgage payments on
a "negative asset."

Credit card pay-
ments came in as sec-
ond-most important to
auto loans last year,
with 17.3 percent of
consumers delinquent
on a credit card while
current on their auto
loan and mortgage,
the TransUnion data
In a traditional, or
pre-recession, pay-
ment hierarchy, con-
sumers put their mort-
gages first, auto loans
second and credit

cards third. In 2008,
they began paying off
credit cards before
mortgages and have
continued to do so
since then, according
to TransUnion's study,
which it began in 2010,
looking at data from
late 2006 and after.
Last year was the
first time TransUnion
included auto loans in
its analysis, so it's un-
clear whether the shift
in prioritizing auto
loans first happened in

years prior to 2011.
Felicia Young of
Tampa says paying
her auto loan became
more important in the
last two years.
"When my credit
scores declined and
I was facing removal
from my house, my car
suddenly became the
only item I had worth
anything," says the
45-year-old, who holds
both full- and part-
time jobs as an admin-
istrative officer.

Job opps increase for older workers

continued from 5D

recession in December
2007, employment for
those 55 and older is
up by 3.9 million, even
as total payrolls have
fallen by 4.2 million.
It's not that the re-
cession has been easy
on graying workers.
Many older Americans
laid off in the down-
turn won't work again,
says Sara Rix, senior
adviser for the AARP
Public Policy Institute.
In Februrary, they
were unemployed an

average 54.1 weeks,
vs. 39.1 weeks for all
workers, Labor figures
Rather, their ranks
are swelling as Baby
Boomers age, and
they're working later in
life, Rix says. The por-
tion employed or look-
ing for work jumped to
40.4 percent in Febru-
ary from 40.1 percent
in January. It's up
from 38.3 percent in
February 2007.
"What you are seeing
is more people push-
ing back" retirement,
Rix says.

Among the reasons is
a shift from traditional
pensions to less-se-
cure 401(k) plans that
were hammered in the
recession, says Steven
Sass of the Center for
Retirement Research
at Boston College.
About a third of 5,000
50-plus Americans
surveyed by AARP last
year said they planned
to delay retirement.
Also, the age at
which Americans can
get full Social Security
benefits is gradually
rising, and life expec-
tancy for 65-year-old

men is up by 3.5 years
since 1980. Mean-
while, the U.S. econ-
omy's long-term shift
from manufacturing
means jobs are less
physically demanding,
Sass says.
Financial adviser
Peter White, 87, of
Williamstown, Mass.,
retired in 1987 but
returned to work in
the late 1990s to keep
busy and help support
two of his children,
who are in their 20s.
"You can't sit around
looking at the wall all



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having full architectural and engineering services available within the entity, or with consultants, as Archi-
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evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

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Facebook to buy

photo-share app

Instagram for $1B

By Barbara Ortutay

NEW YORK (AP) Facebook is spending $1
billion to buy the photo-sharing company Insta-
gram in the social network's largest acquisition
On the surface, that's a huge sum for a tiny
startup that has a handful of employees and no
way to make money.
But the lack of a business model rarely damp-
ens excitement about hot tech upshots these
days. As Facebook has shown, itself without
ads or revenue in its
early days, money"..'
goes where the users '
Instagram lets os' ..
people share photos b
they snap with their
mobile devices. The
app has filters that
can make photos
look as if they've
been taken in the
1970s or on Polaroid
cameras. Its users
take photos of ev-
erything from their
breakfast egg sand-
wiches to sunsets to
the smiling faces of
their girlfriends.
In a little more than a
year, Instagram attracted a loyal and loving
user base of more than 30 million people. Apple
picked it as the iPhone App of the Year in 2011.
Instagram's fans, brand recognition and its
potential are difficult to put a price tag on. Yet
Facebook has and can afford it. The company
is preparing for an initial public offering of stock
that could value it at as much as $100 billion in
a few weeks. What's $1 billion? A drop in the
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Taxpayers pay

to mow lawns of

foreclosed homes

By Jonathan Karl,
Richard Coolidge
and Sherisse Pham

American taxpayers
own close to 200,000
vacant houses, and
over the next year
they will spend more
than $40 million just
to mow lawns at these
properties. Taxpayers
also foot the bills to
paint walls, fix cabi-
nets, plant flowers and
more expenses that
just last year, ex-
ceeded a half a billion
The housing bailout
has already cost tax-
payers $124 million,
now Americans are
spending hundreds of
millions more fixing
up foreclosed homes
to try and sell them.
It is a bizarre and
expensive side effect
of the housing market
collapse and failure of
Fannie Mae and Fred-
die Mac, the mortgage
giants that went into
federal conservator-
ship in 2008.
Fannie Mae alone
repaired nearly 90,000
homes last year.
"That is a lot of
homes, and it is a lot.
of materials that need
to be purchased," said
Jay Ryan, Fannie
Mae's vice president
of real estate owned
Ultimately, Ryan
said, Fannie Mae
pays electricity bills,
property taxes, and
the costs of general
upkeep of properties to
make sure houses are
ready to sell. Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac
have already sold hun-
dreds of thousands of
homes, but they con-
tinue to foreclose on
thousands more every
month. Real estate
experts say getting rid
of all of them is not
going to happen any
time soon.
"We've got to get the
government out of

the housing market,
the mortgage mar-
ket," said Guy Cecala,
CEO and publisher
of Inside Mortgage
Finance Publications.
"That's very difficult to
do when the housing
market is on its knees.
Fannie Mae says
fixing the houses and
maintaining them will
ultimately save tax-
payers money, because
they will yield higher
prices in the mar-
ketplace. But in the
meantime, we've got a
lot of yard work to do.

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for all Regions of the MDCPS Maintenance Operations
Contract # JOC12-C1

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 County. Florida.

Cone of Silen,:e A Cone of Silence is applicable to this competitive solicitation. Any inquiry, cIariiicati:on 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
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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-Cl Tuesday 04/24/2012
Job Order Contract Open with Assistance Levels JOC12-C2 Tuesday 04/24/2012
Job Order Contract Open with Assistance Levels JOC12-C3 Tuesday 04124/2012

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 -egulalions

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 is a competitively bid, firm fixed priced indefinite quantity
contract. It includes a collection of detailed repair and construction tasks with specifications that have est.artlshed 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 c:n:iielute 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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President Obama in Florida pressing for 'Buffett rule'

By Ken Thomas

ing an election-year fight
with Republicans, President
Barack Obama is urging Con-
gress to boost taxes on mil-'
lionaires, traveling to Florida
to make a populist pitch on
an issue that draws a sharp
contrast with GOP presiden-
tial candidate Mitt Romney.
Obama is outlining his sup-
port for the so-called "Buf-
fett rule" in Boca Raton, Fla.,
arguing that wealthy inves-
tors should not pay taxes at a
lower rate than middle-class
wage earners.
The push for the Buffett
rule, named after billion-
aire investor Warren Buffett,
comes ahead of a Senate vote
next week and as millions

of Americans prepare to file
their income tax returns.
The plan has little chance of
passing Congress, but Sen-
ate Democrats say the issue
underscores the need for
economic fairness.
Obama's team has made
the Buffett rule a key part of
its message, saying it shows
clear differences with Rom-
ney, who has opposed the
plan and withstood criticism
from Democrats for paying
about 15 percent in federal
taxes for 2011 on income
mostly derived from invest-
"Romney is a beneficiary
of a broken tax system, and
he wants to keep it,that way,"
Obama campaign manager
Jim Messina said Monday in
a conference call with report-

Romney campaign spokes-
woman Gail Gitcho said
Obama was the "first presi-
dent in history to openly

campaign for re-election on
a platform of higher taxes."
She said the plan would raise
taxes on small businesses.
Republicans have noted

that Obama's proposal would
collect $47 billion through
2022, a small amount com-
pared with the $7 trillion in
federal budget deficits pro-
jected during that period.
Obama has proposed that
people earning at least $1
million annually, whether
in salary or investments,
should pay at least 30 per-
cent of their income in taxes.
Many wealthy taxpayers earn
investment income, which is
taxed at 15 percent, allow-
ing them to pay a smaller
percentage of their income in
taxes. By contrast, the top
rate for taxpayers with high
incomes derived from wages
is 35 percent.
The White House said in
a report released ahead of
Obama's speech that the tax

proposal would restore fair-
ness to the system, pointing
to 22,000 households earning
more than $1 million annu-
ally that paid less than 15
percent of their income in
income taxes in 2009. Nearly
1,500 of those households
paid no federal income taxes,
the report said.
Obama economic adviser
Jason Furman said the Buf-
fett rule reflected the "most
simple, common-sense ele-
ment of any tax reform."
Obama was holding three
fundraisers near West Palm
Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
The events were expected to
raise at least $1.7 million. A
large rally-style event in Hol-
lywood, Fla., was to include
a musical performance by
singer John Legend.

Businesses add only 120,000 jobs in March but gains continue

By Paul Davidson ary 2009. 2.18 percent, while ing, says last month's recession and are now this year. tors that appear to be is payback," he says,
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number of new U.S.
payroll jobs rose a dis-
appointing 120,000
in March, breaking a
string of three straight
200,000-plus monthly
gains and raising ques-
tions about whether
job growth will slow
to a more modest pace
the rest of the year.
The unemployment
rate fell to 8.2 percent
from 8.3 percent as
164,000 workers left
the labor force, the La-
bor Department said,
lowest rate since Janu-

continued from 8D

bucket, really.
"Facebook after this
IPO is going to be in a
position to be preda-
tory. They can make
sure no one steps in
their way and buy
anyone who gets in
their way," said Wed-
bush analyst Michael
Pachter, who follows
social media.
Buying Instagram,
he added, not only
eliminates a rival but
gives Facebook the
technology "that is
gaining crazy trac-
Facebook is paying
cash and stock for San
Francisco-based Ins-
tagram and hiring its
dozen or so employees.
The deal is expected
to close by the end of
It's a windfall not
just for Instagram's
employees, but the
venture capital firms
backing the company.
Last week, Sequoia
Capital led an invest-
ment round that val-
ued Instagram at $500
million, according to a
person familiar with
the matter. The person
was not authorized
to speak publicly and
spoke on the condition
of anonymity.

continued from 6D

Infiniti. Salespeo-
ple use iPads to show
customers technology
features and coach
them in their use.
BMW. The Ger-
man automaker uses
a website to tell cli-
ents whether their
smartphones can be
paired with their cars
but relies on the old-
fashioned approach
for the rest, making
sure salespeople are
fully versed in mod-
els' innards.
Sure, there are
owners' manuals,
which nowadays can
run to more than
800 pages, but "We're

Sne report is likely
to revive speculation
about whether the
Fed will launch an-
other round of govern-
ment bond purchases
to lower interest rates
and stimulate the
Stock markets were
closed for Good Fri-
day and bond markets'
will close early. But
Treasury yields and
stock futures dropped
sharply after the report
came out. The yield on
the benchmark 10-
year Treasury note fell
to 2.07 percent from

Going by the $1 bil-
lion price tag, Face-
book is paying about
$33 for each Insta-
gram user. That's a
fraction of the $118
that Facebook inves-
tors will be paying
per Facebook user if
the company gets its
expected $100 billion
valuation after going
public. By that math,
Pachter said, $1 billon
"doesn't sound crazy."
Getting Instagram is
a big win for Facebook
as it works to harness
people's growing ob-
session with their mo-
bile devices and shar-
irig every moment of
their life. The compa-
ny's own mobile appli-
cation is not as easy to
use as Instagram, and
sharing photos can
be downright clunky.
Facebook's way, noted
Pachter, has always
been to buy technol-
ogy if it's better than
what it can build on
its own.
Facebook, which is
based in Menlo Park,
Calif., said it plans to
keep Instagram run-
ning independently.
That's a departure
from its tendency to
buy small startups
and integrate the
technology or shut
them down altogether
just so it can hire tal-

finding customers
won't take the time
to read through that,"
says Vince Salisbury,
a Lexus dealer train-
ing manager. "They've
paid for the features
on their car, and they
should be educated
on how they work."
One dealer, Sewell
Lexus in Dallas, re-
cruited its tech spe-
cialist, Alex Oger,
from a local Apple
Store. His mission:
"How to take this car
that has so many
capabilities" and ex-
plain features "so it's
something the cus-
tomer wants." He says
many have a "eureka
moment" when they
figure out a task.

Standard & roor s 5ou
index futures fell 0.8
percent to 1,381.
Economists had ex-
pected employers and
to add 205,000 jobs
last month, including
210,000 in the private,
sector. But private em-
ployers increased pay-
rolls by just 121,000
and government pay-
rolls fell by 1,000.
Patrick O'Keefe, for-
mer deputy assistant
secretary for the De-
partment of Labor, now
director of econom-
ics at J.H. Cohn ac-
counting and consult-

ented engineers and
"This is an impor-
tant milestone for
Facebook because it's
the first time we've
ever acquired a prod-
uct and company
with so many users,"
CEO Mark Zucker-
berg wrote on his
Facebook page Mon-
day announcing the
deal. "We don't plan
on doing many more
of these, if any at all."
He said Facebook
plans to keep allowing
people to post from

snowing signals joo
growth could slow to
a pace that better re-
flects modest economic
growth of about 2.5%
this year. "We're expe-
riencing a steady ,slow
economic expansion,"
he says.
Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Ber-
nanke has said the re-
cent robust pace of job
gains likely won't con-
tinue without stronger
consumer spending
and economic growth.
He suggested that em-
ployers cut workers
too aggressively in the

Instagram to other
social networks. Us-
ers will also be able to
keep their Instagrams
off of Facebook if they
want to.
"We think the fact
that Instagram is con-
nected to other servic-
es beyond Facebook is
an important part of
the experience," Zuck-
erberg said.
Tech bloggers and
analysts immediate-
ly began wondering
whether Facebook's
commitment will be

readjusting to reject
demand a burst that
is likely temporary.
Some other indi-
cators in the report
also might be signal-
ing slowing payroll
growth. The average
workweek dipped from
34.6 hours to 34.5
hours. And the num-
ber of temporary em-
ployees, whose hiring
typically augurs more
permanent additions,
declined by 7,500
Still, O'Keefe ex-
pects employers to add
an average of about
180,000 jobs a month

"There's a long his-
tory of companies ac-
quiring other compa-
nies and saying that
they are going to con-
tinue to support the
service and then
not," said Debra Aho
Williamson, an ana-
lyst with research firm
One relatively recent
example is Cisco Sys-
tems Inc., which killed
off the much-loved
Flip video camera less
than two years after
buying the company
behind it.



1. 109 acres of land are being offered for farming at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. Minimum
bid is $350 per acre, per year, as per 2011 Property Rental Summary. Annual rent is payable in
advance. The lease is for five (5) years with up to five additional one-year extensions.
2. Bids shall be submitted in writing, with the envelope labeled "TMB Farmland Bid Advertisement
/ South Parcel" to Mr. Daniel P. Dooling, Real Estate Property Manager, Miami-Dade Aviation
Department, 12800 SW 145 Ave. Miami, Florida 33186.
3. Bids must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $100.00 by cashier's check or money
order payable'to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. Clearly state the name of the corporation/
entity submitting the bid and Farmland South Bid. In addition, the bid must be signed by an
official of the entity or corporation authorized to bind the corporation/entity to contracts. Include
the address, telephone and facsimile contact number.
4. Bids will be accepted until 2 pm, May 3, 2012. At 2 pm on May 3rd, 2012, the bids will be
publicly opened, read and documented in the conference room located at the Kendall-Tamiami
Executive Airport, Administration Building located at 12800 SW 145 Ave. Miami, Florida 33186.
5. A sample copy of the lease to be awarded and the North / South Parcel Description(s), are
available online or for pick up at the following locations:
a. Online: http://www.miami-airport.coml/business advertisements.asp
b. Pick-up': Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, MDAD Administration Building located
at 12800 SW 145Ave. Miami, Florida 33186
6. Questions must be submitted in writing to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department by April 26th,
2012, in one of the following manners:
a. By.Mail to: Mr. Daniel P. Dooling, GAA Real Estate Property Manager, Miami-Dade
Aviation Department, Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Administration Building at
12800 SW 145Ave. Miami, Florida 33186
b. By Facsimile to: Attention: Mr. Daniel P. Dooling, GAA Real Estate Property
Manager, Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Subject line should read "Farmland Bid
Questionss). Fax Number (305) 869-1780.
c. Email: DDooling(miami-airport.com, Subject line should read "Farmland Bid
7. The Awarded Respondent must execute the lease agreement with Miami-Dade County and
returned to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department along with the following: insurance certificates,
application and questionnaire form, Miami-Dade County Business Affidavit(s), first (1st) year's
rental payment. In the event the Awarded Respondent does not submit all the required
documents and payments within fourteen (14) days from the date of the award to the Miami-
Dade Aviation Department, the award may be made to the next highest bidder or re-bid, at the
County's discretion.
8. Advance Payment for the first year's rent must be made by cashier's check.
9. Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Aviation Department assumes no responsibility or
liability for costs incurred by any respondent or awarded in submitting a bid or executing the
resulting lease.

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In both U2010 and
2011, the job market
posted strong gains
early in the year be-
fore the European fi-
nancial crisis or rising
gasoline prices slowed
payroll growth. Many
economists are ner-
vously waiting to see if
that pattern is repeat-
ed this year.
The European crisis
remains a concern,
though a bailout plan
for Greece has eased
worries somewhat,
and rising gasoline
prices are expected to
peak well above $4 a
gallon by July 4.
Other economists
say the March report
is not consistent with
other recent indica-

poinning to continued
strong job gains. For
example, this week's
ADP report of pri-
vate payrolls showed
a gain of 209,000 in
March. Recent reports
of manufacturing and
service sector activity
also reflect stronger
job additions.
Bob Baur, chief
global economist of
Principal Global In-
vestors, says the rela-
tively weak report was
largley a statistical
He blamed mild
winter weather, which
skewed seasonal ad-
justments and result-
ed in stronger than
expected job growth in
recent months. "This

noting that construc-
tion workers were not
laid off in the winter
and so didc not need to
be rehired in March.
Baur looks for a lull
in the job market that
could last until May or
June. But he expects
monthly job growth
to pick up to at least
200,000 the rest of the
year. Gains have aver-
aged 212,000 a month
so far this year, up
from 153,000 in 2011.
Productivity gains
that allowed employ-
ers to do more with
fewer workers are,
slowing and the slug-
gish housing market
will perk up the sec-
ond half of 2012, he



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1. 43 acres of land are being offered for farming at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. Minimum
bid is $350 per acre, per year, as per 2011 Property Rental Summary. Annual rent is payable in
advance. The lease is for five (5) years with up to five additional one-year extensions.
2. Bids shall be submitted in writing, with the envelope labeled "TMB Farmland Bid Advertisement
/North Parcel" to Mr. Daniel P. Dooling, Real Estate Property Manager, Miami-Dade Aviation
Department, at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, 12800 SW 145 Ave. Miami, Florida 33186.
3. Bids must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $100.00 by cashier's check or money
order payable to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. Clearly state the name of the corporation/
entity submitting the bid. In addition, the bid must be signed by an official of the entity or
corporation authorized to bind the corporation/entity to contracts. Include the address, telephone
and facsimile contact number.
4. Bids will be accepted until 2 pm, May 3, 2012. At 2 pm on May 3rd, 2012, the bids will be
publicly opened, read and documented in the conference room located at the Kendall-Tamiami
Executive Airport, Administration Building located at 12800 SW 145 Ave. Miami, Florida 33186.
5. A sample copy of the lease to be awarded and the North / South Parcel Description(s), are
available online or for pick up at the following locations:
a. Online: http://www,miami-airport.com/business advertisements.asp
b. Pick-up: Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, MDAD Administration Building located
at 12800 SW 145 Ave. Miami, Florida 33186
6. Questions must be submitted in writing to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department by April 26th,
2012, in one of the following manners:
a. By Mail to: Mr. Daniel P. Dooling, GAA Real Estate Property Manager, Miami-Dade
Aviation Department, Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Administration Building at
12800 SW 145 Ave. Miami, Florida 33186
b. By Facsimile to: Attention: Mr. Daniel P. Dooling, GAA Real Estate Property
Manager, Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Subject line should read "Farmland Bid
Questionss). Fax Number (305) 869-1780.
c. Email: DDoolintg@miami-airport.com, Subject line should read "Farmland Bid
7. The Awarded Respondent must execute the lease agreement with Miami-Dade County and
returned to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department along with the following: insurance certificates,
application and questionnaire form, Miami-Dade County Business Affidavit(s), first (1st) year's
rental payment. In the event the Awarded Respondent does not submit all the required
documents and payments within fourteen (14) days to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department
from the date of the award, the award may be made to the next highest bidder or re-bid, at the
County's discretion.
8. Advance Payment of the first year's rent must be made by cashier's check.
9. Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Aviation Department assumes no responsibility or
liability for costs incurred by any respondent or awarded in submitting a bid or executing the
resulting lease.

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three bdrms. two baths
$725. 305-642-7080
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Two bdrms., one bath, small
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Two bdrms, one bath, central
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9697 NW 5 Avenue
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Efficiency, one bath, $425.
Appliances, free water.
Large, nice area, utilities
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Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, kitchen, bath and
free utilities, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1358 NW 71 Street
Air, cable. $300 to move in,
$150 weekly. 786-286-7455.
1500 NW 183 Street
Cable, air, $140 weekly. $285
to move in. 786-457-2998.
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
16431 NW 17 Court
$120 weekly, $240 to move
in. Air and cable included.
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1887 NW 44 Street
$475 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2106 NW 70 Street
$95 weekly. 305-836-8262
Biscayne Gardens Area
Room, side entrance, fur-
nished, free electrical, air and
cable. Fish from back yard
Please call after 12 noon,
Private room. 305-625-2918
Air and cable. $500 mthly.
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055.
Free cable
Clean, nice, and air. $400
monthly. Call 786-426-6263.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.

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Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1195. Stove, refrigerator,

14100 NW 23rd Place
Large two bedrooms, one
bath, Section 8 only, Denise,
15930 NW 17 Place
Nelyw remodeled, three bed-
rooms, one bath,central air,
washer/dryer connection.
$1200 monthly.
1611 NW 52 Street
Three bdrms., one bath, $900
monthly. No Section 8. Call
16321 N.W. 19th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
Section 8 ok, 786-877-5293.
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Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1400 monthly. ABerger Re-
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Nice three bedrooms, central
air, big yard. Section 8 Wel-
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Three bedroom, two bath,
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only 305-975-1987
1934 NW 57 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
new renovation. Section 8
only. 305-975-1987.
1950 NW 60 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
Section 8 only. Excepting two
bedroom vouchers.
25 NE 213 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
large back yard, fruit trees.
Near public schools and
shopping center. Appliances
included, washer/dryer. Ap-
pointment only. 305-335-
262 NW 51 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1000 mthly. Priced re-
duced. 786-328-5878.
3361 NW 208 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tile. Section 8
okay. 786-277-4395
363 NW 59 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths
with two bedrooms and one
bath cottage. $1500 month-
ly. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
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Four bdrms., two baths,
$1350, Section 8 welcome,
510 NW 82 Street
One bedrooms, one bath,
$650, Section 8 welcome,
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$1600. Section 8 Preferred.
55 NW 83 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
fenced yard, and central
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Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 welcome. Contact
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Section 8 accepted.
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Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 preferred.
Four bdrms., two baths, with
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Call Geneva 305-685-0575.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry and dining
room, yard maintenance in-
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mthly. Section 8 OK 305-623-
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Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
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Three bdrm, one and half
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Section 8 ok! 305-742-6520
Three bdrms, two baths,
Section 8 welcomed! 786-
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Three bdrms., two baths, big
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By Sandra Block

What does preparing your
taxes have in common with
getting a nose job? Both are
a lot less painful if they're
done right the first time.
This year, though, there
are myriad possibilities for
tax-filing errors that are
more than cosmetic. Sure,
you could file an amended
return, but that takes time,
not to mention money if
you have to pay someone
to do it.
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ways to avoid costly errors
is to make sure you dig out
a copy of last year's tax
return before you tackle
your taxes. There are nu-
merous items on the 2011
tax return that could be af-
fected by information from
previous year's returns,
says Bob Scharin, senior
tax analyst for Thomson
Here's a look at some
potential blunders that
could cause you problems
long after April 17:
Failing to report a non-
deductible contribution
to a traditional individual
retirement account. If you
contributed to a non-de-
ductible IRA last year, you
may think it's not the IRS'
concern, since the money
you're saving is after-tax.
But failing to report the
contribution will create
problems for you when you
withdraw the money, be-
cause you'll need to prove
to the IRS that the money
was already taxed, says
Tim Steffen, director of fi-
nancial planning for Baird's
Private Wealth Manage-
ment group.
To avoid that hassle, you
should report your contri-
bution to a non-deductible
IRA on Form 8606. "That's
a form that's often missed,"
Steffen says. If you fail to
file the form for the year
you made the contribution,
the IRS will permit you to
file it later, but it will charge
you a $50 penalty, he says.
Until recently, non-de-
ductible IRAs had fallen
out of favor, but a law that
took effect in 2010 has
given them a new lease on
The law lifted income re-
strictions on Roth IRA con-
versions, allowing high-in-
come taxpayers to convert
to a Roth for the first time.
Since the law didn't
change income restrictions
on Roth contributions, a lot
of high-income investors
have adopted a back-door
strategy: They open a non-
deductible IRA, then turn
around and convert it to a
Failing to report in-
come from a 2010 conver-
sion. When you convert a
traditional IRA to a Roth,
you have to pay taxes on
any pretax contributions
and gains. IRA owners
who converted to a Roth in

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of splitting income from the
conversion between 2011
and 2012.
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deal, but now, it's time to
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a reminder, Steffen says.
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to a Roth in 2010, which-
it reported to the IRS. It
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cided to do about the tax
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ware you used last year,
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a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive,
Miami, Florida. The purpose of the workshop is for City Commission and staff
to discuss the budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
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Culmer teams takes local three-on-three tournament

By Eric Ikpe
Miami Times writer

It was an old-fashioned shoot
out at the Overtown Youth
Center last weekend as teams
from across the County par-
ticipated in a three-on-three
tournament, vying for brag-
ging rights and trophies. But
the real purpose of the event
was to raise funds for deserv-
ing youth. The Community
Action and Human Services
Department (CAHSD), in con-
junction with the Community
Advisory Committee (CAC),
hosted the second Annual
Scholarship Fundraiser 3-on-
3 Tournament fundraiser.
CAC staff members Dominique
Nixon and Chamarr West orga-
nized the competition to raise
$500 for the Culmer/Overtown
CAC (Community Advisory
Committee) scholarship fund.
"We wanted to do something

for the [community] and this is
something that will boost the
morale of young people around
town," Nixon said. "With the
recent budget cuts, we
wanted to do something
that you can bring your fami-
lies that was positive and en-
joyable." Participating teams
came from Coconut Grove and
the Overtown Youth Center -
staff members came from the
Liberty City and Culmer Com-
munity Service Centers.
"Even though I've only been
with the Overtown Youth Cen-
ter for one year, it is great to
have events like this, said Jean
Finchers, one of the fundrais-
er's planners. "Our goal by the
time we hold our next event,
which is in June, is to raise
$100,000 from sponsorships
and participating applicants."
The tournament had eight
teams in total and the rules
were double elimination with
each game running for 15

-Miami Times photo/Eric Ikpe
CULMER CHAMPIONS: Taking the trophy at the 3-on-3 tournament were Robert Lee (I-r),
Nate Davis, Phillipe Baillon, Chamarr West, Keim Clark, Jordan West, Jaquan West and Kori Clark.

minutes. At the end, Culmer
routed all teams to emerge the
victor. Overtown native and
entertainer Ira "YD" Walden
came out to support the event
and is an advocate of change
within the community.
"Due to all the negative ener-
gy and things that are going on
in the world right now it was
good to have the community
come together." Walden said.
"It was great for just a moment
to be able to put the negative
aside, come together as broth-
ers and enjoy the game of bas-
When the next, tournament
kicks off on June 30th, Finch-
ers hopes even more can be ac-
"We want more participa-
tion and our aiming for more
sponsors like The Miami Heat
and Bank of America," Fincher
added. "To be able to help the
youth is what we strive for -
that's our ultimate goal."

Five NFL teams

opted to stick

with status quo

By Robert Kiemko
and Michael McCarthy

Nike's much-hyped introduc-
tion of New Age football uniforms
generated the kind of buzz only the
NFL can muster on an offseason
The scrutiny continued into
Wednesday, as it was learned five
teams declined Nike's redesigns.
The Atlanta Falcons, Philadel-
phia Eagles, Green Bay Packers,
Carolina Panthers (minus a covert
modification) and Oakland Raiders
. will stick with what they wore in
2011, only Nike will manufacture it
instead of Reebok.
Profootballtalk. cornm reports
that the Kansas City Chiefs, New
England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steel-
ers and Houston Texans changed
their uniforms slightly but skipped
the flywire V-shaped neckline.
The Panthers have a tribute to
former assistant Sam Mills tucked
inside their collar: Keep pounding.
That's what the late Panthers line-
backer and assistant told the team
before the 2003 playoffs, after he
was diagnosed with cancer.
Nike also unveiled its Elite 51
Sideline Collection of jackets, T-
shirts and hoodies for coaches and
fans. Nike says its new sideline
collection is designed to "express
the soul of football off the field" but
has not fixed an on-sale date. Nike
also is working on alternate jer-
seys that clubs can sell as a third

Minor tweak: The Panthers' only
change is a tribute to Sam Mills on the
inside collar.

$2oM players

add up in MLB

By Bob Nightengale

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Miami marvel: Marlins opened for its first regular-season game Wednesday, with the Marlins taking
defending champion Cardinals, Miami owner Jeffrey Lona said the fanfare would stick: "They'll be back o

Marlins Park opens with Ali, dance

By Paul White

MIAMI -- All that remained was
the first home run.
Marlins Park is open, the new
retractable-roof stadium with the
view of the Miami skyline through
the movable left-field windows.
The ceremonies included Mu-
hammad Ali riding in on a golf cart
with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to
deliver the first ball, Jose Feliciano
singing the national anthem and
the Miami Marlins starters accom-
panied by dancers in costumes as
flamboyant as the home run cel-
ebration contraption in center field.
-It was baseball's main event
Wednesday, the only game on the
schedule, an ESPN national tele-
cast and a showcase for a Marlins
team that has gone through as
much of a building process as the
37,000-seat edifice at the old Or-
ange Bowl site.
"We think when they see this
team and this ballpark, they'll be
back often," Marlins owner Jeffrey
Loria says, referring to the fans
and the national news media.
But all eyes are on the towering
home run celebration structure in
center field. It's impossible to not
stare at it. The colorful creation with
flamingos, flying fish and dancing


Muhammad Ali, center left, with Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey
during Opening Day events before a baseball game between the
Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in

waters all waiting to burst into
action cost $2.5 million and was
designed by Red Grooms, winner of
a lifetime achievement award from
the National Academy of Design.
"It's a statement about Miami,"
says Loria, a professional art deal-
er. "It's a lot of things going on at
once in 30 seconds -- water, music,
sound, motion. It's meant to make
you smile while the hometown hero
is running around the bases. New
things take awhile to be accepted.
We think it will become a land-
mark. Grooms has been doing great

things since the '60s and '7(
No hallucinogenics necess
this one, just a home run.
How modern are the M
They sell T-shirt jerseys of
ager Ozzie Guillen, but rather
his last name to go with his
ber, they feature his Twitter
((AT)ozzieguillen) on the bac
"Now, the fans don't have
cuse," Guillen says. "They ca
the ballpark is too far, it's r
it's hot, it's humid, it's a
ballpark. You'd drive to t
park every day, it was painfi

A record 14 major league players
will earn at least $20million this
season, more than double from
two years ago, according to salary
figures obtained by USA TODAY
While the annual survey revealed
baseball's average salary increased
four percent, to $3.4 million, it's
getting crowded at the top of the
pay scale, a trend that will con-
tinue. In 2013,
19 players will
earn at least ,
$20 million,
according to
contracts filed
with MLB and
the Players e
26 will eclipse
the barrier in
future years.
on the In 2010, six ATTANASIO
players earned
iften." at least $20million.
The New York Yankees, whose
Trs $197.9 million payroll is their low-
est since 2007, have the highest
payroll for the 14th consecutive
year and, along with the Philadel-
phia Phillies ($174.5 million) and
Detroit Tigers ($132.3 million),
have three $20 million players.
Alex Rodriguez, who will make
$30million, was baseball's first $20
million player in 2001.
"They are big commitments, but
they are not crippling franchises,"
said agent John.Boggs, who an-
ticipates his client, Phillies. starter
Cole Hamels, joining the $20 mil-
lion club next year. "In fact, it's
quite doable. Look at the Joey Votto
deal (10 years, $225 million). Who
would have thunk it? Cincinnati?"
Loria The Reds have a team-record
Miami $82.2 million payroll that ranks
Miami. 17th in MLB but committed nearly
a quarter-billion dollars to Votto
0s." from 2014 to 2023.
3ary for "When you look at virtually all
top teams, the top five players'
arlins? compensation is 50-55 percent of
f man- total payroll," Milwaukee Brew-
er tn- ers owner Mark Attanasio says.
s num- "Teams unlikely to perform well
handle have more like 60-70 percent of
payroll in their five highest-paid
an ex- players. That's usually the function
n't say of a bad signing. You may be able
gaining, to afford it, but if you make a mis-
dumpy take, it can set you back for several
u old years."

Marlins' Coach Guillen in hot seat

We are less than two weeks
into the 2012 Major League
Baseball season and the Mi-
ami Marlins already find
themselves in damage control

mode. We all knew at some
point this could potentially
happen when the team hired
the colorful skipper Ozzie
Guillen to lead the troops. See

the thing with Ozzie is, well,
Ozzie is known for being . .
Ozzie a loose cannon, con-
frontational with players and
media who knows how to win
and says what's on his mind.
It makes you wonder what the
heck was he thinking when it
was revealed in an article by
Time magazine's website that
the Marlins' manager had
expressed admiration for the
most hated man in Miami,
Fidel Castro. Give credit to
the Marlins who immediate-

ly knew that Guillen's words
would be inflammatory and
issued a statement of rebut-
tal and clarity. quillen would
issue an apology a short time
later. We knew to expect the
unexpected but this one was
totally out of left field no
pun intended. It's what Ozzie
does right? Dating back to
his days in Chicago, where he
won a World Series title, Ozzie
has been known to drop an
"f" bomb or two. Sometimes
he has even gotten into ver-

bal altercations with newspa-
per columnists, umpires, ra-
dio talk show and television
hosts and even his own GM.
Nobody was spared the occa-
sional wrath of Ozzie Guillen
but this time he may have bit-
ten off a whole lot more than
he can chew. He also recently
said to CBS Sports that he
gets drunk after games, an-
other unwise comment. Part
of the attraction to the Mar-
lins this season included the
new stadium, the high-priced

free agents, the huge expec-
tations and the new manager.
So as the team continues to
work hard and round into
shape, it appears manager
Ozzie Guillen is already in
midseason form. One way or
another, this is going to be
a helluva ride this baseball
season. I suggest you put on
your seatbelts.
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